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September 10, 2014
BNT staff pursuing further academic goals

Education never stops, and, as such, five Bahamas National Trust (BNT) staff members -- Alannah Vellacott, Shelley Cant, Lindy Knowles, Mark Daniels and Krista Sherman -- have left to pursue environmental studies degrees.
Well-known BNT staff member Shelley Cant, who worked in the education department and who also managed the website for the trust, is at the University of Exeter's Cornwall Campus in the United Kingdom, where she will be working towards a master's degree in environmental studies.
Cant was also the lead officer in the BNT's Rare Pride Campaign for wetlands and the Shark Campaign, which resulted in The Bahamas receiving status as a shark sanctuary, the first in the Caribbean.
Vellacott, who also worked tirelessly in the education department, returned to South Dakota State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in environmental science.
Daniels, the Leon Levy National Park Preserve manager since it opened in 2011, is pursuing a master's degree in botany at Miami University in Ohio.
Knowles, who joined the BNT as a science officer in 2009, became a skilled diver and participated in a number of rapid ecological assessments for new national parks as well as leading several mangrove restoration projects. Knowles is pursuing a master's degree in environmental science at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
Sherman, who came to the BNT as a project manager of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Marine Protected Areas project, successfully coordinated and completed monitoring protocols for the Exuma land and sea park and a sustainable tourism model for the Exuma cays. Sherman is pursuing a doctorate degree at Exeter University focusing on the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation and population abundance. The trust hopes Sherman's studies will be a helpful key to advancing conservation efforts to establish best management practices for the grouper and sustaining the species.
"We will miss both Shelley and Alannah," said Portia Sweeting, BNT's director of education. "They have contributed in major ways to the BNT's strong environmental education programs, and we know that they will do well in the pursuit of their educational goals."
BNT Deputy Executive Director Lynn Gape said the young environmental officers displayed amazing dedication to the goals and mission of the BNT. She said it had been a joy to watch them develop their skills and interests over the years.
"It is amazing to watch these aspiring young Bahamian scientists progress through initial curious interest, then engaging with local and international scientists and now finally aspiring to further their environmental careers to help address some of the important environmental challenges that face our country," said Vanessa Haley-Benjamin, BNT's director of science and policy.
"We encourage our staff to improve themselves and to pursue higher educational degrees," said Eric Carey, BNT executive director. "This is all part of nation building, whether they return to work for the BNT or pursue other opportunities in the environment arena, they will continue to be friends and supporters of the trust. We wish them all the best and our only regret is that we have not been able to provide more financial support for their educational goals," he said.

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June 02, 2011
Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69

