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May 09, 2014
2016 trial date for men accused of Fox Hill mass shooting

A Supreme Court judge yesterday set a trial date two years from now for three men charged with four counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder in relation to the December 27, 2013 mass shooting in Fox Hill.
Peter Rolle, 29, Justin Williams, 22, and Jermaine Curry, 25, made a brief court appearance before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to receive a trial date.
The defendants will be tried on September 12, 2016 over the murders of Shaquille Demeritte, Claudezino Davis, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison and the attempted murders of Samuel Ferguson, Leroy Taylor, Janet Davis, Chino Davis, Jermaine Pratt, John Davis and Benjamin Demeritte.
The victims were at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd.
Police had questioned more than 60 people as they tried to determine who was responsible for the drive-by shooting at the park.
The men remain on remand at Her Majesty's Prisons.

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January 20, 2014
Husband and wife team win Marathon Bahamas

It was indeed a 'family affair' in Marathon Bahamas this Sunday, as the two overall titles from the running of the fifth annual event were captured by the husband and wife team of Justin and Melissa Gillette.
The dynamic duo were just one of many families that completed in the 26.2-mile course, which took runners on a picturesque route on the northern tip of New Providence. Justin won the men's overall title in 2:36.57 and Melissa took the female title in 3:04.01.
"It felt good to win," said men's winner Justin Gillette. "It was definitely a shock to my system, to go from eight
degrees (weather), and here we were running in about 65 or 70. Everybody here on the island was just so excited. It didn't matter what country you were from, they were cheering real loud so it was pretty fun to be a part of this and to win. I've never been to The Bahamas before, so I just thought it was a unique idea. It is winter time back home so the idea of going to an island in the middle of winter is always appealing. We brought the whole family down, my kids, my wife and my in-laws. We just made a nice little vacation out of it. It is nice to have matching awards in the house, it makes the trip feel a whole lot better."
While Justin said the wind was a bit of a problem for him around mile 16 or 17, Melissa said the wind actually helped to cool her down. She also said seeing her husband out front, made her push even harder.
She said: "I think it was a little different experience for me. The beginning was rough for me. I had to get adjusted to the temperature. For me, the wind actually helped to cool me down so I ran about four seconds faster in the second half, than what I ran the first half. I got into a rhythm later on."
The top masters male division was won by Bahamian Keithrell Hanna and visitor Michelle Walker took the top masters female spot. Hanna's time was 2:49.25 and Walker finished in 3:41.26. Hanna was the first Bahamian to cross the finish line. The Freeport, Grand Bahama native said: "It feels great and I give God thanks for the victory. I have been running for 30-plus years, from I was a little child.
"This is the my third marathon. I am getting ready for the Boston Marathon, I was just preparing myself and using this for bigger events. In Freeport, I run 15-20 miles every Saturday and Sunday, running the sand and on the grass."
A number of groups and organizations also competed in the annual event. One group in particular, the Kids of Courage, an organization based in New York, had more than 50 participants. The race, for one of their members Merra Herman, was special in more ways than one. Herman said: "Kids of Courage is fairly new to me, but it has been amazing. I used to do a lot of things, like getting myself up and keeping myself up emotionally. Sometimes I used to sit in class and I couldn't move my legs because I couldn't feel them. I used to be in tremendous pain. I used to say I don't know how I was going to get up, but now, whenever that happens, all I do is think about my wonderful counsellors, the wonderful staff and friends at Kids of Courage. It is just amazing because I never had that before. It also brought me and my family closer. My brother, he pushed me pretty much the whole way, and I don't think many siblings would have done that."
The top relay team in the male division was Pharmachem Technologies which posted a time of 3:23.27 for the win. Following them in a time of 4:00.27 was Iberolam. Strombus was third in 4:03.48. The Hillview Pathfinders clocked 4:11.46 for fourth and Deloitte As One came in fifth in 4:16.58. The Smoking Hot Mamas was the top female relay team, stopping the clock at 3:56.59. The Long Island Gals came in second and the Desperate Housewives team finished third in times of 3:59.34 and 4:11.26 respectively.
Winning the men's half marathon was Jonathan Volpi, in 1:11.27, and Angela Cobb took the women's half marathon in 1:26.23.

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January 26, 2012
Coach Evans guiding young Bahamians in Canada

Yet another Bahamian is overseas paving the way for his young countrymen to receive educational opportunities through sports.
Coach Ray Evans, who accepted the Athletic Director's job at Life Christian Academy in Ottawa, Canada last semester, currently has nine Bahamians under his wing - eight young men and one young lady. All of the youngsters are between the ages of 16 and 19, and all are a part of the varsity basketball squads.
Coach Evans said that the transition has been a difficult one, but they are all adjusting very well. A number of the players are strong contributors on the senior boys squad.
"It was tough for all of us initially, especially for me and my family because my wife had a government job and was in line for a promotion. To uproot my family just like that and move to a foreign country was quite an experience but it is one that I don't regret. I just want to thank my wife for allowing me to pursue this professional opportunity. I love her dearly because she really gave up a lot to help me have this opportunity to help others - to help young Bahamians fulfill their educational and athletic aspirations."
Young Bahamians up there with Evans are Donald Gibson from Tabernacle Baptist Academy, Jordan Jones and Justin Smith from Eight Mile Rock High School, Bijan Duncombe formerly of Catholic High School, Nathaniel Newbold Jr. from Jack Hayward High, Linroy Russell from Sunland Baptist, Demario Hepburn from St. George's and Alex Delancy from Gateway Academy in Bimini. Evans currently has his senior boys sporting a 14-3 win/loss record in their basketball season. In their last game on Tuesday, they prevailed by one point, 73-72, in double overtime.
"All of the boys are playing well," said Evans. "In the last tournament they played in, Justin Smith was the Tournament MVP (most valuable player), and Demario Hepburn was the 'Defensive Player of the Tournament'.
They were joined on the All-Tournament team by Donald Gibson; so they are contributing very strongly to the program. Justin was unable to play in the last game but the back-up point guard from Bimini, Alex, had a very good game. Donald led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds and hit the game-winning shot. More importantly, these young guys are getting the opportunity to be seen.
"A good number of NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) schools, D-II schools and junior colleges are interested in our kids. The numbers might not be there for the D-I schools but the goal is to get these kids tertiary level scholarships so that they can have the opportunities to be seen by D-I scouts and further their collegiate careers. They are drawing a lot of interest from the Canadian schools as well."
Evans, who served as the basketball coach of the Teleos Christian Cherubims before jetting for Canada, is hoping to recruit another six or seven Bahamians this September. He actually stumbled across the Athletic Director's job by mistake. In the summer of 2010, he was trying to get some of his players at Teleos off to schools in the United States when a school called Life Christian Academy in North Carolina was brought to his attention. He searched for the institution online, and ended up calling Life Christian in Canada as opposed to Life Christian in North Carolina. Be that as it may, the principal of the Canadian private high school expressed interest; they developed a good rapport, and a few months later, Evans was offered the Athletic Director's position.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm thankful for it," said Evans. "I'm just trying to help as many kids as possible from back home. Here, everyone likes the style of play that we use. They see that it has been successful. These kids are going to be able to adapt to college easily because of the many styles of play that we teach here at Life Christian. A lot of college coaches are liking what they see. The main difference between here and back home is that these boys wouldn't have the opportunities to be seen by so many coaches back home. I just want to say thanks to all of the parents who entrusted their kids in our care. They allowed them to be a part of our program, and I'm thankful for that."
Evans and his senior boys will finish their season in two big tournaments, the National Capital Classic from February 1-4 and the Falcon Classic from February 9-13. During the Easter break, Evans and some of his colleagues from Canada will come down here to The Bahamas to scout some of the local talent, and hopefully offer them scholastic opportunities in Canada.

