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Men's Softball Team Set For Colombia
Men's Softball Team Set For Colombia

A 15-member team leaves the country tomorrow, looking to make history for The Bahamas.

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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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Eldrige Anthony Burrows, 62
Eldrige Anthony Burrows, 62

A funeral service for Eldrige Anthony Burrows, 62, of Hepburn Town, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 1, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Comet Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Brother George Fox. Interment will follow in the Harbour West Public Cemetery, Bartlett Hill, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 40 years: Enadell Burrows; mother: Isadora Burrows, daughters: Shona Burrows, Kim Musgrove, Anthia Bartlett and Paula-mae Brooks; sons: Brian, Stephen, Fabian and Jerome Burrows, Dwayne Hanna and Jerome Rolle; grandchildren: Brianika Saunders, Brianne, Briquel, Kelley, Stephen, Eltonique, Sha ...

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Bahamian models and singer booked for Brooklyn Fashion Week in New York

Nassau, Bahamas -
Another year has brought about great opportunities for the Supermodel
and Super Talent of the Bahamas organization. Three young aspiring
local models and vocal talent are booked to be presenters of fashion
during Brooklyn Fashion Week (BKFW) in New York, from March 29th to
April 1st, 2012.

2009 Supermodel of the Bahamas,

Garrecka Johnson; Top Model,

Anwar Mackey; and 2011 Super Talent of the Bahamas winner,

Shawndell Gardener; all of who...

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Gold Rush Launch of the Pineridge and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies
Gold Rush Launch of the Pineridge and Central Grand Bahama Constituencies



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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Miss Grand Bahama holds Evening Gown and Swimsuit Competition

Freeport, Grand Bahama
Island  -  It was a night of dazzle and sizzle  as the Miss Grand
Bahama Beauty contestants lined up on the runway at the Treasure Bay
Casino to compete in the Evening gown and Swimsuit segment of the Miss
Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant competition to a packed room full of
family, friends and enthusiastic supporters. Emceeing the night's event
was Kerel Pinder, Miss Grand Bahama 2008  who looked as stunning as
ever in her glitzy mini dress.

To kick off the evening festivities, the nine contestants took to the
catwalk, showing off their evening gowns, as they modelled with grace
and ease!  The winner of the Evening Gown competition will be announced
next Sunday at the upcoming Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant!

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Eric KOJAK Donald Wright, 50

Funeral service for Mr. Eric "KOJAK" Donald Wright age 50 yrs. of  Baillou Hill Road South, will be held at  St. Anne's Catholic Church on Saturday august 27th at 10 am. Officiating will be Fr. Delano Archer and internment will follow in the Church's Cemetery
Left to treasure the fond memories of a fun loving and free spirited individual are his Children: Eric Jr., Erycka, Rick and Enrico.  Grandchildren: Samieh Wright and Deron C. Musgrove.  Brothers: Michael, Ivan, Frederick, Basil Roger and Thomas Wright.  Sisters, Melvise Wright, Mavis Forbes, Patsy Cleare and Carriemae Knowles.  In-laws: Nelson Forbes, Nicholas Knowles, Pysche and Alcia Wright.  Aunts:  Louise Moss, Iva Roxbury, Viola and Faith Roxbury.  Uncles: Reuben and Gerald Roxbury.
Nieces and Nephews: Charlton and Thomasina Strachan, Steven and Diama Forbes, Wayde and Tessa Johnson, Metellus, Honaisa, Latisha, Michael Jr., Anne, Renaldo, Rekem, Znovia, Rodesia, Roger, Cleandra, Nathiel, Theo, Travis, Richard and Candris Outten, Indeira, Roquel, Shaquira, Samantha, Shanara, Akia, Akva, Akayla, Nyckara and Nicholas. Grand Nieces and Nephews: Cairon, Arrieon, Taeden, Shacario, Charlsina, Charlton, Charlcearria, Seneka, Eucal Jr., Danelle, Denard, Denae, De'Arj, Dameir, Robert Jr, D'ashanay, Benjamin and Joshua.  A host of other relatives and friends including: Paulette, Dave, Cynthia, Jenzie, Melvern, Priscilla, Freddie  Del, Georgina, Jewel, Carlton, Newton Jr, Dellareese Edgecombe, Bernadette Gibson, Katherine Lloyd, Monique Beatrice, Neko, Karen, Amanda, Angela, Deborah, Orlander, Edward,  Clara, Cynthia, Audley,  Brenda Valantine Maura, Cyril Baker , Dion Seymour, Abraham Fernander, Anthony Johnson, Toussaint Taylor, Jamal Livingston and Corey Bullard.
Friends may pay their respect at Demeritte's Funeral home on Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday at the church from 9 am until service time.

