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January 21, 2013
Prime Minister unveils plaque honouring JFK

NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie participated in the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the visit of United States President John F Kennedy to The Bahamas in 1962.
The unveiling ceremony was held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the 'Conference Corner' - Blake Road and West Bay Street to commemorate the meeting of President Kennedy and then British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Trees were then planted to mark that occasion.
Present for the plaque unveiling was Robert F Kennedy Jr, nephew of the late president and son of his brother, the late Senator Robert F Kennedy; actress Cheryl Hines; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell; United States Charge' d' Affaires John Dinkleman; Cabinet Ministers, Members of the Diplomatic Corp and other Government officials.
The unveiling of the plaque comes one month after the planting of ficus trees, both symbols said to be reminders of the significance of the visit of President John F. Kennedy, his spirit vision and his legacy.
"On 21 December 2012, on this very spot, we celebrated the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, the only sitting American President to visit The Bahamas in an official capacity. Today, one month later, we return to this historic site to continue those celebrations, on this occasion, however, with the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, Mr. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., to whom I wish to extend personal greetings and a warm welcome to The Bahamas," the Prime Minister said.

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March 01, 2012
Valdez Johnson, 75

Funeral service for Valdez Johnson, 75, a resident of James Cistern, Eleuthera, who died on 21st February, 2012, will be held at Wesley Methodist Church, James Cistern, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenya Lovelle, assisted by Rev. Dr. Godfrey Bethel & Pastor Henry Whyte. Interment follows in James Cistern Public Cemetery, Eleuthera.

Cherished memories will always linger in the hearts of loved ones, family and friends including her surviving siblings Cyril Johnson, her brother and Sylvia, her sister.

Nephews: Ricardo, Steven, Kyle, Rex, Vernal, Elvis, Melvin, George, Samuel, Kingsley, Henry, Andrew of Freeport, Tyrone and Erskine Johnson and Daryl Davis of Orlando, ...

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October 20, 2011
Eliza Eileen McCartney, 80

Funeral Service for Eliza Eileen McCartney, age 80 years, of No.64 Golf Course Drive, Sea Breeze Estates, will be held on Tuesday October 25th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at East Street Gospel Chapel, No. 83 East Street. Officiating will be Pastor Tom Roberts assisted by other ministers. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Memories of her life will forever be cherished by her husband: William (Al) McCartney Sr.; five children: William "Billy" McCartney Jr., Dr. Barrett McCartney, Lennox McCartney, Keith McCartney and Tamara McCartney-Cargill; nineteen grand children: William III (Lethera), Jamaal, Kino (Lisa) McCartney; Tiffany Charlton, Mario (Monique), Michelle, Melissa and Kamron McCartney, Georgette (Paul) Turnquest, Brandon, Adrien, Marlies and Brianna McCartney; Darren, Karl, Drew and Keisha McCartney and Ian and Tia Cargill; nine great grand children: Leah, William IV, Layell, Krysten and Daniel McCartney, Gabrielle and Jeffrey Charlton , Maisha Anderson, Sarai McCartney; one sister: Charmaine Johnson; one brother: George Clifford Culmer; four daughters-in-law: Margaret Pratt-McCartney, Carolyn Delancy-McCartney, Alanna Moss-McCartney and Desiree Williams-McCartney; one son-in-law: Ian Cargill; four adopted sisters: Coramae Major, Joan Adderley, Mavis Bowe and Ann Cancino; three adopted brothers: Dr. Timothy, William (Wilmac) and Clinton McCartney; four brothers-in-law: Henry Sands, William (Archie) Carey, Charles Wallace, and Charles Arnold McCartney; five sisters-in-law: Corliss and Delores (Laurie) Culmer,  Ivis Carey, Dorothy Moncur, and Angela Wallace;  nieces: Sarah Patsy Ingraham, Deloris Culmer, Sarah Lizetta (Rodger) Newman, Crystal (Sherman) Culmer, Ruth (John) Thompson, Henrietta (Spence) Bethel, Anita Patty,  Deanne (Jerry) Anderson, Adrianna Anderson, Gabrielle and Caroline Culmer,  Cislyn Simmons,  Deitra Delancy, Dale (Perry) McHardy, Shawn (Hon O. A. Tommy) Turnquest,  Kim (Dwayne) Gibson, Alexandra, Amanda and Anita Moncur,  Dr. Charlene Wallace-Ferguson, Kayla Hilton and Tonya Tynes; nephews: Keddy (Anita), Kirk (Lavina), Phillip (Natasha) and Glen Culmer,  Leonard Garror (Pam),  Brian and Oscar (Dawn) Sands, Myles and Marc Richard Culmer, William (Phillipa), Philip, Peter, and Craig Delancy; Augustus (Conra) Moncur, Carvill Wallace and Garvin and Mark McCartney; other relatives and friends including: Clarice Granger, Gloria Strachan, Hon. Perry G. and Mrs. Christie, the families of the late Talmadge, Benjamin and Richard Sands; the families of the late Herman,  Hillard and Charlie Culmer;  the family of the late Edith Ingraham; the Culmer family of Savannah Sound, Eleuthera; the McCartney family, the Carey family, the Allen family, the Thompson family, the Gibson family and the Staff of Commonwealth Fabrics and its many loyal customers.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Assembly of Brethren Christian Life Centre (C.L.C.) in Memory of Eliza Eileen McCartney would be appreciated and can be made at the Royal Bank of Canada Palmdale Branch account # 102-590-7.

Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Monday October 24th, 2011, from 10:30 a.m until 4:00 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday October 25th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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December 02, 2011
Philip Charlton Phil Burrows, 51

Mr. Philip Charlton "Phil" Burrows age 51 years of #13 Windward Road; Imperial Park Sea Breeze Estates will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 7:30pm at The United Christian Cathedral, Flamingo Gardens.
 
