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July 23, 2012
Davis: BEC privatization may be considered in the future

While the government has no plans now to restructure the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said the option may be considered in the future if it can lead to lower electricity costs for Bahamians.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) promised to initiate a plan to lower the cost of electricity within its first 100 days.
"In our quest to lower costs, if restructuring would contribute to that, that would be an option to be considered," he told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
"We have been reviewing a number of proposals in respect to means by which we could cut energy costs and we are exploring all of those, and very shortly you will be seeing a statement from us,"said Davis, who has oversight of BEC. He revealed that plans will be announced by August 16.
The Guardian understands that the government had a meeting with a company that builds and maintains power plants last week. The company reportedly proposed a plan to save BEC millions of dollars in fuel costs over the next five years.
Last month, BEC Chairman Leslie Miller revealed that the government is considering privatizing BEC.
"The government has mandated that BEC will probably be privatized but the caveat is that we will sell no [more] than 40 percent of the shares of BEC to any foreign entity," said Miller.
"There is a quest to privatize BEC at some point in time, so it very well may take place."
Miller added that no decision has been made on the issue as yet.
From 2007 to 2011, BEC spent $1.46 billion on fuel, according to Miller.

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February 16, 2012
Deaconess Clarabell Hanna - Williams, 78

Funeral service for Deaconess Clarabell Hanna – Williams, 78, of Redland Acres and formerly of Snug Corner, Acklins will be held on Saturday February 18th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church, St. Charles Vincent Street, Englerston.

Officiating will be Bishop Elkin Symonette and Rev. Dr. Michael C. Symonette, assisted By: Rev. T. G. Morrison and other Associate Ministers, Deacons and Evangelist.

Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Her survivors include her children: Dr. Carolyn Rolle, Sharon Seymour, Diane Turnquest and Elma Hanna Gonzales of Bradenton, Florida, Roger and Alfred Williams, Raymond Moss and Leslie St. Alb ...

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Death Row drying up
June 27, 2011
Death Row drying up

Only four men under the sentence of death at Her Majesty's Prison could still face the hangman's noose, according to records kept by the Office of the Attorney General.

Edwin Bauld Jr., Renaldo Bonaby, Mario Flowers and Wilfred McPhee were all sentenced to death in 2010. Bauld and McPhee were convicted of the October 2007 murder of 28-year-old Police Corporal Edison Bain.
Bonaby was sentenced to death for the December 6, 2006 murder of Philip Gaitor Jr.

And Mario Flowers was sentenced to death for the December 29, 2007 murder of Ramos Williams, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty.
The other men under the sentence of death -- with the exception of one -- were sentenced more than five years ago, according to the information.

Ernest Lockhart was sentenced on July 24, 2006, nearly five years ago, for the murder of Caxton Smith, which took place on June 8, 1999.
The Privy Council ruled in 1993 in the Jamaican case of Earl Pratt and Ivan Morgan that it would be cruel and inhumane for prisoners to wait more than five years on death row.

At least four men are still awaiting re-sentencing because a 2006 Privy Council ruling determined that the mandatory death sentence was unconstitutional, according to the Office of Attorney General's records.
Dolan Bethel, Peter Cash, Ervin Brown and Leslie Webster must all be re-sentenced, according to the information provided.

Some of them have been under the sentence of death since the 1990s.
According to the AG's records, nine people are under the sentence of death in The Bahamas. Up until recently, Anatole McQuay was also under the sentence of death, but he was re-sentenced to life.

McQuay was sentenced to death on April 1, 1996 for the 1994 murder of Gurth Dean during an attempted armed robbery of his meat shop on Carter Street.

At the time of his trial, the death penalty was the only sentence available to the judge. Until recently, Maxo Tido and Godfrey Sawyer were also under the sentence of death.

But, as has been widely reported, the Privy Council recently quashed Tido's death sentence, saying that the murder of his 16-year-old victim did not fall into the category of 'worst of the worst' or 'rarest of the rare' and therefore did not warrant the death penalty.

That ruling came just over five years after Tido was sentenced to death.  Under the 1993 ruling in Pratt and Morgan, he would have escaped the gallows in any event.

In April, the Court of Appeal eliminated the possibility of Sawyer facing the death penalty for the shooting death of Sterling Eugene when it quashed his murder conviction. However, the court ordered that Sawyer face a retrial on the charge of manslaughter.

Then Senior Justice Anita Allen sentenced Sawyer, 29, to death on November 9, 2009 for the murder of Eugene, a Quality Discount Store employee killed during an armed robbery.  Allen is now the president of the Court of Appeal.

