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Publication Date: September 26, 2009
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* Teen says she was

struck with metal rod

wrapped in tape

1 Outraged mother

plans to press charges

BRUISED: The teenager claims her injuries were caused
after being beaten by a school official.

Tribune Staff Reporter
AN outraged mother said she
plans to press criminal charges
against the public school offi-
cial she claimed beat her daugh-
ter leaving her with several
Mother-of-two Clarinda Bas-
tian said she was called to C I
Gibson high school on Thurs-
day morning by her 15-year-old
daughter who said she had been
hit on the neck, back, arm and
buttocks by an administrator.
The teen claimed the school
official beat her with a metal
rod wrapped in black tape
because she thought she was
skipping class. But the girl said
she had a good reason to be
outside of the classroom claim-
ing she was late arriving to her
second period class because she
had stayed behind to copy notes

off the chalkboard. She said
when she arrived at the physical
education class a few minutes
late, the school's gym was
locked so she and a few other
girls waited under a tree. At this
point a school official walked
up to the group, hit her, and
demanded that she go to class.
The girl claims she then went
to her homeroom teacher to get
a pass when the same school
official caught up with the girls
again and asked them to run
ahead to class. But the official
thought the girl was being dis-
obedient and began wielding
blows at her.
"All the girls who was with
me, they run ahead, I was the
only one behind and she told
me to walk up. I wasn't walking
fast enough for her so she hit
me all up in my back. And then
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Fire damages historic 124-year-old St Francis Xavier Cathedral

in the blackened
St Francis
Xavier Cathedral
which was hit
by a blaze on
Friday morning.
The fire caused
damage to the

Felipd Major
/Tribune staff

Tribune Staff Reporter

FIRE blazed in the rafters of the
original St Francis Xavier Cathe-
dral early yesterday, causing exten-
sive damage to the interior of the
124-year-old building.
An electrical short-circuit
sparked the blaze shortly after
4.30am. Security staff who heard
the popping sound of sparks alert-
ed Father Elvado Turnquest in the
rectory as the flames started to take

Fr Turnquest rushed across the
parking lot and up the stairs to the
old cathedral building on West
Street within minutes to make a
valiant attempt to save the blessed
sacrament of the holy Eucharist.
The associate rector at St Francis
Xavier estimates the fire had been
burning for around five minutes
before he peeked through the win-
dow on the west side of the church,
and dared to enter.
Flames were isolated on two
rafters in front of the altar and Fr
Turnquest saw a clear path to the
Tabernacle where the Eucharist is

kept. Armed with his handheld fire
extinguisher, the priest opened the
west-facing door in front of the
altar to make his way across the
But the rush of oxygen that
entered with him fuelled the flames
and a wall of heavy smoke fell
between the priest and the holy
sacrament he was determined to
Fr Turnquest aimed his fire
extinguisher at the two rafters drip-
SEE page two


1h g h a

Tribune Staff Reporter
WEST END and Bimini
MP Obie Wilchcombe tes-
tified yesterday that more
than a week after Jett Tra-
volta's death he was shown
two documents by former
Senator Pleasant Bridge-
water which were suppos-
edly harmful to the Tra-
Mr Wilchcombe, who
was the first witness to take
the stand yesterday in the
attempted extortion case
against Bridgewater and
former ambulance driver
Tarino Lightbourne, said
he met with Bridgewater at
his office at Universal Dis-
tributors headquarters in
Freeport, Grand Bahama,
on January 12. He and
Bridgewater are partners in
the company.
According to Mr Wilch-
combe, Bridgewater told
him she had a client who
had a document that could
be harmful to the Tra-
"Knowing all that we
did to protect the image of
the country and knowing
my relationship with the
Travoltas, she thought she
would bring it to my atten-
tion," Mr Wilchcombe said.
"She showed me two
documents. I saw the name
Rand Memorial Hospital. I
saw the name John Travol-
ta. I said this is bulls..." Mr
Wilchcombe told the court.
Mr Wilchcombe said he
asked Bridgewater who her
client was, but she told him
she could not disclose that
"I told her she should
tell her client to jump off a
roof and kill himself," Mr
Wilchcombe said.
SEE page seven

WEST END AND BIMINI MP Obie Wilchcombe testified in court
yesterday. Mr. Wilchcombe appeared walking with the aid of a stick.

likh(ombe testifies I

Man charged

with murder

over shopping

centre stabbing

Tribune Staff Reporter
man charged with the
murder of 35-year-old
Randy Williams, who
was stabbed multiple
times at the Sea Grape
shopping Centre on
Tuesday, appeared in
Magistrate's Court yes-
Marino T Archer
appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger
Gomez in Court 1,
Bank Lane, yesterday,
charged with intention-
ally causing Mr
Williams' death.
SEE page six

Pilot killing:
trio released
Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE men taken into
custody in connection with
the killing of Bahamasair pilot
Lionel Lewis McQueen have
been released pending further
inquiries, according to police.
Police now suspect that
robbery might have been the
motive of two men believed
to have been involved in the
murder of Mr McQueen.
SEE page six

Cambridge indictment
'could harm image of Bar'
Tribune Staff Reporter
Bahamas Bar Association
yesterday expressed concern
that the indictment of its trea-
surer and a member of the
Bar, Sidney Cambridge, may
set back efforts to improve its
public image at home while
diminishing its reputation
Ruth Bowe-Darville said
she fears publicity of the case
involving Mr Cambridge
would spread the perception
SEE page six

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Blaze damages IW,

historic cathedral

FROM page one
ping with flames in an effort
to tame the blaze, but quickly
realized it was far greater than
he would be able to fight.
And as the smoke quickly
grew heavier, Fr Turnquest
became disorientated.
"I couldn't breathe at all,"
he said. "The smoke was so
thick it made it impossible to
go where I needed to go.
"It was blinding smoke,
blinding as in pitch dark, there
was nothing you could see.
"It was so thick it felt as
though you could just put
your hands out and part it."

Fr Turnquest moved away
from the flames and back
towards the door behind the
altar where he made his exit.
As he waited 15 minutes for
Fire Services to get to the
scene, Fr Turnquest said it felt
like forever. When five fire
engines and 15 firefighters
arrived they forced entry
through the eastern door and
extinguished the blaze in nine
minutes, Assistant Superin-
tendent Walter Evans said.
The old stone building con-
tained the blaze, which was
concentrated in one area of
the wooden roof, and the
structural integrity of the
building has been preserved.

Felip6 Major
/Tribune staff


However, the intensity of
the heat cracked the windows,
plaster on the walls and part
of the altar. Black smoke and
water caused extensive dam-
age to the interior.
Charred ashes fell from the
roof coating the altar, and
dropped on the blackened
carpet which melted into the
But the holy sacrament, the
blessed Eucharist, was safe.
St Francis Xavier was the
first Roman Catholic church
built in the Bahamas in 1885
and the old building contains
a large collection of valuable

paintings by a single artist,
some of which were destroyed
in the blaze. However the
majority of the collection
appears to have been spared,
or at least the damage should
be reparable.

But the damage was dra-
matic for members of the
2,000 strong congregation
who visited the church yes-
terday morning, solemn and
tearful as they saw the
charred interior of a place

they hold close to their hearts.
Joy Lindor Coleby, 47, a
mother of three, was deeply
affected by the damage.
She said: "This church basi-
cally has my entire life.
"My parents were married
here in 1959, myself and my
four siblings were married
here and received all of our
sacraments here, and now we
are in the third generation;
my children were baptised
here, they had their first com-
munion here and were con-
firmed here.
"I have a lot of good mem-
ories, and sad memories, as

my father, mother and broth-
er were eulogised here."
As the congregation out-
grew the old cathedral a new
St Francis Xavier church
building was opened in 2004,
but the now fire-damaged
cathedral was still used for
weekday masses.
"It's just shocking," said
Patrice Knowles, 28.
"I have come here almost
all my life and I have so many
memories. It has a lot of his-
tory this place, and it still has
the old sacristy and baptismal.
It's beautiful. I don't know
what to say."

