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Judge declares mistrial in murder case

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.

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PLP candidate Renardo Curry, who lost to former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham back in May, is likely to once again contest for the North Abaco seat in the up-coming by-election.

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Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67

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.

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Ormon Johnson, 66

Funeral Service for Ormon Johnson, 66, of Lowe Sound, North Andros will be held on Saturday 10th September, 2011 at 1:00pm at Whosoever Will International, Alexandria Boulevard North, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Prophet Dereck Bastian assisted by Pastor Delvon Duncombe. Interment will follow in Southern Cemetery, Spikenard and Cowpen Roads.
Left to cherish his memories is his 1 son: Ormon Johnson Jr.; 1 daughter: Latoya “Norma” Derisme; 7 sisters: Marilyn Johnson, Minister Betty Strachan, Maureen Brown, Aretha Munroe, Minister Jennymae Ferguson, Virginia “Igalee” Pinder and Glencina Curry; 3 brothers: Earnal Cargill, Talbot and William “Beecham ...

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Court hears fight erupted before Abaco shooting

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.

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It is all about leadership

Dear Editor,

Hubert Ingraham and the Free National Movement (FNM) have tried desperately to make this political campaign a referendum on his leadership. They have attempted to compare his leadership record and style to that of Perry Christie's. All things being equal it may have worked; apparently it did work in 2007. We now have a track record of both leaders taking political office after a recession.
Firstly, any credible leader would leave his country better off than he met it. Can Bahamians honestly declare that they are better off in 2012 than they were in 2007? I think that most reasonable people will concede that Christie left The Bahamas in better condition in 2007 than he met in 2002. Better condition refers to the quality of life of Bahamians. Let us examine some of the indices that underpin quality of life and form the basis for Ingraham's hubris.
Here is what the prime minister promised in an earlier Speech from the Throne: "My government will restore fiscal discipline to the public finances of the country, and will ensure that value is obtained for public expenditure and public business."
Time has proven that Hubert Ingraham cannot credibly lecture anyone on his leadership merits when it comes to fiscal discipline. When he returned to office in 2007, Hubert Ingraham met the national debt at $2.9 billion. It has now ballooned to $4.6 billion and by the end of this fiscal year the national debt is expected to be in the area of $5 billion. That is a net increase of some $2.1 billion in just five years. What kind of leader would make such a promise and then explode the national debt by over $2 billion in just five years?
One of the most important indicators of a nation's quality of life is the safety of its citizens. Can Bahamians truthfully claim that crime and the fear of crime are less now than they were in 2007? How can you boast of your leadership prowess after having presided over the most murderous and violent era in the history of The Bahamas?
Over 457 murders over a period of less than five years! Additionally, every other category of violent crime increased during this glorious leadership reign. A true leader would have taken measures necessary to reduce the incidents of violent crime and the fear of crime. Hubert Ingraham and the FNM have not demonstrated the kind of leadership needed in mobilizing and uniting communities in the fight against violence and criminal behavior.
Other areas where Hubert Ingraham's leadership has failed miserably are education and immigration control. These are issues vital to the quality of life of Bahamians. The FNM under Hubert Ingraham's leadership has failed to improve the education system institutionally, structurally or systemically and his leadership has failed to adequately prepare Bahamian students for the world after school. This is a terrible indictment on leadership.
Moreover, Bahamians feel that because of the immigration policies implemented by the FNM they have very little stake in the ownership of the county's economy, nor are they permitted to compete fairly in their own country. The immigration policies seem to curry favor foreign labor and foreign investors. This state of affairs does not bode well for the stability of the society.
Most failed leaders look to something or someone to blame for their failure. The global recession has been a convenient whipping dog for Hubert Ingraham and the FNM. However, Hubert Ingraham once pronounced that any leader worth his salt would anticipate a future recession and take corrective measures to mitigate the impact of that recession. Here is what he had to say in one of his earlier budget communications: "Furthermore, these budgetary problems were allowed to develop at a time when a prudent government would have recognized that cautionary measures should have been in place to meet any likelihood of a major recession in the U.S. economy, and to cushion the resultant impact on our tourism-driven economy."
How prudent was Ingraham's government? He went on to indict the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government by pronouncing: "It cannot be said that those who were responsible for managing the economy did not know hard times were coming, they just chose to ignore all the indicators."
Surely in 2007/2008, Ingraham knew a recession and resulting hard times were approaching? All fiscal and economic indicators pointed to it. Judging by his reckless response to, and the irresponsible choices made during, the recession Ingraham appeared to have been caught off guard by the recession. So much for leadership!
Leadership in government is about building and strengthening institutions that enhance democracy and improve the quality of life for citizens. Leadership in government is about inspiring people to achieve their dreams and ambitions. It is about building national consensus and compromise. Leadership is about mobilizing and consolidating the resources and talents of citizens toward national development. Leadership is not about demagoguery; it is not about power, intimidation and bullying.
So if I were the PLP or Democratic National Alliance, I would welcome a campaign based on leadership. I would put Ingraham's record, all of it, against the acid test of true leadership. I would seek to determine whether his five years of leadership improved the quality of life of Bahamians. I would simply ask if Bahamians were better off in 2012 than they were in 2007 - a simple and measurable reality - and let the people decide.

- Eric Gardner

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Four charged with McCartney's murder

Two men and two women were charged in a magistrates court this afternoon with the October 24 murder of Kurt McCartney.
Thorne Edwards, 23; Okell Farrington, 31; Lyndera Curry, 20, and Sumya Ingraham, 26, were charged with murder. They were also charged with armed robbery.
Terry Delancy, 42, was charged with accessory to murder.
McCartney was shot to death in Gambier Village. He is the brother of Democratic National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney.
The McCartney family had offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the murder being solved.

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Police identify suspected captain of sunken vessel 'Glory Time'

The man who police suspect may have been the captain of the boat that went down in waters off Abaco, taking the lives of at least 11 people, has been identified as Haitian national Chancelaire Baptiste, 52.
Police released a wanted poster of Baptiste, who is said to be a resident of Treasure Cay, Abaco.
Superintendent Noel Curry, who heads the Abaco district, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that it was unclear if Baptiste survived the deadly voyage. However, he said police are actively looking for the suspect, who they believe can answer many of the questions regarding the incident.
Anyone with information on Baptiste's whereabouts is asked to contact Marsh Harbour Police at 242-367-2560, 242-367-3437, or your nearest police station.
At least 11 people, including five children, died when the 'Glory Time' went down in waters off Crown Haven, North Abaco, on Sunday night.
Seven people reportedly survived the disaster, which police claim was an illegal human smuggling operation.
Ten people are still unaccounted for and feared dead.
Curry said police are still trying to identify the victims. So far, he said none of the victim's passports or any form of identification has been produced.
As for the dates of any funeral or memorial services, Curry said it is too early to say, and the priority is now to identify the victims.
Authorities believe the victims were all Haitians or of Haitian descent, and were being smuggled into the United States. They reportedly departed from Farm Hill near Treasure Cay, Abaco, around 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Curry said the search continues for those who have yet to be accounted for.
So far only one of the seven known survivors has come forward. Curry said the teenager continues to assist police with their investigations.

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Conch and Kalik prove to be a winning combination

Conch and Kalik have come together and are proving to be a winning combination at one of the island's newest restaurants -- Conch N' Kalik Bar and Grill. It's the place where the mollusk and native beer can be found in almost every offering from the appetizer portion of the menu through to the soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and their specialties. But the chefs hold off on pushing the envelope and adding it into any of their dessert items.
At Conch N' Kalik Bar and Grill located in Pompey Square, downtown, the menu features items that are twists on regular appetizers -- think conch chili fries (ground conch chili, sharp cheddar on seasoned fries), nachos (tri-colored nachos topped with homemade aged cheddar and Kalik beer cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, guacamole and sour cream), firecracker conch spring roll (an oversized handcrafted crispy roll with blackened conch, vegetables, rice noodles and sweet tamarind dipping sauce), conch scampi, conch fettuccinie with garlic bread, conch parmesan with fettucini pasta and garlic bread, island-style coconut curry conch and conch and crab cake.
There are other unique offerings featuring the two ingredients after which the restaurant is named, like the Black Angus Beef Burger (with aged cheddar and Kalik beer cheese sauce, Kalik's double crunch onion ring, pecan smoked bacon, shredded lettuce, heirloom tomatoes on a Brioche bun) and deep water conch salad sandwich (fried conch on whole grain ciabbata bread with sour-orange mayo, shredded lettuce and vegetable salsa).
The menu items were all dreamed up in the mind of Chef Devin Johnson who opened the restaurant, but has now moved on and left it in the capable hands of Chef Eunesha Solomon who now wears the executive sous chef hat. It's a task she's up to. When Chef Devin came on board to open the restaurant, he headhunted Chef Eunesha from their previous place of employment to take over after he moved on.
Before he left, Chef Devin said the 50-item menu took him six weeks to come up with and master. A chef who is big on playing up local ingredients who has served as the national team manager for many years, he said it was a delight to come up with the menu that showcases Bahamian ingredients.
And the portion sizes are huge. He said they had to do it that way to give people their money's worth.
"People eat with their eyes, and people love it," said Chef Devin of the oversized, tasty portions that they have become known for.
They also offer a signature creamy conch and roast corn chowder (chunks of conch meat with fresh roasted corn, root vegetables and a hint of goat pepper), mango barbeque ranch chicken salad (mango, avocado, grape tomatoes, grilled corn, pigeon peas, cucumbers and romaine lettuce tossed with a mango infused barbeque ranch dressing, topped with crispy fried onions that are surprising people that are so good).
And there are also specialty offerings -- the tamarind glazed flat iron steak, mango rum basted pork baby back ribs, lobster fettucine (only served during the season), and Kalik Gold beer battered fish and chips.
And you can't have a restaurant that serves conch without offering Bahamian favorites like like cracked conch and Bahamian style steam conch. There's also a Bahamian style grilled conch, conch salad and the conch salad of the day that is upstaging the traditional salad - the tropical. Conch N' Kalik serves theirs with pineapple, mango and green apple.
According to Chef Solomon, the profile at Conch N' Kalik is all about flavor.
While they're proud of their food, the libations menu at the restaurant isn't to be sneezed at, and they say you have to have their signature drink called a Kalik-arita, where the Kalik of your choice meets a margarita base.
And while they just didn't take a chance on incorporating conch or Kalik into any of their desserts, they do offer tasty endings to satisfy the sweet tooth - guava duff, passion fruit and white chocolate cheesecake, carrot-pineapple cake and a dark rich chocolate cake with a Caribbean twist which means it has a banana-coconut mousse and finished with almonds.
With its first location open, the proprietors of Conch N' Kalik are planning to open another four locations -- one in Abaco, Grand Bahama, Turks and Caicos Islands and Florida.
Conch and Kalik is open daily. They start their beverage service at 10 a.m. Their food service starts at 11 a.m. They close at midnight.

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The Bahamas has come a long way

Dear Editor,

Let's take a look at the 57th largest city in America, Santa Ana, California. Santa Ana sits 10 miles away from the California coast and, as of the 2010 census, boasts a population of 324,528. In 1886, after long years of war, Santa Ana was finally incorporated as a city in the USA with a population of 2,000.
Here is where Santa Ana gets interesting. If I were to tell you that Santa Ana had produced an Oscar winning actor you would not be surprised. If I said it also produced a Grammy winning recording artist and that both of these awards were won within the last 50 years you might be mildly surprised. What if Santa Ana had actually produced at least two Grammy winning acts? What if I told you that Santa Ana produced at least half a dozen actors who had major roles in network hits? Would you be surprised then?
If I then said that Santa Ana California also produced an Olympic gold medalist, four of them in fact, also within the last 50 years, you would probably begin to question my sources. What if I said that Santa Ana, California had in fact produced 10 Olympic medalists in the last 60 years? Would you believe me?
If I then said that Santa Ana had produced successful musicians in almost every genre of music, including rock, hip-hop, jazz, classical, pop and reggae, you would think that I was lying to you. What if I said to you that Santa Ana had produced at least two NBA players, several NFL players and at least five people who played Major League Baseball? Still believing me? Add to that a Wimbledon gold medal winning tennis player. Still with me?
What if I then said that Santa Ana had also produced several successful writers, supermodels, boxers and at least one internationally recognized televangelist? What if I said that Santa Ana also produced at least one successful MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter and one of America's favorite meteorologists?
Now let's add to that the fact that the longest serving political leader of Santa Ana is also recognized around the world as one of the people who agitated for, and demanded, the end of Apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela. Crazy, right?
What if we turned away from the people and turned to its history. What if Santa Ana boasted at least three forts built before 1800, one of them built in 1741, a fort actually used during the America Revolutionary war in 1776? Or what if Santa Ana had some of the oldest excavated Native American settlements found anywhere? Or what about a structure that was actually built in France in the 14th century and brought to Santa Ana, stone by stone, and rebuilt by William Randolph Hearst? Surprised? What if I then said that Santa Ana has over three million tourist visits each year?
The truth of the matter is that I have no idea if Santa Ana, California boasts any of these accomplishments. I'm sure Santa Ana boasts many accomplishments and I understand it is one of the nicest places in the world. But if they did I would certainly be more than impressed. As a matter of fact, if any population of that meager size could in fact celebrate these accomplishments I would be more than impressed. So celebrate Bahamas because these are but a few of the accomplishments that we can boast. We have come a long way and endured many bumps and bruises in our history but we must remember, especially in times like these, that there is very little that we can not do. Imagine if we actually worked together on a shared goal. Do you imagine for a moment that we can't tackle today's social ills? Would crime be the problem that it is today? Would unemployment? Or health care?
I do not mean to oversimplify the problems we are facing but I do want us to remember that we are more than an accomplished nation. We have proven, time after time, that we are spectacular individuals and even better teammates. When Bahamians from all walks of life come together, there is nothing they cannot accomplish.
Here is a list of some of the people mentioned above. Feel free to discover the rest yourselves: Sloane Farrington, Frank Rutherford, Shakara Ledard, Roxie Roker, Myron Rolle, Jeanene Fox, Persia White, Myles Munroe, Ed Armbrister, Tony Curry, Baha Men, Mark Knowles, Kimbo Slice, Esther Rolle, Calvin Lockhart and Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling.

-- R.R.

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Stranger than Paradise

In Blue Curry's solo show at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden gallery in Weisbaden, Germany, viewers are dropped into a strange space. Tropical signifiers like conch shells are paired with strobe lights or tires covered with black and white beans, and in every untitled sculpture lies a possibility of meaning, if only the complete misuse of these paired objects could be reconciled.
"Sometimes I look at that object and think, I know what the use of that object is; what would be the best misuse of it, or the most genius misuse of it?" Blue says.
"Stranger than Paradise" is a collection of two years of work by the artist, which came on the heels of his finished MFA in Fine Art studies at Goldsmiths. The Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden Gallery is no stranger, however, to Bahamian work -- in 2006, it was the site of "Funky Nassau", the group show by Bahamian artists, including Blue. Curators Elke Gruhn and Sara Stehr invited him back for a solo show years later, and also to take part in the gallery's educational program, where Blue guided and gave critical advice to high school students' artwork for a student show in the gallery space.
Some of Blue's pieces have appeared in group shows already -- his black and white beaded tire can seen in the Fifth National Exhibition at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, and the cement mixer filled with sunscreen appeared in the 6th Liverpool Biennial -- but this is the first time all of these pieces have appeared in one exhibition together. He considers it his first solo show as a mature artist -- it's his first solo show in roughly a decade.
"One thing I said to my curator is 'I think my work looks better in group shows'," he laughs. "Just in a funny way initially, because I hadn't seen so much of my stuff together in such a long time. Many times one of my pieces would work really well in a group show because it sits apart, really apart, whether its in materials or colors or critical thinking, it's usually a jarring effect. But when you walk into here it's not so jarring as what I'm used to, and I'm walking around thinking wow, this stuff goes well together."
The effect instead is exactly the show's title -- bizarreness, an environment of both fantasticality and weirdness. From the get-go, visitors first encounter a black bucket placed upside-down on the floor, three shells stuck on in a triangle so one can discern a blackface figure.
"It really divides opinion because I think people get so frustrated with it because it's too easy. I'm fully aware of how easy that piece is, and that's why I put it there, so people can walk in and say 'well I can make that', and then walk into the next room and say, 'ok, I can't make that.' Something that involved five minutes of labor gets placed next to the tires that involve months and months of labor. Also the bucket is understated, while others are very overstated. I like to play back and forth with that. With the knowledge I have about the art world, the knowledge I have of artwork, it can be both ways, sometimes it can be that simple and brilliant, and sometimes it has to be more complex and hundreds of hours to execute."
But this piece especially -- like all of them in their own ways -- is a nod to the encounter, as well as the performance, of "the other," the identity constructed by both visitors and residents to create the idea of "paradise." In all of Blue's pieces this self-constructed environment is evident -- conch shells strung together with strobe lighting within allude to the "lighting of the stage" of our performance, as well as attempts to jazz up the novelty of the tropical landscape -- for he plays with the idea of the fetishized objects that make up the culture of the other. He calls it "performing the tropical."
"We're still marketing the other, we're still marketing the black body, the potential of some sexual rendezvous or encounter with the other," he explains. "There's still a dependency on that performance we're doing for people who already have set ideas, you can't work outside of that, so you recycle the same old clichés over and over again. So my thesis idea (at Goldsmiths) is that everything has to go post-tropical because the tropical are just all of those clichés and everything that limit us. My idea of going post-tropical goes beyond using those set tropes that are expected of us."
Blue's pieces both engage and resist this performance at once in his very choice of materials -- pairing familiar tropical signifiers with unlikely candidates that become a misuse of both. Take his spears surrounded by the inner diskettes of floppy disks. Though a stunning and beautiful object in itself (also untouchable with the sharp edges of both objects, indicating some sinister or edgy element), it alludes to the idea that such developing cultures primitively misuse such technological material for decorative or crafty "folk art" purposes.
"You just have to imagine, if I were in one of the 'primitive' societies in which we advertise that we live in, how would I approach this material? Because obviously we don't have any computers," he says. "I feel like I'm simplifying the process a lot, so I look at the material and I think, it's just material, so you use it in a kind of decorative way to create this fetishized object."
Blue also admits he is also concerned with the very nature/technology divide, and finds such magnetic media beautiful as a material to work with -- one may remember seeing images of his piece in the Goldsmiths graduate show where yards and yards of cassette tape pour from the great bone jaw of a shark suspended in the air, cascading down and piling onto the floor below. The very choice of the type of technological material used though -- floppy disks, cassette tape -- allude also to an obsolescence that ties back into the assumption that only such underdeveloped societies on the fringe of the developed world use these outdated materials.
"I was collecting those diskettes from markets around London and when an office was going out of business. But I found that in order to have three thousand discs, a lot of material for the piece, I needed to buy some," Blue remembers. "I found a wholesaler in London selling them and his argument was that he couldn't go too far down in his prices because he sells these to Nigeria. So he wants me to believe Africans are still using technology that's so out of date it's ridiculous. So these obsolete materials also connect back in to what's expected of us."
A humor is being cultivated here -- how many times have Bahamians traveled abroad and been asked if they use computers or have Internet or even wear clothes "where they are from"? Though some of these statements may be made in jest, the manifestation in the world consciousness that--despite rapid and almost complete globalization -- these tropical or "primitive" societies remain in "The Heart of Darkness" is evident of a constructed fantasy that persists today.
This is something Blue examines in his piece where black plastic buoys are ringed in Swarovski crystals, again bringing together two unlikely worlds -- industrial and luxurious -- to create a manifestation of tropical society and the veil of fantasy that is applied to such places as vacation destinations "to escape it all," as well as the idea of "selling ourselves cheap."
"There's an intentional cheapness about this world which goes back to creating an image," Blue explains. "Fantasies can operate over those images no matter how cheaply they are constructed. So a lot of this stuff is about other people's fantasies of these places, because some of these places these objects are ironic of don't even exist."
But in all of Blue's sculptures, there's a uselessness -- none of these objects are entirely useful for anything practical. One can't use the spears to fish or use in a computer. One can't use the buoys for their boat or wear them around their neck. They become the very uselessness evident in our constructed identities, and exist also in the limbo many residents of such places find themselves -- between the outdated perceived notion of the tropical and its stark modern reality.
The fact that all of Blue's pieces are "Untitled" create this very unstable environment explored -- he provides no guidance with which to approach his work, which allows the viewer to approach it with all of their preconceived notions about paradise and apply it. Blue recognizes that this is where it is evident viewers either buy into the fantasy, or move beyond it, as his pieces do.
"To have some sort of a contrived title which leads somebody into one direction or one way of understanding doesn't work for me. I'd like people to try and connect the materials, to try to get their own understanding of it," he says. "To me, the most interesting art opens up a space where I've never been before and I'm not being told what to think and I don't know what to think but I like it. The two dots never quite join up, and that's the most interesting space to be. If a title names what you're looking at, then you've got all the answers. If it goes off into this mysterious land completely off the wall, then it's too self-indulgent. My response for the moment is to keep it open and people can take what they want from it."
But at the same time, Blue recognizes that the danger of his pieces lie in their very ambiguity. Displaying such pieces abroad means the visitor--once they know the artist is from The Bahamas -- may not fully move beyond their assumptions.
"What they do is they come and see something that they think is highly decorative and emblematic of what you might find from that region and then they walk away -- then you have people who understand that there's a critical background to my work, who know I studied and Goldsmiths, that I do that with a great deal of knowledge," he says. "It works in my favor and it works against me; some people get it and some people don't. I shoot myself in the foot sometimes with the work in an odd way because I know that what I'm talking about is that very perception -- you put it in front of someone and either they rise to that challenge and they understand that idea is being challenged, or they think it just reinforces that idea."
Is there a longing for the absolute idea of the primitive? Is there a resentment? A pride? The fact is, Blue applies little emotional guidance in his work as possible as an artist -- his approach is to focus on materials at hand rather than their connotations, to play with familiar objects in unfamiliar ways and let that object take on the meaning implied by such relationships and the mindset of the viewer. There's a disproportionate amount of responsibility placed on the viewer here -- but perhaps that's how it should be. Few Caribbean artists are carrying the torch abroad, and until the world can get comfortable with a wide range of artistic work coming out of this region that critically examines our place in the world, no one will reach the post-tropical he speaks about. Like those two dots that never meet, those two objects that never reconcile, paradise exists in a detached space. So perhaps the real question you must face before viewing his work is this: What is paradise? And are you there yet?

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Roberts suggests FNM by-election candidate a mystery to voters

The North Abaco seat held by former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham officially became vacant yesterday and signaled the "end of an era", noted Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts.

Ingraham's resignation from the House of Assembly came into effect, more than a month after he handed in his resignation letter to Speaker of the House Dr. Kendal Major. It signaled the end of Ingraham's 35-year-long career in politics.
He was elected to the North Abaco constituency for eight consecutive terms.

Roberts said the vacancy signaled a new beginning in politics and added that the PLP is focused on winning the seat in the upcoming by-election for the area. He said voters showed their support for the PLP when it voted the Ingraham administration out of office on May 7 and returned PLP Leader Perry Christie and his party to power.
He said that the PLP's North Abaco candidate, Renardo Curry, is the best choice to represent the area.
"As we turn our attention to the impending by-election, the pertinent issues are the party that has articulated the best national plan for the future of this country and the candidate best suited to represent the needs of the people at the constituency level.
"We in the PLP believe that we have presented as our candidate a next generation leader who is a young, exciting and energetic son of the soil in the name of Renardo Curry. He is a father, husband and community leader who served on the local council in North Abaco.
"He is a youth leader and role model who represents all that is good and positive about Abaconians and especially young Bahamian males in general."
Roberts said Curry is well known in the area and has vocalized his vision for Abaco's continued development.
He suggested that the Free National Movement's candidate Greg Gomez is a mystery to voters.
"Who is Greg Gomez? What does he believe in? What is his track record in the communities of North Abaco and what is his vision for the constituency of North Abaco that he desires to represent? Where has he resided over the past 11 years?
"Regrettably these basic and necessary facts remain a mystery shrouded in closely guarded secrecy by Mr. Gomez and his enabling FNM," Roberts said.
Curry was unsuccessful in his bid to unseat Ingraham in the May general election. Cay Mills, who was one of four men who vied to represent the FNM in the North Abaco by-election, has said he will run as an independent candidate.
A by-election must be held within 60 days of Ingraham's resignation. The prime minister has not yet revealed the election date.

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Colby Antoine Curry, 25

Colby Antoine Curry, 25 yrs., a resident of Spring City, Abaco, died in Marsh Harbour, Abaco on 27th May, 2012.
He is survived by his mother: Agatha Ferguson; father: Colin Curry; 3 brothers: Lydell Ferguson, Colin Curry & Halson Deveaux; 3 sisters: Vashti, Colleen & Agatha Curry; 1 son: Darren Curry; numerous other relatives & friends.

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Temple Christian Suns clinch another title


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THE Temple Christian Suns have clinched another basketball title.

And this time, their coach Nekeno Demeritte, was honoured for his contribution to the team.

At the annual Patricia 'Patty' Johnson Basketball Tournament for girls, held recently at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, the Suns shone for the fourth consecutive year as the primary champions.

They won over the Mt. Carmel Cavaliers in the championship game as Chyna Curry was named the most valuable player. Mt. Carmel defeated Freedom Baptist in their playoffs, while Temple Christian won over Carlton E. Francis.

Temple Christian also carted off the junior girls ...

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Second place finish for The Bahamas

