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Absolut Vodka: Local Art Ambition, A Call For Artists
Absolut Vodka: Local Art Ambition, A Call For Artists

Saturday 31st March 2012

TIME HAS BEEN MOVED TO FRIDAY APRIL 27TH, 2012 Click HERE to view new event date. Absolut Vodka, NAGB & The D'aguilar Art Foundation presents... A Call For Artists To Participate in Absolut Vodka: Local Art Ambition Time To Be Announced. The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Virginia Street Absolut vodka announces a call for local artists to participate in one of the most unique, fun and exciting art shows of the year. 'Absolut Vodka: Local Art Ambition' will showcase three pieces by each artist: .An original piece of choice. .Absolut blank: art inspired absolut bottle. .Absolut-ly Havaianas: art inspired Havaianas Artwork can be painted, drawn, sculpted or illustrated. 30 artists will be selected to participate in the show. Absolut blank pieces will be featured on absolut vodka's website. winning artists work will be featured in all local Absolut advertising, displayed at butler & sands in caves village, and /or offered a $200 shopping spree at Havaianas. Absolut Vodka, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The D'Aguilar Foundation would like to proudly present Absolut Vodka: Local Art Ambition. The event will showcase three (3) pieces by each artist: An original art piece. ABSOLUT BLANK: an art inspired Absolut bottle. Artists must design the bottle and the negative space (background) around it. The overall design must be 18 x 24 inches vertical. ABSOLUT-LY HAVAIANAS: art inspired Havainas. Artists are designing the sole of the shoes. The designs do not have to be symmetrical. A single design can encompass both shoes. The call for artwork asks that the artists complete all three (3) sections to qualify. Artwork can be painted, drawn, sculpted or illustrated. The deadline for entry is April 2, 2012. Art should be delivered to The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Artists should submit original artwork in addition to digital documentation. For further information, please call 327-1453 or email, HERE. Download Absolut Vodka Template: HERE Download Havaianas Sole Template: HERE Click HERE to view D’Aguilar Art Foundation website. Click HERE to view the D’Aguilar Art Foundation listing page.


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January 04, 2014
Gunman opens fire at counseling center

A gunman opened fire on patients at the Public Hospitals Authority's Community Counseling and Assessment Centre on Market Street yesterday morning wounding one man, police said.
Police said the man was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Witnesses claimed that a second man was shot during the incident and ran away from the scene, but police could not confirm this.
Superintendent Leamond Deleveaux, officer-in-charge of the Central Division, said police were called around 11:15 a.m. about a shooting.
Deleveaux said police were told that four young men approached the counseling center, one armed with a shotgun, and spoke to a man inside.
Shots were soon fired, police said.
Deleveaux said it was too early in the investigation to say if the gunman was a patient of the center and specifically targeted those inside.
A patient who identified himself only as Travis told The Nassau Guardian he witnessed the shooting. He said patients became alarmed after they saw a man outside with a shotgun.
He said they exited the building through a side door to avoid being seen.
"I was attending counseling," he said. "One of the [men] ran in saying, 'gun, gun, gun,'...When we peeked outside [we saw a man] walking up and down the sidewalk with a gun in his hand.
"We have another door. One or two people started slipping out that door so I slipped out too. And when he saw us come out the side door, he came down the sidewalk and one or two [men] told him to [leave]. So he said, 'What, what?' and he just started shooting."
The witness said he was unharmed but he said his neighbor was shot to the face.
He said he and his neighbor ran out of the line of fire and headed toward the nearby Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for help, attempting to flag down police officers.
The witness said he returned to the scene with his neighbor's bloody shirt in hand to retrieve the shoes he left behind when he ran from the gunman.
Another patient, who also did not want to be identified, said he saw the gunman flee the scene on foot.
"I was on my way to counseling," he said. "By the time as I reached halfway to the middle of the corner I heard some shots and when I looked I [saw] the young man running back, straight out to Baillou Hill Road with the gun in [his] hand.
"It's sad; it's [not] safe. The police got to do something."
Deleveaux said police did not have a description of the gunman.
The shooting came hours after the country's third murder of the year was recorded.
Around 8 p.m. on Thursday, a man was shot and killed on Taylor Street.
Police said last night they did not know the condition of the man they confirmed was shot.

