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Phone Service '95 Per Cent Restored'
October 30, 2012
Phone Service '95 Per Cent Restored'

BTC officials said yesterday that nearly 95 per cent of its telecommunications network had been restored in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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Two Bahamians receive Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
October 27, 2011
Two Bahamians receive Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Nassau, Bahamas -- Since 1947, Ambassadorial scholarships have been made available through the Rotary Foundation where more than 40,000 men and women have had the opportunity to study abroad.

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BTC Funding for PMH Sick Kinds Oncology Telemedicine Lab
July 22, 2013
BTC Funding for PMH Sick Kinds Oncology Telemedicine Lab

Thanks in large part to a $100,000 dollar pledge by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) the SickKids Telemedicine Lab in the Oncology department of the Princess Margaret Hospital it is now open, allowing remote physician-patient tele-conferencing for medical diagnosis and treatment options for children in The Bahamas, with malignant tumors.

Telemedicine generally refers to the use of communications and information technologies for the delivery of clinical care. As an island nation, Telemedicine is not new to The Bahamas but this is the first Telemedicine equipped Oncology department dedicated to the specific care and treatment options for children with tumors; it is deemed critical to the advancement of diagnostic and treatment decisions...

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November 28, 2010
Letter: William 'Bill' Holowesko - a courteous, respectful and principled man

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of William "Bill" Holowesko, the founder of the Holowesko clan in the Bahamas, last Friday, November 12, at his residence in Lyford Cay.

I had known Mr Holowesko for 25 years, first making his acquaintance in 1985 as a callow Legal Research Clerk, then employed by his brother-in-law Jerome Pyfrom and his law partner, Noel Sawyer Roberts.

Whenever I encountered a snag in a research assignment, or needed help with a particular title problem, he always helped me willingly and with alacrity.

The deceased and I shared a great common interest in researching Bahamian genealogy, and we often joked of the many old families ...

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November 26, 2010
Dame Joan 'fundamentally' opposed to death penalty

Although she was once a proponent of capital punishment, past President of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer said she has not supported state-sanctioned execution for quite some time.
"As a teenager I was against it. As a young adult I was for it. As a mature adult I cannot subscribe to it," Dame Joan told The Nassau Guardian in an exclusive interview earlier this week. "The death penalty is a final decision on somebody's life. Our definition of murder is the deliberate taking of a human life without any excuse. So when a judge passes the death penalty, what is he doing?"
Asked if her opposition to the death penalty was a fundamental belief, Dame Joan said: "It i ...

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July 24, 2012
1st Stop: Bahamas High Commission BTC Team paves way for Team Bahamas at London Olympics

Nassau, Bahamas - A
team of BTC executives arrived in London Monday morning ahead of the start of
the Olympic Games to begin preparations to host scores of Bahamians
participating and watching the London Games. Their first stop: the Bahamas High
Commission.

The
BTC team -- Tellis Symonette, Senior VP Commercial & Family Islands, Jerome
Sawyer, Senior Manager Public Relations and Events Manager Carol Barnett --
paid a courtesy call on the Bahamian High Commissioner His Excellency Paul
Farquharson at Bahamas House...

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September 08, 2011
Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82

Funeral service for Mrs. Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82 yrs., a resident of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, who died on 31st Autust, 2011, will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenya Lovell, Pastor Henry Whyte & other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Big Bay Public Cemetery, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: William Carey Jr., Glenda & Jefferson Wildgoose Sr., Ceeney & Dr. Wismore Butcher, 201 Ederson Carey, Petty Officer Lorenzo Carey & Lyndon & Garvin Carey; grandchildren: Jefferso & Tiffany Wildgoose, Jarrod & Nikkiah Wildgoose, Janell & Daniel Carroll, Kendra Russell, Kenceene & Tamiko Fox, Monique & Panston Gibson, Marcita Sawyer, Ederson Carey Jr., John & Italia Shepherd, Alece Shepherd, Lorenzo Jr., & Marsha Carey, Tarano & Dwayne Deveaux, Marissa Brown & Shanna Clarke, Greg Wilson & family, Phillip & Daphne Wilson & family, Devon & Chanell Rhiney & family, Scott & Crystal Wilson & family; great grandchildren: Dane Bodie, Trenton Russell, Trevaughn Fox, Timothy, Jayden, Jasmine & Noa Wildgoose,Preston Gibson & Odelia Carey; adopted children: Laura & Levi Wilson & family, Florence, Sandy & Audrea Scavella, Tammy Lagan of Tennessee, Mavis Fowler & family, Calsey & Delcina Johnson, Marva & Richard Brown, Nurse Evelyn Assanah, Fredrick "Fergie" Ferguson & Flosetta Johnson; sisters: Auraice Newbold, Dora Bartlett & Hetlyn Major; adopted sisters: Rhona Bethel, Neutie Seymour, Eulene Johnson & Hildamae Johnson; brother-in-law: Kenneth Major Sr.; sisters-in-law: Armena & Hazel Carey, Rosie Eberhart; nephews: Larry Allan, Bertie, Edward, Peter & Hartmen Carey, Blake & Vidia Bartlett, Marvin & Ricky Newbold, Kenneth, David, Joel, Timothy & Paul Major, Hacourt Roberts, Elvin & Rodrick Smith, Vaughn Newbol; nieces: Andrea Taylor, Linda Pinder, Machelle Sands, Vandora Johnson, Sherry & Jackie Newbold, Josalee Benson, Dellarese Jones, Delpha Bartlett, Vernice, Melvice & Victoria Major, Shirley Mader, Margaret, Melinda & Gwendolyn Smith, Peggy Bullard & Carolyn Carey; other relatives & friends including: the St. Mark's Methodist family & the entire community of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 

