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May 16, 2012
Legal issues delay John Bull robbery trial again

Legal issues have once again delayed progress in the trial of three men accused of the armed hold-up of the Rolex boutique at John Bull.
Jasper Curry, David Collins and Jonathan Armbrister are accused of robbing the Bay Street store of 12 luxury watches, which have a combined value of $395,360.
Justice Indra Charles dismissed the jury yesterday until Thursday after legal arguments arose during the testimony of Detective Constable 2290 Bruce Chisholm.
Lawyers Jerone Roberts for Collins and Geoffrey Farquharson for Armbrister objected to the admission of a CD of crime scene photographs into evidence.
The initial arguments began in the presence of the jury, who were then excused until Thursday.
Chisholm was the first witness called to the stand since the jury was empanelled on May 8. They were sent away until Monday while closed discussions continued in their absence.
Attorney Jomo Campbell appears for Curry and Sandra Dee Gardiner is the prosecutor.
All of the accused are on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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James Catalyn and Andrew Curry's
James Catalyn and Andrew Curry's

Friday 30th October 2009  8:00 PM

James Catalyn and Andrew Curry's play, “Guanahani” returns for a repeat performance featuring: James Catalyn & Friends, The Allegro Singers, The Diocesan Chorale and The National Dance School. Held at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts at 8 pm nightly. Tickets $20 can be bought from The Dundas Box Office beginning Oct 24 from 9 am - 5 pm. You can also make advance bookings be emailing julcat61@hotmail.com For more information, contact 242-393-3728 or 242-394-7179.


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May 22, 2012
Senate appointments complete

Ten senators received their instruments of appointment at a ceremony at Government House yesterday, marking the completion of the formation of the Upper Chamber.
Prime Minister Perry Christie told the group that he was happy that they answered the call to public service but warned them that there is a lot of work ahead for parliamentarians.
The Cabinet Office announced the appointments of the final three senators on Sunday. They are: Sharon Wilson, a former Senate president and magistrate; Joseph Curry, a business consultant and
former diplomat and Cheryl Bazard, an attorney.
They join defeated Progressive Liberal Party candidates Frank Smith, Gregory Burrows, Jerome Gomez, Julian Russell, Gary Sawyer, Alex Storr and Tanisha Tynes, who were appointed to the Senate last week.
Several of the PLP senators are newcomers to politics who will serve in Parliament for the first time.
Christie said the mix of new and seasoned politicians augurs well for the future of the country's political system.
He added that his planned mid-term adjustments and natural attrition will allow PLP members who were not elected to the House of Assembly or appointed to the Senate a chance to take part in Parliament or take up other posts.
Christie also suggested that Wilson will once again be elected to head the Upper Chamber.
After the ceremony, Wilson, who last served in the Senate from 2002 through 2007, said in whatever capacity she serves, she will seek to ensure that there is bipartisanship and high standards in Parliament.
"Whatever role I play it is my intent to ensure that in our Senate there is a standard of decorum and an advancement of something that is positive," she said.
"The Upper Chamber is a place where we ought to try to show that we can work together for a common goal."
Wilson said her selection to the Senate this time around is more poignant considering the social and economic issues facing the nation.
"To be able to serve in our country at a time like this, I deem it to be a real special privilege," she said. "In so many ways we are at a crossroads. In so many ways there is a need to lift not just the spirits of people [but] to lift the economic standards, to lift moral standards, to lift standards generally in our country."
The opposition Free National Movement appointed four people to the Upper Chamber last week. They are: Zhivargo Laing, Desmond Bannister, Kwasi Thompson and Heather Hunt.
Parliament opens on Wednesday.

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October 22, 2011
NAGB ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR AND STAFF APPOINTMENTS

After an extensive search, the Board of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas announces the appointment of Director Amanda Dana Coulson to succeed Dr. Erica M. James, who managed the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas since its establishment seven years ago.

Amanda Coulson, a Bahamian citizen, earned her Master's Degree in Art and Architecture from New York University's prestigious Institute of Fine Arts and went on to become an internationally-renowned art critic and curator, while supporting Bahamian artists on the international platform.

Dr. James is a strong supporter of Coulson who she worked with in 2006 on the international exhibition "Funky Nassau - Recovering an Identity". The exhibition was staged at both the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and the celebrated Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden, Germany, where it garnered great international press for the nine Bahamian artists: John Beadle, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Lillian Blades, John Cox, Blue Curry, Michael Patrick Edwards, Antonius Roberts, Heino Schmid and Clive Stuart.

Coulson maintained close contact with many of the artists and helped further their careers with advice and insights in navigating the complex world of contemporary art. "I'm really touched at how many friends and colleagues have supported this appointment.  It underscores the warmth and richness of our community that I've missed for so long," Coulson comments.

Having co-founded contemporary art fairs with her German husband in both Basel, Switzerland and New York, Coulson wished to bring her expertise in arts  administration, curating and critical writing back to her native soil. "Like many Bahamians who went abroad to complete their studies, connections are made that take one further away from home, professionally or personally.  I secured a great job in New York and then married a German art dealer. While I found myself in a network that was extremely rewarding, it was disengaged from my homeland. So I was particularly thrilled when this opportunity arose for myself and my family."

Coulson has promoted artists from other Caribbean nations like Che Lovelace (Trinidad), Enoc Perez (Puerto Rico) and Zac Ové (Trinidad), as well as African artists like Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa) and Meschac Gaba (Benin), increasing their presence on the international art platform. "There are many art scenes that are unfairly marginalized due to their remoteness from the global art hubs. I hope to use my network of 20 years of arts management, to further the reach of Bahamian artists by bringing our national achievements to an international stage, and to garner more international focus on the islands themselves, encouraging visits by art lovers and curators to see the richness of our cultural scene."

Additional appointees are:

Jordia Benjamin

Assistant Educational Officer

Jordia Benjamin was born in Nassau, The Bahamas, attended Aquinas College and graduated from High School in Kissimmee, Florida. She attended Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida pursuing and completing the Associate of Arts Degree in Studio Arts. She transferred to the University of South Florida, in Tampa where she graduated with honors and received dual degrees, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio (concentration in Painting) and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While a student at USF, she furthered her studies abroad by enrolling in the University's summer programmes in Paris, France and the United Kingdom. As an undergraduate, Miss Benjamin received numerous awards and grants including 'Exceptional Talent Grant, CVPA Diversity Enhancement Grant, Transfer Student Achievement Scholarship, USF Art Department Talent Grant and USF College of the Arts Study Aboard Grant.

Her work has been exhibited in several Tampa galleries: The Centre Gallery, Flight 19, Traditional and Digital Arts Gallery, The International Boba House and William and Nancy Oliver Gallery. She received Honorable Mention in "Cityscape," the University of South Florida Study Abroad International Photo Competition and was co-curator of "Je veux l'art" Fall 2008 Paris Study Abroad Exhibition at the USF Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL. Miss Benjamin has worked in several museums including the Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, Florida and the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of two honor societies Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key International Honor Society. She is the daughter of Crispin and Juieth Benjamin.

As Assistant Educational Officer, Miss Benjamin will assist with the development and supervision of education programmes for children, adults and artists; develop and execute community and island outreach programmes; and with assist with the development of educational materials for exhibitions as a part of educational product development.