Funeral services for Gloria Glenda Sears nee Finley, 69 yrs., a resident of Millers Height, Carmichael Road, who passed away on 20th May, 2011, will be held at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road on Saturday at 9 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. S. Sebastian Campbell & Rev. Fr. Atma Budhu.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her memories will forever be cherished by her loving, devoted husband: Campbell Sears, dedicated daughter: Registered Nurse: Leonie Sears; loyal sons: Kevin, Andrew, Lemuel, David & Lawrence Sears; grandchldren: Alexio, Antoine, Akeem & Iessa Mullings, Lakeisha, Lashell, andreco, Andrewnique & Deandra Sears; daughters-in-law: Registered Nurse: Stacey Pratt-Sears, Rochelle Bethel-Sears; sisters-in-law: faithful caregiver: Alice Lowe, Cynthia Finley, Bernice Collins & Angela Sears; brothers-in-law: Reuben Sears & Charles Collins; nieces: Shelly, Psychita, Bruceta, Machell, Megan & Trained Clinical Nurse Lyndianna Rahming, Deidre Finley, Martha Maria Dukes, Shenique & Olivia Ingraham, Bridgette Morrison & Ava Lowe; nephews: Kirk, Duke, Derek Jr., Quincey Finley, Demetrius, Samuel Lowe, Devardo Hunt, Andy, Chris, Steve, Brian Collins, Desirio Ingraham & Churchill Sears; a host of other relatives & friends including: Arginal (Argie), Patrick, Karen, & Trained Clinical Nurse Patricia Sands, Sheena Newton, Vashti & Rena Roberts, Alvina Taylor, Keith, Lambert, Butler, Donna, Psyche, Renee, Michael, Trevor, Toney Edwards, Tina, Lisa, Keva, Kevin Gibbs, Catechist Alice Gray, Dillis Ingraham, Trained Clinical Nurse Santina Smith, Margaret, Shavaughn Thurston, Sherilyn McCartney, Dr. Valarie Carpenter, Margaret Russell, Edna McMillian, Estermae Mitchell of Deerfield Beach, Fl., Bert & George McKinney, Toney, Helen, Shelley & Brad Capron, Emmie, Ivy & Neva Sweeting, Vincent, Maxwell, Cyril Collins, Christine, Nathalie, Nathaniel Knowles, Esther McPhee, Revs. Alfred, Timothy, Andrew, Susan & Laverne Stewart, Miriam, Oswald Finley, Leonie Duncanson, Judy, Verdell, Marsha, Locksley Jr., Leroy, Richard & Anthony Fawles, Sally, Susan, Roselyn, Deborah, Joycelyn, Matthew Curry, Elaine Wilson, Alice Adams, Myrtle Sweeting, Sherry, Kenneth Kemp, Alice Innis, Mizpah Davis, Edith Scott, Velma, Clay, Sean Johnson, Kara Tinker, Andrew (Dudd), Min. Charles Maynard, Beverly Collins, Lerlean, Tejada, Alice, Kermit, Lorenzo Minus, Melverna Wong, Theresa (Fanny), Angie Rolle-Thompson, Ruby Anne Burrows, Shawnette Roye, Isaac, Harvey Mullings, the entire Mullings family, Adena, Derek, Louise, Alphonso, Dr. Eugene Newry, Ethlyn Armstrong, Yvonne Sands & family, Mr. Ulyses & Rev. Dianna Culmer, Clover Pratt & family, Carla & Daniel Hall & family, Tracy & Don Arnett & family, Anita Bodie, Kenny Mackey, Preston Ferguson, W/Insp. Annette Mackey, Olive Thomas, Charlene, Arthur & Vellora Sweeting & family, Icelyn Campbell of Jamaica, Deanne Hepburn, Eleanor, Florina Rolle, Donna Daxon, Antoinette Neely, Rose Hart, Orpheus Ingraham, Mrs. Lynn Lewis of Family Guardian, Henry Farrington, Merell Thompson, Howard Charlow & family, Evangelists: Maria Lynes, Petrona Ferguson, Berthalee Curry, Nathaniel Bastian & family, Neville, Allan & Bernard Thompson & family, Nurses: Sylvia Santina Smith, Eleanor, Stephanie Poitier, Stephanie Johnson, Darnell Roker, Inza Young, Patishamae Miller, Leonie Buchannan, Gloria Dorsette, Margo Curry, Melody Taylor, Gloria Jacques,Yvonne Adderley, Mary Knowles, Virginia Brennen, Sister Caffeine Brice, Laine Johnson, Paula Hamilton, Yvonne Johnson, Dorothy Ferguson, Geraldine Rolle, Natasha Cooper, Patrice Mitchell, Sandra Rolle, Annastacia Valcin, Sister Ampersam Symonette, Dr. Freddie Smith, Renal Team Dialysis Unit, the Children's Ward, Sister Hilda Douglas, Ernestine Douglas, Adrian & Dionisio D'Aguilar, Dora Rahming & the entire staff of Superwash, Sister Portia Ferguson, Sister Rebecca Johnson, Cunningham, Henry, Black, Lewis, Harris, Ramsey, Rolle, Sister Sherlene Sears, Lockhart, Woodside, Newbold, Bowe, Female Medical Ward #2, Public Hospital Authority, D'Albenas Agency, Ministry of Health, Premier Importers, Cable Bahamas, Bethel-Robertson, Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, Dr. Norad & Michelle Morgan, Sheral Curry, Bannerman, Wemyss Bight communities, Kelsey Williams, Veronica Sweeting, Sherry Gibson, Emerita Bethel, the entire MInnie Street & Millars Height communities: (Patrick Maycock, Bastian, Newry, Thompson, Cox,Ferguson, McCollough, Penn, McIntosh, Wilson, Freckleton, Dottin, Culmer, Sands, Johnson, Rolle, Flowers, Ramsey, Burrows, Dorsette, Longley & Sweeting), Rev. Nathalie Bastian, Rev. Marie Roach, Rev. Angela Palacious, Canon Harry Ward, Fr. Kabiga - Holy Trinity, Fr. Kingsley Knowles - St. Greorges, Rev. Fr. Atma & Lavinia Budhu - Epiphany Anglican Church, Rev. Fr. Sebastian Campbell - St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Bishop Moses Johnson, Church of God Cathedral family, Gerald Cash Primary School, Anatol Rodgers High School, Interactive School of Learning, Phillip & Mary, John Chea #4, Flamingo Gardens Clinic & many others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday at the church from 8 a.m. until service time.

