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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.
In honor of all presidents and founders of the Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF), this year, the round robin and national championships will be billed as the 'President's Cup' in celebration of 40 years of existence.
Assembling at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, this year will mark the largest amount of teams to participate in the round robin nationals. There will be new champions in both the men and ladies divisions as the defending champions, the Proper Care Whirlpool Lady Sharks out of New Providence and the U.S. Gold Panthers out of Grand Bahama, have both been eliminated.
Islands taking part in the ladies division are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Inagua, Grand Bahama and New Providence. In the Men's division the islands are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Grand Bahama and New Providence. As a result of the number of teams this year, the tournament starts on Thursday, November 1. All teams are expected to arrive in New Providence on Thursday.
The technical meeting for league representatives, managers and coaches will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday. At that time, all rosters will be finalized, and rules and regulations will be discussed. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the competition gets underway when Spanish Wells ladies go up against Andros. At 8 p.m., the same two teams will battle in the men's contest. At 9 p.m., the Grand Bahama ladies will tangle with the Inagua ladies, and the feature game on opening night will pit the New Providence ladies against Abaco ladies.
On Friday, action will pick up at 11 a.m., using three fields at the Baillou Hills complex. At 7 p.m., the official opening ceremony and induction for those selected to the BSF Hall of Fame will take place. Also, all former presidents who have served over the past 40 years, will be recognized, namely Michael Moss, Churchill Tener Knowles, Austin 'King Snake' Knowles, Neko Grant, Greg Christie, Romell Knowles and Burkett Dorsett.
Following the induction ceremony, what is expected to be two of the most exciting games of the tournament will be played when Grand Bahama ladies take on New Providence, and the New Providence men battle Abaco. Also on Friday night, there will be a display by a marching band, a live pop band, disco, fireworks, balloons and many giveaways. The night climaxes with a mix and mingle reception for all players and fans, a Junkanoo rush-out and dancing.
On Saturday, November 3, play resumes at 11 a.m. with a break at 3 p.m. The playoffs get underway on Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m., there will be four medal games, followed by the presentation of awards and the closing ceremony.
Those to be inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame under separate categories such as administrators, managers, coaches, umpires, and sponsors for meritorious services, are: Romell Knowles, Charlene Sturrup, Paula Johnson, Eric Williams, Eustace Penn, Vernon Farquharson, Gary Smith, Charles Johnson, Nigel Bootle, Leonard Newton, Michael Colebrooke, Yvonne Lockhart, Sam Knowles, Patrice Braithwaite, Edna Ingraham, George Mills, Alvin Smith, Suzanne Adderley, Brad Smith, Nancy Russell, Thora Sweeting, Lucy Wells, Kay Seiler, Rodney Gibson, Sue Roberts, Sherwin Smith, Cyril Smith, Anthony Weech, Marjorie Delaney, Arthur Johnson, Jeff Roberts, Rudy Gardiner, Eddie McSweeney, Spence Lynes, Joe Deal, Alphonso Albury, Pat Maynard, Bommer George Armbrister, Frank Forbes, Brusell Bradshaw, George Ferguson, Ronald 'Ding' Woodside, Clifford Scavella, Sherry Thompson (posthumously), Monica Woodside (posthumously), Paul 'Dingus' Thompson (posthumously), Bommer's Trucking and Sigma Management Ltd.
While the Ingraham administration has received harsh criticism in the past several months over the alleged mismanagement of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP), an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) executive yesterday defended the massive cost overruns associated with it.
"A major driver of cost is the international price of oil," IDB's General Manager for the Caribbean Department Gerard Johnson said at the Ministry of Finance during the signing of a $65 million IDB loan to help fund the cost overruns associated with the NPRIP.
"Nobody has a crystal ball. So the only way you can allow for that is to have appropriate transparent mechanisms to adjust for when these things happen. The other thing is when you are dealing with urban roads. There's nobody who can design a project that anticipates everything under the ground when you dig it up. So there are certain structural things in a project like this that no matter who are you, no matter how intelligent you are, no matter how much prior work you do there are going to be contingencies, surprises, unplanned things along the way that have a price tag."
Major challenges associated with the project include the discovery of a number of sink holes; mapped, unmapped and unaccounted for underground utilities, which required modified drawings; and the escalation of fuel costs.
As a result, the government has to come up with an additional $77 million in order to complete the project, which is nearly $100 million over budget. The project, which was estimated to cost $119.9 million in 2008, now has a price tag of $206 million
Johnson said the topic of cost overruns in general has been the subject of hours of debate at the IDB. Coincidentally, he said the request for additional funding for the NPRIP was the first project to come along as the debate was raging.