Ashley Knowles

Curatorial Assistant

Ashley Knowles was born in Nassau, New Providence where she first developed an interest in art. After graduating from Bishop Michael Eldon School in Freeport, Grand Bahama, she received the Bahamas United World College full scholarship to attend Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for 2 years to complete her International Baccalaureate. Upon completion of her baccalaureate degree, Ashley Knowles received a scholarship to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts where she completed her Bachelors of Arts in May 2011 in Anthropology and a concentration degree in Museum Studies. Whilst attending Smith College, she also completed a thesis in Museum Studies on the role of relevancy in the Bahamian history museum. In the summer of 2011, Ashley Knowles successfully completed a certificate programme in Art Museum Studies at the Summer Institute of Art Museum Studies (SIAMS) where she was published and was 1 of 5 curators for the certificate exhibition entitled, Surface Tension: Reconsidering Water as Subject.

Ashley Knowles has had the good fortune of working at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC where she researched and curated an online digital exhibition entitled, "An Attempt At Noise: The Presence of Junkanoo in The Bahamas" and the Smithsonian 1994 Folklife Festival. Ashley Knowles has also interned at the National Museum of The Bahamas, The Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation where she researched and conducted interviews on Grand Bahamian history and assisted with the completion of a mini exhibition on the history of Grand Bahama.

As Curatorial Assistant, Miss Knowles will assist the director and curators with the research, development, design, installation and implementation of exhibitions, maintain and manage the National Collection and exhibition galleries. She will also act as liaison between curatorial staff and the general public, supervise use of the National Collection and perform routine condition reports on the galleries and National Collection with curators.

Nastassia Pratt

Curatorial TraineeNastassia Pratt was born in Nassau, Bahamas. Her interest in art began during her high school studies at St. John's College, particularly in 2003 during the RBC Finco Summer Art Workshop when she was introduced to watercolor painting. This subsequently led to her studies in design at The College of The Bahamas' Associate's Degree in Architecture. She then continued studies in architecture at Ryerson University in 2005 where her interest in model-making began. An ongoing exploration of these avenues of creating has led her to her present position as a Curatorial Trainee at the NAGB.

As Curatorial Trainee, Miss Pratt will support the work of the curatorial staff and focus on professional museum practices training. Miss Wright will assist with exhibition development and maintenance, collections management, research, public programming, merchandising, membership and gallery promotion.

Averia Wright

Curatorial Trainee

Averia Wright was born in Nassau, The Bahamas and graduated from St. John's College. She is a ceramicist/sculptor who graduated from the College of The Bahamas with an Associates Degree in Fine Art. She transferred to the University of Tampa where she studied under Bahamian sculptor Kendra Frorup and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art with a concentration in ceramics. She was employed at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Nassau and participated in a two-man show, alongside Toby Lunn, in Transforming Spaces 2010 in the exhibit "Earth to Flight." Her work can be found in the collections of Dawn Davies, the D'Aguilar Art Foundation and Jackson and Pam Burnside.

As Curatorial Trainee, Miss Wright will support the work of the curatorial staff and focus on professional museum practices training. Miss Wright will assist with exhibition development and maintenance, collections management, research, public programming, merchandising, membership and gallery promotion.

The National Art Gallery is located on West and West Hill Streets. To contact the Gallery, please call Tel: (242)328-5800/1 or visit our website at www.nagb.org.bs.

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News Article

July 28, 2012
Former FNM candidate hopeful lashes out

One of the four men who were considered by the Free National Movement to run on its ticket in the upcoming North Abaco by-election has lashed out at former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, accusing him of handpicking the party's choice for the race.
Cay Mills, a taxi driver in North Abaco, told The Nassau Guardian he intends to run as an independent.
Mills said Ingraham promised to stay out of the nomination process.
He claimed that "no one but Mr. Ingraham was a part of the nomination process".
Ingraham held the North Abaco seat for 35 years. His resignation from the House of Assembly takes effect August 31.
"He has continued to lead from the backseat while (FNM Leader Dr. Hubert) Minnis is driving the car, but if Minnis wants to truly be the party leader he has to kick Mr. Ingraham out of the car," Mills said.
On Monday, the FNM's National Central Council picked Greg Gomez over Perry Thomas, of Fox Town, North Abaco; Jackson McIntosh, a former administrator for Cooper's Town, and Mills, who also resides in North Abaco.
McIntosh told The Nassau Guardian that he believed Gomez was the favored choice by Ingraham and the Council felt obligated to choose the candidate that had his support.

However, McIntosh admitted that he could not offer the type of "conviction" the FNM wanted in a by-election because he had previously considered opposing Ingraham in North Abaco as a PLP candidate.
"I think the decision may have always been between Greg and Perry looking at the history of Cay and myself, but in terms of the judgment of the constituents I thought I was the most favored," he said.
"Although Gomez is full of potential, I don't think him being away from the island for the last 10 years is in his interest, but we will fight on his behalf on the ground, although it will be a great challenge."
But Mills said it is a "national disgrace" for the FNM to ratify Gomez when he could not constitutionally nominate if the by-election were called today.
Ingraham recently delayed his resignation from the House of Assembly to allow Gomez to sort out a residency issue that would have prevented him from successfully nominating.
Ingraham said he wanted Gomez to have a fair chance at the nomination.
Gomez previously lived in the United States for 10 years before returning home last August, according to FNM Chairman Charles Maynard.
Under the constitution, a candidate must be ordinarily resident in The Bahamas for at least a year prior to nomination.
Mills said North Abaco will vote for a native son, but it will not be in support of the FNM, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) or the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), although the DNA has said it will not put forth a candidate.
"I am the only real choice, and I am the only one who can speak up for the concerns of Abaconians," Mills said.
"And I am going to be the difference. Some may not think I have a chance but Abaco will speak to who they want, and both PLPs and FNMs will support me because they know I'll be the only true voice.
"If there is a storm they will not want Curry or Gomez on that ship; they will want Cay 'Admiral' Mills to steer them from troubled waters into the 21st century."
Mills previously ran as an independent against Ingraham in the 2007 general election.
Although defeated, Mills secured 276 votes while Ingraham got 1,855 votes; PLP candidate Fritz Bootle received 1,387 and independent candidate Kenneth Claridge got six votes.
"I was campaigning day and night trying to get the FNM nomination, but now I am campaigning every day as an independent and I am getting good results," Mills said.
"Mr. Ingraham hasn't seen the real Abaco. They were courteous to him because he [had] power but he is going to think this is a different island when he comes house to house with Gomez, when he himself didn't do so before the general election."
Mills said the FNM hierarchy has not contacted him since the National Central Council chose Gomez.
"That said to me that they didn't want my support, but in this election Abaconians shouldn't have to ask 'who is Greg Gomez, who are we voting for?'
A by-election must be called within 60 days after Ingraham's resignation from the House of Assembly becomes effective on August 31.
Mills will run against Gomez, Renardo Curry, the PLP's ratified candidate for North Abaco, and S. Ali McIntosh, the servant leader of the Bahamas Constitution Party.

