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Bahamian Delegation attend 100th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone at Freemason's Hall
Edinburgh, Scotland -
Bahamian delegation attended the 100th Anniversary of the Laying of the
Foundation Stone at Freemason's Hall of the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
The Celebrations took place recently in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pictured
from left: Brother George W. Burrows, Master-Elect Lodge St. Michael
No. 1634; Brother Paul H. Farquharson, Bahamas High Commissioner, Past
District Grand Chaplain; Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of
Esslemont, Grand Master Mason, Grand Lodge of Scotland; Brother Charles
Wilson Johnson, Right Worshipful District Grand Master, District Grand
Lodge of The Bahamas
Many people live their lives toeing the line -- they dare not make waves -- but one Bahamian young man decided to step outside the box and he is now the priest-in-charge of the Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown with the parishes of St. John, Holy Name, St. Peter, St. Luke and Byrea Chapel...
Among the star-studded list of professional female golfers teeing off at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic yesterday, was Bahamian Georgette Rolle.
The sole player representing the country at the prestigious classic was paired with Jaye Marie Green and Vicky Hurst in Group 34, in the opening round of play on Thursday. Rolle shot an 10-over par 83 yesterday, and will really have to turn it up if she intends to make the weekend's cut. Her pairing partners, Green and Hurst shot 2-below and 1-below respectively.
"This year, everything is better," said Rolle, just before
teeing off on hole 10. "I am very comfortable and the weather is very nice. Yesterday (Wednesday) I was able to go around and get a feel for everything, and it feels great. I expect to stay focussed and stick to my game plan. My caddie and I were working on a number of things.
" I just want to play well these next two days and make it to the weekend. The set-up is pretty even. Half of the field will tee off on number one and the next half will go on number 10. I think either one is pretty similar for me. I would just like The Bahamas to know that I will do my best to represent them, and I would love for them to come out and support me."
The classic has a competitive field. After round one, there is a tie for first place between Lydia Ko of New Zealand and South Korean Meena Lee. Both golfers shot a 5-under par 68. A total of nine players are one shot behind the leaders.
Among the players in the field are Stacy Lewis, the 2012 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, Jiyai Shin, Beatriz Recari, Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Jennifer Johnson and Karrie Webb, just to name some of the top ranked players.
There are 11 major winners in the field looking to capture the $195,000 first place prize from a $1.3 million total purse.
Jeff Williams laments the decline of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) for over three decades. He has a strong appreciation for the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) which has been a breeding ground for younger players.
"We lost a lot when our senior program died," he said.
The BBA was in turmoil and not producing quality players as it once did, years before the Andre Rodgers Diamond was torn down in 2006. That act though was like the nail in the coffin. The BBA never caught itself and now appears to be an organization in name only. Despite it all though, even a sports hard-liner like Williams readily admits there is much richness to the baseball history in this country to be proud of. Of course, the coming on stream of the BBF at the same time the BBA was slipping badly, helped greatly to cement the baseball legacy in the nation.
Williams proudly points to the many professionals developed, nurtured and refined by the BBA. There was in fact that storied period of the BBA. There was much to celebrate about during the 1950s, the 1960s and the 1970s. That was a period when The Bahamas was churning out professional baseball players faster than the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Andre Rodgers started it all in 1954 when he signed a contract with the New York Giants organization. He would go up to the major leagues to stay in 1957, until 1967. Behind him came some 47 more professionals. Five of them followed him into the majors -- Tony Curry, Wenty Ford, Ed Armbrister, Will Culmer, and just last season, Antoan Richardson reached the elite circle.
