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April 26, 2012
Joseph Millard Woodside, 83

DEATH NOTICE
Joseph Millard Woodside age 83 years of #12 Hibiscus Ave and formerly of Sweetings Cay, Grand Bahama died at his residence on Tuesday April 24th, 2012. 

He is predeceased by his wife: Monica Woodside and daughter: Rosette Woodside-Benoit.
He is survived by his children: Judith Woodside-Scavella, Linda Woodside-Major, Melony Woodside, Carol Woodside-Phillips, Joanne Woodside-Powell, Joseph Woodside Jr., Dawn Johnson and Dianne Wooside; sisters: Zelma Wood and Theresa Poiter; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and numerous relatives and friends.

Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.

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April 12, 2012
John T. McCartney, 73

Funeral service for Dr. John T. McCartney, 73 yrs., a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania & formerly of Nassau, Bahamas, who died on 28th March, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Enrique McCartney. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Left to cherish his memories and celebrate his life of passion and purpose are: Wife: Leona Janet McCartney; Son: Dr. John N. McCartney; Adopted Daughter: Anja MossSon in Law: Dwayne Moss; Sisters: Ellen Rosemary McCartney, Patricia Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pauline Wallace- Saunders of Miramar, Florida; Brothers: Dr. James McCartney, Reginald McCartney of Brooklyn, New York, Wilfred McCartney; Lifelong Friends and Brothers: Mr. Lindop McPhee, Attorney Anthony Thompson and Mr. Nathanial Arthur; Nieces and Nephews: Tanya McCartney, Dr. Lisa Bazin (Hans), Dr. Christin Peterson (Keith), Bridgette and Jahan Johnson, Fr. Enrique McCartney (Brenda), Juan McCartney, Erica Murphy (Milton) of Dallas Texas, Khadeja Goz, Arkangelo and Essengo Goz of Tulsa Oklahoma, James Jr., Matthew and Dr. Francinia McCartney, Jereme Wallace ( Latasha) of Kentucky USA, Tiffany and Jenece Wallace, Melvin Jefferson and JoNell Saunders of Miramar Florida, Kwame McCartney (Kay) of Brooklyn New York, Patricia Farrington, Cindy Thompson, Cassandra Gordon, Marjorie Johnson, Gina Darville, Kim & Patrice Greene, Joan Delancey, Eugenie Ellis, Andronike Greene, Deborah Greene DeGourney, Angela Greene Sawyer, Shirley Greene, Hazel Chea, Helen Newbold, Patricia Burrows and Tera Rahming, John Neely, Raymond Rolle, Glen, Cleveland, John, Sterling, Wayde, Spencer, Ian, Al, Shawn, Ernest and Gregory Greene, Joseph Moxey, Rudy, Mark and Raymond Greene, Jere Bowe, Jeffrey, Jason, Eugene and Jomar Greene, Dr. Melvin Rahming and John "Money" Greene.Sisters in Law: Norma McCartney, Sheralyn McCartney, and Joan Bowe. Brothers in Law: Dr. John A. Johnson, Arkangelo Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Peter Saunders of Miramar, Florida. Cousins: Ena and Constance McCartney, Beulah Dean, Mrs. Brenda Carey of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Percilla King, Ronald, Kenneth, Kirk Freddie and Henry Jean McCartney, Norma - Lee Johnson and family, Bessie Mae Grant and family, Bryl Moss and family, Marilyn Munroe and family, Godfrey Major and Wilfred Major and James Major of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Burton Smith and Family, Gloria Smith and Family, James Edwin Smith and Family, Mrs. Gweneth Munnings, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. James, Archie and Lorenza Carey, Ms. Clementine Carey-Butler, Dr. Timothy McCartney, William and Clinton McCartney , Ann Cancino, Mavis Bowe, Cora Mae Major and Joan Adderley , Mr. Marcus Cooper, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney, Charles and Maud McCartney, The children of the late Vivian Moss and The entire McCartney Family Association. Other Relatives and Friends: Sir. Arlington Butler, Mr. Charles Fawkes, Lionel and Wallis Carey, The Faculty and Staff of Lafayette College in particular the Government and Law Department, Dr. Rex Ahene, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, Mr. Paul Panto, The Faculty and Staff of the College of the Bahamas including Mr. Michael Stevenson, Dr. Ian Strachan, Jessica Minnis, Dr. Olivia Saunders. Fr. James Moultrie and the St. Matthews Anglican Parish staff, Shirley and Leo Woods, Miss. Nicey Brown, Mr. Malcolm Adderley, Mr. Arthur Hamilton, Mr. Peter Sturrup, Mrs. Esmerelda Rutherford, Mrs. Mary Johnson, The residents of Hepburn's Alley and Andros Avenue and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.

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April 26, 2012
Jacquelyn Shirla Culmer Jackie, 49