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April 26, 2012
Jehu Timothee, 29

Funeral service for Jehu Timothee, 29 yrs., a resident of Sumner Street, Nassau Village & formerly of St. Louis Du Nord, Haiti, who died on 12th April, 2012, will be held at Solid Baptist Church, Kool Air Subdivision off Fox Hill Road, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Justin, assisted by Bro. Rivet Petit DOS. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.Left to cherish his memories are his Parents: Belizaire & Marie Timothee; Sisters: Gladys & Esther Timothee;Brothers: Nehu, Moise & Baby Timothee; Foster Parents: John & Deborah Deleveaux; Special Friends: Yudi Thomas; Employers: Toby Austin & Deidre Fernander; Grandmother: Decius Timothee; Aunts: Cizelia, Marina, Altagrace & Charitable Timothee; Cousins: Rev. Paul Justin, Anthony, Renaud, Philony, Leonie, Leon, Maxene & Vilner Timothee, Lemoine, Jonas & Yvronie Justin, Herold & Evins Lubin; Numerous other relatives & friends including: Exmini & Renea Benoit.Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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December 12, 2014

Sheldon's picks

Guardian Sports Editor
WEEK 14: 9-7
OVERALL: 130-77-1

Thursday's game
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.
The Cards have been the top team in this division all season long, but the Rams have played aggressively, and have certainly been no pushover. Their pass rush in particular has created havoc on opposing quarterbacks in their most recent games. The Cards are trying to wrap up the division title, but I have to go with the Rams in an upset in this one. I'm particularly impressed with their defense in recent weeks, shutting out two opponents in back-to-back weeks. Besides, they've really solidified the quarterback position with the return of Shaun Hill. I think they'll be effective on offense, and domineering on defense in this Thursday night affair.
Rams 23, Cardinals 20

Sunday's games
Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
The Steelers just might have saved their season with that big win over the Bengals last week. Here's where it gets difficult for them though. They travel to Atlanta this week, and then host the Chiefs and Bengals in their final two games. I'm making a bold prediction right now, and giving the final two playoff spots in the American Football Conference (AFC) to the Ravens and Dolphins. As for the Falcons, they end the season against the Saints and Panthers so they really control their own destiny as far as winning the National Football Conference's (NFC) South Division is concerned. This one should really be a high-scoring battle, but I'll give the edge to the Falcons in the dome. It might be close, but they'll get the job done and finally win a game against an AFC North opponent.
Falcons 37, Steelers 34

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
The Ravens are in full playoff mode right now. That was evident with that statement win over the Dolphins in Miami last week. Justin Forsett is running like an animal, and that defense is bringing the pressure from the ends and up the middle. The Jaguars aren't strong enough to play the role of spoiler successfully. They're near the bottom of the league in run defense, so expect a heavy dose of Forsett and Bernard Pierce in this one for the Ravens. The effectiveness of Steve Smith Sr. in the passing game will only add to the woes of the Jags in this one.
Ravens 30, Jaguars 16

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Speaking of teams in full playoff mode, the Packers might just be the class of the NFC right now. They've risen to No. 1 in the power rankings and will most likely be the top seed in the NFC heading into the playoffs. The only weakness I see with the Packers right now is on the defensive end, and that might haunt them when they go up against the likes of Seattle and the "Legion of Boom" in the playoffs. Meanwhile, this Bills team is a sneaky bunch. Quite frankly, their pass rush and ball-hawking secondary scares me. They could certainly bring the pressure defensively, but offensively I don't know if they'll be able to score enough points to keep with Aaron Rodgers and the Pack.
Packers 27, Bills 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
If Cam Newton was playing in this one, I'd take Carolina in a heartbeat. However, he suffered two transverse fractures in his back in an accident on Tuesday when his truck overturned. With Derek Anderson under center for the Panthers now, I'm not sure how they'll do. One thing I'm certain about though, is that defense they played on Drew Brees and the Saints last week. They held the high-powered Saints to less than 300 yards passing and forced a couple of turnovers. It might not be the same dominating defense that was led by Greg Hardy last year, but there is some talent there. I think they'll have an encore performance at home, particularly against a Bucs team that just can't seem to do anything right.
Panthers 24, Buccaneers 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The Johnny Manziel era is officially underway in Cleveland. They're still very much alive in the playoff race but then again so are the Bengals who have high aspirations of locking up the division title. I think the Bengals will finally create some separation between themselves and the bottom feeders in this division. Quite frankly, they're a much better team than the Browns at this point. The Browns defeated them soundly in Cincy earlier this season, and don't think for a second that the Bengals forgot that. In fact, after that game, Bengals' rookie running back Jeremy Hill went on record to say that the Bengals are still better than the Browns. I think they'll come out and prove it on Sunday.
Bengals 27, Browns 21

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Colts could wrap up a division title with a victory over the Texans on Sunday. I fully expect them to take advantage of that, especially in their own building. I think Andrew Luck will have the league's number one offense clicking on all cylinders. The Colts' third-year quarterback is in the Most Valuable Player (MVP) discussion right now, even though most expect that to go to Aaron Rodgers. Luck could very well break Peyton Manning's single-season passing record this year. Even if he doesn't he'll certainly top the 5,000-yard passing mark for the first time in his career. With Luck passing the ball all over the field, the Texans will watch as their slim playoff hopes fade away.
Colts 33, Texans 23

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Like the Colts, Tom Brady and the Pats could also wrap up their division with a win on Sunday. Unlike the Colts, I think they'll fail miserably though. The Dolphins is one of those teams that always give Brady and the Pats problems, no matter where they play - in South Florida or up north in Foxborough. The pass rush of the Dolphins has slowed down in recent weeks, but the Pats don't really have the blockers to keep the likes of Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon off Tom Brady. On the other side of the ball, despite an ailing Dolphins' offensive line, the Pats don't have the pass rushers to bring pressure consistently like the Ravens did last week. I think that will make a huge difference in this AFC East battle.
Dolphins 27, Patriots 24

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
It's now or never for the Kansas City Chiefs. They'll probably have to win out in order to make the playoffs. Fortunately for them, they have the Raiders coming to town this week, so that should be able to stop the bleeding from three straight losses. Don't expect the Chiefs to lay an egg and hand the Raiders another victory like they did three weeks ago. With the Steelers and Chargers lurking on the schedule, they need to win this game if they want to make the playoffs. I think they'll get back to smash mouth football with Jamaal Charles leading the way on offense, and Justin Houston and Tamba Hali wreaking havoc on defense.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 13

Washington Redskins at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
It appears that Colt McCoy will get the nod over Robert Griffin III (RG3) for the Redskins again this week. I think the 'Skins might be better off going back to RG3. In his latest outing last week, McCoy couldn't get anything going offensively against the Rams, and that was at home. Despite his sporadic play, RG3 has never been shut out in his career. Be that as it may, the 'Skins have many issues they need to address, not just at the quarterback position. Defensively, I don't know if they'll be able to do anything much against Eli Manning and the Giants. Andre Williams had 131 yards on the ground for the Giants last week, and Odell Beckham Jr. is racking up the yards through the air.
Giants 31, Redskins 17

