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Metajo Dames, 48

Last rites for Metajo Dames aged 48 of # 46 Fifth Street Coconut Grove will be held on Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at The Mission Baptist Church, Hay and East Street.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr. R. E. Cooper-Pastor of The Mission Baptist Church, Rev. Ivan D. Rolle Sr.-Pastor Comfort House Ministries International assisted by Other Missions of the Gospel.  Interment in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road
She is survived by her Son: Master Gianno Lester Clarke; Parents: Mr. Leonard John Sr. "Skeeter" and Dorothy Dames; Brothers: Mr. Franklyn Leroy, John Fritzgerald, Leonard John Jr., Donald Russell, Amos Newton, and Randolph Newton Dames; Sisters: Unajane Victoria Allen, Gaynell Janice Dames Clarke, Cyprianna Leonia Dames Saunders, Crystal Carol Dames Roach; Nieces: Lonelle Janice Butler, Larissa  Dorothea Butler Delancey, Dhalia Larie, Dayna Lauren and Daniella Marie Dames, E'vette Lerice Roach, Indera Major, and Radeisha Rodgers. Nephews: Masters D'mitri Franklyn Leonard, Johnathan Jamal, Javano Rashard, Jaden Leonard, Leonard John III, Joshua Caleb, Justin Donald, Amos St. John, Ammon Joel Dames. Uri Jonathan Butler, Daniel John Isaac Clarke, Schivano Lamar and Schrone Leroy Saunders; Grand Nephew: Master Loneal Ya'Aqob Uel Butler. Brothers In Law: James Allen, Kenny Clarke, Leroy Saunders, and Everette Roach. Sisters In Law: Ingrid and Keisha Dames; Special Friends: Godfrey Clarke, Lorraine Rolle, Judy Mae Hanna, Marva and Marvette Ferguson, Eulean Sands, Georgette Dames, Chantal Dames; Uncles: Charles Butler, Percy Strachan, Maxwell and Clement Johnson;  Aunts: Kathleen Demeritte, Marjorie and Rosetta Johnson, Coralee, Thelma and Virginia Butler, Ada Johnson,  Zilla Rolle, Dolly Saunders, Winifred , Marilyn and Ruthmae Dames and Edna Rolle; Cousins: Una Butler, Patricia Bethel and family, Albertha Hall and family, Azuka Leadon and family, James, Micheal, Edward, and Donna Demeritte and families, Carles Williams and  family, Kayla Brown and family,Virginia Thurston and family, Julian, Derek, Aubrianna, Suzanne, Sherry and Donell Butler and families, Una Maria Bain and family, Madia, Bernadette, Cardinal, Yorick, Don,  Antonio, Angelo Butler and  family, Valerie Gibson and family, Janet DeBarros and family, Lisa Johnson and family, Amaranna Maycock and family, Melanie, Van Dyke and Tito Butler, Tammy Burton and family, Valencia Swain and family,Terryjo Deveaux and family, Charmaine Greene and family, Tanya and  Desiree Johnson, Echendu Nwanodi, Lisa, Lydia and Jennice Johnson and families Autrey, Leonard, Minister Gregg, Melita, Dower "Dolly" Bullard and families, Annette Pratt and family, Valeria Major and family, Arthur , Patricia, Ronald, Benjamin Jr., Ulysses, Gretchen, Joanne and Ludwig Rolle and families, Elaine McPhee and family, Queenie Stubbs,  Kenneth Jr., Wendy, Heather, Luther, Perry, Sandra, Gregory, Michael, Ernie and Arthur Dames and families, Marietta Thompson and family, Carolyn Nixon and family, Roslyn McGillis and family, Dorothy Miller and family, Cleora Ferguson and Family,  Rosemary Wildgoose and family, Reverend Pearl Johnson, Carol Hademann, Cheryl Johnson, Huel, Leslie, Leonia, Karen, Jenevy and Marilyn Dames and families, Pamela Gorte and family, Lerice Moss and family, Clifford Strachan and family, Minister Lamont and Minister Deborah Saunders and Family, Ethan, Jenson Saunders and family, Denise Whitfield and family, Keva Newbold and family, Cecil, Marvin, Carlette, Lavon, Clevon, Renada and  Devard Dames and families, Ernestine Young and family, Beth Chatelin and family, Pearl Rolle and family, Denovia Sears and family;  Other Relatives and friends including: Mrs. Pamela Newbold and family, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Cunningham and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Fields and family, Ms. Joyce Tucker and family, Mr. Carlton Tucker and family, Mr. & Mrs. James Harcourt Gibson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Wainwright Gibson and family, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Gibson and family, Mrs. Zala Johnson and family, Mrs. Una Clarke and family, Ms. Rosetta Gibson, Mrs. Virginia Sturrup and family, Mrs. Ruth Hamilton and family, Ms. Yvonne McKenzie and family, Mrs. Heather Armbrister and family. Pastor and Mrs. Ivan Rolle and Comfort House Ministries Family, Dr. and Mrs. Reuben E .Cooper Jr., Dr. Irene Cooper, Dr. Ruby Ann Darling and The Mission Baptist Church Family, Bishop Neil C. Ellis and the Mt. Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church Family, Pastor and Mrs. John S. Rolle and Family, Pastor and Mrs. Charles E. Rolle and Mt. Nebo Union Baptist Church Family, Pastor and Mrs. Franklyn McKenzie and the Remnant Hope of Churches in Exuma, Reverend Bernard and Angela Rolle of Rolle Town, Exuma, Dr. and Mrs. Hubert Fowler and family, Bishop Arnold and Minister Vernita Josey and Commonwealth Baptist Church Family, Bishop Ian and Prophetess. Braithwaite and The Holy Dove Ministries Family, Reverend Cynthia Pratt, Reverend Bertram Armbrister, Mother Marie McSweeney and family, Olive Butler and family, The Morley Family, The Hamilton Family, The Hutchinson Family, The Rose Family, Edna Mackey and Family, Mr. and Mrs Edney Pickstock and family and the entire Community of Coconut Grove especially the Fifth Street Families. The Honourable Anthony Moss, the communities of Exuma and the Cays especially Rolle Town,  The Sands Family of Coopers Town, Abaco, Metajo's PBX families of the former Nassau Marriott Resort and Crystal Palace Casino and the former Four Seasons Hotel of Exuma, Registered Nurse Jacqueline Jean- Louis, the staff of The Princess Margaret Hospital's Female Surgical Ward 11,the Oncology Department, Gynae Ward and many others to mention.
The body will lay in repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M .and at the church on Sunday from 1:00 P.M. until service time at the church.