Funeral Service for the late Jacquelyn Shirla Culmer affectionately called "Jackie" age 49 years of Millennium Gardens and formerly of Arthur's Town, Cat Island will be held on Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 2:00pm at Christ the King Parish Church, Ridgeland Park, West. Officiating will be Rev. Canon Curtis Robinson assisted by Archdeacon Ranfurly Brown, Father Sebastian Campbell and Father Bradley Miller. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
 Her memories will forever linger in the hearts of her children: Lithera, Mrs. Floydena Rolle, Jermaine; son-in-law: Deangelo Rolle; Adopted Mother: Martha Sands; Fiancé: ASP Gregory Johnson; Three Grandchildren: Denielle, Kaymark Jr., and Deangelo Jr. Brothers:  Kenton Thurston, Russell Franks Richard, Dr. Kirtland Dr. Leslie, Addison, R.H. Jr., Sandford, Winston Sr. Kendal, George, Vincent, Stuart, Eardley, Edwin, Raymond and Llewelyn; Sisters: Mrs. Velma Johnson  Mrs. Grace Russell, Ann, Jan, Vernell, Patricia, Pauline, Adina, Edwina, Mavis, Ethlyn, and Ingrid; sister-in-law: Patricia, Rachel,  Beverley, Iris,  Mary, Sylvia, Evalyn, Karen, Mona, Bonaventure, Darlene, Coralese; brothers-in-law: Michael, Alvin; Nieces and Nephews: Kenrico, Kendreka, Alvin Jr., Christopher, Aydan, Rickend, Ashtin, Lauren, Gabrielle, Kenton Jr., Eric, Trevor, Winston Jr., Monique, Dr. Dawn, Dennis, Denise Culmer, Denise Hafidh, Desiree, Tamika, Lynell, Sarah, Janet, Angela, Adina, Dr. Rusanne, Nicole, Lisa, Cheryl, Monique, Dr. Dawn, Cara, Ebony, Sanique, Anishka, Que, Janur, Gill, Rhumer, Jhanell, Christi, Aioki, Hedda, Lisa, Arlene, Ellen, Gigi, Brittney, Nadia, Antonia, Courtney, Leslie, Donielle, Kristianne, Vaughn, Quentin, Ken, James, Raymond, Jason, Jabbah, Kevin, Kirtland II, Andrew, Jules, Allison, Kyle, Christophe, Dwan, Alejandro, Ray Jr., Jackson, Croix, Cruz, H. Campbell III, Robin, Troy, LaRon, Rashad, Brian, Mark; nieces in-laws: Janea, Marrissa; Three Grandnieces: Kenece, Kenria, and Shamare. One Grandnephew: Blake; Aunts and Uncles: Elijah, James, Cleophas, Emily, Sheba, Albena, and Roselda Moxey, Jack Franks; aunt and uncle-in-laws: Leah, Maeoni, Shari, and Allworth; Cousins: Paul, Cozetta, Vincent, Kemuel, Lyndon, Patrice, Georgina, Rose, Richard, Hubert, Michael, Daphane, Donna, Brian, Prescott, Melainie, Ian, Melverne, Sandra, Morlan, Nigel, Mandell, Alcindor, Alphanette, Sherry, Nolan, Kingsley, Hugo, Tanya, Sharlene, Marvin, Stanley, Tara, Carla, Hazel, Michael, Christa, Terrance, Cloyd, Pearl, Sherdon, Anya, Anton, Ramon, Roland, Earl, Cheryl, Daria, James, Raquel, Kenya, Jamaal, Jerome, Jeremy, Jaleel, Jammie, Dario, George, Zona, Sidney, Edna, Fritz, Augusta, Claudia, Clarri, Betty, Carmen, Jose, John, Cleophas, Rhoda, Suzanne Numerous Relatives and Friends including: George Thurston, Cannon Robinson, Father Eldon, Father I. Ranfurly Brown, Father S. Sebastion Campbell, The members of Christ the King Anglican Church,  Derek Edgecombe, Debbie Edgecombe, Carla and Roy Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Patricia, The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Vicky, Julie, Enadell Lundy and family, Floyd Walker, The Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Michelle, DaRhen, Michelle Ifill, Lisa, Tamali, Dencil Lewis, The Sands Family, The Eneas Family, Garnelle Gregory, Liz McKenzie and Family, Beverly Maura, Suline Smith, Mr. Basil Dean and Family, The Department of Meteorology Family, Joyce and Andrea and Family, Maxine Young and Family, Marie, The Campbell Family, Francine Rahming and Family, The Staff of Female Medical II and the Dialysis Department, The Straw Market Family, and the entire community of Arthur's Town, Cat Island and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.Viewing will be held in the Celestial Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and at the church on Sunday from 12:30pm until service time.

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May 03, 2012
James Frederick Strachan, 65

Funeral service for Mr. James Frederick Strachan, 65 yrs., a resident of Victoria Gardens, who died on 16th April, 2012, will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, West Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Father Glen C. Nixon. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Left to cherish his memory, are his two daughters Mrs. Marcie McPhee and Mrs. Carlene Jane Parnther of Georgia; Sons-in law:Apostle Sterling McPhee and Neal Parnther; Grand Children: Shalom, Chairo, and Charis McPhee, Kayla and Jordon Parnther of Georgia; Sisters: Mrs. Lorraine Hepburn, Mrs.Gertrude Rolle-Wilson & Ms. Maria Strachan; Brothers: Solomon, Kevin & Anthony Strachan; Aunt: Mrs.Delores Johnson; Nieces: Therese Hepburn, Lynette Hepburn, Sophia Rolle, Mrs. Lisa Turnquest (Lionel) of Freeport, Patrell Hepburn- Sullivan (Michael) and Anthonique Strachan. Nephews: Gregory Fernander, Anthony Rolle, Elrod Hepburn Sr. (Ginger), Anwar Rolle (Patrice), Michael Strachan, Lamont Strachan, Alcott Wilson Jr., Anthony Strachan Jr., Kristen Strachan; Grand Nephews & Nieces: Kenton Taylor, Kristen Hepburn, Eirich Walker, Elrod Hepburn Jr., Tristen Strachan, Bravente, Antonio, Deangelo, Travier, and Anthony (T.J.) Rolle, Kaden Taylor, Armani and London Rolle of New York, Kayneshia and Gia Hepburn and Sanaa Gardiner; Brothers-in-law: Alcott Wilson and Jay Koment; Cousins: Mrs. Mary Armbrister & Family, Ms. Grace Kemp, Bertram Kemp & Family, P. Anthony White and Family, Carolia John of Virginia & Family, Mrs. Jane Petronia (Pet) Johnson and Family, Mrs. Brenda Banks (Ron) and Family, Mrs. Gloria Johnson (Charles) & Family, Ms. Sharon Johnson of Abaco & Family, Mr. George Johnson (Mini) of Abaco & Family, Edward Johnson & Family, Mrs. Andrea Adderley & Family, Barbara Johnson, Ernestine, Phillip and Vernett Bethel, Mrs. Geneva Bethel-Johnson, Betty, Peter, Michael, Cyprian, John, Audley Jr., Clement, Chris, Theresa and Margaret Kemp & the entire Kemp Family, Mr. & Mrs. Agatha Rodgers & Family, Mrs. Rose Ferguson, Mrs. Cecilia Cooper, Mrs. Miriam Johnson of New Jersey and Family, Mrs. Frances Rex (God sister) & Family of New Jersey, Linda, Teddy and Eddie Thompson, Carl Armbrister of Florida and Family, Mrs. Helen Giles (Anthony) of Florida, Wendy, Donna, Daphne, Benjamin, Robert (Bobbie), Kelly (Anita) of Virginia, Dr. Adair Johnson of Georgia and Family, John, Ernest, Dennis, Andrew, Rose, Susan Gilbert and the entire Gilbert Family of Ross Corner, Sharon, Agatha (ZeZe) Alfred, Tony, Paul & Dwight Smith & their Families, Kenneth Herious Jr. & Family, Fredrick Clarke Jr. and Family, Mrs. Crystal Strachan & Family, Douglas Wilkinson of New York, Family of the late James (Jim) Russell; Special Family & Friends: Lillis Strachan, Barbara Harvey, Mary Clarke, Sir Orville Turnquest & Family, Michelle Knowles, Kippling Armbrister of Abaco, Jennie Taylor, Basil Cleare, Wendell (Blake) Deveaux, Alvin Paul, James Rahming, Wellington McPhee, former co-workers of B.E.C. Frankie Gibson of New Jersey, Pedro Gibson & Family, Edward Gibson, Henry Goodman of the U.S.A., formerly of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, Terrence (Friday), Management & Staff of MedDentCo Health Center, The McMillan Family, Family of the late Patrick Adderley, Leona Miller (nee Huyler), Mrs. Dorie Bowleg (nee Smith) The Smith & Coakley Families formerly of Lewis Street, Michael Darville, Thaddeus Strachan, Ivan and Rosie Reckley of Freeport, Jackie and Terry Adderley, and many other family and friends too numerous to mention. Special Thanks: Mrs. Kimrice Miller/Social Services Department, Abaco, Fr. Glen Nixon, Mr. Francis Richardson, The Print Shop, Demeritte's Funeral Home, Ms. Althea Neilly.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Streer, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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July 18, 2012
J.S. Johnson's net income falls 42.4 in Q1