"[The question was] under what conditions should we finance infrastructure projects because they always end up having cost overruns? Why can't we get it right? And the conclusion was - and I know this may sound odd to you, but - you can't get it right," he said.
He added: "So unfortunately the conclusion that we came to in the bank, looking at Brazil, looking at Colombia, looking at Trinidad and Tobago - there's some things that you have to take onboard - the fact that there is an unknown."
But Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said while he appreciates Johnson's point of view, that doesn't change his position much.
"There has to be a mechanism that we can minimize the unknown through our experiences," Davis said.
"Theres one thing to have overruns but when the overruns [are] as much as the original cost that is when it becomes troubling."
However, he acknowledged that the government recognizes that the project could not have avoided all of the challenges.
Still, Davis said he is not satisfied that an examination of the exercise may not have produced a different result.
"That is what we are looking into for lessons so that these things can be avoided in the future," he said.
Davis said that "time and reflection of the project will determine if the project was properly priced and if the Bahamian public has gotten real value on the money spent".
"We will be most pleased when these whole project is behind us," he said.
Johnson added that while the project wasn't a slam dunk, the important thing is "that at the end of this process the benefits continue to far outweigh the cost - even the additional costs".
He said the IDB has turned down other cases because of cost overruns.
"However, we have analyzed it to death in terms of is the cost worth it ... yes it is," he said.
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 ...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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.
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
SINCE turning pro last March, life has not been what Taureano 'Reno' Johnson expected. He has only had four fights - all in the same year.
But while he continues his training in his new environment in Atlanta, Georgia, Johnson is trying to make the best of his situation - one that he hopes will eventually land him a championship title this year.
His first fight for the year is scheduled for July 15, followed by another on July 30. After that, Johnson said he intends to come home and make an appearance in two local shows in August and September.
"I want to fight for the Bahamas title, the Caribbean title and the ...
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Daniel Johnson confirmed yesterday that the new Thomas A Robinson National Stadium will be certified by the end of the year. The certification will come in the nick of time, as big plans were made by the executives in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) to host local, regional and international meets at the stadium in 2013.
However, many Bahamians were hoping to sit in the new national stadium to watch the BTC/Scotiabank BAAA Olympic Trials this weekend, but the two-day event will be held at the old facility. "There is still a bit of construction going on, so you have health and safety issues over there," said Johnson. "The old facility will be upgraded and that will become a practice facility. We have about 50 different camps and clubs that train there every day by the way, if you go over there at 4 p.m. in the afternoon you would think that is a whole school. That facility will continue to grow.
"The new facility is several months away from being fully functional and you will hear, at the end of the summer, some unveiling of events that will be coming before the end of the year. But we have some capital work to do around it, so when people come it is user friendly. But it wasn't ready for these trials that are going on now. We still have some capital works that we have to complete. But in short order, that will be done. We will have all of that in by the end of the year. You will have a great track. By year end we would have a facility there that you will be very proud of."
The stadium was officially opened on February 25, 2011. The national facility, named after Thomas Augustus Robinson, is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China. The 15,000-seat facility, had an estimated cost of $30 million dollars. It is the home of the BAAA and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA).
Topping the list of events, for the BAAA, is the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships. The Bahamas won the bid for the games, which are usually held during the Easter weekend. Other big events, the BAAA plans to host at the new facility, are the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships in 2014 and 2015. Trials for other championships, to be held on the international arena will be hosted at the new facility when it is officially completed.
Even though this year's trials will not run out of the new Thomas A. Robinson stadium Minister Johnson believes it will be a success. He added: "The ministry always assist the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) with their preparations. We work hand-and-hand with that association. That association does a very good job on its own and whatever is needed, we assist with. The subvention for athletes, just for the public knows, is almost just like a scholarship for student-athletes who are doing very, very well and we try to assist them to continue to train. That is ongoing. That hasn't been diminished in anyway. So the Olympic trials which will be starting today (Friday), at the TAR will start at 5:30 p.m.
"The quest now is to take that team and to perform. You have only a month to go the Summer Olympic and our teams, some of who have already qualified and others will seek to qualify this weekend. We encourage the Bahamian to come out."
The official list of qualifiers, from over the weekend, will be announced by the BOC and the BAAA.
Funeral Service for Monica Johnson, 81 of Zion Blvd South Beach, will be held on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Boyd Road at10:45a.m. Officiating will be Deacon Gregory Taylor, assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Infant View Catholic Cemetery, Infant View Road.
