N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R MIRACLEWANTED C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.18SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PERIODS OFSUN HOT 82F LOW 70F McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOUR ESSENTIAL FOOTBALL GUIDE TOTHEBIGGAMES FREEINSIDETODAY NOBODY BUTNOBODY BEATS THE TRIBUNE F or mother and father battling cancer and six children who are facing eviction from home this Christmas time By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A FAMILY of eight is praying for a Christmas miracle as they not only battle life-threatening illnesses, but also eviction from their home. The Thurston family have had more than their fair share of suffering during the past 12 months. Mother-of-seven Consuela, 38, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which has now spread to her bones and brain. Three weeks ago, her husband Peter, 42, discovered he has lym phoma, a cancer of the immune system. And now the couple and their six children face being thrown out of their home. Mrs Thurston told The Tribune how she was left devastated by her husbands diagnosis in the midst of her own struggle with the dis ease. As well as trying to remain positive in her battle against the disease, Mrs Thurston described the constant struggle she faces to keep up with financial obligations. She said: After I found out I had cancer, my bills just got out of control. We have never been in this kind of debt. However, it wasnt until three weeks ago when her husband Peter was diagnosed with lymphoma, that their situation became dire. The couple, who live in New Hope Road, Joans Heights, owe their landlord $4,470 in unpaid rent, and have already been served an eviction notice for January 4. Mrs Thurston said: The landlord, he really bear with us for a really long time for the rent to get up that high like that he was giv ing us a break because I was sick, but now that my husband is sick, hes saying now what? Who is going to pay? Before her diagnosis, Mrs SEE page eight POLICE are questioning two women and a man and are seeking two other men in connection with the countrys 91st murder. Sometime around 11.55pm on Thursday, police received information of a shooting at Farrington Road. At the scene they found the body of Charles Minns, 34, of Hawthorn Road, off Farrington Road. It is thought Mr Minns was walking on Farrington Road when he was approached by a blue Hyundai Tuscan SUV. A man got out of the car and shot Mr Minns a number of SHOO TING DEATH INQUIRY SEE page eight By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com GOVERNMENT officials seem to be confused about which part of the law should be used to enforce the seat belt regula tions set to come into effect next week. Senior police officials at the Traffic Division, responsible for enforcing the seat belt law, did not appear knowledgeable about the schedule of fines outlined in the 2007 amendment to the Road Traffic Act. SEAT BELT LAW CONFUSION SEE page eight By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org IT seems those eagerly anticipating an end to the widespread abuse of animals have a bit more waiting to do as implementation of the Animal Protection and Control Act is being delayed pending input from the Attorney Generals office. Animal rights activists have been calling on Minister of ANIMAL PR OTECTION ACT DELAY SEE page eight PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE: The Thurston family have endured much over the last year. Motherof-seven Consuela (right been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is also pictured above with her husband,Peter, who discovered he had lymphoma a cancer of the immune system. The couples children are pictured left. To make matters worse the family is facing eviction. S EESECTIONE, SPORTS S WIMMINGTRIOSETTOCOMPETE
ARDASTRA Gardens h as welcomed new additions in the form of four coatis members of the racoon fam ily which are native to South a nd Central America and n orth-western North America. Coati species are wides pread, occupying habitats r anging from hot and arid areas to rainforests, and sometimes even snowy mountain slopes. The four animals welcomed to Ardastra last week have been named Koda, Fristy, Nariz and Taia. They were donated to Ardastra Gardens and Zoo through the AAP Foundation a European rescue centre and sanctuary for pri mates and other exotic mammals. Based in the Netherlands, the AAP houses took in n eglected and abused ani mals from all over Europe. Koda, Fristy, Nariz and Taia were all neglected in s ome fashion and were l ucky to find the AAP as a shelter, Ardastra officials said. O nce there, they received t he professional care needed for their physical and mental recovery. After this careful process of rehabilitation, the AAP sought to outplace the coat is in relatively natural envi ronments, such as renowned zoos and animal parks. Last Wednesday, the coatis boarded an airplane in Holland as the first leg of their journey to sunny Nas sau. We are delighted to have been awarded the coat is, said Richard Roswell, c urator at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo. They will continue to rehabilitate and enjoy life h ere at Ardastra and the w armer temperatures put the icing on the cake. Coatis are relatives of the r accoon and are typically f ound in Arizona, New Mexico, Central America, the Amazon rainforest, Argentina, and Uruguay. They are omnivores, eating a cross section of food, ranging from insects and mice to fruit. In the wild they live in groups called bands. These groups, of no more than 20 coatis, consist primarily of adult females and juvenile males. Adult males live alone except for mating season. These new residents of Ardastra Gardens are all adult males, but have been living happily together for months, zoo officials said. The staff of Ardastra invites Bahamians to stop by and welcome the coatis to their new home. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM O VER 100 passengers of the Royal Caribbean ship Allure of the Seas including several celebrities in the world of competitive running are expected to take part in the cruise lines 5k Fun Run Race this Monday in Nassau. T he Fun Run in Paradise is sponsored and will be covered by the sports television network ESPN. The Nassau race will be part of t he inaugural Royal 5K St Maarten L ifestyle, Running and Fitness Show which will air January 27 and 28 on the ESPN Caribbean Networks. T he half-hour special aims to capture the excitement of the cruise through the eastern Caribbean,f ocusing on a healthy lifestyle through running. The race starts at 9am in the area o pposite Malcolm Park, just before the Paradise Island Bridge, continueson over the new bridge, right to M arina Village, through Marina Vill age to the security booth at Coral Towers, right to roundabout, south to old bridge, onto Mackey Street, to Shirley Street, west on Shirley Street to Cumberland Street, north on Cumberland Street to Bay Street, east on Bay Street to RawsonS quare and Festival Place where the finish line will be. Motorists are advised that there will be some traffic disruptionb etween the hours of 9am and 1 0.30am on Monday in the affected areas and are asked to plan their travels accordingly. A mong the runners will be Bart Yasso, who joined the magazine Runner's World in 1987 to developt he Runner's World Race Sponsorship Programme, creating a vehicle for Runner's World to work witho ver 7,000 races representing four million runners per year. Inducted into the Running USA H all of Champions, Mr Yasso also i nvented the Yasso 800s, a marathon-training schedule used by thousands around the world. He is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mount Kilimanjarom arathon. Mr Yasso won the US National Biathlon Long Course Championship in 1987 and in 1998 he wont he Smoky Mountain Marathon. Unsupported He has also completed the Ironm an five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley. He has a lso cycled, unsupported and by hims elf, across the US twice. Another high-profile runner taki ng part is Frank Shorter, who is considered a driving force in the distance running boom that started in t he US in the late 1970s. He captured the imagination of runners throughout the US and worldwide when he won the 1972 Olympic marathon, finishing more than two minutes ahead of his closest competitor. A Yale University graduate, Mr Shorter won his first major championship when he took the National Collegiate Athletic Association( NCAA) six-mile title in 1969. T he following year, he won the 10,000 metres in the USA-USSR dual meet. I n 1971, he won both the 10,000 and the marathon at the Pan American Games and followed up by tak-i ng the first of four successive victories in Japan's prestigious Fukuoka Marathon. H is crowning moment came in 1972 in Munich, the city of his birth. There, he finished fifth in the 1 0,000 metres before his victory in t he marathon. A 24-time national champion, Mr Shorter's 1972 Olympic win earned him the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. In 1976, he took the silver medal in the Olympic marathon. He earned a law degree in 1974 a nd later started his own athletic supply company. Mr Shorter was elected to the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984. A lso running will be Sean Jeffers on, who ran a career-best of 3:56.44 seconds, finishing in first place at the Meyo Classic in South Bend; in d oing so, became just the 265th American to run a sub-four-minute mile. His twin brother John accom-p lished the same feat, making them just the 14th set of brothers and fourth set of twins to break four min-u tes in the mile; of the 14 sets of brothers to accomplish this, they are the first that are both American b orn. Bahamas plays host to ESPNs ... ASSAU/ROYAL CARIBBEAN FUN RUN IN PARADISE Four coatis join Ardastra Gar dens f amil y RUNNINGCELEBRITY: Bart Yasso.
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE government has launched a suicide hotline to help mitigate what social work ers fear will be a spike in depression, suicides and suicide attempts over the holiday season. In a press conference yesterday morning, Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes announced that the hotline will be avail able during December and January to provide counselling and support to persons who are experiencing difficulties or feel ing overwhelmed. Depression is a major risk factor for suicide and experts are of the view that persons are at an increased risk for depression during the Christmas sea son, said Mr Foulkes. While the hotline has been operational in the past, this time it will be a much more comprehensive effort. Twentyone counsellors, primarily social workers from the Department of Social Services, will be provided will cell phones so they can give 24 hour support. All calls to the hotline will be com pletely private and confiden tial. The counsellors will be supported by the Department of Social Services and Dr Kirk Christie, psychiatrist at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, who will conduct weekly sessions with them. According the Dr Christie, 60-70 per cent of persons attempting to com m it suicide have an underlying problem with depression. Depression occurs in one to three per cent of the population and is more prevalent among women than men. Dr Christie emphasised that the hotline "is a highly proac tive approach to the issue."P eople will get optimal care and tools to manage their depres sion, including treatments such as anti-depressant medications, which are offered free by the public health care system. While the Christmas season is a joyous occasion for most, some are dealing with seriousi ssues and problems said Loret ta Butler Turner, Minister of State for Social Development. "We want to mitigate against any suicide or suicide attempt during the Christmas season, she said. An assessment of the initiative will be conducted at the end of the two month period and it will be determined if the programme should continue. The Department of Social Services, the Grant Thorntona ccounting firm and BTC have joined forces to make the hot line service possible. BTC has also committed to establishing national hotline to help Bahamians in the Family Islands. Any persons experiencing difficulties, stress, depression or suicidal thoughtsi s asked to please call the hotline at 322-2763. Concerned rel atives and friends are also encouraged to call. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Govt launches suicide hotline amid fears of holiday blues TWO FML employees were arraigned in a Nassau Street Magistrates Court yesterday, accused of stealing. Police have charged Stacy Laramore, 27, of Coconut Grove with stealing by rea son of service. It is alleged that on Saturday, October 2, she stole $2,166.10 from the FML Group of Companies office in Bridge Plaza on Mackey Street. Laramore, who appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street, pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of $5,000. Her case was adjourned to June 21, 2011. Latra Pratt was also arraigned on a stealing charge. The 26-year-old Ross Corner resident is accused of stealing by reason of service. It is alleged that on Monday, October 25, she stole $6,062 from the FML Group of Companies office on Wulff Road. Pratt pleaded not guilty to the charge and was grantedbail in the sum of $8,000. Her case was also adjourned to June 21, 2011. TWO FML EMPLOYEES A CCUSED OF S TEALING By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A LITTLE can go a long way according to a group of Bahamasair employees who pledged $1,200 of their own money to the Ranfurly Home for Children. The donation is meant to encourage other employees who may not have the means to donate a large chunk of cash toa charity to come together and jointly give back to those in need. After hearing about the Ranfurly Home's financial challenges earlier in the year, 18 employees, mainly from Bahamasair's financial department, agreed to each set aside $5 a month to raise $1,200 which is then given to the home in two instalments. For less than the price of one lunch a month the group has been able to make Christmas a little brighter for the residents of the orphanage, said Claudius Rolle, one of the Bahamasair employees. "We just wanted to set an example for the rest of our staffto emulate and other companies too, government and private, so persons can realise that a little goes a long way once pooled together. Persons don't have to wait for the corporate entity to give, but realise that everybody can sew a seed this year and give to make a difference in people's lives. "In these difficult times everyone is hurting, but those people are hurting even more, think of it as giving up one lunch a month," Mr Rolle said. The group chose the Ranfurly Home to receive their donation after government announced budget cuts to charity subventions this summer. The Bahamasair group made its first presentation to the Ranfurly Home this week. The second instalment of the donation will be given to the orphanage next year. BAHAMASAIR STAFF DONATE TO CHILDRENS HOME, ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO FOLLOW EXAMPLE B AHAMASAIR s taff made a donation to president of the Ranfurly Home for Children Alexandra Maillis-Lynch at the airlines office at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F R EEPORT Grand B ahama is the healthiest major island in the Bahamas, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday during theG overnor Generals annual visit to the Rand Memorial Hospital. Dr Minnis reported that hospital statistics show a decline in patients being admitted for chronic illness-e s such as hypertension and diabetes. He also noted that there have been significant successes in reducing thei nfant mortality and maternal death rates at the hospital. In 2009/2010, he reported that there were 215 patients admitted for hyper-t ension, a five per cent decline compared to 2008. H e also noted that the 121 p atients were admitted with diabetes, a 12 per cent decrease from the numbers i n 2008. D r Minnis said the newly i ntroduced discharged planning team, which a ggressively monitors the needs of clients upon discharge, has resulted in fewerr e-admissions to the hospit al. He also reported that t here were 844 deliveries. No maternal deaths have been recorded, and the infant death rate is at 0.2 per cent. The staff must be commended for remarkable health outcomes, Dr Min n is said. In addressing the inade quate state of an emergency f leet in Nassau and Grand B ahama, he noted that five ambulances have been ordered. Two of those willb e stationed in Grand Bahama. Dr Minnis said the ambu l ances will be equipped with cameras and are slated to arrive early next year. Governor General Sir A rthur Foulkes said Grand Bahama has demonstrated its commitment to healing b y caring for those in need even as the demand for services continues to grow. He said the service prov ided by health care professionals should not be viewed only as an obligation of o nes job, but also as a will ing act of love received freely from God and givenw ithout conditions to those i n need. As a nation we have much to be grateful for; ande ven through the challenges brought on by the economic recession we can still say without a shadow of a doubt that we are blessed beyond measure, he said. Sir Arthur also officially opened the new out-patient clinic on Coral Road during his visit to Grand Bahama. GRAND BAHAMA HEALTHIEST MAJOR ISLAND IN THE BAHAMAS F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