Garnet Funeral Service
For

Mr. Philip Charlton "Phil" Burrows age 51 years of #13 Windward Road; Imperial Park Sea Breeze Estates will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:45am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Thomas P. Brislin C.P., assisted by Deacon Andrew Burrows will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
 
The Radiance of this "Garnet of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his:
Loving Wife of Twenty Three Years: Ida Rudell Armbrister-Burrows;
Three Brothers: David, Kevin and Brent Burrows;
Three Sisters: Jennifer Johnson, Donna McKenzie and Karen Burrows;
Three Nephews: Rodney Johnson Jr., Jonathan Burrows and Sven Ambrose;
Seven Nieces: Rhodnia Johnson, Samantha McKenzie, Esterleta, Keva, Kenesha, Lashanda and Dana Burrows;
Three Uncles: George W. W. Gardiner, George and Kendal Burrows;
Three Aunts: Mavis and Rose Burrows and Cynthia Holmes;
Grand Nephew: Garrett Johnson;
Grand Aunt: Clothilda Miller;
Father-in-law: Everette William Armbrister;
Brother-in-law: William Everette Armbrister;
Four Sisters-in-law: Sandra, Rose and Renee Armbrister and Janette Burrows;
Grandmother-in-law: Beulah Armbrister;
Uncle-in-law: Selwyn Armbrister;
Aunt-in-law: Lorna Armbrister;
Cousins: Marla, Keno and Anton Strachan, Jerry, Patricia and Kayla Rutherford, Carlene Holmes, Perry and Philipa Smith, Carol, Sonya, Kenneth, Kenyon, Jerinimo, Taj, Kishler and Tash Parker, Jamal and Adrian Miller, Betty and Kirk Horton, Jeremy Mullings, Erin Delancy, Darren Glinton, Demal Seymour, Jerice McDonald, Latoissa Humes, D'Andraha and Danielle;
Other loving family and friends including: Joycelyn Strachan and Family, Bernard and Nellie Brennen, Anton McKenzie, Debbie Farrington, Muntrella and DJ Woodard, Bishop Albert Hepburn and Family, United Christian Church Family, Rev. Charles Young and Family, Steven Strachan and Family Elizabeth Newbold, Llewlyn Newbold & Family, Roselyn Newbold & Family, Ruby Hepburn and Family, Wyndham Resort & Casino, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Staff of Royal Bank of Canada, Bahamas Chapter IAAP, Aquinas College Class of 77, Lyford Cay Club, A. F. Adderley Class of 78, Christine Bain, Diane Albury, Sandra Dee Leadon, Don & Dot Major, Rosemary Roker, Ena Burrows, Yvonne Curry, Henry Williams, Nelson Brown, Dawn Gray and Family, Tanya Turnquest, Renee McKay, Shelley Pritchard, Alicia Green, Rose McDonald, Lynn Hunt, Princess Rahming, Helen and Dencil Barr, Lilly Burrows, Anzlo and Sharon Strachan, Sydney Forbes and Family, Judith Atkins & Family, Michael Moss & Family, The Brennen's, The Bamboo Town Community.
 
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road of Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2pm to 6pm and at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 9:00am to service time.
 

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December 09, 2014
High honor for Higgs Johnson lawyer

Higgs & Johnson is pleased to announce that its partner, Surinder Deal received the 2014 TerraLex "Lawyer of the Year" award during a global gathering of more than 150 member firm lawyers. TerraLex is a leading association of independent law firms made up of a worldwide network of 15,000 attorneys in more than 155 top independent law firms, located in 100 countries. Higgs & Johnson is a proud member of this association which assists the firm in guiding clients through the challenges of global business.
Every year TerraLex recognizes a member firm lawyer for their devotion to providing innovative solutions for clients, furthering the profession and for contributing to the development of TerraLex.
TerraLex noted, "Surinder has championed TerraLex's efforts for increasing member firm lawyer collaboration by ensuring that our global gatherings are productive and focused on seeking new business together. Her innovative approach to managing these efforts has led to a greater focus on multi-jurisdictional work across the TerraLex network and as a result has led to an increase in creative approaches to client matters around the world."
Managing Partner Oscar N. Johnson, Jr., who attended the AGM, stated, "Surinder is most deserving of this prestigious recognition. She has tirelessly served as regional chair for the Central America/Caribbean regions and as a director of TerraLex for many years. We are very proud of this accomplishment and wholeheartedly believe that TerraLex made an excellent choice based on her talent, experience and expertise."

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August 09, 2011
Lady Nathalie sweeps Acklins

It was home sweet home for the Campari Lady Nathalie last weekend, as the sloop cleaned up in Lovely Bay, Acklins. Eleazor Johnson's prized B-class possession won all three races in the series to emerge as the overall champion of the 38th Annual Acklins Regatta.

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May 26, 2012
Rain puts a damper on softball schedule

Executives of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) will have to determine when the association's next two games will be played.
The rainy weather has already forced them to postpone four games, two of which they planned to play last night. If the rain continues, today's games will be in jeopardy. The four games that were re-scheduled were supposed to be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
When Guardian Sports spoke to Arthur Johnson, public relations officer at the NPSA early yesterday, he was scheduled to inspect the fields hours before the first pitch in Friday night's game.
He said: "We hope to play this evening (Friday) for the games that should have been played on Tuesday that were rained out. We had put those games for Wednesday, but they were rained out again and the only available day was today (Friday). Right now everything is looking pretty good. The sun is out and the guys are opening the field to see if it will dry. As a matter of fact, I am headed there in about 30 minutes to inspect.
"We are actually four games behind because Tuesday's games were rained out and this was the case for Thursday's games. Two games are played on each day so we are just four games behind our regular schedule."
Up to press time, it was not confirmed if the two games that were scheduled for last night were played. Johnson and crew were keeping their fingers crossed hoping that Mother Nature would give them a break so Saturday's games could take place.
With a holiday on Monday and one again on Friday, Johnson said he is not worried and that the two days should not affect the league. He confirmed that there will be no changes in the playing schedule.
"We didn't have any games scheduled for the holidays," he added. "The holidays would not affect us because we play Tuesday and we still have games scheduled for Saturday. The holidays might affect teams, but each roster holds 21 to 25 men or women.
"So if you have a team and some of their players are going away, they still have sufficient players so that game can still happen. And we haven't gotten any requests from teams asking for their games to be postponed due to other commitments. So we are still on schedule, the weather is the only thing that would hold us up."
Overall, Johnson likes how the play in the league is going. Last Tuesday, the YII Shipping Wildcats were set to take on the Lady Hit-Men. The feature game would bring the Miller Rams against the Mighty Mitts. Thursday's schedule had the ASAP Assassins and the YII Shipping Wildcats taking the field, followed by the Bommer G Operators and the Black Scorpions.

