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THE country's traffic fatality count climbed to ten after a man died of his injuries in a crash on Cat Island this weekend. The driver of a white Ford Escape died after he was thrown from his vehicle during the accident with a grey Ford Club Wagon shortly after 11pm on Saturday...
By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A TEENAGER paralysed in a horrific car accident two years ago is reaching out to the community for help in getting treatment which could help him walk again.
Renaldo Bradford Gibson and his mother Jacqueline Ford were involved in a car accident in March 2009 in which Renaldo broke his second vertebrae, leaving him unable to move any part of his body.
"This has really left me in a mental state," Mrs Ford told The Tribune yesterday. "All the ups and downs of his case has thrown me into depression sometimes. My family has been torn because of this."
Remembering the day of the accident, Mrs Ford said she was pulling ou ...
Court officials are trying to locate a defendant accused of causing over $20,000 in damage to equipment belonging to the Water and Sewerage Corporation.
Marvin Rolle, 41, is scheduled to be tried for the offense before Justice Vera Watkins.
The court sent an order of attendance to the prison but the wrong Marvin Rolle was sent to court.
The Rolle who appeared before Watkins yesterday is 20-years-old and is charged with armed robbery.
Watkins satisfied herself that the wrong man was before her when she looked at a passport photo attached to the case file.
Attorney Michael Kemp told the court that the younger Rolle was granted bail last year but his family was unable to meet the requirements for his release.
He quipped that the older man may have been freed instead of him.
Watkins said the court would place Rolle's date of birth and full name on the order of attendance.
In other court news, Richard Ford, also known as Richard Parchment, was unanimously acquitted of the armed robbery of a phone card vendor.
Prosecutors alleged that Ford robbed the man at gunpoint of cash and phone cards with an total value of $300.
Ian Cargill represented Ford.
Today's column continues to highlight that special decade of baseball in The Bahamas, the 1970s. The "best-of-the-best" performed for local fans. The senior league of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) was arguably the most attractive sports entity at the time. Basketball was certainly quite popular and cricket still had a solid connection to many Bahamians.
Baseball at the Andre Rodgers stadium during the 1970s, however, was something extra special. The satellite era was not upon us fully and the fans flocked to night and weekend games. Being in attendance was a great experience. Luminaries, present day stars and icons like Andre Rodgers, Tony Curry, and the energetic All-History president George Mackey, afforded all and sundry a bit of interaction.
It was a great, big family affair, baseball at the Rodgers stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. The high point was the performance of the top players. There were many great ones for sure.
The All-Bahamian Team of 1978 was a case in point. The team included the first team for all of the positions plus the designated hitter. One could make a case easily for seven of the 10 being on a Bahamian Baseball All-History Team. The pitcher was Bertie Murray (All-History); Lorenzo "Doonie" Lockhart at second base (All-History); Roosevelt "Bruso" Turner at third base (All-History); Jayson "Peg" Moxey, Fred "Papa" Smith and Eddie Ford in the outfield (three All-History players); Simeon Humes was the designated batter (All-History).
Bertie happens only to be the most durable, yet talented pitcher in the history of baseball in The Bahamas. Who would argue about Lockhart's place in history? Asa Ferguson always called Lockhart "Captain Blood". He was indeed bloodthirsty when he went up to bat. Because his hitting was so potent, there was a tendency to underestimate his play at second and his running on the base paths. He was not as stylish as others, but he got the job done efficiently.
Turner was flash. He was pizzazz and extremely good. At short and third he was a high quality infielder. He was steady at the plate and packed surprising power, as his home-run totals for a few seasons of his long career indicated. Moxey was a slightly larger version in the Turner mold. His forte was the outfield. In 1978, he was the manager of the Holsten Knights and won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, impressively handling double duties.
Smith and Ford were all, of the very same ilk. They all played professional baseball. They hit for average and power. They were great thinkers when quick decisions were necessary on the diamond. However for them, mostly the game came automatically. They had so mastered the art. If I had to choose between the three All-History performers in the outfield, I would give Ford the edge. I haven't seen any better, inclusive of the long list of major league greats.
They just had the big stage. Humes did it all, like Moxey, Ford, and Smith and with the added designated hitter position, he was a no-brainer. He's All-History most definitely.
Peter Bethel, the long, rangy infielder who could hit the ball with the best of them, for average and power, could be an All-History choice. He was the 1978 All-Bahamian at first base. Catching was Charles Mackey who enjoyed a very good season with the St. Michael's ball club. Kenny Fox was at short on the 1978 All-Bahamian team.
What made the decade of the 1970s so great was the fact that at least three All-Bahamian Teams could have been selected and there would have been little argument about the players named. On the mound, Vincent Strachan or Eugene Taylor could easily have been selected for the 1978 squad. Spurgeon Johnson had a great season behind the plate and Sidney Outten, even with a not so awesome bat, was superb enough as a receiver.
In the infield, players like Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Anthony 'Poker' Huyler, Harry Miller, Fred Taylor, and Jerome Moxey would have been good fits for the All-Bahamian team of 1978. So would Dick Lockhart, John Williams, Dencil Clarke and a few others, in the outfield. Such was the available talent during the 1970s. The year 1978 was a prime example. Jayson Moxey was the MVP. Huyler was 'Manager of the Year'. Murray was selected 'Pitcher of the Year' and a young hurler named Arthur 'Baldy' Seymour was 'Rookie of the Year'.
The year 1978 was indeed, a very good one.
Milestone baseball information provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams.To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has named the eleven men and women who have moved one step closer to winning a 2014 Ford Explorer with motor insurance and Rubis gas for a year, plus a living room suite from Furniture Plus, and $25,000 to pay for utilities and other living expenses during 2014.
BTC's "Win a New Ford Explorer" grand finale party game night, when the winner will be announced, will take place in Pompey Square on January 17th bringing an end to BTC's "most successful promotion to date," said the company.
Last week, eleven finalists' names were pulled from three massive tubular drums stuffed with tens of thousands of BTC customer sweepstake entries collected nationwide during December.
One drum held the New Providence entries and two drums held the entries from either Grand Bahama or the Family Islands.
The six finalists names from New Providence pulled from the largest drum are: Jillian Jones, Decker Munnings, Debra Skippings, Loneice Pawar, Gordon Soles and Halcie Hanna. The two names pulled from the Grand Bahama drum are: Evangeline Bethel and Lisa Farrington and the three names from the Family Island drum are: Bethsada Jones and Mary Dean Nairn - both from San Salvador - and Val Turnquest from Long Island. Gary Smith, BTC Manager, Investigations and Fraud and BTC VP Carl Culmer, Network Operations, made the draws.
Along with tens of thousands of BTC customers the finalists had entered during a month-long promotion by choosing from the many ways to qualify for entry: paying their BTC bill in full, buying any mobile phone from BTC, signing up for a Postpaid plan, HomePhone Plus, or Hi-Speed Internet plan.
On January 17th, the eleven finalists will be on stage alongside the star attraction, the brand new Ford Explorer, when they each pick a key and one by one attempt to start the engine. Last year, in a similar scenario hundreds of people flocked to the South West Plaza drawn to BTC's "Let's Make A Deal" prize-winning party game night, where the highlight was the selection process to find the winner of the "BTC Knight Rider Car Sweepstakes."
The crowd had to wait amid rising excitement until finalist number eight tried her luck before a winner was found. Large crowds are again expected for this year's Grand Finale party night in Pompey Square on January 17th.
"This Christmas-time customer appreciation promotion generated by far the largest response we've had to any of our promotions to date, too many entries to count, but certainly tens of thousands," said Sr. Manager of Public Relations Jerome Sawyer. "The fantastic prize package plus the additional BTC franchise stores nationwide which gave wider access to our products and services, offered far more customers a chance to enter to win."
VP of Sales and Marketing for Furniture Plus, Christina Darville said they had partnered with BTC in many past promotions but the living room furniture suite was their biggest financial commitment to date.
"We're giving away a three-piece suite of furniture which represents our biggest promotional commitment to BTC to date. We've joined BTC in past promotions and always been very pleased with their style of marketing and overall professionalism. We like the direction BTC is going and we are likely to partner with them in the future."
After two days of competition, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) announced that a full squad will represent the country at the 42nd CARIFTA Games. The first official practice for the 70-member team will run today, at 6 p.m., at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
Almost 12 years ago, police admitted to beating an armed robbery suspect so severely that he soiled himself. At the time, officers justified the use of force by alleging that Gayland Ford had attempted to escape from the Criminal Investigation Division on Thompson Boulevard.