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Bahamian heavyweight champion Sherman "Tank" Williams is on course for an opportunity to fight for the Commonwealth title. David Price is the current champion and Williams' upcoming battle with Sweden's Robert Helenius could make him the top contender for the Commonwealth crown.
Williams and Helenius are scheduled to fight on November 10. The Commonwealth Boxing Council's annual general meeting is slated for November 26-27. The ratings, title elimination bouts and championship matches will be priority items at the AGM. Williams has been a consistent contender for the last decade.
A win against Helenius or a good showing in defeat will maintain his market value and make him attractive to promoters interested in getting Price's next title fight. Williams hopes to win of course, but Helenius is one of the bright prospects in the world heavyweight picture.
With his 17-0 record, Helenius is ranked No. 9 by the World Boxing Organization, several spots above Williams, who holds on to the No. 12 position, currently. Williams has on several occasions been in line to challenge for the Commonwealth crown but negotiations always fell down.
This time around though, Williams at 40, would be wise to take the Commonwealth route. With his ring craftiness to go with quality punching power, it figures that at the very least, he will be a tough opponent for Helenius. I would be surprised if Williams does not give a very good showing.
If that happens, win or lose, the Bahamian representative at the Commonwealth AGM will lobby strongly for Williams.
This is how the scenario will unfold. If Williams loses by a slim margin, an application will be made for him to be entered into an elimination series.
Of course, if Williams beats Helenius, he will likely be put forth as the demand challenger for Price's crown.
Indeed, a lot rides on this Helenius fight for Williams. No matter the unusual development in that Williams has gotten better with age, he is still 40. At that age, most careers are over. Reality must set in and Williams knows the quality windows of opportunity will soon begin closing. He needs to seize every moment as if there's no tomorrow.
I believe his path to one of the valid world titles, held by the Klitschko brothers (Wladimir - WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Vitali - WBC) would be easier by way of the Commonwealth title. He got the Helenius fight on the strength of beating Chauncy Weliver in June for the WBO China Zone and Asia Pacific titles.
If he focuses on and wins the Commonwealth title the chances are good he would get one of the Klitschkos to agree to a title match.
The aforementioned presents the big picture for the Tank.
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After finishing with just one gold medal and a seventh-place finish at the CARIFTA Games earlier this year, The Bahamas proved that not much is broken with its junior athletics program, as the country sealed six gold medals and a fourth place finish at the 20th Central American and Caribbean Junior Track and Field Championships, in Morelia, Mexico this past weekend.
Overall, The Bahamas' 35-member team finished with 20 total medals, seven gold, eight silver and five bronze. Host country Mexico won the meet with a whopping 100 medals - 36 gold, 43 silver and 21 bronze; Jamaica was second with 43 total medals - 15 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze; and Trinidad & Tobago rounded out the top three nations with 22 total medals - 10 gold, five silver and seven bronze. The Bahamas settled for fourth, and Puerto Rico was a close fifth with 20 total medals - six gold, five silver and nine bronze. The order of finish is based on gold medal count, and it was The Bahamas' best showing at the CAC Juniors in 22 years.
One of the biggest gold medals for The Bahamas came in the under-20 boys long jump where LaQuan Nairn notched a personal best leap of 7.55 meters (m) - 24' 9-1/4" - to win the competition by two centimeters and qualify for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships in the process. Ricardo Morales, from Mexico, won the silver medal with a best leap of 7.53m (24' 8-1/2"), and Shamar Rock, from Barbados, settled for the bronze with a best leap of 7.47m (24' 6-1/4").
Another impressive gold medal for The Bahamas came in the under-18 boys high jump. Ken Mullings cleared a personal best height of 2.05m (6' 8-3/4") to hold David Juarez of Mexico and Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Bermuda. Both Juarez and Perinchief cleared 2.02m (6' 7-1/2"). Based on number of knockdowns, Juarez took the silver, and Perinchief won the bronze.
