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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.
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardian Business Reporter
Liberalization of the telecommunications sector is coming on stream in full force, with another company making a$1.5 million investment to introduce more Internet and phone packages to The Bahamas.
Jazztell Bahamas Ltd. is the latest entrant in the market to offer fixed and wireless Internet and phone services, which would increase competition for the three players now in the market, said head of the company Leslie Pindling.
"I think we need more competition,"he toldGuardian Business."Cable Bahamas cannot be the only one to offer Internet service in The Bahamas. We need competition and I think there is enough market s ...
Memorial Service for the Late Bishop Elkin Alexander Symonette, 74 years of Haven's Subdivision off Soldier Road and formerly of Pinefield, Acklins will be held on Friday May 4th, 7:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Charles Vincent Street. Rev. Dr. Charles Culmer assisted by Rev. Jeffrey Deleveaux and Bishop Trevor Williamson will officiate.
Funeral Service for the Late Bishop Elkin Alexander Symonette, 74 years of Haven's Subdivision off Soldier Road and formerly of Pinefield, Acklins will be held on Sunday May 6th, 1:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Charles Vincent Street. Rev. Felton Rolle assisted by Rev. Dr. William Thompson and Bishop Simeon Hall will officiate. Interment will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
Left to cherish his memories are his darling and devoted Wife of 52 years: Inez Hepburn Symonette; Eight Children: Melvelyn, Evang. Patricia, Melvern, Sharine, Alexander Jr. and Pastor Michael Symonette; Evang. Deborah McKenzie and Pastor Renae Saunders; Two Sons-In-Law: Insp. Roderick McKenzie and Pastor Keith Saunders; One Daughter-In-Law: Simone Symonette; Eleven Grandchildren: Brenton Jr., Brandon and Bethany Charlton; Johnathan, Roderick Jr. and Jakeh McKenzie, Arielle and Ashlee Saunders; Alexandria, Michael Jr. and Joshua Symonette; One Great Grandson: Caleb McKenzie; Siblings: Rev. Marietta Moss, Francina Johnson, Alice Ferguson, Dec. Hetcema Williams, Dec. Florrie Stevens, Alvena Beneby, Ellamae Ferguson, Geneva Lewis, Rev. John Symonette, Linrod Symonette of Miami Florida and Solomon Miller; Aunt: Hilda Johnson; In Laws: Edon Cassius Moss, Rev. Prenell Taylor, Min. Maxine Francita Brown, Rev. Elfreda Symonette, and Edney Hepburn; Nephews/Nieces: Evang. Pachley Forbes, Annamae Bain, Alerine Miller, Rev. Franklin & Lorenzo Moss, Stephanie & Karen Minns; Ralston Ferguson, Rev. Kingsley & Shervin Hanna; Capt. Kendal & Gregory Ingraham; Joel Miller, Edith Rolle, Ethel Barr; Viola Beneby, Evang. Carolyn, Sandra, Igalee, Barbara, Rodger, and Lernis Miller, Apostle Dorinda Dean, Drendal Stevens, Rev. Juanita Ingraham, , Bettyann Grant, Evang. Lillymae Longley, Min. Lydia Stewart, Dec. Lorenzo, Evan. Alexcenah, Barbara, Jerome, Coramae, Cornelius, Marva, Paulette, Debbie, and Bradford Symonette; Hurias Williams, Sylvia Mayes, Patrice Symonette, Daydon Butler, Darnell Bostfield, Alvena Johnson, Vincent, Winston, Donald & George Jr. Symonette, Sharon Lewis, Maryann, Sherline Quant, Angela, Paul Lewis, Palmela, Renna, Kriston & Linrod II Symonette, Karen Bastian, Dellareece Whylly & Raymond Taylor, Lyndon & Rochelle Johnson-Taylor, Shavonne Taylor, Peter, James, Trevor, Audrey, Evan. Ingrid, and John Brown; Florence Charlton, Jackie Sturrup, Ezra, Trevor, and Shantell Hepburn; Sons/Daughters In The Gospel: Rev. Caroll Rolle; Rev. Stanmitz Butler; Rev. Phillip Williamson; Rev. Christopher Smith; Bishop Trevor Williamson; Prophet Adlington Rolle; Rev. Ricardo Symonette; Rev. Jeffery Deleveaux; Pastor Celeste Michel; Special Friends and Associates: Rev. Matthias Munroe, Rev. Dr. Charles Culmer; Rev. Lockwood Deleveaux; Rev. Stanley Ferguson; Bishop Wilshire Smith; Prophet Derrick Bastian; Rev. Lukins; Rev Olvi Louis; Rev Wesley Ferguson; Rev William Ewing; Rev. Lloyd Smith, Rev. Dr. Reuben Cooper; Ronald Miller, Rev. Carol Rolle, Rev. Newton Williamson, Rev. Evangeline Beneby; Rev. Randolph Beneby; Rev Randolph Deleveaux; Rev. King Williamson, Rev. Ozel Miller; Rev. Dr. Carolyn Rolle; Rev. Bradick Cleare; Rev. Arthur Edwards; Dr. Thomas Rolle; and Rev. Dr. Samuel Saunders. Other Relatives and Friends Including: Antionette Symonette, Michelle Munroe, Brenton Charlton Sr., Claudimae Symonette Hepburn, Wilfred Adderley, Warren "Doc" Thompson, Elton Johnson, Leroy Williams, Bishop Harry Collie, Victoria and Pandora Thompson, Lerlene Collie, Marjorie Collie, Stacy Symonette, Rev. Ranford Patterson and The Bahamas Christian Council, Rev. Dr. Anthony Carrol and The National Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev. Charles Culmer and The Morning Star Baptist Association, Bishop Neil Ellis and The Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches, The Ebenezer Fellowship of Churches, The Ebenezer Burial Society, The Acklins Trade and Development Association, The Boat Owners Association, Swami and the Yoga Retreat Paradise Island, Rev. Milton Pierce and Burnette Baptist Church and Greater Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Detroit Michigan, Rev. Ricardo Symonette and Freedom Temple family, Miami, Florida; Superintendent John Lee and Miracle Temple Family Mt. Pleasant Florida; Rev. Joseph Wright and Jerusalem Baptist Church, Tallahassee Florida; Rev. Bert Gary and Owl Rock United Methodist Church, Atlanta Georgia; Rev. Basil Strachan and Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Conch Sound Andros; Apostle Rodney Roberts, Rev. Christopher Roberts, The entire membership of the Ebenezer Mission Baptist Evangelistic Church, Dr. Fredrick Smith and Team, nurses of Private Surgical Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital; And other family members and friends too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at the Baptist National Convention Centre, Baillou Hill Road on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday at Bethel Brothers Morticians, Nassau Street from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday at the Church from 12:00 noon until service time.
Marie Miller nee Russell, 74, of 1st Street Coconut Grove died at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Thursday January 12, 2012.
She is survived by her husband: Wilfred Miller; sons: Anthony Wilson, William Cartwright; step sons: John and Ulaces Saunders; daughters: Cleo Evans Forbes, Bernadette Pratt, Clarinda Albury; adopted daughters: Julie McNeil and Canrea Scott; sisters: Emmie Walkes, Alva Knowles, Lillian McNeil and Sonia Russell; brother: Tommy Russell; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
Last rites for JENNIE LUCILLE JOHNSON AGE 70 of Yellow Elder Gardens and formerly of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera will be held on Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. Officiating will Pastor Frederick Kelly assisted by Rev. Kenya Novell, Rev. Henry White and Rev. Eric Johnson. Interment in Big Bay Cemetery, Hatchet Bay,
She is survived her faithful and devoted husband: Stephen Johnson; Daughter: Jody Johnson; Grandchildren: Roshada Johnson, Rashad Duram, Charlton Saunders Jr., Addassah Johnson; Great Granddaughter: Rashon Johnson; Brothers and their Wives: Rev. Leon W. Johnson and Venera and Rev. Eric Johnson and Cheryl; Sister and her husband Mavis Flower and Lucien; Sister-in-law; Zonivia Johnson; Nephews: Don and Ellen, Franco and Kim, Winslow and Diana; Nieces: Erica Johnson Adderley, Daphne and Ellinston Smith, Sheinka, Meoshi Jackson, Luvette Lime, Jacintha, Deandra Fowler; Brothers-in-law: Calsey Johnson and Dulcena, Adderley and Leah Johnson and their family; Grand Nieces and Nephews; Grand Nieces and Nephews-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends including Catherine Farrington, Wyatt and the family of the late Michael Farrington of Riviera Beach, Mable Stubbs and Family, The Family of the Late Curtis Johnson, The Family of the Late Ivy(Missie) Johnson, The Family of the late Bertie Johnson, The Family of the late Mervin Johnson, The Family of the late Cladwell Farrington, The Family of the late Ena Davis,(Grand Aunt), Rhoda McQueen and Family, Cynthia Davis of Miami Fla., Florence Bridgewater and Family, Florence Scavella and Family, The Family of the late Robert and Eula Pinder, Linda Ferguson and Family, the family of the late George and Gladys Johnson; Other relatives and friends including Harvest Time Tabernacle, St. Stephen Baptist Church, The Pastor and members of Epiphany Methodist Church New Providence, St Marks Methodist Church and th entire Community of Hatchet Bay and surrounding settlements of Eleuthera.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Thursday, from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. and at the church in Eleuthera on Friday 6:00 P.M. until service time on Saturday.
Funeral service for Clifford Dean, 64, of Taylor Alley and formerly of San Salvador, will be held on Saturday February 4th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Kemp Road Ministries.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Ivan F. Butler Jr. .
Interment will follow in The Southern Cemetery, Spikenard Road.
Left to cherish his memories are: His loving wife of 24 yrs.: Mavis Dean; Children: Royann Petty, Sandra Dorsett, Rochelle Brown, Michelle and Latonia Miller; Grandchildren: Gabrielle, Ashantia, Quintreka, Raulnell, Marnique, Anthonquie, Shacoya, Laurinique, Chavtz, Leroy, Teko, Donte andMario; Sisters: Marion Smith- Pratt, Minera Butler- Saunders of Jacksonville Florida and Sandra Johnson; Brothers: Sidn ...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Cycling enthusiasts rolled into Caves Village Shopping Centre for the BOB Family Fun Ride held Saturday, January 28. The non-competitive Family Fun Ride, held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Tour of the Bahamas, invited cycling enthusiasts to participate in a 10-mile ride beginning at Caves Point, heading east to Saunders Beach and back. Amateur cycling enthusiasts rode along with pros, including the Coco's Racing Team out of Florida.
"BOB, Bank of the Bahamas, is proud to sponsor events that promote healthy lifestyles for Bahamian families," stated Michael Basden, BOB Marketing Manager. "The Family Fun Ride provided a rare and exciting opportunity for local cycling enthusiasts to ride side-by-side with professional cyclists."
BOB executives and cycling enthusiasts who rode the circuit included Paul McWeeney, Managing Director; Vaughn Delaney, Deputy Managing Director; Ian Thompson, Retail Sales Manager and Jeffrey Burnside, Messenger.
Bahamian Olympic hopeful 17-year-old Jay Major, who finished 3rd in Category 3 of the 42-mile Tour of the Bahamas circuit road race, also participated. All the cyclists completed the 10-mile circuit in less than 90 minutes. More than 100 riders participated in the competitive Tour of The Bahamas that attracted more spectators than ever before to the official time trials and races with starts at the Clifton Heritage Park Saturday and Sunday.
Cycling enthusiasts rolled into Caves Village Shopping Centre for the Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) Family Fun Ride held Saturday, January 28. The non-competitive Family Fun Ride, held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Tour of The Bahamas, invited cycling enthusiasts to participate in a 10-mile ride beginning at Caves Point, heading east to Saunders Beach and back.
Amateur cycling enthusiasts rode along with pros, including the Coco's Racing Team out of Florida.
"BOB, Bank of The Bahamas, is proud to sponsor events that promote healthy lifestyles for Bahamian families," stated Michael Basden, BOB marketing manager. "The Family Fun Ride provided a rare and exciting opportunity for local cycling enthusiasts to ride side-by-side with professional cyclists."
BOB executives and cycling enthusiasts who rode the circuit included Paul McWeeney, managing director; Vaughn Delaney, deputy managing director; Ian Thompson, retail sales manager and Jeffrey Burnside, messenger.
Bahamian Olympic hopeful 17-year-old Jay Major, who finished third in Category 3 of the 42-mile Tour of The Bahamas circuit road race, also participated. All the cyclists completed the 10-mile circuit in less than 90 minutes. More than 100 riders participated in the competitive Tour of The Bahamas that attracted more spectators than ever before. The time trials and road races started at the Clifton Heritage Park, on Saturday and Sunday.
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardianâ Business Reporter
The government will this month look to raise$100 million in Bahamas Registered Stock, Guardian Business can confirm, with the issuance eventually having to be factored into the national debt.
According to a notice put out by the Central Bank, applications will be received by the banking department as of October 8 to October 15, while allocations will commence on October 18 and end at October 19.
"If the total subscriptions exceed the sum of$100 million, partial allotment will be made to subscribers, and a proportionate refund will be made as soon as possible after allotment,"read the statement."The stock will be ...
By INDERIA SAUNDERS
Guardianâ Business Reporter
More businesses should be promoting their offerings outside The Bahamas, said a local fashion show organizer, arguing this is the key to success for those unconventional businesses that help diversify the economy.
It comes as the Islands of the World Fashion Week(IWFW)receives recognition from press all over the world on the heels of its North American tour. It's notice, said organizer Owen Bethel, that may have been tempered if he hadn't taken the show on the road--literally.
"You can create opportunities here,"the president of Mode Iles told Guardianâ Business,"but if you don't go out and pro ...