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Marlins in the Water: Davis, Gardiner, Williams and Hamiltons dominate in the Pool for TCI

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#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2021 – Smashing records and raising the expectation of competitive swimmers from the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Marlins of TCI Swim Aquatics are making waves in Nassau, Bahamas.

Four male and two female junior swimmers have seen improvements for two consecutive weekends in swim meets at the Betty KellyKenny National Swim Complex.

Lenin Hamilton, 11 and Jayden Davis, 11 have both recorded personal bests and if ever there is held a CARIFTA Swim Games in 2021, the duo would be in competition in several events, representing the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Jayden Davis, during the Sea Waves Swim Meet on Saturday February 6 recorded a personal best and a new qualifying time in the 5m fly (34.45).  In the 100m freestyle, Davis placed first in a time of 1:12.98.

Lenin Hamilton Jr excelled in a marathon of races including the 50m backstroke, where he placed first and earned a new time; the 50m fly where he came in third in a time of 35.24, which is a qualifying time for CARIFTA; he stretched his way to first place in the 100m backstroke, also a CARIFTA qualifier at 1:27.03 and another personal best at 31.23 in the 50m freestyle; he was first place again.

Still working to get those qualifying CARIFTA times are older boys, Tajhari Williams and Mateo Gardiner. On the way to this goal, both boys are completing races in top spots. 

Williams, 13-years-old, registered for two events; he was first in the 50m backstroke with a time of 33.81 and in his 50m freestyle event, Tajhari was second in a time of 29.02.

Gardiner had three events at the Saturday challenge.  In the 50m breast stroke, he placed second ; in the 50m fly, Mateo earned another 2nd place finish and in the 50m freestyle, the 13-year-old was third place.

Sisters Leniah and Lenika Hamilton sped their way to several top finishes. 

Leniah, 7-years-old completed the 50m breast stroke in second place and the 50m freestyle in 1st place in a time of 49.06.  Lenika, 9-years-old had a couple of first places in the 50m breast stroke and the 50m fly.  In the 50m free Lenika was fourth and in the 50m breast, she was sixth in the pool.  

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Bahamas Government and Grand Bahamas Port Authority in squabble over millions allegedly owed

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Rashaed Esson

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#TheBahamas#DavisAdministration#PortAuthority, April 9, 2024– The Bahamas Government according to reports, says the Grand Bahama Port Authority owes 357 million dollars in back payments over the last five fiscal years, 2018 to 2022, and in a letter sent to the Port Authority last week by the Davis Administration, the government is giving them 30 days to pay up. However, the Port Authority clapped back in a statement, denying the government’s claim saying that they do not owe the sum of 357 million dollars

 

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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