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The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) has rejected calls by Cable Bahamas to bear only 18 to 20 percent of an estimated $10,000 in monthly common costs associated with the implementation of fixed number portability (FNP), calling claims by the company that there would be adverse impacts if it shares costs equally with Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) "grossly overstated" and "unsubstantiated".
Yesterday, Cable Bahamas hit back at the determination, with Head of Marketing David Burrows saying that they view URCA's position as placing a "disproportionate" financial burden on Cable Bahamas, given BTC's 400 percent larger fixed line customer base.
"It's URCA's decision, and there is nothing we can do about it but we are certainly not happy about it," said Burrows, adding that the $10,000 common cost per month, which relate to the cost of the equipment/system for the number portability administration service, comprised of a centralized database solution for porting numbers between operators and ancillary services, is "not inconsequential".
In its final determination on costs associated with fixed number portability, URCA favored BTC's position on how common industry costs should be shared, while supporting Cable Bahamas' position on how internal set-up costs should be covered, acknowledging that the two companies "remain divided" over the cost apportionment question.
Ultimately, URCA has ruled that each licensee should cover its own internal set-up costs that will be incurred in preparation for number portability, with "no option to recover these costs from consumers or other operators", while common industry costs associated with the system should be "equally apportioned" between both BTC and Cable Bahamas.
This came despite Cable Bahamas' efforts to argue against an "equal division" of the common industry costs of FNP.
The BISX-listed telecoms provider had suggested that to have it - or any other operator entering the market - pay the same amount as BTC would create an "unfair and disproportionate burden on small operators, having regard to their non-SMP (significant market power) status in the voice market for fixed and mobile services".
Furthermore, Cable Bahamas had suggested that if URCA was to call for equal apportionment of these costs, it would "ignore and compound the historical advantages held by BTC" as a result of its traditional dominance in the market.
BTC meanwhile had been "strongly in favor" of an equal division of common industry costs.
In its determination, URCA hit back that Cable Bahamas is "hardly a new player" in the fixed telephony market, which was liberalized in 2009. And it added that Cable Bahamas also enjoys "incumbent" status in its own right, along with significant market power, in other important sub-markets.
URCA charged that it has restrained any abuse of BTC's historical position in the market and its current position in the voice market in light of "ex-ante and preventative" measures put in place.
"URCA was unable to establish any link between equal division of common industry costs and the negative impacts identified by Cable Bahamas," said the regulator.
With respect to internal set-up costs, BTC expressed the view in its submissions to URCA that other operators should absorb some of its internal set-up costs, which would be "huge".
"BTC's competitors will benefit from the introduction of number porting. In BTC's view, other operators should bear part of BTC's internal set-up costs," the telecoms provider argued in its submission.
However, URCA did not agree, and moved in favor of Cable Bahamas' proposal that each operator should bear their own internal set-up costs with respect to fixed number portability, arguing that if other operators absorbed BTC's costs in this regard it would undermine "the cost minimization principle" with BTC having "little or no incentive to deploy the most cost efficient FNP solution".
URCA proposed that neither "donor operators", those from whom customers are requesting to move; or "recipient operators", those receiving the customers, can charge customers for the move. However, donor operators can charge recipient operators $4 per successful porting of a customer to their network.
Number portability is considered to be a cornerstone of a truly liberalized telecommunications market. In its determination, URCA noted that there is clear evidence that customers are reluctant to change their network operator if it means changing their phone numbers.
"Number portability is a key issue in the introduction of network competition. The absence of number portability therefore gives incumbent network operators a significant competitive edge."
Competition is promoted by number portability given that customers can change their operator without changing their numbers and incurring all of the related inconvenience.
By facilitating movement among operators through such portability, URCA expects to help to drive down prices.
Number portability is now expected to occur on December 2, after being delayed by three months due to "lack of operator readiness".
URCA is investigating BTC over its failure to be adequately prepared for the previous September 3 deadline.
