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Just a couple weeks ago, The Bahamas' senior men's national volleyball team were on the cusp of qualifying for the prestigious FIVB (International Federation of Volleyball) Men's World Championship, which would have been a historic first for the country, but they didn't qualify. The women haven't been on the same level as the men for quite some time.
The Bahamas' women finished sixth at the last Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, while the men were victorious. Not only that, but the men advanced all the way to the final round of the world championships qualifying process, finishing first in the first round, second in the second and third in the third, while the Bahamian women failed to get out of the first round in their group.
What is causing the huge disparity? Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) President Joe Smith believes that sponsorship plays a significant part, and it is incumbent upon them to get more financial support behind the women's program in the country, like it is done for the men.
"Sponsorship is very important," said Smith. "The bottom line is that our women are not going to get better by just playing local teams here at home. We have to be able to get them more exposure and more experience, but we are well on the way. We are seeing a rebranding of the women's program now. I think that this is the year for them to excel.
"When you look at the program, a lot of youth is integrated into the team, ages 21-22.
"With the men, most of the guys who are excelling now, joined the program at a very young age, and they just grew together. I can see the ladies advancing to the third round of qualifiers (world championships) in the very near future. We have a good crop of athletes who can do it. It's just up to us to get some financial support behind them and allow them to get some international exposure. We are working on that."
The senior men and women's CAZOVA Championships are set for this summer, July 15-28, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Both Bahamian squads would have to win in order to qualify for the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Championships, set for next year. The Bahamas' men are the defending CAZOVA Champions, and finished seventh at the last NORCECA Championships. The women still have a lot of work to do, just to get to that level.
"I think that we are on the way. We just have to go out there and continue to recruit talented athletes," said New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) President DeVince Smith.
"We want to give the ladies the same opportunities that the men had in terms of international exposure, where they will be faced against some of the best players in our region. To play against your own can only take you so far. The guys got together, made the sacrifice, and went international to play international teams. That built their confidence. Once we do the same with the female program, you will see the same thing happening with them in the future."
The Bahamas' men's national team is one of the favorites going into the CAZOVA Championships this year. BVF President Smith feels that this is the year for the women to make a statement. The implementation of youth and agility into the program could be a major component for the women going forward. The addition of collegiate players such as Je'Nae Saunders, Avoni Seymour and Terae Sweeting into the national picture is expected to bolster the women's volleyball program here in the country.
"When you look at the men, they began to excel when a number of them went off to college. We see that happening now with the women, and we can see a difference in their play," said women's veteran player and coach Margaret 'Muggy' Albury. "I think that we are definitely on the right track in terms of getting the women more established. The collegiate players will only add to the women's national program in the country, so the future looks very bright."
The CAZOVA Championships are about a month away, and it will be interesting to see how The Bahamas fare against the rest of the region, particularly the women.
Funeral Service for the Late Peter Roland Alexander Curry, 76 years of Infant View Road, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. to St. Mary's the Virgin Anglican Church, Virginia Street. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe assisted by other members of the clergy will officiate. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery.
