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Movie
The Last Song
  • Genre : Drama
  • Rating : B - Under 18yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect....


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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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Event
Prostate Screenings

Tuesday 18th September 2012  6:00 PM

Prostate Screenings September 18th – Elizabeth Estates Clinic PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS History: - Established in the Bahamas on 20th April, 2001 under the auspices of the Head Office in Downers Grove Illinois. Objectives: - Give Support to Men afflicted with the disease; Educate the population on the effects of the Disease and Advocate Men to take action about Screening and early Detection of Prostate-related illness. Procedure: - Make Presentations at Health Fairs, Men Groups, Corporate Institutions and Religious and other Organizations on the Details and effects of the Prostate and the illness associated with it. Activities: - Organize an Annual Walk to create Awareness and Advocacy, entitled ‘1,000 Man-Walk’ and Four Annual Clinics in the Month of September, Screening Men of the Bahamas for signals, signs of Prostate Cancer. The screenings (PSA & DRE)* are held at the Government Poly-technical Clinics of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach and Fleming Street all in the Month of September. Additional screenings for General Health ailments mainly Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol in particular are conducted simultaneously. The General Health Screenings and the PSA and DRE are conducted by Volunteer Doctors, Phlebotomists and Other Caregivers and volunteer Coordinators, together with the Members of Us TOO Bahamas Chapter. Chapters: -Us TOO Bahamas has successfully established new “Chapters” in Freeport, Exuma and Cat Island and are progressively organizing several other new Chapters in the Archipelago, particularly Andros, and Eleuthera. Support: -Small tokens of appreciation are appropriate to the Volunteers and Care-givers and any ‘much needed’ Assistance (technical and financial) and/or new Volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated. Financial Assistance: -Contact and Donations to “Us TOO Bahamas” may be made through the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at our ‘Fixed Address’ attention Prostate Cancer or addressed individually as follows: Chapter Leader - Valentine Maura P.O. Box CB 11915 Telephone (393-4060; 636-9023) Secretary - Wendell Barry – P.O. Box N4671 Telephone (325-0823; 465-2235) Treasurer – Charles Sands - P.O. Box N 1503 Telephone (393-2439; 436-5117) Members – any of the active known-Personnel Meetings are held on the Third (3rd) Thursday of each Month at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas Complex, South of the ZNS Building, off Collins Avenue. PSA - Blood Extraction and Lab-Testing (prostate influenced) DRE – Digital Examination of the Prostate (finger & texture) Both save many lives as “Early Detection” of Cancer may be treated successfully before it progresses. On average, One (1) out of every Six (6) Men will get Prostate Cancer or at least an “Enlarged Prostate”. If appropriate, further testing – a Biopsy - will be made to confirm existence of the Cancer and determine the Stage – One to Four – of the Cancer and the Pace or Speed of its progress by the “Gleason Score” Grading. Consultation with a certified Medical Specialist – the Urologist should then be made to understand the Cancer, the Treatment available and the Method preferable and suitable, considering the Health of the Patient and other considerations, such as finance and age. An Oncologist after examination with evidence of Cancer treats the Patient with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation. A high number of the PSA reading (above) may not indicate Prostate Cancer and may conflict with the condition of the DRE. Likewise, an effected Prostate, resulting from the DRE (exam) may not show a high PSA Reading. Both are necessary for a clear indication on Prostate Examination. Us Too Bahamas Chapter Prostate Cancer Support, Education & Awareness


Event
Prostate Screenings

Tuesday 25th September 2012  6:00 PM

Prostate Screenings September 25th – South Beach Clinic PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS History: - Established in the Bahamas on 20th April, 2001 under the auspices of the Head Office in Downers Grove Illinois. Objectives: - Give Support to Men afflicted with the disease; Educate the population on the effects of the Disease and Advocate Men to take action about Screening and early Detection of Prostate-related illness. Procedure: - Make Presentations at Health Fairs, Men Groups, Corporate Institutions and Religious and other Organizations on the Details and effects of the Prostate and the illness associated with it. Activities: - Organize an Annual Walk to create Awareness and Advocacy, entitled ‘1,000 Man-Walk’ and Four Annual Clinics in the Month of September, Screening Men of the Bahamas for signals, signs of Prostate Cancer. The screenings (PSA & DRE)* are held at the Government Poly-technical Clinics of Elizabeth Estates, Flamingo Gardens, South Beach and Fleming Street all in the Month of September. Additional screenings for General Health ailments mainly Blood Pressure, Glucose and Cholesterol in particular are conducted simultaneously. The General Health Screenings and the PSA and DRE are conducted by Volunteer Doctors, Phlebotomists and Other Caregivers and volunteer Coordinators, together with the Members of Us TOO Bahamas Chapter. Chapters: -Us TOO Bahamas has successfully established new “Chapters” in Freeport, Exuma and Cat Island and are progressively organizing several other new Chapters in the Archipelago, particularly Andros, and Eleuthera. Support: -Small tokens of appreciation are appropriate to the Volunteers and Care-givers and any ‘much needed’ Assistance (technical and financial) and/or new Volunteers would be welcomed and appreciated. Financial Assistance: -Contact and Donations to “Us TOO Bahamas” may be made through the Cancer Society of the Bahamas at our ‘Fixed Address’ attention Prostate Cancer or addressed individually as follows: Chapter Leader - Valentine Maura P.O. Box CB 11915 Telephone (393-4060; 636-9023) Secretary - Wendell Barry – P.O. Box N4671 Telephone (325-0823; 465-2235) Treasurer – Charles Sands - P.O. Box N 1503 Telephone (393-2439; 436-5117) Members – any of the active known-Personnel Meetings are held on the Third (3rd) Thursday of each Month at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas Complex, South of the ZNS Building, off Collins Avenue. PSA - Blood Extraction and Lab-Testing (prostate influenced) DRE – Digital Examination of the Prostate (finger & texture) Both save many lives as “Early Detection” of Cancer may be treated successfully before it progresses. On average, One (1) out of every Six (6) Men will get Prostate Cancer or at least an “Enlarged Prostate”. If appropriate, further testing – a Biopsy - will be made to confirm existence of the Cancer and determine the Stage – One to Four – of the Cancer and the Pace or Speed of its progress by the “Gleason Score” Grading. Consultation with a certified Medical Specialist – the Urologist should then be made to understand the Cancer, the Treatment available and the Method preferable and suitable, considering the Health of the Patient and other considerations, such as finance and age. An Oncologist after examination with evidence of Cancer treats the Patient with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation. A high number of the PSA reading (above) may not indicate Prostate Cancer and may conflict with the condition of the DRE. Likewise, an effected Prostate, resulting from the DRE (exam) may not show a high PSA Reading. Both are necessary for a clear indication on Prostate Examination. Us Too Bahamas Chapter Prostate Cancer Support, Education & Awareness


News Article
Letter: Is the time ripe for change

EDITOR, The Tribune.

"I'm taking my talents to South Beach!"

These are the famous words uttered by Lebron James last summer when he left the Cleveland Cavaliers and joined the Miami Heat. Lebron's announcement shook up the basketball world; and for good reason. You see Lebron James is arguably one of the best basketball players in the world. He has proven himself by becoming a perennial All Star Player and by being a fixture on the All NBA Team. The hype that Lebron created speaks to his superior talent as a basketball player.

During the past four weeks, Dr Andre Rollins and Mr Renward Wells took their talents to the PLP. Additionally, Mr Cassius Stuart took his ta ...

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Murder suspect 'attempted suicide'In the midst of a gruesomely bloody scene.

In the midst of a gruesomely bloody scene, the suspect who was later arrested for the murder of 42-year-old Nellie Brown-Cox sat on the doorstep of the apartment where her body lay inside. He had wounds to both arms in an apparent attempt at suicide, according to a police report.
When officers arrived at the scene on Bougainvillea Boulevard in South Beach last Thursday, they found the 45-yearold suspect sitting only inches from Brown-Cox’s body, which was in the kitchen, the police report shows.
The suspect had reportedly ingested some pills in an attempt to take his own life, the report revealed. The police report said he was immediately
taken into custody and driven to the Princess Margare ...In the midst of a gruesomely bloody scene, the suspect who was later arrested for the murder of 42-year-old Nellie Brown-Cox sat on the doorstep of the apartment where her body lay inside. He had wounds to both arms in an apparent attempt at suicide, according to a police report.
When officers arrived at the scene on Bougainvillea Boulevard in South Beach last Thursday, they found the 45-yearold suspect sitting only inches from Brown-Cox’s body, which was in the kitchen, the police report shows.
The suspect had reportedly ingested some pills in an attempt to take his own life, the report revealed. The police report said he was immediately
taken into custody and driven to the Princess Margare ...

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Fight ends in two shootings, two stabbings

A FIGHT at a beach party off Baillou Hill Road South resulted in two men being shot and two others being stabbed.

The fight reportedly broke out at around 8pm.

One man was shot in the arm, another in the chest.

Two other men involved in the brawl sustained knife wounds, one to his lower back, the other to the head.

The victims were taken to hospital by emergency medical personnel and by private vehicle. All four men are listed in stable condition.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

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Pritchard: Solomon's Fresh Market 'filling a void'

With the recent closures at City Market, a leading wholesaler says Solomon's Fresh Market is "picking up the slack" and "filling a void" in the industry.
Robert Pritchard, the Vice President of ASA H. Pritchard Ltd, sat down with Guardian Business to discuss the current business landscape.
"We've seen a little bit of a positive over the last couple of months - I would say up 2 or 3 percent," he said.
"I don't think the numbers could get any lower than last year at this time. Fortunately, AML Foods seems to be picking up the slack and filling a void."
Last month, the CEO of AML Foods, Gavin Watchorn, expressed confidence that Solomon's Fresh Market could quickly grow to two or three stores, with the first supermarket slated to open in November.
He said the company was "very confident" in the future and there was "room for more stores".
Pritchard echoed the executive's confidence.
"I already consider it a chain - through AML Foods," he added.
Going forward, whether it be AML Foods or another company, Pritchard expressed the hope that someone already in the business would step up. He felt Super Value was the only chain out there, right now, with "a full inventory and a full parking lot".
He also wished City Market well.
"I'd like to see some of these City Markets come back online," Pritchard said.
On September 15, City Market exclusively informed Guardian Business that two stores would be permanently closed and another two temporarily shut for repairs.
South Beach and Seagrapes locations in New Providence are expected to reopen in early 2012.
Looking at the rest of the wholesale business, Pritchard said, of the thousands of products they import and distribute, 85 percent currently come from the U.S. and the rest from Europe, South America and other places. However, South America is on the upswing, he pointed out, as the products have risen in quality and continue to offer lower prices.
"Twenty years ago, if you said you were bringing chicken in from South America, they would have looked at you funny," he told Guardian Business.
"The products there have vastly improved and they enjoy a price advantage. Items tend to be around 10 percent cheaper."
In addition to chicken, sugar is a hot product coming out of South America, he added. Evaporated milk, juices and canned corned beef are other promising products.
"There are several U.S. companies building plants over there," Pritchard said.
"I think they will definitely be offering more products."

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Maizier Kemp, 82

The home going service of Maizier Kemp, 82 yrs., a resident of Summer Haven, South Beach & formerly of the Cove, Cat Island, will be held at Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hill Road, opp. National Insurance, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Officiating will be pastor  Arthur  Leroy Maycock.  Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
left to cherish her memories are (6) daughters, Mavis Douglas, Helena Hinds, Annamae Studivent, Georgeanna Munnings, Ruthmae Kemp, Evamae Rolle.
(1) son, Harry Kemp ,
(11) step-children, Angie, Joanne, Trecy, Val, Lisa, Urshala, Barry, Perry, Ralph, John, Justin and Stephanie Fraizer
(2) sisters, Shirley Strachan, and Doramae Seymour of Cat Island,
(30) grand children, Mellisa Dorsett of the Cove Cat Island, Chantell Holbert, Nassica and Idiemin Douglas, Rita, Mark, Link, Nickey, Simone, Deshean, of Freeport Grand Bahama, Vanessa Desir, Valencia Rolle, Valentino, Mellisa, James and David of Hollywood Florida , Charles and Brian Munnings, Mario, Latoya, Ghandi, Clayton, Keisha, Yorricker, Harry Jr., Akili and Matthew Kemp, Micheal, Shaquille and Kobe Rolle
(40) great grand children
(1) Daughter-in-law Marilyn Kemp
(2) Son-in-laws Calvin Studivent and Vernon Hinds
(4) sister-in-laws Doretha, Bethsheba, and Estell Seymour and Cleo Seymour of Hollywood Florida
(1) brother-in-law Dudley Mckenzie
(20) nieces , Ruby Barr of Hollywood Florida , Monique Payne of Tallahassee Florida ,Ruthmae Smith, Erin Strapp, Vandeline Mckenzie, Margarette Storr, Lavern Ellis of Durham North Carolina, Monique Seymour, Anishka Williams, Patrice Seymour, Michelle Seymour, Yvonne, Esthamae Stubbs, Pamela , Vincey, Estella, Anatilla and Dianne Seymour
(20) nephews, John Johnson. Ian and Alton Mckenzie, Kevin and Samuel Seymour, Carl and Ryas Seymour, Abby Seymour, Daniel Thurston, Wayde Smith, Sterling , Rafford, Nelson Seymour, Micheal Francis, Rafford Butch Seymour of Washington D.C. , Shawn Seymour of Baltimore Maryland, Dallas & Phillip Seymour of North Hollywood Florida
(2) God- Children - Elmetha Brooks and Ruthmae Smith
Numerous great grand nieces and nephews and cousins including: Rudell, Brisette, Louanna, Clarabell , Eloice , Stephanie, Rita, Rosey, Jeneice, Deweise, Norman, Silbert, and Garrett.
A host of other relatives and friends including: Karen, Carroll, Faye, Marlene, Gayleane, Sally of Cayman Islands, Eleanor Dorsette, Mispah, Prince Hepburn, Suzanne, Anna, Mabel, Estella, Brenda, Anthony, Walter, Carl and Samuel Mackey, Joans Family, Turnquest Family, Brennen Family, Basden Family, Humes Family, Darling Family, Knowles Family, Stachan Family, Fraizers Family, Steven's Family, Mcphee Family, Bastian Family, Raynell Family, Deveaux Family, Macket Family, Gibson family, Lawrence Family, Alexandria family, New oriental Family, Munnings Family, Fisher Family, Thompson Family, Davis Family, Stubbs Family, Lorenne Family, Burneice Family, Rodrequiz Family, Ward Family Robinson Family, Ace Dry Cleaners Family, Ambrister Family, Berry Family Carol Family, Nassau Palm Resort Family, Deon Holbert and Family, Letisha  Clarke , Mcneil Family, Pastors, Officers and Members of South Beach Union Baptist Church, Staff of Female Medical 2 of P.M.H, Poiter Family, Elijah Rahming, Winston, Anthony and Hensley Brooks.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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Man charged with chopping woman to death

A 49-year-old building contractor accused of killing Nellie Mae Brown-Cox appeared before a magistrate yesterday.
Police allege that Prince Hepburn chopped Brown-Cox to death with a cutlass sometime between April 6 and 7.
Police found her mutilated body in the kitchen of an apartment on Bougainvillea Avenue, South Beach.
Hepburn appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez shortly after his discharge from the Princess Margaret Hospital for alleged selfinflicted
injuries to both hands.
Shackled at the feet, Hepburn shuffled into the courtroom with his bandaged arms stretched in front of him.
Police could not handcuff Hepburn because of the bandages.
He also had a bandage on the left side of his ...

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Sheraton, Expedia reveal plans for Marketplace 2012

A new wave of optimism is washing over the tourism sector as hotels and tour operators report robust activity and new partnerships at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
The 30th annual event, held at Atlantis this year, officially kicks off today following the prime minister's remarks last night. Caribbean Marketplace brings together hundreds of delegates from around the world, creating investment opportunities, exposure and a buzz for The Bahamas.
The Sheraton on Cable Beach is one of the tourism staples looking to promote and polish its product.
Manny Corral, the director of sales and marketing, is busily broadcasting the hotel's new branding to the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and Casino. The name incorporates casino by promoting the joint facilities it shares with the Wyndham Nassau & Crystal Palace Casino, which also falls under the Baha Mar banner.
Calling the move a "natural partnership", Corral told Guardian Business the hotel is driven to market itself more effectively and ramp up offerings to the public.
"What we are doing here is meeting with all of our key clients to negotiate 2012 contracts and also forecast business expectations this year," he added. "We have projected a renewed level of optimism for 2012. This is based on actual bookings and reservations made on the system, looking into the first quarter and into May."
Year-on-year, the Sheraton executive revealed a projected increase of anywhere between five and 20 percent on bookings over this time period.
Much stronger group business and wedding demand has helped fuel the push, he explained.
Perhaps the most exciting development for the Sheraton is a new relationship with tour operator Golden Vacations. Beginning on February 15, the operator plans to run a charter program from Ecuador into Nassau for two months.
"It is the first time we have done this. We are working closer with them to make sure it is successful," he told Guardian Business. "It will no doubt open the door to more programs from South America."
Corral said the Latin American market and Europe hold "great potential" for the country and renewed efforts are being made to court these areas of the world.
It's a concept not unfamiliar for Expedia Inc, the online travel website with annual gross bookings of more than $25 billion.
Vice president of lodging for Latin America and the Caribbean, Marco Tagliatta, is another delegate at Caribbean Marketplace 2012.
Central to Expedia's message this year is the growth of business beyond the U.S. Pointing out the website doesn't control ticket prices, what it can influence, with the help of Bahamian stakeholders, is the development of enticing and competitive packages.
"We want to sell air tickets with hotel nights and create more value for the customer from these kinds of products," Tagliatta explained. "Packages are very important for The Bahamas. So we're working with our partners to make this destination competitive."
Equally significant for hotels in the country is to keep up with the latest marketing trends online, the Expedia executive said. Customers are increasingly picky on the information displayed online so they can make an informed decision, he added, making it essential for stakeholders to keep up with trends.
The Bahamas must continue to look beyond the U.S. while making these adjustments by fostering markets in Europe, Canada and Latin America.
Consistent with Sheraton's projections, Expedia is already seeing reason for optimism this year.
The first few weeks of January, Tagliatta revealed, show a year-on-year rise of 30 percent, according to their data.
The key will be keeping this momentum going through the work being done at Marketplace 2012.
"There is a lot of optimism right now for The Bahamas," he told Guardian Business. "We all hope this will be a turning around moment. We can feel a new energy for the destination."

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Palm Cay named developer of the year

Creating a new category to recognize outstanding development, the Bahamian Contractors Association this week presented the first ever Developer of the Year award to Palm Cay, the fully-funded $200 million, family-oriented community with a marina on New Providence's southeast shore.
"Palm Cay has illustrated its commitment to creating opportunities for Bahamian contractors," said BCA President Godfrey Forbes. "Palm Cay nudged out two other competitors to win this award which was created to recognize developers who allow Bahamians to maximize their potential and gain valuable experience."
The BCA has presented numerous other awards to contractors, but never before to a development as a whole. Forbes said Palm Cay had also raised its profile, keeping the public informed about its progress, including meeting self-imposed deadlines and remaining on schedule without compromising quality.
"We are extremely happy and thankful to be the first development to receive this award," said Sales and Marketing Director Zack Bonczek. "Since we introduced the new Palm Cay in March of (last) year with new offerings, our completed 194-slip marina, the lighted tennis courts and our active social calendar as well as sponsorships and our growing Bahamian staff, we've had so much interest shown."
Friday night happy hours - on hold temporarily while the clubhouse is being converted into a restaurant - are drawing more than 100 people and Saturday family fun days with poolside lunches, casual volleyball games and other activities are also popular.
Last month, Bonczek revealed that more than 70 percent of the single family lots in Palm Cay have been sold. Construction crews are now working on site preparation for the development's first condominium, phase one of The Anchorage.
With a complete build-out slated for 2017, Palm Cay is a secure marina community that includes townhomes, single family homes, a beach, three acres of parks and recreation, a full-service marina, tennis courts and a restaurant that will seat about 160 between indoor and outdoor dining.
Plans call for a 50-unit condominium and other residential and rental options.

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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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Get the tourists out of downtown

From Moses Darville's vantage point, the Ministry of Tourism is missing obvious, easily-developed opportunities that could empower and enrich many more Bahamians.
"My thing is, we claim tourism is the number one industry.  But the majority are not benefitting from it because it's too centralized on Bay Street."
It's past time to set excuses aside and create exciting cultural attractions to draw tourists into "the ghetto" and other non-Bay Street communities, according to Darville.  His experiences and reasoning lead him to conclude the right non-Bay Street attractions will enhance the experience visitors have - leaving them more satisfied
with their vacations while pouring money into areas that truly need it.
It's not a pie-in-the-sky idea, but one Darville said he knows would work if implemented properly.  The twenty-six year old is an account administrator with a prestigious trust company, but also the entrepreneur behind Moses Water Depot on Soldier Road.
It's not a business, or location, typically associated with a direct benefit from the tourism industry.  Just a month ago, however, some tourists got off their flight and headed directly to Soldier Road for conch salad, he said.  Two-hundred dollars later, local businesses had earned some unexpected foreign exchange from the excursion by just a couple of visitors.
Darville said he saw the concept at work when matriculating in Cuba - before completing a bachelors in economics and finance at the College of The Bahamas.  In Cuba, he said it was common to see tourists paying for long excursions into the interior, often by bus, and spending money where they went.
"If you have 100 people a day patronize an area, the spin-off from that would be tremendous," he said.  "We need 'Arawak Cays' throughout these communities - where people don't depend on getting a job but create jobs for themselves."
Moses would like to see cultural centres throughout the island.  In addition to the "Arawak Cays" idea, he forwarded a national heroes monument in South Beach as an example.  Police and defence force bands could be used to play at venues like Clifton or at spruced up forts too, he said.  His point was that through creativity, a minimal amount of resources could create exciting tourist attractions.
"There are buttons they can push that won't cost them anything," he said.
Perhaps the obvious question would be, with level of crime in New Providence, is it a good idea to expose more tourists to the rest of New Providence?
Darville, however, is unconvinced that crime should deter a move in this direction.  First, he believes there are stigmas unfairly attached to certain areas, where people walk the streets in peace despite the growing crime numbers.
It's a "mentality issue", he said - with even some of his friends afraid to leave the 'safety' of Westridge for urban safari on Soldier Road.  Much of the violent crime being committed is not random, but perpetrated by people known to the victim, he said.
Then there is the fact that Bay Street has a heavier, visible police presence, with many officers on foot.  Along with closed circuit television (CCTV), that police presence would build confidence about the safety of those areas, he said.
"Do you know what that would do for self esteem in the area?  That would encourage people to paint their houses and improve their businesses.  It would bring out the positive in people and bring them together."

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Operation Potcake
Operation Potcake

Wednesday 16th January 2013  7:00 AM

Operation Potcake On 10 January Operation Potcake kicks off and we’re all madly scrambling around to get the final bits and pieces in place. We have sourced the majority of our supplies, accommodation has been organized for most volunteers, funds are continuously coming in (we still need lots of donations!) and marketing has also begun. Teams are putting up promotional posters in their areas this week. If you would still like to volunteer some time, even if it’s just a day or two please get in touch! Operation Potcake is January 10th to 21st, 2013. This campaign aims to sterilize 2,000 dogs and cats. We still need lots of volunteers and donation of items to make the campaign a real success. For more information visit www.operationpotcake.com Founded in 1924, the Bahamas Humane Society is the oldest charity in the Bahamas and was originally called the Dumb Friends League. It is affiliated to numerous international organisations, including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). It is the only humane organisation in the Caribbean to hold membership of the Standards of Excellence Program sponsored by the American Humane Association of which it has been a member since 1989. The BHS employs two full time veterinarians. It offers a 24 hour emergency ambulance service and provides care for sick, injured and abandoned animals. Clinic Locations The Fox Hill clinic is the Fox Hill Community Centre just north of the roundabout on Fox Hill Rd. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The Kemp Road clinic is St. Bede’s Church Hall off Strachan Alley. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21 The East Street clinic is 31 Fowler Street, off East Street. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 21. The Carmichael clinic is at Oral’s Golden Auto, 290 Carmichael Road. Dates: Jan 10-14 and 17 to 19 Montell Heights clinic is behind the Superwash on Robinson Rd, near Minnie St. Dates: Jan 20 to 21 The Gambier clinic is at the St. Peter’s Native Baptist Church hall at the corner of the Gambier road and West Bay Street. Dates: Jan 10 to 11 The Adelaide clinic is down the beach road on the south side. Dates: Jan 12 to 13 The Mt. Pleasant clinic is at La Hipica, next to Goodfellow Farms. Dates: Jan 14 Recent Posts


News Article
Chester Nelson Hanna, 52

Funeral service for Chester Nelson Hanna, 52 yrs., a resident of Soldier Road West, who died on 18th August, 2011, will be held at Carmichael Bible Church, Carmichael Road, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Victor Cooper, Rev. Arthur Charlton & other Ministers of Religion. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Road.

Looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and reuniting with Chester Nelson are:
His Devoted Wife: Mrs. Patrice Hanna RN, RM, CHN, Nursing Officer II Parents: Mr. Cyril and Elder Leancezar Hanna, Children: Chante and Chavez Hanna, Granddaughter: Tamia Hanna Mother-in-Law: Mrs. Paulette Smith, Sisters: Carolyn Black of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Audrey Curry, LaVaughn Sands, Charmaine Hanna, and Deanne Ewers of West Palm Beach, Florida Brothers: Patrick, Corporal Zebulon Hanna Sr. and PC1337 Kathon Hanna Sr. Sisters-in-Law: Shavaughn and Randaneshia Hanna, Shurie and Nickell Smith Brothers- in-Law: Fred Black Sr., J. Andrew Curry, Renaldo and Reginald Smith, Rev. Cyril Sands, Pastor David Ewers Nieces: Audra Curry, Federa Johnson, Felicia Black, Eartha and Ariel Hanna, Jazmin Ewers, April McKenzie and Tahj Ferguson Nephews: Fred Black Jr., Cyril, Chris, Casey and Corey Sands, Joshua Ewers, Athens Fawkes, Zebulon Jr., Ashton and Kathon Jr. Hanna, Vincent Gardiner, Reginald, Ravon, Dante and Shanton Smith Grandnephew: Renardo McKenzie Jr. Aunts: Loraine Smith, Cecile Stuart, Marilyn Russell, and Ettamae Emmanuel Uncles: Walter Stuart, Joshua and Elijah Jr. Tinker of Toronto Canada Grandmother -in-Law: Mary Smith of Miami Florida Aunts-in-Law: Daisy Strapp, Carol Young, Barbara Cleare, Gloria Belizarie, Heidimae Vereen and Florence Dixon of Miami Florida Uncles-in-Law: Michael Batiste, Joseph and George Smith Cousins: Maria, John and Willie Adderley, Leon Hanna, PC 1566 Neville Minns, Henry and Leroy Colebrooke, Rita Curtis and David Harvey, Kevin, Elvira, Kenneth, Shonell, Earnan and Elvin Scavella, Keno, Tasha Smith, Cecily & Walter Jr. Stuart, Chandra Smith, Carletha Toote, Barry, Barrett and Megan Smith, Naja Saunders, Servina Major, Arthur Mitchell, Nicola and Monique Saunders and Drexel Tinker, Rev Edgburt and Adolph Tinker, Lynette Forbes, Gaylene Tinker, Rev. Eric, Kevin, Alpheus and PC 998 Anthony Lightbourne, Joshua and Lynette Tinker, Patrice Tinker, Mark, Marvin and Merisha Emmanuel. A Host of Other Relatives and Friends including: Rev. Cyril C. Sands, Officers and Members of Evangelistic Centre Ministries Church family, Maranatha Assembly Church family of Palm Beach Florida, Bishop Ross Davis and Family, Bishop Victor Cooper and Family, Rev. Arthur Charlton and Family, Apostle Francis Curry and family of Miramar Florida, The Dundas Town, Abaco Community, The Salina Point, Acklins, Community, The Penny Savings Subdivision Neighborhood Group, The Great Jehovah Prayer Band, Rev. Ezekiel Munnings and Family, Arthur Johnson, Toma Ferguson, Robin Whyte, Tavard Bastian, Linda Polhumes and Family, Janice Brown and Family, Tony Craig and Family, Gary Russell and Family, Derek Cleare and Family, Agnes and Shirley Bond and Family of Toronto Canada, Creola Dehaiti and Family, Tony Butler and Family, Attorney Clarita Lockhart and Family, Arlington Hanna & Family, Robert Farrington and Family, Howard and Ellen Rosenberg of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sharon Campbell, Camille Kvapil, Rev. Tyrone Sands and Family, Mr. and Mrs. David Seymour, Rev. Shirley Burrows, Doctors and Nurses of the Trauma Centre and Male Surgical Ward I of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Caregivers of both Unity House and the Good Samaritan Home.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 12-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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News Article
Nassau Friday shooting incident, Police confiscate 2 guns in police involved shooting, DEU make drug arrest at LPIA EIA

Police seek suspect in shooting incident - An 18 year old male is detained in hospital after being shot to the leg on Friday 26th
April, 2013.

Preliminary police reports indicate that around 10:20 am the victim was in the area of
West Street and Dorsett Alley when he was approached and subsequently shot by a
masked male

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Police involved shooting....two handguns confiscated A 23 year old male of Pinewood Gardens is in hospital after being shot by police.

The incident reportedly occurred around 3:10 am on Saturday 27th April, 2013 in the
South Beach area

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Drug Enforcement Officers make drug arrest - Three (3) people, two (2) females and a 31 year old male of Mayfield Park Grand
Bahama are in police custody after being found in possession of an estimated two (2)
kilos of suspected Cocaine.

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Cleola Hamilton laughing all the way to the bank

Dear Editor, So the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) MP for South Beach and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cleola Hamilton will finally, after nearly a year in Parliament, step down as the president of the Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) this month.

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News Article
South Andros Commemorates Coastal Awareness

Long Bay Cays, South
Andros - On Saturday, April 16, 2011, the South Andros local
conservation group Nature's Hope for Southern Andros made their mark in
commemoration of Coastal Awareness Month by leading a team of students 
and volunteers in a beach clean-up in Long Bay Cays, South Andros.

This activity involved
removing debris from along the beach, cutting down and stacking
invasive Casuarinas, burning dead trees and limbs that were lying along
the ground, raking and bagging leaves and weeding the area (Photos
above). The trash collected were placed in garbage bags and carried to
the local dumpsite...

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Minister attends live demonstration of new hospital technology

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@
tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis was in Grand Bahama yesterday for the official launch of a 60-day pilot programme that allows digital diagnostic images to be viewed instantaneously at several clinics and hospitals in the Bahamas.

Through a partnership with the Florida-based Jackson Health System, four hospitals in the Bahamas, including the Rand Memorial Hospital and the Eight Mile Rock Clinic in Grand Bahama, and the Princess Margaret Hospital and South Beach Clinic in New Providence, will be part of a pilot programme using a new technology called PACS (Patient Archive and Communication System).

Dr Minn ...

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