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The Free National Movement (FNM) last night ratified Greg Gomez to run on the party's ticket in the highly anticipated North Abaco by-election.
A by-election must be called within 60 days after former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's resignation from the House of Assembly becomes effective on August 31.
After almost 10 hours of deliberations at FNM headquarters on Mackey Street yesterday, the FNM's National Central Council picked Gomez over 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.
Gomez, an educator, told reporters that if successful in becoming the new member of Parliament for North Abaco he would work aggressively to continue Ingraham's legacy.
"I plan to bring the entire North Abaco constituency together," he said. "We are all one family and we are all together.
"I plan to continue on the legacy of the former prime minister, Hubert Ingraham. That legacy is not over."
He continued, "We also will galvanize the youth of Abaco and push them forward by empowering them. The youth of North Abaco, especially in the Crown Haven and Cooper's Town areas, mostly rely on fishing and agriculture and we will empower them in those areas."
Ingraham recently delayed his resignation 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 and returned home last August.
Under the constitution, a candidate must be ordinarily resident in The Bahamas for at least a year prior to nomination.
Though not considered a politician at heart, Gomez, 39, will run against Renardo Curry, the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) choice again for North Abaco.
Although under his leadership the FNM lost the May 7 general election, Ingraham secured his seat with 2,235 votes, beating Curry, who had 1,856 votes.
The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) candidate Sonith Lockhart got 39 votes.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney confirmed that the DNA will not run a candidate in the by-election, after failing to secure a single seat in the general election.
But with fewer that 400 votes between Ingraham and Curry, PLPs believe he has a strong chance of winning the seat.
The PLP won 29 of the 38 seats in the House of Assembly and the FNM secured the remaining nine.
The North Abaco by-election is considered a significant test for the FNM, one that the party's chairman, Charles Maynard, said would prove the effectiveness of the party.
Minnis said last night the FNM's objective is to win the seat once again, but by an even larger margin this time around.
Asked whether Gomez was at a disadvantage compared to Curry, who has had more time to campaign, Minnis responded, "Mr. Curry may have been there longer than he has, but we are not concerned about that. We feel we have a better candidate and our candidate will prove victorious."
Minnis said the potential candidates for the constituency began campaigning shortly after Ingraham announced his resignation.
The hierarchy of the FNM will travel to North Abaco today to formally introduce Gomez as the ratified candidate and begin officially campaigning with the theme 'All Together'.
Although former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham secured his long-held seat in the recent general election, Renardo Curry, the Progressive Liberal Party's (PLP) potential candidate for the North Abaco by-election, said yesterday he thinks Abaconians are ready to return the seat to the PLP, something they have not done in 25 years.
Curry said he thinks the Free National Movement's (FNM) candidate Greg Gomez is at a disadvantage in gathering support given his time spent abroad.
Gomez returned to The Bahamas last August, but previously lived in the United States for around 10 years, according to FNM Chairman Charles Maynard.
"The people are willing to give the opportunity now to the PLP and I feel in the end it will play out in my favor," Curry said. "I live among the people. I know their concerns after campaigning for over a year, and you would think I would be a better [representative]."
Ingraham secured his seat in the May 7 general election with 2,235 votes, beating
Curry, who had 1,856 votes.
In 2007, Ingraham won the North Abaco seat with 1,855 votes compared to the PLP's Fritz Bootle, who got 1,387 votes.
While the FNM ratified Gomez on Monday night, the PLP has not yet ratified a candidate for the by-election. But it is widely expected that Curry will run again on the PLP's ticket.
Asked whether Gomez would pose a serious challenge for the seat, Curry replied, "I can't say [whether] the people would consider. [They may choose] to stick with the FNM.
"I don't know. I understand Mr. Ingraham...is actively involved behind the scenes. We know that it's not just going to be Gomez we have to deal with, but also Mr. Ingraham."
With fewer than 400 votes between Ingraham and Curry, PLPs believe he has a strong chance of winning the seat.
Curry said the difference in votes is a reflection of his support, which he said has increased since then.
He said after putting in the groundwork and his recent performance against Ingraham, he hopes the PLP will push him forward.
Prime Minister Perry Christie, who spoke to reporters outside Cabinet yesterday, said that while he thinks Curry is the party's choice, the PLP's candidates committee will meet later this week to deliberate, and an official announcement will follow shortly after.
"I would have thought Mr. Curry was going to be our candidate so we could cut to the quick on that, but it's a process we have to go through and I'm not sure whether anyone else has applied," he said.
"It would seem to me that he would have a distinct advantage over any other candidate."
Curry said he plans to place emphasis on job creation programs through central and local government projects, which would include the establishment of a job placement program for college graduates; a technical learning institution such as BTVI on Abaco, and he also plans to support National Health Insurance.
Curry said he will return to Abaco on Friday to continue campaigning, and expects PLP officials to join him on the ground in the coming weeks.
"Obviously we are going to contest the by-election and we're going to try to say to the people of Abaco who are in the North Abaco constituency, that it is best for them to have our man elected," Christie added.
A by-election must be held within 60 days of Ingraham's resignation, which takes effect on August 31.
Ingraham is expected to make a farewell speech in Parliament today.
He was elected MP for the constituency eight consecutive times -- once as an independent, twice as a PLP and five times as an FNM.
Ingraham observed his 35th anniversary as an MP last Thursday, the day he handed in his resignation letter to Speaker of the House of Assembly Dr. Kendal Major.
By THEA RUTHERFORD
Guardian National Correspondent
In the first-ever creation of new work as a collective response by Caribbean artists to the city of Liverpool, The Bahamas joined Barbados and Martinique in featuring the work of its artists at the Liverpool Biennial 2010.
Bahamian artists John Beadle, Lavar Munroe, Lynn Parotti, Heino Schmid and Blue Curry all created works for the prestigious biennial under the theme of The Caribbean Pavilion exhibit,"Three Moments."
The artists were invited to participate by the International Curators Forum(ICF). And according to an entry on the exhibition found on the ICF's website,"were selected on their ability to make work ...
Funeral service for Andrew Locksley Knowles, 48 yrs., a resident of Ragged Island Street who died on 3rd April, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Wulff & Baillou Hill Road, on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.Left to cherish his memories are his 2 sons: Adrian Fernander and Andrew Knowles Jr.; 1 daughter: Andrewnique Knowles; very special friend: Monique Rolle; 2 grand daughters: Janiah Knowles & Makayla Fernander; 1 brother: Trevor Turnquest; 2 sisters: Andrea Michelle Knowles-Missick & Zoraida Higginbotham of Atlanta Georgia; 3 step brothers: Phillip Turnquest, Herman Smith Jr., & Sean Gaitor; 1 brother-in-law: Joseph Missick; stepfather: Roscoe Turnquest; 10 aunts: Ruth Cash, Violet Kelly, Rosmal Fowler, Doral Larrimore, Dorothy Knowles, Ruth Knowles, Ivy Burrows, Lottie Rahming, Anne Knowles & Eloise Ritchie; 4 uncles: Stafford Larrimore, Wilfred Knowles, Phillip Knowles & Rudolph Knowles; 1 grand aunt: Matriarch Maria Carey; 2 nephews: Ramont Knowles & Tayshawn Turnquest; 1 step nephew: Christie Hart; 3 nieces: Alexis Missick, Serenity & Symphony Turnquest; 2 grand nieces: Tiana & Gabriella Knowles; 1 god daughter: Robin Sealey; 29 cousins: Diana, Joy, Janet, Almarie, Lowaine, Vaginel, Lisa, Peachie, Margo, Denise, Genette, Deborah, Joann, Edith, Craven, Danny, Raymond, Richard, Norman, Desmond, Hulbert, Kim, Dr. Rev. Lewis Cash, Rev. Ortnell Cash of California, Ronald, Adolphus, Andrew & Priest Michael Maragh including Elizabeth, Demetra, Charmaine, Donna, Sharon & Linden; 6 best friends: Robert Sealey, Patrick Whylly, Terrance Taylor, Stanley North, Alfred Taylor & Kevin Jones; other loving family & friends including: Karen Fernander, Monique Knowles, Demetra Sweeting, Denise Fowler, Brittany Hinkle, Edlyn Philippe, Faye Rolle & family, Thelma Knowles & family, Alicia Gibson, Denise Sands & family, Fabian Rolle & family, Allan Butler & family, Senekah Basden & family, Deandra Sands, Tia Ferguson, Ashton Knowles, Cranstonique Johnson, Debbie McPhee, Rashawn & Rashad Clarke, Ingrid & Tia Suazo & family, Gloria & John Morris & Tammie Thompson of Miami, Florida, the Grier family - Alfreda Brown, Patricia Grier, Jeanette Pinder of Miami, Florida, Carolyn Smith & family, Betty Adderley & family, Althea Adderley & family, June Archer & family, the Bullards, the Archers, the Halls & the Gaitor families, Stephen Wilson, Dr. Eugene Gray, Francis Chong, Carlton Russell, Tanya Dames, Siatra Knowles, the Millers, Davis & Neilly families, the entire Atlantis Resort staff, especially Uniform Services, entire Coral Towers staff, entire Cove staff, Casino Credit staff, RIU family, Paradise Utilities, A.F. Adderley class of 1980, Queens College class of 2009, the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, Mr. Phillip "Brave" Davis, Hon. Perry Christie & the Office of the Opposition, Hon. Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, Former Senator Paulette Zonicle, Commodore Roderick Bowe & family, Mr. Gersham Pratt & family, Rev. Cleveland Wells, Mr. Jemeson Hanna, St. Barnabas Church family, including Archdeacon Gilbert "Father" Thompson, Father Basil Tynes, Captain Curry & the Boys Brigade family, Fred Bowleg, Jeff Ambrose, Rodelle Bethel, and famly, Mrs. Katrina Soutsas, the Gardiners, the Careys, Mr. McKenzie of DMW Holdings, Freeport Ltd., the Atlanta Georgia family - Monique Perdue & family, Ms. Debra, Mr. Thomas Dixon & the Echelon 3000, Pearl Bistro & Taboo 2 families, Mrs. Agatha Williams, Barbara Duncombe, Mrs. Whyms & family, Denise Carey & family, Helen, Colleen Scavella of R & J Quick Printing, Chippingham & a host of other relatives & friends too numerous to mention.Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 1-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
A judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the murder trial of Nevin Curry after jurors could not reach a verdict.
Curry, 29, will be tried again for the shooting death of Stanley McIntosh III on February 26, 2012.
He returns to court on January 30 at 1 p.m for a status hearing.
His lawyer, Murrio Ducille, is expected to make a bail application at that time.
Prosecutors allege that Curry shot McIntosh outside the Solid Gold Club in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
According to three 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 the witnesses, Curry was the shooter.
Curry took the stand in his own defense. He admitted that he was present when the fight broke out and heard shots fired.
However, he denied that he was responsible for the crime.
Ambrose Armbrister appeared for the Crown.
Testimony continued in the murder trial of Nevin Curry yesterday.
Curry is on trial before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. He is accused of the shooting death of Stanley McIntosh III on February 26, 2012.
He has denied the allegation and is represented by Murrio Ducille.
Prosecutors allege that Curry shot McIntosh outside the Solid Gold Club in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
According to a witness, whose identity has been withheld, 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 the witness, Curry was the shooter.
The witness denied an assertion by Ducille that he had come to court to "tell a tissue of lies".
Also testifying was Sergeant 2677 Aaron Wilson of the Forensic lab.
Wilson said he was a firearms examiner and he received a .40 caliber cartridge.
He did not test the cartridge because no firearm was recovered.
By BERNADETTE RAMSEY-JOHNSON
ON Friday, October 29, the Fine Arts Department of Aquinas College will stage a musical tribute "To Sir With Love" to honour the life of the late Andrew R Curry, former principal of the school.
This performance will be held at Loyola Hall beginning 7.30 pm. Advanced tickets can be purchased at the school: Adults: $10 students/children $5 and at the door $12 and $7 respectively.
Where there is no vision the people perish. We thank God that this statement does not hold true for Aquinas College. By God's grace we have been blessed with persons who were able to plant the seed of Aquinas College and nurture it into the institution it is today. Andrew C ...
Whether it's by boat or plane, people in the know are making their way to Fresh Creek, Andros, this weekend for the 15th Annual All-Andros Crab Fest.
From the iconic release of thousands of white and black crabs, which people make a mad dash to catch, to the crabby games, to a special corner set up just for the kids, and the many ways to indulge in crab cuisine at Queen's Park, Crab Fest is a festival to be enjoyed by all.
And nothing could possibly be better than giving Bahamians a native crab treat to enjoy while listening to the sounds of some of the country's hottest performers. Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Elon Moxey, Veronica Bishop, Stileet, K.B., Terez Hepburn and Geno D are all expected to take to the stage at some point during the June 8-10 event, to wow the crowd with their performances that always prove to be energetic. Sealing the musical deal will be hometown favorites the Soulful Groovers, Foxy and the Boys and steel pan player Francis Henry.
So for those people jonesing for a down home affair, Crab Fest is the place to be.
It is clear that the festival, which originally was formed as a means to boost the local economy, while reuniting family members and friends from Central Andros in the traditional style of a homecoming, has now escalated into the most anticipated cultural event of the year in Andros.
"Over the years, the All-Andros Crab Fest has gone from being just something only locals came out to support, to people from other areas of Andros boating in to see to what we have now. Hundreds of people flood in from the capital and other islands to be a part of this spectacular display of culture," said Peter Douglas, founder of the Crab Fest. "This has grown into something people from all walks of life thoroughly love. There is nothing like this in The Bahamas with all the cultural and natural things that will be on display."
No matter how sweet the music at Crab Fest though, the main attraction is always the crab catching event and other crab inspired games for people to participate in.
"Crab catching is always a big hit. We let go thousands of crabs in the park, and the people go wild. It's a mad dash to catch those crabs and see who can catch them the fastest. It's always a lot of fun."
There will be a crab release twice -- once on Friday evening and again on Saturday evening -- to see who can catch the most crabs and who can catch the biggest crab,
Other crab events to look forward to will be the crab race, crab clipping contest, the crab dance and even the crab bag race. Competitions like coconut barking, cane peeling and onion peeling will also be featured.
Some 2,000 crabs will also be held in a crab habitat (with a man-made creek) constructed at the Crab Fest site for the occasion to showcase crabs living in natural quarters. The educational exhibit will give an accurate show of how the crabs that Bahamians love to eat, live in nature.
And for the children, there will be a crab slide show, nature walks, crossword puzzles, craft corner and crab games like pin the legs on the crab and crab hoopla to keep them excited. A bouncing castle and face painting will also hold their interest. They will even be able to learn how to catch crabs in a kid friendly crab-catching class.
To further deepen the cultural experience, there will also be a craft corner where local artisans will display and sell their works from straw hats, bags, shell jewelry, beaded bracelets, necklaces, handcrafted shoes and Androsia products.
Of course with all that activity you are bound to get hungry, but not to worry, there will be lots to eat and drink. There will be many crab dish variations that Androsians boast they have learned to cook -- crab and rice, crab and dough, crab fritters, crab soup, deep fat fried crab, garlic crab, ginger crab, curry crab, crab and grits, crabby patties, crab cakes, stew crab and minced crab.
And for the few people that don't partake of crab delicacies, there will be the non-crab favorites like fried fish, and all the chicken and seafood dishes they can consume, with of course, all of their favorite sides, and pastries. And you can wash it all down with the likes of sky juice and natural fruit drinks. No matter what you head to Andros for, you will definitely leave with a belly full.
All-Andros Crab Fest
When: Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10
Where: Queen's Park, Fresh Creek
Time: 9 a.m. - until, daily
Cost: $10 admission
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.
The search for the captain of the vessel that capsized in waters off North Abaco earlier this week continues, according to Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade.
The commissioner claimed the captain is known to police.
At least 11 people died when the 'Glory Time' went down Sunday night.
Seven people reportedly survived the disaster, which police claim was the result of an illegal smuggling operation.
Ten people are still unaccounted for and feared dead.
Greenslade noted that the captain, if caught, would likely be charged for the deaths.
"It's a tragedy that should not have happened, but it speaks to this business of human smuggling and the challenges and risk associated with [it]," said Greenslade. "[It's] very unfortunate that children have lost their lives and adults have lost their lives because of that criminal activity."
Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said Tuesday that according to reports the passengers of the sunken 25-foot vessel paid $5,000 a head for the journey to the United States.
Superintendent Noel Curry said on Tuesday that police hope that some survivors were able to make it to one of the Abaco cays.
He said of the seven survivors, one person has come forward.
Curry said the male, who is in his late teens, reported that he along with six other males swam to shore.
The survivor said the captain was not among that group. Curry said the teen provided the identity of the captain to police. Curry identified the captain only as a "known sailor".
He said the survivor was assisting police with their investigations.
The countdown is on to the Taste of the Caribbean competition and as long as the team members stay focused and don't worry
about what other people are doing, they should be okay says team coach Devin Johnson.
Prior to heading off to Miami on Wednesday for the June 22-26 competition at the Hyatt Regency the team prepared a presentation
dinner which Chef Johnson says had some ups and downs, but he told the team that now is the time for them to stay together
and operate as a unit, straight through the conclusion of the competition.
"They have to stay together and be one straight throughout. They have to know each other like they're married. All the other
things they used to do before, they have to put aside and get to know more about each other so that they know each person's
movements in the kitchen.
For the five-course presentation dinner held at Old Fort Bay Club the team served crawfish and okra broth with mini dumplings;
pan-seared Nassau grouper atop grilled shucked corn and grits laced with Auntie Vicki's stew gravy and curry coconut conch
balls on a bed of vanilla infused callalo with grandma's backyard tomato jam and fever grass oil; Abaco key lime sorbet; duo
of island jerk flank steak with fence line mushrooms finished with jerk-tamarind reduction and smoked sour orange scented
duck sausage accompanied with sweet potato bread, wild thyme flavored vegetable slaw; and chocolate coffee mousse, local strawberry
guava pudding with Myers' dark rum emulsion and mango ice cream with mango-mint chutney.
The meal served at the fundraising dinner was 85 percent what the team's management were aiming for, says Chef Johnson who
brought the errors to the team's attention before the evening was finished.
"The meat wasn't as tender as I expected, some of the crisps and components and some of the flavorings that I wanted just
weren't there. Some of the consistency -- like the entrée was one of the weakest dishes on the evening with the meat as well
as the sauce. It wasn't what we expected."
Despite the errors, Chef Johnson said the team was getting stronger daily, and being more consistent in what they do, and
because of that he said they were getting more confident.
"I've told them to stay focused, stay to the plan and stay doing the same things they've been doing all along which will better
He also switched up the dessert because he wanted the pastry chef to be able to think on his feet.
"Because there will be other teams there, and in case another team picks all of the fruit before them and there's only one
fruit left, we want them to know what they're going to do. We want them to be able to think on their feet. If there's just
banana left, I had them do banana three different ways, because it may be the only thing left, and that's what we had them
Besides the actual competition, Chef Johnson says the team should expect to engage in lots of classroom work leading up to
the competition, and they're going to have to do their time cards.
The premier Caribbean competition provides education and inspiration to industry peers and consumer culinary enthusiasts and
provides education and inspiration through seminars, workshops, tasting and demonstrations created to enhance performance,
style and profitability in food and beverage operations.
With the rookie team, Chef Johnson's advice to them is to stay focused, and not watch, or worry about what other people do.
"When we won the gold last year, we had to choose between going first or last. I picked last, the reason being, while they're
in the room I can be going around to see what the other competitors are doing."
The road to Taste of the Caribbean starts in the Caribbean as each island holds individual competitions to select three chefs
-- one pastry, one junior chef and one bartender that comprise the national team. There are four new components to the competition
-- the taste of the nation street festival which allows competitors to depict two savory dishes, one sweet and one rum beverage
and three individual competitions -- seafood, beef and chef of the year,
At the competition, a random drawing takes place where teams are assigned their competition spot, lunch or dinner. The competition
is a hot food one where the competitors cook and present food to be judged on taste as well as execution of skills and presentation.
Ingredients for the basket are the same for everyone and are not revealed in advance.
Bartenders representing their individual countries, similarly prepare a variety of drinks, demonstrating their creativity,
bartending skills and personality. There are three-rounds of competition in the non-alcoholic, vodka and rum categories. The
top four bartenders go on to compete for the title of Caribbean Bartender of the Year. In the final round they have 30 minutes
to design and prepare a cocktail of their choice.
The Bahamas has participated in Taste of the Caribbean annually since 1998, and has captured four team gold medals, and one
silver medal. Two persons have been selected as Pastry Chef o the Year, Sally Gaskin in 2004 and Tracey Sweeting in 2006.
The Bahamian team has been honored for the best Caribbean menu, and won numerous individual gold medals.
Thursday 11th 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: Thursday, October 11th – 8:00pm – Bahamas Historical Society Saturday, October 13th – 8:00pm – Bahamas Historical Society Calender:
Funeral service for Robert Alexander Missick, 73 yrs., a resident of Mangrove Cay, Andros & formerly of Whitby, Turk's Island, who died on 25th May, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Wulff & Baillou Hill Roads, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Victoria: 4 sons: PC 789 Robert Missick II, Bradley Missick of Boston, Massachusetts, Ricardo & Dwight Missick; 5 daughters: Melverna Bowleg, Gloria Davis, Teresa Lockhart, Agatha & Sharell Jones; 23 grandchildren: Robert Missick III, Americka, Rodeisha & Deandra Missick, Jermaine, Tameko, Andrew Jr., Anya & Andre' Bowleg, Adam, Allen, Ariel & Christal Davis, Cameron, Dwayneisha & Dionisio Lockhart, Cedrille Missick, Victornique & Victor Jones Jr., Lenderia, Shanell, Lenard Jr. & Lendrea Jones; 1 great grandson; 1 daughter-in-law: Christine Missick of Boston, Massachusetts; 4 sons-in-law: Andrew Bowleg, Lenard Jones, Dwayne Lockhart & Alexander Davis; 4 brothers: James, Emmanuel, Frank & Eric Missick; 2 sisters: Illene Astwood & Cynthia Swann; 5 sisters-in-law: Patience Missick, Lucinda Missick, Mavis Strachan, Evangelist Beatrice Stubbs & Princess Burrows; 3 brothers-in-law: Alexander Swann, Wilfred & Vernall Strachan & Pastor Wilfred Stubbs; nieces & nephews: Hazel Turnquest, Justice Vera Watkins, Victoria Armbrister, Cheryl Fountain, Lillian Clarke, Beatrice, George Jr. & Andrew Astwood, Aretha Bain, Shirley Lowe, Daniel, Freddie, Wendall, Vincent & Michael Swann, Jackie Heild, Lillian Jaglmandon, Douglas Beauth, Dell & Denise Missick, Cynthia Missick, Lillian Missick, Wellington & Rollington Missick, Irene & Dora Missick, Grace Curry & Shirley White, Barbara Hamilton, Lovely Outten, Eunice Cox, Keith, Kay, Jimmy, Carven, Vernon & Susie Missick & Jacob Shaw; cousins: Llewellyn Astwood & family, Bishop Joseph Swann & family, Deloris Lightbourne & family; other relatives & friends including: the Jones, Stubbs & Strachan families, Carl & Pastor Catherine Nairn, Pastor Moses Pennerman, Lorene Greene & family, Sharea & Harry Saunders, Father Marrah, Father Stephen Davies, Father Andrew Toppin, Father Rolle & All Saints Anglican Church, the Mangrove Cay Clinic, the entire community of Mangrove Cay, the staff of The Royal Bahamas Strike Force & the Doctors & Nurses of Male Surgical #1 of Princess Margaret Hospital.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Secoya Ashley Roberts age 20 years a resident of Sandy Point, Abaco, will be held on Saturday 2nd June, 2012, 11:00a.m. at Sandy Point Assembly of God, Sandy Point Abaco, Officiating will be Pastor Erskine Wells assisted by other Ministers. Interment will be made in the Sandy Point Public Cemetery.
Those That Will Always Treasure Her Memories Are: Her Parents: Patrick Sr & Rose Roberts. Siblings: Patrick Jr & Aisha Poitier, Patrico & Sonovia Roberts,.Grandfather: Herklyn Rolle, Grandmothers: Marion Rolle And Lillian Roberts.; Neices: Alexia & Alyssa Stubbs;Nephews: Tianno, Tristan, Ashton, Chauncey & Corey Roberts; Aunts: Angela Johnson, Lottie & Deborah Rolle, Stephanie, Marsha & Violet Roberts, Eliza Bain, Marinette Walker, Vernisha Gaitor.; Uncles: Vaughn & Brian Rolle, Edney & Derek Gaitor, Peter, Angelo, Wilba Roberts And Richard Walker.; Grandaunts: Lula, Evelyn, Irene & Jerona Burrows, Evelyn Burrows(Nassau), Gina Adderley, Virgie Lightbourne, Ella, Glacie & Hattie Dean And Vicky Bain.;Granduncles: Sinclair, Claude And Roland Burrows, Patrick Bain Sr, And William Adderley.; Godparents: Jerona Burrows-Curry, Daphanie Bain, Hercules Clarke And Neron Green; Godchildren: Branasia Bain And Finny; Cousins: Tasheka, Taneka & Joshua, Raven, Nicole, Rhema, Lavonya, Orthura, Cameron, Taneisha, Makayla, Antonae, Antonia, Vaughn Jr, Dominique, Monty, Edney Jr, Yvette, Marcia, Tamika, Dereka, Derek Jr, Dario, Angelo Jr, Shuvalo, Malisha, Barshauna, Jada, Makayla, Baron Jr, Aaron, Algernon, Adinah, Kermit, Renardo, Meredith And Cindy; Other Relatives And Friends Including ,Gurth Russell, Keith Stratton, Sidney Mc Intosh, E & E Groceries, Sandy Point, Chamile And Nioshie Adderley, Trenaire Wells, Vanessa Pinder, Geleece Gaitor, Talia Burrows, Tatianna Rolle, Denero Green, Saminique Bain, Herbert Sears, Elexio Stubbs, Christa Curry, Lynzandria Archer, Raquel Russell, Arthur Lightbourne, David Lightbourne, Oscar Pinder, Margaret Burrows, Lensworth Bain, Lorna Russell, Jc Burrows, Raquel Armbrister, Rowena Pinder, Jaynell Mitchell, Deangelis Burrows, Ferninand Burrowswilliam And Maxine Burrows, Melissa And Ben Allen, Stanley White, Nicholas Roberts, George Martin, Iris Hanchell, The Ingraham Family Of Dundas Town, Friendship Tabernacle Church, Harry & Joan Darville, Marcus & Siren Davis, Dr. Margo Seymour & The Staff Of The Sandy Point Govt. Clinic, Dr. George Charite & The Staff Of The Integrated Medical Centre, The Sandy Point Assembly Of God Church, The Entire Community Of Sandy Point And Many Other Special Persons Too Numerous To Name.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church in Sandy Point on Friday from 9:00 p.m. until to service time on Saturday.
With one game separating the first four teams in the women's division of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA), executives believe pitchers from those squads will be sending 'heat' across the plate when they take to the field again.
But players will have to wait until Tuesday to bag a win in the regular season, as the annual All-Star games will be the highlight on the NPSA's calendar this weekend. Players were selected based on the statistics from the first half of the season.
Making the cut for President's Team, on the women's side, are Ernestine Stubbs, Jeanette Hilton, Donette Edwards, Alissa Albury, Lashanta Fowler, Lynsday Clarke, Shirlene Mackey, Katrel Dorsette, Vonette Nairn, Amarge Taylor, Melinda Bastian, Vanrika Rose, Keisha Miller, Lashanda Bethel, Shonte Cargill, Antonia Simms and Candice Smith. Carl Johnson and Nerissa Johnson will coach that team. Stephen Beneby is the team's manager.
The pitchers on the Vice President's Team are Brerisha Fawkes and Thela Johnson. Marissa Burrows and Shevette Taylor are the catchers while Crystal Delancey and Trevez Bridgewater will play first base. Stephanie Goodridge and Deandra Hart were selected for the second base position, and Maryann Ferguson and Tyrice Curry the third base. Other team members include Treika Munroe Jeannine Wallace, Vernita Evans, Shequel Smith, Ruth Coakley, Tikara Collie, Shantyna Stuart and Latonya Bowleg. Mario Ford is the team's manager while Sharlene Farrington and Michael Dillette will coach.
The top players in the men's divisions were also selected to play in this year's game. The president's list will feature ace pitcher Alcott Forbes and Deval Storr who will go up against Avery Rolle and Chris Curry. Both Rolle and Curry are on the Vice President's Team.
Angelo Dillete and Zhivargo Archer are the catchers for the President's squad; Adrian Pinder and Keron Sands will play first base. The second basemen are Maitland Demeritte and Kieron Munroe. Eric Johnson, Henry Martin, Philip Johnson and Ken Wood are the remaining infielders. Outfielders are Jordon Gibson, Antonio Burrows, Addie Finley, Lavaugh Ferguson, Richard Bain and Dino Sweeting.
Coaching the Vice President's Team is Andy Percentie. His team includes Daryle Dorsette, Garfield Bethel, Lamar Watkins, William Delancy, Winston Seymour Jr., Edron Knowles, Sherman Ferguson, Stennard Duncombe, D'Kyle Rolle, Lorenza Carter, Martin Burrows Jr. and Dean Rigby.
The All-Star players will take to field after the junior girl' game and the media versus the NPSA's executives and officials. The first pitch will be thrown at 5:30 p.m. All games will be played at the Bankers Field, located in the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex.
Stephen Dillet Primary School teacher of the year Sheniqua A. Curry, stumbled on teaching as a career 12 years ago, but she realized immediately that it was the profession for her. The 35-year-old sixth grade teacher taught students at the grades two and four levels before settling down to teach sixth graders. Teaching students at this age group she finds bittersweet each year as her students move on to bigger and better things. She says although being selected as teacher of the year is one of the indicators that she has reached the pinnacle of her career she says it makes her happiest when she sees her former students achieve and do well during their junior years once they've left her.
Q. If you could change anything about the education system what would it be?
A. There are quite a number of things that can be improved upon, but the one I feel is the most pressing is the relationship between parents and teachers. This union, or relationship needs to be deepened in order to reach our kids because by them being told something at home and then something different at school confuses the child. This causes us [teachers] not to be able to get the best out of our kids from that confusion. The better we can work together, the better we can teach them. It is also important for parents to be in contact with teachers and come in to find out what is going on. Don't always depend on your child's point of view to understand what is happening or not happening in school. Just be more involved.
Q. Do you believe that the Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT) exam is the most effective way to determine the level of academic ability of students?
A. No, I am not of the belief that the GLAT is the most effective way. It is one way, and it only covers that testing mode of the child and that's not always the most effective way of assessing a child. It may have its benefits, but I am not on board with the idea that it is the most effective way. I feel that children learn at different ability levels and learn in different ways. Yes it is used as a tool to see what is happening at a specific time in a child's academic lifespan, but still it doesn't cater to all different learning styles of a child. Even with this in mind, the GLAT is still something that has to be done. The results we get every year is in the middle level because it is midways between all of our children's abilities collectively. I am not saying to do away with the exam but I don't feel we should determine that the country is going down or not doing well because of these results alone.
Q. What are the benefits of a government school education?
A. First and foremost I do believe that the public school system has the better qualified teachers. There are no teachers being hired in the government system without qualifications and nowadays it starts out with a bachelor's degree. Having gone through private schooling myself and now teaching in the public system I can say I do notice some differences but I do not believe that you are putting your child at a disadvantage by placing them in a public school to be frank. I have children myself and while they are not in the public school system it is because I feel that it is here for students whose parents do not have the financial means to place them elsewhere. I feel that keeping your child in a private school if you can afford it keeps the numbers down in the government system where over-population is one of our main downfalls. This in turn makes teaching better for students and teachers alike.
Q. Why did you become a teacher?
A. I cannot pinpoint what led me to this field, but I do know that once I was in, it was for me. I cannot imagine not doing this profession or going into another career especially at this point in which I am at the height of my career. It just makes me happy to be able to teach students and see them able to do something when they leave me that they couldn't when they began my class.
Q. As a grade six teacher you are preparing students to graduate and go on to junior high. What advice would you give parents so they can help their children successfully transition to their next academic stage during the summer break?
A. First and foremost I believe that parents should be good role models because their children are watching them. They are imitating what you do so you want them to see that this is how something should be done and not this is how I am telling you it should be done. It is something that they really need to see especially as they are transitioning from one level, grade six to adolescence and high school. They will meet lots of peer pressure and will need stability somewhere in their lives so they stay on track not only academically but as young people. It is also important for parents to ensure that their kids are involved in some academic endeavor during the summer break. Get them involved in something that will keep their minds fresh and open for the new things they will encounter in junior high.
It appears that the Lizzy Lions are on a mission. Last year, they won eight games in a row in the Street Legends & Guinness Basketball League, advanced to the district playoffs and then lost two games in a row to be knocked out of the playoffs.
This year, with the help of Barry Carter, the team can't seem to lose. They advanced to the Championship this past Sunday.
They completed a two-game sweep of the Mt. Moriah East team, winning the clincher, 65-57. The Lions never let up, as they led from start to finish. Georgio Walkes led the way for the Lions with 19 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, while Carter contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Nardo Musgrove added eight points and five boards in the win.
In the loss, Dominic Beattle had a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds. Trevor 'Tumbo' Stubbs contributed 10 points and 11 blocks. Due to a shortage of players, Coach Andrew had to put on a uniform, and managed to score eight points and dish out two assists.
In the second game on Sunday, the Northern District Champions, the Gems 105.9FM team defeated the Southern District Champions, Garden Hillsiders, 51-37, in Game One of their best-of-three semifinal series. Game Two was played last night at the D.W. Davis Gymnasium, but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time.
Floyd 'Tiny' Armbrister had a game-high 21 points and nine assists for the Gems 105.9FM team while Able 'Fly' Joseph contributed 14 points and 11 boards. Keno 'Bones' Bastian added 10 points and 12 boards, and Jamal Bain scored 10 points and had five assists.
In the loss, Kendrick 'Long Range' Curry paced the Hillsiders with 20 points and five assists while Lloyd Smith added 12 points and 15 boards. Devon Ferguson contributed 10 points and seven assists in the loss.
Last rites for Elizzann Ferguson, 86, of The Forest Exuma will be held on Saturday at
11:00 A.M. at Palestine Union Baptist Church, The Forest Exuma. Officiating will be
Rev. Lynden Clarke assisted by Pastor Cedric Smith and other Ministers of Religion.
Interment in The Public Cemetery, Forest Exuma.
She is survived by One daughter—Lovie Clarke; Two sons—Charles Dexter Saunders and
Norman Ferguson; Granddaughters: Claudell Morris, Merna Fae, Patrice Cartwright, Virinia
Hepburn, Jade Curry; Grandsons: Renald, Charles and Justino Saunders, Darron Morris, Daxon
Curry, Romell Clarke, Terrell Clarke; Great grand children: Daranell and Daraneke Morris,
Funeral Service for the Late Daphne Atlanta Roberts, 71 years of Davis Street, Oakes Field will be held on Saturday March 10th, 1:00 p.m. at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 3rd Street, The Grove. Fr. Simeon Roberts will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Left to cherish her memory:
Mother: Hazel Roberts
Siblings: Vincent (Justin) Roberts, Antoinette Coakley and Mark Roberts
In-laws: Shirley , Gladys, Pamela and Iren Roberts, and Anthony Christie
Nieces & Nephews: Venentia (Tina) Cambridge, Vincent Jr., Vicente & VeChenda, Glenda (Bernadette), Nina, Marcellus, Angelo, Mario, Michael, Francesca, Romel, Marvin, Marcia, Kharisma and Leonard Roberts, Anthony (Brendan), Ana Maurisa and Antoire Christie, Bonnie Clarke, Ana Stacia Turnquest, Antonia Richards, Monique Symonette, Leanette Bright, Charlann And Levar Coakley, Atonious and Bruno Roberts, Colin Ross Butler, Ricardo Bethell, Paulette Poitier and Justin Dames.
Numerous Grand-nieces and nephews including Danah Weech, Amaris Albury, Gemma Cambridge, Kathryn Turnquest, Maya, Angelique, Antonia, Vincent III, Vashty, Vydalia, Vivette and Vanaeha Roberts, Vito Smith, Sanchez Morley, Alyssa Richards, and Tevin Roberts-Creary.
Numerous godchildren, friends and relatives including Anita Roberts, Sharlene Roberts, Jabina , Bradley and Hartlynn Roberts and the extended Roberts family, Family of the late Marcus and Jane Bethel especially Rubie Nottage, The family of the late Ruben and Francina Bethel, The Campbell family, Effie Sands and family, Edith Outten, Therez Joseph, Persis Adderley, Lona Pearl Wells and family,
Remella Bailey, The family of the late Molly Davis, Chris and Sally Francis and Family, the Bethell Family, Carmeta Ramsey and Family, The family of the late Capt. Earnest and Eula Dean, Bernadette & Jerome Wodinsky of Boston, Mass., Mellie Dillette and family, Lamour Rolle and family of Bimini, Hilda Moxey, Janice Coakley, Bernice Adderley, Frances Turnquest, Jennifer Southard, Faye Culmer, Val Sands, Bessie Serette, Jeanine Weech-Gomez, former employees of the Nassau Shop Ltd. especially Nadine Thompson, Barbara Malone, Kathy Key, Edith Sawyer, The Curry's, and Marjorie Archer, Maria Mckenzie and Family, Evangelist Tom Roberts and Family, The family of the late Wingsworth Roberts, Violet Barton and Family especially Caspar Conliffe, Cordell Roberts and family, Paula, Betty and Terrance Roberts, Tanya Fox, Henry Sands, Electra Byfield of Trinidad, the parish families of St. Francis Xavier and Holy Family churches.
Deacon Alexander "Special" Saunders, 72 yrs., a resident of Murphy Town, Abaco & formerly of Bluff Point, Abaco died at PMH on 20 May, 2012.
He is survived by his 6 sons: Alvin Curry, Tony Knowles, Ricky Laing, Randy Curry, Larry & Brian Saunders; 6 daughters: Sandra Laing, Elizabeth Curry, Ethlyn Darville, Roselyn & Terry Saunders; 1 brother: Jacob Saunders; 1 sister: Viola Woods; 25 grand, 5 great grand children & a host of other relatives & friends.