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His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, while visiting Canada told The Bahamas High Commissioner to Canada His Excellency Michael Smith and his wife Suzanne, that he and his wife would like to visit The Bahamas.
They spoke while watching the fireworks launched to celebrate Canada Day. His Excellency, who is Dean of CARICOM High in Canada and his wife Suzanne were among a group of about 50 diplomats, government ministers and officials invited to the observation deck of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a dinner reception before observing the festivities.
The government will spend between $500,000 and $600,000 on the grand opening of the national stadium later this month, according
to Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, who said the sum is not extravagant.
Maynard said this sum will cover preparations for the event, including a massive cleaning of the stadium, and pay for other things connected to the opening ceremony.
He said the original price tag was $1 million, but that has been cut down.
The Nassau Guardian understands that as recent as one week ago, the confirmed budget was more than $800,000.
"So once we would have secured certain things it would be for the use of the stadium moving forward, so not everything is just a one-day event cost," he said, adding that certain "digital equipment and novelties" will become the property of the Sports Authority.
"It's a newly constructed stadium so you would expect that there needs to be a serious general cleaning that needs to be done to the whole area, getting all the construction dirt out of the place."
The Nassau Guardian confirmed that a large chunk of the money will be spent on entertainment and fireworks for the event as well as special effects.
The $30 million stadium is a gift to the Bahamian people from the People's Republic of China.
Former Minister of Sports Neville Wisdom said yesterday the figure seemed too high. "The government is having a million-dollar party at the public's expense," Wisdom said.
"People's light is off and they are having hard times making ends meet and you're spending this much money on a party? What is the purpose of it?"
He said it appears that there is a great rush to have the event, which is not attached to any major sporting event.
Maynard said the government has certain partners who are defraying 'small costs'.
"But the idea is to make sure that we do the stadium [opening] properly," the minister said. "It's really an investment. It's not just costs to say we're opening the stadium."
He said senior officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations and the Federation of International Football Associations will be in attendance.
"We want to prove to them that we could have a proper ceremony," said Maynard, noting that The Bahamas will be able to bid on major events.
"...This will open the door for us in a favorable way."
Maynard said when one considers one political rally could cost more than $100,000, spending $600,000 on the opening of the National Stadium is put into its proper context.
"A rally is a single stage and everyone is staring at it," he noted. "A stadium is a 360-degree event where whatever you do people are watching from all sides, so it's a different category of events.
"So we believe that it's a reasonable investment in terms of what the returns are going to be, in terms of making sure that we can use that stadium and attract major events to the country."
The stadium opening was originally scheduled for February 11, but the new date the government is considering is February 25.
The opening is expected to be a grand affair, with Junkanoo and other elements of Bahamian culture on display
Roger Rosa is 29 and does not have a captivating boxing record. In fact, the Brazilian fighter is just 5-4-1-1(no contest). His record certainly does not jump out at you, earmarking a pugilist of note.
He is just 5-4, rather short. His Bahamian opponent for the big rebound boxing show in the country, scheduled for Friday, December 13, is national super featherweight champion Meacher Major. Not particularly tall either, Major however has a three -inch height advantage over Rosa.
Major is 20-6-1-1 (no contest) and as such is the much more experienced fighter.
So what makes this upcoming bout so compelling that the expectation is that it will lead to a renaissance of professional boxing in the country? On the surface, little about Rosa seems to point towards thrills and fireworks coming out of the bout with Major.
After closely viewing the Brazilian when he came in town to be present for the press conference Friday, November 22 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace, most observers however came away with the view that Rosa will give Major a whole lot to figure out.
It was not so much what came out of the mouth of the compact and diminutive boxer, Rosa. It was simply the conviction with which he spoke.
He did say a lot that could be considered mere rhetorical, promotional "buzz comments" that rankled Bahamians present at the press conference. He appeared to have little concern for Major being the kind of opponent who can beat him, given the general national environment we call the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He actually said there is "no way a guy from a little country" like The Bahamas can beat him.
He tried to be diplomatic and render respect to Major, noting his experience. Nevertheless, Rosa was verbally
aggressive. He compared himself to Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who chewed up and spat out a lot of opponents taller than he.
Physically, Rosa looks to be a package that could spell a lot of trouble, if Major's strategy is not able to counter that of his opponent. For instance, as the shorter foe and based on his announced ring demeanor, Rosa will seek to carry the fight to Major.
Fighting in the backyard of the local favorite, he well understands that he has to make a huge impression to ensure victory. Rosa called Meacher a "predictable, orthodox" fighter.
Hype aside however, there is another factor that weighs in heavily on the December 13th match.
