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Convention
speech by MP
prompts judge to
discharge jurors
By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
THE John Travolta
attempted extortion trial end-
ed in chaos last night after
an outburst at the PLP con-
vention forced Senior Justice
Anita Allen to order a retri-
al.
Proceedings were sensa-
tionally halted after South
Andros MP Picewell Forbes
took to the convention stage
and told delegates that one
of the accused, former PLP
senator Pleasant Bridgewa-
ter, had been acquitted.
He exclaimed: "Pleasant is
a free woman PLPs! Pleas-
ant is a free woman PLPs!
God is good PLPs! Pleasant
is a free woman! God still
reigns PLPs!"
But trial jury members
were still deliberating, and
had been for more than eight
hours. No verdict had been
reached although convention
members celebrated Bridge-
water's supposed vindication
by singing and dancing to
"Oh Happy Day".
An angry Senior Justice
Allen discharged jurors from
returning with a verdict at
10.54pm last night, inform-


ing them that some two hours
earlier there was an
announcement at a political
convention by a senior offi-
cial, indicating that one of the
accused persons had been
acquitted.
Some 20 minutes earlier,
the jury had been brought
into court and the foreman
indicated they needed more
SEE page 10


PLP leadership is a three horse race


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net


PLP delegates vote for their next party leader today
with three candidates vying for the top job.
Former Prime Minister Perry Christie, Dr Bernard
Nottage and Paul Moss are all jockeying for the top job
after being nominated and seconded as leadership
candidates at the start of the PLP's 51st national con-
vention.
Of the four original candidates, only Fred Mitchell
declined the nomination (see page 7) leaving Dr Not-
tage, Mr Moss, and Mr Christie to vie for the post in
what is expected to be a hotly contested three-way-
race.


Nominating Mr Christie was former PLP Senator
Trevor Whylly who was seconded by Omar Armbris-
ter. Mr Moss was nominated by Tonya Charlton and
seconded by Elaine Adderley. Nominating Dr Nottage
was the former PLP MP Rubianne Darling who was
seconded by Valerie Percentie; and finally Mr Mitchell
was nominated by Atavese Issacs and seconded by
Irene Rolle.
With each candidate's supporters sporting t-shirts,
caps, and pins, the convention floor was strewn with
paraphernalia of every kind as the prospective leaders
entered the Wyndham's ballroom.
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"teams" or tickets on which persons will be running to


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Several political heavyweights attack resolution


By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
A RESOLUTION seek-
ing to block the nomination
of any candidate for office
within the PLP who had not
been a card-carrying mem-
ber for at least seven years
was shot down at the begin-
ning of the party's national
convention yesterday.
With five amendments in
total to the party's constitu-
tion being debated during
yesterday's morning session,
the party also sought to cre-
ate and enforce a co-deputy
leader position, restrict any
nomination for posts being
made within a month from
any convention, and it also
ratified the Progressive
Young Liberals (PYL) to
now be named the official
National Youth Arm of the
party with more voting pow-
ers than ever before.

Criticism
While some amendments
such as the one relating to
the PYL was passed out-
right, the amendment
requiring an individual to
have served or be with the
party for seven years faced
substantial criticism from
political heavyweights such
as former leader candidate
Philip Galanis, and long
time party supporter Valen-
tine Grimes.
When it became obvious
that this amendment was
not going to see the light of
day, some supporters of it
sought to change the terms
and make the timeline five
years instead of seven.
This again caused an out-
cry with it finally being
decided that the matter
would go before a special
committee before any fur-
ther discussions can be had.
One PLP insider told The
Tribune that such a "fool-
ish" move by the party will
not be allowed to be pushed
through by "certain" indi-
viduals who would wish to
block the nominations of
any potential challengers at
this or any other convention.
While it is well known
that any changes to the pre-


SOME OF THE ATTENDEES at the PLP convention get in a festive
mood.


sent constitution would not
take effect until the party's
next convention, technically
speaking it would mean that
if the party decided to
change its leader today for
either attorney Paul Moss,
or Dr Bernard Nottage,
these individuals would not
be eligible to contest for re-
election in their own party
as they would not have been
card-carrying members for
the requisite number of


years. "We won't allow this
to happen.
"We cannot be so short-
sighted to allow these
changes today to destroy the
party in the future," said
another source.
The PLP's convention
continues today where dele-
gates are expected to vote
for their prospective candi-
dates for leader, deputy
leader, and chairman of the
party.


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Enthusiastic welcome for


Davis during nominations


PHILLIP "Brave" Davis
received the most enthusiastic
welcome from voting delegates
and stalwart councillors when
he was nominated at the PLP
convention yesterday.
The Cat Island, Rum Cay
and San Salvador MP and
prominent attorney is widely
noted as having outspent his
contenders for the PLP deputy
leadership and when combined
with his familiarity within the
party and a well-oiled cam-
paign, his efforts appeared to
have paid off yesterday during
nominations at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort.
Numerous delegates and stalwart coun-
cillors who were inside the hall - the
media was excluded - said Mr Davis, who
is running under the slogan "Be Brave
...Change the Bahamas", was the most
well received contender for the deputy
leadership.
While some suggested it was "by a
whisker" that the MP won the favour of


the crowd, others claimed Mr
Davis got a louder reception
that incumbent party leader
Perry Christie himself.
Mr Davis has flown in and
accommodated a large number
of voting delegates from the
family islands, and his con-
stituency in particular, to attend
the convention. While Mr
Fitzgerald's supporters were
numerous, emblazoned with the
campaign slogan "Forward ...
the Future is now", Mr Davis'
I A were most visible.
Mr Wilchcombe, who ran
under the slogan "Now is the time!"
appeared to have been outgunned by Mr
Davis and Mr Fitzgerald in terms of the
amount of money he has spent on his cam-
paign, apparently relying to a greater
extent on his established credentials as
a former minister and long time MP in the
party than on t-shirts and badges.
Mr Davis was nominated by PLP sen-
ator Michael Darville, and seconded by St
Thomas More MP Frank Smith. MP for


West End and Bimini, Obie Wilchcombe,
was nominated by PLP Vice Chairman
Melissa Sears and seconded by Staford
"Scorpio" Evans, and Senator Jerome
Fitzgerald was nominated by his father
Edward Fitzgerald and seconded by Dan-
ny Johnson.
Mr Davis has publicly announced his
support for incumbent PLP leader Perry
Christie - who is being challenged at the
convention by his friend and parliamen-
tary colleague, Bernard Nottage, as well
as by newcomer Paul Moss - and while
Mr Christie has not formally revealed
who he supports for deputy leadership, it
is reported that he supports Mr Davis - his
former law partner - in return.
Mr Davis previously received the back-
ing of departing Deputy Leader, Cynthia
"Mother" Pratt.
With three strong candidates vying for
the deputy leadership of the party, the
PLP convention was yesterday swamped
with supporters bearing the hats, shirts
and badges of Phillip "Brave" Davis,
Obie Wilchcombe and Jerome Fitzger-
ald.


Roberts gets loud reception


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Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net


PLP heavyweight and former
political retiree Bradley Roberts
looks in a strong position to steal
the chairmanship of the PLP
from incumbent Glenys Hanna
Martin.
To the disappointment of
those who had hoped to see the
party express support for a tran-
sition to a younger generation of
PLPs, and those who had been
happy to see a woman given a
prominent voice in the party,
the 65-year-old received the
loudest reaction from the con-
vention floor yesterday when he
was nominated to contest the
Chairmanship, according to del-
egates and stalwart councillors
who were in the convention hall
Mrs Hanna Martin also
received popular support, how-
ever many whom The Tribune
spoke with following the nomi-
nation process expressed their
belief that Mr Roberts, as a for-
mer chairman who spoke for
the party in the run up to its vic-
tory in the 2002 election, has the
capabilities to do so again.
Yesterday saw incumbent Ms
Hanna Martin nominated by her
parliamentary colleague,
Yamacraw MP Melanie Griffin,
and seconded by Miles Laroda.
Mr Roberts was nominated
by former PLP MP Neville Wis-
dom and seconded by avid PLP
supporter Laura Williams.
Joining them in the race is
former MP Keod Smith, who
was nominated by Laurette
Miller and seconded by C.L.
Johnson.
Ricardo Smith, who had pre-
viously expressed an intention
to seek a nomination, did not
do so.
While The Tribune spoke
with several keen supporters of


Correction
IN TWO stories appearing
in Tuesday's Tribune, the
Right Reverend Laish Boyd
was incorrectly referred to as
the Anglican archbishop.
He is not an archbishop,
but rather a bishop of the
Anglican Diocese of the
Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos Islands.
The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience this error
may have caused.


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Ms Hanna Martin,
who felt she has been
a successful chairman
and organiser for the -
party and should be
returned, just as many
PLP supporters said
now is the time for
Mr Roberts, who
retired from frontline
politics in 2007, to
return to the Chair-
manship.
Mr Roberts was
the last of the candi-
dates for Chairman to
announce his intentions, doing
so last Sunday on Island FM.
He described how he was
"admonished and encouraged"
to join the race and felt com-
pelled to do so by the "decay-
ing" condition the country is in
after just over two years of FNM
leadership. He said he would


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organise the party to
return to government
in the 2012 election,
but would not seek a
seat as an MP again.
Yesterday a sup-
porter, echoing the
sentiments of sever-
al others interviewed
by The Tribune, said:
"Past is profile.
(Roberts) did a great
job and he'll do an
even greater job this
time round."
A younger PLP,
however, said: "I understand
that Bradley's a proven leader,
and he's got more time to con-
centrate on it, but I don't think it
would be good for the party if
Bradley won. I think this is the
ideal time for the party to
demonstrate its commitment to
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ward.
"I support the youth and he's
a young man, and I think he
should be given an opportunity
to show the country and the
PLP that young people have
something to offer. He's one
who's come up through the
ranks in the party... and so I
believe that I would like to see
the PLP present the youth to
the nation and move ahead with
that bridge that they keep talk-
ing about."
Delegates and Stalwart coun-
cillors of the party will vote for
who they wish to see take the
top party posts today at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort,
where the convention will enter
its second of three days.
The winner of the race must
receive a simple majority of the
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Young people grudgingly flock to Twitter


CHICAGO (AP) - They think it's point-
less, narcissistic. Some don't even know what
it is.
Even so, more young adults and teens -
normally at the cutting edge of technology -
are finally coming around to Twitter, using it
for class or work, monitoring the minutiae of
celebrities' lives. It's not always love at first
tweet, though. Many of them are doing it
grudgingly, perhaps because a friend pres-
sures them or a teacher or boss makes them
try the 140-character microblogging site.
"I still find no point to using it. I'm the type
of person who likes to talk to someone," says
Austyn Gabig, a sophomore at the University
of California, San Diego, who only joined
Twitter this month because she heard Ellen
DeGeneres was going to use tweets as a way to
win tickets to her talk show.
DeGeneres set off a frenzy on the UCSD
campus when she promised the tickets to those
who, within 15 minutes of the tweet, e-mailed
her cell phone photos of themselves wearing a
red towel and standing with someone in a uni-
form. Gabig got the tweet, found a towel -
and won tickets.
She might think she won't tweet again, but
social networking expert David Silver pre-
dicts she'll change her mind.
"Every semester, Twitter is the one tech-
nology that students are most resistant to,"
says Silver, a media studies professor at the
University of San Francisco, where he regu-
larly teaches a class on how to use various
Internet applications. "But it's also the one
they end up using the most."
It is a rare instance, he and others say, of
young people adopting an Internet applica-
tion after many of their older counterparts
have already done so.
Their slowness to warm to Twitter comes in
part from a fondness for the ease and direct-
ness of text messaging and other social net-
working services that most of their friends
already use. Many also are under the false
impression that their Twitter pages have to
be public, which is unappealing to a generation
that's had privacy drilled into them.
Then there's the fact that their elders like it,
and that's very uncool. But that's bound to
change as tech-savvy Gen Xers reach middle
age and baby boomers and even some senior
citizens become more comfortable with social
networking.
"In some ways, what we're seeing here is a
kind of closing of that generational gap as it
relates to technology," says Craig Watkins, a
University of Texas professor and author of
the book "The Young and the Digital."
Consider, for instance, that the median age
of a Facebook user is now 33, despite the
social-networking site's roots as a college hang-
out, according to the Pew Internet & Ameri-
can Life Project. The median age for Twitter
is 31. And while Facebook's audience is aging,
Twitterers are getting younger. Internet track-


er comScore Inc. found that 18- to 24-year-olds
made up 18 percent of unique visitors to Twit-
ter in September, compared with 11 percent a
year earlier.
Meanwhile, kids ages 12 to 17 accounted
for 12 percent of Twitter visitors last month,
about double the proportion of a year earlier.
Pew researchers also found in a report
released Wednesday that the number of peo-
ple ages 18 to 24 who use some type of status-
update service is growing quickly, too. They
attribute much of the growth to Twitter.
"So much of this is driven by community. I'd
even call it a tribe," says Susannah Fox, a Pew
researcher who was the new report's lead
author. She said the survey also found that
wireless devices are increasingly a factor in
Twitter involvement, as in the more you have
- laptop, mobile phone and so on - the
more likely you are to tweet.
Alex Lifschitz, in his third year at the
Rochester Institute of Technology in New
York, uses Twitter as a tight-knit circle, keep-
ing his contacts more limited than on Face-
book. Using his cell phone or laptop, he tweets
to let professors know he can't make it to
class or to ask questions about assignments. He
also uses it for something as basic as organiz-
ing a food run with friends on campus.
"I can simply tweet and ask who wants to go
somewhere with me, and I'll have a few takers
at any given time," he says.
Mallory Wood, a recent graduate of Saint
Michael's College in Vermont, is another Twit-
ter convert - primarily for work. She's now
an admissions counselor there, in charge of
getting more people to follow her department
on Twitter. She uses the service to offer appli-
cation fee waivers to prospective students and
points them to links to student blogs, even
some with complaints about campus life. "You
have to be real with them," Wood says.
That's still not enough to persuade some
young people to get on board.
"Quite frankly, I don't need to hear if some-
one stepped in dog poo on the way to class or
how annoyed they are that they lost their
favorite pen," says Carolyn Wald, a Universi-
ty of Chicago junior who has not joined Twit-
ter and rarely posts status updates on Face-
book because "I don't want to assume that
people want to hear those things about me,
either."
Even teen pop star Miley Cyrus stopped
tweeting, griping in a rap song she posted on
YouTube that, among other things, she'd
grown weary of making constant, meaning-
less updates about what she was doing.
The key, USF professor Silver says, is show-
ing his students how a simple status update can
become a more sophisticated way to show
their creative sides and, who knows, maybe
land a job.
(This article is by Martha Irvine of the
Associated Press)


Students should




learn 'where





words fail





blows ensue'


EDITOR, The Tribune.

LOCKED in the dreaded
cycle of violence, our society
struggles with the search for
solutions to this multifaceted
problem including the ques-
tion of corporal punishment
in schools.
Those against corporal
punishment in schools argue
that it is cruel, humiliating
and violent.
Furthermore, they believe
that its administration may
be injurious to students, is
prone to abuse by teachers,
and may result in litigation
against teachers and the
Ministry of Education.
Additionally, they believe
it may be even counterpro-
ductive because its long-
term effect could make stu-
dents more prone to vio-
lence in adult life.
On the other hand, those
for corporal punishment in
schools say it worked well
in the past, and is well tried
and proven as demonstrated
by the production of man-
nerly, polished, and disci-
plined students of the 50s


and 60s.
We have created a vacu-
um while we experiment
with new alternatives.
What we are witnessing is
a disconnect between the
school environment and the
harsh realities of our real
society.
It seems as if the large
number of graduates from
the current school system
only contribute to an
increasingly violent society.
While the education
administrators have dis-
armed teachers of their
straps, and canes and
require that they use only
persuasive techniques for
dealing with disciplinary
problems, in the wider soci-
ety, it seems as though more
and more police officers are
appearing in public armed
with guns.
In years gone by, corpo-
ral punishment, as part of a


school's disciplinary system,
could be compared to vacci-
nation; that minor discom-
fort experienced by the
unruly student from the
benign sting of the strap or
cane served to immunise
him or her in the future.
Unfortunately, legitimate
violence, and not just per-
suasion, is the reality of all
civil societies.
There is a time to drop
bombs on aggressors, a time
to shoot attacking enemies,
a time to use lethal force on
violent criminals or intrud-
ers, a time to subdue force-
fully and restrain various
wrongdoers.
Therefore, under con-
trolled conditions, by
humane administrators, stu-
dents should be made
aware, from a tender age, of
the realities of the real
world.
"Where words fail, blows
ensue."

JERRY ROKER
Nassau,
September, 2009


Whom shall Haitians call on?


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Mr. Lovence Louima has
written what he stands by as
the truth when all others have
refused to even give a state-
ment. The reporters have
been denied access to the
detention centre, possibly
because the Minister of State
Mr. Branville McCartney dis-
agrees with The Tribune's
series of articles into allega-
tions of abuse and mistreat-
ment at the facility.
The Haitian ambassador
has read the newspapers and
has been told of the number
of abuses which take place at
this centre. Yet for what he
does about it suggests to me
that he sits in the office as if
he's on a vacation in the
Bahamas, allowing everything
to take place right before his
eyes. What is wrong with this
picture? Why can't we see
what is going on, has the
ambassador been threatened
by the Government of the
Bahamas? Has he been told if
you get in too deep we will
deport you from this country?


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Should I go further in thinking
that he is enjoying such a great
life and doesn't want to be
bothered or get his hands
dirty? What conclusions can
be drawn when there are
reports that hundreds and
thousand of persons go miss-
ing in the Bahamas in the
wake of what would be the
Immigration Haitian Opera-
tion Flood? Who shall they
call on when the ambassador,
the representative for Haiti,
appears to do little? While 39
persons lose their homes in
Abaco and no questions
asked! Persons being sent
home without proper investi-
gation on the process or the
grounds they are being sent
on! Persons have to sit out-
side and are spoken to like
dirt at the passport office
when applying or renewing
their kids' travel documents!
Is there a government in
Haiti that really sees what is
going on in the Bahamas, will-
ing to step in and encourage
the men and women to stop
taking this dangerous journey
for a better life just to find
themselves being shot down by
RBDF who are given the
order to do so? Is there a
Government in Haiti that will
stand and say enough is
enough they have to amend
the constitution? They should
examine who they send to
represent their country and its
citizens. There needs to be a
stand to defend the cause of
the innocents.
Indeed! There are too
many Haitians in the
Bahamas. We play with the
words and say we only mean


the illegal ones when in actu-
ality we mean every one of
them, even the one who sits
next to me and helps pass my
exams in school. The one who
fought for me when no one
else wanted to stand and
defend me, yes! The one who
weeds my yard, works in the
construction field with us and
for a little or nothing and
sometimes went months with-
out being paid. If any ques-
tions asked, we call the police
or immigration and get them
deported. Yes! I mean all of
them who begin to integrate
themselves in this society
thinking they can live the way
we live; have far better jobs;
vehicles and homes than some
of us, they must go!
In conclusion, this matter is
far beyond Minister McCart-
ney, we are in a mess. While
many have called Haitians
havoc to this society and
blame them for everything
from crime to AIDS, they've
remained passive in the case
of allowing all of the above to
take place; without uttering a
word to discontinue this
because they are of Haitian
descendants and illegal;
should this be the cause of one
being mistreated and nobody
to call on? Where do they go
or who can they turn to for
assistance? At this present
time I am calling on everyone
who has a listening ear, young
and old to join together in
calling on the Almighty God!

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Cynthia Pratt calls for new PLP "


leadership to maintain integrity s


By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net


POPULAR PLP Deputy Leader Cyn-
thia "Mother" Pratt urged the new lead-
ership to maintain integrity in service as
she bid her final farewell to supporters
last night.
As the Member of Parliament for St
Cecilia stepped down from the post she
held for 12 years, Mrs Pratt explained
how her political ambitions were driven
by the needs of the people she served as
MP, Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
And she encouraged future party leaders
to do the same.
Mrs Pratt said: "Some of us have lost
sight of the fact that politics is all about
the people.
"It is about crafting new and innovative
programmes to ensure that they recognize
the bountiful opportunities that exist in
the Bahamas.
"Public service, is just that, service to
the Bahamian people, not for reward,
but to guarantee a level of decency in
their daily lives."


The people who rely on the State are
the people the party needs to work for,
Mrs Pratt said.
As she worked her way from "rags" to
the "middle class" and through the polit-
ical ranks, Mrs Pratt said she retained
her values and characteristics as a fiery
community builder and defender of the
poor, qualities Sir Lynden Pindling recog-
nised as fundamental to the party.

Steadfast
As long as the party remains steadfast
in its resolve to alleviate people's suffer-
ing and continue to prioritise economic
empowerment, Mrs Pratt sees a bright
future for the PLP.
She praised the deep and wide PLP
bench and commended those vying for
her former position and other leadership
positions for the maturity they have dis-
played in their campaigns.
And Mrs Pratt reminded them of their
responsibility to create an environment
where young Bahamians are guaranteed
a bright future.
She called for the future leadership to


focus on the key issues affecting commu-
nities, such as education, immigration,
healthcare and public safety.
Mrs Pratt lamented the dismantling of
the Urban Renewal Programme - which,
she said, was helping young men in inner
cities - as a bad political decision, as was
the discontinuation of the National Youth
Service, which may have prevented the
criminality among young men today.
There should be a strict protectionist
policy for illegal immigrants and the pre-
sent policy allowing stateless children
must be addressed, Mrs Pratt said.
True reform of the educational system
is required, and affordable healthcare
should be available to all.
Mrs Pratt thanked the hundreds of del-
egates gathered for the first night of the
51st convention at the Wyndham resort in
Cable Beach for their support, and
thanked them on behalf of her late hus-
band.
As she bowed out to an adoring crowd,
Mrs Pratt advised the party to continue to
reach out to young people, and said:
"Remember, service is all about the peo-
ple."


Parliamentarians tight-lipped on contenders


By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
DESPITE allegiance and
alliances behind the scenes, par-
liamentarians yesterday
remained largely tight-lipped
about who of the leadership,
deputy leadership and chair-
manship contenders they would
wish to see elected.
With races for the three top
posts being hotly contested at
the party's three day convention,
which began yesterday at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort on
Cable Beach, it appeared that
many of PLP MPs and senators
did not want to get caught in any
post-convention controversy by
making public statements about
their personal preferences.
Incumbent party leader Perry
Christie, leadership contender
Bernard Nottage and deputy
leadership contender Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald would not be
drawn on who they would wish
to join them in leading the party,
keeping their cards close to their
chests when approached by The
Tribune.
Other parliamentarians, such
as incumbent chairman and MP
Glenys Hanna-Martin, former
House speaker Oswald Ingra-
ham and Senator Hope Stra-
chan, joined them in declining
to state their preferences.
MP Picewell Forbes told The
Tribune he is for Obie Wilch-
combe taking the deputy lead-
ership of the party but stopped
short of naming his favoured
leadership candidate.
For his part, Mr Christie said


diplomatically that "whoever the
party chooses" would be the best
person for the chairman or
deputy leadership posts, while
Dr Nottage claimed he is sim-
ply focusing on his own cam-
paign and Mr Fizgerald said he
did not wish to comment as he
wanted his personal supporters,
who he noted are "very divid-
ed" over who they would like to
see become leader, to vote
according to their individual con-
sciences.
Chairman of Mr Christie's re-
election campaign, Vincent Peet
claimed Mr Christie has the sup-
port of 80 per cent of the parlia-
mentary group of MPs and sen-
ators and the "overwhelming"
support of stalwart councillors
and delegates, giving him the
strongest chance of emerging the
victor in the leadership race.
However, another senior MP
in the party claimed that, in
truth, the parliamentary group
is "split" over who they would
like to see as leader of the PLP


come out of this convention unit-
ed and fighting ready for the
next election," she added.
Mr Christie received the loud-
est shouts of support of all con-
tenders for party offices yester-
day as he marched towards the
entrance of the convention hall
to be nominated.
The leader must win at least
51 per cent of the votes in order
to win or retain the post, while
the victors in all other races must
attain a simple majority.


coming out of the convention.
Nonetheless, Mr Christie is
favoured by all parliamentari-
ans who were willing to voice
their opinion - including Mr
Peet, Senator Allyson Maynard-
Gibson and deputy leadership
nominee Philip "Brave" Davis.
Mr Peet said he travelled with
Mr Christie last week to Andros,
Eleuthera, Exuma and Grand
Bahama and is certain he also
has strong support "on the
ground" among grassroots party
supporters.
Meanwhile, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said: "I've always been a
supporter of Mr Christie, I've
not changed in that regard. I
think the style of leadership and
the quality of leadership that he
displays are vital for the devel-
opment of our country. That's
why I support him 100 per cent."
She added that she feels the
convention turnout has "shown
most importantly that people see
the PLP as a very viable party."
"I am sure we are going to


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THOUGH the general
attention level of guests at the
Wyndham was one of casual
interest bordering on apathy,
some visitors were intrigued
by the publicly accessible
political process with one
tourist going so far as to actu-
ally join a camp.
Attracted by the intensity
projected from PLP sup-
porters at this year's con-
vention, Geminy Maw, a 21-
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Ms Maw said that out of all
the booths she visited, it was
the Paul Moss camp that not
only explained the event and
its national importance the


best, but was also the most
sociable and genuine in shar-
ing their campaign.
Since joining their campaign
as an honorary member and
donning the iconic purple t-
shirt, Ms Maw said that she is
definitely enjoying this unique
experience and plans to attend
the convention for the remain-
ing two days.
Party hopeful Mr Moss
joked: "See even the interna-


tional community is for Paul
Moss."
Meanwhile, Joe Hughes
from Kentucky and Missy
Wallace from Indiana both
commented that what sur-
prised them the most was how
accessible such a crucial elec-
tion was to the public and
both agreed that this is instru-
mental in keeping elected offi-
cials grounded in the needs
and concerns of the people.


