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December 21, 2011
Teen's bail plea denied

By LAMECH JOHNSON

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A teenage boy's plea to be granted bail and spend the holiday season away from prison was denied in Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The refusal came after the prosecution revealed that Ronald Fluerinvil, 18, of Cromwell Street had breached previous bail conditions granted to him earlier this year.

Fluerinvil was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, of a single charge of causing harm.

It is alleged that on Monday, December 19, the accused intentionally caused harm to Cynario Fowler. There are 10 witnesses in this case, according to court dockets.

After acknowledging to Chief Magistrate Gomez that he unde ...

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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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May 15, 2014
Team reduced to 36 members ahead of world relays

There is just about a week remaining before the start of the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) World Relay Championships, and the excitement around the island is increasing with each passing day. The work being done to the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium is almost complete, and a number of athletes will be arriving over the next few days to prepare themselves for the relays.
Currently, there are 43 IAAF member federations scheduled to take part in the relays, and the event will be viewed by millions around the world. The Local Organizing Committee of the IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014 (LOC) along with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture are making sure that the product The Bahamas presents to the world is filled with various aspects of Bahamian culture.
"The junkanoo is in full force here, you got a taste of it last weekend (high school relays) but I can tell you that the size of the band will double, the excitement will triple and we are going to use them to really soak up the atmosphere and provide the energy that we want from this competition," said IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy yesterday.
Every large sporting event is judged not only by what takes place in the field of play, but also by the opening ceremony, and the organizers of the world relays opening ceremony are trying to produce something that has never been seen before. The opening ceremony is set for 4:40 p.m. next week Saturday.
"Working with Paul and the IAAF has been a wonderful experience because it has brought a level of discipline in operating an event like this. Everything operates to the second and that alone brings a level of excitement," said LOC Events Director with responsibility for the opening ceremony Fred Ferguson. "From the moment the opening ceremony begins, everything is going to run by the clock. We are going to have the flags and placards of the country brought in by members of both the police and defense force but they will be led by the junior athletes, and this is all coordinated by BAAA President Mike Sands.
"This whole thing is about inspiring the youth and they will be leading the parade, to bring in the placards that will all be very colorful representing the colors of The Bahamas with music supported by joint members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and defense force bands. It will all be very timed and precise event, precision will be first and foremost. Members of the Cadets and Rangers will all be involved because they will be responsible for bringing in the flags and the other things that go with that.
"As far as entertainment is concerned, young Bahamian artist Angelique Sabrina will be singing the national anthem and most importantly, we know that everything ends in junkanoo. We have a joint junkanoo group that is 100 members strong and they will be there for the duration of the relays."
Some of the fans and athletes coming to these shores will hail from all over the world, and the LOC is trying to not only put on a track event, but also a show, something that the visitors will remember long after they leave the island. The goal is to make the tourists remember the country for something other than sun, sand and sea.
"I have been to nine or 10 world championships, and the decoration of the stadiums have always been pleasing but not striking, and that's what was planned for our stadium. It was looking pretty good but it was certainly not Bahamian. Vice chairman Mike Sands, Grafton Ifill and myself got together and said that our stadium is going to be seen by millions of viewers, and we had to let them know that they were in The Bahamas. One of the best ways to get them to know that is to make the stadium Bahamian," said LOC Chairman Keith Parker.
"We engaged artist Stanley Burnside and Joanne Smith to create what we believe is fantastic pageantry for the stadium. Over the weekend, some of the pageantry was in place but now all of it is in place and I believe it is very striking, and there will be no doubt in anyone's mind in the sense of a television audience that they have been to The Bahamas. That's what we are after. It is going to be a fantastic sporting event and also great publicity for The Bahamas."
The Caribbean islands have always been potent when it comes to track and field, and that was one of the reasons for the IAAF choosing to host the event in this region.
"This is a Bahamian sports tourism model on the world stage, we are branding ourselves as the number one sports tourism destination in this hemisphere and it is 'Sports in Paradise'. It has to look that way, feel that way, and we have to perform that way. I think we will be great hosts," said Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson.
"What you are seeing going on around the country is a generational shift and the significance of these relays are just that - literally the passing of the baton from one generation to another, and we are demonstrating in a large way in track and field, but later in the year you will see it in other areas around the country."
Shaunae Miller will be one of the up-and-coming athletes that will be under the spotlight during the relays, and she too expressed content about the idea of making the relays not only a sporting event but a cultural experience as well.
"The LOC is doing a pretty good job here setting up for the world relays next weekend. Everything is intact for the games and the athletes are really excited to compete because it is going to be home. I can't wait to get out there and compete," she said.
LOC Vice Chairman Sands said that the color code for Bahamians for the two days of competition, Saturday and Sunday, are aqua and gold respectively.

