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NPSA All-Star games to be held tonight

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.

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Chermar Hots or JJ Fox, 31

Chermar "Hots" or "JJ" Fox, 31 yrs., a resident of Carrot Road, Winton Meadows & formerly of John Road, died at his residence on 25 April, 2012.
He is survived by his mother: Nenia Fox; father: Charles Fox; 2 sisters: Cherez Fox-McKenzie & Cherdaria Fox & a host of other relatives & friends.Funeral Services for the late Chermar Denaldo Eric "Hotz" "J.J." Fox, age 31 of Carrot Road, Winton Meadows will be held at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road on Saturday May, 12th at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown assisted by Fr. Neil Nairn. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau, Street.

He is survived by his :

PARENTS: Charles and Nenia Fox.

SISTERS: Cherez Fox-McKenzie and Cherdaria Fox.

NIECES: Cherdae Fox, Tyiesha and Andrea McKenzie.

BROTHER-IN-LAW: Tyrone McKenzie

GREAT-GRAND AUNTS: Lillymae Ray and Annabell Taylor of Miami, Florida, Lorna Sweeting, Carnetta Lee, Blanche and Ethlyn Morley.

GRAND-UNCLES: Harris and Samuel Morley.

AUNTS: Blanche Butler, Shirley Fowler,Erica Fox-Lightbourne, Fredericka Fox-Wallace and L. Michelle Fox.

UNCLES: Wellington, McFarlin and Clement Fowler and Lewis Colebrooke,Oswald "Haggie" Lightbourne.

ADOPTED AUNTS: Brenda Ferguson, Cynthia Rolle, Kayla Smith, Florinda Lowe, Michelle Dykens, Sandra Smith, Dorinda Hanna, Edris Roberts, Dorothy Brennen and Rose Cartwright.

ADOPTED UNCLES: Cleophas Johnson, Peter Eneas, Wendal Smith, Mervin Smith and Willis Bain.

A HOST OF OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS INCLUDING: Special friend Wensilie Huyler, Stephanie Cargil and family, Anishka Lewis and family, Tamicka and Nadia Fowler and family, Dion Bullard, Terhern, Atwell, Deanza and Demetrius, Anwar and Terico McKinney and Brett Gibson. Anton and Marvin Mitchell, Clara King, Anitra, Tanico, Ternia, Julian, Tanishka and Lewis Colebrooke, Mia Rolle and family,Whitfield Bain and Family, Mario, Christopher, Doral, Bruce, George, Micheal Butler of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Jermaine and Kevin Smith, Jeffrey Knowles and family, Joyce Moncur and family,Selwin Estwick and family, Rosalie Davis, the Gittens, Rolle, Reckley and Ferguson families and the entire Bain Town community, the Winton Meadows and Carrot Road family, Samuel Strachan and family, Victor Bain and family, Cyril Gibson, Suzzette Pinder, Cheryl Watkins and family, Percy 'Vola' Francis and the Shell Saxon SuperStars' family, Ruthmae Hanna and family of High Rock, Grand Bahama Pinder family of High Rock Grand Bahama, Candricka Ferguson, Crystal Brooks, Treasurer and Staff, Public Treasury Department, Permanent Secretary and staff, Ministry of Foriegn Affairs, Financial Secretary and Staff, Ministry of Finance and Management and Staff of the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Goldie Ranger and Staff of Variety Disposable Goods, Ernest McKenzie and family. Jonathan Rolle and family, Stephen, Arianne and Pinka Rolle and family and many others too numerous to mention. 
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. untl service time.

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Barbara Baillou-Arnette, 53

Barbara Baillou-Arnette, 53 of Johnson Terrace, Kelly Lane died on Thursday 19th May, 2011 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

She is survived by her husband: Prince Arnette; daughters: Camille Mackey, Shonnel Wilson, Shekera Collins and Lashantay Baillou; step-son: Mario Arnette; sisters: Brenda Peet, Marina Stevens, Albertha Rahming, Betty Dorsett and Emma Williams; brothers: Arthur, Joseph, Charles and Cyril Rolle; grandchildren: Steve, Darius and Cassie Miller, Zyon and Zoltin Wilson, Philip and Philliyah Humes; sons-in-law: Stanley Wilson, Steve Miller and Philip Humes; brothers-in-law: Tamico Sweeting, Teneil Williams, Terrence Peet and Alfred Rahming; stepfather: Neville Fowler; adopted parents ...

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Dark Skies
  • Genre : Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Rating : TBC - To Be Classified

As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them....

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Carey calls extention to stamp tax relief

An outspoken realtor who recently urged a reduction in stamp tax, pleading that 12 percent of nothing is nothing today applauded government's intention to roll back the one-time fee on residential property transactions from 12 percent to 10 percent and to place a cap on annual property taxes.
Mario Carey, founder of Mario Carey Realty, went further, asking government to consider extending the reversal of the two percent stamp tax increase to all property transactions.
"It's great that government has announced its intentions to roll back the stamp tax on high end properties from 12 percent to 10 percent," said Carey. "That move will make The Bahamas more competitive in the luxury market, which is important, but I encourage government to go further and reduce all stamp tax on residential transactions by two percent to give middle income families the same advantage and incentive as high-end purchasers." The stamp tax - a sliding scale recording fee starting at six percent paid at the time of purchase - started at four percent before the increase. Carey suggests a sliding scale roll back to that percentage.
He also believes that constant manipulation of taxes related to commercial and residential property sale and ownership has stirred up more confusion than comfort and left many in the market wondering whether purchasing land, home or business in The Bahamas was opening them up to unknown fees and taxes ahead.
"The opportunity is ripe for the government to be decisive, aggressive and demonstrate its commitment to make economic growth a top priority so everyone at every level of the financial spectrum benefits," said Carey who wasted no time lauding the initial announcement.
"The initial announcement of turning back the clock on the property transaction stamp tax from 12 percent to 10 percent is excellent news for a country whose national debt exceeds $4 billion, whose unemployment is near 16 percent, who has seen its middle class shrink and those living in poverty increase in epidemic proportions," said Carey. "It is a positive change in the right direction and I just hope that it is enough of a policy change to jumpstart the real estate market because studies consistently show and continually reinforce the reality that a country's economy is tied to the success and activity of its real estate sector."
According to Carey, a solid real estate sector helps buffer against poverty, boosts employment and enhances the sense of community and responsibility. Early warnings of poverty, long before empty bellies make stealing food in a rich society a reality, he said, are a sagging lackluster market with more for sale signs than moving trucks pulling in, with foreclosures invading like cancer and demand for short-term rentals increasing. Carey called for creation of a Bahamas real estate advisory group (BRAG), made up of economists, real estate professionals, legal experts and visiting or rotating international advisors, an organization he suggests that would have high-level round table discussions on the current economic crisis with a focus on the real estate sector.

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Mavette Adassa Mitchell-Moss, 45

Funeral Service for the late Mrs. Mavette Adassa Mitchell-Moss age 45 years of Baillou Hill Road and formerly of Clarendon, Jamaica will be held on Saturday May 12th, 2012 at 11:00am at Bethel Restoration Revival Centre, Baillou Hill and Cowpen Roads. Officiating will be Reverend Charles Lewis, Dip. Th., J.P. Interment will follow in the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.
She is predeceased by her adopted mother: Edith Miller;
Left to cherish her memories is her husband: Jerome Moss; 3 daughters: Charlene, Jodene and Alexia; 2 sons: Xavier and Jahmari; mother: Aldith Mitchell; 2 grandchildren: Jahmari and Gabreille; mother-in-law: Carol Rolle; 3 sisters: Elaine, Claudette and Dotsy; sisters-in-law: Debi, Dr. Shamika; 6 brothers:Lynford, Owen, Derrick, Micheal, Philmark and David; brothers-in-law: Clayton, Raynard, Micheal; 15 nieces: Tanya, Karell, Lindith, Stacy-Ann, Airanna, Yanique, Nicolette, Sasha-Gaye, Shaniel, Maliqueca, Davione, Stanique, Marllah-Kaye, Demi, Micaela; 10 nephews: Kevin, Sheldon, Nicholas, Mario, Micardo, Khanique, De'Aundre, Philmark, Joe, Mj; aunts: Veta, Mrs. Romans; uncles: Edwin, Edward, Dudley;godchildren: Aysha, Randy; cousins: Jennifer, Carolyn, Jason, Tanya, Ava, Faith, Audrey; special friends: Maureen Collins, Virginia Cartwright, Bridgette; other relatives and friends: The Church of the Zion Methodist in South Beach Shopping Plaza, especially the Usher Board, Mr. and Mrs. Shawn and Keesha Smith of Gold Circle, Ingrid Love, Nadine Trombacco, Jeanean Davis, Marjorie Montague, Ricardo Markland, Beverly Johnson, Vikki Schultz, Rebecca Johnson and the entire congregation of South Lake Church of Christ in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Francis and staff of the Oncology Department at Princess Margaret Hospital and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Perpetual Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from9:30am until service time.

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Wilfred R Rolle, 76

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

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Allison Maxine Ellie Rolle, 56

Funeral Service for the Late Allison Maxine "Ellie" Rolle, 56 years of Stapledon Gardens and formerly of Rolleville, Exuma will be held on Saturday May 12th, 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Washington Street. Rev. Dr. Gloria Ferguson will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Gardens, J. F. K Drive.
Treasured memories will always linger in our hearts.
Allison was predeceased by her parents and her step father
Father: Alfred Bain, Mother: Mary Idella Lockhart, Step Father: Allan Lockhart Sr. Daughters': Nyoka & Tiffany. Grand's: DeShawn, Diavan, Darinae, DeVante, Deja, DeAnna, Sanaa. Brothers: Fredrick, Roston Sr., Allan Jr., Bob Allan Sisters: Min. Jacqueline of Ocala Florida, Elaine, Iris Gaitor, & Agnes Uncles: Cleveland & Edric. Aunts: Agnes, Carolyn Rolle and Elevetha Lockhart Nephews: Anthon, Cpl. 2450 Dana Rolle, Reonardo Gaitor, DeAngelo  Rolle and Gregory Clarke. Nieces: Ivadell, Melissa, Marlinda, W/Cpl . 2555 Nanette Storr, Natasha Clarke, Piscal (Tenille), Larise, Reoniska, Allistine, Shantell, Danel, Shavette. Grand Nephews: Arnold, Ashley, Ashniel, Larry, Lamarion & Roston Jr., Tamaria Marvin Jr, Travonne & Akeem. Grand Nieces: Keisha, Dremika, Jackia, Xziver, Tiarra, Tandy, VaShanti, Zion & Faith. Brother in law: Chief Officer Enoch Gaitor of Her Majestry Prison; Numerous relatives and friends including: Min. Carla and Ted Kelly, Bridget Morley,  Sgt. 1575 Byron Rolle, Paulette Alesnik Claudette, Wellington, Samuel, Jason, Craig, Leslie, Kevin, Ann, Trevor, Marva,  Denise, Ernest, Mike,  Elvardo, Felix Jr., The Entire Rolle Family, Lavardo Bullard, Leslie Newton and family, Princess Cleare, Gabby and Portia Major, Latishka Lockhart and family, Trudy and Cohen Sweeting, Anishka Lockhart and Family, Rudolph Miller, James Barr, Alice and Mae Munning, Cudymae, Edithmae, Susan, Lornamae and Eldora, Audrey Taylor and family,  Linda Colebrooke, Patsy Knowles, Pat, Ricardo, Kadesh, Charlie, Mrs. Charlton, Jan, Ms. Bain and the Managment & Staff of ZNS, Dr. Raleigh Butler, Dr. Margo Munroe and Doctors & Nurses of the Gynae Ward and the entire Medical Team. Shirley Clarke, Francis Johnson, Dianna Lightbourne and family, Laurel Fowler and family, Barbara Rodgers Gloria Mortimer and Family, Ardencia Simmons, The entire staff of Citco Fund Services Bahamas Ltd, Crystal Ferguson and family, Staff of Fashion Hall, Carmicheal Road. The Management and Staff of Green Parrot Restaurant, The Staff of the Police Control Room including EMS, The Staff of C.R Walker Senior High School, Mount Ararat Baptist Church and family, The entire Rolleville community and  other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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The Hook Up

New Providence

BAKE SALE: Baark!'s spring bake sale takes place on Saturday, March 22 at Super Value Cable Beach or Windermere Spa, Harbour Bay between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

STAGE PLAY: Bernadette Russell pokes fun at the "church hypocrites" in her stage play "Playing With God: Church Hypocrites" the stage drama that is being held for one night only, on Friday, March 7 at Holy Trinity Activity Center, Trinity Way, Stapledon Gardens. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, children $10 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. show starts at 7:30 p.m.

MARLIN AWARDS: New Providence will once again play host to the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards Weekend, July 24-27. A cross section of recording artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, graphic artists, photographers, managers and booking agents from throughout the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Africa and the United States will be in attendance.

FUN RUN/WALK: Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace presents the 3rd Annual Mario & Big O Fun Run Walk to take place on Saturday, April 26 at 6 a.m. Runners, walkers and skaters will begin their route at Mario's Bowling, heading to West Bay Street and then returning to Mario's. A $25 donation fee applies to all participants, with goodies and prizes awarded to participants. As no currency will be handled on walk day, pre-registration is a must. Call 326-8012 or visit Mario's to register. All proceeds will be donated to The Bahamas Red Cross.

WORLD RELAYS: The inaugural (IAAF) International World Relays take place May 24-25 at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. The event will bring together some of the best athletes in the world and is expected to attract many of the top sprint and middle distance medalists from the 2012 Olympic Games as well as the 2013 IAAF World Championships. For more information visit

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.

JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

Grand Bahama

WOMEN ON THE BRIDGE: On Saturday, March 8, women and from around The Bahamas, along with international visitors will be joining together at the Garden of the Groves to celebrate International Women's Day.


FOOD, FOLKS AND FUN: Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, will play host to the first Devour! The Beach festival. It will take place, March 26-29 with culinary events led by international celebrity chefs from Chicago, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Dallas, Ottawa and Halifax. Food and wine lovers will also enjoy sessions hosted by a master of wine from the United Kingdom. Two nights will feature themed gala dinners from classic French cuisine to the pan-American cooking. The days will have various activities for the culinary and wine enthusiast, from fishing and diving, to chef beach cookouts, to wine and culinary demonstrations.

The Exumas

REGATTA: The George Town Cruising Regatta takes place February 24-March 9. The event includes 12 days of activities for visiting cruisers and Exumians. There will be two days of sailing activities as well as spectacular onshore activities such as conch shell blowing contests, a variety show, softball competition and lots of family activities. The venue is picturesque Elizabeth Harbour in George Town. For more information telephone 336-2430.

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Freeport Container Port lends support to West Grand Bahama Youth Organization

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The youth of West Grand Bahama have a future that so far it seems to be through a new organization called the West Grand Bahama Youth Organization
Leader Mario Mott and Diannia Neat this group began about three years ago.
"We cater to the children in the community," explained Neat. "We play sports, we do drama, we do arts and provide mentorship, as we try to get them off the streets and give them a big brother/sister to come to whenever they are facing touch decisions.
"We try to give them camaraderie within their communities."
She said the group is stationed in West End, but a lot of them are from Eight Mile Rock.
Mott said their vision was to try to save the at risk kids, noting that he himself live in the Jones Town area. He said he did not like some of the things that were being said about the young people in his community, so he wanted to make a change and he had spoke with Neat and found out they shared this vision.
"One day Neat came to the softball field and said this her dream too, so we teamed up and said we are going to save them.

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