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May 21, 2012
Telcine Turner Rolle: Poet, playwright and teacher

"Don't let anyone persuade you against something you believe in your writing." - Telcine Turner Rolle

This past week saw the loss of a great Bahamian cultural icon as poet, playwright and teacher Telcine Turner Rolle succumbed to illness. She was 67.
Of Cat Island heritage, Telcine Turner was born December 3, 1944 on Milton Street and grew up in the "Babylon" vicinity of the Market Street area.
Telcine's contribution to The Bahamas is immeasurable.
Following a life-changing period of studies in English and education at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, in the 1970s, she taught in several Bahamian high schools before taking up a post in English language and literature at the Bahamas Teachers Training College.
She married James O. Rolle in 1974 and in 1975 birthed her only child, Arien Rolle. Being an artist and cultural pioneer in his own right, James Rolle was Telcine's soul mate and best friend. They could often be seen taking in the latest cultural offerings, always in good spirits.
In 1976, she joined the staff of The College of The Bahamas in its infancy in the division of humanities, which she would eventually chair. Admired as much as she was feared, Telcine was instrumental in molding the sensibilities of many talented Bahamian writers today as an educator. Many would be surprised to hear which now-established and great Bahamian writers she had once given mediocre or even failing grades to. Yet this only served to push their talent to the limits - for Telcine, there was always room for improvement, an opportunity to set the bar one notch higher.
Telcine defined an era in Bahamian literature, publishing a book of poems for children, "Song of the Surreys" (illustrated by her husband); and editing two collections of work from students in her creative writing classes, "Once Below a Time" and "Climbing Clouds". Since 2009, she had been working on a third collection of student work, "Jah Knows! and Other One-Act plays by College of The Bahamas Students", which is still forthcoming.
Her most well known-work, "Woman Take Two" is a vital component of the foundation of Bahamian literature. The play marked a discernable focus in early post-colonial years on all things Bahamian with its three-dimensional Bahamian characters negotiating their identities. It is still used in the English Literature BGCSE today.
Telcine was also vey active in theater in The Bahamas, becoming part of the Bahama Drama Circle in the 1970s and helping to stage several summer productions at the theater auditorium of the Bahamas Teachers Training College, as well as receiving dramatic awards from The Bahamas Arts Festival.
After winning the Playwriting Prize in the University of West Indies 25th Anniversary Literary Competition in 1975 for "Woman Take Two", it took years until the play would hit the stage under the directorial eye of David Burrows in 1995 - partly because Telcine brought the same uncompromising standards to her creative work as she did in the classroom.
In fact, Telcine took these standards to every person she came across in her life - she was known to offer her constructive criticisms where she felt they were necessary, and those who knew her knew they'd be better off if they took it with thanks.
Though this quality often evoked backlash in those who were unfamiliar with her perfectionist ways, Telcine's standards were born out of love and a desire to see her beloved country improve and grow.
In everything she did, Telcine exuded the same excellence she demanded from others as she molded every person she touched into better Bahamian citizens. We owe it to her to set our standards higher and to meet them.

This Land I Celebrate
Telcine Turner Rolle

This land I celebrate not for its zeal
Of democratic rights, its affluent
New halls of residence, its confident
And forced-ripe millionaires, but for the feel
That people power can make paradise real.
We are not free when we turn reticent
because of fear, think man omnipotent
Instead of God and for the dollar kneel.
I see our people common as the sand
And just as precious - holding back the flood
When tide is high; encircling the land;
Together valorous, together good.
Although the fingers differ on a hand
Each helps the hand to function as it should.

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May 17, 2012
Berenus Loretta Cargill, 76

FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Funeral Service for the late Mother Berenus Loretta Cargill affectionately called "Titta and T.D" age 76 years of Mastic Point, Andros will be held on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at 10:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros. Officiating will be Bishop Philemon Wilson D.D. J.P. assisted by Bishop John Humes, Bishop Lewis Adderley, Elder Breacham Brennen and other ministers. Interment will follow in South Mastic Point Cemetery, Mastic Point, Andros.
Cherished memories will forever and always linger in the hearts of those she left behind, namely her devoted husband:  Pastor Prince Cargill; daughter:  Evang.  Valderine Burrows; sons: Tommy, Danny, Pastor Lynden Cargill and Pastor Manix Cargill; Son-in-law: Wilfred Burrows; Daughter-in-law: Min. Bernadette Cargill; Adopted daughters: Vernamae Knowles; Phyllis Bain; Lavern Moxey; Cathy Martin; Helen Smith; Gwen Penigan; Loretta Farrington, Marie Adderley; Adopted Sons: Bishop Mark Knowles; Lorenzo Harris, Steve Hanna; Grand children: Sinatra, Lenthius, Valdez, Cordero, Laval, Lenora and Amanda Burrows, Cornelius and Carrington Thompson, Nickoya, Torry, Toran, Lynden Jr., Tameiko, and Jeremiah Cargill; Great grand children: Jada Burrows, Kyle Thompson; Sisters: Idell Reckley, Marionetta Smith, Doretta Jackson (California), and Ruthmae Francis; Brothers: Cardinal, Jonathan, Charlie and Bradley Fowler; Sister-in- laws: Karen, Linda, Bridgette, Beulahmae Fowler, Julia Hanna, Perlene Russell, Catherine Minnus, Gina Newton, Esther Cargill; Brother-in-laws: Edwin Francis, John Cargill; Aunt: Maria Martin; Numerous nieces and nephews including Derek Oliver, Angela Bowen, Dennis Smith, Meredith Miller, Lisa Bonaby, Vander Williams, Bridgette Beneby, Leading Seaman Dwayne McGregor, Edwin Jr. Stacy , Odesa Francis, Robertha Stuart, Paula Josey, Diann, Stacy Hanna, Michelle McGregor, Nadia and Marlin Turner, Sharmaine Evans, Darilyn Grant, Mevatta Cox, Carla, Lashanta and Berkley Fowler, Sophia Russell, Samantha Smith, Delareese Smith-Styles; Other relatives and friends including: Althea Sands, Isolene Rolle, Vernita Russell and family, Edgburt Tinker, Melsine Dorsett and family, Mary Rolle and family, Leanza Hanna, Ivy Ferguson and family, Diana Beneby and family, Ellen Bowleg and family, Pastor Max Roberts and family, Bishop Lewis Adderley and family, Pastor Samuel Fowler and family, Pastor Carl Oliver and family, Pastor Reginald Ferguson and family, Pastor Phillip Campbell and family, Carlton Bowleg and family, Lenard Newton and family, Agatha Cleare and family, Bertha Burrows and family, Uris Dames and family, Sis. Bodie and family, Ms. Turnquest and family, Micheal Finley and family, the Bodie family, Dorrell Higgs and family, Basil Martin and family, Deacon Alvin Burrows and family, Pastor Catherine Burrows and the Outreach Evangelic Church family, Pastor Romer and Ebenezar Church family, Roselda Woodside and family, Pastor Harold Mackey and family, Ms. McDonald and family, Derek & Iguline Oliver and family, Maude Romer and family, Mavis Gaitor and family, Pastor George Colebrooke and family, Deliverance Tabernacle family, the Prayer Band family, the Church of God family, the Colebrooke family, Bowleg family, Dr. Philip Campbell and family, Joyce Fowler and family, Bishop Charles Dean and family, Pastor Dorinda Dean and M.R.I Church family, Pearlene Simmons and family, the Ministry of Works family  and many more too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held in the Halcyon Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads, on Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and again on Friday at Small Hope Church of God, Central Andros from 6:00pm to 12:00am, Saturday at Mastic Point Church of God, North Andros from 12noon to 12:00am and Sunday at 8:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros until service time.

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May 31, 2012
Bahamian bowlers perform well in Florida

Two Bahamian bowlers, Leon Graham from New Providence and Clarence Wallace from Freeport, Grand Bahama, competed in the World Seniors Invitational Bowling Tournament that was held from May 6-12 at the Tamarac Lanes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The 'A' and 'B' categories were grouped ages 50-59 while the 'C' category consisted of bowlers aged 60 and over. Players of different countries are allowed to team up for Doubles and Triples when there are not enough bowlers in the respective age brackets. Wallace and his foreign partners performed well and just missed winning a medal in the 'A' division of the Triples as they placed fourth.
Leon Graham, however, put on a dazzling display of bowling in the 'C' division by averaging 240 pins for three games to lead all categories in the Masters qualifying round. Graham then went on to capture the silver medal in his division and just missed claiming the gold by 45 pins. Graham also won a gold medal in the Triples after teaming up with Jerry Daniels and Norbert Buchanan of the United States.
Bahamian bowlers continue to have great success at this tournament. In 2011, Graham teamed up with Alfred Burrows to win gold in the Doubles in the 'C' category. Graham then teamed up with Butch Brown of the United States to claim gold in the Triples. Phillip "Grease" Bethel and Tom Mariani of the United States teamed up to win gold in the 'A' category last year, and Charles Isaacs of New Providence and Clarence Wallace of Grand Bahama finished third to claim the bronze medal.

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July 13, 2012
FNM chairman should relax

Dear Editor,

The election is over. Criticizing just to criticize or to make headlines seems to be the order of the day for the chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM). During the campaign he labeled himself the lie detector. Now he has become the official analysis negatively on everything the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) does. I'm no defender of the PLP. I'm just tired of the unnecessary daily, uncalled for condemnation when there are so many more pressing issues that can be dealt with.
Mr. Chairman, accept the fact that the FNM was kicked out of office by a landslide, by a margin of 29 seats to nine, and the PLP was given a clear mandate by the Bahamian people to govern, albeit not the popular vote. And perhaps the party is on its way to picking up another seat in North Abaco.
The energy that you are using in your continued denigration, you should channel some of that energy in retaining the North Abaco seat.
The people have spoken (the voice of the people is the voice of God). Get over it and move on. Give the new government a chance. The people have spoken, you are wearing yourself out Mr. Chairman. Are you prepared to criticize on everything for five years?