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Carrie Corrine Williamson Taylor, 71

Funeral service for Reverend Carrie Corrine Williamson Taylor, 71, a resident of Mutton Fish Drive & Sisal Street & formerly of Pinefield, Acklins who died on 18th March, 2012, will be held at Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church, Marshall Road, on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop Trevor Williamson & Rev. Dr. Stanley G. Ferguson. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are: Son: Meckel Taylor Jr.; Daughters: Victoria, Evelyn and Dellarese Taylor, Lenette Taylor-Foster of Miami Florida. Grandchildren: 3174 Sterling Jr. and 2860 Lashanda Francis of Grand Bahama, Travis, Delmar, Meckel III, Leshante, Imani, Shanna and Maddix Taylor, ...

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Where are businesses in Caribbean business

The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with the exception of Guyana and Suriname, are each experiencing severe decline in their economies. The small Leeward and Windward Islands are worst affected, and so too is Barbados.

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Vienna Anderson Whymns Shorty, 51

Funeral Service for the late Vienna Anderson Whymns “Shorty”, 51, of Bonaby Alley, Kemp Road will be held on Saturday 12th November, 2011 at 1:00pm at Kemp Road Union Baptist Church, Kemp Road. Officiating will be Pastor Ivan Butler Jr. assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her daughters: Dellarese Ellis, Denise Ellis, Marissa Major; sons: Keno Ellis Whymns, Wellington Musgrove Whymns, Jamal Williams Sr.; sisters: Sandra Curtis, Malissa Whymns, Mavis Bain, Magaret Richie; brother: Deacon Edwin Anderson from Benamon Town, Eleuthera; 1 uncle: Lawrence Thurston; 1 aunt: Dorma ...

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NEMA conducts phase II of water rescue training in Andros

NICHOLL'S TOWN, Andros -- The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted Phase II of its Water Rescue Training Exercise on the island, in collaboration with the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), held April 28 to May 1, 2014.
Andros was the second island to receive the training, which took place in the settlement of Nicholl's Town at the Nicholl's Town Gospel Chapel Youth Hall.
USNORTHCOM donated the necessary equipment to facilitate the training and additional equipment to assist rescue teams with responding to disasters near the coast or swamplands.
The 19 participants who hailed from the community were taught how to: establish a Search and Rescue Programme, Common Skills (Rescue Organisation & Searches), handle ropes, hardware and knots, Low Angle Raising and Lowering, Simple Mechanical Advantage, Surface Water Rescue (Shore based rescue assessments, organisation and searches).
Participants included: Charlene Whyms, Carson Lundy, Kelson Colebrook, Kirkwood Dean, Tammy Farrington, Stephen Riley, Shane Miller, Owen Julius Hanna and Natalie Pratt, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Natheria D. Pratt and Clorice Taylor-Knowles, Civil Aviation Department, Colin Ingraham, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Omar Miller, Ministry of Public Works and Urban Development, Johnathan Fowler Sr., Nathaniel Pratt and Wendell Evans. Volunteers, Malissa Coakley and Andrea Smith Department of Public Service and Navardo J. Rolle, Western Air. Thirteen participants received level 2 certification and six received level 1.
The purpose of the training and equipment programme was to equip and train a team of individuals on the island to be able to effectively respond to a disaster in nearby waters. However, NEMA's main focus for this particular water rescue training was to ensure that individuals in the community are properly trained to respond if an aircraft or boating mishap happened in waters near the coast.

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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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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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NOTHING can be more frustrating when you are a size 14 and over, and every store you step into is only offering you bland, unattractive clothing that does your curvy physique no justice.

