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The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently graduated 29 Berry Islanders from its general maintenance course.
The 16-week course included fundamentals of carpentry, plumbing, tiling and electrical installation. The course offered each Friday evening and Saturday, spanned a 10-hour period per weekend. The graduates included R. N. Gomez All Age School students as well as adults.
BTVI Academic Dean Pleshette McPhee told the graduates at the ceremony held at St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church in Bullock's Harbour, Berry Islands that, with global competitiveness, higher education was becoming increasingly critical.
"Through tertiary education, individuals are armed with a multitude of skills relevant for improving their lives within a society. As critical thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators and engineers, educated citizens share the responsibility to be catalysts for change," said McPhee.
R. N. Gomez Principal Brian Williams also encouraged the graduates. "Crime is out of control, but you are moving in the right direction. Our future is bright. Our future is secured," he said.
School Deputy Head Boy Pharon Winder, who hopes to join the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, recognized the significance of the course and how it would factor into his future.
"It was needed. I will need some of these skills on the defense force and even on a daily basis," said the 16-year-old. "This can take me far. I can show others what I have learned and build on my experience," he said.
Janette Taylor, 49, said the skills she learned would serve her well.
"I have a building I am opening and can hook up lights, do some plumbing and some carpentry. I'm so excited. It was very helpful and it made me feel young," she said.
The Berry Islands Homeowners Association and members of the community also played an integral role in helping the participants.
President of the Berry Island Homeowners Association William Kalis expressed his continued support of such initiatives sponsored by the association. He reminded the graduates that they are an important part of the world economy.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were BTVI Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville, BTVI Chief Councilor Cardinal Rolle and Michelle Bowleg, education district superintendent.
BTVI previously conducted the same course in Harbour Island, Cat Island, Andros and Exuma.
A former civil servant is standing trial in Supreme Court, accused of defrauding a community development initiative of more than $40,000. Valderine Watkins, who worked as a secretary in the Ministry of Housing under former Minster Shane Gibson at the time of the alleged incident, denies the allegations.
When Ashley Brown's great-grandfather, Ernest John Henry “Harry” McPherson, sold his first piece of property in The Bahamas, it was the late 1930's. Acreage in New Providence was going for a song. The Royal Victoria had been built with a government grant of $25,000. The internet was decades away and MLS sounded more like a medical diagnosis than a way to list property.
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Rev Dr McPhee has received a $50,000 gift to help sail his Thunderbird boats through the 2011 season.
Yesterday, the cheque presentation took place at Compass Point where McPhee thanked Asue Draw's marketing manager Levin Wilson for his company's continued assistance.
"As you are well aware, sloop sailing is a very expensive sport. In order for boats to be able to participate in over 12 regattas per year, it takes corporate companies who are interested and concerned to make those things happen," McPhee stated.
Last year, McPhee said the Asue Company expended over $100,000 in the sailing community as the ...
The 56th Annual Baptist Month culminated with its popular Baptist Day Parade, but two nights before that, 78 outstanding members representing 29 baptist churches in New Providence were honored at the 50th Baptist Kingdom Ball at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort.
Reverend Dr. William Thompson, president of the Bahamas National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention and senior pastor at Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, presented the honorees with certificates of appreciation for their contributions to their respective churches.
Hillside Missionary Baptist Church: Daria Ettienne, Beatrice Saunders and David Beneby.
New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church: Mary Dorsett, Martha Rahming and Lavern Stewart.
Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church: Gretel Sweeting.
Bread of Life Baptist Church: Annadell Thompson and Breneya Murphy.
Antioch Native Baptist Church: Charnell Gardiner, Clarice Gardiner and Kayla Lightbourne.
New Freedom Community Holiness Baptist Church: Deacon Nevis Ferguson, Evangelist Louise Gibson and Lavinia King.
First Baptist Church: Dr. Emannuel Francis, Andrea Francis and Shirleen Clarke.
Mt. Ararat Baptist Church: Shakara Rahming and Chandera Sands.
New Bethlehem Baptist Church: Kendrick Williams, Melanie Knowles and Andre Kelly.
New Destiny Baptist Church: Elder Barbra Brooks, Deacon Ronald Saunders and Elder Beryl Elliott.
Transfiguration Baptist Church: Marinette Bethel, Tamara Pinder and Hessley Stubbs.
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church: Elkenah Black and Diana Taylor.
Faith United Missionary Baptist Church: Charles Davis, Margo Moxey and Lavaughn Ferguson.
Mt. Paran Baptist Church: Rev. Barbara Saunders, Jeffery Whylly and Wilfred Moss.
Mt. Horeb Baptist Cathedral: Elaine Frew, Kendall Rolle, Genice Rolle and Marlene Moncur.
Jubilee Mission Baptist Church: Patrice Duncombe-Saunders.
New Bethany Baptist Church: Delicia Black, Ruth Miller and Veranell Dean.
New Beginning Jubilee Baptist Church: Shacoya Mitchell, Waltavia McKinney and Walthera McKinney
New Lively Hope Baptist Church: Calrabell Major, Ruth Carey and Emerald Nixon
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church: Godfrey Toote and Omeas Joffre
St. Paul's Baptist Church (Bias St.): Lulamae Smith, Collean Taylor and Amanda-Lyn Basden
St. Paul's Baptist Church (Fox Hill): Kim Hanna, Dwayne McPhee and Jamielle Davis
Foresight Baptist Church: Nita Darville, Vernita Gibson and Deacon Sheldon E. Forbes.
Pentecost Baptist Church: Dec. Sophia Rankine, Oscar Dames and Katrina Joseph.
Judaea Baptist Church: Evan. Deborah Williams-Turner, Evan. Jennifer Anderson and Deacon Robert Young.
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church: Arnette Hanna-Rolle and Maedawn Munroe.
Divine Praise Church: Sonia Johnson, Damien Ingraham and Elizabeth Darville.
New Covenant Baptist Church: Bishop Simeon B. Hall, Minister Beverley Beneby and Anna Lloyd.
Macedonia Baptist Church: Ashley Williams and Denero Rahming.
Monday 10th December 2012 3:30 PM
Nyoike ('Nyo'), in an attempt to get back into the rhythm of his life, returns to his bar after spreading the ashes of his wife, Hope, on the Georgetown seawall. Still reeling from the loss he is not in a hospitable mood when his longtime friend and photographer, Fargus, shows up uninvited. Fargus fails to engage Nyo and leaves a picture he had taken of Nyo and Hope on the counter. Nyo's wedding ring, and now this picture, are all that he has left of his wife. Showtimes Monday, December 10 / 3:30pm Seagrapes, Harbour Island Credits Director Kojo McPherson - Attending Screenwriter Kojo McPherson Producer Kojo McPherson Principal Cast Leslyn Fraser, Lionel Whyte, Randolph Critchlow Language English
Friday 7th December 2012 1:00 PM
Nyoike ('Nyo'), in an attempt to get back into the rhythm of his life, returns to his bar after spreading the ashes of his wife, Hope, on the Georgetown seawall. Still reeling from the loss he is not in a hospitable mood when his longtime friend and photographer, Fargus, shows up uninvited. Fargus fails to engage Nyo and leaves a picture he had taken of Nyo and Hope on the counter. Nyo's wedding ring, and now this picture, are all that he has left of his wife. Showtimes Friday, December 7 / 1:00pm Galleria JFK Cinema Theatre 5 Monday, December 10 / 3:30pm Seagrapes, Harbour Island Credits Director Kojo McPherson - Attending Screenwriter Kojo McPherson Producer Kojo McPherson Principal Cast Leslyn Fraser, Lionel Whyte, Randolph Critchlow Language English
On Monday, January 7, Philip Galanis, a campaign coordinator for 'Vote Yes Bahamas', used his weekly column to lobby for a 'yes' vote in the upcoming gambling referendum. As one of the many Bahamians who believe that a 'no' vote will make for a better Bahamas, I thought I would respond to what appears to be Mr. Galanis' two best arguments for a 'yes' vote. Today, I address his religious argument
Thursday 22nd December 2011 6:00 PM
Thursday, December 22nd, 6pm-9pm Book Signing & Reading @ The Hub Bay Street Hexin Edward McPhee was born January 7, in Nassau, Bahamas. McPhee spent his early years with his nine siblings enjoying the beautiful weather and beaches. McPhee’s parents were entrepreneurs before retiring. He enjoyed a relatively comfortable life as a child in the Bahamas. McPhee watched Sidney Poitier accept the Oscar for “Lilies of the Field” and it made such an impression on him that he decided that acting and the fine arts is what he wanted to do. At a very early age he joined a theater group in Nassau called the University Players. This group was born out of an acting workshop which was sponsored by the University of the West Indies. Young McPhee quickly became an active member of the Players. After completing high school and many years as a member of the University Players, he left the tiny island in the Bahamas and moved to New York City where he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing his studies at the Academy, he returned to Nassau for a year where he rejoined the University Players and directed and performed in a number of stage productions. Hors D'oeuvres and wine will be served gratis and a cash bar for mixed drinks will be available
When we last spoke about new national high school championships records, we forgot to note that Moore's Island Steven Gardiner's 20.68 seconds in the 200 meters (m) was not only a championships record, but a new Bahamian national junior record, breaking that of Stephen Newbold done last May. Newbold ran 20.76 seconds. Congratulations goes out to Gardiner, his coach, Pastor Anthony Williams and the entire Moore's Island community.
Today, we speak about the other great performances of athletes at the meet, and note some schools in the competition. We cannot help but notice the performance of Queen College's (QC) Gareth Lewis in the 100m and 200m. Young Lewis won both sprints in the under-14 boys division. He captured the 100m in 12.09 seconds, and the 200m in 24.90 seconds. Lewis happens to be the son of Gareth and Toni Lewis, and the grandson of Walter Callender, who participated in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
He won both events comfortably as his challenger in the 100m, Kyle Bullard of St. John's College, ran 12.76 seconds, and Benjamin Clarke of St Augustine's College (SAC) clocked 25.81 seconds in the 200m.
Callender, deceased, was not the only former sprinter to have progeny participate. Bahamian 100m national record holder Renward Wells did as well. In the under-16 boys 400m, QC's Branson Rolle clocked 52.05 seconds and his challenger Lavardo Henfield of S.C. McPherson ran 53.12 seconds.
St. Augustine's Donniesha Anderson, who is considered one of our bright future stars, was upset in the 400m by Nicole Callis of St. Anne's School, 57.36 seconds to Anderson's 57.39 seconds. This is good news for the sport. Competition is always good.
In the under-16 girls 400m, QC's Brittni Fountain won in 57.41 seconds, far ahead of her teammate, Antonia Strachan's 59.03 seconds. Fountain is in the league of the under-18 girls. Those performances however were better than the under-20 girls, as Dreshanae Rolle of St. Augustine's ran 57.13 seconds.
Anderson was good in the high jump, with a best leap of 1.65m (5' 5") compared to Celine Thompson of QC's 1.63m (5' 4"). She also captured the 200m.
Another multi-talented sprinter is SAC's Kieanna Albury, who won the 100m in 11.82 seconds, to Jenae Ambrose's 11.96 seconds. Ambrose attends Queen's College. In the 200m, Albury clocked 23.81 seconds to Ambrose's 24.11 seconds. The multi-talented athlete was also able to jump 5.60m (18' 4-1/2") in the long jump.
Another rising star is C.C. Sweeting's Ken Mullings. He won the under-18 boys high jump with a clearance of two meters flat (6' 6-3/4") and the long jump with a leap of 6.92m (22' 8-1/2"). QC's Tamar Greene, also in this division, jumped 15m (49' 2-3/4") in the triple jump with a 3.3mps wind reading. Second place finisher Dovante Arthur, of Central Abaco, followed in 13.91m (45' 7-3/4").
SAC vs. QC
In the perennial battle between powerhouses the St. Augustine's College (SAC) Big Red Machine and the Queen's College Comets, QC captured four of the divisions and St. Augustine's captured three. When we combined the scores in the divisions however, SAC ruled supreme with 1,091 points compared to QC's 950 points.
Some other schools
In the New Providence government schools, C.V. Bethel had defeated C.R. Walker a week prior. In the nationals, C.R. Walker captured the under-20 boys' division with 137 points. They finished third in the under-20 girls with 121 points and dropped to 22nd in the under-18 boys' division with six and a half points.
C.V. Bethel finished third in both the under-18 and under-20 boys' divisions, with 54 and 96 points respectively. In the under-18 and under-20 girls, they scored 72 and 89 points respectively. Where was Government High School (GHS)? They finished seventh in the under-20 girls with 10 points, 12th in the under-18 girls with 10 points, and 10th in the under-18 boys with 32 points.
Tabernacle out of Grand Bahama was predicted to mount a challenge, and challenge they did, finishing third in both the under-18 girls and boys with 94 and 102 points respectively. Tabernacle finished seventh in the under-14 boys with 25 points and 13th in the under-20 boys with 18 points.
Moore's Island's top divisional performance was sixth in the under-20 boys with 44 points. They were also 15th in the under-16 boys with five points, 21st in the under-16 girls with two points, and 23rd in the under-18 boys with six points.
Andros, oh my Andros
Andros, as usual, was well represented in the championships. North Andros had their best performances with fourth in both the under-14 girls and under-16 boys with 49 and 74 points respectively. They finished sixth in the under-16 girls with 33 points and 12th in both the under-20 boys and under-18 girls, with 20 and 10 points respectively.
Central Andros was fourth in the under-14 boys with 38 points, and fifth in the under-16 boys' division with 39 points. They were also ninth in the under-18 boys with 33.5 points and 16th in the under-20 boys and under-18 girls with 10 and 6 points respectively.
Mangrove Cay finished 12th in the under-20 girls with three points and 22nd in the under-16 boys with two points. Finally, South Andros finished seventh in the under-20 girls and 14th in the under-18 boys with 10 and 14 points respectively.
We can speak about the performance of every school participating but we have decided that in our analysis of the championships, we would deal with just a few. It is interesting which schools did not send teams or which did not win points. We have not seen Bimini for quite some time nor has S.C. Bootle or Cooper's Town, but were encouraged by the participation of the RN Gomez School of the Berry Islands.
Greater effort needs to be made to have schools from every island participate. We give kudos to all those schools which participated.
The Bahamas Association of Certified Officials (BACO) had its usual set of challenges in this meet. The writer cannot comprehend though, the absence of indicator boards which makes the meet more fan friendly. Fans should not have to hear the field events officials call out the performances.
At the same time, it is ever so important to have the wind reading for the long and triple jumps and the 100m, 200m, and short hurdles. It is embarrassing to read NWI "no wind indicated" behind a performance. What would have happened if Gardiner's 200m had NWI behind it? It simply could not be considered a "national junior record"!
This is a national meet and we can appreciate the challenge of officials being busy nearly every weekend, but the leadership needs to continually recruit new officials.
The sound and light
The stadium's first competition was held in April of 1966. It is disappointing that sound and light continue to be issues the officials have to work with. Those fans in the VIP stand were unable to hear announcements, especially during the awards ceremonies. The lighting continues to be an issue time after time. We are aware of the effort done by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and now the National Sports Authority, which is also responsible for the old stadium, but in times of national events, more attention needs to be paid.
We thank the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for letting students attend the Friday sessions for which the entrance fee was a nominal $1. We encourage them to be required to attend in their uniforms. It adds to and encourages school pride, which is so necessary today.
School alumni need to be continually encouraged to attend. This should be done by each school. The number of fans needs to be increased! This can be done through the public and private principals associations. Additionally, each year several standout athletes from former championships as well as officials or coaches can be honored. This is not "rocket science"!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks to each and every one of you. With all of the above said, it is important to give thanks where it is due. We have to give thanks to the organizers, the officials, the sponsors, especially Scotiabank Bahamas Ltd., the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), and those fans who showed up.
We encourage everybody to turn up this weekend for the CARIFTA Trials when we believe that the performances will be more exciting and the times and marks better. Anybody wants to witness a national junior record? Come out this weekend!
FOR the past 12 years, Paul Smith, CEO of Electro Telecom, has rewarded 12 outstanding primary school students in the Northwestern district with laptops for their high academic achievement. This year he has expanded the scheme to include 12 students from Northeastern district schools - Palmdale, Centreville, Sandilands, Uriah McPhee, Thelma Gibson and Columbus Primary...
Swift Swimming's six-member team represented both the club and The Bahamas well at the 15th FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Masters Championships, in Montreal, Canada.The swimmers from the Swift Swimming Club who participated were Percy Knowles in the 80-84 age group, Andy Knowles, Bruce Knowles and Nancy Knowles in the 55-59 age group, Lisa Knowles competed in the 50-54 age group, and Allie McPhail in the 40-44 age group.The host city of Montreal was also the host of the inaugural championships 20 years ago.This year, a total of 7,794 competitors, representing 101 countries, gathered in Montreal. More than 6,000 swimmers entered the pool at the Parc Jean-Drapeau Aquatic Complex, on St. Helen Island, while another 1,370 took to the open water race in the rowing basin located on Notre Dame Island. The championships also accommodated 950 water polo players, 487 synchronized swimmers and 230 divers.Participants from the host federation came in great numbers (3,550), but there were also those from the United States of America (USA), France, Germany, Brazil, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, Venezuela, Switzerland and Argentina just to name a few. Also, there were some from The Bahamas, Nigeria, Greece, Singapore, Senegal, Fiji, Tunisia, Bolivia and Moldova who made the trip, making the world masters a true universal experience.The swimming competition kicked off on August 3 and offered 20 events, including the 4x50 meters (m) mixed medley and freestyle events; a three kilometer (km) race that took place in open water on August 10; water polo games which were held from July 27 to August 2; divers competed in the 1m, 3m and 10m boards starting August 5; and the synchronized swimming events were held from July 28 to August 2 with Solo, Duet, Team and Free Combination.Since 1990, masters athletes aged 25 to more than 90-years-old, have come and shared their life passion for aquatics at the world masters, competing in one of FINA's five aquatic disciplines - swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water swimming - while promoting fitness, fun and friendship.The Swift team had four top 10 finishes. Percy Knowles finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke in 2:18 and also in the 200 breaststroke in 2:56. Andy Knowles was sixth in the 400 Individual Medley (IM) in 5:46, and also in the 400 free in 4:53.There were mostly personal best swims over the entry times going into the meet. The week started off on Sunday August 3, with Andy swimming the 800 free and finishing in 10:21 for an 11th place finish. Allie McPhail also swam in the 800 free and finished in 13:01 in her first world championships swimming meet.The second day saw Percy swimming the 100 free. He finished in 1:52. Andy finished in 1:02.8 in the 100 free, and then Percy and Bruce swam in the 100 breast, and finished in times of 2:18.8 and 1:26.9 respectively.The third day saw Andy swimming in the 400 IM. That was followed by Andy and Allie in the 200 free, and they finished in times of 2:19 and 2:57, respectively. Bruce and Nancy finished the day off with more personal best swims, this time in the 50 fly, in times of 33 and 43 seconds respectively.The fourth day was active with Lisa, Nancy and Percy swimming in the 50 free. They finished in times of 37, 38, and 52 seconds respectively.On the sixth day, Percy started things off with the 200 breast and finished in 4:56. He was followed by Nancy, who finished in 4:07 in the 200 fly. Both swims were personal best times.On the final day in the pool, Bruce and Lisa started things off in the 50 back, and finished in times of 37 and 47 seconds, respectively. The day finished with Andy and Nancy swimming in the 400 free. They finished in times of 4:53 and 6:49, respectively. On Sunday August 10, the open water swimming took place. Andy finished seventh in his age group, in 43.02, and Nancy finished 35th, in 1:03.During the meet, Percy, Andy and Bruce were interviewed on television, to be shown at a later date on the FINA website. Andy and Bruce were the first swimmers to represent The Bahamas at the Olympic Games, in Montreal, Canada, in 1976. Their father Percy was the coach. Thirty-eight years later, the three were back in Montreal, competing in swimming.As far as Masters swimming is concerned, Swift Swimming continues to set the standard.
Give a child a goal to shoot for, and, if the incentive is great enough, why not watch him or her reach for it? In many cases, he or she will surpass it.
With that in mind, Albertha Stubbs, the mathematics coordinator at C.H. Reeves Junior School, promised grade nine students who could pass their Bahamas Junior Certificates Math exams with A grades a $100 prize, each, and a banquet in their honor. Stubbs recently had to fork over $1,500 to 15 of her students, who achieved perfect scores.
The "Fantastic 15", comprised of 14 girls and one boy, included Kiara Fernander, Myrah Kemp, Niear Lubin, Peaches Saunders, Serenity McPhee, Erica Bain, Darline Charles, Diavian Charles, Gemmica Edgecombe, Shannette Gibson, Shania Lewis, Arnishka Brown, Caroline Johnson and Danavio Neely. The students, who have since moved on to senior schools, were honored during their promised banquet at C.H. Reeves School, aptly themed "An Evening with the Stars".
For the occasion, the junior school's auditorium was transformed into an elegant banquet hall, complete with a jazz band performance. J. S. Johnson Insurance and Scotiabank provided trophies and financial assistance for the event.
Neely, an aspiring speech therapist and the lone male student among the Fantastic 15, succeeded despite major challenges he has experienced, including losing both of his parents.
"I chose to let the pain of losing both of my parents, before I graduated from junior high, push me to do my very best," he said. "Being the only male in my class that achieved an 'A' [grade on the BJC exam] was the highlight of my year.
"There were days when I wanted to give up, there were days when I wanted to just coast, but I had teachers like Mrs. A. Stubbs and Mrs. R. Wells that wouldn't let me slip. They encouraged and motivated me, and to them I am thankful," said Neely.
C.H. Reeves Principal Greta Brown commended the students for their successes, particularly in light of social challenges in the Montell Heights community. She told them that their success was largely due to the commitment of teachers and the support of parents. The students engaged in morning, afternoon and, sometimes, Saturday classes offered by Stubbs and other teachers, including Odea Johnson, D. Smith and Ramona Wells.
Shannette Gibson, the school's former head girl, who is currently a tenth grade student at C.R. Walker Senior School, expressed her appreciation to Stubbs, her former math teacher in a poem entitled, "Mrs. Stubbs"; an excerpt read:
"A simple definition to describe an excellent teacher
She worked tirelessly day and night
To make sure our work was right
A divine woman of dignity, intelligence and pride
Your constant words of wisdom have always been my guide
You'd lead me in the right path and encourage me to stay focus and set goals
Your impact sank deep within my heart and soul
A loving teacher, counselor and friend
You'll never be forgotten, until the very end."
Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald told the Fantastic 15 that, during his tenure, he had been to a number of assemblies to celebrate students in language arts, but that the recent math banquet was a first for him, and he was happy to attend, as math was his favorite subject when he was a school student.
He further told the students that their success in math means that there is hope for the future; the country would see an increase in mathematics instructors, engineers, accountants, computer programmers and similar professions. He commended them, saying one of the main reasons they have been celebrated for their accomplishments is because mathematics is an area that has not had great success on a consistent basis.
"I hope that you will continue to excel so our hope turns to reality in the near future," said Fitzgerald.
The education minister further said that, of the 118 teachers who graduated from the College of The Bahamas in 2013, only three had specialized in mathematics.
In the space of a year, Kimberley Perpall has suffered a "double whammy," -- her mother, who had breast cancer died, and doctor's found a lump in Perpall's breast. She has yet to find out whether it's cancerous or benign, but she knows she has a lot of sisters to turn to for support which she found out when she attended The Surgical Suite Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group's Annual Prayer Breakfast.
Along with senior members of the local basketball fraternity, and on behalf of the Kentucky Colonels Basketball Club, public expression is given to the profound sense of loss at the time-sensitive mortal transition of legendary coach and archrival Cougars counterpart, Arthur Adolphus 'Gully' Rolle. For in spite of our epic confrontations in the basketball arena, we shared a personal bond and intimate friendship founded on mutual admiration and respect which collectively served to confuse the minds of many supporters of my Colonels and his Cougars. We both faced accusations of sleeping with the enemy but ours was a subscription to the Post Civil War unifying theme of Abe Lincoln to cultivate friendships with enemies.
Gully and I were two of the first Bahamians to achieve FIBA's highest coaches certification at Grade One in 1974. He served as my assistant at Centro Basquet, the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) regional championships in Mexico (1977); the Central American and Caribbean Games in Medellin, Colombia (1978); and the AAU South Regionals in Delray Beach, Florida (1979). I subsequently served under him at two CARICOM Basketball Championships, returning with the title each time. In fact, Gladstone 'Moon' McPhee is the only Bahamian coach with better international results, and these with Gully as his assistant.
Foremost memories though are reserved for the 22 years of epic battles fought on home soil between the Beck's Cougars and the Kentucky Colonels beginning in 1968, lasting throughout the 1970s and 1980s and briefly revived in 2007 to honor the late sports reporter, Phil Smith. It is common knowledge that local basketball was at its highest standard in that prior era with regular game attendance by even the prime minister at that time, Sir Lynden Pindling.
To achieve and retain positions of dominance therefore, my Colonels and Gully Rolle's Cougars never practised for games. Instead both clubs conducted rehearsals, sometimes five times per week, inclusive of conditioning and classroom sessions beginning in the summer. Such levels of preparation created platforms for achieving excellence causing Gully's Cougars to be singled out as the only club to ever win what was regarded as the 'Triple Crown' of local basketball: the New Providence Championships, the National Championships and the prestigious Independence Tournament, all in the same calendar year (1973-1974). He heightened his fame by branching out on his own to form his own championship club, the Coca-Cola Explorers.
Regrettably, the name of Arthur Adolphus 'Gully' Rolle does not seem to resonate as much as it should among today's young ballers, coaches or sports commentators despite his vast contribution to national development through sports, basketball in particular. Perhaps his humble persona factored him into the same tragic misfortune which befell scores of other Bahamian athletes and sports administrators whose wonderfully heroic achievements have gone unappreciated, unnoticed and subsequently consigned to the dust bin of history. Prominent examples are the subdued acknowledgement of the remarkable accomplishments of the 'Bahamian Torpedo', Arianna Vanderpool Wallace, and concomitantly, the continuous national indifference assigned to the role Betty Kelly-Kenning played in our daughter finishing a slim 0.64 seconds shy of a gold medal in swimming at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Fortunately however, 'Gully' is among those few short-listed for induction into this country's National Hall of Fame, the state-recognized Parthenon for the elite among Bahamian sports heroes of the past century. As it was for the current 84 Hall of Fame members, such an eventual honor will celebrate and rescue from oblivion, the valiant efforts of Arthur Adolphus 'Gully' Rolle as he toiled to build his Bahamas through basketball. We therefore do not cry because his life has transitioned. Rather, we rejoice and are grateful for all the blessings he brought to us in the fruitful years he was allocated. Let us all offer genuine condolences to Helen and the children, offering deep prayers of intercession for Arthur Adolphus 'Gully' Rolle, a colleague I am proud to have counted as my friend.
In the world of politics, the power of perceptions can never be overstated or overestimated.
The government went into overdrive in Parliament last week, defending its dealings with the controversial Finnish-born, billionaire fashion designer Peter Nygard, who is a permanent resident of The Bahamas residing at Lyford Cay...
The A.F. Adderley Tigers junior girls are on a mission, and despite being short-handed, they feel this is their year to get it done.
Friday 19th July 2013 6:30 PM
ART EXHIBITION AND LIVE AUCTION July 19,2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm Government House Ballroom Enjoy the musical sounds of The Royal Bahamas Defense Force Pop Band, The Bahamas National Children’s Choir The S.C. McPherson’s Levi Chorale and The Urban Renewal Band Your taste buds will be tantalized with delectable authentic Bahamian food Donation:$50.00 For tickets kindly contact: 376-3233, 376-8068 or email: email@example.com
Funeral Service for Aaron Lowell Gibson, 44 of Oniel’s, Long Island will be held on Saturday 4th June, 2011 at 11:00am at Highway Church of God, Doctors Creek, Long Island. Officiating will be Bishop Robert McPhee and Evangelist Benjamin Pratt assisted by Pastor Allan Dixon. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Church of God, Church Street, Deals, Long Island.
Left to cherish his memories are his parents: Bishop Edward and Lenora Gibson; children: Rashad and Rache Gibson; siblings: Paul and Philemon Gibson; sister-in-law: Catherine Gibson; aunts: Florence Taylor, Flossietta Taylor, Rose Gibson, Viola Ferguson, Doreen Jolly, Melva Mackey and LaGloria Smith; nephews and niece: Adrian, Sh ...
Funeral Service for the late Aaron Lowell Gibson, 44 of O'Neils, Long Island will be held on Saturday 4th June, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Highway Church of God, Doctors Creek, Long Island. Officiating will be Bishop Robert McPhee and Evangelist Benjamin Pratt assisted by Pastor Allan Dixon. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Church of God, Church Street, Deals, Long Island.
Left to cherish his memories are his parents: Bishop Edward and Lenora Gibson; children: Rashad and Rache Gibson; siblings: Paul and Philemon Gibson; sister-in-law: Catherine Gibson; aunts: Florence Taylor, Flossietta Taylor, Rose Gibson, Viola Ferguson, Doreen Jolly, Melva Mackey and LaGloria Smith; nephews and niece: Adrian, Shenell, Shavado and Lanado Gibson; grand nephew: Adrian Gibson Jr.; cousins: Kevin and Dencil Gibson, Natasha Austin, Emily Williams, Patricia Gibson, Ellamae Graham, Tanya Moxey, Heather, Gloria, Queenie, Enid, Edith, Betty Gibson, Eddris, Chloe and Wanda Gibson, Stephen and Winston Gibson, Julia Taylor, Alma Smith, Arnette Russell, Mavis Edgecombe-Tinker, Reno and Raynard Rigby, Peter Taylor Jr., Rosemary/ Christopher Adderley and Family, Audrey Barnett and Family, Alphonso and Willamae Smith, Bertram (Junior) and Miriam Smith, Virginia, Elva Turner, Sylvia Knowles and Family, Berkley, Patrick and Kevin Smith, Dr. Conville Brown, Azel, Elton, Llyod, Viola Albury, Erica Higgs and Keyla, Sandra, Recky and Stephen Pratt and Family; pet: Jo-Jo (his Pit-Bull); numerous family and friends: Sharlene Carey, Lula and Etheline Bethel, Malinda Pratt and Family, Janelle Butler and Family, Alfred Knowles and Family, Kia Shearer and Family, Albertha Knowles and Family, Rita Wells and Family, Hans Ortner and Family, Albert Simms and Family, Ivan Jackson and Family, Gwendolyn Pinder and Family, Floyd Miller and Family, Rosie Miller and Family, Meriel Adderley and Family, Perline Cartwright and Family, Stephen Jolly and Family, Elsie Knowles and Family, Rex Pratt and Family, Esther Minnis and Family, Malachi Knowles (Kyer), Willis Harding and Family, Garnett Rolle and Family, Joel Butch Freise, Gett and Monica Foreman, Ann Knowles and Family, Mario Simms and Family, Ruth Bridgewater and Family, Alphonso Shearer and Family, Jerry Knowles and Family and the staff of the Simms Community Clinic.
Viewing will be held at the church in Long Island on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
A man who has spent more than 20 years in prison after being convicted of murder appeared before a Supreme Court judge yesterday to be resentenced.
Cyril Darville, 50, a former butcher at City Market, received the mandatory death sentence on August 13, 1992 for the shooting death of Ray Anthony Feaste, 27, in 1990. His body was found on a track road off Gladstone Road on March 17, 1990...
An accused serial killer who shot a man to death 23 years ago has been resentenced to 55 years in prison.
Cyril Darville, 51, yesterday apologized to God, his victim's family and his family and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas when he appeared before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to be resentenced for the 1990 murder of Anthony Feaste...
Funeral service for Adrianna Audrey Gibson, 62 yrs., a resident of Wilton Street, who died on 11th October, 2011, will be held at St. Georges Anglican Church, Montrose Ave. on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Archdeacon G. Kingsley Knowles, assisted by Deacon Witfield Hutchinson. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Your life, love and memory will always remain a treasure in the hearts of your surviving relatives and friends:
Children: Gina (Nelson) Miller and Requel (Kenroy) Sands;
Adopted Children: Wislande and Whitney Geffrard;
Brother: David (Ethelee) Gibson;
Sisters: Doreen Lightbourn, Ruth Collie, Patsy (Phillip) Green, Helena McQueen;
Sister-in-law: Joanne Gibson;
Grandchildren: Ahmal, Rashad, Gerlano, Taurean, and Naquel Miller, Kenroy Sands Jr., Alonzo, Rashay, Jameeka, Matthew, Whitnee and Felicia;
Great-grandchildren: K'mal and A'mal Miller;
Aunts: Luella Watkins, Francina Watson, Pecola Mckay of Delray Beach Fl., Cathlene Bulter, Dorcus Strachan of Waterford, Eleuthera;
Uncles: Samuel Bulter of Goulds Fl, Alexander Jr. and William Bulter;
Nieces: Mary Collie, Leisa and Glenalee Gibson, Chenica (Raymond) Mcphee, Sherel (Mirza) and AlexiaTurnquest, and Bridgette Brown;
Nephews: Kenworth (Maxine), Kendal (Camesuse), Keno (Verinique) Lightbourne, David, Joseph and Micah Gibson, Osbourne Lockhart, Petronie, Philip Jr., Patrick, Panacho, Jeffrey and Peter Green, Mely and Andy Evans;
Godmother: Mavis Davies;
Cousins: Cynthia Wells, Melony Hanna, Philip Dellasin and the Entire Watkins Family, Dianne and Marvin Watson, Beatrice Brown, Nathan and John Gibson & family, Louis Mackey and Terry Dean, Jennie, Willamae, Henry Dean & family, Val Sands, Shelia, Zeta and Prince Strachan, Euliese and James Butler, Clement Mortimore, Patricia Wilson, Harriet Davis & family, Genieve Bethel, Jan Thompson, Noreen Major, Anna Cash, Nelson Mitchell, Samuel Stubbs, Yvonne Neely, Beatrice and Roy Johnson, Tara Butler and Rosalind Davis, Louis and Nitta Sweeting, Edith Smith, Merlene Woodside, Winnifred Sams, Marie Saunders, Sheriline Sherman and Pearline McKinney;
Other relatives and friends including but not limited to: Mrs. Alberta Hall, Evans and Elroy Oralhomme, Sharon Thomalison, Philiph Jones, Geleter Poitier, Kenny Pervil, Demetrius Cleare, Mrs. Ester Archer, Blanche Rolle, Delores Sturrup, Elana and Naya Sweeting, Doretha and Zeke Taylor & family, Linda Flovil, Frankie Smith, Kenneth Brice, Marie and Charles Ariza, Dieula Paime, Vesaun, Esther Marshall, Mr. Dillis, Shirley Smith & family, Denise Clarke & family, Cyprianna McPhee, Jean Poitier, Wilda Delancy & family, Covant, Michael, Sheila Minnis, Marketplace Kitchen (Atlantis), John Bull Bay Street, Executive Coffee, Marsha Carey, Members of St. George's Church, and the Entire Culmersville Community.
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.
Adrianna Audrey Gibson, 62, a resident of Wilton Street, died at her residence on 11th October, 2011.
She is survived by her children: Gina Miller, & Requel Sands; adopted children: Wislande & Whitney Jeffard; sisters: Doreen Lightbourne, Ruth Collie, Patsy Green & Helena McQueen; 1 brother: David Gibson; aunts: Luella Watkins, Francina Watson, Pecola Mackey & Cathlene Butler; uncles: William, Samuel & Junior Butler; other relatives & friends including: Kenworth, Kendal & Keno Lightbourne, David Gibson Jr., Osbourne Lockhart, Leisa & Glenalee Gibson, Sheral Turnquest, Meridith Collie & Shenique McPhee.
Funeral Service for the late Agatha Maria Francis age 69 of Maple Drive, Perpall Tract who died on Monday October 24, 2011 will be held on Saturday November 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Remnant Tabernacle of Praise, Carmichael Road. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Kendall Stubbs assisted by other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish her precious memories are: Husband: Roscoe; Children: Sonja Morris, Stephen Francis, Sharece Murray, Sian Bevans and Marva Thompson; Grandchildren: Simone, Jahred and Liam Francis, Tariq, Aliyah and Alycia Bevans, Sinobi Murray and Paul Thompson Jr.; Sons-in-law: Luke Morris and Rochielle Bevans; Daughter-in-law: Linda Francis; Brothers-in-law: Oscar, Marcian, Kenneth, Basil and Wendell Francis; Sisters-in-law: Lynn, Marietta, Lethie and Marilyn Francis, Beatrice Powell and Dorothea Davis; Aunts: Florida Butler, Rev'd Elva Russell, C. Jacqueline, Virginia, Lorraine and Edith Smith and Claudia Leslie of Long Island New York, Ethel and Anthea Wood; Uncle: Kendly Smith; Grand Aunt: Feriss Stubbs; Nieces: Lisa Nelson, Lynette Daxon, Monique Lightbourne, Anastasia Thompson, Tia, Bridget, Loretta, Kamarah, Patricia, Janae, Wende, Sophie and Diana Francis and Kalilah Knowles, Joyann Frith, Debra Dames, Kenrah Newry, Kenmarie Watkins, Carol Basden, Esther Leonard, Terah Newbold, Francyss and Suzzette Pratt, Theresa McPhee; Nephews: Dr. Brendan, Lynden, Mario, Michan, Rodari, Omar, Gerald Stephen, Corey, Brian, Basil Nino, Tyrone, Gilbert, Carvel, Trevor, Sidney and Franklyn Francis and Matthew Pratt; Cousins: Brendolph Butler, Beverly Russell, Maurice Thompson, Kenyonne, Frederick and Spencer Russell, Karrolann Jervis, Apostle C. Clifford Smith, Reverends' Joseph, Benjamin and Rolston Smith, Makarios, David, Wemsley, Cedric, Stephanie, Sean, Rev. Father Berkley, Earl, Angela, Arahna, Arlington "Ike" , Bishop Kirk, Lindburgh Smith, Karen Carrol, Janice Howard of New Jersey, Michelle Wildgoose, Maria Stuart, Christine Cartwright, Kenleyna Greene, Bloundell Poitier, Maudline Cooper, Ria Major, Donna Peters of Wilmington, Texas, Leonard Leslie Jr., Leon, Janet and Michelle Leslie, Carolyn Donovan, Elliot Bowe, Patricia and Jeffrey Smith of New York City, Adelaide and Kenneth Smith, Kim Gumm, LaTeisha Davis and Barbara Walcott of Florida; Eloise Butler, Charles, Kenneth, Stanley, Arlington, Lynden, Kingsley, Leila and Angie Wood, Garnell Darling and Ruth Morgan of Eleuthera, Reginald Jr, Darryl, Stacey, Priscilla, Elouise and Erica Wood. Malvina Sands, Peggy, Judith, Rev. Henry and Nehemiah Francis and Arabella Cambridge; Special Acknowledgements and Thanks: Ellen Gilbert and family, Sidney and Florine Bain, Dr. Charmaine Bodie, Angela Brown, Beryl Ferguson, Daswell and Sylvia Bevans and family, Lloyd and Lilith Tinker, Godfrey and Sheila Strachan, Veronica Smith, Alex and Caroline Major, Yelverton and Jenniemae Cox, Winifred Waters and family, Francina Johnson, McKinley and Deloris Norris and family, Anita Roach, J. Edison and Patrinella Deleveaux, Eleanor and Shavonne Brennen, Marcia Deleveaux, Wayne Strachan, Patrice Cooper, Teazel and Carlos Butler, Bernadine Barr, Pandora and Shanell Smith, Marilyn Darville, Cyprianna Moss, Leonora Munnings, Ephraim and Sylvia Jones and family, Dorrington and Maria Poitier and family, Elrick and Victorine Collie, Basil and Carolyn Longley and family, Paula Williams, Arthur and Judy Chase, Joy Sargent, Clinton and Myrtle McCartney, Leland and Emerald Lightbourne, Hans, Annie and Paulette Boughardt, Dr. Kay Sweeting-Bain, The Johnson, Diah and Mitchell families. Henry and Eugenia Thurston, Gwendolyn King, Herbert and Yvette Coakley, Mae Zonicle, Rodger and Iva Simmons, Fletcher and Breniza Cooper, Bishop Alfred and Karen Hepburn, Althea Tinker, Brenda Hart, Bethsheba Stewart, Ververine Wilmot, Aba Smith and family, Velva and Prescola Cooper, Irma Deveaux and family, John Rosevear, Claudia King, Bernadette Brennen, Bridget Murray, Joanne Wilson, Lisa Adderley, Uriah and Harriett Cartwright, Dr and Mrs. Kendal Stubbs and the Remnant Tabernacle of Praise family, Reverend and Mrs. T. G. Morrison and the Zion Baptist Church Family, Fr. Glen Nixon and the St. Francis Xavier Church family, Staff of Main Operating Theatre, Private Surgical Theatre, Intensive Care Unit, Eye Ward, Dr. Vanard McPhee, Dr. Theodore Ferguson and Dr. Wesley Francis, Managers of Surgical Area II, Nursing Class IC 12, Evelyn Williams, Constance Rolle, Felice Bowe, Allison Prince, Betty Bostwick, Johnny Woodside, Edwina Johnson, Dr. Stacey Stubbs, Management and Staff of Bahamas Supermarkets Ltd, Erin and Sharon King, Drew Rosen, Percy Moss, Kingman Ingraham and Family, Sharlene Hanna, Tanya Bevans, Management and Staff of Commonwealth Brewery Group of Companies, Iva Roberts and Family, Dion and Tanya Turnquest, Ingrid Rolle, Grace Duncombe, Lucius and Dotlee Fox, Edwin and Gail Fox, Heather and Anna Smith, Carmetta Ingraham, Candice Thompson and family, Symone Sawyer and family, Tracy Stubbs.
Viewing will be held in the Legacy Suite of Vaughn O. Jones Memorial Center, Mt. Royal Ave. and Talbot Street on Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 8:30 am. to service time.
Pearl Funeral Service for Agnes Louise Carey-Forbes, 67 of #79 Kildere Drive, Monastery Park and formerly of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, the Bahamas will be held on Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 2:45pm at Zion Baptist Church, Shirley and East Streets. Pastor T. G. Morrison, assisted by Associate Ministers and Deacons will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
The Radiance of this "Pearl of A Gem" will always glow in the hearts of her:
Four Children: Marion Moxey, Thomas Forbes Sr., Roshell McPhee and Crofton Forbes Jr.;
Nine Grand Children: Leonardo, Thorne and Trent Moxey, Thomas Forbes Jr., Cassandra, Christina and Christian McPhee, Khyla and Aniyah Forbes; ...
Funeral Service for the Late Ahmad Ricardo Rashad Babbs, 23 years of Cox's Way, will be held on Saturday June 11th, 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Deliverance, East Street, South.
Bishop V.G. Clarke assisted by other members of the clergy. Interment will follow in the Eastern Cemetery, Shirley Street.
Ahmad is survived by His parents: Abigail Babb and Ricardo Babbs; His children: Kameah and Rashad; His grandmother: Vernita Babbs. Vaneria Babb-Ramsay(Deceased); His siblings: Thallis, Vernita, and Ivanah Babbs; His aunts: Philippa Forde; Denise Leary; Mekell Knowles; LaShan White of Miami, Florida; Tanya Babbs; Melvina Gibson; Garnell Babb; Melvern Huyler-Lewis of New York, Glensworth Strachan, Joan Sands, Norma, Patricia and Helena Babbs; Rosetta Babbs; Rachel Pople; Thelma Bain; Emily and Keva Goodman; Bobbette Goodman; Victoria and Constance Hall; Brenda Babbs; May Dean, Emily Hamilton, Mildred Dean and Alice Dean. Jacquline Dean and Clemoi Gibson, Inger Seymour and Sophia Mackey; His uncles: Terrance Pedican; Thallis, Bradley, Brian and Dwight Babbs; Thyrone, Trevor and Valentino Babbs; Kendal, Roscoe, Charles and Rodger Babbs; Stanley and Cresval Babb; and Roy Pedican; Alfred Lewis; Wesley Pople; Byron Bain; Caleb, William, Jeffrey, Walter and Alphonso Goodman; Cousins: Tonya, Sean, Sherisse and Steffon Gibson; Siobhan and Nicole Reilly; Charlton and Perez Babb; Monique Lugo; Stanley and Stanell Babb; Royann Pedican; Joy, Cindy, Todd, and Kurt Drakes; Cheryl, Issac, Dustan Babb; Michael, Paul and Clayton Fernander; Sharon and Stephanie Fernander; Jennifer and Bridgette Pedican; Sandra Burrows; Carla Hall; Julian Pedican; Geno Simms; Steffon Jr; Diazrio Torren; Shantia Latique Gibson; Sean Jr; Quniton, Latoya and Brianna Gibson; Edwin and Rashad Babb; Jennifer, Felicia, Georgeann and Jarell Knowles; Totyana Nord, Fredricka Mackey; Corey Onley, Julian and Jonathan White, Decorey Gray, Thalisa, Bradeisha and Dwynisha Babbs.Payton Ewing ,Khesanh Trunquest, Amber Pinder, Nicolas Reilly,Antonio Forde; Numerous relatives and friends including: Hanako Tukuru, Teako and Alfreda Lewis; Italya Beth, Maria and Alicia Goodman; Kayla and Kieshla Goodman; Kyle, Dean, Ali Tukuru; McKell, Marvin and Makayla Goodman; Jamaal, Jerez, and Javarick Bain; LaTario Goodman; Caleb Goodman II; Canix Nelson, Lisa Whyms, Ginger Horton, Mrytle Goodman, Leslie Russell; Ritchie Goodman Sam and Joanne Williams and family. Ernestine Bartlette and ,Vanessa Walkes and Family Ezra Dean and Family ,Tessa Smith and Family Beulah Arnett and Family, Hurbert Arnett Jr and Family, Olive Williams and Family Garnell, Susan, Prince Steven and Samuel Arnett and Family,Philmore and Donell Arnett (FT.Lauderdale) Beverly Marshall and Family,Dorothea Miller and Family Ezra Dean Jr Vernon, Mark Dean(Denver Coloroda),Yvette Williams and Family ,Sonia Adderley and Family , Lorista Johnson and Family, Sharon Saunders and Family Linda ,Marvin and Devon Dean and Family Sandra Rahming and Family Steve, Dion and Keshia Collie and Family, Hubert Mackey and Family Deborah Adderley and Family, Karen Lockhart and Family Hezeron Lobosky and Family Cheryl Wilson and Family,Pamela Rodgers and Family Magdel ,Shirley, Althea and Leon Storr and Lori Curtis and Family, Lorna Newbold and Family Andrew Mcphee And Family Mount Royal and Ludlow Street Family Management and Staff Of Rentokil Initial , Kerzner International Pantol Street Family and Jamell Walker and Family, Apex Awards and Signs Staff and Management, General Appliance Management and Staff,The Porch Family and The Centerville Community.
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.
A group of educators contesting the upcoming Bahamas Union of Teachers elections say they are concerned that membership dues have gone missing under the watch of union president Belinda Wilson. Stephen McPhee, who leads the Restoration Alliance, yesterday said his team is greatly alarmed that...