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Fashion firms rush to copy the royal gown

NEW YORK

Associated Press

SECONDS after Kate Middleton emerged from her car outside Westminster Abbey in a ball gown with lace sleeves, designers around the U.S., glued to their TV sets, were sketching her look, setting in motion a mad rush for mass-produced versions that are expected to be in stores as early as late June.

For brides-to-be who can't wait even four weeks, David's Bridal, the largest U.S. bridal chain, was already trumpeting a strapless look from Oleg Cassini, paired with a lacey bolero jacket, on its website as an already available stand-in as it scrambled to push out modified knockoffs of the real thing to stores by September.

Meanwhile, the television home-shoppin ...

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Cox wins battle with Charlton in 100m

After a two-hour rain delay, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Scotiabank National High School Track and Field Championships finally finished on day one with the 100 meters (m) finals.
Starting things off were the under-13 girls. Daneisha Curry clocked 12.99 seconds for the national title. Amelia Peterson ran 13.18 and came in second while Judea Stuart stopped the clock at 13.30. Andira Ferguson is the national champion in the under-15 girls division. She turned in 12.29 to win the crown. Blayre Catalyn and Taj Dorsett ran 12.43 and 12.58 seconds for second and third respectively.
A winning time of 10.76 was enough to give Javan Martin the under-15 boys title. Martin was the only runner in the field to dip under 11 seconds. Nitchev Casseus would clock 11.13 for second and Donovan Storr finished in 11.41 seconds for third. The race in the under-17 boys division was won by Cliff Reasis. He ran 10.76 seconds. His teammate Ian Kerr posted a time of 11.05 for second and Coty Willis ran 11.29. He finished third.
The much anticipated race in the senior girls division was won by Carmeisha Cox, who crossed the finish line in 11.79 seconds. Devynne Charlton was also in the field. She represented the Big Red Machine and ran 11.81 for second. Finishing third was Moore's Island Jermeka McBride. Her time was 12.10.
The time of 10.80 seconds was turned in by Anthony Adderley. He will be known as the 2012 national champion in the senior boys 100m. Cresy Dussard ran 10.88 for second and Rashad Gibson clocked 10.91 for third. The finals of the 400m and 4x100m will be run today. The heats of the 200m and 4x400m will also take place today. The second day of action will see the athletes competing in multiple events. Action starts at 9:30 a.m. this morning.

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Putting country above party and self

