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Funeral service for Vernera Lisette Small, 54 yrs., a resident of Bishop Street, Nassau Village, who died on 16th May, 2012, will be held at Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Road, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor Dr. Richard Pinder, assisted by Pastor Henry Francis. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish her memories are:
Her Children: Lakera Thompson, Leroy Curry Jr., Edwardo Thompson (Son-in-law), and Elethera Curry (Daughter-in-law)
Grandchildren: Xzavier Thompson, Alliyah Thompson, and Elijah Curry
Father: Plato L. Small
Stepmother: Brenhilda Strachan
Brothers: Chuck and Larry Pratt, Daniel, Shadwell, Franchot, Stephen, Jerome, Herschel, Byron, Mindell, Jason, Dwayne, Stanton, Carlos, Peter, Chuck, Krischen, and Matthew Small, Marcellus Bassett, Daniel Alcide, James Miller
Sisters: Ruth Brown, Esther Miller, Bridgette Small-Alcide, Lucille Small-Bassett, Cleora Pratt, Rebecca, Vanessa, Bethsheba, Hannah, Annishka, and Renay Small
Uncles: Errol Johnson, Cody and Isaacs Burnside, Vasco, Dugald, and Shogi Small
Aunts: Elizabeth Rolle, Muriel Mitchell, Virgill Knowles, Alsette Deleveaux, Musienne McDonald, Eldeace Wright
Nephews: Franchot, Hosea, Jamaal, Kenton, David, Jonathan, Kai, Wesley, Jamison, Joshua, Daryl, Amari, Zion, Teko, Tavero, Jubal
Nieces: Azariah, Faith, Lashie, Sade, Shante, Lashan, Monique, Adassa, Danielle, Talia, Rachel, Chucquanna and a host of other relatives and friends including: Arnette Burrows, Derry Ferguson, Dellarese Mcphee, Sherry Forbes, Charmaine Edgecombe, Rose Armbrister, Jerome Godfrey, Eleanor Seymour, Tabitha Philander, Dr. Abbelard, Prophetess Albertha Williams, Lynn Flavelle, Dave Seymour, Faith Temple Family, BFM Family, Global Worship Center Family, and many, many more.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 12-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
A change to the loan portfolio mix at Fidelity Bank is being seen as a major factor in reported earnings of nearly $4 million for 2011, an improvement over $2.27 million in the previous year.
This shift over to commercial loans provides higher rates, with credit cards offering interest rates as high as 18 percent and car loans coming in between 12 percent and 14 percent.
Over the course of the year, Fidelity's loan mix shifted, with mortgages moving from 67.15 percent to 54.16 percent.
"They are fairly close to a 50/50 mix of mortgages and other consumer types of loans," said Kevin Burrows, senior vice president at CFAL. "Fidelity has moved towards the Commonwealth Bank model, where the bulk of their books are consumer loans and mortgages are only 25 percent."
The approach has lead to increased profitability and increased margins.
Whereas in the housing market loans tend to have more of a cushion, consumer loans sometimes offer less leeway.
Burrows noted that it can be a riskier business, not to say the approach is not manageable.
Meanwhile, provisions for total loans have taken a noticeable dip, according to the firm's latest financial results. Fidelity's overall provisions represented just 1.98 percent of its total loan portfolio.
"As they transition their book, it'll be interesting to see where that provisioning ends up. It is probably a bit on the low side, although it could be a result of restructuring their lending so quickly," Burrows told Guardian Business. "A lot of the consumer loans are justifiably still current. So they might not feel the need for provision on some consumer loans."
Down the road, the actual experience of the lending mix could cause higher provisions, he added.
Another interesting development at Fidelity is a modest profit of $75,000 from its investment joint venture in the Bahamas Automated Clearing House Limited.
As the first time this investment has entered the black, it could be an encouraging sign now that they are seeing some success in this area.
Total assets at Fidelity rose by $67.7 million, or 23.99 percent.
Meanwhile, deposits increased by $52.1 million to $272 million, along with the bank collectively raising $15 million in redeemable preference shares across two issues during the year.
The bank also resumed its dividend program last December and currently trades slightly below book-value.
Ten senators received their instruments of appointment at a ceremony at Government House yesterday, marking the completion of the formation of the Upper Chamber.
Prime Minister Perry Christie told the group that he was happy that they answered the call to public service but warned them that there is a lot of work ahead for parliamentarians.
The Cabinet Office announced the appointments of the final three senators on Sunday. They are: Sharon Wilson, a former Senate president and magistrate; Joseph Curry, a business consultant and
former diplomat and Cheryl Bazard, an attorney.
They join defeated Progressive Liberal Party candidates Frank Smith, Gregory Burrows, Jerome Gomez, Julian Russell, Gary Sawyer, Alex Storr and Tanisha Tynes, who were appointed to the Senate last week.
Several of the PLP senators are newcomers to politics who will serve in Parliament for the first time.
Christie said the mix of new and seasoned politicians augurs well for the future of the country's political system.
He added that his planned mid-term adjustments and natural attrition will allow PLP members who were not elected to the House of Assembly or appointed to the Senate a chance to take part in Parliament or take up other posts.
Christie also suggested that Wilson will once again be elected to head the Upper Chamber.
After the ceremony, Wilson, who last served in the Senate from 2002 through 2007, said in whatever capacity she serves, she will seek to ensure that there is bipartisanship and high standards in Parliament.
"Whatever role I play it is my intent to ensure that in our Senate there is a standard of decorum and an advancement of something that is positive," she said.
"The Upper Chamber is a place where we ought to try to show that we can work together for a common goal."
Wilson said her selection to the Senate this time around is more poignant considering the social and economic issues facing the nation.
"To be able to serve in our country at a time like this, I deem it to be a real special privilege," she said. "In so many ways we are at a crossroads. In so many ways there is a need to lift not just the spirits of people [but] to lift the economic standards, to lift moral standards, to lift standards generally in our country."
The opposition Free National Movement appointed four people to the Upper Chamber last week. They are: Zhivargo Laing, Desmond Bannister, Kwasi Thompson and Heather Hunt.
