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A Supreme Court jury on Wednesday unanimously cleared a 27-year-old man of having sex with a minor.
Prosecutors alleged that Luckenson Lafrance had sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl on three occasions in July and August 2013.
Lafrance was on $15,000 bail until his acquittal.
According to the alleged victim, the sexual contact occurred in Lafrance's bedroom while the girl visited his home in a Haitian community off Carmichael Road.
For his part, Lafrance denied that he had an inappropriate relationship with the girl.
The defense alleged that the girl's family harbored animosity towards Lafrance because his father gave him a job that was previously held by the girl's stepfather.
The complaint was made months after Lafrance arrived in the community after relocating from Haiti.
There was no independent witness to confirm the girl's story.
Anishka Hanchell prosecuted and Sidney Dorsett represented Lafrance.
Friday 23rd September 2011 7:00 PM
The Salvation Army Bahamas Division invites you to join in their 80th (1931 - 2011) anniversary celebrations under the theme "Celebrating Our Faith, Embracing the Future". Sept. 23rd - Grand Concert Special artists: The Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, Miss Daisy and more. Tickets: $25 Start Time: September 23rd at 7:00pm Where: The Diplomat Centre, Carmichael Rd For more information, contact 242-393-2340 Email: email@example.com
Funeral Service for Giovano Rashedo James Evans, 21, of Wilson Avenue, Nassau Village who died on Monday, August 29th, 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 10th, at 10:00am at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Bishop Roston L. Davis assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive.
He is survived by his Mother: Portia Smith-Appiah; Father: Eric Evans Sr.; Daughter: Ru’Nyque Evans; Step-father: Godwin Appiah; Step-mother: Yolanda Evans; Brothers: Eric Jr., Brandon, Marvin & Deontay Evans; Sisters: Jania & Crys’derria Evans; Nephew: J ...
By SANCHESKA BROWN
THREE men were recovering in hospital last night after they were shot by police during an attempted robbery of a webshop.
The incident happened at around 9.50pm on Thursday when police received a report of a robbery in progress at Island Luck on Carmichael Road.
When officers arrived on the scene they met three men walking out of the establishment. The men allegedly opened fire on police, who in turn shot back.
Two of the suspects were shot in the leg and the other in the arm. They were taken to hospital where their injuries are said to be non life-threatening.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Sources say the robbers assaulted three female employees during the r ...
Thursday 17th March 2011 6:00 PM
Do you remember the Sunshine Twin, the Wulff Rd. Theatre and the Carmichael Drive-In? Many memories of days gone by. But you can recapture those days at the opening of the Dave Smith Photography Exhibition "Marquees". Start Time: March 17th at 6:00pm Where: Popopstudios, #26 Dunmore Ave, Chippingham
There have been two high profile murders of pregnant women in recent months. On July 30, Erica Ward was one of three people murdered at a residence on Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road. Ward was around eight months pregnant.
Thursday night Baresha Glinton-Lewis, who was five months pregnant, was shot to death in the presence of her 10-year-old son.
In Bahamian law, unborn children are not considered murder victims. Therefore, when two men were charged with the murder of Ward, Edward Braynen and Chackara Rahming no charge was leveled for the murder of Ward's unborn child.
There is a contradiction in our law. Abortion is a crime in The Bahamas. A person could get up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of abortion. Abortion is the killing of an unborn child. If it is a crime to kill an unborn child voluntarily (abortion), why isn't it a crime when an unborn child is killed by a bullet or knife passing through the body of his or her mother?
The government is bringing forward a new penal code in a few months. There needs to be a change in our law ensuring that the killing of a mother and her unborn child or children is considered a multiple murder. The sanction for such a crime should be severe.
Bishop Simeon Hall, who headed the government-appointed crime commission earlier on in this term, said yesterday that it is a shame that the unborn children of Glinton-Lewis and Ward will not be recognized as victims of murder.
"You can tell whether society is progressing by what it does for children, born and yet in the womb," Hall said.
"And so I'm calling on the lawmakers to look again at this law and to seek to make it more relevant."
Recognizing the lives of unborn children would have serious ramifications. People who physically abuse pregnant women and cause the death of their children, even if the mother survives, would face a homicide charge under this formulation.
