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April 14, 2012
Police Crime Report: Arrest of man with handgun - Murder victim identified - Shooting victim succumbs

Nassau, Bahamas -
(14/04/12) A 23 year old male of All Saints Way off East Street south is
in police custody after being found in possession of a handgun...

On Thursday 12th
April, 2012 around 7:15 am the body of female was found at a vacant
property at Perpall Tract with injuries to the upper body. Police have
identified ...

Shooting victim

AKIO FRANCIS BURROWS of SUMMER SET STREET succumbed to his injuries...

Police are
investigating a traffic accident that has left a 34 year old male of
Sunshine Park dead. The incident reportedly occurred around 3:30 am on
Saturday...

Police are investigating a stabbing incident that has left a 17 year old male of Pineyard Road in hospital....

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April 12, 2012
Lynn Patricia Hanna-Demeritte, 55

Funeral Service for the Late Lynn Patricia Hanna-Demeritte, 55 years of Citrus Meadows, will be held on Saturday April 14th, 4:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. The Venerable I. Ranfurly Brown and Rev. Edward J. Sykes assisted by Rev. Fr. Neil Nairn, Rev. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe, Canon Warren Rolle and Rev. Emily Demeritte will officiate.  Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Lynn is survived by her Parents: Allan and Marinetta Hanna; Husband: Greylin Demeritte; Sisters: Garnell (Audley) Kemp and Constance (Carl) Gibson; Brother: Allan Hanna; Nieces: Anya Kemp, Carla and Chelsi Gibson and Kache Hanna; Nephews: Audley Kemp III, Tamal Hanna, Joshua Hanna, Cameron Gibson and Lynden Rahming Jr.; Grandniece: Sanaeya Robinson; Grandnephew: Audley Kemp IV; Uncles: James Hanna (Pittsburg) and Paul Hanna; Aunts: Rosemary, Dr. Andree, Deloris ( Pittsburg), Doloris and  Lee Hanna, Florence Scott, Tina Rolle (Freeport) and Luzera Rolle;  Brothers-in-Law: Godfrey, Mark (Stephanie), Bradley, Charles, Ian, and Kendal (Emily) Demeritte; Sisters-in-Law: Evita Butler, Marsha, Cecilia, Maria-Ann (Raymond) Culmer, Karen (Garth)Woodside, Katie Hilton and Keva Demeritte; Cousins: Eric, Everette and Althelda Hanna(Pittsburg), Ivan Hanna Jr., Gina Dean, Gail Stuart(New York), Terri Bellot, Kevin Hanna,  Dr.  Alys Hanna- Morris and Alexander Hanna (London, England), Clarice Cooper, Tracy and Gina Stubbs, Philip Coakley, Arthur (Helen) Rolle, Donna McPhee, Marionette Rolle, Hazel Bevans, Yvonne McPhee, Elsa Miller, Randolph and Alexander Scott, Tyrone, Van, Dwayne & Tanya Rolle, Hubert,  Michael, Anthon & Darnell Rolle (Freeport), Yvonne Wilson, Joan Roach, Judith Cumberbatch, Alcot Wilson, Eric Butler, Maria Taylor,  Clarissa Honett, Teresa, Carlos, Margaret & Carmen Butler, Cassandra Davenport, Cheryl Stubbs, Marilyn Cambridge, Linda Bullard, Mavis Burrows, Marsh Bullard, Karen Cargill, Eleanor Butler, Dorothea Godet, James Butler, Betty & Vernal Butler. Godchildren: Shakera Johnson, Desmin Bullard - Collie, Khrisna Virgil, Lareisha Johnson, Shantique Virgil, Tramaine Virgil and Lauren Nwankwo. Many Friends including: Margaret Thompson-Nwankwo & family, Eleanor Delancy & Family, Jestina Virgil & family, Geneva Mortimer & Family, Margaret Johnson & family, Debbie Brown & Family, Brian Wright, Elsa Munnings, Marcia Bain, NIB Accounts Department,  Micheal Ellis, Alice Rolle, Althea Clifford, Bishop Laish & Joan Boyd, Edna Simmons, Louise & Christine Adderley & Family, Charmaine Miller & family, Vanria Williams, Yontaley Bowe & Family, Gloria Bethel, Margurite Jackson, Andrea Jackson-Coakley, Sharon Jackson-Waterman, Zerifeh Eiley, Glenda Thompson, Cleomie Harris, Janet Bunch-Lightbourne & family, Bernard Bostwick, The Kemp Family, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gibson Sr. & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Sidney Whitfield , Mrs. Angela Tynes & Family, Mrs. Lillian Gibson & Family, Mrs. Carmen McCarthy & Family, Mrs. Beryl Huyler & Family, Mrs. Dorothy Nairn & Family, Mrs. Maxine Taylor & Family, Mrs. Eloise Colebrook, Mrs. Carmie Ramsey & Family, Rev. Edward Sykes & Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church Family, St. Agnes Anglican Church Family, ACW & Usher Board, St. Mary's Church Family & ACW, many more too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at the church from 2:30 p.m. until service time.

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April 19, 2012
Levi Reginald Laramore, 70

Funeral Service for Levi Reginald Laramore age 70 of Annes Drive Winton Estates, who died at his residence April  5th, will be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Christ The King Anglican Church Ridgeland Park West. Canon Curtis Robinson assisted by Arch-deacon I. Ranfurly Brown, Fr. Bradley Miller, Fr. Atma Budhu, Fr. Rodney Burrows and Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte will  officiate and interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Soldier Road.
 
Left to cherish his memory are:
Wife: Margaret Olive Laramore
Children: Michael Laramore (Ellen); Sylvia Major (Malcolm); Shawn Laramore; Michelle Pinder; Lisa Pinder; Jackie Taylor (Scott); Natasha Cartwright (Roswell); Tameko Laramore (Raquel); Margo Bosfield (Antoine)
Grandchildren:   Michael Jr.; Jermaine; Melissa; Malconique; Melani; Shawn Jr; Ashanti; Devante'; Deangelo; Lakeria; Keron; Eudane; Laron; Shantese; Cheyanne; Rotaj; Triniti; Sereniti, Rashae.
Great Grandchildren: Kiera; Syniah; Keyanna; Kayshawn
Brother : Stafford ( & Doral) Laramore
Sister: Brenetta-Mae Johnson
In-Laws: Mary Laramore, John White (Grace), George Young, Marina (John) Young, Sybilene (Ronald) Taylor, Georgina (Walter "Rim") Curtis, Ronald (Ernestine) Young, Mildred Young.
Uncle in law: Charles (Anita) Mckinney
Nieces : Jo'ann White; Patricia ( & Berkley) Chisolm; Rose ( & Leo) Kirby; Maxcine ( & Brian) Stubbs; Beatrice ( & Nehemiah) Hield; Ruth Poitier; Anita ( & Craig) Knowles; Sherry Laramore (of New York) Marge, June, Wendy ( & Wayne) Rolle; Sharon ( & Leroy) Sturrup; Theresa, Sandra ( & Terrence) Taylor; Lillian ( & James) Smith; Maedon, Indiana ( & Albert) Darville; Charlotte, Linda, and Natalie White; Alicia, Blakely and Brie Young; Sheila and Janice Young; Billi-Charra Taylor; Chia Young and Rhonda Young.
 
Nephews: Pastor Michael ( & Patrice) Johnson; Richard ( & Odea) Johnson; Julian ( & Antoinette); Joseph and William ; Kendal ( & Kim); Charles ( & Tina); Randy; Rev. Samuel ( & Renee); Roger; David Jr.; John Jr. "Super", Calvin (Carla), Rudolph, Frankie, Louis "Boogie", Desiree, Christopher ; Gerrad (Margo), Glenn, Graham, Theodore, Braven and Lucas ; Marlin Young; Owen (Bekera), Justin, William, Valentino Taylor; Ronald Jr "Ron J", Ramon Young.
 
