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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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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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May 16, 2012
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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August 18, 2011
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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August 17, 2011
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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August 04, 2011
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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May 14, 2012
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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May 11, 2012
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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May 10, 2012
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
May 07, 2012
Early (Unofficial) results #9

Early (Unofficial) results #9

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BTC Brings High-Speed Technology to the Cat Island Children
May 06, 2012
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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May 05, 2012
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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July 19, 2011
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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January 26, 2012
Glika V. Christofilis

A Memorial Service for Glika V. Christofilis, formerly of Nassau, Bahamas, who died at Jones Harrison Residence, Minneapolis Minnesota on Thursday January 12, 2012, will take place at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Shirley Street, Nassau on Saturday, 28th January, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Fr. Mel Taylor,OSB will officiate and interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Pre-deceased by former husband Basil Christofilis, his wife Rowena, his daughter Yvonne, daughter Jacqueline Christofilis, son -in-law Sloan Farrington, sisters Rayna Whittier and Belle Lewis, brother Ira Sawyer, and nephew Gabriel Christofilis.

Survived by sons, Jules Christofilis, Constantine (Chris) ...

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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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