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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Portion of title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 23, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Tribune Staff Reporter
A 60-YEAR-OLD woman
fought off two bag-snatchers
who tried to mug her at the
Harbour Bay Shopping Centre
on Thursday afternoon.
The Nassau woman, who was
on her lunch break, was leav-
ing Rubins, and walking to Bed,
Bath and Home nearby when
two boys approached her from
"At first I thought it was an
old friend trying to surprise
me," she said. "But as soon as I
realized what was going on I
held on to my bag and
With her bag hanging off her
shoulder and clamped under
her arm, the woman shouted
and tried to kick the boy who
had a grip on her bag, while the
other boy stood by.
"If they had been bigger, or
if I had seen a machete or a gun
I might have let them take it,
but I just decided to fight it out
and they could see I wasn't
going to go calmly," she said.
"I had my new Visa card in
there, all my credit cards, my
passport my life was in that
bag and I couldn't let it go."
As she kicked and screamed,
people came out of the stores to
help her.
The boy holding her bag
loosened his grip, and the other
boy who had been standing by
pointed his fingers like a gun
and held them up to her fore-
head making a 'pop' sound
before running off.
The muggers, thought to be
18 or younger, escaped in a
4 rented car with tinted windows,
which had been parked behind
the dry cleaners across Ihe way.
Security staff arrived on the
scene and reported the incident
SEE page 6

'Superman' collects dream medal

Senior Sports Reporter

BEIJING, China The Bahamas remained
tied for 77th spot on the medal chart with eight
other countries after Leevan 'Superman' Sands
was awarded his bronze from the men's triple

jump at the XXIX Olympic Games.
Last night at the Bird's Nest, Sands received
his medal from Israel's Alex Gilady, a member
of the International Olympic Committee. He
also received a bouquet of flowers from
SEE page 6

BTC union to face 'action'

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE government will take "appropriate
action" on the Bahamas Communications and
Public Officers Union (BCPOU) and its man-
agement arm for demonstrations staged last week,
Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette said
Mr Symonette also responded to criticism that
he was not vocal in his capacity as acting prime

minister during the heated union action that dis-
rupted activities in Nassau's and Freeport's main
During a brief interview with The Tribune at
the Rotary Club of East Nassau's weekly meeting
yesterday, Mr Symonette said:
"(In) regard to the issue you raised about
whether or not it will (create) a degree of slack-
ness, I will advise you to stay tuned, appropriate
action will be taken and persons who continue to
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Officer's family

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death cause

* By LLOYD ALLEN According to a Defence
Force source, Carey was a quiet
FAMILY members of a dead man.
Defence Force officer say that, The source said Carey may
contrary to police reports, they have been taking the sexual
do not believe he died from an enhancement drug Viagra,
accidental overdose but was which was supposedly found in
murdered, his system at the time of his
Leo Carey, cousin of death.
deceased RBDF petty officer With Viagra known to have
Gary Carey, told The Tribune caused deaths with alcohol use,
yesterday that, regardless of the family are convinced it was
preliminary police reports, he not the blue.pill that caused the
with other relatives think there death of Gary Carey.
is much more to thisstory than According to the family,
what is being confirmed. there was a suspicious wound
On Sunday around 4pm, the on the back of Carey's neck that
54-year-old officer was discov- led them to believe his death
ered by his Jamaican girlfriend was more than accidental.
who, according to Mr Carey, is Police liaison officer Walter
still being questioned by police. Evans told The Tribune:
The officer was last seen alive "According to the information
by his son just hours before his that I have, there was nothing
death. The son, who is still emo- unusual about that (Carey's
tional about his father's death, death) because we thought it
said he had seen his father in a might have been otherwise but
local foodstore. it turned out to be something
With rumours circulating different."
about the circumstances of the With relatives still waiting for
death, relatives insist police an official police report, they
must probe further to discover say their intention is to discover
the real cause. the truth.

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THE Bahamas urgently
requires a foreign legal ombuds-
man to handle complaints
against crooked attorneys, it
was claimed yesterday.
A retired senior jurist from a
Commonwealth country should
be appointed in an effort to get
the allegedly "dysfunctional"
legal system back on track.
The call came from disbarred
lawyer Ortland Bodie Jr, who
claims many attorneys are
working like a "clannish cabal"
against the interests of the
Bahamian people.
He said a "Wild West" sce-
nario had developed in which
some attorneys believed they
could act as they pleased.
His comments came in the
aftermath of the debacle involv-
ing Nassau attorney Andrew
Thompson, who is serving a six-
month suspension for misap-
propriating clients' funds.
Last Monday, The Tribune's
INSIGHT section carried a
hard-hitting exposure of
Thompson, prompting a public



outcry against questionable
attorneys to be published in this
Monday's edition.
Mr Bodie said: "Some of
those in the law who are pon-
tificating about others have
complaints against their own
firms before the Bar Associa-
"There have been cases in the
past where lawyers from estab-
lished law firms have been
accused of misappropriation of
clients' funds.
"These cases have gone
nowhere for the obvious rea-
sons. Now it is time for an
ombudsman to be appointed
from outside.
"We don't want a Bahamian
in the job. He or she needs to
come from the UK, Australia
or some other Commonwealth
He said Britain, Australia and
many other countries now had
ombudsmen to represent the
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A cross the street from the Immigration
office, in the heart of Marsh Harbour,

Sbaco, lies one of country's biggest

slums, an illegal home to hundreds of Haitian

migrants and their children.

Generations of Haitians have settled in 'The

Mud' and 'Pigeon Pea' for more than 30

years, and these growing communities on

adjacent plots of government and private

land, provide a home for both Bahamians,

Haitians with legitimate work permits, and

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A census in the year 2000
counted 1,500 Bahamian citi-
zens and Haitians with a right
to work in the Bahamas living
in the Peas and the
Mud's dense clusters of ply-
wood shacks, but estimates of
the actual number of residents
are as high as 5,000.
The reality of who actually
lives in the uncontrolled and
fast-growing slum is unknown.
"It provides a place for the
unsavoury or suspected crimi-
nals to hide," said concerned
Abaconian Michael Albury,
president of the Abaco Cham-
ber of Commerce in Marsh
"And because they are liv-
ing among people who are try-
ing to lay low, and who are
here illegally, people are not
going to call the police to
report criminals in their com-
munity. "
In an attempt to bring some
order to the community, house
numbers were spray painted
on homes after two recent fires
ripped out 70 and 140 houses,
because fire crews, attending
to fires in the dark slums,
could not identify the number
of properties.
But fire is just one of the
risks. Heavy rains will drown
'the area of drained swamp
land in around four feet of
water. Electricity is sourced
from houses on the edge of the
settlement by routing wires to
other shacks in the vicinity,
and the plastic water pipes
peaking through the dirt roads
are more likely to carry elec-
tricity than water, posing a
major danger in the event of
fire or flood.
The trodden dirt roads filled
with potholes forming lake-
like puddles, are littered with
plastic bags, bottles, food
wrappers, and adorned with
rusted, burnt-out cars. And yet
residents of the slum draw
water from wells on the land
bordering on Marsh Harbour's
underground freshwater lens.
A stench of waste and urine
permeates the slum, where
refuse collections began just
last year with a newly estab-
lished dump on the main road
leading from Marsh Harbour's
port into town which divides
the Peas and the Mud.
In addition to the lack of
sanitation, the density of hous-
es poses a danger to children
vulnerable to sexual abuse.
A local pastor said: "We
have children unprepared for
unwanted pregnancy, children
having children in here."

Mother.-ot-two Flonrnda
Vedjrnda. 31, is concerned
about her son and daughter,
aged 10 and 7.
"The kids are all oer the
place." said the Haitian moth-
er ,,ho has a Bahamian work
permit and had her children
I w.orr about them wan-
dering around with no light, I
cannot find them.
'Life is not happy. I would
like to live in a place with elec-
tricity, light, cable, a decent
place where we could stay."
Mrs Verdanda earns $200 a
week working at the gas sta-
tion, and spends around half of
that on rent and bills.
But it is not just the eco-
nomic pressures of living in an
affluent town, where the low-
est priced lot of land is around
$30,000, that keeps the Hait-
ian-Bahamian community in
the Peas and the Mud, it is
their devotion to their families
in Haiti, where unemployment
is rocketing to over 80 per
cent, and people are struggling
to survive.
Onisse Areksan, 30, moved
to the Mud from Port-de-Paix
in North West Haiti 10 years
ago and her children are
She earns a living selling
candies from a stall in the Mud
and sends food, cash and
clothing to her family in Haiti.
She does not foresee a move
out of the Mud anytime soon.
Like Bernard Louis, 26, and
his wife Monique Noel, 42,
parents of seven children who
have lived in the Mud for 16
years, they can only hope to
move into a safe family home.

Painter and dry-wall builder
Claude Stoffeaur, 39, has lived
in the Mud since he moved
from Port-de-Paix at age 11,
and is looking forward to mov-

.ing into the home he has saved
for in Central Pines, Marsh
He said: "I am very lucky to
be going now, life is not easy in
Although the unsanitary liv-
ing conditions are a reflection
of towns like Port-de-Paix, job
opportunities, access to educa-
tion and healthcare are life-
changing differences for Hait-
ian people who cannot find
work, and struggle to feed,
educate and care for their fam-
ilies in Haiti.
For this reason migrants will
continue to settle in the Peas
and the Mud and raise their
children there.
The local pastor, who did
not want to be named, said:
"The children born here are
Bahamian, the Bahamas is all
they know.
"But once you have that
French name, then as far as
the society is concerned you
are Haitian, regardless of hav-
ing a Bahamian passport, and
you are treated as such."
Twenty Three-year-old
Yvonne Moss is a Bahamian
born of Haitian parents in
Freeport, Grand Bahama, and
has lived in the Mud for 11
She said: "I consider myself
Bahamian, but the way things
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when your parents are Haitian,
or you are a part of the Hait-
ian community, you are con-
sidered Haitian."
Mr Albury said this genera-
tion of Haitian-Bahamians
must integrate in Abaco and
throughout the Bahamas to
prevent future strife.
"We cannot continue to
treat the next generation as
second-class citizens," he said.
"They have a right to be
here and they are not desper-
ate people. They are educated
and talented Bahamian citi-
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But who living in the Peas
and the Mud has a right to live
and work in the Bahamas has
yet to be determined.
And the spreading health
hazard on government land in
the centre of town has yet to
be controlled.
The local pastor said: "This
community may not be as bad
as the slums in Haiti, but it
should not exist in the
Bahamas, therefore, it needs
to go." Mr Albury's solution is
to tackle the slum section by
section, marking off areas to
determine who lives there

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legally and who does not.
"Those who are in the
Bahamas illegally, repatriate,"
he said.
"And those who are legal
and have work permits,
encourage their employers to
find them alternative homes.
"Their average income is
$300 to $500 a week so there is
no reason why they can't be
renting a decent place, and if
people were to build apart-
ment complexes with proper
sanitation they could be rent
them out to these transient
people, and it would provide a
business for people here."

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday,

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Wild Bill Hickok, Barack Obama and me

SAN ANTONIO I had no problem
with Barack Obama.
But then I learned something about the
man that disturbed and angered me. I'm not
referring to the smears spread about him,
including the one about him being the
What disturbed me about Obama came
from his own mouth while he campaigned in
Springfield, Mo., which is where Wild Bill
Hickok fought his first quick-draw duel.
Obama said that family legend is that
Hickok is a distant cousin of his.
Well, the last man Hickok killed in a gun-
fight was Phillip Houston Coe in Abilene,
Kan., in 1871.
Coe was my great-great-uncle. Such are
the fascinating racial dynamics and myster-
ies of the United States that a black (and
white) man such as Obama and a black man
(with white bloodlines) such as myself are
the descendants of a couple of white gun-
fighters from the Wild West who faced off
against each other. But that's not what con-
cerns me now.
Barack, your cousin killed my uncle! You
just made this very personal.
I admit that it's not the most ego-inflating
nail on which to hang a family's banner of
achievement, having your most well-known
ancestor famous for getting shot down by a
legend. It's not as if he did something no
one else couldn't have done by being too
slow in a gunfight.
When I was a child on a family trip to
Grand Prairie one summer, we went to that
city's wax museum where there was a depic-
tion of Hickok shooting Uncle Phil. When
my relative was pointed out to me I said,
"Wow! Wild Bill Hickok was my great-great-
"No, Cary," I was told. "The one getting
shot is your great-great-uncle."
Growing older, I learned to take a per-
verse pride in the circumstances of Uncle
Phil's demise.
There are not a lot of people who can go
on the Internet or look through any biogra-
phy of Hickok and read about him killing
their kin. A few weeks ago I was walking
down an aisle in a bookstore and saw a new
biography on Hickok.
I stopped, looked up "Phil Coe" in the
index, read the pages and, as I closed the
book and put it back, I smiled and said to
myself, "Yep, still dead."

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That Coe is my uncle is a reminder of the
many white branches and roots that are in so
many of the family trees of African Ameri-
cans. Coe's father, and my great-great-great-
grandfather, Phillip Haddox Coe left Geor-
gia in the 1820s, some say under suspicion of
murder, and eventually ended up near Gon-
zales, Texas.
He was an acquaintance of Sam Houston
and at one point owned 16,000 acres.
In 1852, he was shot playing poker in a
Gonzales saloon.
Uncle Phil fought for the Confederates,
was a gambler, a brawler, saloonkeeper and
friend of John Wesley Hardin. While he's in
the history books, the same can't be said
for his half-brother, Dan, whose mother was
one of their father's slaves. Dan Coe was
the father of my great-grandmother, Louise
Coe Clack.
Their bawdy lifestyle is why I call both
Phil Coe "the white sheep" of the family.
Uncle Phil ended up in Abilene when, along
with his fricd, the gunman Ben Thomp-
son, he followed the Texas cattle drive there
and opened up the Bull's Head saloon.
Reports are that Hickok, who was the
town marshal, and Uncle Phil didn't get
along and the reason may have been over a
woman who preferred Uncle Phil to Hickok.
Now, that would be something to take
some pride in except for the fact that the
woman was alleged to have been a prostitute
and, well, sorry Uncle Phil, that won't win
you any mack daddy points.
Like losing a gunfight, winning the affec-
tions of a paid prostitute isn't that difficult.
On the night of Oct. 5, 1871, Uncle Phil
and the Texans got a little rowdy,
Uncle Phil shot at a dog, Hickok didn't
like it, shots were fired and Uncle Phil died
four days later. Yep, shooting at a dog led to
Phil Coe, my great-great-uncle, getting killed
by Wild Bill Hickok.
But he was my uncle and I must avenge
the family honour, even though there wasn't
much honourable in Uncle's actions.
So Barack, it's on, brother!
One hundred and thirty seven years later
it's you and me, in a three-point shooting-
contest on the basketball court of your
choice. One thing you should know. My
shooting is worse than Uncle Phil's. So the
family outcome won't be any different.
(This article was written by Cary Clack-
c.2008 San Antonio Express-News).




.staff action

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I read with interest Mr
Christopher Armaly's letter
printed in your paper today.
Needless to say, I along with
thousands of other Bahamians
agree with his comments.
I trust that BTC's Board, The
Government, and The Police
Force have not closed the book
on the demonstrations carried
out by BTC workers last week.
Perhaps some will feel that Mr
Armaly's opinion of such action
being "A threat to national
security" as overrated, however,
if left unchecked this will cer-
tainly be the case. Many whom
I have spoken with appear to
be at a loss for words that a
group of employees of a Gov-
ernment owned corporation
(and thus owned by the
Bahamian people) can take
company vehicles and bring two
of the nation's most important
thoroughfares to a standstill,
such that a taxi driver was
forced to beg for passage to
earn a fare. Anyone could write

on and on regarding the incon-
veniences and cost associated
with such action that day, which
ended only with the need for a
meeting of "clarification." My
fellow Bahamians, you should
demand better from your union
leaders. And, no, I am not look-
ing to take one of your jobs!
Today, after all of this, we are
still faced with overpriced and
unreliable service. Despite
recent comments by union lead-
ers that BTC is a profitable
"cash cow," I assure them this
would not be the case if the
company operated in an envi-
ronment of fierce competition.
With regards to BEC, I wish
Mr Armaly well in his determi-
nation to be refunded for a
damaged A/C unit. I look for-
ward to hearing about the out-
come of such a claim. Unfortu-
nately, I have not had the deter-

mination over the years to seek
reimbursement for the elec-
tronic devices that have been
burnt out by power surges.
Why can't we get an expla-
nation from BEC as to these
frequent surges and power cuts?
I have spoken to several BEC
employees who always tell me
"man get yourself a generator."
Let me end with a final
thought. We are currently faced
with challenging economic
times and things are likely to
get worse before they get better.
It is time for everybody, includ-
ing our Government leaders,
Government corporations, pri-
vate companies, and individu-
als to prudently manage their
finances, seek to reduce cost,
and work more efficiently for
the betterment of ourselves and
our country. This is not the time
to take to the streets!
God Bless the Bahamas.

August 18, 2008.

Please fix our pothole mess

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Would the relevant ministry please reinstate
the Eastern Road/Ridegeway road?
My colleague, who is six months pregnant,
dropped into the large pothole in the area while
driving to work this morning and her car tyre
God forbid if someone drops into the hole at
night and loses control of their vehicle.
Schools out east are about to re-open and the

last thing we need is for potholes to aggravate the
already ridiculous traffic problem.
While they're at it, the ministry might also fill
in the pothole on the corner of Village Road
North and Shirley Street.
These holes are difficult to see when filled
with rain water and are potentially dangerous.
August 21, 2008

Three years and

still waiting for a

'piece of the rock'

EDITOR, The Tribune.
Every so often we hear talk
of ways or incentives to have
Bahamians move back to the
Family Islands to help in the
building or the repopulation;
but in reality not much is being
done to help this cause. I am a
resident of Kemp's Bay, South
Andros where I work as a high
school computer teacher. As a
matter of fact I was born and
was educated here in South
In February 2005 I applied

NOTICE is hereby given that SILVANO BLANC of
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 11TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that HEPZ STANLEY
RENAUD of NASSAU, 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 n.t be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of AUGUST 2008
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCILLON PIERVIL of
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 23RD day of
AUGUST 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

for a piece of Crown land in
Black Point to build a home and
a piece in The Bluff to open a
business that would cater to
education development. In
2006, I spoke with Mr Leonard
Ferguson's secretary at the
Department of Land's and Sur-
vey who told me that I was
awarded a 1/2 acre (100x200)
residential plot. I was even giv-
en a lot number and the amount
I would have to pay but I had to
wait on final approval from the
Prime Minister's office. Accord-
ing to her I would have got a
letter in a couple of months.
In the summer of 2006, I
called again and was given the
same information, only this time
something was wrong with their
computer and everything need-
ed to be re-entered. This took
almost a year. Every time I
called, I was told that this infor-
mation needed to be entered
again. From 2005 to now, I was
never able to speak to Mr
Leonard Ferguson, the person
in charge of Andros Crown
In July 2008 I called again
and was told that this informa-
tion was sent to the Prime Min-
ister's office for approval. The
same information about the plot
of land was reiterated only the
cost seemed to be more than I
was initially told. Again, it

should only take a few months
but this time I decided to call
the PM's office.
When I called, the PM's
office I was told that a Mr Aud-
ley Grieves is in charge of the
Crown land approval. I spoke
with him and he told me that
he and his people were thinking
about making the Black Point
area into a subdivision. They
were about to meet on that to
meet the decision; however, he
could not give me a time frame
on this. He said to call him back
because he was in the process of
moving his office. Since then I
have left several messages for
Mr Grieves but he has not
returned any of my calls. He is
now in his new office at the
Department of Local Govern-
ment. It is now August 2008 and
I have yet to receive my letter.
That surveyor who was sup-
posed to come here to survey
Black Point in August 2008 has
not been seen either.
I am not the only Androsian
who is waiting for a letter. They
all voice the same frustration.
We are patiently waiting on our
piece of the rock while watching
non-Bahamians building here
in our home.
South Andros,
August, 2008.

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Tribune Stff Reporter

"I am vex vith these politi-
cians getting aught with their
pants down,so to speak. Why
dey so brasy to believe that
just because they win one
seat, they could get away with
But mo'e,
than tha I -
skipping ,-'.
mad over
our men- -
tality ii the ,
Ba hm as
that we
don': hold
our leaders
to a higher
standard -
they think .
ain' no
sions to
actions!" .
Moral . .
Man in
Cable '
Beach ,
I vex
because I ,' //
been read- /
ing some
reports in the tabloid press
and from what I gather it
seems like a lot of people out
there are misrepresenting the
fact that Keva Major was
released after she pled guilty
to attempting to import mar-
ijuana into the US.
"The judge only let her go
after considering her five
years time served! She was-
n't found innocent and I wish
some people would get their
facts straight.'!"
Loyal reader in Nassau
"I vex because Chris
Brown was robbed. He had
the race, he was in third place
we was gonna get a bronze

medal and the US dude just
threw himself across the finish
line. That kinda move should
be illegal. I ain' too sure bout
how the rules go, but that
wasn't right. But he still made
our country proud."
Chris Brown support-

"I vex because these rough
and tumble
Need to
stop their
S assault on
t h e
public. Just
the other
day I saw
t h i s
woman get
knock by
this car on
Bay Street.
Now I ain'
know how
da' driver
ain' see the
car next to
,r~. ,'." him slow
., .- down to let
the pedes-
) trian pass,
/ but he just
speed up
and I
heard him
with that woman.
"What make it worse, it
look like he was trying to get
away before da' police and
the other cars behind him
block him in. I ain' see how
bad the woman was hurt, but
dese reckless drivers who
don't have respect for pedes-
trians need to stop. And don't
get me started on dem jitney
drivers. I miss the days when
Convenient City Transit had
an organised system people
could depend on. Nowadays,
ya gatty wait 30 minutes,
sometimes an hour for one
jitney to come with their
music blaring."
Concerned citizen

PLP elects new

councillors for

Grand Bahama

A NEW slate of officers of
Progressive Liberal Party
branches throughout Grand
Bahama was elected to the
Grand Bahama PLP Council to
direct the party's affairs on the
island during a special meeting
on Wednesday night in
Senator Pleasant Bridgewa-
ter was the unanimous selection
of the branches to again head
the body. Joining her are Dr
Michael Darville, vice chairman;
Bernadette Bethel, secretary;
Constance Hanna, treasurer;
Denise Lewis, assistant secre-
tary/treasurer; and executive
officers Cassietta McIntosh, La
Quay Laing, and Eulita Stra-
The meeting and elections
were conducted by former
national chairman of the party,
the Member of Parliament for
West End and Bimini Obie
Wilchcombe, who was assisted
by assistant secretary-general
Michelle Reckley.
Sen Bridgewater immediate-
ly challenged the new officers
and supporters in attendance at
Party Headquarters to prepare

themselves for a focused effort
to return the PLP as the gov-
ernment and resume the
progress of the country
"delayed" since May 2007,
when the party lost office.
"We have a challenge ahead
of us," she said following the
meeting, "but we have done this
before and we will do it again.
"I was concerned today when
hearing of the vandalisation of
the new public school and want
to make it understood that we
condemn such actions which has
no place in our community, and
which could possibly impact the
start of the new school year.
"Within the next week we
will visit as many of the schools
on the island as possible to see
for ourselves just how close are
they to being ready for receiving
our students for the new term;
we also want to hear from the
teachers and principals about
staffing and supplies," said Miss
Mr Wilchcombe urged
branch representatives to be
proactive in addressing the con-
cerns of the communities
throughout Grand Bahama.
"We must ensure that those
persons who are experiencing
a rough time are seen and heard
and where possible assisted; in
these trying times the PLP must
be seen as organisation that can
possibly bring relief to their
pains," said Mr Wilchcombe.

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Tribune Freeport

FREEPORT Seawall con-
struction is nearing completion
at Williams Town, one of sev-
eral settlements along the
southern coast of the island that
was devastated four years ago
by powerful storm surges.
Minister of Works Neko
Grant, MP for Lucaya, was in
Grand Bahama on Thursday to
inspect the progress of work
underway .at Williams, Town,
which is situated just along the
outskirts of central Freeport.
The cost for the seawall pro-
ject at Williams Towns is esti-
mated around $400,000, accord-
ing to a Works official. Seawall
projects are also underway in
other settlements, including
High Rock, McCleans Town,

IN response to the Bahamas
having an assault rate that is
170 times the world average, as
reported by The Tribune, a new
Aikido class has been launched
by All Star Family Centre with
classes to be held on the west-
ern and eastern side of the
Aikido is a Japanese martial
art that emphasises the use of
an opponent's force to defeat
him and is known for its philos-
ophy of non-violence and
peaceful intentions.
"Aikido is ideal for Bahami-
ans as it emphasizes being able
to walk away with confidence,"
says chief instructor D'Arcy
Rahming, who holds numerous
black belts and began training in
Aikido in 1981 while at univer-
sity in Chicago.
"It is also ideal for women
because it does not rely on
strength as is necessary in some
of the other arts."
More information about the
art and the class schedule is
available at www.bahamasaiki-
The startling statistics pre-
sented by international agen-
cies about the assault rate in the
Bahamas has been met with dis-
belief by authorities.
However, Mr Rahming who
teaches classes in violence man-
agement through the martial
arts at the College of the
Bahamas, is not at all surprised.
"We live in an extremely vio-
lent society where people are
ruled by their emotions and
many have little understanding
of the rules of law that deter-
mine self-defence," explained

"It is ideal for
because it
does not rely
on strength,
as is necessary
in some of the
other arts."

Mr Rahming, who researches
violent crime and ways to avoid
becoming a victim.
"This should be a severe
warning to us as we have a
growing, but not yet critical,
knife or gun culture that is
prevalent in many other soci-
eties in our region.
"Should our culture make
that turn, our murder rate will
leap to unprecedented levels
overnight. Classes like Aikido
give individuals the ability to
defend themselves physically
but more importantly the mind-
set to avoid violence in its

and West End.
Acting director of Public
Works Gordon Major, project
engineer Deon Munroe, and
works official B Edwards
accompanied Mr Grant to
Grand Bahama.
Mr Grant had been agitating
for the construction of seawalls
at Williams Town following
severe flooding in the area dur-
ing Hurricane Frances in 2004.
"I am here with the acting
director and the project engi-
neer to inspect progress of the
seawall and it is much improved
and well underway," he said.
"The people of Williams and
Russell Town have endured
much and I have been able to
bring temporary relief for them
in a relatively short period."
Although the seawall acts as
buffer and provides some pro-
tection, Mr Grant said that res-
idents of Williams Town will
still have to evacuate in the

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event of a hurricane.
"They can leave home with
the assurance that at least their
property is better protected
than it was a year ago," he said.
Mr Grant said that the gov-
ernment will also pave the road
at Williams Town, where most
of asphalt surface had been
washed away by storm surge.
He said there are also plans to
build a boardwalk in the area
for residents and visitors.
"We are going to transform
the area," he said.
Gordon Major, acting direc-
tor of public works, said that
the seawall has been raised
from the initial design height to
provide the proper level of safe-
ty for residents and visitors in
the area.
"Work is moving along as
scheduled according to the
design specification and we are
very pleased with what we see
here today,' he said.


Project engineer Dcon
Munroe said seawall work is
also planned for other settle-
ments on Grand Bahama. "The
seawalls are designed to protect
the road it won't stop the
water from coming onto the
road, but it will proven the
washing away of the road," he
Mr Grant and his entourage
of works officials were also
scheduled to inspect the repairs
at several schools on Grand
Bahama, including the Lewis
Yard Primary, Bartlett Hill Pri-
mary, Martin Town Primary,
and Eight Mile Rock High.
Mr Grant's itinerary also
included visits at the Road Traf-
fic Office and the Post Office
at Eight Mile Rock.
Before leaving Grand
Bahama, Mr Grant stopped at
the new junior high school that
was damaged and vandalised
on Wednesday.

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Canada's Abby Hoffman, an
IAAF council member.
Sands lowered his national
record to 57-feet, 8 1/2-inches
when he finished third behind
Nelson Evora of Portugal and
Great Britain's Phillips Idowu
on Thursday night.
After the awards ceremony,
Sands said he was just thrilled
to see the Bahamian flag being
hoisted for the first time at the
games, which comes to a close
on Sunday.
"This was something that I
always dreamt about," he said.
"Now I know what it is to be
called an Olympic medallist."
As he watched the remain-
der of the events contested,
Sands hung out with his par-
ents, Leevan Sands, Sr, and
Inspector Elaine Sands. Join-
ing them were his Mizuno
sponsors, led by Michiyo
Shuto, the international sports
promotions director.
Sands said he's going to cher-
ish the moment so much that
he's not going to take it from
around his neck for a long time.
He was congratulated by
some of his friends and curi-
ous spectators who came up to
him to take photographs and
get autographs.
"It's really good to be an
Olympic medallist," said Sands,
whose career is expected to
flourish once again as a result
of his achievement after he suf-
fered a major blow two years
ago when he was suspended by
the IAAF for taking a Vick
Sands said he was so elated
about his accomplishment that
he really didn't know how he
was going to celebrate the vic-
He said he was just elated
that he had a chance to do it

with his parents by his side.
His medal put the Bahamas
on the chart on a night when
two other competitors fell short
of earning their own in their
respective events.
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie,
who competed in her third
straight Olympic sprint double,
ended in seventh place in 22.61
seconds after she won the
bronze at the last games in
Athens, Greece, in 2004.
Denied a spot in the final in
Athens, Brown came close to
achieving his first Olympic
medal in the men's 400. But as
he trailed Americans Lashawn
Merritt (43.75) and Jeremy
Wariner (44.74) at the line, he
got edged out by David
Neville, who completed a clean
sweep by diving in ahead of
Brown in 44.80.
Brown had to settle for
fourth, coming off the same
position at the IAAF World
Championships last year in
Osaka, Japan.
Now Brown will have to wait
for the final of the men's 4 x
400 relay tonight when the
Bahamas will run out of lane
five in the grand finale of the
track and field competition.
The team of Michael Math-
ieu, Avard Moncur, Ramon
Miller and Andrae Williams
ran a season's best of 2:59.88
to finish second in the last of
the two heats behind Great
Britain (2:59.33) and Jamaica
(3:00.09) to secure their berth
in the final.
The Bahamas can now
match the two medals pro-,
duced in Athens when Tonique
Williams-Darling snatched the
gold in the women's 400 to go
along with Ferguson-McKen-
zie's bronze in the 200.
The men's relay team fin-
ished fourth behind the United
States, Australia and Nigeria.


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September 6, 2008 An evening of Tribute. A banquet to
honor the persons demitting office on August 31, 2008.
Sunday, September 7, 2008 Annual Pulpit Exchange for
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Symonette: Ministers

did a 'fantastic job

FROM page one

move outside the labour laws
should beware, because I think
the public has shown that the
public is not prepared to accept
those actions anymore and
appropriate action will be taken
in those cases in the future."
When asked to specify what
this future action will be, Mr
Symonette said he would rather
not "elaborate (at) this present
Mr Symonette also told The
Tribune he refrained from pub-
lic comment on the heated
issue, which has been one of
wide debate in the radio talk
show circuit and online message
boards because the issue was
being addressed by two gov-
ernment ministers.
"I was acting prime minister
(and) my philosophy (as) act-
ing prime minister is that there
were two ministers of govern-
ment involved Minister
Foulkes and Minister Laing.
"I think they did a fantastic
job and they (responded
through their substantive) min-
istries...And I think we've come
to an amicable solution at the
end of the day, so that's why I
made no comment on that
Asked to respond to the min-
ister's statements, BCPOU
president Robert Farquharson
said BTC has "no grounds" to
take action against the union.
"The only action that is taken
must be in accordance with the
industrial agreement. We have a
signed industrial agreement and
if the corporation violates that
industrial agreement then the
BCPOU will take steps to pro-
tect its rights. Any disciplinary
action of any violation of any
policy is outlined in our indus-
trial agreement."
The union head also main-
tained his union committed no
infractions during their demon-
strations last week.

"Everybody came to work,
everybody worked, everybody
went to lunch, everybody came
back from lunch (and returned)
to work and everybody went
home. That's an established
Last Monday, Mr Farquhar-
son led about 600 BTC employ-
ees in a demonstration which
brought traffic on Bay Street
and near the Paradise Island
Bridge to a standstill for at least
an hour.
BTC employees parked their
vehicles with their hoods
popped open in both lanes
on Bay Street, simultaneously
claiming "mechanical difficul-
A day later a similar demon-
stration was staged in Freeport.
Tourists and locals alike were
stupefied and some enraged
- over the union's strongarm
tactics. The demonstration was
the climax to a day of industrial
action which reportedly "shut
down" operations at BTC, lead-
ing to the closure of their public
offices and the disruption of
some scheduled repairs and
Union executives felt they
were not fully involved in the
privatization of BTC because
they were only a part of one
privatization committee. They
also had issues with their indus-
trial agreement with the gov-
After intervention by Minis-
ter of State for Finance Zhivar-
go Laing (who has ministerial
responsibility for BTC) and
Labour Minister Dion Foulkes
last week, government and
union officials said their dispute
was "resolved."
However, this resolution
came after a Supreme Court
order which banned union exec-
utives from "impeding" or
"interfering with" BTC workers
from doing their jobs.
The order was lifted earlier
this week, according tomedia

Call for legal


FROM page one

interests of the public, adding
that the unsatisfactory situation
in the Bahamas could not be
allowed to continue.
Mr Bodie added: "I have
nothing against anyone person-
ally, but I believe that what fits
one should fit all."
He said it was clear that many
lawyers in the Bahamas simply
did not know how to behave,
and this was particularly evi-
dent in the handling of land
Mr Bodie said the Australian

judge John Lyons "is the best
man we have on the bench" and
claimed another respected for-
eigner was needed to take an
independent view of complaints
against lawyers and rule accord-
Andrew Thompson, who has
chambers in Collins Avenue,
has been told by the Bar Asso-
ciation to repay more than
$200,000 to, disgruntled clients*
by September 17 or face dis-
Some lawyers have lodged an
appeal against the sentence,
claiming it is too lenient.


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to police who took details of
the car recorded by a witness.
The 60-year-old said: "You
don't expect that to happen in
broad daylight in Harbour Bay,


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but obviously they were oppor-
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ing and waiting, I don't know.
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to be careful when you are out
in Harbour Bay."

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Grand Bahama Within
just weeks of announcing
their new Bahamas medical
school branch campus, Ross
University has started accept-
ing applications for ground-
floor vital positions open to
With their interim cam-
pus at Seahorse Shopping
Plaza set to open in January
2009 with around 200 stu-
dents, Ross University is
seeking to fill four critical
start-up positions immedi-
ately and have those per-
sons in place for a Septem-
ber 15 start date.
These positions are: direc-
tor of finance, director of
information technology,
purchasing co-ordinator and
administrative assistant.
On assignment to assist in
the hiring of staff in the
Bahamas for Ross Univer-
sity is Anne Bergen-Taylor,
Ross internal
consultant/regional director,
DeVry University, who will
be working with the inter-
im campus administrator,
John Daley, to bring the
campus to full staff.
Within the next week
another 14 jobs will be post-
ed for a start date of
November L They are: cam-
pus president, information
technical support, five
administrative assistants,
director of housing, direc-
tor of student affairs, two
student services advocates,
facilities manager, accounts
payable/accounting clerk,
and a human resources
Ross says it wants to
attract and retain the best
persons through its compet-
itive benefits package with

"Our hiring
process is
simple and

health and welfare benefits,
as well as tuition assistance
for all employees and their
immediate families.
This allows Ross employ-
ees to attend Ross Univer-
sity's sister colleges of
DeVry University and the
Keller Graduate School of
Management tuition-free,
both online and on-campus.
Campuses are located
throughout the United
States with two large cam-
puses in Miami and Orlan-
The university says this
benefit is one of the many
ways that Ross grows and
develops its employees.
Mrs Taylor said: "Our
hiring process is simple and
direct. It begins with the
candidate going to our web-
s i ,t e
and applying for the posi-
tion that he/she has interest
"All applications are
reviewed daily as they are
received on the website.
Candidates are notified
within days of their appli-
cation as to whether or not
it will be moved through the
next steps of the hiring
process. A series of in-per-
son and telephone inter-
views will occur as well as
in-depth assessment of cus-
tomer service skills. Ross is
hiring not only for the right
skill set but also the right
Qualified final candidates
will be reviewed by a local
and corporate team who
then recommends hire. All
Ross employees will receive

on-the-job training, team
training, and technical train-
ing through December.
Our students will arrive
in January and the staff will
be ready!"
The public is advised that
job applications will only be
received online (electroni-
cally), and unsolicited appli-
cations will not be received.
Persons need only check
the Ross website for com-
plete information on job
availability. As new jobs
become available they will
also be advertised in local
media, the university said.



Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Following an
impromptu assessment of the new junior
high school in Freeport, Minister of
Works Neko Grant said the damage
appeared to be the result of "sabotage"
rather than vandalism.
He hopes police will be able to bring
whoever is responsible to justice in short
Minister Grant was in Grand Bahama
on Thursday to review repairs of gov-
ernment schools and other public works
projects on Grand Bahama.
The new junior high school, built next
to St George's High, was expected to be
completed on Monday so that teachers
and administrators could prepare for the



opening of school on September 1.
However, contractors arriving at the
school on Wednesday morning discov-
ered that culprits had broken into the
Fires were set at several locations
inside the administration building and
red paint was sprayed on the walls and
doors throughout the school, in addition
to other damage.
Mr Grant, along with other officials
at the Ministry of Public Works, met
with contractors at the school on Thurs-
"Regrettably, what I thought would
have been a joyous occasion in terms of
this school almost being completed and
opening on time, I am greeted with the
results of irresponsible behaviour.
"A clear survey suggests that it is an
act of sabotage.

"It seems more than vandalism when
one goes into the ceiling and removes
tiles and punctures the AC system -
clearly it is calculated," he said.
FES Construction and Noula Invest-
ment are contractors for the school.
Insurance adjusters were at the school
assessing the cost of the damage.
According to school superintendent
Hezekiah Dean, enrolment is expected
to open this year with just over 300 sev-
enth-graders at the new junior high
school, which is in its first phase of devel-
Mr Grant said it is sad that persons
would engage in destructive and "irre.
sponsible" behaviour.
"It is indeed depressing that in our
efforts to improve the lives of citizens
in our country that we have irresponsible
persons engaging in this sort of behav-

iour," he said.
Mr Grant explained that the school
has not yet been turned over to the gov-
ernmnent and so contractors are still tech-
nically responsible for repairing the dam-
He said: "The Ministry of Works has
offered a contract, it has been accepted
and it is their responsibility to fulfil the
Contractor Maxwell Quant of Noula
Investment said a security firm has been
engaged to provide guards in the
evenings at the new school.
"Security officers will be here from
7pm to 7am, and this will be an addi-
tional cost for us until we turn the school
over to the government," he said.
The contractors expect to have repairs
completed before the school opens in



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Chad Michael Murray of the CW\s teen drama hit (-)ne Ticc Hill'
is the latest celebrity sighting at Aura Nightclub jt. Al.mnti
The 26 year old actor, who turns 27 on August -24. hLlpcd hlio.t l.st
Friday\ night's rocking session at the club
He was joined by his fiancee. 20 \ear old KcnziL. Dalton
Murray is just the latest star to host at Aura Nightclub (Oithci
recent celebrity guests %were singer and actor Nick C.innon and
country music songstress. Jewel

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Jitney drivers target

school safety initiative


FOR many motorists, caution becomes the pri-
ority on approach to school zones which at times
become littered with many school age pedestrians.
In an effort to systematically train these young-
sters in proper road safety, the Public Transit
Association (PTAB) in conjunction with Bahamas
Fleet Management Solutions Ltd (BFMS) has
developed an accident prevention initiative.
PTAB president Reuben Rahming told The
Tribune on Thursday that this new pilot project is
initially being targeted at elementary school chil-
Mr Rahming explained that it seems to be com-
mon practice for many children after exiting bus-
es, to attempt to cross at the rear of the bus.
According to Mr Rahming, a child five feet
tall or less standing behind a bus would probably
not be seen by the driver. He indicated that the
area behind the bus is a blind spot, and that chil-
dren should be made aware of the hazards of
attempting to cross in that danger zone.
He says apart from distributing PTAB repre-

sentatives throughout various schools, posters
designed by his organisation will be placed around
campuses to teach children about road saiet\ and
properly accessing the public transport s\ stem.
Mr Rahming says that the ncv, lp i,ranimc
will official begin around the second wcck of the
fall term, and will be introduced in a number of
private primary schools.
He added that with muiany concerns raised o cer
the years relating to saflcty on buses, his or,:iii-
sation has made the fist steps in improing pas-
senger safety.
Apart from C(CT'V camel al s heing installed
throughout a number ol PI'I \A l miliuber h-uses,
Mr Rahming says the tlinil 'kinks ;ire being
worked on to brin an e'lct ilrnic lii c system.
With the new svslteil. l )sseci,Ws would use a
bus pass which would icplic lthe use ofl cash
payment in the buses.
He added though there can never be an inci-
dent free system, these and other initiatives being
introduced by his origanis;ation are ihtendcd to
improve the public trallspol t systcin by making it
as safe, reliable, and pioducli\e- for passaligeIs Ias


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Cash Sales Receipt Books, Nos from
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they are nowA being used as
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Make sure your children

really are in a


\\ hat is this cultural phe-
nomenon of "Timeout" when
it comes to disciplining chil-
dren? In all honesty, this mod-
ern practice didn't matter one
hill of beans to me until I
became a father. Now, however,
the "Timeout" approach has
become a source of great inter-
est-and humour-to me.
I have tried and tried again
to understand the theory behind
this method of "punishment"
ialionally. I have weighed it
against the traditional Bahami-
an system of "go pick ya
switch!" and have found that
one is definitely more effective
than the other.
In my day, there was no
Timeout. (And if there was, I
missed that memo!) Until about
the age of twenty-three, I
remained firmly enrolled in the
Cut Backside Institute (hello,
fellow alumni out there!) where
I graduated with honours -
Magna Scream Loudly.

My mother-a born and
bred Bahamian-used to spank
me anytime and anywhere, if I
deserved it, and she would use
whatever device was within her
reach to enhance the experi-
ence. 1 have been spanked with
an extension cord, a tyre iron,
an igloo cooler, a microwave
oven, a satellite dish-and not

one of those cute little D.S.S.
dishes today's kids are used to.
I'm old school. I'm talking
about a huge, round, bigger
than your house "SATELLITE
DISH" that came complete with
a galaxy and two aliens.
The worst spanking I ever
got was when my mother beat
me with my cousin. I was eight

and little Tommy was four. She
picked him up by the ankles and
spanked the living daylights out
of me with Tommy! Needless

to say, he hasn't been the same
since. We've remained very
close over the years, and I go
shopping with him all the time
because he gets really good
But I digress.
Every time my mother
spanked me, I would walk off
thinking, "Hmmm, maybe I
don't want to try that again!"
And according to conventional
wisdom, that is the whole point.
Spanking sends an immediate
stimulus to the brain-via a
shock to the backside of what
we should and should not do.
Modern "Timeout Kids" live
on the opposite end of the dis-
cipline spectrum. They are ban-
ished to their rooms where they
languish with all the amenities
modern technology can provide;
I'm talking internet, X-boxes,
iPods, Playstations and Black-
berries. They spend their time
clicking their thumbs, texting
their friends and probably plot-

ting world domination. They
walk away from their "Timeout
Parents" thinking, "Hmmm, I
might just try that again!"
I know a few "Timeout
Kids" who are now adults.
Some of them are model citi-
zens and others well let's just
say I've enjoyed watching them
on Cops, Flavour of Love, and
(sigh) I Love New York. My
own research has yielded count-
less articles by very smart peo-
ple in support of both Timeouts
and Spankings. So, at the end of
the day, which disciplinary
method really works?
Here's my take: If you're
going be a Timeout Parent,
make sure the designated time-
out spot is void of electronic
toys, games and mp3 players.
(Hey, it is supposed to be pun-
ishment after all!) On the other
hand, if you decide to go with
the age old method of spank-
ing, I've found that Lignum
Vitae makes the best "switch."

Associated Press Writer
As Tropical Storm Fay
finally got on track Friday to
leave Florida behind, flood-
stricken homeowners got an
encouraging sign: Muddy
brown water lines began
appearing on the sides of
homes, a clue that floodwa-
ters were receding.
The fickle storm that stuck
around for five days and
carved a dizzying path that
included three' separate land-
fadinedAmpbd-imore than two:
feet ofitain in some places.
But to the relief of Floridi-
ans, it finally veered west on a
path that should take it away
from the state for good later
this weekend.
By Friday night, the storm
had crossed into the Gulf of
Mexico, and it was poised for
a likely fourth landfall over
the Panhandle the next day.
Officials in Melbourne, one
of the hardest-hit areas on
the central Atlantic coast,
carried boats down streets
where just a day earlier 4 feet
of water made roads look like
rivers. Water several feet high
remained in some neighbor-
hoods, but most of the area
had drained, leaving behind a
half-inch layer of muck and
"This is a welcome sight,"
said Ron Salvatore, 69, who
stood in his driveway Friday
morning boiling coffee on a
propane grill and surveyed a
dry street. Salvatore and his
wife Terry, 59, had been
stuck in the house since Tues-
day because water surround-
ed their home.
The storm's death toll rose
to six in Florida and nearly
30 overall since Fay first
struck in the Caribbean.
Florida officials said four peo-
ple died in traffic accidents
in the heavy rain and two
others drowned in surf kicked
up by the storm. Before the
storm ever blew through the
state, a man testing genera-
tors as a precaution also was
Tens of thousands of peo-
ple from Melbourne to Jack-
sonville to Gainesville were
still without electricity, and
residents of Florida's storm-
stricken Atlantic coast faced
a weekend of cleanup after
chest-high flooding. Florida
Insurance Commissioner
Kevin McCarty said so far
nearly 4,000 flood claims
from Fay had been filed.
"The damage from Fay is a
reminder that a tropical
storm does not have to reach
a hurricane level to be dan-
gerous and cause significant
damage," said Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist.
On Friday, Crist asked the
White House to elevate the
disaster declaration President
Bush issued Thursday to a
major disaster declaration.
Crist said the storm damaged
1,572 homes in Brevard
County alone, dropping 25
inches of rain in Melbourne.

County officials put prelimi-
.nary damage estimates at $53
Counties in the Panhandle
- including Bay, Escambia
and Walton opened their
emergency operations cen-
ters in preparation for the
storm's expected arrival
there. At 8 p.m. Friday, the
center of the storm was off-
shore, about 45 miles south
of Tallahassee. It was mov-
ing west near 8 miles per
hour, with sustained winds at
45 mph. The storm was
expected to keep its strength
Saturday but slowly weaken
-SundaP I
In Steinhatchee:, on the
northern Gulf Coast just
south of Florida's Big Bend,
bartender Dana Watson said
she was bracing for a possible
drenching. "It's moving real
slow. We're waiting. We're
just waiting."
In an area that can flood
badly when high tide rolls in
during a bad storm, she said
most people remain pre-
"We've all got our genera-
tors filled up with gas and oil
and our nonperishable food,"
Watson said. "Everyone in
this town has made their
A tropical storm warning
is in effect for Florida's Gulf
Coast, from Aripeka in Her-
nando County to Destin,
though a warning from Fla-
gler Beach on the Atlantic
Coast north was canceled. A
tropical storm watch is still
in effect from west of Destin
to the Mississippi/Alabama
Some 400 acres of toma-
toes were flooded near
Immokalee in the southeast-
ern portion of the state and
St. Lucie County on the
Atlantic coast suffered
around $20 million in losses,
mostly to cattle, citrus and
nursery operations.
There also were reports of
grapefruits blown off trees in
southeastern Florida and
some areas where sugar cane
was bent over in high winds.
Two tropical fish farms on
the central Atlantic coast
were decimated, state offi-
cials said. In Georgia, where
Fay blasted the coast with
heavy rains, the Department
of Natural Resources said a
considerable number of nests
of the threatened loggerhead
sea turtle were washed away
by the rains.
Fay has been an unusual
storm, even by Florida stan-
dards. It set sights on the
state last Sunday and first
made landfall in the Florida
Keys on Monday. The storm
then headed out over open
water again before hitting a
second- time near Naples on
the southwest coast. It limped
across the state, popped back
out into the Atlantic Ocean
and struck again near Flagler
Beach on the central coast.
It was the first storm in
almost 50 years to make three
landfalls in the state, as most
hit and exit within a day or


Poland backs Bahamas on

European visa discussions

By Lindsay Thompson
THE Bahamas has received support from the Republic of Poland
as it negotiates with the European Commission on a visa agreement.
The pledge was made during a ceremony at Government House
on Thursday as Governor Geneial Arthur Hanna accepted Letters
of Credence from Robert Kupiecki, the first Ambassador cf Poland
to the Bahamas.
"Cordial relations have always existed between our two countries
in the context of the friendly relations we share in multilateral
fora," the Governor General said.
The Bahamas and Poland established diplomatic relations in
November 2003.
The Governor General said the deepening of the relations is
grounded in the shared commitment to the principles of democracy,
peace, rule of law and respect for human rights.
He said the Bahamas also noted and welcomed Poland's inten-
tion to strengthen bilateral relations and expand co-operation in the
areas of trade and economy, and the Bahamas' candidacy into the
United Nations Economic and Social Council and Commission
on Sustainable Development.
"The support of the Polish government is also sought for the suc-
cessful conclusion of negotiations on the waiver of Schengen Visas
between the European Commission and the Bahamas," the Gov-
ernor General said.
"While you have focused on expanding the trade and economic
aspect of our relations, it would, indeed, be gratifying to see further

Bank officials

meet with PM

Pictured from left are: Carl-
son Gough; director, projects
department, Caribbean Devel- A
opment Bank (CDB); Diedre "
Clarendon, portfolio manager, '"
social sector division; Prime .
Minister Hubert Ingraham: Dr .
Compton Bourne, president, ,"
CDB; Volville Forsythe, assis- :.
tant bank secretary, CDB; and ;
Andrew Dupigny, portfolio ,
manager, economic infrastruc- e. H
ture division, CDB.
Photo by: Letisha Hender-

cultivation and co-operative measures undertaken, culturally,
between our countries," he said.
Ambassador Kupiecki said that despite geographical distance
between the countries, both use their resources to protect the
environment, fight diseases, as well as to forward to the world the
message of peace and the need to preserve human dignity and
"During my tenure as Ambassador, I look forward to working
with the government of the Bahamas to strengthen our bilateral
relations and expand our co-operation in the areas of trade and
economy," he said. "The current economic co-operation between
our countries is reflected in the trade balance."
Poland is one of the main export markets for The Bahamas and
in this vein, intends to become "equally important" as an import
market, Ambassador Kupiecki said.
He said an effective way of boosting both economics would be to
waive the visas for Polish citizens travelling to the Bahamas.
"As a member of the European Union and a Schengen country,
Poland intends to work on the best possible outcome of the ongo-
ing negotiations on a bilateral short-stay visa agreement between
the European Commission and the Bahamas," Ambassador Kupiec-
ki said.
Ambassador Kupiecki, 40, earned a Doctorate Degree in inter-
national relations from the University of Warsaw, Poland, in 1998.
He is also a published author of books on international security and
the contemporary history of Poland. He is married with two chil-

Saturd ay

byI "Auaa

[ Florida starts
,F7a-y clean-up ..I



ReEarth welcomes the Young Bahamian Marine Scientist organisation

THE activist group ReEarth
welcomed "with pleasure" the
efforts of a new and enthusias-
tic group of environmental cru-
On Friday ReEarth met with
the Young Bahamian Marine
Scientists (YBMS) group, "and
was encouraged by their
courage and determination to
save their future from the
destructive models of develop-
ment no government, PLP or
FNM, seems to be able to
break away from."
"Their strong support of pro-
tection of the environment
comes as a bold and invigorat-
ing breath of fresh air that our
environment and our country
so desperately needs," said
reEarth in a statement. "The

YBMS provides 'strong support

of protection of the environment'

nation ought to embrace and
empower these valiant young
adults in every way possible -
they have a hard road ahead of
them. The current leadership's
vision is limited. The YBMS
are young adults who see the
world moving in a upward and
forward direction."
ReEarth said it is confident
that these "new' vibrant voic-
es" will help turn the direction
of current development mod-
els into ones that respect "the
community of life that we all
share and move toward mod-

els of development that are sus-
tainable beyond a single gen-
"Our YBMS are armed with
college degrees,. are internet
savvy and have the ability to
attract an entirely new demo-
graphic to the national envi-
ronmental discussion.
"ReEarth is very proud to
endorse the Young Bahamian
Marine Scientist and to help
them in anyway possible to get
their message to every corner
of the Bahamas. They are after
all the future," the statement

On August 20, the Young
Bahamian Marine Scientist
wrote an open letter to Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham ask-
ing him to secure their envi-
ronmental future by taking
steps to:
* Put a hold on both land and
sea dredging involved with the
Albany project until there is a
full public review, because once
done, any damage to the beach,
coastline and water table is irre-
* Protect all freshwater
resources froni contamination
* Stop immediately the con-
struction of channels, canals
and/or construction on or
through beaches
* Enact appropriate legisla-

tion to establish minimum set-
backs for construction near the
coasts and to prevent the con-
struction of channels and/or
structures on or through
Bahamian beaches.
The YMBS went on to say:
"Active citizenship and envi-
ronmental sustainability are
two principals that Young
Bahamian Marine Scientists
firmly believe in. Along with
providing educational oppor-
tunities such as summer camps,
after-school programmes, facil-
itating internships and research
projects, YBMS encourages all
members to become informed
citizens, who take the time to
understand the interconnect-
edness of the many social issues
that face the Bahamian com-

"All YBMS members share a
genuine passion for the
Bahamas and recognize that
within the next five to 10 years,
we will be the generation that
will hold many of the leader-
ship positions within this coun-
'.'As young educated Bahami-
ans we see great potential in
the future of our nation and are
determined to help shape the
nation into becoming an inter-
national leader, not only in
tourism but in all other fields.
As active citizens we feel it is
important for the youth of this
nation to have a voice, as the
decision that are made today
will directly affect us in our


N Cooperative League call

on Minister Cartwright

HON. JUSTICE EMMANUEL OSADEBAY (left) sworn in as Acting President of Court of
Appeal by The Governor General His Excellency Sir Arthur D. Hanna at Government House,
Friday August 22, 2008.


Derek Smith/BIS

THE BOARD of directors of the Bahamas Co-operative League are pictured with Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister.Larry Cartwright during a courtesy call on Wednesday. From left are Board member
David Cartwright, Permanent Secretary Cresswell Sturrup, League vice president Eris Moncur, presi-
dent Cheryl Bowe-Moss, Mr Cartwright, law enforcement credit union member Insp Sandra Miller,
Director of Societies Nathanial Adderley, and League general manager Frank Davis.


THE Board of Directors of
the Bahamas Cooperative
League paid a courtesy call
on Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Larry
Cartwright on Wednesday.
They discussed the growth
and development of the
industry and Mr Cartwright
was apprised of upcoming
The Department of Co-
operatives is in the portfolio
of the Ministry of Agricul-
ture and Marine Resources.
It is headed by Director of
Societies, Nathaniel Adder-
"We are working as a
team," said Co-operative
League president Cheryl
Bowe-Moss following their
meeting with Minister
Cartwright. "That is the only

way we are going to grow this
"We are bringing together
the producers and suppliers
as well as the financial co-
The Co-operative League
is the apex body for co-oper-
atives in the Bahamas. Inter-
national Credit Union Day
is celebrated on September
"BRahamians are very

receptive to co-operatives
now that they are learning of
the many benefits they can
get from them," said Mrs
Bowe-Moss. "Before, they
were a little timid due to lack
of knowledge.
"Bahamians are really tak-
ing advantage of what they
can do for themselves, work-
ing together, which is the
principle of a co-operative -
people helping themselves."

Kristaan Ingraham/BIS photo

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette welcomed Ambassador of Poland Robert Kupiecki during
a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.

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Russians dig in but still promise Georgia pullout

E GORI, Georgia Union collapsed. ,,'-.' .: 11;.."...because she could not leave Defense Minister Anatoly
Western leaders remained . '. elderly relatives behind while Serdyukov reiterated that late
RUSSIAN forces lingered adamant that Russia remove its f other villagers fled to the capi- Thursday, saying the troops
deep in Georgia on Thursday, troops and do it quickly. .tal, Tbis would begin pulling back
digging trenches and setting up President Bush told Georgia She said the village has been toward South Ossetia on Fri-
mortars a day before Kremlin President Mikhail Saakashvili z.- .. virtually abandoned since the day morning and be finished by
officials promised to complete a that the U.S. "expects Russia, ( war broke out. "I cannot go on day's end.
troop withdrawal from this for- to abide by its agreement to like this anymore, I cry every But the commander of Russ-
mer Soviet republic, according withdraw forces," White House day," she said. ian land forces, Gen. Vladimir
to the Associated Press. spokesman Gordon Johndroe Russian troops still controlled Boldyrev, said it would take
But a top Russian general said. The Georgian leader g nearby Gori, which straddles about 10 days for troops not
said it could be 10 days before called Bush Thursday, who is Georgia's main east-west road, involved in manning the securi-
the bulk of the troops left, and vacationing at his Texas ranch. and the village of Igoeti about ty zones to complete their with-
the mixed signals from Moscow While refugees from the 30 miles west of Tbilisi. On the drawal to Russia, moving "in
left Georgians guessing about fighting over the South Ossetia road between Gori and Tskhin- columns in the established
its intentions nearly a week region crammed Georgian vali, South Ossetia's battered order."
after a cease-fire deal. schools and office buildings, a capital, Russian soldiers built That suggested Russian sol-
Strains in relations between scattering of people left in a high earthen berms and strung diers could still be holding ter-
Russia and the West showed no half-empty village said they barbed wire in at least three ritory in Georgia up to the end
improvement. NATO, were badly in need of basics. spots. of August.
Moscow's Cold War foe, said "There is no bread, there is Russian President Dmitry The European Union-spon-
Russia had halted military coop- no food, no medicine. People Mikhail Metzel/AP Photo Medvedev promised earlier that scored cease-fire says both Russ-
eration with the alliance, under- are dying," said Nina Meladze, A CONVOY of Russian military vehicles is seen on the outskirts of his forces would pull back as far ian and Georgian troops must
scoring the growing division in a 45, in the village ofNadarbaze- Tskhnval, the regional capital f Georgia's breakaway province of as South Ossetia and a sur- move back to positions they
Europe that had seemed des vi, outside the key crossroads Tskhnvali, he regional capital of Georgia's breakaway province rounding security zone by Fri- held before fighting broke out
tined for unity after the Soviet city of Gori. She said she stayed South Ossetia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. day. Aug. 7 in South O5setia, which

0 In brief

Analysis: With

troop deal,

US winding

down combat


THE U.S.-IRAQI deal on
troop withdrawals, while not
yet final, appears to mark the
beginning of the end of a com-
bat commitment that has cost
more than 4,100 U.S. lives and
at least $500 billion, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
It does not mean the war is
over, or even that most U.S.
troops will be home soon. But
it shows a new U.S. readiness
tb set at least a rough
timetable for reducing its pres-
ence over the next three years.
And it reflects a growing U.S.
willingness to let Iraq take
over the fight against insur-
It also coincides with the
prospect of a deepening U.S.
combat .involvement in
Afghanistan in coming
months. American comman-
ders say more troops are need-
ed there to fight a resurgent
Taliban movement that was
removed from power by U.S.-
led forces after the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks. Adding
to the number of American
combat troops in Afghanistan
depends on reducing the num-
bers in Iraq.
Until very recently the Bush
administration resisted setting
any timetables for concluding
American combat involve-
ment in Iraq, insisting that
troop reductions be dictated
only by developments on the
ground as assessed by U.S.
commanders. In fact, devel-
opments have turned more
positive in recent months,
even as strains on the U.S. mil-
itary have grown in the sixth
year of an unpopular war.
"The stars appear to be
.aligning" in a way that opti-
mists would say points to a
winding down of the war, said
Graham Allison, director of
Harvard's Belfer Center for
Science and International
"There is a convergence of
interests now in a change in
the roles and missions for
American forces and for
reductions of (troop) num-
bers" on at least a theoretical
timeline, Allison said in a tele-
phone interview Friday. He
added, with emphasis, that it
would be unwise to assume
there will be no setbacks
Also, as the White House
.reminded on Friday, there is
not yet a final agreement.
President Bush and Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri al-Mali-
ki spoke during the day by
secure video as work on the
plan to withdraw U.S. troops
"There are still discussions
ongoing," said spokesman
Gordon Johndroe, with the
president in Texas. "It's not
done until it's done. And the
discussions are really ongoing.
And ongoing and ongoing.
But hopefully drawing to a
Wars take unforeseen turns,
and it remains possible that a
new cycle of mass violence in
Iraq could be triggered by any
number of remaining sectarian
tensions or political conflicts.
But at this quieter stage of the
war the U.S. has turned clear-
ly in the direction of ending
its combat involvement.
Iraqi and American officials
said Thursday after Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice vis-
ited Baghdad that the two
sides agree on a plan for scal-
ing back U.S. forces.


AP Photos

SAND sculptures are displayed during the first
international sand sculptures festival in the Bulgari-
an town of Burgas some 400 kms. (250 miles) east
of the capital Sofia, Monday, June 30, 2008.





o In brief

Wife of kidnapped

Iraqi Olympic head

seeks justice


THE HEAD of the Iraqi
Olympics Committee had just
finished his speech when gun-
men stormed into the hall,
according to the Associated
They seized the stunned
chairman Ahmed al-Sam-
marai and dozens of others,
and hustled them outside into
waiting cars. It was July 15,
Two years later, al-Sam-
marai, also known by his
sports nickname Ahmed al-
Hijiya, is still missing, along
with 23 of the others abducted
along with him.
Their plight has come to
the fore this Olympics season
because of a campaign by al-
Sammarai's wife, Niran, who
claims her Sunni husband was
kidnapped at a time of sec-
tarian violence and high-level
government officials took lit-
tle action. She alleges her hus-
band was targeted because he
resisted attempts to use the
committee as a political
"We have to put this matter
in front of the law," Mrs. al-
Sammarai said in a telephone
interview from Egypt during a
recent visit. "We need to put
closure to this nightmare that
we've been living through for
two years."
Mrs. al-Sammarai's unre-
lenting quest for justice is rare
in a country where thousands
of people vanished in the vio-
lence that swept Iraq after the
U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
Most Iraqis are too fearful or
lack the means to pursue the
search for the missing.
Mrs. al-Sammarai has set
up a new Web site on the case
and is writing a book from
London, where she fled last
year after receiving threats.
"It's not only personal, I'm
speaking on behalf of so
many," she says. "At least we
can raise our voices. ... Maybe
we can put pressure on the
government to at least give
us an answer."
Mrs. al-Sammarai declines
to place specific blame for the
attack itself. But she faults the
government of Prime Minis-
ter Nouri al-Maliki for failing
to investigate the attack or to
arrest any of the kidnappers.
"They were abducted with-
in al-Maliki's era," Mrs. al-
Sammarai says. "He is the
prime minister. He's sup-
posed to look after the peo-
Al-Maliki's spokesman Ali
al-Dabbagh could not be
reached for comment despite
repeated phone calls. But an
Interior ministry official, who
spoke on condition of
anonymity because he was
not authorized to release the
information, said an investi-
gation launched into the kid-
napping came up with little.
The official said some sus-
pects were arrested but were
released for lack of evidence.
He said the case has not been
officially closed but the com-
mittee stopped work several
months after the attack.
Ahmed al-Sammarai, a for-
mer basketball star and defec-
tor who held dual Iraqi-
British citizenship, was unan-
imously elected as chairman
of the Olympic committee in
January 2004, a move that
paved the way for Iraq's
heartwarming reception at the
Athens Summer Games later
that year.
The former general, who
returned to Iraq in 2003 after
Saddam Hussein's fall,
promised to sweep away "the
painful past" of his predeces-
sor, Saddam's son Odai.


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SOLDIERS of NATO's International Security Assistance Force are seen near the wreckage of a car used by a suicide bomber, following a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in
Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. A suicide bomber rammed his car into a NATO convoy in Kabul on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding at least a
dozen, officials said.

US: 30 militants killed in

west Afghamstan clash

* KABUL, Afghanistan

U.S.-LED TROOPS attacked
a compound where Taliban lead-
ers were meeting in western
Afghanistan, killing 30 militants,
American and Afghan military
officials said Friday, according
to the Associated Press.
The coalition was striking back
against insurgents opposed to the
Western-backed government of
President Hamid Karzai who
have stepped up attacks on for-
eign and Afghan troops.
The coalition said its troops
called in airstrikes on the com-
pound in the Shindand district
of Herat province on Thursday.
Some 30 militants were killed

and five others were detained,
spokesman 1st Lt. Nathan Perry
said. The troops found a haul of
weapons and ammunition inside
the compound, he said.
Afghan officials issued con-
tradictory statements about what
had happened and it was not
immediately clear why they
offered such differing accounts.
An Afghan Defense Ministry
spokesman, Gen. Mohammad
Zaher Azimi, confirmed the
clash but said five of the 30 dead
were civilians.
However, the Afghan Interior
Ministry claimed that U.S. coali-
tion bombs killed 76 civilians,
including 19 women and 50 chil-
dren under the age of 15. The
ministry called the bombing a

U.S. military spokeswoman Lt.
Col. Rumi Nielson-Green said a
thorough assessment was done
after the battle and that the coali-
tion knows it killed 30 militants,
including a high-ranking Taliban
"We stand by our account and
our reports and what we know
and I can't reconcile why (the
Interior Ministry) would have a
different figure," Nielson-Green
The operation was launched
after an intelligence report that a
Taliban commander, Mullah Sid-
diq, was inside the compound
presiding over a meeting of mil-
itants, Azimi said. Siddiq was one
of those killed during the raid,

Azimi said.
It was impossible to indepen-
dently verify the claims made
after the airstrikes in the remote
district far from the Afghan cap-
ital, Kabul.
A roadside bomb in the coun-
try's east, meanwhile, killed a
U.S. coalition service member
on Friday, the U.S. military said
in a statement. The coalition did
not provide other details on the
incident or the victim's nation-
Another roadside blast Friday
hit an Italian army's armored
vehicle some 12 miles north of
Kabul, wounding three Italian
soldiers Friday, the Italian
Defense Ministry said.
Separately, Afghan and inter-

national troops clashed Thurs-
day with militants in Khas Uruz-
gan district of Uruzgan province,
killing 11 militants, said provin-
cial police Chief Juma Gul
Three Afghan troops were
wounded in the fight, Himat said.
Authorities recovered the bodies
of the dead militants, he said. ,
While most of Afghanistan's
violence affects the southern and
eastern regions that border Pak-
istan, militants have also been
active in western areas bordering
In another clash Thursday
involving airstrikes, the U.S.-
led coalition said its forces killed
"multiple militants" in the
northern Kapisa province.

Obama says he's made his choice for vice president


Thursday he's chosen his run-
ning mate, but coyly kept all the
details to himself as he cam-
paigned- with one leading con-
tender and planned a major ral-
ly to present the Democratic
ticket Saturday in Illinois,
according to the Associated
Obama refused to say
whether he'd notified his pick
or when exactly he would send
cell phones buzzing with the
answer delivered via text mes-
sage. He didn't reveal his choice
to Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine,
considered to be on Obama's
short list, even after they met
Thursday, according to two peo-
ple close to the governor. They
spoke on a condition of
anonymity because they were
not authorized to speak pub-
Obama seemed to relish the
frustrations of scores of
reporters following him this
week in anticipation of the
"Wouldn't you like to
know?" he said with a grin when
an Associated Press reporter
asked when the text would be

"I've made the selection,
that's all you're gonna get,"
Obama said as he visited a store
selling roasted Virginia peanuts
as nonchalantly as any other day
campaigning in a battleground
On the Republican side, GOP
officials said late Thursday that
John McCain has not settled on
a running mate although former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom-
ney and Minnesota Gov. Tim
Pawlenty were under serious
consideration. Two officials
close to Romney said he had
not been offered the job.
Democratic and Republican
officials said both candidates
were capable of making wild
card picks that would surprise
their backers.
Obama planned to appear
with his pick Saturday at the
Old State Capitol in Springfield,
Ill., where he launched his pres-
idential campaign in February
2007. Obama then planned to
travel to the battlegrounds of
Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and
Montana before arriving in
Denver to accept his party's
nomination Thursday.
One person who had been
vetted for the position told The

Associated Press there had been
no contact from Obama or his
campaign about the decision.
The person spoke on condition
of anonymity because the Oba-
ma campaign asked candidates
not to speak about the decision.
The Illinois senator was wide-
ly thought to be considering
Kaine, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
of Kansas and Sens. Joe Biden
of Delaware and Evah Bayh of
Indiana. None of them gave
anything away at least not in
Obama spent part of the day
with Kaine, who reportedly told
a colleague Wednesday that he
believed he was on the short list.
West Virginia Gov. Joe
Manchin said Kaine told him
although he hadn't heard any-
thing from the Obama campaign
on where he stands at the time,
"he really thinks he has a chance
at the short straw."
Kaine and Obama met pri-
vately with the governor's staff
for 15 minutes at a Richmond
hotel. Afterward, Kaine said he
would let the Obama campaign
speak about whether the candi-
date asked him to be his No. 2.
But two people close to Kaine
said the governor was still in the

DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.,
talks with his children Malia Obama, 10, right, and Sasha Obama,
7, as they tour the USS Arizona Memorial with family and friends
in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008. Sen. Obama is
in Hawaii for a vacation.

IN THIS July 19,
2008 file photo,
a customer
looks at a com-
puter in Beijing's
Apple computer
store. Cus-
tomers in China
of Apple Inc.'s
iTunes online
music store
were unable to
download songs
since Monday,
Aug. 18, 2008
and an activist
group said Bei-
jing was trying
to block access
to a new Tibet-
themed album.


N"k .


Oded Balilty/AP Photo

iTunes blocked in China; Tibet album suspected


CUSTOMERS in China of
Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music
store were unable to download
songs this week, and an activist
group said Beijing was trying to
block access to a new Tibet-
themed album, according to the
Associated Press.
In Internet forums, iTunes
users complained they had been
unable to download music since
Monday. That was a day after
the Art of Peace Foundation
announced the release of "Songs
for Tibet," with music by Sting,
Alanis Morissette, Garbage and
others, and a 15-minute talk by
the Dalai Lama, the exiled
Tibetan leader.
Michael Wohl, executive

director of the New York City-
based group, said he believed
the album was the reason for
the iTunes interruption, though
he had no proof.
"We issued a release saying
that over 40 (Olympic) athletes
downloaded the album in an act
of solidarity, and that's what
triggered it. Then everything
got blocked," Wohl said by
Beijing encourages Internct
use for education and business
use but tries to block access to
foreign sites run by dissidents
and human rights and Tibet
The Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology, which
regulates Internet use, did not
respond to a request for com-

ment. A spokeswoman for the
Ministry of Public Security, who
would give only her surname.
Wang, said she had no infor-
Apple, based in Cupertino.
California, acknowledged that
customers were having trouble.
"We are aware of the logon
problems but we have no com-
ment at the moment," said
Huang Yuna, an Apple spokes-
Vw:iman in Beijing. She declined
to say how many customers
were believed to be affected.
Blocked iTunes users poured
out their frustration on Inter-
net bulletin boards.
"It seems like suspending
iTunes is punishment for
iTunes, but really it doesn't hurt
iTunes, it hurts us," said a note

on macfans.com.cn, a C(hinese
site for Apple users.
The Dalai Lama has been vil-
ified by Chinese authorities. \\ho
claim he is trying to split Tibet
from China. He says he only
wants greater autonomyv for the
Himalayan region to project itl
Buddhist culture.
Violent protests broke out in
March in the Tibetan capital of
Lhasa. Many Tibetans insist
they were an independent
nation before Communist
troops invaded in 1950. while
Beijing says the Himala\yan
region has been its territory for
Wohl ,aid his group contacted
Olympians ahead of the gaines
and offered free copies of the
20-song album.

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by Franklyn G Fepguson, JP

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FR. DEANGELO BOWE; Rector of St. Michael and All Angels (Sweetings Cay) and St
Nicholas Anglican Church; Joe Bridgewater; Prince Bridgewater; Allyson Bridgewater-
Stubbs; Jason Bridgewater; John (Judas) Bridgewater; Jeffrey Bridgewater; James
Bridgewater and Larone Fawkes.

PRINCE BRIDGEWATER and Coramae Bridgewater, celebrating 51 years of marriage. FLORENCE INGRAHAM, Prince Bridgewater, Kathleen Baillou and Eric Baillou.

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supervisor at
South Riding
Point Holdings; -
and Della
front office
manager at Peli-
can Bay At

of Be\ ans Town, Grand Bahama,
enjoyed an extra treat during
their 51st wedding anniversary cel-
ebration, when they were joined
by and met for the first time -
some of his family who were who
were visiting the Bahamas from
New York.
The four Bridgewater sisters,
Janet, Elbertine, Maureen and
Kathleen, are originally from St
Kitts, but migrated to New York
in the late 1950s-early 1960s.
Mr and Mrs Bridgewater have
12 children (one deceased), six
boys and six girls. They had
planned a quiet family dinner for
them in celebration of their
anniversary, which was held on
August 18.
The surprise was arranged after
Senator Pleasant Bridgewater
received a call from Maureen
Bridgewater. She obtained Sena-
tor Bridgewater's telephone num-
ber from her sister, Chris Bridge-
water, a female attorney and trav-
el agency owner in New York.
"Wow", said Senator Bridgewa-
ter. "We met about six years ago
at the Caribbean Tourism Confer-
ence. Chris and I spoke once or
twice since then and promised to
stay in touch, but I never imagined
that we would actually get togeth-
er and really find our family roots.
"When I got the call and Mau-
reen told me who she was and that
she wanted to meet, I said your
timing could not have been better,
because our parents' 51st anniver-
sary is today and all of the family
members will be together for din-
ner. You are invited to come".
The Bridgewater sisters are
spending a week in Grand
Bahamas at the Island Seas
Resort- and having a wonderful
Bahamian experience with their
new found Bahamian family.

meet Bridgewaters:
Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater; Janet
Detouche Technician
at Verizon (New
York); Nurse Kath-
leen Bridgewater
(Retired) (New York);
Prince Bridgewater;
Maureen Bridgewa-
ter-Liburd, New York
public school teacher
(retired); and Elber-
tine Bridgewater,
retired teacher (New

BERYL BRIDGEWATER, Della Bridgewater, Trevara Bridgewater, Cora Bridgewater, Alexandria Russell and Ann Sturrup
(front row). Senator Pleasant Bridgewater, Natasha Bridgewater, Maybell Bridgewater and Georgina Russell (Back row).

PRINCE BRIDGEWATER, Cora Bridgewater, Beryl Bridgewater, Hazel Baillou and Horatio Baillou.


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P.O. Box N-4659,
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Team of Mathieu, Moncur, Miller and Williams clock

season's best for second place behind Great Britain

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Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China The
Bahamas seemed poise to win
its second medal at the XXIX
Olympic Games tonight' in the
men's 4 x 400-tnetre relay final:
Following on the heels of the
bronze medal performance
from triple jumper Leevan
'Superman' Sands on Thursday
night, the Bahamas will wrap
up competition in the grand
finale in the relay at the Bird's
Nest running out of lane five.
Last night, -the team of
Michael Mathieu, Avard Mon-
cur, Ramon Miller and Andrae
Williams clocked a season's best

of two minutes and 59.88 sec-
onds for second place behind
Great Britain.
Great Britain actually fin-
ished in a season's best as well
in 2:59.33 for the fastest quali-
fying time with the Bahamas
going in as the second fastest
of the two heats combined.
The United States ended up
in third spot after winning the
first heat in 2:59.98.
Going into the race, Australia
will be in lane two, followed by
Poland in three, the Russian
Federation in four, the
Bahamas in five, Great Britain.
in six, the United States in sev-
en,- Belgium in eight and
Jamaicq in nine.
With Chris 'Bay' Brown and
Andretti Bain both resting their
legs, the quartet that competed
last night said they are excited
about the possibilities for the
team in the final that will be run
at about 9.05am.
Mathieu, a semi-finalist in the
400, said he was pretty excited
about getting back on the track.
"I just wanted to go out there
and run very well," he said. "I
think I did that to put the team
in a good position. We just have
to get ready for the final."
Moncur, who got the baton
in third place and he brought
to Miller in that position, said it
was good for him to-see the
maturity level of the quarter-.
milers coming up behind him.
"The best part of that whole
thing was watching those guys
run," said the former world
champion. "I know eventually
in two or three years, I will be
gone from the sport and so I'm
proud to know that our country
has that much talent behind me.
"I'm just proud of those guys
and I enjoyed myself out there.
It was business, but it was plea-
surable at the same time watch-
ing those guys step up their
game. The game plan was just
to qualify.
"Hey, if we ran 2.59 and we
didn't have Chris and Andretti,
then I will take it."
Miller, one of the two new

kids on the block in the 400 at
the senior level, said he was so
anxious to compete that it didn't
matter what position he got the

baton, he was prepared to run.
"I was glad that I got a
chance to run because I was
ready," he said. "All of the guys

went out there and they ran
hard and now we are in the
final. I think it's going to be
good for us, no matter who gets

to run."
When he got the baton from
Moncur, Miller trailed his com-
petitors from Great Britain and
Jamaica all the way round as he
kept the Bahamas in contention
for one of the three qualifying
spots in their heat.
Williams, who didn't get a
chance to compete in the 400,
said he was just thankful to God
for getting them safely in Bei-
jing, but the performance was
quite thrilling.
"We just wanted to go out
there and get us into the next
round and that is what we did,"
said Williams, who came back
strong in the winding metres to
edge out Jamaica's Ricardo
Chambers at the finish line.
"I guess we will go to the
drawing board and see what we
come up with in the final. It was
a surprising time with Ramon
Miller. We had our ups and
downs about me or him run-
ning, but he came out there and
he did his thing. He's a little
tough guy. He's like a small
Chris coming up.
"Rather, we ran faster than
the time we ran at the World
Championships last year. So
that's pretty good."
On Brown's fourth place fin-
ish in the men's 400 final, Mon-
cur had nothing but praise for
the national record holder's gal-
lant effort.
"He went out there and he
gave it 100 per cent. And I think
in his mind, he felt that he had
the bronze medal," Moncur
stated. "Chris is one of those
persons when he go out there,
he give 100 per cent all the time.
"It's unfortunate that the
game works the way it does.
But he is known for bringing
the fire, as he would call it, and
to see him leave out here with-
out an individual medal is
unfortunate. But we are going
to do what we can to get him a
medal in the relay. He deserves
that much."
Williams said he was confi-
dent that he got fourth and, in
his mind, he will always be the
bronze medalist.
"When you dip into the line,
it's your tussle, not hands and
head," Williams insisted. "So I
still believe that Chris won the
medal, even though they gave it
to the American."



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Davis-Thompson proud to present

flowers to women's 200m medalists

Being interviewed by Brent Stubbs The "
STibune's senior sports reporter says
she was proud to present the flowers to
the women's 200m medallists at the XXIX
Olympic Games...

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China Pauline
Davis-Thompson remembered
the feeling of being an Olympic
medallist. But she was even
more proud when she got a
chance to present the flowers
to the winners of the women's
200 metres at the XXIX
Olympic Games.
She did the honours with
medal presenter Austin Sealy
of Barbados, the founder of the
Carifta Games, on Thursday
night at the Bird's Nest.
Winning the medals were
Veronica Campbell of Jamaica
with the 'gold, American
Allyson Felix with the silver and
Jamaican Kerron Stewart with
the bronze.
"When I got my letter saying
that I was going to be present-
ing the flowers to the medallists
of the women's 200 metres, I
couldn't believe this," said
Davis-Thompson, who was a sil-
ver medallist at the 2000 Games
in Sydney, Australia, as she
closed out her career.
"When I got out there, I
realized that eight years ago, I
was on top of that podium. So I
just said to myself, you know
what Pauline, just be thankful
that you're here. Think about
your Caribbean sisters from
Jamaica who got up there on
the podium."

Davis-Thompson, who has
had some heated battles repre-
senting the Bahamas against the
Jamaicans from the time she
started competing internation-
ally at Carifta, said the most sig-
nificant thing was that she was
standing next to Sealy on the
biggest stage in the world.
"I remember how I won the
Austin Sealy Award in 1984 for
the most outstanding athlete.
So it was so touching for me to
be there with him. I had to
pinch myself," she reflected. "I
thought I was dreaming.
"If someone had told me
years ago that I would be here
at this moment with Austin
Sealy, I would have told them
that it wasn't so. You have to
remember what Carifta has
done for the Caribbean and for
athletes like me. All of these
great champions of the
Caribbean came through Carif-
"So to be there with the
founder of Carifta, I was just so
out of my mind."
Davis-Thompson, however,
said she was disappointed that
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
was not able to ascend the podi-
um as she did at the last
Olympics in Athens, Greece,
when she won her bronze medal
in the 200.
"I saw her before the race
and I let her know that I was
there for her and she only
smiled," Davis-Thompson

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pointed out. "I said 'oh boy,'
she wasn't as confident, but I
was very, very proud of her. She
made us very proud, compet-
ing in two finals in the 100 and
200, which is very, very hard to

do. So I congratulated her on
that. It was no easy feat doing
that against the world. So I'm
still very, very proud of her."
Davis-Thompson, now head-
ing to the University of Ten-

nessee as the assistant coach,
where she will head the sprints,
hurdles and jumps, said she's
not sure if she will get to present
any more flowers or even
medals as the games wind down

But she said she would cher-
ish the moment being on the
side of Sealy just as she did
when she won her medal in

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Sands family are all smiles

at Bird's Nest celebration

Senior Sports Reporter
BEIJING, China It was a
night of celebration on Friday
at the Bird's Nest for the Sands
family as Leevan 'Superman'
Sands received his Olympic
bronze from the men's triple
But Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture Desmond
Bannister said there would be a
much bigger celebration when
Sands returns home because he
made the Bahamas very proud
winning the first medal at the
XXIX Olympic Games.
As expected, Bannister said
Sands would receive the stan-
dard government policy on
compensation for winning
Olympic and World Champi-
onship medals. But he said that
policy has to be reviewed by
the government, so he can't put
a figure on just exactly what
Sands will eventually receive.
Alex Gilady, a member of
the International Olympic com-
mittee from Israel, made the
presentation to Sands and the
gold and silver medallists Nel-
son Evora from Portugal and
Great Britain's Phillips Idowu
respectively for their perfor-

mances on Thursday night.
They also got a bouquet of
flowers from Canadian Abby
Hoffman, an International
Amateur Athletic Federation's
council member.
"You see this. This medal is
still around my neck. I am not
taking this off," said Sands as
he was flocked by his parents,
Inspector Elaine and Leevan
Sands Sr., along with members
of his sponsor, Mizuno.
"This is an Olympic medal.
For years I heard about Frank
Rutherford getting his bronze
medal and it was always a
dream for me to get an
Olympic medal."
Sands, the 27-year-old who
lowered his national record to
57-feet, 8 1/2-inches, said he
also remembered how Pauline
Davis-Thompson, Debbie Fer-
guson-McKenzie, Tonique'
Williams-Darling and the Gold-
en Girls accomplished their
medal feats.
"Now I can say I'm right up
there with them," said Sands,
who added the Olympic medal
to the Commonwealth Games
and World Championship
bronze medals that he also
"It feels great to go up with
the crowd behind you to accept
this medal. It was an honour."
When he came out of the
tunnel at the stadium, Sands
said he got "chill bumps
because it was a thrill. When I
looked around and saw the big
crowd, I thought all the emo-

LEEVAN 'SUPERMAN' SANDS with his mother, Inspector Elaine, and father, Leevan Sr. He is also shown far left during the medal ceremony and below

with his parents and Mizuno sponsor

tions were going to come on
"I thought was going to cry,
but I was too excited to cry. I
think I cried too much in the
past. Last year I cried my eye-
balls out when I didn't make
the finals (at the IAAF World
Championships). I think I had
enough of that. Right now, I'm
just happy and I'm enjoying the
While relishing the moment,
Sands said he doesn't know

what he will do because "I got
the medal."
His mother, Inspector Elaine,
said she still couldn't fathom
her son winning the medal.
"I really can still not explain
it. The emotion is still over-
whelming," she said. "I'm just
so elated for Leevan to see
where he came from with his
struggles. He really had a strug-
"I must say God has been
extremely good to him and I

give all thanks to the almighty.
Leevan was working on this
from his was six years old and I
just want to thank God for
what he did for Leevan."
His father, Leevan Sr, was
just as elated about his son's
"It was like a dream. The
hard work paid off. I must say
he was focused," he stated. "He
said to me, 'Daddy, this is my
year.' When I showed him the
flag in the stands and I pumped

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my chest, he popped that big
jump. I can't describe it."
Michiyo Shuto, the interna-
tional sports promotion director
of the sports promotions divi-
sion of Mizuno Corporation,
who decided to sponsor Sands
when he was released by Adi-
das after he was suspended for
six months in 2006 for taking a
vick inhaler, said they certainly
made the right choice.
"He did great. I thought he
could win a medal, but I wasn't
sure. He made a great jump
with a national record, so that
was very good," said Shuto,
who was accompanied by Taku
Omoto and Miza Maeshima of
Mizuno as they celebrated with
the Sands.
Shuto said Sands reminded
Mizuno of 1992 when they
sponsored Frank Rutherford,
who won the Bahamas' first
Olympic medal in track and
field with his bronze in the
triple jump in Barcelona, Spain.
"It's a very good achieve-
ment for all of the Bahamian
people," said Shuto, who noted
that Minuzo was once the spon-
sor of the Bahamian team uni-
forms before Adidas took over.
She said that now that they
have Sands on board, they
would continue to support him
in his future endeavours.

Minister recognizes historic efforts of national basketball teams

Sports Reporter
TAKING time out as a spectator
to team Bahamas' efforts at the Bei-
jing Olympics, the Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture recognized the his-
toric efforts of junior national team
members on the hardwood.
Desmond Bannister congratulated
both the men's and women's junior
national teams for their gold medal
winning performances at the recent
Junior Caribbean Basketball Cham-
pionships held in Antigua and Bar-
Mr Bannister said the success of the
teams is reflective of the ministry's
commitment to the Bahamas Basket-
ball Federation and its national team

"The fact that both the young men
and women national teams were able
to secure gold medals in each of their
respective divisions easily justifies the
confidence my ministry placed in the
Bahamas Basketball Federation when
the decision was taken to encourage
the participation of both junior teams
in the international qualifying tour-
nament," he said, "The recent results
obtained in Antigua and Barbuda
should therefore be viewed as an indi-
cation of my ministry's faith in the
capabilities of young Bahamians to
achieve excellence in whatever
endeavour they choose to pursue."
Mr Bannister said the administra-
tion will continue the support of the
players who will advance further in
international competition due to their
efforts in the CBC.

"As a result of their successes, these
same young players will have the addi-
tional privilege of representing the
English-speaking Caribbean at the
regional Youth Basketball Champi-
onships in 2009. Such an achievement
is certainly a tribute to the young play-
ers and their coaches," he said.
"My ministry affirms its apprecia-
tion and support for both youth teams
and pledges that every effort will be
made to ensure that these junior
national teams receive the kind of
assistance required for them to suc-
ceed at the regional qualifying tour-
nament in 2009.
"My ministry will host a national
reception to honour both teams as
well as all those other national teams
which recently represented The
Bahamas in recent international com-

After several changes in venue and
age restrictions adjusting the format of
the tournament, the Bahamas was
able coast to gold medal victories in
both divisions.
Both teams advanced to the 2009
Centrobasket Tournament with their
top finishes in the CBCs.
Top qualification in the Centrobas-
ket Championships will lead to a berth
in the Tournament of Americas in
The next level of advancement
would be the Junior World Champi-
onships in 2011.
The men had a particularly adverse
beginning to the tournament suffering
a loss by forfeit blemishing an other-
wise perfect record.
They finished with a 3-1record over-

all, with the aforementioned loss com-
ing via a forfeit to the US Virgin
Islands while the team was en route to
Antigua and Barbuda.
They rebounded to beat the USVI
in the gold medal game, 115-107, led
by Michael Carey's near triple double
double effort of 32 points, 11
rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
Garth Brown added 30 points in the
Carey led the Bahamas in scoring
with an average 24 points per game for
the tournament.
The women's team had a much eas-
ier road to qualification to the Cen-
trobasket tournament.
In their division, the top three teams
advance, and the Bahamas, USVI and
Antigua and Barbuda were only three
teams entered the junior CBCs.

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'Superman' keeps Bahamas'

Olympic standard alive

Senior Sporfs Reporter
BEIJING, China Minister
of Youth, Sports and Culture,
Desmond Bannister said Lee-
van 'Superman' Sands has been
able to keep the standard of the
Bahamas alive at the Olympic
Games with his bronze medal
in the triple jump Thursday
Bannister, accompanied by
his permanent secretary Archie
Nairn, said last night at the
Bird's Nest that the Bahamian
athletics team has competed at
the highest level this week and
they should be commended for
their efforts.
"We're happy that Leevan
has won a medal. That contin-
ues the standard that we've set
at the last four Olympic
Games," Bannister reflected.
"Our men's 4 x 400 relay team
also look good to win another
medal for us.
"So the standard of the:
Bahamas is still being recog-
nised worldwide, even though
in the sprints, we have not got-
ten the medals that we got in
the past. But I think we are still
having a good Olympic Games,
based on the times and perfor-
If there was one major disap-
pointment, Bannister said it
would have been watching the
bronze medal slip out of the
grasp of Chris 'Bay' Brown as
David Neville dove across the
finish line to complete a 1-2-3
sweep by the Americans of all
three medals on Thursday as
"Chris ran a very smart race.
He was right in the middle of
the two favourites. He didn't go
out too hard. He was right in
position to win a medal," Ban-
nister stated. "But unfortunate-
ly, the other guy somehow
came across the finish line
ahead of him. But Chris has the
heart of a lion and I think peo-

pie need to appreciate what he
does for us."
Looking back at the team's
performance, Bannister said
there has to be a major cele-
brations for all of the athletes in
all of the sports b cause they
worked so hard to .present the
. "And they shov i that they
are some of the best in the
world, so we have to do some-
thing for them when they get
home," he insisted. "But once
we have done that, we also have
to go back and start a compre-
hensive four-year plan for what
we will do for London.
"While I've been here, I've
been speaking with a lot of peo-
ple about London and our par-
ticipation there and things that
we will have to do to prepare
for that."
Bannister said there are some
good plans on the drawing
board and he hopes to see them
come to fruition if the Bahamas
is going to start cutting down
the gap that Jamaik lias placed
between us.
"Jamaica did th ;rtly with
super athletes. Bt., hey have
also done it partly with some-
thing that we started in our pre-
vious Olympics, which was get-
ting everybody into training
camps and getting them
acclamatised and getting ready
for the competition."
With London the site for the
2012 games, Bannister said the
Bahamas will have to regain its
position as a powerhouse in the
Caribbean again and they can
only do it by raising their stan-
dards like everybody else.
"Our guys have raised their
standard, but the biggest disap-
pointment I had at these games
is that we had an opportunity
to qualify for both the women's
and the men's 4 x 100 relays and
we didn't qualify," he insisted.
"That's something that I have
to sit down and discuss with the
BAAA and make sure that they
do something about it."

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SPORTS MINISTER DESMOND BANNISTER, shown here being interviewed by Brent Stubbs The Tribune's senior sports reporter says the Bahamas'
Athletic Team has competed at the highest level and they should be commended for their efforts...

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Desmond Bannister said
Leevan 'Superman' Sands has
been able to keep the standard of
the Bahamas alive at the Olympic
Games with his bronze medal in
the triple jump Thursday night.
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9 Eight-sided
figure (7)
10 Rule as
sovereign (5)
11 Throw violently (4)
12 Abnormal (8)
14 Determine position of
(6) .
16 Mark of shame (6)
18 Insignificant (8)
19 Formerly (4)
22 Demand and obtain
23 To annul (7)
24 Clairvoyance (6,5)

1 Sent to India, possibly
where one wanted to go
9 Insinuated that the
naughty child was a fibber,
too (7)
10 Child gets out of bed to do
sums (3,2)
11. They provide some securi-
ty for American men (4)
12 More of the same in Latin
14 Change roles? (6)
16 Made eyes red although
out of the wind at first (6)
18 Possibly press one for an
answer (8)
19 Queen of Carthage appar-
ently took no action (4)
22 One is confused in two
ways by the signs (5)
23 Board a tracked vehicle (7)
24 This form of state aid can
be rather remote (2,1,8)

Across: 1 Bottom, 4 Absolute zero, 9
Images, 10 Stolidly, 12 Heat, 13 Still,
17 Lodging house, 20 Double-dealer,
23 Ails, 24 Islet, 25 Ages, 28 Nightjar,
29 Posted, 30 Retinues, 31 Leader.
Down: 1 Brightly, 2 Tea caddy, 3
Open, 5 Bottle opener, 6 Oils, 7
Undies, 8 Etymon, 11 Stage by stage,
15 Bigot, 16 Usher, 18 Slighted, 19
Crusader, 21 Manner, 22 Flight, 26
Eton, 27 Mode.

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feeding I (5)
3 Adjust the sails and dock
4 Untidy arrangement that
would horrify Mrs Grundy!
5 Visibly in tears (8)
6 In a bout we are able to
last longer (7)
7 Personal
impression that is very
individual (11)
8 Vicissitudes rarely encoun-
tered in Holland (3,3,5)
13 Married in the old-fash,
ioned way (8)
15 Get rid of players on strike
17 Rose is involved in basket-
work (6)
20 Is a short account for a
patriarch (5)
21 Sicilian hothead (4)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution Yesterday's Easy Solution

Across: 1 Brahms, 4 Assorted, 9
Silver, 10 Protocol, 12 Lash, 13
Civil, 14 Gold, 17 Short-sighted, 20
Long-standing, 23 Neon, 24 Angle,
25 Cost, 28 Imprison, 29 Depart, 30
Tireless, 31 Adored.
Down: 1 Baseless, 2 Allusion, 3
Meek, 5 Straight talk, 6 Oath, 7
Tycoon, 8 Delude, 11 Disingenuous,
15 Stoop, 16 Feint, 18 Dinosaur, 19
Agitated, 21 Indict, 22 Copper, 26
Dial, 27 Lead.


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Sudoku Puzzle

Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with
several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to
9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each
3x3 box contains the same number only once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to

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fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of
each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum
of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number
I may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty
level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.

Sturdy's Saturday's
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1963, The winner of today's position
was East German champion, and
after we were paired in an England
v GDR Olympiad match we became
friends, arranging to correspond
and swap books and magazines. All
went welt for some years during
which Platz became an editor of the
journal Schach and national team
trainer, but then he abruptly ceased
contact. for decades I never knew
why, but recently one of his former
pupils told me that Plata had spoken
out with some antl-Conmmunist
opinions and the authorities had
responded by stopping his contacts
with the West. Here he found a
clever finish as White (to play). Can
you spot White's winning move?

2 External (5)
3 Effectiveness (4)
4 Refuse to
notice (6)

5 Written guarar
6 Labouring (7)
7 In every detail
8 Down for discL

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13 Small slender dagger
15 A country's currency

17 Caught in a
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker

Famous Hand

West dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
*J 109743 45
VJ52 YK976
+6 *Q98743
49 84 4J 2
VA 108
*J 10
The bidding:
West North East South
Pass 1 Pass 2 4
Pass 2 NT Pass 44
Pass 44 Pass 5 I
Pass 6 4
Opening lead six of diamonds.
It is said that luck is eliminated
when you play duplicate bridge, but,
alas, there is more poetry than truth
in the assertion.
Consider this deal from the match
between the United States and
France at the 1960 World Bridge
Olympiad. The bidding went as
shown when Victor Mitchell and
Morion Rubinow were North-South
for the U.S.
West led a diamond, and Rubi-
now, looking at 12 highly probable

tricks three spades, a heart, three
diamonds and live clubs followed
low from dummy. East won with the
queen and returned a diamond, and
the slam very quickly went down the
It is hard to point the finger of
blame. at Rubinow. Just about anyone
worth his sail would have made the
same play and gone minus 100.
When Pierre Jais and Roger Trezel
were North-South for France, the
bidding followed an entirely differ-
ent route:
West North East South
34 Pass Pass 3 NT
Pass 4 NT Pass 64
Pass 6 NT
Ira Rubin, West, opened three
spades, but the renowned French pair
found their way to six notrump any-
how. The four-notrump bid by Jais
was merely a raise in notrump and
had nothing to do with Blackwood.
Rubin led the jack of spades, and
Trezel did not have any difficulty
making six notrump. He won the
spade with the king, cashed the A-K
of clubs, led the jack of diamonds
and finessed.
The finesse lost to the queen, but
Trezel had 12 ice-cold tricks. France
thus gained 1,540 points on the deal,
due largely to the 6-1 diamond divi-
sion that had played such a critical
role against six clubs at the first

Tomorrow: The Law of Probabilities.
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Debbie to get gold from

'01 World Championships

the XXIX ( )kmpic Girme.
without any medals.TUBBS
Bu t when sh e returns home,

she can expect to receive the
gold medal from the Worlddia.net

"I understood from the IAAF
I:' oB E111NJINC-hina -- Debbie
.I -'.; ... *" '"Ferguson-Mlckenzic %%ill lea~e

that the XIXgold medal was sent

already and I guess we should
be celebrating that when we get
back just as we celebrate this
-gbronze medal by Leevan Sands
-. = "I understood from the IAAF
;#/ i..that the gold medal was sent
.--. dr .already and 1 guess we should
: ;:. ...be celebrating that when we get
:; i" : iback just as we celebrate this
g;-;- -' 'bronze medal by Leevan Sands
at the Olympics," said Pauline
"-.-- --Davis-Thompson.
--Davis-Thompson, a member
-,of the International Amateur
Athletic Federation's Women's
Council, said the IAAF has
recognized Ferguson-McKenzie
as the first Bahamian female
champion in the women's 200
-metres as she was elevated to
the gold medal at the-7th World
Championships in 2001 in
-----Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Ferguson-McKenzie had won
the silver behind American
Marion Jones with LaTasha
Jenkins of the United States tak-
-.-ing the bronze. After Jones was
stripped of her medals for test-
-- ing positive for an illegal sub-
S.stance, all of the finalists moved
.While Ferguson-McKenzie
and Jenkins were elevated to
DEBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE will gold and silver, fourth place fin-
leave the XXIX Olympic Games isher Cydonie Mothersill of the
without any medals. But when she Cayman Islands will now pick
without any medals. But when she up the bronze. The IAAF web-
returns home, she can expect to site reflects the changes,
receive the gold medal from the although the gold medal is not
World Championships... -in Ferguson-McKenzie's pos-
The IAAF, according to
Davis-Thompson, mailed the
medal to Ferguson-McKenzie
from June, but they have to
backtrack to determine exactly
who would have received it on
,, ,-_ .her behalf.
"Once the IAAF find out
what aiippened ,to it. the) will
make sure that she gets it,"
Dais-Thiomrnpson pointed out.
"She is nou our tiist malee
world d champion arid I'm ery
proud of herI1 lo,%c her to
-Sh. has been to-%er of
stirieth carrying thc Bih.imas
flag. I behe'e she ha ,lwa.iys
done it1 larl\ and squarei and
for [hat I am so e,.tremely
proud o her She hias repre-
Aented us tell "
\ ih the change in the medal
"coltiur, Tonique Vilhiams-Dar-
line. sh n the wonmcn's -100
mictreui at the 111th Horld Cham-
pionships in 2ruii i n Heklinki,
Finlnd. ill ha~e to settle for
being the :,ord Bahinmian
cmi.lte k worldd champion
Also ,in Edmunt on. (C'handra
Sturrup cl.laimcd thel br izc in
the ".iomen, 1lll
And onr the- men', side. A ard
-\Ml ncur won the first world litle
in the 4iiii and he tenmd up
with I-hChrh "Ba\' Br,:wn Troy
Mcintosh, Tim Munning' and
Curl (-tiwer to secure the relay
Fergus, n-McKenzic, who was
unavailable for comment on the
latest news. was _C.. nth in both
the lt()t and 2ttt) metres in Hei-
ling. She w n her first ()lvmpic
medal when ,he tiik the bronze
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