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 e love you, Ms Adderley V olume: 107 No.44SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 77F LOW 66F S P O R T S SEESPORTSONPAGENINE British team wins SC Private Banking title Students message as tr a g ic teachers life is celebrated M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE US' concerns over the growing relationship between China and the Bahamas are not surprising but will not strain current ties between the Bahamas and its largest trading partner, said political observers. The comments came after US Embassy cables released by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks reveal the US has been monitoring the rapidlygrowing diplomatic relationship between China and the Bahamas, and their concerns that the latter would be "indebted to Chinese interests for years to come." Former Foreign Affairs Min ister Fred Mitchell said despite what is discussed in the cables, the important thing is the US stated official policy on Bahamas/China ties. BAHA Mar officials are very close" to breaking ground on the $2.6 billion project with the finalising of legal documents one of the final steps left before the start of construction, said vice-presi dent of external affairs R obert Sands. The developers have already received all the nec-e ssary government approvals and have signed letters of intent construction contracts f or the Commercial Village a nd the re-routing of West Bay Street. Developers anticipate cons truction on the luxury devel opment in western Nassau to start at the end of this month. "We're still waiting to f inalise the details, we're conBAHA MAR OFFICIALS ARE VERY CLOSE TO BREAKING GROUND SEE page 14 B AHAMAS, CHINA RELATIONSHIP WILL NOT STRAIN TIES WITH THE US SEE page seven By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BISHOP Earl Randy Fraser maintained yesterday that allegations of unlawful inter course levied against him are untrue, and he described the virtual complainant as being a troubled young girl he had sought to help. Fraser, senior pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road, is accused of having unlawful intercourse with a 16-year-old girl he had agreed to counsel between July 2005 and February 2006. Taking the witness stand in his defence yesterday, Fras er, told the court of how he first came to meet the virtual complainant at his church and BISHOP FRASER: VIRTUAL COMPLAINANT WAS TROUBLED GIRL I SOUGHT TO HELP SEE page 14 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN INTERNATIONAL movement to prevent deaths from breast cancer will descend on Paradise Island this morning to fight for prevention among Bahamian women as one of the worlds most at-risk groups. Susan G Komens Race for the Cure is being held in the Bahamas for the first time today, with more than 100 del egates taking part in the race expected to have around 1,500 supporters and breast cancer survivors participating. The worlds largest breast cancer association has part nered with Marathon Bahamas this weekend to host their first race of the year in the Bahamas for the first time, as well as their Bahamas mission delegation, on Paradise Island today. Former US Ambassador to the Bahamas Ned Siegel and his wife Stephanie, a breast can cer survivor and board member for the Susan G Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, were instrumental in forming the race partnership and have returned to their second home in Nassau for the weekend. Mr and Mrs Siegel unveiled the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative in 2008 and laid the foundations for crucial research into breast cancer in the Bahamas with $300,000 fund ing from Susan G Komen. Studies have found breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Bahamian women and health officials estimate 300 to 500 new cases are diagnosed in the country every year. Of these around half of the women, 48 per cent, are under RA CE F OR THE CURE FIGHTS FOR PREVENTION OF BREAST CANCER AMONG BAHAMIAN WOMEN SEE page seven ABOVE: Children perform at yesterdays service a portrait of Denise Adderley is in the foreground. RIGHT: Candles are held in remembrance of Ms Adderley. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HEIR voices were clear and strong, the words touched the hearts of all who gathered to pay tribute to a cherishedt eacher ... we love you, Ms Adderley. Uriah McPhee Primary S chool on Kemp Road was the meeting place for family, friends, colleagues and pupils t o celebrate the life and mourn the death of Denise Adderley. M s Adderley, 39, was shot six times while she sat inside her car at the Texaco ServiceS tation at Wulff and Kemp r oads on Sunday evening. The mother-of-one became the third homicide victim of then ew year. To commence the service, SEE page 14
"I vex with all them local folks who saying 'charity begins at home'. Don't they realise that most of the population here is from some other island and that already these many migrants are doing the most to already assist their poor parents, brothers, sisters and relatives back 'home'?" Where your people from. "I is vex 'cause if one of the aims is to get cheaper cell phone rates by selling BTC, I can imagine every Tom, Dick, Harry and Shenika all talking on their cell phone in front of me in cars, supermarkets, government offices all over on this lil' Nassau. "Isn't there anything else more productive we can be doing than spending money on besides buying foreign phones an' getting cheaper minutes? How about balancing the budget and paying down the national debt for a change." Priorities "I vex 'cause I hear that ups to 4,000 who should be in prison gon' be out on the streets of this Nassau what is mostly four miles across. This means alleged rapists, murderers, burglars, etc; persons per mile equals one person every five feet or so stretching across the island! This ain't the big US ya know. "Even so, some already crime neighbourhoods or streets could just be jam packed united with everyone in sight wearing criminal ankle bracelets. Why must we the victims an' victims families again an' again be punished with all these alleged second an' third time out on bail people in our face?" Crime victim "I am vex that the authorities are bereft of ideas to solve crime because placing ankle bracelets on an accused to know which side of the street he is on does not stop the accused who is out on bail for the second or third time from killing someone again. The bullet an' gun ain't have the ankle bracelet. Think! "The only way is to stop crime is to physically remove them from our cherished free society these accused murderers refuse to respect." Yinna getting paid "I am sorry for the Haitians whose homes got destroyed by fire and I am more sorry and horrified at the conditions under which they live caused by the Bahamians who encourage them to immigrate here and hire them illegally. I am therefore vex that the Bahamians who hire illegal migrants are not being punished." Law Abider I vex with all these groups of young men coming into the movie theatre and then instead of sitting together they spread themselves out all over the rows, talking to each and commenting on the film. Are they so insecure in their sexuality and masculinity that they cant even sit together as friends? Its like a group of people who go to a restaurant and sit at different tables. Ridiculous! Frustrated movie buff I vex with all these big trucks taking short-cuts through these small juck-juck roads, barely squeezing through and blocking oncoming traffic. Instead of using the proper main roads you see them swinging through these corners making a nuisance of themselves. All to save them like five minutes of time. Vexed motorist WHY YOU HAPPY? "I'm happy about the humorous Bahamian commercials I've seen on Cable 12 TV. Milo Butler Xmas Trees, Sunryse Shred ding Services and Saveco are well made and very funny. Congratulations to all the creative minds behind them!" Commercial Watcher Are you vex? Send your complaints to 'email@example.com' L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HE Bahamas recently welc omed a smaller cruise ship with great potential to impact the economy of Nassau/Par-a dise Island. The 592ft mv Regatta, operated by Oceania Cruises, g raced the port of Nassau for t he first time on January 11. The Florida-based flagship set sail from Miami and docked i n Nassau as a part of its 10day Caribbean cruise. As an official welcome, a b rief inaugural ceremony was h eld in the ballroom of the cruise ship, where officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and Port Authority along with other invited guests were greeted by the ships cap-t ain, Vitaliy Silvachynsky. Capt Silvachynsky noted that the mv Regatta is one of the newest and largest ships of the O ceania Cruise line. He assured Bahamian offi cials that more vessels from the f leet are expected to make calls to the Bahamas as part of their C aribbean routes. Hyacinth Pratt, permanent secretary in the Ministry ofT ourism and Aviation, noted that the vessel brought 400 crew members and 684 passengers to Nassau. Although t he number was small compared to the megaships that bring 6,000 to 8,000 visitors toN assau on a voyage, Ms Pratt pointed out the vessels tremendous potential to cont ribute to the economy. S he said that the majority of passengers aboard the mv Regatta are high-end guestsw hose spending can contribute greatly to the Bahamian economy. Ms Pratt emphasised that i t is important to deliver super ior customer service to visitors at all times in order to gain a competitive advantage in the t ourism industry and to make the guests want to come back to our shores. T he luxury vessel boasts 11 d ecks, 340 cabins, casual and formal restaurants, fullystocked bars, shopping boutiques, a library, swimming pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre and spa. W ith a carrying capacity of 684 passengers, the mv Regatta operates in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and the A mericas. The ship is expected to make two more calls at Nas sau ports on February 14 and A pril 11 this year. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Minister of Labour and Social Development Dion Foulkes said a tentative agreement has been reached between the Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union (CEWU Bahama Power Company (GBPC This brings an end to very protracted and difficult negotiations between the two p arties who are now expected to sign a new three-year industrial contract within the next 14 days. The new agreement covers some 130 employees who will each receive a onetime lump sum payment of $4,500. Negotiations have been ongoing since the old contract expired on March 31, 2010. After talks stalled early this week, Mini ster Foulkes came to Freeport on Wednesday and brought the parties back to the negotiation table to resolve the remaining outstanding issues. The parties could not agree on the issue of salary treatment regarding a one-time lump sum payment of $5,000 instead of salary increases for three years, as well as the new night shift proposed by the com-p any and the use of linesmen for both overhead and underground work. After facilitating negotiations for two days, Mr Foulkes told the media on Thursday that the parties had reached a tentative agreement. All outstanding issues have been resolved, however, we anticipate that two issues, in particular, which were taken offt he table may be resolved in another forum later on, he said. Both parties were able to meet in the middle and agree on the issue of salary treatment for a lump sum payment of $4,500. CEWU president Leslie Lightbourne said he is satisfied that an agreement has been reached. We did not get the $5,000 we wanted. The company proposed $4,000, but we were able to meet halfway and we got $4,500, he said. The concession we gave, we feel is fair. We got no raise for the next three years and within that time we hope the economy will pick up and GB Power Company will have a turnaround, he said. Peter Adderley, consultant for GBPC, t hanked the minister for intervening and assisting in bringing negotiations to a conclusion. Minister Foulkes met with both parties several times last year. During that time, the parties said they were able to resolve some 18 issues with his assistance. We want to thank the minister for making this all possible, and CEO Alan Kelley also deserves to be commended, MrA dderley said. This is an important product (islandwide electricity) and to have negotiations endless is not good for the community, and so this is a good day for Grand Bahama. Mr Foulkes said a stable industrial climate at the GBPC is essential for the economic well-being of Grand Bahama. Both union and management are to be c ongratulated for their responsible conduct during the negotiating process over approximately six months, he said. Minister Foulkes was accompanied to Grand Bahama by Director of Labour Harcourt Brown and the departments attorney Adelma Roach. SEEPAGETHREE WHYYOUVEX? SMALLER CRUISE SHIP WELCOMED TO BAHAMAS FOR FIRST TIME Tentative agreement reached between union and the GBPower Company THE MV REGATTA on its inaugural call on Nassau. Photo/ Derek Smith
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 3 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P AGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IN observance of the Martin Luther King Jr, Holiday, the United States Embassy will be closed on Monday, January 17. The Embassy will resume normal business opera tions on Tuesday, January 18, at 8am. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT Minister of L abour Dion Foulkes reporte d that unemployment benefits totalling some $30 million have been disbursed to more t han 19,000 Bahamians to date. While in Grand Bahama on T hursday, Mr Foulkes released statistics and gave an update on the governmentsU nemployment Benefit and National Prescription and Drug Plan. Of the 19,738 unemployment claims, 4 ,153 were from Grand Bahama. The minister noted that while there are still some economic chall enges in Grand Bahama, the economy is doing much better nationally. H e noted that unemploym ent benefit statistics show a significant decrease of 68 per cent in unemployment claims in November and December of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. M inister Foulkes reported that 1,119 claims (totalling $1,724,076) were made duri ng November and Decem ber of 2009, and only 360 claims (totalling $174,075 w ere made during the same period l ast year. That is a big drop, which is a clear signal that things are improving in the national economy, he said. We do not have a clear picture of what is happening in Grand Bahama, but we think we still have a lot ofc hallenges in terms of the economic s ituation, he said. The Minister also reported that the National Prescription and Drug Plan is going extremely well. We are very pleased with the type of results we are seeing, he said. M r Foulkes noted that some 17,000 claims have been already honoured by National Insurance Board, with s ome $325,000 spent on purchasing drugs for subscribers to the plan. In Grand Bahama, 1,817 claims h ave been honoured, totalling $26,500. A ccording to statistics as of Decem ber 31, 2010, some 7,000 claims were rejected. A 30-YEAR-OLD MANaccused of posting nude pictures of a woman on Facebook was arraigned on the charge of intentional libel. Marquinn Carey of Hollywood Boulevard is accused of u nlawfully publishing photos of a woman between Janua ry 7 and 9, 2011. C arey, who was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charge. He was granted bail in the sum of $7,500. The case was adjourned to March 30. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The joining of the re-established Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and AlliedW orkers Union with the T rade Union Congress represents the beginning of something very unique for the umbrella union, officials said. The formerly defunct C ommonwealth Union ( CUHSAW), which was revived in late 2009 announced on Thursday that it will be joining the ranks of the Trade Union Congres (TUC TUC president Obie Ferguson said he is pleased witht he Commonwealth Unions decision. He also noted that Customs and Immigration workers have also joined the organisation. I am satisfied that this is t he beginning of something v ery unique, he said. We will put it (the unions membership application) to the TUC board at the next board meeting for official rat-i fication. On January 20, some 600 hotel workers at the OurL ucaya Resort will be asked to choose between the Commonwealth Union and the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU They will head to the polls o n that date to determine which union they want representing them. The BHCAWU, under the leadership of Nicole Martin, is still officially recognised ast he bargaining agent at Our L ucaya Resort until the results of the poll reveal otherwise. Michelle Dorsett, president of the CUHSAW, said hotel workers at the property were not happy with thec urrent representation. T he Commonwealth U nion has been seeking to h ave a poll taken for over a y ear. The union had requeste d a poll after it reportedly received the support from the m ajority of workers at the r esort. Minister of Labour Dion F oulkes said the law mandates that there must be a minimum of 25 per cent of workers to request a poll. He said the employer can request a poll. We have 600 workers w ho are eligible to go to the polls, he said on Thursday while visiting Grand Bahama. We agreed to all the ground rules of the poll andt here is no disagreement in h ow the poll is to be conducted and upon which terms the poll is to be conducted. A decision will be made on whether the poll will be held at Christ the King Anglican Church Hall or theB PSU Hall. M s Dorsett said she is conf ident that the Commonw ealth Union will be succ essful. We have waited for this day for a long 14 months, s he said. S he thanked Mr Ferguson and Thomas Bastian of the T UC for their support. Hotel union joining the TUC is beginning of something unique USEMBASSY CLOSED ON MONDAY MAN ACCUSED OF POSTING NUDE PICTURES OF WOMAN ON FACEBOOK BENEFITS: Dion Foulkes $30M OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS DISBURSED TO 19,000 BAHAMIANS P LEASED: T UC president O bie Ferguson
EDITOR, The Tribune. I WRITEin reference to Thursday, January 6th evening news report on ZNS TV 13, regarding reform in public schools. There is so much that was wrong with the report that it is difficult for me to begin.F irst and foremost, as a veteran educator, I totally agree that public school education is in dire need of reform. In fact, this has been the case for the last three decades at least. T his letter is not intended to b e political or pass judgment on any particular political party, as they have all failed in the area of educational reform.H owever, the MOE is continu ously missing the boat in its approach to reform. Rating schools and teachers s ounds great to the public but u nfortunately, it is not the answer. So much more needs to be put in place before anyt ype of rating can take place. As is always the case, the M inistry of Education is seeki ng to lay the blame for the f ailure of this country's educational system solely at the feet of teachers. Yes, there arei nefficient teachers as there are inefficient doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. Once again o ur inept leaders are adopting p olicies of a failed American educational system. It appears that whatever policies are i mplemented in the great USA, must be implemented here as well. R esearch has shown that t he accurate and objective measurement of student performance is difficult in the best of circumstances. Tying educational performance to teach ing ability, particularly based u pon National Exam results, is even more difficult. The varying factors, existing outside the school setting, that affect student performance are myriad and often near impos-s ible to identify and measure. N ot to mention that the objec tivity and validity of standard ized tests and National exami nations are questionable. Nevertheless, here we go with our big announcement that our nation's best approach to educational reform is to hold teachers responsible for student performance on National E xams. Yes, assess teachers and hold them accountable for performing their jobs. How-e ver, bear in mind that the m easure of a great teacher does not only lie in the achievement of an 'A' on a t est. I draw your attention to the following two scenarios: 1 Johnny lives in Bain Town and attends a local pub lic school. There are 37 children in his class and many of them do not have all the necessary texts and supplies. His school is a bit run down and in need of some basic repairs. His mother is a single parent who works two jobs. She left school, pregnant at age 14. He spends most of his time with his elderly grandmother who left school at age 10. Johnny is1 2 and has two younger siblings. He likes school, but is frequently absent because he has no lunch or clean uniform or has to watch his siblings. He has no assistance withh omework as his mom is a lways at work and his grandmother can barely read. He reads at a grade one level and is failing sixth grade. The G.L.A.T exams are coming up and his teacher is trying to prepare the students for them.S he has been tutoring students i n the morning and afternoons f or two semesters. Johnny has o nly attended the extra classes t wice. Johnny eventually sits t he exams, but receives below average grades, as expected. 2 Kim lives in Blair Estates a nd attends a private school. There are 22 children in her c lass. Students must come to school with all necessary texts a nd supplies. Her mom is a single parent as well, but has a decent job. She encouragesK im and assists with homew ork and take home projects. S he attends all PTA meetings and Parent-Teacher conferences. Kim is in grade six. She is performing well. Despite this her mom feels that some extraa ssistance is necessary before she sits the G.L.A.T exams. She registers Kim for afterschool classes in Math and Language for three days per week. Kim takes the exams a nd achieves above-average s cores, as expected. These two scenarios reflect what is occurring in TheB ahamas' educational system today. Parental involvement and social factors play an i mportant role in the overall achievement of students. Pub lic school teachers are rated as failures while private school t eachers receive commenda tions. I reiterate the point that there are good and bad teach-e rs in both systems, however the illustrated scenarios show that there are varying factorst hat affect student performance. Private schools and teachers have been continu ously given credit for achieving g ood exam results, but further inquiries will show that many private school students receive help outside of their schools. Visit many of the after school tutoring centres and you will find them filled with privates chool students. Whereas a private school teacher has the cooperation of most students'p arents, the public school teacher is not as fortunate. With the economic situation in this country and the shift of the residential population to more suburban areas, there is now great disparity between the performance of inner city schools and suburban schools. Many students in our more subur ban schools come from middle-class families and these schools enjoy great parental support. This is reflected in the examination results of these schools. The MOE has much research and reform to do before it can consider rating schools and teachers. What is the plan for implementation? What happens to the non blue ribbon schools? How do you differentiate between student performance that is a direct result of teacher perfor mance and that which is influenced by external factors? Were all of these variables dis cussed before the grand press conference? True assessment of teachers must be an ongoing process and cannot be based solely on national exam results. Teach ers must be measured on the achievements of students dur ing the entire period of tutelage. A teacher, who has been given a grade 10 class of students reading at grade 3 level in September, must be rewarded for having 75 per cent of those students reading at a grade six level at the end of June. While these students may not get a 'C' or above on the BJC English Language exam, can it truly be said that the teacher did not perform efficiently? Teachers can only work with what they are given, just as a potter's final product is only as good as the quality of his clay. True reform of The B ahamas' educational system relies heavily on a proper Needs Assessment based upon Bahamian culture. Our main problem is that after thirtyseven years of independence, we are still dependent on oth-e r nations to guide us in policies that will affect us. We need to determine what our educational system requires to meet the needs of our nation. As a nation, we need to dilig ently seek answers to the foll owing: How do we prepare our citizens to effect change in our society? D o we continue to put all of o ur eggs into the basket of academic subjects only or do we finally get serious about prov iding technical education to s tudents? Do we go on with business as usual by training studentst o take exams, but not training them to perform in readily a vailable jobs? D o we continue to promote t he archaic thinking that having five or more BJCs or BGCSEs means you are smart and not having the same means you are dumb? Do we continue to believe t hat the National Grade point a verage is based upon actual student performance for the year and not just upon nationa l exam results? Do we continue to have students believe that you aren othing unless you are a doct or, lawyer or accountant? Do we continue our blatant disregard for filling the jobs most needed in this country by encouraging students to pursue studies in popular fieldsa nd not the necessary ones? Do we continue to allow organizations to grant scholarships for fields of study that will contribute to our coun try's development but disreg ard and cast aside the stu d ents upon their return? Do we continue to deplete our country of the best andt he brightest by not allowing our young people to advance in their own country? Do we continue to teach for the test even though the students are not capable or do we start teaching students w here they are and moving them forward? Do we continue to educate o ur boys the same as the girls e ven though research has shown that they are different? Do we continue to offer s uch cramped timetables when most of our students need Math and Language all day? D o we continue to allow social promotion just so the child completes school at 16 or 17? Do we continue to compare apples and oranges by comparing the results of public and private schools without looking at all the factors affecting the achievement of the stu dents in each setting? Do we continue to allow persons to insult the intelli gence of the many public school teachers who have educated themselves, often at their own expense, and have given their best to their students? Do we continue to underpay our teachers, place them in inadequate physical surround ings, neglect to provide them with the necessary supplies and equipment and still expect them to remain motivated and produce miraculous results? Do we continue to neglect the social and moral issues affecting our society and ulti mately leading to the decay of all that is Bahamian? Do we continue to perpetrate the fraud that foreign is better and allow our children to grow up with no sense of what it means to be a proud Bahamian? Do we continue to grand stand and make announce ments of reform without discussing it first with those it will directly affect? We need answers to these questions...what is the plan...the way forward? Certainly, the answers do not lie in the same old rhetoric that the MOE continues to put forward. We need vision in the MOE, we need change in the MOE. A CONCERNED EDUCATOR Nassau, January 11, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 WASHINGTON (AP of a U.S. congresswoman and the killing of six others at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping centre prompts Americans yet again to ask why. Are guns still too readily available?D oes the nastiness of today's political debate inspire such tragic violence? Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a moderate Democrat, was barely out of the operating room after being shot through the left side of her brain before voices on both sides of those core issues and the political divide were lining up to promote their beliefs. Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik, a t a news conference Sunday, blamed a "climate of hatred," ''mistrust of government" and "paranoia" for the Arizona shooting, a crime that again has seized the attention of Americans. Among the six killed were a fed eral judge and a 9-year-old girl. Dupnik chastised the Arizona legislature for lax gun laws and said the state had become "the Tombstone of the United States of America." He was referring to the lawless, late 19th century silver mining boom town in Arizona. It was home to many Wild West gunfighters. Giffords, herself, had spoken of her con cerns about the U.S. political atmosphere, even before the shooting. In an interview when her office was vandalized after she vot ed to support President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives. Later she spoke of Sarah Palin's decision to list Giffords' seat as one of the top "targets" in the mid-term elections. "For example, we're on Sarah Palin's tar geted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of agun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are con sequences to that action," Giffords said in a television interview during the 2010 congressional election campaign. In the hours after the shooting, Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidateand tea party backer, issued a statement in which she expressed her "sincere condolences" to the family of Giffords and the other victims. Defenders discounted any link between Palin-style politicking and the Arizona shooting. "We have nothing whatsoever to do with this," Palin aide Rebecca Mansour said in a radio interview, according the CBS News Web site. Out of respect for Giffords and the others caught up in the shooting violence, the House of Representatives delayed plans this week to repeal the health care law that was the focus of much ultraconservative anger nationwide as the issue was debated last year. John Boehner, the new speaker of the House now that Republicans and their tea party allies have taken control of the lower chamber, also spoke to say an attack on any public servant was an attack on all. He announced the delay in normal legislative business and said flags on the House side of the capitol would fly at half staff inr emembrance of Giffords' slain aide, 30-yearold Gab Zimmerman. Obama later ordered all flags flown at half staff for a week. FBI director Robert Mueller was dispatched to Arizona by Obama. At the news conference with Sheriff Dupnik, Mueller said the shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, faced federal charges. Mueller declined to answer a question a bout the efficacy of Arizona gun laws, but did say that Internet access for those promoting "hate speech and incitement to violence" were a "far greater challenge" for law enforcement than in past years. Many Republican lawmakers emphasized the growing belief that Loughner was mentally unstable, not someone who was inspired by the kind of far right or tea party rhetoric that characterized the last election. "It's probably giving him too much cred it to ascribe a coherent political philosophy to him. We just have to acknowledge that there are mentally unstable people in this country. Who knows what motivates them to do what they do? Then they commit terrible crimes like this," said Arizona Republican Sen. John Kyl, the majority whip. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander concurred but added: "I think obviously we are much better off in our country if we peacefully assemble, treat each other with respect and condemn people who go over the line, particularly people who do it violently as this individual did yesterday." Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, rejected arguments that U.S. gun laws were at fault, saying that it was not the gun that was to blame in the Arizona attacks but the shooter, Loughner. He used a Glock hand gun that Mueller said had been pur chased in November. Control of gun sales in the United States has been a divisive and heated issue for decades. That issue rose to great prominence in the last election when it was raised by the tea party candidate who unsuccessfully challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the neighbouring state of Nevada. At one point in the campaign, candidate Sharon Angle said the government must be brought under control or citizens would resort to "Second Amendment remedies." The Sec ond Amendment to the Constitution is held by supporters of gun rights as a citizen's right to own a fire arm. Giffords, as a centrist Democrat, supported gun rights. (This article was written by Steven R. Hurst of the Associated Press) We need change in the Ministry of Education LETTERS email@example.com Shooting spotlights debate over guns 7:00 a.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside11:00 a.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Alice Woodside (B7:00 a.m.Bro. Franklyn Bethel/Bro. Ernest Miller 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, JANUARY 16TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT If Grand Bahama is to move forward in a positive direction there needs to be harmonious co-operation between the government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority, GrandB ahama Chamber of Commerce p resident Peter Turnquest said. M r Turnquest said that both parties have Grand Bahama best interests at heart and must work together to ensure that the island c ontinues to progress. He said no one can afford for t here to be any discord and disharm ony among the parties at such a critical time in Grand Bahamas development. I think in order for us to go forw ard positively there is going to h ave to be cooperation between t he two agencies. I understand the different roles that both parties have, and each party wants to give the best deal for the country and island, however, there has got to be a way toe ngage in meaningful negotiations t o ensure the progress of Grand Bahama, the chamber president said. In December, Sir Jack Hayward was upset by the governmentsd ecision regarding two work permit applications for positions at the G rand Bahama Port Authority. He said the organisation has b een left leaderless without form er chairman Hannes Babak, w hose work permit was not r enewed by the government in December 2009. T he companys application for a s econd work permit for the posit ion of special projects was also d enied, he said. Sir Jack noted that the Port currently holds only one work permit and employs a staff of 250 Bahamians. Mr Babak, he said, was working on bringing several major projects to Freeport. T he GBPA has contacted the g overnment seeking to engage in negotiations about the future of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA government is not willing to engagei n those discussions until the Port has its own house in order with r egard to the ongoing ownership saga. T he business licence and real p roperty tax exemptions under the H CA are due to expire in 2015. T he chamber president believes that delaying the negotiations is not a good idea, especially since F reeports future hangs in the bala nce. I dont know that waiting until 2012 to bring negotiations of those concessions or terms is a great idea because at that point you start to g et under the gun, and no one m akes a good decision under the gun. We believe it has got to be a collaborative effort and they have to work together. They should be facilitating one another, and there ought to be ways they can engage in m eaningful communication with one another so everyone achieves t heir goal, he said. T he prime minister added that the government would not hold talks on the exemptions until after t he next general election, which is due to be held in 2012, and hinted that the administration would seeka trade-off an extension of the e xemptions in return for the GBPA giving up its right to license and regulate utilities, such as electricity, telecoms and water, in the Port area. T ICKETS are now on sale for the 14th Cacique Awards which will be held on January 28, 2011 in the Rainforest Theatre. One of the first persons to receive tickets for the black-tiee vent was Rev Philip Rahming, the a uthor of the national pledge of allegiance. Winners in eight public categories, six hotel categories, and four international categories will be revealed at the awards ceremo-n y. I n addition, the winners of the Peoples Choice Award for gospel and secular music will be named. William Saunders, founder of Majestic Tours, and Kerzner presi-d ent George Markantonis have w on the top honours in this years C acique Awards. Mr Markantonis was named Hotelier of the Year while Mr Saunders is the winner of the Clement Maynard Lifetime Achievement Award. FINALISTS IN OTHER CATEGORIES OF THE CACIQUE AWARDS ARE: Transportation : 1. Reuben Rahming Nassau 2. Perry McPhee Nassau 3. Sky Bahamas Based in Nassau Human Resources: 1. Christopher Smith Nassau 2. Donnalee Bowe Nassau 3. Marilyn Brennen Nassau Sports, Leisure & Events: 1. Justin Sands Abaco 2. Island Roots Heritage Festival Abaco 3. Ebenezer Ebbie David Bimini Creative Arts: 1 Maria Govan Nassau 2 Bahamas National Youth Choir Based in Nassau 3 Clayton Curtis Grand Bahama Handicraft: 1. Cheryl Adderley Long Island 2. Dorethea Miller Long Island 3. Eldena Miller Nassau Sustainable Tourism: 1. Leonard Cartwright Long Island 2. Stuart Cove Nassau 3. Friends of The Environment Abaco Ministers Award for Hospitality: 1 George Wilmore Abaco 2. Ali Bain Nassau 3. Victor Russell Abaco Manager of the Year: 1. Kressville P Ritchie Sandals Resort 2. Andrea Gray Atlantis Resort 3. Mark Christopher Rolle British Colonial Hilton Supervisor of the Year: 1 Gerrina Cunningham Comfort Suites 2. Vivienne Haynes Atlantis Resort 3. Michael Brian Russell Wyndham Nassau Resort Sales Executive of the Year: 1. Molly McIntosh Green Turtle Cay Club 2. Desiree Moxey Wyndham Nassau Resort Employee of the Year: 1. Micklyn Lightbourne Sandals Resort 2. Michael Neville Sampson Comfort Suites 3. Frederick Cash Wyndham Nassau Resort Chef of the Year: 1 Noel St Claude Treasure Cay Beach Resort 2. Michael Nathan Adderley Atlantis Resort 3. Seanette Brice-Cooper Sandals Resort Peoples Choice Music Award (Gospel 1. Back in Da Ole Dayz Minister Charles D rake and CMA Ensemble 2. Plead The Blood Pastor Terrance Forbes 3. We Praise Shaback Peoples Music Choice (Secular 1. Endlessly medley The Spank Band 2. Is A Bahamian KB and The Sting 3. You Gern Talk It TRez Hepburn MAN CONVICTED OF HOUSEBREAKING AND STEALING Call for cooperation between the GB Port Authority and govt R EV PHILIP RAHMING a past president of the Bahamas Christian Council and a past chairman of the National Tourism Achievement Award, received his tickets for the 14th Cacique Awards. He is pictured with awards coordinator Bonnie Rolle. TOURISMS CACIQUE AWARDS DRAW NEAR B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT A Freeport man was convicted of housebreaking and stealing in the Freeport Magistrate Court on Thursday. Mario Robinson, 24, of Heritage Subdivision, was sentenced to two years in prison following his arraignment in Court Two before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones. Robinson pleaded guilty to the charges of housebreaking and steali ng. It is alleged that he broke into six homes between October 15, 2010 and January 8, 2011. In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to pay compen s ation in the amount of $5,000 to the complainant. If he defaults, he will serve an additional one year in prison. On completion of time served, Robinson will be placed on two years probation. He was also ordered to be on good behaviour. I n default, he will serve additional time in prison.
By LINDSAY THOMPSON THE Bahamas hopes to count on the support of the Kingdom of Denmark for full membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO both countries forge to create stronger diplomatic ties. Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes made the statement as he accepted Letters of Credence presented by Susanne Rumohr Haekkerup, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Den mark to the Bahamas, duringa ceremony at Government House on Thursday. The Bahamas and Denmark established diplomatic relations in June 1991 and have many features in common. Both are island states, low lying and are mutually concerned and com mitted to ensuring the fullest protection of the environment. Both countries are linked through the shipping industry, with Denmarks Clipper Group and its vessels on the Bahamas International Shipping Reg istry. There is also mutual sup port through membership in the I nternational Maritime Organisation. The Bahamas and Denmark conduct much of their relations t hrough the United Nations Denmark playing a major role as one of the guarantors of international peace and security. Your country is also a role model for sound economic and social management and bal ance, domestically and internationally, Sir Arthur said. This is evident by your very high standard of living, your rating as one of the worlds most peaceful nations against indicators such as levels of violence, organised crime, military expenditure, political instability, and good neighbourliness. Sir Arthur indicated that the Bahamas should avail itself of the recent developments in rec iprocal visa waiver and tax cooperation as channels for the further exploration by the Trade Council of Denmark to expand bilateral relations. In that light, the Bahamas hopes to count on the support of Denmark for her full accession as a member of the World Trade Organisation, he said. The Bahamas looks forward with confidence to working with you in your endeavours to deepen the existing good rela t ions between our two countries, he said. Ambassador Haekkerup, 52, is head of Department for Global Co-operation and Econ omy in Denmarks Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She noted that there are ranges of ties between both countries that she will seek to deepen and broaden. The tourist industry of the Bahamas is indeed a very important asset and my fellow Danes have a huge interest in exploring this fascinating universe of land and water, the ambassador said. She also noted that the Bahamas has an abundance of opportunities to use renew able energy resources sun, wind and ocean currents. I and my colleagues in the Trade Council are looking very much forward to exploring ways to intensify our economic cooperation. We will assist Danish companies seeking closer ties with the Bahamas and we stand ready to assist with establishing contacts in Den mark for your business com munity, the ambassador said. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5HYLYDO 5HYLYDO B y GLADSTONE THURSTON AN ARRAYof Bahamian food products is in store for patrons attending the Ministry of Agriculture andM arine Resources third N ational Agribusiness Expo scheduled for March 3-5 at the Gladstone Road Agriculture Centre. Large contingents of food producers from nearly allt he islands are expected to p articipate, said Agriculture an Marine Resources Minister Larry Cartwright on Thursday. Provisions are being made for at least 150 vendors. A wide variety of fruits, v egetables, meats, marine products, pastries, preserves, ornamentals and handicrafts will be featured and offeredf or sale. Fifty-one agricult ural science students will compete in root crop, fruits and vegetables categories. T here will be cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions utilising nativei ngredients, he said. The linkages between agriculture and marine resources, and education, tourism, health and the manufacturing sectors will b e explored. The Ministry of Agricult ure and Marine resources continues to make great strides in meeting its mandate to enhance the ability of the farming and fishingi ndustries to fuel economic development and improve the quality of life of Bahamians, said Mr Cartwright. The sustainability, growth and development oft he agribusiness sector are p ivotal in our quest for achieving food security and making agriculture a strong pillar of our economy. These expos underscore our commitment to this mandate. For persons with intere sts in any aspect of agribusiness, the expo will be the place to forge net-w orks, he added. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham will deliver the keynote address and Gove rnor General Sir Arthur Foulkes will present the awards at the expo. MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE and Marine Resources Minister Larry Cartwright (centreright Bahamas Agriculture Producers Association president Dr Keith Campbell and senior officials at a conference. Bahamian foods on the menu at Agribusiness Expo The Bahamas seeks Denmars support in WTO membership GOVERNOR-GENERAL Arthur Foulkes (left Haekkerup (right during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday. K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM age 50. T he average age of diagnosis in Bahamian women is 42, compared to 62 in the United States. And 45 per cent of Bahamian women diagnosed with breast cancer are in the late stages of cancer, compared to 12 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the US. T his makes US guidelines to start breast cancer screenings after age 40 i rrelevant in this country, Medical Director of the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Dr John Lunn said. He and his team, through research funded by Susan G Komen for the Cure, have also found that around 23p er cent of Bahamian women diagnosed carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, which puts them at greater risk of breast cancer. Bahamian women have the highest prevalence of this genetic mutation out of any population in the world, Dr Lunn said, as 45 per cent of women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer have been found to have a BRCA1 mutation. He explained the staggering statistics to delegates and breast cancer survivors at a pre-race event hosted by the Bahamas Cancer Society following a medical round table dis-c ussion yesterday. The implications of these findings are immense and very important, Dr Lunn said. Not only does it predict early breast cancer, but theres a particular molecular pattern of an aggressive disease. If you have a BRCA1 mutation we suspect you have a 60 per cent chance of developing breast cancer before youre 50, and a 40 per cent chance before youre 40. Thats really a staggering statistic. He said it is critically important to p rovide genetic testing for every Bahamian woman diagnosed with breast cancer so doctors can provide genetic counselling, test family members, offer rational strategies for prevention and monitor the frequency of the gene. Dr Lunn also hopes to expand this for all women undertaking routine screenings as it would allow doctors to monitor the occurrence of BRCA1, which is currently estimated to affect around three per cent of the population and considered to be extraordinarily high. He also called for delegates to lobby the government to pass legislation that will prevent insurance companies from discriminating against BRCA positive women. Liz Thompson, President of Susan G Komen for the Cure, encouraged advocates to continue to support work in the private sector that proves worthy of government support by virtue of its success. We have done that by investing initially in the research programme, so we know what the problem is here, and its big and its daunting, she said. But were not afraid to move to t he next level by using advocacy and creating an expanded research agenda, so well begin that. We as an organisation look for ward to working with you on these challenges, moving them to opportu nities and advancements over the com ing years, and Im sure once we part ner with you on those specific initia-t ives that we agree on, we will move forward. So we dont just come in and have a race and have a fun day, were here to use that awareness for sustained programming thats really going to make a difference for the people that live here and are surviving and thriv ing. T he weekend rave events will raise funds to support the Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative, Cancer Society of The Bahamas, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group and Komens Circle of Promise. For a full lineup of events log on to w ww.komen.org/bahamas where you can also pledge a donation. "Diplomacy is both public and private. What we have to b e concerned about is what is the official position of the US, not what their private ruminations are. The US, like any nation, has to look out for its economic interests and China is a fierce competitor so they want to know what China is thinking," said the Fox HillM P. The probing by the US over Bahamian diplomatic trips to China detailed in the cables are not unusual, he added. "(In foreign relations comes to you and asks you questions about what youre doing and you're entitled to say 'None of your business' and they can say 'Tell us'. There's no obligation to disclose anything, on the other hand our country is very transparent. He added that people should not fear Chinese investment in the Bahamas as they have been clear about their interests in the region. "I really don't take any of this stuff seriously. People try to put sinister motives behind China's presence in the Bahamas (but open about why they have an interest in Latin America and the Caribbean. They are after raw materials in Latin America and they want the votes in the UN for the Caribbean to support the 'One China' policy. "(Also trillions in cash, they have to find some way to earn (money on this cash) so low interest loans to this region are a safe bet," he said. Attorney and political hopeful Paul Moss said the cables simply show that the US is looking out for its interests and he encouraged the Bahamian government to do the same. "I understand the way countries think, and countries look out for their best interests. The US is no different. We are a nation a mere 45 miles off their coast, so it is a concern for them to have not only a communist country but a very powerful emerging economy coming closer and possibly influencing this country. That is a concern for them, I'm not alarmed by it. Due to the US financial ties with the Chinese China holds approximately $900 billion of America's debt he doubts that an upswing of Chinese investment locally will strain diplomatic ties between this country and the States. "I think that all of these relationships are secure. Bahamians generally get freaked out with this bogeyman idea thinking that US will be upset but the US is now in bed with China China has all its debt they are not concerned about these small things." On the heels of the release of the WikiLeaks cables, both the US and Chinese embassies released statements declining to comment on the contents of the documents. The Chinese said the China/Bahamas relationship "is based on equality, mutual respect, mutual benefits and win-win." "It is open, transparent, nonexclusive and non-detrimental to other countries' interests. Developing China-Bahamas cooperative relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and has brought and will surely bring, substantial benefits to both peoples," said the statement. Meantime the US affirmed its relationship with the Bahamas. "We have an open and continuing dialogue with the government. "We are fully confident that the US/Bahamas relationship will continue to be excellent. Our common commitment to democracy, the rule of law, shared strategic interests and geographic proximity make the Bahamas one of our closest partners in the western hemisphere and we expect that our strong and deep ties will continue to grow." POLICEare looking for information on a missing teenage girl.1 7-year-old Ashley Ferguson was last seen in November 2010 in the Kiki Street area off Farring ton Road. She is of light brown complexion and about 5 tall. She has a tattoo of a woman on her back and her nose is pierced. A shley is known to frequent the Deans Alley area off Market Street. I f you have any information on h er whereabouts please contact Crime Stoppers on 328 8477. SEAR CH F OR MISSING 1 7YEAR-OLD GIRL ASHLEY FERGUSON Race for the Cure fights for prevention of breast cancer among Bahamian women FROM page one Bahamas, China relationship will not strain ties with US F ROM page one MANS BODYFOUND THE BODY OF 60-YEAR-OLD Fredrick Bethel is shown being placed into a hearse in Culmersville yesterday. The body of Mr Bethel was found in the southern bedroom of his residence by a relative around 1pm. According to police, he appeared t o have some injuries to his body. They are still, however, classifying it as a sudden death until an autopsy is done. F elip Major / Tribune staff
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 14, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM tinuing to finalise the legal documents and we are very close," said Mr Sands. State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing said the Ingraham administration has done what it needed to do to facilitate the project. "Whatever the government was required to do, up to this point, it has done," he said. An initial outlay of $60 million will finance the first six construction packages of the single-phase project. Last month, two contrac tors were named for the $45 million road work. Bahamas Hot Mix and Bahamas Marine Construction, in a joint venture, signed letters of intent with Baha Mar for the new West Bay Street and Corridor 7 Road. Contracts for the Commer cial Village were also announced in December. John F Dunn and Associates were chosen to build the new Fidelity Bank; Osprey Devel opers will build the new Com monwealth Bank; Cavalier Construction will build the new Scotiabank; and CGT Construction will build a new police and fire station. Construction on each of the first phase projects is expected to take about 10 months. Baha Mar executives are hoping to begin work at the end of January, pending the final project-closing. learned that she was a troubled girl. Fraser said it was on a Wednesday night, while meetings were being held at the church, that he overheard someone speaking of how they were being mistreated by their mother. He said he stayed a while to listen. That moved me, he said. I stopped. I had never seen her before in my life. I told her she needed to speak to me. Fraser said the girl later came to see him, asking him not to inform her moth er of their discussion. He said he assured her their meeting was strictly confidential. Afterwards, Fraser claimed that he watched the girl from afar. According to him, one Sunday, the head of the Lay Shepherd ministry informed him the girls mother neededto be contacted as she was having prob lems dealing with her daughter. Fraser told the court he spoke to the girls grandmother who informed him her granddaughter had run away. He went on to testify that he, the girls grandmother and another of her granddaughters went in search of the girl and found her at the residence of one of her aunts. According to Fraser, he told her to get in the car and they all drove to the home of the girls mother. There, he claimed, he spoke to the girls mother who told him she didnt want her daughter in the house as she didnt lis ten to her and always brought boys into the house. Fraser said he offered to help the girl. He said the mother agreed to allow him to counsel her daughter. He said the girls grandmother offered to take her in and that Sunday night, the young girl packed her things and left her mothers house. Fraser said he told the girls grand mother that the church would assist in providing the girl with lunch money. The money he said was always placed in a Pilgrim Baptist Temple envelope. Fraser spoke to the girl and her mother separately, taking notes during those meetings. He said he found the girl to be suf fering from an identity crisis and lack of self esteem. According to him, she told him she and her mother did not communicate well and felt like a slave in her mothers house. During his testimony he recalled his years as a teacher at L W Young, now junior high school. There he claimed he utilised his coun selling skills with hundreds of students, visited their homes and spoke with par ents. He said he was so popular with the students that some of them even called him Daddy. I have a heart, a big heart. Sometime I think that its too big, he said. The hearing was adjourned to Mon day, February 14. staff joined in a candle light tribute to honour their dear colleague and friends pass-i ng. With the walls of the hall decorated with pictures, Bible verses and messages reading gone too soon it was clear that students, teachers and loved onesw ere still in mourning. With sister Dr Nicole Adderley and their motherin attendance, Roker Williams, guidance couns elor and moderator of the memorial, expressed the e ntire schools sympathy and condolences to the Adderley family. Desmond Bannister, the M inister of Education, s peaking of Ms Adderleys 1 2 years as a teacher said h er death must not be in v ain and her legacy not forg otten. Making reference to the h orrific shootings recently e xperienced in Arizona in the United States, Mr Bann ister spoke of how a senseless act of violence can cause so much pain and suffering throughout a nation. This has left us with a v oid because we know that she had much more to offer a s a mother, teacher and a caring and productive citizen of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, said Mr Bannister. Her greatness was not to be measured in fame or fortune but in her humanity,h er caring nature and the love she inspired in her family, students and friends. A tearful poem reading by Esther Newton expressed the true disbelief that D enise Adderley was really g one. She read: Unfair that death should take away onew ho loves so many, its not fair, its not true. Observers were brought t o tears as lower and upper primary school students performed a dance in tribute of Ms Adderley. B elinda Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers, was also present t o express her condolences. She said: Denise has always been a great support e r of the union and of me as p resident. Uriah McPhee is a close knit family and she will be missed by all. C anon Harry Ward, of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas, spoke directly tothe students of Uriah M cPhee. When he asked who among them had actually been taught by MsA dderley, at least half of the children raised their hands. Having impacted so many young lives he told the students they were loved morethan they could have guessed, and that sometimes bad things happen to good people. We love you, Ms Adderley, the children said in unison. Taxi driver John Manuel Adderley, 37, appeared in court last Wednesday charged with Ms Adderleys murder. Baha Mar officials ar e very close to breaking ground FROM page one Bishop Fraser:virtual complainant was troubled girl I sought to help FROM page one e love you, Ms Adderley FROM page one ABOVE: Principal Mrs Lauretta Smith speaks at the service. BELOW: Family members of Denise Adderley. P hotos: Felip Major /Tribune staff ABOVE: Ministerof Education Desmond Bannister s peaks at the service. BELOW: The Minister comforts Ms Adderleys f amily yesterday.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I I N N S S I I D D E E International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RIDGELAND Primary finally got a chance to celebrate a victory in the New Providence Primary Schools Sports Association. It came yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium as they knocked off Gerald Cash 22-16 to win the boys basketball title. This was a great win for us because we havent won anything since baseball in 2007, said Ridgelands coach Shakera Pinto. So this was a big win for us. We worked really hard. We have been working since September. Thanks to Mr. (Nikkita worked with us every Saturday, although hes the coach at Claridge Primary. The boys know him very well and they work very well with him. Pinto admitted that the boys responded better to hearing Taylor shout the instructions at them with his loud voice, than her soft-spoken voice. So I have to thank him for help ing us pull this off, she stated. Taylor, the new president of the NPPSSA, also almost caused Ridgeland to lose the game after he was hit with a technical foul in the second half. However, he was allowed to continue much to the annoyance of one of the referees. In fact, the referees had a difficult time calling the game, including the second quarter when they awarded Gerald Cash the technical foul free throw, but gave the ball to Ridge land on the ensuing play. Throughout the game, there were quite a number of plays that were either not called by the referees or were blown incorrectly, leaving many of the fans crying foul. Ridgeland, however, took the victory after they rallied from a 10-9 decifit at the half. In the second half, they went on a 7-0 run that pushed Ridgeland takes Primary School boys basketball title SOCCER EXHIBITION GAME THE Bahamas All-Star Football will be playing against the Westminister High School of Ft. Lauderdale today at 5 p.m. at the Roscow D avies Playing Field at the Baillou Hills Playing Field. BASKETBALL NPWBA UPDATE THURSDAY wassaid by many to have been one of the m ost exciting nights in the history of the New Providence Womens Basketball Associ-a tion (NPWBA A s it turned out, the so called second tier game between COB Caribs and the E lectro Telecom Cybots Q ueens was the most exciti ng and entertaining contest o f the evening, coming down to the last couple possessions. Meanwhile the matchup dubbed: the game of the n ight, featuring perennial l eague contenders Lady Johnson Truckers and the Boomer G Angels, was a disappointing Angels blowout. The Caribs came from a 10 point deficit with under four minutes in the fourth quarter t o tie the score at 6-61; before eventually succumbing 67. It took some nifty ball hand ling and gutsy field goals to help the Cybots Queens secure the victory. It was a p ivotal encounter as these same two teams are fighting neck and neck for the final playoff spot. Statistics of the g ame were not available up to press time. ANGELS 67, TRUCKERS 59 In a much anticipated meeting, the Boomer G. Angels t hrew an opening salvo from which the Lady Johnson Truckers never recovered. T hroughout the game the Angels held a consistent 20 point lead; pushing it up to 30 points at times. It took a finalg allant push by the Truckers; who outscored the Boomers by 20 points in the fourth q uarter to make the score respectable. Despite being annihilated o n the boards, it took bal anced scoring from Suzette McKenzie (10 (1614 and Diasti Delancy (12 secure the win. For the losers, insider Janice Williams finished with 27 points and 19 rebounds; guard Glenda Gilcud came alive in the last quarter, as she end ed up with 20points. BASEBALL FREEDOM FARM RESCHEDULED FOR those who missed the coaches meeting on Thursday night, the schedule for all divisions for the next three weeks, has been revised to accommodate the opening ceremonies that have been rescheduled to Saturday, January 29th, 2011. As soon as uniforms are ready for distribution, which can be as early as next week, teams will be notified. All players are asked to be as uni formed as they can to their respective team colours during league play until uniforms are ready. The changes on the schedule only affect week two through week four on the schdule. The league has asked coaches to notify their coach es, players and parents of the changes immediately. BASKETBALL GSSSA UPDATE THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Asso ciation continued its basket ball regular season action on Thursday at both the DW Davis and CI Gibson Gymnasium. In junior games played at the CI Gibson Gymnasium, sports NOTES B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b email@example.com THE British won the Bahamas IC Tennis Week Doubles Tournament on Friday at Superclubs Breezes. I n a battle of two undefeated t eams, Great Britain prevailed with a hard fought 3-2 decision in their five-g ame series over Austria to cart off the prestigious SC Private Banking title. I n identical fashion, Mexico knocked off the Bahamas to clinch third place; Belgium blanked Ger-m any 5-0 for fifth and the United States won seventh place over Bermuda as the week-long tournament came to a close. In their showdown, the team of Niall Sweeney and Diane Hill secured the win for Great Britian when theyp ulled off their mixed doubles with a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Austrias Bent Ingevold and Veronika MetzkerB uche. Great Britain was leading 2-1 at that point in the series. It was a very good team effort, s aid British captain Michael Dawe. We got a good start with Mark Cox and Niall Sweeney. But we knew that it was going to be a very close match the rest of the way. We knew the Austrians were g oing to be pretty tough, having beaten the Bahamas the other night to get into the final. So we just had to work hard in every match. G reat Britain, who had a good tune-up playing against the local junior players on Sunday at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association, went through the tournament undefeated. A ustria, who were also undefeated up to the championship series, had the match right in their grasp, but team captain Peter Lund said they just simply let it get away from them. We lost the first match, which I w as playing with Bent Ingevold, Lund pointed out. Then we lost a nother mens doubles, which we s hould have won. The best team won. But we are g lad to come out with second place. W e can now celebrate. After losing a heartbreaking loss to Austria on Thursday, which knocked them out of contention for t he title, the Bahamas were hoping to at least celebrate with the third place f nish. B ut against Mexico, the Bahamas couldnt muster up enough energy to p ull it off, lsing 3-2. It came to the f ifth and final match in which John Antonas and a leaping Dyphany M ortier (who suffered an injury 6-2, 6-2 to Javier Ordaz and Tricia Perez-Martinez to finish fourth. Honesty. I feel proud of everyb ody because we did well, said B ahamas team captain John Antonas. Our higher level of players d id very well throughout the tournament. I have to take my hat off to Mas and Sue Kimball. They played very well together and Sue Kimball and Dyphany Mortier also played very well together. British team wins SC Private Banking title S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 W INNERS: B ritish team poses for a group shot after defeating Austria in the finals of the B ahamas IC Tennis Week Doubles Tournament on Friday at Superclubs Breezes. RUNNERS-UP: Austrian team poses for group shot after losing to the British team 32 Both teams went undefeated until the finals. CHAMPIONS: Ridgeland Primary School boys pose with their trophy after beating the Gerald Cash Primary School boys team 22-16 to capture the title. SECOND PLACE: The Gerald Cash Primary boys team strike a pose after losing to the Ridgeland Primary Boys team. N UGGETS POUND HEAT 130-102 S EE page11
S PORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SPORTS IN BRIEF By SPORTS WRITER A ssociated Press THE Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos got t heir rebuilding under way. The Oakland Raiders still haven't found their man. Pat Shurmur, who quick ly turned rookie quarterback Sam Bradford into a rising NFL star, is about to learn that the Browns are no easy fix. In Denver, John Fox was picked over four other candidates to replace Josh McDaniels, who was fired Dec. 6 amid the Broncos' worst slide in four decades and the embarrassing Spy gate II videotaping scandal. The lost season led to a restructuring of the front office and the return of Hall of Famer John Elway as chief football executive. On Thursday, Elway hired Fox, the 55-year-old former Car olina Panthers coach, to a four-year contract. "For what this building needed, John Fox was the perfect fit for us," Elway said outside team headquarters before zipping off in his Bentley on Thursday evening. "The one thing I saw in John he had great football wisdom," Elway said. "And I think that comes with the experience that he has. But not only does he have it on the defensive side, but overall his football wisdom is what won us over." Elway broke the news of Fox's hiring on Twitter in keeping with the organization's new emphasis on trans parency as it tries to reconnect with a disenchanted fan base. The Browns hired Shur mur, St. Louis' offensive coordinator the past two years, and ended a search for their fifth coach since 1999 that began when team president Mike Holmgren fired Eric Mangini on Jan. 3 after his second straight 11-loss season. Browns, Broncos hire coaches to rebuild By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org FOR the first time in a long time, the New Providence Schools Sports A ssociation has a new president. N ikkita Taylor, who previously served as vice president, has replaced Lisa Mortimer as the new president at the start of the 2010/11 school year.His tenure in office will be for two years. T aylor, a physical education t eacher at Claridge Primary, just completed the associations second sporting event on their calendar when he helped coach Rodgeland Primary to victory in the boys basketball finaly esterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymn asium. A fter going through their first administrative duties came in soccer in November, Taylor said hes looking forward to heading the new a dministrative team that comprises of Cardinal Moncur as vice president;M argaret Albury, secretary; Gail Barrow, treasurer and Keva Bridgewater as assistant treasurer. I think we have a very good administrative team, Taylor said. We have all been around for quite some time, so we know what needs to be done to move the association forward. Taylor said they will be working very hard on ensuring that they have sufficient funding in their kitty to bea ble to pay for the services of certified officials whenever they host their activities. But he noted that one of their goals is to be able to provide a little stipend to the coaches, who work so hard to get their teams ready to compete in t heir activities. Too many times, these coaches p ut a lot into preparing their teams and making sure that they come out a nd compete, but they are not compensated for it, Taylor said. We feel that of we can reward them for their efforts, the level of competition with better officiating, will definitely improve. Taylor commended the Bahamas F ootball Association for their assistance with their soccer league. Taylor said as usual, the BFA provided all of the officials and the trophies. The basketball tournament was strictly an association effort and Taylor said they did the best they could tom ake sure that all of the teams were able to play at a high standard. Taylor, however, apologised for the lack of proper officials for the tournament and insisted that when they host the softball and baseball for girls and boys respectively at the Baillou H ills Sporting Complex, they will be looking forward to providing certif ied officials. Those t wo sports will be fol-l owed by volleyball. The sporting calender will con-c lude with track and field. We have a very busy year ahead of us, Tay-l or stressed. So we are looking forward to some keen competition in all of the sports. It should be a very competitive year. Like everybody else, Taylor said they are hoping that they can genera te more fans to watch their athletes as they continue to perform in each of t he remaining sports. Taylor named new president of NPSSA Nikkita Taylor FREEPORT, G rand Bahama Approximately ten American colleges occer coaches have arrived on Grand Bahama for the S3 Soccer Clinic which commenced on Wednesdayn ight at the Bishop Michael Eldon S chool and continues through Satur day. A welcome reception was hosted for them by the Grand Bahama Ministry of Tourism at Junkanoo Beach Club. The clinic continues today at 3:30pm and runs until Saturday giving local soccer players a chance to be seen and learn from the visiting coaches with hopes of future recruitment via scholarships. Children can still register and are encouraged to show up at BMES field. A panel discussion on Thursday e vening featuring coaches and college representatives who will offer information on obtaining scholar-s hips, what coaches and schools are l ooking for, and how to apply to col leges, as well as how to be a successful student athlete. Students will have the opportunity to train daily with the coaches. A Saturday day-rate of $10 has been set up. Those children, in particular those in their teens, are strong ly encouraged to attend the Thurs day Panel Discussion to learn about College scholarships. The YMCA and Girls Developmental Soccer Leagues are canceling soccer games on the 15th so players can participate in the clinic. This clinic is for the children. We w ant to provide the chance for them to be seen by college coaches, as many of them don't have the chancet o travel to play soccer and be seen. W e thought we would bring the opportunity to them, said clinic organiser Cletis Smith. Added Tiffany Smith: What we hope will come from this clinic is scholarships. We are hoping that the visiting coaches will see the potential in our youngsters and make them offers. We hope to see the kids motivated to improve their skills and better their games so that their talents can earn them a college degree. We also encourage true student athletes, those being ones that make good grades, and play the sport they love. W ayne Smith further noted: Its all about the children. to ensure that they have an opportunity to trainw ith, and be seen by college coaches, a nd we we hope that through this exposure, the children will work that much harder in school and on the field. The remainder of the schedule is as follows: Saturday, 10am to 3pm, Scrimmages & Closing Ceremony, BMES. For more information contact Tiffany Sweeting-Smith at 646-8646, 442-5695, 351-8696 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. COACH SQUAD: Visiting college soccer coaches from the United States gather for a group photo on the sand at Junkanoo Beach Club in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The evening r eception was hosted by the Grand Bahama Minstry of Tourism. Front row (left to rightrus Texas Christian University; Mary Knowles Grand Bahama Girls Developmental Soccer League; Tiffany Sweeting-Smith, event organiser; Barry Spitzer Wallace State Community College; Wayne Smith Co-organizer. BACK row (left to right mouth University; Cletis Smith Founder, 3S Soccer Clinic; Trevor Rolle Overseas Coordinator, 3S Soccer Clinic and Graham Winkworth University of North Alabama. American college soccer coaches arrive on Grand Bahama for S3 Soccer Clinic A ntonas, a former national c hampion and former longtime Davis Cup captain, admitted that he didnt play as well as he anticipated and that may have been a part of the downfall on the mens side. But I have to give credit to a ll of the players. I think everybody should be proud of themselves. We went out there against some high level of competition in a competitive tournament and we p layed well, especially in the w indy conditions that we encountered over the last few days. Antonas also commended the organising committee that was headed by Kit Spencer, w ho doubled up as a member o f the Bahamian team. He also praised the Kimballs, Edith Powell, Lesley Spencer and referees Mickey Williamsa nd RE Barnes for putting on a A-plus tournament. B ritish team F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e Sports Notes F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e Ridgeland F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e the following results were p osted: S C MCPHERSON 36, CH R EEVES 19 Shavonna Adderley scored a game high 18 points and V aleria Nesbitt added 14 in t he junior girls win. Tara Rolle scored 10 in a losing e ffort. CH REEVES 46, SC MCPHERSON 38 A rmbrister Lerecus scored a game high 16 points in the junior boys win. Qyemah Gibson had 15 in a losing effort. TA THOMPSON 50, HO NASH 43 Rashad Davis scored ten points to lead their junior boys to victory. Laquan Nairn had a game high 20 in the loss. T H E B A H A M A S W E E K L Y / P h o t o them ahead for good, 17-10. Despite the loss, coach Grier Thompson said her Gerald Cash squad put up a gallant effort. The performance was very good. They didnt execute at the end of the game when they started to get lazy and we missed some free throws, she pointed out. But all in all, I still think we were victorious. Kirkland Farrington and Denton Farrington provided a 1-2 punch in leading the attack for Gerald Cash. In the consolation third place game, Albury Sayle prevailed with a close 13-12 decision over Stephen Dillet. Coach Felicia Cartwright, coach of Albury Sayle, said the team performed okay. They executed the plays and they came out on top with third place, she stated. Frederick Bethel, Jackson Mon destion and Alex Pierre were the key factors in helping Albury Sayle pull off the win. During the semifinal series, Gerald Cash advanced to the championship with a 13-6 rout over Stephen Dil let, while Ridgeland got by Albury Sayle 12-11 to clinch their berth. The two losers ended up playing each other in the consolation game for third place. THIRD PLACE: Albury Sayle prevailed over Stephen Dillet with a close 13-12 decision to place third in the tournament.