Fr Turnquest comforted his
parishioners as they poured
over the devastation yester-
"It is sad," he said. "But in
another sense I have to
remind people that the church
is greater than just a building.
The church is the body of
"We can be sad, but not
despairing, because no one
was hurt, no one was injured.
I could have been dead, but
the building will be repaired."
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they said

"Thanks to The
Tribune for
bringing this
injustice to the
fore; now the
thing lies at the
feet of the
Minister and the
they have to be
accountable for
the action or
inaction of their
What else is
going on in this
country that we
are not being
made aware


proper police
procedures in
crime scene
analysis were
not carried out.
There is
still enough
evidence from
photos and
hopefully an
autopsy was
which will
when the
evidence in the
vehicle speaks

"I hope
someone at The
Tribune presses
Turnquest and
Ferguson for an
update in this
matter! The
eyes of the
world are upon
us and the
Emperor is as
naked as a
newborn....I am
ashamed as a


"Our police
force has
always been
held in high
regard in our
region and
others look to
us for the
techniques used
in solving crime;
isn't it possible
that is was
merely a traffic
accident as


"...there are
101 reasons not
to trust the
police when one
is aware that

proper protocol
was not



death story provokes

huge online response

COMMENTS came flooding
into The Tribune's website yes-
terday in response to a story of
the "suspicious" death of Pre-
ston Ferguson, published in
The Tribune on Tuesday. Up
to press time yesterday, the sto-
ry received 101 comments
online from outraged readers,
marking it the most commented
piece on the website since its
launch on August 10.
Unanswered questions loom
around the police's version of
how 38-year-old Ferguson died.
The Exumian resident, was
found dead in a slightly truck
on the side of the road, in the
area of Ocean Addition East
with a massive injury to the
head on the morning of August
The family believes that Pre-
ston was murdered. They claim
to know of an individual with a
motive to kill him. They think
that the police's account that
"he had run off the road and
hit a utility pole" is completely
at odds with evidence account-
ed for in photographs taken at
the scene.
To date, Preston's death is
being considered accident.
However family members con-
tend that he was murdered and
blame police for mishandling
the investigation into his death.
(See 'Victim of Murder' article
on Tribune242's website for
more details surrounding Pre-
ston's death).
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Police Commission-
er Reginald Ferguson said,
"There are no persons in ques-
tion with the incident to-date. I
am not intimately involved in
the investigation like that. But
every bit of information and
every person who has some-
thing to contribute to the inves-
tigation will be interviewed."
According to the family,
police got "rid of every single
piece of evidence." The com-
pany truck Ferguson was found
in was sent back to his employ-
er, Grand Isles Villas. This
detail raises even more suspi-
cion in the family's eyes. They
say he wouldn't have driven the
company truck the night he was
killed. They believe he was
murdered, and put in the vehi-
cle, after the "staged" accident.
The family, told The Tribune
last week that they had met
with Commissioner of Police
Reginald Ferguson on the mat-
ter and was informed that an
investigation is continuing and
that "experts are conducting a
re-enactment of the accident."
They also met with National
Security Minister Tommy Turn-
quest about the matter.
On another matter, The Tri-
bune asked the Police Com-
missioner and Minister Turn-
quest about the re-enactment
of the accident. They gave con-
flicting information on the re-
enactment, which is supposed
to take place very soon.
According to Mr Turnquest,
police indicated they would
conduct a re-enactment of the
accident by today (Friday), with
the family present. However,
Commissioner Ferguson said
he has no knowledge of such
procedure on schedule for the
Minister Turnquest said he
sympathized with the family
when they came to him as an
appeal from the police. "They
were not satisfied with the
answers that yielded in their
investigation," he said. "I told
them I'd get back to them, and
I did."
Minister Turnquest recalled
the time when he was initially
informed of the incident:
"The accident happened
while I was on vacation in
August, so I wasn't aware of
the situation. When I returned,
the family came in to see me
with photos, after meeting with
the Commissioner. Their initial
option was to look at it as a
homicide. However, there was
nothing there in the evidence
at the time to deem it a homi-
"The concerns the family
made were brought to my
attention and I asked them to
review it again," he said.
The majority of comments
from Tribune online readers
expressed outrage on the
details surrounding Preston's
death; raising questions as to
whether Exumian police did a
thorough job in their investiga-
tions. Additional posts ham-
mered hard at the initial
response to the incident by the

Police Commissioner and
National Security Minister.
One poster under the name
of Judy said: "Thanks to The
Tribune for bringing this injus-
tice to the fore; now the respon-
sible thing lies at the feet of the
Minister and the Commission-
er; they have to be held
accountable for the action or
inaction of their subordinates.
What else is going on in this
country that we are not being
made aware of?... It is obvious
that the members of the family
are respectable people and
would not waste the public's
time unless they were prepared
to supply the necessary evi-
dence to assist the police in
bringing the perpetrators to jus-
tice. Reginald Ferguson, be
grateful for the evidence, take it
and conduct the investigation."
In defence, Police Commis-
sioner Ferguson told The Tri-
bune yesterday: "The police
always conduct proper investi-
gations. We met with the fami-
ly before. Whatever questions
they have we're always here to
meet with them again."

Readers filled the comments
section of the story on Tri-, voicing their
views on the case surrounding
Preston's death.
A retired police detective
with the New York Police
Department commented:
"...surely proper police proce-
dures in crime scene analysis
were not carried out. There is
still enough evidence from pho-
tos and hopefully an accurate
autopsy was conducted which
will corroborate when the evi-
dence in the vehicle speaks to.
There must be some trace evi-
dence still left in the vehicle;
that your forensic lab techs can
test for proper analysis...There
seems to be an increase in
crime for such a small but beau-
tiful country...It is never too
late to solve a murder."
Another poster said: "I hope
someone at The Tribune press-
es Tommy Turnquest and Regi-
nald Ferguson for an update in
this matter! The eyes of the
world are upon us and the
Emperor is as naked as a new-
born....I am ashamed as a
Bahamian! Here we are with
some of the best and brightest
minds, and the actions of a few
lazy police make us out to be

no more than a bunch of back-
ward fishing villagers."
In a subject title, "Why can't
we trust the Police," Deborah
Moss said: "Our police force
has always been held in high
regard in our region and oth-
ers look to us for the techniques
used in solving crime; isn't it
possible that is was merely a
traffic accident as initially
reported? Why would the
police lies about this case?"
One poster in reply to Deb-
orah's comment said: "...there
are 101 reasons not to trust the
police when one is aware that
proper protocol was not fol-
lowed. The police force can ver-
ify that they were and are not
always held in the highest
regard. If you were privy to cer-
tain information and evidence,
perhaps your statement would-
n't be so lopsided. Thank you!
Why have the last people
(seen with this man) not been
brought in for questioning?"