On Friday, justices of the Court of Appeal said in a ruling that Allen failed to a give an "objective" summary of the evidence during Sawyer's murder trial. The Court of Appeal was of the view that Allen "failed to achieve a fair balance in her analysis on the evidence relevant to intention [to kill], which must be proved to support a murder charge."
Last year, the government was preparing to read Sawyer a death warrant.

The four men sentenced to death last year all have appeals pending before the Court of Appeal, according to Nassau Guardian records.
If they lose their cases, they could still appeal to the Privy Council and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The long appeals process without any time limits means that the five-year period for executions set by the Pratt and Morgan ruling often runs out. If the Court of Appeal affirms a death sentence, there is no timeframe for a person to appeal to the Privy Council and the convict often does not until a death warrant is read.

A death penalty bill promised by the government will address categories of murder. The Nassau Guardian understands that it will not address timeframes. "Unless you put timeframes in place you're only spinning tops in the mud," one judicial source said.

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July 29, 2014
Death penalty a diminishing option

Almost three years after Parliament legislated which murders warrant the death penalty, the ultimate punishment has only been handed down twice, The Nassau Guardian can reveal.
According to Guardian records, the courts ruled in favor of life imprisonment in four cases in which prosecutors sought the death penalty.
The mandatory imposition of the death penalty was abolished in 2006 after the Privy Council ruled it was unconstitutional.
While overturning the death sentence of Maxo Tido, who was sentenced to death in 2007 under the discretionary sentencing regime, the country's final appellate court in 2011 determined that the death penalty must only be given in cases where the facts of the offense are "the most extreme and exceptional - the worst of the worst or the rarest of the rare".
Secondly, there must be no reasonable prospect of reform, and death would be the only way punishment is achieved.
The judgment said: "Murder is always a heinous crime. But it is clear that a death sentence - the ultimate and final sentence - must be reserved for the wholly exceptional category of cases within this most serious class of the offense."
In 2013, two men were sentenced to death after the courts ruled that these criteria were satisfied. Child killer Kofhe Goodman was sentenced to death for the murder of 11-year-old Marco Archer after Justice Bernard Turner determined that his crime could be considered the "worst of the worst" and that Goodman showed no prospect of reform due to his continued attacks against children. Goodman committed the murder shortly after serving time for the attempted murder of a 10-year-old boy.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs sentenced contract killer Anthony Clarke Sr. to death for the murder of Aleus Tilus. He had reportedly been paid $5,000.
In 2011, Parliament attempted to define the "worst of the worst" by categorizing the murders of judicial officers, the murder of more than one person, and murder committed in the course of a robbery, rape, kidnapping, terrorism or a contract killing as death eligible offenses.
According to the statute, crimes falling within those categories also attract life sentences.
This year, the Court of Appeal struck a blow to the legislation when it overturned the murder sentence for Mario Flowers. He was convicted of the 2007 murder of Police Constable Ramos Williams.
The court ruled, "We are convinced that in those circumstances, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty is to discount, if not put to naught, any prospect of reform or social re-adaptation that he could prove capable of.
"This is not to ignore the fact that it was a policeman whom he killed, but it could have been any civilian going to officer Williams' aid or any innocent bystander for that matter.
"Therefore, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty in those circumstances would, we are convinced, negate the presumption of right to life."
In 2013, Justice Roy Jones sentenced Stephen "Die" Stubbs, Andrew "Yogi" Davis and Clint "Russ" Evans to life imprisonment for the 1999 murder of Police Constable Jimmy Ambrose.
Jones determined, "The argument of the Crown that it is an extreme and exceptional murder by being included in a particular category in the statute is rejected.
"Furthermore, although the deceased was on duty, there is no suggestion in the evidence that he was targeted because he was a policeman in the execution of his duties."
In 2013, Simeon Bain received a life sentence for the September 2009 murder of Burger King manager Rashad Morris, after a judge rejected prosecutors' arguments for the death penalty.
Simeon Bain was convicted of Morris' murder, kidnapping, robbery and breaking into the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway outlet of the fast food chain.
While finding Bain's crime heinous and cold-blooded, Justice Indra Charles did not find that his actions met the stringent guideline set by the Privy Council of the "worst of the worst".
Charles said, "The law has developed, evolved perhaps for the worst, but the threshold now held by the Privy Council is very high."
Charles added that there was no evidence that Bain was incapable of reform.
According to the prosecution's case, Bain plotted to rob the store after learning that Morris had been promoted to manager.
He pretended to have a romantic interest in Morris and arranged a date with him after sending him text messages.
Bain beat Morris and tossed him in the trunk of his car. Bain slashed his throat and stabbed him about the body after he could not open the store's safe.
Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Janaldo Farrington, who was convicted of shooting banker Stephen Sherman in a murder-for-hire plot in 2012.
According to prosecutors, Farrington's crime satisfied two of the criteria for the imposition of the death penalty, as the murder was a contract killing and Sherman was robbed at gunpoint before his life was taken.
However, the trial judge determined that the crime did not fall within the "worst of the worst" and sentenced him to life in May.
This year, Justice Charles sentenced Serrano Adderley, a Jamaican national, to two life sentences for the July 11, 2011 murders of Kevin Forbes and Alwayne Leslie at a Haitian shantytown off Montgomery Avenue.
The jury accepted evidence that Adderley fatally shot Forbes, 40, and Leslie, 28, in a feud over drugs.
Adderley denied that he was at the scene of the crime. However, the main witness for the prosecution, Shawn Knowles, positively identified that the Jamaican was at the scene.
At the time of his testimony, Knowles was out on bail in relation to three murders.
He and another suspect are accused of murdering Edward Braynen, Shackara Rahming and Erica Ward on July 30, 2011.
Ward was Adderley's girlfriend. She was eight months pregnant.
Under Bahamian law fetal homicide is not an offense.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for George Williams, who was convicted of the 2008 murders of Andy Weekes and Terrel Mingo.
Prosecutors relied on the legislation that defined the murder of multiple victims as death eligible. They also argued that his previous conviction for manslaughter showed he was beyond reform.
His sentencing hearing is set for August 8.

