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This space for the past two days has highlighted the cricket outlook of Ivan Johnson. The noted editor of The Punch is without a doubt also one of our sporting legends. During the early 1970s, as a young journalist, just elevated to the Sports Editor's position at this newspaper, I received a communication from Ivan Johnson.
He informed of his United Kingdom activities in cricket. There is no doubt that he paid his dues as the pioneer Bahamian cricket performer on one of the sport's greatest stage. However, while his contribution to our sporting history compares favorably with the best of the best Bahamians, he has never really gotten the credit deserved for his exploits.
We have a National Hall of Fame and while I take no issue with any one so honored, the truth is that a number of them pale in comparison to what Johnson has achieved.
Yet he has not been inducted into our National Hall of Fame.
Let's take a look at Ivan Johnson's cricket background.
As pointed out in the two preceding columns, he is the only Bahamian to play Test and International Level Cricket. An all-rounder, he was a member of England's Worcestershire County Club from 1972 to 1975.
A slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Johnson played for Young England versus Young West Indies in a tour of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Antigua, Nevis, Barbados, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Guyana in the summer of 1972. Johnson topped the batting averages for Young England on that tour, scoring a century and a 70 in Jamaica and an 80 in Barbados.
While at Worcestershire, Johnson played on Worcestershire County Championship winning sides of 1973 and 1974. At Worcestershire Johnson played with Ron Headley (son of the late great Jamaican/West Indies batsman George Headley), Basil D'Oliveira of South Africa and England, Imran Khan of Pakistan, Glenn Turner of New Zealand, Vanburn Holder of the West Indies and Norman Gifford of England.
That's pretty healthy company for the Bahamian lad indeed.
Johnson played in the Worcestershire versus Kent Benson & Hedges Cup Final of 1973 at Lord's Cricket Ground, the recognized home of world cricket. The Cup Final was played in front of a capacity of 35,000 fans and was televised live in Britain.
The Bahamian cricket pacesetter has the distinction of scoring a half-century at Lord's for Worcestershire in a country game against Middlesex. Ivan made his first-class debut at the age of 18 in 1972 against Warwickshire, a team that boasted two great West Indies players, Rohan Kanhjai and Lance Gibbs.
Johnson quit cricket when he was not yet 23, to major in journalism in London. His highest first-class score was 69 and his best bowling was 5-32. He also played at Worcestershire against the icon Sir Gary Sobers who was captain of Nottinghamshire at the time. In one game against Nottinghasshire, Johnson hit the last ball of the game off bowler Sobers for four to win the match.
Other Bahamians who traveled to England, knew of Johnson's career and have told him often, he informs, of how they watched him play. One such was the late, revered minister of the Gospel, Archdeacon William Thompson.
Yes, there are those who like me, can vouch his for his credentials.
The man belongs in the National Hall of Fame.
It is a travesty that he has not yet been inducted.
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at email@example.com).
The history of softball in The Bahamas is convoluted. This is the case in our society with just about every aspect. Softball's history has been difficult for players and supporters to follow. Particularly for those who have become associated with softball in recent decades, the information gotten has been somewhat twisted, depending upon the provider.
For instance, there has been very little documented about the old Garfunkel League and the switch to the night league at John. F. Kennedy Drive Park. In each case, the eras were exciting and noteworthy.
Unfortunately for the full story to be told, a lot of research will now be necessary. Accordingly, every bit of history documented, becomes more important as time goes by.
That's why I was so interested in reviewing material on the nation's softball history provided by sports historian Jeff Williams. What he has done is bring to light several dimensions of the game, important chapters, unknown by most and forgotten by many.
In the first part of this series, the focus was on the establishment of the Bahamas Inter-company Departmental Softball Association (BIDSA). Today, the series concludes with the role played by the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Softball team of the 1960s and the relationship to Eleuthera softball. Williams calls that element, the "missing link" to softball history in The Bahamas.
Completing the history of the BIDSA's development, Williams informed that while Richard David Thompson was the first president, largely, he as secretary and Treasurer Percy Hanna did much of the administrative work.
"At the start, we had our growing pains. The league was mostly recreational. After Whitfield 'Sheddie' Mortimer won the first two batting titles, there was a certain centerfielder from Navios Corporation, who also won two batting titles (reputedly without ever getting the ball out of the infield)," informed Williams.
This was the culture until 1963, when non-employees were allowed into the system. The competition got more serious and statistics became more of a focus. On board to replace founding president Thompson was Godfrey Pinder.
The BIDSA for a goodly number of years flourished before fading from the scene during the mid-1970s.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church team was another entity that made a significant contribution to the history of softball, before breaking up for varying reasons.
Williams said: "The next missing link was the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Softball Team. This team called the Eastern Parade its home. There were some outstanding players in the mix, such as the great pitcher, Charlie Mortimer (son of Whitfield, who was one of the team's patriarchs), George Johnson, Ed Knowles, Winston Gee Rolle, Harold Forbes, Daryl Johnson, Livingston Munroe, Godfrey Butler and Roscoe Rox. Other mainstays included Anthony Carey, Ronald Stubbs, Clifton Johnson, Spence Lynes, Dencil Johnson, Vincent Mortimer, Paul Greene, Anthony Capron, Michael Symonette and (a very young future media figure) Fred Sturrup. Several others from this special era of softball have slipped under the radar. I don't quite remember them.
"The interesting thing about this Catholic team was the link to Eleuthera," informed Williams.
This came about because of the close connection to Eleuthera of players Butler, Carey and Dencil Johnson. Sacred Heart arranged to play against the Governor's Harbour Hustlers. The team went to Eleuthera and then entertained the famed Hustlers in New Providence.
The Hustlers would become a noted franchise, well respected by the softball fraternity in New Providence. The Sacred Heart Team however was that initial link.
"A few years later, the Eleuthera players made all-star appearances at the Southern Recreation Grounds. I remember well that first game. As a leadoff batter, I promptly bunted my way on and watched Sonny Haven and Julian Glover strike out on six pitches. Against the wishes of our manager Russell Franks, I stole second base. To my dismay though, after completing my slide the shortstop put a late tag on me and the umpire (from Eleuthera) screamed 'EEEEEEE'SSSS Out!' Our inning ended and an unforgiving Franks benched the only player to put a bat on one of Glen 'the Master' Griffin's risers," Williams recalled.
Eleuthera remained a staple part of the nation's softball diet for quite a few more decades.
"Sometime between 1962 and 1963, David 'Billy' Mycklewhyte invited a group including Rodney Brennan, Preston Stuart (The Tribune) and me to Governor's Habour to form the Eleuthera Softball Association. The truth be told, Eleuthera and San Salvador were a good ways ahead of the rest of the Bahamas' Out Islands because the Americans at the U.S. bases were softball experts who taught the locals the fine art of pitching. Even today, Eleuthera is still eons ahead in pitching talent.
