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An accused murderer will stand trial three years after he allegedly committed the offense.
Jermaine Missick, 30, otherwise known as "Bats", pleaded not guilty to the murder of Marcus Miller during his arraignment before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs.
Miller was shot outside his home in Miller's Heights on January 6. He died in hospital on January 13.
Isaacs directed the registrar to appoint an attorney and scheduled a trial date of April 3, 2017.
A man accused of three counts of attempted murder will also be tried in 2017.
Anthony Sullivan, 29, was wearing an ankle bracelet when he allegedly seriously wounded Lenny Oscar, Dellareese Curry and Chestinique Wilson during an April 25, 2014 shooting.
Sullivan denied the allegation when he appeared before Isaacs.
He is scheduled to be tried on April 10, 2017 before Justice Vera Watkins.
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I am not surprised at all that the Free National Movement (FNM) has been soundly defeated by the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) in the general election. The FNM was simply destroyed at the polls by the PLP. The new official opposition party was only able to win nine seats to the Progressive Liberal Party's 29. The Bahamian people have sent a clear message to the outgoing governing party. They want the country to go in a new direction. This is the first general election that Hubert Ingraham has lost. Even his contest in North Abaco with the PLP's Renardo Curry was a nail-biter. For awhile there, I thought that the former prime minister had lost his seat.
Even more alarming for the FNM are the loses suffered by Zhivargo Laing in Fort Charlotte, Tommy Turnquest in Mount Moriah, Carl Bethel in Sea Breeze, Dion Foulkes in Yamacraw, Kenyatta Gibson in Southern Shores, Heather Hunt in Marathon, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe in West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Kwasi Thompson in Pineridge, Desmond Bannister in North Andros and the Berry Islands and Darron Cash in Carmichael. The fact that Turnquest would lose his Mount Moriah seat to a newcomer is further proof that he is by no means a political heavyweight. This is the second election loss that he has suffered in 10 years. He first lost his seat to another newcomer (the PLP's Keod Smith) in 2002.
With all due respect to Turnquest, his latest loss is evidence that he is not prime minister material. In order to be prime minister, you must first and foremost be able to win your seat on a consistent basis. You cannot win in one election and then lose in another. As a political heavyweight, you must be able to decimate your opponent. Turnquest has shown me that he is unable to do this. When you look at individuals like Perry Christie, Dr. Bernard Nottage, Glenys Hanna-Martin, Shane Gibson and Melanie Griffin, they always win their races by comfortable margins. Conversely, FNM incumbents who are touted as becoming the next leaders of the party seem to have great difficulty in holding on to their seats. What's more, the slate of candidates that Ingraham had assembled was not as impressive as the PLP's slate of candidates. For example, Ingraham ran the unknown Winsome Miller in Golden Gates against a political juggernaut, Shane Gibson. Who is Winsome Miller? Who is Karen Butler? Who is Caron Shepherd? Nobody knows these people. I believe that the FNM has lost its mojo. It has lost its greatness. This is not the same party which I had supported in the 1980s and 1990s. Too many of the original FNMs who had made the party great have been sidelined. The FNM has been gutted out. The time has now come for an introspection by the party. Why has the party lost its appeal to the majority of Bahamian voters?
Now that Ingraham has announced that he will be retiring from frontline politics, the official opposition party must now choose a new leader. Ingraham has lost his Delivery Boy magic. The FNM can no longer hang on to the former prime minister's coat tail in order to win an election. Unfortunately, those days are gone. The FNM is now officially in the post-Ingraham era. The opposition party must now move on if it hopes to remain a political force in Bahamian politics. Perhaps the party should now court Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney. McCartney would make a great addition to the party.
I think he has great leadership skills. Perhaps the party should offer him a senate seat and make him deputy leader of the FNM. Dr. Hubert Minnis (Killarney) should be given the leadership post. I think that both men could restore the FNM to its former glory.
Former FNM parliamentarians Turnquest, Bethel, Charles Maynard and Foulkes should all resign from frontline politics. The Bahamian people have rejected them in more than one general election. Their pathetic performance in the recent election has proven to me that they cannot lead the opposition party to victory. They all need to step aside and let individuals like Howard Johnson (Central and South Eleuthera), Dr. Minnis and Loretta Butler-Turner (Long Island) take over the reins of the party. The FNM must now prove that it can win a general election without Ingraham. In each general election that the FNM has won, Ingraham was at the helm of the political organization. There is a perception that the FNM cannot win without Ingraham. Clearly this has to change. Ingraham has hung up his helmet for good. He was responsible for leading the opposition party to three general election victories in 1992, 1997 and in 2007. Those were the glory days of the FNM.
