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September 14, 2013
9/11 film to make world premiere in Nassau

The world premiere of "9/11: Experts Speak Out" will be hosted in Nassau on Thursday, September 19 by the film's director, Richard Gage, AIA, an architect for 24 years, and an acclaimed speaker and founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth).
Gage will be answering questions at the reception following the movie, which will be screened at Galleria Cinema, JFK, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The film was compiled with the co-operation of 2,000 architects and engineers who question the official story of what happened to the three skyscrapers in the tragic occurrence now known simply as 9/11.
Having painstakingly examined forensic evidence, data and eye witness accounts, this group of dedicated professionals said it has reached the stunning conclusion that the catastrophic structural failures were the result of pre-planted explosives in all three skyscrapers.
The organization claims it exposes evidence of the explosive demolition of all three World Trade Center skyscrapers and documents how the official FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) reports provide incomplete and fraudulent accounts of the destruction of all three towers.
AE911Truth points in particular to the destruction of the third skyscraper, World Trade Center 7, a 47-story building which was not hit by an aircraft, yet came nearly straight down symmetrically, and in pure free-fall for more than 100 feet -- per NIST, after explosions were heard by witnesses. These professionals base their conclusions solely on forensic evidence and do not speculate about who may have been responsible.
AE911Truth's conclusions are shared by thousands of scientists; senior-level military, intelligence, and
government officials; pilots and aviation professionals; firefighters; scholars and university professors; 9/11 survivors and their family members; and other professionals around the world.
The implications are profound and deeply meaningful not only for all Americans who love their country but for all citizens worldwide who are more and more interested in seeking the truth from their governments, fuelled by Wikileaks and other revelations.
The 9/11 Truth Movement, which Time magazine in 2006 called "a mainstream political reality," continues to gain momentum.
As AE911Truth's influence grows, Gage has delivered more than 300 live speaking presentations, covering 42 states and 27 countries. A show of hands at each of these events reveals that most attendees who had originally believed the official version of events were deeply challenged by this myth-shattering information.
The organization has hosted exhibits at architectural conventions in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and has educated thousands of architects and engineers and AE911TRUTH helped raise $250,000 for an ad campaign, "ReThink 911." the centerpiece for which is a billboard in New York City's Times Square asking: "Did You Know a 3rd Building Fell on 9/11?"

o For more information, visit AE911truth.org. and rethink911.org.

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May 26, 2012
Rain puts a damper on softball schedule

Executives of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) will have to determine when the association's next two games will be played.
The rainy weather has already forced them to postpone four games, two of which they planned to play last night. If the rain continues, today's games will be in jeopardy. The four games that were re-scheduled were supposed to be played on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
When Guardian Sports spoke to Arthur Johnson, public relations officer at the NPSA early yesterday, he was scheduled to inspect the fields hours before the first pitch in Friday night's game.
He said: "We hope to play this evening (Friday) for the games that should have been played on Tuesday that were rained out. We had put those games for Wednesday, but they were rained out again and the only available day was today (Friday). Right now everything is looking pretty good. The sun is out and the guys are opening the field to see if it will dry. As a matter of fact, I am headed there in about 30 minutes to inspect.
"We are actually four games behind because Tuesday's games were rained out and this was the case for Thursday's games. Two games are played on each day so we are just four games behind our regular schedule."
Up to press time, it was not confirmed if the two games that were scheduled for last night were played. Johnson and crew were keeping their fingers crossed hoping that Mother Nature would give them a break so Saturday's games could take place.
With a holiday on Monday and one again on Friday, Johnson said he is not worried and that the two days should not affect the league. He confirmed that there will be no changes in the playing schedule.
"We didn't have any games scheduled for the holidays," he added. "The holidays would not affect us because we play Tuesday and we still have games scheduled for Saturday. The holidays might affect teams, but each roster holds 21 to 25 men or women.
"So if you have a team and some of their players are going away, they still have sufficient players so that game can still happen. And we haven't gotten any requests from teams asking for their games to be postponed due to other commitments. So we are still on schedule, the weather is the only thing that would hold us up."
Overall, Johnson likes how the play in the league is going. Last Tuesday, the YII Shipping Wildcats were set to take on the Lady Hit-Men. The feature game would bring the Miller Rams against the Mighty Mitts. Thursday's schedule had the ASAP Assassins and the YII Shipping Wildcats taking the field, followed by the Bommer G Operators and the Black Scorpions.