- Kelly D. Burrows

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December 03, 2014
Pinder remembered as great man with kind soul

Tears streamed down the face of Dr. Richard Pinder's daughter yesterday as she stood before his congregation and declared that her father died empty.
Talia Pinder paid tribute to her father during his funeral at the church he pastored up to his death, Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI).
Pinder, who was BFMI's senior vice-president, died on November 9 in a plane crash in Grand Bahama that also claimed the lives of eight others, including Pinder's brother-in-law Dr. Myles Munroe.
Pinder was 58.
Dressed in bright yellow attire, Pinder's family and friends celebrated his legacy and remembered him as a great man with a hearty, infectious laugh and a humble and kind soul.
During the service, which brought together hundreds of people from various denominations and countries, Talia Pinder reflected on her father's life and on his death.
"My dad's transition into heaven has made me reflect on his life and on his purpose and I can stand before you today and truly say that Dr. Richard Howard Pinder died empty," she said.
"He gave us everything he had. He never missed an opportunity to offer wise counsel, to be a listening ear, or to just give one of those warm hugs that instantly made everything seem okay. I can still hear his laugh ringing in my ear and it comforts me.
"...Daddy, I honor you today. You left an unforgettable legacy."
Many of the BFMI men wore yellow bow ties, as a symbol of respect to Pinder, who had a collection of bow ties and loved to wear them.
More than a dozen people paid tribute to Pinder, hailing him as a gifted motivational speaker and a minister with keen insight.
The common thread in most of the tributes was that Pinder was a man who gave wise counsel and who genuinely cared for others.
BFMI Senior Pastor Dave Burrows said Pinder became number one at being number two.
As he struggled to contain his emotions, Burrows commented on the special bond that he shared with Pinder.
"We had so many laughs and good times," he said. "But in the last few years we became really, really close. We were like brothers."
Burrows dropped Pinder to the airport before he boarded that doomed flight.
"We joked on the way to the airport," Burrows recalled. "He was so happy.
"When we arrived at the airport, he said, 'I'll see you in the morning'. But I never realized that the morning would be sometime in the future in a new place where we both wanted to go but just not now.
"I really miss my friend. I can't bring him back, but I can remember the good times. I can remember the prayers that he prayed over my life."
Burrows pledged to take care of Pinder's family and to make sure that his memory and legacy are preserved.

'No tragedy in the Kingdom of God'

Dr. Ranford Patterson, president of the Bahamas Christian Council, Dr. Pepe Ramnath, of Trinidad, and Pastor Jean Heder, of Haiti, were among those who also paid tribute to the late pastor.
Heder said Pinder was like a father to him.
"He was the closest male figure I had in my life," he said.
Heder said the pain he felt when his biological father died paled in comparison to the pain he felt and continues to feel over Pinder's death.
He said Pinder was a constant source of wisdom and encouragement.
Patterson said he was thankful that Pinder was a part of his life.
He said during the time when the country faced contentious issues, Pinder would call him and encourage him to stand firm.
Aside from being a source of motivation, Patterson said Pinder was his friend.
Senator Kwasi Thompson, Pinder's nephew, said he sought his uncle's counsel before he made several life changing decisions, including proposing to the woman who is now his wife.
Thompson said Pinder, whom he referred to as "godfather", was a great leader.
"It was always good talking to him," Thompson said.
As the service went on, a compilation of Pinder's sermons was played.
In one of the clips, Pinder referred to the death of Jesus.
"They thought when they killed Jesus that would be the end," Pinder said.
"But what they didn't know was that which was supposed to be the end became the beginning."
Talia said her father's death is not a tragedy as there is "no tragedy in the Kingdom of God".
"I picture you now, strutting through heaven's gates, your salt and pepper hair glistening," she said.
"As you prepare to meet your Lord and Savior, your laugh echoes through the windows of heaven and you receive your crown of glory.
"And Daddy, as you stand in the wings with your bow tie made of gold, GQ has nothing on you."
Also onboard the flight with Pinder and Munroe were Munroe's wife, Pastor Ruth Ann Munroe; BFMI Youth Pastors Lavard and Radel Parks and their son, Johannan; pilots Stanley Thurston and Frahkan Cooper and Diego De Santiago, an American.
The group was traveling to Grand Bahama for the Global Leadership Forum.
The Munroes will be buried tomorrow.

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May 31, 2012
Robert Alexander Missick, 73

Funeral service for Robert Alexander Missick, 73 yrs., a resident of Mangrove Cay, Andros & formerly of Whitby, Turk's Island, who died on 25th May, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Wulff & Baillou Hill Roads, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Roderick Bain. Interment follows in Southern Cemetery, Cowpen & Spikenard Roads.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Victoria: 4 sons: PC 789 Robert Missick II, Bradley Missick of Boston, Massachusetts, Ricardo & Dwight Missick; 5 daughters: Melverna Bowleg, Gloria Davis, Teresa Lockhart, Agatha & Sharell Jones; 23 grandchildren: Robert Missick III, Americka, Rodeisha & Deandra Missick, Jermaine, Tameko, Andrew Jr., Anya & Andre' Bowleg, Adam, Allen, Ariel & Christal Davis, Cameron, Dwayneisha & Dionisio Lockhart, Cedrille Missick, Victornique & Victor Jones Jr., Lenderia, Shanell, Lenard Jr. & Lendrea Jones; 1 great grandson; 1 daughter-in-law: Christine Missick of Boston, Massachusetts; 4 sons-in-law: Andrew Bowleg, Lenard Jones, Dwayne Lockhart & Alexander Davis; 4 brothers: James, Emmanuel, Frank & Eric Missick; 2 sisters: Illene Astwood & Cynthia Swann; 5 sisters-in-law: Patience Missick, Lucinda Missick, Mavis Strachan, Evangelist Beatrice Stubbs & Princess Burrows; 3 brothers-in-law: Alexander Swann, Wilfred & Vernall Strachan & Pastor Wilfred Stubbs; nieces & nephews: Hazel Turnquest, Justice Vera Watkins, Victoria Armbrister, Cheryl Fountain, Lillian Clarke, Beatrice, George Jr. & Andrew Astwood, Aretha Bain, Shirley Lowe, Daniel, Freddie, Wendall, Vincent & Michael Swann, Jackie Heild, Lillian Jaglmandon, Douglas Beauth, Dell & Denise Missick, Cynthia Missick, Lillian Missick, Wellington & Rollington Missick, Irene & Dora Missick, Grace Curry & Shirley White, Barbara Hamilton, Lovely Outten, Eunice Cox, Keith, Kay, Jimmy, Carven, Vernon & Susie Missick & Jacob Shaw; cousins: Llewellyn Astwood & family, Bishop Joseph Swann & family, Deloris Lightbourne & family; other relatives & friends including: the Jones, Stubbs & Strachan families, Carl & Pastor Catherine Nairn, Pastor Moses Pennerman, Lorene Greene & family, Sharea & Harry Saunders, Father Marrah, Father Stephen Davies, Father Andrew Toppin, Father Rolle & All Saints Anglican Church, the Mangrove Cay Clinic, the entire community of Mangrove Cay, the staff of The Royal Bahamas Strike Force & the Doctors & Nurses of Male Surgical #1 of Princess Margaret Hospital.

Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 3-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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December 30, 2010
Sylvia Louise Grant, 61

Funeral Service for Sylvia Louise Grant, 61, of Pastel Gardens and formerly of The Bluff, Eleuthera, will be held at 11am on Sunday, January 2, at Grants Town Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Wellington Street.
Officiating will be pastor Hugh Roach, assisted by pastor Andrew Burrows and other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will be at Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories will forever be in the hearts of her daughter: Judith Grant; three sons: Maclain (Mackey), Dwight and Rayer Maynard; Father: Mr. Rudolph Grant and stepmother: Mrs. Phylis Grant; nine grandchildren: Savan and Justin Percentie, Ramando, Darian, Decovon and Maria Maynard, Maclain Maynard, Jr., Craige Collie and ...

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September 15, 2011
Bonnie Adams Findlay

Funeral Service for Bonnie Adams Findlay of Kennedy Subdivision will be held on Saturday September 17th, 2011 at Grace Community Church, Palmetto Village at 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Lyall Bethel assisted by other ministers of the Gospel. Cremation will follow.

She is survived by her Husband: Anthony Findlay. Daughetrs: Kafi Cartwright and Marvanae Hepburn. Adopted Daughter: Kayanna Cooper. Mother: Mrs. Sylvia Adams- Smith- Russell. Sisters: Min. Allison Adams, Ava Forbes, Joy Adams Ashford, Min. Cornelia Adams- Lightbourne, Barbara Burrows, Alice Adams, Natasha Adams. Brothers: Christopher Adams, Raphael Adams, Nathaniel Adams and Steven Adams. Uncles: Lou Adams, Prince Rolle ...

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June 19, 2012
The Bahamas beats Cuba!

For the first time ever, The Bahamas has beaten Cuba in basketball, and now, the country is set up perfectly to advance to the FIBA Americas Championships for senior men, otherwise known as the Tournament of the Americas, for the first time in its history.
On the strength of an 18-4 killer run to end the game, The Bahamas pulled away from Cuba, winning, 80-68, in both teams' first game at the 2012 edition of the Centrobasket Championships, currently being played at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Point guard Marvin Gray, who was instrumental in advancing The Bahamas to the Tournament of the Americas on the junior side six years ago, and is now trying to do it on the senior side, was a major catalyst yesterday. He missed last year's Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships when The Bahamas won the silver medal right here at home, but he more than made up for that absence yesterday. Grand Bahama native Gray led the team in scoring with 16 points to go along with six assists and five steals. With him leading the way, The Bahamas took advantage of its superior speed and athleticism, outscoring Cuba 32-19 in fast break points.
Surprisingly, The Bahamas also dominated in the paint. Height played a major factor at last year's CBC Championships, and The Bahamas once again sent a relatively small team to compete at Centrobasket, but they were still able to outscore Cuba in the paint by a great margin. With 6'6" Jaraun 'Keno' Burrows starting at center for The Bahamas, they almost doubled up Cuba on points in the paint, 50-26.
"It shows that we are making progress all around," said New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) President Keith 'Belsie' Smith yesterday. "The Bahamas is making strides in basketball. Beating Cuba is a great accomplishment for our national program. I salute Mario Bowleg and the rest of those guys. We still have a long way to go to re-establish our dominance in the Caribbean but it proves that we are on the right track. This is fantastic, and we could build off this. One thing it does is open the doors for more professional players to come out and be a part of the national program. It motivates them to come back and contribute. Also, eyes will be open in terms of local support and financial support.
"We knew that we would be competitive because of the work that the coaches were doing with the players so it doesn't come as a major surprise. It's just a major accomplishment. Our guys are well conditioned and I have no doubt that we will be very competitive the rest of the way."
The Bahamas got off to a very slow start, as they fell in a 9-0 hole at the beginning of the game. However, it didn't take long for this tiny nation to respond. The Bahamas pulled even at 14 on a free shot from Eugene Bain with just 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. The Bahamas led 19-16 after the first quarter, and stretched that lead to double digits about midway through the second period. A fast break basket by Burrows gave The Bahamas a 35-25 cushion. The Bahamas ended the first half ahead, 39-32.
Just like they did at the beginning of the game, The Bahamas came out sluggish in the third quarter. An 11-2 run by the Cubans pulled them even at 45 with 4:09 remaining in the third quarter. Gray then buried a three-point shot and The Bahamas persevered, holding on to a 57-54 lead at the end of three. The game went back and forth for the first five minutes of the final quarter, before Gray and Team Bahamas put away the Cubans.
Gray scored seven of his 16 points in that 18-4 run for The Bahamas at the end of the game. A free shot by Burrows gave The Bahamas a 74-65 lead with 1:34 to play. Behind Gray's side high 16 points, Bain had 10 points for The Bahamas. Burrows had nine points and eight rebounds, and Mitchell Johnson, Jean Rony Cadeau and Bennet Davis contributed eight apiece. For Cuba, Yudniel Perez Arango scored 19 points, Yoan Luis Haiti added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Juan Pineiro Marrero scored 10 points.
The Bahamas will face host country Puerto Rico in the featured game tonight at 8:30 p.m. (local time), while Cuba will go up against Nicaragua at 3:30 p.m. today. All four teams play out of Group A.
The top four teams from Centrobasket will qualify for next year's FIBA Americas Championships for senior men, where they will have an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Two more victories in Group A would lock up a top four finish for The Bahamas at Centrobasket.

