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March 14, 2012
Brand New Pilot Wins Bahamas Pilot Challenge 2011

An Exciting Bahamas Pilot Challenge 2011 Sets the Stage for 2012 Competition

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL  - With the ink still wet on his Pilot's  License,
Indiana flying enthusiast, Dale Dellacqua,  flew to 12 Bahama Islands in
four days to nab the coveted Bahamas Pilot Challenge , sponsored by The
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and Pilot Mall.com.

Launched in 2011, The Bahamas Pilot Challenge offered exciting prizes to
general aviation pilots to fly to 12 of The Islands Of The Bahamas 
airports of entry (poe) to win amazing prizes; which included the grand
prize of an eight night stay on four different, islands in The Bahamas....

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June 03, 2011
Donald Christopher Roberts, 65

A Memorial Service in memory of Donald Christopher Roberts aged 65 years, a resident of Manchester Street, Blair Estates, will held on Saturday, June 4th, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Victoria Room, #1 Bay Street. Officiating will be Brother Anthony Russell.
Left with cherished memories are his devoted wife, Exrella Roberts; children Dionne Heath, Dellarese Roberts, Deidre Bullard, Donnassio, Dario, Don and Christopher Roberts, Racquel Strachan and  Krishna Roberts ; Sons-in-laws: Timothy Heath, Jamal Bullard, daughter in law: Erica Roberts, sisters: Marie Strachan and Joan Roberts-Pinder of Atlanta Georgia, brother in law: Gerald Strachan, Arthur Rahming;
Grandchildren, Deonte and Timia Heath, Rajesh and Raashi Roberts, Ramesh Miller, Logan and Mateo Bullard, Dylan Roberts, Kiyara and Akaree Roberts, Anna, Angela and Ashernique Strachan. Nieces and nephews: Darlene and Jefford Curry, Paula and John Reckley, Paul and Vinincia Strachan, Philip and Madyln Strachan, Pamela and Marvin Smith, Juiette and Maureen Roberts, Charmaine and Darwin Dawson, Charnae and Emery Leonce and Shenkara Bowe; Grandnieces and nephews, Danielle and Raquashane Curry, Jonae Reckley, Nicole, Tregg and Traci Strachan, Ashton and Alexys-Marie Smith, Alexandria Hepburn, Kristen Lindsay, Kellah Leonce, Devin, Darien, Desha and Deanna Dawson.In Laws: Vera and John Farrington, Angela and family, Vandarene and Stuart Bowe, Christine Farrington, John and Latisha Farrington, Wilma Farrington, Brian Farrington and host of relatives and friends; Therez Usher, Amos and Loretta Williams, Mary and Evelyn Knowles and family of Fort Lauderdale, Margaret Nelson and family, Shellie Missick and family, Sharon Bain and family, Jeffery Missick and family, Christopher Missick and family, Rodney Johnson and family, Myra Bullard and family, Dorothea Wilson, Tino and Dawnia Bullard, Deborah and Sidney Outten, Paul and Cindy Ritchie, Monty and Lisa Hanna, Monty and Cheryl Ritchie and family, Anthony and Nancy Russell, Jimmy and Sylvia Bevans and family, Devitte Duncanson Meryl Desmangls and family and others too numerous to mention.
Special thanks to Dr. Friday, Dr. Lightbourne, Dr. Rahming, Nurse Gaitor from Fox Hill Community Clinic, Nurse Watson from Elizabeth Estate Clinic, Dr Cargill, Dr. Jones and Dr. Bartlett from Elizabeth Estates.
Relatives and friends may pay their respect at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street, on Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cremation will follow.
 

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November 06, 2012
Voga: 3rd Annual Body Painting Runway Show: Nov 18

Nassau, Bahamas - The 3rd Annual Body Painting and Fashion Showcase

will be held November 18th
6pm at Super Club Breezes Resort. There will be 5 Artists body painting
25 models for a runway show. There will be a
cocktail reception with musical performers, a Bass player, and several
vendors ranging from Bridal wear to Bahamian made jewelry.

There
is nowhere in the world you can find a show similar to this only in
Vegas.

Artists include Selena, Lorie Hamal, Mandi Ilene, Della Morte, and Deeva...

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June 02, 2011
Garth Basil Dadso Wells, 71

Funeral services for Garth Basil "Dadso" Wells, 71 yrs., a resident of Albury Street and formelry of George Town, Exuma, who passed away on 27th May, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Farrington Road, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Martin Gomes, SS.CC.  Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Left to mourn his faithful and loving memories are:
His loving and devoted wife: Mary

SONS: Stephen, Terrance, Ricardo and Valentino Wells, and Jonathon Barry

DAUGHTERS: Dorothea Wells-Brown and Elaine Wells-Lightbourn

BROTHERS: Willis Hart, Dereck Wells, Sidney and Carlton Adderley

SISTERS: Jacquelyn Wells-Dean, Laura Smith, Elsie Moxey, Brenda Wells-Rolle and Brenda Wells-Martin

AUNT: Rowena Rolle

SON-IN-LAW: Rudolph Brown

DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Beroline, Kendra and Sharmaine Wells  

BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Clement, Simeon, Leander, Ephraim and Thomas Higgs

SISTERS-IN-LAW: Norma Pinder, Thaclia Higgs, Carmetta Saunders, Veronica Adderley and Philicia Roberts of Harbour Island, Daisy Dorsett and Daphne Adderley.

NIECES: Cheryl Strachan, Pamela Lowe, Tammy Butler, Jan Miller, Deidre Taylor, Darshelle Sands, Glenda Rolle, Brendalee Martin, Julie and Lisa Hart, Dereeka, Marsha and Cypriana Wells, Jonella and Kaylisa Adderley, Theresa Wells-Maclour and Charmaine Wells-Burrows, Laverne Bethel, Joy Armbrister, Karen Rowland, Tanya Thompson and Dominique Thompson.