Some of the outstanding national players of that era were (not necessarily in order) Foster Bethel and Charles Moss of Bahamas Gas, Sonny Haven and Russell Franks of Batelco, Willie 'Zack' Patton of Customs, Harry Miller of the Ministry of Works, Whitfield Mortimer of Nassau Bottling and Francis Cancino and Ed Knowles of the Amoury Company.
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The funeral service for Jennie Johnson-Williams, 80, of Johnson Road, Fox Hill and formerly of Crossing Rock, Abaco, will be held at 11am on Saturday, January 8, at the Church of God in Bernard Road.
Officiating will be Rev Julia Bain, assisted by Ministers of the Gospel. Interment will be held at Fox Hill Cemetery in Fox Hill Road.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Israel Williams; four daughters: Claudia Johnson of Freeport, Grand Bahama, Charlotte Newchurch, and Gertrude and Naomi Johnson; one sister, Louise Saunders; one aunt, Mureal Russell; one son-in-law, Nathan Newchurch; three step-daughters: Gloria Russell, Betty McKinney and Deaconess Carolyn Bain; six step-sons: Elder David Willi ...
Funeral service for Joseph John Tynes, 39, and a resident of Fire Trail Road will be held 11.00a.m. Saturday, October 30th 2010 at St Joseph' Catholic Church, Boyd Road. Officiating: Rev. Fr Martin Gomes, SS.CC. Interment will be made in the Church, Cemetery, Boyd Road.
Cherished memories are his mother Ms Barbara Tynes, 2 children Tyreik and Nyla Tynes, 2 sisters Rose Tynes-Johnson and Agnes Tynes-Stubbs, 2 brothers Paul & Patrick Tynes, 3 Aunts Ruby Murdoch-Hill, Jacqueline Pitman and Ruby Ferguson, 4 nieces Darice Hanna, Brittani Johnson, Alphese Stubbs, Shetara Bain, 3 nephews Terron Campbell, Calvin, Nikolas Tynes, 1 sister in law Monique Tynes, Godmothers Carnetta ...
Funeral service for Deacon Joel Moss, 93 yrs., a resident of Sisal Road, Golden Gates #1 & formerly of Lovely Bay, Acklins, who died on 30th December, 2012, will be held at Hillside Missionary Baptist Church, Independence Drive, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Lockwood Deleveaux, assisted by Other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Old TRail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife: Leah Moss, his children: Lawerence (Jacquline) Ashe, Joanne (Rodney) Johnson, Marva Huff of Miami Fla;, Marie (Diah) Weir and Ruth Moss. Adopted daughter: Hannah Johnson of South Hill Andros; brothers: Rueben, Bruce and Walter Knowles. Grandchildren: Wayde, Deon, Lawerence Lavelle and Jacquena Ashe, Ronette Lopez of Cutler Bay Fla; Thellanise (Abner) Charlot, Joanne (Owen) Brown, Tamica (Garnett) Deveaux, Kjuana (Charon) Thompson, Rodney Johnson Jr., Elena Huff and Christopher Thompson of Miami Fla; Deborah, Perry Enid, Luther, Travolta, Maxine and Keyshawn Moss, Ken (Berlinda) Bonaby and Natasha (Berkley) Canter. Thirty-eight great-grandchildren, ten great-great grandchildren, Aunt: Aruda Moss; Sisters-in-law: Emerline Moss, Dotlean and Gertrude Rodgers, Catherine Knowles and Evelyn Hepburn of Clearwater Fla. Numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends including: Rev. Dr. Lockwood Deleveaux and the entire Hillside Missionary Baptist Church Family, The Henderson, Knowles, Ferguson and Moss families, Helen Johnson & family, Minerva Edwards & family, Clifton Wells & family, Zella and Aaron Sands & family, Mrs. McKenzie & family, Mr. Alfred McKenzie & family, Minister Asa Moss & family, Berchnal Moss & family, the entire Rodgers family, the Freetown Lane, Lovely Bay, Acklins and the entire Golden Gates #1 Communities. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Gerrassimos, Dr. Rento Gorospe, Dr. Lloyd, Dr. Smith & Dr.Seville and the nurses and staff of Princess Margaret Hospital, Male Medical 1 and Mrs. Kayla Ingraham and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral service for Dr. John T. McCartney, 73 yrs., a resident of Easton, Pennsylvania & formerly of Nassau, Bahamas, who died on 28th March, 2012, will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Baillou Hill & Wulff Roads, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Canon Basil Tynes, assisted by Fr. Enrique McCartney. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Left to cherish his memories and celebrate his life of passion and purpose are: Wife: Leona Janet McCartney; Son: Dr. John N. McCartney; Adopted Daughter: Anja MossSon in Law: Dwayne Moss; Sisters: Ellen Rosemary McCartney, Patricia Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pauline Wallace- Saunders of Miramar, Florida; Brothers: Dr. James McCartney, Reginald McCartney of Brooklyn, New York, Wilfred McCartney; Lifelong Friends and Brothers: Mr. Lindop McPhee, Attorney Anthony Thompson and Mr. Nathanial Arthur; Nieces and Nephews: Tanya McCartney, Dr. Lisa Bazin (Hans), Dr. Christin Peterson (Keith), Bridgette and Jahan Johnson, Fr. Enrique McCartney (Brenda), Juan McCartney, Erica Murphy (Milton) of Dallas Texas, Khadeja Goz, Arkangelo and Essengo Goz of Tulsa Oklahoma, James Jr., Matthew and Dr. Francinia McCartney, Jereme Wallace ( Latasha) of Kentucky USA, Tiffany and Jenece Wallace, Melvin Jefferson and JoNell Saunders of Miramar Florida, Kwame McCartney (Kay) of Brooklyn New York, Patricia Farrington, Cindy Thompson, Cassandra Gordon, Marjorie Johnson, Gina Darville, Kim & Patrice Greene, Joan Delancey, Eugenie Ellis, Andronike Greene, Deborah Greene DeGourney, Angela Greene Sawyer, Shirley Greene, Hazel Chea, Helen Newbold, Patricia Burrows and Tera Rahming, John Neely, Raymond Rolle, Glen, Cleveland, John, Sterling, Wayde, Spencer, Ian, Al, Shawn, Ernest and Gregory Greene, Joseph Moxey, Rudy, Mark and Raymond Greene, Jere Bowe, Jeffrey, Jason, Eugene and Jomar Greene, Dr. Melvin Rahming and John "Money" Greene.Sisters in Law: Norma McCartney, Sheralyn McCartney, and Joan Bowe. Brothers in Law: Dr. John A. Johnson, Arkangelo Goz of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Peter Saunders of Miramar, Florida. Cousins: Ena and Constance McCartney, Beulah Dean, Mrs. Brenda Carey of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Percilla King, Ronald, Kenneth, Kirk Freddie and Henry Jean McCartney, Norma - Lee Johnson and family, Bessie Mae Grant and family, Bryl Moss and family, Marilyn Munroe and family, Godfrey Major and Wilfred Major and James Major of Tarpum Bay Eleuthera, Burton Smith and Family, Gloria Smith and Family, James Edwin Smith and Family, Mrs. Gweneth Munnings, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mr. James, Archie and Lorenza Carey, Ms. Clementine Carey-Butler, Dr. Timothy McCartney, William and Clinton McCartney , Ann Cancino, Mavis Bowe, Cora Mae Major and Joan Adderley , Mr. Marcus Cooper, Deputy Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney, Charles and Maud McCartney, The children of the late Vivian Moss and The entire McCartney Family Association. Other Relatives and Friends: Sir. Arlington Butler, Mr. Charles Fawkes, Lionel and Wallis Carey, The Faculty and Staff of Lafayette College in particular the Government and Law Department, Dr. Rex Ahene, Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, Mr. Paul Panto, The Faculty and Staff of the College of the Bahamas including Mr. Michael Stevenson, Dr. Ian Strachan, Jessica Minnis, Dr. Olivia Saunders. Fr. James Moultrie and the St. Matthews Anglican Parish staff, Shirley and Leo Woods, Miss. Nicey Brown, Mr. Malcolm Adderley, Mr. Arthur Hamilton, Mr. Peter Sturrup, Mrs. Esmerelda Rutherford, Mrs. Mary Johnson, The residents of Hepburn's Alley and Andros Avenue and a host of other relatives and friends.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Cruise business in The Bahamas is stronger than ever and is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
In an effort to diversify the country's tourism product, David Johnson, the director general at the Ministry of Tourism, said his team is planning on further expanding the sector throughout the Family Islands.