In the under-20 girls triple jump, Dannielle Gibson was short of her personal best of 12.85m (42' 2") which was done at the BTC National Open and Junior Track and Field Championships, but she still had enough to win the gold medal, with a distance of 11.94m (39' 2-1/4"). Mexico took silver and bronze in this event with Lidia Rodriguez winning the silver with a distance of 11.40m (37' 5"), and Luisa Rejon winning the bronze with a leap of 11.05m (36' 3").
The final gold medal in the field for The Bahamas came in the under-20 boys discus. Khyle Higgs just missed qualifying for the world juniors with a distance of 54.64m (179' 3"). The qualifying distance for the world juniors is 55m (180' 5") flat. Mexico once again got the silver and bronze in this event, with Uzziel Munoz taking the silver with a best throw of 51.87 (170' 2"), and Alberto Vargas winning the bronze with a best throw of 49.42 (162' 1").
The Bahamas picked up three more gold medals in track events. There was a 1-2 punch for The Bahamas in the under-18 girls 200m, as Brianne Bethel and Jenae Ambrose were first and second in times of 24.10 seconds and 24.18 seconds respectively. Shanice Reid, from Jamaica, was third, in 24.24 seconds.
In the under-20 girls version of that race, Keianna Albury powered to the gold medal, in a personal best of 23.54 seconds. The Trinidad & Tobago duo of Zakiya Denoon and Kayelle Clarke won silver and bronze in times of 23.63 and 23.71 seconds respectively.
Albury, Bethel and Ambrose were all under the world juniors qualifying time of 24.50 seconds.
The final gold medal for The Bahamas came in the under-20 girls 100m hurdles where Devynne Charlton ran a personal best time of 13.56 seconds to go significantly under the world juniors qualifying time of 14.20 seconds. Andrea Vargas from Costa Rica won the silver medal in 13.72 and Akila McShine from Trinidad & Tobago claimed the bronze, in 14.05 seconds.
One of the more impressive silver medals for The Bahamas came in the under-18 boys 100m. Keanu Pennerman ran a personal best time of 10.51 seconds to win the silver medal behind Jamaican Waseem Williams who ran a meet record of 10.47 seconds. Akanni Hislop, from Trinidad, won the bronze medal in a time of 10.63 seconds. Pennerman qualified for the world juniors with that run.
Ambrose was second behind her teammate Bethel in the under-18 girls 200m, and the other individual silver medal on the track for The Bahamas came in the under-18 boys 400m. Henri Delauze won the silver in a personal best time of 47.21 seconds, which was under the world juniors qualifying time of 47.70 seconds. Jamal Walton from the Cayman Islands ran a splendid race, winning the gold in a meet record of 47.01 seconds, and Jason Yaw, from Guyana, settled for the bronze behind Walton and Delauze, in 47.71 seconds. In that race, Walton broke Usain Bolt's meet record of 47.12 seconds.
In the field, The Bahamas got a silver medal from Denzel Pratt in the under-20 boys javelin. Pratt tossed the javelin 66.18m (217' 1") to finish second behind Trinidadian Shaquille Waithe who had a best throw of 70.39m (230' 11"). Orlando Thomas, from Jamaica, won the bronze medal with a best throw of 63.89m (209' 7").
The other four silver medals for The Bahamas came in the relays. The under-18 girls 4x100m relay team of Andira Ferguson, Jenae Ambrose, Charisma Taylor and Brianne Bethel, in that order, ran 46.76 seconds to finish second behind Jamaica which set a new meet record in 44.97 seconds. Mexico won the bronze in 47.32 seconds.
In the under-18 boys version of that race, The Bahamas' team of Keanu Pennerman, Tavonte Mott, Samson Colebrooke and Aaron Ross ran 41.76 seconds to win the silver medal behind Trinidad which ran 41.25 seconds. Puerto Rico won the bronze in 42.15 seconds. The Jamaicans were disqualified.
In the under-18 girls 4x400m, the team of Brianne Bethel, Amber Ford, Jenae Ambrose and Charisma Taylor won the silver medal for The Bahamas, in 3:56.06. Mexico took the gold in 3:50.63, and the Jamaican team was disqualified.
