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September 08, 2011
Jacqueline Veronica Saunders, 78

Funeral service for Ms. Jacqueline Veronica Saunders, 78 yrs., a resident of Fritz Lane & Twynan Avenue, who died on 27th August, 2011, will be held at New Bethany Baptist Cathedral, Key West Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Victor Cooper. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to mourn are her Sons: Barry & Reno Bastian, Devain Saunders
Daughters: Deborah O Saunders, Deidre M. Bastian and Sophia Bethell,
Sisters: Clarinda, Debby, Patricia, Cheri, Helen and Erma Saunders
Brother: Harrington Lidney Saunders
Grand Children: Keisha, Tabitha, Keith, Shyanne, Arturo, Kevin Jr. Kevon, Kianae, Alexis, Alex, Barinae, Ali, Cortnee', Trevor Jr. Devaina, Devain Jr., Joshua, Lornel, Rickia, Rickyesh, Chelsea and Ellie
Great Grand Children: Justice, Brianne and Tamia, Keylandria, Delvano, Toro and R'Niyah
Daughter-In-Laws: Sophia Bastian and Natasha Saunders
Aunts: Rowena and Maria Taylor
Nieces: Andrea, Max, Gina and Ava.
Other Relatives: Glen Poitier, Mildred Gray & family, Michael Murphy & Family (Bimini) Christopher and Billy Saunders & family (Bimini), Robert Hall & Family (Freeport), Anthony Beckford (Freeport), Shawn Moss, Rosemary Taylor & family, Bastian family, Berth Edgecombe, Hesley, Wilmott, Edley, Paul, Elouise Taylor & family, Rowena Taylor & Family, Inez Brown & family, Maggie Wallace & family, Eleanor, Ivan Rolle & family, Susan Murray, Katherine Bethel, Patricia, Anthony and Dwight Sweeting & family, Shavonya Robinson & family, Tyrone Swaby & family, Crestwell Pratt & Family, Kevin Bowleg & family.
Friends: Patsy Smith & family, Ella & family, Altheston Bethel, Norma Clarke & family, Sylvia & family, Mrs. Edgecombe & family, Cielia and Lesley, Joan Williams & family, Ernestine Bartlette, Stephanie Bethel & family, Rochelle Bain & family, Madge Williams, Pearl and Ms. Uphammon (New Jersey), Veronica Pratt & family, Dr. Dario Curry, Shan Sands, Ms. Hamilton, Peggy, Allison Major & family, "Cocoa", Danny, Mario, Milton, Naomi, Christine, Bertram, Janet and Alphonso Taylor & family, Joane and Ingie, Shawnie, "Ace", "Bougnine", Kenny, and the entire family of Fritz Lane and others too numerous to remember.
Friends may pay their respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home on Friday from 10 am to 6pm and again on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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September 13, 2014
Abaco murder retrial continues

The murder retrial of Nevin Curry continues in the Supreme Court.
Curry is on trial before Justice Carolita Bethell. He is accused of the shooting death of Stanley McIntosh III on February 26, 2012.
Jurors were unable to arrive at a verdict in the first trial.
Prosecutors allege that Curry shot McIntosh outside the Solid Gold Club in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
According to witnesses, McIntosh bumped into a man while leaving the club.
This sparked a fight that eventually led to the fatal shooting, the court heard.
According to witnesses, Curry was the shooter.
Murrio Ducille represents Curry, who is in custody. Anthony Delaney is the prosecutor.

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

Wednesday 10th 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: Wednesday, October 10th – 8:00pm – Bahamas Historical Society Thursday, October 11th – 8:00pm – Bahamas Historical Society Saturday, October 13th – 8:00pm – Bahamas Historical Society Calender:

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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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 23, 2012
(Photos) Four Senators Sworn In on Opening Day of Parliament

Nassau, Bahamas - The following were Sworn as Senators on May 23rd, 2012 before walking to

Parliament Square, where His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of The

Bahamas who read the Speech From the Throne on Opening of Parliament day:

Hon. Desmond Bannister was sworn in as Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate.

Hon. Sharon Wilson,

Hon. Joseph Curry,

and Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson were sworn in as Senators...