In a few days or weeks as a country we will set a fourth murder record in five years. We are passing dangerous thresholds. We are on pace to have 140 murders this year in a country with a population of 350,000. It is unclear if the measures set in place by this administration will in the future help to slow the pace of violent crime. It is also unclear if either of the other political parties have plans that would work if they are elected the next government.
Much needs to be done to reform our criminal justice system, but this simple change to the penal code could send a message to those out there with criminal intent that harming expecting mothers is unacceptable.
Education Minister Desmond Bannister yesterday promised to reveal the full details today on what he says is widespread voter fraud in North Andros, a constituency he will run in for the Free National Movement in the upcoming election.
Bannister told The Nassau Guardian he has already turned over some of the names of people involved to Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel.
"North Andros has been the bedrock of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)," Bannister said.
"They are desperate. They will do anything inside or outside the law to retain North Andros."
Bannister, the current member of Parliament for Carmichael, insisted, "I have the facts."
Bethel told The Nassau Guardian yesterday he was checking into the claims raised by the minister and did not want to go into any details because he had only recently started his probe.
The parliamentary commissioner faced scathing criticisms from Election Court judges after the last general election and after the 2010 Elizabeth by-election.
The justices pointed to egregious failures in the parliamentary registration system.
This approaching election will be the first major test of the Parliamentary Registration Department since those criticisms.
While Bannister wished not to say yesterday how many names he turned over to the parliamentary commissioner, Bethel said one list included 30 names and another included 12 names.
"I have to check to find out what the situation is," Bethel said.
On Friday night, PLP Leader Perry Christie challenged the parliamentary commissioner to verify the accuracy of the voter's register and determine whether any fraud has taken place.
Christie said Bannister has talked "nonsense about registering dead people right here in North Andros".
"It's pathetic and it's untrue," said Christie, who spoke at the opening of the PLP's North Andros constituency office.
"I want to call upon the parliamentary commissioner to verify the accuracy of the voter's list and say to him any evidence of fraud -- and believe me the fraud won't be PLP fraud -- he should turn over to the police immediately.
"That's what I say tonight. That's what I say here. Do your job. Look for fraud. If you find it, turn it [over] to the police."
Bannister told The Nassau Guardian yesterday he will make a public statement today "which will deal with a number of things".
"One of them has to do with the manner in which PLP operatives have been flying persons into North Andros to register to vote and they're not entitled to do it," he said.
"And members of the media, I will be able to provide them with the names so that they can follow up and do their own investigation."
Bannister will go head to head with Dr. Perry Gomez, the PLP's North Andros candidate, and Captain Randy Butler, who is the Democratic National Alliance's candidate for the constituency.
On Friday night, Gomez was endorsed by several prominent individuals, including his brother Archbishop Drexel Gomez, who highlighted to PLP supporters his brother's accomplishments and values.
Bannister yesterday suggested that the archbishop's presence on a political stage was inappropriate.
"How ethical is it for an archbishop to be talking at a political rally?" he asked.
He called Archbishop Gomez, Dame Marguerite Pindling and former Governor General A. D. Hanna (who all attended the event) "a geriatric group" brought out by the PLP to campaign for Gomez.
"If you look at the last election campaign and you look at a report the PLP did, the PLP cannot attract the young people of this country," said Bannister, who was referring to the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner report commissioned by the PLP after the last election.
Would you please allow me to comment on a very interesting letter that was published in the February 1 edition of The Nassau Guardian. The letter is entitled "Recycling of bad candidates" and it was written by the prolific writer Dehavilland Moss.
Let me state from the outset that I consider Moss to be one of the best writers in the country. I always look forward to reading his insightful contributions to the dailies. In this particular letter, Moss listed several Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and Free National Movement (FNM) Members of Parliament who he feels should not have been renominated this time around. Moss was correct when he stated that Bahamians have become dissatisfied with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's current slate of Cabinet ministers and backbenchers. As most Bahamians should know by now, Ingraham and the leadership of the FNM have ratified 17 new candidates. Obviously Ingraham desires to present an attractive, youthful slate of candidates to the Bahamian electorate.
With the high caliber of candidates that the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and the PLP have nominated to run in the general election, Ingraham had virtually no other choice but to bring in fresh faces. It was either that or a blowout defeat at the polls. Moss commended Ingraham for this shrewd political move.