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A daily fight for survival that touched my heart

By ADRIAN GIBSON

ajbahama@hotmail.com

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AST Saturday, I encountered the local, live action edition of the movie Slum Dog Millionaire whilst on a tour--with Creole-speaking social activist and Workers Party leader Rodney Moncur--of a Haitian shanty town off Joe Farrington road. In my last column, I promised to see and document migration as it is viewed from the Haitian perspective.

Upon entrance into the barrio, the grinding poverty and the immensely squalid state of affairs in this poverty-stricken skid row immediately gripped my attention.

Honestly, I've always been a hardliner relative to illegal immigration. Admittedly, hailing from Long Island, I had never personally seen a H ...

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Lenor Denise Gibson-Greene, 36

Funeral service for Lenor Denise Gibson-Greene, a resident of Sandilands Village Road, who passed away on 25th May, 2011, will be held at First Baptist Church, Market Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Earle Francis, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel.  Cremation follows.
Left to cherish her memories is her; Mother: Rocena Wallace-Carey adopted Mother Leorna Evans; Husband: Michael Greene; Daughters: Lynette Gibson and Joshnell Davis; Two grandsons: Jadin Davis and Ethan Gibson; Adopted sisters: Esther Bridgewater, Dorinda Walker, Ikena Rolle, Estherleta Murray and Sheila Marshall; Adopted brother: George Evans; Aunts: Melvise Skippings, Theresa OBrien, Lynn Johnson and Naomi Pratt; Uncles: Thaddeus Toote, Ally Ferguson, Kendal Pratt, Steven Rolle and Bruce Pratt. Other family and friends including: Joshua Davis, Edmond EstelHomme , Patrice Rolle , Stephanie , Rowe , Sherry , Patrice Clarke , Bumpy , Truman, Elsie , Ms. Valerie Wood , Ms. Cartwright , The staff of Environmental Health Road and Parks Department especially Zone Eight, Temple Christian High School Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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CORPORAL 254 CHARLES GIBSON SR., 68

Semi Military Funeral Service for CORPORAL 254 CHARLES GIBSON SR., 68, of Malcolm Road West and formerly of The Bluff, South Andros who died on Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 will be held on Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at 11:00am at Zion South Beach Baptist Church, Zion Boulevard. Officiating will be Bishop Wenith Davis assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Left to cherish his memories are his Children: Patrice Smith, Florence & Carla Gibson, Kathy Kerr, Charles Jr. & Jackson Gibson; Grandchildren: Brian, Darren, Branell, Shamonique Smith, Cortnee King ,Carletta Ferguson, Jasmine Johnson, Champay ...

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James 'Ricky Purse' Frazer Sr., 47