After suffering a difficult 2011, J.S. Johnson's consolidated net income declined once again, this time by 42.49 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period last year.
Falling from $2.61 million to $1.506 million, consolidated net income fell partly due to a declining revenues stemming from a rough economy.
"The business is not making as much commission as last year, as a result of tough economic times. Insurance is often a business that suffers," said Jamaal Stubbs, senior analyst at CFAL.
"Insurance is called a valued expense, but it is often undervalued. When you trying to make ends meet, sometimes it gets cut."
Although premium income remained steady, net commissions and fees fell 28 percent in the first quarter, according to the BISX-listed company's report.
"Net claims incurred is trending back to normalcy and is down by 59 percent. This was partly offset by an increase in net unrealized losses on investments in securities; however, total expenses were down by 7 percent, a step in the right direction," the report added.
The "normalcy" in claims was returned, management said, chiefly due to last year's unusual high claims from Hurricane Irene and major fires.
The company said "good news" could be found in that all major classes of business recorded underwriting profits in the first quarter.
J.S. Johnson expressed hope the second quarter would yield better results, and that the BISX-listed firm can still achieve budge projections for the year.
Total assets as of March fell by nearly $9 million, spurred by declines in reinsurance recoveries and reinsurance premiums. Liabilities shrunk by 17.45 percent to $42.97 million.
Despite recent difficulties, J.S. Johnson is known for high dividend yields.
The BISX-listed firm is paying 313 basis points above the current market average. J.S. Johnson managed to maintain 2011 dividend levels despite recording a 25 percent net income drop that year. Its experience last year was not abnormal. Hurricane Irene caused widespread losses across the sector.
An almost $1.7 million increase in net claims accounted for J.S. Johnson's $2.4 million net income drop.

Also of note for the company is the retirement of Marvin V. Bethell, the long-standing managing director. He will remain on the board of directors.

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July 17, 2012
Johnson: Delta's LaGuardia flight running in 'upper 70s'

Delta Airline's daily service to Nassau from LaGuardia Airport is already performing well, despite the service being reinstated just four months ago.
Sarah Lora, the airline's general manager for corporate communications for Latin America and the Caribbean, confirmed to Guardian Business that the route is looking strong. Tourism Director General David Johnson noted that Delta is satisfied with the load factors, which he estimates to be at least in the mid-to-upper 70s.
"They are quite pleased with the numbers and we are very comfortable with it. We met with them approximately five weeks ago and they reconfirmed their confidence in that service. It's now into its fourth month and it's contributed significantly," according to Johnson. "That service has done very well. Delta shared with us shortly after putting the flight in that they were a little apprehensive after being out of the market for quite sometime. However, in short order that aircraft and that route begun to perform just as strong as their major hub which is Atlanta to Nassau."
During its inaugural flight in March, the route was expected to bringing an additional 1,000 seats on weekly basis, as the flight can accommodate 155 passengers. At that time, Delta's Specialty Sales General manager Norma Dean told Guardian Business that, based on the inaugural flights and early bookings, this service is already looking strong and is on par with the airline's Atlanta service.
She estimated an 80 percent load factor on average.
This service should translate into The Bahamas seeing more than 50,000 additional visitors this year.
"Nassau lies within the 1,500 mile perimeter of New York. We are able to offer New Yorkers the paradise of an international destination and conversely offer Bahamian passengers the convenience of connecting to over 60 cities in the United States," she shared. "In New York, you will see plans for major expansion underway. Delta is investing over $100 million in major infrastructure upgrade to that airport."
The non-stop flight from LaGuardia into Nassau operates daily and began on March 2. It was in March 2010 when Delta Airlines discontinued its service to Nassau from LaGuardia.
These numbers are pleasing to tourism officials, as a senior government official revealed to Guardian Business that his ministry hopes to attract more than two million airlift passengers to The Bahamas.
"We are going after a million more seats for The Bahamas. We don't have the seats that we need. More airlift is coming. We are going after more business," according to Obie Wilchcombe, the minister of tourism.
"The whole idea is that the more bodies we get from overnight visitors, the more we are able to complement our tourism industry. We have to make sure that we get airlift because that is key."
Last week, United Airlines announced a new direct flight from Chicago and that service could translate into nearly 4,000 additional seats each year.
Don Robinson, the president of Baha Mar, previously disclosed to Guardian Business that the country needs 400,000 more seats in the market by the time the mega resort opens at the end of 2014.