However, he then expresses amazement that Ingraham had "recycled" or ratified several "bad candidates". I take it that Moss considers Loretta Butler-Turner (Montagu), Desmond Bannister (Carmichael) and Zhivargo Laing (Marco City) to be either bad representatives or bad Cabinet ministers. All three of them are in the Cabinet. Moreover, all three of them have been moved to other constituencies. According to Moss, the fact that they are running in different areas speaks volumes to the way voters feel about them. I understand that Bannister has been moved to North Andros and The Berry Islands and Turner to Long Island. Laing has been moved to Fort Charlotte. With respect to Bannister and Turner, I cannot vouch for either of them. I don't know why the leadership of the FNM has decided to run them in different areas. Perhaps it has something to do with the mood of the voters in the capital. I live in Freeport. In fact I live in the constituency of Marco City.
Laing has been my MP for the past four-plus years; and he has done a remarkable job, despite the myriad challenges Grand Bahama continues to face. Despite the fact that he will not be running in Marco City in the upcoming election, Laing continues to meet his constituents at his office in the East Sunrise Shopping Centre in Freeport. Even though he is leaving Marco City for Fort Charlotte, he is still loyal to his current constituents. I think that says a lot about the man and his character. To his credit, Laing held his annual Christmas party this past December; and he has given away thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to several Grand Bahamian young people each year he has been MP for Marco City.
Laing has even given away money out of his own pocket to help struggling Grand Bahamians and he has assisted many senior citizens in the community. Moss needs to know this. Laing has done virtually everything Bahamians expect their representatives to do. What more could he have done? I consider Laing to be one of the best MPs in this country.
In fact I would place him in the top five out of the 41 Members of Parliament. I would even go as far as saying that Laing is prime minister material. Laing has performed well in Marco City despite the fact that he has been moved to another area. But perhaps Moss believes Laing should not have been renominated because of his performance as minister of state for finance. He did say that "many of these candidates have not performed well in their constituencies or as ministers".
Moss mentions the MonaVie incident that Laing was involved with a few years back. He also mentioned the financial downgrades by Moody's and Standard and Poor's. I think Laing's opponents have made a mountain out of a molehill with the MonaVie incident. If you were to compare that to what was alleged to have went on in the former Christie and Pindling administrations, Laing would come out looking like St. John of the Cross.
Regarding the financial downgrades, why should Laing not be renominated by the FNM? Even if I were to concede that Moss is right about Laing not performing well in the Cabinet, why should the leadership of the governing party or the voters punish him for that? I think the voters should judge him based on his merits as an MP. Mind you, Laing is only a junior minister. What I find interesting about Moss' observations are that he says nothing about the substantive minister of finance, Ingraham, and his performance in that ministry. Should Ingraham also not be renominated, Moss? With all due respect, Moss' logic is as solid as an overripe banana.
True, Ingraham and his Cabinet have borrowed a lot of money in the past four-plus years. But this was done in order to invest in several much needed infrastructure upgrades in New Providence. This was also an attempt by the Ingraham administration to stimulate the sagging economy by creating jobs for hundreds of unemployed Bahamians. However, with declining government revenues and a shrinking global economy, the downgrades were inevitable. Even the mighty U.S. suffered two financial downgrades by Moody's and Standard and Poor's last year.
Yet Moss wants Ingraham to throw an innocent man under the bus. It is unfortunate that our economy has been downgraded, but why should only Laing be left holding the bag? What happened last year was in the making since majority rule. Before majority rule the treasury had a surplus. Governments since then have engaged in deficit spending.
In closing, I believe Moss is thinking that Laing has been relocated to a different constituency because the voters in Grand Bahama don't like him. I will admit that this appears to be the case. But this was due to the aggressive public relations machine of the PLP and several other political opponents who are determined to destroy his career. These people kept repeating the distortions that he has neglected Marco City and that he has badly mismanaged the economy. Eventually enough people started believing them and the rest is history, so to speak. As fallen creatures, we love to believe the worst about people. This campaign to ruin Laing went on for years. In the end it was just too much for the FNM to overcome in Grand Bahama. Many disgruntled voters in Grand Bahama have been drinking the Kool-Aid of Laing's detractors for the past three-plus years. That is why he was moved to New Providence. Now, however, Moss and others want to continue slinging mud at the man.