He is survived by his Wife of 50 years, Patricia Curry; Sons: Michael, Meredith, Marko and Carlos Curry, Brian Hunter; Daughters: Antillia, Alistair and Alexis Curry, Anastasia Williams, Adriana Hunter, Sonia Rowe and Dianna Mahadeo; Adopted Sons: Alexis Dean and Stephen Ramsay; Adopted Daughter: Annatol Clarke; Sons-In-Law: Gary Williams Sr., Leonard Rowe and Reynolds Mahadeo; Daughters-In-Law: Janis, Monica, Kimily and Nola Curry; Adopted Daughters-In-Law: Terika Dean and Rita Ramsay; Grandchildren: Aniska, Mario, Gabrielle, Galia, Markel, Miguel, Maleeya, Natalia, Ethan and Marley Curry, Annise, Annique and Gary Williams Jr., Phylicia Miller, Aysha, Alexis and Alijah Dean, Quintalia Parker, Ashley and Ariel Hunter, Karlishia Washington, Aaron Jackson, Giovanni Romero, Ian, Kean and Tyree Rowe, Danyiel Childs, Rachell Mahadeo; Great-Grandchildren: Alanna Glover, Talija, Tailynn, Tianna, Tamara, Tamia, Tiara and Quinton, Kyra Nelson, D'Mari'on and Ka'Vajzhe' Roundtree; Brothers: Vincent and Garth Curry; Adopted Brother: Edward "Bobbie" Glinton; Brothers-In-Law: Vincent Russell and Henry Saunders; Sisters-In-Law: Norma, Patricia and Bertha Curry, Brenda Watson, Shirley Saunders and Kathy Glinton; Uncles-In-Law: Moses, Lennox and Aaron Major; Aunts-In-Law: Maria Armbrister, Rocklyn Major and Cora Johnson; Nieces and Nephews: children of Vincent and Edith Russell, Clifford and Patricia Rahming, Anthony and Norma Curry, Vincent and Patricia Curry, Garth and Bertha Curry, Christopher and Brenda Watson & Edward and Kathy Glinton. Cousins: Eloise Brown & Family, Jacqueline Malcolm & Family, Garth Curry & Family, Lynn Curry & Family, Dorothy Curry & Family. Numerous Godchildren, other friends and relatives including Maggie Harrison and Family, Tex Lunn and Family, The Hudsons, Prince & Robertha Albury and Family, Sylvester Ramsay & Family, Phillip & Magareta Sands and Family, Hugo & Doris Powell and Family, The Rodgers Family of Nassau St., Renee Bodie, Charmaine Hanna, Staria Newbold, Chris McQueen, Jeff & Cathy McPhee and Family, Murtle & Willie Armstrong and Family, Maria McKenzie and Family, Neville & Barbara Albury and Family, Marguerite Dahl & family, Virginia St., Augusta St., Dorchester St. and Cunningham Lane Families, Clarence Gibson and Family, Steve McKinney and Family, Vernal & Carol Brown and Family, Carmeta Ramsay and Family, Angela, Paulette & Sinclair Dean, Hon. Alfred Sears and Family, St. Mary's Parish Family, Urban Renewal Project, Dillets Guest House, BASH, St. Joseph Daycare Center, St. Helena Club, Fort Charlotte Community, St. Francis Men's group, Francis Richardson & St. Francis Junior Choir, Scotiatrust, Scotiabank, Royal Bank of Canada, NIB, BEC, RBDF, Pictet Bank, Monsignor Simeon Roberts, Rev. T.G. Morrison & Family, Anglican Diocese, Dr. Sheena Antonio-Collie and Doctors, Charles Sealey and Doctors Hospital Staff; and many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Politics can be a fickle business.
Governing parties can find themselves in opposition overnight, their once towering empires reduced to little more than rubble when the will of the electorate is expressed.
The thrashing the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) gave the Free National Movement (FNM) in the general election one week ago is a clear cut example of how unpredictable the political climate can be.
Now, with only nine seats in Parliament to the PLP's 29, the FNM must again learn how to function in opposition and live with the reality that its message failed to resonate with the majority of voters.
And it must also determine why.
The most obvious answer: Hubert Alexander Ingraham.
The former prime minister and FNM leader, bet his fate -- and pretty much the fate of his entire party -- on the notion that the general election was all about his leadership versus now Prime Minister and PLP Leader Perry Christie's.
The FNM let him, and paid dearly for it.
What the election was really about
At rally after rally, event after event, functions, on the floor of Parliament, and at just about every other opportunity he got, Ingraham lambasted Christie's leadership.
He called Christie weak and indecisive. He dredged up PLP scandals of the past. He dragged a prominent member of the clergy and Dame Marguerite Pindling, the widow of Sir Lynden Pindling, into the mudslinging between himself and the PLP.
He talked incessantly about the 'cookie jar' and how the back-room dealers in the PLP were salivating to regain access to it.
But perhaps Ingraham did not realize that he was most likely preaching to the choir.