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November 25, 2010
Retiring Dame Joan leaving behind legacy

When Dame Joan Sawyer retires as president of the Court of Appeal today, she will leave behind a legacy that will be hard to surpass - bringing about the first sitting of Britain's Privy Council outside that country in 400 years and computerizing every case ever brought before the court are among the more notable examples - but in an exclusive interview with The Nassau Guardian earlier this week, Dame Joan said her only regret is that she was not able to do more.
Dame Joan, who will turn 70 on Friday, had never granted a sit-down interview, at least not one that anyone at the court can recall.
Sitting cozily in a chair on the court floor, the diminutive Dame displayed a razor sharp i ...

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November 15, 2013
Professional boxing returns to The Bahamas

Professional boxing will once again be in the spotlight here in The Bahamas, and one of the country's most accomplished fighters will be the headliner.
Meacher 'Major Pain' Major is once again returning home to fight on a major professional card. He is scheduled to take on Brazilian Roger Rosa in a six-round main event scheduled for an 8 p.m. start on Friday, December 13, 2013, at the Rainforest Theatre in the Wyndham Nassau Resort. The show, dubbed "Pain and Glory" is being staged by Buttons Bridal & Formal Wear Ltd. in conjunction with the Strikers Boxing Club.
Venturing into the promotional business for the first time, Buttons General Manager Tommy Stubbs said that he is looking forward to a grand event.
"After much deliberation and hesitation, Buttons Formal Wear is pleased to accept the invitation to assist in the production and promotion of Meacher Major's next match here in Nassau," said Stubbs. "We take delight in acting as promoter and organizer for this special event. Meacher is truly a Bahamian sports legend, and we are very proud of him. Because of his involvement and participation, we will give this event the utmost attention that it truly deserves. We know how excited he is to be back home fighting in front of his family and friends, and we will make sure that he truly enjoys this event."
Stubbs said that one of the reasons why they chose the Rainforest Theatre is because of the overhead view, the special lighting and sound, and the smoke effects that are available to them.
As for Major, as the loser in his last two fights, he said that he is thrilled to be getting the opportunity to fight again here at home, and getting back to his winning ways. He brings an overall win/loss/draw record of 20-6-1 (17 KOs) into this fight, while his Brazilian opponent Rosa stands at 5-4-1.
"First of all, I have to give the Almighty God thanks. Also, thanks to Mr. Stubbs and Mr. Butler (Mike Butler) from Buttons," said Major. "I saw Mr. Stubbs' passion when it came to doing things, and also, he is my advisor. Tommy has been a great help to me in my personal life, and also with the involvement with the youth in my community. I can't thank him enough for allowing me to be able to come back home and bring the sport of boxing back. I also have to thank my trainer Nathaniel Knowles, and also Ray Minus Jr., even though he isn't my trainer anymore. Hats off to Ronn Rodgers for coming on board, and allowing me to have my training camp here at his boxing club, Strikers. This is my new home, and hopefully we could take boxing to the next level in this country. Right now, we are just looking forward to a great show.
"I had two bad breaks in my last two fights, but it's a great feeling to be back fighting at home. Had I not lost those last recent fights, I might not have been here today. I believe that everything happens for a reason. God allows things to happen so thay you can experience bigger and better things, and now we are about to take boxing to another level. I will definitely be ready. Also, I want the Bahamian public to come out and see the talented young fellas who we have coming up. They are the future for boxing here in The Bahamas."
Ronn Rodgers from the Strikers Boxing Club said that this show is a great boost for the sport of boxing here in The Bahamas.
"We know that The Bahamas has the raw talent to produce world champions, and that is our goal," said Rodgers. "With this card, we are trying to show that we can stand against the world. There is a Brazilian coming in for the main event, and then there are some Americans coming in for the undercard. This will be a great opportunity for Bahamians to see that we belong on the world stage," he added.
The undercard is expected to feature about six to eight fights, including the co-main event, Mike Sawyer, who fights out of Orlando, Florida, going up against Alex Perez, who fights out of Miami, Florida, in a four-rounder, a women's professional bout, and a number of amateur fights featuring young fighters from Strikers and the Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC).
CABC Head Coach Ray Minus Jr. said that this is a great step to helping a sport that can do so much for the young people of this country.
