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A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate's assault. Court documents allege that Johnson Bank Lane, Nassau, had no lawyer present Johnson, of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, was
Court yesterday for allegedly having sexual assaulted the boys between January, 2007, and was not allowed to enter a plea. remanded to Her Majesty's Prison in Fox
intercourse with nine young boys. and August, 2009. It is claimed the youngsters The prosecutor in the case objected to bail Hill.
Navardo Johnson, 29, was charged with were between the ages of seven to 14. on the grounds there may be more alleged The case was transferred to Court 10 and
nine counts of alleged sexual intercourse Johnson, who was charged before Chief victims who may come forward, and argued adjourned to October 16 for a fixture date
with a minor and one count of indecent Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, that Johnson may interfere with witnesses. and a bail hearing.
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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
THIS is starved and sickly pit bull pot-
cake Lola. Just hours after this photo-
graph was taken at the government dog
pound ... she was killed.
Lola was one of 45 dogs collected by
the canine control unit this week and
euthanised yesterday morning in time for
their carcasses to be collected by envi-
ronmental health services for disposal, as
they are every Friday.
T ola was one of tens of thousands of
strays who roam the streets of Nassau
without food, water or shelter, to their
great suffering and at a risk to public
Staff at the canine control unit say their
numbers are increasing as the poor econ-
omy and high rate of unemployment has
left owners unable to care for their pets,
SEE page 12
LOLA, who was put down yesterday afternoon.
Former union president upset
by office manager's 'despair'
Christie 'against any move Bahamasair probes claims
to oppose Moss nomination' of passengers left stranded
president of the Airport Air-
line and Allied Workers
Union Nelerene Harding says
she is disturbed by reports
that an office manager who
served under her leadership
is on the verge of suicide and
pleading for assistance for her
daughter after being caught
up in the middle of union in-
In yesterday's Tribune, 29-
year-old Krystal Barry told
how she and her daughter
Rayven's quality of life has
plunged since she lost her job
at the union earlier this year
following a dispute between
Former Secretary General
Anthony Bain claims he is
now president of the union,
in place of former president
Nelerene Harding, following
years of intra-union strife.
Ms Barry claims she is
owed around $26,000 by the
organisation for her five years
of service, but has got nothing
as the Department of Labour
claims it cannot act to settle
the matter until it knows who
SEE page 11
PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday said he would be against
any amendment to the party's constitution that would sup-
port any effort to oppose leadership contender Paul Moss
from nominating to challenge him.
"I would not support any effort to oppose his nomination on
a technical point. I've heard about some attempt to stop Moss
from running but God almighty, when the day comes that Per-
ry Christie would have to rely on technical intervention (to
remain leader of the party), by God, I should go," he told The
Tribune. Mr Christie was responding to claims from some
SEE page 11
REMINDER: As Monday is Discovery Day, there
will be no Tribune until Tuesday.
BAHAMASAIR is inves-
tigating claims that the down-
sizing of flights into San Sal-
vador has left ticketed pas-
In a letter sent to The Tri-
bune, frustrated traveller Gar-
nell Williams - a resident of
San Salvador - complained
that her return to her home-
town has been delayed sever-
al times because the airline
has started using smaller
planes on its routes to the
Ms Williams, who is stay-
ing with relatives in New
Providence, said she missed
her scheduled flight to the
island on Sunday and has no
guarantee of getting home this
week because all of the
remaining flights into the
island are full.
"My only recourse is to go
to the airport every day on
stand-by. I've done that, but
so far without success," said
Ms Williams, who added that
she has to bear the cost of
round-trip travel by taxi to the
airport from the Fox Hill area.
"Right now Bahamasair
SEE page 11
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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009
WORKER'S PARTY TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT mTOTW
Hundreds expected to take
part in 'pro-hanging march'
By TANEKA THOMPSON freedom is symptomatic of the fact that muted to life imprisonment.
Tribune Staff Reporter from fear of this country is in a free-fall In 2006, the country's
firstname.lastname@example.org earning a into the abyss of hell, mayhem mandatory death sentence was
d e c e n t and violence. All the indica- abolished by the UK judicial
HUNDREDS of capital wage and tions suggest that we are head- body as a breach of human
punishment supporters are enjoying it. ing pell-mell towards being a rights.
expected to flood the streets We are liv- failed state," said Mr Moncur, David Mitchell, executed in
this Discovery Day holiday for ing in fear who organised several similar January 2000, was the last per-
a "pro-hanging" march. Tommy of taking marches last year. son to be hanged in the
Members oqtf the Wtorker's Turnquest Iour earn- RBahamas Accordcring to nub-
Party along with relatives and
friends of murder victims will
agitate for government to
resume the execution of pris-
oners on death row and deny
bail to those accused of vio-
This comes at a time when
the fear of crime is spreading
among law abiding citizens
and "crazed criminals" are
roaming the streets, said Rod-
ney Moncur, leader of the
"The working class of this
country is being denied the
without being robbed and
killed on the way and we are
being denied the inalienable
right and freedom to enjoy the
fruits of our labour as crimi-
nals attack us in the stores, on
the streets, on our doorsteps
and even in the sanctity of our
homes," said Mr Moncur in a
statement released yesterday.
"The soaring crime rate is
a clear indication that this
nation is spiralling out of con-
trol. The escalating incidence
of mindless criminal activity
National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest has main-
tained that rulings by the Privy
Council have changed how the
Bahamas can carry out capital
In 1993, a Privy Council rul-
ing decided that the death
penalty can not be carried out
if the prisoner in question has
been on death row for more
than five years; as a result the
sentence is automatically com-
lished reports, the Bahamas
has hanged 50 men since 1929;
five of them were hanged
under the Ingraham adminis-
tration; 13 were hanged under
the 25-year rule of the Pin-
dling government; and the
remainder were executed
between 1929 and 1967.
None were hanged during
the Christie administration,
between 2002 and 2007.
According to published
reports, there are 17 people
on death row at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.
WHY YOU VEX?
"I vex because I purchased a microwave
from a major appliance store in January.
This is October and the microwave is not
"They claim that they had a technician
check it out and it was hit by a power
surge, but nothing else in my house was hit
by a power surge. I think the microwave
was faulty. I spent $650 for the microwave
on a special order and they refuse to fix or
give me a new one, saying that the war-
ranty doesn't cover power surges."
"I vex because police are allowing some
drivers to cover their licence plates with
'protective' plastic covers that completely
prevent the number being seen! This
makes no sense to me; why are these peo-
ple allowed to drive on the road? Suppose
they knock me down, commit a crime, or
do one hit-and-run. What I gone tell the
police? That a black car with plastic over
the licence plate do that drive by and
almost kill me? The slackness in this coun-
try got to stop, starting with some lazy,
fat, dumb police who
can't enforce the sim-
- Concerned Citizen
I'm more than vexed.
Why does a letter post-
marked September 22
take until October 1 to
reach my post office box at the main post
office? If the people there don't want to
work, I say fire them all and give the job to
someone who is willing to do the job.
There is no excuse for laziness."
"I vex because half the time when I go
to drop mail off at the Shirley Street Post
Office mail slot, there are a bunch of
raggedy vagrants sprawled all over the
stairs. I don't even get out of my car! This
has been going on for years, has no one in
charge noticed?" - Vex at the lack of secu-
"I vex at what is go on at these gas sta-
tions, how they make the attendants come
in and pay for the gas while you in there
trying to get something out the conve-
nience store. I been to one gas station on
Thompson Boulevard one night round 11
pm - they had five people inside the
cashier's cage but in spite of that they was
unable to serve any customers because
they allowed the pump attendants to come
from outside, cutting in front of the line to
pay for gas first. I wonder if they ever
heard of customer service?"
- Sick and tired
"I am happy for the Bahamianisation
progress my Haitian neighbours are mak-
ing, because when they moved into the
neighbourhood, people called them
Augustine, then months later their friends
started hailing them as Justine and now
they are being called Johnson."
Are you vex? Send your complaints to
'email@example.com' or fax
them to 328-2398.
TRIX is a stunning one-year-
old spayed tortoiseshell female
with striking green eyes. She is
strong-willed, talkative and
loves to be in the middle of
everything. Whether it be a box
that is about to be filled, a lad-
der that is about to be climbed
or a purse placed on a table for
just a moment, this inquisitive
lady cannot help but investi-
She was surrendered to the
Bahamas Humane Society
under protest by a schoolgirl
who happened upon her one
day as she waited to be picked
up from school.
While the girl was disap-
pointed her parents would not
let her to keep her new friend as
a pet, Trix is very grateful that
the family decided to put her
up for adoption at the BHS
instead of simply releasing her
into the wild.
Due to her social and trusting
nature, it appears that Trix had
been owned before being
found, but was unfortunately
either lost or abandoned. Please
help her out by providing her
with a new, permanent home.
Trix is just one of many beau-
tiful adult cats with lovely per-
sonalities on offer at the BHS -
in fact, the shelter is running
well over full capacity.
They have all been either
spayed or neutered before
being put up for adoption and
are also up to date with their
vaccinations. The BHS is
imploring the public to help its
staff save more lives through
IODSCUSS STOIS ON THIS PAG LO NTSW.RIUE4.O
Christie accuses some PLP members
FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said some mem-
bers of his party feed the press
sensational and "inaccurate"
information about the affairs
of the PLP.
Speaking with the media out-
side of Gambier House on Far-
rington Road Thursday night,
Mr Perry Christie strongly
denied that the party leader-
ship is attempting to deny any-
one the right to challenge him
at the upcoming PLP National
Convention, a stance he reiter-
ated yesterday (see story, page
1). "It is not true that we
intended as an organisation to
cause any resolution to be put
here this evening that may have
resulted in a candidate not
being able to contest the elec-
"My goodness me, I have
always believed that I am sup-
ported by the majority of the
A BROKEN trans-
former was apparently to
blame for a blackout that
left the entire island of
New Providence without
power for between one
and four hours yesterday
The Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC)
issued a statement explain-
ing that at 8.35am, a
132,000 volt transformer
at the Clifton Pier Power
The corporation said the
restoration process began
immediately and that elec-
tricity was restored to
some customers by
Supply to most cus-
tomers was restored by
11am, the statement said.
"The corporation apol-
ogises for any inconve-
nience caused." it said.
people that vote in
election. I believe that,
Mr Christie added
has no doubt the pers
challenge him, attorn
Moss, is a "credible cai
However, he question
Mr Moss could even
doing such a thing, whe
new member of the p
hasn't even made a s
the PLP's hall.
"But that is how it is. The
constitution allows it to hap-
pen. He claims to have support.
He is representing St Cecilia,
therefore the constitution will
allow him to contest the elec-
tion. It means that I will be
challenged by him.
"It is also for me to say that it
is quite possible that another
or others will exercise their
right as they complete the
explorations they are now mak-
ing to determine whether I
the PLP should be challenged," he said.
" he said. With this likely to be the only
I that he convention the PLP will hold
on set to before the next general elec-
ney Paul tion, Mr Christie said that it will
ndidate". be a "defining one" as many
ned how members will use this opportu-
think of nity to "test themselves".
en he is a "As I indicated to ZNS in an
arty and interview, that has some seri-
peech in ous consequences. Because
when you contest me you are
saying that I really should leave
public life. And if you do so
without even speaking to me
you are saying that I should do
so in the most undignified man-
ner. It therefore means I must
protect myself and make judg-
ments as to what is best for the
organisation as we go forward,"
he said. However, Mr Christie
said he has some good news for
"The good news is I am
going to win. The good news is
I am going to be the leader of
the PLP, and the good news is I
will competing for the prime
ministership of the Bahamas.
"And I believe the most
important point I can make is
that my party will be fully in
support of me moving forward
even unto the point when we
name the many candidates who
will be coming in for the first
time," he said.
PM under pressure over Abaco power station
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
The attorney for Abaco residents disgruntled
about the heavy fuel burning power station being
built in their midst has called on Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to "put his money where his
mouth is" when it comes to climate change and
cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Fred Smith, a partner at law firm Callendar's
and Co and attorney for a group of residents
that oppose the Wilson City power plant, yes-
terday "commended" Mr Ingraham for his com-
ments to the United Nation's Summit on Cli-
mate Change but suggested that if he is truly
committed to preserving this country and the
world's environmental future, Mr Ingraham
would cause a rethink of the Wilson City power
plant project and enact an environmental pro-
tection act that calls for limits on pollutants.
In a pre-recorded message to the September
Summit, attended by hundreds of world leaders
and diplomats on September 22, Mr Ingraham
described the "serious threat that climate change
poses to our economic viability, social develop-
ment and territorial integrity."
He said the world, and particularly low-lying
states like the Bahamas, face "serious challenges"
as a result of climate change and called on coun-
tries to come to a global accord in Copenhagen,
Denmark in December that will involve "ambi-
tious, legally binding targets" to reduce the green-
house gas emissions that contribute to it.
Mr Ingraham told leaders that the Bahamas is
"committed to collaborating with the family of
nations to ensure our own survival, and the sur-
vival of humankind in a sustainable development
model for Planet Earth."
But while commending the prime minister for
his comments "which clearly appreciate the immi-
nent danger to the very existence of the
Bahamas" that climate change poses, Mr Smith
said it is hypocritical for him to state such a com-
mitment whilst supporting the construction of
the Wilson City plant and failing thus far to fol-
low through on his party's commitment, as out-
lined in its 2007 election manifesto, to enact laws
to protect the environment.
Many Abaco residents and others have object-
ed to the power plant on the basis that it will be
powered by burning Bunker C fuel, which many
fear will cause long-term damage to the sensitive
surrounding environment, partly through the
release of air pollution.
"We cannot on the one hand be promoting
cleaner air environments whilst at the same time
building power plants that are the worst pol-
luters," said Mr Smith yesterday.
He said not only should the government
rethink the plant, but it should ensure that an
environmental protection act is passed which
puts limits on emissions by both the government
and private industry, among other things.
"Rather than waiting or promoting interna-
tional conventions to help protect the Bahamas as
a small island developing nation," the Bahamas
should "help itself by creating a proactive and
environmentally sound energy policy," said Mr
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Is the era of big government fading?
WASHINGTON - In his State of the
Union address a little over 13 years ago,
President Bill Clinton proclaimed "the era of
big government" was over. After a year of
butting heads with the new Republican
majority in Congress, Clinton signaled a will-
ingness to change course and acknowledge
the message voters had sent in the 1994 mid-
term elections: time to trim the sails of Wash-
Yet when President Obama addressed his
first joint session of Congress earlier this
year, many believed big government was
Economic turmoil, coupled with the new
power trifecta in Washington - Democrat-
ic control of the House, Senate and presi-
dency for the first time since 1993 -
breathed new life into Leviathan's lungs.
The lack of aggressive remedies in Wash-
ington, the new president complained,
became an "excuse to transfer wealth to the
wealthy." And during the Bush years, he
asserted, "regulations were gutted for the
sake of a quick profit."
The Democrats' resurgence coupled with
economic distress meant nothing was safe
from Washington's reach. Banks, energy
companies, health care, the automobile
industry and even CEO pay, to name a few,
would now come under the control of White
House czars and activist lawmakers in Con-
gress. "Move fast," Democratic operatives
warned. A good crisis is a terrible thing to
It took about two years for the curtain to
fall on Clinton's era of big government. Oba-
ma's may have ended sooner. A growing
body of evidence supports this contention.
Voter cynicism about the consequences
of Washington on steroids is one example. A
new survey by Democratic pollster Geoff
Garin, widely reported by the media last
week, underscores this point. When asked
"who" was helped most by recent govern-
ment economic policies, a majority said
"large banks" (62 per cent) and "Wall Street
investment companies" (54 per cent). Only
10 percent responded "my family/myself."
Some say these data suggest the govern-
ment should do even more. "Politically,"
The New York Times wrote, "the poll does
a nice job of capturing one of the central
challenges for the White House and Democ-
rats in Congress. Voters do not think elect-
ed officials have done enough to mitigate
the damage from the recession."
This assessment misses the point. It's not
that they haven't done enough. They've
done too much - or at least the wrong
things. Independent voters, who supported
Obama in 2008, are the best indicators here.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey regu-
larly asks a similar question: "Should the
government do more/Does it do too much?"
In February 2009, independents answered,
"do more" by a slim 46 per cent to 44 per
cent margin. By September 2009, those desir-
ing "more government" had slipped to a 21-
point deficit (35 per cent to 56 per cent).
Beliefs about regulation of business and
industry are also moving in an unexpected
direction. Given the financial meltdown and
charges that regulators were asleep at the
switch, you might expect voters to support
more rather than less government interven-
tion. Surprisingly, American attitudes, espe-
cially among swing voters, have shifted
towards less intervention. Last September,
for example, on the eve of the economic
collapse, 38 per cent of independents
responded that there was too much regula-
tion of business and industry. One year lat-
er, those numbers have risen to 50 per cent.
Growing doubts about Washington's abil-
ity to solve the nation's health care prob-
lems are another indication.
Several polls released in the last week,
including those by Fox News and Ras-
mussen, indicate support for the govern-
ment's capacity to address this critical issue
has reached a new low.
Americans don't deny the problem, just
Washington's ability to fix it.
The prospects of bigger government are
stirring other worries. Rasmussen, for exam-
ple, also reported last week that for the first
time in two years, voters now place con-
cerns about "government ethics and cor-
ruption" slightly ahead of the economy. As
Washington tries to expand its role, Ameri-
cans' suspicions about wrongdoing by public
officials goes up as well.
Taken together these indicators suggest
deep and growing unease with the size, scope
and direction of government in Washington
- especially among swing voters. Obama's
saturation media coverage, reminding people
he and the Democrats in Congress are in
charge and unchecked is part of the reason.
Deeply divisive and highly partisan con-
gressional leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
D-Calif., are another.
Change in Washington may require an
intervening election next November.
Yet many Americans already are calling
for the end of big government ... again.
(This article was written by Gary Andres -
C.2009 Hearst Newspapers).
Why banning tur-
tle catching is
EDITOR, The Tribune.
The Government is failing
to realise that The Bahamas is
a plural society, with both
Black and White citizens,
each having a separate cul-
ture. The Black citizens were
raised on farm produce and
the seafood products, and the
sea turtle are some of those
sea products. Banning the
catching of turtles is not the
answer, "Education is the
answer." Let the people know
that whenever they find the
nest, leave some or all of the
While our White citizens
prefer foods that are import-
ed, (meat, poultry, ham, eggs,
etc.) foods that are chemical-
ly laden, which may very well
cause cancer, our Black citi-
zens prefer sea foods, includ-
ing the turtle. When you ban
the catching of the turtle, you
are telling me, a Black per-
son and some Whites, to eat
the imports that are laden
with chemicals. You are also
saying to me, "It's my way or
Turtles are not our nation-
al anything. The Marlin is our
national fish, yet every year,
foreign people come here and
slaughter them/all in the name
of sport, and nothing is said
When a Marlin is hooked, it
takes about six to eight hours
before that fish is landed.
Could you imagine the blood
lost, the pain, the agony, the
fright that fish goes through
and finally death? These are
the things you campaigners
should be seeking to ban.
It is wrong to desecrate our
National flag, it is wrong to
kill our National bird, the
flamingo, so why are the cam-
paigners not fighting for a ban
on the destruction of our
National fish? Turtles are not
our National anything. Let's
make sense. Let's wipe the
slate clean. You want to ban
the turtles, then let's ban the
slaughtering of our National
fish. We must stop allowing
foreigners to dictate to us
what we should pass laws on.
It will only sow seeds of crim-
inal behaviour among our
It seems that we took
advice from a few White men
in England (the Privy Coun-
cil) not to hang anyone. As a
result, look at what is hap-
pening in our country today.
Criminals are killing as
though it's a 9am - 5pm job.
We are now taking more
advice from a few campaign-
ers, some foreigners and
maybe some Bahamians who
want a ban on the catching of
sea turtles, where there is
already a closed season and
an open season for them, so
why a total ban? Remember,
when you ban something, you
swing the door wide open for
black market operations,
which will lead to greater
problems. And it will happen.
I trust that the Hon. Minis-
ter of Fisheries will rethink
this ban, take the matter high-
er and cause there to be a
reverse decision. To those
who want to eat the chemi-
cally laden imports, fine, but
as for me, I love turtle meat,
and I will eat turtle meat.
My worthless credit card
EDITOR, The Tribune.
I got a Prepaid Visa credit
card from Bank of The
Bahamas International (BOB)
in August 2007.
Of course, at the time I did
not expect to be able to use it
on the island of (South) Andros
or anywhere else in The
Bahamas for that matter
because most Bahamian busi-
nesses, at that time, did not
have internet websites that
offer online purchasing services;
thus, any intent on using the
credit card required that one
walked into the actual place of
business to exact transactions.
Of course, I could not (and
still cannot) use the card at any
Automated Teller Machines
(ATM) in South Andros
because even though BOB has
been here for over 15 years
there are still no ATMs here.
The card did, however, come
in handy for making online pur-
chases from other countries and
I found it exceptionally conve-
nient for foreign travels.
I used the card to purchase
tickets and make hotel reser-
vations, rent cars, get food and
purchase all sorts of other stuff,
including CDs, printing supplies
and clothing. I was in love with
my Prepaid Visa Credit Card.
Fast forward two years later
and I am not as excited with
my credit card anymore, but
the problem with that is that it
is not the card or BOB's fault. I
am frustrated because I still
cannot use the card online to
do business with the majority
of Bahamian companies. Sure,
I can purchase tickets from
Bahamasair but South Andros
is not one of Bahamasair's des-
tinations. I can make hotel
reservations online but only to
the fancy and more expensive
properties on the Cable Beach
strip and Paradise Island.
Until recently, I could pay
my phone bill and purchase
phone cards online but the
Company Limited (BTC) had
to shut the system down
because crooks and shysters
compromised the process; so
that little convenience was
stripped away and there's no
telling when it is going to be
reinstated. Today, the BOB
Visa Prepaid Credit Card that
should help to make my life
easier on the Family Island is a
worthless piece of plastic where
I need it to be most worthwhile.
Is it asking too much if I want
to be able to go online to pay
my utility bills (telephone, elec-
tricity and water)?
In this day and age Family
Islanders who shop wholesale
in New Providence should be
able to go online to websites
from the different major food-
stores and wholesale outlets to
purchase grocery, cleaning and
other supplies and have them
shipped to the mail boat of
The same goes for other
businesses that sell computers,
furniture, building supplies and
I should be able to go online
to a Commonwealth Bank web-
NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZABETH CHERENFANT
of ST. JAMES ROAD, P.O. BOX SS-19753, 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 10th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA ILYSSE JEAN
BAPTISTE of CARMICHAEL, 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 3rd day of October, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that Ideniel Jean Baptiste of
CARMICHAEL, 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 3rd day of October, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
site and use my credit card to
pay on my loan account that I
have with them or to a Family
Guardian website to pay my
It would be convenient if I
could purchase my airline tick-
ets on Western Air or Perfor-
mance Air through the inter-
net rather than having to go to
Should establishments decide
to put such mechanisms in
place this would provide new
jobs and profits for persons and
businesses that provide inter-
net technology (IT) services.
Sales and marketing companies
would make money because
information about the avail-
ability of such services and how
can they be utilised must be
Businesses that employ such
mechanism will benefit from
their investments particularly
once the general public of cred-
it card holders in the Family
Islands get the hang of it.
Banks will see an increase in
credit card applicants particu-
larly those persons interested
in enjoying the convenience of
having prepaid credit cards and,
of course, they will also not
have to worry about default on
credit card payments because
cardholders will only be able
to spend what monies they put
on the card.
This would also give card-
holders a new sense of control
in their spending habits.
Of course, this will require
that BTC and any other com-
pany responsible for internet
infrastructure improve their ser-
vices and expand to those areas
where such services are lack-
It is high time that the Gov-
ernment, business establish-
ments and banks work together
to help improve our financial
systems while simultaneously
engineering ways to guarantee
that family islanders reap the
benefits of taking advantage of
modern conveniences such as
prepaid credit cards.
Employing mechanisms to
ensure the continuous tenable
growth and development of
interisland commerce will help
in our mission to encourage
Bahamians to spend at home
and move our country closer to
financial sustainability, partic-
ularly in difficult economic
times such as what the world is
I might not live in New Prov-
idence or Grand Bahama, but
that is no excuse for me being
disadvantaged. I want to live
easy and I would like to be able
to use my BOB credit card at
home in South Andros from
behind a computer screen to
pay the bills, get the things that
I need and have my grocery
shipped on the Captain Mox-
Besides, what is the point of
having a credit card if it is not
convenient to me on the island
where I live? And, then again,
in The Bahamas in the 21st
Century, is that too much to
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5
promised me 'a deal'
By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT - Murder
accused Wilfred McPhee Jr
took the witness stand in his
defence on Thursday, telling
the Supreme Court that police
promised him "a deal" if he
signed a statement about the
death of Corporal Eddison
Co-accused Edwin Bauld Jr
did not take the stand.
The two men are on trial
for the robbery, kidnapping
and murder of Bain, whose
body was discovered in a
ditch near the Casuarina
Bridge on October 22, 2007.
McPhee, 26, told the court
that he had not known Bain
was a police officer.
During questioning by his
attorney Mario Gray, McPhee
said the statements taken by
police during their investiga-
tion were not true.
He claimed he never read
his statement and only signed
it because Sgt Darrell Rolle
had offered him a deal.
McPhee said he was beaten
and threatened by police and
denied his right to speak with
an attorney and his family.
According to McPhee's ver-
sion of events, Bauld told him
on October 19 about a plan
to rob his own cousin (Cor-
poral Bain) of money. Bauld
then went over the plan with
his girlfriend, Gahnise Camp-
bell at the Royal Islander
Hotel. The two accused then
dropped off Gahnise in
Bauld's tan Lumina to Kwan
Yin to meet with Bain. He
and Bauld then went to the
Island Seas Beach and hid in
the bushes to wait for them.
McPhee said when they
spotted Bain and Ms Camp-
bell, they came out of the
bushes and accosted them.
"We told them to get down,
and I told Gahnise that I was
going to rape her, but I didn't
mean it - I wanted it to look
good," he said. McPhee said
he had wrapped a towel
around the tree branch, pre-
tending it was a gun.
He said Gahnise ran to the
Lumina and waited for them.
McPhee said Bain complied
with their demands, and they
put the victim in the back seat
of his own car, a 1999 Honda
He said Bauld took Bain's
wallet, removed the ATM
card and choked Bain until
he disclosed his pin number.
McPhee said he drove the
Lumina while Bauld drove
Bain's vehicle, then they met
at the Boulevard Service Sta-
tion, after which he followed
Bauld in Bain's car to Casua-
The witness told the court
Bauld then took Bain out of
He said Bain told them that
he was a police officer, was
soon to be married and was
looking forward to a bright
McPhee said Bauld put
Bain in a hole.
He said Bain was still alive
when they left.
Bauld is represented by
Brian Hanna. Acting Justice
Jethro Miller is presiding over
the trial. Vernal Collie and
Erica Kemp of the Attorney
General's Office are prose-
Hispaniola leaders aim
to eradicate malaria
FORMER President Jim-
my Carter travelled to His-
paniola on Wednesday to
meet political leaders, health
workers and malaria victims
in hopes of jump-starting
efforts to eradicate the dis-
ease in the Caribbean, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
The battle against the mos-
quito-borne disease in the
Dominican Republic and
neighboring Haiti has been
frustrating, with health offi-
cials complaining of a lack of
cooperation between both
Carter said on his visit to
Ounaminthe and to Dajabon
in the Dominican Republic,
just across a river border sep-
arating the two countries, that
he hopes to expand a
$200,000 pilot project estab-
lished in those towns by the
nonprofit Carter Centre to
curb malaria's spread.
The project's funding runs
out early next year, but Carter
said he hopes governments,
non-profit health groups and
private foundations will pick
up the tab for a broader
"One of the most impor-
tant developments has been
the new cooperation between
the two countries," Carter
said while touring a Haitian
hospital that treats many
malaria victims. "And for the
first time in history, they are
targeting the complete elimi-
nation of the disease instead
of just treating sick people."
Ridding this corner of the
world of the disease, he said,
would also eliminate the
threat that it could spread to
nearby islands, including
Jamaica and the Bahamas.
An estimated 30,000 peo-
ple in Haiti and several thou-
sand more across the border
suffer each year from malaria,
FORMER US Presi-
dent Jimmy Carter,
Next to his wife Ros-
alynn Carter during
their visit to the La
hood in Dajabon,
L Dominican republic,
on the border with
Oct. 7, 2009.
NOTICE is herebygiventhat YOLANDA BELTRE CONTRERAS
of FAITH GARDENS #2, MIRRIAN CLOSE, APT #16,
P.O. BOX GT-2014, 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 3rd day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
which causes high fevers and
flu-like symptoms that kills
more than one million peo-
ple each year, mostly in
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Functions as the Strategic Business Leader of the Golf department with overall responsibility for golf
operations including guest and employee satisfaction, sales and revenue management and the financial
performance of the department. As a member of the Guidance Team, develops hotel-wide goals and
strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests and
employees and provide a return on investment to the owners and the Company. Supports and upholds
The Companyfs Gold Standards, and luxury tier standards of operation.
* Operations: Directs the daily activities of the golf department according to Company operating
standards to maintain brand equity. Oversees the operation of the golf shop, the maintenance of the
golf course, and all associated retail services (e.g., snack carts, beverage service).
* Guest Satisfaction: Ensures products and services delivered by the golf department meet or exceed
guest expectations, create customer loyalty, and lead to increased market share.
* Human Resources: Attracts, selects and retains a diverse hourly and management workforce to
deliver excellent service and effective leadership in the Golf department. Creates and sustains a
work environment that focuses on fair and equitable treatment and employee satisfaction to enable
* Sales and Revenue Management: Focuses on building the units top line revenue by working with
the Director of Sales and Marketing to develop the Golf departments sales and marketing strategy.
Concentrates on both the rate per round of golf and number of rounds played per day to maximize
Revenue per available round or 'REVPAR'. In addition, manages other revenue sources such as the
Pro Shop, Food and Beverage sales, and if applicable membership enrollment to generate increased
* Financial Management: Develops and manages the Golf departments annual operating budget
to achieve or exceed budget expectations. Ensures successful performance by increasing profitability
and providing a return on investment for the owners and the Club.
* Owner Relations: Develops a trusting and respectful business partnership with property owners by
meeting or exceeding expectations in operations management, asset protection, and financial
* 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related
* 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star resort
* Ritz-Carlton Leadership Training or similar formalized corporate exposure preferred
* Membership in PGA and/or LPGA is required.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
* Proficient at the game of golf
* Knowledge of turf lawn care and maintenance procedures with an emphasis on golf turf grass varieties
* Retail merchandising skills
* Instructional teaching skills - if required to deliver golf lessons
* Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine maintenance needs
* Financial management skills e.g. ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets,
forecasting and capital expenditure planning
* Strong communication, strategic planning, analytical and customer and employee relations skills
Please send resume to the attention of:
Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 14,2009
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FINDEX- CLOSE 789.77 I YTD -5 40 - I 2008 -12.31-
WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM I TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 |I FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320
52 k.Hi 52 k Lo SecurPre .....us Cl.ose Toda.s Clos Change. .... ol EPS , Di. P E ...ld
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11 80 9 90 Bahamas Property Fund 10 75 10 75 0 00 0 992 0 200 10 8 1 86%
9 30 590 Bank of Bahamas 590 590 000 921 0244 0260 242 441%
0 89 0 63 Benchmark 0 63 0 63 000 0 877 0000 N/M 000%
3 4 315 Bahamas Waste 315 315 000 0125 0090 25 2 26%
237 214 Fidelity Bank 2 37 2 37 000 0055 0040 431 1 69%
14 20 9 93 Cable Bahamas 9 93 9 93 000 1 406 0250 71 252%
2 88 2 72 Colina Holdings 2 72 2 72 0 00 0 249 0 040 109 1 47%
7 50 5 26 Commonwealth Bank (SI) 5 54 5 54 0 00 2,700 0 419 0 300 132 5 42%
3 85 1 27 Consolidated Water BDRs 314 312 0 02 0111 0052 28 1 1 67%
2 85 1 32 Doctor's Hospital 2 05 2 05 000 0625 0080 33 390%
8 20 6 60 Famguard 6 60 6 60 0 00 0 420 0 240 157 3 64%
12 50 8 80 Finco 9 30 9 30 000 0322 0520 28 9 559%
1171 1000 FirstCaribbean Bank 10 00 100 0 000 0 631 0350 158 350%
5 53 4 11 Focol(S) 411 411 000 0 332 0150 124 3 65%
1 00 1 00 Focol Class B Preference 1 00 1 0 0 000 0000 0000 N/M 000%
0 45 0 27 Freeport Concrete O 27 0 27 0 0 0 035 0 00 77 000%
9 02 5 49 ICD Utilities 559 559 000 0407 0500 137 8 94%
1200 995 J S Johnson 995 995 000 0952 0640 105 643%
1000 1000 PremierReal Estate 10 00 1000 000 0156 0000 641 000%
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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Symbol Last Sale Change Daily Vol. Interest Maturity
1000 00 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 10000 000 7% 19 October 2017
1000 00 1000 00 Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 10000 00 00 Prime + 1 75% 19 October 2022
1000 0 100000 Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) FBB13 10 00 000 7% 30 May 2013
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8 00 6 00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2 00 6 25 4 00 0 000 0 480 N/M 780%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 55 0 001 0 000 256 6 000%
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PAGE 6, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009
A life devoted to helping lepers
By FRANCIS NORONHA
sents the day of
tion of Blessed Damien at the
Church of Santa Maria del
Carmelo in Transpontina in Via
della Conciliazione 14, which is
near St. Peter's Basilica in
A great crowd is expected at
this very large Church when Fr.
Alfred Bell, the Postulator-
General of the Order of the
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and
Mary, will conduct the service.
Henceforth, the world will refer
St. Damien de Veuster, an
individual who spent his life
helping the lepers, and finally
succumbed to the disease him-
Hawaii (like The Bahamas)
conjures up visions of an idyllic
paradise, with golden sunshine,
dark blue skies, green islands
with exotic flowers, long
stretches of white beaches,
swaying palm trees, sparkling
clear water and soft island
breezes. Described as the Par-
adise of the Pacific, Hawaii
comprises about eight major
islands, including Molokai (the
Friendly Island which is about
38 miles long and 10 miles
wide), as well as numerous
rocky islets, reefs and shoals.
On April 15, 1989, over
50,000 people from all over the
world converged on Molokai,
not as tourists in search of sun,
sea and sand, but in honour of
the hero of Hawaii, Fr. Damien,
who reserves a permanent place
in world history as the individ-
ual who confronted and spot-
lighted the ageless internation-
al scourge of leprosy, contract-
ing the disease and finally dying
on Molokai on April 15, 1889.
Today, due to modern medi-
cine and technology, leprosy
does not represent the horrible
spectre that it was from the ear-
liest days of mankind.
Hawaii has experienced a
turbulent history. Captain
James Cook landed on the
islands in 1778 (named them
the Sandwich Islands after the
fourth Earl of Sandwich), and
was killed by the local people in
a riot on his return in 1779.
Hawaii was a kingdom, and the
last to rule was Queen Lili-
uokalani who, among her
composed the hauntingly beau-
at 7;30 p~m.
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(AP Photos/Hawaii btate Arcnive)
A FILE PHOTO provided by the
Hawaii State Archive shows
Father Damien two months
before his death in 1889 at the
leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa,
tiful farewell song "Aloha Oe".
United States settlers fomented
a revolution in 1893 when the
Queen was deposed, and set up
a provisional government,
which, after associations with
the USA, became the 50th
State in the Union on August
21, 1959. From the dawn of his-
tory, leprosy has been regarded
as a loathsome disease, and was
regarded with terror as it has
been highly contagious and
incurable from the earliest days
of mankind. A papyrus in a
Berlin museum mentions lep-
rosy as an abomination over
6,000 years ago; other docu-
ments mention its existence in
China in 2000 BC and in Japan
in 1500 BC; and the Bible and
the Talmud refer to leprosy.
The disease is mentioned in the
Old Testament, and the New
Testament records Jesus cur-
ing the ten lepers. Leper
colonies are often named
Lazaretto after the leper
Lazarus who in the Bible sat at
the gate of the rich man.
Leprosy was spreading over
the world at the time of the
birth of the sixth child of
Franqois and Catherine de
Veuster on January 3, 1840, in
Tremeloo, Belgium. At the cer-
emony, the baby Joseph raised
his clenched fist, and the god-
father, a military man, inter-
preted it as a salute and an
omen that the boy would
become a soldier.
Joseph enjoyed a happy
childhood in the beautiful,
peaceful hamlet of Tremeloo,
where his pious parents ensured
that he received his early edu-
cation in Flemish at the knee
at 7:30 p.m.
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of his mother. The few books in
the home were mainly religious,
a favourite being "The Lives of
Kind and generous but also
strong and exuberant, Joseph
engaged in adventurous pranks
which often landed him in trou-
ble. He also tended the family
flock of sheep, and helped the
local smith with his work,
including the digging of graves
- a task he would perform
often in later years.
Two of Joseph's broth-
ers and a sister entered
the religious life, and at age 19
Joseph followed his brother
Pamphile into the Congrega-
tion of the Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary (often known
as the Picpus Fathers after Pic-
pus Street where the order
started) , assuming the name
Damien after the saint and
After ordination, Fr. Pam-
phile was selected as a mission-
ary to Hawaii, but contracted
typhus, a debilitating illness
which was ravaging Louvain.
As Damien had fervently
begged to become a mission-
ary, he was selected to replace
his brother as a missionary to
In 1865 King Kamchame-
ha V of Hawaii issued a decree
that all incurable lepers must
be banished to Kalawao settle-
ment on the island of Molokai,
so Friendly Island became
Death Island. Families were
disrupted through this forced
separation - husbands from
wives, parents from children,
relatives from loved ones - but
in many cases those unwilling to
be separated joined their ban-
ished ones, being fully aware
that they would never be
allowed to leave the colony.
In Honolulu Bishop Mai-
gret spoke movingly to a few
priests about the heart-break-
ing plight of the lepers on
Molokai who lived out their
lives in abject poverty and over-
whelming hopelessness, with no
priest to comfort them. After a
pause, Fr. Damien's strong
voice rang out: "Please send
me." He had passed his own
Fr. Damien arrived at the
leper colony of Molokai, and
was presented with a harrowing
picture of misery, sorrow and
broken spirits, and Dante's ban-
ner over Hell could have been
strung over the settlement with
the words: "Abandon Hope, all
ye who enter here."
Author John Farrow
describes the lepers: "Where
had been, there were craters of
pus; and there were gaping cav-
ities, disease-infected holes, that
merged with rotting mouths,
where noses should be. Ears
were pendulous masses, many
times their natural size, or were
shriveled to almost nothing.
Hands were without fingers and
some arms were merely stumps.
Feet and legs were equally
repulsive, and bodies of most
of these repulsive creatures
were bloated and pitted,
shrunken and swollen, but nev-
er of a normal shape. They
were a pitiable revolting sight,
their wounds and sores being
entirely undressed or covered
with filthy matter - soaked
rags." A vile odorous strong
stench generally accompanied
the diseased and rotting flesh.
Fr. Damien had to overcome
his strong repugnance by
intense prayer. Surveying the
small primitive filthy huts
affording shelter to the hun-
dreds of lepers devoid of hope
or purpose in life, disregarded
and disowned by humanity, he
knew that God had invited him
to a special vocation. Ancient
Egyptians described leprosy as
death before death, and author
R.L. Stevenson, who visited the
colony many years after numer-
ous improvements had been
made, described it as "a pitiful
place to visit and hell to dwell
A heart-breaking visit to
every settlement filled Fr.
Damien with great sadness, and
he spent his first night (and
many subsequent nights) in
prayer under a tree near the
small abandoned wooden
chapel. His first task was to offi-
ciate at a leper's funeral when
four lepers carried the body
wrapped in pieces of old mat-
ting to the shallow ditch (the
grave) in the open cemetery
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aries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They are Fr.
Martin Gomes, of St. Joseph's Church, and Fr. Michael Kelly,
of Our Lady's Church, both on the island of New Providence;
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where wild, hungry dogs
prowled at night, often uncov-
ering the graves and devouring
Fr. Damien coped with the
gigantic, overwhelming task by
constant prayer and persever-
ance and determination to do
the will of God despite over-
whelming obstacles. He encour-
aged the apathetic, listless,
doomed people to believe in
God and in themselves, which
resulted in new neatly-con-
structed homes, a church, a
school for the children, the cul-
tivation of crops, recreational
facilities and other amenities.
Fr. Damien simultane-
ously tackled the
human problems of promiscu-
ity, prostitution, gambling, illic-
it manufacture of alcohol and
pagan superstitions. He also
built up a sense of family and
community; he encouraged self-
help programmes; he visited the
lonely and sick, cajoling med-
ical supplies from the Hawai-
ian Board of Health; he com-
forted the sick and the dying; he
buried the dead, often con-
structing the coffins and dig-
ging the graves himself; and,
most of all, he made the lepers
aware that they were children
of God. Greatly loved and
revered, he was given the affec-
tionate name of Kamiano.
However, Fr. Damien suf-
fered moments of loneliness
and discouragement when his
dedication was misunderstood
by civil authorities and even by
people inside the Church.
Called strong-willed and obsti-
nate because his intense deter-
mination was focused on the
welfare of his beloved lepers,
Fr. Damien was often impatient
with the bureaucracy of Hawai-
i's Board of Health and he
made endless demands on the
He himself led a very simple,
austere life, and his only hobby
was a pipe which he sometimes
smoked to overcome the stench
of the odours of rotting flesh.
Fr. Damien disliked per-
sonal publicity but was glad
when good Queen Liliuokalani
decided to visit Molokai. At the
celebrations the Queen stepped
on the platform to address the
people, and she surveyed the
disease-ravaged people, and
was silent. She endeavoured to
speak, but was overcome with
emotion as her eyes filled with
tears and her lips trembled, so a
member of the royal retinue
said a few words to the gather-
ing. The Queen toured the
island and, visibly moved,
informed Fr. Damien that she
could not believe that anyone
would stay on the island of his
own free will. He replied: "It is
my work. They are my parish-
ioners." The Queen replied
softly and emotionally: "Your
parishioners - and my peo-
Thereafter, Queen Lili-
uokalani exerted all her influ-
ence to ensure that Fr. Damien
was supported by the authori-
ties in the country, and this
eased his burden a great deal.
Fr. Damien was 45 years old
when he celebrated Mass one
Sunday morning in 1885. He
always commenced his sermon
with "My brethren". This Sun-
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day there was a dramatic
change when he looked around,
paused and started with: "We
He had finally and inevitably
contracted the fatal disease. For
four long years Fr. Damien
bore the scourge of leprosy
which slowly eroded his mus-
cular frame. The realization
that his time was running out
only spurred him on just as a
sprinter makes his final spurt
on the last lap of the race.
In 1886 Ira Dutton (of
Stowe, Vermont, USA, who
changed his name to Joseph
when he joined the Catholic
Church) went to Molokai to
assist Fr. Damien. As leprosy
took its toll of Fr. Damien, he
was overjoyed to see that lep-
rosy was gaining international
attention, and a lazaretto was
established on the island by
three Franciscan Sisters, led by
Mother Marianne, a most
extraordinary individual, whose
devotion to education in Uti-
ca, leadership qualities in Syra-
cuse and subsequently at St.
Joseph's Hospital made her
well-known in the country. She
led six Sisters to travel 6,000
miles to Molokai where she
devoted the rest of her life to
Fr. Damien's death on April
15, 1889, plunged Hawaii into
intense sorrow in a world where
leprosy was now well-known.
The priest who disliked public-
ity was now an international
figure. Newspapers everywhere
poured tributes to the priest
who had sacrificed his life for
the untouchables of society.
Fr. Damien's last resting
place, in accordance with his
wishes, was under the same tree
where he had spent his first
night on the island. At another
memorial site there was a gran-
ite cross above a white marble
tablet with the words: "Greater
love hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his
The Belgian King 47 years
later requested the USA Presi-
dent for the return of the
remains of Fr. Damien to his
native country. On January 27,
1936, the remains were dug up,
and as the coffin was trans-
ported to Belgium the lepers
mournfully sang the beautiful
farewell song "Aloha Oe"
while the people on the island
wept and were inconsolable.
The remains of Fr. Damien
now rest in the Chapel of the
Picpus Fathers in Louvain, Bel-
gium. Robert Louis Stevenson,
who had valiantly and vigor-
ously defended Fr. Damien
against his detractors predict-
ed that within a century Rome
would raise Damien the Leper
to her altars as a Saint of the
Church. The London "Times"
described the priest as "one of
the noblest Christian heroes."
The Hawaiian Legislature
selected the priest in 1967 as
one of the state's two out-
standing citizens to be hon-
oured by statues in the Statuary
Hall in Washington, DC, USA.
Memorials to Fr. Damien exist
in countries around the world,
and many people around the
globe bear the name Damien.
The peasant from the village of
Tremeloo has forcefully impact-
ed world history.
reach semis at
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Darling pleased with CAC performance
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ALTHOUGH he didn't win his
professional card at the Central
American and Caribbean Body-
building Championships, James 'Jay'
Darling was pleased with the two gold
medals he captured for the Bahamas.
Now he's even more enthused
about making the long trek to Doha,
Qatar at the end of the month to
compete in the Worlds Men's Body-
Darling, the national men's cham-
pion sponsored jointly by Pro-Lab,
Natrol and Bally Total Fitness, was
one of 11 athletes who represented
the Bahamas at the CAC Champi-
onships last weekend in Georgetown,
The Bahamas ended up third
behind champions Barbados and run-
ners-up Trinidad & Tobago.
"The trip was good. Everyone was
in good spirits heading towards the
trip," Darling said. "But it was disap-
pointing that we had an athlete that
didn't show for whatever reason. Oth-
er than that, it was a good show."
This year's championships attract-
ed more than 200 athletes from 19
countries, the largest entries in quite
Doubling up in the men's masters
and the middleweight divisions, Dar-
ling said the masters turned out to
be more competitive for him than it
was for the middleweight.
"Most of the guys in the masters
were medallists in their respective
weights, so I had both the super
heavyweight and heavyweight, who
were both silver medalists and I had
Prepares to compete at
to beat them to win the masters," he
Darling, who picked up his tenth
gold medal at the championships,
missed out on his bid to secure his
pro card when he went into the pose-
The overall title went to Barbados'
light heavyweight champion Marti-
"When I go off, I go to do the best
I could do," said Darling, when asked
if he was disappointed that he didn't
win the title. "I gave it my everything.
"I had the feel that I won it, but it
wasn't meant to be. It's a judges'
sport, so I won't let that stop me. I'm
still preparing to head to the World
Games at the end of this month, so I
will try again."
Through his sponsors, Darling said
he was able to stay focused and was
able to perform at his best in Grena-
da. But he said that's behind him and
he's now concentrating on Doha.
"Over there I was on my game. My
diet was down and nutrition was fair-
ly decent," he said. "Over there, I
had a large following from Barbados,
Trinidad, Grenada and Bermuda.
"I had a lot of positive feedbacks
from the judges too. So if there is
anything that I think I would need
to look at is dropping to a lighter
weight division so I could come in a
little more leaner."
Although he felt he was in the best
condition he could be at the champi-
onships, Darling said as long as he
doesn't win the ultimate title then
he's going to be disappointed in his
"It's always good to achieve the
maximum best. Unless you achieve
the maximum best, I think there's
always going to be room for improve-
ment," he said. "So in that regard,
I'm not that disappointed."
But the Royal Bahamas Defense
Force Officer said he's not going to
let that dampen his spirits as he pre-
pare for the World's.
"Pro Lab is sponsoring me as much
as they can, but I still need some
financial assistance with my accom-
modations over there," Darling said.
"I'm hoping the government will
assist in this because I'm going to be
carrying the (Bahamian) flag and I
really want to do well over there."
Darling, along with heavyweight
Teddy Gray, are scheduled to leave
town on October 29 and return home
on November 7.
It will be his first appearance in
the World's because when he was
scheduled to travel to the Czech
Republic in 2006, he had to stay
home due to his job commitment.
"This one, everything looks
great. I'm in good condition and I
want to represent my country and
to represent them very well," Dar-
BAIN PASSES TENNIS CERTIFICATION
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FOR a long time, local tennis players have been seeking the
assistance of a proper fitness training programme. Marion Bain
has stepped up to take care of that situation.
Recently, world famous tennis fitness and strength coach Pat
Etchebrry conducted a fitness programme where Bain was one of
the 10 students to successfully pass the certification course.
Above Bain is shown receiving her certified certificate from
Roberts wins third
Junior Open title
JUSTIN Roberts claimed
his third consecutive singles
title yesterday when he
defeated number two seed
George Semander of Aru-
ba 6-1, 6-0 in the Boys 14-
under singles final in the
Curacao Junior Open 09.
Roberts also added the
Boys 14-under doubles title
as he and partner Victor
Gurevich of the United
States defeated the top seed-
ed team of Timothy Blok
and Geroge Semander of
Aruba 6-4, 6-4.
In the latter match, the
score was not as close as it
looked as Roberts and
Gurevich led 5-2 in each set
before suffering a slight let-
down allowing their oppo-
nents to cut the deficit to 5-
4, only to eventually prevail
This is the final COTECC
Boys 14-under event for
Roberts in 2009 as he now
sets his sights on two of the
toughest junior tournaments
in the United States - the
Eddie Herr International
Junior Championships and
Junior Orange Bowl.
Both tournaments are
held in Florida in Decem-
ber with a strong contingent
of junior players coming
from Europe, Asia, South
America and Australia.
* Here's a look at the
results from the Curacao
BOYS 14-UNDER SINGLES
No.1 Justin Roberts def.
No.2 George Semander of
Aruba 6-1, 6-0.
BOYS 14-UNDER DOUBLES
No.2 Justin Roberts
(United States) def. No.1
Blok (Aruba) 6-4, 6-4.
GIRLS 18-UNDER DOUBLES
No.2 Victoria Rodriquez
(Bahamas) def. No.1. Car-
Rodriquez (Venezuela) 6-3,
Simone Pratt (BAH) cap-
tures her first ITF Girls 18-
under doubles champi-
onships at the Curacao
Junior Open when she and
partner Victoria defeated
the No.1 seeded team from
Venezuela in straight sets 6-
Pratt currently has a ITF
World Ranking of No.1080,
which will go up as a result
of winning one round in sin-
gles and claiming the dou-
Pratt has plans to play the
Eddie Herr and Junior
Orange Bowl in an attempt
to win her first major sin-
Knowles, Roddick in
China Open semifinal
MARK Knowles and Andy Roddick played their semifi-
nal match at Open today in Beijing, China. The Bahamian-
American duo were scheduled to face the team of Lukas
Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Phillipp Kohlschreiber of
Both teams are unseeded.
The winner will play the winner of the other half of the
draw that features number two seeds American identical
twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against the French team
of Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy.
The final is set for Sunday.
Next week, Knowles is expected to be reunited with his
regular doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India as they
play in the Shanghai Open.
Bhupathi is coming off a groin injury that he sustained
playing Davis Cup for India. That forced Knowles to team
up to play with Roddick in this week's tournament.
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PAGE^SPORTS 10,ISATURDAYCTOBER 10,200TRIBUNESPORT
MICHAEL VICK will
be giving the public an
inside look at his life dur-
ing an eight-part televi-
sion series scheduled to
debut on BET next year.
Tentatively titled "The
Michael Vick Project,"
the cable show will fol-
low the Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback as he
tries to redeem himself
after going to prison for
18 months for his role in
operating a dogfighting
ring. DuBose Entertain-
ment, which is co-pro-
ducing the series, and
announced the show Fri-
"I think its important
to show our youth and
our kids that you face
adversity but you're not
responsible for falling,
you're responsible for
getting up," Vick said
earlier this week. "I'm
very remorseful about
what happened and what
I did. I just don't want
other people to go down
that path. I'm trying to
make it right and repair
past damages. That's all I
want to show."
The show is part reali-
ty TV, part documentary,
chronicling Vick's rise
from a difficult child-
hood to becoming a star
at Virginia Tech, the No.
1 overall draft pick of the
Atlanta Falcons in 2001,
and at the time the high-
est paid player in the
SPAIN'S Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over
Russia's Marat Safin in the quarter finals of the China
SERBIA'S Novack Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals of the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct.
Open tennis tournament in Beijing Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. Djokovic won the the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. 9, 2009. Nadal won the match 6-3, 6-1.
Nadal, Djokovic reach
semifinals at China Open
RAFAEL NADAL moved into
the semifinals of the China Open on
Friday by defeating Marat Safin 6-3,
Nadal outplayed the former top-
ranked Russian from the start and
remains on track to meet Novak
Djokovic in the final Sunday.
Djokovic defeated Fernando Ver-
dasco of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
"I think I played a really good
match," Nadal said. "I'm happy about
Safin plans to retire at the end of
this season, and thanked the fans for
"I haven't been practicing for a long
time and I can still hit some balls, so
it's a really nice feeling to get on the
court," said Safin, who won the inau-
gural China Open title in 2004.
On Saturday, Nadal will face Marin
Cilic of Croatia, who defeated Niko-
lay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic will face Robin Soderling of
Sweden, who defeated Ivan Ljubicic
of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Djokovic was broken by Verdas-
co three times in the second set. But
the fourth-ranked Serb regained his
form in the third set and took advan-
tage of his Spanish opponent's 19
unforced errors in the match.
"I had ups and downs," Djokovic
said. "Verdasco used his chances in
the second set when he broke. I saved
energy at the end of the second set
for the refreshing start of the third
and I was fortunate to do so."
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
became the first woman to qualify
for the semifinals, stopping Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
Kuznetsova will face Nadia Petro-
va of Russia, who defeated Peng
Shuai of China 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.
"I'm very happy to get through even
though I didn't really start out playing
well, but I really picked it up by the
second and third sets," said Petrova,
who eliminated Serena Williams in
three sets on Thursday. "It's always
difficult to come out the next day and
put on the same performance."
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
topped fourth-seeded Elena Demen-
tieva of Russia 7-5, 6-3. She will meet
Marion Bartoli of France, who defeat-
ed Vera Zvonareva of Russia 3-6, 7-5,
Fabian Bimmer/AP Photo
FORMER New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu plays with children at Rugbbyklubben Speed in
Copenhagen, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The International Olympic Committee will decide on Friday
Oct.9, if rugby is to become an Olympic discipline.
Golf, rugby make Olympic
roster for 2016, 2020
ALL those beautiful beach-
es and Tiger Woods, too!
After more than a century
on the sidelines, golf will
return to the Olympics at the
Summer Games in Rio de
Janeiro. Rugby, last played in
1924, is coming back as well.
Both were reinstated for the
2016 and 2020 games after a
vote Friday by the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee.
They are the first sports added
since triathlon and taekwondo
joined the program for the
2000 Sydney Olympics.
Each sport received major-
ity support in separate votes
after leading athletes and offi-
cials from both camps gave
presentations, including a
taped video message from
Woods and other top pros.
Woods has indicated he would
play in the Olympics if golf
were accepted for 2016.
"There are millions of
young golfers worldwide who
would be proud to represent
their country," Woods said
from the Presidents Cup in
San Francisco. "It would be
an honor for anyone who
plays this game to become an
Golf was approved 63-27
with two abstentions. Rugby
was voted in 81-8 with one
"We were ecstatic and
wanted to jump on the table,
but we sort of restrained our-
selves," former New Zealand
rugby great Jonah Lomu told
The Associated Press. "It was
just fantastic for the game."
Golf will stage a 72-hole
stroke-play tournament for
men and women, with 60
players in each field. Rugby
will organize a four-day sev-
en-a-side tournament -
instead of the more tradition-
al 15-a-side game - for 12
men's and women's teams.
"I think it's fantastic, an
unbelievable day for the game
of golf," Jack Nicklaus said.
"The impact is going to be felt
all over the world, which is
what I've always felt about
the game. The game is a
mature game in many coun-
tries, but it never had the
opportunity to grow in many
others. People of all walks of
life will be inspired to play
the game of golf, and play for
sports' highest recognition.
For all sports, that has been a
The venue and schedule for
both sports in Rio de Janeiro
has yet to be decided. The
golf tournament will not nec-
essarily be played Thursday
through Sunday, bid leader
and PGA Tour vice president
Ty Votaw said.
"It might be Wednesday to
Saturday," Votaw said. "Or
it might be that the women's
competition is first, and the
men's is second. ... All of
those things need to be
worked out over the next sev-
British bookmaker William
Hill immediately made Woods
the favorite in Rio, giving 6-1
odds that he will the gold
medal. It gave the same odds
for any player from Britain or
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Former union president upset Christie 'against any move
by office manager's 'despair' to oppose Moss nomination'
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really leads the organisation.
In the meantime, the depressed economy has thwarted her
efforts to get another job and she has found herself in despair,
wondering how she will support herself and her 11-year-old
daughter Rayven, a junior national tennis champion.
Confirming her story, Director of Labour Harcourt Brown
described Ms Barry as an "innocent bystander" caught up in the
middle of union squabbles.
Yesterday Ms Harding, who was voted president of the
union in 2006, said she wanted to make it known that she
"exhausted all means" to try to ensure Ms Barry got what she
was due - even formally signing off on a payout of $21,000 to
the former employee for her years of service in an official
meeting with labour officials shortly after Ms Barry lost her job
in January of this year and filed a trade dispute.
But, said Ms Harding, the bank refused to disburse the funds
given the uncertainty over the leadership of the organisation,
and union treasurer, Susan Palmer - who is allied with current
purported president Anthony Bain - allegedly refused to
provide her signature to approve the transaction.
On Thursday, Mr Bain claimed Ms Barry is owed nothing as
she lost her job due to "poor behaviour" - something Ms
Harding vehemently denied, saying Ms Barry was a committed
Ms Harding charged that Mr Bain and Ms Palmer's refusal to
pay Ms Barry goes against the will of the AAAWU member-
ship, who had "unanimously" agreed this summer that the
union should continue paying Ms Barry, and several others who
lost their jobs at around the same time, until the dispute
between executives is resolved.
This did not happen.
The former President also supported statements by Mr
Brown, contacted about the matter on Thursday, when he said
that hundreds of the union's 510 members are in favour of an
election taking place to finally decide the leadership of the
Presently Mr Bain has an injunction against any election
going ahead, although Mr Brown and Ms Harding say the last
executive term expired in June. The Department of Labour
filed an appeal against the injunction earlier this week in the
hope that elections will go ahead and the deadlock on resolv-
ing the payment issue can finally be ended.
As Monday is Discovery Day, there will be no
Tribune until Tuesday.
FROM page one
political sources that certain individuals are seeking resolu-
tions to amend the party's constitution, blocking anyone who
is not a sitting MP - such as Mr Moss - from nominating to
run for party leader at its upcoming convention.
Sources alleged the attempt, along with another proposed to
disallow someone who has not previously declared his/her
intentions to run for a post from nominating at the convention,
was one intended to "stack the deck" against any opponent of
Mr Christie ahead of the party's convention on October 21.
Yesterday Mr Christie said "rumours" that he was behind a
move to block Paul Moss or any other would-be challenger in
this way are being "put out by people who intend to cause
mischief." "There was never any attempt by any of the estab-
lished party to block anyone," he said.
Mr Christie noted that although it has "come to the attention
of those of us who are in leadership of party that it is possible
by our constitution for someone to join party and two weeks lat-
er declare they're running for leader," if a resolution was
passed to allow the National General Council to vote to disal-
low the same, a vote in favour of the move "should not be con-
"Ordinarily there ought to be some preconditions that require
someone to be a member in good standing and otherwise qual-
ified to hold the position (of leader). Clearly there's consider-
ation in that area, but if such a resolution would pass it ought
not to be considered. In other words I myself would oppose any
attempt to prevent someone from running who is duly qualified
to run. Right now the only one who has declared his intention
to do so is Paul Moss. I would not support an effort to oppose
his nomination on a technical point," added Mr Christie.
Meanwhile he said in principal he would support another pro-
posed amendment to the party's constitution - that anyone
who is to run for a post in the convention must declare their
intentions ahead of time - but "not for this convention."
"I support any kind of proposal that advances the internal
workings of democracy inside the PLP," he said, suggesting that
such a stipulation would give people more time to find out
about the person they are voting for, and whether they have
"the qualities of a leader."
"What I have said to people who assemble in the NGC
(National General Council) is that we must become more
accountable. People are looking at us and we should have
reflected in our business how the country does its business,"
added Mr Christie. The PLP leader said he is committed to
"evolving rules to ensure people are free to contest elections
and contest elections that are fair."
"That must be the commitment of the party - to have free
and fair elections, so people are able in unfettered way able to
exercise the right to vote for the candidate who is right to lead
the party," said the PLP leader. He said that by Monday or
Tuesday it is likely that people should know which proposed
amendments to the party's constitution will be voted on at the
VBahamasair probes claims
of passengers left stranded
FROM page one
cannot guarantee me a seat home this (week). What I find
further irritating is that this week is a very busy one for San Sal-
vador as it is the Discovery homecoming celebration. This
means that more people will be travelling home," she claimed
in the letter.Ms Williams also said the cost of inter-island trav-
el, around $204 for a round-trip San Salvador ticket was too
high considering Bahamians can travel outside of the country
for less money. When contacted for comment yesterday,
Bahamasair Managing Director Henry Woods says he read
the letter - which was also published in a local daily - and
sought to verify the merits of the complaint.
He said he could not confirm whether any ticketed passengers
had been affected by the airline's "economic downsizing" but
added that preliminary investigations did not support the com-
He said it was company policy to ensure that ticketed pas-
sengers are "always protected" and the airline's agents are
instructed not to overbook flights.
"The load has been extremely light, the economic condi-
tions have decreased our numbers and in this time of depression
we have had to make certain adjustments.
"But our Booking and Load Control Unit - I've taken this
up with them on more than one occasion - and they have giv-
en me assurances that if a passenger had a confirmed booking
they will fly. It's a different story if a person just shows up
with no reservation and that might have been a situation where
a person could not be accommodated," Mr Woods told The Tri-
He explained that smaller planes, 19-seaters, have been used
for San Salvador flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because
of lagging sales.
When asked about the higher cost of domestic flights, Mr
Woods said the "highly competitive" airline industry was dri-
ving the prices. He added that many times international oper-
ators are faced with lower operating costs and could offer
cheaper rates to their destinations.
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Is this the right way to treat our pets?
FROM page one
and driven dogs away from their masters' homes.
Each week around 50 dogs and perhaps a dozen cats are col-
S. elected in traps by some of the nine staff at the canine control
unit government dog pound in an area of the Botanic Gardens,
The unwanted animals are locked in the 45 dark and tiny
cement cells in pairs before their pitiful lives are brought to an
Legislation requires the animals to be kept alive for at least
four days to give owners an opportunity to collect their pets, but
as the majority of dogs are brought to the pound at their own-
er's will, it is an unlikely outcome for the poorly-treated pets.
Their dying days are spent crammed in a kennel, some with
broken limbs, flesh wounds, mange, and if they are not already
infested with ticks and fleas, they will be within 24 hours of stay-
ing at the pound.
SA lack of funding, resources, and a body of staff a third of the
*size of what it should be, means the care for the dogs is minimal.
�i! i3 These wandering potcakes, pit bulls, and pit bull-mixes like
Lola, have no space to roam. They rely on the food and rusty
Sweater provided twice a day by the supervisor and five wardens
who run the dog pound.
SThose who arrive at the pound suffering from serious injuries
or illness are put to sleep almost immediately, as are motherless
puppies never given a chance at life.
THE COLLARS of the dogs who have been surrendered to the pound and later killed, have been stuffed into these holes by staff members, cre- Freezes
ating a haunting memorial to the unfortunate animals. Their bodies are stored in three deep freezes untll Friday
morning before their bodies are collected and disposed of.
Criticisms of the inhumane way animals are treated at the
pound have been highlighted in The Tribune since a 14-year-old
visitor wrote to the newspaper to share with the public the
horrors he had seen. A live dog locked in a kennel with a dead
dog, faeces covering the floors of the kennels, and animals
locked up without food and water.
His complaints sparked public outrage and the formation of
- ''an activist group demanding better conditions at the pound
� which now has more than 500 members.
But in the first ever public tour of the facility, The Tribune
Sound it is the culture of cruelty to animals bringing dozens of
neglected and poorly treated dogs and cats to the pound week
iWhen The Tribune visited the pound yesterday, supervisor
fl Kirkland Glinton said the 45 dogs and seven cats collected
:' . . . cuthis week, all killed yesterday, is average.
POUND manager Kirkland Glinton speaks to Tribune reporter Department of Agriculture and Marine Resources veteri-
Megan Reynolds outside the pound yesterday. narian Godfrey Springer euthanises the animals with assis-
-' a> e- , *_ ~a He said: "It's not easy for me as a vet to put animals to
sleep but it's a public health issue; it's creating a risk to public
a fl health and as a country we have to remove the disease element
. from the population."
S. However their work has little impact on the number of stray
- . -dogs wandering throughout New Providence, as Dr Kirkland
A . said as soon as 50 dogs are collected and killed, another 50 will
V ,. - �be found wandering in the same areas the following week.
SWhat is required is responsible animal ownership, Dr
.. Springer said. He told The Tribune: "We have to create a cul-
"..ture of people who love animals.
r- "We need responsible animal ownership. Dogs are living
. - ,F. . things, they need to be fed and watered, and to be housed in a
.. ..comfortable home. They need to be seen by a veterinarian at
t4(t# " least twice a year.
"They should not be tied up so the rope around their neck
. cuts into their skin, and they should not be roaming into neigh-
... .. .. bours' yards or in the streets."
---" - -. _ _ _ __. ._ __. ._ U What are your views on dog cruelty in the Bahamas?
CAGES for capturing birds. LOLA in her cage. Who's to blame? And read more revelations next week.
MR GLINTON shows
a syringe on a pole,
which is used by
staff to tranquilise
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