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Former BIS Executive Director A. Edward Ellis laid to rest

The government, the public service and staff of Bahamas Information Services BIS bade farewell to retired Executive Director A. Edward Ellis, during a service of celebration at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Among those present were: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes; Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis; Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe, who also paid tribute, and Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Alyson Maynard-Gibson. The officiant was Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown, assisted by Reverend Fr. Neil G Nairn.
Ellis died on June 3, 2014 at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He is survived by wife Helen, daughter Jovanna, son Julian and granddaughter Ashley,
A career public servant, Ellis served his country with distinction for some 42 years before retiring in March of 2014. During his career he was instrumental in the development of the communications arm of the government at the Bahamas Information Services (BIS), and the archiving of important legislative proceedings of the Parliament in his capacity as editor of The Hansard.
Through the many incarnations of government information, Ellis' contribution and professional work in communicating the works of the Bahamas government featured prominently. Ellis was also revered as a very patriotic Bahamian and very disciplined; his standard of journalism was second to none.
He was born on January 28, 1949 in Nassau, the eldest of five children born to Adolphus Edward (Duffy) I and Lois (Godet) Ellis. He attended George's Anglican Pre-school, Eastern Junior and Senior Schools and St John's College. In 1975 he was awarded an in-service award and studied journalism at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

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Former athletes to conduct clinics in The Bahamas

Devon McDonald, a former football player with the famed University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL), will be coming to The Bahamas with two other ex-pro football players and a former female softball player for a week-long tour of New Providence and Grand Bahama...

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Fort Charlotte Office Opening Remarks - FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham
Fort Charlotte Office Opening Remarks - FNM Leader Hubert Ingraham

Ft. Charlotte;
FNMs:
I brought you Zhivargo Laing again and I want you to send him back to me as your MP!
I now live in Fort Charlotte. There are five of us in our house - we are voting FNM!
On Saturday night we will be in Exuma, on Monday the 5th we will be in Long Island, on Thursday the 8th we will be back in Nassau in Golden Gates and we are going to take Shane Gibson out!

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Forty percent of inmates in study cite economic conditions for committing crimes

A study on the profile of prisoners reveals that 40 percent of the inmates at Her Majesty's Prison (HMP) committed crimes based on their economic conditions.Academics at The College of The Bahamas released their research on crime during a violence research symposium yesterday at the college.

One of the studies explored crime through the eyes of prison inmates.

The profile of sentenced inmates at HMP'revealed that the number one driver of criminal activity among the 336 surveyed inmates was related to economic circumstances

However, most respondents reported that they had jobs at the time of their arrest. Only four percent said they were unemployed.

During her presentation, professor of Sociology Jessica Minnis reasoned that many of the jobs were low paying.

The research further explained that, "For the purposes of the study, an economic reason was defined as any statement that indicated any level of material want or needs; or registered any concern about the means of attaining material wants or needs."

In addition to economic, other reasons listed behind criminal activity were association, drugs, anger, lack of religion, stress, and neglect, among other things.

Among the inmates who were employed, 62 percent were employed in semi-skilled jobs; 21 percent were employed in unskilled occupations; 11 percent were skilled workers, and one percent were employed in professional occupations.

The study further reveals that more than half of the prison inmates in The Bahamas claimed to have been victims of crime themselves.

The data was collected during May and July 2010.

Of the inmates surveyed, 46 percent were in maximum security; 37 percent were in medium security; 10 percent were in minimum security; five percent were from the female prison and another two percent were in the remand center.

The study also shows that 54 percent of the inmates dropped out of school -- 48 percent of that group was expelled for infractions such as fighting, bad behavior, drugs, disrespect for authority or because they simply were not interested in school.

Meanwhile, 31 percent of the respondents said they were abused or mistreated by parents, guardians, other adults, among other people.

Another 49 percent said they witnessed violence in their home.

The type of violence included physical, emotional, sexual and murder. Three percent of the respondents said they witnessed a murder.

The demographic of the sample population included 95 percent males, five percent females and one percent transgender.

Nearly 80 percent said they were single and 12 percent were married. The study shows that 93 percent of the respondents were born in The Bahams. The remainder were born in Jamaica, Haiti and America.

Researchers said there ought to be further lines of inquiry based on profile data of the economy and crime; restorative justice possibilities; education policy regarding school discipline and gender and crime.

Associate Professor of Law Michael Stevenson, who also presented the research, said too many of the children expelled from school turn to a life of crime.

He said something needs to be done with the disciplinary system at schools.

In addition to Minnis and Stevenson, the research was done by E'Thegra Symonette, Yvette Pintard-Newry, and Tonya Gibson.

The study focused on identifying common characteristics of inmates, including demographics, background, criminal history and involvement, prison culture and society and inmate self perceptions.

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Four Junior Basketball Players Being Recruited By The Patriots

Four of the top junior female basketball players in New Providence are of interest to Melissa Irvin, head coach of the University of the Cumberlands Patriots.

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Four legends to battle in The Bahamas

Two of the greatest legends in women's tennis history along with two former number one ranked players in the world, are going to face off against each other in an epic doubles match, at the 2nd Bahamas Open in New Providence, on Sunday March 11, at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's (BLTA) National Tennis Center.
Martina Navratilova, considered to be one of the best women tennis player of all-time, will battle Monica Seles, one of the best ever in the sport, in this mega doubles match. Not to be outdone, Jennifer Capriati, a tennis phenom at 13, will team up with Seles to go up against Navratilova and her partner Mary Joe Fernandez, another former top player. Capriati hurt her arm in an exhibition match in Europe and is hoping to be able to play by the tournament date. She is expected to attend The Bahamas Open regardless, and if she can't play, Zina Garrison, another former top player, is expected to take her place.
This historic event is scheduled to take place on March 11, the opening day of the 2nd Bahamas Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) sanctioned event, that carries a total purse of $100,000. Both the Tennis Channel and ESPN are expected into town for the broadcast of the mega doubles match and semi-finals and finals of the open singles and doubles.
Last year, The Bahamas made history when it was hosted for the first time ever a major pro women tennis tournament. The event also set a record for the most top players, all in the top 100 ranking in the world, in the Main Draw for a $100,000 prize money tournament. Now, they are set to do it again.
"All the players that were in our Main Draw last year, only play in million-dollar prize money tournaments," said Ty Olander, the owner of the ITF sanction for The Bahamas. "Never had a $100,000 in prize money tournament attracted all 100 ranked players for the Main Draw. Before us, this was unheard of, but the good news is this trend will continue, as we get all of the players eliminated in Indian Wells the first week. They need us and as a result our tournament was formed."
Seles, Navratilova, Capriati and Fernandez have never played in The Bahamas before, even in exhibition matches. They are all looking forward to coming to The Bahamas to kick off the 2nd Bahamas Open, which is expected to be a huge event this time around.
"We have put together an event second to none this time," said Olander. "We are getting everybody involved from the school children, the tourists, the various charities, the expats, the service clubs and the residents. There will be something for everyone."
While here, these tennis stars are expected to visit schools, put on tennis clinics, host receptions and meet the Bahamians as well as tourists up front and personal. They are all on a full schedule for the three days that they will be in town, as organizers hope the tournament kicks off from all of the publicity generated by these legendary players.
"All the contracts are signed, the sponsors are comfortable and we're ready to go," continued Olander. "The good news is that two of them are right in Florida and the other two are in Houston and Philadelphia, so our expenses are minimal."
These players who are considered some of the best in the world in modern history will all be staying at the Cove at Atlantis during their time here and are expected to take part in various events. According to Garrison, who's coming to The Bahamas as a back-up, she's actually looking forward to getting back on the court and playing in The Bahamas if the occasion arises.
"I'm extremely excited about coming to The Bahamas for this event and looking forward to it," said Garrison. "I love The Bahamas, I have a lot of friends there and it's going to be very exciting."
The Bahamas Open is expected to start on Friday March 9, with a Welcome Reception at the Tennis Center where all of the players are expected to sign up. The qualifiers are on Saturday March 10, and Sunday March 11, followed by the Opening Ceremony which starts with the legendary doubles match with the star players at 5:00 p.m.
The Main Draw starts on Monday and ends on Saturday with the presentation of the Lady Edith Turnquest Championship trophy to the winner. Tickets go on sale next week at various box offices and online at www.thebahamasopen.com.
Several travel agencies are already booking accommodation at the official hotel and also at Atlantis. This event is expected to catapult The Bahamas to new heights in sports tourism, as hundreds of players, coaches, family members, managers and fans are expected in town for the historic event.
Each player will be playing for a local charity, and according to Olander, they are going to approach the Red Cross, the Ranfurly Home for Children, the Cancer Society and the Crippled Children's Committee. Each of their purses will go to their respective charities.

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Fourth annual Shipyard fishing tournament to help east Grand Bahama schools

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- One of The Bahamas' favourite sports, fishing, will be pulling in the big ones shortly to help a worthy cause. The Grand Bahama Shipyard (GBS) is finalising plans for their fourth annual Youth Benefit Fishing Tournament, which will be held March 22nd at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club.
While last year's tournaments assisted schools in West Grand Bahama, this year's tournament hopes to benefit Sweeting's Cay, Grand Cay, as well as the Sir Charles Hayward Children's Library and the Grand Bahama Youth Choir.
Ed Pavey, Tournament Director and Director of Technical and Planning, noted that the Shipyard hopes that this year's tournament will see a larger turnout, "We have a bigger number of boats coming from the US, Nassau and the Family Islands to participate," said the Director. "Last year we had 30 teams enter, we'd like to surpass that and see if anyone can beat Team Executive Marine, Mellors, who have dominated the tournament for the last two years."
Pavey and Creighton Moxey, the GBS Tournament Co-Director, hope that they can also can beat the funds raised last year.
"Each year we've managed to beat our previous year's fundraising," stated Moxey. "We are hoping for more fishermen but also a larger turnout at the family fun day, where we have food, games, a great dunking booth and a raffle with a flat screen TV as the final prize."

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Fourth grade student wins Dolphin Encounters baby naming contest
Fourth grade student wins Dolphin Encounters baby naming contest

Eden Cox, a nine year-old, fourth grade student of Xavier’s Lower School was announced the winner of the Dolphin Encounters Baby Naming Contest.

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Fox Hill Office Opening - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
Fox Hill Office Opening - Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

Fox Hill;
Bahamians everywhere;
FNMs:

Before I say anything else, I wish to address some matters related to City Markets. For the benefit of the 400 workers and the general public I will strictly limit my remarks to specific comments on what contributed significantly to the decline of that well-known supermarket chain.

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Fox Hill after school programmes help kids gain educational skills

Nassau, The Bahamas -
Children in the Fox Hill Constituency are  involved in after-school
programmes at the area's Urban Renewal Centre to gain other educational
and social skills.    

"The challenges we
see in Fox Hill are educational.  We have an after-school programme during
the months that schools are open.  We offer homework help, the boys'
club and girls' club, a band practice, liturgic dance lessons, these
are talented children and we try to enhance their talents," said Brenda
Murray, assistant manager facilitator for the Fox Hill Urban Renewal
Centre. 

"We find that children
are better, one on one. So, our programmes run from three in the afternoon
to five, and some until seven.  We go beyond our working hours.  But if
it helps the child, then it is worth it in the end..." 

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Fr. Marcian Peters Tourney Gets Underway
Fr. Marcian Peters Tourney Gets Underway

The opening day of the 28th Annual Fr. Marcian Peters Basketball Tournament featured 10 of the 16 teams competing for the title in the primary school boys' division. As for the second day of competition, that featured the intermediate boys as action continued at Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

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Free National Movement Rally R.M. Bailey Park
Free National Movement Rally R.M. Bailey Park

Fellow Bahamians;
Young People;
Residents of Over-the-Hill;
F-N-Ms:

Let me begin by congratulating our Carifta swimming team. They fought hard. They came from third place and passed Trinidad and Tobago to come in second.

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Friends of IAAF 2014 World Relays Unveiled
Friends of IAAF 2014 World Relays Unveiled

Nineteen local businesses, fourteen media companies and three (3) local hotels have been named Friends of 2014...

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Friendships Formed Between Kart Stars and Bahamian Students

A love story - that is what started last week when children from the UK Formula Kart Stars met children and students from Bahamian schools. They made a genuine and touching connection with each other.

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From Teacher to Entrepreneur

Well another "son of the Bahamian soil", has "put pen to paper" and written his autobiography and what an interesting life story it is!  He is none other than Mr. Patrick J. Bethel, who after a most distinguished career in education, returned to his beloved Abaco and managed to become a successful entrepreneur.
The book has as its title, appropriately, "From Teacher... To Entrepreneur".  As may be expected in the case of a literary work by one proud to be known as "a Cherokee boy", its cover is most attractive, featuring a picture of Cherokee Sound, a scene most beautiful with a white sandy beach, green cedar trees and multi-colored seascape.  The writer has adopted a direct, lucid easy-to-read style which retains the attention of the reader.  If you begin to read this volume you won't stop until you have read all 80 pages!
Now, there can be no doubt that this book has great historical value. This is precisely because Mr. Bethel is gifted with a "photographic memory" enabling him to recall in great detail and precision, events which took place from when he was less than two years of age.  Thus he describes, in vivid detail, all aspects of the visit of the Duke And Duchess of Windsor (King Edward VI who left the throne in order to marry the Duchess) and was then Governor of The Bahamas) in 1942. There are also nostalgic memories of events which took place during World War II and also of incidents which took place during his years of service as an officer in the Ministry of Education. Concisely, Patrick Bethel's autobiography is a valuable historical gem.
As may be expected in a book by a leading educator, there is a lot of sound advice on education and the proper nurture of children.  He makes an observation which merits most careful consideration: "My grandson recently asked me how come I have so much knowledge about The Bahamas and the world. My reply was reading."
Today, the computer, video, cell phones, Facebook, etc., have replaced reading and I fear we are producing a generation of non-readers. Let me finish with the following statement: "Reading is power. If you cannot read you have no power."
Now, this is a word most relevant to the young people of The Bahamas, and indeed of the world today for you see, many of them are adept at using the computer and sending messages via Facebook: but do not have good reading and writing skills. They find it hard to write a proper essay.  We are distressed that we still have a low average mark in our national exams -- D to D+.  Well, this will not change unless, and until we encourage our children to read! The observation of Mr. Bethel should be placed in every classroom in our schools.
Considering Mr. Bethel's wide experience, this book could have easily been much longer.  As Mr. Hartis Pinder, attorney-at-law, who also hails from Cherokee Sound, points out in his foreword: "It represents but snippets of a very fruitful life."
While all Bahamians should read this book, it is submitted that there are two groups in our society who would most certainly benefit from it.  These are young Bahamian teachers struggling "to make their mark" in education and young couples trying to raise their children in the right disciplined way.
The latter especially would benefit from exercising discipline by instructing their children to spend less time on Facebook and more time reading a book.
Mr. Bethel is a very patriotic Bahamian who enjoys "things Bahamian".  Thus, this book is truly a Bahamian product. Whereas many other Bahamians, who have written books, have elected to have their works printed and/or published abroad, Mr. Bethel had his book published by a company in Abaco.  It is, therefore, a literary gem -- written by a Bahamian, about The Bahamas, published in The Bahamas for Bahamians.
Although the writer hints that this may be his last major literary effort, it is my "gut feeling" that he has more to contribute. Thus, he is at one with Mr. Mike Lightbourn, who, in his foreword, makes this stirring appeal: "Pat, thank you for putting pen to paper again. Please do not stop."
All in all, a most interesting, informative, inspiring read. This book certainly should be placed in every school library and on the bookshelf of every home in The Bahamas. Get yours today!
While the author claims that his main purpose in contributing this work is to share his life story with his children, grandchildren and future offspring, there can be no doubt that his book will have a tremendous appeal to a much wider audience than that of his own family circle.  As a veteran educator, Mr. Bethel has exerted great influence and touched the lives of hundreds of Bahamians active in education and other fields of human endeavor throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The life story of Mr. Bethel is extremely interesting. Born on February 11, 1933 in the picturesque little settlement of Cherokee Sound, Abaco, Patrick Bethel received his early education at the primary school there, where he proved to be a brilliant student.
He was recognized as the leading male student during the historic visit of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Cherokee Sound in 1942.  As a man with a strong sense of history, the writer tells us a lot about his background, revealing that his ancestors came to The Bahamas as United Empire Loyalists back in the eighteenth century after the American war of independence.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville Bethel, were devout Methodists and young Patrick received his nurture in the Christian faith at Epworth Methodist Chapel, attending worship three or four times every week.  His Christian faith proved to be a source of spiritual strength throughout his long and distinguished career in education, business and social activism.
In the year 1977, having completed 30 years in the field of education, he took early retirement and returned to Abaco. There, he and his faithful wife, Margaret operated several small businesses.

Title: "From Teacher . . . To Entrepreneur" "A Cherokee Boy"
Author: Patrick J. Bethel
Date: 2011 AD
Publisher: Abaco Print Shop
Place: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Cost: $19.98
Available at Logos Book Store and other book stores in Nassau.

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From Teacher to Entrepreneur

Well another "son of the Bahamian soil", has "put pen to paper" and written his autobiography and what an interesting life story it is!  He is none other than Mr. Patrick J. Bethel, who after a most distinguished career in education, returned to his beloved Abaco and managed to become a successful entrepreneur.
The book has as its title, appropriately, "From Teacher... To Entrepreneur".  As may be expected in the case of a literary work by one proud to be known as "a Cherokee boy", its cover is most attractive, featuring a picture of Cherokee Sound, a scene most beautiful with a white sandy beach, green cedar trees and multi-colored seascape.  The writer has adopted a direct, lucid easy-to-read style which retains the attention of the reader.  If you begin to read this volume you won't stop until you have read all 80 pages!
Now, there can be no doubt that this book has great historical value. This is precisely because Mr. Bethel is gifted with a "photographic memory" enabling him to recall in great detail and precision, events which took place from when he was less than two years of age.  Thus he describes, in vivid detail, all aspects of the visit of the Duke And Duchess of Windsor (King Edward VI who left the throne in order to marry the Duchess) and was then Governor of The Bahamas) in 1942. There are also nostalgic memories of events which took place during World War II and also of incidents which took place during his years of service as an officer in the Ministry of Education. Concisely, Patrick Bethel's autobiography is a valuable historical gem.
As may be expected in a book by a leading educator, there is a lot of sound advice on education and the proper nurture of children.  He makes an observation which merits most careful consideration: "My grandson recently asked me how come I have so much knowledge about The Bahamas and the world. My reply was reading."
Today, the computer, video, cell phones, Facebook, etc., have replaced reading and I fear we are producing a generation of non-readers. Let me finish with the following statement: "Reading is power. If you cannot read you have no power."
Now, this is a word most relevant to the young people of The Bahamas, and indeed of the world today for you see, many of them are adept at using the computer and sending messages via Facebook: but do not have good reading and writing skills. They find it hard to write a proper essay.  We are distressed that we still have a low average mark in our national exams -- D to D+.  Well, this will not change unless, and until we encourage our children to read! The observation of Mr. Bethel should be placed in every classroom in our schools.
Considering Mr. Bethel's wide experience, this book could have easily been much longer.  As Mr. Hartis Pinder, attorney-at-law, who also hails from Cherokee Sound, points out in his foreword: "It represents but snippets of a very fruitful life."
While all Bahamians should read this book, it is submitted that there are two groups in our society who would most certainly benefit from it.  These are young Bahamian teachers struggling "to make their mark" in education and young couples trying to raise their children in the right disciplined way.
The latter especially would benefit from exercising discipline by instructing their children to spend less time on Facebook and more time reading a book.
Mr. Bethel is a very patriotic Bahamian who enjoys "things Bahamian".  Thus, this book is truly a Bahamian product. Whereas many other Bahamians, who have written books, have elected to have their works printed and/or published abroad, Mr. Bethel had his book published by a company in Abaco.  It is, therefore, a literary gem -- written by a Bahamian, about The Bahamas, published in The Bahamas for Bahamians.
Although the writer hints that this may be his last major literary effort, it is my "gut feeling" that he has more to contribute. Thus, he is at one with Mr. Mike Lightbourn, who, in his foreword, makes this stirring appeal: "Pat, thank you for putting pen to paper again. Please do not stop."
All in all, a most interesting, informative, inspiring read. This book certainly should be placed in every school library and on the bookshelf of every home in The Bahamas. Get yours today!
While the author claims that his main purpose in contributing this work is to share his life story with his children, grandchildren and future offspring, there can be no doubt that his book will have a tremendous appeal to a much wider audience than that of his own family circle.  As a veteran educator, Mr. Bethel has exerted great influence and touched the lives of hundreds of Bahamians active in education and other fields of human endeavor throughout the length and breadth of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
The life story of Mr. Bethel is extremely interesting. Born on February 11, 1933 in the picturesque little settlement of Cherokee Sound, Abaco, Patrick Bethel received his early education at the primary school there, where he proved to be a brilliant student.
He was recognized as the leading male student during the historic visit of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Cherokee Sound in 1942.  As a man with a strong sense of history, the writer tells us a lot about his background, revealing that his ancestors came to The Bahamas as United Empire Loyalists back in the eighteenth century after the American war of independence.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Granville Bethel, were devout Methodists and young Patrick received his nurture in the Christian faith at Epworth Methodist Chapel, attending worship three or four times every week.  His Christian faith proved to be a source of spiritual strength throughout his long and distinguished career in education, business and social activism.
In the year 1977, having completed 30 years in the field of education, he took early retirement and returned to Abaco. There, he and his faithful wife, Margaret operated several small businesses.
 
Title: "From Teacher . . . To Entrepreneur" "A Cherokee Boy"
Author: Patrick J. Bethel
Date: 2011 AD
Publisher: Abaco Print Shop
Place: Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas
Cost: $19.98
Available at Logos Book Store and other book stores in Nassau.

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From The Pitch To PMH
From The Pitch To PMH

Richard Wilson joined the construction industry on leaving school as an apprentice quantity surveyor with William Sindall in 1958. For several decades he has been involved in some of the largest construction projects in The Bahamas.

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Full athletic scholarship for Printassia

Bahamian junior sprinter Printassia Johnson, a 2011 graduate of Queen's College, was awarded a full athletic scholarship to attended Illinois State University, a prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I school in Chicago, Illinois, this spring.
Johnson had a choice between numerous Division I programs, but after reviewing Illinois State's proposal, her heart and soul was content and confident that that is where she would begin her collegiate journey.
Director of Track and Field/Cross Country and Head Coach, Elvis Forde, is extremely elated and ecstatic to have Johnson join his elite program. He noted that both her academic and athletic accomplishments would be a huge asset to his program, and he is looking forward to excellent results from her this season. In addition, he also encouraged other athletes to stay focused and balance their academics with athletics, and other opportunities would be presented to them.
During her tenure at Queen's College, Johnson assisted her team to a number of second place finishes at the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BIASS) Track and Field Championships. Not only did she participate in events for her school, but she was also chosen to represent both her school and The Bahamas at major regional and international meets, namely the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships (2006-2011), the Penn Relays (2010-2011), the Embry Riddle Track and Field Classic, the BAYTAF Classic, and the Russell E. Blunt East Coast Invitational.
She is the daughter of Henry and Princess Johnson. At Illinois State, Johnson plans to major in business management, with a concentration in marketing, and later aspires to become the best real estate executive in The Bahamas.
A humble Johnson has expressed gratitude and is very appreciative to Citizen Bahamas Business and Consulting Firm for their continued support, guidance, assistance and nurturing that they have bestowed during her track and field career, and for making her dream a reality. She is convinced that both her experience and commitment to her academics and athletics would uphold her character, honesty and integrity in all of her achievements in the future. One of her favorite quotes comes from Albert Einstein: "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it."

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Full road closures expected as summer break nears
Full road closures expected as summer break nears

With summer break just around the corner for many schools, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is advising the public to expect the number of full road closures to increase.

"As we enter the summer session from June to August the plan for the project is to substantially complete the majority of key roads," said Charlene Collie, Public Relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project and engineer for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. 

"This includes completing the first layer of asphalt material, underground works, drainage, water mains and service ducts.

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GB Candidate Headed for National Jr. Minister Competition

Freeport, Bahamas - A
total of fifty-seven 11th graders from throughout The
Bahamas will gather in Nassau on Friday, April 8th
to decide who will become the ninth Junior
Minister of Tourism, a title that will be held for
the proceeding twelve months. The national speech competition will feature
fourteen 11th
grade students, and be held at St. John's College.

This
will mark the culmination of a series of competitions conducted by the
Schools Unit of the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. Speech contests and panel interviews held
throughout the islands of The Bahamas have determined winners from 14
islands...

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GB mega-resort 'on course'

A 2018 opening, the hiring of 9,000 to 10,000 people, and the construction of what will essentially be a mini-city in East Grand Bahama are all said to be "on course" by a proposed $6.3 billion development's U.S.-based developer, Larry McDonough.
"There's been a lot of hearsay but we're not going anywhere," said the ambitious developer, breaking his silence on the project, which, at almost twice the investment value of the Baha Mar mega-resort, has been portrayed by some as simply too huge to be realistically feasible.
The Blackwood Point Resort has not yet received approval from the government, but Prime Minister Perry Christie has spoken positively of the project and McDonough and former MP Kenneth Russell, his Bahamian representative, have suggested comments from the government point to the fact they are getting ever closer to this goal.
If it were to go ahead, the project would be - as McDonough said the prime
minister noted in the company's last meeting with him - the largest single investment ever in The Bahamas, and possibly in the Caribbean.
It would also make The Bahamas, and Grand Bahama in particular, a major Chinese center of investment in the region, just 90 miles from the coast of the United States.
To date, the project, which has been before the government for over a year in its current form, has only been spoken of by Russell, McDonough's Bahamian representative, who was also a Cabinet minister in the last Ingraham administration.
Breaking his silence on the project for the first time in an interview with Guardian Business, McDonough, chairman and president of Kylin International Group, said the project could be ready for a soft opening by 2018 if given the go-ahead by August of this year.
Hearing him list his plans for East Grand Bahama is like hearing a description of an entirely new city - a cruise port, an airport, a transportation system, an industrial park, a hospital, a power plant, schools, housing, government buildings, and six hotels including 2,900 rooms.
The developer says that without each of these components, the project simply couldn't work. And, he adds, looked at from the perspective of hotel rooms alone, it is only somewhat bigger than the Baha Mar project which is now slated to open in December 2014, and is also funded by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.
He also added that he and his team have tried to accommodate recommendations from the government with this adding in some cases to the scope of the project and the length of time it has taken to complete a final proposal.
"The government has been very, very helpful. They've made recommendations, for example with Minister (Kenred) Dorsett from the environmental and housing aspect. And so we listen to everyone's concerns and we look at it and if we can implement people's concerns we do so," said McDonough.
"I feel that the project is very strong and very solid both in components and in our teams that we have from construction to financing, and to the support in Grand Bahama."
The space availability in East Grand Bahama, its proximity to the U.S., and the level of unemployment on the island make it an ideal location for such a major project, he suggested.
"We just feel Grand Bahama was the island to do this. I just feel it's the right location," he said.
McDonough suggested he is not leaving anything to chance in relation to airlift, suggesting he is not comfortable with an "if you build it, they will come" approach to development.
Air France
He explained how he has contracted with Air France Consulting to create an airlift plan for the resort, which involves sourcing tourists from North and South America, Europe and Asia, with the help of some planes which the company itself will own and operate. On April 11, he added, the Air France team will be in East Grand Bahama to review the proposed site for the airport.
"At this stage we've come up with somewhat of a plan that works for myself and the resort, and it will also I believe, help the Bahamas, the commonwealth in general, with what we're planning on doing," he said.

Going into more detail, he added: "The equipment that we are purchasing will be equipment that can have nonstop service to three cities in China and the cities that will be serviced will be Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
"The services within China that will be feeding those cities are part of our other co-operations with other airlines in China."
McDonough said that due to the extensiveness of the proposal, the Chinese contractors who will be working on the project are putting together a delegation of engineers and dignitaries who will come to The Bahamas "in the next couple of weeks" to meet the prime minister and visit the sites.
The developer describes the project as something he will be not only be constructing, but running. He claims to have top hotel brands committed to being attached to each of the hotels even at this early stage.
"We are not carpetbaggers," said McDonough. "People are going to be amazed at who we have on our team."
'State-owned enterprise'
As for who will carry out the work of building the resort, McDonough described it only as "a large state-owned and Global 500 enterprise." McDonough said his vision is to "hire as many Bahamians as possible", assisted by an extensive training program, both into construction and permanent jobs at the resort/destination.
While Russell, McDonough's governmental affairs chief, has previously pointed to China Development Bank as the chief financier of the project, McDonough was more circumspect, stating that it was a "large top tier financial institution."
The terms of the deal: a straightforward commercial loan, providing 85 per cent of the financing for the project. McDonough will put in 15 per cent in equity.
Once approvals have been received, McDonough said that the next stage will be to hold town meetings in the East Grand Bahama area.
Asked about his background and how that would make him eligible to pull off a project of this magnitude, McDonough simply listed a number of areas he said he has experience in: Construction, hotels, transportation, education, shipping, aviation, hospitality, cruise ports, adding that he is skilled at knowing "who to hire and having the smartest people in the room".
McDonough has been described by those who have worked with him as "laid back", and this easy going manner was evident in Guardian Business's conversation with him. Beyond this, not a huge amount is available to learn about him by way of an Internet search.
One piece of information that does appear is on a Chinese engineering company's webpage, which shows a photo of McDonough during a "signing ceremony for a project cooperation framework agreement" with the company for the Grand Bahama project in April 2013. The firm's website speaks enthusiastically of the Grand Bahama proposal, stating that the project has the support of the Bahamian government and will not only bring benefits for the island, but will also help firms in Zhejiang, China, to "go abroad".
A website set up for Kylin International Grand Bahama Island is sparsely populated, with links to previous projects and other details yet to be filled.
McDonough said more information will be forthcoming as the project progresses.
"I've done a wide variety of projects," he added.
Prime Minister Christie told Guardian Business last August that the Blackwood project would be "off to the races" if its proponents could answer several key questions at what was then an upcoming September meeting. These included whether they have the financial means to construct the development, the identity of all the key players, and if it does indeed have the support of the Chinese government. No approval was provided at this time and further meetings are slated to take place in coming months.

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GB now attracting many sports tourism events

Grand Bahama is rapidly regaining its big reputation for the hosting of sports tourism events. Sports tourism, indeed, abounds in Grand Bahama. Whether of the purely domestic kind or heavy on the foreign element, Grand Bahama is becoming once again a strong rival of New Providence.
Just this week, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe and ministry officials met with the aviation tourism power organization FUN 'n' SUN. The session is expected to result in an increased amount of private aviation visitors to the island and the rest of The Bahamas.
While on the island, Minister Wilchcombe endorsed the first Mychal "Sweet Bells" Thompson/Fred Higgs Golf Classic, scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 at the Reef Golf Course. Ministry officials and Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) Vice President Ambrose Gouthro, who has been the driving force behind the event, have high hopes of the event becoming one of the sports tourism highlights annually in Grand Bahama.
Down at Old Bahama Bay in West End, General Manager James Culmer and his associates cater to the prestigious Mike Schmidt fishing extravaganza each year.
In basketball, some of the best junior high school male players and female stars from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) schools converge on Grand Bahama in November.
The National Baseball Championships are staged in Grand Bahama each year. This year, the little league Caribbean qualifier and a special invitational tournament will be added to the nationals.
The BGF junior and senior nationals were held in Grand Bahama this year.
Today, the Bahamas Cycling Federation will get into the act. The BCF has sanctioned the Grand Bahama Road Cycling Championships. The event will have the elite riders covering a course of 73 miles. BCF President Roy Colebrooke, competitors and supporters will be in Grand Bahama. The visiting participants will try to claim the trophies from the various categories.
Most significantly, Spanish Wells native Chad Albury will be defending his title. Albury came back to the country of his birth, all the way from Australia, to try and repeat.
Albury and the other elite riders will no doubt captivate spectators but the other categories have added significantly to the domestic sports tourism aspect. Incoming riders will be competing against Grand Bahama-based cyclists in the novice category, the Weekend Warriors category and the advanced category.
The race will begin at 8 p.m. on the Grand Bahama Highway, the starting point just across from the airport.
Expectations are high for a very entertaining and competitive event. Albury is the hot favorite. He is considered the most skilled of all of the Bahamian riders today.

oTo respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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GBPA Salutes This Year's Top Primary School Students

Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is pleased to lend its continued support in the form of a financial donation to The Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Programme. Introduced in 1997, the event is a premier national awards recognition...

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GBPA supports CARIFTA athletes
GBPA supports CARIFTA athletes

As Team Bahamas readies to compete in the upcoming 42nd annual CARIFTA Games, 17 athletes from Grand Bahama are among their ranks as The Bahamas plays host to the region, March 29 to April 1, 2013. Several well-known Bahamian track and field standouts hail from Grand Bahama...

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GSSSA Open To Starting Calendar With Softball
GSSSA Open To Starting Calendar With Softball

Starting with softball this year, as opposed to volleyball, didn't require a major transition according to Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) President Alfred Forbes.

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GSSSA Partners With Vitamalt
GSSSA Partners With Vitamalt

The 2012/13 basketball series is being dubbed the most exciting season in the history of the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA) by president Alfred Forbes.

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GSSSA championships will be aired live on Cable 12

Evan Wisdom and other officials in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology are making sure that you won't miss a shot, when the Government Secondary Schools Sporting Association (GSSSA) Basketball Championships tips off on Thursday.
The games will be aired live, thanks to Cable Bahamas Ltd., one of three sponsors of the event. Other contributors were Colina Insurance and the Bahamas Telecommunication Company (BTC). Wisdom is making final preparation for the event which will highlight the top junior boys', junior girls', senior boys' and senior girls' teams. The games will be held at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.
Giving his stamp of approval, for what he is calling 'a must see' was Lionel Sands, director of education. He said: "The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology wishes to thank its three major sponsors for this year's championships - Cable Bahamas, Colina Insurance and Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC). Cable Bahamas has been supporting these championship games for the past two years, and now this year, they have graciously provided the means for these championships to be broadcast nationally. We know that sports has a way of bringing communities together, and these games will indeed unite fans who will enjoy the high caliber play of the teams that made it to the finals. We commend our student-athletes and their coaches who have demonstrated sportsmanship, on the road to these championships. We look forward to an exciting series and may the best team win.
"The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology supports athletic programs such as this because they inspire our students to do their best, and the discipline that transfers down into the other areas of their lives. I would wish to extend my sincerest thanks to Evan Wisdom. Ever since he came into this ministry, he sought to bring our high school sports to a level where everyone has access to seeing it and being a part of it."
Wisdom invites everyone to come out and be a part of the activities. Three new initiatives have been added to this year's championships, which Wisdom believes will set them a part from the other organizations. The Battle of the Fans, courtside seating and a hype halftime show featuring Chase Fernander.
"One of the new initiatives we have is something called Battle of the Fans, that is where the fans themselves get to participate," said Wisdom. "One team will sit on one side and the next on the other side, battling with each other in terms of fan participation. They will write their names on tickets that will be drawn during the game. The winners will receive gifts from BTC. Court side seats will also be available, where the audience will be closer to the action that is happening. Some 100 seats will be available for the public. A half time show will feature Chase Fernander and some school bands."
The teams to play in the championships will be announced this week.

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Gabrielle Moss, Ashlee Hudson and Durante Charlow win Dr. MLK Jr. Essay Contest

Two Bishop Michael Eldon High School students and a student from Doris Johnson High School are the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest...

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Gala Performance of The Dance Theatre of Harlem
Gala Performance of The Dance Theatre of Harlem

Friday 22nd June 2012  7:30 PM

Gala Performance of The Dance Theatre of Harlem Friday, June 22, 2012 | 7:30pm Atlantis Theatre, Paradise Island The Nassau Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in partnership with its major sponsors, Atlantis and The U.S. Embassy, will present the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) to The Bahamas from June 18-24, 2012. The highlight of the group’s visit will be a Gala Performance on Friday, June 22nd and a matinee performance on Saturday, June 23rd, at the Atlantis Theatre, Paradise Island. The world renowned dance troupe is led by Keith Alan Saunders, Ensemble Director and Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director. According to Mrs. Diane Pindling, President of the Nassau Chapter of The Links, the purpose of DTH’s visit is to expose the Bahamian dance community to the social and artistic legacy of DTH through performances and educational experiences. “We are very pleased that Bahamians, especially our young people, will have the opportunity to interact with a group of this magnitude, and to benefit from the greatness that DTH has cultivated over the past 43 years. With the assistance of the Ministries of Education and Youth, Sports & Culture and the U.S. Embassy, we have extended invitations to all of our primary and high schools throughout The Bahamas, private and community dance groups, and churches with dance programmes”, said Pindling. The workshops and master classes will be held June 19 through the 21st, at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium with the Black-tie Gala performance scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. VIP tickets are priced at $200 and will include the After Reception with the Dance Troupe. The Dance Theatre of Harlem will also offer a Saturday afternoon matinee on June 24 at 3:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $40 and student/children tickets are $20. The Dance Theatre of Harlem is a groundbreaking African-American ballet company founded 35 years ago by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook. The Dance Theatre of Harlem School offers training to more than 1,000 young people annually with a community program open to any child who wants to study dance. One of the core missions of the ballet company is fostering the development of African-American and other racially diverse artists who perform a demanding repertory in front of audiences in the United States and around the world. Click HERE to read Tribune article about the group's trip to The Bahamas. Click HERE to view the Dance Theatre of Harlem's website.