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December 30, 2011
Entertainment announced for New Year's Eve at Port Lucaya Marketplace

Freeport, Bahamas - Aside from the traditional fireworks at midnight,

"The Owners
and Directors of Bourbon Street Limited are pleased to feature the
Panache Band who will take the audience on a musical journey," reveals
Karen Bain, Entertainment Coordinator for Port
Lucaya Marketplace. "Hits from the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and all chart toppers of today, will all be played to stimulate the audience to
'dance, dance, dance' the night away!"

The highlight of the evening will
be a special guest appearance by T's Dancing Diva's,
who gave their promise to perform a must see show...

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September 05, 2014
NFL Week One

NFL Week One
Sheldon's picks
Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
What a way to start the season! Fail Mary re-lived! As much as I like the Seahawks and the 'Legion of Boom' in the National Football Conference (NFC), it's quite interesting to note that the last Super Bowl Champion to return to the Super Bowl the following year was the Patriots over a decade ago. With the balance that the Seahawks bring on both sides of the ball, I could definitely see them breaking that trend though. The Seahawks are the real deal... but so is Aaron Rodgers and the Packers! As a matter of fact, if this game was being played at Lambeau, I might be going with the Pack in this game. It's not, so...
Seahawks 33, Packers 30

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
The Saints is definitely one of the top three teams in the NFC, and could very well find themselves in Glendale, Arizona in February playing in the Super Bowl. To do that, they have to show consistency outside of the Superdome though. They're near flawless in the dome but have been known to struggle outside of it, especially early in the season. I like the Falcons in an upset in this one. They have a healthy Julio Jones back, and Matt Ryan is one of the more underrated passers in the league. I think Steven Jackson will have a strong bounce-back year for them, and their defense promises to be a bit stronger. Besides, they always play well in the Georgia Dome.
Falcons 27, Saints 24

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Arguably the two top teams in the American Football Conference's (AFC) North Division get together on Sunday afternoon in what should be an intense, physical battle. The Bengals could very well challenge the Broncos and Patriots for AFC supremacy this year, and the Ravens always play with pride and figure to make another strong run at the playoffs. I have to go with the youthful Bengals in this one though. It will be interesting to see how Geno Atkins looks coming back from a severe ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury, but the Bengals are potent regardless. On offense, A,J. Green is a top five receiver in my book, and Giovani Bernard is one of the more exciting, elusive backs in the league. Defensively, they're top notch.
Bengals 23, Ravens 17

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
The Bears promises to be strong as well with Jay Cutler throwing to arguably the best wide receiver tandem in the league, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. In the backfield, Matt Forte is a 1,000-yard back. The only question for them, is will they be able to keep Cutler upright and injury-free. They should be able to handle the hapless Bills regardless. I have the Bears making the playoffs this year, and it starts with a demolition of the Bills on Sunday.
Bears 40, Bills 16

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Both of these teams were less than impressive in the pre-season, and figure to be in for a couple of rough rides in the regular season. I think they'll both struggle mightily.... again. The Texans are a bit more talented with the likes of Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and new multi-million dollar man J.J. Watt on defense, but they still have Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball on offense which likely means multiple picks by the secondary of the 'Skins. Besides, the 'Skins still have the most explosive man on the field in RG3.
Redskins 20, Texans 17

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
After a resilient run at the playoffs a year ago, the Chiefs figure to once again be a contender in the AFC. In Jamaal Charles, they have the best running back in the conference. As long as Alex Smith manages the game properly and stays away from crucial turnovers, the Chiefs should win this game. I think he and that Chiefs offense will put up at least 20 points, and allow the defense to do the rest.
Chiefs 23, Titans 13

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
The big question in South Florida, is what kind of season will my Dolphins have? Has the team gotten over the bullying scandal that caused a stir around the league the latter part of last season? Will Knowshon Moreno make a difference in the backfield? Will Ryan Tannehill prove that he can throw the long ball? Most importantly, how will the new-look offensive line hold up? With Tom Brady and the Patriots coming to town, the Fins will be challenged immediately. Be that as it may, they always play the Pats tough in South Florida, especially in the heat in early September. I look for the Fins to move the ball effectively, and pressure Brady on the defensive side, to come out on top in this one.
Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
As much as I hate the Jets, I have to admit that they appear to be much improved this season. Their defense is top notch, and Geno Smith might work that Bahamian magic this season and have a solid bounce-back year. I don't expect him to suffer much of a sophomore jinx this season. He's rejuvenated, and should show it on the field. Quite frankly, he'll have to in order to keep Micheal Vick at bay. The elusive Vick is hungry to get another crack at a starting spot in the NFL. Geno and the Jets should be alright in the short run though.
Jets 26, Raiders 16