NEPHEWS: Derell, Patrick, David, Jeffery and Wentworth Wells, George Wells, Jr., Tavyn Sands, Rodney Cruz and Creflo Adderley.

GRANDCHILDREN: Shandon Wells, Sr., Patrick, Brian, Stevette, Suzuette, Stevandrae, Joshua, Jonathon, Joel, Joshua, Jamel, Jermiah, Racquel, Shonell, Sheurell, Jahsiri, Tyler, and Theo Wells.  Crystal, Dominique, and Rachael Brown, Michael, Shane, and Marnarrey Lightbourn.

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Michael, Kristin, Ashley and Miley Cartwright, Shandon Wells, Jr., Brenay and Trinity Wells.
A host of other relatives and friends including Michael Cartwright, Tashel Wells, Shelia Murchision-Johnson, Antoinette Dean, Jeffery Adderley, Wellington Walkes, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Turnquest and Family, Pastor H.A. Roach and Family, Ena Thompson, Stephanie Delancey, Charlice Curry, Karal Roach, and Luther & Wendell Rolle, (EXUMA). The Doctors and Nurses of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Male Surgical Ward #2, The Food and Nutrition Department of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital, the entire Chippingham Community, and the Cricket Club Association.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.

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Gold Rush Launch of the Pineridge and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies
March 19, 2012
Gold Rush Launch of the Pineridge and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies

Remarks

By

Bradley B Roberts

National Chair Progressive Liberal Party

March 17th 2012

Gold Rush Launch of the Pineridge and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies

I am honoured to be here tonight to lend my strong support to Senator Dr
Michael Darville and Julian Bedell Russell, both men of proven ability and
exemplary leadership qualities.

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June 02, 2011
Benajamin Joseph Ferguson, 80

FUNERALl SERVICES for the late Benjamin Joseph Ferguson of Tropical Gardens/Golden Gates #1 and formerly of Brown, Crooked Island will be held on Saturday at New Bethany Baptist Church, Key West Street at 10 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper Jr., J.P. assisted by other ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum.
Mr. Ferguson was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 55 years Mrs. Merletha Eliza Ferguson and his eldest son Godfrey B. Ferguson and daughter Sharon Joy Ferguson.
Indelible memories are left on the hearts of his children: Winston and Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Nelson Ferguson, Joan Clarke, Yvonne Cooper, Beverly Ferguson and Rose Morrison; 4 sisters:  Vera Ferguson, Irene Ferguson, Estella Cox and Florence Lewis; 1 Brother: Laban Ferguson; 1 Son-in-law: Oswald Morrison; 2 Daughters-in-law: Althea and Janet Ferguson; 1 Brother-in-law: Nehemiah Moss of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; 3 sisters-in-law: Naomi Munnings, Elizabeth Adderley, Beulah McPhee, Tristina Ferguson,  Edna Ferguson, and Barbara Moss; 15 Grand-children: Raquel Kellman, Jerrett, Shakera and Ryan Clarke, Ashley (Red) Williams, Sasha Ferguson, Cherita Cooper, Jasmin, Jade, and Emerald Ferguson, Rashad Ferguson, Adam Miller, Chad Woodside, Tyler and Tarah-Rose Morrison; 6 Great-Grandchildren: Kevin Kellman, Jahvaughn Clarke, Devonte and Darren Clarke, Alia Pitt, and Sapphire Clarke; A host of other relatives and friends including: Reverend Franklyn and Sister Katie Clarke, Reverend Wendell Lewis, Minister Marion Sturrup, Lorraine Moss, Sharon Farringtion, New Bethany Baptist Church Family, The Men Fellowship, The Usher Board, Brother Major, Brother Jones, Elder Kendal Darling, Deacon Cornelius Cooper, Victor Cooper Sr. Dr. John Lunn & his staff, The staff of Oncology Princess Margaret Hospital, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Knowles, Mr. & Mrs. Fulton Bain, Mr. Hershel Collie, Reverend Randolph Beneby, Mrs. Heastie, Nathalie Bruno, Mr. Willie Dawkins, Mr. Altman Bonimy, Sisal Road, Golden Gates Family, Ms. Diggis and Ms Johnson & Royal Eagle Lodge #1 and a host of other relatives and friends.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Evergreen Mortuary, Mackey Street South on Thursday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; on Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time.

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March 29, 2012
Grand Bahama FNM candidate Peter Turnquest views IB student art exhibit at Lucaya International School

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Grand Bahama FNM Candidate Peter Turnquest, visited Lucaya International School to view the International Baccalaureate (IB) student Art exhibition for 2012.  The International Baccalaureate is a demanding and highly respected pre-college Diploma Programme. Students who choose to take the Art course must do a two year study which requires them to create a minimum of 12 pieces of studio work and a workbook reflecting a commitment to personal media experimentation, cultural and historical research, critical analysis and an ongoing investigation of a personal theme.
The students then host an exhibition, which acts as a concluding IB Art examination.  The six young ladies exhibiting this year showcased work in photography, print, modelling, paintings, origami and many other mediums.  The exhibition is open during school hours and "is a preface for the IB invigulaitor who is sent to examine the students work," said Julie Hoyle, LIS Art Teacher.
"I have to say I was genuinely impressed with the work," said Turnquest. "Each student took the time to explain the reason behind their choice of pieces and themes.  They were so confident in their explanations and the calibre of their work was of such a high standard, you forgot they were high school students."  The artists' work will stay on display for the remainder of the week as they prepare for the final examinations for the rest of the IB program.

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June 16, 2011
Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67

Funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67 of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street & Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:

Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and

Gloria Lawrena KnowlesAsset Information

Niece & Grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major

Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (& descendents of...

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March 28, 2012
Family man and crime fighter laid to rest

By JEFFARAH GIBSON

Tribune Features Writer

FORMER senior commissioner of police, the late Stanley Riddell Moir, is no longer around to carry on a family tradition known as the AMGU Awards, which stands for "a Moir never gives up", but his grandchildren intend to keep the tradition alive.

