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

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

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

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September 08, 2011
Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82

Funeral service for Mrs. Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82 yrs., a resident of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, who died on 31st Autust, 2011, will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenya Lovell, Pastor Henry Whyte & other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Big Bay Public Cemetery, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: William Carey Jr., Glenda & Jefferson Wildgoose Sr., Ceeney & Dr. Wismore Butcher, 201 Ederson Carey, Petty Officer Lorenzo Carey & Lyndon & Garvin Carey; grandchildren: Jefferso & Tiffany Wildgoose, Jarrod & Nikkiah Wildgoose, Janell & Daniel Carroll, Kendra Russell, Kenceene & Tamiko Fox, Monique & Panston Gibson, Marcita Sawyer, Ederson Carey Jr., John & Italia Shepherd, Alece Shepherd, Lorenzo Jr., & Marsha Carey, Tarano & Dwayne Deveaux, Marissa Brown & Shanna Clarke, Greg Wilson & family, Phillip & Daphne Wilson & family, Devon & Chanell Rhiney & family, Scott & Crystal Wilson & family; great grandchildren: Dane Bodie, Trenton Russell, Trevaughn Fox, Timothy, Jayden, Jasmine & Noa Wildgoose,Preston Gibson & Odelia Carey; adopted children: Laura & Levi Wilson & family, Florence, Sandy & Audrea Scavella, Tammy Lagan of Tennessee, Mavis Fowler & family, Calsey & Delcina Johnson, Marva & Richard Brown, Nurse Evelyn Assanah, Fredrick "Fergie" Ferguson & Flosetta Johnson; sisters: Auraice Newbold, Dora Bartlett & Hetlyn Major; adopted sisters: Rhona Bethel, Neutie Seymour, Eulene Johnson & Hildamae Johnson; brother-in-law: Kenneth Major Sr.; sisters-in-law: Armena & Hazel Carey, Rosie Eberhart; nephews: Larry Allan, Bertie, Edward, Peter & Hartmen Carey, Blake & Vidia Bartlett, Marvin & Ricky Newbold, Kenneth, David, Joel, Timothy & Paul Major, Hacourt Roberts, Elvin & Rodrick Smith, Vaughn Newbol; nieces: Andrea Taylor, Linda Pinder, Machelle Sands, Vandora Johnson, Sherry & Jackie Newbold, Josalee Benson, Dellarese Jones, Delpha Bartlett, Vernice, Melvice & Victoria Major, Shirley Mader, Margaret, Melinda & Gwendolyn Smith, Peggy Bullard & Carolyn Carey; other relatives & friends including: the St. Mark's Methodist family & the entire community of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 

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June 14, 2012
BTC CEO: We're 99 Bahamian

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

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November 25, 2010
Retiring Dame Joan leaving behind legacy

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

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

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

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June 14, 2012
BTC service disrupted again

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

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September 01, 2011
'Most powerful' Bahamian women

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June 05, 2012
Some Bahamians and the road less traveled

Dear Editor,

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

- Sidney T. Sweeting, DDS

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November 23, 2010
William Holowesko remembered

Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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August 25, 2011
Daquin Antonio Bastian, 29

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

Precious memories will linger in the hearts of:

His parents:             Howard and Deborah Bastian

One brother:             Howard Jr.

Two sisters:             Emerald and Jade Bastian

Grand parents:           Cynthia and Henry Morris

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

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

Two grand-uncles:   Vivian Thompson and Rudolph Bethel

One grand-aunt:          Gloria Forbes

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

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

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

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November 21, 2010
Dame Joan visits Governor General

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

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January 25, 2012
Women missing form PLP ad

Dear Editor,
 
Dr. Madlene Sawyer's story told to a Democratic National Alliance (DNA) public rally concerning her not being chosen as a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate in the upcoming elections because she is a woman is plausible if one were to look at the PLP political advertisement being run on the local television networks, which shows an all-men team.
It appears that the PLP has forgotten its reputation as being known as a party whose hierarchy or leadership was often criticized and accused of dissing women/females in its party by not appointing more of them as candidates to run in elections.  I couldn't believe any political party would, in this 21st century, run such an ad.  I wonder how Members of Parliament Senator Hope Strachan, Melanie Griffin, Glenys Hanna-Martin and other female newcomers like Tanisha Tynes and Cleola Hamilton in the PLP must have felt by their exclusion in the 'all-male team' that the leader of the opposition shows off in the televised ad.  Surely, with females comprising the majority of voters, at least more female faces should have been shown in the ad.
The PLP is supposed to be a party whose ideals are those of progression and not that of regression in empowering women in the political arena; and while I am not sure I could support the prime minister's party, he must be credited for having women playing significant roles.  The prime minister seems to surround himself in his administrations with intellectual, hard-working women irrespective of their age, who contribute to the development of this country and by whose abilities he fully utilizes.
The PLP has a lot of catching up to do with Hubert Ingraham, who has nominated 10 female candidates to run in the upcoming general election.  Although women have always been in the trenches in bringing about victory for the PLP, the party never genuinely had a machinery to recruit women for leadership roles and for them to participate in politics.  The PLP seems to have made a history of political underrepresentation of women, and it simply needs to be more 'women running for office' friendly.
I wonder why an opposition party, desperately seeking to return to power as the next ruling government, would run an ad which does not include one female as part of its team for the future political running of this country.  To run this ad is either stupid or is sheer hubris on the PLP's behalf, which could have an impact on the way citizens vote, even those who are supporters of the party.
 
- E. Albury

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

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

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