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Most analysts are picking the Eagles to run away with the NFC East division. I think they'll win, but it will be a much closer than most expect. I look for the Redskins to bounce back in that division, and challenge the Eagles for the top spot. Nick Foles and company won't have any problems with the Jags this Sunday though. This very well might turn out to be the most lopsided game of the week. LeSean 'Shady' McCoy might run for 2,000 yards this season, Foles will be efficient again throwing the ball, and the Eagles' defense will definitely be much improved. The Jags don't stand much of a chance.
Eagles 37, Jaguars 10

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
After missing the playoffs for the second straight year last season, and not making much moves in the offseason, I don't expect the Steelers to make any serious noise. They'll still be competitive, but "Big" Ben Roethlisberger is slowing down, and their defense is not what it used to be. Antonio Brown could be a Pro Bowler at the wide receiver spot, but the Steelers don't have that much depth at that position, and in the backfield Le'Veon Bell has not progressed like he should. I still have the Steelers winning this game, but I think they'll falter eventually and miss the playoffs for the third year in a row.
Steelers 24, Browns 13

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Can Shaun Hill save the Rams' season? I think not. It's quite unfortunate what happened to Sam Bradford in the pre-season, going down with another season-ending ACL injury. They had so much promise this season, but now without Bradford, it will become increasingly more difficult. The Rams are still solid defensively, but I seriously doubt Shaun Hill will be able to get the job done offensively. Meanwhile, a healthy Adrian Peterson is back for the Vikings and will be looking to start another 2,000-yard campaign on Sunday. In my opinion, he's not just the best running back, but the best player in the National Football League. Adrian "All Day" Peterson will show his worth on Sunday.
Vikings 30, Rams 23

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Not even Jerry Jones is optimistic about these Cowboys? When your owner comes out says that the season is going to be an "uphill battle", you know that you have your work cut out for you. Quite frankly, I thought it was modest of the Cowboys owner to sat that. The Cowboys defense sucks! Offensively, they have some weapons in Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray, but defensively thay can't stop anybody. The Niners have problems of their own to deal with, but none of them are offensively. They'll be able to score some points against this Cowboys defense for sure, and defensively, they'll have enough to contain Tony "Oh No" and crew.
49ers 27, Cowboys 21

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
The Bucs is another one of those teams that figures to be much improved this year. Josh McCown was pretty good in subbing for Jay Cutler in Chicago last year, and as the Bucs' starting quarterback this season, he should be much improved. Also, with the drafting of Mike Evans, he has two huge targets to throw to, like he did last year in Chi Town. Vincent Jackson and Evans should make life much easier for McCown, and Doug Martin should have a huge bounce-back year running the ball. Logan Mankins will solidify their offensive line, and Gerald McCoy will bring the heat defensively. Expect the Bucs to be a force to reckon with in the NFC South. Meanwhile, Cam Newton and the Panthers will take a step back. They'll still be competitive though.
Buccaneers 26, Panthers 23

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
It's a sure bet that Peyton Manning will be looking for retribution when these two AFC heavyweights meet in the Mile High City on Sunday night. Andrew Luck and the Colts won the first round in Indy last year, but you better believe Manning and the Broncos will be ready for them this time around. The Broncos has improved on both sides of the ball, especially defensively where they will have one of the top units this season. It's hard to imagine that they can be any better offensively, but with the acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders, I think they'll spread the field more and take more chances downfield. The Broncos lost Knowshon Moreno to the Dolphins, but Montee Ball is expected to fill in admirably. The Colts will be tough to beat this season as well, but it's not their time yet. Sit back Andrew Luck and watch a master at work.
Broncos 35, Colts 23

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
The Lions have all the tools to be a top notch team in the NFC but they haven't exactly proved their worth over the past few seasons. This could be the year they make a serious push for the playoffs - a place they've been just once since the start of the century. Calvin Johnson is still the best receiver in football. If Matthew Stafford can stay healthy, and stay away from a ton of interceptions this year, the Lions could make some noise. Meanwhile, Eli Manning and the G-men are slipping. I have them finishing third in the NFC East this year, and missing the playoffs for the third straight year.
Lions 30, Giants 19

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
A number of analysts having the Chargers making the playoffs year. Philip Rivers had a pretty impressive 2013 campaign, but I don't think the Chargers have enough weapons to challenge the upper echelon teams in the AFC. They snuck into the playoffs last year, but I don't see them doing it again. The Cards, on the other hand, are much improved and can make a serious playoff push especially with the Niners less than 100 percent. They'll have some challenges, playing in the same division with the Super Bowl Champs, but look for them to be right in the thick of things at the end of the season. However, I think that this Monday night affair will be close, and a late score will push the Chargers over the top.
Chargers 23, Cardinals 21
Naughty's picks