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May 09, 2014
2016 trial date for men accused of Fox Hill mass shooting

A Supreme Court judge yesterday set a trial date two years from now for three men charged with four counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder in relation to the December 27, 2013 mass shooting in Fox Hill.
Peter Rolle, 29, Justin Williams, 22, and Jermaine Curry, 25, made a brief court appearance before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to receive a trial date.
The defendants will be tried on September 12, 2016 over the murders of Shaquille Demeritte, Claudezino Davis, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison and the attempted murders of Samuel Ferguson, Leroy Taylor, Janet Davis, Chino Davis, Jermaine Pratt, John Davis and Benjamin Demeritte.
The victims were at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd.
Police had questioned more than 60 people as they tried to determine who was responsible for the drive-by shooting at the park.
The men remain on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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May 02, 2014
Cop killer's death sentence overturned

A man convicted of killing a policeman in the line of duty had his death sentence overturned on appeal Wednesday.
Mario Flowers must now be resentenced by the Supreme Court for the December 29, 2007 shooting death of Constable Ramos Williams.
The appellate tribunal of Justices Christopher Blackman, Stanley John and Abdulai Conteh found that Flowers did not deserve the ultimate punishment as there was no evidence that he could not be reformed.
The Justices of Appeal said, "He was 28-years-old at the time of sentencing and had only three minor, unrelated previous convictions. We are convinced that in those circumstances, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty is to discount, if not put to naught, any prospect of reform or social re-adaptation that he could prove capable of. This is not to ignore the fact that it was a policeman whom he killed, but it could have been any civilian going to officer Williams' aid or any innocent bystander for that matter. Therefore, to impose and seek to sustain the death penalty in those circumstances would, we are convinced, negate the presumption of right to life. The appellant is deserving of some other punishment than the ultimate."
Williams, Constable Anton Curry and Corporal Delroy Christie were on patrol in a marked police car in the area of Collins Avenue near Doctor's Hospital around 2 a.m. Only Curry and Christie were armed and Christie's police-issued firearm disappeared from the exhibit room at the Central Detective Unit.
They spotted a suspicious looking group of men in a Nissan Sentra that had been parked near a container on the eastern side of Deveaux Street
Two men got out of the car and were pursued by the police officers. After shots were heard from the back of the container, it was discovered that Constable Williams had been shot in the chest.
Flowers, 35, and Sylvester Aritis, 30, were tried in 2010 for the murder of officer Williams and the attempted murder of Curry.
Flowers was the only one convicted of the murder, while Aritis was convicted of the attempted murder.
Then Senior Justice Anita Allen sentenced Flowers to death and Aritis to 20 years imprisonment.
At the appeal, Jerone Roberts, who represented both convicts, argued that an identification parade should have been held and the judge should have discharged the jury after his two co-accused were acquitted.
The appellate panel said a line up would have been nothing more than a "formality" since Curry was related to Flowers and knew him. Curry said he knew Aritis three years prior to the incident and saw him often.
The Court disagreed that the jury should have been discharged after Raymond Thompson and Shawn Feaster were acquitted after no case submissions as they were both arrested in the car after Williams was shot. The court said the evidence clearly showed that Flowers was the killer. The Court ruled that the non-production of Christie's gun had no bearing on who killed Williams.
Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams appeared for the Crown.

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May 09, 2012
Christie not surprised by Ingraham's exit from politics

Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday he is not surprised former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has decided not to take his seat as the Member of Parliament for North Abaco.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) beat the Free National Movement (FNM) in a landslide victory on Monday.
"I tried very hard to beat him. I was hoping that I would have defeated him in the North Abaco constituency," Christie told reporters shortly after he was sworn in at Government House yesterday afternoon.
"I'm not surprised that he would have made a decision not to come back to Parliament because it would be difficult for him to sit on that side and look at me on the other side, given some of the things he's said about me."
Ingraham made several claims against Christie on the campaign trail, which was bitter to the very end.
During the final days before the general election, Ingraham claimed that Christie is an oil lobbyist. Ingraham made that claim after Christie confirmed that Bahamas Petroleum Company (BPC) benefited from advice he provided while he was a consultant for Davis & Co. law firm, which represents BPC.
Christie said Ingraham's claim was an FNM ploy to distract Bahamians from the issues and added that no drilling will happen in The Bahamas unless the necessary safety measures are in place and it is something the Bahamian people want.
"It is a great tragedy what Hubert Ingraham tried to do with the character of myself and [PLP Deputy Leader] Mr. [Philip] Davis. It was totally unacceptable," Christie said.
"We are two persons who were his law partners, who he knows protected the integrity of the firm and whom he had an 18-year working relationship. To try and make us out to be crooks in this country was unacceptable."
As for the by-election that will take place following Ingraham's resignation, Christie said it may be some time before another representative is elected.
"Mr. Ingraham has to resign and before he can do that there has to be an appointment of the Speaker of the House of Assembly," the prime minister said.
"And so the process will take some time moving forward. He has given quite rightly the country a full indication of what he intends to do. I anticipate that he will move as quickly as the process allows him to."
He added that the PLP will likely run Renardo Curry again in the North Abaco constituency.
Ingraham won the constituency with 2,233 votes. Curry got 1,854 votes and the Democratic National Alliance's candidate Sonith Lockhart received 39 votes.
Under the Bahamas Constitution, if a member resigns from the House of Assembly the speaker has to notify the governor general and a by-election must be held within 60 days.

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March 19, 2014
Honing their skills

The two highest performing candidates in the 2013 Electrical Installation and Carpentry national exams will be expanding their knowledge and hone their skills at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).
Lamaron Sweeting, a 2013 graduate of South Andros High had achieved the best results in the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) Electrical Installation exam. Oscar Saunders, formerly of Nassau Christian Academy, topped all other candidates nationwide in carpentry.
Lamaron recently collected his acceptance letter to BTVI and is excited to begin his studies toward an associate of applied science degree in electrical installation when summer classes begin on April 28.
"It is important for me to attend BTVI to further my hands-on skills and to apply it to the world of work," said the 17-year-old.
During his three-year study under the tutelage of Errol Coke, Lamaron obtained many skills and is able to install receptacles, switches and breakers. He said he enjoys manual work and electrical installation became his favorite subject.
"I understand it and am able to apply it easily," said the young man who aspires to become an electrical engineer. "The passion I have for the work makes me feel I'm doing it for fun. Time doesn't matter. At the end of the day, I can see what I've done."
Oscar, who has already been enrolled at BTVI for two semesters, said although he is learning the intricacies of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), carpentry comes natural to him.
"I like things that can be done with the wood -- the many possibilities. I make art out of wood," said the 19-year-old who has built a computer desk, towel rack, wine rack and car speaker box.
Oscar gave credit to his teacher, Carl Curry. But he also said he took the time to put in extra work which he said made the difference as the more he did it, he said the better at it he got.
BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville said it was an honor to have Oscar enrolled at BTVI and Lamaron starting in a few weeks. "It shows how students see BTVI," he said. "We are attracting top students from the technical areas."
Darville said that for many high school students, technical education is a first choice.
"We live in a technical world and BTVI is literally preparing its students for the world of work," he said.