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July 06, 2013
Goodman's murder trial adjourned

The trial of a man accused of the murder of an 11-year-old boy who went missing was adjourned due to his lawyer's illness.
Kofhe Goodman, 38, is on trial for the murder of Marco Archer, whose family last saw him alive when he left home to visit a neighborhood store on September 23, 2011.
Police found a child's decomposing body in bushes behind the condominium complex where Goodman lived on September 28.
They also found clothing similar to those that Marco's mother said he was wearing when she last saw him.
The clothes were found in a garbage bag in front of the complex, according to evidence.
Geoffrey Farquharson, who represents Goodman, said he could not proceed with the case because of sinus congestion.
He also complained that Goodman had not eaten at the prison for three days.
Farquharson had previously claimed that officials at the prison had refused to accept food from Goodman's relatives and he had been denied access to the commissary.
However, prison officials produced a log of the items received for Goodman and purchased by him to dispute this claim.
Presiding Justice Bernard Turner adjourned the trial to Monday over objections from Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions.

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September 21, 2013
Sit-in at Carlton Francis Primary

Teachers at Carlton Francis Primary School staged a sit-in yesterday over issues that included a "severe shortage of teachers" and a lack of adequate furniture for students.
Several teachers, who spoke to The Nassau Guardian on condition of anonymity, said some students are forced to stand or sit on the floor in classrooms because of a lack of chairs.
They also claimed that teachers in grades one and two have to move between classrooms because there are not enough instructors.
As the teachers stood behind the school gates, a group of about 20 parents stood on the other side demanding that the Ministry of Education address the concerns.
Other issues include a poor drainage system, mold in the classrooms, a leaking roof and the lack of a pedestrian crossing, the teachers and parents claimed.
Morgan Brooks, whose child is in the first grade at the school, said the lack of furniture at the start of the school year is inexcusable.
"Tell the minister (of education) to bring his chair from his office for my child to sit in," she said. "Bring his desk from his office for my child to sit at.
"Instead of focusing on cutting my teachers' [salaries], let's cut his salary for our roof because it is leaking... Bring us some furniture. Some of the children don't even have a desk to sit at. We need action and we need it now."
Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald said the ministry recently received cabinet approval for the purchase of about $800,000 worth of furniture.
"From time to time we do have these issues that unfortunately schools have to deal with," he said.
"It's not to the point where we feel like it will impact the level of education...But we should have those matters addressed throughout the country."
As it relates to any other issues the teachers may have, Fitzgerald said he has asked Director of Education Lionel Sands to go to the school and meet with them.
"I want to get a full report before I make any determination," he said.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President Sharmaine Adderley said the problems at the school have been simmering for years.
"We've gotten promises year after year," Adderley said. "That's why we haven't said anything.
"This is the first three weeks of school and we find teacher shortages through the roof, teachers having to be taken to hospital for high blood pressure; we have to do something about it.
"Our teachers are standing here because they want to teach. This is not a lazy staff. These are workers. These are good teachers. So we are asking for them to step forward and get these things done. Bring in the people."
One angry father stormed on campus and brought out broken pastic chairs he claimed that second graders are forced to sit in. He placed the chairs in the middle of the road.
Shantell Mackey, who has two children who attend the school, noted the possibility of injuries that those chairs pose to the children.
"You see those prongs sticking out," she said, pointing at the broken chairs. "Can you imagine what type of injury a child can get?
"I really want the ministry to come and deal with issues that are happening with this school."
Shelly Anderson, who has a son in grade two, said it seems as if her child is only being entertained at school.
Anderson said she has yet to see evidence that he is learning anything.
"Every day I pick him up from school and I ask him, 'what did you do in school' or I look in his book and there is nothing. He says 'mommy they take me into the library and we watch movies'."
The school has just over 1,000 students and 46 teachers.
The sit-in follows similar action at Stephen Dillet and Uriah McPhee primary schools this week over conditions at those institutions.