NFL Week One

Well it's that time again, the best part of the year, the NFL season! I'm glad to be back with this band of "pigskin" picking misfits and a few "newbies" for what should be an exciting 2014 NFL campaign. This week I'm just going to give you the winners and the scores. I will start elaborating on my picks next week.
Now before I turn into "Naughtydamus" and hit you with the winners I need to get two things out of the way.
First, I want you to check out the "U Pick Em" promotion in association with Hot 91.7FM and The Nassau Guardian. If you think you can pick some football, sign up at www.hot 917fm.com to register and you could win great weekly prizes and a trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona. So log on and get to picking!
Secondly, it is reported that one of our panel of prognosticators here at The Nassau Guardian, Devin Francis, is rather bitter and upset that his picture has not been in the picks segment like myself, Sheldon,Teej and Jammal. It's a simple answer Devin Francis, columns with pictures are reserved for those who know how to pick the NFL games!
Don't be bitter Devin, be better!
Here we go, here's who I like this week:

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
Seahawks 27, Packers 20

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Saints 24, Falcons 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Bengals 23, Ravens 20

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Bears 24, Bills 10

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Redskins 31, Texans 20

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Chiefs 24, Titans 20

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Patriots 24, Dolphins 23

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Jets 23, Raiders 20 - Overtime

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
Eagles 34, Jaguars 17

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Steelers 24, Browns 16

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Rams 20, Vikings 17

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
Cowboys 27, 49ers 24

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
Buccaneers 20, Panthers 17 - Overtime

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Broncos 38, Colts 24

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
Lions 26, Giants 20

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Cardinals 23, Chargers 20

Enjoy your kick-off weekend. I will enjoy mine live at "Jerry's World" in Dallas as my Cowboys knock off the 49ers. Let there be football!
Jammal's picks
NFL Week One

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
The title defense for the Seahawks begins on Thursday and despite losing a couple of key pieces on both sides of the ball, they probably won't lose a step in production. Seattle will face a formidable opponent in Green Bay and an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, so an opening night victory at home won't be a sure thing. The Packers boast an improved defense with Julius Peppers on the front seven, and his impact will be felt as the season progresses. However, it's hard to pick against the champs with the 12th man on its side, and having a rising star in Russell Wilson behind center makes my choice easier. This could very well be a postseason preview, but I like the Seahawks to capture the first win of the NFL season.
Seahawks 30, Packers 20

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
If I had to choose a sleeper team to make it to the Super Bowl this year, it would be this year's New Orleans squad. Its offense and defense were top five last year, and the combination of young players developing and offseason acquisitions will elevate them to an elite team this year. As for the Falcons, they're hoping to rebound from a disappointing season filled with injuries. I believe my Falcons will return to playoff form this season, and if its defense can be effective enough to contain opponents, Matt Ryan and his offense will do the rest. I expect the Falcons to defend its home turf on Sunday in a high-scoring game and squeeze out a victory.
Falcons 34, Saints 31

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Division games to start off the season will always produce fireworks, and these teams are the epitome of explosiveness on both sides of the ball. The Bengals have a lot to prove this season and will try its best to erase the label of "regular season warriors" from the heads of NFL pundits. As for Baltimore, I believe that they will be the dark horse of the AFC - mostly because of the addition of Steve Smith to the roster. The toughness he brings to the table will be a difference maker this season, and he fits well with Joe Flacco's playing style. This game won't lack competitiveness, but I give the edge to Baltimore because the overall balance in all aspects will be on display and eventually overwhelm Cincy on Sunday. The Ravens is my favorite to win the AFC North and I believe the Bengals will miss the playoffs, and my prediction will be validated on Sunday.
Ravens 23, Bengals 13

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
As inconsistent as Chicago was last year - especially on defense - they were a few minutes away from winning the NFC North title. The questions still remain about the defense, but the addition of pass rush specialist Jared Allen is a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, Buffalo should be tired of being the doormat of the AFC East and second-year starter E.J. Manuel will have to lead the charge. I'm still not convinced that he will elevate the Bills to the level of the bathroom rugs of the division (Dolphins and Jets), and he surely won't lead them to be the home owners (Patriots). As for Sunday, I like Chicago at home.
Bears 27, Bills 14

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
With all of the controversy surrounding the Redskins on and off the field, it's safe to assume that the distraction could play a huge role in the outcome. Robert Griffin III has struggled with Head Coach Jay Gruden's offense in the preseason and is having difficulties adjusting to being a pure pocket passer. As the season progresses, I believe he will return to his pre-injury form, and having Desean Jackson as a deep threat will be a difference maker. Houston has all the ingredients to be a great team, but no chef to cook a winning recipe at the quarterback position. Despite being 2-14 a year ago, its defense ranked in the top 10 and the addition of number one pick Jadaveon Clowney on J.J. Watt's defensive life makes them even scarier. While Houston will make it tough on Washington, not having a capable quarterback won't cut it on Sunday.
Redskins 20, Titans 16

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
The Chiefs were the biggest surprise team from last season, and now that the league has taken notice of Andy Reid's squad, the road will be tougher than last year. The ink on Alex Smith's hefty contract extension has dried and I believe he will prove that last year wasn't a fluke and have this team in the playoff hunt. The Titans are in a rebuild mode right now. It's hard for me to determine their identity at the beginning of the season. A strong effort on both sides of the ball will guarantee a win for Kansas City.
Chiefs 24, Titans 13