This election was not about Perry Christie and the past transgressions of the PLP.
This election was about overall joblessness; an unemployment rate of over 30 percent among young people; an underperforming economy; an alarming rate of crime and four murder records in five years, just to name a few.
Ingraham couldn't seem to find the right message to convey the many things his administration had done to ease economic hardship, combat crime and fix the nearly broken justice system.
And a finely-tuned PLP media machine excoriating him on a daily basis certainly didn't help.
While bidding his constituents in North Abaco farewell over the weekend, Ingraham acknowledged that the party's message was rejected by the majority of voters.
But why that message fell flat is still unclear.
Many younger voters, who he claimed saw him as the establishment, perhaps could not get through his sometimes brash attitude and in-your-face style that accompanied the message.
And many of them were probably too young to have paid much attention to Christie's last term in office, or simply did not care when faced with the prospect of having no prospects.
They perhaps only saw a PLP that said it believed in them and stacked it up against an FNM that said they should believe in Ingraham.
The PLP and FNM also delivered their messages differently.
Perry Christie and his team shrewdly allowed candidates to deliver many of the promises in the party's platform. Christie spent most of his time attacking Ingraham in speeches that varied little since the beginning of the year.
But Ingraham saved the big announcements for himself.
In another shrewd move, the PLP, as much as it could, kept Perry Christie away from reporters, which is very easy to do without him having the burden of governing.
This made the possibility of gaffes much more unlikely, though Christie became much more accessible as the campaign wound down.
Ingraham took all comers and gave the opposition fodder to further paint him as a 'tyrant' or a 'dictator'.
Mistakes along the campaign trail
Ingraham and the FNM also erred critically by waiting so long to introduce so many new candidates to the country.
Where some new PLP candidates had been in their respective communities for up to two years, Ingraham only really gave his people a few months to campaign.
Then he went on his now famous walkabouts in Bains Town and Grants Town, Englerston and Centreville.
He also went into different areas, but might have been better served by walking about in the southern New Providence constituencies, where margins were much closer.
Road works and the BTC sale
The New Providence Road Improvement Project may just have cost Hubert Ingraham his job. That project, which he personally described as 'torturous', coupled with the sale of the majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company to Cable and Wireless Communications, infuriated many people.
The road project, which dragged on and on, caused businesses to close and led to the loss of employment for many roadside vendors.
Add to that the frustration many New Providence residents had from waiting in traffic and figuring out alternate routes of travel on an almost daily basis, and many voters may have just made up their minds a long time ago that the FNM would not get their vote.
What seems strange is the unapologetic manner in which the government moved forward as it became clear that the project, though necessary, was very unpopular.
Stranger still, was the deadpan way in which the prime minister told the country that the mammoth project was $77 million over budget.
The privatization of BTC was also very interesting to watch unfold.
Not only did the opposition and every union in the country clearly state their disapproval, but hundreds of people marched on Parliament numerous times to protest it.
Yet, rather than slow the process down and allow more people time to process the information, Ingraham rammed it through Parliament and ignored the outcry.
What about the DNA?
Whether the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) spoiled the election for the FNM is still unknown and will require further study.
But what is clear is that the DNA had an impact at the polls, garnering around eight percent of the total vote, compared to 42 percent for the FNM and over 48 percent for the PLP.
As pointed out in The Nassau Guardian last week, had the votes cast for the DNA gone to the FNM in at least a dozen constituencies, Hubert Ingraham would once again be prime minister.
Now, Ingraham will retire and Killarney MP Dr. Hubert Minnis will lead the FNM in Parliament. The party will have a convention to solidify its leadership team later this month and go about the business of opposing.
Redemption is possible -- just look at the PLP.
That party, voted out in 2007 after a single term many describe as 'squandered', found its way back to power by focusing less on what the Ingraham administration was doing, and more on getting its own house in order.
The FNM is still a very popular party, performing well in the popular vote, despite the disproportionate number of seats in the House of Assembly.
Do not waste time sulking and bickering internally like the PLP did following its last defeat at the polls.