EDITOR, The Tribune. At the risk of prejudicing m y views on this matter, let m e remind your readers that a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. T he Parliaments decision t o unanimously approve Baha M ars request for 8,100 work permits is troubling because it appears that all of the rele-v ant factors were not considered or even known. At the outset, I want to m ake it clear that Baha Mar h as the right to invest whatever amount it wishes, wherever it wishes and whenever it w ishes within the confines of our laws. I also believe that consistent with the tenets ofo ur capitalistic economy, Baha Mar has the right to make good and bad business decisions. It is not right, for instance, to deny approval of a Bahamian project on the basis that it would create ag lut of room inventories in the marketplace, even though one would expect investors and their financiers to have regard for that possibility. T he labour issue is a significant problem not only b ecause it robs Bahamians of maximizing their benefits from the project, and not onlyb ecause on its face it puts Atlantis at a disadvantage, but because it represents a busi ness deal that apparently c ould not be financed if the financier were not afforded certain privileges. D uring Atlantis multiple phases, the government thought that it was in the besti nterest of the Bahamian peop le to require Atlantis labour component to be at a certain level. Undoubtedly, thati mposition caused Atlantis to engage labour at a higher cost than it would if that conditiond id not exist. A few years later, in order to ensure that financing iss ecured for a project, the government has decided to allow Baha Mar to engage almost three times the number of foreign workers as Atlantis. That circumstance means that B aha Mar is able to construct its facility at a lower cost than Atlantis. That places Atlantis at a significant competitive disadvantage since the cost of construction drives capital requirements, financing costs, room rates and ultimately profitability. Whatever ones opinion with respect to Atlantis and Baha Mar, one has to at the very least appreciate that this is a legitimate concern for Atlantis. Indeed, it really ought to concern all of us since thiss tate of affairs creates uncertainty in the minds of current local and international i nvestors as to whether the g overnment might change the playing field and render their business models not feasible. This is a very dangerous matter and should not be brushed over in our effort toc ause Baha Mar to happen. Atlantis investment is already in the ground it is what it is. A decision by the government should not be the event that renders it less competit ive not in a capitalistic envir onment. Some persons have criticized the agreement betweenA tlantis and the government. However, it needs to be remembered that busin esspersons must seek to g uard against the kind of risk that Atlantis faces today. Perhaps one is saying that such a d eal is not in the countrys interest. The fact is though that no reasonable govern-m ent should be afraid to exec ute such a deal since no rea sonable government would w ish to jeopardize a major investment project. That said, I believe that the government has a moral r esponsibility to not grant a better deal to Baha Mar. For eign and local investors must be able to trust that the government will ensure that the playing field is level at the time of their investment and a fter as well. No investor, local or for eign, would wish to invest in a n environment of uncertainty. This situation could jeop ardize future investments in T he Bahamas. I ndeed, Sir Sol has already said that Atlantis phase four is unlikely. Already, therefore,t he cost of granting Baha Mar 8,100 permits to construct a $2.6 billion hotel is $1 billioni n future investments. The question is how many other projects will be deterred? Moreover, if Atlantis phase four project were to reflect the Bahamian labour component that was imposed on it several years ago, they are likely to have engaged 3,500 Bahamians, the same number that Baha Mar will hire. I also found it rather reveal ing that the labour cost allocated to the 3,500 Bahamians that Baha Mar intends to engage is $200 million over four years. That equates to $275 per week inclusive of national insurance and other benefits. What is equally striking is that having increased the Bahamian component by $200 million, the Chinese labour component remains unchanged. Assuming that information is complete, and frankly there is no reason to believe that the Prime Minis ter was complete, then it sim ply means that Bahamians will be given contracts to procure materials. Assuming such materials are required to be sourced in China, then this amendment constitutes nothing. What is more, if it is true that as the Prime Minister suggests, the additional $200 million is intended to move Baha Mars cost closer to Atlantis, then what is thei ncremental cost of the Baha M ar development? Now lets say that Baha Mar makes the argument that i ts total development cost was n ot lowered as a result of the f avourable labour allocation. That is quite possibly true, but does that make the govern-m ents situation any better? Perhaps not. Here is why: It is indisp utable that the Chinese gove rnments decision to provide the financing is based on the excessive work permits and t he sale of materials for that project. Therefore, the inducement takes placeb roadly at the level of financing, not at the level of project development cost. That makes Atlantis argument even more compelling since in that instance the issue is not merely the competitived isadvantage that is driven by development cost, but the entire project. In other words, if in the absence the incremental incentives the Chinese w ould refuse to finance the project, the government has u nwittingly given Baha Mar a financing advantage. Atlantis can therefore arguet hat the entire project repre sents an abandonment of the agreement, not just the addi tional labour and land cost t hat they incurred. Even com mercial banks can argue that this deal places a competitive b ar on them that they cannot reach. I do not seek to carry water f or Atlantis, much less comm ercial banks. I simply believe that it is essential for us to consider the conse-q uences of the decisions we make. The fact is that this arrangem ent has far reaching consequences. I only wish that the Christie administration andt he Ingraham administration had not messed up Baha Mars original plans so bad ly. They owe Izmirlian, Atlantis and the Bahamian people an apology and even t heir resignations. I now wish to consider a related but slightly different matter. Bahamians will recall that during the various construction phases of Atlantis, many persons argued that it was inappropriate to grant Atlantis all the incentives that were given. Undoubtedly, there were smaller investors, Bahamians and others, who felt that their business models were being threatened by the Atlantis subsidies or perhaps they felt that they should have received similar incentives, for whatever reason. I believe a strong argument can be made by those who were aggrieved. That points to the fact that we need to have clearly defined concessions/incentives in order to create a level playing field and remove uncertainty and arbitrariness from the process. The latter leaves too much room for abuse and under the table dealings. Fur thermore, deals should not be made in secret and persons who benefit in any way as lawyers, developers, etc., should not vote in our Parliament on these specific mat ters. LYNDEN NAIRN Nassau, November 21, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 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 www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON So much for slashing those soaring budget deficits. Less than a week after his bipartisan deficit commission offered a package of tough tax hikes and spending cuts to stem the flood of government red ink, President Barack Obama cut a deal with Republicans that would add a whopping $900 billion to the nation's debt over the next two years. When the bold deficit-slashing measures were greeted last week with widespread praise, Democrat Erskine Bowles, the commission's co-chairman and a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, cheerfully exclaimed, "The era of deficit denial in Washington is over." Well, apparently not quite yet. Bowles said this week that he was "deeply disappointed" by the sweeping Obama-GOP deal, complaining that the plan was not linked to any long-term restraint. If the Obama-GOP plan is enacted, as generally expected, the United States will become the only major industrialized economy in the world not to move toward fiscal curbs next year even though Congress is considering legislation that would move in the other direction. That effort involves freezing the budgets of most Cabinet departments and cutting nearly $46 billion from the pres ident's spending requests. The House passed the measure 212-206 on Wednesday and sentit to the Senate. The outcry over ballooning deficits was crucial in the last month's mid-term elections, which handed majority control of the House to Republicans and gave them added clout in the Senate. The issue was a rallying point for the tea party movement. A flock of freshmen legislators will take office in January having campaigned for smaller govern ment and fiscal discipline. That Obama could pivot so quickly from emphasizing the need for deficit reduction such as his plan late last month to freeze the pay of most executive branch employees to endorsing a GOP-backed plan to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all income brackets, plus a host of other costly measures, took much of Washington by surprise. No one was more surprised than many in his own party, who promptly revolted. The House Democratic caucus voted on Thursday by nonbinding voice vote in opposition to the tax deal. That raised the prospect that the legislation could pass the House with more Republican than Democratic votes, a first for Obama's presidency. The tax deal has more support among Democrats in the Senate, where a test vote is set for Monday. Republicans embracing the deal have been doing some fancy footwork themselves, making deficit reduction a top political priority while also supporting deficit-bloating tax cuts for those in all income brackets, as well as the new spending items in the package. They argue that, even though voters may have chosen them for their vows for smaller government, low taxes can produce growth and jobs. With unemployment stuck near 10 per cent, now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone, they argue. Even as Congress hashed over the costly new package, the Treasury Department said Friday the government spent $150.4 billion more than it took in during November a 25 per cent bigger deficit than in November 2009. If the tax-cut deal is enacted, the federal deficit for the budget year that began Oct. 1 will soar to around $1.5 trillion, a record, according to private forecasters. The pact would extend cuts in income tax rates for all earners that would otherwise expire Dec. 31, renew long-term jobless benefits for all of 2011 and trim Social Security taxes for one year. It would also reinstate the expired estate tax, but with generous terms. For his part, Obama strongly defends the agreement. In an interview with NPR, he said he hoped to use the two-year hiatus on tax rate changes to press for overhaul of the entire tax code. "We've got to start that conversation next year," he said. Obama suggested one overhaul option is eliminating most deductions in return for lowering all tax brackets, a recommendation of his deficit commission. Wiping out exemptions "might make sense if, in exchange, people's rates are lower," he said. "That may end up being a more efficient way of doing business." House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner of Ohio says he'll move in January to slash congressional budgets, including his own, by5 per cent. In an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes," Boehner says that in the age of trillion-dollar deficits, "we've got to start somewhere and we're going to start here." Obama isn't the first president to tack away from his political base. President George H.W. Bush did it in 1992 when he abandoned his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge and supported tax increases to control federal spending. And President Bill Clinton "triangulated" after his party suffered deep midterm loses in 1994, reaching out and coopting some initiatives long favoured by Republicans, including welfare overhaul. Liberal Democrats grumbled then, just as they're doing now, but Clinton went on to win re-election in 1996. Obama called Democratic critics of his tax-cut deal "sanctimonious" and defended it as necessary to keep taxes from going up for nearly every American on Jan. 1 which is what will happen in the event of congressional stalemate. His supporters defend the deal as a bow to political reality, given that Obama clearly didn't have the 60 votes needed in the Senate to raise taxes for the nation's wealthiest people while extending the Bush tax cuts for everybody else. The White House has put on a full court press to win approval. Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs said some of the suggestions of the Bowles-Simp son commission would be considered when Obama puts together a new budget early next year. Gibbs then ripped a blank piece of paper from his briefing book and held it up. If Obama's grand compromise fails, "we're going to have that," Gibbs said, pointing to the blank sheet. (This article was written by Tom Raum of the Associated Press). Decision on Baha Mar work permits is troubling LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Obama tax deal with GOP marks fast turn EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Bain Town: Not a riot? The Tribune, Insight, November 29, 2010 Q. When is a riot not a riot? A. When its a bad situation in Bain Town. So glad no alarmed or distressed residents were disre spected. Too bad the police were. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, December 4, 2010. When is a riot not a riot?