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos also have division clinching aspirations this weekend, and they're the only team that can do it on the road, silencing the opposing crowd. Watching the Chargers play last week, they struggled in the second half to get anything going offensively. If they can't muster up a consistent offensive attack against the Pats' 13th ranked defense then I don't expect them to have much success against the fourth ranked unit of the Broncos. On the other side of the ball, Peyton and the Broncos don't take much drives off, no matter who is on the other side of the field. I think they'll have another balanced offensive attack on Sunday, and send the Chargers reeling to another home loss.
Broncos 34, Chargers 23

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
The only reason I'm picking the Jets in this game is because of Chris Johnson returning to Nashville, and wanting to prove to the Titans that letting him go was a mistake. I expect for him to have a big day against his former team running the ball. Besides, Head Coach Rex Ryan is finally letting Geno Smith throw the ball, and last week, the results weren't that bad even though he did throw another pick six. Apart from that, he completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards. The Jets right now are basically playing for the jobs of Ryan and General Manager John Idzik. As for Smith, he might be playing for his own job for next year.
Jets 23, Titans 16

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m.
The Lions control their own destiny in the playoff race, and could actually still wrestle the division title away from the Packers if they win out. As spirited and rejuvenated as the Vikings has been this season, I don't think they'll be able to go into Detroit and leave with a win on Sunday. The Matthew Stafford to Calvin "Megatron" Johnson is connecting for the Lions, and they're getting good production out of Joique Bell on the ground. Besides, Reggie Bush is back for this team and that only adds to the offensive arsenal of the Lions. They'll get a big win at home this week, and maintain pace with the Packers in the NFC North.
Lions 34, Vikings 20

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
The Niners playoff hopes for 2014 have just about vanished. That was evident with that loss they suffered to the lowly Raiders last week. Looking forward to next year, Head Coach Jim Harbaugh might be out of a job, but the Niners should have a healthy Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman coming back to go along with the Smith tandem of Aldon and Justin. Their defense will be dominant again, but for now, the 'Hawks would love nothing better than to put the final nail in the coffins of their nemesis and division rival. Look for the Seahawks to take complete control of this game, and send the Niners reeling to another loss.
Seahawks 27, 49ers 16

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
This division battle on Sunday night could very well determine the winner of the NFC East title. I expect it to go pretty much like the Thanksgiving Day affair in which the Eagles blasted the Cowboys. The Cowboys have two of the better skilled position players in football in Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, but the Eagles are more well-rounded. Each time they've had a loss this season, Chip Kelly and crew have followed it up with a dominant victory. I don't think this week will be any different. The Eagles haven't lost two straight games all year, and it won't start now.
Eagles 37, Cowboys 20

Monday's game
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.
I can't even trust the Bears to play the role of spoiler effectively. I had them in a potential upset against the Cowboys last week, and their defense was deplorable. DeMarco Murray had almost 200 yards on the ground on them, and Tony Romo passed for three scores against no interceptions. Drew Brees and the Saints will have a field day on Monday night. The only thing that might save the Bears in this game is if it's snowing in the "Windy City". If that's the case, Brees and the Saints might have problems passing the ball, but a steady dose of Mark Ingram should help them in their task of knocking off the Bears.
Saints 30, Bears 28

Naughty's picks

Radio Personality
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 139-68-1

Once again, Naughty was late with his picks. He claims that due lack of time this week, he'll just be able to send in the scores. Go figure!

Thursday's game
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.
Rams 24, Cardinals 20

Sunday's games
Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Steelers 24, Falcons 23

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
Ravens 31, Jaguars 17

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Packers 27, Bills 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Panthers 23, Buccaneers 20

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Browns 21, Bengals 20

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
Colts 27, Texans 20

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Patriots 24, Dolphins 17

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Chiefs 31, Raiders 17

Washington Redskins at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Giants 27, Redskins 17

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Broncos 31, Chargers 27

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Jets 20, Titans 17

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m.
Lions 27, Vikings 20

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
Seahawks 24, 49ers 20

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
Cowboys 27, Eagles 24 - Overtime

Monday's game
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.
Bears 24, Saints 20

Jammal's picks

Guardian NFL Analyst
WEEK 14: 14-2
OVERALL: 136-71-1

Thursday's game
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.
This game is absolutely vital for the Cardinals to win because this marks the start of three straight division games to close out the season. If they go 1-2 or 0-3 over the next three weeks, they could very well be out of the playoff picture. The Rams will be a very tough opponent and the way they play at home makes it hard for me to believe Arizona can get a crucial road win. I expect this to be a low-scoring affair, but I like St. Louis playing a smash mouth game and securing the victory.
Rams 17, Cardinals 12

Sunday's games
Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
It's a good thing my Falcons are unbeaten in the division because they have been pretty bad playing teams outside of the NFC South. That division record is keeping them alive for playoff contention, while Pittsburgh has to win out to ensure themselves of a wild card spot. The status of Julio Jones is uncertain, recovering from bruised ribs after his huge night against the Packers on Monday. If he's not 100 percent, then Atlanta will have a tough time putting points on the board. Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell has arguably been the best back in football and I expect him to have another big day en route to an important victory in the Georgia Dome.
Steelers 24, Falcons 16

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
After the Ravens' very impressive win last week against a good Miami team in South Florida, I can't imagine a North Florida Jaguars team going into chilly Baltimore and keeping this game close. The Ravens are on a mission and they won't drop a crucial game to a bad team.
Ravens 31, Jaguars 10

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Kyle Orton will have another tall task trying to keep pace with Aaron Rodgers' high-octane offense, and quite frankly I don't think he can put up more than 21 points with his arm. The Packers is the hottest team in the league. I just don't see the Bills stampeding over them.
Packers 31, Bills 21

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
With Cam Newton's car accident sidelining him for this game, I believe it really hurt Carolina's chances to make a late playoff surge to win the NFC South. I don't know if this game will result in a loss because of his absence since Derek Anderson is a solid backup, but the Panthers will have to pick up its intensity on defense and have great production in the run game. I believe Carolina will survive, but the next two weeks might be a different story.
Panthers 23, Buccaneers 21

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
The "Johnny Football" era begins in Week 15 of the season, where the Browns are trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. Personally, I think this move will hurt Cleveland because it's too late in the season to change the quarterback and the Bengals will be locked in defensively to keep their division lead in the AFC North. I expect Cincy to make Johnny Manziel's debut a miserable one and secure a key division win.
Bengals 27, Browns 7

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Colts can officially lock up the AFC South with a win against the Texans on Sunday and I believe they will do so behind another strong performance from Andrew Luck. I don't think Houston will lay down and concede defeat, but Indy will handle business and keep their chances for home field advantage alive.
Colts 30, Texans 20

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
Miami had an opportunity to control their own destiny in the playoff race with a win last week, but now they will have to win out and rely on tiebreakers to get them a wild card berth. New England has revenge on their minds after the Dolphins pulled off the upset at the start of the season, and I believe that this game won't be very close after the second quarter. Expect a big day from Tom Brady en route to a comfortable victory.
Patriots 34, Dolphins 16

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Even though the Raiders pulled off a very impressive win against the 49ers last week, I don't see them having much of a chance against a Chiefs team trying to get back in the win column. Jamaal Charles will have a great day on the ground, and a wide receiver will catch a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
Chiefs 28, Raiders 10

Washington Redskins at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Washington has a chance to pull off an upset here, but with all of the internal turmoil that's happening with that team I don't think winning football games is a priority any more. As long as Eli Manning can be decent on Sunday, the G-men should emerge victorious.
Giants 27, Redskins 17