The FNM must move quickly to fortify its leadership team, push new blood to the forefront, establish a reliable and vocal shadow Cabinet and hold the PLP accountable at every turn.
Stay in the communities. Do not hide within your walls. Ask the people who voted against you, what you could have done better and seek to implement that.
The FNM has a chance to remake itself now that the shadow of Ingraham no longer looms over it. The next few years can be an era of possibility or can be lost languishing in confusion.
What now for Ingraham
As Ingraham memorably commented at a press conference not too long after he was last returned as prime minister, "I am distinct. I am not like others".
Truer words may never have been spoken.
Love him or hate him, Ingraham has left an indelible mark on Bahamian politics and will never be forgotten.
No matter how the PLP might try to obscure it, his legacy, like that of Sir Lynden's, will remain strong.
Ingraham and his cohorts brought about the most significant infrastructure upgrades in the country's history. He shepherded projects that changed the economy. And some of those will continue to bear fruit for the foreseeable future.
He built a new straw market, a new stadium, and a new port.
He oversaw significant phases of the redevelopment of Lynden Pindling International Airport, and other airports in the country.
He dredged Nassau Harbour, restored Goodman's Bay, Montagu Beach and Saunder's Beach.
He established a minimum wage and unemployment insurance.
He freed the airwaves and in so doing created a new media industry.
He built new courts and upgraded Parliament.
He launched the construction of the critical care wing at Princess Margaret Hospital.
He built many schools and clinics.
He upgraded the water system in New Providence and many other islands.
He did those things and much more.
The PLP has said it will consider appointing a Commission of Inquiry to investigate many matters, which could mean that we have not seen the last of Hubert Alexander Ingraham.
But money is scarce and the clock is ticking for the Christie administration, which promised results in a very short time.
In the meantime, Ingraham said he will return to his law practice and go 'fishnin' as often as he can.
Go right ahead 'Papa'. You earned it.
Funeral service for Randolph Gentle "Da Da" McKinney, age 69 years, 21 Sunset Park, will be held on Saturday January 28th, 2012 at 10:0a.m. at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Kemp Road. Officiating will be The Rev'd Fr. Oswald E. Pinder. Interment will follow in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Janet Mortimer-McKinney; nine children: Kathleen, Darrel, Claudia, Phoebe, Tabatha and Dion McKinney, Zanderles "Tomeco" (Andrew) Curry, Lathera Smith and Tito Fritz. eleven adopted children: Anoush, Astranique , Angelo and Ali Bonamy, Jamal Farrington, Kendron Lighbourne, Jared Dean, Prescott Cooper, Anthony Lighbourne Jr., Edvardo Neely and Ricardo King; thirty-six grandchildren: Valencia, Darrel, Darius, Deanka, Delrika, Devon, Dashannon, Darlene, Deangelo, Janae, Teranique, Sherkeithra, Domonic, Keeano, Katura, Deante and Dionna McKinney, Javis Jr., Ladette, Ladika and Lanique Glinton, Angelo Jr., Alex, Anthony III, Anwar and Adrian Cargill, Anthea and Anthonique Lightbourne, Dereno McIntosh, Terrell and Terez Archer, Antonio Curry, Deangelo Cox and Simon, Simesha and Jordon Smith; nine great grandchildren: Jermaine, Jayvette, Travis Jr., Tavero Jr., Teasia, Delrico, Emile, Quincy and Oneicia; two brothers: Freeman and Leonard McKinney; three sisters: Rena Oliver, Arlene Dickinson and Pamela Miller; mother-in law: Era Hanna; son-in-law: Andrew Curry; two daughters-in-law: Rochelle and Loidette McKinney; eight brothers-in-law: George Miller, Sgt. Albert Mortimer, Samuel and Anthony Darling, Whyne, Ernest, Perry and Terry Mortimer; five sisters-in-law: Camala McKinney, Patricia and Betty Darling, and Branderly and Sandra Mortimer; twelve nephews: Kevin Dwayne and Adrian Miller, Derrick Ricardo, Sean, Brandon, Vardo and Bookie Oliver, Paul and Nardo Dixon and