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June 16, 2011
Patrick Elijah Knowles, 51

A funeral service for Patrick Elijah Knowles, 51, of Seabreeze, formerly of Mangrove Bush, Long Island will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011   at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne's Anglican Church, Fox Hill Road. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Hugh Bartlett assisted by Rev. Fr. Mervin Johnson. Interment will follow in St. Anne's Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.
Left to cherish his fond memories are: his son: Justin Knowles; his Daughter: Lauren Knowles; one Grandson: Kadeen Sweeting; his Parents: Arlington and Alma Knowles; one brother: Eric 'Train' Knowles; six sisters: Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Bayles, Patronella 'Patty' Knowles, Irene 'Rene' Goudie, Esther Rassin, Josephine 'Joey' Knowles and Angela 'Angie' Freeland; six brothers-in-law: Paul Bayles, Jeffery Knowles, Peter Goudie, Barry Rassin, Dominic Scacci and Nicholas Freeland; one sister-in-law: Patt Knowles; five Aunts: Isabel Knowles, Geneva Cartwright, Thelma 'Tally' Burrows, Doreen Burrows and Theresa 'Duffy' Burrows; two Uncles: Edgar 'Timer' Burrows and Emerson Burrows; nieces: Olivia Cottis, Heather Knowles and Bianca Freeland; nephews: Dwain and Ian Bayles, Shawn, Brent, Quint, Trevor, Desmond and Kevin Knowles, Brian Goudie and Christian Freeland; a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention, the staff at Just In Time Trucking, Dr. John Johnson, Dr. Marcus Cooper and many others.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butler's Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday June 17, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There will be no viewing at the church.
 

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June 14, 2010

The unexpected retirement of long-time educator and administrator at the College of the Bahamas, Executive Vice-president Dr Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, shocked some at the College, yesterday, when the news broke.

Dr Chipman-Johnson said she expected people to speculate, but she wished not to comment on her reasons, saying only that she was "exercising (her) eligibility to retire."

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August 26, 2011
Irene wreaks havoc

Hurricane Irene started its exit from The Bahamas last night, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
While New Providence and Grand Bahama were spared the full force of the storm, many Family Islands, particularly the southeastern and central islands, were pummelled, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported.
The center of the storm passed over Eleuthera and Abaco for much of yesterday.
Power lines and telecommunications lines went down in some islands as the category three storm roared across the archipelago.
But no loss of life or injuries were reported.
Damage on Cat Island, Rum Cay, Crooked Island, Acklins and Mayaguana is expected to be in the millions of dollars, as hundreds of homes, churches, other buildings and infrastructure were either damaged or destroyed.
According to NEMA reports, all the islands were impacted in some way.
In New Providence, fallen trees and damaged roofs constituted most of the damage.
In Lovely Bay, Acklins, 90 percent of the settlement is reportedly gone, according to NEMA.
"House roofs and several homes [were] blown away.  Power lines and trees went down in the roads, and the shelter's population increased," said a NEMA statement.
Communication on that island was limited yesterday.
Meteorologist Godfrey Burnside said the Automatic Weather Station in Arthur's Town, Cat Island, recorded gusts of 140 miles per hour around 2 a.m. yesterday, and Moss Town, Exuma, recorded gusts up to 127 miles per hour.
"That is significant and that is why you hear all the damage taking place," Burnside said.
Just over two inches of rain had fallen at Lynden Pindling International Airport at 9 a.m. yesterday, and more was expected.
NEMA said it received reports that 40 houses received major damage in the communities of Betsy Bay, Pirate Wells and Abraham's Bay on Mayaguana.
Concerns were also expressed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police John Ferguson in reference to three people detained at a police station there, NEMA said.
On Cat Island, hurricane force winds brought down scores of power lines and left the island without any form of telecommunication, NEMA reported.
NEMA also received reports that the administrator's home in north Cat Island lost its roof.
Areas in Arthur's Town and Dumfries flooded.  The roof of the police station in Arthur's Town was blown off and police vehicles were flooded.  St. Andrew's Church also lost its roof, NEMA reported.
In Rum Cay, which is home to about 100 people, NEMA received a report that homes have major damage, roads are impassable due to fallen trees and the bridge in Port Nelson is lost.
According to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC), residents in most islands with the exception of Inagua -- where power was restored to the majority of customers -- continued to experience outages up to last night due to controlled power station shut downs or downed power lines.
NEMA said at least one school was damaged on Crooked Island.
The school in Colonel Hill lost its roof and two classroom blocks.  Additionally, St. John's Baptist Church and several other buildings also lost their roofs.
That island experienced winds around 120 miles per hour, according to NEMA.
Long Island Administrator Jordan Ritchie said the main concern was flooding in Clarence Town.
However, a number of homes and St. Paul's Anglican Church received roof damage.
Meantime, Central Eleuthera Administrator Chrisfield Johnson said based on initial reports, Eleuthera fared relatively well.
"So far we haven't had loss of life.  There is some structural damage to buildings but we haven't done an assessment so we don't know the extent," he told The Nassau Guardian yesterday evening.
It was still too dangerous to go out, he said.
"The only thing that remains is to do an assessment of the environment," Johnson said.
"There is a tremendous amount of debris on the roads.  Our first priority is to clear the streets, so we're putting together a team of workers to clear the streets to give us access."
He said he would determine the severity of the impact of Irene sometime today, when he expects to be able to conduct a door-to-door assessment.
NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell said NEMA is still determining how it will access the affected islands, as transportation may be limited over the next few days.
NEMA is expected to release a more detailed statement on the damage caused by Irene sometime today.