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June 12, 2012
History not in the making for The Bahamas!

The time ran out on a historic attempt by four speedy young women from The Bahamas.
As it turned out, The Bahamas' very own 'A' Team of Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Alana Dillette, Ariel Weech and Alicia Lightbourne, finished a little over five seconds short of qualifying for the London Olympic Games in the Women's 4x100 meters (m) Free relay. The team finished in 21st place in FINA's ranking chart during the Olympic qualifying period. The top 12 finishers from last year's FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Championships automatically qualified for the Olympics, leaving four spots up for grabs. Those four spots went to Italy, New Zealand, Hungary and Greece. The deadline for relay teams to qualify was June 1, 2012.
"It's a lil disappointing but really and truly, our girls started very late in the qualifying process. The fact of the matter is, we just have to get faster," said Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF) President Algernon Cargill. "The girls were unbelievable in the qualifying process and attempting to make history for The Bahamas and we're very proud of them. They're among the top teams on this side of the world and that is definitely something that is worthy of praise."
The Bahamas actually finished as the top nation coming out of the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) region, and the number four nation behind the United States, Canada and Brazil coming from this side of the world, the western hemisphere. At the Canadian Olympic Trials in Montreal in March, the team swam a new national record setting time of 3:47.42. The final Olympic qualifying time, turned in by Greece, was 3:42.09. Speaking from Auburn, Alabama yesterday, Alana Dillette said that she was very proud of what they were able to achieve collectively.
"Well of course, I'm a little disappointed that we will not be able to represent The Bahamas for the first time ever in a relay at the Olympics, but I'm not disappointed in the relay team's performance. I am extremely proud of what the four of us have been able to accomplish, and the fact that we were able to come together and fight for something so big. We swam the relay on multiple occasions to ensure that we posted the fastest time we possibly could and that's all I could ask for from myself and from the other girls."
Cargill said although the door might be closed on a relay team qualifying for these London Olympics, it remains open for future Olympic Games as the BSF national program continues to grow.
As for Dillette, she is expected home tomorrow in preparation for the RBC Swimming National Championships this weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex. The four-day Olympic qualifying meet will get underway on Thursday evening and continue through Sunday. Individually, Dillette is looking to post an Olympic qualifying time in her specialty, the Women's 100m Back. She has already attained an Olympic selection time but needs to post an Olympic qualifying time in order to ensure herself of a spot on The Bahamas' Olympic team. Swimmers who attain Olympic selection times are not guaranteed places at the Olympic Games.
"This is the last chance for me to qualify individually so I'm looking forward to it," said Dillette. "I am excited and looking to have a fun and relaxed meet where I will swim fast. Up to this point I have had many disappointments and setbacks in my swimming and I am ready to just let everything go this weekend and swim as fast as I can. If that means I qualify for London, then that's great! If not, I know I will have given it my best shot and that's all I can ask for. I will be disappointed if I don't qualify, but at the end of the day I just want to swim a personal best time."
Dillette's personal best in the 100m Back is a national record time of 1:02.56. The Olympic selection time for the event is 1:02.95 and the Olympic qualifying time is 1:00.82. Dillette, along with Vanderpool-Wallace, Grand Bahamian Vereance Burrows and Jeremy Knowles, represented The Bahamas at the last Olympic Games in Beijing, China. So far, only Vanderpool-Wallace has outright qualified for these 2012 London Olympics. Dillette knows that she has her work cut out for her this time but is prepared for the challenge.
"At the end of the day, I would love to be in London, if only to support my teammate and good friend Arianna. That is another one of my motivations," said Dillette. "My training has been going great. We had the whole relay team here a few weeks ago training with us, so that was good to have a bit of home in Auburn. I am feeling good in the water and specifically in my backstroke. Lionel, my coach will be coming to nationals with me as well, and it will be good to have him there."
Dillette is coached by Lionel Moreau, a senior assistant coach for the Auburn aquatics team. The swimming portion of the 2012 London Olympics are scheduled to be held July 28 to August 4, at the London Aquatics Centre. The deadline for qualifying for individual events is Monday June 18.

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September 07, 2011
Police baffled over deaths of mom and child

By SANCHESKA BROWN

THIS is the mother and her young daughter whose lifeless bodies were found floating in the harbour.

And the mystery of their deaths deepened yesterday as police admitted they still have no idea how they died.

The bodies of Amanda Seymour Burrows, 32, and her pyjama-clad five-year-old daughter Kaysha Burrows were pulled from waters behind Elizabeth on Bay Plaza around 7.30am on Tuesday.

There were no visible injuries on either of the victims, and police do not have an official cause of death. However, a source in the force said they were considering the possibility of murder.

When asked to confirm this, senior officers said nothing is being ruled out and admitted there are so ...

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March 19, 2014
Customs department celebrates 100th anniversary

The Bahamas Customs and Excise Department has planned a number of activities in celebration of their centennial anniversary. Outlining plans for the celebrations on Grand Bahama (from left) are Eguianna Johnson, Brenda Ferguson, Rochelle Ferguson, Alexander Burrows, Michelle Collins and Monique Ramperacl. bis photo/vandyke hepburn

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December 17, 2010
Father Rodney Burrows presents his book to the Governor General

Nassau, Bahamas - During a
courtesy call at Government House on Thursday, December 16, 2010,
Father Rodney Burrows presented Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes
with  a copy of his book 'DESTINY, A Life of Service to My Fellow Man.'
Fr. Burrows was accompanied by members of his family.

Father Rodney Burrows (left)
and Barbara Burrows (right) paid a courtesy on Governor General Sir
Arthur Foulkes at Government House on Thursday, December 16. Fr.
Burrows presented Sir Arthur with a copy of his book 'DESTINY, A Life
of Service to My Fellow Man..

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June 06, 2012
Sen the Hon. Gregory Burrows Contribution to thank the Governor General for the Speech from The Throne - June 4th

Nassau, Bahamas - Sen. the
Hon. Gregory C. Burrows Speech for the Senate delivered at First Sitting of the Upper House on Monday 4th June 2012:

Madam President, Honorable members of the senate,
I would

like to take this opportunity to congratulate
Madam President and the Deputy President on their recent election to President
and Deputy in this senate.

I am
honored to stand here today and I want to thank Almighty God for leading me to
this point in my life. I would also like
to thank The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Christie for the opportunity to serve my
country in this honorable place.

I want
to thank my wife, Beth, my sons, Greg and Adam for standing by me as I made this
journey.

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June 24, 2014
Game of Thrones fans compete in short film competition

Budding Bahamian filmmakers came together Sunday evening for the grand finale of the Cable Bahamas HBO/Game of Thrones Short Film Competition, held at Galleria Cinemas on John F. Kennedy Drive. Hundreds of fans and filmmakers joined in the event that was the culmination of a two-month-long spirited contest that inspired dozens of entries.
Cable Bahamas launched the short film competition to encourage Game of Thrones fans with a knack for film to use their skills and prove their passion for the immensely popular HBO original series. The submissions were to be based on a scene from Game of Thrones Season 4, and would be judged on their creativity, technical production and their ability to capture the spirit of the series.
"I was so pleased to see the dedication and effort that was put into these productions," said Cable Bahamas Head of Marketing David Burrows. "We saw some real filmmaking talent, and we all got to see just how dedicated Game of Thrones fans are in The Bahamas."
Galleria Cinemas on John F. Kennedy Drive was transformed into a Game of Thrones venue, with costumed characters posing for photos with excited attendees, posters, banners and decorations inspired by the medieval-themed HBO show.
Seven finalists were selected from the entries that were submitted online to Cable Bahamas, and all finalists' films were shown to the excited crowd that gathered for the final judging.
The selection of the first and second place winners was determined by a combination of audience voting and review by a prestigious panel of judges, made up of Bahamian filmmaker Maria Govan (writer, director and producer of the popular film "Rain"), HBO Latin America representative Ariana Nuila, and Anthony Stuart of the Ministry of Tourism Director (Europe).
The seven finalists were Utah Rolle, Gary Wong, Jennie Cyril, Collage Entertainment, Nathan Rolle, Calvin Williams and Stephen Hanna.
Following the review of all the short films submitted, the judges deliberated and the audience's votes were tabulated. After careful consideration of the skillful entries submitted, the humorous and entertaining short film by Jennie Cyril was selected as the winner, with Gary Wong's dramatic and creative scene recreation being chosen as the second-place winner.
Cyril, said: "A special thanks to Cable Bahamas Limited, as well as the cast and crew, Christine Carey, Kirk Bouffard, Bernard Farquharson, Kino D. Thurston, and Jamal Cyril. I enjoyed the films from the other filmmakers, and thank you once again."
Winner Jennie Cyril won a trip for two to the Toronto International Film Festival, and second-place contestant Gary Wong won a 20-piece Canon film kit, all courtesy of Cable Bahamas and HBO.

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May 24, 2012
Dorene Ester-Mae Rolle, 51

Funeral Service for the Late Dorene Ester-Mae Rolle, 51 years of Claridge Dale Gardens, will be held on Saturday May 26th, 1:30 p.m. at New Bethlehem Baptist Church, Independence Drive. Rev'd. Dr. Everett Brown, Rev'd. Helen McPhee and Rev'd. Dr. Marina P. Sands will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by her Mother: Minister Irene King; Tw0 Daughters: Shantell Steed, Benkisha Rolle; Two Sons: Emmanuel Rolle, Edward Braithwaite; One Brother: Dr. Rudolph King; Two Aunts: Gracie King, Gwendolyn King; Cousins: Naomi Roberts, Granville, Perry, Terry And Rochelle King, Whitney, Terrance, Orson, And Brian Mortimer, Min. Dorian Cox, Dr. Lina Mortimer-Rayes; Kenneth King ,Apell King, Adrian King, Keysha King-Doziere Of Miami Florida, Otive Brice-King, Shervin King, James And Hiram Dawkins, Deloris Fernander, Hartman Dawkins, Rev'd. Christopher King, Joseph King, Harry King, Ezra King, Huey King, Samuel Hunter, Cordell King-Hunter, Redell King-Hubbard, Idel  King- Burrows, Christine King- Seymour, Elouise King, Maxine King, Minister Charlotte Brown, Michelle Sands, Sheila Sands , Rev'd. Michael, Charles and Sidney Sands, Derek Mackey, Jestina Rolle, David Rolle, Rev'd. Helen McPhee, Kim Hanna, Jackie Smith-McPhee, Shannon McPhee, Shantice McPhee, Ronnie Pratt, Sherry Pratt, Deidre Pratt, Rev'd. Garnet King, Ruth King-Outten, Dora King-Bethel, Paul King, Firstina King-Hepburn, Thelma Rolle, Derek Bowleg, Coral Bonamy, Leslie Bowleg, and Rev'd. Etienne Bowleg, Stephanie Bowleg-McKenzie, Vanria King-Davis, Paulette King-Nairn, Dorothy King-Miller, Ernestine King, Sandra King-Storr, Arthur King Jr. Bradley King , Nora King-Newbold, Etherly King-Gibson, Pearl King-Adderley, Alberta King- Hall, Cynthia King-Stubbs, John King, Rose King, Alverne King, Carol King- Ingraham, Celeste King, Rev'd Percy King, Alton McKenzie, Stephan McKenzie, Emily King-Osadebay , Jackie King-Micklewhite, Delores King-Saunders, Ingrid King, Eleanor King- Conliffe, Clement King, Lowell King, Kerlin King, Octavia King-Johnson, Gladys  King-Sands, David Seymour, Hartman Moncur And Family, Alice, Moncur; And a Host Of Other Relatives & Friends Including: Charles  Braithwaite Jr., Charles Braithwaite Jr., Laniccina Adderley, Christopher Adderley, Edwin Rolle, Percina Rolle, Beverley Rolle, Sharon Rolle, Esthermae Rolle, Princess Smith,  And  Vandmae Rolle-Albury, The King Foundation  Family, Salute To Greatness Awards Family, The King, Seymour Moncur Family, Bahamas Inflight Catering Staff, Ministry Of Education Faculty, Ministry Of Sports Faculty, Staff, Deep Creek Bar & Lounge (Fish Fry), Tims Air- Conditioning Staff, Yellow Strawberry Beauty Salon & Spa Staff, Ferg's Beauty Parlor (Bettyanne); and Many More Family And Friend's  Too Numerous To Me Mention.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 12:00 noon until service time.

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May 31, 2012
Secoya Ashley Roberts, 20

Funeral Service
Funeral Service for Secoya Ashley Roberts age 20 years a resident of Sandy Point, Abaco, will be held on Saturday 2nd June,  2012,  11:00a.m. at Sandy Point Assembly of God, Sandy Point Abaco, Officiating will be Pastor Erskine Wells assisted by other Ministers. Interment will be made in the Sandy Point Public Cemetery.
Those That Will Always Treasure Her Memories Are: Her Parents: Patrick Sr & Rose Roberts. Siblings: Patrick Jr & Aisha Poitier, Patrico & Sonovia Roberts,.Grandfather: Herklyn Rolle, Grandmothers: Marion Rolle And Lillian Roberts.; Neices: Alexia & Alyssa Stubbs;Nephews: Tianno, Tristan, Ashton, Chauncey & Corey Roberts; Aunts: Angela Johnson, Lottie & Deborah Rolle, Stephanie, Marsha & Violet Roberts, Eliza Bain, Marinette Walker, Vernisha Gaitor.;  Uncles: Vaughn & Brian Rolle, Edney & Derek Gaitor, Peter, Angelo, Wilba Roberts And Richard Walker.; Grandaunts: Lula, Evelyn, Irene & Jerona Burrows, Evelyn Burrows(Nassau), Gina Adderley, Virgie Lightbourne, Ella, Glacie & Hattie Dean And Vicky Bain.;Granduncles: Sinclair, Claude And Roland Burrows, Patrick Bain Sr, And William Adderley.; Godparents: Jerona Burrows-Curry, Daphanie Bain, Hercules Clarke And Neron Green;  Godchildren: Branasia Bain And Finny; Cousins: Tasheka, Taneka & Joshua, Raven, Nicole, Rhema, Lavonya, Orthura, Cameron, Taneisha, Makayla, Antonae, Antonia, Vaughn Jr, Dominique, Monty, Edney Jr, Yvette, Marcia, Tamika, Dereka, Derek Jr, Dario, Angelo Jr, Shuvalo, Malisha, Barshauna, Jada, Makayla, Baron Jr, Aaron, Algernon, Adinah, Kermit, Renardo, Meredith And Cindy;  Other Relatives And Friends Including ,Gurth Russell, Keith Stratton, Sidney Mc Intosh, E & E Groceries, Sandy Point, Chamile And Nioshie Adderley, Trenaire Wells, Vanessa Pinder, Geleece Gaitor, Talia Burrows, Tatianna Rolle, Denero Green, Saminique Bain, Herbert Sears,  Elexio Stubbs, Christa Curry, Lynzandria Archer, Raquel Russell, Arthur Lightbourne, David Lightbourne, Oscar Pinder, Margaret Burrows, Lensworth Bain, Lorna Russell, Jc Burrows, Raquel Armbrister, Rowena Pinder, Jaynell Mitchell, Deangelis Burrows, Ferninand Burrowswilliam And Maxine Burrows, Melissa And Ben Allen, Stanley White, Nicholas Roberts, George Martin, Iris Hanchell, The Ingraham Family Of Dundas Town, Friendship Tabernacle Church, Harry & Joan Darville, Marcus & Siren Davis, Dr. Margo Seymour & The Staff Of The Sandy Point Govt. Clinic, Dr. George Charite & The Staff Of The Integrated Medical Centre, The Sandy Point Assembly Of God Church, The Entire Community Of Sandy Point And Many Other Special Persons Too Numerous To Name.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and at the church in Sandy Point on Friday from 9:00 p.m. until to service time on Saturday.

