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Documentary to inspire Bahamian start-ups

A success story from the Self-Starter Program is launching a documentary profiling the rise of his small business, and is hopeful that other Bahamian entrepreneurs can follow the blueprint.
The documentary is called "The Bahamian Dream", and takes a look at Bahamas Striping - a company that primarily focuses on the striping of roads, parking lots and other areas that require markers. Jerome Sawyer is the producer of the documentary and conducts a round of interviews with Bahamas Striping employees and clients that have contracted the small business.
President of Bahamas Striping Atario Mitchell is the focus of the documentary, and he shared his struggles after receiving a $5,000 grant from the Self-Starter program. He had to build a reputation from the ground up while competing against offshore firms.
Mitchell also explained the difficulties he faced in landing any work on the New Providence Road Improvement Project, but managed to secure a contract. His company has also been involved with the $409.5 million Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) redevelopment project.
Other contracts landed by the humble start-up include work for Solomon's Fresh Market at the Old Fort Bay Town Centre and 1.5 miles of roadway in Eleuthera.
The company has eight full-time employees and four that work part time.
Mitchell said that government should find ways to "nurture" small Bahamian businesses and provide some sort of an initial plan that involves networking until they are able to operate on their own. Failure to do so, according to Mitchell, will prevent any growth that small business want to achieve and local job opportunities will be lost due to foreign firms landing all the contracts.
Bahamas Striping was founded in 2010, and to date it has invested $200,000 in equipment. The company recently purchased a thermoplastic trailer in February valued at $80,000, which will allow it to take on larger projects at a more productive pace. The most recent contract the self-starter business was trying to land was the Lyford Cay Road project, estimated to be worth around $65,000.
Mitchell is also lobbying the government about the need to implement a maintenance program, where roads are held up to international standards. In addition to striping, pothole services are also offered by the firm.
The 30-minute documentary is set to air on all of the local channels, including Cable 12.

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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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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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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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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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Thelma Elizabeth Campbell-Ford, 80
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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Bahamian Dream Documentary Inspires Hope among Youth in Business

Nassau, Bahamas - "The
Bahamian Dream" premiered at a screening and reception held at the British
Colonial Hilton. The event was hosted by president of Bahamas Striping and
Atario Mitchell. The half hour documentary will air on four TV channels ZNS,
Cable 12, JCN and BCN this month and in May and June.

The
documentary focuses on Mitchell and his company and how they turned a $5,000
grant from the Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture into a viable, growing
business. The company started in May 2010 and sought to prove itself in the
face of established foreign and local competitors. Using Mitchell as an example
for Bahamian youth, producer and director Jerome Sawyer sought to portray the
challenges and opportunities that face young Bahamians starting in business...

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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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Hendrix John Johnson, 30

Funeral Service for Hendrix John Johnson affectionately called "Ferlie", age 30 of Harbour Island, who died August 10th at the Princess Margaret Hospital will be held on Saturday, 2:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, Harbour Island. Father Henry Osuagwu will officiate and interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Harbour Island.

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Seven years and counting for extradition case

Attorneys for four alleged drugs dealers yesterday insisted that there was not enough evidence to support the men's extradition to Florida.
Trevor Roberts, Devroy Moss, Gordon Newbold and Sheldon Moore are among seven men the government of the United States has accused of drug crimes.
Yesterday, Murrio Ducille, who appears for Newbold and Moore, challenged the integrity of the wiretap evidence that underpins the case against them.
He noted that a recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of Tarquin Kelly highlighted that voice identification is no different from visual identification.
Ducille submitted that an identification should not be allowed when no foundation was established and there was no comparison done of the alleged voice evidence.
Maurice Glinton, the attorney for Roberts and Moss, said there was no evidence to connect them to the alleged crimes.
Glinton will submit more detailed arguments when the hearing resumes before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell on October 7.
Lawyers for Lynden Deal, Bryan Deal and Shanto Curry will also present no case submissions at that time.
U.S. prosecutors requested the extradition of the men in June 2004.  However, they launched several legal challenges that prevented the hearing from proceeding before the magistrate.
In 2007, the Privy Council dismissed an argument that the bilateral extradition treaty between The Bahamas and the United States was unconstitutional.
The court ruled, "Their lordships are of the opinion that there is no merit in any of Mr. Glinton's arguments.  There has already been an inordinate delay in these cases due to the time that disposing of the arguments has occupied at first instance and on appeal. They respectfully agree with the Court of Appeal that the committal proceedings should continue as expeditiously as possible."
However, the proceedings were stayed once again when lawyers for the men challenged the lawfulness of the Listening Devices Act, which purportedly gave police the authority to eavesdrop on their phone calls.
The Court of Appeal dismissed the argument in 2010 and again ordered the matter to proceed expeditiously.
Then Court of Appeal president Dame Joan Sawyer said at the time, "This is now the fourth time that these matters are being remitted to the learned magistrate, which ought not be since the hearing before the magistrate is only a preliminary inquiry.
"These multiple applications serve only to make a mockery of the administration of justice in this country and put the learned magistrate in the position of not being able to abide by the orders of the higher courts."
The men appealed the decision to the Privy Council, but they did not get the court to stay the proceedings before the magistrate.
Deputy director of public prosecutions Franklyn Williams represents the U.S. government.

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Miss Grand Bahama 2012 Costume Competition: May 19th

Freeport, Grand Bahama - Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant Organization Presents

Miss Grand Bahama 2012 Contestants Costume Judging Competition.  Taking Place on

Saturday

May 19th - 7pm at Grand Bahama Yacht Club.

This year's contestants are

Gabrielle Wong sponsored by Turning Bar,

Abilene Jones sponsored by

LneLiba

,

Carlene Johnson sponsored by Ocean Reef Resort, 

Mone't Johnson sponsored by Sawyers Fresh Market,

Kristie Farah ...

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Esther Network gears up for 4th annual Kingdom Women's Retreat and Conference for October

ABACO, Bahamas - Tara Sawyer-Moss returned home from college with an outlook that many may not perceive until later on in life. 

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Baseball milestones from 1970s decade

The slugger and the potent runs batted in (RBIs) player are highly valued in baseball. It's simple. While pitching is indeed 70 percent of the game, runs win them.
During the decade of the 1970s a number of milestones were reached in the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA). Teams played 42 games during the seasons. The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) has no senior league play. Unless the BBA becomes vibrant again and increases the number of games per season, some of the records established during the last decade of the 'Golden Era of Baseball in The Bahamas' (the 1970s) will never be broken.
For today, let's just go down memory lane a bit and examine two particular records.
Firstly, Crestwell Pratt, playing for St. Bernard's, connected for 18 home runs in 1977. Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders won the home run title with a mere three in 1970. The baseball records have not always been well kept, but pundits say Will Culmer should be credited with around nine homers in 1976. Fred 'Papa' Smith is officially listed with 11 in 1978. There is no record of anyone coming closer to Pratt.
The picture is clear. Pratt was just awesome. He had those huge shoulders and when he turned on a ball that he hit squarely, it always went a long distance, 18 times, going outside of the park. Pratt dwarfed all others in the power department.
The previous year, Eddie Ford (Del Jane), Roosevelt Turner (Del Jane) and Dencil Clark (St. Bernard's) tied for the crown with six each. They captivated the crowds. They were considered to be in a power groove and fans watched eagerly when they stepped up to the plate.
The next season, Pratt took the league by storm. The 18 homers put him in a class all by himself. Noted local sluggers through the different eras like Barrie Farrington, Merril Rodgers, Edmondo Moxey, John 'Hercules' Dean, Colin Thompson, Culmer and Lorenzo Lockhart, pale in comparison. Pratt's 18-homer total is golden.
Also in 1977, a slick third baseman who always made good contact at bat, got hot in the clutch early and remained that way throughout the season. Fred 'Chicken' Taylor drove in 59 runs, a senior league baseball record in The Bahamas. The late Peter Bethel, for Holsten Knights in 1978, had 51 RBIs. His total remains closest to Taylor, according to official statistics compiled by sports historian Jeff Williams.
Lockhart had 43 in 1972. Taylor, in 1973 when he was with Beck's Beer, drove in 39 runs. For comparison to the record, Robert 'Moose' Sawyer of Beck's, led the league in 1970 with 14 RBIs. The standout performances of the 1970s contributed greatly to the excitement that was synonymous with baseball at the time.
Fans were treated to the expected and the unexpected thrills. For instance, 'Papa' Smith was an oddity. He always looked like he was struggling just to put one step in front of the other. He looked slow. That was one great deception. He was quick when he had to be, agile enough to steal 35 bases one year while playing professional ball in the Minor Leagues. He was not known previously for being one of the feared sluggers. Then, he hit 11 home runs in 1978.
Go figure that. Let's reflect on Turner. Fondly referred to as 'Bruso' or 'Dog', Turner had pure speed. In fact, when a visiting scout saw how quickly he motored down to first out of the batter's box, Turner almost immediately was signed to a pro contract. However, Turner was never known for power at the plate. Yet, he hit six 'dingers' in 1975.
How about that? That's what baseball in The Bahamas during the 1970s, was all about.
Milestone baseball statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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Bahamian Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis Sudden Onset premieres Thursday, May 10th

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamian
Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis premieres Thursday, May 10 at 6pm
College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library

The short film "Sudden Onset" written and directed by Bahamian Katherine
Beneby II will premier at the College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore
Library and Information Centre on Thursday May 10 at 6pm with guest
presenter Dr. Charles Rahming and Host for the evening Jerome Sawyer. An
educational forum will follow the film.

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Bahamian Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis Sudden Onset premieres Thursday, May 10th

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamian
Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis premieres Thursday, May 10 at 6pm
College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library

The short film "Sudden Onset" written and directed by Bahamian Katherine
Beneby II will premier at the College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore
Library and Information Centre on Thursday May 10 at 6pm with guest
presenter Dr. Charles Rahming and Host for the evening Jerome Sawyer. An
educational forum will follow the film.

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Early Unofficial results 9
Early (Unofficial) results #9

Early (Unofficial) results #9

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BTC Brings High-Speed Technology to the Cat Island Children
BTC Brings High-Speed Technology to the Cat Island Children

GIVING CAT ISLAND YOUNGSTERS A BOOST -- Employee participants of BTC’s new ivolunteer initiative recently made a special visit to the Cat Island Children’s Home. The company donated $15,000 worth of equipment and services to the home including two commercial washing machines, four top-of-the-line computers, a ViBe phone, 8mb hi-speed internet service, 20 fruit and palm trees and a shipment of gardening supplies. Pictured L-R: Patricia Walters, VP Customer Services, Jerome Sawyer, BTC Senior Manager Public Relations, Naaman Ellis, BTC Senior Manager Cat Island & Eleuthera, Myra Mitchell, BTC Manager IT Project Management Office, Cat Island Home Administrator Cindy Moss, Carl Culmer, BTC VP Field Operations.

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Bahamian Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis Sudden Onset premieres Thursday, May 10th

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamian
Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis premieres Thursday, May 10 at 6pm
College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library

The short film "Sudden Onset" written and directed by Bahamian Katherine
Beneby II will premier at the College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore
Library and Information Centre on Thursday May 10 at 6pm with guest
presenter Dr. Charles Rahming and Host for the evening Jerome Sawyer. An
educational forum will follow the film.

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Meet the Contestants of the Miss Grand Bahama Pageant 2012

Freeport, Bahamas -
Miss Grand Bahama Beauty pageant is underway and we want you to get to
know this year's contestants!  Each of the seven beauties were asked some
basic information about themselves. Here are their responses along with
official photo shots taken by Free City TV on location at the Grand
Bahama Yacht Club.

This year's contestants are

Gabrielle Wong sponsored by Turning Bar,

Abilene Jones sponsored by

LneLiba

,

Carlene Johnson sponsored by Ocean Reef Resort, 

Mone't Johnson sponsored by Sawyers Fresh Market,

Kristie Farah sponsored by Bella Rose,

Christen Barrow sponsored by Alvernia Foods (Cat Island), and

Andria Miller sponsored by Pier 1 Restaurant...

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Restitution and Reposition

TARA Sawyer-Moss returned home from college with an outlook that many may not perceive until later on in life. She says she realised that the Lord had placed an assignment on her life - to inspire all people, but especially women, who oftentimes are not encouraged and reminded of their value and worth.

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Bertram Livingston Williams, 87

Funeral Service For Bertram Livingston Williams, 87, of Marsh Harbour, Abaco will be held on Saturday January 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Dundas Town, Abaco. Officiating will be Pastor Jacinta Marie Neely, assisted by Brother Gary Sawyer and Brother. Interment will follow in the Dundas Town Public Cemetery.

Left to cherish his memories are: his ten (10) children: Livingston, Tyrone, Larry, Paul, Jacky and Michael Williams, Eleanor Darville, Willamae Moss, Melissa and Michelle Williams; Grandchildren: Shantique, Lasonya, Racquel, Telisha, Shakeesa, Tanisha, Turkessa, Demetria, Shonie, Jamal, Jacksill, Roger, O’Neil, Renaldo, Nikal, Harmony, ...

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Perry Christie's address at PLP Abaco Bahamas rally May 2, 2012

The Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party traveled to Abaco in support of PLP candidates Renardo Curry and Gary Sawyer.  The Leader addressed a large crowd of supports and told them that "it's time to Believe in Bahamians. You can read the leaders remarks below:

May 2, 2012I want to begin by thanking you for all you've done so far to
help us change the direction of our country on May 7th, God willing.

So many of you have supported us - with your ideas and your prayers and your hard work...and with your votes, too!
To all of you who voted yesterday in support of the PLP, I
thank you!.  You told us with your votes that you're ready for a
government that's serious about fighting...

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Phase I of National Stadium almost done
Phase I of National Stadium almost done

Touted as the largest of its kind in the region, the new national stadium nears completion with just nine months left to go.

During a site tour led by Project Manager, Iram Lewis, Monday, September 13, Ministry of Tourism officials and the media were invited to see new developments at the site.

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Remarks by Philip Brave Davis at PLP mass rally in Abaco

ABACO, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Philip 'Brave' Davis at the PLP ABACO MASS RALLY on May 2, 2012:

Good
Evening Abaco!!! Are you ready? Are you ready to help the PLP get rid
of this worthless, uncaring and corrupt FNM government?

Are you ready to elect Renardo Curry as your next Member of Parliament and send PAPA CLOWN into retirement?

Are you ready to give us Gary Sawyer in the South and Central Abaco?

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Jerome Thomas Franks, 88

Funeral Service for the Late Jerome Thomas Franks, 88 years of Coral Heights Estates and formerly of Port Nelson, Rum Cay will be held on Saturday May 5th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Virginia Street. Rev. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
He was predeceased by his son Jerome Franks and Left to morn are his 4 Sons: Anthony and Philip Franks, George Leslie Sealy and Jermaine "Choo Choo" Mackey; 4 Daughters: Maxine Benjamin,Wilhelmenia Shearer, Pamela Frnaks Rolle and Monique Campbell; Grand-Children: Raphael Lynes and Shantell Franks, Antonia Culmer, Dahria Franks, Barbara Za' Conliffe, Anita and Philippa Franks, Nicole Sealy, Jermaine Jr., and Jernaine Mackey, Sandy Campbell, Raquino Franks, Allen, Crispin and Tanya Benjamin, Crystal Brice, Tovera, Tomiko, Tomia, Feodor Shearer, Deandra, Demetrius and Uriah Rolle, Eugene II, Shaquille, Kyle, Jewel and Jasmine Campbell, Beverly Alfreus and Henry Francis; Great-Grandchildren: Aimee Franks, Carynn Culmer, Christian Sealy, Ashtel and Amye Fox, Cameron and Kai Brice, Andrew and Hailey Benjamin, Zhyon and Zaria Lynes and Timothy Ward Jr.; 2 Sisters: Avilda Scavella and Hermie Bain Of Port Nelson Rum Cay; 1 Sister-In-Law: Rosie Grant; 1 Brother-In Law: Anzlo Strachan; 3 Daughters-In-Law: Dr. Bonnie Franks Of Grand Bahama, Gina Rodgers Sealy and Rose Ann Franks of Miami, Florida; 3 Sons- In-Law: Andrew Benjamin, Macloid Shearer, Eugene Campbell I; Numerous nieces and nephews including: Delores Wilson Of Port Nelson Rum Cay, Dr. Lesley and Kirkland Culmer, Zelma Dean, Rodney Braynen, Marsha Deveaux, Ingrid Culmer and Russell Franks Of Grand Bahama. Other relatives and friends including: Bishop Gilbert Thompson, Osborne and Christine Sawyer, Meta Bethell and Family, Brenda Archer, Henry Brooks, The Strachan Family, The Rahming Family, The Butler Family, The Robinson Family, The Culmer Family, The Gran Family, Dr. Charles Carter, kernita Sands and  Family, Doreen Deveaux and Family, James Johnson and Family, The Campbell Family, Terresa Bnett, Bishop Kirkwood Murphy and Family , All the decedents of Rum Cay, Mervin Greene, Peter and Yvette Turnquest, Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Stuart, Mrs. Cunningham and Family, Eleanor Black, Paulette Wilson, Bertha Lunn and Niccara Deveaux also the One and Only Club, Queens College, Family Guardian, Going Places, Atlantis Table Games Dept and The church family of St. Mary's The Virgin.
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 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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Miss Grand Bahama Top Model Talent Competition: May 4th

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant's

Top Model & Talent Competition will be on

May 4, 2012  at 8pm

at

Island Sea Resort.

Please come out and support these
lovely young ladies, of which one will wear the crown and represent her
island and country. Tickets are only $10 and include a free a drink.

This year's contestants are

Gabrielle
Wong sponsored by TurnIng Bar, Abilene Jones sponsored by Lneliba,
Carlene Johnson sponsored by Ocean Reef Resorts, Miss Grand Bahama 2011
Keriann Stuart, Mone't Johnson sponsored by Sawyers Fresh Market, Kristi
Farah sponsored by Bella Rose, Christen Barrow sponsored by Alvernia
Foods (Cat Island), and Andria Miller sponsored by Pier 1 Restaurant...

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Bahamian Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis Sudden Onset premieres Thursday, May 10th

Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamian
Short Film on Multiple Sclerosis premieres Thursday, May 10 at 6pm
College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore Library

The short film "Sudden Onset" written and directed by Bahamian Katherine
Beneby II will premier at the College of The Bahamas Harry C. Moore
Library and Information Centre on Thursday May 10 at 6pm with guest
presenter Dr. Charles Rahming and Host for the evening Jerome Sawyer. An
educational forum will follow the film.

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Nothing wrong with millionaire candidates

The public candidate financial disclosures are always a major point of discussion before elections. We are all curious about the financial well-being, or lack thereof, of the people who seek to lead us.
Last week, we published 32-pages of those public disclosures and there are 56 millionaires running to be members of the next Parliament. This was close to half of the 133 people seeking a spot in the House of Assembly.
These millionaires are members of the Free National Movement (FNM), the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and some are independents.
Minister of Health and Killarney MP Dr. Hubert Minnis (FNM) disclosed a net worth of $10.9 million. Bain and Grants Town MP Dr. Bernard Nottage (PLP) declared a net worth of $8.18 million. Others such as PLP businessman Gary Sawyer ($7.8 million), South Abaco candidate, and FNM accountant Hubert Chipman ($6.85 million), St. Anne's candidate, are also in the millionaires club.
Some are troubled when these disclosures are released and the vast wealth of politicians and would-be politicians is disclosed. Their concern is that so many wealthy people are seeking political power. This mindset, however, is misguided.
People who seek public office should have accomplishments. They should have been successful at something before offering themselves for public service. And quite simply, successful people earn more.
Those who cannot even figure out how to personally achieve financial security surely are not likely to figure out how to lead a large number of people to that destination.
We should also want candidates who after their time of service are excited about returning to private life and those things they are good at. We have said many times that politics should not be a career. It should be a sphere people enter for a time, serve and then depart in order to allow new ideas to enter the system to take the country forward.
To be clear, we are not arguing that only the rich should seek elected office. Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can run, but sensible members of the electorate should only consider those who have some track record of accomplishment and success in some aspect of their personal lives and careers for service.
Parliament makes laws. Its members also serve as advocates for the residents of our communities. People who hold these posts should have the capacity to contribute to these activities. Those unable to sustain themselves financially do not demonstrate the capacity to deliver on these responsibilities.

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Is it time to abandon the Privy Council
Is it time to abandon the Privy Council

In recent times, some Bahamians have been intensely engaged in a debate over the June 15 Privy Council ruling in the matter of the Maxo Tido murder case.

The Privy Council held that the circumstances that led to the death of 16-year-old Donnell Conover were not gruesome enough to mandate the death sentence on the convicted murderer.

Conover's skull was crushed and her body was burnt. Many people have denounced the reasoning of the court and have expressed open disappointment in the decision.

This has led to a renewed call in some circles for The Bahamas to sever its links with the Privy Council as our final court of appeal. Since our independence in 1973, the Privy Council has maintained this position as the head of the Bahamian judicial system.

Article 105 (1) of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas states: "Parliament may provide for an appeal to lie from decisions of the Court of Appeal established by Part 2 of this Chapter to the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council or to such other court as may be prescribed by Parliament under this Article, either as of right or with the leave of the said Court of Appeal, in such cases other than those referred to in Article 104 (2) of this Constitution as may be prescribed by Parliament."

As noted on its website, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council originated as the highest court of civil and criminal appeal for the British Empire.
It now fulfills the same purpose for many current and former Commonwealth countries, as well as the United Kingdom's overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.

The judicial experience of the foreign Law Lords has been garnered from their experiences at the bar and on the courts in the United Kingdom. In recent years, members of the Privy Council have traveled to The Bahamas on the invitation of the former President of the Court of Appeal retired Madam Justice Dame Joan Sawyer and have sat in The Bahamas and have heard and determined cases.

During their 2009 visit, then Attorney General and now Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett noted that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council affects "the lives of Bahamians, the region and people in the wider common-law world."
The Law Lords' visits have perhaps been the executive's and the judiciary's way of familiarizing the Privy Council with some of the customs and norms that we enjoy in The Bahamas.

The compelling question in light of the Maxo Tido decision is whether the Privy Council remains relevant to the evolving customs and norms of Bahamian society.
Through its various decisions, the Privy Council continues to write policy for The Bahamas and other such jurisdictions that send it appeals. The most contentious have related to the death penalty.

In some quarters in The Bahamas, there is a widely held view that convicted murderers ought to be subject to the death penalty -- as stated by the law.
Even with opponents continuing to point out that there is no evidence to show that capital punishment serves as a deterrent to crime, the call for the resumption of hangings more than 11 years after the last one was carried out continues to resound.

However, there are some Bahamians who remain opposed to any form of capital punishment. No government, in light of the years of debate since the landmark Pratt and Morgan decision in 1993, has thought it appropriate to have a referendum on this vexing question of the death penalty.

In that judgment, the Privy Council ruled that it would be cruel and inhumane to execute someone who has been under the sentence of death for more than five years. Given the lack of any timelines, the appeals process in many instances since that ruling has dragged well beyond the five-year mark, and many murder convicts have escaped execution.

There is also a push in some legal circles for The Bahamas to withdraw from the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, another avenue for appeal for murder convicts. In 2006, the Privy Council imposed an even stricter standard for the imposition of the death penalty when it ruled that the mandatory death sentence was unconstitutional.

All the men who at the time were under the sentence of death had to be resentenced, and according to the Office of the Attorney General, a few still await resentencing.

A referendum is perhaps the only way that any government could know with a degree of certainty the views and opinions of the Bahamian people on the issue of the death penalty.

It is generally accepted that the talk shows and the public commentary emanating from certain quarters may not give the impression of a broad based support or opposition to the death penalty.
 
Continuing support for Privy Council
There are some lawyers, including the recently re-elected President of the Bar Association Ruth Bowe-Darville, who have expressed continuing support for the Privy Council as our final court of appeal.

Bowe-Darville's recent comments came in the context of discussing civil and commercial matters arising from the use of our country as an international commercial center.

The point that she was advocating is that the Privy Council is still relevant for the certainty of these disputes and to confirm the country's reputation as a stable judicial center for the determination of major commercial cases.
There are perhaps few lawyers who would disagree with this proposition.
Veteran attorney Maurice Glinton said, "We need the Privy Council."
"The Privy Council represents competence," he said.

"It also represents a standard of performance that we are not accustomed to in this jurisdiction...The concern for all of us who believe in the rule of law is that we always have judges who are competent.  That minimizes the opportunity for error.  No person should die because of judicial oversight.

"And to the extent that we have a further court to hear us, so that they can see finally with more objective eyes, then that speaks to our humanity, that speaks to our civility."

However, it does not appear that the distinction between commercial matters and criminal matters generates a similar liking to continue with the Privy Council. Some proponents who wish to sever our links to the Privy Council appear to be in favor of The Bahamas joining the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final court of appeal.

The CCJ, inaugurated in 2005, sits in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
As noted by the regional appellate court, there is still some lingering opposition to the CCJ.  Surveys in some CARICOM member states, however, have showed as many as 80 percent of the persons surveyed supported the court, the CCJ says on its website.

In some jurisdictions, while there is little opposition to the court in its original jurisdiction, there is more opposition to it in its appellate jurisdiction.
In 2005, then Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell announced that The Bahamas will not join the CCJ.   And the current administration has also shown no interest in that court.
The Bahamian Constitution allows us to amend the necessary article to sever our ties with the Privy Council. It is to be noted that in the ill-fated 2002 attempt to amend the constitution that this was not a provision that the Free National Movement government sought to put before the Bahamian people for approval.

At the very crux of this discussion are two questions: whether The Bahamas can have a dual final court of appeal (that is the Privy Council for civil and commercial matters) and the CCJ for criminal matters.

Secondly, whether it is within our national interest, long term and short term, to sever ties with the Privy Council in circumstances where we appear to be opposed to that court's standing on the issue of capital punishment.
As an aside, the Privy Council does not appear to be that enthused about the demands placed on it by Commonwealth countries.

In 2009, Lord Phillips, the senior Law Lord of the Judicial Committee, expressed the view that the Privy Council was feeling burdened by appeals emanating from jurisdictions like The Bahamas. In an interview reported in the Financial Times, he was quoted as saying that he was searching for ways to curb the "disproportionate" time he and his fellow senior justices spent hearing legal appeals from independent Commonwealth countries to the Privy Council in London.

Lord Phillips also suggested that "in an ideal world", Commonwealth countries would stop using the Privy Council and set up their own final courts of appeal.
 
Clarifying death penalty cases
The European Court of Human Rights has taken a position on the death penalty, which it appears is a universal approach and therefore the further question that has to be asked is whether The Bahamas wishes to be out of step with a universally recognized principle of the sanctity of life.
The question of the sanctity of life is one which is embodied in a religious concept which stems from the Golden Rule -- that you ought to do unto others as you wish others to do to you.

The Catholic denomination has always been strongly opposed to capital punishment based on religious reasons.  Some other denominations have generally been pro-capital punishment and this is perhaps in line with the recent comments made by a group of pastors.

The pastors -- among them former crime commission chairman Bishop Simeon Hall -- expressed outrage at the recent Maxo Tido ruling. They said in a statement, "This ruling of the Law Lords is more than a ruling.  It is a message to all would be murderers, and the message is: 'As long as you can benchmark your murder to the level of brutality of murders like that of Donnell Conover's, you can fully expect to be spared the death penalty'."

After the Maxo Tido ruling, Hall said it is time for The Bahamas to abandon the Privy Council. "The ruling by the Privy Council raises serious questions as to what is happening," Hall said. "I understand to some degree the Privy Council has the last word, but certainly my big problem I'm wrestling with is what is the justice system saying to families of victims of murder, and then to persons who do the murder?

"It seems that the whole system now is lending its way to criminality.  For the Law Lords to conclude that this was a bad murder but it's not counted as the worst of the worst, I think it's time for us to cry shame on the justice system."
Even among church leaders, there exists a divergence of views on this question of capital punishment.

There is no doubt that the death penalty issue is an emotive one.
Some observers argue that the balanced approach, however, requires not just an appreciation and sympathy toward the families of the victims of murder, but there ought also to be a willingness to understand and to sympathize with the anguish that will be felt by the murderers' families.

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham recently announced that he intends to table before Parliament a bill to address the issue of the death penalty.
That bill will set the criteria of murders that require the death penalty and those that may require life sentences or lesser sentences.

This bill is also likely to address the factors that the court must take into account when it exercises its discretion when sentencing a convicted murderer.
The need for clarity in the law emanated from the 2006 Forrester and Bowe ruling handed down by the Privy Council outlawing the mandatory death sentence.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Jeanne Thompson noted in a recent letter to the editor that this was a clear signal to the legislature that it was necessary to put in place guidelines for judges to use in sentencing convicted murderers.

Indeed, Dame Joan, then president of the Court of Appeal about four years ago, called upon the government to put in place the necessary guidelines, Justice Thompson noted. "However, nothing was done and judges were obliged to use their discretion with the aid of attorneys, social workers and psychiatrists to decide upon appropriate sentences," she wrote.

"This created a lacuna in our law and has allowed the Privy Council to use its own principles in adjudging what is an appropriate punishment for persons convicted of murder in The Bahamas. "Ideally we should have followed the example of the United Kingdom, which, prior to the complete abolition of the death penalty, divided murder into capital and non-capital."

In the recent Tido ruling, the Privy Council repeated the kinds of murders that warrant the death penalty. The Law Lords said the worst cases of murder that may call for the imposition of capital punishment would be those in which the murder is carefully planned and carried out in furtherance of another crime, such as robbery, rape, drug smuggling, human smuggling, drug wars, gang enforcement policies, kidnapping, preventing witnesses from testifying, serial killers, as well as the killing of innocents "for the gratification of base desires".
"The legislation which will be tabled in Parliament is a step in the right direction, but it is very, very late," said Damian Gomez, a prominent defense attorney, who also pointed to Dame Joan's call for legislation to be passed to bring some certainty in the area of sentencing.

"Her calls for statutory clarification fell on deaf ears for quite a while, and we're paying the price for it." Clearly, there has been some time that has lagged between the 2006 decision and the formulation of clear guidelines to assist the court in its determination on this issue.

One has to wait to see the contents of the bill to fully assess its suitability and whether in fact it will answer this question of the death penalty once and for all.
One jurist told us that it is likely that the bill if passed by Parliament may lead to constitutional challenges which may further delay but will hopefully make certain the law in The Bahamas on the issue of the death penalty.

Other details of the bill are uncertain at this time. What is clear though is the question of the Privy Council as the final court of appeal for The Bahamas remains a controversial one -- not unlike the question of the death penalty itself.
 

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Miss Grand Bahama Top Model Talent Competition: May 4th

Freeport, Bahamas - The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant's

Top Model & Talent Competition will be on

May 4, 2012  at 8pm

at

Island Sea Resort.

Please come out and support these
lovely young ladies, of which one will wear the crown and represent her
island and country. Tickets are only $10 and include a free a drink.

This year's contestants are

Gabrielle
Wong sponsored by TurnIng Bar, Abilene Jones sponsored by Lneliba,
Carlene Johnson sponsored by Ocean Reef Resorts, Miss Grand Bahama 2011
Keriann Stuart, Mone't Johnson sponsored by Sawyers Fresh Market, Kristi
Farah sponsored by Bella Rose, Christen Barrow sponsored by Alvernia
Foods (Cat Island), and Andria Miller sponsored by Pier 1 Restaurant...

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