The country received a total of 1.34 million stopover tourists last year.

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September 15, 2011
Jameca S. Taylor, 29

Funeral Service for the Late Jameca S. Taylor, 29 years of #32 Hamster Road, will be held on Saturday September 17th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Gregory's Anglican Church, Carmichael Road. Fr. Sebastian Campbell will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
 
She is survived by Her Father: James W. Taylor; Grandmother: Leona Moree ; Aunts: Laura Taylor, Edna Taylor of Marylyn, New York, Pauline and Anne Taylor of Orlando, Florida, Catherine Roxborough, Judy Moree, Portia Moree, Latoya Gibson, Vestra Adderley, Carolyn Moree and Wanda Ferguson; Uncles: Leon Taylor of Orlando, Florida and Richard Taylor of Andros, Samuel, Christopher and Quincy Moree, Leon Roxborough and Rudolph Stuart of Riviera Beach, Florida; Cousins:Solomon Bowleg of Albany, New York, Ann Taylor, Mary Rolle, Linda Olds of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Valentino Adderley, Patrick, Deon and Quincy Stuart of Florida, Sherial Pierre of Freeport, Tabitha Culmer and Yvette Montot of Florida; Ricardo, Sharan, Monique, Jon of Boca Raton, Florida, Robert and Roger Taylor of Orlando, Florida, Leonette and Clinton Roxborough, Jurich Taylor and Dawndrea Johnson of Freeport; Rose, Wendell and Allaynia Beneby; Ayana Brown of Norfolk, Virginia, Laura and David Spence of New York.  Ferron Moree, Davina Strachan, Dominic Moree, Jermaine Bowe, Sameika, Dacoya, Sameiko and Sabria Moree. Ashley Moree, Ashton McDowells and Kelvin McDowell's Jr.; Special Friend: Samuel Rodgers; Godparents: Rory Saunders, Delma Chisholm, Cyprianna Sands-Major and Lois Lee; Other Relatives and Friends including Logan & Irene Decosta and Family, Blanch Johnson of Acklins, Eliza Decosta of New York, Marlene Decosta & Family, Stella Decosta & Family, Maggie Cartwright & Family, Lily McKenzie & Family, Bernice Robinson and Family, Philip Newton and Family, The Fritz Family, The Newbold Family (neighbors), The Faculty and Staff of the College of the Bahamas Admissions Department, The Water & Sewerage Family, Stalia Altamese and Family, Sheena Nabbie & Family, Krishan Oliver & Family, St. Augustine's College Class of 99.
 
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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August 01, 2012

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May 03, 2012
Jennie Lucille Johnson, 70

Last rites for JENNIE LUCILLE JOHNSON AGE 70 of Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.  Officiating will Pastor Frederick Kelly assisted by Rev. Kenya Novell, Rev. Henry White and Rev. Eric Johnson.  Interment in Big Bay Cemetery, Hatchet Bay,
 She is survived her faithful and devoted husband: Stephen Johnson; Daughter: Jody Johnson; Grandchildren: Roshada Johnson, Rashad Duram, Charlton Saunders Jr., Addassah Johnson; Great Granddaughter: Rashon Johnson; Brothers and their Wives: Rev. Leon W. Johnson and Venera and Rev. Eric Johnson and Cheryl; Sister and her husband Mavis Flower and Lucien; Sister-in-law; Zonivia Johnson; Nephews: Don and Ellen, Franco and Kim, Winslow and Diana; Nieces: Erica Johnson Adderley, Daphne and Ellinston Smith, Sheinka, Meoshi Jackson, Luvette Lime, Jacintha, Deandra Fowler; Brothers-in-law: Calsey Johnson and Dulcena, Adderley and Leah Johnson and their family; Grand Nieces and Nephews; Grand Nieces and Nephews-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends including Catherine Farrington, Wyatt and the family of the late Michael Farrington of Riviera Beach, Mable Stubbs and Family, The Family of the Late Curtis Johnson, The Family of the Late Ivy(Missie) Johnson, The Family of the late Bertie Johnson, The Family of the late Mervin Johnson, The Family of the late Cladwell Farrington, The Family of the late Ena Davis,(Grand Aunt), Rhoda McQueen and Family, Cynthia Davis of Miami Fla., Florence Bridgewater and Family, Florence Scavella and Family, The Family of the late Robert and Eula Pinder, Linda Ferguson and Family, the family of the late George and Gladys Johnson; Other relatives and friends including Harvest Time Tabernacle, St. Stephen Baptist Church, The Pastor and members of Epiphany Methodist Church New Providence, St Marks Methodist Church and th entire Community of Hatchet Bay and surrounding settlements of Eleuthera.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Thursday, from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. and at the church in Eleuthera on Friday 6:00 P.M. until service time on Saturday.

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May 03, 2012
Jerome Thomas Franks, 88

Funeral Service for the Late Jerome Thomas Franks, 88 years of Coral Heights Estates and formerly of Port Nelson, Rum Cay will be held on Saturday May 5th, 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Virginia Street. Rev. Fr. Dwight M. Bowe will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
He was predeceased by his son Jerome Franks and Left to morn are his 4 Sons: Anthony and Philip Franks, George Leslie Sealy and Jermaine "Choo Choo" Mackey; 4 Daughters: Maxine Benjamin,Wilhelmenia Shearer, Pamela Frnaks Rolle and Monique Campbell; Grand-Children: Raphael Lynes and Shantell Franks, Antonia Culmer, Dahria Franks, Barbara Za' Conliffe, Anita and Philippa Franks, Nicole Sealy, Jermaine Jr., and Jernaine Mackey, Sandy Campbell, Raquino Franks, Allen, Crispin and Tanya Benjamin, Crystal Brice, Tovera, Tomiko, Tomia, Feodor Shearer, Deandra, Demetrius and Uriah Rolle, Eugene II, Shaquille, Kyle, Jewel and Jasmine Campbell, Beverly Alfreus and Henry Francis; Great-Grandchildren: Aimee Franks, Carynn Culmer, Christian Sealy, Ashtel and Amye Fox, Cameron and Kai Brice, Andrew and Hailey Benjamin, Zhyon and Zaria Lynes and Timothy Ward Jr.; 2 Sisters: Avilda Scavella and Hermie Bain Of Port Nelson Rum Cay; 1 Sister-In-Law: Rosie Grant; 1 Brother-In Law: Anzlo Strachan; 3 Daughters-In-Law: Dr. Bonnie Franks Of Grand Bahama, Gina Rodgers Sealy and Rose Ann Franks of Miami, Florida; 3 Sons- In-Law: Andrew Benjamin, Macloid Shearer, Eugene Campbell I; Numerous nieces and nephews including: Delores Wilson Of Port Nelson Rum Cay, Dr. Lesley and Kirkland Culmer, Zelma Dean, Rodney Braynen, Marsha Deveaux, Ingrid Culmer and Russell Franks Of Grand Bahama. Other relatives and friends including: Bishop Gilbert Thompson, Osborne and Christine Sawyer, Meta Bethell and Family, Brenda Archer, Henry Brooks, The Strachan Family, The Rahming Family, The Butler Family, The Robinson Family, The Culmer Family, The Gran Family, Dr. Charles Carter, kernita Sands and  Family, Doreen Deveaux and Family, James Johnson and Family, The Campbell Family, Terresa Bnett, Bishop Kirkwood Murphy and Family , All the decedents of Rum Cay, Mervin Greene, Peter and Yvette Turnquest, Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Stuart, Mrs. Cunningham and Family, Eleanor Black, Paulette Wilson, Bertha Lunn and Niccara Deveaux also the One and Only Club, Queens College, Family Guardian, Going Places, Atlantis Table Games Dept and The church family of St. Mary's The Virgin.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, 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.

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July 24, 2012
Jumping in London

Leevan Sands has become a Bahamian icon. When the name 'Superman' is echoed, the triple jumper out of the south immediately comes to mind to many local track and field fans.
Bahamians have excelled in triple jump over the years. In 1992, Frank Rutherford scored the first Olympic track and field medal for the country, a bronze in the triple jump. Some 20 years later the country's national track and field team heads to London, England where Sands hopes to send a message to the world.
Entering London with a personal best of 17.59m, Sands has been the master of the triple in The Bahamas for the better part of the last decade.
In 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, Sands brought home the bronze, but believes this year is the year of the 'pop'.
"I have jumped well all year," Sands said in an interview. "And I am going into London with that thought in mind."
Sands has competed for The Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games and CAC Games bringing home bronze medals.
The history for The Bahamas in the triple jump goes further back than Spain, however. It goes all the way back to 1967 with Timmy Barrett and Michael Johnson, who participated in the Pan American Games for The Bahamas, finishing 9th and 10th. Johnson, who jumped 15.02m, went on to Mankato State University, and Timmy Barrett is now the Bahamian physician who leaped 14.40m.
In 1970, both Obed Gardiner and Don Miller competed in the Commonwealth Games. With jumps of 14.97m and 14.52m respectively, both men finished in the top 10 at the meet. Gardiner and Miller went on to school at Southern Illinois University. Miller is the brother of Leslie Miller, former Bahamian 400m runner.
Leevan Sands has become an exceptional triple jumper and from all indications, he is aware that he stands on the shoulders of men who have laid a great foundation for his success. At this year's Olympic trials, Sands was one of the few senior athletes who was healthy enough to compete. Winning the triple jump and qualifying for London, Sands said he hopes to never get to the place where his people are unable to see him compete.
The eyes of all Bahamians will be watching the jumps in London: Raymond Higgs in the long jump, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas in the high jump, and Superman in the triple.

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July 27, 2012
Jury chosen in murder trial

A judge on Thursday empanelled a jury in the murder trial of Dior Johnson.
He is accused of the October, 2006 stabbing death of Jason Rolle, 31, in Pinewood Gardens.
Prosecutor Darnell Dorsette will open the case against Johnson on Monday.
Ian Cargill represents Johnson, who is on bail.

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September 09, 2011
John Vincent Bowleg, 59

Funeral service for John Vincent Bowleg, 59, of Bowleg Alley off Williams Lane, who died on 25th August, 2011, will be held at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Oswald Pinder, assisted by Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left to cherish his memories are his Mother: Winnis Bowleg; Sister: Angela Cartwright Rolle; Brother: Burth Miller; Sons: Vincent, John and Jonathan Bowleg; Daughter: Johnelle Bowleg GloverBrother - in – law: Cpl. 1138 Peter Rolle; Sister – in – law: Iona Johnson; Son – in – law: Father Tellyson Glover; Daughters – in & ...