Mr Moir, who died at age 89, started the family award as a way to encourage his grandchildren to always persevere whenever they felt like giving up. Anytime they felt a feat could not be accomplished, he was always quick to remind them that "a Moir never gives up".

Building up a person, whether a family member or a stranger was just Mr Moir's nature. He loved to see people progress ...

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April 05, 2012
William John Pinder Jr., 53

Funeral Service for MR. William John Pinder Jr., age 53 years of Bailey Town, Bimini will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Bailey Town, Bimini. Officiating will be Father George K assisted by Deacon John Sears. Interment will follow in the Catholic Cemetery, Porgy Bay, Bimini.

Cherished memories are held by his father: William Pinder Sr.; daughter: Avarelle Pinder Williams;

adopted children: Jerry, Sophie, Shirvan, Shirlease, Shirvoughnte, Danielle and Danavier; son-in-law: Pastor Ronnell Williams; grandchildren: Ronnell Jr. and Hezekiah; brothers: Insley, Ellon, Elvin and Patrick Pinder; sisters: Jeanie and Lilly Pinder; aunts: Doris Walker, Esther Rolle; uncle: Malcolm Pinder; nieces: Julia Hanna, Shirlene Bain, Lindsay, Kaityre, Leann, Leronda, Jodyann, Elviann, Julyette, and Geomantha Rolle; nephews: Levell and Levon Rolle, Melvin, Kairo, Kadre, Julyen and, Antwon Pinder; grandnieces: Levonya Rolle; grandnephews: Brian Cargill, Levell Jr. Levondre and Leano Pinder; sisters-in-law: Birdie, Cyrene, Franka, and Ellen Pinder; godchild: Wayne Neely Jr.; godmother: Willamae Sawyer; numerous cousins: Austin and Gia, Lionel and family, Raymond, Franklyn and family, Kelsie Pinder and family, Laurice and Laurine Pinder and family, Cynthia and family, Ludell and family, Rosa, Stanley Stuart and family, Rose Stuart and family, Howard Stuart, Eunamae Smith and family, Stephanie and Juliette Dottin and family, Rex Grant and family, Terry Rolle and family, Sheila Rolle and family, David Rolle and family, Verlease Rolle, Ailene and Howard Wilson, Benjamin, Reverend Jeff and Peter Francis and family, Rodney Dottin and family, Darrell Dottin, Cardinal and Fabian Bain and family, Hillary Cargill and family; and a host of other relatives and friends including Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ellis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jones and family, Mr. and Mrs. Oriel Rolle and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Weech and family, Gregory and Stephen Baker and family, Emma Rolle and family, Pastor and Mrs. Edmund Ellis, Pastor and Mrs. Oriel Ellis and family, Ebbie David and family, Marionette Sands and family, Mae Rolle and family, Thurman Saunders, Wayne Neely Hon. Obie Wilchcombe M.P. for West End and Bimini, Corvell, Norine Francis and family, Karen David and family, Veronica Pritchard, Marionette Thompson Jerome, Winkie, Fabian, Matt and Walter Stuart and family, Anna and Stella, James Brown, Toya, Pastor Dave Ellis, Larry, Kendall, Chadwell, Rhoda Braynen, Shawna. Administrator Sherrick Ellis and family, Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe Sr. and family Karen Sherman, Shannon Bullard, Wayne Neely, Dion Moss, Thurman, Julie, Jason, Tassie Saunders, Kendall, Creswell, Anthony, Alethia Romer, Robbie Smith, Dianne Robins and family, Mae Rolle and family, Corvell, Montez, Joe Pinder, Billy Joe, Shereka Higgs, Noel McNeil, Orlando Sands, Joe Jones and family, Treco, Ossie, Gina, Ken, Quint, Toya, Richie Hepburn, Candy, Anthony Rolle, Altico Opato, Lachresha, Diane Robins and family, Jenkins Rolle and family, Doctor Simms, Edward Williams and family, Amanda Knowles and family, Roslyn Ritchie and family, Jerry Fisher and family, Holy Name Catholic Church Family and the entire community of Bimini especially Porgy Bay; Management and Staff and T.S.L Water Taxi Crew, Management and Staff at The Bimini Community Clinic and The Staff of The Rand Memorial Hospital.

Viewing will be held in the "Serenity Suite"at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Limited, #11-A Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church Hall, Bailey Town, Bimini on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until service time.

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June 16, 2011
Leona Elizabeth Boulding, 72

A funeral service for Leona Elizabeth Boulding, 72, a resident of San Sousi and formelry of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, who passed away on 3rd, June, 2011, will be held at Grace Community Church, Palmetto Village, Marathon, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Sr. Pastor Lyall Bethel, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are:
2 sons: Ricardo and Wayde Stubbs
4 adopted children: Crystal McKenzie, Keith Parker, Hencely McKinney, Anthony Bosfield.
1 daughter-in-law: Akera Stubbs
4 sisters: Louise Taylor, Caroline Morrison, Evangeline Sweeting and Sylvia Sweeting
3 brothers: Evangelist George Sweeting, Rev. Cordell Delancy and James Anthony Sweeting
3 sisters-in-law: Worth Sweeting, Violet Delancy and Donna Sweeting.
16 Grandchildren: Tiffany(Hartley), Terrell(Lanette), Demetria (Arlington), Racquel, Wayde Jr. (Kara), Shervin, Kedrick, Riccarra, Jayde(Jamal), Shervon, Rickia, Reo, Ricky, Wray, Alliyah and Kierro.
10 Great grandchildren: Timothy, Takitra, Joshua, Hartley, Danika, Jayla, Travon, Jacquel, Allisah and Kedra.
A host of other nieces, nephew and other relative including her special friends:
Jenny and Jaden, Patricia Saunders and family, Eloise Sands, Eloise Thompson, Verly Poitier, Gilbert and Maise Smith, Marina Young, Rodney and Lizzie Smith, Sylvia and Thomas Bastian, Audley Williams, Henry Innis, Hencil Newbold, Beryl Blair, Georgina McKenzie, Marge Deveaux, Ann Knowles, Dianne Bullard, Hectoria Sherman, Pastor Lyall Bethel and the Grace Community Church Family, Pat's Cafeteria and Christian Day Care Centre and Preschool Family and a special thanks to Princess Margaret Hospital Dialysis Unit Staff and Female Surgical 2 staff.
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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June 16, 2011
Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67

A funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67, a resident of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street and Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:
Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and Gloria Lawrena Knowles
Niece and grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major
Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (and descendents of the late Clayton Wilson); Marie, Edward, Sidney (the Whymns); Sandra, Norma, Andrea, Linda, Dudley, Gerald (the Sawyers); Roslyn, Sybil, Paula, Kaye, Eugene (the Tootes); Neville, Arthur, Andrew, Robert, Shirley, Dame Joan (the Sawyers); Coral Lightbourne, Geraldine Ferguson, Lillian Saunders, Priscilla Forbes, Muriel Ferguson, Dorothy Marshall, Eleston and Richard McPhee.
Other relatives: descendents of Rev. Maurice Mallory, including Yvonne Abouziede, Helena Robinson, Alfred Mallory and their children
Special friends: Heslyn Fernander, Berthamae Ferguson, Clover Pratt, Pastor and Members of East St. Church esp. Ladies Prayer Band, The Convention Choir, The National body of the Church of God, Sister Cecilia and patrons of St. Joseph Day Care Centre, Nurse Zel Lockhart, Nurse Doreen Fernander, Patricia Sands and Mrs. Ethlyn Deleveaux
God-children: Yvette Campbell-Morris and James Pinder, Jr.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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June 16, 2011
Olga Naomi Rigby, 90

A funeral service for Olga Naomi Rigby, 90 yrs., a resident of Howard Street, Chippingham and formerly of Clarence Town, Long Island, who passed away on 7th June, 2011, will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Clarence Town, Long Island, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles. Interment follows in church's cemetery.
Left to cherish her loving memory with hope in their hearts are: eight children and their spouses: Evangelist Lolamae Rolle (Rev. Victor Rolle), Elder Reginald Rigby (Rev. Louise), Euterpie Rigby, Janet Lightboum (Richard), John Rigby (Karen), Anthony Rigby (Sophie), Baldwin Rigby Sr., Alana (Jeanice) Smith (Neville). Twenty-seven grandchildren and their spouses: Wendell Rigby Jr.(Liilian), Antoinette Armstrong (Garfield) Alan Rigby (Heidi), Sonia Dean (Clete), Theus Rolle-Fountain, Bacchus Rolle (Kimberley), Dulcie Rigby-Smith (Patrick), Dr. Reginald Neymour (Carol), Derel Thompson (Keith), D'Andra Rigby, Prisca Pulz (Oliver), Delvin Rigby, Vonetta Johnson, Raynard Edgecombe, Jonnell, Jonneice and M'Kyle Rigby, Anthony Jr., Alexis and Anton Rigby, Samantha, Candice and Baldwin Rigby Jr., Keno Smith (Kikiya), PC 3472 Theo, Blair and Sophie Smith, 30 Great-grandchildren, two Great-great-grandchildren; Brother: George Rahming of Georgia; Daughter-in-Law: Nancy Rigby; Brother-in-Law: Vincent Gibson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sister-in-Law: Emmaline Wallace of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including Wilbur Major (Brenda) of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Lois Bethel (Charles), Eloise Moncur, Edna Dean (David) of Opalocka, Fla., Alma Ferguson (Henry), Lutricia Jackson, Thais, Linwood and Lohman Rahming of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Lillith Womack (Albert), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dolly, Beverley and Janice Gibson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sheila Musgrove (Robert) and a host of other relatives and friends including but not limited to: Patrick and Lorna Lightbourn, Deborah Major, Christine Anderson, Keith and Wendy Major, Marietta Major, Beryl Adams, Admiral and Dolores Ferguson, Nancy Arangil, Ruth Minnis, Reginald and Annie Minnis, Mr. & Mrs. Ancil Pratt, Mrs. Brenda Hart, Barbara Albury, Jestina McGregor of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Carlos and Sarah Milander, the Minnis, Major, Taylor, Bowe families of Clarence Town, Long Island, the entire staff of Main Operating Theatre, Princess Margaret Hospital, Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles and Mrs. Knowles, Canon Harry Ward and Mrs. Ward, Rev. Michael Gittens, Archdeacon 1. Ranfurly Brown, Canon Curtis Robinson and Mrs. Robinson, Rev. Samuel Sturrup, Rev. Sebastian Campbell, Rev. Peter Scott, Rev. Ernest Pratt, Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Bishop Ros Davis and Rev. Althea Davis and the Golden Gates Outreach Ministries family, Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church family, St. Joseph's Day Care Centre, Bahamas Association of Ministers' Wives & Ministers' Widows, Noreen Major and Visitation Team of St. George's Anglican Church, the Parish of St. Paul's and the entire community of Clarence Town, Long Island.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, and on Friday at the Church in Long Island from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.

