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For Tottenham, it is the end of their season and according to their head coach, they have already struck vacation mode. For a short-handed Jamaican Reggae Boyz team, it was a thrilling match against one of the best clubs in England, and to a greater extent, all of Europe. At the end of the day, the squads made history, playing to a scoreless draw in the first soccer match to ever be held in the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium here in The Bahamas.
Both teams had scoring opportunities, especially in the second half, but the ball just couldn't find the back of the net in what still turned out to be a truly exciting match. The one time it did, Tottenham's Steven Caulker was called for offside much to the dismay of their screaming fans and the thousands in attendance who eagerly anticipated at least one goal on Thursday night. Like Tottenham, Jamaica had a number of opportunities in the second half, but just couldn't convert.
"We certainly didn't under-estimate them.... we're already preparing for our offseason so it was kind of like vacation mode for us," said Tottenham Head Coach Andre Villas Boas. "Overall, it was a good match. I'm sure they wanted to rest some of their top players for the qualifiers that they have coming up, but it was interesting either way and we wish them all the best for their qualification. Some of our guys still have their national team commitments, but for the most part it's end of season and time to relax."
Jamaican defender O'Brian Woodbine felt that they let a couple opportunities slip by them offensively, but he was thrilled with the effort they showed defensively.
"Well, we knew that Tottenham was a very good team and it turned out to be a pretty good game. I think that we had the best chances to score, but that's just the way the ball rolls sometimes. Overall, we're still pleased with out effort," said Woodbine.
Both teams were actually satisfied with their effort last night, but the real winners would be the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) in conjunction with The Bahamas' Ministry of Tourism as approximately 4,000 fans showed up for the event. BFA President Anton Sealy said the historic match is just the start of things to come, as the BFA will now move forward with the hosting of top level matches in 2014 and beyond.
"Something like this certainly bodes well for the future," said Sealy last night. "Those who came out saw two quality teams put on a good exhibition of football on a quality pitch. The atmosphere was lovely, and to have that kind of energy in the stadium made it a truly exciting football game. Both sides really enjoyed the exhibition of football, and I think the fans in attendance really had a good time. We have already had some requests from other English Premier League teams so the signs are positive going forward. What we hope to do next year, is have two Premier League sides pitted against each other. We're very pleased and we look forward to the future."
The Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Spurs, finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League Standings this year. The club attacked quite a bit in the second half last night but came up empty. So did the Jamaicans. The match itself actually took on a South African World Cup feeling with intense action on the field and vuvuzelas in the stands.
Speaking of the World Cup, the Jamaicans still have a long way to go to qualify for 2014, despite being in the final round of the qualifying process for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) region. Jamaica finds itself in sixth place in the six-team pool, and has to finish in the top three to assure themselves of a berth in the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Jamaica is the only Caribbean country remaining in the qualifying process. They will host Mexico on June 4, and the United States on June 7, desperately seeking a win.
"I'm very confident (that we could qualify)," said Woodbine last night. "We just have to work hard and play to the best of our ability. Once we do that, I think that we stand a good chance of winning against Mexico and even the United States."
As for the match last night, it was just an international friendly, so it didn't mean anything, but don't tell that to the Jamaicans who showed up in droves hoping that their national side could cart off a win, and go into their match in a couple of weeks against Mexico on a positive note.
"It was a very fast pitch, and we had our chances, but we just couldn't capitalize on them, and that's just football," said Jamaican forward Jeremie Lynch last night. "Overall, we had a good experience and we look forward to coming back."
Both sides consist of a number of professional players. Some of the high profile names were no-shows such as Portland Timbers' forward Ryan Johnson for Jamaica, and American Clint Dempsey for Tottenham, but at the end of the day, hardly anyone could complain. Professional Footballers Association's Player of the Year Gareth Bale gave the English fans quite a bit to cheer about as he proved to be quite elusive on the pitch in the second half. Bale, who only played the final 30 minutes of the match, displayed an arsenal of moves, gliding the ball through an opponent's legs in one instance setting up a scoring opportunity for himself which he just pushed wide, and perfectly setting up Caulker on another. Tottenham actually had great chances to score on both plays but Bale failed to convert on his drive, and Caulker was called for an offside penalty on the other.
"It was a slow tempo today, but we had a good side today and they played well against us," said Caulker. "They had a lot of pace, especially up front. It would have been nice for us to score and get the win, but it's the end of our season so it was okay. They provided a real good test for us today. We're a big squad. A lot of guys came in and did a good job. It's been a long season but we had a great experience here. We spent a lot of time on the beach and really enjoyed ourselves," he added.
Overall, the Jamaican national team had more opportunities to score last night, but goal keeper Brad Friedel had two fantastic saves on one play in the second half for Tottenham, and just got a hand on another, on a shot that seemed destined for the back of the net. All three saves came in the second half as the intensity of the match picked up. As the final whistle blew on the scoreless draw, both teams embraced each other after a truly hard-played match.
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
STATE Minister of Environment Phenton Neymour brushed off a possible threat to his constituency from political newcomer and third-party candidate Sammy Poitier.
The MP for South Beach said the newly-formed Democratic National Alliance (DNA) will soon come to the same realisation he did as a member of the now defunct Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR) - that Bahamians want experienced representatives from one of the two major political parties.
"They are going where I have already been. I was in the CDR ... I was their chairman basically, I was a candidate and reality eventually will set in, in my opinion,...
Friday 18th January 2013 8:00 PM
Nassau Music Society 2013 Concert Season continues with Cellist Kenneth Law & Pianist Christy Lee Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 St. Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 St. Andrew's Kirk The Nassau Music Society, under the Patronage of His Excellency, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General of The Bahamas, will continue its 2012-2013 concert season by holding 2 concerts on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 (8PM)at St. Paul's Church Hall, Lyford Cay and on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 (5:30PM) at St. Andrew's Kirk, Shirley & Princess Street. The Society will feature Kenneth Law, cellist accompanied by Christy Lee, pianist, in an evening entitled: "Une Soirée Musicale" (a Musical Evening). The duo will interpret works from French composers such as Gabriel FAURE, Maurice RAVEL, Claude DEBUSSY, Philippe GAUBERT, Nadia BOULANGER with Christine Gangelhoff, flautist, Nicolette Turnquest & Candace Russell. TICKETS & RESERVATIONS To reserve or purchase tickets for these concerts, please contact our Box Offices which are now open at the following addresses: Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, Tel:394-7040; Custom Computers, Cable Beach Shopping Centre, Tel: 396-1100, and Moir & Co., Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Tel: 362-4895 or online at our website below. MASTER CLASS During his stay in Nassau, Mr Law will be a guest at the Bahamas Music Conservatory's orchestra's rehearsal on Saturday, January 19th and will offer advice to these students. Musicians or persons wishing to attend and observe this free class/session may contact Dr. Christy Lee for details on the time and venue: email@example.com Click HERE to reserve & purchase tickets at the NMS website. Click HEREto view short video of Mr Law performing. Click HERE to view Ms Lee performing on a Chris Justilien piece called "Ragged Island - Deep South" along with C Force.
By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAMBOO TOWN Member of Parliament Branville McCartney unveiled nine of his Democratic National Alliance party's general election candidates at the official DNA launch last night.
Before a packed ballroom at the Wyndham Nassau Bahamas Resort, Mr Cartney announced the following candidates: Chelphene Cunningham, Garden Hills; Floyd Armbrister - Exuma; Sammy Poitier- South Beach; Farrel Goff - Clifton; Ben Albury - Montagu; Adrian Laroda - MICAL; Roscoe Thompson - South Abaco; Charlene Paul - Elizabeth and Alfred Poitier - Kennedy.
As the leader of this new political party, Mr McCartney said that he would not be mak ...
Freeport, Bahamas -
Mary, Star of the Sea Parish will host its
48th Annual Remembrance Day
Service on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
parade will begin at 4:30 pm from the parking lot of the Government Complex
on The Mall and proceeds east on Adventurer's Way to Poinciana Drive;
west on Poinciana Drive to East Beach Drive; south on East Beach Drive
to Sunrise Highway; west on Sunrise Highway to Mary, Star of the Sea
Church. All uniform branches are expected to be in place by 4:00 pm...
Tuesday 27th September 2011 4:00 PM
The Bahamas Cancer Society is promoting low cost cancer screenings for the Prostrate Cancer Awarenes Month of September 2011. Screenings ($20) are held 6:00 - 9:00 pm and registration is at 4:00pm on each of these days: Sept 20th at Elizabeth Estates; Sept 22nd at Flamingo Gardens; Sept 27th at South Beach; Sept 29th at Fleming St. Additional screenings also available.
With the start of each swim season, the Barracuda Swim Club launches its annual club activities. The first event was the annual church service. In September, coaches, swimmers, family and friends worshipped at the 9 a.m. service at St. Francis/Xavier Cathedral on West Hill Street. They gave thanks to God for a successful past year and asked Him for guidance for the upcoming season. Father Nixon, rector of St. Francis/Xavier, prayed for and blessed the coaches and swimmers for a safe and healthy swim year.
At the end of September, the club came together for its annual awards dinner. It was a night of fun, food and fellowship under the theme, 'Mexican Fiesta'. For over 20 years, the Barracuda Swim Club has hosted this awards dinner to celebrate and salute the achievements of the competitive swimmers and to help encourage and motivate all swimmers to do their best.
This year, the 'Cuda family' decided to give back to the community by way of a beach clean-up. On Saturday, October 5, the Barracuda Swim Club, in partnership with Dolphin Encounters, set out collecting trash on the beach in southern New Providence. The swimmers were excited about this new venture and were amazed at the amount of trash they collected.
The annual fun meet closed off the events, on Saturday, October 12. This meet was held to allow the swimmers to have fun before they have to focus on the swim year and upcoming swim meets. It also gives the newer swimmers from the Learn-to-Swim Program a chance to get a "taste" of what a swim meet entails.
"We look forward to the upcoming season, anticipating great success, growth, and development for the club. We have seen continued growth in the Learn-to-Swim and Junior Competitive programs run by Coach Sue Coleby. We have also seen consistent development and improvement in our Senior Competitive program coached by Coach Travano McPhee," said Dion Gibson, Barracuda Swim Club President. "We will host our first meet of the swim season on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 which will be the Family Guardian Barracuda Invitational. Our swimmers are eagerly anticipating the upcoming swim year."
A 20-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after allegedly hijacking and crashing a vehicle on Friday afternoon.
The incident unfolded after 5pm in Prospect Ridge, south of Goodman's Bay Beach.
Officers from the Western Division were on patrol when they observed a man with items in his possession, which were suspected to have been stolen.
Officers attempted to stop the man who dropped the items and fled.
They pursued the suspect on foot onto West Bay Street where he allegedly hijacked a passing vehicle.
The driver was removed from the car while his three passengers - two men and a teenaged girl remained inside.
Officers pursued the vehicle and eventually caught up with it after the suspect crashed ...
Pinewood Gardens, South Beach, Garden Hills, Nassau Village and some parts of Blue Hill Road South — though miles apart — have one thing in common: house break-ins.
Over the past few years the southeastern district of New Providence, particularly Pinewood Gardens, has been plagued with murders and other violent crimes.
However, police said that trend has recently changed.
As it turns out, house break-ins have become particularly common in those areas.
Area police reported yesterday that beefed-up patrols is one of the measures police have taken to clamp down on crime in the southeast.
Police statistics for 2010 show that the southeastern division recorded the second highest number ...
The mother of the 22-year-old woman who was stabbed to death on Saturday said her daughter used a device on her ankle bracelet to call police for help hours before she was brutally murdered.
Olive Adderley, whose daughter Tracey Rolle was stabbed multiple times, said Rolle contacted police on Friday evening after she received several threats.
Adderley claimed that police collected Rolle from her home and took her complaint at the South Beach Police Station before taking her back to her residence.
Police confirmed that Rolle in fact complained about receiving threats, however police could not confirm whether she made a call the night before her death.
Rolle was killed inside her home on Bougainvillea Avenue early Saturday, police said. Her death came just over six years after her sister, Macy, was murdered.
A man has been arrested in connection with Tracey Rolle's murder.
Police said Rolle and another man had just arrived at the residence in South Beach around 4:30 a.m. when the attacker kicked in the front door and began stabbing them.
Rolle was previously charged with causing harm. She was wearing the ankle bracelet as a condition of her bail.
Police confirmed to The Nassau Guardian that the suspect was also wearing an electronic ankle bracelet and was on bail after being charged with causing harm.
It is unclear whether they were charged in connection with the same case.
Adderley said her daughter did not deserve to die the way she did.
She also claimed that her daughter attempted to alert the police when the assailant barged into the house.
"She had her ankle bracelet trying to get them," Adderley said. "But by the time as they got there it was too late."
Adderly said she wants Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade to personally look into the matter, insisting that the police should have done more.
According to family members, this was not the first time that Rolle was attacked.
Rolle's uncle Felton Williamson said that one month prior to her death, she asked him to take her to the hospital after she was stabbed.
"When I got there, there was a big gash in her thigh and her hand was cut," he said.
Williamson said this recent family tragedy brought the memories of Macy's murder back to the fore.
He said the family is devastated over both deaths.
According to Adderley, Macy died in December 2006 after she was shot. Her murder was never solved.
Williamson said police told the family the suspect in Macy's murdered was later killed.
Williamson, who reportedly shared a close relationship with Rolle, said the last time he saw her was last Wednesday.
He said she came to his house to talk to her younger sister, who lives with him most of the time.
"And I could hear her in the room giving her sister good counsel and good advice and telling her to behave herself," Williamson said.
Before Rolle left his home, Williamson said, she gave him a hug and said that she loved him.
"That was last time I spoke to her and saw her," he said. "I guess she came to say goodbye."
Williamson added that she may have known that her days were numbered.
While he admitted that she had her share of troubles he insisted that Rolle was trying to turn her life around.
Williamson said Rolle leaves behind a five-year-old son.
A summer of record heat has led to extreme challenges for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) which once again shut down power to thousands of residences and businesses yesterday, as the demand for electricity simply could not be met.BEC blamed yesterday's rolling blackouts - the latest in a series of load shedding exercises - on another failed generator. This was the third generator to go offline this week.The generator has not been properly maintained due to the corporation's strained financial situation, said BEC in a statement. The corporation staggered yesterday's blackouts in two-hour intervals, impacting different areas of New Providence.BEC said between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. it would shut down power to customers in Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay, Lyford Hills, Charlottesville, Jacaranda, Blake Road, Sea Beach, Caves Village, Sandyport and Soldier Road between Abundant Life Road and Balliou Hill Road.BEC expected to cut electricity supply to customers in Tyler Street, Nassau Street, West Bay Street (between Xavier's Primary School and Vista Marina), Augusta Street, Deans Lane, Meeting Street, Balliou Hill Road South, College Drive, Boyd Road and all side streets between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.BEC expected that between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. it would shut down supply to customers in Westward Villas, the Cable Beach strip, Lake Cunningham subdivision, Skyline Drive, Sanford Drive, Stapledon Gardens, Sea View Drive, West Bay Street, and John F. Kennedy Drive.Between 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. customers in Bamboo Boulevard, Pinewood Gardens, and South Beach were expected to have no electricity."Once again, the corporation apologizes to its customers and will continue to provide updates on the status of its generation challenges," BEC said in its statement.There have been rolling blackouts in New Providence since Monday when two of BEC's generators at its Clifton Pier plant failed.
One of those generators has since been brought back online. BEC said it has identified the problem with the second generator.
"The need for parts and extensive repairs means that the generator may be out of service for several days," said BEC.The corporation said the third failed generator is expected back online today. That generator is also located at the Clifton Pier plant.
"During this time, the corporation will continue to utilize the Generation Assistance Plan (GAP), relying on customers with large capacity standby units [capable of producing more than 1,000 kilowatts] freeing up capacity for other customers," BEC said. "Additionally, BEC is preparing to install the 20 megawatts of rental units. These units are expected to be operable by mid-month."BEC said with the GAP and the installation of the rental units, it would be able to limit the impact of any future generation problem on its customers.
Schooner Bay Village in
South Abaco and its resident Town Artist - Bahamian Antonius Roberts -
are featured this month as the cover story in COASTAL LIVING magazine -
An immensely popular island lifestyle periodical with 1.2 million
readers in the U.S. alone"
The blossoming new harbour village of Schooner Bay as an arts and
Bahamian lifestyle destination located in easily accessible South Abaco
Bahamas is showcased this month in one of the US's premier coastal home
and beach lifestyle magazines. Profiled in the Schooner Bay article is
Bahamian artist and resident town artist - Antonius Roberts. Mr.
Roberts has a home at Schooner Bay aptly named "Post House", a studio
The government is preparing to relocate staff in the General Post Office building, which has had structural problems over the last several years, Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin said.
The decision was made after air condition challenges led to severe flooding in the building on East Hill Street.
"We have made a determination as a matter of policy that we are moving people out of that post office," Hanna-Martin said.
She said officials from the Ministry of Works assessed the building this week and identified challenges.
"We have been looking at alternate locations for the short to medium term establishment of general post office services which include the entire spectrum of service, including the savings bank, parcel post and also the mail sorting aspect of it," she said.
"We are hopeful that over the next few days a building will be identified and people will be redeployed from the General Post Office to new accommodations."
In meantime, employees are working fewer hours, Hanna-Martin said.
"We want to limit the time they are in that building until we find alternate accommodations," she said.
In February, post office employees claimed that a large concrete slab fell from the ceiling and nearly hit a worker.
At the time, Bahamas Public Service Union (BPSU) Secretary General S. J. Miller said the building posed "serious health and safety problems" for employees.
Hanna-Martin acknowledged that the building has fallen into a state of disrepair over the years.
"The post office was built in the 1970s and it has gone through a process of deterioration and this is where we are now," she said. "It has become necessary to move the post office from that building to a new location."
Hanna-Martin said there are also air conditioning issues at the Elizabeth Estates, South Beach and Grants Town post offices.
As Ministry of Works officials work to address those issues, Hanna-Martin said the people employed at those offices are also working fewer hours.
"We can not require people to stay in conditions of that nature," she said.
The General Post Office also houses the Office of the Attorney General.
Minister of Labour Shane Gibson told reporters in February that the AG's office will be relocated to a government building on John F. Kennedy Drive once renovations are completed.
ABACO -- The Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT) recently announced a new date and format for its 31st annual competition.
The tournament is now scheduled for June 25-29, 2014 and will be held at Treasure Cay Beach Marina & Golf Resort in Abaco. The tournament will offer three fishing days - Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an optional 'Family Fun Day', Kettle of Fish Tournament and 'Rock the Dock Party' on Sunday. Treasure Cay General Manager Stephen Kappeler said: "We took into consideration that some tournament participants may like to depart on Sunday to return to work on Monday. Plus, scheduling the event after school is out will make it easier for participants to include their families."
Known for its great fishing, excellent value and social events, the world-class competition attracts teams from around the world. The TCBT also offers social parties, dinners and fun competitions. Its guaranteed cash payout ranges from $10,000 for a minimum of 10 boats and up to $50,000 for the participation of 50 boats.
The TCBT offers a special bonus of one free room night at the resort or a free day of dockage for registrations made prior to March 31, 2014. The early registrations also receive an entry into a drawing for free tournament dockage for boats up to 60 feet, and additional prizes.
One of the best fishing destinations in The Bahamas, Treasure Cay is known for grander-size record-breaking marlin, large dolphin and wahoo. While billfish is the focus of the TCBT, the tournament includes Fun Fish Division awards for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. The Fun Fish Division offers an optional payout rivaling top prizes of U.S.-based tournaments. In addition to the cash prizes, winners receive beautiful trophies and the top team is honored with a statuesque perpetual trophy showcased in the resort's Spinnaker Restaurant, one of the largest air conditioned out-island restaurant facilities available for events. Awards are also presented to the top lady and junior anglers.
Release point standings are verified by the participant's own digital and/or video camera with an image that can verify the time and date the photo was taken. The TCBT is open to the public and center consoles over 30 feet are welcomed. The top TCBT team will qualify for the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Offshore World Championship, with information available at www.igfaoffshorechampionship.com.
In addition to great food and family social events, the TCBT also raises funds for the children of the Treasure Cay Primary School. Registration for up to six team members, including boat entry, cash prize eligibility, dinners, cocktail parties, team goody bag and room discounts, can be made online at www.treasurecay.com.
The current champion of the event is Team Southern Comfort, owned by Peter Angel, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Southern Comfort captured the lead on the last day of fishing, bumping Domarlo, owned by Doug Macdonald, from West Palm Beach, Florida to second place. Big T's Too, owned by Bob Wolsey, from Sarasota, Florida dashed from zero to 800 points on the last day to snag third place.
Domarlo claimed the Ultra Champ award for most points earned by prior TCBT winners. The Kettle of Fish Tournament resulted in the catch of more than 70 lionfish as well as several snappers.
A potential competitor to Bahamas tourism could spring up in two years as Fort Lauderdale launches a partnership to build an Atlantis-style water park resort with a company which worked on Paradise Island's attractions.
Currently Fort Lauderdale is one of the corridors through which thousands of U.S. tourists cruise and fly to The Bahamas but now that city's aging sports stadiums could be turned into a major water park resort by 2012.
Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration
with the United States Embassy, the Pacific Disaster Center, and the
United States Northern Command will be hosting the 2012 Disaster Conference
for the Southern Bahamas at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort from February
14 to 16.
The Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham,
Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas will deliver the Keynote
Address and declare the conference officially open in the Convention
Centre at 7 p.m. United States Chargè ? Affaires John Dinkelman will
also address the opening ceremony.
Administrators and other representatives from the...
Not all of the nation’s tourism champions are deployed in the bustling Nassau/Paradise Island metropolis. There are many on the frontlines in far-flung Out Islands, fighting to service a niche market of guests looking for a simpler, slower, island vacation experience.
You will find one of them about 13 miles south of the Deadman’s Cay airport on an Island she refers to as a ‘baby’ in the tourism industry — Long Island. Shavonne Darville, co-owner and manager of the Gems at Paradise Private Beach Club, may have just the right combination of the financial skills and instinctive Bahamian hospitality necessary to make a small hotel in an idyllic though i ...
The man who was found shot multiple times with his feet and hands bound Saturday morning was yesterday identified as Jamal Leonard Edgecombe.
Edgecombe, 23, of Palm Beach Street, was the second man to be found dead and on a dirt road in the past week.
Police said the body was found around 11:35 a.m. Saturday off Western Road. Edgecombe was found wearing a black T-shirt with gray sweat pants, police said.
The identity of the man who was shot multiple times about the body and left dead on dirt road Wednesday was also released yesterday by police.
Omar Rashad, 23, of Bamboo Town was discovered on a dirt road east of Bacardi Road.
When officers attached to the Southwestern Division arri ...
The One Bahamas Foundation will hold a 'Unity Walk' on Saturday February 23, 2013, in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
The fun walk will begin at 6:30 a.m., leaving Arawak Cay and traveling west along West Bay Street into the Cable Beach area to the turn-around point at the round-a-bout at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, and returning east along West Bay Street to Arawak Cay.
The purpose of the walk is to continue to promote the ideals of the One Bahamas Foundation - unity in the community, and the event is expected to attract a wide cross section of the community. To this end, organizers are encouraging businesses, community groups, churches and families to participate. Proceeds will benefit deserving charities, including the Boys Scouts, the Girl Guides and the Boys Brigades. The registration fee is $15.
The One Bahamas organization was formed in November, 1992, by the then Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Algernon Allen, with the purpose of generating a greater sense of identity, pride and community among Bahamian youth. In 2006, a foundation was established under the leadership of Sir Orville Turnquest and Sir Durward Knowles. Today, the organization strives to promote unity, loyalty, social harmony and friendship among every person residing in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The major sponsors of the 'Unity Walk' are Nassau Containers Port, Atlantis, Crime Stoppers, BTC, RBC, and Pilots International. Persons may register at any of three registration depots - La Boutique, Robinson Road (328-2144), Lil' General's Food Store, East Street South (325-5798), or The SignMan, Shirley Street (356-5580). For online registration and more information about the 'Unity Walk' and One Bahamas, the public is asked to visit the website at www.onebahamas.org.
The multimillion-dollar Small Home Repair Program could start as early as this week, with more than 400 homes already identified for repair, according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Renward Wells.
The program, which was launched last week, targets inner-city homes in need of small-scale renovations.
"We have identified over 400 homes in Nassau, and about 200 to 250 of them that have already been scoped," he added.
Wells said the government has deployed surveyors to verify whether quotes that were submitted by various contractors are reasonable.
Most of the repairs are estimated to cost under $10,000 for each house. However, Wells noted that there are about 50 cases where renovations are estimated above the $10,000 ceiling. He said based on the set up of the program, anything over $10,000 is not considered to be small-scale.
Wells added that the Urban Renewal Chairs Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt and Algernon Allen will have to decide whether they will make an exception for those houses, or if the renovations needed will have to be scaled back.
The government has allocated $10 million to Urban Renewal for the program.
Wells, who has oversight of Urban Renewal, also responded to Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Darron Cash who recently expressed concern over program.
Cash said while the FNM supports the program, it is concerned about how the money will be distributed.
Cash said another "critical gap" in the program is that it fails to recognize the significant needs of working families in non-urban communities, where the need for home repairs is prevalent.
He said many residents in areas like Carmichael, South Beach and Garden Hills among other areas are in desperate need of similar assistance.
"A key test will be the Christie administration's ability to identify needs in constituencies that their members do not represent," he said on Monday.
However, Wells said FNM MPs have been invited to identify people in their constituencies who are in need of help.
"It's utter nonsense," Wells said responding to Cash. "We have engaged all members of Parliament. This is an entire island wide program. We will help those who can not help themselves, no matter which constituency they live in."
He noted the Urban Renewal is also working with the Department of Social Services to identify those in need.
"We are collecting the data and meeting people's needs," he added.
Urban Renewal also launched its foundation, which seeks donations to carry out additional home repairs and other Urban Renewal projects.
At the launch of the Urban Renewal Foundation earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis assured that the Small Home Repair Program will be transparent.