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Title: The Tribune
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Publication Date: March 13, 2010
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Ventilator for sick children named in honour of Roger Carron N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Our heartache over cold case murders C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.93SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SOME SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE HIGH 84F LOW 63F N E W S SEE PAGESEVEN S P O R T S Tackling threat of lionfish SEEPAGE NINE h School track and field competition Police launc h ne w bid to solve mystery killings The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E REMEMBER: Daylight Savings Time starts at2am on Sunday. Turn clocks forward by an hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night. SPRING FORWARD, FALL BACKWARD BY MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE best of 14 films set in the Bahama islands will be announced at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA awards next Friday. Budding British filmmakers selected to spend 14 days on one of 14 islands in the Bahamas to make a short film entirely on location.Their films are now available to see on the 14 Islands Film Challenge website. Online viewers around the world can vote for their favourite movie and have the chance of winning a 14-night island-hopping vacation in the Bahamas, while the filmmakers are bracing themselves for a ,000 cash prize to be award ed to the winner at the BAFTA red carpet Movie spotlight on Bahamas SEE page 11 Best of 14 films to be announced at BAFTA awards Tim Clarke /Tribune staff HELPUSFINDJUSTICE: Lynn Thurston, sister of the late Jacoby Thurston, appeals to the public to come forward with any information on the murder of her brother. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net T HE grieving families of two murder victims poured their hearts out yesterday as a new initiative was launched to bring closure to some of the coun trys long unsolved cases. Emotions ran high at the polices Central Detective Unit as senior police officers and relatives of Jacoby Thurston and Sergeant Kevin Williams came together to plead for information that could bring these cold cases back to life and help provide closure to the victims long-suffering families. Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of the newlyformed National Crime Pre vention Office, and Assistant Superintendent Bernard Bonamy Jr, head of the Homicide Unit, said the press con ference was the first of what is intended to be a series of public appeals in coming weeks and months to raise awareness of murder cases that may have slipped from the public consciousness. Bringing home the signifi cance of the appeal, Lynn Thurston, sister of Jacoby Thurston, who was shot dead in the South Beach area on March 1, 2008, told of how the lack of closure on her brothers death has taken a huge emotional toll on her family. I am so tired of seeing my mum crying, and most of all my SEE page 11 By REUBEN S HEARER Tribune Features Reporter rshearer@tribunemedia.net A NEW ventilator to be used in the care of critically ill infants has been named in honour of the l ate Roger Carron, former managing editor of T he Tribune, a fter his friends made a substant ial donation to the highly successful Breathe Easy Campaign. The machine is one of six ventilators which, along with two incubators, have been acquired by the campaign. All but ROGERCARRON SEE page 3 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT An unidentified body was discovered inside a burning vehicle on Grand Bahama Highway early yester day morning, police reported. The gruesome discovery was sometime after 4am when firemen and police officers responded to a vehicle fire on Grand Bahama Highway East. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police received a report that a vehicle was on fire in the bushes and dispatched a team to investigate. When police arrived at the scene, they found a Chevy Cavalier car in the median on fire and the charred remains of a body in the drivers seat. It is not known whether the victim is male or female. Body found in burning vehicle By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net PARLIAMENTARY Commissioner Errol Bethel was questioned extensively yesterday regarding discrepancies in the protest votes cast in the Elizabeth by-election. Mr Bethel was the first and only witness to take the stand yesterday during day two of the Elizabeth election court hearing. Philip Brave Davis, lead attorney for Progressive Liberal Party candidate Leo Ryan Pinder, opened yesterdays proceed ings by outlining the election court petition. Mr Davis then read into the record the affidavit of Stafford Coakley, a licensed surveyor. According to Mr Coakleys affi davit, Mr Pinder the petitioner had asked him to mark out the residences of the protested voters on a map of the Elizabeth constituency. According to the surveyor, all but five of the protest voters resided in the Elizabeth constituency. The surveyor found that one of the voters in question lived at a home in Commonwealth Boulevard which does not fall within the boundary of the Elizabeth constituency. Election court: Parliamentary Commissioner questioned SEE page 11 SEE page thr ee By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net T RAFFIC was backed up on Eastern Road yesterday as curio us motorists slowed to observe an unusual accident in which an elderly lady drove headlong into the shallow water of the Montagu shoreline. Family members of Con stance Connie Cancino, understood to be in her seventies, said Mrs Cancino may have had a diabetic fainting incident behind the wheel before she accidentally accel erated off the edge of the Sailing Clubs parking lot, drop ping several feet onto the rocks below and continuing to careen into the water beyond. A Haitian man, Nicholas Mercellus, who was working in the area when the accident occurred at around 12.25pm, said he ran to Mrs Cancinos rescue, managing to maneou vre the car and the elderly lady to safety out of the water and on to the rocky ground about 20ft from the edge of the parking lot. When The Tribune arrived on the scene, Mrs Can cino was being tended to in her car by paramedics, who then lifted her on a stretcher from the vehicle and into a waiting ambulance. Her son, Lindsey Cancino, and daughter-in-law were with her, having rushed to the scene, as well as an inves Elderly woman drives into sea SEE page three No IPTC Header found

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WHILEmany view Africa as o ne large country, like the Caribbean, the unique history of each African nation has led to the development of a distinct c ulture. Pictured here is t he Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Centre, dedicated to the pioneering ideals of the first president of Ghana after it gained i ndependence in 1 957 the first nation in SubSaharan Africa to do so. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The second of four articles telling the story of Bahamian student Gabrielle Misiewiczs African adventure. I N the minds of many people, Africa is more like one large country than a continent. They have trouble recognising that it is comprised of 53 countries (if you include the neighbouring islands and as such there is huge diversity represented there. While it is true that one could find similarities among different countries, using these to make generalisations about the whole continent is as erroneous as doing so for any other continent. our prime minister in a newspaper belonging to a man sitting in front of me on a tro-tro (a kind of bus I was so shocked that before I knew what I was doing I had reached over and pointed him out. As I said earlier, aside from that one day, in many respects the rest of my time in Ghana 'belonged' to my Jamaican self. Apart from the US, I think Jamaica is the country most revered there. Whenever I mentioned my connection to Jamaica to a male friend he would get excited and inevitably ask me if my father had dreadlocks or smoked (marijuana occasion, I had to endure the uttering of stereotypical Jamaican expletives or expressions. Once or twice, when I mentioned the Jamaican side, I was told that this couldn't possibly be true because I don't have an accent and was asked if I know or could speak patois to prove myself. I even met Ghanaians who were so enamoured with Jamaica and Rastafarianism that they cultivated the accent and vernacular. In addition to these personal encounters (which occurred at least weekly) I had daily reminders cour tesy of Jamaican flags on the dashboard of taxis, painted on walls and stuck on the bumpers of cars. Other than Ghanaian highlife, the most popular music was Jamaican, and could be heard in private and public spaces along with American hip-hop. My reason for going into all this detail is to show how Ghanaians view of me, and by extension the West Indies, was informed primarily by their knowledge of one country there. Admittedly, I elicited some of these responses becauseI brought up Jamaica on my own. However, this does not change the fact that the overwhelming impression of Ghanaians was based on the Jamaican culture they received in the media. Moreover, because Jamaica has such a strong world presence, I probably would have used her as a point of reference to aid my explanations even if I did not have a personal connection to her. As Bahamians, I know we are fiercely proud of our heritage and the diver sity of the Caribbean, and bristle for example at the use of Jamaican actors to play the role of Bahamians or other West Indians in movies. We are similar, but in no way would we accept someone painting our entire region with one green, black and yellow brush stroke. By the same token, we have to be careful that we do not let ourselves think of people in Africa based on what we hear about countries like Nigeria, South Africa and Sierra Leone that, like Jamaica, all have a strong world presence. In fact, Africa is a far more diverse continent than our tiny region. We have to be so careful not to let the media colour the way we think about it, even if all we can do is recognise that we know very little and thus stop ourselves from jump ing to any conclusions. R R ef lections a sta girl of an (almost Dreadlock GABRIELLE, third from right, is pictured with some members of her group in traditional Ghanaian dress after taking a dance lesson. MODERN Ghana, like many of the sub-Saharan countries on the western coast of Africa, was shaped by its experiences with the transatlantic slave trade. Pictured here is a wall of remembrance, a memorial to the slave trade in Benin. Obviously, the only way to have a clearer image of Africa is to know more about its countries and ethnic groups. I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge this past semester, which I spent studying in Ghana, a country on the coast of West Africa. As could be expected, I noted many cultural similarities between the Bahamas and Ghana during my time abroad. Aside from more obvious examples like food, I found that many Ghanaians held the same perceptions (and the accompanying complications) about the West Indies that people in the Bahamas have about Africa they had no real under standing of the region at all. Technically, I'm a double member of the West Indies, because my mother is Bahamian and my father is Jamaican. However, I identify more with the Bahamas because I was born and raised there. Interestingly, when I was in Ghana, I had to own being Jamaican almost to the point of excluding my Bahamian identity not out of any personal wish, but because when I tried to explain my heritage, Jamaica was the one place and idea people could latch on to. Whenever people asked me where I was from and I said the Bahamas, nine times out of 10 they would not know where the country is or would not have heard of it. So by way of explanation I would add that I am also Jamaican and try and describe the two nations in relation to one another. Sometimes I would respond with "I'm from the Bahamas, in the Caribbean", but this rarely helped because for whatever reason people heard Cuba, and I would be back at the beginning. I know the Bahamas is a small nation, but I grew up thinking that at least half of the world knew about it because of being such a huge tourist destination. However, in Ghana the concept of tourism doesn't exist in the minds of most people. They just dont have the resources to travel and explore exotic locations, so there is a small chance they would hear of the Bahamas otherwise. Now, if we produced star football (soccer would have a much better chance of making a strong impression on them. Most of my days in Ghana I was constantly reminded of my claim to my Jamaicanness, whether through explaining where I've come from or because of my nat ural hairstyle. There was one day that was solely the property of the Bahamian side of me. I took a day trip to Accra (the capital versity of Ghana. I needed to look in their Music Department's library for information relating to my research. Imagine my sur prise when, within that tiny library, I stumbled upon the Masters thesis of E Clement Bethel. I was so surprised and delighted that I called my mother to tell her. Later that day I saw a picture of See next week's Tribune for the third installment of Gabrielle's African journal: Twilight Tapping, Midnight Moving. Her first article can be found at: http://www.tribune242.com/searchre sults/0223010_Ghana_news_pg16

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EDITOR, The Tribune. In his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell speaks extensively about social epidemics and how changing little things can make a big difference. He speaks to the rise and fall of crime in New York City. Most of us have heard about the crime wave that impacted New York City, with r ising murder rates and violent crimes, just like we read about crime everyday in our local papers. An interesting point in the book suited for Nassau is the Broken Windows Theory, which was the work of criminologists James Q. Wilson and G eorge Kelling. Their argument is that crime is the result or will escalate from disorder. The theory as discussed by Gladwell, If a window is broken and left unrepaired, people walking by will conclude that no one cares and no one is in charge. This leads to more broken windows, disorder, chaos, and anything goes. Under the Power of Context, G ladwell argues that epidemics are sensitive to the con ditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur. A perfect example, as highlighted in the book, is that of New York City and the escalating violent crime on the subways. In the 1980s the subway cars were dirty, filled with trash, and covered with graffiti. Beating fares and jumping turnstiles was common practice. Therefore, the subway system itself created a sense of chaos, disor der, and lawlessness. This led to a rampant escalation in crime. How did the authorities tip this crime epidemic? They put into practice the Broken Window Theory. They won the war against graffiti. They cracked down on fare beaters. They kept the subway clean. They cracked down on drunk enness and bad behaviour. Police made their presence known. The result: They cleaned up the subway system and thus cracked down on many other crimes and criminals. When Rudy Giuliani was elected as Mayor, he transferred this theory to the City at large and the rest is history. What lessons can we learn for the Bahamas? What does it say when street lights are not maintained? When unlicensed vehicles are seen on the streets? When dri vers run red lights? These small individual infractions create a complete sense of lawlessness on our streets. So people will think nothing about running through a yellow or red light and blocking the intersection, restricting the flow of traffic. What happens when downtown is left dirty and smelling of urine? When school kids fight in front of our tourists? When buildings are left in a shabby state? When fowl language and drunkenness is a normal occurrence? It creates a sense of lawlessness, where people will engage in petty theft and offer drugs to our tourists. What happens in our education system when school campuses are dirty? When graffiti is left on the walls? When a small population of students disrupts the educational process for everyone? When parents do not take the time to monitor their childrens homework and insist that failure is not an option? We end up with a broken education system and a national grade average of D. What happens when the court system is broken? When thugs walk the streets on bail and recommit crimes? When the Government fails to ensure that the law is enforced? When the Government fails to carry out the wish of the people and enforce capital punishment? When persons accept the pro ceeds of crime and protect family and friends involved in crime? When the Government and its Minister of National Security talks big on dealing with crime and imposing a zero tolerance strategy, yet they back it up with little action? When the Government and Opposition cannot work together to advance the country? When two major political parties engage in petty politics? You end up with violent crime as an everyday occurrence. Where people live in fear. Where criminals think nothing of gunning someone down in broad daylight. You create a society where criminals have no fear and respect for the law and the judiciary. The list could go on As in New York, the elected leadership took the initiative and created an environment that led to a tipping point in crime. Likewise, our elected leadership should take the initiative to lead the way and set an example for us all. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. However, can we as individuals create tipping points in this country? Here are a few thoughts: Can we all take the initiative to get involved in our childrens education? Can we clean up our individual properties and thus clean up our neighbourhoods? Can we not accept and tolerate the proceeds of crime? Can we not cover for our children and family members when we k now they are involved in crime? Can we not harbour criminals and those out on bail that are still committing crimes?C an we begin to lift up one another and not tear each other down by gossip? Can we hold our elected leaders accountable and not allow them to buy us out? Can we treat each and every tourist like a king or queen to ensure that they spend their scarce dollars here in the Bahamas? Can we impose hefty penalties for crimes such as the possession of illegal firearms? The list of questions could go on and impact every aspect of our lives. Without leadership, change can happen and it can start with each of us! The message could spread quickly. JEROME R PINDER Nassau, February 9, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON (AP d ent Joe Biden's trip to Israel and the W est Bank was designed to underscore t he Obama administration's commitment to support Israeli security as it approaches indirect negotiations with the Palest inians. But the jarring Israeli announcement t hat 1,600 Jewish homes would be cons tructed in east Jerusalem rattled the exerc ise, focusing attention on serious differences between the U.S. and Israel on key elements of any peace deal before the n egotiations had even begun. The spat embarrassed Biden, a close supporter of Israel, and prompted him toc ondemn the Israeli move, an exceptiona lly strong diplomatic criticism. On Thurs day, in another speech in Jerusalem, he tried to smooth over the situation bye xtolling the countries' close relationship. "The Israeli bilateral relationship with the United States has just become much m ore difficult," said Haim Malka, deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, after the housing announce m ent. "It is hard to remember a time when a senior U.S. official used the word 'con demn' to describe the actions of any ally, let alone a close ally such as Israel, but that is precisely what the vice president did,"M alka said. The Obama administration favours a broad Israeli withdrawal from the West B ank as part of a statehood deal and implies U.S. support for east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. But there are deep doubts in Israel that a treaty sharply reducing its territory would enhance the country's security. The housing announcement was genera ted by the Interior Ministry, headed by a hard-line opponent of negotiations over Jerusalem's future. But while internal politics is just beneath the surface, the issue of the city's future is bound to take front and center at some point if serious peace talks get under way. Biden's aim was to inform Israel and its foes, including Iran, that Israel has solid security backing from the Obama a dministration. B ut lots of space, approaching a chasm, w as apparent when Biden told the Palestinians that the state they seek should be viable and contiguous that is, withoutI sraeli settlements in the way. Biden's remarks would seem to underc ut any Israeli hopes of retaining some of t he towns that have grown up on the West B ank amid the Palestinians and more significantly Jewish housing in east Jerusalem. T he long and tortured history of U.S. mediation shows minds can be changed, though. U nder U.S. pressure at Camp David in 1 977, for instance, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin yielded to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's demands forr ecovery of every inch of territory Egypt lost in the 1967 Six-Day War to secure a peace treaty. A nd Sadat reconsidered his initial view that conditions were not yet right for full peace between the two countries and appropriately should be deferred to a lat e r generation. The very fact that a hardline Israeli leader and the president of Egypt were willing to negotiate peace terms itself was a remarkable turnabout. This time around, there also are signs of c ompromise. Israeli Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu has agreed to the concept of a Palestinian state. A nd Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to U.S. mediator George Mitchell's plan for four months of shuttle diplomacy between Israel and the Palestinians with only a partial and temporary halt to Israeli construction on the West Bank. B ut Abbas is straightforward in what he wants, saying Israel's plan for more housing in east Jerusalem threatens the negotiations before they get off the ground. n This editorial is by Barry Schweid, who has reported on Mideast diplomacy for The Associated Press since 1973. Can tipping points make a change in the Bahamas? LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net W ill Jerusalem spat undo peacemaking? %(51$5'2*('(86RI 021$67(5<31$66$8%$+$0$6 7KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW 6+((1$6+(921(67
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By ALESHA CADET THE decrepit Rodney Bain Building on Shirley and Parliament Streets is set to be renov ated in hopes that it will once again accommodate employees o f the Registrar Generals Office. According to Gordon Major, acting director of the Ministry o f Works, a private architect s urveyed the building and it can be repaired. Mr Major said when the nec essary funds become available a d ate will be set to start repair w ork on the now vacant buildi ng. We are putting together a Cabinet paper, initially lookinga t the Registrar Department to go back there, Mr Major said. I n December 2005, staff of the Rodney Bain Building had t o be evacuated after water and sewerage came pouring down from galvanised ceiling pipes, flooding corridors and displac i ng almost 100 workers. The problem led to the closure of the Registrar Generals Office. Employees refused tor eturn to the Rodney Bain B uilding because they felt con d itions were not bearable for staff or the public. Some of the staff of the Registrar Generals Office were t hen moved to the number 50 S hirley Street office where they worked in shifts and rotation schedules. The Rodney Bain Building w as officially closed in January 2006. G overnment at the time had yet not decided if it was going to demolish or renovate thec ondemned building. E arlier this month, a man i dentified as Richardson Russell bled to death after falling from an awning attached to the sec ond floor of the Rodney Bain Building. Police believe he wasa ttempting to break into the b uilding when he fell to his d eath. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A NASSAU Village man was held up at gunpoint in his own home early yesterday morning. Police were called to the scene of an armed robbery at around 2.50am. According to reports, two men, one of them allegedly armed with a handgun, approached the resident and demanded cash. The culprits r obbed the man of an undetermined amount of money and fled the area on foot in a southern direction. A SEARCH BY Central Detective Unit officers of a home on Knowles Drive, off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, turned up 2 1/2 lbso f suspected marijuana and a small amount of hash oil. The police officers executed the search warrant at around 4 am yesterday. Two men, aged 48 and 16, along with a 37-year-old woman were taken into police custody in conn ection with the matter. WHILE ON ROUTINE PATROL in the Mount Royal Avenue area yesterday morning, offic ers of the Mobile Division observed a man acting suspicious. The officers were in the vicinity of KenwoodS treet when they stopped and searched him. The man, a 17-year-old resident of Hampton Street, had a small amount of suspected cocaine on him. He was taken into custody. C RIME WATCH MEETING: OFFICERS of the Southwestern Division are hostinga crime watch meeting for Coral Harbour residents tonight at 5pm. The venue is the Noni Caf in the Coral Harbour Shopping Centre. Rodney E Bain Building. crime BRIEFS C ELEBRATING its tenth year as a Hilton property, the B ritish Colonial Hilton in Nassau is co-hosting 10 events from w hich part if not all proceeds will be donated to a local charity. The year 2009/2010 is considered a milestone for the British Colonial Hilton Nassau and as a tribute to each year of service and commitment to its name,g uests and clients, each month there will be an event co-hosted by the Hilton. The first event was the Ultim ate Fashion Show. It was held in January and its purpose was to s park awareness of the AIDS/HIV virus. I t was held in the Governors Ballroom and was given the s tamp of approval from the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas. There was also the Final Fridays event in the newly opened bar and lounge named Bullion. Proceeds from this event wentt o the Haiti relief effort. Most recently, the Hilton was fortunate enough to be a part of the Pretty in Pink event, whicha llowed persons around the island to come and view a pho t o exhibition of some of the cancer survivors on the island a nd to become more aware of the disease, its cause and prev ention. This event was also held in Bullion. British Colonial celebrates 10 years under Hilton brand Rodne y Bain Building set for renovations T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A TAXI union employee c aught by police with an unlicensed firearm was sentenced to two years in prison by Magistrate Carolita Bethel yesterday. M iguel Francis, 27, of Watlins Street, and three others of the same address, were charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammun ition in Court 8, Bank Lane, after police searched their h ome with a warrant and found a .380 handgun and seven rounds of .380 ammunition. F rancis pleaded guilty on both counts as he admitted to o wning the weapon found in a bureau drawer in his bedroom and said the others were not aware of it. Takara Smith, 23, Natasha V ictor, 19 and Korell Smith, 26, pleaded not guilty on both counts and were acquitted of the charges. Police prosecutor Inspector E rcell Dorsett told the court police searched Francis home at 7am on March 9 and took all four residents into custody in connection with the find. Francis admitted owning the firearm and ammunition without permission from the licensing authority, and asked Magistrate Bethel to pardon the others. He said: That was mine and t hey have nothing to do with it. Thats why I plead guilty. I am not going to lie to you. I had it for a reason; not to harm nobody, but for my own p rotection, just in case. I apologise. However, Francis did not admit his previous convictions when prompted. I nspector Dorsett told the court the 27-year-old had been jailed for two months after a Nassau Street magistrate convicted him of possession of an unlicenced shotgun in 2003. But Francis, who said he now works for the taxi union, pleaded with the magistrate to give him another chance before she had him imprisoned. You have known for some time, especially since your previous conviction, that this is unlawful, the magistrate said. You caused three people t o be brought before the court because of your actions. And I have heard your apology, but it is unlawful to have this. So often, day by day, persons have committed crimes with these weapons, persons are killed with these weapons, and thats why the law takes a very serious view with this. In most jurisdictions, in England for example, the minimum sentence is five years. I sentence you now to a minimum of two years in prison. M s Bethel then encouraged Francis to take advantage of the learning opportunities and rehabilitation programmes in prison and asked if he would b e interested in taking academic classes in English, mathematics, computer science and the literary arts, or workshops in construction, electrical work o r carpentry. Francis indicated he had an interest in carpentry. You want to go into carpentry? Ms Bethel asked. Fantastic. I will make a note of it. He was handcuffed and led out of the court to be taken to Her Majestys Prison in Fox Hill. Taxi union employee gets two years for possessing firearm

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BY KHYLE QUINCY PARKER Press Attach Embassy of The Bahamas W ASHINGTON, DC B ahamas Ambassador to the United States Cornelius A Smith was a fea tured guest on the Washington,DC, radio programme Lets Get It On last week. H e talked about how the Bahamas was responding to changes in the international financial regulatory regime, and how the Caribbean Diaspora in the DC area was respondingto the crisis in Haiti. The show, hosted by Warren Powell and sponsored by the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, aired online and over a local AM radio station. The programme is broadcast throughout the US and in seven countries around the world. On Financial Services On the question of how the recent focus of US and other world authorities on offshore financial jurisdictions has affected the financial services indus try in The Bahamas, Ambassador Smith pointed out that every offshore financial services centre has been affected one way or the other. The Bahamas has certainly been affected, but not to that great an extent, Mr Smith said. The Bahamas has been involved in the financial services sector since the mid-1950s, so we are a very matured juris diction. We have always prided ourselves that we were not and we still are not a tax haven. (We are services jurisdiction which lives up to all of our international obligations in terms of regula tory affairs, and in terms of ensuring that persons who come and put their money in The Bahamas (are not putting money that was supposed to be paid as taxes to the countries from which they have come, but (rather that the monies they are putting into our jurisdiction are legitimate investments). He noted the retooling of the regulatory regime overseeing the financial services sector of the economy of The Bahamas in 2000, in response to the implementation of more stringent standards by countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD Once we met those standards, Mr Smith said, one of the first countries we signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA the United States. The ambassador stressed the positive working relationship between the regulatory agencies of the US and The Bahamas, but pointed out that relatively recently, the OECD countries including the US had once again changed the rules. They have moved the goal post, he said. Mr Smith explained that the OECD now requires that in addition to meeting the previous standard, countries must now also sign TIEAs with 12 other countries. He said that The Bahamas would have signed 17 TIEAs by the March 30 deadline. So we will meet the stan dard, and exceed the standard, but one of the things that I am concerned about is that we just want a level playing field that every country ought to meet the same standard. What you require of us, you are to require of everybody else. On Caribbean Diaspora Mr Smith noted that Caribbean nationals have, since the 1940s, migrated in large numbers to the US. In fact, he quipped that there might be as many Caribbean nationals living in the US as there are living in the Caribbean. The reasons for this migration, he said, include labour as during the Contract, for example, when thousands of Caribbean nationals migrated to the US as labourers in the agricultural sector coupled with education and other motivators. Mr Smith said the entire region was concerned about the catastrophic earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and displaced more than a mil lion in Haiti on January 12. In response to the tremendous need, many people of Caribbean heritage intended to meet during March 2010 to find ways to help, in terms of skills that may be needed, funds that could be raised, and a network to ensure that both the skills and the funds reach the need. It provides a real opportunity for us to realise how interconnected we are, he said, and how we are all our brothers keeper. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) Sisters Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month11:30am SpeakerBro. Gregory Bethel Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, MARCH 14TH, 2010Theme: But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord7:00 a.m. Dr. Laverne Lockhart/Bro. Jamicko Forde11:00 a.m.Sis. Nathalie Thompson/Rev. Carla Culmer (B 7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Members-At-Large 7KH3XEOLFLVKHUHE\DGYLVHGWKDW 6+$5,(/,=$%(7+ -$1,1(48$17 RI1$66$8%$+$0$6LQWHQGWRFKDQJH QDPHFKLOGQDPHIURP 6$3+,55(.,$5$)$,7+ &/($5( WR 6$3+,55(.,$5$)$,7+)(5*8621 ,IWKHUH DUHDQ\REMHFWLRQVWRWKLVFKDQJHRIQDPH'HHG3ROO \RXPD\ZULWHVXFKREMHFWLRQVWRWKH &KLHI3DVVSRUW2IFHU 31DVVDX%DKDPDVQRODWHUWKDQWKLUW\ GD\VDIWHUWKHGDWHRISXEOLFDWLRQRIWKLVQRWLFH TARPUM Bay, Eleuthera A partnership between Island Journeys, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and the Ministry of Public Health earlier this year has proven to be beneficialo nce again. A group of nine nurses and three faculty members from Emory visited South Eleuthera for a one-week trip of service learning activities that would change their lives and also pos itively impact the residents. Strategies included giving sup-p ort to the local nurses on the island, sharing information with the residents, holding public health campaigns and discussing the possibility of developing a more comprehensive health care system. Island Journeys not only a rranged interesting work experiences but also tourist related outings that left a lasting impression. One such unique journey included a trip to Bannerman Town in South Eleuthera that even manyB ahamians have not experienced. F or the past seven years the Emory nurses, which include first year and up to graduate programme students, have visited Rock Sound, Tarpum Bay, Palmetto Point, Governors Harbour and other settlements. Besides the cross-training exercises, successful initiatives have been implemented in clinics, schools and home and the visiting nurses have had a dose of reality of what life is like for an island nurse who is sometimes on call, 24/7. As first time visitor Azmina Babwani recognised, Nurses on the island have more extensive duties. Vocations Shared vocations are important and Island Journeys director Shaun Ingraham stressed that the ultimate goal of the nurses visit is the partnership and the training that can be completed right in Eleuthera. Registered nurse Bianca E dwards is now confident that she will pursue a Masters Degree after discussions with one of the Emory nurses who is in a Masters programme, and Rock Sound Clinic nurse Vel ma Dorsett is planning her Emory trip for later this year. For visiting nurse Janet Sackey the Eleuthera journey was her first service trip and her first time to the Bahamas. Her group promoted healthy living and lifestyles and taught seven different classes to junior and senior high students at various schools. Our classes included hygiene, drugs and c onflict resolution, clinics and a health fair. I loved my visit and the spirit of the people is a testament to the people and we enjoyed ourselves, she said. Group leader Corrine Abra ham who is head of International Service Learning at the School of Nursing shared her d elight with their work and complimented their partnership with Island Journeys. Last year at the Rock Sound Clinic, there were 27 registered ante-natal patients and the women were healthy 18to 25-year-olds. Over the past five years, the pregnancy rate has slightly increased but not significantly in teens which leads us to believe that our education programmes have helped. Ms Abraham explained that they are only in the community for five days and it is fascinating when things are put into perspective. This programme is so rich a nd in returning you get to see the impact of the initiatives that were implemented and to see people leading more healthy lifestyles. The teamwork between Emory, Island Jour neys, the Ministry of Health and the community is truly remarkable, she said. The Emory nursing program in Eleuthera isnt just about projects, its about a longterm commitment and relationship, said Ian Carey of Island Journeys who headed up the logistics and supplies for the group. Emory University nurses experience rewarding visit to South Eleuthera Bahamas Ambassador a featured guest on Washington DC talk radio programme NURSE Janet takes a clinic patients pressure. NURSE Kelly laughs with a senior.

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IN an effort to address the threats of lionfish throughout t he Caribbean, the Departm ent of Marine Resources (DMR servancy (TNC Bahamas collaborated with Ecomar, a non-profit environmental organisation based i n Belize to conduct a twod ay exchange training exercise in New Providence on lionfish safe capture and hand ling techniques for both B elize and Bahamian fisherm en. Lionfish initiatives have been a priority in Belize since their first sighting in 2008. Fortunately for them they h ave not yet seen tremendously high numbers or large sizes. Their goal therefore is to address this problem now. T hese efforts come following the Bahamas launch of a regional project entitled Mitigating the Threats of Invasive Alien Species in the Insular Caribbean in which the Bahamas will take a local and r egional research, training and m anagement approach to the l ionfish invasion. Exchange Last month, the DMR and TNC conducted a lionfishe xchange workshop with persons from Belize including their local fishermen, one of t he governments protected a rea managers and a representative from Ecomar to help address the coming of the lionfish in Belize. Valentine Rosado of Ecom ar and Isaias Majil, the protected area manager, spoke about some of the effortsb eing conducted in Belize to address the lionfish invasiona nd the need to increase both their community outreach and capturing of lionfish efforts. L akeshia Anderson and Jared Dillet, assistant fisheries officers at DMR, who have been conducting efforts to combat lionfish in Bahamianm arine waters discussed at the meeting the development of the Bahamas National Lionfish Response Plan (accessi ble online at www.bahamas.gov.bs ) which includes communication and community outreach strate g ies, and methods of capturing, handling and preparing lionfish for consumption. During the workshop, the Belize participants, representatives from DMR, the TNC, t he Bahamas National Trust a nd a local fisherman also had an opportunity to practice those lionfish capturing andh andling methods in the field. Fishermen Garth Longsworth said, I have nev e r seen lionfish so big in open waters before. On the second day of the exchange, the Belize particip ants along with representatives from DMR and TNC participated in lionfish prepa r ation methods for consumption at the Agriculture and Marine Resources Expo on G ladstone Road. Participants demonstrated and learned how to properly handle, clean,f illet and cook lionfish. Additionally, persons had an opportunity to taste thel ionfish once cooked. Many were stunned at how tasty the fish are once prop erly prepared. I n addition to the lionfish exchange activities, Caswelt Mounts from DMR and Felic i ty Burrows accompanied the Belize participants on a tourof Tropic Seafood and Par a dise Fisheries where they had the opportunity to talk with persons regarding thel obster fisheries industry in the Bahamas. They also visited the Potters Cay dock and Montaguer amp and spoke with local f ishermen about the Bahamas fisheries in general. Mr Majil said he was glad t hat the fishermen from Belize had an opportunity to see how productive the lob ster market is in the Bahamas. 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Eleven senior high school students from Sir Jack Hayward H igh School, St Georges High and Eight Mile Rock High School participated in the initial programme, which also had the cooperation of the Road Traffic Department and the Ministry of Education. Mr Grant said the Road Traffic Department will continue to partner with others in advancing public education programmes to promote road safety. It allows our message of road safety to reach many more individuals, he said. It allows us to gain greater insight into the context in which motor vehicle collisions occur, thereby allowing us to target our efforts from public education to road network design with greater precision, and it contributes to the overall effectiveness and sustainability of the various programs that are implemented. Mr Grant noted that during the past year, particular emphasis has been placed on increasing awareness of the highway code. We have also continued to remind the public of risks to safe driving that includes failure to use seat belts and car seats, excessive speed, impairment as a result alcohol consumption, and distraction as a result of cellular phone use. It is against this background that we welcome this pro gramme that assists students at this early age in acquiring the skills to make good decisions regarding road use before their first encounter on the streets as licensed driver. Pr evention Mr Grant said the programme also complements the efforts of the Road Traffic Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport in the promotion of road safety and prevention of traffic related injuries and death. He told graduates that after completing the Safe Driving Simulator Programme they would soon be of the verge of achieving another of many milestones in their life, a drivers license, after practical instructions and examination. I would remind you that along with a drivers license comes much responsibility. It is therefore my hope that as graduates of this course and as future motor vehicle drivers, you will always remember to apply the lessons learnt in your travel on our streets and highways. Furthermore, it is my hope that as graduates of this course, that you will share your knowledge with friends and family members bearing in mind that it is only through aunited effort that we will reduce the number of road traffic related injuries and deaths in the Bahamas, he said. The issue of young persons and road safety is widely discussed at the national and international level, Mr Grant explained. This is due to the prevalence of road traffic injuries and death in this age group. Mr Grant said the World Health Organisation lists road traffic injuries as the leading cause of death globally among persons 15 to 19 years old, and it also lists injuries as the second leading cause of death globally among persons 10 to 14 years old and 20 to 24 years old. In the Bahamas from a general perspective, road traffic injuries and road traffic deaths remain a source of concern for the country, he said. Within the last two years, young persons under 26 have accounted for 50 per cent of all road traffic deaths. Further statistics reveal that during 2008, 45 traffic fatali ties took place of which 22 were person 0 to 25-years-old, Mr Grant said. During the past year, some 56 traffic fatalities were recorded and 29 of those involved persons 0 to 25 years old. The minister thanked Pietro Stefanutti, president of PharmaChem Technologies, for initiating the project and the Grand Bahama Port Authority for its support. Mr Stefanuttis son was killed in a traffic accident a few years ago and he wanted to do something in memory of his son. Public Works and Transport Ministry heightens its campaign promoting road safety (BIS photo /Simon Lewis) MINISTER for Public Works and Transport Neko Grant is pictured behind the wheel of a driving simulator during the gradu-a tion exercise for 11 students that participated in the Safe Driv ing Simulator Programme.Several of the students and organisers are pictured looking on. Also pictured at right is the Member of Parliament for Pineridge and Deputy Speaker of theH ouse of Assembly Quasi Thompson, and the Member of Parl iament for the Eight Mile Rock Constituency Vernae Grant. SAFE DRIVING GRADUATES: ELEVEN public high school students received successfully completed the inaugural Safe Driving Simulator Programme. Pictured (in the front row from left to right) are: Mary Cooper, Director of Education; Neko Grant, MP, Minister of Public Works and Transport; Ginger Moxey, vice-president of the GBPA; and Pietro Stefanutti, president of PharmaChem Technologies (GB the graduates. PHOTOS 4A, B and C:ARMANDO Ramirez, vice-president of Rio Grande Fishermen Producers Cooperative; Felicity Burrows of TNC and Frederick Arnett II of DMR. 4c 4A 4B ( Photo by Felicity Burrows, TNC, and Jared Dillet, DMR)

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C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM daddy, crying daily, because we have no resolution. It has been heartwrenching for our family. Two years has gone by and nothing has been said to us, no one has come forward to say anything. If anyone out there has any information, please come forward so we can be at peace, said Mrs Thurston, as she fought back tears. Janet Williams, sister of 37-yearold Sgt Kevin Williams said that what is hardest for her family is the feeling that there are people out there who are withholding the critical information that could leadto the arrest and conviction of the person who killed her brother. If you know absolutely anything that would lead to anything the questioning or conviction of the person involved please come forward. I have nephews, two sons and two nieces who dont know their uncle because they came after he died. What is a shame is to see that there are people out there who know, but because it didnt happen to them, they couldnt care less. Thats a real shame. Then when it happensto them they want everybody and their mama to help them. Im asking you, as a sister, as a mother, do please assist not just our family to solve this murder, but all those other families out there who want closure on their family member,she said. Supt Dean said that under the leadership of recently-appointed Commissioner Ellison Greenslade the police force has been re-energised in its fight against crime. What we are embarking on is looking at all of our files that we consider cold case files. We are looking particularly at our homicides where weve reached a dead end in our investigations and need public assistance to solve these matters. Using the media and with the families of some murder victims, we are here today to plead with members of the public that if they have information on the murders we have highlighted today, to please contact us. We know based on our inquiries into these matters that there are persons out there who have information on these homicides. We have to go back to that time when we were our neighbours keepers. We are pleading with you, if you have the information, bring it in. This is no time to be protecting a loved one, a brother, a friend. We are saying to you we are serio us about getting these perpetrators off the streets and the police will not stop until we have all of them in custody. The NCPO Director said the cases that the force was choosing to highlight yesterday all involved a similar modus operandi, with the victims being shot dead after a d oor was kicked in. Families who may be watching, who may be wondering why police have not called them everyone will be called in. Well be looking at every unsolved homicide. This is just the beginning, Supt Dean added. He assured those who may h ave tips to offer on the cases that their identities will be held in the strictest of confidence. The outstanding cases highlighted yesterday were: Quincy Hamilton (killed 19/9/2009, Pinewood Gardens area), Genevieve Thurston and Lynden Pratt (double homicide on Sequoia Street, 2 6/1/2008), Avery Humes (5/1/2008, Prince Charles area Marvin Seymour (22/1/2008, South Beach area), Daryl Saunders (17/9/2008, Marshall Road area Romell Dames (former police offi cer, 17/10/2008, Garden Hills area), Jacoby Thurston (1/3/2008, South Beach area), and Sergeant Kevin W illiams (15/5/2001, Fox Hill area Members of the public can call the police on 328-TIPS or 502 9978. Our heartache over cold case murders FROM page one When Mr Bethel took the stand, attorney David Higgins who represents him and Returning Officer Jack Thompson, read his affidavit into the courts record. Mr Davis then began his cross-examination of Mr Bethel. During the crossexamination, Mr Bethel admitted that a part of his duty was to verify whether persons whose names appeared on the register were in fact there. He said that his duties were to advise persons of the fact that they were not on the register if it came to his attention. Those notices he said could be sent to their addresses. Letters are being used to identify the voters whose votes are being protested in the proceedings in order to protect their identity. Mr Davis pointed out that the issue with Voter A was over two different listed addresses. Mr Davis noted that the voter had one address that would put the voter in the Fox Hill Constituency and another that would put the voter in the Elizabeth constituency. He noted that on the voters card the word Elizabeth was written over Fox Hill. Mr Bethel said that Fox Hill had been stamped over Elizabeth. He said that Fox Hill had been stamped there just prior to the May 2007 general elections. Polling division 12 is now in Fox Hill he said. The other listed address for the voter was South Pine Barren Road, West Barn Close. Mr Davis pointed out that according to the voters card, voter A was in Elizabeth polling division 4. He pointed out that the voter had voted in May 2007 and in the s ame constituency in February 2010. Mr Bethel said he could not confirm which was the correct address. He accepted Mr Davis suggestion that the register had to be corrected or voters card cancelled and a new one issued in this case. In relation to a voter identified as voter C, the issue arose as to what appeared on the counterfoil relative to the voters d ate of birth. It was revealed that the date of birth listed on the register was different than that listed on the counterfoil. Mr Bethel admitted that the error was on the counterfoil. In relation to a voter identified as voter E who appeared in polling division 8, Mr Bethel pointed out that the discrepancy over the omission of Alligator Close to the voters a ddress listed on the register was because the computer could only take so many characters. The voters full address would have read South Sandilands Road, West Fox Hill Road, Alligator Close. In relation to voter D who voted in polling division 7, Mr Davis noted that in the constituency column, the word Elizabeth had been there but was crossed o ut and replaced with Yamacraw. He also pointed out that in the polling division column; seven was marked out and replaced with 8. This was also reflected on the counterfoil. Mr Bethel admitted that the address West Commonwealth Boulevard, South Malaysia Way would be in the Elizabeth constituency but the S for South was marked out and N for north was placed there instead, which would place the voter out of Elizabeth. Mr Davis pointed out that the oath taken by the voter also contained corrections. In the oath the voter had sworn that they lived in Elizabeth. Mr Bethel subsequently admitted that the corrections had been made by his office. Mr Bethel contended that the error was that the voter was obviously in the wrong constituency. Mr Davis suggested to him, however, that he was wrong to direct that such corrections be made. Mr Bethel, however, did not accept this suggestion. Mr Davis concluded his crossexamination yesterday by highlighting voter F. According to Mr Davis, voter F had been a registered voter from November 23, 2005 and had been placed in the Yamacraw constituency, polling division 6. Mr Bethel, however, told the court that he had never encountered the voter. The election court hearing is expected to resume on Monday at 10.30 am. Dr Sands legal team is expected and attorneys for Mr Bethel and Returning Officer Jack Thompson are expected to begin their cross-examination. Election court FROM page one event. The competition was launched in October by the Bahamas Tourist Office in London, in cooperation with the British National Film and Television School and British Airways. Its aim was to promote the diversity of the Bahamas on an international scale comparable with the Miss Universe Pageant held at the Atlantis hotel in August last year. Director of Tourism Vernice Walkine said: The Ministry of Tourism is always seeking to use effective media to advance the reputation of our country and enhance our profile as a vacation destination of choice. Here is our chance, as Bahamians, to help UK filmmakers make the best possible film about the islands on which we live, showing the people of the UK why they should visit our islands. The 14 films tell unique stories set entirely on the island locations, showcasing the features of the individual islands through documentary, comedy o r action films. Bahamians were invited to participate as actors and island envoys to the visiting filmmakers, but the fact local filmmakers were not allowed to participate angered some in the local arts community. Around a dozen Bahamian artists insulted by the support of foreign talent over local filmmakers staged a protest outside the Ministry of Tourism office in George Street on February 4. And Bahamas Film Festival founder and director Celi Moss intends to feature the protest in his upcoming documentary about the lack of support for Bahamian artists at home. In addition to showing how the 14 Island Film Challenge excludes Bahamian filmmakers while promoting British talent, the writer and director of Balls Alley intends to show how Oscar-winning Bahamian actor Sidney Poitier has done little to promote Bahamian arts, while Hollywood success Tyler Perrys films are praised by the Ministry of Tourism over local talent. He said: We are always looking for other persons to promote our country for us rather than using Bahamian people. We have a lot of talent here, and we don't expect the government to finance our films, but at the same time we don't expect them to launch other people's careers. Bahamians are being overlooked as part of our overall mindset, and that has to change. There is no Bahamian inclu sion to take us to the next level, Mr Moss said. Instead of creating more Tyler Perrys we are giving the opportunities to foreign filmmakers and I think its very hypocriticial. To see the 14 films set in New Providence, Andros, Crooked Island, Abaco, Eleuthera, Mayaguana, Exuma, Inagua, Long Island, Cat Island, Bimini, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and San Salvador, log on to www.14islandsfilmchallenge.co.uk. Movies set in Bahamas FROM page one

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I NSIDE Scotiabank Track and Field Championships TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net CHRIS Fireman Brown was the first Bahamian to secure his berth in the final of an event at the 12th IAAF W orld Indoor Championships i n Doha, Qatar. O n the first of the three day c hampionships yesterday that featured all of the Bahamians in their individual events,B rown survived the first two rounds of the mens 400 metres. C oming back in the final e vent during the evening session, Brown clocked 46.64 seconds to win the last of two semifinals to post the fourth best qualifying time. In the final today, Brown w ill run out of lane five. He will be sandwiched between a pair of Americans, (lane four) Jamaal Torrence, the second place finisher in his heat in 46.69 and (lane six B ershawn Jackson, the winn er of heat one in 46.13. Michael Marthieu, the oth er Bahamian entered in the t wo lap race on the 200 metres track, ran out of laneone in the first heat, but his fifth place time of 47.09 didnt get him into the final. During the first round in the morning session, Mathieuq ualified for the semis after h e finished second in the first heat in 47.10 behind Russian Dmitry Buryak, the winner in 47.03. Brown easily won the last of the five heats in 46.95, fol-l owed by Russian Denis A lekseyev in 47.18. A lso today, Rodney Green w ill run out of lane three in t he last of three semis in the m ens 60 metres where the f irst two of each heat plus the two fastest times will advance t o the final today as well. G reen emerged out of the fourth of seven heats with a s econd place finish in 6.73 as he trailed American Mike Rodgers, the winner in 6.69. The mens 4 x 400 relay team, comprising of Brown, M athieu, Andretti Bain, LaSean Pickstock and Juan L ewis will run out of the last o f two heats today. They are in lane five with Poland in four and Belgium in six. Russia is in one, France i n two and Botswena in three. J amaica and the United States will run out of lanes five and six respectively in the first heat. The first two finishers of each heat plus the two fastestt imes will advance to Sund ays grand finale. Also on Sunday, two other athletes will attempt to reach the final of their respective events. First up will be veteran s printer Chandra Sturrup in t he womens 60 semifinal. S turrup will run out of lane s ix in the second of three h eats along side Olesya Povh o f Ukraine in lane four and A merican Mikele Barber in lane six. J amaican Veronica Camp b ell-Brown, back from an injury season last year, heads h eat one in lane five and American Carmelita Jeter in lane three in the third heat. In yesterdays heats, Sturrup was second in 7.22 behind C ampbell-Brown, who won the second of five heats in 7 .21. LaVerne Jones-Ferrette o f the Virgin Islands had the fastest qualifying time in winning heat three in 7.14. In other results from yest erday, Christine Amertil fell s hort of advancing to the womens 400 final and both Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry didnt make it out oft he mens high jump qualifyi ng round. Although she turned in a seasons best of 52.36, it was o nly good enough for a fourth place in the first of the two womens 400 semis. T he first three finishers advanced to the final that saw Aliann Pompey of Guyana clinch the third and final spot in the heat in 52.59. R ussian Tatyana Firova w on the race in 51.36. As the first Bahamian to compete in the first event yest erday, Amertil posted 52.50 for second place behind American Debbie Dunn( 52.24) to move onto the semis. And in the mens high jump, Barry produced a seasons best of 2.23 metres or7 -feet, 4-inches and Thomas d id 2.18m or 7-2 for 11th and 15th respectively. Neither marks were good e nough to crack the top eight for the final. The last qualifier was American Dusty Jonasw ith 2.26m or 7-5. The first qualifier was Russian Ivan Ukhov with 2.29m or 7-6 1/4. Bahamians do well at IAAF O FFICIALS s tand in the arena as preparations are made for the World Indoor Athletics Champi onships in Doha Qatar Tuesday March 9. 2010. The championships begin on Friday March 12, 2010. By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AFTER the Bahamas L awn Tennis Association has released the names of some of its national teams, a num b er of parents questioned why s ome of the top players are not included. For the Fed Cup, the f emale version of the mens Davis Cup, the team will be comprised of Kerrie Cartwright, Simone Pratt and G abrielle Moxey. The team will be coached by Paula Whitfield, assisted by Dr. Ella Strachan. T hey will travel to Ecuador where they will join 11 other countries in two pools. Those countries are Bermuda, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago. A number of persons with in the BLTA have questioned why the top two female play-ers in the country, Nikkita Fountain and Larika Russell from Grand Bahama have not been included on the team. Nikkita and Larika are both on government subvention, yet they are being asked to sit home and watch the Bahamas embarrassed at an elite event, the parents wrote in a letter to the media. A parent who is a board member is also named as a manager of the team which couldworsen an already bad situation. The coaches and managers selected for the teams are also interesting and potentially harmful. Shouldnt the Bahamas send certified coaches with our teams who would be ableto assist players with their overall development and team strategy during matches. Does the BLTA wish for the Bahamas to do well or fail before even traveling to the events? In trying to explain what transpired, BLTA presidentSteve Turnquest said both Fountain and Russell knew exactly what they had to do and neither of them did it. We had an end of the year tournament for the top eight players and it was mandatory t hat they show up and compete and we select the team from there, Turnquest said. But they didnt show. In f act, Larika didnt show up for the last two years. She didnt call to say why. She didnt s ay anything to the tourna ment director (Mickey Williams. T urnquest said since taking over as president, his administration have put the criteriai n place for those players who are eligible for national team selection. We just dont want anybody to assume that because Im the number one player, Im automatically on the team and you do it at the expense of some other player who is willing and trying to move on, Turnquest pointed out. The girls who played in the end of the year tourna ment, we considered them. One of the girls who made it, she couldnt go because of college classes. Thats why we included Simone Pratt, one of our traveling junior players. She just turned 14, so we gave her the opportunity. The parents, however, also questioned why Pratt was not named to the World Junior Cup team. That team comprises of the following: Girls Under 14 Gabriela Bowe, Grand Bahama Catholic High; Erin Strachan, N.P. Queens College and Dominique Mortier, N.P. Kingsway. Boys Under 14 Phillip Major, Andros North Andros High; Treajh Ferguson, N.P. NCA and Justin Roberts, N.P. Artie Johnson of Eleuthra will travel as the coach. He will be assisted by Alexandria Bowe of Grand Bahama. Turnquest said they made every effort to select the best team possible, based on the performances of the players in the local tournaments. BLTA release names of national teams By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AS the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations Scotiabank National Track and Field Championships wind down, president Mike Sands said hes been very pleased with what he has seen so far. The championships got started on Thursday and will wrap up this afternoon at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, starting at noon. Im very encouraged with the enthusiasm and the amount of athletes participating, Sands said. Im particularly pleased with the record number of Family Island schools participating as well. The competition is very keen and some of the times were not what we expected and we can attribute that to the weather that we are having. But it tells me that the future of track and field is very bright. Although there are no participation from Grand Bahama as the athletes are competing in their High School Track and Field Championships this weekend as well, Sands said they their initiation of the bantam (13 years and under division created a lot of excitement in the meet. Both the Nationals here and the cham pionships in Grand Bahama serves a qualifier for the Carifta Games that is sched uled for the Easter holiday weekend in the Cayman Islands. The final trials where the athletes have Grand Bahama are expected to partici pate is scheduled for the weekend of April 8-9 at the TAR Stadium. Additionally, Sands said they have pro vided some incentive for this years championship where some of the top relay teams will get a chance to travel to Philadelphia to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays, scheduled for April 28-30. A number of coaches are looking forward to it, Sands said. I had a discussion with the Family Island coaches last night and my friends from Moores Island said they are already packing their bags because they know they will have some of their teams going to the Penn Relays. Sands said he was encouraged to watch the senior boys 100 metre final on Thursday night where there was five representatives from the Family Islands with two coming from Moores Island. The race was won by Trevor Mackey of Dorish Johnson in 11.09 seconds, followed by Laron Hield of Moores Island in 11.26. Shawn Moss of Central Eleuthera took third in 11.42. The under-20 girls 100 was won by VAlonee Robinson of St. Augustines College in 12.23. Goria Ferguson of LNC in 12.47 with SACs Anthonique Strachan third in 12.76. Anthony Farrington of CV Bethel took the under-17 boys 100 in 11.21. Teran Adderley of Queens College was second in 11.46 and Toriano Adderley of ARH was third in 11.52. Marva Etienne of CR Walker emerged as the uinder-17 girls champion in 12.45. Devynne Charlton of SAC was second in 12.63 with Gregina Higgs of CV Bethel third in 12.91. Lorman Johnson of AF Adderley was the winner of the under-15 boys 100 in 11.70. Todd Isaacs of SAC got second in 12.12 and Wray Stubbs of ZCS came in third in 12.18. SACs Makeya White took the under15 girls century in 12.99, followed by Camisha Mis sick in 13.19 and Faythe Miller of Queens College in 13.36. Winning the under-13 boys straight away race was Kirby Albury of SWAA in 13.60. Jameiko Rolle of SC McPherson was second in 13.70 and Sahthorne Williams of LW Young got third in 13.73. And in the under-13 girls division, the winner was Asia Butler of SAC in 13.31, just ahead of her team-mate Taj Dorsett (13.68 in 14.11. Results of some of the field events contested earlier yesterday are as follows: Under-13 boys high jump Cameron Oliver of CH Reeves, 1.45 metres or 4feet, 9-inches; Adrian Thompson of TA Thompson, 1.42m or 4-7 3/4 and Stephon Augustine of CH Reeves, 1.27m or 4-2. Under-17 girls shot put Shaunae Miller of SAC, 10.19m or 33-5 1/4; Pre cious Aranha of CI Gibson, 9.64m or 317 1/2 and Kadia Johnson of HO Nash, 9.02m or 29-7 1/4. Under-15 girls discus Brashe Wood of SAC, 28.28m or 92-9; Terrannise Taylor of SC Bootle, 25.55m or 83-10 and Astarzia Walker of Spanish Wells, 23.35m or 76-7. Scotiabank National Track and Field Championships coming to a close I I N N S S I I G G H H T T For the stories behind the ne ws, read Insight on Monda ys See more pictures on pg 10

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