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More murders took place this month than in any other month in Bahamian recorded history, according to police statistics.The murder count for July rose to 20 on Saturday morning. This month's count exceeded the record established four months ago.
According to police statistics, the highest number of murders in one single month previously stood at 16, which was recorded in March, and before that the record was 12, which was recorded in January. Before this year, the record stood at 11.
As noted by Sergeant Chaswell Hanna of the Royal Bahamas Police Force in his recently published book - "Reducing murders in The Bahamas: A strategic plan based on empirical research" - the previous record of 11 murders was achieved four times: October 2005, December 2006, November 2007 and September 2009.
Leevan Sands has become a Bahamian icon. When the name 'Superman' is echoed, the triple jumper out of the south immediately comes to mind to many local track and field fans.
Bahamians have excelled in triple jump over the years. In 1992, Frank Rutherford scored the first Olympic track and field medal for the country, a bronze in the triple jump. Some 20 years later the country's national track and field team heads to London, England where Sands hopes to send a message to the world.
Entering London with a personal best of 17.59m, Sands has been the master of the triple in The Bahamas for the better part of the last decade.
In 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, Sands brought home the bronze, but believes this year is the year of the 'pop'.
"I have jumped well all year," Sands said in an interview. "And I am going into London with that thought in mind."
Sands has competed for The Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games and CAC Games bringing home bronze medals.
The history for The Bahamas in the triple jump goes further back than Spain, however. It goes all the way back to 1967 with Timmy Barrett and Michael Johnson, who participated in the Pan American Games for The Bahamas, finishing 9th and 10th. Johnson, who jumped 15.02m, went on to Mankato State University, and Timmy Barrett is now the Bahamian physician who leaped 14.40m.
In 1970, both Obed Gardiner and Don Miller competed in the Commonwealth Games. With jumps of 14.97m and 14.52m respectively, both men finished in the top 10 at the meet. Gardiner and Miller went on to school at Southern Illinois University. Miller is the brother of Leslie Miller, former Bahamian 400m runner.
Leevan Sands has become an exceptional triple jumper and from all indications, he is aware that he stands on the shoulders of men who have laid a great foundation for his success. At this year's Olympic trials, Sands was one of the few senior athletes who was healthy enough to compete. Winning the triple jump and qualifying for London, Sands said he hopes to never get to the place where his people are unable to see him compete.
The eyes of all Bahamians will be watching the jumps in London: Raymond Higgs in the long jump, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas in the high jump, and Superman in the triple.
Kathlene Lewis, 67 of Madera Ave. South Beach died at Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday 6th April 2011.
She is survived by her Son: Trever Lewis; Daughters: Patrice Lewis, Brenda Rolle, Michelle Lewis; Sisters: Mable Edwards, Enith Brown, Elvilyn Pratt; Brothers: Hurburt Brown, Leslie Brown, Victor Brown and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
Funeral Service for the Late Kingsbury Andre Nairn, 75 years of #72 N/Hardwood Drive, will be held on Saturday November 5th, 10:00 a.m. at Bethany Assembly, Churchill Subdivision, off Soldier Road. Pastor Cleveland D.X. Wells assisted by Rev. Alonzo Hinsey Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
I would like to take this time to commend Pastor Leslie Philips and his congregation at Solid Rock Church of the Nazarene, Freeport, for the fine job that they are doing in the local community.
Hundreds of passengers were delayed for hours at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) yesterday after a loss of power supply, according to airport officials.
In a statement, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) said as part of its ongoing maintenance program, its contractor, General Electric (GE), serviced the airport's electrical systems on Wednesday.
Ahead of the second service scheduled yesterday morning commercial power was disconnected, NAD said.
"All of the generators started and produced power, however the U.S. terminal electrical breaker serviced by General Electric yesterday experienced significant failure," NAD said.
"As a result, the electrical supply including the lighting at the U.S. Departures terminal was disrupted shortly after 6 a.m."
The power outage affected the airport's Information Technology network, which prevented passengers from being electronically checked in.
The baggage handling systems were also offline.
According to NAD, commercial power was restored shortly before 8 a.m.
NAD said passengers, who were being checked in manually, were able to check in electronically at around 10:30 a.m.
"NAD regrets any inconvenience to the traveling public and our airline partners," NAD said.
While the company said it is working with its contractor, GE, to determine what caused the failure, Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) Executive Chairman Leslie Miller insisted that NAD is "absolutely and totally" at fault.
"That was a planned outage by them," Miller said, adding that the generators were supposed to kick in.
"BEC had to go back there this morning (Thursday) to reconnect, to give them energy. That is how they got on."
He said BEC disconnected electricity on Wednesday at NAD's request ahead of its planned system check, and dispelled speculation that the incident had anything to do with BEC.
Roscoe Perpall, president of the Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union, said while the power failure affected the airport, the radar nor the communication system experienced any problems.
"However, we were advised that due to the power failure and the generator not performing properly the terminal suffered some severe issues," Perpall said.
He did not want to speculate who was at fault for the power supply interruption or malfunction.
Former Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said yesterday he is doubtful the Christie administration will approve any deal to purchase oil from Venezuela.
The senator said any deal entered into with Venezuela for cheaper oil would most likely be saddled with high interest payments that would drive the cost higher in the long run.
FORMER PLP MP and Cabinet Minister, Leslie Miller, yesterday dismissed suggestions there had been recent disagreements between himself and a major tenant, Robin Hood principal Sandy Schaefer, explaining he had only queried the latter’s lease agreement when the deal to sell his food business to City Markets’ principals was stll alive.
The funeral service for Larenzo Fitzgerald Moss, 22, of Kenningston Gardens who died on December 17, will be held at Pentecostal Church of Faith in God, Montell Heights, at 11am on Friday. Officiating will be Pastor Dean Wells Jr., will officiate.
Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherished memories: His mother: Monique Moss; Father: Daniel Moss Jr.; Sisters: Daniesha and Danielle Moss; Brother: D’angelo Moss; Grandmothers: Blossie Moss and Barbara Munroe; Grandfathers: Daniel Moss Sr. and Leslie Budwah Sr.; Great grandmother: Grandma Budwah; Aunts: Lucy Cunningham, Patrice Rahming, Perline Hanna, Pamela Hernadez, Tiffany and Roshel ...
Described as "a sophisticated mixture of side-splitting humor and sentimental moments" Bahamian-made Crazy Love is on it's final showing tonight.
If you haven't seen it, take $10 and head to the National Centre for the Performing Arts at 8pm. You can get tickets earlier if you want, the box office opens at 10am.