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PAGE 10, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010


TRIBUNE SPORTS


A Memorial Tribute to Rose Dean-Cleare


A tribute to the mother of former National Team Coach George
Cleare, a committed individual

TRIBUNE Sports extends its condolences to the family of the late
Rose Mae Dean-Cleare, who will be funeralised today at 10 a.m. at
the Holy Cross Anglican Church, Petersfield Road, Hiughbury Park
off Soldier Road.
Dean-Cleare, 63, was a veteran Physical Education Teacher who
worked primarily at Cl Gibson Secondary School. She was also a
member of the Bahamas Association of Certified Odfficials (BACO).
Her three children, Neil, George and Renita, all served with her in
BACO. George went further by becoming an acclaimed track and
field coach, having served on the national Carifta and Olympic
Games teams.
Below is a tribute that was written in memory of Dean-Cleare.

By WINSTON T. MARSHALL


THERE ARE few times in
ones life, that we struggle for
words, or are just left speech-
less.
The sudden passing of the
mother of a dear friend and
colleague, is one of those
occasions.
Rather than focusing on
how she died, I here address
the supposition.....if I were
asked to write or say some-


thing about Rose Dean-
Cleare, a most befitting trib-
ute would reflect how she
lived, and cared for people,
and how her Christian faith
sustained her, and assisted
her in forgiving people.
I would tell you that,
through her work, she taught
us that the concept of multi-
tasking is just that, a new con-
cept, but before it was fash-


ionable, she learnt and func-
tioned as a daughter, sibling,
wife, mother, grand-mother,
aunt, cousin, friend, Christ-
ian.
Then I would tell you that
through her work and
involvement, she taught us
that being involved, is more
important than just being a
spectator. Some of us were
fortunate to see these lessons,
played out by her son Coach
George....who learnt the les-
son of being firm...but com-
passionate.....becoming well
trained and certified and dis-
ciplined and successful in his
chosen field....and becoming
a strong advocate not only in
words but in deeds.
I would tell you that
through her life, she taught
us that there are some unsung
heroes, who just go about
making their contribution to
national development, in
their own way, to building
families, teaching, active
involvement in her church
(Holy Cross Anglican


Church), serving as a care-
giver, officiating at track and
field meets (especially the
high jump competitions) and
accompanying the national
track and field teams to so
many Carifta meets.
Then I would tell you that,
by being the wind beneath her
children's wings, Rose Dean-
Cleare, by extension became
the wind beneath the wings
of many individuals, especial-
ly those of us involved in
track and field....as a result
of George's deep and intimate
involvement.
Then, I could tell you of
the great pride that she dis-
played at the Carifta Games
in Guadeloupe, when Team
Bahamas performed so well
and placed second overall,
with Coach George as the
head coach......and how
proud she must have been
when the female 4x100
metres female relay team,
earned the silver medal, in
Berlin at the IAAF World
Championships last year, with


George as the relay coordi-
nator..
Sleep on dear mom, may
the works that you have
done, speak for you.....and
may your warrior soul rest in
peace and rise in glory.


The Tribune's GSSSA All-Bahamians


By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

Part I
In the Book of Basketball Bill Sim-
mons brought to focus the easiest way
to establish a what if argument and to
establish a list, if aliens came to Earth -
Independence Day style - and you had
to have one game to decide the fate of
humankind, who would be on your
team?" By the way no one likes nam-
ing lists more than me, Simmons and
John Cusack's character from High
Fidelity. What if the aliens decided
that this almighty war to decide the
fate of humanity would be decided by
BAISS and GSSSA all star teams?
Random alien overlord says if we don't
put on a good show with top flight tal-
ent he does to the world what mis-
placed text messages and voicemails
did to Tiger. With that kind of pressure
shouldn't someone be preparing for
this in case it comes up? It's a good
thing I did. This will all make better
sense in part 2, I promise....well maybe
not but you should read it anyway.

Tribune GSSSA All-Bahamians
STARTERS
Angelo Lockhart
Position: Point Guard
School: C.C Sweeting
NBA Comparison: Derrick Rose
Strengths: Size, speed and athleti-
cism to be an impact player anytime
he's on the floor. Gets to the basket
easier than most guards and is able to
consistently finish above the rim, both
in transition and in traffic Going full
speed he is faster than anyone else on
the court, but he is also very comfort-
able handling the ball as he is weaving
through defenders... In one on one
situations, he is almost impossible to
stop because of his great first step and
the variety of moves that he uses off
the dribble ... Consistently gets into
the lane, and is very good at finding
teammates when the help defense
rotates.

Rashad Sturrup
Position: Guard
School: C.I Gibson
NBA Comparison: Allen Iverson


Strengths: Has a knack for getting
in traffic and drawing contact, and gets
to the line more times per game than
most guards in the country. He has an
extra gear which allows him to turn
the corner or to explode by defenders
in the open court and create fast break
opportunities on his own. Not afraid
to break zones with his three point shot
and hits with relative consistency.

Forwards
Stephen Strachan
Position: Small Forward
School: R.M Bailey
NBA Comparison: Paul Pierce
Strengths: Most consistent jump
shooter in the country, bar none. Not
the most athletic player on the floor
but has a knack for scoring in bunches.
High basketball I.Q with the ability to
draw fouls and knocks down his free
throws consistently once he gets to the
line. Highly efficient offensive game,
can score from anywhere from the low
post to beyond three point range.
Patrico Leadon
Position: Forward
School: C.V Bethel
NBA Comparison: Kevin Durant
Strengths: Wingspan, mobility,
quickness, and leaping ability places
him above most of his peers with
regards to his scoring ability . Excellent
feel for the game and confidence allow
him to make the offensive end of the
floor seem effortless ...Has the ability
to catch and shoot off screens with
ease, off the dribble or spotting up
beyond three point range. Excellent
rebounder and shot blocker with abil-
ity to intensify his game on both ends
of the floor when he feels the need to.
Explosive scorer who can dominate a
game.
Gabi Laurent
Position: Power Forward/Center
School: C.C Sweeting
NBA Comparison: Amare
Stoudamire
Strengths: Strength, athleticism and
work ethic come to mind when you
think of Laurent. Never takes a play
off, plays at only one speed and gives
his all on every possession. Plays the
game with amazing toughness, and
doesn't shy away from contact in the
paint. Runs the floor well for a big


man and has an excellent jumpshot
out to 18 feet. Excellent speed and
agility in the open floor...Leadership
qualities stood out as seat and soul of
a team that he lead straight to the
Hugh Campbell final

RESERVES
Guards
Patrick Davis
Position: Shooting Guard/Point
Guard
School:C.C Sweeting
NBA Comparison: Monta Ellis
Strengths: Can play both guard posi-
tions, but better suited off the ball as a
scorer rather than creating for others.
Lighting quick in the open court and
finishes in traffic

Derinando Mott
Position: Guard
School:C.I Gibson
NBA Comparison:Mo Williams
Strengths: Combo guard with range
on his jumper out to the beyond the
three point arc.. Great court vision
and reaction speed to find open team-
mate... Excels in the open court and
loves to push the ball up quickly
Denero Moss
Position: Point Guard
School: C.V Bethel
NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd
Strengths: True pass first point
guard. at his best when breaking down
defenders with his lethal crossover, or
feeding a teammate for an easy basket
... Incredible quickness and ball han-
dling ability

Roosevelt Whylly
Position: Forward
School: C.C Sweeting
NBA Comparison: Antawn Jami-
son
Strengths: Good jump shot as a
junior but added new moves to his
repertoire in his senior season after a
summer with the Junior National
Team... Ball handling is very good for
a forward, and is a quality rebounder
with the ability to rip down a board
and go coast to coast. Long arms make
him a good shot blocker and rebound-
er and an ability to make three point-
er makes him a difficult matchup for
most bigs.


D'Shon Taylor
Position:Forward
School: R.M Bailey
NBA Comparison: Josh Smith
Strengths: High flying player who
finishes above the rim and has a reli-
able jumpshot...Not afraid of contact
and likes to mix it up with inside guys
and crash the board ...Often takes the
ball at the high post and creates his
own shot or assists others... Strong
court sense, rarely in a rush or forcing
the issue.

Prince Braynen
Position:Guard/Forward
School: C.R Walker
NBA Comparison: Tyreke Evans
Strengths: Has proven that he is
able to play as a lead guard, but his
natural position seems to be as a shoot-
ing guard or small forward, where he
can still be a facilitator, but can look to
score more often ...Plays at a fast pace
all the time with the ability to create on
the fly ... Puts constant sure on the
opposing team with his aggressive style
and drives to the basket, unguardable
one on one... His vision and passing
are extremely advanced, and he's
shown that he can be a reliable dis-
tributor.

Kenrico Lockhart
Position: Forward
School: G.H.S
NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh
Strengths: Comfortable operating
from the high post, either shooting
midrange shot, or utilizing his quick-
ness and putting the ball on the floor to
get to the hoop.. aggressive and tough
under the rim despite his slight frame...
Very long and athletic player with
excellent frame, plus leaping and slash-
ing ability ... It's very difficult to guard
him due to his size and ability to play
inside/outside

Coach: Mario Bowleg

In part two we name the BAISS All-
Bahamians and ponder if SAC would
allow any of their players to play with
the fate of the world at stake, then
again its not a BAISS sanctioned event
so we're not sure


Knowles thrilled about silver medal


FROM page nine
monwealth Games in Octo-
ber.
"Believe me, we are look-
ing forward to hearing our
national anthem being played
and our flag hoisted on the
first pole, which means we
have to win the gold medal,"
Seymour said.
"We will not stop here.
Winning the gold at the CAC,
the Commonwealth Games
and also at the World Cham-
pionships next year and then
head on to 2012 and winning
that medal at the Olympics."
As long as the federation
keep the boxers on the inter-
national circuit and competing
against the best in the world,
Seymour said the Bahamas
will definitely win the elusive
Olympic medal.
Although he didn't get out
of the first round, Hield said it
was more of a learning expe-
rience for him.
"For the past year and a
half, I was getting some bad
draws and coming out of the
fights on the losing end," he
said. "But we still got a medal.
One out of two is good.
"After I lost, I supported
him (Knowles), making sure
he kept his weight down and


Kris Ingraham/BIS Photos
A WELCOME reception was held in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pindling International Airport for the return of the amateur boxing team
from India. From left are: Alvin Sargent; Archie Nairn; coach Andre Seymour; Minister of Sports Charles Maynard; BOA president Welling-
ton Miller; silver medalist Valentino Knowles and Carl Hield.


made sure he fought hard
because it didn't make no
sense for the two of us to go
all the way over there and
don't come back with a
medal."
Hield said he felt that he
won the silver medal too, but
he will just continue to pre-


pare for the future tourna-
ments so that he can get the
major international medal
that has escaped him so far.
In the meantime, it was a
festive mood for the Knowles'
family.
Valentino's mother,
Valderine said her son per-


formed exceptionally well.
"I expected the gold, but
he got the silver, so I appreci-
ate what he did," she said. "I
know that he did his best."
And his father, McAllen
said when he spoke to his son,
Valentino told him that the
fight was very close, so "I was


proud that he got the silver."
The Knowles said they
intended to celebrate, but
they would be encouraging
Valentino to get right back in
training so that he could
duplicate a medal feat in his
next international tourna-
ment.


Coaches

Association

holds elections

after six years

AFTER a few years
absence, the Coaches Asso-
ciation of the Bahamas held
elections, Saturday March
13th at 10am at the Colony
Club after 6 years of being
non-functional.
After two months of prepa-
ration and communication, 51
Coaches were registered as
members.
* The results were as fol-
lows:

President - Dianne Woodside
1st Vice President - Frank
'Pancho' Rahming
2nd Vice President - George
Cleare
Treasurer - Perry Thompson
Secretary - Cleotha Collie
Asst. Secretary - Evelyn Shaw

* Board Members - Tyrone
Burrows, Dexter Bodie, Peter
Pratt, Lyndon Johnson.
* Family Island Represen-
tative - Mr. Patrice Charles
(Abaco)
This important body is an
integral part of the develop-
ment of Track and Field in
The Bahamas.
* The objectives of the
Association are as follows:
1. To foster a better rela-
tionship between track and
field coaches in the Bahamas.
2. To enhance the develop-
ment of track and field in the
Bahamas.
3. To secure and compile
coaching related information
for circulation throughout the
Family Islands.
4. To organise track & field
coaches seminar and courses
for the Family of Islands.
The executive body as well
as the membership, will
ensure that the objectives of
the organisation, set out in
the Constitution of the Asso-
ciation, is implemented and
carried out.
"We intend to get involve-
ment and participation from
primary, junior and senior
schools from New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama and
the Family of Islands," the
association wrote in a press
release.
"We hope that we can have
the support of the Ministry of
Sports and the BAAA to car-
ry out these objectives for the
next two years."