"Professional boxing is so special that it can turn a whole country around in terms of helping our young people to move forward," said Minus Jr. "Now, it is possible to just walk off the streets and become a champion. I have seen it happen! If we have a program to help these young people to move forward, boxing can rise in this country and help a lot of them. I'm happy to see this high level of promotion taking place, and I hope it continues. If it continues, our boxers will once again be on the threshold of becoming world champions. I believe that fighters here in The Bahamas are world-class material, and if they can have a program that can provide the opportunities, I believe that we will see world champions in the future."
Despite being at an age when most boxers start to decline, Major said that he is in great shape and ready to put on a show. He is 32 while his opponent is 29.
"I don't have as much time ahead of me as what I have behind me in the sport of boxing, so I have to be much smarter now rather than just going out there and trying to brawl with everybody," said Major. "People are going to see a clinic. I'm in good shape and I'm ready to go. The way this card is being promoted, I think that this is something that we really need. Promotion at this level is really high class. It has breathed new life into me, and I feel great."
Major's trainer Nathaniel 'Nat' Knowles said Major could step into the ring now if he needs to. Nevertheless, he said that they will continue working with him on a regular basis.
As for his opponent, Major didn't have much to say but Stubbs said that he got a chance to watch him on YouTube, and he was impressed by what he saw.
"Rosa is no pushover. He isn't going to just lay down and give Meacher the fight," said Stubbs. "I think that Rosa is looking to get a world title fight as soon as possible, so this should be a great match. We will treat his opponent, Mr. Rosa, and his boxing team with respect, and give them a warm reception upon their arrival here in Nassau. All other boxers on the fight card, Bahamians and foreigners, will be well taken care of. We look forward to the production of 'Pain and Glory', which we know will be enjoyed by hundreds in attendance and millions around the world through the Internet and social media."
Stubbs said that he got involved in the boxing business because he felt that there was something that he could give to the sport to help in its development here in The Bahamas.
"When I see that there are so many talented young fighters in this country, I feel as though maybe I could lend something to the sport and to this event," he said. "Once I got involved, I began to get all kind of requests from Bahamians and foreigners. It excites me to know that it's popular, that I feel wanted, and I couldn't say no. Usually when things get in my blood, I like to go on and do it."
Stubbs said that he was initially approached by Major about five years ago to stage a professional show, and after a lot of deliberation and hesitation, he decided to give it a go.
Female boxer Yolaine 'Pitbull' Lindelauf, who will be fighting on the undercard, said that she is looking forward to a good fight. An opponent is yet to be named for her. Lindelauf, who is trained by Ray Minus Jr., comes into the fight with a 6-1 win/loss record. She is originally from Belgium, but trains and lives here in The Bahamas.
"I hope it is a good fight," she said. "I just want to thank the organizers for putting me on the card, and I can assure you that I will be ready. I've been training very hard, and I feel like I cannot disappoint Mr. Minus. I will definitely give it all that I have. I feel very confident," she added.
Bahamian standout professional Taureano Johnson is looking to get a fight on the card as well. He said that he would love to take on Bahamian Super Middleweight Champion Jermaine 'Choo Choo' Mackey, and now that there is a promoter, they can go ahead and make it happen.
"Well, I'd come up in weight to fight 'Choo Choo' Mackey, and then Ryan McKenzie and whoever else is out there," said Johnson yesterday. "'Choo Choo' said that he has a belt, and he is willing to put up the title if there is a promoter. Here we have a promoter so I am saying to him, 'let's get this thing going'. My aim and objective is that I don't want to just be the best in The Bahamas and the Caribbean, but I want to be the best in the world. This is the route that I have to go through so this is the road that I am going to take."
Stubbs said that they would love to get Johnson on the card, but if they are unsuccessful in finding an opponent for him, they will certainly looking at staging a show with him as the headliner in the future.
"Taureano says that he has never fought here before, and it hurts his heart to know that he fought about a dozen fights overseas and won all of them, but hasn't fought here at home. Hopefully, we could get him a fight here real soon," said Stubbs. "He deserves to fight for quality money. Most of our fighters are good enough to fight on the world stage, but we have to continue to support them."
The total purse of the event was not revealed, but about $1,000 in prizes will be up for grabs on fight night, and tickets will start from as low as $25. VIP tickets will be sold for $50. Fighters rumored to make an appearance on the undercard are Wilson Theophile, and amateur standouts Kendrick Stuart, Tyrone Oliver, Deangelo Swaby and Lester Brown.
Three persons will be honored at the event - boxing contributors Fernley Palmer and Michelle Minus, and Bahamian kickboxer D.C. Pratt, who recently won a U.S. title.
The show is sanctioned by the Bahamas Boxing Commission, and Bahamasair is one of the chief partners on board. Stubbs said that they are welcoming other sponsors to come on board as well.