Johnson told Guardian Business tourism officials are in discussions with smaller communities throughout the Family Islands to find the right equipment that can diversify the tourism product.
"We are now pursuing the ability to begin to have itineraries that leave from The Bahamas and take people to the southern Bahamas. It's an avenue that we are presently exploring," according to Johnson.
"We are not there yet. We believe that we can be like the Greek Islands where persons fly into The Bahamas and cruise throughout the country in smaller cruise ships in a boutique product.
"But this idea has to also blend with the tourism product in those islands so that we are not bringing the wrong people to the wrong places at the wrong time.
"That's why right now we are working with the communities and the suppliers to find the right equipment that can bring diversification to our tourism base and have a high-end boutique cruise product that helps to put them on the map but keeps their environment pristine and not dumping 2,000 people where the population is less than 150."
The tourism director general said now is the time to tap into these markets as cruise tourism is expected to get even stronger within the next six months.
"We see no weakening in cruise arrivals. In fact, we finished with a record year with cruise arrivals into Nassau. We have plans by some of our major cruise lines to add even more capacity to The Bahamas. We have had up to seven ships in ports at one time," he revealed.
"However, we are finding some slots have been underutilized. Now, we are attracting ships for those days. Only two days were considered to be peak days, but that has since increased to about four to five days. So we are building up to optimum capacity."
Johnson also pointed out to Guardian Business that many Family Islands have been experiencing steady cruise ship business for years now.
"There are cruise ships going into the Family Islands. Abaco receives about 500,000 cruise passengers. We have a dedicated cay or destination called Castaway Cay featured by Disney cruise lines. Similarly in Cat Island and South Eleuthera has Half Moon Cay that has 300,000 cruise passengers. That generates business for well over 150 people," Johnson shared.
"There are just under 200,000 passengers coming into Princess Cay. In the Rock Sound area, it's the biggest stimulant for tourism. The Berry Island' s economy centers around cruise tourism. They are home to two cruise ports. There is big cruise business in the out islands more than some countries to the south of us have."
However, Johnson said he is looking to potentially expand this area of tourism soon.
Kevin Johnson knows a lot about sprinting. He happens to be arguably the greatest high school track star in the country’s history.
As a 16-year-old star at Attucks High in Miami, Florida, he ran 9.6 for the 100-yards dash. The Florida newspapers raved about the amazing Bahamian sprinter.
He returned home while still at Attucks and outclassed the veteran Tom Grant in a highly anticipated 200 meters (m) encounter. It was the feature event of the day at the St. Augustine’s College track.
The gun sounded and they were off. There was Grant, who is known also as Berutti (after the Italian speedster Livio Berutti who ran with dark prescription glasses), and ‘The Bird’ ...
Funeral service for John Arthur Dames, 45, a resident of Fritz Lane, who died on 12th January, 2012, will be held at Evangelistic Pentacostal Church, Garden Hills, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop Stanley M. Seymour, assisted by Rev. Stanley W. Seymour. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherishing his fond memories are his Wife: Chantel Dames; Father: Henry Dames Sr.; Mother: Alice Chipman Dames; Children: Johntashia Dames, John Dames Jr., Tashara Dames; Sisters: Sophia Dames, Alexis Hepburn, Shamekia Dames; Brothers: Ryan Dames Sr., Henry Dames Jr., Churton Dames, Mark Dames; Nephews: Kevin Butler Jr., Onasis Johnson, Ryan Dames Jr., Kerlin "Ching" King ...
Funeral service for John Gordon Sr., 86 yrs., a resident of Eneas Street off Meadow Lane & formerly of the Cove, Cat Island, who died on 28th December, 2011, wiill be held at Transfiguration Baptist Church, Market & Vesey Streets, on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Thompson & Rev. Dr. Garnet King, assisted by REv. Basil Johnson & Rev. Dr. C.B. Moss. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughters: Patricia Bowe, Nurse Eva Mae Gordon, Pandora & Eula Mae Gordon & Deborah Gordon Noncent; sons: John Jr., Franklyn, Jerry & Patrick Gordon; grandchildren: Ricardo & Gail Bowe, Ian & Tamara Cargill, Trevor & Kay Munnings, Ava Cargill, Shamone, Kenneth, shamese, Tameka & Konica Rolle, Cameron, Insa, Jerome & Kenny Gordon,Stephen & Indira Facey, Kevin & Malika Sands, Dr. Anwar Hanna, Sean & Lakesia Gordon, Antonio & Lakeisia Simmons, Ashley Noncent, Gina, Carolyn, Jermaine, James, Vashti, Alexanda, Kevin, Johnell, Demien & Jerry Gordon; great grand children: Donita & Adiron Brown, Jesse, Jamaine, Jerrinque, Nicole, Shamnise & Giovanna Gordon, Renique McKenzie, James, Jermaine & Jemia Gordon, Rikkie Bowe, Ian Cargill Jr., Tia Cargill, Kierra Dean, Samuel & Abigail Facey, Cameo, Shakeem, Sharel, Shervin, Shannon, Shawn, & Shamarco Rolle, Larry Saingilus Jr., Kevin Johnathan Sands & Jahdesha; great great grandchild: Dwight Smith; sisters & spouses: Vernice & Ephriam Nottage, Hazel Hepburn, Ruby Thurston; in-laws: Ruby Gordon, Daisy Rahming, Alphonso & Manekabelle Canter, Hanzel Rahming of Perrine, Fl, & Jerry Rolle; nieces & nephews: Cynthia & Sydney Bowe, Lilly Clarke, Rebecca Watson, Ben & Rodrick Smith, Floyd, Randy, Jerome, Deyonne & Vernon Thurston, Rochelle Forbes, Erma Jones, Beverley, Althamae, Jennifer, Carolyn, Rodney, Dereck & Racquel Hepburn, Geletha, Ruthmae, James, Trevor & Orthnel Thurston, Andrew & Sandra Rolle, Fred, Angie, Renee & Vernitta Brown, Eugene & Beverley Nairn, Charles Hepburn, Max, Elenor, Yonnie, Patricia, Neil & Pat Holbert, Phillip, Linda, Fiona, Debbie, Terry, John, Errison,& Keith Gordon, Wendal Ramsey, Freddie Major, Clarence, Dr. Elliston Rahming, Charles, Lennis, Malfreth & Retired Police Sargent Ernest Rahming, Mr. & Mrs. Lion Johnson, Jennifer Johnson, Samuel Duncombe, Esther Rahming, Geraldine & Eloise Rolle, Coralee Young, Alphonso, Berkley, Emeritta, Eunamae & Susiemae Canter, Janetta Pratt, Leonard & Kendal Rahming, Ettamae McKenzie, Eulamae Hall, Cedric, Thaddeaus, Elijah, Sidney, Pricilla & Betty Rahming, Rosetta Gibson & Ivy Rolle; numerous other relatives & friends including: Rev. Dr. Stephen Thompson & family, Rev. Dr. Garnet King & family, Rev. Dr. C.B. Moss & family, Deacon Maxwell Stubbs & family, Edna Mackey & family, Mrs. Francis Ladee & family, Alice Moncur & family, Freda Holbert & family, Mr. Oliver & family, Constance Hall, Mitch & WIllamae Bowleg & family, Janet Lundy & family, Donna Morris & family, Rosmond Cartwright & family, Louise Hanna & family, Ethlyn Arnette & family, Claudette Young & family, Leonard Young, Edna Russell, Val Johnson, Mildred Treco, Pedro Neely & family, Charlene Rahming & family, Patricia Johnson & family, Nathalie Hutchinson & family, Patricia Gilbert, Carman Jones & family, Tsia Bethel, Mel Johnson, the Armbrister, Coakley family, Raymond Bain, Dr. Elwood Donaldson, Evelyn Gibson & family, Edna Glinton & family, Ernestine Colebrooke & family, Jan Bowleg & family, Princess Brown & family, the doctors & nurses of A & E, Male Medical I & the main Operating Theatre, Ministry of Works, Bahamas Taxi Cab Union, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, the community of Eneas Lane, Bain Town, the Gaitor, Wallace, Hepburn, Moncur, Seymour, Brown, Ramsey families of Cat Island & others too numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-12:00 noon & at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service time.
Funeral Service for Joanna Hepburn, 50, of Hillside Estates and formerly of Green Castle, Eleuthera who died on January 5th 2012 will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Robinson Morris Chapel AME, Ridgeland Park, West. Officiating will be Pastor Howard F. Williamson, assisted by Rev. Thelma Williamson. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
She is survived by 1 daughter: Woman Police Corporal 327 Aramantha Hepburn; 2 sons: Emile and Jomas Hepburn; 7 adopted daughters: Monique Mackey, Brendera and Shanara Johnson, Sharene Kelly, Regina Hanna, Ester Daxon and Marline Louis; 2 adopted sons: T’Shon Collins and Justin Johnson; 3 sisters: Vera Mae Davis, Arabella Nix ...
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Press Statement by The
Progressive Liberal Party.
Bahamians will have heard on the news that Philip Dunkley QC is
representing the Government in the case being brought against the
Government by the BCPOU and the Management Union in relation to the BTC
Philip Dunkley, appointed by John Delaney to be the lawyer for the
Government in the action brought by the BTC Unions, is now the Managing
Partner of Higgs and Johnson, having replaced John Delaney, who is now
the Attorney General...
Joseph Millard Woodside age 83 years of #12 Hibiscus Ave and formerly of Sweetings Cay, Grand Bahama died at his residence on Tuesday April 24th, 2012.
He is predeceased by his wife: Monica Woodside and daughter: Rosette Woodside-Benoit.
He is survived by his children: Judith Woodside-Scavella, Linda Woodside-Major, Melony Woodside, Carol Woodside-Phillips, Joanne Woodside-Powell, Joseph Woodside Jr., Dawn Johnson and Dianne Wooside; sisters: Zelma Wood and Theresa Poiter; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and numerous relatives and friends.
Funeral Announcements will be announced at a later date.