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Another season has arrived where I can clown the Dolphins! Before I go down that road, I honestly believe that Miami has the potential to be a playoff team if they can finally put all the pieces together. Ryan Tannehill has to elevate his game to a near top-tier level in order for the postseason to be plausible, and he has the requisite talent in order to do so. As for the Patriots, every year we think that their window is closing, and they somehow manage to be a Super Bowl contender. This is as talented a team that New England has ever had defensively, and Tom Brady can lead a top-10 offense in his sleep. Every game between these teams are always competitive, but I believe the Pats will manage to secure a victory behind a strong defensive effort.
Patriots 27, Dolphins 19

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Usually I would be able to hang my hat on the Jets' defense to carry the load throughout the season, but its secondary has suffered major losses in the offseason. They might be able to slide past this week against Oakland - which is starting a rookie quarterback - but it will be a challenging season unless Geno Smith has shown major improvement.
Jets 17, Raiders 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
The legend of Nick Foles will write a new chapter in his career starting Sunday, and I believe he will pick up right where he left off last season in terms of leading Chip Kelly's high octane offense. Jacksonville was the laughing stock of the league for the first 12 weeks of last season, but they did a god job of improving its roster during the offseason. However, the defending NFC East champs will impose its will on Sunday and get a comfortable victory.
Eagles 31, Jaguars 16

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Now that the Johnny Manziel frenzy has died, the Browns can now focus on football and see how they measure up against the rest of the league. However, the current state of the roster leads me to believe that they will finish last in the division, solely due to star receiver Josh Gordon being suspended for the entire season and the inexperience of Brian Hoyer as a starter. The Steelers will be in the mix for the AFC North and could very well win the division, but Ben Roethlisberger will have to tap into his clutch gene again. Pittsburgh should win this game with not much resistance.
Steelers 23, Browns 13

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Speaking of media frenzies, the Rams no longer have to deal with the circus that came with Michael Sam since he made history as the first openly gay player in the NFL. The bigger story for St. Louis is the loss of Sam Bradford for the season with another torn ACL, which puts a lot of pressure on the defense to win games. Surprisingly, the Vikings have slightly more stability than the Rams and Adrian Peterson will make his presence felt this season, starting on Sunday. I like the Vikes in a close one.
Vikings 26, Rams 24

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
The NFL's definition of mediocrity returns to the gridiron on Sunday, and I'm sure Dallas won't disappoint and beat themselves a few times this season. Sunday's game is winnable for them, given that the 49ers are missing key pieces on defense and Colin Kaepernick could possibly have the "payday hangover". The Cowboys could steal this contest. Who am I kidding! The 'Boys in primetime will always find a way to lose while Jerry Jones will provide us with some humorous facial expressions.
49ers 30, Cowboys 23

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
I predict Carolina will be one of those teams that won't match its output from last year, and the pressure Cam Newton will be under to do more with less will test his stature as a quarterback. As for the Bucs, having Lovie Smith at the helm will drastically improve this team and they could possibly be in the playoff hunt if Josh McCown can recapture the magic from last season. This will be more of a defensive game on Sunday, but I believe Tampa Bay will have a slight edge and squeeze out a victory down the stretch.
Buccaneers 21, Panthers 20

Indianapolis Colts at Denver
Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
This is my pick for game of the week because Sunday night football can't get any better than this on opening weekend. With the reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP) in Peyton Manning and an MVP candidate in Andrew Luck squaring up against each other, this game should be nothing short of electric. The way I've seen Denver play in the preseason makes me believe that they are finally playing with a chip on their shoulder after the spanking they took in the Super Bowl. Wes Welker's presence will be missed for the first four games of the season, but Emmanuel Saunders will have a breakout year and should have a big game. The Colts have added Hakeem Nicks and a healthy Reggie Wayne will return, so Luck will have the necessary tools to get it done this season. This game should be a shootout and Luck won't go down without a fight, but Denver will secure the victory behind a vintage Manning drive. Don't be surprised if these two teams meet again in the AFC Championship.
Broncos 34, Colts 28

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
This Monday night match-up should be entertaining to watch, but I want to see if any of these teams can show any flashes of being a playoff caliber team this year. Detroit is as talented as any team in the league offensively, and most of the credit deserves to be given to Calvin Johnson, but the mental mistakes prevent them from being a great team. As for the G-men, they could very well win the NFC East if Eli Manning can play at an elite level again, but he seems to be content with being a two-time Super Bowl champion at this stage of his career. While I would like to believe in Detroit to take care of business at home, New York will rebound from a terrible season and take advantage of the Lions' mistakes that will likely occur down the stretch.
Giants 27, Lions 23