In the under-18 boys version of that race, the team of Kinard Rolle, Pennerman, Delauze and Samson Colebrooke won the silver medal, in 3:14.70. Trinidad & Tobago claimed the gold, in 3:13.93, and Jamaica settled for the bronze this time, in 3:16.27.
The Bahamas' only bronze medal in the field events came from Andira Ferguson in the under-18 girls long jump. Ferguson leapt 5.72m (18' 9-1/4") for the bronze. Rechelle Meade, from Anguilla, won the gold with a leap of 5.92m (19' 5-1/4"), and Shanique Wright, from Jamaica, settled for the silver with a best leap of 5.79m (19').
In the under-18 boys 100m hurdles, Tavonte Mott ran 13.82 seconds for the bronze medal. Roje Jackson-Chin, from Jamaica, ran 13.36 seconds for the gold, and Michael Nicholls, from Barbados, was second with a time of 13.66 seconds.
In the under-20 girls 400m hurdles, Talia Thompson won the bronze medal, in 1:01:57. Tia Adana Belle, from Barbados, circled the track for the gold medal in 1:00.30, and Paloma Morales, from Mexico, won the silver in 1:01.49.
In the under-20 girls 100m, Keianna Albury picked up another medal as she finished third in 11.56 seconds. Trinidad & Tobago won gold and silver in this event, with Alaliyah Telesford winning the gold, in 11.47 seconds, and Zakiya Denoon taking the silver, in 11.55 seconds.
The final bronze medal for The Bahamas came in the under-20 girls 4x100m. The team of Devynne Charlton, Talia Thompson, Dannielle Gibson and Keianna Albury, in that order, ran 45.73 seconds for the bronze. Trinidad won in a meet record of 44.24 seconds, and Jamaica settled for the bronze in 44.33 seconds.
ineptness of the team responsible for collecting and managing the
finances of The Bahamas government was quite evident in Minister of
State for Finance Zhivargo Laing's feeble attempt to "clarify" a notice
published in The PUNCH newspaper on Monday, March 28.
this was an effort by Laing to control the potential damage that an
article published by Bahamas Press (BP) could have on the FNM's
re-election efforts if the notice was interpreted as Bahamas Press
suggested. In its article, BP noted: "If you fail to renew your
business licence on time, the FNM government is going to slap a $5,000
late fee fine on you. Now that's what we call murdering the businesses
in The Bahamas..."
Three weeks from now, more than 50 boxers from three different islands will step into the ring, all competing for top honors in the 18th L Garth Wright Golden Glove tournament.
The one night only event will be held Saturday, October 15 at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. This show will bring together boxers from the Inagua Amateur Boxing Club, Genesis Boxing Club, YMCA Boxing Club, Turks and Caicos Boxing Clubs and the host Champion Amateur Boxing Club. The event last year was held over a four- week course with more than 60 fights recorded.
Organizer Ray Minus expects the one night event to be very good with intense bouts in all the age division. He said: "This is an event that all the fighters look forward to. This time we are going to have one night of boxing, so the boxers will need to bring their best. We expect to have some good fights.
"Boxers will be coming in from Turks and Caicos, Inagua and Freeport. So we will be looking for a dynamic night. We are trying to do something special. We are having a punch-out championship. We have a champion already, Gilbert Cooper. He will be defending his title against a gentleman who goes by the name 'The Raging Bull' Carrol."
Some 20 bouts will be held at the tournament, which will be divided into two sessions, a morning and evening. Minus said the chances of boxers fighting in more than one bout is very great. He noted that the boxers are all prepared for a long day, and have been training very hard.
This column was first published on July 20, 2010
At a recent service marking his demission from office, the head of a prominent denomination offered the heated view that the Bahamian economy desperately needs to be diversified.
He proclaimed that he had advised successive governments of this need, but that his advice went unheeded. Unfortunately, the religious head seems as expert in economics as Donald Trump may be in theology.