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Grand Bahama Girls' Soccer League
November 11, 2013
Grand Bahama Girls' Soccer League

KAMODO DIVISION (15-17 YEARS OLD) Krosstown Courage beat Show Off Gators 1-0 Scorers for Krosstown: Kenra Lewis...

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June 15, 2012
BTC CEO: We're 99 Bahamian

One year after BTC began a restructuring exercise, the country's leading telecommunications company has become the employer of first choice in The Bahamas with training and skills development sharing top billing with capital expenditure for upgrades, according to CEO Geoff Houston. The result, he said, is nearly 100 percent Bahamian staff, including several new appointments in key positions.
Houston's comments came one day after he said he underplayed a staffing question at a press conference.
"I was asked about Bahamianization and I said we were very proud that BTC is more than 97 percent Bahamian," said Houston today. "But after Monday's press conference announcing the third round of rate reductions, I was corrected by Human Resources and told the Bahamian ratio had increased and BTC is now 99 percent Bahamian. That gives us even more reason to feel proud as the aim is to make this company 100 percent Bahamian as it should be in serving a Bahamian market."
The few work permits held now, he said, were largely those held by suppliers who are installing updated equipment to replace aging, antiquated technology no longer capable of supporting the load or the demands and often so out of date, he said, that parts are no longer available.
BTC has also appointed Bahamians to key executive positions in recent months. Among those appointments are well-known journalist Jerome Sawyer as senior manager, public relations, and successful businessman and immediate past vice chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Gershan Major to head up retail and enterprise.
The company has 794 staff members.

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June 14, 2012
BTC service disrupted again

Thousands of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) cellular customers were unable to make calls for several hours yesterday evening, as BTC's massive upgrade of its mobile network once again affected service.
BTC Senior Manager of Public Relations Jerome Sawyer said the issue was expected to be resolved sometime last night.
Last month, BTC warned that for a six-week period beginning in June, cellular customers would experience extensive disruptions in services as the company installed a new 2G network, a new SMS platform and changes to the prepaid billing system.
BTC predicted that as a result, nearly 300,000 customers would likely experience dropped calls, delayed texting, call failures, issues accessing voicemail, using data services, including WhatsApp, BlackBerry Messenger and the Internet.

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September 01, 2011
'Most powerful' Bahamian women

THE five most influential women in the Bahamas were identified by the US Embassy in a cable released by Wikileaks yesterday.

They are: Tribune publisher Eileen Dupuch Carron, Court of Appeal president Joan Sawyer, former Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, former Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson and domestic violence victims' advocate Sandra Dean-Patterson.

In the 2007 cable Mrs Pratt, current Progressive Liberal Party MP for St Cecilia, was chosen because of her position as deputy prime minister and minister of national security within the Christie administration.

Last night Mrs Pratt said she was grateful to be on the list.

"It was an honour to serve, most ...

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Copper Thieves in Grand Bahama Disrupt Phone Service
June 12, 2012
Copper Thieves in Grand Bahama Disrupt Phone Service

Hundreds of BTC mobile and landline customers in Grand Bahama are experiencing disruptions in services due to copper thieves targeting BTC sites throughout the island.
“Between June 2 and the evening of June 11, thieves have stolen power and grounding cables from six BTC service sites including Lucayan Estates, Old Movie Studios, Fortune Cay, Midshipman, Maurice Moore and the Ocean Side Triangle resulting in more than 400 customers being affected either by a complete disruption in landline and DSL services. Additionally, numerous wireless customers are experiencing dropped cell calls if frequenting any of the affected cell sites,” updated Michael Laing, Senior Manager, BTC Grand Bahama.

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June 05, 2012
Some Bahamians and the road less traveled

Dear Editor,

Every Rotarian is given the challenge to guide all his actions by a four-way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
I have been considering, especially in recent years, how great Bahamian society would be if every Bahamian would accept that same challenge.
Unfortunately, so many infractions are considered so minor as to be accepted as a challenge, such as trying every trick to avoid "paying unto Caesar" after a trip abroad, and so many of these same people can be found warming the pews in their church every Sunday. Then there are so many of these "minor" infractions that it becomes "acceptable" to move into more serious ones.
There was the lawyer who decided one day that he no longer wanted to be an associate and left with a suitcase full of files to be used for the solicitation of clients in another firm.
Some may hesitate to refer to that action as "stealing" but as the saying goes, "If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck..."
This is not a "privilege" just for lawyers and I would speculate that a survey of accounting firms, realtors, medical and dental practices, etc. would provide a disturbing list of those persons who would have failed that Rotary test.
The "in thing" in The Bahamas now is for an employee to find some reason, often invalid and frivolous, to take their former employer to the Labour Board. I give the example of an employee at a private school who was stealing the tuition funds. Her guilt was proven, she was dismissed and yet she still took the school to the Labour Board. Most people who take this action do so just hoping that their lawyer is more versed in the law than the opposing lawyer. The final example, and there are many, is the gardener whose work ethic was very poor and he asked his employer to fire him so he could take him to the Labour Board.
On a personal note, when I started the practice of dentistry I was proud to have as colleagues Drs. Paul Albury, Norman Cove, John Louis, Cyril Vanderpool, Cleve Eneas, Ray Sawyer and Hal Leyland, all men of sterling character. There was no thought of needing a code of ethics, our word was our bond.
At a local sailing club there is a sign posted for the youngsters in the sailing program which states, "If you have won the race but have lost the respect of your competitors, you have won nothing."
It is a sad commentary on our society when young people can learn that maxim, yet so many adults in the same society avoid the tenets of discipline necessary in business and the professions, and there is almost a general acceptance of their improprieties and their violation of the code of ethics.
This is all symptomatic of an ominous trend, as if the country has lost its moral compass. Yes, we have all made mistakes and occasionally taken a wrong turn, but it is time to find our way again.
It all speaks to honesty, integrity and character, a road less traveled by many these days.