Theodore Newbold; eight nieces: Marva, Kayla and Jodie Oliver, Cecile McKinney, Jackie , Margo, Timberland and Koff Dixon; other relatives and friends including: Anthony Lightbourne and family, Marilyn Bonamy and family, William Bullard and family, Iris McKinney and family, Charles McKinney, Felix McKinney and family, Jeanie Johnson and family, Oscar Sands and family, Austin and family, Mr. Alfred Ali Culmer, Donna Major and family, The Seymour, Higgins, Bannister, Toote, Curry, Burrows, Adderley, Neymour, Joseph and Munroe families, Mr. and Mrs. King and family, Tabatha Deveau-Joseph and family, Tanel Strachan and family, Mr. and Mrs. McKenzie and family, Elizabeth Dickerson and family, Patricia Daxon and family, Mr. Meadows, Carlton Smith, Nio Saunders and family, Terry Archer and family, Raquel Hamilton and family, Delcha Culmer and family, Janet Bain and family, Lenamae and family, Miriam and family, The Department of Civil Aviation, The Department of Environmental Health, Day Spring Academy, Bertha's Go Go Ribs, The Garvin Tynes Primary School, St. Margaret Church family, The Blue Hill Constituency and Southern Shore Constituency, Phillip Sailmakers and others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday January 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday January 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Police make drug arrest - Arrest house breaking suspects - Remove 3 handguns from streets - Investigate death of woman
Nassau, Bahamas - In
three (3) separate incidents on Wednesday 16th May, 2012 police removed
three (3) handguns from the streets of New Providence. The first weapon
was confiscated around 6:15 pm at Market and Taylor Streets...
Police are questioning three (3) men in connection with a recent House-Breaking.
reports indicate that around 4:30 pm on Wednesday 16th May, 2012 police
received information that a residence at Charles Saunders...
In two (2) separate incidents on Wednesday 16th May, 2012 officers of the
Division accompanied by officers of the K-9 Unit, arrested two (2)
males after they were found in possession of dangerous drugs...
Funeral service for Ethelyn Bernice Michael, age 93 years, 6 Tower Estates Drive, Sans Souci, formerly of Deadman's Cay, Long Island, will be held on Saturday February 11th 2012 at 10:00a.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads, officiating will be Canon Basil L. Tynes, assisted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson and Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment will follow in St. Mary's the Virgin Cemetery, Virginia and Nassau Streets.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter: Yvonne M. Michael-Deveaux-Shaw; three grand children: Renee L. Deveaux, Marie Deveaux-Sands and Neil C. Shaw; eight great grand children: Jordan Armbrister, Amron, Alizsha and Simone Sands, Joy and Haley Smith and Alaina and Liam Shaw; grand-son-in-law: Vernon Smith, grand daughter-in-law: Stephanie Shaw; eighteen nieces: Dale McLeod, Carmen Smith, Lady Aloma Allen, Brenda Brace, Helen Scott, Carolyn Wilson, Patricia Carter, Barbara Jean Haines, Joanna Martin, Dorothy Colbert, Carolyn Bell, Carol D. Russell, Gail Malone, Courtney, Judy and Bernadette Nesbit, Gladys White and Ingrid Scott; fifteen nephews: Cleaso Munnings, Phillip, Paul and Glen White, Perry and Johnnie Scott, Elton Nesbitt Jr., Samuel and Emanuel Nesbitt, Martin L. and Walter Mann, Don McLeod, Keith Smith, Sir William Allen, Donnie Carter and William Haines; thirty-one grand nieces and nephews: Gerald Cooper, Patrick and Dia Carter-Webb and family, Robert, Leslie, Libby and Kevin Shelby, Kelly, Chris, Jules, Jason and Eli, William and Andrew Allen and Karen Allen-Howard and family, Elgin, Maurice, Keisha and Karlean Smith, Michael A. Lillian M. Robin D. and Angel K. Wilson, Melodye M., Jacobs, Tanya Crosson, Katie Scott , Lance, Jamal and Lyvette Munnings and Katia and Kavan Scott; seven great grand nieces and nephews: Kyle, Kaleah A. Waters and family, Lauren E. Jacobs, Samira A. Cummings, Asiah A Moore, Trenae L. and Trinity L. Crosson; other