His is the latest example of a public figure who should know better than repeating the wearying and inaccurate conventional wisdom regarding the actual nature and level of diversification of the Bahamian economy.
This same ignorance continues to bubble to the surface by those running around panicking like the fabled Henny Penny that the sky is falling in terms of the supposed dire threat of Cuba to the Bahamian tourism industry.
One of the accompanying arguments is that because of the apparent normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States that The Bahamas had best quickly pivot from tourism and diversify into other industries.
This view reflects a failure to grasp economics, including the economics of tourism. It is also stunningly ignorant of Bahamian history. Whether or not you believe Sir Stafford Sands should be on the $10 bill, he's there for a reason.
Sir Stafford understood the cycle of boom and bust that haunted The Bahamas for centuries with the rise and fall of industries - including wrecking. Then in the 1930s the Bahamian economy collapsed with the end of Prohibition in 1933 and the devastation of the sponging industry by a marine disease in 1938.
To diversify the economy, Sir Stafford and others concluded that a year-round tourism industry would stabilize the Bahamian economy, assigning the cycle of boom and bust to the history books. This historic achievement was also made possible by taking advantage of technologies from the jetliner to air conditioning. Way before all of the 21st century talk of globalization and service-based economies, the Bahamas was on the cutting-edge in the mid-20th century.
Despite many downturns, including the Great Depression of the last century and the current severe global economic crisis, the Bahamian economy is generally healthy. Tourism has made our economy quite resilient, the envy of many countries, including our Caribbean neighbors. This resilience has been boosted by the country's diversification into financial services and other industries.
The success rate of commodity production and export in The Bahamas is mixed. Sponging collapsed, as did peanut farming in Andros, sugar in Abaco, pineapples in Eleuthera, onions in Exuma and sisal in various islands. Had these survived, they collectively would not have generated the level of economic activity and employment of tourism. Incidentally, after many years, Bacardi ended rum production in The Bahamas.
The distributive and sustainable power of tourism is more enduring than many other industries. The Caribbean has learned this lesson - painfully so - from the instability of bauxite in Jamaica to sugar and bananas throughout the region.
An alphabet soup of self-interests masquerading as free traders have dealt serious blows to the economies of the Caribbean: From the EU and the USA on bananas, NAFTA in terms of textiles, and the OECD on financial services. Yet, tourism has generally survived hurricanes manufactured by humans and nature.
Meanwhile, the former religious head, who clearly does not understand economics, should pause and recall that most of the money offered up for collection - comes from tourism. Those who preach of justice should consider: Many of the demands for social and distributive justice they seek, may be been best achieved by tourism.
Undoubtedly, there is still much to be done to better spread the economic and related benefits of tourism. Yet, on balance, tourism makes good economic and ethical sense. And the country continues to make progress in terms of greater Bahamian ownership of the industry. One area of great promise is the multimillion dollar heritage tourism sector.
Still, many are blind to the facts staring them in the face, with the fact of diversification seemingly of little consequence. This includes, among other examples, The Bahamas serving as a major financial services centre and hosting a major transshipment center as well as the world's largest cruise ship repair facility.
The Bahamas boasts one of the largest ship registration centers in the world, and continues to boost its maritime services industry. The country now hosts the annual Bahamas International Maritime Conference and Trade Show to promote the ongoing development of and diversification within this industry.
Lest we forget, Grand Bahama was also home to an oil refinery, BORCO, and Syntex, a pharmaceutical company. The near full employment of Inagua powered by salt, and Spanish Wells by fisheries, also seems to elude the notice of those who have conveniently forgotten that aragonite was mined in Bimini and that The Bahamas has had boat-building and straw-work industries.
Still, tourism will remain our main industry for the foreseeable future, for many good reasons. With less than 400,000 people our best bet is as a service-based economy.
We will never be a power in agriculture, fisheries or manufacturing, though we can successfully enter into niche markets in these and other areas. Moreover, these industries can only employ so many Bahamians.
