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April 23, 2012
'Q' runs 11.07 seconds in Auburn!

Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson not only ran her fastest time ever this past weekend, but it was also the fastest time in the world this year.
The Auburn graduate, still in Auburn training with coach Henry Rolle, ran a blistering 11.07 seconds to win the women's 100 meters (m) at the War Eagle Invitational on Saturday. She initially ran a personal best time of 11.10 seconds in the heats, matching the world lead, and then came back in the final to crack the 11.0s for the first time in her career. Bahamian Nivea Smith, representing the Auburn Tigers, was seventh in that same race, in 11.78 seconds, and Tia Rolle, of Alabama State, was eighth, in 11.81 seconds. Smith ran 11.71 seconds in the heats. Just last week, Ferguson ran a personal best time of 22.64 seconds in the women's 200m, and now she has run a personal best time in the 100m.
"I feel awesome," said Ferguson from Auburn, Alabama yesterday. "I'm very happy with the time. I know I was about to run a fast time, and for it to be the fastest time in the world this year, I'm very happy. I just thank God that I was able to run so fast. I knew that anything was possible. Coming in, my goal was just to run faster than my PR (previous personal best time - 11.17 seconds). I just wanted to run fast and I felt like it was going to happen. To come out early in the season and run that time is a good feeling. Right now, my goal is to go under 11 seconds. I definitely feel like I could do it, but I'm just going to take it one meet at a time. There is a whole lot more running to go."
Bahamian coach Rolle, an assistant at Auburn University, also believes that 22-year-old Ferguson will eventually crack 11 seconds. For The Bahamas, just the 'Original Golden Girls' have accomplished that feat.
"Her training has been going really well," said Rolle yesterday. "She is really focussed. Her training indicated to me that she was ready to run very fast. That's how I knew Anthonique was ready to run very fast as well. These girls have shown tremendous improvement and the sky is the limit for them," he added.
Ferguson trains with fellow Bahamian Anthonique Strachan under the watchful eyes of Rolle down there in Auburn. Strachan ran her personal best time of 11.22 seconds at the Colina CARIFTA Trials last month, and matched that performance at the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships. Also in that camp in Auburn is Beijing Olympic Games silver medalist Kerron Stewart, from Jamaica. The three ladies teamed up with American Joanna Atkins to win the women's 4x100m at the War Eagle Invitational this past weekend, in 42.81 seconds. Ferguson ran the third leg in that relay. Smith ran as a part of the Auburn Tigers team which finished second, in 44.14 seconds. Rolle ran for the Alabama State team and they finished fifth, in 45.97 seconds. Smith also ran on the Auburn 4x400m team and they were third, in 3:42.99.
This upcoming weekend at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ferguson is scheduled to team up with Strachan, Smith and Chandra Sturrup, as the quartet hope to post a fast time on their trek to qualify a Bahamian women's sprint relay team for the London Olympics. The top 16 aggregate times in the world will qualify for the Olympics.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Ferguson yesterday. "I feel like we just have to develop that chemistry. It's all about getting the girls together in one place. I'm a lil disappointed Debbie won't be there but she has her obligations so we just have to go out there and post a fast time without her. We were looking forward to running with Debbie but there will be more times. Right now, we have other people who could fill in. We will miss her but we have to do what we have to do. The exchange with Anthonique this past weekend went smoothly so hopefully, we could build off that and get faster," she added.
Also on that team, as an alternate, is University of Georgia freshman Tynia Gaither. Ferguson is optimistic that the girls can break 43 seconds in the relay.
Also competing at that meet in Auburn was national record holder in the men's triple jump, 'Superman' Leevan Sands. He opened up his outdoor season and popped a respectable 16.90m (55' 5-1/2") leap to win that event.