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June 02, 2011
Garth Basil Dadso Wells, 71

Funeral services for Garth Basil "Dadso" Wells, 71 yrs., a resident of Albury Street and formelry of George Town, Exuma, who passed away on 27th May, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Farrington Road, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Martin Gomes, SS.CC.  Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Left to mourn his faithful and loving memories are:
His loving and devoted wife: Mary

SONS: Stephen, Terrance, Ricardo and Valentino Wells, and Jonathon Barry

DAUGHTERS: Dorothea Wells-Brown and Elaine Wells-Lightbourn

BROTHERS: Willis Hart, Dereck Wells, Sidney and Carlton Adderley

SISTERS: Jacquelyn Wells-Dean, Laura Smith, Elsie Moxey, Brenda Wells-Rolle and Brenda Wells-Martin

AUNT: Rowena Rolle

SON-IN-LAW: Rudolph Brown

DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Beroline, Kendra and Sharmaine Wells  

BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Clement, Simeon, Leander, Ephraim and Thomas Higgs

SISTERS-IN-LAW: Norma Pinder, Thaclia Higgs, Carmetta Saunders, Veronica Adderley and Philicia Roberts of Harbour Island, Daisy Dorsett and Daphne Adderley.

NIECES: Cheryl Strachan, Pamela Lowe, Tammy Butler, Jan Miller, Deidre Taylor, Darshelle Sands, Glenda Rolle, Brendalee Martin, Julie and Lisa Hart, Dereeka, Marsha and Cypriana Wells, Jonella and Kaylisa Adderley, Theresa Wells-Maclour and Charmaine Wells-Burrows, Laverne Bethel, Joy Armbrister, Karen Rowland, Tanya Thompson and Dominique Thompson.

NEPHEWS: Derell, Patrick, David, Jeffery and Wentworth Wells, George Wells, Jr., Tavyn Sands, Rodney Cruz and Creflo Adderley.

GRANDCHILDREN: Shandon Wells, Sr., Patrick, Brian, Stevette, Suzuette, Stevandrae, Joshua, Jonathon, Joel, Joshua, Jamel, Jermiah, Racquel, Shonell, Sheurell, Jahsiri, Tyler, and Theo Wells.  Crystal, Dominique, and Rachael Brown, Michael, Shane, and Marnarrey Lightbourn.

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Michael, Kristin, Ashley and Miley Cartwright, Shandon Wells, Jr., Brenay and Trinity Wells.
A host of other relatives and friends including Michael Cartwright, Tashel Wells, Shelia Murchision-Johnson, Antoinette Dean, Jeffery Adderley, Wellington Walkes, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Turnquest and Family, Pastor H.A. Roach and Family, Ena Thompson, Stephanie Delancey, Charlice Curry, Karal Roach, and Luther & Wendell Rolle, (EXUMA). The Doctors and Nurses of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Male Surgical Ward #2, The Food and Nutrition Department of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital, the entire Chippingham Community, and the Cricket Club Association.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.

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September 16, 2014
Average clause

If you have a property insurance policy, you certainly would have received a notice at renewal drawing your attention to the "average clause" in your policy wording. There is a statutory requirement for insurers to notify their policyholders in writing as to the nature and effect of the "condition of average" before taking out the policy and before every policy renewal. In a nutshell, this clause gives insurers the right to proportionally reduce the amount of a claim if the insured's sum insured or limit of indemnity does not reflect the full value of the property at risk.
For example, if a client insures his house for $100,000 and it burns down completely, and the loss adjuster finds that the home actually costs $200,000 to rebuild, the claim will not be for the full amount of $200,000 but for the insured amount of $100,000. Likewise, for a partial loss of, say, only $15,000, the amount payable would only be $7,500 and not the full indemnity of $15,000; the claim is reduced proportionally to the amount of underinsurance. The reason being the insurer only received half the premium for the true amount at risk, therefore it will only pay half the claim. The insured client is therefore considered to be his own insurer for the amount of underinsurance.
This average clause is called the "pro-rata condition of average" or, in some policies, the "co-insurance clause", as the client is effectively a co-insurer for the portion of the risk he retains. The act is seeking to make sure clients are informed about the "average clause" so that expectations are managed when it comes time to claim and that no one is left feeling hard done by.
It's important to remember that a contract of insurance is just that: a contract. The insurance policy is not a magic wand that you can wave at the time of a loss to make everything better; it is an agreement to pay a certain amount of money under a very specific set of circumstances. Fortunately, policies nowadays are written in plain English, are easier to read and should be happily explained to you by your broker.
It seems that the average clause gets all of the attention because of the stipulation for disclosure in the Insurance Act. However, there are other circumstances where you might receive less than the full amount of indemnity when you claim. Notwithstanding the overall sum insured or policy limit, there may be sub-limits under an insurance policy which will result in the client receiving less than the full amount of compensation for a loss. For example, in household policies, there may be a single article limit of $2,500 for any one item not otherwise specified. Thus, if you forgot to mention that you have a painting valued $6,000 in your home and it is destroyed, you might only receive $2,500 under the policy sub-limit instead of the full $6,000.
Another circumstance where the client might receive less than the full amount of a loss is where the insured bears the first portion of the claim, commonly known as a deductible or excess. A deductible can be a specific sum of money say, $400, or a percentage of the sum insured, for example two percent. Deductibles can be compulsory or requested by the client in exchange for a discount on the premium.
Insurance brokers are in the business of helping their clients to help themselves when it comes to insurance. Ask your broker to explain your policy wording and the average clause to you and ask them to point out any circumstance where you might not receive full compensation for a loss. Your insurance broker's expertise is in the operation of the policy wordings and the availability of capacity in the insurance market. They know where to find the right cover for you at the right price. However, when advising on the actual sums insured, only a qualified appraiser or surveyor should be advising you on the replacement cost of your property whether it be a watch, boat, home or commercial property.

