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Delayed GB casino announcement 'next month'

The new casino operator for the Memories Grand Bahama Beach and Casino Resort will be announced next month as negotiations are "wrapping up", Guardian Business can confirm.
Tourism Director General David Johnson has expressed confidence that a decision will be made soon on the matter. In fact, he estimates it could happen any day now. Calling the process a "very complex situation", Johnson admitted that while many entities have expressed interest in operating the casino, it has been challenging to nail one down that could meet all of the terms and conditions.
However, he is pleased with the progress made on the issue within the last two weeks.
"Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure a candidate earlier but what I can say to you is that we're quite comfortable now based on the activities of the past two weeks. We're very confident that those who will have to approve this, will have the necessary information to make the final decision. I would say within days, the exercise should be completed. Then an announcement will be made during the month of March. An announcement can only be made after an agreement is signed," he told Guardian Business.
Treasure Bay, which took over the casino's operations in 2009, had committed to "holding on" until a new operator could be identified. The government had initially indicated that a new operator would be found by as early as last June, and more recently, in time for the opening of the new resort in January.
Johnson also responded to comments made recently in the Canadian press that visitors have had "nightmare" experiences at the Memories Grand Bahama and Casino Resort and are pondering lawsuits due to facilities not being fully complete by the expected date by simply saying, "it's not the norm" and overall they have received positive feedback. He told Guardian Business that guests were warned beforehand about the situation and given the option to stick to their original travel plans or delay them without any penalties. Johnson pointed out that more than 80 percent chose to still come to the destination. To date, nearly 2,000 guests have been accommodated.
"I don't think there is any concern that the performance will diminish the popularity of that resort. I think it's proving to be a successful addition and it's quickly becoming the leading resort because of its popularity and volume of visitors. One hundred percent of the rooms they had available last week are full," according to the tourism director general.
"Yes, opening in the timeframe that they chose to was challenging because all of the amenities were not 100 percent completed, but guests were advised in advance and given the option to come under the circumstances. In some cases, they got upgrades because of that or they can come at a later date.
"What you saw in that article was not typical, it's an exception. That's not the general picture of the experience that the guests are having. For the most part, they are speaking positively about the experience, the service in particular. The feedback that we're getting is mostly positive and we feel quite encouraged by it," he added.

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Johnson: Bimini ferry service brings new tourism opportunities

The addition of a Miami-to-Bimini passenger ferry is expected to open up new tourist markets and complement the island's boutique casino, according to the director general at the Ministry of Tourism.

David Johnson told Guardian Business that the Superfast Ferries service will offer another travel option for tourists to visit Bimini...