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Debate On Pension Fund
January 15, 2013
Debate On Pension Fund

While former City Market staff continue to await their retirement and severance pay-outs, parliamentarians yesterday debated the Employee Pension Fund Protection Bill. The Bill seeks to ensure the long term security of pension funds, particularly in the private sector, and how they are managed and regulated. Speaking to MPs in the House of Assembly, State Legal Affairs Minister Damian Gomez charged that the Bill could not have come at a better time, given the examples of failed funds in recent times.

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April 20, 2012
Defending govt's handling of the economy

Dear Editor,

I'm grateful for a little bit of your space to comment on an article that appeared in The Nassau Guardian by Arinthia S. Komolafe on April 19, 2012 under the headline "Economic and fiscal prudence: Ingraham vs. Christie".
I have read some of Komolafe's articles and it is clear to me that she writes with a certain political bias but this does not bother me because as an opinion piece writer, she is entitled to do so. However, what seems clear is that on this score Komolafe is clearly out of her depth.
I could spend all day dismantling her shallow assessment of what she calls the "Ingraham Fiscal Plan" verses the "Christie Fiscal Plan", but I prefer to speak simply to the enormous flaw in her conclusion that, "In the final analysis, a review of both administration's performance in managing the economy suggests that the Ingraham administration lacked a plan to improve economic conditions in the country as evidenced by its reactionary fiscal policy."
For someone to speak of "reactionary fiscal policy" in a period of time when virtually every country in the world has had to react to the most significant global economic crisis since The Great Depression is simply ignorant. It would be like saying that the trauma surgeon who attends frantically to the needs of a severely injured traffic victim lacked a plan for the medical health of his patient because he to attended so assiduously to the critical needs of his patient.
Ingraham, as did many other global leaders, had to attend to the dwindling revenue resulting from a worldwide economic downturn; had to attend to the need to stimulate the economy as private businesses pulled back on their activities; and had to provide social relief for thousands of disadvantaged citizens.
On each point, Ingraham and his team did an outstanding job by any standard. The plan of the prime minister seemed clear enough to non-jaundiced eyes, which was to use the country's borrowing capacity to support the economy and to return to more balanced financial practices as soon as the economic circumstances permitted.
In the course of governing in these difficult times, the Ingraham government, unlike countries throughout the world including the great United States, laid off no teachers, police officers or civil servants as a means of saving money.
Talk about reactionary fiscal policy, has Komolafe been out to lunch while the worldwide media broadcasted what countries around the world had to do in response to the global economic crisis? Is she serious? To miss this fundamental point really speaks volumes of Komolafe's mindset and is quite disappointing to say the least.

- Leslie Farquharson

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Deputy PM backs Miller in dispute with union
November 12, 2013
Deputy PM backs Miller in dispute with union

DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip 'Brave' Davis yesterday defended Bahamas Electricity Corporation chairman Leslie Miller as the battle between unions and executive management over benefits continue...

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February 17, 2012
Dianne Marie Russell, 51

Funeral Service for Dianne Marie Russell, 51, of Nicholl’s Town, Andros, will be held on Saturday February 18th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Highbury Park. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Norman Lightbourne, Rev. Fr. Jude Edomwonyi, Rev. Fr. Alvardo Adderley, Rev. Fr. Shazz Turnquest and Rev. Fr. Ivan Eldon. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.