"I just want The Bahamas to know that Superman is back," said Sands from Auburn yesterday. "I'm here in full effect. Coach actually had in on the board for me to go out there and do 16.9 as an opening jump, and I was right at that. That's right where I wanted to be. I'm working on my hop and step and it's just a matter of time before I put a big jump together... 16.9 is a good opener for me. I was around that mark back in 2008 as well and I ended up with a great season. I'm looking for another great season this year."
That year, Sands culminated his season with the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics - setting the national record at 17.59m (57' 8-1/2"). He suffered a slight knee injury at last year's International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, but the Bahamian Superman said that he is fully recovered and ready to have a great year for The Bahamas.
"I'm trying a new approach this year," said Sands. "I'm moving back to 18 steps to hopefully get more speed to the board. Health wise I feel good. I'm a veteran now, so I'm focussed on what I need to do to show up at the big meets. It's all about winning another medal at the Olympics. I'm just going to take it one meet at a time and look to pop a big one when it counts - put it all in God's hands. My goal is to get into the Olympics healthy and have a strong performance for The Bahamas."
Also picking up a win on Saturday was former World Champion Donald Thomas in the men's high jump. The Bahamian high jumper leapt 2.26m (7' 5") for the win. Ryan Ingraham had a best jump of 2.17m (7' 1-1/4"), for third. Bahamian national record holder in the women's long jump, Bianca Stuart, also competed at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn. Stuart shook off an injury suffered at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Instanbul, Turkey, this year, to jump 6.51m (21' 4-1/4"), for second on Saturday. V'Alonee Robinson finished 13th in that competition, with a best jump of 5.44m (17' 10-1/4").
A number of other Bahamians competed at that meet in Auburn on Saturday, especially in the men's 100m. Jamal Rolle was fifth in 10.40 seconds; Aaron Cleare was 19th overall in 10.84 seconds; Shamar Sands was 21st overall in 10.86 seconds; Shawn Lockhart, representing Alabama State, was 22nd overall in 10.88 seconds, and Niles Stuart was 31st overall in 11.12 seconds. Rolle came back and was third in the 200m, in 20.84 seconds, and Lockhart was 32nd overall, in 22.15 seconds.
Nivea Smith also ran the 200m and finished second, in 23.32 seconds. Tia Rolle was seventh, in 23.88 seconds, and Robinson was ninth in 23.93 seconds. Krystal Bodie finished sixth in the women's 100m hurdles, in 13.45 seconds.
Also on Saturday, Andre Williams was third in the men's 400m, in 47.24 seconds, and Nathan Arnett was 13th overall in 48.81 seconds. Arnett was third in the men's 110m hurdles, in 14.14 seconds.
Niles Stuart had a best jump of 7.31m (23' 11-3/4") in the men's long jump to finish fourth, and Douglas Palacious finished seventh with a best of 7.06m (23' 2"). Palacious was fifth in the triple jump, with a best jump of 14.71m (48' 3").
Also this past weekend at the LSU Invitational, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Demetrius Pinder ran 20.46 seconds in the 200m, and at the Tom Jones Memorial, in Gainesville, Florida, Rodney Greene ran 10.63 seconds in the 100m. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Cache Armbrister ran 55.26 seconds in the 400m.
At the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, in Charlottesville, Virginia, Warren Fraser ran 10.34 seconds in the 100m and 21.10 seconds in the 200m. Also at those championships, Stephen Newbold ran a personal best time of 46.97 seconds in the 400m.
At the John McDonnell Invitational, in Arkansas, Ivanique Kemp tied her national record in the 100m hurdles, running 13.20 seconds; Tia Thompson ran 13.82 seconds in that same event; Jeffrey Gibson ran 50.69 seconds in the 400m hurdles; Andretti Bain ran 47.03 seconds in the 400m, and a pair of Bahamian long jumpers had outstanding performances in the men's long jump. Raymond Higgs leapt 8.07m (26' 5-3/4"), and Rudon Bastian leapt 7.93m (26' 0-1/4").
Next weekend Bahamian athletes will participate at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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October 07, 2011
Jacob Knowles, 61

Funeral service for Jacob Knowles  age 61 years a resident of  Little Creek South Andros will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 8th 2011  at Blue Hill Gospel Chapel, Baillou Hill Road South . Officiating will be Pastor Perry Wallace , Elder Hartley Rolle assisted by other Ministers.  Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
 
Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife Theresa Knowles; Brother Edwin (aka Rudolph) Knowles; Sisters,  Rose Carey, Mary Agnes Rolle, Rebecca and Olly Mae Knowles; Brothers in Law; Sam Rolle, Carl Sullivan, and Allen Major; Sisters in law Colette Brown, Cheryl Saunders and Renae Sullivan; 2 Uncles,  Elijah Forbes and Pedro Neely; 2 Aunts Pearlene Thompson and Ena Forbes; `Nephews, John Johnson, Keith (aka Pauly), Clifton and Oscar Knowles, Edmond Rolle, Edwin Jr, Brian and Oman Saunders, Mario and Allan Major and Dashanko, Nieces Nurse Rendell Johnson, Leila Collie, Vanda, Dena, Valarie and Delarese Carey, Tracey Simmons, Sonia Black, Racquel Knowles-Griffin, Veranell Dean, KucyKim and Vanessa Knowles, Tiffany Saunders, Ashley and Lauryn Brown; Grand nephews , Jefferson Jr and Jaleel Simmons, Matthew Griffin Jr, Deon Johnson, Anston Poitier, Anton, A.J. Darisio, Travis, Jason, Keenon and Leandro, Grand Nieces, Cindell Lockhart, Nadia Bain, Shantae and Charlysa Johnson, Natasha and Kathy, Brittney, Royann, Anthonique, Anya, Anthrice, Deshanae, Jade, Soniqua, Geoquanya, Rachea, Janae and Janell; God parents George and Theresa Johnson, and Minister Beulah Burrows: Godchildren, Hubert Sands Jr, Sonia Black, Nikitress Sands and Rechea Griffin; other relatives and friends including Hezekiah and Florence Johnson, Henry, Melbourne, Laverne, Jethro, Joseph, Frederick, Bernard, Hezekiah Jr, Harry, Allen, Jeffrey, Christopher, Michael, Elsie, Ethoyl and Dorcas Johnson, Margaret McKenzie, Clara Rahming, Marinetta Allen, Orlean Clarke, Victoria Lawerence, Cheryl Bodie, Bunita Sands, Eulene Kemp & family, Frankie Scott & family, Christina Carey & family, Hubert Sands Sr & family, Eldridge Sands & family, James Sands & family, Lenora Barr & family, Rachel Munroe & family, Pastor Jeremiah Duncombe & family, Edward Duncombe & family, Lloyd Sands & family, Joyce Conliffe & family, Rufus Sands & family, Boston Sands & family, Barbara Sands & family, Pastor Felix Smith & family, Pastor Henry Bullard, Pastor Bursell Rolle & family, Dr James McCartney & family, Dr Leon Higgs & family, Dr Elliston Rahming & family, George Farrington & family, Jacob Adderley & family, Bleva Gordon & family, Lillian McKenzie & family, Aramentha Taylor & family, Theophlius and Veronica Rolle & family, Norwood Rahming & family, Steadman Forbes & family, Noralee Cartwright & family, Jenny Knowles & family, Minister Angela Grey & family, Miriam Sands & family, Stephen Rolle & family, Willamae and Roberta Johnson & family, Brenhilda Basden & family,  Alfred Adderley & family, Mable Morrison & family, Agnes Bain & family, Anthony Sweeting & family, Hillman Sweeting & family, Lizzie Watkins & family, Minera Jones & family, Caleb Sweeting Jr & family, Ethelyn Smith & family, Eula Nixon, Mary Barr, Lenox Smith & family, Patsy Francis, Dorabell Sands, Lilly Mae Bell & family, Majorie Black & family, George Black, Jefferson  Simmons Sr, Charles Johnson, Matthew Griffin Sr, Stephanie Blatch, Darren Bain, Dudley Lockhart, Sarah Burrows & family, Joycelyn Carey & family, Minister Marion Forbes & family, Lofton Neely & family, Sterling and Zelma Bevans & family, Pastor Perry Wallace and the Blue Hill Gospel Chapel family, Staff and Students of S.C.Bootle High School, Staff and Students of Carlton E Francis Primary, staff and students of South Andros High, the entire South Andros Community  other's too numerous to mention.
 
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Friday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to service time.

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May 25, 2013
Melvin Maycock Sr. denied bail

The alleged head of the Caribbean arm of an international drug smuggling gang was yesterday refused bail pending a challenge of an extradition order.
Senior Justice Jon Isaacs denied bail for Melvin Maycock Sr. on the grounds that he would reoffend if released.
Maycock is serving time in connection with a 1,150 pound marijuana seizure committed while police were looking to pick him up on an international arrest warrant issued in 2004.
He is currently serving a sentence that is due to expire on November 1.
However, Isaacs set bail at $30,000 for nine alleged members of the gang, who were sent back to prison after a magistrate approved their extradition request on May 7.
Isaacs noted that Trevor Roberts, Devroy Moss, Shanto Curry, Torrey Lockhart, Wilfred Ferguson, Derek Rigby, Carl Culmer, Sheldon Moore and Gordon 'Hog' Newbold had all complied with their bail conditions during the seven years they were free.
They are prohibited from leaving the country without getting prior approval from the court and have to report regularly to police stations in their districts.
Franklyn Williams, the deputy director of public prosecutions, opposed the men's release on bail, citing a change in circumstances.
Isaacs will hear bail applications for the remaining fugitives Brian Deal, Lynden Deal, Laron Lockhart and Melvin Maycock Jr., on Monday.
Isaacs will hear a challenge to the extradition order on May 31.
The U.S. government requested the men's extradition in 2004.
However, the extradition hearing proceeded in fits and starts before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, as lawyers for the fugitives filed multiple constitutional motions.
The Privy Council ordered the matter to proceed without delay after it dismissed a challenge to the constitutionality of the Extradition Act.
The men have an outstanding application before the country's final appeal court regarding the constitutionality of the Listening Devices Act, the governing legislation that gave authorities the right to tap the men's phones and gather evidence that formed the basis of the request.

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October 17, 2011
Sharon Annette March, 50

Memorial Service for Sharon Annette March, 50, of Grace Avenue, Marathon Estates, will be held on Wednesday October 12th, 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish, Madeira Street. Monsignor Alfred Culmer will officiate.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday October 14th, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Alfred Culmer will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by her mother, Anna March; Sisters: Donna Nottage, Maureen Catalano, Kelly Lockhart-Gaillard and Rhonda March; Brothers: Stirling and Frederic March; Nieces: Rudi-Marie Bria Nottage; Nichole, Nathalia and Rhyse March and Jolie Lockhart-Gaillard; Nephews: Xavie ...

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October 19, 2011
Volunteerism in sports

In the Prime Minister's address on crime, he invited the populace to increase the level of volunteerism, something he felt would reduce the crime level. People from many sectors in The Bahamas have been and continue to be involved in volunteerism.
You name it - Rotary, Kiwanis, fraternities, the church, Yellowbirds, The Cancer Society, etc. Much has been done and continues to be done by volunteers in The Bahamas. There is however a whole body of volunteerism which has not gone unnoticed. We are speaking about the sporting community which strives on volunteers.
At the closing ceremony of this summer's IAAF World Championships numerous volunteers were at center stage on the field. We often forget how many volunteers are needed to pull off a national, regional, or international competition, much less to carry on a continual program of bringing athletes from the introduction to a sport, to them becoming world champions. Today we salute those unsung heroes who have made a difference in sports in The Bahamas.
The School System
It is said that most things are learned in school. Most athletes have been introduced to sports through their schools. From the track and field perspective we single out Andrea Lockhart of Oakes Field Primary who was instrumental in the start of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in track and field. About 55 years ago, Dr. John Carey was instrumental in the athletic start of former Member of Parliament and Olympian Leslie Miller at Eastern Junior School.
Numerous world class athletes can trace their humble beginnings to somebody in the school system that recognized their talent and encouraged them to pursue sports further.
Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO)
Andrea Lockhart became a member of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Officials (BACO) of which Deacon Leviticus Adderley was a driving force. This organization is now headed by Ralf McKinney and assists numerous groups in staging road races throughout The Bahamas, in addition to their regular obligation of officiating at all Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations events as well as numerous other organization's events.
The Club System
There are the numerous clubs throughout the country through which athletes are guided and hone their competitive skills. No athletes who won medals for The Bahamas this year, or any previous year, could do it without the guidance of somebody in a school or club.
In the early years of track and field clubs like St. Bernards, The Southerners, St. George's followed by the Pioneers' Sporting Club, The Ambassadors, and The Bain Town Flyers, to name only a few, made a significant impact on the sporting and cultural life of The Bahamas. Some of the coaches like Henry Crawford, Charlie Wright, and D'ynza Burrows were legendary and contributed to the development of numerous national and international level athletes.
Volunteerism was the 'name of the game' with them. Fast forward to today where there are about 20 track and field clubs in The Bahamas which monitor the progress of our upcoming athletes. Many of them hold their own track and field meets which are heavily subscribed by athletes. Each of these clubs have numerous volunteers who give of their time, and occasionally resources, to ensure the success of the athletes.
Parents
Parents are a significant factor in the success of numerous athletes and clubs. Sometimes they act as just transportation to practice and sometimes they are a significant part of the clubs, whether they are coaches or part of the organizational structure. There are numerous parents throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas who give yeoman service to the sport.
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA)
This is the organization given the mandate by the international body, the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), to develop and promote Road Running, Cross Country, Mountain Running, and track and field throughout The Bahamas. The BAAA will celebrate its' 60th anniversary on May 6, 2012. The organization's initial membership included president Alfred Francis Adderley, Cyril Richardson, Joseph Garfunkle, Edward Mitchell, Reginald Farrington, Fred Moultrie, Reginald Robertson, Kendal Isaacs, Cecil V. Bethel, Gerald Cash, Randol Fawkes, and Orville Turnquest.
The presidents who succeeded Adderley were Cyril Richardson, Harold Munnings, Paul Adderley, Levi Gibson, Sir Arlington Butler, Reverend Enoch Backford, Winston Cooper, Dr. Bernard Nottage, Alpheus Finlayson, Foster Dorsett, Desmond Bannister, Mike Sands and Curt Hollingsworth (Interim).
From its inception, the organization has been defined by volunteers who have worked untiringly to make it one of the premier sports federations in the country and in the region. As the BAAA moves into its' 60th anniversary and London Olympics year, it is imperative that more volunteers, in addition to the elected members are needed to fulfill its mandate. The volunteers can be to the local clubs or the BAAA.
We have members of BACO who have officiated in regional and area competitions and look forward to an increase in the number of members of BACO and hope that one day soon, one of its members will soon qualify to officiate in the World Championships and Olympic Games. Funding is a critical area so persons who adept at those skills are in high demand. Then there are those who are adept at organization. They are needed in every organization.
The BAAA has had athletes win Olympic and World Championships gold medals and coaches who coached at the highest levels. We have had two Bahamians, Alpheus Finlayson and Pauline Davis-Thompson, who have been elected to the Council of the IAAF, the world's governing body of track and field. In the process, the organization has been influential in the lives of many young persons, in and outside the inner city, who would have been left by the wayside and may have pursued a life of crime otherwise.
Next year will be a significant year for Bahamian track and field. Volunteers are definitely needed for the organization to do what we all know is possible. If you have some extra time or are looking forward to a rewarding experience, please call the BAAA office at 325 4433 or e-mail us at bahamastrack@hotmail.com.

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September 11, 2013
Ruling may prompt change to Employment Act

A recent decision by the Industrial Tribunal that suggested workers may be entitled to more paid vacation may prompt the government to clarify the Employment Act, Minister of Labour and National Insurance Shane Gibson said yesterday.
In an August 28 ruling, President of the Industrial Tribunal Harrison Lockhart made a number of recommendations about vacation entitlement as outlined in the Employment Act.
Lockhart ruled that instead of two weeks of vacation time equating to 10 working days and three weeks to 15 working days, two weeks should equal 14 working days and three weeks 21 working days.
Gibson said the ruling was "interesting".
He said the law may need to specify in days how much paid vacation time a worker is entitled to.
He said he would wait to see the outcome of an appeal before he could say what implications the ruling will have on the workforce.
"Depending on what happens at the end of the day with the appeal's process we would have to make a decision as to whether or not amendments to the law are necessary to specify days rather than weeks," Gibson said.
"I know in some industrial agreements it is spelt out where you are entitled to 'x' amount of days after the first year rather than weeks.
"In the law I think it is spelt out in weeks rather than days, so if it means bringing clarity and amending the laws, we may have to look at that."
The Tribunal's ruling arose in relation to a dispute between The Central Bank of The Bahamas and the Union of Central Bankers.
After the ruling, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC) said it had "grave concerns" over the issue.
"We are further seeking legal advice on the matter and expect to launch a swift, definitive and tangible response in due course, utilizing all options of recourse available to us under the law," said the group's President Chester Cooper in a statement.