- Sidney T. Sweeting, DDS

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November 23, 2010
William Holowesko remembered

Dear Editor,

I was very saddened to learn of the passing of William "Bill" Holowesko, the founder of the Holowesko clan in The Bahamas, last Friday, 12th November at his residence in Lyford Cay.
I had known Mr. Holowesko for 25 years, first making his acquaintance in 1985 as a callow legal research clerk, then employed by his brother-in-law Jerome Pyfrom and his law partner Noel Sawyer Roberts.
Whenever I encountered a snag in a research assignment, or needed help with a particular title problem, he always helped me willingly and with alacrity.
The deceased and I shared a great common interest in researching Bahamian genealogy, and we often joked of the many old families that were not ...

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June 04, 2012
AKA Reminds the Public That High Blood Pressure is the Silent Killer

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Carolyn House Stewart, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated expressed that, "High Blood Pressure is often referred to as the "silent killer", because it doesn't usually cause any symptoms.

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August 25, 2011
Daquin Antonio Bastian, 29

Funeral Service for Daquin Antonio Bastian age 29 affectionately called "Chef"
Of Albury Street Chippingham, who died August 11th at the Princess Margaret Hospital will be held on Friday 10:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church Boyd Road. Father Martin Gomes will officiate and interment will follow in the Church's Cemetery Boyd Road.

Precious memories will linger in the hearts of:

His parents:             Howard and Deborah Bastian

One brother:             Howard Jr.

Two sisters:             Emerald and Jade Bastian

Grand parents:           Cynthia and Henry Morris

Nine aunts:   Linda Rolle, Tanya Morris, Vernita Polhemus, Telsine Pickstock, Malvise  Bastian, Mary Mitchell Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joyann Hamilton, Martha Graff and Jennifer Davis

Six uncles:  Henry Morris Jr., Kevin, Pedro, Trevor and Deaon Morris and MichaelRoker
Three nieces;      Sierra Farrington, Rickara and Rickayla Johnson

Two grand-uncles:   Vivian Thompson and Rudolph Bethel

One grand-aunt:          Gloria Forbes

Cousins: Lakera, Lakara, Lyndina, Larissa and Lynden Rolle Jr., Brittany Morris,
Tamara, Tanisha, Tamia Mackey and Tavaz Kemp, Vointinette. Kishna,  Kevinya, Rufus Jr., and Javon Polhemus, Kencress Tekel Fox, Oquendo and Cutell Pickstock, Malvin Gordon, Woman Detective 3007 Latoya Mitchell of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and Eltino Mitchell, Sirmar Rolle, Trey Bastian, Waltia Culmer, Duran Rolle, Donachello McPhee, Davonia and Arthur Culmer Jr., Thalia Graff, Altrice Singleton, Leland Taylor, William Morris, Alicia and Pedro Morris Jr., Tiarra and Trevor Morris Jr., Sharon Roker, Danielle and Michael Davis, Richara and Kevin Coleby

Other relatives and friends include:  Bernadette Rutherford and family, Thompson
Family, the Sears and Whylly families, Clyde Warren Sawyer and family, the Jervis family, Edwin Hunt, Sheena Poitier and family, Sharon Pinder, Arthur Taylor, Chef JJ of  The Chop Sticks Kitchen, Management and Staff at Atlantis, Management and Staff at the National Insurance Board, Management and Staff at Going Places Travel, Management and Staff at Campbell's Shipping, The Police Reserve Welfare Committee, Reserve Officers, The Internal Security Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Management, Patrons and Staff of the Pointer's Restaurant and Bar, The Chippingham Community and other too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Thursday from 3:00-7:30 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to service time

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November 21, 2010
Dame Joan visits Governor General

Nassau, Bahamas - Dame Joan
Sawyer, president of the Bahamas Court of Appeal, paid a courtesy call
on Governor General  Sir Arthur Foulkes on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Government House. Dame Joan will retire from the High Court on November 26...