Grand Nieces  and Nephews: Nadia; Theo; Tenille; Jonathon; Abigail; Catherine; Trenae; Keiliah; Omar; Perez; Anecia; Juliet; Jade; Aisha; Joeliese; Jon-Michael; Jordan; Dion (Kenya); Kelly (Okellen);Prince; Kia (Ory), Rashad, Rashida, Rachel, Beth-Anne, Michael  Jr., John-Thomas III, Kent, Chiteria, Lashanda, Phylicia, Felicia, Anesha, Teddy Jr, Da'nai, Phillip Jr, Hilbert, Hildra, Tyrone, Travis, Stephonya, Tinika, Sasha, Indira, Allie, Jhade, Nivea, Rivere Young, Zantae and Savannah Pelletier, Owbeon Taylor.
Cousins: Sandra Sealy, Gwenn Forbes-Kelly, Robert Carter, Larry Thomas, Marion Forbes, Erin Knowles, Van and Cordell Thompson, Gigi Mackey and Family, Nathaniel Dorsett and Family, John and Marlene Dorsett, Cecil Dorsett and Family, Lillian  and Glenn McPhee and Family, Lavenia Dorsett and Family, Lekita  and Randy Chambers and Family, Luella McDonald and Family, Joyce, Hyacinth, Joan and Family, Joanna Armbrister and Family, Audrey Laramore-Forbes and Family, Jennifer, Derek, Sidney, Robbie Smith and Families, Carolyn, Peaches, Blondell, Sean, Raymond Laramore, Mary Basden, Rose Huyler and Family, Emerald  and  Lawrence Bethell and Family, Rosemary Capron-Thompson, Pat and  Bursil Gibson, Louise Gibson and Family, Gloria Sears, Melvin Seymour, The Forbes family, The Hamilton family, The Capron family, The Outten family, The Thurston family, and The Seymour family. The Fort-Lauderdale Family: George, David "Junior", James, Winston "Pop", Shirley, Evangeline "Vangie", Catherine Laramore, Bridget Ruffing, Geseta Smith, Bernice Laramore, Leslie and Chad Laramore.
God-Children:     Walter Curtis; Jeron Pratt; Bradley
Adopted Children:   Derek Whymms, Charlie, Andrea, Marie, Edith,
Special Friends and other Relatives: Fr. Joseph Mycklewhyte and family, Elgin (Olive) Rahming, Nathaniel Bosfield and family, Anthony Bosfield and Family, Fr. Rodney Burrows and family, Portia, Desiree, Anthia, and Ralph Williams Jr., Richard and Hazel Harden of Florida, The Parada family of Boston MA, Winifred (Michael) Thompson and family, Andrew McKinney, Janet (Derek) Davis and family, Anthony (Keva) McKinney and family, Edgar & Florence Symonette, Carol (E.R.) Hanna and family, Henry, Gennie and Willamae Dean, Valarie Sands, Ann Thompson, Danny & Ingrid Knowles, Ferlease Knowles and family, Cherry, Andy (Jan), Walter Gibson and families, Petrona Kemp and family, Judith, Rudolph, Willard, Kelsey and Roosevelt (Quella) Williams, Stephanie Rolle and family, Patty McKinney and family, Vianna Pinder and family; Allan Rolle Jr  and  family, Ozzie Moore and family, Dougal Small and family, Asa Ferguson and family, Anthony Craig and family, Bismark Coakley and family, Lesa Edwards and family, Delano Knowles and family, Euthalee Brown & family, Suzette Dean  and family, Archdeacon I Ranfurly Brown and family, Fr, Bradley Miller and family, Fr. Atma  Budhu and family, Fr. Andrew Toppin, Fr. Chester Burton and family, Fr. Ormond Wright and family, Bishop Laish Boyd Sr. and family.
Neighbours: Mark Fox and family, The Pratt Family, The Mingos, Anastacia Thompson and family, Georgette Dames and family, Pearline Whylly and family, Simon Miller and family, Jeffrey and Rose Pratt, Sean Edgecombe and family, Derek Knowles and family, Norma Allen & family; Beverly Taylor; The Staff of Moe's Road Building Construction Company, The Eneas Jumper Corner family, The Farm Road Community, Kelcine Johnson and family, Shavon Peet  and  family and Aisha Sweeting and  family,The Temple Christian High School family, , The Custom Computers family, Suntee family, First Caribbean Sandyport family, The Hilton family, Christ the King Anglican Church family, especially The March "Aquamarines" Birthday Club, The Winton Community, The South Eleuthera Community and The Cat Island Community.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 11:00-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time.

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April 23, 2012
Hope for our relay teams in London

The Bahamas has won one gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze medal in the relays at the Olympic Games.
Bahamians all over the world can remember that morning in 2000 when the Golden Girls captured the gold in the 4x100m at the Sydney Olympics, defeating the great USA with Marion Jones in the process. This was the end of a long march to success.

The start of our women
In 1962 at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Kingston, some 50 years ago, the first women's team represented The Bahamas in track an field. The team consisted of Elaine Thompson, Christine Jones, Gail North, and Althea Rolle. The team finished in fifth place and ran 48.7 seconds.
It took 22 years for The Bahamas to compete in the relay in the Olympics when Eldece Clarke, Debbie Greene, Oralee Fowler, and Pauline Davis finished in sixth place at the Los Angeles Games, running 44.18 seconds. No women's relay team ran in the Olympics again until 12 years later, 1996 in Atlanta, where they won the silver medal in 43.14 seconds.
Pauline Davis-Thompson and Eldece Clarke-Lewis both retired after the 2000 Games.

The new women
The Bahamas placed fourth in Athens in 2004 with Timicka Clarke, Chandra Sturrup, Shandria Brown, and Debbie Ferguson in 42.69 seconds. Sturrup, Clarke, and Brown are all descended from Exuma.

The Bahamas has never captured a medal in the men's 4x100m relay. Way back in Mexico City in 1968 The Bahamas seemed to be the team to beat in the men's 4x100m relay.
In the quarter-final the team of Norris Stubbs, Tommy Robinson on the second leg, Bernard Nottage on the third leg, and Kevin Johnson on the final ran a Bahamian record of 39.45 seconds, which would last for 25 years. Robinson pulled up in the semi-final and the hopes and dreams of The Bahamas were dashed.
It took another 28 years for a men's 4x100m relay team to make it to the Games. In Atlanta, a team of Iram Lewis, Rendward Wells, Andrew Tynes, and Joseph Styles made it the semi-finals. Dwight Ferguson ran the second leg in the semi-final and the team was disqualified. Ferguson took off too fast for Rendward Wells, and even though he was not out of the zone he stopped running.
Prior to Sydney, The Bahamas had a camp in Montabaun, France, where the team of Rendward Wells, Sylvannues Hepburn, Iram Lewis, and Dominic Demeritte ran 38.98 seconds for a new Bahamian national record. At the Games in Sydney, Wellington Saunders replaced Iram Lewis and the team placed fourth in the heats in 39.57 seconds. The Bahamas has not fielded a men's 4x100m relay team in the Olympics since.

The Silver Knights
The Bahamas first competed in the men's 4x400m relay in Atlanta where they the team of Carl Oliver, Troy Mcintosh, Dennis Darling, and Timothy Munnings finished seventh in 3:02.71. They had made the final due to the disqualification of Nigeria's team.
In Sydney the team of Avard Moncur, Troy McIntosh, Carl Oliver, and Chris Brown

finished in fourth place in 3:59.23. The USA team was disqualified because of doping infractions and The Bahamas moved up to third place. For whatever reason they have not been presented with their medals yet, although Pauline Davis-Thompson has been presented with her gold medal after Marion Jones was disqualified due to a doping infraction.
In Athens, the team of Nathaniel Mckinney, Aaron Cleare, Andrae Williams, and Chris Brown finished in sixth place in 3:01.88. Dennis Darling was requested to run the starting leg but refused. He was sacked and Cleare brought in. The men got their act together in Beijing when they finished in second place in 2:58.03. On the team were Andrae Williams, Micheal Mathieu, Andretti Bain and Chris Brown. Avard Moncur and Ramon Miller were reserves.
With their gold medal in Edmonton, and silver medals in Helsinki and at the Osaka World Championships, the men got the name the Silver Knights.

Post Beijing
Much has happened since Beijing. The Bahamas women's 4x100m relay team of Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup, Christine Amertil and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie won the silver medal in the Berlin World Championships in 42.29 seconds. In Berlin, The Bahamas made history when they entered a women's 4x400m relay team. That team of Sasha Rolle, Shakethia Henfield, Rashan Brown and Katrina Seymour was disqualified.
The men's 4x400m relay was disqualified in Berlin for stepping out of the zone at the beginning of the leg. Last year the team of Avard Moncur, Ramon Miller, Andrae Williams and LaToy Williams missed the final in Daegu. They ran 3:01.54. Neither Chris Brown nor Demetrius Pinder ran in the preliminary round.
The women's team had a misfortune when Nivea Smith ran up on Anthonique Strachan and the baton dropped. Strachan was able to retrieve the baton but the tam was unable to make it to the final.

Preparation for London and Beyond
After the Daegu relay debacle, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) decided to appoint a relay coordination team for the London Olympics. They were leaving nothing to chance. Appointed as coordinator was Henry Rolle, an assistant coach at Auburn University. His local assistants are Tyrone Burrows, David Charlton and Dianne Woodside. Rolle has appointed Bahamian George Cleare, an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, as his U.S. assistant.
Rolle has reached out to all Bahamian athletes, in The Bahamas and abroad for their involvement in the "relay pool". Teams will have the opportunity to participate in meets prior to the Scotiabank Olympic Trials and after the Trials, prior to the Games. There will be a training camp near to London prior to the Games.
The BAAA will approve all participants of teams prior to the Trials and after the Trials. Rolle and Cleare will have no responsibility for the team once the Games begin. Rolle has several athletes from various countries that he trains. The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) will provide funding for teams to travel to the competition where they are unable to obtain funding from the meet director.
The final relay pools will be selected by the BAAA after the Scotiabank Olympic Trials. Individuals who never participated on teams prior to the Trials are eligible to be named to the pool for the Games. In every instance, athletes must show fitness. In order for any relay team to make the London Games they need to have a time which is in the top 16 in the world. There is no specific qualifying time needed.
At the moment, based upon top times from 2011, The Bahamas has the 12th top time in the men's 4x400m relay of 3:01.33. The national record is 2:57.32 done by Nathaniel Mckinney, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams, and Chris Brown in Helsinki. The women's 4x100m has the 14th best time in the world of 43.62 seconds done in Freeport at the BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and Field Championships last June. The team consisted of V'Alonee Robinson, Nivea Smith, Sheniqua Ferguson and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. The national record is 41.92 seconds done in Seville in 1999.
The men's 4x100m sit in 27th place with a time of 39.29 seconds done in Puerto Rico last July. On that team were Adrian Griffith, Rodney Greene, Demetrius Pinder and Michael Mathieu. The women's senior 4x400m relay team did not participate last year. The national record in that event is 3:29.53 done by Christine Amertil, Sasha Rolle, Shakethia Henfield and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie at the Penn Relays in 2009.
The first outing for our teams will be this weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The squads confirmed and approved by the BAAA for Philadelphia are: Women's 4x100m - Chandra Sturrup, Anthonique Strachan, Sheniqua Ferguson, Nivea Smith, Tynia Gaither and V'Alonee Robinson; men's 4x100m - Derrick Atkins, Jamial Rolle, Warren Fraser, Jonathan Farquharson, Michael Mathieu and Demetrius Pinder; men's 4x400m - Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller and Avard Moncur. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was not available for this meet.
There are several athletes who will be included in the pool once their college duties are completed. The Penn Relays features the USA vs. the World in these relays. The Bahamas' 4x400m relay teams have done well in their outings over the years. Several other meets are already scheduled. The men's 4x100m relay will participate in Ponce, Puerto Rico on May 12. The men's 4x400m is scheduled to participate in the Golden Gala in Rome on May 31.

Possible Scheduling Conflicts
As both the Daegu World Championships and Istanbul World Indoor Championships had challenges with availability of athletes we have looked at the schedule for the Olympic Games and note that there should be only one conflict with the team. If Michael Mathieu decides to participate in the 200m, which he did in Daegu, the semi-final of the 4x400m relay will be held the morning of the final of the 200m.
For those men participating in the individual 400m, and Brown, Pinder, and Miller have already qualified, the heats will be held on August 4, semi-finals on August 5, and final on August 6, a full three days before the semi-finals of the 4x400m. For our women participating in the 4x100m relay, the heats of the 100m will be contested on August 3, and the semi-finals and final on August 4.
The heats of the 200m are scheduled for August 6, the semi-final for August 7, and the final on August 8. The semi-final of the 4x100m relay is scheduled for August 9. There should therefore be no conflicts other than Michael Mathieu in the 200m and 4x400m relay.
Just how the women's 4x400m will fit in will be seen. The plans for the preparation of The Bahamas' relay teams for the London Olympics are solid. It provides numerous athletes the opportunity to compete as a member of a team before the Scotiabank Olympic Trials on June 22 and 23. Selection to the team will be made after the Trials.
At that point the names are recommended to the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) which makes the final decision. Bahamians can look forward to solid relay teams in London this summer. There is definitely hope for The Bahamas relays in London. As Scotiabank says, Let's 'Discover What's Possible.'

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April 19, 2012
St. Clair Augustus Burrows, 68

Funeral Service for the Late St. Clair Augustus Burrows, 68 Years of Garden Hills #1, and Formerly of Deadman's Cay, Long Island will be held on Sunday April 22nd, 2:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. Rev. Fr. Neil G. Nairn assisted by Canon Warren Rolle will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Wife: Esther Burrows; Children: Sherry Burrows & William Burrows; Sisters: Delores Turnquest, Annette Cartwright; Daughter-In-Law: Sharon Burrows; Sister-In-Law: Hope Cartwright; Brothers-In-law: Ralph George Cartwright, Derek Cartwright, Carlon, Leslie and Craig Cartwright. Grand Children: Michael Burrows, Willeisha & Lynnaire Burrows; Nieces and Nephews including: Patricia Mitchell, Randolph Scott, John Scott Jr., Barbara Scott, Geoffrey & Dexter Thompson, Vernal & Whitmore Burrows, Rosalie Higgs, Christina Whitely, Barbara Adderley, David Cartwright Jr.; Grand Nieces & Nephews including: Kimberley Archer, Chandra Ferguson, Paulette Higgs, Eric, Jade & Erica Whitely, Christlyn & Kaitlin Adderley, Keith II & Ynise Hanna, Jonathan Rigby, Monique Mitchell & Kenrick Albury. Other relatives and friends Including: Father Neil G. Nairn, Father I. Ranfurly Brown and The entire Membership of the St. Agnes Parish especially The Anglican Church Men, Kenneth Culmer, Charles Miller, Chris Wright, Preston Ferguson Sr., Beauregard Kelly & Patrick Johnson; Brensil Rolle and the FNM Executive Committee and Campaign Workers of the Garden Hills Constituency; The Staff of Asa H. Pritchard especially Scharlene Bucci, Jeff Strachan, James Poitier, Andrew Scavella and Trevor Hunter; Pastor Leonard Johnson & Sis. Denise Johnson; Pastor Paul Scavella & the Members of the Centreville Seventh-day Adventist Church; The Centreville Pathfinder & Adventurer Clubs; The Management & Staff of H.G. Christie Ltd.; The Management & Staff of Bahamas Wholesale Agency; Alice Martinborough & Family; Matthew & Yvonne Johnson & Family; Betty Bain &  Family, Estella Farrington & Family; Reverley Saunders & Donella Mackey; Elaine Arnett & Family,  Jason Cartwright & Family; Claretta Duncombe & Family; Philip Taylor & Family; Mildred & Patrick Sands, Doctor Adderley & The Nurses of Male Surgical II, Dr. Quinton Richmond; Ruth Dabouze & Family; Priscilla McIntosh, Romeo & Edris Cartwright; Robert & Virgil Briggs & Family; Florie Cartwright & Family; Sam & Shawn Moree; Marilyn Dean & Family; Delilah Tai & Family; Rita Bowe & Family; Richa Sands & Family and numerous others.

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 Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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April 19, 2012
Valarie Martha Rowena Hall Charlow, 55

Funeral Service for  Minister Valarie Martha  Rowena Hall Charlow age 55 affectionately called "Auntie" of Croton Street Pinewood Gardens, and  formerly of Wemyss Bight Eleuthera, who died at the Princess Margaret Hospital April 8th, will be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Lakeview Church of God Bozine  Town. Bishop Neville Hart assisted  by Pastor Andrew Brown, Apostle Valentino Williams and Minister Prince Willard Dean will officiate and interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens John F. Kennedy Drive.
 
Precious memories are held by:
One son: Myriam Charlow
Two sisters: Pastor Dr. Mavis Thompson and Evangelist Carnetta Ferguson
Three brothers:               Israel Hall, Patrick Brown and Rollison Culmer
Two sisters-in-law: Emily Hall and Patricia Brown
Three brothers-in-law:            Johnley Walter Ferguson, Charles Brown and Calvin Jolly
Two aunts: Lizerene Hall and Gal Smith
Ten nieces:  Ismae, Cecelia, Cleopatra, Ramona, Melinda, Katherina, Miranda, Kishna, Ishka and
Eulease
Twenty-one nephews:   Renardo, Edmund Jr., Desmond, Erskin, Sheldon, Luke, Nicholas, Hank, Leonardo, Johnley II, Kendrick ,Lennox, Deon,  Charles, Patrick, Chavez, Donald, Israel, Mark, Vincent and Leander
Seventeen grand-nieces:    Shavonia, J'Lynn, Jahadia, Jasmine, Janae, Kenique, Edranique, Sherika, Desnie, Leshanta, Sherica. Lakiesha, Cierra, Kier, Juandell   Ezranique and Rashnique
 
Fifteen grand-nephews:  Ezra Jr., Desmond Jr., Denzel, Henry, Caden, Jahleel, Justin, Antone, Kenneth Jr.,  Eddison Jr., Lucianno, Luke Jr., William, Stephen and Sheldon Jr.
Four  great grand nieces and nephews
Special God-child:                    Karlene Nixon
A host of relatives and friends including:   Howard Charlow, Leonard Thompson, Erica Thompson, Eddison Thompson, Rondon and Valentino Williams, Kenneth Storr, Yhantalle Ferguson, Jennifer Neely, Ria, Leotha Anderson, Sheila and Brenda  Smith,  Irene and Barbara Bain, Eulamae Johnson,  Gloria Pinder, Violet Thompson, Mayfield Young, Louise Smith, The Church Of God Bannerman Town,  Bishop Daniel Nixon and family,  Pastor Carl Nixon and family, Laura Horton, John McKinney and family, Maud McKinney and family, Rosemary Newry, The Burrows family,  Laverne Reid, Pastor Paul Thompson and The Mount Olive Assemblies Of God family, Earlene and Margaret Thompson,  Vanessa Scott, The Rolle family, Evelyn Thompson, Teacher's and Salaried Workers Cooperative Credit Union, Ministry Of Education and family, The Saints Of Guiding Light Fellowship, Deliverance Faith Centre Ministries, Life Changers Ministries, Wulff Road COGOP and all descendants of the McKinney, Young,  and Hall families of South Eleuthera.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 1:00-7:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to service time.

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September 08, 2011
Percival George Brown, 69

Funeral service for Percival George Brown, 69 yrs., a resident of Elizabeth Estates & formerly of Mangrove Cay, Andros, who died on 23rd August, 2011, will be held at Antioch Native Baptist Church, McKinney Avenue, Stapledon Gardens, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Carroll, assisted by Rev. Eric r. Lightbourne. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories will forever be in the hearts of his loving and devoted Wife of 45 years, Shirley; Children and their spouses: Tyrone (Zannadette) Dean, Christine (Rev. Eric) Lightbourne, Deacon Kevin (Sheila) Brown, Denece (Keith) Mackey, Kim and Patrice Brown, Allison (Nigel Sr.) Bethel, Zhivago (Jackie) Brown. Grandchildren: Deidre, Taivanni and Jada Dean and Tavarri Stuart; Trevor (Kendra) Bethel, Crystal Ingraham, Zephaniah and Demerro Lightbourne; Acadia and Yasmin Brown; Keianise and Deneia Mackey; Arcturia Lewis; Nigel Jr, Nikeitra and Shelly Bethel; Ashley and Cordero Sturrup; Zhivago and Zhivante Brown; Aaron, Jermaine, Aisha; Great grand children: Tyrique and Adrianna Ingraham, and Karrington Bethel, Mickell & Mickale. Brothers: Rev. Alfred Brown and Bernard Brosn; Sisters: Venice King, Rosa Evans, Florence (Tiny)Wallace, Iris and Marie Brown. Brothers-in-law: Oral Gibson, Etienne King, Wellington, Abraham and Harold Johnson. Sisters-In-Law: Madlyn Taylor, Rose Gibson, Marion Brown, Francita, Sybil, Naomi, Maria Johnson.God-Daughter: Leonora Gray-Brennen. Nieces and Nephews, Prince Miller, Sylvia Burrows, Trudymae, Ruth, Princess Clarke, Majorie, Gracie, Ellen, Jelita, Vernita, Prince, Percy, Alexander; Whitney, Rodney, Samuel, Patricia, Rosemarie, Louise, Saramae, Majorie, Janetta; Andrew, Dennis, Loretta, Florence, Eddie, Whitlene; Margaret, Betty, Yvonne, Patrice, Monique, Simeon, Hiram, Desirene, Cindy; Janet, Everette, Michelle, Antoinette, Stephanie, Evangeline, Donnalee, Shanika; Sherry and Permal Saunders; Fern, Rosetta, Robertha, Tamita, Margareta, Marva; Margarita, Utta, Othnell; Axwell, Minerva, Minera. Other relatives and friends including Rev. Dr. Anthony and Cheryl Carroll and Antioch Baptist Church family, St. Margaret Road Baptist Church family, Salem Union Baptist Church family, Bishop Patrick Pinder and family, Don Brice, Vanessa Saunders, Doris Burrows and family, Lindianna Rahming and family, Jason Farrington, Shirley Pinder and family, Olliemae Davis and family, Dorothy Major and family, Mr. & Harold Mrs. Davis, Yorick Evans & family the Pickstock family, Glena Percentie and family, Beverly Smith and family, Perline Johnson and family, Lawrence Rolle and family, Dwight and Dwayne Gibson, Lynden Knowles, Sheila and Joe Clarke and family, Peter and Yvette Turnquest & family, Betty Duncombe, Norman Duncombe and family, Hesterlina Miller, Evangeline, Ernestina, Ernest, Sharon Johnson and family, Derek Burrows, Garth Duncombe, Henry White, Lillis Bowe, Brenda Robinson, Ocean Club Resort, The Dune Restaurant, The College of The Bahamas, Nathaniel Rolle and so many others too numerous to mention, but holds a special place in our hearts.
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 wervice time.

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December 27, 2013
Bahamian's battle with bone cancer

MIAMI, Florida - For the past year, Brittany Burrows, a 17-year-old from Grand Bahama, has been battling "a very aggressive" case of bone cancer.

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April 20, 2012
Looking for a beauty with a conscience

By next week, five new young ladies will acquire beauty queen status as the Miss Bahamas Galaxy pageant stages its third competition this weekend.
On Sunday, April 22, Miss Bahamas Galaxy, Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy and a new addition to the competition will see three Little Misses crowned at the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. Curtains go up on the competition at 7:30 p.m.
Unlike other beauty pageants, organizers say this pageant has a greater focus on inner beauty and community mindedness.
"This year's pageant will be dynamic," said pageant assistant director, D'Vanya Hinsey. "We have a lot that will be going on and a few changes that will impress spectators. This year the competition is different because so far we've only crowned a Miss Bahamas Galaxy and a Miss Teen Bahamas Galaxy. But this time around we are introducing three junior categories that will make the competition a lot more interesting."
Vying for the Little Miss title in the six to eight age group will be Dejanique Pratt, Carlisa Forbes, Adrielle Miller, Brinika Burrows, Deija Albury and Oryse' Darville.
The pre-teen contestants between nine and 11 years old are Halle Bowe and Ivrinique Johnson.
The Junior Miss category for the 12 to 14-year-old contestants includes Alexis Hamilton and Kendicia Clarke.
The 15 to 18-year-olds going after the teen crown are Genecia Russell, Jadesha Culmer, Keiandrea Fowler and Zanardee Fernander.
Vying for the senior category, including contestants 19 to 27 years old, are Brithney Thurston, Melody Sweeting, Samantha McCartney and Shante Knowles.
Hinsey said the pageant celebrates diversity and support of feminine inner strength and encouraging self-love, from the youngest to the most senior contestant. It also focuses on community service and building young ladies.
"It's not all about the crown and sash but instead about understanding the importance of giving back," she said. As a result, the contestants are encouraged to pick a platform that they are passionate about. "Our pageant isn't about being the most beautiful and superficial. It's about personality and having a community spirit. This is why community service and civic-mindedness is an important part of being a contestant in this competition. This does not mean we don't do other things pageants do like evening gowns and fashion wear, but we ensure that the girls know they will live up to their promises."
Mrs. Galaxy International, Kellie Lightbourn along with Karel Pinder, Miss Bahamas Earth will host the pageant.
Winners will compete in the Miss Galaxy International Pageant on Saturday, July 28 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Miss Bahamas Galaxy is a subsidiary of Galaxy Pageants International which was founded in 1988 by Maria Torres. It was introduced to The Bahamas in 2009.

When: Sunday, April 22
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: General $35, VIP $50, Balcony $25, Children (12 and under) $10

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April 19, 2012
Christopher Taylor, 51

Funeral Service for Christopher Taylor, age 51 years a resident of Oxford Avenue, Nassau East will be held Saturday 21st April  2012,  11:00a.m. at Christ Community  Church, Bellott Road. Officiating will be Pastor Elvin Taylor assisted by other Ministers.  Cremation will follow.
He will forever be remembered and cherished in the hearts of his parents Rev. Dr. Clayton & Carmeta Taylor; estranged wife, Stella Taylor and family; his son Duran Taylor Jr.;  2 Grandsons, Isaaic & Duran Taylor,  3 sisters, Mrs Brenda Cargill, Max and Marcel Taylor; 1 brother-in-law Adrian Cargill Sr. 1 Niece Miquisha Cargill (Houston), 2 Nephews Dr. Adrian Cargill,Jr. & Christie Cargill & Ayden Cargill. Aunts/Uncles: Prophetess Thelma Helen Duncanson &Family ;  Alvine & James Gay  & Family, Elra & Errol Ward & Family; Velna Burrows & Family; Janet Taylor & Family; Elton Carlis Taylor & Family; Eddins Taylor & Family; Limus &Augusta Taylor & Family; Elvin & Donell  Taylor & Family; Flexie & Ronald Jones & Family; Great Grand Aunt Mrs. Dorothy Johnson,( Brooklyn, N.Y).;  Fletcher Miller & Glenda Ammon (Brooklyn N.Y); Donna/Everette Taneale.  Baltimore & Andrea & Family, Georgia; Purchasing Dept.,B.E.C.; Whitney Stubbs; Michael & Bernadette Saunders; Warren & Audry; Mrs Gloria Reid & Phylicia; Glenda Hepburn; Daron Hepburn; Jennie & Leon Edwards & family; Francis Clarke; Cynthia Dean & Family; Karen Higgs ,Peter, Alexander, Robert & Miriam Merritt ( Hollywood, Fla); Shirley Rolle of Atlanta, Georgia;  Drs. Blake & Ancela Blakely of Baltimore;  Joseph Harris & Family;  Mr & Mrs Alton Cargill & Family;  Ms Peggy Pinder Portia & Family; Maude Cartwright & family;Rev Joseph Thompson & family,Johnilee & Prophetess,Carnetta Fergurson, Rev Fredrick & Pamela Stubbs & family, Rev Carla Culmer & Wesley Methodist Church family: Pastor Rudolph Cooper & the Emmanuel  Baptist Church, & the Balmn in Gilead  Ministry & family; Cynthia Brown & Family; Marilyn Munroe & Family; Bernie, Travis Edwards, Megan Clarke; Geneva Pinder & Family and others too numerous to mention.

Instead of floral contributions, donations may be sent to the Educational fund for Duran and Isaac Taylor c/o Royal Bank of Canada, main Branch Account # 701-7056

In Celebration of Christopher's spirit in life the family has suggested that bright colors be worn to the service.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and  at  the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until to service time.

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May 17, 2012
John Kelly, 76

Funeral service for John Kelly, 76 yrs., a resident of Twynam Heights & formerly of Long Bay, Andros, who died on 6 May, 2012, will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Hay Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. George Kelly, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.