In 2002, the FNM was also routed by Christie and his so-called new PLP. Interestingly, both Turnquest and Foulkes were the leaders of the then governing party. Not only did the FNM lose badly that year, but Turnquest and Foulkes lost their seats (Mount Moriah and Blue Hills). Again, this is evidence that both men do not appeal to the Bahamian electorate. The FNM party is in dire need of a rebirth. The party needs a complete overhaul. The FNM needs a new leader who is appealing to the grassroots and to the middle class. As it stands right now, too many grassroot Bahamians believe that the new opposition party only caters to white rich Bahamians and special interest groups. The FNM needs to disabuse the Bahamian people of this unfortunate perception.
In summation, the past several years have shown me that Ingraham has lost the ability to win elections. For example, the FNM lost the 2010 Elizabeth by-election to the PLP's Ryan Pinder. That loss was a telltale sign that the former governing party had worn out its welcome with the Bahamian people. It seems as if when the FNM wins elections, it wins by narrow margins; but when the PLP wins, it wins by landslide margins. Clearly there is a lot of work that needs to be done in order to rebuild the FNM. The opposition party should use the next few years in order to revamp itself if it wants to be a contender in the 2017 general election.
- Kevin Evans
Funeral Service for Baby Dianni Nicole Patxot Felix age 1 year and 10 months, of
Kennedy Subdivision, who died October 21st, at Doctor's Hospital will be held on Saturday 1:00 p.m. at Ebenezer Methodist Church East Shirley Street. Rev. Godfrey Bethel will officiate and cremation will follow.
Precious memories will linger in the hearts of:
Her mother: Rickia Stuart
Her father: Dioni Patxot Felix
One brother: Terrel Williams Jr.
Grand-mother: Tanya Ward
Grand father: Ricardo Stuart
Great grand mother: Audrey Burrows
Great grand father: George Ward of Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Four uncles: Alex Rodgers, Ricardo Stuart Jr., Lorenze McKenzie and Sean Rolle
Of Freeport Grand Bahama
Eight grand aunt: Michelle Butler, Cecilia Adderley, Jennifer and Antionette
Burrows, Tamara Moxey, Dominique Wrad of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Ianthia and Carla Rolle of Freeport Grand Bahama
Ten grand uncles: Brian and Christopher Burrows, Dion and Ricardo Brown, Gentry
Moxey, Troy Ward, Roscoe Thompson, Telford Adderley, Jarvis Thompson and George Ward Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale Florida
Seven great grand aunts: Cheryl Thompson, Joycelyn Johnson, Peggy Dean, Pat,
Delores, Kaye and Judy ward
One great great grand aunt: Thelma Fernander
Cousins:Taushiana Thomas, Pastor Duerre and Sharai Thomas and family of Clearwater
Ministries George Town Exuma, Teran and Malik Adderley, Serena and Osbourne Davis Jr., Nyoshi and D'niesha Curry, Rico, Daniesha, Lauren and Dion Brown Jr., Antonio Riley, Eryn Moxey, Xavier, Blair, Cottia, Marichan, Jade and Joshua Burrows, Daron Culmer Jr., Lamont Knowles Jr., Tamika Rolle, Jay Butler, Clarissa, Melissa, Guiliano and Luchiano Thompson, Vanessa Anderson, Ingia Thompson, Kenrick Jr., and Vanrea Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Miller and family, Yeniesha Newton, Alyssa Roach, Brishnell Munroe and Lee Miller Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Davis and family, Mrs. Thelma Neely and family, Monalisa Pennerman, Lethesia Green, Kendal and Deslamona Rolle, Antica Maitland, Mr. and Mrs. Devon Johnson and family, Daniel Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Newbold amd family,
Godparents Shantel Evans, Tasia Campbell, Brishel Munroe, Angel Bastian, Brian
Burrows and Garfield McPhee
Numerous family and friends include:Alphonso Strachan and family, Jeff Stubbs, The
Munnings and Stuart families, Mrs. Hanna and family, Mrs. Eleanor and family, Anika, Owen Adderley and family, Walt Saunders and family, Rachael Edgecombe and family, Maylene Thomas and family of Grand Bahama, Gennie and family, Leslie Russell and family, Marvin Hepburn, Giovanni Seymour, Deon Butler, Christine Taylor, Gladstone McPhee and family, Shervin Thomas, Terell Williams Sr., Prisca Newbold and family, Sidainya Kemp, Lleana Thompson, Karen Edwards and family of Grand Bahama, Shirell Thompson and family of Grand Bahama, The Kennedy Sub boys, Geordie Young, Andrew McPhee, Unique's Beauty Salon, Van and Jerry Oldham of Rock Sound Eleuthera, Margaret Williams, Delarese Williams and family, Marilyn Adderley and family, Sade, Lateisha, Avianca Anderson and family and Edith Gilbert and family
Relatives and friends may pay their last resoects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on Friday from 11;00-7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00-11:00 and at the church from 12:00 noon to service time.
