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LONDON, England - If South Africa wins a medal in the men's 4x400-meter (m) final tonight, it could potentially create a serious uproar at these 30th Olympic Games.
According to reports, the South Africans were re-instated into the relay and allowed to run the final after it was ruled that their second leg runner, Ofentse Mogawane, was tripped by the Kenyan runner in the heats. Kenya was taken out of contention, and South Africa didn't even finish the race. This immediately raised the question as to why the South Africans should be allowed to run in the final, if they didn't complete the race.
Mogawane was injured in the collision, suffering a dislocated shoulder, and had to be helped off the track. 'The Blade Runner', Oscar Pistorius, was set to run the third leg for South Africa and will undoubtedly run in the final tonight, fuelling speculation that the team was only re-instated because of the marketability of the no-legged star, and the global attention he attracts. Pistorius is a media darling wherever he goes, quite frankly because of his ability to compete at this level. He is the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics.
"The ruling is certainly unusual," said Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) Secretary General Romell 'Fish' Knowles. "I think that it certainly puts the other teams at a competitive disadvantage going into the final, but it's a decision that we will have to live with, and just wait and see what happens."
Knowles said that he's unsure if The Bahamas can again protest the decision that was handed down, but added that is something that they will certainly explore.
"I think that it is a decision that has to be protested now, but I'm sure that the coaching staff and the Chef de Mission will review the decision that was made," he said. "To get a pass to the final begs the question of what would have happened if the shoe was on the other foot. Would we have been so fortunate if that was us?"
As for 'The Blade Runner', he was given the name because of his iron prosthetic legs. He will apparently run the third leg for the South Africans in the final tonight. They will run out of lane one.
There are some runners who are of the opinion that double amputee Pistorius shouldn't be running with athletes who are not disabled, because it could create an unfair advantage in either direction. For instance, they say, it could be looked at that he is able to accomplish something with no legs that most can't do with two, because of hard work and dedication; but at the same time, he is immune to injuries related to the Achilles and foot, unlike able-bodied athletes. Be that as it may, after a successful protest, Pistorius and South Africa will run in the final tonight.
After the decision was handed down, Pistorius tweeted: 'It's on. We're in the final.'
According to the protest committee, Kenya was disqualified when the official ruled that the Kenyan runner, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, cut across too soon and caused Mogawane's fall.
Only the top three finishers from each semi-final heat and the next two fastest finishers were initially entitled to run in the final. The Bahamas finished as the top qualifier in its fourth fastest time ever, 2:58.87; the United States matched that time to also automatically qualify, and the other finalists are Trinidad & Tobago, Great Britain, Cuba, Belgium, Russia and Poland.
In one of his final sermons, "The Drum Major Instinct", the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "There is deep down within all of us an instinct. It's a kind of drum major instinct -- a desire to be out in front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first."
Los Angeles, Calif.
grows up knowing of Sidney Poitier.
knows the greatness of the man, achieved over an extraordinary lifetime.
and Bahamians can agree: Sidney Poitier is one of a kind.
Cat Island is
a beautiful, hilly island in the central Bahamas. I have the honour to
represent Cat Island in our National Parliament. His Excellency, Sir Sidney
Poitier grew up on Cat Island working on a farm -- fishing and swimming in
clear calm waters while attending school.
later moved to Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, and then to the United
States, as a Cat Islander...
Prescott Smith takes visitors to sports fish in the waters of The
Bahamas - as he's done over the last few decades - he sees
what many others might take for granted, the natural wealth of our
ecological and marine resources. But he also sees the threats posed by
unsuitable development models, overfishing and poaching.
aren't going to tell you that you have a gold
mine, until they're in control of it," he told administrators at The
College of The Bahamas recently in a presentation on The Economic
Potential of Sports Fishing in The Bahamas. He added that there are real
threats with the potential to permanently...
Bahama Island - Lucaya International School is proud to announce its
annual favorite fundraiser, the
Fishing Fling Tournament on May 27th.
Fishing can begin at 6:00am, weigh-in from 6:30-8:30pm, followed by a
celebration of the day's catches at our Splash Bash! Come to fish,
party, or both! The festivities will take place at the GB Sailing Club,
and will include a cash bar, dinner and dancing. Bring your party shoes
along with your rod and reel!
This year we are thrilled to
announce Jamie Rose, of OBS Marine Ltd. as our Tournament Director. In
addition to a grand cash prize, winners will have a chance to win
merchandise prizes from OBS...
GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, Bahamas -
Aug. 23, 2012 - Grand Lucayan resort
Freeport News have launched a photo
contest, which allows island residents to win weekly prizes just by snapping an
image of their favorite spots and people on Grand Bahama Island. Through Oct.
10, 2012 residents can submit an image of their choice taken on Grand Bahama to
be entered for weekly consideration in
Freeport News' "Best Local Grand Bahama" photo contest.
Additionally, by submitting an image, one is entered automatically for the
"Best Grand Bahama Island" photo of 2012.
Island residents can enter the
contest as many times as desired and are encouraged to send in images of a
favorite activity, beach, friend preparing a Conch salad, a day at Lucayan
National Park, fishing adventure and more. Prizes for the weekly winners...Island residents eligible to win weekly prizes!
Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40 is? Don't lie and don't cheat. WD-40. Who knew; I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup. I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason). I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news. He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do.... probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Experience the difference at Flying Fish!
With unmatched service and attention to detail. A blend of traditional
& modernist cuisine techniques not used anywhere else in the
Flying Fish Restaurant is pleased to introduce our Prix Fixe (3-course) Menu which features
your choice of a tantalizing
appetizer, a sumptuous main course item, and a delectable dessert.
Enclosed are our
Dinner, Lunch, and
Brunch Menus for your perusal...
Freeport, Bahamas - Attention Champagne Lovers! October 28th is
International Champagne Day
- a global celebration and as good a reason as any to drink some
bubbly! Champagne and Flying Fish Modern Seafood is taking part in the
celebrate Champagne Day in style at
Flying Fish Modern Seafood all weekend long (
Thursday, October 25 through
Sunday, October 28)
as our chef's offer you a 5-course Tasting Menu sure to be 'champagne
Dr. Hubert A. Minnis (FNM-Killarney), the now de jure leader of the Free National Movement, has nothing to be ashamed of as a result of his party's defeat in the recently concluded by-election in North Abaco.
He and the majority of his team ran an excellent campaign but they were fatally hampered by the unpopularity of the former incumbent, the clownish performance of the "wooden" candidate and, of course, they were absolutely no match for the well-oiled political machinery of the Progressive Liberal Party, led by National Chairman Bradley Roberts.
The good doctor was totally correct in disavowing any blame for the debacle in North Abaco which, in my opinion, was set in place by Hubert "No More" Ingraham. To start with, the candidate was shoved down the gullet of the FNM by that character, in my view.
Secondly, the candidate was the worst candidate ever to be offered by a major political party in recent memory. Thirdly, the former leader should never have been allowed to appear on any platform in support of the candidate. Ingraham, God bless his soul, did some great stuff in his first two terms in office. His antics and delusions, politically, in 2011, however, may have forever tarnished his now tattered legacy, such as it might be.
The defeat in North Abaco was inevitable when the candidate made his questionable declaration and it was sealed when he refused or failed to respond to invitations from the media, especially Real Talk Live. He appeared to be "clownish" and massively "confused" about simple things and events.
The fact that he was able to garner over 1,000 votes is a credit to the hard work done by Dr. Minnis and his team, despite the daunting odds. The leader of the FNM must now move swiftly to jettison detractors and backstabbers from the inner sanctum of his party. Those who cannot fish or cut bait, must now get the hell out of the front seat of the boat. The Riot Act 2012 must now be read to all who call themselves FNMs.
In any organization, leadership is vital and must come from the top. Immediately, an official press spokesperson should be elected or selected by the party and Dr. Minnis. All of those loose lipped press releases and gratuitous statements by defeated and rejected former candidates and ministers must cease forthwith. There can only be one head. Hydra, the mythical multiple-headed dragon, was slain hundreds of years ago.
Persons who are unable or incapable of securing reelection should be the last individuals speaking or appearing to speak on behalf of the FNM. To allow this charade to continue and to have some of them snipping at the heels of the leader are a distraction from the focal point of the FNM which should be to return to governance at the earliest opportunity.
I am not an FNM and wish them well but it must start to act like a serious and mature organization. The apparent clowns, tin gods, bamboo queens and holograms have got to be placed at the back of the bus for the good and advancement of the party. Dr. Minnis must now handpick his advisors and call a special convention of his party early next year to put in place a dynamic, motivated and cohesive team that shares his vision for the "new" FNM.
Ingraham is passé and now a figure of yesterday. Dr. Minnis is now the man and he must start to act like he, in fact, is. I told him months ago that he had to shake off the "hologramistic" shadow of Ingraham and move to mold the FNM in his own image. It took him a long time to heed my advice but, better late than never.
The weeks and months ahead are going to be crucial to the nation in that joblessness is still a major concern; the never-ending roadwork is still disrupting the smooth flow of traffic and continue to decimate businesses along the affected corridors; our national infrastructure and governmental buildings need immediate remedial attention and, of course, we need to conceptualize and flesh out a national plan for the country.
Dr. Minnis may be the leader of a rump party but he should understand that where there are two or more gathered he can achieve much. He should learn from the debacle of the defeat of the PLP in 2007 and how it roared back to power five short years later.
The gold rush administration, however, is not to be taken lightly and it should never be underestimated. It is led by a man who, by his own admission, is in his political twilight. Hovering in the wings, however, is the hardest working man in current politics, Philip Brave Davis (PLP-Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador).
Brave's lifelong ambitions will not be denied save by an act of God. To God then, in all things, be the glory.
- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.