Maynard: Knowles

victory proud day

for Bahamians

FROM page nine

Club.
"But one thing I can say
that is good for our pro-
gramme is the government's
subvention. We have seen
great changes in these two
boxers. They are more
relaxed, they know the funds
are coming in and we can put
more pressure on them to
train because we know you
(Maynard) can take it from
them."
Thanking previous Minis-
ter Desmond Bannister and
Maynard, Miller said he knew
that if the ministry could do
more for the boxers, they cer-
tainly would.
On the other hand, Miller
said now that Knowles has
overcome his obstacles, he
now has a greater responsi-
bility to go back into his com-
munity and encourage the
other delinquent young men.
"You can tell them that if
you can make it, then they
can make it," Miller summed
up. "All they have to do is try,
try and they will become suc-
cessful."
Minus Jr was just as elated
about Knowles' performances
as everybody else.
"He was always a very
humbled and determined per-
son. His true colors came
out," Minus Jr. said. "When
Valentino started in my box-
ing programme at the age of
four, my father, Ray Minus
Sr., said he's going to be a


world champion.
"The good thing about him
is that he has determination,
the drive to be successful. So
having talent without deter-
mination will probably see
you fall short. But when you
have determination and tal-
ent, you are unstoppable."
Minus Jr. thanked the box-
ing federation for the pro-
gramme, which has allowed
both Knowles and Hield to
train in Cuba and will only
continue to pay off big divi-
dends in the long run.


SPORTS
















THE TRIBUNE


SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 11


LOCALN S A

THEKEIHA HUSTONTRAED


An agony n


FROM page one
pork chops, and put the deep fryer on the stove to
heat up. Before talk turned to the dinner table,
Keisha and her mother had a three-way conversa-
tion with her sister Kimberly. They joked about
Keisha breaking curfew the night before, having
gone out partying with two junior school girlfriends
on West Bay Street at Uptown.
Earlier still, Keisha plotted against her mother to
steal a pair of pants, a jacket and a dress thought to
be too 'young-looking', or stylish, for her mother
alone to be entitled to wear.
"She said, 'Mummy, this is a young girl pants. I
will be wearing the pants to school tomorrow.
When I go to teaching practice I could wear that
dress'," said Mrs Thurston, speaking about one of
the last conversations with her daughter.
"When I came back and my child was there it
was like what happened. I left this sprightly child
trying on my clothes, full of laughter. What hap-
pened to her?" she said, sitting next to her husband,
Michael Thurston, on the family couch.
Sadly, the only smell greeting Mrs Thurston was
burning metal; not one piece of fish even reached
the frying pan. Something went deadly wrong for
her baby girl. Mrs Thurston was the first to find
Keisha's body.
The two shared a close relationship, along with
the rest of the family. One of Keisha's favourite
refrains was: "Don't do it mummy, please".
Mrs Thurston was often chastised by her other
daughters, Kimberly and Deandra, for calling them
by Keisha's name. They would remark how she
would have to call her three children's' names
before she got it right.
"(Keisha) is a child that likes to keep busy. Even
when she is home she gets up every morning to
clean up. All the things I will miss. Me and her
going on the beach, Bahamian Idol, playing tennis,"
said Mrs Thurston.
These days, the house does not feel the same, but
Keisha's bedroom has been of comfort to her moth-
er. It provides a place for Mrs Thurston to rest
her head at nights: to sleep close to her daugh-
ter's spirit.
"There is a lesson to us that regardless of the sit-
uation you still have to be strong. That is our lesson.
Regardless of what it is you have to be strong. As
for me, it is not a good feeling that I came home
and saw my daughter hanging from the attic, but I
have two other kids and I have a grand child on the
way," said Mrs Thurston.
"I have my family, who are very supportive of me.
They flew in from wherever they were and they


o parent should have to endure

came to support us. That even made the family
closer. As for me, we can't change that it has
already happened, but we just have to be strong
like I said, and be there for each other, as we nor-
mally do," she said.
Although people are often remembered for the _ . .,
mistakes they make and not the good things they .
do, the family of Keisha does not plan to perpetu-
ate that trend. "People talk and people will talk. . .i
You or I cannot change that. This is the way the . ..-
Bahamas is. If you make one bad mistake in your
life and if you do a thousands of good, people do
not see the good you do. The bad overrides the
good," said Mrs Thurston.
"Out there who knows me and my kids, my
daughter, they know that my child was loved from
the very moment she was conceived. As a family
what we have to do is keep the bond we have and
not let anyone come in between us. By people
talking it could change things in the family and
cause confusion, but we are not planning for that to
happen. It will strengthen and tighten our family,"
said Mrs Thurston.
While the rumor mills are busy looking for sui-
cidal signs and reasons why, the family is busy
remembering the Keisha they knew. This Keisha
kept a personal calendar with the birthday dates of
all the family members. She would remind her
mother when her father's birthday was coming up,
or remind her sister when her cousin's birthday
was approaching. The Keisha they knew was a
role model student-athlete. Throughout her high
school career she was an award winner. , , ,
At HO Nash Junior School she received coach- .
es awards and most valuable player (MVP) awards.
At Red Bank Middle School in New Jersey she B, I
received certificates for academic excellence. At %
CC Sweeting High School she made the honour roll
and received MVP awards in the volleyball, soccer,
track and field, and softball. She was on academic
scholarship at the College of the Bahamas. h
The everyday Keisha the family knew left a big.
void to fill, but for the time being, her memories are
doing the trick. She is remembered for wanting to
become a secondary school Math teacher. She is
remembered for her ambition to play tennis and ,
golf; for her success at volleyball, softball and love
of soccer. "How can you not miss a person like r '
that. Regardless of everything that happened I | i 4
said to my sister, she only lived 18 years and so
many people could talk so many positive things *
about her. There were hundreds of people were at
the funeral. Could you imagine with another 18
years what her life would have been like," said
Mrs Thurston.


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Elizabeth by-election

outcome should be

known on Tuesday
IN four days, the outcome of the February 16
Elizabeth by-election will be determined.
Senior Justice Anita Allen, who has heard
the election court petition along with Senior
Justice Jon Issacs, said yesterday afternoon that
the court will deliver its decision on Tuesday,
March 23, at 11.30am.
Yesterday attorney Philip 'Brave' Davis, lead
counsel for PLP candidate Leo Ryan Pinder,
and attorney Milton Evans, for FNM candidate
Dr Duane Sands, concluded their replies to
points raised by the opposing side.
Mr Davis has argued that the five protest
votes cast in favour petitioner Mr Pinder in the
Elizabeth by-election were valid and should be
upheld.
SEE page six


U Resident fires

licensed shotgun


* Police find man

bleeding nearby
By Natario McKenzie
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net
A RESIDENT shot two would-be armed robbers who were
trying to break into his house, police revealed last night
The incident happened at Assembly Estates, Firetrail Road, at
about 2pm yesterday.
When police officers arrived they found a gold Honda Accord
car, licence plate number 221452, outside the house and a man lying
bleeding nearby.
According to reports, two men - one allegedly armed with a
handgun - were attempting to break into the house when they were
seen by someone who lives there.
One of the thugs allegedly fired two shots at the resident, who
then produced a licensed shotgun and returned fire.
This resulted in one of the attempted robbers sustaining gunshot
wounds to the shoulder and upper back. He reportedly collapsed
while attempting to flee the scene.
He was taken to hospital where he is listed as in serious condi-
tion.
The other would-be robber is thought to have also been hit. He
reportedly fled into nearby bushes and is being hunted by detec-
tives. Police up to press time were unable to release a description
of the alleged armed robber.
Officers searching the area yesterday found a woman's handbag
and a bloody shirt.
it is understood the men are connected with several house-
breakings and robberies which have occurred in the South West
New Providence in recent weeks.
Police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said
yesterday, however, that investigations into the matter are still at
the preliminary stage.


Fitzgerald denies
any link with SABL
By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
SENATOR Jerome Fitzger-
ald has issued a statement deny-
ing he has any connection with
SABL (Bahamas) Ltd which
was cited in a damaging report
by the Auditor General's
department.
In his letter, the Senator said
he was alerted to the article
which appeared in The Tribune
regarding the investigation of
the Auditor General over a
$500,000 contract probe for the
training or workers in the oper-
ational and technical aspects of
solid waste management.
"I wish to state emphatically
that I do not have and never
have had any connection or
affiliation with SABL
SEE page six


By ALESHA CADET
TROUBLE flared at the
Fleming Street Community
Clinic yesterday after a young
Haitian boy with special
needs was allegedly thrown
out of the facility.
A group of about 10 angry
women gathered outside the
clinic claiming they had wit-
nessed how the boy had been
evicted from the building by a
dentist.
As tempers reached boling
point, police had to be called
to defuse the situation.
Glen Miller, Assistant
Commissioner of Police,
described the incident as a
"dispute that was brought
under control by the police".
One of the protesters
SEE page six


Felipe Major/Tribune staff
FATHER'S GRIEF: Brenton Smith's father Hector Smith looks at the site where his son was killed. A makeshift shrine has been created.
By MEGAN REYNOLDS as M member jury, counsel and witnesses in the
Tribune Staff Reporter .Dism ay as Victoria Garden's Coroner's Court for the


mreynolds(tribunemedia.net


THE grieving family of tragic teenager
Brenton Smith suffered another setback
yesterday when the inquest into his death
was postponed for the fifth time.
Parents of the 18-year-old who was shot
by police behind the City Market store in
Village Road last year had expected the
four-month long inquiry to draw to a close
following a visit to the scene of the shooting
with key witnesses yesterday.
But they were sorely disappointed when


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inquest is
postponed -
yet again Brenton Smith


presiding coroner magistrate William
Campbell decided to call off the visit and
adjourn the inquest until April 12, 13 and
15.
Although he had assembled the seven-


visit yesterday morning, he called it ott
when the time of their departure was
increasingly delayed as he said he had to
attend a seminar that afternoon.
The inquest has progressed in fits and
starts since opening on November 9, 2009,
and the family claim they have been con-
fused by conflicting testimonies submitted
by more than a dozen witnesses regarding
the circumstances of Brenton's death.
Fox Hill Detective Corporal Kelsie
SEE page six


I KEISHA THURSTON TRAGEDY


A A mother's worst nightmare


CAROL THURSTON, the mother of college student
Keisha Thurston, shares memories of her star student-
athlete daughter, with father Michael Thurston.


NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net


IT'S the worst kind of suffering
any mother can endure, the sudden
death of a child.
But put yourself in Carol
Thurston's shoes and imagine her
pain and agony after returning
home to find her beloved daughter
dead.
Keisha Alicia Thurston was
found hanged on February 28 at


MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 11
the home she shared with her fam-
ily. Police, who are investigating
the incident, have described her
death as an "apparent suicide".
Mrs Thurston expected to return
home to a house perfumed with
the smell of frying fish. Keisha had
volunteered to cook Sunday dinner
just hours before her death. She
had taken out the fish fillets from
the freezer to thaw, opting against
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* IN a showdown on Thurs-
day night t the CI Gibson
Gymnasium, First Caribbean
International Bank defeated
The Tribune's All-Stars as a
part of the New Providence
Women's Basketball Associ-
ation's exhibition series.
In a come-from-behind
effort, FCIB got four points
apeice from Jamaal Mortimer
and Randy Symonette as they
rebounded from a 53-42
deficit at the end of the third
to secure a 65-61 decision.
Mortimer finished with a
game high 17 points, while
Kipial Johnson had 13,
Symonette ended up 11 and
Ichiro Rahming and coach
Mario Bowleg chipped in with
six and five respectively.
The Tribune, coached by
Brent Stubbs, got 16 from
photographer Felipe Major,
15 from Kenny Dean, 14 from
Greg Rolle and eight from
Terran Dean.
FCIB opened a 19-16 lead
after the first quarter, but The
Tribune took a 35-28 margin
at the half.
The exhibition series
between the two teams will
continue during and after the
conclusion of the NPWBA's
postseason.
..............................
BASKETBALL
NPWBA
POSTSEASON
* THE New Providence
Women's Basketball Associ-
ation will begin its best-of-
three playoffs tonight at the
DW Davis Gymnasium.
In the opening match at 7
p.m., the Bommer G Angels
will take on the College of the
Bahamas Lady Caribs and in
the future contest, the John-
son's Lady Truckers will meet
the Cheetahs.
During the regular season,
the Angels posted a 12-2 win-
loss record to win the pen-
nant. They were followed
closely by the defending
champions Truckers at 12-3.
The Cheetahs ended up
third at 10-5 and the Lady
Caribs rounded out the top
four at 6-9.

TENNIS
ANTONAS IS
CHAIRMAN
* IN his return to the Pro-
fessional Tennis Registry's
Annual
International Tennis Teach-
ing Symposium, held on
Hilton Head South Carolina,
John Antonas was elected as
chairman opf the Master Pro
Committee for the next three
years.
The PTR is the largest
international teaching organ-
isation in the world with near-
ly 14,000 certified members
in 123 Countries.
Several years ago, Antonas
became the first Bahamian to
receive a Master Pro rating.
At the moment there are 31
Master Professionals.
As a part of the sympo-
sium, a tournament was held
with Antonas successfully
defending his title in the 55-
and-over category. He defeat-
ed John Callen in the finals
in three tough sets.


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OFFICIALS greet the national amateur boxing team home from India yesterday. From left are Minister of Sports, Charles Maynard, Deon'to Tinker; silver medalist Valentino
and Valentina Knowles; Archie Nairn; Wellington Miller; Alvin Sargent; Carl Hield and coach Andre Seymour.


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WITH the silver medal
draped around his neck,
Valentino Knowles said it's a
moment he will "cherish" for
a long time as he returned
home from the XXX Energy
Drinks Commonwealth
Championships.
"The fight went great. It
went in favour of the other
guy, but I put out my best. I
did what I had to do," said
Knowles after falling short in
a 6-2 decision to India's Jai
Bhagwan.
"I felt that I won the fight.
The fans also felt that I did.
But it didn't turn out that
way. They gave it to him, so I
have to live with the deci-
sion."
That is until October when
the actual Commonwealth
Games will take place in India
again. When he goes back,
Knowles hopes to return
home with the gold.
"That will give me more
time to focus on what I have
to do to get back at him," said
Knowles, who suffered his
second straight loss to Bhag-
wan, dating back to the World
Championships in 2007.
It was the second medal for
the Bahamas at the champi-
onships after pacesetter Tau-


reano 'Reno' Johnson
clinched a silver in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia in 2003.
Knowles, however, was one
of two competitors that rep-
resented the Bahamas at the
championships that concluded
on Wednesday. Carl Hield,
the other member, lost 8-2 to
Black Moses Mathenge of
Kenya in the first round.
"It was a high class compe-
tition," said Knowles, who
intends to take the rest of the
week off to recuperate before


hard road, but now I'm here,"
said Knowles, who presented
Minister Charles Maynard
with a replica of the medal
from India.
Coach Andre Seymour said
it was a long journey to India
and they wanted to make sure
that they didn't come back
home empty handed.
"Everybody has their time.
It's Valentino today. I can
guarantee you that next time
it would be Carl as well," Sey-
mour said. "But our journey


"I felt that I won the fight. The fans
also felt that I did. But it didn't turn
out that way. They gave it to him, so I
have to live with the decision."


Valentino Knowles


he get back into training on
Monday.
Having secured a medal,
Knowles took the time out to
thank God, his parents
Valderine and McAllen
Knowles, both the Ministry
of Youth, Sports and Culture
and the Amateur Boxing Fed-
eration as well as the coaches
for the role they all played in
his success.
"It wasn't easy. It was a


has just begun.
"This is our first major
tournament for the year and
in going to the tournament
and winning a medal, it just
shows how strong our pro-
gramme is."
As they move ahead, Sey-
mour said the boxers will now
have to get ready for the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean
Games in July and the Com-
SEE page 10


Maynard: Knowles victory


proud day for Bahamians


By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

CALLING him "our cham-
pion," Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture's Perma-
nent Secretary Archie Nairn
welcomed silver medallist
Valentino Knowles and the
Bahamian team from the
XXX Energy Drinks Com-
monwealth Championships.
Knowles, team-mate Carl
Hield, coach Andre Seymour
and referee Alvin Sargent
were all greeted in the VIP
Lounge of the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport on
their return home from India
yesterday.
Nairn set the tone for the
brief ceremony that was
attended by Minister of
Sports, Charles Maynard;
Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion and Amateur boxing
Association of the Bahamas
double president Wellington
Miller, other officials from
bodies and family and friends
of the two boxers.
"This is indeed another
proud day for the Bahamas,"


said Maynard, referring to the
recent success of the Bahami-
an athletes on the interna-
tional scene.
"We, as a small nation of
just under 300,000 people,
have proven time and time
again that we can stand toe
to toe with any country in the
world."
Maynard said Knowles' lat-
est victory of achieving the
silver medal in a 6-2 loss to
hometown favourite Jai Bhag-
wan was just an indication of
what to expect when one put
one's mind to the task at
hand.
"We are very proud to be
here today to welcome you
home," said Maynard, who
apologised that there was no
motorcade to take him
through the streets of the
islands.
Before he was presented
with a replica of a medal from
the championships by
Knowles, Maynard said he's
confident that by the 2012
Olympic Games in London,
the Bahamas will be success-
ful in winning a gold.
He, however, said the


Bahamian people should
know that Knowles' achieve-
ment was no small feat, but
in fact it came as a result of a
lot of hard work that has been
put in by the coaches within
the programme, namely Sey-
mour, Ray Minus Jr and
Leonard 'Boston Blackie'
Miller.
"I think this is our time.
2012 is our time," he said. "So
I'm very happy because this is
just a stepping stone. Silver
today, gold in 2012."
Back in 2004, Miller said
the amateur federation
embarked on a 10-year pro-
gramme that will take them
to 2014. And after Taureano
'Reno' Johnson decided to
turn pro this year following a
storied amateur career, Miller
said Knowles and Hield are
just stepping in to continue
the quest for gold.
"We're looking forward to
great things from our boxers,"
said Miller, who publicly
thanked Minus Jr. for getting
both Knowles and Hield start-
ed at his Champion Boxing
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SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 3


RM Bailey student

stabbed in head
JUST before press time last
night, the police reported that a
student of RM Bailey Senior
High School was stabbed in the
head by another student.
He was taken to hospital, but
the police were unable to say
what his condition was before
The Tribune went to press.
Reports indicate that two
10th grade students got into an
altercation which resulted in
one of them being stabbed in
the left side of the head. The
victim is 16 years old.
Police are investigating.


Police investigate

armed robberies
POLICE are investigating
three separate armed robberies
which occurred within less than
four hours of each other.
Officers were called to the
scene of an armed robbery at a
private residence in Kool Acres
off Fox Hill Road at 10.56pm
on Thursday.
According to reports, a cou-
ple had just arrived at their
home when they were
approached by two masked
men wearing dark clothing.
They were both allegedly
armed with handguns.
The masked men demanded
cash from the couple. When
they did not receive it, they
stole the couple's vehicle, a
green 2005 Honda Accord with
the licence plate number
206306.
The suspects then fled the
area in an unknown direction.
About three hours later, at
1.52am on Friday, police
received a report of an armed
robbery in the parking lot of
the Commonwealth Bank on
East Bay Street.
Two women and a man were
in the parking lot when they
were approached by two armed
men.
The culprits, both allegedly
armed with handguns, robbed
the trio of an undetermined
amount of cash and personal
effects.
They fled the area in a wait-
ing gold Nissan Sentra which
was driven by a third man.
Then, half an hour later, at
2.20am on Friday, police
responded to reports of the
third armed robbery of the
night.
Reports said that a man was
asleep in his Collins Avenue
home when he was awoken by
noises outside.
The man went to check on
what was causing the noise. It
was then that the resident was
approached by a man armed
with a handgun who demanded
cash.
The culprit got no money,
however, he was accompanied
by another man wearing a
white shirt and the two drove
away in the victim's 1995 bur-
gundy Nissan Sentra, travelling
south on Collins Avenue.


Police question woman




about property scheme


THANKS to the assistance
of the public, police were able
to detain a woman they had
urgently sought for question-
ing yesterday - only 24 hours
after her image was printed
in local newspapers.
According to police Super-
intendent Stephen Dean, 30-
year-old Melissa Deal is cur-
rently in police custody at the
Central Detective Unit, where
she is being questioned in
relation to allegations of steal-
ing by reason of services
offered.
"Yesterday we put out a
APB (all points bulletin) via
the media on one of our most
wanted persons, Melissa Deal,
who was wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with a
number of stealing by reason
of service matters.
"We would like to thank
the Bahamian public for their
unwavering support, who con-
tinue to respond to our clari-
on call for these wanted per-
sons. This is a clear indication


Melissa Deal detained

24 hours after picture

printed in local papers


that they are serious about
ridding the streets of crime -
whether it be white collar
crime or any other type of
crime," said Supt Dean.
Assistant Superintendent
Michael Moxey, head of the
CDU's Technology Manage-
ment Section, said Ms Deal
was picked up by officers
shortly after 10am yesterday
in the southern area of New
Providence.
According to the police, Ms
Deal may have valuable infor-
mation about a scheme in
which property sales and all-
inclusive services such as legal
and appraisal services were
offered under false pretens-


es. According to Mr Moxey,
the culprits would lure unsus-
pecting persons into believ-
ing they were buying a home
and lot 'package'.
The perpetrators allegedly
collected large amounts of
money then "closed up shop"
before delivering the services
to 80 per cent of their clients.
And according to the
police, Ms Deal is just one
individual they will question
about such schemes.
ASP Moxey called on any-
one who may have been a vic-
tim of such commercial crimes
to come forward and speak
with them so their particular
case can be investigated fully.


British Airways still on schedule


despite strike by cabin crew


BRITISH Airways flights
from Nassau to London will
operate as scheduled this
weekend despite three day
strike action by cabin crew
commencing at midnight last
night.
However passengers sched-
uled to fly British Airways
(BA) from London to Nassau
today and tomorrow will not
be able to do so.
The three day strike was
declared by union Unite after
talks with the airline broke
down on Thursday.
Unite has also decided to
strike for four more days from
March 27.
The industrial action is over
planned changes to the way
cabin crews operate, which
BA says will save the carrier
more than �60 million ($90
million) a year, and Unite says
will increase working hours
and cut crew staffing levels.
The union represents 95 per
cent of BA's 15,000 cabin
crew staff, but not all of them
plan to strike.
BA district manager for the
Bahamas, Cayman Islands
and Turks and Caicos Adrian


Barton explained that BA air-
craft scheduled to fly from
London to Nassau today and
tomorrow will still depart the
UK airports, but passengers
will not be permitted to board
as there is not sufficient cabin
crew to service the flight.
But as cabin crew in Nas-
sau will continue to work
throughout the weekend, pas-
senger flights will depart from
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport tonight and
tomorrow.
Mr Barton said the shuttle
flights between Nassau and
Cayman will also be unaffect-
ed by the strike this weekend,
although the flight to Provi-
denciales on Sunday will not
operate as planned.
A charter flight will bring
passengers from Providen-
ciales to Nassau on Sunday so
they may board the flight to
London, Mr Barton said.
There are no scheduled
flights between London and
Nassau on Monday.
BA has made agreements
with more than 60 other air-
line carriers to rebook cus-
tomers free of charge during


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the strike period if their BA
flights are cancelled.
BA has posted lists on its
website of flights it still
plans to operate during the
walk-out.


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SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 5


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CIRCUS ANNOUNCEMENT: Press conference participants included (1-r):
Rachel Smith, Grand Bahama Red Cross Society member; Mercynth
Ferguson, director of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce; Derek
Newbold, business development manager with GBPA; Cal Dupree, ring-
master of the Big Bumpin Circus; David Wallace, event organiser, of
Soft Touch Productions; Norris Bain, president of the Grand Bahama Prin-
cipal's Association, and Renaldi Forbes, chairman of the Grand Bahama
Red Cross Society.


FREEPORT- The critically
acclaimed Bumpin Big Show
Circus is coming to town and
locals hope that it will help
boost the economy of Grand
Bahama.
From May 5-9, the St
George's High School Gym will
be transformed into a 'big top'
as Universoul Circus makes its
debut.
The unique 21st century cir-
cus has been thrilling sold-out
audiences of all ages and is the
first touring African-American
owned and operated circus in
more than a century.
Led by ringmaster 'Casual
Cal' Dupree, the Bumpin Big
Show Circus promises to pro-
vide soulful, high quality enter-
tainment for the entire family.
The highly-anticipated circus
has the potential to positively
impact local businesses, accord-
ing to Grand Bahama Port
Authority's (GBPA) business
development manager Derek
Newbold.
"This project has the capaci-
ty to greatly benefit the small
business community of Grand
Bahama by generating eco-
nomic activity locally. It will
also benefit the tourism sector,
giving visitors an opportunity
to see this unique type of enter-
tainment right here on Grand
Bahama island. GBPA is
pleased to support such pro-
jects as we work to better the
lives of persons in the Grand


Bahama community," he said.
Event organiser David Wal-
lace of Soft Touch Productions
expressed similar optimism, cit-
ing the possibility of over 100
spin-off jobs being created dur-
ing the circus' stay.
With its primary target audi-
ence in mind, he announced
that special arrangements have
been made to bus the island's
school students to daily mati-
nees. Additionally, local chari-
ties will be given opportunities
to raise much-needed funds at
each evening performance.
Ringmaster 'Casual Cal' said
the Bumpin Big Show Circus
features a host of world class
performers from every corner
of the globe.
The organizers are now look-
ing forward to expanding to
other Bahamian islands and
drawing even larger audiences
during successive visits to the
country over the next ten years.
The Grand Bahama leg of
the circus commences with a
"Ringmasters Sneaker Ball" on
Wednesday May 5, the first-
night gala event. Each succes-
sive day will feature daily mati-
nees and evening shows.
A motorcade featuring some
of the circus performers is
planned for the end of April to
herald their arrival.
The GBPA the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce are co-sponsors of the
circus event.


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FUN TIME: As one of the
co-sponsor of the upcoming
May circus, GBPA's busi-
ness development manager
Derek Newbold (left) posed
along with Cal Dupree, ring-
master of the Big Bumpin
Circus (centre) and David
Wallace, event organiser, of
Soft Touch Productions.


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BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20th day of
MARCH, 2010 to the Minister responsible for nationality
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Heads again to Scripps National Spelling Bee

BAHAMIAN-born Connor Aberle triumphed over an extreme-
ly competitive field of 44 spellers to win the 2010 Portland Tri-
bune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee in Portland, Oregon for the
second time last weekend.
He demonstrated his mastery in the final rounds of the region-
al competition as he correctly spelled such words as "metagnomy",
"lycopene", and his winning word, viscidityy".
He will now compete in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee
to be held in Washington, DC, from May 31 to June 5.
This will be Connor's second consecutive year competing at
the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
In last year's competition, he made it to the semi-final rounds
which were televised on ESPN.
He tied for 17th place out of 293 competitors.
His exceptional performance at the Scripps bee last year moti-
vated him to work even harder this year. Connor has been study-
ing spelling at least three hours a day since the national competi-
tion ended last year.
"My goal last year at nationals was to make it onto the televised
rounds of the competition," said Connor.
"I accomplished that, so this year I'm aiming to get into the final
rounds and hopefully win this time." As an eighth-grader, this is
Connor's last year of eligibility for the Scripps National Spelling
Bee. As the third place finisher in the 2008 Bahamas National
Spelling Bee, Connor won a trip to Washington, DC, to watch the
Bahamian champion compete.
He attributes this experience with motivating him to continue to
study spelling.
He credits his success to his dedication and strong desire to
win, and to the support of his family.
Connor is homeschooled by his mother and coach, Shelley
Aberle, with whom he lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Building a stronger


customer service culture


Leaders in field


share expertise


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ASC


THE EXECUTIVE TEAM: Pictured (left to right) Marjorie Ramsey, secre-
tary; Paul Haven, treasurer; Bonnie Nguyen, vice-president of membership;
Jacquelyn Beneby, president; Annette Cash, vice- president of public
relations; Leotha Nixon, vice- president of programmes, and Marisa
Mason-Smith, vice-president of membership.
WITH the aim of building a stronger customer service culture,
the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHR-
DA) invited leaders in the field to dispense advice and share their
expertise with its members.
BHRDA members last month heard the individual and company
perspectives of Peter Goudie, vice-president of human resources
at Bahamas Supermarkets; Roosevelt Finlayson, president of
MDR Consulting, and Karen Sutherland, director of training at
Kerzner International.
Human Resources professionals were reminded to:
"Create a culture where employees choose to give excellence
because you cannot pay for excellent customer service; people
must want to give it.
"Understand that customer service is not a department - it's a
way of doing business that starts with the human resources pro-
fessional.
"Appreciate that your job exists to do things for other people."
Ms Sutherland of Kerzner International charged participants to
create or enforce a vision, mission, and core values which are fun-
damental to organizations striving for strong customer service.
She said that not only should employees receive training in the
organisation's values, but reinforcement must occur again and
again until people begin to live the values.
Additionally, human resources professionals were reminded
that they must be truly interested in what their customers are say-
ing and change the way they do business as a result.
She shared that at her organisation, the human resources depart-
ment conducts internal surveys to assess the quality of their service,
and so she encouraged all participants to conduct surveys of their
internal customers - the employees.
Mr Goudie of Bahamas Supermarkets informed the profes-
sionals that their, "job exists to do things for other people."
"Without the customers, human resources professionals will
not have jobs. Customer service depends on whether you thrive in
business or just survive."
Mr Finlayson of MDR Consulting advanced a psychological
premise - human resources professionals have to find ways of
ensuring that people want to provide excellence in customer ser-
vice because if it does not come from within, if customer service is
not really something the employee wants to give, it will not be last-
ing.
"People must choose to give it because they want to do it," he
said. Mr Finlayson challenged the human resources professionals
to "not legitimise mediocrity, reward excellence and your top per-
formers."
The BHRDA is a non-profit organisation and an affiliate of the
Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).
BHRDA's main objective is to provide a forum for human
resources professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills and
to provide technical assistance and support to its members.
Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each
month. The next meeting will be presented in the form of a pro-
fessional development workshop scheduled for March 25 at the
British Colonial Hilton from 8.15am - 4pm, on the topic "21st
Century Strategies for Renewing Human Resources for Strategic
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FROM page one Detective Constable Obinna
Okpuno and Mr Thompson in
November, and Mr Smith's
Munroe is accused of having family were hoping to learn the
shot Brenton when he and his truth of the circumstances on
partner Detective Constable the site visit yesterday.
Darrington Sands responded to "We are ready to get
reports of an armed robbery at answers," Mr Smith's sister
City Market at around 8pm, on Sharrah Moss-Hackett told The
July 9. Tribune.
DC Sands told the court on "When did he fall? When did
Thursday how he heard the he take his last breath? Did he
fatal shot but did not see DC say anything? Did anybody try
Munroe fire his weapon. He to help him?
maintains he then apprehended "We just want the truth. We
Mr Smith's companion Leshad are not trying to place blame,
Thompson,18, and walked him we don't want to crucify any-
back to the police car without body."
allowing Mr Thompson to stop She comforted her parents
and comfort his dying friend. Rosetta and Hector Smith at
But this account differed the site where Mr Smith fell
from testimonies submitted by after the inquest was dismissed


Fitzgerald denies


any link with SABL

FROM page one

(Bahamas) Ltd," Mr Fitzgerald began.
"What I find perplexing is the fact that I am mentioned in the
fourth paragraph of that front-page article.
"This is despite the fact that SABL (Bahamas) Limited nor its
shareholders Judson Wilmott and Prince Wallace, have absolute-
ly no beneficial ownership in BK Holdings Ltd or any private
company in which I have an interest.
"The obvious inference contained in the text links SABL with
BK Holdings of which I am a beneficial owner.
"The factual reality is that these companies are not linked in any
way, shape or form. I can only deduce that the association of my
name to this story is clearly designed to link me to a company
whose conduct is now being held in question," Senator Fitzgerald
said.

Partnership
However, as was highlighted by The Tribune in a business report
last year, the principals of SABL (Bahamas) Ltd - Mr Wilmott, and
Mr Wallace - were also the principals of Bay West (Bahamas)
who in partnership with BK Holdings' beneficial owners Mr
Fitzgerald, Mark Finlayson and Philip Kemp own 65 per cent of BK
Water.
Senator Fitzgerald continued that he felt the inclusion of his
name in the article as "deliberate mischievousness" and an attempt
to sully his name.
"I would hope that this is not the work of those who would
seek to detract from the message I am sending about the destruc-
tion of our environment, in particular what is happening at Saun-
ders Beach.
"However they can rest assured that I do not intend to loosen the
reins on the Saunders Beach and the Arawak Cay port re-devel-
opment issue. Nor will I become silenced on any issue that nega-
tively impacts my country and its people. I remain committed to the
cause for a better Bahamas," he said.


is postponed again
yesterday. "It's like nobody December as her client was due
cares," Mrs Smith said. to sit exams that month.
"This is the fifth month! This Hearings resumed for two
should have taken five days. It's days in January before it was
just too much." adjourned until February 4, and
Mrs Smith and her daughter then adjourned again until Feb-
said the setbacks in the inquest ruary 16 because a juror was
has greatly increased the trau- unable to attend.
ma for the family. After two days in session on
The inquest was first post- February 16 and 17, the inquest
poned on the second day of the was adjourned until March 18
hearing in November at the and 19, and now the inquiry will
request of the Attorney Gen- not be concluded for at least
eral's office request as all doc- another three weeks.
uments had not yet been "This event has been exac-
served. erbated by what has happened
On the same day, attorney since," Mrs Moss-Hackett said.
Joseph Darceuil stepped down "It's a problem with the sys-
as DC Munroe's counsel and tem and that's the bottom line.
Ramona Farquarson stepped "Lets refine the processes
up in his place to argue the and systems that are not work-
inquest could not take place in ing and let's fix them."


FROM page one
claimed a dentist picked up the
child and "flew him outside" the THE FLEMING Street clinic..
clinic. She said: "The mother of the
boy is a Haitian, and she does not know what is going on. She does
not speak English too well."
The women claimed staff at the clinic were upset as well, but
were unable to do anything about the issue. Another woman said:
"We called the police, but they did not do anything. The police
arrived here at the clinic and curse me out, threatening to arrest me,
telling me I threatened the dentist. They used foul language telling
me to get inside of the police car."
Rodney Moncur, leader of the Workers' Party, arrived at the
clinic shortly after the alleged incident occurred.
He said: "The impression I have gotten was the parents con-
demned the child not understanding what had happened and said
he was being bad, but the Bahamians are saying the child did
nothing wrong."
However, police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings
said the irate mothers' version of the incident did not match the
information police officers received.
"It was a little incident with a child that was being disorderly, it
was rectified in short order," she said. Asst Police Commissioner
Mr Miller said "someone" was taken into custody (in connection
with the matter) and later released after police spoke to the indi-
vidual. Staff at the Fleming Street Community Clinic refused to
comment on the incident when contacted by The Tribune yester-
day.

By-election outcome should be known on Tuesday


FROM page one
Mr Pinder gained 1,499 votes
to the FNM Dr Duane Sands'
1,501. Dr Sands' team is con-
tending that of six protest votes
cast in the Elizabeth by-elec-
tion, three must be automati-
cally thrown out as the individ-
ual's names did not appear on


the Elizabeth register on the
day of the election.
Following the replies yester-
day, Senior Justice Allen said
the court would use the week-
end and Monday to come to a
decision. The court has to
determine the validity of the
protest votes cast in the by-elec-
tion.


CANCER SURVIVOR Travis Ricks, from San Diego, U.S.A.,
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competitive triathlete. Ricks, a member of the Challenged
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care in the Bahamas in Saturday's 5th annual Ride for
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K EISHA T HURSTONTRAGEDY 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 Robbers shot in house raid C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.99SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PLENTYOF SUN, LIGHTWINDS HIGH 80F LOW 69F N E W S SEE PAGETWO S P O R T S Soccer for SEEPAGENINE Haiti Knowles medal joy n Resident fires licensed shotgun n P olice f ind man b leeding nearby The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TRY OUR DOUBLE FISH FILET www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED AND REAL ESTATE I N S I D E NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net ITS the worst kind of suffering any mother can endure, the sudden death of a child. But put yourself in Carol Thurstons shoes and imagine her pain and agony after returning home to find her beloved daughter dead. Keisha Alicia Thurston was found hanged on February 28 at the home she shared with her fam ily. Police, who are investigating the incident, have described her death as an apparent suicide. Mrs Thurston expected to return home to a house perfumed with the smell of frying fish. Keisha had volunteered to cook Sunday dinner just hours before her death. She had taken out the fish fillets from the freezer to thaw, opting against A mothers worst nightmare Felip Major /Tribune staff FATHERS GRIEF: Brenton Smiths father Hector Smith looks at the site where his son was killed. A makeshift shrine has been created. CAROL THURSTON the mother of college student Keisha Thurston, shares memories of her star studentathlete daughter, with father Michael Thurston. SEEKIN G CL OSURE: Br ent on Smiths f ather visits scene of tragedy By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THE grieving family of tragic teenager Brenton Smith suffered another setback yesterday when the inquest into his death was postponed for the fifth time. Parents of the 18-year-old who was shot by police behind the City Market store in Village Road last year had expected the four-month long inquiry to draw to a close following a visit to the scene of the shooting with key witnesses yesterday. But they were sorely disappointed when presiding coroner magistrate William Campbell decided to call off the visit and adjourn the inquest until April 12, 13 and 15. Although he had assembled the sevenmember jury, counsel and witnesses in the Victoria Gardens Coroners Court for the visit yesterday morning, he called it off when the time of their departure was increasingly delayed as he said he had to attend a seminar that afternoon. The inquest has progressed in fits and starts since opening on November 9, 2009, and the family claim they have been con fused by conflicting testimonies submitted by more than a dozen witnesses regarding the circumstances of Brentons death. Fox Hill Detective Corporal Kelsie Dismay as inquest is postponed yet again Elizabeth by-election outcome should be known on Tuesday I N four days, the outcome of the February 16 Elizabeth by-election will be determined. S enior Justice Anita Allen, who has heard the election court petition along with Senior Justice Jon Issacs, said yesterday afternoon that the court will deliver its decision on Tuesday, March 23, at 11.30am. Yesterday attorney Philip Brave Davis, lead counsel for PLP candidate Leo Ryan Pinder,a nd attorney Milton Evans, for FNM candidate Dr Duane Sands, concluded their replies to points raised by the opposing side. Mr Davis has argued that the five protest votes cast in favour petitioner Mr Pinder in the Elizabeth by-election were valid and should be upheld. SEE page six T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page six By Natario McKenzie Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A RESIDENT shot two would-be armed robbers who were trying to break into his house, police revealed last night The incident happened at Assembly Estates, Firetrail Road, at about 2pm yesterday. When police officers arrived they found a gold Honda Accord car, licence plate number 221452, outside the house and a man lying bleeding nearby. According to reports, two men one allegedly armed with a handgun were attempting to break into the house when they were seen by someone who lives there. One of the thugs allegedly fired two shots at the resident, who then produced a licensed shotgun and returned fire. This resulted in one of the attempted robbers sustaining gunshot wounds to the shoulder and upper back. He reportedly collapsed while attempting to flee the scene. He was taken to hospital where he is listed as in serious condition. The other would-be robber is thought to have also been hit. He reportedly fled into nearby bushes and is being hunted by detec tives. Police up to press time were unable to release a description of the alleged armed robber. Officers searching the area yesterday found a womans handbag and a bloody shirt. it is understood the men are connected with several housebreakings and robberies which have occurred in the South West New Providence in recent weeks. Police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said yesterday, however, that investigations into the matter are still at the preliminary stage. By ALESHA CADET TROUBLE flared at the Fleming Street Community Clinic yesterday after a young Haitian boy with special needs was allegedly thrown out of the facility. A group of about 10 angry women gathered outside the clinic claiming they had wit nessed how the boy had been evicted from the building by a dentist. As tempers reached boling point, police had to be called to defuse the situation. Glen Miller, Assistant Commissioner of Police, described the incident as a dispute that was brought under control by the police. One of the protestors Police aler ted over flare-up at clinic SEE page six By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter pturnquest@tribunemedia.net SENATOR Jerome Fitzger ald has issued a statement deny ing he has any connection with SABL (Bahamas was cited in a damaging report by the Auditor Generals department. In his letter, the Senator said he was alerted to the article which appeared in The Tribune regarding the investigation of the Auditor General over a $500,000 contract probe for the training or workers in the oper ational and technical aspects of solid waste management. I wish to state emphatically that I do not have and never have had any connection or affiliation with SABL Fitzgerald denies any link with SABL SEE page six SEE page 11 Brenton Smith MORE PHOTOSON PAGE 11

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BRITISH Airways flights from Nassau to London willo perate as scheduled this w eekend despite three day s trike action by cabin crew c ommencing at midnight last n ight. However passengers schedu led to fly British Airways (BA t oday and tomorrow will not b e able to do so. T he three day strike was declared by union Unite aftert alks with the airline broke down on Thursday. Unite has also decided to strike for four more days from March 27. The industrial action is over p lanned changes to the way cabin crews operate, which BA says will save the carrier more than million ($90 million) a year, and Unite saysw ill increase working hours a nd cut crew staffing levels. T he union represents 95 per c ent of BA's 15,000 cabin crew staff, but not all of them plan to strike. BA district manager for the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Adrian Barton explained that BA aircraft scheduled to fly fromL ondon to Nassau today and t omorrow will still depart the U K airports, but passengers w ill not be permitted to board a s there is not sufficient cabin crew to service the flight. B ut as cabin crew in Nas sau will continue to work t hroughout the weekend, pas s enger flights will depart from t he Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport tonight andt omorrow. Mr Barton said the shuttle flights between Nassau and Cayman will also be unaffect ed by the strike this weekend, although the flight to Provid enciales on Sunday will not operate as planned. A charter flight will bring passengers from Providen ciales to Nassau on Sunday sot hey may board the flight to L ondon, Mr Barton said. T here are no scheduled f lights between London and Nassau on Monday. BA has made agreements with more than 60 other air line carriers to rebook customers free of charge during the strike period if their BA flights are cancelled. B A has posted lists on its w ebsite of flights it still p lans to operate during the w alk-out. THANKS to the assistance of the public, police were ablet o detain a woman they had urgently sought for question-i ng yesterday only 24 hours after her image was printed in local newspapers. According to police Superintendent Stephen Dean, 30-y ear-old Melissa Deal is currently in police custody at the Central Detective Unit, where she is being questioned in relation to allegations of stealing by reason of services offered. Yesterday we put out a APB (all points bulletin t he media on one of our most wanted persons, Melissa Deal, w ho was wanted for quest ioning in connection with a n umber of stealing by reason o f service matters. We would like to thank t he Bahamian public for their unwavering support, who continue to respond to our clari o n call for these wanted persons. This is a clear indication t hat they are serious about r idding the streets of crime whether it be white collar crime or any other type of crime, said Supt Dean. Assistant Superintendent Michael Moxey, head of theC DUs Technology Managem ent Section, said Ms Deal w as picked up by officers shortly after 10am yesterday in the southern area of New Providence. According to the police, Ms Deal may have valuable inform ation about a scheme in w hich property sales and allinclusive services such as legal and appraisal services wereo ffered under false pretense s. According to Mr Moxey, t he culprits would lure unsuspecting persons into believing they were buying a home and lot package The perpetrators allegedly collected large amounts ofm oney then closed up shop b efore delivering the services t o 80 per cent of their clients. And according to the police, Ms Deal is just one individual they will question about such schemes. ASP Moxey called on anyo ne who may have been a vict im of such commercial crimes to come forward and speak with them so their particularc ase can be investigated fully. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JUST before press time last night, the police reported that a student of RM Bailey Senior High School was stabbed in the head by another student. He was taken to hospital, but the police were unable to say what his condition was before The Tribune went to press. Reports indicate that two 10th grade students got into an altercation which resulted in one of them being stabbed in the left side of the head. The victim is 16 years old. Police are investigating. RM Bailey student stabbed in head POLICE are investigating three separate armed robberies which occurred within less than four hours of each other. Officers were called to the scene of an armed robbery at a private residence in Kool Acres off Fox Hill Road at 10.56pm on Thursday. According to reports, a couple had just arrived at theirhome when they were approached by two maskedmen wearing dark clothing. They were both allegedly armed with handguns. The masked men demanded cash from the couple. When they did not receive it, they stole the couples vehicle, a green 2005 Honda Accord with the licence plate number 206306. The suspects then fled the area in an unknown direction. About three hours later, at 1.52am on Friday, police received a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Commonwealth Bank on East Bay Street. Two women and a man were in the parking lot when they were approached by two armed men. The culprits, both allegedly armed with handguns, robbed the trio of an undetermined amount of cash and personal effects. They fled the area in a wait ing gold Nissan Sentra which was driven by a third man. Then, half an hour later, at 2.20am on Friday, police responded to reports of the third armed robbery of the night. Reports said that a man was asleep in his Collins Avenue home when he was awoken by noises outside. The man went to check on what was causing the noise. It was then that the resident was approached by a man armed with a handgun who demanded cash. The culprit got no money, however, he was accompaniedby another man wearing a white shirt and the two drove away in the victims 1995 bur gundy Nissan Sentra, travelling south on Collins Avenue. Police investigate armed robberies P P o o l l i i c c e e q q u u e e s s t t i i o o n n w w o o m m a a n n a a b b o o u u t t p p r r o o p p e e r r t t y y s s c c h h e e m m e e crime BRIEFS Melissa Deal detained 24 hours after picture printed in local papers British Airways still on schedule despite strike by cabin crew I I N N S S I I G G H H T T For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays

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FREEPORTThe critically acclaimed Bumpin Big Show Circus is coming to town and l ocals hope that it will help boost the economy of Grand Bahama. From May 5-9, the St Georges High School Gym willbe transformed into a big top as Universoul Circus makes its debut. T he unique 21st century circus has been thrilling sold-out audiences of all ages and is the first touring African-American owned and operated circus in more than a century. Led by ringmaster Casual Cal Dupree, the Bumpin Big Show Circus promises to provide soulful, high quality entertainment for the entire family. The highly-anticipated circus has the potential to positively impact local businesses, according to Grand Bahama Port Authoritys (GBPA development manager Derek Newbold. This project has the capacity to greatly benefit the small business community of Grand Bahama by generating eco-nomic activity locally. It will also benefit the tourism sector, giving visitors an opportunityto see this unique type of entertainment right here on Grand Bahama island. GBPA is pleased to support such projects as we work to better the lives of persons in the Grand Bahama community, he said. Event organiser David Wallace of Soft Touch Productions e xpressed similar optimism, citing the possibility of over 100 spin-off jobs being created during the circus stay. With its primary target audi ence in mind, he announced that special arrangements have been made to bus the islands s chool students to daily matinees. Additionally, local chari ties will be given opportunities to raise much-needed funds at each evening performance. Ringmaster Casual Cal said the Bumpin Big Show Circus features a host of world class performers from every corner of the globe. The organisers are now look ing forward to expanding to other Bahamian islands and drawing even larger audiences during successive visits to the country over the next ten years. The Grand Bahama leg of the circus commences with a Ringmasters Sneaker Ball on Wednesday May 5, the firstnight gala event. Each succes sive day will feature daily matinees and evening shows. A motorcade featuring some of the circus performers is planned for the end of April to herald their arrival. The GBPA the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce are co-sponsors of the circus event. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.491.02AML Foods Limited1.021.020.000.2830.0003.60.00% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund9.679.670.000.9920.2009.72.07% 6.955.30Bank of Bahamas5.505.35-0.151,9400.5980.2608.94.86%0 .580.58Benchmark0.580.580.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 12.569.62Cable Bahamas12.4012.400.001.4060.2508.82.02%2 .832.69Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7 .005.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.756.750.000.4190.30016.14.44% 3 .652.21Consolidated Water BDRs2.902.86-0.040.1110.05225.81.82% 2.551.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6270.1104.14.31% 6.995.94Famguard6.506.500.00-0.0030.240N/M3.69% 1 0.998.75Finco9.279.270.003230.3220.52028.85.61% 1 0.409.75FirstCaribbean Bank9.949.940.000.6540.35015.23.52% 5.533.75Focol (S)4.774.770.000.3260.15014.63.14% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.300.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00%5 .595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 10.509.95J. 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Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice WeeklyVol. EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield 7% Interest 7%MONDAY, 15 MARCH 2010B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,567.86 | CHG -1.25 | %CHG -0.08 | YTD 2.48 | YTD % 0.16BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75%FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31% 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 14.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets10.0611.0614.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.55400,2350.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.45251.3664CFAL Bond Fund1.45250.966.301.419947 2.90622.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.90620.672.542.855227 1.51941.4398CFAL Money Market Fund1.51940.795.311.504794 3.20252.9343Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund3.20252.75-3.54 13.429612.6816Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.42965.585.90 103.987393.1999CFAL Global Bond Fund103.98733.413.41103.095570 101.725496.4070CFAL Global Equity Fund101.72545.525.5299.417680 1.09861.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.09860.815.23 1.08011.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.07971.104.18 1.10081.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.10080.935.32 9.57959.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.57955.335.33 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.236112.3612.36 7.71714.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.6928-0.3147.51 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007NAV Date 31-Dec-09 10-Feb-10 31-Oct-09Colina Over-The-Counter Securities BISX Listed Mutual Funds31-Dec-09TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752528-Feb-10 31-Dec-09 28-Feb-10 5-Mar-10 31-Jan-00MARKET TERMS10-Feb-10 NAV 6MTH 1.403783 2.898993 1.489232 101.669300 96.739830 31-Dec-09 10-Feb-10 31-Dec-09 BAHAMIAN-born Connor Aberle triumphed over an extremely competitive field of 44 spellers to win the 2010 Portland Tribune/Comcast Regional Spelling Bee in Portland, Oregon for the second time last weekend. He demonstrated his mastery in the final rounds of the regional competition as he correctly spelled such words as metagnomy, lycopene, and his winning word, viscidity. He will now compete in this years Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, DC, from May 31 to June 5. This will be Connors second consecutive year competing at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In last years competition, he made it to the semi-final rounds which were televised on ESPN. He tied for 17th place out of 293 competitors. His exceptional performance at the Scripps bee last year motivated him to work even harder this year. Connor has been studying spelling at least three hours a day since the national competition ended last year. My goal last year at nationals was to make it onto the televised rounds of the competition, said Connor. I accomplished that, so this year Im aiming to get into the final rounds and hopefully win this time. As an eighth-grader, this is Connors last year of eligibility for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. As the third place finisher in the 2008 Bahamas National Spelling Bee, Connor won a trip to Washington, DC, to watch the Bahamian champion compete. He attributes this experience with motivating him to continue to study spelling. He credits his success to his dedication and strong desire to win, and to the support of his family. Connor is homeschooled by his mother and coach, Shelley Aberle, with whom he lives in Portland, Oregon. Bahamian Connor Aberle wins Regional Spelling Bee in Oregon Economic injection as circus comes to town M ASTERSPELLER: C onnor Aberle. Heads again to Scripps National Spelling Bee FUN TIME: As one of the co-sponsor of the upcoming May circus, GBPAs business development manager Derek Newbold (left along with Cal Dupree, ringmaster of the Big Bumpin Circus (centre Wallace, event organiser, of Soft Touch Productions. CIRCUS ANNOUNCEMENT: Press conference participants included (l-r Rachel Smith, Grand Bahama Red Cross Society member; Mercynth Ferguson, director of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce; Derek Newbold, business development manager with GBPA; Cal Dupree, ring-m aster of the Big Bumpin Circus; David Wallace, event organiser, of Soft Touch Productions; Norris Bain, president of the Grand Bahama Principals Association, and Renaldi Forbes, chairman of the Grand Bahama Red Cross Society.

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 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 21ST, 2010Theme: But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Alice Woodside11:00 a.m.Youth Choir/Dance Troupe Anniversary Service 7:00 p.m. Bro. Ernest Miller/Sis.Tezel Anderson (HC WITH the aim of building a stronger customer service culture, the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHRDA) invited leaders in the field to dispense advice and share their expertise with its members. BHRDA members last month heard the individual and company perspectives of Peter Goudie, vice-president of human resourcesat Bahamas Supermarkets; Roosevelt Finlayson, president of MDR Consulting, and Karen Sutherland, director of training at Kerzner International. Human Resources professionals were reminded to: Create a culture where employees choose to give excellence because you cannot pay for excellent customer service; people must want to give it. Understand that customer service is not a department its a way of doing business that starts with the human resources professional. Appreciate that your job exists to do things for other people. Ms Sutherland of Kerzner International charged participants to create or enforce a vision, mission, and core values which are fundamental to organisations striving for strong customer service. She said that not only should employees receive training in the organisations values, but reinforcement must occur again and again until people begin to live the values. Additionally, human resources professionals were reminded that they must be truly interested in what their customers are saying and change the way they do business as a result. She shared that at her organisation, the human resources department conducts internal surveys to assess the quality of their service, and so she encouraged all participants to conduct surveys of their internal customers the employees. Mr Goudie of Bahamas Supermarkets informed the professionals that their, job exists to do things for other people. Without the customers, human resources professionals will not have jobs. Customer service depends on whether you thrive in business or just survive. Mr Finlayson of MDR Consulting advanced a psychological premise human resources professionals have to find ways of ensuring that people want to provide excellence in customer service because if it does not come from within, if customer service is not really something the employee wants to give, it will not be last ing. People must choose to give it because they want to do it, he said. Mr Finlayson challenged the human resources professionals to not legitimise mediocrity, reward excellence and your top performers. The BHRDA is a non-profit organisation and an affiliate of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM BHRDAs main objective is to provide a forum for human resources professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills andto provide technical assistance and support to its members. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be presented in the form of a pro fessional development workshop scheduled for March 25 at the British Colonial Hilton from 8.15am 4pm, on the topic st Century Strategies for Renewing Human Resources for Strategic Impact. Building a stronger customer service culture THE EXECUTIVE TEAM: Pictured (left to right t ary; Paul Haven, treasurer; Bonnie Nguyen, vice-president of membership; Jacquelyn Beneby, president; Annette Cash, vicepresident of public relations; Leotha Nixon, vicepresident of programmes, and Marisa Mason-Smith, vice-president of membership. Leaders in field share expertise C AN CER SURVIVOR TELLS OF EXPERIENCE CANCER SURVIVOR Travis Ricks, from San Diego, U.S.A., speaks to students at Aquinas College on Thursday, March 18, 2010 about his experiences recovering from complications of cancer surgery and successfully becoming a competitive triathlete. Ricks, a member of the Challenged Athlete Foundation, who lost his right leg above the knee at age 17, will be cycling 100 miles in support of cancer c are in the Bahamas in Saturdays 5th annual Ride for Hope in Eleuthera. K r i s t a a n I n g r a h a m / B a h a m a s p o r t s c o m Munroe is accused of having shot Brenton when he and his partner Detective Constable Darrington Sands responded to reports of an armed robbery at City Market at around 8pm, on July 9. DC Sands told the court on Thursday how he heard the fatal shot but did not see DC Munroe fire his weapon. He maintains he then apprehended Mr Smiths companion Leshad Thompson,18, and walked him back to the police car without allowing Mr Thompson to stop and comfort his dying friend. But this account differed from testimonies submitted by Detective Constable Obinna Okpuno and Mr Thompson in November, and Mr Smiths family were hoping to learn the truth of the circumstances on the site visit yesterday. We are ready to get answers, Mr Smiths sister Sharrah Moss-Hackett told The Tribune When did he fall? When did he take his last breath? Did he say anything? Did anybody try to help him? We just want the truth. We are not trying to place blame, we dont want to crucify anybody. She comforted her parents Rosetta and Hector Smith at the site where Mr Smith fell after the inquest was dismissed yesterday. Its like nobody cares, Mrs Smith said. This is the fifth month! This should have taken five days. Its just too much. Mrs Smith and her daughter said the setbacks in the inquest has greatly increased the trauma for the family. The inquest was first postponed on the second day of the hearing in November at the request of the Attorney Generals office request as all documents had not yet been served. On the same day, attorney Joseph Darceuil stepped down as DC Munroes counsel and Ramona Farquarson stepped up in his place to argue the inquest could not take place in December as her client was due to sit exams that month. Hearings resumed for two days in January before it was adjourned until February 4, and then adjourned again until February 16 because a juror was unable to attend. After two days in session on February 16 and 17, the inquest was adjourned until March 18 and 19, and now the inquiry will not be concluded for at least another three weeks. This event has been exacerbated by what has happened since, Mrs Moss-Hackett said. Its a problem with the system and thats the bottom line. Lets refine the processes and systems that are not working and lets fix them. Dismay as inquest is postponed again FROM page one (Bahamas What I find perplexing is the fact that I am mentioned in the fourth paragraph of that front-page article. This is despite the fact that SABL (Bahamas shareholders Judson Wilmott and Prince Wallace, have absolutely no beneficial ownership in BK Holdings Ltd or any private company in which I have an interest. The obvious inference contained in the text links SABL with BK Holdings of which I am a beneficial owner. The factual reality is that these companies are not linked in any way, shape or form. I can only deduce that the association of my name to this story is clearly designed to link me to a company whose conduct is now being held in question, Senator Fitzgerald said. Partnership However, as was highlighted by The Tribune in a business report last year, the principals of SABL (Bahamas Mr Wallace were also the principals of Bay West (Bahamas who in partnership with BK Holdings beneficial owners Mr Fitzgerald, Mark Finlayson and Philip Kemp own 65 per cent of BK Water. Senator Fitzgerald continued that he felt the inclusion of his name in the article as deliberate mischievousness and an attempt to sully his name. I would hope that this is not the work of those who would seek to detract from the message I am sending about the destruction of our environment, in particular what is happening at Saunders Beach. However they can rest assured that I do not intend to loosen the reins on the Saunders Beach and the Arawak Cay port re-development issue. Nor will I become silenced on any issue that negatively impacts my country and its people. I remain committed to the cause for a better Bahamas, he said. Fitzgerald denies any link with SABL FROM page one claimed a dentist picked up the child and flew him outside the clinic. She said: The mother of the boy is a Haitian, and she does not know what is going on. She does not speak English too well. The women claimed staff at the clinic were upset as well, but were unable to do anything about the issue. Another woman said: We called the police, but they did not do anything. The police arrived here at the clinic and curse me out, threatening to arrest me, telling me I threatened the dentist. They used foul language telling me to get inside of the police car. Rodney Moncur, leader of the Workers' Party, arrived at the clinic shortly after the alleged incident occurred. He said: The impression I have gotten was the parents condemned the child not understanding what had happened and said he was being bad, but the Bahamians are saying the child did nothing wrong. However, police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said the irate mothers version of the incident did not match the information police officers received. It was a little incident with a child that was being disorderly, it was rectified in short order, she said. Asst Police Commissioner Mr Miller said someone was taken into custody (in connection with the matter) and later released after police spoke to the individual. Staff at the Fleming Street Community Clinic refused to comment on the incident when contacted by The Tribune yesterday. Clinic trouble M r Pinder gained 1,499 votes to the FNM Dr Duane Sands' 1,501. Dr Sands team is contending that of six protest votes cast in the Elizabeth by-elec tion, three must be automatically thrown out as the individual's names did not appear on the Elizabeth register on the day of the election. Following the replies yesterday, Senior Justice Allen said the court would use the week end and Monday to come to a decision. The court has to determine the validity of the protest votes cast in the by-election. FROM page one By-election outcome should be known on T uesda y FROM page one THE FLEMING Street clinic..

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE Tribute to Rose Dean-Cleare TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WITH the silver medal draped around his neck, Valentino Knowles said its am oment he will cherish for a long time as he returned home from the XXX Energy D rinks Commonwealth Championships. The fight went great. It w ent in favour of the other g uy, but I put out my best. I did what I had to do, said Knowles after falling short ina 6-2 decision to Indias Jai Bhagwan. I felt that I won the fight. The fans also felt that I did. B ut it didnt turn out that way. They gave it to him, so I have to live with the deci-s ion. That is until October when the actual CommonwealthG ames will take place in India again. When he goes back, Knowles hopes to return home with the gold. That will give me more time to focus on what I have to do to get back at him, said Knowles, who suffered his second straight loss to Bhag wan, dating back to the World Championships in 2007. It was the second medal for the Bahamas at the championships after pacesetter Taur eano Reno Johnson c linched a silver in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2003. Knowles, however, was one o f two competitors that represented the Bahamas at the championships that concluded on Wednesday. Carl Hield, t he other member, lost 8-2 to Black Moses Mathenge of Kenya in the first round. It was a high class compe tition, said Knowles, who intends to take the rest of thew eek off to recuperate before h e get back into training on Monday. Having secured a medal, Knowles took the time out to thank God, his parents Valderine and McAllen Knowles, both the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Amateur Boxing Fed eration as well as the coaches for the role they all played in his success. It wasnt easy. It was a h ard road, but now Im here, s aid Knowles, who presented Minister Charles Maynard with a replica of the medalf rom India. Coach Andre Seymour said it was a long journey to India and they wanted to make sure t hat they didnt come back home empty handed. Everybody has their time. I ts Valentino today. I can guarantee you that next time it would be Carl as well, Sey-m our said. But our journey h as just begun. This is our first major tournament for the year and in going to the tournament and winning a medal, it just shows how strong our pro gramme is. As they move ahead, Seymour said the boxers will now have to get ready for the Central American and Caribbean Games in July and the Comsports NOTES BASKETBALL FCIB DEFEATED TRIBUNE IN a showdown on Thursd ay night t the CI Gibson G ymnasium, First Caribbean International Bank defeated The Tribunes All-Stars as a part of the New Providence Womens Basketball Associa tions exhibition series. In a come-from-behind effort, FCIB got four pointsa peice from Jamaal Mortimer and Randy Symonette as they rebounded from a 53-42d eficit at the end of the third t o secure a 65-61 decision. Mortimer finished with a game high 17 points, while K ipial Johnson had 13, Symonette ended up 11 and Ichiro Rahming and coachM ario Bowleg chipped in with s ix and five respectively. The Tribune, coached by Brent Stubbs, got 16 from photographer Felipe Major, 15 from Kenny Dean, 14 from Greg Rolle and eight fromT erran Dean. FCIB opened a 19-16 lead after the first quarter, but The Tribune took a 35-28 margin at the half. The exhibition series b etween the two teams will c ontinue during and after the conclusion of the NPWBAs postseason. BASKETBALL NPWBA POSTSEASON THE New Providence W omens Basketball Association will begin its best-ofthree playoffs tonight at theD W Davis Gymnasium. In the opening match at 7 p.m., the Bommer G Angels will take on the College of the B ahamas Lady Caribs and in the future contest, the John sons Lady Truckers will meet t he Cheetahs. During the regular season, the Angels posted a 12-2 win-l oss record to win the pennant. They were followed closely by the defendingc hampions Truckers at 12-3. The Cheetahs ended up third at 10-5 and the Lady Caribs rounded out the top four at 6-9. TENNIS ANTONAS IS CHAIRMAN IN his return to the Professional Tennis Registrys Annual International Tennis Teaching Symposium, held on Hilton Head South Carolina, John Antonas was elected as chairman opf the Master Pro Committee for the next three years. The PTR is the largest international teaching organisation in the world with nearly 14,000 certified members in 123 Countries. Several years ago, Antonas became the first Bahamian to receive a Master Pro rating.At the moment there are 31 Master Professionals. As a part of the symposium, a tournament was held with Antonas successfully defending his title in the 55and-over category. He defeated John Callen in the finalsin three tough sets. Knowles thrilled about silver medal I f elt tha t I won the fight. The fans also felt that I did. But it didnt turn out tha t w ay. They gave it to him, so I have to live with the decision. V alentino Kno wles SEE page 10 OFFICIALS greet the national amateur boxing team home from India yesterday. From left are Minister of Sports, Charles Maynard, Deonto Tinker; silver medalist Valentino and Valentina Knowles; Archie Nairn; Wellington Miller; Alvin Sargent; Carl Hield and coach Andre Seymour. VALENTINO Knowles gives his views on his performance in India. K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S P h o t o s Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net CALLING him our champion, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Perma nent Secretary Archie Nairn welcomed silver medallist Valentino Knowles and the Bahamian team from the XXX Energy Drinks Commonwealth Championships. Knowles, team-mate Carl Hield, coach Andre Seymour and referee Alvin Sargent were all greeted in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pin dling International Airport on their return home from India yesterday. Nairn set the tone for the brief ceremony that was attended by Minister of Sports, Charles Maynard; Bahamas Olympic Associa tion and Amateur boxing Association of the Bahamas double president Wellington Miller, other officials from bodies and family and friends of the two boxers. This is indeed another proud day for the Bahamas, said Maynard, referring to the recent success of the Bahamian athletes on the international scene. We, as a small nation of just under 300,000 people, have proven time and time again that we can stand toe to toe with any country in the world. Maynard said Knowles latest victory of achieving the silver medal in a 6-2 loss to hometown favourite Jai Bhag wan was just an indication of what to expect when one put ones mind to the task at hand. We are very proud to be here today to welcome you home, said Maynard, who apologised that there was no motorcade to take him through the streets of the islands. Before he was presented with a replica of a medal from the championships by Knowles, Maynard said hes confident that by the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the Bahamas will be successful in winning a gold. He, however, said the Bahamian people should know that Knowles achievement was no small feat, but in fact it came as a result of a lot of hard work that has been put in by the coaches within the programme, namely Sey mour, Ray Minus Jr and Leonard Boston Blackie Miller. I think this is our time. 2012 is our time, he said. So Im very happy because this is just a stepping stone. Silver today, gold in 2012. Back in 2004, Miller said the amateur federation embarked on a 10-year pro gramme that will take them to 2014. And after Taureano Reno Johnson decided to turn pro this year following a storied amateur career, Miller said Knowles and Hield are just stepping in to continue the quest for gold. Were looking forward to great things from our boxers, said Miller, who publicly thanked Minus Jr. for getting both Knowles and Hield start ed at his Champion Boxing Maynard: Knowles victory proud day for Bahamians SEE page 10

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T HERE AREfew times in ones life, that we struggle for words, or are just left speechless. The sudden passing of the mother of a dear friend and colleague, is one of those occasions. R ather than focusing on h ow she died, I here address the supposition..if I wereasked to write or say somet hing about Rose DeanCleare, a most befitting tribute would reflect how she lived, and cared for people, and how her Christian faith sustained her, and assisted her in forgiving people. I would tell you that, t hrough her work, she taught u s that the concept of multitasking is just that, a new concept, but before it was fashionable, she learnt and functioned as a daughter, sibling,w ife, mother, grand-mother, a unt, cousin, friend, Christian. Then I would tell you that through her work and involvement, she taught us that being involved, is morei mportant than just being a s pectator. Some of us were fortunate to see these lessons, played out by her son Coach George.who learnt the lesson of being firmbut comp assionate..becoming well t rained and certified and disc iplined and successful in his chosen field.and becoming a strong advocate not only in words but in deeds. I would tell you that t hrough her life, she taught u s that there are some unsung heroes, who just go about making their contribution to national development, in their own way, to buildingf amilies, teaching, active involvement in her church (Holy Cross Anglican Church), serving as a caregiver, officiating at track andf ield meets (especially the h igh jump competitions) and accompanying the national track and field teams to so many Carifta meets. Then I would tell you that, by being the wind beneath herc hildrens wings, Rose DeanC leare, by extension became the wind beneath the wings of many individuals, especially those of us involved in track and field.as a result o f Georges deep and intimate i nvolvement. T hen, I could tell you of the great pride that she displayed at the Carifta Games in Guadeloupe, when Team Bahamas performed so wella nd placed second overall, w ith Coach George as the head coachand how proud she must have been when the female 4x100 metres female relay team,e arned the silver medal, in Berlin at the IAAF World Championships last year, with George as the relay coordinator.. S leep on dear mom, may the works that you have d one, speak for you..and m ay your warrior soul rest in peace and rise in glory. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 10, SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS A tribute to the mother of former National Team Coach George Cleare, a committed individual T RIBUNE Sports extends its condolences to the family of the late Rose Mae Dean-Cleare, who will be funeralised today at 10 a.m. at the Holy Cross Anglican Church, Petersfield Road, Hiughbury Park off Soldier Road. Dean-Cleare, 63, was a veteran Physical Education Teacher who worked primarily at CI Gibson Secondary School. She was also a member of the Bahamas Association of Certified Odfficials (BACO H er three children, Neil, George and Renita, all served with her in BACO. George went further by becoming an acclaimed track and field coach, having served on the national Carifta and OlympicGames teams. Below is a tribute that was written in memory of Dean-Cleare. ByWINSTON T. MARSHALL A Memorial Tribute to Rose Dean-Cleare monwealth Games in Octo ber. Believe me, we are look ing forward to hearing our national anthem being played and our flag hoisted on the first pole, which means we have to win the gold medal, Seymour said. We will not stop here. Winning the gold at the CAC,the Commonwealth Games and also at the World Championships next year and then head on to 2012 and winningthat medal at the Olympics. As long as the federation keep the boxers on the inter national circuit and competing against the best in the world, Seymour said the Bahamas will definitely win the elusive Olympic medal. Although he didnt get out of the first round, Hield said it was more of a learning expe rience for him. For the past year and a half, I was getting some bad draws and coming out of the fights on the losing end, he said. But we still got a medal. One out of two is good. After I lost, I supported him (Knowles he kept his weight down and made sure he fought hard because it didnt make no sense for the two of us to go all the way over there and dont come back with a medal. Hield said he felt that he won the silver medal too, but he will just continue to prepare for the future tournaments so that he can get the major international medal that has escaped him so far. In the meantime, it was a festive mood for the Knowles family. Valentinos mother, Valderine said her son performed exceptionally well. I expected the gold, but he got the silver, so I appreciate what he did, she said. I know that he did his best. And his father, McAllen said when he spoke to his son, Valentino told him that the fight was very close, so I was proud that he got the silver. The Knowles said they intended to celebrate, but they would be encouraging Valentino to get right back in training so that he could duplicate a medal feat in his next international tournament. Knowles thrilled about silver medal FROM page nine FROM page nine R ose Dean-Cleare AFTER a few years absence, the Coaches Asso-c iation of the Bahamas held e lections, Saturday March 13th at 10am at the Colony Club after 6 years of being non-functional. After two months of preparation and communication, 51 C oaches were registered as m embers. The results were as follows: President Dianne Woodside 1 st Vice President F rank Pancho Rahming 2nd Vice President George Cleare Treasurer Perry Thompson Secretary Cleotha Collie A sst. Secretary E velyn Shaw Board Members Tyrone Burrows, Dexter Bodie, Peter Pratt, Lyndon Johnson. Family Island Representative Mr. Patrice Charles( Abaco) This important body is an integral part of the develop-m ent of Track and Field in The Bahamas. The objectives of the A ssociation are as follows: 1 To foster a better relationship between track and field coaches in the Bahamas. 2 To enhance the develop ment of track and field in the Bahamas. 3 To secure and compile c oaching related information for circulation throughout the Family Islands. 4. To organise track & field coaches seminar and courses for the Family of Islands. T he executive body as well as the membership, will ensure that the objectives of the organisation, set out in t he Constitution of the Association, is implemented and carried out. We intend to get involvement and participation from primary, junior and seniors chools from New Provi dence, Grand Bahama and the Family of Islands, the association wrote in a pressr elease. We hope that we can have the support of the Ministry of S ports and the BAAA to carry out these objectives for the next two years. Coaches Association holds elections after six years By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r dorsett@tribunemedia.net Part I In the Book of Basketball Bill Simmons brought to focus the easiest wayt o establish a what if argument and to establish a list, if aliens came to EarthIndependence Daystyle and you had to have one game to decide the fate of humankind, who would be on your team? By the way no one likes nami ng lists more than me, Simmons and J ohn Cusacks character from High Fidelity. W hat if the aliens decided that this almighty war to decide thef ate of humanity would be decided by B AISS and GSSSA all star teams? Random alien overlord says if we don't put on a good show with top flight tal ent he does to the world what misplaced text messages and voicemails did to Tiger. With that kind of pressure s houldnt someone be preparing for this in case it comes up? Its a good thing I did. This will all make better sense in part 2, I promise....well maybe n ot but you should read it anyway. Tribune GSSSA All-Bahamians STARTERS Angelo Lockhart Position: Point GuardS chool: C.C Sweeting NBA Comparison: Derrick Rose Strengths: Size, speed and athletic ism to be an impact player anytime h es on the floor. Gets to the basket easier than most guards and is able to consistently finish above the rim, bothi n transition and in traffic Going full speed he is faster than anyone else on the court, but he is also very comfort a ble handling the ball as he is weaving through defenders In one on one situations, he is almost impossible to stop because of his great first step and the variety of moves that he uses off the dribble Consistently gets into the lane, and is very good at finding teammates when the help defense rotates. Rashad Sturrup Position: Guard School: C.I Gibson NBA Comparison: Allen Iverson Strengths: Has a knack for getting in traffic and drawing contact, and gets t o the line more times per game than m ost guards in the country. He has an extra gear which allows him to turn t he corner or to explode by defenders in the open court and create fast break opportunities on his own. Not afraid to break zones with his three point shot and hits with relative consistency. Forwards S tephen Strachan P osition:Small Forward School: R.M Bailey N BA Comparison: Paul Pierce S trengths: Most consistent jump shooter in the country, bar none. Not the most athletic player on the floorb ut has a knack for scoring in bunches. H igh basketball I.Q with the ability to draw fouls and knocks down his free throws consistently once he gets to the line. Highly efficient offensive game, can score from anywhere from the low post to beyond three point range. P atrico Leadon Position: Forward School: C.V Bethel NBA Comparison: Kevin Durant S trengths: Wingspan, mobility, quickness, and leaping ability places him above most of his peerswith r egards to his scoring ability Excellent feel for the game and confidence allowh im to make the offensive end of the floor seem effortless Has the ability t o catch and shoot off screens with ease, off the dribble or spotting up beyond three point range. Excellent rebounder and shot blocker with ability to intensify his game on both ends of the floor when he feels the need to. Explosive scorer who can dominate a g ame. Gabi Laurent Position: Power Forward/Center School: C.C Sweeting NBA Comparison: Amare Stoudamire Strengths: Strength, athleticism and work ethic come to mind when you think of Laurent. Never takes a play off, plays at only one speed and gives his all on every possession. Plays the game with amazing toughness, and doesnt shy away from contact in the paint. Runs the floor well for a big man and has an excellent jumpshot out to 18 feet. Excellent speed and a gility in the open floorLeadership q ualities stood out as seat and soul of a team that he lead straight to the H ugh Campbell final RESERVES Guards Patrick Davis P osition: Shooting Guard/Point Guard S chool:C.C Sweeting N BA Comparison: Monta Ellis Strengths: Can play both guard posit ions, but better suited off the ball as a s corer rather than creating for others. Lighting quick in the open court and finishes in traffic D erinando Mott Position: Guard School:C.I Gibson NBA Comparison:Mo Williams Strengths: Combo guard with range on his jumper out to the beyond the t hree point arc.. Great court vision and reaction speed to find open team mateExcels in the open court and loves to push the ball up quickly D enero Moss Position: Point Guard School: C.V Bethel N BA Comparison: Jason Kidd Strengths: True pass first point g uard. at his best when breaking down defenders with his lethal crossover, or f eeding a teammate for an easy basket ... Incredible quickness and ball handling ability Roosevelt Whylly Position: Forward School: C.C Sweeting N BA Comparison: Antawn Jami son Strengths: Good jump shot as a junior but added new moves to his repertoire in his senior season after a summer with the Junior National Team... Ball handling is very good for a forward and is a quality rebounder with the ability to rip down a board and go coast to coast. Long arms make him a good shot blocker and rebound er and an ability to make three point er makes him a difficult matchup for most bigs. D'Shon Taylor P osition:Forward S chool: R.M Bailey NBA Comparison: Josh Smith S trengths: High flying player who finishes above the rim and has a reliable jumpshotNot afraid of contact and likes to mix it up with inside guys and crash the board ...Often takes the b all at the high post and creates his own shot or assists othersStrong c ourt sense, rarely in a rush or forcing t he issue. P rince Braynen P osition:Guard/Forward School: C.R Walker NBA Comparison: Tyreke EvansS trengths: Has proven that he is a ble to play as a lead guard, but his natural position seems to be as a shoot ing guard or small forward, where he can still be a facilitator, but can look to score more often Plays at a fast pace all the time with the ability to create on t he fly Puts constant sure on the opposing team with his aggressive style and drives to the basket, unguardable one on one His vision and passing a re extremely advanced, and he's shown that he can be a reliable dis tributor. Kenrico Lockhart P osition: Forward School: G.H.S N BA Comparison: Chris Bosh Strengths: Comfortable operating from the high post, either shooting midrange shot, or utilizing his quickness and putting the ball on the floor to get to the hoop.. aggressive and tough under the rim despite his slight frame... V ery long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slash ing ability ... Its very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside Coach: Mario Bowleg In part two we name the BAISS AllBahamians and ponder if SAC would allow any of their players to play with the fate of the world at stake, then again its not a BAISS sanctioned event so we're not sure The Tribunes GSSSA All-Bahamians R ENALDOS RAMBLINGS A WELCOME reception was held in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pindling International Airport for the return of the amateur boxing team from India. From left are: Alvin Sargent; Archie Nairn; coach Andre Seymour; Minister of Sports Charles Maynard; BOA president Welling ton Miller; silver medalist Valentino Knowles and Carl Hield. Kris Ingraham/ BISPhotos C lub. But one thing I can say that is good for our programme is the governments subvention. We have seen great changes in these two boxers. They are more relaxed, they know the funds are coming in and we can put more pressure on them to train because we know you (Maynard them. Thanking previous Minister Desmond Bannister and Maynard, Miller said he knew that if the ministry could do more for the boxers, they cer tainly would. On the other hand, Miller said now that Knowles has overcome his obstacles, he now has a greater responsibility to go back into his com munity and encourage the other delinquent young men. You can tell them that if you can make it, then they can make it, Miller summed up. All they have to do is try, try and they will become suc cessful. Minus Jr was just as elated about Knowles performances as everybody else. He was always a very humbled and determined person. His true colors came out, Minus Jr. said. When Valentino started in my boxing programme at the age of four, my father, Ray Minus Sr., said hes going to be a world champion. The good thing about him is that he has determination, the drive to be successful. So having talent without determination will probably see you fall short. But when you have determination and tal ent, you are unstoppable. Minus Jr. thanked the box ing federation for the pro gramme, which has allowed both Knowles and Hield to train in Cuba and will only continue to pay off big dividends in the long run. Maynard: Knowles victory proud day for Bahamians

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM pork chops, and put the deep fryer on the stove to heat up. Before talk turned to the dinner table, Keisha and her mother had a three-way conversation with her sister Kimberly. They joked about Keisha breaking curfew the night before, having g one out partying with two junior school girlfriends on West Bay Street at Uptown. Earlier still, Keisha plotted against her mother to steal a pair of pants, a jacket and a dress thought to be too young-looking, or stylish, for her mother alone to be entitled to wear. She said, Mummy, this is a young girl pants. I will be wearing the pants to school tomorrow. When I go to teaching practice I could wear that d ress, said Mrs Thurston, speaking about one of the last conversations with her daughter. When I came back and my child was there it was like what happened. I left this sprightly child trying on my clothes, full of laughter. What happened to her? she said, sitting next to her husband, Michael Thurston, on the family couch. Sadly, the only smell greeting Mrs Thurston was burning metal; not one piece of fish even reached t he frying pan. Something went deadly wrong for her baby girl. Mrs Thurston was the first to find Keishas body. The two shared a close relationship, along with the rest of the family. One of Keishas favourite refrains was: Dont do it mummy, please. Mrs Thurston was often chastised by her other daughters, Kimberly and Deandra, for calling them b y Keishas name. They would remark how she would have to call her three childrens names b efore she got it right. (Keisha w hen she is home she gets up every morning to c lean up. All the things I will miss. Me and her g oing on the beach, Bahamian Idol, playing tennis, s aid Mrs Thurston. These days, the house does not feel the same, but K eishas bedroom has been of comfort to her mother. It provides a place for Mrs Thurston to rest h er head at nights: to sleep close to her daughters spirit. There is a lesson to us that regardless of the situation you still have to be strong. That is our lesson. R egardless of what it is you have to be strong. As for me, it is not a good feeling that I came home and saw my daughter hanging from the attic, but I h ave two other kids and I have a grand child on the way, said Mrs Thurston. I have my family, who are very supportive of me. They flew in from wherever they were and they c ame to support us. That even made the family c loser. As for me, we cant change that it has already happened, but we just have to be strong like I said, and be there for each other, as we normally do, she said. A lthough people are often remembered for the mistakes they make and not the good things they do, the family of Keisha does not plan to perpetuate that trend. People talk and people will talk. Y ou or I cannot change that. This is the way the B ahamas is. If you make one bad mistake in your life and if you do a thousands of good, people do not see the good you do. The bad overrides the good, said Mrs Thurston. Out there who knows me and my kids, my daughter, they know that my child was loved from the very moment she was conceived. As a family what we have to do is keep the bond we have and n ot let anyone come in between us. By people t alking it could change things in the family and cause confusion, but we are not planning for that to happen. It will strengthen and tighten our family, said Mrs Thurston. W hile the rumor mills are busy looking for suicidal signs and reasons why, the family is busy remembering the Keisha they knew. This Keisha kept a personal calendar with the birthday dates of a ll the family members. She would remind her m other when her fathers birthday was coming up, or remind her sister when her cousins birthday was approaching. The Keisha they knew was a role model student-athlete. Throughout her high s chool career she was an award winner. A t HO Nash Junior School she received coaches awards and most valuable player (MVP A t Red Bank Middle School in New Jersey she received certificates for academic excellence. At CC Sweeting High School she made the honour roll and received MVP awards in the volleyball, soccer, track and field, and softball. She was on academics cholarship at the College of the Bahamas. The everyday Keisha the family knew left a big v oid to fill, but for the time being, her memories are doing the trick. She is remembered for wanting to b ecome a secondary school Math teacher. She is remembered for her ambition to play tennis and golf; for her success at volleyball, softball and love of soccer. How can you not miss a person like that. Regardless of everything that happened Is aid to my sister, she only lived 18 years and so many people could talk so many positive thingsa bout her. There were hundreds of people were at the funeral. Could you imagine with another 18 y ears what her life would have been like, said Mrs Thurston. An agony no parent should have to endure FROM page one THEKEISHATHURSTON TRAGEDY KEISHA: Family snapshots


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