Exterior GOLD Coast, Australia: As the athletic competition at the XXI Commonwealth Games came to a close on Saturday night at the Carrara Stadium, the men's 4 x 4 relay team of Ojay Ferguson, Teray Smith, Stephen Newbold and Alonzo Russell provided one more reason for the Bahamas to celebrate.
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Yesterday marked 22 days until Bahamas carnival and, from my interactions with folks coming in to party with us fellow Bahamians, there appears to be a lot of hype surrounding this year’s carnival.
Even better is the social media advertising that promises that May 4–6 there will be a line-up of artists the likes of whom we have seen the previous three years of Bahamas carnival. On the flyer prominently featured are Machel Montano, Destra Garcia and Skinny Fabulous. It also includes our local favorites Dyson and Wendy, D-Mac and Rik Carey, among others.
What I do know is that the concert will likely not be in the places we remember past concerts being held and that the prices are not likely to be the rock-bottom ones we enjoyed over the past three years.
These are indeed signs that the private sector has taken the reins on Bahamas carnival, and that could be a very good thing. Indeed it is a good thing for the public purse. But is not a good thing, yet, for the revelers who are expecting a masterful experience on the road. This is because the carnival bands still seem to be disbanded, and the future of the road experience seems to be a bit blurry at the moment.
While carnival-goers are used to a route that leaves the national stadium, moving toward the highway, turning onto Baillou Hill Road and heading toward Poinciana Drive, then onto Nassau Street, and finally turning left onto Bay Street to complete the march, this has yet to be set in stone and advertised for all to know.
The private sector has been calling for its chance to run Bahamas carnival since the first days of the event, but now, given the opportunity wholesale, it has been largely silent and disorganized.
This is the golden opportunity of a lifetime for it to do what it has said it would do. And now it only has one month left to do it.
Alas, this is not surprising. This is the culture of our people — loud to the last minute, with paltry ideas and execution and large egos that do not let them see past their errors.
I hope to see them come together. I want to see ‘one mas’, not one band — camaraderie above cult, and a shift in the culture of tribalism and egoism. Let’s get together!
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The road to healthy living often requires a complete mental and physical reset. For consumers leading busy lives, incorporating healthy habits on a daily basis is often challenging. By the end of the first quarter of each year many have abandoned resolutions that can lead to healthier lifestyles. To combat this trend, Solomon’s Fresh Market launched a year-long initiative called Reset to Wellness, to assist customers in achieving their wellness goals.
The brand, known for its wide selection of fresh, organic grocery options, has partnered with local fitness and wellness professionals to provide resources for its clientele to maintain healthy habits throughout the year.
In-house health coach, Melissa Major said the Reset to Wellness program focuses on contributing to the broader community. “Throughout 2018, our team at Solomon’s Fresh Market will host several events free of charge where the community is able to attend and get the knowledge and advice needed to live a healthier lifestyle,” Major explained.
“We started January with a two-part food and fitness forum for our monthly in-store Eye On Health seminars. Part one showcased five of the leading fitness trainers in the industry — Dianne Gibson of 90 Day Transformation 242, Theo Pyfrom of Wolf Fitness, Dekel Nesbitt of Bowflex Barbie, Donovan Rolle of Jay Fitness and Charles Johnson of CrossFit Potcake. They all came together to discuss their different styles of fitness and the importance of sustainable nutrition.”
Fresh Market customers were also able to gain valuable fitness tips during part two of the forum with an information-packed session on muscle gains by International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) professional bodybuilder Joel Stubbs. During the presentation, Stubbs outlined the benefits of supplements to enhance muscle growth and shared his journey to becoming a pro builder.
In quarter one, Solomon’s Fresh Market also participated in the University of The Bahamas’ UBFit Road to Wellness event. Major presented on cancer prevention. At the session, she stressed the role healthy lifestyle choices played in reducing the risk of developing cancer.
“Research suggests that only five percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer, the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels, have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk. This means that we must be more proactive with taking better care of ourselves,” Major said.
As a part of the ongoing Reset to Wellness initiative, the team at Solomon’s Fresh Market has committed to dedicating time and resources to providing support and mapping out realistic plans and habits for customers to maintain their healthy living goals. Through its health coaching program Solomon’s Fresh Market customers can receive one-on-one nutrition and wellness coaching, learn about goal setting with follow-up sessions to track their progress and take part in individual or group store tours. The program also offers specific coaching for cancer survivors. To set up a free health coaching consultation, call 677-7280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Olympian Pedrya Seymour had qualified for, and was prepared to represent The Bahamas at this weekend’s International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Indoor Championships, but it would have been a quick turnaround for her, as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Division I Track and Field Championships is the following weekend at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA.
The 17th IAAF World Indoors is set for this coming weekend in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and The Bahamas is represented by a five-member team which left the country on Sunday night.
This past weekend, Seymour competed in the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa.
Seymour is gradually getting back to form, winning her first conference title in taking the 60 meters (m) hurdles in Ames. The redshirt senior at Texas won in 8.09 seconds after qualifying in 8.14. She also competed in the 60m, but failed to qualify for the final, finishing 13th overall in 7.58 seconds. She false started in the women’s 200m. It was a 1-2-3 sweep for Texas in the women’s 60m hurdles with sophomore Rushelle Burton finishing second in 8.13 seconds and senior Ariel Jones finishing third in 8.25 seconds.
Seymour and the Texas Longhorns won the meet with 117 points, Kansas was second with 112 points and Oklahoma rounded out the top three with 98.5 points.
Over at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, Carmiesha Cox and Kaiwan Culmer won indoor titles.
Cox, a redshirt senior at Purdue, won the women’s 60m in 7.36 seconds after qualifying in 7.40 seconds. In the final, she was just a hundredth of a second off her personal best time. The other Bahamian in the race, Penn State junior Keianna Albury, finished ninth in 7.58 seconds after qualifying in 7.50.
Cox also qualified for the 200m final, and was fourth overall in 23.59 seconds, just out-leaning her teammate sophomore Chloe Abbott. Cox qualified fifth overall in 23.67 seconds, and Albury failed to make the final, finishing 13th overall in 24.39 seconds. Cox’s performance helped the Purdue Boilermakers finish second overall in the chase for the team title, finishing with 80 points. The Minnesota Golden Gophers won the overall title with 91.50 points. Albury and the Penn State Nittany Lions finished sixth with 70 points.
Culmer, a senior at Nebraska, took the indoor men’s triple jump title with a winning leap of 16.08m (52’ 9-1/4”). His teammate, sophomore Isaiah Griffith was second with a leap of 15.83m (51’ 11-1/4”), and Ohio State junior DaJuan Seward finished third with a leap of 15.77m (51’ 9”). The other Bahamian in the competition, Purdue freshman Tamar Greene, was ninth overall with a leap of 14.92m (48’ 11-1/2”).
Ohio State freshman Tavonte Mott was 13th overall in the men’s 60m hurdles in 8.05 seconds.
Mott and the Ohio State Buckeyes won the meet with 101.50 points, while Culmer and the Nebraska Cornhuskers were second overall with 93.50 points, and Greene and the Boilermakers finished 10th with 32 points.
Brianne Bethel was sensational at The American Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham Metro CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Houston sophomore won the conference title in the women’s 60m in a personal best run of 7.31 seconds after qualifying in 7.42 seconds. She recorded another personal best in the 200m, running 23.47 seconds for second after qualifying in 23.93 seconds. Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Latessa Johnson, a sophomore, won the women’s 200m in 23.17 seconds.
Bethel and her teammates Jazmyn Tilford-Rutherf, Nikesha Keith and Ariele Adams finished third in the women’s 4x400m in 3:43.26. Connecticut won in 3:41.12 and the Cincinnati Bearcats were second in 3:42.13.
Over at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Bahamian Jenae Ambrose, a junior at Auburn, was 28th overall in the women’s 60m in 7.50 seconds and 17th overall in the 200m in 23.48 seconds. Their distance medley team of Ambrose, Presley Weems, Frances Patrick and Brenda Kigen finished ninth overall in 11:45.47.
Auburn junior, Xavier Coakley made the final of the men’s 60m hurdles, and finished eighth in 7.95 seconds.
At the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Southeastern Louisiana freshman Kendesha Ingraham finished third in the women’s 200m in 24.33 seconds after qualifying in 24.47 seconds. She was 23rd overall in the women’s 60m in 7.78 seconds.
At the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships in Clemson, South Carolina, senior Kirk Lewis finished third on his home track in 7.79 seconds. He ran 7.81 seconds in the heats. Florida State junior Shaquania Dorsett finished a disappointing 31st overall in the women’s 400m in 59.12 seconds. In the women’s 4x400m, Dorsett and her teammates Janae Caldwell, Kimmie Cunningham and Ginelle Demone were 12th overall in 3:46.16.