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I am vex at the people hollering about the new seat belt law being enforced. WhileI agree that the rushed implementation right before the Christmas season with hefty fines seems likea move by Govern ment to make some tax money, the fact is it's the law. "Furthermore who is driving cars without working seat belts or any at all and how didthey pass a vehicle inspection? Also, these people who want to risk their lives and bodily harm should know when they get mash up inan accident and clog up the emergency room because they was too fool to click their belt, that's taking away hospital beds and doctors from those who could not prevent their afflic tions," Catch some sense. "I am vex that after months of talks, 'bout the size hotels, size rooms, size permits, size lands, etc, by all them fellas, that they again miss the point. It ain't the size fellas, but it's the quality. Tourists want value for money and quality service should be stressed with preparations for real top notch quality hotel training and eliminating the automatic 15 per cent. Quality Service. "I am vex with all those persons who selec tively quote from the Bible to support their unlawful ungodly arguments and more so vex at those educated ones who do so. 'Peter'. "I vex that no matter what time of the day or night, be it weekday or weekend, there is bumper to bumper traffic on this lil' island. When will we get a break from the frustra tion? Added to the traffic are the fools who mussy buy their licences, who making three lanes turning on the red light when there ain' nowhere to go and just basically making a bad situation worse. Fix the traffic!" Mad Motorist. "I am vex at those politicians who keep referring to others who may have done wrong in the past as an excuse to justify their point. If it was wrong to do so in the past, please don't use it as an excuse, but look at it as a learning experience to do better," Educated Public. "I am vex at the clown(s their horn behind my car to move on Shirley Street by the flower shop when I stopped as the old man with a walking stick started to cross the road in front of me. Respect the handicapped. "I am vex that with all this killin', crime, no broughtupsy, wutlessness dat the police ain't booking fer all them dark tints on car licence plates and windows, but yet will somehow now manage to charge and fine motorists for plen ty dollars fer not wearing seat belts an they is can't see through the tinted car windows. Mine's On Officer "I is vex cause all them big third world southern Caribbean companies does comes here with big dreams to buy up we small Bahamian companies and then leaves us Bahamians short changed and suffering like CLICO, Bahamas Supermarkets, etc. When are we going to learn that sweetheart works both ways?" -Experienced. Are you vex? Send your complaints to whyy email@example.com. WHY YOU VEX? By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT As Baha Mar seeks to recruit thousands of Bahamians in theF amily Islands for its massive construction project in New Providence, concerns about safety were raised at a town meet i ng in Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama resident Haylon Not tage wanted to know whether a firm with s pecific knowledge about construction s afety for a project of this magnitude will be on site to monitor workers safety. About 4,000 Bahamians will be neede d to work during the construction phase of the project. Work will begin in January 2011. T he government in conjunction with Baha Mar is currently holding a series of town meetings in the Family Islands to inform Bahamians about the employ m ent opportunities at the Baha Mar Resort project. The first meeting was held in Grand B ahama on Monday when residents were given an overview of the $2.6 billion project which includes construction of five hotels. A fter the presentation, residents posed various questions. The issue of safety and the employment of women in thec onstruction phase were brought up. In addressing the matter of safety, Robert Sandy Sands, senior vice-president of external affairs at Baha Mar, s aid the government has advised it would have consultants in place to monitor not only the quality of construction, but also ensure that best practices are adhered to on the project. We are working with the seventh or sixth largest most efficient construction company in the world, China State Construction USA, which is the major cont ractor for the project. So, from that point of view, we are satisfied that all safety procedures willb e put in place, he said. Another question by residents was whether women would be considered fora ny of the construction jobs at Baha Mar. M r Sands stated that none of jobs that are being offered in the construction phase are gender specific. Nothing is reserved for Bahamian men or women, he stressed. He also added that training will be made available to anyone who is inter ested. One of the biggest areas of growth in our sector today is female electricians. W e are now seeing more women in nontraditional roles, said Mr Sands. He encouraged women to embrace w hatever training they may be interested in. If, for example, Baha Mar offers a s ix-week apprentice course that you are i nterested in, you should apply for that and that is how we will get you started, he said. M r Sands has said that $8 million will be invested in training during the construction phase. Safety concerns raised over Baha Mar project FREEPORT Justice Hartman Longley sentenced Roscoe Robinson to three years probation after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his former girlfriend. Robinson, 34, was on remand for seven years awaiting trial for the murder of 20-year-old Anastacia Pierre. In 2003, Ms Pierre, a single mother, was discovered dead in her apartment at Limewood Lane. She was found lying in a bathtub with injuries to her body and wrist. Robinson was charged with her murder and remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Earlier this week, a constitu tional motion was filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of Robinson by his attorney Dion Smith. Mr Smith argued that the trial should be stayed as the seven years his client had spent on remand was unconstitutional. Prosecutor Vernal Collie agreed with Mr Smith and said that Robinsons seven years on remand were actually 11 years in prison time. Mr Collie said that the accused also showed remorse and pleaded guilty to manslaughter by provocation. Justice Longley said a fur ther period of incarceration was unwarranted and sentenced Robinson to three years pro bation, ordering him to be on good behaviour. MAN GET S THREE YEARS PROBATION FOR MANSLAUGHTER KENDAL NOTTAGE (foreground award from President of the Bahamas Bar Association Mrs Ruth Bowe Darville (far rightP ictured behind are Mr Nottages wife, Ruby, and Henry Bostwick. LIONEL LEVINE ESQ and president Bahamas Bar Association Mrs Ruth Bowe Darville. S IR ORVILLE TURNQUEST Lennox Paton Esq. and Presid ent Bahamas Bar Association Mrs Ruth Bowe Darville. MR LEROY SMITH Neville C. Smith Esq. and President Bahamas Bar Association MrsR uth Bowe Darville. BAHAMASBARASSOCIATIONAWARDS PHOTOS: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff PROJECT OVERVIEW: Grand Bahama town meeting where residents heard about the Baha Mar project.
B y ANITA L MACDONALD E ldridge McPhee's Bel Canto Singers, an ensemble well known here to all whoa ppreciate professional performance standards, gave their annual Christmastide concert at St Andrew's, the Kirk, on December 4 and 5 to packed houses. Saturday night's concert was their tra-d itional fund-raising gala to benefit the AIDS Foundation of the Bahamas and Unity Centre. A silent auction and a buffet dinner accompanied by a selection of fine wines r ounded out the evening's fest ivities. Mr McPhee, who works tirelessly to direct these performances, knows how tob ring out the best from his s ingers. Exquisite diction, achieved by clean cut-offs, coordination of pronunciation a nd enunciation, and wellr ehearsed dynamic shadings, is a hallmark of the Bel Canto Singers, as it is for everyg roup of high calibre. In addition, Mr McPhee's considerable skill in the selection of c horal literature that both h ighlights the strengths of his s ingers and also has wide audience appeal is unparall eled. The Bel Canto Singers were accompanied beautiful-l y by pianists Dion Cunningh am and Dr Christy Lee of the College of the Bahamas as well as by the chamber orchestra members of the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra. Theirm ost welcome and unobtrusively nuanced presence completed the aura of professiona lism that always surrounds a Bel Canto performance. The outstanding string arrange-m ents were provided by D enis Donaldson and Henry M oss. American Soprano K ali Wilder was the guest artist for this year's Christm astide event. Miss Wilder, who received a Master's degree in Vocal Performancei n 2006 from the University o f Kentucky, is an aspiring opera singer. Her lush voice and approp riately effective renditions delighted us all. Miss Wilder's first solo offering was Adam's O Holy Night that most operatic of Christmas carols. It was obvious that the words were truly meaningful f or her. In particular, though, Miss Wilder's performance of MacGimsey's Sweet Little J esus Boy, a modern work written in the style of a spiritual, was especially poignant, so much so that it elicited s ighs of pleasure from the audience. Certainly she is a promis i ng young performer to watch a s she matures in her art. The B el Canto Singers began their programme with Nelson's G lory to God an offering well-suited to their big, beautiful voices, excellent articu-l ation, and palpable excitem ent. Challenging This is a challenging work, w ith the sopranos singing an apparently effortless high Ca t the end of the piece. All in all, it was a brilliant and elect rifying start to an evening of sheer delight. The Nelson work was fol l owed by Brooks' I nfant Holy, Infant Lowly The pitch was excellent, something not at allt rivial to achieve; and the unif ormity of vowel sounds among the singers lent a hon eyed touch to the lovely lega t o delivery and the complex c hromatic harmonies. Dion C unningham favoured us with two piano arrangements from T chaikovsky's N utcracker Suite : the always-popular Dance of the Sugar Plum F airy, a nd the A ndante m aestoso which is probably the most dramatic descending scale ever written. D ion has a floatingly beau tiful touch, which was wellsuited to his choice of selec-t ions. Bach's Suscepit Israel from the Magnificat was sung movingly by the ladies and accomp anied admirably by the string section of the orchestral ensemble. L ater in the programme, Larson's I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day highlighted mezzo soprano Elizabeth T aylor, exemplifying the voice of purity and innocence. Not to be outdone, the g entlemen sang Krogstad's B irthday of a King a piece w ith an excellent ebb and flow of dynamics and a socko f inish where the tenors really shone. The men also sang L lewellyn's D e Virgin Mary H ad a Baby Boy, a real crowd-pleaser featuring the powerful baritone voice of A llan Butler. Mr Butler was also a soloist with the excellent mez-z o sopranos Lillian Bastian and Kendenique Moxey in Wilcocks' Hush! My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber Anothe r Wilcocks arrangement was that of Silent Night, featuring the fine contralto voice of L inda Osborn and the rich baritone voice of Robert Pinder. In conclusion, a Bel Can to Singers performance isa lways something to look for ward to. We have high expectations, a nd they consistently deliver. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:15 A.M. SpeakerCentral Chapel Singers present The Centata A Canticle of Christmas NO EVENING SERVICE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, 2010Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Bro. Ernest Miller/Rev. Carla Culmer 11:00 a.m. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Youth (B 7:00 p.m.Candle Light Service MANYof the animals at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo will experience a winter wonderland today as zoo keepers carry out a fun winter enrichment exercise. Our animals are in for an icy treat on Saturday, said Vernard Bain, a zoo keeper at Ardastra. Enrichment is an integral part of the daily care of the various species in our animal collection. These exercises notonly allow the animals to demonstrate their species typical behaviour, but enrichment also allows the animals to exercise control over their environment and enhance their well-being, he said. Mr Bain said animal enrichment is just as critical to zoo animal welfare as is nutrition and veterinary medicine. The winter wonderland is scheduled for 1pm at Ardastra Gardens and Zoo, Chippingham Road. ZOOANIMALS TORECEIVE ICYTREAT Bel Canto Singers thrills audience with annual Christmastide concert CHRISTMAS G IFT: MEMBER of Parliament for Pinewood Byran Woodside stopped by Cleveland Eneas Primary School on Thursday to deliver a Christmas gift to one of the classes before they break for the holidays. H e brought a flat-screen televi sion for Delores Rolle's grade one readiness class. The television will assist the readiness teachers in their efforts to implement creative and interactive ways of learning for the group of children who will be entering grade one next year. Minister Woodside spent 2010 visiting the school regularly, reading stories to the students and donating books for some of their classes. He wished them all the best dur ing their Christmas holidays. n (Photo: Felicity Ingraham No IPTC Header found MP DELIVERS CHRIS TMAS GIFT T O SCHOOL CLASS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. 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A well-known Bahamian a ttorney Mavis JohnsonC ollie has joined the United S tates National Trans portation Safety Board Bar Association. M s Johnson-Collie was recognised during the annu al conference of the association held in Washington, DC l ast month. The associations membership includes lawyers who practice in the field ofa viation and transportation law related to the activity of the National TransportationB oard (NTSB A viation Administration (FAA ment of Transportation. Ms Johnson-Collie said she was motivated to join the association for two reasons: the amendments to the Bahamas aviation related laws and the recent string of aircraft incidents; and secondly the fact that there a re so many lawyers in the Bahamas, one must now begin to differentiate one self in the profession. The number of lawyers in the Bahamas now stand at just under 1,500 for a population of just over 300,000. When she was called to the Bahamas Bar in 2001, Ms Johnson-Collie said the number was under 700. Intensive The three-day conference in Washington, DC provid ed intensive seminar sessions for which academic credit was provided. The sessions included a tour of the NTSB laborato ries where Ms Johnson-Col lie met the investigator assigned to the recent fatal crash in Lake Killarney, and also the NTSBs training centre in Virginia. Topics addressed includ ed the FAA and changes affecting aviation; sleep deprivation and fatigue and its impact on transportation accidents; legal malpractice in aviation cases; updates on notable air, rail and marine accidents, and the FAA and its policing and enforcement of hazardous material infractions. According to Mrs Johnson-Collie, not only did the conference present excellent networking opportunities for her firm, Collie and Collie, but she said through the wealth of information provided, it has also caused me to take a closer look at local laws which govern the indus try, especially private aircraft and charter service providers, with a view to making recommendations for changes. As I become more exposed to the law I look forward to working closer with both aircraft operators and industry regulators, she said. The highlight of the con ference was the presentation of the Bars highest honour, the Safety Award and an address by vice-chairman of the NTSB Christopher Hart. The Safety Award was presented to Herbert Herb Kelleher, a founder of Southwest Airlines, for the airlines outstanding accomplishment in airline safety. The airline has not lost one revenue passenger in its 39-year history. Mrs Johnson-Collie works with her husband, Blue Hills MP Sidney Collie, in the firm Collie and Collie. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ABDULAI Osman Conteh was officially sworn in as a Justice of the Court of Appeal by Governor-General Sir A rthur Foulkes on Novemb er 29, J ustice Conteh, a native of P epel, Sierra, Leone was born o n August 5, 1945. In January 2000, Justice Conteh was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Courtof Belize. He was appointed a Justice of Appealof Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (CICA2 008. J ustice Conteh is a member of the Bar in both Sierra L eone and the Gambia and h e has extensive graduate studies in law, including intern ational law and international organisations and the Law of Treaties, including the UN C harter with doctoral thesis f ocusing on some problems involving use of force by States and UN practice. He has extensive practical knowledge of law and international affairs, diplomacy and business and over 25 years of professional practice of law, both as a private legal practitioner, as well as a gove rnment lawyer and later as a t rial and appellate judge. H e has also served several y ears in academia as a teacher o f law. A former minister of government, Justice Conteh was responsible for foreign affairs and diplomacy, legal, constitutional, financial and economic issues. Since January 2000, Justice Conteh has been Chief Jus-t ice of the Caribbean Comm onwealth State of Belize in charge of the Judiciary. H e presided in civil, crimin al, constitutional, administrative, commercial and envir onmental cases. He has extensive trial and appellate experience. I n 2008, he was appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal (CICA He is a former chairman of the Belize Judicial and Legal Services Commission t hat is responsible for the a ppointment of Judges, Magistrates and Registrars and officers in the Court Registry a nd their promotion and discipline. He is a former member of the Board of Trusteeso f the Caribbean Court of Justice, a former private legal p ractitioner in the Gambia a nd acted as consultant to the Government of the Gambia on the Law of Evidence, r esulting in the Evidence Act 1994 of that country. Public positions he has h eld in Sierra Leone include the following: Member of Parl iament (1977 t er of Foreign Affairs (1977 Finance (1984 n ey General and Minister of Justice (1987 Vice President and Ministero f Internal Affairs and Rural Development (1991 Justice Conteh new Justice of the Court of Appeal Local attorney expands field to include aviation and transportation expertise ( BIS Photo by Derek Smith) S WEARINGIN: A bdulai Conteh (left General Sir Arthur Foulkes on November 29 in the drawing room at Government House. ALL SMILES: Mavis Johnson-Collie takes a moment to pose with U S law judges for the NTSB and other NTSB Bar executives. E XPANDING FIELD: A ttorney Mavis Johnson-Collie in the training auditorium of the NTSB training centre in Washington, DC.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MIRACLEWANTED Thurston said she contributed to the familys living e xpenses along with her husband, a self-employed mason. With Mr Thurston i n hospital, suffering from a n enlarged liver, displaced s pleen, and a host of other medical ailments, Mrs Thurston who is still on m edical leave after a recent course of radiation treatm ent is fearful about the familys future. After 15 years of hard w ork, the Solomons Super Centre employee said every penny of her pay chequeg oes to cover medical expenses not covered by her works group insurance policy. S he added: The chemo that I do now is $10,000 every time I go insurance pays 80 per cent and I pay2 0. I dont know how long they are gonna keep that up now. Im staying to workn ow because I have the i nsurance. I dont see a pay cheque because the money I make going straight to the bank. M rs Thurston had two daughters before her mar riage, they are now aged 19 and 16. With Peter, the coup le have two boys and three g irls, aged 10, nine, eight, six and two. Mrs Thurston said: My kids have been taking it. They havent really shown any remorse or nothing like that. The older ones, like my 10-year-old she felt it, theo ther ones they dont really understand. They just thinking OK hes sick in the hospital, hell come out soon.T hey dont know how serious it is. Born and raised in Grand B ahama, Mrs Thurston grew up in the Eight Mile Rock settlement. She was placed in Har mony House now renamed Columbus House when she was seven by Social Services, as her par ents could no longer provide for their nine children. She moved to New Prov idence with her two oldest daughters in 1995, where she m et and married her hus band. During her interview with T he Tribune, Mrs Thurston maintained a positive and light-hearted mood, often bursting into laughter with her eldest daughter, Johnnese Williams, who accompanied her. M s Williams has been livi ng independently since she was 16, and currently works as a phone card vendor. As the oldest child, the 19-year-old said she took the news of her mother and step-fathers diagnosis the hardest, because she wasa ware of the hardship it would create for her siblings. Ms Williams added: I couldnt believe it the twoo f them. I still cant believe it now I forget that she even has cancer sometimes, o nly because I see her head bald. Despite their circumstances, both women say they do not dwell on the negative circumstances but remain positive if only in outward actions. Mrs Thurston added: Every day is just a normal day for me, thats what I try to do, I dont show them like, hey, Im so sad or be d own you cant be like that, not in front of the kids. Because when they see youd own and sad, theyre gonna get sad and start feeling it. So I dont really show that kind of emotion around them like that. She added: But when youre by yourself, and you really sit down and think about it all this coming up against you you cant help b ut sit down and cry from the burden. You done sick, husband g one in the hospital, and t hen you know what it is to hear he have cancer too.C all landlord, tell him whats going on, he say you gotta move. Then my youngest c hild, the nursery is having p roblems, so they may be c losing. What the hell sorry for the language but thats basically whats going through your mind all that, its like always something n ew, some kind of drama c oming in my life. Always s ome kind of drama. A t this time, Mrs Thurston said it was unclear whether or not the landlord will allow them to keep the apartment if the outstand ing amount is paid in full. Anyone who can provide any type of assistance to the T hurstons can contact Consuela at 544-3444 or donate to the Scotiabank branch on E ast Street and Soldier Road, account number 19303. FROM page one I need to go back and take a look at that and see the facts on it. Some questions would have to be answered, said a police inspector at the Traffic Division. The amendment was passed unanimously by both houses of Parliament and gazetted, according to Glenys Hanna-Martin, former Minister of Transport and Aviation. House of Assembly records confirm this. However, the act was set to come into force on such date as the Minister may appoint by Notice in the Gazette. This would have required the Government to complete a legal document from the Attorney Generals office and submit it to the relevant cabinet officer. According to Tribune sources, no such notice has been provided to the relevant authorities, Despite this, the Ministry of National Security published a public notice on December 6 stating: With effect from 13 December 2010 the Royal Bahamas Police Force will commence strict enforcement of the seat belt law, which was enacted on 8 March 2002. Informed persons said there is no need for the Government to set a date for the enforcement of the 2002 law, because the amendments gazetted at that time did not contain an appointed day n otice. This means it came into immed iate effect, said the source. Furthermore, in referring to the amendments passed in 2007, the source said the Government cannot, or at the very least should not ignore laws passed by the sovereign Parliament of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The source said the Government would have to repeal the 2007 amendment if it wished to revert to the 2002 law. Declaration Does the declaration by the Ministry mean the 2007 amendments are now being enforced? This is the question in the minds of several public transport operators and other interested parties. This would clarify how the law is going to be applied for taxi drivers and golf cart operators; what fines will be applied for offences; and how various provisions for children will be treated. The 2002 law and the 2007 amendments have several differences. For example, there are specific exemp tions for taxi drivers in the 2007 amendments, and provisions for traffic wardens. It is common for Parliament to pass laws that are not immediately enforced because they have not been gazetted. A recent example is The Animal Protection and Control Act. A political commentator explained, government officials often pass laws to create the impression they are proactive and wait for the right political climate to have them gazetted. Another commentator said many acts are in fact hollow, because they lack the necessary details to be enforced. However, once a law is gazette, and a date set for it to be enforced where necessary, it should be enforced and no executive order can change that. It is unclear under what authority the police did not enforce the seat belt law at the time it was gazetted. Senior members of the police command were at a military funeral yesterday, and unavailable to comment. Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security, was also in attendance. When asked whether it was a policy change or a change in the law which motivated the Government to publish its latest public notice, a police officer from the Traffic Division said: I can not give you an answer. I just know we have to get permission from the Gov ernment to enforce the law. Us, as the Royal Bahamas Police Force, cannot just say we are going to do this. SEAT BELT LAW CONFUSION Agriculture and Fisheries Larry Cartwright to take the necessary steps of get the new law enforced, including gazetting the Act. However, Mr Cartwright yesterday said the matter is out of his hands for the moment. "The Act must be complemented by reg ulations which are currently being drafted by the Attorney General, he said. Once the regulations are drafted, they must be approved by the Cabinet before they can be enforced. While animal activists and advocacy groups say the Act is not perfect, they stress that it must be passed as soon as possible, as neglect, cruelty and abuse of animals remains rife throughout the Bahamas. The Act brings with it a range of new responsibilities, fines and penalties for the owners of dogs and various other animals. As soon as the Act is brought into force, all dog owners will be required to pay a fee to licence their dog or dogs on an annual basis, or face a $250 fine. The comprehensive 45-page Act includes some regulations that previously existed under the Dog License Act of 1942, which it will repeal and replace, as well as under the Penal Code, but also provides for more demands on animal owners and increases the fines that come along with failure to comply with those regulations. ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT DELAY t imes. EMS medics pronounced the victim dead a t the scene. Investigations continue. INQUIRYINTOCOUNTRYS 91st MURDER FROM page one F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f FROM page one FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM J ENNIFER DOBNER, A ssociated Press SALT LAKE CITY A federal jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the n ation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later. Smart, who aided the conviction with w renching testimony during the trial, g ave a slight smile as she heard the guilty verdicts against Brian David Mitchell on charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines for the purposes of illegal sex. Smart then turned to her mother and both smiled. Elizabeth Smart later hugged prosecutors in the Salt Lake City courtroom. "It's real!" father Ed Smart said on his way out of the courtroom, giving a thumbs up and echoing the words he told a crowd gathered around a church on March 13, 2003, confirming his daughter had been found. It took the jury just five hours to con vict Mitchell, who could face up to life in prison on each count when he is sentenced on May 25. However, a judge also could impose an unspecified, lesser sentence, prosecutors said. The shackled Mitchell sat singing about Jesus Christ on the cross throughout the reading of the verdicts. He held his hands in front of his chest as though he was praying. Mitchell's former stepdaughter Rebecca Woodridge told reporters outside the courthouse that she was shocked that jurors didn't see that Mitchell was mentally ill. "He honestly believes God tells him to do these things," Woodridge said. "He's upset and frustrated that the Lord is making him go through this." Smart and her family had hoped for the guilty verdict and a long sentence to end the ordeal that began when she was taken from her Salt Lake City home at knifepoint and held captive for nine months when she was 14. Smart, now 23, attended the entire trial and provided gripping testimony, describing how she woke up one night to the feel of a cold, jagged knife and being thrust into "nine months of hell" in a mountainside camp. She said she was forced into a polyg amous marriage and endured nearly daily rapes before she was found. To the chagrin of the family, the case was delayed for years after Mitchell was declared mentally incompetent to s tand trial in state court and a judge refused to order involuntary medica t ions. Federal prosecutors later stepped in and took the case to trial. Carlie Christensen, the U.S. attorn ey for Utah, praised Elizabeth Smart for her extraordinary courage andd etermination in seeing justice was done. "She told it with candor, with clarity and with truthfulness that I think moved all of us," Christensen said. T he prosecutor said one of the biggest challenges of the case was the six years between the time of the kidnapping and the time the case came into the federal justice system. Anoth er hurdle was the state court decision that Mitchell was mentally incompetent to stand trial and its possible influence on the federal case. Jurors Jurors spoke to reporters after the verdict was read. They didn't give their names, but all agreed that the defense did not clearly prove Mitchell was delusional. The jurors five women and seven men thought Mitchell showed some symptoms of mental illness, but the judge's instructions said that to find him not guilty by reason of insanity, it had to be clear he didn't know right from wrong. One man said Mitchell seemed able to switch on and off his bizarre behavior. The five-week trial turned on the question of Mitchell's mental health something experts have debated since his arrest 2003, when state court evaluators began to study his religious writings and behavior, including courtroom antics such as singing hymns and shout ing at judges to repent. His lawyers did not dispute that he kidnapped Smart but wanted him to be found not guilty by reason of insan ity. Such a verdict would have sent him to a prison mental hospital. A parade of experts took the witness stand to say Mitchell had an array of diagnoses, from a rare delusional disorder and schizophrenia to pedophilia, anti-social personality disorder and nar cissism. Prosecutors countered that Mitchell was faking mental illness to avoid a conviction, labeling him a "predatory chameleon." The thinly built Mitchell appeared in court everyday with long gray hair and an unruly beard down to the middle of his chest. He was routinely removed from the c ourtroom after loudly singing hymns and Christmas carols and taken to another room to watch the proceed-i ngs on closed circuit TV. He kept his eyes closed in court and never spoke to anyone, including his lawyers. The painful saga began when the Smart family awoke to the frightening realization that someone had slipped through the cut screen of a kitchen win d ow on June 5, 2002, and whisked Elizabeth away in the night. W ithin hours of the kidnapping, Smart testified, she was forced into a polygamous marriage with Mitchell, tethered to a metal cable and subjected to near-daily rapes while being forced to use alcohol and drugs. Smart testified that she believed Mitchell was driven by his desire for sex, drugs and alcohol, not by any sincere religious beliefs. Her abduction and improbable discovery while walking along a Salt Lake City street with Mitchell and his wife on March 12, 2003, riveted the nation and helped focus public attention on child abductions. The trial's most gripping testimony came from Smart and Wanda Eileen Barzee, Mitchell's estranged wife who pleaded guilty last year to federal and state charges in the kidnapping. Barzee, 65, testified that she had believed Mitchell's religious revelations that led the couple to live homeless for nearly a decade, traveling the country on foot. She said she had obediently complied when he said God wanted him to "take a young girl by force" so they could practice polygamy. "I told him that if the Lord didn't open the way, he didn't have to do it," a sobbing and penitent Barzee said during her nearly five hours on the wit ness stand. Also troubled by mental illness, Barzee's competency issues were resolved after 15 months of involuntary treatment ordered by a state judge. Barzee said she also told Mitchell they needed to obey the Lord's com mandments then greeted Smart with open arms when Mitchell brought the young girl to the couple's mountainside camp near Salt Lake City. It was Barzee who prepared Smart for the marriage ceremony, washing her feet and dressing her in handmade robes. Subpoenaed by the defense, Barzee appeared devastated by her role in the kidnapping and the realization that she had been duped by her husband of 25 years. "He was a great deceiver," she said. Jury convicts Smart kidnapper, rejects insanity ( AP Photo/Colin E Braley) G UILTYVERDICTS: B rian David Mitchell enters the federal court house Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Colin E Braley CLOSINGARGUMENTS: Elizabeth Smart arrives at the federal court house for the closing arguments in the trial of Brian David M itchell Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann F ATHER OF A CCUSED: S hirl Mitchell, 87, father of Brian David Mitchell speaks to the media as he leaves the Frank Moss Federal Building in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 in SaltL ake City.