The fighters are each coming off two consecutive defeats. They both will be confronted by a big decision if saddled with another defeat. Meacher, for his part, understands very well what is in front of him.
"I am seriously going into this fight. I have my plans for a post career but it is in me to see just where do I go. My plan is to win big against Rosa. I am focused only on winning," said Major.
Underneath the surface of preparation for December 13, no doubt is the knowledge that this is crunch time and a third consecutive defeat will be a tough matter for him to deal with. It will indeed,
Rosa on the other hand, needs a victory to boost his confidence that at 29, he still can craft a career of note in boxing.
So in essence, Major and Rosa are confronted with a must-win situation. This is the key aspect that will likely result in a war on the night of December 13 in the Rainforest Theatre.
The ingredients are such that the bout is likely to be a blockbuster, a boost for boxing in The Bahamas, no matter who wins.
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Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes And Lady Foulkes To Serve As Patrons Of The Bahamian Collection Exhibition
Nassau, Bahamas -- When The Bahamas celebrates 40 years of independence this year, many of the activities will be the expected crowd-pleasers -- fireworks, music, speeches and Junkanoo.
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In honor of all presidents and founders of the Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF), this year, the round robin and national championships will be billed as the 'President's Cup' in celebration of 40 years of existence.
Assembling at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, this year will mark the largest amount of teams to participate in the round robin nationals. There will be new champions in both the men and ladies divisions as the defending champions, the Proper Care Whirlpool Lady Sharks out of New Providence and the U.S. Gold Panthers out of Grand Bahama, have both been eliminated.
Islands taking part in the ladies division are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Inagua, Grand Bahama and New Providence. In the Men's division the islands are Abaco, Andros, Spanish Wells, Grand Bahama and New Providence. As a result of the number of teams this year, the tournament starts on Thursday, November 1. All teams are expected to arrive in New Providence on Thursday.
The technical meeting for league representatives, managers and coaches will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday. At that time, all rosters will be finalized, and rules and regulations will be discussed. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, the competition gets underway when Spanish Wells ladies go up against Andros. At 8 p.m., the same two teams will battle in the men's contest. At 9 p.m., the Grand Bahama ladies will tangle with the Inagua ladies, and the feature game on opening night will pit the New Providence ladies against Abaco ladies.
On Friday, action will pick up at 11 a.m., using three fields at the Baillou Hills complex. At 7 p.m., the official opening ceremony and induction for those selected to the BSF Hall of Fame will take place. Also, all former presidents who have served over the past 40 years, will be recognized, namely Michael Moss, Churchill Tener Knowles, Austin 'King Snake' Knowles, Neko Grant, Greg Christie, Romell Knowles and Burkett Dorsett.
Following the induction ceremony, what is expected to be two of the most exciting games of the tournament will be played when Grand Bahama ladies take on New Providence, and the New Providence men battle Abaco. Also on Friday night, there will be a display by a marching band, a live pop band, disco, fireworks, balloons and many giveaways. The night climaxes with a mix and mingle reception for all players and fans, a Junkanoo rush-out and dancing.
On Saturday, November 3, play resumes at 11 a.m. with a break at 3 p.m. The playoffs get underway on Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m., there will be four medal games, followed by the presentation of awards and the closing ceremony.
Those to be inducted into the BSF Hall of Fame under separate categories such as administrators, managers, coaches, umpires, and sponsors for meritorious services, are: Romell Knowles, Charlene Sturrup, Paula Johnson, Eric Williams, Eustace Penn, Vernon Farquharson, Gary Smith, Charles Johnson, Nigel Bootle, Leonard Newton, Michael Colebrooke, Yvonne Lockhart, Sam Knowles, Patrice Braithwaite, Edna Ingraham, George Mills, Alvin Smith, Suzanne Adderley, Brad Smith, Nancy Russell, Thora Sweeting, Lucy Wells, Kay Seiler, Rodney Gibson, Sue Roberts, Sherwin Smith, Cyril Smith, Anthony Weech, Marjorie Delaney, Arthur Johnson, Jeff Roberts, Rudy Gardiner, Eddie McSweeney, Spence Lynes, Joe Deal, Alphonso Albury, Pat Maynard, Bommer George Armbrister, Frank Forbes, Brusell Bradshaw, George Ferguson, Ronald 'Ding' Woodside, Clifford Scavella, Sherry Thompson (posthumously), Monica Woodside (posthumously), Paul 'Dingus' Thompson (posthumously), Bommer's Trucking and Sigma Management Ltd.
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Tears of joy streamed down the faces of many Bahamians on Saturday evening as they watched the spectacular show staged, for the opening of the country's first state-of-the-art sports facility, in amazement. Thousands poured into the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on Saturday, wanting to be a part of the historic event.