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June 20, 2011
Young mother fatally shot

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - A 24-year-old mother has become Grand Bahama's fifth homicide victim for 2011.
The woman sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head on Saturday night while in the Royal Bahamia Estates area.
According to police, they received a call around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, notifying them that a female had been shot.
Uniformed and plain clothes officers responded and they learned the woman had taken a bullet to the head, and she was transported by ambulance to the Accident and Emergency section of the Rand Memorial Hospital to receive treatment.
The victim, who is a resident of Eight Mile Rock, succumbed to her injuries a short time later, mere minutes before 11:00 p.m, police said.
Police said that the motive for the fatal shooting is unknown at this time. They are calling for the help of the Grand Bahama community to assist in solving this crime, and are urging anyone with information that could assist their investigation to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911.
Detectives from the Central Detective Unit, Scenes of Crime Unit and uniformed divisions are conducting an intense investigation into the shooting, according to police.
Police are also urging the public to come forth with any information they may have on the homicides of 31-year-old Kiano Javier Martinborough and 29-year-old Sonny Anafolis, the third and fourth homicide victims for the year.
Both were shot in the Garden Villas area.
Martinborough was shot in the head on Sunday, May 8, 2011 sometime after 11:00 p.m.
When police arrived on Adventurer's Way after being notified about the shooting, officers came across Martinborough, who was lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
He was pronounced dead shortly after being transported by ambulance to the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Anafolis, who was shot in the back of the neck on Monday, May 16, became paralyzed from his injuries and remained in critical condition until he died on Friday, May 27 at the Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence.
Sources told The Freeport News that the deaths of Martinborough and Anafolis were connected, alleging that Anafolis was the intended victim the night Martinborough was killed.
The first homicide for the year occurred when 24-year-old Tamaro Johnson was stabbed on Sunday, March 8, outside of Club Rock N' Roll in the International Bazaar.
Johnson, who had received multiple stab wounds to the body, succumbed to his injuries the next day at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan McKenzie and 18-year-old Darieo Demetrius Smith were charged with his murder.
Both will return to court on July 13, 2011 for a preliminary inquiry.
Forty-two-year-old Patrick Russell of Lewis Yard was killed on Monday, March 7, becoming the island's second homicide.
Russell had been sitting in his vehicle through an unpaved road between Weddell Avenue and Bruce Avenue when another vehicle approached and the occupants opened fire on him.
He sustained multiple gunshots wound about the body and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Twenty-eight-year-old Leonard Louis Barnett was charged with his murder.

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November 29, 2012
Bahamian Art Exhibition Opens in New York City

The Bahamian American Cultural Society, Inc. (BACS) reports that it successfully opened a Bahamian Art Exhibition in New York City at the Art Gallery in the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. New York State Office Building in Harlem the first such undertaking in New York, the global mecca of diverse and multi-culturalism.

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September 12, 2011
Evamae Stubbs-Gordon, 62

Nurse Evamae Stubbs-Gordon, 62, of #1897 Spice Street, Pinewood Gardens and formerly of Dumfries Cat Island will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10am at Remnant Tabernacle of Praise, Carmichael and Golden Isles Roads. Rev. Dr. Kendal C. Stubbs, assisted by Ministers Edmund Stubbs and Wendell Pratt will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Roads.
The Radiance of this “Diamond of A Gem” will always glow in the hearts of her:
Mother: Maryanna Hepburn-Stubbs;
One Adopted Son: Police Constable 3068 Errol Meadows Jr.;
One Adopted Granddaughter: Erin Olivia Meadows;

Six Brothers: Joe S ...

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September 08, 2011
Edward Samuel Neilly-Whyms, 55

Funeral Service for the Late Edward Samuel Neilly-Whyms, 55 years of Hunters, Grand Bahama and formerly of Nassau will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Baptist Bible Church, Old Trail & Soldier Roads. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Howard Mills assisted by Min. Llewel Gardiner Sr. Cremation will follow.

 
Left to cherish his memories are Son: Demetrius Edward Major; Daughter-in-law: Eugenia L. Major; Brother: Newell Neilly; Sisters: Lillian Hutchinson, Thelma Hudson, Barbara Best, Marie Whyms-Cash and Floricka Davis; Nieces: Lisa Butler, Leslie Ellis-Tynes, Lynette Rolle, Tiffany McCray, Melantha Cash, Mauriska Munroe, Sophia Whyms-Saunders, Dawn Adams,  Della Leahy,  Heidi Collins, Zina Smith and Sidneisha Whyms; Nephews: Captain Sidney Maxwell Whyms, Maurico Cash, Terrell Hudson, Hector Travis Smith, Daniel Best, Michael Cates and Newell Neilly Jr.; Brothers-in-law: Basil Ellis-Tynes, Oliver Hutchinson, Prince Davis and Maurice Cash; Sisters-in-law: Valencia Neilly and Donna Marie Whyms.

Numerous relatives and friends including: All Descendants of Nathaniel Hezekiah Richardson & Louisa neé Hall Richardson family, Macella Malory and family, Eloise Whyms and family, Paula Reckley and Family, Don Phillippe and Family, The Nicholls family, The Whyms family, The Neilly Family, The Butler family, The Hutchinson Family, The Noronha family,   Samuel Taylor and family, Ismae Ferguson, Craig Laing, The Management and Staff of G.B Maintenance (Freeport, Grand Bahama) including Richard and Monica Bates, Ossie, Hebbie, Willie and Kenton. The Family of the late Clarinda Sands-Major including Sharon Kelly and Family, Marie Mcphee, Sarah Ann Major-Obsaint, Betty Tinker and Family, Vincent Sands, Jerome Sands, Renee Ferguson, Monique Pople, and Bernice Lewis-Cornish. Also The Greater Works From Within Ministries International family (Hunters, Grand Bahama), also the Communities of Hunters, Lewis Yard and Pinders Point Grand Bahama, and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention. Special thanks to: Queen's College Faculty and Staff, the Doctors, Nurses and staff of Male Medical II Princess Margaret Hospital, as well as The Medi Center's Dr. Nicolas Fox.
 
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to:
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas
P.O. Box SS 6539

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December 22, 2010
BPF to honor past athletes

In a move which Bahamas Powerlifting Federation (BPF) President Rex Burnside is terming as long overdue, two former pacesetters in the sport here in The Bahamas will be the first persons to be inducted into its Hall of Fame. That first class of inductees will include former national champions Tony Mortimer and Della Thomas.
Mortimer set the national record in the squat at the initial national championships in 1981, 430 pounds, and according to Burnside, Thomas, who later ventured into bodybuilding, was the first female in the country to really get involved in sport of powerlifting. She also competed at those 1981 championships, and continued competing for another three to four years before switching t ...