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January 22, 2013
Govt plans Bahamasair restructuring

The Ministry of Tourism is planning a major restructuring of the country's flag carrier by the fourth quarter of this year in a bid to drive more inbound visitors from the United States.
David Johnson, the ministry's director general, acknowledged that Bahamasair is currently losing "significant money". The airline, receiving heavy subsidies from the government, has often been criticized for a lack of marketing and efficiency. Some aviation executives claim that Bahamasair is primarily used as a way for Bahamians to shop in Florida, rather than offering a valuable tourism service.
The planned restructuring, however, is intended to change all of that, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
"We have unprecedented cooperation that involves a restructuring of Bahamasair, that will bring airfares down and allow passengers to travel to any destination in the Family Islands with the same ticket and their bags going with them," Johnson said. "We are looking to revisit Bahamasair to provide an increment in inbound visitors as opposed to what they are doing now."
Specific details of the restructuring are unknown at this time, although Johnson noted that a "mutual recognition" has emerged that the national flag carrier should play a much bigger role to stimulate arrivals and drive traffic to the Family Islands.
The government's focus, boosting Bahamasair's domestic presence, may raise a few eyebrows among the airline community. Local carriers, such as SkyBahamas, have been particularly vocal on the need for a level playing field against the subsidized Bahamasair.
Randy Butler, the CEO of SkyBahamas, recently stated that Bahamasair "distorts" the market by offering artificially low prices.
"It is becoming impossible to compete," he said.
"There is no positive movement that I can see to do anything about it. What the government doesn't understand is if the fees keep going up and they keep subsidizing, it is distorting the market."
Johnson, however, insisted that the Ministry of Tourism is seeking an "alliance", so that when tourists come to The Bahamas there is a brand and service through a number of partners.
Noting that the country has a "huge domestic market", the director general said too many competing flights fly to Family Island locations with insufficient loads.
The plan, he said, will improve the margins and drive more tourism traffic outside of Nassau.
The announcement comes as major aviation associations look to join forces and broker a better deal for domestic carriers.
The Bahamas Association of Air Transport Operations (BAATO) and the Bahamas Aviation Association (BAA) have traditionally worked independently. However, the groups reportedly plan to sit as one body to provide a stronger lobby for government.
"We have so much in common," Butler said. "It is crazy not to unite. I think it will create a lobby so we cannot be ignored."

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Pregnant Woman Guilty Of 1M Drug Charge
December 19, 2012
Pregnant Woman Guilty Of 1M Drug Charge

A magistrate deferred the sentencing of a pregnant woman convicted yesterday for her part in possessing $1 million worth of marijuana found in an apartment leased in her name.

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December 22, 2012
Plaque in honour of Former U.S. President John F. Kennedy re-dedicated

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Friday, December 21st, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman joined the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Perry G. Christie and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Fred Mitchell in the rededication of a plaque commemorating the 50th anniversary of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy's visit to The Bahamas for international talks, which became known as the Nassau Agreement. 
The commemorative ceremony took place at the intersection of West Bay Street and Blake Road, where President Kennedy planted a commemorative tree on December 22, 1962 after signing the historic agreement.
The Nassau Agreement was a treaty negotiated between former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan on December 22, 1962.  The agreement enabled the UK Polaris program, which provided the UK with a supply of nuclear-capable Polaris missiles, and in return the United States was able to lease a nuclear submarine base in Glasgow.
In his remarks, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires John Dinkelman noted that the legacy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is not just remembered with fondness by the people of the United States, but indeed by millions throughout the world who looked to him for reassurance and stability during one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th century.  
"President Kennedy not only personified the idealism of 1960's America, he also evoked the core precepts and values that made the nation great," Mr. Dinkelman said.  "He taught that when economic fairness and equal opportunity are combined with social responsibility, there is no challenge that cannot be overcome."

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March 24, 2011
Ambassador Avant Hosts St. John's University Alumni Reception

 



Nassau, Bahamas - In recognition of the
outstanding educational relationship St. John's University has established with
The Bahamas and in honor of its President, Reverend Robert Koopmann, United
States Ambassador to The Bahamas, Nicole Avant hosted a reception for St. Johns
University alumni on Saturday, March 18.
Guests included former U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas John Rood, Mr.
Steve Halverson, Vice Chair, Board of Regents, St. John's University, Mr. Rob
Culligan, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, St. John's University,
Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of The Bahamas,
Monsignor Moss, Vicar General, Catholic Diocese, The Bahamas, Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze,
President, The College of The Bahamas, and Mr. Basil Christie, President of the
Saint John's Bahamian Alumni...

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August 06, 2014
New U.S. charge d' affaires makes courtesy call on labor minister

The new charge d' affaires at the United States Embassy, Lisa Johnson, made a courtesy call on Minister of Labour, National Insurance and the Public Service Shane Gibson on Friday, July 25, 2014. While welcoming Johnson to The Bahamas, Gibson noted that the United States and The Bahamas have a lot in common. The two discussed a number of topics, including labor matters as well as new training opportunities for Bahamians.
Johnson noted that her key priorities will include citizens security for the United States and The Bahamas, the protection of American citizens, economics, trade investment and strengthening the already close ties which exist between the United States and The Bahamas, as well as education.
Johnson was accompanied by Neda Brown, acting deputy chief of mission at the United States Embassy. Also in attendance were Marco Rolle, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance; Elizabeth Keju, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Service; Harcourt Brown, senior undersecretary in the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance, and Janice Miller, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Service.