A Bahamian 15-16 baseball team representing the country at the PONY Colt Zone Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, over the weekend, fell one spot short of qualifying for the PONY World Series as they lost to the host country in the championship game, 10-2.
Still, it was a remarkable tournament for the Bahamian squad as they blasted Venezuela twice, got past a tough Panamanian squad, and even trounced a regional giant in baseball, the Dominican Republic, which placed them in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico. In the semi-finals against the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas came out on top, 11-5, to assure itself of at least a silver medal in the regional championships.
According to reports, the gold medal game was hampered by rain all day. There were two venue changes, and participants spent additional hours driving to the new locations. The game was finally played at the Yabucoa Professional Stadium where periodic showers did not produce long delays.
The Bahamian team opened the game with a double by Ian Mayers, but he was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. In the bottom of the first inning, Puerto Rico got things started with a double, and scored two runs on an RBI hit and pass ball. Before the start of the second inning, the game was halted due to rain and was moved to another location. Once the game resumed, the Bahamian team started the second and third innings with their lead-off runners on base, but they were unable to score runs as the country stranded four runners.
Ian Mayers pitched two solid innings but lost his command with the stopping and re-starting of the game. The bullpen was unable to control Puerto Rico's bats even though they faced the same conditions. A key error extended the bottom of the third inning and with two outs recorded, Puerto Rico added five runs. According to reports, it was difficult to keep the Bahamian team focussed after playing three games in a 24-hour period and the stopping and re-starting of games due to rain. The Bahamian team eventually lost the championship game, 10-2.
Mayers had three hits, falling a home-run short of the cycle, and Quinton Rolle and Donavon Cox had one hit each.
In the semi-final game against the Dominican Republic, the Bahamian team got off to a quick start and never looked back. The game was suspended in the bottom of the third inning with Team Bahamas ahead, 1-0. When the game resumed the following day, Team Bahamas added four runs in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by doubles from Yokito Pinder, Kyle Simmons and Michael Robinson. That was capped by RBI singles from Rolle and Justin Sweeting. Team Bahamas packed on more runs with RBI singles from Pinder, Rolle and Angelo Watson in the fifth and sixth innings to give them an 11-2 lead.
Maleek Perpall pitched five strong innings for The Bahamas. In relief, the bullpen struggled. The rain came down with Team Bahamas coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth which made the game official, giving The Bahamas an 11-6 victory.
Coming into that game, the Dominican Republic was dominating the tournament with their power and speed. Team Bahamas pitcher Perpall pitched a great game, listening to his coaches. He kept the Dominican Republic batters confused with a variety of different speed pitches, which allowed The Bahamas offense to do some damage.
The Bahamas' offense was lead by Pinder and Rolle with three RBIs and three hits each.
In the game before the Dominican Republic game, The Bahamas blanked Venezuela, 10-0. In two games against Venezuela, they outscored their opponents, 20-1.
Dorian Kemp started that game for The Bahamas with two quick strike outs and three walks in the first inning. It was a big moment early in the game, but Kemp pitched out of a bases loaded jam as he got the final out on a fly ball to left fielder Chavez Young. After pitching his way out of a rocky first inning, Kemp settled down as he threw a two-hit shut-out.
Team Bahamas' offensive attack started in the first inning. Rolle doubled in the first run. Team Bahamas remained aggressive with a double steal, and scored two more runs on costly errors by Venezuela. They led 4-0 after the first inning.
The offensive attack continued as Young had an RBI triple down the right field line and then scored on a fielder's choice to give the country a 6-0 lead. In the third inning, Rolle continued his torrid hitting with a lead-off double. That was followed by an RBI single by Sweeting. Young added an RBI single to score Simmons as Team Bahamas took an 8-0 lead after three innings. Team Bahamas completed the victory via the 10-run mercy rule. After a walk to Simmons, Robinson had an RBI triple and scored on a base hit to left field by Mayers.
Rolle and Young led the way with two hits and two RBIs each for the Bahamian team. Rolle was the leading hitter for The Bahamas in the tournament. Felipe Sweeting was the head coach of the squad, and Terran Rodgers served as the team manager.
This was The Bahamas' third championship game in the PONY Colt Division of the zone qualifying tournament. In 2006, Ali Knowles, who currently attends Troy University, had 14 hits including six doubles for the Bahamian team. Javanno Pinder and Marcian Curry had 10 and 9 hits respectively that year. This 2013 Bahamian team was the best hitting Bahamian team since the 2006 team. Team Bahamas' pitching in this year's championship is regarded as the best The Bahamas has seen in this age group since the tournament started. Desmond Russell's 2006 individual performance remains the top in this age group for the country. He currently attends Jackson State University.
The Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) extended its congratulations to the second place 15-16 team which consisted of members from the Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association (GBABA) and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN). A total of six teams took part in the regional championships, the Bahamian team, Bonaire, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela and host country Puerto Rico. The Bahamian team was scheduled to return home yesterday.

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Review: Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming's 'Imortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems'

"Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems" is Trinidadian-born artist and building services engineer Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming's second volume of poetry, published by Proverse Hong Kong in March 2011.
This collection, which was the finalist for the inaugural Proverse Prize, consists of over 50 poems, a concise glossary of terms and an array of mixed media images.
In fact, one of the first things to captivate the reader is the front cover, an image created by Manoo-Rahming herself. This is indeed a perfect point of departure, so let's start there.
The cover-page is made up of seemingly torn up pieces of paper fused together to create the distinctive image of the Immortelle, which as the writer explains in her glossary, is a type of tree that "used to be planted as shade trees in coco plantations of Trinidad and Tobago".
The fiery red flowers are set against a watery background, a brilliant blue sky and whispers of cotton-wool like clouds. Visible are the many tears in the paper, strategically pieced together by Manoo-Rahming, creating a coherent whole and in this case, a picture that tells a story of a thousand words. As highlighted in the volume's introductory comments, the brilliant color of the Immortelle's flowers is reminiscent of the flames in Hindu cremation ceremonies, which draws directly on the writer's Indian descent. The cover then becomes a symbol of Manoo-Rahming's Indo-Caribbean experience and in turn, acts as a precursor for the entire collection.
This syncretism is expressed in more ways than one in the collection. Not only does Manoo-Rahming combine aspects of her Trinidadian birth place, her Bahamian home, with that of India, especially evident in the use of vernacular, she also combines the visual with the poetic - a sure indication of her skill set.
The visuals are not to be treated in isolation (though one can appreciate them independent of the verse), but rather should be considered as working in conjunction with the poems, adding a visual dimension to a particularly intimate set of words.
The seven images contained in the volume each correspond to a poem in "Immortelle and Bhandaaraa". The cover page image, for example, corresponds to a poem in memory of Ras Shorty, or Lord Shorty, who combined African rhythms with Indian instruments to create Soca. Cleverly then, there is a dual-narrative at work here and indeed in the entire collection, where the visual interacts with the text (and vice versa), which as Sandra Pouchet Paquet argues, generates a tension as well as transforming the reading experience.
Integrating visuals into a poetry collection is proving particularly popular of late with Caribbean writers, and in turn really does serve to represent two dominant forms of artistic expression in the region. Though a wonderful addition to Manoo-Rahming's volume, and indeed necessary for its overall purpose, I believe the positioning of the images has lessened their function, if only very slightly: the images are all placed together at the beginning of the collection and not, as I would expect, next to their related poems. As such, there is a little less ease to the reading experience than there might be if the images were next to their corresponding poems. That way one could experience the image in even closer proximity to its poetic counterpart so that the tension between the two forms would be heightened even further.
Nevertheless, had the publisher positioned these visual additions differently then the reader would not be bombarded with the sensory wonderfulness and psychedelic magic of "Mandala", which is the first thing that hits the reader when they open the collection.
The color in this opening image mirrors the explosion of sentiment in the poems that follow. And just like the branches of the Immortelle on the cover page, these poems reach outward, as a means of dealing with the heavy emotions addressed in the subject matter.
The collection, divided into five sections, each named after goddesses (Bhavani, Durga, Coatrischie, Hecate and Shakti), has a strong female voice. The poet grapples with a whole host of themes including life, death and even rape.
In a poem called "The Colour of Rape", for example, Manoo-Rahming skilfully poeticizes the sheer brutality of this act in such a way as to create a series of questions that interrogate the subject. In doing so, Manoo-Rahming asks what colors can effectively represent the physical, emotional and mental effects of rape: "Can a charcoal pencil / Draw grey obscure shape/ Of battered self-esteem?" The fiery provocation of "The Colour of Rape" is contrasted by earlier poems about the loss of loved ones, and as Pouchet Paquet rightly points out, "This is the work of mourning."
In fact, most of the poems in the opening sections are dedicated to people who have passed away. This part of the collection is representative of the poet's ability to move seamlessly between different memories, portraying sentiment, gratitude and grief in carefully constructed, effortless verse. And the poems do appear to be effortless as if the poet is recalling moments, not as a stream of consciousness because these are cleverly crafted words but there is certainly an ease, where the words roll off the tongue.
"Mirror Glimpses", for example, is about the loss of the poet's mother and sister. The opening verse reads: "Mama your face followed/ me to this place. It hopped/ a ride in my genes/ like a scorpion/ that smuggled itself/ from Long Island to Nassau/ in my bag of cookies. I took it as a sign: Sally will die". This poem has such immediacy and the poet's matter-of-fact tone, stating the impending death of her sister makes the verse even more hard hitting. But there's also a sweet vulnerability here, which gets to the reader, effervesces, slowly but surely.
Other poems in the collection reach out to Caribbean spaces and the region's fauna for inspiration, while others take a more inward look. See, for example, "The Poet" towards the end of the collection where Manoo-Rahming uses metaphor to poeticise the poet's role:
A poet is one who finds the rents
The ruptures in our quiltlike cores
Unravels the broken threads
Collects them into balls of fibers
Spins them into rainbow-colored yarn
Weaves an unpatterned fabric
With which she mends by hand
Gently ever so gently
Crevices in quilted psyches
Just like the poet who spins multi-colored yarn, Manoo-Rahming's "Immortelle and Bhandaaraa Poems" is a vibrant collection, which fuses the visual and the poetic. The volume covers a range of themes; some more harrowing than others but does so in such a way as to soothe, interrogate and stimulate the human psyche.

Manoo-Rahming was born in Trinidad in 1960. She is married to a Bahamian, and lives in Nassau, Bahamas. Lelawattee is a poet, fiction and creative non-fiction writer and essayist. She further expresses her creativity and seeks enlightenment through sculpture and drawing. She has won essay and art awards in The Bahamas. Internationally, she has won the David Hough Literary Prize (2001) and the Canute A. Brodhurst Prize (2009) for Short Fiction and was overall winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) Short Story Competition (2001). Her first book of poetry, "Curry Flavour", was published in 2001 in England. Lelawattee is a practicing mechanical/building services engineer and is president and co-owner, with her husband, of a consulting engineering firm in Nassau, Bahamas. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in many publications in the Caribbean, the UK, U.S. and Holland.
Leanne Haynes recently finished a PhD at the University of Essex, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research. Her thesis focused on St. Lucian literature and mapped out the island's rich literary landscape. She also completed her MA (postcolonial studies) and BA (literature) at the University of Essex. Haynes has presented material at conferences in the UK and Europe. She is a keen creative writer and amateur photographer, with publications in the UK and U.S.

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PLP Faces Mounting Pressure to Win North Abaco By-election

Dear Editor,

I once held the view that the October 15 by-election in North Abaco would be a crucial test for Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis (Killarney). I was of the view that if Minnis fails to win this electoral contest, his leadership position would be in grave jeopardy.

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Legal issues delay John Bull robbery trial again

Legal issues have once again delayed progress in the trial of three men accused of the armed hold-up of the Rolex boutique at John Bull.
Jasper Curry, David Collins and Jonathan Armbrister are accused of robbing the Bay Street store of 12 luxury watches, which have a combined value of $395,360.
Justice Indra Charles dismissed the jury yesterday until Thursday after legal arguments arose during the testimony of Detective Constable 2290 Bruce Chisholm.
Lawyers Jerone Roberts for Collins and Geoffrey Farquharson for Armbrister objected to the admission of a CD of crime scene photographs into evidence.
The initial arguments began in the presence of the jury, who were then excused until Thursday.
Chisholm was the first witness called to the stand since the jury was empanelled on May 8. They were sent away until Monday while closed discussions continued in their absence.
Attorney Jomo Campbell appears for Curry and Sandra Dee Gardiner is the prosecutor.
All of the accused are on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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Abaco airport runs 3.8m over budget