But we can leverage our small population, stability and strategic location to punch way above our weight in tourism, financial and maritime services, international arbitration, offshore educational services and other industries.
Despite tourism's exposure to external threats, we have more control over protecting tourism than any other industry. Our challenge is ongoing diversification within tourism, while promoting linkages between other industries and our main industry.
Asked his thoughts on a world energy crisis, the American architect and futurist, Buckminster Fuller pressed: "There is no energy crisis, only a crisis of ignorance." In many ways, the so-called long-term economic crisis some see in The Bahamas related to tourism is a crisis of ignorance and imagination.
The task for the 21st century Bahamas is to eschew an ignorance of our economic history while replacing ignorance over what is possible for the economy. That ignorance can be overcome with the sort of imagination which prompted Sir Stafford Sands and others to recognize that in many ways tourism and The Bahamas were made for each another.
The current Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, understands our current historic challenge. He has the imagination and experience to extend Sir Stafford's vision even further than the man who has been dubbed as the "Father of Tourism".
While Sir Stafford knew that tourism would create mass employment, he did not envision ownership of various elements of this industry by black Bahamians. Mr. Vanderpool Wallace understands the power of tourism to create employment, wealth and considerable opportunities for all Bahamians.
But to leverage these opportunities the Minister understands that the country has to invest in critical infrastructure. This infrastructure is needed for innovation within and the ongoing diversification of our main industry.
He knows that there are at least three 'Ts' that the country needs to improve: transportation networks, technology and training inclusive of our schools and retraining programs for adults.
From better utilization of the internet, to making travel through the country more seamless for tourists from booking to actual journey, to better educating ourselves, our challenges are clear, urgent and possible.
Moreover, the question today is not the sustainability and possibilities within the tourism industry. The question is whether we have the imagination and will to transform the industry to take greater advantage of these possibilities in a sustainable manner.
A YOUNG American chef at a Nassau restaurant was treated in hospital for head and other injuries after being beaten in his home by armed invaders.
Dan Quirk, 25, had just returned to his Western Road residence shortly after midnight on Wednesday from his job at the Mahogany House, near Lyford Cay, when he was met inside by two men.
The men ambushed and punched him, and a struggle followed, according to a family member, who did not wish to be identified. “He was beaten all over. He got two blows to the head. He’s doing okay now though,” the relative said yesterday.
Mr Quirk, who moved to the Bahamas from the US to work at Mahogany House, the restau ...
It seems as if the St. Augustine's College (SAC) Big Red Machine has a serious fight on their hands, in trying to win another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Track and Field title.
At the close of the second day of competition yesterday, SAC, which is looking to win their 23rd consecutive title, held on to a 58-point lead over the Queen's College Comets. Last year this time, SAC headed into the final day of competition ahead by 155 points - the Comets had a total of 556 points after the second day of competition in 2010, trailing the Big Red Machine by 155 points. This year, after two days of exciting track and field action down at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, the Comets have 652.50 points.
The Big Red Machine is still out front but holding onto a slim lead. They have accumulated 710.50 points. The St. Anne's Blue Waves are in third with 233 points. They too have seen improvement from last year, when they had 193 points at this time. Sitting in fourth is the St. John's College Giants with 158.50 points, the St. Andrew's Hurricanes have 129.50 points and the Temple Christian Suns closed the second day of competition with 128 points.
Moving up the ladder was the Aquinas College Aces, with 99.50 points. The Nassau Christian Academy (NCA) Crusaders are in eighth with 98 points and Jordan Prince William Falcons have 84.50 points for ninth.
In 2010, the Big Red Machine had a comfortable lead in seven of the eight divisions being contested. This year, the team is in control of five, one shy of their performance on day one. The Comets came back and took control of the intermediate girls and are well ahead of the field in the bantam boys and intermediate boys. The Big Red Machine still leads the bantam, junior and senior girls divisions, as well as the junior and senior boys divisions.
