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Cameras, wallets and money allegedly stolen from a tour group at gunpoint were entered into evidence yesterday. Cpl. 2190 Valentino Smith exhibited the items during the trial of Dekota Von Lockhart and Frederick Green-Neely. Prosecutors allege that they held up a group of 16 cruise ship...
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 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 email@example.com.
Funeral service for Shaunie Lenice Smith, 36 yrs., a resident of Melvern Road, Yellow Elder, who died on 2nd February, 2012, will be held at Calvary Deliverance Church, East Street South, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop V. G. Clarke, assisted by Apostle Rodney Roberts. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Loving memories will forever linger in the hearts of her Two Sons: Travon and Travis Lockhart; Mother: Ruth Cleo Wood; Father: Dudley Smith; Two Sisters: Shalanda Beckles & Jenilel Brown; Adopted Sister: Rosanne (Rosy) Johnson; Four Brothers: Doderick, Walter, Marvin & Alexiou Smith; Seven Aunts: Shelia Blatch (Andros), Margaret Deaveaux, Naomi, Eleanor ( Atlanta Georgia), Doreen Wood, Peggy Kelly, Marvis Scott (Freeport); Seven Uncles: Eric (Freeport), Richard, Eddie, Erick, Frederick(Freeport) Wood, Derek Kelly, Berkley(Florida USA); Brother-in-Law Winston Beckles; Two Sisters-in-Law: Chandra & Kelly SmithFour NiecesTaylor Beckles,Candra Smith, Takeisha McPhee, Jayla Brown Four NephewsJustin Beckles,Deon, Deontae, , Christian Smith, Three Grand Aunts: Joyce, Ilene Astwood, Shirley; Cousins: Geneen Evans, Michelle Swain (Freeport), Meredith, Yasmine, Santisha, Zovia Martin, Maniska,Murray Deaveaux, Carlton, Collin, Lloyd, Arthur, Adrian, Colleen Smith; Other relatives and friends: Nellie Walkes, Dandas Munnings, Gloria Williams, Margaret Fernader, Nurse Claudia Johnson, Melvern Road, Yellow Elder friends, Pastor Barbara Burrows & family, Cheryl, Prayer partner Daphne Deaveaux, Sharon Smith, Staff ECG Department & Administration Princess Margaret Hospital, From Jesus with Love Ministries, Special Friend Janice McKenzie, Cancer Society & Sister Sister Group, Eileen Higgs and friends, Five Porches Ministries Church Family, Pastor Minus, Lorna Culmer and family, Trevor Lockhart and family, The Astwood and Wood Families & Free Community Holiness Baptist Church Family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
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.
Funeral service for Mrs. Harriet Lutisha Munroe age 84 yrs. will be held at Chruch of God of Prophecy, East St. Tabernacle on Saturday August 20th at 10 am. Officiating will be Bishop Franklin Ferguson and internment will follow in the Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery.
Left to cherish her memories are her: FIVE DAUGHTERS: Delmeta Seymour, Hilda Ferguson, Pamela Johnson, Vernese Albury and Sheralee Munroe; FIVE SONS: Michael E., Earnal" Wilmore, Ralph and Lyndon Munroe; GRANDCHILDREN: Tanya & Kenson Turnquest, Narissa King, Sean A. and Ryan M. Munroe; Delmar, Delray, Daren, Delbert, Deron and Dahlia Seymour; Kesa & Pastor Lennett Anderson, Kishan, Kharisma, Leneitra, Elise and Earnal (E.J.) Munroe, Yasmine & Earl Johnson Jr., Jalinka & Jermaine Strachan Sr., Zenobia and Dawn Munroe; Delia and Kermeka Ferguson, Donato, Kyle and Asher Munroe, T' Arnold, T' Anthony and Tanisha Johnson, Joshua, Jonathan, Joel and Joanna Albury; GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Kenya, Khloe and Kenson Turnquest, Aniah King, D'Nevia Seymour, Micah, Caleb and Jordan Anderson, Isaiah Ellis, Earle Johnson; Jamila and Jermaine Strachan, Jr.; DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Eulease P., Marilyn, Altamese, and Cecilyn Munroe; SONS-IN-LAW: Tommy Johnson, Brian Albury, and Gladstone Ferguson; GRANDSONS-IN-LAW: Kenson Turnquest, Andrew King, Earl Johnson Jr., Jermaine Strachan Jr. and Pastor Lennett Anderson; SISTERS-IN-LAW: Evelyn and Verva Wallace, Clothilda Ferguson and Willamae Bridgewater; ONE BROTHER-IN-LAW: Harold Bridgewater, Sr.; NIECES: Louisa Richardson, Beryl Mortimer, Ora lee Lampkin, Marileta Bethel, Dorothy Strachan, Lorna Major, Victoria Wright, Mildred, Margo, Beryl, Sadiemae, Gloria, Ann and Eunice Wallace (Godchild), Merlene Dames, Frederica Schult (of Germany), Nicola Hanna and Trancinell Bridgewater; NEPHEWS: DeGlandvilie Panza, Cecil, Bursil, Winston, Pastor Perry Wallace; Maurice, Frederick, Calvin, John, Percy and Lester Wallace; Herman Munroe, Harold Jr., Frederick, Stephen and Trevor Bridgewater, Keith and Pastor John W. Fergusol, and Rev. Stephen Armbrister; A HOST OF OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS INCLUDING: Her childhood friend - Louise Curling & family, Prayer Partner - ,Ada Munroe & family, Neta Lockhart & family, Mercileta Neeley & family, Nurse Brunell Munroe & family, Cephas Maycock, Sr. & family, Demison Nesbitt & family, Rev. Matthias Munroe & family, Mizpah Munroe, Prieta Burnside, & family, Marjorie Wallace & family, Pastor Cyril & Angela Osmane, Lamond Maycock, Mary Jane Moxey & family, Clement and the Family of the late Henricus & Vashti Maycock, Family of the late Arthur & Rose Maycock, Family of the late Raphael & Manell Munroe, Family of the late Phalmon & Marilyn Collie, The Wallace, Hepburn, Lockhart, Maycock, Munroe, Moxey, Curling, Bridgewater, Wilson, Johnson, Joffre, Nesbitt, Pintard and Poitier Famlies, the congregations at Ebenezer Baptist Church and Holy Innocent Anglican Church, and the entire community of Ragged Island; South Beach Community Clinic Nurses and Nurse Joycelyn Pratt, Bishop Franklin M. Ferguson & family, Bishop Dr. Woodley C. Thompson & family, Minister Kendal C. Simmons & family, Bishop Brice H. Thompson & family, Bishop Elgarnet B. Rahming & family, Bishop Cephas Ferguson & family, Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe & family, Bishop Hartman L. Rolle & family and the Exuma District, Bishop Sterling Moss & family, Minister Barbara F. Williams & family, Rev. T.G. Morrison & family, Minister Denver Dames & family, Roselyn Curry-Lightbourne & The Curry Sisters, Dianna Hepburn & family, East Street Ladies' Fellowship, Roberta Hepburn & The Helping Hands Ministry, and the entire Church of God of Prophecy Family.
Friends may pay their respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home on Friday from 10 am to 6pm and on Saturday at teh church from 9am until service time.
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.
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The murder trial of Phillip McCartney has been hit by another delay.
McCartney is accused of the August 13, 2010 beating death of Chrishanda Swain. She was last seen alive with a man who had given her a ride from a nightclub on Soldier Road. Hours later, Swain's partially naked body was found on a track road off Faith Avenue.
Presiding Justice Bernard Turner on January 19 dismissed the jury and held private discussions between Jillian Williams, the prosecutor, and McCartney's lawyer Romona Farquharson.
Farquharson asked for the jury to be excused after prosecution witness Patrina Rolle revealed during cross-examination that she had attended an identification parade and picked out someone. Rolle never mentioned the police lineup, neither did the prosecutor ask her about one during her direct evidence.
Rolle, who was Swain's cousin, and another cousin, Lekeisha Lockhart, accompanied Swain to the club, according to the evidence. Rolle and Lockhart were dropped off at a home in Pinewood Gardens by a man who picked them up as they walked home, the court heard. The man was supposed to take Swain to her home, which was about a seven to 10 minute walk away.
Yesterday afternoon, Turner delivered a ruling with respect to the private discussions before the jury was called in. However, the case could not proceed because Rolle was not present.
Turner did not agree with a request by Williams to interpose another witness in Rolle's absence.
The hearing continues today at 11 a.m.
McCartney is on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.
