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Wednesday 21st October 2009 9:00 AM
Presented by the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture, the JWUYHI Workshop promotes the hospitality industry and career opportunities available in the trade to Bahamian youth, primarily high school students. Held at Sheraton Nassau Resort, Cable Beach Start Time: October 21st at 9:00am End Time: October 21st at 3:00pm. For more information, contact the MYS&C at 242-502-0600.
Freeport's chief executive officer has confirmed he feels "no threat" from the Port of Miami notwithstanding major infrastructural upgrades currently underway at the Florida port and direct efforts by its director to win back transshipment business that has been lost to Freeport and other competitors.
Godfrey Smith, CEO of the Freeport Container Port, said that he views it as more likely that Freeport and the Port of Miami will "compliment" each other in a post-Panama canal expansion environment, suggesting that transshipment is "Freeport's business".
He also pointed to certain legal requirements as making it easier for ships engaged in transshipment to come to Freeport rather than Miami.
Freeport has been touted as likely to get a big boost once the Panama Canal expansion is complete. The port has traditionally dominated in the region in terms of container port throughput, coming in top in the region in 2012. Once the Panama canal expansion is complete, it is at an advantage because it already provides the conditions for super-sized ships to enter and dock, and because of its significant land availability for storage.
Despite already going to the critical depth, Freeport also has its own post-Panama expansion plans, although Smith said he does not anticipate that they will be completed by 2015, when the canal project is set to wrap up.
However, laying out Miami's advantage in an interview with Guardian Business, Director of the Port of Miami Bill Johnson, said that a combination of infrastructure, service and geographic location will make the Florida port a key player once the completion of the Panama canal expansion is finalized in 2015.
While Johnson did not directly identify upgrade plans as part of a strategy to better compete with Freeport and win back transshipment business, he has previously done so. The Port of Miami lost much of its transshipment business after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when new security regulations created challenges doing business.
Johnson is reported to have written a letter to Acting Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Commissioner Thomas Winkowski in June 2013, asking the CBP to develop a pilot program, "with a transshipment inspection protocol pilot for the Port of Miami."
According to the port's letter to CBP Commission Winkowski, prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, "transshipment made up over 22 percent of the cargo trade at the Port of Miami." Now, that transshipment cargo goes through Panama, Freeport, and Kingston.
The CBP is reported to have promised it is "committed and will do everything in its power to expedite transshipment".
In November 2013, a Transshipment Committee was established by the port in conjunction with the CBP to ensure "the return of transshipment to the port".
In an interview with Guardian Business, Johnson described the Port of Miami as having been "quietly, strategically" upgrading to the tune of $65 million to $100 million a year over the past eight years, with an eye to capitalizing on the surge in shipping volumes that will ensue once the Panama project concludes. The port is geographically closer to Panama, but only just.
Johnson said that the port is "very, very excited" about its project to deepen its harbor to accommodate the mega ships that will come through the Panama canal once its expansion is complete, predicting it will see the port accommodate "triple the volume" of shipments it is at present.
Meanwhile, an "on-dock" railway system is being developed that will allow cargo to be shipped by rail directly from the port to 70 percent of the U.S. population within one to four days, said Johnson - a key advantage for the port.
Noting that upgrades are "all about speed to market", Johnson said that a roughly $1 billion tunnel system is now being developed which will see the port become one of the few in the world with a direct connection under the ground to the highway system, allowing cargo to move seamlessly "without a single traffic light" and speeding up delivery. Johnson described the project as "one of the largest PPP (public-private partnership) projects in the U.S., which is opening on time and under budget" in two months' time.
"The $2 billion we've invested we consider a strategic investment to make sure the Port of Miami is fully prepared for the changing opportunities in global trade. We're (handling) right under one million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) right now, and with this infrastructure with the incorporation of RTG (rubber-tyred gantry) equipment, this will allow us to go up to $4 million TEUs (annually)," said Johnson.
After some delays due to a legal dispute, the Panama Canal Authority approved a deal last week that would ensure the completion of the expansion project by December 2015. It came after construction was halted for two weeks in February on the mega-project. The new arrangement will require the authority and the Spanish-led construction consortium leading the project to put in an extra $100 million.
Before the latest agreement, the canal's expansion project was due to be completed in June 2015, nine months behind its original schedule, with the overall cost of the project estimated at $5.2 billion.
The key impact of the widening and deepening of the canal is to slash costs for shipping, by allowing larger ships that can carry triple the amount of cargo on board.
