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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 05, 2012
Doyle Alton Baby Doyle Bastian, 31

Funeral service for Doyle Alton "Baby Doyle" Bastian, 31 yrs., 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 nieces: Kevinna Pennerman, Adreana, Allyhandra and Amanda Battiata and Daysha; seven nephews: Shaquan and Cardino Ferguson, Adrian Jr. and Amaziah Battiata; thirteen aunts: Melvern, Joyce, Sandra, Burnese, Stephanie and Docas Bastian, Bridgette Miller, Alfreda Sears, Shonie and Melonie Strachan, Tesaline Evans and Belkis Dames; eleven uncles: Carl, Sidney, Ednal, Edward, Sheldon Bastian, Charles Sands, Terrance, Robert and Bernard Strachan, Shawn Benjamin and Lynden Miller, two brother-in-law: Cardinal Ferguson and Adrian Battiata; grandaunts: Anita McKenzie, Miriam Brown, Arlean, Cheryl and Rehesa Smith, Eulalee, Emily and Majorie Bastian, Muriel Bullard, Pricilda Ferguson and Muriel Ash; granduncles: Anthony, Zebedee, Nathaniel and Paul Bastian, Kendal and Stevason Smith, Henry Bullard, Elijah Ferguson and Livingston Ash; cousins: Tameko, Lakeisha, Crystal, Lithera, Laranda, Urshala, Peaches, Hollina, Elaine, Johnisha, Shan, Shakera, Shanique, Xena, Alyah, Daysha, Candace, Dasha, Ednika and Achara, Claude, Deangelo, Charley, Theo, Tevon, Terran, Marcus, Elan, Samuel, Solomon, Salathiel, Sanny, Rico, Phillip, Elton, Coran, Garvin, Brendan, Dillon, Sidney Jr., and Sheldon Jr., Barbara and Cheryl; best friends: Mackey, James and Jason; a host of other relatives and friends include: Mosko Construction, Jimmy, Johnny, Mike and Troy, Truck Drivers, members of Southside Ministries, Virgo Car Rental Staff, Staff of Big Ten, Dallas and Family, The Biker's Crew, Arebea, Johnathon, Abby, Felisha, Larette, Lavernay, Kendal, Jeff, Tony, Cleon, Allie, Stephon, Arnold, Apostle Clifford C. Smith and Family, Ingraham Family, Sheena and Family, Janice and Family, Chris, Keisha, Benjie, C.C. Sweeting Graduation Class of 1998, The Staff of Bamboo Shack, the Staff of Anthony's Bar and Grill & many others too numerous to mention.
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 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 10, 2014
We could be famous for our culture

