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August 20, 2010
Team Bahamas gets trounced in opener

The first full 15-aside match was hard-hitting for the women's national rugby team which got a real taste of the sport, yesterday afternoon.

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February 16, 2013
Team Bahamas strengthens with Freeport players

The Bahamas is expected to field a stronger team when the Freeport players are added to the mix this weekend.
Playing in their second try, the U19 select youth rugby squad will go up against the Canadian team, Joan of Arc, at 2 p.m. Saturday, at the Winton Rugby Field. This is the first match-up for the national select squad, which started training late last year. According to Elystan Miles, director in the Bahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU), the team still has a lot of work to do. Miles also noted that the friendly games are being used as an evaluation for the local coaches.
Miles said: "This is the first time many of them are actually playing organized rugby, more of a tournament style play. To be honest, the team here just started training several months back and you can see them making progress. We aren't putting any pressure on them; we are quite aware of their strengthens and weaknesses. All we need to do is see how they perform and take it from there.
"The team coming in from Canada is a strong one, but the players from Freeport are also strong so we are expecting a better game tomorrow. Over in Freeport, they have a strong youth rugby program. Here in Nassau, we are just trying to build our program. So we have gone into the schools. Those players who are coming out, you can see improvements but more work is needed."
The BRFU recently launched their high school program, using it as a feeder system for national teams. So far, several schools are playing rugby, including C.R. Walker Senior High, Doris Johnson Senior High, Queen's College and St. Augustine's College.
Training for persons in the program will continue, with the hopes of several of the players being named to the national U19 team that will take part in a regional tournament in July. That tournament will be played in Trinidad and Tobago. A local Youth Sevens tournament is scheduled in the upcoming weeks. That will be used as preparation for the regional event.
The national men's squad will play in the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) tournament starting April 13.

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May 20, 2014
Time winding down for the world relays