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Joycelyn Minerva Gibson, 73

Funeral Service for the Late Joycelyn Minerva Gibson, 73 years of #19 Eighth Terrace East, Centreville, will be held on Saturday March 31st, 11:00 a.m. at Epiphany Anglican Church, Prince Charles Drive. Rev. Fr. Atma Budhu will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Joycelyn is survived her Children: Inspector Kent A. Butler, Marvin D. Butler and Rosamond Butler-Knowles; Son-in-law - Christian Knowles; Grand Children: Marvin Butler Jr. , Moneko Butler, Kendra Butler, Raechel Knowles, Cameron Knowles, Kieanna Butler, Maia Bethel and Myan Butler; Sisters: Pamela Newbold, Judy Fields, Willamae Cunningham, Bloomfield Ferguson, Patricia Bethel, Raven Pindling (Gwendolyn Bethel), Minister Sherry Bethel, Sheila Moss and Janet Bethel; Brothers: George Tucker, Kenneth Tucker, Ulan (Wendel) Bethel of Fort Lauderdale, Charles Bethel Jr. of Chicago, Clifton Bowe, Luke Bethel, Howard Bethel, William Bethel, Ricardo Bethel, Trevor Bethel, Bruce Bethel, Leroy Bethel, Godfrey Bethel and Marvin Bethel; Sisters-in-law: Catherine Tucker, Audrey Tucker and Nerva Bowe; Brothers-in-law: Clifton Fields, Rudolph Cunningham, Anthony Moss MP for Exuma; Nieces and Grandnieces: Janet & Jasma Munnings, Gaye Dean, Patrona, Vashti & Paige Cartwright, Pamela & Aleisha Williams of Jacksonville Florida, Kayla & T'nique Brown, Tonette Kemp and Julie Campbell of Atlanta, Georgia, Kayla Cartwright, Renee Tucker, Judy Tucker of Washington D.C., Bloneva Bethel, Shavannah Bridgewater of Freeport, Allison Fields of Staffordshire, England, Carol, Kieanna and Traci Atwell of Miami Florida, Ria & Mia Newbold, Cierra Cunningham, Marissah, Machara, Makira, Marchelle and Miranda Tucker, Patsy Armbrister, Susan & Shirley Bethel, Lashonda Bowe, Judy & Suna Winder and numerous other nieces; Nephews and Grandnephews: Frederick Tucker, Keith Tucker, Ken Tucker of Washington D.C., Christopher Tucker of Orlando Florida, Edward & Lydein Williams of Jacksonville Florida, Lawerance Atwell of Denver Colorado, Craig & Sean Atwell of Miami Florida, Inspector Ricardo and Joseph Fields of Staffordshire, England, Oral and O.J Newbold, Audley & Jaismal Munnings, Pastor Ricardo, R'chard & Rico Dean, Clement Cartwright, Christopher Sr. & Christopher Jr. Cunningham, Michael, Marcian and Marcel Tucker,Clifton Bowe Jr., Lathario Bowe, Garland & Patrick and numerous other nephews; Cousins: Rosetta Johnson and Family, Marjorie Johnson and Family, Warren and Gwen Gibson of Miami, Florida, Winifred Williamson and Family, Zala Johnson and Family, Rosie Gibson, Dorothy Dames and Family, Kathleen Demeritte and Family, Dr. Walter and Sandra Gibson, Hartcourt Gibson and Family,Wainwright and Vera Gibson and Family and Una Clarke and Family. Other Relatives and Friends: Samuel Brown, The Gibson Family of Eleuthera, Gregory Butler and Family, Hilda Knowles and Family, Gregg and Debra White and Family, Reverend Angela Palacious, Esther Armbrister and Family, Margaret Ramsingh and Family, Tammy Clarke, Ella Curtis, Lavendra Minus and Family, Arlene Barry, Peachette Morley, Elaine Scavella, Cleo Frazier, Lavanda McPhee, The Family of Faith Ministries International, The Church of God of Prophecy and numerous others.
The Family of Joycelyn Bethel-Gibson extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the outpouring of love, support, thoughts, prayers and visits, they were greatly appreciated. We wish to thank The Anglican Church of The Epiphany and Rev'd. Fr. Atma Budhu, Rev'd. Angela Palacious and the Doctors, Nurses and staff of Female Medical II Ward of The Princess Margaret Hospital.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, #34 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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John Kelly, 76

Funeral service for John Kelly, 76 yrs., a resident of Twynam Heights & formerly of Long Bay, Andros, who died on 6 May, 2012, will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Hay Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. George Kelly, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.

Left to cherish his memories are his 6 children: Nurse Bettymae Kelly-Sawyer, Leverne, John Jr. & Edison Kelly, Brian & Darlene Kelly; 3 brothers: Rev. George Kelly, Richard & Vincent Kelly; 2 sisters: Rebecca & Patricia Kelly Brown; 30 grandchildren: Stacy, Edward Sr., Lotoya, Indira, Thecula, Jasmine, Brittany, Torshekia, Rishea, Jason, Lathera, Edison Jr., Eltora, Emmeron, Lavenia, LaQuisha, Tyeshia, Cashe, Jonae, Triston, Clydra, Clydecia, Cordero, Moesha, Brian Jr., Ashley, Tyiesha, Peron, Briesha & Darlnae; 23 great grand children: Christon, Kevineek, Estafon, Kevin Jr., Quentinique, Saniyah, Edward Jr., Demetrius, Edrico, Edwardnique, Latovia, Lahsantae, Kahli, Kahanta, Antonique, Cionne, Alexandria, Logan, LaQuan, Destiny, Ciara, Reniyah & Rodnae; 2 uncles: Irvin & James Kelly; 2 sons-in-law: Walter Sawyer & James Grant; daughter-in-law: Gwendolyn Kelly; 3 brothers-in-law: Cedric Duvaulier, James Pratt & Arthur Brown; 5 sisters-in-law: Martha & Silvia Duvaulier, Mildred Burrows, Dr. Coralee & Mildred Kelly; numerous nieces & nephews, grand nieces & nephews, other relatives & friends including: the Nottage family, the McKenzie family, the Forbes family, Percy Knowles, Ezeliel Prince, Beatrice, Stella, Qyentin & the entire Long Bay 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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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."