"My critics will argue that I am a horrible politician. When the Christie government was on the brink of disaster, some might argue that the best political move is to let them plunge over the edge. I do not believe that such a posture is in the country's best interests."
FNM Chairman Darron Cash
In Greek mythology, Cassandra, the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy, is a figure of tragedy. She had the power of prophecy, accompanied by the curse of never being believed. A more common version of the story is that, even though she served as a priestess of Apollo and had taken a vow of chastity in order to remain a virgin for her entire life, she was given the power of prophecy by Apollo so that he could seduce her but, when she refused him, he gave her the curse of never having her prophecies believed, no matter how accurate or logical.
This week, Darron Cash, the chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), came under considerable criticism from his colleagues because he courageously cautioned the party's leadership that they had taken the wrong position in several matters of national importance. Therefore, this week we would like to Consider this... by taking such a bold and courageous position on matters of national importance that are in opposition to the FNM's stated policies and political positions, has Cash relegated himself to a position similar to that of Cassandra whose prophesies, no matter how accurate and logical, are dismissed by those who hear them, namely his colleagues?
The background
In a recent communication to the FNM executive committee, Cash stated that the purpose of his memorandum "is to invite the party to sacrifice its current (yet short-term) political advantage over the PLP government in favor of doing something directly through words and actions - that I believe will be in the country's current and long-term best interests".
Cash criticized two FNM policy positions: the first related to the regulation and taxation of web shops and the second to the party's opposition of the implementation of a value-added tax, especially without offering any concrete alternative recommendations. The latter was especially hypocritical and disingenuous because, as Cash noted, the same value-added tax would have been implemented if the FNM had been returned to office in the general election of May 7, 2012.
The FNM position on web shops
In his memo, Cash chronicled how, in 2010, then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham confirmed that the FNM council and parliamentarians "greatly support" the regulation of web shops in The Bahamas. He also noted that "our FNM government facilitated the expansion of the web shops. Then we 'elevated' them by calling them in for formal talks, indirectly validating what they were doing. We then gave them more licenses. How have they now become devils?" It is crystal clear that the FNM, while in government, which included three of the current parliamentarians who then served as Cabinet ministers, supported the regularization of web shops.
However, after losing office on May 7, 2012, and before the referendum on January 28, 2013, the FNM, now in opposition, reversed its earlier position on regulating and taxing the web shops. Cash noted: "The leader of the opposition drew a hard line by declaring that the FNM would not support the government because it would not go against the results of the non-binding opinion poll."
Cash maintained, "...that is not a sustainable position. There is no ultimate political escape from a definitive tough position on web shops and gaming. I propose an official position in support of the government's decision to normalize web shops. I propose an early decision."
Cash also astutely observed, "If we want to inspire a new generation of Bahamians to support the FNM and follow us, we cannot be entirely like the FNM that thousands of those new-generation-Bahamians rejected on May 7, 2012. In my view, the announcement to oppose the government's planned action on web shops plays into the narrative that all the FNM wants to do is oppose anything the PLP does for opposing sake. In the new debate over web shops we have an opportunity to perform a course correction."
The FNM position on VAT
In his memo, Cash also challenged the FNM's position on value-added tax which the government intends to implement on July 1, 2014. He observed that FNM supporters were interested in understanding the party's position on VAT and that "the November statement on VAT by the leader [of the opposition] was regarded less as a statement of alternative tax policy and more as an attack on the government for offering a tax option that Bahamians would later learn that the FNM's own minister of state for finance had stated publicly that the FNM would have considered. To reiterate the point, we have to date offered no specific alternatives to VAT."
Stepping back from the edge
In his missive to the executive committee, Cash stated, "My critics will argue that I am a horrible politician. That might be true. At a time when the Christie government was on the brink of disaster some might argue that the best political move is to let them plunge over the edge. I do not believe that such a posture is in the country's best interests. There comes a time when the dream of a new Bahamas must come face to face with the reality of The Bahamas as it is today. Our party must demonstrate the ability to act in a different way."
Political maturity in putting country first
We disagree with those who might suggest that Cash is "a horrible politician". We believe that what he represents is a breath of fresh air in our domestic politics and a level of political maturity that is sorely lacking and badly needed throughout our body politic. We also strongly disagree with the deputy leader of the FNM who suggested that Cash "may have been misled by PLP propaganda" and "is probably misguided in some of the utterances that the PLP has put out there". Why did she not say the same a few years ago when, while she was a Cabinet minister, Cash took another principled stand against the FNM's sale of BTC? Moreover, following that very public divergence from stated FNM policy in favor of what he believed to be best for the country, if Cash was seen then as so easily swayed by opposing political rhetoric, why was he entrusted with the very sensitive and important post of FNM national chairman?
No, we must look at the deputy leader's current criticism for what it is. Spoken like a veteran practitioner of the old-school, tit-for-tat, "don't take no last", scorched earth political approach of an earlier era, the FNM deputy leader has demonstrated anything but a progressive posture; instead, she is demonstrating an approach that is characteristic of the deeply divided partisan polemics that have resulted in the current ineffectual, gridlocked governance of the American "democratic" system. We deserve better and Cash alone has demonstrated that he is prepared to do better.
Conclusion
We hope that the level of political maturity that we have seen this week from Darron Cash represents the next generation of politicians on all sides of the political divide who will be guided by putting country above party and self.

If Cash's mature approach is a precursor of the political behavior that will evolve in the 21st century, then our country will be better positioned to overcome the issues that will surely continue to confront us and emerge as the strong, secure, successful nation we all want to see.
o Philip C. Galanis is the managing partner of HLB Galanis & Co., Chartered Accountants, Forensic & Litigation Support Services. He served 15 years in Parliament. Please send your comments to pgalanis@gmail.com.