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March 23, 2013
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold released from jail

According to reports online, the country's top junior quartermiler has been released from county jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after spending the night behind bars, and will be allowed to return to The Bahamas to compete in next weekend's CARIFTA Games. The only question remains, will the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) allow him to do so after being arrested early Thursday morning for discharging a firearm in public and resisting arrest without violence?
Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold, 18, appeared in court yesterday morning, and was released after posting a $1,000 bond - $500 for each count. He has a case management hearing for Tuesday, April 30, at 8:30 a.m., but before then, is scheduled to return home to represent The Bahamas for a fourth straight year at the CARIFTA Games. The 42nd Annual CARIFTA Games is set for March 29 to April 1, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
Up until press time, BAAA President Mike Sands was still not returning calls, but first Vice President Iram Lewis said that they are receiving legal counsel into the matter. He said that is about all he could mention at this particular time.
As for Newbold, the Florida judge ordered him to turn over any firearms in his possession after his release, but Newbold has since denied ever carrying a concealed weapon. He tweeted: 'Bad Mouth me if you want! Nobody got shot at, There was no gun. I'm no criminal, but I got a couple of misdemeanors.'
Before that, he tweeted: 'They can't keep a good man down! Lol people making it seem like life is over, I'm out, I'm gucci, back to work.'
According to reports, Newbold and fellow athlete Joshua Mance were arrested around 3:30 a.m. in the morning after shots were heard in the vicinity of a local apartment complex pool. An eyewitness identified Newbold as the shooter, and additionally, it was reported that shell casings were found in the area of the pool. Both athletes have since been suspended from the Florida State University (FSU) track team, but according to FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman, both Newbold and Mance could rejoin the team pending an investigation into the university's discipline policy and legal proceedings.
Mance, who has hired a private attorney, was a member of the silver medal winning 4x400m relay team that was beaten by The Bahamas at last year's Olympic Games. Mance had just turned 21 on Thursday, and was in possession of Newbold's identification card, which had an altered date of birth. Mance was charged with being in possession of a forged identification card and resisting arrest without violence.
World Youth Champion over 200 meters (m) Newbold was regarded as one of The Bahamas' best hopes for a medal going into the CARIFTA Games. He was expected to represent The Bahamas in the under-20 boys' 400m, and maybe the 200m as well. He has personal best times of 46.97 and 20.89 seconds in those events, respectively.
Newbold is a five-time CARIFTA Games medalist. He is the CARIFTA record holder in the under-17 boys' 400m hurdles as well (52.75 seconds). Newbold also won double gold at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Track and Field Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In college, the FSU sophomore is a two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Indoor Champion.
The crowning glory moment of Newbold's junior career might have come at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lille, France, when he won the gold medal in the boys' 200m in a personal best time of 20.89 seconds, helping The Bahamas to secure its best finish ever at a global athletics meet.

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September 25, 2014
Mother tells child cruelty case of conversations with pastor

THE mother of a 16-year-old boy who claimed a pastor blackmailed him into a night of drinking said she had agreed with the pastor's suggestion that the boy needed to "get out of his shell".