Left to cherish her memories are: her husband: Samuel Russell; her children: Samantha and Danielle Russell; her mother: Dorothy Fox; brothers and their spouses: Brian and Paulette and Mark and Bernadette Fox; mother-in-law: Sybil Spence; brothers-in-law and their spouses: Leslie Smith, St ...

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November 07, 2011
Dianni Nicole Patxot Felix, 1

Funeral Service for Baby Dianni Nicole Patxot Felix age 1 year and 10 months, of
Kennedy Subdivision, who died October 21st, at Doctor's Hospital will be held on Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Church East Shirley Street. Rev. Godfrey Bethel will officiate and cremation will follow.
Precious memories will linger in the hearts of:
Her mother:               Rickia Stuart
Her father:                 Dioni Patxot Felix
One brother:               Terrel Williams Jr.
Grand-mother:            Tanya Ward
Grand father:                Ricardo Stuart
Great grand mother:         Audrey Burrows
Great grand father:          George Ward of Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Four uncles: Alex Rodgers, Ricardo Stuart Jr., Lorenze McKenzie and Sean Rolle
Of Freeport Grand Bahama
Eight grand aunt:  Michelle Butler, Cecilia Adderley, Jennifer and Antionette
Burrows,  Tamara Moxey, Dominique Wrad of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Ianthia and Carla Rolle of Freeport Grand Bahama
Ten grand uncles: Brian and Christopher Burrows, Dion and Ricardo Brown, Gentry
Moxey, Troy Ward, Roscoe Thompson, Telford Adderley, Jarvis Thompson and  George Ward Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Seven great grand aunts: Cheryl Thompson, Joycelyn Johnson, Peggy Dean, Pat,
Delores, Kaye and Judy ward
One great great grand aunt:       Thelma Fernander
Cousins:Taushiana Thomas, Pastor Duerre and Sharai Thomas and family of Clearwater
Ministries George Town Exuma, Teran and Malik Adderley, Serena and Osbourne Davis Jr., Nyoshi and D'niesha Curry, Rico, Daniesha, Lauren and Dion Brown Jr., Antonio Riley, Eryn Moxey, Xavier, Blair, Cottia, Marichan, Jade and Joshua Burrows, Daron Culmer Jr., Lamont Knowles Jr., Tamika Rolle, Jay Butler, Clarissa, Melissa, Guiliano and Luchiano Thompson, Vanessa Anderson, Ingia Thompson, Kenrick Jr., and Vanrea Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Miller and family, Yeniesha Newton, Alyssa Roach, Brishnell Munroe and Lee Miller Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Davis and family, Mrs. Thelma Neely and family, Monalisa Pennerman, Lethesia Green, Kendal and Deslamona Rolle, Antica Maitland, Mr. and Mrs. Devon Johnson and family, Daniel Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Newbold amd family,
Godparents Shantel Evans, Tasia Campbell, Brishel Munroe, Angel Bastian, Brian
Burrows and Garfield McPhee
Numerous family and friends include:Alphonso Strachan and family, Jeff Stubbs, The
Munnings and Stuart families, Mrs. Hanna and family, Mrs. Eleanor and family, Anika, Owen Adderley and family, Walt Saunders and family, Rachael Edgecombe and family, Maylene Thomas and family of Grand Bahama, Gennie and family, Leslie Russell and family, Marvin Hepburn, Giovanni Seymour, Deon Butler, Christine Taylor, Gladstone McPhee and family, Shervin Thomas, Terell Williams Sr., Prisca Newbold and family, Sidainya Kemp, Lleana Thompson, Karen Edwards and family of Grand Bahama, Shirell Thompson and family of Grand Bahama, The Kennedy Sub boys, Geordie Young, Andrew McPhee, Unique's Beauty Salon, Van and Jerry Oldham of Rock Sound Eleuthera, Margaret Williams, Delarese Williams and family, Marilyn Adderley and family, Sade, Lateisha, Avianca Anderson and family and Edith Gilbert and family
Relatives and friends may pay their last resoects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 11;00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 and at the church from 12:00 noon to service time.
DEATH              NOTICE
Yolande Seraphin age 51 a resident of the Bluff Eleuthera and
formerly of Gonaives Haiti, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital
On Saturday October 29th, 2011
She is survived by:
One daughter:                 Dania Louis
Four sons:   Bruci-Lee Louissaint, Frantzon and Allan  Seraphin and
Robed Louis
Seven    grand-children,      7 brothers
Eight sisters including: Myriam Bemezier Seraphin and Dieula Germain
Of Haiti and other relatives and friends
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME and will be announced later.

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Disconnection threat is contradicted by BEC chief
July 24, 2014
Disconnection threat is contradicted by BEC chief

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Executive Chairman Leslie Miller yesterday contradicted a statement sent by the company warning customers with overdue balances to pay their outstanding bills by tomorrow or be disconnected...

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