family and friends including: Cynthia Wells and family, William and Lynn Wells and family, Harriet Womach and family, Trixie Hanna, Paula Hanna-Miller and Rupert Miller, Dillis and Henry Storr and family, The Hon. Perry Christie and Bernadette Christie and family, Carnetta Burrows and family, Hinton Burrows and family, Virgie Carroll and family, Christine and Ben Johnson and family, Myrtis Turnquest and family, Ralph and Joan Munnings and family, Agnes Munnings, Shane Russell and family, Leona Davis-Rahming and family, Debra .Knowles-Clark, Bea Wilson and family, Nora, Florence Fornof, Edwin Burrows, Gwendolyn Brawdley, Violet Knowles, Rosmond Wells and family The Wells and Turnquest families, Peter and John Michael and family and Emile and Julia Michael-Griffith and family; numerous god-children too many to mention including: Paula Hanna-Miller, Samuel and Jere Cumberbatch and family, Katie Smith and family and Joanne Hanna; dear friends including: Madeline Thompson, Gloria Knowles and family, Alva Moxey and family, Orry J. Sands and family, Ian Mortemore and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simmons and family, Althea Malone, Marge Ferguson, Doris Fitzgerald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Demeritte, Ricardo and Ethelyn Davis and family, Maria Campbell, Thelma Thompson, Mrs. Brennen, Elsie Thompson, Corin and Audrey Fountain, Mary Sinclair-Profilo and family, Mavis Davis and family, Eula Bain, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Cartwright, Ela Forbes, Velma Turnquest, Mavis Johnson, Tremmie D. Thompson, St. Barnabas Church and ACW family, Canon Basil Tynes and family, Inga Saunders and family, St. George's Church family and Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton, Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Thompson, Alma Oliver and others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday February 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday February 11th, 2012 from 9:00a.m. until service time.
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham? at the
of Elizabeth Constituency Office.
Elizabeth: I am
back again; back with Duane Sands.
time, we want the election settled on Election Day; No Court; just people's
is no Duane Sands. Like the FNM,
Duane Sands will deliver for you!
Fitzgerald wasn't the only one down at Saunders Beach talking fool about the
beach disappearing. Ryan was there
Funeral Service for the Late Kevin Lorenzo Lightbourne, 44 years of #299 Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, will be held on Saturday February 11th, 10:00 a.m. at St. James Native Baptist Church, St. James Road, Kemp Road. Rev. Cyril Sands and Rev. Eric Lightbourne, assisted by Rev. Franklyn Lightbourne, Rev. Edgburt Tinker, Minister Rudy Hall and Minister Dexter Cartwright will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories is: His brothers: Rev. Eric Lightbourne, PC998 Anthony, Alpheus, Keith, and PC Devon Lightbourne.; Sisters- in - law: Christine, Annie, Tyrinique; Nieces: Asharan, Mioshi, Shakera, Shaketra Lightbourne, Crystal Ingraham, Kendra Bethel; Nephews: Deanardo, Demerro, Zephaniah Lightbourne and Trevor Bethel; Grand- Nieces: IAnna, Deandrea, Kia, Karrington Bethel
Uncles: Elijah Tinker Jr. of Toronto, Canada and Cyril Hanna; Aunts: Elder Leancezar Hanna, Ettamae Emmanuel Laguere, Marilyn Russell, Bonnie Tinker of Toronto, Canada, Gertrude Lightbourne and Clementina Lightbourne; Grand- Aunt: Maria Martin; Cousins: Shelton, Rose, Michael and Elva Lightbourne, Pastor Edgburt , Adolph, Drexel, Gaylene, Joshua, Lynette and Patrice Tinker, Lynette Forbes, Mark, Marvin and Merisha Emmanuel, Patrick, Corporal Zebulon Sr. and Hanna Sr. PC 1337 Kathon, Audrey Curry, LaVaughn Sands, Charmine, Deanne Ewers of West Palm Beach, Florida, Servina Major, Nicola, Marcia and Monique Saunders, Margaret Lightbourne, Richard Cunningham, Kenneth Moss, David, Franklyn, Cyril, and Leon Ferguson, Rula- Mae Cooper, Treva, Princess Tinker ( include the rest of the family members that I may have forgotten); Other relatives and Friends including: the community of Salina Point Acklins, Rev. Veronica Hamilton and family, Inez McKenzie and family, Mrs. Iva Culmer and family, Allison and Elaine Rolle and family, Ms. Brown and family, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Rolle and family, Mel Dames and the Family of J.D Fish House, Dwayne Lloyd and family, the whole Yellow Elder family, the entire Grove Community, St. Margaret Road Native Baptist Church, Pastor Cyril Sands and the Evangelistic Centre Church Ministry, and Revival Faith Mission (Abaco location).