Funeral Service for Clayton Wells, 72, of Old Bight Cat Island, who died January 22 at the Princess Margaret Hospital, will be held on Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Frendship Baptist Church Laid and Market Streets. Rev. Archilus Burrows will officiate and interment will follow in the Southern Cemetery Cow Pen and Spikenard Roads
Cherished memories are held by:
His wife: Maudell Wells
Children: Jacob Wells, Cherriel Butler and Charlean Munroe
Grand-children: Dedrick, Chachean, Onan, Jacob Jr., D'andra. Javando, Nieholas Nathaniel, D'asia, Jakia and Sa'leah Wells
Great grand-children: Dedricka, Dedrinique, Dedrick III, and Gary Wells
Brothers: Herman McMinns and Charles Rolle
Nassau, Bahamas -
Sir Arthur Foulkes (seated centre) is pictured with Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture the Hon. Charles Maynard (left of Sir Arthur);
Minister of Labour and Social
Development the Hon. Dion Foulkes (right of Sir Arthur) and representative
members of the National Committee of Volunteer Bahamas, during a recent
courtesy call at Government House. Also pictured seated are Permanent
Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Social Development Ms. Barbara
Burrows and Co-Chairperson of the National Committee of Volunteer Bahamas
and Director of Youth in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Darron
Funeral Service for Evangelist Althemese Virginia Ferguson age 54 years a resident of Joans Heights East will be held on Sunday 29th January 2012, 1:30p.m. at Mt Horeb Baptist Church, Sandy Port, Nassau. Officiating will be Suffrocate Bishop George Duncombe assisted by other Ministers. Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F Kennedy Drive.
She will always be remembered and linger in the hearts of her family, especially her mother and husband Inez, her two children, Jemmia, and Shanovia, her siblings and their spouses, Joyanne & Leroy Archer, Ken & Juliann Ferguson, Reno & Bronwen Smith, Terrance & Jennie Ferguson, Julian & Mary Ferguson, Blondell Ferguson, Joseph, Derek & Godfrey Dames, Diane & Olaleye Olawale of Miami, Florida and Gina & Kenneth Clarke. Adopted sisters Minister Betty Thompson, adopted brother Police Sgt 1215 Edward O. & Yvonne Andrews, Aunts Pastor Curlina Cox of Chesters, Acklins, Mrs. Madline George of Pastel, Acklins, Evangelist Petrona Ferguson Deaconess Delores Francis, Rev'd. Ruby Thompson, Thelma & Ruby Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Marilyn, Elizabeth, Virginia Sturrup, Florence Ramsey, Marilyn Miller, Fredreicka Caldwell and Ann Albury. Uncles: Edward Johnson, Edroy Ferguson of Miami, Florida, Norman & Frederick Sturrup, Barry and Fred Ramsey. Great Grand aunts: Lottie Darling & Lily Ferguson of New York. Nieces: Rochelle Ferguson, Racquel McCreary of Atlanta, Georgia, Kendia Ferguson, Racquena Thompson, Thomasina Dorsett, Romel, Kendeyanna, Kenshera, Keturah, Jayla and Kabra Ferguson, Bronique Smith, LeaAnn Archer, Demetria and Dereka Major and Toya Hope, Derese, Devonne and Vivianna Dames, Kandace Clarke, Shanna Olawale, AN-nique Dames. Nephews: Andrew Burrows, Dewitt Brown, Geno Ford, Ravanno Ferguson, Barrington and Jordan Archer, Revanno Smith, Jalan, Tevon, Jedidiah, and Julian Jr. Ferguson, Derek Jr. and Demarcian Dames, Carlyle Thompson, Jefferey Olawale. Grand-Nieces: Jasmine Stephens, Elviania Ferguson, Fallon-Emily Thompson, Leah Smith, Andrea Burrows, Diamond Ford, Keishanae, Makaisha and Makayla Ferguson, Leah Olawale and Jade. Grand-Nephews: Geno Jr. and Jabarri Ford, Menelik Darling, Navi Ferguson and Andrew Loawale. God Children: Lavenia Burrows, Rashad Storr, Philicia and Philip Dawkins and Brenique Hanna, Sherado, shamar and Sherea Sands, Edjuan Lewis, Jessica Duncombe, golden King and Avery Nesbitt. Other relatives and friends: Kevin & Desiree, Gregory & Audrey, Bursil, Kent Clarke, Annamae Cox, Henry & Thaddeus Frazer, Sharon, Edith & James Price, Pedro, Patrice, Malrie, Cedric, Trevor and Lowell Darling, Marilyn Rolle, Michelle, Llewyn and Oneal Ferguson, Pastor Ellington Ferguson, Danielle, Pastor Zendal, Sgt Granville (RBPF) Thompson and Able Mechanic Seaman Calvin Thompson, Charles, Chewargo, Chalavar, Shane and Shawn Thompson and Derek Wilson.