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Eldridge Anthony Burrows, 62
December 21, 2010
Eldridge Anthony Burrows, 62

Eldridge Anthony Burrows, 62, of Hepburn Town, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama died at his residence on Saturday, December 18.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years: Enadell Burrows; mother: Isadora Burrows; three daughters: Shona Burrows, Kim Musgrove and Anitha Bartlett; six sons: Brian, Stephen, Fabian and Jerome Burrows, Dwayne Hanna and Jerome Rolle; 30 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, 8 sisters, 3 aunts, 2 uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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WingsWorth Roberts, 69
November 08, 2010
WingsWorth Roberts, 69

WingsWorth Roberts, 69, affectionately called " Robbie", of Nassau Village and formerly of Harbour Island Eleuthera, Bahamas died at Doctor's Hospital on Wednesday November 3rd 2010.

He is survived by his wife: Susan C. Roberts; sons: Quinton Roberts, Loren Roberts, Wingsworth Roberts Jr., daughters: Deborah Stubbs, Judith McDonald, Portia Roberts, Marie Roberts, Celesta Forbes, Camille Roberts sister: Violet Barton brothers: Evang. Tom Roberts, Cordell Roberts numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.

Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.

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December 04, 2012
Elnet Maritime spreads holiday cheer

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- For the second consecutive year, Elnet Maritime Agency hosted the children of the Grand Bahama Children's Home to a post-Thanksgiving feast and fun-filled day.
Their mission was to share God's love with the less fortunate during this holiday season.
"It was a time for sharing and fun where we had the opportunity to show God's love. We prayed with the children, sang songs and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast," said Janet Mills-Shepherd, Vice-president of Human Resources for Elnet Maritime.
Pastor Audley Swain of Grace Bible Fellowship was there to share an important message to the children. After their meal they enjoyed bouncing castles, slides, music, popcorn and cotton candy. Elnet also provided every child with a t-shirt and colouring book.
"Our CEO, Mr. Ellie Hepburn, came up with this incredible idea and our Elnet team worked together to execute this special event," said Mrs. Mills-Shepherd.  "Special thanks to Tabitha Bowe, Tanya Hall, Shandell Johnson and Patricia Rolle who all played a special role. It was a rewarding day for us all."  

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February 15, 2014
Murder convicts still await valid sentence

Three murder convicts whose death sentences were invalidated by a 2006 Privy Council decision that declared the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional appeared before a Supreme Court judge yesterday.
Labra Green, Philip White and Garnet Roberts will return before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs on May 30 for re-sentencing. All of the convicts asked Isaacs to appoint counsel for them.
Green was sentenced to death for the March 28, 1989 murder of Wilton Hilton Stubbs at Sandy Point, Abaco.
White, whose nickname is "Fee", was sentenced to death for the murder of Wayne Wilson, a tourist, on March 21, 1989, at New Providence.
Roberts was condemned to hang for the January 16, 1989 murders of Desiree Watkins, Larry Watkins, and Blondell Watkins at Freeport, Grand Bahama.
At the sentencing hearing, Isaacs will consider the circumstances of the crimes and the progress the convicts made while in custody to consider if they are qualified for re-entry into society.
Larry Raymond Jones was the first person to be released from prison in 2007 as a result of the change in the law.
Other murder convicts who were resentenced and have since been freed are Anthony Neely; Arnold Heastie; Nekita Hamilton; Stafford Clarke; Jeremiah Poitier; Michelle Woodside; Quincy Todd; Patrick Jervis; Garnet Jones; Barry Roberts; Jeronimo Bowleg; Clive Schroeter and James Dean.
Other murder convicts have received fixed prison terms and life terms on resentencing.

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January 31, 2014
Fernander chased his attackers, court hears

A wounded policeman chased his assailants after he was shot, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
Maurice Armbrister and Excel Josey are on trial for the April 10, 2013 attempted murder of Superintendent Clayton Fernander during a failed bid to rob him of his gold chain outside his home in Fairview Heights.
They have denied the allegations at their trial before Justice Carolita Bethell.
Fernander's neighbor, Kelson Roberts, testified that he saw a white four-door Acura speed past shortly before Fernander pulled his red Ford Explorer into his driveway shortly after 9 p.m.
Roberts said he was at his landlord's door when he heard a scream followed by a single gunshot.
That's when Roberts said he saw Fernander running behind the Acura that he had seen previously. Roberts said he noticed Fernander was holding his hand when he came back and went inside his home.
Jamal Taylor, whose parents are Roberts' landlords, said he was upstairs getting the key to open the door for Roberts when he heard two gunshots.
Taylor said he looked through the window and saw two men running away.
They were dressed in dark clothing and had cloths covering their faces, he said. Taylor said the men were slim and about 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
Taylor said there was a surveillance system at his home and police retrieved the system's DVR.
Also testifying was crime scene officer Sergeant Gardell Rolle, who documented the scene with his digital camera.
Among the items that Rolle documented were suspected bloodstains on the driveway; the shattered rear windshield of a white Toyota Rav-4 in Fernander's driveway; latent prints on the two vehicles in Fernander's driveway; a gold chain and damaged gold ring in the driveway.
The case continues on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Wayne Munroe represents Armbrister and Romona Farquharson-Seymour represents Josey.
Neil Brathwaite, the assistant director of public prosecutions, and Kristin Stubbs appear for the Crown.

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April 01, 2014
Man convicted of 5 armed robbery

A man arrested moments after a $5 armed robbery has been convicted.
A jury unanimously convicted Balmont Thompson of the 2012 hold-up after deliberating just over two hours.
According to the evidence, Thompson and two other men accosted three women as they were leaving the One Family Junkanoo Practice on Market Street.
Thompson took a Dooney and Bourke purse that contained $5 from one of the women, whom he had dashed to the ground.
The woman later saw Thompson walking with her purse. According to the evidence, the woman clipped Thompson with her car and he fired two shots, which struck the car's bumper.
Officers on patrol in the area heard the gunshots and arrested Thompson a short time later in Hospital Lane.
Thompson denied the allegations at his trial.
Justice Carolita Bethell will sentence him on May 29 at 2 p.m.
Anthony Delaney, Anishka Hanchell and Cordell Frazier prosecuted.
Gregory Hilton appeared for Thompson.

