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Christie: I

will return

PLP to power

Attorney asks

for evidence to

be forwarded

to prosecutors

in America

Tribune Staff Reporter

John Travolta's attorney has
asked Bahamian authorities to
forward all of the evidence
from the attempted extortion
trial of Pleasant Bridgewater
and Tarino Lightbourne to
prosecutors in the United
States who will see if the case
could be retried there.
Michael Ossi, who also testi-
fied as a witness in the trial, for
which a mistrial verdict was
delivered on Wednesday
evening, told The Tribune that
Bahamian authorities have
agreed to preserve all of the
relevant evidence and the ques-
tion of where the re-trial will
occur is "in the hands of
Bahamian and US prosecu-
A decision could be made
within weeks, he suggested.
A mistrial verdict was deliv-
ered and a retrial ordered by
Senior Justice Anita Allen in
the trial of Ms Bridgewater and
Mr Lightboure on Wednesday
after she announced that she
was "very concerned in the
interests of justice" following
an announcement at the PLP
convention by MP Picewell
Forbes that Ms Bridgewater
had been acquitted.
The exclamation by South
Andros representative, Mr
Forbes, came before the jury
had returned its verdict on the
five-week long trial. Justice
Allen said the turn of events
gave the impression that there
had been a communication
from the jury room.
The PLP issued an "unqual-
ified apology" for the statement
made by Mr Forbes, noting that
it was "incorrect" and "not
intended to interfere with the
administration of justice."
That evening Mr Ossi wel-
comed the mistrial verdict given
the circumstances and noted
SEE page eight

PICEWELL FORBES, who appeared at a brief hearing
his attorney Wayne Munroe.
Tribune Staff Reporter
SOUTH Andros MP Picewell Forbes is
expected back before a judge next week to
explain why he should not be held in contempt of
court for an outburst at the PLP's national con-
vention which led to a mistrial in the John Tra-
volta attempted extortion case.
Forbes appeared calm and composed as he
sat behind his team of attorneys in a courtroom
packed with PLP supporters and officials dur-
ing a brief hearing before Senior Justice Anita
Allen yesterday. Attorney Wayne Munroe, who

before Senior Justice Anita Aleen, is pictured with
along with Anthony McKinney and Alfred Sears
represents Forbes, told the judge that the MP
had been unable to instruct them on what the
precise allegations were to which he had to
Senior Justice Allen explained that the hear-
ing had come about as a result of an announce-
ment made at the political convention while the
jury was still deliberating. On Wednesday night,
Forbes took to the convention stage and told
delegates that former PLP senator Pleasant
Bridgewater had been acquitted of all charges in
the attempted extortion case. The judge said
SEE page eight


BUT president withdrew 'more than

$65,000 from pension fund account'

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMAS Union of
Teachers president Belinda
Wilson, who is accused of mis-
appropriating $90,000 of union
funds, withdrew more than
$65,000 from the union's pen-
sion fund account to make
extraneous payments, the exec-
utive committee announced

Secretary general Stephen
McPhee explained in a press
conference at the union head-
quarters in Bethel Avenue,
New Providence, how the Pen-
sion Fund Account is exclu-
sively for the payment of mem-
bers' pension benefits.
The president is not autho-
rised to remove funds from the
account for any other reason,
and is also prohibited from

spending more than $2,500
without approval from the com-
mittee according to the union's
But Mrs Wilson transferred
$43,284 from the pension fund
and wrote cheques amounting
to $22,548.13 on July 21, tak-
ing a total of $65,832.13 from
the account without bringing it
SEE page eight

GB teacher charged with

indecently assaulting student

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama teacher was charged
at Freeport Magistrate Court
on Thursday with indecently
assaulting a female student.
Edward Buchanan, 56,
appeared in Court Three
before Deputy Chief Magis-
trate Helen Jones.
It is alleged that in Septem-
ber, 2008, Buchanan indecent-
ly assaulted a student while at
SEE page eight


PHOTO: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
PLP LEADER Perry Christie rallies his troops last night.
Tribune Staff Reporters
REELECTED Progressive Liberal Party leader Perry
Christie instilled new hope in fervent party supporters as
he closed the 51st national party convention last night and
vowed to return the PLP to power.
Mr Christie said he was humbled by his overwhelming
win on Thursday and called for the party to remain uni-
fied at the end of a dramatic race for leadership positions.
To those who did not support Mr Christie, he said he
would prove himself worthy through a number of efforts
addressing social issues, economic strife and rising crime
in the country, promising not to make "the same mistakes
In an emotional address provoking response from the
crowd at every turn, Mr Christie said as leader he is com-
SEE page eight



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A PLP'S new firebrand

: chairman blasts Govt

over economic woes

'I intend to dismantle FNM'

PLP chairman-elect Bradley Roberts spoke
to a packed ballroom last night with support-
ers giving him immense energy as he rallied
them in his inaugural speech.
True to form, Mr Roberts opened by quip-
ping that he had been reliably informed Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham and his colleagues
are extremely troubled over his return and
have already "begun to pack".
Mr Roberts thanked his supporters pro-
fusely and pledged his steadfast commitment.
He reserved special mention for Cynthia
"Mother" Pratt, whom he commended on her
contributions to the party.

He also commended former chairman
Glenys Hanna-Martin, who he defeated for
the post, acknowledging her achievements.
Mr Roberts said he wanted to see more
"young blood" in parliament and he assured
supporters that his team will ensure that "there
will be a wonderful mix of personalities, of
varying ages, gender and convictions."
The outspoken former cabinet minister

made it clear he intends to "dismantle" the
FNM, which he described as uncaring, unre-
sponsive and incapable of tackling the issues
that plague the Bahamian people.
"I have come to bite, and bite hard," he
said. Mr Roberts hit out at many FNM "fail-
ings" - including crime, national debt and the
management of utilities.
He charged that the government is waiting
for the resuscitation of the US economy and
that in 2007 the FNM "inherited an economy
that was booming and robust".
"The state of the Bahamian economy is in a
greater state of decay than in 2002 and con-
tinues to worsen day by day," he said.
The chairman elect advised party members
that their task will not be easy - largely
because of a biased press, which he feels
manipulates the minds of the Bahamian peo-
ple against the PLP.
"Fear not my fellow PLPs," said Mr Roberts,
"with a renewed commitment to our purpose,
marching forward in unity, on one accord, we
will rescue our country yet again from an FNM
party which is all images and no substances."
Mr Roberts speech ended with a tremen-
dous roar, with the entire room energised and
shouting: "We ready now, PLP, we ready

THE new chairman of the
PLP has hit the ground run-
ning in typical style, launching
a scathing attack on the gov-
erning FNM party.
Former cabinet minister
and notorious political fire-
brand Bradley Roberts blast-
ed the government for refus-
ing to accept any responsibil-
ity for "the worst recession in
the Bahamas since the Great
He said the FNM's reluc-
tance to admit its policies
have contributed to the coun-
try's economic woes is evi-
dence that the party is unfit
for governance.
Mr Roberts said the
Bahamas enjoyed its greatest
level of capital inflow - in
excess of $2.5 billion - during
the PLP administration of
Perry Christie, during which
$5 billion worth of wealth was
created, annual household
income was substantially
increased, inflation was
reduced, unemployment
shrank, and economic growth
stood at 4.5 per cent.
"The record will show that
the financial crisis occurred
in August 2008, a full 15
months after the FNM came
to power. During that time,
Hubert Ingraham has man-
aged to drive away important
foreign investments with his
poor attitude and poor quali-
ty of governance, under-
pinned by his disastrous stop,
review, and cancel policy.
"The record clearly shows
that the policies of the FNM
brought a halt to the eco-
nomic momentum of the
country and the increased
prosperity of the Bahamian
people, resulting in an

"The record
will show that
the financial cri-
sis occurred in
August 2008, a
full 15 months
after the FNM
came to power."

increase in unemployment,
unsustainable borrowing, and
the misery index, while house-
hold income, government rev-
enue, and tourist arrivals
plummeted," Mr Roberts
"The Bahamian Dollar
Government Bond is now
under threat, as it was recent-
ly downgraded, and faces a
further downgrade if current
economic conditions do not
improve. We note that this
sorry state of affairs contin-
ues after the government has
added more than $1 billion to
the national debt and has to
borrow monthly to pay its
bills. The amount of this
monthly borrowing has not
been disclosed to the Bahami-
an people. Clearly the return
of Hubert Ingraham has been
disastrous for the well-being
of the Bahamian people," Mr
Roberts said.
He added: "The collateral
damage to the social infra-
structure of our beloved coun-
try is incalculable as crime has
gone amuck; totally out of
control and the hapless FNM
government is paralysed to do
anything about it."