The others that got into the professional mix include the following: Vincent Ferguson, Edmondo Moxey, Lionel Rodgers, George Weech, Randy Rolle, Adrian Rodgers, Vince Albury, Hugh Bethel, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Simeon Humes, Eugene Thompson, Frankie Sands, Jayson Moxey, Fred Smith, Roy Bethel, Randy Rodgers, Roosevelt Turner, Fred Taylor, Colin Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Sidney Outten, Kendal Munroe, Pat Ingraham, Shad Rolle, Douggie Smith, Randy Thompson, David "Billy" Mycklewhite, Louis McQuay, Creswell Pratt, Andre Wood, Jackie Wright, Ken Adderley, Jervis Stuart, Winston Seymour, Angelo Burrows, Jammal Johnson, Albert Cartwright, Geron Sands, Greg Burrows, Neil Forsythe and Sean Albury.
That's a nice list, but many of us who have followed the game here, some from the very beginning and the others, are convinced the number would have been larger had the BBA not gone into a funk. Nevertheless, there is the BBF. Presently the BBF provides these numbers:
Professional rank - Richardson, Cartwright, Albury, and including American-born Trayce Thompson, the son of Bahamian basketball great Mychal Thompson.
Present high school/college players in United States - Desmond Russell, Ali Knowles, Dale Davis, Steve Curtis, Lynden Pindling, Byron Ferguson Jr., Byron Murray, Anfernee Seymour, Stephen Russell Jr., Alex Roberts, Ramon Grant, Geren Albury, Tameko Williamson, Anthony Russell, Chad Burrows, Daniel Johnson Jr., Marvin McQueen, Harkeem Cooper, Perez Knowles, D'Juan Seymour, Trae Sweeting, Morgan Souder, Travis Strachan, Ian Fox, Alex Martinborough, Arien Seymour, Lance Edwards, Leighton Gibson, Rodney Forbes, Lyndale Morley, Javon Davis, Keanu Thompson, Todd Isaacs, Ashton Pratt, Dino Sweeting, Jerome Jones, Chachard Laing, Rio Russell, Devin Simmons, Gerrio Rahming, Tevin Symonette, Lucius Fox, A.J. Romer, Henry Thompson, Andrew Pindling, Zach Thurman, Ashton Butler, Arthur Rolle, Seberon Morley, Nick Ferguson, Tramaine Roker, Giles Chisholm, D'wight Rahming, Shannon Johnson, Brandon Taylor, Justin Sweeting, Myron Johnson, Pedro Dean, Kyle Parks, Michael Treco, Cameron Richardson, George Ratliffe and Yokito Pinder.
That's a nice group of young diamond performers. Two years ago, the Freedom Farm 12-and-under squad won the Cal Ripken World Series crown. Williams admits that the country's baseball future is looking bright. The BBF environment certainly is a healthy one.
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The Bahamas - Bahamian engineers designed the unique waste water system in
George Town, Exuma that is a pilot project for Small Island Developing States
around the world.
project is designed to treat the waste from the yachts that frequent Exuma and
prevent the fouling up of the harbour. Without any other options they
just dump their sewage in the harbour," said Ambrose Johnson, engineer from
Engineering and Technical Services...
Felicia Burns graduates College of Saint Benedict
Felicia Burns, daughter of Valerie and Dexter Burns of Nassau, Bahamas, participated in the commencement ceremony at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) on May 11, in the Haehn Campus Center/Clemens Field House on the CSB campus, St. Joseph, Minnesota. Burns is a candidate to receive a bachelor of arts degree in French and chemistry.
Denise DeVaan '75, senior consultant with ICF International, delivered the keynote address during the 98th annual commencement at CSB. Alivia Tison, senior Hispanic studies major from Des Moines, Iowa, was the student commencement speaker selected by this year's senior class.
The 2013 CSB graduating class included 514 undergraduate women. When combined with Saint John's University's 409 undergraduate men, this year's combined undergraduate graduating class totaled 923.
Lauren Sands graduates George Mason University
Lauren Lynden Lascelles Sands, the son of Robert 'Sandy' Sands and Michelle Pindling Sands of Nassau, Bahamas, participated in the commencement ceremony at George Mason University in Virginia. Sands received a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.
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