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The Bahamas’ First Commodore Passes - Jul 2, 2014 - 5:59:08 PM
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It is with deep sadness that The Government of The Bahamas learned of the passing of Commodore William Swinley on June 24th in Guernsey.

In October 1976, then Commander Swinley formed The Royal Bahamas Defence Force where he became the first Commodore and served from 1976 to 1981. Former Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling mandated Commodore Swinley to design The Royal Bahamas Defence Force to be patterned after The Royal Navy. As a former British Naval officer, Swinley as Commodore used his skills to implement systems and structures used in The Royal Navy for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force...
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Major tribute bestowed on Paul L. Adderley - Jul 2, 2014 - 5:11:52 PM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The building housing the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs has been named after former Attorney General, the late Paul L. Adderley. The new building has been named ‘The Paul L. Adderley Building.”

A ceremony commemorating the event was held on the grounds of the building on John F. Kennedy Drive, Friday, June 27. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened and named the building and delivered remarks...
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Prime Minister Christie pays tribute to the late Paul "Diamond" Knowles‏ - Jul 12, 2014 - 1:26:27 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are remarks by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister:

I’ve been in Antigua for the past several days, attending the annual CARICOM Heads of Government meeting but there was never any question that I would have to cut my trip short so that I would be back here in time for this home-going service for Paul Knowles, my homeboy from the Valley, my dear friend of so many years, my colleague in so many common endeavours over the years, including politics, the practice of law, and Junkanoo; a man who left his mark in so many positive ways on so many lives, and upon the art and culture of our beloved Bahamas...
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Major Tribute Bestowed on Former Attorney General Paul L. Adderley - Jul 10, 2014 - 11:28:13 AM

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Nassau, The Bahamas - The building housing the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs has been named after former Attorney General, the late Paul L. Adderley. The new building has been named ‘The Paul L. Adderley Building.”

A ceremony commemorating the event was held on the grounds of the building on John F. Kennedy Drive, Friday, June 27. Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened and named the building and delivered remarks...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Former BIS Executive Director Edward Ellis laid to rest - Jun 19, 2014 - 4:59:27 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Government, the Public Service and Staff of Bahamas Information Services bade farewell to retired Executive Director A. Edward Ellis, during a Service of Celebration at St Agnes Anglican Church, Blue Hill Road on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Amongst those present were: His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General; Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Philip Brave Davis; Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe, who also paid tribute; and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon Alyson Maynard-Gibson, and Senior Government Officials.

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On the passing of A. Edward Ellis Bahamas Information Services (BIS) - Jun 4, 2014 - 11:31:28 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - It is with great sadness and regret that the BIS family learned of the untimely passing of former Executive Director A. Edward Ellis at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 3, 2014.

A career public servant, Mr. Ellis served his country with distinction for some 42 years before retiring in March of 2014. During his career he was instrumental in the development of the communications arm of the government at the Bahamas Information Services (BIS), and the archiving of important legislative proceedings of the Parliament in his capacity as editor of The Hansard.

Through the many incarnations of government information, Mr. Ellis’ contribution and professional work in communicating the works of the Bahamas government featured prominently.

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Brad Lundy, Son of Andros and Prince of Entertainment! - Apr 10, 2014 - 10:10:09 AM

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Way back then in Calabash Bay, Andros, Bahamas, some seventy five years ago, Quebell Lundy a hard working farmer and fisherman was preparing to welcome another offspring to the world..to the harsh living on the Out Islands, made delightful by the sheer beauty of the clear waters, beaches, peace,quiet and the joy of church music and little spirits.

His wife Virginia was well on with child..she was real heavy and the midwife, a considerable distance away by donkey.

With the gentle breeze lifting the nearby banana and cane tassels, the midwife shouted praises as the newest Lundy sprang forth; a boy, full of air, as he cried to be in the land.
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"From Brad Lundy to John Doe" - Apr 6, 2014 - 1:31:01 PM

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Dear Editor,

A prolific and major music entertainer in the person of BRAD LUNDY meets his untimely demise in a violent hit and run traffic accident on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway and the media reports the incident as if an unidentified person, a “John Doe” of sorts, is the latest victim of a hit and run traffic accident.