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John Bull charges Into Southwest
December 06, 2012
John Bull charges Into Southwest

A new 5,000-square-foot John Bull store is poised to open this week at the Southwest Plaza, capping off a rapid period of growth for the up-and-coming area. The store, only the second John Bull to incorporate both the luxury retail experience and office supplies, will be fully open by no later than Saturday, according to Inga Bowleg, director of business development.

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Johnson bows out at BTC
July 21, 2014
Johnson bows out at BTC

MARLON Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, was tight-lipped yesterday over the terms of his resignation from the organisation...

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January 27, 2012
Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47

Funeral service for Marie Elizabeth McKinney-Charlton, 47 yrs., a resident of Carmichael Road West, who died on January, 2012, will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Robinson & Claridge Roads, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Thomas P. Brislin, C.P. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish her memories are her parents: Mr. & Mrs. Sybil & Joseph McKinney; 1 son: David Charlton Jr.; 2 sisters: Mrs. Angela Johnson & Mrs. Eunice Rolle; 5 brothers: Andrew, Ishmael, Epheriam, Christopher & Arlington McKinney; 8 aunts: Ms. Edris Rolle, Ms. Coral Stubbs, Mrs. Catherina Jones, Mrs. Cosette Johnson, Mrs. Clarah Brooks, Mrs. Marion Miller, Ms. Beyral Williamson & Mrs. Florina Wring; 1 uncle: Ishmael Mack McKinney; 5 sisters-in-law: Mrs. Dianne Burnside, Ms. Marilyn Charlton, Mrs. Judy Charlton, Mrs. Viola McKinney & Mrs. Althea McKinney; 9 brothers-in-law: John Johnson, Alonzo, Kennrick, Wesley, Steven, Ivan, Esau & Jacob Charlton & Ronnie Rolle; numerous nephews & nieces including: Bonas of New York, Gino, Anthony, Fat Boy & Cadero; a host of other relatives & friends including: the Bodie family of Gambier Village.
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.

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December 06, 2012
John Bull Charges Into Southwest

A new 5,000-square-foot John Bull store is poised to open this week at the Southwest Plaza, capping off a rapid period of growth for the up-and-coming area. The store, only the second John Bull to incorporate both the luxury retail experience and office supplies, will be fully open by no later than Saturday, according to Inga Bowleg, director of business development.

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May 23, 2012
More vie for FNM posts

Three former Free National Movement (FNM) senators have announced their intention to vie for various positions at the party's convention on Saturday.
Former Senator Gladys Johnson-Sands confirmed yesterday that she will enter the race for deputy leader of the party.
Additionally, former senator, Anthony Musgrove announced that he will run for chairman and former senator, Dr. Duane Sands said he intends to contest the deputy chairmanship.
The deputy leader and chairman races are shaping up to be the most fiercely contested.
Johnson-Sands will face off against defeated FNM Bamboo Town candidate Cassius Stuart; former Education Minister and now Senator Desmond Bannister and Long Island MP-elect Loretta Butler-Turner.
Musgrove will do battle against current FNM chairman Carl Bethel and former Youth Sports and Culture Minster Charles Maynard for the post of chairman.

"As the FNM looks to restructure, rebuild, strengthen, and fine tune its message, I unequivocally believe that I am best placed to see that our party move towards this end," Musgrove said in a statement yesterday.
He added that what the FNM needs now is a "young, articulate, trusted FNM who is familiar with the messages and struggles of our founding fathers".
"My long years in the FNM and only the FNM, and my time served in the Senate has equipped me for the task. I assert that my loyalty to the history and the future of the FNM cannot be challenged, and with what lies ahead not only for the FNM but for The Bahamas, we have very limited room for challenges as to the political roots of whom we select as chairman of the FNM."
While Musgrove did not point to anyone specifically, Maynard only became a member of the FNM about seven years ago. Before joining the party, Maynard was a member of now defunct Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR).
Meanwhile, Johnson-Sands said she entered the race because she seeks to "deepen the spirit of democracy and demonstrate an unwavering respect for nationhood that we as Bahamians must strive to preserve among ourselves". "Additionally, with so few women involved in the political process we need to step up to the plate, engaged in making a positive contribution to government by the people and for the people of this great nation."
Johnson-Sands, who is also a past president of the Women's Association of the Free National Movement said she believes that she can attract women voters to support the party in greater numbers.
Dr. Sands said if he wins he will focus on increasing the party's attractiveness.
"We also realize that FNM lost a lot of support and over the next five years we have to try to win back the support of people that we lost," he said.
The convention is set for May 26 at Holy Trinity Activities Centre in Stapledon Gardens. The party will choose a leader, deputy leader and other officers at the convention.
"It is my prayer that once we emerge from the convention this weekend that the Free National Movement takes on a new look and is better prepared to champion its cause and the cause of all Bahamians," Musgrove said.
The PLP secured a landslide victory against the FNM in the May 7 election. FNM leader Hubert Ingraham announced that night that we would step down as leader of the party.
The FNM won only nine of the 38 seats.
Dr. Hubert Minnis has been chosen to lead the party's parliamentary caucus.

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July 08, 2014
Hubert Ingraham should return to active politics to rescue The Bahamas from the PLP

Dear Editor,
The jury has finally returned with a verdict. The current PLP government, led by Prime Minister Perry Gladstone Christie, after only 26 months since coming to high office, is by far the most scandal-ridden government in Bahamian contemporary history, even surpassing with breathtaking ease the scandal plagued governments of The Bahamas' first Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling during the 1980s.
Christie is truly a man among men. No one knows who is the skipper of the S.S. Gold Rust ship. Christie cannot control his supposed PLP underlings, Philip Brave Davis, Fred Mitchell, Dr. Bernard Nottage, Keith Bell, Obie Wilchcombe, Shane Gibson, Leslie Miller, Dr. Andre Rollins and Gregory Moss. These men are running their own quasi-governments within the Christie government. It looks like Christie is deftly afraid to put his foot down.
The PLP has moved from one catastrophic, mind-boggling blunder to another. The latest blunder has been Labour and National Insurance Minister Shane Gibson falsely accusing a decent, law-abiding private citizen of composing the U.S. Department of State's 2014 Investment Climate Statement on The Bahamas - a document which says among other things that the Gold Rust government has failed to fulfill many of its campaign promises, such as creating 10,000 jobs within its first year and establishing a mortgage relief program. The statement also claims that the Christie government lacks transparency.
U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Dinkelman has since repudiated Gibson's baseless allegation, which was made without a scintilla of evidence. Gibson only sought to rake Hank Ferguson over the coals because he just happens to be the son of former FNM chairman Johnley Ferguson.
As PM, Christie should demand that Gibson issue a public apology to the Ferguson family. Clearly Gibson was attempting to portray Hank Ferguson, who is reportedly a PLP, as an unpatriotic Bahamian, as Dr. Andre Rollins has already sought to do with the FNM by accusing the opposition of being unpatriotic for supporting the U.S. government's unflattering views of his government.
And for Rollins' information, in March 2004 John Kerry, then Massachusetts senator and de facto Democratic presidential candidate, claimed that some foreign leaders had privately confided to him that they wanted him to defeat then U.S. President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. According to Kerry, who is the current secretary of state in the Obama administration, these foreign leaders were critical of Bush's foreign policies. This bit of information debunks Rollins' claim that you will never hear an elected member of the United States Congress stand on his or her feet and quote criticisms from a foreign government about the United States.
Rollins should have done his research before making such a claim in an attempt to defend the indefensible.
Gibson's latest gaff is as asinine as his recent attempt to convince Bahamians that his government created 30,000 jobs in the past two years. When it became apparent to him that even Stevie Wonder could see the implausibility of such an astounding claim, he quickly backpedaled, as Christie has done with respect to the 10,000 jobs pledge.
In addition to the Gibson fiasco was the situation on Grand Bahama regarding the 18 public schools having their electricity supply disconnected by the Grand Bahama Power Company due to the PLP's negligence in paying its bill, which had reportedly mushroomed to over $1 million. This incident coincided with National Report Card Day, which one can imagine greatly inconvenienced the teachers and parents.
The Whistleblower can go on and on with regard to the many blunders this inept government continues to commit. As the Whistleblower writes, the PLP has already set wheels in motion to regularize web shop gaming, despite the January 2013 gaming referendum results, which clearly state that most Bahamians are opposed to legalizing the industry. Nevertheless, Christie has reneged on his word to abide by the results and has made it patently clear that his administration will acquiesce to the wishes of a few web shop owners, as opposed to the majority of the electorate who wasted their time voting in the opinion poll. One million in taxpayers' dollars wasted, and for what?
And consider the thousands of workers who were given the mandatory three-hour break to take part in the referendum. Business owners lost hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in three hours of productivity due to an opinion poll Christie did not adhere to when the results were not what he desired. The PLP places more value on the web shop owners and Peter Nygard than in the masses who gave them their lofty positions.
You see, the masses are not as moneyed as the special interest groups this government is tripping over itself to please. Meanwhile, as hundreds of poor Bahamians live without electricity, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller continues to be handled with kid gloves by Christie even though he still allegedly owes BEC in excess of $100,000. Miller's annual salary as BEC chairman is a staggering $100,000.
Most Bahamians don't even earn half that much, particularly the hundreds of police reservists who allegedly were not paid in months. In a normal society, Miller would have been relieved of his duties once it was brought to the attention of his leader that he owed nearly a quarter million dollars to a government entity.
The thing which staggers the mind of the Whistleblower is Miller's indifference. He cannot see that he has lost his moral authority to demand delinquent BEC customers to pay their bills. For him to demand such is like the pot calling the kettle black. Christie's reluctance to remove Miller is further proof that he is afraid of him. The PM didn't even reprimand Miller for cracking jokes in the House about beating up an ex-girlfriend.
This Miller BEC matter is similar to the former VAT messenger Ishmael Lightbourne debacle. He too owed a significant sum in taxes, yet was given a lucrative post with the aim of ensuring Bahamians comply with VAT laws.
The Whistleblower, while not surprised at the PLP's ineptitude, is greatly disappointed in the FNM troika of Dr. Hubert Minnis, Loretta Butler-Turner and Darron Cash. They have failed to capitalize on the PLP's many blunders and have failed to offer to thousands of disillusioned Bahamians an alternative to the PLP. The FNM should be further ahead in the public opinion poll, but it continues to lag behind due to the many missed opportunities of the FNM triumvirate.
The FNM is too embroiled in senseless spats while this inept PLP government gets away with bloody murder. The Whistleblower is left with very little choice but to call for the return of Hubert Alexander Ingraham to active politics and to the FNM.
Ingraham is the only opposition figure able to outmaneuver this scandal ridden PLP government. The FNM troika has been too ineffective in holding this PLP's feet to the fire. And the frightening part is the PLP's apparent arrogance. The PLP seems to be of the view that it can govern irresponsibly and still defeat an FNM party led by Minnis, Butler-Turner and Cash.
Bahamians just cannot afford for the PLP to get back into office in 2017 because it will destroy this country. They have brought disgrace to this country and have lowered the morale of thousands of Bahamians, especially those who voted PLP. Ingraham must return to active politics to save this country from the hands of the PLP.
- The Whistleblower

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July 30, 2014
Mothers, let your sons go

