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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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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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ATTORNEY'S BID TO STEP ASIDE REJECTED

By LAMECH JOHNSON

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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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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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HAITIAN FINED OVER DOCUMENTS

By LAMECH JOHNSON

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A HAITIAN man whose real name is unknown was fined $1,600 or faced with a four-months prison sentence after he was arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday afternoon on false document possession charges.

The penalty was handed down after Dennis Richards, defence attorney for "John Doe", asked Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez for mercy for his client "in the spirit of the season."

Doe, whose real name is unknown even to the Department of Immigration, admitted being in possession of a fake American passport and driver's licence.

The IDs, under the fake name "Dehun Delmeus", were uncovered on Saturday, December 17, by immigra ...

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AG's Office drops murder case

The Office of the Attorney General yesterday informed a magistrate that it will no longer prosecute Raymond Hanna for the murder of Cleveland Weir.
Police alleged that Hanna and Dudley Johnson are responsible for the August 27, 2010 murder of Weir at his home on Fowler Street.
Weir was shot in the chest when he opened the door to his home as two men were robbing the participants in a gambling game.
Darnell Dorsette, a prosecutor in the Office of the Attorney General, told Magistrate Ancella Evans-WIlliams that the murder charge had been withdrawn against Hanna.
However, the case against Johnson will proceed. He will appear before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs for an arraignment on January 14.
Johnson, wh ...

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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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John Gordon Sr., 86
John Gordon Sr., 86

Funeral service for John Gordon Sr., 86, a resident of Eneas Street off Meadow Lane & formerly of the Cove, Cat Island, who died on 28th December, 2011, wiill be held at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market & Vesey Streets, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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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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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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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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A Young Man To Emulate
A Young Man To Emulate

Barry Griffin Jr. had no reason not to excel academically. He is naturally ambitious with a go-getter personality. That coupled with his upbringing in a home with parents who were focused on education and gave him all the support he needed translated into a young man who was an honor student for the duration of his academic life.

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John Bull Store Heist 1 million Robbed
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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Sports minister wants lottery

Sports Minister Dr. Daniel Johnson yesterday called for the establishment of a lottery to fund sports development in the country.
"We now seek to assist the development of sports in the context of nation building," said Johnson during debate on the mid-year budget statement in the House of Assembly.
"We now know that sports is big business and we have to invest in our athletes.
"The time has come, and I would say to you all now that the gaming bill [has] come and gone, but I...would like to petition for a sports lottery.
"I would like to see the day when every Bahamian can participate in a lottery that is designated for sports for the entire Bahamas.
"...Financial assistance, Mr. Speaker, is now really needed to support our elite athletes. We have a pool of about 100 elite athletes...We have a pool of developing athletes coming up."
Johnson said he might return to Parliament at another time to make his case for the establishment of a lottery.
The idea of a lottery to fund sports and youth development programs has been discussed over many years.
Bahamian voters have already rejected the proposition, however.
On January 28, a majority of people who voted in a referendum voted no to the taxation and regulation of web shops and the establishment of a national lottery.
The government had taken the national lottery question off the original ballot, saying UK consultants had advised that it would not have been commercially viable in The Bahamas.
However, it later put the question back on the ballot amid great public pressure and debate.
But government officials had admitted they had no specifics on how such a lottery would work in The Bahamas.
The government had said taxes from web shops and the proceeds from the national lottery would have been used to fund scholarships; athletic and sporting development; music, art and Junkanoo programs and infrastructure, along with social and recreational outreach programs.
Web shops remain in operation as a court challenge is outstanding.

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Father Mervyn Sydney 'Buck' Johnson passes
Father Mervyn Sydney 'Buck' Johnson passes

The Anglican Diocese is mourning the loss of Father Mervyn Sydney 'Buck' Johnson, who passed away on Sunday, July 28 at 8 a.m. at Doctors Hospital. He was 62 years old and succumbed after a 22-month battle with brain cancer.

Fr. Buck began his working career as a customs officer. He went on to become a manager and a vice president of operations at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., before entering Codrington College to test his vocation to the sacred priesthood...

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'Reno' gets seventh straight win - second on points

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

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Taureano 'Reno' Johnson has picked up his seventh straight victory. But he had to go to the scoreboards for the second win Saturday in Hollywood, Florida.

Fighting on the undercard at the Westlin Diplomat Resort, Johnson won by decision over Brazil's Edvan Dos Santos Barros in identical scores of 60-54 on all three judges' cards for the triumph.

"I'm getting much more comfortable in the ring," said the 28-year-old Johnson, who is now under new management that has him fighting at least every two to three weeks.

"In fact, I'm there. I'm back to where I should be. I didn't come out with a k ...

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Red Stripe, Good News catch Lady Nathalie

For the first time in three years, the Lady Nathalie has been caught. Skipper Lundy Robinson and the crew of the Red Stripe sailed past the Lady Nathalie on Sunday to win the Sir Durward Knowles floating trophy, in the 'Catch Me If You Can' race.
This is the first time the trophy, named after Sir Durward, was presented, and it is expected to be the top attraction at all of the major regattas this year. The Lady Nathalie is usually given a significant head start, but boat owner Eleazor 'Barber J' Johnson said a key mistake four meters from the start line caused the sloop and its crew not to recapture its title. The Red Stripe was the first sloop to catch the Lady Nathalie on the 12-mile course, but the Good News won the overall race. The Rupert's Legend out of Mangrove Bush, Long Island, followed those three in fourth.
"Just a few minutes into the race the sail came down," confirmed Johnson. "The crew was able to fix it, but it came down again. We decided that we will fix it and go hard. To me it was a great race. The other sloops sailed good. We had problems, but only two boats caught me."
While Johnson and his skipper for the Lady Nathalie reflected on the mishap suffered on the sea, captain of the Rupert's Legend Tony Knowles said his crew wasn't about to let a broken boom stop them from competing. The accident happened just before the sloop hit the water.
Knowles said: "We asked the race committee to give us a little time after that had happened. We had the appropriate sail and rig on for the win, but it was short notice when we came down here to support Barber J. I am just happy that we were able to sail. We showed the support that we came down here to do. We are always happy to be a part of the camaraderie amongst sailors. The Rupert's Legend will be back. It will be ready and faster than ever for the Long Island and the National Family Island Regatta."
The Long Island Fundraiser Regatta will be held next month, in Long Island. The National Family Island Regatta, is set for April 24-28, in Elizabeth's Harbour, Georgetown, Exuma.

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Men's relay team get their bronze medals - at last!
Men's relay team get their bronze medals - at last!

BOC President Wellington Miller said that one positive outlook that came out of this medal re-allocation is that Bahamians "now have the opportunity to see Bahamian heroes presented with Olympic medals in their home town."

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson said it is so important to let the athletes know that they are appreciated and supported...

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Baha Mar forms major art alliance

The mega resort Baha Mar has formed an alliance with the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) and the country's major art collectors that will provide an exciting new space to showcase Bahamian art.
Baha Mar President Tom Dunlap announced on Thursday night at the resort's topping off ceremony that Baha Mar is partnering with the NAGB, the D'Aguilar Art Foundation and the Dawn Davies Collection. Through the alliance, the NAGB will curate art works on loan from the D'Aguilar and Davies collections for the resort's gallery at the Baha Mar Convention Center.
The NAGB will also provide consultative services to help Baha Mar acquire and commission a diverse collection of new Bahamian art for the property's lobbies and guest rooms, Dunlap said.
NAGB Director Amanda Coulson described the alliance as a "galvanizing moment" for the culture industry in The Bahamas.
"It's significant that a world-class resort feels the NAGB brand and the Bahamian artists we champion are of such high quality that a partnership should be entered into and that we can use this as a strong motivation for visitors to choose The Bahamas as a culture destination," Coulson told Guardian Arts&Culture.
The partnership, she said, means that Bahamian art and culture are going to be at the forefront of the Baha Mar experience and will communicate the richness of the country's heritage to visitors from around the world.
"The space and opportunity they are affording us is also extraordinary both in size and scope, allowing NAGB to develop projects that we could not house in our current historical building; creating an artist-in-residence studio where artists can interact with visitors; commissioning and purchasing large-scale artworks - all from local artists - as well as providing us with a broad international reach without even having to ship a single work or person off-island."
The NAGB also worked closely with Baha Mar for the topping off ceremony.
NAGB chief curator John Cox curated the art segment of the ceremony, using a team of artists -- Chardo Barrett, Allan Wallace, Tyler Johnston, Jace McKinney and Sue Katz -- to illustrate the 'Roots and Wings' event concept.
During the formal segment of the ceremony, while speeches were being delivered, Barrett, Wallace, Johnston and McKinney created a painting on the stage. A replica of the painting was used as the official topping off 'tree'. Katz's piece "Roots & Wings", inspired by her "Cycle" installation currently featured in the NE6 at NAGB, was also featured during the ceremony.
Cox said it was an honor to be able to create the visual arts vision for the ceremony.
"Visual arts are growing in relevance and significance in the broader Bahamian community and this is evidenced by how institutions like Baha Mar are willing to put art in the forefront of such a significant milestone for the project," he said.
"It felt like the precursor to the collaboration that has already been solidified with (Baha Mar)."
In his ceremony speech, Baha Mar Chairman and CEO Sarkis Izmirlian said: "Roots and Wings. No other theme could better describe building Baha Mar. With our roots deeply grounded in authentic Bahamian culture and our wings made of a collection of extraordinary people and one of a kind world famous brands and alliances, the vision of Baha Mar is ready to take flight."

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'Big boost' from new non-stop flights
'Big boost' from new non-stop flights

The Bahamas will see a "big boost" from an additional 1,392 seats per month of airlift, as Delta Airlines will begin new non-stop service from four major U.S. cities beginning in December 2013.

Director General of Tourism David Johnson described the development on Friday as a "significant addition to our inventory"...

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Taylor signs letter of intent with John Brown University

A month and a half ago, D'Shon Taylor started his journey, in search of netting a four-year scholarship to attend college abroad. The 6'6" forward was hoping he could impress coaches with his ball handling, shooting and rebounding skills.
After visiting three institutions and playing in jam packed gymnasiums, where college scouts could see him, Taylor 'banked in' that game-winning shot. On Wednesday evening, he signed a national letter of intent with the John Brown University (JBU) Golden Eagles in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He will join the men's basketball team this fall.
"I came on this tour hoping to improve and secure a scholarship," said Taylor. "We played a few games, visited some schools just to get a feel of what college life is all about. It just so happened that John Brown heard of me after one game. They asked me to come in for a workout. They had expressed interest but really based their decision on my performance. When we were done, they pointed out a few things, so that was the start of our relationship.
"I am really excited but was more nervous about making the decision. I did my research and based my decision on the school's records and the workout we had that day. I think that the new relationship will assist with my game. I am looking forward to starting, and growing with the team. It is going to be an exciting journey and I am ready for it."
Taylor is a recent graduate of R.M. Bailey Senior High School. He led the R.M. Bailey Pacers to a Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) title and a Hugh Campbell title in 2011. It is reported that Taylor averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists during his senior year in Pacers country.
"We are so excited to add D'Shon to our program," said men's basketball Head Coach at John Brown University Clark Sheehy. "We feel like he has the academic background as well as the athletic ability to be a real asset to our program. We are looking forward to getting him here next fall."
The Golden Eagles play in the National Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). Their season is in full swing. The team has an overall win/loss record of 21-5.
Taylor said: "I think I can bring a lot of athleticism to the team. I can handle the ball and shoot pretty good, as well as play defense. I am very humble so I know that I can bring a positive winning attitude to the team. I want to be able to help the team out in any way possible. I look forward to working and playing with them. I want to grow with their program. I appreciate them for taking the time out and making this investment in me. I know through the help and grace of God, family and friends I will succeed. I owe it to my family to work hard. None of this could be possible without their help. I would like to thank my mom, Olga, and all those who gave me advice. The journey for me has just started and I know the future is bright."
Taylor is expected to major in electrical engineering. He will return home in a few days. Training will continue for him during the break. The 19 year-old is the nephew of former national volleyball team standout Cora Hepburn and brother of current national team member Davia Moss.

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Second defendant acquitted in murder case

A jury on Monday cleared the second person accused of the murder of Marie Metellus during a home invasion robbery.

Duran Johnson was unanimously cleared of Metellus' murder in the course of a burglary and armed robbery on December 31, 2010...

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Stingrays, Pros to meet in CAFL's Boil Fish Bowl
Stingrays, Pros to meet in CAFL's Boil Fish Bowl

The Orry J. Sands Pros will be a different team when they step on the field in two weeks, said Head Coach Shervin Johnson. Johnson didn't like how his team executed on Saturday, even though they were able to advance to the Commonwealth American Football League's (CAFL) championship...

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Two Men Die in Police Custody

Two suspects have died in police custody, police confirmed, although they were quiet on the details. A suspect in an attempted armed robbery, who sources identified as Matthew Jacob Pratt, 33, of Nassau Village, died around 4 p.m. at the Central Detective Unit on Friday.

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St. John's students lose graduation refund bid
St. John's students lose graduation refund bid

Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett yesterday rejected claims that it was "unreasonable" for the Anglican Central Education Authority (ACEA) to cancel graduation and prom for the St. John's College 2013 graduating class.

Sir Michael handed down his ruling in the Supreme Court...

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Doris Johnson Senior High School Officially Opened

Nassau, Bahamas -

Nine years after its construction,
Doris Johnson Senior High School was officially opened. The ceremony
was held on the school campus on Thursday, May 5.  Prime Minister,
the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham said he was 'elated' to be present
for the event and paid tribute to its patron, the late Dame Dr. Doris
Johnson.

"This school bears an impressive
name; that of an accomplished Bahamian woman," said Mr. Ingraham.
"Dame Doris was first and foremost an educator. A doctor of education,
she used her skills and talents to benefit many Bahamian children including
those with learning disabilities..."

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Bahamian Junior Achievers experience Johnson Wales University Wildcat Weekend

During the weekend of
Friday January 11, 2013 through Sunday January 13, 2013 Junior
Achievement partnered with Baha Mar to afford four students; two females
and two males representing both public and private schools to partake
in Wildcat Weekend hosted by Johnson & Wales University at their
North Miami campus. "The program is happy to afford four of our
achievers this fully sponsored college exploration experience. As a
member of JA, students that are accepted to Johnson & Wales
University receive a $3,000.00 scholarship", stated Lashanta Smith,
Programme Manager, JA New Providence Area.

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BFA mourns the passing of Paul Johnson

By SPORTS WRITER
For the Guardian
The Bahamas Football Association(BFA)â mourns the death of Paul'Pablo'Johnson. He passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
Johnson spent much of his life involved in football, joining the sport at an early age and playing for a number of years as one of the country's top goalkeepers. After coming out of high school, he started his career in 1968 with the Dynamos Youth, before joining the Dynamos senior team the following year. He then played for a few years with the Red Lions Football Club before leaving to join Nick's Body Shop(currently United FC)in the 1974-75 soccer season, where he played out the remainder of his career.
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Leroy Johnson, 69,

DEATH NOTICE: Leroy Johnson, 69, of Flint and Taylor street, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. He is survived by 3 Daughters: Naurae and Michelle Johnson and Natasha Ferguson, 6 Sisters, 2 Brothers and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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BFA mourns the passing of Paul Johnson

By SPORTS WRITER
For the Guardian

The Bahamas Football Association(BFA)â mourns the death of Paul'Pablo'Johnson. He passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
Johnson spent much of his life involved in football, joining the sport at an early age and playing for a number of years as one of the country's top goalkeepers. After coming out of high school, he started his career in 1968 with the Dynamos Youth, before joining the Dynamos senior team the following year. He then played for a few years with the Red Lions Football Club before leaving to join Nick's Body Shop(currently United FC)in the 1974-75 soccer season, where he played out the remainder of his career.
Being an o ...

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