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APIA, Samoa --- The Bahamas' signing onto SIDS DOCK here at the United Nation's Third International Small Island Developing States Conference was "monumental" as it will not only allow the country make the transformation from fossil fuel-based energy generation to renewable energy, but also provide access to funding that would allow for the investment in, and deployment of, renewable energy technologies throughout the Commonwealth - particularly photovoltaic systems and solar water heaters.
The latter is "extremely, extremely" important for archipelagic island-nations such as The Bahamas, which has to provide energy over a large swath. Making the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy will also have the long-term benefit of reducing not only the effects of Climate Change in The Bahamas, but also the cost of energy, while also reducing the country's Carbon Footprint.
SIDS DOCK, in a nutshell, is a Treaty designed to help finance the transformation of the energy sectors of small island developing states in order to achieve a 25 per cent increase in energy efficiency; generation of a minimum of 50 per cent of electric power from renewable energy resources; and a 25 per cent decrease in conventional transportation fuel use in order to significantly increase financial resources to enable Climate Change adaptation.
Minister of the Environment and Housing, the Hon. Kenred Dorsette, said data indicates that persons who have switched to solar water heaters, for example, have registered savings in their energy bills of between 15-30 per cent.
"Bahamians do not realize how much electricity is used to create hot water in their homes and the installation of solar water heaters can provide them with cost savings (as) data indicates that persons who have switched to solar water heaters have registered savings in their energy bills from between 15-30 per cent and so we will be utilizing funds (derived from being a Signatory to the SIDS DOCK) to focus on the deployment of renewable energy technologies - particularly solar - throughout The Bahamas."
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.
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.
If you live in the tropics like I do, you have most certainly experienced your fair share of tropical storms and hurricanes from time to time, especially when you live in what is referred to as the hurricane belt, which is where I reside. Now as Joel Osteen highlighted in another very inspiring talk he gave on television recently, in tropical areas like The Bahamas where I reside, there are lots of palm trees, especially in the coastal areas, along the beaches.
Now when hurricane force winds of 100 miles per hour and upward roar in from the sea and blow against the palm trees, they so often bend right over and may actually appear to be broken. However, just as soon as the high winds have subsided and the weather starts to finally return to normal, the palm trees stand right up again, they bounce right back to where they were.
Now this is a great analogy for life itself for nothing is more certain than the fact, that from time to time things will get real rough as the winds of change roar through every aspect of our life, both personal and professional. However, although the stormy times in our life may cause us to bend a little, we simply must learn to bounce right back after storms of any kind interfere with our life and plans for the future.
Yes indeed, we all need to learn an invaluable lesson from the palm tree, and that lesson is this in a nutshell. When rough, tough, stormy times begin to affect our life, we need to be flexible just like the palm tree and thus bend a little or maybe even a lot as the pressure on us increases. However, once the pressure on us eases, we must of necessity bounce right back, stand upright, and continue our journey on the road to success.
You see, during a tropical storm or hurricane, the power of the strong winds actually breaks so many other trees which are usually strewn all over the place once the storm has passed, but not the palm trees because they are very pliable, they are able to bend without breaking. You, my friend, must learn to do exactly the same thing, that is to bend a little from time to time and therefore not be too rigid.
In this way you will survive the storms of life that indeed do come our way from time to time as we progress through the seasons of life. Yes indeed, you've got to learn to stand up again after a troubling time in your life. You must be able to bounce back from disasters and go on to greatness. In short, bend, don't break.
o Think about it!
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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.
My grandfather -- that is my father's father had a very large farm in a place called Kells, Co. Meath in Ireland where I grew up. Although my family lived in the suburbs of Dublin the capital city, I just loved to visit my grandfather on the farm in Kells and invariably spent a good part of my summer vacation on the farm. There was something that I just loved about the open spaces, the peace and tranquility as opposed to the constant traffic and noise of the big city. I also loved being close to nature and dealing with all of the animals each day. It was pure bliss to me.