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October 28, 2013
Former MP on February Point: Full disclosure needed

As the government confirms that John McGarvey is "not the major shareholder" in a proposed development which would involve the purchase of February Point, Exuma, a former PLP Cabinet minister and MP has called on the government to provide a full disclosure of all who are involved before providing approval to his group.
George Smith, who served as Exuma's MP for almost three decades, told Guardian Business that "the public has a right to know" that the person who will control the project which has potentially enormous significance for Exuma is of a "proper reputation" and means.
Meanwhile, he has expressed continued concern regarding the 1991 conviction for tax fraud of John McGarvey, who up until now has been identified as the lead individual in the development group seeking to take over the February Point project, and his plans to rely in large part on other investors and land sales to fund his overall development plans for the area.
In an interview with Guardian Business last week, Khaalis Rolle confirmed that approval for John McGarvey and a group of investors is still pending, but no "major issues" remain outstanding from the government's perspective in the approval process. It's a comment he's repeated as far back as July of this year.
"I suspect that it is," said Rolle, when asked if a final approval was imminent for the purchase of the 85-acre February Point and adjacent 815 acre Flamingo Bay, and the proposed development involving the property.
Rolle said that the government has determined it will not focus on "micro issues" that have been raised surrounding McGarvey's eligibility as a suitable investor for the area.
"The government has to be concerned about more than one thing when it makes its decision. We have to be concerned about the overall well being of the citizens of Exuma. And we can't get into the petty side of this - we have to take a very mature approach to how we develop the country."
But Smith suggested that not only are McGarvey's conviction and plans to finance the February Point and Flamingo Bay purchase and development from outside investors and land sales not a "micro issue", but in addition, the government now has an obligation to reveal who is the main financial driver behind the project, if not McGarvey, as had been previously suggested.
"They must announce who that person is. The public has a right to know. We Exumians know when we talk about Sandals the principal person involved is the honorable (Gordon) 'Butch' Stewart; at Musha Cay, it's David Copperfield; at Bell Island, it's the Aga Khan. We must know so that the community can be satisfied that he is somebody who should control such an important location - the primary resort in Georgetown.
"They are doing a development, which could influence to a large extent the economy of Exuma and they must know he is operating above board, and those being brought in have a proper reputation in the community, and in The Bahamas. The public must be satisfied."
While not revealing who the major shareholder is, Rolle said the government has looked at McGarvey's "track record" of development in The Bahamas, including the $700,000 re-development of the former Coconut Cove Hotel into the Exuma Beach Resort, as it looks to make its final determination on the
approval for the February Point purchase.
McGarvey has already received final approval to develop a boutique hotel on nearby Stocking Island, in addition to re-developing the Coconut Cove Hotel. February Point is currently owned by the Hart family.
Different shareholders
"I don't know what the major issue is. McGarvey is only one of the players in this, and he is not the single largest shareholder. There are a number of different shareholders representing sizeable portions. The focus has been on McGarvey for whatever reason but McGarvey is only one part of the group. And there are some significant individuals involved in this process, including some of the homeowners of significant means," said Rolle.
"You can't just focus on McGarvey. The previous government approved McGarvey to develop (the $700,000 Coconut Cove hotel - now Exuma Beach Resort) and he's lived up to his obligation to develop that, so why all of a sudden is there this major concern about capacity and history?" added Rolle.
In a previous interview with Guardian Business, McGarvey Development Company's Vice President of Asset Management Bill Price called McGarvey's 1991 tax conviction a "mistake" made by the developer and "water under the bridge".
"We've probably done about half a billion dollars worth of business since that time," said Price.
Concerned Exumians, speaking on condition of anonymity, had questioned at that time the value that McGarvey would bring to Exuma after he admitted that - in contrast to initially touted plans to establish a $40 million development project at February Point in Exuma - his group would make a $12 million "front end" investment of which McGarvey's intended investment would amount to $700,000.
As revealed by Guardian Business, access to financing for this investment, which he confirmed would include a "front end" investment of $12 million in the property acquisitions, the construction of five condominiums, a sales office, an upgrade of the marina and some other small scale construction work, is contingent on approvals from the government, according to McGarvey.
Commercial village
Price stated that plans previously highlighted in the media for a "commercial village" within the property will be contingent on demand at some point in the future, with the question of whether it would take place "very difficult to project".
Hotel development plans for February Point will depend on the group bringing in "a competent developer".
"We are not hotel developers," Price told Guardian Business.
McGarvey and Price's confirmation of the group's plans came after Guardian Business obtained details of a proforma document issued by McGarvey soliciting investors for the proposed investment.
In addition to highlighting how the company would earn $36 million gross revenue in land sales over the course of the next seven years, from sale of property within the parcel to be purchased, as property values continue to rise, the proforma document told the story of how the company has been successful since 2008 in achieving profits from investing in "distressed" properties.
It gave an example of a "successful turnaround" of a property in Florida, purchased for an $18.5 million profit after a "three year hold".
In the case of February Point and nearby Flamingo Bay, however, Price said funds from land sales in the targeted Exuma projects would be continually "reinvested" into the development.
Asked specifically what proposals McGarvey submitted to the government with respect to developing Exuma, given the apparent discrepancy between public statements made by his representatives, and the details contained in the proforma document, Rolle said last week: "His plans are to develop the area."
Pressed to be more specific, Rolle added: "I can't say exactly. I don't have the details offhand."
Smith said he "has no problem" with the development, but only wishes to ensure that those involved are reliable and will bring long term benefits to Exuma, and involve Bahamians in the development.
"I personally have no problem with the development, provided it goes beyond the very prime pieces of land called February Point. To make it a meaningful project, the face of it has to be somebody with a reputation in whom people can repose confidence and I have long said it should be someone else - people who actually have the money and not just a desire to do the development out of land sales."
Smith said he is confident the prime minister will "make the right decision" with respect to February Point when the matter is brought to a conclusion.
"It may have been beneficial that this matter was drawn out for such a long period - when you rush, you do make mistakes and this is so significant for Georgetown, to make a mistake will take a long time to correct."

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July 11, 2012
Japanese Film Makers Visit Johnston Art Studio's On Abaco

Bahamian Artist Peter Johnston was visited by established Sculptor Dr. Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of Art during the weekend of June 30. The Visit took place at Johnston’s Studio in Little Harbour, Abaco.

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December 12, 2013
Man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend

A former employee at Club Med resort in San Salvador was yesterday convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter, on the resort's exclusive compound.
Rashid Dean, 28, was found guilty of the August 14, 2011 stabbing death of 21-year-old Oneika Johnson, who worked at Club Med as a security guard.
She was found dead in the security booth with 15 slash wounds to the body. Johnson's relatives, who have attended court each day, applauded the verdict.
By contrast, there was no visible display of emotion from the convict's family.
Dean remains on remand at Her Majesty's Prison. He returns to court on January 30 for sentencing by Justice Indra Charles.
According to the evidence, Dean who worked at the hotel's laundry department, reported for duty on the day in queston; however, he did not tell anyone he was leaving. The van he drove while at work was found on the property. There were bloodstains on the vehicle.
According to one of Dean's cousins, he had previously told her that he would kill Johnson, her current boyfriend Justin Benson and commit suicide.
Murrio Ducille represented Dean. Darnell Dorsette and Abigail Farrington appeared for the Crown.

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June 30, 2011
John Hubert Gibson, Sr., 78

Funeral Service for John Hubert Gibson, Sr., 78 of Seven Hills Estates and formerly of Mason’s Bay, Acklins, will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 10:00a.m.

Church:

Church of God Convention Center
Address:

Joe Farrington Road
Officiating:

Reverend Dr. Alonzo Hinsey
Assisted by:

Other Ministers of the Gospel
Interment:

Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive

John’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving and faithful wife of 55 years: Curlean Gibson; children: Delworth and Zener Gibson, Roland and Arlean Hor ...

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January 05, 2012
Bahamas Boosts Partnerships With Florida Hubs

The Ministry of Tourism is aggressively pursuing strategic partnerships with Florida gateways in an effort to drive greater traffic into The Bahamas.
The 2012 plan also includes courting major carriers to introduce new routes for the busy winter season.

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October 04, 2011
Steven Johnson Syndrome, its next victim could be you!

Dear Editor,

My name is BELIEVE and I live with Stephen Johnson Syndrome - S.J.S and it's DEADLY!

Imagine someone constantly pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound!
Your skin constantly on fire! Repeatedly pealing the scab off of a fresh
wound!  Well, meet my life long partner Steven Johnson Syndrome
(S.J.S)

In life we often tend to take everyday things for
granted!  The simplicity of being able to just lay there and breathe in
comfort,  our sight, being able to sleep at night, talk, hear, or even
drink a glass of water. Recently I went through

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture meets with youth leaders in Grand Bahama
June 04, 2013
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture meets with youth leaders in Grand Bahama

Nassau, Bahamas - Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture the Hon. Minister Daniel Johnson meets with youth leaders in West
End, Grand Bahama June 1. Robert Grant is pictured left showing Minister
Johnson a model of the West End landscape.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel
Johnson talks with youth leaders, June 1, in the Freeport Office of the
Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.

Photos enclosed...

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April 23, 2012
Freak storm hits

Severe weather ripped through portions of southeastern New Providence yesterday morning, ripping down power lines and trees and causing roof damage to some buildings.
Although some residents thought a tornado touched down in their area, Basil Dean, deputy director of the Department of Meteorology, said the damage was most likely caused by tropical storm force winds.
"We had rather heavy thunderstorms which moved through the northwest Bahamas which I suspect spawned some straight line gust winds -- as opposed to a tornado -- which could have been anywhere up to 40 miles per hour and that is certainly capable of doing minor roof damage."
The bad weather also caused damage in some areas.
Dean said the weather should persist until this afternoon.
"The unsettled conditions will remain with us through Monday but by Monday afternoon we expect it to be in the central parts of the country," he said.
When The Nassau Guardian visited Malcolm Road yesterday, residents were carting away debris, patching up damaged roofs and assessing the storm's damage.
There were also reports of roof damage and torn trees on Marshall Road, Zion Boulevard and East Street South.
Celeste Ware, a homeowner who lives on Malcolm Road, said she awoke yesterday morning to find half of her roof missing.
"I woke about 2:30 this morning to loud wind," Ware said. "Then my husband and I went to the window and I heard a noise. We thought it might have been a tornado but we weren't sure.
"When we went into the hallway we looked up in the sky and said 'Oh my God, the roof is gone'.''
Homeowner Derek Rolle said flying tree branches smashed through three of the windows on the west side of his home around 2 a.m.
"I thought it was just a regular thunderstorm," said Rolle, who was busy clearing debris from his yard when The Nassau Guardian arrived on the scene.
"Then when I looked outside [and] I saw the trees were really carrying on bad; it must have been high-speed winds.
"Then I saw branches flying, so immediately I moved away from the windows."
Johnny Johnson, owner of Johnson Bargain Foods on Malcolm Road, lost most of his store's roof because of the storm. He said luckily the contents of the store were not damaged by rain.
"When I got up this morning and I came out, half of the roof was gone," he said.
Several politicians were canvassing the area yesterday and pledged to help residents.
"We're going to provide a dumpster and also see how we can assist those families that had damage," said Bamboo Town MP and Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson said he was organizing emergency crews and flatbed trucks to come to the area.
Renward Wells, the PLP's candidate for Bamboo Town, said the country's building codes need to be revised to ensure that homes can withstand such strong winds.
"We build for category five hurricanes but it now looks like we now have to look at the building code as to how we begin to strengthen our structures for tornado activities."
Winsome Miller, the Free National Movement's candidate for Golden Gates, said her group would do a full assessment on the damage and offer help where needed.
Crews from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation were working yesterday to restore power to Malcolm Road and other areas in south and eastern New Providence.
* More images of Saturday's storm in our online gallery at : http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_phocagallery&view=featured&Itemid=74

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September 05, 2011
Alfred Joseph Johnson, 80

Last rites for Alfred Joseph Johnson, 80, of Bluff South Andros will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Cousin Mcphee Cathedral, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Rev. Clement Neely assisted by Other Ministers of Religion. Interment in The Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spiknard Road.

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Supporting Junkanoo to Build Community
January 03, 2012
Supporting Junkanoo to Build Community

Nothing brings Bahamians together more than the cultural phenomenon of Junkanoo.  Through this timeless activity, community and creativity are fostered across ages and economic backgrounds.

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January 19, 2012
Bahamas Governor General presented with Sculpture

The Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes recently visited the Johnston Art Studios in Little Harbour, Abaco and was given a tour of the Bronze casting foundry and studio.

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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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May 04, 2012
Five Events Celebrated The Earth

Eleuthera, Bahamas – Earth Day 2012 celebrations in Eleuthera took on a whole new transformation where dreams, vision and collaboration were some of the successful ingredients that made it one, like no other. Six figures were invested into this project and as people learned more about the One Eleuthera Foundation, verbal pledges were committed towards signature projects on the Island. Branding Eleuthera as a cultural and heritage destination with a goal to ensure all development on the Island stays in scale with nature was solidified.

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August 31, 2011
Cell phone service issues continue one week after hurricane

By CELESTE NIXON

Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

A WEEK after Hurricane Irene swept through the Bahamas, cell phone users are still experiencing dropped calls and interrupted services, or no service at all.

BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson said that while the power plant in Nassau is largely online, some customers are experiencing disruptions in services as a result of BTC resetting its network.

Apologising for the service disruptions, Mr Johnson said "some of the exchanges have gone offline - what customers have been experiencing are dropped calls and failed calls which are just related to us getting our plant functioning."

Mr Johnson added that these issues are being addre ...

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May 06, 2013
COB receives 82,000 from ministry toward program

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture recently presented The College of The Bahamas (COB) with another financial contribution for the Scholar-Athlete Program, which currently provides financial aid for 57 students.
The program has significant implications for the development of athletics in The Bahamas and the recruitment and retention of talented Bahamian athletes from around The Bahamas. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson presented COB President Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze with a check for $82,000 for the 2012/2013 fiscal year, which contributes toward tuition, books and dormitory expenses for the students in the program. To date, the ministry has provided $401,000 in total financial contributions since November 2008, and is the single largest donor to the program.
"This is a continuation of the government's support for this great institution of The College of The Bahamas and my ministry's support for the great student athletes of The Bahamas," said Minister Johnson. "We know that many of these students will become the leaders of tomorrow. We know that many of the CEOs of our companies here in The Bahamas and around the world are former athletes. We know that they may not turn pro in the sport that they are in, but they will make us very proud in the very near future," he added.
The minister also acknowledged the college's capacity to make a transformative impact on the development of athletics in The Bahamas. The minister has already requested the input of the institution's athletics department on the development of local sports academies.
"We have asked Mrs. Kim Rolle to begin thinking about how do we integrate a sports academy into the university atmosphere where we know that kids who come from the Family Islands who may not be up to scratch in their exposure to academics, may have tremendous potential (in sports)," Minister Johnson said. "I envision a sports academy as a boarding scenario with a year of intense language skills, math skills, science skills to bring them up to the level of college eligibility, but without them being left behind or falling through the cracks. I think there are so many ways to integrate these young people who have natural talents," he added.
Since the Scholar-Athlete Program was launched in 2008, the college has developed 14 student-athletes who were selected for national teams in basketball, track and field, soccer and volleyball. Director of Athletics at The College of The Bahamas, Kimberley Rolle, spoke of the need for sustained support from the ministry and the impact of the college's athletic program on national sports development.
"It is because of a partner like the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture that The College of The Bahamas' Athletics Department is now able to thrive and flourish because the reality is that student-athletes want and ought to be rewarded for their talents. One of the things over the last three to four years that we are very pleased with, is that we have more and more of our student-athletes who are a part of national team programs," she said. "We really see ourselves as the feeder for the national sports programs. Jamaica has proven that it can be done and we often say why not The Bahamas? Why not the College of The Bahamas? We certainly expect this partnership to continue and from it you will see the results of student-athletes who will now become national team members of various disciplines throughout our country," she added.
COB President Dr. Betsy-Vogel Boze said although the program is relatively new to the college, it has made a tremendous impact on the lives of students.
"Intercollegiate athletics is so important to developing our campus and activities, but it is important to developing citizens because those who participate in sports do better academically. They are more likely to attend their classes, to stay in college to finish, but they also learn sportsmanship and leadership and the lessons that they learn in sports aren't just on the playing field," Dr. Boze said.
Currently, there are 82 student-athletes at the college, 57 of whom are receiving financial aid from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Of this number, 13 are from the Family Islands including Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma and Andros.

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October 03, 2011
Steven Johnson Syndrome, its next victim could be you!

Dear Editor,

My name is BELIEVE and I live with Stephen Johnson Syndrome - S.J.S and it's DEADLY!

Imagine someone constantly pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound!
Your skin constantly on fire! Repeatedly pealing the scab off of a fresh
wound!  Well, meet my life long partner Steven Johnson Syndrome
(S.J.S)

In life we often tend to take everyday things for
granted!  The simplicity of being able to just lay there and breathe in
comfort,  our sight, being able to sleep at night, talk, hear, or even
drink a glass of water. Recently I went through

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July 15, 2013
Bar president decries 'uncertainty' in magistracy appointments

President of the Bahamas Bar Association Elsworth Johnson on Sunday decried the lack of "certainty in the process" of filling the voids left in the magistracy by the appointment of a chief magistrate and deputy chief magistrate to the Supreme Court.

Former Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez and Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell have been Supreme Court justices for two weeks, yet there is still no word on who will replace them...

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San Salvador Rally Speech - FNM Leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
February 03, 2012
San Salvador Rally Speech - FNM Leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

Good Evening San Salvador,
I am very pleased to be in San Salvador, one of my favorite places in The Bahamas.
Many of you know me and I know you. I am here to place my stamp of approval upon my Party’s candidate for your constituency in the soon-to be-General Election, Michael Pintard.

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John Culmer, 75
May 26, 2011
John Culmer, 75

Funeral Service for John Culmer, 75 of #9 Hillview Court, Highland Park, and formerly of Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, will be held on Saturday May 28th, 2:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets. Rev. T.G. Morrison will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are: Wife: Idaline; Children: Karen, Rory and Darrin. Pre-deceased by; Sisters Veronica Thompson and Patricia Sweeting and Brother Rupert Culmer. Brothers: Godfrey, Eugene, Kermit and Kenneth Culmer. Grandchildren: Pierce, Taje and Gavin Culmer. Sisters-in-law: Peggy and Fay Culmer. Brother-in-law: Willard Aranh ...

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February 02, 2012
Governor General receives bronze piece from local artist

The governor general of The Bahamas was presented with a bronze sculpture at Government House by Bahamian artist Tyler Johnston this month.

The governor general recently visited Johnston Art Studio's in Little Harbour, Abaco and was given a tour of the bronze casting foundry and artist studio.

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February 02, 2012
NAGB Director appoints John Cox as new Chief Curator

Nassau, Bahamas -

On January 1st, 2012, John Cox, the founder of the artists'
cooperative Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, took
on the position of Chief Curator at The National Art Gallery of The
Bahamas, appointed by incoming Director, Amanda Coulson.

 

According
to Coulson, "John is a fundamental player in the art scene of The
Bahamas and has an extensive working knowledge of both the historical
and contemporary practices here. We've known each other since 2006 and
have an excellent working relationship; with his internal knowledge and
my international reach, I believe as a team we'll achieve our goal of
bringing Bahamian art to a wider audience both at home and abroad...."

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October 31, 2011
ATTORNEY'S BID TO STEP ASIDE REJECTED

By LAMECH JOHNSON

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE Court of Appeal yesterday denied an attorney's request to recuse herself from an appeal case where her client was re-sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Monique Gomez, defence attorney for Ellison Smith, told appellate court justices she wished to withdraw from the case because representing Smith would be a "conflict", as she had worked for the Attorney General's office while her client was prosecuted and convicted of murder.

She told the court she had only learned of this fact recently when meeting her client.

However, appellate court president Justice Anita Allen, along with Justices Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh, t ...

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April 24, 2013
The John Beadle Project

“The John Beadle Project” features a series of new works by Bahamian artist John Beadle, who is known as an accomplished painter but in recent years has broadened his range to include sculpture and large-scale installation.

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February 02, 2012
Lloyd Vincent McQueen, 69

Funeral Service for Lloyd Vincent McQueen, 69, of Eastern Estates and formerly of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera will be held at the St. Anselm’s Catholic Church, Bernard Road, Fox Hill on Saturday February 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Officiating will be Monsignor John Johnson, assisted by Rev. Raymond Forbes and Lonnie Rolle. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Gladstone and John F. Kennedy Drive.

He is survived by his loving, faithful and devoted Wife: Mrs. Margaret Rose McQueen; Mother: Rhoda McQueen; Daughters: Katie Roberts, Denise Dean & Heather McQueen; Son: Drexel Rolle ; Adopted Son: Ashton McQueen; Son-In-Law: Kevin Dean; Daughter-in-law: Carolyn Rolle; Grandchildr ...

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John Bull Store Heist 1 million Robbed
May 23, 2011
John Bull Store Heist $1 million Robbed

Tourist seen gunmen enter the John Bull store on Bay Street Sunday morning with guns and a hammer. It is believed that nearly $1 million dollars of Gold Rolex watches encrusted with Diamonds were stolen, although BahamasLocal.com has not confirmed the exact description of the watches.

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August 20, 2011
Brothers face murder charge in shooting of ex-con

Police have charged two brothers with last month's murder of Harry Knowles. Kevin Johnson, 21, and Deangelo Johnson, 20, both of Key West Street, yesterday were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on the murder charge.

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April 15, 2013
Pyfrom, Johnson Take Leads into Final Week of Bowling

Richard 'Richie' Pyfrom is still the man to beat as the Cable Bahamas Bowling Nationals moves into its final week at Mario's Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace. After two blocks, Pyfrom leads the men with a 2,631 pinfall. This puts him in a good position to make the TV finals. With him making the round of...

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