The government will spend an additional $3.8 million to finish construction on the Marsh Harbour International Airport by the end of this summer.
Philip Brave Davis, deputy prime minister and the minister of works and urban development, made the announcement this week during a contract signing with local contractors in Abaco.
The airport's estimated $30.8 million price tag also includes additional contingency works.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has hotly criticized the previous administration for poor management and oversight of the construction process. Back in 2011, the Free National Movement (FNM) signed a $27 million contract to build the terminal.
These latest signings, therefore, represent a cost overrun of nearly $4 million.
"As well, additional works were added including the erection of new directional signs, the installation of approach lights and the installation of runway and taxiway lights," he explained.
The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has also contracted Jeppesen Company Limited to develop new flight procedures for the runway to ensure compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) standards.
"During July 2010, The Architects Incorporated out of Freeport, Grand Bahama was awarded a contract to design and prepare construction drawings for a new state-of-the-art terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities at the airport," he said. "The designs and drawings were completed and a contract was awarded in the fall of 2011 to FES Construction out of Freeport in the sum of $27.3 million to construct the terminal and other facilities."
Works on the Marsh Harbour International Airport originally began in August 2011 and had a scheduled completion date for early October 2012.
"However, there have been numerous design and additional works changes, resulting in a revised completion in August this year," Davis added.
The 51,000-square-foot terminal will include 22 counter positions, a state-of-the-art scanning system, a pilot briefing room, two restaurants, one lounge, one VIP lounge, eight retail shop spaces, two kiosks and long and short-term public parking areas.
The additional works to the terminal, control tower and fire/crash facilities include major statutory utilities upgrades and connections; the installation of an electrical transformer to the main airport terminal and fire crash tower; the installation and expansion of Cable Bahamas for the CCTV network; the redesign and expansion of the security booth to a building located on the entrance road to the control tower and fire/crash facilities, and the construction of a main terminal security booth and additional hi-scan 755i x-ray equipment for the terminal building.
Glenys Hanna-Martin, minister of transport and aviation; Jerome Fitzgerald, minister of education, science and technology; Renardo Curry, parliamentary secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the ministry of works and urban development were also present at the signing ceremony.

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Hoytes Girl Classic to be expanded

Immediately upon the heels of a competitively successful Hoytes Geneva Rutherford Girls Classic, Coordinator Coach Gladstone 'Moon' McPhee began focusing on the 2014 event.
McPhee has expressed the intention to invite all of the participants of the tournament that concluded on Sunday, February 24, back for 2014. "I want them all back and I would want the four best female teams from New Providence to be on hand for the event next year. I was very impressed with the teams and their coaches. I was happy to be instrumental in the emergence of some really talented young ladies," said McPhee.
In truth, the Hoytes stage enabled onlookers to bear witness to true basketball quality. I was particularly impressed with the Harbour Island junior girls. The team was sparked by the very gifted Aliayah Johnson, Kayla Higgs and Breontae Bullard.
Harbour Island played a brand of basketball seldom seen in any part of The Bahamas. They trapped tenaciously, never letting up. The results were forced turnovers on the part of the opponents, all of them, as the islanders cruised to the junior crown. At no time along the way were they challenged seriously. In the championship game, the Tabernacle Falcons tried to make a game of it, but the superior collective talent of Harbour Island was too much.
Tabernacle indeed was fortunate that the score was no more than 35-22. While the Falcons played courageously, the talent difference was evident.
Johnson, already has skill sets well beyond her age. Time and time again, her play reminded spectators of what is seen at college level in the United States and also in the NBA. Johnson is poetry in motion going to the basket to score. She is a master at using her body to ensure that the ball is protected and executing the "lean" on opposing defenders as she elevates to score.
In a group of stars, I termed the "Magnificent Seven", Johnson shone brightest. To play at a level above Higgs and Bullard is indeed a huge indication of her basketball savvy. Johnson was the junior MVP of the tournament.
Then, there was senior Angel Miller of the championship C.V. Bethel Stingrays, along with teammates Shavonne Adderley and Valerie Nesbitt, also of the Stingrays; Shaland Neeley, Tanya and Timia Davis of the St. George's Jaguars; Briana LaFrance-Major and Jessica Joseph of the junior team Freedom Baptist Academy; Phillipa Greene of St. George's junior team; Destiny Middleton, Tiara Brown and Myha Greene of the Tabernacle Falcons juniors; Arnel Ferguson and Twana Cartwright of Jack Hayward seniors; Laqvina Nesbitt of S.C.Bootle seniors; Akala Nesbitte of the Bishop Michael Eldon juniors; Satori Curry and Jasmine Rolle of the Eight Mile Rock juniors; and Antermique Young, Rosanna Parker and Chanela Lightbourne of the S.C. Bootle seniors.They all were named to the All-Tournament squads. All in their own way were representative of the female basketball talent depth in the country.
The Freedom Baptist Academy girls were particularly endearing to me. They were just five deep with two of them just ages 9 and 8 (sisters Alisha and Ashanti Duncombe). LaFrance- Major and Joseph led the way, but the fighting spirit of the team made them the darlings of the tournament. Keonne McCulsky was the other member of the team, coached by Tabitha Major.
It is no small wonder that McPhee is excited. Most of the young ladies are expected to be back for Hoytes Classic 2014. According to McPhee, the event is now going to be marketed in a way that would clearly indicate the importance of participating and building a very special competitive forum for female basketball.
'The Coach', as McPhee is fondly referred, says it is his "dream for the Hoytes Classic to be for female basketball just what the Hugh Campbell Tournament is for male basketball." Well, based on personal observation, the competition was exciting.
McPhee and his marketing team now have to rise to the occasion in promoting the event throughout the country.
Even in Grand Bahama, while waiting at the airport for a return flight to New Providence, I discovered that generally not a lot of people knew of the event.
McPhee is on a good wicket but the Geneva Rutherford Girls Basketball Classic certainly needs to be better promoted.
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