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Carol Johnson, 77 of Chippingham died at her residence on Friday 5th August 2011.
She is survived by her: sons: Gladstone D. Stuart, Osmond Johnson; Daughters: Leslie Norville, Joan Johnson Sweeting; sisters: Hazel Coleby, Ena Miller, Sybil McGillon, Sharon Smith; brothers: Allan Cleare, Willard, Ernal, Luther Cleare; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) has announced that the Nominations Committee for this year's Excellence Awards has released the names of all nominees submitted to the Blue Ribbon Panel.
The annual awards program is designed to pay tribute to "people power" - a critical asset of The Bahamas' financial services industry, according to the BFSB.
In a release issued yesterday, the BFSB stated that human resource development is of primary significance to sustaining growth of the financial services sector and the institution "firmly believes that capacity building to meet the myriad challenges and opportunities that confront us in today's globally competitive environment is key to success."
This year's Gala Awards Dinner is scheduled to be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on November 1.
Members are encouraged to come out and support these "Stars of our Industry" as they are recognized by their peers.
Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, also will present the "Minister's Award" for excellence in Financial Services. That recipient will be kept confidential for first announcement at the Awards Dinner. Nominees in each category are as follows:
Achiever of the Year
Bronishka A. Black, Senior Associate, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas) Ltd.
Chanti P. Brown, Human Resources Officer, Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Jeannette Jean, Private Banking Administrator, Societe Generale Private Banking.
Kasynthi Bodie, Financial Officer, Julius Baer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
Katrina M. Pinder, Sr. Operations Officer, Commonwealth Bank Limited.
Lavanda M. Dean, Payments & Cash Specialist, UBS (Bahamas) Limited.
Marvin A. Dean, Dip CII, Account Executive, J.S. Johnson & Company Ltd.
Taran S. Mackey, Trust Administrator, International Protector Group Ltd.
Professional of the Year
Anita Bain, CPA, CA, TEP, Immediate Past Chairperson, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Denise D. Turnquest, Senior Vice President-Credit Risk, Commonwealth Bank Ltd.
Elvira Lowe, TEP, Director, Americas Team Head, UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.
Felicia S. Mott-Smith, Head of Private Banking/Trust, Societe Generale Private Banking.
Kim D. Thompson, VP Human Resource/Company Director, Equity Trust Bahamas.
Nikia Woodside, TEP, Asst. VP/Team Leader Trust Administration, Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited.
Rochelle M. Rolle, CPA, Director, Head of Compliance, Julius Baer Bank & Trust.
Ronique T. Tinker, Risk & Compliance Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank (Bah) Ltd.
Sharon Colebrook, TEP, CAMS, Sr. Manager Process Optimization, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas) Ltd.
Sherry M. Brown, Claims Supervisor, J.S. Johnson & Co.
Terrence S. Carey, Sr. Manager-Corporate Credit-Grand Bahama & Family Islands, Bank of the Bahamas.
Mentor of the Year
Jamison J. Davis, Manager-Collections, Bank of The Bahamas
Katherine Y. Hamilton, Acting Manager-Training, Commonwealth Bank Limited.
Executive of the Year
Cassandra Nottage, Bank Supervision Manager, Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Jasmine Y. Davis, CPA, CA, President, Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.
John K.F. Delaney QC, Senior Partner, Delaney Partners.
Robert A.F. Bartlett, Senior Manager, Customer Service, J.S. Johnson & Company.
W. Larry Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Bahamas Realty Ltd.
In addition, a separate Industry Panel has released the names of the Student of the Year nominees:
Student of the Year
Dominique E. Rolle - BBA Accounting.
Jasmine L. Williams - BBA Banking and Finance (with Spanish).
Jonelle A. Fox - BBA Management.
Myah D. Moss - BBA Accounting.
Raquel L. Fowler - BBA CIS/Applications Programming.
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."
