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Memorial Service for the late Robert Watson affectionately called "Richie Rich" age 57 years of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera who died at his residence on Monday February 27th, 2012 will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday March 10th, 2012 at Antioch Native Baptist Church, McKinney Avenue, Stapledon Gardens, Nassau, Bahamas. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Anthony J Carroll, assisted by Other Ministers of Religion. A Committal Service will be held on Friday March 16th, 2012 in Hatchet Bay Public Cemetery, Hatchet Bay Eleuthera. Officiating will be Monsignor John Johnson assisted by Rev. Eric Johnson.
Left to Cherish his memories is his daughter: Tamara Peterson; sister: Vivian Rahming; adopted sister: Caroline Turnquest; brother: Anthony Bowles of Miami Florida; brother-In-Law: Stafford Rahming; sister-In-Law: Eva Bowles; 2 granddaughters: Samara and Foleishia (Dolly) Peterson, 3 Nieces: Paula Clarke, Patricia and Latonia Rahming; 3 Nephews: Dwight, Randy and Richard Rahming; 1 Nephew-In-Law: Clinton Clarke; 3 Grandnieces: Petra and Patricia Smith and Destinique Rahming; 2 Grandnephews: Randy and Dwight Rahming Jr. Uncle: Raymond Rolle; Aunt: Betty Rolle; Numerous cousins including: Emmaline Whyte, Jane Johnson, Ethel Farrington, Jemima and Grace Bethel, Martha Bethel, Yvette Dean, Claramae and Nora Johnson, Esterlane Johnson, Sarah Williamson, Elsie Whyte, Nora Lillian Petty, Florie Greene, Virginia, Norma, and Dellarese Rolle, Geraldine, Priscilla and Alphemia Johnson, Henrietta Whyte, Maria Glinton and Roslyn Bethel, Barbara Johnson, Chris, and Gregory Rolle, Audley and Vincent Dean, Henry Johnson, Ben, John, Shedrack, Jerry, Levard, Chris Rolle, Timothy, Benson and Tyrone Johnson, Maurice Rolle, Claudius, Israel, Thomas, and Isaac Johnson, James, Lionel, Edison, George and Hasting Rolle, Gertrude Bethel, Olga Bowles, Miriam Knowles, Blanche Sanford, James Pitt, Elvira Johnson, Ricardo Dean & Family, Viola Johnson, Florence Belle and Family, Dennis and Eulean Johnson and Family; Other Relatives and friends including: Judith Roker, Laverne Saunders, Anishka Darville, Anya, Ernest, Jack , Peter, Lynden, Arnold Davis and their Families, Harold White & Family, Bosfield, George, Rupert and Pearl. Audrey, Dewitt White and Family, Bernard Bethel & Family, Billy Stubbs & Family, Vera Rolle & Family, Hazel Carey & Family, Salathiel Simmons & Family, Henry Wood & Family, Robert Pinder & Family, Claude Farrington, Mervin Munroe, Willis Wood, Michael Burns, Birb & Ken Scavella, Andrew Pinder, Lashell Sands, Jessie Bain, Hilton Johnson & Family, Tasha Bell, John Pinder, Boys at the "Spot" and Boys at the "Forget Me Not Club" and the entire communities of James Cistern and Hatchet Bay Eleuthera.
There will be NO PUBLIC VIEWING however family and friends wishing to sign the book of condolences can do so, at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 12:30am until service time.
Funeral services for Garth Basil "Dadso" Wells, 71 yrs., a resident of Albury Street and formelry of George Town, Exuma, who passed away on 27th May, 2011, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Farrington Road, on Saturday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Martin Gomes, SS.CC. Interment follows in Catholic Cemetery, Tyler Street.
Left to mourn his faithful and loving memories are:
His loving and devoted wife: Mary
SONS: Stephen, Terrance, Ricardo and Valentino Wells, and Jonathon Barry
DAUGHTERS: Dorothea Wells-Brown and Elaine Wells-Lightbourn
BROTHERS: Willis Hart, Dereck Wells, Sidney and Carlton Adderley
SISTERS: Jacquelyn Wells-Dean, Laura Smith, Elsie Moxey, Brenda Wells-Rolle and Brenda Wells-Martin
AUNT: Rowena Rolle
SON-IN-LAW: Rudolph Brown
DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW: Beroline, Kendra and Sharmaine Wells
BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Clement, Simeon, Leander, Ephraim and Thomas Higgs
SISTERS-IN-LAW: Norma Pinder, Thaclia Higgs, Carmetta Saunders, Veronica Adderley and Philicia Roberts of Harbour Island, Daisy Dorsett and Daphne Adderley.
NIECES: Cheryl Strachan, Pamela Lowe, Tammy Butler, Jan Miller, Deidre Taylor, Darshelle Sands, Glenda Rolle, Brendalee Martin, Julie and Lisa Hart, Dereeka, Marsha and Cypriana Wells, Jonella and Kaylisa Adderley, Theresa Wells-Maclour and Charmaine Wells-Burrows, Laverne Bethel, Joy Armbrister, Karen Rowland, Tanya Thompson and Dominique Thompson.
NEPHEWS: Derell, Patrick, David, Jeffery and Wentworth Wells, George Wells, Jr., Tavyn Sands, Rodney Cruz and Creflo Adderley.
GRANDCHILDREN: Shandon Wells, Sr., Patrick, Brian, Stevette, Suzuette, Stevandrae, Joshua, Jonathon, Joel, Joshua, Jamel, Jermiah, Racquel, Shonell, Sheurell, Jahsiri, Tyler, and Theo Wells. Crystal, Dominique, and Rachael Brown, Michael, Shane, and Marnarrey Lightbourn.
GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Michael, Kristin, Ashley and Miley Cartwright, Shandon Wells, Jr., Brenay and Trinity Wells.
A host of other relatives and friends including Michael Cartwright, Tashel Wells, Shelia Murchision-Johnson, Antoinette Dean, Jeffery Adderley, Wellington Walkes, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Turnquest and Family, Pastor H.A. Roach and Family, Ena Thompson, Stephanie Delancey, Charlice Curry, Karal Roach, and Luther & Wendell Rolle, (EXUMA). The Doctors and Nurses of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Male Surgical Ward #2, The Food and Nutrition Department of Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital, the entire Chippingham Community, and the Cricket Club Association.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 2-5 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.
Eliza Mildred Stubbs, 79, of Seagrape in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama died at the Rand Memorial Hospital, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Monday, January 17.
She is survived by her daughters: Verdell Stubbs and Marilyn Stubbs-Parker; sons: Wilton, Donald and Hubert Stubbs; numerous grandchildren, sister: Gurthie Forbes; brothers: Douglas and George Dean, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Nassau, Bahamas -
Another year has brought about great opportunities for the Supermodel
and Super Talent of the Bahamas organization. Three young aspiring
local models and vocal talent are booked to be presenters of fashion
during Brooklyn Fashion Week (BKFW) in New York, from March 29th to
April 1st, 2012.
2009 Supermodel of the Bahamas,
Garrecka Johnson; Top Model,
Anwar Mackey; and 2011 Super Talent of the Bahamas winner,
Shawndell Gardener; all of who...
