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This was the day that The Bahamas Track and Field Team was supposed to medal at the IAAF Daegu World Championships.
Donald & Trevor
Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry had made it to the final of the High Jump.
Based upon their performances they were ready.
In speaking with world record holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, if Donald could jump 2.34m he could win. After all, Donald won four years ago in Osaka.
At the start of the High Jump at 7:10 p.m. it was certainly an evening made for competition. It was the right wind and the right temperature.
The competition was sure to be great as Ivan Ukov of Russia had a personal best of 2.40m indoors, two had done 2.37m, one 2.36m, three 2.35m, 2.33m, one 2.32m, two 2.31m and one 2.29m. One of the 2.35m were owned by 2007 World Champion Donald Thomas and the 2.29m, the least of the PR's was owned by Trevor Barry, whose coach Keith Parker touted that he would jump 2.32m sometime this summer.
As it would happen, Donald Thomas was eliminated early. He cleared 2.20m and then failed to clear 2.25m.
Barry cleared 2.25m and decided to pass 2.29m, his personal best.
The bar was moved to 2.32m, a jump Barry had never done in competition. This was the height personal coach Keith Parker said Barry would clear sometime this summer.
At that point Barry was in the lead.
After several persons cleared 2.32m the bar was moved to 2.35m. Only Jesse Williams from the USA, and Russia's Aleksey Dmitrix cleared 2.35m.
After Barry missed all of his jumps at 2.35m all the Bahamians in the stadium had their eyes fixated on the High Jump. One by one the other contenders attempted to clear 2.35m. The last person to attempt that height was Mustaz Essa Barshim of Qatar. When he missed the Bahamians in the stadium erupted with joy. This was to be our first medal!
The Women's 200m
While the High Jump was being contested the Women's 200m semi-final was being held. That morning all three Bahaman runners made it to the semi-final. Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie had run 22.86sec for third place while Nivea Smith had run 23.09sec for fourth and Anthonique Strachan 23.20sec for fourth place to advance to the semi-final round.
Smith was the first to contend the semi-final. She ran in heat one and finished sixth with a 23.06sec after having run a slow start.
In Ferguson-Mckenzie's semi-final heat she ran 22.85sec for fourth place in heat two. Shalonda Solomon won in 22.66sec and Jamaica's Kerron Stewart finished second in 22.77sec.
Strachan ran 23.85sec for seventh place in heat three. This was one of the slowest times of 2011 for the Austin Sealy Award winner who turned eighteen in Daegu on August 22nd.
Ferguson-Mckenzie moved on to tomorrow's final. She won a bronze medal in this event in Berlin two years ago, a bronze in Athens in 2004, and a Gold in Edmonton in 2001.
She is thirty-five years of age.
Men's Long Jump
In the morning in the Men's Long Jump Raymond Higgs jumped 7.72m in the qualifying round. Only two men did that standard or better. One was Dwight Phillips, who jumped 8.32m and the next person Mitchell Watt jumped 8.15m.
Phillips from the USA is the 2004 Olympic Champion and three time World Champion.
Automatic qualifying required a jump of 8.15m (26'9"), which was Higgs' personal best. His 7.72m placed him in twenty -fourth place.
Men's 4x400m Relay
In the Men's 4x400m relay, Ramon Miller started, Avard Moncur ran second leg, Andrae Williams the third leg, and LaToy Williams anchored. The team was considered a natural to win a medal, definitely to reach the final.
Miller ran a solid leadoff leg, passing off to Moncur, the 2001 World Champion in a good position. Andrae was unable to retain that position, and LaToy lost further ground, placing The Bahamas in fourth in 3:01.54 behind Belgium, Great Britain, and Russia, and out of the semi-final.
The Bahamas finished second in the
2005 and 2007 World Championships and were disqualified in the 2009 Championships for a violation in the exchange zone.
At the Beijing Olympics The Bahamas won the Silver medal with Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams, Andretti Bain, and Chris Brown. Ramon Miller participated in the first round.
The National record for the event is 2:57.32 done in Helsinki by Moncur, Andrae Williams, Nathaniel McKinney, and Chris Brown. Troy McIntosh ran in the first round.
Although the day had its successes it was difficult to forget the performance of the men's 4x400m relay team. To put the successes in perspective, Golden Girl Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie made another 200m final.