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October 03, 2014
BAIC secures major sale of Bahamian handicraft products to Germany

The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), in aggressively keeping the government's mandate, which in part is geared toward a rejuvenation of the straw, shell, sponge, paper and coconut handicraft industries, made history with the visit of El Puente GMBH delegates Angela Lepa and Gesa Pertersen to The Bahamas in January of this year. Through this visit, El Puente and the BAIC in conjunction with the Bahamas National Craft Association (BNCA), will introduce Bahamian-made products to the German art and craft markets totaling some $60,000 in sales. This pilot initiative is expected to be the catalyst for future Bahamian-made handicraft and straw products to be introduced to German and other foreign markets. This sale will not only boost foreign exchange through revenue earnings, but also create opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs and handicraft artisans.
El Puente is a fair-trade wholesale organization located in Germany that sells authentic traditional products to fair trade shops in Germany and Europe. El Puente is among the pioneers of the fair trade movement and today is the second largest fair trade organization in Germany. ?Since 1972, El Puente has stood as the bridge between north and south and has worked with small businesses and cooperatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America and now The Bahamas.
"BAIC takes its mandate to expand the handicraft sector of this country seriously. Given the value of this sector to the overall economy of The Bahamas, I am committed to extracting more value from it for Bahamian artisans and craft persons. To this end, we are proud to announce the export of approximately $60,000 worth of local handicraft items to Germany," said BAIC Executive Chairman Arnold A. Forbes. "I believe that this transaction is a first of its kind, which heralds new opportunities for Bahamians to begin taking advantage of business around the world. With expanding markets for Bahamian crafts come expanding possibilities, and now we are finally able to see what we believe are the makings of exponential growth and development of the handicraft sector".
BAIC through its Handicraft Development department is committed to helping to expand and introduce Bahamian artisans to local and foreign markets. Prime Minister Perry Christie noted, "It is important to the development of our national identity, and to the deepening of our Bahamian culture that we ensure the highest level of government support to our artists and artisans."
Products exported during this sale include traditional straw bags, sponge, paper, shell craft jewelry and coconut shell craft jewelry.

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October 01, 2014
Miller says BEC has paid 55 mil. due on fuel bill

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was able to pay off a $55 million fuel debt that threatened to leave the country without electricity, BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller said yesterday.
"We are in good shape," said Miller, when called for comment.
He had previously issued a warning that the corporation needed to pay the debt off by the end of September or face a country-wide blackout.
Minister of Works Philip Brave Davis, who has ministerial responsibility for BEC, had said the government would, if need be, subsidize the bill.
But Miller said it never came to that.
"We didn't get one penny from the government," he said.
"We got it from our customers. I want to thank them for coming in, including all the hotels.
"I don't even want to go into the hotels. The hotels worked with us. I want to thank all of them for stepping to the plate.
"They worked with us and we have a good relationship with them. Now everybody understands that the left hand has to help the right hand and we have a commitment from them to live up to their commitments.
"They have been living up to that, and I am very grateful to them."
Miller had threatened to disconnect "three hotels out west", which collectively owed BEC $30 million.
He later said the hotels made payment arrangements with the corporation.
Davis said he would expect to be consulted before BEC acts on a threat to disconnect service to the major hotels.
Miller said, while he knew his threats were "a little nuts", they were necessary.
He pointed out that BEC's fuel comes from Shell West out of London by way of Barbados.
"We don't buy fuel from FOCOL," he noted. "FOCOL simply ships our fuel to all our [28] Family Island operations."
Miller had said BEC's total fuel bill was $100 million.
He said yesterday that BEC will always struggle with the debt.
"It's always going to happen," he said.
"There is nothing you can do about that. When you have accounts receivable over $185 million, you are in trouble."

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October 22, 2014
Stop focusing on fear

The amazing thing about fear, is that we so very often fear things which haven't happened. For example, we fear that we may get sick or that our children may get hurt; or we may not have enough money to meet all of our expenses; or that someone may break into our home and steal our property; or even worse still, they may hurt, maim or kill us. Yes indeed, unfortunately fear is alive and well in the minds of a whole lot of people, and more's the pity.
Fear is deadly, because whatever you're fearful of, can and indeed does in so many instances result in what you feared so much actually materializing in your life. That's right, let me once again remind all of my valued readers of the fact, that the universe in which we live, and indeed everything and everybody in it, are governed by a set of universal laws.
Now one of these most important universal laws is the law of attraction which states as follows: We attract towards us people, circumstances and events in accordance with our thinking. Now please remember, I did not make that up, it's one of the universal laws which is responsible for the results you seek in life. Don't forget, that as Earl Nightingale put it "Everything of importance first commences in the mind as a thought."
So, if you start to be fearful that something terrible might happen to you, you will actually attract what you're fearful about into your life and affairs. Yes you will! So, in a nutshell, you need to very carefully watch your thought processes, and then as instructed in the title of today's article stop focusing on fear.
Now, I'm quite sure that some who have read what I've stated so far may say that that's easier said than done -- that is to banish deep-seated fears from our consciousness. Yes, sometimes it is indeed difficult to stop thoughts of fear from lingering in our mind, particularly if we've been harboring fear of any kind about something in our minds for many years because of previous mental conditioning perhaps going right back to the early years of our childhood, like fear of the dark for example.
However, I find that daily meditation does indeed assist greatly in establishing and maintaining a peaceful consciousness, so that over time we will eventually get rid of the destructive thoughts of fear from our mind. Why not try it for believe me, it works!

o Think about it!
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March 21, 2013
Young man collapses and dies in his car

AUTHORITIES say investigations are continuing into the death of a man who was found in a vehicle parked at the Shell Gas Station on Tonique Williams Darling Highway yesterday.