Parliament opens on Wednesday.
progressive Liberal Party mourns the passing of Mrs. Trixie Hanna (nee
Burrows), mother-in-law of Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
and mother of First Lady Bernadette Christie. Mrs. Hanna was 81 years
Mrs. Hanna passed away early this morning at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
She was born on March 1
, 1931 in Deadman's Cay Long Island and Mrs. Hanna was predeceased by her husband the Rev
and her Parents Capt. Lorenzo and Ellen Burrows and leaves behind two...
Funeral Service for the Late Linda Louise Veronica Willis, 51 years of #20 Warren Street, Oakes Field, will be held on Friday May 11th, 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Boyd Road. Msgr. Alfred Culmer will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's cemetery, Tyler Street.
She is survived by her mother: Irene Louise Willis; sisters: Miriam T. Willis and Patricia Willis-Coleby; brothers: Leslie, Anthony and Christopher Willis; aunts: Dyllis Ingraham, Mildred McKinney, Verdell Esther and Annis McPhee Sylvia Willis, Patsy Frater, Toni Thomas of Jamaica; grand aunts: Mary Sweetnum and Kathleen Demeritte, uncles: Troy McPhee, Lawrence, Ernest, Gettis and Newton Willis; grand uncle: Robert McPhee; Brother-in-law: Carlton Coleby; and a host of other relatives and friends including: Brenda nad Bert McKinney and family, Margaret and Lawrence Thurston, Sheralyn and James McCartney and family, Annette and Michael Allen and family, Stephen, and Shervin Seymour and their families, Valarie and Roger Carpenter and family, Margaret Russell and family, Deborah Bassett and family, Stephanie Mackey and family, Gregory Ingraham, Julian Ingraham and family, Donald Grey and family, Diana Sands and family, Santina Smith and family, Carlton Grey and family, Sheilamae Adderley and family, Carolee Grey and family, Almarie Reid and family, Robert Arthur and family, Danette Arthur, Belfield Arthur, Veldira Arthur-Diop and family, Pam Adderley and family, Cheryl Collie and family, Garfield McPhee and family, Bertha, Garnell McPhee and family, Brantis Adderley and family, The children of the late Priscilla Carey and their respective families, The Demerittes; James, Donna, Michael, Karlas, Kayla, Virginia and Edward and their respective families, Luther McDonald and family, Donna Smith and family, The children or Verdell,Esther and Annis McPhee and their respective families, Alfred Sears and family, Mrs. Olive McKenzie and family, Mrs. Meta Bethell and family, Mrs. Una Elliot and family, The Francis family, Mrs. Keva Nethersole and family, Mrs. Joyce Bain and family, Mrs. Geneva Thorton and family, Mrs. Trudy Miller and family, Mrs. Constance Mackey and family, Ivan and Nancy Conliffe, The Seymour family, Mrs. Florinda Bastian and family, The McCartneys, The Stuart family, The Moncurs, Douglas Major and family, Derek Roach, Mrs. Marie Cash, Mrs. Flora Davis, Mrs. Laurel Lundy, Ms. Joann Savin, Mrs. Angela Smith, The Braithwaites, Mrs. Marcia Bannister, Hermean Thompson, The University of Warren Street, The Warren Street family, Mrs. Una Burrows, all the health care providers especially Nurse Forbes, Nurse Hutchinson, Doctors Kemp, McDowell, Roper, Richardson and Taylor, the nurses of the chest pain unit, female medical two and accident and emergency, especially Nurse Wood and Sister Rolle.
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Presently, the baseball situation in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is still in a quandary. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has taken on board Senator Greg Burrows, who no doubt has been charged with the responsibility of trying to network a compromise between the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) and the Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF). There is uncertainty about what will ultimately happen.
What's the ongoing dilemma? For readers who have not been keeping abreast of the issue, there are two baseball groups in the country. One, the BBA, is the parent body and the organization with the full baseball history in the country. The other, the BBF, is the vibrant entity with member bodies throughout the country. However, it is the BBA that is recognized by the international baseball world.
Jim Wood, the much-criticized president of the BBA, has reportedly been quite stubborn and is perceived by many as the villain. Some see him as the old guy who refuses to step aside for younger leadership. There is some merit to that I suppose. Personally, I believe he has made his contribution and would do well to allow others to gracefully escort him, with all the due accolades, into the sunset.
Wood was an excellent player for many years and is one of the names most positively associated with the St. Bernard's baseball organization. There is another bit of information that is generally unknown about Wood. He happens to have a background as an official of the Pan American Baseball Federation (or Confederacion Pan Americana de Beisbol-COPABE). He is known in the regional baseball mix. Wood has recognition status and to his credit, there have been instances when he could have caused the BBF to be ignored.
There was the occasion when The Bahamas got a major amateur triumph. A BBF team represented the country at the University Games in Cuba and defeated the host team 2-1. It was a glorious occasion for The Bahamas that would not have happened had Wood not endorsed the participation. Wood will tell you that he was called about the team that did not arrive in Cuba with BBA sanction.
"I could have stopped them. They would have been sent back home, but I couldn't do that to The Bahamas," he explained.
In truth, while it is good copy and nice to see the BBF interacting with Major League Baseball (MLB), all Wood has to do is communicate a concern to the confederation or the International Baseball Federation (IBF) and the BBF would find itself facing a wall, regionally and internationally.
At this point, despite the fact that the IBF wants the local matter settled in the best interest of the program here, the BBA is still considered the parent body for the sport in the country. Burrows will have to sit with Wood and make a mighty effort to come to some kind of an arrangement. Burrows' position as a consultant with ministry means little in the grand scheme of things. The IBF and COPABE do not recognize government intrusion in sports. Woods can ignore Burrows and the baseball situation would stay the same.
Quite frankly, like it or not, getting Wood to sit down and come to a middle of the road agreement, is essential. Although the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) has been brought into the mix by the international body, Wood is still a powerful force and will remain that way unless, or until the BOC, IBF and COPABE take some extreme action. There could be a decision to ban Wood from his role as BBA President.