A PLP delegate waves her sup-
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Deputy Leadership challengers,
Philip 'Brave' Davis, at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort last
night.
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Wyndham transformed into a political bunker


By AVA TURNQUEST
PLP supporters swarmed
the Wyndham resort yes-
terday morning turning the
typically serene lobby into a
bustling hive.
Overnight bags littered
the walls and seats as dele-
gates and stalwart council-
lors from across the archi-
pelago stepped into their
arena.
Booths lined the halls of
the ground and second floor
of the Marlin tower, trans-
forming the island hotel
into a political bunker.
Candidate booths ranged
from the modest to the
elaborate, seasoned candi-
dates opting for reserved
traditional methods such as
pins, flyers or booklets
while some newcomers
spared no expense, includ-
ing flat screen TVs, massive
posters and even person-
alised bottled water.

Supporters
No candidate was with-
out an extensive team of
supporters, however
Christie paraphernalia
reigned supreme yesterday,
with the campaign going so
far as to hire attractive
young women to sport cam-
paign shirts and distribute
materials - the majority of
them having no political
interests whatsoever.
The superficial aside, sup-
porters are unanimous in
their understanding that for
the party to move forward
there must be total cohe-
sion. The verdict on
whether or not this can be
achieved is mixed.
National general council
member for Carmichael
Judson Wilmott is confident


that the party is mature
enough to move past elec-
tions and support new offi-
cials without backbiting or
discord.
"Leader has stated that
the party is in transition,"
said Mr Wilmott, "which
means that the leader is
moving on the way out and
passing the party on to
those persons that have
been groomed and who
have the experience to take
the party forward and
become the type of leaders
that will better the party
and ultimately the country."
College of the Bahamas
student and BJ Nottage
supporter Matysha Maura
said: "Some people may be
intimidated by some of the
more outspoken support-
ers, those shouting
'Christie, Christie' at any-
one who walks past. From
what I can see I'm not real-
ly sure what will happen
after the leader of the party
election - whether every-
one will really be able to
come together.
"There is a huge rift


between BJ Nottage sup-
porters and Christie sup-
porters and I don't know
whether or not they will be
able to overcome that.
"With the young PLPs I
don't feel that there is much
division - with us it feels
like yes we're voting for dif-
ferent people but at the end
of the day we're supporting
whoever is elected 100 per
cent. With the older PLPs I
find that at times they can
be a bit over zealous."
It can be deduced, how-
ever, that these "older
PLPs" are the life and spir-
it of this year's convention.
The ratio of 50+ support-


ers versus those under 45
was a staggering 5 to 1, with
more than a few stalwarts
who made the pilgrimage
confined to wheelchairs.
At the epicentre of con-
vention spectacle was PLP
celebrity Laura Williams.
Never failing to entertain
and inspire, this year she
demonstrated complete
support for her candidates
by affixing a fan to her head
beset with rhinestones and
pictures of the candidates
on each side.
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each person's right to vote
for whoever they wanted.
Though it is uncertain
what the next two days will
bring for the party, the
excitement and adrenaline
rush so indicative of
Bahamian conventions can-
not be ignored and it is this


electrifying current that
lends hope for a unified
party.
"We coming here strong
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said Ms Williams.
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..empce* Zu. a a. Mitchell decides
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* against running



Dfor PLP leadership
DOLLAR DAY ?


FRED Mitchell has turned
down the opportunity to run
for the leadership of the PLP
at the party's national con-
vention.
Yesterday afternoon, it was
announced that the Fox Hill
MP will not join current
leader Perry Christie, veter-
an MP Bernard Nottage and
newcomer Paul Moss in vying
for the post.
A statement issued by Mr
Mitchell's camp said he was
nominated to run "as a Fox
Hill favourite son", but
declined.
"Mr Mitchell expects that
there may be further oppor-
tunities for leadership," it
said.
According to someone
inside the convention hall at
the time, the delegates issued
a "collective gasp" when Mr
Mitchell refused the nomina-
tion. A group of attendees
then ran over to hug the MP.
Mr Mitchell told the con-
vention he felt that in raising
the possibility of running, he
had successfully championed
the democratic rights of all
PLPs who choose to stand for
any office in the party.
The MP said he will con-
tinue to work throughout the
convention and beyond for an
effective, fair and transparent
electoral process, conducted
with courtesy and respect.


The statement said: "I want
to win the leadership of the
PLP. I want to win the lead-
ership of the country, and this
continues to be the fact, but
my supporters and I have
determined that such a move
at this time will not now serve
the long-term interests of the
party.
"By openly declaring my
interest in the leadership of
the party and by demonstrat-
ing the support for my Agen-
da For Change, I am pleased
with the galvanising effect
that has become evident to
everyone in the electoral
process and the conduct of


the party's leadership.
"My work with the Mission
Fund to support candidates
for the general election will
continue and I will continue
with my work on the agenda
for change, both of which are
critical for the future success
of the PLP.
"I remind those in the
FNM who would make mis-
chief to mind their own busi-
ness and council them,
instead, to prepare to deal
with a re-energised, rededi-
cated and powerfully invigo-
rated PLP.
"I again thank my col-
leagues in the Parliamentary
Caucus for our shared hard
work and dedication and
pledge my continued support.
"I remind young Bahami-
ans that the campaign for
change was launched to
demonstrate that there is
space in the PLP for young
people as the party works to
engage the next generation of
PLPs.
"Finally, the party deserves
at this convention an open,
fair, transparent and unclut-
tered process as we organise
ourselves to respond to the
lessons of 2007. I will continue
to be an integral part of that
process, now and in the par-
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ters.
Sex offender registration
is a system in place in a
number of countries
designed to allow officials
to keep track of the loca-
tion and activities of sex
offenders, including those
who have completed crimi-
nal sentences.
In some countries like the
US, the contents of the reg-
istry are available to the
public.
Of those who voted on
the issue, 64 said a sex
offenders registry would
help keep children safe,
while 16 argued that it
would not.
A number of readers also
commented on the matter.
"Manifesto Victim" said:
"A register can only be
meaningful if these crimes
are reported, tried and con-
victions are made. In other
words, the register is the
last part of the puzzle. A
register will only let us
know who we are dealing


with, it won't stop
pedophiles. A better tool to
stop pedophiles would be
proper sex education in the
high schools which includes
pedophile awareness. We
need to empower the vic-
tims in cases like this . This
would ensure more convic-
tions. Crime prevention
begins with awareness!"
Another reader thought a
registry would be a very
good idea, h\\ c\ cir fami-
lies who have this or any
type of criminal in their
family should also do the
right thing and turn them in
to the proper authorities.
Protecting/ covering up for
these people is what causes
the crime rate in our coun-
try to continuously rise."
"Sandra" said she does
not agree that such a reg-
istry would be useful. "I
don't think the registry
would work at this time
because most of the offend-
ers are known to the victims
- eg mother's boyfriend,
neighbours and relatives. In
most cases the crime is only
reported to exact some sort
of revenge for a relation-
ship gone wrong for other
reasons besides the act itself
- which is such a shame.
The social decay in this
country is so deep that it's
difficult to know where to
start to correct it."


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drivers.
gerous situation when driving," he
said.
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without due care and attention
technically bans texting while dri-
ving, Mr Rahming said the law does
not specifically prohibit drivers


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va Fernandez, the Ambassador of Spain to the Bahamas to discuss tourism and en
opportunities for co-operation. The men are pictured after the meeting, when M
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FREEPORT - Although road
deaths on Grand Bahama are down
this year, Road Traffic and police
officials are very concerned about
the high number of accidents.
A senior police officer reported
that more than 900 road accidents
were recorded here between Janu-
ary 1 and October 20, as a result
of which seven people died and 266
sustained minor injuries.
During a press conference on
Wednesday, Deputy Controller of
Road Traffic Basil Rahming said
he is particularly concerned about
the use of cell phones by drivers.
"It is impossible to be texting and
paying a degree of attention that is
expected of a reasonable and pru-
dent driver - it creates a very dan-


from using cell phones.
"It is up to the driver not to be
distracted. We have had instances
in the past where persons were
killed in accidents because they
allowed themselves to be distracted
on the cell phone," he said.
"We are experiencing an unac-
ceptably high rate of road accidents
and we are very concerned, and
give thanks to God that the fatality
rate is not higher at this time," Mr
Rahming said.
The police also said they are con-
cerned about persons driving under
the influence of alcohol and drugs.
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passed enabling officers to use
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Senior Justice Allen told
the jury: "We are very con-
cerned, in the interest of jus-
tice, that it does not appear
that there has been a com-
munication from the jury
room. Justice must not only
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Outside the courtroom,
Bridgewater was swarmed by
family members and support-
ers who subsequently went
into chants of "Pleasant,
Pleasant" as they moved on
to Bank Lane.
Bridgewater's attorney
Murrio Ducille told reporters:
"We were ready for the ver-
dict. I know that we would
have won. Everything is pos-
itive. There has been
absolutely no evidence to
implicate this lady or Light-
bourne for that matter."
Mr Ducille said he is pre-
pared for a retrial but has no
idea when that would be. He
said he would not comment
on how the possible leak of
the verdict came about.
"There is no evidence as to
where that came from," he
said.
Mr Travolta's attorney
Michael Ossi told reporters
he was happy with Senior Jus-
tice Allen's decision to dis-
charge the jury.
When asked whether Mr
Travolta would be prepared
to return to testify at the retri-
al Mr Ossi said: "We are fully
cooperating with the prose-
cution.
"We are committed to see-
ing this through, and we are
committed to seeing justice
served. Whatever the prose-
cution asks us to do is exactly
what we will do.
"We would have liked to
have seen a verdict rendered
today but we would like to
see justice served."
Attorney Carlson Shurland
said: "Unfortunately the
announcement at the con-
vention compromised the
integrity of the jury room and
after five weeks of serious
advocacy it's very disappoint-
ing. We are very confident
that at the end of the day our
client will be vindicated."
Mr Shurland said he will
seek to have the retrial held in
Freeport.
Around 9.30pm last night,
hundreds at the PLP conven-
tion were whipped into a fren-
zy by an overly enthusiastic
Mr Forbes who prematurely
exclaimed: "Pleasant is a free
woman PLPs! Pleasant is a
free woman PLPs! God is


good PLPs! Pleasant is a free
woman! God still reigns
PLPs!"
The convention exploded
in an impromptu dance to the
song "Oh Happy Day" while
the jury was still deliberating.
The session chairman
mounting the podium after
Mr Forbes' speech had to
apologise for whatever con-
fusion the MP's pronounce-
ment caused.
And late last night the PLP
issued an official apology. A
statement read: "Last evening
in the course of an address at
our annual national general
convention, it was announced
that former Senator Pleasant
Bridgewater had been acquit-
ted. The announcement was
incorrect. We give an unqual-
ified apology. This was not
intended to interfere with the
administration of justice."
Before being sent to delib-
erate yesterday, the jury in
the John Travolta trial were
told yesterday they had to be
certain that ex-PLP Senator
Pleasant Bridgewater and for-
mer ambulance driver Tari-
no Lightbourne agreed
together to extort money
from the star.
In her summing up, Senior
Justice Anita Allen told the
nine-member jury a "threat"
is simply an expression of an
intention to do something,
and if they believed there was
no threat, then the accused
could not be found guilty of
attempted extortion.
Bridgewater and Light-
bourne are accused of
attempting to extort, and con-
spiring to extort $25 million
from American actor John
Travolta between January 2
and 20 by means of a threat.
They deny the charges.
Senior Justice Allen told
the jury they had to be cer-
tain the pair agreed together
to extort money from Mr Tra-
volta, 55, stating they could
not convict one on the con-
spiracy charge and acquit the
other.
On the abetment to extor-
tion charge against Ms
Bridgewater alone, Senior
Justice Allen told the jury
they could not find Bridge-
water guilty of both attempt-


ed extortion as well as abet-
ment to extortion.
She told them to consider
the abetment charge against
her only after considering the
attempted extortion charge.
She told the jury that only if
they found her not guilty on
the attempted extortion
charge, could they consider
the charge of abetment to
extortion.
The prosecution had
alleged that after Jett Travol-
ta, 16, had died of a seizure on
January 2, contact was made
with certain individuals to
convey a threat to Mr Tra-
volta, regarding the release to
the media of a refusal of treat-
ment form bearing his signa-
ture.
The form releases medical
personnel who attend to
patients in their care of any
liability if they are not taken
to the hospital.
When Mr Travolta took the
witness stand, he testified he
had been informed that the
release document he signed,
and stories connected to the
document, which would imply
that he was in some way cul-
pable in the death of his son,
would be released to the
media if money was not paid.
The defence contended
however that there had been
no threat or demand but
rather a "negotiation" for the
purchase of a document
which Mr Lightbourne had in
his possession.
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Senior Justice Allen told
the jury that lawyers are not
immune to the law if they do
any act which amounts to a
criminal offence, whether on
their own or in representing a
client. Lightbourne's defence
said he had made no threat
or demand and described him
as an opportunist and not an
extortionist.
Both accused made
unsworn statements to the
jury proclaiming their inno-
cence and the judge said it
was for the jury to determine
whether they were of any evi-
dential value and what weight
to be given to them. She also
told them that even if they
did not believe a word the
accused had said, they still
had to be satisfied on the evi-
dence of the prosecution that
they had committed the
offences.
She reminded the jury
they had to accept her direc-
tions on the law, and that
their role was to decide on
the facts. She noted that the
case is perhaps one of the
most high profile ever in the
Bahamas but told the jury
they were not to have any
regard to the media publicity.
She ordered them not to have
any sympathy for the victim
(Mr Travolta) nor the
accused, and also told them
they should not have any prej-
udice towards them.
"This case is not about pol-
itics. This is not about them
against us," Senior Justice
Allen said.
She told the jury they
should not reject the evidence
of PLP senator Allyson May-
nard Gibson and Mr Tra-
volta's attorney Michael
McDermott on the basis that
they had assisted the police.
She told the jury that there
was nothing in the law that
prohibited such actions.
The prosecution had
brought video and audio
taped conversations between
McDermott and the accused
in a covert operation as evi-
dence in the trial.
The defence claimed that
Mr Travolta had given birth
to extortion and was an
untruthful witness.
Senior Justice Allen told
the jury that the accused
could be found guilty by a two
thirds majority of 6-3 or 9-0.











The Bahamas and the deatl penalty


By LARRY SMITH

Let the punishment
with the offence.


be equal

-- Cicero


"In the end, it is the poor who
are selected to die."
-- Sister Helen Prejean


A T A College of the
Bahamas seminar
recently, I sat next to a first-
year law student who had a
degree in criminal justice from
an American college. When
asked what should be done to
address crime, the first word
out of her mouth was "hang-
ing".
And it appears that most
preachers are also firmly in
favour of the death penalty,
although it flies in the face of
everything written in the New
Testament. Indeed, some would
have no objection to turning
the clock back centuries and
making executions into a public
spectacle.
"Criminals now have no fear
of the law and no regard for
human life, and we can no
longer remain philosophical
about sending the strongest
message to the criminal ele-
ment in our society," said the
chairman of the National Advi-
sory Council on Crime, Bish-
op Simeon Hall, recently. "We
need to hang a few."
But there are strong argu-
ments that the death penalty in
and of itself does not deter
crime. Many experts believe
such a punishment is only effec-
tive if it is applied with certain-
ty and without delay. And the
gross inefficiency of our judi-
cial system blunts any perceived
connection between the crime
and the penalty.
According to one report that
examined capital punishment
in Trinidad and Tobago: "The
evidence suggests that the prob-
lem faced by law enforcement is
to increase the certainty of pun-
ishment. The occasional and
long delayed mandatory sen-
tence to death is very unlikely
to add weight to the deterrent
effectiveness of a poorly-
enforced criminal law."
This report concluded that
"the problem of high and esca-
lating lethal violence in
Trinidad and Tobago cannot
be 'fixed' by executing occa-
sionally a tiny fraction of those
who commit murder. The solu-
tion must lie in tackling the eco-
nomic and social conditions that
have given rise to the problem,
and the cultural factors that
support the use of deadly force
as a means of resolving dis-
putes".
Much the same could be said
here, where the political class is
probably more sophisticated
than the wider public on the
hanging issue. For example,
Hubert Ingraham and Perry
Christie have found it politic to
support hanging during periods
of public outcry against crime,
but many suspect they are not
expressing their true feelings.
The official position is that
capital punishment is the law
of the land, and the law will be
allowed to take its course. But
the argument is made by some
that this is double-speak.
According to defence lawyer
Wayne Munroe: "If the gov-
ernment was serious it would
know what is open to litigation
on the death penalty and move
to engage these points.
"If you want to hang, you
have to take positive steps to
limit appeals. You need legis-
lation prescribing uniform sen-
tencing, as was recommended
by the 1999 criminal justice task
force, but the politicians don't
have the will to do it. They are
just stringing the public along."
In 2006, FNM cabinet minis-
ter Carl Bethel said much the
same thing when he was in
opposition, noting that if then
Prime Minister Perry Christie
wanted capital punishment (as
Mr Christie claimed he did) "he
would have to bring some laws
to parliament". Presumably
that is still the case, but we
don't see any such laws ema-
nating from the Ingraham gov-
ernment either.
There were 17 murderers on
death row in 2006, when the
Privy Council abolished the
mandatory death sentence in
the Bahamas. This meant that
every prisoner had to be re-sen-
tenced. But since then only four
cases have been reviewed,
according to National Security
Minister Tommy Turnquest,
and they have all been
appealed, so there will be no
hangings anytime soon.
"We will follow (the Privy
Council rulings) that the death
sentence is not mandatory and


that there has to be a sentenc-
ing hearing for all those who


were sentenced to death with-
out such a hearing," Tunquest
told me. "During the re-sen-
tencing, the judges wil be look-
ing at the cases again, as well as
the length of time already
served, and they are passing a
variety of different sentences.
There is no need to change the
laws in my view."
According to Turnquest:
"The four cases that have had
hearings where the death penal-
ty has been handed down again
are all now under appeal and
therefore the government can-
not carry out the death sen-
tence. Every citizen is entitled
to exhaust all avenues of
appeal. Once the appeal at any
level is dismissed the govern-
ment can proceed. In some
instances, if the government
doesn't proceed, the convict
would not move forward with
appeals to the next level."
Fifty men have been hanged
here since 1929. Five under the
previous Ingraham administra-
tion; 13 under the Pindling gov-
ernment; and the remainder
between 1929 and 1967. The
last man to be hanged was
David Mitchell, in January
2000. Another man was sched-
uled for execution at the same
time, but he committed suicide
first.
Our annual murder rate last
year was 21 per 100,000 - in the
same league as Russia. And
there have been about a thou-
sand murders in the Bahamas
since 1990, not including
attempted killings or causing
grievous harm. A year ago, for-
mer police prosecutor Keith
Bell said the justice system itself
was the biggest obstacle to
crime reduction, and the only
way to address it was for politi-
cians of all parties to agree on a
priority agenda for legal reform.
"One third of accused mur-
derers are out on bail, including
those accused of up to 10 mur-
ders," Bell said. "The statistics
and reports are all there. We
know what is happening. The
only question is who is going
to be next. Why are we still
charging people with murder
when we know that capital pun-
ishment cannot be applied? We
should amend the law to pro-
vide for degrees of killing to
make it easier to convict, and
implement a system of plea bar-
gaining."
Many people argue that
there needs to be clarity as far
as the death penalty is con-
cerned, and few would deny
that comprehensive legal
reforms to address our sky-
rocketing crime rate are long
overdue. In fact, they have been
prescribed by any number of
experts and consultative bod-
ies since at least the 1990s.
But in my view, we should
be sceptical about the death
penalty for two main reasons -
the certainty of miscarriages of
justice, and the historical use of
executions by those in power
for the suppression of dissent.
Leaders of slave and peasant
revolts present important exam-
ples in this regard. And as
Amnesty International notes,
capital punishment is "the ulti-
mate, irreversible denial of
human rights".
Ever since the 7th century
BC, when Greece's Draconian
legal code made death the only
penalty for every crime, the
world has been moving away
from capital punishment. More
than a hundred countries have
abolished the death penalty in
law or in practice - the United
States and Japan being the only
developed democracies that still
carry out judicial killings.
Until the late 19th century,
the "long drop" (as hanging
was known) was the penalty for
hundreds of crimes - including
shoplifting, poaching and
"being in the company of gyp-
sies". But these days, the death
penalty is reserved for the most
serious offences - like aggra-
vated murder or treason - and
capital punishment is viewed
by most countries as an excep-
tion to be accompanied by
stringent safeguards.
Perhaps the best (or worst)
argument against the death
penalty is the certainty that
innocent people will be execut-
ed, and there is no possible way
of compensating them for this
miscarriage of justice. In fact,
one of the last people hanged in
Britain was a mentally-handi-
capped teenager who was later
awarded a posthumous pardon.
In America, most of those
executed could not afford a tri-
al lawyer. And studies have also


shown the death penalty to be
racially biased. For example, in
Florida, experts say a black man
convicted of killing a white man
is five times more likely to
receive a death sentence than a
white man convicted of killing
another white man.
A study of hundreds of crim-
inal cases in which the convict-
ed person was exonerated sug-
gests there are thousands of
innocent people in American
prisons today. And the leading
causes of wrongful convictions
for murder were false confes-
sions and perjury by co-defen-
dants, informants, police offi-
cers or forensic scientists.
Despite the clear risk that
this could happen to any of us
at any time, most Bahamians
and other CARICOM nation-
als share a biblical attachment
to execution as a response to
violent crime. But judges have
been chipping away at the prac-
tice for years.
By most accounts it is highly
unlikely that a handful of exe-
cutions following years of delay
will have any real effect, par-


TOUGH CALL


ticularly on the people whom
we would most like to be
deterred - like serial killers,
sadistic rapists and drugs
barons. And these particular
criminals are the least likely to
be executed anyway. The serial
killers will be found insane and
the drug barons will use any
means to avoid conviction,
including witness intimidation.
So, if we are really serious in
our desire to reduce crime
through harsher punishments
alone, we must be prepared to
execute every criminal who
commits a capital crime irre-
spective of their sex, age (above
the legal minimum) alleged
mental state or background.
Defences and appeals must be
limited by statute, and there
can be no reprieves.
Executions must be carried
out without delay and with suf-
ficient publicity to get the mes-
sage across to other similarly
minded people. For capital pun-
ishment to really reduce crime,
everyone of us must realise that
we will personally and without
doubt be put to death if we
commit particular crimes, and
that there can be absolutely no
hope of reprieve.
There is also the argument
that if we continue to do little or
nothing about persistent juve-
nile offenders, and then apply
the death penalty consistently,
we may be consigning many to


death penalty, which precludes
the possibility of a lesser sen-
tence regardless of the circum-
stances, is inconsistent with the
prohibition of cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment or pun-
ishment.
But many still believe there is
no substitute for the best
defence. Capital punishment
not only forever bars murderers
from killing again, it offers
some retribution for their terri-
ble crimes. It would also save
money that could, perhaps, be
spent on better things than
keeping killers in prison.
According to Lord Denning,
one of the most celebrated
British judges of the 20th cen-
tury: "It is a mistake to consid-
er the objects of punishments as
being a deterrent or reforma-
tive or preventive and nothing
else. The truth is that some
crimes are so outrageous that
society insists on adequate pun-
ishment, because the wrongdo-
er deserves it, irrespective of
whether it is a deterrent or
not."
If that is the case, it is incum-
bent upon our leaders to speak
clearly on this issue and then
do what is necessary to achieve
the desired outcome.

What do you think?
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Island ready to export 1 million medical technician for years before opening a
dive shop in Rhode Island, helped lift Tyre onto
cases of rum to post-embargo US a dinghy, where he led rescue efforts including
CPR. The 1999 drowning was initially ruled an
HAVANA accident. But authorities in the British Virgin
Islands later charged Swain with murder after a
Cuba is ready to ship 1 million cases of rum to 2006 civil trial in his home state found him
America if Washington eases its 47-year-old responsible. He was extradited to Tortola the
embargo, but would hold off exporting its flagship following year and has been in jail here since.
Havana Club brand because of U.S. trademark Prosecutors allege Swain killed his 46-year-
battles, one of the island's top rum executives old wife so he could pursue a romance with
said Wednesday. U.S. trade sanctions have cost another woman, and because the couple's
said Wednesday. U.S. trade sanctions have cost prenuptial agreement denied him money if they
Cuba's rum industry $95 million annually in lost prenuptial agreement denied him money if they
Cubales rumand additional spending to import n annually n lost divorced. Experts have testified that they believe
sales and additional spending to import produc- Swain wrestled Tyre from behind, tore off her
tion materials including glass bottles and machin- mask and shut off her air supply.
ery from Europe instead of from its neighbor to Swain has always maintained his innocence
the north, said Juan Gonzalez, vice president of and his defense lawyers have said they will show
Cuba Ron SA, the communist state's rum pro- the drowning was a "tragic accident."
duction monopoly.
Cuban rums can't be sold in the United States,
but they are available in more than 120 countries, Bermuda PesoPt voted 'world top 500'
Gonzalez said, noting that the company sold 4 h p ial mi
million cases in 2008. Of that, Havana Club hotel to partially close amid crisis
counts for all but about half a million cases.
The global financial crisis should cut into sales BERMUDA
this year, but Cuba still hopes sell 5 million cas-
es a year by 2013, Gonzalez said. The government A posh Bermuda resort named one of the
does not release figures on revenue. Cuba's world's top 500 hotels this year will close its cen-
domestic rum market is its top customer, fol- tury-old main building because the economic cri-
lowed by Spain, France, Greece, Chile and Rus- sis has sapped tourism to the island. Elbow Beach
sia. Gonzalez said the United States accounts Hotel will lay off about 160 employees by the end
for 40 percent of the global rum market. of November as it shutters 131 rooms and out-
sources food and beverage services, Mandarin
Oriental Hotel Group spokeswoman Danielle
US man accused of killing wife on DeVoe said Wednesday.
scuba trip describes rescue efforts "It's fair to say that current business levels are
challenging globally," she said.
The hotel's 1908 pastel-yellow building will
TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands remain closed for several years. Hotel officials
hope to renovate it during that time, although no
A Rhode Island man accused of drowning his details have been specified, DeVoe said.
wife during a 1999 scuba-diving trip choked back Elbow Beach will still operate 98 luxury suites
emotions as he described the deadly dive in court and cottages, said Frank Stocek, the hotel's gen-
Wednesday, saying he cried over her lifeless body eral manager. The resort made its debut on Trav-
after his efforts to save her failed. el + Leisure magazine's list of the world's top
David Swain, 53, who faces a maximum penal- 500 hotels this year. Mandarin Oriental has man-
ty of life in prison if convicted, testified that he aged it since 2000. Rates range from $300 to
had "no idea" how Shelly Tyre drowned during more than $800 a night. Bermuda, a British ter-
the dive in British Virgin Islands waters. He said ritory several hundred miles northeast of Florida,
they descended together and then parted ways at has seen a nearly 20 percent drop in tourists
a shipwreck. After he surfaced, he heard anoth- through June, compared to the same period last
er diver shouting for help and clutching his wife's year, according to the Caribbean Tourism Orga-
body. Swain, who had worked as an emergency nization.



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DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL DONATION: Pictured from left to right: Adi Kaniel, DI representative; Kevin
Hanna, DI representative; Dr F Montero, Neonatal Department, PMH; Renee Knowles, DI representative;
Dr Steve Lochan, Neonatal Department, PMH; Patsy Morris, PMH; Jennifer Sands, PMH; Thelma Rolle,
PMH Foundation; Michele Rassin, Doctors Hospital


Corporate donations made


to 'Breathe Easy' Campaign


CORPORATE partners con-
tinue to support the "Breathe
Easy Campaign" benefitting the
Princess Margaret Hospital's
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Earmarked for high risk, pre-
mature, low birth-weight, or crit-
ically ill newborns, the "Breathe
Easy Campaign" is a nationwide
fund-raiser that will provide ven-
tilators designed to breathe for a
newborn who is physically
unable to do so. The donated
ventilators will support breathing
until the infant's respiratory
efforts are sufficient.
The latest community citi-
zens to support the cause, Dia-
monds International employees,
made a collection in support of
the Breathe Easy Campaign and
Diamonds International
Bahamas matched the funds for
a total cheque presentation in
the amount of $2,000.
Diamonds International mar-
keting manager Renea Knowles
said: "The entire team at Dia-
monds International felt that it
was important to lend support
to such a worthy cause. We are
encouraging other organizations
to become involved and do their
part in helping the programme
to reach their goal."
Long-standing Bahamian
bank and community partner
Royal Bank of Canada was also
presented a cheque to the
Breathe Easy Campaign in the
amount of $2,000.
Hope Sealy of the RBC
Financial Group said: "We are
delighted to continue our tradi-


MANDY'S FRENCH BAKERY DONATION: Pictured from left to right:
Mandy Yuen, Mandy's French Bakery and Michele Rassin, president
of Rotary Club of East Nassau


tion of contributing to the
Bahamas; the donation to the
Breathe Easy Campaign is
another way for RBC to give
back to the community in a tan-
gible way that will have a life-
saving impact for the premature
babies at the Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital."
In addition to the larger cor-
porate sponsors, the first French
Bakery in the Bahamas,
Mandy's French Bakery, donat-
ed $500 to the campaign.
Owner Mandy Yuen said:
"We are proud to be supporters
of the effort to improve health-
care in the Bahamas and the
Bahamian community."
Organised by the Tribune


Media Group, the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, Tile King, Doc-
tors Hospital, Bahamas Realty,
and the Rotary Club of East
Nassau, to date the campaign
has topped the halfway mark
with approximately $166,935
being raised, the goal being
$300,000.
The first two ventilators have
already arrived at the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
Persons interested in making a
donation towards the campaign
should contact the Tribune
Media Group, Doctors Hospi-
tal or the Tile King, or drop off a
check made payable to the
"Princess Margaret Hospital
Foundation", Breathe Easy
Campaign.


RBC DONATION: Pictured from left to right: Neonatal Nurses from PMH; Hope Sealy, RBC; Michele
Rassin and Joanne Lowe from the Rotary Club of East Nassau

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iLii^OC,,L, iNn I ,1 ,v^^EWS I


"I THINK the nominating process was exciting. I think it
was good for the democracy of the party seeing that there
were so many people nominating for so many positions.
This suggests that the party is alive and well and that people
are enthused by the prospects of serving the people through
the PLP and hopefully one day serving the nation again."
"I think my chances are as good anybody else who is in
the race. I think there is an undercurrent in the convention
for change. I think people want things done differently
even those who have had an opportunity to serve currently
are promising that they will change so obviously they have
gotten the message from the electorate so we just have to
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FROM page one
secure a better chance of
victory, there are reports
from the convention floor
that the respective candi-
dates have formed alliances
with deputy leadership can-
didates and even those in


the race for chairman.
Some stalwarts suggest
Mr Christie had teamed up
with PLP MP Philip 'Brave'
Davis and former MP
Bradley Roberts, while oth-
ers say the former prime
minister has thrown his sup-
port behind West End and


Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe and Glenys Hanna-
Martin.
Dr Nottage is receiving
significant support from the
party's delegates who spec-
ulate that he might be
inclined to support Mr
Davis or even Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald for
deputy.
Whoever wins must be
prepared to fight for the
hearts and minds of unde-
cided voters, senior party
members say.
"We need to fight for
change in this party," said
one stalwart last night. "The
PLP as a whole needs to
realise that we have to fight
for those undecided / swing
voters out there who are
looking to us to mature as
an organisation and use this


THE convention
floor was reportedly a
scene of raw emotions
and frayed nerves yes-
terday.
TRIBUNE sources
said that among the
many anxious politi-
cians was party leader
Perry Christie, who
was spied off to one
side whispering ani-
matedly with party
chairman Glenys Han-
na-Martin.
Mrs Hanna-Martin
had reportedly pulled
Mr Christie aside to
ask why he brought
back former chairman
Bradley Roberts to run
against her.
It is not known what
Mr Christie said, but
he reportedly seemed
flustered and extreme-
ly agitated, using vigor-
ous body language and
gestures.
Whatever the party
leader communicated
reportedly upset the
chairman, who some
said had tears in her
eyes after the conver-
sation.

opportunity to make some
concrete developments
within our organisation.
"We don't need to appeal
or appease our base. They
will be voting PLP anyhow.
It is the young voter - the
young educated voter who
will decide the way this next
election will swing."
PLP delegate Laurence
Harrison said that Mr
Christie and Mr Wilch-
combe are the right men for
the job.
"Mr Christie is a good
man. He has done well and
I feel that he deserves a
chance. He said he is in
transition with the party
which means that Mr Wilch-
combe will be that man who
Sir Lynden said he was
training to one day lead this
party into the next genera-
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no sailing competition yesterday in Mon-
tagu Bay as the 2009 Sunfish World
Championship took a break.
However, the competition will pick
back up today with a full slate of action.
Going into day three of the champi-
onships, American David M. Loring
leads the way with s total of 13.8 points.
Loring won the fifth and last race con-
tested on Tuesday.
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Marx Chirinos of Venezuela with 14.0.
American Paul-Jon Patin rounds out the
top three with 17.0.
Three-time champion Donnie Mart-
inborough tops the list of Bahamians as
he sit in 14th place with 96.0. Charles


Bahamas Fall Judo Classic

set for Saturday October 24


THE Bahamas Judo Federation will be
hosting the Bahamas Judo Fall Classic on
Saturday October 24 at Xaviers Lower
School from 5pm to 8 pm. This tournament
promises to be very exciting as the overall
level of Judo in the country has grown expo-
nentially since the beginning of the year.
Persons from Judo in Abaco will also be in
attendance. Also present will be the Spe-
cial Olympics athletes who will compete in
regular divisions. "We are looking forward to
an excellent event," Says David Rahming,
Chief Instructor of the Fox Hill Club and
Special Olympians.
Competing in the tournament will be a
number of students from the College of the
Bahamas as well as the regular Judo clubs.


Kelly is the next Bahamian in 20th place
with 112.0.

* SEE PAGE 16 FOR PHOTOS AND
PRELIMINARY RESULTS


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NATIONAL CHAMPION
Cynthia Rahming


Judo is an Olympic combat sport where the
match is determined by throwing an indi-
vidual with force and control to his or her
back and pinning them for 25 seconds.
Attending will also be Cynthia Rahming
and Taryn Butler, two top female athletes
with international credentials.
"There will be some really tough match-
es," says Phil Kemp, BJF Treasurer. " We
want to use this event to get things back
into full swing for the academic year. We
have seen that the Bahamian athletes need
more match time."
Spectator Tickets will be on sale at the
door for $10 per person. Anyone interested
in Judo may contact the Bahamas Judo Fed-
eration at 364-6773.


THE NEW PROVIDENCE PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Soccer competition held at

College of Bahamas field


THE New Providence
Public Primary Schools
kicked off its calender year
by hosting its soccer compe-
tition at the College of the
Bahamas playing field.
The tournament was com-
pleted yesterday with Yel-
low Elder and Adalaide
being crowned as the girls
and boys champions respec-
tively.
In the girls championship,
Yellow Elder, coached by
Cardinal Moncur, defeated
Garvin Tynes to complete
the season with a perfect 6-0
win-loss.


Robyn Port was named
the most valuable player.
Garvin Tynes finished with
a 5-1 record. Adalaide was
third at 4-2, while Sadie Cur-
tis was fourth at 3-3.
A total of 17 schools par-
ticipated in the division.
On the boys side,
Adalaide blanked Centre-
ville 2-0 to win the title.
They finished with a 6-0
record and surprisingly did-
n't allow any team to score
goal.
Centreville ended up in
second at 5-1, while Garvin
Tynes was third at 4-2.


A total of 24 teams par-
ticipated in the division.
League public relations
officer Frank Johnson said
the league was a very com-
petitive one and they were
very pleased with the help
they got from some of the
coaches and officials in the
Bahamas Football Associa-
tion. Johnson said they are
also looking forward to the
rest of the calender year.
During the third week of
November, Johnson said
they intend to start basket-
ball at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium.


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By BRENT STUBBS
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into a massacre as Our Lady's Blue Flames
outlasted the visiting St. Thomas More
Sparks 39-19.
The Blue Flames, the league's dormant team last year with
just one victory on their ledger, stunned the Sparks, last year's
runners-up, as the Catholic Diocesan Primary Schools basket-
ball league continued.
"I think it's going to be a very competive season," said
Rohan Parkes, coach of Our Lady's. "I watched a couple of
teams played and I think they're all going to be very tough."
Parkes, however, could put in an argument for his Blue
Flames after they pulled away from a close 15-13 deficit at
the end of the third and turned it into a blowout as they went
on a couple of scoring sprees, starting with a 6-0 run for a 23-17
lead in the fourth.
Our Lady's would go on another 8-1 spurt that extended
their lead to 31-18 and they controlled all facet of the game as
they cruised to an easy victory.
D'Angelo Mackey, who was unstoppable as he went on his
rampage, finished with a game high 24 points as he took over
in the fourth quarter, scoring two and three baskets at will.
Mackey said he was pleased with their team effort.
"We passed the ball and we laid up good," said Mackey,
not trying to take all of the spotlight. "I felt good about the way
we played. We did very good."
The 10-year-old fifth grader said this was just an indication of
what to expect this year from the Blue Flames, who worked
very hard to get ready for this year's season.
Charles Cooper also had a big game defensively for Our
Lady's, who eventually fouled out late in the fourth quarter
after he contributed seven points. Tereek Munroe added six
points.
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TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009, PAGEOR17


November 21 election


will be critical for BAAA


YOU would think
that you're getting
ready for a political cam-
paign the way Michael
'Mike' Sands and his slate
of officers have officially
launched their quest to con-
test the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associa-
tions' election of officers.
On Wednesday as they
gathered in front of the con-
struction site for the new
national stadium, Sands and
his Visionary team as they
call themselves presented
their platform slogan
dubbed: "Share the Vision."
The vision, as they've out-
lined it, states:
"To improve our standing
in the World by providing
visionary leadership through
experience, with integrity,
courage, commitment,
empathy, humility and con-
fidence, while serving ath-
letes, coaches, officials and
all stakeholders throughout
the length and breadth of
the Bahamas."
Track and field, by far, is
the most highly recognized
sport for the Bahamas on
the international scene,
based on the tremendous
performance of our athletes
and even administrators, led
by Pauline
Davis-
Thomp-
son, who
sits on the
board of
the IAAF
Council.
As such,
Sthe leader-
ship of the
sport has
to be one
that is very visible and
respected.
So the elections coming
up on November 21 will be a
very critical one for the
BAAA.
Right now there are two
persons vying for leader.
Sands will take on Curt 'Mr.
H' Hollingsworth, who
served as vice president dur-
ing Sands' last tenure in
office before he was ousted
out by a 'vote of no confi-
dence.'
The two have been insep-
arable before the turmoil
that the association experi-
enced about two years ago
and whatever the outcome
of the elections, I think it
will be incumbent on both
men to get back to that lev-
el because I think they both
have a contribution to make


sports



BASKETBALL
BBF CLINIC
The Bahamas Basketball
Federation in conjunction
with FIBA, the world gov-
erning body for basketball,
will be conducting a Mini
Basketball Clinic, for all
coaches in the Bahamas
Friday October 23rd from
5:30 pm to 8 p.m. and Sat-
urday 24th from 8:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Sir Kendal
Isaac's Gymnasium.
The cost of the clinic is
$35.00 which includes a
mini basketball book and
clinic materials.
The instructor for the
Clinic is Professor Edwin
Pefia, FIBA Certified
Instructor. The Federation
will provide participants
with "Certificates of Par-
ticipation".
Individuals who are
interested in participating
in the Clinic are asked to
contact Mr. Sean Bastian
302-4591 or email:
HYPERLINK
"mailto:snsenterpris-
es 502@hotmail.com"
snsenterprises_502@hot-
mail.com as soon as possi-
ble.


STUBBS


OPINION


in the way forward for the
association.
The new executive board
should be in office by the
time the new stadium is
completed by the Chinese
Government and by the
time the next Olympic
Games roll around in 2012
in London, England.
While Hollingsworth has
indicated that he prefer not
to get into a political foray in
the media, Sands knows
quite well that any and all
publicity generated will go
a long way in getting his
message across.
In their platform, Sands
and his executive team have
also made some promises
that they hope that they
should be accountable for,
if elected to office.
Among the list are:
* Establishment of a
National Training Center
with proper weights, equip-
ment and implements.
* Obtain increased fund-
ing from government, part-
ners and other sources based
on track and field's perfor-
mance.
* Provide cash incentives
to clubs and coaches for
home based student-ath-
letes.
* Provide training and cer-
tification opportunities for
all coaches, especially at the
primary and high school lev-
els.
* Reestablish the
Bahamas' preeminence in
the region at the Youth and


Junior competitions.
* Change meeting dates
for the BAAA to a Friday
to include Family Island
coaches and members in the
decision making process.
Those are just some of the
promises made and I'm sure
that all voting delegates will
be looking at them seriously
before they make their final
decision and if elected, they
will be holding them to each
and every one of them.
So the campaign swords
have been drawn and with
less than a month left before
the electorate go to the
polls, you can bet that there
will be a whole lot of discus-
sion on who will be the next
leader of the BAAA.
GOOD BYE MR. C
Thanks to all who took
the time out with me to offer
prayers for the late Roger
Carron.
When I got the news on
Sunday
morning that
he had passed
away, I felt a f
big void in -
my life went
away because
of the role
that Mr. C, as
he was affec-
tionately -"
called, went
away as well.
Mr. C, as I mentioned in
this column last week, was
the first boss that I came
into contact with here at The
Tribune when I joined the
staff as a budding young
reporter.
And throughout my
tenure, Mr. C was probably
the most caring and sympa-
thetic boss that I ever came
in contact with. He had a
passion for sports, but he
also had a knack for perfec-
tion and always wanted to
see the staff produce it's
best. Although he no loner
occupied the desk as the
Sports Editor, in a lot of
ways, I still considered him
to be my boss because he
always knew what was going
on and he never let a day go
back if something wasn't
covered or covered proper-
ly. I will certainly miss him.
To Mrs. Elaine Carron,
Robert and the rest of the
family, I know you've loved
a gem, but I will also cherish
the relationship and the
bond that we were able to
develop over the years.
May his soul rest in peace.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22,2009, PAGE 17






PAGE^SPORTS 18,ITHURSDAY, CTOBER22,200TRIBUNESPORT


Junior Squash finals show improvements in skill
On Saturday, October 17th the finals for
the first Junior team league squash were held P
with trophies and awards presented by the
President of the Bahamas Squash Associa-
tion, Mr. Pembroke Williams and Vice-Presi-
dent, Ms. Michele Thompson. "I
After six weeks of league competition twen-
ty junior squash players demonstrated tremen- .
dous improvements in their fitness, squash
skills and racquet control for winning shots
as well as sportsmanship on and off the court
and responsibility for scoring and refereeing
matches. I
The Berry Rain Bashers led by Christina " / " . .
Fields were the winners with a total of 73
points. In second place the Lemon Standers, ' *
captained by Dylan Davies, earned 67 points.
In third place the Green Goblins with Oliver
Euteneuer leading his team scored a total of 62
points. The most improved player award went . . I
to Aidan Adams and the best sportsperson
award was presented to Ashley Fox. ie. *




2009 softball season




closes on a high note


The Bahamas Government Departmen-
tal Softball Association closed its 2009 soft-
ball season on a very high note.
The players, spectators and fans wit-
nessed the most spectacular, keen contest-
ed, championship playoff series ever.
This year's softball season were well
attended by the fans and spectators alike.
The championship games brought people
by the groves to watch softball at its best.
There were persons standing around the
fences to ensure that they don't miss a stu-
pendous play and during all of the games
the bleachers were jammed pack.
It was predicted by many persons that
since the two best top Men Teams in the
League will square-off in the championship
series, and knowing that both ball clubs
have dynamism their playoff series defi-
nitely will go down to the wires. So said, so
done! Police Chiefs went into the champi-
onship playoff with the Men's best overall
record, but they were still considerate as the
under dogs. On the other hand, Defence
Force Floaters placed second in the Men's
overall standing but because of them cap-
turing the Men's title for seventeen con-
secutive years and with the wealth of expe-
riences under their belts, some persons
were still expecting them to capture their
eighteen (18) consecutive titles.
However, when the dust was cleared in
game number seven, the Police Chiefs came
out as the victors while it was a doomed day
for Defence Force Floaters.
The Floaters prestigious crown which
they held for so many years suddenly swept
from them just by a wink of an eye.
At the conclusion of the seventh game
everyone was stunned to see that Defence
Force Floaters winning streak came to a
halt so quickly. The championship series
left everyone saying that this was the most
unbelievable playoff series that they have
ever seen.
* Here's a summary of the games played:
Game One
The Defence Force Floaters came from
behind and nipped Police Chiefs 30-29 in a
hair- raising and a nail- biting encounter.
Reynaldo Russell was the hero for
Defence Force Floaters, he had a perfect 5-
for-5 day at the plate, scored four runs and
picked up five RBI and he had four home
runs.
Dwayne Dean did the damage for Police
Chiefs, he had a perfect plate appearances,


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as he went 5-for-5, scored four runs, picked
up two RBI and had one home-run.
Game Two
The Police Chiefs routed Defence Force
Floaters 19-9 to tie their series 1-1 in a lop-
sided affair.
The Police Chiefs came out with fire in
their eyes and bats, as they smoked-out
Defence Force Floaters 19-9.
Alcott Forbes swung the hot bat for the
Police Chiefs with a perfect 4-for-4 day
appearances. He scored four runs and
picked up five RBI. Remone Storr was the
potent batter for his team, he had a 4-for-3
day at the plate, scored two runs and picked
up one RBI.
Game three
The Police Chiefs clobbered Defence
Force Floaters 25-12 to take a commanding
2-1 lead.
Van Johnson, Godfrey Willie and Marvin
Wood had four hits a piece. Willie scored
two runs and picked up six RBI, he also had
two home runs.
Dwayne Mackey, Philip Culmer and
Thomas Williams had three hits each.
Mackey scored three runs and picked up
four RBI.
Game four
Defence Force Floaters gave Police
Chiefs a taste of their own medicine by
defeating them with identical 19-9 record as
in game two of their series, they also tied
the series 2-2.
Philip Culmer swung the hot bat for the
Floaters, he went 5-for-4 plate appearances,
scored four runs and picked up three RBI.
Van Johnson assisted his team by having a
perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate, scored one
ran and picked up two RBI.
Game five
Police Chiefs out-hit Defence Force
Floaters 20-12 to take a commanding 3-2
lead in the playoff series. Police Chiefs
came out with their bats fully loaded and
they went to work from the onset of the
game.
Alcott Forbes, Derek Sands and Mar-
vin Wood were the sluggers of the game,
they all had three hits each. Wood scored
two runs and picked up two RBI.
Dencil Clarke was the striker for
Defence Force Floaters, he had a 3-for-4
day plate appearances, scored three runs
and picked one RBI.
Game six
The Defence Force Floaters refused to


lie down and play dead, the Floaters
secured the victory by edging-out Police
Chiefs 10-9 in a squeezer to tie the series
once again 3-3 for a dead lock for the third
time in their series.
Keith Moss, Terrance Culmer and Brad
Smith had three hits each for the Floaters.
Darren Mortimer did the damage for Police
Chiefs with his perfect three-for-three day
and he scored one run.
Game seven
The Police Chiefs came out stroking
from the top of the first inning by scoring
four runs, in the bottom half, Defence
Force Floaters knowing that it was show-
time, had to come tougher than the Law
Enforcement Officers; therefore, they came
out blasting with six tallies to take an early
6-5 lead. In the Top of the second inning,
Police Chiefs refused to give up, they
smashed three runs and in the bottom half,
they were able to quiet Defence Force
Floaters bats to one run.
In the top of the third inning Police
Chiefs was allowed to score one run and
they kept the Defence Force Floaters to
one run in the bottom half. In the top of the
fourth inning, Police Chiefs scored one and
Defence Force Floaters tried to make their
move by scoring four runs to take a 11-10
lead in the bottom half of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, Police
Chiefs came up with four bigger while
Defence Force Floaters was able to sneak
one run in the bottom half.
In the top of the sixth inning, Police
Chiefs went on a hit-parade by scoring
eight more runs while keeping Defence
Force Floaters to only one run in the bot-
tom half. In the top of the seventh inning,
Police Chiefs ended Defence Force Floaters
streak of seventeen consecutive victories
and dethroning them with a 27-15 score,
damaging the Defence Force Floaters.
The Police Chiefs gave the Floaters a
taste of their own medicine by cracking
seventeen (17) home runs which helped
them to subjugate the Mariners.
The Most Valuable Players (MVPs) of
the championship games are Godfrey
Willie and Darren Mortimer.
The Executives extend congratulation
to the 2009 champions, Police Chiefs. Also
congratulation to the 2009 Runners-up,
Defence Force Floaters for a job well done
and we wish you all success for the 2010
softball season.


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Blue Flames too hot for Sparks
FROM page 15
For the St. Thomas More, after trailing 6-4 at the end of
the first and 9-8 at the half, just simply fell apart in the second
half as they only managed to score an extra 11 points. After the
game, Sparks' coach N'Komo Ferguson was dumbfounded
about his team's performance. "When you find out, you let me
know," said Ferguson when asked what happened to his team.
"I just don't know. My boys just didn't come to play."
D'Chaz Butler had five points, Rohan Kerr four and Davon
Martin, Cairo Curry, Jefferson Thomas and Carl Cooper all
chipped in with two points in the loss.
After the mid-term break this weekend, St. Thomas More will
have very little time to heal their wombs as they have to face
defending champions St. Bede's Crushers on Tuesday.
"It's really back to the drawing board," said Ferguson about
last year's championship rematch. "This is a brand new team
with just two grade six players. But if my four starters don't
come out and play like I expect them to do, then I will have no
other choice but to go with the bench. They will have to carry
us through."
Against St. Bede's, Ferguson know that they will have to
come prepared. In the league's opening game on Monday, the
Crushers crushed the Xavier's Green giants 39-5.








THE Finance Health Invaders captured the ladies
crown in Government Departmental Softball in grand
style. They waited patiently for two years to reclaim the
distinguished crown.
The Invaders did not waste any time in the postseason.
They knocked off the BTC Connectors in three shakes
to advance to the championship round, then they came
back and swept the Defence Force Waves in four straight
games.
Finance Health held the best record of 20-1 in the
ladies overall standing. This year they played every team
hard and by the scores in the scorebooks, in some
instances they showed no mercy for their opponents.
Finance Health Invaders' manager Della Davis said
that they had set their goal from the onset of the season
and if they had to scratch and crawl their way to the
number one position and to stay there then so be it.
She said that she informed her ladies, that this was
their year and in order for them to recapture the ladies'
title, they must jell together as a team, play good defense
and have a solid offence.
While Davis spoke with a big smile on her face, she stat-
ed that she was very pleased with the team's accom-
plishment this season and hoping to have a spotless record
for the 2010 softball season.
* Here's a summary of their games played:
Game one
Finance Health Invaders arrested the Defence Force
Waves 8-6 to take a 1-0 lead in their championship play-
off.
Lily Hernandez swung the hot bat with a prefect three-
for three plate appearances and she scored one run. Mary
Sweeting assisted Defence with her feverous bat, she
went 3-for-4 and scored one run in a losing effort.
Game two
In a low scoring game, Finance Health Invaders nabbed
Defence Force Waves 6-1. Keisha Pratt did the honors for
Finance with a perfect three-for -three plate appearances
and she scored two runs. Rhonda Kelly, Maryann Fowler
'and Laurel Farrington had three hits apiece in a losing
effort.
Game three
Finance Health Invaders bombarded the Defence Force
Waves 11-6 to take a 3-0 commanding lead. Renee Davis
had two hits, scored three runs and picked up one RBI.
Rhonda Kelly went 3-for-4, scored one run and picked up
one RBI in losing effort.
Game four
In a high scoring game, 15-12; Finance Health Invaders
assaulted the Defence Force Waves and swept them in
four straight games to clinch the 2009 Ladies' title.
Renee Davis and May Miller had three hits a piece.
Davis also scored three runs and two RBIs. Maryann
Fowler and Karen Darville were the offences batters for
Defence.
The Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the championship
games was Renee Davis.
The Executives extend best wishes to the reigning
champions, Finance Health Invaders and a successful
2010 season.



Police Chiefs to hold motorcade
ON Saturday, the Police Chiefs will hold a motorcade
starting from Royal Bahamas Police Force on East Street at
IO a.m. to celebrate their triumph as the new men's champi-
ons of the Bahamas Government Departmental Softball
Association.
The league is requesting all teams to come out and partici-
pate in the motorcade, which will be followed by an all-day
victory party at the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex.
The Chefs snapped the Royal Bahamas Defense Force's
17-year stranglehold of the title with a 4-3 decision in their
best-of-seven series that was concluded recently.
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Rio police expand anti-gang raids, 32 now dead


BRADLEY BROOKS,
Associated Press Writer
RIO DE JANEIRO
Police in Rio expanded a
crackdown on gangs beyond
the area hit by a wave of
killings that has claimed at
least 32 lives since the week-
end, officials said Wednesday.
The clashes came less than
three weeks after the city was
awarded the 2016 Olympic
Games. They began when a
drug gang tried to invade a
rival's territory and three
policemen were killed when
a helicopter was shot down
by gunfire over the weekend.
Subsequent firefights
between police and heavily
armed gang members have
left the affected slums in
chaos. Hundreds of residents
fled their homes overnight,
choosing to sleep in streets
away from their own neigh-
borhoods after rumors spread
that drug gangs were set to
battle again.
While the violence began


POLICE TAKE POSITIONS during an operation in search of drugs, traf-
fickers and weapons in the Vila Cruzeiro slum in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.


in a northern area near the
Maracana stadium, which will
host the Olympics' opening
and closing ceremonies, police
searching for suspects behind
the downing of the helicopter
launched operations in slums
in Rio's south and center on
Wednesday.
A police spokesman said
officers killed three suspected


Safety Director Jose Beltrame
said about the drug chiefs his
officers were hunting down.
"Many people are suffering
and feeling the pressure of
this violence."
By evening, most of the
areas were calm, but more
police operations were
expected during the night.
The International Olympic
Committee awarded Rio the
2016 games on Oct. 2.


drug traffickers during the
afternoon raids, raising the
death toll to 32. The official
spoke on condition of
anonymity, citing department
rules. In the early morning,
officers shot dead three other
suspects in northern areas of
the city. "We can't allow four
or five criminals to cause this
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know "in the next 24-
48 hours" whether its
preferred choice for
Foxwoods Develop-
ment Company to take over the Our
Lucaya Resort's management/oper-
ations, as well as its casino, is back
on track, Tribune Business was told
yesterday.
This newspaper can reveal that
the deal, which has involved three-
way negotiations between the Gov-
ernment, Foxwoods and Our
Lucaya's owner, Hong Kong-based
Hutchison Whampoa, has "come
alive again" after previously hitting
the proverbial 'brick wall' over the
issue of who would manage/operate
the hotel component.
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace,
minister of tourism and aviation,
confirmed to Tribune Business that
the Government had been in con-
tact with both Hutchison Whampoa
and Foxwoods within the last 24
hours as it moves rapidly to revive a
deal it sees as key to placing Grand
Bahama back on the resort/casi-


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having global brand clout to revive Grand Bahama tourism


no/tourism map.
Tribune Business had contacted
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace after being
told by numerous sources familiar
with the situation that the Govern-
ment's preferred solution for Our
Lucaya, namely for Foxwoods to
take over management and opera-
tions at the hotel as well as the casi-
no, had died a death.
"No, it's not dead," Mr Vander-
pool-Wallace replied. "We have
been in contact with them [Fox-
woods] this morning, and Hutchi-
son last night in Hong Kong. The
answer is that it's not dead."
The minister added that the Gov-
ernment did "not yet" know the pre-
cise nature of any agreement that
might be worked out between itself,
Foxwoods and Hutchison Wham-
poa, "but we'll get a good sense of


that in the
next 24-48
hours".
Confirming
that any deal
would not
involve "a
purchase
agreement",
where Fox-
woods would
acquire Our
Lucaya from
Hutchison
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er know what form it will take."
However, other sources familiar
with the situation told Tribune Busi-


ness that the main sticking point to
any successful agreement involving
Foxwoods was who would run/man-
age the hotel component at Our
Lucaya.
"The Government's preferred
choice is Foxwoods, because not
only will they take over the casino
but brand the hotel," one source
confirmed. "But they [Hutchison]
would prefer to lease the casino and
keep their staff in place. Foxwoods
would come in and brand it with
their own management.
"The sticking point is the way in
which the relationship would move
forward with the running of the
hotel."
In other words, Hutchison Wham-
poa would be happy with a situation
somewhat resembling the status quo,
where the casino was leased to a


third-party operator and it was able
to run and manage the hotel itself.
The Government, though, wants
Foxwoods to take over the manage-
ment of the entire complex, and use
its brand and gaming marketing
database to put Grand Bahama back
on the tourism/casino map. It would
thus seem that the key to any deal
would be for Hutchison Whampoa
to shift its position to one more in
line with the Government's think-
ing.
One source emphasised to Tri-
bune Business that Treasure Bay
Casino and Resorts Inc, the previ-
ously announced replacement for
Isle of Capri as the Our Lucaya casi-
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SEE page 8B


Construction bracing

for 'slow winter'


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian construc-
tion industry is bracing itself
for "a very slow winter", the
Bahamian Contractors Asso-
ciation's (BCA) president said
yesterday, adding that the fail-
ure to-date to bring legisla-
tion that would regulate the
industry to Parliament was in
danger of "stifling growth and
development".
Stephen Wrinkle, of Wrin-
kle Development, explained
that many Bahamian con-


tractors were currently endur-
ing a "significantly reduced"
level of work compared to
one year ago, when the
Bahamas was first experienc-
ing the chill winds of the glob-
al recession and construction
contracts from Spring 2008
were still carrying firms
through.
"The industry is very slow
at the moment," Mr Wrinkle
told Tribune Business.
"There's a few people who
have work. Banks are reluc-
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ernment have "absolutely not" maximised
their use of available grant funding sources, a
Chamber of Commerce executive told Tri-
bune Business yesterday, although he was
"pretty confident the best of the Bahamas will
be funded" in the latest European Union (EU)
sponsored round.
Hank Ferguson, who heads the Chamber's
small and medium-sized enterprises trade unit,
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preneurs who attended with the information
and skills necessary to apply for financing from


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of financing available to Bahamian businesses,
especially during a period when traditional
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from commercial banks - has seemingly all
but dried up. Yet Bahamian companies and
entrepreneurs have frequently failed to access
and exploit this financing when it has been
available.
"Absolutely not," replied Mr Ferguson,
when asked whether Bahamian companies
had exploited grant funding opportunities to
the full.
"The biggest challenge is that most Bahami-
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Association (BREA) is "com-
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plans to submit to the Government over its proposed Planning
and Subdivisions Bill, its president said yesterday, adding that his
members main concern was that the suggested approval process
could frustrate "good developers".
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By DAVID KOENIG
AP Airlines Writer


DALLAS (AP) - Airlines value
premium travelers above other cus-
tomers, letting them board first, eat
a meal, and order a cocktail with-
out whipping out a credit card.
Many of them are business travel-
ers who fly frequently and often pay
higher last-minute fares than the
jeans-and-T-shirt crowd on the way
to see grandma. Anyone who ques-
tions why airlines treat business trav-
elers nicely only needs to look at the
carriers' third-quarter financial
reports.
On Wednesday, American Air-
lines parent AMR Corp. reported
that it lost $359 million in the third
quarter, and Continental Airlines
Inc. posted an $18 million loss. Those
results followed losses in the last few
days reported by Southwest Airlines
Co. and United parent UAL Corp.
That news, and oil prices above
$81 a barrel, dragged down airline
stocks. Continental and AMR shares
fell more than 11 per cent in after-
noon trading.
Overall traffic is picking up. Planes
were mostly full over the summer
vacation period and through Sep-
tember.
But revenue at the biggest airlines
plunged about one-fifth from the
levels of summer 2008, largely
because business travelers stayed
home, grounded by cutbacks in cor-
porate travel during the recession.


AN AMERICAN AIRLINES jet plane takes off at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. American's parent, AMR Corp., on
Wednesday said it lost about $300 million in the third quarter.
(AP Photo: Damian Dovarganes)


Airline executives refused to pre-
dict when demand for travel - and
higher prices - might come back.
"We are bumping along the bot-
tom," Continental President Jeff
Smisek said Wednesday. "I can't tell
you when the recovery will come or
how quickly or at what rate business
travel will return ... the recovery
seems to be quite slow."
The day before, United President
John Tague said there was no chance
airlines could return to earlier rev-
enue levels until they can recapture
high-paying customers.


Basili Alukos, an airline analyst
at Morningstar, said United is the
most heavily dependent on premium
passengers - business travelers and
international customers - but that
many airlines are feeling the effect.
He said there has been a permanent
change in travel habits, including
more business travelers buying
cheaper tickets in coach.
Alukos said some premium pas-
sengers will return as the economy
improves and companies employ
more people who need to travel,
"but everyone is going to try to hold


down their costs."
It's hard to know how many pas-
sengers are flying for business versus
pleasure. Southwest has said that in
good times, at least 40 per cent of its
customers are business travelers. It
may be higher at other airlines.
Alukos estimates that a little more
than half of US passengers are trav-
eling on business.
At AMR, traffic in the third quar-
ter fell about six per cent, but rev-
enue plummeted 20 per cent. The
company blamed a drop-off in busi-
ness travel and low fares to entice


leisure customers to American, the
nation's second-largest carrier.
AMR's $359 million loss com-
pared with profit of $31 million in
the third quarter of 2008, when the
Fort Worth-based company sold its
investment business.
Houston-based Continental, the
No. 4 US airline, lost $18 million,
which was a big improvement over
the $230 million loss a year earlier,
when jet fuel prices were roughly 50
per cent higher.
Revenue plunged 20.2 per cent,
to $3.32 billion, despite a traffic
downturn of less than one per cent.
Weak sales cut across all of Conti-
nental's markets, with trans-Atlantic
business particularly sluggish.
However, Continental is betting
on improvement next year. After
two years of cutting capacity by elim-
inating flights or using smaller air-
craft, the airline expects to increase
capacity next year by between 1.5
per cent and 2.5 per cent, with all
the extra flying on international
routes.
While larger carriers posted losses
for the quarter, low-fare AirTran
Airways said Wednesday it earned
$10.4 million, although revenue fell
11 per cent, to $597.4 million. A year
ago, the company lost $94.6 million.
AirTran has been dropping
unprofitable routes and executives of
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tures, and the impact of the
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air arrivals down by 14.7 per
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regarded as a 'danger thresh-
old' by the likes of the Inter-
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(IMF). The government debt
to government revenue ratio
is projected by Moody's to
peak at 237.4 per cent this
year, before declining to 234.6
per cent in 2010.
The Wall Street rating
agency added that the Gov-
ernment's success in manag-
ing the Bahamas through the
current worldwide recession
and economic crisis "without
incurring a deep and sus-
tained deterioration in rela-
tive credit metrics" was criti-
cal to maintaining a stable
outlook on its sovereign rat-
ing.
Explaining its decision to
downgrade the Bahamas'
local currency bond rating,
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to-GDP ratio was anticipat-
ed to increase by 15 percent-
age points in the three years
to 2010.
"The erosion of the coun-
try's main debt metrics, with
debt-to-GDP projected to
reach close to 50 per cent by
2010, from 35 per cent in 2007,
further justify the A3 as the
appropriate level for both
bond ratings," Moody's said.
"Long-term growth lower
than that of its rating peers
also weighed on the decision
to align the bond ratings at
A3. The Bahamas' two main
industries, tourism and finan-
cial services, have been


impacted by the world crisis
and will find it difficult to
recover strongly in the near
future."
Moody's kept the outlook
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reaffirmed the Aal country
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REALTORS, from 1B
Bill. We're compiling some stuff for
the minister, and hopefully he will
look at it and make some changes."
The move follows on from last
week's meeting at which Dr Earl
Deveaux, minister of the environ-
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the likely impact of the new Bill.
Mr Wong told Tribune Business
his members' main concern was the
requirement for all stakeholders,
including neighboring landowners,
to be consulted on any proposed sub-
divisions earmarked for their areas,
so they had an opportunity to voice
their concerns.
While welcoming the consultative
approach, Mr Wong said: "I think a
lot of nutcases will come out, and a


lot of good subdivisions and good
developers will be delayed and frus-
trated. That's the concern of a lot of
members.
"How's that going to affect the pro-
ject moving along - there are so many
weeks for this, so many weeks for
that. That has to be looked at again.
Before a developer buys and devel-
ops the land, it's conditional on get-
ting the approval of the neighbours."
Mr Wong suggested the Bill need-
ed to contain some "checks and bal-
. n. , 'to ensure bona fide developers
were not unduly delayed by frivolous
and vexatious complaints, or vested
interests.
Time is often money, especially
where real estate developments are
concerned, and any undue delays in
the approvals process will likely deter


future developers from proceeding
with their projects - especially if they
have vast sums of money tied up in
large tracts of land they cannot devel-
op.
However, Mr Wong acknowledged
that the Bill was "going to rein in
those cowboys, those unscrupulous
developers" who sold lots, took client
money and then failed to deliver on
what they had promised, namely fail-
ing to put in proper roads and utili-
ties.
"Some parts of it are very good,
but there are concerns that Dr
Deveaux will listen to. I think he'll lis-
ten to us and we'll get this stuff sort-
ed out," Mr Wong told Tribune Busi-
ness.
Meanwhile, the BREA president
disclosed that he met Ian Rolle, the


Grand Bahama Port Authority's
(GBPA) president, on Wednesday
in a bid to resolve the situation where
the Port was issuing real estate
licences to persons operating in
Freeport.
BREA's own position is that it
should be the sole licensing authority
for realtors operating throughout the
Bahamas, including in Freeport, and
the GBPA licensing of realtors was
creating unfair competition and leav-
ing consumers exposed.
"We'll have some more conversa-
tions, so hopefully we can resolve this
situation with the Port," Mr Wong
told Tribune Business. "We had a
good conversation and I'm very
encouraged."
Mr Wong had previously said the
issue was causing BREA's 70-plus


members in Freeport and Grand
Bahama "a lot of frustration and a
lot of stress, and it's been going on for
at least the last 10 years."
The BREA president said that for
the last four to five years, the organ-
isation had been trying to get the Port
Authority to recognize it as the only
licensing body for realtors in Grand
Bahama and Freeport, but without
success.
Mr Wong said BREA's position
was that the 1995 Real Estate Act
empowered it as the sole boy to
licence practising realtors through-
out the Bahamas - including Freeport
and Grand Bahama. The profession,
he added, had been placed on par
with the likes of architects, doctors
and attorneys in terms of being able
to self-regulate.


WINTER, from 1B
tant to lend money right now,
and business people are reluc-
tant to invest right now.
"Everyone is in a wait and
see mode, and the work is not
there. What we're seeing is
renovations and add-ons, as
opposed to new builds. It's


slow; it's real slow.
"This time last year, we
were just starting to feel it.
The level of work has reduced
significantly from a year ago,
because a lot of that work
started that Spring."
With no indications emerg-
ing yet that the US economy
was beginning to recover from


the depths of the current
recession, Mr Wrinkle added:
"All indications are that we
will have a very slow Winter.
"Hopefully, Baha Mar will
go ahead in the New Year
and hire more people. The
airport is moving nicely, and
Albany has been able to sell
some lots, but generally


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speaking across the industry
it's pretty tough."
The BCA president said
Baha Mar had been asking
Bahamian contractors to
again pre-qualify for con-
struction contracts on its pro-
posed Commercial Village,
the site where it hopes to relo-
cate all the banks, govern-
ment buildings and the Straw
Market currently lining West
Bay Street.
Mr Wrinkle said that,
assuming Baha Mar was able
to close its agreements with


the two Chinese state-owned
entities and proceed with the
$2.6 billion project, the BCA's
understanding was that all
work outside the scope of the
main resort/casino/convention
campus would go out to bid
by Bahamian companies.
Meanwhile, Mr Wrinkle
said the BCA had been work-
ing with the relevant govern-
ment ministries and the
Bahamas Technical and
Vocational Institute (BTVI)
to put together a curriculum
for the latter's planned con-


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struction management pro-
gramme, plus the 'grandfa-
thering seminars' to educate
contractors on the licensing
requirements of the Contrac-
tors Bill.
"We were trying to do
something before Christmas,
but it's not looking likely it's
going to happen," Mr Wrinkle
said of the seminars. "What
we're trying to do is establish
the level of the bar for the
contractors' licensing require-
ments. Up until now, there
have been no requirements in
place, so we're trying to take a
broad approach to it, particu-
larly at level one."
The focus, Mr Wrinkle
explained, would be on adher-
ence to the Building Code
and compliance in a bid to
crack down on defective and
shoddy workmanship of the
kind that had impacted the
Ministry of Housing's hous-
ing programme in the past.
"We have to have measures
in place to prevent this," Mr
Wrinkle said. "Clearly, the
best approach is to get it out
at the education and licens-
ing level."
The BCA president urged
the Government to "push in a
timely fashion" on getting the
Contractors Bill to Parlia-
ment, and added that the
organisation was expecting to
"imminently" receive
approval from the Inter-
American Development
Bank's (IDB) head office for
a project designed to strength-
en the Bahamian construction
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Twenty three states report




higher unemployment


By CHRISTOPHER S
RUGABER
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Unemployment rose in 23
states last month as the econ-
omy struggled to create jobs
in the early stages of the
recovery.


While layoffs have slowed,
companies remain reluctant
to hire. Forty-three states
reported job losses in Sep-
tember, while only seven
gained jobs, the Labour
Department said Wednesday.
Some of the states that lost
jobs still saw their unemploy-
ment rates decline, as dis-


courage workers gave up
looking for work.
People who are out of work
but no longer looking for jobs
aren't counted as officially
unemployed.
That trend was evident
nationwide in September, as
nearly 600,000 people
dropped out of the work
force, the department report-
ed earlier this month.
The US jobless rate rose to
9.8 per cent in September, a
26-year high, from 9.7 per
cent. Some economists esti-
mate it would have topped 10
per cent if there had been no
change in the labour force.
There were some bright
spots in Wednesday's report.
The Midwest region, hit hard
during the recession by job
losses in manufacturing, saw
its unemployment rate drop
for the second straight month,
to 9.8 per cent from 10 per
cent in August. It was the
only region where the unem-
ployment rate declined.
The Midwest benefited
from sharp drops in unem-
ployment in Indiana and
Ohio. Indiana's jobless rate
fell to 9.6 per cent, from 9.9
per cent in August and 10.7
per cent in June.
Indiana added 4,400 jobs,
the most of any state, due to
gains in the manufacturing
and service sectors.
Ohio, meanwhile, saw its
jobless rate drop to 10.1 per
cent, from 10.8 per cent in
August and 11.2 per cent in
July.
Still, Ohio lost about 6,000
jobs in September, and much
of the improvement in its
unemployment rate came
from discouraged workers
leaving the work force.
Nevada, Rhode Island and
Florida last month posted
their highest jobless rates on


records dating to 1976, the
department said.
Rates
Fifteen states and Wash-
ington, D.C., reported unem-
ployment rates of 10 per cent
or more.
Michigan reported the


nation's highest unemploy-
ment rate at 15.3 per cent. It
was followed by Nevada at
13.3 per cent, Rhode Island
at 13 per cent, California at
12.2 per cent and South Car-
olina at 11.6 per cent.
Real estate continues to
bedevil states that enjoyed a
housing boom. Florida's job-


less rate rose to 11 per cent
from 10.8 per cent in August,
as the state lost nearly 13,000
construction jobs. California
lost 39,300 jobs, including
more than 14,000 in construc-
tion. Nevada lost 3,500 con-
struction jobs, though it
boosted employment in ser-
vices.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2009, PAGE 7B


AirTran posts





Q3 profit




of $10.4m


By HARRY R WEBER
AP Airlines Writer
ATLANTA (AP) - Air-
Tran Airways' financial
results are benefiting from the
discount carrier's low costs
and laser focus on domestic
routes where it believes it can
make money, and it actually
wants to grow in 2010 when
other major carriers have
more conservative plans.
Its Orlando, Florida-based
parent company reported
Wednesday a $10.4 million
third-quarter profit, or eight
cents a share, even though
sales declined more than 11
per cent. A year ago it report-
ed a restated $94.6 million
loss, or 81 cents a share.
The July-September results
mark AirTran's third quarter
in a row of profit as most
major US carriers struggle
amid weak overall demand
for business and international
travel.
Revenue fell to $597.4 mil-
lion from $673.3 million a
year ago.
Excluding one-time items,
its adjusted net income for the
three months ended Septem-
ber 30 was eight cents a share,
in line with analysts' slightly


reduced expectations. The
revenue figure was a little
below the analysts' estimate
of $600.5 million.
Executives said during a
conference call with analysts
that AirTran expects to
increase capacity two per cent
to four per cent next year. In
March and again in July the
airline said capacity, as mea-
sured by available seat miles,
would be flat in 2010.
Delivery
CEO Bob Fornaro said in
an interview with The Asso-
ciated Press after the call that
AirTran took delivery of two
more planes in late Septem-
ber that it hadn't planned to
previously.
"I think consistent with
what we're seeing in the mar-
ket, we're feeling pretty good
about our profitability,"
Fornaro said. He also noted
that 34 per cent of AirTran's
2010 fuel needs are hedged,
protecting the airline from ris-
ing fuel prices.
Several other major carri-
ers continue to post losses,
albeit smaller ones in some
cases, and they are being con-
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my has only recently shown
signs of improvement.
"I wouldn't say we are in a
special place, but we've had a
much better year than the rest
of our competitors," Fornaro
said. "We're solidly prof-
itable."
AirTran has been trying to
shift its focus from unprof-
itable routes to profitable
ones, and it also has been
working to make sure it has
enough cash to continue to
weather the downturn in trav-
el demand.
In August, AirTran said it
planned to stop flying to and
from Newark, N.J., effective
Sunday, and give its takeoff
and landing slots there to
Houston-based Continental
Airlines Inc. in exchange for
Continental slots at
LaGuardia Airport in New
York and Reagan National
Airport in Washington. Con-
tinental has a hub at Newark
Liberty International Airport,
which is used by many travel-
ers heading to or from New
York City.
A slot is an interval of time
during which an airline can
takeoff or land its aircraft at
an airport. Slots, especially at
peak times of day and in busy
corridors like the Northeast,
are valuable to airlines.
AirTran, which has its hub
in Atlanta, has over 700 daily
flights to 67 destinations.
AirTran shares fell 24 cents,
or 4.4 per cent, to $5.16 in
morning trading.



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