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Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66

Funeral Service for the Late Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66 years of South Beach Estates, will be held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Glen C. Nixon will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by his loving and faithful Wife of 45 years: Frances Roberts; Children: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Shariff Roberts; Grandchildren: Kiran and Soraya Halkitis, Adero, Jaya, and Sameer Roberts; Sisters: Keva Nethersole, Donna Roberts, Dr. Lynda Roberts-Riddle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Delvera Wallace, Brenda Tinker, Patrice White of Savannah, Georgia, Marsha Roberts, Yolanda Thomas. He was predeceased by brothers Anthony, Robert and Dr. Stephen Roberts and survived by brothers: Bradley B. Roberts, Dr. Robin Roberts; Aunt: Ruth Rolle of Syracuse, New York; Son-in-Law: Senator Michael Halkitis; Daughter-in-Law: Donna Palmieri-Roberts; Sisters-in-law: Hartlyn Roberts, Winnifred Roberts, Carolyn I. Roberts, Mary Roberts, Carolyn Roberts, Ivy Drakeley, Marie Stewart; Brothers-in-law: Garfield Deal, Gilles Deal, Lincoln Deal, Livingston Stewart, Kenneth Drakeley, Donald White; Nieces: Nicole Roberts, Michelle Roberts, Tina Roberts, Stacey Roberts, Aliya Riddle, Simone Thompson, Darnell Joyner, Jennifer Roberts, Tamar Roberts, Ann Bedford, Therese Drakeley-Smith, Kimberely Drakeley, Sherry Fax, Barbara Darville, Jacqueline Russell, Sandy Bootle, Cindy Deal, Tara Deal, Roxanne Strachan; Nephews: Obie Roberts, Ryan Strachan, Simeon Roberts, Rupert Anthony Cyril "Duggie" Roberts IV , Chad Roberts, Stephen Roberts, Alex Riddle, Julian and Corey  Wallace, Elsworth Cumberbatch, Taj Anderson, Mario Stewart, Jason, Jaime and Luciano Cooper, George Fax, Paul Bethel, Lynden, Brian, and George Deal, Gilles Deal Jr., Kenneth Deal, Miguel Deal; Godchildren: Genaye Sturrup, Svetlana Thompson, 2666 Inspector Chaswell Andre Hanna of The RBPF, Garnell Curry. Dear relatives include: Elva Armbrister, Joy and Radcliffe Nichols, Debbie and Paul Longley, Wendy Lightbourne, Mae Albury and family, Franklyn Sands and family, Lynn Curry, Helaena Dean and family, Val Sturrup, Marie Dean and family, Rena Cargill, Carolyn Fox, Angie Sands, Anne Sands, Judy Turnquest, Agatha Green, Hortense Rahming and family, Nadine Rolle, Tasma Brighthaup, Kevin Rolle, Peter and Maria Wallace-Whitfield. Dearest friends include: Steve Kandel, Julian Brown, Anthony Ferguson, Sandra Knowles, Cherese and Samuel Brown, Inez Brown, Colleen Collie, Linda Dean, Helen and Maria Hanna of Katy, Texas, Beverly and Geno Nairn, Oswald and Yvonne Isaacs, Maria McKenzie, Constance Gardiner, Mae Culmer, Elaine Pinder,  Shirley Cooper, Joyce Bain, Brenda Gilbert of Toronto, Canada, Cyril Roberts, George Sherman, Walter Sherwood of Boston, Thomas A. Robinson,Reverend Godfrey and Judith Huyler, Herbert and Jenny Huyler, Angela Cartwright, Lilles Strachan, Elizabeth and Gladstone Mackey, Mitzi Swaby, Lamont "Yellow" Bain, Kiffer Morris, Randolph Scott, Pete Deveaux, Hervis Smith, Greg Knowles, Ruth Sands, Louise Thompson, Ruth Bowe Darville, Paula Williams, Phyllis and Basil Knowles, Rosie and Brendan Foulkes, Bishop Clarence Williams and Reverend Doctor Barbara Williams, Hopeful Hanna, Fred Ramsey, Bishop Samuel Green, Helena and Pam Ferguson, Deborah and Eugene Thompson and family, Chrissie Carroll, Carolyn Beneby, Henry and Alma Ferguson,  Jacinta Thompson, Dr. Caryn Sands-D'Aguilar and Adrian D'Aguilar Jr., Dr. Marcia Bassett, Dr. Sara Friday, Dr. Tamina Singh, Dr. D'Arbrielle Hunt-Burrows, Dr. Dionne Dames, Dr. Dane Bowe, Dr. Colleen Fitz-Charles. Special thanks to: The Nurses and Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Oncology Clinic, especially Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. Margo Munroe, Nurse Sylvia Butler, Nurse Beverly Williams, Mrs. Judy Ward-Carter, Mrs. Valderine Sweeting, Dr. John Lunn and staff especially Melanie Hanna and Karen Walcott, Dr. Wesley Francis, Dr. Delton Farquharson, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. Elizabeth Darville and the staff of Fourth Terrace Diagnostics, Physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Dr. John Abbruzzese, Dr. Jean Vauthey and Alicia Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital A&E Staff especially Drs. Horton and Joseph, the staff of Bonaventure Medical Laboratory, the staff of Doc's Pharmacy, the Nurses of Private Medical Ward, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral community, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Father Glen Nixon, Sisters of Saint Martin Monastery, his caregiver, Nurse Pearl Mills and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
**There will be NO Public Viewing.
In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be sent to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539.
In celebration of Vaughn's life the family requests that all attendees wear the colors of the rainbow.

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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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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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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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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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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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Higgs and Johnson partner attends Bar Leaders' Conference

Higgs and Johnson Partner Tara A. A. Archer attended the International Bar Association's (IBA) Bar Leaders' Conference and the mid-year Officers' meeting that took place in Zurich, Switzerland.

The IBA is the world's leading organization of international legal practitioners with more than 50,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies, spanning all continents, among its members...

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Junior Achievers Experience Johnson Wales University Wildcat Weekend

Nassau, Bahamas - 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.

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John Culmer, 75
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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'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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Extra bail terms to guard witness


THE Court of Appeal ordered additional conditions be put on the bail terms of a man accused of a 2009 murder, in an effort to negate the risk of the accused interfering with a key witness to the incident.

During yesterday's appeal hearing, 27-year-old Kevin Dawkins - who was recently granted bail in the Supreme Court by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs - was told by appellate court Justices Christopher Blackman, Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh, that his movements would have to be electronically monitored. He was also told that he could not leave New Providence.

His original bail conditions only stated that he was not to leave the country without permissio ...

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Cell phone service issues continue one week after hurricane


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 ...

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'Reno' gets seventh straight win - second on points


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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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Police Seek Barber in Connection with Woman's Death

POLICE believe they have made headway in the investigation into the death of Oneika Johnson, the 21-year-old woman who was murdered in San Salvador on Sunday. They are seeking a 27-year-old barber, who police say was involved in a relationship with Ms Johnson.

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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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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 has not confirmed the exact description of the watches.

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CJ hears closing arguments in St. John's College case
CJ hears closing arguments in St. John's College case

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...

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Brother Harrison John Kelly, 83
Brother Harrison John Kelly, 83

Funeral Service for Brother Harrison John Kelly, 83, affectionately called “Pa” of Lower Bogue Eleuthera, who died December 29th at his residence, will be held on Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Charles Wesley Methodist Church Lower Bogue Eleuthera. Rev. John Baldwin II assisted by Pastor Ednol Cash will officiate and interment will follow in the Public Cemetery Lower Bogue Eleuthera.

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THE bail hearing of convicted drug dealer Melvin Maycock Sr in the Court of Appeal has been delayed to Friday morning due to the absence of a judge.

The 47-year-old appeared in appellate court yesterday morning before Justices Christopher Blackman, Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh expecting his application to be heard.

However, the justices explained to Maycock's attorneys Wayne Munroe, Jomo Campbell and Tonique Lewis, that the full panel hearing the matter was not present.

Appellate court president Justice Anita Allen is on that panel.

The convict is applying for bail pending the outcome of his appeal on a conviction of drug possession wi ...

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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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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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Words Made Flesh

The infancy narrative in the Gospel of John is distinctly different than those found in the Synoptic Gospels. His account of the birth of Jesus is not in the narrative style of Mark, Matthew and the Lucan account. In his rendering of the incarnation John writes: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

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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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Grenade thrown into Punch building

The police force's bomb squad detonated a hand grenade that was found in The Punch Publications Limited building on Farrington Road, late Monday night.
Officers responding to the building's alarm, which was activated around 11:45 p.m., met the entrance door smashed in, police said.
The grenade was just inside the reception area, according to police.
No one was inside the building at the time of the incident.
When The Nassau Guardian arrived, several officers were processing the scene and preparing to conduct a controlled detonation, according to officers.
After more than an hour, an officer wearing a blast suit carrying denotation equipment cleared the remaining glass from the entrance door and entered the building.
A short while later the street was cleared and the order was given to detonate the grenade.
The explosion caused some damage to the reception area, but the rest of the building was not affected.
Jill Albury, The Punch's marketing manager, said she was alerted about the alarm being triggered around midnight and drove to the building.
Albury said she was shocked to learn that someone had attacked The Punch, and was thankful that the grenade did not explode as intended.
She said the organization has received threats in the past, but none was made recently.
The Punch was opened for business yesterday.
Asked whether the company considered shutting its doors, Albury said, "We will continue to roll as usual".
Accounts Manager Charlene Johnson said the attack has unnerved staff and the possibility of a future attack is concerning.
Johnson said the incident will bring about new security policies, which The Punch hopes will prove effective in the event of a future attack.
Publisher of The Punch Ivan Johnson was reportedly off the island yesterday.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said the grenade was being forensically accessed.

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Temporary shutdown of LPIA creates delays

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.

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Man On Murder Charge
Man On Murder Charge

Keno Johnson, 28, was yesterday charged with murder in connection with a body discovered in southern New Providence nearly a week ago.

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The measure of a man

In six days at Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, Reverend Peter Alexander Rahming Sr. the country's first permanent Bahamian deacon will proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St. Mark 3:1-6 for the final time, before retiring from the permanent diaconate of the Archdiocese of Nassau.
Rev. Rahming was introduced to Christ on December 20, 1930 as Fr. Arnold Mondlock, OSB administered the sacrament of baptism at the altar of Our Lady's Church. It wasn't long before Rev. Rahming took on his responsibility to Christ and in receiveing the sacraments of the Eucharist and confirmation while making his humble presence felt in the community as a bell ringer, altar server and organist at the early mass.
His potential was identified by Fr. Preston Moss who facilitated Rev. Rahming's application that would lead to his ordination as a permanent deacon on June 29, 1973 by Bishop Leonard Hagarty, OSB.
That marked the first time that the Catholic church in The Bahamas had conducted such an ordination. Rev. Lawrence Bethel was the second candidate for the permanent diaconate.
After his ordination, Deacon Rahming was transferred from Our Lady's to serve as administrator of the diocese's newest parish, Church of the Resurrection in 1974. The ensuing 11 years saw that parish's population grow from approximately 30 to over 200 parishioners.
While there, Rev. Rahming also ensured that the Gospel was taken beyond the walls of the parish church by establishing ministries including the women's auxiliary, men's group and a highly motivated, spirit-filled youth group.
In 1985, he was reassigned to Our Lady's Parish to continue his supportive ministry.
Over the years, Deacon Rahming demonstrated his willingness to take Christ's light to the smallest communities throughout the Family Islands. As a result, he is, by far, the most easily identified deacon of the archdiocese. And most people are amazed at his ability to juggle tasks within the super-busy parish of Our Lady's, work with the poor and the sick, assist people through death, manage the Catholic cemeteries, perform duties as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, and diligently execute special assignments on behalf of Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder.
The untold number of people to whom Rev. Rahming lent assistance speaks volumes of the man. His life's work sufficiently speaks to his worth.
Over the years, he has worked closely with Bishop Leonard Hagarty, Archbishop Lawrence Burke, Father Marcian Peters, Monsignor Preston Moss, Monsignor John Johnson, Father Michael Kelly and most recently, Father Alain Laverne.
In 1989, Rev. Rahming was honored with the award of the British Empire Medal (B.E.M.) in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Deacon Rahming's final Gospel will be proclaimed on Wednesday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Rahming was born in the wake of the destructive hurricane of 1926 in the quaint and quiet city of Nassau. It is said he gave life and light to Peter Street and to his parents, John Rahming and Albertha Kerr. And that he had light and lived a life that could not be stifled even through challenges from the effects of the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, segregation and poverty.
Through his life he worked as a teacher, mason, tailor apprentice, and qualified himself as an aircraft engineer. Rev. Rahming's life and light gave credence to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assessment that "the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  It is said that Rev. Rahming met the measure.
Even today, though tempered by age, it is said that his strength, courage, persistence, sincerity, and non-tolerance of frivolous trifling things are distinguishing traits which have withstood time's test.
Having been raised in a close-knit family, he learned early that a good family life is essential for balance. He has been married to the former Pearl Douglas for 54 years. The union was blessed with four children - Patreece, Antoinette, Peter and Preston -  12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Leading his family has been a vocation of love that has blessed him daily. He loves his Pearl and oftentimes jokes, "She still right there giving orders!"  The two have raised children of sterling character, a testimony to their commitment to fulfill their covenant with God.
His love was not confined to family. He touched the lives of many, including the "Big Six" (his brother Clifford Rahming, Charlie Wright, Joseph Malcolm, Dudley Gilbert and Frederick North) ties that were severed only by death. Today, he is the lone survivor of that group.

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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

"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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Lawyer wants prisoners cell phones banned

A lawyer has called on officials to eliminate cell phone access for prisoners.
Elsworth Johnson was motivated to speak out on the issue after he learned of an incident where a member of the public received a threatening call from an inmate.
Johnson said that prisoners use the devices to intimidate witnesses, abuse members of the public and pervert the administration of justice.
" I was filled with rage that such a coward and many others like him are permitted on a daily basis to conduct their affairs with impunity," he said.  "Here I am in New Providence, unable to communicate with my family in Cat Island in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, and prisoners seem to be able to communicate better than I can."
National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest told Parliament recently of plans to purchase a cell phone jammer.
He said, "The unauthorized use of cell phones within prisons continues to pose a serious challenge, and my ministry is determined to find a more effective means of curtailing their use. In this regard, we are seeking the installation of a cellular telephone jammer to selectively block the use of cell phones within the prison compound by persons who are unauthorized to make use of them."
Prison officials confiscated 240 cell phones from inmates at the prison between January to May this year.
Smuggling contraband is a lucrative business.  Former inmates told The Nassau Guardian recently that they have paid from $200 to $1,000 for cell phones.  According to those inmates, prices differ depending on the inmates' relationship with the guards, the type of phone and their location in the prison.  An inmate claimed that guards allegedly  kept his phone overnight and charged it to reduce the chances of it being confiscated in a raid.
News reports have documented incidents where inmates at the prison have used the devices to intimidate witnesses, plan escapes, orchestrate crimes and even order hits.
A man accused of murder reportedly had a bail application denied after prosecutors alleged that he had contacted an eyewitness and promised that she would be the victim of a 187, the street code for murder.
However, some inmates said not everyone with an illegal cell phone uses it for a sinister purpose.
"Everyone doesn't have a phone to do foolishness. Sometimes you just want to contact your loved ones," an inmate said.  "If we had phone access like a prison in (a) foreign (country), they could monitor the conversations."
In a prior interview, Turnquest said guards could face dismissal or other disciplinary sanctions if caught smuggling phones. Inmates found with phones could have time added to their sentences or face further criminal charges if it is found their phones were used to commission an 'egregious criminal act."
Turnquest said the government was committed to eliminating cell phone usage at the prison. Officials purchased a cell phone jammer following the murder of Cpl. Deon Bowles during a prison escape in 2006.  However, the device blocked phones outside the prison compound, which is located in a residential community.
A police investigator told an inquest into Bowles' death that inmates had given him the names of guards responsible for smuggling contraband.

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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.
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