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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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Funeral Service for the Late Audrey V. Rahming-McKinney, 69 years of Blueberry Hill, Fox Hill will be held on Saturday June 2nd, 11:00 a.m. at Salem Union Baptist Church, Taylor Street. Rev. Dr. A. Enoch Backford II assisted by Rev. Warren Anderson will officiate. Interment will follow in Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Fox Hill.
She is survived by Her husband: Harry; Children: Tamu and Koji; Grandchildren: Kyle, Kyra and Shamari; Daughter-in law: Gail; Sisters: Sally Ferguson, Sylvia Carey, Bishop Erma Mackey, Jacqueline Armbrister, Stephanie Rahming, Tracey Rahming and Joan McKenzie; Brothers: Franklyn "Pancho" and Daniel Rahming, and David Pugh.;God-children: Michelle Johnson; T'zoa Finlayson, Erica Cooper and Huey Armbrister Jr.; Aunts: Clementina Edgecombe, Elvina Connell, Agnes and Annette Rahming, and Marileta Butler.; Sisters-in-law: Essie Ferguson, Lydia Rahming, Celeste Lockhart, Virginia Bell Rahming, and Ernestine Miller Rahming.; Brothers-in-law: Anthony Carey and Bishop Raymond Mackey.; Nieces: Tonya and Richelle Moss, Twana McPhee, Anastacia Farrington, Tamika and Janiqua Armbrister, Safiya Major, Dara and Japera Rahming, Lynnaire Hector, Gammell Deal, Charmaine Rahming, Tiffany and Maretta Moss, Keva Wood, Vanria Culmer, Marilyn, Penny, Toni, and Kim Ferguson, Tammy Culmer, Donna Evans and Nicolette Brown.; Nephews: Derrell, Juan and Kevin Moss, Trequian, Khalil, and Tresor Rahming, Terron Musgrove, Ryan and Troy Rahming; Bernard Brown; Sernardo Farrington, Kenrick Major, Vance McPhee, Rodney, Sammy, Pedro, Gary, Dwayne and Jason Ferguson, Sterling, Edward, Roosevelt and Craig Lockhart, Ryan, RodneyJr., and Alexio Ferguson.; Grandnieces & nephews: Kevante and Kyden Cash, DaNagio, Juandia and Brianna Moss, Jalen Geason; Aaryn Farrington, Kaylee Rahming, and Ngozi McPhee.; Cousins, including: Bishop E. Randy & Minister Jacqueline Fraser and Family, Julie and Kevin Forbes; Rev Dr. J. Carl & Mrs. Evangeline Rahming and Family; Deacon Eddie & Mrs. Monica Rahming and Family, Sheila Smith and Family; Albert, Arlington, Andrew, Roger and Sandra Armbrister, Jennifer & Bishop Sheldon Newton and Family, Constance, Donnie Blatchfield and Randolph Rolle.; Special Friends & Co-workers: Karen Munroe, Brenda Duvalier; Emma Allen, Penelope Knowles, Detrich Neely, Christine Woodside, Godfrey Swain, Antonia Benjamin, Anishka Johnson, Ives "John" Dernies; Keith Roberts and Andre Major.; Neighbours: Rosalie Strachan; Sheila Hepburn, Maria Fernander, Mavis Davis and their respective families.; Other Relatives and Friends including: Elder Miriam Roker, Elder Pamela Cox, Deacon & Mrs. Fred Ramsey and Family, Deacon & Mrs. Eugene Rahming and Family, Mr. Huey & Deaconess Shirley Armbrister and Family, Alexis Williams, Enid Moncur and Family, Frances Cox and Family, Agnes Edgecombe and Family, Vernon Collie, Joan Neely, Francita Deveaux, Richard Martins, Pauline Beneby, Cheryl Martins and their respective families, Solomon Cox and Family, Frank Edgecombe and Family, Iris Kelly, Sheila Knowles and Family, Berylmae Wright and Family, Leroy Thompson, and Isadora Thompson and Family, Alice Woodside and Family; Chrisdonne Montina (her caregiver), the McKinney family of Whymms' Bight, Eleuthera; the Machine & Energy Family, Management & Staff of Leisure Travel & Tours, Rev. Dr. Philip Rahming, Rev. & Mrs. Warren Anderson and Family, Minister Theodore & Mrs. Helen Rahming, Minister Patrick & Mrs. Paulette Rahming, Dr. A. Enoch Backford II and the Mount Carey Union Baptist Church Family, Hon. Fred Mitchell, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, Shonell Ferguson, and numerous other relatives and friends.Special thanks to Nurse Tracy Carew, Dr. Locksley Munroe and the staff of Southern Community General Clinic, and the medical team at the Princess Margaret Hospital for their professional care of Audrey.
Friends may pay their last respects at Mt. Carey Union Baptist Church, Fox Hill on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday at Salem Union Baptist Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
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.