Funeral Service for James 'Ricky Purse' Frazer Jr., a resident of Cockburn Close off Bernard Road, will be held on Saturday, 11th June, 2011, at 11 am, at Our Lady Of The Holy Souls Catholic Church, Deveaux Street. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Ricky Purse's memories will forever linger in the hearts of His Father, Anthony Frazer; Mother: Retired Nurse Delcina Frazer, Children, James Jr., Jasmine & Jermaine Frazer, Grandchildren, Kanye Jehoshua Kemp "Joshy" & Jada Claudine Frazer, Wife of 22 years and friend after, Crown Sergeant Claudia Frazer, of H.M. Prison, Brothers, Robert Frazer, Cpl. Peter Frazer of Exuma, & Ernest Frazer of West Haven C.T. (Robbie, Bennie & Frenchie); Adopted brothers, Hermis Ferguson, Michael Laing, Allan Strachan, Anthony Richardson, Clayton Miller & Christopher Miller, (H, Pastry, Big Allan, Cracker, Smiley and Lil Chris). Sisters, Gretta Gibson, & Maxine Frazer, Adopted sister, Tafficka Brown, Aunts, Nathalie, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Sister, ClareRolle, Cleora, Cynthia, Jane, Clothilda, Sandra, Myrna, Lillian, Vanria, Uncles, Richard Ambrister, Charles Johnson, Vernal & Patrick Rolle, Philip Gaitor, Nelson Lord, Charles Johnson, William Griffin Sr., & Christopher Miller Sr., of Great Harbour Cay, Grand Aunts, Marie Carey & Corine Adderley, Grand Uncle, Ezekiel Cash of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, Grand Nieces & Nephews, Asalll, Delecia, Deshanda, Renae, Renaldo Jr., Montel, Lakayla, Sebreonna, Alicia, Crenshaw & Robert 111, Mother-in-law, Firstena Hepburn, Brothers-in-law, Carlos Gibsor:), Eric, William, Charles, George & Michael Hepburn, Sisters-in-law, Veronica, Gaille of West Haven C.T., & Betty Frazer, Margaret McKay, Leonie Buchanan, Brenda Francis Michelle & Cheryl Hepburn, Nieces, Chaurina Lawson of Miami, Monalisa, Alexandria, Rose, Ebony, Tankia, Robinique, Natalia, Alison, Britshe, Aliczia, Carrington Dwainelle, Azariah, Angelique, Erica, Ericiea, Alexis, Colleen, Heather, Melissa, Andrea, Audrey, Nephews, Robert Jr., Asa Jr., Rashard, Renaldo, Antonio, Jason, AbleSeanman Mckello, Rhmad, Dwainard, Lexton Obama, William, Everette, Omar, John, Devonne, Dedrick, Charles Jr., Kevin & Tavarei, Godfather, Leon Griffin, Godchildren, Garrard Williams & Sundae Ferguson, Numerous Cousins, Kimberley Butterfield, Leon, William Jr., Steven, Barry, Andrew, Minerva, Elizabeth, Fredricka, Pamela, Valentino, Taria, Dewitt, Dwight, Donell, Dereck, Clayton Miller, Jermaine, Sean, Corey, Phillip Jr., Devon, Nicola, Crystal, Precious, Latoya, Chartes Jr., Christopher Jr., Demetricia, Ann, Wendy, Glemous, Kathy, Pasha, Amanda, Stephanie, Andrea, Adwina, Shelly, Marco, Toney & Phillip, Felix, Willard, Chris, Father Anselm Russell O.S.B., Hubert, Terrence, Arlington, Rosemund, Millie, Ruth, Violet, Doral, Ena & Jenarosa & Jackie of Lower Bogue, Deloris, Cassie, Cassandra, Madelyn, Madeline, Stephen, Kendal, Lisa Rolle, Roy Colebroke Jr., Godbrothers, Other Relatives & friends, to0 numerous to mention but including, Barry & Andrew. Griffin, Sam Dean, Clifford Cartwright, Alfred Stubbs, Grace of Miramar FI., ' O'Neil Stubbs, Glen Williams, Mr. Rodney Moncur, Mr. Frank Cooper, Larry & Betty, Ralph, Kennie, Big Ethel, Bones Joe Boy, Dave Thurston, Eddie, Jeff Thompson, Blaze Rolle, Mr. Clifford Stubbs & family, Shirley Brown & family, Sarah Jennings & family, The Stubbs, Colebrooke, Gordon, Williams, Burrows, Pauls, Browns, Moncurs, Hepburn, Knowles; Major, Taylor, Rolle, Campbell, Richardson Family, and the entire Black Village Community, Mrs. Betsy Duvalier, Mr. Pratt and the entire staff of Security Department and the entire staff of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Gussy and the comer boys in Fox Hill, Cockbum Close Community, Ms. Alverne King & Mr. Steve Barr, The C.C. Sweeting Class of 1980, Sherryann Heild of West End Grand Bahama, The Staff of H.M. Prison, The Staff of Airport Authority Crash and Rescue Fire Department, Dr. Bonamy and her team, also the Nurses and Staff on Male Medical 2 at P.M.H.
Relatives and friends may pay there last respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel, Market Street and Bimini Avenue on Friday from 10 am until 6 pm and at the Church on Saturday from 10 am until service time.
 