Left to cherish fond memories are her children & Spouses: Deckery & Christine Johnson, Constance & Neville Moss; Grand-children: Sophia Colebrooke, Torry and Ryan Moss, Deckrey Johnson Jr., Great-Grand-Children: Renisha, Akil and Soria Rose; four Sisters: Cynthia Elliot, Violet Pratt, Sybil Rolle, Elvina Allen; One Brother: Holland Brown; Nineteen Nephews: Jack Davis, Thomas and Charles ...
The unexpected retirement of long-time educator and administrator at the College of the Bahamas, Executive Vice-president Dr Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, shocked some at the College, yesterday, when the news broke.
Dr Chipman-Johnson said she expected people to speculate, but she wished not to comment on her reasons, saying only that she was "exercising (her) eligibility to retire."
Funeral service for Evangelist Mother Frances Vernitta Wilson, 89 yrs., a resident of #9 Hutchinson Street, & formerly of Forbes Hill, Exuma, who died on 2nd March, 2012, will be held at Mission Through Faith Church of God, Soldier Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Benjamin Gibson & Bishop Rupert Johnson. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter WRC 842 Mary Wilson; son: Stanley and Jacklyn Barr; grandchildren: Lagenia Gibson, Sargent Desmond (H.M.P.) & Charlisa Miller, Cicylea & Terrell Dorsette, Annisha, Jessica,Cyntish, Natasha, Ingrid & Narissa; caretaker: Faye Nelson; great grandchildren: Schyonne, Jermaine, Re'gene, Jayden, Joshua, Terlyah, Aryanna, Derick Jr., Jewel, Brynette, Regnisha, Juliuessa, Destinee & Ricqea; sisters-in-law: Lorain Smith, Cathecist Adline Wilson of Bowen Sound, Andros & Eunice Austin of Ft. Lauderdale Fl.; stepmother-in-law: Frances Wilson of Salina Point, Acklins; nieces: Angela, Donna, Sandra, Regina, Rachael, Carla, Tammy, Jennifer, Kayla, Roxy, Maggie, Meagan, Naya, Kim and others; nephews: Nekita, Lernard, Barry, Barette, Davis Aaron & others; godchildren: Shane, Marsh, Denise, Sherryann; other relatives & friends: All Patrons of G's Beauty Salon, Pearline Johnson & family, Clementina Butler & family, Norma Dawkins & family, Lydia, Emma Lightbourne & family, Mr. Michael Simms & family, Genia Pinder, Faye Sawyer & family of Harbour Island, Judy Paul & family, Vivia James of Jamaica, Arthur Kowles, Nursing Officer Icelyn Sweeting, Clara Cooper & Patrice Bethel & family, Derick Brown, Nelvin Grant, the Fenelons, the Johnsons, Tyrone Murphy of Mayaguana, Olive Brown, Alice Bain, Paula Strachan, Yvette Fernander, Shermane, Phillippa, Mary, Charmaine, Marvinique (Melonie), Melda, Clyde, Marva, Leona Munnings, Loraine, Monique, Janet, Regeneration Ministry Church family, Greater Bethel Church family, & all Churches in Pentecostal Assemblies of the World & the entire Bain Town Community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Bahamian Artist Peter Johnston was visited by established Sculptor Dr. Miyata, President of the Tokyo University of Art during the weekend of June 30. The Visit took place at Johnstonís Studio in Little Harbour, Abaco.
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...
Eleuthera, Bahamas Ė Earth Day 2012 celebrations in Eleuthera took on a whole new transformation where dreams, vision and collaboration were some of the successful ingredients that made it one, like no other. Six figures were invested into this project and as people learned more about the One Eleuthera Foundation, verbal pledges were committed towards signature projects on the Island. Branding Eleuthera as a cultural and heritage destination with a goal to ensure all development on the Island stays in scale with nature was solidified.
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...
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"...
The Ministry of Tourism is aggressively pursuing strategic partnerships with Florida gateways in an effort to drive greater traffic into The Bahamas.
The 2012 plan also includes courting major carriers to introduce new routes for the busy winter season.
President of the Bahamas Bar Association Elsworth Johnson on Sunday decried the lack of "certainty in the process" of filling the voids left in the magistracy by the appointment of a chief magistrate and deputy chief magistrate to the Supreme Court.
Former Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez and Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell have been Supreme Court justices for two weeks, yet there is still no word on who will replace them...
Severe weather ripped through portions of southeastern New Providence yesterday morning, ripping down power lines and trees and causing roof damage to some buildings.
Although some residents thought a tornado touched down in their area, Basil Dean, deputy director of the Department of Meteorology, said the damage was most likely caused by tropical storm force winds.
"We had rather heavy thunderstorms which moved through the northwest Bahamas which I suspect spawned some straight line gust winds -- as opposed to a tornado -- which could have been anywhere up to 40 miles per hour and that is certainly capable of doing minor roof damage."
The bad weather also caused damage in some areas.
Dean said the weather should persist until this afternoon.
"The unsettled conditions will remain with us through Monday but by Monday afternoon we expect it to be in the central parts of the country," he said.
When The Nassau Guardian visited Malcolm Road yesterday, residents were carting away debris, patching up damaged roofs and assessing the storm's damage.
There were also reports of roof damage and torn trees on Marshall Road, Zion Boulevard and East Street South.
Celeste Ware, a homeowner who lives on Malcolm Road, said she awoke yesterday morning to find half of her roof missing.
"I woke about 2:30 this morning to loud wind," Ware said. "Then my husband and I went to the window and I heard a noise. We thought it might have been a tornado but we weren't sure.
"When we went into the hallway we looked up in the sky and said 'Oh my God, the roof is gone'.''
Homeowner Derek Rolle said flying tree branches smashed through three of the windows on the west side of his home around 2 a.m.
"I thought it was just a regular thunderstorm," said Rolle, who was busy clearing debris from his yard when The Nassau Guardian arrived on the scene.
"Then when I looked outside [and] I saw the trees were really carrying on bad; it must have been high-speed winds.
"Then I saw branches flying, so immediately I moved away from the windows."
Johnny Johnson, owner of Johnson Bargain Foods on Malcolm Road, lost most of his store's roof because of the storm. He said luckily the contents of the store were not damaged by rain.
"When I got up this morning and I came out, half of the roof was gone," he said.
Several politicians were canvassing the area yesterday and pledged to help residents.
"We're going to provide a dumpster and also see how we can assist those families that had damage," said Bamboo Town MP and Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson said he was organizing emergency crews and flatbed trucks to come to the area.
Renward Wells, the PLP's candidate for Bamboo Town, said the country's building codes need to be revised to ensure that homes can withstand such strong winds.
"We build for category five hurricanes but it now looks like we now have to look at the building code as to how we begin to strengthen our structures for tornado activities."
Winsome Miller, the Free National Movement's candidate for Golden Gates, said her group would do a full assessment on the damage and offer help where needed.
Crews from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation were working yesterday to restore power to Malcolm Road and other areas in south and eastern New Providence.
* More images of Saturday's storm in our online gallery at : http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_phocagallery&view=featured&Itemid=74
The Anglican Diocese is mourning the loss of Father Mervyn Sydney 'Buck' Johnson, who passed away on Sunday, July 28 at 8 a.m. at Doctors Hospital. He was 62 years old and succumbed after a 22-month battle with brain cancer.
Fr. Buck began his working career as a customs officer. He went on to become a manager and a vice president of operations at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., before entering Codrington College to test his vocation to the sacred priesthood...
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WEEK after Hurricane Irene swept through the Bahamas, cell phone users are still experiencing dropped calls and interrupted services, or no service at all.
BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson said that while the power plant in Nassau is largely online, some customers are experiencing disruptions in services as a result of BTC resetting its network.
Apologising for the service disruptions, Mr Johnson said "some of the exchanges have gone offline - what customers have been experiencing are dropped calls and failed calls which are just related to us getting our plant functioning."
Mr Johnson added that these issues are being addre ...
Nassau, Bahamas - Minister of Youth, Sports
and Culture the Hon. Minister Daniel Johnson meets with youth leaders in West
End, Grand Bahama June 1. Robert Grant is pictured left showing Minister
Johnson a model of the West End landscape.
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel
Johnson talks with youth leaders, June 1, in the Freeport Office of the
Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture.
Guardian Business asked Director General of Tourism David Johnson about Jamaica being voted the most favorite destination by Caribbean travelers according to a Travel Weekly Magazine poll. Johnson was asked about their tourism model in comparison to The Bahamas’ model.
“We’re not comparing apples with apples. Has Jamaica done reasonably well? Yes they have, but so have we.
”Our strength and our success is in different areas. Jamaica is an all-inclusive destination and doesn’t have a whole lot of spend outside of the hotels. We have a different model than they do. We think that they have been successful with what they have been doing, but w ...
By LAMECH JOHNSON
A HAITIAN man whose real name is unknown was fined $1,600 or faced with a four-months prison sentence after he was arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday afternoon on false document possession charges.
The penalty was handed down after Dennis Richards, defence attorney for "John Doe", asked Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez for mercy for his client "in the spirit of the season."
Doe, whose real name is unknown even to the Department of Immigration, admitted being in possession of a fake American passport and driver's licence.