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Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 4th August 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614 www.winelounge.bs


News Article

April 20, 2011
Jazzy Saturdays at Sabor with Shelly Carey and Tru Music

Grand Bahama Island -

Shelly Carey and Tru Music to perform at the next

Jazzy Saturdays

at Sabor Restaurant & Bar, Pelican Bay Hotel. Dance the night away with this popular featured band on

Saturday, April 16th.

The show begins at 8:00 and goes until 10:00 pm.

Sabor is the island's freshest place to savor all the tastes of the tropical. With its innovative fusion menu and Latin beat, Sabor is one of the hottest restaurants in The Bahamas.

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March 01, 2013
Nassau House Breaking Suspect Arrested - Death of a Male - Police Seek Armed Robbery Suspect

Nassau, Bahamas -

House Breaking Suspect

Arrested
: A 25 year old male of Faith Avenue is in police custody after allegedly breaking into a residence on Shell Fish Drive, off Carmichael Road...

 

Police

Investigates Death of a Mal

e

: Shortly after 5:00 am on Friday 01st March,
2013 police received information that a male was found unresponsive
outside a residence at Apple Street off Wulff Road...

Police

Seek Armed Ro

bbery Sus

pec

t: Police are requesting your help in locating a man responsible for robbing a business establishment on Bernard Road...

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Is Shell Fish in Caribbean Safe to Eat Oil Spill Contamination
June 18, 2010
Is Shell Fish in Caribbean Safe to Eat? Oil Spill Contamination

The BP oil spill, resulting in the worst oil spill in recent history, will most certainly affect the Gulf of Mexico's waters. Recently, the US government statistics showed that between 20,000 and 40,000-plus barrels of oil spouted from BP's ruptured Gulf well, called the, "worst oil spill in US history." The fish and shell fish in the Gulf of Mexico will go through rigorous testing and sampling before it can be sold or consumed.

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Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 28th July 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614 www.winelounge.bs


News Article

March 22, 2011
Concern from business community about PM's comments

An increasing number of investors are not only weighing the dollars and cents of a deal before shelling out the capital in a country, but its political stability and respect — areas business leaders in The Bahamas are cautioning the government to be more mindful of.
On the heels of public comments made by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last week about a foreign investor not being good for the country, several members of the international and local business community are stressing not only the importance of involatile governments for business, but the appearance of that as well.

“As the leader of the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas it was very inappropriate of ...

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December 20, 2011
OTEC signs MoU with Caribbean nation

A renewable energy firm with strong ties to The Bahamas has secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with another Caribbean nation and a third with a country in East Africa.
Ocean Thermal Engineering Corporation (OTEC) signed its first MoU with Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) in September, marking the first time ocean thermal energy will be purchased by a public utility company for general distribution to the public.
OTEC plans to built at least two power plants in Nassau worth in excess of $100 million and sell the power to BEC. Meanwhile, OTEC is also set to unveil its first-ever initial public offering (IPO) in the new year to fund future projects in what has become a rising tide of demand for the technology.
Jim Greenberg, chief strategy and marketing officer at OTEC, told Guardian Business that the latest MoU with a Caribbean nation will deliver two more power plants.
"The demand out there is tremendous," he said. "I think, from a general business standpoint, it's about meeting the global demand. We have projects ongoing in three oceans - Atlantic, Pacific and the Indian Ocean - and we are early on in the process."
Greenberg said he was unable to reveal the names of the countries at this time.
The announcement should come as welcomed news to BEC and other stakeholders in The Bahamas, not to mention Baha Mar, which has agreed to fuel the resort's air conditioning needs through sea water district cooling. That agreement was signed with Ocean Thermal Engineering (OTE), the parent company of OTEC.
Jeremy Feakins, the CEO of OTEC, told Guardian Business, "We have more customers than we know what to do with."
"We are a growing company and we don't have the resources to become a global company overnight," he said. "The technology, once up and running, will change the lives of millions of people. That's what we are in this for."
While the effectiveness of the technology on a major scale has yet to be fully seen, it's clear more and more countries are throwing their hat into the ring.
In East Africa, Greenberg said a central component of that project will be to deliver potable water - another function of the technology. Similar to the agreement in The Bahamas, OTEC is prepared to invest in the infrastructure and maintenance of the facilities, while entering into a power-purchase agreement with local authorities.
Greenberg stressed the MoU in Africa also involves electricity and pointed out that each agreement is "not a one size fits all". The unique needs of the country must always be considered, whether that be a need for clean energy, water or sustainable food production.
Further afield, Greenberg said the Pacific Rim now has "a very high demand" for OTEC. Last month, the firm was awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Office to conduct a feasibility study in Guam, exploring the concept of setting up a plant for the military.
"We're ramping up and getting ourselves in a position to meet the demand," Greenberg said. "In a nutshell, that is where we are and where we are going."

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Lost camera hitches 1099m ride on sea turtle
June 10, 2010
Lost camera hitches 1099m ride on sea turtle

A Photographer was reunited with a camera he had lost in the Caribbean after a sea turtle swam all the way to Florida with it.

De Telegraaf said the camera's strap caught on the reptile's shell after Dutchman Dick de Bruin dropped it in the sea during a trip to Aruba last November.

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Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 21st July 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614 www.winelounge.bs


News Article

February 24, 2013
Nassau police uncover shotgun in abandoned vehicle - Investigate shooting incidents - Make drug arrest

Mobile Division Makes Drug Arrest: Two (2) males, ages 18 and 15 years, both of
Dunmore Street are in police custody after being found in possession of
a quantity of suspected marijuana...

Police Uncover Shotgun in Abandoned Vehicle:A shotgun along with a quantity of shotgun
shells was uncovered in an abandoned vehicle on Lincoln Boulevard on
Sunday 24th February, 2013...

Police Investigates Shooting Incidents:Police are investigating two (2) separate shootings that have left two (2) males in hospital...

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News Article

October 03, 2010
The Trust Agenda

By Philip C. Galanis

Two and one half years ago, the country was in the thick of a general election campaign. The two behemoths, along with several other marginal variables, were at it again, each vying for political domination, salivating over the spoils that would go to the victor.
The campaign culminated on the night of May 2, 2007 with some spectators shell-shocked by the surprise upset, others bewildered and befuddled as to how this could happen with so many positive developments on the drawing board. Alas, the people had spoken, and as Sir Lynden said on that fateful night of August 19, 1992:"The voice of the people is the voice of God."
The FNM had won the election. They were swept ...

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News Article

July 05, 2011
Superwash sees 30,000 energy costs hike

Superwash has shelled out a whopping $30,000 more for their utilities during the first five months of 2011 than last year, with its president suggesting a BEC move to hedge would stabilize prices for struggling businesses.
"If the government could figure out how to remove the volatility from the cost of fuel I think it would be extremely beneficial to businesses," Dionisio D'Aguilar told Guardian Business yesterday.  "The best answer would be if you were to hedge your fuel costs."
"If it will bring stability to the cost of energy in this country, I would go for it.  Businesses could then better plan, better budget and better price."
A move like this, argues the former Chamber of Commerce head, is one that would not likely gain favor with the decision makers of the country, given the risky nature of hedging at a higher price.
While hedging reduces the risks associated with the uncertainty of fluctuations in price, it could result in a company paying more, or less for fuel.  Airlines frequently use fuel hedging to manage their costs, but it could be costly and impractical for the average business. The process includes complex contracts that demand up front spending as well as ongoing administrative costs.  As a result, fuel hedging is generally used by large fuel consuming companies to manage price fluctuations by locking in costs through a commodity swap or option contract.
However, the average small to medium sized business suffers the most when crude oil prices increase.  Superwash, for example, has not passed on the increases to its customers, said D'Aguilar, even though his costs for propane and electricity went up by $20,000 and $10,000 respectively.
"We have absorbed the substantial increase in fuel," he added.  "Even if the average price was lower than the hedge price... if I knew for the next two years that my price was x, I could better manage my business and that would be great."
The factors that pose the greatest challenge to getting such a proposal off the ground, however, would be in getting both the government and opposition to agree on the decision.
Still, the idea has had traction in the business community in recent months, following cautions by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham that higher oil prices could affect businesses this year.
Khaalis Rolle, chief marketing officer of Bahamas Fast Ferries and immediate past president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, recently met with a Morgan Stanley commodities expert from New York to explore hedging alternatives for The Bahamas.
Rolle pointed out earlier that in The Bahamas, hedging, especially in the commodities markets, was often considered a sophisticated tool only available to multinational companies.

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Movie
The Shining
  • Genre : Drama, Horror, Mystery
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future....