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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 30-Nov-10 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Oct-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.911577 1.532712TO 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 30-Sep-10 3-Dec-10 30-Nov-10MARKET TERMS31-Oct-10 30-Nov-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Nov-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Oct-10 S TEPHEN OHLEMACHER, A ssociated Press W ASHINGTON P resident Barack Obama said he expects disgruntled Democrats to make changes to the sweeping tax-cut deal he reached withR epublican leaders, a pact he predicted will w in congressional approval. Democrats have objected to the deal on grounds it is too generous to the rich, especially its provisions cutting estate taxes for the wealthiest Americans. House Democrats voted in a closed-door meeting Thursday not toa llow the package to reach the floor for a vote without changes. Asked about those objections, Obama said t here will be talks between House and Senate leaders about the package's final details. "Keep in mind, we didn't actually write a b ill," he said of his agreement with Republican l eaders. "We put forward a framework. I'm confident that the framework is going to look like the one that we put forward." T he deal was hammered out as Republic ans prepare to take a majority in the House of Representatives starting in January. Obama's Democrats lost control of the House and saw their Senate majority weakened in November elections. T hroughout his campaign for the White House and the first two years of his presidency, Obama had vowed he would not allow the tax reductions to continue for the wealthy, defined as households earning more than $250,000 a year, when the cuts expire at the e nd of this month. H owever, the president has said he had no choice except to agree to an extension of the tax cuts, which date back to Republican Pres-i dent George W. Bush's administration. Tax cuts for middle-class and lower-earning Americans are also set to expire at the end of the y ear, and Republicans are refusing to back the tax cuts if the wealthy are excluded. The uprising among fellow Democrats so soon after the party suffered a major defeat in l ast month's elections only compounds Oba m a's increasing political fragility with the a pproach of the 2012 presidential campaign. In an interview with National Public Radio released Friday, Obama said that despite a rebellion by many Democrats against his tax deal, it will pass because "nobody Democ r at or Republican wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act." The pact would extend cuts in income tax rates for all earners that would otherwise expire next month, renew long-term jobless b enefits and trim payroll taxes for one year. T he measure appears headed for Senate approval after negotiators added a few rela tively modest sweeteners to promote ethanol a nd other forms of alternative energy. It was unclear whether House Democrats would be able to demand changes that go much further. T ax provisions designed to increase pro duction of hybrid automobiles, biodiesel fuel, energy-efficient homes, coal and energy-efficient household appliances would be extended t hrough the end of 2011. T he measure also includes tax breaks for c ommuters who use mass transit. The program saves commuters about $1,000 a year. There is no precise timetable for passage in the Senate, but a procedural vote was set for Monday afternoon that appears likely tod emonstrate overwhelming support for the legislation. Supporters say it would help accelerate a sluggish recovery from recession. "This bill is not perfect, but it provides the economic boost middle-class families and small businesses in Nevada and across America n eed," said Senate Majority Leader Harry R eid, a Democrat. "Middle-class families and small businesses will see their taxes go down." At the insistence of Republicans, the meas ure includes a more generous estate tax provision. That infuriated Democrats already unhappy with Obama for agreeing to extend t ax cuts at incomes of more than $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples. In all, the package would cost about $855 billion, according to a preliminary congressional e stimate. Obama predicts tax bill passage, possible changes (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite T AXINGTIME: P resident Barack Obama talks briefly about taxes and his meeting yesterday with Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in the Oval Office at the White in Washington. The president was in a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, not shown. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak LEAVING PODIUM: Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, from left, Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I., leave the podium after they spoke against President Obamas proposed tax cuts, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, on Capitol Hill in Washington. ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON Advocates of a bill that would overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy say their fight for repeal this year is far from over despite failing to pass the Senate with only days left in the lameduck session. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the legislation, which would have lifted the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops. The measure was tucked into a broader defense policy bill and had passed the House last spring. It failed in a 57-40 test vote, falling three votes short of the 60 needed to advance. GOP senators mostly united in defeating the measure on procedural grounds, insisting that the Senate vote on tax cuts first. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to support moving to debate the bill. Collins and Sen. Joe Lieberman are now pushing standalone legislation they insist could be considered before the Senate's target adjournment next week. Its prospects are uncertain, although Reid indicated he was open to bringing it up before the holiday break. If passed, the bill still would require House approval, with time growing short. "We've got at least 60 votes, so we're going to keep up the fight," said Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut. "But we're not kidding ourselves, this is not going to be easy." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised to do what she could to get repeal legislation on the president's desk by the end of the year. "An army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts," she said in a statement issued Thursday. The White House on Friday appeared to embrace that approach. "The president remains committed to seeing this repeal done before Congress leaves town this year," said press secretary Robert Gibbs. "And I think there could be legislative vehicles that start in the House as a stand-alone that can withstand procedural hurdles and put the Senate on the record on an up-or-down vote that would repeal 'don't ask, don't tell.'" One gay rights group, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Net work, scheduled a rally Friday on Capitol Hill to show Congress it wouldn't give up. "We must show our rage for repeal and insist the Senate stay in Washington until they have finished the job," said Aubrey Sarvis, the group's executive director. If the repeal push in Congress fails, gay rights advocates say they will shift their focus back to the White House. They say the Oba ma administration should drop its challenge of a California federal court ruling that the ban was unconstitutional. The Justice Department is appealing the ruling because it says the matter should be decided by Congress and not the courts. "There is no legal or military rationale for the current law, only prejudice." said Christopher Neff of the Palm Center, an advoca cy group based in California. "It is now up to our civil leaders to consider every available legislative, executive and judicial option to move beyond 'don't ask, don't tell.'" Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, meanwhile, expressed frustration Friday that Congress failed to act this week to repeal the law. But he said military should not prepare for a possible repeal until Congress takes action even though the law is under assault in the courts. While the Pentagon has a plan to implement the repeal, any training or preparation for the change would confuse the troops, Gates said. Speaking as he returned from Afghanistan aboard a military plane, Gates said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the Senate's action Thursday. Foes of 'don't ask, don't tell' say fight not over BJOERN H. AMLAND, Associated Press MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press OSLO, Norway With a large portrait of a smiling Liu Xiaobo hanging front and center, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee crossed the dais and gently placed the peace prize diploma and medal on an empty chair. Ambassadors, royalty and other dignitaries rose in a standing ovation. The man they honored wasn't there Fri day he is serving an 11-year sentence at Jinzhou Prison in northeastern China for urging sweeping changes to Beijing's oneparty communist political system. And there was no news coverage of it in China, where foreign TV news channels went black as the ceremony began and authorities denounced the award as a "political farce." It was the first time in 74 years the prestigious $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize was not handed over. Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland drew the first of several standing ovations from the international gathering of 1,000 guests at Oslo City Hall when he noted that neither Liu nor his closest relatives were able to attend. "This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate," he said. He brought the crowd to its feet again when he declared: "He has not done any thing wrong. He must be released." China was infuriated when the Nobel committee awarded the prize to the 54year-old literary critic, describing it as an attack on its political and legal system. Authorities have placed Liu's supporters, including his wife, Liu Xia, under house arrest to prevent anyone from picking up his prize. After Jagland drew another standing ovation by placing the medal and diploma on Liu's empty chair, Norwegian actress Liv Ullman read the dissident's statement, "I Have No Enemies," which he delivered in a Chinese court in 2009 before he was sentenced. In the speech, Liu portrays the surprisingly positive and gentle nature of his correctional officer while awaiting trial, which gave him hope for the future. That "personal experience" caused him to "firmly believe that China's political progress will not stop," Ullman read. "I, filled with optimism, look forward to the advent of a future free China," she quoted Liu as saying. JAILED CHINESE DISSIDENT HONOURED AT NOBEL CEREMONY (AP Photo/John McConnico C ONSPICUOUS: N obel Peace Prize committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland applauds next to the empty chair representing Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo during a ceremony honoring Liu at city hall in Oslo, Norway.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F INDING THE BEAT: A PRIMARY school student joins the drumline during the 7th Annual Junkanoo Rush-Out at Saints Francis and Joseph Catholic Primary School, Boyd Road, on Thursday. celebrate JUNKANOO G OODCHEER: S tudents cheer during the rally at the 7th Annual Junkanoo Rush-Out at Saints Francis and Joseph Catholic Primary School, Boyd Road, on Thursday. ADDRESS: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard speaks to students at the 7th annual Junkanoo Rush-Out at Saints Francis and Joseph Catholic Primary School, Boyd Road on Thursday. PHOTOS: BIS/Eric Rose O NTHEROAD: S tudents take to the street with parents and police escortsd uring the 7th Annual Junkanoo Rush-Out at SaintsF rancis and Joseph C atholic Primary School, Boyd Road. SAINTS FRANCIS AND JOSEPH CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL SHOWING SUPPORT: A parent shows his support during the 7th Annual Junkanoo Rush-Out at Saints Francis and J oseph Catholic Primary School, Boyd Road, on Thursday.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JUNIOR JUNKANOO PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff ALL D RESSED UP: The Junior Junkanoo parade took place on Thursday night on Bay Street, despite the rain.
C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 1 I NSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SWIMMING B ARRACUDA C OMPETE IN FLORIDA THE Barracuda Swim Club competed in the F lorida Gold Coast Speedo Winter Swimming Championships in Plantation, Florida November 19-21,2 010. A total of 16 competitive swimmers represented the c lub. T he club was led by D ionisio Carey with seven medals and a total of 43 points. Carey was 1st in the 50 yd back, 3rd in the 50yd fly, 3rd in the 100 yd back, 4th in the 100 yd IM, 6th in the 50 yd breast, 9th in the 5 0 yd free and 9th in the 100 yd free. Mancer Roberts finished w ith 2 medals and a total of 15 points. Mancer was 3rd in the 50 yd back and 4th in the 100 yd back. Brothers Drew and Izaak Bastian won two and three medals and 12 point each. Drew Bastian was 6th in the 200 yd breast, 7th in the 100 yd breast and 8thi n the 50 yd breast. Izaak Bastian was 4th in the 100 yd breast and 6th in the 50y d breast. P emrae Walker won two medals totaling seven points. Walker was 5th int he 50 yard breast and 10th in the 100 yard breast. Other swimmers that swammed in the meet were: 10-and-Under Females Sian Longley; Alaunte Major and Amber Pinder. 10-and-Under Males DaVante Carey and Chrisopher Neil. 11-and-12 Male NNhyn Fernander 1 3-and-14 Males Kohen Kerr and Meshach Roberts. 15-and-16 Males CamronB runey and Mathew Lowe. The 10-and-Under and 11and-12 swimmers consisted of a group of dynamic and e nergetic young swimmers. The club also competed in team relays. The Barracuda Swim Club finished the meet with 19 medals and a total of 89 points. BOXING CHARLIE MAJOR SR NIGHT THE Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organi zation, headed by journal ist Fred Sturrup, will host their first Amateur Boxing Show tonight, starting at 7 p.m. at the Nassau Stadi um. The event will be held in honor of the late Charlie Major Sr and will feature a number of amateur boxing matches between competi tors from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Inagua. There will also be two special exhibition matches, one featuring Meacher Pain Major against Quincy Thrill-A-Minute Pratt and the other between Dencil Death Miller against John the Beast Welsey. TRACK BAAAS GENERAL MEETING THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations will hold their month ly general meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. im the VIP Lounge of the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. All members are urged to attend as plans for the Awards Presentation Luncheon and the 2011 season will be discussed. By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter email@example.com IN an attempt to ensure that the best teams are assembled in the quest to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Bahamas Basketball Federation has restructured its entire national coaching staff. At a press conference yesterday at the Bahamas Olympic Commit tees office, the federation announced that Americans Larry Tidwell and Larry Brown has been appointed as the new women and mens head coaches respectively. Federation vice president Edgar Pickstock made the announcement yesterday at the office of the Bahamas Olympic Committee where he also introduced the other memb ers of staff. N amed as the assistants to Tidw ell on the ladies team are Felix Fly Musgrove and Kayla Campbell. Musgrove will also have a dual role as the head coach of the junior womens team, assisted by Sheryl Cash. Assistants to Brown on the mens team are Mario Bowleg, Grand Bahamian Quinton Three Ounce Hall and former NBA player Dexter Cambridge. Like Musgrove, Hall will also serve as the head coach of the junior boys team. The goal is for us to get a team sport in the Olympics, said Pickstock, who handled the press conference in the absence of president How soon do we expect to seer esults, as early as this years CBC Championships. We expect to go to the CBC Championships and dominate like we used too and we expect that you can expect to see those results by the end of July, the earliest. No specific date or venue has been revealed for the championships, but it is the only major international competition that the federation have to deal with next year. So Pickstock said the coaching s taff will get into motion by January a nd they will stage open practices f or all players interested in making Bahamas Basketball Federation restructures entire coaching staff JOIN FORCES: American coach Larry Brown, who will serve as the new mens nationa baskertball coach, is flanked by assistant coaches Quinton Three Ounce Hall from Grand Bahama (leftright SEE page four THREE Bahamian Olympians arrived in Dubai to participate in the FINA 7th World Short Course Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates at the Hamdan bin Mohammed in Rashid Sports Com plex. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Alana Dillette and Elvis Burrows will be competing in 14 events over the five days of competition from the 15, December 2010. The Bahamas Swimming Federa tion could not have made this competition possible for the swimmers without the generosity of Kerzner International who is providing all accommodation, meals and transportation at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai for the duration of the championships. The support from Kerzner is very much appreciated during these tough economic times and we are hopeful that these championships will bring some great results from three of the Bahamas best swimmers, commented the Bahamas Swimming Federa tion Secretary General, Kathryn Dillette. Daphne Brookes, Director of Guest Services at Atlantis, The Palm has welcomed the team and is already making sure the athletes are confortable and well taken care of in Dubai. She already has her Bahamas team cap ready to wear and cheer on her fellow Bahamians in the pool! Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, a Junior at Auburn University will be swimming the 50 and 100 freestyle and butterfly, Alana Dillette, a graduate student at Auburn University is competing in the 50 and 100 backstroke, 50 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 Individual Medley and Elvis Bur rows will see action in the 50 and 100 Butterfly and the 50 freestyle. IN HEAVY TRAFFIC sports NOTES Bahamian swimmers of f to compete in FINA W orld Short Course Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ON Monday morning, the scenic downtown area will be buzzing with activities as Marathon Bahamas host the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Allure of the Seas 5K Fun Run Race. The event is designed to accommodate the arrival of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines largest fleet in the world to the Bahamas and hopefully serve as a catalyst for the visitors to return for the Marathon Bahamas weekend in January. Franklyn Wilson, president of Sunshine Insurance Lim ited, the chief sponsors for the marathon, said they are delighted to be able to spearhead Mondays venture with the Ministry of Tourisms Sports Tourism and the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The country would know that Nassaus Harbour drenched in part to accommodate the large cruise ships, he said. Coming to the Bahamas on Sunday, is the worlds largest cruise ship, the Allure of the Seas. Its sister ship has already been here, but the difference this time is that the owners and managers of the ship are using this voyage to introduce a brand new concept in terms Marathon Bahamas to host Allure of the Seas SEE page four WESTMINSTER Diplomats Thomas Mackey soars through the air for a jumper in their 142-53 rout over the Nassau Christian Academy Crusaders. Mackey had 23 points in the win as the Diplomats remained undefeated in the BAISS senior boys basketball division. See story on pg 2 ALL SET: THE Bahamian three member team of Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Elvis Burrows and Alana Dillette (pictured above from left to right day for the FINA World Short Course Championships that will run from December 15-17. M ANNING, COLTS BEAT TITANS 30-28 See pg 4
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 2E, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter email@example.com WHEN Sunshine Insurance Limited host their second Marathon Bahamas in January, the local and international competitors will have a slightly different water front experience to compete in. According to Franklyn Wilson, next years event will be held on the Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas weekend when a number of events will take place leading up to the actual running the 26.2 miles marathon, 13.1 half marathon and six-person relay on Sunday, January 16, starting at 6 a.m. At a press conference at his office on Thursday, Wilson said they have decided to run the route to ensure that the competitors will be able to r un closer to the water front. Last year, we started at M ontagu Beach. This year we will start at Junkanoo Beach(at Nassau and West Bay Street), he pointed out. However, we will now run east into the sunrise. Lastyear we ran away from the sunrise. So we think with the people running into the sunrise, they will say its definitely better in the Bahamas. Additionally, Wilson said the race will travel through Bay Street as they tie in their partnership with the Downtown Development Association and they will continue to utilize the two Paradise Island bridges, but they wont come too early into the race. So we think the runners will find it even more enjoyable because we will also showcase more of Paradise Island, he said. You wont just run from one bridge to the other. You will spend more time on Paradise Island. Then you will pass Montagu Beach so you are exposed to more water before you pass through Shirley Street and you are exposed more to the historic sites. But you wont go all the way down West Bay Street, which was more of a remote area, which was quite, but not as i nteresting. W ilson said the whole idea b ehind the change in the route of the marathon, which serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, is to give the competitors a more beaut iful view of the sunrise, the water front and the historic sites of Nassau. Everybody who has seen the course say that while last years course was fantastic, we have improved on something that is going to be even more exciting, Wilson stated. As a prelude to the marathon, Wilson said they have partnered with the S usan G Komen for the Cure, the largest activist group in the world concerned with breast cancer, who have been doing a search here to determine why so many Bahamian women are affected. Three to five hundred women are diagnosed with cancer every year, Wilson pointed. Those women are our mothers, these are our wives, these are our sisters. So thats a lot of people. So getting Komen here is huge. As a part of Sunshine Insurance Management Week, Komen will be hosti ng a Round Table discussion o n Friday where they will be i n some of the best minds together to discuss the illness in women at the Cancer Society. Additionally, the 5KSusan G. Komen Bahamas Race for the Cure will take place on Saturday January 15, starting at 6 a.m. starting in front of the western end of the Royal Towers of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Already, Wilson said they are anticipating thousands of people to come in and participate as Komen is doing all they can to promote the event and to encourage people to come here from around the world. HJ Moffin is expected to be in town for the event that will be followed by a Cancer Survivor Ceremony with legendary Mary Mary performing. There will also be an Expo on Saturday, January 15 from 3-7 p.m. at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino on Cable Beach where Bahamians will get a chance to interact with the international competitors and learn from the experts about the importance of physical fitness. Second Marathon Bahamas set for January THE Bahamas is significantly benefitting from the construction of the National Stadium said the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard who expressed satisfaction with the progress of the facility. They have ended up spending up to July of this year $8 million dollars with local contractors and sub-contractors and so on to do various parts of the work, said Maynard who was a guest this morning on Sports Radio 103.5 show, The Sports Guys with hosts Marcellus Hall and Kevin Taylor. According to Maynard, the $30 Million contract for the stadium which was signed between Chinas Qilu Construction Group Corporation and the Christie administration stipulated that the Chi nese government would utilize 100% Chinese labor and material. But, what has happened is in practical application of this agreement, they realized that it didnt make sense for them to bring every block from China or every piece of steel or to bring every piece of equipment that they needed, he said. However, thats not the only way that the Bahamas has gained from the works. Maynard spoke of a successful apprenticeship program in which at risk C. C. Sweeting Students were enlisted as workers in the sta dium. He said that by the end of the program, the students who were initially low achiev ers, were earning three point grade averages and above. They learned a whole lot of the technical stuff. But, they also learned some of the practical life lessons while there, said Maynard. I spoke to one of the young men who was one of the sec ond wave of young men and he said that he learned how to clean-up and everybody looked at him strangely and he said they took pride in sweeping an area and so he said that to realize that even cleaning is something to be considered an honorable part of the whole process. Of course he learned how to masonry and all that other stuff too but he emphasized the cleaning because if you could have pride in cleaning then you could go to do anything else. The Minister said that he is attempting to establish an overseas apprenticeship pro gram with the Chinese Embassy so that the young men could be further educated on the maintenance of stadiums. He said: They already know where the pipes are and everything in the stadiums, theyre already an asset. But, imagine if they can get additional exposure. The Bahamas stands to benefit even more from the national stadium, which is a gift from the Chinese government. The sports authority that were talking about bringing into force is meant to start the course for sports to kind of pay for itself in this country. Maynard explained that plans are in the way for a brand new baseball facility with practice fields and tournament fields, a softball stadium, a hot rod track, an expanded tennis centre and a new multi-purpose gymnasium that would be able to facilitate up to 10,000 people. He said: This is a push toward setting up sports tourism and more importantly getting the world to see us as someplace to come and compete, to practice, to train and do whatever else. Construction on the 23,000 seat stadium began in July 2009 and is expected to be completed by June 2011. Minister satisfied with progress of National Stadium By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER being crowned the 2010 champions of St. Pauls Baptist Church first ever Eddie "Marker" Rahming basketball classics and with the holiday season in full swing, the New Breed Sporting Club will travel to a family island tournament. Coach Dino "Pott" Flowers along with Patrick Brice will lead the team to the first ever Holiday Classic Tournament in Coopers Town, Abaco. Coach Stanford Davis, President of New Breed Sports Club said that many teams have signed up for this event including two teams out of Freeport, Grand Bahama along with The Dynamic Dolphins, Tripple "J" Warriors, Treasure Cay Soldiers and many others for what is expected to be a family fun filled event. Club executives said they were in the midst of discussing how the Fox Hill community children like a few other communities are often neglected and hardly celebrated during Christmas and other special occasions. Not knowing where the first dime would come from we agreed to join in with the people of abaco and celebrate in their first ever Christmas classics, Davis said, We soon got together with personal sponsor sheet and went on the streets, in parking lots and etc and through the general public God has made it possible and this week we will be in Abaco with about twenty-four players. The Clubs president said the trip will provide a meaningful social experience for its members, along with an opportunity to compete on the hardwood over the holidays. This trip is special to us all for various reasons, but mostly because most of our kids has never been on a boat, plane or family island before and they are calling this their miracle trip, Davis said, We encourage others in their community to please consider working with your community children, the pay is not great financially, both governments may not send you a dime or word of encour agement and the negative talks comes in volume, but still we urge you to consider the value of each child. Executives thanked the kindhearted people that reached into their pockets and sponsored each child for this trip. First ever Holiday Classic Tournament to be held in Abaco THE Westminster Diplomats continued their impressive run towards a fourth Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools senior boys basketball title with their fourth straight victory on Wednesday. The Diplomats blasted the Nassau Christian Academy Saints 142-53 as Thomas Mackey scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, five steals and two assists; Adolpheus Leadon had 23 points, four three-pointers wirth four steals; Marako Lundy had 19 points, including three three-pointers, five rebounds and two steals; James Rolle had 21 points; Jarvis Rolle added 17 points and nine rebounds; Delroy Grandi son had 10 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and three block shots and Van Hutchinson chipped in with eight points, ten assists and two steals. Diplomats win fourth straight game NEW VENUE: FRANKLYN Wilson, president of Sunshine Imnsurance, makes a point about Mondays Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Allure of ther Seas 5K road race as Brian Moodie (left T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f DRIVING THROUGH THE LANE: The Westminster Diplomats tighten up their defense on the Nassau Christian Academy Cru saders in their 14253 rout on Wednesday to remain undefeated at 4-0 in the BAISS senior boys basketball play. AT THE FREE THROW LINE: Westminster Diplomats Marako Lundy goes up for a free throw in their 142-53 rout over the Nassau Christian Academy Saints. Lundy scored 19 points in the win.
By MATT FITZGERALD THE10th annual Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational proved to be a hit this weekend, with Scotlands Andy Murray giving the banner-yeare vent the buzz it was looking for. The exhibition, which took place Saturday afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre was the main attract ion of the annual event. Murray, whom opted to fly the same day, had a rough start to his hectic Saturday, as he was awakened for a surprise drug test at six in the morning back in the United Kingd om. Meanwhile, event organisers and tennis supporters in The Bahamas were eagerly awaiting his arrival. Last year, t op American star Andy Roddick was slated to play but pulled out due to an injury. Despite his early morning and lengthy travel itinerary, Murray arrived without any holdups. His appearancew as well-received and he was given a roaring welcome by those in attendance much deserved for his commitment i n making it to the event. He enjoyed playing alongside K nowles and hitting with the juniors selected to participate in the exhibition. M urray works in conjunction with a n umber of charities worldwide and was satisfied to see Knowles efforts benef iting children. I know hes put a huge amount of w ork into it over the years, so Im just pleased that I can help out, said Mur-r ay. Knowles was thrilled when Murray a rrived and took in every minute of the worlds number four ranked player being in The Bahamas. It is amasing to have Andy at the event, Knowles said. It makes sucha n impact on the kids and we have some talented juniors here in the Bahamas. T hey will remember this day for quite some time. While Murrays stint in the Bahamas was brief, he took pleasure playing in front of an audience that doesnt get to s ee an athlete of his standing live on a regular basis. Murray is the biggest stari n recent years to attend since Andre Agassi partook in the event several y ears ago. The exhibition competition played a World Team tennis format. Team Bahamas consisted of Knowles, Murray, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Sabine L isicki, Ryan Sweeting, Jesse Levine and Alex Kuznetsov. Team Paradise I sland was represented by Xavier Malisse, Oliver Marach, Bobby R eynolds, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Olga S avchuk, Don Johnson, Amer Delic and Brent Haygarth. M urray teamed with Knowles to win against Marach and Reynolds 5-1. The Scot followed that with an exciting match against Malisse, whom won the fun contest 5-4. I wish I could always play Andy immediately after he gets off a nine h our transatlantic flight! exclaimed Malisse. T he final score declared Team Paradise Island the match winners, edging o ut Team Bahamas 16 games to 13. The organisers presented gifts of Bahamian art to all the pro participants. This years event raised roughly $150,000, bringing its 10 year total to o ver $700.000. Items that were auctioned off as part of generating pro c eeds included racquets from Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Knowles, a nd two tickets to next years Wimbledon finals. We have had another incredible event, said Knowles. It makes it real ly special that our biggest event came in o ur 10th anniversary! On Friday, the traditional Pro-Am e vent served up an opportunity for s ponsors to play with the participating professionals. In the end, Malisse and J eff Everett of Everkey Global defeated Knowles and Miles Nadal, CEO of MDC Partners to win the competition. Sabine Lisicki and Aly Zaver of MDC Partners were winners in the consolationb racket. Vicky Knowles-Andrews, director of t he event and mother of Knowles, was pleased with the outcome. Celebratinga milestone year, she knew having Murrays participation would give the event t he special effect it was looking for. We have had tremendous support from all of our sponsors over the last decade. They continue to allow us to bring great talent to our shores, stated K nowles-Andrews. With the addition of our presenting s ponsor this year, MDC Partners, we have had our most successful event so f ar. We continue to grow each year and that allows us to generate more funds for the youth of our nation. Organisers would like to thank every one involved in helping make this yet a nother successful event and give their gratitude to all players, sponsors, char i ties, volunteers, friends and family, fans, a nd followers who have supported Marks cause the past ten years. S ponsors for this years event included: Atlantis Resort & Casino, MDCPartners, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch Private Bank & Trust; Pictet Bank & Trust Ltd; Serenity Point, Aba-c o; The Balmoral; The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism; American Airlines; E verkey Global Fund, Mark Holowesko, Odyssey Aviation, TheB ahamas Weekly, and The Ministry of Youth Sports & Culture. A bout the Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational: The Mark Knowles Celebrity Tennis Invitational is a Charity Event hosted by Mark. It was first held in 2001. The event is held in D ecember at the National Tennis Centre in Nassau (New ProvidenceB ahamas. The purpose of the event is to raise money for various charities, such a s The Sassoon Pediatric Heart Foundation, The Cancer Society, The Association of the Physically Disabled, The Childrens Emergency Hospital, The Boy Scouts of Bahamas, The Special O lympics and scholarships for promising junior tennis players. Visit: www.knowl z ee.com Murrays presence well-received at Knowles Annual Charity Event C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010, PAGE 3E TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE boys under-14 draw is more about the players who are not seeded than those who are. This is an incredibly strong group of competitors and the eight who are normally protected by their draws may not find life that easy. Leading that group of players is Russia's Karen Khachanov. He just missed being seeded, but, could very well test No 1 seed Clement Geens of Belgium early in the tournament. Remarkably, he is one of the few players forced to play a firstround match and he will meet South Korean wild card, Chin Yen Tong, in that opener. A win there would put him against Fa Jing Sun of China, after which he is also set to clash with Geens. The top seed has a bye and then takes on Anton Khyzhkin of Ukraine in the next round. Second seed Fil ippo Baldi of Italy has a decent draw; on paper at least. He has a first-round bye followed by Mexico's Kevin Carpenter with Spaniard Alberto Barroso Campos, a likely third-round opponent. Third seed Omar Salman has a bye in the first-round and then takes on the winner of Milan Valkusz of Hungary and British wild card Alexander Sendegeya, another player who was close to being seeded. Fourth seed Stefan Kozlov could find himself in a similar situation. His first match is against Lautaro Pane of Argentina, but, he will then face either wild card Simon Stevens of Belgium or South African Philip Franken. Franken reached the semifinals of this tournament two years ago in Club Med Sandpiper as an Under-12 player and accord ing to the South African coach, he has improved immensely since then. Kozlov is still 13 years old and could find the going a little tough against older players. Fifth seed Oliver Nagy from the Slovak Republic faces Brazil's Eduardo Marcondes Neto, sixth seeded Zandrix Acob of the USA meets Serbia's Ognjen Sunjevaric, seventh seed Borna Coric of Croatia takes on Jamie Malik of Britain while No 8 Maks Tekavec will play Seongchan Hong of Korea. BALANCED DRAW IN GIRLS UNDER-14 EVENT The girls Under-14 draw seems to have worked out well for the seeded players and unless there are a few "lurkers'' in the pack, this could go according to schedule. Top seed in this event is Barbara Haas of Austria and she is due to meet Italy's Vera Ploner in her first encounter. Seventh seed, Oceane Dodin of France, is her likely quarter-final opponent with third seeded Ulyna Ayzatulina of Russia, the favoured semi-finalist. The Russian will face Lara Vovk in the first round and is on course to play Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, seeded at No 6, in the quarters. Israel's Valeria Patiuk heads up the seeding in the bottom half of the draw and she is set to meet Ukraine's Kateryna Baranivska in her opening match. If the draw goes according to schedule eighth seed Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain is her likely quarter-final opponent. The Spaniard faces Qiuyu Ye of China in her first match. Seeds No 4 and No 5, Czech Katerina Siniakova and Croatia's Ana Konjuh respectively, head for a quarter-final clash. Siniakova has her first matc against last year's Under-12 semifinalist, Bianka Bekefi of Hungary, while Edith Monzon of Argentina is Konjuh's first opponent. SPANISH PLAYERS DOMINATE BOYS UNDER-12 DRAW Players from Spain could well fight out the finish of the boys Under-12 tournament with the country holding both of the top two seedings. At the top of the draw is Eduard Guell Bartrina while wild card Marc Mila Rafi is the No 2 seed for the event. The players who will attempt to shut out the Spanish dominance include third seed Benjamin Sigouin of Canada at No 3, Geoffrey Blancaneaux of France at No 4, Nathan Ponwith of the USA at No 5, Mate Valkusz of Hungary at No 6, Jesus Santiago Suarez Rivas of Mexico at No 7 and Maksim Tybar of Belarus at No 8. There are a couple of other obstacles who could stand in the way of the two Spaniards. First up for sec ond seeded Mila Rafi is Alexei Popyrin of the UAE. Popyrin has been taking this tournament seriously and is perfectly primed for a crack at the No 2 seed. It promises to be a tough encounter and could be one of the best opening matches of the tour nament. Guell Bartrina has Francesco Tacconi of Italy as his first opponent and is then seeded to meet Rivas Suarez in the quarters. The other quarter final match ups, if all goes according to plan, will see Blancaneaux play Pon with in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half Mila Rafi is seeded to meet Tybar and Sigouin is set to face Valkusz. JOKIC HOLDS THE KEY TO GIRLS UNDER-12 DRAW In many cases the girls Under-12 draws turn out to be a neat package everything goes according to plan. Last year that was not the case and one hopes order will be restored this year. There are high expectations for top seed Katarina Jokic of Bosnia, who has received a wild card entry into this year's tournament. She has per formed well not only in her own age group but against Under-14 competition as well and that could make her tough to beat here. She has a first-round bye after which she is drawn to play the winner of Si Cao Qi of Chin and Nadine de Vil liers of South Africa. In the quarter-finals she is expected to face Theo Gravouil of France, seeded eight, while third seeded Cristina Rovira of the USA is the player seed ed to meet her in the semis. Spain's Julia Payolo Sucar rats is regarded the player to provide the sternest test to Jokic and after a first-round bye, she is due to play either Sophie Drakeford-Lewis of Britain or Swiss Elisa Elhadj in the second round. No 5 Zainab El Houari is seeded to be her quarter-final opponent with either fourth seeded wild card, Kimberley Birrell of Australia, or sixth seeded Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia seeded to meet Payolo Sucarrats in the semis. 2010 Nike Junior Tennis Tour draw released BELOW are the latest standings and scores of the Grand Bahama Girls' Soccer Developmental League.The league now boasts over 222 players competing in the various divisions each weekend. Krosstown Courage remains in a strong lead, Municipal Motors is in second, with Adnil Marine and Ocean Motion still tied for third place. The league is assisted by Robert Nabb who leads a team of junior referees who volunteer their time helping to assure fair play in the games. The League has 3 Divisions: Inagua (13 years and up); Gecko (10 12 yrs); and the Curly Tails (9 years and under). Of course there are the Mini Stars who are five-year-olds in Kindergarten and first grade. Games are held at 3pm after a one hour training session which begins at 2pm. League organizors suggest the success of the league could not be possible without its many sponsors. RESULTS OF GRAND BAHAMA GIRLS LEAGUE GAMES on Saturday, 4th December, 2010 IGUANA DIVISION (13-16 yr olds Adnil Marine Sharks beat Gators Chargers 4-3 -Adnil Marine Shark scorers Priscilla Kirkland (2 Cheryl Vale (11 -Gators Chargers scorers: Kara Knowles (2 Evans (1 Municipal Motors Strikers beat Kross Town Courage 1-0 -Municipal Motors Scorer: Gabrielle Hall (1 Ocean Motion Stingrays beat Picadilly Panthers 6-1 -Ocean Motion Scorers: Racaya Rolle (3 Smith (2 Gabrielle McDonald (1 GECKO DIVISION(10-12yrs old Polymers Fury tied Savemore Food Store 1-1 -Scorers for Polymers: Elizabeth Pierson (1 -Savemore Food Store Scorer: Ashleigh Bernon (1 Bahamas Weekly beat Sawyers Food Store 1-0 -Scorer for Bahamas Weekly : Glendika Rolle (1 CURLY TAIL DIVISION (7-9 yrs old J.S. Johnson beat Lanelle Phillips Real Estate2-1 Freeport Oil beat Barefoot Marketing 7-1 YOUTHSailor Chris Sands pulled off an upset win with First place finishes in the last two races of the prestigious Kings Cup hosted by the Royal Nassau Sailing Club this past weekend. While the fleet was small it was highly competitive with any one of Five teams capable of wining the series going into the last race. The Kings Cup is contested in the Snipe Class, a two man sloop rigged sail boat known for being highly technical and requiring solid race tactics. For this regatta Chris teamed up with fellow youth sailor Donico Brown f or their second competit ion together and their seco nd win together; the last being in the Snipe Junior Nationals earlier this year. With this win Chris and Donico have proven the worth of Bahamas Sailing Association programs, both the local coaching programs and those geared towards assisting in sending our top sailors abroad to compete in International Competition. Donico was chosen to r epresent The Bahamas in t he ISAF Youth World Championships in 2009 and Chris in 2010. Both also represented The Bahamas at the C.A.C. Games earlier this year. In winning the Kings Cup Chris and Donico beat a number of senior skippers with extensive international experience including Robert Dunkley, Fernando de Cardenas, Lori Lowe and Jimmie Lowe who fin ished 2 through 5 respec tively. After Five races a mere 5 points separated 1st through 5th. Also competing in the Regatta were the very young team of Pedro Rahming and Mishael Taffin who handled themselves well in trying conditions. The Kings Cup was pre sented to the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in 1926 by King George V and with the exception of the war years has been sailed annually ever since. It is believed the Chris and Donico, a youth team by Snipe Class rules, are the first wholly youth team to win the Kings Cup." RESULTS: Chris Sands / Donico Brown:3-5-3-1-1=13 Robert Dunkley / BJ Burrows:5-2-2-3-2=14 Fernando de Cardenas / DIane DeWit:2-3-5-2-3=15 Lori Lowe / Maria Aaboe:14-1-5-5=16 Jimmie Lowe / Cameron Symonette:4-1-4-4-4=17 Pedro Rahming / Mishael Taffin:6-6-6-6-DNS=31 Sands pulls off upset at Kings Cup Krosstown Courage remains on top of GB Girls Soccer Developmental League M a r k D a C u n h a c o m / P h o t o LEFT TO RIGHT: Oliver Marach, Bobby Reynolds, Mark Knowles, and Andy Murray after their doubles match where the Murray Knowles team won.
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 4E, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM of attempting to get more people to come to the Bahamas. Wilson said Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is trying to attract more runners to travel with them and to come off the ship and compete in races in the different places wherever they land. The fact that Marathon Bahamas existed and we have t he proven infustrature to p roperly organize this event, was a tremendous significance for them in terms of saying lets try and start out in the Bahamas, Wilson quipped. Its not certain how many runners will be making the median voyage, but Wilson said Marathon Bahamas, the Ministry of Tourism and Atlantis have teamed up with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations and the Bahamas Association of Certified Officials to ensure that they have an event that they wont forget. The race will start at 9 a.m. from the foot of the new Paradise Island bridge and travel to Paradise Island through the Marina, come over the old bridge and head down Shirley Street past Government House, onto Bay Street, where they will end up in Rawson Square. One of the things this initiative intends to do is to increase the percentage of cruise passengers who comeo ff the ship and so have chosen this route so that they cansay vow, lets stay off the ship, or let us come back to the island. Another important aspect to the initiative is the fact thatE SPN, the premier Sports Television in the United States, will be covering the event with a show that will be rebroadcast at a later date. We believe this is an opportunity for us to showE SPN something about the B ahamas, Wilson charged. So we believe this is only yet another door that is opened for our Sports Tourism. Ralf McKinney, president of BACO, who also represented the BAAA, said they are looking forward to working with Marathon Bahamasto ensure that the event is a tremendous success. Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace is expected to officially start the race. And Superintendent Car oline Bowe said the Police Force will be out in full force as they assist Marathon Bahamas just as they did with the staging of their first marathon in January. She confirmed that during the course of the race, vehicular traffic will be diverted as the five major streets desig nated along the route will be closed from 7 a.m. They include the portion of Mackey Street from the old bridge to Shirley Street, west to Cumberland Street, north on Cumberland Street to Bay Street and east to Rawson Square. A total of 31 Police on motorcycles will be used for the duration of the race. While the event is designed primarily for the visitors on the cruise ship, Wilson said if Bahamians want to come out and participate in a Peo ple to People forum, they are invited to do so. Marathon FROM page one the team. However, he pointed out that the visiting coaches will be coming to town to oversee practices at least two weekends every month and they also intend to invite players to join them in practices in Houston, Texas where Tidwell is based as the Athletic Director and head coach of the Lamar Univer sity Lady Cardinals basketball team. Tidwell, who has guided the Lady Cards to the NCAA Tournament and as the champions of the South land Conference, said hes humbled to be afforded the opportunity to coach the Bahamian team. Its something that I always thought about, something that I always wanted to do, he insisted. And to be able to come to the Bahamas is very special because I believe that some of the best players in the world are in this region. We want to go out and be organized and be ready to make our move to get us to the next level. I want to make it very clear that as the head coach, Im here to win. Ive been coaching for 37 years and everything Ive been able to coach at, weve won it. So I expect to win. Tidwell said his only request is that the best players from the Bahamas make themselves available to prac tice together as a unit so that they can put the best team on the floor to represent the country. Musgrove, who at one time served as the head coach of the womens team, said the Bahamas has certainly lost its edge over the years, but hes confident that in the direction that the federation is heading, they can definitely regain its lofty position as a powerhouse in the region. We have to get back to the Caribbean level first and then hopefully we can move on, he forecasted. Its a five year programme were looking at because 2012 is right around the corner because to get to the Olympics is null and void. So within the next five years, we have to work as a cohesive unit to get the Bahamas back to the level that we were in the past and I feel we have the coaching staff that can get the job done. And Campbell, a former member of the ladies national team, said shes just as excited about her new role as an assistant coach. This is a big time for the Bahamas basketball and Im excited to get the ball rolling to see what we have, she said. We have some talent out there, but I know that we just have to get that same enthusiasm that we have for the NBA basketball for the national basketball. Brown, a technical director who has been involved in a coaching clinic here earlier this year, said hes looking forward to making his contribution as the new mens head coach. I think we do have the coaching staff right now to take this young men to the next level, he charged. Theres plenty of talent here. We just have to bring it all together under one umbrella and move forward. Im encouraging everyone in the country to band together because Im excited to be here. Bowleg, who continues on as an assistant coach, said the important thing is to get the best players, both professionally and collegially, to come together and once they can secure the necessary financing, they can make it happen. It takes money to get these players back and forth to the Bahamas, Bowleg insisted. The pride that the players want to put the Bahamas on their chest shows that we have the potential to put the Bahamas back at number one in the region. And Hall, who will play a key role being stationed in Grand Bahama, said hes thrilled to be a part of the new trust by the federation, said the main objective is to nature and guide the young people of the Bahamas so that they can become better citizens. Hall, who has played an integral role as a point guard on the mens national team, said while he is now venturing into the coaching ranks, he still have a longing to play. The love is still there, but we will just see how my body holds up, he charged. I will see how much running up and down I can do with my little boy and the one who is on the way. Then I will make that decision. Overton, who will work primarily with the women, but will also assist the men, said hes never seen the pride that has been displayed so far by the federation in getting the national teams on the winning track. With the athletes we have in this country, we can go as high as we want to go, said Overton, who has been associated with the WNBA in Chicago. If we can get the best women and men to play on this team, the Bahamas will be able to compete with any body in the world. So I will do whatever I can to help. Persons wishing to learn more about the federation or make a financial contribution are urged to check their website: www.bahamasbasketballfederation.com for more details or contact Pick stock or secretary general Sean Bastian. Bahamas Basketball Federation FROM page one TENNESSEE Titans running back Chris Johnson (28 N FL football game, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Defending for the Colts are Keyunta Dawson (9658 J o e H o w e l l / A P P h o t o s FOOTBALL NASHVILLE, Tenn. Associated Press PEYTON Manning wants people to quit worrying about him. He's just fine, thank you very much. Manning threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapo lis Colts snapped their three-game skid by beating the Tennessee Titans 30-28 on Thursday night to stay just a half-game back in the AFC South. "Nobody likes losing three in a row," Manning said. "That's new for us. Somebody asked me if we were ina slump. I said, 'I've been on an 8?year hitting streak.'" The four-time NFL MVP put his atypical slump behind him with a crisp performance against a defense that hasn't intercepted a pass in 14 straight quarters, beating the Titans for a fourth straight time. He com pleted 25 of 35 passes in his 63rd 300yard game, tying Dan Marino for tops on the career list. Back in the state where he starred at the University of Tennessee, Mann ing nearly had a third touchdown p ass but rookie receiver Blair White b roke up a pass intended for Reggie Wayne in the end zone. "I was throwing to Reggie. I can assure you I was throwing to Reggie," Manning said. "But like I said, that's part of the learning process." The Colts (7-6 straight since 2001 when their fivegame slide prompted Jim Mora's famous rant about the playoffs. Now the only NFL team to reach the post season in 10 of the last 11 seasons is back on track and will defend its AFC South title if it wins out. "I think we're in a four-game playoffs, and this was a playoff game tonight," Manning said. Tennessee (5-8 to drop 2? games behind Jacksonville in the division with three to play. The Titans can blame themselves for mistakes that led to each of the Colts' first three touchdowns, including two defensive penalties on third-and-goal and a high snap over the punter's head. "Every time we play the Colts, it's been the same thing," safety Chris Hope said. "By the time we figure out we can play with them and com pete with them, we run out of time. It's been the same story the last few times we've played them." One fan showed up wearing a grocery bag over his head with "JeffF isher: A commitment to mediocrity" written on it, referring to the Titans coach. The Titans did break out of their scoring slump, ending a 14-quarter drought without an offensive touch down when Chris Johnson finished o ff a 55-yard drive with a 1-yard run w ith 49 seconds left in the first half. Johnson finished with 111 yards rush ing. Tennessee closed to 27-21 when Kerry Collins tossed his second TD pass of the night, a 4-yarder to Bo Scaife with 7:59 left in the game. The defense forced the Colts to go threeand-out, and the momentum seemed to swing to the Titans for the first time. But Tennessee couldn't pick up a first down, and fans booed when Fisher sent out the punting unit on fourthand-1. Manning made the Titans pay with a slant to Pierre Garcon, who shook off Jason McCourty and Hope while safety Michael Griffin whiffed as the receiver slipped up the right sideline for a 43-yard play. Adam Vinatieri ended the drive with his third field goal, a 47-yarder that made it 30-21 with 2:55 left. "Peyton was Peyton. I'm sure he felt good about his performance, and certainly we did as well," Colts coach Jim Caldwell said. Injury-riddled Indianapolis finished the game with just five healthy offensive linemen, making the win even more precious. Manning throws for 319, Colts beat Titans 30-28 I NDIANAPOLIS C olts quarterback Peyton Manning (18 dle in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. At left is tight end Gijon Robinson (47 INDIANAPOLIS Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18 by Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31 NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn.