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January 20, 2014
Husband and wife team win Marathon Bahamas

It was indeed a 'family affair' in Marathon Bahamas this Sunday, as the two overall titles from the running of the fifth annual event were captured by the husband and wife team of Justin and Melissa Gillette.
The dynamic duo were just one of many families that completed in the 26.2-mile course, which took runners on a picturesque route on the northern tip of New Providence. Justin won the men's overall title in 2:36.57 and Melissa took the female title in 3:04.01.
"It felt good to win," said men's winner Justin Gillette. "It was definitely a shock to my system, to go from eight
degrees (weather), and here we were running in about 65 or 70. Everybody here on the island was just so excited. It didn't matter what country you were from, they were cheering real loud so it was pretty fun to be a part of this and to win. I've never been to The Bahamas before, so I just thought it was a unique idea. It is winter time back home so the idea of going to an island in the middle of winter is always appealing. We brought the whole family down, my kids, my wife and my in-laws. We just made a nice little vacation out of it. It is nice to have matching awards in the house, it makes the trip feel a whole lot better."
While Justin said the wind was a bit of a problem for him around mile 16 or 17, Melissa said the wind actually helped to cool her down. She also said seeing her husband out front, made her push even harder.
She said: "I think it was a little different experience for me. The beginning was rough for me. I had to get adjusted to the temperature. For me, the wind actually helped to cool me down so I ran about four seconds faster in the second half, than what I ran the first half. I got into a rhythm later on."
The top masters male division was won by Bahamian Keithrell Hanna and visitor Michelle Walker took the top masters female spot. Hanna's time was 2:49.25 and Walker finished in 3:41.26. Hanna was the first Bahamian to cross the finish line. The Freeport, Grand Bahama native said: "It feels great and I give God thanks for the victory. I have been running for 30-plus years, from I was a little child.
"This is the my third marathon. I am getting ready for the Boston Marathon, I was just preparing myself and using this for bigger events. In Freeport, I run 15-20 miles every Saturday and Sunday, running the sand and on the grass."
A number of groups and organizations also competed in the annual event. One group in particular, the Kids of Courage, an organization based in New York, had more than 50 participants. The race, for one of their members Merra Herman, was special in more ways than one. Herman said: "Kids of Courage is fairly new to me, but it has been amazing. I used to do a lot of things, like getting myself up and keeping myself up emotionally. Sometimes I used to sit in class and I couldn't move my legs because I couldn't feel them. I used to be in tremendous pain. I used to say I don't know how I was going to get up, but now, whenever that happens, all I do is think about my wonderful counsellors, the wonderful staff and friends at Kids of Courage. It is just amazing because I never had that before. It also brought me and my family closer. My brother, he pushed me pretty much the whole way, and I don't think many siblings would have done that."
The top relay team in the male division was Pharmachem Technologies which posted a time of 3:23.27 for the win. Following them in a time of 4:00.27 was Iberolam. Strombus was third in 4:03.48. The Hillview Pathfinders clocked 4:11.46 for fourth and Deloitte As One came in fifth in 4:16.58. The Smoking Hot Mamas was the top female relay team, stopping the clock at 3:56.59. The Long Island Gals came in second and the Desperate Housewives team finished third in times of 3:59.34 and 4:11.26 respectively.
Winning the men's half marathon was Jonathan Volpi, in 1:11.27, and Angela Cobb took the women's half marathon in 1:26.23.

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March 06, 2012
Two accused of murdering man struck by car

BY DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis opened in the Supreme Court yesterday with testimony from eye-witnesses who recalled how 23-year-old Markinson Justin was struck by a car that left the scene.

The matter being heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley.

Johnson, 23, and Glinton, 32, are accused of being concerned together and intentionally causing the death of Justin at Explorer's Way on July 12, 2011.

It is alleged that some time after 8am, the accused were in a gold 2000 Buick Century that struck and killed the victim, who was walking.

According to the prosecution, Justin ...

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May 01, 2014
Economic development and deepening reform in China

In 2013, although faced with a complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China in thoroughly implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general ethos of "moving forward while maintaining stability", and adhered to the guideline that "the macro policy should be stable, micro policy flexible and social policy should support the bottom line", while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structures and forging ahead with reform, all while actively making innovations to the means of macro control. As a result, national economic and social development saw stabilized and accelerated growth and achieved a good start.
Economic performance fulfilled its target in 2013
The economy as a whole was stable and experienced comparatively fast growth in 2013. GDP for the year reached 56.88 trillion yuan (1 USD = 6.1 yuan), an increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year and in full accord with the targeted figure. China's government revenue increased by 10.1 percent to 12.91 trillion yuan and the deficit was 1.2 trillion yuan. Profits from industrial enterprises totaled 6.28 trillion yuan. It is gratifying that domestic demand continued to be the main driving force of growth. Retail sales of consumer goods totaled 23.78 trillion yuan, an increase of 13.1 percent. A number of new forms and areas of consumption were very vigorous, and the value of e-commerce transactions exceeded 10 trillion yuan, an increase of 19.3 percent. The contribution of domestic demand to economic growth reached 104.4 percent.
Meanwhile, overall price levels were basically stable. Consumer prices for the year rose 2.6 percent, within the targeted range. The work of purchasing, storing and releasing important commodities and of adjusting their imports and exports proceeded in good order.
Progress was made in structural adjustment and economic transformation
China has experienced three decades of super-fast growth at the expense of cheap costs. Now, we face more restrictions from limited natural resources and an ageing society. Domestic consumption should be the new growth engine. In 2013, the Chinese government comprehensively advanced economic structural reform and created sound systems and mechanisms for maintaining stable growth and carrying out structural adjustments.
China's economic adjustments have shown marked progress. Industrial structural adjustment proceeded steadily. Significant achievements were made in technological innovations and fostering emerging industries. The integration of urban and rural development proceeded in an orderly fashion. Development in multiple regions became better balanced. Efforts were accelerated to conserve energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment. According to statistics, the proportion of the manufacturing industry to GDP dropped for the first time. The growth rate in the less developed central and western parts of the country was much higher than in the richer eastern region in 2013, signaling more balanced development across the board.
An array of measures have successfully helped to transform the economy, such as using value-added tax to replace turnover tax and setting up the pilot Shanghai Free Trade Zone. China's fast development has proved the doomsayers wrong.
Meanwhile, China is putting forth efforts to use innovation to support and lead economic structural improvements and upgrades. Innovation is the motive force for adjusting and upgrading the economic structure. The government aims to make innovation the core of China's development endeavors, promote the full integration of science and technology with economic and social development, and elevate China's industries to a high level in the global value chain.
Deepening reform is the top priority for the Chinese government
The Chinese government has determined that the process of comprehensively deepening reform will be completed in seven years, and 2014 marks the first year. Reform is the primary theme of the government's agenda this year, with economic reform in particular being the paramount task. The direction of many reforms has been made clear and the measures have been readied for implementation. They can be divided into three categories. Those pertaining to the economy include streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels, tax reform, financial reform and accelerating economic transformation. Those relating to social development and management include advancing urbanization, improving people's well-being and reforming the household registration system. Finally, reform in ecological progress comprises measures to advance the transformation of energy production and consumption.
China's reform used to be led by the government, but future reform will be a revolution imposed by the government on itself. This will be a painful process, which will call for not only great determination, but also great political wisdom. This year's reform measures are aimed at ensuring stable economic growth and avoiding unnecessary risks. Therefore, they must facilitate economic growth.
China's measures of comprehensive reform are also good news for the world economy. Because the fortunes of the Chinese economy are so incredibly linked with those of the global economy, sound economic and social development in China will bring opportunities to the wider world.
o Yuan Guisen is the ambassador of the People's Republic of China to The Bahamas.

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April 26, 2012
Jehu Timothee, 29

Funeral service for Jehu Timothee, 29 yrs., a resident of Sumner Street, Nassau Village & formerly of St. Louis Du Nord, Haiti, who died on 12th April, 2012, will be held at Solid Baptist Church, Kool Air Subdivision off Fox Hill Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Justin, assisted by Bro. Rivet Petit DOS. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.Left to cherish his memories are his Parents: Belizaire & Marie Timothee; Sisters: Gladys & Esther Timothee;Brothers: Nehu, Moise & Baby Timothee; Foster Parents: John & Deborah Deleveaux; Special Friends: Yudi Thomas; Employers: Toby Austin & Deidre Fernander; Grandmother: Decius Timothee; Aunts: Cizelia, Marina, Altagrace & Charitable Timothee; Cousins: Rev. Paul Justin, Anthony, Renaud, Philony, Leonie, Leon, Maxene & Vilner Timothee, Lemoine, Jonas & Yvronie Justin, Herold & Evins Lubin; Numerous other relatives & friends including: Exmini & Renea Benoit.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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June 09, 2011
Mr. Althorne Brett Tootes Toote Sr., 32

Mr. Althorne Brett "Tootes" Toote Sr. age 32 years of Crawford Street, Oakes Field and formerly of Freeport, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11am at Faith Temple Ministries International, Prince Charles Drive. Bishop Philemon R. Wilson, assisted by Rev. Carlos Thompson will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
The Radiance of this "Topaz of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his: One Son: Althorne Toote Jr.; Three Daughters: Mylan Dean, Jasmine Cleare and Serenity Trembley; Mother: Loretta Marie Simms; Father: Brett Orville Toote; Step Father: Basil Simms; Step Mother: Sandra Toote; Two Brothers: Jonathan and Aaron Toote; One Adopted Brother: Darren Knowles; One Grandmother: Barbara Toote; Step Brothers and Sisters: Dexter McIntrye, Shindo, Shantell and Sherese Simms, Tanya Henfield and Shikera Knowles; Three Nieces: A'nya and Gabriella Toote and Devonya Knowles; Ten Uncles: Mark, Art, Stephen, Patrick and Al Francis, Hartley Wilkinson, Churton, Vaughn "Ricardo" Sr., Keith and Mario Toote; Twelve Aunts: Sabrina, Esther and Shorlette Francis, Theresa Burrows, Pamela Thompson, Marilyn, Sonja, Jacqueline, Deloris, Dersiree, Neisha and Edith Toote; Granduncles: Seron Adams of Nassau Bahamas and Kermit Bowe of New York; Grandaunts: Andrea McDonald of Miami, Florida, Marie Sealy of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Ruth Adams Edgecombe, Isa Strachan and Veronica Adams of Nassau, Bahamas and Nadine Lewis of Ohio; Numerous Cousins: D'Marco, Marcus, Tyler, Elan, Anson, Durana, Jem, Duran and Enriqua Francis, Georgette Robinson-Sands, Jacqueline Robinson, Nadia Rolle, India Wilson, Phillipa Armbrister, Jennika Lee, Shervonder Kemp, D'Angelo Bethel, Steven and Saasha Fountain, Tornesha, Stevana, Stephen Jr., and Tess Burrows, Adrian and Justin Carey, Harold and Betty Cash, Christen and Veron Charlton, Tinia Toote-Parker, Christopher and Kendra Toote-Cooper, Chana, Byron, Monique, Blain, Kenya, Sharon, Kevin, Keithra, Vaughnique, Javaughn, Vonrico, Vonya, Vaughn Jr. and Vaughnia Toote, Dominique and Denise Johnson, Chrislyn Dean, Trevor and Patricia Edgecome, Tia and Alexis Roberts, Merlin and Buttons Bowe, Devon and Carmen Strachan-Major, Mia, Anita and Len King, Calouise Williams, Donovan and Maria Laing, Maurice and Gayle McDonald, Raleigh Robinson and Joy Walker of Ohio, Joy Wilkinson-Moss, Chasserie, Mary Elizabeth and Churuse Sealy, Dion, Andrew, Davinia and Patria Thompson; God Sister: Nakesha Knowles-Kelly; Adopted Mothers: Rosemary Elvies, Margaret Gellineau, Dianna Simmons, Violet Patrick, Barbara Hanna, Arlene Sands and Pamela Sturrup; Adopted Sisters: Miriam Smith and Phillipa Brown; Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Bro. Clement Maycock, Sis. Patricia Ferguson, Bro. Emile Lesbot, Bro. Perry Decosta, Bro. Melvin Wallace, Tyrone Nabbie, Yvonne and Lester Flowers, Anise Bullard, Betty Henchell, Naomi Lubronson, Debbie Allen, Kristina Miller, Anjamarie Charles, Bro. Simms, Dr. Michael and Antonya Toote, Tamara Lockhart, Divinia Dean, Sivanna Cleare, Justina Trembley, Adrian Tinker, Ceri Howells, Kirk and Kyle Wilson, Terrell Culmer, Roy Minnis, Mark Davis, Ted Kay, John Carey, Eugia Edwards of Florida, Mark Dillard, Marshall Neymour, Gravin "Lukkie" Woodside, Changamarie (Co) Carey, Justin Sands, Nakiel Russell, Ezra Rolle, Jay, Shantanica Cooper, Percel Sturrup, Tara Clare and their families; The Edwards, Lockharts, Francis, Toote, Simms, Turnquests, Smiths, Burrows, Bethels, Lightbournes, Newbolds, Laings, Stubbs, Jones and Youngs Families.
Special Thanks To: Hon. Leslie O. Miller, Michael Fernandez, Maudline Hanna, Claudette Gibson, Eric Messmer, Shornette Smith, Lina Camacho, Princess Pinnock, Christine Russell, The Crawford Street Community, The Ringwood Drive Community, Freport Grand Bahama, Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church, Family Guardian Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Adelaide Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm there will be no viewing at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Althorne Brett Toote Sr. children's educational fund at any Royal Bank of Canada Branch Account number 7516024.
 
 

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March 08, 2012
Jury finds man guilty of manslaughter

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Although Coletor Johnson was acquitted of murder, her co-accused Glinton Louis was found guilty of manslaughter on Thursday in the Supreme Court.

The jury returned around 7pm on Thursday with the verdict. They found Louis, 32, not guilty of murder by a vote 12-0, but instead found him guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 8-4.

Johnson and Louis were on trial for the murder of Markinson Justin. They were accused of driving a gold-coloured Buick Century when it struck and killed Justin on July 12, 2011 at Explorer's Way.

The case opened on Tuesday. Senior Justice Hartman Longley directed the jury on Wedne ...

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October 18, 2008
Roberts To Play TCA Super Series In Weston, Florida

In preparation for the biggest event of his young tennis career 11 year-old Justin Roberts will be playing in the Boys 14ís main draw of the TCA Super Series Tennis Tournament the 18 - 21 October, 2008 at the Mid-Town Racquet Club in Weston, Florida.

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Betty Todd, 56
February 03, 2011
Betty Todd, 56

Funeral Service for Betty Todd, 56 of Sea Breeze Lane will be held on Saturday 5th February 2011 at 12:00pm at Angelic Baptist Church, Joe Farrington Road. Officiating will be Rev. Rolston Smith assisted by Rev. Huey Williams. Interment will follow in The Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Road.

Precious memories will linger in the hearts of her husband: Benatace Pierre Louis; 2 sons: Justin and Tyrone Todd; 3 grandsons: Demetrius, Rezus and Justin Todd Jr.; 1 granddaughter: Tyreka Betty Todd; 1 grand daughter-in-law: Louiseberne Todd; 4 step daughters: Bernid, Lisanette, Etud and Marting Pierre Louis; 1 step granddaughter: Egonar Pierre Louis; 2 sisters: Ena Cooper Dorima, Alberther, Russ ...

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November 22, 2013
Chippingham residents complain about discolored water

Several Chippingham residents have expressed outrage over their water supply, which many have described as discolored and odorous.
Water and Sewerage Corporation Deputy General Manager Robert Deal said the corporation has received many complaints from residents in that area, particularly those on Columbus Avenue.
He said the corporation has increased the frequency of flushing exercises and filter changes, but admitted that it is not enough to resolve the issue in the long term.
"What has been happening is that some of these areas historically would have been supplied by ground water for many decades through older cast iron mains," Deal said.
"Now that we are supplying them with desalinated water, that desalinated water is reacting with the older mains and is producing what some people call rusty water, and what we call red water."
But residents told The Nassau Guardian they have been coping with the problem for far too long, and said an immediate resolution is needed.
Jane Brown (name changed), a Chippingham resident of more than six years, said the corporation has visited her home and changed filters on several occasions, but this has not alleviated the problem.
"The water is literally black and there is debris in it as well," she said.
"Sometimes the water is just rusted and that is bearable, [and] it will ruin your clothes if you try to do laundry.
"I would say it has been in excess of a year like that. We have all just been dealing with it basically."
Davis Longley, who grew up in the community, said even the public pump, a source of water for many residents, disperses brownish water.
He said the water in his home has a sulphur smell and the debris in it makes basic tasks such as brushing his teeth, taking a shower and washing clothes extremely challenging.
"The corporation did some cleaning yesterday (Wednesday), but it does not last very long," Longley said.
"I guess what residents have to do is collect the water and let it settle for a day or so, so all the rust can go to the bottom before they use it.
"Otherwise if you use the water [to wash] clothes, it is going to dirty them up."
Deal said the long-term solution is two-tiered and involves changing the mains and adjusting the chemical property of the water itself.
"Adjusting it from a chemical perspective to reduce the reaction between the older mains and the water itself [will] reduce incidents of red water or rusty water." he said.
However, that project will not begin until early 2014, according to Deal.

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February 15, 2013
Carly Rae Jepsen takes to the stage at Atlantis this weekend

While Carly Rae Jepsen did not pick up a Grammy at the recent 55th annual awards, people are still looking forward to seeing the 27-year-old Canadian pop star perform her irresistible earworm "Call Me Maybe" this weekend at Atlantis.
It was a song that was inescapable over the summer, becoming a five-time platinum smash single -- and now Carly Rae will be singing the song that's become a cultural phenomenon, along with other sensational hits from her breakout album "Kiss" live on Bahamian shores.
Carly Rae is next up on the Atlantis Live lineup on Saturday, February 16, in the Grand Ballroom, just days after the Grammys where she lost out on awards in the Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for the earworm song. Despite losing out on the Grammy, she's still got the Billboards Rising Star of 2012 and American Music Awards Best New Artist titles to her credit.
Carly Rae's performance in The Bahamas takes place just as she is fresh from her worldwide tour during which she opened for Justin Bieber and is reportedly heading to Europe for the next leg of his "Believe Tour" starting on February 17.
Michele Wiltshire, senior vice president of special events and entertainment at Atlantis said this weekend's concert is going to be a lot of fun and that people will be impressed by how much of an artist Carly Rae is.
"Everyone knows her for her hit 'Call Me Maybe', a massive global phenomenon [and] the beauty of her as an artist is that she has a terrific breakout album, the music is great," said Wiltshire.
Other highlights on her "Kiss" CD include "Good Time" -- a duet with Owl City that hit number three on the Billboard Pop chart and has sold over a million copies since its release.
With ticket prices pegged at $75 general and $95 premium, Wiltshire said Atlantis is ensuring that as many people as possible can experience the phenomenon that is Carly Rae, for her show that will be a little over an hour. And that people will feel good knowing that they've gotten a good price for a value experience.
In the last few years, Atlantis Live has hosted Jimmy Fallon, Bruno Mars, Jordin Sparks, Jason Derulo, Lady Antebellum, Josh Groban, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Lily Allen, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Fergie.
With Alicia Keys next on the line up, scheduled for Saturday, April 20 in the 3,000-seat Imperial Ballroom (tickets are $150 and $175 and are already 30 percent sold out), Wiltshire said Atlantis Live has been terrific for the resort.
"Atlantis Live has really become a strategy for us that helps us on weekends where we could use a good bump in occupancy and where we need to be strategic from a casino standpoint. And it's filling a need that's very relative to our business needs," said Wiltshire.
"The strategy is really to put heads in beds and to entice people to buy an airline ticket, book a hotel room and come to a great experience with their favorite artist."
On top of the touristic influx into the country, Wiltshire said they've found that Atlantis Live has also developed a local following who won't miss a concert because they know they're going to have a terrific concert experience and are able to get up close and personal with fabulous artists.
"We're seeing bigger and bigger crowds from the local community as they realize they're going to get a whole cross section of artists coming through the year," she said.
With Carly Rae up next and Alicia following, Wiltshire said people should keep their eyes open and ears to the ground, because Atlantis Live has got its eyes on booking the very best, and that there could possibly be a surprise performer to split Carly Rae and Alicia Keys.

Who: Carly Rae Jepsen
When: Saturday, February 16
Where: Grand Ballroom, Atlantis
Time: Doors open 7:30 p.m., showtime 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $75 reserved seating, $95 premium
Box office: Atlantis box office, Convention Center, Coral Towers or telephone 363-6601 for more information.

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