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August 01, 2014
Celebrating Bahamian-American links

It was a cultural expression to embrace and celebrate Bahamian-American links, lineages, roots, love and legacy at last weekend's Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival celebration in Peacock Park, Coconut Grove, Florida.
In its 38th year, the event featured an art exhibition and cocktail reception at Kroma Art Gallery in Coconut Grove, as well as a park festival. And some of The Bahamas' most renowned artists, artisans, chefs, entertainers and cultural icons performed at this year's event to showcase the culture of The Bahamas.
As expected, Junkanoo, which represents Bahamian roots and heritage, was a hit and was presented by The Junkanoo Revue Band and the Junkanoo Shakers.
The world renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band, and legendary soul singer Betty Wright, who has Bahamian roots and who was crowned Goombay Queen 25 years ago, were crowd favorites. Paul Bodie and The Togetherness Band, Steve "Golden Child" Carey and Kenneth and The Eleutheran's Band were also hits.
Guests also got a taste of authentic Bahamian dishes created by award-winning chef Simeon Hall Jr., who delighted patrons with his famous split peas crab soup and dumplings, fish cakes and guava duff. Dozens of other vendors, comprising Bahamians in the United States, provided native peas 'n'rice, fried snapper, cracked conch, baked macaroni and cheese, curried goat, and conch salad dishes.
Culturally inspired booths including a Junkanoo educulture expo by educator Arlene Nash-Ferguson; wood carving by James Rolle; straw craft by Veronica Dorsett; Bahamian colored and crafted jewelry by Whitney Butler and artists renderings by Piaget Moss and Jamaal Rolle were also on display.
"The Bahamas and the United States of America [Miami] in particular, share a unique history," said Harrison Thompson, permanent secretary at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. "The community of Coconut Grove, Florida has been built and settled by Bahamians, many of whom went there on contract to accept menial jobs as farmers, construction crew members and the like to financially support their families back home. Those Bahamians that stayed settled in Coconut Grove and other nearby districts of Miami. Those that returned to [New Providence], purchased land in the then emerging inner city constituency they called Coconut Grove, which served as a reminder of the prominence and independence of those 'merican cousins' and family members who stayed behind in South Florida."
The festival was sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and the City of Miami, District 2, City of Miami Commission, Miami-Dade County; the Bahamas Consulate, Budweiser and the Bahamas Goombay Committee of South Florida.

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July 14, 2014
Government called on to address 'missing' funds

A major business with operations in Abaco has been unable to pay over $650,000 in duty owed to the government since January, as the company's checks have not been cashed, Guardian Business understands.
A source close to the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that he believes the apparent failure to cash the checks may be connected to the "missing" $500,000 from the Customs Department in Marsh Harbour, Abaco which was reported in June to have been under investigation by police.
"The company has over $650,000 on fixed deposit waiting for them to come for it. The checks have not been cashed. I can only imagine that someone was destroying the checks in order to cover their tracks as they were stealing the cash."
If this was occurring with other business peoples' duty payments to the government, the source conjectured that up to $5 million in revenue owed to the government may not have been collected since January. At least one other major business in Abaco yesterday told Guardian Business that they had in fact been able to make payment on duty owed.
In June The Tribune reported that police were actively investigating the disappearance of $650,000 from the Department of Customs office. At that time, MP for North Abaco, Renardo Curry, was the only person to speak on the matter, saying it would be seen through to its conclusion.
"I'm sure the government will get to the bottom of it and find out what has transpired in the accusation," he said.
MP Curry concluded: "You can rest assured that if there is some mishandling of funds, the government will follow the law of the land."
Providing an update on the police investigation into the June "disappearance", head of the Central Detective Unit, Paul Rolle, said yesterday: "We didn't recover any money but the investigation is still ongoing. We have nobody in custody but we've spoken to a number of people out there. We're not yet ready to make any arrests."
The business source yesterday said that it is incumbent upon the government to address the issue of the missing funds.
"This is our money. The Comptroller of Customs (Charles Turner) or the Minister of State for Finance (Michael Halkitis) should tell us what's going on. It would appear the cash has been stolen and someone was destroying the checks in order to make things appear to balance."
Efforts to reach Turner, Halkitis and Financial Secretary John Rolle yesterday were unsuccessful, as messages left were not returned up to press time.

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News Article

May 20, 2012
3 more Senate Appointments announced

Nassau, Bahamas -

The Cabinet Office has announced that

Mrs. Sharon R. Wilson, a former President of the Senate and noted attorney and former magistrate;

Mr. Joseph R. Curry, a business consultant and former diplomat; and

Mrs. Cheryl E. Bazard, a noted attorney

have been appointed as Senators under Article 39 (4) of the Constitution

.

With these three final appointments, the Senate is now fully constituted...

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July 25, 2012
Abaconians should vote

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

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November 05, 2012
North Abaco MP, Renardo Curry Sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary

NASSAU, Bahamas -
Remarks Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie Swearing in ceremony Of the Hon.
Renardo Curry MP As Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime
Minister in Abaco Government House on 5th November 2012:

I have said this
before, but it is worth repeating that Mr. Curry is good man, with a
good message who joins a good team. He is a devoted father and husband; a
church, youth and community leader as well as a local government
official. He served his community well and articulated his vision for
the future growth and development of North Abaco...

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May 12, 2012
The Free National Movement in the post-Ingraham era

Dear Editor,

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

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Visit Linda Azaleta at the BNT Jollification!
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!


News Article

December 05, 2014
A final farewell

Wearing elegant shades of gray, lavender and blue, family members, friends and many others yesterday hailed Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth Ann, as soldiers of God who lived with an abundance of purpose, love for one another and passion for people and country.
The Munroes' remains were buried at Lakeview Memorial Gardens last night after a funeral service at Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), which Dr. Munroe founded.
A long list of people whose lives were touched by the Munroes paid tribute to them in a ceremony that was both an energetic celebration and a heartbreaking farewell.
Charisa Munroe, with her brother, Myles "Chairo" Munroe Jr., at her side, were among those who paid tribute to her mother and father.
Munroe, who was BFMI's senior pastor, and Ruth Ann Munroe, were among the nine people who died in the November 9 plane crash in Grand Bahama.
The Munroes were both 60.
As she held back tears, Charisa Munroe reflected on her parents' life and death, and the purpose she and her brother intend to fulfill on their behalf.
"As I stand here before you today, I declare Dr. Myles Munroe and Pastor Ruth Ann Munroe are not dead, but they are very much alive through my brother, and myself, and through you," she told the congregation.
"We have traveled on their shoulders and they will forever be our foundation of strength, knowledge, wisdom and godly principles.
"My parents were born into a life of purpose and they lived lives of purpose, dedicated to one vision and one mission - to serve the people of this world, transforming followers into leaders, and leaders into beacons of change."
Munroe said in this regard "death had absolutely no victory", though it was "unimaginable, and almost unbearable" to lose both parents.
"No one can ever understand the pain, the hurt, the anger and the dismay that my brother and I are going through," she said.
"Yet, we are Munroe children. We are still focusing on our assignment. We are not being moved by death or any other principalities that arise."

Fruit
Many of the BMFI's congregation wore bright-colored attire in accordance with Myles Munroe's wishes to celebrate, and not mourn his death.
Tears streamed down the faces of many as the two coffins were escorted side by side into the church.
A Bahamian flag draped each coffin. In front of them were two decorated Junkanoo crowns.
More than a dozen people paid tribute to the Munroes, reflecting on their earthly purpose and teachings of leadership, succession and nation building.
Dr. William Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University, where the Munroes, BFMI vice president Dr. Richard Pinder and now BFMI senior pastor Dave Burrows attended, reflected on the Munroes' life in ministry.
"The fruit of their ministry will go on," Wilson said to applause.
Wilson said when Munroe met his family, the pastor pointed to Wilson's father and said, "'Dad, you are the root, son (Wilson) you are the shoot, and grandson you are the fruit'".
"Today the bodies of Ruth and Myles will be planted in the soil of their beloved Bahamas, but the ministry of the root will go on through the shoot, and will produce much, much fruit."
He added, "We may have lost the tree, but the seed and the fruit will continue to bloom and blossom."
Wilson encouraged those gathered to leave their "footprint in the sands of time" as the Munroes did up to their death.
Dr. Munroe was on his way to Grand Bahama to host the Global Leadership Forum when the crash happened.
Evangelistic Temple Pastor Emeritus Dr. Gary Curry said Myles Munroe deserves to be honored for the millions of lives he touched and people he inspired around the globe through his teachings and books.
Curry hailed Munroe for leading the way with praise and worship and holding up such a high standard with his leadership forums.
Munroe wrote 70 books, which have been published in 40 countries in numerous languages.

The most globally recognized Bahamian figure
Bishop Neil Ellis, senior pastor of Mount Tabor Church and president of Global United Fellowship, said people from across The Bahamas and the world were in yesterday's congregation to give the Munroes a "grand sendoff".
The service began and 10 a.m. and concluded around 4:30 p.m.
Ellis, who at times paused to compose himself, thanked the Munroe children for sharing their parents with the world over the many years.
"I truly believe that today heaven is applauding him for the work well done," he said.
"We ought all to pause for a moment and join in celestial glory and give God thanks for this gift that he has given to this church, this country, and to the body of Christ around the world over his many years."
Applause erupted among the congregation.
Ellis said while those with faith remain resolved that the Munroes served with purpose, many are "still bearing witness to the author of the song, 'Gone too soon'".
He said Munroe's strong counsel and leadership have touched pastors and leaders across the world.
The prominent Bahamian pastor said, "There is no denying that the name Myles Munroe is the most recognized name of any Bahamian who has lived and yet lives."
"Myles Munroe was a world class figure and literally a citizen of the world."
Ellis also spoke of Munroe's efforts to bridge the gap between church and state, particularly in the last 10 months of his life.
He recalled speaking to Munroe in August.
He said the pastor was in the midst of what he called a "crossfire" where Munroe was "paying a public relations price".
He said Munroe told him that while they were teaching around the world to fix other countries "our country was going to hell".
"He said what are we going to do?" Ellis recalled. "I said 'you are the leader, you tell me'."
Twenty-five days ago, "confusion, disbelief and shock" gripped this nation, Ellis said.
He said people struggled to come to grips with the most tragic aviation tragedy in recent Bahaman history. He noted it involved people who were making incredible contributions.
"Believers, apostles, bishops, evangelists and missionaries were asking why did he (God) let all die, and the leaders and non-leader were asking, if this was their time to go why did they have to go in such a tragic way?
"I thought these were all considered questions, but my response was immediately, I don't have any answers, but I have assurance," Ellis said.

Impact
Welcomed on the stage was grammy award-winning gospel singer, Cece Winans, who said she and her family loved the Munroes.
Before singing 'Don't cry for me', Winans said those who experience great loss sometimes do not know "how you are going to make it".
A short video of a younger Munroe played on two large screens.
The pastor, who appeared to be in his 30s, said God is nearest to people when they experience tragedy and hardship.
He also spoke about the graveyard being "rich" with people who never lived their dreams or fulfilled their purpose, and the need to leave this earth "emptied".
It is a well-known sermon.
Pastor Cyprianna Bethel, a close friend of Ruth Munroe, shed tears as she spoke about her love and admiration of her quiet, but impactful and special friend.
Bethel recalled a recent trip to New York, where Munroe insisted that the group have "fun and laugh as much as possible".
Bethel said Ruth Munroe was not a woman of many words, but when she spoke she grasped the attention of all with ease.
Prime Minister Perry Christie said the contributions the Munroes made should give "cause for joy".
He said his last discussion with Myles Munroe took place at the Office of the Prime Minister, along with other religious leaders, where they spoke about the constitutional amendment bills.
Myles Munroe International (MMI) Director Charlie Masala and his wife, Xoli, gifted a lion skin from South Africa to the Munroe family.
Bank of The Bahamas Limited Chairman Richard Demeritte, a close Dr. Munroe's close friend, said he contributed significantly to the "moral standard of biblical conduct".
He said Munroe's message will impact generations to come.

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News Article

May 10, 2012
Wilfred R Rolle, 76

Funeral Service for Wilfred R Rolle  age 76 years a resident of  Nicholls Court, Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of Rolleville Exuma,  will be held Thursday May 10th 2012,  11:00 a.m. at Carmichael Baptist Holiness Church, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be  Rev Paul J McPhee, Pastor Gertrude Miller, Minister Wilfred Rose, assisted by other Ministers.  Interment will be made in Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road.
LEFT TO CHERISH HIS MEMORIES ARE: (Predeceased by his mate of over 40 years Mary Johnson)  One step granddaughter  Andrea Rahmning, NINETEEN NIECES: Shirleymae Lightbourne, Eloise Johnson , Phyllis Knowles, Lovely Johnson, Doramae Cartwright, Nola Rolle, Paula Rolle, Betty Gibson, Judy Munroe, Lisa Storr, Shantell, Tanya, Bridgette, Michelle, Norma, Kishna, Katrina, Shakera and Theodosia Rolle. TWENTY-ONE NEPHEWS: Leroy Rolle Sr. & Edney Rolle, Elijah Wright, Johnny & Anthony Moxey,  Ramont Gibson, Philip Lightbourne , Glenn Rahming, Roscoe Knowles Sir,  Herbert Johnson, Henry, Jason, Gerard, Bruno & Leroy Rolle Jr., Perry, Marvin, Lamont, Kareem & Roscoe Knowles Jr, Edsil Cartwright. GRANDNIECES: Amanda Rahming, Tiffany Ferguson-Davis, Nysheena Cartwright, Shavonna Culmer. GRANDNEPHEWS: Gabriel Rahming, Nycoda, Cord & Cordaro Cartwright, , Lenny Johnson and Steven Ferguson. NUMEROUS OTHER RELATIVES & FRIENDS INCLUDING:  Ivan Deveaux and family, Elder Ruth Flowers & family, Ethlyn Rolle & family, Mrs. Lela Clarke & family, Sonia Thompson & family, Patrica Rolle & Family, Myra Sturrup, Rayangelo Seymour, Ms. Betty, Ms. Marionette Strachan and family, Ms. Eugie Hepburn,Jestina Neely, Sister Gibson, Geofrey Curry, Rosita McKenzie, Cedric Williams, Ezekiel and Rocker Williams, Cleveland & Clarence Rolle, Freeman, Zinc, Rev. Charlie Rolle & family, Rev. Salate Rolle & family, Rev. Stafford Munnings & family, Tanel Clarke, Mae, Alice & Viola Rolle, Adam Rolle & family, Irene Boston, Idell  Gibson & Family, The  Yellow Elder family, The Rolleville Community, Emeretta & Christina Munnings, The Good Samaritan Home for the Aged (Including Olive) and all of the helpful staff there, Doctors and Nurses at Princess Margaret Hospital Male Medical two and one, Pastor Paul Mcphee & family and many more too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on  Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and  at  the church on Thursday from 9:00a.m.. until to service time.

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April 10, 2014
McCartney murder accused to seek bail again

One of the women accused of the murder of pharmacist Kurt McCartney will make another bail application today.
Lyndera Curry, of Plantol Street, was refused bail last December when she appeared before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs.
Curry is expected to renew her bid for bail today, almost a week after she and three alleged accomplices received a March 2015 trial date.
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, who is the brother of DNA 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 Restaurant.
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.

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May 03, 2012
(VIDEO) PLP Abaco Bahamas rally Perry Christie's address

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
government that's serious about fighting...

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February 26, 2015
Mitchell tables immigration bill

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell yesterday tabled the Immigration Amendment Bill, which he said would bring about the
"reform that many people have been asking for".
The bill would provide for the introduction of a resident belonger's permit to cover foreigners who are constitutionally entitled to apply for Bahamian citizenship on their 18th birthday.
"Many people have been asking about this category of persons between zero and 18," Mitchell said. "The member for North Abaco (Renardo Curry), for example, has been particularly concerned about this, which would give status to people who are not now covered as a result of the constitutional entitlement and this would provide for that."
According to the bill, a resident belonger's permit could be granted to a person born in The Bahamas to non-Bahamian parents who is entitled to apply for registration as a citizen and is residing permanently in the country at the time the application is made.
Those who were born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian man or woman who is married to a foreigner, are also eligible to apply for a resident belonger permit.
The permit would entitle an individual to live and work in the country for a period, which would be determined by the director of immigration.
According to the regulations, which were distributed in Parliament, the permit would be valid for three years or less.
The application cost for the permit would be $100. It would also attract a $25 fee.
The permit would not impact the right of the applicant to apply for citizenship.
The bill also seeks to establish an immigration reserve, similar to the police reserve.
The reservists would have to undergo training and may be employed to assist immigration officers in the exercise of their duties, the bill states.
Reservists would enjoy the same powers, authorities, advantages and immunities as an immigration officer and would be liable to the same discipline.
The bill would also give the minister of immigration the power to establish a detention center at one or more locations in The Bahamas.

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October 22, 2011
NAGB ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR AND STAFF APPOINTMENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional appointees are:

Jordia Benjamin

Assistant Educational Officer

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

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

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

Ashley Knowles

Curatorial Assistant

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

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

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

Nastassia Pratt

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

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

Averia Wright

Curatorial Trainee

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

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

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

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January 18, 2014
Blue Curry selected for Santa Fe Biennial

UK-based Bahamian artist Blue Curry has been selected to participate in SITE Santa Fe, an international contemporary art biennial in New Mexico.
SITE Santa Fe creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting the "most innovative visual art of our time" in new and engaging ways, according to the gallery.
After a two-year biennial hiatus, the organization will relaunch its signature exhibition in July with a new focus on artists from the Western Hemisphere -- or according to SITE, "contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego."
Curry will be among more than 40 artists from 15 countries and is among the first 13 participants announced by the gallery.
The initial list includes: Cape Dorset, Canada-based artist Shuvinai Ashoona, Santa Fe-based artist Jamison Chas Banks, Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Bowers, Cordoba, Argentina-based artist Adriana Bustos, London and Nassau-based artist Blue Curry, New York-based artist Juan Downey, Santiago de Chile-based artist Gianfranco Foschino, and San Francisco-based collaborative Futurefarmers, New York-based artist Pablo Helguera, Mexico City-based artist Antonio Vega Macotela, Lima, Peru-based artist Gilda Mantilla, Hudson-based artist Jason Middlebrook, and Toronto-based artist Kent Monkman.

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July 02, 2011
Simmer down and stirring it up

Chef Devan McPhee remembers vividly the day he went to church and was asked by his pastor what he wanted to be in life. The youngster, seven or eight at the time, thought back to the fact that he had been watching the Food Network before he left out of the house that Sunday morning, having just gotten cable installed, and said he wanted to be a chef because he'd just seen them on television.  His pastor prophesied that young McPhee would be one of the best chefs The Bahamas would see and at a very young age at that.
That pastor's prophecy seems to be coming true as Chef McPhee, now 25, owns his own restaurant and bar.  It was just in May that he signed on the dotted line to lease the Simmer Down Restaurant and Stir It Up Bar at the Marley Resort on Cable Beach where he's certainly simmering some amazing pots and stirring up delicious libations.
Simmer Down Restaurant showcases a fusion of Bahamian and Jamaican food with an international flair as he complements the cuisine with French and European touches and relies on lots of spices and herbs to his foods making him one of the hottest young chefs in the country.
"Our theme in the kitchen is we always cook with love and we serve food prepared with love, and translating that over to the bar, we provide drinks to complement the food," he says.
Even though he's new to the restaurant ownership business, Chef McPhee is not new to the kitchen and definitely not new to the Simmer Down Restaurant kitchen as he was the executive chef prior to the resort closing for 10 months. Upon its reopening, he gladly took charge of his own fate, switching up the menu to reflect his cooking style and his Bahamian heritage, and he's kept some of the old favorites that were hits.
While the menu is exciting all around and offers something for everyone -- including vegetarians, the chef says there are a few menu items that are chef's choice and a must try -- items he considers his signature items.
From the soups, the Lobster and Pumpkin Bisque (infused with ginger and curry, topped with a cinnamon cream dollop) he gives two thumbs up.

"It's a burst of flavors and not what you expect with the fresh ginger, curry and cinnamon cream dollop.  Lobster bisque is standard on restaurant menus, but when you taste the pumpkin in there with the ginger ... the pimentos, the fresh thyme, it's a burst of flavor and then the cinnamon cream dollop mellows it out."
While he says all salads are good, he's most pleased with his Caribbean lobster and mango salad that he says he came up with off the fly.  "I was poaching some lobster for the lobster bisque one day and there was some mango on the table, and I saw the yellow and the white and some cherry tomatoes and I said let's try something.  I marinated it in a passion fruit dressing with fresh basil, ginger ...  I played around with it and I tried it as a chef's special that night with a blueberry balsamic drizzle to go with it to bring out the color, topped it off with fresh greens and toasted coconut and it was a hit."  From that night it made the menu.
If he's sitting down to dine, he opts for a callaloo and spinach vegetable empanada, just to add a different touch to the courses if you're having a three-course meal.  It's also a dish he says vegetarians would appreciate as well as it's healthy.  The baked empanada is a puff pastry stuffed with Jamaican cheddar cheese which he says balances out the flavors of the callaloo and bitterness of the spinach.
The Down Home Roasted Organic Duck (marinated in pineapple and Bacardi rum with island gratin potatoes, broccoli rabe and cinnamon glazed carrots) makes this restaurant owner proud.  It's presented with a sweet potato gratin, garnished with fried plantain and they make a pineapple and coconut rum sauce to go with it.
The Bahamian lobster duo (coconut cracked conch and broiled with a Jamaican vegetable run down, homemade mango chutney and drizzled with a lobster essence) is another menu favorite.  
And you should not leave the Simmer Down Restaurant without trying dessert.  The must have item is the Mama Lur's apples 'n cream (a warm crumble with fresh apples, and fresh guavas with ginger vanilla ice cream and apple cider reduction).
Chef McPhee says he gets his guavas from the islands and freezes them for this dessert, because he says there's nothing like the taste of real guava.  They also make their own ice cream and the dish is topped off with caramelized pecans, crème caramel and finished with toasted coconut.
With a number of other options on the menu, Chef McPhee prefers to keep his menu small and personalized.  But he intends to change the menu with the seasons.  As we are in the summer months, the menu reflects a lot of fruits, colorful sauces and dressings.  In the fall and winter he intends to pull out ingredients like star anise and cinnamon to warm things up, and offer heartier options like rib eye and tenderloin and a lot more soups to go with the cooler temperatures.
With a kitchen staff he handpicked because they had the same vision that he had for the restaurant and bar that he now owns.  "I picked them because I wanted to share my knowledge with tem and I didn't want anyone who would be complacent because they'd been working here prior to the resort closing," said Chef McPhee.  "I wanted to start fresh.  I wanted it to be like night and day and the first thing I did was to reduced menu prices drastically, because people loved the place, but they talked about the prices, and I try to work with the locals pocket," he says.  The chef even offers a daily three-course prix fixe meal special that changes weekly.  For $55 you get a soup or salad and usually it's the lobster bisque or shrimp appetizer; you get a choice of the jerk chicken medallion or the chef's special which is the fish of the day, and a dessert -- either the Mama Lur's Apples and Cream or the Caribbean Chocolate Vibes.
"Going into this I knew I had to do something different, because the place had already existed and try to get that same market, but make it my market," says Chef McPhee.

To make your Simmer Down Restaurant experience unique, he offers a different experience nightly.   He came up with "Taxi Nights" on Monday and Tuesdays to catch the tourist market; Wine Down Wednesdays for people who like wine and free tapas; and Thursday and Fridays are corporate happy hour when he does exotic martinis and specials and Saturdays are known as stirred up and sizzlin'.   A five member jazz band On Cue performs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays as well.
At 25, Chef McPhee's future is in his own hands as a restaurant owner, but he says as an apprentice chef while he trained under many great chefs in the hotels, he realized he didn't want that to be him -- working in the same kitchen year after year, becoming programmed.  He wanted to make a name for himself

"Even though it's a risk, the good thing about it is that I took this venture because it's a smaller operation where I could start out small and gradually grow to the level that I want to be at ... and I was already familiar with the place [Simmer Down Restaurant] and it was just a matter of polishing up some stuff, getting the menu together and choosing the right staff."
Chef McPhee credits Chef Addiemae Farrington of the Culinary Hospitality Management Institute, the late Chef Jasmine Clarke-Young, Chef Paul Haywood of Altantis, Chef Wayne Moncur of the Ocean Club and Chef Tracey Sweeting (his former executive chef at the Marley Resort) with giving him the training that has given him so much confidence to do what he's now doing.
"They trained me so well in all areas that I'm able to be creative and do what I'm doing, with hot food because I'm a trained pastry chef," said Chef McPhee.  "They really gave me a good school bag to carry.  I can pull out things and be versatile.  Plus, it's in my heart, and you have to cook with love.  You can have the fancy name, and your food can look pretty, but that passion and soul has to be in it."
Chef McPhee even keeps his kitchen open a little longer than most restaurants, taking his last order at 10:30 p.m. after opening at 6 p.m.
For the chef, the new venture is fun, but scary as he knows he has the livelihood of his staff in his hands.
At Stir It Up Bar he says you have to have the Blue Razzberry Martini and the Jamaica Me Crazy. It just sounds crazy and it's fun and people enjoy them.  I wanted to add my flair to the menu and these are my signature ones.  They're new to the menu, because coming into the restaurant and bar business, I had to bring something new to the table.  I reduced the drink prices too and kept it straight across the board.
It's new, it's scary but fun, because you have the livelihood of staff in your hands and they have to be paid.  "I realize what it is to be an employee and now an employer, even though I'm at a young age.  It's like you have an additional pair of eyes -- you watch everything, things you didn't care about before you now care about -- even on the service aspect. "

CARIBBEAN SPICY SHRIMP APPETIZER WITH POTATO AND SWEET CORN PUREE

6 - 16/20 shrimp
½ oz Jerk seasoning
2 oz homemade ginger and garlic chili sauce
½ oz herb marinade
For the potato and sweet corn puree
½ lb Yukon potato, cooked
4 oz sweet corn puree
3 oz heavy cream
1 oz butter
Sugar, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the tropical fruit salsa:
4 oz fresh mango diced
4 oz fresh ripe pineapple diced
1 oz bell pepper fine diced
1 oz  red onion diced
1 oz distilled white vinegar
1 tsp fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 orange
2 oz fresh banana mashed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Honey as needed

Method:
Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

For the shrimp: Season the shrimp with salt and jerk seasoning and herb marinade, let stand 30 minutes. Grill to desired doneness and top with chili sauce, Finish shrimp in the oven and serve.
For the potato and sweet corn puree: Puree ingredient together to desired taste and consistency, season and serve. Garnish with herb oil and chips. Combine all ingredients together and blend thoroughly.
For the tropical fruit salsa: Combine ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and mix together, season to taste with alt and pepper and let stand 30 minutes before serving.

CARIBBEAN MANGO AND LOBSTER SALAD

1 lb spiny lobster meat cooked and sliced
1 oz Spanish onion fine diced
2 oz fresh cherry tomatoes chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
2 large mangoes
1 oz ginger chopped
1 tsp salt
Salt and fresh goat pepper

1 oz chopped cilantro
1 tsp sugar
4 oz passion fruit dressing

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl; add enough dressing to bind ingredients. Be sure to season with salt and pepper. Mix, chill and serve. Garnish with micro greens chilled asparagus and a lemon vinaigrette.

MAMA LURR'S APPLES 'N CREAM

4 Granny smith apples
1 can uava shells
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 star anise
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ tbs butter
½ oz flour
3 oz home made vanilla ice cream
Toasted coconut
Crumble:
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cup flour
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs raisins
2 tbs crushed almonds/ walnuts

Peel and slice apples. In sauce pan melt butter, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and star anise. Add guavas and sliced apples. Let simmer for about two minutes. Thicken slightly with flour.  Place in bowl and allow to set.

For crumble: Fold in at room temperature butter with the flour into small pieces. Add sugar, raisins, and almonds.  Place on top of apple and guava mixture and bake for 4-8 minutes. Serve with ice cream and add toasted coconut.

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