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 Woman attacked and murdered C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.219SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH 92F LOW 79F I N S I D E SEE PAGETWO S P O R T S Increasing awareness of autism SEE PAGE 9 Debbie comes in second Y oung victim possibly raped The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E Tim Clarke /Tribune staff TAKINGTHEOATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Wat son was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnette yesterday at Government House. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f NASSAUUNDERWATER ASTHEHEAVENSOPEN By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday m orning may have been raped by her attacker before she w as killed with a blow to the head, police say. Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled downa round her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith Avenue South just after 7.30am. Central Detective Unit (CDU Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted by a blunt instrument. She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may have been raped. Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with the autopsy, he said. However the examination cannot be carried out until the 58th murder victim of the year has been identified. Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for clues that may help them identify the woman, described as having short natural-style hair, or her attacker. Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may tell them who she is. Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the track road on the remote south west side of the island some time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before T HE PLP is reportedly s et to have a showdown i n the Kennedy constituency with three candidates said to be seeking the nom ination to run under the partys banner. Attorney Derek Ryan, Dion Smith, and former p olice superintendent Keith Bell are all reported to be working in the area after the PLPs former can PLP set for Kennedy showdown SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock at Inagua is hindering large mailboats from offloading goods and hampering businesses by reducing their available goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yesterday. According to several residents, the mailboat Lady Matilda which brings food, supplies and other goods to the island about every ten days has a hard time accessing the Yacht Basin because of three sunken vessels blocking the way. Residents say the boats, which were reportedly seized by authorities about a year ago and held at the dock, recent ly sank near the mouth of the basin presenting a problem to large boats maneouvring through the area. The Tribune was told local govern ment organised a failed removal effort about two weeks ago. Now frustrated entrepreneurs have had enough and are calling on officials to promptly Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock SEE page 12 SEE page 12 FLOODED: Heavy afternoon showers left streets in the Nassau DownTown area under several inches of water. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE leadership of arguably the countrys most important government Ministry is set to undergo a major shift as its top public servant leaves to enter the private sector. After five years at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and a total of 30 years of public service, Director General of Tourism Vernice Walkine is set to become the first Bahamian to join the executive ranks of the Nassau Airport Development company (NAD er this year, it has been revealed. Mrs Walkine will become NADs vice president of marketing and communica tions, effective November 1, after demitting office at the Ministry of Tourism on October 8. Current Senior Deputy Director General of Tourism, David Johnson, will take her place as Director General, according to the Ministry. NAD is a Bahamian company, currently managed by a Canadian company, Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS holds a 30-year lease of the Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport. Aside from handling the day-to-day operations of the countrys biggest airport, NAD is overseeing the $409.5 million redevelopment of the tourism and aviation hub. Mrs Walkines career Tourism leader Vernice Walkine prepares to enter private sector MOVINGON: Vernice Walkine FRANK W ATSONSWORNIN ASDEPUTYGOVERNORGENERAL SEE page 12
ACTRESS, best-selling author, and international a utism activist Holly Robins on-Peete and her husband f ormer NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete, will be thes pecial guests of United S tates Ambassador Nicole Avant at a reception on Monday, August 16, to raise awareness about Autism. The US Embassy in Nassau will partner with REACH (Resources and E ducation for Autism and Related Challenges), a Bahamian support group for f amilies with Autistic child ren, to bring together B ahamian families with Autistic children and leadingB ahamian autism experts a nd specialists to create an atmosphere for interaction, discussion, and exchange of ideas with the RobinsonPeete family. Guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs Robins on-Peetes book, M y Brothe r Charlie which she coauthored with her daughter R yan. The book is an uplifti ng story based on the Robinson-Peetes personal experiences raising their autistic son JR. It is important to raise awareness about autism in the Bahamas and through o ut the Caribbean, said Ambassador Avant. Bahamian families must be reassured that they are not alone, but that they area mong thousands of families in the United States and t hroughout the world dealing with a loved one who has autism. Resear ch Ambassador Avant believes increased scientificr esearch will help families and communities to better understand and appreciatep ersons affected by Autism. O n Sunday, August 15, Mrs Robinson-Peete will be the special guest on Sunday Conversations, hosted byP atty Roker on Island FM 102.9 beginning at 2pm. M rs Robinson-Peete will discuss her personal experie nces with Autism and the impact of JRs diagnosis on the entire family. She willa lso share her message of hope for other families conf ronting the challenge of raising an Autistic child. The US National Institute o f Health (NIH autism as a developmental d isorder that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. The exact number of chil d ren with Autism and the primary causes of the disor der remain unknown. A report released by the U S Centres for Disease C ontrol and Prevention (CDC a nd related disorders are more common than previo usly thought. Diagnose It is unclear whether this i s due to an increasing rate of the disorder or an increased ability to diagnose t he illness. A utism affects boys three t o four times more often than girls. Mrs Robinson-Peete and h er husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fra ternal twins, son Rodney, JR and daughter Ryan, b oth age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age three. T he Robinson-Peetes founded the HollyRod F oundation in 1996 to give a voice and a hand to those s triving for improved quality of life when theirs has been diminished due to dis-e ase or disorders. Through watching Hollys f ather, Matthew T Robinson, struggle with Parkinsons disease, the RobinsonP eetes were moved to form the foundation. A fter their son JR was diagnosed with autism, the foundation expanded its mission, creating the hollyrod4kids initiative. The HollyRod Founda t ion is currently developing plans to open their first hol lyrod4kids Miracle House in Los Angeles where fami-l ies in the Autism commun ity can go for support, guid ance, treatment and hope. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US Ambassador Nicole Avant raises Autism awareness F AMILYSNAPSHOT: M rs Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fraternal twins, son Rodney, JR and daughter Ryan, both age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age t hree. H OLLY R OBINSON -P EETEANDFORMER NFL QUARTERBACKHUSBANDTOBESPECIALGUESTSAT A UGUST 16 RECEPTION H OSTINGRECEPTION: U S Ambassador Nicole Avant
By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter r email@example.com THE Ministry of Educat ions decision to end the upcoming school year on July 1, 2011 rather than in J une has raised the ire of t eachers. Belinda Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union ofT eachers (BUT h as already written to Educ ation Minister Desmond B annister, Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway and D irector Lionel Sands, informing them that the u nion opposes the date and i s asking for it to be c hanged. The minister has the p ower in accordance with t he Education Act to set the beginning and ending of the school term. In Article 27.4 of our collective bargaining agreement, which covers the period July 1, 2005 to June3 0, 2010, the employer and the union agree that school year shall end no later than the June 23, Mrs Wilson s aid, adding that her memb ers are very displeased with the decision. Trade P rior to the agreement, she explained, teachers worked from 8.45am to3 .15pm, but in 2005, it was a greed that they would work 15 minutes a day more from 8.30am to 3.15pm. We agreed to trade off 15 minutes each day in exchange for one week ear l ier in the summer, hence the employer and the union agreed (to end the year l ater than June 23 each year," said the BUT presi dent. Teachers have over crowded classrooms, they work very hard for ourn ations children, and they are entitled to a decent vaca tion with no cutbacks on time. M rs Wilson noted that d espite the fact that their industrial agreement hase xpired, according to the E ducation Act, the min i strys attempt to end the school year on July 1 is a breach of regulations. T his is because according to Article 44.2, the terms and conditions of expired agreements are to remain inf orce until a new agreement t akes effect. The union leader e xplained that the ministry a nd the union are still in the n egotiation stages for a new contract, with the BUT havi ng made a proposal and the m inistry yet to respond. Mrs Wilson stressed that no employer can unilatera lly make changes to the terms and conditions of service of any employees without consultation and agree m ent with the bargaining agent, in this instance the BUT. Despite numerous a ttempts, T he Tribune w as unable to reach Mr Bannister for comment on the mat ter before press time. 