As far as I am concerned, Laing should not have been included in Moss' list of recycled bad candidates. He is not a bad candidate. If I lived in Fort Charlotte, I would be excited about having Laing as my future MP.
- Kevin Evans
The Ingraham administration has met 10 of the 13 pledges it made in its 2007 Manifesto on immigration and is working on completing the others, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette said yesterday.
In its nearly five-year term, the government granted citizenship to about 2,600 people; reduced the number of work permits granted to foreign workers; recruited and deployed more immigration officers and introduced tamper proof work permits.
However, repatriation of illegal immigrants dipped in 2010 when the government temporarily suspended apprehension and repatriation exercises of illegal Haitian nationals found in the country after the earthquake in Haiti.
Not long after assuming office, the Free National Movement (FNM) began tackling its first promise for immigration reform: to articulate and implement a medium to long-term immigration policy providing for timely, transparent and expeditious application processes; the regularization of the status of long-time residents and the registration of children born abroad to married Bahamian women.
The process started in the summer of 2007 with an audit of applications outstanding before April 30 of that year.
Officials weeded through a backlog of applications for citizenship, permanent residency and spousal permits that in some cases stretched back decades.
Many of the people whose applications were assessed in the audit were born in The Bahamas and had a right to apply for citizenship. Others had lived in the country for years or were born outside The Bahamas to Bahamian mothers.
Officials at the time said those who were assessed during the audit were not automatically entitled to legal status in the country but had a right to know if they would be approved or denied.
"We hope that persons realize that we are serious about the national sovereignty and security of our country [and] that those who are entitled to be here, we would like to deal with them so that they are not angry; that they are not feeling displaced and those that are not entitled to be here, we can make sure that they are not here," said Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, who then had responsibility for immigration in 2007.
From May 2, 2007 to December 31, 2011, the government approved 2,590 applications for citizenship. The government also approved 1,710 permanent residence permits; 2,020 spousal permits and 12,678 permits to reside during the same time period.
The process was in keeping with the FNM's stated immigration policies.
"We've been regularizing persons who have been in The Bahamas all their lives, born in The Bahamas who never had status," Symonette said yesterday.
The government was roundly criticized for citizenship grants by some who saw the move as politically motivated.
The FNM's second Manifesto promise was to ensure that its immigration policies reflect the priorities and needs of the people and economy.
Symonette said this pledge was accomplished with the decrease in work permits issued last year.
The government issued 8,116 work permits in 2009; 9,390 in 2010 and 7,091 in 2011.
"That's been achieved, which shows we're trying to make sure that [foreigners who] apply don't get work permits [if] Bahamians qualify," Symonette said.
After the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the government temporarily stopped apprehension and repatriation exercises of illegal Haitian nationals found in the country.
The Department of Immigration also issued permits to reside to 102 Haitians who were detained at the Detention Centre on Carmichael Road at the time of the earthquake.
In 2010, the department recorded its lowest number of repatriations in the past five years: 1,562.
Statistics reveal that 2,392 Haitians were repatriated in 2011; 4,931 in 2009; 6,029 in 2008; 6,063 in 2007 and 6,028 in 2005.
Symonette said the FNM government has also introduced minimum processing times for applicants with no family ties to The Bahamas, in keeping with one of its pledges, and is processing spousal and work permits more efficiently.
"We're working on 21 days for those persons who have high net worth. We've also been able to reduce from about 12 to 15 years [processing time for] spousal permits to five years. We're very successful and we're turning around work permits a lot quicker too," he said.
Over the past three years, the government has recruited and deployed about 85 new immigration officers.
"We're also working to amalgamate Customs and Immigration officers on Family Islands so there's no duplication of work and the need for double officers," Symonette said.
The government has also created a 24-hour immigration hotline for tips on illegal immigration.
According to Symonette, a few things are still left undone on the FNM's 2007 list: To reorganize and bring order to the department; provide for timely processing of applications for expatriate skilled labor or technical expertise not available in the country; and the routine observance of established and published immigration rules.