Other ports in the region will go to the critical depth to be able to accommodate the mega ships that will traverse the Panama Canal post-expansion. But there are other reasons why they may not be competition for Freeport.
The Port of Mariel in Cuba, inaugurated in January, is deep at 18 meters and has plenty land space (as does Freeport), but the U.S. embargo will keep it out of the picture until the U.S. embargo is dropped. Ships going there cannot enter the U.S. for six months after.
Kingston, Jamaica, has plans to deepen its harbor to accommodate mega ships, but has yet to finalize its plans, suggesting it may not be ready in time for the completion of the canal.
Johnson's record at the Port of Miami points to a successful growth strategy to date.
"I've been here now for eight years and we've increased from $16 billion to $30 billion in terms of our direct and indirect economic impact on the region. We'd like to go from roughly one million TEUs annually to two million by 2020. We're looking to double cargo movements in the next five to six years. We're placed for growth, we just need to mind our Ps and Qs. It's not just about infrastructure, we're focused on customer service and care and having a competitive price point. These improvements can take us to four million TEUs annually by 2025, 2030," said Johnson.
Funeral service for Deacon Percy Nathaniel Basden, 74 yrs., a resident of Garden Hills #1 & formerly of Bottle Creek, Turks Island, who died on 29th March, 2012, will be held at Greater Bethel Cathedral, Faith Way, Baillou Hill Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Sufferant Bishop Christopher Minnis. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Brenhilda Basden; 9 children: Percy Basden Jr, Princess Pinnock, Kenneth Basden, Darren Basden, Millie Basden Reid, Yvonne Basden Delgado, Montgomery Lewis Basden, Shirley McPhee & Raymond Basden; 6 adopted children: Samuel Burrows, Mario Johnson, Edvardo Johnson, Judith Rolle, Shelton Curtis & Ingrid Johnson; 32 grandchildren: Jason Greene, Hillary Cox, Janeen, Katiann, Ebony Basden, Terez Forbes, Shavanda Basden, Shakera Greene, Precious Basden, Tomeko Price, Dominique, Shanell, Winesha Pinnock, Darren Jr. & Daria Basden, Rudesha & Kenneth Basden Jr., Leslie Greene Jr., Brejon Saunders, Shavonia, Shanique & Montgomery Jr. Lewis, Kendrick Johnson, Lavar, Aisa, Ashton & Ania Burrows, Dawn Dorsette & Shaval Rolle, S.J., Deonte & Pappy's special boy: Drequan Smith; 4 sons-in-law: Winston Pinnock, Kevin Reid, Constantino Delgado & Jarval Rolle; 3 daughters-in-law: Michell & Caroline Basden & Shamara Johnson; 5 brothers-in-law: Thomas Basden, Elik Forbes, Hilgrove & Granville Basden & Daniel Lightbourne; 10 brothers-in-law: Dr. Neil Sawyer, Alfred Smith, Ruben Smith, Junior, Deacon Maxwell, Cleophus, Elkin Johnson, Philip Minnis, Oral Burrows & Joseph Sands; 2 sisters: Helena Sawyer & Ronica Basden; 14 sisters-in-law: Mary, Mavis & Beverley Basden, Christine Taylor, Patsy Francis, Berylean Burrows, Esthermae Smith, Felicia Altima, Angela, & Agnes Smith, Terecita Minnis, Nikitra Sands, Esther, Mary & Laverne Johnson; father & mother-in-law: George & Theresa Johnson; 21 nephews: Lawrence Sawyer, Jason, Gregory, Lorne, Sean, Kevin Basden, Clifton Forbes, Wilfred Dean, Ji,,y Dean, Michael Gardiner Sr., Keita, Novin, Andy, Rocklyn, Ashwood & Mackey Forbes, Crispin & Hilgrove Basden, Livingston Forbes & Corporal & Michael Gardiner Jr.; 17 nieces: Catherine Gardiner, Marion Rolle, Louise Forbes, Vernell Dean, Dianna Rolle, Michelle Poitier, Shandia McGrew, Pernia Forbes, Rosalie Forbes, Bloomie Kuris, Silvary Forbes, Deidre Gardiner, Leza Basden, Christina Barr, Yolanda Basden, Larise Fraser, Merenique Francis; numerous other relatives & friends including: Suff. Bishop Christopher Minnis, Officers & members of the Greater Bethel Cathedral, Pastor Daniel Braynen & Christ Temple family, Bishop George Duncombe & Little Jerusalem family, Pstor Winston Redwood & Faith Apostolic family, Pastor Eziekel Munnings & God's Temple of Praise family, Suff. Bishop Mackey & The Apostolic family of Andros, Evangelist Gloria Dawkins, Sister Shirley Rolle & family, Deacon Vitzel & Evangelist Mary Whymms & family, Minister Gilbert Smith & family, Rev. Lloyd Smith & family, Max Hamilton & family, Prince Philips & family, Amanda Colebrooke & family, Maude Duncombe & family, David Pratt & family, Edna Knowles & family, Theophilius Knowles & family, Mr. Joel Mackey & family, Betty Bain & family, Mr. Woods & family, Brenda Richardson & family, Wesley Forbes & family, Llewellyn Forbes & family, Maryjane Hepburn & family, Simeon Williams & family, Calvert Williams & family, Patrina Oemler & family, Mr. Swan & family, Amos Hanna & family, Diane Rolle & family, the Garden Hills Community, Bottle Creek & Que families of Turks Island, the staff of Male Surgical II of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Pastor Samuel McIntosh & church family & a host of others relatives & friends.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Thela Johnson and the Lady Hitters came out swinging on the opening night of the New Providence Softball Association's (NPSA) 2013 season, as they banged out two in-the-park home-runs, and batted around, to send a strong message to the other female teams in the league.
