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By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT: As police on Grand Bahama launched an investigation into the island's first homicide this year, a second man was discovered shot to death in his car in the Garden Villas area.
A 24-year-old man, who was stabbed early Sunday morning at a Freeport nightclub, died at hospital on Monday, police reported.
The young man, identified as Tamaro Johnson, is a resident of Weddell Avenue, where police discovered a second man shot to death around 11.50pm on Monday.
It is not known whether the incidents are connected and if the shooting was in retaliation.
Police have classified Mr Johnson's death as the island ...
When nighttime falls, unlike most residences on New Providence, the Golden Age retirement home on Bernard Road remains cloaked in darkness, leaving its aging residents and those who care for them unable to perform basic functions.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) disconnected its power supply for non-payment Wednesday afternoon, reportedly without warning.
Golden Age manager Dr. Enid Capron admitted that the home owes BEC nearly $7,000 in arrears and the payments have been irregular over the past few months.
“But it’s almost impossible to run this home without electricity,” she said.
As a result of the disconnection, the home has no running water, as its pump is ...
EDITOR, The Tribune.
The announcement that mv Discovery was stopping its service between Miami and Freeport came as no surprise - really surprised that they didn't stop earlier.
The brilliance of our Ministry of Tourism forced SS Celebration, not the Carnival boat, from their preferred and liked service Palm Beach to Nassau to adding to the Freeport South Florida overnight service.
They I am told subsidized both services - obviously market forces won out and one service is now discontinued.
Whichever party you support the success of the government's interventions since 2007 have not been too successful except after the dredging of Nassau Harbour for $45 million we see high perc ...
EXUMA, Bahamas - Police have launched an
active investigation into the discovery of forty-two (42) bales of
marijuana in Exuma on Monday 22nd April 2013.
reports, around 1:30pm Police in Exuma along with DEU and OPBAT officers
discovered the large stash of marijuana at Bahama Sound. The weight of
the drugs is one thousand (1000) pounds.
Investigations are ongoing.
The case of a man standing trial in connection with a Halloween night armed robbery was discontinued yesterday in Supreme Court.?Charges of three armed robberies against Kendal Lord were dropped when prosecutors presented a nolle prosequi signed by the Attorney General asking that the matter be discontinued.
Grand Bahama's tourism industry and wider economy has suffered a potential blow after Discovery Cruise Line, the largest tour operator to the island, announced that from September 7, 2011, it will suspend for an indefinite period, the service of its ship, the Discovery Sun.
Hanns J. Hahn, its vice-president and general manager, said: "While the ship is in safe operational order and complies with all United States Coast Guard and SOLAS requirements, it requires extensive dry docking and refurbishment. A timetable for its return will be announced after further inspections are completed."
As the Discovery Day holiday approaches, which commemorates Christopher Columbus's arrival in the new world in 1492, an age-old debate has again emerged on whether the name should be changed to National Heroes Day.
Chairman of the National Heroes Committee, Father Sebastian Campbell, noted that a National Heroes Bill was passed during the Christie administration but was never enacted.
Campbell, who has advocated for the name change for many years, said yesterday the passage of the bill should have led to a formal name change but the holiday's name remains unchanged because of politics.
He said what started out as a fight to honor the country's first Bahamian Governor General - the late Sir Milo Butler - as a national hero, developed into a widespread advocation to recognize all individuals who have made great contributions to The Bahamas.
"The National Heroes Committee has been on the forefront of this campaign now for [many] years, stretching over three prime ministers," Campbell told The Nassau Guardian at St. Gregory's Angelican Church yesterday.
"Sir Milo Butler is the only Bahamian declared by the government as a national hero to date."
Campbell said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham initially suggested renaming October 12 as National Heroes Day following the late former Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling's death in August 2000.
"Outside of the National Heroes Committee, I personally believe that we ought not to have a holiday to celebrate the coming of Christopher Columbus; he discovered nothing as he met 80,000 Arawak Indians in The Bahamas," Campbell said.
"The present prime minister...it was his suggestion at the death of Sir Lynden. The original idea came from him, that we had too many holidays and rather than creating another he suggested to take one of the present holidays and rechristen it as a National Heroes Day.
"[This day] would recognize all heroes together instead of honoring each hero, like Sir Lynden and Sir Milo Butler on separate days. He also suggested using the second Monday of October to recognize these people while also keeping October 12 as a day of national remembrance."
According to Campbell, the committee's efforts to gain recognition for certain individuals it felt made significant contributions to The Bahamas gained momentum when the National Heroes Bill was passed.
The prime minister has not brought about the change because the "date" was not written on the legislation, Campbell claimed.
"I spoke directly with the secretary to the Cabinet. I spoke with the prime minister as well and the only reason they have given me for not honoring this legislation that was passed unanimously, is that the former prime minister, Perry Christie, did not date the legislation and that's it," Campbell said.
"I ask, what is the problem with the current government and prime minister dating the legislation seeing that it was passed. It seems obvious to me that it is political."
He added that October 12 could be used to educate students on the history of The Bahamas, including the arrival of Columbus, but also the history of many "great Bahamians".
"This is part of our progression as a people," Campbell said. "Teaching our children the importance of nationalism and what it means to be Bahamian is an opportunity to teach them the story of great Bahamians like Sir Milo Butler, Sir Lynden Pindling, Clarence A. Bain and so many more."
Campbell encouraged Bahamians to honor their heroes instead of waiting for the government to do so or waiting for a name change.
"This year I wish to speak to the Bahamian public because the people are the ones who have the power," Campbell said.
"Let us celebrate our heroes and let us declare this [upcoming] day as National Heroes holiday. Let us get away from this colonial enslavement in thinking that the government must say and do something. I trust that Bahamians all across this archipelago would find some opportunity to celebrate the heroes in their neighborhood and community."
He added, "This month the committee recognizes William Cartwright. We need to give him his flowers whilst he is still living so that he may be recognized as a hero for what he has done."
Cartwright was a founding member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), formed in 1953. A service will be held at St. Gregory's Anglican Church on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate "nation builders" like Cartwright.
Cartwright will also be honored during a luncheon at Government House today.
On Friday, which is a holiday, the Fox Hill community is having a National Heroes Day celebration and has singled out heroes to honor, according to Campbell.
Essence Bahamas demographics continues to skyrocket with the launch of their 2nd issue for 2013. Entitled ‘Discover the Bahamas’ this media entity has increased their reading audience now into the entire Caribbean and Latin America. Unequivocally, Tourism, Travel, and Culture paramountly concern the avid frequent traveler, leisure, business, and single/family oriented vacationers.
Freeport, Grand Bahama - On Friday 18th January 2013, around 3:45am, Officers of the Eight Mile Rock Division received information of a traffic accident at Freddie Corner, Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock. Upon arrival at the scene officers discovered a 2001 green Mercury Sabre that had hit a wall and chain link fence.