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With one team in a rebuilding stage and two others falling short of advancing to the next round, national team director Mario Bowleg gave the three squads that competed on the regional level a C grade.
Bowleg who also sits on the executive board as the first vice president in the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) said the teams played as best they could, and represented the country at a high level. He noted that the two junior boys' team hit a wall in their tournaments and were unable to get over the hump.
"On the average, all of the teams were able to compete as we expected them to do so overall the entire program inclusive of the three teams will get a C grade," said Bowleg. "We were able to send three junior teams, both male teams and a female team, to three different competitions this year. This year is actually for juniors, so we sent our under 16 and 17 boys and the under 17 girls. Considering the level of competition that three competed in was very high.
"The under 16 boys, they played at the Tournament of Americas and the under 17 girls and boys [played] at the Centrobasket Championships. The competition at the Tournament of Americas is always high, and the boys' team is consistent in terms of advancing to this tournament. The under-17 didn't qualify but they did very well. It is rare that you see a team who ended the tournament 3-1 and not advance to the next round. That team finished fifth and I encouraged the coaches to continue to work the players because they can be invited to the next round if another team pulls out. So we want them to stay focused, and we've asked the coaches to stay in contact with all of the players."
The Bahamas placed seventh overall at the under 16 championships, which was played in Punta Del Este, Uruguay in June. The team finished the tournament with a 1-4 win/loss record. As for the under 17 boys, who competed at the Centrobasket and closed with a 3-1 record for fifth overall. Dominican Republic won the tournament, followed by Puerto Rico, Mexico and U.S. Virgin Islands.
The under 17 girls were eighth in their tournament, according to Bowleg that national program is in a rebuilding stage.
He said: "There is a new coaching staff, new program, so it is more of a rebuilding stage for this team. The change in faces on both the coaching and playing staff brings new life to the program. We know that they have the ability to do better and we will see the changes in the upcoming months. Next year is the senior's tour, so none of the junior team's will be playing but we would like for them to continue training."
The Bahamas will send teams to both the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) and the Centrobasket Championships.
Funeral service for Evangelist Prophetess Lauretta Maude Rolle, 86 yrs., a resident of Tarus Court & formerly of Old Bight, Cat Island, who died on 30th March, 2012, will be held at St. James Native Baptist Church, St. James Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Dr. Michael Symonette, assisted by Pastor Pandora Ingraham. Interment follows in St. James Cemetery.Left to cherish her memories are her Daughters: Evangelist Eleanor Burrows, Deaconess Theresa Strachan, Margaret Sweeting, Barbara Rolle, Glendora Hart, Archerlean Brown and Clara Rolle, sons: Charles, Prophet Christopher, Hamrick, Elvis and Paul Rolle, grandchildren: Rommell and Zhirvago Burrows, Samantha Forbes, Keshie Roach, Anishka Hart, Mario Elliot, Errol Clarke, Natasha Duncombe, Sonia, Kendra, Dennis Benson Kevin, Stephen Strachan, Reeshemah, Clement, Shelton, Shevette Rolle, Levardo,Tamara , Jermaine, Jamaal, Kovic Brown, Roshanda Rolle-Knowles, Shanner Hilton Rolle, Judith Rolle, Paul Jr., Nicole Fanny, Catherine Rolle, Tina Ferguson, Christina, Jeffrey and Christopher Sweeting, Rosell Hart-Joseph, Melissa and Ressa Hart, Christopher Duncombe, 100 Great great grands, 1 great grand aunt, Adline Ambrister, sisters-in-law, Clara Lindsey, Beatrice Seymour, Rochelle Rolle, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Inell Archer, Ft. Pierce, Fla, 1 brother-in-law James Pratt, sons-in-law: Prince Burrows, Solomon Strachan, Godfrey Sweeting, James Brown, Deacon Rudolph Hart and Ruben Rolle, 3 daughter-in-laws, Beverley, Edna and Denise Rolle, nieces: Betty Williams, Delores Farrington, Judith Hepburn, Pauline Bowe, Ruby Thompson, Sheryl Simmons, Mannetta Smith, Marie Russell, Karen Rolle, Maureen Archer, nephews: Locksley, Kirklin and Uriel Johnson, Kendis Archer and Ted Strachan.
Adopted children: Leroy Mackey, Jonathon Dorsette, Dwight Knowles, Brian Rolle, Wendy Rolle, Christopher Brown, Erica Brown and Adline Burrows. Other Relative and Friends including: Sister Olive Dawkins Rolle, Winifred Rolle, Julia Armbrister, Eleazer Rolle, Monica Hart, Eleanora Rolle, Lily Armbrister, Princess Styles, Rosebell Rolle, Carlton Rolle, Getta Rolle, Eugie Godet- Seymour, Emerald Brown, Delore Poitier Sister Brice, Brave Davis, Isabella Burrows, Geleta Burrows, Ralda Williams and the entire community of Old Bight, Cat Island.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Firefighters battled three separate fires yesterday, which proved to be quite a challenge according to fire department officials.
"We have about seven trucks for New Providence, but we are scattered about over the island with the bush [and] rubbish fires," said Corporal D'Angelo Butler.
Butler and a team of firefighters were at the time battling a bush fire on East Street south, near C.V. Bethel Senior High School.
The fire started sometime on Saturday according to residents.
"It's been challenging because right now we are dealing with the dump fire as well as another fire at the rear of Mario's (bowling alley)," said Butler.
"So right now we are just restricted to just one truck here and another two trucks at the dump, so we have a lot of challenges with our vehicles."
He said firefighters were doing their best to contain the fire on East Street south. "It is burning inland... As it gets to the road, we extinguish it, that is the best we could do for now," he said.
Billows of smoke clouded the road and seeped into residents' homes across the street.
Many complained about the smoke and some claimed the fire even jumped into their yards.
Butler pointed out that the department is always in need of more manpower, especially when fire trucks are scattered. "All we could do is keep going at it everyday until it's extinguished," he said. "This is the peak of the bush fire season so we're going to have this [happening] a lot in all areas."
Brian Rolle, who lives opposite the blaze, said the smoke was a huge inconvenience for him.
"[The fire] was over here," he told The Nassau Guardian yesterday, pointing to his front porch. "I had to get some water and out the fire and wet the porch."
Keva McCardy, a resident of the area, said she closed her windows at home to keep the smoke out.
Shaekna Johnson, another resident, said the smoke from the fire was horrible.
"I can't even go outside and relax on my porch," she said.
Funeral Service for Ezra Eglon "Woopsy", "Pork Chop" Ferguson, age 24 years, of Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island, will be held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 11:00 am.
Church: Holy Cross Anglican Church
Address: Highbury Park off Soldier Road
Officiating: Father John Kabiga
Interment: Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road
He is survived by his parents: Carl and Bloneva Ferguson of Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island; brother: Nehemiah Ferguson; sisters: Teora and Quitel Ferguson; grandmother: Rosemary Moss of Major's Cay, Crooked Island; sister-in-law: Kendera Ferguson; brother-in-law: Kamal Thompson; uncles: Habakkuk and Joseph Ferguson, Vincent Moss of Miami, Florida, Cpl 2241 Cyril Anthony Moss, Nelson and Deacon Darrel Moss; aunts: Christine Sweeting, Thelma Miller, Bernice Culmer, Rachel Gradolph, Patricia Jones, Annamae Richardson, Rowena Ferguson, Priscilla Farquharson and Daphne Cunningham; uncles-in-law: Franklyn Culmer, Robert Gradolph, Louis Sweeting, Joseph Jones, Robert Farquharson, Gerald Cunningham and Leroy Richardson; aunts-in-law: Sherry Ferguson, Denise, Caron, Joy and Shaketress Moss; grandaunts and granduncles: Julia Mills, Leroy Ferguson, Inez and Montgomery Johnson, Calvin Ferguson, Preston and Ralph Ferguson of Florida; cousins: Rashetta, Raquel and Marvin Strachan, Rendi Culmer, Tasha and Charles Ferguson, Sheila and Albury Major, Steve and Jonathan Miller, Melissa, Crystal, Tameka, Ramon, Stacey and Joseph Jones, Carolyn and Mario Lewis, Christina, Keith, Cindy, Kenrick, Kirk, Stacy and James Sweeting, Chrisanta and Terrell Hanna, Jason, Rhonda, Rubyan and Rosie Ferguson, Yvette Bethel, Jasmine, Malone, Cassandra, Avardo, Cheryl, Stephen, Michelle and Earle Ferguson, Crescelle and Rashad Farquharson, Tameka Richards, Shantelle and Valdez Ferguson, Ethan, Amya, Anthoniece, Anthonique, Sonjay and Israel Moss, Patrick, Alton, Andrew, Novus, Vanessa and Katrina Ferguson, Martine Hanna, the family of the late Hosea and Emily Ferguson, Khishlyne and Khalyne Johnson, Elroy, Danielle, Preston Jr., Ralph Jr. and Krystle Ferguson, Damien, Lahai, Antone Miller and the family of the late Leah Nottage; other relatives and friends including: Peter and Cylestina Williams, Diama Ramos, Barbara Gibson and Robert Gibson, Jason Deleveaux, Dennis, Valentino and Cpl 1460 Jerone Thompson and family, Huden and Jennamae, Leroy and Borice Clarke, Timothy and Glenda Thompson and family, David Cunningham, Deangello Knowles, Evelyn Ferguson and family, Sean Spencer, Pastor Linkwood Ferguson and family, Deacon Kermit Farquharson and family, Alphege and Nelson Ferguson, Luellen Farquharson and family, Pastor Dorcas and Stephanie Thompson and family, Evelyn Ferguson and family, Thirza Williams and family, Mrs. Alleset Deleveaux, Cleveland and Elizabeth Ferguson, Viola Cunningham and family, Kenneth and Ruth Farquharson and family, Enrico N. Wright, Father John and Eloise Kabiga and family of All Saints Anglican Church, Church Grove, staff of Thompson Trading, Nassau and Sun Shine Cruises, Water Sports at Atlantis, Paradise Island, the Class of 2005 Crooked Island High School, the Honorable V. Alfred Gray, M.P., MICAL Constituency and the entire community of Crooked Island.
FRIENDS MAY PAY THEIR RESPECTS AT ROCK OF AGES NORTH SIDE CREMATION CENTER ON THURSDAY FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. AND AT THE CHURCH ON FRIDAY FROM 10:00 A.M. UNTIL SERVICE TIME.
Funeral Service for the Late Vaughn Vivian Randal Roberts, 66 years of South Beach Estates, will be held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, West Hill Street. Fr. Glen C. Nixon will officiate. Cremation will follow.
He is survived by his loving and faithful Wife of 45 years: Frances Roberts; Children: Dr. Tracy Roberts-Halkitis and Shariff Roberts; Grandchildren: Kiran and Soraya Halkitis, Adero, Jaya, and Sameer Roberts; Sisters: Keva Nethersole, Donna Roberts, Dr. Lynda Roberts-Riddle of Cincinnati, Ohio, Delvera Wallace, Brenda Tinker, Patrice White of Savannah, Georgia, Marsha Roberts, Yolanda Thomas. He was predeceased by brothers Anthony, Robert and Dr. Stephen Roberts and survived by brothers: Bradley B. Roberts, Dr. Robin Roberts; Aunt: Ruth Rolle of Syracuse, New York; Son-in-Law: Senator Michael Halkitis; Daughter-in-Law: Donna Palmieri-Roberts; Sisters-in-law: Hartlyn Roberts, Winnifred Roberts, Carolyn I. Roberts, Mary Roberts, Carolyn Roberts, Ivy Drakeley, Marie Stewart; Brothers-in-law: Garfield Deal, Gilles Deal, Lincoln Deal, Livingston Stewart, Kenneth Drakeley, Donald White; Nieces: Nicole Roberts, Michelle Roberts, Tina Roberts, Stacey Roberts, Aliya Riddle, Simone Thompson, Darnell Joyner, Jennifer Roberts, Tamar Roberts, Ann Bedford, Therese Drakeley-Smith, Kimberely Drakeley, Sherry Fax, Barbara Darville, Jacqueline Russell, Sandy Bootle, Cindy Deal, Tara Deal, Roxanne Strachan; Nephews: Obie Roberts, Ryan Strachan, Simeon Roberts, Rupert Anthony Cyril "Duggie" Roberts IV , Chad Roberts, Stephen Roberts, Alex Riddle, Julian and Corey Wallace, Elsworth Cumberbatch, Taj Anderson, Mario Stewart, Jason, Jaime and Luciano Cooper, George Fax, Paul Bethel, Lynden, Brian, and George Deal, Gilles Deal Jr., Kenneth Deal, Miguel Deal; Godchildren: Genaye Sturrup, Svetlana Thompson, 2666 Inspector Chaswell Andre Hanna of The RBPF, Garnell Curry. Dear relatives include: Elva Armbrister, Joy and Radcliffe Nichols, Debbie and Paul Longley, Wendy Lightbourne, Mae Albury and family, Franklyn Sands and family, Lynn Curry, Helaena Dean and family, Val Sturrup, Marie Dean and family, Rena Cargill, Carolyn Fox, Angie Sands, Anne Sands, Judy Turnquest, Agatha Green, Hortense Rahming and family, Nadine Rolle, Tasma Brighthaup, Kevin Rolle, Peter and Maria Wallace-Whitfield. Dearest friends include: Steve Kandel, Julian Brown, Anthony Ferguson, Sandra Knowles, Cherese and Samuel Brown, Inez Brown, Colleen Collie, Linda Dean, Helen and Maria Hanna of Katy, Texas, Beverly and Geno Nairn, Oswald and Yvonne Isaacs, Maria McKenzie, Constance Gardiner, Mae Culmer, Elaine Pinder, Shirley Cooper, Joyce Bain, Brenda Gilbert of Toronto, Canada, Cyril Roberts, George Sherman, Walter Sherwood of Boston, Thomas A. Robinson,Reverend Godfrey and Judith Huyler, Herbert and Jenny Huyler, Angela Cartwright, Lilles Strachan, Elizabeth and Gladstone Mackey, Mitzi Swaby, Lamont "Yellow" Bain, Kiffer Morris, Randolph Scott, Pete Deveaux, Hervis Smith, Greg Knowles, Ruth Sands, Louise Thompson, Ruth Bowe Darville, Paula Williams, Phyllis and Basil Knowles, Rosie and Brendan Foulkes, Bishop Clarence Williams and Reverend Doctor Barbara Williams, Hopeful Hanna, Fred Ramsey, Bishop Samuel Green, Helena and Pam Ferguson, Deborah and Eugene Thompson and family, Chrissie Carroll, Carolyn Beneby, Henry and Alma Ferguson, Jacinta Thompson, Dr. Caryn Sands-D'Aguilar and Adrian D'Aguilar Jr., Dr. Marcia Bassett, Dr. Sara Friday, Dr. Tamina Singh, Dr. D'Arbrielle Hunt-Burrows, Dr. Dionne Dames, Dr. Dane Bowe, Dr. Colleen Fitz-Charles. Special thanks to: The Nurses and Staff of Princess Margaret Hospital Oncology Clinic, especially Dr. DuVaughn Curling, Dr. Margo Munroe, Nurse Sylvia Butler, Nurse Beverly Williams, Mrs. Judy Ward-Carter, Mrs. Valderine Sweeting, Dr. John Lunn and staff especially Melanie Hanna and Karen Walcott, Dr. Wesley Francis, Dr. Delton Farquharson, Dr. Adrian Sawyer, Dr. Elizabeth Darville and the staff of Fourth Terrace Diagnostics, Physicians of MD Anderson Cancer Center: Dr. John Abbruzzese, Dr. Jean Vauthey and Alicia Cross, Princess Margaret Hospital A&E Staff especially Drs. Horton and Joseph, the staff of Bonaventure Medical Laboratory, the staff of Doc's Pharmacy, the Nurses of Private Medical Ward, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral community, His Grace, Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Father Glen Nixon, Sisters of Saint Martin Monastery, his caregiver, Nurse Pearl Mills and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
**There will be NO Public Viewing.
In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be sent to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, P.O. Box SS-6539.
In celebration of Vaughn's life the family requests that all attendees wear the colors of the rainbow.
Memorial Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, will be held on Friday April 20th, 7:30 p.m. at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Rev'd. Audley Hepburn will officiate.
Funeral Service for the Late Deaconess Retella Mary Petty-Davis, 67 years of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera will e held on Saturday April 21st, 10:00 a.m. at the Worker's House Hall, Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera. Bishop Clifford N. Petty, assisted by Bishop Lipton McKenzie, Bishop Sylvanus Petty and Rev'd. Lockwood Deleveaux will officiate. Interment will follow in the Governor's Harbour Public Cemetery.
She is survived by her Husband: Gerald Davis; 7 Daughters: Janet Burrows, Dale Hepburn, Dorothy Davis, Pattie Davis (Hepburn), Carol, Kathy And Leah Davis; 1 Son: Jerome Davis; 2 Sisters: Emily Russell, Lisa Similien; 7 Brothers: Bishops Clifford And Sylvanus Petty, Prince, Franklyn, Brent, Anthony And Leo Petty; 27 Grandchildren: Jennifer, Fiona, Jonathan, Phillip Jr. Dehlya, Esterlitha, Shaniqua, Vashti, Whitney, Cyril, Justin, Lashanda, Curby, Kendrick, Phylicia, Daniel, Jeremy, Kenneth, Michesia, Daraldo, Dana, Aaroniqua, Dorothy, Jerome Jr, Kayden, William(Josiah) And Kylin; 10 Great-Grand Children: McCale, Marissa, Cameron, Shameko, Rashad, Anton, Ranaria, Shandira, Salaya And Shakara; 2 Sons-In-Law: Phillip Hepburn Sr. and David Burrows; 3 Brothers-In-Law: Eric Russell, George Petty Sr., And Sydney Similien; 8 Sisters-In-Law: Evangelist Velma Petty, Dolly, Lillian, Antionette, Beulah, Vernell, Patsy Petty And Caroline Bethel.; 4 Adopted Sons: Don Wood, Kirklyn Pinder, Charles Jones, and Prophet Randolph Barr; 33 Nieces and Their Husbands, 19 Nephews And Their Wives, 45 Grand Nieces, 37 Grand Nephews, 4 Great Grand Nieces, 2 Great Grand Nephews and other Step Children Too Numerous To Mention. Special Friends: Lillian Demeritte, Min. Eddie Belle Curry, Maize Pinder, Inez Cooper, Tessie Stubbs, Dr Smith, Astrid Fernander, Agnes Bethel, Austin Knowles Jr., Debra Bethel, Joyce Colebrooke, Sharon Homer, Calae Burrows, Andrea Butler, Irene Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Michelle Johnson, Thomasina, Scott, Kim, Charmaine, And Melanie (PMH), Joanna Coakley, Trudy, And Norma(Doctor's Hospital). Other Relatives And Friends: National Church Of God Families (Nassau, Bahamas And United States), Apostle Leon Wallace And Voice Of Deliverance Family (Nassau), Linda Haschker, Ruthmae Burrows And Family, Marion Neal Of Miami Florida, Albon Johnson And Family. Mary Fernander And Family, Governor's Harbour Men's Fellowship, The Petty, Davis, Johnson, Gardiner, Bacchus, Gierzewski, Pinder, Bethel, Prescod And Griffin Families Of Governor's Harbour. The Culmer and Cooper Families Of Savannah Sound Eleuthera, The Pinder, Bethel, Scavella, And McCardy Families (Hatchet Bay). The Barr Family (Nassau), Mr. Damien Gomez And Family, Rev. William Hepburn And Rev. Raymond Hepburn And Families (Nassau). William And Constance Rahming, Dellerese Nottage, Andrea Adderley And Lotricia Ferguson. Nursing Staff Of The Levy Medical Clinic, Doctors And Staff Of The Bahamas Health And Healing Centre, Doctors And Staff Of Doctor's And Princess Margaret Hospitals Especially Nurse Butler, Nurse Akebon, Nurse McCoy And Nurse Johnson (Female Medical 1).
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Friday at National Church of God, Governor's Harbour from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Saturday at the Workers House Hall from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Deacon Percy Nathaniel Basden, 74 yrs., a resident of Garden Hills #1 & formerly of Bottle Creek, Turks Island, who died on 29th March, 2012, will be held at Greater Bethel Cathedral, Faith Way, Baillou Hill Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Sufferant Bishop Christopher Minnis. Interment follows in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Brenhilda Basden; 9 children: Percy Basden Jr, Princess Pinnock, Kenneth Basden, Darren Basden, Millie Basden Reid, Yvonne Basden Delgado, Montgomery Lewis Basden, Shirley McPhee & Raymond Basden; 6 adopted children: Samuel Burrows, Mario Johnson, Edvardo Johnson, Judith Rolle, Shelton Curtis & Ingrid Johnson; 32 grandchildren: Jason Greene, Hillary Cox, Janeen, Katiann, Ebony Basden, Terez Forbes, Shavanda Basden, Shakera Greene, Precious Basden, Tomeko Price, Dominique, Shanell, Winesha Pinnock, Darren Jr. & Daria Basden, Rudesha & Kenneth Basden Jr., Leslie Greene Jr., Brejon Saunders, Shavonia, Shanique & Montgomery Jr. Lewis, Kendrick Johnson, Lavar, Aisa, Ashton & Ania Burrows, Dawn Dorsette & Shaval Rolle, S.J., Deonte & Pappy's special boy: Drequan Smith; 4 sons-in-law: Winston Pinnock, Kevin Reid, Constantino Delgado & Jarval Rolle; 3 daughters-in-law: Michell & Caroline Basden & Shamara Johnson; 5 brothers-in-law: Thomas Basden, Elik Forbes, Hilgrove & Granville Basden & Daniel Lightbourne; 10 brothers-in-law: Dr. Neil Sawyer, Alfred Smith, Ruben Smith, Junior, Deacon Maxwell, Cleophus, Elkin Johnson, Philip Minnis, Oral Burrows & Joseph Sands; 2 sisters: Helena Sawyer & Ronica Basden; 14 sisters-in-law: Mary, Mavis & Beverley Basden, Christine Taylor, Patsy Francis, Berylean Burrows, Esthermae Smith, Felicia Altima, Angela, & Agnes Smith, Terecita Minnis, Nikitra Sands, Esther, Mary & Laverne Johnson; father & mother-in-law: George & Theresa Johnson; 21 nephews: Lawrence Sawyer, Jason, Gregory, Lorne, Sean, Kevin Basden, Clifton Forbes, Wilfred Dean, Ji,,y Dean, Michael Gardiner Sr., Keita, Novin, Andy, Rocklyn, Ashwood & Mackey Forbes, Crispin & Hilgrove Basden, Livingston Forbes & Corporal & Michael Gardiner Jr.; 17 nieces: Catherine Gardiner, Marion Rolle, Louise Forbes, Vernell Dean, Dianna Rolle, Michelle Poitier, Shandia McGrew, Pernia Forbes, Rosalie Forbes, Bloomie Kuris, Silvary Forbes, Deidre Gardiner, Leza Basden, Christina Barr, Yolanda Basden, Larise Fraser, Merenique Francis; numerous other relatives & friends including: Suff. Bishop Christopher Minnis, Officers & members of the Greater Bethel Cathedral, Pastor Daniel Braynen & Christ Temple family, Bishop George Duncombe & Little Jerusalem family, Pstor Winston Redwood & Faith Apostolic family, Pastor Eziekel Munnings & God's Temple of Praise family, Suff. Bishop Mackey & The Apostolic family of Andros, Evangelist Gloria Dawkins, Sister Shirley Rolle & family, Deacon Vitzel & Evangelist Mary Whymms & family, Minister Gilbert Smith & family, Rev. Lloyd Smith & family, Max Hamilton & family, Prince Philips & family, Amanda Colebrooke & family, Maude Duncombe & family, David Pratt & family, Edna Knowles & family, Theophilius Knowles & family, Mr. Joel Mackey & family, Betty Bain & family, Mr. Woods & family, Brenda Richardson & family, Wesley Forbes & family, Llewellyn Forbes & family, Maryjane Hepburn & family, Simeon Williams & family, Calvert Williams & family, Patrina Oemler & family, Mr. Swan & family, Amos Hanna & family, Diane Rolle & family, the Garden Hills Community, Bottle Creek & Que families of Turks Island, the staff of Male Surgical II of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Pastor Samuel McIntosh & church family & a host of others relatives & friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Sylvia Maria Culmer, 84 yrs., a resident of Nassau Village & formerly of Victoria Point, Mangrove Cay, Andros, who died on 26th March, 2012, will be held at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church, Charles Vincent Street, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Charles Culmer, assisted by Rev. Dr. Jeffery Deleveaux, Rev. Dr. Lockwood Deleveaux, Bishop Trevor Williamson, Rev. Dr. Stanley Ferguson & Rev. Dr. Michael Symonette. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.Cherished Memories will be held by: Her 4 sons: The Walking Bible Rev. Dr. Charles Culmer [Pastor of the Foresight Baptist Church] Lorenzo & Michael Culmer, Rubin Johnson. 4 daughters: Elder Patricia Warner, Dorothy, Marsha & Charlene Culmer. Grandchildren: Alisha, Charles, Philip & Antoine, Abigail, Aviana Culmer from Jacksonville Florida. Georgette, Antionette, Sapphire, Lorenda, Marco, Antonio, Romeo, Pricilla, Frankieto, Robert & Damian Culmer, Sophia & Timothy Dorsett, Kenica, Kendicka & Kendesha Hepburn, Osborne, Waldon and Raquel Warner, Alexandria, Deandria, Ruben Jr. Shante, Keshaun and Christina Johnson, Ebony, Brittany Jayde, Cherilyn, Jeffery & Desmond. Numerous great grand children. Two Sisters: Zelma and Hazel Rolle. One Brother: Kenneth Rolle of Orlando Florida. Daughters in law: Prophetess Rev. Iris & Marilyn Culmer, Willimae Johnson. Nieces: Margaret, Marilyn, Ann, Carolyn, Melonie, Claudette, Samantha, Venus, Christine and Fredericka Wilson. Miriam, Estelle, Rette, Geraldine, Rosemary, Elizabeth, Maxine Rolle, Monica, Keisha, Dean, Corral and Sylvia of Orlando Florida. One sister in law: Marion Rolle, Adopted Grand Children: Kenwin Ingraham Sr. Dari Marshall, Sherry Bullard, Christine, Charlton, and Vejay Ramater. Grand Nieces and Grand Nephews, Friends and other relatives including: The Foresight Baptist Church Family, Bishop Trevor and Firstlady Williamson & Trinity Full Gospel Baptist Church Family, The Bain & Grants Town and Hospital Lane Family, Caroline Johnson & Uncor Global Security Family, B.T.V.I. Management and Stuff, Madge & June Munroe, Sandra Moss, & family, Inez Swan, Renee Darling, Marian Culmer, Yvonne Carey, Pasty John, Orane Morris, Louella Bowe, Elisha Forbes, Donna Rolle, Evang. Garnet Brown and Family, Kim & Willie Moss, O Brian Family, Rev. Vaughn P. Miller, Anthonys Grill Family, Louise McKinney and family, Peal Huyler Strachan and family, Kenneth Hepburn and Family, Whydham Housekeeping Family. Marilyn Wallace, Ervin Hewitt. Mrs. Geraldine Ferguson & Family, The Morning Star Baptist Association Family, The Nurses & Doctors of P.M.H. Friends may pay their last respects at Foresight Baptist Church, Nassau Village, on Friday from 10-5:00 p.m. & on Saturday at the church from 11:00 a.m. until service time.
The Bahamas was well represented at this year's NGC Bocas Lit Fest held in Trinidad and Tobago.
Bahamian poet Sonia Farmer was one of the New Talents Showcase writers at the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, and poet and author Marion Bethel chaired the festival's poetry judging panel.
The annual literary festival with a Caribbean focus, brings together writers, readers, performers and publishers for a four-day celebration of books and writing. Every year, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest New Talent Showcase selects exceptionally talented writers who are yet to publish their first book, and give them a platform to share their work and engage with a larger audience.
Farmer, who is also founder of the small press, Poinciana Paper Press, shared readings from her work at the festival.
"Many of Farmer's poems are written as a kind of authentic interrogation of the history/histories surrounding the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, both of whom were convicted for piracy in the 18th century," writes Shivanee Ramlochan, the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest blogger.
"Farmer's work delves deep, beneath the maritime considerations of what's lazily conjectured about this duo, as both buccaneers and women. Writing about their lives sees the poet addressing the significance of these figures to Bahamian history, and in so doing, revisiting the Bahamian cultural landscape with a fresh, unstinting pair of eyes."
Farmer is the winner of the 2011 Small Axe Literary Competition for her poetry, and has been published in tongues of the ocean, Poui, WomanSpeak Journal and Ubiquitous. Her two limited edition chapbooks of poems - "What Becomes Us" (2007) and "Grow" (2008) - are both published by her Poinciana Paper Press.
Ramlochan notes that Farmer brought along a selection of Poinciana titles, "which she proudly displayed following her reading.
"The Poinciana ethic, she elaborated to panel moderator and festival Program Director Nicholas Laughlin, is that literature can to be beautiful to behold, in printed form. Her well-honed techniques revolving around letterpress, book-binding, paper-making and print-making bear this out: each Poinciana product is a treasure of image and text, an intimate sort of reader-publisher correspondence in times where the art of the small or boutique press often becomes swallowed up in mass market paperback syndrome," Ramlochan writes.
Bethel, well-known for her poetry, short fiction and essays has been published in prominent journals and literary magazines, including BIM, Poui, Callalloo, WomanSpeak, The Caribbean Writer and The Massachusetts Review.
Anthologies in which her writing has appeared are Moving Beyond Boundaries, Wheel and Come Again and MaComère, the Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.
In addition to these publishing credits, Bethel is also the author of two full volumes of poetry. Her first, "Guanahani, My Love" (1995) was the winner of the Casa de las Américas Prize, and was reissued by House of Nehesi Publishers in 2009. Her second volume of poetry, "Bougainvillea Ringplay" (2009) was published by Peepal Tree Press.
In a special 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest themed issue of their quarterly newsletter, Paper Based Bookshop featured a spotlight review on Bethel's latest collection, glowingly evincing that it "semaphores a rich linguistic relationship: intersections are made between English and the poet's Bahamian tongue, resulting in poems that tell the truth in magnificent variations of uttered sound. As with [Kendel] Hippolyte's 'Fault Lines', these are unsettlingly honest navigations, too, housed in a style that is at once crisp and undulating, precise and generous in all it seeks to unveil. All of the reader's senses are called upon in the process of absorbing 'Bougainvillea Ringplay': it enforces a series of transportive euphorias, as does the best work that seeks to delineate the shifting of seasons and the demarcation of desire."
The 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, held in late April, included more than 60 events over four days. This year's festival included the Caribbean leg of the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, a series of vigorous high-level debates among writers looking at some of the big questions facing contemporary literature. Readings by dozens of writers from the Caribbean and further afield, a series of events focused on budding and emerging writers, including workshops in fiction and poetry, and the New Talent Showcase, shining a spotlight on promising writers close to publishing their first books, and screenings of films based on Caribbean novels.
An annual literary festival with Caribbean focus and international scope, bringing together writers, readers, performers and publishers for a four-day celebration of books and writing.
At the heart of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest is a series of readings by some of Trinidad and Tobago's and the Caribbean's finest writers of fiction and poetry -- from authors of books already considered contemporary classics to prizewinning newcomers.
At each session, writers read from their recent books, discuss their work, and answer questions from the audience. This is a chance to encounter writers up close. Each reading includes a book-signing session, and books are available from the participating booksellers.
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest also showcases Trinidad and Tobago's vibrant performance poetry scene, with daily performances and open mic sessions in the National Library's Abercromby Street arcade.
, Bahamas - Filmmaker Marion Bethel will be presenting her documentary film,
Womanish Ways, Freedom, Human Rights and Democracy:
Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas 1948 - 1962.
Taking place on
Friday, May 24th 10:00 a.m. at The College of The Bahamas Performing Arts Centre Thompson Boulevard