For many years now, athletes past and present were lobbying for an arena which would set them apart from their regional counterparts, like their performances in various sporting disciplines, and the construction of the stadium is said to be the edge that will be needed to further propel the country forward.
While the fireworks lit up the sky, and Bahamians stood proud, the country's best athletes including the trail blazers and those still carrying the torch, shouted out with glee, "finally". Olympic icon Pauline Davis-Thompson viewed it as "a vindication for all of the sporting persons", who came before her and those standing and still competing now. She said: "The Bahamas should stand proud and tall, as we understand that there were people who came before us and sacrificed many things to make this dream come true. The Bahamas is now recognized as one of the sporting powers in the world, but more importantly, the people of The Bahamas recognized us for what we have been doing. The Government of The Bahamas has recognized what we have been doing by rewarding us with such a beautiful arena."
The four-hour ceremony featured Bahamian athletes, musicians, dancers and icons. The event, broadcasted live, gave Bahamians from around the country an opportunity to share in the moment. International leaders, including representatives from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), regional sporting heads and giants, were on hand to watch the ceremony, which was done at an approximate cost of $600,000 to the government.
The national facility, named after Thomas Augustus Robinson, is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China. It seats 15,000 and will be the home of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). Robinson was the sole competitor for The Bahamas on the world stage for many years. He competed in four Olympic Games, starting in 1956. Two years later, he won gold at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff, Wales. The gold medal performance was accomplished in the 220 yards. Robinson also won a silver in the 100 yard dash.
When the British Empire and Commonwealth Games were hosted in 1962 and 1964, he claimed a silver in the 100 yard dash. At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, held in 1962, Robinson won a gold medal in the 100 yard dash.
It was these achievements among others, in which, the grand celebration was held. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said: "Tonight, we celebrate. We celebrate the embodiment of our Bahamian spirit and our Bahamian pride in Thomas Augustus Robinson in whose name and honor we dedicate this new national stadium. Tommy, you make us all proud to be a Bahamian. You are a sprinter by training. Yet you are also a marathon man as demonstrated by your considerable contributions to national development, and in helping to bring to fruition, the dream of this day. Tommy, you have fought the good fight. You are finishing the race with the very style and grace you exhibited in representing your country in four Olympiads. You have kept the faith.
"Tonight, we also celebrate Bahamian athletes, past and present. Tonight we celebrate a new day for athletics in fields of endeavor and competition such as baseball, basketball, soccer, American football, swimming, diving, tennis, cycling and other sports. We are delighted that this new athletic and cultural center will host major regional and international events like jazz and reggae festivals as well as other musical and special events. Fellow Bahamians at home and those joining in this celebration from overseas, tonight we celebrate the very essence of who we are as a people. We celebrate our Bahamian identity and nationhood."
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said the construction of the national stadium "creates real opportunities for The Bahamas to extend an invitation to the world to practice, compete and enjoy the best of the islands of The Bahamas." He believes that key to sustaining growth, is the state-of-the-art facility.
The preparation process for the official opening did not go without hiccups which resulted in many becoming critics of the current government. Many believed that the price tag for the opening was too high, especially since millions will be spent on the overall re-development of the Queen Elizabeth Sports Complex.
"The government is spending over $50 million in and around this site starting with the commissioning of a comprehensive master plan of the 400-plus acres around this stadium," revealed Maynard. "The IBS group, a Bahamian Civil Engineering group, whose principals are Nick Dean and Kevin Sweeting, completed the design of a multiuse sports and recreation compound in record time. We are now well into the execution of phase one of this master plan which has created a lot of what you would have seen on your way here, and a lot of what you cannot see that makes this stadium functional."
Maynard is promising that work will begin on the new state-of-the-art internationally certified Hot Rod complex by the end of next month.
Saturday 3rd December 2011 12:00 PM
December 3: Abaco Christmas Festival 8th annual event. There will be more than 30 vendors on site featuring amazing food, handmade jewelry, unique arts & crafts items, toys, decorations, sweet treats and so much more. Making a special appearance and bearing gifts for the kids will be Santa Claus himself and Her Majesty’s Prison Officers Marching & Pop Bands who will take to center stage performing an array of Christmas hits, along with a host of other lively entertainers. So join us for a jolly time at the 8th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival slated for Saturday, December 3rd in Marsh Harbour. For further information, please contact the Abaco Tourist Office at 367-3067. General activities are: A taste of Abaco's finest cuisine, a visit with Santa, free toys and games for all tots, arts and crafts bazaar, choirs, quartets, soloists, marching and calypso bands, Junkanoo parades,and all-day live entertainment, concluding with the Marsh Harbour Christmas Boat Parade and spectacular fireworks.