Will that ever happen? I doubt it, so, the Jim Wood/baseball saga continues.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com)
Funeral service for John Kelly, 76 yrs., a resident of Twynam Heights & formerly of Long Bay, Andros, who died on 6 May, 2012, will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Hay Street, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. George Kelly, assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.
Left to cherish his memories are his 6 children: Nurse Bettymae Kelly-Sawyer, Leverne, John Jr. & Edison Kelly, Brian & Darlene Kelly; 3 brothers: Rev. George Kelly, Richard & Vincent Kelly; 2 sisters: Rebecca & Patricia Kelly Brown; 30 grandchildren: Stacy, Edward Sr., Lotoya, Indira, Thecula, Jasmine, Brittany, Torshekia, Rishea, Jason, Lathera, Edison Jr., Eltora, Emmeron, Lavenia, LaQuisha, Tyeshia, Cashe, Jonae, Triston, Clydra, Clydecia, Cordero, Moesha, Brian Jr., Ashley, Tyiesha, Peron, Briesha & Darlnae; 23 great grand children: Christon, Kevineek, Estafon, Kevin Jr., Quentinique, Saniyah, Edward Jr., Demetrius, Edrico, Edwardnique, Latovia, Lahsantae, Kahli, Kahanta, Antonique, Cionne, Alexandria, Logan, LaQuan, Destiny, Ciara, Reniyah & Rodnae; 2 uncles: Irvin & James Kelly; 2 sons-in-law: Walter Sawyer & James Grant; daughter-in-law: Gwendolyn Kelly; 3 brothers-in-law: Cedric Duvaulier, James Pratt & Arthur Brown; 5 sisters-in-law: Martha & Silvia Duvaulier, Mildred Burrows, Dr. Coralee & Mildred Kelly; numerous nieces & nephews, grand nieces & nephews, other relatives & friends including: the Nottage family, the McKenzie family, the Forbes family, Percy Knowles, Ezeliel Prince, Beatrice, Stella, Qyentin & the entire Long Bay Community.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
A fifth grade student at E.P. Roberts Primary School sat in her empty classroom and watched cartoons yesterday morning.
A trash can filled with water, a dirty mop and a large puddle of water were on the floor a few feet away from where the girl sat.
Plastic bags covered the computers as water continued to drip into the room. Classes were canceled after the teachers decided to sit out because of the leaky roof.
The roof was reportedly damaged at the Miami Street school during the passage of Hurricane Irene three weeks ago.
Since then, every time it rains, water leaks into the fifth grade classroom block and causes flooding, according to school officials.
Teachers, who have had to deal with those wet conditions for the last week, have had enough, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers Secretary General Stephen McPhee.
He said the teachers had been patient and were forced to take desperate measures. "Last week they had a meeting and a number of concerns were [raised]," McPhee said.
"They were told that by Friday at 3 p.m. the matters would be resolved so that on Monday school could flow as normal. Unfortunately, those concerns still exist and so the teachers are unable to teach."
McPhee said in addition to the structural concerns, teachers are also concerned about staffing levels. "Teachers don't wish to sit in a class and have another class unattended," McPhee explained. "It's impossible for them to function in the normal school without those matters being resolved."
E.P. Roberts Principal Kendle Burrows said work is being done to address the leaky roof and the shortage of teachers.
He said work was done on the roof all weekend. "I am surprised it's not fixed yet but I've been assured that there is nothing that can't be fixed in a short time," Burrows said.
The principal confirmed that two additional teachers were recently hired and should start teaching soon. Burrows added that it is unfortunate that students had to miss school.
A parent also expressed concern over the situation.
Denise Rolle-Johnson, whose daughter is a second-grader at the school, said she was surprised to learn that school had been canceled for the day. "No one informed me," she said. "The principal is good but I'm surprised at the move that the teachers took. It bothers me especially because these children are so young."
Rolle-Johnson said she didn't learn that school had been canceled until she noticed several E.P. Roberts students walking away from the school about an hour after she dropped her daughter off.
"I don't like the movements that the teachers made -- just to strike all of a sudden. They should consider the little children and the parents should have known in advance. The children should not have been left unattended in this manner because of the teachers. They need to be role models.
"I'm not saying they can't strike. They can strike but they should have informed us first because the children can not be here unattended." She said some parents work and are unable to pick up their children quickly.
Burrows said the administrators attended to the children when they realized that the teachers had withdrawn their services.
Evette Brown, a janitress who said she has had to mop the classroom every day since school started last week, said she is growing weary of the task. "I'm tired of drying up water," she said.
Another janitress, Augana Brown, said she doesn't think it's fair that they have to mop up the water every day. "This school is in a terrible state," she said.
Burrows said this is the second time that the teachers withdrew their services in recent times. Teachers sat out last Monday after expressing similar concerns, he said.
Funeral service for Flora Brunell Demeritte Pratt, 92 yrs., a resident of West Street & formerly of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, who died on 8th May, 2012, will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Father Glen C. Nixon. Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Flora's survivors include one sister-in-law, Helen McQuay-Demeritte; her nieces Sybil Butler, Yvonne Maura, Blanche Moss-Allen, Hazel, Sandra and Angela Demeritte, Althea Cleare, Dolores Styles, Barbara (Barrie) Shepherd (Freeport, G.B.I.), Janet Dorsett, Rosemond Kemp, Vanvalor Parsard (Brooklyn, New York), Barbara Demeritte, Augusta Taylor, Joan and DeAnn Demeritte, Agnes Walkine and Relinda Arnett; nephews, Gladstone, Kirkwood, Franklyn, Alfred, Kenneth and Sgt. 65 Roland Demeritte of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Donald and Elwood Shepherd (Freeport, G.B.I.), Wilton Keenan (Brooklyn, New York), Hesley Keenan (California), Edwin, Leo, Christopher and Albert Demeritte. Numerous grandnieces and grandnephews including Alsada Butler, Alana Burrows, Cora Butler, Loretta Cartwright, Anastasia and Cecile Maura, Jovita Chea, Earla Moss, Camille Armbrister, Albertha Lightbourne, Vanessa Spence, Marva Moss, Portia Glinton, Natasha Demeritte, Anita and Akara Cleare, Kendia Demeritte, Symone Clarke (Atlanta, Georgia), Racquel Chea, Simona Fawkes, Monique Shepherd, Nicole Pierre, Antoinette Dorsett, Leonette Kemp (Tennessee), Racquel Smith, Anissa Shepherd (Freeport, G.B.I.), Desiree Shepherd (Florida), Marcia Fernander-Bannister, Leisa Fernander-Moxey, Sonja Fernander-Brown, Rolanda Taylor, Jadon and Jolean Demeritte, Charles and Andrew Butler; Hubert, R. Matt and Marichael Maura, Mark and Desmond Armbrister, Marvin, Delano, Gladstone, Jr., Devon, Jamaal, Aaron and Ian Demeritte, Chesney, Julian, Whitney and Craig (Houston, Texas) Fernander, Devane Evans, Adrian Styles, Virgil, Demetrius (Texas), Desilini, Therron, Anthony and Jermaine Shepherd, Ronaldo Taylor, Darwin, Darron and RajauKai Demeritte. Other family and friends including Dr. & Mrs. Kendal Capron and the Good Samaritan Senior Citizen's Home, Yellow Elder Gardens, Gloria Miller, Una Miller, Derecka Higgs and Family, The Salvation Army, Grants Town Corp., Mary Sweetnam, Vera Perpall, Henrietta Major, Nurse Eloise Nichols and Family, the entire Demeritte Family, the communities of West Street, Scott Street, South Street and McQuay Street.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Bernard Patrick Burrows
Don't grieve for me now I'm free, I am following the path God laid for me,I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all,
I could not stay another day to laugh, to love , to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
If my parting has left a void, fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, my life's been full I savoured much,
Good friends, good times a loved one's touch,
Perhaps my times here seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
Light up your hearts and share with me, God wants me now, he set me free
On September 8th a lovely baby boy was born to the late Sybil and Leorard Burrows . He was given the name Bernard Patrick Burrows. He began his formal education at Sandiland Primary School and later went on to L.W.Young Junior & Senior high School.
After leaving high School he picked up the trade as a Carpenter at Treco Construction Company. Later he went to work as a mate on a boat for Ted Knowles, where he developed his love for the sea. At that time he knew that was his calling, so he went back to Scholl to obtain his Captain's license. He worked as a mate for many years before becoming a boat Captain. After a number of years Bernard purchased his own boat were he became a successful fishing boat Charter operator until his untimely demise.
Left to cherished his memories are his loving and devoted wife Arnetter Burrows and two daughters Aderia and Antiniqua Burrows. Two sisters-in-law Derry Ferguson and Dellarese Mcphee, two brothers-in-law Cavalle Ferguson and Junior Mcphee., and a host of other relative and friends too numerous to mention.
Words are not enough to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the love and support that you all have given us over they past three and half years. For whatever you did to console us during this time of our bereavement when we so desperately needed your understanding, we THANK YOU. Our sorrow and grief are easier to bear with help from God and compassionate family and friends like you.
MAY GOD'S RICHEST BLESSING BE UPON YOU ALL.
Memorial Service for the late Bernard Burrows age 45 years of Eastwood Estate will be held on Saturday May 19 2012 at St. Anselm Catholic Church, Bernard Road at 4:00 p.m. Officiating will be Monsignor Preston Moss. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Left to cherished his memories are his loving and devoted wife Arnetter Burrows and two daughters Aderia and Antiniqua Burrows. Two sisters-in-law Derry Ferguson and Dellarese Mcphee, two brothers-in-law Cavalle Ferguson and Junior Mcphee., and a host of other relative and friends too numerous to mention.
The book of condolences may be signed at the church on Saturday from 3:00p.m. until service time.
To combat a society where the youth are settling for mediocre existences and idolizing criminal lifestyles the Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) Youth Ministry will host its annual Youth Alive series of events.
The week-long event which will be held Monday, July 2 to Sunday, July 8 at the Diplomat Center on Carmichael Road and will help to refocus the youth to find value in excellence and learn to pursue greatness in their undertakings.
This year's theme "Steps to Greatness," it is hoped will encourage the youth to aspire to greatness and tell them how to do it.
A Youth Alive Summer Camp, which will engage the younger children, between the ages of seven and 18 will kick-off the event. The children will hear from to speakers who will talk to them about aspiring to greatness and how to make the small changes they will have to in their everyday lives in order to achieve their goals.
Pastor Dave Burrows and BFM senior pastor Myles Munroe will speak.
For the Youth Alive Conference which starts on Wednesday, July 4, a host of dynamic speakers will speak on various aspects of acquiring greatness.
Pastor Mike Hill, a youth ministry specialist from St. Louis, Missouri, will speak on making greatness a choice.
Much like he made a choice to stop being a secular recording artist and follow more closely the traditions of Christ, he will encourage young people to turn away from what is wrong and instead reach for better and more spiritual means to express themselves.
Pastor Dave will address steps to greatness, and break it down into mini themes like courage, character and vision.
Pastor Munroe will speak to the youth on how to be leaders despite their age. He will use his own life story as a way to inspire them.
Eric Fox, director of the youth focused organization for troubled young men, Teen Challenge, will also speak to the youth. The former drug addict will address overcoming obstacles and staying focused despite peer pressure to do otherwise.
Raymond Eneas, a young man who lived on the streets but was determined to do better than people expected of him will also speak about pursuing greatness with a passion. He will encourage the youth to keep on striving to be better than they even dream.
Youth director of Church of God of Prophecy, Pastor Timothy Johnson will speak on determining to be great and staying focused. His message to the youth will be that they can be all they want to be if they keep their eye on the prize.
For the Thursday ladies night, Pastor Angie Burrows from BFM will speak about inner beauty and greatness as it is important for her to help young people understand that it is what is in their head and heart and not what's on it that is the most vital part of life.
Brooke Eneas, a former Miss Florida Panhandle will also speak from a woman's perspective on the topic of making choices on the road to greatness. She will discuss how she acquired her master's degree and owned her own home before she had attained her 25th birthday. She will speak to the choices she made in her life to achieve her goals. She hopes the young people will take heed so they too can get where they want to go in life.