Now during the summer it was harvest time when the corn, the oats, the barley and the hay would be cut, bundled up and then brought into the barns to help feed the cattle and the horses in the winter time. Of course, although I was not there in the springtime, I know that the seeds for all of the crops had been planted in the earth. So I learnt at an early age, that to get the crops that were harvested in the summer, seeds had to be planted in the spring, and then nurtured. It was not until I was quite a bit older, and hopefully wiser, that I started to fully understand, that the whole creative process commences with planting seeds.
So in a nutshell, the very future of your life and affairs depends on the seed thoughts that you sow in the fertile garden of your mind. If you wish to be successful in the future, you must sow the seeds of success, and then nourish them and watch them grow into the success you seek. This is surely how the whole creative process works? Yes it is!
Yes my friend, in order to be able to reap a good harvest of success in the future, you must sow the seeds now! In other words, you set specific goals in your mind, and you constantly fertilize these seed thoughts with plenty of positive, uplifting affirmations. As I stated in the last article, you develop faith -- real, true faith thus knowing in an extremely positive way, that your goals will materialize in due course, your dreams will come true providing a rich harvest of success in your life.
So please my friend, sow the seeds of what you want right now, and continually feed and nourish them with a whole lot of really positive thoughts, and believe me, you will reap a very rich harvest! Yes you most definitely will!
o Think about it!
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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.
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  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."
The co-chair of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation (CRT) has stressed the need for increased government accountability and legislation protecting whistleblowers following a recent headline-grabbing forensic audit into the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA).
CRT Co-chair Gowon Bowe told Guardian Business that while he could not comment on the findings of the audit directly, he believes that the initial reports illustrate the greater need for freedom of information in the country, arguing that it would help identify similar "leakages" in the government infrastructure.
"The matters that are now being identified really show where there is potential leakage and damage being incurred by the government because of either corrupt practices or a failure to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
"Equally, we need to have legislation that is going to protect persons who are willing to come forward and blow the whistle on either bad behavior or outright acts of fraud and corruption," stated Bowe.
The Nassau Guardian reported on Monday that a forensic audit into the PHA's supply of pharmaceutical drugs and medical supplies reveals a $10 million difference in pharmaceutical inventory between Princess Margaret Hospital's (PMH) physical count and what was reflected in PMH's computer system.
Bowe added that the recent audit highlights the need for the government to address other qualitative issues facing the country, rather than focus solely on value-added tax (VAT) and tax administration.
"If we are trying to get our fiscal house in order, the main thing we have to be ensuring is that we're closing up loopholes where money is escaping from the system without being deployed for social benefit of others.
"If we put it quite candidly, we have a very significant [expense] on National Health Insurance already. The question now is are those funds being used effectively?" asked Bowe.
The audit also raises concerns over the formation of a shell company "quickly established for the purpose of transacting" with the Bahamas National Drug Agency (BNDA), which is administered by the PHA.
The forensic audit covers both the Ingraham and Christie administrations, from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2013. PHA Chairman Frank Smith issued a statement earlier this week that the current PHA board had commissioned the recent audits and is currently reviewing them.
"Anything that leaves itself open to corruption or bad behavior now needs to be curtailed. That goes straight to our freedom of information initiative that we've been pushing. There needs to be legislation that allows information to be disseminated so that the public can evaluate the operating and financial efficiencies of a lot of the government agencies," said Bowe.
