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Final three senators appointed

The Cabinet Office announced last night that the final three senators have been appointed.
They are Sharon R. Wilson, a former president of the Senate, an attorney and a former magistrate; Joseph R. Curry, a business consultant and former diplomat and Cheryl E. Bazard, an attorney.
They have been appointed as senators under Article 39(4) of the Constitution. With these three final appointments, the Senate is now fully constituted. The three new senators will receive their instruments of appointment in a ceremony at Government House at 4 p.m. today, along with the seven other government senators whose appointments were announced last Thursday.

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3 more Cabinet Appointments announced

Nassau, Bahamas -

The Cabinet Office has announced that

Mrs. Sharon R. Wilson, a former President of the Senate and noted attorney and former magistrate;

Mr. Joseph R. Curry, a business consultant and former diplomat; and

Mrs. Cheryl E. Bazard, a noted attorney

have been appointed as Senators under Article 39 (4) of the Constitution


With these three final appointments, the Senate is now fully constituted...

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Grand Lucayan's Mother's Day Brunch menus at Willy Broadleaf China Beach


Okra & Grouper Chowder


Caesar Salad with garlic croutons
& Reggiano dressing; Carrot & Raisin; Slaw with cinnamon; Titi Shrimp Cocktail Salad; Farfale with walnuts & pears in an Asian drizzle;
Chicken Roast Corn and Cilantro Salad

ENTREES Conch 'n Rice with thyme and salt beef; Island Baked Macaroni 'n Cheese; Lemon Pepper Chicken with rosemary; Baked Grouper Filet with a bell pepper marinara
Broccoli with a herb topping; Curried Short Ribs with coconut raisins
& fruit chutne...

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24-member reparations committee announced

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell has appointed The Bahamas' National Reparations Committee ahead of a formal push by CARICOM heads to get reparations, debt cancelation, and an apology from former European colonizers.
During a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday, Mitchell announced that former Attorney General Alfred Sears and former member of Parliament Philip Smith are co-chairs.
Mitchell said he expects the committee to present its preliminary research and recommendations by June.
He said the committee will carry out a wide public education campaign as it seeks to illustrate links between historic and modern-day discrimination and outline racial discrimination resulting from slavery in areas of health, education, living conditions, property and land ownership, employment participation and migration.
"I believe that the public discussion that will ensue...will be instructive and I think that is what the government hopes in its essence takes place; that there is a national discussion and dialogue on this, which has been treated as a silent subject for too long," Mitchell said.
"And those of us who were raised in the 1950s and 1960s and saw the struggles pre-1967 in this country are somewhat astounded at how polite of a society we have become on this subject."
Sears and Smith attended a CARICOM reparations commission meeting in Barbados in January.
Sears said Martyn Day, the lawyer leading CARICOM's claim, will more than likely lodge a claim in the International Court of Justice.
Mitchell said before CARICOM heads make any legal claim they have agreed to convene a conference with the European countries.
Asked to respond to those who may disagree with seeking reparations, Mitchell said it is in the best interest of the country to have the research done.
"I think what often happens with these things is as it unfolds it turns out that people will come to accept that it is the right thing to do," he said.
"I think you are going to have naysayers either way you look at it."
Following a CARICOM heads meeting earlier this month in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas and other member states agreed to establish a 10-point plan that would seek a formal apology, some form of debt cancelation and reparations.
Other members of the committee are College of The Bahamas (COB) historian Dr. Chris Curry; COB historian Dr. Gail Saunders; rector at Mary Star of The Sea Catholic Church Father David Cooper; rector at Trinity Methodist Church Rev. William Higgs; attorney Marion Bethel; pastor of Bethel Baptist Church Rev. Timothy Stewart; COB researcher Keisha Ellis; Chamber of Commerce chair in Exuma Pedro Rolle; Sojouner Douglass College President Theresa Moxey-Ingraham; COB Sociology Professor Dr. Niambi Hall-Campbell; businessman Michael Symonette; COB Law Professor Michael Stevenson; Director of Archives Elaine Toote; Pompey Museum Director Kim Outten-Stubbs; Oral and Public History Director Dr. Tracy Thompson; Rastafarian movement representative Whitman McKinney; Bar Association President Elsworth Johnson; attorney Bianca Beneby; journalist and businesswoman Alesha Hart; journalist Travis Cartwright-Carroll; retired educator Cecil Thompson and an attorney from the Office of the Attorney General, who has yet to be announced.

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Paul Anthony Knowles, 64

Funeral Service for the Late Paul Anthony Knowles, 64 years of Virginia Street, will be held on Saturday March 31st, 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street. Rev. Fr. Colin Saunders assisted by the Very Rev'd. Patrick Adderley and Rev. Colin Humes will officiate. Interment will follow in the Western Cemetery, Augusta Street.

He is survived by 1 Son: Paul Knowles II; 1 Daughter: Chauntell Knowles-Williams,
1 Adopted Brother: Frank Gallagher; 4 Sisters: Alma Albury-Thompson, Maud Antoinette Outten, Berthlyn Culmer and Rose Gibson; 1 Son-in-law: Anthony Williams Sr.; 1 Brother-in-law: Naaman Culmer; 1 Sister-in-law: Pamela Knowles
Grandchildren: Anthony Jr., Julia, Shaniah & Antoine Williams, Perez Hepburn, Janine "Angel" McKenzie, Pedrareka Morley, Quindesha, Rahae, Rashean, Paul III, Saffron, Devonique, Elzorien, Elzoriea and Collier Knowles Jr.; Great grandson: John Knowles Jr.; Nieces & Nephews: Janet Thompson, S. Dianne Miller, Alfred and Alma "Kiki" Albury, Raymond & Althemese Darling, Weston & Andrea Saunders, John & Peggy Knowles, Caroline Abdulle of Florida, Anthony & Simone Outten, Andrew & Gayle Moncur, Andrew Knowles of New York, Andrea & Rochelle Knowles, Leisa Knowles, Philip Morris -Knowles, Derek Knowles, Ricardo , Dewitt & Stephanie Culmer, Ruthie, Brenda, Berthlyn, Diane, Elroy & Lynden Knowles, Don Brice, Talva & Barry Flowers; Grand Nieces & Nephews including: Anika Wright, Darlene Thompson, D'Ondré, Devonnia & Danielle Miller, Paul R. Thompson III, Shanto & Rolanda Albury, Amiel, Tomico, & Adriel Albury, Kendra & Rolando Thomas, Rayneth, Jamon, Raemiesh, Ajna, Jamaal, Rashad & Rashan Darling, Asher Johnson, Tinika & Vernard Pinder, Tikeisha, Tikira & Weston Saunders Jr. , Terria Strachan, Jaynae and Zane Knowles, Chadae & Durrell Peterson, Andrew Jr. & Adriann Moncur, Alexandra, Michelle & Rachel Outten, Phyleece, Adrian, Antoine, Brittany, Dominic, Deranique, De'antez & Deantonique Knowles, Rickea & Ricardo Culmer Jr., Toni & Stephan Griffin; Great Grand Nieces & Nephews too numerous to mention.

Other Family Members & Friends include: Karen Clarke, Retired Asst. Commission of Police Paul Thompson Sr., Dr. Colin Bullard & Family, Dr. Herbert Orlander, Virginia Bullard & Family, Elmor Archer & Family, Sybil Miller & Family, Philip Evans & Family, Howard Russell & Family, Sonia Reece & Family, Alfred & Deann Marshall & Family, The Curry-Rahming Family, Vangie Zervous & Family, Marita Roberts, The Moss Family, The Adderley Family, The Todd Family, Jackie Christophilis, Naomi Adderley and Family; Euryale McKenzie & Family, the Richie Family, Mary Davis & Family, Idris Reid & Family, The Simon Family, Dean Patrick Adderley, Father Colin Saunders, Father Colin Humes, Anthony & Marjorie Knowles, Marva Mackey, Billy Brown, Val of Virginia Street, Stephen "Oggie" Pinder, Troy Richie & Family, Shirley Morris; Willittee Burrows , Nathalie & Marcia Dorsette, Lloydia Dorsette, Kaymora Dorsette; Lady Edith Johnson and Marco Johnson; Raymond Ferguson; Straw Market Family and Taxi 244 Richdardo.

Pre-Cremation. There will be no viewing.

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I'm all over the new Starbucks roll-out

I've already professed my addiction to Starbucks drinks -- lattes, frappuccinos -- you name it, I drink it, and from time to time I have been taken with a food item or two. But more often than not when I darken the door of a Starbucks, it's a drink I'm after. So I was actually excited earlier this week when I walked into the store to discover new additions to their food menu that left me excited.
And one of the sandwiches I'm most excited about is the egg white flatbread scramble. Can I get a whoop, whoop? Fluffy egg whites with mushrooms, fresh spinach and Swiss cheese on a toasted flatbread -- now that's what I'm talking about -- a breakfast sandwich I can enjoy without feeling too guilty. And everyone once-in-a-while, I'll even remove the cheese to make myself feel better. This new breakfast sandwich joins a line-up of five that are already customer favorites.
I've always been a fan of their grilled veggie sandwich, simply because I do like to go meatless from time to time, but sometimes the fact that it was on a huge white bread was kind of a turn-off, so to see a grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich with roasted red peppers and spinach return to the menu was a delicious surprise. Having it served on a whole-wheat brioche bun, certainly put a smile on my face. That was the very first new menu item I tried on the day it was released. The sandwich was delicious, even though I must admit I removed the garlic aioli (which I have had before and love) in an attempt to be a tad bit health conscious. The sandwich was still delish and satisfying with all the flavors coming together.
The second day after the new releases, I enjoyed that egg white flatbread scramble that I'm certain is going to be a top seller - it's that good.
Also new to the sandwich line-up that I've got my eye on is a Caprese sandwich with basil, tomatoes, mozzarella on Ciabatta bread with balsamic vinaigrette served on the side; the jerk chicken flatbread that is smothered in a tangy BBQ sauce, topped with caramelized onions and served on a grilled flatbread (which is going to be next on my way through the new Starbucks offerings) and the spiced curried chicken salad with cranberries and lettuce wrapped in a tomato basil
tortilla -- can you say yum!
Starbucks is also offering a Chicken BLT (chicken breast with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone cheese and spicy chipotle aioli on a grilled flatbread); a Reuben sandwich (beef brisket with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on a marbled rye bread) and a chicken carbonara flat bread with chicken breast in a creamy alfredo sauce, bacon and mozzarella cheese on a flatbread. Rounding out the new sandwiches is an Italian classic with capicola, salami and pepperoni with sliced mozzarella and basil aioli on a Parmesan focaccia.
To satisfy the sweet tooth, a strawberry and cream muffin has joined the line-up that includes the popular lemon yogurt muffin. A passion fruit filled linzer cookie rounds out the new additions to the sweet menu. In the spirit of all honesty, I enjoyed this cookie that was served cold and that I had to allow it to come down to room temperature.
For those that like the idea of eating a muffin, but who want a savory taste, there's even a cheddar and jalapeno muffin. Starbucks junkies like myself have already started sampling their way through the new additions to the menu. If you haven't been in to your favorite Starbucks this week, I think it's time.

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Bahamian artist invited by Barbados College

Bahamian-born, UK-based artist Blue Curry has been invited by the Barbados Community College (BCC) to be the external examiner for the 2013 BFA portfolio exhibition. He has been interacting with the students at the college and the wider arts community in Barbados, giving a public artist talk on Tuesday, April 23. And on Friday, April 26, he led a session with the first, second and third year Bachelor of Fine Arts students at BCC on portfolio development.

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How will history judge Hubert A. Ingraham

Dear Editor,

Former Prime Minister and member of Parliament-elect for the constituency of North Abaco Hubert A. Ingraham told his constituents that he will be stepping down as their representative on July 19. It was on that day 35 years ago that a 29-year-old attorney was first elected that area's member of Parliament. He would win eight consecutive elections in that area.
In 1977 Ingraham received 892 votes, or 69 percent, of the votes cast. There were 1,292 voters who cast their ballots on that day. In the May 7 general election, 4,130 constituents voted. Ingraham only received 2,235 votes, or 54 percent of the votes. After all the former prime minister did for that area, a staggering 46 percent of the voters were firmly against Ingraham winning that contest against an unknown candidate, Renardo Curry.
Obviously, Ingraham's base in that area has eroded over the years. Moreover, his political opponents pumped a lot of money into their campaign in an effort to humiliate the former prime minister at the polls in North Abaco. They were hoping for a major upset. The constituency of Cooper's Town was an impoverished, backward area when Ingraham first became its MP. Today, it is one of the more economically vibrant constituencies in The Bahamas. I cannot understand why the 1,895 residents who supported the two opposing candidates would want to deny the former prime minister another term in office.
On the night of May 7, a teary-eyed Ingraham conceded defeat at his party's headquarters on Mackey Street after it became clear that the governing party had been crushed at the polls. This would be the second election loss that the former prime minister had suffered in two years. His candidate, Dr. Duane Sands, lost his by-election contest in 2010. Perhaps that election defeat should have portended doom to the then Ingraham administration. The night of May 7 was first time I had ever seen Ingraham near tears. I had become so accustomed to seeing him win elections. But this was not to be this time around. His political opponents worked feverishly in portraying him as an intolerable tyrant to the youth of this nation. It was this voting bloc that did Ingraham in at the polls. These young people cannot appreciate what Ingraham has done for this country. The overwhelming majority of them don't read, so they know nothing about the reputation of The Bahamas being in tatters when Ingraham first became prime minister in 1992.
August 19, 1992 was the day that Ingraham and the Free National Movement (FNM) defeated Sir Lynden O. Pindling and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). The PLP was the government of The Bahamas for 25 consecutive years. It wasn't easy to defeat the PLP, which for many years has been considered the party of the small man and the black masses. Sir Lynden was called the Black Moses, who led the country to majority rule in 1967 and to independence in 1973.
Many Bahamians, including myself, just could not envisage Sir Lynden not being prime minister. He ruled this country with an iron fist. In fact, this alleged dictatorial tendency of the late father of the nation led eight PLP members of Parliament to abandon the party in the early 1970s. These political dissidents, Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, Arthur Foulkes, Warren J. Levarity, James Shepherd, Curtis McMillan, George Thompson, Elwood Donaldson and Maurice Moore, called themselves the Free-PLP party. They later formed a political party and called it the Free National Movement. The FNM was led by Wallace-Whitfield, who at one time was the minister of education in Sir Lynden's young government. The United Bahamian Party (UBP) also joined forces with the newly-formed opposition party.
History has proven that the move by the so-called Dissident Eight was a good one. Imagine not having a viable option to the PLP? The Bahamas would have never matured politically without the formation of the FNM. Granted, The Bahamas had several political parties during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
It was no secret that Sir Lynden had no intention of ever stepping down. Even when he was encouraged to relinquish his post as prime minister after the commission of inquiry of the mid-1980s, Sir Lynden dug in his heels and remained in his post. Sir Lynden and his PLP were so entrenched in this nation as the government that even after the shocking revelations of corruption in the 1984 commission of inquiry, the party still was able to hold on to the government in the 1987 general election.
Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie both won as independent candidates in 1987. Both Ingraham and Christie were kicked out of the Cabinet for protesting the rampant corruption within the party. Instead of being applauded for their courageous stand by Pindling, they were both fired. Subsequently, Ingraham was expelled from the PLP. Ingraham had served as minister of housing, national insurance and social services in Pindling's Cabinet. He was also chairman of The Bahamas Mortgage Corporation. In 1976, he was elected national chairman of the ruling PLP government.
I have heard several former prominent FNMs stating on numerous occasions that had Sir Cecil been alive to lead the FNM in the 1992 election, the party would have still won. Perhaps they are right, but we will never know. Providence had other plans for this nation. Besides, if there was ever a time for the then FNM Leader Sir Kendall Isaacs and his deputy Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield to defeat the PLP, it was in 1987. There was simply no way the PLP should have carried that election. In my humble opinion, the two FNM leaders of the 1980s were not as charismatic and energetic as Ingraham. Had Ingraham been the leader of the FNM in 1987, the PLP would have been defeated.
After the 1987 election, Sir Kendal stepped down as leader of the FNM. Sir Cecil once again became the leader of the opposition. However, Sir Cecil became gravely ill with cancer. He died in May 1990.
Ingraham became the new leader of the FNM following Sir Cecil's untimely death. He had joined the party in April of that year. Ingraham was successful in leading the FNM to victory in the Marco City by-election which was held in June of 1990. Ingraham also led the FNM to a stunning victory in the historic August 19,1992 general election, as was mentioned already.
I was amazed at Ingraham's boldness and charisma during the period leading up to the 1992 election. He was not afraid to challenge Sir Lynden. Back then I didn't know that we had people in this country who weren't afraid of the then prime minister. The FNM's victory in 1992 changed the course of Bahamian history.
In my humble opinion, the following decade, 1992 to 2002, was the greatest in this nation's history. It was without precedent. Ingraham was able to attract hotel mogul Sol Kerzner to this country. Kerzner built a first-class resort on Paradise Island, Atlantis. This new resort has transformed The Bahamas' tourism sector, which was dying in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. In fact, when the FNM became the new government in 1992, the unemployment rate was through the roof. Today, Atlantis is this nation's largest private employer. Ingraham also privatized government-owned hotels.

These failing hotels were a burden on the treasury. Ingraham also ended the government's broadcast monopoly. He opened up the airwaves. Now Bahamians can listen to other radio stations, instead of just ZNS Radio. He also brought cable television to New Providence and to several other Family Islands.
For years, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas was the unofficial organ of Sir Lynden and the PLP. No one would have dared to criticize Sir Lynden on ZNS TV13 and Radio. Anyone brazen enough to do this would have been either fired from their job or disenfranchised by Sir Lynden's loyal supporters. Ingraham brought about sweeping changes to broadcasting. He has also deepened democracy in this country.
It is truly ironic, though, that the man who is responsible for deepening democracy in this country is labeled "The Dictator" and a tyrant by the PLP and his other detractors. Anyone could have gone on any radio talk show and lambaste Ingraham when he was prime minister and not suffered any political repercussions. I have even seen Ingraham's critics on ZNS TV13 lambasting him on many occasions. This country has matured politically under Ingraham's leadership. The FNM under Ingraham had made a solemn oath to do away with political victimization, which had allegedly become so common in Sir Lynden's government. Ingraham has also cleaned up the image of this country, which had been greatly tarnished by the PLP administration in the 1970s and 1980s. He restored the international community's confidence and trust in The Bahamas. That is why the Christie administration was able to attract several major investments between 2002 and 2007.
Ingraham also introduced local government to the Family Islands. Additionally, Ingraham was able to attract several major investments to Grand Bahama during his first decade as prime minister: Polymers International Ltd., the Freeport Container Port, Bradford Marine and the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Ingraham brought about a major economic boom in Grand Bahama and New Providence during the 1990s.
Ingraham had his share of challenges during his final term in office, owing to the Great Recession, along with high unemployment throughout The Bahamas; the grossly mismanaged New Providence Road Improvement Project; the sale of 51 percent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to Cable and Wireless Communications; the downsizing at the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas; the unrest at customs and immigration; and the crime crisis in New Providence.
There was the lingering possibility that the "Delivery Boy", as Sir Lynden labeled him in the early 1990s, might very well lose his first election as leader of the FNM because of the myriad of problems facing the nation. The possibility became a reality on the night of May 7.
Yet, despite all that has happened in his final term as prime minister, I believe that when future generations look back at this nation's first 38 years of independence, they will say that Hubert A.Ingraham was the greatest prime minister of The Bahamas. Many Bahamians seem to have forgotten what this nation was like before Ingraham became prime minister in 1992. All of a sudden we have conveniently forgotten the deplorable depths this nation had descended to in the 1970s and 1980s. I for one refuse to play the role of an amnesiac.
I would like to thank Ingraham for all he has done for this country. Informed Bahamians will forever be greatly indebted to him.

- Kevin Evans

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Lady Hitters blast the defending champs in softball opener

Thela Johnson and the Lady Hitters came out swinging on the opening night of the New Providence Softball Association's (NPSA) 2013 season, as they banged out two in-the-park home-runs, and batted around, to send a strong message to the other female teams in the league.
The Lady Hitters couldn't have asked for a better start to their season, spanking the defending champions in the league's opener on Saturday evening. Johnson led her team from the mound, and they posted an 18-8 win over the Bommer G. Operators. The 10-run victory is the explosive start the team was looking for.
Johnson yielded four walks, and drove in three runs from the plate. Her fourth-inning triple came minutes after Shera Woodside's two-run double, which scored Asheran Roberts and Shatyna Stuart. Woodside, the cousin of Johnson, finished 2-for-2 at the plate. Melinda Bastian, who is the sister of Woodside, and Johnson both scored three runs.
Bastian said: "This is a great start to the season, a positive one for the team. We knew the Lady Operators were not going to come and give us the game. We had to play hard for it so that's what we did. That's not the same team from last year, they have a lot of new young players so at first we were just trying to feel everything out. As you can see, in the second inning, our bats came alive. We were hitting better and playing better defense. This is just the first game and there are a lot of things we will have to work on when we meet other teams, but we are ready."
The Lady Hitters scored seven runs in the second inning and eight in the fourth. Bastian was the only one to score in the first inning. The Operators' bats didn't come alive until the third inning. By that time, they were already down eight runs. Four runs came across home plate in the third inning for the Operators.
With bases loaded in the first, Johnson buckled down, striking out Jelice Darling to end the inning. She came back in the second and sent Nicole Bastian and Helena Curry to the dugout on strikes, and her teammates took care of Akia Rose, tagging her out on her way to second base. The bottom part of the line-up for the Lady Operators seemed to be the weakest and Johnson took full advantage of that. She wasted no time in sending the last four batters back to the dugout.
Tyrice Curry, who was moved from third base to the pitcher's mound in the fourth, scored two runs for the Operators. Michelle Thompson scored twice as well.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game, knowing that this is a new and young team and most of us are playing together for the first time," said Thompson. "The biggest challenge now is staying focused, and encouraging our new team members. We don't want them to be discouraged just because we got beat in the season opener. The season is long and we will get better with play. All we have to do is believe in each other and play together as a team."
Jodie Clarke and Antonia Simmons were the other scorers for the Operators. Johnson was the winning pitcher and Diva Burrows was tagged with the loss.

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Baseball 1970s decade presented bevy of stars

Today's column continues to highlight that special decade of baseball in The Bahamas, the 1970s. The "best-of-the-best" performed for local fans. The senior league of the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) was arguably the most attractive sports entity at the time. Basketball was certainly quite popular and cricket still had a solid connection to many Bahamians.
Baseball at the Andre Rodgers stadium during the 1970s, however, was something extra special. The satellite era was not upon us fully and the fans flocked to night and weekend games. Being in attendance was a great experience. Luminaries, present day stars and icons like Andre Rodgers, Tony Curry, and the energetic All-History president George Mackey, afforded all and sundry a bit of interaction.
It was a great, big family affair, baseball at the Rodgers stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre. The high point was the performance of the top players. There were many great ones for sure.
The All-Bahamian Team of 1978 was a case in point. The team included the first team for all of the positions plus the designated hitter. One could make a case easily for seven of the 10 being on a Bahamian Baseball All-History Team. The pitcher was Bertie Murray (All-History); Lorenzo "Doonie" Lockhart at second base (All-History); Roosevelt "Bruso" Turner at third base (All-History); Jayson "Peg" Moxey, Fred "Papa" Smith and Eddie Ford in the outfield (three All-History players); Simeon Humes was the designated batter (All-History).
Bertie happens only to be the most durable, yet talented pitcher in the history of baseball in The Bahamas. Who would argue about Lockhart's place in history? Asa Ferguson always called Lockhart "Captain Blood". He was indeed bloodthirsty when he went up to bat. Because his hitting was so potent, there was a tendency to underestimate his play at second and his running on the base paths. He was not as stylish as others, but he got the job done efficiently.
Turner was flash. He was pizzazz and extremely good. At short and third he was a high quality infielder. He was steady at the plate and packed surprising power, as his home-run totals for a few seasons of his long career indicated. Moxey was a slightly larger version in the Turner mold. His forte was the outfield. In 1978, he was the manager of the Holsten Knights and won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, impressively handling double duties.
Smith and Ford were all, of the very same ilk. They all played professional baseball. They hit for average and power. They were great thinkers when quick decisions were necessary on the diamond. However for them, mostly the game came automatically. They had so mastered the art. If I had to choose between the three All-History performers in the outfield, I would give Ford the edge. I haven't seen any better, inclusive of the long list of major league greats.
They just had the big stage. Humes did it all, like Moxey, Ford, and Smith and with the added designated hitter position, he was a no-brainer. He's All-History most definitely.
Peter Bethel, the long, rangy infielder who could hit the ball with the best of them, for average and power, could be an All-History choice. He was the 1978 All-Bahamian at first base. Catching was Charles Mackey who enjoyed a very good season with the St. Michael's ball club. Kenny Fox was at short on the 1978 All-Bahamian team.
What made the decade of the 1970s so great was the fact that at least three All-Bahamian Teams could have been selected and there would have been little argument about the players named. On the mound, Vincent Strachan or Eugene Taylor could easily have been selected for the 1978 squad. Spurgeon Johnson had a great season behind the plate and Sidney Outten, even with a not so awesome bat, was superb enough as a receiver.
In the infield, players like Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Anthony 'Poker' Huyler, Harry Miller, Fred Taylor, and Jerome Moxey would have been good fits for the All-Bahamian team of 1978. So would Dick Lockhart, John Williams, Dencil Clarke and a few others, in the outfield. Such was the available talent during the 1970s. The year 1978 was a prime example. Jayson Moxey was the MVP. Huyler was 'Manager of the Year'. Murray was selected 'Pitcher of the Year' and a young hurler named Arthur 'Baldy' Seymour was 'Rookie of the Year'.
The year 1978 was indeed, a very good one.
Milestone baseball information provided by Sports Historian Jeff Williams.To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at

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Christie: PM stealing credit for national stadium

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Perry Christie last night condemned Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's recent criticism of the opposition's failure to construct the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium during its last term in office.
The 15,000 seat stadium, which opens tonight, is a $30 million gift from the People's Republic of China.
Christie accepted the gift when he was prime minister but was voted out of office before his adminstration could oversee its construction.
At the opening of the PLP's Garden Hills constituency office, Christie charged that Ingraham is now seeking to take sole credit for the construction of the huge stadium.
"I proposed and negotiated the stadium. I worked to ensure the Chinese would increase the size and scope of their initial investment so that the final result would be an even bigger and better stadium. The Chinese bought into that and they built it according to our vision," said Christie.
"But there's Ingraham acting like it was all his idea. Acting like he wielded the shovel himself. How small-minded do you have to be to deny it's a shared accomplishment, a national achievement of which every Bahamian ought to be proud?
"This small-mindedness - this worship of petty politics instead of the national good - it doesn't just cheapen and degrade him - it hurts The Bahamas. It sets us back as a people."
On Thursday night, Ingraham blasted Christie and the PLP, claiming that when the opposition had the opportunity to "do something for Bahamian athletes and sportsmen they spent their time talking, holding ceremonies and destroying existing facilities".
"[The PLP] broke down the Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium leaving no place for seniors to play baseball. Then, they tore down the Churchill Tenner-Knowles National Softball Pitch. And, if that was not enough, they then dug up the Anthony Curry Practice Field," said Ingraham at the opening of his party's Tall Pines and Southern Shores constituency offices.
"They did all this in preparation for the construction of a national stadium, but they didn't manage to ever complete the design for the stadium. Instead, they permitted the first delivery of building materials to rust on what looked like an abandoned site."
Ingraham said if the Free National Movement (FNM) wins another term in office, it will transform the 450-acre sports center into "the best athletic complex in the region".
Despite Ingraham's castigation, Christie said he is excited about tonight's opening.
He said that the country will finally have a stadium that "lives up to the greatness of Bahamian competitors".
"When I negotiated with the Chinese for that stadium, I was thinking about our amazing Bahamian world-class competitors, and how a new generation of athletes deserved a facility that honors their talent and determination," he said.
Christie also suggested Ingraham has resorted to "gutter politics" in an attempt to retain power.
He said the PLP believes the election should be about reducing violence, creating jobs, reducing the cost of energy, securing the country's borders, investing in Bahamians and putting Bahamians first.
But he claimed the FNM will do "almost anything to avoid those issues [and] avoid their record of failure".
"You know, I'm almost - almost - starting to feel bad for the fellow. There's something terribly sad about what Hubert Ingraham has been reduced to," said Christie.
"The meaner he gets, the more he reminds Bahamians what a nasty bully he is when people are looking for a statesman. The more low-down his insults, the more he offends Bahamians who are trying to raise their children with old-fashioned values. The more he recycles old and discredited [stories], the more obvious it is how desperate he's become. It's sad, isn't it? Fifteen of the last 20 years he's been prime minister - but he never met a problem he couldn't blame on someone else."

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Ormon Johnson, 66

Funeral Service for Ormon Johnson, 66, of Lowe Sound, North Andros will be held on Saturday 10th September, 2011 at 1:00pm at Whosoever Will International, Alexandria Boulevard North, Nassau Village. Officiating will be Prophet Dereck Bastian assisted by Pastor Delvon Duncombe. Interment will follow in Southern Cemetery, Spikenard and Cowpen Roads.
Left to cherish his memories is his 1 son: Ormon Johnson Jr.; 1 daughter: Latoya “Norma” Derisme; 7 sisters: Marilyn Johnson, Minister Betty Strachan, Maureen Brown, Aretha Munroe, Minister Jennymae Ferguson, Virginia “Igalee” Pinder and Glencina Curry; 3 brothers: Earnal Cargill, Talbot and William “Beecham ...

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William H. Miller, Jr

The family of Elder William H. Miller, Jr. wishes to express our profound gratitude and appreciation for your prayerful support during our time of bereavement.

The family is extremely grateful for your prayers, visits, donations, telephone calls, cards,
floral arrangements and many other acts of kindness will always be remembered.

We are especially grateful to Elders: Eldon Heastie, Frienderick Dean, Ellison Delva and James Miller. Evangelists: David Casey, Andrew Major, Keith & Kevin Beneby, Christopher Curry, Clyde Symonette, Stephen McQueen, Jason Quashie, Lincoln Young, and McDonald Burrows.

A special “thank you” to Honorable Arthur D. Hanna, former Gov ...

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Francine Bernadette Lightbourne, 49

Funeral service for Francine Bernadette Lightbourne age 49, of Wallace Road will be held on Saturday January 28th, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street.   Officiating will be Father Glen Nixon.   Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
Cherished memories will always remain in the hearts of her loved ones especially her devoted husband: Brent and their children: Robynn, Brandon and Jan-Yve; Sisters: Melanie and Earla; Uncles: Henry Lawrence Sr., Carlton and Leatendore Hanna; Aunts: Clearie Gardiner, Christine Major and Ruby Percentie, MBE; Nieces: Krystal, Simone, Bradinia, Teisha, Alicia, Adrienne, Shayla, Keira, Amber and Alexandria; Nephews: Brad, Tyler, Travis, Drew, Sammy, Tanner and Joshua; Grand Nephew: Brett; Father-In-Law: Wenzel Lightbourne; Brothers-In-Law: Edwin Thompson, Dr. Jerome, Brad, Tim and Maurice Lightbourne and Sam Campbell; Sisters-In-Law: Crystal Curry, Thalia Campbell, Tina, Hope, Natasha, Cheryl, and Tori Lightbourne; Other Relatives and Friends including: David and Francina Micklewhite and Family; Frankie, Henry and Nekia Knowles; Theresa Culmer, Calvin Bain, Sheila Bannister, Desmond and Revanna Mason, Wendy Hanna, Andre Wright, Lorrie Felton, Henry Jr., Nancy Lawrence, Angela Griggs, Clearie Sukishia, Ashton Granville Bethel, The Percentie Family, E.R. Hanna and Family, Allison Knowles, Leonard and Myrtle Major, Philip and Millicent Major, Paul and Joann Major, Christopher Major, Iva Bullard, Cynthia Lyles, Shirley Gibson, Mary Williams, Crystal Austin Clyne, Nedra Marcellus, Chesly Thompson, Brenda Lam, Koriene Forde, Adela Osterlog, Dr. Yvette Carter and Family, Claudette Nixon and Family, Rev. Dr. Philip A. Rahming, JP; Rev. Christopher and Gesele Brown, Leroy & Isadora Thompson & Family, Lisa Culmer, Valarie Wallace & Family, Barry Wilmott & Family; Sharon Cooper & Family, Charles Lightbourne, Maxine Curry and The Entire Lightbourne Family, The Bahamas Gas Family, Naomi Brown and Family, Addison Francis and Family, Ella Johnson and Family, Mary Marshall and Family, The Davis Family, The Russell Family, Toni Godet, Janice, Debbie and Jean Bain, Lamar Thompson, Theo and Ruth Tsavousis, Panos and Deborah Tsavousis, Colin and Anna DeGregory, Jean and Danny Ferguson, Keith and Latika Davis and Family, Linda Baker and Family, Tony Davis, Latina Ferguson (Exuma); Sonya Thompson and Family, Aquinas Class of '79, Friends of SAC Class of '81, Steven Ramsey and Family, Kelly and David Knowles, Sonia Isaacs and Family, Hazel Cooper and Family, Farion and Monique Cooper and Family, Organo Gold Team: Selena Sweeting and Family, Monique Hepburn and Family, Dr. Kimberley Phillips and Family, Cabrina Burrows and Family, Amanda Knowles, Devenor Wilkinson, Mark Cleare, Latina Ferguson, Clara Evans, Lynn Lightbourne, Francis Maynard; Rehoboth Ministries, Kiwanis Bahamas, The Doctors and Nurses of The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of The Princess Margaret Hospital; Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Monsignor Simeon Roberts, Father Glen Nixon and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and many more too numerous to mention.
The body will repose in the Blessed Redeemer Chapel at Ferguson's Funeral Directors, 7th Terrace Collins Avenue, on Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 5: 00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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Majorie Irene McCartney (nee) Smith, 69

Funeral service for Majorie Irene McCartney (nee) Smith, age 69 years, of No 3 Caraway Street, Gleniston Gardens, will be held on Friday May 4th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., at St. Anne's Anglican Church, Fox Hill Road. Officiating will be The Rt. Rev. Laish Z. Boyd, assisted by The Rt. Rev. Gilbert A. Thompson, Canon John Clarke, Rev. Fr. Hugh Bartlett, Rev. Fr. Norman Lightbourne and Rev. Fr. Alvardo Adderley.  Interment will follow in St Anne's Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: Cherie McCartney-Gilbert and Barry McCartney; eight grandchildren: Ethan and Esan Gilbert; Chyna, Summer, Holly, Ishmael, Benjamin and Brandon McCartney; one son-in-law: Ian Gilbert; four brothers: Duke, Obediah, Philip and Clement Smith; four sisters: Winifred Smith, Sylvia Scriven, Cynthia Smith, and Sonia Jordan Rhoden; three sisters-in-law: Lillian, Jane and Margaret Smith; one brother-in-law: Nathaniel Rhoden; one aunt: Harriet Taylor; nephews and nieces: Bradley, Clayton, Shawn and Dion Smith; Jacqueline Smith-Mosley, Kevin Smith, Karen Miller and Keva Smith; Jewel Smith and Mia Smith Johnson, Emile and Novy Smith; Dario, Tiffany, Timothy, Philip, Alana, and Prince Philip Smith; Clement Jamal, Clement Rory, Copeland, Britney, Neko, Stacey, Sloan, T'Sarrina, Caren, Remon, Eustacia, Anastascia, Ashley and Ashton Smith; Shantell Butler-Lockhart; Vaughn, Juanita and Carol Scriven; Patrice Smith-Bullard, John and Paul Ellis; Patrick Wells and Charlicia Jordan; cousins: Roderick and Michael Wells, Reginald Wells and family, Leonard and Theophilus Williams, Hattie Moxey, Henry Moxey, Alma McCutchen, Barry Smith, Eleanor Phillips, Marianne Reeves and Family, Eugie Raymond, George Smith, Albert Smith, Lucille Smith, Emily Smith, Virginia Armbrister, Virginia Smith, Emily Crawford, Sarah Knowles, Cedric Pratt, Agatha Wells and family, Lynda Williams and the Pratt family; numerous other relatives and friends including: Canon John Clarke and family, Tenisha Maitland, Ann Burton, Rosetta Gibson and family, Janice Major and family, Patrick and Paulette Rahming, Arabella Cambridge and family, Georgina Higgs, Philip and Miriam Armbrister, John Michael and Raquel Clark and family, Eloise and Paul Fernander, Marjorie Storr, Danny and Cynthia Tynes, Hortense Harris-Smith, Heather Wood, Laurette Cartwright, Debbie Smith, Carla Fowler and family, Mervin and Monique Major and family, Beverley Rahming, Thyra Johnson, Brian and Natasha Clarke and family, Greg and Vanessa Armstrong and family, Tyrone and Maxine Roker, Rawle and Gloria Fredericks, Lionel and Naomi Symonette and family, Jeff and Lorraine Turnquest and family, Rachel Penn and family, Agnes Gilbert, James and Jennie Gilbert, Kevin and Carla Gilbert and family, Thomas and Yvonne McCartney, Leyland and Lorna Bradshaw, Shawn Benjamin and family, Barbara Little, Ron Stubbs and family, Bertram Johnson, Denise Major, Elaine Smith, Winston "Tappy" Davis, Michael and Joan Gibson and family, Ernest Miller, Edris Bowe and family, Philip Stubbs and family, Ron Stubbs and family, Wells Family, The Gleniston Gardens community, Kemp Road community, St. Anne's Parish, especially the Choir and Prayer Group, Holy Cross Parish, St. Margaret's Parish, Rosemary Hanna and The Anglican Chorale, The Anglican Diocese, Staff of Former SFE and the Staff of Former Gold Circle and many others too numerous to mention.
Clergy: Bishop Laish Boyd, Bishop Gilbert Thompson, Fr. Hugh Bartlett and family, Fr. Norman Lightbourne and family, Fr. Chester Burton, Fr. Michael Maragh, Rev. Beryl Higgs, Fr. Ethan Ferguson and Fr. Alvardo Adderley.
Special thanks to: Dr. Dane Bowe, Dr. Inga Pratt, Dr. Rheyes, and the Nurses of PMH Gynae Ward, especially R. Gibson, A. Adorie, Student Nurse Curry, A. Brathwaite, B. Morrison, A. Gardiner, C. Cartwright, Y. Butler, and Estella..
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Thursday May 3rd, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Friday May 4th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

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Wilfred R Rolle, 76

Funeral Service for Wilfred R Rolle  age 76 years a resident of  Nicholls Court, Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of Rolleville Exuma,  will be held Thursday May 10th 2012,  11:00 a.m. at Carmichael Baptist Holiness Church, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be  Rev Paul J McPhee, Pastor Gertrude Miller, Minister Wilfred Rose, assisted by other Ministers.  Interment will be made in Old Trail Cemetery, Abundant Life Road.
LEFT TO CHERISH HIS MEMORIES ARE: (Predeceased by his mate of over 40 years Mary Johnson)  One step granddaughter  Andrea Rahmning, NINETEEN NIECES: Shirleymae Lightbourne, Eloise Johnson , Phyllis Knowles, Lovely Johnson, Doramae Cartwright, Nola Rolle, Paula Rolle, Betty Gibson, Judy Munroe, Lisa Storr, Shantell, Tanya, Bridgette, Michelle, Norma, Kishna, Katrina, Shakera and Theodosia Rolle. TWENTY-ONE NEPHEWS: Leroy Rolle Sr. & Edney Rolle, Elijah Wright, Johnny & Anthony Moxey,  Ramont Gibson, Philip Lightbourne , Glenn Rahming, Roscoe Knowles Sir,  Herbert Johnson, Henry, Jason, Gerard, Bruno & Leroy Rolle Jr., Perry, Marvin, Lamont, Kareem & Roscoe Knowles Jr, Edsil Cartwright. GRANDNIECES: Amanda Rahming, Tiffany Ferguson-Davis, Nysheena Cartwright, Shavonna Culmer. GRANDNEPHEWS: Gabriel Rahming, Nycoda, Cord & Cordaro Cartwright, , Lenny Johnson and Steven Ferguson. NUMEROUS OTHER RELATIVES & FRIENDS INCLUDING:  Ivan Deveaux and family, Elder Ruth Flowers & family, Ethlyn Rolle & family, Mrs. Lela Clarke & family, Sonia Thompson & family, Patrica Rolle & Family, Myra Sturrup, Rayangelo Seymour, Ms. Betty, Ms. Marionette Strachan and family, Ms. Eugie Hepburn,Jestina Neely, Sister Gibson, Geofrey Curry, Rosita McKenzie, Cedric Williams, Ezekiel and Rocker Williams, Cleveland & Clarence Rolle, Freeman, Zinc, Rev. Charlie Rolle & family, Rev. Salate Rolle & family, Rev. Stafford Munnings & family, Tanel Clarke, Mae, Alice & Viola Rolle, Adam Rolle & family, Irene Boston, Idell  Gibson & Family, The  Yellow Elder family, The Rolleville Community, Emeretta & Christina Munnings, The Good Samaritan Home for the Aged (Including Olive) and all of the helpful staff there, Doctors and Nurses at Princess Margaret Hospital Male Medical two and one, Pastor Paul Mcphee & family and many more too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road & First Street on  Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 6:00p.m. and  at  the church on Thursday from 9:00a.m.. until to service time.