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New Iran charge boosts sanctions move

NEW YORK - New charges of nuclear
duplicity by Iran strengthen the hand of the
U.S. and other world powers seeking tougher
sanctions against Tehran.
Unless the announcement Friday in Pitts-
burgh by the President Barack Obama and
the leaders of France and Britain pushes Iran
to give more ground on the nuclear issue in
coming weeks, there is likely to be added
momentum to punish the Iranians through
new international penalties.
After a week of meetings at the U.N. in
New York aimed at thwarting Iranian nuclear
ambitions, there were hopeful hints of move-
ment between the U.S. and its partners and
even signs of openness from Iran. But it's hard
to see that yielding a grand bargain anytime
Among the positive steps: After years of
resisting negotiations, the Iranians have agreed
to meet with officials of the U.S. and five oth-
er world powers in Geneva next week. Nuclear
issues are on the agenda, but Iran says that
doesn't include its own nuclear programme.
Obama also won a new measure of Russian
support - at least rhetorically - for imposing
tougher international sanctions to squeeze
Iran in the months ahead if the Geneva talks
lead to a dead end.
A week after Obama pleased Russia by
scaling back a Bush-era missile shield propos-
al for Europe, Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev responded by suggesting his gov-
ernment might look favourably at stiffening
sanctions if Iran proves unreceptive.
China, however, whose cooperation on
sanctions enforcement also would be impor-
tant, remains publicly opposed to threatening
penalties and threw a damper on any support.
"China always believes that sanction and
pressure should not be an option and will not
be conducive to the current diplomatic efforts
over the Iran nuclear issue," said Chinese For-
eign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu.
China and Russia are essential for sanc-
tions to succeed because of their large and
growing trade and investment interests in the
Gulf region. China, which depends on foreign
imports for about half its oil, counts Iran as its
third-largest supplier. It also sells weapons to
Iran, and the Pentagon said earlier this year
that some were ending up with terrorist groups
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Even with support for sanctions still uncer-
tain, Iran seemed to set a softer tone during the
U.N. General Assembly this week. President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told The Associat-
ed Press his government will not stand in the
way of "free and open" discussion of nuclear
issues at the Geneva talks.
The next day, he indicated for the first time
that Tehran would be willing to have its
nuclear experts meet with Western scientists.
Protests outside Ahmadinejad's hotel hinted at
a strong factor in Iran's sudden flexibility -
the regime may be more inclined to deal in
light of the domestic upheaval still simmer-
ing after the disputed June presidential election
and the government's crackdown.
Time is a crucial factor for all the parties.
The longer a stalemate or standoff continues,
the closer Iran is likely to get to having the
capacity to build a nuclear bomb - although
the Tehran government insists the U.S. and
others are wrong in claiming it intends to go

nuclear. Obama, along with the leaders of
Britain and France in Pittsburgh for the G-20
economic summit, accused Iran of building a
covert underground plant to produce nuclear
fuel. A diplomat in Vienna and another Euro-
pean government official told The Associated
Press that Iran has informed the U.N. nuclear
agency that it has a previously undeclared ura-
nium enriching facility.
The officials, who spoke on the condition of
anonymity because the information was con-
fidential, said Tehran revealed the existence of
the second enrichment plant in a letter sent
Monday to Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of
the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Obama has said he will assess the state of
diplomatic progress with Iran by December,
emphasizing that talks cannot drag on indefi-
nitely. Israel, fearing it would be the target of
Iranian nuclear threats, has talked of the pos-
sibility of a pre-emptive strike.
By U.S. estimates, Iran is one to five years
away from having a nuclear weapons capabil-
ity, although U.S. intelligence also believes
that Iranian leaders have not yet made the
decision to build a weapon.
Iran also is developing a long-range ballis-
tic missile that could carry a nuclear warhead,
but the administration said last week that it
believes that effort has been slowed - which
paved the way for the Obama's decision to
shelve the Bush missile shield plan, which
would have targeted Iranian ballistic missiles.
Nicholas Burns, a professor of diplomacy at
Harvard who was the Bush administration's
point man on Iran from 2005-08, said he's
sceptical that the coming talks will produce a
breakthrough. But he believes Obama is right
to try. "It's far too early to say whether or not
the Iranian government is going to be at all
serious about these negotiations," Burns said
in a telephone interview. "They have turned
down negotiations or resisted them for the
past three years.
"Now that they are going to start talks with
the U.S., I think we should expect Iran is going
to be extraordinarily difficult in these negoti-
ations and that there is a very good prospect
that they will not succeed," he said.
In Burns' view, making the attempt at bar-
gaining strengthens Obama's hand in the event
the talks fail and he resorts to seeking tougher
sanctions. Even the sanctions path would be
an uncertain gambit. Enforcing penalties would
be difficult and there is no assurance that even
the fullest enforcement would compel Iran to
change its mind on restraining its nuclear pro-
gramme. Sami Alfaraj, a Kuwaiti security
expert who advises the Gulf Cooperation
Council - a regional body that includes Sau-
di Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait,
Qatar, Bahrain and Oman - said in a tele-
phone interview that negotiations with Iran
would be more effective if those six Gulf coun-
tries were given a place at the bargaining table.
Alfaraj expects no negotiating breakthrough
in the short term, but he believes there is a rea-
sonable possibility that if the U.S. and the oth-
er established nuclear powers take new and
significant steps toward disarmament, Iran
might see reason to reconsider its nuclear
"I'm modestly optimistic," he said.
_(This article was written by Robert Burns,
AP National Security writer).

Philip 'Brave' Davis

perfect for PLP

leadership team

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I would be most negligent
if I did not show my humble
gratitude to you for permit-
ting me the opportunity to
express my thoughts in print
via your journal.
Having established that, I
will say that I watch with
much baited breath as the
"race" for leader and deputy
leader of the very historic
Progressive Liberal Party
moves on. I expect it to
"spice" up around the first
week in October and with
that in mind I decided to get
my two cents in before the
over-heated debates com-
My dear friend and col-
league, Philip "Brave" Davis
has tossed his proverbial hat
in the ring declaring that he
is ready to join the leader-
ship team of the PLP via the
position of Deputy Leader. I
cannot think of a more suit-
able person to join such a
Not only do I think Philip
"Brave" Davis is perfect for
the leadership team of the

PLP but I think he is also
very good for this country
in general. It is definitely no
secret that our judicial sys-
tem is in shambles and in
dire need of a team, headed
by a well-rounded legally
sound individual who will
bring it back to a place that
would make us proud as the
country's legal professions.
Brave, as he is affection-
ately called, is an accom-
plished attorney, parlia-
mentarian, philanthropist
and family man. He is the
Senior Partner in one of the
leading law firms in the
Bahamas, Davis & Co., and
is considered one of the
leading advocates in the
country. Although short in
stature, he stands tall
amongst us in the legal field,
having acquired the tremen-
dous experience that he has
over the years.
In recent times I've seen

Brave referred to as a "legal
genius" and to this I can
attest hands down. I have
seen him come through the
most difficult cases victori-
ous and with humble confi-
dence. I don't think any of
us in this admirable legal
field would disagree when I
say that, if given the oppor-
tunity Brave can put our
legal system in order and in
so doing, bring a halt to the
high criminal activity in this
In all, I know Brave is the
better choice for Deputy
Leader of the Progressive
Liberal Party and I know he
will be successful in this
regard at his party's upcom-
ing convention. What I
would like to see is this -
Should the PLP be victori-
ous in the 2012 General
Elections, Philip "Brave"
Davis appointed Minister of
National Security or Minis-
ter of Legal Affairs. He is
truly a man for all seasons.

September 23, 2009

'When the spirit moves them'

- the work ethic of Bahamians

EDITOR, The Tribune.

A friend of mine is manager of a store in
one of the family islands and I asked him
what time his staff get to work and his reply
was "when the spirit moves them."
Unfortunately, there is a lot of truth in
what he said as a joke.
My wife had to have a medical procedure
on Thursday morning and she was not
allowed to eat prior so we stopped at a food
store to pick up some Ensure.
It was 7.15am and there was only one
cashier on duty. I asked where the others
were and she said "they ain't reach yet" so I
asked what time they were supposed to start
and she said 7:00am.
The procedure had to be done at the
PMH and even though the deposit had been
paid I had to go to the business office to
pick up "the front sheet". Just a taste of
Government health care.
The small room was full and there was
only one cashier on duty. Someone asked
why the second cashier was not on duty and
I reminded them that the Punch comes out
on Thursday, or perhaps she had not had
breakfast yet or talked to her "sweetie".
She finally graced us with her presence
about twenty minutes later.

I rushed back expecting to find the nurs-
es anxiously awaiting the important "front
sheet". I was wrong. There were two other
patients waiting for the same procedure and
nothing was done until I went and request-
ed that they be given some attention (anoth-
er taste of Government health care).
While waiting in the business office a
gentleman told me that he would be stand-
ing in another line later to collect some med-
ication for his wife, which he has to do every
month and the waiting time is about three
I saw him again about three hours later
and he told me that it was taking a little
longer that morning because there was only
one cashier on duty (I presume the second
one is a slow reader or maybe she reads
The Tribune also or she has two or three
On the plus side the treatment by the
private doctor was first class, as expected,
and the nurses were very efficient.
So, with so many Bahamians moving only
when "the spirit moves them" and so many
people unemployed why do the employers
(including Government) tolerate it?


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Marital rape is not for
Christians and if we say we
are a Christian nation then
we must live by the word
of God and not the world
system. 1 Corthinthian 7:1-5,
St Matthew 19: 4-6.
Before a husband or wife
says they were raped, they
must have already taken two
steps within the marriage.
1) Did they seek help
from a licensed marriage
counsellor or their pas-
Root causes of problems
in marital relationships can
be likened to a tree's root
system. If left alone for a
long enough period, they
grow deep and branch out.

Casuarinas and
EDITOR, The Tribune.

Following the extensive seri
and articles on this subject, reader
well to be referred to an art
Bahamas Journal of Science ot
2002 - subject: "Invasive Alie
Look Out For" by John L Ham
As well as the casuarina, wl
cally a weed that infests any c
of land - see large areas of Coi
NP - the other principal inva
extensively is Scaevola taccada.'
to have been planted, mistake
dune opposite Orange Hill, a
native Sea Grapes. It is mostly t
that obscures the sea view. It has
S extensive foothold in many area
ing been purposely planted. A
species is listed in the article.
The article closes with the fo

2) Did they file for legal
separation and move away
from each other? It's the
Men go by what they see,
women go by their emo-
A wife cannot walk
around in the house half
nude, come out of the show-
er wet, sleep in the same bed
under her husband and
expect him not to roll over
and not wanting sex. If a
husband is upset and he sees
his wife, 99.1 per cent of hus-
bands today if they are upset
and they see their wife in a
good sexual way they want
to have sex (just to please
A wife works by her emo-
tions or mine. If her hus-

band did not cover one to
three of a woman's five basic
needs for that day, she will
shut down.
1) Affection
2) Communication
3) Honesty and openness
4) Financial support
5) Family commitment
She will shut down, close
shop, put on three layers of
clothes just for bed, will not
cook or clean and last, but
not least, she will put on
pads and say this is her time
of the month - move away.
Ephesians 5:25.

September, 2009.

Scaevola should be eliminated
taccada presents a clear and present dan-
ger to coastal beach ridge communities and
es of letters to biodiversity in North Andros and else-
ers would do where; decisions are urgently needed as to
icle in The how this species (and casuarinas too, of
f November course - NW) should be managed. The dis-
n Plants To tribution of S. taccada in New Providence
imerton. also needs evaluating urgently."
which is basi- My conclusion has been for many years
learned area that casuarinas and now Scaevola should
ral Harbour, be eliminated as far as possible, allowing
sive gaining true native coppice to be planted and return
This appears to these areas. Casuarinas are killed by fire,
enly, on the but the resultant mess of bare stumps is
mongst the worse than the living trees - if that's pos-
the Scaevola sible!
s also gained
s, some hav- NICK WARDLE
total of 32 Nassau,
Coral Harbour,
allowing : "S. September, 2009

Marital rape: We must live by

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"I is so dern vex that we
didn't make it on CNN for
having recently discovered
a primitive tribe wid a few
men in da Bahamas where
da men still believe it is ok
ta rape da wife. I can just
see dem pictures on TV
like da cartoons where a
few men with a leaf cover-
ing dey 'tingum' walking
with a club in one hand
and dragging da wife
behind by her hair.
"Mind ya, yinna wonder
where dey gets these ways
from and dey really should
be on 'America's Most
Wanted' instead for even
trying ta justify such a
heinous and evil act of
'Darwin', Nassau.
"I is so vex when I reads
in a daily paper one letter
that recommends a crime
committee be made up
with retired senior police
and other police. If the
present ones can't solve
dem crimes, why you ga'
bring the retired ones to
solve it when dey is the
ones responsible for the
present ones? Ya gats to
be crazy wid dis nepotism
t'ing. If y'all wants ta stop
crime, create a committee
wid all of us victims of
crime, wid da powers to
hire an' fire da police
instead of bullskating all
over da place!'
"Disregard and total
lack of courtesy is why am
vex. Motorists in Nassau
are always in a rush and
continue to show no
respect to others on the
road. I say this as I
watched a very nasty acci-
dent occur on last Friday in
front of the Ministry of
Public Works.
"I wish that motorists
would consider the times
that they travel on the road
and be mindful that traffic
is everywhere especially
during the hours when
school is out. So plan your
travels properly - and it is
better late than never."
Concerned motorist.
"I happy that the
Bahamas government has
finally recognized profes-
sional Bahamian tennis
player, Mark Knowles, for
his longtime achievements.
I'm not even a tennis fan
but know he has always
performed his best and
represented his country
proudly (no news-making
bad behaviour here!) Also
good to see that other
sports, besides track, can
receive acknowledgments.
Now government needs to
include a piece of land in
Long Island as part of his
"That would be the icing
on the cake."
Happy for Mark
"I happy because there
was a policeman, with
walkie-talkie, directing
traffic near the rear gate at
St Augustine's College and
Freddie Munnings Estates
this morning, thank God!
He really helped with the
bottle-neck there. Now if
they could just do some-
thing about the jitneys dri-
ving on the sidewalk in
front of the Elizabeth
Estates Police Station and
the traffic coming out of
"Many cars on that
street creating a third lane,
causing lots of havoc. Do
we really need this 6.50am
daily chaos, right in front
of the Elizabeth Estates
Police Station?"
Eastern Driver.

' :Il I~ft

THERE has been another report of a The woman describe
woman being followed home and robbed at slim, of medium height
gunpoint by two men in a green car in the locks. She said he soun,
eastern part of New Providence. The other man was d
She is the fifth person to have been close-cropped hair, but
robbed or followed in the area by culprits was too far away to no
travelling in what is thought to be a Honda, about him.
including St Agustine's College principal "The car was a medii
Sonia Knowles, who was held up at her dark blue or green," the
doorstep on Tuesday. Earlier this week, an
In an email circulating around Nassau out an email which read
yesterday, the latest victim explained that area and I was followed
two men in a car followed her out of Blair 2.30pm, by a dark gree
and along Eastern road. two men.
"I was aware of them the whole time and "Luckily, I got to n
then as I got closer to my house I slowed inside before anything
down and they passed me, so I thought I called the police immed
was safe," she wrote. dispatched but I have sti
"Unfortunately, they saw where I turned Last week, yet anoth
in and they parked in the driveway just east "It is important to kee
of me. try to protect our comic
"As I was waiting for my garage door to residents are the best
open, one of the men smashed my passen- and a call to the police i
ger side window and put a gun to my head. you think it is insignia
"He told me to give him my money and Stay safe.
then after he got my purse he wanted me to "Also be on the look
go inside the house. At this point I put my Honda; they almost go
car in reverse and just gunned it. ham Acres, by my moti
"Fortunately, my cousin lives just east of "The first time it wa
me and she and her husband were home, so mother was home to op
they were able to help me." the second time I was a

TWENTY Bahamian recipi-
ents of the Queen's Birthday
Honours, 2008, were presented
with their medals during an
investiture ceremony at Gov-
ernment House on Thursday.
Governor General Arthur
Hanna presented the medals.
Receiving the insignia of
Commander of the Most Excel-
lent Order of the British Empire
(CBE) (Civil Division) (CBE)
were Senator Vincent Vander-
pool Wallace, Minister of
Tourism and Aviation; and
Wendy Craigg, Governor of the
Central Bank of the Bahamas.
The insignia of Officer of the
Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (OBE) were Dr
George H Sherman, for his con-
tribution to medicine; Dr
Davidson Hepburn, a former
Ambassador to the United
Nations; and Sylvia E Scriven, a
former MP for Ann's Town, for
her contribution to politics.
The recipients of the Most
Excellent Order of The British
Empire (MBE) were Marina
Glinton, John Campbell
Albury, Frank Russell, Edwin
Velock Brown, Oswald Mar-
shall, Yvonne B Isaacs and
Wilbert Braynen.
The Queen's Police Medal
went to Christopher Noel
McCoy, Retired Acting Deputy


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Commissioner of Police; and
Willard Minzo Cunningham,
Chief Superintendent of Police.
Presented with the British
Empire Medal (BEM) (Civil
Division) were Beryl Adams,
Laurin Knowles, Melvern Boo-
tle-Cornish, Rev Newton
Williamson, Barbara Darville,
Joanna Newton-Russell,
Felamease Sawyer, Dolly Mills
and George Russell.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said that in an effort to
secure its future and national
identity, a nation must take
steps such as this.
"All nations, in an effort to
secure their futures and the con-
servation, cultivation and pro-
motion of their national identi-
ty and indigenous culture, must
endeavour to ensure their future
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and wearing dread-
ded Bahamian.
described as having
the victim said she
tice anything more
ium sized car, either
e woman said.
another woman sent
d: "I live in the Blair
d home last Friday,
n Honda civic with
ny front door and
g could happen. I
lately and a car was
ll heard of sightings.
her woman warned,
ep your vigil as we
unity. The eyes of
form of protection
s important, even if
icant or untimely.
out for the Green
't me twice in Gra-
hers house.
as luck because my
en her door... and
little more vigilant

nation building," said Mr Ingra-
ham. He said to this end, the
government of the Bahamas
continues with the tradition of
recognizing deserving Bahami-
ans with the Queen's Birthday


and spotted the car behind me driving
through Graham Acres.
"This is true about the green car, two
black men, one of them a rasta. The green
Honda Civic is an old colour but has some
silver through it. Tried getting the licence
plate on Friday past. I think I got some of
the numbers but they had a tint over the
numbers so it made it very difficult.
"They are looking for women who are
coming home and have to get out of their
car to open the door and then they rob
"Just be careful, always look behind you
when you are pulling into your driveway,
don't stop."
One of the potential victims did record
the vehicle's licence plate, and this infor-
mation has been turned over to the police.
The latest victim wrote: "Ladies, please
be very careful, if you think you are being
followed go to the nearest police station, but
do not go home.
"It has been suggested to me that we
should form some sort of community task
force, I would be interested in getting
together with anyone else that would be
interested to see if there is anything we can
do to assist the police in getting these guys."

RECIPIENTS of the Queen's Birth-
day Honours pose for a group shot
during a gala ceremony at Gov-
ernment House on Thursday, Sep-
tember 24. Pictured in the fore-
ground from left: Secretary to the
Governor General, Diana Light-
bourne; Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham; Governor General Arthur
Hanna and President of the
Bahamas Christian Council, Rev
Patrick Paul.

honours. Mr Ingraham said:
"When our founding fathers,
the Governor General includ-
ed, sought to achieve indepen-
dence, they made a determina-
tion to retain the Queen of

Beginning on Monday
morning at 10.30am, the
House Select Committee
appointed to investigate all
matters relating to the dis-
position of publicly held
lands will begin hearings.
These hearings will be
held at the Paul Farqhar-
son Centre at Police Head-
quarters on East Street.
At this initial hearing,
the committee will ques-
tion senior public officials
who have direct responsi-
bility for the processing of
applications for crown and
government owned lands.
The committee will
attempt to identify prob-
lems in the land applica-
tion and processing proce-
dures and see if there is
any specific reform that
could be applied to
improve these procedures.
The public is invited to

Britain as Queen of the
Bahamas as part of Bahamian
heritage and legacy. Their deter-
mination has not been altered."
The Prime Minster also invit-
ed Bahamians to assist the gov-
ernment in identifying individ-
uals who have contributed
toward the political, intellectual,
business, sport and cultural
development of the country.
"These awards may be grant-
ed either at New Year's or June.
Those honoured this morning
represent the first batch of
recipients of the honours since
the installation of the FNM
Government in 2007," Mr
Ingraham said.


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Twenty Bahamians presented with medals







Mum slams school 'beating' of daughter



FROM page one
I told her she hit me on the
neck with the stick, she said
'Good, I should have hit you
some place else," said the girl,
who claimed she was hit more
than five times.
The teenager has a large
bruise on her left arm and right
buttock and complains of pains
in her neck and back. She told
The Tribune she is afraid to
return to school because she
may be targeted by the official.
The school's principal, Ms
Elaine Williams, told The Tri-
bune it was not the official's
intent to harm the child.
"Administrators are empow-
ered to punish, of course it's
always expected that you pun-
ish properly, but there was a

whole situation with this child.
She kept putting her hand in
the way - it was not a deliber-
ate something on my adminis-
trator's part," she said.
Ms Williams said she had
requested that Ms Bastian and
her daughter come to her office
yesterday so she could assess
the extent of the child's injuries.
However, she said, they never
showed up.
When contacted for com-
ment yesterday, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel said he
was aware of the incident. He
explained that corporal pun-
ishment was a legal form of dis-
ciple in public schools "where
warranted" but only when car-
ried out by a senior mistress,
senior master, principal or vice-
He added that he expected

a full report on the incident, as
is required whenever corporal
punishment is administered in
the public school system.
"This matter is a matter of
concern in any event because
it involved the infliction of
some kind of corporal punish-
ment - in this case there will
be a full report. It will have to
be reviewed by senior officials
in the ministry (who will deter-
mine) whether the punishment
was proportionate. At that
point the ministry will make its
evaluation of the matter," said
Mr Bethel.
In the meantime, Ms Bast-
ian said she is frustrated
because she feels the school has
not taken the incident serious-
She has filed a complaint
with police.

Man charged over shopping centre stabbing

FROM page one

Police reported that Mr
Williams, of Gladstone Road,
and another man were in the
shopping centre car park,
near the entrance to Body
Zone Fitness gym around
5pm Tuesday, when they
started to argue.
The argument escalated
and Mr Williams was stabbed
several times. He was rushed
to the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital where he died half an
hour later, according to

Mr Williams is the coun-
try's 63rd murder victim this
Archer, of Marx End, East-
ern Estates, was not required
to enter a plea to the murder
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case has
been adjourned to October
23 and transferred to Court
10, Nassau Street.
His attorney Ian Cargill
said he is seeking to have the
case reviewed by the Attor-
ney General's Office so that
the charge can be reduced to

Fears that Cambridge indictment 'could harm image of Bar'

FROM page one

that Bahamian attorneys are
"very vulnerable and
Mr Cambridge, until Thurs-
day a partner with law firm
Callender's and Co, was
indicted in a criminal com-
plaint in the US on Wednes-
day on charges that he know-
ingly laundered money while
acting in a legal capacity for a
Florida politician, who was
also charged, following a
three-year FBI "sting" oper-
Mrs Bowe-Darville said: "It
really doesn't portray (the
Bahamas Bar) in a very good
light. The allegations would
make us appear very vulnera-
ble and gullible, in terms of

the perception that anyone
can walk into our offices and
pose as this one or next one
and that we're not doing due
diligence we ought to be
doing in respect of clients we
deal with in The Bahamas."
The President made her
comments as she confirmed
that Mr Cambridge has
resigned as treasurer of the
organisation, a position he
had held for ten years.
In confirming this step, Mrs
Bowe-Darville noted that she
had been "shocked and sad-
dened" to read news reports
of the indictment of Mr Cam-
Stating that the attorney's
"contribution will be greatly
missed", Mrs Bowe-Darville
said he had always done an


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"excellent" job as treasurer,
having given "stellar service"
with the "utmost integrity."
Meanwhile, Mrs Bowe-
Darville added that the alle-
gations against Mr Cambridge
come at a "critical time for
the Bar" which, in what some
may view as an ironic twist to
the shocking turn of events
involving Mr Cambridge, had
seen the attorney become a
key player in the "new
restructuring and revitalizing
programme" aimed at
improving its public image.
"I said when was elected I
said that it's very important
that we revitalise and restruc-
ture the Bar, especially as it
relates to its public image,
which has been suffering so
badly because of incidences
like this.
"We started the pro-
gramme to have the Bar por-
trayed in more positive light,
but it seems as if every time

we take one step forward we
end up taking two steps
back," lamented the Presi-
This news came a day after
it was revealed that Mr Cam-
bridge has been indicted in a
US District Court, along with
a Florida politician and two
others, on charges of conspir-
acy to commit money laun-
That revelation resulted in
his resignation from two oth-
er top positions on Thursday
- that of partner in Callen-
der's and Co, the prominent
law firm where he was an
attorney, and from the post
of treasurer of the PLP.
In a statement released
Thursday, PLP leader Perry
Christie said Mr Cambridge
had assured him of his inno-
cence and was now seeking
to focus all of his energies on
fighting the charges.

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Pilot killing:

trio released

FROM page one

Yesterday Raymond Gibson, Assistant Commisioner of
Police in charge of crime, said officers are making very good
progress in their investigation into the brutal killing of the
pilot and expect to make a breakthrough soon.
Mr McQueen, described as quiet and popular man, died at
around 4am on Sunday, September 20, after being shot multi-
ple times in his Golden Palms Estate home, near Kennedy
He was engaged to be married in February next year.
His cousin and roommate, Martez Saunders, also received
several gunshot wounds and remains in hospital. Police say
they have yet to have an opportunity to question him about the
Meanwhile, despite a $10,000 reward being offered by Burg-
er King for information leading to the arrest or conviction of
those responsible for his death, police have not had the same
success with their investigations into the killing of Rashad
Morris, manager of Burger King's Frederick Street restaurant.
Both Mr McQueen and Mr Morris died hours apart in grue-
some circumstances in the early hours of the same morning.
Mr Morris, 21, of John Street, Baillou Hill Road, was brutally
beaten and stabbed at the Burger King restaurant on Harrold
Road, western New Providence, which he had formerly man-
Police believe the 21-year-old was taken to the store by his
killer or killers who then tried to force him to open the safe.
When he failed to do so, Mr Morris was beaten in the manager's
office. He was dragged outside where he was again beaten
and stabbed several times.
He was found lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab
wounds at around 1.30am on Sunday and pronounced dead at
the scene, becoming the 61st murder victim this year.
Assistant Commissioner Gibson appealed to those who may
have information to contact police, or call 911 or 919, or call
Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477).

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Candlelight vigil at site

of demolished church -

More than 500 people

reportedly attend event

LOCAL Baptist ministers joined with members of the Work-
ers' Party as they held a candlelight vigil at the site of the now
demolished Canaan Baptist Church.
According to the Workers' Party leader Rodney Moncur,
there were more than 500 people who attended the event on
Thursday night at the church site in Sir Lynden Pindling Estates.
Minister Juan Miller conducted a small service where pastors
reportedly prayed for God to touch Arawak Homes CEO
Franklyn Wilson's heart and allow them to rebuild the church
on the site. Mr Moncur, in his capacity as leader of the Work-
ers' party, added that he will continue to pray for Mr Wilson
who had the church demolished after the courts ruled in his
favour that the land belonged to his company.
"We should continue to pray for Mr Wilson and he should do
the right thing and sell the property for a reasonable price so it
can be rebuilt," Mr Moncur said.
Since the initial donation of blocks and sand was made to the
church after the building was destroyed, Mr Moncur said an
anonymous donor has donated another 500 blocks to the cause.

Wilchcombe testifies

at John Travolta trial

FROM page one

Mr Wilchcombe said he
phoned Mark Smith, the Tra-
volta family's doctor, then
phoned Michael Ossi, lead
attorney for the Travoltas. Mr
Wilchcombe told the court that
following that conversation, he
received a phone call from
another attorney for the Tra-
voltas. Mr Wilchcombe said he
took the call in the reception
area, spoke to the attorney,
then called Bridgewater to the
telephone before returning to
his office. During cross-exam-
ination by Bridgewater's attor-
ney Murrio Ducille, Mr Wilch-
combe admitted that Bridge-
water had not instructed him
to call anyone and had come to
him because she was concerned
about the documents she had
in her possession.
According to Mr Wilch-
combe, Bridgewater said she
did not want any harm to come
to the Travoltas and had never
told him that he was to be an
agent to extract money from
John Travolta based on the
documents she had in her pos-
During cross-examination
by Lightbourne's attorney Carl-
son Shurland, Mr Wilchcombe
admitted he had been arrested
in connection with the extor-
tion attempt and that he had
told a local newspaper that he
thought the ordeal was a con-
spiracy against him. Mr Wilch-
combe also admitted that
Bridgewater had never told him
that her client was seeking to
extract money from Mr Tra-
Attorney Michael Ossi tes-
tified yesterday that he spoke
with Mr Wilchcombe by tele-
phone around 5.30 pm on Jan-
uary 12 and following that con-



Michael Ossi outside court
versation he phone Michael
McDermott, another attorney
for the Travoltas. Mr Ossi also
told the court that on Saturday,
January 17, he had a meeting
with attorneys Allyson May-
nard Gibson, Damian Gomez,
Michael McDermott, Howard
Butler and Michael Hamilton
at the firm of Gibson and Co.
The case resumes on Mon-
day at 10.30. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son and Mr McDermott are
expected to take the stand next
week. Bridgewater, a former
PLP senator, and Lightbourne,
a former ambulance driver, are
accused of attempting to extort
$25 million from Hollywood
celebrity John Travolta.
Prosecutors have called six
witnesses, including Mr Tra-
volta who took the stand on
Wednesday. Mr Travolta is
expected to be recalled next
week. Bridgewater, 49, and
Lightbourne, 47, are accused of
conspiring to extort and
attempting to extort money
from Mr Travolta between Jan-
uary 2 and 20 by means of
threats. Bridgewater is also
accused of abetment to extort.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARC LE GRAND of BACARDI
ROAD, 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 not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 26th day of September,
2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship,
P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISE PIERRE of FIRETRAIL
ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-12627, 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 not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 26th day
of September, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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held where
prayed for
God to touch
Homes CEO
heart and
allow them
to rebuild the
church on
the site.

T H E T R I l I N E P A (, E 0)

Ferguson, Sands win at Colorful

Daegu Meeting preliminaries

Senior Sports Reporter

LEEVAN 'Superman'
Sands and Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie found a way to
pull off one final victory
before they finally shut down
their long and exhilarating
2009 track and field season.
The duo were joined by
Chandra Sturrup as they all
competed in the Colorful
Daegu Pre-Championships
Meeting 2009 that took place
yesterday at the Daegu Sta-
dium in Japan.
While Sands managed to
soar 16.50 metres or just 54-
feet, 1 3/4-inches to triumph
in the men's triple jump, Fer-
guson-McKenzie clocked
22.90 seconds to snatch the
200 metres title.
Sturrup, on the other hand,
had to settle for a sixth place
finish in the women's 100 in
Sands, 27, said he was
extremely tired as he was still
jet lagged having only arrived
in Daegu on Thursday. He
went head-to-head with
American Brandon Roulhac,
who was second with 16.44m
or 53-11 1/4.
"It was a win, so I can't
complain about that," he said.
"I was extremely tired, so I
just wanted to go for the win.
I just tried to go with the
field, depending on what
everybody else was jumping."
Sands, the 2008 Olympic
bronze medalist and fourth
place finisher at the August
IAAF World Championships
in Athletics in Berlin, Ger-
many, was the last of seven
competitors in the field.
In the first of four rounds,
Roulhac cleared 16.26m or
53-4 1/4 and Sands came
behind him and soared 16.28
or 53-5 to take the early lead.
On the second round,
Roulhac scratched and Sands
passed up as they stayed in
that position. In the third
round, Roulhac did 16.13 or
52-11 and Sands went 16.19
or 53-1 1/2.
Then on their final attempt,

Roulhac went 16.44 or 53-11
1/4 to temporarily take the
lead. But Sands came back
and out-did the American
with 16.50 or 54-1 3/4.
Andrej Batagelj from
Slovenia finished third with
his best performance of 16.10
or 52-10 on his last attempt.
"It's the end of the season,
so I just wanted to end it on a
winning note," Sands said.
"It's been a long season, but
it's been a great one for me."
After going through an up
and down battle at the begin-
ning of the season and ham-
pered by a slight ankle injury,
Sands said he felt short of his
goal of winning a medal in
Berlin when he was knocked
into fourth spot by Cuban
bronze medalist Alexis
But after the World Cham-
pionships, Sands said he was
able to shake off the disap-
pointment of not getting back
on the medal podium by fin-
ishing in the top three in all
three meets he competed in.
"I was satisfied with my
performances this year," he
said. "I can't complain. I had
a good season."
Sands will return to
Auburn today where he will
reunion with his family
before he take the next six
weeks off to rest and recu-
perate. He noted that he will
take a one week vacation
before he return home for a
celebration being planned by
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Culture on October 4.
"I just need to catch
myself," he said. "I just need
to put down all those track
stuff - spikes, clothes and
everything related to track. I
want to chill out with the
He definitely deserve it.
Ferguson-McKenzie nor
Sturrup could be reached for
comments. But they both
should be commended for the
stellar season that they also
Like Sands, Ferguson-
McKenzie ended the year on

SEE page 10

Thompson reflects on Ferguson

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Rev. Dr. William
Thompson, president of the
Bahamas Baptist National
Missionary and Educational
Convention, said the late Vin-
cent Lloyd Ferguson is one of
those unsung heroes who
should never be forgotten.
Ferguson, 71, died on
Wednesday morning at his
home while he was having
Thompson, who has known
the deceased since they were
18 years of age when they
played baseball, said Ferguson
came around during the era of
the late major leaguers Andre
Rodgers and Tony Curry, but
he was not as talented as they
"In those days, it was a hon-
or to go and play Triple A
baseball, even the Majors,
even if it was just for a day,"
said Thompson, of Ferguson,
who played in the Milwaukee
Braves (now Atlanta) organi-
"At the time, you didn't
have that many teams and you
are talking about being a black
man from a foreign country,
so he had to persevere."
What amazed or attracted
Ferguson to Thompson was
the fact that while the focus of
the majority of the players in
baseball was on baseball, Fer-
guson also had a deep passion
for education.
"He left from here to go to

Minnesota where he got
signed to play professional
baseball," Ferguson said. "But
education was always top on
his list.
"And even though he went
to the minors, he kept his focus
on graduating from college
and moved into an area where
he felt he could be a help to his
people and the younger people
around him."
Through the years that he,
Donnie Lockhart, Bernie
Turnquest, Bummy Albury
and others were able to social-
ize together, Thompson said
they became very close when
they traveled to Wichita to
play baseball.
"That was the only winning
team that every came back
from Wichita," said Thomp-
son, who served as a coach,
while Ferguson was the man-
ager. "We went to the final,
but because we only had one
pitcher, Frankie Sweeting, we
felt short of going all the way."
Although he ventured into
the Gospel Ministry, becom-
ing the Pastor of the Faith
United Missionary Baptist
Church, Thompson said he
and Ferguson stayed close
when he begin his teaching
"I always sort advise from
him and he was very instru-
mental in me going to college,
even at a late age," Thomp-
son said. "He knew that was
something that I wanted to do
and he played a big part in
"When I came back, he was

already established as a pre-
mier educator in the country.
But we continued to hit it off
in that vain."
Then in 2002, Thompson
said their paths crossed again
as they were both named to
serve on a committee for the
restoration of baseball. This
time, Thompson served as the
chairman and Ferguson was
his advisor.
"He was a true Bahamian
sports icon, especially through
his progress in basketball as
he was able to turn things
around, even though some
people didn't like his attitude,
which they called rude.
"But in those days, basket-
ball was the sport in the coun-
try because of the disciplinary
role that Vince was able to
instill in all those involved."
However, Thompson said
he felt that Ferguson deserved
more because he felt that the
country did an injustice to his
contribution to sports and edu-
"Our country, historically
has been a country where if
you don't get it during the time
you are performing, it's diffi-
cult to get it after," Thomp-
son pointed out.
"We sort of forget our
heroes. We forget those who
got us to where we are now.
We forget those whose shoul-
ders we stand on. We could
go on and on with names like
Bummy Albury, who is one of
the men who made baseball
in this country."
Thompson said it's evident

that "the Bahamas have a
problem honoring its national
heroes. If you're not a politi-
cian, you're not going to be
"Thank God for Tonique
(Williams-Darling), who got
hers right then. But just look at
Elisha Obed. When you look
at what he's done, we take
these things for granted.
"I don't like to get into talk-
ing about it because I really
get annoyed."
The former president of the
Bahamas Christian Council
said Ferguson's passing is def-
initely a big loss to the country
because he motivated a lot of
people to be the best they
could be.
"He was an educational
icon, who believed that we
were better than we are if we
only pursue education,"
Thompson said. "He gave his
life to us.
"Even when he stopped
being principal, he continued
to help those who wanted to
continue to seek their educa-
tional pursuits. He always
believed and said that we
could be better."
And most importantly,
Thompson said the Bahamas
has also lost a household
name, which made a differ-
ence in the country.
"When you spoke about
Vince Ferguson, you look at
a man of sterling integrity, a
man who loved his country
and who wanted the best for
the Bahamas," Thompson
summed up.

"He was an


icon, who


that we were

better than we

are if we

only pursue


NPVA action


this Sunday

THE NEW Providence
Volleyball Association will
commence action on Sun-
day at the D W Davis gym-
nasium beginning at 3:30pm.
The league will open with
an exciting rematch of the
2008 championships.
Over on the ladies side,
the Johnson Lady Truckers,
led behind Kelsie Johnson,
Margaret "Muggy" Albury
and Edrica McPhee, will hit
the court in the opener as
they attempt to defeat the
youthful defending champi-
ons, the Scottsdale Vixen,
who will be led by Laval
Sands, Cherice Rolle and
Jackie Conyers.
The ladies game will be
followed by the awards cer-
emony as many eagerly
await to see who will walk
away with the prestigious
individual awards.
The men's finale would
feature lots of thunderous
spikes, monsterous blocks,
digs and lightening serves as
the defending champions,
the Scotiabank Defenders,
led by Ian "Wire" Pinder,
Sherwaine Arthurs and
Maurice "Cheeks" Smith
take on the energetic Tech-
nicians, led by Jamaal Fer-
guson, Ron "Box"
Demeritte and Renaldo
You don't wanna miss this


A T I i R 1) -X N E P T E X 1 1; E R


Ferguson, Sands

win at Colorful

Daegu Meeting


FROM page nine

a triumphant note by tak-
ing the women's 200 in
22.90. Her nearest rival was
Jamaican quarter-miler
Shericka Williams, who did
23.18 for second.
Cayman Island's
Cydonie Mothersill came
in third in 23.32.
And in the women's 100,
Sturrup ran 11.82 for sixth
place. The race was won by
World Championships'
bronze medalist Carmelita
Jeter in a championship
record of 10.83.
American Tyson Gay
also produced a champi-
onship record in winning
the men's 100 in 9.94 over
Jamaican Asafa Powell,
who did 10.00. Another
Jamaican, Nesta Carter
was third in 10.15.

UEFA investigating

40 cases

of match-fixing

Associated Press

SOCCER'S European
governing body is inves-
tigating 40 cases of
match-fixing involving
Champions League and
UEFA Cup matches.
Peter Limacher, head
of disciplinary services
at UEFA, told The
Associated Press on Fri-
day that the cases
involved early qualifying
matches of clubs "main-
ly from eastern Europe"
over the last four years.
Of the 40 matches
where UEFA has been
alerted to suspicious
betting patterns, 15 took
place in the last two
years, Limacher said.
"Right now it's mainly
eastern Europe clubs
being investigated. They
know they are not going
to be involved later in
the tournament and they
are going out, so decide,
'Let's make a profit,"
Limacher said. "In the
cases we have seen, it's
really the deliberate
planned fix of the games,
the whole games. First
the result at halftime,
then after 90 minutes.
"It might take some
time (to convict) but, in
cases where we can work
together with the police,
that might be possible."
Limacher said UEFA
is building a network of
informers across Europe
to clamp down on match
UEFA announced last
month that three Mace-
donian clubs were being
investigated after ban-
ning the former champi-
on FK Pobeda from
European competitions
for eight years.
One of the fixtures
under suspicion is FK
Milano's 12-2 aggregate
loss in July against
Croatia's Slaven
Koprivnika in the sec-
ond qualifying round of
the Europa League, the
new format for the


VENEZUELA'S Louis Pena, left, and Nigeria's King Osanga collide
VENEZUELA'S Louis Pena, left, and Nigeria's King Osanga collide.

NIGERIA'S Nurudeen Orelesi, right, holds off Venezuela's Victor

Nigeria's Daniel Adejo, top, shouts as he collides with Venezuela's Louis Pena.

NIGERIA'S Obiora Nwankwo, left, and Venezuela's Jonathan Del
Valle fight for control of the ball.

NIGERIA'S Obiora Nwankwo, left, and Venezuela's Jonathan Del Valle fight for
control of the ball

A Venezuela tan carrying a child cheers in the stand ahead of the
Nigeria against Venezuela.

Tokyo readies for 2016 Olympic pitch

Associated Press

IF ANYTHING can make
the busy citizens of Tokyo
take notice of their city's bid
to host the 2016 Olympics, it's
a robot large enough to take
on Godzilla.
A fitting symbol of the
technology for which Japan
is famous, the moving, talk-
ing 60-foot robot was part of a
promotional blitz to drum up
support for Tokyo's campaign
after an International
Olympic Committee poll in
February found only 55 per-
cent of residents supported
the effort.
A replica of the popular
character Mobile Suit Gun-
dam, from a Japanese anime

series created by Yoshiyuki
Tomino, the robot towered
over the man-made Odaiba
island overlooking Tokyo Bay
and prominently displayed
the Tokyo 2016 logo on its
Organizers say public sup-
port has increased in recent
polls, and that more than 20
million people in Japan's cap-
ital now support the bid. A
rally through the streets of the
city on Wednesday attracted
more than 400,000 people,
testament to the improved
public opinion.
"Tokyo 2016 is about the
passion of 34 million people in
our dynamic capital and more
than 100 million supporters
across our nation who know
this is our chance to create a
better future for Japan

through sport," said Hidetoshi
Maki, deputy director gener-
al of Tokyo's bid.
Tokyo is competing with
Chicago, Madrid and Rio de
Janeiro for the right to host
the 2016 Summer Games. The
IOC will choose the winning
city in a vote next Friday in
Japanese organizers say
Tokyo is the best choice in
the midst of a global reces-
Tokyo has the largest met-
ropolitan budget in the world
- if the Japanese capital
were a country, it would have
the 15th highest GDP in the
world. That kind of economic
might, Tokyo's organizers say,
makes it the safest choice for
a post-recession Olympics and
the Paralympic Games that

Shizuo Kambayashi/A

"No other 2016 bid city is
offering the same level of
guarantees to the IOC,"

Tokyo bid chief Ichiro Kono
said. "These include the great-
est possible commitment of
both our national and local

IN THIS photo tak-
en on Sept. 6,
2009, cyclists pass
by the logo of
Tokyo's bid for the
2016 Summer
Olympics attached
on the fence encir-
cling the Olympic
facility buildings
construction site in
Tokyo, Japan.

WP Photo

government and $4 billion
already set aside in the bank
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CIRCA 1890 IS A GOURMET RESTAURANT on Shirley Street in Nassau. The exquisitely
designed restaurant features opulent Moroccan fixtures and paintings in a serene ambiance.
Anthony Stubbs, owner of Circa 1890, describes it as a "New York style" lounge and restaurant
with an "intimate ambiance".
If you call and make a reservation (it is a top choice for private events), you can dine on escar-
got, rack of lamb or tenderloin at 3am. During the week the it is a perfect spot to have a quiet or
romantic dinner, host a sophisticated business lunch or enjoy a selection from the excellent wine
list. Circa 1890 is more than just a restaurant. Over the last few months it has begun to attract
the young and hip and has become quite a hot-spot for a trendy crowd who want to sip cocktails
and chill out.
Dubbed "Martini Madness", Friday at Circa 1890 brings out the stylish set for some delicious
Martini creations.
A new series of events will be alternated as of this week. "A Taste of..." will showcase a differ-
ent theme every night featuring cocktails and food from around the world. The first event is "Sao
Paolo, the flavour of Brazil".
Circa 1890 is not a mainstream venue just yet, but it is surely one of the island's best kept


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