Funeral service for Evangelist Mother Frances Vernitta Wilson, 89 yrs., a resident of #9 Hutchinson Street, & formerly of Forbes Hill, Exuma, who died on 2nd March, 2012, will be held at Mission Through Faith Church of God, Soldier Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Benjamin Gibson & Bishop Rupert Johnson. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter WRC 842 Mary Wilson; son: Stanley and Jacklyn Barr; grandchildren: Lagenia Gibson, Sargent Desmond (H.M.P.) & Charlisa Miller, Cicylea & Terrell Dorsette, Annisha, Jessica,Cyntish, Natasha, Ingrid & Narissa; caretaker: Faye Nelson; great grandchildren: Schyonne, Jermaine, Re'gene, Jayden, Joshua, Terlyah, Aryanna, Derick Jr., Jewel, Brynette, Regnisha, Juliuessa, Destinee & Ricqea; sisters-in-law: Lorain Smith, Cathecist Adline Wilson of Bowen Sound, Andros & Eunice Austin of Ft. Lauderdale Fl.; stepmother-in-law: Frances Wilson of Salina Point, Acklins; nieces: Angela, Donna, Sandra, Regina, Rachael, Carla, Tammy, Jennifer, Kayla, Roxy, Maggie, Meagan, Naya, Kim and others; nephews: Nekita, Lernard, Barry, Barette, Davis Aaron & others; godchildren: Shane, Marsh, Denise, Sherryann; other relatives & friends: All Patrons of G's Beauty Salon, Pearline Johnson & family, Clementina Butler & family, Norma Dawkins & family, Lydia, Emma Lightbourne & family, Mr. Michael Simms & family, Genia Pinder, Faye Sawyer & family of Harbour Island, Judy Paul & family, Vivia James of Jamaica, Arthur Kowles, Nursing Officer Icelyn Sweeting, Clara Cooper & Patrice Bethel & family, Derick Brown, Nelvin Grant, the Fenelons, the Johnsons, Tyrone Murphy of Mayaguana, Olive Brown, Alice Bain, Paula Strachan, Yvette Fernander, Shermane, Phillippa, Mary, Charmaine, Marvinique (Melonie), Melda, Clyde, Marva, Leona Munnings, Loraine, Monique, Janet, Regeneration Ministry Church family, Greater Bethel Church family, & all Churches in Pentecostal Assemblies of the World & the entire Bain Town Community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for John Hubert Gibson, Sr, 78 of Seven Hills Estates and formerly of Masonís Bay, Acklins, will be held on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 10:00a.m.
Church of God Convention Center
Joe Farrington Road
Reverend Dr. Alonzo Hinsey
Other Ministers of the Gospel
Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive
Johnís memory will forever be cherished by his loving and faithful wife of 55 years: Curlean Gibson; children: Delworth and Zener Gibson, Roland and Arlean Hort ...
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 Johnstonís Studio in Little Harbour, Abaco.
Bishop Simeon Hall tells colleagues that religious leaders lose their sense of right and wrong too often
Religious leaders are called to be God's people and as such must not stand in guilty silence when they see an "execution" of any kind about to happen, and they should make a difference by being courageous, standing up and saying something.
"Too many of us wait for and need our ministry to be confirmed by whose guest list we are on," said Bishop Simeon Hall, pastor emeritus at New Covenant Baptist Church, at a pastors' lunch at his alma mater American
Baptist Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. "You and I are called to be God's people, and we must not stand in guilty silence because of fear, favor or prejudice. The courage to stand is a call to make a qualitative difference. The courage to stand is to stand up and say my calling supersedes what you might offer me."
Using Matthew 14: 6-12 as his reference and the story of Herod at his birthday banquet and the guests who looked the other way even as John the Baptist was beheaded. The execution of John the Baptist he told them is not a popular narrative. He said that preachers tend to avoid it because the details are gory, sordid and unpleasant. He reminded them that in the story some of the worst details of cruel self-indulgences and perverse human spirits are revealed.
"Most times when you hear this story it is skirted over hurriedly with no concerned attempt to make its details the subject of sustained meditation and reflection. This text exposes certain realities and raises an issue with which we might not be at all comfortable. Usually upon reading the story we are confronted with the main characters only such as Herod, Herodias and Herodias' daughter, and we quickly push harsh judgment upon them.
"Indeed, Herod Antipas was guilty of double incest and double adultery. He married his niece, his brother's wife while his brother was still alive and he drove his wife from him by this union. Sometimes it is right to break a promise when the promise involves in its fulfillment the commission of a crime. But Herod wished to gratify the malice of an ill-gotten wife and to vindicate his authority in the presence of his silent guests. But let me invite you to shift your focus from Herod, Herodias and even John the Baptist to look at the silent guests at the banquet."
Bishop Hall told his colleagues that while people rush to pass judgment on the main characters in the story they are not the people with whom most of them can readily identify. But he said that at some point in their lives, most people have been "quiet guests at the banquet." He said those guests were the "mucka mucks" of the day.
"It is because most of us sitting in privileged positions, indulge in guilty silence that the ministries we head sometimes lose their relevance and the cutting edge feature common to the first century church," said Hall. "The privilege of modernity has sometimes cushioned some of us so that we forget that this institution that we celebrate had its birth because of an intercourse between structured evil and retrogressive social policy."
Hall said that too often religious leaders who are privileged to sit and interact with power and influence lose their sense of right and wrong at the expense of those whose lives could be positively impacted by a simple sign of protest.
He challenged them to think of one person whose life had been beset by misfortune and that person whose life might have been changed had they tried to do something. He asked them to think of a situation where they ought to have been more courageous but sat in guilty silence.
"Too often we find ourselves privileged to sit in positions and places where evil and wrong are being perpetrated, but we nestle ourselves in the comfortable seat of the invited guests, comfortable with the privileged invitation, but not accepting the concomitant responsibility to raise a finger to right a damnable wrong."