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Denver has switched up their offensive formula. They have added a heavy dose of running to their already potent passing attack led by Peyton Manning. That game plan will have to be executed effectively in order to leave San Diego with a victory. I believe the Broncos will have a tough time getting this win. The Chargers are playing some good football, but their lack of talent to match Denver's own will prove to be the difference in this game. This is essentially a playoff game for them, and although they may keep it close, the Broncos will be too much for them.
Broncos 23, Chargers 17

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
As long as Geno Smith is the starter for the Jets, they won't win another game. The Titan fans will have something to cheer about on Sunday for a change.
Titans 27, Jets 16

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m.
The Vikings have been playing some solid football over the past several weeks and I believe this team will be much improved next season. They will try to play the role of spoiler this week and foil Detroit's chances at a playoff berth, but I don't see the Lions dropping a pivotal division game at home. As long as Detroit's defense can keep the pressure on Teddy "Two Gloves" Bridgewater and play discipline football, then they should capture this win at home.
Lions 28, Vikings 17

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
This would've been my pick for game of the week, but the 49ers are in such disarray that this game won't be close for long. Seattle has its sights set on winning the NFC West and that championship pedigree is starting to show late in the season. Russell Wilson will once again be stellar in a win and Colin "One Read" Kaepernick will come up short.
Seahawks 24, 49ers 10

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
Dallas has revenge on their minds after Philly embarrassed them on Thanksgiving Day and I believe the Cowboys will do just that on Sunday night. Tony Romo would love to change his December reputation and play at a high level and I believe he will play a mistake-free game and put his team in a position to win. If Romo can get going early, then it will make DeMarco "Spray Tan" Murray's job much easier and put the pressure on Mark Sanchez to keep pace. If Dallas can follow the blueprint Seattle laid out to beat the Eagles to perfection, then I see no reason why they can't secure their 10th victory of the year.
Cowboys 30, Eagles 17

Monday's game
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.
With both of these quarterbacks struggling this year and their teams underachieving, all we can hope for in this Monday night match-up is an entertaining shootout. The Saints still have something at stake, and I believe that they will play with a sense of urgency and try to keep their season alive. With Brandon Marshall out for the season, Jay Cutler will actually be less predictable and can move the ball amongst his receivers better. As tempting as it is to believe Chicago will defend Soldier Field on a cold December night, I have to trust my Super Bowl pick to actually win a game for a change.
Saints 28, Bears 20

Teej's picks

Guardian NFL Analyst
WEEK 14: 9-7
OVERALL: 121-86-1

Thursday's game
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.
The Rams have a legitimate shot at winning this game tonight. Jeff Fisher has been winning the coaching battles against opponents and he has motivated this group to be physical on the field. However, the Cardinals are very well coached as well, and despite the injuries, they have been solid on defense and just enough on offense. The Cardinals will be solid, but these divisional match-ups are always tough on the road. I think the Rams squeak one out.
Rams 17, Cardinals 16

Sunday's games
Pittsburgh Steelers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
The Steelers have been okay on the road and not so good at home. Playing against the Falcons who have high hopes to win their division, they will have all they can handle. Even though these teams are not in the same division, this will be treated like a playoff game because it is a must-win for both teams. I think the home field will be more beneficial for the Falcons, and Matt Ryan pulls out a clutch, late game win in the last 60 seconds of this one.
Falcons 27, Steelers 23

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.
The Ravens smell the playoffs, and the Jaguars are in their way. I can't imagine the Jaguars being spoilers. They have been horrible this year.
Ravens 24, Jaguars 13

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
This game is a bit scary for the Packers. They go on the road to a town in western New York that waits for Sundays just to watch their Bills play. The Packers haven't been great on the road, but they sit in a prime position to be in control over the whole NFC going into the postseason. I think Aaron Rodgers will have his issues with the league leaders in sacks, but it won't be enough to stop him. The Packers will win a close one.
Packers 27, Bills 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
At 4-8-1, the Panthers are one win away from being in first place in the NFC South. That is one reason why we know the current playoff format is absolute trash. Why should a team that can't reach the .500 mark be allowed into the postseason? Unfortunately, Cam Newton is out of this game, but fortunately for them, they play the Buccaneers. The Panthers will pull out an impressive win in this one.
Panthers 24, Buccaneers 13

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Finally the moment we all want to see has come. Johnny Manziel, better known as "Johnny Football", will get the start in Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday. I think Manziel will play great, but I think the Bengals have revenge on their minds, and Andy Dalton won't put up a stinker like he did last month against this team.
Bengals 23, Browns 21

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
The Texans have been playing well down the stretch of this season, but the Colts have won the last three games, and they look to extend that streak going into the end of the season.
Colts 31, Texans 23

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.
The Dolphins manhandled the Patriots the first game of the season, but this game will be a bit different. The Patriots are hot, and they are a force going into the postseason. The Dolphins are looking weaker every week going into the postseason, and for that reason, the Patriots should win this game at home.
Patriots 34, Dolphins 24

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.
The Raiders whipped the Chiefs earlier this season, and the Chiefs will not let that happen again, especially at home.
Chiefs 24, Raiders 16

Washington Redskins at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
The Redskins is the saddest organization in football at the moment. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the team, I can't imagine that they will be focused and ready to play on Sunday against the Giants.
Giants 27, Redskins 13

Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
The Chargers are trying to make the push to grab a wildcard spot, but the Broncos are making a push to win the top seed in the AFC. The Broncos win just because of talent and determination.
Broncos 28, Chargers 17

N.Y. Jets at Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.
Chris Johnson returns to Tennessee, and he will put on one more show for the Titans fans. I think Chris Johnson will run for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and the Jets will win.
Jets 23, Titans 15

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m.
The Lions hope to grab a wildcard spot. They need to play desperate football to get a spot in the postseason. Desperation wins this game for the Lions.
Lions 24, Vikings 20

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
The 49ers and the Seahawks are going in different directions. The Seahawks beat the 49ers earlier in the season, and now they prepare to sweep them. The 49ers with Alex Smith there would be an NFC West leader right now. With Colin Kaepernick, they may end up a game outside of last place.
Seahawks 24, 49ers 17

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.
The Cowboys have to prove to me that they can win in December, especially on the road. Until they prove that, I am going with the other side.
Eagles 31, Cowboys 24

Monday's game
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.
Both of these teams are 5-8. The Saints at 5-8 have the same record as their division leaders, the Falcons, in the NFC South. The Bears at 5-8 sit at the bottom of the NFC North, so even though one team hopes to land a spot in the playoffs, the other team has no chance. It's not fair, but it is the way the NFL is set up. Having said that, I have no faith in the Saints at home. They are not at home, so I am picking them to win over the Brandon Marshall-less Bears.
Saints 35, Bears 24

Overall standings
Devin Francis
WEEK 14: 12-4
OVERALL: 143-64-1
Week 15 Picks: Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Bears.

Naughty (Hot 91.7FM)
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 139-68-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Bears.

Jammal Smith
WEEK 14: 14-2
OVERALL: 136-71-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Saints.

Wally Ferguson
WEEK 14: 12-4
OVERALL: 135-72-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Royston Jones Jr.
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 135-72-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Bears.

Brad Hanna
WEEK 14: 14-2
OVERALL: 134-73-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Kermit Rahming
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 133-74-1
Week 15 Picks: Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Brent Dean
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 132-75-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Chargers, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Saints.

Tito Butler
WEEK 14: 12-4
OVERALL: 130-77-1
Week 15 Picks: Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Bears.

Reggie Ocean
WEEK 14: 10-6
OVERALL: 130-77-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Bears.

Sheldon Longley (Defending Champion)
WEEK 14: 9-7
OVERALL: 130-77-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Falcons, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Antoinne Robinson
WEEK 14: 10-6
OVERALL: 128-79-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Stephen "Steebie J" Johnson
WEEK 14: 9-7
OVERALL: 128-79-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Falcons, Ravens, Packers, Buccaneers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Juan McCartney
WEEK 14: 12-4
OVERALL: 127-80-1
Week 15 Picks: Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Buccaneers, Browns, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Saints.

Simba French
WEEK 14: 12-4
OVERALL: 125-82-1
Week 15 Picks: Cardinals, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Browns, Texans, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Bears.

Randy Smith
WEEK 14: 10-6
OVERALL: 123-84-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Buccaneers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Saints.

Tony "Teej" Grant Jr.
WEEK 14: 9-7
OVERALL: 121-86-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Falcons, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Patriots, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Jets, Lions, Seahawks, Eagles and Saints.

Richard Rudon
WEEK 14: 11-5
OVERALL: 119-88-1
Week 15 Picks: Rams, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Panthers, Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs, Giants, Broncos, Titans, Lions, Seahawks, Cowboys and Saints.

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May 01, 2014
Economic development and deepening reform in China

In 2013, although faced with a complicated domestic and international situation, the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Committee and the State Council led the people of all nationalities of China in thoroughly implementing the spirit of the 18th Party Congress, upheld the general ethos of "moving forward while maintaining stability", and adhered to the guideline that "the macro policy should be stable, micro policy flexible and social policy should support the bottom line", while maintaining steady growth, adjusting economic structures and forging ahead with reform, all while actively making innovations to the means of macro control. As a result, national economic and social development saw stabilized and accelerated growth and achieved a good start.
Economic performance fulfilled its target in 2013
The economy as a whole was stable and experienced comparatively fast growth in 2013. GDP for the year reached 56.88 trillion yuan (1 USD = 6.1 yuan), an increase of 7.7 percent over the previous year and in full accord with the targeted figure. China's government revenue increased by 10.1 percent to 12.91 trillion yuan and the deficit was 1.2 trillion yuan. Profits from industrial enterprises totaled 6.28 trillion yuan. It is gratifying that domestic demand continued to be the main driving force of growth. Retail sales of consumer goods totaled 23.78 trillion yuan, an increase of 13.1 percent. A number of new forms and areas of consumption were very vigorous, and the value of e-commerce transactions exceeded 10 trillion yuan, an increase of 19.3 percent. The contribution of domestic demand to economic growth reached 104.4 percent.
Meanwhile, overall price levels were basically stable. Consumer prices for the year rose 2.6 percent, within the targeted range. The work of purchasing, storing and releasing important commodities and of adjusting their imports and exports proceeded in good order.
Progress was made in structural adjustment and economic transformation
China has experienced three decades of super-fast growth at the expense of cheap costs. Now, we face more restrictions from limited natural resources and an ageing society. Domestic consumption should be the new growth engine. In 2013, the Chinese government comprehensively advanced economic structural reform and created sound systems and mechanisms for maintaining stable growth and carrying out structural adjustments.
China's economic adjustments have shown marked progress. Industrial structural adjustment proceeded steadily. Significant achievements were made in technological innovations and fostering emerging industries. The integration of urban and rural development proceeded in an orderly fashion. Development in multiple regions became better balanced. Efforts were accelerated to conserve energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment. According to statistics, the proportion of the manufacturing industry to GDP dropped for the first time. The growth rate in the less developed central and western parts of the country was much higher than in the richer eastern region in 2013, signaling more balanced development across the board.
An array of measures have successfully helped to transform the economy, such as using value-added tax to replace turnover tax and setting up the pilot Shanghai Free Trade Zone. China's fast development has proved the doomsayers wrong.
Meanwhile, China is putting forth efforts to use innovation to support and lead economic structural improvements and upgrades. Innovation is the motive force for adjusting and upgrading the economic structure. The government aims to make innovation the core of China's development endeavors, promote the full integration of science and technology with economic and social development, and elevate China's industries to a high level in the global value chain.
Deepening reform is the top priority for the Chinese government
The Chinese government has determined that the process of comprehensively deepening reform will be completed in seven years, and 2014 marks the first year. Reform is the primary theme of the government's agenda this year, with economic reform in particular being the paramount task. The direction of many reforms has been made clear and the measures have been readied for implementation. They can be divided into three categories. Those pertaining to the economy include streamlining administration and delegating power to lower levels, tax reform, financial reform and accelerating economic transformation. Those relating to social development and management include advancing urbanization, improving people's well-being and reforming the household registration system. Finally, reform in ecological progress comprises measures to advance the transformation of energy production and consumption.
China's reform used to be led by the government, but future reform will be a revolution imposed by the government on itself. This will be a painful process, which will call for not only great determination, but also great political wisdom. This year's reform measures are aimed at ensuring stable economic growth and avoiding unnecessary risks. Therefore, they must facilitate economic growth.
China's measures of comprehensive reform are also good news for the world economy. Because the fortunes of the Chinese economy are so incredibly linked with those of the global economy, sound economic and social development in China will bring opportunities to the wider world.
o Yuan Guisen is the ambassador of the People's Republic of China to The Bahamas.

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March 06, 2012
Two accused of murdering man struck by car


Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT - The murder trial of Coletor Johnson and Glinton Louis opened in the Supreme Court yesterday with testimony from eye-witnesses who recalled how 23-year-old Markinson Justin was struck by a car that left the scene.

The matter being heard before Senior Justice Hartman Longley.

Johnson, 23, and Glinton, 32, are accused of being concerned together and intentionally causing the death of Justin at Explorer's Way on July 12, 2011.

It is alleged that some time after 8am, the accused were in a gold 2000 Buick Century that struck and killed the victim, who was walking.

According to the prosecution, Justin ...

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June 09, 2011
Mr. Althorne Brett Tootes Toote Sr., 32