 

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Defending the leader of the opposition

Dear Editor,
I read with interest the personal opinion of "Simon" in the column Front Porch of The Nassau Guardian Tuesday, October 30, regarding the leader of the opposition.
Simon rightly said that the leader of the opposition post is a stepping stone to potentially the most rewarding elected office in our parliamentary system. We know that there are many who toiled and worked hard for years to achieve that coveted post. However, on May 7, 2012, it all came crashing down when not only did the Free National Movement suffer a devastating loss, but some who felt destined to hold the post as leader were rejected at the polls by The Bahamian public.
To add fuel to the fire, the leader, whom many of us still love, admire and even revere, immediately walked away after the devastating bombshell blow. I will never forget that night as I sat near my TV waiting for a word of hope, of reassurance, of comfort, when Hubert Alexander Ingraham walked out on May 7, conceded defeat and then dealt the final and fatal blow that he would resign. What thousands of supporters needed to hear if only that one night was, "Yes we lost, but we will get up, brush ourselves off and we will carry on". Even more so because of the fact that the entire campaign was riding on the strength, character and integrity of Hubert Alexander Ingraham. I have always been a fan of Hubert Ingraham and will always be, but I gotta tell you, to have him walk away at a time like that was devastating and somewhat embarrassing to say the least.
Given the swift departure of Ingraham, it was inevitable that the party would immediately go through some severe "withdrawal" symptoms. In fact, it is likely that anyone who had gained the converted position of leader under those circumstances would have had to deal with some disgruntled people who felt as if they had a right to and deserved the post.
Simon criticized Dr. Minnis for stating how he would vote in the event of a referendum. No, we do not know what the question will be. As far as I know Dr. Minnis indicated that his position was a personal one and had no bearing on his party. What makes him any different from the hundreds inside and outside the political arena who have already stated their position regarding gambling? It's a personal choice. I am personally against gambling in any form, but the fact that Dr. Minnis was willing to be open and honest about his personal choice is in no way reflective of his ability to lead, except to say that he is honest enough to be truthful about his personal convictions, instead of ducking and dodging and playing "politricks" like so many others have done.
Simon also criticized Dr. Minnis for "raising expectations" in the Abaco by-election. Well blow me down. What was he supposed to do as a leader, Simon? Is it not his duty as leader to be positive and to not accept or even entertain failure before it happens? And as far as accepting the blame is concerned, have you had a chance to speak with the wonderful people of Abaco to find out exactly why many of them refused to vote FNM or not vote at all? I think you need to go and find out what the real problem was. And trust me, you can be assured that it was not Hubert Alexander Minnis. Additionally, what if the FNM had won? Would it have been okay for Dr. Minnis to insist that he alone was responsible for the win? I think not.
Dr. Minnis' comments that Ingraham's era was over after the by-election may seem out of order considering the great leadership and the contribution made by Ingraham, but the truth is that it needed to be said publicly. Dr. Minnis had sat back for months and taken much flack from supporters and non-supporters alike. People were asking who the real leader of the party was; there were rumors that Ingraham had handpicked Greg Gomez; and the list of observations and complaints went on and on. What would you have done Simon?

In my opinion, Dr. Minnis had no choice. I am certain that his words were in no way an attempt to belittle Ingraham but to simply set the record straight. Get it right people, Hubert Alexander Minnis is now leader.
Simon himself said that "the post of leader of the opposition is one of the more difficult political offices for all manner of reasons" but then he went on to itemize and give his personal opinions on everything that he perceives has been done wrong by the leader of the opposition. You know, you can always tell when someone has a personal goal to make another person look bad. They bring out all the bad points and neglect to say anything good. Could there be even one good reason why Dr. Minnis was handed the rare "gift" unopposed?
My question to Simon is how exactly do you organize people in a party who are not only reeling from defeat but are bitter, jealous and angry? How do you organize people who feel as if they deserve your post and will destroy the entire party before they support you? How do you unify people who are hungry for power, plotting against you and stabbing you in the back? How do you not alienate yourself from people like that?
I have worked closely with Dr. Minnis and I can attest to the fact that he has always surrounded himself with positive people. Anyone who has felt alienated by him need to check themselves. Could it be that you have exhibited negativity? It is clear that Dr. Minnis does not and cannot thrive on negativity.
People often talk about charisma and engaging speakers when it comes to leadership, and that's all good, but I believe our population has become more politically mature. Politically mature people look for the kind of charisma that makes the leader more concerned about making others look and feel good than making themselves look good.
Dr. Minnis has shown his ability to be hard working, to be accountable and to communicate with the people he serves. Judging from the way he runs his constituency he is forward thinking and is quick to adapt to new and changing trends. He has shown by his own personal life that he has what it takes to make something out of nothing. He has shown, even now, that the words "quit", "walk away" and "give up" are not in his vocabulary. He is a leader who can appreciate and utilize the strengths of the positive people around him so that they can shine along with him. Those are the true signs of leadership.
I will say here and now that as a supporter of the Free National Movement and its philosophies, I have no preference for leader. I will support anyone who is chosen to lead. Whoever it is will have strengths and weaknesses. Hubert Ingraham was not perfect and neither is Hubert Minnis. As supporters we can break our leaders down or we can build them up. We can choose to work with him and win or we can fight against him and we can all lose.
-- Lorraine Gibson

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Aaron Lowell Gibson, 44

Funeral Service for the late Aaron Lowell Gibson, 44 of O'Neils, Long Island will be held on Saturday 4th June, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Highway Church of God, Doctors Creek, Long Island. Officiating will be Bishop Robert McPhee and Evangelist Benjamin Pratt assisted by Pastor Allan Dixon. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Church of God, Church Street, Deals, Long Island.