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Arizona was a pleasant surprise last season, winning 11 games, but I believe that they won't be able to match that win total this season because they will be on the radar of opponents. San Diego got hot late in the season, and I believe that they can be a playoff team once again in a weaker AFC. Philip Rivers will have a strong season and Keenan Allen will be a top 10 wide receiver this year, while the defense could be very good if healthy. I like the Chargers in this game mainly because the Cardinals are not fully healthy at key positions, and I believe San Diego will try its best to exploit those weaknesses.
Chargers 26, Cardinals 17
Teej's picks

NFL Week One

Thursday's Game
Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
When these two teams are matched up against each other, we can only think about the "Fail Mary". The referees took away a game from the Packers wrongfully two seasons ago, and the Packers are not forgetting this. They will come back with a vengeance, ready to compete in the loudest stadium in football. Expect Aaron Rodgers and his offense to have silent counts, audibles at the line of scrimmage and an offensive clinic will be ran by the Packers. However, the Seahawks will fight and they will try to shake off the Super Bowl hangover. This game will be tough and it will come down to whoever has the chance to execute a perfect two-minute offense, but no referee will be able to save the champs from the beating the Packers will put on them.
Packers 27, Seahawks 22

Sunday's Games
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
I have many questions about the Falcons. I don't know if their offensive line is ready to protect Matt Ryan. I don't know if they can replace Tony Gonzalez and I don't know if their defense is steady enough to handle high-powered offenses like that of the Saints. I expect for Julio Jones to have a huge season, but that doesn't calculate to a win over the Saints on Sunday.
Saints 35, Falcons 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Divisional games in the AFC North are always tough and hard to call. The Ravens are at home, but they will have a tough road ahead of them. It all starts with the physical Bengals squad and the weakened Ravens squad. I can't imagine the Ravens being dominant, but I can imagine the Bengals imposing their will on the Ravens in Baltimore.
Bengals 17, Ravens 12

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Sammy Watkins: Get to know his name, and get ready to see him in a lot of highlights on ESPN. He is the Bills' rookie wide receiver, and this kid will be explosive. He won't be good enough to match the twin towers of Chicago, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but he will be good. The Bears' offense is too high-powered, and with Jared Allen added to their defensive line, I don't know if E.J. Manuel will get clean looks down the field to move the ball. This will be a tough season opener for the Bills on the road.
Bears 31, Bills 16

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
All eyes will be on Robert Griffin III as he starts his third year with a lot on his shoulders. After having an amazing rookie year, he came back and had a subpar sophomore year, which many blame on a premature return to football after knee surgery. I think Jay Gruden is the right coach for RG3, and I think we will see his maturation this year. It will start with this game. After locking in a huge paycheck, J.J. Watt looks to show why he is worth $100 million in this game. I do think that the Redskins will be too much for the Texans, and they will climb the ladder to the playoffs.
Redskins 20, Texans 18

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
The Titans have upgraded all around. However, they will need a lot of fire power heading into Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Chiefs' quarterback Alex Smith has stepped up his play over the last four years and he has gotten better every year. The Chiefs have one of the best defenses and their running game has been productive. The Chiefs will be too much on opening day for the Titans.
Chiefs 23, Titans 16

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Nobody ever expects the Dolphins to beat the Patriots, but they are not thinking about a few things. The last time the Patriots came to Miami, they lost. It will be scorching hot on Sunday afternoon which will prove to be a problem late in the game for the team from the north. The Dolphins have a new offensive coordinator, Bill Lazor, who will speed up the flow of the game and make them put up points. Also, the Dolphins' secondary is intense, and they will give Tom Brady a hard time on Sunday. Rob Gronkowski will give the Dolphins the most problems. If he plays, the Patriots will be a lot for the Dolphins to handle, but because of my hate for the Pats, I am going with my team in a late-game win.
Dolphins 28, Patriots 24

Oakland Raiders at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
Will we see Geno Smith for the whole season as the starting quarterback for the Jets? That I don't know, but I do know that he will finish this game if he stays away from injury. I expect the Raiders to be great on defense, but I do expect the Jets to do just enough to pull out their home opener.
Jets 15, Raiders 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.
The Jaguars need so many pieces to be competitive in this league. Philadelphia should have no problems handling the Jaguars. The Eagles will fly high against a mediocre team.
Eagles 31, Jaguars 6

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
I don't think this will be an easy game for the Steelers. Their Head Coach Mike Tomlin is one of the best in the league. They will come out fired up and ready. I think the Browns is a solid team with a solid defense, but in no way can they do enough offensively against the Steelers to pull off a win in Pittsburgh.
Steelers 17, Browns 9

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Vikings' quarterback Matt Cassell will last six games before Teddy Bridgewater rolls in. As for now, he has to try to defeat the super-defensive Rams. With the Rams' defense flying around, I don't know how the Vikings will get six points on offense. I know Adrian Peterson is capable of putting up 2,000 yards, but without an air attack, how will that happen?
Rams 14, Vikings 13