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Japanese Film Makers Visit Johnston Art Studio's On Abaco

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 Johnston’s Studio in Little Harbour, Abaco.

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Official opening ceremony held for Doris Johnson Senior High School

By LAMECH JOHNSON

NEARLY a decade after its construction, an official opening ceremony was held yesterday at Doris Johnson Senior High School.

The school on Prince Charles Drive, named after educator and politician Dame Doris L Johnson, opened in 2002 while the PLP was in office, but never enjoyed an official opening ceremony until now.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who gave the keynote address, joked about the "happy coincidence" that the school, which was constructed during his first stint as the nation's head, was now being officially opened after his return to office.

The Prime Minister went on to say the value of yesterday's ceremony was two-fold, providing both an o ...

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Johnson: Convicted murderers have not reoffended after release

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...

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Rattlers, Sharks win GSSSA Championships

If Shanton Pratt's spectacular half court shot had come a half of a second earlier last night, the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins would have forced overtime and might have still been alive for their first ever Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) title, but it came after the buzzer sounded, and the CI Gibson Rattlers reign again!
In what turned out to be one of the better games of the season, the Rattlers hung on, 68-65, to knock off the Marlins in two straight games, and win their second GSSSA senior boys basketball title in the past three years.
The Kendal GL Isaacs National Gymnasium was buzzing with excitement throughout, particularly in the fourth quarter when no team could build up any consistent momentum.
The Rattlers led throughout the fourth, but never by more than six points. They appeared to put the game away with a driving lay-up from Shaqwon Lewis and an apparent steal and ensuing lay-up from Oatman Lightbourne, with just 49.3 seconds remaining to play, but the referee ruled that Marlins' coach Demykco Bowles called a timeout after the first lay-up, thereby nullifying the second shot and putting the Marlins down by just four as opposed to six.
The Rattlers eventually built their lead back to six, but the Marlins converted two of four free throws and got a huge put-back lay-up, to pull within just two points, 67-65 with 10.3 seconds remaining on the clock. Lightbourne then stepped to the line and sunk one of two free shots for the Rattlers.
The Rattlers managed to get a steal on the Marlins' next possession, and appeared poised to run out the clock, but somehow, the Marlins tied them up forcing a jump ball call with just 1.5 seconds left.
That set the stage for Pratt's last second desperation heave. It miraculously went in, but Pratt took one too many dribbles and clearly let go of the ball after the buzzer had sounded. He finished with 11 points for the Marlins last night.
After not trailing at all in the first game, the Rattlers had to battle back from an early double-digit deficit in the second last night, to sweep the best-of-three series two games to none.
They were led in scoring by point guard Shaqwon Lewis and Johnley Neal. Both came off the bench to score 17. Lightbourne got going late, as he scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.Game Atilus paced the Marlins with a game-high 19 points last night. Brandon Stubbs scored 15, and Pratt added 11.
They might not have led at all in Game One, but it didn't take them long to get going in Game two.
Behind nine first-quarter points from Stubbs, the Marlins took a 21-12 lead after the first quarter. The Rattlers responded with eight second-quarter points from Lewis, and battled all the way back to take a 34-30 lead at the break.
Neal came alive in the third quarter for the Rattlers as he dropped in eight points, including two huge three pointers. The Rattlers still just led only 50-47 after three though.
They weathered the storm in the fourth, to barely hold off a pesky Marlins team. Both teams will now get ready for the start of the 32nd Annual Hugh Campbell Tournament on Monday.
The other GSSSA championship series to end yesterday came in the junior boys' division.
Raymonte McDonald buried six three point shots, and finished with 19 points to lead the SC McPherson Sharks to a comfortable 52-37 win over the DW Davis Pitbulls, sweeping that series in two straight games.
Frantwoin Newton added 12 points for the Sharks, and Stephon Johnson, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the series, finished with eight. Torei Bowe paced the Pitbulls with 15 points, and James Cepoudy contributed seven.
The other two championships series will go to decisive third games, which will be played today at the Kendal Isaacs gym.
In the junior girls' division, the HO Nash Lions evened up their series with the CH Reeves Raptors, with a 19-9 win.
L. Sands had seven points for the Lions, and K. Moss scored six. D. Rolle led the Raptors with three.
The CV Bethel Stingrays senior girls evened up their series with the CR Walker Knights, defeating them 27-21 yesterday.
Valerie Nesbitt had a game-high 14 points for the Stingrays, and T. Ingraham contributed four. A. Fertil and C. Australe scored six points each to lead the Knights.

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NEMA releases latest damage information

 In an effort to keep all residents informed about current situations in all the islands NEMA has compiled the following information

Mayagauna

The administrator that approximately 40 houses have received level 2 damages, inclusive of the Community of Betsy Bay, Pirate Wells and Abraham's Bay.

Concerns were also expressed to the Asst. Commissioner of Police John Ferguson in reference to 3 persons detained at Police Station

NEMA received reports that the church roof has been damaged.

The island has been without power since yesterday.
 
Crooked Island

The school in Colonel Hill has lost its roof and have also lost two classroom blocks. 
St. John's Baptist Church has also lost its roof.

Some of the buildings on the island have also lost roofs.

The iisland is still experiencing winds around 120mph.

 
Acklins

In Lovely Bay around 90% of the settlement is reportedly gone, damaged due to Irene.

House roofs and several homes have been blown away.

Power lines and trees are down and on the road.

The shelters population has increased.

Still experiencing winds in excess of 90-110mph winds.
 

Long Island

A number of homes and St. Paul's Anglican Church received roof damages 
The island is experiencing winds at 70mph

Administrator Mr. Jordan Ritchie reported that the main concern is the flooding in Clarence Town.

 
Exuma

Administrator Ferguson reported that the weather has been deteriorating and winds are now up to about 50 knts.

Water levels at Victoria Pond are rising

 
Eleuthera

Central Eleuthera experiencing gale force winds

BEC having difficulties with emergency generator

Following shelters are all open:  Rock Sound, Church Of God, Green Castle School, Whymms Bight Primary, Deep Creek Middle School, and Bannerman Town Library

Weather is deteriorating, persons in low-lying areas were asked to move to the various shelters or seek higher ground

 
New Providence

For the efficient use of shelters, persons planning to go to Epiphany Anglican Church, Prince Charles Drive, Church of God of Prophecy, Augusta and Patton Street, St.  John's Baptist  Cathedral, Meeting Street and Worker's House are being redirected to St. Barnabas Anglican  Church, Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique William Darling Highway, the  Salvation Army Centre on Meadow Street
Disabled persons are being directed to the New Providence Community Church, Blake Road.

All other shelters (22 in total) are open
 
South Abaco

The shelter in Sandy Point is open

Shelters are now open on the islands of Cat Island, Exuma and cays.

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Bahamas Boosts Partnerships With Florida Hubs

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.

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Five Events Celebrated The Earth

Eleuthera, Bahamas – 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.

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San Salvador Rally Speech - FNM Leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
San Salvador Rally Speech - FNM Leader Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

Good Evening San Salvador,
I am very pleased to be in San Salvador, one of my favorite places in The Bahamas.
Many of you know me and I know you. I am here to place my stamp of approval upon my Party’s candidate for your constituency in the soon-to be-General Election, Michael Pintard.

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Supporting Junkanoo to Build Community
Supporting Junkanoo to Build Community

Nothing brings Bahamians together more than the cultural phenomenon of Junkanoo.  Through this timeless activity, community and creativity are fostered across ages and economic backgrounds.

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NAGB Director appoints John Cox as new Chief Curator

Nassau, Bahamas -

On January 1st, 2012, John Cox, the founder of the artists'
cooperative Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, took
on the position of Chief Curator at The National Art Gallery of The
Bahamas, appointed by incoming Director, Amanda Coulson.

 

According
to Coulson, "John is a fundamental player in the art scene of The
Bahamas and has an extensive working knowledge of both the historical
and contemporary practices here. We've known each other since 2006 and
have an excellent working relationship; with his internal knowledge and
my international reach, I believe as a team we'll achieve our goal of
bringing Bahamian art to a wider audience both at home and abroad...."

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Governor General receives bronze piece from local artist

The governor general of The Bahamas was presented with a bronze sculpture at Government House by Bahamian artist Tyler Johnston this month.

The governor general recently visited Johnston Art Studio's in Little Harbour, Abaco and was given a tour of the bronze casting foundry and artist studio.

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Cell phone service issues continue one week after hurricane

By CELESTE NIXON

Tribune Staff Reporter

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

A WEEK after Hurricane Irene swept through the Bahamas, cell phone users are still experiencing dropped calls and interrupted services, or no service at all.

BTC spokesman Marlon Johnson said that while the power plant in Nassau is largely online, some customers are experiencing disruptions in services as a result of BTC resetting its network.

Apologising for the service disruptions, Mr Johnson said "some of the exchanges have gone offline - what customers have been experiencing are dropped calls and failed calls which are just related to us getting our plant functioning."

Mr Johnson added that these issues are being addre ...

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The John Beadle Project

“The John Beadle Project” features a series of new works by Bahamian artist John Beadle, who is known as an accomplished painter but in recent years has broadened his range to include sculpture and large-scale installation.

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'Reno' gets 2nd straight win

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

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

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

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

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

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'Reno' gets seventh straight win - second on points

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

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

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

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

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

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AG's Office drops murder case

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

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Pyfrom, Johnson Take Leads into Final Week of Bowling

Richard 'Richie' Pyfrom is still the man to beat as the Cable Bahamas Bowling Nationals moves into its final week at Mario's Bowling & Family Entertainment Palace. After two blocks, Pyfrom leads the men with a 2,631 pinfall. This puts him in a good position to make the TV finals. With him making the round of...

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

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

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A Young Man To Emulate
A Young Man To Emulate

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

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John Culmer, 75
John Culmer, 75

Funeral Service for John Culmer, 75 of #9 Hillview Court, Highland Park, and formerly of Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, will be held on Saturday May 28th, 2:00 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets. Rev. T.G. Morrison will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.

Those left to cherish his precious memories are: Wife: Idaline; Children: Karen, Rory and Darrin. Pre-deceased by; Sisters Veronica Thompson and Patricia Sweeting and Brother Rupert Culmer. Brothers: Godfrey, Eugene, Kermit and Kenneth Culmer. Grandchildren: Pierce, Taje and Gavin Culmer. Sisters-in-law: Peggy and Fay Culmer. Brother-in-law: Willard Aranh ...

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John Bull Store Heist 1 million Robbed
John Bull Store Heist $1 million Robbed

Tourist seen gunmen enter the John Bull store on Bay Street Sunday morning with guns and a hammer. It is believed that nearly $1 million dollars of Gold Rolex watches encrusted with Diamonds were stolen, although BahamasLocal.com has not confirmed the exact description of the watches.

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

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

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Alfred Joseph Johnson, 80

Last rites for Alfred Joseph Johnson, 80, of Bluff South Andros will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Cousin Mcphee Cathedral, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Rev. Clement Neely assisted by Other Ministers of Religion. Interment in The Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spiknard Road.

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Sports minister wants lottery

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

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Baha Mar forms major art alliance

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

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