Special Friends: Ann Rolle, Vernita Sands, Evangelist Betty Duncombe, Evangelist Arnette Cooper, Old Kemp Ground, Val Storr, Elder Charles Anderson, Bro. Malcom Duncombe, Bro. Gregory Saunders, Sister Janice Lewis, Kiesha Brown, JoAnn Seymour, Petricia, Pamela Bowers, Ronique Curry, Patricia Davis, Mahketa Smith, Mother Gloria Dawkins, Mary Dawkins, Andros District of the P.A of W, Little Jerusalem Apostolic Church Family Christ Temple Church Family, Faith Apostolic Church Family, True Worshipers Family Pastor Tyrone Sands, Evangelist Brenda Maycock & Family, Sis Shirley Woodside & Family, One Way Holiness, Greater Bethel Cathedral, God's Temple of Praise, Church of Jesus Christ Church Family, Revelation Apostolic Church 1&2 Family, Bethel Temple Ministries, Transformation Ministries church family and Soul Seeking Ministries church family, Bishop Harry Collie, Bishop Victor and Mrs. Cooper & family, Deacon Vitzel and Evangelist Arnette Cooper, Gary, Brian, Michael, Vincent, Sharon, Joan Litherah Cooper, Sandra McKenzie and Kayla Culmer, Shaniqua Roker, Qitell Duncombe, Kevy Sands, Pastor Turner of Savannah, Georgia, Mother Elizabeth Manning of Savannah, Georgia,
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. and on Sunday at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church, Delaporte from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. and at the church from 12:30 a.m. until to service time.
Funeral service for Rufus William Storr, 54 yrs., a resident of Jackfish Drive off Carmichael Rd. & formerly of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, who died on 14th Jan. 2012, wlll be held at Greater Bethel Cathedral, Faith Way, Baillou Hill Rd. South, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop David Braynen Sr., assisted by Other Ministers. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Rufus is survived by his:
Wife -Valerie Cooper-Storr
Daughter- Lavonia Storr-Burrows
Sons- Rashad and RashawnStorr
Granddaughter - Leanne Burrows
Son in Law - Leon Burrows Jr.
Mother - Geraldine Anderson
Father - William Storr
Sisters - Denise Levarity, Sandra Miller, Ellamae and Nadine Newton, Yolanda Hall , Elaine, Marilyn, and Ayesha Storr of New York
Brothers - Francis and Standford Newton, Rahiem and Brandon Storr of New York
Mother in Law- Evangelist Arnette Cooper
Father in Law - Deacon Vitzel Cooper
Aunts - Esther Larrimore, Rachel Thompson and FrancinaStorr
Grand Aunts - Frances Wilson, Mildred Clarke
Uncle - Frederick Storr
Sisters in Laws - Sandra Mckenzie, Kayla Culmer, Sharon, Joan,Litherah, Marie, Paula, Merrel&Melvern Cooper, Jacqueline and Ramona Newton
Brothers in Laws - Leland Levarity, Vernon Miller, Andrell Hall, Gary, Brian, Michael & Vincent Cooper, Rudy Mckenzie, Renaldo Culmer
Nieces- Clarissa, Kesishma, Michaella, Ladika, Nadiea, Kedra, Santoina, Kadhah, Alexis, Santech, Levontanique, Teranique, Sharene, Bianca, Abria, Breanne, Alexis, Candice Cooper, Xenia and ShanderaMckenzie, Monique Knowles,KhadijahCulmer,
Nephews - Lawrence, Keith, Lavaughn, Lavar,Lavanno, Tourrin, Terron, Anthony, Antonio, Dwayne, Jarad, Alex, Frantwoyn, Kedrick, Sanford, Sanchez, Antwoin, Santon, Aaron, Ayden, Jamaal, Jerard&JavanoMckenzie, Javonne, Atorio, Cornell, Michael, DevanteCooperand Reynard Culmer
A host of other relatives & friends.
