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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 ZNS big names are dismissed C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.272SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 85F LOW 70F The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W Felip Major /Tribune staff FINAL JOURNEY: Pallbearers take the body of Nelson Hanna to the front of the Church of Zion Baptist, Yamacraw. Stabbing horror at bank By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n THE scene at ZNS was described as an emotionald isaster yesterday, as scores of workers including many household names waited l ike sitting ducks to know their fate. The board of the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB its new organisation chart yes-t erday, generating a list of workers to lose their jobs, and those set to receive possible p romotions or demotions. Police officers were escort ing workers out of the building immediately after they r eceived their dismissal letters until union leaders suc cessfully intervened. O ne employee of 28 years said executives would not allow her to wait inside theb uilding until her daughter arrived to pick her up. She said they would not allow her t o tell her fellow employees goodbye, unless she wished to have a police escort out of the building. S he said she was at a loss By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter HUNDREDS of mourners gathered yesterday to pay their final respects to the pilot of last weeks fatal plane crash. Nelson Leo Hanna was one of nine men killed when his Acklins Blue Cess na 402 plunged into Lake Killarney moments after take-off from Executive Flight Support at around 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 5. Friends and relatives of the popular 43-year-old from Spring Point, Acklins, viewed his body at Yamacraw Baptist Church, in Yamacraw Hill Road, yesterday morning and conveyed their condo lences to his wife Coreen and four chil dren, Janelsa, Janeiro, Janene and Cornell. In an emotional eulogy to her hus band, Mrs Hanna wrote: A more dutiful husband would be hard to find. A trusted friend and confidant you are. You knew my needs, moods and sometimes my thoughts even before I did. Why you had to go I dont know. His daughter Janelsa wrote: Dad you were admired and left lasting impressions on all whom you graced with your presence. I am honoured to be walking in your footsteps, continuing your legacy of greatness. The loving husband and father is also survived by his parents Mable and Curtis Hanna, two sisters and three brothers. He was the first of the nine men killed in the crash to be buried. Four others sound technicians Clarence Nathanial Williams II, Delon Roderick Christo pher Taylor, Deacon Lavard Antone Spencer Curtis and Chet Lynden Nia Johnson will be buried today. The funeral for Mr Williams, 38, of East Street, will be held at the Church of God of Prophecy in East Street at 10am. He is survived by his wife Shenicia Williams, daughters Erica and Cla neece Nathalia Williams, as well as his parents, Bishop Clarence and Barbara Williams, and brother Rudolph Larrimore. The popular sound technician and head of production company Music Needs had boarded the flight to San B Y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT: Stunned customers and staff watched in horror as a man was brutallys tabbed inside a bank on yesterday after noon. The victim, a 38-year-old who lived in Hawksbill, was stabbed over and over by am an with a knife, according to an eyewit ness. T he incident occurred at the Royal Bank of Canada shortly after 1pm, during peak banking hour. Police responded to the scene i mmediately. Asst Supt Hector Delva, assistant press liaison officer, said officers discovered a mani nside the bank with several stabbed wounds about the body. The victim was taken to the Rand Memo rial Hospital for medical attention. Up to SEE page 11 SEE page two FINALRESPECTS: PILOT KILLED IN PLANE CRASH LAIDTOREST SEE page 12 Hundreds of mourners turn up for the funeral ONE of nine straw vendors arrested in New York for trafficking in counterfeit goods a rrived in New Providence yesterday. Straw vendor Tracy Davis a rrived at the Lynden Pin dling International Airport with her husband and fourmonth-old baby from New York shortly around 4pm yesterday. Neither spoke to reporters yesterday following their arrival, but walked hurriedly to a jeep where a relative was waiting to drive them away. Mrs Davis was sentenced on Thursday in New York southern district court, hav ing pleaded guilty to the charge of counterfeit goods trafficking on October 5. Mrs Davis had been released on her own recognizance prior to her sentencing hearing. New York Judge Richard Sul livan sentenced Mrs Davis to time served 17 days on the condition that she left the US within 24 hours. The judge said that he was quite moved by the letters of support for Mrs Davis. The nine vendors were arrested on September 15 as they waited to board a flight back to Nassau from New York. It was alleged that they went on an illegal shopping spree for counterfeit designer bags and jewellery, which they intended to sell at their Straw Market stalls on Bay Street. The other vendors Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe are still awaiting a court date. Straw vendor arrested in US returns home EMOTIONAL OCCASION: Family and friends read the programme. ALTHOUGH one straw vendor has been set free, the fate of the other eight Bahamians detained in New York remains unclear. Having been held in jail for several weeks, prosecutors in New York are still reportedly trying to put a value on some of the goods they were alleged to be have purchased. Attorney Howard Jacobs, who represents Roshanda Rolle, said: I got an e-mail from the prosecutor telling us that the government is still try ing to determine the value ... but the fate of other Bahamians remains unclear SEE page 11 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter MIDDLE managers at Bahamas Electricity Corpora tion returned to work yesterday as negotiations over a new industrial agreement got under way. The Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union (BEUMU walked off the job on Thursday, prompting a statement from BEC management. But BEC general manager Kevin Basden denied there BEC MIDDLE MAN AGERS GO BACK TO WORK SEE page 11 FRED MITCHELL


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM POLICE are investigating a shooting and two armed robberies that took place over the last few days. At around 2.30am yesterday, police received reports of a shooting at Amos Ferguson Street. A team of officers responded and were told by witnesses that the male victim was approached by another man wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a grey hooded jacket. It is reported that the culprit fired shots from a handgun in the direction of the victim, hitting him in the left hand and left leg. He was taken to hospital by a private vehicle and remains there today in stable condition. At about 11.30pm on Thursday, police received information of an armed robbery at Boyd Road. Responding officers were told that two women were sitting in a black 2001 Ford Escape when they were approached by a man wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun. It is reported the culprit robbed the victims of a handbag containing an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area. About 20 minutes later, police received information of an armed robbery at Original Pattie Bakery on Baillou Hill Road south. Officers responded and were told that an employee was leaving the establishment when she was approached by a man wearing a white shirt, black pants, and armed with a hand gun. The culprit robbed the employee of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area on foot, heading south along Baillou Hill Road. Police say they are investigating all these incidents. POLICE WALKABOUT: Philip Simon, former executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, joins the police for a walkabout yesterday on Dowdeswell Street. The action was part of a series of initiatives through which the police hope to get community members and businesses involved in the fight against crime. Police probe shooting and armed robberies F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f f or words at how management treated the employees. Several ZNS big names were dismissed, including reporter Charlene Ferguson, sports anchor Marcellous Hall, camera woman LauraL owe, and television makeup artist Rudolph Minnis. We are feeling defeated. Everyone is crying. They are just waiting around. I told the chairman, dont call me in for no letter, send it to me. Hes aid, well I can leave now then, said Mr Minnis. He said he refused to accept his cheque, saying he would wait until receiving legal advice. D uring Thursdays demonstration, Mr Minnis said he f iled an official police com p laint at the Quakoo Street police station because a senior e xecutive allegedly pushed him and called him an idiot. Late yesterday afternoon, s ources say, the executive called the police to have MrM innis removed from the n ewsroom. However, it is c laimed that other staff memb ers blocked the police when they showed up. M r Minnis eventually left t he premises, under police e scort. F ormer news editor Beverley Curry was moved to head the parliamentary channel, according to sources. R eporters Syann Thompson a nd Betty Thompson-Moss will form her team. A ltovese Munnings, who recently joined ZNS from Island FM, and Opal Roach were promoted to fill the two editors posts in the new structure, according to our source. Former editors were demoted to reporter status. A ll, but one of the VPR editors were let go. Workers were asked to c ontinue working while the names of employees were called one by one, accordingt o a T ribune s ource. They had n o idea if a systematic process, such as an alphabet ical list, was being used to inform those receiving dis missal letters. Although the list had been r eady from 10am, no one had been called in until after 1pm, according to a source. Leaders from the Bahamas C ommunications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Unions (BCPMU sented with a copy of the list o f sacked workers. It appears they have pulled out who they feel like letting go, the people whot hey dont like, with no clear process that we could see, said William Carroll, BCPM U president. Some union members were upset about the unions decision to withhold the names u ntil management had com pleted its process of informing workers. O ne union executive said: We dont know how the people will react. Some of themc ould use violence, or they might have a stroke. We dont want to take on that kind ofr esponsibility. A senior police officer said the heavy police presence was a preventative strategy. We dont know if anyone could get irate, he said. He was speaking about the possib ility of someone receiving a $10,000 cheque when they were expecting $30,000. Mr Carroll said informing t he workers was a manage ment function, and the union had decided to let managem ent do its job. He said management planned to inform dismissed workers first andt hen call in other staff. ZNS big names axed FROM page one By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT The Government Office Complex on the Mall was evacuated Friday morning after a fire alarm went off around 10am at ZNS. A number of workers from the various government departments stood outside as police and firemen conducted a check of all four floors of the building. Supt Macktavius Daniels, officer in charge of the Central Division, reported that police received a call around 10.20am that an alarm was activated on the third floor where the ZNS office is located. The fire department came, did a check to make sure the building was safe and found out it was a false alarm, Supt Daniels told The Tribune. We are investigating the incident and the results of our investigation will determine how we proceed. We do not want to pre-empt anything right now, but we want to make sure we do the investigation properly and at the end of day make a decision, he said. Although employees on the first, second, and fourth floors were allowed to return to work, ZNS employees were told to remain outside until clearance was given for them. Why cant we go back to work? someone shouted as police ushered them out of the lobby area. Supt Daniels told ZNS employees that investigations were still underway on the third floor and clearance had not yet been given for persons to return to work in that area. Darren Meadows, area vice president of the BCPMU, said when he arrived at work he saw a fire truck, police, and staff outside. They allowed people from the first, second, and fourth floors to go back to work. We attempted to go back to work as well and police stopped us and said they were still making some checks on the third floor because that is where they suspect the alarm went off, he said. While waiting for clearance from the police, Meadows told reporters that the union and government were having another meeting in Nassau concerning the separation package. We are hoping that it would be something positive and they (the government than what they offered, he said. Mr Meadows said the ZNS station in Grand Bahama is a very close knit group of workers. If one is let go, all of us will feel it. And so we are hoping that if people are let go, they can go with a package that is comfortable, that they could survive and function after they leave here. The job market in Grand Bahama is really tough, and the people they are attempting to disengage are the older people who have been working here for more than 25 years. Office complex evacuated after fire alarm goes off at ZNS


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT As the nation continues to mourn the loss of lives in the Lake Killarney plane crash disaster, Leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement in the Turks and Caicos Douglas Parnell has reached out to the Bahamian people to offer condolences on behalf of his party. It is with a great sense of sadness that we offer our sin cerest condolences to the Peo ple of the Bahamas on the fatal crash that saw the loss of eight promising young men, Parnell said in a letter to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. We in particular offer our sympathy to the families who are directly affected by this loss, together with the music and aviation industries, the latter of which we understand were positively impacted by the work and contribution of those that passed. Last Tuesday, Pilot Nelson Hanna and his eight passengers were killed when the twinengine Cessna 402 crashed shortly after take-off from the Executive Flight Support. Smoke was seen coming from the left engine as it left t he runway just after 12.30pm. Air Traffic Control officials in the control tower informed pilot Nelson Hanna of the smoke just before his plane crashed into the nearby lake. The bodies of eight persons were removed from the lake. During search efforts followingt he crash, a ninth body was dis covered. The men were headed to San Salvador. Mr Parnell recalled that not so long ago, the Turks and Caicos Islands suffered a similar fate and experienced a great loss of young lives. The parallels with your experience is overwhelming and has caused us as a people, to recall to memory how we grieved and mourned as a nation. Among others, it was the prayers and support of brothers and sisters around the region t hat aided us in that difficult season and so today, we wish to acknowledge that our prayers and support is with you. We pray that God would allow this event, though tragic to bring glory to Him and also to positively affect the lives of the families and friends of thev ictims and your nation as a whole. We will continue to lift up in prayer the Bahamian people as you face this difficult period ahead, he said. B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said he categorically deniesm aking any commitment to r edeploy laid off ZNS workers in other areas of the public service. Bernard Evans and William Carroll, presidents of the Bahamas Communicationsa nd Public Officers Union ( BCPOU) and the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Unions (BCPMU respectively, said one of their major disappointments in t he ZNS lay-offs drama was the mixed information they received from the govern m ent. Denise Wilson, BCPOU secretary general, said the union was passive in its approach to negotiations because of assurances given b y the government. S ince then there has been quite a disconnect between what we were originallya dvised and what they are s aying now, said Ms Wilson. The union claims Mr Turnq uest said the government w ould do its best to redeploy laid off workers in other areas of the public service. The meeting with Mr Turnquest happened earlier this year. That is totally false. I cate gorically deny that, said Mr Turnquest. In September, the union w as told flatly by Prime Min ister Hubert Ingraham this was not the case and it never was. After several days of a ggressive protests, the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas moved forward with plans to dismiss scores of workers. Several ZNS big wigs were dismissed, including reporter Charlene Ferguson, sports anchor MarcellousH all, camera woman Laura Lowe, and television makeup artist Rudolph Minnis. End H owever, it seems the protests may have come to an end. I dont believe there is any m ore action. It is almost useless here. We are going to h ave to take our plea some where else, said William Carr oll, president of the Bahamas C ommunications and Public Managers Unions (BCPMU H e said the board made a c oncession to provide counselling for all new and former members of staff starting next week. A T ribune s ource said the b oard agreed to look at a prop osal submitted by a group of employees to purchase a B CB-owned radio station. With all of the janitorial staff expected to be let go, sources said the board has also agreed to consider rehiring the employees on a contract basis if they group together to form a company. T he more than 10 sales representatives may also have an opportunity to work on a commission basis in the f uture. Despite the unrest on Thursday, when workers hijacked the newsroom preventing several radio and television broadcasts, including the 7pm Nightly News, the police said the protesters were orderly and caused no dam-a ge to property. Officers said at no time did they feel the situation was out of control. 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Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, opposition s pokesman on the public services, Fred Mitchell, said that the PLP is concerned a bout the message that these terminations will send to the private sector particularly during such tough economic times. When the government starts taking actions of this kind it sends out a signal tot he private sector that it is O K for them to do similar exercises, and what is being done now is that (Prime Minister Hubert) Ingraham has misled the country inr egards to his true feelings for the public sector when he denied that he would cut the public service generally. Cut He has cut Customs, the police force, the Immigration Department, the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTCn ow hes going after ZNS a nd hes going after ZNS under false pretences because there is no distinc t ion between what ZNS now d oes and its so-called future mission of public broadcast-i ng, he said. Mr Mitchell added that the PLP is partially con c erned about what the gov ernment intends to do with the BCBs northern servicein Grand Bahama. The PLPs decision to put a northern service therei n the first place was not done for economic reasons, but for cultural reasons to help to hold the country together. This way people in the north will know what the people in the rest of the country are doing. Now they are threatening that mis sion, the Fox Hill MP said. Opposition expresses concern over BCB downsizing T OMMYTURNQUEST Turks and Caicos leader offers condolences over Lake Killarney plane crash tragedy


EDITOR, The Tribune. Grateful for a little space i n your paper to comment on an issue that has been bugging me. Branville McCartney must be reading from the stupidest political play book in the world. I t is a playbook that says, l et enough people blow sufficient smoke up your youknow-what that you start to believe that whatever you do, it will smell like perfume. Ih ope that he sees the error of his ways because the FNM showed him better. A friend in the Council of t he FNM said to me that while Bran is all over the place ranting and raving a bout wanting a convention so that he can become leader of the party, he didn't havet he brass enough to show up a t Council to make his case. He had his first chance to face head on the man who he says needs to go but he bailed out. E ven his poor Council Rep was as silent as a lamb. It was a s if the young man believes he can get where he wants to go without the very people who must be involved in getting him there. B ranvilles playbook must a lso tell him that it is OK for s omeone to undermine the very thing he wants to lead. He is in the media bashingt he FNMs sitting leader. Unless he is God, there is no way Branville can know that he will become leader of the party in place of Prime Minister Ingraham; in fact, given his actions, I would say that there is little chance he will.S o the PM might end up leading the party in the next general election. But Bran has already told the world that the PM needs to go. How can Bran, as a member of the F NM and possible candidate, then be a part of a team led b y the same man he says n eeds to go? In my books, its just stupid! Really stupid! B ranvilles stupid playbook m ust also tell him that ego should matter more than subs tance. It seems that because people liked the fact that McCartney talked up catching H aitians and gave the appear a nce that he was catching more Haitians than anyone e lse in history, that his already inflated ego grew to super abundant size and now he is ready to lead the Bahamas. Anyone can get out there and t alk up Bahamas for Bahamians, Get rid of the H aitians. Any minister can p ut on Immigration Fatigues and go out catching Haitians. Loftus Roker and Shane Gibson were both like this. Did that mean they should be leader? What about the rest of the complex issues thatn ational development involves? Beyond catching Haitians, what is Branville McCartney known for in terms of national development and leadership? I, like so many people, b elieved that Branville M cCartney has something to offer. Perhaps he can still do so but he needs to take a chill pill. He is on a bad wicket and, i n my opinion, he is showing a disloyalty to his party and disrespect to its course that willn ot bode well for him in the f uture. Most of all, he is allowing his ego to damage any semb lance of leadership he believes he has. Bran needs to change his playbook. Per-h aps he should find a mentor w ith experience and use his playbook. He could try Hubert A. Ingraham, who is bar none t he most successful politician beyond Lynden Pindling in o ur nations history. But then again, Bran believes Ingraham must go, so this might be a little tricky. The path Branville is on is, a s I see it, political idiocy and p erhaps before it is too late, h e may correct himself. CHARLES FERGUSON N assau, October 13, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 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 WEBSITE updated daily at 2pm KABUL, Afghanistan Commanding Gen. David Petraeus confirmed Friday that coalition forces have allowed Taliban representatives to travel to Kabul for peace discussions with the Afghan government, but a Taliban spokesman said all such talk is only propaganda, designed to lower the morale of the movement's fighters. U.S., Afghan and Taliban sources all declined to give details of the contacts, if they are taking place at all. "There have been several very senior Taliban leaders who have reached out to the Afghan government at the highest levels, and also in some cases have reached out to other countries involved in Afghanistan," Petraeus told reporters at the Royal United Services Institute in London. "These discussions can only be characterized as preliminary in nature," Petraeus said. "They certainly would not rise to the level of being called negotiations." In Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have told followers that there are no official peace talks with the U.S.-backed Afghan government, an apparent move to persuade their rank-and-file to stay in the fight. U.S. officials speaking anonymously say there have been preliminary discussions that date back a couple of months and involve midto senior-level Taliban but not top-lev el decision-makers. Petraeus indicated that Taliban representatives had been given safe passage by coalition forces. It was not known if that included providing transport or other NATO facilities to support the talks. One Taliban representative involved could be Mullah Abdul Kabir, the former Taliban governor of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. According to two Afghan sources with knowledge of the con tacts, Kabir has reached out to Karzai through an intermediary. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they said they did not want to compromise their rela tions with the Taliban or international community. The Taliban deny that any official representatives are engaged in such discussions and vow to fight until the Americans leave. The Taliban accused the U.S.-led NATO coalition of trying to weaken the spirit of insurgents, especially in the south where they are engaged in fierce fights against tens of thousands of NATO troops pushing deeper into areas long held by militants. "We are fighting against Americans and we will continue it until the time the Amer icans leave this country," said Qari Yousef, the Taliban spokesman in southern Afghanistan. "The so-called Taliban who are talking to the government are not related to us. This is propaganda to lower the morale of the Taliban, but it will not work." Amanullah Mujahid, a 31-year-old Taliban fighter who was reached by the AP in the Afghan province of Zabul, said that when he heard that the U.S. said Taliban leaders had been talking to the Karzai gov ernment, he and his fellow fighters were disheartened. "We didn't expect it and it hurt our morale," said Mujahid. He said their spirits were lifted when the Taliban leadership sent a message to his commanders denying involvement in any talks. "Now we know that NATO is just using such propaganda to divide us," he said. But this is not the first time that Taliban militants may have been in touch with the Afghan government. Senior U.S. officials have long said they didn't expect the Taliban to talk peace as long as the militants believed they were winning, and at least some administration officials had been cool to peace feelers put forth by Karzai. That changed publicly on Thursday, when U.S. Secretary Robert Gates and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton backed exploratory talks between the Afghan government and the militants. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, on Friday attributed an increase in contacts with individuals linked to the Taliban to the "tremendously increased military pressure" NATO and its Afghan allies were placing on the insurgents. The new acceptance of reconciliation could be seen as an admission that the war is going badly. Or it may reflect the view of U.S. military commanders that NATO troops have damaged the insurgency fol lowing the surge of more than 30,000 U.S. forces ordered by President Barack Obama. Lt. Col. John Dorrian, a coalition spokesman, denied that NATO's decision to speak openly about the talks was part ofa communications strategy to break the will of the insurgent fighters. "They are trying to mitigate the fact that some of their leaders are indeed talking with the Afghans," he said. Nader Nadery, an Afghan analyst who has travelled extensively in Taliban-controlled territory, said indications that highlevel insurgents are engaged in negotiations could prompt junior commanders to join the peace process to reap the benefits of any concessions offered to the leadership. "Certainly the talks would have a huge effect on the battlefield not right away, but if the leadership decides to come and join, channeling of resources will stop," Nadery said. The effect would be gradual as word of peace talks involving senior Taliban seeps down to the village level where the bullets are flying, Nadery said. Matt Waldman, a fellow at Harvard Uni versity's John F. Kennedy School of Gov ernment who does research on negotiations with the Taliban, said he did not think that insurgents would automatically oppose highlevel talks with the government. "The commanders that I've spoken to did not object to it in principle," he said. "Rather there was a scepticism a real mistrust about Western intentions and that view was that the West is not serious about genuine negotiations. "From their perspective what they have seen is a military surge, increasing military pressure, attacks and raids and there is no doubt that they have been feeling that pres sure." McCartney and the worlds stupidest political playbook LETTERS l NATO has facilitated Taliban movement /(50$,6$$&6&/$5.(RI &$66,$&/26(*/(1,6721*$5'(163 %2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 %5(17,6$$&6&/$5.( RI&$66,$&/26(*/(1,6721*$5'(163 %2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 &(/<-$1$5' 1,;21 EDITOR, The Tribune. W hat is wrong with some of these unions and why does not someone educate them concerning the economic recession b eing experienced by countries world wide, and that includes The Bahamas. As everyone should know Tourism was our main dollar earner. But that changed and tourists are not trav elling as they once did. H owever, we are slowly trying to turn the economy around despite distressing conditions around the world. So where do unions expect ZNS management to find the extra dollars to give away, when ZNS had to be subsidized over its life in order to meet its payroll and other expenses. Any additional expenses would have to be borrowed, with consequent burden on the tax payers. The government, it is understood, has had to borrow to pay the salaries account and to assist those in dire need. In the recent past, there were some ZNS employees who left the organisation and started their own successful businesses. So why cannot these departing staff do the same? Perhaps the cur r ent staff should have attended the seminars organised by one of these same successful persons. The bottom line is that ZNS cannot afford to meet its regular payroll so where would they obtain additional funding above the generous offers made to the possible retirees? It just goes to underscore the public perception that these non-profitable quasi-government corporations should be sold to enable them to operate as viable entities. Can you imagine the cheap shot made by one staffer heard on the news last night if this were a commercial operation? There would be no place for such slack talk which bears no relevance whatsoever to the proposed organisational structure for the new organisation. I trust management would convey this to the individual concerned. DISAPPOINTED IN SHIRLEA Nassau, October 12, 2010. Unions need education about the global economic recession E DITOR, The Tribune. I heard a news report this morning, October 14, 2010, that there isa nother green Honda following women out east again. T hey have h ad several incidents in t he past week. The woman in charge of the Elizabeth Estates Police Station said to feel free to stop by the station any time that you need an escort home. Please pass this on to all of your friends and relatives. Just because you dont live out east doesnt mean you dont have anything to worry about. Similar things have happened all over this island so just be careful! SUSAN G GLINTON Nassau, October, 2010. Beware! Another gr een Honda is following women out east


ELIZABETH MP Ryan Pinder has called for an end to the neglect of Bahamian fishermen, who he said have long been relegated to the bottom rung of the ladder in our economy. Mr Pinder said it is important that a true commitment be made to this industry, which was foundational to the development of the country. He said: The PLP recognises the importance of this industry to thousands of Bahamians throughout our archipelago of islands, including Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, Abaco, Long Island, Exuma, Andros and many others. Mr Pinder said the PLP wishes to remind Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and the FNM that fisheries and the crawfish industry are vitally important to many in the Family Islands, as well as to the country as a whole. He said: Through consultation with Bahamian fishermen, I find one of the over-riding concerns is the proper regulation of crawfish condominiums. The crawfish fishermen of the Bahamas are one of the first fish farmers in this hemisphere, utilising condominiums to farm crawfish in their natural habitat. Mr Pinder said the use of condominium traps creates a place for crawfish to spawn in relative safety and captivity, something that cannot be replicated outside of the ocean. He said: The use of condominium traps has preserved the crawfish industry, allowing for breeding and maturation in an environment protected from predators, allowing for this prosperous industry to develop countrywide. A particular challenge to the fishermen, however, is that after investing many thousands of dollars in the construction and setting of these condominiums, there is no regulation or oversight. This has resulted in persons farming condomini ums that do not belong to them. This is becoming an issue that threatens the relations of many Bahamians to each other, and may result in violent confrontations on the water if the issue is not given swift attention by the government. Mr Pinder said he finds it inexcusable that the FNM administration has had no plan for the protection of Bahamian fishermen, their assets, and their industry. He proposed that the government do the following to instil confidence that a fishermans investment will be protected: Require each fisherman who wishes to set a crawfish trap or condominium to license it for a one time nominal fee. Issue emblems to affix to the condominium or trap to identify the owner. Earmark all fees paid for the licensing of the condominiums and traps for training of Bahamian fishermen on the proper construction and use of condominiums. Assist with the financing of all marine protection endeavours, including specifically identified Defence Force patrols. Punish non-compliance with the licensing regulations with significant penalties and fines. Mr Pinder said: I believe that the proper regulation and e ducation of Bahamian fishermen in the use of condominiums for the fishing of crawfish will enhance the industry, provide a structure for all to follow, and discourage violent confrontations on our waters. 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P olice want to question Terrance Rolle Jr, 25; and L ucas Rolle, 23, about the f atal shooting of 45-yearo ld Albert Hanna, whose body was found in someb ushes near a local bar. L ast Saturday, it was reported that several men had been shot as a result of an argument between a group of people at a bar, and after a search of the surrounding area, police d iscovered Mr Hannas b ody. The other two vict ims were airlifted to the c apital where they were t reated for their injuries. T errance Rolle Jr was described by police as having dark brown skin andbeing 5ft 8in tall, while Lucas Rolle was said to have brown skin and be 5ft 6in tall. B oth men are of medium build and weigh 150lbs. Quiet F ollowing the shooting, most residents of the quiet and sparsely populated set tlement did not know m uch about the incident, t he second shooting this year on the Family Island. The first took place in M ay, when 24-year-old Clive Tomlinson, a Jamaican national, was shot several times in theb ack in Bailey Town and l ater died of his injuries at the local clinic. Terrance Rolle Jr and Lucas Rolle were last seenin South Bimini and police said they should be consid e red armed and dangerous. A nyone with informat ion concerning their whereabouts, or the shoot ing, should contact the nearest police station, emergency services at 919 or Crime Stoppers at 3288477. Pair wanted for questioning about murder PEDRO A NTONIO LYNES: Aged 21, dark brown, 5ft 7in, 180lbs, m edium build WANTED FORQUESTIONING: Armed robbery B RENT McPHEE: A ged 22, dark b rown, 5ft 7in, 180lbs, medium build WANTEDFORQUESTIONING: Armed robbery FREDERICKNEELY GREEN: Aged 27, dark brown, 5ft 9in, 180lbs, medium build WANTEDFORQUESTIONING: Armed robbery/shop & housebreaking End the neglect of Bahamian fishermen, says Ryan Pinder police REPORT Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. HAVE YOUSEEN THESE MEN? R YAN PINDER


BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Dr M R Kavala and his family werec ommended for their continuing display of kindness and compassion to senior citizenson Grand Bahama. The Kavala family hosted its 15th annual luncheon fors enior citizens at the St S tephens Anglican Parish Hall in Eight Mile Rock. Eight Mile Rock MP Vernae Grant and Local government official Simeon Lewis praised Dr Kavala for hise fforts. He genuinely cares and he enjoys doing this every year for our seniors, Mr Lewis said. Senior citizens like Victoria Palmer look forward tot he luncheon every year. I feel it its a very good t hing that Dr Kavala is doing for us, and I appreciate it very m uch because sometimes you want to come out to eat and fellowship. They have been doing this for years and we are gratefult o them for this, Ms Palmer said. D r Kavala and his family came to Grand Bahama in 1984 from India. He was employed as a general practit ioner in the government clini c at Eight Mile Rock for 15 years. After retiring in 1998, he o pened a private clinic in Hanna Hill, EMR, where he also has his home. After retirement I decided t o settle here and I will always r emember one of my good friends Mr Johnson who h elped me build my clinic and residence, he said. Dr Kavala said many per s ons throughout the island continue to support his med ical practice, which is doing w ell. I always consider myself not only a member of the Eight Mile Rock Communi t y but of the entire Grand Bahama. My patients come from all over Grand Bahama, m ainly from Freeport, Pin ders Point, Lewis Yard, Hunters, and sometimes evena s far as from East and West E nd. It makes me very happy, not because of their support,b ut their confidence in me by coming from such far dis tances. D r Kavala feels that it is important to give back to the c ommunity. He said senior citizens are important members of a society who have r aised families, built commu nities and even shaped nations. Mr Nelson Mandela was a senior citizen when he came out of prison after spending nearly three decades therea nd later became president of South Africa. Because of his great contribution to the e ntire world, I really wish to s ee one day his birthday will be recognised as Senior Citizens Day. We must take care of our seniors and treat them good. The children are watchingh ow we treat them and we must be role models, he said. Dr Kavala said the luncheon has grown and becomeb etter over the years. He thanked his wife, Nalini, and her friends Vinutha Hedge a nd Sylvia Dacunha, and a n umber of persons in the EMR community for their assistance in putting the eventt ogether. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(, OCTOBER 17, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Katherine Tinker 10:00 a.m.Wesley Bell Ringers Anniversary Service 7:00 p.m. Bro. Franklyn Bethel/Rev. Carla Culmer (HC Showing compassion seniors to DR KAVALA AND FAMILY HOST 15TH ANNUAL LUNCHEON FOR SENIOR CITIZENS A PPRECIATION: D r Kavala and EMR MP Vernae Grant present a plaque of appreciation to the Cooling Waters gospel group for their continued support of the luncheon. The group provides entertainmentf or the seniors. KEY ADDRESS: Dr M R Kavala addressing those attending his 15th annual luncheon for senior citizens at the St Stephens Anglican Parish Hall in Eight Mile Rock on Thursday. PHOTOS: Vandyke Hepburn


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 2+1+,/,3 0217*20(5<&+,30$1 THE winners of the Directors Choice Award for the U S Embassy-sponsored Dis covery Club Green Video Challenge are St Andrews students Gerald WilliamsB artlett and Owen Taylor. The announcement was made yesterday by US A mbassador Nicole Avant and Bahamas National Trust executive director Eric Careya t the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF at the Atlantis Resort. The winning video, Owen a nd Gerrys Excellent Environmental Adventure, focused on The Three Rs:r educe, reuse and recycle. The two young filmmakers will receive free airfare and p asses to Everglades Nation al Park in Florida during their spring recess and their video will be aired on television. The members of the three Discover Club teams that secured finalist positions based on public voting also attended the awards ceremo ny. Camera Each of these club mem bers will receive their own digital video camera. The budding environmental filmmakers include: Mark-Anthony Thompson, Liam Higgs, and Alejandro de Cardenas, cre ators of the film Stop Litter ing in Our Wetlands. Divina Cox, Keno Clarke, Kennedy Lightbourne, and Dijona Gilbert, creators of the film Go Green Network. Aaron Forbes, Skyler Saunders, Jaden Ingraham, and Matthew Robinson, cre ators of the film Wetlands Wasting. All Discovery Club members are winners in my eyes, because they are actively engaged in their communities and are committed to protecting the Bahamas natural treasures, said Ambassador Avant before she announced the Directors Choice award. The BNTs Discovery Club was launched 16 years ago to teach young Bahamians about the environment through fun activities and a badge system drawing from the Boy/GirlScout model. Today, there are 33 Discovery Clubs on seven Bahamian islands with more than 450 young environmentalists. Each club is lead by a ded icated adult who is commit ted to educating young people about their impact on the local marine and wetland environment. Two St Andrews students win BNTs Green Video Challenge GREEN-MINDED: From left: E ric Carey, executive director, B ahamas National Trust; US Ambassador Nicole Avant and h er husband Theodore Sarandos joined by Jerry Butler, chairman of CREF, flanked by the finalists in the 2010 Green V ideo Challenge from St A ndrews School and Oakes Field Primary School including t his years winners (centre Owen Taylor and Gerald Williams-Bartlett. n P hoto : USEmbassy GETTINGREADY: Oakes Field Primary students Divinia Cox, D ijona Gilbert, Kennedy Lightbourne and Keno Clarke using Flip C ams in preparation for the Green Video Challenge. B a h a m a s N a t i o n a l T r u s t


C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter THENational Basketball Association remains his ultimate goal, but one Bahamian professional chose to continue his career on the hardwood this upcoming season in eastern Europe. Bennet Davis recently signed with MJUS-Fortress Kormend of Hungary in the Division A League for the 201011 season and has made an immediate impact with the club. In his premiere game with his new club, Davis led the team with 17 points in the 109-72 win over Wamsler Se Salgotarjan. The 6'9" forward shot 7-12 from the field, 3-5 from the free throw line and also filled the stat sheet with four rebounds, three steals and two assists. In his first game was the club and the first game to open the season, Davis said he was surprised and pleased with the level of support. "The atmosphere was unreal," he said. "I had fun with those crazy fans and the arena was packed to the ceilings." His contract with the club remains non guaranteed but has the potential to become guaranteed following the trial period. Six MJUS-Fortress Kormend players reached double figures including Marcus Moore tied Davis for the game lead with 17 points, while Rashad Bell finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Robert Jarvis led all scorers with 27 points in a losing effort. Davis spent the last two years of his career in the NBA's Development League with the Utah Flash, an affiliate of the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks. After two seasons in the D-League, Davis has had several moments where he progressed closer to the NBA. In his initial season with the Flash, Davis started just 14 games and averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. In his sophomore campaign, he doubled productivity in both areas with averages of 13.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 41 per cent from the field. After graduating from Northwestern University, where he averaged 15 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.1 blocks per game, Davis played professionally in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a single season. He was then invited to a D-League prospect training camp where his play led to his selection as the 41st pick of the Draft by the Flash. Davis briefly flirted with an NBA contract when he was called up by the New Jersey Nets prior to the 2009-10 season. He appeared in a single preseason game, totalled a single rebound in just four minutes of action against the New York Knicks and was waived on October 22. His most notable D-League achievement came when he was named to the NBA D-League's Select team which competed against some of the league's best rookies and young talent at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League. MJUS-Fortress Kormend next game will be October 16th against Marso-Vagep. Davis signs with European leagueON a beautiful October Saturday, Swift swimming club hosted its second open water swim at Old Fort Bay beach with over 50 swimmers in either a 5 kilometre or 1.6 kilometre race. The top three finishes in each age group on either of the two courses were awarded beautiful "Sand Dollar" gold, silver, and bronze medals that were made by Susan Morley. Also there were prints of paintings done by Theirry Lamare that were given to the top overall male and female swimmers and the oldest and youngest swimmers in the race. The Open Water Swim event was sponsored by Orthaheel, Holowesko Partners, Lyford Cay Real Estate, and Albany. T-shirts were given to all competitors. The top three finishers were Swift's Zach Moses, Anibal Hernandez, and Laura Morley winning in times of 1:16.34, 1:16.51, and 1:17.24 respectively. Zach and Laura won the donated paintings as the top male and female swimmers. Tremaine Allen won the gold medal for the 12 and under age group in 1:31.13. There was a lot of good age group matchups as the swimmers made their laps around the 1 mile triangular course. In the 13 to 17 female age group on the 5K course the top three finishers were Laura Morley, Abigail Lowe, and Crystal Rahming as they raced to times of 1:17.24, 1:30.33 and 1:33.07 respectively. The boys 13 to 17 age group saw Anibal Hernandez, Jemarco Armbrister, and Donovan Higgs battle it out with times of 1:16.51, 1:30.16, and 1:30.59 respectively. The 35 to 54 males division saw another good battle around the 3 lap 5K course between Dake Gonzalez, David Morley, and Mark Holowesko with the men taking the gold, silver, and bronze medals in that order in times of 1:22.47, 1:23.11, and 1:23.32. The 35 to 54 female age group saw Joie Lamare, and Katherine Bowers taking the top honours in 1:46.31, and 1:49.42 On the 1.6 kilometre course newcomer Denise Schrader had the over all fastest time and won the gold medal for the 18 to 34 age group in 27.50. In the 35 to 54 age group the top three finishers were Sarah Noar, Susan Morley, and Lynn Lowe in times of 37.40, 38.00, and 41.46 respectively. The gold medal winner in the 55 and over age group and also with the third fastest time in the 35 and older women was long time swimmer Frances Doyle in a time of 39.49. In the 12 and under boys the top three finishers were Nikolaus Holmberg, Peter Morley and Conner Pinder in times of 32.40, 40.10, and 40.27 respectively. The youngest swimmer who finished the course was Conner Pinder who is 9 and the oldest swimmer was Percy Knowles who is 79. Percy also won the gold medal in the 55 and over male age group. Both swimmers took home the Theirry Lamare paintings. The Old Fort Bay Club with its beautiful beach was a great host and a beautiful site for the open water event. SOCCER(Primary School) The New Providence Primary School Sports Association opened its sports calendar on the academic year with boys and girls soccer the first event contested. Both semifinals and championship games in each division will be played on Monday at the Blue Hills Sporting Complex beginning at 10:30am. The girls team which advanced to the final four include Sandilands, Adelaide, Columbus and Carmichael Primary Schools. The boys competition began yesterday, with 24 teams vying for the top spot. The final four in the boys division will be decided today.SOCCER(College) The College of The Bahamas Lady Caribs lost their first match of the 2010 season to Johnson & Wales University last evening 6-0. OCT. 13TH, 2010 Johnson & Wales University (Miami) @6:30pm OCT. 15TH, 2010 Ave Maria University (Naples) @ 5:00 p.m. OCT. 17TH, 2010 Florida College (Tampa) @ 1:00 p.m.VOLLEYBALL In the lone game Wednesday evening, the youthful Saints took on the defending champions and leaders in the 2010 league, the National Fencing Intruders to five exciting sets. Prince Wilson would lead his team to victory by securing 25 points in the win. In a losing effort Chauncey Cooper and Gabi Laurent would secure 17 and 10 points respectively. Tonight's schedule will include: COB vs Champions Club Scotia Defenders vs Technicians On Tuesday, the Scottsdale Vixens would improve their record to 3-0 by defeating the Lady Techs 25-16, 12-25, 25-21, 25-12. Laval Sands led all scorers with 13 points, 6 of which were service aces. In a losing effort, Kendra Dawkins finished with 8 points. In the second game, DaBasement Crimestoppers, behind Muller Petit's 16 point, won over the Saints 25-21, 25-17 and 2519. Chauncey Cooper would finish with 10 points in the loss. sports NOTES IMPACT: Bennet Davis (above) recently signed with MJUS-Fortress Kormend of Hungary in the Division A League for the 2010-11 season. UNDERSTANDINGthe need to develop their tennis skills so that they could compete on a global level, six future tennis stars played in Fort Lauderdale, Florida recently in international tournaments. Cecil Ferguson III, Rayven Barry and Sidney Clarke competed at the Jaimes Tennis Local Fall Classic in the Boys 12's, Girls 12's and Girls 14's respectively. Rayven Barry competing for the first time in the US, advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over #2 seed Amanda GomezRivera in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals Rayven found opponent MarycaroFerguson, Barry compete in Jaimes Tennis Local Fall Classic SEE page 10 Swift hosts second 5K Open Water race TOP SWIMMERS: Anibal Hernandez, Laura Morley and Zach Moses as the top three finishers. WINNERS: All medal winners.


C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS IT WASPotcake Cycling Club's first race, and the day got off to an exciting start. The men were slated for eight laps of the 6-mile South Ocean course, and the open men/women categories and junior cyclists with four laps. Early on in lap three, experienced junior rider Jay Major took the lead, but it wasn't long before senior riders Lee Farmer and Tracy Sweeting pulled him back in, with the peloton close behind. Lee, Jay and Tracy dominated in the next laps, while Lorenzo Carter, Van Demeritte, Robert Jones and Brad Heney worked well together to try and close the gap. With one lap to go, Lee took the lead, and the battle was on. Tracy and Jay tried to bring him back, but instead had to battle for second place. Jay rode a smart race and managed to beat Tracy to the line, with not even a second between them. The remaining riders really pulled together and kept up the pace, but it was the sight of the finish line that brought on their final sprint to the line. Carmel Stucki in the open women's category easily claimed first place. Her strong and steady riding kept her in the pack for the entire race. Open men saw Lorenzo Carter take first place, but he continued to ride the full eight laps. Anthony Roberts clinched second place for his first time out, while the juniors also had a productive day riding well and putting in good times. First place was claimed by Anthony "Biggie" Colebrooke, followed closely by Justin Minnis, and newcomer Cory Chea. Newcomers Diane Chea and Marjorie Johnson placed second and third respectively in the open women's category. It was a good day for the experienced riders and fun to welcome new riders. The club wished to thank everyone who came out to ride, supported their team, and assisted to make this event a success. Potcake Cycling Club's first race off to exciting start TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Farmer takes first place in mens division RESULTS (only top 3 in each category)MEN Lee Farmer 2:03:34 Jay Major 2:05:03 Tracy Sweeting 2:05:26 Van Demeritte Robert Jones Brad Heney OPEN MEN Lorenzo Carter 1:04:13 (rode 8 laps, time is for 4) Anthony Roberts 1:25:54 OPEN WOMEN Carmel Stucki 1:02:55 Diana Chea 1:26:30 Marjorie Johnson 2:23:37 JUNIORS Anthony Colebrook 1:02:50 Justin Minnis 1:02:54 Cory Chea 1:02:58 MEN'S DIVISION WINNER: Lee Farmer (left) places first in the Men's category with a time of 2:03:34. OPEN MEN'S WINNER: Lorenzo Carter (left) is presented with his prize for placing first in the Open Men's division. JUNIORS WINNER: Anthony Colebrooke (left) takes the first place prize in the Juniors category. Susan Graham (right) was the presenter. OPEN WOMEN'S WINNER: Carmel Stucki (left) wins The Open Women's category beating out Diana Chea with a time of 1:02:55. SPORTS IN BRIEF BASKETBALL MIAMI Associated Press LEBRONJames was one of the last to leave the Miami Heat practice floor Friday, after a long free-throw-shooting contest with rookie De'Sean Butler. That was the extent of his workout. The NBA's two-time reigning MVP sat out practice as a precautionary measure, three days after leaving a preseason game with cramps and pain in his right hamstring. The team expects that James will be ready to resume to practice on Saturday. "We don't play until Monday and we've got a long, long ways until the 26th," James said, referring to Miami's next preseason game against Charlotte on Monday and then the Heat regularseason opener in Boston on Oct. 26. "Don't want to rush it until I feel 100 percent." James cramped up in the third quarter of Miami's exhibition win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, missing roughly the final third of that game and then the entire Heat preseason matchup in New Orleans the following night. Miami did not practice Thursday. Other Miami players sidelined Friday included guards Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. Wade was in Chicago testifying in a trial that'll decide custody of his two sons, and the Heat hope to have him back at practice next week as he recovers from a strained hamstring. Chalmers has had recurring stiffness as he continues recovering from a high ankle sprain. Jamaal Magloire, Eddie House, Carlos Arroyo and Shavlik Randolph have also been dealing with some nagging injury issues in recent days. "We still need to play five-on-five for continunity," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "At the same time, this is a great time for us to regain our health. We need to get guys back feeling good. We have a lot of days to practice but also to get some rest. As long as we're efficient with it, guys are doing their part, spending a lot of time with our trainers and guys are starting to feel better." Spoelstra said House "is real close" to making his preseason debut, after shoulder surgery this summer. House said he's aiming to get some minutes when Miami visits Atlanta in an exhibition on Thursday. "We're going by what the doctors say," House said. "I've been feeling good. It's just precautionary reasons. You want to be at 3 1/2 four months (after surgery) before you actually start really taking contact. I'm right there, right there at that timeframe." House knows the NBA season is a marathon, and he's been learning plenty about new teammates and the Heat system by watching practices and preseason games. That being said, he still thinks it's important to get some time before the games start counting in the standings. LeBron sits out practice, ailing Heat try to heal FOOTBALL CINCINNATI Associated Press BENGALSreceiver Terrell Owens was fined $5,000 on Friday for violating the NFL's prohibition on using social media shortly before games. Owens acknowledged that he broke the rule by sending out a tweet an hour before Cincinnati's 24-21 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday. Players and coaches are prohibited from using social media 90 minutes before games, during games and shortly afterward. It's the same amount that Arizona's Darnell Dockett got fined for tweeting 20 minutes before a game. Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco got a $25,000 fine for tweeting before and during a preseason game in August. Owens, Ochocinco and Dockett are the only players to violate the policy that went into effect before last season. Owens said his tweetsent from Paul Brown Stadium while players were warming up for the gamewas part of his work with a charity that helps children in Kenya. "A lucky fan wearing my jersey 2day will get a signed football by Me & Ocho Cinco! My asst will pick U out!! Good luck!" he tweeted. Owens said he intended to post the tweet earlier in the day, but he left home late and forgot to take his cell phone with him. He said he had an assistant bring his cell phone to Paul Brown Stadium, where he sent out the tweet in violation of the league's rules. TO fined $5k for improper tweet OUT: CSKA Moscow center Dmitry Sokolov (30) tries to block a shot by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Miami on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010.J Pat Carter /AP Photo line Mederith too strong off the ground and lost 6-1, 6-0. Despite losing in the semi-finals Barry came away from the match knowing that she has to work on her execution of certain shots to be more competitive. Ferguson, playing in his first USTA tennis match found the going a bit tough in first round match losing to Giuliano Rengifo 6-0, 6-0. Ferguson was able to advance to the Consolation semifinals where he lost to Daniel Leon 8-4. He was excited about the opportunity to play in Florida and is looking forward to working on his game so that he could be more competitive the next time he comes back to play. Eight year old Sydney Clarke was the youngest member of the group and played up an age group because there were no girls 10's singles. Despite losing in the first round of singles to #4 seed Caroline Buechele 6-1, 6-1, she was able to advance to the Girls 12's Consolation semifinals with a 8-5 win over Gabriella Matesic. However, she lost a tough 8-6 match to Jamara Alonso after leading the match 6-3. Clarke felt great about the way she played and is looking forward to getting back to practice to continue to improve her tennis game. The second group of future stars played at the Quick Start Fall Tournament at Midtown, where nineyear-old Maya Weech in the 10's Short court, and six year old T'Naj Hinsey and five-year-old Emma Weech played on the Mini-court. Hinsey walked away with two championships, winning the 8's singles title and he teamed up with Weech to win the Mixed Doubles title. Weech finished with a 1-1 record in her 8's singles matches but did not come way empty handed as she and partner Hinsey won the Mixed Doubles title. Maya Weech playing in the 10's short court finished with a 1-1 record but did not advance to the main draw. They were all greatful for the experience and will continue to practice to improve their tennis skills.FROM page nine Ferguson, Barry


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM p ress time, police did not know the mans condition. The victim is being treated by doctors at this time and we dont know the extent of his injuries or condition, said ASPD elva. But we know that the person responsible for the stabbing is known to the victim. A woman customer, who was inside the bank at the time, said the stabbing took place in theF INCO section. Last year, FINCO moved into the Royal Bank of Canada b uilding on Explorers Way. F inco occupies the entire left section of the building. I was standing on the line on the Royal Bank of Canada side w hen I saw two men over at F INCO scuffling on the floor. A big guy was on top of the s mall guy who had a knife. The small guy was just stabbing the big guy over and over as they scuffled back and forth, said the woman. A number of police units responded to the scene. Curious o nlookers gathered in the nearb y parking lot at the Post Office building. Police vehicles blocked the entrance and exit to the bank. S ecurity personnel standing guard in front of the bank turned customers away, tellingt hem the bank was closed for business. No one at the bank could be r eached for comment. Stabbing horror at bank FROM page one of the goods they claim my client has purchased. The prosecutor is currently o n a trial right now, so it is difficult to g et any sort of update at this time. O pposition MP Fred Mitchell said as far as he is aware, no date has been s et as yet for a hearing with the other defendants. Having recently returned from New Y ork, the Fox Hill MP said Judge R ichard Sullivan had asked what was h appening with the other defendants a nd was informed that there was active negotiations with the prosec ution to have the other cases settled. Cases Mr Mitchell said he has been told that the defence attorneys are tryingt o have the cases pleaded down to a m isdemeanour. T he first of nine straw vendors arreste d in New York city for trafficking in c ounterfeit goods was sentenced to time served and ordered to leave the country y esterday. Tracy Davis was expected to arrive in N assau yesterday with her husband and f our-month-old child. H aving already pleaded guilty to the o ffence on October 5, Davis was sentenced to the time she served in jail days awaiting trial and released with two years supervised leave. FROM page one Fate of eight straw vendors r emains unclear BEC MIDDLE MANAGERS GO BACK TO WORK D EMONSTRATION : Unionised BEC workers demonstrate on the grounds at their headquarters on Blue Hill Road. had been any industrial action, claiming union members had only left their desks for a lunchtime m eeting. There was no industrial a ction, Mr Basden said. We are willing to negotiate with all of our employees and maintain an amicable relationship with all of our staff. B EUMU executives are s eeking to formalise a new i ndustrial agreement with B EC, and the corporation maintains informationr equested by the union was p rovided last week and is now under review. Ongoing The matter as it relates to the industrial agreement i s ongoing, Mr Basden said. A statement released by B EC on Thursday maintains: The corporation w elcomes further discussion with the Bahamas E lectrical Utility Manageri al Union as we seek to formalise a new industrial a greement. The corporation will c ontinue to work with the union's executive team so that an agreement will be m ade in the best interest of all parties. U nion officials were not available for an interview yesterday. F ROM page one


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THEFUNERALOFNELSONLEO HANNA G RIEVING: N elsons hannas wife Coreen Hanna breaks down at the casket yesterday after seeing her husbands body lying there. PHOTOS: Felip Major /T ribune staff Salvador with other sound a nd stage engineers to set up for Homecoming events that weekend when thecrash killed all on board. M r Taylor, 28, of Palm Tree Estates, is survived by his mother Paulette Brown, f ather Samuel Taylor, d aughter Daniesha and six b rothers. His funeral will be h eld at Kemp Road Minist eries, in Kemp Road, at 1 1am. Funeral Mr Curtis, 26, of B ougainville Drive, South Beach, will be laid to rest f ollowing a funeral at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministeries, in Carmichael R oad, at 1pm. He is survived by his father Spencer C urtis, who described him as a sound engineer and musician extraordinaire. T he funeral for Mr Johnson, 39, of Millennium Gard ens, formerly of Dumping G round Corner, Bain Town, will be held at St Josephs C atholic Church, in Boyd R oad, at 12.45pm. Funeral arrangements for Royal Bahamas DefenceForce officer Devon Storr, 2 7; BEC linesman Corey Farquharson, 41; and sound technicians Chanoine Mil dor, 44, and Junior Lubin, 2 3, have yet to be announced. An investigation into the c ause of the crash continues. Pilot killed in plane crash laid to rest FROM page one

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