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July 16, 2012
Abaconians should vote

If North Abaco member of Parliament Hubert Ingraham retires this week from politics as he promised, a by-election will be held in the area only a few months after the general election.
While turnout in our general elections is usually high, fewer people usually come out for by-elections. Some think that these races don't determine the government, so why bother.
It would be a shame if a large number of the people of North Abaco take this position. The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has not held this seat since Ingraham was expelled from that party in the 1980s. It wants the seat back and thinks Renardo Curry, the party's candidate in the last general election, is perfectly positioned to win it. If the PLP is successful in the by-election, it would have a majority in the House of Assembly of 30 seats to the eight held by the opposition Free National Movement (FNM).
The new FNM leadership team needs an early success under its belt. Already there is some internal rumbling in the party about new leader Dr. Hubert Minnis. While the doctor is a hard worker and disciplined, some longstanding members of the FNM wonder if he has the charisma to lead the FNM to electoral success. They do not see him as an Ingraham or Sir Lynden Pindling type.
Abaconians should come forward in large numbers to vote so that the person chosen to succeed Ingraham is chosen by collective will, rather than him or her merely being the candidate selected by a small number of partisans.
When Abaco has problems, or when Abaco needs its voice heard in New Providence, every Abaconian should want the best person possible to present the case for the island and its people as the elected representative for the area.
The PLP and FNM will field candidates. But that should not prevent others from entering the race who also want to serve the community. Independents and small party candidates should also take a shot at being the next representative of the area if they feel they have the passion and ability to serve. We should all be proud of our democracy and participate and we should also be enthused about having the opportunity to select our representatives.

The eyes of the country will be on the North Abaco race. Most people think the governing party will have the advantage because it has the machinery of government behind it and FNMs are demoralized after the last election loss, hence they will stay home. Abaco should defy conventional wisdom and come out and vote.

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April 13, 2012
Christie says Ingraham in fight for political life in Abaco

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is in the 'fight for his life' to retain his long-held seat in the North Abaco constituency, said Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie.
Christie said he thinks Ingraham will be unseated by the PLP's challenger Renardo Curry.
Ingraham has been elected to Parliament for North Abaco for seven consecutive terms.
Christie predicted that not only will Ingraham lose his seat, but the governing Free National Movement (FNM) will lose the May 7 election.
"I have never been a person who thought Hubert Ingraham's seat could be won, except this time," said Christie during an interview with The Nassau Guardian at his Cable Beach home on Wednesday. "This is the first time in all my years that I'm satisfied he is in the fight for his life.
"The North Abaco seat is a seat where we have produced an excellent young candidate who is supported by young people in significant numbers.
"We have a candidate who is stronger than anyone who has [run] there before and who is tailor made for that constituency."
Christie said the large number of registered voters in the country is evidence that the electorate is anxious to vote and ready for a shift in government.
"The challenge for the PLP is to ensure that people see us as representing change, not just the DNA," said Christie, referring to the newly formed third party, the Democratic National Alliance.
"You're going to find a result in this election similar to what has happened to other countries in the region coming out of a recession, that people are anxious to change the government. It's not going to be evident in the polling, but you're going to find that to be a reality.
"You cannot have a situation where so many people are unemployed, hurting, record numbers of murders, usually that translates to people voting against [the government]."
Christie said if the election were held today the PLP would win. The party's challenge will be sustaining the momentum it has garnered during the election campaign until May 7, Christie said.
"We are determined not to be distracted," he said.
"We are determined in this three-week period to present to the Bahamian people what we say we will do for them and why we think it is right for them to vote for us. I believe I have assembled a team of young men and women [who are] second to none.
"This election will be won on the basis of what's happening on the streets. Today we know we have the edge. The challenge will be to hold that edge for three weeks.
"I believe that we are going to win because the Bahamian people will look at everyone and make a decision based on which party has produced the best team and which party has produced the best message."
Christie also reiterated statements made by the prime minister on Monday that young people and women are the key demographic groups a party needs in order to win the next election.
On Monday, Ingraham said that registered female voters outnumbered registered male voters by 20,000. The prime minister also said that young voters between the ages of 18 and 25 represent the largest bloc of registered voters.
More than 172,000 people are registered to vote.

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January 03, 2014
Government in talks with Pigeon Pea landowner

THE government has started discussions with the owner of the private property razed in the tragic New Year's eve blaze in an Abaco shanty town, North Abaco MP Renardo Curry confirmed yesterday.

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July 24, 2012
DNA mistakes adding up

Dear Editor,

The leader of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), Branville McCartney, recently said that his party will not offer a candidate in the by-election in North Abaco. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham submitted his letter of resignation to the speaker of the House of Assembly on Thursday, July 19, 2012. His resignation will be effective August 31, 2012, which will end a 35-year consecutive reign as the member of Parliament for North Abaco.
Many Bahamians still remember the crushing loss that the DNA faced at the polls on Election Day. Many Bahamians also remember the almost 15,000 registered voters voted for the DNA. This figure represents almost nine percent of the ballots counted on Election Day. If the DNA could garner nine percent of the popular vote in one year of existence, can it pull 27 percent more in five years? This seems to be an achievable target given the fact that the Free National Movement (FNM) is presently involved in a major power struggle and that the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) appears to be operating business as usual.
The DNA has been mostly asleep at the wheel for the past 10 weeks and has not affectively opposed the myriad issues affecting our country. It has lost some steam since the election and many supporters wonder what will be the party's next move.
The by-election in Abaco will be called in short order and McCartney has said that no candidate will carry the DNA's banner. This in my view is a grave political blunder. The objective of all political parties is to win the general election. But you must start somewhere.
The announcement by Hubert Ingraham that he was resigning from his seat shortly after the general election should have set off a chain reaction in the DNA. They should have organized themselves and chosen a candidate and had him or her on the ground garnering support for the impending faceoff.
The people of North Abaco have always supported Hubert Ingraham; several times as a member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), once as an independent and several times as a member of the FNM. There is no clear consensus as to which way the people will vote this time around.
The last general election saw Ingraham winning again, but he had a good challenge from the PLP's candidate, Renardo Curry. The DNA's candidate, Sonith Lockhart, did not fare well at all.
The FNM has yet to announce a candidate for the upcoming by-election in North Abaco and this is symbolic of the internal power struggles now going on in this party. Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said that one of the reasons that he delayed his resignation was to give a prospective candidate time to meet the constitutional requirements. This would have given the DNA extra time to run its campaign and a great opportunity to put in play a revised strategy of trying to win a seat in the House of Assembly, but the party decided not to offer a candidate.
I say to McCartney that DNA supporters also live in North Abaco and even though the support of North Abaconians was not encouraging in the general election, it is a slap in the face not to offer a candidate.
The mistakes are mounting for the DNA and if they want to be a significant force in the political game and win over votes I suggest that they begin to take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to them.

- Dehavilland Moss

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June 28, 2012
Small takes top prize at Jack Rogers tourney

Last weekend was a great weekend for chess in The Bahamas. A total of 14 players, ranging from high school students to seasoned adults, took to the boards at C.W. Sawyer Primary School to play in the 2012 Jack Rogers Summer Splash Tournament.
The two-day event - a new entry to the Bahamas Chess Federation's (BCF) calendar - was organized as a four-round Swiss game in 60 minutes, and was held June 23-24.
Round 1 went according to form, with all higher-rated players defeating their opponents.
Round 2 is when the competition heated up. Lemaro Thompson, returning to federation action after an extended period of university studies, secured a clear advantage over former two-time National Champion Byron Small, but failed to convert before his time expired and fell in bitter defeat.
Also in Round 2, Kyle Curry, a College of The Bahamas student and new federation player, crushed veteran Andre White in a match that would earn Curry the "Biggest Upset" prize.
Round 3 saw Byron Small win against defending National Champion Ken Gibson, setting the stage for Small to win the top prize with one more victory.
Paired in the fourth round against the young talent of Sandeep Gali, Small played an aggressive gambit line that required extremely accurate play on the part of Gali.
For most of the match, Gali was able to fend off Small's incessant pressure, but ultimately the weight of the position was too much to bear.
Small uncorked a simple but vicious knight move that spelled doom for his opponent. Gali was forced to give up material to extend play, but with the result all but decided, Gali eventually resigned, handing Small his fourth win of the tournament and the first-place trophy.
By placing third in this event, Lemaro Thompson automatically qualified for play in this year's national championship, scheduled for November.
The federation's Grand Prix standings with four events to go have Yan Lyansky and Byron Small tied for first place.
Competition is proving to be extremely fierce in 2012, and the remainder of the federation's calendar will be intriguing to follow.
For more information on the Bahamas Chess Federation and its scheduled events, the public is asked to visit the federation's website or its Facebook page.

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April 13, 2012
Dwayne Sinclair successfully defends title

Temple Christian School's Dwayne Sinclair knows he can throw down in the kitchen. That fact was cemented when he won the New Providence Senior Finals and the National All-Island Senior Young Chef competition last year, sweeping all categories, winning best rice and best flour dish en route to the overall senior title. This year was no different. The graduating senior put his titles on the line and mounted a successful defense. He bows out of high school as a two-time champion of the competition sponsored by Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour.
"It felt like all the hard work paid off," said Sinclair whose Island Pina Colada Upside Down Cake and Island Crack Conch Cannelloni with Julienne Vegetables wowed the judges who voted them the best flour and rice dishes once again.
"[Sinclair's] food compared to the others really stood out," said One&Only Ocean Club Executive Chef Emmanuel Gibson. "His food showed his passion and creativity."
Sinclair, 17, walked away with $1,500 and a $10,000 scholarship to Lincoln College of Technology in West Palm Beach, Florida. By virtue of his win, Sinclair will travel as a junior chef with the Bahamian national squad to the Taste of the Caribbean competition, June 20-24 in Miami, Florida.
Looking back at his win, Sinclair who decided to challenge himself fully in his final showing at the competition, opted not to do any prep work prior to the competition. Nothing was prepared. He did all of his cooking and garnishes during the competition. While he said it proved to be hectic, he found he was calmer and found everything easier - that is until time for the awards ceremony. It was at that point that he doubted himself.
"You hope you win, but you really don't know until they call your name," he said.
"He was outstanding and it shows great potential," said Chef Gibson who Sinclair does work study under at the Courtyard Terrace Restaurant at the resort.
The chef said Sinclair shows great potential and that the young chef competition is a needed event which provides an avenue for high school students who aspire to the culinary arts to learn.
"They get to see so many other people's work, plus working under pressure makes a person stronger and allows them to think on your feet, so in real life situations, they can use the experience to be poised, calm and focused, and let it come out in their daily work," said Gibson.
Placing second was Sherika Gibson of S.C. Bootle High School, Abaco, with her Abaco Express and Blackwood Delight.
Third place went to Deja Burrows of Queen's College. She prepared Deja's Creamy Mango Rice Pudding with Tropical Fruit Salsa and Island Conch and Crawfish Tart with a Mango-Curry Sauce.
Stevette Murphy of North Long Island High placed fourth with her Poached Curry Grouper and Rice with Tangy Carrot and Onion Rings and Steamed Cassava Delight and Pineapple Guava Sauce.
Gibson, a graduating senior, took home $750 and a $5,000 scholarship to Lincoln College of Technology. Burrows left with $300. Murphy picked up $200 for her fourth place finish.
Judging the competition with Chef Gibson were Chef Edwin Johnson, Sapodillas Restaurant; Atlantis; Debbie Wheeler, manager of Test Kitchens for Mahatma Rice; and Chefs David Pantone and Manfred Schmidte of Lincoln College of Technology.
Chef Edwin Johnson who's been with the competition since it's inception 20 years ago, noted that organizational skills by the students have developed and improved tremendously. He also said that overall presentation including balance, color, knife skills, sanitation, nutritional value and the incorporation and utilization of indigenous products had also improved. He also mentioned that the students that now compete seem more relaxed and confident overall.
The sponsors' products, Mahatma Rice and Robin Hood Flour, are distributed in The Bahamas by Asa H. Pritchard Ltd. In addition to providing almost $4,000 in prizes each year, the sponsors also provide transportation to New Providence for competitors with their coach, and cash stipends for teachers and contestants to assist with the purchase of supplies.

Island Conch and Rice Cannelloni with Vegetable Julienne
Recipe: Dwayne Sinclair

2 tbsps butter
3/4 cup mirepoix
3 tbsps conch, diced
1 medium garlic clove, chopped
4 large sprigs of thyme
1/2 cup Mahatma Valencia rice
1 1/2 cups conch consomme, homemade
3 oz coconut milk
2 oz milk
3 oz mascarpone cheese
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Conch wrapper/skin
1 (16 x 4) sheet of ground conch meat pressed out to 1/8-inch thickness
Coating
2 large eggs
1/2 large lime, juiced
1/4 small goat pepper, ground
1 small finger pepper, ground
1 oz onion, ground
1/2 cup flour plus 1/2 cup cornstarch
5 oz seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
1 liter vegetable oil
For the vegetable julienne
2 tsps butter
1 small garlic clove
1 large thyme sprig
1 each large red, green, yellow and orange bell pepper (julienned)
1/2 medium red onion, julienned
Salt and pepper
For the creamy corn jalapeno and bacon ragout
1 strip thick-cut bacon
1 large thyme sprig
1 small garlic clove
1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (1 ear of corn)
1 tbsp flour
1/2 cup half and half
1 small jalapeno pepper, diced
4 tbsps half and half
Salt and pepper
For the plantain chips
1 small green plantain, peeled
Sea salt

Heat a medium saute pan. Cook the bacon until crispy. Saute the garlic, thyme and corn for about two minutes until tender, add the flour and cook another minute or so. Turn the heat to high and add the first addition of half and half. Bring to a boil. Season and let cool, then add the remaining ingredients and toss until well combined. Cover until ready to reheat for plating.
For the filling: Simmer consomme in a sauce pan. In another saucepan over medium heat, saute the mirepoix, garlic, thyme and conch in butter for two minutes until translucent. Add rice and cook for three minutes. Add half of the hot consomme to the rice and stir vigorously. Cook until the consomme is absorbed and the rice mixture looks almost dry. Add the remaining consomme and repeat the process all over again. While waiting for the second batch of consomme to be absorbed, heat the milk and coconut milk. When the rice mixture is almost dry again, add the hot milk and coconut milk. Check the seasoning. Turn the heat down to low and let the rice cook covered. When the rice is completely done, stir in the mascarpone cheese. Remove the rice from the pan and place on a plate and chill in the freezer until cold.
Assemble: Place the conch skin/wrapper on your work area with the longest sides going left to right. Make a few logs of the rice filling, and place in the center of the conch wrapper. Roll it up, shape into a proper log and freeze until cold.
Coating: Set up your station with four bowls, one each for flour, egg mixture, Panko breadcrumbs and empty plate for the finished cannellonis.
Assembly: Remove the chilled conch and rice logs from the freezer and place on cutting board. Using a serrated knife, but off the ends of the roll, then cut approximately five mini cannellonis from the log. Shape the cannellonis so that they are perfectly cylindrical
Final cooking: Place the cannellonis in the hot oil and fry for about one minute, just to lightly brown the breadcrumbs. Place the fried cannellonis in a dish lined with tissue and place in a 350 degree oven to warm through. Turn off oven, cover the dish and leave in the oven to keep warm until ready to plate.
For the vegetable julienne: In a medium saute pan, saute all ingredients until slightly softened about half-way cooked. They will finish cooking when it is time to reheat to plate.
For the creamy corn jalapeno and bacon ragout: Heat a medium saute pan. Cook the bacon until crispy. Saute the garlic, thyme and corn for about two minutes until tender, add the flour and cook another minute or so. Turn the heat to high and add the first addition of half and half. Bring to a boil. Season and let cool, then add the remaining ingredients and toss until well combined. Cover until ready to reheat for plating. (If the bechamel sauce is too stiff when ready to plate, just add a little more half and half and heat under a low flame, stirring constantly).
For the plantain chips: Using a mandolin, slice the green plantain lengthwise about 1/8 inch thick. Fry the chips in hot oil until golden brown and crisp. Immediately after the chips come out of the oil, season the chips with sea salt.

Island Pina Colada Upside Down Cake
Recipe: Dwayne Sinclair

3.7 oz dark brown sugar
2 oz white sugar
3 oz butter
4 large all spice berries, crushed
4 large cloves, crushed
3/4 tsp powdered ginger
6 grams ginger root, grated
1/2 large vanilla bean, split
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 medium star anise, crushed
20 fresh thyme leaves
Fruit
12 tbsps fresh pineapple, diced
8 large maraschino cherries, diced
1 tbsp coconut, shredded
Cake
2 oz butter
2 oz mascarpone cheese
3 oz sugar
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
4 oz Robin Hood all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp rock salt, ground
1 tsp baking powder
2 oz coconut milk
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
10 grams grated fresh coconut
5 grams grated fresh coconut, roasted
It is very important that all ingredients be at room temperature

Caramel: Mix all ingredients together and place approximately one tablespoon of the caramel mixture into each of the 12 cavities of the silicone pan.
Fruits: Mix the pineapple and cherries together with some vanilla bean paste and place about one tablespoon of the mixture on top of the caramel in the silicone pan.
Cake: Cream the butter, sugar and mascarpone cheese together for about one minute on medium high speed until fluffy and smooth. Incorporate the eggs. Add the dry and wet mixtures, alternating between the wet and dry. Remember to always begin and end with dry. Stop mixer and give the bowl a scrape down, then place back on the mixer whip at high speed for about 10 seconds to incorporate some air. Place the batter into a pastry bag and pipe the batter into the silicone molds on top of the caramel and fruits. Remember to fill the molds only 3/4 of the way full. Place the silicone pan on a sheet tray lined with a Silpat baking sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and the center springs back when pressed.

Salted Coconut Benne Crumble
Recipe: Dwayne Sinclair

25 grams sugar
44 grams flour
13 grams fresh grated coconut
1 pinch sea salt
29 grams butter
1/2 tbsp benne seeds

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a mixer and mix for one minute. Spread the mixture on a Silpat-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown, about six to seven minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then place in a container until ready to plate up.

Coconut Lime Sorbet
2 oz. coconut milk
2 oz heavy cream
41 grams simple syrup
17 grams Malibu rum
1/2 large lime, zested

Mix all the chilled ingredients together and place in an ice cream machine to churn until almost frozen, about 20 minutes. Place the sorbet into a container and freeze until solid, or ready to plate.

Pistachio Tuile
13 grams sugar
13 grams butter
13 grams egg whites
13 grams flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
3 tbsps crushed pistachios (to decorate tuile before baking)

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated. Place the mixture into a pastry bag with a medium round piping tip and pipe about eight (three-inch lines) onto a silpat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the tuile batter with the crushed pistachios. Place in a 350-degree oven and bake until golden brown about one to two minutes. Remove from oven, cool and store until ready to use.

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April 19, 2012
Marcia Jane Mortimer, 59

DEATH NOTICEMarcia Jane Mortimer
Age:  59 years
Address:  Eastern Estates, Nassau
Died At: University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date:    April 8th, 2012Son: Devon Ryan; Predeceased by: Maurice and Cynthia Mortimer; Siblings: Norwood and Roselyn Rolle, Maurice Mortimer of New Jersey, Superintendent Theresa Hanna, Bernice Willis, Renbert and Theresa Mortimer and family, Christopher and Bridgette Pratt, and numerous family members and friends.
*******************************************FUNERAL NOTICE
Funeral service for Marcia Jane Mortimer, 59 yrs., a resident of Eastern Estates, who died on 8th April, 2012, will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Soul Catholic Church, Deveaux Street, on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Alain Laverne, assisted by Monsignor Simeon Roberts, Deacon Peter Rahming & Deacon Maxwell Johnson. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.Left to cherish the blessings and memories of Marcia's life are: Her one and only precious son, Devon Marcian Ryan; Brothers & Sisters: Roselyn Marie Rolle, Maurice Kendal Mortimer, Superintendent of Police Theresa Mae Hanna, Bernice Marie Willis, Renbert Gerard Mortimer Sr., and Bridgette Georgette Pratt. Brothers and Sisters-In-Law: Attorney Norwood A. Rolle; Eula Mortimer and Christopher Pratt. Uncles & Aunts: Bruce & Bernice Mortimer, Patricia Johnson, Rose Culmer, Frank & Pandora Pratt; Robert & Betty Rose, Lionel & Marva Rose, James Morley Thelma, Ophelia, Cleomi Rose
Adopted Mother: Mrs. Delores Nottage
Godmother: Mrs. Olga Nairn
Nieces & Nephews: Derreck Ingraham, , Marcel, Vonurie, Andra, Katherine Renbert II & Rena Mortimer, Jamaine Smith, Omah & Alexis Hanna, Monique, Shana & Andre Rolle, Christina Pratt & Glenda Grant
Grand Nephew & Niece: Maurice 'Mo' Mortimer & Alexanderia Albury
Grand Uncles & Aunts: Leroy & Agnes Glass, Florabell Penn, Keva Farquharson, Coralee Sturrup, Eloise Armstrong
Cousins: Attorneys Lyden and Jacob Rose, Attorneys Debra Munnings and Sharon Hutchinson, Cecil, Maxwell, Phyllis, Ednal, Sonia, Debra, Frenrick, Pricilla, Dwight, Walter, Phillip, Brian, Monique, Patrick, Keith, Charles, Burke, Dianne, Edna, Sherrie, N'Kimo, Kim, Stephen, Willard, Gerald and Julie Hamilton, Robert and Rhonda Bucker, Michael, Bruce & Joseph Mortimer of Orlando, Wendell, Patricia, Pamela and Sharon Black of Orlando, Florida, Reginald, Anthony, Thomas, Richard, Wendell, Dorothea & Renaldo Delaney, Sherrie Ferguson, Tanya, Michael, Albert, Christine, Kendal, Donald, Archie, Ernestine Rigby, Annamae and Sammy Delva, Gathwell and Zenniemae Johnson, Stanley, Stanya, Shamika White 
Numerous Godchildren including: Tamar Poitier, Dario Woods, Haggie Lightbourn, Doyle Rolle
Other Relative and Friends: The Honorable Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister, Geddis Willis, Sylvanna Rahming & Family, Charles & Andrea Adderley & Family, Shelia Beneby & Family, Marvin & Nancy Pinder & Family; Rev. T.G. Morrison & Family; Robin & Terecita Forbes & Family, Michelle McPhee & Family, Gina Nottage & Family, Rudolph & Christopher Nottage & Family, Francis & Deborah Richardson & Family, Ophelia Major & Family, Edward "Bobby" & Katherin Glinton & Family, The Management & Staff and Retirees of Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, Rollen Goffe & Family, Florinda Bastian & Family, Heneritta Miller & Family, Mable Newton & Family, Reuben & Williame Stuart & Family, Reuben & Maude Hamilton & Family, Doreen Fernander & Family, Evangeline Ford & Family, Renee Smith & Family, Percy Rolle, Barbara Cleare -Bellot & Family, Patrica Curry & Family, Hubert Dean & Family, John & Erva Hall & Family, Marcian Francis & Family, Ester Woods & Family Ann Saunders & Family, Tericine Minnis & Family, Evangline Ford & Family, Albert & Mabel Daxon & Family, Dr, Maurice Brooks & Family, Ruth Miller, Godfrey Bowleg & Family, Jerome Godfrey, Mildred Bowe & Family, Emma Forbes, Terry Joseph, The Friends of the Nazareth Centre, The Staff of the Nazareth Centre, Our Lady's Women Auxiliary, OLC Men Group, Cynthia Moss & Family, Lloyd & Sharon Turnquest, Deacon Samuel Mitchell & Family, Phillip Saunders & Family, Leslie Major, Wellington Olander & Family, The Gibson, The Sands, The North, The Rolle, Vernita Johnson & Family, James & Valderine Williams & Family, Holy Family 7:00 o'clock Morning Worshipers, OLC 7:00 o'clock Morning Worshipers, Mary Charles, Brenda Clarke & Family , OLC Fair & Raffle Committee, CCD Teachers and Students, OLC Catholic Heritage Group, & Dianne Seymour, Ruth Strachan, Thelma Thurston, The Kiononian Family, Aquinas Class of 1969, The Canterbury Park, Lexington Avenue and Easter Estates Families.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 11:30 a.m. until service time.

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October 21, 2014
McCartney murder suspect denied bail

Justice Bernard Turner on Monday denied bail for Lyndera Curry, one of the people accused of the murder of pharmacist Richard Kurt McCartney.
Curry, 21, of Plantol Street, is charged along with Sumya Ingraham, 26, also of Plantol Street; Thorne Edwards, 23, and Okell Farrington, 31, of Pinewood Gardens, with the October 24, 2013 armed robbery and murder of McCartney.
Prosecutors allege that while armed with a handgun, they robbed McCartney of his 2007 Hummer, which is valued at $37,000.
Sonia Timothy made the application on behalf of Curry, who is the mother of an 11-month-old child, who was born with a birth defect.
An anonymous witness alleges Curry was seen driving McCartney's Hummer from the scene. However, Timothy produced affidavits from Curry's family saying that she did not know how to drive.
Her relatives also provided an alibi, claiming she was at home watching the television show "Scandal" with them.
Kevin Farrington appeared for the Crown and opposed Curry's release pending trial.

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November 09, 2013
Conch and Kalik prove to be a winning combination

Conch and Kalik have come together and are proving to be a winning combination at one of the island's newest restaurants -- Conch N' Kalik Bar and Grill. It's the place where the mollusk and native beer can be found in almost every offering from the appetizer portion of the menu through to the soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and their specialties. But the chefs hold off on pushing the envelope and adding it into any of their dessert items.
At Conch N' Kalik Bar and Grill located in Pompey Square, downtown, the menu features items that are twists on regular appetizers -- think conch chili fries (ground conch chili, sharp cheddar on seasoned fries), nachos (tri-colored nachos topped with homemade aged cheddar and Kalik beer cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream), firecracker conch spring roll (an oversized handcrafted crispy roll with blackened conch, vegetables, rice noodles and sweet tamarind dipping sauce), conch scampi, conch fettuccinie with garlic bread, conch parmesan with fettucini pasta and garlic bread, island-style coconut curry conch and conch and crab cake.
There are other unique offerings featuring the two ingredients after which the restaurant is named, like the Black Angus Beef Burger (with aged cheddar and Kalik beer cheese sauce, Kalik's double crunch onion ring, pecan smoked bacon, shredded lettuce, heirloom tomatoes on a Brioche bun) and deep water conch salad sandwich (fried conch on whole grain ciabbata bread with sour-orange mayo, shredded lettuce and vegetable salsa).
The menu items were all dreamed up in the mind of Chef Devin Johnson who opened the restaurant, but has now moved on and left it in the capable hands of Chef Eunesha Solomon who now wears the executive sous chef hat. It's a task she's up to. When Chef Devin came on board to open the restaurant, he headhunted Chef Eunesha from their previous place of employment to take over after he moved on.
Before he left, Chef Devin said the 50-item menu took him six weeks to come up with and master. A chef who is big on playing up local ingredients who has served as the national team manager for many years, he said it was a delight to come up with the menu that showcases Bahamian ingredients.
And the portion sizes are huge. He said they had to do it that way to give people their money's worth.
"People eat with their eyes, and people love it," said Chef Devin of the oversized, tasty portions that they have become known for.
They also offer a signature creamy conch and roast corn chowder (chunks of conch meat with fresh roasted corn, root vegetables and a hint of goat pepper), mango barbeque ranch chicken salad (mango, avocado, grape tomatoes, grilled corn, pigeon peas, cucumbers and romaine lettuce tossed with a mango infused barbeque ranch dressing, topped with crispy fried onions that are surprising people that are so good).
And there are also specialty offerings -- the tamarind glazed flat iron steak, mango rum basted pork baby back ribs, lobster fettucine (only served during the season), and Kalik Gold beer battered fish and chips.
And you can't have a restaurant that serves conch without offering Bahamian favorites like like cracked conch and Bahamian style steam conch. There's also a Bahamian style grilled conch, conch salad and the conch salad of the day that is upstaging the traditional salad - the tropical. Conch N' Kalik serves theirs with pineapple, mango and green apple.
According to Chef Solomon, the profile at Conch N' Kalik is all about flavor.
While they're proud of their food, the libations menu at the restaurant isn't to be sneezed at, and they say you have to have their signature drink called a Kalik-arita, where the Kalik of your choice meets a margarita base.
And while they just didn't take a chance on incorporating conch or Kalik into any of their desserts, they do offer tasty endings to satisfy the sweet tooth - guava duff, passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake, carrot-pineapple cake and a dark rich chocolate cake with a Caribbean twist which means it has a banana-coconut mousse and finished with almonds.
With its first location open, the proprietors of Conch N' Kalik are planning to open another four locations -- one in Abaco, Grand Bahama, Turks and Caicos Islands and Florida.
Conch and Kalik is open daily. They start their beverage service at 10 a.m. Their food service starts at 11 a.m. They close at midnight.

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June 16, 2011
Prince Albert Storr, 60

A funeral service for Prince Albert Storr, 60 yrs., a resident of Bethel Avenue and formerly of San Salvador, who passed away on 7th June, 2011, will be held at Evangelistic Temple, Collins Avenue and Fourth Terrace, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Gary Curry, assisted by Pastor Vaughn Cash.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to mourn his passing are: His Children: Lawrance, Lorraine and Warren; Son-in-law: Raymond Tucker; Twelve Grand Children: Kristoff, Lorenzo, Jason, Kristiza, Liah, Raymond, Lashae, Laurencia, Vashanti, Zion, Faith and Akeem. Sisters: Eloise Pinder, Vernita Edgecombe, Stephanie Rolle, Beverly Dean, Portia Jones, Loretta Storr and Mae Butler. Brothers: Samuel Storr, Peter Douglas, Ernie Hendrick, Harold Gordon, Charlie, Herchell and Gregory Storr. Sisters- in-law: Delcine Douglas, Carolyn Gordon and Thelma Storr. Brothers-in-law: Walter Rolle, Ulrick Dean, Joel Pratt, Emmerson Jones and Alrick Butler off San Salvador.; Nieces: Elvoin, Martha, Samantha, Felicia, Turkessa, Tre'Kiece, Yvette, Nadia, Timinthia, Karon, Tekia, Christa, Michaela, Victoria, Kristal, Emmernique, Elrina, Chalea, Matrica, Brittany, Tara, Elma, Chalechal, Opi, Marilyn, Figi, Cindy, Barbara, Becky, Vernita, Charmaine, Charlene and Glenda; Nephews: Andrew, Sammy, Pete, Peter, Alonza, Antwaun, Chavago, Deangelo, Ryan, Marcus, Chevron, Marlon, Alvon, D'ron, Antonio, Thea, Jonathan, Anwar, Wilton, Terrance, Troy, Dario, Dwayne, Dr. Chrisin Gomez, Glen Smith, Tony Missick and Cecil Mackey.  Numerous amount of grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, special friends and other close relatives including: Stephen, Tony, Elgin, Leo and Fred Douglas, Jennie Walker and family of San Salvador, George Lockhart and family, Tamara Taylor and family, Sybil Rolle and family, Eulease Brooks and family, Mable Arnette and family, Velma Hanna and family, Perry Johnson, Frank Lightbourne and family, Ida Saunders and family, Iron Stevens and family, Valdarine Barnett and family, Ormond & Tamara Saunders and family, Alice Bullard and family, Olive Forbes and family of Abaco, Carl and Shirley, Jean and Jamma, Edna Joseph and Family, Tony Mackey, Valentino Griffin and family, Drexel Dean and family, Sylvia Wallace and family, Sheryl Scott and family, Kizzy Stubbs and family, Tony Rolle and family, Wellington Pratt and family, Patrice Fernander & family, Basil and family, Alice Lafleur and family, Leonard sands and family, The Bain Town Community, The entire Community of Cockburn Town, San Salvador, The Bethell Ave family including: Mr & Mrs Basil Watson and family, Mrs. Alleyne and family, Chris Bain, Sean Burrows, Receo and Alex Fox, Oral Hudson, Demarco McKenzie, Mario and Jason, Jamaine, Bolo, Charles and Keith Miller, Sherese, Jasmine, Mario and Brian King, Prince Collins, Harry Nixon, Shanda Mortimer, Ron, Jermaine, and David McKenzie.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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April 12, 2012
Bernice Kelly, 84

Funeral service for Sister Bernice "B.K./ Mama" Kelly, 84 yrs., a resident of #2 Golden Gates & formerly of Port Nelson, Rum Cay who died on 23rd March, 2012, will be held at The New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Everette J. Brown, assisted by Rev. Tyrone Laing, Rev. Joseph Saunders & other Ministers of the Church. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens.Precious memories will live forever in the hearts of her: Daughters: Terricita Strachan of Rum Cay, Dorothy Cooper Knowles and Suzette Minns of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Stephanie Cooper and Florence Kelly Kemp; Sons: Ellsworth McKenzie, Maverick Kelly of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Denrod Kelly, Sr. of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Grandchildren: Talia, Jamaal Sr, Andre, DeAndre, Steve, Shandika, Omri, Davori, Latrell, Valdez, Sasha, Denrod Jr., Ethan, Sarah, Abagale, Ellycyn, Vanessa, Latoya, Shelia, Harcourt, Jefferson, Rubin, Ann, Dr. Larissa Johnson; Great-Grandchildren: Jamaal Jr, Jasmine, Shantae, Jameko, Omar, Justin, Aston, D'Vaughn, Rubin Jr, Elyssa, Caitlyn and Casey; Stepdaughters: Pauline Nairn and Rowena Albury; Adopted Daughter: Vernita Johnson; Adopted Sons: Arnold and Joseph Cooper and Frankie Claude. Sisters: Nora Pinder, Ettamae Major and Charlotte Kelly. Brother: Wellington Kelly; Sister-in-law: Phyllis Kelly;Brother-in-law: Alonzo Major; Daughters-in-law: Cynthia McKenzie, Tracey and Stacey; Sons-in-law: Craig Kemp and Leroy Minns; Granddaughters-in-law: Gwendolyn, Lakeishia and Tamika; Nieces: Lena, Anita, Deborah, Debbie, Jacqueline, Joycelyn, Joanne, Michelle, Nicola, Makeba, Lashantia, Fanny, Spanky, Ruthmae, Tanya and Denise Clark;Nephews: Cornelius, Jerome, Oral, Grimick, Marvado, Kendal, Dwayne, Raymond, Christopher, Rodney and John;Cousins: Nurse Letitia and Donald Curry and Family; Franco Dorsett and Family; Numerous Relatives and Friends: Moses Deveaux, Pat Whitfield, Ellamae Ferguson, Inez Cooper, Errol Ferguson, Alice Inniss, Archie Nairn, Andrew Culmer, Rosie Baptiste, Hayward Hanna and Family, Carnetta Outten, Edward Rolle, Nurse McPhee, Sir Arlington and Lady Butler and Family, Catherine Johnson and Family, Mary St. Louis, Dellaresse Braynen, Claudette Sealy, Osheika Turnquest and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Hanna and Family, Mr. Leonard Knowles and Family, Ms. Mackey and Family, Stephen Williams and Family, Alexander Burns and Family, The New Bethlehem Baptist Church Family, Apostolic Church of Christ Family, Rev. Marina Sands and Family, Lawrence Burnside and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Franklyn and Family, Beryl Hanna and Family, Pearl Rahming and Family, Norma Gordon and Family, Glen Butler and Family, Minna Outten and Family, Bernard Pratt and Family, Julian and Candice Mackey, Theresa Wilmott and Family, Hon. Shane Gibson and Family, Shirley Josey and Family of Delray Beach.Fla., Mr. Baron Johnson and Family, Sharon and Walter Capron and Family, Oswald Rolle and Family, Natasha Russell and Family. 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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