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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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February 20, 2013
Talisker pulls plug in Exuma

A high seven-figure deal for February Point in Exuma has fallen apart after a due diligence period, Guardian Business can confirm.
Talisker, a Toronto-based firm that owns and operates several high-end retreats in North America, came to preliminary terms with the principals of February Point back in January. At the time, owner of the property Randy Hart said Talisker would lead the island's "renaissance" through its global reputation and diverse, high-end clientele.
However, Jackie Johnson, a representative from Talisker, told Guardian Business yesterday that the deal is off the table.
"The deal is not happening," she said. "Talisker is not buying the property in Exuma. This is a final decision."
Jackson would not elaborate on exactly why the deal has fallen apart, citing that negotiations have been sensitive on both sides. According to sources familiar with the matter, there were many "moving parts and wrinkles" to the acquisition.
The news will likely come as a big disappointment to stakeholders on Exuma.
Khaalis Rolle, the minister of state for investments, previously hailed the initial agreement as an important development for the island. He said that Talisker holds "tremendous potential" given their resources, reach and history of success.
"So we're looking forward to completing this process and we'll do whatever is needed to facilitate it," he added.
The botched deal also takes away what would have been a hefty stamp duty for the public treasury.
Judy Herlock, a leading realtor on the island, expressed disappointment that the deal went sour.
"That's a pity. They were the most likely option to take over the property," she told Guardian Business. "We seem to go two steps forward and four steps backwards here on Exuma."
Herlock and others in the property business were intrigued with the possible introduction of Talisker, in the sense that the company could have driven up land values and brought new money to the destination. The Toronto-based firm was apparently seeking to invest considerably in the property by boosting its existing offerings and building new homes and amenities.
Herlock said that "there is nothing to get terribly excited about" on the island right now in terms of property sales. She said that more infrastructure is needed to justify the high prices for homes and vacant land.
That said, sources close to the matter said that February Point could still get scooped up by a foreign investor. John McGarvey, new owner of the Coconut Cove Hotel, is thought to be the second major suitor for the oceanfront property.
He is also the investor behind a proposed resort on Stocking Island and a concrete factory on land across from February Point.
Exuma currently benefits from a duty exemption on raw materials for construction, as instituted by the Progressive Liberal Party when it came into power last May.

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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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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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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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March 04, 2013

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July 17, 2013
Temporary shutdown of LPIA creates delays

Heavy rainfall prompted Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials to close Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for about 30 minutes yesterday, causing a series of delays in flight landings and departures, according to an official from the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).
NAD's Communications Manager Shonalee King-Johnson said ATC made the call to shut down the airport just after 1 p.m.
King-Johnson said that at the time of the closure several flights were due to land, but had to circle the area until they were given clearance.
"Meantime, some of the departing flights had to be held due to air saturation, meaning flights that were in the air, we had to make sure that those aircraft landed safely and then release the others to depart," King-Johnson said.
"So the priority was obviously given to the flights that were in the air."
She added that five flights on the U.S. Departures side were scheduled to depart during the impacted timeframe and experienced delays of up to one hour.
Air Traffic Control official Keith Major said ATC ordered the closure due to low visibility.
Major said the control tower does not allow airlines to operate when visibility is below one mile.
Meteorologist Neil Armstrong reported yesterday that 3.8 inches of rain fell in the previous 24 hours at the airport.
Armstrong noted that thunderstorm activity is not unusual during this time of year.
He said slight flooding is also expected in low lying areas.
A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect up to 6 p.m. yesterday.
Forecasters said light rain is expected today.

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March 12, 2013

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October 01, 2011
Trial of pair accused of MP threat postponed

By LAMECH JOHNSON
ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

THE trial of two men who are alleged to have threatened the life of Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney was postponed in Magistrate’s Court last Friday.
The matter of Mighty Spartacus Moncur, 34, and Livingstone Bullard Jr, 30, was expected to commence on Friday morning in Court Six, Parliament Street, where five witnesses including Mr McCartney were present to testify.
However, prosecutor Eucal Bonaby, appearing on behalf of lead attorney Garvin Gaskin, informed Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans that the prosecution would not be able to proceed with trial and sought an adjournment of four weeks, on the instructions of Mr Gaskin.
The reason given was ...

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April 25, 2014
Top official 'challenges' govt to adopt new tourism model

One of the country's top tourism officials has pledged to challenge the government and private sector to buy into the idea that tourism should be "less about erecting huge hotels" and more about resort ownership which Bahamians can be a part of, arguing that the country's tourism potential is unmet because the average Bahamian "feels marginalized" from the tourism sector.
David Johnson, director general in the Ministry of Tourism since 2010, told Rotarians that a huge opportunity exists for The Bahamas to capitalize on its untapped earning potential in tourism by further developing the Family Islands through creating incentives for Bahamians to be owners of tourism infrastructure via the development of vacation communities where they can build and own vacation rentals.
Johnson, who has worked in the tourism sector since the 1960s, was addressing the Rotary Club of West Nassau at the Poop Deck Restaurant yesterday afternoon on the subject of "The Business of Tourism".
He painted a picture of a Bahamas that has been too heavily focused on the role of major hotels in the tourism sector, which has made development difficult to predict as it is reliant on the whims of major investors. The focus on hotels has also contributed to a tourism industry that is generally Nassau-centric, as well as too expensive for many visitors and difficult to operate in a sustainable way, Johnson charged.
He suggested that changing this approach is important, not just to the sustainability of business operations, but because today's generation is less interested in jobs alone, and more interested in ownership in the tourism industry. Given a perception that this is unattainable, Bahamians feel "marginalized by the very existence" of the tourism sector, and this has knock-on effects on visitors' experiences on the islands when they do come.
"We're not going to have Bahamians embracing and feeling proud about an industry when they feel marginalized by its very existence. They feel an emotive disconnect that we must fix, because a happy island is where people want to come to, not an island that is in conflict with what's going on in tourism," he said.
In light of this, Johnson said that he is on a mission to change the mindset of the government as it relates to tourism in The Bahamas, and plans to present practical steps that can be taken to move in a new direction - to focus on vacation communities made up of rental homes owned by Bahamians.
"What I think is that the way forward in tourism, in a very big way, should be and could be less about erecting huge hotels and casino complexes, because there's a limited market for that," said Johnson.
"So what I'm going to be doing is challenging the government and the private sector to have the vision, as we look at the Family Islands, to say what could be better than to design a number of new tourism communities, deed restricted, where you plan the activities, where you plan the ability to organize the fishing, your bicycle tracks, jogging tracks, it's properly landscaped, you've got all the facilities of a resort but you're living in a home, and these homes can be financed by Bahamians like yourselves.
"That is a far less risk than hoping one investor will roll the dice and make money or close up shop. That gives us ownership and gives us pride, and that can develop these islands and make them the envy of the world because that type of vacation is one where the families and people coming there really feel not just that they are visiting, but they feel too that they are a part of the community and they come back every year."
Calling the opening of Baha Mar in December of this year a "major, major business opportunity", he said that tourism will continue to "suffer" from the high costs in the sector, which have contributed to the fact that most hotels can target only "high-end customers" due to their prices.
"What this means is that we will still be faced with, in the very near term until we can tackle our costs, a very difficult challenge for those who have made that gutsy investment, to generate operating profits. It's going to be a fantastic, great opportunity, we'll steal business from the rest of the region because of the great product we have here, but it has to work on the basis of profits to be sustained and so we have a lot of work to do to offer a first-class product, to begin to manage our costs, so that these partners who've invested in Nassau can generate sufficient profit to sustain their operations," said Johnson.
The director general went on to argue that not only are many customers being priced out of this type of tourism, but they are also not seeking it to begin with.
"More of our potential travelers look at destinations like Ashville, North Carolina, or even Abaco, where 80 percent of the accommodations are homes, vacation homes. And guess what? It's easy to build them, and people will go over hurdles to get to them. That's their place, their special place. They have an emotional connection to it. They know the place, they feel like they are a part of it, and they'll come every year."
The director general said he pictures a Bahamas where every Bahamian has a vacation home in the Family Islands, that they can use to generate income six months of the year by renting out to visitors, and which they can use for their own enjoyment at other times.
"The way forward is to involve and engage our people in the mainstream of tourism ownership, and I think it needs to be less about hotels and more about resort ownership in a less traditional way," he added.
According to the tourism official, The Bahamas is in a unique position to capitalize on tourism. He claimed that many other major destinations in the region may have as little as 25 percent of their capacity remaining, while The Bahamas "hasn't even used up 10 percent" given that 80 percent of the tourism economy is Nassau-based.
"If you look throughout the entire Caribbean, there is not one country I know of which has the earning potential of The Bahamas. If we were stock we'd be the highest-rated stock in the industry. That's because we're only focused on Nassau, and most of the other 699 islands are bigger and in many ways more beautiful."
Responding to a comment from the audience suggesting that his views must be at odds with the government, Johnson said: "I'm not at odds with the administration in my view, but there's a process. We are here to provide not only our thoughts but how it can be done. You can often find that otherwise you get listening ears and nodding heads, but nothing gets done."
He said that after a couple of years in which the government was "fighting fires" in the tourism sector, with major resorts like Sandals Emerald Bay close to closure and in need of government assistance, Johnson suggested that the government is now more focused on looking at ideas such as his.

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September 08, 2011
Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82

Funeral service for Mrs. Terecita Brenhilda Carey, 82 yrs., a resident of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, who died on 31st Autust, 2011, will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Kenya Lovell, Pastor Henry Whyte & other Ministers of the Gospel. Interment follows in Big Bay Public Cemetery, Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Left to cherish her memories are her children: William Carey Jr., Glenda & Jefferson Wildgoose Sr., Ceeney & Dr. Wismore Butcher, 201 Ederson Carey, Petty Officer Lorenzo Carey & Lyndon & Garvin Carey; grandchildren: Jefferso & Tiffany Wildgoose, Jarrod & Nikkiah Wildgoose, Janell & Daniel Carroll, Kendra Russell, Kenceene & Tamiko Fox, Monique & Panston Gibson, Marcita Sawyer, Ederson Carey Jr., John & Italia Shepherd, Alece Shepherd, Lorenzo Jr., & Marsha Carey, Tarano & Dwayne Deveaux, Marissa Brown & Shanna Clarke, Greg Wilson & family, Phillip & Daphne Wilson & family, Devon & Chanell Rhiney & family, Scott & Crystal Wilson & family; great grandchildren: Dane Bodie, Trenton Russell, Trevaughn Fox, Timothy, Jayden, Jasmine & Noa Wildgoose,Preston Gibson & Odelia Carey; adopted children: Laura & Levi Wilson & family, Florence, Sandy & Audrea Scavella, Tammy Lagan of Tennessee, Mavis Fowler & family, Calsey & Delcina Johnson, Marva & Richard Brown, Nurse Evelyn Assanah, Fredrick "Fergie" Ferguson & Flosetta Johnson; sisters: Auraice Newbold, Dora Bartlett & Hetlyn Major; adopted sisters: Rhona Bethel, Neutie Seymour, Eulene Johnson & Hildamae Johnson; brother-in-law: Kenneth Major Sr.; sisters-in-law: Armena & Hazel Carey, Rosie Eberhart; nephews: Larry Allan, Bertie, Edward, Peter & Hartmen Carey, Blake & Vidia Bartlett, Marvin & Ricky Newbold, Kenneth, David, Joel, Timothy & Paul Major, Hacourt Roberts, Elvin & Rodrick Smith, Vaughn Newbol; nieces: Andrea Taylor, Linda Pinder, Machelle Sands, Vandora Johnson, Sherry & Jackie Newbold, Josalee Benson, Dellarese Jones, Delpha Bartlett, Vernice, Melvice & Victoria Major, Shirley Mader, Margaret, Melinda & Gwendolyn Smith, Peggy Bullard & Carolyn Carey; other relatives & friends including: the St. Mark's Methodist family & the entire community of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10-6:00 p.m. on Friday & on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
 
 

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June 25, 2014
The Bahamas hoping to qualify for FIBA Americas

With arguably the best collection of players in quite some time, The Bahamas is faced with the arduous task of qualifying for the FIBA Americas Championships for senior men for the first time. From there, the country will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. FIBA (International Basketball Federation) is the world's governing body for basketball, and FIBA Americas brings together the best basketball squads in the western hemisphere.
Before we can start thinking of FIBA Americas,
The Bahamas must get through two very important qualifying tournaments this summer - the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships, and Centrobasket. The top three teams from CBC qualify for Centrobasket and the top four from Centrobasket qualify for next year's FIBA Americas Championships. The CBC Championships is scheduled for July 1-5 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Centrobasket will be held August 1-7, in Tepic, Nayarit in west-central Mexico.
The Bahamas' senior men's basketball team hopefuls are currently engaged in a nine-day training camp on Colorado State University's campus, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The school's men's basketball head coach Larry Eustachy is also the head coach of The Bahamas' senior men's national team.
"What I realized about Bahamian teams is that they play as hard as any country that I have seen," said Eustachy. "I'm pretty sure this team isn't going to be any different. We have to be able to pick up full-court. We have to be able to fast break. We have to be able to play multiple defenses, and we have to be able to change gears. Once we get in half court defenses, we have to be able to take good shots.
"I think there is a big commitment in The Bahamas to become one of the world's elite teams. There are some talented players here, they have bought into the program, and I really believe we could head in the right direction."
The 20 members of the senior national program are expected to wrap up training in Fort Collins, Colorado, this weekend. The practice sessions are being held in the 8,700 seating capacity Moby Arena.
"We benefit as much as The Bahamas do, if not more, having the training camp here, with the publicity we get from it, and it also helps in recruiting," said Eustachy. "I embrace this challenge to be the head coach of the Bahamian national team. Hopefully, I can make these guys better players."
Mitchell Johnson, a 6'4" swingman who has been with the national team for about five years, said that the guys on the training squad are quite familiar with each other, and that should help with the team chemistry.
"I really like this unit. Every year, the team keeps getting better and better, and this is the best crop that we have had in a while," said Johnson. "I think the sky is the limit for this team. We just have to play to the top of our potential. We have a lot of professionals and a lot of people who could put the ball in the hole, so that's what we need to do.
"This time, I think that we have the best big men in the Caribbean, and we're going to have to rely on them to carry us through. The air is thin up here in Colorado, so when we work out, we're going to get our wind up, and that will help in our conditioning. We'll be able to run the other teams into the ground. The facilities here are great as well."
Eugene Bain, a 6'6" small/power forward, shares those sentiments. Bain has also been with the national program for about five years.
"I think that with this group of guys, we can definitely make it far, maybe even qualify for the Olympics," said Bain. "Defense is going to be one of the biggest keys in the tournament. We just need to be focused on playing together. The chemistry is coming together. We just have to work on a few things, and try to bring it all together. We have a good group of guys who are ready to play. I think that we finally have some height, and that's a big advantage for us."
The national program has acquired the services of National Basketball Association (NBA) draftee Magnum Rolle this time. The 6'11" power forward/center spent a year with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League and just completed his second year with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya, Japan.
"I think everyone is gelling well together," said Rolle. "We have some history with this crop of players, so that bodes well for our chemistry. I think it's a good mix of guys, and we'll be okay. This team has a lot of depth. We have guys at multiple positions who could do a number of things for us. This team just has to have the will power. The talent is already there for us to advance, we just have to be disciplined and go out there and dominate. I love it here (Fort Collins, Colorado). It's professional, and there are no distractions. Here, we could just eat, sleep and drink basketball - you're constantly focused on basketball, and that's a good thing. I'm just happy to represent my country."
Mychel Thompson, the son of Bahamian legendary player Mychal "Sweet Bells" Thompson, has also been acquired by the national program this year. The 6'7" shooting guard/small forward currently plays with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA Development League.
"I always felt that I had an allegiance to come back to The Bahamas and help with the national program," said Thompson. "I feel as if we're headed in the right direction. We have a good group here and we could do some good things. It is great here and the team is meshing well. We have a lot of great players. We have a lot of athleticism. With the guys that we have here, I think that we could do some damage. I think that it's important to stick together and show some unity. That's how national teams excel and that's how you win."
Lynden "LJ" Rose Jr. had to be released by USA Basketball just to be eligible for Team Bahamas. He spent some time playing with the USA junior national and developmental teams and is currently the starting point guard for the Houston Cougars collegiate basketball squad.
"My whole family is from The Bahamas, and representing The Bahamas is something that I always wanted to do," he said. "I thought that it would be a great opportunity to come out here and represent the other side of my heritage. This team has a lot of depth. There are good guards, wing players and some bigs...It's an all-around team. Coach Eustachy has been there, in the winning circle. Hopefully, he'll instill that winning tradition in us. Our length, quickness and speed is our strength. Working out up here is amazing. I think it will help with our conditioning."
Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Vice President Mario Bowleg who also serves as the assistant coach for Team Bahamas, said that the team's goal is to go to the BVI and win the gold medal.
"I think that is something that is very much achievable," said Bowleg. "After that, we'll move on Centrobasket and see how it goes. The guys are having a very good time. They are all happy to be here. We are doing what is necessary to ensure that Bahamas Basketball moves to the next level. This is just the beginning of great things to come.
"Here at this training camp, the gym is always available for us. We can choose what time we want to practice and how many times we want to practice each day. Back home in The Bahamas, there is just one main gym that is shared by basketball and volleyball, and also there are a lot of other activities that are in the gym. We are going to have to put together the best team possible team, and looking at the talent that we have available, I think that we will be able to put a very good squad together.
"The decision to choose Larry (Eustachy) was a very good one. He is a people's person, and he has done very well in the past. We think that he is going to do a very good job. This is the best team that we have seen assembled in a very long time. The BBF has taken the steps to put the best possible team together, so that we could try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics."
At the CBC Championships, The Bahamas will play out of 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.
At Centrobasket, The Bahamas is expected to compete against teams from Puerto Rico, the 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 trimmed down to 12 players.
The 20 members at the training camp in Colorado are C.J. Hines, Marvin Grey, Lynden "LJ" Rose Jr., 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.

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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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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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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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October 31, 2013