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September 15, 2011
Inez Louise Boyd Carey, 76

Funeral service for retired nurse Inez Louise Boyd Carey, 76, a resident of Rupert Dean Lane will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18th, 2011 at The Apostle Of The End Time Church, West and Ferguson Street. Officiating will be Apostle Carlos Wallace, assisted by other Ministers. Interment will be made in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish his memories her husband: Bruce Carey; seven children: Reginald Hanna, Paige Boyd, Vaughn, Wayne, Cordell Carey, Nina McBride and Sheena Cooper; four adopted daughters: Betty Bostwick, Janet Fynes, Glorian Lightbourne and Shelly Shepard; one sister: BerthaMae Bowleg; three brothers-in-law: Solomon Bowleg, Jack ...

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Julienne Bastian, 75
December 16, 2010
Julienne Bastian, 75

Funeral Service for Julienne Bastian, 75, of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 10:00 am at Central Zion Church, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Rev. Elvis Burrows. Interment follows in the Harbour West Public Cemetery.

Left to cherish her memories are her five sons: Cecil and Audley Similien, Lemonte Louis, Jorel Saltine and Sonny Bastian; five daughters: Julie and Sonia Bastian, Madella Noel and Nancy Louis; two stepsons: Elvardo Russell, Dexter Davis; two stepdaughters: Takasa Smith and St. Helen Similien; 39 grandchildren: Sonny Louis, Andy Louis, Nadacate Outten, Linksacom, Neahkim, Julinkscia Walkins, Joel, Tanisha Noel, Cecil Simi ...

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October 27, 2011
Audrey Laverne Pintard-Lockhart, 78

Mrs. Audrey Laverne Pintard-Lockhart age 78 years of Soldier Road East and formerly of Duncan Town, Ragged Island will be help on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10am at Abundant Life Bible Chapel, Abundant Life Road. Co-Senior Pastor Cranston Knowles, Senior Pastor Emeritus Ed Allen, assisted by Pastors O'Neil Russell and Algy Malcolm will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road. 
The Radiance of this "Diamond of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of her:
Daughters: Janet Nixon, Roslyn Lockhart, Anna Hall, Lydia Jones and Dorothy Horton;
Sons: Royaural Simeon, David, Philip, Elroy Lockhart and Austin Weekes;
Grandchildren: Leterah and Jonathan Munnings, Shanette, Treniqua and Cherise Nixon, Audra Campbell, Crystal and Crista Strachan, Leroy Jones Jr., Royaural, Anson, Royann, Phillippa, Philip Jr, Deangelo, Ramon, Clement, Mark, Philip II , Jack Mark and Elroy Jr.;
Sons-in-law: Olrice Nixon and Leroy Jones;
Daughters-in-law: Pretina, Camille and Cleo Lockhart;
Aunt: Estella Wallace (Deerfield, Florida);
Brothers: Atwell, Edison, Osborne, George and Senator Hon. Michael Pintard;
Sisters: Tezel Butler, Maizie Poitier, Stephanie Rolle, Marcia Munroe and Rosemary Bowe;
Sisters-in-law: Veronica, Florinda, Ena, Margaret, Eleanor and Berlice Pintard, Violet Pintard-Johnson, Barbara McKinney, Yvonne Miller, Maudline Maycock, Ethylee Lockhart;
Brothers-in-law: Osborne Lockhart, Neville McPhee, Christopher Wallace, Herman Munroe, Hughdon Bowe, Emerson Rolle;
Numerous Nieces and Nephews including: Prieta, Mispah, Anatol, Cleo, Cyd, Sophia, John, Luther, Henry, Wendy, Wendell, Carlos, Celestine, Anita, Michael, Bernadette, Michelle, Walter, Keith, Yvette, Valeria, Melanie, Cindy, John, Nicole, Sebastian, Marchanille, Tanya, Hughdon Jr., Timcey, Tanya, Samuel, Laurinell, Kharis, Ahmal, Kieron, Marion, Perry, Patrick, Nelson, Jennimae, Collingwood, Paulette, Rosemary, Roy, Donna, Keith, Renea, Patrice, Paulette, Rochelle, Osbourne Jr., Dereck, Linda, Jasmine, Ruthann, Sheena, Elkenny, William, Ellery, Freeman, Deborah, Andrew, Samuel, Enid, Glen, Jeleta, Hosanna, Scott, Donna, Kevin, Dwayne, Nelson, Daniel, Emmit, Oraline, Vernita, Reba, Juanita, Oscar, Joseph, Angela, Cyprianna, Orion, Lemuel, Geleta, Constance, Cephas Jr., Christine, Stephanie, Patrice, Etienne, Norma, Lisa and Ethel;
Other loving family and friends including: Carl and Joycelyn Bastian, Mr. and Mrs. Zacharias Dorsett, Dr. Rickey Davis, Sister Kim Davis, Nurse Melonie Hall, Gina Carter, Sis. Patsy Knowles, Ruthie Newbold, Kaylus Horton, Christine King, Delores Rolle, Maxine Kelly-Edgecombe, Clothilda Ferguson, Mrs. Elva Moxey, Mrs. Cynthia Briggs, Demison Nesbitt, Patrick, Jerry Maycock, Mary Jane Moxey, Lavern Maycock, Nezera, Muriel, Moiah and Deborah Wilson, Maurice Wallace, Cyril and Claudine Joffre, Yvonne Munroe, Christopher and Frances Wallace, Edwin Wallace, Roselda Morley, Lovely Armbrister, Mizpah Tertullien, Melberth Charlton, Isadora Bastian, Ellen Poitier, Ignatius Wallace and their Families, The Wallace, Lockhart, Munroe, Armbrister, Bridgewater, Curling, Maycock and McPhee Family, The Soldier Road C0mmunity, The Ragged Island Community, The Abundant Life Church Family;
Special Thanks to: The Sons and Daughters of Zion Prayer Group, Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church Family, All Saints Anglican Church Family and Kiwanis Clubs in The Bahamas especially Fort Montagu Club, Office of the Attorney General, The Gaming Board and L. W. Junior High School.
 
