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February 26, 2015
Arrest over woman's death in blaze with cord round neck

POLICE have a 21-year-old woman in custody in connection with the "suspicious death" of Ariel Lowe, who was discovered by firefighters with a "black cord" tied around her neck in her home on Carmichael Road on Monday morning.

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December 23, 2011
A beautiful 'Festival of Carols'

Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes encouraged patrons at the Ministry of Education's Festival of Carols to give gifts of compassion this Christmas that will uplift their fellow men.

The Ministry of Education's Festival of Carols has been captivating its patrons and reminding them of the true meaning of Christmas for over 50 years. It is an event frequently patronized by governors general during their term in office.

This year, Jewel Dean, senior education officer for performing arts in the Ministry of Education and coordinator of the festival, staged a one and half hour program of traditional Christmas presentations that featured the musical, dramatic and dance skills of students from both independent and public schools in New Providence. The event was held at the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Carmichael Road.

Dignitaries attending the event were the governor general and Lady Foulkes; Minister of Education Desmond Bannister; Secretary to The Cabinet Anita Bernard; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Elma Garraway; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Nicole Campbell; Director of Education Lionel Sands; Ministry of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis; and Dr. Iva Dahl-Regis-Brown, manager/consultant of BTVI.

T.A. Thompson students Fredricka Wildgoose and Emmanuel Petit skillfully moderated the program. Boykin Smith of St. Anne's School delivered the customary welcome while various students including Anshanty Armbrister of the Salvation Army School read the scripture announcing the Birth of Christ.

It was agreed by many of the special guests including Reverend Carla Culmer and former educators that the carol service was one of the best ever held. One of the crowd pleasers was the "Silent Night Medley" performed by the E.P. Roberts Primary School Violin Ensemble under the directorship of Flora Simpson. Another crowd highlight was the twins, Mark and Anthony Johnson of H.O. Nash Junior High School, who performed several Christmas favorites such as "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" and "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem". The duo always amazes audiences with their powerful voices.

C.V. Bethel Senior High School Music Instructor Lorenz Burrows delivered another original score, "Jesus We Treasure You", which his school's choir sang. Claridge Primary School's skit entitled, "The Greatest Gift of All" proved to be humorous but conveyed that the greatest gift is still Jesus.

The minister of education brought greetings to the congregation, applauded students for their extraordinary talents and noted that it is encouraging to know that many of our youth are involving themselves in wholesome, positive activities that will enable us to move forward, upward, onward and together as a people.

Sir Arthur Foulkes admonished the students to follow the example of the Wise Men who when they found baby Jesus opened treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The governor general encouraged them to "give comfort to the bereaved, clothes and food to the needy and hope to those in despair. Let us be sure that in our giving, Jesus is not left out."

For more photos, check out our online gallery at www.thenassauguardian.com.

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Back-2-School 2012
Back-2-School 2012

Sunday 9th September 2012  6:00 PM

St. Gregory’s Anglican Church’s presents Back-2-School 2012 2 events, 2 Different Dates Church Service & Jam JAM ACTIVITIES:  PRAISE & WORSHIP  MUSICAL ARTISTS  PRAYER   DANCE  GAMES  GUEST SPEAKER  FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES  STUDENTS SHOULD WEAR THEIR SCHOOL UNIFORM AT THE 8:30 AM CHURCH SERVICE FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 466-3582 OR 361-3800 Parish Youth Council SUNDAY, SEP. 9TH @ 6:00 PM SUNDAY, SEP. 2ND @ 8:30 AM Venue: St. Gregory’s Church, Carmichael Road Event is free! St. Gregory’s Anglican Church will host its 2nd annual Back-to-school jam. There will be live music, a guest speaker, dance, games, prizes, and free school supplies! Let us prepare our kids for a positive and successful school year.