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October 25, 2012
Minnis urges Curry to carry out Ingraham's vision for North Abaco

Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday encouraged North Abaco MP Renardo Curry to carry out the vision that former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had for the constituency.
"North Abaco has been represented by a giant, a former prime minister who had a vision for The Bahamas, who had a vision for North Abaco," said Minnis in the House of Assembly as he congratulated Curry on his win at the polls last week.
"And through you, Mr. Speaker, I'd like to say, there's nothing wrong with him (Curry) speaking to the former prime minister.
"There's nothing wrong with him speaking to the former leader of our great party and the former representative of North Abaco so that he can understand what was the vision, not necessarily for The Bahamas, but the vision for North Abaco, and that he can carry that through."
Ingraham resigned his seat on August 31. He announced his retirement on the night of the May 7 general election when his party was defeated by the Progressive Liberal Party.
He represented North Abaco for just over 35 years.
In the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Perry Christie said Minnis' remarks had "a clever political slant".
"This is a day for the new member and it isn't a day for politics in that sense," Christie said. "I commenced my 36 consecutive year and I don't know if I've ever heard an effort of the kind that began as a tribute and congratulatory remarks to the new member take such a context."
He suggested that Minnis take the high road.
Minnis also suggested that Curry fight to ensure that the works that were started under Ingraham are allowed to continue.
"The member stands and must fit in big shoes," Minnis said.
Christie added that Curry has already voiced his intention to meet with Ingraham to discuss the issues in the constituency.
"So even though you may acknowledge the lecture from the leader of the opposition, you are well on your way to demonstrating a high level of maturity," Christie said.

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January 19, 2011
Slip Ons Shoes Collection now available at Bandolera

Freeport, Bahamas -

Bandolera of Port
Lucaya is pleased to announce that they carry the

Slip Ons Collection
invented by Gwen Rolle.

Do you love shoes?

Why buy
one pair of shoes when you can have a package of shoes?  Do you love
to travel and have the flexibility of looking sexy, unique, conservative, fun or casual? Do you want to
save space in your closet or your suitcase? Most off all do you want to save
money so you can buy more shoes? Then the

Slip-Ons

Collection is for you!

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April 15, 2014
What you need to know about VOCs

Just smell it, that's how you know its new - whether it's a car, shoes, bag or a freshly painted room. The chemical compounds that give us this sense of comfort are part of a group of products called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short.
When they linger for a day or two, no problem, but enduring emissions are a cause for concern and could lead to health problems.
A reader wrote in to draw my attention to the increasing popularity of bamboo flooring, locally, and I now understand why. According to EcoBuilding Pulse, the production of bamboo flooring has advanced over the decades but there has been no level of standardization among the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association) in the United States.
The product is primarily produced in Asia, and there are great variations in quality among brands, and, of more concern, large differences in the level of urea-formaldehyde used in the adhesive to lay the floor.
Consumers ought to do their homework and take advantage of blog posts and product reviews that name and shame companies whose products should be avoided. Note that formaldehyde free adhesives can be specially ordered, and some U.S. importers have begun producing their own glues.
Generally, though, VOCs are emitted as a gas from very ordinary items in our surroundings such as glues, plastics, carpet, paint, building materials, printers, paper and the list goes on. The concentration of VOCs indoors, where we spend most of our time, has been found to be generally 10 times that found outdoors.
Because there is such a wide variety of compounds, the effects range from limited to toxic, and, in some cases, have been contributing factors in sick building syndrome. In some instances VOCs have been known to cause cancer in animals and are suspected to cause cancer in humans. They are more commonly attributed to irritations of the eye, throat or nose; nausea; headaches and damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.
Admittedly some of the problems are a result of misuse of products by consumers. A common mistake persons make is mixing cleaning products, against the advice of the manufacturer, or neglecting to ensure that spaces are well ventilated when painting or general construction is taking place.
The problem has caught the attention of many agencies including the Carpet and Rug Institute that introduced a green labeling program in 1992 to test carpet, cushions and adhesives for emissions. Suitably qualified products earn their green labels. Building designers wishing to attain their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications have VOC limit tables to guide them; the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has its own set of guidelines called Indoor Air Plus Construction Specifications.
To limit your exposure to VOCs get a fact sheet available on many websites that lists the types of products that contain VOCs. Use products as they are intended to be used, and avoid mixing chemicals. Store them in original containers in garages, for example, as opposed to occupied spaces, and limit storage amounts by only purchasing as much product as you need.
o We would like to hear how this article has helped you. Send questions or comments to sbrown@graphitebahamas.com.
Sonia Brown is the principal of Graphite Engineering Ltd. and is a registered professional engineer.

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September 14, 2012
Jammal's Picks

NFL WEEK TWO
THURSDAY'S GAME
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m.
The Week One performances by both of these teams were very telling: The Bears are a viable threat offensively for the first time in years and the Packers have some issues they need to address. Chicago was very impressive against the Colts last week and the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall tandem looks like it never lost a step. Green Bay on the other hand proved that its defense isn't on par with its offense and a lack of offensive balance was costly against the 49ers. A division rivalry older than me will surely bring the best out of both of these squads, but at this stage I trust the Cutler-led offense and their stout defense to be more prepared to take a road win at Lambeau Field. I still believe the Packers will be in the playoff conversation come December, but the short practice week will work in favor of the Bears - I like them by a field goal at the least.
Bears 28, Packers 23

SUNDAY'S GAMES
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Buffalo couldn't have had a rougher start to the season. In addition to getting embarrassed by the Jets last week, they lost key offensive weapons Fred Jackson and David Nelson for some time. The Chiefs got embarrassed at home to the hands of the Falcons, but they are set to get back a star on defense in Tamba Hali and hopefully Brandon Flowers. My head is telling me to pick the Bills, but I'll save myself the headache this week.
Chiefs 23, Bills 16

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
The Saints became a casualty of Robert Griffin III (I'll refer to him as RG3 from this point forward) and couldn't keep up in points last week. I would say this game has the making of a shootout as well, but seeing Cam Newton's performance against the Bucs had me thinking that the rest of the league is more prepared to throw him off his game. While I think Newton and the Panthers will have a better showing on Sunday, Drew Brees has won five of his last six against Carolina. I expect the streak to continue, and New Orleans will get it done on the road.
Saints 34, Panthers 24

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
I remember saying last year that the Bengals would be one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they surprised me and many others by making the playoffs. They played like the team I predicted them to be in 2011 last Monday, but I expect them to bounce back in a big way against division rival Cleveland. The Browns struggled putting points on the board last week and the play of rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden was terrible to say the least, but the worst is yet to come. Cincy wins big.
Bengals 31, Browns 10

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Andrew Luck's first NFL game wasn't too bad, but he showed the football world that he is many miles away from filling the shoes of Peyton Manning. He will have an easier Sunday against the Vikings defense that has a shaky secondary, but that doesn't mean it will be a cakewalk. Adrian Peterson is back and looks like he never missed a step, and the rest of Minnesota's offense is capable of making big plays. Indy will be considerably better than last week and Luck will get the first win of many for his career.
Colts 27, Vikings 21

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Houston had a dominant defensive performance against the Dolphins last week and I expect them to have their way against a Jags team that is still trying to find its way. If the Texans' offense is on the same page this could get ugly quickly. It will be a while before I pick Jacksonville to win a game, but luckily for them they play the Dolphins this season.
Texans 35, Jaguars 12

Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
If the Patriots are able to maintain that level of defense and have an effective running game to complement Tom Brady's air attack like they displayed last week, then they can punch their ticket for a division title at the very least. I honestly don't believe Arizona has enough fire power to keep up with the Pats on Sunday especially on the road, so this game could be decided by half-time. Don't be surprised if New England gets close to 50 points.
Patriots 48, Cardinals 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
The Bucs were fairly impressive last week especially on the defensive side of the ball, but I would hate to play a Giants team coming off a home loss to the Cowboys. Eli Manning and his offensive unit will be sharper than they were in Week One, and the extended practice time should have given them an opportunity to regain their focus. This game won't be a blowout, but I don't think Tampa Bay will score enough points to keep up with the G-men.
Giants 27, Buccaneers 16

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
This would have been my pick for the game of the week, but Philly's play has me concerned that they will get off to a slow start once again. Michael Vick was far from sharp and room for error is slim against the Ravens' defense. Joe Flacco was the exact opposite and he looks like he's taken a huge step into becoming a top tier quarterback. The Eagles will have to use their speed receivers to their advantage against an older Baltimore defense, but Vick's 67.2 career passer rating against the Ravens makes that a tough task. This game should be close throughout, but Baltimore's ability to make big plays down the stretch will be the difference in this contest.
Ravens 24, Eagles 20

Oakland Raiders at
Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
It's only the second week of the season, but every time I write about the Dolphins I get a mild headache. However, this could be their best chance of getting their only win for the month. The Raiders make my eye twitch when I talk about them, but I could only imagine how fans of these teams feel week after week. As for the game, Miami finds ways to lose.
Raiders 20, Dolphins 16

Washington Redskins at
St. Louis Rams, 4:05 p.m.
RG3 showed the world he is ready for the big stage after taking down the Saints on the road, but a match-up against a surprising Rams team could be a trap game. St. Louis hanged tough against the Lions last week, but gave up the game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds. I like Jeff Fisher as a coach and I believe he will devise an effective game plan to confuse RG3, while his offense will utilize a balanced attack to capture a victory at home. Even though the Redskins may not be considered a contender yet, this is my upset pick of the week.
Rams 23, Redskins 20

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.
The Cowboys' defense was as good as I've ever seen it, and their play in the secondary was exceptional last week against the Giants. They turn their sights from a Super Bowl quarterback to a rookie, and I fully expect them to have their way with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks. It shouldn't take a lot of points from Tony Romo and the Dallas offense to get it done.
Cowboys 27, Seahawks 10

N.Y. Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
I'm still not drinking the Kool-Aid that the Jets made last week against Buffalo, but if they can knock off a formidable Steelers team then I will be very convinced they can be a playoff team. Mark Sanchez won't have the time nor the clean jersey he had last week, and the day could get very long for him if he makes some bad turnovers. Pittsburgh has a tendency of forcing quarterbacks into making bad mistakes, and they make teams pay for them. The interesting match-up to watch will be Darrelle Revis against Mike Wallace, and whoever has the advantage between the two will be an indicator of what the final score will be. At this point, I like the Steelers winning at home because I trust 'Big Ben' more than Sanchez.
Steelers 27, Jets 17

Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
The Bolts finally started off the season on a positive note and played some impressive football on Monday night. I expect their mental focus to remain the same against the Titans, but they are the most unpredictable team in the NFL. The return of wide receiver Kenny Britt should be huge for Tennessee, but I don't think that will be enough to secure a win for the Titans in San Diego.
Chargers 31, Titans 21

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m.
The 49ers by far was the most impressive team after Week One as they went into Lambeau Field and dominated the Packers. They will have another test against a NFC North foe in the Lions this week, but playing at home should greatly work in their favor. I haven't seen a defense as physical as San Francisco since the Ravens in 2000, and their offense is gradually starting to complement the 'D' with Alex Smith leading the way. I just have a feeling that Detroit won't be the same team they were last year and will take some time to find their way, but this 49ers team will steer them in the wrong direction on Sunday night. This could be a competitive game, but don't be surprised if it turns into a blowout in favor of San Fran.
49ers 28, Lions 14

MONDAY'S GAME
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons, 8:30 p.m.
This is my pick for game of the week, and I expect this game to be the most entertaining game of Week Two as well. Peyton Manning had the most impressive individual performance last week in my opinion, and the way he picked apart the Steelers' defense was nothing short of surgical. On the other end, Matt Ryan put on a show in Kansas City last week and his chemistry with Julio Jones was reminiscent of Manning-to-Reggie Wayne. Although both teams have good defenses, I fully expect this to be a shootout that could climb into the 40-point range if both offenses are clicking on all cylinders. However, Atlanta lost its best cornerback Brent Grimes for the season, which will prove costly against Manning who will take advantage of his absence. Even though the Falcons are my team, I have a gut feeling that Manning and the Broncos will have one late drive that will recapture them the lead on the road. I hate to go against my squad, but my respect for No. 18 coupled with the Falcons' injury woes has me leaning toward Denver on this day.
Broncos 41, Falcons 38

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August 25, 2012
Social Services hit by scam

The Department of Social Services has been hit by a back-to-school scam, with fraudsters pretending to be in need, then selling government vouchers and pocketing cash, Minister of Social Services Melanie Griffin revealed yesterday.
"Once the client is known to Social Services, of course it dispenses [assistance] right away without the home inspection and that heavy assessment process because they're known, and we have their record already," said Griffin, who appeared as a guest on "Darold Miller Live" on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.
"We have put in place a purchase order so the social worker no longer has to go, do a home assessment and then go and purchase the uniforms and the shoes for the client."
Griffin said there are approved vendors who people can take their purchase orders to and buy the uniforms directly, but people have found loopholes in the process.
"They are trying to sell it for cash," she said.
"If you go in the store with your purchase order and another customer is in the store, who is buying with cash, you try to get that customer to use your purchase order and give you the cash.
"In one situation, the person indicated to the vendor 'you know I already went away and got my child's stuff and now I need to pay my child's school fees'."
Although she did not detail how many cases of fraud have been perpetrated or the amount of money lost, the minister said up to $110 can be provided per child for primary school students and $135 for high schools students.
Social Services provides many forms of assistance, including food, temporary living accommodations, rent, and utility bills, among others.
However, to accommodate the increased demand for uniform assistance, Griffin said her ministry took steps to make the process simpler this year.
She said her ministry is reviewing and implementing new measures that will help protect the department against fraud.
Uniform assistance is normally grouped with other assistance programs in the government's annual budget with a provision of $250,000 to $260,000.
Griffin said the program was given its own line item in the 2012/2013 budget and its provision is now closer to $360,000.
She appealed to those who don't truly need the assistance to be mindful that there are many who do and warned fraudsters that they will be found and prosecuted.
"I know people don't like to be assessed, but [this is why] we really have to do the assessments because there are some persons out there who will always try to scam the system," she said.

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Laughfest 2011
Laughfest 2011

Saturday 30th July 2011  8:00 PM

Starring Joe Clair, Malik S., Wil Syl Vince, Lady T. + Nema Williams Hosted by "The Bahamian King of Comedy" Naughty Also appearing: Mark B.,"Johnson Road's Finest" Saturday, 30th July 2011 @ Rainforest Theatre, Crystal Palace Casino Nassau, Bahamas ADM: $35 general, $50 VIP Available at Island Cellular (Rosetta St.), Nassau Pawn (Bay St.), John's Shoes (Carmichael Rd.) TIME: Doors open 8PM, SHowtime 9PM sharp SPONSORS: Smirnoff Vodka, BTC Blackberry, Nassau Pawn, John's Shoe Stores, Island Game, Island Cellular, Island Pay Advance, KFC


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May 04, 2014
Nassau Container Port launches safety initiative

APD Limited, owner and operator of Nassau Container Port (NCP), has announced the launch of a new phase of its commitment to safety, which will involve a heavier emphasis on inspections of vehicles and equipment.
Beginning June 1, port managers will conduct regular port gate inspections of heavyweight tractor trailers, dump trucks and equipment entering the port. The assessment aims to ensure that such vehicles and equipment are maintained in a condition to operate safely in port and on the busy streets of Nassau, which they share with other vehicles and pedestrians.
"The majority of the imports coming into The Bahamas pass through Nassau Container Port. The trucking industry, which moves those goods to and from the port, is therefore a vital element of this country's trade. From the establishment of NCP, truckers have been our partners in the progress the port has achieved so far, which benefits the 11,000 Bahamians who own the Nassau Container Port and Gladstone Freight Terminal and the country as a whole," Michael Maura, Jr., president and CEO of APD Limited noted.
"We are now counting on our trucking partners to join us in contributing to greater safety in the port premises and on the streets of New Providence. Imagine a powerful, heavy tractor head and chassis carrying 50,000 pounds of cargo trying to stop a skid on an oil slick or on a rain-wet surface. If there is no traction because of faulty brakes or tires, it is inevitable that there will be a disaster. We want to make sure, as far as possible, that the vehicles moving loads in and out of the port are safe and capable of moving that freight."
Noting that the heavy equipment inspection program is a new and essential element of APD's commitment to creating a culture of safety, Maura said that NCP has been conducting informal inspections to give heavy equipment operators the opportunity to see the plan in action and appreciate its worth. He said the inspections are the responsibility of the port's Gate and Interchange Manager Brando Glinton and his team, which has undergone specialized training.
Glinton explained the details of the inspection.
"As heavy transport vehicles enter the NCP gate, we will use the checklist of our heavy equipment gate inspection form to assess their fitness to operate safely within the port. For the big rigs, it's a two-part checklist. We're looking at elements of the tractor and the chassis. On the tractor head, we are checking head lights, the tread depth on the front and rear tires and the security of the fuel tank," the manager said. "As regards the chassis, the important items for assessment are the unit number, brake lights, condition of the tires, chassis leg height, sand shoes, load locks and safe load."
In regards to inspection of dump trucks, Glinton noted that he and his team will be checking to see that headlights are working, mirrors are attached, tires have the proper depth of tread, brake lights work and the tailgate locks and the fuel tank are secure.
Following inspections, the gate and interchange manager said vehicle operators will be given two copies of the completed inspection form to sign, one of which they will keep as a guide to needed repairs and for their records. For vehicles passing this important health check, it will be business as usual. If a vehicle fails the inspection, it will be allowed to enter the port once the repairs indicated on the inspection form are made.
"At the end of the day, none of us, not importers, truckers or APD as port operator, should accept, 'I'm going to get it fixed tomorrow'. We all know that something could happen in the port or the minute one of these heavy, powerful vehicles leaves the dock. It must be emphasized that we see the port's safety inspection initiative as contributing to increased safety, in the spirit of partnership, with the authorities," said Maura.
"Our inspection, while impactful, does not take the place of an extensive road traffic inspection and subsequent certification. Our desire is to see that only vehicles in proper operating condition do business with the port for the good of everybody. Our checklist is short and inspection is carried out by a trained crew and does not take up much of the truckers' time."
In-house legal counsel of APD Yvette Rahming highlighted the specialized training the company invested in to ensure that the relevant staff members gained the appropriate knowledge and skills to conduct the vehicle inspections.

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August 18, 2012
On cruise control

Now that ace pitcher Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe-Sweeting is back on the mound, the YII Shipping Wildcats are sharpening their claws wanting to scrape their way into one of the four playoff spots in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA).
After two years of watching from the stands, Edgecombe-Sweeting returned on Thursday night. She was on her way to a shut-out victory until Ronda Cooper hit an inside the park grand slam that drove in three runs. The Wildcats would hold off the third inning charge by the Lady Hitmen and won to a tune of 17-5. The win rounded off a perfect night for the softball club, whose men, the YII Shipping Bulldogs defeated Mighty Mitts 10-3. Ken Wood was tagged with the win in that game and Thela Johnson got the loss on the women's side.
"It is feels extremely good. I was just excited to get back there and not to concern about the win," said Edgecombe-Sweeting. "Just to be out there playing was tremendous. My teammates really, really supported me last night (Thursday). It was a lot of unity and togetherness. They were all excited that I was back. The fans showed their love and cheered me. I know that the crowd really missed my presence because everyone was talking about it.
"It was hard watching the team play and the games. I wanted to heal properly. As always your health comes first so it was hard just sitting there at times watching the games, wanting to go out there. Waiting paid off because I didn't want to go out there and not be able to play to my full potential."
Edgecombe-Sweeting was sidelined after a tearing the ligaments in her knee. She underwent two surgeries, one on her foot and the other on her knee. Even though she is able to walk around and play today, she said she's still feeling a little pain especially when she wears hard shoes.
Edgecombe-Sweeting is willing to work through the pain that she is feeling. Not only has she returned to play in the NPSA, but she is trying her hand at the national team as well.
She said: "I've been attending a few national team practices and they have welcomed me back so I will be traveling with the team this November. Basing it on last night's performance I will say that I am not 100 percent and not where I want to be exactly. But I am sure that if I continue to play and work hard I can get back to where I was.
"As far as the Wildcats, we never, ever worry about pennant. Once we hit the playoffs we usually turn it up. We just want to get into the playoffs. We know once we get into the playoffs, the Wildcats will overcome our hard times. We always rise to the occasion and with me back I am sure whoever we play in the playoffs, they too know that we are a force to be reckoned with."
The Wildcats are currently sitting in fourth. The team will return to the field next week against the Proper Care Pool Sharks, the third place team.

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