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Shaback to close One Nation Tour' with Sunday finale concert in Nassau

Nassau, Bahamas - Just off their tour to Los Angelos, California and Jamaica,

Shaback is back in The Bahamas for

this weekend's

"One Nation Finale
Concert" on Sunday August 12th 2012 at the new Evangelistic
Temple Sanctuary on Collins Avenue at 7:30pm.

The concert serves as the gospel
communities post-independence celebration and will attract a number
of government officials. It will also serve as a tribute to Rev Gary
Curry and his wife who after decades of pastoring the church retires!

A special highlight has been planned as part of the tribute featuring
"The leading ladies of gospel music" These are six of the country's

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Big Red Machine one game away from championships

A late surge in the fourth quarter was just the remedy the St. Augustine's College Big Red Machine needed, to pull off the win yesterday, in the first game in the Bahamas Association of Independent Senior Schools (BAISS) Basketball Championships.
The Big Red Machine bounced back from a 9-1 run, in the winding minutes of the third, to defeat the Kingsway Academy Saints 35-21. The 14-point win put the Big Red Machine up one game in the best of three game series. They could close out today, but Head Coach of the Saints Randy Cunningham is banking on a win.
Cunningham said last night: "To move on, [Tuesday] we need to make easy baskets. We missed about 15 to 20 free throws today. We have to make the easy baskets, do a better job of offensive rebounding. We made them miss the first shot, but they got a lot of second and third rebounds. Some times they even got the fourth rebound and they just beat us to just about all the loose balls.
"We will bounce back and play better [Tuesday]. We didn't shoot well and we had a very good third quarter. They had a 12 or 13 point lead but we came back and closed the lead to just three points in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we sort of lost our legs and we had a lot of opportunities, but we just didn't capitalize on them. Like I told my big girls, they have to make some baskets."
Top scorer for the Big Red Machine was O'Bree Carey with a high of 12 points. Dionnae Culmer chipped in with eight and Chyna Curry scored seven. It was Curry's fast break that started the offensive surge for her team. Her lay-up was the only field goal scored in the first quarter. The Saints' first score came in the second, a two-pointer that cut the lead to four. That was the closest the Saints would come, to the Big Red Machine, thanks to Carey who took control of the offense, feeding Curry and Culmer on the run.
Although the Big Red Machine got the win, their head coaches still believe that they didn't execute properly. Annastacia Sands-Moultrie said: "To me and Mr. Culmer, as coaches, we know that they can do a better job. They still were a little tense, but in the end we were able to still pull it off. We have to close it out. We can't give no team new life. There will always be concerns, but if you know the potential of your team, once you keep trying to get them to do what they are suppose to do, then we will prevail in the end as a team."
Leading the offensive charge for the Saints was Tanae Bowleg with eight points. Both Alana Pinder and Logan Burrows scored five points and Valicia Demeritte added three. The second game will be played today at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium, tipping off at 4 p.m.

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Honing their skills

The two highest performing candidates in the 2013 Electrical Installation and Carpentry national exams will be expanding their knowledge and hone their skills at The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).
Lamaron Sweeting, a 2013 graduate of South Andros High had achieved the best results in the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) Electrical Installation exam. Oscar Saunders, formerly of Nassau Christian Academy, topped all other candidates nationwide in carpentry.
Lamaron recently collected his acceptance letter to BTVI and is excited to begin his studies toward an associate of applied science degree in electrical installation when summer classes begin on April 28.
"It is important for me to attend BTVI to further my hands-on skills and to apply it to the world of work," said the 17-year-old.
During his three-year study under the tutelage of Errol Coke, Lamaron obtained many skills and is able to install receptacles, switches and breakers. He said he enjoys manual work and electrical installation became his favorite subject.
"I understand it and am able to apply it easily," said the young man who aspires to become an electrical engineer. "The passion I have for the work makes me feel I'm doing it for fun. Time doesn't matter. At the end of the day, I can see what I've done."
Oscar, who has already been enrolled at BTVI for two semesters, said although he is learning the intricacies of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), carpentry comes natural to him.
"I like things that can be done with the wood -- the many possibilities. I make art out of wood," said the 19-year-old who has built a computer desk, towel rack, wine rack and car speaker box.
Oscar gave credit to his teacher, Carl Curry. But he also said he took the time to put in extra work which he said made the difference as the more he did it, he said the better at it he got.
BTVI's Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville said it was an honor to have Oscar enrolled at BTVI and Lamaron starting in a few weeks. "It shows how students see BTVI," he said. "We are attracting top students from the technical areas."
Darville said that for many high school students, technical education is a first choice.
"We live in a technical world and BTVI is literally preparing its students for the world of work," he said.

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