Yolande Seraphin age 51 a resident of the Bluff Eleuthera and
formerly of Gonaives Haiti, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital
On Saturday October 29th, 2011
She is survived by:
One daughter: Dania Louis
Four sons: Bruci-Lee Louissaint, Frantzon and Allan Seraphin and
Seven grand-children, 7 brothers
Eight sisters including: Myriam Bemezier Seraphin and Dieula Germain
Of Haiti and other relatives and friends
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME and will be announced later.
The Bahamas Flag Football League is set to host its finals on Sunday. After 12 long weeks, the top two teams in each division get set to compete for the title of the league's top team.
In the men's division, a new champion will be crowned. Last year's champions Summit Academy Ravens were defeated in the semi-final round by the Essential Services Avengers 20-12. The Avengers will be squaring off against the Finlandia Predators who squeaked out a 37-34 win against the Orry. J Spartans in their semi-final match up.
In the women's division, the B.W.F Pink Foxes will be returning to finals for the third consecutive year. They trampled the Summit Academy Lady Ravens 14-6 in their semi-final game and will be taking on the Johnson's Trucking Lady Spartans for the second time in the finals. The Spartans crushed the number one seed Sands Light Lynx by a score of 18-0 in their semi-final showdown.
The finals are set to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Winton Rugby Field.
To celebrate the season, the BFFL is hosting an awards cocktail reception to give recognition to the league's top players. Nominees for the reception include:
Offensive Player of the year (P.O.Y)
Alec Rolle - Predators
Jamaal Storr - Ravens
Brandon Honkofsky - Hitmen
Brian Armbrister - Rams
Renaldo Dorsette - Ravens
Carl Rolle - Spartans
Cory Fox - Hitmen
Jardain Turnquest - Avengers
Carlo Ramsey - T' Elite
Detoro Bethel - Predators
Philip Rolle - T' Elite
Andrew Bodie - Avengers
John Marc Nutt - Ravens
LaSalle Thompson - wolf Pack
Ishmael Sutherland - Predators
Coach of the Year
Peter Wilson - Ravens
Radley Knowles - Predator
Tito Bethel -T' Elite
Michael Pateman - Rams
Lawrence Hepburn - Spartans
Heather Knowles - Pink Foxes
Tamika Rahaming - Lynx
Dyaria Knowles - Ravens
Tyrice Curry - Bobcats
Kizzanae Arthur - Lions
Charlene Taylor - Pink Foxes
Sydline Justillien - Bobcats
Jessica Turnquest - Ravens
Dia'Monte Barr - Dashers
Rennise McKenzie - Lynx
All- Purpose P.O.Y
Dyaria Knowles - Ravens
Tynisha Davis - Lynx
Charlene Johnson - Bobcats
Joanne Smith - Avengers
Shinika Reid - Spartans
Coach Of The Year
Garvin Stubbs - Lynx
Charles Johnson - Pink Foxes
Philip Rahaming - Lions
Ricardo Nixon - Bobcats
Peter Wilson - Ravens
Nassau Guardian Managing Editor Candia Dames on Saturday night received the Bahamian Icon Award for Journalism.
The awards are presented to Bahamians who are considered at the top in their fields.
The awards were handed out at the star-studded Bahamian Icon Awards ceremony at the Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island.
After receiving the award, Dames said, "I am truly honored and humbled. I am grateful to the Icon Awards Committee for the recognition, to my family for their love and unwavering support, to my employers for providing me with the opportunity to practice my craft with freedom and to my close friends and colleagues whose support is also crucial to my development.
"I look forward to a long, rewarding time in journalism and hope that I can be an inspiration to young people who aspire to make a positive impact on our country, particularly through media."
Guardian General Manager Brent Dean congratulated Dames on a well-deserved honor.
"Candia is one of the finest journalists this country has produced. We are fortunate to have her as part of our team," he said.
"Her tenacity is well known. She has helped make our newspaper the dominant voice in the country."
Dames is a graduate of The College of The Bahamas, Clark Atlanta University and University of Maryland at College Park. In 1993, she graduated from H.O. Nash High School, where she was head girl. She remains proud to be a product of the public school system, where she was exposed to journalism through critiquing The Nassau Guardian as part of weekly class assignments.
She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a master's degree in journalism.
Dames joined The Nassau Guardian team in August 2008 as news editor.
In February 2014, she was appointed managing editor, but also continues the news editor duties.
Other recipients of the award included Felix Stubbs of IBM (commerce); Arnold Martin of Sir Jack Hayward High School, Grand Bahama (education); Lavado Stubbs-Conchboy Films (entertainment); Captain Randy Butler of SkyBahamas Airlines (entrepreneurship); Kishan Munroe-Swan, artist of the Song of The Flamingo (fine arts); Olivia Curry of the Bahamas Childhood Asthma Management Project, Freeport (health); Dr. Sandra Dean-Patterson of the Bahamas Crisis Centre (humanitarianism); Julien "Believe" Thompson (music); Olympic gold medalist Chris Brown (sports), and Errol Thurston of Abaco (tourism).
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Olympic gold medalist Sir Durward Knowles, 96.
Many other Bahamians were nominated in the various categories.
Bahamian actor Chigozie Ijuoma hosted the event.
The 400-plus guests in attendance were entertained by Bahamian musicians. These included Angelique Sabrina, Wendi Lewis, Lyrically Blessed, the Grand Bahama Youth Chorale, The Backstabbers, Julien Believe, The Highgrove Singers and Visage.
The government broke ground on its $39 million North Abaco Port Project in Coopers Town, Abaco yesterday.
China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), an award-winning international engineering firm, is the lead contractor on the project, which is being funded by the government and the Export-Import Bank of China.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said within two years Abaco will have a first-class facility that will benefit her residents.
"There was concern or agitation among some of you that this day would not dawn," Davis said.
"However, as promised, we are here and breaking ground to build the North Abaco Port.
"Coopers Town, specifically, and by extension all of Abaco, from Treasure Cay northwards, including Green Turtle Cay and other offshore cays, will reap the benefit of this investment and seize other opportunities resulting there from."
Around $3 million will be issued in subcontracted work to Bahamian contractors over the course of the project.
Davis said Bahamians represent 70 percent of the workforce on the project while Chinese workers represent 30 percent.
CHEC Bahamas has engaged a local firm, Caribbean Coastal Services Limited, to review and approve CHEC's designs for the port to ensure it meet all local and relevant laws and codes.
CHEC Americas Division Regional Director Zhongdong Tang
"We are very enthusiastic about launching this project as our first initiative in The Bahamas," he said.
"The port will increase trading opportunities locally, regionally and internationally, especially for those based here in Coopers Town."
Tang said between September 2013 and June 2014, CHEC spent over $1.3 million on the project.
North Abaco MP Renardo Curry said there has been a consistent push to create employment for the people of Abaco and yesterday was a big step in the right direction.
He thanked the Christie administration and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who attended the ceremony, for their efforts in getting the project to this stage.
The groundbreaking ceremony also involved a basketball game between a local Abaco team and some CHEC staff.
Last month CHEC donated food supplies and other items to over 100 people who were left homeless after a devastating fire destroyed over 50 homes in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
Company officials said they are committed to providing more assistance to the less fortunate and those affected by natural disasters in The Bahamas.
TREASURE CAY, North Abaco -- Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on Saturday night urged residents of North Abaco to choose someone from their community they wish to represent them in Parliament and he declared that North Abaco will remain a Free National Movement (FNM) seat.
"It does my heart well that Abaco has joined Long Island in being amongst the most faithful of Family Island constituencies to our party since I joined the FNM in 1990. We are Abaco; we are never fearful and we will not abandon the FNM ship," he told supporters who gathered for a farewell celebration at the public beach at Treasure Cay.
"So I will be replaced as your MP by another FNM."
Ingraham won the seat eight consecutive times -- twice as a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate, once as an independent and five times as an FNM.
"This is a singular distinction for me, to have you support me wearing three distinct hats. I thank you for your confidence, your loyalty and your support" Ingraham said.
"Many of you have voted for me on each occasion."
He said, "I have spent more than one half of my life in your service. I ran again this time to head the government for a fourth time; the Bahamian public rejected my message and denied my request.
"I accept their determination and in the Westminster tradition of electoral democracy which we adhere to, I have determined to end my public life which has spanned more than half my own lifetime."
Ingraham said he will formally retire from politics on July 19, the anniversary of his first election in 1977.
He pointed out that this is two weeks before his 65th birthday and 65 is the mandatory retirement age for civil servants.
Ingraham had hoped to serve one final term as prime minister but suffered what many FNMs insisted was a shocking and unexpected loss.
The former prime minister indicated to The Nassau Guardian on Saturday that he was surprised by the results, but he said he did the best he could on the campaign trail.
He told constituents that he will support their choice once they decide who they want to run in the by-election.
Ingraham also told The Guardian he intends to return to Parliament to swear the oath of office, but he did not indicate whether this would be on May 23, which is when the new House will open.
Ingraham won the North Abaco seat last Monday with 2,235 votes. The PLP's Renardo Curry had 1,856 votes and the Democratic National Alliance candidate Sonith Lockhart got 39 votes.
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday the PLP was pleased with Curry's performance and expects him to win the seat in a by-election.
The PLP won 29 of the 38 seats in the House of Assembly and the FNM won nine.
"We are the government now and Mr. Ingraham won by 300 odd votes," Roberts told The Nassau Guardian.
"Mr. Ingraham did certain things down there that will come to light. Renardo Curry will [emerge] as the next MP following the by-election. Mr. Curry's performance in the general election speaks for itself.
"This is a prime minister who has represented that area for all these years. That was not any significant victory for him down there."
Asked what will likely come to light, Roberts only said, "What Mr. Ingraham has done throughout The Bahamas with regard to the election. It is just unbelievable what he did to try to win."
Ingraham and the FNM, meanwhile, allege that a part of the reason they lost the election was because the PLP bribed many voters. But that's a claim the PLP has rejected as baseless.
Pointing to the many changes witnessed in his constituency since 1977, the former prime minister noted that 38 percent of the 4,130 people registered to vote there were not yet born when he won the seat for the first time at age 29.
"I have spent more than one half of my life in your service," Ingraham told the constituents.
He added, "I acknowledge my debt to you and express my gratitude. I leave with my reputation intact; I gave you decent, honorable and incorruptible service. I did my best for you and I leave you now much, much better off than when we began."
Pointing to the progress made in the constituency over the decades he served, Ingraham said, "We have come from communities that got water from open wells or rainwater tanks in Green Turtle Cay and Grand Cay, to communities with piped water; from kerosene lamps in Little Abaco and Grand Cay to electricity; from no telephone service to hardline phones, cell phones and internet access; from no paved roads outside of our communities to paved roads from Crown Haven in the north to Sandy Port in the South and to paved roads in every community..."
Ingraham's resignation from the FNM takes effect on May 26, when the party will hold a convention.
He said he will return to his law office in Nassau and reopen his law office in Marsh Harbour. The former prime minister, who has a home in Cooper's Town, also said he intends to spend more time on the seas of Abaco, fishing.
Funeral service for Evangelist Mildred Christina Knowles, 65 yrs., a resident of Unison Road off Carmichael Road, who died on 29th January, 2012, will be held at Cousin McPhee Cathedral, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Dr. Ranford Patterson. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Precious memories will be cherished in the hearts of her loving and wonderful husband: Everette Knowles; 4 sons: Rodwell, Johnathan, Everete Jr. and Leafred Knowles (deceased); 2 stepsons: Jeffery and Carlton Knowles; 5 daughters: Debra, Merciann and Ginger Knowles, Norma Bethel, Gaynell Sands; 1 step daughter: Oraley Smith; grandchildren: Larry, Rodman, Lakeshia, Shawniniqua, Arqualla, Pricilla, Rodwell Jr, Theo, Dancia, Jacara Knowles, Shrelle, Rochelle, Troy Jr. McDonald, Pamela, Chardeeka, Dwaniqueka, Dominqua Bethel, Angela, Angel Brown, Travis, Corey, Rashad Higgs, Anishka, Daraneshia Williams, Neil Jr., Antonio & Gaynell Enda Sands; 1 daughter-in-law: Denise Knowles; 3 sons-in-law: Neil Sands Sr., Dwayne Bethel and Shadrac Chalton; 5 sisters: Olivia Mackey of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Dora Saunders, Monalida Demeritte, Clothilda Saunders, Elizabeth Slack; 5 sisters-in-law: Ulrica Coleby, Gloretta Duncombe, Ivy, Gertrude and Geneva Knowles; 7 brothers-in-law; Charles, Hector, Christopher, Nevelle and Arnold Knowles of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Steven Slack, Leon Brown; great grand children: Shaquel, Amaya, Craig Jr., Hannah, Kaylin, Adrian, Jason, Randy, Mia; nieces: Arlene of Miami, Fl., Dona of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Diana Smith, Rosie Moxey, Mayala, Alama, Kim, Evelyn Neely, Michelle Green, Natasha of Miami, Fl., Malissa Burnside; nephews: Kevin, Michael, Ricardo Jr, Rynam, Charles Knowles, Al Coleby, Patrick Kemp, Ted and David Mackey of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Trevor, Erick Curry, Deon Poitier, Basil, Bryan, Kelston Brown, Christopher Barnet, Lambert Cartwright, Craig, Hew and Desmond Duncombe; numerous grand nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends including: Patrick Moss of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Frederick Saunders, Mary, Sherryann, Hannah, Latiesha and Gertrude Rolle, Patrice Henry, Pastor Henry Smith and family, Rev. Franklyn Burrows, Laura Taylor and family, Enda Sands and family, Pat Roberts and family, cole Henry, Mona, Catherine and Charles McPhee, Sister Lewis, Mother Edgecombe, Ms. Russell and family, Pastor Minus and family of Five Porches Church, Ruth and George Bethel and family, Craig Maycock and family, Leslie, Mrs. King and famliy, Sheila, Dr. Marley, Dr. Strachan, Sen. Michael Halkitas, Hon. Charles Maynard and family, Rosey, Shirley, Elcena, Marlene, June, Kevin, Charles McDonald & family, staff of Super Value #9, Esther Smith, Louise Clarke and family, Vanessa, Welhia, Shonel, Garvie, Charles Jr., the Jolly family, doctors and nurses of Princess Margaret Hospital, the Fox Hill, Unison and Cowpen Road communities.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-1:00 p.m. & at the church from 2:00 p.m. until service time.