Dear Editor,
Culture - we live with it everyday but we hardly see it. It takes a little shake to wake us up to what is around us. The weekend's Transforming Spaces tour gave the population a great opportunity to see what the world of art was up to. It was a terrific day of soaking in culture and being forced to process things in a different, more thoughtful way.
Funny that one of the most shocking installations made the most impact on some. I had to stop and think about what the warehouse space at Liquid Courage was saying to me. The images and things chosen by the various artists worked together to cause mental discord. The entire tour and all the spaces were incredible. However, the Liquid Courage space stood out because of my own work around The Bahamas over the last few months.
I stopped in front of a chaise lounge quite destroyed, standing up on its end, and thought, what is this? What is this trying to tell me? I saw the lovely, white-focused, exotic image of the Bahamian Riviera a la Baha Mar. My mind returned to the chaise lounge, its rubber straps broken, hanging down, discolored, ugly. It made me think of my daily swim from Atlantis to Cabbage Beach Cove, where the mansions have replaced the trees.
At the bottom of the sea, as Jamaica Kincaid's book says, are lounge chairs destroyed by wear and tear but thrown under by the destruction of the sea coupled with careless consumption. The beach struggles under the weight of cruise-ship passengers thrown around by suddenly unforgiving surf, who drink black-hand-served, toxic pink and volcanic yellow rum tainted juices from brown coconuts until they are pink and red from a day or a few hours on an island in the sun.
The loungers and the tables lay at the bottom of the sea, a testament to rough seas, as we have had all month, and littering layabouts who care little for the space they visit except to leave with a tan and a few snapshots of beauty.
The Baha Mar poster ruled. Yet everything else lay broken around it. As the minister of government says, this is our culture. Our culture is tourism; tourism is our culture. How can this wanton destruction of the land by the industry that is meant to be our sustenance be so pervasive?
The room showed carcasses of consumption. All of those corpses that I see everyday. The sad part is the obvious destruction that uncontrolled consumption visits on the environment where we live. While we may not see it because we live in it, the constant use of our island has made it shudder under the weight. Where are the skyscrapers that sing a song of development and progress? Where's the ode to 30-story high hotels filled with people who do not choose to experience our lives. They stay locked away in a world where we only enter to serve with our crocodile smiles and our glass-bottle-fragile natures.
As the monument to consumption rises and the bikini clad sit on the fast powerboat, polluting our waters with vaporous waste, flushing out their contents into turquoise depths and golden sunshine that holds no memory of our existence except the cement boat that sits, floats upon the tumultuous sea of sinking culture. It/we sink(s) down, half a league, half a league, half a league farther into the clutches of consumed beauty constructed by artificial high rises built to keep away natives who enter to serve.
The culture that lives off tourism is sinking like the cement ship that is sent to our aid. As the story goes, aid comes with a bomb. Alas, who really cares that we sink in the turquoise of tourist bile when we can sink with a few cents in our pockets among the carcasses of used chaise lounges, empty glass bottles and plastic water bottles strewn across paradise's sandy shores? Five o'clock marks the dirty end of the oiled bodies as they leave this shore for another one, less used, more beautiful.
What a mind-opening experience that raised my hackles to see the sore loss of innocence on the junk pile of consumption. When they leave, where will we be? Will tourism still be our culture and our culture still be tourism, or will we revert to being natives with soft, black skins baked in the sun after a century and a half of plantation tourism?
Water was such a fitting theme for the exhibitions. It showcased our life-giving seas that surround the islands and how wholeheartedly we destroy them through overexposure. From seesawing ourselves into consciousness as the aqua waters rise and fall on one of the installations to the diversity of textures and visions in the other art forms, it showed how incredibly rich this, our, culture is. The entire tour was an experience in savoring culture and beauty. It awakened so many facets of our beings. Yet the Liquid Courage installation troubled the very waters of my soul. Did it have any impact on the others who whimsically observed but did not feel? As tourism consumes us, the Transforming Spaces tour showed that we could actually be famous for our culture, not our tourist culture. We have already sold out the local music scene that once lured thousands here in the early days of the last century, in favor of the international beat. Why not really develop the true culture of this struggling nation?
- Ian Bethell Bennett

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October 12, 2011
PM won't cut Bamboo Town

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said in the House of Assembly late Monday night that he would reject any proposal from the Boundaries Commission to cut out the Bamboo Town constituency, a seat currently held by Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Branville McCartney.
McCartney won the seat as a Free National Movement (FNM) member in 2007.  He resigned from the Ingraham Cabinet last year and from the party this year.
"If the committee came back and said to cut Bamboo Town out, I would not accept that because I want him in Bamboo Town," said Ingraham, referring to McCartney.
"I want to meet him in Bamboo Town.  He is not going to carry my things anywhere."
Ingraham then looked at Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) leader Perry Christie and added, "If I can't get it, you will have it."
The prime minister made the comments as he wrapped up debate on the Straw Market Authority Bill.  Earlier in the day, Ingraham announced in the House that the Boundaries Commission had been fully constituted.
The prime minister's comments on Bamboo Town came as an aside and were accompanied by much laughter from him and other members in the lower chamber at the time.
"I don't have any difficulty in talking to the member for Bamboo Town," Ingraham said.
"I told him this afternoon, as I told you before, that Bamboo Town is a nice test case. Here's a case where you (Christie) and I have taken two gentlemen who want to be leaders of The Bahamas and are putting them up as candidates."
Ingraham was referring to former Bahamas Democratic Movement leader Cassius Stuart, who is expected to be the FNM's candidate in Bamboo Town in 2012, and Renward Wells, a former member of the National Development Party, who is the PLP's candidate for the area.
"There's another gentleman there in the person of the member for Bamboo Town who wants to be a leader and we've asked them to fight in their league down there to see which of them is going to come out to become eligible to be leader," the prime minister said.
"I have nothing against Bamboo Town.  You know, when I was younger in here I had hard mouth, but I could back it up.  And I did back it up.  I wasn't just arrogant and 'biggety'.  I was able to back up what I said.
"I looked (then prime minister Sir Lynden) Pindling in the eye and said 'come down, come on down'.  I sat right in the back here.  The entire PLP council sat there.
"I said I will take all of you on and beat you and we did.  I am now speaking to big people," he said, intimating that he did not consider McCartney to be in his or Christie's league.
"I am now speaking to the leader of the opposition, my worthy opponent.  I am not speaking to [any] little splinter group.  In fact, quite frankly Mr. Speaker, I trust that unless something happens that I wouldn't have to mention Bamboo Town (McCartney) again."
McCartney was in the chamber at the time of Ingraham's remarks.

