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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.
This soup is a stick-toyour ribs flexitarian special. Make it with chicken broth and prosciutto and you end up with a carnivore's delight. Make it with vegetable stock and no prosciutto and you've got a vegetarian's delight. Either way, it's plenty hearty. The potatoes give it body and creaminess. The spinach and kale give it earthiness and a bright green color.
The greens also happen to be nutritional superstars -- both spinach and kale are terrific sources of vitamins A, C and K, not to mention fiber. For folks who generally find kale a little too assertive, the time to eat it is now, in the cooler months, when its taste is milder. And given kale's current "it" vegetable status, you'll certainly have no trouble finding it at the store. Some supermarkets even carry the bagged shredded leaves, as convenient as prewashed lettuce or shredded slaw mix.
For the potatoes, I went with Yukon gold because I like their buttery taste and because they hold their shape when cooked, unlike highstarch, thick-skinned baking potatoes. However, any potato will do as long as you cut it into 1-inch chunks. If the only spuds you have on hand are baking potatoes (such as russets), just be sure to peel them first. Otherwise, the skin will be too chewy in the soup.
There's very little fat in this recipe. The vegetarian version uses just 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and half an ounce of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. A little bit of that justly celebrated cheese goes a long way. And carnivores can keep the fat content low by trimming off the prosciutto's fat.
What's that? The little Mario Batali devil on your shoulder insists that the flavor will go bye-bye along with the fat? Not necessarily. I was thrilled to discover that if you briefly bake the prosciutto on a rack in the oven, it becomes downright bacon-esque -- crisp, salty and redolent of pork. Just be sure to pull the prosciutto out of the oven before it is completely crisp. It will continue cooking even outside the oven. If it doesn't reach the desired state within a minute or two, slide it back into the oven and give it another quick jolt.
Now you've got all the flavor you -- or your inner Mario -- could ask for. Just keep an eye on the salt in the rest of the recipe. Both the cheese and the meat are high in sodium.
Potato And Greens Soup with Parmesan Toasts
Start to finish: 1 hour (40 minutes active)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound Yukon gold (or other thin-skinned potatoes), cut into 1-inch chunks
4 to 5 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 cups packed torn kale leaves
6 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 pound thinly sliced prosciutto
Twelve 1/2-inch-thick diagonally cut slices of baguette
1/2 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large saucepan over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, 4 cups of the stock and the wine. Bring to a boil, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the kale, cover the pan, then simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the spinach and the pepper flakes, cover, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Working in 2 batches, transfer about 3 cups total of the soup solids with a little added broth each time, to a blender and puree until smooth. Be careful, hot foods expand in the blender. Return the puree to the saucepan, add salt to taste and the additional cup of stock if necessary to achieve the desired texture. Heat until hot.
Meanwhile, set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the prosciutto slices in a single layer on the rack, then bake on the oven's middle rack for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they begin to crisp. Remove the rack from the sheet pan and set it on the counter to let the prosciutto cool. When cool, crumble the prosciutto.
Arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on the sheet pan and brush them with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Bake them on the oven's middle shelf until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over them, return the slices to the oven and bake until the cheese is just melted, 1 to 2 minutes. To serve, ladle the soup into 4 bowls, then top each portion with some of the prosciutto crisps and 3 toasts on the side.
Nutrition information per serving:
630 calories; 120 calories from fat (19 percent of total calories); 13 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 25 mg cholesterol; 96 g carbohydrate; 8 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 31 g protein; 1,640 mg sodium.
Nassau, Bahamas - The
$3.5 billion dollar Baha Mar project that is infusing Cable Beach with
new life and upscale resorts, coupled with an improving economy, are
projected to fuel sales at a nearby multi-million townhome development
that is 'right-priced' for young professionals, according to a local
Sheldon Pitt, estate agent at Mario Carey Realty,
co-exclusive agents for the $6 million, 20-condominuim complex to be
known as The Devonshire off West Bay Street, says he and developers
worked together for nearly a year...
Roger Rosa is 29 and does not have a captivating boxing record. In fact, the Brazilian fighter is just 5-4-1-1(no contest). His record certainly does not jump out at you, earmarking a pugilist of note.
He is just 5-4, rather short. His Bahamian opponent for the big rebound boxing show in the country, scheduled for Friday, December 13, is national super featherweight champion Meacher Major. Not particularly tall either, Major however has a three -inch height advantage over Rosa.
Major is 20-6-1-1 (no contest) and as such is the much more experienced fighter.
So what makes this upcoming bout so compelling that the expectation is that it will lead to a renaissance of professional boxing in the country? On the surface, little about Rosa seems to point towards thrills and fireworks coming out of the bout with Major.
After closely viewing the Brazilian when he came in town to be present for the press conference Friday, November 22 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace, most observers however came away with the view that Rosa will give Major a whole lot to figure out.
It was not so much what came out of the mouth of the compact and diminutive boxer, Rosa. It was simply the conviction with which he spoke.
He did say a lot that could be considered mere rhetorical, promotional "buzz comments" that rankled Bahamians present at the press conference. He appeared to have little concern for Major being the kind of opponent who can beat him, given the general national environment we call the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He actually said there is "no way a guy from a little country" like The Bahamas can beat him.
He tried to be diplomatic and render respect to Major, noting his experience. Nevertheless, Rosa was verbally
aggressive. He compared himself to Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who chewed up and spat out a lot of opponents taller than he.
Physically, Rosa looks to be a package that could spell a lot of trouble, if Major's strategy is not able to counter that of his opponent. For instance, as the shorter foe and based on his announced ring demeanor, Rosa will seek to carry the fight to Major.
Fighting in the backyard of the local favorite, he well understands that he has to make a huge impression to ensure victory. Rosa called Meacher a "predictable, orthodox" fighter.
Hype aside however, there is another factor that weighs in heavily on the December 13th match.
The fighters are each coming off two consecutive defeats. They both will be confronted by a big decision if saddled with another defeat. Meacher, for his part, understands very well what is in front of him.
"I am seriously going into this fight. I have my plans for a post career but it is in me to see just where do I go. My plan is to win big against Rosa. I am focused only on winning," said Major.
Underneath the surface of preparation for December 13, no doubt is the knowledge that this is crunch time and a third consecutive defeat will be a tough matter for him to deal with. It will indeed,
Rosa on the other hand, needs a victory to boost his confidence that at 29, he still can craft a career of note in boxing.
So in essence, Major and Rosa are confronted with a must-win situation. This is the key aspect that will likely result in a war on the night of December 13 in the Rainforest Theatre.
The ingredients are such that the bout is likely to be a blockbuster, a boost for boxing in The Bahamas, no matter who wins.
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A funeral service for Alfred J. Knowles, 73, a resident of Farrington Road, who passed away on 4th June, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Boyd Road, on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. Officiating will be Fr. Simeon Roberts. Interment follows in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Left to cherish his memories are his three daughters: Ruth Knowles-Cargill, Amanda Knowles and Elizabeth Knowles-Johnson of Lauderhill Florida; three sons: Rodger Knowles of Sunrise, Florida, John Knowles and Sean Knowles of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; one sister: Deloris McKinney; one brother: Edwin Newbold; two sisters-in-law: Ruthmae Newbold and Beryl Simmons; one brother-in-law: Vivian Sands; two daughters-in-law: Kedash Cornelius Knowles of Sunrise, Florida and Tamara Consalves-Knowles of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; one son-in-law: Tristan Johnson of Lauderhill, Florida; 16 grandchildren: Shonnel Knowles, Gardenia Ritchie, Pedro & Andrea Moss, Ronnell and Avarelle Williams, Elgeron Johnson, Theron Nixon, Ivar and Aidan Lightbourn, Shacarlyn, Tivon, Karmel, Johniesha, Sabastian and Soren Knowles; 7 great grandchildren: Iesha, Gabrielle, Garth, Ronnell, Hezakial, Rayne & Pedro Jr; 13 nieces: Raquell McKinney, Nicole Clarke, Yvonne, Donna, Lorretta Simmons, Linda Pratt, Deborah Moxey, Beverley Williams, Fiona Bain, Kayla Miller, Vanda Cartwright, Mary & Genievive Sands, Rochelle McKinney; nephews: Dale Knowles, Dwight Allen, Ricardo McKinney & Ricardo Ferguson, Salatial, Andrew, Phillip, Jeffery Simmons, Richard Sands; grand niece: Shanae Scavella; grandnephews: Mario, Dario, Richardo Jr., Lacardo, Lacagio; two uncles: Kenneth and Eric Higgs; one aunt: Olga Higgs; other relatives and friends including: the Gilbert family, the Gibson family, the Smith family, Florence Richardson, Rodger Munroe, the Patron of the Hut and the Silver Dollar, Roslyn Ritchie, Lillie McCartney and family, Maxwell Butler and family, Sidney Bain and family, Mable Symonette and family, the Sands family, close friend Garth Sands, Cabbage and family, Ken Murry, Zurlene, Meloney, Neville Sawyer, Rusus Johnson, Mario Minns, Hazel, Nick Rodger, Herbert Glinton, Herbert Geium 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, and on Saturday from 9-11:30 and at the church from 12:45 p.m. until service time.
This year (based on the events that will become very closely connected to The Bahamas and its sporting fraternity) could very well go down as one of the most significant in the history of this country. In yesterday's column in this space, the wide variety of sports events on schedule for 2014 was detailed.
There is another milestone of note that readers are invited to reflect upon, in 2014. We go down memory lane today, to 50 years ago. Indeed, another big aspect of 2014 is the fact that this year marks the golden anniversary of the first gold medal won at the Olympics by The Bahamas.
It's incredible, but yes, it's a half of a century since Durward Knowles as skipper, and Cecil Cooke as his crew member, captured the Star Class gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The games took place in October of 1964. Although Tokyo was the official host city in Japan, with the Olympics, other cities are included as locations for certain disciplines. This was so in 1964 and in Japan, it was decided that an Olympic yachting harbor would be constructed. The work began in 1961, and in time for the games, the Sagami Bay in Enoshima was ready for Knowles, Cooke and the rest of the best international sailors the world over, at the time. The cost was $6,027,778.
There they were, our representatives, Knowles and Cooke in the Star Class craft Gem, carrying the participation number 4789. At the end of the competition, the pair had performed in a manner to make history for the tiny country called The Bahamas Islands, still under the jurisdiction of Great Britain. It was The Bahamas first, followed by the United States (Richard Sterns and Lynn Williams); and Sweden (Pelle Pettersson and Holger Sundstrom). For the international sailing establishment in The Bahamas, success against the finest sailors in the world was nothing new.
Knowles with Sloane Farrington had achieved the first national sporting milestone of great prominence 17 years earlier when they won the Star Class World Championship. Also, the same duo, Knowles and Farrington, had given The Bahamas its first Olympic medal, a bronze at the Melbourne, Australia Games of 1956.
Accordingly in 1964, Knowles was without a doubt at the very top echelon of international sailing in the world, so, the win was not a surprise in that circle. For The Bahamas though, the stage was officially set and the planks were put in place for the country's anointment as one of the most powerful little nations in the sports world.
It would be another 36 years before The Bahamas won another Olympic gold medal and the occasion would be with the flag of an independent nation flying in the stadium in Sydney, Australia. The Original Golden Girls (Pauline Davis, Chandra Sturrup, Savatheda Fynes, Debbie Ferguson and Eldece Clarke) won the sprint gold medal in track at the 2000 Olympics. Years later, following the banning of American Marion Jones and the long administrative and legal procedures, the second place finisher for the 200 meters in 2000, our very own Pauline Davis, was awarded the gold medal.
In 2004, the diminutive but powerful Tonique Williams-Darling captured the 400 meters gold in Athens, Greece. In 2012, the Golden Knights (Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller) dominated the 1,600 meters relay series for the gold medal, in London, England. What Knowles and Cooke started 50 years ago, heightened the reputation of The Bahamas in world sports. Today, The Bahamas is a definite gold medal contender, whenever the Olympics roll around.
Cecil Cooke is no longer with us, neither is Sloane Farrington nor the two prime catalysts of international sailing in the country, Sir Stafford Sands and Sir Roland Symonette.
Fifty years later however, historic facts verify that the aforementioned stalwarts spearheaded the early sports power movement in this country.
Sir Durward, at 96, is still with us. God bless him! A nation should salute the memory of that golden moment 50 years ago in the Sagami Bay, on the coast of the Japanese city, Enoshima.
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Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie and his entire Cabinet to resign and call an early general election before the administration "destroys the country", claiming its "record of poor judgement in governance" has placed The Bahamas on a path to "disaster".
"They have a track record of poor judgment and have proven that they are totally incapable of governing this country," Minnis said.
"And with that record, if they continue, we don't know where we would go. This country is in for pure disaster. And to save this country, the government needs to seek a new mandate from the people and resign."
Minnis, who was contacted for comment, said that a laundry list of "bad decisions" by the Christie administration has led to a loss of confidence among the public, and the best solution is to seek a new mandate from the electorate.
"The entire government has shown poor judgement and that they do not know how to manage this country," he said.
"They have ignored the vote of the people. They went to referendum and they ignored it.
"They have shown poor judgment in the hiring of Ishmael Lightbourne, who was proven to be a tax evader, but he was going to be in charge of the government's [new] tax system.
"[BAMSI Consultant] Omer Thomas, poor judgment again. A Jamaican, when so many Bahamians are looking for jobs. A Jamaican you're hiring at $120,000-plus per year.
"Poor judgement when Leslie Miller, who had problems in terms of bills at BEC, but yet he was placed in charge. Poor judgment with [Dr.] Elliston Rahming as ambassador [to Washington].
"Poor judgment with what's going on with Renward Wells. A parliamentary secretary don't sign such documents. That should have been a Cabinet decision."
Minnis was referencing a letter of intent Wells reportedly signed with Stellar Waste to Energy Bahamas to construct a $650-$675 million waste-to-energy plant that Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said he does not have the authority to sign.
With regard to Thomas, Minnis was reiterating a claim he made in Parliament that questions had previously been raised about Thomas' qualifications in Jamaica.
Minnis said he rests the blame for all these instances at the feet of Prime Minister Perry Christie.
"At this particular time the government, the entire government, must answer the people and remove themselves and go back and seek a new mandate from the people," he said.
"The prime minister must improve and show better judgment."
Claims of cherry-picking at BEC
Minnis also said that there seems to be two sets of laws in the country and suggested that Prime Minister Christie has failed to address important matters relating to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC).
Minnis was responding to the recent claim that BEC Executive Chairman Leslie Miller is cherry-picking who is disconnected at the corporation, as well as the issue of a $100,000 cash payment made by Miller's family business to pay an outstanding electricity bill.
"This country has become a lawless society," Minnis said.
"If we had honesty and integrity within our system and accountability and the enforcement of the law, there would not be two sets of laws where you have one law for you and another set for the politicians.
"You cannot run a country like that. One set of laws should be for all. Why should we discriminate? The so-called aristocrats or elites who are not paying their bills should be dealt with appropriately. Why do you want to turn the poor man off who owes $50 ... but the man who gets paid $150,000 a year because he is Mr. So and So then he is above the law? That is nonsense. That's why this country is as it is."
The Guardian revealed that Jones Communications Limited owes BEC $106,000.
A BEC report shows that as of July 8, 2014 the corporation's managers would not take action to disconnect the account, as the disconnection of Jones Communications' supply in May resulted in Miller immediately instructing officials to reconnect the supply.
That came after it was revealed that Miller and his family-owned businesses - Sunburst Paints and Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace - collectively owed BEC nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
Not long after the story broke, Mario's paid $100,000 on its nearly $200,000 electricity bill.
It was later out found that the payment was made in cash.
Minnis later questioned whether that matter was reported to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).
When asked to respond to the revelation that the management of BEC contacted the FIU on the matter, Minnis would only say that the laws must be enforced.
NASSAU, The Bahamas - After the success of the Nassau casting call for the Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, MMTS, organizers are heading to Abaco to glean from the talent pool in that northern island famous for shipbuilding.
All roads lead to the Dundas Town Community Centre where residents will show their talents before MMTS Regional Scout, beginning at 11 am on Saturday, 20th September 2014.
CEO, Founder and Owner of MMTS Pia Glover-Rolle says she is extremely excited to see what talent - models, actors, singers, songwriters and music producers - Abaco will have to offer.
Mrs. Rolle, who is also President and Founder at PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency, hopes that Abaco residents register early and reserve their space as competition is expected to fierce.
PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency launched this new and exciting talent scouting event specifically designed to bring global attention to the vast talent pool in The Bahamas and the Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, MMTS.
The first casting call was held in New Providence on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during which residents between the ages of 5 to 65, males and females attended a free audition session at Mario's Bowling Palace, Tonique Williams Darling Highway.
Two Bahamian students receive National Honor Society induction in Florida
A pair of Bahamian students at the Vanguard School in Lake Wales, Florida, were recently selected for initiation into the National Honor Society (NHS).
Cole Carey, son of Mario and Venita Carey of Nassau, and Danielle Bannister, daughter of Desmond and Donna Bannister of Nassau, both received their golden NHS pins from the Vanguard School President Dr. Cathy Wooley-Brown during a special ceremony in February during the school's annual Family Weekend. Carey and Bannister were the only two inductees into the honors organization.
"We're very proud of both of these students," Wooley-Brown said. "Both of them have worked so hard and come so far during their time at Vanguard, and these [honors] are richly deserved."
The pinning ceremony was presided over by NHS sponsor Roy Jones, math department chair for the school. The Vanguard School, an international college preparatory boarding and day school for students with mild to moderate learning differences, now has a group of 20 students who are among the honor society members. Carey and Bannister took their oaths of loyalty to the organization, and will now participate fully in its activities.
Adrian Demeritte named to SJU dean's list
Adrian Demeritte, son of Fealy and Ramona Demeritte of Nassau, has earned the distinction of being named to the dean's list for the 2013 fall semester at Saint John's University, (SJU) Collegeville, Minnesota. Demeritte is a sophomore biology major at SJU.
To be included on the dean's list, students must have a semester grade-point average of at least 3.80 and have completed 12 credits for which honor points (A, B, C, etc.) are awarded. Students included on the dean's list cannot have any "unsatisfactory" or "incomplete" grades for that semester.