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F F F F F V a l u eB i g o n V B S a f e t yB i g o n INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News......................P1,2,3,5,6,7,11,12 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Comics.......................................................P8 Sports...................................................P9,10 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 P AGES USA TODAY WEEKENDER 8 PAGES I am vex at the new low that this country's level of customer service has sunk to. As a loyal, f requent customer of a local healthy' fast-food restaur ant I am constantly appalled at the sour faces and stink attitudes of theire mployees. Last week I had to walk out of one of thel ocations because the girl s erving me and other cust omers left her post to go in t he back room for some thing, without a word or s mile, leaving a long line of hungry customers waiting. So I in turn took my dollars e lsewhere. This week I was more horrified at abuse I suffered when I tried to exchange a p roduct a bought from a specialty store because after researching it online I hadc oncerns about it. I called the store to tell them I would be coming to return it, with my receipt, only to b e screamed at and told it was not 'how the store operates'. The irate female man a ger barely let me get a word in edgewise but I will never spend my money there again. Small business o wners who complain that they are not making any money in this economy: it'sb ecause of the nasty, hostile service you provide." Disgusted consumer "I is vex 'cause I reads all them articles with big politi cal writers talking 'bout B ahamianisation this and Bahamianisation that. Well Iis done dead laughing cause they seem not to realise that without the foreigners, their expertise, foreign food, cere al, underwear, soap, ceramic toilet, clothes, housing materials, my foreign car, their low cost labour, their sticka bility, all we foreign ancestors etc, etc, that we would not have the Bahamas we enjoy today and look forward to making better for tomorrow. Muddoes "I am vex because the police do not seem to be catching any of the small time criminals because I do not ever read the crimenews that they have arrested any graffiti writers, mango or other fruit thieves, persons who litter (not only the illegal dumpers which the minister caught), some persons who seem to advertise their sex trade for money by the style of pants droppedlow to solicit or females wearing revealing clothing, or any of the small time criminal aspirants." Law abider "I am more than vex because the criminals are now targeting our symbolsof democracy of our free democratic sovereign Bahamaland by breaking into the passport office which issues passports which proclaim our identity as citi-zens of the best country, my Bahamas, to the world and also breaking into the judges' offices representing, our independent judging system. "For these heinous crimes it is time for a public flog ging in front of the court house to the guilty for mess ing with our 200 plus years of a working system. Fur thermore I am appalled that only a few persons have shown their disgust at these crimes." Bahamian patriot Email your complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org et WHY YOU VEX? Teachers angry over school year end date By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT A police officer convicted of drug possession last month has been released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Ricardo Bauld, a former constable, was found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply on July 2 6. According to the evidence, the officer was arrested on April 19, 2007 when police executed a search warrant at his apartment in Caravel Beach. He was found in possession of Indian Hemp. Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered Bauld to pay a$ 10,000 fine and imposed a non-custodial sentence of two years. He is also ordered to be on good behaviour for one year. If Bauld fails to pay the fine, he will have to serve one year at Her Majestys Prison. Officer convicted of drug offence released by police force Cuba to free 6 political prisoners into exile In brief BUT asks for date to be changed O PPOSEDATE: B elinda Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT already written to Education Minister Desmond Bannister, Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway and D irector Lionel Sands. eachers have overcrowded classrooms, they work very hard for our nations children, and they are entitled to a decent vacation with no cutbacks on time. Belinda Wilson n EDUCATION I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s HAVANA, Cuba Cuba's Roman Catholic Church on Friday revealed the names of six more political prisoners to be released into exile in Spain under a sweeping agreement with President Raul Castro's government, according to Associated Press The men are among 75 dissidents who were arrested in a March 2003 crackdown on dissidents and sentenced to l engthy prison terms on charges that included treason. In a landmark deal, Cuba agreed July 7 to release the remaining 52 prisoners still jailed from the crackdown, which human rights activists call the "Black Spring." Word of the latest releases b ring to 26 the number freed so far.
EDITOR, The Tribune. I write with reference to the Business Licence Bill 2010 which is currently being debated in parliament. A fter receiving a copy of the Prime Ministers communication to the House ofA ssembly on Monday, July 26, and analysing the content of that document, one can only question the Govern-m ents reasoning and the large tax increases that businesses will have to endure, ift his bill is passed in the form that was sent out. First of all I am bemused that the President of the Bahamas Chamber of Com merce came out with a Public Endorsement of this Bill. I can only assume that he did not have possession of or did not read the content. I do agree with him that the method of calculating the Business Licence fee was confusing and non-transparent. However, the massive tax increases that businesses will be charged in 2011 will onlyr esult in either a pass on to the consumer, thereby increasing the cost of living or there will be a number of f ailed businesses that will be unable to pay the increased taxes. C ase in Point : Under $ 250,000 annual$ 100.00 fee. $ 250,000 to $ 500,000 annua l turn over 0.50 per cent of sales. Over $ 500,000 annual turn o ver 0.75 per cent of sales. Most companies in the Bahamas will be categorised in the over 500,000 category and will pay 0.75 per cent of the gross revenue as a licence fee. Companies such as wholesale/retail will have tax increases as high as 50 per cent over the 2010 tax. These companies, which operate on a low profit margin and high volume, will be moved from the previous rate of 0.50 per cent to the new rate of 0.75 per cent. These companies, such as Food Wholesale/Retail which also operate under the antiquated Price Control Act of 1968 and can only realize a 10 per cent margin on these items such as rice, flour, grits and canned meat and fish willb e forced to pay an additional 0.75 per cent on these items. A company, which gener a ted revenue of $20,000,000 and having paid 0.50 per cent ($100,000.00b e forced to pay 0.75 per cent ($150,000.00 less of the fact that that com pany is operating on low marg ins due to Price Control and other market driven factors such as competitive products. W hile looking at the major supermarket chains which generate volumes near $100,000,000 annually, this fee would approach $ 750,000.00 in 2011. Mr Ingraham, please take another look at the bill. It would seem that the compa nies with high volumes would be charged at the lower rate (0.50 per cent er rate of 0.75 per cent. One sometimes wonders, if all of these lawyers in the House of Assembly really understand what they are doing when it comes to business. JEFF R ALBURY Nassau, August, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. Teenage prostitution published by The Tribune on July 23 is a report about underage girls exchanging sexual pleasures commercially. The well r eported article features primarily Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson, director of theB ahamas Crisis Centre, discussing the matter. Dr DeanP atterson expresses that the problem of teen prostitution d oesnt exist because individ uals under the age of 16 cannot give consent to sex; there-f ore, they are not committing p rostitution. She said the girls are being exploited. On the Tribunes website (www.tribune242.com people opined under the article. They aired how mucht hey disagreed with Dr DeanPattersons assertion that the kids are not prostitutes, but, merely, victims of adult predators. Although arguing the verbiage is a complete dist raction from the major issue, D r Dean-Pattersons notion is correct. Dr Dean-Patterson says t hat underage girls who are having sexual intercourse with adults are victims of statutory r ape. She isnt opining on something debatable; she is stating a fact. It is similar to a 2 0-year-old neighbourhood bully exchanging $25 for a 32'' television a parent bought forh is or her 14-year-old childs room that cost the parent $376.22. Yes, the child, proba bly, knew what he was doing. Y es, the child received value f or the television. The child is still being victimised because he doesnt appreciate the value of the asset and the bully is capitalising on thec hilds puerility and ignorance. Also, the child didnt have the right to sell the television without the authorisation of his parents. One may oppose this a pproach arguing that the litt le 14, 15, and 13-year-old girls know exactly what they are doing and why they are doingi t. Yes, they probably do know that they are selling t heir bodies for quick cash. L ike in the aforementioned anecdote, this concept doesnt provide amnesty for the c hilds action. No doubt the kid who sold the $376.22 TV his mother or father bought for his room should be corr ected with love by his parents. This concept is to avoid the myopia of overlooking the persons most responsible: the adult predators. Dr Dean-Patterson also s tates in the article, There may be some mothers who set their children up to have rela-t ionships with adult men, or they may close their eyes to it b ecause the girls are bringing home things to help the fami ly out. With parents endors ing, supporting and acting as agents and market interme-d iaries for this societal ill, how c an persons possibly, without biting the living daylights out their tongues, speak with disgust to and about these traumatised kids? Are the kids selling their bodies or are thep arents selling their kids to sexual slavery? The issue isnt whether or not one call these kids prostitutes. The problem is discovering the determinants of this o utput and treating the fact ors with well thought out social policies and not trivial grips and criticisms and plansw ith no pragmatic solutions. LYNDEN McINTOSH N assau, July 26, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm LOS ANGELES Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters' rep utation in Washington. But in the struggling, m ostly Hispanic and black neighbourhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10term Democratic congresswoman in high esteem. "If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be in school," Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing classes for the day at the Maxine Waters Education & Career Centre, one of the institutions the congresswoman has supported d uring her decades in state and federal government. "Whenever somebody is doing something good for the community, they'll find something to make them look bad," said Jones, who is enrolled in high-school equivalency and nursing programmes at the gleaming mirrored glass and adobe building on an other wise run-down boulevard of shops and h omes. "That's just the way the world is." The House ethics committee this week handed Waters three counts of alleged ethics violations, including a charge that she helped OneUnited Bank, where her husband was a stockholder and former board member, obtain $12 million in federal bailout fundsin late 2008. (Her husband, Sidney Williams, one time NFL star linebacker, later auto salesman,was the first black ambassador to be appointed to the Bahamas. Nominated by President Bill Clinton, he served from 2004 to 2008). Waters has said her advocacy had been broadly aimed at minority banks and that she and her staff had not done anything improper. Democrats fear that the accusa tions, along with ethics allegations against fellow Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, could cost the party votes in the November elections. Waters' own political prospects, however, appear little damaged. She's unlikely to lose many votes in her heavily Democratic district to her Republican opponent in the upcoming election, businessman Bruce Brown, whose conservative platform includes the privatization or aboli tion of Social Security. She captured 83 per cent of the vote in winning her last election. Waters' district extends from the area around Los Angeles International Airport near the Pacific coast to the neighbourhoods just south of central Los Angeles that erupted into violence during the 1965 Watts riots and again following the Rodney King verdict in 1992. The district has shifted from mostly black to largely Hispanic in the past decade, with Latinos making up more than half of the population, according to 2008 Cen sus figures. "She's an extremely effective representative for her district," said Raphael Sonen shein, a California State University, Fullerton political science professor. "She's got a long train of allies and friends, and she probably has stood out as somebody who has gone to b at for people who are really disenfranchised." Even for those who acknowledge the pos sibility of her guilt, the jobs, schools and other assistance she's brought to her needy community far outweigh any possible transgressions. "I'm looking at the good she did," said construction worker Jimmy Allen, 50, who was cycling along a sidewalk. "If this is h er first little thing, it don't add up. That don't add up to this," he said motioning toward the school bearing the congresswoman's name. Residents and community leaders rattle off Waters' contributions to their communities and lives during her 20 years in the House and 14 years in the state Assembly. Arturo Ybarra, executive director of the W atts Century Latino Organization, said Waters has aided his group's efforts to increase home ownership by helping per suade banks to boost lending. She also secured money for the organization's counseling sessions for troubled borrowers. Y barra praised her advocacy of a comprehensive immigration overhaul and her work as chairwoman of a House subcommit tee on housing and community opportunity, sponsoring legislation that's helped fight blight. And he was equally grateful for Waters' regular participation in community events. "She never misses a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Watts, unless she's serving in Congress," he said. Watts resident Richard Alford, 39, said he's sought repeated help from Waters' office and has never been turned down. "She's always been accessible, and that's refreshing," Alford said. "That's why people love her so much." He said she personally sat in on his tests and interviews years ago when he was applying for a construction training programme he learned about through her office. Her staffers were also quick to check the veracity of rumours that administrators at the housing project where he lives were dis proportionately evicting African-Americans, Alford said. And when housing project administrators sought to evict his grand mother because a cousin living with her got in trouble with police, Waters staffers interceded to save her home, Alford said he suspected that Waters' reflexive helpfulness is what's led to her current troubles. "It just sounds to me like it's Maxine being Maxine. Just trying to help somebody," he said. (This article was written by Jacob Adel man, Associated Press writer). 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Homosexuality is abnormal, immoral and anti-life. It is not innate as some believe. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration. Dr Francis Collins, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work sequencing the human genetic code has proven that homosexuality is not genetically hardwired. The Bible condemns homosexuality outright. Scientific studies have also proven that homosexuality is linked to paedophilia. For example, a 1992 study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that homosexual men are three times more likely than straight men to engage in paedophilia. A 1988 study of 229 convicted child molesters published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour found that 86 per cent of paedophiles described themselves as homosexual or bisexual. Dr Richard Fitzgibbons, a US psychiatrist with vast experience in treating priests with pae dophilia, recently stated: Every priest whom I treated who was involved with children sexually had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships. Dr Michelle Cretella, a board member of the American College of Paediatricians also concluded from several studies that homosexually behaving teens and young adults suffer increased rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and suicidal thoughts. In addition, she found that boys who adopt a homosex ual lifestyle because of the influence of their same-sex parents face a 30 per cent chance of being dead or HIV-positive by the age of 30. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, July 24, 2010. Gay priests should get out of Catholic Church
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b b t t n n f f r r b b t t b b b b t t n n b b ! " # # ! $ $ b t n f r t b n $('=+1> b b t t n n f f r r b b t t b b b b t t n n b " #!$ # $ # B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com INAGUAand Bimini may be the next Family Islands to s ee the redevelopment of their electricity infrastructure as the Bahamas Electricity Corporation tries to ensure its power generation facilities stay ahead of demand in the islands. Presently BEC is looking to conduct a survey in Bimini to i dentify a suitable location for a new power plant in the northern Bahamian island. General manager Kevin Basd en said that in doing so, the corporation is being proactive, as it does not anticipate construction of a power plant there for several years. According to Minister of State for Public Utilities, Phenton Neymour, a new power plant is needed much s ooner in Inagua. BEC just recently took over the operations from Morton Salt in Inagua (in late 2 009) and the infrastructure in Inagua has been experiencing challenges since before then, including outages. The equipment we received is in need of repairs and we recently sent a trailer unit to Inagua to supplement supplies there, so expansion in Inagua would have to occur before that in Bimini, said Mr Neymour. Mr Neymour said that the age and deteriorated quality of the generators in Inagua mean that they often need maintenance work, with this requiring additional staff to be flown in to the southern island from Exuma or New P rovidence. Inaguas BEC plant currently employees only two people. Mr Basden said: What we a re doing now is forward planning, so we are identifying power station sites that would be needed throughout Family Islands. Its important to be ahead of the game, such that when we move ahead the issue will be behind us. Bimini will be years down the road, Inagua maybe a bit closer, he added. In looking for an appropriate site for a new power plant, Mr Basden said a number of factors will be taken into consideration. Generally before that look around we want to have access to good harbour in terms of b eing able to get fuel to the power station site, so you need to be close to deep water and also you have to take into cons ideration the location of major loads (facilities that have high electricity demands, for example resorts) that we would need to supply from the power station. You also have to take into consideration a buffer area around the power station and most of all any environmental concerns that may need to be addressed. News of the corporations development plans comes in the same week as testing of BECs new power plant in Wilson City, Abaco began. That plants construction was set back initially by concerns raised by some Abaco resid ents about its location and how it may impact the surrounding environment, and the proposed use of lower g rade Bunker C fuel. BEC later determined it would switch to diesel fuel to power the four 12 megawatt generators. Mr Basden said that the fuel issue should not arise with the planned power plants in Inagua and Bimini as Bunker C fuel would only be used with larger-sized generators, unlike those which would be required in smaller Family Islands. Inagua, Bimini may be next for power upgrade THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has asked the residents of Harbour Islandf or patience as they work to resolve the islands lingering power supply problems. This comes after the comm unity was hit with several power interruptions on Wednesday, beginning just before 6am. In a statement issued yest erday, BEC said: We ask that you continue to bear with us as we go through this period of growth and wish to a ssure you of our commitment to the people of Harbour Island. According to the corporation, the first two cuts, whichl asted about 40 minutes each, were the result of power trips on the main line supplying electricity from the Hatchet B ay power station to Harbour Island. After the problem was resolved, the power had to be c ut again for about an hour around 10am to allow BEC w orkers to replace some faulty equipment at the Har b our Island Power Station. Later that night, just before 1 1pm, a fault occurred on the cable supplying electricity to t he island from the mainland of Eleuthera. Power was restored to about 60 per cent of consumers on Harbour Island by3 .30am, according to the corporation. T he faulty cable was replaced and power was fully restored by 3.45pm on Thursday, August 12. The statement said: BEC i s presently in the process of completing the installation ofa new supply route to the Harbour Island mainland. We are a lso in the process of testing our new facility at Hatchet Bay. Once these projects have been completed it is expected that the reliability of supply t o the Harbour Island mainland will significantly improvea nd the interruptions to electricity services will diminish. BECworking to resolve Harbour Island power problems DOWNPOUR: A man stands trapped by the flood caused by heavy rain on Dowdeswell Street yesterday. ...AND THE FLOODS CAME Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 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)11:30 A.M. PASTOR PERRYWALLACE of Baillou Hill Gospel Chapel THE Bahamas Telecommunic ations Company has announced it will compensate customers for last w eeks nationwide communications failure by crediting pre-paid cellular customers and permitting f ree country-wide calls for other customers for a 12 hour period n ext week. As a demonstration of good will in response to the inconvenience and frustration felt by customers during the breakdown, B TC said it has applied a $5 credi t to all pre-paid cellular accounts, and will allow free local and national calling and free national calling for all post-paid cellular customers and land-line customers respectively on Friday, August 20, between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Local and inter-island calls by post paid cellular customers will not be charged against their inp ackage allotments, nor charged a s overage, said BTC. T he compensation comes after BTC experienced a failure of its Digital Access Cross Connect System (DACS Friday August 6, leading to all prepaid cellular customers and many land-line customers unable to make or receive phone calls. BTC said its technicians restored s ervice by 2.45pm that afternoon b ut some customers remained u nable to use their phones until much later that evening. According to the company, the DACS, which allows for the processing of both cellular and land-line calls, is usually backed-up by a full redundancy component to address system faults, however this also malfunctioned. I n an effort to avoid reoccurr ences of this network failure, BTC s aid it is examining its processes and planned response procedures. Among the steps taken to reduce the likelihood for another breakdown are: a vendor review of the DACS equipment to e nsure that the performance and redundancy features are fully optimised; an audit of all oversight protocols and environmental factors to ensure they are functioning as intended; and a review of possible technical and administra-t ive enhancements that can provide a greater degree of robustness and reliability on this and other key platforms in the network. BTC to compensate customers over breakdown Psychiatrist: Anna Nicole's pain meds 'overkill' (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file LEAVINGCOURT: This Aug. 4, 2010 file photo shows Dr Sandeep Kapoor leaving court in Los Angeles, at the conspiracy trial of Howard K. Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, who area ccused of providing vast amounts of powerful opiates and seda tives for the former Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith. Prosecut ors showed jurors their most explosive evidence against Anna N icole Smiths doctor Thursday Aug. 12, 2010, journal entries in which he writes of partying with her during a gay pride parade and wonders, Can she ruin me? The journals, identified by investi-g ators who found them in Kapoors desk in his bedroom, also s howed that Kapoor was addicted to the sleeping medication Ambien in the years just before he took over Smiths treatment. ( AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta,File) INPAIN: Anna Nicole Smith, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court, in this F eb. 28, 2006, file photo taken in Washington. Good will gesture includes crediting pre-paid cellular customers and free country-wide calls A RRAIGNMENT: I n this May 13, 2010 photo, defendant Howard K. Stern, third from left, the former manager of Anna Nicole Smith, stands in the courtroom during his arraignment with co-defendants Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, left, and Dr Khristine Eroshevich, second fromr ight, and their attorneys at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles. The two doctors violated their responsibility to protect Anna Nicole Smith by prescribing massive amounts of drugs with the c onnivance of her lawyer-boyfriend, even though they knew she was addicted to painkillers, a prosecutor argued Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Stern and the doctors have pleaded not guilty to conspiracyt o furnish the drugs. Each could face more than five years in prison if convicted, and the doctors would lose their medical licenses. L INDA DEUTSCH, A P Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES A hospital psychiatrist has testified that medication given to Anna Nicole Smith by her doctor was "overkill" for the kind of pain she was describi ng Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sianai M edical Center when Smith was brought in pregn ant and in withdrawal from Methadone and X anax. She says it was difficult to get a medical history f rom Smith because she was "putting on a show" a nd deferred questions to boyfriend Howard K. Stern, who was with her. Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and extreme pain. Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide excessive drugs to Smith. T hey are not charged with causing her drug overdose death.
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 Woman attacked and murdered C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.219SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH 92F LOW 79F I N S I D E S EE PAGETWO S P O R T S Increasing awareness of autism SEE PAGE 9 Debbie comes in second Young victim possibly raped The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E Tim Clarke /Tribune staff TAKING THE OATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnette yesterday at Government House. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f NASSAUUNDERWATER ASTHEHEAVENSOPEN By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday morning may have been raped by her attacker before she was killed with a blow to the head, police say. Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled downa round her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith Avenue South just after 7.30am. Central Detective Unit (CDU Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted by a blunt instrument. She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may have been raped. Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with the autopsy, he said. However the examination cannot be carried out until the 58th murder victim of the year has been identified. Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for clues that may help them identify the woman, described as having short natural-style hair, or her attacker. Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may tell them who she is. Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the track road on the remote south west side of the island sometime on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before THE PLP is reportedly s et to have a showdown in the Kennedy constituency with three candidatess aid to be seeking the nom ination to run under the partys banner. Attorney Derek Ryan, Dion Smith, and formerp olice superintendent Keith Bell are all reported to be working in the area after the PLPs former canPLP set for Kennedy showdown SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock at Inagua is hindering large mailboats from offloading goods and hampering businesses by reducing their available goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes terday. According to several residents, the mailboat Lady Matilda which brings food, supplies and other goods to the island about every ten days has a hard time accessing the Yacht Basin because of three sunken vessels blocking the way. Residents say the boats, which were reportedly seized by authorities about a year ago and held at the dock, recently sank near the mouth of the basin presenting a problem to large boats maneouvring through the area. The Tribune was told local government organised a failed removal effort about two weeks ago. Now frustrated entrepreneurs have had enough and are calling on officials to promptly Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock SEE page 12 SEE page 12 FLOODED: Heavy afternoon showers left streets in the Nassau DownTown area under several inches of water. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE leadership of arguably the countrys most important government Ministry is set to undergo a major shift as its top public servant leaves to enter the private sector. After five years at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and a total of 30 years of public service, Director General of Tourism Ver nice Walkine is set to become the first Bahamian to join the executive ranks of the Nassau Airport Development company (NAD er this year, it has been revealed. Mrs Walkine will become NADs vice president of marketing and communications, effective November 1, after demitting office at the Ministry of Tourism on October 8. Current Senior Deputy Director General of Tourism, David Johnson, will take her place as Director General, according to the Ministry. NAD is a Bahamian company, currently managed by a Canadian company, Van couver Airport Services (YVRAS holds a 30-year lease of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Aside from handling the day-to-day operations of the countrys biggest airport, NAD is overseeing the $409.5 million redevelopment of the tourism and aviation hub. Mrs Walkines career T ourism leader V ernice W alkine prepares to enter private sector MOVING ON: Vernice Walkine FRANKWATSONSWORNIN AS DEPUTY GOVERNOR GENERAL SEE page 12
C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE Stubbs Opinion TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tri b unemedia.net T HE Bahamas team for the inaugural venture into the Summer Youth O lympics is on schedule as planned, and with just o ne day of preparation r emaining. The 11-member team, c overing three disciplines, arrived yesterday i n Singapore for competition in what has been described as more thanj ust a sporting event, but a "cultural festival to be c elebrated in the tradition of the Summer Olympic Games." T eam Bahamas will feature eight track and f ield athletes, two swimming and a single judo athlete for the gamess cheduled for August 1426 in Singapore. David "Stretch" Mor ley, Chef de Mission, said the athletes earned the right to participate through internationalq ualification, with tennis j ust missing the cut as a fourth discipline. Swimming will be the f irst discipline to com pete when Bria Deveaux and Armando Moss take to the pool August, 15th. T rack and Field will be the second in line beginning August 17th on a busy day whenR yan Ingraham com petes in the qualification rounds of the high jump,R aquel Williams will a ttempt to qualify for the discus while Rashan Brown and Stephen Newbold compete in the opening rounds of the 400m. Judo competition begins August 21st with Cynthia Rahming, the countrys sole participant. The team arrived yes terday, and you could tell they were focused and ready to get things started. They got an early nights rest after the long series of flights so they should be ready and gearing to go when practices begin, Morley said. The track and field team practices first this morning at 8am, while the swimming team will follow shortly after. Morley said the team was initially astounded by the magnitude of the games which features over 170 participating countries, over 5,000 athletes, and 26 sporting disciplines, but compelled them to find inspiration in their historic appearance at the event. Early indications from the team since they arrived here, they seem in awe of the stature of the game, but not over whelmed. They were thinking the games were all about track and field, but now that theyve seen the more than 5,000 athletes here to compete in the different disci plines, they realise the large scale of this event, he said. The important thing is for them to keep the drive and focus moving forward when competition begins. I let them know one thing is for certain, they have already made history by becoming the first ever Bahamian Youth Olympic team, so they will always have that accomplishment to hold onto. TENNIS KNOWLES/ STEPANEK OUSTED WITH very little time to enjoy their success in the first round, Mark Knowles and his substitute partner Radek Stepanek were ousted in the second round of the RogersCup in Toronto, Canada. Knowles and Stepanek, who is filling in for Knowles partner American Mardy Fish, got bearten 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 on Thursday by the top seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Knowles, who won the Rogers Cup twice witrh Nestor, was coming off his vic tory with Fish in Washington last week. He and Fish willnow prepare for the US Open Grand Slam later this month. RUGBY BAHAMAS PLAY CAYMAN ISLANDS THE Bahamas Rugby Unions select team will play against the defending cham pions Cayman Islands in the opening game of the NACRA U-19 Caribbean Champi onships today at the Winton Rugby Pitch. The Bahamian team, coached by Andy Bodie and Garfield Morrisson, will comprise of the following players: Charles, Traevelyn, Shawn, Conor, Giovanni, Dale, Anthony, Anejo, Jason, Jon, Brandon, Devon, Naldo, Michael, Denzel, Jordan, Wheatly, Olivia, Kevin and Michael. Also today at 5 p.m., Mexi co will play Trinidad & Tobago. On Sunday, the womens tournament will get under way. In the opener at 3 p.m., Canada will play the Caribbean Select (comprising of players from Jamaica, Bermuda, Guyana, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Mexico). At 5 p.m., the United States will play the Cayman Islands. BASEBALL FREEDOM FARM WIN OPENER THE Freedom Farm 12 & under team, plying in the Babe Ruth /Cal Ripken World Series in Wilson County North Carolina, won its first game on Thursday. The Farmers defeated a team out of Pennsylvania 5-1. Kirby Albury of Spanish Wells pitched a 2 hitter and walked one for the win on the mound. Chavez Young went deep for Freedom Farm with a solo shot. Yesterday, Freedom Farm was scheduled to play their second game against the host team from Wilson County at 5:30. BASKETBALL BGDBA IN ACTION AFTER being locked out to of the DW Davis Gym on Tuesday past, the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association played three games on Thursday night. Heres a summary of the games played: Rangers 80, Leek Seekers 56 The Real Deal got 16 points from Marco Mackey, who exploded for four threepointers and Aaron Sands added 14 in the win. Jerome Sands had a game high 18 and Ishmiel Curtis added 12 in the loss. Cybots 80, Shockers 65 Mark Hanna scored a game high 22 points and Demarco Smith had 12 in the win for the Troniquest. Nipsy Jones and Colin Thompson both chipped in with 16 in the loss. Crimestoppers 74, Digitals 61 Freddie Lightbourne netted 14 and Jaron Thompson added eight in the win for the Police. Adorn Charlow scored a game high 22 and Chara Wallace had 12 in the loss. Todays schedule, start ing at 4 p.m.: Prison Challengers Vs Police Royals; Sun shine Energizers vs BTC Dig itals; Real Deal Rangers vs Bambo Shack Aces; Defence Force Mariners vs Police Crimestoppers. SOFTBALL BSF UNDER-16 TEAM WORKOUT THE Bahamas Softball Federation is inviting all felame softball players 16 years and younger to attenda practice session at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex today, beginning at 9 a.m. Stephen Bishop Beneby, the BSFs assistant director of programmes for females, said they are urging all public and private high school coaches, to encourage their players to attend. The federation is preparing a team to represent the Bahamas at a tournament in Plant City, Florida from December 30 to January 7, 2011. sports NOTES Bahamas Youth Olympics team arrives in Singapore By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com AFTER being forced to spend a n ight in hospital due to dehydration, sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie managed to muster enough energy to come back for a second place finish at the Aviva London Grand Prix. Y esterday at the Crystal Palace in London, Ferguson-McKenzie clocked 2 2.88 seconds to trail American Allyson Felix, who blew the strong Caribbean field away in 22.37. J amaican Sherone Simpson was t hird in 23.04, followed by Cydonie Mothersil of the Cayman Islands in 23.27 and Jamiacan Kerron Stewart taking the top five spot in 23.28. At one point, I was really thinking about whether I was going to run or goh ome, said Ferguson-McKenzie, in an interview with The Tribune yesterd ay from her hotel room. Im glad that I really didnt go home and that I stayed. It was one of those things where travelling from theC AC Games, I actually ended up in t he emergency room in Amsterdam and I had to get some treatment because I was too week. H aving already consented to go to L ondon from the CAC Games, which w as held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico f rom July 18-August 1, FergusonM cKenzie said she decided to run in yesterdays race. C ompeting out of lane seven, Ferg uson-McKenzie said it was a pretty t ough race because the majority of her rivals are all still running very well. So it was encouraging, stated Ferguson-McKenzie, who intend to com-p ete the Diamond League with the f inal two meets in Zurich on August 19 and Brussels on August 27 before she shut down her seson. F erguson-McKenzie, 34, is just one o f three Bahamians at the meet. A lso yesterday, Leevan Superman S ands had to settle for fifth place in the m ens triple jump with a best leap of 16.57 metres or 54-feet, 4 1/4-inches. W inning the event was former Debbie takes second in womens 200m S TRUGGLE: D ebbie Ferguson-McKenzie By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE first year Dorin United Hit men avenged their only loss for the season by knocking off the New Providence Softball Association defending champions Commando SecurityT ruckers on Thursday night. I n a game that could possibly be a prelude to the NPSA championship series, the Hitmen blew a golden opportunity to stop the Truckers int he feature game played at the B ankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Instead, they settled for handing the Commando Security their second loss, but the only one that counst in t he standings. The Truckers were blanked 10-0 by the New Breed, but that decision was rescinded becauseof the illegal use of a Cuban pitcher. The Truckers, who still maintain the top standings in the league at 9-1, were faced with their controversy atthe start of the game when umpire Thomas Sears had informed them that shortstop Marvin Tougie Wood was not eligible to play because he was under suspension by the league. With nothing to lose, Dorin United played the game under protest, but it didnt matter as they took matters into their own hands by jumping ontop of Commando Security and they never looked back. Every night we come to play, but I dont see the Truckers beating us again, said Hitmens ace pitcher Alcott Forbes. Were much younger than they are. But we really want to win the championship. Forbes, who at one time played with the Truckers, gave up nine hits with four strike outs in picking up the win on the mound over Freddie Cornish. He suffered the loss on 12hits and four strike outs as well. The win feels good. I must admit, Forbes said. We worked hard enough. We didnt do anything special. We just did the nectuessary t hings that we needed to do to win. O ne of those was to get another towering home run from center field er Sherman Ferguson. He hit a twor un blast in a three-run top of the fourth inning that extended their lead to 9-2 with a bid to stop the game in the fifth via the new abbreviated sev-e n-run rule. Every night I comne out, I try to do the same thing, said Ferguson, w ho is one of the home run leaders so far this year. It was just automatic. Capped by a solo homer from first b aseman Rashad Seymour in the fifth t o push their lead to 10-4, the Hit men have now sitting a half-game in the standings at 8-1 behind the Truck e rs. Were starting to gell now, Ferguson said. Thats the way it should be. The Truckers were the team to b eat. But we beat them. I dont think they will beat us again, not if we con tinue to play the way we are playing n ow. The Truckers, who came up with back-to-back run-producing singlesf rom Orlando White and Van Lil Joe Johnson in the bottom of the fourth to extend the game a little longer, said they were definitely affected by the controversy at the start of the game. A game is a game, but sometimes when you bother with a team, the manager and captain, that do some thing to the other players, Johnson pointed out. It shouldnt stop us from losing. We should be able to overcome those things. But when you are set to play ball and all of a sudden you have so much turn around, it takes away from you. Hitmen knock off defending champs A venge only loss of the season TAR HEELS DO IT AGAIN SEE page 10 SEE page 10 STRONG MOVE : North Carolina Tar Heels guard Justin Watts goes for the lay up over the defense of Bahamas All-Star forward Jeremy Hutchinson. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Tough y ear for B ahamian athletes See pg 10... At one point, I was really thinking about whether I was going to run or go home. Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com IF youre a track and field fanatic, you would probably realise by now that this has not been a typical year for the Bahamian track and field stars. Call it what you want, but there have been so many of our athletes hit by the injury bug that there has been little to report on over the last few months. The latest victim was veter an sprinter Debbie FergusonMcKenzie, who had to spend a night in hospital enroute from the Central American and Caribbean Games. Ferguson-McKenzie, at age 34, is not one to really complain. But she did point out in an interview yesterday that its not as easy as it was at 24 to be in transit from one meet to the other. That would make me to believe that the years of toiling from one competitive season to the other to compete at the World Championships and the Olympic Games is starting to become a reality. In travelling to the CAC Games in Puerto Rico last month, Ferguson-McKenzie said she only went with the intention of running on the womens 4 x 100 metre relay. But because there were so many injuries to the team by the time the event came around, she decided to leave, having not competed at all. Although she was entered in the 200 metres, the national record holder cleared the air stating that I had informed the BAAA that I was only going there to compete in the relay. In fact, Ferguson-McKenzie said while she understands that its important for the Bahamas to have its best team assem bled to compete at regional meets like the CAC, she thinks it would be best to allow more of the developmental athletes to compete in the individual events. Like I said, FergusonMcKenzie is not one of your typical athletes to complain about too many things. But she noted that both her and 37year-old Chandra Sturrup found it rather difficult to be climbing up on bunk beds without a ladder every night. I think its only fair that elite athletes should be allowed to be exempt from meets such as the CAC, which dont require the most stringent qualifications. If we expect to see our top athletes shining at the World Championships and the Olympics, then there should be some limit as to what events they are allowed to compete in. This year has been a typical example because those who have not been injured from the wear and tear of the vigorous training have decided to already shut down their sea son. And thats not only true of the Bahamas. Around the world more and more of the elite athletes have decided to take advantage of what is being dubbed an off year because of the lack of a major competition this year. The Commonwealth Games is still to come, but because of the time it is being held, its not going to feature as many of the best athletes as one would see at the World Championships or the Olympics. So theres no reason why we cant be patient and allow our elite athletes to take the time to properly heal and prepare for the bigger and more important meets coming up in the next two years. We need to see more of the athletes like Shaunae Miller being given the opportunity to compete at such meets like these so that they can gain the experience and exposure to step in to take over when the veterans start to fade away. WILLIAMS IS FINALLY GETTING A SHOT Talking about veterans, how about Sherman the Tank Williams? The 37-year-old Grand Bahamian will get a chance to fight former undisputed 47-year-old Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Federations heavyweight title. If youre a boxing fanatic, then this fight on November 5 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is one that you proba bly wont want to miss, for more reasons than one. Both fighters have had stellar careers, albeit Holyfields is more glittering because of the 56 fights over a 26-year span hes been in the ring. But for Williams, who turned pro back in 1997, hes finally going to be facing a fighter that can either make or break his future in the sport. I want to wish Williams every success, considering that he still feels that he has enough energy left to pursue a world title. Hes never been one to back down from a challenge, even if his opponents have been much bigger and taller than him. Theres another fighter who is facing a challenge that should not be left out. Freeman the Natural Barr may have been a forgotten man simply because he hasnt fought in such a long time. But the Androsian living in Naples, Florida, is making a comeback on August 30 in Fort Myers. Like Williams, Barr has had a promising career that saw him come close to winning a world title when he traveled to Stuttgart, Germany. However, an eye injury in the fight led to a series of set backs for the 37-year-old, who is now campaigning as a lightheavyweight at 5-feet, 91/2inches. Barr and his long-time man ager/trainer Steve Canton have secured a new promoter in for mer NFL player Jeff Grady. Now its up to Barr to deliver a knockout punch. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS THE North Carolina Tar Heels closed out their second trip to the Bahamas with another unbeaten exhibition series on Thursday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Coming off their 130-87 rout over the Bahamas Bas ketball Federations national champions Commonwealth Bank Giants on Wednesday night, the Tar Heels prevailed with a 123-86 decision over the Bahamas All-Star team. It was the second night of the federations Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages, featuring a number of visiting collegiate teams against local ly based teams. North Carolinas legendary coach Roy Williams said they definitely played much better in the second half as they made the adjustment to the style of play by the Bahamian team. But he noted that just like they did in their initial trip here in 2005, his Tar Heels were able to keep their com posure and played like they were capable of playing and o nce again dominated both exhibition games played. Leslie McDonald scored a g ame high 25 points; Harrison Barnes had 23; Reggie Bullock had 16 and 15r ebounds; John Henson scored 16; Tyler Zeller (the high point scorer in game one) had 14 and Dexter Stricklanda dded 10. For the Bahamian All-Star team, Grand Bahamian Scott Forbes equalled the game high honours with 25; Jeremy Hutchinson had 20; Torrington Cox and Jeffrey Henfield both contributed 10; Keno Burrows had eight and Demy cko Bowles added seven. Williams, whose Tar Heels won the last of their four NCAA titles in 2009, said they will definitely be back in the Bahamas because of the keen competition that they have received. The Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages will con tinue today at the Kendal I saacs Gymnasium. In the 5:30 p.m. opener, the NIT All-Stars will play theG rand Bahama All-Stars. That will be followed by Georgia State against theB ahamas All-Stars. On Sunday, Georgia State will take on the Electro Telecom Cybots in the opener at7 :30 p.m. That will be followed by the University of Memphis against the Bahamas All-Stars. Federation secretary Sean Bass Bastian, who is the chief organiser of the series, said they are encouraging as many of the local sporting commu nity, particularly basketball, to come out and view the top notch competition. The exhibition series will continue throughout next week. It will conclude on Monday, September 13 when Portland State will play a three-game series on Septem ber 10 and again on September 12. Tar Heels crush Bahamas All-StarTeam 123-86 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f H OOP ACTION: M ore action from the game between The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Bahamas All-Star Team. The Tar Heels beat the All-Stars 123-86 to go u ndefeated in the Summer of Thunder College Scrim mage. But Johnson said he have no doubt that they will come back and gell and play like the true champions thatt hey are. F erguson, Seymour, W illiam Delancy, Kieron Munroe and Richard Bain all had two hits in leading the attack for the Hitmen, who got four runs apiecef rom Ferguson and Bain. J ohnson had two hits and he and White scored twice for the Truckers. Steven Slugger Brown also had a pair of hits with as many RBI in the loss. N ew Breed 13, Dorsey P ark 4: I n the opening game, the New Breed got a 2-for-3 night with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored from Phillip Farquharson in their abbreviated win. Martin Burrows Jr. went 3 -for-4 with a run scored; Eugene Pratt helped his own cause with by going 2-f or-3 with two RBI and two r uns scored; Garfield Bethel was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Ken Wood Jr. was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. P ratt went the distance for the win on the mound. Deval Storr suffered the loss. This is the summer time. We had some of our boys o ff to a baseball camp. E ugene came back and he helped us out good tonight, said New Breedsm anager Martin Pork Burrows Sr. Whatever nine we have t o work with, Im going to b e comfortable with it. We wont have the Cuban pitcher, but so be it. Whatever we h ave, we will work with it. For Dorsey Park, Philip Johnson was 2-for-3 wirth a run and Andy Ford was 1 -for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. NOTE: NPSA action will c ontinue tonight with one mens game on tap between Del Sol and the New Breeda t 7 p.m. Immediately following the game, the NPSA execu tives will present school s upplies to the players who are still in school and those children who show up at the p ark with their parents. Hitmen, Truckers F ROM page nine Debbie FROM page nine OPINION STUBBS Tough year for injury-ridden Bahamian athletes Olympic and world champion Olsson Christian from S weden. He cleared 17.41m or 57-11/2 to take top hon orus. Frenchman Teddy T amgho was second witrh 17.27m or 56-8 and Cuban Alexis Copello got third with 17.02m or 55-10. Today, former world champion Donald Thomas, who has already made her comeback having won the CAC title, will be competing in the mens high jump. Thomas, who has posted a seasons best of 2.30m or 7-61/2, will be the seventh of nine competitors in the competition. He competes just ahead of Russian world leader Ivan Ukhov, who has done a best of 2.34m or 7-8 1/4.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A U.S.-based think tank is painting a grim picture of the earthquake recovery effort in Haiti, adding its voice to widespread accusations of ineffectual local leadership, according to the Associated Press The RAND Corp. report being released Friday ticks off a crushing litany of problems in the Caribbean nation, many predating the Jan. 12 earthquake unqualified government workers, general lawlessness, horrific prisons, incapable police, an onerous business climate. But it was the post-earthquake landscape that shocked James Dobbins, a former U.S. special envoy to Haiti and director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. "Clearly the scale of the damage was surprising," he said. "We're also somewhat surprised at the Haitian and international response. Not the humanitarian response, which was actually dramatically quick. But the second stage so little of the rubble has been cleared, and so few of the basic decisions have been made." Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee have portrayed Haitian President Rene Preval as an ineffectual leader who hash indered recovery from the q uake and urged their col leagues to reconsider send ing money to Haiti if reforms are not made. That Haiti is in disarray comes as no surprise to Jill Marie Michel, a 33-year-old mother of two living in a tent in one of the dozens of sprawling camps for Haitians left homeless by the quake. She joined about 100 people in a public protest Thursday in front of the collapsed presidential palace in Portau-Prince. She and others said the government is failing on its promises to provide housing as private landown ers pressure the camp residents to leave. At a large tent camp across the street, naked children bathed in buckets wedged between the gutters and tents. "I don't know where that change is going to come from," said Michel, who also cares for an orphaned niece and goddaughter whose families died in the earthquake. The report from the Santa Monica, California-based think tank gives recommendations on what the Haitian government and donor governments and groups should focus on in coming years, identifying key areas such as governance, education, health, security, justice and economic policies. RAND report: Haiti must clear rubble, aid business C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MEXICO CITY M EXICANleftists expressed wariness Friday about former Cuban President Fidel Castro's public praise for leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his suggestion that U.S. influence d ecided who leads Mexico, according to the Associated Press Lopez Obrador recently announced plans to run for the p residency again in 2012 after narrowly losing the 2006 race to President Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party a defeat that Lopez Obradors ays was due to fraud. Castro wrote Thursday that L opez Obrador "won the majority of the vote in comparison with the National Action c andidate. But the empire did not allow him to take office." Castro often refers to the Unite d States as "the empire." Neither the U.S. Embassy in M exico nor Mexico's Foreign R elations Department had any c omment on Castro's assertion. Mexico's independent federal vote-counting agency and its electoral courts have upheld a c ount showing Calderon won. C olumnists who have supp orted Lopez Obrador in the past suggested Castro's praise c ould hurt Lopez Obrador, who was careful during his c ampaign to distance himself from Cuban-style socialism. "Just at the least convenient time for his political strategy, Andres Manuel Lopez O brador received warm cong ratulations from Havana," wrote Julio Hernandez, a columnist for Mexico's leftleaning La Jornada newspaper. Mexican left wary of Fidel Castro's praise D AMAGE: A woman stands on the remains of her home, damaged by the Jan. 12 earthquake, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. R a m o n E s p i n o s a / A P P h o t o
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE inquest into the death of a fisherman killed when his boat collided with a Defence Force vessel in September 2007 continued yesterday. Back on the witness stand was Petty Officer Leon Pearson, one of three witnesses to testify yesterday at the inquest into the death fisherman Gladstone Ferguson, 78. Mr Ferguson was killed after a P40 Defence Force boat collided with his 16-foot aluminum fishing vessel at the eastern end of Nassau Harbour on September 7, 2007. Two other people who were with Mr Ferguson survived the incident. Leading Seaman Demetrius Ferguson and marine mechanic David Balfour are listed as interested parties in the inquest. Officer Pearson told the court that he was captaining a P-41 vessel on the night of the incident. He said that the P-41 boat is a 28-foot, twin engine small patrol boat. According to Officer Pearson, he was travelling at around five knots when he spotted a small vessel more than 10 feet away from him at around 9pm. Officer Pearson claimed he spotted the boat before someone onboard shined a flashlight. Officer Pearson noted that the boat was in breach of operational rules as it did not have navigational lights. However, attorney Jamal Davis, who represents the family of the deceased, noted that according to international standards, any vessel under seven metres long is not required to have navigational lights,a flashlight being sufficient. Officer Pearson said that he was not aware of this. Coroner William Campbell questioned Mr Davis as to whether those rules could be applied locally. Mr Davis said that they could, and proceeded to cite a rule stating that a sailing vessel, if practicable, shall exhibit side lights, a stern light or an electric torch (for instance a flashlight) or a lantern. Officer Pearson noted that the boat he spotted that night was not a sailboat or under oars, adding that it had an engine. Mr Davis suggested to Officer Pearson that he had sought to deceive the court by inventing the account of intercepting a boat that night. Officer Pearson denied this suggestion. Officer Pearson said that he had never testified at the Defence Force tribunal hearing into the matter. He said that he made a report relating to his part in the search for the vessel and retrieval of the body after the collision. He said he recognised the victim as the same man on the boat he had intercepted earlier that evening. The officer said he could not recall whether he had mentioned intercepting the boat in his report, adding that he had tried unsuccessfully to obtain a copy of the report as recently as Thursday of this week. Under cross-examination by attorney Calvin Seymour, who represents the two Defence Force officers, Officer Pearson recalled that the fishing vessel he intercepted that night was heading in a northerly direction from Nassau to Paradise Island. He told the court that he gave a statement to Sergeant Greenslade the police investigator on July 14. Officer Pearson, answering a question raised by the jury, said that three other people were on the fishing boat when he intercepted it that night. Captain Cyril Roker, Deputy Port Controller testified that Fergusons vessel was not registered with the Port Department. Captain Roker told the court that if a vessel is 15 feet or more in length or has a an engine with a 10 horse power rating or more, it must be registered. Meteorologist Jeffrey Simians also took the witness stand yesterday. He said that on the night of September 6, 2007 there was no moonlight meaning that there was no natural light and that any light in the harbour would have had to come for another source. The inquest has been adjourned until September 27. Inquest into fishermans death continues her body was found by local residents passing by. He has sent out an appeal to police divisions across New P rovidence to check missing persons reports that may fit her description and gather information about what might have h appened. We have left nothing unturned, Mr Fernander said. But we are waiting on identification before an autopsy c an be done. Right now we just have a body, so we are asking members of the public for their assistance as we try t o identify her. Anyone with any information which may assist investi gations should call police urgently on 911, 919, call CDU on 5 02-9930/9991 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328TIPS (8477 FROM page one Woman murdered Petty Officer Leon Pearson continues testimony didate Kenyatta Gibson crossed the floor to become an FNM Member ofP arliament. Of the three candidates, it is said Mr Ryan and Mr Smith are the twof ront-runners with Mr Smith getting the majority of the partys inner cir c le support, while Mr Ryan has secured the support on the con stituency level. W ith reports reaching T he Tribune that the third probable contender, M r Bell, is also being considered to run for the party in St Cecilia or the S ea Breeze constituency party sources have suggested he will, in all eventuality, be considered for one of the latter seats to help defuse this growing problem. I nitially it was also reported that PLP treasurer Craig Butler had displayed an interest in the seat but waso verlooked when Mr Smith emerged as a possible contender. M r Smiths probable nomination has come under fire in recent days as political pundits speculate that hise mergence on the political scene could have more to do with cement ing the position of other would-be l eaders within the party than his own actual nomination. This has raised fears in some quarters among the party that there could be a challenge to the leadership of the partysl eader Perry Christie prior to the 2012 general election. Having emerged victorious from a c hallenge to his leadership at the partys last national convention, senior P LPs have stressed that the PLP cannot afford to revert to a repeat per formance of that time as Mr C hristies focus should now be placed firmly on defeating the FNM in 2012. FROM page one PLP set for Kennedy showdown remove the boats. Residents say the mailboat operator, which services the island, has been forced to sometimes offload goods at the end of the dock or he sends in a smaller vessel which brings in a smaller quantity of goods. "It's been a year now we've had this issue with the boats. Before they were afloat and the mailboat would pull them aside to make space but now they've sunk," said George Harris, 52, operator of Inagua-based radio station Coast FM and a takeaway restaurant. "It's a concern for business people because we depend on mail boats for goods in a timely fashion. If we're not able to get our supplies to town on a constant basis we'll have three or four days where we have to close our restaurant. It has affected us drastical ly." To make matters worse, Mr Harris said the mailboat has been forced to sometimes offload goods at the end of the dock, a practice that he says can be dangerous in rough weather. "They have to dock just at the entrance of the basin, and that's fine when weather conditions are favourable, but on rough seas a lot of the items can fall into the ocean or back into mailboat's hull." Clayvonne Seymour, owner of Bud get Town Convenience Store, said the situation has cost him thousands of dollars in lost revenue. "Were still losing business because of the condition of the dock. The owner of the mailboat can't just come anytime he wants to, he has to make sure the weather is good. He can't supply the island with the amount of food and vegetables like the big boat, and that's what our customers want, so it's very challenging for business people," said Mr Seymour. Messages left for Port Controller Commander Patrick McNeil were not returned yesterday. Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear f r om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. FROM page one T ourism leader Vernice Walkine prepares to enter private sector move was announced simul taneously in press statements issued by NAD and the Ministry of Tourism yesterday. While the revelation may come as a shock to some, Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told The Tribune he and his colleagues at the Ministry have been aware of the pending professional switch for months. In his comments to The Tribune and in an official statement issued, Mr VanderpoolWallace said rather than a loss, the Ministry of Tourism considers Mrs Walkines move to NAD as a benefit to the countrys tourism industry given the critical role the LPIA and its redevelopment plays in the nations tourism product. Vernice is going into an area which is very important for us. The Lynden Pindling International Airport will be a major hub in the future for all of the islands of The Bahamas so we see it really as evolution of the strategy that weve had in place for some time. Shes going to be in place to help us execute that, he said. Speaking of how the depar ture of Mrs Walkine will affect the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr Van derpool-Wallace said it opens up other opportunities for other people to move up and move along in terms of their capacity to provide leadership with some of these people having already been identified for promotions in her wake. David Johnson, who will take over from Mrs Walkine, is an extremely talented technical person, added the Minister. Mrs Walkine, in her statement, said she is very pleased to be able to pass the mantle to a highly capable and seasoned individual, who will be able to take the organ isation through its paces in order to meet the demands of a new tourism landscape. Having served the people of The Bahamas for so long at the Ministry of Tourism, I am excited at the opportunity to continue my service in a meaningful way by ensuring that the capital investment made by our people returns a significant value to the country well into the future. LPIA will be a beautiful facil ity that will contribute to our growth and development in so many ways that will make us all proud, added Mrs Walkine in a statement issued by the Government. In her new role at NAD, Mrs Walkine will direct all marketing and communication strategies for the compa ny, including air service development and all internal and external communications. S tuart Steeves, chief execu tive officer at NAD, said the company is absolutely delighted that (Walkine accepted our invitation to join the NAD team as the first of our planned Bahamian exec utives. As the single largest capital development project in the country, LPIA is central to the ongoing development of the islands of the Bahamas, as a strategic hub for all of the islands and eventually also for the Caribbean region. As such, Ms Walkine brings a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, which is per fect for the necessary evolution of LPIA, he said. FROM page one GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The war-crimes trial of a young Canadian detainee was halted Friday due to the illness of his attorney, who was to be flown to the United States for treatment after collapsing in the courtroom, according to Associated Press The trial will be on hold for at least 30 days while the only lawyer for Omar Khadr is treat ed for complications from recent gall bladder surgery, said Bryan Broyles, the deputy chief defense counsel for the military trials at Guantanamo Bay. Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson was taken from court by ambulance Thursday, ending the session. The delay threatens to bring further disarray to a case that has been held up for more than four years by legal challenges and changes to the offshore sys tem for prosecuting alleged terrorists. The trial, which was expected to take about a month, is the first at Guantanamo under President Barack Obama. Broyles said he expects the same jury will later pick up the case and Jackson intends to stay on as Khadr's Pentagonappointed attorney. "For Lt. Col. Jackson, that is his only concern right now, probably to the detriment of his health," Broyles told reporters at a news conference inside a hangar at this U.S. Navy base in Cuba. Khadr is only the third detainee to go on trial at the prison that opened in 2002 and has held nearly 800 detainees, mostly suspected militants cap tured in and around Afghanistan. Obama has struggled to fulfill a pledge to close the prison and is considering dozens of detainees for prose cution by the Guantanamo tribunals. Jackson is the only attorney authorised to speak for Khadr, who fired two civilian American attorneys during pretrial hearings. OVERSEASNEWS Gitmo trial delayed due to attorney's illness