SPEAKING THROUGH DANCE: Students of Sister Mary Patricia Junior High School celebrated Modern Languages Week during their morning assembly with a variety of songs and dances in foreign languages. PHOTO: JENNEVA RUSSELL
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
FN News Reporter
A local business owner is demanding answers after a bush fire caused $100,000 of damage to his property while desperate calls for help to the Fire Department, he claims, went unanswered.
Edney Anderson, owner and manager of Pineyard Steel in Oak Street, said that at around 2 p.m. on Monday, he got a call about a small bush fire threatening his business establishment.
On arrival he immediately phoned the Fire Department and reported the matter. After waiting for more than an hour he noted there had been no response.
The fire eventually got out of control and Anderson had no choice but to summon his surrounding neighbors and attempt to put the fire out themselves.
"I called the Fire Department from yesterday afternoon, and as of now on Tuesday, almost 24 hours after the incident I have yet to see someone from the fire department," said Anderson.
He added, "We had to use Rolle's sewage truck water hose just to fight the fire and we had to actually get water from the underground soak-away well for more assistance."
Anderson noted that fire threatened neighboring company properties as well and he called the fire department about four times, and each time he was told that a dispatcher was on the way, but nobody ever came.(Read full story)
Next generation of leaders installed as RBDF Rangers
G. S. Christie
Fifty-three youngsters took up the challenge to be Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers and shared their Discipline, Dedication and Commitment to the purpose, as they were installed during a spectacular ceremony this past weekend at the Cornelius A. Smith Complex, Grand Bahama. Their installation brings to 110 the number of Rangers on Grand Bahama.
Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Michael Darville, M.P., described the event as "An achievement for our next generation of leaders"; and "A model of excellence for youth organizations."
On hand for the ceremony were Ministry of Education and Government Officials; Commander of the RBDF, Commodore Roderick Bowe, together with the Director of the RBDF Rangers Program, Sub Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe; Rangers Administrator Petty Officer, Maxwell Lloyd; Rangers Coordinator, Petty Officer Carlos Sturrup; Rangers Instructors, Leading Seaman Lenryck Coakley, Able Woman Marine Donella Mackey, and Able Seaman Daryl Jones, along with officers from Nassau, the RBDF Band, and the visiting HM
Minister Darville, speaking for the Minister of National Security, Dr. Bernard Nottage, M.P., continued, "Rangers have taken up the challenge to make a difference in their communities through positive self-development and influences on the lives of their peers."(Read full story)
Local track club get 'big name'
Buster Laing, Special to TFN
In recent years, much has been written about the powerful track program of Dwayne Jennings' Golden Eagles ... and rightly so. Consider these accomplishments:
* The Golden Eagles have now partnered with corporate giant Grand Bahama Power Company and are now the G.B. Power Company Golden Eagles.
* Three reigning G.B.P.S.A.A. Track and Field Championships Most Outstanding Athletes – Aaliyah Capron, Genique Bassette and Kendal Culmer.
* Two reigning G.B.S.S.A.A. Track and Field Champions Most Outstanding Athletes – Ethnie Stubbs and Kitchener Penn.
* Two CARIFTA Bronze medalists in Brianna Bethel and Shaquania Dorsett.
* GBSSAA double gold medalists in Kennedy Culmer, Brianna Bethel, Ethnie Stubbs and Daneisha Curry.
Last week Tuesday the G.B. Power Company Golden Eagles announced the hosting of its Third Annual G.B. Power Company Golden Eagles Eldece Clarke Invitational Track Meet. This meet, which promises to be one to remember, is set for Saturday, May 25.
A crop of the best runners in the country are expected to converge on "Track City," Grand Bahama Sports Complex.(Read full story)
Doctor Pam is an advice column that is featured every Saturday. Your letters and comments are encouraged. You may e-mail them to email@example.com. Dr. Pam is a Clinical Psychologist trained in all areas of mental health.
Dear Dr. Pam,
You printed an article in November during Thanksgiving of last year, about your mother and childhood. I was very touched by it. Would you please print it again?
Here it is. I still get choked up reading it. With pleasure I have reprinted it, after all, it is the Mothers' Day season.
I STILL THANK GOD FOR SUGAR BAGS
How precious and uplifting are fond childhood memories. Sometimes my heart weeps for many children today, who are deprived of the opportunity to have decent and memorable childhoods. Whenever I want to entertain my daughters, I would tell them of past occurrences in my life and share some of the proverbs that my mother, in particular, shared with us.
As a child, I can vividly recall the structured running of our household and how my father provided for us, as well as, others who presented with needs. But there was a particular activity, in which my mother engaged, that left an indelible mark on my life. (Read More)