Event
Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 14th July 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614 www.winelounge.bs


News Article

February 15, 2013
PLP should not propose a new Parliament

Dear Editor,
I don't know if PLP MPs, along with their leader, are still shell shocked by the referendum results, but for them to suggest to spend $50 million for a new Parliament at this time is insulting, to say the least, to the Bahamian people.
While many Bahamians are out of work and struggle financially, PLP MPs seem more interested in spending public funds for sightseeing and building a comfortable workplace for themselves. At least they have clearly displayed what their priorities are.
Do they know how many police cars, how much hospital equipment and food stamps for the poor could be purchased with $50 million? Do they care? I think the answer is pretty obvious.
PLP MPs have also displayed their financial genius by suggesting that tourists be charged $5 to see our Parliament. Is it any wonder that our country is in the present financial mess?
Harry Johnson

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Event
Jazz n' Wine
Jazz n' Wine

Thursday 30th June 2011

The Wine Lounge East Bay St (Adjacent to Shell) Nassau, Bahamas. Cigar Catering by Guevara Cigars Tel: 242.356.0614 www.winelounge.bs


News Article

December 02, 2011
Kenneth Wellington Treco, 96

A memorial service for the late Kenneth Wellington Treco, age 96 of Sea Breeze Estates, Nassau, The Bahamas, will be held at St. Matthew's Anglican Church, Church and Shirley Streets, Nassau, on Tuesday, 6th December, 2011 at 11:00a.m.
 
Reverend Father Crosley Walkine and The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Cartwright will officiate.
 
Mr. Treco was predeceased by his parents, Carroll and Georgianna Treco; first wife, Anastacia Treco; a daughter, Una Shepard; a son, Kenneth Treco, Jr.; ten brothers and four sisters.
 
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Sybil Carey Treco and also daughters, Maria Smith, Yvonne Cartwright and Cheryle Themens; a son, Tony; sons-in-law, David Smith, Gerald Themens and Arnold Shepard; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Treco; eleven grandchildren, Athena, Kian and Shelly Smith, Tanya Bennett, Marlene Key, Clifton and Brian Cartwright, Chad and Owen Shepard, Alain and Chantal Themens; fifteen great grandchildren, Cemellyn Geordie and Maggie Lynn Smith, Alexandria Smith, Samuel, Andrew, Maxwell and Amelia Bennett, Aaron Key, Candice Ewing, Tevin and Jessica Cartwright, Kristy, Samantha and Logan Cartwright; grandsons-in-law, Craig Bennett and Elvis Key; daughters-in-law, Heather Krause-Smith, Natalie Shepard, Clarice and Tina Cartwright; three sisters, Delores, Lowie and Winifred Treco; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends including, Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Sweeting, Ms. Betty Cole, Ms. Gracie Johnson part-time caretaker.
 
Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale, Nassau.

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News Article

February 10, 2013
Abaco Male Found in Possession of Unlicensed Firearm and Ammunition

ABACO

, Bahamas - On Friday 8th February 2013 around 5:30pm, officers of the Marsh Harbour Police Station

executed a search warrant on a resident in Fox Town, Abaco and discovered (1) one

unlicensed 12 gauge shotgun along with (22) twenty two shot gun shells. A forty five year

old male was arrested and taken into police custody

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News Article

January 30, 2013
Philanthropic kids present to their charities

NASSAU, Bahamas -- To culminate the 2012 Kids Only Christmas Sale that was held in December, some of the participating kids finally had their opportunity to present a portion of their earnings to the charities of their choice. The presentation was held this past Saturday at the British Colonial Hilton.
Kids who participated in December's Kids Only Christmas Sale made donations ranging from $10 to $108 to charities such as Hands for Hunger, the Ranfurly Homes and the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year program. To view all of the pictures, please visit our Facebook page.  

The complete list of young entrepreneurs and philanthropists all ranging between the ages of 6-16 are as follows:

Janell Brennen
Liam Mills
Lauren Rolle
Lionell Elliot Jr
Caleb Ferguson
Nakeirah Brice
Andre Roberts
Shaniyah Pinder
D'shelle Duncombe

"This is what does my heart good!" said Keshelle Kerr, Founder of the Kids Only Christmas Sale. "Lets continue to support the actions of these kids. They are the next generation of entrepreneurs, investors and philanthropists!"

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News Article

April 18, 2011
The 13th Annual Coconut Festival at Pelican Point - Monday, April 25th

Pelican Point, Grand
Bahama -

Each year persons flock to the "Home of
Coconuts," Pelican Point
in East Grand Bahama during Easter weekend. You will be able to feast on
coconut dishes and drinks, enter the coconut barking contest, delight 
yourself with the coconut shell crafts and souvenirs (jams, soap,
coconut-scented candles, etc.), get a laugh from the bottle sucking
contest, and dance to live entertainment.

This year's event takes place,

April 25th, Easter Monday and will feature guest artist, KB.

Pelican Point is a quaint little settlement
which exemplifies the stark contrast between Freeport and the rest of
Grand Bahama...

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