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January 10, 2012
Group urges support for ongoing Haiti earthquake relief efforts

As many people prepare to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed over 300,000 people and affected millions more, the United Haitian Bahamian Association of The Bahamas (UHBAB) is urging Bahamians to assist those Haitians still in need.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, with at least 52 aftershocks following, displacing millions.
Dr. Antoine St. Louis, senior president of UHBAB, said during the past year the organization has raised over $30,000 in relief funds.
"There is no figure of how much we need," St. Louis told reporters yesterday at Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) on Carmichael Road. "The need is still huge.
"What we have collected... we have sent to Haiti."
St. Louis said the organization still travels to Haiti to provide aid.
Robertson Dieudonne, the organization's administrative assistant, said medical equipment and supplies are still in high demand in Haiti.
While much more is needed, UHBAB officials said Bahamians and Haitians in The Bahamas have greatly supported relief efforts in Haiti.
"We are sometimes surprised at the amount of money they (Haitian-Bahamians) would send through [the] Red Cross [and] the credit unions," said Dieudonne.
"It is clearly noted that Bahamians have actually opened up their hearts from the inception of this calamity.  I think the support from the Bahamian public has been tremendous to say the least."
UHBAB also plans to hold a concert in collaboration with the Power of Ten (a group of organizations including BFM and UHBAB), on January 14 at BFM.
Dieudonne said the primary focus of the concert is to sensitize Bahamians and those of Haitian descent about Haiti's economic plight.
"Raising monies to assist in our ongoing efforts with the Haiti direct aid program is a secondary purpose," he said.
Anyone wishing to still donate to relief efforts can contact Dieudonne at 433-8487 or St. Louis at 557-8323.
Donations can also be made at FirstCaribbean International Bank's Palmdale branch.

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November 09, 2011
Five key seats to 2012 victory

By PAUL G TURNQUEST

Chief Reporter

pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

THE 2012 general election will be determined by the results of five key constituencies, party insiders have predicted.

According to information gleaned from the recently revealed Boundaries Commission report, it is believed that a victory by either the PLP or the FNM can only come with a victory in what will be the new Elizabeth, Sea Breeze, Bamboo Town, Carmichael, and the as yet unnamed "constituency 21" in the South of New Providence.

Of the 38 seats being recommended by the Commission for the 2012 election, the PLP believe that they are poised to win 10 or 11 out of the 23 in New Providence, two out of the five in Grand ...

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January 02, 2015
Man escapes from Carmichael Road Detention Centre

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Department of Immigration wishes to inform the public that in the late hours of Thursday 1st January, there was an escape from the Carmichael Road Detention Centre. One Haitian male escaped lawful detention and is at large. A search operation has been mounted to effect his return to the Centre.
A man also Haitian, believed and suspected to be an accomplice on the outside of the facility, and who is alleged to have obstructed the efforts to apprehend the escapee, was injured when he was hit by rubber bullets used to prevent the breach. He was subsequently detained. He was taken to the hospital for emergency care, treated and discharged. He is presently detained at the Centre.
The Department will keep the public informed as information on this matter becomes available.

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January 24, 2012
ROW OVER SCHOOL NAMES

By CELESTE NIXON

Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

PARLIAMENTARY proceedings were interrupted by a heated exchange between MICAL MP Alfred Gray and Minister of Education and Carmichael MP Desmond Bannister yesterday over allegations that the scheduled renaming of schools in the Family Islands is "politically motivated."

While encouraging the residents of Crooked Island to come out to support and "salute their hero", Mr Gray said as the MP for the Crooked Island, he was not informed of the renaming ceremony, scheduled for February 3, claiming the timing of the event to be politically driven.

He said: "The person whose name is being used is deserving, but the timi ...

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February 20, 2012
Echo Water to produce its own bottles

Echo Water, produced by Source River Limited (SRL), plans to soon emerge as a major player in the local water production and distribution market.
SRL's chief Tennyson Wells confirmed to Guardian Business that Echo Water is now in a position to produce its own bottles.
"We have quadrupled our capacity to produce the five gallon bottles. We are now in a position to produce our own bottles, the 20 oz, 12 oz and the 1.5 liter. We have the pre-forms to make the 20 oz bottles. However, we are now getting ready to order pre-form for the 12 oz and 1.5 liters," according to Wells.
"In about two to three months time, we will be able to produce our own bottles. In three to four weeks time, we will be producing our own bottles for the one gallon."
He added that the company has invested hundreds of thousands within the last several weeks purchasing the necessary equipment. As a result, the company anticipates significant savings in production costs.
To date, Wells pointed out that more than $2 million has been invested into the Echo Water brand.
Since launching in April 2010, he shared that employees at the plant are able to produce up to 5,000 bottles in an eight-hour period in comparison to 1,200.
Now, Wells said they are in the process of shifting employment from direct to contract employees.
This means that compensation will be based solely on what each employee produces. It's a new concept that Wells said his team would be looking into very soon.
The plant currently has over 30 employees.
He revealed to Guardian Business the company is now in the process of finding new sources for labels and caps for the bottles.
Though the company is progressing, Wells noted that it has not been without its fair share of challenges.
"It's a step-by-step process. It's taking us much longer than we had anticipated but the economy being what it was and this being the winter season. I've noticed that people don't like to drink water during the winter season," he explained.
However, Wells said he believes that over the next 12 months Echo Water will become a major player in the market.
"So far, we have been a very small player since we brought it on in April 2010. We are approaching our second year in business. In our third year, I believe we will become a major player in the marketplace," Wells added.
SRL, an investment company comprised of 40 local Bahamian investors, has entered into an agreement to purchase the Bacardi rum facility.
Investors also include former Bacardi employees with technical expertise in manufacturing at the Bacardi plant's infrastructure.
The plant sits on approximately 62 acres of property located south of Carmichael Road on Bacardi Road and extends to New Providence's southern shores.
The company's long-term expansion plans will include the production and bottling of juices, wines, an industrial bakery to produce baked goods for public hotel and food service industries and the development of a luxury residential community with coastal properties.

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January 26, 2012
Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47

Funeral service for Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47, a resident of Carmichael Road West, who died on January, 2012, will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Robinson & Claridge Roads, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Thomas P. Brislin, C.P. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish her memories are her parents: Mr. & Mrs. Sybil & Joseph McKinney; 1 son: David Charlton Jr.; 2 sisters: Mrs. Angela Johnson & Mrs. Eunice Rolle; 5 brothers: Andrew, Ishmael, Epheriam, Christopher & Arlington McKinney; 8 aunts: Ms. Edris Rolle, Ms. Coral Stubbs, Mrs. Catherina Jones, Mrs. Cosette Johnson, Mrs. Clarah Brooks, Mrs. Mar ...

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January 27, 2012
Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47

Funeral service for Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47 yrs., a resident of Carmichael Road West, who died on January, 2012, will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Robinson & Claridge Roads, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Thomas P. Brislin, C.P. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish her memories are her parents: Mr. & Mrs. Sybil & Joseph McKinney; 1 son: David Charlton Jr.; 2 sisters: Mrs. Angela Johnson & Mrs. Eunice Rolle; 5 brothers: Andrew, Ishmael, Epheriam, Christopher & Arlington McKinney; 8 aunts: Ms. Edris Rolle, Ms. Coral Stubbs, Mrs. Catherina Jones, Mrs. Cosette Johnson, Mrs. Clarah Brooks, Mrs. Marion Miller, Ms. Beyral Williamson & Mrs. Florina Wring; 1 uncle: Ishmael Mack McKinney; 5 sisters-in-law: Mrs. Dianne Burnside, Ms. Marilyn Charlton, Mrs. Judy Charlton, Mrs. Viola McKinney & Mrs. Althea McKinney; 9 brothers-in-law: John Johnson, Alonzo, Kennrick, Wesley, Steven, Ivan, Esau & Jacob Charlton & Ronnie Rolle; numerous nephews & nieces including: Bonas of New York, Gino, Anthony, Fat Boy & Cadero; a host of other relatives & friends including: the Bodie family of Gambier Village.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m.on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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February 10, 2012
Mildred Christina Knowles , 65

Funeral service for Mildred Christina Knowles , 65, a resident of Unison Road off Carmichael Road, who died on 29th January, 2012, will be held at Cousin McPhee Cathedral, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Dr. Ranford Patterson. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Precious memories will be cherished in the hearts of her loving and wonderful husband: Everette Knowles; 4 sons: Rodwell, Johnathan, Everete Jr. and Leafred Knowles (deceased); 2 stepsons: Jeffery and Carlton Knowles; 5 daughters: Debra, Merciann and Ginger Knowles, Norma Bethel, Gaynell Sands; 1 step daughter: Oraley Smith; grandchildren: Larry, Rodman, Lakeshia, Shawniniqua, Arq ...