The plea of plus size women, when it comes to shopping for attire goes unheard and unnoticed, up until now.

Esteem Productions is presenting a fashion show for the full-figured women "Beyond Borders", this Sunday at the British Colonial Hilton. The fashion show will feature authentic designs by Bahamian fashion houses including Cardilicous, Ilashan, Vintage House, Adelle 13, Crazi Beautiful, Baha Gala, Lady Elegance, Fabulous Plus, and Size Appeal.

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Lillian Maude Andrews-Duncombe, 102

Funeral Service for Lillian Maude Andrews-Duncombe, 102, of Carib Road & formerly of High Rock, South Andros will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.


Apostles of the End Time Church

West & Ferguson Streets

Pastor Carlos Wallace
Assisted by:

Other Ministers of the Gospel

Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads

Left to cherish her memories are four Sons: Apostle Wendell, Hayward, Garnet and Johnny Duncombe; five Daughters: Mothers Marilyn Wallace, Susan Ferguson, Syblean Forbes, Jacqueline Duncombe and Goldie Jean-Pierre; Son-in-law ...

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Desmond Lance Lockhart, 45

Funeral Service for Desmond Lance Lockhart, age 45 of King Street who died on August 7th 2011 will be held on Saturday at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market & Vesey Street on Saturday at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Thompson, assisted by Rev. Basil Johnson.  Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

He is survived by 5 children: Desmond Jr., D'nae, Nyshieko, Brittany and Brandon Lockhart; 1 grandchild: A'nya Pratt; 4 sisters: Monique Lockhart, Stephanie and Donna Goodridge and Vanassa Lockhart; 4 Brothers: Michealangelo, Micheal Brent Lockhart, Sargent 861 Edward Robinson, Leroy Brennen and Brian Goodridge; His father: Vernon Lockhart; Stepmothers: Val Lockhart & Agatha Williams; Aunts: Jacquline and Debbie Lockhart, Carmitta Johnson, Esther Johnson, Dermertis Vasquez of Florida, Sybiline, Julia Stevens, Patricia Dupuch, Anceilla Stuart, Elise Burrows, Norma Pyfrom Vivian Humes and Sylvia "Wally" Goodridge; Uncles: Leonard Lockhart-Bain, Retired Superintendent Garth Johnson, Prince Zorro Stubbs Kyle Dames; Nieces: Philicia Knowles, Ladawn and Lashawn Whylly and Lanique Moss, Derrinae Adderley; Nephews: Winston Seymour Jr., and Deangelo Kenneth Johnson; Grand-niece: Skylah Nortelus; Grand-nephew: Lanejo Wallace; Care Taker: Charles Brennen; Host of Other Relatives & Friends: Paula Gardiner, Barbra Woodside, Micheal Newton, Dorine, Joseph Jr., Phyllis and Hazel  Newbold, Rev. Dr. Marina Sands, Arnold, Locksley and Patsy Fowler,  Alonso Hamilton, Cinemae Kelly, Fedricka Pennerman, Leelock Brown-Smith, Cindy Bullard, Wanda Woodside, Jackie Johnson, Natalie and Valentino Woodside, Rebecca Scott, Macy and Shirley Brown of Andros, Rose, Deon, Millersin and Prince Lockhart. Lynn, Terry and Jarrad Nottage, Betty Cartwright and Claudine Johnson and Family. The entire King Street Crew, Fat Boy, Mike and John Stewart, Zanda Bain, Sheila Alcott, Dwayne Dean, Miss Muggie, The Entire Newbold and Goodridge Family, Cordell Thompson, Quartrenda and Natasha Sears.

Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary, Rosetta Street, Palmdale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. at the Church on Saturday until service time.

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Bahamas shines at International Talent Showcase

THERE were just nine Bahamian participants among 150 at this year's International Talent Showcase competition in Boca Raton, Florida, but that small group really made its presence felt - walking away with nine division honours.

In fact, one young Bahamian, Chase Carter, won the coveted title of Top Overall Female Fashion Model.

This year's Bahamian International Talent Showcase (ITS) group was organised by Pia Rolle of PTG Modeling Agency, who is also the regional director for ITS in the Bahamas.