The Lady Hitters couldn't have asked for a better start to their season, spanking the defending champions in the league's opener on Saturday evening. Johnson led her team from the mound, and they posted an 18-8 win over the Bommer G. Operators. The 10-run victory is the explosive start the team was looking for.
Johnson yielded four walks, and drove in three runs from the plate. Her fourth-inning triple came minutes after Shera Woodside's two-run double, which scored Asheran Roberts and Shatyna Stuart. Woodside, the cousin of Johnson, finished 2-for-2 at the plate. Melinda Bastian, who is the sister of Woodside, and Johnson both scored three runs.
Bastian said: "This is a great start to the season, a positive one for the team. We knew the Lady Operators were not going to come and give us the game. We had to play hard for it so that's what we did. That's not the same team from last year, they have a lot of new young players so at first we were just trying to feel everything out. As you can see, in the second inning, our bats came alive. We were hitting better and playing better defense. This is just the first game and there are a lot of things we will have to work on when we meet other teams, but we are ready."
The Lady Hitters scored seven runs in the second inning and eight in the fourth. Bastian was the only one to score in the first inning. The Operators' bats didn't come alive until the third inning. By that time, they were already down eight runs. Four runs came across home plate in the third inning for the Operators.
With bases loaded in the first, Johnson buckled down, striking out Jelice Darling to end the inning. She came back in the second and sent Nicole Bastian and Helena Curry to the dugout on strikes, and her teammates took care of Akia Rose, tagging her out on her way to second base. The bottom part of the line-up for the Lady Operators seemed to be the weakest and Johnson took full advantage of that. She wasted no time in sending the last four batters back to the dugout.
Tyrice Curry, who was moved from third base to the pitcher's mound in the fourth, scored two runs for the Operators. Michelle Thompson scored twice as well.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game, knowing that this is a new and young team and most of us are playing together for the first time," said Thompson. "The biggest challenge now is staying focused, and encouraging our new team members. We don't want them to be discouraged just because we got beat in the season opener. The season is long and we will get better with play. All we have to do is believe in each other and play together as a team."
Jodie Clarke and Antonia Simmons were the other scorers for the Operators. Johnson was the winning pitcher and Diva Burrows was tagged with the loss.