Left to cherish his memories are his parents: Bishop Edward and Lenora Gibson; children: Rashad and Rache Gibson; siblings: Paul and Philemon Gibson; sister-in-law: Catherine Gibson; aunts: Florence Taylor, Flossietta Taylor, Rose Gibson, Viola Ferguson, Doreen Jolly, Melva Mackey and LaGloria Smith; nephews and niece: Adrian, Shenell, Shavado and Lanado Gibson; grand nephew: Adrian Gibson Jr.; cousins: Kevin and Dencil Gibson, Natasha Austin, Emily Williams, Patricia Gibson, Ellamae Graham, Tanya Moxey, Heather, Gloria, Queenie, Enid, Edith, Betty Gibson, Eddris, Chloe and Wanda Gibson, Stephen and Winston Gibson, Julia Taylor, Alma Smith, Arnette Russell, Mavis Edgecombe-Tinker, Reno and Raynard Rigby, Peter Taylor Jr., Rosemary/ Christopher Adderley and Family, Audrey Barnett and Family, Alphonso and Willamae Smith, Bertram (Junior) and Miriam Smith, Virginia, Elva Turner, Sylvia Knowles and Family, Berkley, Patrick and Kevin Smith, Dr. Conville Brown, Azel, Elton, Llyod, Viola Albury, Erica Higgs and Keyla, Sandra, Recky and Stephen Pratt and Family; pet: Jo-Jo (his Pit-Bull); numerous family and friends: Sharlene Carey, Lula and Etheline Bethel, Malinda Pratt and Family, Janelle Butler and Family, Alfred Knowles and Family, Kia Shearer and Family, Albertha Knowles and Family, Rita Wells and Family, Hans Ortner and Family, Albert Simms and Family, Ivan Jackson and Family, Gwendolyn Pinder and Family, Floyd Miller and Family, Rosie Miller and Family, Meriel Adderley and Family, Perline Cartwright and Family, Stephen Jolly and Family, Elsie Knowles and Family, Rex Pratt and Family, Esther Minnis and Family, Malachi Knowles (Kyer), Willis Harding and Family, Garnett Rolle and Family, Joel Butch Freise, Gett and Monica Foreman, Ann Knowles and Family, Mario Simms and Family, Ruth Bridgewater and Family, Alphonso Shearer and Family, Jerry Knowles and Family and the staff of the Simms Community Clinic.

Viewing will be held at the church in Long Island on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

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Vote no on referendum: PLP sells out the country

On multiple grounds, Bahamians should roundly defeat the upcoming referendum question on legalizing web shops. First, there is a stunning and insulting lack of transparency.
Moreover, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) that cried foul over a lack of process during the last referendum has been breathtakingly hypocritical and cynical in terms of the lack of process in its rush to give certain numbers houses an early Christmas gift. This referendum involves both a perceived conflict of interest and a betrayal of the common good.
A part of the back-story of the PLP's decision to hold a referendum solely on the question of legalizing the current criminal enterprise of selected web shops involves a bizarre statement recently made by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
When asked if his party accepted campaign donations from various illegal numbers houses for the recent general election, former prime minister and Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Hubert Ingraham said that while individual candidates may have, he did not accept such donations on behalf of the party.
By stunning contrast Christie said he didn't know whether the PLP received donations from such illegal enterprises. Bahamians will have to judge whether they find credible Christie and his stated ignorance on this matter.

Ignorance
What is incredible is that on a matter of which there is widespread suspicion of a conflict of interest by Christie and his party is that he has claimed ignorance on whether donations were received.
Imagine the British or Canadian prime minister claiming ignorance about potential donations from illegal sources in the run-up to a major vote in Parliament or a referendum. He would be hounded by the press and perhaps hounded out of office. But here in The Bahamas Christie is hiding behind a claim of ignorance.
The potential conflict of interest on the referendum question is as transparent as it appears massive. This referendum is a defining moment in Christie's legacy. It spells the death-knell of the progressive spirit in the PLP, a party now fully in thrall to special interests and a self-serving oligarchy whose mantra is: PLPs first.
This is a shameful and disgraceful moment for the country, for the PLP and for Perry Christie, who will go down in Bahamian history for selling out the Bahamian people.
Are we to be treated to the same contempt for our intelligence and contempt for the national interest by Christie on the matter of oil drilling? He has also failed to be transparent about his relationship with and the consulting fees he received from a company conducting oil drilling tests.
Having failed to expand constitutional rights for women in its last term, the first referendum held by the PLP, the party of corporatist interests, is one that will narrowly and overwhelmingly benefit special interests at the expense of a broader common good.
Women of The Bahamas be damned. The question of legalizing windfall profits for illegal enterprises is more a priority for a referendum under the PLP than your rights.

Dictator
In its election charter, the PLP promised a referendum on a national lottery and gambling in general. It has broken its promise citing a report by consultants which the Christie government has refused to make public. If we have paid for this report, why can't we see it? This is the behavior of a dictator, not a democrat.
The message to the Bahamian people: Go to hell and drop dead. Not only won't we tell you what's in the report. We also don't see a need to justify the limited nature of the question or why we changed our position.
In one of the most pathetic, insulting and dismissive statements ever made by a prime minister, Christie offered a litany of nonsense in his communication to the House on web shop gaming: "Firstly, I reiterate that my government and party will maintain a position of complete neutrality on the referendum question. We will not campaign for or against either side to the question, nor will we offer any encouragement for either a yes vote or a no vote. We are going to stay out of the fray and let the Bahamian people decide what they want without any cajoling or coaxing one way or the other."
What utter hogwash! How stunningly disingenuous! By so narrowly defining what will be voted on and who may benefit, Christie's PLP has dispensed with any pretense of neutrality. And, then, he seeks to insult the intelligence of the Bahamian people by claiming neutrality.
There is the old joke of a wife looking through the keyhole of a hotel room, watching her husband and best friend disrobing and cooing at each other. At the last minute before certain matters transpired, one of their undergarments is flung over the keyhole, so the wife never actually sees the deed done. It is -- pun intended - a revealing story.
Christie's non-transparent and pathetic statement continued: "I hasten to add, however, that not all existing web shops would be legalized. Instead, it would only be those that are duly licensed in due course." Really? Like whom, prime minister? Anybody in particular, or might we take bets on who may be licensed? Might you give us some examples?
Then there was this from the prime minister who is morphing from late-again to last minute: "The precise phraseology of the question that will be put to the electorate in the referendum will be announced well ahead of the referendum itself."
Is this a joke? Clearly, timeliness has never been one of Christie's strengths. Mere weeks before the referendum on a single question, and his administration can't tell us the question. And this from the party that criticized the FNM on process?
On the basis of process, and according to what the PLP self-servingly claimed at the last referendum, this question should be defeated. The referendum has been rushed, the question is still not known mere weeks before the referendum, promised questions are left out, and there is insufficient time for well-organized and thorough forums for debate.

Obligation
More so, there is so much we don't know in terms of the details of possible legislation, which the government has an obligation to address in greater detail before a referendum. Christie and the PLP cannot be trusted on this front.
Christie also offered this false equivalence between how casinos and web shops should be taxed: "This would be in addition to the annual taxes that would be payable, based on the revenues of the licensed web shops, similar to the taxation structure that applies to casinos."
He noted that the government expects between $15 million and $20 million in revenue from legalized numbers. Yet, estimates from study of the industry by the Ministry of Finance prior to May 1, 2012, suggested in excess of $40 million annually. Why have estimates seemingly been halved?
There are many other questions of public policy and social justice left unanswered by Christie, a number of which require urgent discussion prior to the referendum. The debate has been joined by the general public, some churches and others, including the Democratic National Alliance, which released a clear position on the referendum.
Meanwhile and unfortunately, the opposition FNM has appeared bungling and inept. Rashly and idiotically, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis pledged to vote yes on a gambling referendum months ago, before a question to be put to the electorate has been framed and finalized.
One Lorraine Gibson defended Minnis' statement as his personal view. This is the kind of silly defense that might be made by a green pre-law student or a naïve political activist. On questions of such moment and import it is best for any leader to make a statement on behalf of his party.
The FNM needs to get its act together and issue an intelligent, vigorous and consistent position on one of the most important issues before the Bahamian people during the current administration's tenure. The country cannot afford a feckless government and prime minister as well as a feckless opposition and leader of the opposition.

o frontporchguardian@gmail.com, www.bahamapundit.com

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John Gordon Sr., 86

Funeral service for John Gordon Sr., 86 yrs., a resident of Eneas Street off Meadow Lane & formerly of the Cove, Cat Island, who died on 28th December, 2011, wiill be held at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market & Vesey Streets, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Thompson & Rev. Dr. Garnet King, assisted by REv. Basil Johnson & Rev. Dr. C.B. Moss. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughters: Patricia Bowe, Nurse Eva Mae Gordon, Pandora & Eula Mae Gordon & Deborah Gordon Noncent; sons: John Jr., Franklyn, Jerry & Patrick Gordon; grandchildren: Ricardo & Gail Bowe, Ian & Tamara Cargill, Trevor & Kay Munnings, Ava Cargill, Shamone, Kenneth, shamese, Tameka & Konica Rolle, Cameron, Insa, Jerome & Kenny Gordon,Stephen & Indira Facey, Kevin & Malika Sands, Dr. Anwar Hanna, Sean & Lakesia Gordon, Antonio & Lakeisia Simmons, Ashley Noncent, Gina, Carolyn, Jermaine, James, Vashti, Alexanda, Kevin, Johnell, Demien & Jerry Gordon; great grand children: Donita & Adiron Brown, Jesse, Jamaine, Jerrinque, Nicole, Shamnise & Giovanna Gordon, Renique McKenzie, James, Jermaine & Jemia Gordon, Rikkie Bowe, Ian Cargill Jr., Tia Cargill, Kierra Dean, Samuel & Abigail Facey, Cameo, Shakeem, Sharel, Shervin, Shannon, Shawn, & Shamarco Rolle, Larry Saingilus Jr., Kevin Johnathan Sands & Jahdesha; great great grandchild: Dwight Smith; sisters & spouses: Vernice & Ephriam Nottage, Hazel Hepburn, Ruby Thurston; in-laws: Ruby Gordon, Daisy Rahming, Alphonso & Manekabelle Canter, Hanzel Rahming of Perrine, Fl, & Jerry Rolle; nieces & nephews: Cynthia & Sydney Bowe, Lilly Clarke, Rebecca Watson, Ben & Rodrick Smith, Floyd, Randy, Jerome, Deyonne & Vernon Thurston, Rochelle Forbes, Erma Jones, Beverley, Althamae, Jennifer, Carolyn, Rodney, Dereck & Racquel Hepburn, Geletha, Ruthmae, James, Trevor & Orthnel Thurston, Andrew & Sandra Rolle, Fred, Angie, Renee & Vernitta Brown, Eugene & Beverley Nairn, Charles Hepburn, Max, Elenor, Yonnie, Patricia, Neil & Pat Holbert, Phillip, Linda, Fiona, Debbie, Terry, John, Errison,& Keith Gordon, Wendal Ramsey, Freddie Major, Clarence, Dr. Elliston Rahming, Charles, Lennis, Malfreth & Retired Police Sargent Ernest Rahming, Mr. & Mrs. Lion Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Samuel Duncombe, Esther Rahming, Geraldine & Eloise Rolle, Coralee Young, Alphonso, Berkley, Emeritta, Eunamae & Susiemae Canter, Janetta Pratt, Leonard & Kendal Rahming, Ettamae McKenzie, Eulamae Hall, Cedric, Thaddeaus, Elijah, Sidney, Pricilla & Betty Rahming, Rosetta Gibson & Ivy Rolle; numerous other relatives & friends including: Rev. Dr. Stephen Thompson & family, Rev. Dr. Garnet King & family, Rev. Dr. C.B. Moss & family, Deacon Maxwell Stubbs & family, Edna Mackey & family, Mrs. Francis Ladee & family, Alice Moncur & family, Freda Holbert & family, Mr. Oliver & family, Constance Hall, Mitch & WIllamae Bowleg & family, Janet Lundy & family, Donna Morris & family, Rosmond Cartwright & family, Louise Hanna & family, Ethlyn Arnette & family, Claudette Young & family, Leonard Young, Edna Russell, Val Johnson, Mildred Treco, Pedro Neely & family, Charlene Rahming & family, Patricia Johnson & family, Nathalie Hutchinson & family, Patricia Gilbert, Carman Jones & family, Tsia Bethel, Mel Johnson, the Armbrister, Coakley family, Raymond Bain, Dr. Elwood Donaldson, Evelyn Gibson & family, Edna Glinton & family, Ernestine Colebrooke & family, Jan Bowleg & family, Princess Brown & family, the doctors & nurses of A & E, Male Medical I & the main Operating Theatre, Ministry of Works, Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the community of Eneas Lane, Bain Town, the Gaitor, Wallace, Hepburn, Moncur, Seymour, Brown, Ramsey families of Cat Island & others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69