Just days before the start of the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014, the Class 1 certification of the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium has finally made its way to The Bahamas, and is in the hands of Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson.
It appears to be just a matter of time now. The track is now certified, the accreditation process has started and is ongoing at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. Landscaping around both the new and old stadiums is just about completed, and athletes have already begun filing in - all for the biggest sporting event to ever be held in The Bahamas!
The inaugural International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) World Relay Championships is set for this Saturday and Sunday at the new Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
Even the tickets for the event are just about sold out. At a press briefing yesterday, Managing Director for the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the event Lionel Haven said that the western grandstand, gold, silver and bronze packages are already sold out; up to this weekend, on the eastern grandstand, there were just about 1,100 tickets remaining for Saturday and just under 1,000 for Sunday.
"Operations are moving along very well. People will see that there has been a dramatic change in that stadium from the test event a couple weeks ago to the opening of the World Relays on Saturday," said Haven. "We have received the IAAF certification for the track and will be presenting that to the minister today. We wanted this stadium to be the jewel of the Caribbean - something that could host international events, and we were able to accomplish that. We're looking forward to a very, very exciting event," he added.
In addition to the 15,000 seats in the stadium, Minister Johnson said that they have installed some junkanoo bleachers, thereby accounting for an additional 1,000 seats, but those particular seats have already been earmarked. About 800 athletes from 42 countries are coming to these shores for the event. The total amounts to more than 1,000 visitors, factoring in coaches, trainers, officials and IAAF delegates.
"I'm so delighted to be able to witness what is happening this coming weekend," said Bahamian IAAF Council member and 'Golden Girl' Pauline Davis-Thompson. "I never thought that I would have seen this in my lifetime," she added. "Being a part of the IAAF Council put me in a position to agitate for us to get these World Relays. It just seemed to be so fitting for The Bahamas to be the country to host this event, because we are passionate about track and field and we're even more passionate about relays. The Bahamas is known as [a] small country [with] great athletes, so when the IAAF said that they wanted to host these World Relays in the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) region, there were many big countries which expressed an interest in hosting."
Eventually, The Bahamas was given the bid for the first two years of the World Relays.
"They wanted to solidify it before they move it somewhere else," she said. "They said that the perfect spot to solidify it is The Bahamas based on our history in the sport of track and field and our history in relay running. Lamine Diack (IAAF President) came here in 2002 for CARIFTA, and fell completely in love with The Bahamas. With him buying into it, it was so easy to convince the other members to join in as well. Therefore, I am so proud to be a Bahamian and to be sitting on that council. I just hope that Bahamians could be as proud as I am this weekend. What the LOC has been doing behind the scenes, I call them our unsung heroes. There are Bahamians who are working day and night to ensure the success of this event."
IAAF President Diack, from Senegal, will be making his third official trip to The Bahamas. Davis-Thompson said that most of her fellow council members will be here for the first-of-its-kind athletics event.
"Last year, we hosted the CARIFTA Games, and then after that, we went through a scenario in regard to the certification of the track. It was a concern to us because we wanted to be able to host the best of the best here in The Bahamas," said Minister Johnson yesterday. "The track itself had to meet the highest international standard, and I am pleased to say that we have achieved that. We are now certified as a Class 1 Grade A facility. This is the newest track in the world, and the fastest track on the planet."
The minister said that he wasn't worried at all, despite the late arrival of the Class 1 certification.
"We have been positioning ourselves for Class 1 certification for a while now," he said. "We contracted Mondo to get the work done, and Mondo is the number one track manufacturer in the world. They go through a very detailed process in regard to how it is done. After December had passed, our track was already manufactured and sitting in the factory in Italy. We knew that having Mondo on board, with the credibility of the company, we would have the desired results."
Minister Johnson added that the certification itself came at different levels, and a number of things had to be done to get the facility Class 1 certified.
"When you look at this track, the quality is in the design and the kind of surface that is laid," said the minister. "A lot of other things come with Class 1 certification as well. All of the support features around the track gives you Class 1 certification. There has to be another track nearby that is also 400 meters (m) and is also at a certain level of IAAF certification. Also, there needs to be a third straight away. There are three pieces to this certification, and we met all of them. Accompanying that has to be bathroom facilities, the appropriate medical facilities, the appropriate EMS facilities...the full nine yards. Everything in that complex has to meet a certain standard, and we have met that standard."
The minister said that the security of the stadium in totality was, as expected, very high on their agenda, particularly with the world coming to The Bahamas for this grand event.
"That was also one of the priorities of the certification process," he said. "I think that having more of these events is going to have an impact on our crime situation. For one, young people will have something to inspire them that they can gather in large groups and there will be no incidents, and number two, when people see the economic impact of what this could do for the community, that will have a great effect. The knock on effect of large-scale events, I think will increasingly inform public opinion as to the manner in which we should behave.
"With this event, we won the bid for 2014 and 2015, so we are looking to see what are the dynamics for us to do it again. We're looking at having something every year in this space that may be track related. It justifies our investment going forward," he added. "We ended up around the $10 million figure, but the economic impact is estimated to be around $20-25 million. I think we spent around three to five million dollars for the event itself, and then the infrastructure which we get to keep to use in the future was another $5 million. Bahamians have to figure out how to capitalize on the operational side, and that's where the economic impact comes in. We are making an investment into this, but it's the young Bahamians who have to figure out how to plug into this to have economic impact."
Minister Johnson said that his ministry, on behalf of the government, will present a detailed financial report at the conclusion of the two-day World Relays, but for now, the focus is on the actual event, particularly with the sports power image The Bahamas has projected at world-class athletics events.
"In The Bahamas, we want to show the world that we are truly a sports power," he said. "On any given day, The Bahamas can line up with any country in the world, and we could be in it to win it. We have earned that respect."
On the strength of a strong athletics performance, The Bahamas was the per capita champions of the Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta, 2000 in Sydney and again in 2004 in Athens.
As far as remaining work in and around the stadium is concerned, LOC Managing Director Haven said that just cosmetic work is left to be done.
"That's not something that is going to take an inordinate amount of time," said Haven. "We have a lot of Bahamians employed on this project, and that's a part of the economic impact of this event. We're pretty confident that what needs to be done will be done in time for the event on Saturday and Sunday."
A colorful opening ceremony is set for 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. The junior segment will start at 3:30 p.m. each day, and the World Relays will get underway at 5:30 p.m. each day.
The patron for the event is the country's first minister of sports, Kendal Nottage. 'Golden Girl' Davis-Thompson said that, growing up, she was inspired by him and his coining of the phrase "The Bahamas - el numero uno".
"That stuck with me and carried me throughout my career," said Davis-Thompson. "I want to tell Bahamians to let's show the world a grand Bahamian time. Let's show them the spirit of the Bahamian people. They love our warmth. They love our friendliness, and that is what I'm expecting my fellow Bahamians to display this weekend. What we do this weekend will determine whether or not we are on our way to becoming the number one sports tourism destination in the region," she added.
Whether or not The Bahamas hosts the event again in 2015 remains to be seen, but for now, the focus is on 2014. Two and a half years of planning and preparation is about to come to pay dividends, as the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014 is now just four days away.
Get ready Bahamas!

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May 07, 2014
Third annual Andros Business Outlook set for May 15