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September 16, 2010
New Breedone game awayfrom pennant

By KELSIE JOHNSON
NG Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

After blowing a nine-run lead, committing several fielding errors and yet still being able to walk off the field as victors gave head coach for the Y-IIâ New Breed team, Martin Burrows Sr. confidence as they head into what he calls'a critical game'come Tuesday night.
It was in the bottom frame of the fourth inning, when the defense for the New Breed squad started to crack. The Freedom Farm Horsemen took full advantage of it. The Horseman scored nine runs in that inning, batting twice around the clock. But since the Horsemen had to dig themselves out of the whole, their defense in the remaining innings faltered, allowing New ...

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November 14, 2014
Men's basketball team drops out of CAC games

The men's national basketball team has elected to drop out of the 22nd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) basketball championships that will take place in Veracruz, Mexico.
The team qualified for the games this summer at the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, but elected not to take part in the games due to the absence of a number of key players.
The basketball championships are set to begin on November 24 at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz. Unfortunately, the start date comes at a time when all of the collegiate and professional players who are a part of Team Bahamas are in the middle of their respective seasons, and the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) is not in a position to compensate them for the time that they would have missed. The financial issue had been going on for some time leading up to the games, but failure to reach a compromise forced basketball officials to withdraw the team.
Team Bahamas was assigned to group 'A' after the draw that was held on October 9. Other members of the group include Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary General Romel Knowles expressed his discontent with the situation and is looking to take steps to make sure that this is not a reoccurring issue.
"We'll sit with them one on one and review their policy, and perhaps have to reset or set a new one when it comes to national team travel," he said. "I think it's fine if the BBF can afford to pay it from their office, but the athletes have to understand that when it's to represent at a higher calling such as The Olympics, or at the CAC level, then they have to relax their demand and really put that aside and represent the country."
Some of the members of the team who were unable to play include Keno Burrows, Mitchell Johnson, Chavano "Buddy" Hield, Bennett Davis and Kadeem Coleby.
Volleyball will now be the sole team sport that The Bahamas will be represented in at the CAC games in Mexico.

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September 08, 2011
The currency game is not for the faint of heart

As the U.S. dollar continues to slide, and the euro remains unstable, global investors are starting to turn their heads and look elsewhere when it comes to currency exposure.
One haven in which investors are ducking cover is the Swiss franc.
In fact, the currency is skyrocketing as traders search for stability in volatile times, forcing its Central Bank on Tuesday to set a ceiling on its value.
However, this recent trend doesn't impress Kevin Burrows, the Senior Vice President at CFAL.
"Really, they say, for the most part, trading currencies is a mug's game," he said.
"It is very difficult to forecast the short-time direction of foreign currencies.  That said, because of the quantitative easing in the U.S., investors are fundamentally very concerned about all paper currencies. We are seeing a lot more interest in a defensive mechanism."
The strategy of buying Swiss francs has created its fair share of problems, Burrows pointed out.  The Swiss, known as exporters, are cognoscent that an inflated franc isn't good for business.  It also makes everything in the country particularly expensive for anyone not earning that currency.
"Switzerland is a small and very open economy.  Every second franc is earned abroad.  A massive overvaluation carries the risk of recession as well as deflationary developments," said Phillip Hildebrand, Chair of the Central Bank's governing board.
So with the safe haven in Switzerland getting a little crowded, should investors be seeking other currency opportunities?
Well, in Burrow's mind, the U.S. dollar is in a long-term decline.
Although China and other Asian currencies have resisted rising valuation for trade purposes, much to the disdain of the U.S., it is more or less inevitable that there will be a shift sooner rather than later.
"I don't think the U.S. dollar weakness will be as disorderly as it has been this week - it will level off," Burrows added.
"But most investors think it will gradually weaken, but not so much that it destroys the rationale of investing in U.S. assets."
Burrows said Scandinavian currencies, such as the Swedish krona or the Norwegian kroner are traditionally very stable places to park your cash.
They are certainly much safer than the euro, he explained.
"I think it has definite issues.  It has survival issues, frankly.  The German courts have approved the government's ability to finance the peripheral countries, but the euro is inherently not a stable construct and I think we're seeing the pressures starting to build."
With all of this in mind, Burrows said there are clearly some currencies that are more stable than others.  But generally speaking, even the most seasoned global investors take caution when it comes to playing the money game.  You can play a long-term view with success, he pointed out, but trading on a daily or weekly basis is "very difficult to do".
If you're really seeking a solid hedge, the best bet right now, Burrows said, is gold.
Flirting with nearly $1,900 per ounce, the precious metal is an excellent hedge against paper currencies, thus why its value has risen considerably over the past year or so.
"Gold is reasserting itself as the currency of last resort," he said.  "It has no central bank that can print unlimited amounts of gold to weaken it."

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