N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER ictory ruling in law job row V olume: 107 No.87SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 80F LOW 70F S P O R T S SEESECTIONE Big Red Machine are champions I N S I D E SEE YOUNGMANSVIEW ONPAGESIX High time for a sex offenders database By NATARIO McKENZIET ribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@t ribunemedia.net VETERAN prosecutor Cheryl Grant-Bethell declared a victory yesterday in clear ing her reputation despite a judges decision not to overturn Jamaican attorney Vinette Graham-Allens appoint ment to the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an application for judicial review after being passed over for the post of DPP. She was instead appointed Deputy Law Reform Com missioner. In a 68-page judgment handed down yesterday, Senior Justice Jon Isaacs refused to grant the relief sought by Mrs GrantBethell in her application for judicial review. She and her attorneys however noted that the judge, although he had not granted the orders and declarations sought, had ruled in her favour on sever a l points. Following the ruling, Mrs GrantB ethell told reporters: I feel like my reputation today was cleared. That is why I came. I have given 20 long years of clean, com petent and patriotic service and I was extremely aggrieved by the actions that were taken and today I feel that my reputation was cleared and for me that is a victory. She added: In terms of my future career path, as my lawyers say, that is a matter which we will now review. Mrs Grant-Bethell had sought to have the judge quash the decision of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC porting to appoint her to the post of Deputy Law Reform Commissioner. She had also sought a declaration that she remain in her Jamaican attorney keeps DPP post, as Grant-Bethell says reputation cleared M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page seven By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org EXCITING tech nology and initiatives were showcased yesterday at the third annual National Agribusiness Expo hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources at the Gladstone Road Agricultural Centre. Sustainable agricul ture and farming was at the centre of the three-day expo. Highland Farms showcased its backyard innovative green house technology with the use of wood and plastic building materials, a first for the Bahamas, the objec tive of creating low cost tunnel green houses. Operational for almost year, the farm produces tomatoes, lettuce and finger peppers. Erecting a 25 by 20 Greenhouse on site using PBC piping in just a few hours, Highland Farm PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham clarified comments made in the House of Assembly Thursday night, which he said The Tribune had misconstrued. Prime Minister Ingraham said he did not say nor did he infer that the Baha Mar project was halted because of the PLP stance on Taiwan during the 1990s. He explained that his comments spoke to the fact that Baha Mar was able to proceed now because the Chinese Government approved the Chinese Export Import Bank granting the necessary funding. In his presentation, the Prime Minister said the Progressive Liberal Party never wanted any business dealing with the Chinese Government they recognised Taiwan. In fact, thats how the leader of the opposition got back in the PLP. The PLP made a deal with the Taiwanese Government PM CL ARIFIES HOUSE COMMENTS, S A YS THEY WERE MISCONSTRUED SEE page seven OPPOSITION MP Ryan Pinder yesterday criticised National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest for suggesting that some protesters at the antiBTC demonstration were too danger ous for the Prime Minister to walk into. Calling Minister Turnquests statement political pro paganda and spin, Mr Pinder said the logic of Mr Turnquests remarks just dont add up. According to Minister Turnquest, its dangerous for the Prime Minister, but its not dangerous for the general public? We have a legal institution where Bahamians are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. So to say that someone who theoretically is out on bail, and Im not saying that persons were, but even if they were, dont they have the right to protest? Having not been convicted of any crimes this seems illogical to me. And for a government that is allegedly about good governance, they should know better than that, Mr Pinder said. Speaking in the House of Assembly on Thursday, Minister Turnquest said individuals known to police in connection with a number of serious crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and shop-breaking were clearly identifiable in the anti-BTC sale demonstration in Raw son Square last Wednesday. Mr Turnquest said that while the majority of these persons who the police identified in the crowd were out on bail, some of them were convicted criminals. The Minister added that police have the photographs to prove this fact. Mr Turnquest told The Tri By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The hotel union opposes the plan to lay off 174 of its members from Our Lucaya Resort. Elliot Thompson, first vice president of the Bahamas Hotel Catering Allied Workers Union, said the union was reportedly told by hotel executives that the resort was not doing well and would not reopen the Reef Hotel. The hotelwill make 200 persons redundant and 174 are line staff and members of the HOTEL UNION OPPOSES PLAN TO LAY OFF 174 OF ITS MEMBERS SEE page seven By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PETROL retailers will have a chance to present their case for relief to the government next week, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the EnvironSEE page seven PETROL RETAILERS WILL GET CHANCE TO PRESENT THEIR C ASE FOR RELIEF DAYLIGHTSavings Time begins on March 13, the second Sunday in March, at 2 am when clocks are turned ahead by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before. Any timepieces and timekeeping devices that do not automatically adjust should be manually adjusted. The return to Standard time begins at 2 am on Sunday, November 6, at 2 am when clocks are turned back by one hour, ideally at bedtime on the Saturday night before. D AYLIGHT S AVIN GS TIME 20 11 RYAN PINDER: The MP criticised National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest. SEE page seven SEE page two A GRIBUSINESS EXPO SER VES UP F OOD AND TECHN OLOGY COOKOFF: Four schools took part yesterday in a cooking competition at the Expo. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f PROSECUTOR Cheryl Grant-Bethel MP SAYS TURNQUEST COMMENTS ON BTC PROTESTERS WERE POLITICAL PROPAGAND