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March 13, 2014
Eight honored for their contributions to ministry

Five youth members of Restoration Kingdom Ministries and three senior statesmen were honored for their contributions to the ministry, as the church celebrated its seventh anniversary recently.
Aailyah Anderson, Cassius Knowles Jr., Oteus Knowles, Cateleen and Catherine Wells were recognized at a service of thanksgiving. In addition, three adults were acknowledged for their work -- Juliana Major-Bullard, Joseph Wilmore "Bumpy" Saunders and Apostle Samuel Douglas Cleare, who was also the guest preacher.
"We decided to honor the youth of the church because they are the church," said Reverend Wells. "A few of them have been with us from when they were little children, and their longevity and consistency of service with the church has actually been very remarkable. We're going to keep saying thank you. I believe that if people are doing all they can to see the Kingdom of God succeed, the Kingdom should pause and say thank you," said Rev. Wells. "This is not a payment, this is a thank you because only God can pay."
Restoration Kingdom Ministries, co-pastored by Reverend Cleveland D.X. Wells and Minister Samantha Francis-Wells, has accomplished a lot in the last seven years. Already on its property on Faith Avenue South, it is occupying a temporary facility that continues to grow to meet its developing needs as a fellowship. According to Wells, its success to date has everything to do with the blessing of God and the dedication of its members, particularly a small core of leaders.
"One of the key things is our nucleus. You have to have a solid nucleus that has the church and God's house at heart and I can say that I have that," said Wells.
Two of those key members are Elders Wellington and Grace Francis, who is inspired by her personal relationship with God and her witness of the many miracles God brought in her life. Francis looks forward to the pastors' overall vision for their church including a school, a home for abused women and teens, and a counseling center for young men.
"Most of all we want to continue catering to the whole man -- spirit, soul and body," said Francis-Wells.
Francis-Wells said that a part of the ministry's restorative focus is the removal of the stigma that has developed over the whole issue of the church. She said Restoration Kingdom Ministries is creating that image of what the church used to be -- a place where families and communities can be educated, their lives enhanced and they can receive guidance and assistance.
"Our mission is to be really community-minded, to let people know there's a place they can come to, just as they are," said Wells. "In fact, our whole objective is helping people to live a healthy life spiritually so they can experience some Heaven on earth and then have Heaven as their final resting place."

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April 04, 2014
The illusion and magic of the circus

