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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Obesity crisis for Bahamian children V olume: 107 No.68SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY, ASHOWER HIGH 76F LOW 66F S P O R T S SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE 11 Williams may get shot at heavyweight title B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter C HILDHOOD obesity is a serious concern in the Bahamas, with more thanh alf the countrys children being overweight, according to a local pediatrician. Although there are no exact statistics available, Dr Jerome Lightbourn said he believes a significant portion of the next generation will not be able to live normal adult lives because of their weight. Worse still, he said, many already show early signs of developing serious and possibly fatal obesity-related diseases. The numbers that are available seem less alarming, but Dr Lightbourn is convinced they do not create an accurate picture. Primary health care monthly reports, and the School Health Services annual report for 2004-2005,r evealed that of 3,066 Bahamian 10-year-olds screened, 576 were consid-e red overweight a number w hich is still almost double the world average of 10 per cent. F or Dr Lightbourn, obes ity as an imported dis ease and we only have to look to what is happening in other places to understand the extent of the dan ger. He said: We have had an influx of the western world, of mass produced foods with steroids, pesticides, hormones and the very popular fast foods. The source of much of this food is the United States, and according to American Centre for Disease Control, Doctors health fears for countrs ne xt g ener ation M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THEBAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E MP CAUSES A STIR AT BREAKFAST TIME OPERATIONS at Bank of the Bahamas (above Darling Highway came to a halt yesterday after a faulty generator (right caught fire. The fire broke out just before noon yesterday, but did not spread inside the bank. Supt Jeffrey Deleveaux, head of Fire Services said investigators suspect the blaze was caused by an electrical shortage. SEE page eight F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f GENERA T OR FIRE HAL TS BANK OPERATIONS By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE gun court in the Bahamas is a court by name but not by law, said Tommy Turnquest, Minister of National Security. Unlike other jurisdictions that have used legislative means to establish gun courts, Jamaica being one of them, the changes to the local system are largely administrative, said Mr Turnquest, while speaking to min isters of religion at a crime forum. We are isolating possession charges and strategically pushing those through the sys tem, said Mr Turnquest. Recently, a magistrates court was assigned to hear gun-related matters, in a similar fashion to the magistrate's court han dling drug crimes. One of the primary aims of the initiative is to reduce the number of persons out on bail who are accused of gun crimes, said Mr Turnquest. Although the Bahamas does not have a parallel system, Jamaicas has been used to challenge the governments actions. How ever, Jamaican attorneys defended the gun court model against attacks by local offi cials. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter BASIL Dean, the former senior assistant commissioner of Police and senior vice pres ident of security and surveillance at Atlantis died at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida, yesterday. Having been diagnosed with colon cancer three years ago, Mr Dean was said to be undergoing treatment at the clinic when he suffered a massive seizure. He died as a result. He was 63. Joining the Royal Bahamas Police Force in 1966, Mr Dean was a well-respected officer with a stellar career on the Force, and is fondly remembered by his colleagues and friends as a hands on officer who was committed to the execution of his duties. He retired from the Force in 1997 after 31 years of service. Mr Dean is survived by his children and wife, Norma Dean. One of his sons, Brent Dean, said his father was dedicated to his country, having spent the majority of his life as a police officer. He also spent the second half of his working life employed at Kerzner Interna GUN COURT IS COURT B Y N AME, NOT BY LA SEE page eight SEE page nine F ORMER SENIOR POLICE OFFICER BASIL DEAN DIES TALKING POLITICS: FNM MPfor Bamboo Town Branville McCartney holds court with customers in an East Bay Street restaurant yesterday. Mr McCartney caused quite a stir after stopping by for breakfast. SEE PAGE THREE


L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM R APID urbanisation and the expansion of unregulated business activities are over-commercialising residential neighbourhoods. The g overnment says the problem has become so extensive that it now threatens to cause a decrease in safety and depreciate the value ofr esidential property. E nvironment Minister Earl Deveaux said: There are a lot of infractions, particularly with regard to unregulated business activities or e ncroachments in traditional neighbourhoods. He gave the example of digital signs that have popped up around Nassau. There are a number of them on Shirley Street and Prince Charles Drive and things like that intrude on a neighbourhood and creep into a community if you dont enforce them, said Dr D eveaux. E E n n d d i i n n g g a a T T r r e e n n d d The new Planning and Subdivision Act, which came into force on January 1, represents an effort to combat this trend. Dr Deveaux said the Act will be the prima ry means whereby the built environment of the B ahamas will be ordered and regulated, and that it will work in tandem with the new Forestry Act and the Bahamas National Trust Amendment Act. B y strengthening the consequences for vio lating the zoning protocols, the government expects to begin to bring order to the chaos created by unaddressed business infractions. The legislation creates new, more stringent regulations in a number of departments, includi ng the Department of Physical Planning and the Town Planning Committee, as well as strengthening the rules applying to planning and subdiv ision applications and related public notices. The Act will also strengthen the Subdivision Development Appeal Board, Dr Deveaux said. H e said that homeowners occupying singlef amily homes will now have to obtain proper business licensing and home renovation permits from government in order to alter their homes f or commercial purposes. If there is an obvious infraction of a zoning regulation, between the Department of Physi c al Planning, Environmental Health, and the Building Control Division, we will be able to determine exactly which agency is best capable of dealing with it, said Dr Deveaux. Say you have a garage creeping up or some one has converted a residence into a business thats inappropriate for the area, the first p rocess would be to identify it and issue a stop order and prosecute the person. W e are trying to arm the departments to take these matters tot he environmental court and prosecute them t hemselves. The minister also noted that residents have been unable to manage the high security andc rime watch demands in their neighbourhoods, as unmonitored patterns of traffic moving through private subdivisions have invited o pportunities for an increase of criminal activ ity. The island of New Providence has been catalogued into 22 planning districts and the d istricts broken into zones to accommodate development. The major zones are: residen tial, which has five subcategories; commercial, Government raises concerns about the over-commercialising of neighbourhoods which has three subcategories; institutional, which has three subcategories; and industrial,a lso with three subcategories; as well as agricultural and green space, which essentially accommodates the forests, said Dr Deveaux. We are here to highlight the various Acts, the regulations and to underscore their importance to our countrys continued growth and devel opment. Together the Acts seek to protect the natural environment of the Bahamas and to set out the process of approval, licensing, permitting for development, and mitigation of impact. The Acts prescribed are a process of regulation, public notice, consultation, which are all important to community building and shared responsibility, he said. P P r r o o p p e e r r P P e e r r m m i i t t s s The minister went on to note that the Act addresses the regulation of roadside vendors from conducting business transactions without a proper permit. He said: Roadside garages are increasingly evident. Small businesses, hairdressing busi nesses, printing businesses migrate into small convenience stores, and water sales. With the Business License Act that was recently passed and the Planning and Subdivisions Act, youll have two means of dealing with it. Anyone operating a business on the road will have to get a certificate from the landlord to show they have permission to operate a business from there, said Dr Deveaux. He said enforcement of the new Act will reduce the inten sity of land use and residual criminal activity that is emerging from residential areas transforming into business districts. NEW ACT ANNOUNCEMENT: Environment Minister, Earl Deveaux, with other officials from the Ministry o f the Environment, announces the enactment of the 2010 Planning and Subdivisions Act, Forestry Act, and the Bahamas National Trust Amendments Act as of January 1. PALMDALE BUSINESS DISTRICT: The business district in Palmdale emerged from a quiet residential neighbourhood.It has since developed into a commercial and warehouse zone for Bahamian businesses. DIGITAL SIGNS: Digital advertising billboards are creeping up in high traffic residential areas and are a violation of the 2010 Subdivi sions and Planning Act. 