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April 12, 2012
Lauretta Maude Rolle, 86

Funeral service for Evangelist Prophetess Lauretta Maude Rolle, 86 yrs., a resident of Tarus Court & formerly of Old Bight, Cat Island, who died on 30th March, 2012, will be held at St. James Native Baptist Church, St. James Road, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Bishop Dr. Michael Symonette, assisted by Pastor Pandora Ingraham. Interment follows in St. James Cemetery.Left to cherish her memories are her Daughters: Evangelist Eleanor Burrows, Deaconess Theresa Strachan, Margaret Sweeting, Barbara Rolle, Glendora Hart, Archerlean Brown and Clara Rolle, sons: Charles, Prophet Christopher, Hamrick, Elvis and Paul Rolle, grandchildren: Rommell and Zhirvago Burrows, Samantha Forbes, Keshie Roach, Anishka Hart, Mario Elliot, Errol Clarke, Natasha Duncombe, Sonia, Kendra, Dennis Benson Kevin, Stephen Strachan, Reeshemah, Clement, Shelton, Shevette Rolle, Levardo,Tamara , Jermaine, Jamaal, Kovic Brown, Roshanda Rolle-Knowles, Shanner Hilton Rolle, Judith Rolle, Paul Jr., Nicole Fanny, Catherine Rolle, Tina Ferguson, Christina, Jeffrey and Christopher Sweeting, Rosell Hart-Joseph, Melissa and Ressa Hart, Christopher Duncombe, 100 Great great grands, 1 great grand aunt, Adline Ambrister, sisters-in-law, Clara Lindsey, Beatrice Seymour, Rochelle Rolle, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Inell Archer, Ft. Pierce, Fla, 1 brother-in-law James Pratt, sons-in-law: Prince Burrows, Solomon Strachan, Godfrey Sweeting, James Brown, Deacon Rudolph Hart and Ruben Rolle, 3 daughter-in-laws, Beverley, Edna and Denise Rolle, nieces: Betty Williams, Delores Farrington, Judith Hepburn, Pauline Bowe, Ruby Thompson, Sheryl Simmons, Mannetta Smith, Marie Russell, Karen Rolle, Maureen Archer, nephews: Locksley, Kirklin and Uriel Johnson, Kendis Archer and Ted Strachan.
Adopted children: Leroy Mackey, Jonathon Dorsette, Dwight Knowles, Brian Rolle, Wendy Rolle, Christopher Brown, Erica Brown and Adline Burrows. Other Relative and Friends including: Sister Olive Dawkins Rolle, Winifred Rolle, Julia Armbrister, Eleazer Rolle, Monica Hart, Eleanora Rolle, Lily Armbrister, Princess Styles, Rosebell Rolle, Carlton Rolle, Getta Rolle, Eugie Godet- Seymour, Emerald Brown, Delore Poitier Sister Brice, Brave Davis, Isabella Burrows, Geleta Burrows, Ralda Williams and the entire community of Old Bight, Cat Island.
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 9:00 a.m. until service time.

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April 13, 2012
GBPA shines at race weekend classic

FREEPORT, The Bahamas - Over 20 individuals representing The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA) recently participated in the Alpheus 'Hawk' Finlayson 5K/10K Race Weekend Classic. The GBPA was also a proud sponsor of the road race.
Leading the GBPA team was company director, Henry St. George, who expressed pleasure at being able to participate.
"Sports tourism is just one of many niche markets that Grand Bahama caters to and GBPA whole heartedly supports an event such as this that brings a huge boost to the local economy."
After race results were tallied, Team GBPA's talented athletes shone in various categories. Henry St. George placed first in the males 10K, under-30 group, followed by Max Remmo, who placed second. Dominic St. George came in third in the under-40 division. The top three finishers in the females 10K, under-30, were all members of Team GBPA - Cosetta Hall, Florence Bruce and Celina St. George, and co-team member Gwenique Musgrove captured first in the under-40 division.
In the males 5K race, Stephano Bevans and Andrew Brown placed third in the under-30 category and first in the under-40 division respectively. In the females 5K race, Jenny Remmo was second in the under-30 group and Christabel Bruce was first in the under-50 division. A total of seven GBPA participants were among the top 30 finalists in the overall 10K run, with Dominic St. George placing third, Henry St. George finishing 13th, Cosetta Hall coming in 14th, Max Remmo finishing 15th, Florence Bruce finishing 23rd, Celina St. George coming in 26th, and Gwenique Musgrove finishing 30th.
"It was a great event and a great day for GBPA," said St. George as he bestowed congratulations on all of the GBPA team members who gave their wholehearted support. GBPA registrants included Henry St. George, Deann Seymour, Charisse Brown, Gwenique Musgrove, Dominique Rolle, Evette Rolle, Kimberly Miller, Cosetta Hall, Max Williams, Andrew Brown, Shanta Stuart, Steffano Bevans, Joe Hamilton, Juliette Miller, Cornella Miller, D'Andra Stubbs, Nicola Elliott, Dominic St. George, Celina St. George, Max Remmo, Jenny Remmo, Christabel Bruce, Florence Bruce and Edward Lawson-Johnson.

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June 16, 2011
Prince Albert Storr, 60

A funeral service for Prince Albert Storr, 60 yrs., a resident of Bethel Avenue and formerly of San Salvador, who passed away on 7th June, 2011, will be held at Evangelistic Temple, Collins Avenue and Fourth Terrace, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Gary Curry, assisted by Pastor Vaughn Cash.  Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to mourn his passing are: His Children: Lawrance, Lorraine and Warren; Son-in-law: Raymond Tucker; Twelve Grand Children: Kristoff, Lorenzo, Jason, Kristiza, Liah, Raymond, Lashae, Laurencia, Vashanti, Zion, Faith and Akeem. Sisters: Eloise Pinder, Vernita Edgecombe, Stephanie Rolle, Beverly Dean, Portia Jones, Loretta Storr and Mae Butler. Brothers: Samuel Storr, Peter Douglas, Ernie Hendrick, Harold Gordon, Charlie, Herchell and Gregory Storr. Sisters- in-law: Delcine Douglas, Carolyn Gordon and Thelma Storr. Brothers-in-law: Walter Rolle, Ulrick Dean, Joel Pratt, Emmerson Jones and Alrick Butler off San Salvador.; Nieces: Elvoin, Martha, Samantha, Felicia, Turkessa, Tre'Kiece, Yvette, Nadia, Timinthia, Karon, Tekia, Christa, Michaela, Victoria, Kristal, Emmernique, Elrina, Chalea, Matrica, Brittany, Tara, Elma, Chalechal, Opi, Marilyn, Figi, Cindy, Barbara, Becky, Vernita, Charmaine, Charlene and Glenda; Nephews: Andrew, Sammy, Pete, Peter, Alonza, Antwaun, Chavago, Deangelo, Ryan, Marcus, Chevron, Marlon, Alvon, D'ron, Antonio, Thea, Jonathan, Anwar, Wilton, Terrance, Troy, Dario, Dwayne, Dr. Chrisin Gomez, Glen Smith, Tony Missick and Cecil Mackey.  Numerous amount of grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, special friends and other close relatives including: Stephen, Tony, Elgin, Leo and Fred Douglas, Jennie Walker and family of San Salvador, George Lockhart and family, Tamara Taylor and family, Sybil Rolle and family, Eulease Brooks and family, Mable Arnette and family, Velma Hanna and family, Perry Johnson, Frank Lightbourne and family, Ida Saunders and family, Iron Stevens and family, Valdarine Barnett and family, Ormond & Tamara Saunders and family, Alice Bullard and family, Olive Forbes and family of Abaco, Carl and Shirley, Jean and Jamma, Edna Joseph and Family, Tony Mackey, Valentino Griffin and family, Drexel Dean and family, Sylvia Wallace and family, Sheryl Scott and family, Kizzy Stubbs and family, Tony Rolle and family, Wellington Pratt and family, Patrice Fernander & family, Basil and family, Alice Lafleur and family, Leonard sands and family, The Bain Town Community, The entire Community of Cockburn Town, San Salvador, The Bethell Ave family including: Mr & Mrs Basil Watson and family, Mrs. Alleyne and family, Chris Bain, Sean Burrows, Receo and Alex Fox, Oral Hudson, Demarco McKenzie, Mario and Jason, Jamaine, Bolo, Charles and Keith Miller, Sherese, Jasmine, Mario and Brian King, Prince Collins, Harry Nixon, Shanda Mortimer, Ron, Jermaine, and David McKenzie.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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April 16, 2012
Sir Baltron addresses honors students

At a recent convocation, the honors students of Bahamas Baptist Community College (BBCC) had the benefit of the sage advice of Sir Baltron B. Bethel, veteran educator, leader in tourism and hospitality and current president of BBCC.ir Baltron brought to the students' attention that, on graduation, they would face global competition for jobs.
S"In due course, you honorees and other students will be graduating with degrees from the Bahamas Baptist Community College and various universities. Your expectations will then be that you would more readily be able to obtain good jobs and to pursue meaningful careers. I would be remiss, however, if I failed to advise you of the increasing competition you will face both locally and abroad to meeting these expectations," Sir Baltron said.
From his own experiences in operating at the higher levels of the international marketplace, Sir Baltron offered a clarification.
"While organizations like the World Trade Organization (WTO) are designed to enhance world trade and economic opportunities, there are additional implications of increased competition for employment with nationals of other countries, including free movement or less restriction between countries of many categories of professionals and skilled labor.
"Despite the best efforts of governments to ensure that their nationals are given first preference in employment and economic opportunities, the reality is that they will be constrained or tempered in doing so, by international, regional, or bi-lateral treaty obligation. This will become more apparent as The Bahamas soon becomes a full member of WTO, and is coerced more and more for various strategic and policy reasons into the orbit of regional, hemispheric and international blocs."
Students were told of the contribution they were expected to make as top graduates.
"We shall also be looking to you as honor students to play a meaningful role in addressing the great dilemma of mediocrity, which we face in Bahamian society, and the attitude of resting on the laurels of past accomplishments," the former director general of tourism said.
Sir Baltron congratulated students for their achievements, and praised the faculty for the role they played is assisting the students.

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Tragedy Strikes Police Force
July 19, 2008
Tragedy Strikes Police Force

A 13-year veteran of the Royal Bahama Police Force lost his life during a routine firearms training exercise in waters off Goodman’s Bay Wednesday, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna confirmed to the Bahama Journal on Wednesday.

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June 16, 2011
Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67

A funeral service for Margaret Ellamae Davis, 67, a resident of Yellow Elder, who passed away on 6th June, 2011, will be held at Church of God Cathedral, East Street and Lily of the Valley Corner, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Moses A. Johnson, assisted by other Ministers. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
She leaves precious memories with:
Adopted Sisters (and blood cousins): Marcella Mallory, Maxine Bartlett, and Gloria Lawrena Knowles
Niece and grand-niece: Adelia and Shadelle Major
Cousins: Sarahlene Royal, Mavis Wilson, Rosabell Wilson (and descendents of the late Clayton Wilson); Marie, Edward, Sidney (the Whymns); Sandra, Norma, Andrea, Linda, Dudley, Gerald (the Sawyers); Roslyn, Sybil, Paula, Kaye, Eugene (the Tootes); Neville, Arthur, Andrew, Robert, Shirley, Dame Joan (the Sawyers); Coral Lightbourne, Geraldine Ferguson, Lillian Saunders, Priscilla Forbes, Muriel Ferguson, Dorothy Marshall, Eleston and Richard McPhee.
Other relatives: descendents of  Rev. Maurice Mallory, including Yvonne Abouziede, Helena Robinson, Alfred Mallory and their children
Special friends: Heslyn Fernander, Berthamae Ferguson, Clover Pratt, Pastor and Members of East St. Church esp. Ladies Prayer Band, The Convention Choir, The National body of the Church of God, Sister Cecilia and patrons of St. Joseph Day Care Centre, Nurse Zel Lockhart, Nurse Doreen Fernander, Patricia Sands and Mrs. Ethlyn Deleveaux
God-children: Yvette Campbell-Morris and James Pinder, Jr.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 

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September 24, 2010
Michael Blood Swain, 49

Funeral Service for Michael "Blood" Swain, 49, of Murphy Town, Abaco, will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 11:00 a.m., Zion Baptist Cathedral, Murphy Town, Abaco. Officiating: Pastor Christopher Dean, assisted by: Rev. Denzal Swain & Other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment: The Public Cemetery, Murphy Town, Abaco.

He is survived his brother, George Swain; uncle, Ernal Swain; aunt, Ena Swain: nephews:

Rev. Denzal Swain and Maxwell Quant; nieces: Sybil McPhee, Veronica Quant, Daphne John-Baptiste and Yvette Swain; grandnephews: Johnathan Ferguson, Jamar Munroe, Denzal Swain Jr., and Dajhon Wildgoose; grandnieces: Yamease Swain, Yana Swain and Paige Munroe; cou ...

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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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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.

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February 14, 2012
BMC chairman reveals 1.8M missing from records

Up to 65 percent of the delinquencies the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation (BMC) is now struggling to collect originated between 2002 and 2007, according to its chairman, capping a "terrible, dark period".
Dr. Duane Sands shed further light on the state of BMC during a speech to the Senate yesterday.
In particular, he revealed that records at BMC during this period have "gone missing", with $1.8 million on the books at financial institutions that cannot be found at the mortgage corporation.
"Things were so bad, BMC could not say how much it had in its bank accounts," Dr. Sands said. "What happened to the records? The Bahamian people want to know. We had to write all of the banks in The Bahamas to find out how much they were holding in the name of BMC. Comparing the records with the banks, there was $1.8 million being held that BMC had no record of."
The comments in Senate follow earlier statements made by Sands to Guardian Business concerning the looming "judgment day" of BMC. He said for too long the company has been seen as a "donkey to ride". Major financial problems now being encountered by BMC are being blamed on the administration from 2002 to 2007.
When he arrived in office in 2007, Sands said BMC was already in "serious financial difficulty". As of December 31, 2010, there were 3,019 loans under repayment with a book value of $175 million. The chairman explained that 1,277 mortgages were in default, 1,119 of which were in default for more than 90 days.
Whereas in 2002 there were $1.9 million in delinquencies, this number rose to $14 million in 2007, he said.
"This was the era of the worst, most incompetent and reckless fiscal mismanagement of the mortgage corporation, putting Bahamians in horrible circumstances," Sands claimed.
Meanwhile, the sinking debt fund, a vehicle used to pay down and retire debt, went from $55 million in 2001 to $101 million in 2007. It now stands, he added, at $119 million.
Building public housing through the issuance of bonds, Sands said the 1,400 homes built from 2002 to 2007, while helping some citizens, actually impoverished the housing market.
He announced that many of the houses actually had to be repaired at a greater cost than the original construction.
"It was unethical to continue that aggressive housing project," he said.
The chairman of BMC once again compared the situation to the U.S. sub-prime crisis that threw the entire world economy into a tailspin.
Sands is calling for BMC to have veto power to prevent further projects proposed by the Ministry of Housing in order to offer prudent financial advice.
He reported that between now and 2020, $21 million worth of bonds are set to mature. From 2021 to 2030,  $115 worth of bonds must be paid, not including interest.
BMC currently earns $2 million per month.

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August 13, 2011
The creepy crawlers of summer

She's the mother of three accident prone children all under the age of six. She's a former morgue assistant, ambulance dispatcher, pre-school teacher and even a volunteer animal rescuer and as a result, has had to deal with everything from gushing blood to dead people, injured animals and grossly sick children, you'd think nothing would phase this 35-year-old.  But there is one thing that can make K'Andrea Moxey-Wright cringe and it's those creepy crawly insects.  Nothing frightens her more than the multi-legged creatures that invade people's living spaces during summer time.
"When I know summer is almost here I get nervous because I know all those bugs that hibernated for the cooler months are coming back to torment my soul," says the mother who says her house is in desperate need of extermination.  As a mother, she knows all too well about having to cut corners, but learned her lesson after getting "burned" on an extermination gone bad a few years ago.  She hired someone at a "good price" to rid her home of termites.  She later found out that the price was too good to be true after the termites came back and the other insects seemed to multiply.  Moxey-Wright says she now knows better and is looking for a good company to rid her home of its insect problem as the temperatures continue to scorch warming the ground and making the insects swarm.
"The warm temperatures in the country, especially around summer time is perfect for insects of all kinds to grow and swarm as they come out to forage and stock up for the winter months," says Handfred Rolle, proprietor of Pioneer Exterminators, who says if you are not willing to share your living space with these creatures -- roaches, termites, ants, bees, centipedes -- then it is the best time to get an exterminator before the problem gets too bad."
In his line of business Rolle says he has noticed that many people tend to shy away from doing regular exterminations of their home because they assume their house will have to be covered in a tent for days and the family will have to find an alternative living space, while this is being done.  He says this is not necessarily true in all instances, as there are many problems, and just as many solutions for the infestations.  And he says solving the problem may have to be more than the old-fashioned, do-it-yourself remedy some people adopt, like swatting, spraying and baiting the insects.  Rolle says this may work for small confined problems, but says sometimes it is better to call in the experts to solve the problem.
The 17-year veteran says it is often better to get a exterminator rather than attempt to eradicate a major  problem yourself.  While it is common for the average homeowner to purchase over-the-counter pesticides, he says some of them tend to be more harmful than good and that bug sprays for example are toxic especially in the excessive amounts that people use and often inhale accidentally.  And if you have a recurring problem with roaches or termites you definitely need to call in an exterminator as there is obviously a bigger problem than you are seeing.
Rolle says the chemicals an expert will use to get rid of indoor pests are water-based and less likely to be inhaled or consumed than the aerosol insecticides the average person uses.  Other hazardous situations  you put yourself into by being a "weekend warrior" is purchasing rat poisons over-the-counter and not considering the amount of yard space you have.  Doing this he says can result in over or under-treating the problem, and if you have a pet or the yard is easily accessible to neighborhood animals you can also end up killing them.  He says a proper exterminator will consider all of these factors and find the best route of extermination for your situation.
"It doesn't benefit you or anyone if you opt to experiment and prolong doing a proper extermination," says Rolle.  "There are some things you can live with and others that you shouldn't.  Sugar ants and lizards are generally harmless, but things like roaches, ticks, fleas and termites are things you need to deal with immediately.  Roaches can carry diseases and can generally infect surfaces.  While you do love your indoor pet, the ticks and fleas they attract can carry lime disease which you don't want to contract much less your children.  To save your home from prematurely rotting you will want to get rid of termites as quickly as you can too."
The exterminator also says people should not believe the "old-wives" myths that are bandied about as to how to solve their insect problems, because they don't want to spend the money on a professional.  A common practice he has come across time and time again is the use of diesel to treat a pest problem.  He says he has heard many people swearing by it.  As an exterminator he says he has yet to find any merit in it.
Another popular myth he has heard involves burning a termite's nest that is on the ground to solve the  problem.  This he says is not true as the nest is sometimes underground as well and after a month if not a few weeks, the problem will return again.  He says if you have a termite problem it is important to get an expert rather than believe you can treat it on your own.
"People need to be aware that it doesn't pay to take shortcuts.  You will find people who will give you a seemingly good price for relatively costly exterminating jobs like dealing with drywood termites and subterranean termites, but with these bugs you need the problem to be done thoroughly.  Drywood termites, especially if they are throughout a building, require you to fully tent the structure and then pump gas in to properly exterminate.  If someone tells you they can do it without tenting you are looking at the problem coming back in no time and still having to pay an expert to do it properly.  Similarly, with subterranean termites, you will need to drill the walls so chemicals can be put in to get to the root of the problem.  If someone says they can do it without drilling, or only [drilling] one or two holes, you are looking for the problem to come right back."
The exterminator says it is also important for people to know that not every insect with wings that isn't a roach, wasp or bee is a termite.  He says there are many different types of ants and other bugs that have wings that can be an annoyance and you may hire the first guy who says he knows what he is doing to kill termites when the problem was never termites.
Rolle says he has met many people who say they hired an "exterminator" a year or even months before only to have the problem they thought was taken care off, reappear in no time.  He encourages homeowners to call different exterminating companies, allow them to come into the home to assess the problem and give a quote, to give themselves options to best deal with the problem, with the company that has a good record.  He says forget about your cousin's brother's friend who will just charge you a few bucks, and says you save yourself stress by hiring a reputable expert or company to do the job right the first time.

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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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February 18, 2012
Gibson likes outlook for sloop sailing

For years now, veteran sailor and boat owner 'King' Eric Gibson has called on the government to launch more support behind the sport of sloop sailing. Appeals were also made for corporate assistance to ensure that the indigenous sport continues to grow in The Bahamas.
Even though many of his requests would go unanswered, Gibson pushed on hoping that things would get better, and according to the sailing legend, they did. A few days ago, CEO of the Palm Cay Marina Richard Browning announced that he would sponsor the floating trophy for the 'Catch Me If You Can' St. Valentine's Regatta. Other incentives were also added to the regatta, which will take place at Montagu today.
Gibson believes that the move by Browning is timely and brought excitement back for many of the sailors, who had lost hope. "This weekend's regatta is going to be one of the most exciting ones held in many years," said Gibson. "The sailors are excited about the event and are looking forward to putting their boats back into the water. The buzz and love of regatta is back. We see more and more persons going out there, building boats and wanting to compete. That is good. It brings hope because regattas are big. The people in Nassau don't know how big regattas are. Some of these regattas and homecomings are the 'bread and butter' of these islands. So to have a nice man support sailing, that is great."
One of the new sloops set to hit the water today is the Melva B, a C-class boat. Gibson said Melva is built to sail with the best of the sloops in her class. He believes that the sloop will turn a lot of heads this year and encourages other corporate entities to jump on board.
He added: "We know that this regatta season is going to be a good one. I can feel it. In all of my years being involved in regattas, from organizing and sailing, I know that this is going to be a great year. Whenever you see the sailors are excited about the season you know that it is going to be good. The sailors are ready. The regatta on the weekend will prove it. A lot of sailors will be taking part. There will be a lot of new boats. So we are keeping our fingers crossed for the rest of the season because this is just the beginning."
The annual 'Catch Me If You Can' St. Valentine's Regatta will start today and conclude on Sunday.

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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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February 23, 2012
Along life's road

Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Jesus put a child in the midst and said, "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." -- Matthew 18:1,4.
Mostly when I am out of town, it is customary for me to call and find out how everything is going. I was on the phone with my sister, Bertha, when she got a call from my sister-in-law, Sharon, saying that Reuben was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). On asking which Reuben it was, I found out that it was my little seven-year-old nephew, the son of my brother, Pastor Reuben. I was standing, but my faith stabilized me.
That day on Thursday, February 16, I was already in a very reflective mood since it was my late mother's birthday, and precious memories were flowing. Reuben's death happened so suddenly and without notice. It seemed to be the flu, but it took him immediately to the ICU with a grave prognosis. In three short days, little Reuben went to be with the Lord. My sister, Carmella, told me that on his first day in ICU, he removed the mask from his face and said "Psalm 17" and please do read it.
As I look over my nephew's life, I cannot but conclude that angels are not for the long haul, but for the expressed purpose of a mission to be accomplished. He was highly intelligent, technologically savvy, musically endowed with the most crystal clear voice I have ever heard. I attended Marjorie Knowles' music recital at St. Matthew's during the Christmas and he performed "The First Noel" flawlessly. I was extra excited because my first music recital given by Meta Cumberbatch at age eight was held in St. Matthew's schoolroom.
Reuben was meek, gentle and well-spoken. He was as Christian as his faith was strong. His seven-year-old life could have been measured symbolically in the life of one who had fulfilled all the requirements needed for entrance to the pearly city. Now I know that the days of our life are three score years and 10, but it does not necessarily mean that it is out of God's will if one dies before 70, but any part or parcel of the 70 must be lived in the will of God.
It is amazing that the late Whitney Houston was not even buried, yet that the tongues of some of the religious order were criticizing Reverend Marvin Winans about his sermon. "He ain't do this and he shudda do that and he the next." These are the Christian preachers. Yet, on the other hand, high level media personalities were giving the entire service along with the sermon, high marks.
Such was the case in Jesus' day as recorded in our text. Rather than rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying and witnessing to lost men about the salvific gospel of Jesus Christ, they were trying to find out among them, who was numero uno in the kingdom of God. Who among us could preach the best, has the biggest church with the most members? Who is popular in every nook and cranny? Who is wearing the latest and longest suit and the most expensive shoes? Whose robe is the grandest of them all?
Jesus had just come down from the mountain where His Transfiguration took place in the presence of Peter, James and John, and the multitude were waiting for him. A certain man among them begged Jesus to heal his lunatic son, as the many attacks were beginning to take a toll on the health of both he and his wife. Jesus rebuked the demon and the child was restored to good health.
Thereafter the disciples came to Jesus to find out who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And who so shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But who so shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
For me, through the death of little Reuben, the word of God has become more clear as to how we should live our lives and our daily behavior each to the other. Children are innocent, pure and chaste and never harbor jealousy or sow seeds of ill wind. They are just pure children who though spanked, will still share a smile. They do not support grudges and will speak the truth even though it may be to the detriment of others. While some may wait for the later years to train children, the wise ones know that from the moment a child comes into this world, serious training must begin. By the time a child reaches the age of seven, the life pattern of that child is already defined.
Once a man and twice a child to me has nothing to do with the physical condition of an individual, but all the graces and virtues of what it is to be a child. Our lives must begin as virtue-packed as that of an innocent child, and in our adult years must possess and show all the love, peace and kindness as if we are still children at play in an open playground. Thank you Father for your word, and thank you God for little Reuben of seven - fit for heaven.
 
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Susan Lettice Strachan, 37
August 18, 2011
Susan Lettice Strachan, 37

Memorial Service

A Memorial service in memory of Susan Lettice Strachan, age 37 years a resident of  Bennetts Harbor , Cat Island,  will be held 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 18th 2011 at St. Georges Anglican Church, Montrose Avenue. Officiating will be Archdeacon James Palacious, Assisted by Rev'd. Angela Palacious.

Funeral Service

Funeral service for Susan Lettice Strachan, age 37 years a resident of  Bennetts Harbour, Cat Island,  will be held11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20th 2011 at St. Andrews Anglican Church, Arthurs town, Cat Island. Officiating will be Rev'd Fr. Ernest Pratt. Interment will be made in the Public Cemetery, Bennett's Harbor, Cat Island.

Left to cherish her memories are:  MOTHER: Sheba Webb; FATHER: Hancil Strachan; ADOPTED MOTHER: Zelma Newbold; CHILDREN: Khayl & Janice Seymour; GRANDMOTHER: Minerva Rolle; SISTERS: Florinda Roberts, Tanya Webb-Pickstock, Lana Fernander, Sharlene Strachan & Thyra Webb; BROTHERS: Kingsley Miller, Hugo Paige, Larry & Shavargo Strachan, Marvin & Stanley Webb Antone Johnson; NIECES: Lorry, Stephanie, Ashley, Shalaya, Brandi, Stevette, Beryl, Crystal, Terissa, Rayneisha, Ashanti, Jerinekque ,Stenia, Zahra, Zahran; NEPHEW: Terrell, Sheldon, Shelvon, Kingsley Jr, Shevin, Marco, Keyshawn, Teran, Ashtan, Sean, Walter, Stanley Jr, Robert; AUNTS: Emily Rolle, Albena Seymour, Miriam, Maeoni,;  ,Josephine, Leah, & Shari Webb, Irean Bodie, Agatha Marcelle, Edith Malta, Greta Knowles, Verneca Ferguson, Camille Rolle; UNCLES: Elijah, James,& Cleophas Webb, Allworth, Rodrick, Kenneth, Berkley, and Philip Rolle, Sidney and Ken Kerr; GRAND AUNTS: Miriam Simmons, Emerald Johnson, Anita Wilson, Rose Mary Kerr; BROTHERS-IN-LAW: Allan Pickstock, Allan Fernander & Steven Roberts; SISTERS-IN-LAW:   Denise Paige & Sandra Webb; ADOPTED SISTER: Shelia Hunter & Malrese Major; GOD MOTHER: Willamae Pratt; NUMEROUS COUSINS: Morlan, Sandra, Daphne, Donna, Melainie, Brian, Preston, Ian, Melverne, Herbert, Jacquelyn, Velma, Kenton, Grace, Hazel, Michael,     Carla, Crystal, Terrance, Cloyd, Pearl, Nigel, Mandell, Alcindor, Nolan, Sherry, Alphanette, Sherdon Jr, Anya, Anton, Daria, Earl, Cheryl, James, Raquel, Kenya, Jamaal, Jerome, Jeremy, Jaleel, Jammie, Dario, Javon, Ramon, Roland, Cozetta, Katherina, lavar, LavannaGeorgina, Rosena, Paul, Lyndon, Kemuel, Vincent, Vernon, Micheal Pratt, Richard Wilton, Charles, Phyllis, George Russel, Zona & Sidney, Moncur, Edna Russell, Fritz & Agusta Webb, Betty Stubbs, Carmen, Bostwick, John, Cleophas, Rhoda & Suzanne Adderly, and Enamae   Campbell Fox & family,  Anya, Tammy, Ken, Shane, Adrian, Darryl, Julian; NUMEROUS RELATIVES & FRIENDS: Father Edward Seymour, Zelma Newbold and family, Nurse Julie, Markey & Staff of Orange Creek Clinic, Joyce Miller, Evelyn Dean, Willard Dean, Helen Thurston & family Troy & Ann Ambrose, Evelyn Burrows, Effenae Bonaby, Danny Turner & family, Mary Basden, Rose Huyler, Gloria Russell, Mavis Johnson, Anthony, Dawkins, Merlene Stubbs & family, Arch Deacon James & Rev Angela, Palacious, Brave Davis, Julia Pierre, The Entire Community of Arthur's Town & Bennett's Harbor Cat Island, Father Rex Seymour and Family, Jerry Rolle and Family, Goodfrey Cresswell and Family, Merline Stubbs and Family, Candie Gilbert and Family, Eleasa Rolle and Family, Cremo McDonald and Family, Edjar Bonimy and Family, King's Family Wilson Bay, the Blue Bird and Family, Rev. Vernice Storr and Family, Ruth Outten and Family, Trevor Strachan and Family, Gary Cooper and Family, Commissioner Charles King and Family, Rev Freddie McKenzie and Family, George Williams and Family, Nurse Mackey, Nurse Jessie, Nurse Stubbs and Family, Nurse Turner and Family, Stevesons', Industrial Hill and Gaitor's Family, Bennetts Harbour Community and host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at Cedar Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00p.m. and at the church in Cat Island from 8:00 a.m. on Saturday until service time.

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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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August 18, 2011
Dwinya Rebecca Black, 14

Funeral Service for Dwinya Rebecca Black, 14, of Montell Heights will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Church:

New Bethany Baptist Church
Address:

West Avenue
Officiating:

Pastor Victor Cooper
Assisted by:

Bishop Elfredo Burrows
Interment:

Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery

She

is survived by: her Parents: Emmanuel & Alice Black: 4 Brothers: PC #2772 Tamiko Black; Renaldo, Zhavargo & De Anglo Black; Grandparents: Alvetha Black, Anthony & Alice Prince; 10 Uncles: Vernal, Cedric, Chris & Shervin Mun ...

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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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February 10, 2012
Tayvon Demeritte, 23 months

Funeral service for Tayvon Demeritte, 23 months, a resident of Howard Street, Chippingham, who died on 1st February, 2012, will be held at Coke Memorial Methodist Church, Rose Street, Fox Hill, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Minister Rev. Emily Demeritte. Interment follows in Fox Hill Cemetery, Fox Hill Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his mother: Theidra Demeritte; father: Alderano Cunningham; sister: Tayvonte Cooper; grandparents: Mable Cox & Theran Demeritte; aunt: Mrs. Kelsey Hibbert; great grandparents: Dolly & George Cox; adopted father: Shayne Archer; grandaunts: Cloann Rolle, Stephanie Turnquest, Dale Estelhomme, Bridgette Bridgewater, Yvette Rolle, Bernice Harris & ...

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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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August 19, 2011
Bahamas shines at International Talent Showcase

THERE were just nine Bahamian participants among 150 at this year's International Talent Showcase competition in Boca Raton, Florida, but that small group really made its presence felt - walking away with nine division honours.

In fact, one young Bahamian, Chase Carter, won the coveted title of Top Overall Female Fashion Model.

This year's Bahamian International Talent Showcase (ITS) group was organised by Pia Rolle of PTG Modeling Agency, who is also the regional director for ITS in the Bahamas.

Ms Rolle said: "The International Talent Showcase is an organisation whose primary objective is to promote and increase the standards of training and education in the modelling and perform ...

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