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9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival: Beware Of Mr. Baker
9th Annual Bahamas International Film Festival: Beware Of Mr. Baker

Saturday 8th December 2012  1:00 PM

Ginger Baker is known for playing in Cream and Blind Faith, but the world's greatest drummer didnít hit his stride until 1972, when he arrived in Nigeria and discovered Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his pattern of drug-induced self-destruction, eventually settling in South Africa, where the 73-year-old lives with his young bride and 39 polo ponies. This documentary includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Carlos Santana and more. Beware of Mr. Baker! With every smash of the drum is a man smashing through life, and smashing the filmmakerís nose on the last day of filming. Showtimes Saturday, December 8 / 1:00pm Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort Credits Director Jay Bulger Screenwriter Jay Bulger Producers Andrew Karsch, Fisher Stevens, Julie Goldman, Erik H. Principal Cast Ginger Baker Language English


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December 08, 2011
Henry Prince Thurston, 83

Funeral Service for Henry Prince Thurston, 83 of Ferguson Drive, Bamboo Town and formerly of Old Bight, Cat Island who died on November 23rd 2011 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Bethany Baptist Church, Kew West Street. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper Jr., assisted by Elder Kendal Adderley, Elder Julia Adderley, Rev. Deno Cartwright, Rev. Keaton Walkine, Min. Frances Cooper, Min. Patricia Morton & Rev. C. W. Hanna. Interment will follow in the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his loving memories are his wife of 51 years: Naomi; 11 Children: Vincent Brown of Barwick, Georgia, Patricia Mortimer, Deborah Miller of Palm Beach, ...

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January 16, 2012
What should we make of PM Ingraham's revamped FNM

Dear Editor,
 
I was taken aback after reading the list of new candidates for the Free National Movement (FNM) in the January 12 edition of The Nassau Guardian.  After months of guessing, the Bahamian public finally knows who will be the FNM's standard bearers in the 2012 general elections.  According to the press, 25 percent of the FNM candidates are newcomers.  Moreover, the FNM has nominated eight women.  This is clearly a very clever move by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to attract female voters.  I have also noticed that many of the these newcomers are very young.  As a master politician, Ingraham is well aware of the fact that nearly half the Bahamian population is under the age of 40.  In an effort to draw votes from this segment of the Bahamian society, the FNM has fielded many young candidates.  The FNM party knows that if it is unable to get the support from the youth of the nation, then it will lose the election.  Nevertheless, I still believe that the race for the 23 constituencies in New Providence will pose a great challenge for the incumbent government.  I say that because many of the new faces that the FNM party has ratified to run in New Providence are relatively unknown candidates, with absolutely no experience at all in running a government.  Having said that, though, the same thing can be said about several of the new candidates for the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP).  The PLP has also nominated several candidates who have no experience in government.  However, I am of the view that the Official Opposition will head into the upcoming electoral contest as the heavy favorite to win, especially in New Providence.  That is because of the myriad of problems the country is presently facing. The PLP will use the high murder rate, the burgeoning national debt, high unemployment and the recession to its advantage during the campaign season.  Moreover, the recent shocking decision by St. Anne's Member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Brent Symonette to retire from frontline politics, could very well hurt the governing party.  Symonette came under heavy criticism from the PLP and its rabid supporters several months ago over allegations that hundreds of Haitian residents were given citizenship status in order to boost the FNM's chances of being reelected to power.  Of course, Symonette has vehemently denied this, but it appears as if the PLP public relations machine has managed to convince many swing voters that the FNM has not been very forthcoming about this vexing immigration issue.  The PLP has done a remarkable job in pandering to the xenophobia of some Bahamians.
Also, the decision by the FNM hierarchy to move current New Providence members of Parliament Sidney Collie (Blue Hills), Desmond Bannister (Carmichael), Loretta Butler-Turner (Montagu) and Phenton Neymour (South Beach) to Family Island constituencies raises more questions than answers.  If these veteran MPs feel as if they cannot win in New Providence, then what possible chance do the political novices of the FNM have against their PLP opponents?  Does the FNM really believe that Karen Butler can defeat Leslie Miller in Tall Pines?  What about Winsome Miller in Golden Gates?  Does the leadership of the FNM realistically expect Miller to defeat Shane Gibson in that constituency?  Further, why didn't the FNM renominate Senator Dr. Jacinta Higgs to run in Fox Hill against Fred Mitchell?  She almost defeated him in 2007.  Personally, I think the FNM MPs who have been moved from New Providence to the Family Islands should have stayed put.  If they cannot win in New Providence, then there is a distinct possibility that they also cannot win in the Family Islands.  I suspect that they haven't worked as hard as they could have in their present constituencies.  In any event, these FNM MPs have given the PLP public relations machine plenty fodder to chew on.
Be that as it may, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had stated before that he intends to bring in new candidates to run on the FNM's ticket.  Of the 38 candidates who have been given the nod to run under the FNM's banner, 17 are new faces, and that includes former Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM) Leader Cassius Stuart.  The governing party has been radically revamped with new faces.  I think one can rightly argue that because many of the FNM candidates are unknown, the PLP will have a very difficult task in critiquing them.  They have absolutely no record in public office, so what can the PLP say other than they are the more experienced team?  If Christie uses the argument that the PLP is more experienced, then this approach could very well backfire on the opposition leader.  We must bear in mind that several of the current MPs on Christie's team, who brought great embarrassment to the former PLP government, have been renominated to run in the upcoming election.
Unlike the new candidates of the FNM, these senior PLP politicians have an unsavory track record in frontline politics.  I can think of at least two PLP MPs who should not be running, but I don't believe that Christie has the courage to force these persons to leave frontline politics.  One can safely assume that if the PLP wins the general election, these MPs who helped to bring down the first Christie administration will again be appointed to the Cabinet.  Ingraham, on the other hand, has shown time and again that he is very much willing to sack a Cabinet minister who steps out of line.  This is one of the reasons why I prefer Ingraham to Christie.  Ingraham keeps his Cabinet in line.
To be sure, the FNM, despite its challenges in New Providence, can boast to the Bahamian electorate that it is a new party.  On the other hand, the PLP, despite a few cosmetic changes, is virtually the same party that was booted out of office in 2007.  In the final analysis, Ingraham has given to the Bahamian people what they have been agitating for: Fresh, young, talented Bahamians.  Ingraham's revamped FNM might very well end up surprising us all on election day.
 
- Kevin Evans

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June 30, 2011
Samuel Hulan Charlton, 70

Funeral Service for Samuel Hulan Charlton, 70 of South Beach who died on June 21st 2011 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion South Beach Baptist Church, Zion Boulevard. Officiating will be Bishop B. Wenith Davis, assisted by Pastor Charles T. Dorsette. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

He is survived by his Daughter: Samana Charlton; Sons: Troy, Brad and Lebraun Charlton; Grandchildren: Bradesha, Troy Jr., and Brad Jr., Brothers: Wellington and Rev. Levi Charlton; Sisters: Ivy Charlton and Marietta McKinney; Sisters-In-Law: Juletta and Sylvia Charlton; Nieces: Pandora, Jacintha, Sherry, Catherine, Laketha, Tonya, Wendy, Yannique, Pandora Woodside; Nephews: Gregory, ...

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To Those With Nothing, Soccer Is Everything
July 08, 2010
To Those With Nothing, Soccer Is Everything

CAPE TOWN, South Africa ó Jessica Hilltout, a nomadic, Belgian-born photographer, loaded sacks of deflated soccer balls onto the roof of a battered yellow Volkswagen Beetle last year and began a seven-month road trip across Africa to document the continentís love of the game.

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February 24, 2011
Mitchell Michael Rolle, 67

Semi Military Funeral Service for the late retired prison officer A.S.P Mitchell Michael Rolle, 67, of South Beach and formerly of Cat Island, will be held on Saturday February 26 at 10am at Zion South Beach Baptist Church, Zion Boulevard South Beach. Officiating will be Bishop B Wenith Davis assisted by Pastor Charles T Dorsett. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road.
Fond Memories will always remain in the heart of his wife of 43 years: Marilyn; 6 daughters: Patricia Rolle-Stubbs, Paulette Rolle, staff nurse Antionette Rolle-Smith, staff nurse Margaret Rolle-Fynes, Khyla Rolle-Ambrose, Shervonne Davis; son: Mitchell Rolle Jr.; grand children: Gerard Smith Jr., Brandon Smith, Mi ...

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November 06, 2011
Immigration patrols get ready for 'busiest time'

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officers picked up 101 illegal migrants this weekend as the organization prepared for the "busiest time of the year".

The Immigration department has increased patrols and apprehension exercises in preparation for the next two months, director Jack Thompson said yesterday.

Some 101 illegal immigrants were discovered in waters off Harbour Island Saturday, however, the nationality of the group could not be determined up to press time. There were also unconfirmed reports that a Haitian sloop was spotted near South Beach pools early Saturday morning.

Last night, Mr Thompson said this month is norma ...

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September 12, 2011
Franklyn Norman Turnquest, 58

Funeral Service for Franklyn Norman Turnquest, 58, of Nassau Village, will be held on Saturday 10th, September 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints, on Calvary Hill Anglican Church, Joan’s Heights, South Beach. Officiating will be Rev. Father Colin Saunders assisted by Rev. Father Sebastian Campbell, Rev. Father Berkley Smith and other ministers. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Mercianna Turnquest; one son: Lester Turnquest; two daughters: Delglica, Franklee Turnquest; one daughter-in-law: Portia Turnquest; two grandchildren: Xelvran and Lester Jr.; five brothers: Martin, Ashwood, Sherwin, Sherlock ...

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December 20, 2011
Top athletes receive their awards

By Alpheus Finlayson

Special To The Tribune

SINCE 1999, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has held End of The Year Awards celebrations.

At the Sheraton Cable Beach hotel Sunday, the top award - named after world class high jumper Charlie Major from the twenties - was presented to high jumper Trevor Barry who won the bronze medal in his specialty at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Barry, with a best of 2.29m (7'7-1/4") when he arrived in Korea, improved his best to 2.32m (7'7-3/4"). His personal coach Keith Parker was unable to be in Daegu due to illness.

After Daegu, Barry medalled in several European meets. Barry also won the high jump ...

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June 14, 2011
Environmental projects that could have a big impact

By LARRY SMITH

THREE interesting environmental projects are in the works that could have a big impact on our landscapes and lifestyles - at the eastern, western and southern extremities of Nassau.

They are the proposed redevelopment of the 18-acre Botanical Gardens at Chippingham, the multi-million-dollar reorganisation and restoration of the derelict Montagu foreshore, and the possible creation of a model Bahamian township on 250 acres of undeveloped land at South Beach.

SOUTH BEACH TOWNSHIP

A public tender to design the township was won late last year by Nassau architects Alexiou & Associates, who linked up with TSW & Associates of Atlanta, a leading New Urbanist design firm. Lione ...

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September 06, 2010
Signal restoration likely to take 30 days

The Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas yesterday announced that the initial assessment of the damage caused by thieves to 1540AM's transmission facilities suggests restoration of the signal is expected to take around 30 days.

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February 10, 2012
Gordon Tony Rudolph Miller, 63

Funeral service for Gordon "Tony" Rudolph Miller, 63 yrs., a resident of West Ridge & formerly of Millars, Long Island, who died on 30th January, 2012, will be held at Golden Gates Native Baptist Church, Lobster Avenue, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Alonzo A. Hinsey Sr., assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left with thankful hearts for sharing in his life are:
Wife: Thelma Miller
Sons: Nicholas and Nigel Miller
Daughter: Nicole Miller
Daughter-in Law: Shenique Miller
Grandson: Ricardo Miller
Brothers: Leon and Cornelius "Neelie" Miller
Sister: Helen Miller
Aunt: Vera and Delphine Miller of West Palm Beach, Florida, Carriemae Adderley of Burnt Ground, Long Island, Olive McKenzie, Corraine and Eleanor Adderley
Nieces and Nephews: Cedric Jr., Lamont and Lavaugh Neymour, Deisha and Brandon Russell, Nakita, Khan, and Kahil Roberts, Rosita, Ingrid, Leotha, Jamal Miller, Omar and Britney McKinney, Gregory, Derek, Trevor, Ricardo, Jefferey, Latoya, Leslie Jr., Kizzy, and Lorenzo Miller, Chiara and Quinten Anderson, Kennardo Newry, Valencia and William Bodie, Dezerine and Kirk Smith
Brother-in Laws: Cedric Neymour Sr., Prince Rolle, Christopher Cate and Gary Russell
Sister-in-Laws: Veronica Neymour, Glenda Rolle, Icelyn Cate, Carolyn Miller, and Judy Russell
Numerous cousins including: Berkley Johnson, Micheal and Deanne Huyler, Marcell Brown, Wendell and Dwight Gilbert, Wesley and David Miller, Una Burrows, Vivian and Roosevelt McKenzie, Livinston, Craven, Ezekiel, Alfred, Shirley and Inell Adderley, Shiela Duncombe, Tanya and Marcus Bunch, Johnell, Pandora Adderley Wellington and Sybil Knowles, Neville, Charles Alonzo, Reginald, George, Kendal, Alphonso, Don, Delvyn, Natasha, Conchita, Charles Aziel, Lionel, Joseph and Debbie Adderley, Marie, Deborah Price, Wellington and Eloise Sherman, Maris Carey and family, Nathaniel Edgecombe & family.
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
Basil LaRoda, 70

Funeral Service for the Late Basil LaRoda, 70 years of #23 Palm Avenue, South Beach, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street. Pastor Timothy Stewart will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by His wife: Willamae La-Roda; 4 Sons: Dr. Rudolph King-LaRoda , Troy, Basil Jr. and Aristotle LaRoda; 2 Daughters: Patricia Capron and Zsa Zsa Laing; 15 Grandchildren: Woodron Lowe, Kenwood Capron, Deonna Hall, Troy Jr., Akyra, Simone, Trey and Kyle LaRoda; Zhivargo Jr., Zhimaal, Za'riah and Zavier Laing, Niya, Aliya and Zachariah La-Roda; 4 Brothers: Andil LaRoda, Carlton LaRoda, Alfred Moss, Clinton Deveaux, and  Edward Deveaux; 1 Son-In-Law: Hon. Zhivargo Laing; and a host of other  relative and friends.

 
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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February 12, 2012
NEMA to host Southern Bahamas Disaster Conference

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the United States Embassy, the Pacific Disaster Center, and the United States Northern Command will be hosting the 2012 Disaster Conference for the Southern Bahamas at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort from February 14 to 16.
The Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will deliver the Keynote Address and declare the conference officially open in the Convention Centre at 7 p.m. United States Chargè ? Affaires John Dinkelman will also address the opening ceremony.
Family Island Administrators and other representatives from the Local and National Disaster Consultative Committees will participate in the sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The objective of the 2012 Southern Disaster Conference is to strengthen the level of disaster preparedness and response not only in the Southern Bahamas but throughout the country. The theme for the conference is: "Building Disaster Resilient Communities through Mitigation, Preparedness and Effective Recovery".
Representatives from the following Family Islands will be in attendance: Great Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island and Long Cay.

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September 22, 2011
City Market pension fund review 95 complete

Employees and shareholders of the City Market foodstore chain can expect a "full and frank" report on the condition of its pension fund, with Guardian Business learning a forensic review dating back to June 2010 is now 95 percent complete.
"There will be full disclosure and the chips will fall where they may, my hands are clean," Mark Finlayson, President of City Market's parent company Bahamas Supermarkets Limited (BSL), said in a press release yesterday.
Working on the forensic review is John S. Bain, who told Guardian Business it is now 95 percent complete.  He vouched for Finlayson's intention for full disclosure on the findings of the forensic review.
"He told me not to hold anything back - and to call names," Bain said.  "He inherited a lot of problems, many he may not be aware of ... the fund may not have been audited for a while."
Temporary and permanent store closures at the chain - once a contender for the lead position among Bahamian grocers - has left employees with reduced work weeks.  With only two stores in New Providence and one in Grand Bahama still open for business, many are concerned about the state of the pension fund as well.
The forensic review - much broader in scope and more detailed in its processes and recommendations than a statutory audit - examines the fund in the period prior to the takeover by Trans Island Traders - the Finlayson family's company that holds its 78 percent ownership in BSI.
Bain said that Finlayson has also approached him about completing an audit of the fund for the period since the Trans-Island takeover to present.
Last month, the Guardian received a letter from City Market employees in which they expressed concern about what their financial entitlement would be if they chose to leave the firm.
"The first exodus of employees were given their pension money in full.  However, the last set of employees who are ready to leave are being told when they arrive at the head office that because of the financial state of the company they can only receive 20 percent up front, and the other on a monthly basis," read the letter.
This month last year, a local daily reported that BSL owed over $500,000 to the staff pension fund at the close of the September 2009 fiscal year.  Other reports have indicated that the company discontinued making contributions to the pension fund, although Guardian Business has not been able to confirm that information independently.
City Market has been beset with issues that by the middle of 2010 customers saw manifest through extreme shortages of goods.  Store shelves had been depleted to bare, or near-bare status, and were not being re-stocked.  Trans-Island Traders picked up the chain from Trinidad's Neal and Massey last November for $1, along with an agreement to assume the company's liabilities - according to various news media somewhere between $10 million and $20 million.
Since the Trans Island takeover, the company has gone to a 24-hour format and introduced other initiatives to increase market share and address '"leakage" and other issues.  They captured headlines earlier this year with a move to execute the first "hostile" takeover in The Bahamas, with rival food chain AML Foods Limited the declared object of its desire.  The chain had also announced plans, or intentions, to open 'mega stores' in New Providence and Grand Bahama, and had hinted at special "express" locations as well.
For now, the company is aiming to address refrigeration and infrastructure issues at New Providence's Sea Grapes and South Beach stores.  It says that work should be completed by the end of the year, at which time it intends to reopen the locations.

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May 29, 2013
'May Madness' heading to The Bahamas

The Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament, called "May Madness", that recently drew 100-plus kayak participants to Pompano Beach, South Florida, is expected to move to The Bahamas in April 2014.
The sport, which involves fishing from a kayak, is expected to take place in Freeport, Grand Bahama at the Flamingo Bay Resort. The organizers have already done some pre-fishing in The Bahamas and boast that they were able to catch a good number of species including Wahoos.
Extreme Kayak Fishing Tournament has been held in Florida over the past two years with the Broward Children's Center Pompano as its charity. The event is said to be the largest kayak fishing tournament of its kind in the United States at this time, and according to its organizers is growing consistently.
"We are so pumped over the event moving to The Bahamas," organizer Joe Hector said. "We believe that going to The Bahamas will help to expand the tournament and introduce this type of fishing to the masses. Taking the tournament to The Bahamas means taking it to a place that has the best fishing in the world.
"Working with The Bahamas will make a great marriage. We feel that coupled with The Bahamas, Extreme Kayak can become the biggest and best offshore kayak fishing tournament in the world." the organizer said.
Earl Miller, general manager, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism's Vertical Markets, also expressed excitement at the proposed venture. "The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism's Vertical Markets Department is always looking for new water sports to add to our overall initiatives."
Miller also noted that fishing for big game in The Bahamas is normally a very expensive venture, when one takes into consideration the funds needed for chartering a sport fishing boat or making the crossing in one's own boat. Fishing on a kayak, he said, can greatly boost The Bahamas' tourism figures, as it makes the sport of big game fishing more accessible and affordable and thus will attract larger numbers of fishermen.

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August 09, 2011
Guy Harvey Research Institute Working for a Sustainable Marine Ecosystem

Dania Beach, FL - One of only a handful of private organizations dedicated exclusively to the science-based conservation of marine fish populations and biodiversity, the Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) is making important, new scientific discoveries on everything from migratory and reproductive patterns of various pelagic species, to breakthroughs in DNA analysis, to uncovering seafood fraud, exposing what some restaurants are actually serving on your dinner plate.

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May 13, 2011
DNA unveils team

Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney last night called on Bahamians to “redefine the possible” before unveiling the first group of candidates who will run on the ticket of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) in the next general election.
The DNA introduced 10 of its 41 candidates, which include three young candidates, whose ages range between 28 and 38, according to party Chairman Mark Humes.
The candidates named were Kelphene Cunningham (Garden Hills); Floyd Armbrister (Exuma); Sammy Poitier (Sammy Star) (South Beach); Farrel Goff (Clifton); Ben Albury (Montague); Adrian LaRoda (MICAL); Roscoe Thompson (South Abaco); Charlene Paul (Elizabeth) and Alfred Poitier (Kenn ...

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September 30, 2011
Gamaico Jones, 31

Funeral Service for Gamaico Jones, 31, of Westridge who died on Saturday September 17, 2011 will be held on Sunday October 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion South Beach Baptist Church Full Gospel International, Zion Blvd., South Beach. Officiating will be Bishop B. Wenith Davis assisted by Pastor Charles T. Dorsette. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Cherished memories will forever linger in the hearts of his Daughter:

Keiajae “Sky” Jones; Mother: Olga Hepburn; Father: Rev. Floyd Jones; Grand Mother: Agnes Hepburn; Step Mother: Deacon Lorraine Bastian Jones; Brothers: Evangelist Mike Holmes, Steadman Holmes, Floyd ...

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October 25, 2013
Report warns of Bimini tourism impact

While indicating that the impact of tourism is anticipated to be high as a result of a Resorts World project in Bimini, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) warns of the potential negative impact that could result from uncontrolled growth in tourism.
"The increased visitors will result in undesirable activities becoming more regular, including gambling, taking loans, crimes and money laundering," said the October 2 report, which was recently released on the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission's website.
The study, prepared by Blue Engineering, assesses the likely environmental impacts of the construction, operation and maintenance of a new ferry terminal for the Resorts World Bimini SuperFast ferry.
In the social impact aspect of the report, it is noted that "tourism can be both a source of international amity, peace and understanding and a destroyer and corrupter of indigenous cultures, a source of ecological destruction, an assault of people's privacy, dignity and authenticity."
The report said the overall impact of tourism is anticipated to be high, both positive and negative, and long-term in duration and will be the cause of a number of negative impacts, some of which warrant further investigation.
According to the report, the project may potentially introduce an additional 570,000 tourists per year to Bimini - a factor of 11 more than the number of tourists currently visiting Bimini - and thereby boost the local economy and employment.
"Bimini is likely to be passively ruled by tourism. Therefore, it needs community development, which is a process and a capacity to make decisions that consider the long-term economy, ecology and equity of all communities," the report said. "Community development is one of the core elements of sustainable development."
Several months ago, during the opening of the Resorts World Casino, Prime Minister Perry Christie assured that the government was preparing a master plan to guide the "orderly development and growth of North and South Bimini for the foreseeable future".
Christie said there will be significant upgrades to the island's infrastructure.
The report also "highly recommended" that a town meeting be held to introduce and explain the project and provide assistance to those people when needed and to further distribute and collect questionnaires.
The project will include dredging of 220,000 cubic yards of material which will be utilized in the construction of a new 4.5 acre island connected to the shore by a 1,000-foot long piled pier.
The island will provide berthing facilities for one 650-foot long vessel in two alternative berthing arrangements, one 300-foot long mega yacht and two 200 to 250-foot long mega-yachts as well as customs and immigration offices, a beach club and a turning area for trams. The project is intended to accommodate a 650-foot long ferry service between Miami and Bimini.
Christie said the project is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of jobs.
The Bimini SuperFast and the Resorts World Casino were commissioned in June.

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