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 C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No. 210WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama 1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, SUN, T-STORM HIGH 91F LOW 79F I N S I D E NEW IN-DEPTH WEATHER NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THIEVES ransacked accounts information during a break-in at the Immigra-t ion department ... the lat est in a series of raids on government and court buildings. The raid at the Hawkins Hill office over the holiday weekend now casts doubt on the effectiveness of security at the various establishments, say observers. Burglars broke in through a door on the ground floor of the Immigration office sometime between close of business on Friday after noon and opening the office y esterday morning, Direc t or of Immigration Jack Thompson confirmed. Accounts information was scattered across the groundf loor office, and staff were sent home until 2 pm while police investigators dusted for fingerprints and searched for clues to identify the culprits. Mr Thompson was still t rying to ascertain what had b een stolen yesterday, as police combed through the mess of paperwork in the west wing of the ground Immigration Dept ransacked in break-in The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com New govt building raid sparks fears S EEDETAILSONPAGETWO SEE page eight FOR the second time in just over two weeks, a Bahamasair office has become the target of an armed robbery. Police said a masked gunman entered the Bahamasair office on Madeira Street, in Palmdale, yesterday at around 4pm, and ordered employees on to the floor and demanded cash. The culprit then made his escape in a car. The incident comes amid a series of other robberies target ing government offices, including the Bahamasair office on Second armed robbery at a Bahamasair office SEE page eight By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A WOMAN was arraigned in court yesterday charged with murdering her husband. Jessie Williams, 43, of Nassau Village, is accused of stabbing Sylvanus Williams to death on Satur day night. According to reports, Mr Williams died in a vacant parking lot between the Green Parrot Bar and the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA headquarters on East Bay Street. He had reportedly arrived for his work shift at about 9pm on Saturday as a security guard, securing property belonging to the US-based civil engineering firm American Bridge. It is alleged that a woman approached him and stabbed him a number of times. He died at the scene. Mrs Williams, who sobbed throughout her arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Williams, who is listed as an American on court dockets, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Her case was adjourned to Monday, August 9, and transferred to Court 6, Parliament Street. W OMAN CHARGEDWITHMURDERINGHUSBAND ACCUSEDOFMURDER: Jessie Williams appeared in court yesterday charged with her husbands murder. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@ r ibunemedia.net POLICE have posted an all-points bulletin for a man theyw ant to question following the murder of a bone fisherm an in Exum a. B artholomew Bad man A rlington Pinder, 31, was described by police as being bright-skinned of slim build, 6ft tall and weighing1 75lbs. He is wanted in connection with the murder of 45y ear-old Stuart Manor res ident Cely Smith, who was gunned down at his homeo n Sunday morning by four m en. Mr Smith became the countrys 55th homicidev ictim when he died of his injuries at a local clinic shortly after. S ources close to the Man wanted for questioning over Exuma murder FRUSTRATION is said to be brewing within the Progressive Liberal Party over speculation that several election hopefuls who have long been canvassing in their respective con stituencies are to be overlooked by the party machinery for nominations in the next general election. A source in the PLP SEE page eight WANTEDFOR Q UESTIONING: Bartholomew Arlington Pinder Speculation that some PLP election hopefuls may be overlooked SEE page 11 A MAN accused of having sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old boy was arraigned in court yester day. Navado Johnson, 30, of Excellence Estates, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, yesterday charged with having sex with a minor of the same sex, a 10-year-old boy. The alleged incident, Man accused of sex with boy, 10 SEE page 11
IT ISfull steam ahead for the new surgical wing and Central Sterile Supplies Department for the Princess Margaret Hospital. Graphic renderings of the new facilities were recently revealed to key players at both the Public Hospitals Authority (PHA consultation. Q uestions about the new facilitys capacity, capabilities, contents, engineering and physical structure were answered during the last round of in-depth discussions held at the PHA. Im really impressed by the participative approach w here all stakeholders are involved, said Valerie Miller, p rincipal nursing officer at PMH. We terribly need more the atres and the ambiance, technology, everything we wanted and more will be incorporated with this initiative. At the end of the day were going to have an excellent product because I see such an integration of ideas, she said. The three-day session brought together administrators, staff who will use the new facility, and the multi-functional design team consisting of architects and engineers, both local and international. The group, which has been working on the design aspects of the project since November 2009, includes Michael Dig giss, project lead consultant and manager; the Design Group Architects, exterior ser vices; the BECK group, interior/ acute design; Brown and Associates, mechanical engi neering and design; Carlton Blair and Associates; CSB consultants, structural aspects, and VERITAS consultants, cost consultants. Nurses, surgeons and hos pital administrators were able to view and critique twodimensional plans of the pro posed wing. In real time, the consultants from BECK, the international architectural firm contracted for the project, altered the plans to suit the needs of the hospital while adhering to the restrictions placed on them based on the final space and budget allotted for the build ing. We are passionate about the success of the hospital, said Fred Perpall, managingp rincipal of BECKs Atlanta office. We rate our relationship with the PHA at a very high level because they are bringing a passion to the project that matches our passion and you can tell that everyone wants to do a good job not only for t he facility but for the folks that will use it. Have they chal l enged us? Absolutely. Have we challenged them? Absolutely. That creative ten sion yields the best results not only for us as enterprises and businesses but the best result for the Bahamian public, Mr Perpall said. The setup of the design team is a first for the Bahamas. Never before have local and international entities worked together on such a major endeavour, executives said. This is a very significant capital development and the way the team has approached the project is truly collabora tive, said John Michael Clarke, lead cost consultant on the project. PHA designated very spe cific deliverables. In getting to that deliverable, not only do we have the technical people involved, but we made sure that we have full collaboration from the end users and the stake holders. Thats a lot different from what happens in other spheres in the public service as well as privately. And thats how construction is moving in the 21st century, everything is collaborative. And thats what were bringing to the Bahamas. This is how construction should be done, he said. While many initially questioned finding harmonious ground between American and British hospital structures, the team ended the session happy with their final product. I think weve all learned something, said Matt Prig more, a BECK architect. We started with American guide lines but this project is unique to the conditions set for us. Worth more than $5 million, the project is expected to enter its construction phase later this month, with the facilities ready to be occupied no later than December 2011. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM winning photographers A MB ESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.familyguardian.com Roland Rose (2New ProvidencePeter Pateman (2New ProvidenceAnthony HepburnNew ProvidenceDominic Cant (2New ProvidenceOlga StokesNew ProvidencePaul Hage-ChahineNew ProvidenceRonald Lightbourn(2New ProvidencePaul HardingNew ProvidenceJulie LightbournEleutheraRoston McGregorExumaCongratulationstothisyearswinners intheFamilyGuardianAnnualCalendar Photo Contest.The 14 winning photographs will appear in the Companys 2011 Calendar A Celebration of Nature. Family Guardian thanks all participants who submitted photos in the annual photo contest.Photo by Roland Rose, Family Guardians 2011 Calendar WITH the 2010 hurricane season theres only one website to visit for all the latest weather information ... www.tribune242.com. The Tribune has partnered with Accuweather to provide our Bahamian audience with all the up-to-the-minute weather information they need. Www.tribune242.com/weather includes current conditions for Nassau as well as a seven-day extended weather forecast and hour-by-hour conditions to make it easier than ever to plan events and trips. A real-time radar and satellite map of the Bahamas shows rain and thunderstorm locations as well as cloud cover for all the islands. The page also features lifestyle indices which let site visitors know what the UV index is like and if it'sa good day for beaching, sailing or firing up the barbeque. The www.tribune242.com/weather interactive hurricane tracking map allows visitors to track active hurricanes and tropical storms as soon as they form using both the Accuweather and the National Hurricane Centre forecast tracks, and review historical data going back to the mid-1800s. In addition to the new weather page, www.tribune242.com/hurricane offers up to date information on tropical weather systems which could potentially affect the Bahamas (including newly formed Tropical Storm Colin) and is the place to go for invaluable information on how best to prepare for a storm. Keep informed with The Tribune and tribune242.com. NEW IN-DEPTH WEATHER NEWS ON TRIBUNE242.COM T HEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER THE third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is not expected to have any major impact on the Bahamas, experts report. A ccording to weather officials, the forecast track for Tropical Storm Colin indicates the storm will travel parallel to the Bahamas archipelago, but further east and will not passo ver any islands. Due to its speed, and some upper level sheering, meterologists suspect the storm will weaken significantly over the next few days. A t 5pm yesterday, the storm was located at 15.8 degrees north, 53.8 degrees west, and was heading west-northwest at about 35 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 40m iles per hour. Tropical storm not expected to impact Bahamas PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE PMH moves forward with new sur gical wing plans SURGICAL WING: Graphic renderings of the new facilities for PMH