More importantly Trevor Barry improved his personal best by three centimeters, from 2.29m to 2.32m. All of this happened while his personal coach Keith Parker was at home in bed in The Bahamas with Dengue Fever, and his coach on the team Ronald Cartwright was coaching at this level for his first time. Cartwright was so sick recently that he had to be approved by the BAAA physician to travel.
The tradition of Team Bahamas winning a medal in all World Championships since 1995 in Gothenburg continued.
Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie participates in the final of the women's 200m tomorrow (Friday), Michael Mathieu participates in the first round of the men's 200m tomorrow (Friday), Triple jumper Leevan Sands participates in the qualification round on Friday, and the women's 4x100m is run on the final day, Sunday.
Several other competitions raised the eyebrows of the fans in Daegu Stadium.
USA's LaShinda Demus ran 52.47sec for the women's 400m hurdles, the third best time in history. Melaine Walker of Jamaica, the Beijing Olympic Champion has the second best time in history of 52.42sec. Walker finished in second place with a 52.73sec clocking.
In the Women's Triple Yargeris Savigne has been one of the best in recent times, winning two consecutive World Championships titles.
The Cuban's photo was on the front of the Daily Programme, and true to form she lost. Colombia's Catherine Ibarguen won the bronze medal with a jump of 14.84m, moving the South American's medal total to two.
Savigne finished with a jump of 14.43m after Mable Gay, her teammate who finished in fourth in 14.43m, and Brit Yamile' Adama who jumped 14.50m for fifth. Adama has jumped for Cuba, her native land, Great Britain, Sudan, and now is back with Great Britain again.
No USA Medalists
In the Men's 400m hurdles Brit David Green captured the event with a clocking of 48.26sec. Javier Culson from Puerto Rico won his country's second medal ever in the World's or Olympic Games when he finished second in 48.44sec.
South Africa's L.J. Van Zyl placed third in 48.80sec. Athens Olympic champion Sanchez finished fourth in 48.87.
This was an unusual competition since both Americans in the race, Angelo Taylor, who won both 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games did not medal, finishing in 49.24sec and 49.31sec, respectively.
There was one last image of the Berlin World Championships when 800m World Champion Caster Semenya of South Africa ran in a semi-final of the 800m. She finished second in 2:01.01.
We look forward to all the action in Daegu tomorrow.
Seoul, North Korea
September 1st, 2011
Daegu, South Korea
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations
It is so wonderful to be with you on this special occasion and I am pleased to be accompanied by my wife Delores, a public school senior high school Principal who is making her very first visit to Crooked Island.
Funeral Service for the late Mother Berenus Loretta Cargill affectionately called "Titta and T.D" age 76 years of Mastic Point, Andros will be held on Sunday May 20th, 2012 at 10:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros. Officiating will be Bishop Philemon Wilson D.D. J.P. assisted by Bishop John Humes, Bishop Lewis Adderley, Elder Breacham Brennen and other ministers. Interment will follow in South Mastic Point Cemetery, Mastic Point, Andros.
Cherished memories will forever and always linger in the hearts of those she left behind, namely her devoted husband: Pastor Prince Cargill; daughter: Evang. Valderine Burrows; sons: Tommy, Danny, Pastor Lynden Cargill and Pastor Manix Cargill; Son-in-law: Wilfred Burrows; Daughter-in-law: Min. Bernadette Cargill; Adopted daughters: Vernamae Knowles; Phyllis Bain; Lavern Moxey; Cathy Martin; Helen Smith; Gwen Penigan; Loretta Farrington, Marie Adderley; Adopted Sons: Bishop Mark Knowles; Lorenzo Harris, Steve Hanna; Grand children: Sinatra, Lenthius, Valdez, Cordero, Laval, Lenora and Amanda Burrows, Cornelius and Carrington Thompson, Nickoya, Torry, Toran, Lynden Jr., Tameiko, and Jeremiah Cargill; Great grand children: Jada Burrows, Kyle Thompson; Sisters: Idell Reckley, Marionetta Smith, Doretta Jackson (California), and Ruthmae Francis; Brothers: Cardinal, Jonathan, Charlie and Bradley Fowler; Sister-in- laws: Karen, Linda, Bridgette, Beulahmae Fowler, Julia Hanna, Perlene Russell, Catherine Minnus, Gina Newton, Esther Cargill; Brother-in-laws: Edwin Francis, John Cargill; Aunt: Maria Martin; Numerous nieces and nephews including Derek Oliver, Angela Bowen, Dennis Smith, Meredith Miller, Lisa Bonaby, Vander Williams, Bridgette Beneby, Leading Seaman Dwayne McGregor, Edwin Jr. Stacy , Odesa Francis, Robertha Stuart, Paula Josey, Diann, Stacy Hanna, Michelle McGregor, Nadia and Marlin Turner, Sharmaine Evans, Darilyn Grant, Mevatta Cox, Carla, Lashanta and Berkley Fowler, Sophia Russell, Samantha Smith, Delareese Smith-Styles; Other relatives and friends including: Althea Sands, Isolene Rolle, Vernita Russell and family, Edgburt Tinker, Melsine Dorsett and family, Mary Rolle and family, Leanza Hanna, Ivy Ferguson and family, Diana Beneby and family, Ellen Bowleg and family, Pastor Max Roberts and family, Bishop Lewis Adderley and family, Pastor Samuel Fowler and family, Pastor Carl Oliver and family, Pastor Reginald Ferguson and family, Pastor Phillip Campbell and family, Carlton Bowleg and family, Lenard Newton and family, Agatha Cleare and family, Bertha Burrows and family, Uris Dames and family, Sis. Bodie and family, Ms. Turnquest and family, Micheal Finley and family, the Bodie family, Dorrell Higgs and family, Basil Martin and family, Deacon Alvin Burrows and family, Pastor Catherine Burrows and the Outreach Evangelic Church family, Pastor Romer and Ebenezar Church family, Roselda Woodside and family, Pastor Harold Mackey and family, Ms. McDonald and family, Derek & Iguline Oliver and family, Maude Romer and family, Mavis Gaitor and family, Pastor George Colebrooke and family, Deliverance Tabernacle family, the Prayer Band family, the Church of God family, the Colebrooke family, Bowleg family, Dr. Philip Campbell and family, Joyce Fowler and family, Bishop Charles Dean and family, Pastor Dorinda Dean and M.R.I Church family, Pearlene Simmons and family, the Ministry of Works family and many more too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the Halcyon Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads, on Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and again on Friday at Small Hope Church of God, Central Andros from 6:00pm to 12:00am, Saturday at Mastic Point Church of God, North Andros from 12noon to 12:00am and Sunday at 8:30am at Cathedral of Olive, Morgan Bluff Drive, Andros until service time.
A 33-year-old man was charged Wednesday with murdering a woman with whom he allegedly had a relationship and the attempted murder of her male friend.
Oman Ferguson, of Munnings Drive, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on allegations that he killed Tracey Rolle and attempted to murder Renardo Moncur on January 12.
The government will offer salary advances to public servants to facilitate the purchase of ordinary shares in the Arawak Cay Port Development Company (APD), Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced yesterday.
"This is a once in a lifetime deal," Ingraham said during a press conference at his West Bay Street office.
"I want very particularly to address some remarks to civil servants and other employees of government-owned agencies and corporations - ZNS, BEC, the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Bahamasair and (the Ministry of) Tourism. Today the government is creating an investment opportunity for employees of the government, by salary advance, to facilitate public servants to become owners of shares in the port company.
"Government employees will be able to purchase shares in APD by way of salary advance repayable to the
Treasury by salary deduction over a period of up to 12 months," Ingraham added.
The maximum number of shares which may be purchased using the government salary advance facility will be 500, which will total $5,000.
There are one million shares available at a cost of $10 per share. At the end of the exercise the Arawak Cay Port Development Holdings Company will own 40 percent of the shares, the government will own 40 percent and the public will own 20 percent.
The public sharing exercise will come to an end at 5 p.m. on January 31.
Ownership in the port can be attained for as little as $500, with a minimum purchase of 50 shares, and in increments of 25 shares thereafter. Applications are available at any Colina Insurance office, CFAL, or Bank of The Bahamas. They are also available online at www.nassaucontainerport.com.
And while the government is making the offer to public servants, all Bahamians can apply to purchase shares. Ingraham said the government is seeking to increase Bahamian ownership in shipping in the country.
"As you will be aware, the ownership of cargo ports in New Providence has been controlled for many years by a small number of families including the Kellys, the Symonettes, the Farringtons and the Bethels. It proved to be a very profitable business for those families. Now we seek to make it profitable for a wider cross section of our population.
"To this end my government entered into a public/private joint venture with APD to provide for the construction, management and operation of the new port at Arawak Cay," the prime minister said.
Ingraham encouraged members of the public to purchase shares.
"The shares are a good investment. I highly recommend them for purchase by all Bahamians with the ability to purchase them. Ownership of shares in the port will make more Bahamians owners of a bigger portion of the Bahamian economy. And it will cause thousands of Bahamians to share in what the owners of shipping operations on Bay Street enjoyed for generations," he continued.
Ingraham also advised Bahamians against selling their shares for higher profits. He said some people will attempt to buy shares second hand. However, the prime minister said Bahamians should purchase the shares and keep them in their family forever.
"It's a long-term investment," he added.
The application process began last month. APD Executive Director Mike Maura Jr. said 80 percent of the available shares have already been applied for. However, he said APD is using a bottoms up process which will ensure that all applicants get the minimum amount of shares.
CFAL President Anthony Ferguson explained that the first 50 shares of each applicant will be honoured first. He revealed that some people have subscribed for up to 100,000 shares.
"They will not be in a position to dominate the offering because all of the smaller subscriptions will be filled in the first instance," he said.
Ferguson, whose company has contracted along with Providence Advisors to act as joint placement agents for the public offering, said up to 20,000 stand to benefit from the share offering.
"Hopefully at the end of the day we can have 10,000 new Bahamians participating in our capital markets," he said.
The port is currently under construction. Maura said it is expected to be complete by March.
The 40-acre development will be the new home for local shipping companies such as Betty K and Tropical Shipping, that transport and store international freight.
The port relocation is expected to ease heavy Bay Street container traffic and allow shipping companies to operate from one location at the mouth of Nassau Harbour.
Public officers and other government employees will be required to make their applications for the salary advance by hand to the financial secretary in the Ministry of Finance, at P.O. Box N 3017, at the Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre on West Bay Street, or electronically via FinancialSecretary@Bahamas.gov.bs. Applications should be turned in by January 24.
Funeral Service for the Late Evelyn Mercianna Rodgers, 80 years of #12 Ocean Street, Golden Gates #1 and formerly of Deep Creek, South Andros will be held on Saturday May 19th, 11:00 a.m. at Golden Gates Native Baptist Church, Lobster Avenue, Golden Gates #1. Rev. Dr. Alonzo A. Hinzey assisted by Rev. Leonard Miller and Other Ministers of the Religion will officiate. Interment will follow in S. Mark's Cemetery, Romer Street, Fox Hill.Daughters: Nurse Cleomie Collymore, Assistant Superintendent of Prisons Bernardette Thompson-Murray, Kathy Thompson-Green of Springfield Missouri, USA
Adopted Daughter: Christine Thompson-Bailey
Sons: Christopher Thompson & Capt. Kim Thompson
Grandchildren: Lakito Rodgers, PC 2775 Jermicko Collymore, Kimberly, Demetrius, Tanganique, Danielle, Chantal & Aaliyah Thompson, Duane, Jr. & Daryn Murray, Ron Bethel, Antonio, Jr. & Anthony Green & Crystal Thompson -Bailey.
Sisters: (Twin) Mae Ellen Pratt, Eliza Miller, Maria Sweeting & Ruth Duncombe
Sister-in-law: Ruthnell Rodgers of Freeport, GrandBahama
Sons-in-law: Kemuel Duane Murray & Antonio Green
Granddaughter-in-law: Leslia Collymore & Ruthnell Bethel
Great-Grand Children: Jermicko Jr., Jamori & Christian Collymore, Renay & Robbin Bethel
Nephews: Roger, Charles & Derek Laing, Assistant Commissioner Police Glen, Ambrose, Luther & Cedric Miller, Stephen, Dave & Daniel Pratt, Frederick, Sgt. 1574 Andrew, Cpl. 818 Wayne, Daniel (Tony), David & Deon Rodgers, Douglas Duncombe, Glen Minus, Derek Higgs, Floyd Fernander, Paul Rahming, Cleveland Williams, Brian Johnson & Emmanuel Pelicanos.
Nieces: Elaine, Katherine & Margaurite Rodgers, Kathleen Fernander, Janet Cooper, Joycelyn Minus, Jacqueline Higgs, Carolyn Poiter, Euthalie Miller, Laverne Pinder, Lynette Farrington , Sandra Rahming, Denise, Cheryl, Kimberley & Michelle Pratt, Elva Sands, Zelva Johnson, Dianne Pelicanos, Donna & Stacy Rodgers, Miriam & Arabella Duncombe, Principal Nursing Officer Valarie, Dornell, Viola & Nathalie Miller, Portia & Melinda Laing.
Numerous Grand & Great Grand Nephews & Nieces.
Other Relatives & Friends including: Rev's Alonzo & Jessie Hinzey & Family, Mr. Frederick Murray & Family, Rev. Dr. Gloria Ferguson & Family, Dr. Elliston Rahming & Staff of Her Majesty's Prisons, Chaplain Leonard Clarke & Family, (Labora Dames), Catherine Johnson, Evangelist Colamae Collymore & Family. Her Medical Team of Dr's. Isaacs, Farquharson, Minnis, The Honorable Shane Gibson & Family, The caring Staff of Female Surgical 1 & II & The Children's Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Bain & Family, Ismae Rahming & Family, Enamae Wright & Family, Mrs. Eureka Coleby & Family, Verona Bastian & Family, Mrs. Althea Sands & Family, The Fire Branch Services of Royal Bahamas Police Force Freeport GrandBahama, A. F. Adderley Junior High Family especially the Religion Department, John Curtis, Rev'd Dr. Gloria Ferguson & Family, Mr. & Mrs. Theophilus Rolle, Hannah Johnson, Andrea Moss, The entire families of Ocean St. Golden Gates 1, Golden Gates Native Baptist Church Family and others too numerous to mention.Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the Church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
With the country's cultural affairs lumped together with sports and youth in one government ministry, it's often difficult for the person who takes charge of this ministry to consider every single concern of the cultural community during their tenure.
Yet that is exactly what former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard did in just a few short years in this position.
Maynard's death earlier this week is a shocking tragedy to the artistic and cultural community in The Bahamas because he was the greatest friend we had in the House of Parliament. Sentiments echoed by the artistic community as the news spread of his passing reflected their deep appreciation for the man who stood for a nation made of more than just sun, sand and sea, and strove - oftentimes unsuccessfully - to help others see that too.
"He really understood where we were coming from as a cultural community," said former Director of Cultural Affairs Nicolette Bethel. "He believed in many of the same things we believed in."
"I have deep respect for him because he understood the principle of culture as being more than just entertainment and diversion," she continued. "As a businessman, he really got the idea of culture as a part of the economic fabric of a country. Maybe that made him ahead of his time because I think he found his colleagues were far more traditional and conservative in their understanding of culture."
Indeed throughout his tenure, the one project Maynard persistently returned to was to host the Caribbean Festival of Arts (Carifesta) in The Bahamas as he believed it would successfully place the unique art and culture of our nation in the regional and global spotlight.
But as Bethel points out, often Maynard's job was more of a delicate balancing act between two communities divided over what was important to a build a nation, and for that reason Carifesta 2010 could not be hosted by The Bahamas, despite Maynard's persistence.
"He once told me, when he was fighting the battle for Carifesta, that he was told he had to make a choice - either he's a cultural activist or a member of Parliament," said Bethel. "In my experience, his colleagues in particular didn't really respect culture the way he did. I didn't see the enthusiasm in his personal lives, whereas I saw it in Charles."
Despite taking criticism from all sides - as his colleagues chided him for siding with artists and the artists took out their frustrations of the government's short-sightedness on him - Maynard continued to do what he could to help the artistic community realize its potential.
As a result of the Carifesta cancellation in 2010, a group of artists and cultural activists decided to host their own arts festival in Nassau, called Carifringe. It successfully celebrated a range of art forms in The Bahamas and could not have occurred without the support from Maynard, says Carifringe creator and coordinator Jon Murray.
The former minister not only helped them secure funding, but also attended their press conferences and showed his support in any way that he could, finding the experience the perfect exchange between the artistic community and the government.
"I felt he understood how our exchange should work," said Murray. "He knew it was not their place as administrators and facilitators to dictate what is going on in the art community - he needed a collection of artists to come together to say what they want and then the civil servants can facilitate these things."
"He never had desire to have control. He got it - he knew politicians were politicians and that cultural people need to be in control of their own work and there needed to be a synonymous relationship between the two," he continued.
"One of the criticisms of Carifesta was that it was completely government-run and funded so artists wouldn't have control of their work because the government would decide what was appropriate or not. He recognized it shouldn't be like that, which was a great thing."
Indeed, Maynard worked hard to define the balance and create boundaries between cultural and political groups, effectively navigating and for the most part dispelling decades-old resentment and tension between the two with no complaint.
Maynard made particular strides in this regard in the Junkanoo community, which engaged in years of dispute with government decisions regarding their parade. Despite the formation of the Junkanoo Corporation of New Providence in 2004 to allow Junkanoo community leaders to be responsible for their own affairs, tension and difficulties still lingered, and it was Maynard who worked with the group to create a written agreement between the JCNP and the government outlining their separate responsibilities.
"It has made life easier because all of our roles are defined," said Chairman of the JCNP Silbert Ferguson. "One of the points is that everyone is responsible for their own bills - responsible for raising our own funds and making sure the parade works properly. Charles was very instrumental, when we took on corporate sponsorship last year, in helping us to not 'give away the house' and not get anything for it."
Ferguson credits Maynard with his ability to truly listen as a talented problem-solver - where he saw difficulties, he presented solutions and opportunities to expand. Not once, says Ferguson, did he ever feel Maynard making a choice in self-interest - despite his own Junkanoo affiliations as a Saxons Superstar.
"Charles has been a very good friend even as he organized the parades downtown," said Ferguson. "I always asked him on Junkanoo nights if he was going to dance when his group, the Saxons, came in."
"He said he couldn't dance; so I said, listen here, everybody knows you're a Saxon, so just go have a good time. That was something we laughed about. The groups accepted that because they knew he was fair. That's how we were. We were creating that important bond where we separate the competition from the way we live."
Indeed, as Leader of the Saxons Superstars and National Coordinator for Junior Junkanoo Percy 'Vola' Francis points out, Maynard had the rare foresight in a minister to put in place policies and make decisions that would live far beyond their tenure.
"In my experience, every new government that comes in would come in with a different outlook on something - they want to do things their way," said Francis. "But I always believed that rather than reinventing the wheel, let us set standard policies so that it doesn't mater who the government is - the policies will still remain what they are instead of dissolving something and starting again."
"It's like a tree growing really nicely, and then you cut it down and plant another tree. Charles believed in standardizing certain policies that would remain."
Francis says Maynard had big plans for the cultural community of The Bahamas now that the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium had finally been completed. In fact, he was turning his attention to the long-forgotten National Center for the Performing Arts before the May election results. However, there is no reason why his cultural legacy cannot still live on in the new stadium.
"You saw the London Olympics performances and what they did in their stadium - just because the new stadium is a sports venue doesn't mean it cannot be a cultural venue," said Francis. "Why build a big white elephant that will just be sitting there waiting for sports events when there are a variety of different cultural events we could have right in there that would be suitable?"
"I think that was also part of his dream - to see something like that happen. He tried really hard to make his ministry 'one' ministry - youth, sports and culture, never one over the other. That's a big job. That's the trinity."
Though Maynard's work as minister of youth, sports and culture would be over in barley three years with this year's election results, he was looking forward to being a big part of the cultural community in his personal life again, says Francis.
Despite Maynard's efforts to attend as many cultural events and happenings as possible, his greatest love remained Junkanoo. Francis credits former Chairman of the National Junkanoo Committee and founding member of the Saxons Phil Cooper for instilling in a young Maynard the value of Junkanoo to Bahamian society.
"He's an integral part of the Saxons and he spoke so much, after the results of the last election, about getting back into the line-up of the rush again," said Francis. "Every Junkanooer he spoke with recently, he emphasized his desire to come back. I think his last rush with us was during independence and I spotted him and he seemed so happy, so relieved and so very excited about Junkanoo."
Francis credits Maynard with being the first minister in his position to make an effort to support every cultural event - during Junior Junkanoo parades, even those on the out-islands, Maynard could be seen giving his support to young Junkanoo enthusiasts and cultivating in them a pride in their Bahamian cultural heritage.
"It was so prestigious to actually have a minister accompany us to these islands, and he became an integral part of this growth and relationship we were forming," said Francis. "The people on the islands appreciated the fact that we had a minister who took time out and attended these parades, and he was that kind of guy - very jovial, very down-to-earth, very compassionate and passionate about his job. He loved what he did and he had fun doing it."
"Sometimes with him, when you went to the Junior Parades and one big sweet piece of music kick up, he gone," added Francis. "He's doing the shuffle, the slide. Sometimes too if we were just passing through and band was playing, he would tell me he had the urge to sing, and he would go and grab the microphone and sing. He had passion."
Maynard's passion and commitment to arts was as infectious as the Junkanoo rumble that moved his feet - through his unwavering support and often thankless balancing act, he managed not only to get artists on his side but also show everyone who he came into contact with a vision for a better Bahamas, no matter what affiliations you had. We can only hope this vision will be carried on by those now in a position to do so. He will be truly missed as our advocate and friend.
Police were looking for two men who shot and killed 21-year-old Cordero Ferguson as he stood outside a home in Peardale, off Wulff Road, on Thursday night.
Ferguson was killed around 9:15 p.m., police said.
"He ran through this track road from Union Village into the Peardale area where he continued being pursued by [suspects] and they continued discharging shots at him," said Superintendent Paul Rolle at the crime scene. "He eventually collapsed."
Ferguson was taken to hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries, police said.
Police yesterday asked anyone with information on the shooting to contact them at 911 or 919.
Rolle said police did not know what motivated the attack.
Ferguson's murder was the 32nd in the country for the year.
In other crime news, police reported that they confiscated a quantity of suspected marijuana from an abandoned building in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera, on Thursday.
Officers were acting on information when they went to the building at Lord and Park Streets around 11:17 a.m. and found the drugs.
No one was arrested.
In an unrelated matter, a 30-year-old man of East Street was arrested after police allegedly found him with an imitation firearm and suspected marijuana.
Central division officers arrested the man before noon on Thursday.
Police said the officers were acting on information which led them to search a mechanic garage where they made the discovery.
Long before the checkered flag is waved and some of the world's fastest, hottest cars blur past, Bahamas Speed Week's economic impact is gearing up with nearly a dozen local businesses being fueled by event-related contracts for everything from catering to bleachers, sanitation to logistics.
Funeral Service for the Late Rosemary Barr Rodgers-Kerr, 74 years of Sands Addition, off Bernard Road will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 11:00 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. James Road. Pastor Leroy N. Nottage assisted by other Ministers of Religion will officiate. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by her Husband- Sidney Kenneth Kerr; Daughters - Janice Rodgers, Kim Kerr of Atlanta, Georgia, and Susanne Fraser; Sons - Kenwood, Glenroy, Sherwin, Justin, and Devon Kerr; Granddaughter - Sydnee Kerr; Grandsons - Kamron, Kito, Kohen and Ian Kerr, Amaras and Myles Fraser; Sisters - Dr. Enderly Bush, Boca Raton, Florida Villamae McKenzie Barretarre, Exuma, Patricia Cartwright, Linda Roker, Michelle Clarke, Marva Cleare, Monique Sweeting, Marcia Neymour; Brothers - Basil "BJ" Smith , George E. Rodgers of Nassau and Charles Rodgers, of Miami Florida; Aunts - Dot and Gertrude Rodgers, Leah Moss, Evelyn Hepburn, Anita Wilson (Bluff, Cat Island), Miriam Simmons, Minerva Rolle (Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island), Emerald Johnson and Carrie Cooper; Uncle: Joel Moss; Adopted daughters - Lillian Newbold, Nakia Kerr, Denise Burrows, Nicole Walker; Adopted granddaughters: Shantell Fawkes, Cookie Walkes, Taj, Marvia, Devontae, Gavonne, Najah, Devonique Kerr; Adopted Grandsons: Neko Duncombe, Naimman Butler; Adopted Sisters - Dorothy Clarke, Helen Johnson, Hanna Johnson , Patricia Bethel, Joanne Moss, Princess Adderley; Adopted Brothers - Lawrence Ash, Cresell Clarke; Sisters -in -law - Carolyn, Leona, Barbara Rodgers of Nassau, and Tawana Rodgers of Florida; Brothers -in-law -Wendell McKenzie of Barretarre Exuma, Captain Neville Taylor, Thomas Dorsett of Hallandale Florida, Rev. Hartman Brown; Daughters in law: Ingrid Kerr, Emma Jane, Sophia Kerr; Son in law - Marcus Fraser; Nieces- Rose Richards, Lissandra, Mellissa, Francine, Monique and Coramae Taylor, Patrice Drake, Nina, Cherry, Denise Dorsette, Sandra, Deidre, Jayannne , Kelly, and Keisha Rodgers, Janice Rodgers - Bowleg of New Jersey, Crystal Hicks of Vancouver, Anishca Strachan, Canada, Essiemae Missick, Cynthia and Dee McKenzie, Jane, Sheena, Nychohie, and Basily Smith of Miami, Portia, Dominic, Teka and Lisa Smith of Nassau, Cheryl Brown, Brigeanne, and Linda Clarke, Marcia, Angie, Keva of Nassau, and Dr. Lisa Richards of New York, Heslyn and Sandra Mackey, Debbie Harris - Dorsett, Dr. Lejia Strachan-Gonzales; Nephews: Anthony, Don, Mark, Patrick, Howard, Bernard Dorsett of Hallandale Florida, Charles, Neville "Big John", Whitney "Suck" , Jeffery, Warren and Darren Taylor, Kermit "KC" Strachan, Kevin Cumberbatch of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Vincent "Red", Rodney, and Earle McKenzie, Billy and Stephen Cartwright, Junior and Mark Rodgers of Atlanta, Gregory Rodgers of Kansas, Albert and Darren Rodgers of Miami Florida, Dwayne, Darren, Sean Rodgers, Jason and Edmond Rodgers, Patrick and Daryl Rolle, Noel Brown, Michael, Gary, and Devon Clarke, Marvin Mackey, Wilton Richards and Derek Farrington, KC Strachan Jr., Vincent Harris; Cousins- Leo, Sidney, Terrance, Don, Michael, Roy, George, Leo, Charles, Audley and Bernard Rodgers, Jackie, Ginger, Gina, Jillian Rodgers, Jefford and Jane Musgrove, Alvina Johnson of Hollywood Florida, Alfred, Donnie, Estelle and Edwin Barr of Florida, Phyllis and Romeo Thompson, Alrick, Marlin, Leslie, Quincy Johnson of Hollywood Florida, Leslie Smith of Atlanta, Phyllis, Edward, Lean, and Lettice Clarke, Maryanne Clarke,Hansel Strachan, (Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island), Junior and Dean Wilson, Roderick, Kenneth, Berkeley, Philip Rolle, Gary Cooper, Prince and John, Broomfield Clewiston , Florida, Catherine Cooper, Agatha Marcell, , Helen Johnson, Martharine and Ruthmae (Hamburg, Germany) Gloria Cooper -Smith, Janet Broomfield-Taylor, Clewiston, Florida, Agnes Wilson, Evelyn Wilson of Abaco, Terry Thompson, Anthony Finlayson and Thelma Thompson; Adopted Children and Families: Glen Harding, Father Kari Marcel, Doris, Cruz, Nicky, Shelly and Tonya Farah, Dario and Simon Rolle, Clarice Sandi, Alice Lowe, Timothy and Aisha Fitzgerald, Stanley Hall, Patrick, Wesley and Perez Donald, Elaine Sonia, Patrice and Desiree Thompson, Humes, Curtis, Campbell and Pople, Pinder, and Davis families of Sands Addition, Eric Carey, Stuart Bowe, Dewey Taylor, Trevor Burgzog, Stephen Thompson, Stephen Fountain, Anthony Ferguson, Micheal Angelo Burrows, Derek Bede Sands, Dennis Deal, Clarice Hanna-Cooper, Kelly Ingraham - Knowles, Pandora Berkley- Glasford of Bermuda, Guilden Gilbert, Dwayne " The Pearl" Provo of Toronto, Sean and Neil Musgrove, Eric "Furley" Adderley, The Pros Football Club, Leroy, Joe, George and Marlin Major, Delores Ward, Bishop Lestor Cox, Burton Sands; Other relatives and Friends: residences of Rolletown, The Hermitage, Stuart manor Exuma, the Rolle, Bodie's, Clarkes, Marshalls, Musgroves, Brice, Fergusons, Stirrups, Barr, Humes, Sears families of Exuma. McDonalds, Thurston, Strachan, Wilson, Rolle, Kerr, Bannister, Newbold, Campbell, and Hepburn families of Cat Island, Duncombe and Rodgers families of Kemps Bay Andros, Cooper Family of Farrington Road , Kerr Family of Clewiston Florida, Prince and Pat Kerr & family, Gus Outten & family, Anne Curtis and Hazel Moore of Freeport Grand Bahama, Rev. Dr. Charles Sanders & family, Millicent Ferguson, Komal "Koey" Smith, Les Knowles, Freetown Lane families Sands Addition neighbors, Madalyn and David Barr & family, Angela Tynes & family, Ronald and Constance Seymour & family, Daniel Boone Ross, and Scott Shields, Natalie Rolle and Judy Smith, Shirley, Sally, Ricky, Peter Fox, Dockside Warehouse Staff - Mrs. Bain, Sands, Ferguson, Delancey, Grant, Williams, and Cheryl.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, $44 Nassau Street on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.