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FNM's criticism of the re-
election of Perry Christie
as PLP leader, new chair-
man Bradley Roberts told
the governing party to
take a look in the mirror.
The FNM issued a state-
ment yesterday calling Mr
Christie's victory a victory
for the PLP old guard and
a blow to any serious
reform by those who rep-
resent "the worst days of
the Pindling era and the
more recent scandalous
past of the party."

Hitting back, Mr
Roberts reminded the
FNM of their own failure
to implement reform
"when they brought back
a retired leader who
claimed he had no inter-
est in the job."
He said Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham's apathy
towards governance is evi-
dent in "the sorry perfor-
mance of the government
and the hopelessness,
despair and misery being
visited upon the people of
the Bahamas."
"The PLP further
reminds the FNM of their
undemocratic practices
when Sir Arlington But-
ler, Maurice Moore,
Algernon Allen, Pierre
Dupuch, and Tennyson
Wells were unceremoni-
ously driven from the
FNM government because
they demonstrated their
democratic rights," he
Mr Roberts said the
PLP will not be distract-
ed "in its fight for the soul
and future security and
prosperity of the Bahami-
an people."




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/Tribune staff





FNM fires back at 'Big Bad Brad' 4

WITH the election of Bradley "Big Bad
Brad" Roberts to the chairmanship of the
PLP, the party is clearly gearing up for a
fight. The FNM have not lost a second in
hitting back however - demonstrating that
the governing party is eager and willing to
trade blows.
Following Mr Roberts' inaugural speech
(see page 2), the FNM immediately
launched a scathing rebuttal - the third
rapid response in three nights of PLP con-
vention speeches.
The FNM's statement said: "PLP chair-
man Bradley Roberts' rabid, belligerent
and arrogant convention speech is a return
to the politics the Bahamian people have
moved past. With his typical arrogance, he
likened himself to John the Baptist.
"Rather than preparing the way for gen-
uine deliverance from the problems of the
day, he is preparing the way for the old
guard of his party to return to office with
empty promises, greedy hands, personal
agendas and self-interest."
The FNM said the country is now unsure

cheered on newly elected PLP
deputy leader Philip "Brave"
Davis as he stepped up to the
convention stage last night,
buoyant in his victory and filled
with enthusiasm for his new
The MP for Cat Island, Rum
Cay and San Salvador
exclaimed that he will do every-
thing in his power to move the
party into government and
work in a government of action.
The new deputy leader led
an ardent campaign driven by a
team of tenacious young
Bahamians and seasoned politi-
cians to ensure he would secure
the position above contenders
Senator Jerome Fitzgerald and
West End and Bimini MP Obie
Mr Davis won around 760
votes, while Mr Wilchcombe
won 400 and Senator Fitzgerald
won 200, and in the same way
Mr Davis intends to ensure the
PLP wins the government in
the 2012 general election. Bow-
ing to former deputy leader
Cynthia "Mother" Pratt, who
held the position for 12 years
and was the country's first
female deputy prime minister,
Mr Davis paid credit to the par-
ty's rich history before he
expounding his vision for the
way forward.
Mr Davis exclaimed: "The
Bahamas is moving in the
wrong direction! Education is
in crisis! There is a serious lack
of economic activity and the
fear of crime is paralysing our
"The problems of this coun-

Ruling party in scathing rebuttal of Bradley Roberts

of who the real leader of the PLP is - since
Mr Roberts said that he was brought back
to deal with Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
"Apparently, Mr Christie is not up to the
job," the FNM observed.
"Mr Roberts has a long record of char-
acter assassination, but was an ineffective
minister in a government that made delay,
indecision and laziness into an art form.


"Mr Roberts' speech was patronising and
condescending to young Bahamians. After
overthrowing as chairman a second gener-
ation younger PLP woman, Mrs Glenys
Hanna-Martin, in order to re-establish the
control of the old guard, Mr Roberts then
went on to say that he was preparing a way
for young people in the PLP.
"Even as Mr Roberts said that 'there is a

try loom large on the horizon
and so while the celebration
that will invariably and
deservedly follow in the next
day or two have their place, we
must remember that our mis-
sion is to change the Bahamas.
"There is much work to do,
but together we can do it,
because we have done it
Mr Davis vowed to change
the Bahamas for the better by
tackling crime through revision
of the penal code to ensure
there are stiff penalties to deter


He also committed to
expanding social programmes
such as Urban Renewal to help
young people in inner city com-
munities, and to raise funding
for causes such as the National
Youth Programme, and estab-
lish more rehabilitation pro-
grammes for juvenile offend-
Mr Davis said there needs
to be a scientific approach to
fighting crime with new tech-
nologies and innovative strate-
He said: "We cannot afford
to lose another soul to sense-
less violence.
"The youth of our nation are
calling on the PLP to rescue
them from the hands of this
uncaring FNM government."
The new deputy leader crit-
icised the FNM for spending $6
million to host the Miss Uni-
verse Pageant, and borrowing

$160 million to pave roads using
only two companies, one of
which is from Argentina.
And he attacked the gov-
ernment for taking police offi-
cers out of violent schools, and
failing to raise the standards of
education from a national "D"
average. The next PLP gov-
ernment will implement an
aggressive programme to
recruit quality teachers and
develop an education system
relevant to the needs of the
economy and the workplace,
Mr Davis said.
As he closed his speech at
the 51st PLP convention in the
Wyndham Nassau Resort last
night, the new PLP deputy
leader said: "Even a blind man
can see the FNM is clueless, but
I am concerned about providing
a blueprint for the future. "I
am prepared to make the tough
decisions to do what is neces-
sary to rescue the Bahamian
people from the hell they are
catching every day under this
government. Bahamas, join us
as we take the fight to the
streets in every community!
This is time for work!
"If we can come together as
one body, one voice, no one
can stop us!"

call these days for younger, fresher faces,'
his return represents stale ideas, old tricks
and a backwards mentality as regards the
new type of politics for which a younger
generation of Bahamians are asking," the
FNM said.
The party also noted Mr Roberts' state-
ment that he doesn't simply want to win
an election, but also destroy and dismantle
the FNM.
"This is not the language that someone
committed to democracy and a healthy two-
party system would be using," the FNM
said. "It seems that Mr Roberts is proposing
a one-party state in which the PLP has
absolute control. The Bahamian people
have rejected such a political culture before,
and will do so once again.
The FNM said it will welcome "those
PLPs and others who seek a party and a
government committed to a more open
democratic culture".

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The buck stops in the Oval Office

WASHINGTON-President Obama's
leadership is being tested on two historic
fronts: health care reform and U.S.
involvement in Afghanistan.
By the time he has made decisions on
these two titanic issues, we will know
whether he has the courage to make tough
calls and we will know more about his
bottom-line principles.
On health care, Obama thought he had
learned lessons from 1993 when Hillary
Clinton, then the first lady, was put in
charge of developing a universal health
plan when her husband was president.
She flunked partly because she did not
touch base with Congress. She didn't let
the lawmakers in on the takeoff as well as
the landing, as President Lyndon B. John-
son would put it. The result: Congress
wasn't there for the landing.
This time around, Obama has gone
overboard to win congressional approval
of legislation that has little meaning with-
out a government-sponsored health-insur-
ance program. But his efforts raise ques-
tions of whether he is trying to appease the
opposition at any price and whether he
is willing to fight for a government-run
health insurance program.
Obama should listen to the people who
have voiced their opinions about health
reform. A new Washington Post-ABC
News poll shows a majority favors a gov-
ernment health insurance plan. The pres-
ident and wavering congressional Democ-
rats should heed that view.
The Republicans in the Senate are solid-
ly against the reform plan, except for Sen.
Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who played
hard to get and seemed to love the atten-
tion and tension she created over her Sen-
ate Finance Committee vote - which
ended up being a "yes." Now she's back
playing games again and says she is unsure
how she will vote when the Senate takes
up its final bill.
Obama has tried too hard to woo the so-
called "blue dog" conservative Democ-
rats - who seem to be Republicans at
heart. They are obstructionists when it
comes to health reform and appear eager
to follow the bidding of the health insur-
ance industry.
It's hard to think that other presidents
- Harry S Truman and the two Roo-
sevelts come to mind - would not have
loudly rebuked the Republican "pluto-
crats" for blocking the vital health plans
being debated.

The president's other test of leadership
is Afghanistan where he is considering a
request for 40,000 more troops. Any esca-
lation in that rugged primitive land would
be reminiscent of the Vietnam War and
Gen. William Westmoreland's bids for
more and more men. We know how that
turned out.
Obama has made it clear that he is not
going to be rushed. Perhaps the presiden-
tial caution has been inspired by the U.S.
experience in Iraq, a war that should nev-
er have happened in the first place. It's
pretty amazing that we still don't know
the motives of the Bush administration
for pushing, pushing, pushing for an inva-
sion that turned out to be tragically wrong.
The folly of that war and the sacrifices by
Americans and Iraqis are beyond painful
to contemplate.
War is too important to be left to the
generals - much as presidents would like
to pass the buck and rely on decisions by
the "commanders on the ground," as the
civilians like to put it.
But that's not the way it works in a
The buck stops with the president who
has been bombarded with advice in the
last several weeks.
For all that, he would do better if he
reads up on White House decision-making
involving the last few wars, especially Viet-
Bob Woodward, the Washington Post
reporter, recently described a 2007 inter-
view with Robert S. McNamara, secre-
tary of defense during the 1960s Vietnam
troop surge.
McNamara told Woodward that LBJ
had ordered U.S. escalation in Vietnam
because the president was very nervous
about political criticism from conserva-
tives eager to accuse him of being soft on
North Vietnam.
So Johnson went along with requests
from "commanders on the ground" - in
this case, Westmoreland - for more
American troops. The result was deeper
U.S. commitment in a war we could never
There's a lesson there for President
Obama: He should map the way forward
in Afghanistan without worrying about
his conservative critics.

This article is by Helen Thomas (New
York Times News Service clients.)
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Our social

health depends

on culture

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Thomas Carlyle, a great
thinker and writer, employs
the physician's aphorism
"the healthy knows not of
their health, but only the
sick" in his work 'Charac-
teristics'. Without ponder,
this application of such a
wide embrace penetrates to
the heart of our nation's
We in the Bahamas know
we are not well, we know
we are in serious trouble -
a crime epidemic, moral
dilapidation, family disinte-
gration, religious divisive-
ness, a disheveled judiciary,
education and healthcare
meltdowns - yet seem to
be trifling in the face of
great lament.
Culture, on the other
hand, enshrines the pream-
ble to life; it inhabits the
breath of creation; it gleams
in the first words spoken
into light.
Though some may deval-
ue our ancestry while oth-
ers disclaim it, culture
remains the gallant defend-
er of "the true art of living";
finding its character and
voice with or without snob-
bish elitists and misguided
Upon what model of
progress have our social
instinct been developed; to
what extent have the scope

of national advancement
aimed to target untapped
natural treasure within the
individual; from what do we
derive drive and momen-
This sixth letter appeals
to the sixth sense of a people
seeming to flirt with disas-
ter, to grasp the last glim-
mer of hope and reason,
before the sun sets on a
nation ignominiously bank-
rupted by its arrogance.
As with 'Les Fleurs du
Mal' by Charles Baudelaire,
God forbid, the repugnant
illnesses of society take root
in the garden of our hearts.
This country grieves for
its younger minds that, pre-
dominantly, are being
addled by a crude form of
atrophy, in the 242; enticed
into the recesses of an illu-
sive domain where their
souls languish in a stupor of
The ethos of the Bahami-
an has been seductively infil-
trated, its strain diluted by
subversive ideologies and
trends, now it is quite
unclear who or what bears
the original seal.
Tourism, our sterling pro-
t6g6, speaks and augurs well

but departure polls reflect
an opposite view, when per-
ceived expectation is
matched versus product
affirmation. A cultural
revival will bring redemp-
tion and salvation to a beau-
tiful, but besieged people.
Sadly, at the core of this
turmoil is a malignant
tumour within an apathetic,
unproductive civil and pub-
lic service that needs a trans-
fusion to purge rampant cor-
ruption; but who dares to
reprimand a few for the sake
of many.
This country desperately
needs vindication, but is
constrained by its dire nar-
row-minded complex and
continues to see life through
strabismic lens.
Are we as a nation
likened to a man in a small
boat with side-oars, while
sitting therein he rows in
one direction but is facing,
looking the opposite way.
Culture is remedy to the
intricate problems within the
problem; it is with this bless-
ing that all peoples heal
wounded spirits and mend
broken dreams. The uni-
verse cannot contain oceans
of words destined to flow.
Until next time,

October 24, 2009.

Saddened no end to learn of

passing of Mr

EDITOR, The Tribune.

It saddened me no end to learn of the
death of Mr Roger Carron, a perfect gen-
Although as a student of journalism I sat
at the feet of his wife, Mrs Eileen Dupuch-
Carron, Publisher/Editor of The Tribune,
it was Mr Carron who, during my forma-
tive years as a sports reporter ensured that I
was well grounded in what it takes to survive
in this very challenging profession.
With much patience, and gentleness, and
kindness, and goodness, and faithfulness,
and joy, and yet brooking no nonsense, he
taught me much of what I know so that
today I am the Bahamas' best, well-rounded
journalist since Independence.
Mr Carron may have left this plane of
existence but, bloody hell, he will forever be
remembered in our hearts because what he

Shameful testament to

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Manners, respect and com-
mon courtesy are as scarce,
in The Bahamas, as oil!
This is a shameful testa-
ment to the changes in our
society, but it is also not sur-
prising. Traditions such as
greeting fellow passers-by or
giving a general greeting
when entering a public area,
such as a waiting room, are
witnessed less and less fre-
quently. Small children of the
nursery and primary school
age still seem to be trained to
do such things, but as they
grow older and into adult-
hood, these courtesies seem
to be left by the wayside.
Giving up your seats in the
bus to elderly or handicapped
persons; helping someone
across the street; basic tele-
phone etiquette; there are
many other instances where
behaviours that were once the
norm in our society have gone
the route of the dinosaur. It is
said to "train up a child in the
way he should go and when
he is old he will not depart
from it", but either we are not
training our children correct-

Roger Carron

taught me, I taught others.
Whenever new staff joined the newsroom
at The Tribune, Mrs Carron sent them to me
to take through the ropes.
As Mr Carron was to me, I was to them.
And in that way, many young Bahamians
who passed through The Tribune have ben-
No longer than the other day a young
man stopped to say how appreciative he
was of those days at The Tribune.
Even today I continue to share with others
in the Roger Carron tradition.
To Mrs Carron, on behalf of my family, I
say thank you, we love you, we appreciate
everything, and we too grieve with you and

October, 2009

changes in our society

ly, or we stop training them
too soon.
Another saying that comes
to mind is "you can't teach an
old dog new tricks" and per-
haps that is the dilemma that
we are currently facing.
While one might be able to
change an attitude, there must
be an existing foundation to
build on. Courtesy is so much
a part of an individual's per-
sonality that it really is quite
difficult to effect any real
change if the basic manners
just aren't there.
Employers have a hard task
then if they are expected to
take an adult - whose per-
sonality is essentially fully
developed - and through the
occasional seminar or train-
ing workshop, mould them
into a polite employee.
If someone doesn't see the
need to even say "good morn-
ing" to members of their own
household, how then can they
be expected to provide cour-
teous service to a complete
If we want to successfully
tackle the growing lack of
courtesy in our society, I will
like to suggest that a new sub-

The Public is hereby advised that I, Deron Alexander
Mclntosh intend to change my name to Deron Alexander
Bell. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

ject be introduced in the
school curriculum entitled
"Manners and Behaviour" to
be taught at the elementary
This can take the form of
printed booklets for distribu-
tion to the primary schools.
This I believe will go a long
way in encouraging better
behaviour, good values, and
improved self-esteem in our
Many will disagree with me,
thinking that it is the parents
who should teach manners
and values at home.
Sadly, many of these par-
ents themselves are lacking in
these traits and they cannot
teach what they do not know.
Many parents, however, will
benefit if this subject is taught
to their children at school.
Things like road rage,
swearing, disrespectful behav-
iour, improper use of cell
phones and violence are all
as a result of ignorance.
Many educated persons do
not know the value of an
apology, "please" and "thank
you" simply because they
were not taught this.
This initiative will certainly
bring about better
student/teacher relationships
and will ease the stress of
teaching and parenting.
Also, the children will feel
encouraged each time they
are praised for good behav-
iour and good manners and
this will benefit every area of
their lives right through to

October 18, 2009.




THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2009, PAGE 5....................PL CO VE TI N C VEAG

FNM youth arm lashes out
THE youth arm of the FNM has criticised the PLP for fail-
ing to promote younger members.
According to a statement released by the FNM Torchbear-
ers, the PLP's Progressive Young Liberals are justified in
pleading for more of a say in the affairs of their party.
"In its history not one Young Liberal has been a candidate for
that party," the youth branch noted. "To date, the Free Nation-
al Movement has had at least seven torchbearers serve in par-
liament and in the Cabinet of the Bahamas, including Carl
Bethel, Tommy Turnquest, Dion Foulkes, Kwasi Thompson,
Kendal Wright, and David Thompson."
During the PLP convention this week, the Young Liberals
complained about the "D" national grade average, but the
Torchbearers noted that during its time in office, the PLP did
not build a single new school.
"They sent the education administration into disarray by
politicising the Department of Education, by sidelining the
director of education and by having a minister of education who
could not focus on education because he was a part-time min-
ister of education," the statement said.
It continued: "The president of the Young Liberals was also
misinformed on a number of other issues. He said Urban
Renewal was abandoned and that the Youth Service Pro-
gramme was abandoned. This is untrue. Urban Renewal con-
tinues with a more refined focus, more targeted programmes
and better use of government resources. The National Youth
Service Pilot programme is being better structured for greater
results for the young people of the Bahamas.
"The president of the Young Liberals might wish to know
that while his party talks about young people, the FNM acts for
young people. The FNM increased scholarships from $400,000
under the PLP to $6 million; substantially increased the Ministry
of Youth's budget; and established the only new programmes
established in the last 20 years, including the Fresh Start Youth
Employment Programme, the Self Starter Programme and the
Youth Enterprise Project.
"In 2006 the PLP granted 21 scholarships. In 2007 the FNM
gave 157 scholarships and national scholarship grants of up to
$10,000 each. In 2008 that number was 153 and in 2009 it is 229."
The Torchbearers went on to crtitcise the statements of for-
mer deputy leader of the PLP Cynthia "Mother" Pratt.
Noting that Mrs Pratt said far too many Bahamians misun-
derstood and did not appreciate the PLP, the statement said:
"Unfortunately Mother Pratt refuses to accept that the Bahami-
an people became disillusioned with the ineffectual leader-
ship and the personal and public failings of various PLP mem-
bers of parliament and ministers.
"It was the PLP who misunderstood the high expectations of
the Bahamian people. It was the PLP who did not appreciate
the faith that the Bahamian people placed in them in 2002 - a
trust they squandered," it said.


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Shadow Minister points finger over rising crime, school violence

Govt under fire for 'stop,

review and cancel'

THE "stop, review and can-
cel" policy of the current gov-
ernment has led to rising crime,
school violence and an over-
dependence on social services,
the shadow minister of social
services claimed.
Melanie Griffin, MP for
Yamacraw, said the policy of
stopping projects initiated
under the former PLP govern-
ment for review has led to work
being halted on the Urban
Renewal programme, school
policing, the National Youth
Service and social safety net
reform programmes.
Speaking at the party's 51st
PLP National Convention on
Thursday night, she said all
social and youth help services
created under the PLP must be
re-established if the country is
to work towards a secure
Mrs Griffin further charged
that "we need to establish a
social policy plan which would
include the re-introduction of
the Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme in its former structure,
making any adjustments
required for better operation."
"The political manager must
also be replaced with a person
who has not been in front-line
politics for any party," said the
The Bahamas has seen "a
staggering rise in the level of
crime among our young men
and violent crime in general,
persistent poverty among chil-
dren, the aged and the disabled,
low academic achievement,

migration and statelessness,
HIV prevalence and domestic
violence and child abuse," she
In response, Minister of State
for Social Development Loret-
ta Butler Turner accused Ms
Griffin of "regurgitating the
same old broken record", and
charged that the Urban Renew-
al Programme is alive and well.
She said she "doesn't know
what planet the PLP is living
on", adding that the govern-
ment recently tabled in parlia-
ment two annual reports on the

Addressing delegates at the
convention, Ms Griffin claimed
that when the PLP came to
power in 2002, it "promptly
embarked on a very aggressive
social and economic pro-
gramme designed to alleviate
pain and suffering and to break
the cycle of poverty."
The MP said that the PLP
implemented immediate and
longer term responses as part of
this programme.
She suggested the present
government has allowed suc-
cessful efforts made under the
former PLP administration to
alleviate poverty, crime and
violence to fall by the wayside
with troubling consequences.
Mrs Griffin claims the gov-
ernment does not have the best
interests of the poor at heart
and is reacting to their needs
in an "ad hoc, knee jerk" way.

Ms Butler Turner, however,
pointed out that "most people
realise" many of the social woes
facing this country are symp-
toms of a global economic
She said the Department of
Social Services, the Ministry of
Education and other branches
of government have imple-
mented numerous programmes
to ease the hardship being felt
by many, adding that if the PLP
would simply "stop regurgitat-
ing a broken record and look
at what we are doing" they


would see that the government
is in fact "trailblazing" when it
comes to initiatives to improve
social conditions.

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through the Ministry of Public Works and Transport is
inviting qualified General Contractors to participate in a
Pre-qualification for the Tender for the construction of a
Passenger Screening Facility at Prince George Wharf,
Down Town, Nassau.
The structure will be of conventional construction,
approximately 2,200 sq. ft., and with associated external
works and services.
The General Contractor will be required to provide a
detailed indication of their competence, both technically
and financially, to carry out the intended scope of works
within a short time frame.
Interested parties may collect the pre-qualification
documents as of Thursday, 22nd October, 2009, between
the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from:

The Office of the Director of Public Works
Ministry of Public Works & Transport
John F. Kennedy Drive
Nassau, The Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 322-4830
Fax: (242) 326-7907

The completed pre-qualification document should be
deposited in the Tender Box at Office of the Director of
Public Works, Ministry of Works & Transport, 3rd Floor,
John F. Kennedy Drive, Nassau, The Bahamas not
later than 12:00 noon on Thursday, 29th October, 2009.

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FROM page one
she did not think that the com-
plaint required an investigation
into whether the discharge of
the jury was proper but
whether Forbes' announcement
posed a real risk of prejudice
to the administration of justice.
Mr Munroe then said he, Mr
McKinney and Mr Sears would
require more time to consider
the complaint.
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner did not
object to the application for
more time. The hearing was
adjourned to next Thursday at
While Forbes declined to
speak to reporters outside the
courtroom yesterday, Mr McK-
inney said: "We will take what-
ever steps are necessary to con-
vince the judge that there was
no interference by our client
with the trial or in any way with
the procedures that were
required to be followed by any-
body, including Mr Forbes."
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions Bernard Turner told
reporters: "The judge has sent
for Mr Forbes. The Crown
doesn't have a position in this
matter. We are present but we
will see what the judges' posi-
tion is."
He said the Crown has not yet
considered when a retrial in the
attempted extortion case will
be held. The nine-member
jury in the attempted extortion
trial of former PLP Senator
Pleasant Bridgewater and for-
mer Grand Bahama ambulance
driver Tarino Lightbourne was
discharged at 10.54pm Wednes-
day although they had not
reached a verdict.
Senior Justice Allen told
jurors there had been
announcement at a political
convention by a senior official,
indicating that one of the
accused persons had been
acquitted. Earlier, around
9.30pm, Mr Forbes took to the
convention stage, while the jury
was still deliberating, and told
delegates that Bridgewater had
been acquitted. He exclaimed:
"Pleasant is a free woman,
PLPs! God is good, PLPs!
Pleasant is a free woman! God
still reigns, PLPs!"
No verdict had been reached
yet convention members cele-
brated Bridgewater's supposed
vindication by singing and
dancing to "Oh Happy Day."
The session chairman later had
to apologise for whatever con-
fusion the MP's pronounce-
ment caused. Bridgewater
and Lightbourne are accused
of attempting to extort, and
conspiring to extort $25 million
from American actor John Tra-
volta between January 2 and
20 by means of a threat. They
deny the charges.

FROM page one

FROM page one

to the attention of the commit-
tee in a meeting held the day
The union president claims
she had to hurriedly pay utility
bills and withdraw funds to pay
for seven committee members
to attend a Caribbean Union
of Teachers conference in
Grenada before leaving on the
trip, but Mr McPhee said there
can be no justification for with-
drawing funds from the account
for any reason other than mak-
ing pension payments.
He said the committee was
shocked to discover last week
that the money had been taken
wrongfully and without author-
The majority of members
voted to suspend her for two
weeks without pay for the
unauthorised use of money
from the Pension Fund
Account from November 1, in a
meeting chaired by Mrs Wilson
on October 16.
Mr McPhee said Mrs
Wilson's behaviour was "the
last straw" as the president
elected in June 2008 had been
issued a letter of reprimand in
October last year.
He said: "It should be crystal
clear that generally only the
executive committee can autho-
rise an extraordinary expendi-
ture of $65,832.13, but it has
not authority to use pension
funds for any other purpose
than to pay pension benefits.
"The president has demon-
strated a terrible habit of show-
ing contempt for the constitu-
tional authority of the execu-
tive committee and has demon-
strated an appetite for operat-
ing above the rules and regu-
lations of this august body since
she was elected to office.
"The executive committee
warned her about this on a
number of occasions. This latest
breach of established BUT pro-
tocols was the last straw."
Mr McPhee said the com-
mittee will meet this morning to

Travolta retrial

that he and the Travoltas are
committed to seeing a retrial
Yesterday, Mr Ossi said:
"Jeopardy has not been
attached, so you can try the
case again.
"We want the evidence pre-
served for the next trial,
whether it be in The Bahamas
or U.S."
Mr Ossi suggested that
because one of the alleged
extortion phone calls was made
from The Bahamas to the US
that Florida could have juris-
diction over the matter. He said
he has also run the evidence
past "an expert" who has
informed him that there is a

Yesterday, lawyer for Ms
Bridgewater, Murio Ducille,
called the suggestion that the
U.S. could host the trial "non-
sense and stupidness."
Revealing that he had "heard
as a rumour" that steps had
been taken by Mr Ossi to see
whether the trial could take
place abroad, Mr Ducille
denied that there would be any
basis for this to happen.
"Certainly my client didn't
make any calls (to the U.S.).
This is the point i've made
throughout - no calls emanat-
ed from them," he said.

discuss how to replace the miss-
ing pension funds.
He said there was never any
allegation of the misappropria-
tion of funds, and specifically
of $90,000, as reported in
national media on Monday, and
that the committee sought to
inform union members of the
suspension before calling a
press conference yesterday.
However Mrs Wilson had
called a press conference on
Monday to publicly defend her
name by admitting she had fol-
lowed wrong process but not
misappropriated funds.
Teachers and union mem-
bers supporting Mrs Wilson
attended Monday's meeting
spoke out about how this is the
wrong time to suspend the pres-
ident as hundreds of teachers
recently took part in industrial
action over teaching conditions
in government schools.
But Mr McPhee told teach-
ers the committee had no
He said: "I would like to
know what is a good time to
suspend the president? There's
never a good time to suspend
the president.
"This executive committee
of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers does not take lightly
the consequences of suspend-
ing the president, however the
executive committee does not
have the authority to disregard
the rules of the handbook."
He further alluded to Mrs

Wilson's disregard for the BUT
rulebook by drawing attention
to the fact she had threatened
to file complaints with national
and international bodies includ-
ing Education International and
the ILO over outstanding griev-
ances with the employer.
Mr McPhee said: "The mat-
ter has never been on the agen-
da of any executive committee
"This is just another exam-
ple of the level of contempt this
president continues to show for
the rules and legitimate author-
ity of the executive committee."
The union's supreme author-
ity is vested in the Annual Gen-
eral Meeting (AGM) of mem-
bers and is then governed by
the executive committee.
Mr McPhee encouraged
members to uphold the union's
constitution yesterday.
He said: "We caution BUT
members to consult the consti-
tution and governance manual
and become seized in the rules
and regulations of our union
before allowing themselves to
be used by special interest in a
dangerous game of politics.
"We also ask members to
discern and understand the dif-
ference between the politics of
individuals and the require-
ments of our great union as out-
lined in its constitution and gov-
ernance manual. Unite and

Teacher charged

FROM page one

Buchanan, a teacher employed at the Eight Mile Rock High
School, was removed in March following complaints of alleged
sexual molestation.
Attorney Calvin Seymour represented Buchanan at his
arraignment. He was not required to enter a plea to a charge of
indecent assault and was granted $5,000 bail with one surety.
The matter was adjourned to February 25, 2010, for contin-
uation in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrate's Court.

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FROM page one
mitted to helping those in need. Dubbing the PLP the "party of
heart", Mr Christie inspired applause and cheers as he said: "What-
ever my faults may be, there's one thing you know about me; I feel
for people.
"I feel for people deep in my heart and in my soul and it is
that feeling, that compassion, that provides the fuel, the energy, the
vigour and the drive for my life in politics."
He attacked the FNM government for failing to take bold and
imaginative action to address the needs of the people in a fallen
economy, which had been left in tact by the PLP in 2007.
He said: "We are the party of heart, not the party of market
forces. We don't shrug our shoulders when market forces bring
about the loss of thousands of jobs.
"While people lose their jobs and can't afford to put food on the
table, this government just shrugs its shoulders and leaves them on
their own. How can any government be so blind, so deaf, so uncar-
ing, so lacking in compassion, so clueless as the FNM govern-
ment we have today?"
He criticised the government for not proactively putting infra-
structure in place to reduce rising crime.
Mr Christie called on FNM to bring back the Urban Renewal
Programme, introduce 24-hour mobile police patrol, and bring
surveillance and crime detection technology up to date.
Government should also address the backlog of criminal cases
by holding night court, he said, adding that a witness protection pro-
gramme that complies with world standards is necessary for the
Bahamas. Mr Christie re-iterated his firm belief in the death
penalty for convicted murderers, a statement met with applause
from his supporters, and demanded the government restrict the
granting of bail in capital cases.
As he drew a close to the three-day convention, Mr Christie
encouraged unity within the party to strengthen the PLP for a
rise to power. He said: "There is so much unfinished work that
awaits us. Let us therefore bind ourselves in unity so when the day
of our return to power dawns before us, we will find ourselves
ready; ready to resume the march of the Bahamian nation to a bet-
ter and brighter tomorrow for all its people."
Moments after Mr Christie finished speaking, the FNM issued a
response, saying the opposition leader had merely reiterated
promises he failed to keep when in office.
"Now he is promising more of the same: more speechmaking,
more indecision and more of the same old guard," the FNM said.
"Mr Christie led the efforts by the PLP old guard, which failed the
country so miserably in the past, to entrench their position in the
party, sweeping aside any reformers in his party and cancelling the
involvement of a younger generation to participate in its senior
ranks. He is now in lock step with Bradley Roberts, whom he
called back to duty as his personal attack machine. As usual, Mr
Christie's speech was long on flowery rhetoric and short on detailed
solutions to pressing issues.
"While Mr Christie talked endlessly about his heart, the Bahami-
an people doubt and rendered a verdict in the last election on Mr
Christie's ability to get anything done, to effectively lead and dis-
cipline his colleagues, and to replace a late-again culture with
timely decision-making."
The FNM went on to critics Mr Christie's suggestion that
Urban Renewal was scrapped, saying the programme is alive and
flourishing. The party also denied the PLP leader's claim that
Prime Minister Ingraham has not gone before the Bahamian peo-
ple to speak on the challenges of the day, saying he has done so "on
countless occasions".
"But unlike Mr Christie, who is thrilled by the sound of his
own rhetoric, the prime minister has also acted decisively, includ-
ing the initiation of landmark social programmes the PLP failed to
put in place in better economic times. Mr Christie and others in the
party are talking as if there is a global economic crisis in every coun-
try in the world, except in the Bahamas. Because they can't talk
economic reality and sense now, they cannot be allowed to once
again be charged with the country's economic stewardship," he said.

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good basis for the trial to take
place in the U.S. Nonetheless,
he emphasised that ultimately
he and his client have no pref-
erence over where the a retrial
is held, so long as it is a "fair tri-
al with an impartial jury."
"I am just trying to protect
the interests of Mr Travolta,"
said the attorney. "We want to
preserve our options."
If the trial were to take place
in Florida, defendants, Ms
Bridgewater and Mr Light-
bourne, would have to be extra-
dited to the US if they did not
go voluntarily.




The Bahamas welcomes

13th US Ambassador

Bahamas hosts Nobel Prize

winner Derek Walcott

The College of the Bahamas, in conjunction
with the Construction Seminar Group, will host
the Caribbean's first Nobel Prize winner for
literature Derek Walcott for two exciting events
in November. This will be the first time that
the Bahamas has ever hosted a Nobel Laureate.
Honoured by the MacArthur Foundation,
the Royal Society of Literature and Her Majesty
the Queen, Mr Walcott is an outspoken poet,
playwright, writer and visual artist.
He will present on the topic "Art, Politics
and Caribbean Culture" at the college's signa-
ture Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series
on Thursday, November 12.
Mr Walcott will also address the 2009 Con-
struction Seminar on the impact of foreign
direct investment on the development of the

Caribbean on Friday, November 13. "Hosting a
Nobel Laureate in the Bahamas is a highly cel-
ebrated achievement and comes on the heels of
President Barack Obama being awarded the
Nobel Prize for extraordinary efforts to
strengthen international diplomacy and his sup-
port for nuclear arms reduction," the college
noted in a statement.

GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, right, accepts Letters of Credence from Nicole Avant, the new1 n
Ambassador of the United States to the Bahamas.

THE Bahamas has wel-
comed the 13th Ambassador of
the United States of America.
Governor General Arthur
Hanna accepted Letters of Cre-
dence from Nicole Avant, 41,
during a ceremony at Govern-
ment House on Thursday. He
also accepted Letters of Recall
of former ambassador Ned
Ambassador Avant also paid
courtesy calls on Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham and
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette.
The Bahamas and United
States established relations on
September 17, 1973 and both
countries share historical expe-
riences as former British
"The success of Bahamas/
United States bi-lateral rela-
tions is augmented by our co-
operation and shared interest
in a number of key issues of
significance for the hemispher-
ic and international agenda as a
whole," the Governor General
"It is because of these shared
and common concerns that our
countries have been on one
accord when such issues are
addressed in regional and inter-
national fora such as the Organ-
isation of American States and
the United Nations. These
include, among others, drug
trafficking, terrorism, human
rights, the environment and dis-
The Governor General said
he welcomed Ambassador
Avant's commitment to con-
tinue work on key priority
issues of benefit to both coun-
tries, including: the protection
of borders through programmes
designed to combat the trans-
shipment of illicit drugs and the
smuggling of illegal migrants
and illicit light weapons;
enhanced joint efforts against
terrorism; the building of pros-
perity and economic security;
and the defence and promotion
of human rights and democrat-
ic ideals.
The government also fully

US AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant, left, accepts a gift from Governor
General Arthur Hanna. Pictured far right is Ted Sarandos, chief con-
tent officer for Netflix Corporation, husband of Ambassador Avant.

appreciates the ambassador's
commitment to ensuring that
OPBAT continues to receive
the full support and resources
needed to carry out its man-
date, he said.
"This partnership is in its 21st
year and is considered the hall-
mark of Bahamas/United States
efforts in counter-drug opera-
tions, and a model for such
third state co-operation," the
Governor General said.


The threat posed by nuclear
weapons proliferation and oth-
er weapons of mass destruction
is also a major concern, he said,
adding that the Bahamas looks
forward to the continued col-
laboration to oppose the
increase of such weapons in the
He also mentioned the
impact the global recession is
having on small island devel-
oping nations, particularly in
the area of tourism.
As 70 per cent of tourists
come from North America, he
said, it is important that the
partnership between the US
and the Bahamas be further
strengthened and deepened.
The Bahamas looks forward
to enhanced assistance by the
US Embassy's consular section

NOTICE is hereby given that EDITH MEDELUS of
CARMICHAEL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 24th of October, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH NESTOR of DAVIS
STREETS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISTIAN APPOLON of
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 24th of October, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

facilitating first-rate visa ser-
vices for Bahamians, and the
pursuit of civic and cultural
interaction between both coun-
tries, the Governor General
Ambassador Avant said she
was honoured to have been
appointed ambassador to the
She mentioned that her fam-
ily has a long-standing connec-
tion to the Bahamas, and that
she brings to service a lifetime
of experience in philanthropy,
politics and culture.
Ambassador Avant also
pledged to work closely with
the government on such issues
as protection of borders against
drug trafficking and illegal
migrants, terrorism, building
prosperity and economic secu-
rity, defending and promoting
human rights and democratic
ideals, and supporting sustain-
able energy.
Nicole Avant was born on
March 6, 1968 to music execu-
tive Clarence Avant, a former
chairman of Motown Records,
and Jacqueline Avant. She
spearheads several multi-
national, multi-agency opera-
tions to combat international
drug trafficking and illicit
weapons shipments.
Ambassador Avant is mar-
ried to Ted Sarandos, chief con-
tent officer for Netflix Corpo-
ration, and they have two chil-
dren, Sarah and Tony.

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THE Gatorade Senior Ten-
nis Nationals near its comple-
tion this weekend with a series
of thrilling final matches set
to square off at the Gym Ten-
nis Club.
In Thursday's play two divi-
sion winners were crowned in
Robert Dunn and Neil
McTaggert won the 35's Men's
Doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 win
over George Baxteer and Har-
rington Saunders.
John Antonas and Kit
Spencer lived up to their top
seed billing with a 6-1, 6-0 win
over Vince Andrews and Bud
Cambridge in the 55's Men's
Doubles final.
Brent Johnson advanced to
the final of the 35's Men's Sin-
gles with a 6-1,6-2 win over
Dwayne Gibson.
In last night's action,
Antonas, the top seed in the
55's Mens Singles, took on his
doubles teammate, Spencer in
the division final, while John-
son took on Stefano Donati.
Results were unavailable at
press time.
In today's 35's Women's
final, Alicia Butler will face
second ranked Dionne Butler.

Jankovic upset,


advances at

Kremlin Cup
Associated Press
upset defending champion
Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 6-3 Friday
to advance to the to the semifinals of
the Kremlin Cup.
The upset came a day after
the second-seeded Jankovic
took the last spot for the sea-
son-ending WTA Champi-
onships in Doha, Qatar.
Jankovic dropped serve in
the fifth game of each set.
Down 5-3 in the second set,
Jankovic double-faulted twice
to lose the match.
Kleybanova will play Olga
Govortsova of Belarus, who
crushed past Vera Dushevina
6-3, 6-0.
Eighth-seeded Francesca
Schiavone of Italy advanced
with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Maria
Schiavone, the 2005 runner-
up, will play Alona Bon-
darenko in the other semifinal.
Bondarenko ousted qualifier
Tsvetana Pironkova 6-3, 6-3.
In the men's tournament,
sixth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic
advanced to his first semifinal
this season by defeating Robby
Ginepri of the United States, 6-
3, 6-3.
Tipsarevic will face Ukran-
ian qualifier Illya Marchenko,
who rallied to beat Evgeny
Korolev 0-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Qualifier Mikhail
Kukushkin of Kazakhstan also
rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win
over fifth-seeded Pablo
Cuevas. Kukushkin will play
third-seeded Mikhail Youzh-
ny of Russia, who downed
Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-3.


THE final day of sailing
in 2009 Sunfish World
Championships was domi-
nated by a trio of Ameri-
cans who swept the leader-
board to culminate the
week long event.
David Loring main-
tained a lead he held since
Wednesday afternoon to
win the competition with
a net total of 28.6 points.
His highlights included
a first place finish in race
five, second place finishes
in races four, and seven,
and third place finishes in
races one and 10.
Loring's American
counterparts ended the
competition with a flurry
to move into the second
and third spots respective-
Paul-Jon Patin finished
in second place with a
total of 30 net points,
while David Mendelblatt
finished third with 32

Patin entered the day in
third position but finished
third in race nine and won
race 10 to ascend the rank-
He won the opening
race of the event and end-
ed competition with his
second win which book-
ends a second place finish
in race two and third place
finishes in races five and
Mendelblatt continued
a wave of momentum he
was able to establish
Wednesday, delivering a

World Championships

come to a close

dominating performance
over the final stretch.
Mendelblatt ended day
four with wins in races sev-
en and eight, and returned
yesterday to take race nine
and finish second in race
His three wins led the
field while he also finished
second twice (races three
and 10) and third in race
Peter Stanton of the U.S
Virgin Islands finished
fourth with 41 net points.
Stanton's best finishes
included second in races

eight and nine and third in
race six.
Max Chirnos of
Venezuela fell three spots
on the final but was still
able to round out the top
five with 43 net points.
Chirnos finished a disap-
pointing 19th in race nine
and fourth in the finale.
Donald Martinbourough
improved his standing by
three positions on the final
day to finish 13th, the best
overall finish of any
Bahamians in the field.
Martinbourough had
arguably his best day yes-

terday with a Champi-
onship-high ninth place fin-
ish in race nine and 19th
place in race 10.
He finished with 156 net
Charles Kelly was the
second best finisher among
Bahamian boats, 23 over-
all with 224 net points.
Christopher Sands
improved eight positions in
the final rankings when he
turned in his best perfor-
mance on the final day.
Sands had the top two
finishes amongst Bahami-
an sailors with an eighth

place finish in race nine
and sixth place in race ten
to finish with 234 net
Sands effort gave him the
biggest single day improve-
ment of any sailor in the
Fernando De Cardenas
finished 30th with 262 net
points, Gavin Mckinney
was 32nd with 275 net
points, and Andrew Wil-
hoyte was 36th with 292
net points.
Other Bahamians in the
field included James Lowe
- 40th (310), Jeffrey Gale -
41st (319), Peter-Bruce
Wassitsch - 42nd (322),
Donico Brown - 46th (382),
George Damianos - 47th
(389), Ted O'Brien - 49th
(413), Michael Holowesko
- 50th (416), Dwayne Wal-
las - 53rd (436), Lori Lowe
- 64th (547) and BJ Bur-
rows - 65th (555).


ALTHOUGH they struggled in
the overall standings, Bahamian
sailors fared well amongst their
respective categories in the 2009 Sun-
fish World Championships.
James Lowe was second amongst
Grand Masters, a category which fea-
tures sailors 70-79 years-of-age.
Greg Gust of the United States
won the division while fellow coun-
tryman Charles Clifton finished
Donald Martinborough finished
third in the Master category, for
sailors 50-59 years-of-age.
Gavin McKinney was fifth, while
George Damianoes finished sixth.
Malcolm Smith of Bermuda took

top honours in the category while
Cor Van Aanholt finished second.
Christopher Sands finished fifth to
lead a strong Bahamian field in the
Junior category, won by Ard Van
Aanholt of Curacao.
Matthew De By of Holland was
second while Jose Gutierrez finished
Donico Brown finished seventh,
Michael Holowesko - eighth and BJ
Burrows - 11th.
The top three finisher overall,
David Loring of the United States

won the Senior division, while David
Mendalblatt (US) was second and
Peter Stanton (USVI), third.
Charles Kelly finished ninth in the
category, Fernando de Cardenas was
11th, Andrew Wilhoyte was 12th,
Ted O'Brien finished 14th, while
Dwayne Wallas was 16th.
DJ Lorsbaugh (USVI) won the
Midget division, Pedro Wassitsch
(Austria) took the Great Grand Mas-
ter division, while second place over-
all finisher, Paul-Jon Patin (US) took
the Apprentice division.

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fans set

to march



Associated Press

A LIVERPOOL support-
ers' group is planning a
march ahead of Sunday's
Premier League match
against Manchester United
to protest against the way
American businessmen
George Gillett Jr. and Tom
Hicks are running the club.
Local police said Friday
there will be an "appropri-
ate level of security" ahead
of the match, suggesting
there will be an increase in
the number of officers pre-
The march to Anfield is
being organized by the Spir-
it of Shankly group, which
has published an e-mail
address on its Web site ask-
ing for information on
where Gillet and Hicks are
Merseyside police said
they could not discuss the
security of individuals or
confirm the number of offi-
cers set to be on duty at a
match that Liverpool has to
win to rekindle its fading
hopes of winning a first
league title for 20 years.
Gillett and Hicks have
attracted the ire of fans by
loading it with debt in their
2007 buyout.
In an open letter to
Gillett and Hicks, Spirit of
Shankly said the American
pair was not welcome at the
"All we care about is our
football club, our history
and traditions, and our
future," the letter read. "To
us, you play no part in that
future - especially not if we
want to be successful and
keep moving forward.
"You will leave a black
mark on the history of our
football club. You have
dragged us back, and this
season, you have made us
stand still, whilst other clubs
move forward."
Liverpool finished run-
ner-up to United last season
with just two losses in 38
games but, having sold Xabi
Alonso to Real Madrid, is
currently eighth and on its
worst losing streak in 22
Liverpool has lost four
straight games in all compe-
titions and has been beaten
in four of nine Premier
League matches.
Fans blame the club's 245
million-pound ($390 mil-
lion) debt for manager Rafa
Benitez's inability to buy
top-class players and fund a
new 60,000-seat stadium.
Construction on the new
ground was halted in
August 2008 because of the
global economic downturn.
Hicks, who owns basebal-
l's Texas Rangers and the
NHL's Dallas Stars, and
Gillett bought Liverpool in
2007 for nearly $290 million,
taking on about $73.8 mil-
lion in liabilities.
Gillett recently sold the
NHL's Montreal Canadiens,
the Gillett Entertainment
Centre and the Bell Centre
back to the Molson family
for a reported $580 million.

MIAMI DOLPHINS quarterback Chad Henne (7) hands off to running back Ronnie Brown during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Jets Monday, Oct.
12, 2009 in Miami.

Miami Dolphins look

for way to slow Saints

AP Sports Writer

THIS would be a good time
for the Miami Dolphins to
unveil the defensive equivalent
of the wildcat, whatever that
might be.
Nothing tried so far has
slowed the New Orleans Saints.
The Dolphins face the NFL's
highest-scoring team Sunday
and could use a wildcat-style
"Put 11 linebackers in the
game," Miami linebacker
Channing Crowder suggested.
"Blitz Crowder every play."
Something that radical might
be worth a shot against the
Saints, 5-0 for the first time
since 1993 and averaging 38.4
points per game.
"I don't think you want to
try to get into a scoring contest
with these people," Miami
coach Tony Sparano said.
"We've got to do something to
not let the candy store be
Sparano hopes his defense
learned lots from early-season
matchups against Peyton Man-
ning, Matt Ryan and Philip
Rivers. One lesson: The Dol-
phins weren't good enough, los-
ing all three games.
Ryan threw for 229 yards and
two scores in the opener, while
Manning and Rivers threw for
303 yards each.
The defense fared better fac-
ing less potent offenses against
the Bills and Jets. Miami won
both games to improve to 2-3
and climb back into the AFC
East race.
But the Dolphins will be
tough to take seriously as a
playoff contender until they
make a stand against a top
quarterback. Still to come for
Miami are two games against
Tom Brady and one against
Ben Roethlisberger.
Brees may be the best of the

bunch. He has thrown 101
touchdown passes since choos-
ing the Saints over the Dolphins
as a free agent in 2006, and this
season he's better than ever,
leading the NFL in passing.
New Orleans has yet to trail
while winning each game by at
least 14 points. Coach Sean
Payton views his team's start
as a good omen.
"When you end up on a team
that gets into the postseason,
generally there's a stretch
where you play good football
and you stack together wins,"
Payton said.
New Orleans is doing that,
and the latest victory was the
most impressive yet. Against
the New York Giants' stout
defense, the Saints totaled 493
yards with no turnovers or
sacks and won 48-27.
Seven Saints scored one TD
each against the Giants, reflect-
ing the multitude of weapons
at Brees' disposal.
"We've all been in this sys-
tem now for four years and tak-
en a lot of snaps together,"
Brees said. "There's a huge
confidence level that we play
with now, and our comfort lev-
el with each other makes a big
Brees' ability to use the
entire field is one thing that
makes him special, Sparano
said. If the Saints send out four
receivers on a play, Brees
quickly determines which target
is the best option.
"He can get through the pro-
gression really quick to get to
where he is going with the foot-
ball," Sparano said. "He gets
one to four really fast."
As a result, Brees has been
sacked only four times in 163
That means a big challenge
for the Dolphins' pass rush,
which has been inconsistent, in
part because linebacker Joey
Porter has been slowed by a
hamstring injury that he said is
now healed. Porter has only
two sacks after leading the
AFC last year with 17 1/2.
When the Dolphins give
opposing quarterbacks time to
throw, the result is often costly.
They're allowing 15 yards per
completion, worst in the NFL.
Rookie cornerback Sean
Smith has played well, but vet-
erans Will Allen and Gibril
Wilson get burned often. And
the Saints thrive on big plays,
leading the league with seven
touchdown drives of less than
four plays.
"You've got to make them
matriculate down the field,"
Crowder said.
"Google it," he said. "If
they're going to go 80 yards on
you, you've got to make them
have those 10-, 11-, 12-play dri-
ves. They want to get those big
chunks, and they are an explo-
sive offense. We've got to limit
Brees and make them work."
An occasional turnover
would help, but the Dolphins

AS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (74) watches, Saints fullback Heath
Evans (44) celebrates scoring a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between
the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday,
Oct. 18, 2009. Saints won 48-27.

are tied for last in the NFL with
four takeaways. Three-quarters
of the starting secondary has
yet to make an interception,
and Brees has been picked off
only twice.
Miami will counter at quar-
terback with second-year pro
Chad Henne, 2-0 as a starter
and coming off his best game
in a 31-27 win over the Jets.
Nearly 10 years after Dan Mari-
no retired, the Dolphins believe
they've finally found a franchise

Henne likes the idea of filling
that role.
"Really being the leader in
the offense is showing," he said.
"The guys are looking up to me
in the huddle. It feels comfort-
able, and I'm getting used to
Henne will hope for help
from the wildcat, which the
Dolphins are using more than
ever. The package generated
110 yards and the winning
touchdown against the Jets.
Miami nose tackle Jason Fer-

guson smiled when asked what
type of wildcat-style surprise
might slow the Saints' offense.
"The wildcat of a defense?"
the 310-pound Ferguson said.
"I would think maybe me rush-
ing, seven DBs, one linebacker.
I need somebody to get the out-
side because I don't want to be
running Brees down, so give us
two ends.
"Hey, we're coming - the
wild Ferg."
Why not try it? Nothing else
has worked against the Saints.



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1. PRIME MINISTER HUBERT INGRAHAM is escorted by Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High
School principal Yvonne Ward upon his arrival at the official opening and naming of the new government
school on Grand Bahama on Thursday.

2. PRIME MINISTER HUBERT INGRAHAM, Education Minister Carl Bethel and Works and Transport Min-
ister Neko Grant participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony

3. PRIME MINISTER HUBERT INGRAHAM and Education Minister Carl Bethel tour the library.

4. A STUDENT of the Sister Mary Patricia Russell Junior High School sings a solo section of the school

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BISHOP LAWRENCE ALOYISUS BURKE receives the Order of Jamaica from Governor General of
Jamaica Sir Patrick Allen at the Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Honours at
Kings House, Jamaica on National Heroes Day.





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DISC JOCKEY with 100JAMZ, DJ Xcitement cele-
brated his birthday in style at a bash that went down at Charlie's in Nassau last Saturday. Patrons,
and especially the ladies, came out in abundance for the event, and of course the best DJs were
there to entertain the crowd with good music and vibes. Supa Mario, DJ Ignite, DJ Fatal, DJ Fines,
TG Movements, Big Doobs and Reality were all present to party with Xcitement and all the club-
bers inside Charlie's. Champagne and Grey Goose were flowing upstairs in the VIP Lounge while
the crowd downstairs took over the dancefloor. A performance by popular Bahamian hip hop
artist Porter the Poet kept the patrons going as he showed off his lyrical skills and performed
some of his hit songs such as "Get This Paper" and "Leave That Girl Alone". The party continued
with the best in hip hop, reggae and dancehall music through the night. In case you missed the
event, don't worry, the Christmas 2009 party season for is just getting started!

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AH ER yI'e3 ii ,ol 1a t''ei 1-':e [lie lil i nii1 i Il CtilliIJl Fe,:[iival IC 'i
held again ' lAi wj'- eese' il 3[ i [le Bo '[3iii i jl 31G iiell'Ie 11 lJi'i'jau Thie
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The be lutiltil BolA:'ic al ic- d len, i ,l a e [ nll'I: l i' a IUnlllnlihe':
IIocked 1: [lie ''enlie [: ei:'a'1 y [l'i:he ei:e pee :e .nl ' [Ji' [e ile ' i.ii[in:'lci,
delights. The Gardens were dotted with booths representing
countries from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and South
Countries such as Greece, Peru, Cuba, Haiti, India, Jamaica,
Myanmar, China and France created a melting pot of people,
cultures and flavours alongside the Bahamian village. Young and
old were out and about mingling with friends and acquaintances,
enjoying cultural performances on stage and trying various inter-
national beers, mojitos, sweet treats such as ice cream and bakla-
va, and tasty dishes like jerk chicken, grilled shrimp, gyro, low
mein, conch fritters and Canadian bacon, to name but a few of the
culinary options on display.
The Cultural Festival was truly an interesting event and it starts
a Christmas season of family events, festivals and togetherness.

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