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Mystery over

stabbing death
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
MYSTERY surrounds the the case
of a man found stabbed to death on
Tonique Williams Darling Highway
two days ago.
Police yesterday appealed to the
public for information leading to the
identity of the victim. They also urged
anyone with information on the cir-
cumstances surrounding his death to
come forward.
It was around 8.28 pm Thursday
when police received word that a man,
who appeared injured, was seen stag-
gering on to the highway.
SEE page 11


PLP chief hits


out at Gibson


and Adderley


PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts has
accused Malcolm
Adderley and Keny-
atta Gibson of plot-
ting an unsuccessful
attempt to try to
"destabilise" the
opposition party and
diminish its leader.
In a speech con-
taining sexual refer-
ences given at a rally
in the Elizabeth con-
stituency on Thurs-
day night, Mr 1ia
Roberts denied that
the actions of either men have
left the PLP weaker.
Mr Gibson and Mr Adder-
ley quit the PLP in the last year
and a half, citing a lack of sup-
port for party leader Perry
Christie.
Alleging that the two
betrayed "our kind-hearted
leader" after he personally
"secured their shaky political
futures" Mr Roberts said "time
has revealed the true nature of
politicians like Malcolm Adder-
ley and Kenyatta Gibson."
He encouraged those gath-
ered at the rally to ensure that
they are not "bought" by the
FNM but to vote PLP in the
upcoming by-election in Eliza-
beth, where Mr Adderley


resigned as MP on
Wednesday.
Mr Roberts belit-
tled the significance
of 64-year-old Mr
Adderley's resigna-
tion from the PLP
and from politics.
He suggested that
Mr Adderley, who is
rumoured to be set
to take up a judicial
appointment at the
recommendation of
Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham,
will find himself with


few options within "three
years" now that he has left the
PLP.
The same sentiment was
expressed with respect to Mr
Gibson, the MP for Kennedy
who quit the PLP to serve as
an independent before joining
the FNM months later - like
Mr Adderley, dropping his
political bombshell days before
the forty-third anniversary of
Majority rule.
The chairman defended the
PLP's reaction in the wake of
weeks of reports that Mr
Adderley was set to leave the
party, stating that the party
should not be "hated on"
SEE page 11


Davis claims PM's appointing of political
figures to bench undermining crime fight
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
PLP Deputy Leader Philip "Brave" Davis yesterday claimed the
appointment of political figures to the judicial bench by the Prime
Minister is undermining the fight against crime.
Essentially accusing Hubert Ingraham of master-minding the res-
ignation of Malcolm Adderley from the PLP and politics this
week, Mr Davis accused Mr Ingraham of playing political games
with the country when there are more pressing matters like crime
and unemployment that he should be addressing and called on Eliz-
abeth constituents to use the upcoming by-election to "send a
message" to the Prime Minister and the FNM that "enough is
enough."
Mr Davis said: "Hubert Ingraham just this week spoke about
new crime fighting initiatives. We need a new direction. Yet the
man talking one thing and doing another! In order for the fight
against crime to be effective there must be a well oiled, function-
ing and Independent judiciary! Since returning to power Hubert
Ingraham has engaged in the most blatant politicisation of the
SEE page 11


DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR of the Bank of the Bahamas Vaughn Delaney speaks to (from left) Oakes Field Primary deputy head boy
Tavis Archer, head girl Shavonne King and head boy Justin Bethel about the importance of reading yesterday at the Bank of the Bahamas.
Hundreds of books were presented to school libraries at the event.


Proposed Act amendments could
see swift discipline of attorneys


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation has praised Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer for bringing structural
and organisational improve-
ments to the court.
Comments from vice presi-
dent, Cathleen Hassan, fol-
lowed the announcement by
Dame Joan of her retirement.
"Dame Joan's retirement
from the bench marks a mile-
stone for the achievement and
the level to which the court
of appeal has reached in the
Bahamas. She has done a
tremendous job during her
tenure, with improvements to
the systemic and organisa-
tional part of the court of
appeal. For that she is singu-
larly to be applauded," said
Mrs Hassan.
"She is a jurist of the high-
est order, eminently qualified


to sit on any high court or
higher court than the court of
appeal. The directness of her
rulings speak for themselves
and are always very clear,"
she said.
Dame Joan is the first
woman to serve as Chief Jus-
tice and President of the
Bahamas Court of Appeal.
Having past the 68-year retire-
ment age, she is completing
the end of a two-year granted
extension. Her retirement is
scheduled to take effect from
November 26, 2010.
While the Bar Association
will be a part of consultations
to decide on a replacement
president, along with other
members of the judiciary and
administrative branches, Mrs
Hassan said the association
was not in a position at this
time to say who was under
consideration or preferred by
the association.
SEE page 11


By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
PROPOSED amendments
to the Legal Professions Act
could ensure the swift and
effective discipline of attorneys
who breach the Bar's code of
ethics, vice-president of the
Bahamas Association Kathleen
Johnson-Hassan stated.
Speaking at a ceremony
marking the opening of the
Court of Appeal's legal year,
Mrs Hassan said: "There is a
proposed draft amendment to
the Legal Professions Act and
its regulations currently under
way."
"It is hoped that at the end
of the exercise we will have a
regulatory piece of legislation
that will clarify the obligations
of the practice, firstly attorney
to attorney, secondly attorney
to client and third but not least
attorney to the court.
"It is also the aim of this
counsel that once such regula-
tion is passed by parliament. It
will ensure clear a avenue for


speedier dispute resolution and
a straightforward route for ear-
ly and effective discipline of
attorneys who remain non
compliant with our code of
conduct.
"We believe that it is our
responsibility as counsel to
ensure the improvement in and
the consistency of acceptable
standards of practice at the Bar
for all practitioners.
"We therefore of the bar
counsel believe that our mem-
bers are as responsible for
nursing the efficient and effec-
tiveness of our legal system.
All of our sections must be
committed to upholding our
part," she said. According to
Mrs Hassan, the membership
of the bar currently stands at
1,039 with the majority of
attorneys in active practice. She
further noted that over the past
five years 264 attorneys have
joined the Bahamas Bar.
"There are currently 12
members of the inner bar and
1,027 of the outer bar. There
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Felipd Major/Tribune staff

Bahamians


give testimony



to Crown Land



Committee


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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE House Select Com-
mittee on Crown Land
heard the testimony of sev-
eral Bahamians who claimed
their efforts to acquire
Crown land grants have
been stifled by inefficiencies,
bureaucracy and nepotism
in the public service.
Sherlin Allan Brown, a
fisherman who lives in San
Souci, New Providence,
recounted his struggles in
attempting to secure two
beach-front lots in his native
Mayaguana where he wants
to build a retirement home
and a business.
He claimed he applied for
two tracts of ocean-view land
on that island in 1992. He
further claimed that while
his attempts to acquire the
properties - lot No.1 and No.
57 - have been unsuccess-
ful, the relatives of former
island administrator Mildred
Williamson have been grant-
ed several nearby ocean-
view lots since he made his
application.
He was granted lot No. 60
in 1999 from DLS while the
lots he preferred remained
available, he said. Mr Brown
feels he was denied the tracts
he requested because public
officials or their relatives are
interested in acquiring these
properties.
He added that he was nev-
er given a title to the land
he was granted and paid for,
only a receipt. To make mat-
ters worse, he said that
another resident's house is
erected on the property
blocking him from develop-
ing the property.
"I'm hoping to get my
legal rights and (for) other
citizens of Mayaguana to get
their property straight as
well," he told the committee
of his reason for appearing


MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, Chair of the
House Select Committee on Crown Land, listens to Sherle Knowles


and her father Emerson Major.
yesterday.
Another witness, Christo-
pher Curry, a handyman
who resides in the
Carmichael Road area, told
the committee of his frus-
trated attempt to get
approval for a Crown land
grant from the Department
of Land and Surveys for
more than 20 years.
He claimed that he first
submitted an application for
lot No.16 in Carmichael Vil-
lage in 1987 and reapplied
in 2001 after DLS could not
find his initial application.
For years he said he has
lived on the land, which was
once leased from the Gov-
ernment by his grand aunt,
and cannot install utilities or
develop the land because he
has no title to the property.
He said he had repeated
meetings with former Direc-
tor of Lands Tex Turnquest
about the issue, the last in
May, 2009, other DLS offi-
cials and has periodically
petitioned for approval, but
to no avail.
He claimed that the prop-
erty was surveyed by per-
sonnel from DLS about five


years ago and all he needs
is the prime minister's
approval of his application.
He feels his application has
been lingering in the system
due to lax practices and inef-
ficiencies at DLS.
Several other witnesses
told the committee of their
land woes, including retired
civil servant and farmer
Emerson Major, who was
assisted by his daughter
Sherle Knowles; father and
son Berthel and Mark Rolle;
and Anthony Cunningham,
a food and beverage manag-
er at Holiday Inn.
However, in many cases
the panel informed the wit-
nesses that their issues were
perhaps better served in a
court of law and could not
be addressed by the narrow
scope of the select commit-
tee.
The committee's next pub-
lic hearing is scheduled for
January 11 when several
public officials are expected
to be recalled before the
group. A report on the com-
mittees findings should be
submitted to the House of
Assembly by January 20.


Four armed robberies



in the last two days


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POLICE are investigating four armed rob-
beries that occurred in the capital in the past
two days.
In the first incident, a man was robbed
while attempting to make an early morning
bank deposit outside Scotia Bank on the
corner of Soldier Road and East Street at
around 5.30am on Thursday.
The victim was allegedly held up by a man
dressed in dark clothing with a scarf across
his face, who was armed with a handgun.
He told police the robber demanded cash
and escaped with his deposit bag. Police say
they do not know in what direction the rob-
ber was heading when he left the scene.
Around 9.45pm on Thursday, while at the
junction of Peardale and Wulff Roads, a
woman was robbed of her cell phone by a
dark-skinned, medium built man.
She told police the man approached her
brandishing a handgun and demanded cash.
The culprit fled east along Wulff Road on
foot. About half an hour later, at around
10.15pm on Thursday, police received word
of an armed robbery in the Chippingham
area.





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A woman resident of the area told
responding officers that when she arrived
home, she saw two men dressed in dark
clothing on her front porch.
She told police that one of the men was
armed with a handgun and that he snatched
her handbag containing an undetermined
amount of cash, a cell phone and other per-
sonal effects.
According to the victim, the men fled on
foot but she could not say in which direction
they headed.
Police also reported that bold robbers
burst into the SuperWash laundromat on
Baillou Hill Road South at around 9.42am
yesterday.
Employees told responding officers that
two men - one dressed in a brown suit and
sunglasses, and armed with a handgun; the
other wearing a plaid shirt - entered the
store demanding cash.
The men took an undetermined amount of
cash and fled the area heading east on Mal-
colm Road in a green or gold Nissan Pulsar
licence plate number 11452.
Police are investigating these incidents.

Seven Sunday
school teachers
to be recognized
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,7 ,11,12 ers will be recognized for their
, , , contributions to the growth and
..........P4 development of their schools
when they are presented with
.......... P8 the "Conquering Lion Award"
at The Big Harvest Community
..... P9,10 Sunday School anniversary cel-
ebrations on Sunday, January
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Street will celebrate its ninth
annual Sunday School "Rally in
the Alley" on that day when the
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Community and Christian Train-
ing Centre will be dedicated.


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, PAGE 3


LOSALNEWS


WHY YOU




"I vex because BEC
doing a lot of foolishness, I
mean things already hard -
how in the world my light
bill could go from being
$94, $125, or even $250, to
being $938? And guess
what, if I don't pay it you
can bet your bottom dol-
lar they would sure as hell
disconnect me."
- Vex with BEC

"I'm vexed with those
who oppose outside teach-
ers for the schools. Better
start the teaching at the top
especially when on the TV
it said 'Marry Christmas
from ZNS' - are there no
editors for this?"
- Disgusted

"I vex at all these men,
women, children and pot-
cakes who walking in the
middle of the road in the
pitch black night like they
ain' scared of getting
knock down. They lucky I
have good brakes on my
car or a lot of them would
have been flat on the pave-
ment. I don't know why
Bahamians don't know
how to walk on the side-
walk, one at a time and in
the opposite direction of
oncoming traffic."
- Mad Motorist

"I vex at how cold it is
on this lil' island. Global
warming must be real
because I ain' use to this
kind of cold on our tropical
island. Plus I ain' got no
winter clothes, my lil' tank
tops and shorts ain' ga cut
it in these times. I can't
even get relief when I head
to bed because my sheets
cold like ice.
"I know come June I will
be sweating like a donkey
but Lord please bring back
the sunshine because this
cold ain' playing "
- Freezing Out East

"I happy because I was
just walking out of City
Markets Seagrapes when
a lady passed me wearing
pink flannel pajamas with
red monkeys on them - I
did a double-take ! I know
it was cold out here in the
east this Sunday - our win-
dow thermometer read 55
degrees - but did she real-
ly have to come out in her
pyjamas?
"Didn't notice if she
wore bunny or monkey
slippers though. Don't
know who she was but her
fun spirit put a smile on my
face."
- Happy Shopper

CORRECTION
Yesterday, in an article
headlined 'BDM leader to
run in by-election' we
referred to Dr Dexter John-
son, campaign chairman for
the Bahamas Democratic
Movement, as Dr Dexter
Grant.
The Tribune would like
to apologise for any incon-
venience this error may
have caused.


Sky Bahamas CEO: passenger


safety

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SKY Bahamas president and CEO
Randy Butler is keen to reassure pas-
sengers of the safety of his aircraft
after a SAAB 340 collapsed at the gate
when the landing gear failed.
Passengers waiting to board the 33-
seater jet at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport were horrified when
the landing gear failed and the aircraft
crashed to the ground at 11.45am, just
15 minutes before they were sched-
uled to depart for Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, on Thursday.
The flight was cancelled and the
eight passengers booked on the noon
flight were accommodated on the
afternoon flight to Marsh Harbour at
4.30pm.
Sky Bahamas' 1pm flight from
Marsh Harbour to Nassau was also
cancelled and all but two of the eight
passengers scheduled to take that flight
went to Nassau on the evening flight at
5.30pm.
Only the captain and flight atten-
dant were on board and Flight Stan-


most important to us


dards Inspectorate accident investiga-
tor Delvin Major said no one was
injured.
Police, two fire engines and an
ambulance assisted at the scene as a
crowd of around 60 wandered out of
the departure lounge to gather around
the damaged aircraft.
The 33-seat passenger plane was


added to Sky Bahamas' fleet of five
aircraft about four weeks ago and an
investigation has been launched into
the landing gear occurrence in accor-
dance with Bahamas Aviation safety
regulations.
Mr Butler said Sky Bahamas is also
investigating the occurrence, which he
stressed was an isolated incident.


The Sky Bahamas president and
CEO said: "We realized quickly that it
was an isolated event and it was not a
safety issue. Once we realized that we
continued as normal and used another
aircraft to transport the passengers.
"Passenger safety is most important
to us. And it is not that if something
happens to one airplane there's some-
thing wrong with the others.
"We do about 30 flights safely each
day and on each one we take 25 to 33
people, and if you have the good plea-
sure of flying our airlines you will see
the good service we produce.
"My background is in civil aviation
and as an accident safety investigator,
so we know about these things and
our focus is always to look at it to see
what happened and prevent it from
happening again. Any time there is a
question about safety to the public we
deal with it right away."
Sky Bahamas was founded in 2006
and operates around 30 flights a day
between the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport in Nassau and the
Family Islands of Exuma, Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Abaco and Cat
Island as well as the Turks and Caicos.


Chinese vessel welcomed on the Bahamian Registry


SHANGHAI - Minister of
the Environment Earl
Deveaux was in the People's
Republic of China to attend
the commissioning ceremony
of the newest vessel on the
Bahamian ship registry on
Wednesday, January 6.
Barbara Jean Deveaux, the
minister's wife, officially
named the vessel the CS Car-
oline in honour of the late
Winifred Caroline Mortimer.
The vessel will be managed
by Campbell Shipping Com-
pany Limited, a Bahamian
company.
The ship was built in Jaing-
su Province, the Peoples
Republic of China, by Tsuji
Industries (Jiangsu) Co Ltd
and designed by Algoship
Designers Limited. GTR
Campbell Marine Consultants
Limited supervised the con-
struction of the ship. Both
companies are Bahamian and
have offices in Nassau.
Mr Deveaux said the
Bahamas ship registry has
many vessels built in China by
Bahamian companies valued
well in excess of a billion US
dollars.
He also noted that the Peo-
ple's Republic of China and
the Bahamas have had formal
diplomatic relations for more
than 12 years.
"However, our cultures
have been comingled for a
very long time, as many of the
Bahamas' most successful cit-
izens are of Chinese origin,"
Mr Deveaux said. "The rela-
tionship between our coun-
tries has proven to be mutual-
ly beneficial to both countries.
"The Bahamas has benefit-
ted from significant Chinese
investments, notably Hutchin-
son Whampoa in Freeport,
Grand Bahama. The generos-
ity of the Chinese people is
exemplified in the gift of a


sports complex and expert
technical support by the gov-
ernment of the People's
Republic of China."
Mr Deveaux explained that
the Bahamas Maritime
Authority (BMA) has been
an industry leader in meeting
the challenge of administer-
ing one of the world's finest
registries.
"Under the BMA's over-
sight and with strong support,
the Bahamas flagged ocean
going fleet has grown to
become the third largest in the
world.
"The Bahamian Registry
has 5.2 million gross tonnes
comprising of 1,670 vessels
which carry the Bahamian
flag.
"The registry is widely
regarded as among the best in
terms of quality," Mr Deveaux
said.
He said the international
maritime sector has significant
potential for expansion and
the Authority has recently
chosen a new managing direc-
tor, Commodore Davy Rolle,
and will face future challenges
and opportunities with
renewed vigour and purpose.
He singled out three initia-
tives to highlight the focus of
the Bahamas maritime reg-
istry:
* Yacht Registry - The
BMA is well advanced in
completing a set of rules for
yacht registration to expand
the profile of the registry.
* Arbitration Act - The
Bahamas has recently enacted


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an Arbitration Act, a feature
of great value to international
shipping.
* Maritime Institute - The
demand for trained seafarers
continues to grow. The
Bahamas is developing a mod-
el for training in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.
Mr Deveaux also noted that
the maritime sector is a sig-
nificant contributor to the
Bahamian economy.
"It is increasingly broad-
based, serving as the centre
for maritime arbitration, new
and renewed facilities in and
around the Port of Nassau,
major international shipping
operations in Freeport and the
growing ship repair facilities,
all speak to the opportunities
for solid growth," he said.


BARBARA JEAN DEVEAUX, the wife of the Minister of the Environ-
ment Dr Earl Deveaux formally names the newest vessel on the
Bahamian Registry in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China.
Pictured from left: Dr Deveaux; Eleanor Phillips, director of the
Nature Conservancy; Lowell J Mortimer, president of Campbell
Shipping the company which owns CS Caroline; BJ Deveaux and
Yasuji Kodama, vice president of Tsuji Heavy Industries.


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So many dots, so much sharing. What now?


WASHINGTON - Before 9/11, U.S.
intelligence officials had little information
about terrorism, and they hoarded it.
Now, they share it. All of it. Every-
where. Information about threats - actu-
al, perceived and bogus - is spread across
multiple agencies, stored in multiple data-
bases. It arrives in untold snippets from
all over the world and is hurriedly passed
around. Nobody wants to be blamed for
sitting on the missing puzzle piece.
In explaining its failure to stop alleged
al-Qaida operative Umar Farouk Abdul-
mutallab from boarding a plane while car-
rying a bomb, the government said Thurs-
day that it had plenty of dots to connect.
Information was passed around. No puzzle
pieces went missing, but nobody put it
together.
And there was nobody to blame.
"This incident was not the fault of a
single individual or organization but rather
a systemic failure across organizations and
agencies," President Barack Obama said.
The 9/11 Commission in 2004 cited a
complete failure of the nation's intelli-
gence community to share and analyse
information. Former President George W.
Bush spent years overhauling U.S. spy-
craft, forming new agencies, building new
databases, encouraging information-shar-
ing and training spies.
Years later, and following a terrorist
attack that was prevented only because
Abdulmutallab's bomb failed to detonate,
the nation is witnessing lingering prob-
lems that may even be getting worse.
"There's so much intelligence flowing,
and it all goes into this river of informa-
tion," said Patrick Rowan, who served as
Bush's top Justice Department countert-
errorism official. "But the ability to fish
out what's important from that river is
always going to be a challenge."
U.S. officials had plenty of information
to keep Abdulmutallab off the plane, and
circulated it widely, according to the
report. But the information arrived in
incomplete bits, and it was stored in mul-
tiple databases. Had intelligence officials
searched all those databases, they likely
would have discovered enough to put
Abdulmutallab on the "no-fly" list.
Intelligence is stored in multiple data-
bases for different reasons. Sometimes
because it's maintained by different agen-


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cies in the 16-member intelligence com-
munity. Other times it's to protect privacy
or civil liberties.
Also, now that everyone has access to
the information, it's not always clear who's
in charge of analysing it. That revelation
left reporters scratching their heads as
White House adviser John Brennan
explained that now, someone should take
the lead.
"It just seems like that would be the
basic premise of any intelligence system,"
one reporter said. "It seems so fundamen-
tal. I'm sure people wonder, 'Really, that's
a reform we need?'"
Yes.
"There are a lot of different organiza-
tions involved," Brennan explained. "I
think what we're trying to do is to make
sure that, as these threads develop - and
there are so many of them - that it's
clearly understood who has the lead on
it."
The biggest problems revealed by the
9/11 Commission were dramatic and, in
many ways, the solutions were obvious.
The problems in Thursday's report were
murkier. How do you ensure the State
Department spells a name correctly or that
an analyst fishes the right tidbit of intelli-
gence from the river?
"It's a people problem and an account-
ability problem," said Eleanor Hill, the
former staff director of the 9/11 Commis-
sion.
Michael Jacobson, an investigator for
the 9/11 Commission who now works on
counterterrorism issues for the Washington
Institute for Near East Policy, said the
problems described by Obama may be
even more difficult to solve. The better
our spycraft, the more information we'll
get. The more information, he said, the
harder it is to make sense of it all.
That's why Obama's order to his intel-
ligence community looks much different
from the list of recommendations following
9/11. Obama didn't tell the government
to change what it is doing. He just wants
them to do it better and faster.
And he left it up to them to figure out
how.
(This article was written by
MattApuzzo and Pamela Hess,
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Boyhood




memories




of life in




Long Island


EDITOR, The Tribune.
BACK in those days of
innocence and blissful
ignorance of all the angst
in far-flung places, we
lived a happy and simple
life in our Settlement
down south.
And we lived according
to rules that helped us to
grow into the people we
are today, focused and dis-
ciplined hard workers. We
had lots of chores to do,
and we carried them out,
or else.
After breaking boughs
for the goats and tying
them out in the meadows
up on the Old Hill, we
would beat on our empty
water buckets and sing
Mamalay as we walked
back home. Didn't have
any toys, but we had lots
of good fun.
Food abounded for us:
fish, chicken, goat meat,


mutton, pigeon peas, okra,
salt beef; and food
abounded for the crea-
tures: jumbay, cinnepod,
ramhorn, gumelemi and
wild parsley.
I will never forget the
day when I rode the don-
key from Auntie
Blanche's Old Field right
to our yard; and he didn't
stop until he got to the
well! It's a good thing
there wasn't many cars
and trucks in those days.
Shabby and I got up
every weekday morning
with the morning star,
grinding corn, parching
coffee beans and beating
them in the mortar with
an iron pestle, then draw-
ing coffee for daddy
before he left for the


Reciting the


names of all


those present

EDITOR, THE TRIBUNE.

The changing of the guard of the Commissioner of Police
with all its protocol and fanfare drew a question: If the
Commissioner's office is a Constitutional Office how was it
that we did not see as we see with a Chief Justice, Judges,
Cabinet Ministers the swearing of the person at govern-
ment House in the presence of His Excellency the Governor-
General?
What we saw the signing of some form of document of
transfer surely was not sufficient?
I have always wondered why we continue to use the recit-
ing of the various personalities attending an official event -
Governor-General, Rt Hon Prime Minister, Chief Justice all
down the List of Precedence to first bottle-scrubber and then
the next speaker repeats and the one after, oh, God stop
this...again?
Surely this practice originated from when only radio was
available as my experience cannot find any other Caribbean
country that retains this useless time-wasting practice with
always the fear that you miss someone.
Government House should immediately issue an order
that only when there is the presence of His Excellency the
Governor-General - Prime Minister - Chief Justice and
Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
and representatives of Foreign Governments should be
mentioned except for the first incidence by the Master of
Ceremonies or Introducer.
At church ceremonies when officials make tributes such
mention is totally unnecessary as in God's house I suggest we
are all equal.
It is time this gets remedied as we witnessed at the Com-
missioner of Police hand-over it was totally laughable and it
is laughable and totally unnecessary unless those officials
whose names are recited are on a hard ego trip.
Hoping we can see a change on this one?

W THOMPSON
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fields in Stevens. Eventu-
ally, Junior joined the ear-
ly morning crew, with his
first morning being upset
by his seeing Cle. Don't
believe it if someone tells
you that Junior couldn't
run fast!
All three of us worked
with daddy during sum-
mer recess, roasting sweet
potatoes and eating paw-
paws right off the trees.
Going fishing on Satur-
day, to the Scrub Field,
Long Bar and Billy Wells,
meant we had to double
up on Friday, toting
enough wood for cooking
on the weekend and
breaking enough boughs
to keep the goats happy
until Sunday.
Only one time I had to
rescue a goat from hang-
ing: I heard it all the way
upon the Old Hill, bleat-
ing like a hanging goat! I
s'pose it is advantageous
for the rescuer to have big
bat ears!
It was pure joy out on
Long Bar, swimming and
playing when we got tired
of waiting for the fish to
bite. Once in a while, we
would see the Haulers up
as far as Billy Wells and
Fox Field Point looking
for bonefish and shads.
Oh my, the satisfying culi-
nary experience of eating
steamed fried shads and
yellow corn grits with
mayonnaise-covered sliced
sun-ripened tomatoes on
the side! As Cousin Mack-
ey would say: "You don't
know what you're missing,
buck!"
There used to be lots of
excitement every year
when the crabs would
swarm out of their holes
after the spring rain. Peo-
ple would come from
everywhere to catch 'em
by the dozen. From the
shoulder baskets to the
big oil drums, to the
crates, to the Air Pheas-
ant and the freight boats,
to be sold in Nassau. Leg-
endary captains like
Anton Lockhart, Farlin
Deveaux, Mac Burrows,
Harrod Turnquest and
Raymond Cartwright
come to mind.
Not many crabs now, as
people dig for them out of
season: White crabs, black
crabs, striped crabs, brown
crabs, red crabs, all of
them like sapodillas, shep-
herd needle, hominy and
rice. In spite of their eat-
ing habits, crabs make for
good eating as many tasty
dishes are made from
these crawlers: crab in
rice, boiled crab and
dough, crab soup, fried
crab egg, baked crab and
boiled crab biters. Crab is
good for baiting fish, too!
Tasty crab: all body and
no head.
If time stood still, Mama
would still be here: she
was small in stature, big
in character, stouthearted,
enduring, fearless, godly,
quiet and strong. And, it is
almost thirty-seven years
since Granddaddy left: I
treasure the time he took
with me; he used to talk
with me, always made me
feel special. Granddaddy
took me fishing for grunts,
by Jim's Cay. Afterwards,
we would race the other
boats back to Mangrove
Bush.
We look forward to see-
ing so many friends and
family again, including Joe
Morris, who took us fish-
ing Southside, and Louis
Burrows, who told me that
"the more you live, the
more you learn.
GLEN MORE
Nassau,
January, 2010.


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, PAGE 5


LOSALNEWS


UTEB weighs in on



COB president search


By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


The Council of the College of
the Bahamas will meet next
week to discuss the selection
process for a new president.
The Union of Tertiary Edu-
cators (UTEB) is hoping for a
transparent process that actively
involves the major stakeholders.
"I think if we do a proper
search there are Bahamians
available to fill the position, but
that is if the process is not going
to be politically driven. The col-
lege is run and funded totally by
the Bahamas government. I just


hope they can remove them-
selves from the process long
enough for us to be able to find
the best candidate for the job,"
said Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson,
UTEB president.
Council chairman T Baswell
Donaldson said the council's first
meeting of the year is set to
address several matters, includ-
ing the challenge of finding a
new president. During the meet-
ing, the council will decide on
several matters relating to the
selection process, which typical-
ly involves establishing a special
presidential search committee.
The council machinery was
activated in late December when


COB president Janyne Hodder
announced her decision to step
down in June. With just six
months to prepare, Mrs Dotson
said she hopes a new president is
named well in advance of Ms
Hodder's departure, so the new
president can work alongside Ms
Hodder and ensure a smooth
hand over.
Even though the UTEB has
no names at this time to put for-
ward, Mrs Dotson said the union
is clear about looking for a pres-
ident that sees the union as a
partner.
"We are looking for someone
who is union-friendly, who has a
good focus on academia, is able


Can Bahamians solve disputes with foreigners

without getting Immigration involved?


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to bring funds into the universi-
ty, deal with the challenges on
campus, is willing to talk and
move around the campus and
talk to staff and students - not
someone being top-driven like
we have seen in the past, but
someone to ensure that we will
all be a part of a collaborative
process. The person should be
a leader and be able to make
decisions, but they should
engage faculty and staff," she
said.


The 12 council members
responsible for the presidential
selection are: T Baswell Don-
aldson, chairman; Judith White-
head, deputy chairman; Diane
Stewart; Dr Earl Cash; Lionel
Sands; Vernice Walkine; Tanya
McCartney; Janyne Hodder,
president; Jennifer Isaacs Dot-
son; Jamal Knowles, COB Stu-
dent Union (COBUS) president;
Randol Dorsette, alumni repre-
sentative; Rodman Forbes, COB
staff observer.


Mr Donaldson said the coun-
cil will issue a statement follow-
ing their meeting next week.
Former council member, Dar-
ron Cash, said: "Now that the
renters have left or have
announced their departure,
mark me down as one who
believes that it is time to put an
end to the cycle of part-time
presidents. Time to put a
Bahamian in the chair and get
on with the business of moving
to university status."


By JETTA J BAPTISTE

I PREDICT that one of two
things will happen in the very
near future in the Bahamas.
The first possibility is that
Bahamians will see every single
foreigner gone from these
shores, and then will really
know who and what the
Bahamas is all about. The
Bahamas is for Bahamians, but
who is a Bahamian? Can all
the Cabinet ministers tell me
that they have no "Haitian"
blood flowing through their
veins?
The Bahamas was built by
the blood, sweat and tears of
Haitians, Jamaicans, Turks
Islanders, Trinidadians, Bar-
badians, Americans, Canadi-
ans, Mexicans, Chinese, Ital-
ians, Greeks, Cubans, Germans
and other European people.
For hundreds of years, these
people have played an impor-
tant role in the development
of the Bahamas. Haiti for
instance, used to and still pro-
vides food for Bahamians.
Many people left the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas to
have their children at the hos-
pitals in Haiti over a hundred
years ago.
What many "so-called"
Bahamians don't realise is that
Haitians have a large network
that is not only in the Bahamas
or Haiti. They are well
ingrained all over the world,
especially in the United States,
Europe and Canada, where the
Bahamas looks for its tourist
dollars. What would happen
one day if these Haitians and
other foreigners decide to use
their influence against Bahami-
ans living in the Bahamas?
Bahamians must understand
the world is smaller than it was
10 or 20 years ago. Facebook
for instance has well over 350
million subscribers worldwide
using it daily. Whatever hap-
pens anywhere in the world,
good or bad, is known imme-
diately around the world.
Haitians are well entrenched
in government in Florida,
Georgia, Boston, Philadelphia,
New York, Washington, Chica-
go, and you will find them
throughout the 50 states, polit-
ically and economically.
Be careful which foreigner
you all mess with, because you
never know, what his brother,
sister, child, mother, father,
aunt, uncle, cousin or other rel-
ative will do in reaction. Can
you imagine, a group of
Haitians, Americans or Cubans
protesting at Port Everglades
and the Port of Miami about
how bad the Bahamians treat
foreigners in this country?
Think about it; is this what the


Bahamas wants, when the
Bahamas is slowly dying eco-
nomically right now?
The other possibility I pre-
dict is that one day, the
Bahamas' Immigration Depart-
ment will deal effectively, effi-
ciently and expeditiously with
all applications that have been
pending for months or even
years.
I certainly hope this happens
instead of the first scenario.
How long do you think the
Bahamas can survive with an
economic or tourism boycott
against the Bahamas? What
would happen if every Haitian
or foreigner withdrew every
dollar they have out of the
Bahamian banks? How would
BTC make it with no foreign-
ers calling their countries? How
many nurses, doctors, hospital
staff, immigration, Defence
Force officers and teachers
would still be employed if all of
these Haitians and other for-
eigners leave this country right
now, this week?
What about the store own-
ers: who will they sell their
goods to? How will Bahami-
ans make it? I wish to see the
day when Bahamian Immigra-
tion officers will have no more
work to do because there are
no more Haitians, Jamaicans
and other foreigners to chase
around and abuse. The Bible
says that there is a time for
everything under the sun. One
day, this situation will come to
an end.
Bahamians must learn to
stop using the Immigration
Department and its officers to
exploit people and fulfil unjust
intentions. Recently, there was
a case in which a Haitian man
was working for a Bahamian
company for more than nine
years. He had documentary
proof. He was terminated from
his employment for doing no
wrong and he is legally entitled
to his accrued vacation and sev-
erance pay.
His employer went to the
Immigration Department in an
effort to have this man deport-
ed when he found out that the
man filed a complaint at the
Labour Board. The sick Hait-
ian man was arrested and later
released by the Immigration
Department, thanks to Immi-
gration Minister Branville
McCartney, who was made
aware of the situation and dealt
with it expeditiously. This is
not right in the sight of man
and God. The man was simply


seeking to
obtain what
he was
legally and
- rightfully
entitled to.
He wishes
to return to
Haiti, but
will not
return with-
out the
money he
claims is owed to him.
This matter is slated to come
before the Industrial Tribunal,
who knows when, but in the
meantime his work permit may
expire, and he may be forced to
leave the country because
employers can manipulate the
system to their advantage,
using their friends, family, and
business associates to aid them
in dealing unjustly with immi-
grants. Yet the Bahamas
belongs to international labour
organizations and is always
signing international labour
treaties. I wonder if these inter-
national organizations know
what happens routinely to
immigrant workers in this
country.
I also often wonder how is
the Bahamas blessed by God,
when "we the so-called
Bahamian Christians" don't do
what the Bible says. How do
these people sleep comfortably
at night, knowing full well that
they have aided and abetted in
causing another child of God
to be denied what rightfully
belongs to them?
I never could understand this
aspect of my Bahamian peo-
ple, and I thank God daily
when I meet a compassionate
Bahamian who will stand up
for the oppressed and under-
privileged immigrants living in
this country.
My prayer is that in this new
year, 2010, Bahamians will
begin to treat others as they
would like to be treated. I hope
they become more respectful,
tolerant, and compassionate to
each other.
I pray that they stop using
the Immigration Department
as an oppressive tool to stifle
the growth and development
of this country.
What do you think?
jettabaptiste@hotmail.com


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China's role in the




Copenhagen Climate




Change Conference


The following is an opinion
piece submitted by the
Embassy of the People's
Republic of China.


PART I

Verdant Mountains Cannot
Stop Water Flowing;
Eastward the River Keeps
on Going
- China played an impor-
tant and constructive role at
the Copenhagen Climate
Change Conference

On 19 December, the
Copenhagen climate change
conference finally produced
major and positive outcomes
after complicated and tortu-
ous negotiations. The Copen-
hagen Accord firmly upheld
the basic framework and prin-
ciples established by the Unit-
ed Nations Framework Con-
vention on Climate Change
and its Kyoto Protocol, fur-
ther clarified the due obliga-
tions of developed and devel-
oping countries according to
the principle of "common but
differentiated responsibili-
ties", and reflected interna-
tional consensus regarding the
long-term goals for address-
ing climate change, financing,
technology, transparency of
action and other issues.
From December 16 to 18,
in the nearly 60 hours Pre-
mier Wen Jiabao spent in
Copenhagen, he held inten-
sive talks and consultations
with other leaders to drive the
negotiation process forward.
We, as members of the trav-
elling press corps, witnessed
the roller-coaster, nail-biting
negotiations at Copenhagen.
But more importantly, we
experienced the sincerity, con-
fidence, resolve and effective
efforts Premier Wen brought
to Copenhagen, which fully
demonstrated China's image
as a responsible big country
dedicated to development and
co-operation.
In his important speech at
the high-level segment of the
conference, Premier Wen reit-
erated the consistent position
of the Chinese government.


He called on all sides to build
consensus and strengthen co-
operation to advance the his-
torical process of combating
climate change. Confronted
by the complicated situation
in and outside the Bella Cen-
tre, Premier Wen was unde-
terred. With the strongest
political will and patience, he
shuttled between participat-
ing leaders and engaged them
in dialogue and consultations.
At the critical moment when
the negotiations faced the risk
of a breakdown, he personal-
ly talked to various parties
and helped the conference
reach the final accord with his
painstaking and thoughtful
efforts.
History will remember the
important contribution of the
Chinese government to the
success of the Copenhagen
conference.

"He who is cautious may
seem timid in the beginning,
but his mettle will shine
through in the end."
Always well prepared -
Premier Wen Jiabao
thought carefully on how to
ensure a successful confer-
ence before leaving for
Copenhagen.

The argument between
developing and developed
countries on global warming
has grown ever more heated
in recent years. As the largest
developing nation, China has
made enormous and effective
efforts to conserve energy and
control emissions.
On November 26, the Chi-
nese government announced
the target of cutting carbon
dioxide emissions per unit of
GDP by 40-45 per cent from
the 2005 level by 2020. The
announcement was widely
applauded by the interna-
tional community. It was also
announced on that day that
Premier Wen Jiabao would
attend the Copenhagen con-
ference.


After the opening of the
conference on 7 December,
Copenhagen became a stage
of intense wrangling between
national governments, interest
groups, NGOs and research
institutes. But the unending
arguments, talks and negotia-
tions never seemed to get
very far and an enormous gulf
remained between divergent
positions. The clock was tick-
ing, and a pervasive sense of
pessimism and despair began
to fill the conference centre.
At 3pm on December 16
the plane carrying Premier
Wen and the Chinese delega-
tion took off from Beijing and
started the journey to Copen-
hagen.
"It is a huge task to attend
the conference on behalf of
the Chinese government. I am
deeply aware of the heavy
responsibility upon me," Pre-
mier Wen said to the travel-
ling press corps on board the
plane. "On my way to the air-
port, I thought of two ancient
sayings. One is 'He who is
cautious may seem timid in
the beginning, but his mettle
will shine through in the end',
and the other is 'Thorough
planning at the outset will
serve one well in his ensuing
endeavors'. In other words, if
you think carefully as you
embark on a mission, you will
be able to act with courage
and resolve."
In fact, the premier's jour-
ney to Copenhagen had start-
ed well before this day. In the
run-up to the conference, he
visited the China Meteoro-
logical Administration and
had a number of telephone
conversations with foreign
leaders.
On November 27 and 28,
representatives of the BASIC
countries - China, India,
Brazil and South Africa - and
Sudan as the chair of the
Group of 77 held consulta-
tions in Beijing. Premier Wen
met with the participating
environment ministers or
their representatives.
From 8 December onwards,
as national delegations were
engaged in tough negotiations
in Copenhagen, Premier Wen
talked by phone with the UN
Secretary-General and the
leaders of Britain, Germany,
India, Brazil, South Africa,


Denmark and Ethiopia. They
had frank and in-depth con-
versations on some major
issues concerning the confer-
ence.
On 11 December, Premier
Wen made a visit to the China
Meteorological Administra-
tion and convened a discus-
sion with experts on climate
change. During the meeting,
he called for resolute and
strong measures to meet the
government's target for con-
trolling greenhouse gas emis-
sions.
Premier Wen had also fol-
lowed closely developments
at the Copenhagen confer-
ence after its opening. Soon
after his plane took off from
Beijing, he asked the press
corps to come to the front
cabin and shared his thoughts
very frankly.
It was apparent that Pre-
mier Wen had already care-
fully thought about the com-
plicated situation awaiting
him. He said, "I am confident
that with so many leaders
converging on Copenhagen,
the conference will be a fruit-
ful one. But whatever may
happen in Copenhagen, Chi-
na will not change its action
plan. Our voluntary mitiga-
tion target is non-negotiable
and our determination to
meet it will not waver," he
said to us.
After this mid-air briefing,
Premier Wen called a meeting
of the accompanying minis-
ters to analyse the position of
various parties. Then, alone
in his cabin, the premier
looked out at the sea of
clouds outside the plane, star-
ing intensely, deep in thought.
It was not a light-hearted mis-
sion, he knew. So many things
needed to be considered
before the conference could
be brought to a fruitful con-
clusion.
At 4.45pm local time, Pre-
mier Wen's plane touched
down at Copenhagen airport.
Snow was falling heavily and
chill wind was howling: not
all was quiet on this wintry
evening in Copenhagen.
Everyone in the Chinese
delegation was tired after a
10-hour flight that had
crossed seven time zones and
over 7,000 kilometers, but
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embassy, where he would
hear briefings on the latest
developments and plan the
next steps. Over one hour had
passed before he finally left
the embassy and checked in at
the Radisson Hotel.

"The most important thing
is to build consensus quick-
ly."
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plicated situation, Premier
Wen Jiabao worked with
sincerity, resolve and confi-
dence to mediate, communi-
cate, co-ordinate, bridge dif-
ferences and expand com-
mon ground.

At 6am on December 17,
Premier Wen went to break-
fast. He was briefed at the
breakfast table. As the nego-
tiations in Copenhagen
involved 192 countries, the
circumstances were changing
every minute.
At 8.30am Premier Wen
walked into the meeting
room, brimming with energy
and ready for a whole day of
intense meetings. The first
leader he met was Prime Min-
ister Rasmussen of the host
country Denmark. Premier
Wen commended Denmark
for its hard work in the run-up
to the conference and pledged
China's full support to the
host in bringing about a suc-
cessful outcome. The Danish
prime minister was somewhat
relieved to hear these words.
He talked about the deep rift
among parties and the
absence of a text that could
serve as a basis for consulta-
tions. He was visibly worried
about the negotiation process.
Premier Wen expressed full
understanding of the pressure
facing the host. He attributed
various divisions to four focal
issues, namely, a basic text,
financial support, the long-
term target and MRV (mea-
surable, reportable and veri-
fiable). He suggested that
pragmatic efforts be made in
accordance with the principle
of "common but differentiat-
ed responsibilities" to build
on the two draft texts pre-
sented by the chairs of the


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two Ad Hoc Working
Groups, lock up the consen-
sus already achieved and
leave the divisive elements to
future deliberations.
He said this might be the
only viable way, and a resolu-
tion thus reached could rep-
resent an outcome of the con-
ference.
Prime Minister Rasmussen
thanked Premier Wen for his
constructive proposal. He said
if all other leaders could work
as vigorously as the Chinese
Premier, the conference
would achieve success.
Premier Wen then met UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon. Ban was also gravely
concerned about the stalled
process and regarded a con-
ference without any gains as
unacceptable. Premier Wen
pointed out that it was unre-
alistic for the nearly 200 coun-
tries to patch up their wide
differences in less than two
days.
The Chinese people and
people across the globe all
looked forward to a successful
conference. The most impor-
tant thing at the moment was
to build consensus quickly.
The conference could opt for
a political document that
reflected the consensus of all
parties aimed at affirming the
political will, recognizing the
existing achievements, and
sending a message of confi-
dence and hope to the world.
Premier Wen stressed that
the drafting process and con-
sultations must be open and
transparent.
The opinions of all parties
must be duly solicited and the
concerns of the developing
countries in particular must
be taken seriously. He
expressed hope that the Unit-
ed Nations would play an
important role in this process.
Ban nodded, absorbed in
thought.
What happened later
proved that Premier Wen's
suggestions were forward-
looking and workable.

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BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
YET anoth-
er talented
young baseball -
player who left
the Bahamas
to attend high
school is reap-
ing the success ,
of the move in
the United
States.
Brandon BRANDON
Murray, a MURRAY
product of the
Bahamas Baseball Federa-
tion, was selected to partic-
ipate in the International
High School Power Show-
case Home Run Derby 2010
Top Sixty High School
Prospects.
The event will be held on
Sunday at the Tampa Bay
Rays' Tropicana Field in
Tampa Bay, Florida.
Murray, 18, was selected
based on his performance
at Trinity Christian High
School where he excelled in
outfield, mainly playing in
left.
Trinity Christian Acade-
my is located in Lake
Worth, Florida and has
schooled a number of
Bahamian players who left
to further their chances to
either get a collegiate schol-
arship or a chance to make
the professional ranks.
Murray, who played on
the team with Richard Bain,
who was drafted in the pros
but opted to attend junior
college, will be heading to
the College of Charleston
in the fall.
Neither Murray or his
father, versatile
baseball/softball player
Bertie Murray Jr, were
available for comments, but
BBF's secretary general
Terry Sweeting said it's
another major step for the
Bahamas.
"From our end, we feel
it's excellent for him being
recognized as one of the top
high school prospects in all
the US," Sweeting said. "I
think it's an amazing accom-
plishment for Brandon. I
think he's doing extremely
well.
"He has a lot of pro
scouts pursing him, but I
think his parents want him
to get an education so he's
decided to make the choice
to go to the College of
Charleston."
Sweeting said the BBF is
very proud of Murray, who
played up in the Freedom
Farm League. He said he's
just one of 40-plus student-
athletes who are either play-
ing in high school or college
in the US.
"These kids have a gold-
en opportunity from the
sport of baseball and we just
want to encourage them,"
Sweeting said. "We are very
pleased with the way the
programme is headed.
"We have a lot of scouts
who have indicated that
they are interested in the
players that we have. Bran-
don is just one of those indi-
viduals who have benefited
from the programme."
At least two players -
Antoine Richardson and
Albert Cartwright - are in
the minor league pipeline.
But at the rate the players
are getting the exposure in
the US, Sweeting said it
shouldn't be long for the
Bahamas to have another
make it to the Major
League.
While there were a num-
ber of players who partici-
pated in the minor league,
only five - Andre Rodgers,
Wilfred 'Suggy' Culmer,
Wenty Ford, Tony Curry
and Ed Armbrister - played
in the majors.
Out of that quartet, Arm-
brister is the only legend
still living.
Armbrister, who broke
into the big leagues on
August 31, 1973, played
with the Cincinnati Reds
where he put down a con-
troversial bunt in the World
Series.


BUILDUP TO THE BIG EVENT ON FEBRUARY 14TH


piC s ar name


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MARATHON
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
WITH just about a
month to go, organizers are
excited about the planning
stages for Marathon
Bahamas.
The inaugural 26.2 mile
event will be held on Sun-
day, February 14 on a beau-
tiful course that will begin
at Fort Montagu, head over
the Paradise Island bridge,
turn around at Old Fort
Bay and end up at Arawak
Cay.
Chief executive officer
for the event Franklyn Wil-
son said they are delighted
that retired Olympic cham-
pion Pauline Davis-Thomp-
son has consented to be the
patron.
And Davis-Thompson
will also serve as the offi-
cial starter when the local
and international runners
start competing at 6 a.m.


on


Pauline Davis-Thompson takes


on role for inaugural event


Yesterday at Sunshine
Insurance Agents and Bro-
kers, the major sponsors,
Wilson said they are
delighted to have Davis-
Thompson play such a sig-
nificant role because of her
internally acclaimed success
as well as her personal
attributes.

Medal
Davis-Thompson, who is
still waiting on the gold
medal that was taken from
Marion Jones that she won
at the 2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia, cur-
rently serves as a Council
Member of the Interna-
tional Amateur Athletic


Veteran coach delighted

with Hall of Fame honour
VETERAN coach Keith Parker said he's delighted to
have been named for induction into the Central American
and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame.
However, he clarified the IAAF's website report that
that indicated that he was responsible for "introducing ath-
letics to the Bahamas in the early 1960s".
"This was clearly incorrect since athletics was flourishing
in the Bahamas long before I arrived in 1959. What I did do,
is focus more attention on the technical events - throws,
jumps, hurdles and pole vault, than was currently the case
when I arrived."


Association.
Additionally, Wilson said
they are also delighted to
announce that Philip Smith
has been included on the
Board of Directors as they
broaden the management
team to ensure that they
have the personnel in place
to pull off the first class
quality event.
Smith previously served
as Member of Parliament
for North Long Island,
Rum Cay and Salvador and
the High Commissionner to
Canada and he was the lead
organiser for the 500th
anniversary celebrations of
Christopher Columbus'
arrival in the Bahamas.
"So you see, we're not
bringing a rookie here,"
Wilson stressed. "We have
someone who can hit the
ground running, not some-
one who has to learn what
to do. We are bringing in a
senior person."
Smith said this is an
opportunity for him to cre-
ate a worldwide event that
will have long term impli-
cations in the community as
it continues to develop.
"Also, I am old enough
to remember when Pancho
Rahming and others ran
and the excitement that
they brought to us all,"


Smith said.
"So this is an opportunity
to say to all of those other
youngsters, 'you may not be
able to run as fast as Usain
Bolt, but you could be a
marathoner, or a half-
marathoner'. So we want to
encourage that element of
our sports heritage."
Wilson also revealed that
Alex Moczarski, president
of Marsh International, the
world's largest waste man-
agement firm, was invited
to sit down with the Board


for both the participants
and the spectators. He not-
ed that they clearly planned
the event to attract every-
body.
Wilson encouraged
everybody to log onto their
website: www.marathonba-
hamas.com to get more
details as well as to ensure
that they have signed up.
So far, entries have been
received from countries
such as the United States,
Netherlands Antilles, Turks
& Caicos and Canada.


"So this is an
opportunity to
say to all of
those other


of Directors recently. yOUngSterS, 'you
Contribution may not be able
to run as fast as
Moczarski, according to Usain Bolt, but
Wilson, liked what he saw
and he made a substantial yu could be a
contribution to the event. arfatlholler, or
With his contribution, Wil- a half-
son said they have been
able to provide the opooor- marathoner.


tunity for at least two teams
from every school in the
Bahamas to participate.
"These teams," said Wil-
son, "can comprise of stu-
dents, administrators and
teachers, but we would per-
fer than at least 50 per cent
of it will comprise of the
students."
As for the course, Wilson
said they could not have
selected a better scenic view


So we want to
encourage that
element of our
sports heritage."


Marathon Chief
executive officer
Franklyn Wilson


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TRIBUNE SPORTS


Owen Coyle

completes

move to Bolton

from Burnley
BOLTON, England
OWEN COYLE finally
took charge at Bolton on
Friday after completing his
move from Burnley to try
and save the club from rele-
gation, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The announcement was
made three days after the
former Bolton striker told
Burnley he wanted to join
its Lancashire Premier
League neighbor, with the
two clubs subsequently
agreeing a compensation
package.
While Coyle had guided
Burnley to 14th in the table,
after taking the club back to
the top flight for the first
time since 1976, Bolton is in
the drop zone in 18th place.
"I look forward to the
opportunity of bringing the
good times back to the club
for everyone," said Coyle,
who had been Burnley man-
ager since November 2007.
Bolton is a four-time FA
Cup winner, but its last cup
came in 1958.
The 43-year-old Coyle,
who is replacing fired Gary
Megson, played for Bolton
between 1993-95 and was
popular with the fans.
"Owen was our number
one target and we are natu-
rally delighted that he has
returned to the football club
as manager," Bolton chair-
man Phil Gartside. "He was
an inspirational player who
leads by example and a
great motivator."
Coyle, who has reported-
ly signed a two-and-a-half-
year contract, will have
more than a week before his
first match against Arsenal,
as Saturday's trip to Sunder-
land has been postponed
due to the freezing weather
gripping England.

United not

buying despite

injuries, slump

LONDON
HAMPERED by injury
absentees and a humiliating
FA Cup exit, Manchester
United faces a tricky match
at Birmingham in the Pre-
mier League on Saturday,
according to Associated
Press.
The cup loss to third-tier
Leeds capped a patchy first
half of the season for Unit-
ed, which remains second
in the standings in its bid
for a fourth straight Pre-
mier League title.
United's dip in form is
reflected in its last 11
league results, compared
with those of newly pro-
moted Birmingham. Both
sides have won seven, but
while United has lost four,
Birmingham is unbeaten
after four draws.
Injuries are adding to
United's problems, with
Nemanja Vidic being ruled
out for 10 days after tweak-
ing a nerve in his leg and
joining fellow center back
Rio Ferdinand on the side-
lines.
Manager Alex Ferguson
insists there are funds avail-
able for reinforcements, but
says he won't rush to make
any signing in the January
transfer window.
"I can't see any real dia-
monds," Ferguson said Fri-
day. "We've got the money
- there's no question
about that. I just don't see
that player that can make a
difference to us in terms of
value and availability."
Midfielder Ryan Giggs, a
veteran of every Premier
League campaign, remains
confident United can lift a
19th English title, with
United just two points
behind leader Chelsea.
"It has always been the
same. One defeat and it is a
disaster. That is never going
to change," Giggs said.
"But we don't get carried
away with that, just the
same as we wouldn't get
carried away if we had won
10 on the bounce.
"It is up to us to work


hard and get back to win-
ning ways because we are
still in a strong position."
For its part, Birmingham
can make club history Sat-
urday by going 12 matches
undefeated.
"It's always nice to break
a record but at the end of
the day we know at some
stage we will lose a match,"
said manager Alex
McLeish, whose eighth-
place side is just three
points behind the Euro-
pean places.


Clubs seek safety assurances




after attack on Tongo team

LONDON


PORTSMOUTH wants its play-
ers at the African Cup of Nations
recalled if their safety can't be guar-
anteed, while Manchester City is
also seeking assurances after the
Togo team bus was attacked on Fri-
day, according to Associated Press.
But English Premier League
leader Che IscL, which has four play-
ers at the tournament, said it was
confident that competition organiz-
ers could safeguard its players.
City striker Emmanuel Adebayor
and Aston Villa midfielder
Moustapha Salifou were on the
Togo bus which came under
machine gun fire as it was travel-
ing to the tournament in Angola,
though both players were uninjured.
"I am OK but extremely shocked
and very upset," Salifou said.
The club with the greatest con-
cerns over security is Portsmouth,
which has Nwankwo Kanu with
Nigeria, Aruna Dindane with Ivory
Coast, and both Nadir Belhadj and
Hassan Yebda in the Algeria squad.
"We have asked the (English)
Football Association to ask FIFA
how safe it is and to guarantee the
safety of our players," Portsmouth
spokesman Gary Double told The
Associated Press. "Our players'
safety is paramount and if that can't
be guaranteed the players should
be sent home."
City, which also has captain Kolo
Toure with the Ivory Coast, said it
was "in talks with the Football
Association over what may happen


RESIDENTS GATHER next to a giant ball advertising the African Cup of Nations, in Luanda, Angola, Friday, Jan. 8, 2009. Gunmen opened
fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national soccer team to a tournament in Angola, wounding at least six people including two foot-
ballers from the West African nation, an official said.


next."
"We are clearly concerned about
the situation," City added.
The FA confirmed it was making
contact with international organi-
zations, including FIFA.
"Following the terrible attack on
the Togo national team in Angola,
the Football Association is in con-


tact with various English clubs who
have players involved in the African
Nations Cup," the FA said.
"We will continue to ensure we
are kept up to speed with all devel-
opments and do all we can to assist
our clubs and those players
involved."
Chelsea has sent Ivory Coast for-


wards Didier Drogba and Salomon
Kalou, Nigeria midfielder John Obi
Mikel and Ghana midfielder
Michael Essien to the competition.
"We are sure that the national
federations and authorities are tak-
ing every necessary security pre-
cautions to ensure the safety of
players and staff," the club said.


Davydenko upsets Federer at Qatar Open


DOHA, Qatar


TOP-RANKED Roger
Federer was upset by Nikolay
Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 Friday in
the semifinal of the Qatar
Open, according to Associated
Press.
The sixth-ranked Davy-
denko improved to 2-12
against Federer. The Russian
defeated Federer at the sea-
son-ending championships in
London in November.
"He tried to create pressure
but I came up with winners
when I wanted to," Davy-
denko said. "I ran a lot and
that made me tired, especially
in the second set. But I fought
for every point."
The upset prevents a Sun-
day showdown of Federer
against Rafael Nadal. The sec-
ond-ranked Nadal cruised past
fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of
Serbia 6-1, 6-3.
"I think it will be a tough
match because I have watched
Rafa play," Davydenko said.
"He is playing good tennis at
the moment. He can play for
10 hours, I can't. The fans will
get to watch a good match."
Nadal and Davydenko have
each won four times in head-
to-head matches.
"I don't know for how
much longer I can hold this
level of tennis," Davydenko
said.
The Russian got off to a fast
start against Federer, break-
ing him in the third game
when the Swiss hit two returns
into the net.
Ahead 2-1, Davydenko held


BRISBANE, Australia


TOP-SEEDED Kim Clijsters set up a highly
anticipated all-Belgian final against seven-time
Grand Slam winner Justine Henin with a victo-
ry over Andrea Petkovic on Friday at the Bris-
bane International, according to Associated Press.
Clijsters beat the 22-year-old German 6-4, 6-2,
hours after Henin secured a spot in the final of
her first tournament since returning from retire-
ment.
Henin, who advanced 6-3, 6-2 over 2008
French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, leads Cli-
jsters 12-10 in head-to-head matches after win-
ning their last three meetings - all in 2006.
"I don't think anybody, not even in Belgium,
anywhere in the world, expected this would ever
happen again," Clijsters said. "It's nice to be a
part of this."
Men's top seed Andy Roddick had 16 aces in
a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Frenchman Richard Gas-
quet in the late match Friday to move into a
semifinal against fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych,
who beat eighth-seeded Thomas Bellucci of
Brazil 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (3).
Defending champion Radek Stepanek will
take on Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other
semifinal on Saturday, before the women's final
in the night session on Pat Rafter Arena.
"I wanted to come here and play well, get bet-


his serve to close out the set at
6-4.
By contrast, Federer strug-
gled with his serve.
"Yeah, he served very well,
especially when he needed to.
He played better," Federer
said.
"I felt my arm from the cold
but it is not an excuse. He
served well.
"He made it difficult as the
match went on."


Davydenko kept up the
pressure in the second set and
again broke an error-prone
Federer in the third game.
Davydenko held his serve for
the rest of the set to seal the
win.
Federer heads to Mel-
bourne for the Australian
Open.
"There is nothing to worry
about my arm. I will be fine,"
Federer said.


ter with each match and get matches in. That's
my biggest thing," said Roddick, playing his first
event since hurting his knee in October.
"I'd love to win here. The goal is to be pre-
pared for Melbourne and I feel like that has
been accomplished for the most part," he added.
"Now it's the business end of the tournament -
you want to try to go as far as you can."
Henin quit in May 2008 when she held the
No. 1 ranking.
She announced her comeback last Septem-
ber, soon after the 26-year-old Clijsters won the
U.S. Open in her third tournament back after
more than two years in retirement.
"It's always special when I play Kim. It's a
day I like a lot," Henin said. "It's a perfect situ-
ation to play if it's a Belgian final. That's what a
lot of people hoped for and expected."
The Belgian pair grew up playing tennis
together, Clijsters saying they shared rooms while
traveling for under-12 tournaments before even-
tually going down differing paths.
She thinks that they can help push each other
in their comebacks.
"Knowing Justine, she's not the kind of person
who's going to go with the flow, come out and see
how things are going," Clijsters said. "I knew
she'd come out here being extremely fit and
ready to go from the first point that she played.
And she has done that."


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NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO of Russia serves the ball to World number one
tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, during their semifinal
match at Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, Friday,
Jan. 8, 2010. Davydenko won 6-4, 6-4.


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, PAGE 11


LOSALNEWS


Pair accused of 'Christie betrayal'


FROM page one

because "we don't just wake
up one morning and fire people
and destroy people. That is
Hubert Ingraham's style."
He condemned the gover-
nance of the FNM administra-
tion since 2007, blaming the
"rudderless" government for
"taking the country backward."
"They never take responsi-
bility for anything, blaming this
sorry state of affairs on a glob-
al recession," Mr Roberts said. KENYATTA GIBSON (left) and
He accused the media of fail- Malcolm Adderley
ing to do its job in holding the
government to account and being too interested in "nit-picking
over foolishness" in the PLP.
"Now to make this same indictment on the leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Party is ludicrous. No one is asleep at any
wheel in the PLP. If anyone is sleeping in this country it is
members of the fourth estate and other commentators who
refuse to compare and contrast the performance of this FNM
Government to that of the immediate past PLP-Christie admin-
istration," Mr Roberts stated.
Called for comment on Mr Robert's accusations yesterday, Mr
Gibson said he "would not condescend" to respond, while Mr
Adderley did not return phone calls on the matter.


FROM page one Stabbing
When officers rnespnded


they found him dead, lying
face up with a stab wound in
the left side of his neck. He
was wearing blue denim
shorts, a plaid short-sleeved
shirt and a pair of tan boots.
"At present police cannot
say how the male came about
his injuries, or his identity.
Police are investigating and
appealing to the public, who
have any information regard-
ing this incident or any other
incident, to contact Crime
Stoppers at 328-TIPS, 919 or
CDU at 502-9991," said Police
press officer Chrislyn Skip-
pings yesterday.
Police yesterday also identi-
fied the year's first murder vic-
tim as 39-year-old Joseph
Wright, of Kemp Road, Nas-


sau.
Mr Wright became the
year's first murder victim when
he was shot just before 8 pm
on Wednesday, in the area of
Wulff Road and Mackey
Street. He was seated at the
junction of the two streets
when he was approached by a
man, allegedly armed with a
handgun who fired a single
fatal shot at him.
Mr Wright, who was hit in
the right side of his body, col-
lapsed while running away
from his assailant, police said.
He was pronounced dead at
the scene.
Up to press time police had
no suspects in custody for
either of the murders, howev-
er investigations continue.


Appointing of political figures to bench


FROM page one

judiciary!
"In the last 12 months he seen to it that
at least two judges appointed to sit on the
Bench of the Supreme Court came direct-
ly out of the belly of the FNM. At the same
time he has done all in his power to rid the
courts of any judge who he even dreams
may have voted PLP at least once before!
"We have judge after judge after judge
who due to political affiliation has to excuse
themselves from hearing certain cases. How
does this address the back log in our
courts? It doesn't!" said Mr Davis.
Mr Davis made his charge as he
addressed a PLP Rally at Doris Johnson
High School in the Elizabeth constituency
in the wake of Malcolm Adderley's resig-
nation from the PLP and as MP for the
area.
Speaking as he announced his resignation
as the Elizabeth MP on Tuesday in parlia-
ment, Mr Adderley blamed his decision on
his deteriorating relationship with PLP par-
ty leader, Perry Christie, throughout his
seven and a half years as an MP.


He suggested Mr Christie's poor lead-
ership and behind-the-scenes efforts to
undermine him as a representative had left
him with the belief that Elizabeth con-
stituents "deserve better." Mr Adderley is
rumoured to soon be set to take up an
appointment as a Supreme Court judge,
on the recommendation of Mr Ingraham.
Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
MP, Mr Davis, proposed that the move
was orchestrated to look like it was about
dissatisfaction with PLP leader Perry
Christie when in fact it is an attempt to get
Bahamians to "forget the misery they are
experiencing daily" under his governmen-
t's leadership
Mr Davis charged that it is irresponsi-
ble to precipitate a costly by-election when
government revenue is down and people
are suffering in bad economic times.
"People are hungry! Lights are off! Some
of our schools are like war zones! People
are in pain! And yet this Government can
only find money when it is time to play
political games and pursue selfish agen-
das!" said Mr Davis.
"They think you are blind! They think


Bar Association praise


FROM page one

"Her public announcement
was anticipated because that is
the manner of the lady. She is
always very forthright. It is
anticipated that there are on the
sitting bench eminently quali-
fied persons to be promoted to
the position of president but at
this time we cannot say who
that may be," said Mrs Hassan.
After serving for eight years
as president of the court of
appeal, Dame Joan offered 11
months notice of her retirement.
Mrs Hassan said this gives the
consulting parties ample time
to determine the next president,
although she said the process
would not take that long.
"Once the announcement is


made the process will begin.
Believe me, it won't take that
long. A replacement might have
already been decided and just
not announced," she said, not-
ing that the new appointee
would be confirmed by the gov-
ernor general on recommenda-
tion from the consulting parties.
Anita Bernard, Cabinet Sec-
retary, said the cabinet office is
involved in all high level
appointments, but nothing has
been done at this point in terms
of Dame Joan's replacement.
"Dame Joan is still in place.
Her retirement is not until 11
months from now," she said.
The new president is expect-
ed to assume the post and asso-
ciated responsibilities immedi-
ately upon the scheduled retire-
ment of Dame Joan.


that you cannot see what they are doing!
They think you cannot see the games!" he
added.
While the PLP has yet to announce who
its candidate will be in the by-election, or to
specifically confirm if it will nominate a
candidate to contest the seat under its par-
ty's banner, Mr Davis told those at the
meeting that the party is "ready".
"Stand strong and brave with the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party!" he added.
Mr Davis told The Tribune on Thursday
that he firmly believes the party should
contest the seat, although other senior par-
ty members are said to be unsure.
No date has yet been publicly announced
for the election to take place however it is
expected to occur sometime in February.
The Bahamas Democratic Party is the
only political party to so far officially
declare that it will be contesting the seat,
with party president Cassius Stuart the
intended torchbearer. President of the
Bahamas Medical Council Dr Duane Sands
is rumoured to be the FNM's preferred
candidate for the area, although this has
not been confirmed.


FROM page one Proposed


are currently 79 attorneys prac-
tising as registered associates
within the Bahamas. "With
approximately 50 per cent of
our practitioners less than ten
years called we find that it is
imperative as a Bar Council
that we focus on development
of the Bar," Mrs Hassan said.
"The Bar Association is com-
mitted to sponsoring education
and training seminars in all of
the requisite areas of the law,
both in the administrative side
as well as the legal arm.
"These seminars will
increase in number in the com-
ing year to six. In keeping with
the requirements of progres-
sive international bars, there
will be a requirement for each
practising attorney to attend at
least four of these seminars per
year to ensure that there is


amendments
review and updating of current
legislation and practices. In a
few years it is hoped to see a
practising certificate imple-
mented as a part of our ongoing
development as an internation-
al Bar."

Writers Meeting
The Monthly Meeting of
the Commonwealth Writers
will be held on Saturday, Jan-
uary 9th, 2010 at Chapter One
Book Store at the College of
the Bahamas beginning at
2.30pm.
Plans for the Story Tellers
Convention in February will
be discussed. All interested
persons are invited to attend.


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