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Island - It was a night of dazzle and sizzle as the Miss Grand
Bahama Beauty contestants lined up on the runway at the Treasure Bay
Casino to compete in the Evening gown and Swimsuit segment of the Miss
Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant competition to a packed room full of
family, friends and enthusiastic supporters. Emceeing the night's event
was Kerel Pinder, Miss Grand Bahama 2008 who looked as stunning as
ever in her glitzy mini dress.
To kick off the evening festivities, the nine contestants took to the
catwalk, showing off their evening gowns, as they modelled with grace
and ease! The winner of the Evening Gown competition will be announced
next Sunday at the upcoming Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant!
Funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67 of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street & Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:
Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and
Gloria Lawrena KnowlesAsset Information
Niece & Grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major
Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (& descendents of...
Constance Smith, 69, of Marathon Estates and formerly of Black Point, Exuma, died in Miami, Florida, on Sunday January 9.
She is survived by her husband George Smith sons: Stephan Smith, Barry Seymour and Mario Smith daughter: Gail Smith sisters: Icelle Smith, Shirley Smith, Floraine Smith, Inez Smith; brothers: Joe Smith, Wendell Smith, Albert Smith numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.
Funeral announcements will be made at a later date.
By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer
FORMER senior commissioner of police, the late Stanley Riddell Moir, is no longer around to carry on a family tradition known as the AMGU Awards, which stands for "a Moir never gives up", but his grandchildren intend to keep the tradition alive.
Mr Moir, who died at age 89, started the family award as a way to encourage his grandchildren to always persevere whenever they felt like giving up. Anytime they felt a feat could not be accomplished, he was always quick to remind them that "a Moir never gives up".
Building up a person, whether a family member or a stranger was just Mr Moir's nature. He loved to see people progress ...
Funeral Service for MR. William John Pinder Jr., age 53 years of Bailey Town, Bimini will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, Bailey Town, Bimini. Officiating will be Father George K assisted by Deacon John Sears. Interment will follow in the Catholic Cemetery, Porgy Bay, Bimini.
Cherished memories are held by his father: William Pinder Sr.; daughter: Avarelle Pinder Williams;
adopted children: Jerry, Sophie, Shirvan, Shirlease, Shirvoughnte, Danielle and Danavier; son-in-law: Pastor Ronnell Williams; grandchildren: Ronnell Jr. and Hezekiah; brothers: Insley, Ellon, Elvin and Patrick Pinder; sisters: Jeanie and Lilly Pinder; aunts: Doris Walker, Esther Rolle; uncle: Malcolm Pinder; nieces: Julia Hanna, Shirlene Bain, Lindsay, Kaityre, Leann, Leronda, Jodyann, Elviann, Julyette, and Geomantha Rolle; nephews: Levell and Levon Rolle, Melvin, Kairo, Kadre, Julyen and, Antwon Pinder; grandnieces: Levonya Rolle; grandnephews: Brian Cargill, Levell Jr. Levondre and Leano Pinder; sisters-in-law: Birdie, Cyrene, Franka, and Ellen Pinder; godchild: Wayne Neely Jr.; godmother: Willamae Sawyer; numerous cousins: Austin and Gia, Lionel and family, Raymond, Franklyn and family, Kelsie Pinder and family, Laurice and Laurine Pinder and family, Cynthia and family, Ludell and family, Rosa, Stanley Stuart and family, Rose Stuart and family, Howard Stuart, Eunamae Smith and family, Stephanie and Juliette Dottin and family, Rex Grant and family, Terry Rolle and family, Sheila Rolle and family, David Rolle and family, Verlease Rolle, Ailene and Howard Wilson, Benjamin, Reverend Jeff and Peter Francis and family, Rodney Dottin and family, Darrell Dottin, Cardinal and Fabian Bain and family, Hillary Cargill and family; and a host of other relatives and friends including Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ellis and family, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jones and family, Mr. and Mrs. Oriel Rolle and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Weech and family, Gregory and Stephen Baker and family, Emma Rolle and family, Pastor and Mrs. Edmund Ellis, Pastor and Mrs. Oriel Ellis and family, Ebbie David and family, Marionette Sands and family, Mae Rolle and family, Thurman Saunders, Wayne Neely Hon. Obie Wilchcombe M.P. for West End and Bimini, Corvell, Norine Francis and family, Karen David and family, Veronica Pritchard, Marionette Thompson Jerome, Winkie, Fabian, Matt and Walter Stuart and family, Anna and Stella, James Brown, Toya, Pastor Dave Ellis, Larry, Kendall, Chadwell, Rhoda Braynen, Shawna. Administrator Sherrick Ellis and family, Chief Councilor Lloyd Edgecombe Sr. and family Karen Sherman, Shannon Bullard, Wayne Neely, Dion Moss, Thurman, Julie, Jason, Tassie Saunders, Kendall, Creswell, Anthony, Alethia Romer, Robbie Smith, Dianne Robins and family, Mae Rolle and family, Corvell, Montez, Joe Pinder, Billy Joe, Shereka Higgs, Noel McNeil, Orlando Sands, Joe Jones and family, Treco, Ossie, Gina, Ken, Quint, Toya, Richie Hepburn, Candy, Anthony Rolle, Altico Opato, Lachresha, Diane Robins and family, Jenkins Rolle and family, Doctor Simms, Edward Williams and family, Amanda Knowles and family, Roslyn Ritchie and family, Jerry Fisher and family, Holy Name Catholic Church Family and the entire community of Bimini especially Porgy Bay; Management and Staff and T.S.L Water Taxi Crew, Management and Staff at The Bimini Community Clinic and The Staff of The Rand Memorial Hospital.
Viewing will be held in the "Serenity Suite"at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Limited, #11-A Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church Hall, Bailey Town, Bimini on Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until service time.
A funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67, a resident of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street and Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:
Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and Gloria Lawrena Knowles
Niece and grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major
Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (and descendents of the late Clayton Wilson); Marie, Edward, Sidney (the Whymns); Sandra, Norma, Andrea, Linda, Dudley, Gerald (the Sawyers); Roslyn, Sybil, Paula, Kaye, Eugene (the Tootes); Neville, Arthur, Andrew, Robert, Shirley, Dame Joan (the Sawyers); Coral Lightbourne, Geraldine Ferguson, Lillian Saunders, Priscilla Forbes, Muriel Ferguson, Dorothy Marshall, Eleston and Richard McPhee.
Other relatives: descendents of Rev. Maurice Mallory, including Yvonne Abouziede, Helena Robinson, Alfred Mallory and their children
Special friends: Heslyn Fernander, Berthamae Ferguson, Clover Pratt, Pastor and Members of East St. Church esp. Ladies Prayer Band, The Convention Choir, The National body of the Church of God, Sister Cecilia and patrons of St. Joseph Day Care Centre, Nurse Zel Lockhart, Nurse Doreen Fernander, Patricia Sands and Mrs. Ethlyn Deleveaux
God-children: Yvette Campbell-Morris and James Pinder, Jr.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
A funeral service for Olga Naomi Rigby, 90 yrs., a resident of Howard Street, Chippingham and formerly of Clarence Town, Long Island, who passed away on 7th June, 2011, will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Clarence Town, Long Island, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles. Interment follows in church's cemetery.