While we often want to blame the absentee father for the reason so many young men are involved with criminal activities, we must not forget the guilty mothers who train their sons to be lazy, controlling and abusive. They wash their clothes, cook for them and clean their room. They raise men who then have the same expectations of their wives, who then treat their wives like housemaids instead of loving spouses and companion. Moms, you are doing great harm to your sons' marriages. Let me share with you what I said to the nation more than 12 years ago.
Boys must clean up also
A major reason many of our Bahamian men are messing up their marriages or romantic relationships is because their mothers made them believe that the best way to build men's character is to serve them as servants serve their masters. Instead of building responsibility and self-discipline in their sons by allowing them to enjoy the privilege of doing things for themselves, mothers spoil their sons by picking up their underwear on the floor, washing their dishes and ironing their clothes for them. According to these mothers, boys are just to play ball, rake the yard and clean cars. The girls are to wash the dishes, cook, sew and clean the house. This is a great disservice a mother can do to her son. In fact, she is not only hurting her son but her son's marriage and her son's sons.
Men who want to be served
There are too many Bahamian men who come home after work many times before their wives do, and just sit and wait until they are served the evening meal. They have no concern as to whether their hard-working wives are also tired after the day on the job. These men are careless about their wives' headaches, tired feet, stretched nerves and sleepy eyes. They do this because it was the way their mothers taught them. Unfortunately, their mothers had a false notion that true leaders are to be served and not serve themselves; thus, many men who are taught that they are the lion king boss in the home expect their wives to serve them. This is pathetic. Where did we get the idea that every male is born to be a leader? Where did we get the idea that women were born to serve men's needs, desires and wishes? Where did we get the idea that a real woman is one who can cook and a real man is one who eats what is cooked? It is my belief that God intended for couples to focus on being partners and serving each other totally and equally. True partners do not expect one partner to do something that the other will not do. Husband and wife are to serve each other.
A true story
The one-week honeymoon was over. As the happy couple settled in their new home, the nightmare was about to begin. Each night, John, the husband, took off his underwear, placed them on the floor at the foot of the bed and went to sleep. After a few days he discovered that he was running out of clean underwear because his wife was not washing them, so he went to the store and bought some more underwear. Whenever he wanted clean underwear, he bought new ones. After a few weeks of new and unwashed underwear, a large pile stood at the foot of the bed. The ground rules were that his wife would only wash what was placed in the laundry basket and she would not pick up clothing left around the house. John's mother had done all this for him, why shouldn't his wife? After more than eight weeks of building a mountain of smelly underwear, John got the message and humbly placed all of the underwear in the laundry basket. Of course, from that day onward he had a great surplus of fresh clean underwear from which to choose. As the story ended, within a few months he was also doing the laundry and other chores, as well.
Dear husbands, whenever you wash the dishes or fold the clean clothes, please remember that you are not doing it to help your wives; you are actually doing for yourselves. This is the true concept of partnership in marriage.
Dear tired wife, you are not required to be a maid to the husband. You chose to be his lover and partner. Perhaps you can begin by not washing his dinner plates any more until he cooperates. When you run out of clean plates, use sanitary plates and leave the unwashed ones stacked on the kitchen counter until they are clean.
Do not ask your husbands to help you
Wives, here is a special note to you. Never ask your husbands to help you do anything. Asking for help suggests that he is not responsible to do the task. Instead, expect him to do it. Make a schedule including everyone in the home to do household chores. The husband is to do it, like you, because he considers the task a natural part of his responsibility.
Last word to the moms
Mom, when you die and you are no longer there to serve your teenage or adult sons, you will leave behind spineless, dependent, gutless and maybe worthless men. These spineless men will produce other spineless sons and the vicious cycle will continue. Let your sons go. You are no longer first in their lives. Keep out of their marriages. Do not call to find out if they need help. Do not give your service unless asked for. Mothers, you are helping to create angry men who are at risk of becoming belligerent and violent. When these gutless boys cannot have what they want, they seek violent ways to get their point across. Mothers, help build responsible and disciplined men by allowing them to be fully responsible for their own lives. Stop serving them. Leave them alone.
o Barrington H. Brennen is a marriage and family therapist and board certified clinical psychotherapist, U.S.A. Send your questions or comments to barringtonbrennen@gmail.com; or write to P.O. Box CB-13019, Nassau, The Bahamas; or visit www.soencouragement.org; or call 242-327-1980, or 242-477-4002.

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October 18, 2011
Johnson supports Jamaica in APD protest

The director general at the Ministry of Tourism is answering the call of Jamaican officials seeking unity against the "discriminatory" Air Passenger Duty (APD).
APD, levied on passengers coming from the UK to the Caribbean, has once again entered the spotlight after Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism in Jamaica, charged all tourism interests in the region to rally together at the United Nations World Tourism Organization's general assembly in South Korea.
"It is important for us to speak with one voice on this urgent matter and to collaborate with our colleagues so as to resolve this dilemma," Bartlett told the audience.

David Johnson, the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, said The Bahamas "supports their position and endorses their position".
"The entire Caribbean continues to be discriminated [against] by this tax," he told Guardian Business.
"Bartlett's comment comes at a time when Caribbean leaders have been victims of a significant cut back in airlift by carriers. British Airways, for example, has reduced their capacity into the Caribbean as a result of slackening demand from this tax."
First introduced by the British government in 1994, the APD has continued to rise in both 2009 and 2010.
While there may be certain environmental reasons behind the tax, Johnson contends APD is unfair and counter-productive to tourism interests.
He added that the distance between the UK and The Bahamas is no longer than many destinations in the U.S.
The matter, he said, is currently being reviewed by the government in The Bahamas, and like Bartlett in Jamaica, he urged other governments to heighten the focus on this issue.
At the conference in South Korea, Bartlett estimated that today it costs a family of four travelling economy class an additional $478 to fly to the Caribbean.
In tight economic times, that may be the only excuse a family needs to look elsewhere for a holiday.
Johnson explained that tourism from the UK represents a comparatively low portion of business for The Bahamas. Other Caribbean nations, he said, truly depend on this market. However, comprising about 5 percent of all tourists coming to The Bahamas, this figure is significant enough that it must be protected.
"The fact of the matter is, we don't want to lose that 5 percent," he added.
"We can't afford to lose 1 percent. We are also seeking to grow this market and we'll fight any encroachment on the strength of our business."
He pointed out that UK tourists tend to stay much longer than American visitors, so that 5 percent figure should be considered more significant in terms of the country's importance to the economy.
During his speech, Bartlett mentioned the debate concerning APD is now facing "growing opposition" in the UK Parliament as more increases to the tax are being considered.
He believes it's "critical" for the Caribbean to make their voices heard during this important time, as further increases could have a "grave impact" on industry.

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March 16, 2012
Frances Vernitta Wilson, 89

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.

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

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

Church:

Church of God Convention Center
Address:

Joe Farrington Road
Officiating:

Reverend Dr. Alonzo Hinsey
Assisted by:

Other Ministers of the Gospel
Interment:

Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive

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 Hor ...

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Tamaro Myers Johnson, 23
March 10, 2011
Tamaro Myers Johnson, 23

Tamaro Myers Johnson, 23 of #5 Weddell Avenue, Freeport, Grand Bahama died at the Rand Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Monday, March 7, 2011.

He is survived by his daughter: Tonia Johnson; mother: Louise Rolle; father: Myers Johnson (Stanyard Creek, Andros); numerous brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangement will be announced at a later date.

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March 09, 2011
Two murders in Grand Bahama

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama — Two men were murdered in separate incidents in Grand Bahama within the space of 24 hours, police reported.
Tamaro Johnson, 24, was stabbed around 1 a.m. Sunday at Club Rock N Roll in the International Bazaar, police said.
When officers arrived at the scene, they reportedly found Johnson lying on the ground suffering from multiple stab wounds about the body.
Police said he was transported by ambulance to Rand Memorial Hospital and was admitted to the intensive care unit.
Johnson, who resided on Weddell Avenue, succumbed to his injuries on Monday, according to police, who added that no arrest had been made yet in relation to the matter.
Johnson is the first murder vict ...

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January 19, 2012
Janice Andrea Ferguson

Funeral Service for Janice Andrea Ferguson, 40, Resident of Ivy K. Close, Off McKinney Drive, will be held on Saturday, January 14th 2012, at 11am, at Blue Hill Gospel Chapel, Blue Hill Road, Officiating will be Pastor Ron Shearer, assisted by other ministers of the gospel, Cremation will Follow.

Her memories will forever live in the hearts of her daughter, Eugenia Janae, grandson, Jovon Woodside, mother, Sheva Johnson, stepfather, Lionel Johnson, (6) six sisters, Diana Johnson, Princess Jones, Anna Ferguson-Pierre, Arnette, Kara & Chantell Ferguson, (4) four brothers, Pastor Eric Dawkins of Cosesco Mississippi, Andrew, Edward & Prince Ferguson Jr., sister-in-law, Pauline Dawkins Of Co ...

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Ivan Johnson arrested and charged
June 30, 2011
Ivan Johnson arrested and charged

The publisher of The Punch newspaper, Ivan Johnson, has been charged by police with failing to declare at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), according to the United States of America and The Bahamas Pre-clearance Agreement Act, police confirmed yesterday.

Johnson, 58, of Graycliff, West Hill Street, was arrested around 5:15 p.m. on Monday at the pre-clearance section of LPIA along with two women, ages 20 and 21, and he is accused of making a false monetary declaration, police confirmed.

Johnson is expected to be arraigned in Magistrates Court today.

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April 30, 2012
Profile: John T. McCartney

When professor John McCartney lectured to his students about the political struggles of The Bahamas he was not simply relaying facts from textbooks. He had played a part in the history that he taught. McCartney knew first-hand what he was teaching.
McCartney, who passed away last month in Easton, Pennsylvania, was in the trenches of government reform after The Bahamas gained its independence from Great Britain in 1973.
He helped form the Vanguard Nationalist and Socialist Party in 1972, and was a two-time candidate for Parliament in the 1977 and 1982 general elections. McCartney served as chairman of the party, which he had described as the only political party that addressed "not only race but the fundamental issues of society".
McCartney left The Bahamas in 1961 to attend college and graduate school in the U.S., and in 1970 he earned a Ph.D in political science from the University of Iowa and began teaching at Purdue University. But he always kept a keen eye on the political happenings in his home country.
In 1979 he decided to return to Nassau to focus full time on politics, and for the next three years he would devote his time to the Vanguard Party. After disappointing results in the 1982 general election, the party eventually disbanded, and McCartney accepted a job at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania a few years later.
McCartney had said he never regretted his political involvement.
"I don't know if I'd feel complete if I hadn't tried," he was quoted as saying in a college interview.
John Talmadge McCartney was born on November 2, 1938 in Nassau. He was the oldest of 10 children born to John B. McCartney and Margaret McCartney (nee Major).
McCartney was an avid reader and recognized the importance of education. He graduated from St. John's College in 1956. After graduating he worked as a customs officer, until 1961, when he left for college in the U.S.
He attended Drake University in Iowa, graduating in 1964 with a BA in history (honors). He obtained a master's degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, and received his Ph.D in political science from the University of Iowa in 1970.
He valued education and learning and thought that it was the means to succeed in life.
After leaving the Vanguard Party, McCartney focused his passion for politics on his students.
A political theorist, McCartney was a professor of government and law and former chair of the African studies program at Lafayette, which he helped develop. He joined the faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 2002. He served as head of the government and law department from 1998-2007.
At Lafayette, he was well respected and liked by students and faculty alike. His students knew him for his signature quote, "Master the material."
His areas of special interest and expertise included black politics and political thought, Latin America and the Caribbean, and African politics.
McCartney taught courses on topics such as: black political thought in America, African politics, politics of the Caribbean and Latin America, comparative politics, among others.
He is also the author of "Black Power Ideologies: An essay on African American Political Thought". He was co-editor of "The Struggle for Freedom in The Bahamas". McCartney also wrote scores of articles and book reviews on black thinkers, politicians, ideas and issues.
His honors at Lafayette included Aaron O. Hoff Superior Teaching Award, Marquis Teaching Award, Nominee for U.S. Professors of the Year Award (2005), Jones Lecture Award, and the Sears Roebuck Superior Teaching Award.
McCartney met his wife, Nurse Leona Janet McCartney (nee Greene) in 1961 as a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital. They eventually married on July 22, 1969 and had two children; son, John N. McCartney and adopted daughter, Anja N. Moss (nee McCartney).
McCartney became ill at the end of the 2011 fall semester. He was eager to beat his illness and return to his teaching duties. He passed away March 28, 2012.

oLafayette.edu was used as a source for this article.

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January 26, 2012
Clemnardo Nardo Ireno Johnson, 11

Funeral service for Clemnardo “Nardo” Ireno Johnson, 11, of Lower Bogue Eleuthera, who died at his residence January 14th, will be held on Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Charles Wesley Methodist Church Lower Bogue Eleuthera. Rev. John Baldwin II assisted by Pastor John Ingraham and Pastor Ednol Cash will officiate and interment will follow in the Public Cemetery Lower Bogue Eleuthera.

Left to cherish his memories are:

His parents:

Clement and Corrine Johnson

Adopted parents:

David and Raquel Armbrister

His grand-mothers:

Olga Frazier, Gloria Mun ...

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February 24, 2011
Wanda Mae Johnson-Maragh, 72

Funeral service Wanda Mae Johnson-Maragh, 72, a resident of Malcolm Road West, will be held on Saturday 26th February 2011, 3:00p.m. at St Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road. Officiating will be Rev Fr I. Ranfurly Brown, Arch Bishop Drexel Gomez, Dean Patrick Adderley, Canon Warren Rolle, Rev Fr Neil Nairn.

Cremation will follow.

Left to cherish his memories: Two Sons: Ramesh and Fr. Michael Maragh; One Aunt: Annette Knowles; One daughter-in-law: Tricia Maragh; One brother: Jonathan Johnson; Five Sisters: Isabelle Pratt, Louise Gomez, Astrid Adderley, Pandora and Gaynor Johnson ; Seven grandchildren Adrian, Sterea, Travon, Anaiya, Takayla, S ...

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October 13, 2011
Monica Antoinette Thompson, 87

Funeral Service for the Late Monica Antoinette Thompson, 87 years of #4 Auster Lane, Stapledon Gardens and formerly of South Caicos, Turks Island will be held on Saturday October 15th, 10:00 a.m. at The Parish Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Trinity Way, Stapledon Gardens. Rev. Fr. R. Lindsey Fox assisted by Rev. Fr. John Kabiga, Rev. Fr. Mervyn Johnson and Rev. Richard Wood will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
 Left to mourn her are her 4 children: Kirkwood Thompson, Evarista Mitchell, Elliot Turhan Thompson and Bernard Thompson. Grand-children: Lamar, Rochelle and Marcia Thompson, Adrian, Andria, Audra, Anwar and Ari Mitchell, Elliott, Lisa Thompson-Pelacanos, Tia and Trevor Thompson, Anthony Thompson, Candace Thomas, Kendia, Keshandi, Nathalya, Krystara Thompson, Monique and Ricardo Farrington, Margo Lightbourne, Kayla Cumberbatch, Carlos Thompson, Erica Wallace and Aisha Gray. Her Sister: Flossie "Tiny" Seymour. Brother-In-Law: Canton Thompson. Sister-in-Law: Eulie Thompson. Daughters-in-Law: Gail Thompson and Bridgette Thompson. Nieces: Shirley Rodgers, Doreen Marche, Dolly Edgecombe, Rosemarie Thompson, Joan Thompson, Ulma Handfield, Val Bowe, Lillith Major, Elizabeth Cartwright, Shirley Farrington, Michelle Anderson, Jackie Pinder, Dorothy Butler, Amanda Thompson, Diana Bailliou, Loretta Culmer, Natalie Miller, Beverley Knowles, Eleanor Bethel, Julie Bethel, Gloria Miller. Nephews: Sherlin, Ronald, Wendy, Crispin, Clyde, Presley and Leslie Seymour; Landes, Rodney, Okell, Edison, Spence, Plato, Owitt, Louis, Glenville, Davis and Eugene Thompson and Paul Bethel. Numerous Great Grand-Children including: Charlene, Kirkwood Elliott, Lauren, Tattiana, Keira and Kaden Thompson, Savannah Thomas; Shannon, Dario, Danielle and Raché Perigord, Dario and Brittney Thompson and Aiden Mitchell. Numerous other relatives and friends including: Olive Thompson, Bernice Adderley and family, Winston and Sandra Knight, Doris Fitzgerald, Rev. Dr. Howard and Gertrude Mills and family, Lisa Knowles, Yvette Romain, Dale Morales , Dywan and Aruna Rodgers, Dr. Dane Bowe and Dr. Colleen Fitzcharles, Darron and Cindy Bowe, Barry Seymour, Roy Rogers, André Mitchell, Jessica Thomley, Tamar Mitchell, Fabienne Brown, Gizelle and Robert "Chip" Bailey, Gloria Seymour and family, Alex Thompson, The Munnings Family, Anthony and Beverly Allen, Dein Bailey, Betty Bethel and family, Maude Weech and family, Jenzy Bethel and family, The Ellis family, The Seymour family, her Holy Trinity family including Mrs. Melverna Wong and Mrs. Vernell Moss, Father and Mrs. Etienne Bowleg, The Ewing family, The Malcolm family, The Stovell family, Dorothy Godet and family, The Quant family, The Godet family, The Bean family, The Rolle family, The Brown family, The Wang family, The Stubbs family, Pat Rattan, Marguerite Musgrove, Inez Russell and family, Deborah Thompson, Anthony and Elva Rolle and family, Pinky Hanna, Canon Delano Archer and family, Lou Adams and family The Right Honorable Perry Gladstone Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie and many others too numerous to mention. Special thanks to: Anaelle Auguste, Dr. Gertrude Holder, Dr. Egreta Eneas-Carey, Nurse Phillipa Armbrister, Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. John Neely, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. William Chea and, the nurses and staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Female Medical Ward I
  
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, # 44 Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 
 
 

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