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May 14, 2012
The 1970s showcased speed demon Turner

There is a long list of speed merchants of Bahamian baseball. In the early decades, players like Tyrone McGregor, Lou Adderley and Basil 'Slick' Burrows set the pace on the base paths during Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) games.
The 1970s however produced a special set of artists, skilled in getting from first to second, to third and home plate very quickly. It was a fearless lot, those speedsters trotted out by the top teams. Roosevelt 'Bruso' Turner of Del Jane (the organization known at times also as St. Pauli Girls Barons and Holsten Knights) was arguably the best. Turner also played for Beck's Beer.
He won the league scoring titles from 1972 to 1978 with the exception of the one year, 1977. In winning his six scoring titles, the first two for Beck's, Turner hit the 50 runs scored mark four times, his highest being 55 in 1975 for Del Jane. He had 50 in 1972 for Beck's, 53 in 1976 for Holsten Knights and 54 in 1978, also for Holsten.
However, his Holsten teammate Eddie Ford scored 58 in 1977. That mark is considered to be the all-time record. Jayson Moxey won the runs scored title in 1971 with 19 and Anthony Smith won in 1970 with 15. In the stolen bases department, Turner again separated himself from his peers. He won four stolen bases crowns (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977). His 48 in 1972 is thought to be a record.
The 1970s also produced two pure speed specialists. The Schlitz Beer Franchise (also 100 Pipers and Bahamian Lumber) sort of took a page out of the book of Charlie Finley who owned the Oakland Athletics of the American League. Finley who was known for novelty tactics, once signed a track star named Herb Washington, just to steal bases. Washington never had an at-bat or played anywhere in the field. He was called into the game exclusively to pinch-run. Washington's career did not last too long because he had no baseball background.
During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 times. He was never a big factor and Finley soon got tired of the exploration and let Washington go. Schlitz though, had Gordon Farrington and Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts. They were different from Washington. Both Farrington and Roberts understood baseball.
Nevertheless, they were asked primarily to generate runs by stealing bases. It was an exciting time when they reached first base. Everybody in the park knew they were going to attempt a steal of second and if they got there, it was a try for third. They made for an added dimension of excitement to the 1970s.
Then of course, there were the regular starters around the league with speed, players like Jayson Moxey, Richard Lockhart, Eddie Ford, Lorenzo Lockhart, Ron Smith and Anthony Huyler. None of them were as successful however, as Turner. He was the biggest threat on base. Indeed, Roosevelt Turner was the speed king of Bahamian baseball in the 1970s. The statistics indicate as much.
Milestone statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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May 09, 2012
Final decade of golden baseball era in The Bahamas

Recently, sports historian Jeff Williams and I were reminiscing about the golden era of baseball, from the beginning, in 1954, to the last decade of the special period, the 1970s. The year 1954 ushered in a sports element which significantly, over the years, contributed to the international sports power image of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
"Baseball has come a long way in our country. There were those early glory years. I'm saddened by the personality problems that beset the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) and caused it to hit rock bottom, so to speak, but, the BBA produced great chapters in our sports history," said Williams.
Indeed it did. An exciting brand of league play began in that first year. Within three years, in Andre Rodgers who went into the New York Giants organization, The Bahamas had its first professional baseball player. Tony Curry would follow in 1960 with the Philadelphia organizations.
League play would flourish, more professional players, in goodly numbers were to join Rodgers and Curry. The Bahamas made two impressive National Baseball Congress ventures. In the decade of the 1970s, Wenty Ford and Ed Armbrister pushed the number of Bahamian players to reach the major leagues to four. Armbrister netted two World Series rings with the mighty 'Big Red Machine', Cincinnati Reds.
While Ford was having his short stint with the Atlanta Braves and Armbrister was a reliable utility performer, hobnobbing with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Don Gullett, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, etc., locally the BBA enjoyed vibrancy.
It was the decade of the 1970s however that connected the eras. Rodgers and Curry retired and got involved again with field competition in the BBA. Those who ended their professional days and others who were still playing at that level, came home and blended right into the BBA competitive scene.
The names make a classic who's who list. There were Simeon Humes, Fred 'Papa' Smith, Vince Albury, Jayson Moxey, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Colin Thompson, Eugene 'Sucki' Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Fred Taylor, Roosevelt Turner, Sidney Outten, Crestwell Pratt, Adrian Rodgers, Andre Wood, Will Culmer, Hugh Bethel, Randy Rodgers and Edmondo Moxey, to name some of them.
Then there was that longevity group. They were in the BBA during the very early years and stayed around to give thrills for decades.
I refer to players such as Bummie Albury, Lorenzo 'Captain Blood/Doonie' Lockhart, Basil 'Duran' Hall, Bertie Murray, Harry Miller, Sonny Haven, John Adderley, Edwin Smith, Sidney Wilkerson, Frankie 'Cinderella' Sweeting, Sherwin 'Seaegg' Taylor, Lester Gardiner, Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders and Nat Dorsett.
A younger generation began in the 1960s and made their contribution to the spectacular 1970s of Bahamian baseball. You had players named Anthony 'Poker/Bud' Huyler, Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Eddie McQuay, Dick Lockhart, John 'Brother John' Williams, Lloyd Bowleg, Kirk Smith, Roscoe Hall, Dencil Clarke, Danny Wilkerson, Ronald Smith and Everette Neeley.
To a little or great extent, the aforementioned players overlapped on the diamond in thrilling BBA encounters.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)