On Saturday, July 7, the annual Youth Alive concert will take place featuring gospel artists Trinidad's Sherwin Gardner, Millyon from Georgia and local artists Landlord, DJ Counsellor, Lyrically Blessed, Manifest, Ruben Heights and Najie Dunn.
The Youth Alive boat cruise closes out the week of activities on Sunday, July 8.
"At the end of the day after all the talking, singing, drama and praising I hope young people walk away feeling encouraged and inspired to pursue greatness and not settle for mediocrity," said Pastor Dave. "I want them to set goals and make plans spiritually, professionally and in other aspects of their lives. I want them to see they have the power within them to help make The Bahamas a better place. They are great and we believe in them. And with this event we as the current generation and church leaders hope to show them what we see. They all have so much potential but sometimes they just need a little boost in the right direction," he said.
Youth Alive Camp
When: Monday, July 2 - Friday, July 6
Where: Diplomatic Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily
Youth Alive Conference
When: Wednesday, July 4 - Friday, July 6
Where: Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the daytime, 7:30 p.m. until for evening sessions.
Cost: $35 optional (conference materials and tickets to concert and boat cruise)
Youth Alive Concert
When: Saturday, July 7
Where: Diplomat Center, Carmichael Road
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Youth Alive Boat Cruise When: Sunday, July 8
Departure: Prince George Wharf
Time: 7 p.m.
Funeral service for Leroy Joseph Lewis, 75 yrs., a resident of Poinciana Avenue, Coconut Grove & formerly of Calabash Bay, Central Andros, who died on 24th August, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Boyd Road, on Friday at 10:45 a.m. Officiating will be Deacon Gregory Taylor. Interment follows in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Fond memories will forever linger in the hearts of:
His loving and devoted wife, Avis Lewis
Sons: Floyd Lewis, Captain Marvin Lewis, R/Cop. Randy Lewis, Jayson and Craig Lewis
Daughter s: Cheryl Clarke, Leanora Lewis and Velma Santiago
Brother: Orthnell Poitier
Grandsons: Bruce Jr., Tevin, Joshua, Marvin Jr. Stephen, Greg, Moses, Craig Jr. and Dillion.
Granddaughters: Sherika, Roshan, Tela, Marva, Tanica, Randesha, Tori, Kerrelle, Brunay, Jewel, Marlena, Nicole, Evelyn, Rosalie, Cleo, Nikita, Velma, Lavarda and Cynthia.
Sister-in-law: Petrona Lewis
Son-in-Law: Bruce Clarke
Daughters-in-Law: Jacqueline, Seanalea and Shenique Lewis
Great grand Children: Tyler, Leon Jr. and Rodeshana
Grand-sons-in-law: Rodrick Watson, Leon Rolle Sr. and Lavardo McQueen
Nieces: Florine Wilson, Agnes Elliot, Theresa Minnis, Venice Nabbie, Miriam Gibbs and Brenda Rhodriquez and Coleen Lewis
Nephews: Larry, Julius, Kirk and Perry Lewis, Prince Duncombe, Ed Minnis and Emmanuel Curtis, Dwight Lewis
Grand Nieces and Nephews: Woodrow, Tiberias, Karen, Setella, Tabitha, Warren and Cornel Wilson, Raquel, Ashley Young, Mick, Rosetta and Leslie Duncombe, Anna and Ordell Neely, Elizabeth and Dwight Brown, LaClaire Rolle, Conrad Curtis, ErrolynMiller, Teedra and Lloydeka Minnis, Lloyd Minnis Jr. Cartwell and Diann Curtis, Wayne Saunders, Juliet and Solomon Lightbourn, Derrick and Monique Elliot and Fayann Oxley.
Other Relatives and Friends
Basil Lewis, Ella Lewis, Jonny Cooper and Family, Naaman and Beatrice Russell, Nathan Russell and Family, Hon. Cynthia Pratt M.P., Zelrona Mackey, Jerome Rolle and Family, Marvin Bain and Family, Donna Stubbs and Family, Randolph Minnis, Donella Thompson and Family, The Coleby Family, the Cargill Family Burkie and Eloise Smith and family, Enal Culmer, Herbert Strachan, Maureen, Latesha, Doris, Helen and Darlene Rolle, Miriam Wallace and Family, Clifford and Helen Ferguson and Family, Cynthia and Oscar Damalie, Carnetta Munroe and Family, Ross and Joyce Newbold and Family, Christopher Stuart and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Deveaux and Family, Barbara Johnson, Olive McKenzie and Family, Verniemae Newbold, Deborah Rolle and family, Florida Rolle and family, William Scott and Family, Rev. Ervin and Marian Clarke, Lester, Joel and Andrew Smith, Ketha, Dede, Kim, Pearline, Ivy Ferguson and Family, Eva Smith, Erica Horton, Oneisha Lewis, Arnold and Lisa Bain, Lighty Adderley, Serena Delancy, Lerodney Rolle and Family, Rochelle Sears and Family, Erica Hunt and Family, Kathleen and Naomi, Godfrey and Wendell Clarke, Una Burrows, Dorothy Poitier and family, Mortimer family, Rose and Paula Newbold, Elouise Munnings, Miriam Williams and Janice Thompson. Father Gomez and St. Joseph Catholic Church Community, Father Roberts and St. Cecilia Church Community, St. Joseph's Hospitality Ministry, the Teacher's Retiree Club, the Catholic Archdiocesan Women's Auxiliary, the Coconut Grove Community, the Water and Sewage Cooperation, Nuns of St. Martin's Convent, the staff of Male Medical 1 Princess Margaret Hospital.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 12-6:00 p.m. on Thursday & on Friday at the church from 9:45 a.m. until service time.
Aldean Alex Gibson Jr. age 25 years of Cowpen Road and formerly of Nassau Village died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday May 3rd, 2012.
He is survived by his mother: Yvette Dorsett; father: Aldean Gibson Sr.; daughter: Amore' Gibson; sisters: Tyra Duncombe, Randia Rolle, Dekhantea Gibson; brothers: Travon Gibson, Ken Mackey Jr., Renard Farrington, Jamal Gibson; grandparents: Inez Gibson, Mavis Burrows, Hayward Dorsett I; and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
There is a long list of speed merchants of Bahamian baseball. In the early decades, players like Tyrone McGregor, Lou Adderley and Basil 'Slick' Burrows set the pace on the base paths during Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) games.
The 1970s however produced a special set of artists, skilled in getting from first to second, to third and home plate very quickly. It was a fearless lot, those speedsters trotted out by the top teams. Roosevelt 'Bruso' Turner of Del Jane (the organization known at times also as St. Pauli Girls Barons and Holsten Knights) was arguably the best. Turner also played for Beck's Beer.
He won the league scoring titles from 1972 to 1978 with the exception of the one year, 1977. In winning his six scoring titles, the first two for Beck's, Turner hit the 50 runs scored mark four times, his highest being 55 in 1975 for Del Jane. He had 50 in 1972 for Beck's, 53 in 1976 for Holsten Knights and 54 in 1978, also for Holsten.
However, his Holsten teammate Eddie Ford scored 58 in 1977. That mark is considered to be the all-time record. Jayson Moxey won the runs scored title in 1971 with 19 and Anthony Smith won in 1970 with 15. In the stolen bases department, Turner again separated himself from his peers. He won four stolen bases crowns (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1977). His 48 in 1972 is thought to be a record.
The 1970s also produced two pure speed specialists. The Schlitz Beer Franchise (also 100 Pipers and Bahamian Lumber) sort of took a page out of the book of Charlie Finley who owned the Oakland Athletics of the American League. Finley who was known for novelty tactics, once signed a track star named Herb Washington, just to steal bases. Washington never had an at-bat or played anywhere in the field. He was called into the game exclusively to pinch-run. Washington's career did not last too long because he had no baseball background.
During the 1974 and 1975 seasons, he stole 31 bases in 48 attempts and scored 33 times. He was never a big factor and Finley soon got tired of the exploration and let Washington go. Schlitz though, had Gordon Farrington and Anthony 'Skeebo' Roberts. They were different from Washington. Both Farrington and Roberts understood baseball.
Nevertheless, they were asked primarily to generate runs by stealing bases. It was an exciting time when they reached first base. Everybody in the park knew they were going to attempt a steal of second and if they got there, it was a try for third. They made for an added dimension of excitement to the 1970s.
Then of course, there were the regular starters around the league with speed, players like Jayson Moxey, Richard Lockhart, Eddie Ford, Lorenzo Lockhart, Ron Smith and Anthony Huyler. None of them were as successful however, as Turner. He was the biggest threat on base. Indeed, Roosevelt Turner was the speed king of Bahamian baseball in the 1970s. The statistics indicate as much.
Milestone statistics provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams. To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is a consumer at some point, even businesses, even government. So everyone should be concerned about the impact of wide-open trade on consumers, particularly in a small nation.
Any discussion on the pros and cons of open trade should be about more than just the option of having many more foreign products to choose from in your local market. Open trade discussions should be about more than having a bigger external market for products you don't or can't yet produce. Open trade discussions should be about more than the quality of products that enter the local market or the quality standards of the products that are exported.
All of these things are important, but consumers are affected by trade and the absolute free trade of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in much more profound and long-lasting ways than these, because of the inescapable general effects of trade on an economy.
One formula that explains the components of gross domestic product (GDP), which is the benchmark statistic for productivity in any nation, is referred to as the expenditure model. Though not perfect and under considerable review as the yardstick measurement of choice, especially for small countries, GDP prevails as the chosen statistic for evaluating the productivity of an economy.
The expenditure model, in particular, assumes that whatever a country makes is more or less equivalent to what that country spends, or rather what each constituent part of the equation spends. The rationale for this is that whatever is produced has to be bought by someone somewhere in the national economy, however long that process takes.
The economics behind productivity
The expenditure model for GDP in macroeconomics is defined as Y = C + I + G + (X-M), where 'Y' is GDP, or everything produced by a country.
'C' represents consumption by individuals in an economy, and the GDP equation accounts for all the salaries those individuals earn as being equivalent to the money they spend. The spending by average consumers in the economy accounts for roughly two-thirds of all economic activity. That is how important everyday people are in the success or failure of their economy.
"I" refers to spending by businesses, as opposed to individuals, and it includes (new) capital expenditures to start or grow a business.
"G" represents government spending, which includes spending on defense and other new or additional infrastructure or investment spending by the government. G does not include transfer payments, which is spending on social welfare, as such payments are simply a redirection of money already in the economy or already accounted for in another component of the GDP equation.
"X-M", or "NX", refers to net exports, if a country is engaged in trade. A negative number is a trade deficit, and a positive number is a trade surplus.
Now, anything done to the right side of this GDP equation, which assumes a state of equilibrium, ceteris paribus, increases or decreases the left side of the equation, overall GDP, i.e., the national measure of productivity.
To keep it very simple, with respect to trade and net exports (the balance of trade), if X = 700 and M = 400, then our trade surplus is 300, and overall trade, Y, GDP, is higher than if the export/import numbers were reversed, all other things being equal.
If X = 200, and M = 600, then our trade deficit is 400. And overall trade and overall GDP, are lower than if the export/import numbers were reversed, all other things being equal.
If X falls from 200, by 100, and M remains at 600, then our trade deficit grows by 100 to a total of 500, and overall GDP falls more, all other things being equal.
If X and M stay the same, and all other things are equal, there is no change in overall GDP, and productivity is relatively unchanged, which is not a likely occurrence.
If M increases to 800, while X is still just 200, and all other things are equal, then our trade deficit grows even more.
Now this example is oversimplified to emphasize the effect of trade, and there are other things to be considered in trade, for example the fact that trade also occurs in services. But to study the impact of each part of the GDP equation, we have to isolate them one at a time and assume that in the moment nothing else changes. Depending on how much time has passed or how extreme other conditions become, other factors in the equation can either offset the negative impact of a trade deficit, or they can worsen it. But, for the sake of emphasis, we keep our equation, our factors and our example very simple.
The point of this explanation is that without a productive domestic sector, which provides goods (not only or primarily services) for trade, our ability to trade freely with many countries is almost irrelevant.
The necessity of domestic goods
If we produce little to export, in comparison to larger countries, what is our bargaining power really going to be based upon in any trade agreement? And in trading wide-open on the level that larger member countries enjoy in the WTO, how are we really benefiting if we can't provide goods to trade?
We have little in the way of goods to export, because we have not sought investment in local industry to the extent that could fully maximize our output.
One of the things we can expect by acceding to the WTO is that imports (M in our equation) will increase to a much higher rate, in quantity and frequency, than exists at present.
Our exports value, X, will remain the same or fall, because competition with foreign imports, at least in the beginning, will be too fierce for local producers/exporters to manage adequate or competitive production.
The hope for wide-open trade is that, eventually, the cost of manufacturing will decrease and our exports can rebound, but systems must be in place (product standards, consumer protection regulations, etc.) in order to facilitate this. Moreover, considerable investments in property and equipment, which together produce goods for export, will need to take place, but with current limitations on business capital expansion, there is a very narrow window of time in which to do this.
And how do you grow exports in the middle of fierce competition, especially without a proper framework, plan or government subsidies, which are, in fact, counter to the purpose and expected benefits of free trade as provided for in the WTO?
This is why many believe that WTO-type trade agreements really only give larger countries a place to dump their inferior goods while still making money off of them. And it is why many believe the possibility of domestic production of almost anything that would be imported for little or nothing under such a free trade arrangement will disappear or even cause domestic production to implode. Essentially, wide-open trade is combative against a small domestic market that is chronically undeveloped or underdeveloped.
But there is even greater cause for concern painted by the bigger picture of our GDP equation.
If the value of M increases and the value of X can't increase, that translates into a falloff in I, where there is less investment in local business, less in available salaries to be paid and less people being hired, such that consumers lose jobs and job opportunities, or their salaries are reduced in order for businesses to remain open, which ultimately reduces the buying power and consumption of individuals.
If C, consumers, are responsible for two-thirds of the active economy, the problem is an even bigger one, because consumers can't spend what they don't have. With less spending, the economy then becomes (more) stagnant, or depressed, and it stays the same with respect to growth or it begins to regress into a recession, which, with the implementation of a value-added tax (VAT), will further slow the economy.
In this horrible situation, the only other part of the productivity/GDP equation that can be manipulated in an effort to resurrect the economy is government spending. The more depressed the economy becomes, the more dependent the people will be on the government to restore it, especially in a country where the people rely on the government as a savior and sponsor for all things. But this is a prospect that does not bode well for a country already neck-deep in debt.
Present economic conditions and anticipated economic conditions post-VAT, require the government to inject money into the economy, either through increasing the money supply by printing more money to keep the economy going, or by lowering the prime interest rate charged to banks to allow consumers to be able to afford bank loans and, more importantly, for businesses to be able to afford bank loans for the capital they require to run or grow their businesses which keep people employed and earning income.
Because printing more money, a path the government already seems to be traveling, is inflationary, the preferred method of recovery is to lower the prime interest rate. Too much money, like too much of anything else in the economy, creates a glut; too much money in circulation lowers its value over time.
And with a fixed exchange rate regime, the question of devaluation, forced or otherwise, is raised. The Bahamian dollar value continues to be pegged to the U.S. dollar value in order to facilitate trade, with reliably-valued currencies.
But the very trade agreement we seek to be a part of, in the long run, can become a reason we have to devalue our currency, as trade partners and foreign investors can spot a weakened dollar value inherent in all of our problems in banking, government spending and domestic production.
And all of the deficiencies outlined herein - revenue, taxation, spending and trade - point back to the failure of successive governments to plan an economy that could survive, with strength, into the future.
These deficiencies are both a result of and a cause for the weak condition of our economy which, without extreme overhaul on the most basic level, will only degenerate further.
Where the answer lies
For all the reasons given, the only real answer to all of our most challenging economic concerns is to allow the foreign direct investment our governments are so hell-bent on to occur within and only within partnerships between foreign enterprise and local enterprise in industries that are fundamental to building and sustaining the economy and therefore the country.
This unique and very specific type of foreign direct investment through joint local partnerships only in vital, productive industries will help to increase domestic investment (I), which encourages consumer spending (C) increases, and increases exports (X) by the domestic production sector, which in turn reduces the need for government interjection and intervention (G) in what should be a free market.
The joint foreign-domestic partnership model in key industries also helps support the pegged exchange rate/value of the Bahamian dollar with respect to the U.S. dollar and prevents the likelihood of devaluation because you now have real trade of real exports produced by a real domestic sector, which engages in real productivity. And all of this is better in every way for all consumers.
o Nicole Burrows in an academically trained economist. She can be contacted at: email@example.com.
East Sunrise Mortuary
Funeral Service for Manera Varinga Sands, age 81 of Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of, South Andros who died on August 15th 2011 will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bahamas Holy Bible Mission, Bahama Avenue and 4th Street, The Grove. Officiating will be Rev. Frankie D. Scott assisted by Rev. Henry L. Rolle and Other Ministers. Interment will follow in Lakeview Gardens, J. F. K. Drive.
She is survived by her daughter: Gaelene Bain; 2 Sons: John and Berkley Sands Sr., 3 Brothers: Norman, Richard and Doral Munroe; Son in law: Oswald Bain; Daughter-in-law: Barbra Sands; Grandsons: Dale, Dwayne, Dwight, Darren and David Bain, Berkley Sands Jr., Granddaughters: Sabrina, Zakiya, Kira, Nadia and Nakeshia; Great grandchildren: Elton and Sanjay Bain, Trayvon Laing; Adopted daughters: Betty Adderley and Varinga Tate; Sisters-in- laws: Rachel, Monica, Lottie and Joyce Munroe, Rosalie McPhee, Melissa Sands; Brother-in- law: Apostle J.B. Sands; Nieces: Jennifer, Judy, Donna Bethel, Sheryl, Karen, Tanya and Deborah Munroe, Kimberley Hayles, Kanesha, Maria Taylor, Jacquelyn McMinns, Mikerlene Rolle, Unamae Forbes; Paula, Sandra, Nyoka Sands, Wyoming, Eulease Benson, Valencia, Winsetta, Amanda and Marie; Nephews: Gregory, Bruce, George, Miron, Edmond, Richard Jr., Reginald, Everette, Deno and Anthony Munroe, William, Calbart, Harry Burrows, Nathaniel Smith, Richard Sands, Elgin Carey; Other close family members and friends including: Reverend and Mrs. Frankie Scott and Family, Otis, Grisley, Elgin and Lenore Munroe, Vera Rolle, Rowena Sands, Percy and Shirley Sands and Family, Alma Young, Reverend and Mrs. Jacob Adderley and Family, Reverend and Mrs. Henry Rolle and Family, Theodore Bevans, Angela Knowles, Sarah Burrows and Family, Miriam Sands, Leon Smith and Family, Mildred Robinson, Curley Williams, Nurse Barnett and Dr. Carter, The entire Little Creek Family ,The Bahamas Holy Bible Mission church family and numerous other friends too many to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at East Sunrise Mortuary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. at the Church on Sunday until service time.
Funeral Service for LeRoy KemRick Brathwaite age 76 years a resident of #10 Gleniston Gardens, Nassau and formerly of St. Michaels Barbados will be held on Saturday 27th, August, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Kemp Road. Officiating will be Fr. Oswald Pinder, Fr. Stephen Davies and Fr. Dr. Ronald Hamilton.
Interment will be made in Ebenezer Cemetery, East Shirley Street.
Left to cherish the memories of LeRoy are his devoted wife of 47 years Angela Brathwite four sons Kenrick Brathwaite, Police Inspector Michael Brathwaite, Neil and Sean Brathwaite four daughters Sandra Brathwaite-Nixon, Marsha Saunders, Lola Johnson and Patrice Brathwaite twostep-daughters Gina Dorsett and Inga Bostwick 22 grandchildren Lauriettte Brathwaite, Katrina and Craig Nixon Jr., Jonathan Whyms, Krystine Brathwaite-Kinsel, Kelli and Kenrick Brathwaite Jr., Larry Saunders II, De'schanelle Saunders-Miller, D'yanndria and Destinee Saunders, Michaela, Michael Jr., Andrew and Zoe Brathwaite, Xyne'a Johnson, Knisia Johnson-Thompson and Tone' Johnson, Ari and Ashira Brathwaite, Shamere and Shimon Brathwaite six step-grandchildren Ya'Lann Coakley, Shelby and Malik Darsett, Petra and Peter Marshall and Ashaki Gibson four great grandchildren Kealo Brathwaite, Peyton Miller, Alaina Nixon and Maaliyah Thompson nieces Renee Hanna, Patrice Bowe, Tina Lockhart, Tennessee Bowe and Tabitha Styles nephews Brian and Neil Wright, Dillon Burrows, Patrick Bowe Jr., Richard Fox and Paul Major Jr. daughters-in-law Christine, Shirlyn (Shorie), Dannielle and Gloriann Brathwaite sons-in-law Mr. Larry Saunders and Mr. Everette Johnson sisters-in-law Brenda Bowe and Joanne Major brothers-in-law Paul Major Sr. numerous cousins including Gary Brathwaite and Family, Orville Durant and Family of Barbados, Atlee Brathwaite and Family of Barbados, Eggy Eastmound and Family of Barbados and a host of other relatives and friends including Ruby Murdoch-Hill and Family, Mrs. Jacquline P. Pittman of Ocala Fla.Carol Kemp, Mrs. Judy Cash and Family, Mrs. Bertha Newbold, Mrs. Patsy Roberts, Eldeace Wright, marion Wright, Fr. De'Angelo Bowe, Arthur Lockhart, Mr. Justice Neville Smith and Families, Mr. Clyde Rashad, Mr, Llewelyn Armstrong, Mr. Colin Deane and Families, Mr. Irvin Armstrong, Mr. Teddy Gazette, Mr. Michael Thompson, Mr. Carlton Jones, Marvin Bain, Mr. Paul Thompson, Mr. Colin Puckerin and Families, Mr. Barry Reid, Mr. Euristus Nicholls, Mr. Bertel Holder, Mr. E. Barrow and Family of Barbados, Mr. R. Blackman of Barbados the Styles Archer and Hudson Families, Mr. Peter Marshall Sr., Mrs. Alvilda Nottage, Mrs. Brenda Bethell, Mr. Leroy Major and Families, Helena Pennerman, Mr. Kelly Burrows, Margo McIntosh, Ms. Brenda Duvalier, Dr. Duane Sands, Nurse Rolle and Nurse Bodie, Nurses of Private Surgical Ward (PMH), The Gleniston Gardens Community including the Knowles, Murray, Bain, Moss, Davis, Rolle, Cox Families, the Barbadian, Bahamian Association, the Bahamas Cricket Association, the Cricket Club, Paradise Cricket Club, Friday Night Domino Gang, St. Margaret's Church Family, ACM of St. Margaret's Church, Retired Royal Bahamas Police Association, Prince Hall Masonic Family, Scotiabank Family, Commonwealth Bank Family, Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Attorney General's Office, Atlantis Hotel, Physiotherapy Dept, Rand Memorial Hospital, Ministry of Youth and Sports,Paul Thompson and Associates and others too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home
Robinson Road and First Street from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Friday and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
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.
BAHAMAS Faith Ministries (BFM) Senior Pastor and Board of Governors chairman Dave Burrows announced yesterday a series of events in honour of Dr Myles Munroe, who perished along with eight others, including his wife Ruth, in Sunday's plane crash in Grand Bahama.
Freeport, Grand Bahama July 27th through 29th, 2012
The Clash of Two Era's:
Grand Bahama will be led by:
Raymond Grant / Desmond Russell / Aneko Knowles & NBC MVP Leon Cooper Jr.
New Providence will be led by:
Greg Burrows Jr. / Geron Sands / Lionel Ferguson Jr / Richard Bain & Dale Davis
Full League/Team Rosters will be released Next Week...