When Steven Best and Cassandra step onto the stage, their audience becomes a part of an unbelievable magic experience that will leave them mystified -- the master illusionist spins Cassandra's head in a full 360-degree turn -- and they remind you to remember to breathe as Cassandra fits herself into a small box and Steven pushes eight stainless steel, razor sharp spikes through her. This is the magic that Steven Best and Cassandra will bring to the stage as the circus has come to town.
So believe it or not, the circus will be truly amazing, based around a new cast performing and appearing on the popular television show "Ripley's Believe it or Not" and its famous museum in the United States. There will be 12 captivating performances of acrobats, contortionists, a Michael Jackson impersonator, local animals, famous cartoon characters such as Sponge Bob, Dora, Turtle and Elmo, a hilarious side-kick midget who will serve as co-ringmaster, daring swords swallowing act, rivaling Steven Best and Cassandra who headlined their own show in Las Vegas for five years, and who are now currently performing in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in their new large-scale illusion show "Magic Spectacular!" for the best acts of the show title.
The sword act duo known as Captain and Maybelle, promise a show that will be shocking and filled with laughter. The self-proclaimed partners in crime perform classic sideshow entertainment with a contemporary twist, delivering zingers and stingers. Captain is a sword swallower, human blockhead and fire breather.
Captain & Maybelle were on "America's Got Talent Season 6", and if you missed them there, it's another dynamic duo that will leave you astonished and shaking your head in disbelief. You can see them push each other to their utmost physical limits, combining unique sideshow talent and spot-on comedy that will make you laugh and cry and have you asking why. They will show you how they quickly became America's favorite sideshow couple.
Rounding out the must see-acts will be juggler, Jonathan Jackson, and of course the co-ringmaster Stanley B. Booker Jr. who performed with the Universoul Circus in Atlanta, Georgia.
The circus has been brought to town again for the fifth year, courtesy of David Wallace and Soft Touch Productions.
"This year's event will be a circus of soul with lots of music and entertainment to hype the crowd," said Wallace, who said he tries to bring in different acts every year to ensure that the show remains relevant and a must-attend event. "This year in particular, there will be eye-popping, jaw-dropping performances that will have the audience anxious and on the edge of their seats when they see particular acts."
Matinee shows will be held today at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium (KGLI) for schools at 10 a.m., with a 1:30 p.m. show at Gerald Cash Primary. Shows open to the public will be held tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m. at KGLI.
Admission is $12 students, $11 for pre-school aged children and includes a hot dog and drink. Adult tickets are $15 general admission and $20 ringside seating.
Tickets can be purchased at Seventeen Shop, Collins Avenue, Carey's Department Store, Mackey Street, Conliffe's Bakery off Carmichael Road and the Original Swiss Sweet Shop, West Bay Street.

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February 18, 2014
Atlantis sea lions get a new outlook on life

Dolphin Cay at Atlantis, Paradise Island has successfully completed two complex eye surgeries on two of its sea lion residents.Cassie, a star sea lion who makes regular appearances around the resort, and Sebastian, a breeding male sea lion, were showing signs of developing eyesight challenges. Dolphin Cay's attending staff veterinarian and a veterinary ophthalmologist consultant conduct routine eye exams as part of a preventative health care plan for the animals, but the decision was made to conduct a more thorough exam on Cassie and Sebastian. It was discovered that both animals had developed early onset cataracts in their eyes. A cataract is the clouding of the lens inside the eye.As a result, a date was set to correct the situation for both animals and the veterinary team formulated plans to safely remove the lens from within the eyes. When a sea lion develops a cataract, it is usually better to remove the entire lens during the surgical procedure. Once the cloudy lens has been removed, the eye fills with clear fluid and allows the sea lion's eye to function quite well. In fact, the vision is restored and greatly enhances the quality of life for the animal. In humans, the lens is usually replaced to allow for better focus but since sea lions don't need to read fine print, replacement of the lens is not necessary.The eye surgery was indeed a complex surgical procedure that brought the medical and animal training teams together to work side by side to make the surgery a success. Both Cassie and Sebastian are in recovery and are doing well, although they will be limited to light exposure and water for a period of time to allow for their eyes to heal.

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February 14, 2014
Sports Notices

Bahamas Scholastic AssociationThe Bahamas Scholastic Association (BSA) basketball playoffs will begin on Tuesday, February 25, and will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In an effort to pay for the use of the gym, players are asked to pay one dollar each to enter the gym on the day that they are playing. Teams with balances will not be allowed to play. Also, the league's principal's award for the month of January goes to Mrs. Knowles, principal at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy, for her overwhelming support of her team for the month of January 2014.Track & FieldClub Monica Athletics will host its 11th annual track and field classic this Friday and Saturday, at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The event is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and will feature a number of athletes competing in all of the age groups. In addition to a number of standout Bahamian athletes, the event is expected to feature athletes from throughout the Caribbean as well. It will be held under the patronage of 2012 IAAF Rising Female Star of the Year Anthonique Strachan. Strachan, who is a former member of Club Monica Athletics, is the reigning double sprint champion from the World Junior Championships, and a two-time winner of the Austin Sealy award, handed out to the region's best athlete at the annual CARIFTA Games. Strachan is also a semi-finalist from the most recent world championships, and the Olympic Games. Tickets for the event can be obtained at $10 for VIP, $5 for adults, and $3 for children.BoxingThe Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will host its bi-monthly show on Saturday, February 15, starting at 8 p.m. at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. A total of six matches will be showcased, and awards will be presented for the 'Best Fight', the 'Most Outstanding Boxer' and the 'Most Improved Boxer'. The CABC along with Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge will also host 'The Spirit of Determination' Amateur Boxing Show at the Platinum Sports Entertainment Center on Dowdeswell Street and Christie Avenue on Saturday, March 1, starting at 8 p.m. The show will recognize Bahamian boxing legends Cassius Moss and David 'Sugar Kid' Bowe. All amateur boxers and boxing clubs are welcomed to participate.