Prime Minister Perry Christie will deliver the keynote address at the Third Annual Andros Business Outlook, which is scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 15.
The theme of the forum will be, "Charting a Course for Growth in Andros for 2014", in line with the focus of this year's business outlook on economic growth and development.
"We have been fortunate to secure the participation of Prime Minister Perry Christie to present the keynote address. He has been kind enough to present on the central theme of economic growth and development at the three business outlooks which have taken place so far this year. We have been further favored that the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government V. Alfred Gray has agreed to give welcome remarks and introduce Mr. Christie," said Joan Albury, president, TCL Group, which organizes the business outlook series.
"In these symposia, insight into the government's thinking, plans and provisions regarding the development of the host community is essential. We are confident that this ministerial combination will provide enough access to stimulate valuable dialogue," she added.
"Appropriately, two people closely connected with Andros development will open the forum. I'm confident in saying that the presentations that fill the day will be dynamic and highly relevant to the Andros context, which means that they will be supremely relevant to the national development context."
She continued, "We have been successful in securing a generally distinguished slate of speakers. We are especially pleased in having Dr. Omer Thomas, who has distinguished himself internationally in a number of high profile posts in the field of food production, including agro-industrial development."
The Third Annual Andros Business Outlook will take place at Love at First Sight Hotel and Restaurant in Stafford Creek, Andros.
A preview of the agenda of the Andros Business Outlook shows that there will be a heavy concentration on agriculture, marine resources, forestry and finance.
The agriculture panel slated for the event will be comprised of individuals who are highly regarded in their specializations. These include Dr. Omer S. Lloyd Thomas, who has more than 32 years of experience in the planning, organization and management of agricultural research and development; Dr. Selima Campbell Hauber, a horticulturalist who has specialized in plant propagation through tissue culture and has won recognition for her skills in this field, and Bishop Caleb Evans of the Church of God of Prophecy, North Andros, a former member of the National Advisory Council for Agriculture.
Christopher Russell, director of forestry in the Ministry of the Environment, will bring to light the economic value of the extensive forests of Andros in a presentation entitled "Small Business Opportunities in the Forestry Sector for Andros". Russell has been intimately involved in the establishment of pilot forestry programs in Abaco and Andros. Also speaking is Lionel Johnson, dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at The College of The Bahamas, who is noted for his commitment to the sustainability of The Bahamas' natural patrimony.
The afternoon session will be moderated by Veronica Owens, president of the North Andros Chamber of Commerce. A member of Parliament between 2002 and 2007, Owens has been significantly involved in cultural development in Andros. As the director of the Andros Cultural Heritage Trail, Owens requested technical assistance from the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA) to raise awareness of the historical significance of Andros, especially as regards Black Seminole settlement.
Owens will give an update from the North Andros Chamber of Commerce and introduce speaker Peter Douglas, manager of the Ministry of Tourism, Andros, whose topic is simply entitled "My Andros".
Peter Douglas, executive director of the Andros Conservancy and Trust (ANCAT), is recognized for his extensive involvement in the economic development of Andros and the protection of its natural heritage. The marine panel at the event will be comprised of a group of professionals recognized for their dedication to the promotion and protection of the marine bounty of the Bahamian archipelago: Dr. Vallierre Deleveaux, Prescott Smith and Eleanor Phillips.
Dr. Deleveaux, a marine biologist, currently serves as the director of marine science at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute. Phillips, program director of the North Caribbean Program at The Nature Conservancy, has extensive knowledge of and involvement with the marine protected area (MPA) program of The Bahamas and her efforts have contributed much to the drive to establish MPAs. Smith is president of the Bahamas Sportfishing Conservation Association, which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the natural resources of The Bahamas.
The final hour of Third Annual Andros Business Outlook will be dedicated to the finance panel, led by Michael Cunningham, who chairs Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund Ltd., which represents the government's major thrust in stimulating the growth of small and medium-sized businesses.

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February 16, 2013
The Annual Heart Ball ! Embrace the Opportunity!

Nassau, Bahamas -

It's an
opportunity to get dressed up to the ninth, look your best, walk the fashion
run way and the dance the night away. It's an opportunity to win lots of
wonderful prizes, bid on pieces that are not ordinarily affordable, and have
funs with family and friends. It's an
opportunity to save a little heart while enjoying the company of that special
someone in your life. It's the Annual
Heart Ball.

Under the
theme, "Save a Little Heart.... Embrace the Opportunity", The Heart Ball
Committee will host The Annual Heart Ball.
This event will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort. As guests enter the door to the reception are they will be
kissed by an angelic floral and fauna décor. The meal will be prepared by
Cacique Award winner, Chef Johnson...

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March 28, 2013
Tottenham targets annual match

Sports tourism officials want to make the upcoming Tottenham Hotspur match an annual attraction, hoping it could inject new money into the country.
Joe Lewis, the British billionaire, has developed greater synergies with the Ministry of Tourism to bring his football club to Nassau.
Lewis, with an estimated wealth of $4.2 billion, is the main investor in Travistock Group and spends much of his time in Lyford Cay. He is also a key investor at Albany. This elite community in western New Providence is anticipating a possible boom in sales from athletes, fans and other well-known personalities.
David Johnson, the director general at the Ministry of Tourism, recently took part in a press conference in Orlando with Albany executives and government officials. The Ministry of Tourism received live television converge to promote the upcoming Tottenham match and The Bahamas as a destination.
"They want to sell the stars homes in Albany. But it will extend to include The Bahamas brand," he told Guardian Business. "Many of these players also have a strong fan base, many of which are affluent and will travel. And third, exposure always helps when you have the rich and famous visiting and living here."
The match against the Jamaican National Team will take place at the new $30 million Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium on May 23.
Tyrone Sawyer, director of sports tourism development, confirmed to Guardian Business that the intent is to make the Tottenham visit an annual event.
He noted that there has been very little marketing and lead up time for this inaugural installment. Once it is running on an annual basis, The Bahamas will see greater participation and synergies.
"We are not just doing it as a one off, but as a regular part of our sports tourism calendar. Once it is a regular event, we can promote it and then you're really talking about the full benefits if sports tourism," he explained.
Meanwhile, the players arriving in The Bahamas next month are already part of the "overarching and unspoken economic impact" of such an event.
Sawyer told Guardian Business that developing partnerships with the many high-networth individuals living and working in The Bahamas, such as Lewis, is a key strategy going forward at the Ministry of Tourism.
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will have its first real test this coming weekend with the CARIFTA Games kicking off. Sawyer said the event has generated around 2,000 room nights and a noticeable economic shot in the arm for Nassau.
By the end of this fiscal year, sports tourism should be responsible or 20,000 room nights and around $14 million in expenditure.

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March 12, 2013

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February 13, 2013
The Annual Heart Ball comes Feb 16: Embrace the Opportunity!

Nassau, Bahamas -

It's an
opportunity to get dressed up to the ninth, look your best, walk the fashion
run way and the dance the night away. It's an opportunity to win lots of
wonderful prizes, bid on pieces that are not ordinarily affordable, and have
funs with family and friends. It's an
opportunity to save a little heart while enjoying the company of that special
someone in your life. It's the Annual
Heart Ball.

Under the
theme, "Save a Little Heart.... Embrace the Opportunity", The Heart Ball
Committee will host The Annual Heart Ball.
This event will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort. As guests enter the door to the reception are they will be
kissed by an angelic floral and fauna décor. The meal will be prepared by
Cacique Award winner, Chef Johnson...

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March 01, 2013
Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium listed as a Class 2 by IAAF

The international governing body for track and field has listed the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium as a Class 2 facility.
The 15,000-seat facility that has an estimated cost of $30 million was certified last week by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to the Certified Athletics Facilities list, posted on the IAAF's website, The Bahamas is among 416 countries in the world with the Class 2 certification. Only 97 facilities in the world are considered Class 1 by the IAAF; Jamaica's and Trinidad and Tobago's facilities are slated in the top list.
Other major Class 1 stadiums from around the world including the National Stadium in China, London Olympic Stadium, and the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange stadium, the home of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Certified Athletics Facilities list was last updated by the IAAF on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Beynon Sports Company, Quli Group of Companies and representatives from the IAAF assisted The Bahamas government with getting the certification.
"Today I am pleased to inform you that this stadium - with the seating capacity of 15,000 seats, a running track that meets IAAF certification requirements - the national stadium is ready to receive our guests," said Dr. Daniel Johnson, minister of youth, sports and culture. "Adjourning this stadium is a full service track and field facility, our first Thomas A. Robinson stadium that has been fully refurbished and has now been certified, and is ready just for striping. These games will be like none other like you've seen before. There is no facility in this region that boasts this compliment of facilities, none. One can be used as a warm-up track, ... for small games, ... for training, winter training and other events. It is important to note also that three technical teams have assessed our new renovated facilities. Three technical teams of the highest order have for the past month been working to fully assess these facilities, and today they have confirmed that they are indeed world class events, and world class standards."
The stadium is the home for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas Football Association (BFA). It was officially opened on February 25, 2012.
The facility is a gift to The Bahamas from the People's Republic of China.
The facility's infield will be inspected by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). It is currently being raised to a level that meets FIFA's standards.

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July 06, 2013
Team Bahamas displays a gold medal performance

The meals were cooked, the cocktails stirred and the pastries baked. The judges scored every detail of the "Taste of the Caribbean" culinary competition that led to The Bahamas picking up a bunch of medals with Chef Sheldon Tracey Sweeting leading the way picking up a gold medal at the recent regional competition in Florida.
Sweeting presented the judges with chocolate with Caribbean flavors in white, dark chocolate, lime and passion fruit Bavarian, banana ice cream, caramel, white chocolate, cream cheese, ganache, chocolate cake, spiced mango sauce, ginger pudding, buttered chocolate rumble, cinnamon tuille. His dessert was given a perfect score.
"It feels good," said Sweeting of the win. "It was six months of hard work, a lot of trial and error and refinement," he said. "I just wanted to make our country proud with it being our 40th anniversary."
The gold medal haul for The Bahamas amounted to four -- the Caribbean national team segment, culinary student, Dwayne Sinclair's gold medal in the junior chef of the year category and Jamal Small's gold medal and the win in the beef competition, along with Sweeting's pastry gold.
The team returned home with three silver medals --Emmanuel Gibson in the chef of the year contest; Charon McKenzie in the bartender of the year competition; and Ron Johnson in the cheesecake competition.
Three bronze medals were also in the haul, from Ancilleno Solomon in the ice carving competition; Ron Johnson in the seafood competition and a team bronze in the mystery basket rum competition.
The Bahamas also won the best use of chocolate award and the Tony Mack Spirit of the Competition award.
"We cleaned up a lot of awards. I thought we were going to win," said Sweeting. He said this year's results were the best by a Bahamian team in the 27-year history of the competition.
Barbados was crowned Caribbean Culinary Team of the Year. The highest individual honors were bestowed upon Jamaican Brian Lumley (Caribbean Chef of the Year); Puerto Rico's Roberto Rodriguez (Caribbean Bartender of the Year); Sweeting (Caribbean Pastry Chef of the Year) and Trinidad & Tobago's Naomi Lovell (Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year).
The competition was held at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.

The list of winners
Winner -- Barbados
Gold medals -- Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
Silver medals -- Anguilla, Curacao, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, USVI
Bronze medals -- Bonaire

Chef of the year
Winner -- Brian Lumley, Jamaica
Gold medal -- Brian Lumley, Jamaica
Silver medals -- Lester Gumbs, Anguilla; Emmanuel Gibson, Bahamas; Andre Nurse, Barbados; Adriyel Lourens, Curacao; Joel Rodriguez, Puerto Rico; Jethro Daniel Wirth, Suriname; and Dennis Vanterpool, USVI.
Bronze medals -- Robertico Bernabela, Bonaire; Jeremy Lovell, Trinidad & Tobago

Bartender of the year
Winner -- Puerto Rico
Gold medals -- Roberto Rodriguez, Puerto Rico; Clinton Ramdhan, Trinidad & Tobago; Brandon DeCloux, USVI.
Silver medals -- Levon Richardson, Anguilla, Charon McKenzie, Bahamas, Rohan Hackshaw, Barbados, Tarimar Thom, Bonaire, Glenn Kemp, Curacao, Melissa Fletcher, Jamaica and Michel Marlon Blackson, Suriname.

Pastry chef of the year
Winner -- Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, Bahamas
Gold medals -- Sheldon Tracey Sweeting, Bahamas; Eric "Bernie" Burrell III, USVI
Silver medals -- Lashaunda Davis, Anguilla; Julian Broome, Barbados; Pablo Colon, Puerto Rico and Cheryl-Ann Shortt Charles, Trinidad & Tobago.
Bronze medals -- Lincoln Peterkin, Jamaica; Giovanni Ismael Asmo, Suriname.
Honorary mention -- Junior Janga, Bonaire; Carlos Anthonij, Curacao

Junior chef of the year
Winner -- Naomi Lovell, Trinidad & Tobago
Gold medals -- Dwayne Sinclair, Bahamas; Javon Cummins, Barbados, Naomi Lovell, Trinidad & Tobago
Silver medals -- Mtima Daniels, Anguilla, Ashohary Juliana, Curacoa; Jay Samuda-Thomas, Jamaica; Julio Lamberty, Puerto Rico; Vanina Candes Tjon a Tjoen, Suriname
Bronze medals -- Giovannie Veld, Bonaire; Ilejah Crabbe, USVI

Ice carving competition
Silver medal and ice carver of the year -- Hamac Palms, Jamaica
Bronze medals -- Ancilleno Solomon, Bahamas; Dwight Cross, Jamaica

Seafood competition
Winner -- Nathan Crichlow, Barbados; Sherwin Alexander, Suriname
Silver medals -- Laureen Anique Perkins, Anguilla; Gian Stewart, Jamaica; Rochelle Grindley, Jamaica; Jeremy Lovell, Trinidad & Tobago
Bronze medals -- Ron Johnson, Bahamas; Shanot Ocalia, Curacao; Joel Rodriguez, Puerto Rico; Gary Klinefelter,USVI

Beef competition
Gold medal and winner -- Jamal Small, Bahamas
Silver medals -- Kenneth Whittington, Barbados; Adriyel Lourens, Curacao; Randy O'Brien Smith, Suriname; Adrian Cumberbatch, Trinidad & Tobago; Dennis Vanterpool, USVI.
Bronze medals -- Claudio Gumbs, Anguilla; Dwight Cross, Jamaica; Angel Santiago, Puerto Rico

Rums of Puerto Rico Mystery Basket Competition
Gold medals -- Puerto Rico; USVI
Silver medals -- Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, USVI
Bronze medals -- Anguilla, Bahamas, Bonaire, Curacao, Jamaica, Suriname

Cheesecake competition
Winner -- Teresa Clarke, Jamaica
Gold medals -- Carlos Antonij, Curacao; Teresa Clarke, Jamaica; Pablo Colon, Puerto Rico; Janelle Olliviere, Trinidad & Tobago
Silver medals -- Ron Johnson, Bahamas; Julian Broome, Barbados; Michael Harrison, Barbados; Rochelle Grindley, Jamaica
Bronze medals -- Giovanni Asmo, Suriname; George Sittig,USVI
Honorary mention -- Norison Conquet, Bonaire

Taste of the islands -- Best team
Winner -- Trinidad & Tobago
Taste of the islands -- People's choice
Winner -- Puerto Rico
Best use of chocolate
Winner -- Bahamas (Chocolate with Caribbean flavors) -- white, dark chocolate, lime and passion fruit Bavarian, banana ice cream, caramel, white chocolate, cream cheese, ganache, chocolate cake, spiced mango sauce, ginger pudding, buttered chocolate rumble, cinnamon tuile)

Best use of Certified Angus Beef
Winner -- Nathan Chriclow

Hans Schenck Commemorative Award for Most Innovative Menu Utilizing Indigenous Ingredients
Winner -- Bonaire (Fresh mango mousse topped carrot cake served with candied red pepper and spicy smoked mango salad, red pepper paint and cocoa tulle sticks)

Most Impressive/Creative Menu for a Gastronomy Event
Winner -- Anguilla

Best vodka drink
Winner -- Trinidad & Tobago

Best non-alcoholic drink
Winner -- Puerto Rico

Most Creative Cocktail
Winner -- Chutney Bacchanal, Barbados

Tony Mack Spirit of the Competition
Winner -- Bahamas

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March 11, 2013

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June 15, 2013
Time for change in the country

Dear Editor,

Common Cause, a nonprofit and non-aligned civic organization, supported and still supports the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). What we do not support, however, is slackness and a do-not-care attitude which is being exhibited by far too many of those who sit in Parliament, either elected or appointed, and say that they are for the people.
Let us be quite clear on this issue. We are for the eventual ascendency of the minister of works as prime minister. We make no apologies for this and will not yield any ground, ever, on this non-negotiable stance. Brave is our unanimous choice to succeed to the office, in due course, with all due respect.
At some point in time, Common Cause gave support to both Perry Christie and Hubert Ingraham. Their era is over. Yes, they served us, as a people, well but it is now time to move on. There are simply too many pressing national issues which must be firmly resolved, one way or the other, and we need bold, innovative and fresh solutions.
Common Cause will agitate for the recall of six current PLP members of Parliament. They are: Kendal Major (Garden Hills); Dr. Bernard Nottage (Bains Town and Grants Town); V. Alfred Gray (MICAL); Glenys Hanna-Martin (Englerston); Dr. Daniel Johnson (Carmichael Road) and Fred Mitchell (Fox Hill).
We are about nation building, and there is no more time for vacillating, pussyfooting and shaving cream. The PM needs to step up to the plate or get the hell out of the way. We all love him, but what has love got to do with it?
Urban Renewal 2.0 has ushered in a dramatic decrease in crime and conflict resolution. If the "gold rush" administration is smart, as I hope that it is, it would expand and flesh out even further this dynamic and progressive societal plan to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds, if not thousands, of our marginalized young people. Check the statistics. There is little, if any, real crime in the inner cities except for Kemp Road, Fox Hill and Nassau Village. These are areas where either the MP has a "tool box" or is "missing in action".
Christie will always be remembered for the good he has brought to this nation, but the time is now to move on and secure his legacy. We forced Ingraham out. Must we now do so for Christie? Common Cause makes no apologies and expects no quarter from our opponents. War has been declared, and war, politically, will be waged.

- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.

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September 15, 2011
TRAINEES EARN THEIR 'STRIPES'

Bahamas Striping, the company founded from a $5,000 Self Starter grant, has completed its first car park striping training stage for four of its seven staff.

The four yesterday applied their new skills in striping the car park at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.

The four, Tristan Johnson (22 years old), Romell Davis (18 years old), Patrick Smith (20 years old), and Darvin Brown (19 years old) have learnt how to clean surfaces, measure, lay out and striping.

Atario Mitchell, president of Bahamas Striping, said: "One of my staff had a criminal record for drug possession. During our interview he broke down and begged me to give him a try. He said: 'How can I get my life together an ...

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April 03, 2013
Ticketing was also an issue at 42nd BTC CARIFTA Games

Another major issue at the CARIFTA Games was ticketing. Hundreds stood on line every day waiting to purchase and pick-up tickets for the games, which was said to be sold out.
At one point, the restless crowd got angry and frustrated, complaining about the system in place. Some said the process is too slow while others just wanted to get better seats.
Aniska Rolle said: "The experience was beyond description in a negative way. The line was not moving at all. That's when some genius decided to say everyone move to Sir Kendal, but when we moved over there, they stopped selling the tickets, so all they did was transfer the problem from one area to another. The line was not moving for a full hour. It was just unorganized. There was no customer service, and the people behind the booth seemed to be pushy and gave off attitude when they were serving. They made it seem as though that there were no more tickets, or that we were at fault because we decided to get our tickets then."
The ticket booth was set-up over at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Aquatics Centre. Initially, it was located in the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. Tickets went on sale February 28, 2013. Online purchases were made available weeks before the event. Still, a number of patrons decided to wait until this past weekend.
Amy Johnson was also frustrated about the process. She said the organizing committee should have provided other locations to pick up and purchase tickets, that way it would have eliminated the congestion.
"I wanted the $13 pass, but they said they were not printing anymore," said Johnson. "I had to pay extra to get Saturday and Sunday. On top of that, the Monday ticket wasn't available, so I had to tow the line on Monday to get a ticket. That's false advertising and the thought of dealing with it again was a turn off. I've attended many international sporting events and never in my life experienced this before. All I wanted to do was get in the stadium and cheer on the Bahamians. I am sure everyone wanted to do the same."
The tickets were priced from $5 to 25.

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June 23, 2014
The Bahamas' senior men opens training camp in Colorado

FORT COLLINS, Colorado -- Colorado State University men's basketball head coach Larry Eustachy welcomed 20 Bahamian players to Moby Arena on Friday afternoon as he and Bahamas Basketball affiliates opened a nine-day training camp for The Bahamas' senior men's national team on the school's campus in Fort Collins, Colorado.
"I'm really excited," said Eustachy, who was named head coach of The Bahamas' senior men's team in March of 2013. "We've got a short period of time to put a team together, but it's neat to have it, basically, on my home court. That takes that out of it, where we can get to the part that really counts, and that's figuring out what team to put together to give us our best chance to win."
The team is preparing for international competition at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, scheduled for July 1-5 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Bahamas is one of four teams placed in Group 'A', alongside Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba. Group 'B' consists of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Guyana and Barbados.
Later this summer, the squad is also expected to compete at the Centrobasket Championships, a FIBA-sponsored tournament, which will be held in Tepic, Nayarit in west-central Mexico. The top four teams from Centrobasket will qualify for the 2015 Tournament of Americas, where they will compete against the top teams in the western hemisphere for a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
All of the tournaments are played under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules.
At Centrobasket, The Bahamas is expected to compete against teams from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Mexico.
The training camp in Colorado will culminate on Saturday, June 28, and from there the team will make its way to Tortola. Prior to the CBC Championships, the team will be pared down to a roster of 12 players.
The 20 members at the training camp in Colorado are C.J. Hines, Marvin Grey, L.J. Rose, Mychel Thompson, Mitchell Johnson, Kadeem Coleby, Bennet Davis, "Chicken" Knowles, Magnum Rolle, Anwar Ferguson, Ray Rose, Archie Rose, Eugene Bain, Michael Carey, Dwight Coleby, Kentwan Smith, Scottie Ferguson, Rony Cadeau, C.J. Smith and Tavario Miller.Article courtesy of COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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December 01, 2010
The Pacers remain unbeaten in GSSSA

The R.M. Bailey Pacers senior girls basketball team look likely to end a four-year playoff drought in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) this season.
They remained unbeaten in three games as they blasted the Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins yesterday evening at the D.W. Davis Gym. The good news for the Mystic Marlins is that they were right at their average yesterday.... as for the bad news, well their average is just two points per game. They got humiliated 24-2 to fall to 0-3 on the young season.
"We weren't out to embarrass them... we just wanted to do our part to ensure that we came out on top," said Pacers' 12th grade center Ariel Stuart. "I fe ...

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February 15, 2013
The Annual Heart Ball this Saturday! Embrace the Opportunity!

Nassau, Bahamas -

It's an
opportunity to get dressed up to the ninth, look your best, walk the fashion
run way and the dance the night away. It's an opportunity to win lots of
wonderful prizes, bid on pieces that are not ordinarily affordable, and have
funs with family and friends. It's an
opportunity to save a little heart while enjoying the company of that special
someone in your life. It's the Annual
Heart Ball.

Under the
theme, "Save a Little Heart.... Embrace the Opportunity", The Heart Ball
Committee will host The Annual Heart Ball.
This event will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Sheraton
Nassau Beach Resort. As guests enter the door to the reception are they will be
kissed by an angelic floral and fauna décor. The meal will be prepared by
Cacique Award winner, Chef Johnson...

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October 24, 2013
The PLP: Party of the people

Dear Editor,
In a few days the iconic Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) will be celebrating 60 years since it was founded in 1953. It is the oldest formal political party in the nation, and rightly so.
Back in the 1940s and early 1950s, the economic and political aspirations of average black and so-called conchy joe Bahamians were extremely limited and in most cases unattainable. They had no national voice and they could, at best, expect only the proverbial crumbs from the table of the then ruling white oligarchy dominated by a few families such as: the Bethels; the Symonettes; the Kellys; the Sands, and the Pritchards.
Black Bahamians were obliged to eke out a miserable living, in the majority of cases, as laborers, migrant farm workers in the U.S. and contract workers in places like Panama. A large number resided on the then labeled Out Islands and engaged in slash and burn farming and fishing for a subsistence income. Political representation in the legislative halls was scant and mediocre.
Economic changes and political evolution started in the early 1950s when a few pioneering black and light-skinned Bahamian mavericks got together and cobbled the caucus which came to be known as the Progressive Liberal Party. Men like Cyril Stevenson; Arthur D. Hanna; William Cartwright; Arthur Foulkes; Clarence A. Bain; Edgar Bain, et al.
Of course, there were females like Doris Johnson; Eugenia Symonette; Beryl Hanna and Trixie Hanna, et al, who were in the trenches and just as involved. These individuals were fearless and took their self-appointed missions seriously.
A youthful barrister-at-law, the late great and deeply lamented Lynden Oscar Pindling soon emerged as party leader by 1956 and led five other PLPs into the House of Assembly. He was a master strategist, an orator par excellent and extremely focused. His parliamentary team formed the opposition and was the first formalized political party in that chamber. They raised eternal hell on behalf of the formerly voiceless black and conchy joe Bahamians.
The then ruling white oligarchy, a loose confederation, quickly saw the need to form itself into a political party, hence the emergence of the United Bahamian Party (UBP). Its nominal leader, Roland T. Symonette, was overshadowed by the Titan of Bay Street, Stafford Lofthouse Sands, who was the de factor leader of that party.
The PLP and its leadership cadre were motivated to bring social, economic and political emancipation to the masses of ordinary Bahamians. Its mantra was simple: one man, one vote. Prior to the emergence of the PLP there was a system which allowed plural voting based on property ownership. Of course, at that time, as is the case even today, most of the real estate in The Bahamas was owned by white Bahamians.
During the 1960s the PLP made rapid strides and the political walls of Jericho finally came down on January 10, 1967 under the leadership of Lynden Oscar Pindling and his leadership team. The rest is history.
And so, within a matter of days (October 26) the PLP, the undisputed party of the people, will celebrate 60 years since its founding. Its mission, however, still remains largely unfulfilled in that while we have achieved political ascendency, economic emancipation is still a distant dream.
Perry Gladstone Christie (PLP-Centreville), our prime minister, has been presented with a stellar opportunity to etch his legacy in steel, if he so desires. It is the singular task of this gold rush administration to economically empower the ordinary Bahamian.
Land, at affordable prices, must be made available either for home construction or for business purposes. It is as simple as that. Ownership of marketable land is crucial if we are to eliminate the culture of political dependency and to jump start the economy in short order.
Historically, the PLP has always been seen and acknowledged as the party of the people, bar none. Yes, the Free National Movement (FNM) has played and continues to play a pivotal role in our evolution as a democracy but it is, alas, even to this day, seen as the party of white Bahamians and black elitists.
We must keep in mind, however, that the majority of the founders of the FNM came from within the bowels of the Progressive Liberal Party. Its only prime minister, to date, Hubert Alexander Ingraham, was a national chairman and Cabinet minister in the early Pindling administrations.
One of its most illustrious leaders, the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield, also was once a PLP member of Parliament and a Pindling Cabinet minister. Sir Orville A. Turnquest and Sir Arthur Foulkes all hailed from the PLP.
As executive director of Common Cause and The National Republican Alliance (ARENA), I offer congratulations to the PLP on its historic founding some 60 years ago and wish it Godspeed as it completes this term in office.
It is my hope and expectation that it will continue to seek to wipe away the tears from every Bahamian eye. The final chapter in the book called "The PLP: Party of the People" has yet to be written and the legacy continues to unfold.
To God then, in all things, be the glory.
- Ortland H. Bodie Jr.

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November 01, 2013
Teams make adjustments to rosters

Last minute adjustments are being made to some team rosters now that an increase in player movement has taken place in the New Providence Women's Basketball Association (NPWBA) this season.
And with the return of Natasha Miller and the Defence Force Marines squad, the decision to stay or go has become more difficult for some players.
The 2013/14 season will tip off on Saturday, November 2, at D.W. Davis gymnasium. It was revealed that the defending champions, the Bommer G. Operators, have lost a couple of their key players, as well as last year's runners-up, the Career Builders Cheetahs. These two teams will play in the feature game. The Johnson's Lady Truckers and the Super Value Cybots have the opener. All four of the teams have lost players due to the shuffling and will be making the adjustments before Saturday. In fact, league President Simone Beneby said the movement by players is nothing new in the league and the increase this year should spark an exciting and competitive season.
She said: "The movement will only make the league more competitive and the return of the Defence Force will add to that. The Defence Force team is very talented. They have players coming back with loads of experience and exposure from playing in regional games in the past. They are bringing in veteran players like Natasha Miller, who is a strong post player. Her presence in the paint will change a lot of the other teams' offense structure. A lot of the big teams have lost players as well. So I know that the adjustments to rosters and plays will have to be made."
The new kids on the block are the Bahamas Information Access Systems Stingers. This squad is basically made up of young high school players enrolled in the Bahamas Basketball Federation's (BBF) junior developmental program. About six of the players were members of the Centrobasket Championships (CBC) team that competed in a regional tournament this summer. Six more juniors, who currently train in the junior program, will join them. Beneby is confident that this team can pick up at least one or two wins this season, despite going up against big teams like the Cheetahs, Operators, The College of The Bahamas Caribs, Truckers and the Cybots.
"I am pretty excited about it," said Beneby.
"The schedule is almost completed, and by the looks of it we will be playing the same amount of games. We have two new teams, which should provide more excitement. We have the return of the Defence Force and the junior team that is coming from our junior program. What we are trying to do is provide more games and play for our junior members. The lack of play and experience was their downfall at the regional tournament in the summer. If we can get them playing in more games, they will become more consistent and their level should improve by next tournament."
Top players from the 2012/13 season will be presented with their awards, adding to the excitement on the opening night. A halftime show is also planned. The ring ceremony for the defending champions will be held at a later date.
"There are lot of things planned for this year," Beneby added. "As you can see, we will be starting off with a bang and will carry that through the rest of the season. Our all-star weekend, the line-up and activities are all planned. Instead of one night of activities, we will have a week starting off with that Tuesday and climaxing on that Saturday with the three games. We are looking forward to a competitive season. There will be a lot of promotions and giveaways through the season, so we invite all to come and support the NPWBA."
The most valuable player award will be presented to Shantel Rolle. She led the league in assists and was the top scorer. Pamela Bethel won the most rebounds awards; Malesha Peterson the most steals, and Ashley Moss most blocks awards.
The 2012/13 defensive player was Taneil Poitier; and the coach of the year was Anthony Swaby.

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