Funeral Service for LeRoy KemRick Brathwaite age 76 years a resident of #10 Gleniston Gardens, Nassau and formerly of St. Michaels Barbados will be held on Saturday 27th, August, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Kemp Road. Officiating will be Fr. Oswald Pinder, Fr. Stephen Davies and Fr. Dr. Ronald Hamilton.
Interment will be made in Ebenezer Cemetery, East Shirley Street.
Left to cherish the memories of LeRoy are his devoted wife of 47 years Angela Brathwite four sons Kenrick Brathwaite, Police Inspector Michael Brathwaite, Neil and Sean Brathwaite four daughters Sandra Brathwaite-Nixon, Marsha Saunders, Lola Johnson and Patrice Brathwaite twostep-daughters Gina Dorsett and Inga Bostwick 22 grandchildren Lauriettte Brathwaite, Katrina and Craig Nixon Jr., Jonathan Whyms, Krystine Brathwaite-Kinsel, Kelli and Kenrick Brathwaite Jr., Larry Saunders II, De'schanelle Saunders-Miller, D'yanndria and Destinee Saunders, Michaela, Michael Jr., Andrew and Zoe Brathwaite, Xyne'a Johnson, Knisia Johnson-Thompson and Tone' Johnson, Ari and Ashira Brathwaite, Shamere and Shimon Brathwaite six step-grandchildren Ya'Lann Coakley, Shelby and Malik Darsett, Petra and Peter Marshall and Ashaki Gibson four great grandchildren Kealo Brathwaite, Peyton Miller, Alaina Nixon and Maaliyah Thompson nieces Renee Hanna, Patrice Bowe, Tina Lockhart, Tennessee Bowe and Tabitha Styles nephews Brian and Neil Wright, Dillon Burrows, Patrick Bowe Jr., Richard Fox and Paul Major Jr. daughters-in-law Christine, Shirlyn (Shorie), Dannielle and Gloriann Brathwaite sons-in-law Mr. Larry Saunders and Mr. Everette Johnson sisters-in-law Brenda Bowe and Joanne Major brothers-in-law Paul Major Sr. numerous cousins including Gary Brathwaite and Family, Orville Durant and Family of Barbados, Atlee Brathwaite and Family of Barbados, Eggy Eastmound and Family of Barbados and a host of other relatives and friends including Ruby Murdoch-Hill and Family, Mrs. Jacquline P. Pittman of Ocala Fla.Carol Kemp, Mrs. Judy Cash and Family, Mrs. Bertha Newbold, Mrs. Patsy Roberts, Eldeace Wright, marion Wright, Fr. De'Angelo Bowe, Arthur Lockhart, Mr. Justice Neville Smith and Families, Mr. Clyde Rashad, Mr, Llewelyn Armstrong, Mr. Colin Deane and Families, Mr. Irvin Armstrong, Mr. Teddy Gazette, Mr. Michael Thompson, Mr. Carlton Jones, Marvin Bain, Mr. Paul Thompson, Mr. Colin Puckerin and Families, Mr. Barry Reid, Mr. Euristus Nicholls, Mr. Bertel Holder, Mr. E. Barrow and Family of Barbados, Mr. R. Blackman of Barbados the Styles Archer and Hudson Families, Mr. Peter Marshall Sr., Mrs. Alvilda Nottage, Mrs. Brenda Bethell, Mr. Leroy Major and Families, Helena Pennerman, Mr. Kelly Burrows, Margo McIntosh, Ms. Brenda Duvalier, Dr. Duane Sands, Nurse Rolle and Nurse Bodie, Nurses of Private Surgical Ward (PMH), The Gleniston Gardens Community including the Knowles, Murray, Bain, Moss, Davis, Rolle, Cox Families, the Barbadian, Bahamian Association, the Bahamas Cricket Association, the Cricket Club, Paradise Cricket Club, Friday Night Domino Gang, St. Margaret's Church Family, ACM of St. Margaret's Church, Retired Royal Bahamas Police Association, Prince Hall Masonic Family, Scotiabank Family, Commonwealth Bank Family, Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Attorney General's Office, Atlantis Hotel, Physiotherapy Dept, Rand Memorial Hospital, Ministry of Youth and Sports,Paul Thompson and Associates and others too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home
Robinson Road and First Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
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.
The nine-member jury hearing evidence in the Earth Village robbery trial return to Supreme Court tomorrow morning.