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Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Press Statement by Ryan Pinder, MP Elizabeth.
I write this Release in response to
today's article in the Punch that I intend to run for North Eleuthera in the
next General Election. Let me first respond by
saying categorically that I have absolutely no intention of running
in North Eleuthera!! Secondly, I am the Member of Parliament for
Elizabeth and am fully committed to the good people of Elizabeth and have every
intention of again offering myself
next General Election to serve the good people of Elizabeth
President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Wellington Miller is pleased with how fast the tickets, being sold in The Bahamas, for next year's Olympic Games are moving.Miller said more than 60 percent of the tickets are sold, and he is expecting an increase in sales next year as the games approach. Miller and members of his executive board hosted representatives from Cartan Tours, the official ticket vendors for the games for four days in June this year. This was the official opening for ticket sales in the country.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, July 27-August 12. The quadrennial games, which feature more than 35 sports attract athletes from over 200 countries. The Bahamas first participated at the Olympic Games in 1952 and is expected to field a strong team next year.
The first Olympic medal was won at the 1956 Melbourne Games, in sailing. Sir Durward Knowles and Sloane Farrington captured a bronze medal in the Star Class event. At the 1964 Olympic Games, which were held in Tokyo, Knowles teamed with Cecil Cooke and sailed on to gold.
Some 30 years later, Frank Rutherford hopped, skipped and jumped his way onto the medal podium winning the country's first medal of any color in athletics (track and field) after attaining independence. The leap of 17.36 meters in the men's triple jump, at the 1992 Barcelona Games, gave Rutherford the bronze. The gold and silver medals in the event were won by Mike Conley and Charles Simpkins of the United States with marks of 18.17m and 17.60m respectively.
The medal haul continued for The Bahamas at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The 4x100m team, which included Debbie Ferguson, now McKenzie, Eldece Clarke-Lewis, Savetheda Fynes, Chandra Sturrup and Pauline Davis-Thompson crossed the line in 42.14 seconds and won the silver medal. The United States captured the gold and Jamaica the bronze.
Some four years later, at the Sydney Games, the group of ladies ran on to gold. This was the first Olympic gold for The Bahamas in athletics. The time, 41.95 seconds gave the ladies the win over Jamaica and the United States who were second and third respectively.âEUR^Davis-Thompson would finish second at the games in the 200m, but was later upgraded to the gold after American Marion Jones was stripped.
Two medals were won in the following games in Athens. Shocking the world was Tonique Williams-Darling in the women's 400m. She jetted past Ana Guevara of Mexico to win the gold in 49.41 seconds. The time was also a new national record. Guevara's time was 49.56 seconds. Natalya Antyukh of Russia crossed the line 49.89 seconds. National record holder in the 200m, Ferguson-McKenzie placed third in the women's 200m in 22.30 seconds.
Leevan Sands won the only individual medal of the 2008 Beijing Games, in the men's triple jump. His best at that time was 17.59m. The men's 4x400m team secured the silver in the event, clocking 2:58.03 seconds. The gold went to the United States and bronze to Russia. The men's team was comprised of Andretti Bain, Michael Mathieu, Andrea Williams, Chris Brown, Ramon Miller and Avard Moncur.
Overall, the country has collected 10 Olympic medals four gold, two silver and four bronze. Eight medals were won in athletics and two in sailing.âEUR^Even though medals were only won in two disciplines, the country has participated in more sports such as swimming, tennis and boxing.
Athletes have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in swimming, tennis and athletics with boxing and beach volleyball pending.
The men's beach volleyball team will compete in the third round of play in February next year. They will need to finish in the top five to move onto the final round for the Caribbean. As far as boxing is concerned, the two amateur boxers will hit the ring next year hoping to land that qualifying punch.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - A 33-year-old West End man was shot dead by police following a domestic dispute early yesterday morning.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m, officers were called to a house on Queen's Highway following reports of a man attacking his girlfriend with a knife. Police said that on arrival at the scene, officers found a woman bleeding from the head.
"A male was following the
female with a knife in his hand and was ordered by the officer to drop the knife," said police. "He refused and charged towards the officer with the knife putting the officer in fear for his life. As a result, the officer withdrew his service revolver, discharging it, hitting the male in the upper shoulder."
The man and woman were taken to Rand Memorial Hospital. The man died from his wound.
Up to press time last night, the woman involved in the incident - 32-year-old Felicity Rolle - was being treated at hospital for multiple injuries to her head, hand, legs, neck and back.
In an exclusive interview with The Freeport News, Rolle, also a resident of West End, said the dispute started "suddenly" after she and her boyfriend returned home after stopping at a bar.
"Both of us were drinking," she said. "We came home and all of a sudden, he just start cursing and carrying on with me."
Just hours before, the pair visited their three-month-old son who is in the Rand's Pediatric Ward. However, when they got home, Rolle said he accused her of cheating and denied that their two sons were his.
Rolle said the argument escalated and he began to physically assault her.
"My little boy got out, and I held him because he was crying, and he continued to hit me with our little boy in my hand," she claimed.
"When he took the baby from me and gone cross by his cousin, I run in the back by his brother."
It was there she said she phoned police for assistance.
Before they could arrive, Rolle said he came to his brother's home, located just at the rear of his house, and continued arguing with her.
According to Rolle, the man became even more violent, punching, biting and scratching her.
"He grabbed the iron out of the closet and hit me in my head," she said.
"I said, 'If you don't want me around you, why you want to kill me?'... I said, 'Why you doing this to me and I'm supposed to be your children's mother?' But he just kept on hitting me."
Recalling the events of yesterday morning, Rolle said she was sure she would die. She said she prayed that God would bring her out of the altercation for the sake of her children.
Luckily, Rolle added, police arrived at the residence soon after her boyfriend retrieved a knife and attempted to stab her with it.
The officer ordered him to drop the weapon several times, but he refused, Rolle recalled.
"He went after [the officer] and [the officer] drew his weapon and shot him," Rolle said.
Shortly after, emergency medical services and Central Detective Unit officers were called to the scene of the altercation and shooting, according to police.
Both Rolle and her boyfriend were taken to the Rand for medical attention. Police said the boyfriend died in hospital around 3:30 a.m.
At the time of her interview with The Freeport News, Rolle was unaware of her boyfriend's death.
During that time, she expressed the hope that he would survive his injury because she wants her children to know their father. Rolle added that she did not hold a grudge against him, but hoped he would eventually change his life.
"I hope God could change him because that's what he needs," she said.
Rolle revealed that they were involved in a similar dispute two weeks ago, during which time, she said, he hit her in the head with a bottle.
"He's a nice person, but when he drinks, he's a totally different person," she said.
Rolle has since been notified of his death. She said they had been dating for three years, but broke up often. However, she returned to him each time, stating that she wanted the relationship to work for their children's sake.
Rolle is the mother of four - one girl and three boys.
The deceased is the father of Rolle's two youngest sons.
Funeral service for Edna Pearline Missick, 57 yrs., a resident of #80 Crooked Island Street, who died on 6th April, 2012, will be held at Church of God of Prophecy East Street Tabernacle, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe, assisted by Pastor Drexel Gibson & Pastor Timothy Johnson. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her precious memories are:
Three Beautiful Daughters: LaCricia, Rogjette and Erin Swain
One Grandson: Davion Deveaux
Adopted Children: Deveron Gibson, Shavaughn Major, Autumn Hamlett and Donathan Cox
Sisters: Monica Delancy, Casandra Gardiner, Adele Gibson, Shirley Holmes, Ethelee Hart, Armeta Saunders
Brothers: John-T, Joel, Pastor Walter, Joshua, Charles, and Jerome Missick
Sisters-In-Law: Constance, Minister Janice, Levetus, Annarene and Fairlene Missick, Annamae Cornish
Brothers-In-Law: Cecil Delancy, Errol Holmes and Everette Hart
Aunts: Alice Walkine, Albertha Forbes, Roslyn and Anita Missick, Gernel Gray
Uncles: Peter Hall and Samuel Simmons
Nieces and Nephews:Kelcine and Tyrone Williamson, Darnell Penn, Don, Dwayne and Noreen, Brandon and Tremeka, Sean and Karen, Karen and Delano Gardiner, Drs. Kendra and Darren Hall, Dervant Quant, Kenisha and Jason Cornish, Lemelle and Delon Kemp, Streisand, Errol Jr. and Stacia Holmes, Tchaikovsky, Arquiette and Azaria Saunders, Loriece Maycock, Torel and Giovanni Rigby, Felix, Ray, Cedric and Stacy, Kadrin and Kyle Delancy, Wayne and Dekira, Kenyon and Melody, Oralee, Barron and Karen, Errol, Lynden and Janice, Jaquell, Walter Jr., Janell, Jerome Jr., Joaquin, Koye, Justin, Jahmelia, Joshua Jr., Shanique, Sasha, Kristain, Rodell, Randell, Rondell and Ethan Missick Sherell, Shandera, Dale, Shantell, Don and Dusty Gibson, Judy Ferguson, Janice Saunders,Christine Clarke, Devie Forbes, Monique and Shanique Missick, Sabrina and Vanessa Cornish
Cousins: Sandin, Rufus, William, Andrew, Craig, Dwight, Novial, LLewelyn, Carl, Edward Jr., Andrew, Shon, Calvin Jr. Edward, Ervin, Eustace, Tony, Wesley, Clinton, George, Daniel, Linville, Deno, Mario, Leon,Terrance, Williard, Sonny, Orthneil, William, Samuel Jeremiah Jr., Charlton, Stanley, Yvette, Inez, Carolyn and Lewis, Pearline, Vanis, Alice, Roselyn, Edna,Penditter, Lucille, Elizabeth, Naomi, Dafedell, Dorcas, Dellarese, Equiana, La-Jelpha, La-Tique, Willissa, Tavanaye, Vonita and Burton, Karen, Stephanie, Monique, Andrea, Michelle, Sharon, Jackie, Monique, Doretha, Beatrice, Glenda, Val, Donalee, Lorraine, Samantha, Lillian, Georgina, Nicole, Evelyn, Carabell, Geneva, Antoine, Linda, Annie, Nancy, Mary Sherry, Shirleymae, Shena, Evamae, Brenda, Princess, Edith, Eva, Angela, Kathy, Helen, Sylvia, Hazel and Naomi
Godchildren: Gardenia, Talisa, Judiah, Robert, Shonell, Randell, Teran, Tamicka, Tanisha
Extended Family and Friends: Brenda Hall, Delores Lightbourne, Beverly Rolle, Carnillda Outten, Patrina Johnson, Alecia Adams, Byron Outten, George Henfield, Isula Henfield, Sherry Turnquest, Dellarese Williams, Audrey Farquharson, Leroy and Roslyn Lightbourne, Carolee Wilson, Violet Thompson, Daisy Thompson, Lynn Delancy, Loraine Edgecombe, Sandra Johnson, Helen, Mildred and Robert, Charis, Kristen and Robynn Johnson, Leon and Romona Wilson and family, Simone and Samara Beneby, Ida Curry and family, Marsha Missick, Jan Knowles, Rodella Nairn, Maxine King-Livingston, Aloma Miller, Ruth Saunders, Altamese Hall, Glenda Wildgoose, Doris (Texas), Madline Davis, Eleanor Hepburn, Ms. Irris, Pastor Shirley Smith, Punchetta Saunders, Aremilda Delancy and family, Louise Stubbs and family, Melanie King, Italia Clarke, Dorina Collie, Sandra Laing, Kay Wilson, Colliemae Ferguson, Judy Curry, Judy Plakaris, Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe and family, Bishop Joseph M. Swann and family, Bishop Ghaly Swann and family, Bishop Nelson and Sis. Maud Ferguson and family, Pastor Drexel Gibson and family, Pastor Timothy Johnson and family, Pastor Randolph Curtis and family, Deangelo Ferguson, Ruthmae Seymour and family, Eartha Pyfrom and family, Eulease Beneby and family, Michael Swann, Marilyn Lightbourne and family, Dorrit Grant and family, Lesley Albury and family, Iva Williams and family, George and Esther Hall, Elizabeth Keju, the Smith, Nairn, Longley, King, Hall, Curry, Delancy, Wood, Young, Taylor, Henfield, Kemp, Clyde, Pratt, Gardiner and Rigby families, Prince King Jr. and family, Nicarrah White, The Church of God of Prophecy Englerston family, Vanria and staff at Shannon's Beauty Salon, the staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, Nurses Williams, Cox and Nortelus, the staff at Clinica Garcia in Cuba especially Anya and Mileybis, Jocelyn, Sylvia, Dina and Ambrose, the staff at Simply Better Catering, the staff at Cable Bahamas and the staff at Commonwealth Bank and Anatol Rodgers High School. A host of other relatives and friends too many too mention.
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 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Berry Islands, Bahamas - Enclosed is the 2nd Annual Great Harbour Wahoo Invitational Bahamas Tournament Schedule.
Thursday, February 17 at
6:30 PM Rum Punch and Conch Fritters, Pool Bar at the Marina
Friday, February 18 at 6:00 PM Captains Meeting
& Calcutta, Tamboo Club & 7:30 PM Steak and Lobster Dinner,
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamas "punches well above its weight" in the global maritime industry, the Bahamas Maritime Authority's (BMA) chairman saying yesterday that through its involvement with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this nation has a powerful voice in world shipping.
Ian Fair, one of the speakers at the 21st annual Bahamas Business Outlook conference, said the Bahamas has the ability to significantly influence the development of maritime legislation through the IMO, a specialised agency of the United Nations for shipping.
"We have a powerful voice in world shipping, and have the ability to inf ...
Blagojevich gets 14 years in prison for corruption.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich, the ousted Illinois governor whose three-year battle against criminal charges became a national spectacle, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday, one of the stiffest penalties imposed for corruption in a state with a history of crooked politics.
Blagojevich's 18 convictions included allegations of trying to leverage his power to appoint someone to President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or land a high-paying job.
By LAMECH JOHNSON?Tribune Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org??A MAN alleging that his confession statement to a 2010 murder was forcefully obtained from him by police is presenting a final witness today in the Supreme Court.?Billy Johnson intends to call attorney Dion Smith to testify on his behalf in today's proceedings before Justice Bernard Turner.?Johnson faces a charge of murder, which he denies, where it is claimed that he, on March 26, 2010 caused the death of Rodne Feritilien.?Fertilien was found dead on Dowdeswell Street with multiple gun shot wounds about his body.?Johnson was charged September of that year in connection with the murder after he reportedly confessed about the crime to police.?The confession was brought to trial by the Crown. However it was disputed by the defence that alleged the statement was obtained from Johnson through police brutality.?Particulars of the brutality allegations were put to Sgt 1908 Keith Rolle who denied that Johnson was forced to admit to the crime.?Johnson alleged that he was hog-tied, slapped, punched, fish bagged, as well as beaten with a bat and had pliers attached to his genitals.?The officer denied that this occurred and that Johnson came clean about the murder of his own volition.?Today, defending attorneys Romona Farquharson-Seymour and Candice Hepburn will call Mr Smith as a witness.?Public prosecutors deputy director Garvin Gaskins prosecutes for the Crown with Viola Barnett.
Straw vendors could be back under their tattered, temporary tent by the end of the week, according to permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Works Colin Higgs, after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham ordered it to be cleaned up.
The vendors had begun setting up shop along the wharf, as their temporary straw market tent was littered with debris following the passage of Hurricane Irene.
Ingraham told The Nassau Guardian as he toured his constituency of North Abaco Monday evening that the Ministry of Public Works is expected to go over a punch list of items needed to be completed by the contractor before the vendors can occupy the new Bay Street straw market.
Director of the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) Melanie McKenzie said DEHS workers - and Ministry of Public Works personnel - began cleaning the tent on Monday and cleared debris from two remaining stalls yesterday.
Higgs said the structure's durability will be tested before the vendors will be allowed to move back in.
"The frame of the tent is still in place," he said. "The sides were tied down following the storm but the roof ripped during the high winds. We don't propose to replace the roof.
"We cleaned up yesterday and we will allow the vendors in if they want to, to set up their own tarpaulin shelters, until such time that they can move into the new market sometime next month."
Ingraham said when the punch list is complete the vendors will be presented with a list of rules for the new market, which he contended government will discuss with them.
"It's always a punch list when you do a contract, to make sure the contractor has done what he has had to do because once you occupy it that's it,' he said.
"The Ministry of (Public) Works will soon do its punch list and we will soon do a walkabout through the place before we accept the keys. It is now in the hands of the contractor.
"We will also soon publish the rules for the market."
The government has already made it known to the vendors that they will have to bring their business licenses and payments to the National Insurance Board up to date before they can be assigned a spot in the new market.
Ingraham said emphatically and enthusiastically that when the vendors move into the new market, their temporary tent site will be dismantled and replaced with a green space.
"As soon as the straw market is ready for occupation and the people have been assigned, we will remove that tent, clean that space and put a public open space in the city," he said.