Author: Bahamas Post

Disney Filming for New Pirates of The Caribbean Movies Takes Place on Grand Bahama Island

After months of haggling, The Bahamas Goverment has made an agreement to permit Disney to film the two Pirates of the Caribbean movies–Pirates of The Caribbean II, and Pirates of The Caribbean III–on Grand Bahama Island. Filming takes place on Grand Bahama Island between May 2005 and January 2006. As usual, the engine behind Disney coming here is not the Bahamas government, but a private individual, businessmen Paul Quigley. After running him and his partners through the ringer so many times it is as suprise to all why Mr. Quigley did not quit and start a facility in Austrailia. Thank goodness Mr. Quigley likes the Bahamas. While applauding themselves, the Bahamas Goverment did have the grace to recognize Mr. Quigley: “In fact, were it not for his commitment to build a critical water tank in Grand Bahama for this film and other productions, we would not be in this happy situation today. I am told that what Mr. Quigley and his Gold Rock Creek partners have done is likely to lead to a parade of motion picture productions in Grand Bahama, especially those that require use of such a tank, since there are few in existence around the world. So on your behalf, I thank you Mr. Quigley for not giving up on...

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Tonique Williams-Darling Wins Gold Medal

Tonique Williams-Darling on August 24, 2004, made history by capturing The Islands Of The Bahamas’ first individual gold medal in any Olympic Games. In Athens, Williams-Darling crossed the finish line first in the women’s 400 meters final in a time of 49.41 seconds. She held off stiff competition from Mexico’s Ana Guevara, who finished in 49.56 seconds, and Natalya Antyukh, who crossed the finish line in 49.89 seconds. “I can’t wait to get home and celebrate,” Williams-Darling said from Athens shortly after winning the race. Christine Amertil, another Bahamian middle distance runner, also competed in the Olympic 400 meters final. She finished seventh in the field of eight runners.The Bahamas’ first Olympic gold came in 1964 for sailing. The only other gold in the Olympic Games came in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, when the women’s 4×100 team finished ahead of the United States’ relay team. The Bahamas’ high-level performance at the Olympic Games continues to “defy odds,” Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie said. He pointed out that, on a per capita basis, The Bahamas’ single medal in Athens could make the country the leading Olympic competitor since The Bahamas has a total population of just 300,000. “The gold medal performance of Tonique Williams-Darling in the 400 meters women’s final in Athens constitutes a proud Bahamian history,” Prime Minister Christie said. “It was a stupendous victory and a historic...

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Sprinter Debbie Ferguson Wins Olympic Bronze

The Bahamas added another medal to its Olympic count on August 25, when sprinter Debbie Ferguson took the bronze in the women’s 200 meters race.Ferguson, 26, has been a track competitor for 16 years. Although she is young, she has already scored many great achievements. She earned a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney as part of the women’s 4×100 meters relay team. She earned her first Olympic medal – a silver – at the 1996 Games in Atlanta as part of the same relay team. Her illustrious collegiate career includes breaking long-standing sprint records at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. In her freshman year, Ferguson broke the school’s 100 meters record, which was held by famous US sprinter, Gwen Torrence. She broke Torrence’s 200 meter record in her senior year. In four years with the Univeristy of Georgia, Ferguson received 19 All-American honors and four individual national championships. “I think, per capita, The Bahamas won the Olympics,” a smiling Ferguson told international reporters after the 200 meters final in Athens, Greece.An analysis of medals won at the 2000 Games in Sydney showed that The Bahamas won more medals per resident than any other country. A medal tally on August 29 will determine whether The Bahamas will accomplish that feat...

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