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
How will the Cowboys win games this year? I have never met a more distracted team than the Cowboys. With Jason Garrett as their Head Coach and Jerry Jones as their owner, I don't think they make playoffs. The 49ers, on the other hand, have issues of their own. Their offense is horrible, but hey, they are playing the Cowboys.
49ers 27, Cowboys 24

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.
The first wake-up call for the Panthers will be this game against the Buccaneers. With Lovie Smith now calling the shots in Tampa, we know that they will be more physical, more disciplined and explosive. Look for those huge receivers to give the Panthers problems, and expect for the Buccaneers defense to frustrate Cam Newton.
Buccaneers 23, Panthers 16

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Peyton Manning has no Eric Decker this season, and he will miss Wes Welker for four games due to a PED (performance-enhancing drugs) suspension. This means that the Thomas boys, Demaryius and Julius, will have to do some heavy lifting. On the other side, Andrew Luck will be at his best trying to crush the guy he replaced. This kid gets smarter and smarter, and I am sure he is out to prove that he can go toe-to-toe with the league's best. This will be amazing to watch, and I think Peyton shows Andrew Luck how it's done, particularly in the last two minutes of the game.
Broncos 31, Colts 24

Monday's Games
N.Y. Giants at Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.
The Giants have their issues, and it starts with Eli Manning. Their leader can't get good protection, and he makes horrible decisions when under pressure. On the flip side, the Lions have a good pass rush, but their defense has been known to give up tons of points. They are usually placed in a position where quarterback Matthew Stafford, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush have to score more points than the opposing team. I think the Lions' defense will show flashes of greatness and they get it done against the Giants in a nail-biter.
Lions 24, Giants 23

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.
Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer needs help from his offensive line. He took more sacks last season than he did in any other season of his career, so if the Cardinals can tighten up on that, he can find more time to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The Chargers, on the other hand, have hot and cold seasons. One season they are hot, the next season they are cold. This is the cold season for them.
Cardinals 27, Chargers 16
Overall standings

Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 175-80-1

Antoinne Robinson
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 170-85-1

Wally Ferguson
Week One Picks: Packers, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 169-86-1

Tony 'Teej' Grant Jr.
Week One Picks: Packers, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 169-86-1

Devin Francis
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 164-91-1

Reggie Ocean
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 162-93-1

Naughty (Hot 91.7)
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, Cowboys, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 160-95-1

Brent Dean
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 159-96-1

Kermit Rahming
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: 159-96-1

Stephen Johnson
Week One Picks: Packers, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 158-97-1

Jammal Smith
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 158-97-1

Juan McCartney
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bills, Redskins, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 152-103-1

Richard Rudon
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Redskins, Chiefs, Dolphins, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Rams, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 148-107-1

Tito Butler
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Falcons, Bengals, Bills, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Jaguars, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: 139-116-1

Brad Hanna
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Giants and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: N/A

Randy Smith
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Bengals, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Browns, Vikings, 49ers, Panthers, Broncos, Lions and Cardinals.
LAST SEASON: N/A

Royston Jones Jr.
Week One Picks: Seahawks, Saints, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Chiefs, Patriots, Jets, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions and Chargers.
LAST SEASON: N/A

N/A - Not Applicable.

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October 26, 2010
Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama present Guy Fawkes on the Beach, November 7th

Grand Bahama Island -  Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama will join together to host yet another favourite family event,

Guy Fawkes Night on the Beach on November 7th beginning at 4pm at  Margaritaville Sand Bar in Mathers Town.

Tickets are
only $10 for adults and $5 for children and provides a choice of BBQ
Ribs, Hamburgers, or Hotdogs with side orders and desserts.

Show off your best 'Guy' and then toss them onto the bonfire on the beach.Win Prizes!

"Guy Fawkes Night

(also known as

Bonfire Night,

Cracker Night,

Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the

5th of November..."

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February 02, 2012
600,000 for stadium opening

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

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September 06, 2013
NFL Week One: Sheldon's picks

NFL WEEK ONE

Thursday's game
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
What a way to kick off the new season! The Broncos and Ravens playoff thriller from a year ago, will be on display this week when the these two teams meet in Week One. As a result of an important function, I missed last year's shootout between these two teams but I certainly won't miss this one. What makes this game even more interesting, is that with both of these defenses being weakened from a year ago, this game promises to provide more fireworks on the offensive side. Peyton and the Broncos are just too potent for me to go against them at this particular point. They're still fuming over that playoff loss from a year ago, and will definitely have revenge on their minds this time.
Broncos 34, Ravens 30

Sunday's games
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
The big question for the Patriots this year, will be: Can Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman make up for the absence of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. In addition to that, Aaron Hernandez was released after involvement in the Odin Lloyd murder case, and Rob Gronkowski figures to miss at least the first three games of the season. Every time I try to put a spoke in the Patriots' wheel, they somehow find a way to recover though. Tom Brady will have a new bunch of receivers to throw to this year, but I have a feeling the All-Pro quarterback will find a way to get it done. Besides, they're opening their season against the lowly Bills.
Patriots 30, Bills 17