Funeral Service for Desmond Lance Lockhart, age 45 of King Street who died on August 7th 2011 will be held on Saturday at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market & Vesey Street on Saturday at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Thompson, assisted by Rev. Basil Johnson. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
He is survived by 5 children: Desmond Jr., D'nae, Nyshieko, Brittany and Brandon Lockhart; 1 grandchild: A'nya Pratt; 4 sisters: Monique Lockhart, Stephanie and Donna Goodridge and Vanassa Lockhart; 4 Brothers: Michealangelo, Micheal Brent Lockhart, Sargent 861 Edward Robinson, Leroy Brennen and Brian Goodridge; His father: Vernon Lockhart; Stepmothers: Val Lockhart & Agatha Williams; Aunts: Jacquline and Debbie Lockhart, Carmitta Johnson, Esther Johnson, Dermertis Vasquez of Florida, Sybiline, Julia Stevens, Patricia Dupuch, Anceilla Stuart, Elise Burrows, Norma Pyfrom Vivian Humes and Sylvia "Wally" Goodridge; Uncles: Leonard Lockhart-Bain, Retired Superintendent Garth Johnson, Prince Zorro Stubbs Kyle Dames; Nieces: Philicia Knowles, Ladawn and Lashawn Whylly and Lanique Moss, Derrinae Adderley; Nephews: Winston Seymour Jr., and Deangelo Kenneth Johnson; Grand-niece: Skylah Nortelus; Grand-nephew: Lanejo Wallace; Care Taker: Charles Brennen; Host of Other Relatives & Friends: Paula Gardiner, Barbra Woodside, Micheal Newton, Dorine, Joseph Jr., Phyllis and Hazel Newbold, Rev. Dr. Marina Sands, Arnold, Locksley and Patsy Fowler, Alonso Hamilton, Cinemae Kelly, Fedricka Pennerman, Leelock Brown-Smith, Cindy Bullard, Wanda Woodside, Jackie Johnson, Natalie and Valentino Woodside, Rebecca Scott, Macy and Shirley Brown of Andros, Rose, Deon, Millersin and Prince Lockhart. Lynn, Terry and Jarrad Nottage, Betty Cartwright and Claudine Johnson and Family. The entire King Street Crew, Fat Boy, Mike and John Stewart, Zanda Bain, Sheila Alcott, Dwayne Dean, Miss Muggie, The Entire Newbold and Goodridge Family, Cordell Thompson, Quartrenda and Natasha Sears.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. at the Church on Saturday until service time.
Funeral service for Theodore Thomas Dawkins, 63 yrs., a resident of Jackfish Drive & formerly of Stanaird Creek, Andros, who died on 23rd February, 2012, will be held at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Farrington Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Wilton Strachan. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Looking forward to that glorious sunrise are: His loving wife of thirty- eight (38) years Muriel Dawkins, two (2) devoted children Theon Theodore Dawkins and Atiya Smith. One (1) son-in-law Makarios Smith and one (1) prospective daughter-in-law Shaniqua Riley.
Two (2) surviving brothers Herbert Dawkins Jr. of Riviera Beach Florida, Samuel Lester Dawkins of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Robert and Roscoe Dawkins ( pre-deceased), Two (2) sisters Deaconess Malvenia Porter-Williams and Reverend Vyreen Bain (Principal, Stafford Creek Primary), Four (4) brother in laws: Vincent Albury, Dr. Huntley and Bertcut Christie and Deacon Irvin Bain. Five (5) sister- in- laws Marjorie Albury, Lerhlean and Lavan Christie, Claudine and Deloris Dawkins.
Nephews: Dr. Bert Williams of Baltimore, Maryland, Wilton and Herbert Antonio, Robert Williams of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Brian Williams of Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana, Henry, Hubert, Herbert and Lester Dawkins, Leading Mechanic Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) George Lightfoot, Dr. Kirk Christie, Kendrick, Miguel, Cleon, Deon, Philip Jr. D'Caprio, and D'angelo Christie, Jhvon and Shawn Albury.
Nieces: Elsiemae Mackey of Staniard Creek, Andros, Veronica Sweeting of Mastic Point, Andros, Donnalee Rowell of Ocala, Florida, Wendy Forbes, Elaine Williams, Monique and Leslie Dawkins, Carla Lightfoot of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Candice and Tameka Lightfoot, Pamela, Krystle, Phillippa, Apryl, Phaedra, Christine, Victoria and Bertica Christie, Karla and Simone Albury. 22 grandnephews, 23 grandnieces.
Numerous Cousins including: Hon. Desmond Bannister-Minister of Education, Richard, Dudley and Thomas Smith, Lewis Dawkins, Sidney, John, Joshua and Caleb Lightbourne, Christopher, Shadrack and Alphonso Johnson, Freddy Munnings, Min. Roselda Woodside, Inez Knowles, Pearl Neely, Joyce Bannister, Olga Rolle, Margaret Cash, Barbara Jean Dawkins, China Ferguson, Gloria Johnson, Simeon and Willie Dawkins.
Numerous Relatives & Friends including: Hon. Byron Woodside, Lester Frith, Arthur Sweeting, Hansel Johnson, B. Andrews, Rev. Harrington Frazier Sr., Willard Barr, Jerome Brown, Rev. Dr. Iffill & Evang. Judy Russell & Family, Willamae Riley, Carlise Davis & Family, Brenda Riley & family, John Manson, Charles, Bursel, Glen, Lloyd, Barry and Leslie Riley, Mias Johnson & Family, Sheena Johnson & Family, Rev. Dr. Wilton Strachan & Family, Rev. Terrance G. Morrison, Rev. Arthur Peet and Family, Ellis & Naomi Whyms, Rev. Janneth Marshall & Family, Evang. Angela Jones & Family, Timothy, Matthew, Rupert and Roger Johnson, Elizabeth Hanna & Family, Thomas & Thelma Porter & Family, Joyce Sands & Family, Wilfred Johnson & Family, The Dawkins families of Cat Island, Andros, and Eleuthera, The Moxey family of Calabash Bay, Andros, the entire Peet Family, The Christie and Treco Families of Nicoll's Town, Andros, the entire settlements of Staniard Creek and Nicholl's Town, Andros, The Mt. Moriah Church Family, the administration, staff and students of Stafford Creek Primary, Queen's College, Abraham's Bay High School, Harbour Island All Age School; the staff of Doctor's Hospital and as many friends and relatives that are too numerous to mention.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) CEO David Johnson has claimed that The Bahamas' tourism sector currently uses less than 40 percent of the country's total capacity, while calling for increased Bahamian investment in the tourism sector.
And a diagnosis of the country's tourism industry conducted by Ministry of Tourism officials suggested that insufficient airlift is the chief issue across the sector, particularly for the Family Islands.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu touted tourism as an engine of socioeconomic development in a statement released on World Tourism Day (September 27).
"At the Ministry of Tourism, we see not only tourism's ability to generate jobs, but also tourism's ability to improve the socioeconomic development of The Bahamas, to be an outlet for the creative and business aspirations of the Bahamian people," Jibrilu noted.
He said the Ministry of Tourism is focusing on "encouraging creative industry and entrepreneurship".
"We want to see Bahamians owning businesses that serve the tourism market and sharing their culture, history, art and crafts with our many visitors," she added.
Certainly this ties in with Johnson's assertion that The Bahamas must lessen its dependency on foreign direct investment. Speaking at the Abaco Business Outlook last week, Johnson outlined the TDC's development plan, which focuses on promoting local investment in the industry throughout The Bahamas and providing linkages to other aspects of the economy.
"The need to attract a much greater percentage of Bahamian ownership and generating the use of more Bahamian products underscores our business objectives. We need more Bahamians investing in the sector," said Johnson.
The core tenets of the TDC - a new organ in the Ministry of Tourism - are to "develop objectives and execute strategies to return The Bahamas to its previous leadership position in the region".
Johnson told attendees in Abaco that the health of Abaco's tourism industry was largely an "exception" to the rule, and was due to the strength of vacation home ownership on the island. Still, even in Abaco he said, further local investment was required.
"We are using in tourism less than 40 percent of our capacity of the entire Bahamas. We need to understand that there are business models that investors prefer, and we need to sharpen our negotiations to ensure that we are competitive in attracting investment," said Johnson.
Johnson claimed that increasing airlift capacity was a critical component of these strategies along with encouraging local investment and stated that the TDC hoped to focus on Bahamasair as an "economic driver" to consolidate domestic airlift and expand its services beyond southern Florida.
Deputy Director of the Ministry of Tourism Ellison Thompson said insufficient airlift remained the chief issue for the sector across the country, particularly in the Family Islands.
"Chief of these [issues] is inadequate and expensive airlift in getting to destinations. You have poor and decaying infrastructure. Marsh Harbour is better, but Treasure Cay is still a challenge. This is not just a problem for Abaco, but for a number of the Family Islands."
Government officials have addressed the need for improved airport facilities and increased airlift through a recent drive for public-private partnerships (PPPs) aimed at constructing airports throughout the Family Islands. The government is currently accepting expressions of interest until the end of September, though no proposals have yet been officially announced.
Funeral service for Louise "Momma" Sands, 92 yrs., a resident of Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, who died on 18th January, 2012, will be held at The Bible Truth Hall, North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Elder Jason Thompson, asisted by Douglas Thompson & Dwight Thompson. Interment follows in St. margharet's View, North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.