Left to cherish her loving memory with hope in their hearts are: eight children and their spouses: Evangelist Lolamae Rolle (Rev. Victor Rolle), Elder Reginald Rigby (Rev. Louise), Euterpie Rigby, Janet Lightboum (Richard), John Rigby (Karen), Anthony Rigby (Sophie), Baldwin Rigby Sr., Alana (Jeanice) Smith (Neville). Twenty-seven grandchildren and their spouses: Wendell Rigby Jr.(Liilian), Antoinette Armstrong (Garfield) Alan Rigby (Heidi), Sonia Dean (Clete), Theus Rolle-Fountain, Bacchus Rolle (Kimberley), Dulcie Rigby-Smith (Patrick), Dr. Reginald Neymour (Carol), Derel Thompson (Keith), D'Andra Rigby, Prisca Pulz (Oliver), Delvin Rigby, Vonetta Johnson, Raynard Edgecombe, Jonnell, Jonneice and M'Kyle Rigby, Anthony Jr., Alexis and Anton Rigby, Samantha, Candice and Baldwin Rigby Jr., Keno Smith (Kikiya), PC 3472 Theo, Blair and Sophie Smith, 30 Great-grandchildren, two Great-great-grandchildren; Brother: George Rahming of Georgia; Daughter-in-Law: Nancy Rigby; Brother-in-Law: Vincent Gibson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sister-in-Law: Emmaline Wallace of Freeport, Grand Bahama; Numerous Nieces and Nephews including Wilbur Major (Brenda) of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Lois Bethel (Charles), Eloise Moncur, Edna Dean (David) of Opalocka, Fla., Alma Ferguson (Henry), Lutricia Jackson, Thais, Linwood and Lohman Rahming of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Lillith Womack (Albert), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dolly, Beverley and Janice Gibson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sheila Musgrove (Robert) and a host of other relatives and friends including but not limited to: Patrick and Lorna Lightbourn, Deborah Major, Christine Anderson, Keith and Wendy Major, Marietta Major, Beryl Adams, Admiral and Dolores Ferguson, Nancy Arangil, Ruth Minnis, Reginald and Annie Minnis, Mr. & Mrs. Ancil Pratt, Mrs. Brenda Hart, Barbara Albury, Jestina McGregor of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Carlos and Sarah Milander, the Minnis, Major, Taylor, Bowe families of Clarence Town, Long Island, the entire staff of Main Operating Theatre, Princess Margaret Hospital, Archdeacon Kingsley Knowles and Mrs. Knowles, Canon Harry Ward and Mrs. Ward, Rev. Michael Gittens, Archdeacon 1. Ranfurly Brown, Canon Curtis Robinson and Mrs. Robinson, Rev. Samuel Sturrup, Rev. Sebastian Campbell, Rev. Peter Scott, Rev. Ernest Pratt, Holy Spirit Anglican Church, Bishop Ros Davis and Rev. Althea Davis and the Golden Gates Outreach Ministries family, Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church family, St. Joseph's Day Care Centre, Bahamas Association of Ministers' Wives & Ministers' Widows, Noreen Major and Visitation Team of St. George's Anglican Church, the Parish of St. Paul's and the entire community of Clarence Town, Long Island.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, and on Friday at the Church in Long Island from 2:00 p.m. until service time on Saturday.
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - A 24-year-old mother has become Grand Bahama's fifth homicide victim for 2011.
The woman sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the head on Saturday night while in the Royal Bahamia Estates area.
According to police, they received a call around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, notifying them that a female had been shot.
Uniformed and plain clothes officers responded and they learned the woman had taken a bullet to the head, and she was transported by ambulance to the Accident and Emergency section of the Rand Memorial Hospital to receive treatment.
The victim, who is a resident of Eight Mile Rock, succumbed to her injuries a short time later, mere minutes before 11:00 p.m, police said.
Police said that the motive for the fatal shooting is unknown at this time. They are calling for the help of the Grand Bahama community to assist in solving this crime, and are urging anyone with information that could assist their investigation to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911.
Detectives from the Central Detective Unit, Scenes of Crime Unit and uniformed divisions are conducting an intense investigation into the shooting, according to police.
Police are also urging the public to come forth with any information they may have on the homicides of 31-year-old Kiano Javier Martinborough and 29-year-old Sonny Anafolis, the third and fourth homicide victims for the year.
Both were shot in the Garden Villas area.
Martinborough was shot in the head on Sunday, May 8, 2011 sometime after 11:00 p.m.
When police arrived on Adventurer's Way after being notified about the shooting, officers came across Martinborough, who was lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
He was pronounced dead shortly after being transported by ambulance to the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Anafolis, who was shot in the back of the neck on Monday, May 16, became paralyzed from his injuries and remained in critical condition until he died on Friday, May 27 at the Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence.
Sources told The Freeport News that the deaths of Martinborough and Anafolis were connected, alleging that Anafolis was the intended victim the night Martinborough was killed.
The first homicide for the year occurred when 24-year-old Tamaro Johnson was stabbed on Sunday, March 8, outside of Club Rock N' Roll in the International Bazaar.
Johnson, who had received multiple stab wounds to the body, succumbed to his injuries the next day at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan McKenzie and 18-year-old Darieo Demetrius Smith were charged with his murder.
Both will return to court on July 13, 2011 for a preliminary inquiry.
Forty-two-year-old Patrick Russell of Lewis Yard was killed on Monday, March 7, becoming the island's second homicide.
Russell had been sitting in his vehicle through an unpaved road between Weddell Avenue and Bruce Avenue when another vehicle approached and the occupants opened fire on him.
He sustained multiple gunshots wound about the body and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Rand Memorial Hospital.
Twenty-eight-year-old Leonard Louis Barnett was charged with his murder.
NOTHING can be more frustrating when you are a size 14 and over, and every store you step into is only offering you bland, unattractive clothing that does your curvy physique no justice.
The plea of plus size women, when it comes to shopping for attire goes unheard and unnoticed, up until now.
Esteem Productions is presenting a fashion show for the full-figured women "Beyond Borders", this Sunday at the British Colonial Hilton. The fashion show will feature authentic designs by Bahamian fashion houses including Cardilicous, Ilashan, Vintage House, Adelle 13, Crazi Beautiful, Baha Gala, Lady Elegance, Fabulous Plus, and Size Appeal.
Funeral Service for Lakera Indera Rolle, 29 of Roosevelt Avenue, who died on Saturday June 18, 2011 will be held on Saturday July 2, 2011 at Kemp Road Union Baptist, Kemp Road at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Ivan F. Butler Jr., assisted by other Ministers of Religion. Interment will follow in Southern Cemetery. Cowpen and Spikenard Roads.
Precious Memories will forever live in the hearts of her Son: Ras-Taffari McPhee; Mother: Theresa Rolle; Father: Clarence Hensy; Step-Father: Bertrum Balfour; Fiancé: Patrick McPhee Jr.; Grand Mothers: Geraline Rolle and Della Bullard; Brothers: Cameron Rolle, Khelson and Rasheed Balfour; Sisters: Kamyra Forbes, Britta Balfour, ...
With the country celebrating its 40th year of independence this year, it was only fitting for the one sports federation whose nationals coincide with the actual independence to do something to signify the occasion.
The Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) is also celebrating the number 40 this year, as it will host its 40th National Championships, formerly the Mr. and Mrs. Independence Bahamas Championships. The venue is yet to be decided, but BBFF President Danny Sumner, confirmed that it will coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations of the nation.
