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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006
No more need
to travel abroad
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
patients- requiring radiation-
treatment need never travel
After investing more than $10
million in state-of-the-art equip-'
ment, securing a highly skilled
trained staff, and undergoing
an intense two-year scrutiny
period, Radiation Therapy Ser-
vices Bahamas yesterday
announced it has been accred-
ited by the prestigious Ameri-
can College of Radiation
This marks only the second
time that ACRO has given such
accreditation to a radiation and
oncology treatment facility out-
side the United States.
The first was a facility in
Rome, Italy, namely the Uni-
versitita Cattolica Sacro del
Curoe, which is the Pope's med-
ical school and considered to
be the best hospital in Italy.
Dr Arthur T Porter, manag-
ing director of the facility and
director general and CEO of
the McGill University Health
Centre in Canada, said this
achievement is of the "highest
order and magnitude."
In addition to being an
immense honour for the coun-
try, Dr Porter added that he can
say unequivocally there is no
longer a need for any Bahamian
fighting cancer to tra el any-
where else for medical treat-
"What you can get in the LIS.
--Canada, Britain and Australia-
you can get at home," said Dr
Dr Conville Brown. a noted
Bahamian cardiologist, said the
accreditation marked several
years of hard work and is an
important day for the country.
He said it is his desire to
ensure that Bahamians receive
the best in health care and stay
one or two steps ahead of the
Professor Ralph Dobelbower.
founder of the Practice Accred-
itation Committee of ACRO.
explained that in conducting the
accreditation process, the com-
mittee examined staff. equip-
ment, the facility, as well as the
procedures and the policies of
the centre, to ensure they were
in accord with various interna-
tional and national standards.
This process, he said, was an
He noted that only about
three quarters of the facilities
which apply for accreditation in
the United States actuallI
receive full accreditation for
the maximum amount of time
which can be granted. Others
receive only a provisional
The Bahamas, however,
received accreditation for the
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* PERRY Christie (above) speaks at a ceremony to mark the
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By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of Tourism
Obie Wilchcombe said he is
confident that Bahamian
tourism would not be irrepara-
bly damaged following the
recent bird flu scare.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
"emergency public relations
Plan" implemented following
S the bird flu alert was already
"We have been talking to all
the wire services, all the news
agencies around the world
ensuring that they understand
that the early reports were cer-
tainly untrue. There is no bird
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Defence in murder
trial attacks the
* By NATARIO MCKENZIE
IN their closing arguments, defence attorneys for three of
five remaining men accused of murder and attempted mur-
der outside an Andros restaurant attacked the prosecu-
tion's case yesterday, calling it "pregnant with suspicion" and
"not fit to convict a dog."
In his closing arguments, Wilbert Moss, attorney for
Don Bastian and Raymond Hepburn, criticised prosecution
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Appeal for blood
An urgent appeal for blood was made last night to help a
23-year-old Bahamian man who is in critical condition at
The patient is in desperate need of O-negative blood
after undergoing a major operation.
A family friend told The Tribune last night: "This is a des-
perate situation. The blood is required urgently. I am appeal-
ing to anyone with this blood type to react immediately."
Anyone with O-negative blood is asked to call at the
Doctors Hospital blood bank.
"From my understanding, patients with this kind of blood
can only receive from their own type," said the source.
* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
Leslie Miller laid bird flu fears
to rest yesterday after experts
claimed trauma was the likeliest
cause of a spate of unexplained
Mr Miller said the virus, if it
were to arrive in the Bahamas,
would have to come via North
America. But there was no evi-
dence of the problem in Canada
or the United States.
"If it is in no part of America,
it's virtually impossible for it to
be here in the Bahamas," he
He reassured the public that
there were no documented bird
flu cases in America or the
The minister's comments
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* MRS Jamie Rood (left) presents Mrs Sylvia Stubbs, principal, Gerald Cash
Primary School (centre) with a photograph of US First Lady Laura Bush, while
US Ambassador John Rood (right) presents her with a letter from the First Lady
US Ambassador John Rood has
made it a priority to promote literacy
and reading in schools throughout the
In January, 2005, shortly after his
arrival in the Bahamas, Mr Rood adopt-
ed Woodcock Primary School in Hos-
pital Lane and launched an Embassy
Volunteer Reading Programme.
Each week eight to ten embassy staff
read and interact with Woodcock stu-
dents. Passionate about promoting lit-
eracy among the young, Mr Rood reads
at least once a month and has now
become a familiar face at the school.
Mr Rood says that First Lady Laura
Bush, a former librarian, and her hus-
band President Bush have pushed the
message of literacy and, as an ambas-
sador, he must do the same.
In an effort to expand the reading
programme initiative and have the
opportunity to interact with as many
students as possible, Mr Rood routine-
ly schedules visits to other schools in
New Providence and the Family Islands.
To date he has visited and read at
Uriah McPhee Primary, St John's Pri-
mary, Gerald Cash Primary, Ridgeland
Primary and St Thomas More Primary.
Family Island school visits include
Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma,
Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and
Recently, Mr and Mrs Rood hosted a
reception at their home to honour and
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT Heart disease
is the number one killer among
women, warns Bahamian car-
diologist Dr Winston Forbes.
He stressed that women are
not as aggressively screened or
treated for heart disease as men,
which has resulted in a signifi-
cant decrease of heart-related
deaths among men.
"A lot of people feel that
heart disease is something new
for women, but it has been a
long standing cause of death,"
Dr Forbes said yesterday at
'The Great Heart Affair' lunch
at Our Lucaya Resort.
Although women make up
more than 51 per cent of the
population, he said in most test
trials and studies men are gen-
erally enrolled over women,
who only make up about 20 to
30 per cent of those enrolled.
"Even though when we look
at studies today, I don't know
why that is the case, especially
when. more women are dying of
heart disease every year than
men," he said.
Grand Bahama Heart Asso-
ciation and Atlantic Medical
Insurance held a special "red"
luncheon to raise awareness of
heart disease because most peo-
ple are not often diagnosed until
they have had a critical event,
which may sometimes be too
Dr Forbes, who spoke on the
topic 'Heart Disease in
Women,' said that while good
strides have been made in treat-
ing heart disease, it is still by
far the number one killer of
He said the disease kills one
in every three women. He also
said that cardiovascular disease
kills more women with one
woman dying every second
from some type .of heart dis-
"Unfortunately, women are
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* MRS Jamie Rood (left) presents Ms Nevelline Rolle, vice-principal, St
John's Primary School (centre) with a photograph of US First Lady Laura
Bush, while US Ambassador John Rood (right) presents her with a letter
from the First Lady.
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* US Ambassador John Rood and Mrs Rood (centre) are flanked by embassy
reading volunteers and students from St John's, Gerald Cash, St Thomas More
and Uriah McPhee Primary Schdols.
celebrate the teachers, students and vol-
unteers involved in the reading pro-
During the event, principals were pre-
sented with a photograph of First Lady
Laura Bush and a signed letter.of con-
gratulations to the school for their fine
efforts to promote literacy.
not treated as aggressively as
men. So, even though we see a
decrease significantly in the
amount of men dying from
heart disease, we have not done
the same for women," he
Dr Forbes revealed that since
1979 the number per thousand
dying from heart disease was
higher in men. He said they
began seeing a significant drop
in heart attack deaths in men
from 1997 to 2000.
"The amount of women
dying from heart attack has
either stayed the same or
increased and that is why it is
part of the reason why heart
disease is still the number one
killer in women," he stressed.
Dr Forbes said there are sev-
eral symptoms associated with a
heart attack and heart disease.
Common symptoms might be
shortage of breath and skipped
heartbeats, also known as pal-
pitations. Persons may also pass
out or faint, he said.
He noted that some patients
may just feel tired or have chest
pains or discomfort because the
heart lies in the chest cavity.
Dr Forbes said chest pain
may radiate anywhere from the
jaw so abdominal pain could
also be a sign of heart attack.
"Physically, when we talk
about chest pain most of the
time is left sided or beneath the
sternum. And when people
describe chest pain many times
it feels like a horse sitting on
their chest," he explained.
He noted that typically chest
pain occurs with activity or
exertion, and as the person
moves around it gets worse.
The pain also radiates to the
left arm or hand and can also
be associated with shortness of
Dr Forbes said during a heart
attack sweating over'the fore-
head is seen more in men than
women, who are likely be expe-
riencing signs of pre-
According to cardiologists,
when the heart is not able to
pump enough blood to the
stomach, persons may expe-
rience upset stomach, nau-
sea and vomiting.
He also pointed out that
other unlikely and unrecog-
nisable symptoms may be
pain in shoulder, jaw and
"Women are more often
likely to have pain at rest as
opposed to men, or at sleep,
or pain with mental stress
when get they into a heated
argument and then have
chest pain, which is warning
sign that they may have
underlying heart disease," Dr
He noted that women over
75 are more likely to have
shortness of breath and no
pain at all.
Women who experience
lack of energy, fatigue, weak-
ness and failure to perform
normal household work, sit-
ting down more often, and
loss of appetite may also be
at risk from heart disease.
Dr Forbes said it is very
important that people, espe-
cially women, be more aware
of the symptoms of heart dis-
He stressed that women
should also have regular
mammograms, pap smears
and blood sugar tests.
0 In brief
ACTING Inspector Frankie
Mather of the Kemp ,Road
Urban Renewal Programme
said the programme is having a
positive impact in the area,.
Insp Mather said crime had
decreased considerably in
"We have managed to keep
it to a minimum. However, we
still have a lot of work to be
done," he said.
The Kemp Road Urban
Renewal Programme was intro-
duced on August 1, 2004, in an
effort to address social ills,
demolish dilapidated buildings,
assist elderly persons, and help
build youth character.
Insp Mather said there ate
three notable projects under-
way the boys and girls clubs,'a
senior association, and a block
The boys club, she said, was
started as a result of business
properties being defaced by
The ages of those involved
resulted in authorities opting
not to prosecute. Instead, men)-
bers of the business community
supplied paints and the boys
repainted the properties.
In addition, an after-schoql
programme has been estab-
lished to help children with
homework and to improve their
Insp Mather said summer
school programmes were also
introduced to teach children
about craft work.
Young persons are also given
the opportunity to learn a traqe
if unable to qualify for tertiary
The programme also helped
find jobs for those who had dif-
ficulty finding employment.
Insp Mather noted that the
community will soon have a
marching band for the childreAi.
"The children are really excit-
ed about starting this band. Thle
children are crying for help,"
"All they need is an adult
who is willing to give then
some attention. We are trying to
change the mindset of children
and adults alike."
A programme was also intro-
duced for students suspended
from school. They are required
to meet every morning in their
uniform at the Urban Renewal
Office to engage in community
Insp Mather said one of the
challenges constantly, facdby
the Urban Renewal Programme
was to convince alcoholics to
undergo rehabilitation, and
remain in the Alcoholics
Anonymous until the 'p6-
gramme is completed.
She said alcoholics in theara
range in age from 18 to 90 '
More screening needed to reduce
women's heart disease deaths
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FORD has paid a small for-
tune to producers of the new
James Bond movie to have its
Mondeo featured in a car chase
to be filmed in the Bahamas.
The car manufacturer report-
edly paid $24.5 million to have
its Mondeo car driven by the
new James Bond, Daniel Craig,
in the upcoming "Casino
The car to be used is a modi-
fied 224km/h model, which can
reach speeds of up to 140 mph.
Craig will also drive an Aston
Martin in the film.
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New teen beauty pageant 'does
not condone homosexuality'
* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEWLY established teen
beauty pageant franchise says
that, while it wil not discrimi-
nate against anyone who wish-
es to participate, it does not
promote homosexuality or les-
The Theodore Elyett's Miss
Teen Bahamas World and Miss
Teen Bahamas International
issued a statement yesterday
saying: "In no way do we con-
done homosexuality, but by
law our country's constitution
in article 15 clearly states that
we cannot discriminate against
"The committee is making it
perfectly clear that this organ-
isation does not promote
homosexuality or lesbianism."
The statement comes after a
newspaper ran a story about
the franchise with the headline
'New Beauty Pageant will
Organisers of the new
pageant felt the headline was
misleading and touched on a
controversial issue relating to
another beauty pageant.
That issue was the resigna-
tion of Gari McDonald from
the Miss Talented Teen
Pageant after she admitted
she was a lesbian. The com-
mittee announced this was a
lifestyle they wished not to
However, the Miss Bahamas '
Teen World committee said
the issue was clouding their
debut into "a market we wish
"During her reign, our queen
will serve as an example and a
role model to young people
around the world, therefore
she must be disciplined in her
conduct both publicly and pri-
"Our contract clearly states
these things, and our queen is
legally bound not to disclose
her private information. It is
not our business and neither is
it grounds for public display
"Theodore Elyett's Miss
Teen Bahamas World and Miss
Teen Bahamas International
are not only about beauty and
talent, but we are designed to
be an enriching programme to
provide ladies throughout the
country with the opportunity
to compete in a pageant that
maintains the highest level of
Contestants will also have to
work along with Urban
Renewal and take part in sev-
eral community programmes,
including a Feed the Children
Other features include an
online voting system to allow
Bahamians and pageant fans
worldwide to take part in
selecting a "People's Choice
Ministry pledges to increase funding
for Junior Achievement Bahamas
Ms Autherine Tunquest,
Director of Youth, said the
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Housing has promised to
increase grant funding to
Junior Achievement Bahamas.
Ms Turnquest officially
opened the 27th annual
Bahama JAC Conference at
the National Centre for the
Performing Arts, Shirley
She said Mr Lionel Elliott,
executive director of Junior
Achievement, had been man-
dated to expand the pro-
gramme throughout the
Ms Turnquest noted that
this year's conference saw the
largest registration of Family
Island delegates in the history
of the programme.
Islands represented included
Grand Bahama, Central and
North Andros, Abaco,
Eleuthera and the Berry
Islands. A total of 237 dele-
Mr Leon Williams, acting
president and chief executive
officer of the Bahamas
ny (BTC), urged junior achiev-
ers to devise creative skills and
discover a net market that has
not been developed.
"Think outside the realm of
selling your goods and services
to Bahamians. Instead devel-
op ideas on how you can sell
to six million people around
the world. Whatever the mind
can conceive and wherever
there is a will there is a way."
Mr Williams said Junior
Achievement has given stu-
dents an opportunity to no
longer be an employee but an
"Graduating from high
school or college with a grade
point average of a 2.0 is not
going to cut it," he said.
In an effort to compete for
top-paying jobs, Mr Williams
warned students to achieve a
3.0 or higher, as employers are
searching for the very best
employees to run their com-
Junior Achievement Confer-
ence) is a forum designed to
further educate young
Bahamians about business and
to provide an opportunity to
recognize performance while
encouraging even greater
This year's conference was
held under the theme, "Soar-
ing to success."
Bahamas was founded by Mr
Franklyn Wilson, chairman of
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WITH hopes of becoming
an executive chef and some
day and owning her own five-
star restaurant, 16-year-old
Celeste Smith this week took
the first step towards fulfilling
her dreams by winning Thurs-
day's 'Young Chef' competi-
Celeste, a 11th grader at
Queen's College, was the
overall winner of the national
competition, receiving a $1750
cash prize for her efforts.
She also won in the cate-
gories of "best flour dish" and
"best rice dish."
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Celeste said that
she has plans to attend the
renowned Culinary Institute
of America in New York.
Celeste, also known as the
"Iron Chef" at QC, says that
she has enjoyed the art of
making a perfect dish since
her early childhood years.
"It takes a lot of hard work
and practice," she said, adding
that she practices every week-
end with her cooking coach
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BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 4TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
SLIGHT AND LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH
Grounded In The Past &
Geared To The Future
Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Prayer time: 6:30pm
The Madeira Shopping
Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
Pastor: Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles
Telephone number 325-5712
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EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me some
space in your most valuable
paper to express some major
concerns as it relates to the
Prime Minister's so late in the
game appeasement reshuffle.
Sad to say the Prime Minister
reminds me of a weak parent
who lacks the "guts" (intestinal
fortitude) to discipline or deal
with his erring, spoiled and rude
children. A good prime minister
like a good manager (or par-
ent) must be willing to bite the
bullet and make the hard deci-
sions which are in the best inter-
est of the country, his govern-
ment and also the future of his
.First of all, it.is no secret that
. some of those who were shuf-
fled should not have been
reshuffled but rather removed
and replaced by more compe-
. eni and respected individuals!
Bad performance and bad
behaviour should not be
rewarded or permitted but
rather removed! Such an action
would have sent a clear mes-
sage to the people of the nation
and also those in his party that
the Prime Minister is indeed
serious about good governance.
A strong smart leader must
Make hard decisions, regardless
of who might not want to move
or like the leader's decision;
that's real leadership! Because
Mr Christie did not make the
hard choices (the right choices)
he can expect lots of trouble
from within his own party.
What can the Prime Minister
1) There will be "fall out"
2) There will be "in house
3) There will be undermining
4) There will be power strug-
5) There will be continual
quarrelling and bickering
6) There will be continuous
acts and attitudes of jealousy,
animosity and bitterness by
those who feel betrayed used
and passed over. Those who
believe that it should have been
them, will not be taking this
very lightly and also those who
thought they were next in line
for a position: Those fighting to
be the greatest in the kingdom.
7. There will be problems,
from those backbenchers in the
Then we have the problem
with the reshuffle itself. This
Appeasement Shuffle has some
very serious problems.
1) This "Appeasement Shuf-
fle" move is nothing but a cost-
ly exercise in futility! Now we
have to pay 17 ministers like 16
was not already enough and too
expensive already. Why should
the people of this country be
saddled with this costly exercise
just to "try" to keep everyone
happy? In this PLP govern-
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ment, please stop playing Santa
Claus with the people's purse!
The people in this country have
to work too hard in order to
make ends meet and then to
watch the country's (the peo-
ple's) money being used, in my
opinion foolishly, just to keep
political friends happy. That is
total and costly nonsense.
2) This shuffle is too little too
late. The right time to make
changes in his government
would be in the first 2 1/2 years.
And not in the few last months
just before a general election.
In fact there should be a stan-
dard of ministries like in other
developed nations of the world.
This would stop a prime minis-
ter from "creating ministries"
just for friends or appeasement
sake for which the country has
to foot the bill.
What is so foolish about this
exercise is that by the time
many of these ministers settle
into their new positions it would
then be time for the general
elections. Then there is the.cost
for new stationary and the dis-
regarding of thousands of dol-
lars of old stationary because
of new ministerial letterheads,
Then in some cases, there will
be the need for additional
staffing and office space to
accommodate these new
changes and appointments.
Again, the people will be foot-
ing this costly bill.
Then there is that very fright-
ening statement by the Prime
Minister, that there will be more
changes. Again we say this is
too late in the game! Lastly,
look at some of the changes that
were made and most of all who
were given various positions
and responsibilities. In many
cases we must ask, is the Prime
Minister serious and did he real-
ly think through the impact of
these changes and some of the
people entrusted to bring about
In fact, it seems like even
some of those within the PLP
and the Christie government
are shocked and not pleased
with those so-called changes
and having a very difficult time
defending and accepting this
Yes, Mr Prime Minister, the
people are not fooled by this
"cosmetic happiness and unity"
that the PLP is trying very hard
to sell to the public! It's just not
selling because the people are
not buying it! In closing, it has
been said that Sir Lynden was
MOSES, and Mr. Ingraham is
JOSHUA. Please Mr Christie,
don't let your government
reflect the next period in Israel's
history which was the time of
the Judges. Sad to say, that peri-
od of time was marked by the
phrase, "every man did that
which was right in their own
eyes", in other words, every-
thing was "chaotic" because
there was no king; a lack of
effective leadership. Therefore,
I say, lead Mr Prime Minister
lead! Bite the bullet and make
hard choices and really smart
CAN'TWAIT TO VOTE
February 23, 2006
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book of pictures
EDITOR, The Tribune
FOR those who have not yet seen the recently released
publication "Reminiscing II" Photographs of Old Nassau by
Ronald G Lightbourn, I would like to encourage your read-
ers to pick up a copy immediately. From the moment I turned:
the first page I found it hard to put down a definite page- -
turner for those interested and curious about the city of Nas-
sau over a century ago. Anyone who has an emotional attach-
ment to the Bahamas cannot fail to grieve the passing'of a
bygone age at each turn of the page. Mr Lightbourn's vast
array of beautifully reproduced photographs, accompanied by'.
his informative and often witty captions, brings to life the
beauty and character of a Nassau that has gone forever.
Mr Lightbourn takes the reader on a magical journey into
the past, revealing a growing city peopled by men who had
pride in their city and a practical respect for the land. The sec-
tion chronicling hurricane destruction of the past was unnerv-
ing. The possibility that we could once again face a hurricane
of 1866 (Great Bahama Hurricane) or 1929 proportions
should set off alarm bells for those building far less sturdy edi-
fices along the shoreline.
In producing "Reminiscing II" Photographs of Old Nas-
sau, Mr Lightbourn has, without a doubt, made a significant
contribution to the array of quality books available to lovers
of Bahamian history. The work clearly has been a labour of
love and is one of which Mr Lightbourn can be justly proud.
Perhaps it should be required reading for investors and
Bahamians alike before anymore "eyesores" replace the few
remaining historic homes and buildings that still grate the
island. We have already lost so much; is it too much to hope
that those who make the decision to demolish or renovate
might pause to consider what will be left of the old city of Nas-
sau for future generations.
Dare I hope that Mr Lightbourn will consider producing
another such tome, perhaps transporting us to more of the
Out Islands of a century ago. Now there's a challenge!
February 28 2006
Another bad idea?
EDITOR, The Tribune
VENDORS' stalls have appeared on the south side of
West Bay between Thunderball House and Caves Point -
possibly something to do with some tourism initiative. The
stalls went in yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. By 8 o'clock
this morning there had already been one accident in the east
bound lane immediately opposite this new "market" and
presumably a consequence of this new installation. Inciden-
tally, if this has anything to do with tourism, why is there a
prominent cardboard sign offering car washes? Is this a cul-
tural thing no tourist will want to miss? The serious point is
that West Bay is a pretty busy stretch of road for locals and
airport traffic. Surely there has to be a better location for a
market which won't interfere with the ordinary flow of traf-
fic. Heavens knows it's hard enough to get around this island
already without new obstacles and traffic snarl-ups.
PETER G FLETCHER
February 24, 2006
a shuffle of
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006, PAGE 5
I LOCsiN I
0 In brief
A 37-YEAR-OLD man is in
hospital in serious condition
after he was held down and shot
by a group of men in the
Masons Addition area on
Acobrdin: to police reports,
the 37-year-old and a another
man were walking in Masons
Edition near a park at around
8pm when they were
approached by three men.
wearing scarves around their
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans told The Tri-
bune that one of thethree men:
was armed with a gunr.:'. ,
The group of attackers held'
the two-men down, before
opening fire. However 'one of
the two men managed to
The other, the 37-year-old
victim, sustained gunshots to his
lower body. He was immedi-
ately taken to hospital, where
up until press time last night he
was listed in serious condition.
It is unclear At present
whether robbery was the
mIIUUve, UorI JL t 1i
gang related, Mr Ev
Available from Commercial I
n'o groups promote Red Cross Fi'
* JUNKANOO groups teamed up yesterday to promote the Red Cross Fair,
which is due to take place today in Rawson Square -
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criticized for delay
in making passports
^ :. -i1 1
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham castigated government
^ for failing to introduce
machine- readable passports
) L up until now.
The MP for North Abaco
told parliament this week .
that the FNM was surprised
to see a reference in the
Speech from the Throne to
initiatives by the. government
to introduce machine-read-
able passports in the near
SMr Ingraham said that 0 HUBERT Ingraham
when the FNM left office in
May, 2002, the passport ini-
tiative was "far advanced." ted then that he could not be
"Now four years later, the certain that the Bahama,
incompetentL lazy govern- would meet the, jaupary 1
ment has still not produced 2003,InternationialCivilAvi,
Sit," he said. ation Organisation (ICAO)
Minister of Foreign Affairs deadline for the introduction
S Fred Mitchell, however, of machine-readable pass-
laterial pointed out that the deadline ports internationally.
intent for machine- readable pass- "Clearly, the matter dic
News Providers" ports has been pushed back not proceed, as in April
to 2010, and that the consid- 2005, nearly three years later
erations for the introduction the foreign minister advise
of this new type of passport the press that he was hopeful
are nearing completion, that machine-readable
Addressing the House of Bahamian passports woule
SAssembly on Wednesday, Mr be introduced in time to meel
SIngraham said Minister the new extended October
Mitchell relayed to the press 2005, deadline set by the US
in June, 2002, that "while the government under its visa
S. FNM government had been a waiver programme requiring
S. _little behind schedule in com- machine-readable passports
S pleting the bid process, his at. entry," the opposition
S_. government was completing leader said.
that process." On February 10, he added
"He (Mr Mitchell) admit- Minister Mitchell "was quot
SAuto store gets
-- assistance in
THE Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank (BDB) has assist-
ed Oral's Golden Auto in its
.opening of a store on
Carmichael Road as part of
its ongoing effort to encour-
"Businesses fail or have
problems not because they do
Snot make a profit, but rather
'because there is rib ash,"
Vincent Coleby, managing
director of Oral Golden Auto,
said at the store's opening.
Mr Coleby said almost any-
body can turn cash into fixed
assets, but it requires a good
manager to make assets gen-
The project took seven
years from initial planning to
the opening day.
Mr Coleby said a lot of peo-
ple were involved in making
the project a success, includ-
ing shareholders, who bought
into the idea and concept for
developing this site, as well as
the expansion to the Family
Islands and the Turks and
The site on Carmichael
Road has a lot of history. The
famous 'Club Golden Isles'
was operated there by
Edward Minnis. Shortly after-
ed in the media as saying that it
was likely the government
would miss its own summer,
2006, target for the introduc-
tion of the new passports
because the Cabinet had not
really considered the matter."
However, Mr Mitchell in
responding to the criticism, said
that the Bahamas had not
missed a deadline.
"The deadline is, in fact,
April, 2010. We are well within
those deadlines and considera-
tions are almost,complete," he
He added that the standards
for the machine readable pass-
ports had also changed consid-
erably since 2002.
are part of the Lnited States'
Visa Waiver Programme, which
allows foreign'nationals from
certain countries to be admit-
ted to the US under limited
conditions and for a limited
time without obtaining a visa.
The passports have certain
biographical data entered on
the data page in accordance
with standards set by the Inter-
national Civil Aviation Organi-
sation (ICAO). Machine-read-
able passports can be read by
scanning the two lines of print-
ed data through special read-
wards, it wAs operated by
Winifred Armbrister and her
late husband, Isaac.
Mrs Armbrister is now a
major shareholder in Oral
Investment Corporation,, he
said. : ': "
:, Oral's Golden Auto offers
parts for malfunctioning radi-
ators. computers, and air con-
ditioners. Mr Coleby said
securing adequate develop-
ment capital was the princi-
"Amazing how money and
friends evade you when you
are most in need," said Mr
Coleby, a former executive of
Shell (Bahamas) Limited.
Mr Coleby said while
employed at Shell, he only had
to call the company's banker to
obtain funds for a new project.
"Once outside of Shell,
these same bankers did not
know me anymore or at best
their reception was cool," Mr
Finally, Mr Coleby and his
team turned to the Bahamas
Development Bank for help,
and they agreed to assist after
many adjustments, revised
plans, and downsizing of the
project, which got started in
dies at age 78
AN Anglican priest who served the Bahamas for more than
:.50 years has died.
Dean Foster Bancroft Pestaina, 78, a retired former Dean of
,Christ Church Cathedral, died at home on Thursday following
a long illness.
Although from Antigua, Dean Pestaina served his entire
priesthood in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Dean Pestaina arrived in the Bahamas in September, 1951,
one month after being ordained deacon on August 6, 1951. His
first assignment was at St Agnes Church as assistant to the
late Canon Milton Cooper. He also taught at St John's College.
On August 20,1952, he was ordained priest by Bishop Spence
Burton at Christ Church Cathedral.
In February, 1953, Dean Pestaina was posted to St Andrew's
parish, George Town, Exuma, with responsibility for six church-
es, and served there until 1955.
Following a one-year sabbatical, in November, 1956, Bish-
op Burton appointed him rector of St Patrick's parish, Gov-
ernor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
In January, 1963, Dean Pestaina was transferred to Clarence
Town, Long Island, by Bishop Bernard Markham.
In May, 1966, Dean Pestaina returned to Nassau to establish
Holy Cross parish. Dean Pestaina's living room was converted
into a chapel, and the dining room table served as the altar. On
May 22, 1966, with 12 parishioners, the first Mass was held.
In June, 1971, Dean Pestaina was transferred to Christ the
King parish, Freeport, and anointed archdeacon of Grand
On June 19, 1984, Dean Pestaina was installed as a canon of
Christ Church Cathedral.
Following 20 years in Grand Bahama,.on February 9, 1992,
"'/DeaI Pestaina x as'inducted frec'idr 'C hiOisf Chulch'Cathedral
anid Dean of Nassau, and held that post until December 31,
Dean Pestaina earned the OBE in the Queen's New Year's
Honours List in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to the
Anglican Church and Bahamian society.
His wife, the late Ruby Hallpike Pestaina, predeceased him
in October, 2000. His survivors include two sisters, Ivy Pestaina
Jeffers and Daisy Pestaina, and three brothers.
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WITH the start of Lent this week, IN DAYS GONE BY looks back at the first city-wide Lenten
missions of the Catholic Archdiocese of the Bahamas. Lent traditionally is the 40-day fast period
between Ash Wednesday and Easter. This year, 'Come Closer' will be the theme for the
city-wide Lenten mission.
* 1984 The Catholic church's first annual city-wide mission closed with a concelebrated high
mass at the Poinciana Arena. Chief celebrant was Bishop Lawrence Burke, SJ now Archbishop
of Jamaica. The mission, which was conducted by Fr Clyde Harvey of Trinidad, drew large crowds
which increased nightly. The theme of the mission was 'Open the door to the Redeemer.' Fr Har-
vey's nightly talks centered mainly on the problems of young people in today's world.
* 1986 The plight of the Haitian community in the Bahamas was among the topics touched upon.
by Bishop Lawrence Burke, SJ, during the Catholic church's city- wide mission as he discussed the
building of a City of God. The Bishop talked of many of the day's problems, including the sanctity
of the family, youth, sex, and charity. Here he blesses the congregation at Poinciana Arena. Shove'
at left is Deacon Lou Adderley, then-headmaster of St Augustine's monastery.
@ iralt'g 0 aton WesgleP fetljo)biO t eIurcb
(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046
The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2006,
7:00a.m. Sis. Tezel Anderson/ Bro. Ernest Miller
11:00a.m. Rev. Dr. Colin Archer/ Bro. Robert Lightboume
7:00p.m. Bro. Hartis Pinder/ Bro. Ricardo McQueen
* i987 The fourth annual
city-wide mission opened with
hundreds of Catholics
gathered at Poinciana Arena
to hear Fr Reginald LaFleur
of the Diocese of Roseau in
Dominica speak on
discipleship. Pictured from left
are Deacon Lawrence Bethel;
then-Catholic Bishop of the
Bahamas Lawrence Burke; Fr
LaFleur at the podium; Fr
Alfred Culmer, and
Monsignor Preston Moss.
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*. '*, ...
* 1990 Calling them home was the theme at the seventh annual Catholic Diocesan Mission. Fr
Stanlei Kalosa said people must "come home to the Church to slay". He preached for five nights
during the city-wide mission.
,"' ZION METHODIST MINISTRIES
\ UT BE-':H S-IO iFF'll'IG CENTRE
"EAST STF.EET SOUTH
PO BOX SB-51628. NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Come and Worship with us!
During the Lenten Season we shall be I
Revisiting the 40 Days of Purpose Programme
Prayer & Bible Study
Nursery contributes to
Wilma relief effor
"A Journey In Faith & Obedience To The Will of God"
A Life Changing Exwi= cei .
Collins Avenue at 4th Terrace Centreville
Telephone: 322-8304 or 325-1689 P.O. Box N-1-566
Fax No. 322-4793
SUNDAY 8:30am ZNS-1
Temple Time Broadcast
Early Morning Worship
Sunday School For All Ages
Selective Bible Teaching Royal
Rangers (Boys Club) Ages 4-17 Years
Missionettes (Girls Club) Ages 4-17.
VISIT OUR PREMISE BOOKSTORE, TEMPLE BIBLE & BOOK SUPPLY
FOLLOWING Hurricane Wilma, the Catholic Archdiocese,
with contributions from Dolly Madison, Tropical Shipping aid.
BORCO, bought 250 full bed sets for distribution to families affect:,
ed by the disaster. ,
Now Rocky Farms in Nassau has made a further contribution t.
this effort. Mr Bruce Pinder, general manager, said his company,
wanted to do something significant to help the needy, and identi-_
fied the bed programme as an ideal recipient.
Pictured are Mr Pinder and Mrs Olive Pinder presenting&
cheque to Mr Basil Christie, chairman of the Catholic Relief Coir;,
CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL.
CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921
SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2006
Speaker 11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Pastor Deanza Cunningham of Christ
SBible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. *
Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. *
S, Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) m
Sisters' Prayer Meeting: 11:00 a.m. (1st Thursday of each month)
THE BAHAMAS CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH
Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
RIIu P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
MII" Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135
|Bl CHURCH SERVICES
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2006
FIRST SUNDAY BEFORE LENT
ASCENSION METHODIST CHURCH, Prince Charles Drive
11:00AM Mrs. Thirza Dean
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH, Bernard Road
11:00AM Pastor Sharon Loyley/HC
CURRY MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH, Zion Boulevard
10:00AM Rev. Carlos Thompson
7:00PM Rev. Carlos Thompson
EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH,'East Shirley Street
11:00AM Mr. Hartis Pinder
7:00PM Mr. Allison Underwood
GLOBAL VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH, Queen's College Campus
9:30AM Rev. James Neilly/HC
ST. MICHAEL'S METHODIST CHURCH, Churchill Avenue
8:00AM Connections Rev. Philip Stubbs
9:30AM Dr. Rex Major
TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Frederick Street
11:00AM Rev. James Neilly
'' 7:00PM Mr. Urvan Moxey
'RENEWAL' on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Your Host: Rev. Godfrey Bethell
METHODIST MOMENTS' on each weekday.at 6:55a.m.
Your Host: Rev. Godfrey Bethell
ST. MICHAEL'S METHODIS CHURCH will be hold Ing their monthly
Prayer Seminar on Saturday, March 4th, 2006 at 6:00 pm.
EBENESZER METHODIST CHURCH will be holding an Evangelism Crusade
in their Sanctuary East Shirley Street from Saturday, March 25th Wednesday,
March 29, 2006. The guest preacher will be Bishop Michael Watson the
Resident Bishop for South Georgia. The theme for this Crusade is 'THE INNER
LIFE OF SPIRITUAL BELIEVERS".
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006, PAGE 7
RONALD SANDERS ON: THE DILEMMA OF CARIBBEAN TERRITORIES HOW TO BALANCE A DESIRE FOR
GREATER AUTONOMY WITH BENEFITS RECEIVED FROM NON-INDEPENDENT STATUS
Defence Force Rangers are installed
* DEFENCE Force Rangers march into the Sir Kendal Isaacs E ACTING Captain Raymond Farquharson, Captain Coral
Gymnasium during installation of some 65 young students into Harbour, inspecting the newly installed Defence Force Rangers
the programme. More than 900 students from 13 government at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
schools throughout Nassau have been inducted into the
programme since its inception ten years ago.
1 THE Defence Force Rangers drilling during a march past at
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium during installation of some 65
young students into the programme.
* ACTING Captain Raymond Farquharson, Captain Coral
Harbour, inspecting the newly installed Defence Force Rangers
into the programme at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
* MINISTER of Education and Technology Alfred Sears pre- RMINISTER of Educalion and Technolog) Alfred Sears pre-
senting a Defence Force Ranger with her certificate during the senting a Defence Force Ranger with her certificate during the
installation of some 65 young students into the programme at the installation of some 65 young students into the programme, at
Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Friday the Sir Kendal Isaac Gymnasium on Friday
New COB programme to
focus on musical skills
NEXT month the College of
TheiBahamas will sponsor its
latest contribution to commu-
The initiative will focus on
enhancing the musical talents
and skills of Bahamian youth,
particularly young men.
The COB Band, under the
direction of Christian Justilien
and Dr Kathleen Bondurant,
lecturers in the School of Com-
munication and Creative Arts'
music department, will host a
community band festival fea-
turing world renowned Texas
musicians in day-long sessions
on Friday and Saturday, March
An associated evening of
instrumental workshops will be
sponsored by the Seventh-Day
Adventist Pathfinder Band at
Bahamas Academy on Thurs-
day, March 16.
The festival climaxes with a
final performance at the COB
Band Shell on the evening of
'Participants in the festival
workshops will have the benefit
of interacting with such perfor-
mance artists as trumpeter Kei-
ti' Fiala (formerly of the May-
nard Ferguson Band and rated
among the top ten trumpeters in
the world); Adam Cartwright,
conductor, clinician and low
brass specialist; and Andrew
Peschka, recording artist, con-
ductor, adjudicator and wood-
wind specialist. These clinicians
w4ll also take part in the
Pathfinder Band workshop
Where they will join
classical/jazz guitarist Chris Vin-
All community musicians
Who have played band instru-
ments for one year or more may
apply to participate in the Band
Festival. Musicians will be divid-
ed into two bands,
advanced, according to skill lev-
The workshops will cover
aspects of instrumental playing,
performance and ensemble
skills. Masterclass topics include
range, power, musical styles
(jazz, classical, etc) jazz impro-
visation, embouchure, breath-
ing and overall sound produc-
The main aim of the festival is
to enhance the skills of existing
bands and musicians and to
demonstrate to young people
the pleasures and rewards of
COB representatives note
that such interventions are of
premier importance in an era
when young men are seen to be
seeking acceptance and cama-
raderie in negative affiliations
with gangs and other groups.
They say it is widely accepted
that the band or musical ensem-
ble offers a productive and valu-
Dr Bondurant and Mr
Justilien, both accomplished
musicians, say that, in their
experience with teaching young
people, playing a musical instru-
ment as part of a group enter-
prise teaches a number of val-
ues and leads participants
towards a positive and fulfilling
Among musical values they
list self-discipline, dedication,
self-confidence and the ability
to work harmoniously in
Long-time member of the
college's music department,
Pauline Glasby, refers to the
discipline of both learning an
instrument and being a mem-
ber of a band.
She said: "It really is a disci-
pline and one that can reveal
itself in many other areas of
one's life. We, in the music
department, are constantly
amazed at the innate musical
talent on these islands that man-
ifests itself whenever students
pick up an instrument.
"But we want them to learn
to play these instruments in the
correct way. Workshops like
these will guide both young and
not-so-young musicians and
help them to fulfil their talent in
the best possible way."
Adam Cartwright, one of the
guest instructors, is particularly
excited about the final event,
which will be a gathering of all
musicians on the Saturday
evening to perform together.
i"This will be a great oppor-
tunity for all the musicians to
put into practice what they have
been learning and to feel the
thrill of being a part of a large
"I trust that this whole festival
will inspire Bahamian musicians
to work on really mastering
their instruments and to feel the
sense of achievement when they
The cost of participation in
the Band Festival will be $75
per person but groups of four to
nine will receive a reduced offer
of $60, while groups of 10 or
more will receive a further
reduction in cost of $50.
COB students will be accom-
modated at $25 and COB alum-
ni at $50. Scholarships are avail-
able. Registration forms will be
available from COB Band
members, music faculty (H
Block) or from the office of Dr
Earla Carey-Baines (A86).
Completed forms with fee
must be received in Adminis-
tration Building A86 by March
For further information, call
Dr Bondurant at 302-4508/323-
4541;Mr Edward Hanna at 395-
8918.or Mr Kirk Price at 434-
S THE BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
.OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE
CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS
L'EGLISE METHODIST DANS LA CARAIBE
ET LES AMERIQUES
NASSAU CIRCUIT OF CHURCHES
108 Montrose Avenue
P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
METHODISM: RAISED UP IN THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD,
TO REFORM THE NATION, BUT ESPECIALLY THE
CHURCH AND TO SPREAD SCRIPTURAL HOLINESS
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
"Celebrating 223 years of continuous Methodist witness
for Christ in The Bahamas"
THE SEVENTH LORD'S DAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL OF THE
RESURRECTION, MARCH 5, 2006
INTROIT AND COLLECT:
He shall give his angels charge concerning you to keep you in all your ways,
they shall bear you up in their bands lest you dash your foot against a stone.
I will say of the Lord, he is my refuge and my fortress, my God in him will
LORD JESUS CHRIST, who for our sake fasted for forty days in the wilderness
and was tempted as we are: give us grace so to discipline ourselves by the
power of the Holy Spirit, that in our weakness we may discover your strength,
and in our temptations your power to save; this we ask for your Names's sake.
WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Sacrament of Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Circuit Youth Rally and March at Rhodes Memorial
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH
(108 Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Sacrament of Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Sis. Patrice Strachan Circuit Lay Preacher
11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Raymond R. Neilly (Sacrament of Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Circuit Youth Rally and March
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street, Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts, Jr.
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte/ Rev. Stacia Williams (Sacrament
of Holy Communion)
HERITAGE OF REDEEMING LOVE METHODIST CHURCH
(28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
10:00 a.m. Rev. Colin C. L. Newton
3:00 p.m. Circuit Youth Rally and March at Rhodes Memorial
GOOD SHEPHERD (20 Cedar Terrace, Tall Pines)
8:00 a.m. Rev. Stacia Williams-Christmas (Sacrament of Holy Sacrament)
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
9 a.m. Conducted by Circuit Men
METHODIST MISSION CENTRE (Quackoo St) -hrift Shop and other Ministries
JOHN WESLEY METHODIST COLLEGE
(28 Crawford St., Oakes Field) Reception to Primary
CIRCUIT DISCIPLE PROGRAMS
Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, Malcolm Road, East
Thursday at 10 a.m. and at 6:45 p.m. at Rhodes Memorial Methodist Church
OBSERVING THE FAST Thursdays after the evening meal to Friday
"Vision" On the Lord's Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; "Great Hymns of Inspiration" -
On the Lord's Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.; "Family Vibes" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30
p.m.; "To God be the Glory" ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.
OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE WILMA
AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS;
GRACE AND PEACE WESLEYAN CHURCH
A SOCIETY OF THE FREE METHODIST CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
(WHERE GOD IS ADORED AND EVERYONE IS AFFIRMED
^ Worship time: 11am & 7pm
Prayer Time: 10:15 am to 10:45 am
Church School during Worship Service
Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive
Minister: Rev. Henley Perry
PO. Box SS-5631
Telephone number:324-2538 Telefax number:324-2587
COME TO WORSHIP. LEAVE TO SERVE
PAGE 8, SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006
Local government system is
proposed for New Providence
N, By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The imple-
mentation of a local govern-
ment system is being consid-
ered for New Providence, Min-
ister of Local Government and
Consumer Affairs Alfred Gray
The announcement came
during the official launch of
Local Government Month in
Grand Bahama on Wednesday.
He said that New Providence
is the only island that does not
have a system in place.
"Local government is now
going to go the next level, and
I can announce today that I
have been mandated to bring
focus on possible local govern-
ment for New Providence," he
Mr Gray said town meetings
would be held to get feedback
from Nassau residents about
"If the consensus is.that they
would like to have it, the gov-
ernment would certainly begin
the process of making it part
of the local government system
in the near future." he said.
Mr Gray said Maich had
been decia cd locai ggovern-
ment nionih throughout the
He noted that several activi-
ties had been planned to
heighten awareness of the
many varied facets of local gov-
"The launch of local govern-
ment month this year is being
done from Grand Bahama as it
intersects with an ongoing
series of two-day induction
training workshops for persons
elected or appointed to local
government in June 2005.
which began a fourth three-
year term." he said.
Mr Gray said the series ot
workshops began in Bimini in
October, 2005, following a
three day workshop held in
Nassau in July. 2005, fo. neIw
local government leadership
drawn from the 32 districts,
* ALFRED Gray
There are 76 councillors
comprising the three districts
in Grand Bahama.
The minister said there will
be church services and school
visits to infofm \ ,linII e I'i '
about local govei iiI.. I .I -
what it means for them and
There will also be radio .iLnd
television talk shows to pi,'
mote local government aLd
many other social activities in
various Family Islands.
In Grand Bahama a massive
educational pi onmi onai
awarenesss campaign is under
wa' i.n ,hi island .
Chief councillor Anita
Dotnerty said local government
is truly, a community tool that
allows :itizejis to respond to
he needs of the local conmmu-
"Through the system of local
government we hope to devel-
ro a strong social and econom-
ic community for many gener
actions to come." she said
Some 61 the activities
in cl de:
March 5: Councillors will
attend a church service at Uni-
versal Household of Faith.'
March 7: Councillors will;
attend the Bah.im:,' BusinciLs
Outlook Seminar and reprec
sentatives from the East will
visit Sweering s Caiy:,, .pd .
McLfean s. tI-,,n.. ,
*to studt l eader at the bishop
to student leaders.at the Bishop
Michael Eloon School's Audi-
toriumi from 11am to 1pm.
March 9: Community part-
ners will make a presentation
to. CCity of Freepori Council.
March 10: Open house at
three local government dis-
March 11: Special function
for children at Susan J Wallace
March 12: Councillors will
be hosted at St Jude's Angli-
can Church at 10am.
March 13: East Grand
Bahama will visit the High
March 14: A local govern-
ment exhibit at Post Office.
March 17: Presentation to
senior citizens, junior junkanoo
presentation at Indepen-
dance:Park at 4pm.
March 18: At 3pm special
community function at CI.In
stone Moon McPhee Park.
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A QUEENS' College student
has been chosen as the winner
of a $60,000 scholarship to a
New York college in the Sun-
shine Insurance/Elmira College
Sunshine Insurance and Elmi-
ra College in Elmira, New
York, recently partnered for the
fourth consecutive year to host
an essay competition for 11th
and 12th grade students
throughout the Bahamas.
The competition was open to
all 1lth or 12th grade students.
To enter, each student had to
write an 800-1000 word essay on
"An idea or ideas that can boost
the Bahamian economy," and
submit their essay to either of
the Sunshine Insurance offices.
The top finalists were select-
ed by an organisation at Elmira
College called the Students of
Free Enterprise (SIFE). The
finalists were then invited to
present their thoughts and ideas
to a panel of judges.
The past three winners of the
competition were Ari Burrows
of Kingsway; Janay Pyfrom of
Queens College,. and Barry
Griffin Jr of St Augustine's Col-
In the past, each winner
received a $40,000 scholarship
to attend Elmira College.
This year, the first place win-
ner will receive a $60,000 schol-
arship; second, third and fourth
place winners will each receive
a $30,000 to attend Elmira Col-
The winners of this year's
speech competition are:
4th place Tawana Patton-
Burrows of St John's College
3rd place -. Kandra Knowles
of St Anne's School (red &
white floral dress/w glasses)
2nd place Delphino Gilbert
Cassar II of Queens College
* JADF Williams of Queens College collects her certificate, i ih :1 I l right) Fianoni Wilson
- executive director; Franilyn Wilson chairman; Di Thomas Meier president of Elmira Col-
lege; and Dr Michael Rodgers, assistant to the president of Elmira College
1st place Jade Williams of
Queens College (coral outfit/w
The topic for the compete.
tion was chosen by a pro-
gramme at Elmira College
called the Siudents of Free
Enterprise a:i international
organisation that encourages
free enterprise by having dif-
ferew colleges across the world
promote and come uvp with
ideas that encourage free
Elmira College is a fully-
accredited college with a long-
standing tradition in the
Bahamas. Both Sir Lynden
Oscar Pindling and Sir Or vilie
Turnquest were given an Hon-
orary Doctorate which is Elmi-
ra College's highest honouir.
Sunshine Insurance's Chair-
man, Franklyn Wilson present-
ly sits on the Board of Trustees
for the college.
Since 1970, students of Elmi-
ra College spend six weeks on
the island of San Salvador
studying marine biology, island
ecology, sea life, plants, ani-
mals and astrology at the bio-
logical field station.
S ~ S
* TAWANA Patton-Burrows
SKANDRA Knowles ,:-: DELPHINO Gilberl
The why and how of what vs
where in the property market
Doctors Hospital is looking for In-House Legal
Counsel as part of its Risk Management Team.
Must have a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree
and be a member of the Bahamas Bar
Association with a minimum of three years
experience practicing law, preferably in some
area comparable to or related to civil law with
a working knowledge of bank and finance
laws/regulations. Expertise in employment law
required. Must have computer knowledge
sufficient to do legal research and assigned
work to generate management level analyses
and reports. Required Notary Public. Desirable
to have a variety of legal experience.
Plae umt eu et:H
. YOU'VE probably head
that the three miS;;t Itmp)rtiant
features of any property are
location, location and location!
It's been a cliche since the dawn
of the real estate industry, and
with good reason.
A realty company in the US
recently commissioned a survey
that found when buyers begin
Sunday School: 10am
Preachering 11am & 7:30pm
Radio Bible Hour:
Sunday 6pm ZNS 2
Wed Prayer & Praise 7:30pm
looking for a home, the .single
most important feature is the
neighbourhood. Not the type
or size of home, but its location.
As a matter of fact, nearly
three quarters of those surveyed
reported they would happily
sacrifice their notion of a
"dream home" to be able to live
in their dream neighbourhood.
"Preaching the Bible as is, to men as they are"
Pastor: H. Mills Phone: 393-0563 Box N-3622
This makes complete sense,
because the home must offer
close proximity to work, service
businesses, schools, recreation,
dining, entertainment, and so
on. You don't move into a
home so much as you move into
a community\ Traffic is also a
The five most desirable traits
buyers look for are
1) neighbourhood safety,
2) good schools,
3) the home's "feel,"
4) the home's size, and
5) a short commute.
That's why your home search
might take days or even weeks.
It's easy to find a home, but
more complex to find a place
to live. Save time and footwork
by contacting a BREA agent'
You'll be glad that you went
straight to the source!
BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH
SOLDIER ROAD & OLD TRAIL
SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006, PAGE 9
names official artist
SAVE Guana Cay Reef Association has
named Colorado watercolour artist Tanya
Haynes as its official artist of record.
Ms Haynes has been selected for logo
design as well as development of a line of
original art and related products.
With the sale of these products, the asso-
ciation hopes to increase awareness of the
fragility of Guana Cay and its spectacular
coral reef. The Cay and reef are, say resi-
dents, in danger of being destroyed by a
Classically trained in fine art, Ms Haynes
paints, the places and things she knows and
loves the best.
She paints what she sees, using strong
composition and colour, capturing the
unique and unusual beauty found only while
diving the ocean depths.
Scuba diving allows her to study the
ocean reefs and all their inhabitants. Most
of Tanya's paintings are started on loca-
tion and completed in her studio in Col-
As a member of coral and reef organisa-
tions dedicated to protecting our oceans,
Ms Haynes' goal is to share her awareness
of the fragile, delicate balance an ocean
reef needs to sustain life.
Tanya Haynes has participated in many
exhibitions and has received numerous
awards for her work.
The Save Guana Cay Reef Association is
a group living on Guana Cay. Their mission
is to protect the island, ensuring a lasting'
legacy for Abaconians.
World-renowned coral reef scientists have
predicted that, if permitted to go ahead,
the development will destroy the coral reef
in three years.
Ms Haynes will travel to Guana Cay from
March 6-9 to explore the island and dive its
On her return to Colorado, she will start
the development of paintings which will
include Abaco parrots, some of the 5,000
rare orchids, bromeliads, casuarina trees,
mangroves and the fragile coral reefs sitting
just 50 feet offshore.
Also at risk are the nesting grounds of
Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead turtles,
all of which are on the protected and endan-
gered species list.
Priests hold reconciliation service
in the wake of deadly shooting
FOLLOWING a deadly shooting of a God on Finlayson Street. nesses and institutions in the area, including
long-time resident of Hutchinson Street, Resjdents and business persons were the College of the Bahamas, only two were
BainTown, the Bain and Grants Town Cler- joined by pastors of nearby churches for represented at the service.
gy Association held a healing and reconcil- the service. Rev Moss insisted that corporate citizens
iation service for the entire community. Chairman of the Bain and Grants Town of economically depressed areas like Bain
The service, which began at the site of the Clergy Association, the Rev Dr C B Moss, Town must contribute more to the devel-
shooting, was driven indoors by heavy rain, expressed disappointment that, although opment of areas from which they derive so
andcontinued at Cornerstone Church of invitations were sent to most of the busi- much benefit.
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THE Cuban dentist crisis has now cast the eyes of the
international community upon the Bahamas.
Some Bahamians think the Bahamas should abide by its
agreements, while others call for the release of the Cuban
dentists to their families in Florida based upon moral law. I
strongly disagree with the latter notion.
For 10 months now, the Bahamas has held Dr David
Gonzalez-Mejias and Dr Marialis Darias-Mesa, both Cuban
dentists, at Carmichael Road Detention Centre.
The dentists, with others, came into Bahamian custody
when they were picked up off Elbow Cay by the US Coast
Guard. Ironically, it was the US Coast Guard that initially
detained them and.turned them over to Bahamian
Months later, the Bahamas finds itself in the middle of an
international spat, with Cuban officials calling for the return
of physicians they consider "indispensable" while US
Congress members, and the doctors' families, are calling for
their release, with US government officials even threatening
to lobby for economic sanctions against the Bahamas unless.
they are freed.
Many would say the Bahamas now faces a dilemma, but
this is inaccurate as a memorandum of understanding signed
on January 12th, 1996, between the Bahamas government and
Cuba clearly calls for the return of any Cuban immigrants
found illegally in the Bahamas.
The fact is, no matter how we sweeten it, Dr
Gonzalez-Mejias and Dr Darias-Mesa were illegal
immigrants, both found with "lottery US visas" that had
Any rational person knows that, if found in a country
illegally or with void documents, their immediate deportation
to their country of origin is warranted.
The Bahamas has a right to abide by stipulations set out in
its agreement with Cuba. International law and agreements
supersede any emotional argument. The law is the law and, if
we cannot abide by it, we cannot promote a civil society or be
respected in international circles.
Many people now speculate that the Christie government
would violate the Bahamas agreement and send the Cubans
on to the US.
But, if this happens, how then could the Bahamas expect its
treaties and memorandums of understanding to be respected
and heeded by Cuba and other nations?
Should we ignore our sovereignty and answer to US
masters on the basis that the US contributes more to our
economy? Is that really a fair argument? Are some nations
more equal than others because, as some say, what does
Castro do for us?
If the Bahamas is ever threatened by US authorities for
fulfilling its international obligations, this issue can be
pursued before the United Nations, who, I'm sure, would
concur that, as an independent nation, it is within the realm
of the Bahamas government to fulfil international law and
agreements between member countries.
So, are we going to be selfish and answer to Big Brother's
calls like a stepchild? If the law is not fulfilled in this crisis,
the Bahamas would only be seen as the 51st state, and would
never be respected for its decision-making abilities.
.by ADRIAN GIBSON
Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026
of #16 Hampden Road,
Stapledon Gardens will be
held on Wednesday at 11:00
a.m. at The Diplomat Center,
Carmichael Road. Pastor
Emeritus, Rex Major and
Pastor Henry Francis will
officiate. Interment will be
made in Lakeview Memorial
Keith will be sadly missed and
lovingly remembered by wife, Michelle Carey; children, Keishel,
Keva, Keira and Marco Carey; parent, Cora E. Carey. Keith was
predeceased by his father the late Allan Otis Carey; brother,
William Allan "Bill" Carey; father and mother-in laws, Herbert
and Beryl Guillaume; grandmother, Ruth Carey; Brother-in-
laws, Francois Guillaume of Boca Raton Florida, and Kevin
Priolea of North Carolina; sister-in -laws, Guianna Guillaume,
Kitnberyl Priolea of North Carolina and Sonabe Guillaume of
Boca Raton, Florida; aunts, Faye Smith, Linda Jarrett, Crystal
Carey, Annette Ingrid and Gayle Carey; Dr. Edris Palmer of New
York, Leatha Douglas of Trinidad and Tobago, Miriam Hanna,
Marie Taylor, Nurse Yvonne McPhee (Retired) of Hollywood,
Florida, Hadasah Guillaume-Thompson and Margaret Guillaume;
uncles, Dr. Baldwin Carey, Philip and Terrance Carey, Alfred
Jarrett, Cuthbert Thomas of New York, Wycliff Thomas of
Canada, Alfred Thomas of Boston and Frank Guillaume of North
Miami, Florida, Preston McPhee Willard Taylor, Leon Knowles
and Hasting Charlow; cousins, Simon and Charlotte Smith, Sarah
Smith-Pajaro of Venice Italy, Nicole Carey of Washington D.C,
Sonja Gibson, Dr. Gregory Carey, Vaughn Carey, Marco and
Lamont Jarrett, Raquel Carey-Bowe, Garrett and Martine Carey,
Jennifer Hinckson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Joanne Richardson
of the Hague, Sherry and Renee Thomas of Canada, Stacy
Johnston of Canada, Dewey and Deidre Taylor, Presleith McPhee,
Renee McPhee of Hollywood, Florida, La-von McPhee-Lopez
of Tampa, Florida, Geranette Bartlett of Hollywood, Florida and
Jay Thompson; nephews: Michael Davis, Jonavan Payne, Jakhan
Guillaume of Tampa, Florida Dwainard Guillaume and Carrington
Priolea of North Carolina; Nieces: Dwainelle and Dwainique
Guillaume, and Kennedy Priolea of North Carolina; other
relatives and friends: The Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Perry
G. Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie, Jane Miller, May
Darling, Dr David Allen, The Carey, Allen, Christie, McCartney
and Major Families, The Staff ofKeishel's, Esso Service Station
on Faith Avenue and Carmichael.Road, Caribbean Taste and the
Junkanoo Shak, St. John's College Class of 1981, The St. John's
College Family, Queen's College Class of 1980, Queen's College
Family, The Esso Family, The Stapledon Gardens Community,
Carmichael Road Community ahd others to numerous to mention.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers Morticisns
on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be no viewing
at the Center.
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W H A T S ON IN A N D AROUND NASSAU
EM AI L: OUTTH ERE @ TR IBU N EM EDIA. NET
-- IMIg. PARTIES, MGOHTCLUBS Agl.
& RESTAURANTS 'w: .:su
Unique Entertainment and Hott Magazine presents the first annual
Bahamas DJ All-Star Showcase and Best Body Competition @ the historic
Fort Charlotte on Saturday, March 11.
Bahamian Party Hoppers and Smirnoff presents Friday Fusion @ Dicky
Mo's (west of Radisson resort), Cable Beach. The first group of 10 or more
will receive a free $100 bar tab of Fusion 3 for $10 specials. Ask about our
$13.95 dinner specials. Bahamian Night (Free admission) every Saturday
with live music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to. mid-
night, $1 shots and dinner specials all night long. For further information,,
call (242) 327-1300 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians'
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New-- open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday & Thursday after
band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private
parties. Call 393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or www.thebuzznightclub.biz for more
info Rock, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING
$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da Pusher,
Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early juggling by
Mr. Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.
Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (one door
east of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all night and
Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Saturday.
Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink spe-
cials all night long.
Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's
"upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body painting extrava-
ganza. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission:
Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be free food and hours
d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.
Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors
open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night.
Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every week.
Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
Ladies in free before llpm. Strict security enforced.
Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.
Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all
night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Party from
Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free Guin-
ness and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10
and Men $15.
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-
8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.
The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at 9pm, showtime
11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.
Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neop lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all
Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo; Charlotte St kicks off Fridays
at 6pm with deep house to hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle
Funky and Sworl'wide on the decks.
Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until, playing
deep, funky chill moods with world beats.
Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @
Patio Grille, British Colonial Hotel.
Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach. Admis-
sion $10, ladies free.
TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guestsThurs-
day from 9pm midnight.
The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham, Steve
Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane
Hole on Paradise Island.
Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial Hilton,
Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St off
Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After
Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 4,2006
Workers House Grounds
Kayla Edwards Chamber Singers will be in concert on Sunday,
March 5 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The concert
is being held in honour of Kayla Edwards (above), the director of the
Artists Guild International invites the public to its 8th annual Evening
of Classical Music, Thursday, March 16, at Government House,
beginning at 8pm. The concert will feature some of the nation's
finest classical musicians as well as a number of promising young per-
forming artists. We are grateful for the encouraging support received
in the past and eagerly anticipate, the public's presence for the event.
The Guild will be donating proceeds from each 'Evening of Classi-
cal Music' tthe College of the Bahamas Music Department schol-
arship fund. For further information please call 326-3608
THE GRAND BAHAMA ART ASSOCIATION: Celebrating their
10th anniversary, the Grand Bahama Art Association announces the
"BIG 10 ART SHOW" at the Freeport Art Centre being held until
March 11 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday, 9am to 12pm.
Admission is free. Groups are welcomed, but are requested to book in
advance by calling 351-4603.
African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me" from the private col-
lection of Kay Crawford running until Saturday, July 29 at The Nation-
al Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB).
The Medical Association of the Bahamas invites the public to the
opening night of its annual Scientific Conference 2006, under the
theme, "URGENCIES, EMERGENCIES and CATASTROPHES:
Current Health Care Challenges". Dr Michael Weston, medical direc-
tor of Broward County Fire/Rescue and Broward County's Health
Care Emergency Preparedness Program, will speak on the topic, "In the
Eye of the Hurricane: Delivering Health Care", Wednesday, March 8
@ 7pm. Conference venue: British Colonial Hilton .Opening night is
free. Please visit the website, www.bjhamasmdtb cor forT more infor-
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting
times and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday Fridays
6pm to 7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday mornings -10am to 11am
Sacred Heart Church; Fridays 6pm to 7pm The Kirk: Mondays and
Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm New Providence Community Centre:
Monday 6pm to 7pm Wednesday and Fridays 7pm to 8pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the second
Tuesday of each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Cen-
treville. Call 323-4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays and
Thursday at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423 to register or for
Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform at Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first
Traveller's Rest, West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm. Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community
Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
Ija --.F sugar. blood pressure and cholesterol testing is avail-
&I. IN able. For more info call "'i2-4lo4t or ?37-2S78
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every month,
6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.
Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2:30pm
(except August and December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the American Heart
Association offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The course
defines the warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common seri-
ous injuries and choking that can occur in adults, infants and chil-
dren. CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Train-
ing Representative at 302-4732 for more information and learn to save
a life today:
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges
meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.
Earth Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and Colum-
Sbus Avenue, offers free admission every Wednesday by appoint-
ment between 9am and 3pm. Bring your class, play group, or fam-
ily and experience some of the greatest wonders of nature; a
petting farm, a nature trail, pony/horse rides, and wetlands. For
more information or to book events call 356-2274 or 434-8981.
Special rates available for groups of 20 or more with a two week
,advance reservation. Donations are accepted in exchange for;,
St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for children:
from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools. The pro-'
gramme, is held Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's Presbyterian
Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers, karata, sports, art, dra- ,
ma and baking. The programme is free to children from the Bain and-.,
Grants Town communities. Parents interested in enrolling their children
should contact the church at 322-5475 or email:
JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a',
cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents inter-
ested in registering their children should contact organizers at jarcy-
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorori-
ty Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas,
National Pride Building.
Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mon->:
day's at 7pm.
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C Sweeting Seniort
School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road. Cluib 9477-'
meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community College RmAA19,'-
Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colonial Hilton.
Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178
meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club. 2437 meets every second, fourth and'fifth Wednesday at the J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets
Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494
meets every Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-,
West Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays:
at 7pm. Club Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in'
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are wel-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every
second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @ Gay-
lord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @
Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.
The..Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every
third Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Bay St.
Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second and
fourth Wednesday of. the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each month,
7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more
info call 325-1947 after 4pm.
International Association of Administrative Professionals, Bahamas
Chapter meets the third Thursday of every month @ Superclubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.
AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month at
COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the aca-
demic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and culture in
Send all your civic and social events to The Tribune
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1 I I I' I
Cancer centre accredited
FROM page one the greatest advancements to be able to grow in
you know not only affects the patient, but it Following the press conference, Prime Minis-
affects the entire household. ter Perry Christie officially opened and toured the
S"So being able to do this has truly been one of facility.
Murder trial defence
FROM page one Mr Kemp also questioned the Justice Jon Isaacs told the
credibility of witness Robert court he was not prepared to
Witness Robert Green, telling Green, pointing out that he had summarise the case yesterday
the nine woman, three-man given three contradictory sto- as it would be a very lengthy
Supreme Court jury that Green ries as to what happened at the ordeal and ruled that the matter
vas a "stranger to the truth." Travellers Rest that night. Mr be adjourned to Monday.
, "He came here, swore on the Kemp told the jury that they Five men, Derek Bastian,
Bible and lied to all of us," Mr could not feel sure that it was Don Bastian, Neil Prosper,
'oss told the court. Jeffrey Miller to the exclusion Raymond Hepburn and Jeffrey
, "The Crown's case was preg- of all others who had been the Miller, are accused, being con-
nant with suspicion. They called one to inflict the fatal wound cerned together, of the May 12,
Witnesses that contradicted on Peter Clark. Mr Kemp noted 2001, murder of Peter Clark.
themselves and others," Mr that a witness testified that his Jerome Bastian was acquit-
iloss told jurors, client was not even at the Trav- ted of the charges last. week.
SMichael Kemp, attorney for ellers Rest that night but had The remaining five men are also
Ieffrey Miller, said at the trial's been at another club known as charged with the attempted
present stage it is still not Shirley's Place. Mr Kemp also murder of John Moxey.
known who killed Peter Clark. said there was confusion in evi- It is alleged that they caused
S"The evidence adduced by dence given by the police as the death of Clark and attempt-
the prosecution in this case is well and asked why several wit- ed to murder Moxey during an
iot enough to convict a dog, nesses who may have been able altercation outside the Trav-
Sinless this is a kangaroo court,".' to assist his client's case were ellers Rest restaurant in Man-
Mr Kemp claimed. not called to the stand. grove Cay, Andros.
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'Trauma' caused deaths
FROM page one
came at a press conference
called to quell international
unease over a possible bird flu
Over the last few days, sto-
ries have circled the world via
international news agencies
following the discovery of
dead birds in Inagua.
Experts flew into the island
to carry out checks, but ulti-
mately blamed the deaths on
Ministry of Agriculture offi-
cials reported that only 10
birds were found dead in
Inagua. Initially the number
was said to be as high as 21.
Seven flamingoes, two
spoonbills and one egret were
found dead in a remote area of
the Inagua breeding grounds,
Since the discovery, specu-
lation has mounted over the
likelihood that the deadly
5N1 bird flu virus was to
ame, sparking inquiries from
temational media and health
Reporting on his findings,
Dr Jeffrey Lyn, the specialist
sent to Inagua to investigate,
said it is even likely the birds
died from old age.
There is also a suggestion
that hunting was taking place
for migratory ducks where the
carcasses were found.
However, the birds were
found in such an advanced
state of decomposition that no
definite diagnosis could be
made, and no useful samples
of internal organs could be
recovered for testing.
Mr Miller said if the virus
was to reach the Bahamas, it
would travel across the Bering
Strait dividing Siberia and
Alaska, then cross Canada on
its way down to North Amer-
"There has been no report-
ed case of the bird flu in North
America none whatsoever.
None in Canada, Newfound-
land, even Alaska. The
Bahamas is way down the
chain next to Florida. There
have been no reported cases
in this part of the world.
"It's confined really to
Africa, Asia, and some parts
of Europe, but not America.
As the expert said on Mon-
day, if migratory birds were
to enter North America it
probably would be through
the Bering Straits, coming
through Alaska, and then
you have 48 states in the US
for those birds to travel," he
Mr Miller said it was doubt-
ful that a sick bird could trav-
el thousands of miles to the
"Even if it happens that
probably won't be for 12 or 18
months, if at all. Just a few
weeks ago there was a report
that the chickens in Trinidad
may have had it. No such thing
occurred. It's just that people
are very concerned.
"The Bahamas, being in
such a volatile state with our
tourism sector, has to be very
careful of the information we
put out to the media because
that goes out to the world.
"If it is in no part of North
America, it is almost impossi-
ble for it to be here in the
Bahamas," he said.
Mr Miller said the Bahamas
is still a safe and secure place,
assuring the public that there
are no documented cases of
bird flu anywhere in North
America or the Caribbean
Bird flu alert 'will not
affect tourism industry'
FROM page one
flu, certainly not at this point,"
Mr Wilchcombe said that
although the ministry is going
to be billed for having to fun-
nel out this host of good pub-
licity correcting previous
reports, it is definitely some-
thing that is needed to prop-
erly manage the image of the
"We do have our crisis man-
agement plan and we have
activated it. We have our pub-
lic relations firm right now
actively getting our informa-
tion out, ensuring thai the cor-
rect news is given allaying the
fears of all those calling from
around the world.inquiring if
what they saw-on Monday was,
in fact, true."
Mr Wilchcombe said, he
feels they have the situation
very much in hand.
"We are on top of it, no
question about it. I feel very
confident that we have been
able to deploy a damage con-
trol campaign that is working.
"This morning on a local
Florida station they carried our
response and so I think the
message is getting out there
and around the world," he
Mr Wilchcombe said the
tourism industry could have
been very hard-hit if a quick
response to the bird lu fears '
had not been laid to rest.
"Our job as journalists is to
always ensure that what we are
reporting can stand up to
scrutiny. So when you are
reporting on something that
can impact your country or
your economy you have to be
even more careful.
"You have to check and
double check or even delay
your story for a day or two to
make sure you are not caus-
ing irreparable damage to your
nation," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that,
with shortfalls in bookings and
cancellations, his ministry will
next week be reviewing what
kind of revenue loss the bird
flu scare costthe Bahimas.'
Lagan Holdings Ltd.
Tel: 377-0094 thru 8
Due to the successful completion of the Phase 1A of
the Nassau International Airport Airside Improvement
Project, we now have a quantity of surplus material
* Roadbase Material
Imported Crushed Stone: .4,500 Cubic Yards
(Excellent compaction qualities)
* Imported Screen Size Stone:
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SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006
Fax: (242) 328-2398
MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
FOR the second year, the CR
Walker Knights pulled off their
third straight Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports Associa-
tion's annual track and field
championship title. ,
This year, they did it winning
three of the four divisional titles
to hold off a strong challenge
from the CC Sweeting Cobras
as the intermediate and senior
segment of the three-day meet
came to a close on Friday at the
Thomas A Robinson Track and
The Knights joined the LW
Young Golden Eagles, who
dethroned the CH Reeves Rap-
tors in the junior division on
Thursday to secure their eighth
title in the 14-year history of
CR Walker's coach Floyd
Armbrister said it was a bal-
anced team effort that enabled
the Knights to polish off the
Cobras and the other five par-
ticipating~schoels. -. ,,
"\\e had a terN strong under-
17 boys and girls division and
our senior girls were just as
strong," Armbrister stressed.
"But we knew that CC Sweet-
ing would be strong, especially
in the senior boys division, and
that made it even sweeter with
The Knights would accumu-
late a total of 705 points after
winning the combined senior
division with 385.5 and they
clinched the intermediate boys
(156), intermediate girls (174)
and senior boys (178).
"It came down to the 4 x 4 in
all of the divisions, but I think
we just wanted it a little bit
more than CC Sweeting," said
Armbrister, who credited his
team's support to the support
staff that included national
coach Frank 'Pancho' Rahming,
Natasha Huyler and even Jack
Knowles from CH Reeves.
Armbrister, however, con-
gratulated coach Julie Wilson
and the Cobras for giving them
the push. But as the defending
champions, he said they were
not going to rest on their lau-
"We lost some' key athletes
like Ramon Miller and Lenience
Clarke, but we had to try and
put people like Keneisha Miller
and Ashley Hanna to fill their
shoes," he reflected.
"We also had Sheneice
Wright and Carl Stuart, who
was a lot more healthy this year.
This team was very balanced. I
want to take my hats off to all of
the athletes who helped to pull
this win off."
Despite the loss,, coach Wil-
son said the Cobras performed
beyond her expectations.
"Many of our children per-
fortied way better than we
thought they would have," she
said.i "So it was a dog fight all
the *way through for two years.
"CR Walker's relays were
just;:o good for us, but we gave
them a run.for their money."
Wilson said athletes like
Andrea Bethel, Kayuse Bur-
rows and Christopher Adder-
ley should be singled out, but
she added that they were able
to compile a great deal of their
points in the field events as well.
Rounding out the rest of the
participating schools were the
Dame Doris Johnson Mystic
Marlins in third with 359; CI
Gibson Rattlers in fourth with,
350; Governmentl-High Magics
in fifth with 277.5; CV Bethel
Stingrays in sixth with 253 and
the RM Bailey Pacers in sev-
enth with 167.,
See inside for more stories
* CR Walker Knights Kashif Bain clears the bar in the Senior Boys' Pole Vault for second place
,(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)
* CC Sweeting's Ramon Adderely clears the bar in the Senior Boys' Pole Vault
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)
* ATHLETES compete in the steeplechase
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)
Williams-Darling denies shooting rumours
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
DESPITE rumours that she was shot
in Jamaica on Friday, Tonique
Williams-Darling has informed The
Tribune that she is okay and training in
When contacted on Friday,
Williams-Darling said her cell phone
had been flooded with calls from her
family members and friends who want-
ed to know if she was all right.
"It's just unfortunate that we have
been exposed to this information,
because it's false information,"
"I don't know exactly: how it was
influenced, but I just want to let every-
body know that there were a lot of
concerned calls today from friends and
a lot of fans and I know that a lot of
Bahamians were saddended today to
hear the news."
Williams-Darling, who is training in
preparation for her trip to the Com-
monwealth Games in Melbourne, Aus-
tralia from March 15-27, said she want-
ed to let everybody know that she is
fine and well.
"I'm okay and I hope this hasn't
affected my family because I was in
touch with them all week," she said.
"I just spoke to my mom and my sister
"So they know that I'm okay, but I
hope they are not affected by this
rumour because I'm here training and
getting ready to represent my coun-
Williams-Darling said she and the
remainder of the Steve Riddick camp
moved to Florida because of the cold
weather in Virginia where they are
"The weather wasn't in our favour in
Virginia, so we moved to Florida so
that we can put on the best showing
possible in Melbourne," she stated.
Williams-Darling, however, emphat-
ically stated that she is not in Jamaica
and she has not been there in several
years, so she hopes that the rumours
"I'm here in Florida an we've been
working hard at getting ready to com-
pete," she added. "I just want every-
body in the Bahamas to know that
I'm fine ani everything is going very
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PAGE 2B, SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006
M CR Walker's Fernitra Brown clears the hurdle to win the girls' intermediate 300 metre hurdles
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)
knee injury to
* CARL Stuart wins the senior boys' 100 metres
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)
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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER missing last year's
meet because of an injury, Carl
Stuart returned to the track and
dominated the Government
Secondary Schools Sports Asso-
ciation's senior boys sprints.
Stuart clinched the title of the
fastest athlete in the govern-
ment schools when he easily
pulled away to win the 100
metres in a time of 10.91 sec-
onds over his nearest rival, Tian
Russell from the CC Sweeting
Cobras in 11.21.
Nursing a left knee injury,
Stuart had to come back on the
home stretch to pull off the dou-
ble in the 200 in 22.41 with Rus-
sell once again settling for sec-
onds in 22.83.
"I didn't get the start I want-
ed, but I was able to pull away
and win it easily," he charged.
"My performance was good,
considering the left knee
The fastest intermediate boy
turned out to be CR Walker's
Charles Richardson, who
clocked 11.70 to take the 100m
over CI Gibson's Emmanuel
Petitlomme in 11.78. Richard-
son doubled up in the 200m in
23.74 with Dentri Moss of Doris
Johnson second in 23.95.
In the senior girls' division,
CC Sweeting's Andrea Bethel
claimed the 100 crown in 12.95
over Tamika Davis of CR
Walker in 13.42. Bethel moved
up to the 400 hurdles, winning
in 1:08.18 with CI Gibson's
Sashanique Philistine second in
If that was not enough,
Bethel showed more of her ver-
satility by going on the field and
clearing 10.75 metres to secure
the win in the triple jump. Her
nearest challenge came from CI
Gibson's Jervina Theophilus
But as the hectic schedule
began to wear on her, Bethel
had to settle for second in the
200m in 26.82 behind CR Walk-
er's Keneisha Miller (25.99).
"There wasn't any competi-
tion in the 100m. I just went out
and did what I had to do,"
Bethel charged. "But in the
200m, it was good, but I had
just finished the triple jump, so
I just went out and did my
The intermediate girls' divi-
sion saw leasha White sweep
the sprints, taking the century in
12.51 for Govern,ment high
over CI Gibson's Charlene
Innocent (12.78) and the 200m
in 26.26 over Innocent's 27.07.
"The competition wasn't all
that. I just went out there and
did my best," said White, who
indicated that her 100m was her
best race because it's the
"fastest and you have to really
prepare yourself for it.
"The 200m wasn't my spe-
ciality, but it was okay. Once
you get out of your blocks and
relax the first 50m, you just have
to give it your all like you're
running the 100m."
Also on the track, Trevino
Thompson of Doris Johnson
added the intermediate boys'
800m title in 2-06.44 over
Nicholas Farrington of CC
Sweeting (2:10.57) to his 1.51i.0m
victory.in 4:28.55 over RM Bai-
ley's' Joshua Edgecombe
"I thought it was a good race,
but the time wasn't good,"
Thompson reflected about his
half-mile run. "When I got out,
I knew I just had to keep my
pace, but I knew I had a faster
come back lap, so I expected to
pick it up."
As for the 1,500m, Thomp-
son said he didn't anticipate any
competition, so it wasn't as
tough as it was in the 800m
when he had to come from
behind in the last lap.
Also coming from behind in
the last lap, Carmel Eugene of
Government High ran 2:35.35
to upset CR Walker's Ashley
Hanna (2:39.35) and Mary
Miller (2:42.37) in the sprint to
the finish line.
"I wanted to beat this girl
from three years ago, so I'm
very happy that I finally did it,"
Eugene said as she was flocked
by some of her team-mates.
"In the last lap, I knew that I,
had it. All I was thinking was
this was my last lap, so I just
had to do it."
The senior boys' 800m also
came down to a sprint, but this
time the CR Walker combo of
Lesley Dorceval (2:05.89) and
Keon Minns (2:07.02) prevailed.
For Dorceval, it was his third
straight victory as he clinched
the 1,500m (4:34.38) over CC'
Sweeting's Anthony Saunders
(4:39.35) and the 5,000m
(18:21.54) over Saunders
"It was good. Coach iFlo.d
Armbrister) told me what to do
and Ijust went out and executed
it," he said. "I didn't expect to
go all out, but I expectedto
have my partner come down the
line with me. We train togeth-
On the field, CC Sreeting's
Jaymee Ferguson took the high
jump with a leap of 1.47
metres; Government High's
Shandira Hanna won the long
jump (4.55 metres); CR Walk-
er's Keithra Richards the triple
jump (10.12 metres); CI Gib-
son's Jenni Pierre the shot put
(12.04) and discus (29.15) with
CR Walker's Fernitra Brown
taking the javelin (27.54).
In the senior girls division,
CV Bethel's Cara Bowleg took
the high jump (1.67 metres); CC
Sweeting's Krishanda Lewis the
shot put (11.85 metres) and
Roseline Benjamin of CC
Sweeting in the discus (31.29)
and javelin (35.95).
The intermediate boys' divi-
sion saw CI Gibson's Vincent
McKinney take the high jump
(1.83); CC Sweeting's Vernal
McIntosh the pole vault (3.35);
Doris Johnson's Donovan
Williams the long jump (6.22)
and javelin (51.95); CR Walk-
er's Rashad Moxey the triple
jump (13.79); CI Gibson's Jer-
maine Storr the shot put (11.60)
and RM Bailey's Brian Bethel
the discus (31.36).
And in the senior boys' divi-
sion, Ranon Adderley tripled
in the high jump (1.98), long
jump (6.61) and pole vault
(6.61); Cameron Parker of CR
Walker in the triple jump
(14.24); CC Sweeting's Arthur
Gregory in the shot put (12.53);
CV Bethel's Keith Oliver in the
discus (35.06) and CC Sweet-
ing's Elvin Carey in the javelin
* CI Gibson's Darren Rolle competing in the senior boys' high
* CC Sweeting Jaymee Ferguson clears the hurdles during the intermediate 300 metre hurdles
.(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)
St John's to pay
tribute to former
coach in memorial
* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE they prepare to begin competition
in the Bahamas Association of Independent
Secondary Schools' inter-school track and field
championships next week, St John's College
will also be paying homage to the late former
student/athlete/coach Keith Carey.
On Tuesday at 9am at the school, a memo-
rial will be held for all persons interested in
paying their tribute before the funeral service
is held on Wednesday at 11am at Bahamas
St John's; who have been;touched by the
untimely death of Carey on Monday, will be
competing in the BAISS track and field cham-
pionships, but one of their coaches Sherwin
Major said it just will not be the same.
"The death has really touched the seniors
more than the juniors because they know him
more," said Major, who also coached the St
John's Giants basketball team.
"We're dedicating this track and field meet
to him. We want to do this for him. But it's
really hard because we have now lost two
Giants in two years. First Mr Burrows and
now Mr Carey. They both went so sudden."
The Giants, however, will have a difficult
time at the mc.-t as they go up against the St
Augustine's College Big Red Machines, who
have dominated the BAISS meet from its
Major said there are some members of the
Giants' team who would like to attend the
funeral, but they know that they have a mission
Also on a mission is Auburn tlmJnersity's
assistant coach Henry Rolle, who is r\ ing to
become the first Bahamian to win a NCAA
division one title as a coach in any sport when
they compete in the indoor championships
next weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
While he would like to be able to come
home and pay his respects to his former colle-
giate, Rolle said he hope Carey's family can
understand his delimma.
"I will try to put more pressure on myself
and hopefully get Auburn to win this title for
him," Rolle stated. "I would like to come
home, but it's going to be difficult getting a
flight in and out because of the NCAA Cham-
Rolle and Carey worked together on the
Giants' track team for two years in 1994-1996
before Carey left to venture into his business.
However, Rolle said they stayed in touch
because Carey went on to sponsor another
alumni Dominic Demeritte, whom he trained
up to this year.
TRIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2006, PAGE 3B
field event i
GOVERNMENT Secondai y Schools Sports Association's 14th
Annual Track and Field Championships. held on Thursday and Fri-
day at the Thomas A Robinson I rack and Field Stadium.
Overall team finish
CR Walker 705
CC Sweeting 644.50
Doris Johnson 359
CI Gibson 350
Government high 277.50
CV Bethel 253
RM Bailey 167
Combined intermediate team standings
CR Walker 334
CC Sweeting 259
Doris Johnson 195
CI Gibson 18i
Government High 153
CV Bethel ,18
RM Bailty 108
Combined senior boys division
CC Sweeting 385,50
CR Walker 371
C1 Gibson 169 ,
Doris Johnson 164
CV Bethel. 1 I .
'Government High .12450
RM Bailey 59 !
Female intermediate division
CR Walker 156
CC Sweeting 154
Government High 132
CI Gibson 75
Doris Johnson 58
CV Bethel 36
RM Bailey 30
Female senior division..
CR Walker 174
CC Sweeting 172 .."
Government High 92 .
CI Gibson 87
Doris Johnson 77
SCV Bethel 52 t
RM Bailey 26
Men'a individual division
CR Walker 178 ...
Doris Johnson 137
CI Gibson 106
CC Sweeting .105
CV Bethel. 82
-RM Bailey 78 A
-Government High 21
Men's senior division
CC Sweeting 213.50
CR Walker 197
Doris Johnson 87
CV Bethel 83
CI Gibson 82 U CI GIBSON'S Vicent McKenney wins the senior boys' high jump
-RM Bailey 33
'Government High 32.50
(Photo: Felip6 Major/Tribune staff)
M CI Gibson Darren Rolle in the boys' senior long jump U CC Sweeting Vernal McIntosh in the boys' javelin
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
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