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Johnny Depp Starrer “The Rum Diary” and Sports Dramedy “Breakaway” To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively
Nassau, Bahamas – November 17, 2011 – Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 8th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau.
HG Christie Ltd. and CBRE Successfully Sell Bahamas’ Big Grand Cay Archipelago Estate at Auction...
Big Grand Cay Archipelago being Auctioned by CBRE in Cooperation with HG Christie Ltd...
With a squad led by a crop of outstanding college players, the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF) is hoping that its representatives for the 2011 World Baseball Challenge (WBC) make an immediate impression, particularly to professional scouts.
Coming on the heels of what was another successful Andre Rodgers Championships, the prestigious World Baseball Challenge will be held July 8-19, in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. The 24-member squad will be led by collegians Desmond Russell, Richard Bain and Ali Knowles, along with recent college graduate Ramon Grant, and local slugger Sherman Ferguson.
The team, which held its last full practice session yesterday evening at the Junior Baseball League of Nassau's (JBLN) Field of Dreams Complex, will stage a 'Media Day' this evening, and a light workout tomorrow evening, before leaving for Prince George, Canada, on Thursday afternoon. The team will play its first game on Saturday afternoon against Chinese Taipei.
"I think we'll definitely go over there and be competitive," said BBF Secretary General Teddy Sweeting yesterday. "We think that the guys are going to play respectable baseball and give a good show. We feel confident that they will perform well. There's no doubt that this is the best possible team that we could put together at this particular time. This team is made up of the best Bahamian baseball players in college, and without a doubt, I think they will perform well," he added.
A total of six teams are set to compete in the tournament - the Bahamian team and Cuba from this region, host country Canada from North America, and the Beijing Tigers, Chinese Taipei and Japan from Asia.
The BBF sent a squad to the first Prince George tournament two years ago, putting up its best showing in a game against a powerful American squad. Team Bahamas lost that game, 8-1, but right-handed pitcher Russell gave up just four hits and had his team within one run, 2-1, in the seventh inning. He finished the game, yielding just two earned runs.
Team Bahamas finished winless in that inaugural tournament two years ago, but the young squad turned a number of heads with their tremendous talent and knowledge of the game. This year's World Baseball Challenge has improved, in terms of quality of teams, with the additions of Cuba, Chinese Taipei, Japan and the Beijing Tigers. They will join Team Bahamas and host country Canada in a round-robin plus playoffs format.
Five years ago, a senior men's squad from The Bahamas recorded a historic 2-1 victory over a squad from Cuba at the World University Games in Havana, Cuba. It was the first time that a senior national team from The Bahamas defeated a senior Cuban squad.
Lynden Pindling III
Theodore 'Trae' Sweeting
Bertram Murray Jr.
Jamaica, our sister Caribbean island, is poised to defend its sprinting title at the London Olympics. Four years ago in Beijing, led by the awesomely swift legs of Usain Bolt, Jamaica established beyond any doubt that it had produced the most excellent sprinters, male and female, the world ever saw.
Yes, it is the view here that the 2008 Jamaican Olympic sprinters, collectively, were the best ever accumulated at one time.
Bolt exceeded the expectations many had of him since he was a junior world record holder in the 200 meters.
His 9.58 and 19.19 recordings in the short sprints respectively might very well last for decades to come.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was not known very much worldwide when she demonstrated shocking speed to win the 100 meters in Beijing with a time of 10.78. She has since lowered her personal best to 10.70. While that clocking, superb as it is, doesn't come close to the ridiculously low 10.49 achieved by he late Florence Griffith-Joyner, Fraser-Pryce has proven that she was much more than a flash in the pan.
At the Jamaican Nationals just recently, she easily defeated Veronica Campbell-Brown in both the 100 and 200 meters. She goes to London as a strong double possibility.
Bolt and the man who conquered him twice at the Jamaican Nationals, Yohan Blake, are the sprint favorites for London.
What is so amazing about Jamaica is how the relatively small nation (compared to the United States, Russia, Germany and the like) has been so consistent for almost 70 years in producing the best in the world of sprinters.
In the late 1940s and 1950s, the trend began with Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, George Rhoden and Les Laing. In the 1950s, Keith Gardiner came on stream, followed by George Kerr, Dennis Johnson and Lennox Miller in the 1960s. Miller bridged the gap to Don Quarrie in the 1970 and Bert Cameron subsequently had some superb years during the 1980s. McKenley, Rhoden, Wint, Laing, Kerr and Cameron were successful in the longer sprint of 100 meters. Kerr was also terrific over two laps.
The Jamaican short sprinters of the present era are the greatest group yet. Bolt, Blake, Asafa Powell, Nester Carter and Michael Frater are a fantastic collection. Only the USA can boast of having such a five, close to Jamaica at any one time.
On the female side, Grace Jackson, Merlene Ottey and Julieth Cuthbert passed the baton on to Campbell-Brown, Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart.
It's a wonderful history of sprinting that can be favorably spoken about with passion and conviction, equally, as that of the USA.
We in The Bahamas can emulate Jamaica.
We would do well to seek to be as Jamaica is and has been for many years. For The Bahamas, only the Golden Girls have had the great consistency at the top of the world.
In The Bahamas, there has always been the potential to be better in athletic and other sports disciplines.
Do we strive for excellence as Jamaica does?
Have we been rather elated to produce semi-finalists while Jamaica's sight has been set on the top prize?
What is it?
The recipe for Jamaica is the combination of hard work and the one agenda of going for the gold. Yes, there are "attitudes" and "personality conflicts" in Jamaica for sure. What they have been great at though is in putting aside individual views in favor of a total focus on the gold.
Intrinsically, The Bahamas is not there yet. We do have what it takes to emulate Jamaica in world sprinting.
Presently, however, Jamaica is leagues ahead of us in that department. Jamaica will once again be the Caribbean sprint leader at the Olympics.
We must grab the formula that can place us alongside or close to Jamaica.
That's the future.
For now, yes, it's go Bahamas!
Also, go Jamaica!
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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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