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October 31, 2012

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December 08, 2014
Johnson: Bar won't let VAT Unit abuse members

Bahamas Bar Association (BBA) President Elsworth Johnson yesterday stated that he will not "stand by and let BBA members be abused" by the government amid prolonged uncertainties regarding the effect of the value-added tax (VAT) on legal services.
Johnson told Guardian Business that he is "very disappointed" by the VAT Unit's response to the BBA's concerns, but hopes to work with the Ministry of Finance on ironing out the remaining kinks in the legislation in the near future.
"The past interactions with the VAT commission have left a lot to be desired. I appreciate the difficulties that the government may be experiencing with the implementation of VAT, but I think that a greater effort must be placed on addressing concerns.
"Yes, there may be some difficulties, but this is not the right way to do it. We're going to be taxed in less than a month and the authority isn't sure about some of the workings of the legislation. It doesn't give members of the public confidence in the process," he said.
Despite various workshops conducted between the two organizations, Johnson said the VAT Unit has failed to address all of the organization's concerns and would not be in a position to resume training sessions until 2015. Bar members would thereby charge VAT on legal services while the legislation is still being tweaked.
Johnson additionally had broader concerns regarding the tax and the lack of adequate consumer protection amid reports that some retailers had already begun applying VAT ahead of the January 1 start date. As a result, he feared that poor Bahamians would disproportionately suffer from the tax.
Members of the BBA have repeatedly expressed concern over elements of the VAT reporting process that may infringe upon client confidentiality, while attorney and Marco City MP Greg Moss accused the government of using the tax on professional services as a means of "subsidizing" its revenue stream.
While Johnson noted that some BBA members had already decided to take their issues before the courts, he stressed that the BBA did not want to move to litigation against the government at this time.
Professional service providers, including attorneys, accountants and doctors, with annual turnover exceeding $100,000, were required to register for the tax by November 30. Late registrants are encouraged to register as quickly as possible to avoid further penalties.

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May 19, 2012
Johnson settling in as minister of sports

New Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson is hitting the ground running.
Johnson used his first week in office to familiarize himself with several policies and projects that were set in place by the former minister Charles Maynard. He officially met with all the members of his staff yesterday to map out a way forward for the three departments under his watch.
Johnson said: "In the sports arena this is going to be a great year. We are going to the Olympics in eight weeks. We think we will medal at that. Our expectations are quite high. This year we are leaning on the men's team for a change. So the young men are going to come to the forefront and produce what I think [will be] one of the greatest results ever in Bahamian sports history.
"Next year we are looking at the CARIFTA Games and the year after, we have the World Track and Field Championships coming to The Bahamas. So we have three years of premier events in the sporting arena. Of course we still have sailing, boxing, cycling and tennis. We have some great tennis events coming. We have another Bahamian who has entered the world tennis scene. We have the swimmers who are doing very well."
Johnson believes that there is a broad range of things that will come together under sports, but there is a need to marshall and create a link to youth activities.
Bridging the gap is going to be a challenge, but he is up to the task. The first thing Johnson wants to do is build green spaces and implement programs to encourage persons. He said: "You don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy games. You don't have to be an elite athlete to go out and have fun."
Bringing the various sporting disciplines to the people is another way Johnson will try to build up community programs and feeder systems. He will start with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), bringing the sport to Carmichael, in the Flamingo Gardens area. That program will be started this summer.
"We know we have about 400 young men and women who want to play baseball and softball," said Johnson. "That is going to happen. We are in the process of now going to build a new baseball stadium. We have to finish off the grounds around this present stadium. We have a master plan for facilities which is going to be very exciting. That is going to, once again, create jobs, reduce crime and foster youth employment and education. My ministry is going to take all of the resources we have to enhance that result. Beyond that, we have to do an inventory of the assets that we have and then we would proceed in finishing off the work."
Johnson would like to explore the sports tourism aspect further, noting that is why the master plan for this sports complex was designed. He said this department can bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
It is not a secret that all the plans the new minister has will require more funding. He does foresee a 'slight' increase in the budget. If there is going be an increase in budget, Johnson knows that it will not come until the next cycle. He said: "This is not our budget cycle, so we are going to make some tweaks to it, but the next budget cycle you will really see our plan blossom."
Johnson is prepared to work with what he calls 'a great staff' who is very substantive. As a result, he expects that all the goals they set out to do will be accomplished with the resources that they have.

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October 19, 2011
JAMMAL'S PICKS

WEEK SIX: 10-3

SEASON: 57-33

Byes: Bills, Bengals, Patriots, Giants, Eagles and 49ers.

SUNDAY'S GAMES

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM

This is easily the biggest game of the season for both teams with division supremacy on the line. The Texans are not the same team without Andre Johnson and Mario Williams and they could be the difference between a win a loss on Sunday. Quietly, the Titans have been a solid team without even having Chris Johnson in mid-season form and I think they will come out of the bye week and capture a victory at home.

Titans 24, Texans 20

Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM

The Browns are fortunate enough to face two subpar teams in back-to-back weeks, but the Seahawks are one of those teams that can be solid one week and terrible the next. I think we might see the good Seahawks this week, and they will pull out a key road win.

Seahawks 20, Browns 17

Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions 1:00 PM

We will learn a lot about both of these teams on Sunday. The winner of this game will likely be a legit contender for a playoff spot in the winter. If the Falcons continue to commit to the run like they did last week and protect Matt Ryan then they will be in great shape, but it's easier said than done against that Detroit defense. I think the Lions will cool off some more this week and drop a close one at home to a hungry Falcons team.

Falcons 17, Lions 13

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM

This game should be called the'Andrew Luck Bowl'because both of these teams are headed toward another wasted season. I think Miami has to make a decision and tank their season so they can get the best quarterback in college right now. I don't think Miami could win if they tried to, so why not lose for a good cause?

Broncos 24, Dolphins 13

San Diego Chargers at NY Jets 1:00 PM

The Chargers are quietly the third best team in the AFC and people will start to pay more attention to them after they come up big in New York on Sunday. The Jets have a strong defense, but they will only go as far as Mark Sanchez takes them which might be as far as Rex Ryan can throw him. I like the team with the better quarterback and better offense.

Chargers 23, Jets 16

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 PM

The Bucs redeemed themselves against the Saints last week and I expect them to keep the momentum going this week. This game will come down to turnovers, and Jay Cutler is a turnover waiting to happen.

Buccaneers 24, Bears 16

Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM

This may be the best chance the Panthers have to get another win, but that Redskins defense is too good to dismiss. Cam Newton has seen worse defenses this year, but Washington will give him fits.

Redskins 17, Panthers 7

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders 4:05 PM

No matter who is lining up behind center for Oakland, as long as Darren McFadden is leading the Oakland charge they will be too much for the Chiefs to handle.

Raiders 27, Chiefs 12

Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 PM

Kevin Kolb is having a somewhat productive season, but it's not translating to wins. The Steelers will pour it on the Cardinals on Sunday and continue to fine-tune their squad for the second half of the season.

Steelers 24, Cardinals 14

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 4:15 PM

If the Packers win this game, will it be safe to talk about an undefeated season?I think they will lose two games, but none of the losses will come against the Vikings.

Packers 34, Vikings 14

St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys 4:15 PM

The Cowboys should be happy that the Rams are on the schedule this week, and they will finally get a convincing win at the hands of a disappointing Rams team.

Cowboys 34, Rams 9

Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints 8:20 PM

It wouldn't be fair to talk bad about the Colts because they would be a winning team if Peyton Manning was playing, but he isn't so we all know how this will end.

Saints 33, Colts 17

MONDAY'S GAME

Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:30 PM

The Ravens are rolling and I don't see them slowing down any time soon. It should be a competitive game, but the better team will win.

Ravens 24, Jaguars 17

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August 06, 2010
Joan Marie Johnson, 81

A funeral service for Joan Marie Johnson, 81 of Eastern Road, Nassau, The Bahamas, who died at her residence on Monday, 2nd August 2010 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Alzheimers, will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street, Nassau, on Saturday, 7th August, 2010 at 11:30a.m.

Reverend Father Hugh Bartlett will officiate and interment will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road, Nassau.

Mrs. Johnson was predeceased by her husband, Harold Bertram (Buck) Johnson and grandson, Andrew David Long and is survived by her children, Donna and Larry Idol, Paul and Bonnie Johnson, Gail Laidley, Steven and Elspeth Johnson, grandchildren, Adam and Laura Long, Aron and K ...

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October 27, 2011
Jeffrey J.J. Chucky Johnson, 48

Funeral Service for Mr. Jeffrey J.J. Chucky Johnson, 48, of East Street, will be held on Saturday, October 29th 2011, at 11 am, At International Deliverance Praying Ministry, 2nd Street & Coconut Grove Avenue, Nassau Bahamas, Officiating will be Bishop Lawerence Rolle, assisted by other ministers of the gospel, Interment will follow in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.

His fond & everlasting memories will forever live in the hearts of his step mother, Daisy Hepburn, five sisters, Mary Hepburn, Ruthmae Johnson of Freeport, Janet Minnis, Vernita & Terrie, five brothers, Hubert, Ricardo, Vivian, Tyronne & Shawn, two adopted brothers, Ross Smith & Percy, two aunts, Dorothy & Ha ...

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September 08, 2011
John Vincent Bowleg, 59

Funeral service for John Vincent Bowleg, 59 yrs., a resident of Bowleg Alley off Williams Lane, who died on 25th August, 2011, will be held at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Oswald Pinder, assisted by Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his Mother: Winnis Bowleg; Sister: Angela Cartwright Rolle; Brother: Burth Miller; Sons: Vincent, John and Jonathan Bowleg; Daughter: Johnelle Bowleg GloverBrother - in - law: Cpl. 1138 Peter Rolle; Sister - in - law: Iona Johnson; Son - in - law: Father Tellyson Glover; Daughters - in - law: Lorraine and Zania Bowleg; Step - daughter: Shanique Lunn; Grand Children: Valencia, Angelo, Johnathan II and Jonnieah Bowleg; Uncle - in law: Lorenzo Brice; Nieces and Nephews: Angel, Andrew, B'Angelo and April Cartwright; Sandy and Anithio MillerGrand Nephew: Adam Cartwright Pedican; Cousins: Wilworth and Dora Campbell, Maxwell and Sonia Dean, Patrice and Spence Ramsey, Wellington, Sandra, Tyron and Rose Olander, Llewellyn Burgzorg, John Campbell, Joyce Rolle and their respective families; Godmothers: Estherlean Bowe and Victoria Flowers; Other Relatives and Friends: The Kemp Road Community, The St. Margarets Church Family, The New Providence S.D.A. Church family. Nat Dorsette and the Campbells of Cat Island and Abaco, Lambert Rahming and Reliable Tours Family, Rev. Carl Campbell, Fr. Sebastian Campbell, Fr. Julian Campbell, Fr. Tellison Glover, Fr. Crosley Walkine, Fr Joseph Mycklewhyte and their respective families; Stanley and Barbara Campbell, A.S.P. Ronald Campbell and family, Edwin Lightbourne and family, Agnes Saunders, Janet Walkine, Delores Knowles, Pat and Genie Gomez, Angela Pinder, Rose Huyler, Mae Ferreira and Family, Iris Finlayson and Family, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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September 23, 2011
Johnson's solid Hall of Fame credentials

This space for the past two days has highlighted the cricket outlook of Ivan Johnson. The noted editor of The Punch is without a doubt also one of our sporting legends. During the early 1970s, as a young journalist, just elevated to the Sports Editor's position at this newspaper, I received a communication from Ivan Johnson.
He informed of his United Kingdom activities in cricket. There is no doubt that he paid his dues as the pioneer Bahamian cricket performer on one of the sport's greatest stage. However, while his contribution to our sporting history compares favorably with the best of the best Bahamians, he has never really gotten the credit deserved for his exploits.
We have a National Hall of Fame and while I take no issue with any one so honored, the truth is that a number of them pale in comparison to what Johnson has achieved.
Yet he has not been inducted into our National Hall of Fame.
Let's take a look at Ivan Johnson's cricket background.
As pointed out in the two preceding columns, he is the only Bahamian to play Test and International Level Cricket. An all-rounder, he was a member of England's Worcestershire County Club from 1972 to 1975.
A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Johnson played for Young England versus Young West Indies in a tour of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Antigua, Nevis, Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Guyana in the summer of 1972. Johnson topped the batting averages for Young England on that tour, scoring a century and a 70 in Jamaica and an 80 in Barbados.
While at Worcestershire, Johnson played on Worcestershire County Championship winning sides of 1973 and 1974. At Worcestershire Johnson played with Ron Headley (son of the late great Jamaican/West Indies batsman George Headley), Basil D'Oliveira of South Africa and England, Imran Khan of Pakistan, Glenn Turner of New Zealand, Vanburn Holder of the West Indies and Norman Gifford of England.
That's pretty healthy company for the Bahamian lad indeed.
Johnson played in the Worcestershire versus Kent Benson & Hedges Cup Final of 1973 at Lord's Cricket Ground, the recognized home of world cricket.  The Cup Final was played in front of a capacity of 35,000 fans and was televised live in Britain.
The Bahamian cricket pacesetter has the distinction of scoring a half-century at Lord's for Worcestershire in a country game against Middlesex. Ivan made his first-class debut at the age of 18 in 1972 against Warwickshire, a team that boasted two great West Indies players, Rohan Kanhjai and Lance Gibbs.
Johnson quit cricket when he was not yet 23, to major in journalism in London. His highest first-class score was 69 and his best bowling was 5-32. He also played at Worcestershire against the icon Sir Gary Sobers who was captain of Nottinghamshire at the time. In one game against Nottinghasshire, Johnson hit the last ball of the game off bowler Sobers for four to win the match.
Other Bahamians who traveled to England, knew of Johnson's career and have told him often, he informs, of how they watched him play. One such was the late, revered minister of the Gospel, Archdeacon William Thompson.
Yes, there are those who like me, can vouch his for his credentials.
The man belongs in the National Hall of Fame.
It is a travesty that he has not yet been inducted.
 
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at fredericksturrup@gmail.com).

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September 19, 2014
Johnson set to fight in the DR this weekend

Fresh off a 10-round unanimous victory in his last fight, newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental of Americas Middleweight Champion Taureano "Reno" Johnson, is off to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for his next fight this weekend. He is scheduled to fight Marvin Bendicott this Saturday, but his title apparently won't be on the line. Johnson's opponent is said to have an impressive 28-1 win/loss record. Despite a lack of preparation, time and knowledge of his opponent, Johnson said that he is ready to go.
"I'm just looking forward to going to the Dominican Republic and taking care of business just as I've done all throughout my professional career," said Johnson. He has a professional win/loss record of 15-1, but has never had the opportunity to perform in front of his fellow Bahamians. That is expected to change when he fights in The Bahamas for the first time next year.
"I am the WBC Continental of Americas Champion, yet I still don't have a Bahamas championship title or fought in a Bahamas championship fight, so it's a little contradictory for myself. The irony is that I am overwhelmed that I'm yet to fight before my home people. Whoever my opponent might be, my promoter Gary Sure is working diligently and hard to ensure that I get a fight here in The Bahamas," Johnson said.
"At this moment, we are just looking for the support and help from the Ministry of Tourism and The Bahamas government. I believe with everybody on board, we can make this happen. This can be one of the biggest and grandest fights to take place since Mohammad Ali fought in The Bahamas."
Johnson and Bahamian boxer Jermaine "Choo Choo" Mackey have publicly exchanged harsh words on several occasions, both stating that they would like to fight each other, but it is not confirmed that he will be taking on Mackey any time soon.
Johnson looked sharp in his last victory, defeating 28-year-old Mike Gavronski at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, on July 11. In that match, he as able to outbox his opponent even though he battled mild dehydration, and came away with the vacant WBC Continental of Americas title.
The only loss of Johnson's career came on April 4 this year, in a controversial 10-round fight against Brooklyn native Curtis Stevens at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Johnson lost the fight via Technical Knockout (TKO). He appeared to be in control of the fight throughout the early rounds, but a late surge by Stevens caused the referee to stop the fight in his favor.

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January 12, 2015
Jury still out on insurance industry VAT impact

Despite value-added tax's (VAT) implementation at the beginning of this year, "the jury is still out" regarding the tax's potential impact on the insurance industry, according to a leading insurance representative.
J.S. Johnson Senior Manager Charles Johnson told Guardian Business that the industry still has a host of queries before the VAT Unit following the publication of an updated VAT guidance in late December.
"The jury's still out in terms of how the industry may be affected by the implementation of VAT. We would not be charging VAT on premiums before July 1, although we are incurring costs on other expenses and services.
"The industry is a bit slow in giving projections because we really just don't know, and there are still some unanswered questions that we are seeking to get a full understanding of. I think as the year progresses we'll be in a better position," said Johnson.
All insurance products will be exempt from VAT until July 1, 2015, after which life insurance and annuity insurance and savings plans will remain exempt from VAT. Underwriting and reinsurance services relating to these services will similarly be exempt from VAT, along with any associated broker or agent fees. However, the services of an insurance actuary or adjuster are subject to VAT.
The VAT Unit's financial and insurance services guidance, last updated in December 2014, states that the yet-to-be-announced VAT controller will develop specific rules on VAT treatment of brokerage and registered agent services. At present, Financial Secretary John Rolle serves as the acting VAT controller.
Non-life insurance services, including property, health and casualty insurance will be subject to the standard 7.5 percent VAT rate after July 1. Insurance services supplied to persons or businesses outside of The Bahamas are normally zero-rated.
The government implemented VAT at a rate of 7.5 percent on January 1, 2015. Although insurance companies will not charge the tax on premiums before July, they must effectively eat the cost of VAT-able services in the meantime.
"It means that by and large we're probably going to have to absorb the cost, so it's going to be interesting to see exactly how it impacts our overall results for this year. I don't think any company is anticipating an increase in premiums, in base costs, other than adding the additional VAT," said Johnson.

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