d emonstrated farming is possible in limited areas using simplistic designs that anyone can adopt. F irst generation offspring from the first embryo implanted sheep and goats in t he Bahamas were featured at the poultry outlet farm. Gladstone Road Agricult ure Centre (GRAC h istory as the first Bahamian agency to place cryogenically frozen fertilised embryos intos urrogate local sheep and goats in 2008. Project consultant and coordinator Dr Leroy Santiago o f Ovatech Genetics, who advised the government, said that the project had been extremely successful with the births of 125 South African Boer goats and Dorper sheep,a 89 per cent success rate. D r Santiago said: "We moved genetic material from one country to another witht he idea of upgrading the g enetic make-up of the ani mals for the countrys farmers." Andrew Pinder, Ministry of Agriculture officer in charge of livestock, said the" objective of the project was to make sheep and goats more profitable to farmers by r educing the cost of animals from an improved breading stock." He said that the offspring are up to 200 per cent meatier than native goats. A ccording to Mr Pinder t he first generation offspring are currently reproducing nat urally with each other and w hile the process takes longer t han the use of frozen embryos, he hopes they will soon be made available to a wide range of farmers throughout the country. The Cape Eleuthera Instit ute (CEI casing its sustainable devel opment research and outr each programmes. The unique facility at CEI adopts a holistic approach to address environmental ands ocio-economic issues that face the Bahamas. Tropical marine ecology such as shark ecology and conservation, reef ecology, and invasive species research, including evaluating the impact of lionfish are at the forefront of the marine research. Research into sustainable resources and food are also important components of work facilitated at the institute, investigating environmentally sustainable approaches to raising fish, methods of producing low cost environmentally friendly foods and researching new ways for communities to sup port and regenerate itself. CEI partners with Island School in the Deep Creek Middle School in South Eleuthera that offers a host of programmes concerning environmental conservation and sustainable use of resources for all ages from middle school through to the university level. The CEI campus is powered 100 per cent by alterna tive energy, built from nearly 75 per cent of local material and has the largest solar array in the Bahamas. A wide variety of fruits, vegetables, plants, handcrafts and products were featured and for sale at the expo. Culinary demonstrations and cooking competitions were also conducted while infor mation stalls were spread throughout the site providing education on the environment, conservation and sustainable development programmes. The expo will close today at 2.15pm with an awards ceremony. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE P OLICE are investigati ng an alleged suicide at C rown Haven, Abaco. Police were alerted to the incident around 7am on Friday. In the area of the fish s tand at Crown Have they discovered the body of a man with a rope tied around his neck The 34-year-old man was pronounced dead by a local doctor. He was wearing ab lack shirt, a pair of short black jeans and a pair of Nike slippers at the time. Police are also investigating two armed robberies in Nassau that occurred on Friday. Burns House, JohnF Kennedy Drive, reported being robbed by an armed man with dreadlocks, wearing a red jacket, blue jeansa nd a base ball cap. T he man entered the establishment armed with a handgun and demanded cash. An undetermineda mount of cash was stolen, according to the police report. The man fled thea rea in a westerly direction in a white two-door Honda Civic on JFK Drive. A Touch of Class Clothi ng Store on Market Street a nd Poinciana Avenue was the site of the second robbery. Police reported that a man wearing dark blue clothing, with a blue tame ntered the clothing store pretending to purchase clothes. On arrival at the cash register the culprit pulled out a handgun, tied the hands of t he woman attendant and r obbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash and clothing, alongw ith a laptop and a cell phone. The culprit fled the area in an unknown direc t ion. A LARGE bush fire was raging near the Industrial Park and Garden Hills area yesterday. Fire Services told The Tri bune that calls came in around 1pm on Thursday reporting smoke in the area. Firefighters responded and are currently monitoring the fire in hopes that it will burn out on its own, said a Fire Services spokesperson. FIREFIGHTERS MONITOR LARGE BUSH FIRE ALLEGED SUICIDE I NVESTIGATED AGRIBUSINESS EXPO SERVES UP FOOD AND TECHNOLOGY FROM page one SCENES from the third annual National Agribusiness Expo hosted b y the Ministry of A griculture and Marine Resources at the GladstoneR oad Agricultural Centre, which included a cooko ff between s chools from the Family Islands (above and right Tim Clarke / Tribune staff
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com RELATIVES of a man accused of murder who failed to show up to court this week have been ordered to pay $20,000. M iriam Bain and Louise McPhee, sisters of Livingston Taylor, were ordered by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs to forfeit $20,000. The two women had signed as suretors for their broth er, who was granted $30,000 bail in August of 2008. His attorney Jerone Roberts noted that whileT aylor had been arraigned on the murder charge in February of that year, he had been released on bail for medical reasons. Taylor, 46, is accused of the October 2007 murder of Sylvia Agnes Cates. A trial into her death was scheduled to begin on Monday. Mrs Cates was report-e dly found bludgeoned to death in the bedroom of her Rock Sound, Eleuthera home on Sunday, October 7, 2007. Taylor is also charged with armed robbery and housebreaking. It is alleged that he broke into Mrs Cates Williams Lane home with the intent to commit a f elony. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Taylors sisters informed the court that they had put up their homes as securities for his bail. Mrs Bain said that she had given her brother $25 to get his clothes pressed, hair cut and to catch the bus to court on Monday. She told the court that she had brought her brother to Mr Roberts office on Sunday afternoon and when he didnt show up for court on Monday, she and other family members went in search of him. She claimed that they got a tip concerning his whereabouts and informed the police. When asked by Mr Roberts if she knew her brothers whereabouts she replied, If I had known he would have been here this morn ing. According to Mrs McPhee, her brother lives in Nassau Village and occasionally does construction work. She said that her brother informed her that he would be in court on Monday. Mrs McPhee told the court that she and her sister were living from paycheck to paycheck. Mr Roberts told the court that the two women had done all that they reasonably could do to ensure that Taylor was at court and had fulfilled their obligations as suretors. He submitted that the order for forfeiture not be made and suggested that the women be made to pay the Crowns expenses. Prosecutor Jillian Williams submitted that the Crown was not suggesting that the securities be paid because of expenses incurred by the Crown but because Taylor did not appear in court. Ms Williams said that while she symphatises with the women, the forfeiture order should be made. Senior Justice Isaacs noted that signing as a surety is a serious obligation. The obligation is to have the accused man appear in court on time. The court is not satisfied that the suretors did all they should have done, he said. Mr Roberts told the court that the women did not have the mon ey and after speaking with them briefly, suggested that the court give them time to speak with other family members for assistance. The women are expected back in court on March 11. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell believes that the layoff of hundreds of hotel workers on Grand Bahama is a serious situation especially as the island is already reeling economically. Mr Mitchell, who was in Grand Bahama on Thursday, said that the loss of possibly 200 jobs at that Our Lucaya Resort is very significant and the government must step forward and address the situation. He indicated that the PLP party is very concerned about the economic situation on Grand Bahama. I spoke with Mr (Obie Wilchcombe, leader for government business, and he asked me to monitor what is going on with the situation here because, again, we as a party are extremely concerned about the economic situation in this island, he said. Golden Gates MP Shane Gibson criticized FNM MPs from Grand Bahama during his contribution to the budget debate in t he House on Thursday for their silence regarding the layoffs at the hotel in Lucaya. Both of them got up in this place and talked all kind of whatI considered to be nonsense and things that matter to people like unemployment, they refused to address it. They continue to i nsult the people of Grand Bahama over and again. They have not been able to do anything to turn around the island of Grand Bahama. And just when they decide to open their mouths and look like fools and say the economy is not getting worse, we have this big announcement now, and mums the word from all MPs on Grand Bahama on the government side, said Mr Gibson. Mr Mitchell said even though there are five FNM MPs, the islands economy continues to go south, despite their protestation to the contrary. There does not appear to be any concerted effort by the government and these five representatives to make sure the economy of this island turns around. And so the news of the lay offs of these people is quite alarming, and the government needs to step forward now and say what measures they are going to take and try to settle this community down so that the bottom d oes not fall out and that people can continue to be here and make a living in this city, he said. MP Mitchell said that the union and the employer were in meetings at the Department of Labour regarding the matter of layoffs at the resort. I gather that the employer and employees union are far apart on how this is going to take place. The employer sees it as a purely economic decision and the union sees it otherwise. In a situation where you have some 800 employees and the workforce is going to be reduced b y 200 that is going to be significant for that property. But the loss of 200 paychecks in this city that is already reeling from economic issues is going to be a serious matter and it cant be taken lightly, he stated. The last interim labour survey conducted in The Bahamas in M ay 2009 found the unemployment rate at 17.4 per cent on Grand Bahama. People are just saying to themselves: How much more of this are we going to take? When is the downward spiral in the economy of GrandB ahama going to stop and whether our elected representatives, five of whom are members of the governing party and three of whom are ministers of the government, when are steps going to be taken to turn this situation around? Mr Mitchell stated that while t he Grand Bahama Port Authority is responsible for promoting Freeport, the government has the real responsibility for what h appens. As you know the government when it operates in the city, has to operate in concert with GBPA. The most recent announcements by the Prime Minister with regards to the GBPA are also hostile. So, again, one does not s ee how these two bodies are supposed to work together, how this hostile situation is actually going to endure to the benefit of the island. So speaking to the principal of Port, I am sure they are very concerned about it. Clearly, there needs to be more effort put by the GBPA in promoting this city i n trying to get businesses here, but the bottom line responsibility for development and movement of this island is the government, Mr Mitchell said. L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 3 M INISTER of Nationa l Security Tommy Turnquest commended Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for guiding the Bahamas through a precarious economic downturn over thel ast few years. S peaking in the House of Assembly during the 2010/11 mid-year budget review, Mr Turnquest said the Prime Minister, who is a lso Minister of Finance, h as displayed stellar stewardship during the worst r ecession to hit the Bahamas and the world in 80 years. H e said: There can be no doubt, regardless of the naysayers, that the B ahamas has been a mode l developing country in providing a stimulus package to address the reces-s ion. We took some hard decisions, but unlike many countries around the w orld, we were able to m aintain jobs. I know that Bahamians read and watch television and would haven oted how many persons lost their jobs around the world even in Cuba w here 500,000 government w orkers were fired. But here in the Bahamas, the FNM gove rnment remained stead fast and true to our Trust Agenda. A notablea chievement during the r ecession was the infra structural work that was undertaken. This was done t o ensure that we had something to show after the recession and also tok eep the economy pumping. Mr Turnquest noted that the government did an umber of other things to cushion the impact of the recession, including: prov iding increased social ser vice benefits; introducing unemployment benefitst hrough NIB for the first t ime; and initiating a temporary employment pro gramme to hire 2,500 per s ons. The object of this exercise was not just to employ p eople, but also to address areas in which short-term employment would beb eneficial to national development, and would focus on functional pro jects. No matter what the opposition says, I am certain that the Bahamian people know the econom ic challenges faced by countries around the world, and know that their FNM government came to the assistance of thousands in need, Mr Turnquest said. Murder accuseds relatives ordered to pay $20,000 after court absence TURNQUEST COMMENDS PM FOR GUIDING THE BAHAMAS THROUGH DOWNTURN MP:govt must address resort layoffs FREDMITCHELL: The MP spoke out about the layoff of hotel workers on Grand Bahama.
EDITOR, The Tribune. W HENthe present we l ive is all clogged up with t he rhetoric of want it w ill be difficult to have a proper perspective on what our needs are. An additional difficulty arises when those who speak for us have an agenda that addresses want and not n eed. It is clever to separ ate persons from thinking about what they know i s best, even if you get them to think about what i s better; but, better is always about the short term prospects. It can be l ikened to the promises that politicians spew out e very four years as they attempt to do something for you or give you something that you will be paying for anyway. We forgett hat everything a politician does for us is paid f or by us, eventually. O ur problem as constituents is that the politic al process has been hijacked and prostituted t o such an extent that most of the populationh old the opinion that w hen a Member of Parlia ment does what he or she i s supposed to do we are a mazed; we are not informed enough to even think that he is doing what he was elected to do. I have been often accused of speaking out on behalf a particularp olitical party by close friends who seem to go missing every four years and six months. W hether they are in C hristian ministry with me or elsewhere, it does not matter. This time period usually happens couple of months before and after an election. I t gets so nasty that a p erson cannot attend church in a particular colour if he or she wants to maintain certain friend ships over the prescribed period. My Pastor can be walking from his office into church to participate in a worship service and he would be stopped and exhorted as to what he should and should not preach from the pulpit; even though he is notoriously known for telling it like it is to all and sundry and feared equally on both sides of the political divide. It all comes down to us distinguishing what we need from what we want. The present has some of us selling our souls to the highest bidder, because we refuse to be responsible for the nation that God gave us; He did not give it to a political party or special interest group. Those of us who are possessed by what we think our entitlement should be have to consider the fact that most of our entitlements have been provided by numerous foreign investors who are prepared to pay the price to come to this country, because they know that if they are patient enough they will get more than they paid for. Why cant we exercise that same patience with each other? We have allowed ourselves to be so demonised by our wants that we go to court for everything and anything, and what we are getting to live these lifestyles has no real foundation. We may use threats and social disorder to get our point across, but we are living with the possibility that one day we m ay take it too far and we will have a middle east experience, urged on by t hose who have no intere st in working for anyt hing that a politician cann ot give them. I f we do not come to o ur senses, there is a possibility, that the magnific ent LPIA that many of us toured this weekend will be empty for a while. I will admit right here that the past and present P rime Ministers and m yself do not share all of the same views, but we a greed on what the vision f or the Bahamas should b e for Bahamians, and my prayer is that as we approach a time that canb e feast or famine, those of us who claim to be Bahamian have to put that belief, front and centre. T he first Prime Minis ter of this nation had a lot to deal with as he led this nation through some veryt rying times. Many of us, including myself did not agree witha ll that he did; but we do not have the absolute view whereby we are able to make certain judgments;o r even to think about w hat we would have done if that responsibility and authority was ours. I didn ot like how some of his policies affected persons who were near and dear to me, but what is done int he name of politics is not always nice. However, the here and now requires some hardc hoices and I can hear him asking, You mean yinna cant work that out? I do not know if we get the symbolism here. When the LPIA is com pleted it will become the major gateway for us and it will not be so much about us going to other countries, because we know better than most how to take our Bahamian identity with us. It will be about people from all over this world coming to this place of providence to see what all of the fuss is about. Do we know who we are? We are the best lit-t le nation on the face of t he earth, but we are too b usy fighting among ours elves over stuff that anybody can pay for, or work hard enough to get, maybe that is why the persons who come here to work, never want to leave. They see what we take for g ranted. A visiting Pastor gave me an insight this weeke nd. He is here for a couple of days and when he a rrived his room was not ready, it was occupied. But, he says that it was n ever a problem because the level of service he got f rom the bellman and the manager of the hotel made the inconvenience a non-issue. He has been all over the w orld and he has placed that experience at the top o f his list, but being an A merican he was wondering if it was all a fluke, but t hen he began to meet the people and the Bahamas i s becoming real to him as a place where vacations c an really happen. I think we are going to be all right, even thought he years ahead, prospero us though they be, have to be seen for what they are. We have been gifted as a place of providence. We are the land masses, the islands in the streamc hosen to be the birth place of the New World and that reality is con nected to the fact that t here are some things a bout us and what we do, naturally, that everyone else in the world is amazed about, and they cannot stop coming here. It is like everyone has to return home at somet ime or other. N ew Providence is more than just a name. It is an attitude that a blessed place and its peo ple need to have, especially if our estimation ofa bad day is having to settle for what we need if we cannot get what we want. But, shouldnt that be enough? EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, February 28, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011 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. Publisher/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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm HELSINKI Europe's centre-right l eaders struggled Friday to show a united front amid stark divisions on how to tackle the debt crisis that has rocked the con-t inent for more than a year. A t a summit of the conservative European People's Party in Helsinki, some of Europe's most powerful decision makers made some progress on lowering the interest rates on Ireland's bailout and reiterated previous commitments to coordinatet heir economic policies more closely. But they failed to agree on more pressing issues that have preoccupied financial markets for the past months. The most crucial of these is a promised overhaul of the euro zone's bailout fund,w hich could see it get more powers such as b uying government bonds on the open market to stabilize struggling countries' funding costs and potentially save themf rom having to seek multi-billion euro rescue loans. "We don't have an EPP opinion of t hat," said Finnish Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen, who hosted Friday's meeting. The Helsinki summit kicked off three weeks that will decide whether the euro z one can finally get a grip on the crisis that has already pushed Greece and Ire land into international bailout. The debate will culminate on March 25, when heads of state and government hope to seal the "comprehensive solution"t o the region's debt and banking troubles. B ut with even members of the same party failing to find a common position, analysts are increasingly pessimistic thatt hat solution will turn out to be the promised turning point in the currency union's struggles. G erman Chancellor Angela Merkel r emained reluctant to put up more money to help less disciplined countries. Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime ministeri n-waiting found some open ears for his demands for lower interest rates on Ireland's 67.5 billion ($93.7 billion loan, which average some 5.8 per cent, but fell short off a clear commitment. "There was no voice against it," EPP President Wilfried Martens said of giving Ireland some more room on its bailout deal. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, meanwhile, received no clear support for his calls to equip the region's bailout fund with more money a nd broader powers. Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi whose country's debt stands at 120 perc ent of economic output spent some t ime trying to iron out a years-old gaffe on Finnish food. "Tonight an extraordinary reindeer filet was served and I asked for a second serving," he told reporters. Friday's talks centred on the so-called "pact for competitiveness" an attempt atc loser economic and fiscal coordination between the 17 states that share the euro but have widely differing economies. The pact was championed by Germany's Merkel, who amid troubles at home is desperate to have something tos how in return for being the region's paym aster. "It will always have to be a give and take," Merkel said, adding that supportf or the pact was growing. However, Friday's statement made no mention of concrete indicators, let aloneh ow they would be enforced. Originally, Berlin had demanded euro zone countries improve their economic performance through unpopular measures s uch as getting rid of automatic inflationlinked wage increases and coming up with a common base for corporate taxation. Such steps, the Germans argued, would make countries like Ireland, Greece and Portugal more solvent and their companiesm ore competitive in international mark ets. Katainen said the conservative leaders found common ground on some princi p les of the competitiveness pact but acknowledged that "there may be some differences and changes" before it can bea dopted. F inland's National Coalition Party heads into elections on April 17, and Katainen, a leading candidate for primem inister, had invited his conservative colleagues to give himself a home-showing on the international stage. Although he did not get a deal, the out come of the election was one of the few topics that everyone agreed on. "I hope he wins," said Ireland's Kenny, whose own Fine Gael party just toppled its opponents amid popular frustration over the country's economic woes. (This article was written by Gabriele Steinhauser, of the Associated Press) LETTERS l email@example.com Conservative EU leaders struggle for crisis unity EDITOR, The Tribune. An open letter to: Cable Bahamas, BTC, BEC, Water and Sewerage Corporation and other guilty parties. Please print the following open letter to the various utility companies. Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen: We the people of New Providence are greatly disap pointed in your cold-hearted inability to restore our roads to favourable conditions after you would have installed your business underground. Its criminal for example, to see and feel your uncaring actions on Windsor Field and the Western roads. There are about eight open trenches just on those two thorough fares. A few of them are dangerous to public travel, and there is no notice for motorists before approaching them. This is heartless and reflects a corporate culture of: We dont care about the general public and we are intent on proving it whenever the opportunity presents. I call on all utility companies who have nasty open trench es across our roads to do the honourable and caring thing, and fix them with us hardworking citizens in mind. Things are rough for many of us, and we do not have the funds to repair our vehicles after damage from your wicked drops. You have a public duty to be responsible, and who ever is now to be blamed for the lack of repair is guilty of being negligent in their duties right. Shame on you all! DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES Nassau, March 2, 2011. Fix our roads after underground work Distinguishing between our wants and needs
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 5 HELEN Astarita and her husband, Ben, came to the Bahamas quite by accident more than 50 years ago. But her extraordinary donation of $400,000 to the College of the Bahamas School of Commu n ication and Creative Arts to support budding artists in a thriving art programme is any thing but happenstance. The largest single gift to the college specifically directed toward funding the study of art, this recent gift is deliberate; a tangible means of helping young, brilliant artists who want to fuel their passions while earning a higher education degree in art. COB said the $400,000 gift will be used to establish the Astarita Art Endowment to fund two merit based scholarships the Astarita Nassauvian Art Scholarship and the Astarita Family Islander Art Scholarship in perpetuity for full time students entering the college and pursuing a degree in art. The scholarships will be awarded every two years, with the first recipients being select ed from among the Fall 2011 first year class. dream come true for fortunate art students, both awards cover tuition and expenses for art supplies, while the scholarship for the Family Islander also provides for housing allowance, COB said. Mrs Astarita was for many years the creative genius behind Bahama Handprints, by both conceiving the native designs and manipulating the machines to bring the fabric patterns to life. She started the company in 1966 with partner Berta Sands. Now, Mrs Astaritas gift to the College will further posi tion aspiring artists to earn a formal degree in higher educa tion while breathing life into their own creations. An opportunity to run an advertising agency lured the Astaritas to the Bahamas over five decades ago. Following the interview, the New Yorkers were immediately hired. Even as a youngster, good fortune favoured Helen. As a child she attended the Bayside High School in New York, which had a thriving art programme. I didnt take my lunch peri od or study period, she recalled. I was in the art room. When I graduated I had the equivalent of six years of art courses in all facets. With the help of a dedicated teacher who helped her take her portfolio into Manhattan, New York, Mrs Astarita successfully won two scholarships to study art. She said she now feels com pelled to pass on that good for tune. Asked what motivated her generous act of philanthropy to COB, Mrs Astarita said: Because I won a scholarship; Im just passing it on. College president Dr Betsy V Boze recognised the poten tial impact of the donation. The college is thrilled to receive such a wonderful gift from Mrs Helen Astarita. This is the kind of generosity that helps us to empower and cultivate future leaders and stimulates ingenuity. The arts awak en in us creativity and imagination, unlocking mysteries, fueling innovation and creating solutions. Mrs Astarita has been a trailblazer in the artistic community and we hope that the beneficiaries of these schol arships will also be inspired by her example and investment in the leaders of tomorrow, said Dr Boze. Dean of Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts Dr Earla Carey Baines said COB will be forev er grateful for this generous donation which reflects a tremendous investment in the development of the visual arts in the Bahamas. Ben and Helen Astarita will always be known for their vibrant, larger-than-life per sonalities and their steadfast commitment to the well-being of Bahamians and the Bahamas, she said. The Astarita Endowment is yet another example of their belief that each of us has a responsibility to make a posi tive impact on the community in which we live and to provide for future generations. This gift will ensure that a deserving Bahamian student is afforded the opportunity to develop his or her talent and, by so doing, enrich all of our lives. A TLANTIS has reported the successful rescue and transport of a beached dolphin from West Andros to the resorts Dolphin Cay for medical care and rehabilitation. T his live stranded dolphin r escue is the first for Dolp hin Cay, home to the most advanced marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Bahamas and a m ember of the Bahamas M arine Mammal Stranding N etwork. A fter two members of the A tlantis Dolphin Cay team, s taff veterinarian Dr Charles Manire and Jim Horton, were flown to Andros to evaluate the dolphin (named Miss Turner after her stranding location Turner Sound), they were able to d etermine she was an older f emale bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus h ad severe sunburn on the d orsal surface and lateral s coliosis (spinal curvature D ue to the severity of the dolphins conditions, it was obvious the animal needed further medical attention. Andros resident Charles Bethell, who had reported the stranding, offered to fly t he dolphin and crew back t o Paradise Island in his sea p lane, so she was transferred immediately to Dolphin Cay at Atlantis for further care and rehabilitation. A fter a 25-minute flight f rom Andros and a 25m inute transfer by truck, M iss Turner arrived on Para dise Island and was placed i n water at Atlantis quarantine facility for testing. Test results revealed she was severely dehydrated, had gastritis (stomach infection) and low calcium levels. F urthermore, she required f ull in-water support 24hours a day to prevent d rowning. The Dolphin Cay m arine mammal specialists h ave started Miss Turner on fluids and antibiotics along w ith beginning physical t herapy sessions on her s pine which have, so far, r educed the scoliosis from a bout a 90 degree curvature t o 45 degree curvature. Because of that response, Dr Manire is hopeful that they may be able to greatly or completely reduce the scoliosis over time. Ongoing blood tests also p rove that her health is improving commensurate with the care she is receivi ng. We plan to utilise our s tate-of-the-art facility and experienced staff to rehabilitate Miss Turner inh opes of her returning to the wild to live out the remainder of her life, said Dr Manire. D uring the short period of time Miss Turner has been living at Atlantis, she has started eating fish onh er own and showing progressive swimming move ments, but still requiring continuous support, including the full in-water support. T he marine specialist team w ill continue monitoring, t esting and treatment in hopes of a successful out-c ome from her rehabilitat ion. Atlantis is the home of w orlds largest open-air marine habitat with over5 0,000 marine animals in l agoons and displays as well as Dolphin Cay, the stateof-the-art dolphin interac-t ion and education centre. Dolphin Cay and Atlantis are accredited members of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine M ammal Parks and Aquari ums. B oth the marine habitat and Dolphin Cay were cre-a ted with the goal of e nlightening visitors about the wonders of these r emarkable ocean inhabitants. Dolphin Cay is alsot he residence of the 16 Katr ina Dolphins, some of whom were swept to sea during Hurricane Katrinaf rom their previous habitat at the Marine Life Ocea narium in Gulfport, Mississippi. THREE men were taken into police custody in connection with illegal f irearm and ammunition p ossession. Around 8pm on Thursday, officers of the mobile division were on routine patrol in the area of Carmichael Road and M cKinney Avenue when t hey observed a man w earing an orange shirt and blue jeans acting suspiciously. T he officers conducted a search of the man and r ecovered a handgun. T he 36-year-old man of London Avenue, off Carmichael Road, wast aken into custody. A few hours later, at around 11.30pm, officers of the Rapid Strike unit w ere on routine patrol in the area of Cowpen and Spikenard Roads when t hey observed two men in a yard acting suspiciousl y. The men ran as the officers proceededt owards them. The officers gave chase, caught up with the m en and conducted a search of the area. They recovered a maga zine with ammunition a long with a shotgun and s hotgun shells. The men, ages 27 and 2 8 of Rupert Dean Lane, w ere taken into custody. Police investigations c ontinue. ARRESTS AFTER POLICE FIND GUNSA ND AMMUNITION Dolphin Cay rescues and transports stranded dolphin to rehabilitation AN EXTRAORDINARY GIFT seated: Donor Mrs Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze. Standing from left: Audrey Dean-Wright, Head of Visual and Performing Arts; Dr Earla Carey-Baines, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts; Davinia Blair, Director of Development, Alum ni Relations and Development and John Cox, Assistant Professor of Art. SIGNING THE MOU Helen Astarita and COB president Dr Betsy V Boze sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Astarita Art Endow ment at the college. $400,000 GIFT TO COB TO SUPPORT ART STUDENTS THEATLANTIS TEAM performing physical therapy on Miss Turner. MISS TURNER in Andros U NLOADING MISS TURNER i n Nassau.
L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2011, PAGE 7 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.130.95AML Foods Limited1.041.040.000.1230.0408.53.85% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.754.40Bank of Bahamas4.504.500.005000.1530.10029.42.22% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.44Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04%2 .852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.806.800.000.4880.26013.93.82% 2 .861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.202.230.030.1110.04520.12.02% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.505.25Famguard5.255.250.000.3570.24014.74.57% 9 .275.88Finco5.885.880.000.6820.0008.60.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.485.480.000.4520.16012.12.92% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.50ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52%1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029FRIDAY, 4 MARCH 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,457.70 | CHG 0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -41.81 | YTD % -2.79B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.545071TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 11-Feb-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 TEACHERS, parents and students this week gatheredto celebrate the achievements of 54 students at the L W Young Junior High School. The students, predomi nantly from grades seven and eight, achieved at least 3.0 averages in their last report cards. The students were recognised for their outstanding performances during a special assembly held at the school on Tuesday under the theme Celebrating Excellence. Making the principals list with the highest grade point average (GPA Gray, an eighth grade student with a GPA of 3.63. Following closely behind were Letore Basden (3.55 GPA na Davila (3.55 GPA Delivering the keynote address was Northeastern Superintendent Dressler Sherman, who congratulated the honour students and encouraged the rest of the student population to perse vere. You only have one thing to focus on and that is to stay in school and do your very best, thats all, said Ms Sher man. Its that easy. I want you to promise me and yourselves that you will do the best that you can while you are in school because this is your main job right now, nothing else. Also in attendance was Member of Parliament for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, who presented Shenard Gray with an electronic notebook. All the students received tokens donated by private organisations in partnership with the Ministry of Education. In addition, all of the honourees were given trophies and will be treated to an evening outing at Marios Bowling Alley as well as a day-away at Dol phin Encounters. You see what you can get when you do well in school? We love to show our appreciation in a big way to students who do their very best, saidL W Young principal Janet Nixon. Mrs Nixon said the school was recently given a $2,000 donation by Bahamas Fast Ferries for good behaviour during an event. 54 students make the honour roll at LW Young s ubstantive post as Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions; a declaration that she having acted as DDPP fort he requisite period be entitled to the substantive post and a declaration that anya ppointment to the post of D PP in the circumstances be null and void. In the prologue to his judgment Senior JusticeI saacs noted: There has been much interest generated by this case. I think iti s so because it evokes fears of qualified Bahamians being overlooked when high offices become avail a ble while invasive hordes o f foreigners seemed poised to overwhelm the indigenous population. S enior Justice Isaacs in his judgment stated that he did not intend to interfere with the JLSCs decision to appoint Mrs Graham-Allen as DPP. For the reasons I would have expressed in Maurice Glinton v the Prime Minister and the Attorney General, there are certain decisions which are not capable of being reviewed judicially among them are those concerned with judicial appointments a nd appointments as Queens Counsel. I n his judgment, Senior J ustice Isaacs also highlighted the Security Intelli gence Branch reports submitted to the JLSC thatp urportedly contained allegations against Mrs GrantBethell which may have led to her being side-stepped to the post of DPP. Her attorneys had argued she was not afforded the opportu-n ity to defend herself a gainst those allegations. Senior Justice Isaacs stat ed: It was requested by the Commission for its evaluation of the applicants suitability to be appointed as the DPP. It appears SIBp rovided the report to the OAG. This is highly improper and is a breach of Regulation 7 if the argu ments of counsel for the respondents are accepted that disclosure of any reports may constitute a criminal offence. He further stated: Although the commission may use other agencies of the state to assist it in carrying out its functions, those agencies are expected to erect a Chi nese Wall and treat those matters as confidential to the commission and separ ate from their governmental responsibilities. It isu nfortunate that matters m eant for limited publication and which ought to have been of little concern to the world at large haveb ecome fodder for meddlers. The judge also noted that Mrs Grant-Bethells reputation had been besmirched in the process of denying her the DDPP position andb y her transfer for the D DPP post. Following the ruling yes terday Mrs Grant-Bethells attorney Maurice Glinton said: This goes a long way to vindicating the right of Mrs Grant-Bethell. Whath e did and we will have to confirm this when we read the ruling, was to find in several parts in her favour but staying his hand in so far as granting the particular relief she was claiming. We have no reason at this time to be critical of the judgment because we havent read it. We are encouraged for our client because after taking instruc tions we might determine whether there is something which he pointed out in the judgment which is still left for us to do, in so far as t here is a further step. We are reluctant really to con sider it as an option but t here is always the right of appeal. to recognise them and not the Peoples Republic of China. Ervin Knowles, who was the Minister, got fired, Christie got hired and Ervin Knowles was appointed Ambassador to Tai wan, said the Prime Minister in parliament. He recalled that it was the FNM government that had establ ished diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of Chi na severing ties with Taiwan. The only reason we have relations with the Peoples Republ ic of China is because the FNM did that and the Chinese regard us as an old friend and they are supporting us in the Baha Mar project, said Prime Minister Ingraham. Baha Mar is going ahead because the Chinese government is providing the money. There was no possibility of Baha Mar being able to get a loan from the Chinese unless The Bahamas government said yes, please do it, he said. The China Export Import Bank is providing funding for the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project. The loan required the approval of the Chinese and Bahamian Governments. bune that he raised the issue after opposition members suggested that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham ran out the back door of the H ouse of Assembly in an attempt to avoid the crowd after last weeks parliamentary session. Speaking in the House, the National Security Minister said: If someone asks me, what do I do in terms of ensuring the safety of the chief executive of the country, it is surely not to walk toward that crowd. However, the PLPs MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe told the House that his party was not responsible for any unsavory characters who turned up in Rawson Square. At no time was it our intention to put the PMs life in jeopardy. We believe in freedom of speech and the right to assembly, but at no time would we put life in jeopardy, he said. union, he told The Tribune Friday morning after meeting with hotel executives at the Department of Labour. Hotel executives were in meetings with labour and union officials since Thursday. Mr Thompson said hotel general manger Michael Weber informed them that significant cutbacks, including the layoffs of 200 workers, were necessary to keep the resort open. The Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort is made up of the Radisson and Reef Hotels. It is owned by Hutchison Whampoa of Hong Kong. Mr Thompson said that the union has asked management to abide by the contract. Our position is that we do not agree with the layoffs and have asked them to follow the contract regarding rota tion of workers and layoffs, and we will do whatever we need to do to make sure our position is heard, he said. We had a meeting with our members last night and their instruction to us is make sure the hotel follows the contract regarding rotation, layoffs and redundancies. Mr Thompson said the morale of employees at Our Lucaya Resort has hit rock bottom. He said that only the laid off workers will get salary increases in their severance package. Morale has been very low for the past two years, but it is worse now, he said. Mr Thompson could not say whether the union would take industrial action. He said BHCAWU president Nicole Martin is expected to travel to Freeport. ment. H e confirmed receipt of a comm unication from the Bahamas P etroleum Retailers Association (BPRAa vailable for a meeting early next w eek. It has been some time ago since t he price control was adjusted. We h ave to listen to their case. I know that one of the issues they are faced with is the increase in the cost ofp etroleum. They need significant more funding to buy their products, so there may be some increase in financing costs. I am aware of that, s aid Mr Neymour. The magnitude of their financing costs is dependent on the volu me that they purchase and sell and o n the profitability of their business. T hat varies significantly. There are some service stations in New Provi-d ence that may do as little as 10,000 g allons while other purchase 100,000 gallon. The variability is large and the margins must cover all of the service stations. So like I say, it is important that they present their c ase, he said. T he BPRA met on Wednesday to discuss their concerns. Bernard Dorsett, owner of Porky's Texaco Service Centre and member of the BPRA steering committee, said retailers are trying their best not to resort to self service at the pumps, u nderstanding that strategy would o nly be a bandaid. B ut times are hard and retailers are swamped in debt. Mr Dorsett said, I dont know how long we will be able to do it. The price of diesel rose by 31 cents per gallon this week, said Mr Dorsett. That was the third increase over the last month. They are trying to control the p rice of gas for consumers, but they are putting the business man who h as hundreds of thousands investe d out of business. There are dealers i n this country who pay in excess of $20,000 per month rent to oil companies. I own my station, but if Ih ad to pay rent there is no way I would be in business. Sometimes I wonder how my competitors sur vive, said Mr Dorsett. Times were not always so hard, he said, but fuel prices continue to escalate and the governments price c ontrol strategy continues to fix r etailer margins. He said he has been encouraging his workers to put in the extra effort to earn tips, so they could gather extra savings. Despite rumours of a strike, Mr Dorsett said as far as he knows the retailers are not discussing a s trike. He said: Striking cant solve o ur problems. It is all about economics right now. I can buy peanuts and make more money than diesel today and that is not right. I have to spend $4000 to make $180. That doesnt make sense, said Mr Dorsett. The government earns a 17 per c ent margin on diesel and 27 per c ent on gasoline. We are earning 4.5 per cent and nine per cent, before s taff, light and other. You dont have t o be a rocket scientist to figure that o ut. You cannot run a business like that, he said. With banks charging 18 per cent i nterest on overdraft facilities, he said the mathematics was insurmountable. Obviously that bill is never going to pay off. F ROM page one Hotel union Turnquest comments F ROM page one FROM page one PM clarifies House comments, says they were misconstrued ictory ruling in law job row FROM page one Petrol retailers will get chance to present their case for relief FROM page one PHENTON NEYMOUR Minister of S tate for the Environment
TRIBUNE SPOR TS SA TURDA Y MARCH 5, 201 1, P AGE 1 1 N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS' LEADING NEWSP APER SPORTS H ER E' S a l oo k a t the fi na l t e a m s c o r e s f r o m t h e B a h a m a s A s s o c i a t i o n o f I n d e pendent Secon dary Sch ools' T r a c k a n d F i e l d C h a m p i on ships that wr appe d u p ye st e r d a y a t t h e T h o m s A R o b i n s o n T r a c k a n d F i e l d Stadium: 1 Saint Augustine's College 5 SAC 1418 2 Queens College 11 QC 1102 3 Saint John's College 6 SJC 426.5 4 Saint Anne's 14 SAS 424 5 Temple Christian Schools TCS 283 6 Saint Andrews School 13 SA 278 7 Jordan Prince William 12 PWH 192 8 Nassau Christian Academy 9 NC 183 9 Aquinas College 10 AQ 127.5 10 Charles W. Saunders CWS 101 11 Faith Temple Academy FTA 76 12 Kingsway Academy KA 55 13 Bahamas Academy 4 BA 53 FIN A L TEA M S C O R E S FO R B AISS INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays a n o t h e r l o n g s t o r y t a k i n g s e c on d p l a ce a g a i n "O ne thou sa n d poi nts bu t j u s t t h r e e h u n d r e d s p o i n t s b e h i n d h e r e f l e c t e d T h e r e s s o m e t r e m e n d o u s a t h l e t e s o u t t h e r e o n b o t h si d e s Bu t y o u ha v e to ha n d i t t o t h e o p p o s i t i o n t h e y a r e ex tr e me ly str on g T h e s e n i o r g i r l s ( S A C ) h a v e s o m e w o r l d c l a s s a t h le te s, so we wil l co mp ete a nd we wil l co nti nue to com pe te unti l we g e t the r e W e ha v e a n e w s t a d i u m n e x t y e a r s o m a y b e n e x t y e a r w i l l b e a n e w da y fo r us ." Ma r kha m s a id h is Co me ts sq ua d won 't c ha ng e m uch so the y wi ll c onti nu e to tug a t i t an d hop e ful ly th e y wi ll e ve n tual ly d ethr one the Bi g R ed M a c h i n e We c lo se d t h e gap t hr ee ye a r s a g o, bu t the y op e ne d i t up l a st y e a r an d we c los e d i t ag a in th is y ea r ," he qu ip pe d. "S o we 'r e v e ry pl ea s e d. O ur t e a m w a s s o l i d W e p e r f o r m e d we ll a cr os s the bo ar d. H o w e v e r M a r k h a m s a i d h e s a bi t d isappoi nted that on ce a g a i n, i t c a m e d o wn t o a showdown be twee n just t wo sch oo ls SAC a nd Q C. S t J o h n s c o a c h C h i c o v i e W e l l s s a i d d e s p i t e t h e f a c t that they were 991.50 behind S t A ugu st in e's C ol lege an d 675.50 behind QC, they were pleased with their effort this year. W e g o t s o m e h e l p f r o m ( a l u m n i ) T o n i q u e Wi l l i a m s i n tr a in in g ou r s p ri n te r s a n d o ur j u m p e r s s o w e c a m e o u t t h e r e a n d w e d i d s e c u r e d t h i r d p l a c e a g a i n W e l l s s a i d c o m i n g t h i r d t h i s y e a r w a s e n c o u r a g i n g a n d w i t h W il li am s co n t in u in g t o work wi t h the ir p rog ra mm e, t h e y c a n d e f i n i t e l y m a k e a r u n at th e top tw o ne x t y e a r. 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RECORD BREAKER: SAC's Anthonique Strachan raises the baton in the air after anchoring their senior girls 4 x 400 relay team to a record breaking performance. See more pictures on pg 10 S A T U R D A Y M A R C H 5 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 1 2 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM CHAMPIONS ON PARADE: Members of St. Augustine's College rush onto the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium in celebration of their 23rd consecutive BAISS Track and Field Championship title. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A NOTHER year, another Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools' Track and Field Championships for the St. Augustine's College Big Red Machine. I f y o u r e c o u n t i n g t h e B i g R e d M a c h i n e rolled out of the Thomas A. Robinson Track a n d F i e l d S t a d i u m ye s t e rd ay w i t h t h e i r 23 r d consecutive victory. After three intense days of competition, St. Au g u s t in e s a cc u m u la te d a to t a l o f 1 4 1 8 p o i n ts car t i ng s ev en of the eig ht div isio nal t i t le s. The y on ly lo st th e jun ior g i rls, w hich w e n t to t heir arch-rivals Queen's College Comets. Once ag ain, t he Come t s had t o se t tle f o r se con d pl a c e cl o s in g t he g a p f r om l a s t y e a r a s th e y ended up with 1,102 points, well ahead of third pl a ce St. John' s Giants, who f inishe d in t hird with 426.50. E v e r y o n e f e e l s b e t te r t h a n t h e y e a r b e f o r e said SAC's head coach William Knucklehead' Johnson a s he tried t o p ut the ir triumph in per spective. "We're not ge t ti ng t ire d, we're not becoming complacent. We just come out here and do everything to the best of our ability." Ev e n th o ug h Q u e e n s C ol l e g e m a de a d e n t in SAC's lead, Johnson said every time they win, t h e y r e al i s e t h at "t h e r e' s r o o m f o r i m p r o v ement, so we will go back to the drawing board and improve on those events that we fell down in and next year we will be ready." J o h n s o n s ai d w h i l e t h e at h l e t e s h a ve b ee n working har d from Aug ust, he ha s to cre dit the Big Red Machine's scoring staff that includes t win sister s Dia nne Woodside and Dawn Joh nson, Tito Moss, John Todd. "We have about seven to eight coaches who share the load from start to finish," he said. Woodside, whose Monica Track Club play a b i g p ar t i n S A C' s su c ces s, s aid t he go al i s t o achie ve cha mpion ship n umbe r 2 5, so the y hav e t wo m ore years to c ont inu e t o bui ld on t heir legacy. "I think we will have a grand celebration at 25," Woodside stated. Ha v i n g d e v e lo p e d the wi nn i ng tr a di ti o n f r om attending St. Augustine's College back in the 1 9 8 0 s W o o d s i d e s a i d t h e r e s a l o t o f p r i d e i n t h e athletes and that has been the key to their suc cess. QC s co a c h G a r y M a r k h a m a d m it te d t ha t i t' s BIG RED MA CHINE R OLL S ON TO 2 3R D CHA M PIO NSHIP SEE page 10 COMETS SETTLE FOR SECOND PLACE RUSSELL AND CARTWRIGHT GAIN ENTRY TO BAHAMAS W O M E N S O P E N See Story on pg 10 INSIDE Local sports news