There is so much to say about the 26th Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) National Track and Field Championships, which was held last weekend, that we decided to have two parts.
The Scotiabank BAAA National Track and Field Championships saw much excitement and great competition between athletes and schools from around the nation. Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. continues to give great support to this national event even in the wake of tough economic times. The Ministry of Education has stepped up to the plate in a big way and we anticipate their involvement will be increased in the near future.
This year they allowed the public school students to attend the championships on the Friday of the meet.
The switch of divisions
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has encouraged various regions in the world to standardize their competition in line with their world youth championships age category of under-18 as compared to under-17 that has been used in the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) region for years.
Prior to this year, the age categories were: under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13. Now the categories are: under-20, under-18, under-16 and under-14. This means that those athletes who are 17 this year would have moved up to under-20 but now are in the under-18 group. This also means that the under-17, under-15, and under-13 records remain and the performances in the new age groups will also become records. So the only records broken over the weekend were those in the under-20 division. Regardless to this, the competition and excitement remained supreme.
Under-20 male records set
The oldest record set over the weekend was that of the under-20 boys 4x400 meters (m) relay. This record of 3:18.2 was set by Bishop Michael Eldon, or Freeport High, in the inaugural event in 1989. In the final event of the championships on Saturday, the boys from Moore's Island shattered that record with a time of 3:14.65. That was simply amazing and this Moore's Island team "punched their ticket" to the Penn Relays, sponsored by the BAAA. Their team consisted of Devano Mackey, Shakeem Henchell, Brandon Davis and Steven Gardiner.
They were five seconds ahead of Doris Johnson and certainly looked like they could do much better with the competition in Philly. Gardiner also placed his name in the record books before this when he ran 20.68 seconds in the 200m in the semi-final with a wind reading of 2.0 mps. That time smashed Catholic High's Marcus Knowles 21.11 seconds time, set in 1991.
In the under-20 boys 800m, Claudius Russell of Doris Johnson ran 1:57.12 to break Presley Sargent's record of 1:58.7 which was set in 1991. Sargent attended St. John's College. Doris Johnson had its day in the sun when their under-20 boys broke the 4x100m record of Moore's Island with a 41.60 seconds performance. The old record was 41.73 seconds. Doris Johnson's team was made up of Burton Oliver, Adrian Gibson, Shanton Pratt and Janeko Cartwright.
St. Augustine's College (SAC) refused to be left out of the record haul when Blayre Catalyn, Kieanna Albury, Dreshanae Rolle and Makeya Whyte ran 45.90 seconds, breaking their record set in 2013, of 46.60 seconds. That team included Devynne Charlton, Makeya Whyte, Dannielle Gibson and Kieanna Albury.
Finally, IAAF World Youth participant Denzel Pratt, of SAC, won the javelin with a throw of 65.93m (216' 3"), breaking the old record of 60.71m (199' 2") set in 1992 by Jermaine Curry of L.W. Young.
One of the most outstanding performances of the meet was the 3:18.18 run by the Queen's College Comets in the 4x400m. Running for the Comets were Tre Adderley, Branson Rolle, Brentan Edwards and Kaze Poitier. They really "turned it on" and we see bright hope for the school in the next few years.
Those records set in 1989 in the under-20 division that still remain are: Daphne Saunders - High Jump - 1.77m (5' 9-1/2"); Long Jump - 5.97m (19' 7"); and Heptathlon- 4,592 points; Garrette Flowers - High Jump - 2.16m (7' 1"); and Kevin Smith - Decathlon - 5,872 points.
There were upsets and great performances by numerous schools and athletes, and we will talk about them in part two of this series.
A female suspect in the murder of pharmacist Kurt McCartney was yesterday denied bail for the second time.
Lyndera Curry, of Plantol Street, was refused bail last December when she appeared before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.
Curry made another attempt at pretrial release before the same judge yesterday.
Curry is charged along with Sumya Ingraham, 26, also of Plantol Street; Thorne Edwards, 23, and Okell Farrington, 31, of Pinewood Gardens.
Prosecutors say they are responsible for the October 24 shooting death of McCartney during an armed robbery in which his 2007 Hummer vehicle, which is valued at $37,000, was taken.
McCartney, the brother of Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney, was shot and killed in Gambier Village. His Hummer was discovered by police a few hours after his death, east of Traveller's Rest restaurant on West Bay Street.
The accused have denied the allegations against them.
A fifth person, 42-year-old Terry Delancy, the owner of Virgo Car Rental, was charged with being an accessory after the fact.
He is accused of enabling Curry, Ingraham, Edwards and Farrington to avoid due process of the law. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
He is on $15,000 bail.
All of the defendants appeared before Isaacs for a case management conference ahead of their March 2, 2015 trial date.
They make their next court appearance on October 23.
One of the suspects in last year's smash-and-grab Rolex armed robbery allegedly borrowed a hammer hours before the hold-up, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors say two men walked into the store and one of them smashed the glass display case with a hammer and collected 13 watches, together worth $395,360.
The Crown alleges that Jonathan Armbrister, David Collins and Jasper Curry were involved in the heist on May 22, 2011. The robbers left the hammer behind as they fled onto Bay Street.
Yesterday, the court deemed the woman, who prosecutors say loaned Armbrister the hammer, as a hostile witness.
Questioned by prosecutor Sandradee Gardiner, the woman denied that she saw Armbrister between the hours of 9 a.m. and midday on the day of the robbery.
The witness admitted that she told police that she had loaned Armbrister a hammer that he never returned. She said the hammer was orange and black with a speck of yellow paint on it.
When Gardiner showed the witness the hammer collected by police, she said it was not hers. The witness claimed that she placed her initials on all of her tools and she did not see her identifying mark on the tool.
Gardiner showed the woman the statement she made to police on May 25, 2011 after they showed her the hammer they collected from the crime scene
The woman allegedly told police, "I am almost certain that the hammer I saw is mine because of the paint."
But the witness said, "Those are his [the officer's] words. I never told him that." The witness denied that she was lying.
During cross-examination, Armbrister's lawyer produced an orange and black hammer of his own. The witness said that it was similar to the hammer she had loaned Armbrister.
Geoffrey Farquharson represents Collins and Jomo Campbell represents Curry, who is the only defendant on bail.
Funeral Service for Jaden Antonio McIntosh Curry, 3, of Edward Avenue off Jerome and formerly of Fox Town will be held on Saturday 3rd September, 2011 at 11:00am at New Hope Baptist Church, Mount Hope, Abaco. Officiating will be Father Dwight Rolle, assisted by Deacon Daniel Curry. Interment will follow in the Public Cemetery, Fox Town, Abaco.
Left to cherish is his Mother: Leslyn Gibson, (2) Grandmothers: Joycelyn McIntosh and Fayann Cornish. (2) Grandfathers: Lester Gibson of Freeport and Gregory Curry. (1) Great grandmother Marina Gibson of Crooked Island. (1) Great Grandfather: Paul Curry (7) Uncles: Lazaro and Uthan Cornish, Santino, Otis, Reginald, Clint and Javal, Curry (6 ) Aunts L ...
The Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party traveled to Abaco in support of PLP candidates Renardo Curry and Gary Sawyer. The Leader addressed a large crowd of supports and told them that "it's time to Believe in Bahamians. You can read the leaders remarks below:
May 2, 2012I want to begin by thanking you for all you've done so far to
help us change the direction of our country on May 7th, God willing.
So many of you have supported us - with your ideas and your prayers and your hard work...and with your votes, too!
To all of you who voted yesterday in support of the PLP, I
thank you!. You told us with your votes that you're ready for a
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Police have issued a wanted bulletin for Owen George Johnson, 30, of New Providence, who is believed to be the pilot of an aircraft that collided with a police jeep on the tarmac of the Sandy Port Airport in Abaco on Sunday evening.
The aircraft, which was reportedly carrying a group of illegal immigrants, collided with the jeep after the pilot attempted to take off to avoid capture, police said.
As the twin-engine, nine-seater aircraft landed around 6:45 p.m., police attempted to intercept it and instructed the pilot to stop.
However, the pilot made a sharp left turn and crashed into the approaching jeep, according to police.
"We suspect they may have been trying to take off again by making that sharp turn," said Superintendent Noel Curry, officer in charge of the northern Bahamas police division.
As the aircraft came to a halt, the pilot and seven illegal immigrants onboard attempted to escape by running into nearby bushes, police said.
Police arrested four Dominican and three Haitian nationals, including a two or three-year-old child, police said.
The pilot escaped.
The migrants were transported to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre yesterday, police said.
Johnson, who is believed to be the mastermind behind the human smuggling operation, is six feet, six inches tall and of light brown complexion, and heavy build, police said.
He is reportedly a pilot by profession.
Police launched an island-wide manhunt for Johnson on Sunday.
"If seen please do not approach as subject is considered dangerous," said police press officer Inspector Tericita Pinder.
Two officers sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision.
They were treated in hospital and later discharged.
Eight Mile Rock High School's Satori Curry claimed first place in the recent Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) public service announcement (PSA) competition.
Curry's PSA said "littering doesn't help us; the attraction of the land and beaches is what brings visitors to our country which helps expand the industry and bring money into the country."
Bishop Michael Eldon Anglican School students Sidney McIntosh and Katrina Dorsette tied for second, with Eight Mile Rock High School student Asia Outten named to the third spot.
McIntosh's PSA said: "Our number one industry is tourism, so we need to keep our island clean to sustain the industry so that it can prosper. Tell family and friends not to litter, what will we have left if we destroy it."
While Dorsette's PSA: "For our future and the next generation, I think that it's important to keep our island clean."
Outten claimed a third place finish with "I discourage my peers from littering, and try hard myself not to litter. I think it's sad to pass on the road and see garbage on the roads, beaches and parks."
The Keep Grand Bahama Clean (KGBC) initiative has hosted many competitions at the primary, junior high and senior high levels over the years, with the aim of raising the awareness of the importance of keeping a clean environment amongst the youth of the island. In commemoration of the eighth anniversary of KGBC, during youth month, the committee once again thought it fitting to incorporate a youth component in the celebrations.
"There is so much talent among our youth, and with this very important issue of keeping a clean environment which impacts us all as residents, it is both exciting and thought-provoking to learn from our students as they seek to make us all conscious about the environmental issues that exists and the need for us all be to better stewards of what God has given us," said committee chairperson and Grand Bahama Port Authority Environmental Manager, Nakira Wilchcombe.
"At the end of the day we want these messages to be heard, and who better to express them than our youth," she said.
Previous anniversaries have focused on competitions amongst various genres such as art, music and elocution, through debates, trash to treasure, photography, jingles and documentary.
In the face of overwhelming evidence, a policeman's son pleaded guilty to murder on Monday.
Alexander Pierre Jr., 20, of Carmichael Road, entered a guilty plea in the death of Raymond Thompson on August 8, 2012 before his trial began before Justice Carolita Bethell.
Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have led evidence to show that Pierre, whose father is a sergeant, had an argument with Thompson about the repair of his car.
Shortly after the argument, Pierre returned to East Street and Coconut Grove Avenue with a 9mm pistol and pointed it in Thompson's face in the presence of witnesses, according to the evidence.
Thompson threw his hands up and Pierre shot him three times, according to the prosecution's case. Thompson ran but Pierre pursued him, shooting him three more times.
As Thompson struggled to get up, Pierre finished him off with two shots to the head, according to the evidence.
Thompson, 29, was one of four men tried for the 2007 murder of PC Ramos Williams and the attempted murder of his partner, Antoine Curry. He was acquitted of the charges.
Pierre, who is on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons, returns to court for sentencing on April 5.
Ian Cargill represents him and Eucal Bonaby appears for the Crown.
A suspect in the shooting deaths of four people at Fox Hill last December appeared before a Supreme Court judge yesterday seeking bail on medical grounds.
Peter Rolle, 30, is one of three men charged with the December 27 drive-by shooting at Freedom Park that also left seven others seriously injured.
Rolle, Justin Williams, 22, and Jermaine Curry, 25, are accused of 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.
According to Rolle's lawyer Geoffrey Farquharson, the prison was unable to provide adequate care for Rolle.
He also asserted that Rolle had a weak heart.
Dr. Hastings Johnson, who works at the prison, said he saw Rolle on September 19 and he complained of headaches and vomiting blood.
After an examination, Rolle was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital where a battery of tests were performed, Johnson said.
He said that Rolle was diagnosed with musculoskeletal pain and was prescribed Voltaren for the pain and Zantac for acid reflux.
Johnson said Rolle was also on medication for hypertension.
In response to a question from Farquharson, Johnson was unable to say whether the prison experienced medication shortages as he was not responsible for the dispensary.
He said he had ordered that some inmates receive additional exercise and the prison was working on special diets.
In addition to the medical grounds, Farquharson also attacked the strength of the evidence. He said the prosecution sought to rely on the "unreliable" evidence of uncharged accomplices.
Farquharson also noted that co-accused Williams had been released on bail, although he had a previous conviction for armed robbery.
Viola Barnett, the prosecutor, opposed the application, saying the prison was able to provide adequate care for Rolle's medical needs.
Barnett said there was no unreasonable delay and a trial date had been set for September 12, 2016.
She said Rolle faced a severe penalty if convicted and this could provide an incentive to flee.
Barnett said there was a possibility that Rolle could re-offend as he had a previous conviction for causing grievous bodily harm.
Justice Bernard Turner will give his decision on Wednesday.
Lyndera Curry, one of the people accused of the murder of pharmacist Richard Kurt McCartney, appeared before the Supreme Court yesterday seeking bail ahead of her trial, which is scheduled for March 2015.
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.
Kevin Farrington appeared for the Crown and opposed Curry's release pending trial.
Justice Bernard Turner will give his decision on Monday.