As a special gesture this year, the federation will be re-introducing its hall of fame inductions. The Class of 2013 will feature nine new members, namely Jeremy Knowles, Della Thomas, Maxine Darville, the late Melanie Feaste, Amos Saunders, Dwight Palacious, Baldwin Darling, Henry Charlton and Sam Williams.
"We were one of the first national federations to hold a major event, which was done in conjunction with the independence of this country, and we wanted to do something special," said Sumner. "What we are doing this year is going to be huge. We intend to honor a number of outstanding athletes, judges and officials who would have contributed to the sport over the past 40 years. In addition to the nine people who will be inducted into the sport's hall of fame, we will be honoring between 30 to 40 other people for their contribution."
According to Sumner, Jeremy Knowles, who won as much as six Mr. Bahamas titles, was one of the most dominating athletes during his period. He also serves as a chief judge during BBFF events. Thomas, who went head-to-head with Darville for many overall titles during the BBFF nationals, was one of the top female athletes in the country, and the entire Caribbean, according to Sumner. Sumner said that she dominated the middleweight division for a number of years, and Darville dominated the heavyweight division. Sumner also said that Feaste, who will be honored posthumously, was one of the top female athletes in Grand Bahama, and Saunders was an excellent bodybuilder.
Dwight Palacious competed, served as a chief judge in Freeport and is a former president of the Grand Bahama Body Building and Fitness Association. Baldwin Darling, who also is a long-time
president of the association, is an excellent motivator and one of the top coaches and administrators in the country, according to Sumner. A lot of athletes trained under him, and he will enter the hall as athlete, coach and motivator. Henry Charlton, who was regarded as the best poser in Grand Bahama during the past 40 years, was an outstanding bodybuilder, according to Sumner. "He brought posing to a new level, as an amateur and professional," said Sumner.
Finally, Sumner said that Grand Bahamian Sam Williams was an outstanding bodybuilder, and will enter the hall as an athlete.
Also expected to be honored that night is former Mr. World Kingsley Poitier, Michael Curtis, Dr. Norman Gay, Leo Mackey, Richard Demeritte, Paul Wong, Danny Sumner himself, Edison Deleveaux, the husband and wife team of Ray and Jenny Whylley, Bert Bell, Sherwin Major and Arthur Eldon, just to name a few.
"All of these persons have contributed greatly to the sport over the past 40 years," said Sumner. "This is the second time around for the hall of fame, we are going to honor about 30 to 40 other persons, and also we plan on honoring former Sports Minister Algernon Allen. Our sport became a core sport during Allen's tenure. We believe that he did more for sports as a minister than any other minister who we have seen. We're not saying that the other ministers didn't do a good job, we just feel that Minister Allen did an outstanding job. We feel that he was the best one that we worked with over the years."
To be eligible for the Bodybuilding Hall of Fame, an athlete would have to be retired for at least five years, and Sumner said that they will also look at what that particular athlete, coach or administrator would have contributed.
As far as the national championships are concerned, Sumner said that athletes are definitely training.
"What we will do this year is combine the novice championships with the nationals," said Sumner. "The venue is yet to be decided but more than likely it will be held at the Theatre of the Performing Arts. We anticipate a good group this year. I think it will give the novices a good feel of what it is like to be competing at the senior level."
Leading up to nationals will be the Northern Bahamas Championships which will be held in late June.
"That is going to be the springboard for the nationals," said Sumner. "We are looking forward to a very good show in Grand Bahama. I think that it is going to give us an idea of how many athletes will be competing in the nationals."
Sumner also spoke of the possibility of high schools competing in the nationals this year. He said that has always been a goal of his, and something that he would like to see brought to fruition.
The first inner city tennis tournament was a smashing success, as a number of young Bahamians from the Farm Road area picked up tennis rackets this past weekend and competed in their first official tennis tournament.
More than 30 players took part in the tournament that was held on Saturday at the Farm Road Urban Renewal Center. The program, which lasted for 10 weeks, was sanctioned by the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) in partnership with the Farm Road Urban Renewal Center and the Farm Road community.
Winning Group 'A' was Cordell Colebrooke with a perfect win/loss record of 2-0. Garfield White picked up a win and closed with a 1-1 record while Nelson Francois dropped both games. Elder Charles was the winner in Group 'B', and Jermaine Francis and Tannaka Burrows finished second and third respectively.
Taking the crown in Group 'C' was Devonya Butler. Nicole Rolle was second and Shawnna Woodside finished third. Venson Lewis was the winner in Group 'D', Lucitas Moxey and Enrico Simms followed.
Group 'E' was for the more skillful players. Christanique Johnson took that division, winning five games. Kashalia Arnette won four games and Jada Francis won three. Andre Smith dominated Group 'F', taking all five games. Kentez Ferguson and Jaden Francs both won four.
"It is always a pleasure to see the excitement and sparkle in the eyes of the younger Bahamians who have never played the sport before," said Derron Donaldson, BLTA president.
"Our vice president, Bradley Bain, is working extremely hard to promote tennis and making it affordable, but most importantly, available to all Bahamians.
"A number of the kids have demonstrated skills that can be worked on. The future is very bright and we will continue to introduce Bahamians to tennis. This is a part of our mandate, putting more tennis rackets into the hands of more and more Bahamians. Bradley has an excellent program going on where he goes to the schools and introduce the game to the primary school students."
The inner city tournament is a part of the 'Play and Stay' program that the BLTA has initiated. This program is being used as a feeder system for the local tennis association. These kind of matches are expected to be played on the Mark Knowles Play and Stay courts, which should be constructed shortly.
Tuesday 31st March 2015 6:30 PM
The Grand Gallery is please to invite you to the opening reception of "Nocturnes". group art exhibition. The exhibition will feature works from 22 Grand Bahama based artist. Opening Reception : Thursday 12th March 2015 DURATION: March 12th -May 1st 2015 LOCATION: The Grand Gallery Retail Street on Royal Palm Way, The Grand Lucayan TIME: 6:30PM Admission: FREE Participating Artist: Boryanna Korcheva, Catinlin Farrington, Cali Veilleux, Chantal Bethel, Christine Matthai, Clarence Green, Claudette Dean, Del Foxton, Eva Dehmel, Jo Morosco, Julie Hoyle, Ken Heslop, Laurie Tuchel, Leo Dellivers, Lisa Codella, Melanie Darville, Michael Ignace, Paola Correa -Hoyos, Paula Boyd-Farrington, Shirley Blain, Sheldon Saint and Tony Cassano Admission:Free
Death Notice: Rudolph Livingston Mott, 56, a resident of Durham Street West, died at his residence on 22nd November, 2011.
He is survived by his wife: Loretta Mott; 1 daughter: Antoinette Mott; 1 son: Rudolph Mott; stepchildren: Alton Forbes, Rudell Arnett & Rodney Moss; 1 sister: Evamae Mott & a host of other relatives & friends.
Bahamians participated in the Innisbrook, Florida Tennis Futures this
past weekend. Unfortunately, 2 Bahamians met in the first round:
Lunn defeated Jody Turnquest in the first round 6-3 6-2. Justin
suffered an injury in the 2nd rd against Joshua Wardell (USA) at 40-30
and had to retire. He has to also withdraw from the next Futures at
Indian Harbor Beach, FL.
Philip Major def Franco Uliana (Arg) 6-0
6-0 in the first rd. Defeated Krisztian Mago (Hungary) 6-2 6-4 in the
2nd rd and lost to...
Men's Track Events
This was probably one of the most anticipated events in the championships. World record holder and defending champion Usain Bolt was seventh in the season's best list at 9.88 seconds with countryman Asafa Powell in the lead at 9.78 seconds. Tyson Gay, who had beaten Bolt last year, had the season's second best time at 9.79 seconds. Gay got injured at the U.S. Championships and days prior to the opening, Powell pulled out.
The 100m then should have been a cakewalk for Bolt. He was on the front of the daily program. In the first round heats, Bahamian Adrian Griffith was the first to suffer from the new false start rule which had been in effect from January of 2010. He was out after one false start. In the semi-final, it was Dwain Chambers of Great Britain who had served a four years ban from competition due to a doping offense. He had run second to Bolt in the first round.
Justin Gatlin, the Athens Olympic Champion and Helsinki Champion was back after serving a four-year suspension for doping. He ran 10.31 seconds for second in the first round and 10.23 seconds for fourth in the second, not advancing to the final. Jamaican Yohan Blake won the first semi-final in a season's best of 9.95 seconds, Usain Bolt the second in 10.05 seconds, and Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion the third in 10.08 seconds.
The unimaginable happened in the final. Usain Bolt, who everybody said did not have to worry about his start, false started. It was clear and Bolt took off his jersey as he ran down the straight away. This caused numerous people to question the existence of the no fault start rule. The question now was who will win?Was it going to be Jamaica's Nesta Carter, France's Christophe Lemaitre or Jamaica's Blake?
Blake was the clear winner at 9.92 seconds, a season's best with the USA's Walter Dix in second in 10.08 seconds. The old reliable Kim Collins, the 2003 Champion and 2007 bronze medalist, at 35 years of age, finished with the bronze medal, in 10.09 seconds.
At 21, Frenchman Lemaitre finished in fourth place with a 10.19 seconds clocking, Daniel Bailey from Antigua and Barbuda finished fifth in 10.26 seconds, France's Jimmy Vicaut at age 19 finished in fifth place in 10.26 seconds, and Jamaica's Nesta Carter a surprising seventh in 10.95 seconds. Blake became the second Jamaican to win the 100m at the World Championships.
After the false start by Bolt in the 100 meters(m)everybody was waiting to see how he would do in the 200m, his favorite event. The first round and semi-final were held on Thursday, September 2.
Bolt lead the first round qualifiers in 20.30 seconds. The USA's Walter Dix had the second best first round time at 20.42 seconds with Bahamian Michael Mathieu running the third best first round time, running in Bolt's heat, in 20.46 seconds. France's Christopher Lemaitre had the best time in the semi-finals, running 20.17 seconds, a season's best. Bolt ran 20.31 seconds and Dix ran 20.37 seconds.
In the final, Panamanian Alonso Edward, the silver medalist from Berlin, did not finish. Bolt won with an impressive clocking of 19.40 seconds, the best time in the world this season, and the fourth best time ever, behind only Bolt's world record of 19.19 seconds, Bolt's 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Olympics, and Michael Johnson's former world record of 19.32 seconds.
There was no slowing down or clowning at the tape. Dix finished in second place with a 19.70 seconds season's best and France's Lemaitre finished with the bronze medal in a French National record of 19.80 seconds.
There was no clear favorite in this event. Grenadian Kirani James, 19 at the time, ran 44.61 seconds in London in August to set the world's leading time. In that race the defending champion LaShawn Merritt finished second after not running for nearly two years. His time then was 44.74 seconds.
There were five first round heats and Merritt ran 44.35 seconds in his first round heat, the fastest time ran in history for a first round in either the Olympics or World Championships. Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada ran 44.82 seconds in his first round heat. Trinidad and Tobago's Reny Quow, the Berlin bronze medalist, ran 44.84 seconds in that heat.
Jamaica's Jermaine Gonzales won the second heat in 45.12 seconds. Demetrius Pinder from The Bahamas finished fourth in 45.53 seconds, advancing to the semi-final. James won the fourth heat in 45.12 seconds. In that heat, The Bahamas'Ramon Miller ran a season's best of 45.31 seconds to advance to the semi-final.
The Bahamas'Chris Brown won the fifth heat in 45.29 seconds. In that heat was South African,'The Blade Runner, Oscar Pistorius, who ran 45.39 seconds. Pistorius had won a decision by the IAAF to allow him to participate as a double prosthetic.
In the semi-final, Merritt continued his speedy running, running 44.76 seconds for the win in the first semi-final heat. James ran 45.20 seconds to win the second heat and Jamaica's Gonzales ran 44.99 seconds to win the third heat of the semi-finals.
In the final were Merritt from the USA, James and Bartholomew from Grenada, Gonzales from Jamaica, the Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, from Belgium, Tabarie Henry from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Femi Ogunode from Qatar.
This was a race to watch as the teenager from Grenada, who had won the IAAF World Youth, and Junior Championships, ran down the defending champion Merritt to win in 44.60 seconds, an improvement of one, one hundredth of a second of his personal best. After running the fast time in the preliminary rounds, it seemed that Merritt was unable to respond to the finishing surge of James. Merritt was three one hundredths of a second behind in 44.63 seconds and Belgium's Kevin Borlee finished in third in 44.90 seconds.
Gonzales was fourth in 44.99 seconds, the identical time he ran in the semi-final. Jonathan Borlee placed fifth in 45.07 seconds with Grenada's Bartholomew sixth in 45.45 seconds, U.S. Virgin Island's Henry seventh in 45.55 seconds and Ogunode of Qatar eighth, also in 45.55 seconds.
Henry had placed fourth in Berlin in 45.42 seconds. Bahamian Chris Brown just missed the final with a 45.54 seconds clocking, just behind Henry who ran 45.53 seconds to make the final. This was the first time since Paris in 2003 that Brown failed to make the final. Demetrius Pinder finished seventh in his semi-final heat in 45.87 seconds and Ramon Miller fifth in his semi-final heat in 45.88 seconds.
Also from the region, William Collazo from Cuba and Erison Hurtault from Dominica finished seventh and eighth in the first semi-final heat in times of 46.13 seconds and 46.41 seconds respectively. In the second semi-final heat, Costa Rica's Nery Brenes finished fifth in 45.93 seconds and Jamaica's Riker Hylton finished eighth in 46.99 seconds.
At the age of 22, Kenya's David Rudisha set a new world record of 1:41.01 nearly a year prior on August 29, in Rieti, Italy. This season he had the best time of 1:42.61. He also had the best semi-final time of 1:44.20, in winning the third semi-final heat.
Ethiopian Mohammed Aman had the second fastest semi-final time of 1:44.57, a national record. Marcin Lewandowski from Poland ran 1:44.60, a season's best. Sudan's Abubaker Kaki, one of Rudisha's main rivals, ran 1:44.62 for third place in the first semi-final. In the final, Rudisha captured the gold medal in 1:43.91 over Kaki's 1:44.41. The usual fast finishing Russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Athens Olympic Champion, was able to secure third place in 1:44.49.
Poland's Marcin Lewandowskiy finished in fourth place in 1:44.80. The USA's Nick Symmonds finished in fifth place in 1:45.12. Poland's Adam Kszczot finished in sixth place in 1:45.25. Kenya's Alfred Kirwa Yego, the Berlin silver medalist, finished in seventh place in 1:45.83 and Ethiopia's Mohammed Aman placed eighth in 1:45.93.
The action heated up in the semi-final where Kenyan Abel Kiprop won the second heat in 3:36.75 with Algerian Tarek Boukensa following him in 3:36.84, Morocco's Mohamed Moustaoui in 3:36.87, Spain's Manuel Olmedo fourth in 3:36.91 and Venezuela's Eduar Villanueva fifth in 3:36.96, a national record.
The first semi-final was won by Matthew Centrowitz of the USA, 10 seconds slower than the second heat in 3:46.66. Centrowitz is the son of former distance star Matt Centrowitz of the USA. In that heat was Kenya's Silas Kiplagat, the world leader at 3:30.47, who finished third in 3:46.75, France's Mehdi Bala, the silver medalist from 2003, who finished fourth in 3:46.87, and the Berlin Champion Yusef Saad Kamel of Bahrain, who failed to reach the final with a 3:47.18 clocking.
The final saw the Beijing Olympic Champion, Kenya's Kiprop, win in 3:35.69 to Kiplagat's 3:35.92. The USA's Matt Centrowitz won the bronze medal in a time of 3:36.08. Centrowitz is the only American athlete to win a medal in the 1,500m in the championships other than the former Kenyan Bernard Lagat in Osaka and Berlin. Matt's father Matthew was a two-time Olympian. Eduar Villaneuva of Venezuela, the only athlete from the Central American and Caribbean region in the competition to compete in the 1,500m, finished eighth in the final in 3:37.31.
Britain's Mohammed Farah had the world's leading time this season at 12:53.11, less than a half second under Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya's championship record set in Paris in 2003. Farah had been anticipated to win the 10,000m but lost to Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jelan.
Also in the race were Bernard Lagat, who had won the event in Osaka and finished second in Berlin, and the championships record holder Kipchoge. Farah was a little bit more experienced in the 5,000m as he was able to defeat Lagat by 28 seconds to win. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel finished in third, another 28 seconds behind Lagat in 13:23.92. No other athletes from the Americas made the final.
Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, world and championships record holder, and four-time winner of the 10,000m at the age of 29 was not at the top of his game in Daegu.
Mohamed Farah, born in Mogadishu and representing Great Britain had the world's leading time of 26:46.57, at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon in June. He had won this event in last year's European Championships in Barcelona and seemed to be the person who would become World Champion. On the second day of the competition, little known Ethiopian Ibrahim Jeilan defeated Farah with a run of 27:13.81. Bekele dropped out of the race. Ethiopian Imane Merga had the second best time in the world at 26:48.35. He finished in third place in 27.19.14. Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese, the silver medalist from Berlin, finished in fourth place in 27:22.57.
Kenya's Abel Kirui set a new championships record of 2:06.54 in Berlin two years prior. Kirui was able to win the Daegu event in 2:07.38, a season's best. Kenya's Vincent Kipruto finished in second place in a time of 2:10.06. Ethiopia's Feyisa Lilesa won the bronze medal in a season's best of 2:10.32.
Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya was the defending champion who set a new championship record of 8:00.43 in Berlin. His teammate Brimin Kiprop Kipruto had the world's leading time at 7:56.34, done in Monaco in July. Kemboi won the event in 8:14.85 with Kipruto second in 8:16.05. France's M. Mekhissi-Bernard ran 8:16.09 for the bronze medal. Ion Luchianov from Moldova finished in eighth place in 8:19.69, a season's best.
The USA's David Oliver had the world leading time of 12.94 seconds, which he did in June at the Prefontaine Classic. In the first round, Jason Richardson, the 110m and 400m Hurdles Champion in the 2003 World Youth Championships had the best time of 13.19 seconds.
Former world record holder Xiang Liu ran 13.20 seconds to win his heat. David Oliver ran 13.27 seconds to capture his heat and Aries Merritt from the USA won his heat in 13.36 seconds. World record holder Dayron Robles settled for second in 13.42 seconds in that race. The semi-final saw Xiang Liu capture the first heat in 13.31 seconds. Richardson was far ahead in his semi-final heat in 13.11 seconds. David Oliver ran 13.40 seconds for second in that heat.
In the final, Robles seemed to win but a protest was made by the Chinese federation which accused Robles of interfering with Xiang Liu with his right arm. China won the protest and Robles was disqualified giving Richardson the gold medal and Liu the silver medal. Richardson clocked 13.16 seconds and Liu clocked 13.27 seconds.
Great Britain's Andrew Turner won the bronze medal with a 13.44 seconds performance. Oliver finished in fourth place, also in 13.44 seconds with Aries Merritt in fifth in 13.67 seconds. Jamaica's Dwight Thomas did not finish the event.
South Africa's L.J. Van Zyl had been on a tear this season clocking the world leading time of 47.66 seconds on February 25 in Pretoria, and May 31, in Ostrava. Three former champions, Felix Sanchez, Bershawn Jackson, Kerron Clement, and double Olympic Champion Angelo Taylor were in the competition. Great Britain's David Green had the best time of 48.52 seconds in the first round.
In the semi-final round, Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, the silver medalist from Berlin had the best time, winning the first heat in 48.52 seconds. Great Britain's David Greene won the second heat in 48.62 seconds and Bershawn Jackson won the third heat in 48.80 seconds.
The 2007 and 2009 champion Kerron Clement finished eighth in Greene's heat in 52.11 seconds and did not advance to the final. Also not advancing to the final from the Central American and Caribbean region were Jehu Gordon from Trinidad&Tobago who will turn 20 in December and finished fourth in Berlin, Joseph Robertson, Leford Green and Isa Phillips from Jamaica, and Omar Cesneros from Cuba.
In the final on September 1, David Greene won in 48.26 seconds, Javier Culson finished second as he did in Berlin, this time in 48.44
seconds, and L.J. Van Zyl won the bronze medal in 48.80 seconds. Two-time champion Felix Sanchez finished in fourth place in 48.87 seconds.
The USA finished one and two in this event. The defending champion Trey Hardee captured the event with 8,607 points, down from 8,790 in Berlin. Ashton Eaton was second with 8,505 points just four points ahead of Cuba's Leonel Suarez, who finished second in Berlin. Jamaica's Maurice Smith, the 2007 Osaka silver medalist, was unable to continue after seven events. Cuba's Yordani Garcia stopped after six events.
20k Race Walk
Russia won both gold and silver medals in this event with Valeriy Borchin winning in 1:19.56 and Vladimir Kanaykin winning the silver medal in 1:20.27. Kanaykin holds the world record at 1:17.16 and Ecuador's Jefferson Perez holds the Championship record at 1:17.21. Colombia won the bronze medal with Luis Fernando Lopez finishing in 1:20.38, a season's best. Other athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region finishing in the top 20 were Guatemela's Erick Barrando in 1:22.08, Mexico's Eder Sanchez 15th in 1:23.05, Colombia's James Rendon, 19th in a season's best of 1:24.08, and Mexico's Moracio Nava, 20th in 1:24.15.
50k Race Walk
Just like the 20k, Russia won the gold and silver medals, with Sergey Bakulin winning the gold medal in 3:41.24, and Denis Nizhegorodov winning the silver medal in 3:42.45, a season's best. Australia won the bronze medal with Jared Talent, who also clocked a season's best of 3:43.36. Ecuador's Andre's Chocho finished in 11th place in a season's best of 3:49.32. In the top 20 were these athletes from the Central American and Caribbean region-Edgar Hernandez of Mexico in 18th in a season's best of 3:54.46 and Jose Leyver of Mexico, 19th in 3:55.37.
This event was moved to the end of the competition.
There was a question as to whether Jamaica would have run former world record holder Asafa Powell who had pulled out of the men's 100m due to injury. Jamaica decided against that and with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, World Champion Yohan Blake and Dexter Lee running the semi-final heats, they finished second to Trinidad&Tobago in 38.07 seconds. The team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Aaron Armstrong and Richard Thompson, won the second semi-final heat in 37.91 seconds. St. Kitts&Nevis with bronze medalist Kim Collins on the second leg finished in third with a national record of 38.47 seconds.
The USA with Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Maurice Mitchell, and Travis Padgett, won the first semi-final heat in 37.79 seconds. France finished second to them in 38.38 seconds. Great Britain and Northern Ireland won the third heat in 38.29 seconds, with Poland in second in 38.37 seconds and Italy in 38.41 seconds.
Everybody was anticipating that Jamaica would win with Bolt in the line-up. After all, they had the world record of 37.10 seconds set in Beijing in 2008 and the championships record of 37.31 seconds established in Berlin two years ago. In the final, Darvis Patton of the United States, running on the third leg, hit Brit runner Marlon Devonish, who rolled over into the lane of Trinidad&Tobago.
The United States and Great Britain and Northern Ireland were unable to finish. It was now left to Jamaica and France. Replacing young Dexter Lee with Bolt, Jamaica did what some may call the impossible. They set a new world record of 37.04 seconds to win, more than a second ahead of France's 38.20 seconds.
Trinidad&Tobago were affected by Patton's actions and finished in sixth place in 39.01 seconds. This was a fitting end to and only world record in the Daegu World Championships. For this record the Jamaican team received$100,000.
The question now is:"Will Jamaica break 37 seconds at the London Olympics?"
There were two rounds of the Men's 4x400m Relay. Two heats were run on September 1. The first three finishers in each heat and the other two fastest times would qualify for the final.
The United States won the first of the two heats with Greg Nixon, Jamaal Torrance, Michael Berry, and LaShawn Merritt in 2:58.02. Jamaica finished in second place in 2:59.13. South Africa finished third in 2:59.21. Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in fourth in 3:00.38 and Germany in fifth in 3:00.48.
The Bahamas competed in the second heat with Ramon Miller on starting leg, former World Champion Avard Moncur on the second leg, Andrae Williams on the third leg, and LaToy Williams on the anchor leg. They either had to finish in the top three or run better than Great Britain and Northern Ireland or Germany. If they did not make the top three they had to run better than 3:00.48, the time that Germany did.
That was not to be as Belgium won the heat in 3:00.78, Russia finished in second in 3:00.81, Kenya finished in third in 3:00.97 and The Bahamas finished in fourth in 3:01.54 below their season's best of 3:01.33 and their national record of 2:57.32. The Bahamas was out of the final, having not run national record holder Chris Brown nor National Champion Demetrius Pinder in the first round.
In the final, the USA team of Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, and LaShawn Merritt won in 2:59.31. South Africa without Oscar Pistorius finished in second place in 2:59.87, and Jamaica with Allodin Fothergill, Jermaine Gonzales, Ryker Hylton, and Leford Green, won the bronze medal with a 3:00.10 clocking.
We hope you enjoyed this and the previous issues of Daegu World Championships re-visited. We all look forward to the next edition, Moscow 2013.
Clifton Clarke, 77, of Belize Way, Flamingo Gardens, and formerly of Alexander, Exuma, died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday December 26.
He is survived by his wife: Sylvia Clarke; sons: Claude, Robbie, Vincent, James, Anthony, Parnado, Gandi Clarke; daughters: Paula, Monique, Michaela; sisters: Idella Gibson, Fedrika Fox; brothers: Nathaniel Lloyd, Franklyn Clarke; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
The apparent lawlessness that Bahamians fear is destabilizing their country has its roots in a much more obvious place than Kemp Road, Nassau Village or Bain Town.
According to the politicians, crime is down. However, lawlessness is up. Murders and rapes are down as are robberies and other assaults. Really? Perhaps we need to revisit the Truman Show and see how it is to live in an image-controlled world. Over the last few weeks, a number of tragedies have occurred in paradise, yet people seem to be turning a deaf ear and blind eye to them. The old adage, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, does not apply in this case...
A funeral service for Eldrige Anthony Burrows, 62, of Hepburn Town, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 1, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Comet Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Officiating will be Brother George Fox. Interment will follow in the Harbour West Public Cemetery, Bartlett Hill, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 40 years: Enadell Burrows; mother: Isadora Burrows, daughters: Shona Burrows, Kim Musgrove, Anthia Bartlett and Paula-mae Brooks; sons: Brian, Stephen, Fabian and Jerome Burrows, Dwayne Hanna and Jerome Rolle; grandchildren: Brianika Saunders, Brianne, Briquel, Kelley, Stephen, Eltonique, Sha ...
Funeral Service for the late Vienna Anderson Whymns “Shorty”, 51, of Bonaby Alley, Kemp Road will be held on Saturday 12th November, 2011 at 1:00pm at Kemp Road Union Baptist Church, Kemp Road. Officiating will be Pastor Ivan Butler Jr. assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her precious memories are her daughters: Dellarese Ellis, Denise Ellis, Marissa Major; sons: Keno Ellis Whymns, Wellington Musgrove Whymns, Jamal Williams Sr.; sisters: Sandra Curtis, Malissa Whymns, Mavis Bain, Magaret Richie; brother: Deacon Edwin Anderson from Benamon Town, Eleuthera; 1 uncle: Lawrence Thurston; 1 aunt: Dorma ...
WingsWorth Roberts, 69, affectionately called " Robbie", of Nassau Village and formerly of Harbour Island Eleuthera, Bahamas died at Doctor's Hospital on Wednesday November 3rd 2010.
He is survived by his wife: Susan C. Roberts; sons: Quinton Roberts, Loren Roberts, Wingsworth Roberts Jr., daughters: Deborah Stubbs, Judith McDonald, Portia Roberts, Marie Roberts, Celesta Forbes, Camille Roberts sister: Violet Barton brothers: Evang. Tom Roberts, Cordell Roberts numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends to numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
With two more Bahamian judges for the sport of bodybuilding and fitness recently becoming certified, the total number of locals is now close to 10, and BBFF President Danny Sumner said that he couldn't be more pleased.
Porsha Tulloch and Sharon Sawyer completed their certification last month - the latter with the highest mark in the Caribbean region, 97 percent. They are now qualified to officiate at the Northern Bahamas Championships, set for June 29 at the Regency Theatre in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and the 40th Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (BBFF) National Championships, set for July 13 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts on Shirley Street. IFBB professional bodybuilder Dexter Jackson will be the guest poser at the Northern Bahamas Championships.
Also, the new judges are now qualified to serve as bodybuilding and fitness judges in international events.
"I'm happy to know that the training that I have done over the past 10 years to get our judges certified, is paying off," said Sumner. "We were scrapping for judges and now we have a number of Bahamians who are certified and qualified. That is an outstanding accomplishment for The Bahamas. My job was to train as much Bahamians as possible and I was able to achieve that. I have about nine to 10 judges who qualified under my training. We probably have more qualified judges in our country than any other Caribbean country. The IFBB (International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness) normally looks for a broad cross section of judges from various countries to officiate international events, and now we have about 10 active certified judges right here in The Bahamas."
Tulloch, who serves as a special advisor to the president in the federation, and Sawyer are just the latest two judges to be certified. Trevor Bethel, Maurice Hall, Derrick Bullard and Simone Sawyer were in the group before them, and veterans Paul Wong, Richard Demeritte, Jeremy Knowles and Sumner himself add to the growing list of certified judges in The Bahamas.
"Judging in the sport is very complexed right now because you have bodybuilding, fitness, and you also have the swimsuit side, and they are all judged separately. That is what makes the accomplishment of these latest Bahamians to be certified so much more impressive," said Sumner.
"In addition to that, five Bahamians went pro under my reign as president. That in itself is a great accomplishment. We are making strides in the sport of bodybuilding and fitness, and the future looks extremely bright."
The five Bahamians who received their pro cards under Sumner were Charles Kemp, 'Big' Joel Stubbs, Natasha Brown in fitness, Jay Darling and Gena Mackey. As for the new judges, Sumner said that he will pick up their official judges cards at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness in the Dominican Republic from September 19-22.
As far at the national championships are concerned, Sumner confirmed that they will be having a high school division this year, and he expects at least nine high schools to compete. Also, the overall winners at the national championships will be deemed Mr. and Mrs. Independence Bahamas to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the nation's independence.
Registration is ongoing, and the official weigh-in will be conducted on July 12 between 6-8 p.m. at Mystical Fitness Gym.
Also this year, the federation will be re-introducing its hall of fame inductions. The Class of 2013 will feature nine new members, namely Jeremy Knowles, Della Thomas, Maxine Darville, the late Melanie Feaste, Amos Saunders, Dwight Palacious, Baldwin Darling, Henry Charlton and Sam Williams. In order to be eligible for hall of fame induction, former athletes must have been retired for at least five years.
"We wanted to do our hall of fame inductions in conjunction with the national championships so that the young athletes could mix and mingle with the legends," said Sumner.
"The inductions are going to be an actual event just like the professional leagues in the United States does. People will get to see the show, and also the hall of famers getting recognized at the same time. It is going to be a grand event."
Also expected to be honored that night are former Mr. World Kingsley Poitier, Michael Curtis, Dr. Norman Gay, Leo Mackey, Richard Demeritte, Paul Wong, Danny Sumner himself, Edison Deleveaux, the husband and wife team of Ray and Jenny Whylley, Bert Bell, Sherwin Major and Arthur Eldon, just to name a few.
Team members of the RBC FINCO, Palmdale Branch, recently donated a Dell desktop computer system to Columbus Primary School. The computer was handed over to the principal along with the head boy, head girl and deputy head girl during a ceremony on April 26, 2013 at the FINCO Palmdale Branch.
The system will be used by the school's literacy coordinator to assist with the school's intervention program. The intervention program is designed to support students with special learning needs so that they can progress academically without being completely separated from the mainstream educational system.
All funds for the purchase of the computer system were raised by the FINCO Palmdale Branch team. This recent donation builds upon the branch's efforts to make a difference in and contribute back to the local community. Earlier this year the branch made a cash donation and provided food and clothing to The Great Commission Ministries.
Jan Knowles, RBC manager, public relations and communications, congratulated the Palmdale team on the time and effort they allocate to initiatives that impact the community. "We are very proud of the staff of RBC FINCO Palmdale. They embody RBC's commitment to build stronger communities for a better future through sponsorships and volunteerism."
Marcus Hutcheson, branch manager, FINCO Palmdale Branch, explained: "As a branch, we are always trying to find ways in which we can positively impact the community.
"This initiative was truly an RBC FINCO Palmdale Branch team effort and to be involved in such a selfless act of giving provided a feeling of great satisfaction."
Roberts, principal, Columbus Primary School, thanked RBC FINCO Palmdale for their donation. "On behalf of the entire Columbus Primary family, I wish to thank RBC FINCO for their philanthropic support. Our staff and students are particularly grateful for the computer system which will serve us well," she exclaimed. "With responsive, responsible corporate citizens such as RBC, we are able to more effectively meet the demanding needs of the diverse student body of this fine institution."
The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) is only sending four persons to represent the country at one of the biggest junior meets in the region.
Andre Colebrooke, Tayla Carter, Ashley Oembler and Gerrard Burrows are scheduled to compete for The Bahamas at the Junior Pan American Championships, which will get underway today in Medellin, Colombia...
Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday crime is "smothering" the nation despite Prime Minister Perry Christie's repeated statements that his government will arrest the problem.
There have been five murders in the country since Saturday.
"He said he was going to smother crime," Minnis
said. "It looks like crime is coming to smother us."
He called on the government to re-establish the dedicated gun court which was established by the Ingraham administration.
"That no longer exists and gun cases are mixed with other cases which means that there can be delays," Minnis said.
"And the criminals know this, that their cases will not [be heard] in an expeditious manner."
He also urged the government to ensure greater restrictions are placed on people on bail for serious crimes.
Minnis suggested they be placed under house arrest.
He said something has to be done so that defendants are not committing new crimes while awaiting trial.
"That is an area that has to be dealt with and would resolve a lot of the issues that we face," he said. "That must be dealt with as quickly as possible."
Minnis said the government must enforce existing laws, create jobs and support social programs to lower crime.
During an open house and exhibition at the Government Printing Department on Old Trail Road on Friday, Christie said the government will dedicate more resources to law enforcement and social intervention programs.
"I am continuing to dedicate resources to the police force because I intend to smother, to smother and suffocate this bad behavior," he said.
"At the same time [I will] continue to dedicate resources to holistic programs of Urban Renewal where in the big sense of the word we are able to deal with kids in their environment as we find them.
"And the reason I have chosen to say this to you is because no matter what kind of speech we make...unless we are able to control the behavior of young people in this country, some of whom arrogate the right onto themselves to shoot and kill and rob with impunity, then we are not working in accordance with our Christian ethic and heritage."
Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade recently reported that all categories of violent crime with the exception of murder have trended downward up to March 19.
There have been several murders since Greenslade's statement.
A woman was shot and killed inside her Yellow Elder Gardens home yesterday morning.
Relatives identified her as Leoneise Jones, 24.
On Saturday, a man was stabbed to death outside a home at Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, at 3 p.m., police said.
Alexis Smith, 15, was shot to death outside a bar in Kings Subdivision, Eight Mile Rock, around 3:06 a.m. on Sunday, police said.
On Monday, police said two men were murdered on Grand Bahama.
Lenardo Pierre, 22, was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Adventurers Way around 1:45 a.m.
The second victim was shot and killed on Weddell Avenue shortly after 9 p.m., police said.