The bishop said that structured evil and entrenched wrong are so much a part of world systems that some people will never get invited to the king's banquet. And that even worse is the fact that as they sat as guests at the king's table there was a prophet of God imprisoned in the king's dungeon whose only crime was he obeyed his calling and spoke truth to power.
"The picture the Bible paints of John was not an attractive one, he was a hermit, his dress unbecoming and his message disturbing. But would you not agree with me that his worth as a human being and his ministry was worth more than a plate of food. By God's grace, ministry is calling and a privilege. The scope of your ministry should be extended beyond who you are," said Hall.
He further told his peers that big preachers with small messages were one of the most disturbing features of today's pulpit. He said religious leaders privileged to be guests at the king's banquet must embrace the responsibility to stand courageously in support of the least, the lost and the left out.
"In our fallen world, there are very often iniquitous structures, evil systems, exploitive organizations which victimized and marginalized people exploiting their weaknesses, pushing them to the edge of quiet desperation, and we Christian leaders are guests at the banquet sitting in guilty silence eating cheesecake. Which is worse -- a murderous, adulterous Herod or the cute and prim guest who sits in silence? Which is worse, the dancing daughter or the seated guests, indifferent to the beheading of the man of God?"
Hall said that like it or not, they sometimes unwittingly become accomplices in the evil towards which they are indifferent, and that the courage to stand is neither for the weak or the fearful. He told them that if they stand for right and social justice they might find themselves in the king's dungeon while the king and his guests are seated at a banquet.
Hall told them to look into themselves and ask themselves what it was that caused them to shy away from helping others who are disadvantaged, marginalized or being harmed right in our presence. And to also ask why it is that they who are called to imitate Christ pass over to the other side in the face of a simple effort to ameliorate person's hurt and shame.
"Why are we slow to stand courageously, especially for others? The vexing social insanities of our current scene call for more personal boldness on the part of all those who by social precedence are in hear-shout of power and influence," said Hall. "Too many of us wait for and need our ministry to be confirmed by whose guest list we are on. You and I are called to be God's people, and we must not stand in guilty silence because of fear, favor or prejudice. The courage to stand is a call to make a qualitative difference. The courage to stand is to stand up and say my calling supersedes what you might offer me," he said.
Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett yesterday said he is "struggling" with deciding whether it was "unreasonable" for the Anglican Central Education Authority (ACEA) to cancel graduation and prom for the St. John's College 2013 senior class.
Attorneys representing the ACEA and 26 students of St. John's College made closing submissions before Sir Michael in the Supreme Court...
Eleuthera, Bahamas Ė 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.
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"...
Heavy rainfall prompted Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials to close Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for about 30 minutes yesterday, causing a series of delays in flight landings and departures, according to an official from the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).
NAD's Communications Manager Shonalee King-Johnson said ATC made the call to shut down the airport just after 1 p.m.
King-Johnson said that at the time of the closure several flights were due to land, but had to circle the area until they were given clearance.
"Meantime, some of the departing flights had to be held due to air saturation, meaning flights that were in the air, we had to make sure that those aircraft landed safely and then release the others to depart," King-Johnson said.
"So the priority was obviously given to the flights that were in the air."
She added that five flights on the U.S. Departures side were scheduled to depart during the impacted timeframe and experienced delays of up to one hour.
Air Traffic Control official Keith Major said ATC ordered the closure due to low visibility.
Major said the control tower does not allow airlines to operate when visibility is below one mile.
Meteorologist Neil Armstrong reported yesterday that 3.8 inches of rain fell in the previous 24 hours at the airport.
Armstrong noted that thunderstorm activity is not unusual during this time of year.
He said slight flooding is also expected in low lying areas.
A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect up to 6 p.m. yesterday.
Forecasters said light rain is expected today.
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...
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.
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
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
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
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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.
"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.
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."
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...
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.
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
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 ...
By LAMECH JOHNSON
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 ...
By LAMECH JOHNSON
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 ...
Continuing in its tradition of rewarding excellence in education, Custom Computers teamed up this year with The Hewlett-Packard Company to present brand new computers to the winners of its Fourth Annual Aís For Excellence Awards Competition on Saturday, September 3rd, at its Cable Beach Location. The promotion which started earlier this year, allowed students throughout the Bahamas who received at least one ĎAí grade on their final report card, a chance to win the prizes donated by HP.
By LAMECH JOHNSON
A DETAILED version of the Court of Appeal ruling rejecting convicted sex offender Bishop Randy Fraser's bail application is expected to be revealed in court on Thursday.
Appellate court president Justice Anita Allen and Justices Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh are expected to issue the written document nearly six weeks after announcing their decision at the end of Fraser's bail hearing.
Fraser appeared before the appellate court on December 16 seeking to be granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal.
In November, he was convicted in Magistrate's Court of having sex with a minor between July 2005 and February 2006.
Prosecutors argued t ...
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.
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.