He said the government has made strides in reorganizing the Department of Immigration but still has to computerize the Nassau office and move operations in Freeport and Abaco into new buildings.
Symonette told The Nassau Guardian that he hopes the next government will also address other areas of immigration reform.
"I think we have to look at the whole question of citizenship, permanent residency, who can apply, how you apply [and] what qualifications you need; just generally revising the rules," he said.
"I think we also need to look at the whole question of the issues that were raised in the  referendum."
New Providence Police make drug arrests - Arrest armed robbery suspects Investigate shooting incident
OFFICERS OF THE CENTRAL DIVISION MAKE DRUG ARRESTS
two (2) separate incidents officers of the Central Division arrested
two (2) men after they were found in possession of a quantity of
OFFICERS OF THE CENTRAL DIVISION ARREST ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT WITH IMITATION FIREARM - Police
are questioning a 20 year old male of Hampster Road off Carmichael Road
in connection with a number of armed robberies on the public
transportation system.Officers of the...
POLICE INVESTIGATES SHOOTING INCIDENT - A
20 year old male is in stable condition after being shot to the
face.The incident reportedly occurred around 11:45 pm on Thursday 16th
February, 2012.Initial police reports indicate that the victim was in
the Native Yard off East Street when he was approached by two (2) men,
one of whom armed with handgun...
New Providence Police investigat traffic fatality - Investigate shooting incident - Armed robbery suspect detain by citizens -
POLICE INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY Police are investigating a
traffic accident that has left a 31 year old male of Wingate Drive off
Carmichael Road dead.The incident reportedly...
ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT DETAINED BY CITIZENS A 21 year old male of Columbus Avenue is in police custody after being detained by residents of St. Albans Drive and released...
POLICE INVESTIGATES SHOOTING INCIDENT Police are investigating a shooting incident that has left a 24 year old male of...
Valentine's Day doesn't always have to be romantic, sometimes you just need to let the laughter rip, and Cocoa Brown promises to do just that.
Fans of Brown who watch her in her comedic role on Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns" will want to see her live on stage in all her comedic glory. They will laugh until their stomach hurts at her impressions of everyday life and punch-lines when she takes to the stage for the third annual "Love Fest" comedy show on Saturday, February 11 at the Rainforest Theater in the Wyndham Nassau Resort for a night of laughter and love.
Joining Brown on stage will be Shang, R. Jay, Wil Sylvince, Adam Schulz and homegrown talent Mark B.
This year's fest is an event you don't want to pass up because it's bigger than ever and everyone will have something to smile about. You will laugh until you cry with this stellar line-up.
Sylvince, a Haitian comedian who stole the show at Laugh 2011 is back by popular demand and will bring the same urban themes and comedic gestures that kept audience members near tears.
"This comedy show will be dynamic," said organizer, Inigo 'Naughty Niggs' Zenicazelay.
"We didn't cut back anywhere and we really let it rip this time. The crowd will love it. This year we have an awesome lineup of old favorites and new faces.
"This is a great way to spend this pre-Valentine's weekend. You don't have to worry about booking a restaurant or any of the other fancy things. This is a free-for-all night of fun that will be relaxing and stress free."
Schulz, from the urban comedy group "White Boys in the Hood", is expected to bring a unique "off-the-handle" style that even conventional comedy fans can appreciate.
A down-to-earth and laid back act is what can be expected from Shang, a comic who has made appearances on the "Def Comedy", "Bad Boys of Comedy" and "First Amendment Comedy" shows.
R. Jay, another American comedian with a urban flare will also bring a different angle to this night of laughs.
And of course to bring a Bahamian comedic twist, up-and-coming comedian Mark B. will take to the stage to give the crowd something to relate to.
Doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. The show laughs off at 9 p.m.
And the party does not end when the last comedian steps off the stage, because there's an after-party at Club 22, above the Wyndham, to keep the evening jumping for those people that simply don't want to go home.
All show guests will gain free admission. The comedy show band and a deejay will be there. Attendees can take in the drink specials all night. It will also provide an opportunity for fans to mingle with the comedians.
Davia Clarke, a fan of the Laugh Fest series, said she will definitely be making a beeline for this comedy show. She has attended the shows religiously for the last three years and can't get enough of them.