Friends may pay their last resects 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.
Funeral Service for the Late Parhon Tarik Johnson, 33 years of Farrington Road will be held on Saturday January 21st, 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Boyd Road.
Monsignor Alfred Culmer and Monsignor Simeon Roberts will officiate. Interment will follow in the Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Funeral Service for Dorcas Heastie Burrows, 87, of Sapphire Ridge Road, Sans Souci will be held on Saturday August 20th, 2:00 p.m. at Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmicahel Road. Dr. Myles Munroe assisted by Dr. Dave Burrows and Pastor Robyn Gool will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John K. Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish precious memories is her children: Leona Mitchell, Linelle Thompson, Phillip Burrows, Pastor Marilyn Gool, Dr. David Burrows, Sherwin Burrows and Terrance Burrows; sons-in-law: Stanley Mitchell, Robert Thompson and Pastor Robyn Gool; daughters-in-law: Dr. Bernadette Burrows, Angela Burrows, and Christine Burrows.
Seventeen grandchildren: Dr. ...
Wendell Wellington Miller Gilbert, 59, affectionately called “Schemer” of Marsh Harbour Abaco and formerly of Acklins Street, died March 27th in Marsh Harbour Abaco.
Precious memories are held by: Children: Letichia Burrows, Ellington “Ching” Gilbert, Devaugh, Shantell and Wory Gilbert
Funeral service for Rufus William Storr, 54, a resident of Jackfish Drive off Carmichael Rd. & formerly of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, who died on 14th Jan. 2012, wlll be held at Greater Bethel Cathedral, Faith Way, Baillou Hill Rd. South, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop David Braynen Sr., assisted by Other Ministers. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Rufus is survived by his:
Wife –Valerie Cooper-Storr
Daughter- Lavonia Storr-Burrows
Sons- Rashad and RashawnStorr
Granddaughter – Leanne Burrows
Son in Law - Leon Burrows Jr.
Mother – Geraldine Anderson
Father – William Storr
Sisters – Denise Levarity, S ...
With another exciting weekend of games in the books, Freedom Farm baseball appears to be at full strength as it gears up for another impressive showing at the Bahamas Baseball Federation's (BBF) championships this summer, and another run at a Cal Ripken/Major 60 World Series title.
It was that same Major League Division (11-12) which was on display this past Saturday when the Wild Dogs took on the Blue Marlins in one of the featured games of the day. Coach Greg Burrows Jr., the same coach who guided the Farmers to the 2010 World Series title, led his Wild Dogs team to an impressive 8-0 shutout victory over the Marlins.
The Wild Dogs, who were knocked out in the playoffs last year, are off to an impressive 3-1 start this year.
"Today, we hit the ball pretty well, and we had a good pitching performance from Paul Rolle. Overall, we played a solid game," said Burrows Jr.
"Our goal is to win the championship this year. That is what we're aiming for. Straight across the board, we're trying to get better from game to game.
"I don't think that we need to improve on anything in particular, but as we go along, we'll touch up on the things that we need to touch up on - the areas where we make mistakes during the game."
The Wild Dogs will play the 1-0 Iguanas next Saturday. They got a RBI triple from Diego Duncombe in the game and winning pitcher Rolle helped his own cause with a big home-run.