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July 17, 2013
Goodman's lawyer questions quality of officer's investigation

A missing boy was not seen on surveillance footage taken from a gas station near his home, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Bernard Bonamy told the jury hearing the case of murder accused Kofhe Goodman that he learned that Marco Archer was not seen on the footage from the Texaco Service Station, a street away from his Brougham Street home.
Marco, 11, was last seen alive on September 23, 2011. Police found remains that prosecutors say are his in bushes behind Goodman's home on September 28, 2011.
Goodman has denied the murder charge at his trial before Justice Bernard Turner.
During Bonamy's third day on the witness stand, Goodman's lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson continued to question the quality of the investigation conducted by him.
Bonamy said he did not view the surveillance footage but learned during a briefing that Marco was not seen on it.
Farquharson suggested that this meant that there was no evidence that Marco went missing from where his family said he disappeared from.
Garvin Gaskin, the deputy director of public prosecutions, objected, saying that was not the evidence before the court.
Gaskin also pointed out that there was no evidence of where the surveillance cameras were directed or the quality of the images captured.
Farquharson also asked why family members were not considered suspects. Bonamy said he saw no need to, adding that things were done to determine whether Marco was "missing or a runaway".

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July 20, 2013
Witness testifies via videolink in murder trial

A Jamaican man accused of fatally shooting a man made repeated visits to a home in Nassau Village asking for his victim, according to prosecution witnesses.
Derrick Paul Suer is on trial for the June 22, 2010 murder of Geraltoe Johnson. He has pleaded not guilty at his trial before Justice Indra Charles.
According to Phillipa Culmer and Robertha Stubbs, a tall, slim man dressed in blue jeans, an orange shirt and white tennis came to their home inquiring about the "short dark boy with the rims".
Both witnesses said after telling the man that Johnson was not home, the stranger, who spoke with a Jamaican accent, came back several times to see if he had returned.
Culmer said she became uneasy when she noticed a bulge under the man's shirt that she believed was a gun. However, she did not call the police.
Later that night, Stubbs said she was at the computer when she heard gunshots. Stubbs said she looked through the window and saw the same man shooting at Johnson in the street.
Stubbs said Johnson tried to run away. After the shooting, the man fled through a track road, according to Stubbs.
Stubbs refuted suggestions by Suer's lawyer that she did not have a clear view of the shooter.
She agreed, however, that the other suspects on the police lineup did not resemble Suer.
Both Culmer and Stubbs picked out Suer in separate identification parades, the court heard. Both witnesses testified via videolink from the Attorney General's Office.
Charles told the jury not to reach any conclusions because the witnesses did not testify in the court.
The trial continues on Monday.
Kevin Farrington and Anishka Hanchell are prosecuting.

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July 04, 2013
'Where did the 400 jobs go at the Bimini casino'

DEPUTY FNM leader Loretta Butler-Turner is asking what happened to the 400 jobs promised by the government upon the opening of the Resorts World Bimini Casino.

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November 12, 2013
Man wanted for questioning

POLICE are asking the public to help them locate 35-year-old Timothy Stubbs of Garden Hills, who they want to question in a stealing and death threat case.

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May 14, 2013
Family asks: Did you see kayaker before he vanished

THE family of Anthony (Tony) Hepburn, 72, who disappeared from Clifton Bay on Sunday, May 5, is asking anyone who might have seen him to contact the police or the family.

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May 16, 2013
Lawyer: Moss' NIB directive violated act

A directive from then National Insurance Board (NIB) Chairman Gregory Moss ordering NIB to issue a $15,000 guarantee to help pay for emergency heart surgery for a Grand Bahama woman last July, violated the National Insurance Act and Regulations, according to a legal opinion obtained by Grant Thornton (Bahamas).
The opinion, from attorney Heather Maynard, is a part of a forensic report completed by Grant Thornton.
The chartered accountants examined allegations made against Moss by NIB Director Algernon Cargill.
The allegations are a part of an affidavit Cargill filed last November when he took legal action against Moss and NIB.
In an interview with auditors, Moss maintained that his instructions did not violate the act because he was authorized by the board to enter into any contract up to $50,000.
In February, Moss told auditors that he did not know the patient who needed the surgery, had met her once after the surgery, and that if he saw her again he would not recognize her.
Moss said he first met the woman after her surgery when she approached him and hugged him while he was with Environment Minister Ken Dorsett in Freeport.
"When he did not recognize her she said that she is the woman whose life [he] saved by helping to pay for the surgery at the Doctors Hospital and she showed him her scar," said the report tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday by Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson.
"[Moss] said he remembers the woman's daughter from having seen her at rallies in Freeport and having collected a thank you card from her on behalf of her mother.
"He said that he would not recognize the woman who received the surgery if he sees her again because that was the first and only time that he met her."
Moss said the issuance of the guarantee happened on a Saturday.
According to the auditors' report, Dr. Kevin Bowe, vice president of NIB's medical department, told the auditors that Moss had said there was a provision in the act giving him the authority to approve the guarantee and that he would go back to the board members afterwards.
According to the report, Moss said he subsequently discussed this matter with Minister Gibson and advised the minister that he would not bother asking the Board of NIB to approve the sum as a donation, but would simply pay it himself.
He said that he and the minister agreed that a third party would issue a $15,000 check to Doctors Hospital in order to preserve his (Moss') anonymity, and he then issued a personal check for $15,000 to reimburse the third party.