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February 02, 2012
Karis Kiresha Thompson, 5

Funeral Service for Karis Kiresha Thompson, 5, of Excellence Estates will be held on Saturday 4th February, 2012 at 11:00am at Foresight Baptist Church, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Rev. Stanley G. Ferguson assisted by Rev. Denise Whymns and other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.

Left to cherish her precious memories is her father: Kirk Thompson Jr. mother: Nadia Thompson; sister: Phillisa Lockhart; brothers: Christopher Thompson, Philip Lockhart Jr.; grandparents: Nancy Wright, Kirk and Antionette Thompson and Curlin Rolle; great grandparents: Sylvia Arnett, Henrietta Rolle, Earle Sands, Jack Wright; a ...

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May 16, 2013
A 10-member bowling team is set to leave for Colombia

The Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) is pleased to announce that The Bahamas' national bowling team leaves on Saturday, May 18, for Cali, Colombia, to attend the Concecabol Bowling Championships.
This tournament is a qualifier for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. The tournament gets started on Monday, May 20, and concludes on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The team is led by 2013 National Champions Driskell Rolle and Sonith Lockhart. Other members of the team on the ladies' side are Xynea Johnson, Marina McClain, Camille Burnside and Jonice (Joy) Lockhart. On the men's side, the other members of the team are David Slatter, Leonardo 'Lee' Davis, Mario 'Hawk' Brown and Ryan Davis. Paula Harts is also traveling with the team as an alternate. The team delegate is Joanne Woodside-Powell and the team coach is Kelsey Rolle.
In an interview with the captain of the team, David Slatter, he noted that he felt this "is one of the strongest if not the strongest national team ever assembled."
He said there is a blend of experience and youth that will provide the familiarity with the pressure of international competition as well as the energy and enthusiasm of youth.
"On the ladies side, you have relative newcomers, Xynea Johnson and Driskell Rolle, bowling beside Marina, Camille and Joy who have represented The Bahamas on numerous occasions. On the men's side, we have first-time national team member Ryan Davis, who is also our technical expert/equipment
manager, bowling beside Lee, Sonith, Mario and myself who have all been on numerous Team Bahamas campaigns."
Slatter also noted that, "our primary objective is for our 10-person team to finish in the top 11 countries in order to qualify for the 2014 CAC Games. We will be competing against top notch teams from Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in addition to the other Central American and Caribbean teams. Also, I am confident that we will return home with one or more medals in either the singles, doubles, triples, quintets or all-events competitions."
Slatter also noted that "Mario's Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace has been very supportive of the national team. Our high level of preparation is due in great part to their support over the last two months."
On Monday, May 20, the singles competition will be held in the men's and women's divisions; the Tuesday the doubles competition will be held for men and women. On that Wednesday, the triples competition will be held for men and women; that Thursday and Friday, the quintets competition will be played by both men and women, and on that Saturday, the masters competition (top 16 men and women) will be played.

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