Pelican Point, Grand
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
Funeral Service for the late Kasno Pritchardo Learnardo Major affectionately called "Kazzy" age 22 years of Bowes Avenue, Montell Heights will be held on Saturday April 7th, 2012 at 11:00am at Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hill Road. Officiating will be Bishop Sterling Moss assisted by Minister Gladstone Thurston, and Minister Peter Rolle. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories will always linger in the hearts of his: Mother: Therecetta Guiterrez; Father: Reginald Johnson; Grandmother: Betty Major; Stepfather: Jose Guiterrez; Twelve sisters: Crystal Duncombe, Yokoi Major, Robernique Major of Fort Lauderdale, Karliyah Duncombe of Fort Lauderdale, Natasha Roker, Shelly Small, Tia Stubbs, Tahnee and Alexis Johnson of Fort Lauderdale, Carlene & Mitchelyn Pierre and Carol Morisseau;
Eight brothers: Saeed, La'Sheikh, Terez, and Robert Major of Fort Lauderdale; K-den Richardson, Alex and Triston Johnson, Michelle Pierre; Two brother-in-laws: Louie Roker and Dwayne Small; Six uncles: Joe Major; Butch, Derek and Brian Johnson; Ray Fernander, and Kevin Martin; Twelve aunts: Liza and Melvitas Major, Naomi Taylor, Adena Coakley, Garnell Knowles, Linda Wilson, Theresa Wolf, Portia Johnson, Glemis Fernander, Kimberly Johnson, Edna Neily, Prehuella Martin; Seven nieces: Ramaire, Antonyche Roker, Brittany and Ashley Albury, Samera Pierre, Amanda and Shakela Pitts; Nine nephews: Corey Williams Jr., Dwayne Small Jr., Kai and kaden, Abnah and Kristoff Albury, Daniel Lightbourne. Taj Roker and Normando Cooper; Seven God parents: Vernita Pennerman, Phylis Pratt, Marsha, Tyrone, Holly Rolle, Madlyn Miller and Helen Arlene; Five Grand aunts: Ruth Clarke, Sharon Brown, Melvese Pratt, Sabine Major and Rebecca & Gloria Major; Seven Grand uncles: Rudolph and Garnet Brown, Alonzo Pratt, George Griffin, John, Josh and Theophilus Major of Inagua; One Great grand aunt: Pastor Merniva Pratt of Andros; Cousins: Shonell & Shonell Major, Shavon, Catherine, Essence, Sharlese, Allison, Brenae & Brelle Clarke, Darren & Ansenio Pratt, Jennifer Fowler, Edison, Michael & Malachi Clarke, Divinci Griffin, Demetri, Teko, Shantoshi & Thomasena Brown, Shantel Bevans, Daniel Hill, Debbie Finley, Iris Dean, Mary Rolle, Mary Brown, Ava, Audlene, Beulah & Audley Fowler, Mabel Pratt, Elevese Godfrey, William & Nathaniel Pratt, Jatario Adderley, Cassandra & Antoinette Thompson, Ramon Cargill and Timmy Fowler; special friend: Shonnie Wilson; and a host of other relatives and close friends including: the Montell Heights Community, Church of God of Prophecy (Gambier Branch), Church of God of Prophecy Junior Band, Robins Take Away, Judy Smith & Family, the Cash Family, the Johnson's Family, Corey Williams & Family, Anya Rubins, Donnie, Rashad Brown, O'rien ("Paps"), Dollar, Nari, Clayton ("Blue"), Rashad, Bunzo, Gastino, Richard, Jonathan, GiGi, Crystal Morley, Daphnie Wallace, Daphney, Tekessa, Kayresa, Shawn & Shannon, Tweety, Garvin, Neveah, Monica and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Thursday (TODAY) from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 9:30am until service time.
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.
Nassau, Bahamas -
House Breaking Suspect
: 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...
Investigates Death of a Mal
: 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...
Seek Armed Ro
t: Police are requesting your help in locating a man responsible for robbing a business establishment on Bernard Road...
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FOCOL Holdings' decision to enter the aviation fuel supply business via its $500,000 acquisition of Shell's one-third interest in the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) fuel consortium takes the company "into the major leagues", its largest shareholder told Tribune Business yesterday.
Franklyn Wilson, who controls just over one-third or 33 per cent of the BISX-listed petroleum products supplier's shares, said the deal gave FOCOL an upscale, high volume purchasing client base in the shape of multinational and local airlines, plus private jets and their operators.
Apart from further diversifying FOCOL's markets by tak ...
Hear from Bahamian children from various islands of The Bahamas along with Bahamas National Trust Education Officer, Shelly Cant deliver a message on protecting sharks in The Bahamas.
This video Public Service Announcement This PSA was produced by The Bahamas National Trust (BNT), in collaboration with Pew environment Group, in support of a grassroots petition to protect sharks in Bahamian waters.
Sharks are in trouble globally, and there are few locations where healthy shark populations still exist. In The Bahamas, a 20 year-old ban on longline fishing gear has left its waters as one of the few places in the world with relatively healthy shark...
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...
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), in an act of holiday goodwill, donated a combined total of $25,000 to a number of charities including Great Commission Ministries International, The Salvation Army and the Nazareth Home yesterday.
Merlene Ottey, considered by many within the English-speaking Caribbean as the greatest of our female track and field athletes, of all time, returned to her native Jamaica recently and continued to demonstrate the kind of class she has been known for.
Before Jamaica became outright the greatest sprinting nation in the world, Ottey was a leading light for that island and its sister nations. She is an awesome figure of Caribbean sports. At 53, she talks about continuing to compete for her new country, Slovenia, and this is OK.
For Jamaica and the Caribbean however, she represents the spirit of determination, zeal, quality character, extreme talent and poise that ought to be emulated by the young female athletes of the region.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, she visited and inspired athletes at Vere Technical, lauded the national stars, such as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and generally endeared herself to Jamaicans all over again. She has been forgiven for the most part, for becoming a resident of Slovenia.
A cart full of Olympic (nine) and World Championship (14) medals would certainly result in forgiveness. Rare talent was always evident in Ottey, but it was the stately way in which she carried herself, that as much as her exploits on the track, exemplified the true essence of the lady.
She functioned always with dignity and her majestic style was ultra special to world track and field.
Her visit should be a reminder of the significance of sports ambassadors. They, once given the opportunity, can do as much (by touring and speaking to young athletes) for nation building within the region as they did with their athletic talents. Governments ought to ensure that funds are allocated to enable this kind of connection with the young boys and girls in the countries, those expected to take over leadership roles in the future.
I salute Merlene Ottey!
I believe also that here in The Bahamas a strong effort should be made to keep former prominent athletic ambassadors like football's Ed Smith, basketball's Mychal Thompson and track's Dominic Demeritte in the mix.
Those former athletes and others ought to be subsidized to go throughout the country to give inspirational speeches to our youth.
Long after they are no longer at their competitive prime, they can make a difference positively, by reaching out to younger athletes and also boys and girls who are not athletically inclined.
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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.
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 ...
From the presentation to the creativity and the incorporation of tastes that Bahamians love, ensures that Munasan is a different Japanese experience than what people have become accustomed to.
The newest Japanese fusion restaurant at Superclubs Breezes on Cable Beach will make a sushi lover out of everyone that crosses its doorstep according to Superclubs Breezes executive chef Nigel Clarke. He believes people won't be able to get enough of what they are doing.
"What we're trying to do is make [the food at Munasan] a little more local," said Chef Clarke of the restaurant that officially opened its doors two weeks ago. The restaurant offers the standard Japanese restaurant sushi fare -- shumai, seaweed salad, miso soup, sashimi and sushi. But they have upped the ante with signature rolls -- spicy coconut shrimp roll, BBQ conch and pineapple roll, corn flake encrusted smoked salmon roll and their soft shell crab California roll -- that Chef Clarke said will entice people who aren't already sushi connoisseurs, but who are interested to try sushi, but are afraid, or hesitant, to try it.
"These rolls will draw them in to love sushi. When we did tasting, some of my staff had never tried a sushi roll until then. The perception was that it was raw, so they weren't going to try it. And now a lot of our guys have fallen in love with sushi rolls. Now they know that some rolls are actually cooked," he said.
An added feature that will make Munasan stand out from other Japanese restaurants around town is that Munasan has a create your own stir fry station. You choose your protein -- beef, pork, chicken, shrimp or tofu; choose your vegetables -- the server advises on the vegetable choices of the day; then you choose your sauce -- chili garlic, black bean, sweet and sour, Mongolian spicy ginger, Asian barbecue or Thai coconut curry.
It's a feature that Chef Clarke says makes for a lot of work and is risky, but he said they want to give a different experience because they realize people don't want to be limited.
And on the scope of different, where most folks would anticipate tempura (fried) ice cream for dessert, at Munasan they do a brownie roll (rolled with ice cream to look like a sushi roll), and they offer a mango-misu as opposed to a tiramisu.
"We wanted to be a little different ... a little unique. When people come in we want them to be able to say this is not what we'd get down the road. When people talk about coming to the Munasan, it's different and the taste has to be there," said Chef Clarke. He also said that presentation is important to them, but they want people to be able to see the plate, taste the food and want to come back.
"This is one of the smaller Japanese menus on the island in terms of what we offer. So for the create you own stir fry station, we have quite a number of sauces, and of course it can be a bit tedious, [especially if] you have a big table and everyone's having the same meat but different sauce. But people love options and we want to give them those options," he said.
Paramount to their decision on the menu he said was for them to understand the Bahamian taste buds and incorporate those tastes into what they would offer.
While the menu is indeed different from other Japanese offerings around town, Chef Clarke said it did not take long for Japanese chef Takeshi Tanabe to conceptualize their specialty rolls.
Edamame, shrimp and vegetable tempura, soft shell crab, agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu with agedashi sauce) and yaki hotate (sauted scallop with clear garlic-soy butter) are on the appetizer menu.
Green salad, seaweed salad, tofu salad and miso soup round out the soup and salad menu.
The Nigiri sushi is comprised of maguro (tuna), ebi (shrimp), unagi (eel), hamachi (yellow tail), shake (salmon) and kani (crab).
Hamachi, tuna and salmon comprise the sashimi offerings.
California roll (crab, cucumber and avocado), kappa maki (vegetable roll), spicy tuna roll (tuna, tobiko and spicy mayonnaise) and tempura roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber) are the maki sushi offerings.
Beef negimaki (grilled rolls of sliced beef with scallions), lobster tempura (lobster deep fried in batter) and ebi chili (sauteed black tiger shrimp with Japanese chili sauce) are served with white or brown rice.
Meal finishers offered with the brownie roll and mango-misu are the layered chocolate mousse and profiteroles.
Munasan is the brainchild of Mona Issa, daughter of John Issa, chairman of Superclubs Breezes Bahamas.
"Japanese is something she loves," said Chef Clarke. The Superclubs Breezes properties in Jamaica all have Japanese restaurants.
Presently, Munasan opens two days per week, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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.
- 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....
Mr. Philip Charlton "Phil" Burrows age 51 years of #13 Windward Road; Imperial Park Sea Breeze Estates will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 7:30pm at The United Christian Cathedral, Flamingo Gardens.