A push, by the remaining schools, to end the Big Red Machine's dominance came in the finals of the 100 meters (m). SAC was only able to win two of the divisions contested. Tyler Davis and Shaunae Miller prevailed in those races for the Big Red Machine.
Miller ran a new record in the senior girls 100m, clocking 11.48 seconds to erase the old time of 11.58 seconds, set by Sheniqua Ferguson in 2007.
In the bantam girls, Davis clocked 13.26 seconds for the win over Keneisha Kelly who turned in a time of 13.87 seconds, and Amelia Peterson, in 14.01 seconds. Julian Brown, from St. Andrew's, won the 100m for the bantam boys in 13.20 seconds. Shone Davis came in second in 13.90 seconds and Shaquille Williams ran 14.06 seconds. The Comets swept the junior and the intermediate girls and boys divisions, while the giants captured the senior boys title.
Crossing the finish line in 12.75 seconds was the Comets' Andira Ferguson in the junior girls division. Taj Dorsett and Blayre Catalyn finished second and third respectively in times of 13.01 and 13.04 seconds. It was a one-two punch in the junior boys division for the Comets, thanks to Nitchev Casseus and Jyles Romer.
Casseus ran 11.65 seconds and Romer ran 12.45 seconds. Finishing third was Michael Troups as he crossed the finish line in 12.51 seconds. Jenae Ambrose got the best of Makeya White and Shazell Rolle in the Intermediate Girls. The winning time was 12.12 seconds. Splitting the Comets in the intermediate boys was Lorman Johnson, who stopped the clock in 11.20 seconds. Cliff Reasis got the win in 11.09 seconds and Ian Kerr was third in 11.25 seconds. Anthony Adderley is the senior boys winner. His time was 11.24 seconds. Kristian Williams followed in 11.25 seconds and Andrae Stubbs finished in 11.56 seconds.
Veteran journalist and broadcaster P. Anthony White died in hospital at the age of 73 yesterday.
White's friends and former colleagues remembered him as a prolific, passionate writer whose work documented the course of Bahamian history and politics after majority rule.
Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was among those who offered condolences to the White family.
Ingraham said White spent time in the United States but returned to The Bahamas after majority rule to work as a columnist and soon became a popular writer. Ingraham said White's "biting" critiques in the 1970s angered the government of the day, prompting him to relocate to the Cayman Islands and later the Seychelles in the South Pacific where he established the Government News Bureau.
Ingraham said White was working with the Free National Movement when he joined the party in 1990. He said White helped the party craft the message that led the FNM to win the 1992 general election.
"He was exceptionally well-read, an insightful political commentator and a man of great personal faith," Ingraham said in a statement released yesterday. "To me he was a political comrade and a personal friend. He will be sorely missed.
"We have truly lost an exceptionally gifted Bahamian: a man of great intellectual curiosity, a steadfast friend and a man of great faith."
Former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Cabinet minister George Smith said he got to know White after the 1967 general election when a lot of talented Bahamians who had worked abroad returned home.
"We remained friends up to his death," Smith said. "I regard Anthony White as one of the literary geniuses of The Bahamas."
Smith said White enriched the country through his writing, wit and personality.
"When I think of Anthony White I think of what Shakespeare said in Romeo and Juliet, '...When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars. And he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night. And pay no worship to the garish sun.'"
White worked as a professional writer for more than 40 years. During his career, he served as a New York correspondent for the Nassau Herald and spent three years at the New York Herald-Tribune.
White was also chairman and CEO of radio station Joy FM.
He wrote a column for The Punch tabloid up until his death.
Guardian columnist Fred Sturrup said White's long career in journalism was driven by his passion for the industry.
"He blazed a trail in that regard and he will be sorely missed," Sturrup said.
"He was a true professional in the industry and brought a wealth of education and understanding to his readers of what The Bahamas is today compared to yesterday."
White was also very active in the Anglican community.
He attended Rhodes High School and St. John's University in New York.
White has three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.
A YOUNG Defence Force marine admitted that on the direction of superiors, he punched, kicked and beat unresisting Cuban detainees with a stick at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre.