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June 21, 2012
Men of worth celebrated

Seventeen men were recently recognized by the men's group at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries for going above and beyond to create a positive influence in their communities.
Albert H. Hepburn, Allen Strachan, Alpheus Finlayson, Anthony Archer, Arthur Brown, Godfrey Eneas, Harry Davis, James C. Smith, Kervin Morley, Leviticus Patton, Nehemiah Hield, Neville Wisdom, Norman Beneby, Paul Rolle, Solomon Cash, Steve McKinney and Vernon Symonette were honored for not only being upstanding fathers, but community leaders and nation builders. The men were said to exemplify the model that today's youth should emulate.
"Being a father is more than contributing to the genetic make-up of a child. Being a father is a commitment not only to your responsibility to care for the child, but for the entire future generations of this country," said Samuel Smith, president of the men's association.
All of the honorees were chosen by the men's association selection committee based on their family-mindedness, social responsibility and actions in positively influencing the youth of the community.
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Senior Pastor Bishop Ros Davis said he was proud of the honorees and was proud to host the event to uplift men rather than bring them down.
He said events where great men of society are being recognized should serve as a reminder for the many other males in society who are falling short of their duties, that there is still hope for them. Bishop Davis anticipated that if men take heed that they can learn to live up to what God has planned for their lives.

*Pictured above are the men honored by the men's group at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries. Pictured front row from left is Leviticus Patton, Minister Kervin Morley, Bishop Albert Hepburn, Harry Davis, Dan Knowles, Elder Anthony Archer and Vernon Symonette. In the second row from left are is Alpheus Finlayson, James Smith, the son of Arthur Brown, Golden Gates Minstries senior pastor Bishop Ros Davis and his wife Althea Davis, Sammy Smith, president of Golden Gates men's ministry, Solomon Cash, Ricardo Deveaux and Pastor Edward Watson, senior pastor at Trinity Assembly. Pictured from left in the back row is Norman Beneby, Deputy Superintendent of Police Paul Rolle, Alan Strachan, Nehemiah Hield and Steve McKinney.

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August 10, 2012
Dead girl's injuries consistent with child abuse, doctor says

A toddler died two months after a social worker placed her in a "safe" home, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
Three-year-old Jennifer Pinder died from injuries associated with child abuse on February 25, 2007 while in the care of Troy Sweeting and Rosetta Cruz-Sweeting, her aunt, prosecutors say.
Social worker Monique McKenzie told the jury that the Sweetings "appeared to be upright citizens of good character" from her investigations.
McKenzie authorized the child's release from the Nazareth Center into the family's care during the week of December 13, 2006, the court heard.
McKenzie said she did not follow up on the child's welfare after she was placed with the Sweeting family.
Pediatrician Dr. Percival McNeil first came into contact with Pinder on February 21, 2007 in the Accident and Emergency section of Princess Margaret Hospital.
McNeil said the child had multiple injuries about the body, which in his opinion were not accidental. He said her injuries were consistent with child abuse.
He said, "These injuries were not accidental, so they were inflicted."
McNeil said the medical team felt that Pinder had a "slim chance of survival".
The prognosis was correct and Pinder died at 1:44 a.m. on February 25 after suffering from four cardiac arrests.
Doctors were able to restore Pinder's heartbeat after the first three arrests but their resuscitation attempts failed after her heart stopped a fourth time.
Cruz-Sweeting is no longer charged with Pinder's murder.
The case against her husband continues before Justice Roy Jones.
Anthony Delaney and Charles Newbold are the prosecutors. Raymond Rolle appears for Sweeting.

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February 14, 2014
JIG to open with old school party

For the past nine years, the second weekend in March has been cemented as the must attend event known as Jazz in the Gardens, and no other activity can get in the way. This year the popular weekend of music has been extended to encompass a third day with the addition of a Friday Night Opening Party -- and they're going old school with Dazz Band and the S.O.S. Band.The Dazz Band, the American funk music band that was most popular in the early 1980s for its hit songs like the Grammy Award-winning "Let It Whip", "Joystick", "Let It All Blow" and "You Are My Starship", along with the S.O.S. Band, an American R&B and electro-funk group that also gained fame in the 1980s and is best known for its songs "Take Your Time", "Just Be Good to Me", "Tell Me If You Still Care", and "The Finest", will take you back in time and warm you up for Saturday and Sunday.The funky addition to the Jazz in the Gardens weekend, the Friday night opening party, takes place at Calder Casino & Race Course located at 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, Florida, with the party kicking off at 9 p.m. At least 1,500 people can be accommodated at the party, for which tickets are already selling like hotcakes. Advance tickets can be purchased for $45 at jazzinthegardens.frontgatetickets.com.When the disco ball stops spinning and the party is over, LL Cool J, Jamie Foxx, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Trey Songz, Kelly Rowland, Mint Condition, Anthony Hamilton, Stanley Clarke, Rachelle Farrell and Boney James will take to the stage over the weekend at Sun Life Stadium.As has been the case for the past five years, The Guardian Group of Companies will be giving Bahamians opportunities to attend the concert, giving away four complete packages that will allow eight people to enjoy the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens on The Guardian Group of companies, free of charge, by entering the various promotions offered in The Nassau Guardian and on radio stations Star 106.5 FM, and Hot 91.7 FM.Two people will win complete packages for two on Star 106.5 FM inclusive of airfare on Bahamasair, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights. And winning is as simple as listening to Star 106.5 FM and calling in to register for the promotion when you hear a song by one of the artists on the lineup for Jazz in the Gardens being played. You can also sign up at Star's Facebook page using the sign up form that can be emailed in to Star to be registered.One complete package for two can also be won through The Nassau Guardian. It's as simple as filling in the entry form in the newspaper, clipping it out and dropping it off at the Carter Street, Oakes Field office of the newspaper. One person will win roundtrip tickets on Bahamasair for two, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights.Another complete package for two can also be won through Hot 91.7 with Ibiza nightclub -- roundtrip tickets on Bahamasair for two, accommodations at Staybridge Suites Plantation or Comfort Suites Sawgrass, car rental with Dollar/Thrifty and concert tickets for both nights. Sign up for a chance at winning the fabulous prize will take place every Thursday during the Hot live remote from Ibiza, and up until March 6 folks can sign up for the chance to win during the Hot live remote.All of the winners will be announced on March 7, one week before the most anticipated weekend of the month.As The Guardian Group of Companies could not give out as many prize packages as they would like and knowing that Bahamians will be traveling to South Florida en masse anyway to enjoy the weekend, an opportunity is being afforded to people who purchase Bahamasair tickets (with a special starting rate of $291.90 inclusive of taxes) for that weekend to win concert tickets. With the purchase of a Bahamasair ticket for that weekend, they will automatically be entered into a drawing for concert tickets. And they can listen in to The Guardian Group of Companies radio stations for pop-up opportunities to win concert tickets as well.Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 programming director Tony Williams said with eight people being able to enjoy the Jazz in the Gardens weekend with all expenses paid on The Guardian Group of Companies that this would be the most complete packages given away in its six-year history with the Jazz in the Gardens festival.He described this year's line-up as a good mix that will cater across the generations. Williams himself is most interested in seeing what LL Cool J brings to the stage. He's also excited about the Funky Friday Night Opening Party that will add a new flavor to the event."The Funky Friday Night Opening Party is something different, especially for the old school folks who may not know too much about the new artists, and for those people who may be going over to Florida early, so they will have something to do," said Williams. Star 106.5 FM has already given away tickets to this new feature.Williams is also eager to see Jamie Foxx, Kelly Rowland and Mint Condition."Jamie Foxx can be considered old school as well as new school, and he's a comedian, so I think you're going to get a good show out of Jamie Foxx, so I'm looking forward to seeing him as well as Kelly Rowland who I've never seen before, but she's got quite a body of work including Dirty Laundry and Kisses Down Low which were very big for her, plus she had songs before that, including some gospel songs, so I think people will enjoy her. Then there's Mint Condition who I've never seen, but I know their music," said Williams.Bahamasair's senior manager for international sales, Woody Wilson said the company was pleased to partner with The Guardian Group of Companies for the sixth consecutive year to promote the 9th Annual Jazz in the Gardens."Over the years we've enjoyed this partnership and look forward to the years to come as long as there's a Jazz in the Gardens festival to go to, to ensure that Bahamians can attend and enjoy Jazz in the Gardens," said Wilson.The international sales manager said it's become so popular for Bahamians to fly into Miami and Fort Lauderdale for the Jazz in the Gardens weekend that Bahamasair has increased its seat load into the destinations to accommodate the crowd. They are looking to add an extra flight going out on the Friday and returning on the Monday.What: 9th Annual Jazz in the GardensWhen: March 14, 15 and 16Where: Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FloridaPerforming artists line upSaturday, March 15 (Gates open at 3 p.m.) -- Line-up is subject to change. Times can be adjusted without notice.4 p.m. -- Local talent TBA4:35 p.m. -- Local talent TBA5 p.m. -- Boney James6:20 p.m. -- Mint Condition7:40 p.m. -- Kelly Rowland9 p.m. -- Trey Songz10:30 p.m. -- Jamie FoxxSunday, March 16 (Gates open at 3 p.m.) -- Line-up is subject to change. Times can be adjusted without notice.4 p.m. -- Local talent TBA4:35 p.m. -- Rachelle Ferrell5:55 -- Stanley Clarke7:10 p.m. -- Anthony Hamilton8:30 p.m. -- LL Cool J10 p.m. -- Maze featuring Frankie BeverlyHost: D.L. HughleyTickets: On sale at www.jazzinthegardens.com, the Sun Life Stadium Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.Opening night party:Featuring Dazz Band with S.O.S. BandWhen: Friday, March 14Time: 9 p.m.Where: Calder Casino & Race Course located at 21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, Florida.Tickets: Advance tickets can be had for $45 and can be purchased at jazzinthegardens.frontgatetickets.com.Guardian Group of Companies special rates for the Jazz in the Guardian weekendBahamasair roundtrip tickets -- starting at $291.90, (includes of all taxes)HotelsSheraton Suites -- $149 and $159Comfort Suites Sawgrass -- $89Staybridge Suites Plantation -- $120 (studio), $140 (one bedroom king), $150 (one bedroom, two double beds), $220 (two bedroom suite).

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April 04, 2014
Noah is a perplexing, yet intriguing film

Noah (Rated B)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson
Genre: Biblical Drama
Dwight's Rating: 3 stars out of 4
An epic battle between good and evil, with a large floating vessel, and mysterious, giant talking creatures with incredible strength and seemingly magical powers. Expect all that and more in the new film "Noah"!
Confused? Well, yes, this "Noah" is indeed about that Noah, of the Book of Genesis fame -- grandson of Methuselah, who begat Lamech, who then begat said Noah. The same one who saved all of Earth's creatures by loading them two-by-two on his ark to wait out the great flood that came to wash away the evil in mankind and all the sins of the world.
For the most part, that's largely where the similarities end between the story you know from the Bible and this movie. And as a result, we are left with a perplexing and yet intriguing film.
As you can surmise, there are things going on here that you're unlikely to find in any account of Genesis you'll ever come across. It is an often wild interpretation, taking what is already one of the most fantastic stories in the Bible to even higher heights of incredulity.
I criticized "Son of God" for sticking far too closely and cautiously -- and ultimately, boringly -- to the Gospel accounts of Jesus. "Noah" is the complete opposite. And while some of the choices are questionable, I do applaud director Darren Aronofsky (2010's "Black Swan"), who co-wrote the script along with Ari Handel, for taking chances with a very bold and unique story.
So, unlike with "Son of God", you might want to rethink taking the Bible study group or Sunday School class to see this one, as someone is going to have a lot of explaining to do. But if you are willing to accept the embellishments, you'll likely find this an incredibly entertaining tale.
The CGI work is absolutely breathtaking and astonishing, and it establishes itself as a technical masterwork.
Russell Crowe, as Noah, delivers a strong performance. I've always imagined that those sinful people watching Noah build his ark must have thought him mad. In "Noah", there's apparently no question about it. Here, he is a certifiable nut job. But Crowe plays him with such depth, that we can clearly understand that it's the weight of the world -- the enormous burden that has been placed on him -- that is driving him to the edge. That, and some of the human members on the ark, who are really trying his patience.
Anthony Hopkins also has a small role, and is always a pleasure to watch. Emma Watson, too, gives a worthy performance. But it does feel familiar, as she's once again in a film with tones of "Lord of the Rings", to which the "Harry Potter" series she's best know for have often been compared.
This year is shaping up to be "The Year of the Bible" for Hollywood. In addition to "Son of God" and "Noah", there are a number of other biblically-themed movies due out, including "Mary, Mother of Christ", and "Exodus" about Moses.
One wonders on which side of the divide these films will fall -- the grounded-in-Biblical-"reality"-side with "Son of God", or the extreme-fantasy-side with "Noah." As both movies have had success at the box office, this doesn't seem to matter to audiences. But so far, we can score one in favor of extreme-fantasy as the more exciting and interesting way to make a Bible movie.

o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969.

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March 31, 2014
Franklyn Wilson elected FOCOL chairman

Businessman Franklyn Wilson has been elected chairman of FOCOL Holdings Limited (FOCOL) and reappointed director - a post he has held for 31 years.
Wilson succeeds Sir Albert Miller, who has served as chairman since 1988.
During FOCOL's annual general meeting, which was held in Grand Bahama on Wednesday, March 26, Wilson thanked his predecessor for his vision and friendship.
He said whether as president or as chairman, Sir Albert's tenure as the most senior officer of FOCOL from 1988 to 2014 was "impactful by any reasonable measure."
He noted that it was under Albert's leadership that the company was prepared and subsequently publicly listed on BISX.
FOCOL acquired most of Shell's assets in The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos and acquired Shell's aviation business in The Bahamas.
Today, the company maintains a strong balance sheet and according to Wilson, can "buttress unforeseen challenges and facilitate the exploitation of new opportunities."
"So, I say to my friend, Sir Albert, well done. Thank you especially for a partnership of over 30 years, for the friendship which has flowed therefrom; for the absence of arguments and yes, for the increasing profits you helped to engineer," Wilson said.
"Sir Albert's tenure as chairman and our vision for the future would each be better understood when placed in a proper historical context. Thus, on this august occasion, it would be appropriate to do a little looking back, before we look forward. We are better when we recognise that greatness often has roots which extend beyond ourselves."
Sir Albert, who said he was one of the "midwives" at FOCOL'S birth, noted that the time has come for him to pass the baton.
He said it was also a privilege to be in a place to assist a group of visionary young Bahamians achieve a great dream.
"No one likes closing books, especially when the story has been a thrilling one. However, I leave with the knowledge that I stayed a course that was sometimes very rough, but I completed the journey with honor and I have had the good fortune of seeing the ship reach favorable waters to speed its progress," he said.
"An examination of my life history will show that I have never believed in standing in the same spot forever, just because I believed it to be safe. For me, the emphasis has always been on moving forward, getting the job done and getting it done well. That is the signal for moving on again."
The outgoing chairman applauded Wilson - who is also the chairman of Sunshine Holdings and Arawak Homes Ltd. - for transforming a Bahamian startup that was "ridiculed by pundits of the day" into a blue chip company that has more capitalization than some local banks.
He said he is leaving the chairmanship of FOCOL in "the best hands."
"Frankie Wilson is something of a phenomenon. I believe him to be one of the most brilliant men to be born in our Bahamas. He has polished this great divine gift with a high-quality education and an ongoing commitment to learning. His work ethic is like few I have ever met before. He counts not the time but the importance of the task in the seemingly endless number of hours he is willing to commit. Better still, he knows the value of a dollar and what it takes to possess it and keep it.
"Still better, he knows the value of good partners and good employees and has the skill and personality to show deep appreciation for their contributions. Yes, I'm leaving the chairmanship of FOCOL in the best of hands. I trust him to hold the crew together and steer the FOCOL ship to ever brighter horizons for the good of the company, its staff and shareholders and for the good of all the Bahamian people and our country. I ask you all to give him the support and encouragement you have given me."
Sir Albert noted that buying Shell Bahamas took FOCOL into "the big leagues" of international business, dealing in direct partnership with the likes of Chevron Texaco and Esso Standard Oil.
He also congratulated Sun Oil President and CEO Anthony Robinson whom he says put in place the organization of FOCOL as it is known today.
"I say without fear of contradiction that Mr. Robinson has caused us to be tremendously successful. Not only is he a hard worker, but he brought us valuable knowledge of a business of which few Bahamians had little knowledge at the managerial level," he said.
"Mr. Robinson and team, you set a high mark for other Bahamians to reach. You make yourselves and all of FOCOL look good in a field where only the brightest and best fly high. Thank you for your splendid services."
Sir Albert also gave some parting words for young Bahamians hoping to emulate FOCOL's achievements.
"I must point out that success does not come with wishing for it. Success is a factor of foresight, joining hands with people who are like-minded and willing to work as hard as you do to make good. Success requires building and sustaining credibility. Success is a factor of picking the right team," he said.

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April 04, 2014
A critical look at the 26th BAAA National High School Track and Field Championships, part 2

When we last spoke about new national high school championships records, we forgot to note that Moore's Island Steven Gardiner's 20.68 seconds in the 200 meters (m) was not only a championships record, but a new Bahamian national junior record, breaking that of Stephen Newbold done last May. Newbold ran 20.76 seconds. Congratulations goes out to Gardiner, his coach, Pastor Anthony Williams and the entire Moore's Island community.
Today, we speak about the other great performances of athletes at the meet, and note some schools in the competition. We cannot help but notice the performance of Queen College's (QC) Gareth Lewis in the 100m and 200m. Young Lewis won both sprints in the under-14 boys division. He captured the 100m in 12.09 seconds, and the 200m in 24.90 seconds. Lewis happens to be the son of Gareth and Toni Lewis, and the grandson of Walter Callender, who participated in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
He won both events comfortably as his challenger in the 100m, Kyle Bullard of St. John's College, ran 12.76 seconds, and Benjamin Clarke of St Augustine's College (SAC) clocked 25.81 seconds in the 200m.
Callender, deceased, was not the only former sprinter to have progeny participate. Bahamian 100m national record holder Renward Wells did as well. In the under-16 boys 400m, QC's Branson Rolle clocked 52.05 seconds and his challenger Lavardo Henfield of S.C. McPherson ran 53.12 seconds.
St. Augustine's Donniesha Anderson, who is considered one of our bright future stars, was upset in the 400m by Nicole Callis of St. Anne's School, 57.36 seconds to Anderson's 57.39 seconds. This is good news for the sport. Competition is always good.
In the under-16 girls 400m, QC's Brittni Fountain won in 57.41 seconds, far ahead of her teammate, Antonia Strachan's 59.03 seconds. Fountain is in the league of the under-18 girls. Those performances however were better than the under-20 girls, as Dreshanae Rolle of St. Augustine's ran 57.13 seconds.
Anderson was good in the high jump, with a best leap of 1.65m (5' 5") compared to Celine Thompson of QC's 1.63m (5' 4"). She also captured the 200m.
Another multi-talented sprinter is SAC's Kieanna Albury, who won the 100m in 11.82 seconds, to Jenae Ambrose's 11.96 seconds. Ambrose attends Queen's College. In the 200m, Albury clocked 23.81 seconds to Ambrose's 24.11 seconds. The multi-talented athlete was also able to jump 5.60m (18' 4-1/2") in the long jump.
Another rising star is C.C. Sweeting's Ken Mullings. He won the under-18 boys high jump with a clearance of two meters flat (6' 6-3/4") and the long jump with a leap of 6.92m (22' 8-1/2"). QC's Tamar Greene, also in this division, jumped 15m (49' 2-3/4") in the triple jump with a 3.3mps wind reading. Second place finisher Dovante Arthur, of Central Abaco, followed in 13.91m (45' 7-3/4").
SAC vs. QC
In the perennial battle between powerhouses the St. Augustine's College (SAC) Big Red Machine and the Queen's College Comets, QC captured four of the divisions and St. Augustine's captured three. When we combined the scores in the divisions however, SAC ruled supreme with 1,091 points compared to QC's 950 points.
Some other schools
In the New Providence government schools, C.V. Bethel had defeated C.R. Walker a week prior. In the nationals, C.R. Walker captured the under-20 boys' division with 137 points. They finished third in the under-20 girls with 121 points and dropped to 22nd in the under-18 boys' division with six and a half points.
C.V. Bethel finished third in both the under-18 and under-20 boys' divisions, with 54 and 96 points respectively. In the under-18 and under-20 girls, they scored 72 and 89 points respectively. Where was Government High School (GHS)? They finished seventh in the under-20 girls with 10 points, 12th in the under-18 girls with 10 points, and 10th in the under-18 boys with 32 points.
Tabernacle out of Grand Bahama was predicted to mount a challenge, and challenge they did, finishing third in both the under-18 girls and boys with 94 and 102 points respectively. Tabernacle finished seventh in the under-14 boys with 25 points and 13th in the under-20 boys with 18 points.
Moore's Island's top divisional performance was sixth in the under-20 boys with 44 points. They were also 15th in the under-16 boys with five points, 21st in the under-16 girls with two points, and 23rd in the under-18 boys with six points.
Andros, oh my Andros
Andros, as usual, was well represented in the championships. North Andros had their best performances with fourth in both the under-14 girls and under-16 boys with 49 and 74 points respectively. They finished sixth in the under-16 girls with 33 points and 12th in both the under-20 boys and under-18 girls, with 20 and 10 points respectively.
Central Andros was fourth in the under-14 boys with 38 points, and fifth in the under-16 boys' division with 39 points. They were also ninth in the under-18 boys with 33.5 points and 16th in the under-20 boys and under-18 girls with 10 and 6 points respectively.
Mangrove Cay finished 12th in the under-20 girls with three points and 22nd in the under-16 boys with two points. Finally, South Andros finished seventh in the under-20 girls and 14th in the under-18 boys with 10 and 14 points respectively.
We can speak about the performance of every school participating but we have decided that in our analysis of the championships, we would deal with just a few. It is interesting which schools did not send teams or which did not win points. We have not seen Bimini for quite some time nor has S.C. Bootle or Cooper's Town, but were encouraged by the participation of the RN Gomez School of the Berry Islands.
Greater effort needs to be made to have schools from every island participate. We give kudos to all those schools which participated.
Officiating
The Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO) had its usual set of challenges in this meet. The writer cannot comprehend though, the absence of indicator boards which makes the meet more fan friendly. Fans should not have to hear the field events officials call out the performances.
At the same time, it is ever so important to have the wind reading for the long and triple jumps and the 100m, 200m, and short hurdles. It is embarrassing to read NWI "no wind indicated" behind a performance. What would have happened if Gardiner's 200m had NWI behind it? It simply could not be considered a "national junior record"!
This is a national meet and we can appreciate the challenge of officials being busy nearly every weekend, but the leadership needs to continually recruit new officials.
The sound and light
The stadium's first competition was held in April of 1966. It is disappointing that sound and light continue to be issues the officials have to work with. Those fans in the VIP stand were unable to hear announcements, especially during the awards ceremonies. The lighting continues to be an issue time after time. We are aware of the effort done by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and now the National Sports Authority, which is also responsible for the old stadium, but in times of national events, more attention needs to be paid.
The fans
We thank the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for letting students attend the Friday sessions for which the entrance fee was a nominal $1. We encourage them to be required to attend in their uniforms. It adds to and encourages school pride, which is so necessary today.
School alumni need to be continually encouraged to attend. This should be done by each school. The number of fans needs to be increased! This can be done through the public and private principals associations. Additionally, each year several standout athletes from former championships as well as officials or coaches can be honored. This is not "rocket science"!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks to each and every one of you. With all of the above said, it is important to give thanks where it is due. We have to give thanks to the organizers, the officials, the sponsors, especially Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd., the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), and those fans who showed up.
We encourage everybody to turn up this weekend for the CARIFTA Trials when we believe that the performances will be more exciting and the times and marks better. Anybody wants to witness a national junior record? Come out this weekend!

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April 01, 2014
Man convicted of 5 armed robbery

A man arrested moments after a $5 armed robbery has been convicted.
A jury unanimously convicted Balmont Thompson of the 2012 hold-up after deliberating just over two hours.
According to the evidence, Thompson and two other men accosted three women as they were leaving the One Family Junkanoo Practice on Market Street.
Thompson took a Dooney and Bourke purse that contained $5 from one of the women, whom he had dashed to the ground.
The woman later saw Thompson walking with her purse. According to the evidence, the woman clipped Thompson with her car and he fired two shots, which struck the car's bumper.
Officers on patrol in the area heard the gunshots and arrested Thompson a short time later in Hospital Lane.
Thompson denied the allegations at his trial.
Justice Carolita Bethell will sentence him on May 29 at 2 p.m.
Anthony Delaney, Anishka Hanchell and Cordell Frazier prosecuted.
Gregory Hilton appeared for Thompson.

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April 01, 2014
Defense force chief says bodies found on cay

Four bodies were found on Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank near the coast of Cuba about a week ago, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commodore Roderick Bowe said yesterday; however a senior police official said police had not seen the bodies.
Bowe said the bodies were badly decomposed.
"I don't want to speculate, but from the pictures that we got they would have been there for a while," he said.
"Because it may be a crime scene and we are not trained to investigate in that fashion, it has been handed over to the police.
"That's a matter that the commissioner [of police] and I spoke about. He would rather his people go in and deal with it."
The Guardian first reported that police were investigating reports of dead bodies on the cay on March 21.
At the time, Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said he sent a team to the area to investigate and had no further details.
Ferguson told The Guardian yesterday that the officers reported that they did not find anything on the cay.
"We continue to probe the information," he said.
"We are still trying to determine the exact location."
When asked about Bowe's comments, Ferguson said he could not speak conclusively on the RBDF's information.

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April 01, 2014
Bahamas to host Top 50 camp

The Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) and Bahamas Global Sports Foundation will host a media conference on April 14 to announce the names of the 50 best high school players in the country and also the Bahamas Top 50 Basketball Camp. The camp will take place during the Bahamas International Coaches Clinic on July 23-6 in New Providence.
Committee Chair and Director of Basketball Operations at CSA Basketball Academy in Nassau, Bahamas Marvin J. Henfield, met to finalize the list of Bahamian born athletes ages 13 - 19.
The camp will also feature several elite athletes who have traveled abroad to the United States including the number one ranked freshmen in the United States, 6'10" DeAndre Ayton of Nassau, Bahamas who currently attends Balboa City High School in San Diego, California.
Colorado State University coaches Larry Eustachy and Steve Barnes coach the Bahamas National Team.
"Creating the ranking system will allow us to identify future members of the national team and support their ongoing success," said Barnes.
NBA Hall of Fame player Alex English, and Carmelo Anthony's high school coach, Mike Daniel, will lead the Bahamas Top 50 Camp. Daniel currently coaches at New Town High School in Owings Mills, Maryland.
The athletes invited will participate in three days of drills, training and games during the camp. The NCAA certification application is pending approval for the Bahamas Basketball Federation as its supporters is confirming participation of Division 1 coaches and scouts.
Athletes will receive a notification this week of their recognition and an invitation to the Top 50 Camp.
A press conference will be held in the Bahamas on April 14 to announce the Top 50 and the upcoming program. The camp will take place at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

Committee members of The Bahamas International Coaches Clinics, and Bahamas Global Sports Foundation led in the development of the new ranking system of the Top 50 camp.
The BBF serves to exercise a leadership role in the promotion and development of the sport of basketball in The Bahamas. It has been leading the basketball movement as delegated by FIBA Americas and CONCENCABA, through programs and services for all levels of athletes, participants, leaders and volunteers.

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March 27, 2014
RBC hosts 4th annual golf tournament

On Tuesday, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) held its 4th Annual RBC Client Appreciation & Invitational Golf Tournament at the Ocean Club Golf Course. Participants included RBC clients and business partners.
RBC established the tournament to serve as a way to thank clients and also make significant donations to local charities. This year, RBC managed to raise $25,000 for The Bahamas Red Cross.
"Since the tournament's inception, RBC has donated over $85,000 to local charities. Each year, a local charity is selected based on the focus of the charity's work and its ability to strengthen the social fabric of The Bahamas. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from this year's tournament will go directly to the Bahamas Red Cross," said vice president corporate banking and tournament organizer, Brian Knowles.
This year's event featured 60 golfers. The teams competed in a four-person scramble format with awards going to the first through third place team finishers. There were also awards given out for the longest drive, and closest to the pin winners.
The first place winners of the tournament were Brian Knowles, vice president, corporate banking, RBC Royal Bank; Craig Tony Gomez, president, Bahamas Red Cross; Marc Hewison, Woslee Construction; and Tom McDermott, Mosko Group of Companies.
Second place winners were Bruce Nelson, senior manager, credit risk, RBC Royal Bank; Paul Sneddon; Stephen Kelly, Odyssey Aviation; Geoffrey Campbell, Sterling Bahamas and third place winners were Anthony Butler, president and CEO, Cable Bahamas Ltd.; John Robertson, vice president, Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd; Eric Hall, Mosko Group of Companies; and Bis Mukerji, chief risk officer, RBC Royal Bank
Simon Townend and Anne Sneddon took home the male and female longest drive awards and Tom McDermott and Denise Hill took home the male and female closest to the pin awards.
After the tournament RBC hosted an awards dinner for all that participated. Gomez received the donation on behalf of his organization during the dinner.

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