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One of the four men who were considered by the Free National Movement to run on its ticket in the upcoming North Abaco by-election has lashed out at former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, accusing him of handpicking the party's choice for the race.
Cay Mills, a taxi driver in North Abaco, told The Nassau Guardian he intends to run as an independent.
Mills said Ingraham promised to stay out of the nomination process.
He claimed that "no one but Mr. Ingraham was a part of the nomination process".
Ingraham held the North Abaco seat for 35 years. His resignation from the House of Assembly takes effect August 31.
"He has continued to lead from the backseat while (FNM Leader Dr. Hubert) Minnis is driving the car, but if Minnis wants to truly be the party leader he has to kick Mr. Ingraham out of the car," Mills said.
On Monday, the FNM's National Central Council picked Greg Gomez over Perry Thomas, of Fox Town, North Abaco; Jackson McIntosh, a former administrator for Cooper's Town, and Mills, who also resides in North Abaco.
McIntosh told The Nassau Guardian that he believed Gomez was the favored choice by Ingraham and the Council felt obligated to choose the candidate that had his support.
However, McIntosh admitted that he could not offer the type of "conviction" the FNM wanted in a by-election because he had previously considered opposing Ingraham in North Abaco as a PLP candidate.
"I think the decision may have always been between Greg and Perry looking at the history of Cay and myself, but in terms of the judgment of the constituents I thought I was the most favored," he said.
"Although Gomez is full of potential, I don't think him being away from the island for the last 10 years is in his interest, but we will fight on his behalf on the ground, although it will be a great challenge."
But Mills said it is a "national disgrace" for the FNM to ratify Gomez when he could not constitutionally nominate if the by-election were called today.
Ingraham recently delayed his resignation from the House of Assembly to allow Gomez to sort out a residency issue that would have prevented him from successfully nominating.
Ingraham said he wanted Gomez to have a fair chance at the nomination.
Gomez previously lived in the United States for 10 years before returning home last August, according to FNM Chairman Charles Maynard.
Under the constitution, a candidate must be ordinarily resident in The Bahamas for at least a year prior to nomination.
Mills said North Abaco will vote for a native son, but it will not be in support of the FNM, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) or the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), although the DNA has said it will not put forth a candidate.
"I am the only real choice, and I am the only one who can speak up for the concerns of Abaconians," Mills said.
"And I am going to be the difference. Some may not think I have a chance but Abaco will speak to who they want, and both PLPs and FNMs will support me because they know I'll be the only true voice.
"If there is a storm they will not want Curry or Gomez on that ship; they will want Cay 'Admiral' Mills to steer them from troubled waters into the 21st century."
Mills previously ran as an independent against Ingraham in the 2007 general election.
Although defeated, Mills secured 276 votes while Ingraham got 1,855 votes; PLP candidate Fritz Bootle received 1,387 and independent candidate Kenneth Claridge got six votes.
"I was campaigning day and night trying to get the FNM nomination, but now I am campaigning every day as an independent and I am getting good results," Mills said.
"Mr. Ingraham hasn't seen the real Abaco. They were courteous to him because he [had] power but he is going to think this is a different island when he comes house to house with Gomez, when he himself didn't do so before the general election."
Mills said the FNM hierarchy has not contacted him since the National Central Council chose Gomez.
"That said to me that they didn't want my support, but in this election Abaconians shouldn't have to ask 'who is Greg Gomez, who are we voting for?'
A by-election must be called within 60 days after Ingraham's resignation from the House of Assembly becomes effective on August 31.
Mills will run against Gomez, Renardo Curry, the PLP's ratified candidate for North Abaco, and S. Ali McIntosh, the servant leader of the Bahamas Constitution Party.
An early morning fire in Abaco destroyed approximately 50 wooden homes in a shantytown in the Sand Bank community yesterday, leaving more than 100 people homeless, police said.
There were no reports of injuries or deaths.
A kerosene lamp in one of the homes may have caused the fire, Superintendent Noel Curry told The Nassau Guardian.
Curry said a 23-year-old man of Sand Bank was assisting police with the investigation.
Police think the fire was an accident.
Police were called to the scene shortly before 1 a.m.
Three fire trucks responded to the scene, Curry said.
The fire was brought under control just after 3 a.m., police said.
Curry said there is electricity in the area where the fire occurred, but police were seeking to determine if any of the affected homes had power supply.
The area is off S.C. Bootle Highway in Marsh Harbour.
While he could not give an accurate figure of how many people were left homeless, Curry estimated that more than 100 people were affected.
He said the victims are in need of shelter, food, water and clothing, adding that the Department of Social Services was on the ground yesterday providing help.
Curry said officials plan to increase awareness about fire prevention in shantytowns.
"As we go forward there is an educational component in regards to fire which will blanket the entire Abaco with a focus on areas such as [Pigeon Pea], Sand Bank, the Mud and other areas, specifically where clapboard homes are built," Curry said.
Abaco resident Timothy Roberts, a journalist, said the victims were "holding up well" given the circumstances, but were wondering where they will sleep.
"They are concerned about where they will find their next meal," Roberts said.
"Many complained that they had just done their weekly shopping, so not only have they lost a home, but the money they spent for meals for the next week has gone up in smoke."
Roberts said Abaco residents were gathering clothes and food to donate to the victims. He said a partially built Haitian church will be used as a temporary shelter.
Roberts estimated that 80 homes were destroyed.
A concerned citizen launched a fundraiser yesterday for the Sand Bank victims on the website crowdrise.com.
Shantytown communities have routinely been plagued with fires.
In January 1, a deadly fire ripped through Pigeon Pea, killing a woman and a child.
That blaze destroyed at least 90 structures and left hundreds homeless, government officials said.
Authorities discovered the charred bodies of the woman and the boy among the debris.
Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis and other officials traveled to Abaco after the New Year's Day fire.
He said the government would ensure residents "help themselves" by preventing them from rebuilding unsafe structures with improper electrical set ups, which he called a "trap".
Davis also said a Ministry of Works official had been appointed to monitor the shantytowns on the island to assist in preventing any further structures from being built contrary to proper regulations.
Funeral Service for Perry Leonard King, 55, of Pinewood Gardens will be held on Saturday 1st October, 2011 at 1:00pm at Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Edmond St. off Dolphin Drive. Officiating will be Brother Glenn Colebrooke assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Cremation will follow.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife: Deborah Russell King; children: Sean, Tamala, Terelle and Ralph; mother: Maria King; mother-in-law: Ruth Russell; daughter-in-law: Shemiel; grand children: Ternecia, Terell and Nevaeh; sisters: Lana, Melany and Katie; brothers: Don and Ricardo King; brother-in-law: Edward, Anthony, Hilary and Michael Russell, Rudolph Clare, Anthony Albury, Sonny Curry and L ...
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 ...
There is so much to say about the 26th Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) National Track and Field Championships, which was held last weekend, that we decided to have two parts.
The Scotiabank BAAA National Track and Field Championships saw much excitement and great competition between athletes and schools from around the nation. Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. continues to give great support to this national event even in the wake of tough economic times. The Ministry of Education has stepped up to the plate in a big way and we anticipate their involvement will be increased in the near future.
This year they allowed the public school students to attend the championships on the Friday of the meet.
The switch of divisions
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has encouraged various regions in the world to standardize their competition in line with their world youth championships age category of under-18 as compared to under-17 that has been used in the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) region for years.
Prior to this year, the age categories were: under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13. Now the categories are: under-20, under-18, under-16 and under-14. This means that those athletes who are 17 this year would have moved up to under-20 but now are in the under-18 group. This also means that the under-17, under-15, and under-13 records remain and the performances in the new age groups will also become records. So the only records broken over the weekend were those in the under-20 division. Regardless to this, the competition and excitement remained supreme.
Under-20 male records set
The oldest record set over the weekend was that of the under-20 boys 4x400 meters (m) relay. This record of 3:18.2 was set by Bishop Michael Eldon, or Freeport High, in the inaugural event in 1989. In the final event of the championships on Saturday, the boys from Moore's Island shattered that record with a time of 3:14.65. That was simply amazing and this Moore's Island team "punched their ticket" to the Penn Relays, sponsored by the BAAA. Their team consisted of Devano Mackey, Shakeem Henchell, Brandon Davis and Steven Gardiner.
They were five seconds ahead of Doris Johnson and certainly looked like they could do much better with the competition in Philly. Gardiner also placed his name in the record books before this when he ran 20.68 seconds in the 200m in the semi-final with a wind reading of 2.0 mps. That time smashed Catholic High's Marcus Knowles 21.11 seconds time, set in 1991.
In the under-20 boys 800m, Claudius Russell of Doris Johnson ran 1:57.12 to break Presley Sargent's record of 1:58.7 which was set in 1991. Sargent attended St. John's College. Doris Johnson had its day in the sun when their under-20 boys broke the 4x100m record of Moore's Island with a 41.60 seconds performance. The old record was 41.73 seconds. Doris Johnson's team was made up of Burton Oliver, Adrian Gibson, Shanton Pratt and Janeko Cartwright.
St. Augustine's College (SAC) refused to be left out of the record haul when Blayre Catalyn, Kieanna Albury, Dreshanae Rolle and Makeya Whyte ran 45.90 seconds, breaking their record set in 2013, of 46.60 seconds. That team included Devynne Charlton, Makeya Whyte, Dannielle Gibson and Kieanna Albury.
Finally, IAAF World Youth participant Denzel Pratt, of SAC, won the javelin with a throw of 65.93m (216' 3"), breaking the old record of 60.71m (199' 2") set in 1992 by Jermaine Curry of L.W. Young.
One of the most outstanding performances of the meet was the 3:18.18 run by the Queen's College Comets in the 4x400m. Running for the Comets were Tre Adderley, Branson Rolle, Brentan Edwards and Kaze Poitier. They really "turned it on" and we see bright hope for the school in the next few years.
Those records set in 1989 in the under-20 division that still remain are: Daphne Saunders - High Jump - 1.77m (5' 9-1/2"); Long Jump - 5.97m (19' 7"); and Heptathlon- 4,592 points; Garrette Flowers - High Jump - 2.16m (7' 1"); and Kevin Smith - Decathlon - 5,872 points.
There were upsets and great performances by numerous schools and athletes, and we will talk about them in part two of this series.
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.
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.
ABACO, Bahamas - The following are remarks by Philip 'Brave' Davis at the PLP ABACO MASS RALLY on May 2, 2012:
Evening Abaco!!! Are you ready? Are you ready to help the PLP get rid
of this worthless, uncaring and corrupt FNM government?
Are you ready to elect Renardo Curry as your next Member of Parliament and send PAPA CLOWN into retirement?
Are you ready to give us Gary Sawyer in the South and Central Abaco?
Last weekend was a great weekend for chess in The Bahamas. A total of 14 players, ranging from high school students to seasoned adults, took to the boards at C.W. Sawyer Primary School to play in the 2012 Jack Rogers Summer Splash Tournament.
The two-day event - a new entry to the Bahamas Chess Federation's (BCF) calendar - was organized as a four-round Swiss game in 60 minutes, and was held June 23-24.
Round 1 went according to form, with all higher-rated players defeating their opponents.
Round 2 is when the competition heated up. Lemaro Thompson, returning to federation action after an extended period of university studies, secured a clear advantage over former two-time National Champion Byron Small, but failed to convert before his time expired and fell in bitter defeat.
Also in Round 2, Kyle Curry, a College of The Bahamas student and new federation player, crushed veteran Andre White in a match that would earn Curry the "Biggest Upset" prize.
Round 3 saw Byron Small win against defending National Champion Ken Gibson, setting the stage for Small to win the top prize with one more victory.
Paired in the fourth round against the young talent of Sandeep Gali, Small played an aggressive gambit line that required extremely accurate play on the part of Gali.
For most of the match, Gali was able to fend off Small's incessant pressure, but ultimately the weight of the position was too much to bear.
Small uncorked a simple but vicious knight move that spelled doom for his opponent. Gali was forced to give up material to extend play, but with the result all but decided, Gali eventually resigned, handing Small his fourth win of the tournament and the first-place trophy.
By placing third in this event, Lemaro Thompson automatically qualified for play in this year's national championship, scheduled for November.
The federation's Grand Prix standings with four events to go have Yan Lyansky and Byron Small tied for first place.
Competition is proving to be extremely fierce in 2012, and the remainder of the federation's calendar will be intriguing to follow.
For more information on the Bahamas Chess Federation and its scheduled events, the public is asked to visit the federation's website or its Facebook page.
Advertising could make the difference between a business failing or succeeding. And it's with this premise in mind that one local company has hit the streets and invested tens of thousands just to ensure its clientele receives the right exposure.
Opening its doors in 2008, Bahamas Outdoor Media Ltd. is a company that specializes in outdoor advertising.
In this week's edition of 'Da Plunge', Demalus Curry, the company's president, revealed that Bahamas Outdoor Media Ltd. was created with the intent of providing customers with another form of direct advertising.
"We were looking at non-traditional ways to help businesses expose themselves, looking for new advertising locations and assisting customers with strategically placing their ads. We also look at directly targeting their
clientele, versus advertising to the masses in other media forms. Our company provides a better direct advertising approach," according to Curry.
The president noted that he has pumped close to $80,000 into the business, but admits it's been a worthwhile investment because business has been promising so far.
"Over the years, customers have told us that their businesses have been impacted tremendously as a result of our services. Some companies have even cut back advertising because of our direct approach," he shared. "We have customers who have actually placed advertisements in the hospitals, especially the pharmaceutical and insurance companies. Our clients can place ads in hospitals, the airport and bus shelters."
The company's chief shared with Guardian Business that he has four employees including himself, his wife, an account executive and a graphic designer.
He also revealed that Bahamas Outdoor Media Ltd. recently launched its 'walking billboard' service. It's a service that he believes will be most beneficial in the downtown area.
"Our approach at reaching consumers is different in that we are targeting impulse buys and awareness with the use of our unique advertising medium, the walking billboard. If you use our advertising billboards with your promotion, you have the best chance at gaining customers right now as we target by impulse," Curry explained. "We want to be able to give our clients another means of targeting their customers. The main strategy behind it is for it to be used in the downtown area and at promotional events where companies may have a hard time targeting persons.
"For example, if you are talking about some place like the Fish Fry, there is no form of advertising other than Kalik ads or companies that do the wraps on the buildings. With our initiative, companies will be able to penetrate certain areas in the country to actually target customers."
While Curry hopes to be the first choice in advertising for companies one day, in the meantime he said there are a number of projects that he and his team are currently working on.
"If a company decides its wants to try a new or old form of advertising, we want to be a part of that decision making process. We have a few more projects that we are working on, where we are awaiting the necessary government approvals in order for us to launch those specific projects," he added.
Memorial Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, will be held on Friday April 20th, 7:30 p.m. at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Rev'd. Audley Hepburn will officiate.
Funeral Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera will e held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at the Worker's House Hall, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Bishop Clifford N. Petty, assisted by Bishop Lipton McKenzie, Bishop Sylvanus Petty and Rev'd. Lockwood Deleveaux will officiate. Interment will follow in the Governor's Harbour Public Cemetery.
She is survived by her Husband: Gerald Davis; 7 Daughters: Janet Burrows, Dale Hepburn, Dorothy Davis, Pattie Davis (Hepburn), Carol, Kathy And Leah Davis; 1 Son: Jerome Davis; 2 Sisters: Emily Russell, Lisa Similien; 7 Brothers: Bishops Clifford And Sylvanus Petty, Prince, Franklyn, Brent, Anthony And Leo Petty; 27 Grandchildren: Jennifer, Fiona, Jonathan, Phillip Jr. Dehlya, Esterlitha, Shaniqua, Vashti, Whitney, Cyril, Justin, Lashanda, Curby, Kendrick, Phylicia, Daniel, Jeremy, Kenneth, Michesia, Daraldo, Dana, Aaroniqua, Dorothy, Jerome Jr, Kayden, William(Josiah) And Kylin; 10 Great-Grand Children: McCale, Marissa, Cameron, Shameko, Rashad, Anton, Ranaria, Shandira, Salaya And Shakara; 2 Sons-In-Law: Phillip Hepburn Sr. and David Burrows; 3 Brothers-In-Law: Eric Russell, George Petty Sr., And Sydney Similien; 8 Sisters-In-Law: Evangelist Velma Petty, Dolly, Lillian, Antionette, Beulah, Vernell, Patsy Petty And Caroline Bethel.; 4 Adopted Sons: Don Wood, Kirklyn Pinder, Charles Jones, and Prophet Randolph Barr; 33 Nieces and Their Husbands, 19 Nephews And Their Wives, 45 Grand Nieces, 37 Grand Nephews, 4 Great Grand Nieces, 2 Great Grand Nephews and other Step Children Too Numerous To Mention. Special Friends: Lillian Demeritte, Min. Eddie Belle Curry, Maize Pinder, Inez Cooper, Tessie Stubbs, Dr Smith, Astrid Fernander, Agnes Bethel, Austin Knowles Jr., Debra Bethel, Joyce Colebrooke, Sharon Homer, Calae Burrows, Andrea Butler, Irene Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Johnson, Thomasina, Scott, Kim, Charmaine, And Melanie (PMH), Joanna Coakley, Trudy, And Norma(Doctor's Hospital). Other Relatives And Friends: National Church Of God Families (Nassau, Bahamas And United States), Apostle Leon Wallace And Voice Of Deliverance Family (Nassau), Linda Haschker, Ruthmae Burrows And Family, Marion Neal Of Miami Florida, Albon Johnson And Family. Mary Fernander And Family, Governor's Harbour Men's Fellowship, The Petty, Davis, Johnson, Gardiner, Bacchus, Gierzewski, Pinder, Bethel, Prescod And Griffin Families Of Governor's Harbour. The Culmer and Cooper Families Of Savannah Sound Eleuthera, The Pinder, Bethel, Scavella, And McCardy Families (Hatchet Bay). The Barr Family (Nassau), Mr. Damien Gomez And Family, Rev. William Hepburn And Rev. Raymond Hepburn And Families (Nassau). William And Constance Rahming, Dellerese Nottage, Andrea Adderley And Lotricia Ferguson. Nursing Staff Of The Levy Medical Clinic, Doctors And Staff Of The Bahamas Health And Healing Centre, Doctors And Staff Of Doctor's And Princess Margaret Hospitals Especially Nurse Butler, Nurse Akebon, Nurse McCoy And Nurse Johnson (Female Medical 1).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the Workers House Hall from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
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:
The Free National Movement's (FNM) National Central Council will meet tonight to ratify the party's candidate for the North Abaco by-election.
Greg Gomez, an educator, is widely regarded as the favorite and is expected to get the nod.
The three other contenders are Perry Thomas, of Fox Town, North Abaco; Jackson McIntosh, a former administrator for Cooper's Town, and Cay Mills, a taxi driver who also resides in North Abaco.
The council met week before last to ratify the candidate but failed to do so.
Gomez ran into an issue concerning his residency, as he has previously lived in the United States.
In order to successfully nominate, a candidate must have been ordinarily resident in The Bahamas for at least a year prior to nomination.
FNM Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis recently confirmed that Gomez moved back to The Bahamas last August.
On Thursday, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced that the effective date of his resignation from the House of Assembly is now August 31.
He had previously said it would be July 19, the 35th anniversary of his first election to Parliament.
Ingraham said he pushed off his retirement date, in part, to allow Gomez a fair chance to be considered as a candidate in the by-election that must be called within 60 days after Ingraham's resignation.
"Greg Gomez, who is one of the four persons who applied to the party for a nomination, has spent some time in the United States of America and he hasn't been back home for quite a year yet. He has applied," Ingraham said.
"I want him to be considered like the other [three] as a candidate and my postponement will facilitate that. His father has been my supporter for many years.
"In fact, all of the [prospective] candidates have been my supporters at some time or the other.
"Greg has a wonderful story to tell as to how he was victimized by this government, and I want him to be able to tell it in his own words, and I want him to be given the opportunity.
"So I hope the party will look at him and the others and make a decision. Whatever decision they make I hope Greg will be able to tell his story on the campaign trail, whether he's a candidate or not."
Ingraham, who turns 65 next month, won the seat eight consecutive times -- once as an independent, twice as a PLP and five times as an FNM.
Both Ingraham and Minnis have said the party will mount a strong campaign in North Abaco despite financial challenges.
Ingraham previously reported that the recent general election campaign left the FNM $1 million in debt.
The North Abaco by-election is considered a significant test for the FNM, which is hoping to build momentum after a crushing defeat at the polls.
"Obviously, political parties are formed to win elections and so the effectiveness of any political party is usually gauged from its wins and losses, and so definitely at this stage in our development we would want to prove to The Bahamas that we have the ability to win and win the confidence of the people," FNM Chairman Charles Maynard said yesterday.
"So we are going to put our best effort forward to win."
The Progressive Liberal Party intends to run Renardo Curry again. Curry ran against Ingraham in the May 7 election.
PLPs believe that he has a strong chance of winning North Abaco for the party.
The North Abaco by-election will be the first by-election since the Elizabeth seat came up for grabs in 2010.
The chief magistrate will determine whether the terms of bail of a businessman accused of involvement in the murder of Kurt McCartney will be altered.
Terry Delancy, the principal of car rental company Virgo, is accused of being an accessory after the fact in McCartney's shooting death on October 24.
Delancy has denied the charge. He is free on $15,000 bail on the condition that his movements are tracked by an ankle bracelet.
Delancy's lawyer, Ian Cargill, yesterday asked for this restriction to be removed when Delancy appeared before Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt for a fixture hearing.
Murder suspects Thorne Edwards, 23; Okell Farrington, 31; Lyndera Curry, 20, and Sumya Ingraham, 26, all of Plantol Street, will make their next court appearance in February.
At that time, it is expected that the case will be transferred to the Supreme Court by a voluntary bill of indictment.
Shortly after the murder, McCartney's family offered a $50,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
The PM was nominated around 09:30 this morning at the Administrator's Office at Cooper's Town in North Abaco across the street from his home.The PM paid his 400 dollar nomination deposit with four Bahamian 100 dollar bill.Ingraham has been elected for this constituency for seven consecutive terms.After nominating, he addressed supporters at Ingraham Park and expressed confidence again that the Bahamian people will return the FNM to government.Ingraham further said that he fully expects to serve a full five year term and said the recent statement by Opposition Leader Perry Christie that he - Ingraham- will be beaten by Renardo Curry is a joke.Ingraham said he does not think that Christie would serve a full five year term if elected.Christie had previously said he would not serve a full term if elected but later had a change of heart.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is in the 'fight for his life' to retain his long-held seat in the North Abaco constituency, said Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie.
Christie said he thinks Ingraham will be unseated by the PLP's challenger Renardo Curry.
Ingraham has been elected to Parliament for North Abaco for seven consecutive terms.
Christie predicted that not only will Ingraham lose his seat, but the governing Free National Movement (FNM) will lose the May 7 election.
"I have never been a person who thought Hubert Ingraham's seat could be won, except this time," said Christie during an interview with The Nassau Guardian at his Cable Beach home on Wednesday. "This is the first time in all my years that I'm satisfied he is in the fight for his life.
"The North Abaco seat is a seat where we have produced an excellent young candidate who is supported by young people in significant numbers.
"We have a candidate who is stronger than anyone who has [run] there before and who is tailor made for that constituency."
Christie said the large number of registered voters in the country is evidence that the electorate is anxious to vote and ready for a shift in government.
"The challenge for the PLP is to ensure that people see us as representing change, not just the DNA," said Christie, referring to the newly formed third party, the Democratic National Alliance.
"You're going to find a result in this election similar to what has happened to other countries in the region coming out of a recession, that people are anxious to change the government. It's not going to be evident in the polling, but you're going to find that to be a reality.
"You cannot have a situation where so many people are unemployed, hurting, record numbers of murders, usually that translates to people voting against [the government]."
Christie said if the election were held today the PLP would win. The party's challenge will be sustaining the momentum it has garnered during the election campaign until May 7, Christie said.
"We are determined not to be distracted," he said.
"We are determined in this three-week period to present to the Bahamian people what we say we will do for them and why we think it is right for them to vote for us. I believe I have assembled a team of young men and women [who are] second to none.
"This election will be won on the basis of what's happening on the streets. Today we know we have the edge. The challenge will be to hold that edge for three weeks.
"I believe that we are going to win because the Bahamian people will look at everyone and make a decision based on which party has produced the best team and which party has produced the best message."
Christie also reiterated statements made by the prime minister on Monday that young people and women are the key demographic groups a party needs in order to win the next election.
On Monday, Ingraham said that registered female voters outnumbered registered male voters by 20,000. The prime minister also said that young voters between the ages of 18 and 25 represent the largest bloc of registered voters.
More than 172,000 people are registered to vote.
The man who was gunned down during a shooting incident in Abaco that left his wife and one-year-old daughter nursing gun shot injuries, was yesterday identified as Stanley Saintvil, 35.
According to police reports, a gunman pulled up to Saintvil's home in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on Monday night. His wife, 25-year-old Sainta Louis and their daughter were both shot in the head.
However, police reported yesterday that they are in stable condition.They were both airlifted to New Providence for treatment.
Superintendent Noel Curry, officer-in-charge at Abaco, said the triple shooting took place just after 6 p.m. at Forest Drive. Saintvil was pronounced dead at the scene.
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Funeral Service for Roy Pedican, 56, of Fox Dale and formerly of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco who died on Sunday September 18, 2011 will be held on Saturday October 1, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Fox Hill. Officiating will be Fr. Barlett
assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories will forever linger in the hearts of his Daughter: Royann Pedican; One Grand Daughter: Five Sisters: Viola Curry, Inez Peidcan of Freeport, Winifred Bodie, Deborah McIntosh and Eleanor Pedican of Abaco; Three Brothers: Earnel Pedican, Bruce Pedican of Freeport and Clarke Pedican of Canada; Two Brothers-in ...
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.
