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Pintard won’t say if he expects leadership challenge from Minnis

THE Free National Movement announced yesterday that it will hold a one-day convention on June 1, when party positions will be “up for grabs”.

Whether former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will challenge Michael Pintard for leadership of the party will be the central question

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis rejects the United States’ observation about how women are treated in The Bahamas. The US said in its latest human rights report that the Bahamian government is contributing to statelessness “through discrimination against women

heading into the event. Asked after a council meeting if he expects to be challenged, Mr Pintard said he expects the Progressive Liberal Party to challenge him after he is left standing following the convention.

“I think they are very concerned that Michael Pintard will still be standing on the 2nd and so we are preparing for them,” he said.

in nationality laws”. Asked to react to the report yesterday, Mr Davis said: “You have to look through the perspective of our eyes. Bahamian women being unfairly treated in the Bahamas? Y’all ruling us, man. If you look at the hierarchy of the public service, more than 80 per cent are dominated by females. Look in the industry.”


BPL ‘could be divided into three’


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PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis confirmed that Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) could be divided into three separate entities as the government aims to improve power efficiency and reduce BPL’s outstanding debts.


He spoke after his administration tabled a new Electricity Bill and a Natural Gas Bill in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, two pieces of legislation Mr Davis said would “accommodate and give the government

flexibility what we think is right for the Bahamian people.”

“It is designed to bring efficiencies that we could afford to bring to the country at this time,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event yesterday.


THE National Insurance Board took 300 people to court for failing to pay NIB contributions last year a 12 per cent increase over 2022 and expects its deficit to drop by 61 per cent once contribution rates increase in July.

responsible for NIB, saying benefits alone were expected to exceed contribution income by about $86m.

NIB projected a $98m deficit last year, with Myles Laroda, the former minister

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A new home to give Yurie a new start

AN elderly disabled man was handed the keys to his newly built home on Deveaux Street yesterday, courtesy of Urban Renewal.

Yurie Maycock, a father of three who was left bedridden after suffering from a stroke years ago, was overwhelmed when he toured his new home.

Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said officials became aware of the family’s challenges during a routine police walkabout.

“This revelation not only touched the hearts of our officers but also ignited a formidable response,” Mr Davis said.

“Under the guidance of Assistant Commissioner Anthony Rolle, the Police arm of our Urban Renewal project swiftly mobilised resources and manpower, including the commendable efforts of our Police


He said the project “is a testament to what we can achieve when we come together guided by empathy and united in purpose.

“To everyone who contributed — whether by swinging a hammer, painting a wall, or offering a word of encouragement — your generosity embodies the best of who we are as Bahamians,” Mr Davis added.

“This administration is fully committed to supporting and expanding Urban Renewal initiatives.

“We must continue to work together to uplift our communities. Every citizen in this country should be able to live rewarding and happy lives. We must never stop working toward that goal.”

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THE RIBBON is cut as Yurie Maycock receives the keys to his newly built home, with Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis in attendance. Photos: Eric Rose/BIS


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“In fact, men have become endangered species in this country and I’m concerned about that, and that’s why

we’re working with the young man.”

The US report, released earlier this week, said: “Married Bahamian women could not confer citizenship to their children if the child was born outside of The Bahamas. Women were also unable

to confer citizenship to their adopted children.” The observation came amid uncertainty about when the Davis administration will amend the Bahamas Nationality Act to equalise citizenship

access between men and women.

In March, Attorney General Ryan Pinder said he appreciated the frustration some felt waiting for the government to change the law, but that “buy-in” from the collective was necessary.

BPL ‘could be divided into three’

The new Electricity Bill, which seeks to repeal and replace the existing Electricity Act 2015, aims “to modernise and consolidate the law” for electricity supply through several avenues, including giving the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA) the power to “regulate all aspects of renewable energy”.

However, its new provisions go deeper by facilitating the potential break-up of BPL into separate generation, transmission and distribution and creating a foundation for private-public partnerships (PPPs).

Pike Electric Company, a company based in the United States, has previously expressed interest in a transmission and distribution contract.

Yesterday, Mr Davis said discussions with “strategic partners” concerning the future of BPL are still ongoing.

Under the proposed bill, BPL and other electricity providers can charge different tariffs and prices to different groups of customers for a “transition period” of three years

without approval from URCA. They must use that time to prepare a “comprehensive review” of their prices. URCA’s corporate and consumer relations manager, Juan McCartney, said yesterday that the regulator

would comply with whatever the law says.

“The Electricity Bill tasks URCA with carrying out the National Energy Policy objectives set by the government,” he said.

“One of those policies in the bill tabled is to allow


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deputy director, said yesterday that if NIB rates do not go up this year, the deficit would be around $65m.

“However, with the upcoming increase for July 1st, our deficit will be reduced to about $38m, so that’s a $27m reduction,” she said.

“So, you can see the contribution rate increase is something that is very necessary and we are on our way towards sustainability of the fund.”

Consecutive actuarial reports have indicated that the NIB contribution rate should be increased to prevent the reserve from being depleted before 2028. Reports show how the country’s changing demographics –– an ageing population and declining birth rate –– widen the gap between benefit payouts and contributions.

In July, the increased rate of 1.5 per cent will be shared equally

between employers and employees. The employers’ rate will increase from 5.9 per cent to 6.65 per cent.

NIB director Heather Maynard said about 300 people, including self-employed people, were placed before the courts last year for nonpayment of contributions or failure to produce records.

“There are several offences. The main offence is failure to pay,” she said. “There is also an offence called failure to produce records, and usually, when persons are summonsed to appear in court, they pay their obligation. If they cannot pay the obligation in full at that time, they will enter an instalment agreement and pay off their arrears.”

She said the NIB aims to modernise the administrative processes through an online card renewal portal, employer self-service for monthly compliance obligations, a mobile app rollout, a claims portal, and a revamped website.

public electricity suppliers, of which BPL is one, and authorised public electricity suppliers to set their own tariffs for three years.

“The bill states URCA will adopt those tariffs while those entities prepare a tariff plan to submit for

URCA’s approval before the end of that three-year period.

“As far as the expanded regulatory remit for URCA outlined in the Electricity Bill and Natural Gas bill, URCA is fully prepared to do the work necessary

to effectively regulate the energy.”

Concrete information about the Davis administration’s plans for BPL is still unclear, though officials have said the utility company will not be privatised.

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PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis in the House of Assembly on April 17. Photo: Dante Carrer NIB director Heather Maynard.
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Teachers concerned after fight at Eight Mile Rock high school

TWO police officers, an additional senior administrator and more security officers will be sent to Eight Mile Rock High School after a fight between a student and a school resource officer went viral.

A video of the altercation showed the officer throwing punches at the student and wrestling him to submission as a crowd of students gathered around the two.

The fight left teachers at the school concerned for their safety, according to Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) President Belinda Wilson, who said teachers and union members expressed their concerns when the union’s district steward met them.

Officials said the fight stemmed from a conflict over the weekend among four boys during a basketball game.

“Even more troubling is that two of the parents had a physical altercation, and the police had to be called in, so in this instance, the parents are not setting a positive example for their children.”

Acting director of education Dominique McCartney-Russell said officials are expanding the mentorship programme, training school faculty on how to make the campus safer and looking to engage the wider community more.

“The pastors in the area have agreed to mentor the students, in particular, the ones who are at risk, so that we can have less of these issues in terms of their behaviour,” she said yesterday.

“It is a small school it’s less than 500 children but we’re going to send another senior master to assist.”

She added that a new parental engagement unit would hold parents more accountable.

“The students attack on the police and school administrator shows a complete disregard for authority,” Mrs Wilson said. “The Bahamas Union of Teachers will not tolerate this type of behaviour from students.”

“We heard that a parent, for example, was not aware that her child was one of the key persons involved in the altercation,” she said. “There was a different behaviour at home than what was presented at school, and so we want to sensitise parents for what to look for and, of course, how to engage their children while they’re home and when they come onto campus, you know, how do they deal with matters when it comes to conflict resolution.”

She said parents of some students involved in the incident only learned of their child’s involvement when they spoke to education officials.

“A number of meetings have been held with parents,” she said. “In fact, one parent was quite educated as to the matter and asked for help, asked for our assistance, and so we are seeking to provide support for parents, especially in terms of helping them with managing children at home as we’re seeking to train children while they’re on school campus.”





Five males and one female between the ages of 17 and 19 years appeared before Magistrate Simone Brown.

They allegedly caused unlawful harm to Police Sergeant 2830 Colebrooke on Monday, August 22, in

an incident that was captured on camera and went viral.

Paco Deal represented two students, ages 18 and 17. All students pleaded not guilty to the charge and were granted $7,500 bail with one or two sureties.

Augustino McIntosh, 18, was also charged with causing damage. He allegedly damaged Sergeant Colebrooke’s uniform. He pleaded not guilty and was granted $5,000 bail, with

one surety.

The students were ordered to sign in at the Eight Mile Rock Police Station on Mondays before 6 pm. Their matters were adjourned to June 5, 2024.

Albert Jones, principal at Eight Mile Rock High School, said that the students can sit their BJC and BGCSE examinations next month.

He said strategies are being implemented to prevent future incidents,


AFTER a rise in child

abuse reports of 87 percent in 2023 compared to 2022, an Opposition senator called the rise “troubling”.

FNM senator Maxine Seymour noted recent data from the Department of Social Services showed sharp rises in cases of physical and sexual abuse, including a significant uptick in reports of incest. She said: “These troubling statistics underscore the urgent need for comprehensive intervention to protect our nation’s children.”

The shadow minister for Social Services said the increase demands immediate focus and action.

She said: “We must have a zero tolerance for abuse in general and against our children in particular.