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A LAWYER who was convicted of fraud has had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal, which also ordered that he be repaid the $7,500 fine he had been sentenced to pay for the alleged offence. The Court of Appeal noted the apparent existence of two companies with the name Nassau Industrial Group the name of the company attorney Fedner Dorestal and others were alleged to have conspired to defraud. This, said Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer, raises serious ques tions as to the legal basis for the charge against (Dorestal Fedner Dorestal was charged in 2004 along with businessmen Bryan and Shayne Knowles and now deceased attorney Andrew Bowe in connection with an alleged fraud conspiracy between April 2002 and July 2003. Dorestal specifically faced just one charge: possession of a forged document, a company seal with the name Nassau Industrial Group with the intent to defraud the same. The alleged fraudulent activity related to five condominium units in the Palms of Love Beach, West Bay Street. Dorestal was ultimately con victed of the single fraud charge, while Bryan Knowles was convicted of 24 counts of fraud and Shayne Knowles was convicted of two. Dorestal and Shayne Knowles were ordered in January 2009 to pay $7,500 each, while Bryan Knowles was sentenced to a heftier five year prison term. The Attorney Generals office had initially applied in 2008 to the Court of Appeal for the court to increase the sentence handed down to Mr Dorestal on the grounds that it was unduly lenient. The application was later abandoned by the Attorney Generals Office after the Court of Appeal pointed out that Mr Dorestal had already paid the fine and there was no prece dent for an appellate court to increase a sentence after it has expired, according to the Court of Appeals judgment in relation to Mr Dorestals own appeal against his conviction and sentence. In giving the appeal courts reasons for quashing the lawyers conviction and sentence, President of the Court of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer noted that it appears there may be two companies with that name (the Nassau Industrial Group) both registered with the Registrar Generals Department in that departments capacity as Registrar of Companies. This is despite the exis tence of two companies with identical names being illegal under the Companies Act 1992. Assuming, but not deciding, that the company (the Nassau Industrial Group) whose interests (Dorestal sented in litigation, was registered after the other company with the same or similar name, and was in fact given certifi cates of registration and good standing by the Registrar Gen erals Department, (this serious questions as to the legal basis for the charge against the appellant, said Dame Joan. She added: Assuming, but not deciding that there were two companies with the same name, if (Dorestal came into the picture some time after the main actions had taken place, could be said to have the necessary knowledge required by the law of alleged criminal actions which occurred before he came on the scene, then so must the persons in the Companies Registry be guilty since their opportunity for knowledge of the falsity of the second companys existence would be far greater than (Dorestals Dame Joan said the judge who tried Dorestals case appears not to have considered the legal fact that persons are entitled to rely on documents accepted and registered in the Companies Registry. She further queried the fact that the certificate of good standing (for Nassau Industrial Group) issued by the Companies Registry did not arouse any question in the trial judges mind regarding the case against Mr Dorestal. The Court of Appeal President added that she found it disturbing that the trial judge did not say anything to the jury regarding the gap in time between the dates on the alleged forged documents used as evidence in the case, the date when the seal Mr Dorestal was found in possession of was ordered, and the later date upon which Mr Dorestal joined Andrew Bowes law firm. Dame Joan noted that there is no dispute that Mr Dorestal was not employed with Bowes firm when the Nassau Industrial Group file was created and the impugned seal ordered and subsequently applied to the five impugned conveyances dated 20 June, 2002. The Judge suggested that even if there had been a fraud conspiracy, there was no evidence provided to prove Mr Dorestal would have known about it. The Court of Appeal has sent the case against Mr Dorestals co-accused Bryan Knowles back to the Supreme Court for a retrial. By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FIVE Haitians have had their convictions in connection with the alleged smuggling of $6 mill ion worth of cocaine from Haiti into the Bahamas quashed by the Court of Appeal. Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer said that while the presence of the Haitians in a boat that was found to contain the cocaine when it was searched in Inagua i n 2009 was highly suspicious the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the group knew about the drugs and intended to smuggle them into the Bahamas. The decision was in the case against Landaize Lessange, Olondieu Pierre, Rodley Jean, M arie Slyvida Davilmar and Alexandre Jean versus the Commissioner of Police. The appellants were represented by attorney Murrio Ducille. On the bench sat Dame Joan, Justice Christopher Blackman and Justice Stanley John. The Court ordered that the Haitians now be deported. In the written reasons she provided for the Courts decision, Dame Joan noted that some of Messrs Lessange, Pierre, Jean, Jean and Davilmar initially pleaded not guilty to the charges of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply. However, when they were brought to court on February 17, 2009, all pleaded not guilty. Their trial began on July 9, 2009 and ended with the conviction of each of the Haitian nationals on November 27, 2009. Each had been found onboard a 77-foot boat, the San Verz when it entered Mathew Town, Inagua in early 2009. They were escorted off the boat onto the dock while police officers conducted a search of the boat in the presence of its captain. The police officers who conducted the search observed still damp paint on certain areas of the vessel a plank on each side. When those planks were lifted, the officers saw crocus sacks which, when removed were found to contain what the officers termed bricks tied together with nylon rope. The bricks were pulled out and they totalled 447 of suspected cocaine weighing some 1,138 pounds, estimated to be worth some six million dollars, said Dame Joan in her judgment, issued on July 28. The Captain of the boat, who was found with $1,000 on his person, initially said he knew nothing of the drugs and was merely bringing the boat back to Nassau. The appellants did not communicate when questioned about the drugs. Only one of them, Darilmar, had any money $16 Bahamian dollars. They later said they had intended to travel to Nassau to bring back supplies, noted Dame Joan. The Court of Appeal President said there may be little or no doubt that the circumstances in which the appellants were found aboard the vessel were highly suspicious, but in our law, suspicion however reasonable, does not amount to evidence. She noted that no forensic evidence was given to link any of the Haitian nationals to the cocaine. Dame Joan concluded that it did not appear that the any of the judgments made in other cases similar to the one brought against the appellants, to which the Court of Appeal referred in coming to its decision to quash the convictions, were brought to the attention of the magistrate who originally convicted them. The Court of Appeal President said that she would like to remind lawyers that it is their duty to draw to the attention of the court they are appearing before every (legal ty which may be of assistance to the tribunal in arriving at a proper decision on the facts and the law in the trials before them. Failure to do so is not only contrary to the Legal Professions Code of Conduct but may also prove inimical to counsels clients, admonished Dame Joan. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Court of Appeal quashes Haitians drug convictions Lawyer accused of fraud has conviction quashed SISTER Mary Benedict, the first person to register for benefits under the National Prescription Drug Plan, also became the first person to receive her ACE Rx Membership Card on Tuesday. The card was personally presented to her by Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis. Distribution of the Ace Rx cards commenced in Nassau yesterday and will begin in Grand Bahama and the Family Islands today. Pictured from left: Tammi Francis, manager, National Prescription Drug Plan; Dr Minnis, Minister of Health; Sister Mary Benedict; Algernon Cargill, Director, National Insurance Board. Sister Benedict becomes first person to r eceive ACE Rx Membership Car d
EDITOR, The Tribune. I HAVEsat back and waited all summer long to hear what this incompetent government is going to do about the illegal fishing by fishermen from the Dominican Republic. All summer long these foreigners, which by the way is off season for Bahamians when crawfish spawn and reproduce, these Dominicans have raped the southern Bahamas. Numerous fishing boats out fishing for snapper or repairing traps (condos action in which gas bombs were thrown and spear guns were held up at Bahamian fishermen, our own have been shot at by these invaders. In May a Spanish Wells fishing boat named the Comfort Zone had a battle with them 30 miles in over the southern banks of the Bahamas, five Dominicans were captured by them and out of 12 dinghies, which were seized by our fishermen, 540 lbs of crawfish and numerous under sized grouper and hog fish were taken with no clue what the big boat had and this was in May! These bastards were picked up by the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and carried to Nassau. And do you know where they are now Bahamas, they have already been shipped back to the Dominican Republic and have probably been fish ing our banks again before we can. These bastards should stillbe eating Amber Jack in Fox Hill Prison. This is an outrage. Time and time again for years we, the fishermen of Spanish Wells, have passed on information to The Ministry of Fisheries and also The Ministry of Defence. Late ly all Crawfish Season long fora t least the past two years the sightings of Dominican boats have been increasingly seen all over our southern fishing grounds. They are killing our Conch beds, our Grouper and our Crawfish and any other type of bottom fish they can get. To you, our Fisheries D epartment, what is your problem? You create laws that you can't enforce? Take for example the Grouper Season, you make laws stopping the Bahamian fishermen from catching grouper and the Dominicans are getting all they want, every year, every season! You listen to a bunch of peo ple from foreign countries telling us that our marine life is in trouble. Well you know they are right but it's in trouble because we allow foreigners to come into our country, rape our marine life and then you start with your statistics telling us about the decline in this marine resource or that marine resource. The only problem we are having with our Marine Resources is that you either think you know it all or people in the Department of Marine Resources just don't care. Maybe it's time you start listening to the people that do and that would be us, the hard working fishermen of this country, and I say that coming from the island of Spanish Wells w here 95 per cent of the income of our island is dependent on fishing and also it's the same place when you come here for a Fisheries Meeting you tell us that we are the best at what we do. And to The Ministry of Defence to the hard working D efence Force Officers who have chosen to serve our country, I want to say thank you. But to the good Minister may I remind you that under articles of our Constitution you, good sir, are mandated by law to protect the people and to guard our Bahamaland from people who wish to harm us, poach our w aters and also from people who infiltrate our country illegally. And so far this administration has failed miserably. These men and women of our Royal Bahamas Defence Force can't do their job with the Defence Force boats parked a t Prince George Wharf. The Defence Force has to be vigilant and present in these areas, it does very little good to call in and have to leave from Nassau, they need to be constantly patrolling the southern Bahama bank to get a grip on what's going on. And to you, the Government of the Bahamas, as a whole you have done more damage to the fishing industry in this country than any other Administration in the history of our country. Just about every branch of gov ernment in this country falls in this category first a few years back before the recession came you took away our Duty Free Tariffs on parts for our fishing boats we used to pay 7 per cent, then you changed that to 10 per cent, then you took that away and now we pay 65 per cent on parts, thank you FNM Government. That was for the Ministry of Finance and now for the Ministry of Immigration again there are fishing boats tied up to Potters Cay Dock that are fishing in this country and their crew are Dominicans. A Bahamian fishing boat came in this summer with over 20 thousand pounds of skinned conchs all the crew were nothing but Dominicans, what a dis grace and you want to know why our conch beds are dying out. You can start your immigration clean up out at Potters Cay Dock. And again thank you FNM Government for allowing this to happen. Wake up Bahamas it's time to clean house as a born and bred Bahamian and proud of it for 43 years and a fishermen for 27, it's time to rid this country of under the table politics, FNM's and PLPs alike need to see what we are becoming and that is a country with leaders who if it doesn't affect them, why bother. We are now being taxed to death by this government that in their last convention said we got the money. And so, I say to you, like you asked former Prime Minister Pindling in 1992 Wheres the money? This gov ernment is killing this country by taxing the very people who hold this country together, the middle class. The poor can't pay, the rich don't care and the crooked are going to steal to get what they want so who suffers? The middle class. The hard working men and women of this country who struggle to send their children to school, put food on the table, pay their light and water bills and just try to make ends meet, that is who is going to end up suffering the most. And once you break the middle class it's all over then. Once again thank you FNM Government. I'm a hard working Bahamian fisherman and I hate to see what our Fishing Industry is becoming, a lost jewel in this great country of ours. Millions of dollars worth of revenue lost by the Bahamian people, stolen by illegal poaching they come and take what they want when they want and however much they want. And this Administration does little to nothing about it. It just kills me to think what this country is coming to when we are not willing to step up and take hold of this serious situation. Along with this situation on the 28th and 29th of July is the US mini lobster season and for years that has fished the North Western Bank. Rogue Bahamian fishermen have been working in that area well before the season opens and very little is being done. You know, Bahamas, as you pass Fort Montagu Ramp as a little boy between the ages of eight and 10 years old I stood to the edge of the road holding bunches of fish to sell. Summer time I would go net hauling with my grandfather, Mr. Purcell Pinder,a descendent from Spanish Wells who was the first man to start selling fish at Montagu Ramp. M y other grandfather Mr. Horace Sands was from Abaco and at that same age every August I would go to Great Guana Cay and go spearing condos and that is where I learned to spear crawfish. Yes, Ministry of Fisheries, condos have been used in the Bahamaso ver 30 years ago. To my friends and family in Abaco I hope you are reading this in the day or I hope you got a good flashlight because I know you don't have much electricity. Fishing is not just my job it's in my blood and before I see it spilt for it, it's high time that the government of this country do something about it. I hope you are listening Mr. Christie because I feel sure that if you are listening and are willing to fix what's broke, all I got to say is it aint long now! Former leaders have come and gone. Former Opposition leaders have come and gone in my 43 years, all I've got to say is I don't care which party you are for, if you don't do your job its time for you to go! It's time that we as a country stop playing party politics and keep the gov ernment on their toes. In my work place fishermen are suf fering and we are suffering because of incompetence. I pray to the good Lord that we find the people in this coun try willing to make a stand and say to whatever party enough is enough. Thank you for your time and may God Bless you and may God bless the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. CHUCK PINDER Spanish Wells, Bahamas. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W ASHINGTON President Barack O bama's decision to stick to a promise to withdraw all but 50,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of August, despitea surge in violence, gives more weight to domestic dismay at American losses than to countering political unrest in the U.S.-liberated country. A s a senator, Obama called the war to free oil-rich Iraq from Saddam Hussein's cruel reign a "dumb war, a rash w ar." As president, though, he continu ed the fight to stabilize Iraq, where at l east 4,413 members of the U.S. military have died since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. N ow with public sentiment rising against the growing U.S. death toll in Afghanistan, Obama says he will make good on a pledge to remove all desig n ated combat forces from Iraq by Sept. 1 despite the threat of growing unrest in that country and 16 months before the Bush administration's total with-d rawal deadline at the end of 2011, which remains intact. As president, Obama ordered a near l y threefold increase in U.S. troops in A fghanistan to battle al-Qaida and the Taliban. There have been 1,128 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan, by Associated Pressc ount, since fighting began in the after math of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. With the boost, however, the White House calculates the total number of troops committed to the two conflicts will have been reduced next month from 1 77,000 in January 2009 to roughly 1 46,000 50,000 in Iraq and 96,000 in Afghanistan. "This is exactly the wrong moment to complete the withdrawal of combat forces, given the uncertainty in Iraq and Iran's increased involvement in trying to cause trouble in Iraq," John Bolton, for mer U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said Tuesday. I think it is related to Afghanistan," B olton said in an interview. "He is looking to the dissatisfaction from the Democratic left on Afghanistan. I think he is going to pursue withdrawal in Iraq and signal it in Afghanistan, as well," Bolton said. "The trouble is al-Qaida and Taliban a re reading the same speech, and I think it endangers us in both Iraq and Afghanistan." A nd, the former senior official said, I think he has been a complete failure i n articulating the reasons why Americans are deployed." At the Centre for Strategic and Inter n ational Studies, a prominent Wash ington think tank, Stephanie Sanok said the timing of Obama's announcement seemed to correlate with a rash of badn ews emanating from Afghanistan. That includes the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for critical remarks he and his aides made about Obama and otherc ivilian bosses, and a rash of leaked documents. "My sense is the administration need e d a good-news story it could deliver, a nd the withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq was the best news they had," Sanok, a former official at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, said in an inter-v iew. The 50,000 troops that will remain in Iraq will be focused on training, advising and counterterrorism operations. Sanok said they will have no time to aid in reconstruction or political stabilization. Some who will be leaving have been m ore than combat troops," she said. "They have played a critical role in reconstruction efforts." 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By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com ABACO fishermen are setting out for the start of the new c rawfish season armed with the knowledge that size matters as a grassroots campaign to protect undersized crawfish. The campaign, driven by local environmental education organisation Friends of the Environment, climaxed yesterday as hundreds of T-shirts bearing the campaign logo were worn by fishermen, buy-e rs, exporters, business people a nd locals across Abaco to heighten awareness of the issue b efore the opening of crawfish season. A new catch certificate requirement for crawfish comes into force across the country for the first time tomorrow, and A baco is proud to say more t han 500 fishermen are fully a ware of the importance of not taking crawfish with tails shorter than five-and-a-half inches a nd equipment to help them measure live crawfish tails u nderwater. F riends of the Environment e ducation officer DShan Maycock said: We have led the way in Abaco in terms of this i nitiative and we are confident to say that Abaco fisherment his season will be measuring u p." S he developed the campaign after fishermen expressed concern over the fishing of juven ile crawfish. Friends worked i n partnership with buyers, exporters, restaurants and the D epartment of Marine Resources to stop the illegal practice. Now all of the fisheries are on board as the nation comes t o grips with the new catch certificate programme adopted t his year to help the Bahamas achieve Marine Stewardship Council (MSC Without the certification and M SC approval, the Bahamas would be unable to export c rawfish in the future, Mrs M aycock said. A lthough the paperwork may seem tedious for some, 18 months of community outreach w ork has put Abaco fishermen one step ahead as they are ful-l y aware of the importance of t his market-driven initiative t hat will protect their industry. They understand the logbooks they complete will allow t heir crawfish to be tracked f rom a French dining table back to them by the catch cert ificate. "Europe wont take anything that comes into the country without them," she said. "Some countries have said if t he Bahamas does not improve by 2011 they will cut us off. But if we do achieve the MSC standard we will be a leader in the region and that is something we can be proud o f." By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A DILAPIDATEDpublic boat ramp and neglected dock in North Andros not only pose a safety hazard, but are also making it difficult for local businesses to operate, according to fishermen and sport fishing guides on the island. For the past 10 years, little work has been done to repair and modernise the marine facil ities at Lowe Sound. The state of the ramp and dock, locals say, is a significant hindrance to Bahamian-operated businesses in the area. It slows down the work plenty because you have noth ing to maintain the guests. They have to walk in water to get on the boat when tide is high. Very often people slip down, the locals, fishermen and the tourists. The ramp is very, very slippery. The salt water keeps the moss slippery all the time. It doesnt have any grip, said vet eran bone fishing guide and boat captain Stanford Johnson. There is a general lack of concern for local business operators, according to one sport fishing guide, who said the state of the Lowe Sound public dock is another example of how there is no effort to create local infrastructure that would lead to the empowerment of ordi nary Bahamians. Lowe Sound is the main fish ing town in the northern part of the island, servicing boaters from Red Bays in the north to Bearing Point in Central Andros. (The state of the dock they do not really care about Bahamians. Proper facilities lead to more efficient business operations. The model of tourism they promote is for for eign-owned marinas and tourism developments. They do not facilitate programmes that lead to Bahamians owning anything. The services reserved for Bahamians are taxi drivers, hair braiders and the like, Mr Johnson said. According to a local shop owner, everyone around here basically has a boat, and the public ramp is breaking up many of these vessels along with their boat trailers. Government officials have maintained the ramp by simply patching holes; however, this has made the ramp pitchy patchy, the shop owner said. The ramp has to be rebuilt. They need to dig up the existing ramp and rebuild. It has been out here for about 20 odd years or so. The cement was not the right cement. You need to use the one made for the salt water, added Mr Johnson. Locals say the dock was destroyed during Hurricane Michelle in 2001. Most of the wooden planks were washed away. Some of the planks that remain are rotting; the nails securing others have corroded, leaving the planks unstable. Most of the fishermen keep their boats on land, in part because of the poor condition of the dock, Mr Johnson said. The dock is the second pri ority. We need a dock because sometimes it is very rough (to rely on the ramp). If tide is high you have to swim to your boat, and be glad if someone is out there to get you to land, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Size matters crawfish campaign is launched Safety concerns over dilapidated dock HEALTHYSUPPORT: The Size Matters campaign gets backing from Abaco Family Medicine Abaco fishermen out to protect future of industry WEARINGITWELL: The T-shirts have been worn proudly in Abaco. SAFETY CONCERNS: The boat ramp and neglected dock has seen .little in the way of repairs in the past decade.
BAHAMIAN youth have a key role in keeping their c ommunities crime free by making the decision to remain good citizens andd emand that their peers do likewise, Minister of Nation al Security Tommy Turnquest s aid. Addressing the closing ceremonies of the Ministry ofN ational Security/Royal Bahamas Police Force Southern Division Summer Youth Programme at the First Baptist Church on Friday, Mr Turnquest said: Life is about choices, you c an either choose to do good, or you can choose to do bad. I ask you, as you grow into thisB ahamas that we have developed just for you, to always d o good. Will you make a differ ence? Will you tell that boy or girl who is misbehaving in thec lassroom that it isnt cool to be bad? Will you tell your friends and your neighbours t hat you are preparing yourselves for future success and it is not cool to do bad thingss uch as sell drugs or rob and kill? I cannot say it often enough how important it is to begin to be good citizens of our country early in life. I want you to make the choicet o be good. The National Security Minister told the campers thatt hey all have a role to play in changing the mindsets of the small percentage of Bahami ans who do not want to make good in the country. Success Mr Turnquest said one way of ensuring tomorrows suc cess for the Bahamas is for the youth to choose the path to good. This means listening to the proper instructions given by parents and teachers, working hard in school and ensur ing that you spend extra time on your education, Mr Turnquest said. It means that instead of talking on the telephone, or watching television, or going outside to play, that you put a time aside every single day to read a little, for those who read books expand their vocabularies and prepare themselves to be successful in the future. It means staying away from criminal and all other n egative activity, he said. M r Turnquest said that unlike the naysayers, he does not believe that we have al ost generation. When you look at the tal ent we have in this country a mong our young people, it is not true to say that our young people are a lost gen e ration, he said. Yes, there are still too many persons selling drugs in some of the communities; yes, there are far too many argu ments and conflicts and fight, and yes, there are far toom any guns on our streets, Mr Turnquest said. But you as young boys a nd young girls, as you grow up into young adults and old er persons in our society, you can make a difference, by staying away from all of the negative influences, and that when you see those things occurring, the first thing you do is walk away, go home and call the police. You have to let it be known that it is not cool to sell drugs; that it is not cool to have money that you did not earn, Mr Turnquest added. The Minister of National Security said the government, law enforcement officials, the church, other state organisa tions and the private sector, are working every day to ensure that the proper strategies and mechanisms are in place in order to encounter and turn around the current situation. The summer camp catered to young persons aged five to 11 years of age under the theme: Preparing our Youth for Tomorrows Success. By REUBEN SHEARER T ribune Staff Reporter r email@example.com A FOUR-week summer programme integrating teenage youth in social and d evelopmental activities came to a close last Friday for residents of the southern end of Nassau. AF Adderley and TA Thompson junior highs chools hosted the programme in which youngsters took part in sporting, dance, and musical activities. Speaking at the programmes closing, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest spoke about its impacti n the community. Remember As you prepare to go back to school, we encourage you to remember the thingsy ouve learned, said Mr T urnquest. The police recognises that if they get you working in the community, you will recogn ise them as your friends. Tell your friends, neighb ours and classmates that you are preparing yourself f or success, said Mr Turnquest, who emphasised the importance of the studentsb eing good citizens of the Bahamas. As I watched you all perform, what I know for sure is that we do not have a lostg eneration, said Mr Turnquest after seeing a skit r eflecting social ills in the Bahamas. There are far too many people pushing dope. And there are far too many f ights, which is why you need to stay away from these things including guns and drugs. Girls aged 13 to 20 spent a day at the Family Planning Unit learning about sociali ssues pertaining to young women. It was a preventative educational experience, said ASP Samuel Butler, officerin-charge of Grove Police Station. A t the closing ceremony of t he programme at First Baptist Church, each camper received a book bag with supplies for the new school year. Basketball competitions were held between the stu-d ents from Grove Police Station and Southern Police Station. Mr Butler said: We visited a number of civicly-noted places in the Bahamas, including a field trip toC lifton Pier, which is loaded with Bahamian slave artifacts and history. Academic tutoring in mathematics and English was available to students of the programme. The aim was tos harpen the skills of children i n core academic subjects, a fter which organisers assessed them and placed t hem according to their abilities. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Summer campers told:we do not have a lost generation Y OUTH HAVE KEY ROLE IN KEEPING COMMUNITIES CRIME FREE CLOSINGCEREMONY: Girls from the Grove Police Station perform their Step Dance selection during t he closing ceremony for the Ministry of National Security and the Royal Bahamas Police Force's Summer Youth Programme Southern Division CRAFT DISPLAY: Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest taking in some of the craft work produced by the children during the Summer Youth Programme. THEformer head of Haiti's Chamber of Deputies says singer Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of a nation struggling to recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake, according to Associated Press. Former Deputy Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques tells The Associated Press that the hip hop artist will run as part of his coalition in the November election. Jean spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum declined to confirm the report. She said the singer would make an announcement Thursday night but declined to say what it would be. Rumors have swirled for months that Jean would run. The singer has always been careful not to rule out a run for the president and recorded a song "If I was President." WYCLEF JEAN TO RUN FOR HAITI PRESIDENT CARIBBEANNEWS
f loor. From the looks of it, at this point it appears as if t here has been no tamperi ng of documents or any t hing of that sort, Mr Thompson said. Preliminary investiga t ions would suggest that the motive may be money as opposed to sensitived ocuments or personal information. The burglary has prompted calls fori ncreased security at gove rnment offices to safe guard sensitive public information and publicf unding, as it is the latest in a series of raids on gov ernment offices in less thana month. M agistrates Court Numb er Nine was burgled early Saturday morning when thieves cut security bars in the court window to ran sack an office and make an unsuccessful attempt tos teal a safe. Burglars also raided Supreme Court Senior Just ice Jon Isaacs office last W ednesday, stealing per s onal items from his chambers and scrawling the mes-s age The PLP must win t he next election, all FNM must die across his door with a drawing of a gun. The court raids followed a burglary at the Passport Office in Thompson Boule vard on July 8 when thieves s tole a safe containing $7,000 and got away in a government car. The PLP has called for M inister of National Security Tommy Turnquest and the Attorney General John Delaney to resign after thel atest court raid. And former Commis sioner of Police Paul T hompson called for secur ity recommendations he made in 2001 to at last be heeded. The criminal expert and s ecurity consultant put forward a number of security systems which could bee mployed at government buildings in a letter sent to government ministers and t hen Commissioner of P olice Paul Farquharson a fter a Nassau Street Magistrates Court had beenb urgled. M r Thompson repeated the call by resending his letter after the raid on the Passport Office. It appears not very much was done to protect government buildingsf rom 2001 when I men tioned the major security problems in the letter, Mr Thompson said. Its a security risk if you have valuable equipment and private documents stolen, so the governments hould do whatever is necessary to give better pro tection to the government b uildings. When considerations such as human life or national security are involved, cost becomes sec ondary. Although the Immigrat ion Department director d id not disclose informa t ion about security measures in order not to com-p romise the building fur t her, he said security can always be improved. No arrests have been made in relation to any of the raids and Superintendent Leon Bethel, in charge of the CriminalD etective Unit (CDU investigators have not found any evidence to link the burglaries. We need to know if anyone can assist us by providing information that can lead to the arrest of thep erpetrators, Mr Bethel said. Call police with any i nformation which may a ssist investigations on 911, 919, 502-9930, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM H orseshoe Drive in Oakes Field, which was robbed 16 days ago at around 3pm by a man wielding a gun. The perpetrator in the Horseshoe Drive robbery escaped with a n undisclosed amount of cash, leading to a high speed police chase of the blue Honda Accord in which he made his getaway.The robber then abandoned the vehicle near the new TG Glover school and got into an awaiting blue sports utility vehi cle. Up to press time yesterday, The Tribune was unable to obtain an update from the police on the status of the investig ations or if police consider them to be linked, as senior officers did not return calls. investigation say detectives are questioning four men, h owever police have confirmed only two men were in custody. A team of officers from t he Central Detective Unit h ave flown into Exuma to assist with investigations. P inder, whose last known address was listed as West Street, Sandy Point, Abaco,i s considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information c oncerning his whereabouts, o r of Mr Smiths murder, s hould contact police emergency at 919 or Crime Stopp ers at 328-8477. By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES (AP prosecutor sprang a surprise claim Friday that Anna Nicole Smith was a co-conspirator in the actions that h ave brought her two doctors and l awyer-boyfriend to trial for overprescribing and obtaining massive amounts of prescription drugs. "I think it's obvious she was p art of the conspiracy because she w anted this medication," Deputy D istrict Attorney Renee Rose said d uring a pretrial hearing. It's a surprise to me," said S uperior Court Judge Robert Perry. "It's a different situation if she's orchestrating it." R ose responded, "There's no reason for a doctor to overprescribe if she is not asking for it." It was unclear how the claim of S mith's involvement could affect the case. Perry, however, said he w as not going to dismiss any c harges at this time against the d efendants. Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Howard Stern have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to illegally provide the former Playboy model with opiates and sedatives. They are not charged in the overdose death of Smith in 2007 in Florida. R ose alleged in court that Smith had e-mailed Bonnie Stern, the sister of Howard Stern, asking for medication to be delivered to Smith in the Bahamas. The e-mails between Smith and Bonnie Stern were found on Smith's computer a fter she died, Rose said. R ose wants to introduce the emails as evidence at the upcoming t rial and believes she can do that if s he names Smith and Bonnie Stern a s uncharged co-conspirators in the case. A telephone listing could not b e found for Bonnie Stern. Efforts t o reach her were unsuccessful. Earlier, the judge said he was barring all evidence linking the defendants to Smith's fatal drug overdose because they were not charged with causing her death. Perry said he fears the defendants could not get a fair trial if attorneys focused on Smith's causeo f death rather than the drug conspiracy. Defence lawyers contend their clients did not know Smith was an addict and that they tried desperately to save the depressed model in her waning years, including a p eriod when she gave birth to a d aughter and lost her grown son to a drug overdose. T he judge also barred admiss ion of a videotape the prosecu t or described as one of her strongest pieces of evidence. The t ape, which has been broadcast on T V, shows Smith in clown makeup p laying with a child. Rose said Smith appeared "loopy" and that Stern asked if she was "on a mushroom trip." Rose said the 10-year-old seen in the video would testify she saw Stern give Smith liquid medicine from a bottle. But the judge noted that prosecutors don't know whatw as in the bottle and don't have a prescription linked to it. Perry also barred a taped TV interview of Smith when she left the Betty Ford Centre after treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in 1996. He said it was too far r emoved in time from events i nvolved in the trial. Perry also said he was uncomf ortable with the prosecution's c laim that the doctors violated the l aw by prescribing to Smith under a ssumed names. Witnesses are l ikely to testify that is the norm in the celebrity community. "That's not what this case is about," Perry said. "The case is about were they overprescribing and was she addicted." Prospective jurors are returned t o court Monday for in-depth quest ioning, with opening statements scheduled for Wednesday. Prosecutor makes new claim in Anna Nicole case L ATE FORMERMODEL: A nna Nicole Smith Second ar med r obbery at a Bahamasair office FROM page one Man wanted for questioning o ver Exuma murder F ROM page one New govt building raid sparks fears FROM page one K INGSTON, Jamaica JAMAICANauthorities are on high alert after three police officers were killed in eight days, an unusual occurrence even for an island that has one of the world's highest murder rates, according to Associated Press. Police Chief Owen Ellington said Tuesday that the killings were retribution for a crackdown on gangs that began with the hunt for an alleged drug lord sought by U.S. prosecutors. Nine officers have been killed so far this year, compared to a total of 11 last year, when Jamaica reported a record 1,680 homicides. The worst day for police occurred in 2005, when five officers were shot to death in one day. Security Minister Dwight Nelson ordered officers to do "whatever necessary to protect themselves." The order came days after authorities detained three police men who they said were caught on video beating and fatally shooting an unarmed and subdued murder suspect. The officers said they were being threatened. Ellington said he has urged officers to take extra security pre cautions but offered no details. "Our intelligence and the actions of criminals over the last week indicate calculated assaults on police personnel as we continue to disrupt and displace criminal gangs," the police chief said. One officer died from three bullet wounds on July 26 as he investigated a store break-in, police said. Another was shot to death Aug. 1 by several gunmen, although no details were pro vided. On Monday, police say a man took away the gun of an officer and killed him with it. The suspect was killed by other officers. The police killings occurred just weeks after legislators lift ed a monthlong state of public emergency despite warnings from Prime Minister Bruce Golding that crime would increase. The curfew had been imposed while security forces searched for reputed drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke in May during a confrontation that killed 76 people. Coke finally was caught and is now jailed in New York facing drug and arms trafficking charges. Jamaica blames gangs as three police slain in eight days Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
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Commercial accounts that were billed at the end of June at the old rates will receive their next bill at the end of July at the new rates. The new rates as of July 1st, 2010 will be as follows: RESIDENTIAL0-200 units per month10.95 cents per unit 201-800 units per month11.95 cents per unit Remaining units14.95 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$5.00COMMERCIALAll units per month15.00 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$10.00GENERAL SERVICEMONTHLY BILLS UNIT CHARGE KVA CHARGE Demand charge per month$11.36 per KVA 0-900,000 units per month8.70 cents per unit Remaining units per month6.20 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$ 568.00TEMPORARY SUPPLIES16.38 cents per unit $20.00 connection fee $10.00 per month Meter RentalFUEL CHARGE(variable per unit to include total cost of fuel SPECIAL SERVICES Special Reading, Check Reading, Fuse Replacement $5.00 Meter Test Minimum charge$10.00 Visit with intent to disconnect Residential Consumer Commercial Consumer $10.00 $15.00 Reconnection Fee $20.00 Returned Cheque Fee$15.00 TARIFFBAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION Should you have any inquiries please call 302-1786 or 302-1639 c laims about six or seven n ew candidates will be n amed when the party's National General Council meets later this month. However, some within the p arty are said to be unhappy over what they perceive as unfair and undemocratic p ractices in the candidates' s election process. O ne point of contention is a report that lawyer Derek R yan, who has been worki ng towards a nomination in the Kennedy area since current MP Kenyatta Gibson left the party in 2008, will be side-stepped in favour of lawyer Dion Smith. System The selection of candid ates and the candidate's c ommittee the whole system is one that is drapedw ith skullduggery, duplicity a nd outright corruption. Today we understand that Derek Ryan, who is the front-runner for Kennedy, who has met all of the criteria for the party to be nom inated, he will not be given the nomination and then omination will in turn be given to lawyer Dion Smith," said the PLP mem-b er. "Derek Ryan has the support of the longest standing stalwart councillor inK ennedy who has been a force in the southern area for more than 40 years. He also has full support of the branch in Kennedy," c laimed the source. When contacted for comment yesterday, Mr Ryan said as far as he knew there was no truth to the claims. "Dion and myself have been trying to secure that nomination in Kennedy but I am not aware that the candidate's committee hasa greed that Dion would be t he standard bearer for the P LP in Kennedy," said Mr R yan. H e deemed the speculat ion as no more than "polit i cal mischief" adding that no m atter the decision of the c andidate's committee he would remain a PLP. "I don't know who the c ulprit is behind this trying to cause some kind of dissension, but I am a PLP and w ill be guided by the decisions of the candidate's committee," said Mr Ryan. It also claimed the upper echelons met over the week-e nd and decided on a number of new candidates some of whom are not the pick of their respective constituencies. "We're bewildered as to what the objective they seto ut to achieve but we know that their intention at the next meeting is to nominatea slew of candidates, 6 or 7 o f them, but it is not the wish or the will of the people. The leadership has begun to act as if it has already won the election not because the FNM is unpopular at this time does that mean the PLP is the onew ho will automatically get s upport. We have to work, we want the PLP to win but at the end of the day we want democracy and fairness to be the order of the party." List A mong those said to be o n that list along with Dion Smith in the Kennedy constituency are Bahamas Nurses Union President Cleola Hamilton for South Beach,a nd Cheryl Bazzard in P inewood. T he source added that a movement is underway to challenge current partyc hairman Bradley Roberts at the PLP's next convention if the PLP moves forward with these selections. Y esterday Mr Roberts w ould not confirm or deny if t he party was set to announce additional election candidates later this m onth. I can't comment on that, whether that is true or not if it happens you will know," said Mr Roberts. Nor would he respond to criticisms of the candidate selection process. I don't talk to nameless o r faceless people that's my philosophy," he said, referring to the source's claims. according to court dockets, took place on July 30 at Excellence Estates. J ohnson, who was represented by attorn ey Ian Cargill, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. H e was denied bail, with the case adjourned to Friday, August 20, and transferred to Court 11, Nassau Street. FROM page one ACCUSED: Navado Johnson, 30, of Excellence Estates outside of court yesterday. Man accused of sex with boy, 10 T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Speculation that some PLP election hopefuls may be overlooked FROM page one
B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FARMERS who participated in the Bahamas Ferries first Farmers Market Saturday saw all of their produce sold, and excep t ional buyer interest in the mostly Eleutheragrown fruits and vegetables, said the Chief Marketing Officer for the company, who also suggested the farmers have to form a co-operative in order to survive. Khaalis Rolle said though the market did extremely well, the farmers who participated are still relying too much on many other entities to have their products sold. According to him, the market is a test of the farmers ability to organise their inventory and prepare it to be shipped to the New Providence, where there is a large distribution centre. Mr Rolle said Bahamas Ferries is assisting them in developing a structure for exporting their products to New Providence. To alleviate the burden of shipping costs, the company offered the farmers discounts of up to 40 per cent. He said with the reduced rates, the retail value of the products sold at the markets could be as high as $10,000. These initiatives are to help develop the Family Islands, said Mr Rolle. They just Farmers Market does extremely well By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com BAHAMIAN businesses have to become more innov ative in order to grow and compete, while the Bahamas itself has to reinvent the way it does business in order for those small businesses to develop and survive at all, claims the Bahamas Chamb ers chief. Khaalis Rolle said one of the countrys biggest chal lenges at present is that it is undergoing a transitional state, borne by the global financial crisis which has seen institutionalised firms in the past 24 months leave the country. Mr Rolle said even former anchor firms such as John S. George, Island Merchant and Jiffy Cleaners have run the course of their life cycle and been forced to exit the market. He said for many businesses and business people, complacency has become one of their biggest challenges. And while the markets may not have firmed enough for their growth, Mr Rolle insisted that innovation has to be built into the business model despite the cost. What stifles innovation is not only lack of ideas, it is the lack of good ideas and the capital to fund innovation, he said. It is expensive (to innovate) and it costs a little more, but you will gain a lot more. He admitted that his own company, when it first began, mirrored the services of so many others of the day. But after losing $250,000 in revenue, he decided to reinvest in water sports gear that was new and innovative. I was taking people out on a boat and giving them a water-borne experience, said Mr Rolle. There were 20 others around doing the same as me and nothing that distinguished me from anyone else. Lack of Innovative ideas was often cited by the Bahamas has to reinvent way it does business for small companies to survive, grow Turks and Caicos-based company to buy island By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T he Turks and Caicos-based company, Victoria House IBC, is expected to close on the purchase of Walkers Cay in the Abacos as early as October, and could possibly open the planned hotel, condo and marina combo on the 69-acre island by year-end 2011, according to an official statement released yesterday. The islands purchase price is undisclosed. AlphaCRE, the Georgiabased brokerage firm on the deal, announced that the Bahamas Investment Authority at the office of the Prime Minister have endorsed the deal for the purchase and redevelopment of the island and its facilities. The Walkers Cay Hotel and Marina was closed in 2004 after consecutive hurricanes tore through the island. In 2006, US-based resort developer Cay Clubs Resort and Marinas attempted to acquire the property from the Abplanalp family of New York, who is said to hold the deeds to the island. According to the release, executive director of the BIA, Viana Gardiner, issued a letter on July 29 that paves the way for the purchase of the Cay and its subsequent return as a superlative fishing and diving destination. Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, lauded the purchase and the developers commitment to keeping the propertys tradition of being a world class fishing destination alive. Scott French, president of AlphaCRE, said in the release that a solid plan for the redevelopment of the island has been offered up for review and will be put into effect by a team of top-shelf builders and designers. The developers have created a solid plan for Walkers Cay reemergence, said Mr French. Combined with a top-shelf professional team to redevelop Walkers Cay, I have every belief in continuing the legend of Walkers Cay for generations to come. The island attracted avid deepwater fishermen and divers, and was known to be a playground for US Presidents and the rich and famous. Now, the redevelopment could create as much as 200 jobs. The Bahamian govern ment saw this well-planned proposal as a gateway to employ workforce, offer unparalleled services and improve the Bahamas brand, the release said. Plans for the island, approved by the BIA, include two hotels with more than 100 rooms, 18 half-acre beach front properties, 28 condominiums, 10,000 square feet of office space, 48 dry stack storage boat slips, 258 wet slip marina, a yacht club and a 2,800 foot long runway. The islands airport is expected to house its own dedicated customs and immigration facilities, and the properties start at $300,000. 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n eed to get the products into Nassau. M r Rolle said he was amazed that the farmers were able to s ell out of their products at the market. According to him, interested buyers joined a line-up at the dock from 7am to patronise the Eleuthera farmers. He added that Bahamas Ferries were also hoping to have farmers from Andros and Exuma present. However, they were not ready. Mr Rolle said much better organisation is needed by the farmers in order to seal their success and improve their presence and showing at future markets. I challenge them to organise themselves into a co-operative and develop a structured way of doing things, he said. As it stands now there is no structure. By EMILY FREDRIX AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP Molson Coors Brewing Co. sold more beer in Canada and Britain in the second quarter, helped by warmer weather and World Cup fans wanting to drink, and net income rose 27 per cent on price increases and lower taxes. But gains in those countries which had been weak due to the economy were eclipsed by sagging US sales. The maker of Coors Light and Carling sold 0.7 per cent less beer worldwide. The company, based in Denver, expects the second half of the year to be difficult for the industry, CEO Peter Swinburn told investors on a conference call. But he said the volume gains and other indicators are reasons for optimism. Drinkers have curbed trips to bars and cut b ack on purchases to save m oney. B ut in Britain in June, they celebrated the World Cup and warmer weather by buying more beer. Volume in Britain rose 0.7 per cent, a dramatic increase compared to the 11 per cent volume drop in the first quarter. But the performance was below the three per cent volume rise for the overall British beer industry. Molson Coors' has resisted cutting prices in the recession. Instead the company is building up its brands by creating new products and tweaking existing ones to keep drinkers i nterested. It has also been r aising prices, even if it sells l ess beer. Swinburn said the company will be launching commercials for personal-sized kegs of its beers this month and releasing its Coors Light aluminum pint in September. "In a challenging US, beer market, we are continuing to invest in our brands to win now and in the longer term," Swinburn said. For the three months that ended in June, the maker of Coors Light and Carling on Tuesday posted net income of $237.8 million, or $1.27 per share. That's up from $187.3 m illion, or $1.01 per share, in t he same period last year. E xcluding one-time items, the company earned $234.5 million, or $1.25 per share. Analysts, who typically exclude one-time items, expected $1.20 per share on revenue of $876.3 million, according to Thomson Reuters. Shares rose 72 cents to $46.72 in afternoon trading Tuesday. Revenue rose 10.6 per cent to $883.3 million. Canada's sales volume rose 2.6 per cent, while sales to retailers rose 2.2 per cent, better than the industry's decline of just u nder two per cent. I n the US, sales to retailers f or the company's joint venture with SABMiller PLC fell 2.4 per cent. The decline of MillerCoors' volume eased from the first quarter, when the figure fell four per cent. The US venture's secondquarter net income rose 28 per cent to $391.2 million, from $304.9 million last year. Without one-time items, the company earned $389.7 million. U BS analyst Kaumil Gajrawala said that pricing and mix in the US rose 2.8 per cent, ahead of the 2.2 per cent gain from the first quarter. He said it was telling that pricing was increasing even in the face of weak volumes. "This data point provides further proof to our view that pricing would remain firm," he told clients in a note, noting an expected price increase in September. Many brewers raise prices in the fall, after t he prime summer drinking m onths are past. M olson Coors, like other goods makers, is expanding worldwide to woo new drinkers, mainly through its Coors Light brand. International sales volume rose more than 24 per cent, led by sales in China, Latin America and Europe. The company is also working to save money, a major motivator for its MillerCoors pairing, which marked its seco nd anniversary in July. In the quarter, the unit achieved $72 million in savings and other cuts, bringing total savings so far to $481 million since 2008. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.341.00AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.2500.0404.23.85% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0500.200212.61.88% 6.255.00Bank of Bahamas5.005.000.000.5980.2608.45.20% 0.580.27Benchmark0.300.27-0.031,000-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0550.04039.51.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas11.1111.110.001.4080.3007.92.70% 2.842.50Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.5110.0405.01.57% 7.005.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.046.040.000.4600.23013.13.81% 3.652.23Consolidated Water BDRs2.402.37-0.030.1110.05221.42.19% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital2.002.000.000.6270.1103.25.50% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.908.75Finco8.908.900.000.1680.52053.05.84% 11.409.50FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.7200.35013.53.59% 5.533.75Focol (S)4.655.030.383,7000.3660.17013.73.38% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.24013.74.29% 10.509.95J. S. Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.80064.18.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029TUESDAY, 3 AUGUST 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,492.80 | CHG 6.66 | %CHG 0.45 | YTD -72.58 | YTD % -4.64BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.067.92Bahamas Supermarkets9.4210.4214.00-2.9450.000N/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 Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.48251.4387CFAL Bond Fund1.48253.046.961.460225 2.92652.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91991.140.852.911577 1.54381.4804CFAL Money Market Fund1.54382.434.281.527368 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8522-8.49-8.08 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.41100.333.32 109.3929101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund109.39295.207.60107.570620 105.779593.1998CFAL Global Equity Fund100.1833-1.523.56105.779543 1.11771.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.11772.525.19 1.09171.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.07850.985.29 1.11621.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.11622.345.45 9.57959.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.54392.166.25 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.0344-6.845.63 10.00009.3299Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.3299-6.70-6.70 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.3073-5.3116.22 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. 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According to Mr Rolle, this countrys rising crime is also forcing innovation on businesses, as they are made to inject money into upgraded security to protect colleagues, clients and promises. He said in a recent article that the Bahamas will be in major trouble within five years if it fails to take imme diate action to control its ever-expanding crime problem. Its extremely frightening to do business in this country now, Mr Rolle said. When you get to the point where the criminals have equal or better ammunition than the police, and have absolutely no fear of the law, whats the alternative? What do we do? Farmers Market does extremely well F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e J ust a few images of what we the Bahamas, looked like 40...50...60 years in the past by Roland Rose Flash Back Speed Week -1954 Driving his black no 13 Ferrari, the Marquis de Portago thrilled the crowds. He tested fate and died only a short time after leaving the Bahamas, in a one thousand kilometer race in Italy. By JEFFARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer I d on't know if it's just me or if there are other Bahamians w ho have no clue about crabbing (catching crabs u ntil three weeks ago when one of my friends enlightened me aboutc rabs. Before then, I never knew that these crawling crustaceans c annot be cooked immediately after being caught. When my grandmother got crabs I always t hought she just kept them on the k itchen counter feeding on yellow g rits because she wasn't ready to prepare them. After talking to Lady Ingrid Darling, author of Many Tastes of the Bahamas& Culinary Influences of the Caribbean I didn't feel so bad because she herself knew nothing much about crabs. This ignorance propelled me to find out more about crabbing activities, plus I thought it would make a great story as this is the crab season and the previous story featured in our taste section was about crab recipes. They are no Androsians, but Barry Cadet and Lashandra Cadet enjoy catch ing crabs. Mr Cadet doesn't hustle through the bushes of Eleuthera to catch just a few crabs. When he goes crabbinghis yield comes in big numbers. He has been doing this for fifteen years and he is thrilled every time he goes to catch crabs. The first thing one should know about crabbing is where to find them. If you live in crab infested Andros all you have to do is step outside your door and you can find them. On other islands, you would have to go deep into the bush to find them. On his crabbing adventure Mr Cadet goes deep into the bushes with his flashlight to find his two week supply of dinner. "They must be properly cleaned and caged for a period of time," Mr Cadet said. "Crabs can be caged for up to 3 weeks, his wife Lashandra added. Bushman from Long Island said that he has been crabbing all his life and his favourite kind of crab is the black crab. "I hate white crabs because they eat anything. In my opinion the black crabs are better because they eat berries and fallen fruits," he said. The best time to catch crab is when it is dark out and after the rain. Crabs walk at night and they love the wet, so they are the best times to catch crab, Bushman said. For the inexperienced like myself Bushman demonstrated the techniques for catching crabs. What you want to do is put your foot on the back of the crab, not to hard to crush it. Then you pick the crab up by its back. Dont put your finger anywhere near the biter or else they will snap. Then throw it in a crocus sack or straw basket, Bushman explained. Afterwards Bushman said that the crabs should be caged and fed for at least three weeks. Crabs cant be caught and immediate ly cooked because they are scavengers and they dont have a digestive system. So they must be fed things like coconut, watermelon, or grits so their systems can be cleaned, Bushman said. Bushman warned crab lovers to never buy a dead crab. He said: You dont know what they were eating. Catch Da Crab WHERE THEY HIDE: The first thing one should know about crabbing is where to find them. If you live in crab infested Andros all you have to do is step outside your door and you can find them.
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TEAM leader and president of the Bahamas Sailing Association (BSA Lawrence has expressed hispride in the organisations sailors following the XXI Central American and Caribbean (CAC Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. In a press statement yesterday, he said there was a record of participation never reached before in the sport of sailing with the best sailors from 16 Caribbean and Cen tral American countries taking part. The sailing competition was extremely tough in Puerto Rico, said Lawrence. The Bahamian sailors didnt bring home any medals but the learning experience for the younger sailors was immeasurable and fantastic. It will bode well for the future of sailing in the Bahamas, he said. Donico Brown, who sailed in the Laser division, said the wind conditions had some very big shifts and the wind tended to drop out every day they raced. Lori Lowe, who sailed in the Snipe Class with crew Michael Holowesko, said: Indeed, the sailing conditions were particularly difficult for our national team. Ocean swells and fluky wind prevailed throughout the regatta which is not what our sailors are used to when sailing and training in the Bahamas, par ticularly on Montagu Bay. Those [sailors] with the most travelling, Chris Sands and Donnie Martinborough, had the best relative results. F F I I N N A A L L R R E E S S U U L L T T S S Snipe: Jimmie Lowe/Cameron Symonette 5th with 29 points and Lori Lowe/Michael Holowesko 7th with 36 points Laser: Donico Brown 20th with 110 points and Adam Russell 22nd with 119 points Sunfish: Christopher Sands 9th with 51 points and Donald Martinborough 11th with 62 points C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F OR the second consecutive year, o ne of the Bahamas track and field icons continues to contribute to the development of our young athletes by coaching and building a positive foundation for the future. Former Olympian Tonique Williams-Darling is getting ready to host the second edition of the eagerly anticipated TWD Athletics Clubs Track and Field Summer Clinic. The week-long clinic is slated for August 13-14 at the Abaco Central High School, and shifts to New Providence August 16-21 at Thomas A Robinson stadium. It aims to place an emphasis on a number of athletic disciplines, including jumps, throws, sprints and hurdles. Former record holder in the mens 100m Maurice Greene is expected to be featured as the celebrity guest coach. He was the former record holder in his signature event with a time of 9.79s set in 1999. Over the course of his eight-year career, he won four Olympic medals and was a five-time world champion. Greene ended his career clocking under 10s in 53 100m races, more than any other athlete at the time of his retirement. Expected to be officially launched August 1, Williams-Darling is expected to make an introduction to coaching on the local scene when she hosts her first Tonique WilliamsDarling Athletic Camp. In an interview with Tribune Sports prior to the 2009 edition of the clinic, the Olympic gold medallist and world champion in the 400m outlined her reasons for making the early transition from athlete to coach. After attending the 2009 Carifta Games in St Lucia, Williams-Darling said she had a lot of athletes who asked for her help. "One think I noticed at Carifta is that we're still in there and we're still a major force," she said. "I just feel that there is more contributions that can be made to these junior athletes and that is part of what I want to do this year. I want to come back and really help to develop these athletes and contribute to the junior programme." Williams-Darling also intends to share some of the expertise that helped her stun the athletics world, win the Olympic gold medal in 2004 in Athens, Greece, collect half of the $1 million jackpot at the Golden League and cap off her string of victories at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland. "I'm excited. Coaching, I would say, I enjoy more than competing," said the graduate of St John's College who went on to compete for the University of South Carolina before she graduated from Moore School of Business with her bachelor's degree in 1999. "It's just good to see when you're successful for the kids to be working hard and living out their dreams. So I'm really excited about getting into coaching here full-time." Registration forms are available at The Sports Locker or Robin Hood. I'm really excited about getting into coaching here full-time Tonique Williams-Darling to host 2nd summer track and field clinic Heat visit Celtics in NBA opener, LA on Christmas... See page 10 ONE FAMILY: DArcy Rahming and members of the Bahamas Judo Federation. Sailors make the BSA proud THE Bahamas Baseball Federation (BBF lates the history-making team who finished sixth out of eight units at the PONY 13 Only World Series in Fullerton, California. Team Bahamas lost its first game to the favoured Western Zone champion Chila Vista, the 2009 Little League World Series Champions, said a press statement. Ian Mayers and Michael Sands held the opposing team to four runs until the fifth inning. Sands was substituted off the mound before he threw a pitch in the 5th inning in order for his services to be used again later in the tournament. They did not respond well to the change and lost the game 10-0. However, the team put up a valiant effort against the 2009 world cham pions. Team Bahamas then moved into the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament. Their next opponent was the hometown favourites, the host team of Fullerton, California. The los er of the game would be eliminated from the tournament and the winner would advance. The game was back and forth throughout and Team Bahamas had to come from behind three times in this critical matchup. Team Bahamas went into the bottom of the 7th down 13-12. Ricardo Glinton led off the inning with an infield single, followed by a bad throw to first which allowed him to advance to second base. Manager Terran Rodgers pinched hit for Yokito Pinder with Reno Brown who laid down a fantastic sacrifice bunt to move the game tying run over to third base. Brown was able to beat out the throw to first base, placing the winning run in play. Pinder went back into the game for Brown and stole second base, while Glinton came home on a Michael Robinson RBI deep fly ball to tie the game. With Pinder on third, just one out and the infield drawn in to hold off the winning run, Yorik Sands stepped up to the plate and drove a single up the middle to score the historic game-winning run to give Team Bahamas a 14-13 win. Michael Robinson was the offensive star, going 3-4 with 3 RBI's and four stolen bases. Zack Moses started the game, Ian Mayers pitched in relief and the move to save Sands for later in the tournament paid off as he was credited with the save. Team Bahamas lost its third game, 12-2, to the Eastern Zone champions from Indiana (The 2009 PONY 11-12 World Series Champions) In 2009, Team Bahamas 15/16 team just missed out on representing the Caribbean at the PONY 15-16 World Series with its second place finish at the Caribbean Zone Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. In 2010, the Bahamas 13 Only team defeated Panama on home turf to advance to represent the Caribbean at the 13 Only World Series. BBF congratulates team who placed sixth at PONY 13 Only World Series Bahamas to clash with US, Barbados in judo tourney TEAMS from the US, Barbados and the Bahamas are expected to clash at the Bahamas Judo Open, slated for 1-4pm on Saturday at Loyola Hall, Gladstone Road. Hungarian Vlad Maren scu, personal assistant of the president of the International Judo Federation, is scheduled to attend the event. He is also set to meet with sports tourism and government officials with a view to further develop judo in the Caribbean region, said a press statement. DArcy Rahming, president of the Bahamas Judo Federation (BJF Bahamian athletes have been working hard all sum mer. I am amazed at the level of development and the public can look forward to an exciting, family-oriented event, he said. Following the tournament, which is part of the BJFs non-violence initiative, free judo camps are expected to continue Monday to Thursday from 10am to 12:30pm at St Bede's Hall, Kemp Road, until August 19. Interested persons can contact the BJF at 364-6773. Public can look forward to e xciting, family-oriented event PROUD SKIPPERS: Shown (l-rcoach borough, Christopher Sands, Adam Russell, Donico Brown, Lori Lowe, Michael Holowesko, Cameron Symonette, Gavin McKinney (coach