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By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT A man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter early this year claims that his lawyer talked him into it. On Thursday he professed his innocence in the Supreme Court. I never kill nobody, Jermaine Williams told Justice Hartman Longley during his sentence hearing on Thursday. In May, Williams pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in the death of Kenneth Lightbourne in November 2007. He was represented by lawyer K Brian Hanna. Williams told Justice Longley that his lawyer had told him to plead guilty and he would get him a lesser charge. He said he wanted to defend himself at the murder trial, but his lawyer failed to listen to him and after being locked up for three years in prison awaiting trial, he gave into his lawyer. Justice Longley said because the facts of the case had not been presented to Williams in May when he had pleaded guilty he would allow the accused to withdraw his guilty plea. The charge was presented to Williams, who then entered not guilty to murder. He also requested a change of attorney. It is alleged that sometime between November 10 and November 15, Williams intentionally caused the death of Lightbourne by means of unlawful harm. The trial was set for November 29. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SPRAY FORSAVINGS!THATS ENERGYSAVINGS!with Reduce Energy Costs by up to 50%Call us to start SAVING today!242-328-5785 Improved Indoor Air Quality 242-367-2501 Save5%onallbookings* AirJamaica.comNon-StopFlightstoJamaica everyMon,Thu,FriandSun *BookOctober11November9,2010 FortravelOctober11-December9,2010*Faresshownonlineduringthebookingperiodarealreadydiscounted 7712 Book&Save NASS_5x10.indd 1 10/7/10 12:58 PM INDEX M AIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 L ocal News Cont. ..........P13,14,19,20 Editorial/Letters..........................................P4 Advt ........................................................P15S ports............................................P16,17,18 B USINESS SECTION B usiness..................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Advt...........................................................P8 I NSIGHT SECTION Insight............................................P1,2,3,4,5 C omics......................................................P6 Advt...........................................................P8 W eather .....................................................P7 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 PAGES U SA TODAY MAIN SECTION 12 PAGES Man claims lawyer talked him into pleading guilty to manslaughter


THE Bahamas Immigrat ion Department at the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport is now in possession of a new computer laboratory and software to better determine the veraci ty of travel documents. T he Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS puter lab was presented to t he Bahamian government by the International Organisation for Migration ( IOM). The travel document and fraud detection lab only the second of its kind in the Caribbean region also includes equipment such as d ecoders, an e-passport r eader, software, scanners, video and photo cameras, microscopes, computers andp rinters. The new lab is part of an IOM regional border mana gement and enhanced security project that includes the Dominican Republic. Deputy Prime Minister a nd Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette cut the ribbon for the official opening. ByAVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter WEEKEND violence in Nassau left two men in hospi-t al and at least three others the victims of daytime armed robbery. Police report that a 24-yearold man was shot in his upper thigh and left hand on Saturday night after two masked g unmen opened fire on a group of men at Polehmus Street off Augusta Street. The victim was taken to the hospital by Emergency MedicalS ervices. He is listed in stab le condition. I t is reported that both men were armed with handguns. L ater, officers recovered a handgun without ammunition w hile on patrol in the Big P ond Subdivision. W hile observing a group of m en sitting on a wall near the park, one of the men fled the s cene and was seen throwing an object away. The man escaped, however after as earch of the area the handg un was recovered. The spate of armed robberies began early Saturday morning, when a gunman approached a woman while at the junction of Wulff Roada nd Collins Avenue. The man, who was armed with a handgun, demanded cash and robbed the woman of her handbag before escaping on foot north on Collins Avenue. S ome four hours later, s hortly after noon, a store on Wulff Road and Quintine Alley was robbed by two u nmasked men armed with h andguns. T he gunmen entered Bargain Depot demanding cash. They escaped with cash. Then at 5.45pm, a 20 year old was stabbed in the lefts ide of his abdomen following a fight between two brothers at Bellot Road, off Carmichael Road. The victim was taken to the hospital by private vehicle, where he is said to be in stablec ondition. T he final reported armed r obbery took place at 1.30am a t the parking lot of Cedrics Kitchen on Peach Street. While in the parking lot of C edric's Kitchen, two women were approached by two men, one of whom brandished ah andgun. The gunman robbed one of the women of her purse before escaping in aw hite Honda Accord. Police are investigating all matters. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREEPORT: A young man who suffered an electric shock from a high voltage transformer has died in hos pital. The 20-year-old was with f riends on Friday at the old abandoned Stone Crab Restaurant on Taino Beachw hen he touched the transformer, and knocked uncon scious to the ground. H e was transported by a mbulance to Rand Memori al Hospital where he was detained for observation.H owever he died on Satur day. ASP Hecto Delva said an a utopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of the death. He said police are with holding the mans identity pending an official identification of the body by family members. Investigations are continuing. ARMED ROBBERY Grand Bahama Police are investigating an armed rob bery which occurred at the Victoria Inn Hotel in Lucaya yesterday morning. According to reports, a lone gunman entered the hotel sometime around 9am and made off with an amountcash. Officers of the Central Detective Unit are investigating. Man dies after suffering electric shock Two in hospital after violence over weekend NEWLAB: Immigration officers are now able to take a closer look at markings in a passport. State-of-the-art fraud detection lab opens at airport RIBBONCUTTING: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette cuts the ribbon for the official opening of the new Document Imaging Software Suite (DISS Richard Scott (centrea l North American and Caribbean representative, and Monsignor Alfred Culmer (rightF e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


E DITOR, The Tribune. As an observant Bahami a n, I feel compelled to express my thoughts of this new S ociopolitical Revolution, b eing intellectually posed by this new breed of young, talented, and up-and-coming p oliticians. W hen one examines the p ersonalities such as Ryan P inder, Dr Duane Sands, B ran McCartney, Desmond Bannister, Michael Halkitis, H ope Strachan, and Senator J erome Fitzgerald of today, o ne is left to wonder what a g reat country this could be if the talents of these men and women were allowed to be unhindered and further allowed to vie for leadershipi n their respective parties. What has prompted me to w rite such a letter of observation was that I recently had the opportunity to observe S enator Fitzgerald in the M arathon Constituency recently while he and his team p articipated in the Back to S chool Programme for the under-privileged youth of this country. This young man has so take n my spirit to the extent that I wish I was a resident of his a rea just so I could have given h im my support and vote (as I voted for the FNM in the last e lection). The kind of political objectivity and maturity thatJ erome and the aforement ioned possess, is a clear indication that we are moving from the political tribalism and partisanship, and transit ioning on to a better sociop olitical development in these r espective bodies. I n closing I would like to encourage Senator Fitzgerald a nd others to keep this focus in their quest toward being k ey and major players in the m anagement of our country. Senator Fitzgerald, my prayers are with you and m aybe someday I may reveal m yself to you. I hope that the l eaders of your political party w ill embrace you along with t he other young talents, and will encourage your transition t o leadership. E mbracing it with their able g uidance and experience, for w e are at the threshold of a new beginning for a better Bahamas. Senator Fitzgerald, God speed and do well... UNDER 40 WITHOUT A BULLET Nassau, October, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 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 WASHINGTON The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdenedb y persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbours, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave. The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, help explain why Iraq's struggle to create a unified, independent state continues, despite a dramatic reduction in violence. They appear to support arguments by some expertst hat the U.S. should keep thousands of troops there beyond their scheduled departure in 2011, to buy more time for Iraq to become sta ble. The threats described in the leaked documents come from outside, including next-door Iran, as well as inside, in the form of sectarian, political and even family rivalries that predate the 2003 American-led invasion ande ndure today. The reports demonstrate the weakness of Iraq's civic institutions, court system and military, even before sectarian violence exploded in 2006-2007. In the fall of 2005, the U.S. military discovered evidence of plots to assassinate various officials, including an Iraqi Army colonel. In September, one of the war logs said, a g roup of judges were abducted in Balad, beaten and forced into the trunk of a car. Another example: On June 6, 2006, U.S. forces reported discovering large amounts of blood on the floor, a rubber hose and electric wires rigged to a metal door in a holding cell in an Iraqi police station in Husaybah, in western Iraq. The report called the discoveries "evidence o f unchecked torture" and "clear indications" of human rights violations. The U.S. report said that for a time, U.S. military advisers slept in the police station to make sure prisoners were not abused, checked arrest logs and counseled Iraqi police, warning them against these practices. But even a programme of training and counseling didn't put an end to the abuses.A ccording to a report dated Feb. 16, 2009, U.S. forces reported the mistreatment of 33 detainees in custody at the same police station. The Associated Press was given access to a redacted WikiLeaks database hours before its general release Friday, but was not pro vided the raw data. The documents appear to be authentic, but their origin could not be confirmed independently. T he leaked war logs reflect significant progress as well. There has been a dramatic improvement in security since the height of the violence in 2006-07, due to a weakened threat from al-Qaida and an Iraqi population weary of the sectarian bloodletting that once threatened to plunge the country into civil war. Even so, some experts question whether the fledgling military and police forces are c apable of defending Iraq after Washington completes its scheduled pullout on December 31, 2011. Those who hold these pessimistic views also worry Iraq could repeat its history of turning to a military dictator in the mould ofS addam Hussein. Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Iraq in 200708, said Washington has decided to turn the page on Iraq but must not close the book. "We're still very much at the beginning of this story, or more to the point, the Iraqis are at the beginning of their new narrative in their history, and for all of the extraordinarya chievements that we've seen, the list of challenges is even greater," he said Friday. One major challenge is the country's polit ical paralysis. Iraqi politicians are struggling to form a new government seven months after a national election failed to produce a clear winner. That's a symptom, to some, of the country's stubborn religious and ethnic schisms. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki'so pponents said the WikiLeaks documents showed he must be stopped from consolidating power. Al-Maliki's office responded by saying the document leak was timed to sabotage his re-election hopes. Crocker called it "profoundly important" that the U.S. maintain a military presence in Iraq beyond 2011, despite America's weariness with the long and costly war and pressure to s hift more resources to Afghanistan. The leaked documents posted by Wik iLeaks recount Iran's role in arming and train ing Shiite militia groups and seeking to influ ence Iraqi politics a concern that may deepen as American influence in Baghdad wanes. In Crocker's view, Iraq will struggle for years with profound internal political and social problems. Meanwhile, he said, Iran is ine ffect telling Iraq: "Looks like the Americans are leaving, and guess what flash news we're staying." Before the U.S.-led invasion, predominantly Arab Iraq was stronger militarily than Persian Iran, an old foe. Today, due to the U.S. defeat of Saddam's forces and its dismantling of his army, Iran enjoys a vast numerical advantage over Iraq inb attle tanks and other weapons of war. Iran is likely to keep that edge for years to come. Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and a frequent visitor to Iraq, said that it could be another decade before Iraq has an effective air force. In 2003, Iraq had 2,200 main battle tanks, compared with 1,565 for Iran, Cordesman w rote in a new assessment of Iraq's military. Today, Iran's fleet of main battle tanks has swelled to 1,613 while Iraq's has fallen to 149. By Cordesman's calculations, Iraq's security forces are going to be much less capable in December 2011 when the last U.S. troops are scheduled to depart than was planned when the Bush administration negotiated the withdrawal agreement just two years ago. n (By Robert Burns, AP National Security writer). Inspired by new breed of young politicians LETTERS Leaked files portray weak, divided Iraq Now through Sat Nov 6 on Mackey StDURING NASSAU GLASS COMPANYSART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREPre~Christmas SaleA M O S F E R G U S O N O R I G I N A L SN o w t h r o u g h N o v e m b e r 6 t hL i m i t e d s u p p l y o f A m o s p a i n t i n g s a v a i l a b l e D o n t m i s s o u t o n N G C s S t o r e w i d e S a l e2 0 % 6 5 %o f f( ex c l u d i n g g l a s s d e p a rt m e n t& i t e m s o n c o n s i g n m e n t ) E DITOR, The Tribune. REGARDING t he Tony Blair Christopher Hitchens debate over God next month in Toronto: T he claims to atheism are both presumptuous and intrinsically false. A world which has to create its own justice through h uman reason alone a reason whose very existence a nd origin atheists cannot explain is a world without hope. When human interests and values are based on reason alone, apart from the truth of God that transcends them, the individual and his human rights, dignity, worth,a nd capacity for self-realisation are at the mercy of caprice. The truth is that we all act by faith every day. We go around affirming that "we believe" in many things, even though we ourselves have not checked out the evidence. Is religious faith, in principle, any different? Not really. T his faith understands that something else that we do n ot see is true, because we accept the testimony of some one who saw. We Christians, for example, accept the testimony of Christ and His apostles who saw and believed. Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology that reduces man to a mere machine. When man is nothing more than a product he becomes subject to the control of man. Imperfect individuals must then be weeded out; the path of planning and production must aim at the perfect man. Suffering must disappear, and life is to consist of pleasure alone. In the final analysis atheism is a recipe for consumerism, selfishness, power, and pleasure-seeking. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada October 14, 2010. Atheism is essentially a materialist ideology EDITOR, The Tribune. It has been almost two m onths since my son smashed up my car at the light near St Thomas More, and the malfunc t ioning light that caused the accident is still not working. The green light works fine, but there is noy ellow and no red! I have two questions. Why was a malfunction light left on and why has its till not been fixed! The police know it is not working. Why is it still endanger ing lives? Who is responsi ble, or should I say impossible? Are drivers supp osed to just guess what t he light is? OK, so thats five questions, but please, whoever is responsible, please have more regard for the safety of the citizens of this country! DIANE FLETCHER Nassau, October 18, 2010. Faulty light that caused accident still not working


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter A RAUCOUS exchange in the House of Assembly last week, in which one MP was asked by the Speaker to leave,was considered entertaining by youth leaders in the visitors gallery. Youth parliamentarians were in the House as observers on Wednesday in preparation for their own session on Friday. Mrs Cynthia Pratt, MP for St Cecilia, admitted she could understand if some of them left with mixed feelings. One of the youth leaders, Deangelo Beneby, said: Some of them were out of order. I like the back and forth, but they need more respect for the person who is talking. Maquel Lightbourne said she found the heated exchanges between parliamentarians "entertaining," and liked to see the "fire." During the session, House Speaker Alvin Smith asked Frank Smith, member of parliament for St Thomas More, to leave. This came after Mr Smith stood up in the House and said to the Speaker: You are unfair, in the midst of a heated exchange between parliamentarians. Shortly before the offending statement, the Speaker had ordered remarks made by Charles Maynard, Golden Isle MP, against Mr Smith withdrawn and expunged from the records of the House. Obie Wilchcombe, West End MP, sought to intervene on Mr Smiths behalf, asking the chair to suspend the House for five minutes to allow the leaders of both parties to speak. I do not believe he has warranted dismissal from this chamber, said Mr Wilchcombe. Denying his request, the Speaker said: I suggest you speak to your member, but he needs to withdraw himself. Seeking to appease the Speaker, Mr Smith withdrew his offensive remarks. The Speaker indicated that is not good enough. Mr Smith then apologised profusely to the chair. However, he continued to make outbursts during a raucous session of the House and was cautioned by the Speaker on two other occasions. One more outburst and I am not going to be too kind, the Speaker said on the third warning. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Youth leaders: heated House exchanges entertaining


T HE Rotary Club of East N assau continues to enjoy and celebrate its close relationship with the youth arms in its Rotary Family. The Club congratulates the Rotaract Club of East Nassauo n its donation of $2,000 to Haiti Disaster Relief and t akes this opportunity to r emind Bahamians that Haiti's p light is ongoing. The Rotary Club of East N assau also welcomed members of its newest Interact C lub at Christian Heritage S chool to its regular Friday meeting at the Yacht Club, w here the new members were f ormally inducted into the East Nassau and worldwide Rotary Families. Christian Heritage School i s the most recent addition to the Rotary Club of East Nas sau family. Rotary Club of E ast Nassau also mentors Interact Clubs at Queen's Coll ege and St Anne's schools. R otary's Interact clubs are o pen to secondary school stud ents 14 to 18 years old and have a membership of some 200,000 students worldwide in m ore that 110 countries. All o ver the world, young people are furthering the ideals of Rotary of fellowship and i nternational understanding t hrough Interact service activities. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter AN ARMEDman was shot by a police officer early Friday morning after allegedly being caught try ing to steal gasoline from the officers private vehicle. ASP Delva said the officer was at home around 5am when he heard his dog barking. He went outside with his service revolver and saw a black male with a gasoline container in hishand. The officer said the indi vidual produced a knife and approached him in a threatening manner. The officer commanded the individual to stop and drop the knife, but he refused. The officer, concerned for his safety, shot the suspect in the leg. The man was arrested and taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital, wherehe was treated for his injuries and detained. Police investigations are continuing into the matter. MEDIA freedom and defamation, the use of technology in court, and competing criminal jurisdictions were among the issues discussed at a recent meeting of law ministers and attorneys general of Commonwealth small jurisdictions. The meeting, in which 23 jurisdictions were represented, w as attended by John Delaney, Attorney General and Minis ter of Legal Affairs in The Bahamas. Mr Delaney said: This meeting has been tremendously u seful, especially since many of the issues confronting law ministers and attorneys general all over the Commonwealth are familiar issues that we presently face in the Bahamas. One such common issue is international co-operation with respect to mutual legal assistance. I was pleased to share the fairly successful experience of the Bahamas in this area. During the two-day meeting, which was held at the Com monwealth Secretariats headquarters, discussions also focused on juvenile justice, the role of the attorney general, and alternative sentencing and overcrowding in correctional institutions. Mr Delaney also participated in discussions on strengthening public confidence in the criminal justice system; strength ening disaster laws in an era of climate change, and anti-corruption strategies for small jurisdictions. Armed man shot by police A TTORNEY-GENERAL ATTENDS COMMONWEALTH LAW MEETING M EETING: A ttorney General John Delaney R OTARY N EWS Rotary Club donates $2,000 to Haiti relief PICTURED FROM L EFT: R otary Club of East Nassau President, Joanne Smith; Partners in Service Director Desiray Ingraham; Stu-d ent Adviser Carol Harrison; Interact President Shivargo Beneby; Vice-President, Heather Armbrister; Secretary, Bryttany Roberts; Treasurer,M ontel Williams; Fellowship and Fund-raising Director, Sowmya Thottambeti and Student Adviser Emmerick Taylor. PICTURED FROM LEFT: Anne Meyers, president of the Rotaract Club of East Nassau; Joanne Smith, President of Rotary Club of East Nass au; Jaime Lewis, Community & International Service Director and L indsey Cancino Assistant District Governor for the Rotary Clubs of the B ahamas at the $2,000 cheque presentation for Haiti Disaster Relief.


By MIKE LIGHTBOURN IT MAY sound easy and its tempting. But selling your property without the services of a professional realtor can easily turn into a nightmare. Ask the majority of vendors if, given a second chance, theyd try to sell their home again without using a professional, and the answer will likely be no. The first mistake in a For Sale By Owner (FSBO pricing. Owners often place an inflated value on their home that has no bearing on size, location, neighbourhood, other propertieson the market or general market conditions. This means it will languish on the market and go through several price drops before it sells. While a vendor reasons he can save on the real estate commission, the purchaser uses the same logic. Where does that leave either party? Many vendors think selling a home is as easy as placing an ad in the newspaper or a sign out front. Wrong! Newspaper ads are just one way of getting your information out, especially in this hi-tech world, and a series of ads are usually required, not to mention website exposure and e-mail blasts, among other things. This can be quite expensive. The vendor also lacks that most crucial tool a list of contacts and prospects acquired from years of networking. Someone needs to market the property! That is what a Bahamas Real Estate Association( BREA) professional is for. Fielding calls and showing the home can be an exhausting process if you dont know what youre doing. There is an art to handling inquiries, staging and showing homes and negotiating. Speaking of showing homes, if you are working, when will you find time to show your home? Will you be able to drop everything to accommodate the client? The realtor knows how to work through a host of issues, including whether a home might be suitable for a particular prospect, can get answers to zoning questions, get financing information and, most importantly, can advise you as to proper pricing of your property. Dont forget, the market determines the eventual selling price, not you, your realtor or how much you need to get out of the sale. Put an inflated price on your property and it will languish on the market. Tip of the week Use a BREA professional. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MERCEDES-BENZE-Class, C-Class, CLC-Class & ML-Class Tyreflex Star Motors is the Exclusive Authorized Dealer for Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Isuzu vehicles. New &Used Cars &Trucks Sales, Parts &Service Call us at 325.4961 or visit our showroom on Wulff Rd today! Top of the Line Performance Vehicles only at Tyreflex Star Motors. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your new Top of the Line Vehicle at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 SUBARU ForesterISUZU D-MAX Trucks &DYHV9LOODJHURIHVVLRQDO7XUQ.H\IFHXLWHV)RUHQW 7KHSUHPLHUFKRLFHIRUVHULRXVEXVLQHVV rr1HZ/RZDWH &RQWDFWULPRQ&KDSSHOORQ (PDLOVLPRQ#FDYHVYLOODJHFRP REALESTATE: EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and a delegation left Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport on Friday for Beijing, China, where he will be the guest of the Chinese government. Pictured are, from left, DionF oulkes, Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs; Mr Ingraham; Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security; and Cabinet Secretary Anita Bernard. Also seen at the back are, Melvin Seymour, Chief of Protocol and Deputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames. P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S PMANDDELEGATIONHEADFORCHINA


T HE Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEFistry of Tourism organised a ceremony to r ecognise Deep Creek M iddle Schools a chievement of Green F lag certification. G reen Flag Certificat ion is international r ecognition which is a warded to eco-friendly schools committed to environmental educa tion and performance. During the ceremony, Hyacinth Winder Pratt, permanent secretary of t he Ministry of Tourism a nd Aviation, congratulated the students for b eing the first school in T he Bahamas and the r egion to receive such an honor. She stated that t ourists list the beautiful beaches, clean water, and environmentas a major attraction to the country. She encouraged the stu dents to promise thatt hey would get their p arents, neighbours, a nd friends involved with promoting sustain-a bility. It is a great milestone that youve achieved. A smalls chool of this size is s etting the pace for the rest of the Englishspeaking Caribbean,s aid Director of Sus tainable Tourism, Earl ston McPhee. Founded in January 2 010, the DCMS EcoClub led the school on its journey to receive the Green Flag withp ilot projects like the creation of a recycling center where studentsr ecycled capri sun p ouches, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. The Eco-club members e nsured no Styrofoam w ould be on campus by delivering 50 cent fines to those students who did not bring their ownr eusable lunch containers. They installed fan and light timers to reduce electricity con s umpt ion. I feel good a bout what weve done. W e did a lot of hard work and it paid off, said Hershal Knowles, president of DCMS Eco-Club. Other club members are Treshae Clark, vice president; M oesha Leary, secretary; Nickeva Griffin, Brittany Gibson, andJ ovanna Sands. DCMS Principal Dr J oanna Paul acknowledged Charlene Carey from BREEF for her s upport in partnering with DCMS to accomp lish their Green Flag status. Its monumentous. W e want the program to grow and get more schools to sign-up,s aid Charlene Carey. Dr Paul further out lined three key areas that DCMS will buildu pon to continue their conservation and academic success. Specifi cally, DCMS is committ ed to increasing stu dent leadership, shar ing knowledge with o ther schools and t eachers throughout The Bahamas, and making their campus a model for sustainabili t y. The PTA of DCMS is extremely proud of t he accomplishments of t he Eco-Club in securing the international designation of a Green School. As the first school, not only in the Bahamas, but in the Caribbean, their suc cess t oday is a testament to the leade rship andresponsiblecitizens hip that is inspired by motto of DCMS. We are excited to see oury outh blaze this new trail in sustainability a nd we commit to e ncouraging them as they learn and become t eachersinspiring this g eneration to take the h elm in preserving our natural environments", said DCMSP TA Co-President Danielle Gibson. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RESTAURANTS Bahamas Limited, the KFC franchise owners in New Providence, has teamed up with Hands For Hunger to help bring relief to the neediest in the community. The effort is part of World Hunger Reliefs initiative to feed children in 82 countries around the world. Starting on October 12 and continuing next month, all 10 New Providence KFCs stores will have collection canis ters where KFC invites customers to join in the global effort by making a charitable donation. Through a special arrangement with World Hunger Relief, at the end of the exercise, 50 per cent of the amount col lected will go to the global relief effort, and KFC will donate the other 50 per cent to the New Providence-based food res cue programme Hands For Hunger. Variety Hands For Hunger is a local food rescue programme committed to the elimination of hunger and reduction of food waste in our community. Hands For Hungers refrig erated trucks pick up a variety of fresh, high-quality prepared foods, fresh produce as well as non-perishable items. Within hours, this food is redistributed to feeding centres across New Providence such as The Bahamas Red Cross and Urban Renewal Centres. KFC vice president and general manager Gabriel Sastre said: We are especially happy to be working with Hands For Hunger in this programme because we are well aware of the tremendous work they have been doing over the past two years providing immediate food support to those most in need, We are asking customers to join us in the fight against hunger, locally and abroad, by donating a small monetary contribution. When a customer purchases a meal, we are asking them to help us stop Hunger with a donation. Ashley Lepine, executive director of Hands For Hunger, expressed appreciation for KFCs shared commitment to making a difference in the lives of Bahamians, and their efforts to raise awareness of the increasing need for food assistance in our community. KFC teams with Hands For Hunger to provide immediate food support in the Bahamas Green Flag recognition for Deep Creek Middle School First school in the Bahamas and English speaking Caribbean to receive honour


C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.25 $4.20 $4.26 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Well-known heart doctor, Dr Conville Brown, has been ordered to pay RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust more than $86,000 plus 14.25 interest, the Supreme Court ruling that he owed this as the balance on a margin loan after dismissing hisc laims of misrepresentation and/or negligence. Justice Neville Adderley, in an October 6, 2010, ruling, found Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k Dr Conville Brown loses misrepresentation and/or negligence claim against merchant bank over margin loan secured on $329,751 brokerage account Problems arose after equity values tanked after September 11, impacting worth of collateral in account Doctor alleged understandings came from talks with Fidelity chair Sunderji, at time he was invited to acquire 5% of then-British American for $300,000 a deal rejected by Central Bank SEE page 6B ANWER SUNDERJI DR. CONVILLE BROWN By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor US federal authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Bahamian attorney Sidney Cambridge over allegations that he knowingly advisedhow to launder $900,000 in funds from a purported Ponzi fraud, and are now moving to extradite him from the Bahamas. Tribune Business has obtained copies of the October 12, 2010, arrest warrant issued by the US south Flori da district court for the former Callenders & Co partner and ex-Progressive Liberal Party (PLP er with the affidavits and oth er documents filed to support the extradition requests by two Federal Bureau of Inves tigation (FBI participated in the undercover sting operation. Attached to the affidavits are two photographs of Mr Cambridge that appear to have been taken, via secret video recording, in Callen ders & Cos offices while he was meeting the undercover FBI agents. The documents detail new information about the case never previously made public, including meetings between the agents and Mr Cambridge at Nassaus British Colonial Hilton Hotel, and how their failure to provide all relevant Know Your Customer (KYC information allegedly got one FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas trouble with his bosses. The papers also allege that the undercover operation was co-ordinated with the Bahamian authorities. Detailing how he and other FBI agents posed as employ ees of a fictitious asset man agement company, who were seeking to launder illegal funds obtained by clients, FBI agent Patrick Wren alleged how a co-accused, Joel Williams, agreed to help them set up a Bahamian bank account, introducing them to Mr Cambridge. The agents, in turn, had been introduced to Williams by former Broward County vice-mayor, Josephus Eggelletion, who had told the FBI asset managers upon hearing they wanted to open offshore bank accounts that he could provide them with Bahamian contacts, and that he did not have to adhere to the ethical restrictions governing him in the United States when he was in the Bahamas. These comments, together with others allegedly made by Mr Cambridge on the FBIs recordings, unfortunately place the Bahamas in a less than flat tering light. They also give further potential ammunition to certain sections of the US gov ernment, plus the likes of the G-20, OECD and Financial Action Task Force, who are Attorney faces US extradition Federal authorities issue arrest warrant for former Callenders & Co attorney Sidney Cambridge, over $ 900,000 money laundering; allegations Documents reveal how p aperwork absence got FirstCaribbean employee in trouble, and that sting operation co-ordinated with Bahamian authorities Photos of Cambridge appear to have been shot in Callenders office via secret video recording SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B ahamian new car dealers are sort of flummoxed that vehicle sales for the2 010 third quarter declined by 24.26 per cent compared to the June quarter, Tribune Business has been told, thes ector having anticipated a boost from the fact they were selling inventory not impacted by the 2010-2011B udget tax increases. Rick Lowe, operations manager at Nassau Motor C ompany (NMC industry was in a quandry, having felt it was likely to s ee a bump-up in new car s ales for the three months t o end-September 2010 as Bahamian consumers moved to exploit the lowerp rices available on models imported prior to the endMay Budget tax increases. H owever, Mr Lowe said the Budgets impact, which also involved a change in the determinant for how the E xcise Tax on new car imports was calculated, was already having an impact on c ommercial vehicle sales. T alking a Silverado picku p truck model, he said its January 2010 price had been $39,531, yet it was nowr etailing for $51,106 in Sep tember 2010 a 29.3 per cent increase. Were seeing a Flummoxed over 24% auto sales fall n New car dealers had anticipated Q3 boost compared to Q2, but consumers did not flock to take advantage of pre-Budget prices as anticipated n Year-over-year Q3 comparatives better, with just 3.32% fall for 2010 period n Leading industry executive expecting no improvement f or another 8-12 months n Commercial vehicles already feeling Budget tax rise impact, one model seeing price rise more than 29% in nine-month period SEE page 7B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter A Bahamian renewable energy solutions provider has described a week of efforts to clear power-saving lightbulbs with Customsa t the Arawak Cay dock as a maddening e xercise, which draws into question just h ow serious the Government is about encouraging Bahamians to reduce their energy bills. P hilip Holdom, executive manager of Integrated Security Services (ISS the Government needs to drop the tariffs they are trying to levy, or they need to stop going around saying we are promoting ener gy efficiency. As it is, they either appear to be ignorant, or hypocrites. The businessmans frustration arose as he attempted to import a shipment of energye fficient Accord lights, made by Cooper Lighting, for a Nassau-based client. The bulbs intended for commercial use canp roduce energy savings of up to 56 per cent, and come housed within a metal box that enhances their light output and allows them to be easily attached to the electrical system, saving labour costs. When the items arrived at the Arawak Cay dock, Mr Holdom said he was initially told by Customs officers that because the b ulbs did not come with an invoice that specifically described them as energy effi cient, they would be charged duty at ther egular rate, and not be imported duty-free. Maddening energy bulb Customs snag SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Governments 2007 signing of the constructionc ontract for the $105 million Wilson City power plant can n ot be a trigger for the sixmonth timeframe to launch Judicial Review proceedings, the facilitys opponents have argued in their appeal motion submitted to the Court of Appeal. In their submission, filed with the Court of Appeal on October 21, 2010, Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA pals, Matthew McCoy, set out as a key ground of appeal their contention that the sixmonth timeframe they had in which to launch Judicial Review proceedings should have begun when the approvals and permits for the plant were issued. They alleged that the grounds for their Judicial Review application did not crystallise with the December 2007 award of the con struction contract to MAN Diesel, as the latter could not have begun work without those permits and approvals. The December 2007 decision was simply a decision to award the contract to build the plant to MAN Diesel, and was not under challenge in the application, RDA alleged. It added that plan ning permission for the project had not been inevitable, and was dependent on the necessary permits. At the Supreme Court lev el, Justice Hartman Longley struck out RDAs case, find ing that it should have brought their case within six months of the Government's December 2007 signing of the contract to build the Abacobased power plant. That meant Judicial Review proceedings should have been brought by June 2008, or November 2008 at latest. Justice Longley also found that based on the evidence, BEC plant contract t be trigger SEE page 3B


It was eventful week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in five out of the 24 listed securities, with two decliners and one advancer. E QUITY MARKET A total of 70,076 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 35,026 shares, almost doubling the previous week's trading volume of 35,050 shares. Focol Holdings (FCL ing 40,600 shares to see its stock close unchanged at $5.46. Cable Bahamas (CAB ing a volume of 3,580 shares to see its share price increase by $0.23, closing at $10.23. Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN er last week, trading a volume of 2,000 shares to see its stock price fall $0.40 to close at $8.10. BOND MARKET No notes traded in the bond market last week. COMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: AML Foods (AML the quarter ended July 31, 2010. AML reported net income of $374,000, a significant decline of $803,000 or 68 per cent from the $1.2 million reported in the comparative quarter in 2009. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM +$//2:((1&$1'< ective November 1, 2010, we will change our trading name to F ind us on Facebook Us: C able Beach 327-2081 Carmichael Rd. 341-4646 Lyford Cay 362-4753 Mall at Marathon 393-6900 S hirley Street 322-2931 Eleuthera 332-2720 E xuma 336-2703 Freeport 351-9230This change will allow us to add greater value to you our customers, reect the global nature of our business and also provide unied representation across the region. One Brand Worldwide Service. This change will apply to all Destinations oces in Nassau which include branches at the Cable Beach Shopping Centre, Carmichael R oad, Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, Mall at Marathon and Shirley Street. The family island locations will included the oces in Governors H arbour, Eleuthera, Georgetown, Exuma and the Regent Centre, Freeport. We encourage you to visit our website to learn more and to see our extensive range of products, services and exciting travel ideas. While t here we also invite you to join our special club to receive exclusive t ravel deals, our new website is: RoyalFidelity Market Wrap E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 22.10.10 BISX CLOSING WKLYVOLUME YTD PRICE S YMBOLPRICEPRICE CHANGE CHANGE A ML$ 1.01$-0-13.68% B BL$ 0.18$-0-71.43% B OB$ 4.90$-0-16.95% BPF$ 10.63$-0-1.02% BSL$ 5.01$-0-50.20% BWL$ 2.84$-0.318,000-9.84% CAB$ 10.23$0.233,5802.51% CBL$ 6.59$-15,896-5.86% CHL$ 2.50$-0-8.09% CIB$ 9.74$-0-2.50% CWCB$ 1.88$-0.090-34.04% DHS$ 1.77$-0-30.59% FAM$ 6.07$-0-6.47% FBB$ 2.17$-0-8.44% FCL$ 5.46$-40,60014.47%F CLB$ 1.00$-00.00% F IN$ 8.10$-0.402,000-12.72% I CD$ 5.59$-00.00% J SJ$ 9.92$-0-0.30% P RE$ 10.00$-00.00% BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS B ISXDESCRIPTION VOLUME PARVALUE S YMBOL F BB13FBB Series0$1,000 C Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series0$1,000 D Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series0$1,000 A Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series0$1,000 B Notes Due 2022 SEE page 7B


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determined to force the Bahamas out of the international financial services business. The case is already understood to have severely embarrassed Callenders & Co and the firms other partners/employees, none of whom have any connection to the affair, and nor have they been accused of wrongdoing. It is also somewhat embarrassing for the PLP, given the comment by Eggelletion, who has already been convicted as a result of the FBI operation, that he was gonna be raising some money for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas thats running for re-election. There is nothing, though, to suggest that Perry Christie or the PLP have done anything wrong. Meanwhile, Agent Wrens affidavit said that after the intricacies of opening a Bahamian bank account and International Business Company (IBC had been explained to the undercover FBI men: Williams told us that there really was no regulation in the Bahamas, and that the Bahamas did not have a treaty with the United States. He said that he had great attorneys and certified public accountants in the Bahamas. Williams represented that he was working on a real estate development in the Bahamas at Chub Cay, in the Berry Islands, and in a subsequent February 25, 2007, meeting with the FBI agents disclosed that his Bahamian attorney worked at Callenders & Co and was a banking expert. Williams allegedly said that he and Mr Cambridge would charge a percentage for their services. The FBI agents first direct contact with Mr Cambridge came on March 5, 2007, via telephone conference call. A meeting at Callenders & Co was set up for the following day, and the agents alleged: Cambridge stated that when dealing with serious bank applications, it was all about approach. He told me that when the Central Bank, referring to the Government bank authority in the Bahamas, saw that a law firm with banks was involved, the application carried a totally different confidence. Prior to the meeting with Mr Cambridge, the FBI agents indicated to Williams that their clients funds were illegal, and he allegedly responded that the Bahamians do not call it money laundering, so long as the money did not come from arms, drugs or terrorists. At the meeting with Mr Cambridge, held at Callenders & Cos One Millars Court offices in downtown Nassau, the FBI agents explained the purported structure of their scheme. They alleged: Cambridge said he had to do due diligence for that know your client stuff, but it was not much. He told us just give him a story where the money came from. After several further phone conversations and meetings over IBC formation, bank account opening and related KYC documents, Agent Wren alleged that he and the others were taken by Mr Cambridge to meet Steve Bonamy, international corporate manager at FirstCaribbeans Shirley Streetbased international wealth management unit. The FBI agents secretly recorded the meeting, during which Mr Bonamy conducteda KYC interview, and got the agents to sign account opening documents for their IBC, Hexagon Development. The account was to be opened once Hexagons IBC registry information was supplied. Mr Bonamy then spoke to the FBI agents on April 5, 2007, to confirm he had received the initial deposit cheque from Callenders for Hexagon. He also told the agents that some necessary account opening documents were missing from Mr Cambridge. This created an uncomfortable situation in the Bahamas, Williams told the agents on August 1, 2007. This was because the information had not been supplied, and FirstCaribbean had been unable to contact the FBI agents about the Hexagon account. Williams stated that Bonamy got in trouble with his employer, FirstCaribbean, because things were not completed and the references were left out of the opening package, Agent Wren alleged. I expressed my concern that this had caused heightened awareness of the account. Williams told me that he and Cambridge discussed the fact that I had only sent $300,000 in four months, when larger amounts were expected and could be sent. Wren than alleged that he was told that someone from FirstCaribbean asked Bonamy why he authorised money to come into the account, and out of the account, without having a bank reference letter and a letter from an attorney in my file. Another FBI agent involved in the sting, John Osa, alleged: Cambridge told us that he had done everything he was required to do by law, referring to the fact that there really is no effective due diligence requirement. Cambridge stated that he relied on Steve Bonamy, an employee at FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas to give Cambridges people less hassle than FirstCaribbean usually would to other bank customers not referred by Cambridge. There is no suggestion that such an imputation is founded, and there is also no suggestion that Mr Bonamy has done anything wrong in relation to this case. He has not been charged in the US. Meanwhile, Agent Wren alleged that he was told Mr Cambridge set the rules in the Bahamas through membership of the Banking Committee. He alleged that Mr Cambridge was described as my guy, with both him and Callenders the biggest insurance policy he had in the Bahamas. The FBI agents alleged that Mr Cambridge and others were eager to increase the amount of funds being laundered through the structure, and met again at the attorneys Nassau office on November 23, 2007. At this meeting, Mr Cambridge suggested adding another sig natory to Hexagon, saying this could be done during a fiveminute interview with Christine Smith at FirstCaribbean. Mr Cambridge allegedly coached the FBI agents on what to say in the interview, and advised that FirstCaribbean would want to hear they were putting money into resort investment. If you need to absorb a lot of cash, you should buy a resort, flip it in six months and probably make money, Mr Cambridge was said to have advised. When told about the questionable source of funds by the agents, Agent Wren alleged: Cambridge replied that we sell secrecy in the Bahamas. Cambridge explained that the Bahamas was an offshore centre and that was what they did. He stated that people with problems bring their money to the Bahamas and they took care of the money. The FBI agents followed his instructions during the interview with Ms Smith, with Agent Wren meeting Mr Cambridge at the British Colonial Hilton that evening. He alleged that he disclosed to Mr Cambridge that the funds were coming from a Ponzi scheme. I also told Cambridge that I wanted his guidance on the best way to do things that would not raise any alarms, Agent Wren alleged. Cambridge suggested heightening the business interest side by sprinkling in one or two acquisitions that could easily be flipped. For instance, if I saw a $600,000 apartment in town I should buy it, hang on to it for 18 months, flip it and buy another. Cambridge also said I should sink some money into soft real estate in the Bahamas to establish some sense of permanence to the authorities........ He added that unless or until a judgment was out there that was enforceable in the Bahamas jurisdiction, I had all the freedom to move about the country as I wished. Cambridge said anything I had offshore in the Bahamas, authorities in the United States could not touch. Cambridge said he would know in advance of a judgment was coming, because the first thing they would do is try to freeze the money. The affidavits detailed all the transactions involved in the purported money laundering scheme. The charges against Mr Cambridge caused surprise in the Bahamian legal and political communities, where he was regarded as a rapidly rising star. Prior to the allegations being made public, he was acting as the attorney for the liquidator in the cases involving CLICO (Bahamas Bank & Trust. 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Meanwhile, metal housing the bulb comes already mounted within was to have duty levied on it at 35 per cent, a Customs official d etermined, thereby all but w iping out any potential d uty savings that should have been associated with the energy efficient lighting. After meeting with acting comptroller of Customs, Charles Turner, yesterdaym orning, a position was reached whereby Mr Holdom was asked to resubmit his Customs entry with the bulbs separate from the fixtures. He was then allowed to clear the bulbs f ree of charge while paying 35 per cent duty to get the housing off the dock. This a dditional charge, Mr Holdom said, he will now reluctantly have to pass on t o his clients, who had been u nder the impression that t heir power-saving lights w ould attract no duty. M r Holdom asserts that t he bulb and the housing should be considered a system, and since one cannotbe effectively used without the other, the Governmentm ust re-consider its position or else face undermining w hat he interpreted as the intention of its tariff reductions on energy efficient b ulbs that of encouraging a s hift to greener technolo g ies in the Bahamas, in light of the acknowledgment that initial capital outlay can be as ignificant impediment to these choices. As such, the businessman said he now intends to appeal the matter to the Prime Minister, admitting that while it may seem absurd that a Prime Mini ster should be involved in an individual decision on a lightbulb, this may be theo nly way to ensure that what he considers as an element of rationality is brought tobear on similar situations in t he future. This happens with about every third or fifth shipment of lights I bring in. They are playing semantics, said Mr Holdom. He added that he h ad experienced similar p roblems importing LED lights (light emitting diodes which do not have the appearance of traditional lightbulbs. Separate Mr Turner said Customs viewed the bulb and the housing, which it was intended to be mounted within, as two separate items. We have no problem with the bulbs being duty free, but the other part is a fixture, he said. However, Mr Holdom s ays Customs needs to be a m ore little open minded because there are new products on the market They might look different but they are still an energy efficient light, he said. Mr Turner told The Trib une that so as not to show a ny bias in (their o f the situation, the Customs Department has written to the World Customs Organisation for advice on what it recommends in such circumstances. They are independent and we will go with their advice, said Mr Turner, a dding that a letter sent s ome time ago had not yet elicited a response. Mr Holdom said that based on his experience in the past in bringing in solar equipment to install for clients in the Bahamas, he expects to shortly be again at odds with the Customs D epartment when an antici pated shipment containing a wind turbine, solar panels and solar batteries arrives. They say, Okay, this is a solar panel. But this is a wire... and they want to charge you duty on that. I say: Well what can I do with that wire?. Its like saying y oure going to eliminate d uty on electric cars and then trying to charge 45 per cent on the tyres, the radio and the chassis when someone brings one in, Mr Holdom said. 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that RoyalFidelity had proven its case on a balance of probability, dismissing Dr Browns defence and counterclaim in a matter that dated back more than a decade and to events at the time of the September 11, 20011, terror attacks. Recording the disputes origins, Justice Adderley said that Dr Brown held a brokerage account with RoyalFidelity (then just Fidelity 2000, containing shares (equities) that he owned in companies worth a collective $329,751. RoyalFidelity then agreed to make a margin loan to Dr Brown for an amount up to 50 per cent of the collective worth of the securities held in his brokerage account. This meant that the maximum loan the investment bank could grant was $164,875. The judgment recorded the date of the loan agreement as being February 17, 2000, and the documents involved included a Line of Credit Agreement; promissory note; and an authorisation to hold funds. It was a term of the Line of Credit Agreement that the loan amount would not be allowed to exceed 50 per cent of the value of the equities and, if it did, the plaintiff would have to pay the excess within 14 days, Justice Adderley said. If the excess was not paid, the plaintiff could sell securities as it deemed necessary. Booming Unfortunately for Dr Brown, while the margin loan facility was signed at a time when the Bahamian and US economies were booming, and stock prices in both this market and elsewhere were high, it was not long before the economic and financial worlds headed south as a result of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. The Bahamas was not immune, and with the slide in t he value of equities listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX the collective worth of the shares in Dr Browns brokerage account also plummeted with all the implications that entailed for the margin loan facility. By letter dated October 4, 2002, [RoyalFidelity] informed [Dr Brown] that the securities had so declined in value that he was only eligible for a facility of $98,111, by which time he had an overdraft of $179,773, Justice Adderley said. The plaintiff informed him that either he had to increase the amount of securities in the brokerage account or pay the sum of $81,661 to bring the loan down to 50 per cent of the security value. The defendant [Mr Brown] paid some of the loan due, but has refused to pay any further sum on the ground that the plaintiff deceived him into e ntering into the agreement by representing that it was a market maker and would so manage his securities in his brokerage account that he would never have to provide any additional funds to secure his loan facility. Not surprisingly, RoyalFidelity rejected these allegations, and successfully sued for the funds it claimed, the Frederick Street-based merchant bank also getting the Supreme Court to impose a punitive 14.25 per cent interest rate per annum on this. Former RoyalFidelity broker, David Slatter, in evidence to the Supreme Court, recalled meeting Dr Brown to discuss the structure of the facility and execution of the margin loan documents. He denied giving Dr Brown investment advice, as the terms of his employment prevented him from doing so, and the doctor ordered his attorney, Wayne Munroe, to drop allegations to the contrary during the trials cross-examin ation. Another RoyalFidelity employee, Velma Miller, agreed with Mr Slatter that only three documents were signed in connection with the margin loan facility. She added that Dr Browns margin loan bore an interest rate of Bahamian Prime plus 4 per cent, while the default rate applied after the October 2002 margin call was Bahamian Prime plus 8.25 per cent. The penalty rate continued until [Dr Brown] either rectified the shortfall of the value of the security by infusing cash into the brokerage account or providing additional security which would increase the value of the brokerage account to twice the amount of the loan, Justice Adderley found. Statement In his witness statement, Dr Brown identified three alleged misrepresentations made by RoyalFidelity. These were: That in accordance with the promissory note, the loan amount would not exceed 50 per cent of the market value of t he shares to bring the loan within the agreed limits That the promissory note superseded the Line of Credit agreement And that he was at risk of losing 100 per cent of the shares in his account, as the loan was secured through the collateral provided by these securities Justice Adderley said this went further than Dr Browns defence pleading, which said he was given representations that the loan agreement involved a maximum risk of 50-100 per cent of the value of his securities portfolio, and no more, as the securities would be sold or bought by the plaintiff in its capacity of market maker in order to repay the loan. Dr Brown alleged that this understanding was reached in a conversation with Anwer Sunderji, the Fidelity Groups chairman and chief executive, at a time when the latter had invited him to purchase a 5 per cent stake in the groups predecessor organisation, British American Bank, for $300,000. Dr Brown attempted to invest the $300,000, but this transaction was reversed by the Central Bank of the Bahamas because he was not an institutional investor. Eventually, he invested part of the funds in RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust when the Fidelity group became the successor organisation to British American Bank. While Dr Brown did not state that a particular misrepresentation was made to him, he stuck to the alleged understanding as pleaded in his initial defence, although the Supreme Court found such suggestions were not put to Mr Slatter at the time the margin loan was executed. In his ruling, Justice Adderley found that there was not sufficient evidence to support Dr Browns contention that the alleged misrepresentations were made or, if they were, that they were reckless or untrue. Furthermore, there is no evidence that such representa tion induced the defendant to enter into the margin loan facility agreement, the judge wrote. In fact, on the evidence of [Dr Brown], he entered into the loan agreement primarily because the other transaction had fallen through and he con tinued to want to invest with the successor to British American Bank. He had built up a portfolio of shares over the years and kept personal custody of the security certificates prior to using them to open a broker age account with the plaintiff, so he was not new to securities trading. While I have assessed the defendant to be a credible wit ness, and have no reason to believe that he did not under stand whatever was said as con stituting the misrepresentation which he claims, there is no supporting evidence that the misrepresentation was, in fact, made. Justice Adderley added: If such a representation was made, one would have expected a written indemnity to that effect in favour of [Dr Brown] in the margin loan documents, and having regard to the demonstrated intellectual acu men of the defendant, I would have expected him to insist upon it at the time. However, the only indemnity agreement in the relevant documents was one that favoured RoyalFidelity. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 'U/LX=HOLQ/HRf+DV 029('IURPLOODJHRDGWR :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOH0LUDFXORXV&KLQHVHHGLFDO'RFWRU 6WRSDLQ,Q$LQXWHV FROM page 1B Heart doctor ordered to pay Fidelity $86k


INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT M ONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 The stories behind the news A WINNER IN THE SNPA'S CARMAGE WALLS COMMENTARY PRIZE CATEGORY By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor LAST week, a prestig ious group of American publishers awarded a top honour to Insight for itss eries urging the passage of a Bill criminalising marital rape. In so doing, they also issued a strong thoughu nspoken indictment of our governments fainthearted surrender on an issue of fundamental importance in terms of womens constitutional right to be treated equally. The judges, aware the Bill had been shelved earlier this year, called the articles incredibly powerful and a display of the greatest bravery in the face of an entrenched power structure an implicit condemnation of governments weakness and cowardice when confronted with the braying of a brainwashed minority and the ramblings of tinpot religious autocrats. The excuse given was that not enough people including the majority of those the Bill was trying to protect were vocal in supporting the law. This is indefensible nonsense. In the first place, it is highly unrealistic to expect the victims of any form of violence or abuse, particularly if it is domestic in nature and especially in a chauvinistic society that affirms the rights of the abuser, to speak up for themselves. If they could, most cases of domestic abuse would n ot end up being chronic and there would be no need for victim advocacy groups. Secondly, it is disingenu ous to portray the protestations of the vocal few as indicative of widerp ublic opinion. It was easy to anticipate the reaction of certain religious figures who jealously guard against per c eived threats to their own importance. Their voices were, of course, amplified through the bumper membership of their jumper churches, all presumably warned in advance that hell-fire awaited those advocating change. However, the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and SeventhDay Adventist churches taken together a majority of the religious community came out in favour of the Bill. Leaders Thirdly, while there is a great deal to be said about leaders never losing sight of the will of the people, even if the governments explanation was plausible, the formation of laws can never be reduced to a crass popularity contest. Consider the likely result, for example, of a referendum on a new law expelling all foreigners or a mandatory doubling of private sector salaries. Finally, this issue is not, strictly speaking, up for d ebate in the first place. At its heart, the criminalisation of marital rape is an imperative under the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, which mandates that all citizens of the Bahamas have equal security of the person and the protection of the law, regardless of race, creed or sex. No argument about the sanctity of the marriage bed or encroachment of secular authority on spiritual matters not to mention the especially unsavory view that the duplicitous nature of women will lead to false accusations can disguise the glaring fact that married women in this society do not enjoy the same rights as their unmarried counterparts; the former can be forced into sex without recourse in law. It is clear that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham understands this; he said as much in a speech on the Marital Rape Bill at an FNM Womens Association meeting. Furthermore, on his watch, efforts have been made to: create freedom of information legislation, bestow equal opportunity on the foreign spouses of Bahamian women, and give Bahamians the same r ights as foreigners with regard to gambling. What these moves have in common is that they all represent efforts to enhance equality and social justice. They also share the dubious distinction of having been dropped when the government lost courage. Once bitten by the rejection of the 2002 referendum of the rights of foreign spouses, perhaps the FNM has become twice shy. Calculation Or perhaps it is purely a matter of political cal culation: not so much a fear that a majority oppose the Bill and will express this with their vote, but rather an assumption that most peo ple are indifferent, and the vocal minority in opposition is large enough to tip the more or less evenly-balanced scales of political support. At the same time, it turns out that for many in the government, shelving the Bill was less a case of strategy and more a matter of prejudice. Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner, who cham pioned the Bill in parlia ment, revealed that when push came to shove, she couldnt even count on her Cabinet colleagues. "I cant say that I had full consensus on the gov erning side," she admitted. And if chauvinism is alive and well within the FNM, it seems to rule unchallenged in the PLP: not a single member of the opposition expressed support for the Bill. For all their talk of being progressive, the Progressive Liberal Party under Perry Christie has a dire record on such issues, opposing the 2002 referendum, taking advantage of every opportunity to attack press freedom and failing to take a solid position on either gaming reform or marital rape. They said both issues need wider consultation a stance that is the very def inition of political cowardice. This is not surprising, as the party has long shown itself to be in the pocket of the more regressive ele ments of our religious community. The Tribune is often criticised by politicians for airing the countrys dirty laundry in full view of international observers. We do so because we feel that lifting the veil on such issues in the local context if possible, internationally if necessary is the only effective way of promoting fairness and justice in a society sorely lacking in both. As such, while we are honoured by and grateful for the SNPAs recogni tion, we value it most in terms of its capacity to shame our leaders into action. SEE PAGESTWO AND THREE FOR THEAWARD WINNING ARTICLES INSIGHT HONOURED FOR SERIES ON MARITAL RAPE T T O O D D A A Y Y , w w e e r r e e p p r r i i n n t t t t w w o o a a r r t t i i c c l l e e s s t t h h a a t t w w o o n n s s e e c c o o n n d d p p l l a a c c e e i i n n t t h h e e S S o o u u t t h h e e r r n n N N e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r P P u u b b l l i i s s h h e e r r s s A A s s s s o o c c i i a a t t i i o o n n s s C C a a r r m m a a g g e e W W a a l l l l s s C C o o m m m m e e n n t t a a r r y y P P r r i i z z e e , a a n n h h o o n n o o u u r r g g i i v v e e n n t t o o n n e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r s s t t h h a a t t a a d d v v o o c c a a t t e e s s t t r r o o n n g g , c c o o u u r r a a g g e e o o u u s s a a n n d d p p o o s s i i t t i i v v e e e e d d i i t t o o r r i i a a l l p p a a g g e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s h h i i p p . T T h h e e S S N N P P A A r r e e p p r r e e s s e e n n t t s s h h u u n n d d r r e e d d s s o o f f n n e e w w s s p p a a p p e e r r s s a a c c r r o o s s s s t t h h e e 2 2 4 4 s s o o u u t t h h e e r r n n s s t t a a t t e e s s o o f f t t h h e e U U n n i i t t e e d d S S t t a a t t e e s s . AWARD: The SNPA Foundation award (above R upert Missick and Paco Nunez (pictured left to right respectively Introduction: Our unequal society


T HE Bahamas Christian Council has declared itself opposed to government's efforts to protect women fromb eing raped by their husbands, arguing that the proposed amendment to the Sexual Offences and Domestic Viol ence Act could threaten the i nstitution of marriage. The council paints a picture of a society beset on all sides by forces seeking to destroy thef oundations upon which it rests. In reality, the government's proposed marital rape law is a vital component of the enlighte ned society we should be a spiring to become, and it is the Christian Council that is attempting to drag us back into the dense gloom of darker ages. By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor M Y immediate reaction to t he Christian Council's rejection of the proposed marital rape law was utter disgust. Disg ust, but not surprise. It was, after all, in keeping w ith the council's tendency to ward off perceived challenges to its own position by branding them threats to public morality. The Catholic Archdiocese, t he Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church and the Sev-e nth-Day Adventist Church have all given their approval to g overnment's proposed law. The Christian Council alone claims that while it respects the rights of individuals, an abiding concern for God's plan for" families and nations" prohibits its members from lending their s upport. Anyone who doubts that this s tance is self-serving should pause to ask how the Council c an be so concerned about families and nations, when it hasso little to say about the rampant crime, violence, sexual abuse and corruption that p lagues this nation. Indeed, it is only a select few i ssues that tend to frighten Christian Council members into a ction: homosexuality, the showcasing of "immoral" films and performers, gambling, and now the right of a man to rape his wife. T his is because in a changing world, the Council's main c oncern has become maintain ing a stranglehold on the cons cience on a large portion of this society. T he public statements of Council members over the past several years have made it clear they feel social progress defined by most of the western w orld as having to do with rights and democracy threat e ns much of what they hold dear. After all many of them have become exceedingly com fortable in their roles as the self-appointed moral arbitersof the nation. This is why violent crime is never high on the Council's agenda -it is opposed universally in modern societies and is therefore not perceived as athreat. Homosexuality, gambling and "unchristian" films, on the other hand, all enjoy wide acceptance in the western world. What's more, they are symbolic of an outlook that values independence of mind and does not tolerate self-appointed father figures. This also explains why the Council -alone among the religious entities that responded to the proposal decided to sug gest specific changes to the amendment, recommending that a man should only be prosecuted for forcing sex on his wife if there is violence involved and even then should not be incarcerated for the first offence, but rather subjected to "rehabilitative steps." The Council also objected to the words "who is not his spouse" being deleted from the definition of rape, "thereby leaving it as is and allowing rape to only be possible between two persons who are not married to each other." While government made no mention of religion in its proposal, the Council's response suggested that "the government and the church" should work together to create "rehabilitative centres" for husbands who force themselves on their wives. The laws of the Bahamas are enacted by parliament without deference to any other entity,but it seems the Council will not miss a chance to insinuate itself into the debate and remind the public how important it is. THE LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL In announcing the Christian Council's opposition to the amendment, Council president R ev Patrick Paul went to great lengths to defend the reasoning behind the decision. As is perhaps inevitable consideringt he reasonableness of governm ent's proposition, this defence was anything but airtight. He opened with an unattributed and slightly misquoted s tatement by Martin Luther King Jr: "A just law is a man's code that squares itself with the moral law or the law of God." H e obviously intended this to suggest that laws are not just if they do not conform to Scriptural dictates, but a look at the context of the statement does m ore to contradict Rev Paul's argument than support it. D r King was writing from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabam a, where he had been arrested for leading non-violent action against segregation. He was working to break a system that inflicted violence and injustice u pon one group of people, because of a quality over which t hey had no control -their race. A s it turns out, Rev Paul is attempting to support a system that does the very same thing; discriminate against another group women leaving them o pen to physical and psychological trauma at the hands of t heir spouses as a consequence of their gender. D r King was responding to a group of white clergymen who opposed his non-violent direct action protests and called instead for negotiations. The r everend rejected this position, because "lamentably, it is an h istorical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their p rivileges voluntarily." He was referring to southern whites, but could just as wellh ave been talking about the Bahamian male, who in addit ion to a host of unspoken social advantages, has the exclusive legal right to transfer citizenship to his spouse and can force sex upon his wife without censure. Then again, Dr King's com ments could be seen as applying to the Christian Council and its members, for whom the host of social ills which plague this country seem to mean little compared to the handful of fringe issues that threaten their long established fiefdom. Rev Paul goes on to claim society will "experience utter chaos" if laws contrary to "moral law" are passed, but he conveniently fails to mention the many countries where gambling and homosexuality are legal, where adults can watch whatever films they wish and marital rape is illegal, but they do not have anywhere near the levels of violence, child abuse, rape and murder suffered by Bahamians. Rev Paul's choice of this particular quote is interesting for another reason. When Dr King wrote those words, he admitted that he was relying on the work of two of Christianity's most celebrated thinkers: St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. If the Christian Council intends to rely on this as a justification for its stance, must it not explain how this squares with the fact that the Catholic church to which these two scholars devoted their lives, energy and intellect has embraced the government's efforts to protect a wife from rape by her husband? Dr King, following Aquinas, wrote, "Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human per sonality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false s ense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority... relegating persons to the status of things." C ould the same not be said o f a law that treats women as sex-objects; instruments of gratification for their husbands? Are we to ignore the wealth of e vidence that states that spousal rape inflicts serious trauma on a woman, damaging her personality and relegating her to thes tatus of a thing? THE CONSTITUTION Rev Paul quotes the preamb le to the Bahamian constitu tion, a favourite strategy of clerg ymen making claims of authority outside the purview o f their congregation. The document states that Bahamian citizens recognise "that the preservation of their freedom will be guaranteed by a national commitment to selfdiscipline, industry, loyalty, unit y and an abiding respect for Christian values and the rule o f law." Rev Paul presumably quotes this to add the weight of constitutional authority to his argu ment. However when examinedc losely the language of the preamble does not support, and c ould actually be seen as dam aging his case. I t speaks of a "commitment" to several personal virtues, but only a "respect" for Christian values. An individual can respect any faith, as well as the v iews of those who decline faith; this does not mean that o ne is bound, or "committed" to all or any of these views. T he distinction may seem trivial, but the words of the con stitution were carefully chosen b y its framers, as Rev Paul should know. Calling for two s ingers to be banned from performing in the Bahamas last year, Rev Paul had said the Christian Council intends to turn the country into the Christian nation it was always intend ed to be. He added: "The founding fathers that coined those things in the Bahamas believed that the Christian church would be the underpin to see fit that those virtues continue from generation to generation and be the moral watchdog of society to deal with the many issues now plaguing our society." In response, two of the original framers of the constitution rejected the idea that the Chris tian church has a mandate to act as the country's moral watchdog. Former parliamentarians George Smith and Sir Arthur Foulkes both delegates to the 1972 constitutional conference in London said no religious body should consider itself special, or empowered to make moral decisions on behalf of the nation. "The church itself has no constitutional power. No church has the right to perform a government function," Sir Arthur said. Mr Smith said that for the country's founders to have promoted one body of faith, or "surrendered" the making of moral decisions to one religion, would have been "unwise". MARITAL RAPE: THE UNFORESEEABLE CONSEQUENCES Rev Paul contends that the heads of many churches feel a marital rape law "can have far reaching consequences" and quotes one local pastor as say ing: "Marital rape is very intricate, and a multi-dimensional subject that has the potential of levelling far-reaching and cross-generational affects on a ny western society built on Judaic-Christian principles. The impact and implications of such a law would be incalculable." A side from its vagueness, this s tatement seems to be in complete contradiction to the available evidence. For more than 50 years, husbands who rape t heir wives have been subject to prosecution somewhere in the world. The practice of marital rape is now illegal in 104c ountries. If the Christian Council wishes to calculate the implications of such a law, a few minutes research would suffice. A s it turns out, there seems to be no record of huge changes i n a society, the collapse of the family unit, or an eruption of w idespread false claims as a result of the passing of such a law. A CONVENIENT D EFINITION B efore stating its specific reservations to the government 's proposal, Rev Paul makes this curious statement: "The council denounces all acts of rape. Rape is cruel, brutal, heartless, atrocious, appalling a nd callous. Rape is absolutely unacceptable and should not be t olerated or allowed amongst members of the Bahamian or a ny other civil society inside or outside the marriage bonds or any other relationship." An admirable sentiment, w hich is also highly convenient considering the fact that the c ouncil reserves the right to define rape as it sees fit, as d emonstrated by the suggestion that marital rape be classified as "spousal abuse." You can rejecta ny practice without consequence once you decide to d efine it in a way that suits your purposes. Furthermore, if rape should not be tolerated "inside or outside the marriage bonds" why does the Council recommend "rehabilitation" of an offender, rather than punishment? THE OBJECTIONS Rev Paul goes on to list the concerns that his members have expressed. These include: Will the institution of marriage be preserved? They are worried, it seems, that the right to withhold sex will lead men to cheat and eventually become disillusioned with marriage. With the rate at which this already occurs in Bahamian society, it is unlikely that a law protecting wives from sexual violation will make it any worse. In addition, it must be asked how these pastors came to feel it is their place to stop would-be sinners from actually committing sin. For the believer of whatever persuasion, is salvation not a question between oneself and God? For the Christian, did not the Sermon on the Mount make it clear that in addition to action, desire and intention matter in terms of sin? For the sake of consistency, should the Council not call for legislation that allows a man to be punished for desiring to cheat on his wife, or wishing to gamble or watch an "immoral" film? Will the amendment not be used as a means of spite or the excuse to end marital relationship differences? This could be said about any law. Any unmarried woman can cry rape against her boyfriend out of spite if she so chooses. For the Christian C ouncil though, fake claims matter more in terms of marital rape. This is because their concern is not protecting innocentm en, but preserving the institution of marriage. Divorce is of course perfectly legal in this country, and whether or not its i ncidence grows as a result of a n ew law is of no legal relevance whatsoever; no divorce proceeding is affected by how many others have occurred int hat particular year. But the Council identifies respect for the institution of marriage witha Bahamas run according to t heir programme. I n any case, there seems little to worry about. Studies estimate that in Australia, 10 per cent of rape victims werea ttacked by their husbands, and that in the United States more than 10 per cent of married women had been raped by their s pouses. Yet in these societies, w here marital rape is illegal, there has been no corresponding explosion of false claims. Will the proper checks and b alances be put in place to ensure that unfounded claims are not made? This is a technical question applicable to any law, and theA ttorney General's office has already stated that all falsec laimants will be prosecuted. Will those investigating these matters be given clear written protocols and would they be mature, confidential persons? T his applies to investigators in any rape case, or any otherm atter of a sensitive nature. How far should the government be going with things t hat are sacred and intimate? Here Rev Paul gets to the crux of the matter. "How far should government be allowed to impinge upon matters which b elong to us?" he effectively asks. O f course, this is utter nonsense, as in the Bahamas, marr iage is an explicitly legal and secular institution. RELIGION, RIGHTS AND JUSTICE Rev Paul writes: "The counc il fully agrees that we must protect the rights of all in our s ociety. But we cannot be too careful to protect persons w hose rights may have been violated by implementing laws that have the potential and provide opportunity for the malig nant, the evil, the whoremong ers and the spiteful persons who are looking for ways to getb ack at someone, because of some unfortunate circumstance." Rev Paul is saying the rights of individuals are not absolute, and should be protected only up to a point. Where this may involve passing laws that create opportunities for false claims and adultery, rights become secondary. This suggestion is ridiculous in terms of feasibility -we would have to abolish every criminal law, as a spiteful person can make a false claim in connection with any crime. It also betrays a worrying obsession with regulating the behaviour of others beyond the prop er place of the law. Adultery is not against the law in the Bahamas, and therefore should not factor into the lawmaking process, despite what the Coun cil may think. Rev Paul then goes on to call the Bible the "airbag" of humanity; the only book "that seeks men and women's highest good and protection." His argument is that because this book emphasises righteousness, this is the key to "sta bility and safety" for man, but because the Bible teaches that no man is righteous on his own all those who renounce their sins are forgiven. It therefore follows that husband and wife should be willing to forgive each other after unpleasant incidents even rape, it seems. The problem here is that this is all a matter of opinion. Not only are there many interpretations of the road to salvation within Christianity be it through grace or works there are also a great many people who live in this country who do not share Rev Paul's faith. What would our Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, agnostic and atheistic brothers say about this attempt to make laws in accor dance to Rev Paul's faith? Rev Paul goes on to say that "righteousness equals justice" and that "justice is an expression for reconciliation." It may be so to him, but it is not in the eyes of the law. As far as the law is concerned, justice is the punishment or rehabilitation of a n individual through fines, incarceration or other penalties, as a consequence of his having been proven guilty ofb reaking one or more of the clearly defined codes or regulations enshrined by the nation's legislative body. T he law deals with concrete e vidence, and calls for guilt to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. There is no room for "the remorseful, regretful anda pologetic heart" that Rev Paul says is the condition upon which a husband who has raped his wife should be forgiven -u nless this peculiar heart cond ition can be proven by means of a chest x-ray. Furthermore, this idea that justice is an expression of rec-o nciliation" is quite something coming from an organisation whose members have supported capital punishment. Why d oes the Council not think murd erers should be "reconciled"? What about armed robbers and child molesters? If they feel this w ay, why are they not protesting the very existence of Her M ajesty's Prison? Of course, when it suits our nation's more vocal pastors, the definition of justice becomes "an eye for an eye." It seemst hey would take us back to the days of the witch hunts and thei nquisition, where the definition of justice shifts to suit clerg ymen, who can condemn a man by looking into the "heart" and finding out his secrets. MARRIAGE On the subject of marriage, R ev Paul is better prepared, arriving at the battle armed w ith various scriptural references, many of which affirm the conjugal rights" of both spouses. He uses these to explain why a rape law should apply to unmarried couples, but not to t hose who have taken sacred vows. T he problem with this is that legally speaking, marriage is a c ontractual arrangement which has nothing to do with religion at all. Had Rev Paul taken a moment to peruse the Marriage A ct, he would have perhaps noticed that a cabinet minister h as the final say in all matters surrounding marriage. He or s he can appoint any public officer or religious minister as a m arriage officer, and can reject a religious minister if he sees fit. Article 15 insists that no cler gyman who has not been author ised by the minister can pub lish the banns of marriage. A rticle 24 is worth quoting in full: "If the parties so desire they may, after certificate or licence duly granted, contract and solemnize marriage at any place and in the presence of a registrar and in the presence of two witnesses, with open doors, and between the hours of six o'clock in the morning and eight o'clock in the evening, making the declaration and using the form of words pro vided in section 23 of this Act; but in such case no religious service shall be used." AN IMPORTANT DEBATE The debate on marital rape is an important one. It may also offer members of the public the opportunity to consider where they stand on an even more significant question. If this nation is to progress, each one of us will eventually have to decide how he or she regards the doom-mongering of the Christian Council on issues of human rights and indi vidual responsibility. A federation of predominantly Baptist churches, the largest organisation of its kind in the Bahamas, the Council has enjoyed the unchallenged status of primary moral voice of the nation for decades. Many of its members portray themselves as latter-day Davids, standing against the Goliath of degenerate modernism. In real ity, they have become more like the New Testament Pharisees, who declare they are defending righteousness while putting the letter of the Law above its spirit. I for one believe they are fighting not for justice, but against change, because change is the barometer of their fading influence on society. The powerful will not give up the advantages of their position willingly, as Dr King, in his letter from a Birmingham jail, so eloquently pointed out. What do you think? email: C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Back to the dark ages REPRINTEDFROMSEPTEMBER 7, 2009


By RUPERT MISSICK Jr Chief Reporter A disturbing window is o pening into the minds of B ahamians who oppose the amendment to the Sexual Offences Act which would totally ban marital rape in the Bahamas. It appears that men who balk at the idea believe that it is acceptable to force themselves on wives unwilling or unable to have sex. It seems they are willing to abandon the traditional role of husbands as protector and provider and don the mantle of predator. Women who oppose this amendment either believe that being raped is an accept a ble aspect of married life, an inevitability, like having to complain about your husband dropping his shirt onto the bedroom floor after he comes home from work or believe that they have no right to their own feelings as it relates to their sexual or reproduc tive life. This is what it boils down to. There are no nuances. There are no shades of grey. There is no room left fori nterpretation. The bill seeks t o give married women the same rights as their single counterparts, the ability to see their rapist brought to justice even if he is the man she married. Those who oppose this bill believe that if he so chooses, a man should be able to "take sex", by force if need be, from the "bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh." I will throughout this article refer to opponents of this bill as proponents of marital rape because like people of my generation say, "That's real talk." It's been disheartening lis tening to radio shows over the past few weeks as the debateon this bill continues. Our men have come across as brutes and our women steeped in a victimology thatis inexplicable in this modern age. People have butchered, misinterpreted and misquoted the Bible to, as they see it, defend the right of a man to his wife's body. Even the radio show hosts, who should know better, defend would be rapists and postulate that the bill is being pushed by a cabal of vindictive women or a hidden homosexual agenda. I was also disappointed lis tening to the recent Senate contribution that Allyson Maynard Gibson made on this matter. After listing what she described as "black and white or clearly defined areas about which there is little or no disagreement" where it would be obvious that a man has raped his wife, like doping, drugging, threatening her at gunpoint or beating her to have sex, etcetera, she suggested that "concerns arise when we are confronted with the tremendous grey areas that inevitably exist in the context of a marriage." The good senator suggests that these grey areas may include whether the wife was really saying no, whether the husband was forcing or trying to convince his wife to have sex. She also asserts that there should be consideration as to what was the wife's motive for making the allegation of rape against her husband. The amendment, she says, should also take into consideration the children and who will support the family if the husband is sent to jail. One can only assume Mrs Maynard-Gibson was playing the role of devil's advocate because the answers to these questions are quite direct and (as I said before shades of grey. Complaint First of all we will rightly assume that in the case of marital rape it will be the wife making the complaint to the police so regardless of what the husband thinks, the wife knows if she was "really saying no." She also will be painfully aware of whether she was being "convinced" or "forced" into having sex. As for the motivation behind the wife making the allegation in the first place, as with rape cases involving people who are not married, it is up to the courts to make that determi nation. As for the children and who will support the family if the husband is sent to jail, surely these are matters the man should consider before he commits such a heinous act. These should not be hindrances to a victim making a complaint. Rape laws, which Mrs Maynard-Gibson marched and fought to see enforced in this country, exist for the victims of rape and do not nor should not include consideration for any other party. Mrs Maynard-Gibson is a successful, well educated and prominent Bahamian woman. There are many women in our society would be happy to be as blessed as she is. Women in her position should take care not to offer proponents of marital rape any excuse, which they have done over this past week, to say "see even a woman of no less esteem than Allyson Maynard-Gibson has had reason to question this amendment." In the Bahamas marital rape can only be recognised if the couple is separated or in the process of getting a divorce. If they are married and there has been no separation, spousal rape cannot occur under Bahamian law. One of the more persistent objections to the proposed amendment is the idea that removing the ability of a man to rape his wife would severely damage the institution of marriage in the Bahamas. Those stupid enough to make this argument chose to ignore the fact that the rape itself is severely damaging to the institution of marriage. In a "Your Say" published in this newspaper on Wednesday, August 12, a writer by the name of "E.V" suggested that the amendment would destroy the family, because it would force a man to sweetheart or look for satisfaction elsewhere. "When this happens and the woman files for a divorce on the grounds that the man was 'sweethearting', the courts would not consider that it was the woman who initiat ed the whole thing by using her body as a weapon and depriving her husband of his rights. This same man then has to pay alimony and other expenses. Why? Because he simply wanted to have sex with the woman God gave him to have sex with." This argument is so ignorant, backward, demonic and ridiculous that if it were not repeated so many times andb y so many different people it w ould hardly warrant a response. If the alternative to raping the mother of your children is "seeking satisfaction elsewhere" I hardly see a problem. But there are more mea s ured and intelligent solu tions. If a husband is sexually frustrated in his marriage he can suggest counselling, or perhaps talk to his wife and ask her why she no longer seems interested in having sex. Even a trip to her per sonal physician may be in order. In any event, in the "Your Say" E.V. presents himself as one seeking to preserve man hood. However, E.V. wasn't man enough to have his name printed which leads me to respect his opinion even less. Former president of the Bar Association, Wayne Munroe while he was a panelist on Star 106.5's talk Show Generation X suggested that the amendment would be abused by vindictive Bahamian women, who, he seems to suggest, are widespread through the country. Mr Munroe was quoted in another daily as saying: "The problem that this creates is this: All you need is for there to be dysfunction in a household and a woman to be upset at a man -and rape does not require any trauma -and she calls the police and says my husband raped me. You would be arrested and you would be the subject of domestic orders. And it will be your word against hers as to whether she said 'no.'" Divorce Amendment or no amend ment, if your marriage is sob ad that forcing yourself on y our wife is the only way you can have sex with her, you need to get a divorce. Also, if your wife is so vindictive that having sex with her feels like playing a game of Russian roulette because you don't know when she'll decide to unjustly accuse you of rape, you need to get a divorce. Nothing is more damaging to the institution of marriage than two people who no longer want to be or who have no business being together, living in a tumul tuous household creating a poisonous environment for them and their children. Barrington Brennen, who has been a marriage and fam ily therapist for the past 15 years has been agitating for a law like this for over a decade. He told The Tribune that unfortunately the response to the proposed amendment is revealing a deep seated belief that women are still property. He pointed out that it is religious rather than secular people who have the biggest problem with this amendment. These people Mr Brennen said, resort to misusing scripture in order to "brain wash" those who are ignorant. He highlighted the case of a Bahamian woman who, after undergoing a painful surgical procedure told her husband she was unable to have sex. This woman's husband forced himself on her and through his wife's pain, pleading and tears completed the sexual act. Opposition or support for this act will not divide homes, but will separate real Bahamian men from the animals they may call brothers, fathers, uncles, cousins and friends. I have a very "traditional" view of manhood which may become even more "tradi tional" if I'm lucky enough to be a father one day. A man should be protector, provider, a nurturer, loving and a lover. You cannot love or be loved through force, through contempt, or through violence. I sincerely hope that the public debate on this bill is simply just some social experiment or maybe even a political distraction and the government will have this legis lation passed regardless of the nonsense out there. They have a moral and humanitarian obligation to do so. If they fail to do this it will certainly be unforgivable and Bahamian women and all true Bahamian men who love their women should remind them harshly of their failure in 2012. Not passing this bill will mean that men will be able to be punished for raping acquaintances, relatives, girlfriends, prostitutes, strippers and strangers, but not their wives. It is funny how these men, and I use the term in the loos est sense of the word, believe that a complete stranger or prostitute should have more rights than the women they swore before God to love and cherish until death. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM R EPRINTEDFROMAUGUST17, 2009 Real talk on marital rape


C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press BERLIN (AP seized a German freight ship off the coast of Kenya on Sunday the second commercial vessel to be captured in the region in as many days, officials said. The pirates took control of the German freight ship Beluga Fortune about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometers east of Mombasa, Kenya, a spokesman for the German army said on condition of anonymity, in keeping with military regulations. The German shipping company Beluga-Reederei, which owns the vessel, said Sunday night that Somali pirates were behind the attack and that the ship was on its way from the United Arab Emirates to South Africa. Verena Beckhusen, a spokeswoman for the Bremen-based company, declined to give further details regarding the crew or the cargo, but the German news agency dapd said the vessel was carrying at least two German citizens. On Saturday night, pirates seized a liquefied gas tanker 105 miles (165 kilometers) off the coast of Kenya in the Somali Basin, said officials in Singapore, where the ship is registered. The MV York was travelling from Mombasa to Mahe in the Seychelles with 17 crew when pirates commandeered it, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority said in a statement. The authority said Sunday it was working with the ship's owner, York Maritime Co., and government agencies to recover the ship. A Turkish warship sent a helicopter to investigate the attack, and its crew members saw pirates armed with weapons aboard the MV York, the European Union Naval Force said Sunday. The 5,076-ton MV York had one German, two Ukrainians and 14 Fili pinos aboard, the EU force said in a s tatement. S omali pirates have long been active in the region, and they currently are holding 19 vessels with 428 hostages, according to the EU Naval Force. Somalia has lacked a fully functioning government since 1991, which makes it difficult to prosecute suspected Somali pirates. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon recently said options under consideration to do that more effectively include creating a special international court. But some countries have gone ahead with their own court cases. In Yemen, 13 Somali men accused of stealing boats off the country's coast pleaded not guilty Saturday to piracy. The Yemeni prosecution said the men were arrested in May on the shores of al-Mahra in eastern Yemen. It said their ship was carrying weapons, explosives and ladders. The trial, being held in the eastern province of Hadramawt, was postponed to November 6 to give the suspects a chance to secure a lawyer. Pirates seize 2 ships off Kenya CAPTURED: The MV York merchant vessel which was boarded by suspected Somali pirates about 90 nautical miles from Mombasa, Kenya, on October 23. (AP Photo


By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter AN unwelcome return to the Commonwealth American Football League( CAFL) for one of the leagues oldest organisat ions, while another club remains undefeated and continues to stake its claim as a contender. The V8 Fusion Stingrays moved to 2-0 on the season with a 14-0 win over theS unburners yesterday at the DW Davis Field. The Stingrays defence has y et to allow a touchdown in two games and forced its second consecutive shutout of the young season. V8 Fusion forced two turnovers to help their offence overcome four turnovers oft heir own en route to the win. Eldrith Smith tossed his s econd touchdown of the season and Jamaal "Breakaway" Storr ran for his third touchdown rush of the season. The Stingrays offence started quickly on the opening possession when, for the second week in a row, they converted on fourth down for a long touchdown pass play. Starting With starting quarterback Nesley "Mugga" Lucien sidelined, Smith started the game under center and made good on his first possession when he connected with Lawrence Hepburn Jr on a play action pass for a 60-yard touchdown. The score stood at 6-0 after a failed two-point conversion. Both teams struggled on offence for much of the contest as the scoreboardr emained unchanged until late in the fourth quarter. The Stingrays threatened on several possessions but a series of turnovers prevented them from adding to the scoreboard. Smith was picked off three times by the Sunburn ers defence and the Stingrays also surrendered a fumble which kept their opponents just a score away for much of the game. With Lucien back in the second half, the turnover woes subsided and Stingrays were able to con trol time of possession and add to the scoreboard. Storr took the ball on a pitch and outran the Sunburners linebackers and defensive back en route to the endzone. A successful conversion brought about the game's final margin at 14-0. In other CAFL action, the Jets also remained undefeated at 2-0 when they defeated the Defence Force Destroyers 22-0 on Saturday. In week three, the Stingrays will have a bye while the Pros (0-1 face the Destroyers (0-2a matchup of winless teams and the Jets (2-0 on the Sunburners (0-1 Boxing: Don Rolle takes L Garth Wright trophy C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 16 P AGES 17 & 18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Federer wins S tockholm Open, ties Sampras... S ee page 18 V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L N N P P V V A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE Scottsdale Vixens i mproved their perfect record by defeating the J ohnsons Lady Truckers 25-19, 25-17 and 25-21 in New Providence Volleyball Association action at the DW Davis Gymnasium Friday. Cheryse Rolle led the Vixens with nine points, while Keniesha Thompson t opped all scorers with 11 points in the loss. In mens action, the S aints lost to the Crimestoppers in five sets 25-19, 18-25, 20-25, 25-22 a nd 15-9. Muller Petit led the Crimestoppers and all s corers with 24 points. Chauncey Cooper finished with 21 points for the S aints. Regular season action continued on Sunday, but scores were not available up to press time last night. T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C M M E E E E T T THE Baptist Sports C ouncil is scheduled to hold its 2010 Rev Eller ston Smith Track and F ield Classic at Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium on Saturday. T he meet is expected to get underway at 9:30am with the official opening ceremonies. The first e vent is slated for 10am. The Bahamas Association of Certified Officials will b e officiating at the meet. Churches still interest ed in participating are u rged to contact Ann Thompson at the BAAA office at 325-4433 or Brent S tubbs at The Tribune at 502-2363. No team registration will take place ont he day of the meet. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L P P A A S S T T O O R R S S / / P P O O L L I I T T I I C C I I A A N N S S E E X X H H I I B B I I T T I I O O N N P P O O S S T T P P O O N N E E D D FANS will have to wait until this Saturday to see the much anticipated showdown between the Pastors and the Politicians in the Andrea 'Gorgeous' Knowles-Williams charity softball game. Organisers postponed the game until 4:30pm Saturday at Banker's Field. The game will feature the politicians, led by Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard, against the pastors, led by Minister Carlos Reid. The softball game will be held to assist KnowlesWilliams (a former longtime national team softball pitcher) with her medical expenses. I I N N D D U U C C T T I I O O N N S S P P O O R R T T S S H H E E R R I I T T A A G G E E W W E E E E K K A proclamation is expected to be read today declaring Sports Heritage Week (this week recognition of the 14 per sons who are all set to be inducted into the National Hall of Fame 7pm Friday. The Class of 2010 inductees include Winifred 'Winnie' Bethel-Russell, Douglas 'Douggie' Smith, Cynthia 'Mother' Pratt, Keith Parker, Gomeo Brennen, Leonard 'Skeeter' Dames, Peter 'Sweet P' Brown, Celestine Wilson-Albury, Andy Knowles, Sharon 'The General' Storr, the late golfing extraordinaire Freddie Higgs, the late Basil T Kelly, the late Carl 'Mr Volleyball' Minnis and the late Ank Rahming. SPORTS IN BRIEF With 14-0 victory over Sunburners, Stingrays 2-0 ONE of the country's leading amateur boxing clubs held one of its land mark events this weekend to pay homage to one of the icons of yesteryear in the sport. Champion Amateur Boxing Club hosted the 16th L Garth Wright Golden Gloves show at Wulff Road Boxing Square on October 23. The L Garth Wright trophy was awarded to Don Rolle who won on points over Peter son Wra, 10-4. Lernado Sweeting was named the Most Valuable Boxer for his win on points over Deante Tin ker, 10-7. Robin Deveaux was named the most improved boxer and he won on points over Rashann Symonette 3-2. Fight The Best Fight of the Tournament went to Jermaine Allen and Lamont Ash, which Allen won on points 6-3. In other matches, Trae Johnson defeated Nax Forbes (4:3 Kenzell Armbrister defeated Johnson (5:4 Javano Collins faced Lester Brown. Champion Amateur Boxing CLub extended the L Garth Wright tournament for its fifth showing, scheduled for November 6 at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. The Bahamas Youth Sporting Club will face CABC in the main event which is expected to feature a heavyweight match between Leslie Moore Jr and Anthon Beast Brown. Boxers Four boxers Javano Collins, Armand Rolle, Kingsley Choute, and Deante McPhee are also expected to represent CABC at the Inagua Boxing Championships in the countrys southernmost island on October 30. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter WHILE the Pineapple Air Wildcats took the upper hand in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA womens best-of-seven championship series, the Commando Security Truckers got booted out of the mens series with the title being awarded t o the Dorin United Hitmen. A fter the defending champ ions Wildcats posted a 10-7 decision over the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks Friday night, the defending champions Truckers took one at-bat against the Dorin United Hitmen before they walked off the field. On Saturday, the NPSAs executive committee released a statement, apologising to the spectators, including executives of the Bahamas Softball Federation and out-oftown guests, for what had transpired. Had we known the intent ions of the Commando Secur ity Truckers team prior to t he game, we would have notified our fans and others that there would be no second game Friday night, the statement read. The NPSA said they are obviously disappointed with the action of the Truckers and they felt that their actions were calculated, deliberate and intentional, and none of t heir team members showed a ny respect to the fans who p aid to watch the start of the mens championship series. The NPSA is still not entirely clear as to why the Truckers took such an action, Wildcats take upper hand Hitmen awarded NPSA title S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b I t came down to the wee hours of Sunday morning before the Jordan Prince Williams Falcons emerged as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational HighS chool Softball Tournament. In a game that ended shortly before 2am, the Falcons flew past the Spanish Wells Bulldogs in a 10-6 triumph to join the North Andros Seminoles, who carted off the girls crown with a 13-12 decision over the CV BethelS tingrays. Having to play all day Friday and Saturday because Thursdays open ing day was cancelled due to the rainy weather, organisers from the Bahamas Softball Federation had to make some adjustments to the for mat just to ensure that the tournament was completed. But in the end, a number of fans stayed behind until umpires John Woodside and Steve Bishop Beneby called game over early Sunday morning before the awards were handed out. F F a a l l c c o o n n s s 1 1 0 0 , B B u u l l l l d d o o g g s s 6 6 An error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly keyed the final three runs in the bottom of the fourth for Jordan Prince Williams as they extended their 7-6 advantage to secure their first boys softball title. Shortstop Austin Hanna, who had a RBI single in a three-run first inning, ignited the final rally with his RBI sacrifice fly that plated Omar Marshall after Tevaugh Davis came home on an error that put Stephen Russell on base. Russell eventually scored on a wild pitch. Davis ended up going 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, Russell scored twice with a RBI double, Marshall was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored and Lenthinque Kemp had an in-the-park solo home run. Kayston Pinder suffered the loss. With a four-run cushion to work with in the top of the fifth, winning pitcher Aaron Cash got all the defensive help he needed as Russell and Marshall combined for the game ending double play. This is a great feeling. After all of the hard work that I put into it, said a proud Falcons manager Dave Wood. Could you imagine this team did nt win a game last year or the year before last. Now they are 5-1 this year and it was just fitting that they came around and excelled the way they did in this tournament. Im very happy for them and for the school itself. It reminded me of the old days when I used to play. Another former player turned coach, Delano Cartwright, was in his second year in Spanish Wells after leaving his hometown in Long Island. His Bulldogs, who scored three runs apiece in the first and second innings, got a pair of hits each from Jean Francois and Darius Albury, who scored two and one run respectively. Kirby Albury also scored twice on one hit. But Cartwright, who coached the girls to the championship victory last year, said it would have been a sweet taste of victory had his boys pulled off the win. It would have been a Cinderella story because we never expected to get this far with all of the big horses in the tournament such as NGM and Central Eleuthera, Cartwright said. I would have just been happy getting into the playoffs. S S e e m m i i n n o o l l e e s s 1 1 3 3 , S S t t i i n n g g r r a a y y s s 1 1 2 2 Going to the International Softball Federations tie-breaking rule where the final out in the last inning was awarded second, North Andros responded after CV Bethel scored six in the top of the frame with seven in the bottom for the win. Shortstop Allison Colebrooke came through with a one-out two-run single to end the seven-run come-frombehind walk off the field victory as North Andros celebrated like only champions did. This is a new experience in the Family Islands, said John Ingraham, a former quarter-miler now coaching in the high school system. Theres a lot of talent there. So it was a privilege working with this team. Its a great feeling because this was my first win as a coach. Barbanique Gibson had a perfect 3for-3 night with three RBI and three runs, Amanda Barr was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Natoria Falcons first flight! North Andros Seminoles take home girls crown with 1312 decision over CV Bethel Stingrays S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8 Jordan Prince Williams boys victorious in Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs 10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament. See more pictures on page 18 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


By KEITH MOORE Associated Press Writer STOCKHOLM (AP Roger Federer beat Germany's Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-3 to win the Stockholm Open on Sunday and match Pete Sampras' total of 64 career titles. Since 1968, only Jimmy Connors (109 (9477 have won more singles tournaments than Federer and Sampras. "It's amazing that I'm there w here Pete's ended his career on," Federer said. "You never know when it's your last one. That's why you want to savor every tournament vic tory." In beating the 47th-ranked Mayer at Royal Tennis Hall, Federer won his third title of the year. The unseeded German broke serve in the seventh game before Federer started spraying winners to take the set. Federer showed glimpses of his best form in the second set, mixing power and finesse and ending the match in 63 minutes. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam winner, won his 50th match of the year Friday. He became only the fifth man, and the first since Sampras, to win 50 matches in at least nine straight years in the Open era. "Early on, I think that feeling of wanting to prove yourself to the world and all the doubters is a very strong one, so you're very aggressive in your ways of winning and not enjoying them," Federer said. "Today it's much more of the enjoyment part because I don't need to prove myself to anyone anymore, except to myself." Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria presented the trophy to Federer, who was appearing at this tournament for the first time in a decade. "For me, every tournament victory is special," the Swiss star said. "This is one I'll def initely remember, maybe more than other ones." Mayer, yet to win an ATP title, was appearing in his third career final and first in four years. He knocked out second-seeded Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals and his unorthodox style also gave Federer difficulty. Federer has beaten Mayer in all three of their matches without losing a set. Indeed, Federer has lost only five matches against players ranked above 40 in the past five years. "It was over really after the first set," Mayer said. "I got tired while his game improved a lot, but I felt it was a closer match than the score showed." Federer had to come from a set behind to beat country man Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals and was broken in the third game of Saturday's semifinal against fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic before coming back. This was Federer's first tournament title in Sweden and the 18th country in which he has won. "It feels great winning any tournament, but especially ina country where I've never been successful before," Federer said. "Mayer played a really good match in the final, and I had to really come up with some good tennis." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 18, MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LONDON (AP Hernandez filled in for the injured Wayne Rooney and scored a pair of goals Sunday, lifting Manchester United to a 2-1 victory at Stoke and into a three-way tie for second place in the Premier League. Hernandez's spectacular backward header past goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen in the 27th minute and shortrange tap-in of Patrice Evra's cross following a Dimitar Berbatov pass in the 86th gave the Mexican forward five goals in his first season with United, including three in the Premier League. Tuncay Sanli had tied the score with a curling 81st-minute goal. "I jumped and saw the ball behind me and tried to head it towards the goal," Hernandez said of his first goal. "I don't remember doing it in training." Chelsea (7-1-1 22 points, five more than Arsenal (5-2-2 United (4-0-5 ter City (5-2-2 Arsenal won 3-0 at Manchester City on goals by Samir Nasri in the 20th minute, Alex Song in the 66th and Nicklas Bendtner in the 88th. Manchester City played a man short after Dedryck Boyata was given a red card for pulling down Marouane Chamakh in the fifth minute. Cesc Fabregas' 41st-minute penalty kick was saved by Joe Hart. Liverpool beat visiting Blackburn 2-1 on goals by Sotiros Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres, offsetting Jamie Carragher's own-goal. Bought this month by the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool (2-4-3 remains in the relegation zone in 18th place. P P a a r r i i s s S S a a i i n n t t G G e e r r m m a a i i n n l l o o s s e e s s 3 3 2 2 t t o o A A u u x x e e r r r r e e PARIS (AP Germain missed a chance to move into second place in the French league when it lost 32 at home to struggling Auxerre on Sunday. Brazilian playmaker Nene scored twice for PSG, but Auxerre got only its second league win of the season with goals from defender Jean-Pascal Mignot and forwards Roy Contout and Julien Quercia. Lyon's four-match winning run came to an end when it was held to a 1-1 draw away against last-place Arles. Marseille could move into second with a win at Lille later Sunday. E E d d u u a a n n d d R R a a n n g g e e r r s s d d e e f f e e a a t t C C e e l l t t i i c c , 3 3 1 1 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP9-0 American midfielder Maurice Edu, took advantage of two mistakes and a contentious penalty kick to win 3-1 at Celtic (9-1 point lead over its rival at the top of the Scottish Premier League. The defending champions had trailed on a 45th-minute goal by Gary Hooper but tied it in the 49th through an owngoal by Glenn Loovens. Kenny Miller scored in the 55th after a weak clearing kick by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and made it 3-1 in the 67th with a penalty kick awarded for a block by Daniel Majstorovic even though the defender appeared to be trying to get out of Kirk Broadfoot's way when he fell to the ground. V V i i l l l l a a r r r r e e a a l l i i n n 2 2 n n d d p p l l a a c c e e w w i i t t h h 2 2 0 0 v v i i c c t t o o r r y y o o v v e e r r A A t t l l e e t t i i c c o o M M a a d d r r i i d d MADRID (AP Jersey-born Giuseppe Rossi scored his sixth goal of the season, helping Villarreal move into second place in the Spanish league with a 2-0 vic tory over Atletico Madrid. Ruben "Cani" Garcia scored in the ninth minute and Rossi had an impressive individual effort inside the penalty area in the 52d, tuck ing a shot inside the near post. Rossi has five league goals and one in the Europa League. Real Madrid (6-0-2 point ahead of Villarreal and Barcelona (both 6-1-1 the Yellow Submarine in second on goal difference. Arsenal, Man U and Manchester City even in the Premier League Federer wins the Stockholm Open tourney M atches Pete Sampras total of 64 career titles CHAMPION: Roger Federer displays his trophy after defeating Florian Mayer in their ATP Stockholm Open tournament final in Sweden yesterday. (AP Photo but they believe it stemmed from an altercation inside the park after a playoff game on Sunday, October 17, 2010. During the altercation, one of the players said he lost a temporary tooth and had to get six stitches in his mouth. Team members of Dorin United, which played the first game on the night of the altercation (Sunday, October 17 at the park to watch the womens game. The NPSA received a written report on the incident and an apology from the Dorin United team. After playing two games on Monday, October 18 and Tuesday, October 19 against YII Shipping New Breed in the completion of their best-of-five playoffs, the NPSA said the Truckers never gave them any verbal or written reason for possibly refusing top lay the championship series on Friday, October 22. Therefore, in light of what transpired on Friday night, October 22, members of the NPSA Executive Committee and Championship Appeals Committee made the fol l owing decisions, in accordance with the NPSA Constitution: 1 ) The Commando Security Truckers team has been expelled from the NPSA indefinitely for failure to comply with rules and regulations by deliberately disrupting a scheduled game and their future membership in the NPSA will be determined at a later date. Furthermore, the NPSA Executive Committee reserves the right to accept, reject or defer consideration on the application of any future Truckers team. 2) All members of the Truckers 2010 team roster have been suspended indefinitely and each player must appeal their suspensions to the NPSA Executive Committee before reentering the league on any particular team. Additionally, NPSA Executive Committee and Championship Appeals Com mittee have decided that: 1) All members of the 2010 Trucker team will not be allowed to enter the ballpark for the rest of this NPSA season. 2) Marvin Toogie Wood has been suspended for the remainder of the season to serve in the capacity as NPSA first vice president. 3) Dorin United Hit-Men has been declared the NPSA mens division 2010 champions who will now represent the NPSA in the Bahamas Softball Federation round-robin tournament in Freeport, Grand Bahama, starting November 4. BSF president Dorsett has voiced his agreement and support of the NPSAs decision. 4) The womens championship series will continue as scheduled. W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s 1 1 0 0 , L L a a d d y y S S h h a a r r k k s s 7 7 Dornette Edwards went 3-for-3 with two triples, three RBI and a run scored to lead the Pineapple Air to the game one victory. Stephanie Goodridge was 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, Candice Smith was 2-for-4 with a run, Jeanette Hilton 2-for4 with a RBI and run scored and Christine Edmunds 1-for-4 with a RBI and two runs. Marvelle Miller gave up seven hits for the win over Thela Johnson, who issued 13 hits. Johnson went 1-for-3 with a RBI, scoring a run, Dawn Sears was 2-for-4 with a RBI, Cleo Symonette 1-for-3 with a run, Shonell Symonette 1-for-4, Trekia Munroe 1-for-3 with a run and Raquel Cooper 1for-3 in the loss. Game two in the series was scheduled to be played last night. W ildcats take upper hand in the NPSA F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP berger and several other players waged an end-zone scrum for a loose ball so frantic the officials were unable to determine a winner. That gave the game to the Steelers. A video review determined Roethlisberger's late touchdown was instead a fumble, but because it was unclear who recovered, Pittsburgh kept the ball and kicked the gamewinning field goal on the next play to beat the Miami Dolphins 23-22. "Just a bizarre kind of play. You hate to win it that way, but you'll take a win," Roethlisberger said. Said Miami linebacker Channing Crowder: "The refs called a wonderful game for the Steelers." With Pittsburgh trailing 22-20 and facing third-and-goal at the 2, Roethlisberger fumbled as he dived across the goal line on a quarterback draw. The play was ruled a touchdown as both teams scrambled for the ball. After a review, referee Gene Steratore announced Roethlisberger fumbled before scoring. But Steratore said replays were inconclusive regarding which team recovered, and the Steelers were awarded possession at the half-yard line, allowing Jeff Reed to kick an 18-yard field goal with 2:26 left. "I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble," Steratore said after the game. "It is a pile of bodies in there, and you don't have a clear recov ery." Several Dolphins argued Miami linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was still shaking his head about the narrow escape when he met with reporters. "Make it quick," he said. "We've got the buses warming up." AFC North leader Pittsburgh improved to 5-1 and remained unbeaten on the road. The Steelers won despite losing three starters with injuries: linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring Aaron Smith (left arm Flozell Adams (left ankle Miami fell to 3-3, with all the defeats at home and all the wins on the road. Roethlisberger, playing his second game since returning from his suspension, finished 19 for 27 for 302 yards and two scores. But the Dolphins' point total was the highest against stingy Pittsburgh this year. Steelers beat Miami 23-22 Softball: Austin Knowles Invitational Knowles was 2-for-3 with a RBI, scoring twice, Patra Johnson and Malcot Evans had two hits with a RBI and two runs in the win. Chadeeka and Shaquille Bain, Ashanti Darville and Angel Miller were all 2-for-3 with the two Bains, Darville and Randerkea Porter scoring two runs apiece. Kadijah Bain scored three runs. The girls were tired. That was our fifth game for the day, said Christine Jenoure, whose Stingrays blew their six-run lead in the extra inning. Most of the games, we only had about 45 minutes break, so they were tired. They played well, but North Andros was well rested. We didnt hit the ball and we made more errors than them. But we were right there in the fight. B B u u l l l l d d o o g g s s 1 1 2 2 , W W i i l l d d c c a a t t s s 7 7 Darius Albury went 2-for-3 with two RBI ands two runs, Jean Francois had a two-run double and two runs, while Kirby Albury walked twice and scored as many times as Spanish Wells advanced to the championship. Vido Turnquest had two hits with two walks and scored three times as NGM had to settle for the bronze medal. Albury picked up the win on the mound over Tobias Turnquest. S S t t i i n n g g r r a a y y s s 6 6 , C C r r u u s s a a d d e e r r s s 5 5 Diva Burrows had a two-run single and a RBI fielders choice, scoring a run, while Ashanti Darville walked twice and scored as many runs as CV Bethel got into the final. Atiya Deal was 2-for-2 with a RBI, scoring two runs as Nassau Christian Academy had to settle for the bronze. Chadeeka Bain got the win on the mound over Charity Rolle. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 6 6 PLAY ACTION: Jordan Prince Williams Falcons defeated the Spanish Wells Bulldogs 10-6 to emerge as the new boys champions in the Austin Knowles Invitational High School Softball Tournament. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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