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February 26, 2014
Manhunt continues for human smuggling suspect

Police have issued a wanted bulletin for Owen George Johnson, 30, of New Providence, who is believed to be the pilot of an aircraft that collided with a police jeep on the tarmac of the Sandy Port Airport in Abaco on Sunday evening.
The aircraft, which was reportedly carrying a group of illegal immigrants, collided with the jeep after the pilot attempted to take off to avoid capture, police said.
As the twin-engine, nine-seater aircraft landed around 6:45 p.m., police attempted to intercept it and instructed the pilot to stop.
However, the pilot made a sharp left turn and crashed into the approaching jeep, according to police.
"We suspect they may have been trying to take off again by making that sharp turn," said Superintendent Noel Curry, officer in charge of the northern Bahamas police division.
As the aircraft came to a halt, the pilot and seven illegal immigrants onboard attempted to escape by running into nearby bushes, police said.
Police arrested four Dominican and three Haitian nationals, including a two or three-year-old child, police said.
The pilot escaped.
The migrants were transported to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre yesterday, police said.
Johnson, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the human smuggling operation, is six feet, six inches tall and of light brown complexion, and heavy build, police said.
He is reportedly a pilot by profession.
Police launched an island-wide manhunt for Johnson on Sunday.
"If seen please do not approach as subject is considered dangerous," said police press officer Inspector Tericita Pinder.
Two officers sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.
They were treated in hospital and later discharged.

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October 20, 2011
Jennifer Eureka Ferguson-Rolle, 44

Funeral Service for the late Jennifer Eureka Ferguson-Rolle age 44 of Yamacraw Beach Estates and formerly of North Mastic Point, Andros who died on Thursday October 6, 2011 will be held on Saturday October 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church, Yamacraw Hill Road. Officiating will be Bishop Samuel R. Greene CMG; JP, assisted by Rev. Howard T.G. Smith, Rev. Bryon Bain, Rev. Alfred Stubbs, Rev. Hilton Bullard and Rev. Paula Cox-Rolle. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
Cherished memories will linger in the hearts of her Husband: Dwight Rolle; One Daughter: Dwynette Robin Rolle; Parents: Ivymae and Clarid Ferguson; Mother-in-law: Emily Rolle; Two Adopted Mother: Berinus Cargil and Estella Cox; One Brother: Bishop Reginald Ferguson; Five Sisters: Lucymae Harris, Judymae Rolle, Pernette Russell, Linda Fitzgerald and Cheryl Ferguson of Miami, TIa.; One Adopted Brother: Lynden Cargil; Four Sisters-in-law: Shirley Ferguson, Dot and Desiree Rolle and Patricia Cowen; Three Brothers-in-law: Rev. Lorenzo Harris, Harold and Colyn Rolle; Eighteen Nieces: Laverne Moxey, Sonia Brown, Yvonne Colebrooke, Silena Adderley, Indira Ferguson, Judyanne, Joy and Latanya Ferguson, Shavettte, Tiffany and Irene Harris, Sylvia Rolle, Nadia Fitzgerald, Amberia Seymour, Kadeja Munroe, Ashanti Brown, Shaniqua Gaitor, Timiea Adderley, Kendia Munnings, Elise, Alexis, Eddinique Martin; Sixteen Nephews: Bishop Dickson, Sean, Darrison, Christian, Clyde and Clarid Ferguson III, Horace, Horace Jr., Justin, Justin Jr., and Wayde Harris, Hansel Rolle and Leading Seaman Timieko Adderley (R.B.D.F.), Barry Hall Jr., Ricardo, Ricardo Jr., and Dortinnian Colebrooke, Wayde Moxey, Brenton Brown, and Samier Munnings; Eight Aunts: Elizabeth Humes, Helen, May, Rowena Majorie and Rose Rolle, Elieen Knowles, Cleomi Deane, Olive Schnider; Three Uncles: James Panza, Warren Rolle and Richard Schnider; One Godson: Dengal Thomas; Host of other relatives and friends, cousins: Inspector Joy Bosfield (R.B.P.F.), Ann, Marilyn and Patrick Panza, Sharon Capron, Rev. Fredrick Cartwright, Janet Hall, Gloria Brown, lsador and Junior Bullard, Winifred Waters, Robert McKenzie, Veronica Ferguson, Sinclair, Darren and Fiona Higgs, Rhonda Rolle, Ima Thompson, Christabell Griffin, Reginald, Dwayne, Timothy and Sonia Walkines, Jennifer Wilkinson, Janet Lees, Elaine and Ann Griffin, Suzzette Nairn, Judy Davis, Paulette Cricks, Pauline Bain, Nadia Turner, Marsha Missick and Family, the McKenzie Family, Rachael Garcia and Family, Larry Pinder and Family, Diane Benebyand Family, Bishop Lewis Adderley and Family, Bishop George Fowler and Family, MeIcine Dorsett and Family, Wezell Gibson and Family, Rev. Doris Tinker and Family, Bishop Samuel Fowler and Family, Monica Sweeting and Family, Rev. Philip Sweeting and Family, Wenzil Martin and Family, Pearl Simmons and the Murphy Family (Best Friend) Lana Martinez, Dora, Sherry, Darnell, Karen and Dave Clarke, Beulahmae Fowler and Family; Lynn Miller and Family, Anthony Romer, the Church Family of Zion Yamacraw, Living Waters Church of God Corp., The entire Mastic Point Community, Management and Staff of BTC and the DSL Desk at Poincianna Drive, The Staff and Students of St. Anne's School Grade 6S and 6P, Doctor Bethel and the Staff of Mastic Point and Nicholl's Town Clinic. .
Viewing will be held in the Legacy Suite pf Vaughn o. Jones Memorial Center, Mt. Royal Ave. and Talbot Street on Friday from 11:00 a,.m. w6:00 p.lU. and at the church on Saturday from 8:30 am. to service time.

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December 30, 2013
Scandal rocks NIB

The National Insurance Board (NIB), the organization charged with administering the social security program, was under scrutiny in late 2012 and much of 2013 as the government probed hefty bonus payments to board members and other alleged financial abuses.
The government ordered a forensic audit of NIB's accounts after then Chairman Gregory Moss wrote a lengthy letter to National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson last year November, advising that the board had voted to fire former NIB Director Algernon Cargill.
In that letter, Moss outlined a series of damning allegations against Cargill.
Cargill was placed on leave pending the outcome of the audit. He filed suit against NIB and Moss.
The prime minister fired Moss in early January, saying a statement he released to the media made the prospect of keeping his job "untenable".
Before Moss' termination, Christie wrote to Moss requesting his resignation, noting that he had shown "disregard for the kind of collegiality, mutual respect, and sense of collaborative endeavor that are so essential to the governance of the country".
Moss released the lengthy statement on New Year's Day revealing that he still had an NIB-issued credit card, which Christie had previously told reporters Moss no longer had in his possession.
Allegations about the misuse of the card were outlined in Cargill's affidavit.
Moss refused to resign.
He stated in a letter sent to the prime minister that resigning would give the impression that he did something wrong.
Moss was appointed chairman of NIB last year July.
Following his firing, the former NIB chairman said he had no regrets over what had transpired.
After a nearly four-month investigation, Grant Thornton, the accounting firm contracted to conduct the forensic audit, handed over its reports on March 24.
Gibson called the findings "shocking", but it would be weeks before the government released the findings.
According to information on NIB's files, eight NIB executives and one person on contract collectively received bonuses of $723,333 between January 2010 and May 2012.
That information also indicated that Cargill took home $194,791.66 in bonuses during that period.
Cargill said the bonuses and salaries had the approval of NIB's human resources committee and then Chairman Patrick Ward.
When the report was finally released, the public learnt that accountants had found the bonuses appeared to have been improperly paid to Cargill and other executives.
That probe also highlighted reported irregularities in the award of certain NIB contracts for various projects.
The investigation found no negative conclusions into allegations made against Moss by Cargill.
But Cargill charged that the accountants who carried out the review into allegations against him left out crucial evidence in their report.
Amid controversy surrounding the reported irregularities, the board of NIB voted on May 15 to fire Cargill.
It was the second time that the board voted to fire Cargill within a seven-month period.
The exact cost of the forensic audit was $861,606, according to the government.
Gibson said while it was "regrettable" that taxpayers had to foot a nearly $1 million bill for the investigation, the probe was needed to shed light on accusations of corruption within NIB.
The government pledged to put mechanisms in place to prevent manipulation and abuse at NIB.
The government also assured that the National Insurance Fund was at no point threatened.
In July, attorney Rowena Bethel, a former legal advisor in the Ministry of Finance and a legal counsel at NIB, was announced as NIB's new director.
Anglican Priest Father James Moultrie was appointed as chairman shortly after Moss was fired.

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December 11, 2013
Cop chases GGYA's Bronze Award: Hanna proves it's never too late to follow dreams

Nicholls Town, North Andros -- For six years he's been a real life hero, saving lives, catching bad guys and keeping law and order -- all in a day's work.
But for Owen Hanna, while he's working his dream job as a police officer, it's not enough.
The 24-year-old crime fighter, who is stationed at the Nicholls Town Police Station in North Andros, dreams of obtaining a Governor General's Youth Award (GGYA) medal.
While he wouldn't exactly qualify as a youth, Hanna is approaching the GGYA's age limit of 25. That has not deterred him from becoming involved in the self-development program.
GGYA participants take part in hiking expeditions, community service, a physical activity and develop a skill. Depending on the time invested in the program, participants can earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.
"During my time in high school, I wasn't aware of GGYA. After reviewing a participant's application form, I noticed the age ranged from 14 to 25. Being 24, I was eager and more excited to be a part of GGYA. I also wanted to further my development," said Hanna, who now serves as a GGYA unit leader.
"After telling people I was going to join GGYA I got positive feedback. I don't think there are many people who would have, at this age, gone for the Bronze. The GGYA welcomed me with open arms. They were eager to receive me and teach me what they know. But, you know what, it's never too late."
Even though he doesn't have his Bronze yet, Hanna has already set his sights on a Silver Award.
But, he knows that his age will pose a problem.
He's now hoping GGYA officials will subscribe to the theory that age 'ain't nothing but a number' and allow him to continue on in the program.
"I've done so much in my life, but there's still so much to do and honestly, I'd really like to go all the way to the Gold," he said. "I'm hoping GGYA will make an exception and allow me to pursue the Silver and Gold. That would be a dream come true."
Hanna, who trained extensively to become a police officer, said the GGYA expeditions would be "a piece of cake".
"I'm prepared for anything; I'm not afraid of challenges. I'm willing to overcome any challenge if it will be beneficial in the end. Being a police officer I have already been through rigorous training. On numerous occasions I go on hikes. So, right now, I'm excited to hike," he said.
Besides eventually earning a law degree, Hanna said he has a passion for helping the nation's youths and wants to "save the lives of some of these young men".
He also wants others to know it's not too late to join GGYA.
"When I looked at the program itself, it has an excellent structure to develop, shape and mold any young person's character and to steer them in the right direction. That's my goal. Now that I know I have a chance, I want to let people who feel that once they come out of school they can't join this program, that they can and they should go for it," he said.
Nearly 1,700 participants from throughout the country are in the GGYA.
Units are located on Abaco, Acklins, Andros, Bimini, the Berry Islands, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island and Grand Bahama.
This year alone, the GGYA has presented over 400 Awards to various youths.

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November 13, 2013
Gov't urged to protect poor in VAT roll-out

As the target date for the implementation of value-added tax (VAT) approaches, a retired politician is calling on the government to develop a plan that would cushion the impact for poor people.
"We have to find the avenue to make sure that the increase in the living cost that will inevitably come is not too much for the disadvantaged among us," former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Cabinet Minister George Smith told The Nassau Guardian.
"We have to make sure that the people least among us, the people who can least afford to pay more, we have to find avenues of easing the burden on them."
Financial Secretary John Rolle said on Monday the cost of living in the first year of VAT is likely to increase by around five or six percent based on an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study.
Smith said there are several things the government can do to soften the blow for the poor, including subsidizing their electricity bills.
The government has not yet outlined specific measures intended to protect the poor.
In a speech to the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur underscored the importance of implementing policies to shield the poor.
Noting the tendency for VAT to hit the pockets of the poor disproportionately, Arthur said it is important to build "special discriminatory features" to help the poor or to redistribute a percentage of VAT proceeds to support programs targeted at the poor and the disadvantaged.
Arthur, whose administration implemented VAT in 1997, said one of the measures introduced in Barbados was a new Poverty Eradication Fund, which was annually capitalized from the proceeds of VAT to deal with poverty at the individual level.
The government of The Bahamas intends to introduce VAT in July 2014 at a rate of 15 percent.
The introduction of the new tax regime is one of the measures intended to enhance public finances.
Smith said the government must also move to cut wastage. Specifically, he said it is the time for the government to stop pumping money into Bahamasair.
"We need to find a way to operate Bahamasair so that it is profitable," he said.
He said the government must also address subsidies to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) and Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC), which have been a consistent drag on the public purse.
The government allocates tens of millions of dollars annually to BEC, WSC, and Bahamasair in subventions funding.
Based on the legislation and regulations that were drafted to guide the VAT regime, the government would tax over 80 different professions, cable bills and phone bills for all consumers, and electricity and water bills for businesses.
The Value Added Tax Bill 2013, and the Value Added Tax Regulations 2013, obtained by The Nassau Guardian, proposes that many financial transactions and insurance transactions and premiums, except for health and life insurance, will be subject to VAT.
However, a variety of breadbasket items, educational institutions, daycare, after school, retirement, medical, and disabled facilities, religious institutions, charitable organizations and the sale or rental of a dwelling not part of a hotel complex would be exempt.
VAT is expected to improve revenue by $200 million, officials estimate.

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January 29, 2015
Miller to sue BEC union chief

BAHAMAS Electricity Corporation Chairman Leslie Miller has moved forward with a lawsuit against President of the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union Paul Maynard for defamation and libel. Court documents will be filed tomorrow or at the latest next Tuesday, according lawyer Owen Wells, who represents Mr Miller.

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Little Fockers
  • Genre : Comedy
  • Rating : T - 15yrs and Older

The Focker and the Byrnes families brace themselves for the arrival of a baby....


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You're Next
  • Genre : Horror, Thriller
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back....


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September 08, 2011
Vernice Brenette Alleyne Prudent, 64

Funeral service for Vernice Brenette Alleyne Prudent, 64 yrs., a resident of #3 Oxford Avenue, who died on 21st August, 2011, will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Timothy Stewart, assisted by Other Ministers of the Gospel. Inerment follows in the Church's Cemetery.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: Two Daughters: Patrice Hepburn, Vilvert and Sharmaine Ferguson of Miami Fla., Two Sons: Bernard Collie Sr. and Leroy Miller; Adopted children: Vanessa Walkes, Terrance Cooper, Rev. Ethan Fairweather, Att. Carla Demeritte, Phillipa Thompson, Juanita Gibson, Andre Wallace, Prince Prudent, Scott Taylorm Ken, Peter, Stacia Thompson, Darrie, Francis, Tia Francis, Torshika Bain, Geanno and Shandia Beneby; five grandchildren: Bernard Collie Jr., Jeffrice Strachan, Vestrinique Miller, Zion Conneym, Alexis Ferguson; five sisters: Vanria Malcolm, Roslyn Fernander, Sandra Johnson, Carmetta Nesbitte and Prescola Barbes; nine brothers: Kermit Douglas, Anthony Marshall, Clifford Fernander, Shuffel, Vandyke, Phillip, Elvis and Oliver Hepburn, and Kenneth Alleyne of New York; two sons-in-law: Harold Vilvert and Renald Ferguson of Miami, Florida; one daughter-in-law: Cpt. Inez Miller; four brothers-in-law: Wendall Malcolm, Larry Johnson, Corneilus Nesbitt and Rodyn Barbes; six sisters-in-law: Helen Alleyne, Tanya Douglas, Susan, Michelle, Dioni and Susan Hepburn, one adopted sister: Louis Crenshaw of Minnesota (USA); two step sisters: Rowena Albury and Pauline Nairn; Kristin, Shanna, Royannm Shakara, Crystal, Shantavia, Rhondam, Patrenda, Sameatta, Helena, Lorraine, Ketra, Vandrya, Meaghan, Lavanda, Lashelle, Monteza, Shayla, Diannam Stacia, Kenva, and Tia; twenty-nine nephews: Trevor, Kevin, Kent, Kyle, Patrick, Roswell, Don, Gino, Chino, Javison, Quawadis, Isreal, Kermit Jr., Samuel, (Joey), Alexander, Rodyn III, Shuffel Jr., Jammal, Thedore, Elbert, Avener, Theron, Elliott, Philip Jr., Nathan, Kyle, Elvis Jr., and Warren; two uncles: Charles and Edward Poitier; two aunts: Ikena and Thelma Poitier, numerous cousins including: Paulamae Ferguson, Idamae Bain, Capt. Vernita Hepburn, Theresa Hepburn, Sheryl Major, Vandell Thomas, Sharon Poitier, Ronda Nixon, Winnfred, Charles Poitier, Oswald Poitier, Solomon, Lawrence Rolle, Alfred Knowles, Kermit Hepburn, Edwin and Melvin Poitier, Austine and Carmen Heoburnm Janet Poitier, Wendy Smith, Donna, Lil Clifford, Julia and Julian Hepburn, Audrey and Parish and Rev. Tony Hanna; Thirty-five grand nieces and twenty-eight grand nephews: Other relatives and friends including: Rev. Timothy Stewart and Family, the Dorsett Family, Ruth and Donnell Russell and Family, Marie Woodside and Family, Denise Stubbs and Family, Patsy and the Girls, Florence Greenslade and family, Dr. Hubert Olander and Family, Michael Pintard and Family, The Quakoo Street Family, The Thompson Lane Family, Judy Beneby and Family, The Lewis Family, Rosalie Neymour and Family, Uleus Prudent and Family, John, Campbell, The Stubbs Family, Lucille Kelly and Family, Madlyn Wells and Family, Shawn Sturrup & Family, The entire Bethel Baptist Church Family, Henry Bostwick and Family, Kenneth Johnson and Family, The Staff of Family Guardian Insurance, Sandra Hepburn and Family, Sandra Mackey and Family, The Newbold and Higgs Families, Keva Brahilda Johnson and Family, The Department of Social Services, Melrose Pinder and Family, Debra Saunders and Family, Dora Bethel and Family, other Family and Friends 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 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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2 Days in New York
  • Genre : Comedy
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Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives....