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Just a couple weeks ago, The Bahamas' senior men's national volleyball team were on the cusp of qualifying for the prestigious FIVB (International Federation of Volleyball) Men's World Championship, which would have been a historic first for the country, but they didn't qualify. The women haven't been on the same level as the men for quite some time.
The Bahamas' women finished sixth at the last Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Championships, while the men were victorious. Not only that, but the men advanced all the way to the final round of the world championships qualifying process, finishing first in the first round, second in the second and third in the third, while the Bahamian women failed to get out of the first round in their group.
What is causing the huge disparity? Bahamas Volleyball Federation (BVF) President Joe Smith believes that sponsorship plays a significant part, and it is incumbent upon them to get more financial support behind the women's program in the country, like it is done for the men.
"Sponsorship is very important," said Smith. "The bottom line is that our women are not going to get better by just playing local teams here at home. We have to be able to get them more exposure and more experience, but we are well on the way. We are seeing a rebranding of the women's program now. I think that this is the year for them to excel.
"When you look at the program, a lot of youth is integrated into the team, ages 21-22.
"With the men, most of the guys who are excelling now, joined the program at a very young age, and they just grew together. I can see the ladies advancing to the third round of qualifiers (world championships) in the very near future. We have a good crop of athletes who can do it. It's just up to us to get some financial support behind them and allow them to get some international exposure. We are working on that."
The senior men and women's CAZOVA Championships are set for this summer, July 15-28, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Both Bahamian squads would have to win in order to qualify for the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) Championships, set for next year. The Bahamas' men are the defending CAZOVA Champions, and finished seventh at the last NORCECA Championships. The women still have a lot of work to do, just to get to that level.
"I think that we are on the way. We just have to go out there and continue to recruit talented athletes," said New Providence Volleyball Association (NPVA) President DeVince Smith.
"We want to give the ladies the same opportunities that the men had in terms of international exposure, where they will be faced against some of the best players in our region. To play against your own can only take you so far. The guys got together, made the sacrifice, and went international to play international teams. That built their confidence. Once we do the same with the female program, you will see the same thing happening with them in the future."
The Bahamas' men's national team is one of the favorites going into the CAZOVA Championships this year. BVF President Smith feels that this is the year for the women to make a statement. The implementation of youth and agility into the program could be a major component for the women going forward. The addition of collegiate players such as Je'Nae Saunders, Avoni Seymour and Terae Sweeting into the national picture is expected to bolster the women's volleyball program here in the country.
"When you look at the men, they began to excel when a number of them went off to college. We see that happening now with the women, and we can see a difference in their play," said women's veteran player and coach Margaret 'Muggy' Albury. "I think that we are definitely on the right track in terms of getting the women more established. The collegiate players will only add to the women's national program in the country, so the future looks very bright."
The CAZOVA Championships are about a month away, and it will be interesting to see how The Bahamas fare against the rest of the region, particularly the women.
The National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) headquarters, which is currently being constructed on Gladstone Road, carries a price tag of $1.7 million and once completed will place the facility among the best in the region, according to NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell.
The construction, which started in January, is expected to wrap up by September.
The NEMA headquarters is one of several capital projects being undertaken by the government that are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Minister of Works Neko Grant took reporters to see several projects, including the NEMA facility, the Downtown Straw Market and the Saunders Beach toilet block yesterday.
Russell said the ...
Recently, sports historian Jeff Williams and I were reminiscing about the golden era of baseball, from the beginning, in 1954, to the last decade of the special period, the 1970s. The year 1954 ushered in a sports element which significantly, over the years, contributed to the international sports power image of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
"Baseball has come a long way in our country. There were those early glory years. I'm saddened by the personality problems that beset the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) and caused it to hit rock bottom, so to speak, but, the BBA produced great chapters in our sports history," said Williams.
Indeed it did. An exciting brand of league play began in that first year. Within three years, in Andre Rodgers who went into the New York Giants organization, The Bahamas had its first professional baseball player. Tony Curry would follow in 1960 with the Philadelphia organizations.
League play would flourish, more professional players, in goodly numbers were to join Rodgers and Curry. The Bahamas made two impressive National Baseball Congress ventures. In the decade of the 1970s, Wenty Ford and Ed Armbrister pushed the number of Bahamian players to reach the major leagues to four. Armbrister netted two World Series rings with the mighty 'Big Red Machine', Cincinnati Reds.
While Ford was having his short stint with the Atlanta Braves and Armbrister was a reliable utility performer, hobnobbing with Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Don Gullett, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, etc., locally the BBA enjoyed vibrancy.
It was the decade of the 1970s however that connected the eras. Rodgers and Curry retired and got involved again with field competition in the BBA. Those who ended their professional days and others who were still playing at that level, came home and blended right into the BBA competitive scene.
The names make a classic who's who list. There were Simeon Humes, Fred 'Papa' Smith, Vince Albury, Jayson Moxey, Eddie Ford, Henry Williams, Colin Thompson, Eugene 'Sucki' Thompson, Sidney McKinney, Fred Taylor, Roosevelt Turner, Sidney Outten, Crestwell Pratt, Adrian Rodgers, Andre Wood, Will Culmer, Hugh Bethel, Randy Rodgers and Edmondo Moxey, to name some of them.
Then there was that longevity group. They were in the BBA during the very early years and stayed around to give thrills for decades.
I refer to players such as Bummie Albury, Lorenzo 'Captain Blood/Doonie' Lockhart, Basil 'Duran' Hall, Bertie Murray, Harry Miller, Sonny Haven, John Adderley, Edwin Smith, Sidney Wilkerson, Frankie 'Cinderella' Sweeting, Sherwin 'Seaegg' Taylor, Lester Gardiner, Glenroy 'Flo' Saunders and Nat Dorsett.
A younger generation began in the 1960s and made their contribution to the spectacular 1970s of Bahamian baseball. You had players named Anthony 'Poker/Bud' Huyler, Roy 'Cowboy' Rodgers, Eddie McQuay, Dick Lockhart, John 'Brother John' Williams, Lloyd Bowleg, Kirk Smith, Roscoe Hall, Dencil Clarke, Danny Wilkerson, Ronald Smith and Everette Neeley.
To a little or great extent, the aforementioned players overlapped on the diamond in thrilling BBA encounters.
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Funeral Service for Marie Miller nee Russell, 74, of 1st Street Coconut Grove and formerly of Nicholas Town, Andros will be held at the Centerville Adventist Church, 6th Terrace on Sunday January 29th, 2012 at 11:00am. Officiating will be Pastor Paul Scavella , assisted by other ministers of the gospel. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Gladstone and John F. Kennedy Drive.
She is survived by her husband: Wilfred Miller; sons: Anthony Wilson and William Cartwright; daughters: Cleo Evans Forbes, Bernadette Pratt, Clarinda Albury; adopted daughters: Julie McNeil and Canrea Scott; step sons: John and Ulaces Saunders; sisters: Emmie Walkes, Alva Knowles and Lillian McNeil ; ...
Funeral service for Linda Glendina Burrows-Newbold, 43 yrs., a resident of Joan's Height, South Beach & formerly of Fritz Lane, who died on 3rd May, 2012, will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, Hay Street West, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. George Kelly, assisted by Rev. Gregory Major & Rev. Shirley Evans. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her fond memories will forever be in the hearts of her:
Husband: Kermit Newbold
Daughters: Glendina and Kimberly Newbold
6 Sisters: Alice Chipman-Dames, Louise Smith, Naomi Chipman, Ruth Chipman-Brown, Maria Woods and Ismae Cadiz
3 Brothers: ASP Kingsley Burrows Sr., of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Rudolph "Billy" Burrows and Donald Burrows
Mother-In-Law: Raphelitta Bowles
Sisters-In-Law: Sandra Bowles, Coreane Bowles-Newbold, Michelle Burrows, Alanna Burrows, Patricia Bowles-Darville, Dorothy Bowles, Yvette Dorsetta and Geneva Newbold
Brothers-In-Law: Henry Dames Sr., Wayne Darville, Reubin Cadiz Sr., and Raymond Newbold
Aunt: Florence Thompson
Grand Uncle: Abraham Rolle
Uncles-In-Law: Loxlly and Charles Thompson
Nieces: Sophia Dames, Kendera Delaney, Zanadete Cadiz, Shiann Burrows, Lakeisha Burrows, Megan Darville, Jessica-Nicole Darville, Lashanta Knowles, Alexis Hepburn, Sharine Weir, Chante Burrows, Veronica Bonimy, Kia Bonimy, Ormanique Nottage, Randira Lewis, Alexandra Newbold, Angie Dames, Chantel Dames, Shafena Brown and Terisa Burrows, Nasha Newbold
Nephews: Ryan Dames Sr., Henry Dames Jr., Cpl. 2489 Montgomery Brown Jr., Angelo Dean, D/C 2768 Donald Adderley, PC 2991 Concencion Burrows Sr., Shaquille Newbold, Randy Lewis, Mario Thompson, Kingsley Burrows Jr., Dion Burrows Carlton "CJ" Rolle, Montgomery Wayne Daeville, Anthony, Osborn Newbold and Joey Newbold
Grand Nieces: Annalisa King, Jayla Knowles, Breanna Nottage, Regime Dames, Devona Dean, Ryanne and Raven Dames, Talleanna Brown, Keann Dean, Chrissy, Nelly and Alliah Dean, Jameisha and Henrietta Feaster, Johntashia and Tasharra Dames, Judeah Rolle, Chasity Adderley, Deidre Thompson, Kiara Newbold
Grand Nephews: Kerlin "Ching" King II, Anthony Dames, Kevin Butler Jr., Onnasis Johnson, Haillee Williams, Jamaal and Miquel Feaster, Leonardo and Samuel Brown, Ryan Dames Jr., John Dames Jr., Concencion Burrows Jr.,
Great Grand Niece: Keiara King
Great Grand Nephew: Kerlin King III
Cousins: Vincent King & Family, Dareth Russell & Family, Deleno Williams, Maurice Conliffe & Family, Kerlin "Cobra" King Sr., & Family, Emmanuel & Emily Osadebay & Family, Clement King & Family, Denise Deveaux-Bain, Sherman Rolle, Leonardo Rolle, Anthony Dawkins, Harrison Deveaux, Freeland Deveaux, Ingrid King & Family, Eleanor King & Family, Jackie Micklewhite & Family, Courtney, Keith, Don, Kennedy Thompson, Gladys Dawkins & Family, Fanny, James, Leroy & Henry Rolle, Anthoney Miller, Jeaery Thompson, Marilyn Thompson, Donnamae, Perline and Emily Rolle, Kathleen Green, Tetrese Hendfield, Loretta, Stenqet Hendfield, Louise Peterson of Belle Glade Florida, Devon, Deangelo, Rashad, Dendre, Natasha Deveaux, Margo, Sharon, Bernard, Nicole, Lakeisha, Charmine, Randy, Nicole, Emmanuel and Anastasia Deveaux,
Other Family & Friends Include: Allando "Lance" Johnson, Rolling Lamor & Family, Rev. Julian Johnson & Family, Ava Johnson and Family, Derick Coby & Family, Shervin and Family, Jason "T. Jackson" Mckenzie, Ms. Dean & Family, Mrs. Albury & Family, Mildred Pratt & Family, Ruby Rolle & Family, Papa Ket and Family, Jackie and Family, Geneva Dorsetta & Family, Phillip & Baren Coby, Linda Brown & Family, Munroes & Family, George Basetin & Family, Agatha Pratt & Family, Indy and Family, Reynaldo Baillou, Mario Anderson, Ms. Faye, Alma Molly, Louise, Shonel Rodgers, Hepburn, Deon Nabbie, Smalls, Shelton Curtis, Dwight Rolle & Family, Dwayne Fisher, Rose Forbes & Family, Andrew "Ricky" Davis, Sis. Ann Taylor & Family, Rev. Gregory Major & Family, Cynthia Bastian & Family, Dexter Sands & Family, Sybil Butler & Family, Loretta & Henry Cartwright & Family, ASP Andrews & Family, Sgt. 973 Theodore Forbes & Family, Sgt. 185 Moss & Family, Sgt. 65 Demeritte & Family, Sgt. 843 Dean & Family, Sgt. 2101 Seifert, Hemrick Rolle & Family, Hetty Goodman & Family, Rosalie Neymour & Family, Troy Marshall, Garvin Butler, Demetruis Mckenzie & Family, Marcia Henricks, Rocky & Diane Fernander, Sanchez Brooks & Family, Dennis Albury & Family, Dennis Saunders, Wissy, Joanne Brown & Family, Paul Gray & Family, Serethea Clark & Family, Edric Clark & Family, Montgomery Brown Sr. & Family, Stevie Johnson & Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Rahming, Kenny Saunders & Family, Lawrence, Gomez, Shandia Ramsey & Family, Mark Bastian & Family, Stafford Turnquest & Family, Kenneth Hutchinson & Family, Tony Symonette & Family, Opral, Ms. Marina, Lloyd "Smokey" Smith, Dorsett Smith, Patches, Tura Cooper, Metropolitan Baptist Church Family, Pastor Robert McKinney and Worldwide Church of God Family, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Bowleg, Doctors & Nurses of the P.M.H. Female Medical 1 and the P.M.H. Dialysis Center, South Beach Family, The Fritz Lane Family and The Golden Fire Crew-Valley Boys.
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 10:00 a.m. until service time.
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardian Business Reporter
The production of biodiesel at the Bahamas Waste plant set to start by the end of this month.
State Minister for Utilities Phenton Neymour said the move will mean real progress is being made in renewable energy in The Bahamas.
"We have granted one(biodiesel)â license in Abaco and three in New Providence,"he toldGuardian Business."Production at the plant in New Providence was supposed to start this week, but it will happen most likely by the end of the month."
The Gladstone Road plant took delivery of its biodiesel equipment this summer, with its plant expected to some of the estimated 500,000 gallons of coo ...
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardian Business Reporter
Renewable energy for The Bahamas is 8 to 18 months away from implementation, Water and Sewerage(WSC) executives confirm, with the framework and legislation to be considered throughout the second quarter of 2011.
That's the amount of time, said WSC Acting General Manager Glen Laville, that's needed to work out the kinks before anything is implemented on a national basis.
"The national energy policy committee is essentially
finishing their second report,"he said yesterday at a preliminary meeting of the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum(CREF)."Once that is done it goes to Cabinet[and]once that policy is ...
Savannah Brady, in her first season competing as a Level 6 gymnast, should be congratulated for her outstanding accomplishments in the sport thus far.
The 10-year-old and her coach Lavette Saunders attended the Sun & Surf Spectacular Gymnastics Invitational in Coral Springs, Florida, on January 27.
And the Nassau Nastics student performed exceptionally well at the event, one of the many meets hosted by Twister Gymnastics Club in Fort Lauderdale.
"This popular meet attracted 30 gymnastics clubs representing over 600 athletes. Savannah was the token gymnast representing Nassau Nastics at this meet and she competed along with 14 other gymnasts in her age division at USAG Level 6, level 10 ...
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardianâ Business Reporter
The Central Bank is sticking to its earlier predictions that modest growth is expected from 2011, with unemployment levels set to remain high in the near term.
It's information coming down in the bank's monthly report for August 2010.
"Expectations are that the domestic economy will continue to stabilize over the remainder of 2010, with modest growth projected from 2011, amid the outlook for a more sustained recovery in the global economy,"said the report."With ongoing weakness in consumer and business spending, unemployment is projected to stay elevated in the near term."
The statement followsMini ...
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardianâ Business Reporter
External reserves declined by$52.4 million during August compared to the year ago period--a drop facilitated by millions of dollars in profit repatriations by commercial banks.
The Central Bank noted in its latest report that external reserves would have been boosted in 2009 by$151 million in special drawing rights(SDRs)that were allocated to the government under the International Monetary Fund's global initiative.
"External reserves declined by$52.4 million vis-a?-vis a$90.2 million expansion a year ago,"said the release."Both liquidity and external reserves declined, owing to net foreign currency outflows ...