"I didn't pitch as hard as I expected to, but I guess it was good enough to be effective. I felt good about the home-run. I was looking to make contact and just hit it out," said Rolle.
Reserve pitcher Tnaige Wallace, who had a couple of key hits and played great defense from his second base position, said that overall they were pleased with their performance.
He is hopeful that they will be able to go all the way this year and win a championship.
"I think I could have pitched better, but I was pleased with my performance at the plate," said Wallace.
"I think that I could have hit the ball a little further but I was satisfied."
Losing coach Lionel Ferguson said that they fell down on basic fundamentals, but he is confident that his team could regroup and make a strong showing this season.
"We made one or two defensive mistakes. I think that had we played better defense, even though we didn't hit the ball that well, it would have been a much better game," he said.
"The talent is definitely there so if we learn the game a little better, we'll be right up there with the other teams. Just the basic fundamentals cost us today -- once we get those together, we'll have more fun on the field and win more games. If we're on the field, we definitely coming to win."
In that same age division this past weekend, the Hurricanes got past the defending champions Conchs, 9-8. In the T-Ball Division, the Cantaloupes blasted the Mangoes, 16-3, the Sea Grapes out-slugged the Guineps, 19-13, the Dillies and Jujus played to a 17-17 tie, and the Mangoes bounced back from their loss to the Cantaloupes to beat the Coco Plums, 17-9.
In the Coach Pitch Division, the Mosquitoes drilled the Wasps on Friday, 15-4, and shut out the Boas on Saturday, 12-0, the Bees knocked off the Red Ants, 11-5, and the Dragon Flies and Wasps played to a 6-6 tie. In the Minor League Division (9-10), the Barracudas completely overwhelmed the Red Snappers, 24-4, and the Octopus got past the Turbots, 8-2. In the Junior League Division (13-15), the Raccoons beat the Silver Jacks, 6-2, and the Sharks outlasted the Stingrays, 6-5.
The Freedom Farm Baseball League will move into Week Four of action this coming weekend with games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Freedom Farm Baseball LeagueWeekend Results
T-Ball Division (5-6)
Cantaloupes 16, Mangoes 3
Sea Grapes 19, Guineps 13
Dillies 17, Jujus 17
Mangoes 17, Coco Plums 9
Coach Pitch (7-8)
Mosquitoes 15, Wasps 4
Bees 11, Red Ants 5
Dragon Flies 6, Wasps 6
Mosquitoes 12, Boas 0
Minor League (9-10)
Barracudas 24, Red Snappers 4
Octopus 8, Turbots 2
Major League (11-12)
Wild Dogs 8, Blue Marlins 0
Hurricanes 9, Conchs 8
Junior League (13-15)
Raccoons 6, Silver Jacks 2
Sharks 6, Stingrays 5
DEATH NOTICE: Pembrooke Williams Sr., 82, of Yamacraw Shores died at his residence on Wednesday 26th October, 2011.