Mr. Althorne Brett "Tootes" Toote Sr. age 32 years of Crawford Street, Oakes Field and formerly of Freeport, Grand Bahama will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 11am at Faith Temple Ministries International, Prince Charles Drive. Bishop Philemon R. Wilson, assisted by Rev. Carlos Thompson will officiate and burial will be in Lakeview Memorial Gardens and Mausoleums, John F. Kennedy Drive and Gladstone Road.
The Radiance of this "Topaz of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of his: One Son: Althorne Toote Jr.; Three Daughters: Mylan Dean, Jasmine Cleare and Serenity Trembley; Mother: Loretta Marie Simms; Father: Brett Orville Toote; Step Father: Basil Simms; Step Mother: Sandra Toote; Two Brothers: Jonathan and Aaron Toote; One Adopted Brother: Darren Knowles; One Grandmother: Barbara Toote; Step Brothers and Sisters: Dexter McIntrye, Shindo, Shantell and Sherese Simms, Tanya Henfield and Shikera Knowles; Three Nieces: A'nya and Gabriella Toote and Devonya Knowles; Ten Uncles: Mark, Art, Stephen, Patrick and Al Francis, Hartley Wilkinson, Churton, Vaughn "Ricardo" Sr., Keith and Mario Toote; Twelve Aunts: Sabrina, Esther and Shorlette Francis, Theresa Burrows, Pamela Thompson, Marilyn, Sonja, Jacqueline, Deloris, Dersiree, Neisha and Edith Toote; Granduncles: Seron Adams of Nassau Bahamas and Kermit Bowe of New York; Grandaunts: Andrea McDonald of Miami, Florida, Marie Sealy of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Ruth Adams Edgecombe, Isa Strachan and Veronica Adams of Nassau, Bahamas and Nadine Lewis of Ohio; Numerous Cousins: D'Marco, Marcus, Tyler, Elan, Anson, Durana, Jem, Duran and Enriqua Francis, Georgette Robinson-Sands, Jacqueline Robinson, Nadia Rolle, India Wilson, Phillipa Armbrister, Jennika Lee, Shervonder Kemp, D'Angelo Bethel, Steven and Saasha Fountain, Tornesha, Stevana, Stephen Jr., and Tess Burrows, Adrian and Justin Carey, Harold and Betty Cash, Christen and Veron Charlton, Tinia Toote-Parker, Christopher and Kendra Toote-Cooper, Chana, Byron, Monique, Blain, Kenya, Sharon, Kevin, Keithra, Vaughnique, Javaughn, Vonrico, Vonya, Vaughn Jr. and Vaughnia Toote, Dominique and Denise Johnson, Chrislyn Dean, Trevor and Patricia Edgecome, Tia and Alexis Roberts, Merlin and Buttons Bowe, Devon and Carmen Strachan-Major, Mia, Anita and Len King, Calouise Williams, Donovan and Maria Laing, Maurice and Gayle McDonald, Raleigh Robinson and Joy Walker of Ohio, Joy Wilkinson-Moss, Chasserie, Mary Elizabeth and Churuse Sealy, Dion, Andrew, Davinia and Patria Thompson; God Sister: Nakesha Knowles-Kelly; Adopted Mothers: Rosemary Elvies, Margaret Gellineau, Dianna Simmons, Violet Patrick, Barbara Hanna, Arlene Sands and Pamela Sturrup; Adopted Sisters: Miriam Smith and Phillipa Brown; Other Loving Family and Friends Including: Bro. Clement Maycock, Sis. Patricia Ferguson, Bro. Emile Lesbot, Bro. Perry Decosta, Bro. Melvin Wallace, Tyrone Nabbie, Yvonne and Lester Flowers, Anise Bullard, Betty Henchell, Naomi Lubronson, Debbie Allen, Kristina Miller, Anjamarie Charles, Bro. Simms, Dr. Michael and Antonya Toote, Tamara Lockhart, Divinia Dean, Sivanna Cleare, Justina Trembley, Adrian Tinker, Ceri Howells, Kirk and Kyle Wilson, Terrell Culmer, Roy Minnis, Mark Davis, Ted Kay, John Carey, Eugia Edwards of Florida, Mark Dillard, Marshall Neymour, Gravin "Lukkie" Woodside, Changamarie (Co) Carey, Justin Sands, Nakiel Russell, Ezra Rolle, Jay, Shantanica Cooper, Percel Sturrup, Tara Clare and their families; The Edwards, Lockharts, Francis, Toote, Simms, Turnquests, Smiths, Burrows, Bethels, Lightbournes, Newbolds, Laings, Stubbs, Jones and Youngs Families.
Special Thanks To: Hon. Leslie O. Miller, Michael Fernandez, Maudline Hanna, Claudette Gibson, Eric Messmer, Shornette Smith, Lina Camacho, Princess Pinnock, Christine Russell, The Crawford Street Community, The Ringwood Drive Community, Freport Grand Bahama, Freeport Seventh Day Adventist Church, Family Guardian Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Adelaide Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Visitation will be in the "Emerald Suite" Emerald Ridge Mortuary & Monument Company Ltd. #20 Claridge Road on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 1pm to 6pm there will be no viewing at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Althorne Brett Toote Sr. children's educational fund at any Royal Bank of Canada Branch Account number 7516024.

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May 28, 2014
Xavier's student is the 'best and brightest'

Donovan Butler, 11, a sixth grade student at Xavier's Lower School was recognized over the weekend as the "best and brightest" student coming out of the primary schools this year. Donovan was chosen over 117 of his peers to walk away with the top prize of a $5,000 scholarship and a computer at the 18th annual Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Program (BPSSYAP).
He was the first student from Xavier's Lower School to claim the prize in the program's 18-year history.
Donovan realized he was being named the "best and brightest" when the winner was described as an individual who had helped his school to win two relays as a member of the track team and when it was announced that the student's principal had written that he was not only a good academic student, but also a well-rounded student.
"I am elated with my performance which caused me to win, and I am going on to SAC (St. Augustine's College) in September where I hope to do well and win more awards," the top primary school student said.
The son of David and Lorrieann Butler has a 3.92 grade point average and has been first in his class for six consecutive years. He has also made the Principal's List for academic excellence annually.
After being declared the program's winner, Donovan, who is also the second place finisher of The Bahamas National Spelling Bee, departed for Washington D.C. and the Scripps National Spelling Bee. He and third place finisher in the Bahamian nationals, Franquel Hagan, from Hugh Campbell Primary School in Grand Bahama, accompanied spelling bee champion Prachi Kondapuram. Donovan placed second in back-to-back nationals.
At Xavier's Lower School, the versatile Donovan, is also a member of the Junior Achievement team, the winning Junior Junkanoo team, recorder ensemble and choir. He has also won his category in the 2013 Commonwealth Writers Poetry Competition.
Donovan also assists with coaching the Grasshoppers team in the T-ball division in the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) and has been a member of several JBLN national teams.
Lyford Cay International School student Tamsin Nottage was the first runner up in the BPSSYAP. She was awarded a $4,000 scholarship as well as a computer during the ceremony on Saturday at the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries on Carmichael Road.
Tamsin, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, has led fundraising drives to assist in the Haiti earthquake relief effort, the Philippine disaster relief as well as Hands for Hunger.
The second through fifth place runners-up were all given $3,000 awards. They were Hope Town Primary School's Bessie Lowe, Sunland Baptist Academy School's Davon Cartwright, Saints Francis and Joseph's Amari Stuart and Man-O-War Cay Primary's Brittany Weatherford. Along with their scholarship awards, Lowe and Cartwright also received computers. Stuart received a tablet phone.
Lowe, who is also a dynamic student, was overwhelmed at finishing in the top three. She plays soccer, swims, sails, does gymnastics and sings in her church's praise band. She placed second in the 2013 Commonwealth Writers Poetry Competition.
Students placing sixth through 15th received $2,000 scholarship awards -- Oakes Field Primary's Jada Culmer, Ulric Ferguson Primary's Iesha Daxon, Amy Roberts Primary's Rayvyn McKinney, Nassau Christian Academy's Sh'ton Pickering, St. Andrew's International School's Reagan Russell, St. Paul's Methodist College's Ciera Sweeting, Uriah McPhee Primary School's Davon Johnson, Kingsway Academy's Kia Basden, Maurice E. Moore Primary School's Justin Bain and Bishop Michael Eldon School's William Moss.
Twelve students were named finalists and awarded $1,500 scholarships -- Simms Primary's Jacob Bailly, Garvin Tynes Primary's Deavon Evans, Lower Deadman's Cay's Isaac Fox, Lucaya International School's Isabella Gouthro, Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic's Chavette Harvey, Freeport Primary School's Lakia Johnson, The Meridian School's Reagan MacKenzie, Tarpum Bay Primary's Tiara McKinney, Angels Academy's Ashley Newell, Sandilands Primary's Dylan Russell, St. Frances De Sales Primary's Malia Sweeting and Gerald Cash Primary's Chesternique Thomas.
Thirty-two students were named semi-finalists and awarded $1,000 scholarships -- St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary's Dontae Beneby, Tambearley School's Tanya Bethel, Gateway Christian Academy's Keri Bowleg, Bayview Academy's Leander Braynen, St. Thomas More's Rebecca Bingham, P.A. Gibson Primary's Sierra Farrington, First Step Academy's Jayden Ferguson, Charles W. Saunders' Branee Gardiner, Albury Sayle's Chardonay Garrick, Governor's Harbour Primary's Equola Gibson, Christian Heritage School's Miranda Jack, C.W. Sawyer Primary's Daijah Johnson, Temple Christian School's McKelton Johnson, Walter Parker Primary School's Sellene Johnson, United Estates Primary's Trevon Johnson, Palmdale Primary School's Pooja Krishna, Excelsior Elementary School's Joshia Miller, Queen's College's Riya Miller, St. Anne's Primary's Branae Minnis, Grand Bahama Seventh-day Adventist School's Roganne Moncur, Emma E. Cooper Primary's Kristman Moss, Spanish Wells All Age School's Ariana Pinder, Rock Sound Primary's Johnnecia Pinder, R.N. Gomez All age School's Tonique Richardson, Agape Christian School's Kenedee Romer, Fresh Creek Primary School's D'Ondre Smith, St. Andrew's Anglican School's Kazmyn Smith, Hillcrest Academy's Khearah Storr, Sadie Curtis Primary's Akila Thomas, Orange Creek Primary's Erin Turner, Trinity Christian School's Ryan Wilson Jr. and Bartlett Hill Primary's Lukajane Kellman.
A family island student and a New Providence student, who would have been semi-finalists if the Foundation and Awards Committee had the money to award them with disbursements, were the recipients of computers. They were Centreville Primary School's Khaliyah Miller and Dominion Technical Primary School's Aaron Farrington.
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald said the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation awards ceremony showcases the country's next cadre of shining stars. He believes the awards program is about more than just representing prizes, scholarships and accolades to deserving students - it is about the hope and joy that lies in store for the nation.
"The attributes that qualified you for this award are the same that you will need to earn your diploma with distinction," said Fitzgerald. He told the children that they are already poised to succeed.
Each year a select group of students are nominated to accept one of the most prestigious national recognitions for primary school students in this country. This awards program, which is the premier program for primary school students, is an opportunity to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, campus and community involvement and good citizenship.
An independent panel of judges reviewed the portfolios of the 118 students nominated to represent their respective schools from throughout the country to determine the winners. Judges selected winners based on the merits of the achievements documented in the students' portfolio, which included transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation and copies of awards.
The awards are a one-time financial scholarship payable to a Bahamian educational institution for secondary school purposes. This year the Bahamas Primary School Foundation awarded over $91,000 in scholarships and prizes.
The competition, established in 1997, was founded to fill a void in recognizing young achievers, because it was felt that major emphasis was being placed on the achievements of high school students.
The program was introduced by Ricardo P. Deveaux, president and chief executive officer of The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation. Deveaux was impressed with the Florida College Student of the Year Awards Program and felt the need to establish a national awards program in The Bahamas. He was, himself, one of seven finalists in the 1992 Florida College Student of the Year Awards Program; Deveaux had flunked out of a private high school in 1983, and was motivated to provide an opportunity for students who are striving for excellence.
2014 Finalists
Winner -- Donovan Butler, Xavier's Lower School, New Providence
1st runner-up -- Tamsin Nottage, Lyford Cay International School, New Providence
2nd runner-up -- Bessie Lowe, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
3rd runner-up -- Davon Cartwright, Sunland Baptist Academy, Grand Bahama
4th runner-up -- Amari Stuart, Sts. Francis and Joseph, New Providence
5th runner-up -- Brittany Weatherford, Man-O-War Cay Primary, Abaco
6th runner-up -- Jada Culmer, Oakes Field Primary, New Providence
7th runner-up -- Iesha Daxon, Ulric Ferguson Primary, Crooked Island
8th runner-up -- Rayvyn McKinney, Amy Roberts Primary, Abaco
9th runner-up -- Sh'ton Pickering, Nassau Christian Academy, New Providence
10th runner-up -- Reagan Russell, St. Andrew's International School, New Providence
11th runner-up -- Ciera Sweeting, St. Paul's Methodist College, Grand Bahama
12th runner-up -- Davon Johnson, Uriah McPhee Primary, New Providence
13th runner-up -- Kia Basden, Kingsway Academy
14th runner-up -- Justin Bain, Maurice E. Moore Primary School, Grand Bahama
15th runner-up -- William Moss, Bishop Michael Eldon School, Grand Bahama
Jacob Bailly, Simms Primary, Long Island
Deavon Evans, Garvin Tynes Primary, New Providence
Isaac Fox, Lower Deadman's Cay, Long Island
Isabella Gouthro, Lucaya International School, Grand Bahama
Chavette Harvey, Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic, Grand Bahama
Lakia Johson, Freeport Primary School, Grand Bahama
Reagan MacKenzie, The Meridian School, New Providence
Tiara McKinney, Tarpum Bay Primary, Eleuthera
ashley Newell, Angels Academy, Abaco
Dylan Russell, Sandilands Primary, New Providence
Malia Sweeting, St. Frances De Sales Primary Abaco
Chesternique Thomas, Gerald Cash Primary, New Providence
Dontae Beneby, St. Cecilia's Primary, New Providence
Tanya Bethel, Tambearley School, New Providence
Keri Bowleg, Gateway Christian Academy, Bimini
Leander Braynen, Bayview Academy, New Providence
Rebecca Bingham, St. Thomas More Catholic, New Providence
Sierra Farrington, P.A. Gibson Primary, Eleuthera
Jayden Ferguson, First Step Academy, New Providence
Branee Gardiner, Charles W. Saunders, New Providence
Chardonay Garrick, Albury Sayle Primary, New Providence
Equola Gibson, Governor's Harbour Primary, Eleuthera
Miranda Jack, Christian Heritage School, New Providence
Daijah Johnson, C.W. Sawyer Primary, New Providence
McKelton Johnson, Temple Christian School, New Providence
Sellene Johnson, Walter Parker Primary, Grand Bahama
Trevon Johnson, United Estates Primary, San Salvador
Pooja Krishna, Palmdale Primary School, New Providence
Joshia Miller, Excelsior Elementary School, New Providence
Riya Miller, Queen's College, New Providence
Branae Minnis, St. Anne's Primary, New Providence
Roganne Moncur, Grand Bahama SDA School
Kristman Moss, Emma E. Cooper Primary, Eleuthera
Ariana Pinder, Spanish Wells All Age, Eleuthera
Johnnecia Pinder, Rock Sound Primary, Eleuthera
Tonique Richardson, R.N. Gomez All Age, Berry Island
Kenedee Romer, Agape Christian School, Abaco
D'Ondre Smith, Fresh Creek Primary, Andros
Kazmyn Smith, St. Andrew's Anglican School, Exuma
Khearah Storr, Hillcrest Academy, New Providence
Akila Thomas, Sadie Curtis Primary, New Providence
Erin Turner, Orange Creek Primary, Cat Island
Ryan Wilson Jr., Trinity Christian School, New Providence
Lukajane Kellman, Bartlett Primary, Grand Bahama
Khaliyah Miller, Centreville Primary, New Providence
Aaron Farrington, Dominion Technical Primary, Grand Bahama
Past winners
2013 -- Lauryn Rolle, St. Thomas More Catholic School
2012 -- Nadja Simon, Genesis Academy, New Providence
2011 -- Anna Albury, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
2010 --Jared Fitzgerald, Temple Christian School, New Providence
2009 -- Khes Adderley, Temple Christian School, New Providence
2008 -- James Boyce, Hope Town Primary, Abaco
2007 -- Taran Jay Carey, Tarpum Bay Primary School, Eleuthera
2006 -- George F.D. Zonicle, Bahamas Academy Elementary School, New Providence
2005 -- Shridat Jadoo, Maurice Moore Primary School, Grand Bahama
2004 -- Saul Salonga, Mary Star of The Sea (Catholic) School, Grand Bahama
2003 -- Tenielle Curtis, Sts. Francis and Joseph School, New Providence
2002 -- Zachary Lyons, Queen's College, New Providence
2001 -- Kenny Roberts, Spanish Wells All Age School, Eleuthera
2000 -- Sasha Bain, Walter Parker Primary, Grand Bahama
1999 -- Tiffany Moncur, Carmichael Primary School, New Providence
1998 -- Andrea Moultrie, St. John's College, New Providence
1997 -- Vashti Darling, St. John's College, New Providence