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May 26, 2012
FNM to elect new leadership team today

The Free National Movement (FNM) is poised to become a party with "new ideas, new energy and new vision," said Official Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis on the eve of the party's one day convention.
The nominations for the positions of leader, deputy leader, chairman, secretary general and treasurer will all take place today at the convention at the Holy Trinity Activities Centre in Stapleton Gardens.
Nominations for the other posts took place Thursday night at a specially called Central Council meeting for party officers. Elections for all posts will take place today.
In total, there are 47 positions up for grabs at the convention.
"We are the party of the future and invite all the young people who represent the future to join us and help to ignite our torch and take it even further, but we must not forget our foundation," Minnis told The Nassau Guardian yesterday.
Minnis, who was unanimously voted in as leader of the Official Opposition by the FNM parliamentary team after the party's election defeat, is expected to go unchallenged for party leader in today's election.
However, there is a three-way contest for the post of deputy leader and a two-man race for the party's chairmanship.
Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner, Senator Desmond Bannister and former Senator Gladys Johnson-Sands will vie for the post of deputy leader.
Defeated Golden Isles MP Charles Maynard will face off against incumbent Chairman Carl Bethel for the post.
Yesterday, Butler-Turner suggested that a vote for her would help the party connect with the large number of female voters.
She urged party members to vote for her not simply because of her gender, but because of her competence and experience as a Cabinet minister.
"My detractors are saying, 'Oh, we can't vote for her just because she's a woman," said Butler-Turner while a guest on the 'Darold Miller Live' show on Guardian Radio yesterday.
"I agree with them, not because I'm a woman should they vote for me. They should vote for me because I am a competent female, individual that is going to bring that attraction to the team of a Hubert Minnis.
"I would be able to bring to the table a level of commitment to the rebirth and renewal of the Free National Movement."
Johnson-Sands, a past president of the FNM's Women's Association, also has said she can attract women voters to support the party in greater numbers.
Bannister believes he is the best choice for deputy leader, however.
"We have many outstanding members of the party who have given everything, exposed themselves... to take the party forward and I believe I have something to give back at this stage," Bannister told The Nassau Guardian last week.
Darron Cash, Kay Forbes-Smith, Colin Ingraham, Phenton Neymour, Dr. Duane Sands and Michael Turnquest are all vying for the two available deputy chairman spots.
Shonel Ferguson, Mavis Johnson-Collie, Brad McPhee, Basil Moss, Jamal Moss and Winston Pinnock are all nominated for the five available vice-chairman spots.
Troy Rahming, Margaret Rodgers, Lonnie Rolle, Francis Sawyer, Caron Shepherd and David Thompson are all hopefuls for vice-chairman as well.
Karen Butler, Sandra Knowles, Winsome Miller, Charlyne Sealy and Ethelyn Stuart are all vying for the two deputy secretary general spots.
Outgoing party leader, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is scheduled to make a farewell address at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony is open to the public, as is the night session, which starts at 7 p.m.

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May 24, 2012
Alfred Jarrett, 69

Funeral Service for the Late Alfred Jarrett, 69 years of Seaview Drive and West Bay Street, will be held on Tuesday May 29th, 11:00 a.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Church, East Shirley Street.  Rev'd. Carla Culmer assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
Wife: Linda Jarrett

Sons: Dr. Marco, Lamont and Mario Jarrett (deceased)
Daughter in Law:  Marcie Jarrett
Grandchildren: Jedidiah, Justus and Jahmai Jarrett
Sisters: Lorelda Burrows and Sandra Baird (England)
Brothers: Frederick Laing and Basil Neymour
Sisters-in-Law: Karen Laing, Paula Neymour, Faye Smith, Crystal Carey
Brothers-In-Law: Eric Burrows, Grant Baird (England), Dr. Baldwin Carey (Annette), Philip Carey (Ingrid) and Terrance Carey (Gayle) Allan Carey -deceased (Cora)
Nieces: Renee Burrows, Dr. Kimberley Richardson, Erica Laing, Carla and Lisa Baird, Dr. Sarah Pajaro (Giovani), Charlotte Smith, Racquel Carey-Bowe (Francis), Sonja Gibson (Raymond), Nicole Carey, Krysta Wilson (Kirk) and Martine Carey
Nephews: Tyrone Burrows, Dr. Osmond Richardson, Marvin, Dominic, Andree, Simon Smith (Marsha), Dr. Gregory Carey (Karen), Vaughn Carey, Garrett Carey, William and Keith Carey-deceased (Michelle) and Chanarve McBride
Grand Nephews:  Adriel Burrows, Travis Burrows, Matthew and Jonathan Richardson, Wayne Munnings, Andrew Smith, Michael and Marco Carey, Penton, Donovan, Bradley and Brian Neymour, Erin Laing
Grand Nieces: Makhaila Richardson, Guilia and Alys Pajero, Gabrielle Carey, Simone Smith, Keishel, Keira and Keva Carey, Phillipa Carey
Other Relatives & friends: The Rt. Hon Prime Minister Perry G. Christie & Family, Christie Family , Mabel Stubbs & Family, Terry, Kevin, Trevor Kemp, Mary Smith & Family (U.S.A) Kingsley Williams &Family (U.S.A) Joan Williams (U.S.A) Wesley Neymour (U.S. A)Donna Paulding & Family (U.S.A) Daphne Taylor & Family (U.S.A) Violet Cannonila (Switzerland) Vangy Penn & Family, Cynthia Conyers & Family, Dwain, Sidney, Vernon and Danny Wilkerson & Family, Oswald and Coral Sawyer & Family, Ted, Fred, Rose and Marie Charlton, Monsignor Preston A. Moss, Bobby Glinton & Family, , McCartney Family, Marie Collie & Family, Juanita Carey, Dave Allen & Family, Carey Family,  Bank of the Bahamas , BEC, Finco and Royal Bank Family, Bernard Miller & Family, Luder Petit Frere, Merbarine Bascoe, Fred Murray & Family, Wesley Bastian & & Family, Rawson McDonald, Calvin Knowles, Wendell Jones, Algernon Allen, Bradley Roberts, Frankie Wilson, Lester Turnquest, Godfrey Eneas, Jeffrey Lloyd, George Bethell, Olga Culmer and the PLP Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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Kristie Farah crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2012!
May 22, 2012
Kristie Farah crowned Miss Grand Bahama 2012!