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Movie
Brothers
  • Genre : Drama, Thriller, War
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. Based on Susanne Bier's film, "Brothers"....


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October 18, 2011
Christie to challenge McCartney in House

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie said yesterday he plans to take Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney on in the House of Assembly over a recent "personal attack" he said the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader made on him.
Christie responded in an interview with The Nassau Guardian to McCartney telling a group of DNA supporters that he was a "wimp" for sitting back quietly as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham hit out over Bamboo Town in the House of Assembly last week.
Ingraham claimed the constituency belonged to him and McCartney would not be playing in his (Ingraham's) or Christie's league in the next general election.
"I'm surprised that Bran would want to take me on personally and when you call someone a wimp, you are making a personal attack on [him] and I'm going to have to ask him on my feet whether he is prepared to stand up in this place (the House of Assembly) where we ought to work and say that to me [that I'm a wimp] so that I could respond to him," Christie said.
"I most certainly will invite him to do that because it seems out of character and I could only assume he was hoping what he said was private and would not reach the light of day.  He couldn't possibly be inviting me to take him on and for me to [provide] an assessment as to what I think he is."
At a recent reception at Workers House for Alfred Poitier -- the DNA's candidate for Kennedy -- McCartney also called Ingraham a bully.
Christie explained why he had nothing to say when Ingraham claimed Bamboo Town was "my things".
He also explained why he had nothing to say when Ingraham suggested that McCartney would be playing in his league if he runs in Bamboo Town against Cassius Stuart (the FNM's candidate hopeful and former Bahamas Democratic Movement leader) and Renward Wells (the PLP's already ratified candidate and former executive of the National Development Party).
"The prime minister was on his feet.  He was speaking specifically about Bamboo Town and Bran McCartney," Christie said.
"What he said had nothing to do with the PLP and the leader of the PLP except that he said that if he didn't win it (the Bamboo Town seat), in his estimation, I have to infer, the PLP will.
"Firstly, I believe that we will win the seat in Bamboo Town because we have a quality [candidate], by any standard, equal to Bran McCartney, the incumbent.  And someone who even has aspirations for leadership, so therefore insofar as Renward Wells is concerned, he is a very, very suitable candidate for that particular area."
Christie also said it would be a mistake for Ingraham to underestimate McCartney in the next general election.
"I would not underestimate Bran," he said.
"The prime minister's comment appeared to underestimate his strength and I think it's a mistake to do that because he is an attractive personality that one has to [take seriously], and most certainly from our point of view, we will never make a mistake again of underestimating anyone because the by-election in Elizabeth told us that every vote counts, no matter how hard you fight for one vote."
Following the recount of the Elizabeth by-election in February 2010, the FNM's candidate, Dr. Duane Sands, was up by two votes.
But the PLP's candidate, Ryan Pinder, ended up winning the seat by three votes following an Election Court challenge.
Asked whether he thought the race for Bamboo Town would be a scrap, Christie said, "From our point of view, we think it's going to be a good fight and we actually think when we look at statistics and what will happen that we're going to win that seat."
The PLP did not run anyone in Bamboo Town in 2002 or 2007.
Christie acknowledged yesterday that not running a PLP candidate in the constituency in 2007 was a mistake.
"It is arguable whether or not it was a wise decision in 2007, because by that time it was clear that Tennyson Wells was just an independent kind of person and candidate and really not one who could be seen to be partial to the PLP," he said.
"And so, if I had to do it all over again, yes, I would have run someone in Bamboo Town at that time.  The point is though you make up for mistakes and we are running now in every seat whenever they finish the (Boundaries Commission's) work... including Long Island."
McCartney won Bamboo Town as an FNM candidate in 2007, resigned from the Ingraham cabinet in 2010 and left the party in 2011, quickly forming the DNA.
He has said that the good thing about being leader is that he can choose what constituency he runs in, and suggested that at the end of the day it could be North Abaco, a seat long held by the prime minister.

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