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June 15, 2011
Turmoil surfacing in track again

Under the current administration of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), the junior program is as vibrant as it has ever been, the seniors are continuing to be afforded with opportunities to compete against the world's best, and more and more student athletes are benefiting from scholarships to attend universities abroad. However, here at home, an ongoing problem continues to rear its ugly head.
During the recent election of officers, it was speculated that animosity between New Providence and Grand Bahamian officials led to the eventual defeat of presidential candidate Curt Hollingsworth. The apparent issue came to light again, with the suspension of a couple Grand Bahamian coaches and schools from BAAA activities following infractions at the 2010 Penn Relays. Now, with BAAA officials requesting verifiable data from a recent Grand Bahamian meet in order to honor results, certain track enthusiasts are crying foul play once again.
There were apparently four qualifiers for the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Youth Championships, from the Daisy McPhee Invitational in Freeport, Grand Bahama, at the end of last month, and an additional athlete who apparently set a new junior national record. However, BAAA officials are questioning the authenticity of the results based on a number of discrepancies. They are asking for photo finishes and full automated results with little or no discrepancies, which according to a few local coaches and parents, are more than what is normally required, especially from New Providence based meets.
"I just want my meet to be treated to the same standard of every other meet held in this country," said meet organizer Dwayne Jennings, coach of the Grand Bahamian based Golden Eagles Track Club which hosted the meet. "I don't know of any other of meet where this kind of data is asked for by the BAAA to the extent it was asked for from my meet. I don't believe that an opportunity should be taken away from any deserving Bahamian athlete that meets international standards. Here, we had some kids meeting the standards and their results are being questioned," he added.
In addition to the Grand Bahamian kids, about 100 youngsters from New Providence took part in the meet hoping to attain qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships. The final trials for that world level event and the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Age Group Championships, were held this past weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium.
Lyndale Lewis, mother of young talented hurdler Kirk Lewis, said that her son has done everything that is required of him to qualify for the World Youth Championships, but to date, his performances are still being questioned by the BAAA. Kirk Lewis was one of those four apparent qualifiers for the World Youth Championships in Freeport, running 13.90 seconds in the 110-meter (m) hurdles.
"Here we have some of our athletes trying to get these last opportunities to attain the qualifying marks for the World Youth Championships and the BAAA is making it extremely difficult on them," said Kirk's mother Lyndale. "These kids are making the IAAF times but the BAAA times are much more difficult to make. For instance, the IAAF standard for the World Youth Championships in the hurdles is 14.45 seconds and the BAAA standard is 13.90 seconds. My son still achieved that in Freeport, but now they are being told that the results from the Freeport meet are not consistent. That is ridiculous! The IAAF standards are set to give fair competition to athletes all over the world, and here they are adjusting them. I don't think that's fair to our athletes. We feel that the BAAA is not supporting our kids," she added.
The BAAA has taken the liberty to adjust a number of standards for the World Youth Championships, but in their defense, those standards were set in place from the beginning of the track season, and their ability to adjust them for the betterment of Bahamian athletics is totally within the realm of the full scope of their authority. BAAA President Mike Sands reserved comment on the matter until hearing all the complaints, but he did mention that whatever is done by his organization in respect of adjusting standards is done in the best interest of Bahamian athletics.
"If you have an athlete that is finishing seventh or eighth in the region, even though that athlete is running the time that is set in place by the IAAF, you really have to ask yourself, do you really take that person just to give them a trip or do you go with a view that our athletes need to prove themselves against the world? If a situation is like that and we have the authority by the IAAF to adjust the standards to suit our environment, then we have to exercise that right," said Sands briefly.
However, Jennings and others feel differently.
"I believe that international standards set by the IAAF should not be tampered with by any federation," said Jennings. "These standards are adjusted by the BAAA for junior athletes so our athletes are at a disadvantage to other athletes from other countries, but there are no adjustments on the senior level for any international meet," he added.
It seems like a certain number of Grand Bahamian track enthusiasts, on the whole, feel that their programs and even some of their athletes are constantly being neglected and overlooked by the BAAA. New Providence based coach Shaun Miller of Bahamas Speed Dynamics, and father of World Junior Champion Shaunae Miller, has some concerns as well. Shaunae Miller was the athlete who reportedly set the new junior national record in Freeport, running 52.40 seconds at the Daisy McPhee Invitational.
"To me, it sounds like Nassau and Freeport still have something personal going on against each other but they need to communicate and sort it out quickly because it is hurting our athletes," said Shaun Miller, nephew of former Bahamian quarter-miler and politician Leslie Miller. "The thing is, if they don't have communication then how are we going to get to the bottom of it. At this point, I am trying to keep these kids' morale up. I'm just letting them know to continue training and let the parents and the coaches sort this out. I've heard about this type of thing happening in the past, but this is the first time that I am experiencing it. I feel that if a meet is sanctioned by the BAAA, the BAAA should ensure that everything is in place."
Miller took over the head coaching duties for the Bahamas Speed Dynamics this year, filling in for George Cleare who left to take up a coaching spot with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. The four athletes who apparently ran World Youth Championships qualifying times in Freeport, were all from his club.
"We had inquired from the BAAA to make sure it was sanctioned and that BACO officials (Bahamas Association of Certified Officials) were there so that these kids' times and distances could be recognized," said Miller. "It was really our second to last chance of qualifying for the World Youth. We trained very hard, and at the end of the day, four kids qualified for the World Youth Championships.
"We were very excited but when we got back in, we heard that they are not honoring the times or that they are investigating this and that. Now, there was inclement weather that delayed the meet but all-in-all, it was a pretty good meet, so, to find out that these kids went out there and did what was required of them and to now have a lot of questions surrounding their performances... it's just heart-breaking."
Speaking from a parent's point of view, Lyndale Lewis said that she too and many other parents are also heart-broken, given the number of hours that their kids put in, in training for the Grand Bahamian meet.
"The track in Freeport is a Mondo track. It is IAAF certified so I don't understand why they would question the results," she said. "These kids weren't significantly better than what they have been in the past. They ran very good times but those times are not that far off from what they have done in the past. Freeport is always complaining that the BAAA is always questioning the results that are achieved there and here we have that same situation again," she added.
As far as the adjusted qualifying standards for the World Youth Championships are concerned, Miller said that he has always challenged the BAAA on the matter but is never given a satisfactory response.
"If the IAAF set times they know why they set them and we need to abide by those times," he said. "The IAAF is the world's governing body for track and field. If they set these standards, we need to leave them as is and see if we can get as much of our athletes to qualify as possible," he added.
The CAC Age Group Championships is set for July 1-3 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and the IAAF World Youth Championships are scheduled to be held July 6-10 in Lille, France.

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