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road of Friday, October 28, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm and at Abundant Life Bible Chapel, Abundant Life Road on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9am to service time.

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November 05, 2010
Eight charged over court riot

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Staff Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

EIGHT people appeared in court yesterday in connection with the violent clashes that took place near the Bank Lane court earlier this week.

Jonice Adderley, 25, Lynaire Bethel, 18, Fabian Rolle, 24, Derrick Adderley, 24, Lyndell Bethel, 18, Clinton Charles, 27, Jarvis Burrows, 29, and Clinton Kemp appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane.

They were before the bench to answer charges stemming from an altercation that occurred near the Central Police Station on Wednesday afternoon, minutes after the arraignment of Javan Colebrooke, 30, who is charged with the murder of 20-year-old L ...

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December 31, 2013
VAT 'alternatives' may not be ready until April

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) model pointed to by the government which justifies the implementation of value-added tax (VAT) is "historical and not forward looking", according to Robert Myers, co-chair of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation.
Myers said it is not yet clear if the coalition can use the model to test its own alternative tax proposals or will have to create its own economic model before presenting its "VAT alternatives" to the government.
"We need it to be a forecasting model, not a historical model," said Myers.
It will not be until the end of January, after a series of seminars on how to use the model, that the coalition will be given access to the model to see if it can utilize it to test the viability of other possible alternatives to VAT.
If it cannot, a new model will have to be created from scratch, which could take "between eight to 10 weeks," suggested Myers.
If this timeline is accurate, this would mean final proposals might not be forthcoming from the coalition on realistic VAT alternatives until around the end of March, or the beginning of April 2014.
The government is currently moving ahead with plans to implement VAT on July 1, 2014. It has made it known that it is forging ahead with the purchasing of software and hiring of staff to advance the implementation of the new tax regime.
Based on consultations with its membership, which includes more than 20 major industry associations in The Bahamas representing some 700 businesses and 60,000 employees, the coalition has put together a slew of potential alternatives to VAT, which it is concerned could derail economic activity, negatively impacting many businesses and consumers even as it might raise additional revenue for the government.
But Myers has been careful to state that none of the proposed alternatives should be considered "final" until the coalition has had a chance to do what it is calling for the government to do - undertake comprehensive forecasting of the effects of these tax proposals and other economic/fiscal reforms on overall economic growth, debt levels, consumer demand and more.
He and the coalition had hoped that when the government released its economic model it would not only get more answers about this impact, but also be able to use the model to enter its own data and investigate the potential for other alternatives to VAT to present to the government.
Earlier this month the government released the IDB study which it said shows that the introduction of VAT on July 1, 2014 would have "positive economic and fiscal benefits".
The model was described as a "highly technical research, fully calibrated to the local circumstances and based on a complete representation of the Bahamian economy".
Members of the coalition, along with staff from The College of The Bahamas, the central bank, the Department of Statistics and the Ministry of Finance attended a teleconference with the author of the IDB model earlier this month.
Myers said the model appears to be "VAT-centric" but the coalition will "try to work with it".
"We'll work with them and then we'll continue to try to manipulate their model," he said. "They've said they'd allow us to use it, we'll take that on face value and hope we can start to manipulate that and start working on those scenarios."
He added that he is concerned that the present model "takes the numbers which have been produced historically and applies the VAT rate to see what would have happened" and may not be as "forward-looking" or take into consideration as many variables as the coalition would like.
"It doesn't take into consideration any market sentiment, perceived change in unemployment numbers or any of these other things that can affect the outcome," he said.
"There's nothing wrong with that but that's not what we've been told is the most suitable method. We want dynamic economic modelling; you've got to take into consideration market sentiment and economic conditions. We are looking to see what VAT will do in the future, not what it would have done in the past and that involves a lot more work."
He added that the coalition will soon send a list of data it needs to complete its simulations to the government, in the hope it will supply them with the information.
Former National Insurance Board actuary, Derek Osborne, economics director for the coalition, who attended the IDB teleconference on the model, told Guardian Business: "It's a general equilibrium model demonstrating what the economy would look like and government debt if VAT had been in place in the last 10 years."
He said the coalition is still "waiting to see" the model in its entirety, and until then it is "hard to say" at this point if the grouping will need to create its own model or will be able to use the IDB model for its purposes.
Osborne, along with other economists yet to be identified by the coalition, are expected to undertake much of its "number crunching" ahead of the final submission of VAT "alternatives" to the government.
He said he agrees the government must collect more revenue, but he is not reassured that VAT is the best alternative.
The government has been meeting with representatives of the coalition over the past six weeks.
The coalition is seeking a commitment from the government that it would consider a postponement to the implementation of VAT in order to allow it more time to prepare and consider alternatives.
The government has given no commitment to alter its plans to implement VAT on July 1, 2014 to date, but the prime minister has indicated that the date is not set in stone.

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December 12, 2010
Sports In Brief

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THE College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs, the Four J's Cheetahs and Boomer G Lady Angels all prevailed Saturday night when the New Providence Women's Basketball Association played a triple header at the D W Davis Gymnasium.

Caribs 70, All-Stars 48

Natiska Silver scored a game high 16 points with 19 rebounds and three steals, while Shadell Williams scored 13 points with seven rebounds, four steals and two assists as the College of the Bahamas routed the Sentinel Juniors.

Markira Gibson scored nine points with seven rebounds and Myracle Davis added eight points with three rebounds, three steals and two assists in a losing effort.

Cheetahs 79, Queen's 51

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