Garnet Funeral Service
Mr. Philip Charlton "Phil" Burrows age 51 years of #13 Windward Road; Imperial Park Sea Breeze Estates will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 9:45am at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Thomas P. Brislin C.P., assisted by Deacon Andrew Burrows will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
The Radiance of this "Garnet of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his:
Loving Wife of Twenty Three Years: Ida Rudell Armbrister-Burrows;
Three Brothers: David, Kevin and Brent Burrows;
Three Sisters: Jennifer Johnson, Donna McKenzie and Karen Burrows;
Three Nephews: Rodney Johnson Jr., Jonathan Burrows and Sven Ambrose;
Seven Nieces: Rhodnia Johnson, Samantha McKenzie, Esterleta, Keva, Kenesha, Lashanda and Dana Burrows;
Three Uncles: George W. W. Gardiner, George and Kendal Burrows;
Three Aunts: Mavis and Rose Burrows and Cynthia Holmes;
Grand Nephew: Garrett Johnson;
Grand Aunt: Clothilda Miller;
Father-in-law: Everette William Armbrister;
Brother-in-law: William Everette Armbrister;
Four Sisters-in-law: Sandra, Rose and Renee Armbrister and Janette Burrows;
Grandmother-in-law: Beulah Armbrister;
Uncle-in-law: Selwyn Armbrister;
Aunt-in-law: Lorna Armbrister;
Cousins: Marla, Keno and Anton Strachan, Jerry, Patricia and Kayla Rutherford, Carlene Holmes, Perry and Philipa Smith, Carol, Sonya, Kenneth, Kenyon, Jerinimo, Taj, Kishler and Tash Parker, Jamal and Adrian Miller, Betty and Kirk Horton, Jeremy Mullings, Erin Delancy, Darren Glinton, Demal Seymour, Jerice McDonald, Latoissa Humes, D'Andraha and Danielle;
Other loving family and friends including: Joycelyn Strachan and Family, Bernard and Nellie Brennen, Anton McKenzie, Debbie Farrington, Muntrella and DJ Woodard, Bishop Albert Hepburn and Family, United Christian Church Family, Rev. Charles Young and Family, Steven Strachan and Family Elizabeth Newbold, Llewlyn Newbold & Family, Roselyn Newbold & Family, Ruby Hepburn and Family, Wyndham Resort & Casino, Bahamas Electricity Corporation, Staff of Royal Bank of Canada, Bahamas Chapter IAAP, Aquinas College Class of 77, Lyford Cay Club, A. F. Adderley Class of 78, Christine Bain, Diane Albury, Sandra Dee Leadon, Don & Dot Major, Rosemary Roker, Ena Burrows, Yvonne Curry, Henry Williams, Nelson Brown, Dawn Gray and Family, Tanya Turnquest, Renee McKay, Shelley Pritchard, Alicia Green, Rose McDonald, Lynn Hunt, Princess Rahming, Helen and Dencil Barr, Lilly Burrows, Anzlo and Sharon Strachan, Sydney Forbes and Family, Judith Atkins & Family, Michael Moss & Family, The Brennen's, The Bamboo Town Community.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road of Friday, November 25, 2011 from 2pm to 6pm and at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 9:00am to service time.
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?
Perhaps many of the thousands of Bahamians who enthusiastically supported the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) last May and in the recent North Abaco by-election were under the impression (or delusion) that a win for the PLP and Perry...
, 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
Funeral Service for the Late Rosemary Barr Rodgers-Kerr, 74 years of Sands Addition, off Bernard Road will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. James Road. Pastor Leroy N. Nottage assisted by other Ministers of Religion will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by her Husband- Sidney Kenneth Kerr; Daughters - Janice Rodgers, Kim Kerr of Atlanta, Georgia, and Susanne Fraser; Sons - Kenwood, Glenroy, Sherwin, Justin, and Devon Kerr; Granddaughter - Sydnee Kerr; Grandsons - Kamron, Kito, Kohen and Ian Kerr, Amaras and Myles Fraser; Sisters - Dr. Enderly Bush, Boca Raton, Florida Villamae McKenzie Barretarre, Exuma, Patricia Cartwright, Linda Roker, Michelle Clarke, Marva Cleare, Monique Sweeting, Marcia Neymour; Brothers - Basil "BJ" Smith , George E. Rodgers of Nassau and Charles Rodgers, of Miami Florida; Aunts - Dot and Gertrude Rodgers, Leah Moss, Evelyn Hepburn, Anita Wilson (Bluff, Cat Island), Miriam Simmons, Minerva Rolle (Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island), Emerald Johnson and Carrie Cooper; Uncle: Joel Moss; Adopted daughters - Lillian Newbold, Nakia Kerr, Denise Burrows, Nicole Walker; Adopted granddaughters: Shantell Fawkes, Cookie Walkes, Taj, Marvia, Devontae, Gavonne, Najah, Devonique Kerr; Adopted Grandsons: Neko Duncombe, Naimman Butler; Adopted Sisters - Dorothy Clarke, Helen Johnson, Hanna Johnson , Patricia Bethel, Joanne Moss, Princess Adderley; Adopted Brothers - Lawrence Ash, Cresell Clarke; Sisters -in -law - Carolyn, Leona, Barbara Rodgers of Nassau, and Tawana Rodgers of Florida; Brothers -in-law -Wendell McKenzie of Barretarre Exuma, Captain Neville Taylor, Thomas Dorsett of Hallandale Florida, Rev. Hartman Brown; Daughters in law: Ingrid Kerr, Emma Jane, Sophia Kerr; Son in law - Marcus Fraser; Nieces- Rose Richards, Lissandra, Mellissa, Francine, Monique and Coramae Taylor, Patrice Drake, Nina, Cherry, Denise Dorsette, Sandra, Deidre, Jayannne , Kelly, and Keisha Rodgers, Janice Rodgers - Bowleg of New Jersey, Crystal Hicks of Vancouver, Anishca Strachan, Canada, Essiemae Missick, Cynthia and Dee McKenzie, Jane, Sheena, Nychohie, and Basily Smith of Miami, Portia, Dominic, Teka and Lisa Smith of Nassau, Cheryl Brown, Brigeanne, and Linda Clarke, Marcia, Angie, Keva of Nassau, and Dr. Lisa Richards of New York, Heslyn and Sandra Mackey, Debbie Harris - Dorsett, Dr. Lejia Strachan-Gonzales; Nephews: Anthony, Don, Mark, Patrick, Howard, Bernard Dorsett of Hallandale Florida, Charles, Neville "Big John", Whitney "Suck" , Jeffery, Warren and Darren Taylor, Kermit "KC" Strachan, Kevin Cumberbatch of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Vincent "Red", Rodney, and Earle McKenzie, Billy and Stephen Cartwright, Junior and Mark Rodgers of Atlanta, Gregory Rodgers of Kansas, Albert and Darren Rodgers of Miami Florida, Dwayne, Darren, Sean Rodgers, Jason and Edmond Rodgers, Patrick and Daryl Rolle, Noel Brown, Michael, Gary, and Devon Clarke, Marvin Mackey, Wilton Richards and Derek Farrington, KC Strachan Jr., Vincent Harris; Cousins- Leo, Sidney, Terrance, Don, Michael, Roy, George, Leo, Charles, Audley and Bernard Rodgers, Jackie, Ginger, Gina, Jillian Rodgers, Jefford and Jane Musgrove, Alvina Johnson of Hollywood Florida, Alfred, Donnie, Estelle and Edwin Barr of Florida, Phyllis and Romeo Thompson, Alrick, Marlin, Leslie, Quincy Johnson of Hollywood Florida, Leslie Smith of Atlanta, Phyllis, Edward, Lean, and Lettice Clarke, Maryanne Clarke,Hansel Strachan, (Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island), Junior and Dean Wilson, Roderick, Kenneth, Berkeley, Philip Rolle, Gary Cooper, Prince and John, Broomfield Clewiston , Florida, Catherine Cooper, Agatha Marcell, , Helen Johnson, Martharine and Ruthmae (Hamburg, Germany) Gloria Cooper -Smith, Janet Broomfield-Taylor, Clewiston, Florida, Agnes Wilson, Evelyn Wilson of Abaco, Terry Thompson, Anthony Finlayson and Thelma Thompson; Adopted Children and Families: Glen Harding, Father Kari Marcel, Doris, Cruz, Nicky, Shelly and Tonya Farah, Dario and Simon Rolle, Clarice Sandi, Alice Lowe, Timothy and Aisha Fitzgerald, Stanley Hall, Patrick, Wesley and Perez Donald, Elaine Sonia, Patrice and Desiree Thompson, Humes, Curtis, Campbell and Pople, Pinder, and Davis families of Sands Addition, Eric Carey, Stuart Bowe, Dewey Taylor, Trevor Burgzog, Stephen Thompson, Stephen Fountain, Anthony Ferguson, Micheal Angelo Burrows, Derek Bede Sands, Dennis Deal, Clarice Hanna-Cooper, Kelly Ingraham - Knowles, Pandora Berkley- Glasford of Bermuda, Guilden Gilbert, Dwayne " The Pearl" Provo of Toronto, Sean and Neil Musgrove, Eric "Furley" Adderley, The Pros Football Club, Leroy, Joe, George