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Amidst looming uncertainty about the fate of Atlantis and the One&Only Ocean Club, several Bahamian businesses voiced their concerns on the situation.
"We are concerned and we are watching it, definitely," said Linda Lam, co-owner and co-manager of Mike's Chinese Custom Tailoring.
Mike's has supplied Atlantis with uniforms and other related services for over 10 years, Lam said.
"We do quite a bit of work for Atlantis, with the uniforms and everything, so we keep a little bit busy with that.
She said so far, fears of Atlantis' fate has not hampered business.
"I don't know whether anything will happen in the near future, but right now we're still getting work from them like we usually do," she said, adding, "We can only hope for the best."
Erica Collie, a representative from Seahorse Sailing Adventures, located on Paradise Island, also voiced her concerns.
"We're just sitting, watching and waiting to see what happens, as is the rest of The Bahamas," she said. "It would affect us," she added.
Seahorse Sailing caters to locals and tourists alike, with such activities as snorkeling and sailing.
"We are just a little nervous about it, but I guess that's business, things happen for a reason," she said.
Janice Saunders, director at Majestic Tours, said she is not concerned "because they (the owners) won't let it fall apart". Majestic Tours, said Saunders, which offers tours of Nassau and Paradise Island, has been receiving business from Atlantis since "day one". "And before that, Resorts International," she said.
"Somebody will have to come to the rescue if Mr. Kerzner totally disappears, but I don't think he'll disappear. I don't think anything is going to happen with Atlantis, they will run the operation as is, they can't fold it up. Nothing [is going to] change. Life goes on; business has to go on."
Yesterday The Nassau Guardian reported that Brookfield Asset Management canceled its offer to exchange approximately $175 million of debt for ownership of Kerzner International's Bahamian and Mexican properties, throwing into limbo Atlantis and Ocean Club, as well as thousands of jobs at those Paradise Island properties.
The decision came after a group of senior Kerzner creditors took legal action against the Canadian asset management firm, alleging that Brookfield had negotiated a "sweetheart deal" that would negatively impact the interests of other lenders.
Under that deal, Kerzner would have entered a four-year agreement to manage Atlantis and a 15-year agreement to manage Ocean Club.
The arrangements associated with the takeover of Kerzner International's Paradise Island properties also called for the new owners to refinance Kerzner's $2.5 billion loan within the next two years.
But the legal action by the senior lenders led to Brookfield's pull-out.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I THOUGHT your article today January 12th under local news "Kinks will be worked out at the New Magistrate's Court" was one of the funnier I have read in a while. The new complex is described as State of the Art but there are no telephones, no security and no office for the prosecutors and presumably other problems as well. The Chief Magistrate says it was not as bad as he expected.
It would be interesting to know what he expected - more confusion - no front door, no toilets who knows.
That reminds me of the public toilets on Saunders Beach which were also described as State of the Art and caused some merriment at the time. What is a State of the Art toile ...