He is survived by his 5 sons: Alworth Rolle, Pembrooke Jr., Christopher, Andrew and Livingston Williams; 2 daughters: Idamae Williams and Agnes Burrows; 2 sisters: Blondeva Hunter and Berdie Williams; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
Sunday 4th December 2011 11:00 AM
Global Village Group Presents The Gathering Of The Eagles Guest Speakers: Dr Elizabeth Hairston-Mcburrows PH.D. (From New Mexico) Dr Showalter Johnson (Nassau, Bahamas) Dates: November 30, 7pm December 1, 7pm December 2, 7pm December 4, 11AM & 7PM(11am With Dr Showalter Johnson, CEO of GVG) Global Village Group # 10 Island Lane, Sandyport plaza, Nassau, Bahamas Telephone:(242)327-6024
Funeral Service for the Late Eric Bertram Cash, 93 years of #8 Cusbin Road, Blue Hill Estates and formerly of Wulff Road and Smith's Lane, will be held on Monday February 13th, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, Deveaux & Young Streets. Fr. Alain Laverne and Deacons Peter Rahming and Maxwell Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
He is survived by His Sons: Dr. Earl Cash, Patrick, Gregory, Ronnie Cash of Orlando, Fla. and Duane Cash of Hollywood, Fla.; Daughters: Georgina Albury of North Port, Fla., Sandrea Miller, Jennifer Cash, Paula Nedd of Tampa, Fla., Angela Cash of Miami, Fla., Sonia Thompson, Anna Heastie, and Dr. Cheryll Cash M.D. of Houma, La.; Sons-in-law: James Albury, Clyde Nedd, Kenneth Thompson, and Anthonty Heastie; Daughters-in-law: Cheryl, Michelle, and Ruth Cash; Grandchildren: James Jr. and Christopher Albury; Dr. Earl Cash Jr. M.D. and Christie Cargill; Erica Cash-Burrows; Precious Smith, Krystal, Gregorinique and Basilena Cash; Jannah Wilmott; Dr. Nona (Tara) Martin-Storr M.D. and Clyde Nedd Jr.; Kenneth Gerrick, Jermaine, and Tatianna Thompson, and Dr. Tanya Badamosi M.D.; A. Antoine and Ajene Heastie; Ronique, Staff Sargeant Karyss Cash, Christal, Lisa, Rychelle, Yasmine and Yolanda Cash; Sharde Husain, Duane Jr. and Michael Cash; Nicholas and Nicholette Cash; Grandsons-in-law: Dr. Adrian Cargill M.D., Akeem Badamosi, Dr. Virgil Storr, Dwight Burrows, and Dario Smith; Granddaughter-in-law: Vedell Heastie; Great grandchildren: Jai-Le Simmons, Jade Williams, Anarghya Heastie, Gianna and Jayden Badamosi, Adrian Cash, Johann Sebastian Cash, Brittany Gomez, Tyler and Dario Jr. Smith, Michael Husain, Bryce Albury, Ari and Gayle Burrows, Jermia Thompson; Niece: Dorothy Francis; Other relatives and friends: Arch-Bishop Patrick Pinder, The Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, Father Alain Laverne, Monsignors Preston Moss and John Johnson, Father Michael Kelly, Seminarian Oscar Ferguson, Deacons Peter Rahming, Maxwell Johnson and Samuel Mitchell, Sisters Ena and Cecilia Albury of St. Martin's Monastery, Pastor Jeffrey Woods, Francis Richardson, Eleanor Mitchell, Eugene Nicolls, Donald Wallace, Christopher and Francita Outten, Sandra Johnson, Willie, Stephen, Bernard, Sterling, Wendell, Kaven, and Joanna Francis, Agatha Bevans, Theresa Simpson, Sonia Bostwick, Henrietta Miller, Roland Goffe, Paula Henry (care-giver), Margaret Claridge, Carolyn, Myra and Rayangelo Sturrup, Harold and Betty Grant, Shirley Roberts and Family, Hilda Moxey and Family, Jack Thompson and Family, Andrea Rahming and Family, Adrian Russell and Family, The Daniels Family, Rosemary Sargeant, Ruth and Wayde Thompson, Nellie Thompson of Canada, Prosper and Carmelina Burrows of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Reverend James Rahming, Freddie Lord, Stencil Ferguson, Patricia Dickenson, Marjorie and Harry Lord, Jeffrey Sturrup, Myra and Rayangelo Sturrup, Philip Butler, Brad Storr, Gary Smith, Charles Butler, Ryan Dorsette, The Lyford Cay Family, The Lou Adams Orchestra, Our Lady's 6:30 a.m. Choir, The Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union, The Wulff Rd. Community, The Our Lady's Church Family, The Department of Public Health, S.C. McPherson Jr. High School, Ms. T. Nicola McKay and Ms. Cheryl Samuels & the H.O.Nash Jr. High School Family, Higgs and Johnson, Arawak Homes, Tyre-Flex, The Bahamas Industrial Tribunal, The Immigration Department and the Department of Labour, and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
If you look at a tree that is thick with lush green leaves and hundreds of young branches, one may think that it's healthy and full of life.