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant came to a close on May 20th, 2012 after a busy weekend of activities. Saturday, May 19th the contestants were involved in a car parade from the YMCA leading to the Port Lucaya Marina for the National Costume Completion. After little rest, the contestants had to be fresh and ready for the big finale night on Sunday, May 20th.

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August 18, 2011
Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80

Memorial Service for Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80, of New York, U.S.A, formerly of Ball’s Alley, the Eastern District of Nassau, will be held on Friday August 19th, 2011 at 10:00a.m.at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Sutton Street. Officiating will be Fr. Glen Nixon. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Precious memories will forever linger in the hearts of her daughter: Terri Sawyer-Latimore, one grand-daughter: Enjoili Latimore-Hollis and her husband Gordon; one great grand-daughter: Abrielle ; sisters: Patricia Campbell, Ginger Ray, Nurse Madeline Campbell, Corrine Iphill, Marsha Bowe, Maria Campbell and Peggy Bethel; brothers: Eugene, Edward, Ge ...

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May 18, 2012
Seven More Government Senators Appointed

Nassau, Bahamas -

The cabinet office announced May 17, 2012 that Prime Minister,
The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, has advised his excellency the governor
general to appoint the following persons as senators under article 39
(2) of the constitution :

Frank Smith; Gregory Burrows, Jerome Gomez, Julian Russell, Gary Sawyer, Alex Storr and Tanisha Tynes...

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May 18, 2012
7 defeated PLP candidates appointed to Senate

The government has named seven more senators.
According to a statement from the Cabinet Office, Prime Minister Perry Christie advised the governor general to appoint defeated Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidates Frank Smith, Gregory Burrows, Jerome Gomez, Julian Russell, Gary Sawyer, Alex Storr and Tanisha Tynes.
They will be sworn in at Government House at 4 p.m. today.
The senators will add to the previous government appointments of Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Senator Keith Bell.
"Regarding the appointment of the new senators, the prime minister remarked that they collectively represent the youngest group of government senators ever appointed in the history of The Bahamas," said the statement.
"This, he said, was yet another early demonstration of his determination to prepare the country for a new generation of leadership.
"The prime minister added that it was a matter of personal regret that he could not also have appointed Mr. Clay Sweeting as a senator, but that as Mr. Sweeting is still in his 20s he is not constitutionally eligible to serve in the Senate at this time."
However, according to the statement, Sweeting will be appointed to another "important position" where he is expected to play a role in national governance. The statement did not specify where Sweeting would be placed.
A person must be 30 or older to be appointed to the Senate.
Christie also advised that defeated PLP candidate for North Abaco Renardo Curry declined his Senate appointment to ensure that he is ready for the anticipated by-election in that constituency.
Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has announced that he will resign his North Abaco seat on July 19, which means that another representative will have to be elected.
The Cabinet Office said Christie will advise the governor general to appoint three additional senators following consultation with Leader of the Opposition Dr. Hubert Minnis.
The Bahamas Constitution requires consultation with the opposition on some Senate appointments.
Four Free National Movement Senators were sworn in on Wednesday.
They are former Education Minister Desmond Bannister; former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing; former Pineridge MP Kwasi Thompson and defeated FNM Marathon candidate Heather Hunt.