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February 10, 2012
Mildred Christina Knowles, 65

Funeral service for Evangelist Mildred Christina Knowles, 65 yrs., a resident of Unison Road off Carmichael Road, who died on 29th January, 2012, will be held at Cousin McPhee Cathedral, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Dr. Ranford Patterson. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Precious memories will be cherished in the hearts of her loving and wonderful husband: Everette Knowles; 4 sons: Rodwell, Johnathan, Everete Jr. and Leafred Knowles (deceased); 2 stepsons: Jeffery and Carlton Knowles; 5 daughters: Debra, Merciann and Ginger Knowles, Norma Bethel, Gaynell Sands; 1 step daughter: Oraley Smith; grandchildren: Larry, Rodman, Lakeshia, Shawniniqua, Arqualla, Pricilla, Rodwell Jr, Theo, Dancia, Jacara Knowles, Shrelle, Rochelle, Troy Jr. McDonald, Pamela, Chardeeka, Dwaniqueka, Dominqua Bethel, Angela, Angel Brown, Travis, Corey, Rashad Higgs, Anishka, Daraneshia Williams, Neil Jr., Antonio & Gaynell Enda Sands; 1 daughter-in-law: Denise Knowles; 3 sons-in-law: Neil Sands Sr., Dwayne Bethel and Shadrac Chalton; 5 sisters: Olivia Mackey of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Dora Saunders, Monalida Demeritte, Clothilda Saunders, Elizabeth Slack; 5 sisters-in-law: Ulrica Coleby, Gloretta Duncombe, Ivy, Gertrude and Geneva Knowles; 7 brothers-in-law; Charles, Hector, Christopher, Nevelle and Arnold Knowles of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Steven Slack, Leon Brown; great grand children: Shaquel, Amaya, Craig Jr., Hannah, Kaylin, Adrian, Jason, Randy, Mia; nieces: Arlene of Miami, Fl., Dona of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Diana Smith, Rosie Moxey, Mayala, Alama, Kim, Evelyn Neely, Michelle Green, Natasha of Miami, Fl., Malissa Burnside; nephews: Kevin, Michael, Ricardo Jr, Rynam, Charles Knowles, Al Coleby, Patrick Kemp, Ted and David Mackey of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Trevor, Erick Curry, Deon Poitier, Basil, Bryan, Kelston Brown, Christopher Barnet, Lambert Cartwright, Craig, Hew and Desmond Duncombe; numerous grand nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends including: Patrick Moss of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Frederick Saunders, Mary, Sherryann, Hannah, Latiesha and Gertrude Rolle, Patrice Henry, Pastor Henry Smith and family, Rev. Franklyn Burrows, Laura Taylor and family, Enda Sands and family, Pat Roberts and family, cole Henry, Mona, Catherine and Charles McPhee, Sister Lewis, Mother Edgecombe, Ms. Russell and family, Pastor Minus and family of Five Porches Church, Ruth and George Bethel and family, Craig Maycock and family, Leslie, Mrs. King and famliy, Sheila, Dr. Marley, Dr. Strachan, Sen. Michael Halkitas, Hon. Charles Maynard and family, Rosey, Shirley, Elcena, Marlene, June, Kevin, Charles McDonald & family, staff of Super Value #9, Esther Smith, Louise Clarke and family, Vanessa, Welhia, Shonel, Garvie, Charles Jr., the Jolly family, doctors and nurses of Princess Margaret Hospital, the Fox Hill, Unison and Cowpen Road communities.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-1:00 p.m. & at the church from 2:00 p.m. until service time.

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February 16, 2012
Public primary schools 'dig' their volleyball tournament

The New Providence Public Primary Schools Sports Association set off the preliminary games in its volleyball tournament at Kendal Isaacs gym yesterday.

The tournament is expected to conclude with the championships on Friday.

For the cross-over match, Centerville and Yellow Elder advanced to the playoff round.

Ridgeland will cross over with Columbus Primary and Claridge and Oakes Field will cross over tomorrow.

Winners will advance to the playoff round to join Centerville and Yellow Elder.

In the girls' division, Yellow Elder, Claridge, Sadie Curtis and Carmichael are all slated to face off in the playoff rounds for the championships.

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February 17, 2012
Christie: FNM taking low road

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie last night accused the Free National Movement (FNM) of 'attacking' his party's candidates.
Christie said the FNM is in so much trouble as a government it is taking the low road in its campaign.
Speaking at the official opening of the PLP's Golden Isles constituency office, Christie said the FNM is "attacking PLP candidates of such impeccable integrity and character that you almost can't believe they'd be so vicious and so stupid".
He told supporters the country can not afford to have an election based on such attacks.
"The real challenges facing our country are too serious," he said.  "So every time they invent some new charge, or recycle some tired, old already-discredited allegation, every time they do this, we'll show you how baseless and ridiculous they are, and then we'll go right back to telling you about the PLP's innovative plans to fight crime and create jobs."
Christie pledged: "They'll take the low road, and we'll take the high road because the low road doesn't take us where we need to go.  The low road is not the way to a safer and more prosperous nation."
The PLP leader did not specifically name which candidates are being 'attacked', but his comment came on the same day that Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell accused Leader of Government Business in the Senate Dion Foulkes of 'carrying things too far' on Wednesday when he tabled a 2007 United States Embassy cable in which a senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs official alleges Mitchell was involved in a visa scam while he served as minister.
Mitchell has sued the official - Dorothea Lafleur - and has told Foulkes in a public statement he takes what has been done personally.  He was referring to the tabling of the document.
The former minister also told Foulkes: "This blood libel by you has now set enmity between me and your house."
Christie previously said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has attacked another PLP candidate - Dr. Perry Gomez, the AIDS program director who is running in North Andros and the Berry Islands.
Ingraham suggested last weekend that Gomez does not have a true commitment to the people of that constituency, but is only entering politics because he is facing mandatory retirement from the government health services sector.
Christie said last night that Bahamians are focused on fighting crime, creating jobs, and investing in people.
"The PLP is focused on fighting crime, creating jobs, and investing in people," he said.
Christie said the FNM does not want to talk about fighting crime or the economy.
"Why would they, when they made the recession so much worse in The Bahamas, with higher taxes, contracts for foreigners instead of Bahamians, and their failure to control energy costs?" he said.
He said all the FNM government has left is the national stadium and the Lynden Pindling International Airport project, which were initiated under his administration.
Christie claimed that when the PLP left office The Bahamas was a regional leader in employment.  "After the FNM, The Bahamas is at the bottom, among the worst-performing economies in the region," he said.
Last week, the Department of Statistics released the results of a November 2011 labor force survey, which revealed the unemployment rate jumped from 13.7 to 15.9 percent nationally, the highest in more than a decade.
The data painted a grim picture for Grand Bahama which saw unemployment figures rise from 15.4 percent in May 2011 to 21.2 percent in November 2011.
Christie said that with PLP Golden Isles candidate Michael Halkitis on his team, "we will lead the way forward".
"We see the problems, but we also see the potential," he said.  "We know we can create a booming economy here once again, with innovative ideas and a committed team of experts."
Halkitis served as parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Finance during the Christie administration.  He lost in his 2007 re-election bid to the FNM's Charles Maynard.
The PLP's Golden Isles constituency office is located on the corner of Carmichael Road and Bacardi Road.

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February 23, 2012
Philip Andrew Pro Ingraham, 55

Funeral Services for Philip Andrew "Pro" Ingraham, 55, of Seabreeze Estates will be held on Saturday 25th ,10:00 a.m. at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Carmichael Rd. Bishop Ros Davis, assisted by Pastor Alan Strachan Pastor Trent Davis and Pastor Sheila Smith will officiate. Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, J.F.K Drive.

LEFT TO MOURN are his: Six (6) Children: Tamika, Philip Jr. Frisco (pre-deceased), and Delvano Ingraham, Philip and Tamara Penn; Two (2) Grandchildren: Kayden Sweeting and Delron Ingraham; Two (2) Brothers: Ronald and Tony Ingraham; Five (5) Sisters: Geneva Johnson, Adrian Grant, Michelle Darling-Butler, Sharon Ingraham, and Gloria Major; Tw ...

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October 27, 2011
Dwight Lawrence Saunders, 45

Funeral service for Dwight Lawrence Saunders, 45, of Whittaker, Carmichael Road, who died on 8th October, 2011 will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Steet, on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, M. Div., assisted by Deacon Peter Rahming & Deacon Maxwell Johnson. Cremation follows.

Dwight is survived by his mother: Virginia Thompson; grandfather: Edward Thompson; sisters: Irene (Samuel) Smith & family, Catherine (Howard) Varence & family, Portia Hepburn & family, Sipreanne (Anthony) Allen & family, Marva morris & family and Desiree Saunders & family; brothers: Constable #696 Drexel Thompson, Pedro (Erica) Strapp ...

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March 01, 2012
Francita Naomi Reckley-Brown, 51

Funeral service for Francita Naomi Reckley-Brown, 51, a resident of Carmichael Road, who died on 20th February, 2012, will be held at Carmichael Bible Church, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Daniel O. Simmons. Interment follows in the Church's Cemetery.

Left to cherish her profound memories are her Mother: Elizabeth Reckley, her Husband: Wayde Wilson, Five Daughter's: Jady, Julie and Janaine Brown, Anita and Waydena Wilson, One Son: Dave Brown Jr., Twelve Grandchildren: Damian, Dave, Dashea, Jayla, Jada, Deon, Samuel, Zahajahneik, Jah'Ziah, Dwight Jr, Chrizaya, Stephaneik. Two sisters: Jenny Reckley and Carmen Wint( Of Miami), Four brothers: Livingsto ...

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March 05, 2012
Fire at Haitian village

Scores of Haitians were left homeless after a fire destroyed nine homes in a shantytown in southern New Providence on Friday night.
According to police, the fire ripped through the single-story wooden structures at the Haitian village in Gamble Heights off Baillou Hill Road South around 8:43 p.m.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they met the homes fully engulfed in flames.
Director of Fire Services ASP Walter Evans told The Guardian yesterday that a total of five units responded to the blaze.
In addition to the nine destroyed homes, three nearby homes were moderately damaged by the fire, which was extinguished in less than an hour, Evans said.
"The homes were in very close proximity to one another," Evans added. "That's why the fire spread so quickly."
"When you have fires in homes like this, the chances of the fire spreading is very great," he noted.
Police said there were no injuries reported during the blaze. However, Evans said more than 15 people were displaced.
Evans said investigators are still unsure as to how the blaze started. Active police investigations continue.
He encouraged homeowners to take preventative measures to minimize the threat of fires.
He said every Bahamian home should be equipped with a portable fire extinguisher.
Evans added that smoke detectors are also very useful to have in homes.
Friday's fire was the latest of many fires in Haitian villages in the past year and a half.
On December 26, 2010 a fire ripped through the Mackey Yard shanty town on Alan Drive off Carmichael, destroying approximately 100 homes and displacing up to 300 people.
On March 3, 2011, a fire at the Firetrail Road shantytown destroyed dozens of shacks, also leaving hundreds of squatters homeless.
The fire razed rows of shacks that were grouped together on the property.
The government is rebuilding both areas in its effort to reclaim Crown land and eliminate shantytowns completely across the island.

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March 12, 2012
Remarks by Philip Brave Davis at the Carmichael Branch Launch

Nassau, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Philip Brave Davis at the Carmichael Branch Launch on March 12th, 2012.

To the valiant and strong son of Cat Island - Danny Johnson!

 

Ohhhh Danny Boy - look what you did to that man who has no respect for persons who are his senior.

 

Desmond "Abandoned" Bannister left the people of this community like the mother who left her baby on the doorstep.

 

He saw you coming, and the rest is now history....

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March 16, 2012
DNA North Andros candidate supports push for clean register

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands Randy Butler said he will be in North Andros today attending the hearing into allegations of voter fraud in the constituency, and fully supports there being a clean register.
"If there are mistakes I think [this] would be a good opportunity to fix them," said Butler.
"If there are people that are intentionally doing something, I think they should feel the brunt of the law."
Butler, the CEO of SkyBahamas, spoke to The Nassau Guardian yesterday via telephone while he was campaigning in the Berry Islands.
Claims of voter fraud emerged two weeks ago when Free National Movement (FNM) MP for Carmichael and candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands, Desmond Bannister, said he had a list of 36 names of registered voters in the constituency who were flown in by Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) operatives.
"These persons have taken an oath and have been registered to vote in the North Andros and the Berry Islands constituency," said Bannister at a press conference recently.
"This is an act of deception that can lead to prosecution, and it is an act that we will expose in the interest of protecting our vibrant Bahamian democracy."
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie has strongly rejected the assertion that PLP operatives are facilitating illegal registration of voters.
Butler said as a newcomer to politics he can only advocate for a clean register.
"I believe it's the parliamentary commissioner's job to make sure of that," said Butler.
"If there is any concern that the candidate or the people have, I think they have the right to report it.
"We'll see how it goes and that's what I like about this democratic society."
Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel revealed on Wednesday that 30 people will have their eligibility to vote in the constituency challenged today at a public hearing.
PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis said his party will be representing three of the registered voters in question.
Davis speculated to The Nassau Guardian on Wednesday that if some people who registered in the area are not eligible, they may have been confused by recent amendments to the Parliamentary Elections Act -- specifically the changes to the definition of what it means to be ordinarily resident -- and did not deliberately try to defraud the election process.
Bannister claimed, however, that once the initial hearings have taken place, he will present another list of names to the parliamentary commissioner.

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