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April 13, 2012
Tropical splendor is on the agenda at the Horticultural Society plant show and sale

Tropical Splendor becomes fact as well as fantasy when the Horticultural Society of The Bahamas (HSB) opens its 2012 Show of Horticultural Excellence at Queen's College Auditorium, Village Road, April 14 and 15. Show hours are 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Thousands of show-worthy plants will be on display to vie for blue ribbons and 95 Pluses which make a plant and its owner eligible for the coveted awards of merit, best of sections and the ultimate Sara Bardelmeier Award of Horticultural Excellence for the plant the judges deem the best of show.
As the bromeliad section is so spectacular each year, international bromeliad judges will be helping to determine the prize winners for this show, according to show co-chairmen David Higgs and Dail Pearce.
There are 16 classes for bromeliads, half for single specimens and half for multiple specimens in a container. Bromeliads are a vast family of plants which include astounding varieties from the edible pineapple to wild pines or tillandsias including many Bahamian natives and Spanish Moss.
Orchids also are expected to be spectacular again with eight classes specified.
And, it's not just flowers and plants on display. Terrariums, bonsai, driftwood planters, rocks with plants growing on them, topiary, container gardens, water gardens, unusual containers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and native trees and shrubs will also be on display.
The HSB is famous for its annual plant sale and has invited eight different plant vendors to participate in the show to fill the need for plants to buy, as most members are too busy with the show to sell plants on show days.
Invited vendors include Rocky Farms Nursery, Tropical Nursery, Flamingo Gardens, Marina Greives Plant Pleasers, Duke Strachan's Garden of Eden, The Potting Shed, Selina Huber's Native Orchids and Patricia Cartwright.
All plants must arrive tagged and ready to go into the exhibits between the hours of 12 noon and 8 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Cut specimens will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Plants may not be removed until 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 and must be removed by 7:30 p.m.
Minister of Agriculture Larry Cartwright will open the show at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 age 12-18 and under 12 free when accompanied by an adult.

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April 13, 2012
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September 24, 2010
Norman Leroy Rolle, 64

Funeral service for Veteran Journalist/Publicist, Norman Leroy Rolle, 64, a resident of Rugby Drive, Winton Meadows and formally of Mangrove Cay Andros, will be held 11:00a.m. Saturday, September 25th, 2010 at Zion Yamacraw Baptist Church, Yamacraw Road, Officiating will be Bishop Ross Davis, Rev Howard Smith, Rev Hilton Bullard, assisted by other Ministers of religion. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

Left with cherish and fond memories are his mother Norah Rolle of Ft. Lauderdale Florida; daughter: Surrel Rolle Dixon; grand children: Nicole, Kaddem, & Dexter Jr.; sisters: Marilyn Rolle, Marinell Strachan, Thelma Thompson, Catherine Nairn and Ma ...

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April 17, 2012
Female sprint relay focus is important

The excellent body of work done by the 'Original Golden Girls' (Pauline Davis-Thompson, Eldece Clarke-Lewis, Chandra Sturrup, Savetheda Fynes and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie) amounted to a standard for the ages, for all time.
When addressing the achievements of those wonderful daughters of The Bahamas, the general tendency of others is to concentrate on what they did when on the world stage. There is another element to them that is often ignored. I've always contended that only when Davis and Clarke became the driving force and the combined mature leadership for team work on passing and other technical aspects of the relay, was the foundation properly put in place. The 'Original Golden Girls' spent their personal funds over and over to meet and practice to maximize their potential.
They well understand the need for them to come together in camp in order to be best equipped to deal with the rest of the world. After having to settle for silver behind the United States at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, they went on a mission that was to make them World Champions (1999) and Olympic Champions (2000), reigning as the best in the world (with the same group) perhaps longer than any other unit.
It was an incredible collective undertaking. The leaders of this country have never adequately compensated the 'Original Golden Girls' and it is unlikely that situation will ever be balanced. They established the template however for the future.
There have been some success since Davis-Thompson and Clarke-Lewis retired following the 2000 Sydney Olympics. With Timicka Clarke, Sturrup, Ferguson-McKenzie and Fynes, The Bahamas won gold at the 2002 Manchester, England Commonwealth Games. Then, in 2009 at the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Championships, Sturrup and Ferguson-McKenzie teamed up with the young Sheniqua Ferguson and Christine Amertil to win the silver medal. The parts have not always been in place for continuity of success.
Now though, with the 40-year-old Sturrup rounding out into fine form following a year off, Ferguson-McKenzie remaining a vibrant world force and Sheniqua Ferguson running faster and faster, there is an available nucleus that presents a feel-good situation. There are the young guns Anthonique Strachan, Shaunae Miller and Tynia Gaither.
There are the ladies in waiting, Nivea Smith, Cache Armbrister and Krystal Bodie. Amertil, the 400 meters specialist (like Miller), is coming back after taking a year off. An excellent coach (Bahamian Henry Rolle) has been assigned by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), the task of getting our relay teams ready for London 2012 later this year. There are just two pieces missing from the puzzle.
I now put them forward for the BAAA and the Ministry of Sports. Firstly, the BAAA should have a few meaningful sessions with the 'Original Golden Girls' to find out just how they did it. They are available. Take advantage of the opportunity. Secondly, a way must be found, and funds supplied to establish a camp for our relay athletes, all of them. The BAAA and the sports ministry are so challenged.
Please, let's not miss this grand opportunity. I firmly believe that if everything gets put in order for our relay athletes, The Bahamas could win the women's sprint relay gold and also the men's 1,600 meters gold in London at the 2012 Olympic Games.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)

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August 11, 2011
US-Bahamas Professional Exchange Highlights Cultural Preservation

WASHINGTON, DC -- After participating in the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), veteran educator, Junkanoo proponent and cultural advocate Arlene Nash Ferguson expounded on the necessity for The Bahamas to participate in professional exchange, especially in the area of cultural preservation. 

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August 11, 2011
US-Bahamas professional exchange highlights cultural preservation

WASHINGTON, DC -- After participating in the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), veteran educator, Junkanoo proponent and cultural advocate Arlene Nash Ferguson expounded on the necessity for The Bahamas to participate in professional exchange, especially in the area of cultural preservation.

"It is very important," she said. "It demonstrates our eagerness to be a part of the world community and work with other nations toward common goals.

Programs such as this broaden our horizons, exposing us to new ideas and thinking in international circles, and this inspires us to bring new ideas home and adapt them where applicable and where needed to our local circumstances.

"The experience also deepens our appreciation of what we do have in the area of cultural heritage, and serves to underline the critical importance of preserving it."

"The program," she added, "also allows us to establish links not only with persons in the same area in the United States, but also around the world: there were 18 participants in my program and only three nations from the Western Hemisphere were represented - Mexico, Guyana and The Bahamas."

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June 15, 2011
BAAA Athlete Profile

IN the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' profile of some of the top athletes expected to compete at the 2011 BTC National Open Track and Field Championships at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex next weekend, public relations officer Alpheus "Hawk" Finlayson puts the spotlight on veteran sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie.

Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie was born in Nassau on January 16, 1976. She attended Oakes Field Primary, C C Sweeting High School and St Andrew's High School. She also attended the University of Georgia.

Ferguson-Mckenzie was named the Austin Sealy Award winner at the 1995 Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, winning the 100m and 200m.

Ferguson-Mckenzie anchored t ...

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February 13, 2012
Adele sweeps the Grammy's with 6 wins

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards was a night of exhilarating
performances, inspired tributes, and emotional acceptance speeches. Big
winners included British singer Adele, veteran rockers the Foo Fighters,
dubstep producer Skrillex and country superstar Taylor Swift.

Adele
brought home six GRAMMYs, tying Beyoncé for the most awards won by a
female artist in one night. Adele won for Album Of The Year and Best Pop
Vocal Album for

21, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and
Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep," and Best Pop Solo
Performance for "Someone Like You..."

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June 15, 2011
Gospel Beauties Courtesy Call on Hon. Charles Maynard

Nassau, Bahamas - Contestants for Miss Gospel Bahamas pay courtesy call on the Hon. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture June 14. Pictured sitting from left: Dianthus Johnson, Miss Mt. Pleasant Green Baptist Church; Minister Maynard; Candice Rolle, Miss Dash Designer Shoes. Standing from left: Andrice Strachan, Miss Bethany Assembly; Gerissa Maurice, Miss New Destiny Baptist Cathedral; Nikirah Braynen, Miss Cornerstone International; Nehemie Louis, Miss V.C.C. Worshiper; Aimee Ferguson, Miss Zion
Baptist South Beach; Lavette Smith, Miss Lakeview Church of God; and Cedrica Williamson, Miss Life Line Family Church.

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August 15, 2011
Prizes Fit For A Gospel Queen

The new Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012, Lavette Smith was showered with fabulous gifts at a recent prize-giving ceremony held at the Poop Deck Sandyport.

The queen received three scholarships - one sponsored by Galilee College, another by Synergy Bahamas and a third from Toya's Educational Institute.

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New stars shine at gymnastics summer camp
August 16, 2011
New stars shine at gymnastics summer camp

Twinklers, sparklers, rising stars and star achiever squads glittered the night with gymnastics routines and riveting performances. The Starmania Summer Camp's PreCompetition Judging and Exhibition was co-sponsored by Bahamas Star Gymnastics (BSG) and Bahamas Gymnastics Booster Club.

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August 15, 2011
Two CIBC First Caribbean Sponsored JA Firms Win 'Company of the Year' Awards

TWO Junior Achievement companies sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank were announced as winners of the coveted JA Company of the Year award.

FirstCaribbean managing director Marie Rodland-Allen said: "The winnings of our JA teams in Nassau and Abaco, and the bank's continued support of JA, are excellent testaments of the bank's engagement of communities in which it operates with a view of making them better.

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August 15, 2011
Disc injuries

By Susan Donald D.C.

While the intervetebral disc is a common culprit in spine related health problems, its function is widely misunderstood.

The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jellylike center is contained by surrounding layers of fibrous tissues call the annular fibers. Each disc serves as connector, space, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allows normal turning and bending.

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion or position and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc ...

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August 16, 2011
A Queen's Homecoming

For more than a decade, Sunday school teacher Lavette Smith attended Lakeview Church of God, but this past weekend marked the first time she received a red carpet welcome. On Sunday, August 14, the 24-year-old was officially presented to her church as the new Miss Gospel Bahamas 2011/2012.

The church's foyer was decorated for her joyous homecoming. A "Congratulations" banner dangled from the ceiling. Underneath it were three of the garments the queen wore the night she was crowned: the 'Esther' outfit which won her...

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August 17, 2011
Pelican Bay at Lucaya Announces Appointments

Pelican Bay at Lucaya has announced the appointments of Della Bridgewater as Operations Manager and Yvette Evans as Security Manager.   Also announced was the appointment of Chic Weddings Bahamas, under the direction of Marva Munroe, to plan and design weddings at the hotel.

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August 17, 2011
Barry Wins Fourth RBDF Ironman Title

When competing in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Annual Ironman competition, Lieutenant Ricardo Barry continues to prove that he is the man to beat. To be considered the best all-around athlete in the Defence Force, a number of individuals once again competed for the prestigious Ironman title.

Now in its 11th year, two new champions were crowned during the annual competition at the Coral Harbour Base. Lieutenant Barry literally ran away with the competition for a record fourth time after not competing last year. Woman Marine Rikeisha Thompson captured the crown in the open female category.

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US-Bahamas professional exchange highlights cultural preservation
August 18, 2011
US-Bahamas professional exchange highlights cultural preservation

WASHINGTON, DC -- After participating in the US Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), veteran educator, Junkanoo proponent and cultural advocate Arlene Nash Ferguson expounded on the necessity for The Bahamas to participate in professional exchange, especially in the area of cultural preservation.

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August 18, 2011
Challenges ignite boxing fraternity

The return of professional boxing to the Nassau Stadium last Saturday was ample proof that there is a thirst for the sport. The Charlie Major Jr. card was not widely publicized and there were a few glitches that resulted in a late start.
Nevertheless, some 200 persons came out despite the threat of rain and it was an enjoyable evening of boxing. The amateur segment at the beginning was exciting. In the pro program, Anthony Woods and Kato Ferguson engaged in a spirited four-rounder. Then, Dencil Miller looked sharp in a clash with John Wesley. Miller packed too much power. He used a crushing left hook and on-target right hand shots to overpower Wesley in three rounds. The two lead bouts were more appealing than the main event.
Meacher Major had no problems at all with the veteran Cuban Alex Perez. The visiting boxer did not land one solid blow and spent much of his time covering from an aggressive Major. In round three when Major scored with a solid body blow, Perez dropped to a knee and took the count.
There was a sidelight incident, however, that added as much excitement as the actual ring action. Former Commonwealth Super Middleweight (168 pounds) Champion Jermaine Mackey and 9-0 up-and-coming light heavyweight (175 pounds) boxer Ryan McKenzie got into a verbal battle. They both declared an interest in fighting at any weight. McKenzie said he would come down to the super middleweight division.
Bulking up to a light heavyweight might be a stretch for the lanky Mackey but he could get to 170 or so and still be comfortable in the ring. It's a match ready to be made and Major Jr. seems quite interested. He was eagerly listening to the back-and-forth boastful statements. Thus, there is the prospect of a Mackey/McKenzie encounter.
Also, former double Commonwealth Bantamweight Champion Ray Minus Jr. is set to come out of retirement. He has not fought for 10 years, but the 47-year-old looked a bit smaller on Saturday as he worked the corner for some of his fighters and moved around giving a hand with the tightening of the ring ropes.
He is getting ready for Meacher Major. For Ray Minus Jr., the only obstacle is being declared medically fit and ready for ring action. The two challenges have sparked new enthusiasm for pro boxing. A Mackey/McKenzie bout will be a big encounter, a major sports happening. A Minus Jr./Major match will be just as highly anticipated.
The excitement has returned to pro boxing.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at frobertsturrup@gmail.com)

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August 17, 2011
PLP Leader's Anti-Crime Plan Criticised

PLP leader Perry Christie's plan to fight crime has come under fire from a number of directions since he unveiled it at the beginning of the week. The first to respond was veteran police officer Errington Watkins, who issued a statement calling the plan "nothing but a fitful nightmare" at the end of one of Mr Christie's "slumbers."

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September 26, 2010
The benefit of the doubt

By Yvette Bethel

WHEN you say you are giving a person the benefit of the doubt it assumes you have a nagging doubt and you will choose to overlook it given the limited facts you possess. In other words, you are giving the person the advantage of being innocent until proven guilty.

Before there are facts

There are some who endow the benefit of the doubt not knowing much about the circumstances or the person receiving the benefit. This is appropriate when you are new to a role or environment and you don't know much about the players and the related dynamics. In cases like these, knowledge of the facts is usually limited so it is important to consider the facts you have because person ...

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September 01, 2010
Police Force band hold off the Defence Force band

Bahamians are used of seeing the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force bands playing sweet melodies on the streets around the country, but they mixed it up on the basketball court on Saturday night, with each trying to take home the coveted trophy and most importantly, earn bragging rights over the other.

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August 18, 2011
Marilyn Olive Isolonoise Kelly, 73

Funeral Service for Marilyn Olive Isolonoise Kelly affectionately called"Ma"
age 73 of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera, who died at her residence August 8th, will be held on Saturday 11:00 a.m. at Charles Wesley Methodist Church, Lower Bogue, Eleuthera. Rev. John Baldwin II assisted by Pastor Ednol Cash and Bishop Dudley Kelly will officiate and interment will follow in the Public Cemetery, Lower Bogue, Eleuthera.

Precious memories will linger in the hearts of Children: Wilson & Claudia; Leroy & Claudina; Tredville & Merelyn; Jerold & Thayla Kelly;  Michael & Sherry Fulford and Merelyn Symonette.
Grandchildren: Claudia & Vernon Neilly; Royanna, Tremarva, Trenique, Gerneska and Jerold Kelly, Lavonia & Don Johnson, Antonia, Stevette & Latanya Symonette and Joseph Cartwright Jr. & Travis Roker; Great-Grands: Vernon Jr. & Roy' Keem Neilly, Dante Johnson, Nevaeh Beckford, and Latrell Symonette; Sister: Frizzy Williams; Adopted Sisters: Rose Johnson, Veronica Seymour, and Agnes Hepburn; Brother: Eardley Neilly; Aunt: Earlene Albury; Uncles: Fred Neilly and Ezekiel Cash; Neices and Nephews: Marietta & James Major and children, Stanley, Whittington, Royal & Victor  Williams and children, Rosette & Sam Johnson and children, Pedro, Frank, Tamaka Neilly & family, Cindy Moss & family, Vanesha Joseph & family, Doris, Shawn, Sherwin, Bernadette; Adopted Neices & Nephews: Monette, Charles, Marvin and Kazin Woods; Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Bishop Dudley & lonie Kelly and children, Bishop Curtis & Almeta Kelly and Children of Delray Beach, Florida, Clayton & Gladys Kelly and children, Mercia & Bishop Crestwell Cash and children, Ina & Julia Kelly  and children; Godchildren: Marie Andrews, Rowena & Sharmaine Johnson and Dedire Dean, Dino Ferguson; Cousins: Prescola & Preston Neilly and children, Majorie Wallace and daughter, Basil Neilly, Emerald & Pastor Ednol Cash and children, Alvin, Beryl Neilly and children, Branhilda and children, Vernencha and children, Phylis, children of the late Myrtis Neilly, Raymond & David Fowler, Ronald, Malvina, children of the late Sarah and Cambell Neilly, Valarie & Sherman Albury and children, Randy, Darrel and Edith Neilly and children Rev. Fredrick, Franklyn and Dorothy Kelly and family, Gladys Saunders and children, Dency Moss, children of the Iate Corens Barry; Katrina Neilly and children, Bruce & Lucinda Deveaux and children, Ona & Candace Kelly and children, Paula, Sandra, Sidney, Lester Albury and children, Cleomie Culmer and children, Joseph & Pandora Cash, Olga Frazier and children, Maria Carey and children, children of the late James and Nollie Cash, Lyman & Bloise Cash and family, Alice Newton and children, Joyce Neilly and children, Calvin Neilly and family, Helena, Sharon & Clinton, Eloise & Willamae Albury and family, Vera Cash, Oralee Saunders; Other relatives and Friends: Rosalie Albury & children, Linda Ferguson (hairdresser); the children of the late Jerome and Elsie Hunter, children of the late Samuel Barry of Harbour Island, Harrison & Geneva Kelly and children, Zerlene & Sybil Cash and children, Inez Kelly and children, decendants of Pearl Johnson, and Oswald & Valderine Frazier,Thelma and children, Maragret, Geneva, Carlton, Harry & Velma Cash and children, decendants of the late Ralph and Enuice Albury, Harcourt & Rosemary Johnson and children, defendants of the late Arthur and Gwendolyn Albury, Joyce(big mama) & Bernard and children, Michael and Weeann Johnson, Richie & Ismae Albury and children, Yardy, Cleveland, Whitfeild Brown and family, Ivan Neely and children, The Fulford family of Turks and Caicos, the Arthur family, George & Alfred Cash and family, the Bain, Moss, Johnson, Cash, and Albury families of Lower Bogue, the Brown, Kelly, Munroe and Kemp families of Current Island, the Symonette, Eldon, Weech and Neely families of Current, Nurse Knowles and staff of Lower Bogue Clinic, Charles Wesley Methodist Church family, Eastern Star Delcina Chapter #61 and a host of other friends from the community of Spanish Wells and Bluff ,Eleuthera.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at THE CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH FUNERAL HOME on Friday from 10:30-2:30 p.m. and at the church in Lower Bogue on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to service time on Saturday.

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February 13, 2012
Head bailiff: Jury panels made up mostly of women

After jury lists are vetted, more women remain on these lists than men.
According to Jack Davis, head bailiff in the Supreme Court, it is difficult to find men in the country with clean criminal records, who have no pending cases or who are not "strung out on drugs".
Davis told The Nassau Guardian that registered voters could potentially serve on juries after personnel from the Criminal Records Office confirm they have clean records.
Davis said that bailiffs also disqualify more men from the lists when they go to serve summonses and find that the men are on drugs.
Although jurors are chosen by a lottery system, the odds of a predominantly female jury are high, Davis said.  He added that a judge recently excluded a prospective male juror after it was discovered that he was illiterate.
Davis said that most jurors fear reprisals from defendants and are unhappy about the long walk from designated parking at the main post office to downtown.  According to the head bailiff, some jurors have complained that they have encountered defendants on bail while walking to and from the courts.  He also explained that jurors don't like that their names are called during jury selection, as they fear that defendants will remember them.
Jurors also complain about the conditions in the jury room, the head bailiff said.  He acknowledged that sometimes water comes up from the floor in the main Supreme Court building and the bathrooms don't work.  At present, he said, jurors are unable to make tea because the kettle is not working.
According to Davis, there is inadequate seating for jurors in the newly refurbished criminal courts.  There are about 30 seats in each of these courts, but the prospective panel is composed of 48 persons.  Consequently, bailiffs have to scramble to secure additional seating, he said.
In cases with multiple defendants, Davis said the jury pool is often exhausted and bailiffs have to round up potential jurors from the streets.
Davis said jurors receive a stipend of $15 daily for their services, which is paid at the end of their three-month long tour.

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Alexander Evans, 67
August 19, 2011
Alexander Evans, 67

Funeral Service for Alexander Evans, 67, of Mangrove Cay, Andros will be held on Saturday 20th August, 2011 at 10:00am at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Road. Officiating will be Father Roderick Bain, assisted by Father Andrew Toppins and Father Stephen Davies. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soilder Road.

Left to cherish his precious memory are Two sisters: Louise “Gomese” Evans and Annamae Newbold; One brother: His twin George Evans; Eleven nieces: Evamae Evans of Delray Beach, Florida, Lovestine Smith of Newburg, New York; Fercena Burrows, Ivy Deveaux; Patricia “Patsy” and Yvette Newbold, Tameka Lundy (Godfrey); Gayle Davis (J ...

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February 10, 2012
Verdell Helen Johnson, 81

Funeral Service for the late Deaconess Verdell Helen Johnson age 81 years of Ridgeland Park West and formerly of Old Bight, Cat Island will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:00am at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market and Vesey Streets. Officiating will be Reverend Dr. Stephen E. Thompson, assisted by Reverend Dr. Garnet King, Pastor Emeritus, and Reverend Basil Johnson.  Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
 
Left to mourn her passing are her Children: Delores E. Johnson-Farrington, Judith R. Johnson-Hepburn, Locksley H. Johnson, W. Kirklin Johnson, Pauline H. Johnson-Bowe, Ruby E. Johnson-Thompson, Sheryl Y. Johnson-Simmons, Uriel Dion Johnson; One Brother: Bishop John T. Archer; One Sister: Evangelist Maude L. Rolle; One Brother-in Law: Rev. Dr. Garnet King; One Sister in-Law: Inell Archer; Four Son-in-Laws: Robert A. Farrington, Anthony  C. Hepburn, Eugene M. Thompson and Father Charles W. Simmons; Eighteen Grandchildren: Anton Burnside, Kristen and Krizia Farrington, E. D'Andra Thompson, Michael Hepburn, D'Angelo and D'Andre Thompson, Kenton Bowe, Ka'Desh Hepburn, Charles William Simmons, Givenchy, Lashan, Kiara, Dion'dre, Jada, and Nyah Johnson; One Great Grandchild: Kriston Rolle; Nephews: Charles, Christopher, Elvis, Hamrick and Paul Rolle, Ted Strachan, Dr. Kendis Archer, Derrick and Kendal King; Nieces: Betty Williams, Eleanor Burrows, Theresa Strachan,  Margaret Sweeting, Velma Brown, Glendora Hart, Manette Smith, Marie Russell, Karen Strachan-Rolle, Maureen Archer and Marie Armbrister; Adopted Children: Lilymae and Elsiemae Johnson, Pearlene Johnson, Lueanna Dawkins, Rev. Benjamin Gibson, Leroy Mackey, Alphonso Harris, Palace Robinson, Yvette Barker, Colleen Jones, Kim Deveaux and Samantha Forbes; Other Relatives and Friends includes: Deaconess Ethel-Bowe, Sharon Cash, Marguerite Bethel, Ruth Strachan, Deacon Maxwell H. Stubbs and Family, Agnes Edgecombe,  Rev. Dr. Marina Sands, Robert Johnson & Family,  Rev. Basil Johnson, Rev. A. Shelton Higgs, Patricia Newry, Garret Neely, Remelda Johnson, Bishop Anthony and Sharon Nairn, Joyce King, Helen Demeritte, Rosemary Archer, Brenda Bowe, Winifred Brown, Philip Lightbourne, Merril Butler, Rev. Dr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Thompson, Evangelist Leathica King, Eulean Johnson and Family, Transfiguration Baptist Church Family, The Transfiguration Prayer Band, The Transfiguration Missionary Circle, The Transfiguration Deacon Board, Atlantic Medical Family, Kendal Wright & Company, Hope Strachan & Co, The Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd Family and The United Nations Family, Valley Boys Junkanoo Group, One Love Solider Junkanoo Group, Sigma Crusaders Softball Team, Balfour Ave Community ,The Prince Hall Family, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, The Social Shack, The Cancer Society Ball Committee, The Bridge Authority and The Mortgage Corporation; Special Thanks to Nursing Sister Janet Hepburn, Nurse Williams, and The Female Medical Ward I Staff, Princess Margaret Hospital.
 
Viewing will be held in the Serenity Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the church on Saturday from 8:30am until service time.

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August 17, 2011
Pelican Bay at Lucaya Announces Appointments

Freeport, Bahamas -
Pelican Bay at Lucaya has announced the appointments of Della
Bridgewater as Operations Manager and Yvette Evans as Security
Manager.   Also announced was the appointment of Chic Weddings Bahamas,
under the direction of Marva Munroe, to plan and design weddings at the
hotel.

Formerly a part of the Sales team, Marva Munroe has moved
to another role and, under the banner of her company, Chic Weddings
Bahamas, which will plan and design weddings for Pelican Bay.  Through
this new joint venture Pelican Bay will continue to showcase itself as a
premiere location for destination weddings in Grand Bahama...

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June 13, 2011
UFC 131: Stout knocks out Edwards

CANADIANS went 3-1 on the undercard at UFC 131 Saturday night, including lightweight Sam Stout's knockout against veteran Yves Edwards.

Stout connected with a left hook in the first round and Edwards toppled backward. Stout (15-4-1) went to follow up, but held back when he saw Edwards was motionless.

Edwards (40-17-1) eventually got up on a stool to the applause of the crowd but needed a helping hand as he was led away.

"That is one of the nastiest KO's I have EVER seen!!!!" UFC president Dana White posted on his Twitter account.

The 27-year-old Stout, who is from London, Ontario, celebrated the victory with a backflip in the cage.

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February 10, 2012
Ethelyn Bernice Michael, 93

Funeral service for Ethelyn Bernice Michael, age 93 years, 6 Tower Estates Drive, Sans Souci, formerly of Deadman's Cay, Long Island, will be held on Saturday February 11th 2012 at 10:00a.m. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill and Wulff Roads, officiating will be Canon Basil L. Tynes, assisted by Bishop Gilbert Thompson and Fr. Roderick Bain.  Interment will follow in St. Mary's the Virgin Cemetery, Virginia and Nassau Streets.
Left to cherish her memories are her daughter: Yvonne M. Michael-Deveaux-Shaw; three grand children: Renee L. Deveaux, Marie Deveaux-Sands and Neil C. Shaw; eight great grand children: Jordan Armbrister, Amron, Alizsha and Simone Sands, Joy and Haley Smith and Alaina and Liam Shaw; grand-son-in-law: Vernon Smith, grand daughter-in-law: Stephanie Shaw; eighteen nieces: Dale McLeod, Carmen Smith, Lady Aloma Allen, Brenda Brace, Helen Scott, Carolyn Wilson, Patricia Carter, Barbara Jean Haines, Joanna Martin, Dorothy Colbert, Carolyn Bell, Carol D. Russell, Gail Malone, Courtney, Judy and Bernadette Nesbit, Gladys White and Ingrid Scott; fifteen nephews: Cleaso Munnings, Phillip, Paul and Glen White, Perry and Johnnie Scott, Elton Nesbitt Jr., Samuel and Emanuel Nesbitt, Martin L. and Walter Mann, Don McLeod, Keith Smith, Sir William Allen, Donnie Carter and William Haines; thirty-one grand nieces and nephews: Gerald Cooper, Patrick and Dia Carter-Webb and family, Robert, Leslie, Libby and Kevin Shelby, Kelly, Chris, Jules, Jason and Eli, William and Andrew Allen and Karen Allen-Howard and family, Elgin, Maurice, Keisha and Karlean Smith, Michael A. Lillian M. Robin D. and Angel K. Wilson, Melodye M., Jacobs, Tanya Crosson, Katie Scott , Lance, Jamal and Lyvette Munnings and Katia and Kavan Scott; seven great grand nieces and nephews: Kyle, Kaleah A. Waters and family, Lauren E. Jacobs, Samira A. Cummings, Asiah A Moore, Trenae L. and Trinity L. Crosson; other family and friends including: Cynthia Wells and family, William and Lynn Wells and family, Harriet Womach and family, Trixie Hanna, Paula Hanna-Miller and Rupert Miller, Dillis and Henry Storr and family, The Hon. Perry Christie and Bernadette Christie and family, Carnetta Burrows and family, Hinton Burrows and family, Virgie Carroll and family, Christine and Ben Johnson and family, Myrtis Turnquest and family, Ralph and Joan Munnings and family, Agnes Munnings, Shane Russell and family, Leona Davis-Rahming and family, Debra .Knowles-Clark, Bea Wilson and family, Nora, Florence Fornof, Edwin Burrows, Gwendolyn Brawdley, Violet Knowles, Rosmond Wells and family The Wells and Turnquest families, Peter and John Michael and family and Emile and Julia Michael-Griffith and family; numerous god-children too many to mention including: Paula Hanna-Miller, Samuel and Jere Cumberbatch and family, Katie Smith and family and Joanne Hanna; dear friends including: Madeline Thompson, Gloria Knowles and family, Alva Moxey and family, Orry J. Sands and family, Ian Mortemore and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Simmons and family, Althea Malone, Marge Ferguson, Doris Fitzgerald and family, Mr. and Mrs. Demeritte, Ricardo and Ethelyn Davis and family, Maria Campbell, Thelma Thompson, Mrs. Brennen, Elsie Thompson, Corin and Audrey Fountain, Mary Sinclair-Profilo and family, Mavis Davis and family, Eula Bain, Mrs. Clarke, Mrs. Cartwright, Ela Forbes, Velma Turnquest, Mavis Johnson, Tremmie D. Thompson, St. Barnabas Church and ACW family, Canon Basil Tynes and family, Inga Saunders and family, St. George's Church family and Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton, Bishop Gilbert and Mrs. Thompson, Alma Oliver and others too numerous to mention.
 
 
Friends may pay their last respects at Butlers' Funeral Home & Crematorium, Ernest and York Streets on Friday February 10th, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at the church on Saturday February 11th, 2012 from 9:00a.m. until service time.
 

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June 14, 2011
Drowning victim identified

The man who allegedly drowned over the holiday weekend was yesterday identified by family members as Ezra Dean.
According to preliminary police reports, the drowning took place sometime around 4:40 p.m. on Friday at South Beach.
Police reports indicate that Dean was swimming with family members when the accident occurred.
Dean, who was in his 80s, was taken to hospital by emergency medical service personnel where he was pronounced dead.
Dean is the choir director at new Destiny Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Theresa and children Samuel, Sterling, Ezra Jr., Mark, Vernons, Portia Dean and Yvette Williams.
A family friend described Dean as a "beautiful person".
"He directed the choir and he was a real gentleman," said the friend who attends the same church as Dean.  He was in fine form.  His last project was to prepare the church choir for the Father's Day ensemble. It's a sad day."

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June 14, 2011
A look back at the 2010 National 'Open' Track and Field Championships

Track fans, we sometimes forget so easily, that we thought we should remind you of some of the great performances of the 2010 BTC National 'Open' Track and Field Championships.
Men's 400m
In most fans' memory, the most exciting race was the men's 400 meters (m). There was a young upstart Demetrius Pinder, from Texas A&M, who had run well on the collegiate circuit. The Grand Bahamian had dipped under 45 seconds earlier in the year and it seemed as if Chris Brown's reign on this event was over.
When the dust had settled, Brown managed only third in the race, being beaten by Pinder and by 2008 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Champion Andretti Bain. Pinder clocked 45.21 seconds, while Bain clocked 45.44 seconds. Brown was only able to manage 45.78 seconds, just ahead of Nathaniel McKinney, who clocked 45.82 seconds. Michael Mathieu clocked 45.91 seconds for fifth.
Pinder is the only Bahamian this year who went under the 45-seconds barrier. His 44.87 Personal Best (PB) puts him among the best in the world. Brown sits in second place locally. Ramon Miller sits in third place locally, and Mathieu is fourth.
The question still is, who will win the showdown at the BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and Field Championships in Grand Bahama. We have not even spoken of Grand Bahamian Andrae Williams who upset Brown at the National 'Open' Track and Field Championships in 2005 when the event was last held in Grand Bahama.
We have not spoken about LaToy Williams, who followed Andrae to Texas Tech University, and ran the top time in the world in April of 2009, when few Bahamian fans had even heard of him.
Men's 100m
In the absence of Bahamian national record holder Derrick Atkins, the World 2007 100m silver medalist, Adrian Griffith won the 100m in 10.23 seconds. The year before Griffith made the second round of the 100m at the Berlin World Championships, when Atkins had no such luck.
Will Clemson sprinter Warren Fraser be able to take it all, as he did at the 2009 CARIFTA Track and Field Championships in St. Lucia... or will it be Rodney Greene or Jamial Rolle, who captured the 200m last year?
Men's 400m Hurdles
In the Men's 400m hurdles last year, Nejmi Burnside defeated Nathan Arnett, 52.44 seconds to 53.04 seconds. Arnett was on a comeback trail after running fourth at the International Association of Athletic Federations' (IAAF) World Junior Championships with a new Bahamian National Junior record in 2008.
He had been injured the following year. This year Arnett is back to his old form, winning the National Jr. College 400m hurdles Championships in a personal best time. Can Burnside get back to his old winning ways and challenge Arnett?
Men's High Jump
Former World Champion Donald Thomas won the High Jump last year with a 2.30m performance. Trevor Barry finished in second with a 2.14m performance. Thomas and Barry also finished first and second at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. They duplicated that feat at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
Then there are Raymond Wilson and Ryan Ingraham. Thomas has a PB of 2.35m and Barry has a best of 2.29m.
Men's Long Jump
Rudon Bastian won the Long Jump with a PB of 7.98m. Nyles Stuart finished second with a best jump of 7.71m. This year Grand Bahama's Raymond Higgs has one of the best performances in the world with a 8.15m jump, the fourth best by any Bahamian.
Men's Triple Jump
Leevan Sands won the Triple Jump last year with a 16.78m performance. In that same event, young twin Lathone Collie-Minns jumped a PB of 15.78m. His twin brother Latario Collie-Minns has a personal best performance of 16.55m, the best performance in the world for a Youth athlete this year. Lathone is tied with the second best jump for a Youth athlete this year, with a jump of 15.73m. J'Vente Deveaux jumped 15.64m in last year's event.
Last year, we anticipated seeing Samyr Laine of the Republic of Haiti who had several great jumps early in the season. Sands has had a good season and recently finished in third place in the New York Diamond League Meet behind Phillips Idowu of Great Britain and Christian Olson of Sweden, two former World Champions. Laine still feels he can upset Sands on Bahamian soil.
Women's 100m
The veteran Chandra Sturrup continued her dominance of the 100m, clocking 11.15 seconds last year. Tynia Gaither, who had been running well in Florida, ran 12.05 seconds for fourth.
Sturrup has taken a leave from track and field this year, but the action should be between Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Nivea Smith, Anthonique Strachan, and Gaither, who just finished third in a special race for high school students at the New York Diamond League Meet.
Women's 200m
Last year Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie did not compete in the Nationals and Nivea Smith ran a personal best time in the 200m to win. Christine Amertil finished second in 23.00 seconds flat with Anthonique Strachan third in 24.14 seconds. Tynia Gaither finished fourth in 24.29 seconds.
Ferguson-McKenzie, the 2001 World Champion, 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, and 2009 World Championship bronze medalist, has had a good season. Smith ran a season's best time of 22.80 seconds in the recent NCAA Championships.
Sheniqua Ferguson, who won gold and silver in the 2008 World Junior Championships, did not advance to the NCAA final but she could be ready to run in Grand Bahama. This could be the best race of the meet.
Women's 400m
Shaunae Miller won this event last year, on the way to a gold medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Miller ran 53.13 seconds to defeat Sasha Rolle, who clocked 54.05 seconds, and Yanique Clarke, who ran 56.76 seconds.
Women's 100m Hurdles
Ivanique Kemp set a new National record in the 100m hurdles at the South Eastern Conference (SEC) Championships. She ran 13.20 seconds at those championships and repeated that performance at the NCAA Championships, finishing in 10th place overall.
She ran 14.13 seconds last year to win. This is one of the most significant improvements.
Women's 400m Hurdles
In 2010, new 400m hurdle National record holder Michelle Cumberbatch, from Grand Bahama, won in 1:00.33. This year Katrina Seymour won the 400m hurdles at CARIFTA, and set a new National Junior record at the BAAA National High School Track and Field Championships.
Women's Long Jump
In the Long Jump, Bianca Stuart won with a leap of 6.53m. She has finished her college eligibility and is training with Henry Rolle at Auburn University. Stuart has had several outstanding performances this season, including a 6.64m PB at the Jamaica Invitational and a wind-aided 6.91m performance at a meet in Florida recently.
Stuart is aiming for a World Championships qualifying standard and Grand Bahama might be just the place.
The BTC Jr. & Sr. National Track and Field Championships in Grand Bahama on June 24 and 25 should be the excitement you have been waiting for. Make your arrangements to be in Grand Bahama as the 'Countdown to the Showdown' continues.

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