"I just love the show and what it does for me. It's so funny every year," she said.
"It's amazing who they get to come annually and I think they get better and better. Usually I have someone to go with for Love Fest, but this year I don't. Even so I will be there front and center to enjoy myself anyway. It will be so much fun."
Advance tickets are $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two. Tickets can be purchased from all John's shoe stores, Island cellular on Rosetta and Carmichael Road, Solomon's Mines' downtown location, Nassau Pawn on Bay Street, Will and Ives in the Marina Village on Paradise Island and the Outdoor Sportsman at the Mall at Marathon.
Love Fest Comedy Show
When: Saturday, February 11
Where: Rainforest Theatre, Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 for general, $60 for VIP and $75 for the Platinum love nest for two
Full Military Service for the late Assistant Superintendent of Police Edger Bain, 49, of #10 Bink Hill Road Freeport Grand Bahama and formerly of Nassau, New Providence will be held on Friday March 2, 2012 at 10:00am at the Bahamas Christian Fellowship, Carmichael Road Officiating will be Apostle Paul Butler. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy and Gladstone Road.
Left to cherish fond memories are his: Wife: Paulette Bain; Children: Monalisa, Moses and Joshua; Step children: CJ, Arianne and Ra-Chea; Brothers: Preston and Kirklyn Bain; Sisters-in-law: Sandra and Christina Bain; Grandson: Tayvion Tucker; Uncles: Wilfred and ...
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last night condemned violence and anti-social behavior on the campaign trail.
"The PLP (Progressive Liberal Party) are acting more and more unruly as they get more and more desperate," said Ingraham, who spoke at the official opening of the Free National Movement's (FNM) constituency office in Carmichael.
"Don't forget that during the BTC (Bahamas Telecommunications Company privatization) debate, senior PLPs demonstrated alongside known criminal elements. If it wasn't for the police the House of Assembly could have been overrun."
The prime minister pointed out that police are now investigating an alleged incident in Grand Bahama on Saturday, concerning people in a vehicle in an FNM motorcade being sprayed with a fire extinguisher from another vehicle not a part of the FNM's motorcade.
Ingraham revealed last night, "As many as six people were affected in ways requiring medical attention.
"One such person was the young daughter of our candidate for East Grand Bahama, Peter Turnquest, and another was a lady whose asthma was badly affected and who continues to experience respiratory problems.
"Several others also are experiencing headaches, fatigue and eye and throat discomfort, requiring them to take antibiotics and in some instances to remain away from their jobs."
Ingraham told the crowd in Carmichael that there is no fire extinguisher big enough to put out the FNM's torch.
The torch is the long-time symbol of the FNM. The crab is the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) symbol.
"Keep the fire burning," Ingraham said. "Crab season or not, if any crabs were involved in that incident, we hope the police catch them."
As PLP Leader Perry Christie did the night before, Ingraham urged supporters not to be provoked.
"Furthermore, unlike that half-hearted statement by Christie, I want to be clear. We will tolerate absolutely no violence of any sort by our people," the prime minister said.
"We will conduct ourselves in a non-violent and peaceful manner. Just remember, there's more than one way to catch a crab."
On Saturday night, Ingraham said two rallies should not take place in Grand Bahama on the same night, as they were stretching the resources of police.
He noted that the FNM announced its rally in advance of the PLP.
Friday 8th October 2010 8:00 PM
James Weldon Johnsonís Godís Trombones, which is also sometimes known by its full title, Godís Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. This production, written in 1927, is based on a book of poems by Johnson patterned after traditional African-American religious oratory. Guest Performer: Minister Kersch Darville Start Time: October 8th at 8:00pm Where: Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Road Tickets, during the run of the festival, are $25.00 except for Student Matinees, our special Student/Seniors discount preview on Thursday, September 30th at 8:00pm (ID required) and our Opening Night Gala on Friday, October 1st at 8:00pm
Thirty people will have their eligibility to vote in North Andros challenged during a public hearing in that constituency tomorrow, Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel said.
Earlier this week, Bethel said seven people would be called to testify in the voter fraud hearing, but yesterday revealed that the number has increased to 30.
Bethel anticipated that the hearing will stretch beyond tomorrow, but could not say how long he thinks it will take for the matter to wind up.
Lawyer and Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis said his party is representing three of the registered voters in question. He added that the whole exercise is vexatious and could hurt the Free National Movement's candidate for the area, Desmond Bannister.
Davis suggested that Bannister 'castigated' voters by his claims of fraud.
"I think it's a whole waste of time, quite frankly," he said yesterday.
"My initial view of it is that it's utter nonsense, the complaint, but not knowing all the details I will reserve what I think about what's going to happen on that day.
"On the face of it, the complainants have a challenge ahead of them to establish what their real case is."
Davis speculated that if some people who registered in the area are not eligible they may have been confused by recent amendments to the Parliamentary Elections Act - specifically the changes to the definition of what it means to be ordinarily resident - and did not deliberately try to defraud the election process.
"We are concerned about the names, but we are gathering the information concerning those persons, and I would not say they are planted there," Davis said. "The law has changed and persons have a right to decide now where they want their ordinary residence to be.
"They may not be fraudulent. They may have made a genuine error as to where they may be able to vote. That's not fraud. To accuse people of fraudulent behavior is a serious charge and in the nature of things I don't think anyone will knowingly register themselves in an area where they know that they cannot vote.
"They may be in error. As we've discovered in a number of cases, people say this is where my mother lives, this is where I spend most of my time and this is where I want to vote and they register there. They don't do it because of any malice or a view to mislead people."
The allegations of voter fraud came to light about two weeks ago after Bannister, the education minister and MP for Carmichael, claimed 36 people registered illegally in that constituency.
Bannister also accused unnamed "PLP operatives" of flying people into North Andros, free of charge, to register to vote.
Two traffic fatalities happened yesterday and another occurred over the weekend.
According to police, one of the incidents involved 31-year-old Doryle Bastian. His Suzuki motorcycle collided with a Honda Fit vehicle on East Street on Monday shortly after 1 a.m.
Bastian died at the scene.
The driver of the Honda reportedly fled the scene, however police revealed yesterday that they had a man in custody. It was unclear if he was the driver.
Family and friends said Bastian was a family man who cared deeply about his three young children.
"I'd rather be the one laying in the morgue today," the victim's father, Alton Bastian told The Guardian yesterday.
"When you knock someone down, that's a human, not a dog," said the victim's uncle, Bernard Strachan. "They could have stopped to see if he [was] alright."
Police also reported that shortly after 3 a.m. yesterday, a red Mitsubishi Mirage, occupied by a man and a woman, collided into a tree off Carmichael Road heading east.
The driver died at the scene and the passenger received serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Her condition is unknown.
Police are also investigating a traffic fatality that happened on Long Island on Saturday at 2 a.m.
The accident involved a Toyota car that ran into a tree in the Mangrove Bush area.
The 22-year-old male driver was taken to the Deadman's Cay Health Centre where he was pronounced dead.
A team of officers from the Traffic Division on New Providence traveled to Long Island to assist with the investigations.
According to police, a total of 13 traffic fatalities have been recorded for the year so far.
Funeral service for Doyle Alton Bastian, 31, a resident of Holiday Drive, South Beach, who died on 19th March, 2012, will be held at Southside Christian Ministries International, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Apostle, Dr. C. Clifford Smith III. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish his loving memories are his mother: Karen Ingraham; father: Alton Bastian; step-father: Orpheus Ingraham; two sons: Doyle and Doylano Bastian; one daughter: Doyleisha Bastian; one brother: Corey Bastian, two sisters: Sharmaine Ferguson, Cassie Battiata; step brother: Dasario Ingraham; step sisters: Olivia Ingraham; grandfather: Alfred Bastian; five niec ...
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT'S going to the fourth version of the Young Champions Boys Club's Sports Blast Saturday as the various local martial arts schools come together to compete in the Open Karate Tournament. Scheduled for Bahamas Faith Ministries on Carmichael Road, the event is slated to begin at 9am and will show competitors in kata - hard and soft, point sparring, continuous fighting, extreme kata and grappling.
Organiser Corey 'DJ Counsellor' Rolle said the event is a tradition for the Young Boys Club and it will be family-oriented with special guest appearances from local gospel artists Regina Ward and Avery Fowler.