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A healthy, easy, no-knead bread anyone can make

There are bakers and there are cooks. It takes a chemist's love of precision to be a baker. Me? I'm a cook.
However, I do love to bake bread. In fact, I've been on a bread baking kick for several years, experimenting with everything from the old-fashioned knead-it-up method to neo-hippy, grow-your-ownwild-yeast-before-you-evenstart-mixing-the-dough recipes. Recently, however, I learned a method so wonderful that my experimental wanderings may be over.
The breakthrough occurred when I took a class with the legendary Jim Lahey, founder of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York and the man behind a sensational recipe for noknead, slow-rise, no-fuss bread. Maybe just reading about it left me skeptical. Could baking bread really be as easy as he suggested?
Yes, it can. I went home after the class and adjusted his basic formula to my liking, adding extra whole-wheat flour, toasted walnuts and rosemary. Otherwise, I followed his instructions, weighed the ingredients, mixed them together and turned out an attractive, delicious loaf of bread.
One of the ways to ensure your success here is by measuring your flour by weight, not volume. When you scoop and measure flour by volume -- such as using a measuring cup -- the amount of flour you get each time can vary widely, sometimes by several ounces. The discrepancy is due to how tightly or loosely the flour is packed. A few ounces may not sound like much, but it can make a big difference in baked goods.
That's why I recommend investing in a good kitchen scale if you're going to bake bread. The one I own, which registers both ounces and grams, has turned out to be useful for any number of kitchen tasks.
And please remember, this is not your grandmother's bread, or at least it's not your grandmother's method of making bread. So don't be thrown off by the wetness of the dough (it's very wet), the temperature of the water added (it's cool, not warm), or the temperature at which the dough first rises (it's room temp, not warmer).
The only down side to this recipe is the need to plan ahead. Even though mixing the dough takes no time at all (30 seconds), you have to let it rise for at least 12, and preferably 18, hours. Then, after you've shaped it into a loaf (another 30 seconds), it needs to rise for yet another hour or two. Finally, it takes 45 to 60 minutes for the bread to bake, and it has to cool completely before you can eat it.
But if you can deal with the amount of time necessary for the dough to set up, you may find yourself eating really scrumptious, fresh and healthy artisanal bread several times a week. And every time you bake one of these loaves, your whole house smells wonderful.
NO-KNEAD WALNUT-ROSEMARY BREAD
Start to finish: 14 hours (20 minutes active)
Makes 1 loaf (10 servings)
1/2 cup (50 grams) coarsely chopped walnuts
2 cups (266 grams) bread flour
1 cup (133 grams) whole-wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons (8 grams) table salt
3/4 teaspoon (2 grams) instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 tablespoons (6 grams) chopped rosemary
1 1/3 cups (350 grams) cool water (55 F to 65 F)
Additional flour, wheat bran or cornmeal, for dusting Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the walnuts in a shallow baking dish, then place in the oven on the middle shelf to toast for 10 to 12 minutes. Set aside to cool. Once the nuts are cooled, in a medium bowl stir them together with both flours, the salt, yeast and rosemary. Add the water and stir briefly with a wooden spoon or your hands, just until the dough is barely mixed, about 30 seconds.
The dough should be quite wet and tacky. If it is not, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more water. Cover the bowl and let it rise at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours, or until it is more than double in bulk.
After the dough has risen, generously sprinkle a work surface with flour and gently, with the help of a plastic bench scraper, scoop out the dough onto the counter.
Working very quickly, with floured hands, fold the dough inward to the center on all sides to form a seam. Turn the dough over to form a round with the seam on the bottom. Generously sprinkle a clean kitchen towel with flour. Lay the towel flat on the counter and set the dough on top, seam down. Sprinkle the top of the dough lightly with flour and loosely fold the ends of towel over the dough.
Let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours, or until almost doubled in bulk. You will know it is ready when you poke the dough and it holds your imprint. If the dough bounces back, it is not ready.
About 30 minutes before you think the dough is ready, heat the oven to 475 F. Put a rack in the lower third of the oven, and place a covered 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 quart casserole dish in the oven to heat.
When the dough has risen, carefully remove the casserole dish from the oven and remove the lid. With the aid of the tea towel, flip the dough gently, seam side up, into the casserole, put the lid on the casserole and return it to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and bake until the bread has browned nicely, another 15 to 30 minutes.
Remove the casserole dish from the oven and use a spatula or dish towel to carefully transfer the bread to a rack to cool completely before slicing.
Nutrition information per serving: 180 calories; 40 calories from fat (22 percent of total calories); 5 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 6 g protein; 290 mg sodium.

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Doodles of the famous raise funds for children

LUCAYA international baccalaureate students Cassie Haddad, Katie Hindley and Imani Sterling are finalising the framing of the 'doodles' they have collected from various well known Bahamians and famous ex-patriots with Bahamian connections.

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Sports Notices

Tennis

Bahamian Justin Roberts, seeded number one, won his first round match at the International Tennis Federation's (ITF) Grade 4 Indoor Almere 2014, in Almere, Netherlands, yesterday. Roberts, who is currently ranked at number 218 in the world in the ITF Junior Rankings, won in straight sets over Polish player Maksymillian Raupuk, 7-5 and 6-3. He will play hometown favorite Tom Flores Moonen in his second round match tomorrow.

Bahamas Scholastic Association

The Bahamas Scholastic Association (BSA) will stage its tennis tournament for primary players this Thursday, Saturday, and next week Monday. Schools will be allowed to send as many as 10 players each. The tournament will be directed by Van Wilson, who will set up the games and pair players up as well. The cost of the tournament is $100 per school. Also, the league's basketball playoffs will begin on Tuesday, February 25, and will be held at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In an effort to pay for the use of the gym, players are asked to pay one dollar each to enter the gym on the day that they are playing. Teams with balances will not be allowed to play. Also, the league's principal's award for the month of January goes to Mrs. Knowles, principal at Mt. Carmel Preparatory Academy, for her overwhelming support of her team for the month of January 2014.

Track & Field

Club Monica Athletics will host its 11th annual track and field classic this Friday and Saturday, at the old Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The event is expected to get underway at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday, and will feature a number of athletes competing in all of the age groups. In addition to a number of standout Bahamian athletes, the event is expected to feature athletes from throughout the Caribbean as well. It will be held under the patronage of 2012 IAAF Rising Female Star of the Year Anthonique Strachan. Strachan, who is a former member of Club Monica Athletics, is the reigning double sprint champion from the World Junior Championships, and a two-time winner of the Austin Sealy award, handed out to the region's best athlete at the annual CARIFTA Games. Strachan is also a semi-finalist from the most recent world championships, and the Olympic Games. Tickets for the event can be obtained at $10 for VIP, $5 for adults, and $3 for children.

Boxing

The Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will host its bi-monthly show on Saturday, February 15, starting at 8 p.m. at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. A total of six matches will be showcased, and awards will be presented for the 'Best Fight', the 'Most Outstanding Boxer' and the 'Most Improved Boxer'. The CABC along with Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge will also host 'The Spirit of Determination' Amateur Boxing Show at the Platinum Sports Entertainment Center on Dowdeswell Street and Christie Avenue on Saturday, March 1, starting at 8 p.m. The show will recognize Bahamian boxing legends Cassius Moss and David 'Sugar Kid' Bowe. All amateur boxers and boxing clubs are welcomed to participate.

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A brother and a pastor's heart

When identical twins John and Solomon Humes were confirmed into the Anglican faith as young boys, the priest that conducted the confirmation spoke a blessing over them. He told them they would become great leaders.
Eventually, Bishop John rose to the position of Overseer of the Church of God and Solomon became a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy - sister denominations -- after they both transitioned from the Anglican faith to become members of the Pentecostal faith.
But they shared much more than their faith in common -- their voices were identical, their characteristics were identical and the way they conducted themselves was uncannily identical. The twins were so alike for most of their lives. They were both married in the same year (their wives both came from the Yellow Elder community, according to John), and they had their first children in the same month and year.
They both joined the Pentecostal ministry. John followed Solomon to the Meadow Street church, but eventually moved back to East Street Cathedral. They both became justices of the peace and marriage officers.
"We shared so many things in common," said John, the older brother by 10 minutes.
But no one would have thought that the twins would also battle cancer simultaneously. Solomon was the first to be diagnosed with the insidious disease two years ago. John was diagnosed with prostate and bladder cancer a year after his twin's diagnosis.
Solomon, 63, succumbed to his illness and will be buried on Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. His service will be held at the Church of God of Prophecy Tabernacle on East Street. Bishop Franklin Ferguson, national overseer of the Churches of God of Prophecy will officiate the service.
As John now battles the disease that has robbed him of his bladder, his prostate and the use of his left leg (which he said he is working to resume use of), he's devastated at the loss his brother.
"I'm going to miss Solly. I not only lost a brother...I lost a part of me," said John. "Solly's death has impacted me a whole lot. We shared so many things in common...we were born together 63 years ago...if you saw him, you saw me. If you heard him, you heard me. We had identical voices, identical features, identical characteristics and how we conducted ourselves.
The brothers, who towered over six feet, also shared an unwavering love for the Lord, despite having switched denominations in their lives.
"We grew up in St. Barnabas Anglican Church under the late Bishop Father John Callan. We were the first to be confirmed by Bishop Bernard Markham and he spoke a blessing over us saying we would become great leaders."
John rose to become the overseer of the Church of God and Solomon was a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy.
"We served both our offices as leaders in various capacities."
While the brothers had an unwavering love for the Lord, they took different paths career-wise. Solomon was employed in offshore banking. John was a meteorologist.
In 1984 John left the met department, and in 2000 Solly retired from his job to become a full-time bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy.
Solomon chose to serve as a pastor of the Meadow Street Church, because he wanted to give himself daily, and not just on Sundays.
"Solly has always been a very humble man and a team player, and he loved people -- both of us loved people. He loved his country, his people, his God and the Church of God," said John.
As his twin is buried on the weekend, the Church of God overseer reminds people to be cognizant of their health.
"Keep up on your medical, stay close to Jesus and serve the Lord," said John. "Cancer is a serious case, and incidences of cancer are very high in The Bahamas and I encourage young people, especially men to do their regular health check ups."
Despite ministering at separate churches and having their families, the Humes brothers were devoted to each other. They both shared a quick, wry and witty sense of humor. Laughter came easily to them both. And their uncanny "twin-ness" emerged when they were together.
In a 2010 interview with The Nassau Guardian, John said it was a divine meeting of the Lord that sent him on a path that would set him apart from Solomon.
The then 23-year-old John was invited to a youth revival service at the Church of God on East Street by a friend -- he could not recall exactly when in the service it happened, but he remembers being overwhelmed by the presence of God that seemed to surround him. He said the visit sealed the deal for him and brought him to the realization that the Church of God was where he belonged spiritually.
Although John and Solomon decided to go the road of different churches, John was not bothered by it because he was happy that they were called to ministry. He said it was more important knowing that he and his brother made something good and substantial out of themselves, even though it was common for the young men in his childhood community of Coconut Grove to get themselves into trouble or waste their lives away.
"I was glad that God took us both from the middle of all that and raised us up to do his will. To me, this has always spoken wonders because there are lots of young men who let their situations dictate their lives. But no matter what your situation is, God can lift you out of it to do his work. You just have to believe in yourself and trust him. My brother and I grew up in a single parent home with our mother [Elsada Humes] in a bad area, but we were still called to do something for God."
In that 2010 interview with The Nassau Guardian, Solomon had said that he knew that he and his brother would always be active in church, but he never expected them to be in the leadership positions they rose to.
"We were never ones to call the spotlight on ourselves" said Solomon. "I can say that we both were happy enough to do God's work behind the scenes, but we were called to do much more than that it seems."
At the time, he said, even though their church doctrines weren't very different, they did not discuss their respective church business with each other. Instead, they talked about God and their different views in that regard. Solomon believed that, at the end of the day, their tasks were different, but they were both doing God's work.
Solomon Humes is survived by his wife Patricia, children Linrose Humes-Morris, Solomon Jr. and Patrick Humes.

Tributes to Bishop Solomon HumesBishop Solomon Humes was a soldier of Christ indeed. He was a people's person and was willing to help, teach and train young men like myself in the ministry and expecting nothing in return for it. He loved the Lord and people. My mother Drucilla Higgs, my wife, myself and the entire Pinewood congregation express our deepest and sincere sympathy to his loving wife Sister Patricia, his children, the entire family and congregation of the Minnie Street C.O.G.O.P. May his soul rest in peace.
-- Cassell Higgs
Solomon Humes was one of those ministers who you could watch and admire for the way he carried himself -- so humble, so committed and always jovial and exuberant. I can only imagine the enthusiastic fanfare when he entered the portals of glory -- one more reason to make heaven my home, knowing that the likes of one Solomon Humes is there. Peace, strength and comfort to the family.
-- Joye Ross
Solomon Humes was truly a powerful man of God, a beloved bishop and a friend of the lowly. My condolences to the family. We have lost a real gentleman.
-- MacDonald Gibson
Bishop Solomon L. Humes was always someone you could have depended on in any given situation. My thoughts about this outstanding churchman are many. Words like faithful, committed, loyal, devoted, hardworking, intellectual, jovial, trustworthy and supportive are just some of the descriptions associated with the late bishop. He was a man for all seasons, regardless of church appointments at all levels, Bishop Humes was always himself and very humble. I extend deepest sympathy to Sister Patricia Humes and the Humes family.
-- Sean Gibson
Anyone who knew this great man would know that he was humble, caring, thoughtful generous, lively and righteous. He, as a bishop and minister of the gospel, demonstrated that the love of God was available to all. His open display of love, care and true Christian conviction remained buoyant and anchored in his family life, his church life and his secular discipline. He touched the lives of many people by his avuncular spirit. We will miss the warm embraces, words of comfort and consolation, the glowing smiles, the wonderful parking lot conversations and the true spirit of brotherhood. I honor the memory of this great soldier of the cross and express to you his precious wife Patricia and all of the children just how honored and blessed I am for your generosity by lending Bishop Humes to us in the Church of God and indeed The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
-- Pastor Barry B. Morris and family

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Brothers
  • Genre : Drama, Thriller, War
  • Rating : C - 18yrs and Older

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. Based on Susanne Bier's film, "Brothers"....


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Locally-based boxing bodies challenged to revitalize sport

The boxing scene here in The Bahamas is on a downturn. A big reason for the inactivity is a sick economy. To present a more comprehensive sports outlook, it must be recognized that the sport of boxing is not the only discipline experiencing rough times.
Even track and field, the top producer of excellent performances, has not been able to come close to maximizing its true potential for success. There is however, much more that glitters about track and field than any other discipline. Not a whole lot that is positive has been going on in boxing, and the locally based organizations that have the responsibility to enhance the sport have come up against hard times.
The Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) is struggling and the inability to put together a fund-raising team has that aspect of the sport facing serious problems. Its one shining light is Carl Hield, the super welterweight/middleweight who is one of the world's elite amateur performers.
The Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC), through its relationship with the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC), continues to push for opportunities for Bahamian professional pugilists. The commission has also undertaken a program geared to project the sport in the Family Islands. The next trip is scheduled for Long Island (November 28-30). Commissioner Dr. Munir Rashad is now based in that island. He has coordinated, in conjunction with Local Government authorities, education and sports leaders there, several sessions to be addressed by the commission team, that will be headed by Chairman Alvin Sargent. The commission intends to begin a closer relationship with the islands, being aware of the raw talents to be found in those communities.
The Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) has been an associate of the local boxing program since its was
established in 2006. The organization came about out of a need for the region to get some middle ground assistance for amateur and professional programs in the member countries (The Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and New Jersey-United States). The Bahamas is the base of the PACBO president and gets a big focus accordingly.
PACBO plans to accelerate its program of soliciting and purchasing equipment to continue networking with the other boxing partners toward great skills' development in New Providence and the Family Islands.
The boxing groups lament the state of professional boxing in the country. There was a time, during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, when professional boxing was quite popular. Charlie Major Sr. returned home from New York during the early 1940s and empowered the boxing game through promotions with some of the world's best as headliners. He continued his contribution in quality promotions at his Nassau Stadium for many years before his death in 1980. Douglas Carey and others, collectively, was a big factor at the Birdland. The Oakes Field Hanger became a big part of the arena equation and hosted many legendary matches, particularly between former heavyweight champions Bert Perry and Leonard 'Boston Blackie' Miller.
Wilfred Coakley and Chris Malakious were esteemed promoters who broadened the popularity base of pro boxing. In Grand Bahama, Jim White, the noted businessman, took the sport to further prominence in the country with his regular shows at the King's Inn. Those eras were glorious ones.
It was not difficult to get top line professionals to come into the country to perform against locals and other foreign opponents. The list from the time of Major Sr. included the best of the best, such as Joe Louis, Jimmy Carter, Willie Pep, Floyd Patterson, Bunny Grant, Levi Forte, and many others.
Bahamians who campaigned out of New York and Florida, namely Yama Bahama, Gomeo Brennan, Sugar Cliff, and Bobo Reckley, came back home to meet the best of the locals. Those campaigning and enjoying the high popularity of the sport included Roy Armbrister, Sammy Isaacs, Cleveland Parris, Black Jack, Wilfred 'Battling' Douglas, Ray Minis Sr., Elisha Obed, 'Baby Boy' Rolle, Ray Minus Jr., Cassius Moss, Willie Dawkins, Bert Woods, Ernie Barr, Sammy Barr, Steve Larrimore and more recently, Jermaine Mackey and Meacher Major.
Bahamian boxers made an impression on the world. It began with Yama Bahama who was one of the poster performers at the famed Madison Square Garden during the 1950s and 1960s. His fellow Bimini Islander Gomeo Brennan was the first Bahamian to win an international title. He became the Commonwealth (British Empire) Middleweight Champion in 1963 and ruled the category on two occasions.
Obed won the only world title (World Boxing Council's junior middleweight crown). Ray Minis Jr., Larrimore and Mackey followed Brennan by winning Commonwealth championships. Sherman 'The Tank' Williams captured Asian titles. Major and Edner Cherry have also won regional crowns. They all contributed to wonderful pages in our sports history.
Now the sport is in great need of a push to an era that could compare with the aforementioned. Hopefully in 2014, the ABFB, the BCB and PACBO will be able to make that happen.
(To respond to this sports feature, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)

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BFSB announces 'Excellence Award' nominees

The Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB) has announced that the Nominations Committee for this year's Excellence Awards has released the names of all nominees submitted to the Blue Ribbon Panel.
The annual awards program is designed to pay tribute to "people power" - a critical asset of The Bahamas' financial services industry, according to the BFSB.
In a release issued yesterday, the BFSB stated that human resource development is of primary significance to sustaining growth of the financial services sector and the institution "firmly believes that capacity building to meet the myriad challenges and opportunities that confront us in today's globally competitive environment is key to success."
This year's Gala Awards Dinner is scheduled to be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on November 1.
Members are encouraged to come out and support these "Stars of our Industry" as they are recognized by their peers.
Ryan Pinder, Minister of Financial Services, also will present the "Minister's Award" for excellence in Financial Services. That recipient will be kept confidential for first announcement at the Awards Dinner. Nominees in each category are as follows:
Achiever of the Year
Bronishka A. Black, Senior Associate, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas) Ltd.
Chanti P. Brown, Human Resources Officer, Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Jeannette Jean, Private Banking Administrator, Societe Generale Private Banking.
Kasynthi Bodie, Financial Officer, Julius Baer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
Katrina M. Pinder, Sr. Operations Officer, Commonwealth Bank Limited.
Lavanda M. Dean, Payments & Cash Specialist, UBS (Bahamas) Limited.
Marvin A. Dean, Dip CII, Account Executive, J.S. Johnson & Company Ltd.
Taran S. Mackey, Trust Administrator, International Protector Group Ltd.
Professional of the Year
Anita Bain, CPA, CA, TEP, Immediate Past Chairperson, Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Denise D. Turnquest, Senior Vice President-Credit Risk, Commonwealth Bank Ltd.
Elvira Lowe, TEP, Director, Americas Team Head, UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.
Felicia S. Mott-Smith, Head of Private Banking/Trust, Societe Generale Private Banking.
Kim D. Thompson, VP Human Resource/Company Director, Equity Trust Bahamas.
Nikia Woodside, TEP, Asst. VP/Team Leader Trust Administration, Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited.
Rochelle M. Rolle, CPA, Director, Head of Compliance, Julius Baer Bank & Trust.
Ronique T. Tinker, Risk & Compliance Manager, CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank (Bah) Ltd.
Sharon Colebrook, TEP, CAMS, Sr. Manager Process Optimization, The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas) Ltd.
Sherry M. Brown, Claims Supervisor, J.S. Johnson & Co.
Terrence S. Carey, Sr. Manager-Corporate Credit-Grand Bahama & Family Islands, Bank of the Bahamas.
Mentor of the Year
Jamison J. Davis, Manager-Collections, Bank of The Bahamas
Katherine Y. Hamilton, Acting Manager-Training, Commonwealth Bank Limited.
Executive of the Year
Cassandra Nottage, Bank Supervision Manager, Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Jasmine Y. Davis, CPA, CA, President, Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.
John K.F. Delaney QC, Senior Partner, Delaney Partners.
Robert A.F. Bartlett, Senior Manager, Customer Service, J.S. Johnson & Company.
W. Larry Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Bahamas Realty Ltd.
In addition, a separate Industry Panel has released the names of the Student of the Year nominees:
Student of the Year
Dominique E. Rolle - BBA Accounting.
Jasmine L. Williams - BBA Banking and Finance (with Spanish).
Jonelle A. Fox - BBA Management.
Myah D. Moss - BBA Accounting.
Raquel L. Fowler - BBA CIS/Applications Programming.

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