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Seattle promises to have one of the better teams in all of football this year. Their defense is certainly top notch, and led by Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Wilson, their ground and pound offense will be a force to reckon with. Newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin will be out for about half of the season, and the Seahawks will miss some production on the offensive side with him out, but their defense should be able to carry the team until his return. Cam Newton and the Panthers are up-and-coming, but the Seahawks defense will dictate he pace of this game on Sunday.
Seahawks 23, Panthers 14

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
With a full year under their belts in Chicago, Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall should be more productive this year. They're arguably top five in the league, in terms of quarterback to receiver tandem. However, the Bengals' duo, Andy Dalton to AJ Green, isn't bad either. I think this game will be one of the more competitive ones of the week, possibly coming down to a late field goal before it is decided. I'm going to roll the dice and go with the visiting team in this one. The Bengals could very well be a playoff team in the AFC again this year, and they'll prove their worth on Sunday.
Bengals 20, Bears 19

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
When it rains, it pours! Just when my Fins figured to make a significant move in the AFC East this year, they lost starting tight end Dustin Keller for the season. Now, there's no doubt that quite a bit of the load is going to be on Ryan Tannehill's shoulders this season. The Dolphins' second-year signal caller will have to prove that he has what it takes to be a top notch quarterback in this league, in order for the Dolphins to make the playoffs. I think he will show tremendous improvement, especially with Mike Wallace spreading the field and the reliable Brian Hartline catching everything in sight. Somehow, someway, the Fins will challenge the Pats for supremacy in the AFC East this year.
Dolphins 23, Browns 13

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
The Lions figure to be one of the surprising teams in not just the NFC, but the entire league this year. Led by Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson, they were second in the league in passing last year. The latter broke Jerry Rice's single season mark for receiving yards, and Stafford almost duplicated his 5,000-yard passing season from 2011. They'll be potent again, and the addition of Reggie Bush will add firepower on the offensive side for sure. In addition to that, the Lions' defense is quickly maturing. This bunch will certainly be too much for the Vikes to handle this Sunday.
Lions 33, Vikings 17

Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Here are two teams obviously headed in the opposited direction. The Colts are poised to be a serious contender in the AFC while the Raiders are slipping further and further into oblivion. The season hasn't even started yet, and football fans everywhere have a clear idea of what they're going to get from these two teams. Quite frankly, the Raiders are going to stink! What sealed their fate, for me, was when Terrelle Pryor won the starting job at QB over Matt Flynn. They might as well had kept Carson Palmer. Al Davis must be rolling over in his grave right now. Don't expect for the Colts to show any mercy on Sunday.
Colts 37, Raiders 10

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Quite a few analysts are picking the Chiefs to be the darkhorse team for the 2013 season, and with good reason. In addition to bringing in Alex Smith, Anthony Fasano and Donnie Avery, they maintained Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. On defense, they acquired Sean Smith to line up next to the steadily consistent Brandon Flowers. I don't see the Chiefs overcoming the Broncos in the AFC West this year, but they turn a few heads and pull off a few upsets.
Chiefs 24, Jaguars 16

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.
Game of the Week! With Sean Payton back to lead the Saints, and the 'Dirty Birds' threatening to challenge again, this game certainly shapes up to be one of the better games on the schedule in Week One. It's a also a huge rivalry game, with both of these teams playing out of the NFC South Division. I think the division will be won between these two teams for sure. The Saints will be playing with a chip on their shoulders this season, but in their demise a year ago, the Falcons took charge and aren't prepared to relinquish their grip on the divisional title. I think the Falcons will win the division, but the Saints will be fired up to take the season opener.
Saints 30, Falcons 27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
The Jets is a team in complete disarray. Unless Bahamian descent Geno Smith has sensational rookie season much like Andrew Luck, RG3 and Ryan Wilson of a year ago, I really don't see much hope for the Jets. Mark 'Butt Fumble' Sanchez is expected to miss at least the first three weeks of the season, but that might be a blessing in disguise for the Jets. Meanwhile, the Bucs will only go as far as Josh Freeman will carry them. I like what Doug Martin gives them in the running game, and Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams are a formidable duo at wide receiver, but they'll probably still be looking up at the Saints and the Falcons in their division at the end of the day. The Jets shouldn't pose much of a problem on Sunday though.
Buccaneers 24, Jets 13

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.
Everyone is wondering what kind of team the Steelers will bring back this year - will their defense be as potent as it was a year ago? With defensive guru Dick LeBeau guiding this unit again, and a healthy Troy Polamalu to go along with guys such as Ryan Clark, LaMarr Woodley and Larry Foote, I don't see why it can't be. Led by their 'Steel Curtain' defense, and 'Big' Ben Roethlisberger as steady as they come under center, I think the Steelers will be a force to reckon with once again. They should certainly be able to contain Chris Johnson and the Titans in the season opener.
Steelers 23, Titans 13

