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I hope you can share in this moment with me… a salute to a GREAT EDUCATOR, Anita Doherty

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Written by Deandrea Hamilton
FHAS Graduate of the Class of 1991
#TheBahamas, March 28, 2022 – This is one of those days where you gatta look life right in the eyeball and say, “GOD’s got me anyhow…”

A legend has left us and FHS, FAHS, BMES Warriors across the world will pause and reflect on those moments when you had an encounter with Anita Doherty.

It had to be epic, right, because Mrs D… she is unforgettable; every memory of her is an impacting one.

She listened.

She advised.

She made you stand tall by ensuring you knew you could.

She crafted her own language, and if you were anyone on your way anywhere who dipped even slightly below the standard, then you got wapped with at least one of her infamous Askadda fadda maddas…and it had the power to uncloud your vision and pop you back on track!

Askadda fadda madda 🙁Mrs D.

This lady defied odds and shattered ceilings.

She was my friends’ mummy or auntie or sister or cousin or mentor or wife!

The green-gray eyes pierced ya soul and were equal to Wonder Woman’s lasso… you told the truth, fessed up and not because you had to but because you wanted to… you could tell her anything!  No judgement just perspective and wise instruction and pounding logic!  You catch sense fast after a chat with Anita!

Her door was never closed except when one of us was in there; how’d we fit in there!  Thousands of Warriors have been in there.

She walked the campus.  She travelled with teams. She cheered us on by not expecting less than our best.

A shout, which you could hear for miles I think and would have qualified for one of these modern day conditions that mess kids up for life…but the only condition those shouts caused was positive action, deep admiration and reverential respect.

You didn’t mess with Mrs D. We were blessed by Mrs D.

We spoke recently she and I… and I loved it and hated it. She seemed to be saying goodbye. I felt it. She told me things I cherish extra today. She made sure I knew. I could tell she wanted to make sure I knew. And she said to me, the legend said to me: THANK YOU!

So now as I think about the woman who put me in the Audio Visual Media room when I quit accounts class, as if she could see my future even though I was only 17 years old… I’ve gotta cry and I realize I wasn’t so bad in her eyes cause man I was mischievous … and she admires who I’ve become.

And today, I get to think and reflect and laugh and smile amidst tears….… and I cling to the memories and other Warriors and Pilots and Anchors who feel this loss, a giant loss because Mrs D is gone now… spent her time doing the most important work, investing her life to develop children in The Bahamas… Grand Bahama’s daughter, ever cherished, never forgotten.

The Uncompromising, Unforgettable Anita Doherty; Warrior4Life!

#WarriorStrong

#ThankYouMrsD

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

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Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

 

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

Staff Writer

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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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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