A native of the big yard, Mr. Lundy was known as the ANDROS JERRY BUTLER. Dapper in his dress, a gentleman in his demeanor and deportment, and energetic in his live performances, Brad graced the stages in night clubs and concert halls all across the USA, Canada and the Caribbean...
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Bradley Roberts on passing of Dr. Earle M.W. Francis - Apr 3, 2014 - 2:21:21 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - 
Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman Progressive Liberal Party on the passing of Dr. Earle M.W. Francis:

After forty-nine years as a faithful soldier in the army of the Lord and servant leader to his family of churches, the community and to his country in proclaiming the word of God, a giant in the religious and Christian community has passed and with him an era. In a bitter-sweet moment, the Progressive Liberal Party celebrates the life and work of Dr. Earle M.W. Francis while mourning his departure from this life after ninety-two fruitful years.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bahamas Governor General attends Edmund Moxey celebration service - Mar 31, 2014 - 6:22:33 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes in attendance at the celebration service for Edmund Moxey, March 27, at Bahamas Harvest Church, Prince Charles Drive.

Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes brings remarks during the celebration service for Edmund Moxey, March 27, held at Bahamas Harvest Church, Prince Charles Drive...

Pictured from left to right at the celebration service for Edmund Moxey, March 27, at Bahamas Harvest Church, Prince Charles Drive: Loretta Butler-Turner, Dr. Hubert Minnis, Joan Lockhart-Culmer, Lady Foulkes...

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First Bahamian Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Passes - Mar 26, 2014 - 2:37:03 PM

The Minister of Health, the Chairman and Board of Directors, Executive Management and staff of the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority are saddened by the passing of Dr. George H. Sherman.

Born in Andros to humble parents and educated at St. Johns College, in Nassau. Dr. George Sherman obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lincoln University before attending medical school at Howard University in Washington DC. During his undergraduate medical studies he was the recipient of a Howard University Academic Scholarship and the Alexis Nihon Medical Scholarship...
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Fred Mitchell at the funeral of Eric Morrison of Fox Hill‏ - Jan 27, 2014 - 10:29:32 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by Fred Mitchell MP for Fox Hill at the funeral of Eric Morrison of Fox Hill‏:

Once again it is my sad privilege and honour to address a funeral service. The funeral of Eric Morrison is the last of the four funerals that came out of the sad, senseless and tragic shooting of four people on 27th December 2013 on the Freedom Park here in Fox Hill. We are all saddened by the events. I am happy however that the funerals have come to an end without incident and that we have all been able to bury our loved ones in peace.


In the coming weeks, we will begin the design of a memorial to the fallen of Fox Hill for the Freedom Park and will be seeking community input and then there will be a ceremony to mark the occasion...

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Roberts: Tribute to the Late Ceaserinia Hepburn, SC (1929-2014) - Jan 20, 2014 - 11:19:40 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Deaconess Ceaserinia Hepburn SC. The third daughter of Joseph Hepburn and Edith King of Knowles Settlement, Cat Island, Ceaserinia passed away this morning at Princess Margret Hospital. Ms. Hepburn was the family’s matriarch, a political activist, a long serving PLP supporter and a prayer warrior of the highest order.
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Fred Mitchell, Fox Hill Mp on Weekend Funerals‏ - Jan 13, 2014 - 2:52:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas -
Enclosed Statement by Fred Mitchell For Fox Hill On Weekend Funerals‏:

Two funerals were held on the weekend for two of the four people killed in Fox Hill on 27th December.  The funerals passed without incident, were peaceful and the  community showed its strong support for the families. I wish to thank the Bahamian community at large, the people of the Fox Hill community, the clergy in Fox Hill and the institutions of the government for their support at this trying time in the Village.  I again extend condolences to the families and pledge support to the families of  Clauadzino Davis, Shaquille Demeritte Kelly, who were buried on the weekend.

I pledge continued support to their families and to the families of the other two victims Shanique Sands and Eric Morrisson who will be buried in the coming weeks
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Community
Fred Mitchell remarks at Shaquille Demeritte 's funeral‏ - Jan 13, 2014 - 10:29:28 AM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed are Remarks by Fred Mitchell speaking at Shaquille Demeritte’s Funeral on Sunday 12th January 2013:

It is a special privilege to have been asked to come to this service today and to say a few words on this occasion. This moment is beyond sad. It is best described as unspeakable grief. There are no words that can stop the pain of the grief but the Bible tells us that the spirit controls the flesh; the flesh does not control the spirit. We as a community must keep our collective minds and work together for peace and work together for good. Good must come out of evil. We must do the things that make for peace and build up the common life...
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(Photos) Funeral for 'King' Eric Gibson - Jan 13, 2014 - 12:44:47 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - A funeral service for "King Eric" Gibson, MBE, age 79 of West Bay Street and formerly of Masons Bay, Acklins who died on Saturday, December 28th 2013 was held on January 10th at Bahamas Faith Ministries. Officiating was Rev. Lloyd Smith and he was assisted by Bishop Ghaly Swann and Pastor Delton Ellis. Interment followed in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.


In attendance was the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahams, the Rt Hon Perry G. Christie who provided sentiments. Also in attendance were other MPs and many local dignitaries and entertainers. "King Eric" was the father of Hon. D. Shane Gibson.

“King Eric Gibson impacted the lives and the careers of most of the contemporary Bahamian artists, musicians, and entertainers of today," said recording artists Fred Munnings.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Photos) Funeral and Rush-out for Winston 'Gus' Cooper - Jan 13, 2014 - 12:27:36 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas  - Winston 'Gus' Cooper, the founding member of the Valley Boys Junkanoo was remembered this past weekend with a memorial service at Rawson Square, followed by a Junkanoo Rush Out led by the Valley Boys on January 11th, 2014. Mr Cooper, who passed away on January 4th was also known for his
contributions to Bahamian and regional Track & Field.

"For 55 years Mr. Cooper led our group. We will forever remember his teachings, his meticulous persistent detailed nature, his stern stance and his continuous 'pursuit of excellence'!" said the Valley Boys Facebook page.

Entertainment
Ronnie Butler sings at 'King' Eric Gibson's Memorial - Jan 10, 2014 - 3:30:19 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Ronnie Butler was one of the artists to perform at 'King' Eric Gibson's memorial held on January 9th, 2014.
The celebration was held at Loyola Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Butler said that King Eric was "like a father to me."


Freelance photographer, Vincent Vaughan (who captured these images) said, "Hearing Ronnie sing tonight made me remember the good old days at the Out Island Bar at The Nassau Beach when he sang, I Did it My Way, WOW, the audience went wild!'
Community : Obituaries
PLP National Chairman on Passing of Winston "Gus" Cooper - Jan 8, 2014 - 10:53:59 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts, National Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Junkanoo impresario and Cultural and sports icon Winston 'Gus' Cooper.

One of the founding members of the Valley Boys Junkanoo Group along with Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie in 1958, Gus played a significant role in the transformation of Junkanoo into major tourism attraction of world renown, a year round cultural event and a local commercial industry.
Arts & Culture
Bahamas loses cultural pioneer, Gus Cooper - Jan 6, 2014 - 4:23:40 AM

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The Bahamas has lost a cultural pioneer, as we learn that Gus Cooper has passed away on January 4th, 2014.

"In 1958, a visionary in the form of Winston 'Gus' Cooper formed a Junkanoo group along with friends from the Centreville area of New Providence, all mere teenagers at the time.  Ms. Gwen Fountain, mother of one of the members was employed with Malcolm’s Garage and obtained sponsorship for the small group in the amount of fifteen pounds for the Boxing Day parade.  The group received a consolation prize.

In 1959, Gus’s recruitment efforts continued and he attracted Doyle Burrows and Edward Fritzgerald two personalities who contributed significantly..."
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