Funeral Service for the late Jacquelyn Shirla Culmer affectionately called "Jackie" age 49 years of Millennium Gardens and formerly of Arthur's Town, Cat Island will be held on Sunday April 29th, 2012 at 2:00pm at Christ the King Parish Church, Ridgeland Park, West. Officiating will be Rev. Canon Curtis Robinson assisted by Archdeacon Ranfurly Brown, Father Sebastian Campbell and Father Bradley Miller. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Her memories will forever linger in the hearts of her children: Lithera, Mrs. Floydena Rolle, Jermaine; son-in-law: Deangelo Rolle; Adopted Mother: Martha Sands; Fiancé: ASP Gregory Johnson; Three Grandchildren: Denielle, Kaymark Jr., and Deangelo Jr. Brothers: Kenton Thurston, Russell Franks Richard, Dr. Kirtland Dr. Leslie, Addison, R.H. Jr., Sandford, Winston Sr. Kendal, George, Vincent, Stuart, Eardley, Edwin, Raymond and Llewelyn; Sisters: Mrs. Velma Johnson Mrs. Grace Russell, Ann, Jan, Vernell, Patricia, Pauline, Adina, Edwina, Mavis, Ethlyn, and Ingrid; sister-in-law: Patricia, Rachel, Beverley, Iris, Mary, Sylvia, Evalyn, Karen, Mona, Bonaventure, Darlene, Coralese; brothers-in-law: Michael, Alvin; Nieces and Nephews: Kenrico, Kendreka, Alvin Jr., Christopher, Aydan, Rickend, Ashtin, Lauren, Gabrielle, Kenton Jr., Eric, Trevor, Winston Jr., Monique, Dr. Dawn, Dennis, Denise Culmer, Denise Hafidh, Desiree, Tamika, Lynell, Sarah, Janet, Angela, Adina, Dr. Rusanne, Nicole, Lisa, Cheryl, Monique, Dr. Dawn, Cara, Ebony, Sanique, Anishka, Que, Janur, Gill, Rhumer, Jhanell, Christi, Aioki, Hedda, Lisa, Arlene, Ellen, Gigi, Brittney, Nadia, Antonia, Courtney, Leslie, Donielle, Kristianne, Vaughn, Quentin, Ken, James, Raymond, Jason, Jabbah, Kevin, Kirtland II, Andrew, Jules, Allison, Kyle, Christophe, Dwan, Alejandro, Ray Jr., Jackson, Croix, Cruz, H. Campbell III, Robin, Troy, LaRon, Rashad, Brian, Mark; nieces in-laws: Janea, Marrissa; Three Grandnieces: Kenece, Kenria, and Shamare. One Grandnephew: Blake; Aunts and Uncles: Elijah, James, Cleophas, Emily, Sheba, Albena, and Roselda Moxey, Jack Franks; aunt and uncle-in-laws: Leah, Maeoni, Shari, and Allworth; Cousins: Paul, Cozetta, Vincent, Kemuel, Lyndon, Patrice, Georgina, Rose, Richard, Hubert, Michael, Daphane, Donna, Brian, Prescott, Melainie, Ian, Melverne, Sandra, Morlan, Nigel, Mandell, Alcindor, Alphanette, Sherry, Nolan, Kingsley, Hugo, Tanya, Sharlene, Marvin, Stanley, Tara, Carla, Hazel, Michael, Christa, Terrance, Cloyd, Pearl, Sherdon, Anya, Anton, Ramon, Roland, Earl, Cheryl, Daria, James, Raquel, Kenya, Jamaal, Jerome, Jeremy, Jaleel, Jammie, Dario, George, Zona, Sidney, Edna, Fritz, Augusta, Claudia, Clarri, Betty, Carmen, Jose, John, Cleophas, Rhoda, Suzanne Numerous Relatives and Friends including: George Thurston, Cannon Robinson, Father Eldon, Father I. Ranfurly Brown, Father S. Sebastion Campbell, The members of Christ the King Anglican Church, Derek Edgecombe, Debbie Edgecombe, Carla and Roy Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia, Patricia, The Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, Vicky, Julie, Enadell Lundy and family, Floyd Walker, The Hon. Tommy Turnquest, Michelle, DaRhen, Michelle Ifill, Lisa, Tamali, Dencil Lewis, The Sands Family, The Eneas Family, Garnelle Gregory, Liz McKenzie and Family, Beverly Maura, Suline Smith, Mr. Basil Dean and Family, The Department of Meteorology Family, Joyce and Andrea and Family, Maxine Young and Family, Marie, The Campbell Family, Francine Rahming and Family, The Staff of Female Medical II and the Dialysis Department, The Straw Market Family, and the entire community of Arthur's Town, Cat Island and other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.Viewing will be held in the Celestial Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary and Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and at the church on Sunday from 12:30pm until service time.
Funeral sevice for Jeffery Byron Rolle, 50, of Poinciana Ave. & 4th Street the Grove, who died on 7th February, 2012, will be held at First Baptist Church, Market Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Dr. Earle Francis, assisted by Rev. Diane Francis. Interment follows in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.
Cherished memories will forever linger in the hearts of his; Mother; Florida Rolle; Sisters; Phyllis and Adriane Rolle; Adopted sisters; Sandra Johnson(Victor) and Joan Laing (Creswell); Brothers; Dereck, Dewey (Melverne), Bursil (Theresa), Dino (Aleta) Rolle; Nieces; Raquel, Lachrissy, Tamara, Shakera, Dushannva, Phelicia, Hadassa, Crystal, Jansanovia, Samantha S, Dinae, ...
Funeral service for John Arthur Dames, 45 yrs., a resident of Fritz Lane, who died on 12th January, 2012, will be held at Evangelistic Pentacostal Church, Garden Hills, on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will be Bishop Stanley M. Seymour, assisted by Rev. Stanley W. Seymour. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Cherishing his fond memories are his Wife: Chantel Dames; Father: Henry Dames Sr.; Mother: Alice Chipman Dames; Children: Johntashia Dames, John Dames Jr., Tashara Dames; Sisters: Sophia Dames, Alexis Hepburn, Shamekia Dames; Brothers: Ryan Dames Sr., Henry Dames Jr., Churton Dames, Mark Dames; Nephews: Kevin Butler Jr., Onasis Johnson, Ryan Dames Jr., Kerlin "Ching" King, Anthony Dames, Stephen Rolle, Keith Stubbs and Perez Dames; Nieces: Annalisa Dames-King, Talliana Brown; Raven Dames; Ryanne Dames; Regime Mckenzie; Keisha and Christina Stubbs, Treanee & Treaneek Taylor Dames; Cousins; Kerlin King III, Keiara King, Kendera Delaney, Mario Thompson, Shiann Burrows Sharine Weir, Corp. 2489 Montgomery Brown, P.C. 2991 Concencion Burrows Sr., Haillee Williams, Chante Burrows, Angelo Dean, Kimberley Newbold, Zanadete Cadiz, Samuel Brown, Judeah Rolle, Reece Chipman, Tara Chipman, Siraj Ward, Miles Yallop, Hubert Chipman, Erica, Georgette, John Chipman, Beko Burrows, Shariff Taylor, Shekema Taylor, Dino Burrows, Miquel, Henrietta Ashley Chipman, Ida Sinclaire, Clement Sinclaire, Rose Sinclair, Susan Chipman, Kingsley Burrows Jr., P.C. 2768 Don Adderley, Glendina Newbold, Ruebin Cadiz, Leo Brown, Concecion Burrows Jr., Chasity Adderley, Fontella Rolle, Keith Rolle, Dylantha Yallop, Rhonda Chipman Johnson, Monique Delancy, Linda, Robin, Mettalus Chipman, Aaron Burrows, Van Joshua Chipman, Lakeisha Burrows, Jameisha, Deidre, Jamaal, Chrissy Chipman, Stephanie, Jimmy Sinclaire, Stanley Sinclaire, Sharon, Howard Chipman, Sharon Rolle, Gail Smith, Tanya Moncur, Margo Cox, Candia Dames, Jackie Perpall, Laurie Ferguson, Marvin, Lenora & Dennis Dames, Wilmore Dames II, Charlene Stubbs, Sabrina, Ashley & Dwight Glinton, Sandy Rolle, Neal Dames, Michelle Glinton, Valachi Theophilus, Wendy, Corey, Nino & Brian Francis, Sonia Marshall, Antoinette Hepburn, Ken & Peter Tracey, Prince Hepburn, Eulist Dames, Hector Hepburn, Mary Davis, Betty Hepburn, Liz Johnson, Vangy Storr, Vanria, Norma, Kately, and Vernique Burrerfield, Sophia & Sonia Knowles and Marie Butler and famly; Uncles: Montgomery Ward, Asp. Kingsley Burrows, Rudolph Billy Burrows, Ruebin Cadiz Sr., Shyan Shaggy Chipman, Harold Chipman, Kermit Newbold, David Chipman, Timothy Brown, Johnathan Brown, Pastor Leroy Brown, Michael Saunders, Charles Saunders, Fredrick Brown, Samuel Brown, Joseph Brown, Wilmore Dames, Charles Dames, Harry Glinton, Basel Francis, Rev. Arlington Moss; Aunts: Louise Smith, Naomi Chipman, Maria Woods, Ruth Brown, Ismae Cadiz, Linda Newbold, Michelle "Tunda" Burrows, Alanna Burrows, Darnell Ward, Dellareece Chipman, Sonia Godet, Donna Chipman, Mitz Chipman, Selena Chipman, Belinda Chipman, Ebony Chipman , Rhonda Cross, Elizabeth Saunders, Veronica Brown, Esther Brown, Ruth Albury, Grace Brown, Naomi Bootle, Sylvia Rolle, Chatherine Johnson, Cessarina Francis, Verona Bastian, Andrea Moss, Marian Dames, Yvonne Johnson, Grandfather: John 'Chippie' Chipman; Granduncles: Hubert Chipman, Nelson Chipman; Grandaunt: Hazel Chipman; Mother-In-Law: Fredrica Brown Bootle; Sister-In-Law: Angela 'Angie' Dames, Shantel Johnson; Brother-In-Law: David Brown and Jason Clarke; stepmother: Elizabeth Betty Dames; Other Family and Friends: Shafena Brown, Hetty Goodman & Family, Vincent King & Family, The King Family, The Deveaux Family, The Chipman Family, The Dames Family, Kerlin 'Cobra' King Sr., Delano Williams, Darreth Russell, Maurice Conliffe, Demetrius Mckenzie, Cynthia Bastian, Etric Clarke, Kevin Butler Sr., Pauline Cooper, Joanne Brown, Andira Burrows, Serethea Clarke, Cheryl Bowe- Moss, Rigby, Rudy Taylor, Shelly Dames, Barbara, Tissa, Mr. & Mrs. Titus Nwadzor, McKallan Stubbs, Rosalie Neymour & Family, Rose Richardson & Family, Sylvia Sands & Family, Theodore Forbes, Randy Brown, Marie Sands, Sybil Butler, Ms. Dean, Ms. Wall, Ms. Ferguson, Troy Marshall, Garvin Butler, Mildred Pratt, Val Demeritte, Donna Morrison, Kevin Bethel, Marcia Henricks, Teddy Sands, Mr & Mrs Rocky & Diane Fernander, Jack Eribin, Simone Charles, Nurses and Doctors of Male Medical Ward No.1, Nurse Marshall-Capron, Dr. Serville, Dr. Beneby, The Principal, Mrs. Marcia Roberts and Staff of Columbus Primary School, Dr. Orlande,r The Fritz Lane Neighbours & Valley Boys - Golden Fire Crew.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday from 9-11:00 a.m. & at the church from 12:00 noon until service time.
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT - Although Coletor Johnson was acquitted of murder, her co-accused Glinton Louis was found guilty of manslaughter on Thursday in the Supreme Court.
The jury returned around 7pm on Thursday with the verdict. They found Louis, 32, not guilty of murder by a vote 12-0, but instead found him guilty of manslaughter by a vote of 8-4.
Johnson and Louis were on trial for the murder of Markinson Justin. They were accused of driving a gold-coloured Buick Century when it struck and killed Justin on July 12, 2011 at Explorer's Way.
The case opened on Tuesday. Senior Justice Hartman Longley directed the jury on Wedne ...
A jury yesterday viewed crime scene photographs of a murder that occurred at Club Med resort in San Salvador in 2011.
Prosecutors allege that Rashid Dean, who worked in the laundry room of the hotel, stabbed his former girlfriend Oneika Johnson to death at her station at the resort's security booth on August 14, 2011.
Dean, who is on remand, has denied the murder charge at his trial before Justice Indra Charles.
Inspector Alfred Dean entered 52 photographs taken at the scene into evidence. The photographs were taken by Sergeant James Colebrooke, who is on sick leave.
The photographs documented the bloody scene inside the security booth, where Johnson's body was found on the floor between a refrigerator and a wall.
Her pants were unbuttoned, exposing her underwear, and a black-handled knife was under her leg.
Colebrooke photographed cuts on Johnson's arms, legs and chest. He also photographed a white van that was parked on the resort's property.
There were apparent bloodstains on the inside and outside of the van. Colebrooke swabbed the vehicle for forensic samples and photographed three fingerprints found on the outside of the van.
The case continues today.
Funeral service for John Vincent Bowleg, 59 yrs., a resident of Bowleg Alley off Williams Lane, who died on 25th August, 2011, will be held at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Fr. Oswald Pinder, assisted by Rev. Dr. Roland Hamilton. Interment follows in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memories are his Mother: Winnis Bowleg; Sister: Angela Cartwright Rolle; Brother: Burth Miller; Sons: Vincent, John and Jonathan Bowleg; Daughter: Johnelle Bowleg GloverBrother - in - law: Cpl. 1138 Peter Rolle; Sister - in - law: Iona Johnson; Son - in - law: Father Tellyson Glover; Daughters - in - law: Lorraine and Zania Bowleg; Step - daughter: Shanique Lunn; Grand Children: Valencia, Angelo, Johnathan II and Jonnieah Bowleg; Uncle - in law: Lorenzo Brice; Nieces and Nephews: Angel, Andrew, B'Angelo and April Cartwright; Sandy and Anithio MillerGrand Nephew: Adam Cartwright Pedican; Cousins: Wilworth and Dora Campbell, Maxwell and Sonia Dean, Patrice and Spence Ramsey, Wellington, Sandra, Tyron and Rose Olander, Llewellyn Burgzorg, John Campbell, Joyce Rolle and their respective families; Godmothers: Estherlean Bowe and Victoria Flowers; Other Relatives and Friends: The Kemp Road Community, The St. Margarets Church Family, The New Providence S.D.A. Church family. Nat Dorsette and the Campbells of Cat Island and Abaco, Lambert Rahming and Reliable Tours Family, Rev. Carl Campbell, Fr. Sebastian Campbell, Fr. Julian Campbell, Fr. Tellison Glover, Fr. Crosley Walkine, Fr Joseph Mycklewhyte and their respective families; Stanley and Barbara Campbell, A.S.P. Ronald Campbell and family, Edwin Lightbourne and family, Agnes Saunders, Janet Walkine, Delores Knowles, Pat and Genie Gomez, Angela Pinder, Rose Huyler, Mae Ferreira and Family, Iris Finlayson and Family, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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.
By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
DAMIEN Gomez, the PLP's Central and South Eleuthera candidate, believes his opponent Howard Johnson is "missing the point" about his ineligibility to run for Eleuthera on the FNM's ticket.
Yesterday, Mr Gomez responded to both Mr Johnson's and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham's recent dismissal of claims that Mr Johnson did not meet the criteria to run as a political candidate for the current seat held by the Progressive Liberal Party.
Last Saturday at the Rock Sound International Airport, after greeting party supporters, Mr Johnson, who is on sabbatical from studies in Florida, spoke to the press about his ...
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Four years ago, Taureano Johnson was at the height of his amateur boxing career. At 24, he had just completed representing his country in quality fashion at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
However, a promising career would stall just two years later, with Johnson campaigning as a professional. In Beijing, Johnson did not win a medal, but he ended up being ranked the No. 5 amateur welterweight in the world. Johnson had made a nation proud. He was fabulous in the three bouts he engaged in. He totally outclassed Grenadian Rolande Moses in his first round match to advance for a meeting with the tough Olexandr Stretskyy of the Ukraine.
In this bout he was at this best. My view is that he was never better before and certainly not since. Stretskyy was tough and game, but the Bahamian had too much going for him. The result was never in doubt and Johnson moved on to the next round against Chinese national hero Hanati Silamu.
With the mighty hometown element in his favor, the tough Silamu got the points win, but in losing the decision, Johnson impressed the boxing world. His market value was solid. He had a number of options. He was approached by a number of professional-interest individuals.
There was though, the one very good option that I spoke to him about after his bout with Silamu. On the bus going back to the Olympic Village, I pointed out to the Bahamian sports elite that the offers for him to turn pro would come, but he had the great choice also of remaining an amateur.
That way, he would most likely retain his government subvention for the rest of his amateur career, enjoy traveling around the world, competing and representing the land of his birth. Also, the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) had made a decision to begin tournaments that would offer good purses for the top performers.
The first of these was scheduled for the Soviet Union in 2009. Most emphatically, I told the young boxer that as an amateur, all his expenses were paid but as a pro, he would have to assume full responsibility for his camp, airline tickets, training and medical costs, etc. He shook his head, in apparent awareness of the position he was in. As an amateur, his reputation was sky-high. As a professional, he would be starting all over again because he did not have a medal to boost his initial professional market rate.
Well, he opted to turn professional. He's has gone through management difficulties and his career stalled in 2010. He did not fight for a year and a half. He finally now seems to have picked up his career again. He won a fight in January to push his record to 5-0. However, Johnson is 28. The window of success is closing, rather rapidly.
I've painted this picture because Johnson has been a truly marvelous sports ambassador for his country. Perhaps, he will still hit a positive stretch that will take him into regional and then world title prominence. Then again, perhaps he would have been better off, staying on in the amateur ranks as one of the very best welterweights in the world. Athletes are thus advised always to seek to make the best choices for the future as competitors.
Best wishes to Taureano, but one has to wonder about what other high-level performances he might have had during the past four years if he had decided to maintain his amateur status.
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Funeral Service for Janice Andrea Ferguson, 40, Resident of Ivy K. Close, Off McKinney Drive, will be held on Saturday, January 14th 2012, at 11am, at Blue Hill Gospel Chapel, Blue Hill Road, Officiating will be Pastor Ron Shearer, assisted by other ministers of the gospel, Cremation will Follow.
Her memories will forever live in the hearts of her daughter, Eugenia Janae, grandson, Jovon Woodside, mother, Sheva Johnson, stepfather, Lionel Johnson, (6) six sisters, Diana Johnson, Princess Jones, Anna Ferguson-Pierre, Arnette, Kara & Chantell Ferguson, (4) four brothers, Pastor Eric Dawkins of Cosesco Mississippi, Andrew, Edward & Prince Ferguson Jr., sister-in-law, Pauline Dawkins Of Co ...
Leevan Sands has become a Bahamian icon. When the name 'Superman' is echoed, the triple jumper out of the south immediately comes to mind to many local track and field fans.
Bahamians have excelled in triple jump over the years. In 1992, Frank Rutherford scored the first Olympic track and field medal for the country, a bronze in the triple jump. Some 20 years later the country's national track and field team heads to London, England where Sands hopes to send a message to the world.
Entering London with a personal best of 17.59m, Sands has been the master of the triple in The Bahamas for the better part of the last decade.
In 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games, Sands brought home the bronze, but believes this year is the year of the 'pop'.
"I have jumped well all year," Sands said in an interview. "And I am going into London with that thought in mind."
Sands has competed for The Bahamas at the Commonwealth Games and CAC Games bringing home bronze medals.
The history for The Bahamas in the triple jump goes further back than Spain, however. It goes all the way back to 1967 with Timmy Barrett and Michael Johnson, who participated in the Pan American Games for The Bahamas, finishing 9th and 10th. Johnson, who jumped 15.02m, went on to Mankato State University, and Timmy Barrett is now the Bahamian physician who leaped 14.40m.
In 1970, both Obed Gardiner and Don Miller competed in the Commonwealth Games. With jumps of 14.97m and 14.52m respectively, both men finished in the top 10 at the meet. Gardiner and Miller went on to school at Southern Illinois University. Miller is the brother of Leslie Miller, former Bahamian 400m runner.
Leevan Sands has become an exceptional triple jumper and from all indications, he is aware that he stands on the shoulders of men who have laid a great foundation for his success. At this year's Olympic trials, Sands was one of the few senior athletes who was healthy enough to compete. Winning the triple jump and qualifying for London, Sands said he hopes to never get to the place where his people are unable to see him compete.
The eyes of all Bahamians will be watching the jumps in London: Raymond Higgs in the long jump, Trevor Barry and Donald Thomas in the high jump, and Superman in the triple.
New Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson is hitting the ground running.
Johnson used his first week in office to familiarize himself with several policies and projects that were set in place by the former minister Charles Maynard. He officially met with all the members of his staff yesterday to map out a way forward for the three departments under his watch.
Johnson said: "In the sports arena this is going to be a great year. We are going to the Olympics in eight weeks. We think we will medal at that. Our expectations are quite high. This year we are leaning on the men's team for a change. So the young men are going to come to the forefront and produce what I think [will be] one of the greatest results ever in Bahamian sports history.
"Next year we are looking at the CARIFTA Games and the year after, we have the World Track and Field Championships coming to The Bahamas. So we have three years of premier events in the sporting arena. Of course we still have sailing, boxing, cycling and tennis. We have some great tennis events coming. We have another Bahamian who has entered the world tennis scene. We have the swimmers who are doing very well."
Johnson believes that there is a broad range of things that will come together under sports, but there is a need to marshall and create a link to youth activities.
Bridging the gap is going to be a challenge, but he is up to the task. The first thing Johnson wants to do is build green spaces and implement programs to encourage persons. He said: "You don't have to be an elite athlete to enjoy games. You don't have to be an elite athlete to go out and have fun."
Bringing the various sporting disciplines to the people is another way Johnson will try to build up community programs and feeder systems. He will start with the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), bringing the sport to Carmichael, in the Flamingo Gardens area. That program will be started this summer.
"We know we have about 400 young men and women who want to play baseball and softball," said Johnson. "That is going to happen. We are in the process of now going to build a new baseball stadium. We have to finish off the grounds around this present stadium. We have a master plan for facilities which is going to be very exciting. That is going to, once again, create jobs, reduce crime and foster youth employment and education. My ministry is going to take all of the resources we have to enhance that result. Beyond that, we have to do an inventory of the assets that we have and then we would proceed in finishing off the work."
Johnson would like to explore the sports tourism aspect further, noting that is why the master plan for this sports complex was designed. He said this department can bring hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
It is not a secret that all the plans the new minister has will require more funding. He does foresee a 'slight' increase in the budget. If there is going be an increase in budget, Johnson knows that it will not come until the next cycle. He said: "This is not our budget cycle, so we are going to make some tweaks to it, but the next budget cycle you will really see our plan blossom."
Johnson is prepared to work with what he calls 'a great staff' who is very substantive. As a result, he expects that all the goals they set out to do will be accomplished with the resources that they have.
Funeral service for Mr. James Frederick Strachan, 65 yrs., a resident of Victoria Gardens, who died on 16th April, 2012, will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral, West Street, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Father Glen C. Nixon. Interment follows in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Left to cherish his memory, are his two daughters Mrs. Marcie McPhee and Mrs. Carlene Jane Parnther of Georgia; Sons-in law:Apostle Sterling McPhee and Neal Parnther; Grand Children: Shalom, Chairo, and Charis McPhee, Kayla and Jordon Parnther of Georgia; Sisters: Mrs. Lorraine Hepburn, Mrs.Gertrude Rolle-Wilson & Ms. Maria Strachan; Brothers: Solomon, Kevin & Anthony Strachan; Aunt: Mrs.Delores Johnson; Nieces: Therese Hepburn, Lynette Hepburn, Sophia Rolle, Mrs. Lisa Turnquest (Lionel) of Freeport, Patrell Hepburn- Sullivan (Michael) and Anthonique Strachan. Nephews: Gregory Fernander, Anthony Rolle, Elrod Hepburn Sr. (Ginger), Anwar Rolle (Patrice), Michael Strachan, Lamont Strachan, Alcott Wilson Jr., Anthony Strachan Jr., Kristen Strachan; Grand Nephews & Nieces: Kenton Taylor, Kristen Hepburn, Eirich Walker, Elrod Hepburn Jr., Tristen Strachan, Bravente, Antonio, Deangelo, Travier, and Anthony (T.J.) Rolle, Kaden Taylor, Armani and London Rolle of New York, Kayneshia and Gia Hepburn and Sanaa Gardiner; Brothers-in-law: Alcott Wilson and Jay Koment; Cousins: Mrs. Mary Armbrister & Family, Ms. Grace Kemp, Bertram Kemp & Family, P. Anthony White and Family, Carolia John of Virginia & Family, Mrs. Jane Petronia (Pet) Johnson and Family, Mrs. Brenda Banks (Ron) and Family, Mrs. Gloria Johnson (Charles) & Family, Ms. Sharon Johnson of Abaco & Family, Mr. George Johnson (Mini) of Abaco & Family, Edward Johnson & Family, Mrs. Andrea Adderley & Family, Barbara Johnson, Ernestine, Phillip and Vernett Bethel, Mrs. Geneva Bethel-Johnson, Betty, Peter, Michael, Cyprian, John, Audley Jr., Clement, Chris, Theresa and Margaret Kemp & the entire Kemp Family, Mr. & Mrs. Agatha Rodgers & Family, Mrs. Rose Ferguson, Mrs. Cecilia Cooper, Mrs. Miriam Johnson of New Jersey and Family, Mrs. Frances Rex (God sister) & Family of New Jersey, Linda, Teddy and Eddie Thompson, Carl Armbrister of Florida and Family, Mrs. Helen Giles (Anthony) of Florida, Wendy, Donna, Daphne, Benjamin, Robert (Bobbie), Kelly (Anita) of Virginia, Dr. Adair Johnson of Georgia and Family, John, Ernest, Dennis, Andrew, Rose, Susan Gilbert and the entire Gilbert Family of Ross Corner, Sharon, Agatha (ZeZe) Alfred, Tony, Paul & Dwight Smith & their Families, Kenneth Herious Jr. & Family, Fredrick Clarke Jr. and Family, Mrs. Crystal Strachan & Family, Douglas Wilkinson of New York, Family of the late James (Jim) Russell; Special Family & Friends: Lillis Strachan, Barbara Harvey, Mary Clarke, Sir Orville Turnquest & Family, Michelle Knowles, Kippling Armbrister of Abaco, Jennie Taylor, Basil Cleare, Wendell (Blake) Deveaux, Alvin Paul, James Rahming, Wellington McPhee, former co-workers of B.E.C. Frankie Gibson of New Jersey, Pedro Gibson & Family, Edward Gibson, Henry Goodman of the U.S.A., formerly of Deep Creek, Eleuthera, Terrence (Friday), Management & Staff of MedDentCo Health Center, The McMillan Family, Family of the late Patrick Adderley, Leona Miller (nee Huyler), Mrs. Dorie Bowleg (nee Smith) The Smith & Coakley Families formerly of Lewis Street, Michael Darville, Thaddeus Strachan, Ivan and Rosie Reckley of Freeport, Jackie and Terry Adderley, and many other family and friends too numerous to mention. Special Thanks: Mrs. Kimrice Miller/Social Services Department, Abaco, Fr. Glen Nixon, Mr. Francis Richardson, The Print Shop, Demeritte's Funeral Home, Ms. Althea Neilly.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Streer, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.