Left to cherish her memories are 7 sons: Joseph Deal, Gladstone, Richard, Melvin, Gregory, Harrison & Dexter Sands; 4 daughters: Evelyn Stuart, Albertha & Judy Culmer & Sally Lue Rahming; 16 grandsons: Randy Stuart, Don & Dennis Culmer, Hance, Baron, Joseph, Vincent, Shaun & Keith Deal, Adrian, Devroy, Owen, Tre, Greg, Dennis & Harry Sands; 16 granddaughters: Alma & Roquel Sweeting, Paula Cooper, Roslyn Butler, Stacy Bethel, Castella Johnson, Susan Culmer, Rochelle Bunch, Bridgette Farquharson, Marcia, Roshea, Samaria, Cielle, Sanchester & Harriott Sands & Andrea Rahming; 16 great grandson: Ashmond, Colin & Jaden Sweeting, Joel Butler, Tyler Bethel, Delvin Johnson, Huey & Dennis Duvalier, Lorenzo, Ellis & Kayln Culmer, Joshua, Hance, Baron Jr. & Ricardo Deal & Amaree Sands; 28 great granddaughters: Simone, Nina & Jaylyn Sweeting, Alissa & Aliajah Stuart, Breann Cooper, Tiara Bethel, Diamond, Dawn, Tashundra, Tiajia & Tyrin Culmer, Ciona & Ashley Johnson, Shiphrah, Baronique, Taquell, Olivia, Vontianise, Montoya, Nakita, Miracle & Serinity Deal, Ieasha Pinder, Kiara Farquharson & Adrianna, Aaleah & Eden Sands; 1 great great grandson: Devon Johnson; 3 daughters-in-law: Alfreda Deal, Rose & Denise Sands; 6 grandsons-in-law: Everette & Anthony Sweeting, Brian Cooper, Joel Butler, Luke Bethel & Harry Bunch; 6 granddaughters-in-law: Kayla & Tracy Culmer, Monique Sands, Tiffany, Mikilla & Deerika Deal; 4 brothers-in-law: Kingsley Sands, Maitland Bethel, Arthur Rolle & Aldon Evans; 7 sisters-in-law: Joquater Bowe, Olga Porter, Shirley Rolle, Genieve Bethel, Mishap Evans, Ena Thompson & Corrine Sands.; numerous nephews & nieces; other family & friends: Brenda Sands, Christine Higgs, Allison Lavarity, Denise Rolle, Andrew Rahming, Cindy Rolle, Althea Gibson, Merilyn Culmer, Veralda Deal, Officer Brandon Rolle, Melissa McKenie, Silkirk Thompson, Martha Cooper (Sister), Lovella Culmer, Mr. Joshua Culmer & family, Jalia & family, Nilla & family, Omie & family, Branville Thompson (United States), the family of Ena Thompson, the family of the late Addie Culmer, the famly of the late Leon Thompson, the family of the late Wilson Thompson, the family of the late Whitfield Thompson, the family of the late Prescola Stuart, the family of the late Anna Johnson, the family of the late Mona Thompson, the family of the late Midlene Carey, the family of the late Cora Clarke, the family of the late Maud Deal, the family of the late Aaron Thompson, the family of the late Harry Thompson, Helen & Mary Chea, Dweitt Carey & family, Arnold Culmer & family, Garth Culmer, Ella Sands & family, Miriam Knowles, Austin Knowles Sr. & family, Angie Bain & family, Brother Godfrey Ingraham & family, Mr. & Mrs. Nickita Curtis, Marion Moss, Shelia Cooper & family, Enid Cooper, Millard Bethel & family, Marie Johnson & family, Charles Cooper & family, Daisy Thompson & family, Willis Thompson, Keddy Culmer, Envoy Wesley Ingraham & family, Fed Mingo & family, Mrs. Ophelia Ingraham & family, the family of the late Herbert Sands, staff of J.S. Johnson, staff of Cavalier, staff of Radisson Hotel, staff of Bahamas Business Solution, Officers & Members of the Bible Truth Hall, Officers & Members of the Methodist Church, Rev. Kenya Lovell, Rev. Godfrey Bethel & Mrs. Bethel, Officers & Members of the Salvation Army, the staff of Palmetto Point Clinic & Levy Clinic especially Nurse Debbie Deal & Nurse Sherrin Cooper, Dr. Diaz, Dr. Smith, the community of Palmetto Point & many, many more.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Rock Sound Eleuthera from 3-6 p.m. on Friday & at the church in Palmetto Point from 7 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
Former Church of God Administrative Bishop and National Overseer John Humes has died, approximately four months after the death of his identical twin, Bishop Solomon Humes.
Bishop John passed away at his home on Tuesday at 5 a.m., according to current overseer, Bishop Moses Johnson. Bishop John had battled bladder and prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in August 2013. After much prayer and consultation, he underwent surgery to remove his bladder and prostate in February 2014. In March, it was discovered that he had bone cancer in his left leg, which affected his mobility as well as his ability to function properly in the office as administrative bishop. He appointed Bishop Moses Johnson, overseer elect, to deputize for him. Despite his physical limitation, Bishop John was still able to function as the bishop in making decisions and signing documents.
He suffered a major setback on July 7 with the death of Solomon. It affected him greatly, and according to his family, he was expecting to join his twin.
"He (Humes) was preparing for death because he was suffering from a terminal illness and, barring a miracle, he was expecting the inevitable to happen," said Johnson, the current national overseer and administrative bishop.
Three months prior to Bishop John's death, which was approximately one month after his twin's death from cancer, Bishop John also put together his own obituary and made the decisions as to who would participate in his funeral service and who would conduct it. Church of God Field Director Bishop Ishmael Charles will conduct the sermon; Johnson will moderate the service.
Bishop John's funeral will be held on Saturday, November 15 at the W.M. Auditorium Church of God Convention Centre on Joe Farrington Road. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 13 at the same location.
"I sat with him and he told me what he would like, and who he would like to speak at his funeral [service]," said Johnson, who was officially appointed to the post of national overseer and administrative bishop in August, replacing the ailing Bishop John.
Sitting down with the former overseer to work out the arrangements was tough for Johnson to do, but he said he had to do it.
"For me, it was something I really had to accept because he was the kind of person that was always moving -- and fast moving -- one minute he would be saying something to you, and the next he would be gone," he reminisced. "And the fact that he [Bishop John] had to lay in bed because the sickness took his mobility from him was very difficult," said Johnson.
Prior to his death, Bishop John told The Nassau Guardian that, when he and his twin were confirmed into the Anglican faith as young boys, the priest that conducted the confirmation spoke a blessing over them. He said they were told they would become great leaders.
Bishop John rose to the position of Overseer of the Church of God and Solomon became a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy -- sister denominations -- after they both transitioned from the Anglican faith to become members of the Pentecostal faith.
The twins shared much more than their faith in common -- their voices were identical, their characteristics were identical, and the way they conducted themselves was uncannily identical. The twins were very alike for most of their lives. They were both married in the same year; their wives both came from the Yellow Elder community, and they had their first children in the same month and year. They both joined the Pentecostal ministry. John followed Solomon to the Meadow Street church, but eventually moved back to East Street Cathedral. They both became justices of the peace and marriage officers.
After Solomon's death in July, John, the older brother by 10 minutes, said they shared so many things in common. No one would have thought that the twins would also battle cancer simultaneously. Solomon was the first to be diagnosed with the insidious disease two years ago.
Solomon, 63, succumbed to his illness and was buried on Saturday, July 17. John, 63, succumbed to his illness on Tuesday, October 28. They came in the world together, and both departed in the same year, mere months apart.
The brothers, who towered over six feet, also shared an unwavering love for the Lord, despite having switched denominations in their lives.
While the brothers had an unwavering love for the Lord, they took different paths career-wise. Solomon was employed in offshore banking. John was a meteorologist. In 1984 John left the met department, and in 2000 Solomon retired from his job to become a full-time bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy.
As he prepared to bury his twin and continued to fight his own battle, John took the time to remind people to be cognizant of their health.
"Keep up on your medical, stay close to Jesus and serve the Lord," he said. "Cancer is a serious case, and incidences of cancer are very high in The Bahamas and I encourage young people, especially men, to do their regular health check-ups."
Despite ministering at separate churches and having their families, the Humes brothers were devoted to each other. They both shared a quick, wry and witty sense of humor. Laughter came easily to them both. And their uncanny "twin-ness" emerged when they were together.
In a 2010 interview with The Nassau Guardian, John said it was a divine meeting of the Lord that sent him on a path that would set him apart from Solomon.
The then 23-year-old John was invited to a youth revival service at the Church of God on East Street by a friend -- he could not recall exactly when in the service it happened, but he remembers being overwhelmed by the presence of God that seemed to surround him. He said the visit sealed the deal for him and brought him to the realization that the Church of God was where he belonged spiritually.
Although John and Solomon decided to go the road of different churches, John was not bothered by it because he was happy that they were called to ministry. He said it was more important knowing that he and his brother made something good and substantial out of themselves, even though it was common for the young men in his childhood community of Coconut Grove to get themselves into trouble or waste their lives away.
"I was glad that God took us both from the middle of all that and raised us up to do his will," said John. "To me, this has always spoken wonders because there are lots of young men who let their situations dictate their lives. But no matter what your situation is, God can lift you out of it to do his work. You just have to believe in yourself and trust him. My brother and I grew up in a bad area, but we were still called to do something for God," he said.
Bishop John and his twin were born to the parentage of Nathaniel and Elsaida Humes. Bishop John is survived by his wife Jennie; mother Elsaida; children, Dwight and Lavern Humes, Joy and Reverend Brian Rolle, John Nathaniel Humes III, Johnathan and Sheraire Humes and Jovette and Dr. Kendis Archer; as well as his grandchildren, Joel Humes, Bryan and Breanne Rolle, Jonathan Jr. and Sariah Humes.
Monday's Hugh Campbell Final will be a rematch of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) championship series, as Sunday's semi-finals was by far the most exciting day of the tournament. The double-header featured the best teams in the tournament, two Nassau versus Freeport contests, and in the end, the Nassau teams prevailed quite convincingly. This is the first time in seven years that two teams from the capital will meet in the Hugh Campbell championship game.
Both games were played at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
In the first game yesterday, the C.I. Gibson Rattlers took on the Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays. The Rattlers went on to defeat the Blue Jays in a blowout, 71-48.
C.I. Gibson was powered by a balanced scoring attack as well as a strong game from their star point guard Shakwon Lewis, who finished the game with seven points, four rebounds and two steals. Diandre Jones had a team-high 13 points for the Blue Jays.
Rattlers' Head Coach Kevin Johnson said he was pleased with the way his team executed.
"We were well disciplined on the defensive end and wanted to stay focused on what we have to do," he said. He also said that his team would be ready for the final game.
"We just have to display mental toughness, once we do not play out of character we will be fine," said Johnson.
Coach Johnson also was very pleased with the play of his point guard.
"He is a natural point guard, and he has our team going in the right direction, and that's what a point guard does," said Johnson.
The second game of the evening was also won in a blowout, as the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins jumped ahead and stayed in front winning the game, 79-50. The Marlins were led by their shooting guard Brendon Stubbs, who finished with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and four steals.
Doris Johnson suffocated the Jaguars all game wit their defensive pressure, forcing multiple turnovers and contesting every shot the Jaguars took. Marlins' Head Coach Denykco Bowles said that defense is definitely a priority for his team right now.
"Defensively, we just have to go out and execute the things we worked on all year," he said.
"As long as we do these things, we have a chance to go against anyone."
Coach Bowles also talked about the confidence he has in his team going into the final game.
"Our shots are starting to fall now, and we are more comfortable behind the three-point line," said Coach Bowles.
"We struggled with our shooting all year and now that we are getting hot, I like our chances going forward."
The final game is set for tonight at 8 p.m. at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.
The government has around 10 "significant projects that have the potential to impact tourism" which are currently under consideration, with a possibility of them coming on-stream in the next 12 to 15 months, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism Development Corporation David Johnson.
Among the projects yet to receive final approval, but which could have a "value-added" effect on surrounding hotels if approved, is a retail and entertainment project, which Johnson described as a "destination attraction".
While not wishing to go into extensive detail on the proposal, as negotiations with the developers are ongoing, Johnson said it would be a New Providence-based development "that creates a bit of a village or town center around which retail, entertainment and other things occur".
He added: "The idea is that it would bring to life an area that was not there before, and it supports the resort nearby and everything else."
Other projects are close to receiving final approval in Exuma, Abaco, Bimini and Grand Bahama, added Johnson. He said the projects "run the gamut" in terms of what type of development they would involve, from boutique resorts to more large-scale hotels, or tourism-related developments that do not involve creating new hotel rooms.
"I can think of about 10 or so significant projects that have the potential to impact tourism that we are currently involved with," said the tourism official, who served as director general of tourism until June of this year, when he was moved to take over the newly-established Tourism Development Corporation (TDC). The TDC subsumed the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas.
Johnson said that the retail/entertainment development would likely involve a "joint venture" between the government and the developer if it moves ahead.
"The real estate is not owned by anyone, so it has to be jointly agreed. It fits into a kind of joint venture opportunity."
The TDC CEO said he supports the government doing more to ensure The Bahamas is a "more attractive location with more to do".
"Then the (new hotel) rooms come hereafter. It also makes it easier for an existing resort," he said.
Johnson said that the government is "close to committal" on the projects and should be making further announcements shortly.