Left to cherish his memories are his 6 children: Nurse Bettymae Kelly-Sawyer, Leverne, John Jr. & Edison Kelly, Brian & Darlene Kelly; 3 brothers: Rev. George Kelly, Richard & Vincent Kelly; 2 sisters: Rebecca & Patricia Kelly Brown; 30 grandchildren: Stacy, Edward Sr., Lotoya, Indira, Thecula, Jasmine, Brittany, Torshekia, Rishea, Jason, Lathera, Edison Jr., Eltora, Emmeron, Lavenia, LaQuisha, Tyeshia, Cashe, Jonae, Triston, Clydra, Clydecia, Cordero, Moesha, Brian Jr., Ashley, Tyiesha, Peron, Briesha & Darlnae; 23 great grand children: Christon, Kevineek, Estafon, Kevin Jr., Quentinique, Saniyah, Edward Jr., Demetrius, Edrico, Edwardnique, Latovia, Lahsantae, Kahli, Kahanta, Antonique, Cionne, Alexandria, Logan, LaQuan, Destiny, Ciara, Reniyah & Rodnae; 2 uncles: Irvin & James Kelly; 2 sons-in-law: Walter Sawyer & James Grant; daughter-in-law: Gwendolyn Kelly; 3 brothers-in-law: Cedric Duvaulier, James Pratt & Arthur Brown; 5 sisters-in-law: Martha & Silvia Duvaulier, Mildred Burrows, Dr. Coralee & Mildred Kelly; numerous nieces & nephews, grand nieces & nephews, other relatives & friends including: the Nottage family, the McKenzie family, the Forbes family, Percy Knowles, Ezeliel Prince, Beatrice, Stella, Qyentin & the entire Long Bay Community.

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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May 14, 2012
The 1970s showcased speed demon Turner

There is a long list of speed merchants of Bahamian baseball. In the early decades, players like Tyrone McGregor, Lou Adderley and Basil 'Slick' Burrows set the pace on the base paths during Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) games.
The 1970s however produced a special set of artists, skilled in getting from first to second, to third and home plate very quickly. It was a fearless lot, those speedsters trotted out by the top teams. Roosevelt 'Bruso' Turner of Del Jane (the organization known at times also as St. Pauli Girls Barons and Holsten Knights) was arguably the best. Turner also played for Beck's Beer.
He won the league scoring titles from 1972 to 1978 with the exception of the one year, 1977. In winning his six scoring titles, the first two for Beck's, Turner hit the 50 runs scored mark four times, his highest being 55 in 1975 for Del Jane. He had 50 in 1972 for Beck's, 53 in 1976 for Holsten Knights and 54 in 1978, also for Holsten.
However, his Holsten teammate Eddie Ford scored 58 in 1977. That mark is considered to be the all-time record. Jayson Moxey won the runs scored title in 1971 with 19 and Anthony Smith won in 1970 with 15. In the stolen bases department, Turner again separated himself from his peers. He won four stolen bases crowns (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977). His 48 in 1972 is thought to be a record.
The 1970s also produced two pure speed specialists. The Schlitz Beer Franchise (also 100 Pipers and Bahamian Lumber) sort of took a page out of the book of Charlie Finley who owned the Oakland Athletics of the American League. Finley who was known for novelty tactics, once signed a track star named Herb Washington, just to steal bases. Washington never had an at-bat or played anywhere in the field. He was called into the game exclusively to pinch-run. Washington's career did not last too long because he had no baseball background.
During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 times. He was never a big factor and Finley soon got tired of the exploration and let Washington go. Schlitz though, had Gordon Farrington and Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts. They were different from Washington. Both Farrington and Roberts understood baseball.
Nevertheless, they were asked primarily to generate runs by stealing bases. It was an exciting time when they reached first base. Everybody in the park knew they were going to attempt a steal of second and if they got there, it was a try for third. They made for an added dimension of excitement to the 1970s.
Then of course, there were the regular starters around the league with speed, players like Jayson Moxey, Richard Lockhart, Eddie Ford, Lorenzo Lockhart, Ron Smith and Anthony Huyler. None of them were as successful however, as Turner. He was the biggest threat on base. Indeed, Roosevelt Turner was the speed king of Bahamian baseball in the 1970s. The statistics indicate as much.
Milestone statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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April 19, 2012
Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66

Funeral Service for the Late Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66 years of South Beach Estates, will be held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Glen C. Nixon will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by his loving and faithful Wife of 45 years: Frances Roberts; Children: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Shariff Roberts; Grandchildren: Kiran and Soraya Halkitis, Adero, Jaya, and Sameer Roberts; Sisters: Keva Nethersole, Donna Roberts, Dr. Lynda Roberts-Riddle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Delvera Wallace, Brenda Tinker, Patrice White of Savannah, Georgia, Marsha Roberts, Yolanda Thomas. He was predeceased by brothers Anthony, Robert and Dr. Stephen Roberts and survived by brothers: Bradley B. Roberts, Dr. Robin Roberts; Aunt: Ruth Rolle of Syracuse, New York; Son-in-Law: Senator Michael Halkitis; Daughter-in-Law: Donna Palmieri-Roberts; Sisters-in-law: Hartlyn Roberts, Winnifred Roberts, Carolyn I. Roberts, Mary Roberts, Carolyn Roberts, Ivy Drakeley, Marie Stewart; Brothers-in-law: Garfield Deal, Gilles Deal, Lincoln Deal, Livingston Stewart, Kenneth Drakeley, Donald White; Nieces: Nicole Roberts, Michelle Roberts, Tina Roberts, Stacey Roberts, Aliya Riddle, Simone Thompson, Darnell Joyner, Jennifer Roberts, Tamar Roberts, Ann Bedford, Therese Drakeley-Smith, Kimberely Drakeley, Sherry Fax, Barbara Darville, Jacqueline Russell, Sandy Bootle, Cindy Deal, Tara Deal, Roxanne Strachan; Nephews: Obie Roberts, Ryan Strachan, Simeon Roberts, Rupert Anthony Cyril "Duggie" Roberts IV , Chad Roberts, Stephen Roberts, Alex Riddle, Julian and Corey  Wallace, Elsworth Cumberbatch, Taj Anderson, Mario Stewart, Jason, Jaime and Luciano Cooper, George Fax, Paul Bethel, Lynden, Brian, and George Deal, Gilles Deal Jr., Kenneth Deal, Miguel Deal; Godchildren: Genaye Sturrup, Svetlana Thompson, 2666 Inspector Chaswell Andre Hanna of The RBPF, Garnell Curry. Dear relatives include: Elva Armbrister, Joy and Radcliffe Nichols, Debbie and Paul Longley, Wendy Lightbourne, Mae Albury and family, Franklyn Sands and family, Lynn Curry, Helaena Dean and family, Val Sturrup, Marie Dean and family, Rena Cargill, Carolyn Fox, Angie Sands, Anne Sands, Judy Turnquest, Agatha Green, Hortense Rahming and family, Nadine Rolle, Tasma Brighthaup, Kevin Rolle, Peter and Maria Wallace-Whitfield. Dearest friends include: Steve Kandel, Julian Brown, Anthony Ferguson, Sandra Knowles, Cherese and Samuel Brown, Inez Brown, Colleen Collie, Linda Dean, Helen and Maria Hanna of Katy, Texas, Beverly and Geno Nairn, Oswald and Yvonne Isaacs, Maria McKenzie, Constance Gardiner, Mae Culmer, Elaine Pinder,  Shirley Cooper, Joyce Bain, Brenda Gilbert of Toronto, Canada, Cyril Roberts, George Sherman, Walter Sherwood of Boston, Thomas A. Robinson,Reverend Godfrey and Judith Huyler, Herbert and Jenny Huyler, Angela Cartwright, Lilles Strachan, Elizabeth and Gladstone Mackey, Mitzi Swaby, Lamont "Yellow" Bain, Kiffer Morris, Randolph Scott, Pete Deveaux, Hervis Smith, Greg Knowles, Ruth Sands, Louise Thompson, Ruth Bowe Darville, Paula Williams, Phyllis and Basil Knowles, Rosie and Brendan Foulkes, Bishop Clarence Williams and Reverend Doctor Barbara Williams, Hopeful Hanna, Fred Ramsey, Bishop Samuel Green, Helena and Pam Ferguson, Deborah and Eugene Thompson and family, Chrissie Carroll, Carolyn Beneby, Henry and Alma Ferguson,  Jacinta Thompson, Dr. Caryn Sands-D'Aguilar and Adrian D'Aguilar Jr., Dr. Marcia Bassett, Dr. Sara Friday, Dr. Tamina Singh, Dr. D'Arbrielle Hunt-Burrows, Dr. Dionne Dames, Dr. Dane Bowe, Dr. Colleen Fitz-Charles. Special thanks to: The Nurses and Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Oncology Clinic, especially Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. Margo Munroe, Nurse Sylvia Butler, Nurse Beverly Williams, Mrs. Judy Ward-Carter, Mrs. Valderine Sweeting, Dr. John Lunn and staff especially Melanie Hanna and Karen Walcott, Dr. Wesley Francis, Dr. Delton Farquharson, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. Elizabeth Darville and the staff of Fourth Terrace Diagnostics, Physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Dr. John Abbruzzese, Dr. Jean Vauthey and Alicia Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital A&E Staff especially Drs. Horton and Joseph, the staff of Bonaventure Medical Laboratory, the staff of Doc's Pharmacy, the Nurses of Private Medical Ward, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral community, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Father Glen Nixon, Sisters of Saint Martin Monastery, his caregiver, Nurse Pearl Mills and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
**There will be NO Public Viewing.
In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be sent to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539.
In celebration of Vaughn's life the family requests that all attendees wear the colors of the rainbow.

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April 19, 2012
Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67

Memorial Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, will be held on Friday April 20th, 7:30 p.m. at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Rev'd. Audley Hepburn will officiate.
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Funeral Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera will e held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at the Worker's House Hall, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Bishop Clifford N. Petty, assisted by Bishop Lipton McKenzie, Bishop Sylvanus Petty and Rev'd.  Lockwood Deleveaux will officiate. Interment will follow in the Governor's Harbour Public Cemetery.
She is survived by her Husband: Gerald Davis; 7 Daughters: Janet Burrows, Dale Hepburn, Dorothy Davis, Pattie Davis (Hepburn), Carol, Kathy And Leah Davis; 1 Son: Jerome Davis; 2 Sisters: Emily Russell, Lisa Similien; 7 Brothers: Bishops Clifford And Sylvanus Petty, Prince, Franklyn, Brent, Anthony And Leo Petty; 27 Grandchildren: Jennifer, Fiona, Jonathan, Phillip Jr. Dehlya, Esterlitha, Shaniqua, Vashti, Whitney, Cyril, Justin, Lashanda, Curby, Kendrick, Phylicia, Daniel, Jeremy, Kenneth, Michesia, Daraldo, Dana, Aaroniqua, Dorothy, Jerome Jr, Kayden, William(Josiah) And Kylin; 10 Great-Grand Children: McCale, Marissa, Cameron, Shameko, Rashad, Anton, Ranaria, Shandira, Salaya And Shakara; 2 Sons-In-Law: Phillip Hepburn Sr. and David Burrows; 3 Brothers-In-Law: Eric Russell, George Petty Sr., And Sydney Similien; 8 Sisters-In-Law: Evangelist Velma Petty, Dolly, Lillian, Antionette, Beulah, Vernell, Patsy Petty And Caroline Bethel.; 4 Adopted Sons: Don Wood, Kirklyn Pinder, Charles Jones, and Prophet Randolph Barr; 33 Nieces and Their Husbands, 19 Nephews And Their Wives, 45 Grand Nieces, 37 Grand Nephews, 4 Great Grand Nieces, 2 Great Grand Nephews and other Step Children Too Numerous To Mention. Special Friends: Lillian Demeritte, Min. Eddie Belle Curry, Maize Pinder, Inez Cooper, Tessie Stubbs, Dr Smith, Astrid Fernander, Agnes Bethel, Austin Knowles Jr., Debra Bethel, Joyce Colebrooke, Sharon Homer, Calae Burrows, Andrea Butler, Irene Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Johnson, Thomasina, Scott, Kim, Charmaine, And Melanie (PMH), Joanna Coakley, Trudy, And  Norma(Doctor's Hospital). Other Relatives And Friends: National Church Of God Families (Nassau, Bahamas And United States), Apostle Leon Wallace And Voice Of Deliverance Family (Nassau), Linda Haschker, Ruthmae Burrows And Family, Marion Neal Of Miami Florida, Albon Johnson And Family. Mary Fernander And Family, Governor's Harbour Men's Fellowship, The Petty, Davis, Johnson, Gardiner, Bacchus, Gierzewski, Pinder, Bethel, Prescod And Griffin Families Of Governor's Harbour. The Culmer and Cooper Families Of Savannah Sound Eleuthera, The Pinder, Bethel, Scavella, And McCardy Families (Hatchet Bay). The Barr Family (Nassau), Mr. Damien Gomez And Family, Rev. William Hepburn And Rev. Raymond Hepburn And Families (Nassau). William And Constance Rahming, Dellerese Nottage, Andrea Adderley And Lotricia Ferguson. Nursing Staff Of The Levy Medical Clinic, Doctors And Staff Of The Bahamas Health And Healing Centre, Doctors And Staff Of Doctor's And Princess Margaret Hospitals Especially Nurse Butler, Nurse Akebon, Nurse McCoy And Nurse Johnson (Female Medical 1).

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the Workers House Hall from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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October 02, 2014
Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 launches to an audience of 15,000 viewers on Cable 12

Cable Bahamas, a major sponsor of the annual Shakespeare in Paradise festival, lived up to its Cable 12 "watch us and see yourself" maxim with the television premiere of the celebrated Bahamian folk opera "The Legend of Sammie Swain", which aired on September 28. The broadcast of the stage production, as performed at last year's theater festival, served as the official opening of Shakespeare in Paradise's 2014 season, which begins on October 3 and concludes on October 11.
Nearly 15,000 Bahamians tuned in to Cable 12 last Sunday to view E. Clement Bethel's timeless tale about a disabled Cat Island man who sells his soul to the devil to be with the village beauty. The story resonated with thousands of residents, scores of whom took to Facebook to voice their opinion about the stage production. According to the viewers, many aspects of Bahamian customs and values were depicted in "Sammie Swain", penned by Bethel in 1971.
"A great expression of Bahamian culture...seriously! Very entertaining, too," one viewer commented on Facebook about the folk opera. Other reviews for "Sammie Swain" included remarks like: "Good community enrichment of Bahamian folklore", and "I am so happy I saw this. I just tuned in. Wonderful, I could watch this over and over".
Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows said that as a 100 percent Bahamian-owned company, one of Cable Bahamas' core objectives is to feature a variety of shows that will provide viewers with a multidisciplinary analysis of Bahamian culture. He noted that the tremendous response to "Sammie Swain" indicates that the Bahamian public shares an interest in seeing more original programming.
"It's very exciting that a locally written and produced production, starring a Bahamian cast, would get such high viewership in the face of competition from 400 other channels. It speaks volumes to the quality of production," Burrows said.
"Other than the Cable 12 local news and U.S. primetime network programming, this performance of "Sammie Swain" garnered one of the highest audiences that we've seen for a single program. This is based on our Cable Bahamas advertising platform that enables us to calculate viewership for programming throughout the day."
Cable 12 will rebroadcast "Sammie Swain", featuring its 70-member revival cast, on Saturday, October 4 at 5 p.m., Monday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m.
With the sixth anniversary of Shakespeare in Paradise off to a successful start, coordinators and sponsors are eager for residents to view this year's impressive lineup. This season comprises five productions: "Romeo and Juliet"; 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf"; the South African play "Sizwe Banzi is Dead"; performances by Tingum Dem, and "Bruce Katooska: Laughter is the Best MAGIC!"
This year's signature Shakespearean production "Romeo and Juliet" features the face of Cable Bahamas' Angelique Sabrina as Juliet. Ticket sales for the popular romantic tragedy are going exceedingly well, as eight of the 12 performances are already sold out. Thanks to the generosity of the Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, another festival sponsor, students across New Providence were able to view the production during the available student matinees at significantly reduced rates. The remaining four performances of "Romeo and Juliet" will be held on October 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 8 p.m. on the main stage at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts, on Mackey Street, Nassau.
Tickets for Shakespeare in Paradise 2014 can be purchased by visiting the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts from Monday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Further information regarding this year's festival is available by calling 393-3728.

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April 19, 2012
Melvina Kelly Brown, 89

Funeral service for Mother Melvina Kelly Brown, 89 yrs., a resident of Firetrail Road & formerly of Rolleville, Exuma, who died on 7th April, 2012, will be held at Mount Nebo Union Baptist Church, Marshall Road on Baillou Hill Road South, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Charles E. Rolle, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are her 2 Sons: Ivan Bowe and Rev. Rudolph Patrick Brown; Daughters in law: Eugyneel Bowe and Sheila Brown; 18 Grandchildren: Margareta, Janice, Bradley, Bruce, Brenden, Kirk, Wrescot, Cort and Chivarre Bowe, Kevin Thompson, Kaynet Pinder, Inspector Kendall and Megan Smith, Kimmy and Estelle Smith, Kayshell and Kevin Burrows, Kirk and Gia Smith, Anastasia, Sherika, and PJ Brown; Great-grandchildren: Jarrad Thompson, Shantique Miller, Levardo, Shekera and Lemond Deveaux, Whitney and Geovarney Pinder, Keshown, Javaughn, Kendal Jr., Kendanique and Kenva Smith, Kevanique Burrows, Katlyn, Elano and Kirk Smith, Shevaniques, Olivia and LJ Smith, Maverick Kevin Moxey, Jarrad Thompson Jr., Lavardo Deveaux and Chelsea Deveaux; Nieces and Nephews: Patricia Deveaux, Dr. Thomas Rolle, John W. Rolle, Etoy Bethel, Rev. Dr. John S. Rolle, Evangeline Fowler, Rev. Dr. Charles Rolle, Alice Rolle, Godfrey Rolle and Elder Vernnita Josey, Wellington, Leslie, Harcourt and David Rolle, Mabelean Hemmings, Norma Rolle, Mary Ann Rolle, Phyllis Kelly and Denise Clarke. A host of other relatives and including: Hervis Rolle and family, Mt. Nebo Union Baptist Church Family, Rev. Dr. William Thompson and Faith United Missionary Baptist Church Family, Ceyamae Sweeting and family, Althea Ferguson and Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demritte'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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August 25, 2011
LeRoy KemRick Brathwaite, 76

Funeral Service for  LeRoy KemRick Brathwaite age 76 years a resident of  #10 Gleniston Gardens, Nassau and formerly of  St. Michaels Barbados will be held on Saturday  27th, August,  2011 at 10:00 a.m. at  St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Kemp Road.  Officiating will be Fr. Oswald Pinder, Fr. Stephen Davies and Fr. Dr. Ronald Hamilton.
Interment will be made in Ebenezer Cemetery, East Shirley Street.

Left to cherish the memories of  LeRoy are his devoted wife  of 47 years Angela Brathwite four sons Kenrick Brathwaite, Police Inspector Michael Brathwaite, Neil and Sean Brathwaite four daughters Sandra Brathwaite-Nixon, Marsha Saunders, Lola Johnson and Patrice Brathwaite twostep-daughters Gina Dorsett and Inga Bostwick 22 grandchildren Lauriettte Brathwaite, Katrina and Craig Nixon Jr., Jonathan Whyms, Krystine Brathwaite-Kinsel, Kelli and Kenrick Brathwaite Jr., Larry Saunders II, De'schanelle Saunders-Miller, D'yanndria and Destinee Saunders, Michaela, Michael Jr., Andrew and Zoe Brathwaite, Xyne'a Johnson, Knisia Johnson-Thompson and Tone' Johnson,  Ari and Ashira Brathwaite, Shamere and Shimon Brathwaite six step-grandchildren Ya'Lann Coakley, Shelby and Malik Darsett, Petra and Peter Marshall and Ashaki Gibson four great grandchildren Kealo Brathwaite, Peyton Miller, Alaina Nixon and Maaliyah Thompson  nieces Renee Hanna, Patrice Bowe, Tina Lockhart, Tennessee Bowe and Tabitha Styles nephews Brian and Neil Wright, Dillon Burrows, Patrick Bowe Jr., Richard Fox and Paul Major Jr. daughters-in-law Christine, Shirlyn (Shorie), Dannielle and Gloriann Brathwaite sons-in-law Mr. Larry Saunders and Mr. Everette Johnson sisters-in-law Brenda Bowe and  Joanne Major brothers-in-law Paul Major Sr. numerous cousins including Gary Brathwaite and Family, Orville Durant and Family of Barbados,  Atlee Brathwaite and Family of  Barbados, Eggy Eastmound and Family of  Barbados and a host of other relatives and friends including Ruby Murdoch-Hill and Family, Mrs. Jacquline P. Pittman of Ocala Fla.Carol Kemp, Mrs. Judy Cash and Family, Mrs. Bertha Newbold, Mrs. Patsy Roberts, Eldeace Wright, marion Wright, Fr. De'Angelo Bowe, Arthur Lockhart, Mr. Justice Neville Smith and Families, Mr. Clyde Rashad, Mr, Llewelyn Armstrong, Mr. Colin Deane and Families, Mr. Irvin Armstrong, Mr. Teddy Gazette, Mr. Michael Thompson, Mr. Carlton Jones, Marvin Bain, Mr. Paul Thompson, Mr. Colin Puckerin and Families, Mr. Barry Reid, Mr. Euristus Nicholls, Mr. Bertel Holder, Mr. E. Barrow and Family of  Barbados, Mr. R. Blackman of  Barbados the Styles Archer and Hudson Families, Mr. Peter Marshall Sr., Mrs. Alvilda Nottage, Mrs. Brenda Bethell, Mr. Leroy Major and Families, Helena Pennerman, Mr. Kelly Burrows, Margo McIntosh, Ms. Brenda Duvalier, Dr. Duane Sands, Nurse Rolle and Nurse Bodie, Nurses of  Private Surgical Ward (PMH), The Gleniston Gardens Community including the Knowles, Murray, Bain, Moss, Davis, Rolle, Cox Families, the Barbadian, Bahamian Association, the Bahamas Cricket Association, the Cricket Club, Paradise Cricket Club, Friday Night Domino Gang, St. Margaret's Church Family, ACM of St. Margaret's Church, Retired Royal Bahamas Police Association, Prince Hall Masonic Family, Scotiabank Family, Commonwealth Bank Family, Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Attorney General's Office, Atlantis Hotel, Physiotherapy Dept, Rand Memorial Hospital, Ministry of Youth and Sports,Paul Thompson and Associates and others too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home
Robinson Road and First Street  from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

 

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May 10, 2012
Luma Louise Johnson, 78

Funeral service for Luma Louise Johnson, 78 yrs., a resident of Sir Lynden Pindling Estate & formerly of Mastic Point, Andros, who died on 1st May, 2012, will be held at Good Shepherd Church of God, Ida Street off Robinson Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Shervin Smith, assisted by Evangelist Franklyn Rolle. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish her memories are her sons: Phillip Smith, Elizah Forbes and Steven Pearce; sister: Roxie Johnson; grandchildren: Gary Rolle Sr., Natasha Riley, Savenia and Urie Rolle, Edith Turnquest, James Bain, Ricardo, Phillipa, Valentino, Sheena, Cleo, Maylene, Ron, Phillip II, Phillip III Smith, Lexus, Alexia, & Elijah Forbes, Michael, Toya, Nardo Burrows, Shantell, Stephon, Steven II, Eryn, Justin Pearce and Garvin Rolle; adopted sons: John Burrows of Miami, Fl. and Sherwin Rolle; nieces: Laura Roberts of Upper Bogue, Eleuthera, Christine Oliver and Jacqueline Evans of Nicholas Town, Andros; nephew: Heaslie Johnson of South Eleuthera; grand nieces: Dorothy Marshall, Lolita Colebrooke and Willicy and Julian Bethel; grand nephew: Bradley and Everette Woodside; great grand children: Gary Jr., Ryan, Prinston, Garanique, Matteo, Renaldo, Renardo, Everette, Lyntino, Moniqua, Nia, Denay, Kenderia, Ricsha, Stefan, Fred, Barinque, Theodora, Sandra, Samantha, Sheray, Shequa and Antonio; 11 great grand children; in laws: Brenda Smith, Shakeya Pearce, Tina Rolle, Tamara Rolle, Jean Petit-frere, Luther Riley and Patrick Kemp; godchildren: Ruthmae Coleby and Ethmae Lightbourne; other relatives & friends including: Leona Davis, Merle Smith and Family, Elton & Sylvia Turnquest and Family, Louis Deveaux, Delicia Bradshaw, Delisa and Diana Ambrister, Hiram and Susimae Rolle, Eleanor Rolle and Family, Fredrick and Detrice Moss and Family, the Penn Family, Christopher Collie, Sharlet Newchurch, Irene Johnson and Family, the Hay Street Family, Bishop Wilbert Rolle and Family, Rev. Coakley and Mission Baptist Family, The Good Shepherd Church of God Family, the Mastic Point Community, The Salvation Army, Angelo Greene and Family, her caregiver Miss Ina Daley, Anernel Ramsey, and the staff of Female Medical II.
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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May 15, 2012
Living one day at a time

Rashan Williams had big dreams. She wanted to teach. She dreamt about getting married, and starting a family. She also wanted to make a difference in her community. But the one thing she never dreamed of was a life riddled with pain.
Seven years ago, at age 16, Williams was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's antibodies cannot differentiate between good cells and foreign threats and therefore attack healthy cells within the body.
The most affected parts of the body include the brain, kidneys, joints and skin. But the most defining mark in Lupus is usually the butterfly rash that spreads across the patient's nose.
It started out with unexplained joint pain. The teenager simply assumed she was worn out from schoolwork and just needed to rest.
"I was in grade 10 when the pain began. It was near the end of the school year and since I was a very studious and active student I felt maybe I was pushing myself too much and my body was just telling me that I needed to rest," said a now 24-year-old Williams. "Summer came and I felt better. No pain or problems at all. It was only when school started again that the pain returned. But instead of going away as I went about my day, it got worse over time. At first I was just waking up with an ache in my joints but as the months went by it started to stay with me throughout the day and then even through the night."
The intensity of it made her realize that it was something more than just fatigue. And the pain spread to her shoulders, neck, fingers and feet. It was so painful at times she could barely button her blouses -- and fixing her hair was nearly impossible. As the year ended and the pain got worse despite constantly popping pain killers, her family began to get worried that something was really wrong with her.
Her initial visits to clinics and physicians saw little results. At one point she was told she had rheumatoid arthritis or even growing pains. And although she hoped what was happening to her was as simple as that, Williams knew that the amount of pain she was in could indicate that it was something more.
"I didn't know what to do for a long time. The pain was so intense and pain killers only made it worse. They would help the pain to subside but when they wore off, the pain came back 10-fold. It was excruciating."
She and her mom, Elaine Burrows, sought medical assistance in the United States. During the visit her blood pressure soared, and she was admitted into hospital where she underwent a series of blood tests. In February 2004 she was officially diagnosed with Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Treatment
Williams initially was given steroids to treat her lupus. Once stable she was sent home. A few weeks after her return, her ankles started to swell and she started gaining weight. Medical officials told her that her kidneys had begun to fail. She was given a chemotherapy drug to reverse the kidney failure, but that failed. She began dialysis treatment. But rather than deal with the double dose of facing the daily struggles with lupus and kidney failure, Williams opted out of traditional dialysis treatment (Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis), which would mean she would have to be hooked up to a machine for three hours, four times a week. Instead she chose Peritoneal dialysis, a treatment she can perform herself three to four times a day with little hassle.
"I like that the dialysis treatment I use isn't disruptive to my life as much as the regular dialysis treatment would be. It's 100 percent better to me and it was easy to deal with when I was working. I just attach my bag of Peritoneal fluid to my stomach and the fluid goes in. After about 15 minutes the fluid comes back out with toxins and other bad chemicals from my body that diffused into the liquid. I do this four times a day. Once in the morning, another time at work when I was working and twice in the evening. I can do this without missing a beat in my life. So although the pain of lupus and my kidney failure are a permanent part of my life they don't have to slow me down."
Williams said the two conditions can be challenging but she tries to not to let it get the best of her. And she is now looking to pursue studies in primary education. And she has a more positive outlook on life in comparison to when she had to adjust to her disease and was depressed all the time.
"The hardest part about having lupus for me was that at the very beginning, it was a very stressful thing to deal with... My mother had three other younger children to deal with, so she had to manage time between me and my healthcare and my smaller siblings. But everything went well because I had support on every front - family, friends and church. Even at school everyone even pitched in, but even though everyone was so good, I couldn't help but be angry when I wasn't able to do things."
Inspiration
Surprisingly for the teenaged Williams, her inspiration to fight and not let lupus get the best of her, came from someone younger (a 13-year-old who also suffered with lupus) and not someone who was older and wiser.
The girl died within six months of her diagnosis. It terrified the then 18-year-old Williams to watch the teenager deteriorate to the point where she could not even speak or move.
"I watched her die and I thought to myself that it could've just as easily have been me. I knew from then that my life had a purpose and I wanted to be an inspiration," she said. "Me having lupus wasn't about me I realized. I knew from then on I had to keep on doing the best I could and inspire others. I can't give up and neither should anyone else."
Even though she's a seven-year-survivor, Williams knows she's not out of the woods, but she is glad that everything is going well and she is feeling better daily. She is not plagued with pain as much anymore. She sometimes can even forget she has lupus until she overworks herself. (When she does that her body gets extremely tired and she can suffer a flare up like joint pain, joint swelling and fatigue).

Who it affects
The illness occurs more commonly in females than in males with a ratio of 11 females to one male, according to Dr. Patrick Whitfield who works out of the Oxford Medical Center. He said the disease affects women in their childbearing years normally in their 20s and 30s. In the United States, statistics show 52 cases per 100,000 are diagnosed with lupus. With this in mind the physician says if the Bahamian population follows a similar trend it is likely that with a population of about 400,000 that over 200 people are diagnosed with the illness.
Like many chronic diseases, lupus sometimes takes a while to be recognized and properly treated according to Dr. Whitfield. He said this is because the symptoms can be mistaken for other illnesses and as a result sometimes people underestimate their problem. He said the constitutional symptoms of lupus include fatigue, fever, joint pain, weight changes, muscular and skeletal pain (joints of the hands, wrists), skin changes, photo sensitivity and hair loss.
"Even though you may have these symptoms, they may very well not be lupus, which is why to be sure you have to get a doctor's diagnosis," he said.

Survival rate
Dr. Whitfield said that although Lupus can seem depressing and is very painful, the mortality rate for this disease is relatively low. There is an 80 percent chance that patients will make it to at least 15 years after diagnosis. Also with regular care and treatment, mortality is also greatly reduced. However, there is a 50 percent chance that people with lupus will suffer from kidney disease, which is difficult and if it leads to kidney failure it can decrease their life expectancy. He also said that reports show that about a third of all lupus patients in the U.S. died below the age of 45, but even so chances were still good for people with the disease to live a relatively normal life if they are on the right medication and are vigilant about their health.
If lupus is left unmanaged people run the risk of developing symptoms that affect the kidneys and lead to failure with each new relapse, said the medical practitioner. Neuro-psychiatric features like seizures, psychosis with hallucination, delirium and meningitis can also occur. Sometimes antibodies can attack the spine so patients can develop a weakness in their lower body making it difficult to walk. Strokes can also happen as well as a cognitive disorder similar to Alzheimer's. Untreated patients or those who are lax in their follow-ups, even with a relapse can eventually get lung and heart diseases like pleurisy or pericarditis respectively which are illness where the linings of the organs are inflamed.
Dr. Whitfield said early treatment can decrease the damage that the disease can cause and allow a person diagnosed with lupus to live a normal life. He said it's a disease that should be taken seriously.

Lupus Awareness Month
On Sunday, May 20, the local lupus support group will also host a Purple Hat Tea Party Affair at St. Matthew's Anglican Parish Hall to raise funds for research.
Lupus Bahamas 242 was officially launched last month with the goal of increasing information and providing for people living with lupus in The Bahamas.
Despite it all, when it comes to dealing with lupus and other chronic illnesses, Williams' advice to young people is not to give up.
"You may be dealing with something that is unfamiliar to you. It's hard no matter how you look at it, but with the right management, proper healthcare, positive attitude and the will to live, you can lead a normal life whether you have lupus or any other chronic disease. And family and friends need to support, encourage and know that any small gesture or words mean a lot. Don't withhold them. They can help the person to see that they can lead a long life and be positive in their outlook. Stay strong. It's not a life sentence. You can make it. You don't have to lay there and die. Encourage yourself and take it one day at a time. With God's help life can still be beautiful."

o For more information on the group and for information on upcoming events, visit the Lupus Bahamas 242 page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lupus-Bahamas-242-Information-Support/161404860604123 or email lupus-bahamas@hotmail.com.

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May 17, 2012
Eunice Lorraine Anderson, 59

Funeral Service

Funeral service for Eunice Lorraine Anderson, age 59 years, of Petrea Street, Eastwood Subdivision will be held on Saturday May 19th, 2012 at 10:30 a.m., at New Lively Hope Baptist Church, Jerome Avenue and Chesapeake Road. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. A. Shelton Higgs, Rev. Hilbert Flowers, Rev. James Pennerman, Minister Julian V. Anderson and Minister Paula Moncur. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Solider Road.

Left to cherish her fondest memories are  her daughter: Ashley Lorell Sweeting; one sister: Marjorie Anderson of Miami Florida; one brother: Claudius Anderson of Chicago Illinois; one sister-in-law: Patricia Anderson, nieces and nephews: Sandra, Terrence and Julian Anderson, Michelle and Freddie Robinson, Todd Anderson, Carla and Jason Hollis, Amber and Anishka Anderson, Patrice, Sherryann, Shantell, Charlene, Gwennie and Shenique Anderson, Silrita and Timothy Knowles, Claudette Anderson and Catherine Webb; grand nieces and nephews including: Khalin, Julian, Calvin and Julianne Anderson, Kasha, Alicia (Donnie) and Fred (JR) Robinson, Erica and Thomas Irvine, Rodney Williams, Percival (PJ) Curry, Deann Anderson and Christian Burrows; great grand nieces and nephews; other family members: Olive Vernett, Antoinette Curtis and family, Carolyn Sands, Myrtle Dean, Lucy Sands, Laverne Marche, the Andersons, Thompsons, Gibson, Sands and Delancy descendants of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, the Penn family, Ball's Alley family, Miriam Finley and Sheniqua Saunders, Leonie and Mavalo Duncanson, Vernell and Marsha Fawkes and family and The Pratt family; Special Friends and Neighbours: Tyrone Sweeting and children, Rose Thompson and family, Lillian Smith and family, Helen Rolle and family, Shirley Knowles and Wilfred Dorsett, Idamae Williams and family, Mary Clarke and Louise Ritchie, Vera Bain, Sonia Knowles and Veronica Jones, Mr. Harry and Audrey Knowles and children, The neighbours of Petrea Street and Angel Road, Eastwood Subdivision, Judy Knowles and Sharon (Sherry) Williams and family, Carolyn Seymour and Family, Jane Davis and family, Jackie Brice and family, Steve and Charlene Simmons, Steven and Magdalene Wilson and family, Lynette Minnis and Glynnis Rolle, Dulcie Armbrister and family, Clara (Mama) Dean, Valarie Dean and Dorothy Smith, Geraldine Higgs, Deborah Hall, Roscoe Sturrup, Persis Mackey, Dorothy Kemp, Randy and Christa Thurston and family; god children: Anndra Alday, Alvardo Deaveaux, Eugene (Ghandi) Clarke, Brunee Dorsett and Aldreco Rolle, Friends from Miami Florida: Margaret Brown, Janet Brown and family; Former colleagues of Batelco Poinciana and Camperdown Offices, Colleagues from the Telephone Department of Princess Margaret Hospital: Marina Laing -Supervisor, Grace Stubbs, Christine Toote, Eva Roker, Sandy Bethel, Deondra Butler, Keisha Pinder, Tabitha Josey, Nadia Saunders, other staff members of Princess Margaret Hospital, Nurses and Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital: Dr. Eugene Gray,  Dr. Akeem Minnis, Dr. Magnus, Dr. Munroe, Dr. Colette  Thompson, Dr. Farquharson, Dr. Ricky Davis, Nurses of the Eye ward, Sister Pinder and Sister Butler; Church Family: Rev. Dr. A. Shelton and Lady Ingrid Higgs, Rev Hilbert and Victoria Flowers, Rev. James and Margaret Pennerman along with Ministers and the officers and members of New Lively Hope Baptist Church.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday May 18th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday May 19th, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

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