The IDs, under the fake name "Dehun Delmeus", were uncovered on Saturday, December 17, by immigra ...
Elsworth Johnson, an attorney who is a member of The Greater Caribbean for Life, a group of organizations and individuals from countries in the region opposed to capital punishment...
My name is BELIEVE and I live with Stephen Johnson Syndrome - S.J.S and it's DEADLY!
Imagine someone constantly pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound!
Your skin constantly on fire! Repeatedly pealing the scab off of a fresh
wound! Well, meet my life long partner Steven Johnson Syndrome
In life we often tend to take everyday things for
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Funeral Service for MR. William John Pinder Jr., age 53 years of Bailey Town, Bimini will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Bailey Town, Bimini. Officiating will be Father George K assisted by Deacon John Sears. Interment will follow in the Catholic Cemetery, Porgy Bay, Bimini.
Cherished memories are held by his father: William Pinder Sr.; daughter: Avarelle Pinder Williams;
adopted children: Jerry, Sophie, Shirvan, Shirlease, Shirvoughnte, Danielle and Danavier; son-in-law: Pastor Ronnell Williams; grandchildren: Ronnell Jr. and Hezekiah; brothers: Insley, Ellon, Elvin and Patrick Pinder; sisters: Jeanie and Lilly Pinder; aunts: Doris Walker, Esther Rolle; uncle: Malcolm Pinder; nieces: Julia Hanna, Shirlene Bain, Lindsay, Kaityre, Leann, Leronda, Jodyann, Elviann, Julyette, and Geomantha Rolle; nephews: Levell and Levon Rolle, Melvin, Kairo, Kadre, Julyen and, Antwon Pinder; grandnieces: Levonya Rolle; grandnephews: Brian Cargill, Levell Jr. Levondre and Leano Pinder; sisters-in-law: Birdie, Cyrene, Franka, and Ellen Pinder; godchild: Wayne Neely Jr.; godmother: Willamae Sawyer; numerous cousins: Austin and Gia, Lionel and family, Raymond, Franklyn and family, Kelsie Pinder and family, Laurice and Laurine Pinder and family, Cynthia and family, Ludell and family, Rosa, Stanley Stuart and family, Rose Stuart and family, Howard Stuart, Eunamae Smith and family, Stephanie and Juliette Dottin and family, Rex Grant and family, Terry Rolle and family, Sheila Rolle and family, David Rolle and family, Verlease Rolle, Ailene and Howard Wilson, Benjamin, Reverend Jeff and Peter Francis and family, Rodney Dottin and family, Darrell Dottin, Cardinal and Fabian Bain and family, Hillary Cargill and family; and a host of other relatives and friends including Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ellis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jones and family, Mr. and Mrs. Oriel Rolle and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Weech and family, Gregory and Stephen Baker and family, Emma Rolle and family, Pastor and Mrs. Edmund Ellis, Pastor and Mrs. Oriel Ellis and family, Ebbie David and family, Marionette Sands and family, Mae Rolle and family, Thurman Saunders, Wayne Neely Hon. Obie Wilchcombe M.P. for West End and Bimini, Corvell, Norine Francis and family, Karen David and family, Veronica Pritchard, Marionette Thompson Jerome, Winkie, Fabian, Matt and Walter Stuart and family, Anna and Stella, James Brown, Toya, Pastor Dave Ellis, Larry, Kendall, Chadwell, Rhoda Braynen, Shawna. Administrator Sherrick Ellis and family, Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe Sr. and family Karen Sherman, Shannon Bullard, Wayne Neely, Dion Moss, Thurman, Julie, Jason, Tassie Saunders, Kendall, Creswell, Anthony, Alethia Romer, Robbie Smith, Dianne Robins and family, Mae Rolle and family, Corvell, Montez, Joe Pinder, Billy Joe, Shereka Higgs, Noel McNeil, Orlando Sands, Joe Jones and family, Treco, Ossie, Gina, Ken, Quint, Toya, Richie Hepburn, Candy, Anthony Rolle, Altico Opato, Lachresha, Diane Robins and family, Jenkins Rolle and family, Doctor Simms, Edward Williams and family, Amanda Knowles and family, Roslyn Ritchie and family, Jerry Fisher and family, Holy Name Catholic Church Family and the entire community of Bimini especially Porgy Bay; Management and Staff and T.S.L Water Taxi Crew, Management and Staff at The Bimini Community Clinic and The Staff of The Rand Memorial Hospital.
Viewing will be held in the "Serenity Suite"at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Limited, #11-A Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church Hall, Bailey Town, Bimini on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until service time.