But this may not always be the case, according to Joy Burrows, a professional tree care specialist.
Burrows said there is a pruning practice that plagues the well-being and life of trees. The practice is known as topping and it involves cropping the uppermost branches of plants and trees in an effort to stop them from growing.
Tragedy struck the quaint Grand Bahama community of Jack Smith Corner in Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock, just after midday, when police say a 31-year-old American woman was involved in a domestic dispute which turned deadly.
Her killing is recorded as the first murder in 2012 for Grand Bahama, and with only nine days into the new year, the fourth murder for The Bahamas.
Police have released a photo of the man wanted in connection to the murder. An all-points bulletin (APB) was issued late Monday for William Leslie Forbes, 36, also known as Scrubs and Blacks, of #24 Amberjack Street, Caravel Beach.
It is believed that the victim was inside a room in her home when an altercation occurred. Police responded to the scene around 12:47 p.m. to investigate the incident and met the woman's body on the ground, just outside her home, according to Police Public Affairs and Communications Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Loretta Mackey.
The victim suffered stab wounds to the upper part of the body and reportedly suffered serious injury to the neck.
Neighbors described the woman as "a caring, nice and bubbly person", who was loved by all.
A relative of the victim disclosed that the woman, who is reportedly the mother of one child, and the alleged suspect shared a rocky relationship.
The identity of the young mother was not released by police up to press time.
Police say it is not known how the male suspect left the premises, but they are following significant leads into his whereabouts.
"We are now asking for the public's assistance in locating the person who we believe might be responsible for this matter," ASP Mackey said.
"We encourage persons with information to call in at 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911."
Area Pastors Lindy Russell and Elvis Burrows visited the scene to lend support to the grieving family.
Rev. Russell, on hearing the news said, "It is sad, tragic and unfortunate that incidents like this happen anywhere, but in the community of Eight Mile Rock. While it is a large community the people in the community are very close."
With the murder rate in The Bahamas reaching 127 last year, Pastor Russell said the people must pray.
"We want to encourage persons, who often are involved in domestic violence, to not take matters into their own hands when they are having their issues, but to seek to resolve their differences," he said. "We just want to encourage members of our communities to seek help before it results in what we suspect has happened here today."
Member of Parliament for Eight Mile Rock Verna Grant also shared her concern over the fact that another person has been lost to violence.
"A young woman has lost her life at the hands of someone who she is familiar with. Too much domestic violence is going on and there has to be something that we can do to stem this violence."
Grant pointed out that the people in each community must work together to lend assistance to young people who are in distress.
"It is disheartening and it hurts when you think that it is happening right behind you, or right next to you, and it seems as if we are not doing anything about it," she said.
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT seems like more and more of our sporting personalities are venturing in the field of politics.
This time, two key executives of the New Providence Basketball Association and another from Freedom Farm Baseball League will be juggling their time between the political campaign and the operation of their sporting disciplines.
While it seemed as if Freedom Farm's founder, Greg Burrows, will have more leeway to spring forward as a Progressive Liberal Party candidate for Montagu, there's some doubts about whether or not it's a good mix for Keith 'Belzee' Smith and Alsworth 'Whitey' Pickstock, the Demo ...
The woman and five-year-old girl whose bodies were pulled from waters near Prince George Wharf a week ago today drowned, autopsies have determined.
Police revealed the results last night. Police also said the matter will be forwarded to the Coroner's Court.
The case of the two bodies has been shrouded in mystery.
The victims were previously identified as Amanda Seymour-Burrows, 32, and her daughter Taja Burrows. Defence Force marines pulled the bodies from the water.
The girl was found wearing pajamas, police said.
Despite determining the cause of death of the females, police are still unsure of the circumstances surrounding their demise. However, police reported that they have completed their investigations.
Police questioned at least one man following the deaths, however he was only held for several hours.
Police said investigators have not uncovered anything so far that would suggest foul play.
Seymour-Burrows' car, a blue Nissan Sentra, was discovered by police around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, west of the Cricket Club on West Bay Street.
A woman who works in the area claimed a man parked the car there on Wednesday.
In the absence of any evidence to suggest foul play, police have the deaths classified as sudden deaths.
Funeral service for Shaunie Lenice Smith, 36 yrs., a resident of Melvern Road, Yellow Elder, who died on 2nd February, 2012, will be held at Calvary Deliverance Church, East Street South, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop V. G. Clarke, assisted by Apostle Rodney Roberts. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Loving memories will forever linger in the hearts of her Two Sons: Travon and Travis Lockhart; Mother: Ruth Cleo Wood; Father: Dudley Smith; Two Sisters: Shalanda Beckles & Jenilel Brown; Adopted Sister: Rosanne (Rosy) Johnson; Four Brothers: Doderick, Walter, Marvin & Alexiou Smith; Seven Aunts: Shelia Blatch (Andros), Margaret Deaveaux, Naomi, Eleanor ( Atlanta Georgia), Doreen Wood, Peggy Kelly, Marvis Scott (Freeport); Seven Uncles: Eric (Freeport), Richard, Eddie, Erick, Frederick(Freeport) Wood, Derek Kelly, Berkley(Florida USA); Brother-in-Law Winston Beckles; Two Sisters-in-Law: Chandra & Kelly SmithFour NiecesTaylor Beckles,Candra Smith, Takeisha McPhee, Jayla Brown Four NephewsJustin Beckles,Deon, Deontae, , Christian Smith, Three Grand Aunts: Joyce, Ilene Astwood, Shirley; Cousins: Geneen Evans, Michelle Swain (Freeport), Meredith, Yasmine, Santisha, Zovia Martin, Maniska,Murray Deaveaux, Carlton, Collin, Lloyd, Arthur, Adrian, Colleen Smith; Other relatives and friends: Nellie Walkes, Dandas Munnings, Gloria Williams, Margaret Fernader, Nurse Claudia Johnson, Melvern Road, Yellow Elder friends, Pastor Barbara Burrows & family, Cheryl, Prayer partner Daphne Deaveaux, Sharon Smith, Staff ECG Department & Administration Princess Margaret Hospital, From Jesus with Love Ministries, Special Friend Janice McKenzie, Cancer Society & Sister Sister Group, Eileen Higgs and friends, Five Porches Ministries Church Family, Pastor Minus, Lorna Culmer and family, Trevor Lockhart and family, The Astwood and Wood Families & Free Community Holiness Baptist Church 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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Lincey Ramon Cartwright Sr., 60, of Ferguson Way, Marathon Estates and formerly of Mortimer’s, Long Island, will be held on Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at: 11:00 a.m. at Faith Temple Ministries International #901 Prince Charles Drive. Officiating will be Bishop Philemon Wilson, assisted by Rev. Andrew Burrows, Rev. Carlos Thompson and Rev. Dr. John Thompson. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Solider Road.
Left to cherish his memories are: His loving wife: Joycelyn Ann; One daughter; Anithra- Lynette; Three sons; Lincey II, Lavardo Sr. and Lathario Cartwright; Nine grandchildren: Lavardo Jr., Kayja, Lincey III, Lauryn, Logan, Janae, Eliza ...
The family of Elder William H. Miller, Jr. wishes to express our profound gratitude and appreciation for your prayerful support during our time of bereavement.
The family is extremely grateful for your prayers, visits, donations, telephone calls, cards,
floral arrangements and many other acts of kindness will always be remembered.
We are especially grateful to Elders: Eldon Heastie, Frienderick Dean, Ellison Delva and James Miller. Evangelists: David Casey, Andrew Major, Keith & Kevin Beneby, Christopher Curry, Clyde Symonette, Stephen McQueen, Jason Quashie, Lincoln Young, and McDonald Burrows.
A special “thank you” to Honorable Arthur D. Hanna, former Gov ...