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Funeral service for Leroy Joseph Lewis, 75 yrs., a resident of Poinciana Avenue, Coconut Grove & formerly of Calabash Bay, Central Andros, who died on 24th August, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Boyd Road, on Friday at 10:45 a.m. Officiating will be Deacon Gregory Taylor. Interment follows in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Fond memories will forever linger in the hearts of:
His loving and devoted wife, Avis Lewis
Sons: Floyd Lewis, Captain Marvin Lewis, R/Cop. Randy Lewis, Jayson and Craig Lewis
Daughter s: Cheryl Clarke, Leanora Lewis and Velma Santiago
Brother: Orthnell Poitier
Grandsons: Bruce Jr., Tevin, Joshua, Marvin Jr. Stephen, Greg, Moses, Craig Jr. and Dillion.
Granddaughters: Sherika, Roshan, Tela, Marva, Tanica, Randesha, Tori, Kerrelle, Brunay, Jewel, Marlena, Nicole, Evelyn, Rosalie, Cleo, Nikita, Velma, Lavarda and Cynthia.
Sister-in-law: Petrona Lewis
Son-in-Law: Bruce Clarke
Daughters-in-Law: Jacqueline, Seanalea and Shenique Lewis
Great grand Children: Tyler, Leon Jr. and Rodeshana
Grand-sons-in-law: Rodrick Watson, Leon Rolle Sr. and Lavardo McQueen
Nieces: Florine Wilson, Agnes Elliot, Theresa Minnis, Venice Nabbie, Miriam Gibbs and Brenda Rhodriquez and Coleen Lewis
Nephews: Larry, Julius, Kirk and Perry Lewis, Prince Duncombe, Ed Minnis and Emmanuel Curtis, Dwight Lewis
Grand Nieces and Nephews: Woodrow, Tiberias, Karen, Setella, Tabitha, Warren and Cornel Wilson, Raquel, Ashley Young, Mick, Rosetta and Leslie Duncombe, Anna and Ordell Neely, Elizabeth and Dwight Brown, LaClaire Rolle, Conrad Curtis, ErrolynMiller, Teedra and Lloydeka Minnis, Lloyd Minnis Jr. Cartwell and Diann Curtis, Wayne Saunders, Juliet and Solomon Lightbourn, Derrick and Monique Elliot and Fayann Oxley.
Other Relatives and Friends
Basil Lewis, Ella Lewis, Jonny Cooper and Family, Naaman and Beatrice Russell, Nathan Russell and Family, Hon. Cynthia Pratt M.P., Zelrona Mackey, Jerome Rolle and Family, Marvin Bain and Family, Donna Stubbs and Family, Randolph Minnis, Donella Thompson and Family, The Coleby Family, the Cargill Family Burkie and Eloise Smith and family, Enal Culmer, Herbert Strachan, Maureen, Latesha, Doris, Helen and Darlene Rolle, Miriam Wallace and Family, Clifford and Helen Ferguson and Family, Cynthia and Oscar Damalie, Carnetta Munroe and Family, Ross and Joyce Newbold and Family, Christopher Stuart and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Deveaux and Family, Barbara Johnson, Olive McKenzie and Family, Verniemae Newbold, Deborah Rolle and family, Florida Rolle and family, William Scott and Family, Rev. Ervin and Marian Clarke, Lester, Joel and Andrew Smith, Ketha, Dede, Kim, Pearline, Ivy Ferguson and Family, Eva Smith, Erica Horton, Oneisha Lewis, Arnold and Lisa Bain, Lighty Adderley, Serena Delancy, Lerodney Rolle and Family, Rochelle Sears and Family, Erica Hunt and Family, Kathleen and Naomi, Godfrey and Wendell Clarke, Una Burrows, Dorothy Poitier and family, Mortimer family, Rose and Paula Newbold, Elouise Munnings, Miriam Williams and Janice Thompson. Father Gomez and St. Joseph Catholic Church Community, Father Roberts and St. Cecilia Church Community, St. Joseph's Hospitality Ministry, the Teacher's Retiree Club, the Catholic Archdiocesan Women's Auxiliary, the Coconut Grove Community, the Water and Sewage Cooperation, Nuns of St. Martin's Convent, the staff of Male Medical 1 Princess Margaret Hospital.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 12-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church from 9:45 a.m. until service time.
Nassau, The Bahamas - Dr. Merle Lewis of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) visited the Ministry of the Environment July 25, tosay goodbye, as she moves to another assignment in the region.
One of the standout sprinters in Bahamian history is calling on the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) to establish a national preparation program for relays that will be ongoing. Iram Lewis Jr. urges the BAAA to put plans together for a national training camp for relay runners and present the same to the government through the Ministry of Sports.
"To the BAAA I say this: You know who the top athletes for all of the relays (males and females) are. Get the athletes together. Get a coach who can command respect and one who is able to put together the kind of legitimate program that the athletes would buy into. Structure a plan for a national camp and get it to the government."
Lewis is convinced that once such a step is taken, The Bahamas would "without a doubt" be more productive in the men's 1,600 meters (m) relay. Lewis is also of the firm view that the cadre of young female sprinters who have surfaced, gives the country great opportunities to add to the sprint relay legacy of the 'Original Golden Girls' and build a quality women's 1,600m relay squad.
Then, there is his specialty. Lewis believes that despite the dearth of adequate male sprinters (without the presence of Derrick Atkins), a sustained national program can bring that aspect back prominently into the mix. The background of Lewis speaks to full knowledge of the subject of relay running. In a series beginning today, Lewis's strong views on what needs to be done for the country to maximize its great potential in the sprint relays will be presented.
He is well positioned to deal with the issue. It was 12 years ago when he, Renward Wells, Dominic Demeritte and Sylvanus Hepburn ran in a race in Montauban, France, and zipped to 38.98 seconds, the national record. (Incidentally, according to Lewis and Renward Wells, it was in fact Sylvanus Hepburn and not Andrew Tynes as is listed, who teamed with them and Demeritte in Montauban). Perhaps the BAAA should look into sorting that out.
In 1993, Lewis, Wells, Tynes and Bernard Young ran 39.42 seconds to erase the national mark of 39.45 seconds set by Tommy Robinson, Kevin Johnson, Norris Stubbs and Bernard Nottage, that had stood for 25 years. The truth be told, the sprinters of today (given their performances to date) are not capable of coming close to the record-setting teams of 1968, 1993 or 2000. This is a serious indictment. The situation can be fixed though.
Lewis wishes that the Ministry of Sports would "take a serious look" at the potential of sports.
"The government (through the sports ministry) should look at the social benefits from sports. Let me make a point. In 2008 when Usain Bolt was getting set to run the 100 meters final in Beijing, everybody in Jamaica was zeroed in on Bolt. The statistics reflect that during that particular time period, there were no crimes in Jamaica. The criminal element was focused on sports history in the making.
"If we put a big focus out there and finance a massive sports program, so many of our young boys and girls and older males and females would be involved in some sporting situation with no time at all for crime. This is how important our sports program is.
"We keep missing the boat. Look, we just had the opening of the national stadium. Over 15,000 persons flocked that facility. In that group were those who might have been involved with some criminal act, but they were at a sporting event. Multiply that scene and you have the answer to our social dilemma (sports). When you think about the economic, sports/tourism and health benefits, the argument for a greater concentration on sports by our governments is further emphasized.
"I say all of that to give ample reason why it should be a no-brainer to fund a national relay training program. It will take about $1.5 million per year. The obligation to organize the appropriate training program is that of the BAAA. However, the program has to be funded. The reasons stick out why the various governments should focus more on sports development," said Lewis.
Lewis is coming forward because he is convinced that as a nation, "we must stop missing out on grand opportunities for positive image growth through sports."
(In the following days in this space, this series will continue. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com)
At least one of the parents of local high school track and field athletes is taking a more tangible approach to assist Bahamian student athletes.
Lyndale Lewis, the mother of C.V. Bethel hurdler Kirk Lewis, has started a program based on finding tertiary level opportunities for Bahamian high school athletes to suit their respective needs. The program is based around helping them academically so that they can meet the educational requirements of colleges and universities in the United States. The program, Student Athleticism Bahamas, was born out of a strong desire by Lewis to contribute to the community, especially the public education system.
Regardless of how his event turns out, Kirk Lewis can say that he is one of the best 24 short hurdlers under 20 years of age, in the world.
The 19-year-old junior sensation became the first Bahamian to advance out of the opening rounds at the 15th International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Junior Championships, currently ongoing at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Lewis was just three one hundredths of a second off his personal best time, running 13.93 seconds for a third place finish in his heat. The top three in each heat and the next three fastest times advanced to the semi-finals, and based on time, Lewis is the final qualifier. There's no doubt that he will have to go much faster in the semis tonight if he has any intention of running in the final on Thursday. Lewis will run out of lane one in the third of three semi-final heats at 5:49 p.m. this evening, 8:49 p.m. local time.
The other Bahamian in the boys' 110 meters (m) hurdles, Xavier Coakley, wasn't so fortunate.
Coakley was right at his personal best time, running 14.01 seconds, but it was only good enough for fourth in his heat and 29th overall.
Great Britain's David Omoregie is the top qualifier for the semis, running 13.24 seconds. Wilhem Belocian, from Guadeloupe but running for France, is the second fastest qualifier for the semis. The four-time CARIFTA gold medalist ran 13.40 seconds. Jamaican Tyler Mason is the third fastest qualifier for the semis, running 13.46 seconds.
From the boys' 400m last night, both Henri Delauze and Janeko Cartwright moved on to the semi-finals. Delauze was third in his opening round heat in 47.07 seconds, and tied for 11th overall, and Cartwright moved on as one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers as he was fourth in his heat and finished 13th overall, in 47.10 seconds. Both athletes were close to their personal best times. Delauze has a personal best time of 47.06 seconds, and Cartwright has a personal best time of 47.07 seconds. The top three in each heat and the next three fastest times advanced to the semi-finals.
The boys' 100m heats were also ran yesterday; neither Bahamian moved on to the semis.
Both Keanu Pennerman and Cliff Resias were fourth in their heats, in times of 10.57 and 10.60 seconds, respectively. Pennerman was 23rd overall, and Resias was 25th. They lost out on time as the top three from each heat and the next three fastest times qualified for the semis.
New world junior record holder Trayvon Bromell, from the United States of America (USA), is the top qualifier for the semis. He is the only junior to ever run under 10 seconds, recording a world junior record of 9.97 seconds at Hayward Field in Eugene in mid June. He ran 10.13 seconds yesterday. Bromell's teammate Kendal Williams is the second fastest qualifier for the semis with his opening round time of 10.23 seconds. Cejhae Greene, of Antigua and Barbuda, ran the third fastest time yesterday, a personal best of 10.27 seconds.
Kieanna Albury and Brianne Bethel competed in the opening rounds of the girls 100m last night, and Dannielle Gibson was set to see action in the girls long jump, but the results of those events were unavailable up to press time.
"We're very excited," said team Head Coach Jason Edwards from Eugene yesterday. "We just want the kids to put their best efforts forward. This is a high level meet, top in the world for juniors. The kids know that because we have been stressing to them the importance straight through, so they're focussed on going out there and giving it their best. The team is together and they understand what they need to do. Really, we just want them to compete to the best of their abilities. We're looking for personal best times. The ultimate goal would be to win medals, but we're not putting any pressure on these kids. We just want them to do their best."
Competition continues for The Bahamas' 24-member team today.
In the morning session, LaQuan Nairn will be the first jumper in Group 'A' in the qualifying rounds of the boys long jump. The automatic qualifying distance for the final is 7.70m (25' 3-1/4"), or at least 12 top performers advance. Shaquania Dorsett will run out of lane five in heat five of the girls 400m at 11:59 a.m., 2:29 p.m. local time. The first four in each heat and the next four fastest times will advance to the semis. Finally in the morning session, D'Mitry Charlton will run out of lane four in heat five of the boys 400m hurdles at 12:34 p.m. in Eugene, 3:34 p.m. here in The Bahamas.
The afternoon session will feature Lewis in the semis of the boys 110m hurdles, and the semis of the girls 100m, and boys 400m. The 100m finals are scheduled for later on tonight. Also, the final of the women's long jump is scheduled for tonight.
Damian Lewis joined a list of celebrities at the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament over the weekend. All the Fun started on Friday 25th May 2012 and then on Saturday Damian Lewis played a round of golf with the sponsors of the event. On Sunday, 27th May 2012, Michael Douglas was their Team Captain on Team Douglas, which included him, Alice Cooper, Damian Lewis, Tico Torres, and was coached by Jim Mclean.
FREEPORT - Both the
Minister for Education, the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, and Minister for Grand
Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville agrees that the newly relocated Lewis
Yard Primary School with be a modern state of the art school.
The two Cabinet
Ministers touched on the relocation of the campus from its site at Lewis Yard,
to the old St. Vincent De Paul School in Hunters.
Minister of Education back in May, Minister Fitzgerald moved quickly to remove
teachers and students from the old Lewis Yard campus. In recent years the
school had to shut down early on a number of occasions due to strong odours
coming from the neighbouring industrial park area.
Fam Fest "A Celebration of Love!"
There is nothing in the world other than music and love that has the power to transform the way we bring people together.
Famfest 2K12 is ultimately proud of the fact that we are able to take music and love and turn it into an unforgettable, uniquely Bahamian experience that celebrates our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Since 1996, Famfest have attracted thousands upon thousands of excited visitors as this international tourist hotspot has been the platform for many international and local performing artists.
After winning the local segment of the Fort
Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) in Grand?Bahama last
year, Prince Lewis Projects announced they are in the process of
producing another film this year entitled Jessica's Wish.
Actor/Producer Nathaniel Lewis said, this year he has a budget of $3,000 for this film which began shooting this past weekend.
In a press conference, he explained that Jessica's Wish is a short
drama about a pastor's daughter living the secret life of a high end