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September 01, 2011
Jaden Antonio McIntosh Curry, 3

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 ...

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July 30, 2012
PLP's North Abaco candidate downplays threat from independent challenger

The pending by-election in North Abaco will be a race between the two major political parties, said Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) candidate Renardo Curry, who downplayed any possible threat from independent challenger Cay Mills.
His comments came days after Mills, who was unsuccessful in his bid to become the Free National Movement's pick for the by-election, said he planned to run as an independent candidate.
Last week the FNM's Central Council selected Greg Gomez as their standard bearer for the area. He was chosen over Mills; Jackson McIntosh, a former Cooper's Town administrator, and Perry Thomas, who lives in Fox Town, North Abaco.
On Friday, Mills hit out at retiring North Abaco MP and former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who he said handpicked Gomez to succeed him. Mills also announced his plans to run in the election on his own.
Yesterday Curry said while Mills, a taxi driver who lives in North Abaco, has some support in the constituency, he does not think that will translate into a win.
"He's [Mills] popular in the area, in Dundas Town in particular, so I think he would do fairly well there but as far as base voters I think we are still going to get our numbers out of Dundas Town that we are anticipating getting. Overall I think when it's all said and done I've campaigned long enough to feel the people will give me an opportunity to serve them.
"For Abaco in particular it's always been a two party seat, either FNM or PLP. Mr. Ingraham was the only one able to do that independent in the late 80s, make the North Abaco seat independent, but I don't know if any other candidate at this point and time is able to do that."
FNM Chairman Charles Maynard said he was surprised that Mills has decided to run against the party's pick. Still he said the party will do all it can to ensure that Gomez wins the by-election.
"We're focused on our campaign. Mr. Mills had committed himself to supporting who ever was the successful candidate, so we were surprised to see his comments in the paper. However that will not deter us, we will stay focused on making sure Greg Gomez is exposed to the people. We believe he will be successful at the end of the day."
S. Ali McIntosh, servant leader of the Bahamas Constitution Party, is also expected to run in the by-election.
Ingraham was elected as the representative for North Abaco eight consecutive times; once as an independent, twice as a PLP candidate and five times as an FNM candidate.

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October 21, 2011
Talented Bahamians fill five positions at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Earlier this year, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas began a comprehensive and transparent search, locally and worldwide, to fill a number of positions including Director, Assistant Educational Officer, Curatorial Assistant and Curatorial Trainees. The Board of the NAGB and the Gallery itself worked in consultation with the arts community throughout the entire process. With this talented selection of persons, the Board is confident that the process has been a sound one and that it has resulted in the best persons being chosen for each position.
Amanda Dana Coulson - New Director of the NAGB
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 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.

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February 24, 2011
Ida Cooper, 92

Funeral Service for Ida Cooper, 92, and a resident of #6 Columbus Drive, Freeport and formerly of Grand Cay, Abaco will be held on Saturday 26th, February, 2011 at11:00 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Grand Cay, Abaco . Officiating will be Rev. Rudolph K. Roberts. Interment will follow in the Infantview Cemetery, Grand Cay.

Her legacy will live on in the lives of her two sons Roosevelt Curry and Nevel Munnings one daughter Regina Saunders one adopted son Rudolph Pinder one adopted sister Melvina (Mar) Williams 17 grandchildren Laverne Lowe, la-Keisha Burrows, Melvin Jr., Kirk Sr. and Dwayne Sr. Saunders, Nickia Horton, Maryann Pinder, Lafayette Dorsett, Carol Russel ...

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May 09, 2012
PLP candidates dominate Family Islands

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) won six of the 10 Family Island seats in Monday's general election.
These do not include Grand Bahama, where the PLP won three of the five seats there.
PLP candidate for North Andros and the Berry Islands Dr. Perry Gomez defeated former Minister of Education Desmond Bannister by 22 votes.
PLP Deputy Leader and incumbent MP Philip Brave Davis won the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador seat over his rivals FNM Senator Michael Pintard and DNA candidate Shawn Francis.
Davis had 84 more votes than Pintard.
The PLP deputy got 778 votes to Pintard's 694, while Francis only received nine votes.
In the 2007 general election, Davis defeated his opponent -- FNM candidate Gladys Johnson-Sands -- by 226 votes.
The PLP candidate for Central and South Eleuthera Damian Gomez beat the FNM's Howard Johnson and DNA candidate William Hunt.
He won by 66 votes.
In the Exuma and Ragged Island constituency, former Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour fell to Anthony Moss of the PLP by 117 votes.
Moss received 1,337 votes compared to 1,220 for Neymour. Floyd Armbrister of the Democratic National Alliance received 64 votes.
PLP incumbent V. Alfred Gray held on to the MICAL seat over FNM candidate Sidney Collie by 24 votes.
Gray secured 674 votes compared to 650 votes for Collie. DNA candidate Jamarl Chea received six votes.
Gray defeated former Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes by 39 votes when he challenged that seat for the FNM in the 2007 general election.
Mangrove Cay and South Andros presented a tough battle. The PLP's candidate Picewell Forbes won by 167 votes over Independent candidate Whitney Bastian, and 260 votes over Ron Bosfield, the FNM's candidate for that constituency.
Forbes received 795 votes; Bastian 628 votes; Bosfield 535 and the DNA's candidate Wayde Forbes-Ferguson received 87 votes.
Forbes defeated Bastian by 440 votes when they went head to head in South Andros during the 2007 general election.
In the lead-up to Election Day, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham predicted that his party would win the majority of the Family Island seats, a prediction that fell short of the mark last night.
However, Ingraham won the North Abaco seat for the eighth consecutive time by defeating PLP candidate Renardo Curry and DNA candidate Sonith Lockhart.
However, Curry was ahead in the polls by over 200 votes as some of the initial results came in for that constituency but that gap was closed and the votes soon reflected the former prime minister's win.
Ingraham, however, announced that he will not take his seat in Parliament. He also resigned as leader of the FNM.
Former Minister of Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner defeated PLP candidate Alex Storr and DNA candidate Mario Cartwright in Long Island.
Theo Neilly, the FNM's candidate for North Eleuthera, received 1,790 votes and defeated PLP candidate Clay Sweeting, who received 1,685 votes. The DNA's candidate for North Eleuthera George Taylor received 47 votes.

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April 22, 2014
Privy Council says Listening Devices Act constitutional

The Privy Council has upheld the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act, the legislation that oversees the country's wiretaps laws.
However, the country's final appellate court directed a magistrate to determine whether those wiretaps were used lawfully during an investigation of accused drug lord Melvin Maycock Sr. and four other men.
U.S. federal prosecutors made a request in 2004 for the extradition of Maycock Sr., Trevor Roberts, Shanto Curry, Sheldon Moore, Devroy Moss and Gordon "Hog" Newbold to Florida for alleged drug trafficking crimes.
In May 2013, then Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell ordered the men extradited to stand trial along with Melvin Maycock Jr, Lynden Deal, Bryan Deal, Torrey Lockhart, Laron Lockhart, Wilfred Ferguson, Derek Rigby and Carl Culmer.
As Bethell is no longer a magistrate, The Nassau Guardian understands that Senior Justice Jon Isaacs, who is hearing a challenge to the order for extradition, will investigate whether the limits of the wiretap authorizations were observed.
The judgment delivered by Lord Mance dealt with the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act as the evidence supporting the extradition requests were gleaned from telephone intercepts. Lawyers for the men say the wiretap evidence should be excluded because it was obtained illegally.
In a judgment delivered on April 17, the law lords considered several questions regarding the Listening Devices Act.
The first question was whether the wiretap authorizations under section 5(2) of the Act must provide (a) the identity of the person authorized to use a listening device to conduct an investigation into an offense being committed, (b) the date from when such authorized use of a listening device was given and (c) the offense that has been committed or that is about to be, or is reasonably likely to be committed.
The Privy Council ruled that these are all required.
It said the Listening Devices Act gave any authorized person or authority the right to hear, listen or record a private conversation at their absolute discretion or for any use without prior judicial supervision.
The court ruled that the Listening Devices Act satisfied a quantitative test in that it provides essential safeguards and protections consistent with the rule of law in a democratic society.
The Privy Council ruled that the powers given to the commissioner of police under the act did not violate the constitutional right to privacy.

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April 05, 2014
Four plead not guilty to McCartney's murder

Four people accused of the shooting death of businessman Kurt McCartney denied committing the murder when they made their initial appearance in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Thorne Edwards, Okell Farrington, Lyndera Curry and Sumya Ingraham, all of Plantol Street, appeared before Justice Carolita Bethell.
They were previously charged with McCartney's murder in the magistrate's court last November.
It is alleged that they killed McCartney on October 24, 2013.
They are also charged with armed robbery.
McCartney, the younger brother of Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney, was shot near a bar in Gambier Village and the perpetrators fled in his silver 2007 Hummer, according to police.
The defendants also pleaded not guilty to armed robbery.
Farrington and Edwards, who were not represented by attorneys, presented Justice Bethell with their individual notices of alibi.
However, Bethell said the notices did not provide adequate details, including the addresses of where they claimed to be at the time of the murder, and also the address of the witness who can corroborate their alibis.
Bethell asked the men to present the additional information at their next court appearance.
She said she would take note of their alibis.
Businessman Terry Delancy, 42, owner of Virgo Car Rental, was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.
Delancy pleaded not guilty to the charge.
He will return to court on May 1 for trial while Edwards, Farrington, Curry and Ingraham will return to court on May 2.
They were all remanded to prison except Delancy, who was granted $15,000 bail.
Several police officers stood guard outside the court during the arraignment.
Shortly after the murder, the McCartney family offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

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March 25, 2014
24-member reparations committee announced

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell has appointed The Bahamas' National Reparations Committee ahead of a formal push by CARICOM heads to get reparations, debt cancelation, and an apology from former European colonizers.
During a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Mitchell announced that former Attorney General Alfred Sears and former member of Parliament Philip Smith are co-chairs.
Mitchell said he expects the committee to present its preliminary research and recommendations by June.
He said the committee will carry out a wide public education campaign as it seeks to illustrate links between historic and modern-day discrimination and outline racial discrimination resulting from slavery in areas of health, education, living conditions, property and land ownership, employment participation and migration.
"I believe that the public discussion that will ensue...will be instructive and I think that is what the government hopes in its essence takes place; that there is a national discussion and dialogue on this, which has been treated as a silent subject for too long," Mitchell said.
"And those of us who were raised in the 1950s and 1960s and saw the struggles pre-1967 in this country are somewhat astounded at how polite of a society we have become on this subject."
Sears and Smith attended a CARICOM reparations commission meeting in Barbados in January.
Sears said Martyn Day, the lawyer leading CARICOM's claim, will more than likely lodge a claim in the International Court of Justice.
Mitchell said before CARICOM heads make any legal claim they have agreed to convene a conference with the European countries.
Asked to respond to those who may disagree with seeking reparations, Mitchell said it is in the best interest of the country to have the research done.
"I think what often happens with these things is as it unfolds it turns out that people will come to accept that it is the right thing to do," he said.
"I think you are going to have naysayers either way you look at it."
Following a CARICOM heads meeting earlier this month in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas and other member states agreed to establish a 10-point plan that would seek a formal apology, some form of debt cancelation and reparations.
Other members of the committee are College of The Bahamas (COB) historian Dr. Chris Curry; COB historian Dr. Gail Saunders; rector at Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Church Father David Cooper; rector at Trinity Methodist Church Rev. William Higgs; attorney Marion Bethel; pastor of Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Timothy Stewart; COB researcher Keisha Ellis; Chamber of Commerce chair in Exuma Pedro Rolle; Sojouner Douglass College President Theresa Moxey-Ingraham; COB Sociology Professor Dr. Niambi Hall-Campbell; businessman Michael Symonette; COB Law Professor Michael Stevenson; Director of Archives Elaine Toote; Pompey Museum Director Kim Outten-Stubbs; Oral and Public History Director Dr. Tracy Thompson; Rastafarian movement representative Whitman McKinney; Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson; attorney Bianca Beneby; journalist and businesswoman Alesha Hart; journalist Travis Cartwright-Carroll; retired educator Cecil Thompson and an attorney from the Office of the Attorney General, who has yet to be announced.

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July 21, 2012
North Abaco by-election will be referendum on Christie and Minnis

Dear Editor,

Former Free National Movement (FNM) Leader and Prime minister Hubert Ingraham made it abundantly clear to the press on the night of the elections that he will officially resign from the House of Assembly after serving as member of Parliament for the Cooper's Town/North Abaco constituency for 35 years.
Ingraham has kept his word by tendering his resignation letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly Dr. Kendal Major on July 19. I understand that his resignation will take effect in August. I believe Ingraham views the results of the May 7 general election as an outright rejection of his style of leadership. Obviously, the Bahamian people have made it clear that they want the nation to go in a different direction. Now, the people of North Abaco look set to go into a hotly contested by-election. The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) already has a candidate who has had some experience by contesting the recent elections, Renardo Curry. On the other hand, it looks like the FNM has yet to name its candidate, even though I hear rumors of one Greg Gomez being the favorite potential candidate of the opposition party.
I read on an Internet newspaper that FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis (Killarney) has moved his public relations machinery to North Abaco. It looks like the opposition party is prepared to fight tooth and nail in order to keep North Abaco in its win column. Prime Minister Perry Christie recently told the press that the pressure is on Dr. Minnis to win in North Abaco. He has to win in order to gain more clout in the FNM. A victory for the FNM would certainly solidify his standing within the opposition party. It would prove to many FNMs that Dr. Minnis can lead their party to election victories.
On the other hand, a loss could be disastrous for him. To be sure, the time has come for the FNM to prove once and for all to its detractors that it can win general elections without Ingraham at the helm. Former FNM Leaders Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, Sir Kendall G.L. Isaacs and Tommy Turnquest all had failed to do what Ingraham had done in 1992, 1997 and 2007: win a general election. If Dr. Minnis wins in 2017, he will only be the second FNM leader to win. The FNM has to get this monkey off its back. I think a win in North Abaco would give Dr. Minnis a much needed shot in the arm.
Even though North Abaco is considered an FNM bastion, the opposition candidate might still struggle to win in that area. Ingraham managed to win by just 379 votes against his PLP opponent. What's more, Curry won five of the 12 polling divisions. Certainly, the PLP candidate is a formidable opponent. If the former prime minister struggled to win against Curry, do we honestly expect Gomez to fare any better? Still, I believe that this by-election contest will be a referendum on Dr. Minnis. Can he rally FNMs as Ingraham was able to do when he was leader?
If Curry wins that seat, he might end up squatting in that area for years to come. Just look at Yamacraw. That constituency was an FNM bastion for 20 years until the legendary Janet Bostwick was unseated by the PLP's Melanie Griffin in 2002. Bostwick first won that seat in 1982. Griffin has pulled off three consecutive victories in that area, 2002, 2007 and 2012. Yamacraw has become an impregnable PLP bastion. That is why it is of the utmost importance for the FNM to win. But galvanizing the troops after a devastating loss on May 7 may prove a difficult task.
Why even bother to vote in an election that would not give your party the reins of government? If the FNM were to lose, it would only have eight seats. And the PLP would have 30. Obviously such a scenario would hardly make any difference. Still, I am of the view that the odds are heavily stacked in the PLP's favor because it is now the government of The Bahamas. What's more, the war chest of the FNM is broke. It has been reported in the press that the opposition party is heavily in debt. Judging from the effective campaign that the PLP ran, it looks like the party was awash with money.
The PLP spent a boat load of money in North Abaco in an attempt to unseat Ingraham. It is expected that the governing party will do the same thing again. Even though North Abaco is considered FNM country, I believe that this by-election will also be a referendum on Christie and his fledgling administration. Three-plus months after the general election, what is the mood of the nation? Are the majority of the 75,000-plus Bahamian voters who supported the prime minister pleased with his performance thus far?
What about the 1,800-plus North Abaco voters who supported Curry? It is likely that this upcoming contest will give us some idea about the mood of the electorate. If the PLP loses, then one might argue that the governing party has lost momentum since May 7. With over 75 percent of the seats in the House, it will be difficult for the PLP to keep that much steam as it had in the run-up to May 7.
In any event, both Christie and Dr. Minnis will be in the dock on by-election day. Make no mistake about it, this electoral contest will not really be between Curry and whoever runs for the FNM. It will be between Christie and the new FNM leader.

- Kevin Evans

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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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April 21, 2012
NPSA swings into action

With a number of players switching teams this year, it is hard for executive members in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) to pinpoint which squad is the strongest this season.
Top female pitcher Thela Johnson has parted ways with defending champions the Proper Care Pool Sharks and will step on the mound for the Lady Hitmen. Despite Thela Johnson's departure and the addition of players like Melinda Bastian, to the Lady Hitmen's roster, newly elected public relations officer Arthur Johnson still believes that the Sharks is strong.
The Sharks will play in the season opener with the Boomer G. Operators tonight. The women's game will get on the way immediately after the opening ceremony. Veteran player Oria Wood is expected to make the first pitch for this game and Ali Culmer will 'toss the ball' to start play on the men's side.
The new team in the dugout, the Y2 Shipping Bulldogs will go up against the Boomer George Truckers. The opening ceremony is set for 7 p.m. at the Bankers Field, in the Balliou Hill Sporting Complex. Alcott Forbes and veteran pitchers Edney 'The Heat' Bethel and Leroy Thompson are on new squads.
"This year we had a lot of player movements so it is hard to say who is the strongest team," confirmed Johnson. "I think all the teams are strong this year. All the teams have good pitchers who can assist them. Since we had teams not returning those players joined forces with other teams, making those stronger.
"We are looking to have an exciting season. We have a balance now. The balance is even stronger in the ladies division. We did have some changes happening in the men's division. We expect some upsets and other surprises."
Seven female teams will compete for bragging rights this season. These squads include the Sharks, Lady Hitmen, Y2 Shipping Wildcats, Sigma Brackette's, A.S.A.P Assassins, Black Scorpions and the Boomer G Operators. Johnson did confirm that this year's numbers, on the women's side, is an improvement from last year. The league has seen a decrease in men's action. Only six teams will compete, unlike the 2011 season where they had nine. The Outlaws and New Breed are two of the teams not returning this year. Other participating squads are Blue Chip Buccaneers, Y2 Shipping Bulldogs, Boomer G Truckers, Miller Rams, Dorin United Hitmen and the Caribbean Civil Group Mighty Mitts coached by Alphonso 'Chicken' Albury.
Executives in the NPSA are hoping to improve the league's image trying to turn the park into a 'family atmosphere'. The league's newly elected president is Godfrey Burnside who is no stranger to the softball park. Burnside will be assisted by Marvin Wood, Vernie Curry, Ken Wood Jr., Andy Percentie, Anthony Bullock, Jeff Henfield, Eric Johnson, Renee Davis, Angelo Dillette and Lawrence Smith.

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Visit Linda & Azaleta at the BNT Jollification!

Saturday 21st November 2009  11:00 AM

Linda and Azaleta are in their 6th year at the Bahamas National Trust's Christmas Jollification selling their creations. You'll find them in the Jolly Market, the first sidewalk on your right when you enter the grounds. Check Out: Linda's beautiful Origami Cranes and beaded bracelets! - Made locally - Brighten up an empty corner - Make great gifts! Azaleta's Mango Chutney - The best in the world - All natural ingredients with approximately 2 mangoes in a 10 oz jar - She also has the best pre-mixed curry powder on the Island with a few recipes on the label. - These 2 products make great gifts as well!


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July 17, 2012
Ingraham confirms resignation still on

Retiring North Abaco MP Hubert Ingraham wrapped up a farewell tour of his constituency last night ahead of his resignation from the House of Assembly on Thursday.
The former prime minister and past leader of the Free National Movement (FNM) told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that he began visiting constituents on Friday and planned to host a final meeting with some of them in Murphy Town last night.
The Nassau Guardian understands that the event was also a part of the FNM's campaign for the upcoming by-election in the area, which must be held within 60 days after Ingraham formally resigns.
"I'm just having a little reception for some of my constituents to say farewell to them up in the Dundas, Murphy, Central Pines area," Ingraham said yesterday, speaking to The Nassau Guardian from Abaco.
"I was in Grand Cay yesterday and I have been to Cooper's Town, Green Turtle Cay [and] to Little Abaco since this is my last week before I put my resignation in on Thursday.
"This is my farewell political tour."
FNM leader Dr. Hubert Minnis flew to Abaco yesterday for the party.
The FNM's Central Council is considering four men for the FNM's North Abaco candidate selection: Greg Gomez, Cay Mills, Jackson McIntosh and Perry Thomas.
On Monday, The Nassau Guardian revealed that Gomez did not meet the constitutional requirement to run for public office because he lived in the United States for several years.
Minnis said Gomez returned to The Bahamas last August. The constitution requires that a person be an ordinary resident of the country for at least a year before he or she is eligible to be elected to the House of Assembly.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) plans to run Renardo Curry, who lost to Ingraham in the recent general election.
After the FNM's defeat on May 7, Ingraham announced that he would step down as leader of the party and not take his seat in Parliament.
However, he later decided to delay his resignation from the House until July 19, the anniversary of his first election to Parliament.
Ingraham won his seat in Parliament eight consecutive times -- once as an independent, twice as a PLP and five times as an FNM.
He served as prime minister for three non-consecutive terms.
He told The Nassau Guardian in an earlier interview that he will spend his retirement from public office fishing, with family and operating his law firm.

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December 17, 2013
Golden Gates take two out of three BSC titles

Golden Gates was looking for a hat trick in the Baptist Sports Council's (BSC) 2013 Coca-Cola Softball Classic, but St. Paul's saved their best game for last, to spoil Golden Gates' much anticipated celebrations.
St. Paul's defeated Golden Gates, 18-5, in their third and final game in the men's best-of-three championship series to bring the curtain down on a long and dramatic championship day on the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
After losing the opener 15-11, St. Paul's rallied to take game two, 18-17, to force a decisive third game. Pitcher/first baseman Deval Storr was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) after he went 7-for-11 with three RBIs and seven runs scored.
Golden Gates also had to go the distance in the co-ed division before they prevailed with a 2-1 series win over St. John's. GoldentGates won game one, 18-5, but St. John's bounced back for a 12-10 decision in game two before Golden Gates came back and held on 12-11 for the title. Richard Bain was named the MVP after he went 8-for-12 with three RBIs and nine runs scored.
Golden Gates, however, had an easy time in the 19-and-under division, as they held off Macedonia, 12-11, in game one. Macedonia didn't show up to complete the series as Golden Gates emerged as the champions with a win by default in game two. Peron Rolle was named the MVP after he went 1-for-2 with a three-run double, scoring two runs. Here are the results:
St. Paul's 18, Golden Gates 5
Deval Storr was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, Prescott Wilson went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, Lynden Gaitor was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Zhivargo Archer had a three-run homer to lead St. Paul's to the men's title in the decisive third game. Richard Bain had two RBIs. He and Charlie Gaitor were both 2-for-3 and scored a run each, and Jordan Gibson was 2-for-2 with a run scored in a losing effort.
St. Paul's 18, Golden Gates 17
Deval Storr scored the winning run in the bottom of a five-run seventh inning as St. Paul's came away with a walk-off victory to even the men's series at 1-1. The game took two extra innings before it was completed. Storr finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Prescott Wilson was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, Addie Finley was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Zhivargo Archer had a solo homer in a 2-for-5 day. Pheron Rolle had a perfect 4-for-4 day with seven RBIs and three runs scored, posting a two-run and a grand slam homer. Sherman Ferguson was 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers.
Golden Gates 15, St. Paul's 11
Richard Bain had a three-run homer as he went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored, Sherman Ferguson had a three-run and a solo homer in his 2-for-3 day with four RBIs, Ken Wood was 3-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored, and both Peron Rolle and Anthon Rolle were 2-for-3 with two runs scored each as Golden Gates took a 1-0 lead in the series. Zhivargo Archer was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Jason Sweeting was 3-for-3 with a run scored, Addie Finley was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored and Willard Elliott was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Golden Gates 19, St. John's 13
Thela Johnson was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Sherman Ferguson had just one hit - a three-run homer and he scored four times, and Richard Bain was 4-for-4 with six RBIs to seal the deal in the third and deciding game of the co-ed division. Deandra Rigby was 2-for-3 with five RBIs, including a three-run homer, scoring twice, and Alcott Forbes was 3-for-3 with three runs scored in the loss.
St. John's 12, Golden Gates 10
Deandra Rigby was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, driving in three runs and scoring three times, Larry Russell was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, Alcott Forbes was 2-for-3 with a RBI and four runs scored and Vernie Curry was 2-for-4 with a run scored to even the co-ed series at 1-1. Richard Bain was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored, Sherman Ferguson was 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, Renee 'Sunshine' Davis was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored and Ken Wood was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss.
Golden Gates 12, St. John's 11
Ken Wood was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Sherman Ferguson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, Jeanette Hilton was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Nicara Curtis was 2-for-3 with a run scored as Golden Gates took a 1-0 lead in their co-ed series. Hyacinth Farrington was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Torri Rolle was 3-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored, Donette Edwards was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored, Alcott Forbes was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Deandra Rigby was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Golden Gates 12, Macedonia 11
Peron Rolle was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Ellis Adderley was 2-for-3 with one run scored and Tre Bain and Irvin Smith both scored two runs. Weymond Demeritte, Kevin Moxey, Courtney Smith and Kili Kemp all scored two runs.

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November 21, 2013
Four charged with McCartney's murder

Two men and two women were charged yesterday with murdering businessman Kurt McCartney on October 24.
Thorne Edwards, 23; Okell Farrington, 31; Lyndera Curry, 20, and Sumya Ingraham, 26, all of Plantol Street, were not required to enter a plea to charges that they murdered and robbed the pharmacist.
McCartney, the brother of Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney, was shot dead near a bar in Gambier Village, and the perpetrators fled in his silver 2007 Hummer.
Also before Magistrate Andrew Forbes yesterday was businessman Terry Delancy, 42, the owner of Virgo Car Rental. Delancy was charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.
Delancy denied that he helped the murder suspects evade due process of the law.
His lawyer Ian Cargill described the charge as "a travesty of justice". He said that Delancy found a gun and turned it in to police.
Forbes set Delancy's bail at $15,000 over the objections of the prosecutor ASP Ercell Dorsett, who said the businessman would hinder an ongoing investigation if released on bail.
As a condition of his bail, Delancy must wear an electronic monitoring device and stay at least 500 yards from witnesses involved in the case.
Edwards, Farrington, Curry and Ingraham were not represented by lawyers.
The two young women did not speak during the arraignment as tears streamed down their faces.
By contrast, Edwards and Farrington said they needed medical attention for injuries caused by police brutality.
They also asked the magistrate to make arrangements for their safety at the prison because they had received threats.
Forbes denied bail as he does not have jurisdiction to consider bail for murder and armed robbery. The five make their next court appearance for a status hearing on November 26.
Friends of McCartney gathered outside court to witness the suspects being escorted into the South Street Magistrates' Court Complex under heavy police guard.
Shortly after the murder, McCartney's family offered a $50,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

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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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July 31, 2014
Haitians plead guilty to insulting Bahamian flag

Police on Abaco arrested three people of Haitian descent for insulting and damaging the Bahamian national flag.
The men, 57 and 20, and a woman, 44, were charged and convicted in the magistrates' court in Abaco.
According to Superintendent Noel Curry, who heads the Abaco district, police received a "fair amount of complaints" on Saturday that the people in question were insulting the Bahamian flag at a home in Sand Banks Creek, Abaco.
Curry said this issue arose from a photo that was circulating on Facebook that showed the flag on the ground.
"In all countries, the national flag is designed to be flown majestically," he said.
"They had it on the ground in the mud attached to the side of a house, which they lived in, and onto the stairwell, which was just to the ground level, which was insulting and sort of degrading to the flag and the country's standard."
Curry said the people were charged on Tuesday.
Police said the trio, who appeared before Magistrate Ancella Evans, pleaded guilty.
They were fined $500 each for insulting the flag. If the fine is not paid, they will have to spend three months in prison.
They were also fined $50 each for damaging the flag, police said.
Curry said the woman, who had no status, was deported.
"This is the first time that I can recall for us in Abaco receiving [such a complaint]," he said.

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Shakespeare In Paradise Speak the Speech
Shakespeare In Paradise "Speak the Speech"

Monday 8th October 2012  8:00 PM

Shakespeare In Paradise is pleased to announce the first two productions for its fourth annual Theatre Festival, Opening October 5th and running through October 13th, 2012. Speak the Speech is a new Bahamian historical work created by our Artistic Director, Philip A. Burrows and compiled by our Festival Director Nicolette Bethel. Research for this work comes mostly from Bethel and her colleagues at the College of The Bahamas like Stephen Aranha, Christopher Curry, Clifford Rahming and Michael Stevenson. Other research assistance was provided by Reva Cartwright-Carroll, Dr. Gail Saunders and Philip A. Burrows. The production consists of speeches and correspondences beginning with the 1492 landfall to Bahamian Independence. Toni Francis, Nicolette Bethel and Philip A. Burrows will stage this work and it will feature COB students and a few surprise guest speakers. Speak the Speech will take place at The Bahamas Historical Society on the following dates and times: Our signature Shakespeare production, simply titled Merchant, is Shakespeare’s classic Merchant of Venice, adapted for a 21st century Bahamian setting. Shylock is a Haitian numbers-runner in this tale of prejudice, greed and justice. The work has been specially imagined for the Bahamian landscape by Gordon Mills, who also directs. Our signature Bahamian production is An Evening of Two One-Acts by Jeanne Thompson. The renowned author of The Fergusons of Farm Road and numerous plays for the stage returns with a new play, Back of the Moon, set in the New Providence of the 1950s, that heady era leading up to majority rule. A feisty domestic servant accuses her boss, a white English minister of religion, of fathering her child, and attempts to enlist the middle class black community to back her in her cause. The play is a window into a bygone Bahamian era. Father’s Day, Thompson’s classic study of a Bahamian man navigating his relationships with his wife and two sweethearts, rounds out the evening. Shakespeare In Paradise will also salute our Caribbean neighbours Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago on their 50th anniversary of Independence, and will offer a work from each nation. Other local works are also in development, including an exciting historical docudrama. You can expect to hear a lot more from us as we announce audition dates for all of the shows being directed by Shakespeare In Paradise directors and we will let you know how you can become involved in the festival, either as a performer, a backstage worker, front of house or many of the other areas where volunteers would be needed throughout the festival. You can find out more information, get in touch with us or keep up to date with what’s going on with the festival online at these various sites: Shakespeare In Paradise Official Site: http://shakespeareinparadise.org/ YouTube: ShakespeareParadise: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShakespeareParadise Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShakespeareInParadise Twitter: shakesparadise: http://twitter.com/shakesparadise


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April 11, 2012
Cleveland Rudolph Parris, 74

Cleveland Rudolph Parris age 74 years of Regency Park died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Saturday March 31st 2012.
He is survived by his wife: Carolyn Parris; daughter: Rhonda Baines; step daughters: Velma Thompson and Shantell Curry; sons: Tyrone and Wayne Parris; sisters: Judy Ferdenan, Carolyn Wately, Olga Toler, Marion Homa, Marjorie Ubani; brothers: Michael and Cannel Swain, Arthur Kenneth Parris Jr., Lincoln Parris; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.

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June 16, 2011
Ethel Bessiemae Curtis, 61

Last rites for Ethel Bessiemae Curtis, 61, of Pinewood Gardens and formerly of Harts, Exuma will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Pigeon Plum Street, Pinewood Gardens.  Officiating will be Pastor Daniel Nottage assisted by Pastor Bruce Davis and Overseer Randolph Deleveaux. Interment in Woodlawn Gardens.
She is survived by her Husband: Deacon Simeon Curtis; four daughters: Karen Rolle, Shantell Rolle, Idena and Nakeisha Curtis; three sons: Simeon Jr., Marvin and Wendon Curtis; fifteen grandchildren: William Rolle Jr., Martin Jr., Donavon, Shaquille and Jonathon Rolle, Jerome and Darren Wallace, Marvin Jr. and Alexio Curtis, Dario and Darren Turnquest, Felicia Wallace, Alexis Rolle, Kishna and Alexia Curtis; one sister: Margaret Goddard; three brothers: Charlie and Hillard Minns and Neville Curry; adopted brother: Steven Romer; two sons-in-law: William Rolle Sr. and Martin Rolle Sr.; six aunts: Annie Lloyd, Emma Rodriquez, Marlene Smith, Margaret Patton, Morlene Josey and Leotha Mcphee; one uncle: Michael Minns; numerous nieces and nephews including Nickell, Shavonne, Ricardo, Darren, Sean, Keyon, Kavanna, Hilleon and Hillarie Minns, Recarno Nixon, and Kenneva Goddard, Ismae Gibson, Christine, Ethel, Raffletta, Idamae, Cyprianna, Theresa and Cathyann Curtis, Melvina, Geneva and Lenora Williams, Kendrick Curtis, Rodney Williams; three sisters-in-law: Ermma Minns, Doris Curtis, Madeline Williams; 3 Brothers-in-law: Claudius and Ikel Curtis and Rocka Williams; other relatives and friends including Hanna Brice and Family, Hilbert Flowers and Family, William Rolle and Family, Claudette Moncur and Family, Winifred Bain and Family, Cherry Thompson and Family, Ena Wright and Family, Missy Taylor and Family, Gwen Spence and Family, Ena Rolle and Family, Ivey Minns and Family, Rosalie Rolle and Family, Marian Sweeting and Family, Cedric Curry and Family, Nellie Curry and Family, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Family, Pastor Bruce Davis and Family, Ministry of Finance Department, Pastor Victor Johnson, The New Dimension Ministry Family, New Birth Kingdom Center Family,  Bahamas Food Services Family.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Friday from 11:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service time.

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