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Sts. Francis & Joseph student dancers perform during the Catholic Board of Education’s 130th anniversary celebration at the school on Tuesday, November 5.

Reflections of the Catholic educated

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so, as a youngster, Verdell Williams’ admiration for the Sisters of Charity and the love they displayed teaching Bahamian students meant she wanted to be just like them. But her call to the sisterhood was short-lived once her

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Haley Fox, Valencia College’s international recruitment specialist for international student recruitment and global engagement, speaks with a Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) student. BTVI

Valencia College offers scholarships to BTVI students

Valencia College will be awarding scholarships for students of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian and wish to study in the United States for the spring 2020 semester. Representatives from Valencia College, located in Orlando, Florida, recently made a

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New P1 AquaX Enduro world champion Eric Francis receives his number one shirt from Azam Rangoonwala, chief executive officer of the P1 AquaX, at the 2019 P1 AquaX World Championship at the Nassau Harbour. Silver medalist Brian Baldwin (left) and bronze medallist Chris MacClugage (right) look on. SIMBA FRENCH

P1 AquaX Enduro

All of his ducks lined up in a row for the new Powerboat (P1) Aqua Cross (AquaX) Enduro world champion American Eric “The Eagle” Francis, as he powered his way to three victories for a clean sweep to claim the title on his third wedding

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Adequate funding would solve problems in sports

Greater sports funding is the key!

Within the national sporting fraternity, there are many ongoing talking points. Issues have gone viral.

The discussions vary.

There was the controversy in Doha, Qatar, recently at the International Association of Athletic Federation’s (IAAF) World Championship regarding the medal presentations for the men’s 400 meters; the discussion about the difference in the workloads between women’s 400 meters gold medalist Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain, and our own Shaunae Mller-Uibo who won the silver; the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations’ (BAAA) request for funding for the IAAF Worlds; Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Hon. Lanisha Rolle’s picture on medals; the conclave that didn’t include some prominent sports leaders; complaints against sports media personnel; honors or lack thereof for sporting stalwarts, and so on.

Indeed, the sports landscape is abuzz.

I submit though that at the top of the priority list ought to be lobbying for a much larger allocation for sports development within the National Budget. The funding available to the Ministry of Sports is quite limited. This has been the case for years.

In particular, the BAAA is feeling this pain more so now, because whereas in the past, central administrations were partial to track and field, and, found ways to provide additional funding far beyond the usual yearly grant for the sport, that is not the case presently.

Also, past presidents of the BAAA were able to network with the Bahamas Government, and the Ministry of Sports. They got appreciable funding results. It was always a challenge, but the beat went on. Present BAAA President Drumeco Archer has obviously encountered a wall.

The timing is just not right for him.

Archer is at the helm of track and field when there is an extremely prudent finance minister in place. Reference, is to the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest. He is more determined to get as close as can be to a balanced budget, than his predecessors, mostly PMs. The PMs had obligations to a multitude of people and entities, so they came up with the funding when it seemed politically practical. Turnquest is

straight-laced, and very strict when it comes to spending. A strong case needs to be made to him for sports development. For sure, greater sports funding would resolve a lot of sporting issues. Sadly, too many sports leaders and supporters are being distracted by personality differences. They are missing the bigger issue.

Money would cure much of what ails sporting communities in the country.

All the bickering that is going on won’t solve the problems in sports. Minister Rolle had predecessors at the point for sports under respective governments. At some stage, she will be followed by another.

Greater sports funding will still be a priority.

That’s where the real focus should be.

 

• To respond to this column,kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363.

University of The Bahamas Mingoes forward Romero Cornish drives past Fort Charlotte Defenders forward Gregory Seymour in their NPBA game on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the A.F. Adderley gym. The Mingoes won the game 93-66. UB ATHLETICS

Mingoes thrash Defenders to win homecoming game

Four University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes players scored in double digits to lead the team to a 93-66 pounding of the Fort Charlotte Defenders in UB’s homecoming game Friday night in New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) action. Kemsey Sylvestre led the Mingoes with 17 points and

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From left are Andy Roddick; Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario; James Blake; Graeme Davis, president of Baha Mar; Mark Knowles; Cori “Coco” Gauff, Tommy Haas and Bob Ryan, during a press conference held at the Baha Mar Racquet Club. KEMUEL STUBBS

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The rain and wind came and tried to dampened the efforts by several current and former professional tennis players, but they were able to leave their mark at the first Baha Mar Cup, a charity event that was done to raise funds towards Hurricane Dorian

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