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Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80
August 18, 2011
Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80

Memorial Service for Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80, of New York, U.S.A, formerly of Ball’s Alley, the Eastern District of Nassau, will be held on Friday August 19th, 2011 at 10:00a.m.at St. Bede’s Roman Catholic Church, Sutton Street. Officiating will be Fr. Glen Nixon. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Precious memories will forever linger in the hearts of her daughter: Terri Sawyer-Latimore, one grand-daughter: Enjoili Latimore-Hollis and her husband Gordon; one great grand-daughter: Abrielle ; sisters: Patricia Campbell, Ginger Ray, Nurse Madeline Campbell, Corrine Iphill, Marsha Bowe, Maria Campbell and Peggy Bethel; brothers: Eugene, Edward, Ge ...

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June 02, 2010
Judge frees thief from 80-year jail sentence

Court of Appeal judges have ordered that a man who was sentenced to more than 80

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November 21, 2013
Understanding BTCs next Generation Network

Members of the Bahamas’ Press Corp recently toured the Bahamas Telecommunications Company’s (BTC) hub of operations to learn about the advancement of the ongoing nation-wide build out of its Next Generation Network (NGN)...

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May 17, 2012
Coleta Yvedna Moss-Lightbourne, 62

Sapphire Funeral Service
For

Mrs. Coleta Yvedna Moss-Lightbourne age 62 years of Onslow Circle Freeport Grand Bahama and formerly of Chester's Acklins will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10am at Wesley Methodist Church, Malcolm Road East. Rev. Theophilus Rolle, assisted by Rev. Dr. C. B. Moss and Rev. Emily Demeritte will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.

The Radiance of this "Sapphire of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of her:
Devoted Husband of 42 years: Bert E. Lightbourne Sr.;
Three Sons: Bruno, Bert Jr. and Bradlo Lightbourne;
One Daughter: Berlice Lightbourne-Pintard;
Two Grandchildren: Jaidan Lightbourne and Jordan Bartlett;
Two Daughters-in-law: Melba and Racquel Lightbourne;
One Son-in-law: Michael Pintard;
Five Brothers: Retired Police Inspector Charles "Stinger" Sr., Reverend Doctor C. B., Nathan, Bert and Randy Moss;
Three Sisters: Jacqueline Brown-Dorsett, Dianna and Anne Moss;
Two Uncles: Harrington Beneby of Florida, U.S.A. and Leroy Moss;
Three Aunts: Evangelist Nelliemae Ferguson, Lady Igrid Darling and Alma Cox of Florida, U.S.A.;
Three Brothers-in-law: Arthur Dorsett, Harry and Alvin Lightbourne;
One Sister-in-law: Francisca Moss;
Four Nephews: Carlton, D'Angelo and Police Constable 3474 Charles H. Moss Jr. and Harold Pinder;
Nine Nieces: Carolyn Moss, Carla Moss-Fitzgerald, Crystal Kemp, Sharon Farrington, Shanda Styles, Sharah Hackette, Shanova, Shakesha and Gloriann Moss;
Grandnieces and Grandnephews Including: Diamond Pearson;
Other loving family and friends including: Leonette Ferguson, Albertha Law, Sylvia and Dawswell Bevans, Greta Meadows, Audrey Darling, Mavis Darling-Hill, Eddison and Jackie Cox, Thaddeus Darling, Marie McDonald, Valarie Williams, Charlene Hanna, Douglas and Odette Lightbourne,  Iris and Cornelia Lightbourne, Laura Hepburn-Benson and family, Maurice and Lin Glinton, Kenneth and Lee Lightbourne, Margaret Taylor, Theresa Cumberbatch, Trudy Fuez, Lucy Weech, Clarence Wallace, Alecia Storr, Pastor Anne and Anthony Grant, Pastor Wellington and Cleo Ferguson, Everette and Rita Stuart, Dr. Levi Rolle, Karen Beneby, Iva Brown, Priscilla Rollins, Francita Brice, Naomi Butler, Macquella Smith, Evangeline Saunders, Dorcus Sawyer, Sandra Johnson, Maureen Campbell, Mazee Brusch, Larry and Bonnie Rolle, Urban Gibbs, Rev. Emmette and Ena Weir, Rev. Kenneth and Lynette Lewis, Rev Livingstone Malcolm, Rev Hilgrove Hamilton, Reverend Theophilus Rolle and the St. Paul's Methodist Church family, Mt. Olive Baptist Church family, the Rt. Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham and The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 1pm to 6pm and on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Wesley Methodist Church, Malcolm Road East from 9am.

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August 18, 2011
Idell Humes, 83

Idell Humes, 83, Antiqua Street, Golden Gates II and formerly of Mt. Thompson, Exuma, died on Saturday August 13, 2011.

Sons- Kevin & Sterling Francis and Wendell "Guts" Francis; Daughters - Yvonne Campbell, Valderine Winters, Brenda Sawyer, Diane Fernander, and Karen Francis; 19 - Grand Children, 14-Great Grand Children, Three Sisters, 1 Brother-In-Laws: Alice Francis, Earnest Winters, Dennis Campbell and Keith Fernander, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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