Funeral service for Elizabeth Dorothy Stubbs, 85 yrs., a resident of Jerome & Edward Avenues, & formerly of Staniel Cay, Exuma, who died on 21st March, 2012, will be held at Evangelistic Temple, Collins Avenue, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Senior Pastor Gary Curry & Bishop John Davis Jr.. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Daughters: Sharon, Ann, Deborah and Stacy; sons: Michael, Phillip, Anthony, Brian, Wayne and Sidney; Adopted Children: Marco, Ethel, Delores, Brenda, Jerry, Hubert and Ritchie (Deceased); Son and daughters-in-law: Kevin, Adeltis, Sharon, Glenys, Latasha and Carolyn, Ena Stubbs; Grandchildren: Sherese, Kadesh, Keziah Glenardo, Shaneen, Shawell, Latanya, Dabron, Sophia, Michaella, Leshun, Sanchez, Philippa, Larry, Anthony Jr., Lathia, Latonya, Levanda, Saveion, D'wayne, Davaughn, Savannah, Malagros, Jordan, Wayne Jr., Sydney Jr., Shane, Anton, Marco Jr; Adopted grandchildren: Brenda, Ethnee, Ricardo, Edena, Stephanel, Demetrius, Wayde, Jerry Jr., Kendrick, Dedrick, Shareka, Lorna, Jerome, Viola, Aaron, Miriam, Jonathon, Gregory, Jason, Ritchie Jr. and Hubert Jr. Grandsons-in-law: Rodain Lamour, Jamal Baker and Dohn Knowles; granddaughters-in-law: Sue and Latonya; great granchildren: Rodain Jr., Roshaun, Roje, Joshua, D'Jonae, Dohn, Daniella, Dabron Jr., Anthony III, Trey, Travis, Tiana, Lena, December and Star; sisters: Barbara Hall, Anginette Walkine and Dillis Wilson; brothers: Basil and Jackson Miller; sister-in-law: Antonette Miller; nieces: Lavaughn Bland, Linda Bonimy, Charmine Hall, Annie Bridgewater, Vernice Walkine, Stacy Ann Walkine, Stephanie Rolle, Thelma Scott, Jasmine Bonimy and Angel Knowles; nephews: Stafford and Stephen Hall, Craig Walkine, Gregory Scott, Bervin Smith, Andre Johnson and Reginald Bonimy; cousins: Thelma Scott, Victoria and David Pratt, Vera and Frank Lafluer, Patsy Hamilton, Hazel Scott and Ruby Simmons of Pembroke Pines, Minister Natalie Stubbs, Louise Deleveaux of Orlando, Florida, Reta Evans, Catherine Darville, Bloneva, May and Buddy Miller, Nathaniel, Benson, Tony, Dwight, Cynthia, Keith, Lisa and Dwayne; caregivers: Ms. Janet and Ms. Carlene; other relatives & friends: Mrs. Betty Albury, Mrs. Sybilene Knowles & family, Ms. Theresa McQuay, Mr. Sandral Evans & family, Mr. Mervin Sweeting & family, the Finley family of West Palm Beach Florida, Ms. Brenda Brown, Mr. Christopher Wallace & family, Jason Hudson, Francisca Delva, Mrs. Eugenie Johnson & family, Mr. James Knowles & family, the Dunmore Street family, the Wilson family, Mr. Harry Wallace & famly of Edward Ave., Mrs. Bernadette Hemmings & family, Mrs. Catherine Collie & family, Mr. Abby Rigby & family, Paula Munroe, Sheila Brown & Norma Clarke & their families, Ms. Marrietta Wilmott & family, John Mumpetitte & family,Bishop John Davis Jr., & family, Bishop Michael Symonette & family, inisters Wives & Widows Association, Bahamas Mothers Club, the Dixie Church of God family, Evangelistic Temple family, Abundant Life family, Five Porches family, New Lively Hope family, Rev. Simeon Hall & family. Rev. Bobby Colebrook & family, Zion south Beach family, Ministry of Works Supplies Section, the Nurses at Princess Margaret Hospital Female Medical Ward #2, Dr. Arthur Clarke & family, Dr. Gertrude Holder, Dr. Tiadra Johnson & family, Dr. Gerrad Deveaux & family, Mrs. Theodora Fernander & family, Dr. Joseph at Princess Margaret Hospital, Baker family & many more, too much to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.