Allegations
In the report, Moss also defended his decision to hire an assistant, Franklyn Laing, with an annual salary of $40,000.
According to the report, Minister Gibson approved the hire.
Moss said when he was appointed chairman he told the minister that it was prudent that he bring along someone who could assist him in "understanding the lay of the land".
"He said that Mr. Laing's role was to help him understand the personalities of the people inside NIB and that he did that job," the report said.
"[Moss'] recollection was that the total effort was completed in the month of August."
In his affidavit, Cargill said this was the first time an NIB chairman had a personal assistant and claimed that Moss' recommended compensation to Laing was outside his scale of work.
Laing was hired in July 2012. His appointment with NIB ended in September.
Another allegation made by Cargill related to Moss' travel to Mangrove Cay, Andros, on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
Cargill claimed the trip was not connected to NIB business.
Cargill said he learnt that Moss went to Andros for a political meeting, but was given an NIB per diem of $250.
Cargill said NIB executive Theresa Burrows advised him to be aware of any request for subsistence payments to Moss for this non-NIB related travel.
However, Moss told the auditors that the trip was NIB-related "because his purpose of coming to Mangrove (Cay) was to inspect the NIB facility under construction".
"He also addressed a gathering that evening on NIB related matters and reported the trip to the Board at the next sitting of the Board," the report said.
"Also, he said that the minister told him that NIB should have a presence in all of the islands."
The auditors said it is "important to remember that the chairman of NIB is the chairman of NIB Bahamas and not of NIB Nassau.
"Mr. Gregory Moss had a board of director's approved spending limit of $50,000 and the thought that he would need authorization from an employee at NIB to travel within The Bahamas, request per diem for that travel and obtain prior permission from NIB staff when hosting fellow Board of Directors at a hotel is not practical."

Defence
Moss also explained to the auditors why he directed Cargill to purchase a vehicle from Friendly Ford for him to use while in New Providence.
He said that Cargill told him there was no designated company car for the chairman and that he would have to choose one.
Moss said he chose a car from the Ford dealership and an employee emailed the invoice to Cargill.
He said the vehicle was always parked at the airport in the parliamentary parking section when he was not in Nassau.
Cargill also raised concerns about Moss' "unusual" charges on a corporate credit card and said it appeared that NIB was paying Moss $125 per diem for days when he came to Nassau for parliamentary sessions.
However, Moss told the investigators that any time he came to the capital at NIB's expense "he engaged in NIB related business" or was at NIB for meetings or work.
Moss also said he never sought parliamentary reimbursement for NIB-related travel.
"He only used the NIB credit card for hotel charges and travel (airfare) expenses when he traveled to Nassau on short notice when it was too late to book those travels through the NIB office as, for example, when he had to meet with someone on NIB business or when he was called by the minister to meet with him on a NIB matter," the report said.
The report also detailed Moss' credit card activity.
Among other charges amounting to $2,621.39 it shows billings to the Hilton hotel in Nassau of $400.44 on August 4, 2012; $690.46 on August 17, 2012 and $138.22 on August 24, 2012.
The report relating to the allegations against Moss consists mainly of his denials of wrongdoing and his explanations of various matters that transpired while he was chairman.
Moss said his actions were not personal though, as they were sanctioned by the Board of NIB.
While much of the report outlines Moss' responses to the allegations made by Cargill, the auditors made few conclusions or findings on these accusations.
While Cargill claimed that Moss' actions toward him were designed to frustrate him in the execution of his duties, Moss denied "any of his actions were of malicious intent".
The auditors interviewed Moss on February 7, 2013.

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