Funeral services for Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69 yrs., a resident of Millers Height, Carmichael Road, who passed away on 20th May, 2011, will be held at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road on Saturday at 9 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian Campbell & Rev. Fr. Atma Budhu.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving, devoted husband: Campbell Sears, dedicated daughter: Registered Nurse: Leonie Sears; loyal sons: Kevin, Andrew, Lemuel, David & Lawrence Sears; grandchldren: Alexio, Antoine, Akeem & Iessa Mullings, Lakeisha, Lashell, andreco, Andrewnique & Deandra Sears; daughters-in-law: Registered Nurse: Stacey Pratt-Sears, Rochelle Bethel-Sears; sisters-in-law: faithful caregiver: Alice Lowe, Cynthia Finley, Bernice Collins & Angela Sears; brothers-in-law: Reuben Sears & Charles Collins; nieces: Shelly, Psychita, Bruceta, Machell, Megan & Trained Clinical Nurse Lyndianna Rahming, Deidre Finley, Martha Maria Dukes, Shenique & Olivia Ingraham, Bridgette Morrison & Ava Lowe; nephews: Kirk, Duke, Derek Jr., Quincey Finley, Demetrius, Samuel Lowe, Devardo Hunt, Andy, Chris, Steve, Brian Collins, Desirio Ingraham & Churchill Sears; a host of other relatives & friends including: Arginal (Argie), Patrick, Karen, & Trained Clinical Nurse Patricia Sands, Sheena Newton, Vashti & Rena Roberts, Alvina Taylor, Keith, Lambert, Butler, Donna, Psyche, Renee, Michael, Trevor, Toney Edwards, Tina, Lisa, Keva, Kevin Gibbs, Catechist Alice Gray, Dillis Ingraham, Trained Clinical Nurse Santina Smith, Margaret, Shavaughn Thurston, Sherilyn McCartney, Dr. Valarie Carpenter, Margaret Russell, Edna McMillian, Estermae Mitchell of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Bert & George McKinney, Toney, Helen, Shelley & Brad Capron, Emmie, Ivy & Neva Sweeting, Vincent, Maxwell, Cyril Collins, Christine, Nathalie, Nathaniel Knowles, Esther McPhee, Revs. Alfred, Timothy, Andrew, Susan & Laverne Stewart, Miriam, Oswald Finley, Leonie Duncanson, Judy, Verdell, Marsha, Locksley Jr., Leroy, Richard & Anthony Fawles, Sally, Susan, Roselyn, Deborah, Joycelyn, Matthew Curry, Elaine Wilson, Alice Adams, Myrtle Sweeting, Sherry, Kenneth Kemp, Alice Innis, Mizpah Davis, Edith Scott, Velma, Clay, Sean Johnson, Kara Tinker, Andrew (Dudd), Min. Charles Maynard, Beverly Collins, Lerlean, Tejada, Alice, Kermit, Lorenzo Minus, Melverna Wong, Theresa (Fanny), Angie Rolle-Thompson, Ruby Anne Burrows, Shawnette Roye, Isaac, Harvey Mullings, the entire Mullings family, Adena, Derek, Louise, Alphonso, Dr. Eugene Newry, Ethlyn Armstrong, Yvonne Sands & family, Mr. Ulyses & Rev. Dianna Culmer, Clover Pratt & family, Carla & Daniel Hall & family, Tracy & Don Arnett & family, Anita Bodie, Kenny Mackey, Preston Ferguson, W/Insp. Annette Mackey, Olive Thomas, Charlene, Arthur & Vellora Sweeting & family, Icelyn Campbell of Jamaica, Deanne Hepburn, Eleanor, Florina Rolle, Donna Daxon, Antoinette Neely, Rose Hart, Orpheus Ingraham, Mrs. Lynn Lewis of Family Guardian, Henry Farrington, Merell Thompson, Howard Charlow & family, Evangelists: Maria Lynes, Petrona Ferguson, Berthalee Curry, Nathaniel Bastian & family, Neville, Allan & Bernard Thompson & family, Nurses: Sylvia Santina Smith, Eleanor, Stephanie Poitier, Stephanie Johnson, Darnell Roker, Inza Young, Patishamae Miller, Leonie Buchannan, Gloria Dorsette, Margo Curry, Melody Taylor, Gloria Jacques,Yvonne Adderley, Mary Knowles, Virginia Brennen, Sister Caffeine Brice, Laine Johnson, Paula Hamilton, Yvonne Johnson, Dorothy Ferguson, Geraldine Rolle, Natasha Cooper, Patrice Mitchell, Sandra Rolle, Annastacia Valcin, Sister Ampersam Symonette, Dr. Freddie Smith, Renal Team Dialysis Unit, the Children's Ward, Sister Hilda Douglas, Ernestine Douglas, Adrian & Dionisio D'Aguilar, Dora Rahming & the entire staff of Superwash, Sister Portia Ferguson, Sister Rebecca Johnson, Cunningham, Henry, Black, Lewis, Harris, Ramsey, Rolle, Sister Sherlene Sears, Lockhart, Woodside, Newbold, Bowe, Female Medical Ward #2, Public Hospital Authority, D'Albenas Agency, Ministry of Health, Premier Importers, Cable Bahamas, Bethel-Robertson, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Dr. Norad & Michelle Morgan, Sheral Curry, Bannerman, Wemyss Bight communities, Kelsey Williams, Veronica Sweeting, Sherry Gibson, Emerita Bethel, the entire MInnie Street & Millars Height communities: (Patrick Maycock, Bastian, Newry, Thompson, Cox,Ferguson, McCollough, Penn, McIntosh, Wilson, Freckleton, Dottin, Culmer, Sands, Johnson, Rolle, Flowers, Ramsey, Burrows, Dorsette, Longley & Sweeting), Rev. Nathalie Bastian, Rev. Marie Roach, Rev. Angela Palacious, Canon Harry Ward, Fr. Kabiga - Holy Trinity, Fr. Kingsley Knowles - St. Greorges, Rev. Fr. Atma & Lavinia Budhu - Epiphany Anglican Church, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Campbell - St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Bishop Moses Johnson, Church of God Cathedral family, Gerald Cash Primary School, Anatol Rodgers High School, Interactive School of Learning, Phillip & Mary, John Chea #4, Flamingo Gardens Clinic & many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 8 a.m. until service time.

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