and Marlin Major, Delores Ward, Bishop Lestor Cox, Burton Sands; Other relatives and Friends: residences of Rolletown, The Hermitage, Stuart manor Exuma, the Rolle, Bodie's, Clarkes, Marshalls, Musgroves, Brice, Fergusons, Stirrups, Barr, Humes, Sears families of Exuma. McDonalds, Thurston, Strachan, Wilson, Rolle, Kerr, Bannister, Newbold, Campbell, and Hepburn families of Cat Island, Duncombe and Rodgers families of Kemps Bay Andros, Cooper Family of Farrington Road , Kerr Family of Clewiston Florida, Prince and Pat Kerr & family, Gus Outten & family, Anne Curtis and Hazel Moore of Freeport Grand Bahama, Rev. Dr. Charles Sanders & family, Millicent Ferguson, Komal "Koey" Smith, Les Knowles, Freetown Lane families Sands Addition neighbors, Madalyn and David Barr & family, Angela Tynes & family, Ronald and Constance Seymour & family, Daniel Boone Ross, and Scott Shields, Natalie Rolle and Judy Smith, Shirley, Sally, Ricky, Peter Fox, Dockside Warehouse Staff - Mrs. Bain, Sands, Ferguson, Delancey, Grant, Williams, and Cheryl.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, $44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
The Grand Bahama Shipyard is in discussions with oil companies to store and repair rigs, with Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) among its possible clients.
According to a top executive, the venture would offer further diversification to the already booming shipyard.
Reuben Byrd, senior vice president of operations at the shipyard, confirmed to Guardian Business that the East Beach facility would be designed to accept oil rigs for maintenance.
"We've had some inquiries," he said.
"So we're looking at moving into that sector. We are going through the audit process as part of a qualification. They check our safety programs and they check our procedures. They would store rigs here when they come in for repairs."
Byrd explained that British Petroleum and Shell are performing the audits, along with further inquiries from local oil explorers at BPC.
He said the rigs at the shipyard would not necessarily be bound for The Bahamas, but also other drilling hot spots, such as the Gulf of Mexico.
Grand Bahama is less than 250 kilometers from the U.S., making the top-notch facility ideal for the job. Meanwhile, BPC is poised to drill an exploratory well this time next year if it hopes to fulfill specific criteria embedded in its drilling license.
The shipyard executive told Guardian Business that going into the oil rig business is being seen as an effective avenue of diversification. He called the business "a really great opportunity that would enhance our business model".
At present, Byrd reported that the shipyard has seen a slight drop in profitability in the second quarter, "but not anything earth shattering". He said the docks remain full as the cruise industry and other vessels increasingly seek repairs.
Over the last three years, executives at the shipyard have reported major revenue increases, rising from $80 million in 2008 to $130 million in 2011. The site is capitalizing on its close proximity to the U.S. and a noticeable trend whereby cruise lines turn to repairs and renovations rather than purchasing new vessels.
On Saturday, the shipyard arranged for two, 40-tonne propellers to be shipped over to Italy on The Antonov 124-100, one of the largest cargo planes in the world.
Byrd said the facility was simply storing the giant propellers for the cruise industry. The job was only worth "a few thousand dollars", he added, but the real incentive is to help out the cruise industry and put its diverse business offerings on display.
The Grand Bahama Shipyard is also in the midst of a $4 million development of a North Beach facility to accommodate the demand.
"The expansion permitting is in place, but we haven't gone at it full bore yet," he told Guardian Business.
The shipyard currently employs 800 people, 300 of which are Bahamian.