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A number of young Bahamians are about to be recognized for their work in athletics as well as in the classroom. For the fourth consecutive year, the Parents Association, under the umbrella of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), will honor young deserving Bahamian student-athletes. On Friday evening, 19 junior athletes, inclusive of all three Bahamian World Youth Champions, will be recognized for their hard work, at Government House. The 19 young adults represent the biggest class of All-Bahamians to be honored. President of the Parents Association, Harrison Petty, said it is a direct indication that the program is growing and athletes are beginning to take academics more seriously.
By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Doctors Hospital Health Systems' chief executive told Tribune Business that he hoped the increasing interest in the Bahamas as a medical tourism destination could reduce the cost of healthcare supplies, describing as "crazy" the amount of Customs duties levied on imported equipment.
Charles Sealy said the cost of medical supplies and equipment elevated the cost of installing and setting-up the hospital's MRI unit from an initial budget of $1.1 million to $2.7 million when everything was completed.
"There's ways to reduce costs, and reduce the cost to the Bahamian public," Mr Sealy said, adding that given the ever-intensif ...
By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
A LOCAL doctor is encouraging people to unite and work together in an effort to raise awareness about autism in The Bahamas.
Dr Michelle Major, who began her career in the field of autism as an inclusion teacher and a verbal behaviour therapist for children with autism, said awareness of the neurological disorder in The Bahamas, and indeed the Caribbean, is limited.
The Bahamas, she said, is in need of early intervention, early identification and adult training programmes, just to name a few initiatives.
With her experience of speaking on autism at international forums, Dr Major said in her view government support is essential in helping children ...
At 22 years of age, a time when Jane Doe (as she prefers to be called) should be living the carefree life of a young adult, she is consumed by the fact that she doesn't think she should be loved; and she says she does not want to have children. It's all because she's HIV positive.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
This letter is about a gift of life given to my family by the doctors (private and government), nurses at the Rand ICU and the remarkable EMS in Freeport.
A quick left, followed by a right and three upper cuts were just one combination of blows used by Meacher 'Major Pain' Major in his six-round boxing bout on Saturday, in the King of the Ring Series.
The series of punches would push his opponent Jeff Skyler to the ropes, giving him room to go to work. Major would deliver two quick jabs to the forehead, a right to the jaw before Skyler stumbled off the ropes. Just as he was gathering his footing, Major struck again with a couple of body shots forcing Skylar to 'drop his guard'. The left-hook to the nose would be the last Major would get off the 46-year old. Although it was not the technical knockout (TKO) blow Major would have liked to delivered, it was enough to wound his opponent.
The medical doctor was called to Skyler's corner, in between the third and fourth rounds, to exam the two cuts received. After a close look, it was ruled safe for Skyler to continue on. With the sound of the bell. Skyler got to his feet, danced around and motioned for Major to 'bring it on'. He avoided Major on a few occasions by 'bobbing and weaving' but forgot to protect his face. When Major did catch up with him, a blow to the right eye, sent him flying to the ropes. The referee, who stepped in for a quick exam sent Skyler back to his corner, motioning for the medical doctor to come. The referees had no choice but to end the match. Skyler was bleeding profusely at this time from his mouth and two cuts.
"It feels great," said Major who thanked the Almighty God, fight fans, family and all who were involved in making the event a success. "Now that I am 20-4 things are looking pretty bright from here on. It was great [the fight]. I never took him lightly. Like I said, people would say you are fighting this old guy but you are never too old in the sport of boxing because former world champions like George Foreman, Bernard Hopkins they are still beating the young fellows. So I am grateful that he came down and took the fight on short notice, due to the few cancelations that I had. I am most grateful for this victory, like I said things look bright for the future.
"Now that I have this victory my management team back in Buffalo will try to get me back into the ratings again, and hopefully I will try and fight for the NABA title - comeback eliminator come March 31, in Buffalo."
Saturday's fight is the first for Major this year. The young boxer is eyeing the British Commonwealth title but needed one more match under his belt to be a viable contender. With a win-loss record of 20 (KO 17) and 4 (KO 2) losses, Major will return to Buffalo to train. He is hoping to improve on his speed and power before stepping into the ring.
In the bout on Saturday, Major set the pace early. Even though he gave up a few hits, he had great foot work and controlled the fight from the opening bell. He thanked the fight fans for giving him the energy.
He said: "I had a chance where I could have stopped him earlier in the round, but my trainer told me it made no sense putting in all that hard work, that I should put on a great show for the fight fans. I really put on a great show. I was really surprised by the way he came out tonight really fighting and really in great shape.
This is not the first time Skyler and Major have met in the ring. Major scored a knockout victory, in the second round.
Skyler said: "I got two days notice for this fight. I am 46-years old and I said let's go. Prepare for what? I didn't have time. I am not making up any excuses. He is young. He won and that is life. But for two days notice......
"I am going to fight for the crowd win or lose, I am here to fight. He won, he knocked me down. He didn't really stop me. Cuts are a part of life. But I didn't quit. I would have kept going if I could and he saw that. At 46-years old I have already won. How many guys at 46 can do this? This kid can fight."
By CANDIA DAMES
Guardian News Editor
Rashad Rolle's hand was steady as he cut a farewell cake at Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday with the doctors and nurses who cared for him over the last month looking on.
"My miracle son,"his mother called him.
She has good reason.
Rashad was feared dead
when he was shot in the head while standing on Blue Hill and Johnson roads near Naomi Blatch Primary School.
The boy so many people thought was the country's latest murder victim back in September was discharged from hospital yesterday.
Although he wore a neck brace, had to walk with assistance and was too shy to speak, doctors called his recovery remarkable.
His de ...