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Another rivalry would excite professional boxing scene

There is nothing better than a good rivalry to excite boxing fans.
Last year at a boxing show staged at the Nassau Stadium, Ryan "Big Youth" McKenzie tossed a bold challenge right at former Commonwealth super middleweight champion Jermain Mackey. Not content with the loud shouting match, separated by seats and rows, McKenzie went over to where Mackey was seated and confidently predicted he would be the knockout winner if the match could be made.
Mackey did not back down. They did not come to blows but it was evident that a fire was ignited. Spectators, with great interest, watched and listened to the two pugilists. In general there is a great deal of curiosity to see a Mackey/McKenzie bout. It was clear on that occasion to observers that the incident had left the two boxers unsettled, as indicated previously in this space. More than likely, they will clash in the ring. If they don't, both will no doubt wonder for the rest of their lives about a possible outcome.
Boxing rivalries have sparked interest throughout the history of the sport in this country. Old boxing fans still talk about Battling Douglas' bouts with Stoney Godet and Iron Baby. Then there is Leonard "Boston Blackie" Miller. He had memorable matches with Bert Perry and Baby Boy Rolle. Ray Minus Sr. and Cassius Moss packed the Nassau Stadium a couple of times.
Now, McKenzie and Mackey are poised to add their names to the list. A bout between the two would be a classic, and no doubt leave spectators with a thirst for more. McKenzie, the current light heavyweight champion of The Bahamas, would go up against Mackey, a comfortable super middleweight. The super middleweight maximum pounds limit is 168 and it's 175 for the light heavyweight class. McKenzie said repeatedly during the aforementioned
verbal altercation that he would come down in weight for Mackey.
With a bit of a height advantage and punching power, McKenzie would present a real challenge for Mackey who has not fought since 2009. However, the former Caribbean and Commonwealth king has proven his toughness in the ring.
He was a courageous and difficult opponent on his way to the Commonwealth crown. He routinely wore down opponents. This is where he will be dangerous for McKenzie who in early bouts displayed a tendency to fade. He has gained a world of confidence though over the last two years.
This would be one of those dream matches for a promoter. Once sufficiently advertised, Mackey and McKenzie would draw a big crowd. Mackey is working closely on his return to the ring with former boxer turned promoter Elkeaner Saunders.
McKenzie, on the other hand, has a close relationship with Meacher Major who now fights out of the Major Boxing and Entertainment Promotions camp. The two groups could join forces for this potential blockbuster show. I believe that once it is promoted properly, the show would be enormously successful.
At this point, despite Mackey's experience, I would give the 9-0 McKenzie a slight edge. Mackey had started to look a bit worn out prior to his two successive knockout defeats at the hands of Canadian Adonis Stevenson and Kirt Sinnette of Trinidad & Tobago, respectively in 2009. He looks quite fresh these days and alert, but the jury is still out on him. If the promoters can get together for the bout, Mackey would need to be in top condition.
McKenzie longs for the kind of recognition Mackey once had... and more. A McKenzie/Mackey match could be one for the ages.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at fredericksturrup@gmail.com)

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Another unanimous win for Taureano Johnson

Two weeks after he scored a unanimous victory, Bahamian middleweight fighter Taureano Johnson stepped back into the ring, putting together a series of punches that will keep his winning streak on the professional level going.
A six-rounder with Edvan dos Santos Barros was held at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida on Friday night. Not even a cut, underneath the right eyebrow, suffered in the opening minutes of the first round, could slow down Johnson. He landed a number of punches throughout the fight to win every round.
"It was a difficult fight. I went up against a very tough fighter," said Johnson, who improved to 7-0, 5KOs with the win. "He is an experienced fighter, an ESPN and HBO favorite. He has a good record, more than 28 fights, but that didn't stop me from going in there and giving it my all. I landed a lot of vicious punches, power punches and combinations. My technique, speed and condition, everything was perfect, but he is tough and I know that the knockout would have been hard. I didn't get to pull it off like I wanted to.
"A victory is all good for me. I consider myself to be the number one fighter in the world, not just in the Caribbean or in The Bahamas. I consider myself to be a world champion so in that case, in order to compete with the guys on that level, I should be able to take out my opponents with ease. I took the fight every round, won on a unanimous decision but I am not too pleased with the results. Not getting the knockout was tough."
Johnson moved up from the amateur ranks, turning professional in 2010. His debut was against Cleoney Fuqua, March 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. He knocked out Fuqua in the first round. Ever since, Johnson has been landing the knockout blows. His bout against Ryan Bianchini was stopped in the first round as well. That fight was held in Memphis, Tennessee on April 16, 2010. Several days later Johnson went up against Anthony Bowman and knocked him out in the fourth round. His last fight in 2010 was against Roy Ashworth. That bout took place in Tunica, Mississippi in July. He won in the first round.
Johnson said he used last year to "clean up" his boxing affairs, and as a result he did not fight. He is now under new management and has a loaded schedule.
Johnson said: "It is kind of complex when it comes to the professional ranks. I went to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and thank God I was able to make it through that and qualify, but right now, as it stands, I was off for 14 months after being under a very difficult contract. Right now I only have seven fights so I am way behind. I am with new management now. My management has gotten me three fights in less than eight weeks. I think that deserves an applause. Eight weeks and I have already gotten three fights - this is a boxer's dream."
The middleweight fighter has already stepped into the ring twice for the year and will return to the ring again at the end of the month. Johnson's opponent for the March 31 fight is still unknown. The fight will take place in New York.

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April 2010 will have highest number of arrivals to Guyana, says minister
April 2010 will have highest number of arrivals to Guyana, says minister

As fans across the cricketing world prepare to support their favourite teams and players, the Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce is putting forth greater efforts to ensure that all necessary protocol and regulatory systems are in place to facilitate an easy process, as the spotlight will be focused on the National Stadium, at Providence, East Bank Demerara, on Friday.

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Ardastra Gardens Zoo Presents...
Ardastra Gardens & Zoo Presents...

Sunday 9th May 2010

Callin' all mothers... Take advantage of our Mother's Day treats and specials, including free admission for all mothers, a complimentary fruit/rum punch, and an 8" x 10" souvenir family portrait with 'Toby' and her sidekick, Salvador! Mother's Treat: Free Admission


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Ardastra Gardens Zoo Presents...
Ardastra Gardens & Zoo Presents...

Saturday 8th May 2010

Callin' all mothers... Take advantage of our Mother's Day treats and specials, including free admission for all mothers, a complimentary fruit/rum punch, and an 8" x 10" souvenir family portrait with 'Toby' and her sidekick, Salvador! Mother's Treat: Free Admission


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Ardastra Presents
Ardastra Presents

Sunday 24th May 2009

Who says we have to celebrate mothers on only one day? At Ardastra Gardens each Sunday in May is Mother's Day All Mothers receive 50% off admission, a complimentary 8x10 Family Portrait and a free rum or fruit punch from our snack bar, the Parrot Roost! Family Portraits - All Day Flamingo Shows - 10:30, 2:10, 4:10 Parrot Feeding - 11:00, 1:30, 3:30 For more information, contact 242-323-5806


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Ardastra Presents
Ardastra Presents

Sunday 31st May 2009

Who says we have to celebrate mothers on only one day? At Ardastra Gardens each Sunday in May is Mother's Day All Mothers receive 50% off admission, a complimentary 8x10 Family Portrait and a free rum or fruit punch from our snack bar, the Parrot Roost! Family Portraits - All Day Flamingo Shows - 10:30, 2:10, 4:10 Parrot Feeding - 11:00, 1:30, 3:30 For more information, contact 242-323-5806


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Are FNMs afraid of Perry Christie

Dear Editor,

A few days ago, at a place that I frequent, a rather heated political discussion emerged and the discussion centered on the PLP leader, Perry Christie.  From listening to the discussion, combined with other statements frequently made by FNM supporters, I have definitively concluded that "FNMs are afraid of Perry Christie".  Here are the reasons for my bold statement.

Like some of the persons mentioned in the aforementioned discussion, over the past few months in Parliament and elsewhere, even the prime minister, Hubert Ingraham, and members of his Cabinet have gone on record to "advise" the PLP that they should get rid of Perry Christie as leader.  Indeed one minister, who was unsuccessful in his last two attempts to win a seat in Parliament, went as far as to state that
Christie was "the worst prime minister ever in The Bahamas".

They indicated, among other things, that: Perry Christie is indecisive; Perry Christie is late again; Perry Christie cannot control his members and could not control his Cabinet.

It is obvious to me that Perry Christie has become the focal point of the FNM campaign to retain the government. They consistently use the obviously biased press, especially The Tribune and The Punch, to continually portray him in the most adverse and negative light and have released their "spin doctors" who call themselves The Scribe and Front Porch by Simon (who are widely believed to be the same person and/or obvious FNM operatives) to launch the dirtiest and most intense personal attacks on him.

It's a pity that the fact that Christie has enjoyed over 30 consecutive years in Parliament and 14 as PLP leader, has done little or nothing to alter their opinions.  These hired propagandists also feel, or are directed to in addition to maligning Christie, the need to continually deify Ingraham.

If Christie is as bad a leader as they are trying to portray him to be, shouldn't they want him to continue being leader of the PLP?  Shouldn't he therefore be easy to beat and a win at the polls in the next election be assured for the FNM as the electorate should certainly not vote for him?

In my opinion, the prime minister and his party seem to be ghastly afraid of Christie as a political opponent.  In fact, according to The Nassau Guardian's exclusive report on The Bahamas WikiLeaks documents,
Ingraham is quoted as telling a U.S. Embassy official that "Perry Christie is fatally disorganized and incapable of running a government".  If this was indeed said, it is certainly not consistent with both national and international opinions which laud his term as prime minister as the best ever in terms of economic success, attracting international investment and a low unemployment rate. In fact the only complaint was the high crime rate at that time - a rate that was considerably less than it is now.
In closing, so as not to appear overly subjective, I will just list some of the things that happened under Christies' tenure and the readers can make a comparison for themselves about them:
o Attracted an unprecedented rate of foreign investment capital not subject to stop and review
o No increase in taxes
o All time low unemployment rate
o Lower crime and murder rates - (No cash for gold)
o Police presence in the schools
o Recognized that we are a country with one of the highest rate of lawyers per capita and do not need to import a lawyer to do a job that Bahamians could do
o Not selling the majority shares of a hugely successful corporation to a foreign company
o Created an Urban Renewal project that was highly effective and internationally recognized
o Planned a National Health program that would include everybody
o Had hotel occupancy and room rates that were so good they attracted investors from far and wide.

And now?  I'll leave that for the readers.  With this type of analytical comparison, it is clear as to why the FNM fears a Perry Christie-led PLP.

Yours, etc.,
Arnold F. Bain Jr.

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Athletes get on track at Odd Distance Meet

The 2012 track and field season officially got started on Saturday, with the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) hosting its annual Odd Distance Meet.
Athletes got to test their speed and strength after a long offseason. Many of the athletes who competed on Saturday, used the meet as a tracker, so they could monitor themselves early in the season. Although there were limited events on Saturday, athletes made the best of what BAAA President Mike Sands referred to as the association's very own indoor meet.
Getting her season off to a good start was Lanique Thompson, who won the under-seven girls 55 meters (m). Her time of 9.94 seconds gave her bragging rights over Jamiee Knowles and Trinity Bodie, who were second and third respectively, in times of 10.66 seconds and 11.85 seconds.
D'Arjha Davis won the under-9 girls 75m in 11.91 seconds. Shannon Donaldson was second in 12.50 seconds and Shaunece Miller finished third in 12.76 seconds. Davis also won the 150m in that division, clocking 24.12 seconds. Miller crossed the line in 24.35 seconds and Johnisha Nixon came in third in 25.97 seconds.
Running away with a double victory was Otto Laing, pulling off the 75m and the 150m in the under-nine boys division. Laing took the 75m in 11.25 seconds and the 150m in 22.88 seconds. Daniel Bodie and Malcolm Williams would juggle the second and third positions for the two events. Bodie got the nod for second in the 150m, stopping the clock at 23.44 seconds and Williams took the second place finish in the 75m, turning in a time of 11.53 seconds. While Williams settled for third in the 150m, Bodie crossed the finish line in 11.97 seconds for third place in the 75m.
Laing was not the only one doing a double-punch in the sprints. Jaida Knowles is off to a fast start, winning the under-11 girls 75m and the 150m in 10.25 seconds and 21.22 seconds respectively. Megan Moss finished second in both events. Moss' time in the 75m was 10.88 seconds and 22.15 seconds in the 150m. The under-11 boys also had a double winner, Kendrick Major.
Major turned in a time of 10.38 seconds to capture the 75m, Anthon Thompson followed in 10.72 seconds and Cephas Whylly finished third in 10.76 seconds. The winning time in the 150m, which was turned in by Major, was 20.79 seconds. Finishing second was Christopher Butler in 21.12
seconds and Thompson finished third in 21.47 seconds.
The High Performance Track and Field Club swept the under-13 boys 75m thanks to Godfrey Arthur and Kristin Major.
Arthur won in 9.82 seconds and Major came in second in 9.97 seconds. Jermaine Sepoudi, of Saints Athletics, was third in 10 seconds flat. Arthur also took the 300m, in 43.88 seconds. Christopher Johnson was second in 45.76 seconds and Major finished third in 46.38 seconds.
The sprints crown, in the under-13 girls division, was shared between Tanea Miller and Angel Collie. Miller got the better of Collie in the 75m, winning in 10.03 seconds, leaving Collie to settle for second in 10.22 seconds. Collie clocked 44.25 seconds, in the 300m, to take the title over Miller, who stopped the clock in 46.03 seconds.
The time of 18.44 seconds was enough to give Taj Dorsett the 150m crown, in the under-15 girls division. She got the win over Blayre Catalyn and Dawyona Pratt who turned in times of 18.76 seconds and 19.22 seconds respectively. Dorsett also won the 300m, in 43.99 seconds. Turning in the second best time was Ashonique Miller, in 45.31 seconds, and Yasmine Johnson clocked 45.59 seconds for third.
Winning the first field event title was Angel Willie, leaping 3.62m in the long jump event for under-13 girls. Over in the high jump event, Dreshanae Thompson cleared 1.57m for the win, Arien Strachan bowed out at 1.45m, and she was followed by Tiffany Hanna who had a best jump of 1.22m.
High Performance swept the under-15 boys high jump. Nitchev Casseus led the way with a 1.62m performance and Branson Rolle placed second with a best jump of 1.52m. The best of 4.24m in the long jump was enough for Jessica Capron, to win the under-17 girls title. Brashae Wood took the javelin crown, with a toss of 24.26m. Even though he was the sole competitor in the long jump event, Timothy Wilson used the opportunity to work on his technique. He closed with a best of 5.21m.
The under-17 girls 150m saw five dipped under the 19-second marker. Janae Ambrose and Makeya White pulled off a one-two punch for Club Monica Athletics with times of 18.25 seconds and 18.32 seconds respectively. Jeorjett Williams was third in 18.66 seconds. Ambrose came back to win the 300m, in 41.22 seconds. Crossing the finish line in 42.47 seconds was Khadija Fraser and Leasha Taylor was third in 43.06 seconds.
Anthonique Strachan and Devynne Charlton lined up in the women's 250m, after splitting the 150m and the 75m. Strachan, who won the shorter 75m race in 8.69 seconds, also captured the 250m in 29.44 seconds. Charlton trailed Strachan and crossed the line in 32.56 seconds. Carlissa Russell was third in 33.63 seconds.
In the 150m, Charlton stopped the clock in 17.63 seconds, and Ronnecia Ferguson and Courtney Thompson were second and third respectively in times of 17.94 seconds and 18.22 seconds. The open women's high jump was won by Andriel Strachan with a height of 1.57m, and Chandra Parker took the javelin event with a throw of 18.70m.
Shane Jones, of Moore's Island, came to town and ran off with the open men's 75m dash in 8.19m. He finished second in the 250m, in 28.66 seconds. Winning the 250m was Antillio Bastian in 27.66 seconds, and Jones placed third in 29 seconds flat.
Running away with the open men's 350m was Elroy McBride, who also came in town from Moore's Island. McBride clocked 41.32 seconds, Jamaal Moss trailed him in 41.50 seconds and Danzell Fortson was third in 41.60 seconds.

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BAHAMAS 'PUNCHING WELL ABOVE WEIGHT' IN SHIPPING

By NATARIO McKENZIE

Tribune Business Reporter

nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas "punches well above its weight" in the global maritime industry, the Bahamas Maritime Authority's (BMA) chairman saying yesterday that through its involvement with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this nation has a powerful voice in world shipping.

Ian Fair, one of the speakers at the 21st annual Bahamas Business Outlook conference, said the Bahamas has the ability to significantly influence the development of maritime legislation through the IMO, a specialised agency of the United Nations for shipping.

"We have a powerful voice in world shipping, and have the ability to inf ...

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