“No matter how complicated the world gets, children should have safe neighbourhoods where they can grow up unharmed, secure and healthy, and develop to the maximum extent of their potential.”

Mrs Seymour endorsed the efforts of RISE Bahamas, an organisation that has advocated for children’s rights for over two decades.

The senator called on the government to adopt legislative changes proposed by RISE Bahamas including mandatory minimum sentences for crimes against

children, revising child protection laws to increase their effectiveness, and improving our national systems to prevent and detect abuse more efficiently.

She said: “This Child Protection Month, let us renew our commitment to transforming the landscape of child welfare in The Bahamas by implementing these necessary legislative measures.’

She added: “If you know a child who is being abused, and that can be physical; sexual, including incest; verbal; emotional; abandonment or neglect, please call the confidential 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 322-2763 or 422-2763.”

including re-routing the busing stations so students can be picked up on campus.

“I have asked for some support on the campus, and the police assured me I would have the support I need,” he said.

“The staff, teachers, and students must work together to ensure the

school is safe. We will make any adjustments that are necessary to ensure we have a safe workplace and environment for education.”


SCOTIABANK Bahamas marked Earth Day on Monday by distributing 1,000 free seedlings to customers, including fruit trees such as guava, fig, and gooseberry, as well as flowering plants, and vegetables.

“We are excited to

mark Earth Day by giving back to our community and promoting environmental awareness,” said Roger Archer, managing director for Scotiabank Bahamas.

“By distributing these seedlings, we hope to inspire others to cultivate a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.”

The Earth Day event, held at Rawson Square, featured representatives from the Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), and Phil Davis, owner of Eden Farming Club.

In addition to the main event at Rawson Square, Scotiabank’s East St /Soldier Rd and Cable Beach locations participated by handing out seedlings to Scotiabank clients.

Mr Davis said: “Today was a great success. It’s imperative that more companies understand the importance of having a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth through cultivating the soil.”

He went on to say “We can’t survive without trees and plants. It was warming to the heart witnessing hundreds of Bahamians receiving gifts of life provided by Scotiabank.” Additionally, BAMSI provided information on farming classes, resulting in hundreds of sign-ups.

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Eight Mile High School were charged yesterday with causing grievous harm. A VIDEO went viral showing a fight at Eight Mile Rock High Scool.
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THE Grand Bahama community is mourning the sudden death of Rudy Meadows, 78, a well-known former hotelier.

Mr Meadows died unexpectedly on Sunday.

A native of Pinder’s Point, he worked in the hotel/tourism industry for many years, first at the Jack Tar Hotel in West End and later at the former Princess Towers and Country Club in Freeport.

He also worked with Harcourt Development, the Irish-based development firm that purchased the old Royal Oasis Resort, formerly Princess Properties.

Mr Meadows was a Meritorious Council Member for the Free National Movement and an East Grand Bahama Constituency Association council representative. Derek King, chairman of the East Grand Bahama Constituency Association, said Mr Meadows’ passing has left a considerable void in their executive team.

He said: “Our prayers are with his family. He was an intricate part of our East Grand Bahama executive team. He was the association’s council representative who liaised with the national council in Nassau.”

Mr King described Mr Meadows as a “no-nonsense” person who spoke his mind.

“I depended on him for advice, and he always willingly gave his opinion. He is going to be missed tremendously,” he said. Mr King said the country has lost a tourism


“When I first came to Grand Bahama in 1978, I saw him around the Princess,” he said. “He was an ambassador when it came to representing this country in the hotel business. So even from that aspect, we have lost a good ambassador, someone who represented the country well in the area of tourism. His personality drew people to him.”

Mr Meadows was the campaign manager for Peter Turnquest, former deputy prime minister and MP, and Kwasi Thompson,


the current representative for the area.

Mr Meadows is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and their children: Darren

FNM names date for convention

SCENES from last night’s announcement of the FNM Convention. Photos: FNM

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“We expect that they will be vibrant in the social media arena making nameless attacks that they have been accustomed to.

People interested in party positions must submit their forms by next Friday at 5pm, with nominations starting the following Monday.

The FNM last hosted a convention in 2022. Before that, Mr Pintard won a leadership contest in 2021 after the general elections.

“I also expect a challenge from some Bahamians who are apathetic who believe that there is no fundamental difference between the FNM and the PLP and we are going to work harder to show the sharp contrast between the Free National Movement and the Progressive Liberal Party. We are different.”


POLICE Commissioner Clayton Fernander said Free National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands was invited to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as part of a probe into last year’s attack on FNM vice chairman Richard Johnson.

He did not say what prompted police to invite Dr Sands or explain the context of the discussion.

In January, police questioned a young man in connection with the attack, but later released him.

“That matter is still open. That is still under investigation,” Commissioner Fernander said yesterday.

Mr Johnson was allegedly attacked outside an FNM meeting on November 30.

He said he was talking to FNM members outside when someone came out of nowhere and hit him across his head, prompting him to defend himself.

FNM leaders later filed a police complaint against him, saying he falsely accused them of orchestrating the attack he experienced.

Mr Johnson sued the FNM in 2022 after executives unanimously barred him from council meetings.

He seeks $500,000 in damages, claiming that neither leader Michael Pintard nor chairman Dr Duane Sands had the authority to suspend his membership rights and reassign his vicechair duties.

He wants $250,000 for

“loss and unlawful interference” of his membership, $250,000 for “mental distress concerning the matter,” and interest on damages.

Last year, Justice Deborah Fraser instituted an injunction preventing the party’s leaders from barring him from council meetings until she had addressed the substantive matter.

She also ordered them not to personally attack each other or other FNM members in public until she had ruled on the lawsuit.

After the controversy over the attack against Mr Johnson, the judge banned Mr Johnson from attending the party’s meetings or visiting its headquarters or precincts until a further court order.

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Will FNM unite after convention?

THE FNM has named the date for its convention – and it is a convention that is sorely needed.

Party leader Michael Pintard was bullish last night about his prospects of retaining that post.

When asked if he expects to be challenged for his role, he said he expects to be challenged – by the PP, starting the day after he wins any vote to stay leader.

It has been obvious for a considerable time that the FNM has been divided. The question of whether Mr Pintard will be challenged has an obvious candidate to do so – former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. The two seem to have been in opposition to one another as much as the FNM is in opposition to the PLP. That has been to the detriment of the party – and frankly to the detriment of the country.

Any government, whatever its colours, needs to be held to account. It needs a strong opposition to ensure any wrongdoing is called to account. It needs an outside perspective to point out flaws in proposed legislation. And the people of the country need to see a clear choice when it comes to election time. Two strong parties give the people the best chance of one strong government, whichever is elected.

Already beset by a shortage of numbers in the House of Assembly after their landslide defeat in the last election, the FNM is not helped by being divided within themselves.

That is where this convention should make a difference. Note the word “should” there. For nothing will be resolved if one faction or the other wins and the internal divisions carry on regardless.

Whoever wins, whoever loses, for the sake of the party there should be a commitment for the party to unite behind the leader who is chosen. If the FNM

is to have a way forward to challenge at the next election, such a commitment is necessary. That is the only way to provide a genuine counterpoint and an alternative at the next election. The same would be the case if it was the PLP that was divided.

The FNM can certainly take some lessons from the PLP. When Shane Gibson seemed to be setting his sights on the chairmanship of the PLP at their convention, there were plenty of strong words spoken. When he bowed out and Robyn Lynes persisted in taking on Fred Mitchell for the role, there was a genuine race – but when it was over, the PLP rallied behind their colours. There was unity. Or at least a strong show of it.

Cast an eye across the ocean to the United Kingdom and you can see the problems of a lack of unity – the Conservative party there has stumbled through a succession of prime ministers and seems to be directed by its backbenchers as much as its leadership, and is strongly expected to lose by a wide margin at the next election.

When our next vote comes around, it will benefit the electorate more if there are two clear choices, without worrying if one of the leaders might not be around even if they get voted in if internal rivalries continue.

Choose the PLP. Choose the FNM. Or the DNA, the COI or whatever else might be on the ballot. Choose whichever party suits your beliefs and alignments – but a clear choice is what voters need most.

When the FNM makes its choice on July 1, will those who lose out stand behind those who won?

That is as much of a question as to who will win in the event of a contest –and on the evidence previously, it is far from a foregone conclusion that they will.

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE Free National Movement has found itself yet again at a critical juncture of its history. The party that has long experienced its fair-share of disunity and internal strife, are in the midst of another disappointing episode. Only this time, at the helm, is a political upstart and rookie whom is charged with the mammoth task of bringing the organisation together – in time – for the next general election, having no track record of being able to do so.

Michael Pintard was a seat-less wonder within the FNM for a decade. He never possessed the confidence of his former colleagues, and in particular former Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham as a politician worth his salt. It was twice, Ingraham sent Pintard on a political scavenger hunt. In 2007 and 2012, Michael Pintard was asked to achieve the impossible; winning against former Prime Minister Perry G Christie and Phillip Brave Davis (respectively). In fact, Ingraham easily

denied the wishes of the East Grand Bahama Association (a safe FNM seat) in 2012 to nominate Pintard as their candidate; instead, ratifying him in Cat Island Rum Cay and Sal Salvador.

Mr Pintard assumed the role of party Chairman in 2014 only to resign a mere two years later due to what I coin as a severe laps of political judgement with his controversial unprovoked involvement in the lawsuit against the Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

As party leader, Pintard has caused the FNM to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons it seems.

In his first act as the head honcho, he showcased no political savviness when dealing with the outspoken FNM vice chairman which resulted in a public spectacle and an appearance before the courts. What’s more, he seriously erred in political judgement ratifying a good gentleman, but terrible candidate in

the by-election that had no stove nor refrigerator to assist the resilient, but economically challenged residents of West Grand Bahama & Bimini. The most disheartening political blunder of them all is the way he mishandled the personal information of the Immigration Chief: so giddy to reveal documents (with no concern for persons who could be named in the cross fire) in an effort to ‘one up’ the Progressive Liberal Party, his political immaturity aided in that civil servant being sidelined and resulted to a pre-retirement from the public service. Surely, this cannot be the person – a political novice – the Free National Movement has confidence in to lead them to the promise land. How many more rookie mistakes must the FNM see before they cut their line, pull up the anchor and head to shore to regroup?

Anyway, it ain going…it comin!

THE FORERUNNER Nassau, April 21, 2024.

Games and more games

EDITOR, The Tribune, “LET the games begin!” is the familiar cry when some sporting event is about to commence. “Let the games end!” might well be the cry that many Bahamians might want to be hearing when it comes to the political shenanigans we have been so immersed in over the many years during and after our sorrid colonial legacy. Games, games, games! Games seem to be the order of the day, even now as we get our daily doses of news reports here in The Bahamas.

Notwithstanding that those famed international relays are set to take place in Nassau in but another few weeks, those are not the only games to

be considered nowadays. Those past CARIFTA Games of last year right here in The Bahamas seem to be getting renewed attention beyond the medal counts and recordbreaking performances. Again, that popular chant of “Where did the money go?” is gaining volume & velocity once more. When the Auditor General can cite one set of figures, and the Minister can come up with totally different figures, we have to wonder what kind of game is being played with our Bahamian dollars.

Those who have a horse in the race cannot be expected to see straight. They are either totally committed to one colour or the other, and will twist

their mouths (and the minds of the uninitiated) to make the facts & the stats mean whatever they want them to be. Those with any sense whatsoever - especially common, good sense and a sense of history - would know that it is absolutely hopeless to expect our system or the bad actors in these everevolving dramas to change even a little bit.

So, if you’re not prone to blood pressure issues, perhaps you can just sit back, with your favorite choice of refreshments, and follow each new & exciting episode of “The Bahamas Politricks Games”.

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THE Anglican Central Education Authority (ACEA) has announced Alphonso Major Jr as the incoming director of education, effective from July 1.

The authority said: “With more than ten years of involvement in education and youth activities and a proven track record of leadership, Mr Major brings a wealth of experience to this position. Having served in various capacities within the education sector for the past ten years, he has a deep commitment to student success and academic excellence. He has demonstrated a sound and comprehensive understanding of school community dynamics, and an intuitive awareness of stakeholder needs and interests at the school level.”

Mr Major gained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at the College of The Bahamas , and served with

the College of The Bahamas Union of Students (COBUS) as executive vice president, president and presidential advisor. He also took part in the inaugural search committee for the university president, Dr

Rodney Smith, established a lunch programme for students and Family Islanders and the adoption of CC Sweeting Student Government Association.

He joined the Ministry of Education, Science



BTC recently partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force to host a “Going Back to San Salvador” event that focused on deterring youth on the island from crime.

The community event was held on April 20 at Landfall Park in San Salvador, and residents came out in droves to show their support.

Also present was the Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis; Commissioner of Police Clayton Fernander; representatives of Urban Renewal in San Salvador and New Providence, as well as students

from Journey International, a community-based group of inner-city students from various schools in New Providence.

The event saw BTC also promote its MyBTC app, and residents were encouraged to sign up for fiber. Persons attending the event were also able to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi on Landfill Park, courtesy of BTC, in partnership with the government and its ParkConnect initiative.

BTC offered residents giveaways including school bags, lunch bags, water bottles, T-shirs

and mobile cards. Snacks for the kids were placed in each BTC lunch bag, courtesy of Lightbourne Trading.

BTC also partnered with the RBPF to offer mobile devices as giveaways and offered a donation to assist with the purchase of items for 104 grocery boxes. Officer in charge of the Urban Renewal Unit and Neighbourhood Policing, Chief Superintendent Darvy Pratt, said he was happy for BTC’s partnership with the police as they continue their initiatives throughout The Bahamas to prevent crime.

and Technology, where he served as a recruitment officer, then joined the ACEA as a middle school guidance counselor at St Anne’s School, followed by a promotion to senior master/tourism and hospitality teacher; ending his five-year tenure as vice principal of the primary school - the first man in the school’s history to serve in that capacity.

He was appointed as the special projects advisor to the Office of The Minister of Education and Technical and Vocational Training. His role included his involvement as co-chair of the Psycho-social, Mental Health and Wellness Committee, chair of the History Textbook Promotional Team, and member of the Every Child Counts Initiative in conjunction with the Office of The Prime Minister, Secretariat for the Gang, Crime and Justice

Taskforce and many others. During the COVID19 pandemic, he was appointed as the local manager for the Organizations of American States (OAS) to assist with online training of more than 150 teachers in ICT and Innovation Techniques in partnership with the ProFuturo Foundation and the Ministry of Education.

He currently serves as an adjunct lecturer, at the Bahamas Institute of Business and Technology in the School of Education and Social Services and is the former executive director of Global Learning Exchange - a subsidiary of Sonic Foundry Inc, that provides distance education opportunities through seven university partners in the US and Italy.

In 2022, he was named as one of the top 49 Millennials by Project Bahamas.

Most recently, he

completed his Master of Science degree in human resource development from Barry University and is awaiting acceptance to begin his doctoral studies in organisational leadership in higher education administration and human resource Development.

Mr Major is a member of St Anne’s Anglican Church, and an active member of Columbus Lodge No 16 F&M. He is married to Tanya Major, and is the son of Angela (Joseph) Farrington and Alphonso Major Sr.

He has five siblings and enjoys mentoring, volunteerism and spending time with family.

He says he aims to focus on three pillars - building a strength-based culture, expanding curriculum and instructional programmes, and improving community and fundraising development.


A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was sentenced to four months in Simpson Penn yesterday after admitting to a drug offence.

Magistrate Raquel Whyms charged the teenager, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, and a 47-year-old woman with possession of dangerous drugs. The pair were reportedly found with a quantity of marijuana on April 21 in New Providence.

Only the teenage boy pleaded guilty to the charge.

In addition to his prison term, the juvenile defendant must pay a $600 fine or risk an additional four months in prison.

The woman defendant was granted $5,000 bail and informed that she must sign in at the Wulff Road Police Station every Tuesday by 6pm. Her trial will begin on June 21.

A 38-year-old man was ordered to be of good behaviour for six months after he admitted to a

separate drug offence.

Magistrate Whyms charged Deron McIntosh with possession of dangerous drugs.

McIntosh was found with 5oz of marijuana on April 23 in New Providence.

After pleading guilty, McIntosh was ordered to attend drug counselling. Should he fail to be of good behaviour or to attend counselling in a six-month timeframe, he would face a one-month prison term.

He must return to court for a report on October 30.


A MAN was sentenced to four years in prison for a recent string of housebreakings in New Providence. Magistrate Algernon Allen, Jr, charged Gabriel

Ceremy, 30, with two counts of housebreaking, stealing and receiving.

Ceremy reportedly broke into a residence earlier this year. He also broke into the residence of Della-Reese Symonette and stole an oyster gold and silver Rolex watch and a gold Pearl ring

valued at $13,000 on April 18.

After pleading guilty to the charges, the defendant was sentenced to four years in prison for housebreaking and two years on the stealing charge. The two are to be served concurrently.


A MAN was granted $3,500 bail yesterday after he was accused of stealing more than $8,000 worth of property from Doctors Hospital earlier this week.

Magistrate Kendra Kelly charged Gerald Lotmore, 67, with stealing.

Lotmore is accused of stealing $8,435.02 worth of MCM cables and wiring from Doctors Hospital on April 22.

Lotmore’s trial begins on June 10.

Walter Hanchell represented the accused.

Sergeant Vernon Pyfrom served as the prosecutor.

After pleading not guilty to the charge, the defendant was told that under the terms of his bail, he must sign in at the Grove Police Station the first Monday of every month by 6pm.


A 25-YEAR-OLD man was granted bail yesterday after he allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old boy during an altercation on Ethel Street last September. Magistrate Algernon Allen, Jr, charged Tyrone Taylor with grievous harm.

Taylor allegedly stabbed the teenage boy in his back and upper torso during a physical confrontation around 4pm on September 6, 2023.

The victim was successfully treated in hospital for his injuries.

In addition to pleading not guilty to the charge, Taylor told the magistrate that he acted in self-defence.

His bail was set at $7,000 with one or two sureties. His trial begins on July 16.

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Abaco’s servant, the Albertine Adoue

THE original large schooner Albertine Adoue was wrecked in Abaco, and a smaller schooner was built from her timbers, meaning there were essentially two sail vessels of the same name. She was 60 feet on deck, two masts, however originally the schooner was 170ft long, 36ft wide and 16ft deep, originally with three masts.

The ship was constructed of wood salvaged from the schooner built in Bath, Maine, by Kelley and Spear in 1890, which was 716 gross tons, 171ft, 35ft wide and powered by both sail and power. The ship was unusually rebuilt from its own timbers in 1894 at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. In June 1893, before the Albertine Adoue was wrecked in The Bahamas presumably, her Master, Captain NR Rich, died from yellow fever in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Off Nassau, ships were detained for weeks at the quarantine station off Atoll Cay, east of Paradise Island; Dr Harold Munnings writes extensively about pandemics in The Bahamas.

The new Bahamian owner, under salvage, was Captain William Augustus Roberts, who, along with others had the new vessel salvaged off Spanish Cay and built at Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay. The ship built in Maine was flagged in the United States and registered to Galveston Texas when it wrecked in the Bahamas. The new iteration served Abaco from circa 1894 to 1923, replaced by the mailboat Priscilla. It was nearly lost in a hurricane in Long Island in 1926, whilst serving Inagua and other islands, and ultimately wrecked off Oak Island North Carolina in 1930.

Before The Bahamas, the ship was commanded by Captain Nathan Rich, whose wife Nellie lived aboard, then Captain Hubbard. In Bahamas her captains were Captain Hartley Roberts, Captain Osbourne Roberts, and Captain Roland Roberts, who were sons of William Augustus Roberts. In the US her owners included Jacques Adoue and Captain Rich, and in the Bahamas RJ Anderson Farrington, William A Roberts, and possibly shares by RW

Sawyer. In May 2014, the grandson of Albertine Adoue wrote to this author with the following: “Adoue lived and died in East Texas. The yacht was probably owned by his brother Bertrand Adoue and his wife Albertine,” nee Schneider, who were married in 1871 in New Orleans.

“Bertrand and Jean Jacques Mistrot financed and managed blockaderunning during the Civil War. It is said they lost at least three large sailing vessels… Mrs Albertine Adoue, one of Galveston’s most prominent women, died at her home on January 13, 1918.” Her husband held positions of consul for France, Norway and Sweden at Galveston, for over 30 years. Her grandnephew Tom Parker, described Albertine Adoue as “one of Galveston’s most prominent women”. The schooner must have been quite impressive because marine artist William Pierce Stubbs painted her in full regalia, with a pennant reading her name on the aft-most mast.

Then on March 29, 1894, the schooner wrecked off Abaco under Captain Hubbard. The Lewiston Maine Evening Journal of April 12 reported that she “foundered off Hoys Cays, Bahamas... She was bound from Philadelphia to Galveston with coal. About a fourth of the vessel was owned in Bath. She was valued at $48,000.”

was virtually no direct contact with any place outside except for Nassau, Jacksonville and a couple of ports in Cuba…The mailboat, which was the principal contact was the Albertine Adoue, a sixty-foot schooner”.

Other accounts have the wreck taking place near Spanish Cay, of the northeast coast of Little Abaco. The cover caption in Steve Dodge’s book Abaco, The History of an Out Island and its Cays, reads: “The Albertine Adoue, the last sailing vessel to serve as Abaco’s mailboat, was replaced by the Priscilla, a diesel-powered converted sailboat, in 1923.” Dodge writes that “the isolation of Abaco [to 1920] was still extreme. There

In 1922, the Hope Town Commissioner complained about the service, writing “it is impossible in these progressive days to expect a mail service to be satisfactorily performed by a sailing vessel. Apart from speed, there is no comfort nor privacy to be obtained for passengers, and it is to be hoped in the near future that something more modern and serviceable will take the place of this windjammer.’”

Joy Lowe Jossi and her cousin Evan Lowe, concur that it “provided no comfort or privacy…. and was disposed of after 1928.”

According to David Gale in his book Ready About… “Abaco’s only sailing mail was Albertine Adoue. Her history is a strange mix of success and misfortune. … built in Green Turtle Cay in 1898 [four years after the wreck] from salvaged materials from a three-masted vessel of the same name that wrecked on the reef behind Spanish Cay.”

Mr Cleri Lowe confirms

she “was the first mailboat that served Abaco …owned by Capt Wm. Augustus Roberts of Green Turtle Cay”.

On November 4, 1916, the Nassau Tribune advertised mail-carrying services by the Albertine Adoue. And the Kingston Gleaner of Jamaica wrote on August 6, 1926, following a hurricane hit the Bahamas that “the Albertine Adoue, the windward mail owned by Mr RJ Anderson Farrington was ashore at Long Island, in danger. Further news cannot be obtained until communication is re-established”.

Other ships written about in the same storm were the Munamar, Frances E, Canadian Fisher, tug Colonia, Firebird, Raven, owned by Messrs. Pinder, Collins and Brown, and the Eula M. owned by Captain Robert Archer, wrecked below Fort Charlotte. Bulgaria, Isles of June, the Isoceles (ex-Shamrock IV) went ashore at the Brice and Rangers wharves, the Mathoke, owned by Bruce Thompson, salvaged by RT Symonette, the Lizard owned by Stafford Sands, and the Columbia which sank in the harbour are all cited. The same article notes that Albertine Adoue “with 40 persons aboard, sailed for the island of Inagua, a few hours before the hurricane struck. It was also classed among the missing craft. The mail boat carried 20 persons”.

While running alcohol through the US Prohibition

blockade, the historic ship went aground for the final time on Christmas Day 1930 with a cargo of liquor off North Carolina. A newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia from December 26, 1930, reads “A cargo of 1,600 cases of intoxicants was found on the British schooner Albertine Adoue, which went ashore off Oak Island, the Coast Guard reported tonight. The guardsmen valued the cargo

at $80,000. None of the crew was aboard when the vessel was found. She was towed to Wilmington, NC, where here cargo will be taken in charge by federal officers. The ship went ashore in the fog which has held the Virginia and Carolina coast in its grip for two days.” So, a ship born in the US and lost in the Bahamas, where it was born again, was subsequently lost in the US, completing the circle.

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THE ALBERTINE ADOUE, above, and, right, the ship on the cover of Steve Dodge’s book.

Sowing the seeds of small-scale farming, harvesting hopes and helping health one tomato at a time

IT’s hard to say what causes industries to flourish and flounder. It’s even harder to pinpoint an exact moment in time when what succeeded stopped succeeding and something new or different replaces it. But there was a time in Bahamian history when folks – lots of folks – were proud to call themselves farmers. They looked up at the sky, prayed for sun or rain and they touched the soil every morning. They were proud of their rough hands and arms ripped from honest labour and there was joy in every harvest. They felt connected to the earth. The population was not riddled with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer. And that time was not so long ago.

In the 1950s, one in every ten Bahamians identified as fishers or farmers and the industry accounted for nearly 15 percent of gross national product (GNP). Today, agriculture accounts for less than one percent of GNP and if you add fisheries, the figure is not significantly greater. Together, they account for only about three percent.

But that may be changing.

In a swinging of the pendulum between flourish and flounder, there is a noticeable uptick in a return to agriculture, especially in small-scale farming.

Maybe it started with COVID when we were all blindsided by what a supply chain interruption could do to store shelves and our dinner tables. We got a swift and rude awakening to our dependence on outside sources for what went into the pot on the stove.

Our vocabulary changed. We began using phrases like food insecurity. Born out of necessity, we turned inward and began looking at our own back yards once more. What could we grow?

And would it be better for us, we asked, as we watched in horror every week as more people died, unable to fight the virus. At the same time, movements were beginning to shake up and shape the unfarmed and underfarmed world.

The then Prime Minister Hubert Minnis and his wife, Patricia, who had been a staff member of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, both loved to farm. He once told me (possibly in the

only conversation I ever had with him other than at a public event) when he was done with politics all he wanted to do was farm. When COVID was still an epidemic, he met with the churches and encouraged them to call on their congregations to start growing their own produce, poultry and raising livestock.

Pastor Pat Paul became head of the new Church Commercial Farming Group. As he tells it, they were making some inroads though hardly the impact they wanted, having managed to distribute a few hundred parcels of backyard farming material after two years. Then along came Philip Smith, Pastor Paul says, and it was like a speeding train without brakes. Smith had been feeding the hungry for 17 years, first out of his own ministry and a beat-up van with the words From Jesus with Love on the side, passing out loaves of bread he baked himself to the poor and hungry by the side of the road every day. In 2013, he founded the Bahamas Feeding Network and with HE Frank Crothers and Patricia Minnis as Patrons and Felix Stubbs as chairman, Smith and team raised enough money and aroused enough compassion to feed a nation through a network that grew from a dozen churches, soup kitchens and feeding centres to more than 120.

Some were as small as an individual who cared for a group of elderly people to as large as Great Commission Ministries. With major sponsors such as Royal Caribbean International and Sysco and so many smaller contributions, they provided millions of meals and the Feeding Network continues to do awesome work despite a constant uphill battle for donations to meet the needs of the hungry.

But during the COVID crush, something was gnawing at Smith, like a mosquito that refuses to stop buzzing around your ear.

“I knew we could go on feeding people forever and ever and there would always be a need to feed, but like the Bible says, feed a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Well, I wanted to be able to teach a family to farm and

FARMER Philip Smith and his wife, granddaughter and greatgranddaughter. One generation - his daughter - is missing from the photo above. Right, last Saturday’s ADO/RBC backyard farming kit distribution and community farm harvest where neighbours could take home fresh produce for free.

they could eat for a lifetime and the generation after them could eat, too. They would never go hungry.”

Through a confluence of events, plans merged, the public sector on one side, private on another but in sync. With increased interest in and funding for the Ministry of Agriculture and as the church began its journey, along came Smith and in January 2022, his new Agricultural Development Organisation (ADO).

Pastor Pat Paul sings Smith’s praises relentlessly, sharing his amazement at how one man could make such a difference, taking a movement travelling at a snail’s pace and turning it into the speeding train.

In just over two years since its founding, ADO along with the church farming group has distributed more than 3,300 backyard farming kits. They keep careful records, monitoring growth and usage.

Eighty percent of those who received the kits are growing produce either in the ground or in pot farming, sometimes as basic as in used tyres. ADO has started farms in 23 schools across the country and seven community farms with a goal of one or more in every constituency. More farmers’ markets are cropping up, the one started by State Minister for Agriculture Zane Lightbourne in Yamacraw now opens two Saturdays a month and he plans to do a night market. The weekly Gladstone Road farmers’ market is booming.

Though pleased with the backyard, school and community farming and with the increase in interest — hundreds turned out, for instance, last weekend for

a distribution near Kemp Road in partnership with RBC – Smith says until there is supply chain management to oversee and help coordinate everything from what crops are grown seasonally and where to how they get to market, commercial farming on a large scale will be an almost insurmountable challenge.

So many questions remain, about the soil, in particular. Why, if sugar can grow in nearby Belle Glade, is the soil not good enough for it here? And why, if we once exported sufficient crops of tomatoes to supply US markets in the late 1800s, can we not do so again? What will it take to organize rotational planting among farmers to give the soil a

rest in Eleuthera where we once grew, canned and exported 75,000 cases of pineapples a season? Talk to farmers there now and you will understand their needs, including access to proper soil testing labs.

If once we were told that you don’t have to be farmers, your children can grow up to be bankers and lawyers and doctors and such, today the life of farming is looking a lot sweeter than it ever did.

A little dirt under the fingernails, a feeling of pride

and a bowl filled with those ripe, juicy, sweet tomatoes that Farmer Smith and his four generations of farmers – daughter, granddaughter and two greatgranddaughters –grow go hand-in-hand. For the Smith family and increasing numbers of folks across The Bahamas, farm-to-table is not a fad. It’s a magical way of life, a happier, healthier life, a life that touches and is touched by the earth day by day and every sunrise and sunset.

of Derby Road, Yellow Elder, died on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024.

He is survived by his Mother: Sherry Albury; Brothers: Virgil Albury, Sheva & Shayvanno Simmons, Shavard Bain, Faithon Dames; Sisters: Shayvonne & Shekeita Albury, Stacey Neely; Numerous nieces & Nephews and a host of other relatives and friends who will be mentioned at a later date

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Stars honoured at Elevation Awards

ONCE again it was a night of celebrating local talent and giving those deserving their roses while are still alive to smell as this years Elevation Media Awards season came to a climax.

The event was recently held at Sandals Resort was dubbed an evening of “remarkable success”.

At the end of the night Bahamian songstress Nishie LS emerged as one of the biggest winners.

Nishie LS secured multiple victories, including the coveted Female Artist of the Year and the esteemed title of Entertainer of the Year. Additionally, her chart-topping single “Loose Me” clinched the highly competitive Song of the Year category.

In addition to Nishie LS’s remarkable achievements, Wendi242 shone brightly, walking away with two notable awards, including the Contemporary Song of the Year for “Tell Her Come” and the Music Video of the Year for the same track.

The evening also saw deserving winners in various categories in entertainment and media. Standout winners included: TV Series of the Year: Shock Treatment VLOG of the Year: Alfredo Foodie TV Talk Show of the Year: On The Record Sketch Comedian of the Year: Vocab Bahamas Social Influencer of the Year: Das Quay Radio Personality of the Year: Hope Shelly Ann Party Band of the Year: Essence Band Podcast of the Year: Butler Legacy Foundation The event showcased an array of exceptional talents,

with performances by industry luminaries such as Wendi242, who captivated the audience with renditions of her hit singles “Tell Her Come” and “Come Over Lover.” Nishie L.S. took to the stage to deliver electrifying performances of her smash hits “Gimme De Music. I Tyad” and “Loose Me,” captivating the audience with her magnetic presence.

Other notable performances included Patrice Murrell and Julien Believe’s medley of “Don’t Call My Name” and “Push Back,” JudaThaLion’s mesmerising rendition of “The Sun” featuring his signature whistle tones, and an inspiring gospel mashup featuring Colyn Kristopher, Alia Coley, and Oslien Jadorte and Davian Chase.

Heartfelt tributes to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Fred Ferguson. Sherrelle Duncombe also known as “Roxie Starr”, was the host from this year’s show.

“Ilsha kicked off the award show with her empowering single “Bahamian Woman (Good For You),” while Charisa paid homage to the late Bahamian icon, Priscilla Rollins, with a riveting performance of her hits “Letter from Miami” and “Blacker

The Berry.” Sammie Starr brought the house down with a dynamic performance featuring his songs “No More” and “Gimme Da Rake N Scrape,” showcasing the diversity and richness of Bahamian talent. In addition to recognising individual achievements, the event also honored Fred Ferguson with a Lifetime Achievement Award, paying tribute to his invaluable contributions to the industry. Akeem Gardiner, FanShawn and Jonny Cake gave a phenomenal tribute of songs written and produced by lifetime award recipient. Ferguson’s legacy was celebrated with heartfelt speeches and reminiscences, underscoring his profound impact on the Bahamian entertainment landscape, according to founder, Vincent McDonald. “The Elevation Awards underscored the vibrancy and talent within the Bahamian entertainment industry, showcasing the diversity of voices and celebrating the achievements of artists and performers. The entertainment industry continues to push the boundaries of creativity and excellence, the future of Bahamian entertainment shines bright,” he said.

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JULIEN Believe accepting his male artist of the year award. NISHIE LS won multiple awards on the night at the Elevation Awards.


Members of The Bahamas Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, along with visiting regional and national members took part in various activities as part of their annual Bahamas Delta Days at the Capital (DDAC) 2024. The sorority members engaged in a parliamentary tour, legislative meetings, courtesy call, and a public education forum, to have their voices heard on important anti-crime bill amendments, address concerns about violence, and advocate for safer communities.

Under the theme, “Taking a Stand by Taking our Seats”, members of the sorority met with legislators on April 10 and 11 and advocated to have their voices heard on amendments to the Bail Act and the Anti-Gang Bill, crime in general, and to explore potential solutions to address this pressing issue in the country while reaffirming their uncompromising commitment to communities and the government.

With the guidance of the National Social Action Committee, Delta Days aims to initiate dialogue and foster tangible solutions by engaging with those in positions of power.

Dressed in their signature red attire, members of all ages then gathered in Rawson Square and embarked on an enlightening tour of the House of Assembly, where they were educated on the fundamental principles of parliamentary democracy in the Westminster system.

The sorority members then had a courtesy call with Governor General

Cynthia Pratt, who commended the community efforts of The Bahamas chapters and underscored the importance of mentorship programmes.

The first day of the programme concluded with a public education forum, titled “Crime’s Shadow: Illuminating Its Impact on Our Communities” which took place at the University of the Bahamas, Harry C Moore Library. The panel featured Attorney Romona Farquharson-Seymour, Assistant Commissioner of Police Dr Rodger Thompson, and Khandi Gibson from Families of All Murder Victims (FOAM).

The courtesy call on Attorney General Ryan Pinder culminated the twoday programme.

The Bahamas country coordinator, Shery Poitier, said: “It was great to have an opportunity to be able

to collectively get a better understanding of the proposed amendments to the Bail Act and the tabled Anti-Gang Bill. As Bahamian Delta women, we continue to rise to the challenge of advocacy and action like we’ve done throughout the history of our sisterhood.”

Bahamas Social Action Coordinator and Delta Days chair Catherine Adderley said: “It was really wonderful to have been able to pay a courtesy call on the governor general and the AG. They both spoke extensively about the role NGOs play in assisting with the fight against crime. It was a great opportunity for us to talk with them and to better understand the very important role the three Bahamian chapters can play to help deter crime in our country.”

Valderez Miller, Chapter

President of the Nassau, Bahamas Alumnae Chapter, said she was extremely proud to have hosted this year’s programme. “We have work to do throughout The Bahamas to protect and prevent our youth and citizens in general from being targeted,” Miller said. “I am elated that the Sorors of the fierce and focused Bahamian chapters are at the forefront of our efforts in raising awareness of the challenges we face today. We will continue to be on the frontline doing the work.”


THE Ranger Guides at NGM Major High School and their leader, Miss Denetria Bascom, celebrated World Earth Day on April 22, 2024 by hosting the weekly assembly. Utilising the theme “Planet

vs Plastic”, the Rangers shared important information related to the danger plastics present to the environment, to marine life and to many aspects of our existence. They also provided suggestions for the proper disposal of plastics and how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic materials.

The ten Rangers were to make their promise at a special investiture ceremony at the school on Thursday, April 25, in the presence of Mrs Avis Richardson, chief trainer. Prior to that ceremony, she was to enroll many Sunflowers at Mangrove Bush Primary. These groups in South Island join the Brownie Pack at Simms’ Ptimary in North Long Island, thus, 50% of the schools boast members of the Bahamas Girl Guides Association.

On Saturday, April 27, history will be made also in Mangrove Cay, Andros when seven Ranger Guides and their leader, Miss Bascom, will be invested. The association invites other schools, churches and communities across The Bahamas to sponser Sunflower Patches, Brownie Packs, Guide Companies and Ranger Units. Contact 324- 4342.


Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Resolution initiative was embraced by the Interact Club of Doris Johnson. They created messages around the antibullying theme on signs that will be placed around the school.

The Rotary Club of South East Nassau (RCSEN) initiated a campaign that transformed the school community, fostering a culture of peace, harmony, and empathy.

The students’ creative signs were printed by the Signman, and sparked positive conversations.


Kiwanis Club of Nassau ked by President Jackie Jones, community service chair DP Rowena, and Moblie Outreach Bahamas of Amazing Grace Missionary Baptist Church collaborated in a community service of feeding of 200 persons and clothing and toy drive in the Wilson Track area. The community was well pleased. Our mandate, ‘Serving the Children of the World’ and branding Kiwanis International was executed.


ALPHA Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter donated and planted several fruit trees at the Hugh Campbell Primary School in Grand Bahama.

Sasha Rolle, Vice President and Program Chair at Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter, said all chapters across the sorority’s International Region observed ‘Regional Tree Planting Day’ on Saturday, April 20.

The sorority’s Freeport chapter planted a Pomegranate, Soursop, and two Seagrape trees in the school’s central courtyard.

Ms Rolle thanked the Bahamas National Trust for donating Seagrape trees native to the Bahamas. “We wanted to plant fruits

instead of flowering plants because we know they would provide sustenance for children to enjoy, she said.

Ms Rolle explained that the tree planting is part of the sorority’s program initiative, Enhancing Our Environment. The international goal is to plant 19,800 trees this year.

President Elva Davis said chapters in the sorority’s International region were engaged in tree-planting activities in their respective countries on April 20. She said the Freeport chapter will also be planting more trees on Arbor Day, observed on the last Friday in April.

“Last year, we did extremely well with our tree plantings and will do even better this year. Our members were very excited, and the school principal

was very appreciative,” she said.

Principal Tammy EllisElliott said the school was grateful to the AKAs for donating and planting trees that will bear fruits for their students and teachers.

“This initiative is wonderful because it will help to educate them of the important environmental and nutritious benefits of fruit trees,” she said.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is the oldest Greek-letter organization founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908, founded at Howard University on January 15, 1908. It has more than 350,000 members in chapters in the United States and other countries. The organisation’s principles are sisterhood, scholarship, and service to all humankind.

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MEMBERS of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Pi Upsilon Omega Chapter in Freeport planted fruit trees at the Hugh Campbell Primary School in Grand Bahama on Saturday, April 20. The planting is part of the sorority’s initiative ‘Enhance Our Environment.’
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CLOCKWISE from top left, Ranger Guides at NGM Major High School, members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Interact Club of Doris Johnson and members of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau.

Four champions crowned

THE 2024 Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) Softball/Baseball Championships concluded with four champions crowned.

The CV Bethel Stingrays took both senior division titles last week.

In the junior division, the CH Reeves Raptors’ junior girls and DW Davis Royals’ junior boys emerged as champions.



AS we age, maintaining physical health and wellbeing becomes increasingly important. While it’s natural for our bodies to undergo changes over time, regular exercise remains one of the most effective tools for promoting longevity, independence, and overall quality of life in older adults.

Understanding the

Benefits of Exercise

Exercise offers a wide range of benefits for elderly individuals, both physically and mentally. From improving cardiovascular health and bone density to enhancing balance, flexibility, and mobility, regular physical activity plays a crucial role in preserving and even enhancing functional abilities as we age. Moreover, exercise has been

shown to reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, helping older adults maintain their independence and autonomy.

Tailoring Exercise Programmes to Individual Needs When designing exercise programs for older adults, it’s essential to consider individual needs, preferences, and health conditions. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, tai chi, and gentle yoga are excellent options for improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, and flexibility without placing undue stress on aging joints. Moreover, strength training exercises using resistance bands or light weights can help maintain muscle mass and bone


density, reducing the risk of falls and fractures.

Common Concerns

Despite the numerous benefits of exercise, many

older adults are hesitant to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. Common concerns such as fear of injury, lack of motivation, and uncertainty about where to start can pose significant barriers to participation. However, with proper guidance and support, these obstacles can be overcome, allowing older adults to reap the rewards of an active lifestyle.

Promoting Social Engagement and Mental Well-being

In addition to its physical benefits, exercise offers valuable opportunities for social engagement and mental stimulation. Group fitness classes, walking clubs, and recreational sports leagues provide older adults with a sense

of camaraderie and community, combating feelings of loneliness and isolation. Furthermore, regular exercise has been linked to improved mood, cognitive function, and overall mental well-being, helping older adults maintain a positive outlook on life as they age.

Conclusion: Embracing an Active Lifestyle

In conclusion, exercise is a cornerstone of healthy aging, offering a multitude of benefits for older adults in mind, body, and spirit. By incorporating regular physical activity into their daily lives, elderly individuals can enhance their quality of life, preserve their independence, and enjoy a greater sense of vitality and well-being. As we celebrate

the contributions of older adults to our communities, let’s also recognize the importance of supporting their efforts to stay active and engaged throughout their golden years.

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Nuggets on the brink of a sweep with 112-105 win over the Lakers

the past two years. Los Angeles hasn’t beaten the Nuggets since Dec. 16, 2022.

Austin Reaves scored 22 points for Los Angeles, which surged into the

the Nuggets’ past two play off runs, highlighted by 10 points in the third quarter while Denver took control. Jokic made nine of his 13 shots and barely missed his 17th career postseason triple-double.

LOS Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) disputes a foul call with referee Marc Davis (8) during the first half of Game 3 of

24. The Nuggets went 16-4 in last season’s playoffs, and they appear capable of another steamroll through the postseason after comfortably handling the



— Joel Embiid scored 50 points, making all four 3-point attempts and scoring 18 in a potential series-shifting third quarter last night to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125-114 win over the New York Knicks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference firstround series.

Embiid boldly stated “we’re going to win this series” after the 76ers dropped Game 2.

With one of the finest postseason efforts of his career, Embiid became the third player to ever score 50 points against the Knicks in the postseason and kept the hope of a Philadelphia series comeback very much alive.

The Knicks lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

Embiid was 13 of 19 from the floor overall, made 19 of 21 free throws and hit five 3-pointers.

Last season’s NBA MVP, Embiid finally turned the crowd -- which had a distinct New York flavor in South Philly --- into one rocking for the home team. The All-Star center played more like a sharpshooting guard in the third, when he saved the season.

The Sixers pecked away at a three-point halftime deficit when Embiid got hot. He hit one 3 and then two more —- the last two with assists from Tyrese Maxey — that gave the Sixers an 82-72 lead. His fourth 3 pushed the lead to 98-85. Not bad for a career 34% 3-point shooter.

Maxey added two 3s in the quarter and the 76ers

went a whopping 9 of 12 from beyond the arc for 43 points.

After getting punished in New York, the Sixers pushed back.

Embiid’s bulky left knee brace helped sturdy the 7-footer after dealing with injuries all season. He mostly kept his cool and was in the mix on both ends of the court all game. Embiid had 17 points, three fouls and he even grabbed Mitchell Robinson and dragged him to the court in a first half where they again weren’t good enough to look like a team that could beat the Knicks.

The Knicks won the first two games in New York, highlighted by Donte DiVincenzo’s go-ahead 3-pointer with 13 seconds left in Game 2. Against the backdrop of two Villanova national championship banners they helped the program win, the trio of former Wildcats were largely stifled in Game 3. Jalen Brunson did lead the Knicks with 39 points and 13 assists. Josh Hart — whose spectacular 3-point

shooting in New York was an unexpected bonus for the Knicks — scored 20 points but DiVincenzo had five.

They must have felt at home inside a Sixers’ arena that sounded more like Madison Square Garden as chants of “Let’s Go Knicks!’ echoed throughout the arena for a chunk of the game. John Starks wildly cheered them on from his courtside.

The Sixers countered with Allen Iverson.

But nostalgia didn’t matter much between two teams that played each other in a postseason series for the first time since 1989.

This one could be shaping up as one to remember. Embiid was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants as he stretched the lead from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

“Joel Embiid has been banned from the Empire State Building,” was posted on the skyscraper’s social media account.

Maxey finished with 25 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 points.

game from starter Rui Hachimura, who had only five points while taking four shots in 28 minutes.

Denver turned a small halftime deficit into a 10-point lead with a 24-10 run to start the second half

led by Gordon and Murray, who combined for 19 points in the third quarter. The Lakers never got closer than eight points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. While the Lakers’ fans left the building in the final minutes, a small group in the Lakers’ end chanted “Fire Darvin!” toward Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

While the struggles of Hachimura and Russell made it irrelevant, Spencer Dinwiddie had eight points

as the Lakers finally got bench scoring from someone other than Taurean Prince, the only Los Angeles reserve to score in those two games in Denver.

Lakers swingman Jarred Vanderbilt didn’t return from the sprained right foot that has kept him out since Feb. 1. Cam Reddish and Christian Wood also remained out with injuries, but Ham said the team will have significant updates Friday.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Paolo Banchero had 31 points and 14 rebounds, Jalen Suggs added 24 points and the Orlando Magic handed Cleveland the worst playoff loss in franchise history, winning 121-83 last night to cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 2-1 in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Franz Wagner finished with 16 points and eight assists for the Magic, who led by 43 points in the fourth quarter on the way to the third-largest margin of victory in a playoff game. They earned their first playoff victory since 2020 and the first on their home floor since April 26, 2011.

They can even the series with a victory at home Saturday afternoon.

The Cavs’ previous worst playoff loss was a 36-point defeat against Washington on April 24, 2008.

Orlando never had a lead during the first two games in Cleveland but blew this one open in the third quarter.

Mitchell, Allen, and Cleveland starters Evan Mobley and Max Strus were taken out of the game with 3:16 left in the period and the Cavaliers down 92-58.

After missing 10 of their first 11 shots and falling behind by seven, the Magic made 34 of their next 52 field-goal attempts and finished the game at 51.1% (47 for 92).

A 3-pointer by Banchero with 5:27 left in the first quarter gave them their first lead of the series and

Jarrett Allen had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who shot 39% from the field and 23.5% from 3-point range. Caris LeVert added 15 points and Donovan Mitchell had 13 points and seven assists.

they closed the period on a 13-0 run. Cole Anthony’s 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer, his first basket of the series, made it 31-21.

Banchero scored twice and Suggs and Jonathan Isaac hit 3-pointers in a 10-0 run late in the first half that left Orlando with a 55-34 lead.

Banchero and Suggs took over the third quarter, combining for 21 of Orlando’s first 27 points as the Magic stretched their lead to 88-56. Their only playoff victories larger than this one were by 47 over Boston in 1995, and Atlanta by 43 in 2010.

Mitchell, the dominant scorer in the first two game of the series, had one field goal until hitting a 3-pointer with 2:15 left in the half. It was his only 3-pointer of the game.

The Magic made one lineup change after losing the first two games by 14 and 10 points and shooting just 34.3%.

Friday, April 26, 2024, PAGE 13
5 Route: Beginning at Montagu Beach travelling west on Shirley Street, north on Church Street to Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge, east to Paradise Island Bridge, south to East Bay Street and east to return to Montagu Beach foreshore. The event is geared towards raising awareness for autism to close out Autism Awareness Month. FAST TRACK INVITATIONAL FAST Track Athletics announced that its third annual Spring Invitational will take place over the weekend of May 10 and May 11 at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex. The entry fee will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, persons are asked to contact 242-727-6826 or fasttrackmanagamentoo@ gmail.com RED-LINE TRACK CLASSIC THE Red-Line Athletics Track Club’s third annual Red-Line Youth Track Classic is set for 9am to 5pm May 25-26 at the original Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The entry deadline is May 15 with a fee of $19 per athlete and $10 per relay team. SPORTS CALENDAR FROM PAGE 16
an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles last night. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) PHILADELPHIA 76ers' Joel Embiid speaks during a news conference after Game 3 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the New York Knicks yesterday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Tynes, the daughter of Tyrone and Nathalee Tynes, said she’s eager to take a break from studies as a fine/studio art major with a minor in construction management.

“Since my freshman year is ending in a few weeks, I will be returning home to spend quality time with my family and continue to work on enhancing my golf game,” she noted.

But taking nothing for granted, Tynes admitted that her freshman year has been all that she anticipated and more.

“Adjusting to college life as a student and golfer has been challenging,” she pointed out. “However, for the fall semester I was able to achieve a 4.0 GPA. I have very good organisational and time management skills which helps me to balance academics and athletics.”

She noted that she’s just getting started and is looking forward to a bright future.

Michael Major Jr making ‘a real impact’


it,” Major Jr said. “I’m honestly proud of myself and the way I’ve been playing because it’s a good reflection of the work that I’ve been doing.”

Major Jr, who will celebrate his 17th birthday on May 6, heads into the MEAC Conference with a lot of conference experience as his Bison team pulled off a big win on Saturday against the number five seeds Morgan State, whom Howard University haven’t beaten since 2013.

They played Morgan State in a rematch in the MEAC Tournament yesterday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, North Carolina and the Bisons won 4-2 to advance to the semifinals.

While Major Jr lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 to MSUM’s Niles Rachal in singles, he teamed up with Justin Cadeau in doubles as they won 5-3.

Today, Major Jr and the Bisons will take on the top seeded team of South Carolina State for a berth into Saturday’s final.



community and our country’s sports tourism strategies,” Douglas-Adderley said. “We understand as citizens that we play a role in executing these types of global events and we are honoured to provide hydration services throughout the races for all athletes, volunteers and of course the LOC.”

During the two days of competition, DouglasAdderley said Coca-Cola will be providing a tent in the fans zone where they will showcase Bahamas decathlete national record holder Ken Mullings, one of the Bahamas athletes whom they sponsor on the



Major Jr said with the progression of his game, he’s thrilled that he decided to go to Howard rather than anywhere else.

“I’m still very firm on my decision to come here,” Major Jr stressed. “Playing here is really helpful because on the pro tour, it’s kind of hard balancing all of the pressure of living week by week depending on your results.

“So I’m still firm on the decision to go to college and Howard for sure because I get to play tennis just about every week and I get to figure out myself and my game style and see different players in singles and doubles against competitive players who could be playing on the pro tour, but they took the college route as well. So it’s good preparation for the pro tour.”

Major Jr, the son of Michael (Sr) and Bernadette ‘Chips’ McPhee-Major, is studying sports medicine. He noted that “school” in the classroom is going just as “good” as his performance on the tennis court.

international scene through Powerade.

Pauline Davis, the deputy chairman of the LOC, welcomed Coca-Cola on board to ensure that the event, which will attract athletes from more than 5-0 countries around the world, is a success.

“The Bahamas is a small country, but we have great athletes and the fact that we were able to bring the World Relays back home because the Bahamas is the home of the World Relays.” World Athletics, introducing the new concept of team competition, hosted the first three editions of the World Relays in the Bahamas in 2014, 12015 and again in 2017 before it took up temporary residence in Yokohama, Japan in 2919

that they are delighted to be a part of the relays. “Thank you World Relays for being here. This is an amazing event and Bahamas Waste is proud to support it in any way we can so that we can have an amazing event here in the Bahamas,” de Cardenas said.

Pauline Davis, the deputy director of the LOC, said she’s thrilled to welcome Bahamas Waste to the World Relays as they become a “Bahamazing” sponsor for the event.

“We are thrilled to have the generous support of Bahamas Waste to ensure that this important sporting event is a great success,” Davis said. “The Bahamas is a small country and the fact that we are able to bring the World Relays back home highlights the attractiveness of the Bahamas sports brand on a global stage.” Davis revealed that athletes will be competing from more than 50 countries and with the Bahamas Sports Tourism taking centre

and Chorzow, Poland in 2019.

With the return of the World Relays, Davis said it will not highlight the Bahamas Sports Tourism initiative, but it will boost the economy.

“We are happy that the Caribbean Bottling Company and Coca-Cola have come on board to help in making the BTC World Relays Bahamas 2024 a success,” Davis said.

Drumeco Archer, the chief executive officer of the LOC, who also sits as the president of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, narrated and sang a portion of his favourite Coca-Cola ad.

He recalled the “happy days” he enjoyed as a consumer of Coca-Cola, which

stage, it will bring tremendous exposure to the country.

“Sports tourism is not just a benefit to local athletes and fans, but also provides an economic boost for the country,” she stated.

“We are happy that Bahamas Waste has come on board to help make the World Relays 2024 a success.”

Drumeco Archer, the president of the host Bahamas Association of Athletic Association and the chief executive officer of the World Relays, said partners like Bahamas Waste makes using sanitary facilities an experience.

“That’s one of the things we have always enjoyed with Bahamas Waste,” Archer said.

“You have partnered with us with successive World Relays and you have partnered with so many other athletic programmes that have made you the champion in this area and we couldn’t overlook you as a perennial partner for this event.”

Through Bahamas Waste’s sponsorship, Archer said they know that the World Relays will be a resounding success.

“On behalf of the Local Organising Committee and World

has been dubbed the “Real Thing,” which coincides with the World Relays, considered the main relays of all relays as teams will be vying for qualifying spots for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France in August.

“Today is an exciting day as we partner with the Caribbean Bottling Company Limited and Coca-Cola,” Archer stressed. “We know this sponsorship will help us to make the BTC World Relays a resounding success.”

On behalf of the LOC, World Athletics and BAAA, Archer welcomed CBC and Coca-Cola as the sponsors for the BTC World Relays Bahamas 2024.

“They say that Coca-Cola is the real thing and this

sponsorship will truly make the BTC World Relays a success,” Archer stated. “To the fans and to the athletes who will be watching and participating in this event, we hope this will become one of the most memorable sporting events in the history of this country.

“This international event and possibly the largest sporting event in this country, which also serves as a qualifier for the Paris Olympic Games, will bring some of the best sprinters from around the world to our shores,” Archer summed up.

“One of Coca-Cola’s recent slogans has been ‘Real Magic’ and it encompasses the timely approach for Coca-Cola. I believe that with the Caribbean Bottling

Athletics, we are delighted to welcome Bahamas Waste and thank them for their generous sponsorship for the World Relays Bahamas 2024,” Archer said.

“Bahamas Waste has come on board as we hope for this country, which serves as a qualifier for the Olympic Games and brings some of the best athletes from all around the world.” Bahamas Waste, according to Archer, is a star just like the many athletes who will be participating in the World Relays.

As a sponsor, de Cardenas said Bahamas Waste will be providing receptacles to retrieve “anything waste related,” be it solid, liquids, and micro waste, which is a part of their trademark as the only waste company that has an obligation to the Bahamas.

“Not many people know what we do from the children’s home to the aging homes. We do a lot,” de Cardenas said. “We love to do community service. It’s a must.” Archer said they are also excited that their mascot, BINGO,

Company and with CocaCola’s support, this World Relays sporting event is expected to be magic.” Also on hand to support the event was BINGO, the mascot for the BTC World Relays Bahamas 2024. Archer also noted that Coca-Cola will be providing all of their products to vendors for the BTC World Relays at a discounted rate as of Monday to be sold during the competition, including their products from Coca-Cola, Powerade and Dasani water.

Jonathan Thronebury, a marketing director at CocaCola, indicated that the CBC will also be providing recyclable containers for their products to maintain a sustainable eco-friendly environment for all to enjoy.

a trained dog, a discriminating dog, only likes to have the use of clean facilities, including the bathroom, and so he would be inspired to use Bahamas Waste facilities at the World Relays.

Davis said the athletes from around the world are excited to be coming back to the Bahamas.

She noted that it was the athletes who encouraged World Athletics to give the Bahamas the opportunity to host the World Relays again.

Like they did in the first three editions in 2014, 2015 and 2017 before it was moved to Yokohama, Japan in 2919 and Chorzow, Poland in 2019.

“They thoroughly enjoyed the times when it was hosted here. They enjoy the Bahamian people, the friendly atmosphere, our junkanoo and so they feel like they are at their best here,” Davis said. “So we have to thank the athletes of the world for allowing us to bring the World Relays back here.”

The Bahamas will also have a pre-games show where some of the top junior athletes from around the country will be in competition as well.

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MICHAEL Major Jr in action, left, and he can be seen on the right with Emily Mayne.
EXUMA, The Bahamas -- Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Cynthia Pratt, Governor General, presented a trophy to the Skipper of ‘Susan Chase,’ Stephen Knowles, and crew, as winner of the Governor General’s Cup on Wednesday, April 24 after their Class B race triumph at the 68th Annual National Family Island Regatta in George Town, Exuma. Photo: Letisha Henderson/BIS) BAAA’s president Drumeco Archer, LOC Deputy chairman Psuline Davis, Francisco de Cardenas and Ethelyn Davis from Bahamas Waste and mascot BINGO. Photo: Christopher Saunders

A bit of Charisma will get you everywhere

just seven years old, her first foray into track and field. She grew up in Nassau with three brothers who would help fuel her competitive streak. The next 17 years would be a hamster wheel of rigorous training, sacrifices, and a commitment to continually improve her body and mind.

To this day, she maintains strict daily habits to make sure her body performs at its peak. “For diet, I make sure to get protein in like eggs or peanut butter. Greek yogurt and granola. For dinner, I’ll cook some rice and chicken. Also, I try not to go to bed too late as it disrupts my training sessions.”

However, there were some bleak days for Charisma when the end goal was foggy, and the biggest challenge in her running career so far has been the transition to professional athlete. “Running in college is much different than running as a professional,” she says. “In college, you have people looking out for you like massage therapists. In the professional world, you are on your own. You must pay for everything. It’s

demanding. And it can be very disorientating if you’re injured.”

Charisma isn’t sponsored by a big brand yet, so racing at this elite level is a big sacrifice for her both personally and financially. She trains 4 to 5 hours per day every day except weekends, and while the Bahamian government helps her with rent, she still needs a parttime job to make ends meet.

One thing that helps her maintain work-life balance is her fluffy, 3-year-old mini poodle named Tommy Bahama. She also found a new hobby in fishing, which is popular near where she lives. “I can go out and fish for hours. It’s a great way to clear my mind and detach from everything else.”

Bring on the Light This summer won’t be her first visit to the City of Light. Her favorite competition so far was in Paris this February for an indoor track meet. “What got me was the crowd – how supportive they were,” she said.

“I was walking back to the hotel and everyone in the street came up to me congratulating and smiling.”

France offers Charisma far more than just a shot at

Olympic glory. After competitive sports, Charisma sees a future for herself as a pastry chef.

“I want to go to culinary school, hopefully in France because they have a fantastic culinary program and want to come back to the Bahamas to open my own bakery or many bakeries. I really want my dream to come true and I’m saving up my money!” She already runs a bakery side hustle called The Pastry Chateau, Instagram handle @thepastrychateau, on top of her Instagram account as an athlete that has almost 5,000 followers.

Charisma obtained her master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee in May 2023, and prior to that, she received her bachelor’s in hospitality management from Washington State.

Thanks to her athletic prowess, she received a full scholarship for both her undergrad and MBA.

With two degrees, a can-do mentality and more than a little discipline, Charisma has plenty of options to find success in more traditional vocations. But she has put all that on hold

to pursue her passion for sport and make her country proud.

Charisma moved to Tallahassee, Florida since July 2023 primarily to benefit from the wisdom of Coach Levan Sands, an Olympic medalist who coaches at Florida State.

“He has been a role model for me since I was in high school, and everything has come full circle now. For him to coach me is a blessing,” she says.

Another one of her role models has been her teammate, Devynne Charlton.

“I’ve seen her progress from high school to college and beyond. She overcame many challenges to become a world record holder, and yet, she’s so humble,” she says.

Charisma has now become a role model herself, showing that a bit of “charisma,” – or rather, her strong work ethic – will get you everywhere – a spot

at the Olympics, multiple degrees, and an allure that people naturally want to follow. Her advice to young up-and-coming Bahamian athletes chasing their Olympic dreams is to “Never get despondent. Don’t let current circumstances dictate thoughts about the future. We have seasons for a reason. The bad ones will come to an end. Keep pushing towards your goals and don’t let anything get in the way.”

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024

Tynesha Tynes a ‘stroke’ above the rest

Freshman Tynesha Tynes was pleased with the way she was able to make her presence felt for the Hastings College Lady Broncos women’s golf team this season.

Tynes and the Lady Broncos ended the season in 10th place at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship as they finished with a three-round total of 1,053 while Morningside won with a team score of 972.

“I feel like my performance was very impressive considering that I am a freshman both fall/spring seasons, placing in the top 20 or higher in almost every tournament and shooting one of the lowest

scores in my team,” Tynes said.

The 18-year-old 2023 graduate of St John’s College shot a total score of 252 (+36) as she opened the tournament with an 82, shot 83 in round two and then finished with an 87 in round three. She noted that her performance was just an indication of the type of season that she enjoyed for the Lady Broncos.

“I would sum up both fall/spring seasons as challenging, demanding, fun, and one of a kind,” she stated. “I was able to experience golf in a different light and created great friendships along the way.

“I did not expect such harsh weather conditions for the spring season which really pushed me mentally and physically.”

Michael Major Jr making ‘a real impact’

MICHAEL Major Jr is quite pleased with his decision to go to Howard University and has paid off some big dividends in his rookie season as a Bison tennis player.

“MJ,” as he’s affectionately called, was one of three players from Howard to be honoured during the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) annual awards ceremony this week in Cary, North Carolina for the 2024 regular season.

While freshman Imaini Jean from standout Brooklyn, New York became the second Bison since 2005 to win the MEAC Female Rookie of the Year (Brittany Morgan – 2010), Major Jr and female doubles player Nadia Pegram from Naples, Florida were selected to the All-MEAC Second Team.

On Tuesday, Major Jr was also named Bison’s Newcomer of the Year for tennis and Emily Mayne was chosen as the female Golf Newcomer of the Year. The duo graduated from Windsor School


SWIMMING BLUE WAVES MEET THE Blue Waves Swim Club is scheduled to hold the next swim meet this weekend at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex. The event is slated to begin at 6pm on Friday and continue on Saturday at 9am. All of the local swim clubs will be participating. BASEBALL MINI TOURNAMENT THE Bahamas Baseball Association is planning to hold a Mini Tournament this weekend in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. The tournament, sponsored by Triple B, is expected to be staged from Friday to Sunday. Friday 3:30pm - AYBSL vs BNBC U-15

where they participated in the Albany programme. Major Jr was also selected as Runner-Up for the MEAC Conference after completing the regular season winning seven singles matches during his rookie campaign, including six-out-of-the-last-10 contests. “It feels good because my accomplishments came with my hard work,” Major Jr said. “I’ve been working hard. My team and I have been putting in the work, so it’s good to see some results.

“Personally for what I’ve achieved can translate

April, 2024

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2pm - #3 vs N2 U-15

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7:30pm - Championship game All regular season games will be played for one hour and-a-half or five innings. All medal round and championship games are two hours or six innings.


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to my team myself, I’m hoping that will help us to have a successful showing this weekend at our conference tournament.”

As a freshman, Major Jr said he was thrilled to have made such an impact on his team as well as the MEAC Conference.

His ultimate goal was to clinch the MEAC male Rookie of the Year, but he acknowledged that “second place isn’t that bad either.

“Not too many freshmen can come in and make a real impact, but I felt I did


COCA-COLA, the “Real Deal,” will be providing all soft drink products as a sponsor of the sixth BTC World Relays Bahamas 2024 next month at the newly renovated Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The Local Organising Committee welcomed Coca-Cola through the Caribbean Bottling Company as one of their latest sponsors of the games, scheduled for May 4-5.

Cara Douglas-Adderley, the senior marketing director at the CBC, said their partnership with the LOC and World Athletics is a continuation of their commitment to sporting and cultural events in the Bahamas.

“Parenting with BTC World Athletics Relays is another example of our commitment



THE Local Organising Committee of the sixth BTC World Relays Bahamas 2024 welcomes Bahamas Waste as one of its latest sponsors to the return of one of the fastest growing sporting events for World Athletics.

The two-day event, scheduled for May 4-5 at the newly renovated Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, will bring a number of top athletes from around the world as they aim to qualify their countrys’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre relay teams for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France, in August.

Francisco de Cardenas, managing director of Bahamas Waste, accompanied by Ethelyn Davis, the operations manager, indicated



IN a Nassau church 24 years ago, Charisma Taylor’s mother heard a sermon on charisma, which the pastor described as the “giftings of the spirit.” The sermon struck a chord, and a few months later, out came a baby girl named after it. From day one, Charisma was graced with the name of a star, her mama’s winning smile, and a loving family. Only time would tell how this movie played out.

Flash forward to 2024: Charisma has embodied her birth name, proving her gifts of the spirit and dazzling onlookers as she qualified for the Paris Olympics in the triple jump. Moreover, she may do it again as part of the 4 x 100m women’s relay team at

the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 May 4-5.

Charisma is a key player in a team of dynamos including Devynne Charlton, who also just qualified for the Olympics in hurdles.

“We are a fast group of women, and we’ve done a lot together to build camaraderie,” she says.

This will be her first World Relays, and she is very

excited to be in her native country in front of a home crowd.

“I’m blessed to be able to call The Bahamas home. My family is also very important to me, so I look forward to seeing them when I’m there.”

The Countdown to Paris

The noun “charisma” denotes extraordinary personal power or charm. Like an Olympic gold medal, everybody wants charisma, and yet few people have what it takes to get it. But when you dig a little deeper into the power behind Charisma Taylor, you’ll find that her success comes not from her unique name, luck, or god’s grace, but instead a lot of grit and determination.

Charisma’s countdown to Paris began when she was

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Major Jr in action.
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