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 4:25 p.m.
The Rams appear to be a team on the rise, while the Cards appear to be a team in disarray. They won their first four games last year, before falling into a season-ending slump, and don't appear to be much of a threat this season either. The Rams, on the other hand, might have lost all-purpose back Steven Jackson but they could be deadly in the passing game and their young defense is capable of having some impressive outings. Sam Bradford is one of the better deep passers in the league, and now he has All-Pro tackle Jake Long to protect his blind side. The Rams will be a force to reckon with, but I'm not sure if they are ready to challenge the Seahawks and Niners in the NFC West just yet.
Rams 28, Cardinals 16

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
This playoff rematch from a year ago promises to deliver quite a bit of thrills. The Niners is a bonafide Super Bowl contender, and it will be interesting to see if the Packers could get back to that level, particularly without their best receiver Greg Jennings. Their running game was inexistent a year ago, but they might have to rely more on that aspect of their offense, in 2013. It will be hard pressed to get any kind of offense going against that swarming defense of the Niners though. I think the read-option offense of the Niners will create problems for the Packers' 'D', and the Niners defense will be more than enough to limit the production of Aaron Rodgers and the pack.
49ers 27, Packers 20

N.Y. Giants at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
The Giants are a perfect 4-0 against the Cowboys in their new stadium, but I have a feeling this particular trip will be different. Each of those four victories for the Giants have been by slim margins. The Cowboys are poised to end that run. Can this finally be the year the Cowboys live up to their pre-season expectations and go deep into the playoffs? Well, first of all, they would have to make the playoffs. I see another disappointing season for the Boys where they fall short of their goals, and then somehow try to validate Tony Romo's shortcomings and his big contract at the end of the season. I don't have them making the playoffs again this year, but somehow I think they'll sneak past their nemesis, the G-men, on Sunday.
Cowboys 30, Giants 27

Monday's games
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins, 7:10 p.m.
The Redskins are poised to win the NFC East this year, but everything rides on the health of their franchise quarterback. A healthy RG3 is set to start Week One, but whether or not he remains healthy for the duration of the season is another issue. If he does, I think that they will definitely be a force to reckon with, not just in the regular season, but the playoffs as well. Led by RG3 and Alfred Morris, the Redskins will have one of the better rushing attacks in the entire league. They led the league in that department last year, averaging almost 170 yards per game on the ground. It will be interesting to see how the Chip Kelly led Eagles will look this year, but they're a year or two away from seriously challenging for a playoff spot. The Skins will get an early jump on their divisional foes with a huge win on Monday night.
Redskins 27, Eagles 20

Houston Texans at San Diego Chargers, 10:20 p.m.
The Texans come into the 2013 season as one of the favorites in the AFC to get to the Super Bowl. I think they'll fight off a charging Colts team to take their third consecutive AFC South title, and will challenge the Broncos among others for a spot in Super Bowl XLVIII. In Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, the Texans have top five players at their respective positions, and their defense is much improved, but their real test will come in the postseason. The Chargers shouldn't present much of a challenge on Monday night, even though they'll be playing at home. The Texans dynamic duo of Foster and Johnson will just be too much for them to handle.
Texans 30, Chargers 20

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Bahamians Unite for Independence Day Celebrations in Atlanta
July 16, 2014
Bahamians Unite for Independence Day Celebrations in Atlanta

Two days after the fireworks over Clifford Park and a rivoting Junkanoo...

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William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas
July 06, 2011
William and Kate want to visit The Bahamas

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.

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February 27, 2012
(Photos) National Stadium officially opens in The Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas - More than 15
thousand Bahamians turn out February 25th, 2012 to be a part of the official
opening of the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, a gift to The
Bahamas from the Government of the People's Republic of China.

In an open to the public free event, the huge
audience was feted with an exciting cultural show put on by a cast of
more than 1,200 artists and performers. At the end it was capped with a
grand display of fireworks.

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November 27, 2013
Brazilian Roger Rosa brings excitement to boxing scene

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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July 04, 2011
US Ambassador Avant marks the United States' 235th anniversary of independence with 'A Salute to California'

NASSAU, Bahamas -- U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas Her Excellency Nicole A. Avant and her husband, Mr. Theodore Sarandos, hosted the official U.S. Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador's Liberty Overlook home on Saturday,
July 2.  
The event was held under the theme, "A Salute to California", and it brought together guests from throughout The Bahamas and the United States and to enjoy and sample an array of California's culture and cuisine.  Musical entertainment for the occasion was provided by Jazz Etc. who performed a repertoire of California songs with the evening culminating in a spectacular fireworks display set to Tchaikovsky's Overture of 1812.
Ambassador Avant, speaking on behalf of U.S. President Barack Obama, thanked her guests for their continued support and friendship to the people of America and referenced a remark made by President Obama.
"This is the day when we celebrate the very essence of America and the spirit that has defined us as a people and as a nation for more than two centuries."
The evening was set aside to pay tribute to the Ambassador's home state of California and she highlighted what makes the State so unique.

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