Ms Rolle said: "The International Talent Showcase is an organisation whose primary objective is to promote and increase the standards of training and education in the modelling and perform ...

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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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NPWBA Action

Angels 69, COB Lady Caribs 44
Kaylicia Laing - 16 points
Ashley Moss - 14 points
Felicia Cartwright - 11 points
Diasti Delancy - 9 points
Lady Caribs
Shandell Williams - 11 points
Deandra Williams - 8 points
Gabrielle McKinney - 8 points
Alisha Bethel - 6 points
Lady Truckers 62, Sentinel All-Stars 38
Lady Truckers
Nakya Dean - 21 points
Darrenique Young - 15 points
Latoya Rolle - 12 points
Stacy Horton - 11 points
Jakia Brown - 12 points
Gariece Butler - 6 points
Hattie Grant - 6 points

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Eight charged over court riot


Tribune Staff Reporter

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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Eight Charged in Connection with Bank Lane Riot

Three women and five men police allege were involved with Wednesday's Bank Lane riot were charged yesterday with offenses
that included causing public terror and disorderly behavior. Lynaire Bethel, 18, Derrick Adderly, 24, Lyndell Bethel, 18, Clinton Charles, 27, Jarvis Burrows, 29, all of Balls Alley, Jonnice Adderly, 25, of Hamster Road, Clinton Kemp, 18, of Shirley Street, and Fabien Rolle, 23, of Jubilee Gardens were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita Bethell. Police allege the group caused the disruption following the murder arraignment of Javan Colebrooke.

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US Embassy opens Turks and Caicos office

On Monday, October 1, the US Embassy in Nassau held a formal opening ceremony for its remodelled Consular Agency office in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

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Julienne Bastian, 75
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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Ural Ba Ural Missick, 79
Ural Ba Ural Missick, 79

Funeral service for Ural "Ba Ural" Missick, 79 yrs., a resident of St. Mark Street, Nassau Village & formerly of Turks Island, who died on 19th August, 2011, will be held at First Holiness Church of God, Bamboo Town, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Walter Hanchell, assisted by Pastor Samuel McIntosh.

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Denille Linaye Newry, 34

Funeral Service for the Late Denille Linaye Newry, 34 years of Minnis Track Subdivision, Carmichael Road will be held on Saturday September 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Victory Temple Church of God, Hospital Lane & John Road. Pastor Devon A. Rolle assisted by Bishop Dencil Rolle will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by her husband of 14 years: Randolyn Newry; One son: Randolyn Daniel Newry; Her Parents: Lawrence and Dorinda Hanna; 2 Sisters: Lisa Musgrove and Tiffany Dean; 2 Nephews: Tre Smith and Barren Musgrove Jr.; 2 Nieces: Tatianna Musgrove and Tourea Dean; Father and Mother-in-Law: Randolyn Newly (Sr.) and Yvonne Campbell; 2 Sisters-in-Law: Mikelle and Kendra Newry; 3 Brothers-in-Law: Elton Newry. Barron Musgrove and Tobari Dean; 9 Aunts: Sarah Miller, Sylvia Linden, Frances, Patrice and Denise Cleare, Sandra, Charlotte and Eleanor Johnson, Corrine Curry, Marina, Rose and Lilla Hanna; 3 Uncles: Huedley Moss, Hansel Clarke and Dr. Eldon Johnson; 3 Aunts-in-Law: Victoria Moss, Maxine Clarke, Lydia Johnson; 2 Uncles-in-Law: David Miller, Anthony Linden; Other Relatives and Friends including: The Newry Family, Ernest Winters& Family, Irvin Armstrong & Family, Natha Rolle and Family, Alphonso Rolle and Family, the Francis family, Kenise Burrows and family, Keva Smith and Family (especially Kevano) Ms. Braynen & family, Sabrina Deleveaux and family, the Clarke family. Barry Lightbourne and Family, K.D.C, and family, Pastor Devon A. Rolle and Family, Dr. Myles Munroe and the B.F.M. Family, (Especially the Accounts Team), the Atlantis Family, Department of Public Service and Public Service Commission Families. Bishop Denzil Rolle & family, (Life W.C. Family) Pastor Andrews Evans & family (S.F.W.C. family), Jeff Grant and family, Dennis Campbell & family, Florence Newry & family, Renaldo Smith & family and Ramon Newry & family, One Family Prayer Ministry, Bishop Revy & Sister Francis, Doreen Thompson Lorena  Rolle and Family, Nenia Fox and Family, Mavis Culmer and Family, Megan Ferguson and family, Lavon Harris-Smith and family, Joy Moss and Family, Minister Lindell Rodgers-Johnson and Family, Mrs. Colleen Nottage and Family, Ms. Deborah Bastian and Family, Mrs. Joycelyn Gilbert and Family, Jack Curtis & family, Bettymae Bain & family, Mr. David R. Davis and Family, Apostle Brenda & Pastor Dwight Pratt and the family of Global Worship Centre, Stephanie Clears and family, Nelson Francis, Kermit Forbes, Pastor Ivry Johnson and the Gilead Family, the Financial Secretary and Staff of the Ministry of Finance.Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, # 44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10::0 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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Police Issue APB For Shooting Suspect

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Police are searching for another man wanted for questioning in connection with a brazen daylight shooting that occurred on Weddell Avenue in the Garden Villas area on Monday, October 25.

A wanted poster has been issued for 22-year-old Holis Sylvanias McKenzie, also known as "City Boy".

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Elizzann Ferguson, 86

Last rites for Elizzann Ferguson, 86, of The Forest Exuma will be held on Saturday at
11:00 A.M. at Palestine Union Baptist Church, The Forest Exuma. Officiating will be
Rev. Lynden Clarke assisted by Pastor Cedric Smith and other Ministers of Religion.
Interment in The Public Cemetery, Forest Exuma.

She is survived by One daughter—Lovie Clarke; Two sons—Charles Dexter Saunders and
Norman Ferguson; Granddaughters: Claudell Morris, Merna Fae, Patrice Cartwright, Virinia
Hepburn, Jade Curry; Grandsons: Renald, Charles and Justino Saunders, Darron Morris, Daxon
Curry, Romell Clarke, Terrell Clarke; Great grand children: Daranell and Daraneke Morris,


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Hesley Brown, 60
Hesley Brown, 60

Last rites for Hesley Brown, 60, of Mastic Point, North Andros, will be held on Saturday at 11am, at the Living Waters Church of God, in Mastic Point. Officiating will be Bishop Reginald Ferguson. Assisted by Pastor Lorenzo Harris; Interment in The Public Cemetery, Mastic Point Andros.
He is survived by three sons: Valentino, Ringo and Fabian Brown; Daughter: Maxcine Brown; Nine grandchildren: Rockey, Ashley and Payton Brown, Joudelle and Jonaz Pierre, Taynesha Brown, Justin Brown, Brendish and Fabian Brown Jr.; One brother: Burton Brown; Five aunts: Ruth Russell Ward, Deaconess Cleomie Russell Saunders Rev Mavis Gaitor, Sarah and Beatrice and Betty Russell of Freeport Grand Bahama; One u ...

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'Strut For Life'


Tribune Features Writer

BENEVOLENCE is nothing new to Phyllis Garraway, Debbie Geear Bethell and the Yodephy Dance & Modelling Academy.

It has always been their inclination to increase the well being of those living in the community. In the past they have done so by hosting events that have benefited charitable organisations. They have donated much of their time to organising fashion shows for the Heart Ball, and have worked on numerous occasions with the Cancer Society and other organisations.


This week, the Yodephy oragnisation is hosting the "Strut For Life" 60 mile walk-a-thon in Long Island, to benefit REACH, and the Sister Sister Bre ...

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1/3 of Bahamas hotels 'inundated' by sea rise


Tribune Business Editor

More than one-third of all Bahamian resorts - some 77 in total - would be "inundated" if sea levels rose one metre as a result of global warming a climate change, a new study has revealed, with the Bahamas facing infrastructure and tourism plant rebuilding costs of between $5.6 billion and $11 billion in 2050 if this phenomenon continues unchecked.

The Modelling the Transformational Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean study, released by Caribsave and Oxford University researchers to coincide with the United Nations Climate Change conference in Cancun this week, underlined the dire economic and social consequences for the Baham ...

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