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By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter JAMAICANattorneys h ave expressed disagreement w ith local assessments of the Jamaican Gun Court. While the court had its teething pains it is now an established and acceptedp art of the judiciary, attorneys claim. E arlier this year, a Magistrates Court in Nassau was assigned to hear gun related matters, in a similar fashiont o Jamaicas Magistrates Court handling drug crimes. T he move to establish a so-called gun court was h eavily criticised by the opposition, which cited the case of Jamaica. F red Mitchell, Member of Parliament for Fox Hill, one of the key critics, said: This s o-called Gun Court is an idea i ntroduced into the region by the late Prime Minister Michael Manley in Jamaica way back when and the idea was thoroughly discredited t hen and remains discredited. I f I am not mistaken the whole thing was set aside as unconstitutional, said MrM itchell. The Jamaican Gun Court was established by an act of P arliament in 1974. While it w as billed as a crime fighting strategy in the early 70s, that objective was never realised a nd never stuck with the pro ject, said a legal practitioner in Jamaica. Critics of the Jamaican c ourt often point to the con tinuing rise in gun violence since (the courts A public prosecutor said: When the bill was being piloted, one of the justifica t ions was that it was a court that would help us to cleanup the gun crime, because the seriousness of this courtw ould have them shivering in their boots. With time, that really has not been an objective that has been realised. Even though the initial objective was not achieved, certainly its usefulness is stillr elevant. It is an accepted and recognised part of our court structure today, respected by judge and jury. There are no more arguments about its constitutionality or its impor-t ance, she said. W hen the gun court in Jamaica was first established it had many teething pains. T here was resistance because it represented a draconian shift in the minds of some. T he Jamaican norm was for s erious crimes to be tried publicly. The new gun court stipulated very clearly that these courts are treating with serious, hardened accused criminals, and all proceedings aret o be in camera (without a jury). You had a break away from the norm, said the attorney. O ver the years, there have been complaints about fab rication of evidence and the u se of the courts for political victimisation. In addition, there were con s titutional issues, some of which were challenged at the Privy Council level. One chal lenge related to the original s entencing classification of indefinite detention. A Privy Council ruling resulted in a reclassification to life imprisonment without parole. Even with the reclassification, this remained a point ofc ontention because anyone charged with possession of an illegal firearm was liable to get the maximum sentence. Over time, it was accepted that judges still had discre-t ionary power and the maxim um term was only really a cap on the sentence, said the attorney. A nd, while several statutes were ruled unconstitutional, the court itself was not. It was supposed to be a r esident magistrates court, but the practical consequence of it was that it would give these lower level jurisdictions authorities that should be reserved for a higher levelc ourt. It offended other things like the separation of powers. How they basically solved it was to cut away the parts of t he legislation that were offensive to the constitution, said an attorney with MyersF letcher, one of Jamaicas leading law firms. Gun courts in the Jamaican s ystem have different categories. Some gun courts are overseen by justices of the high court, particularly thosem atters relating to murder. Murder cases are the only gun matters that are tried witha justice and jury. All other gun court matters are adjudicated by a judge, whether of the high court or magistrates rank. Just last year, the chief justice in Jamaica increased then umber of gun courts under the high court. It is well established and accepted. As a practitioner of the system, the effectiveness of the court is that it certainly clears up the bogging downo f the other courts to get a m atter heard. All you need is a judge, defence lawyer, the accused, and a prosecutor, s aid the public prosecutor. The problems that attend on the other courts, you dont have those issues in the gun c ourt. It creates an avenue w here you can start a case very quickly and it alleviates t he heavy, heavy, overburd ening of the other courts, so I would not say it is a failure, she said. Attorney General John D elaney, when asked if the g overnment had reviewed the case of Jamaica and learned f rom its mistakes, said, as a general principle: Wheneve r we are doing something we s eek to take advantage of any l essons learned, whether past e xperience in the Bahamas or experiences that might have occurred elsewhere. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PATRONS at a local restaurant on East Bay Street got an unexpected treat on Friday morning when the FNMs MP for Bamboo Town stopped in for breakfast. According to Simon Smith, one of the coowners of the Native Breeze restaurant, Mr McCartneys visit to the establishment caused quite a stir with his regular crowd. He just came in, ordered some food, sat down with his brother and people just came around to talk with him. They pushed two tables together and he was holding court, Mr Smith said. According to those present, Mr McCartney regaled patrons with his views on the controversial sale of the Bahamas Telecom munications Company, and a host of other topics of national importance. I I t t i i s s a a n n a a c c c c e e p p t t e e d d a a n n d d r r e e c c o o g g n n i i s s e e d d p p a a r r t t o o f f o o u u r r c c o o u u r r t t s s t t r r u u c c t t u u r r e e t t o o d d a a y y , r r e e s s p p e e c c t t e e d d b b y y j j u u d d g g e e a a n n d d j j u u r r y y . T T h h e e r r e e a a r r e e n n o o m m o o r r e e a a r r g g u u m m e e n n t t s s a a b b o o u u t t i i t t s s c c o o n n s s t t i i t t u u t t i i o o n n a a l l i i t t y y o o r r i i t t s s i i m m p p o o r r t t a a n n c c e e . Public prosecutor Jamaican attorneys disagree with local opinion of gun court A MAGISTRATES COURT in Nassau was assigned to hear gun related matters, in a similar fashion to Jamaicas Magistrates Court handling drug crimes BRAN CREA TES STIR WITH RESTAURANT PATRONS BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY (orange shirt


p ractice of pharmacy to establish, develop and maintain standards of knowledge, skill and profes s ional practice of pharmacy to govern and regulate the standards and practice of all facilities utilised in thep ractice of pharmacy to register all persons entitled to be registeredu nder the Act to register all premises or facilities entitled to be registered as pharmacies under the Act to authorise persons as sellers of poisons to issue licenses under t his Act to issue compliance with the requirements of this Act to facilitate the receipt of any complaints regarding t he practice of pharmacy The Pan American Health Organisation/World HealthO rganisation is collaborat ing with the council to put on a series of events this week, including the phar m acovigilance lecture. Speaking at the lecture were Dr Jos Luis Castro,P AHO/WHO regional a dviser in the rational use of medicines, and Dr Adri ana Mitsue Ivama, PAHO/WHO sub-regionala dvisor for medicines and biologicals for the Caribbean region. P HARMACISTS who keep their pills under poor conditions may be risking the health of their customers, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis warned. Dr Minnis said the B ahamas Pharmacy Counc ils one-year-old commitm ent to keeping track of pharmacy standards is therefore worthy of high praise. He said: This monitoring i s important because if a p harmacy does not pass inspection and medications a re not kept under the best c onditions, then the medi cations may lose their potency and result in indi-v iduals receiving inadequate c are. Challenges in this area remain, but Dr Minnis acknowledged that the BPCs members have been working extremely hard travelling around the count ry ensuring that their coll eagues are properly trained a nd exercising best practices, a nd that pharmacies are p roperly inspected and d elivering safe medical care. Dr Minnis told a gathering of BPC members: Your commitment to ensuring compliance with the Pharmacy Act speaks to the councils genuine care and c oncern for the welfare of patients, clients, professionals, the general community a nd the overall health in our c ountry. T he importance of safe medicines was the focus of a recent pharmacovigilancel ecture, he noted. Intense competition among pharmaceutical manufacturers and products,r esult in simultaneous regi stration and marketing in many countries, which may lead to adverse effects notr eadily identified and not monitored systematically, Dr Minnis explained. The councils aim is to e nsure that information is disseminated locally for the monitoring and detection of adverse drug reactions.M edicine-related problems, once detected, need to be assessed, analysed, followedu p and reported to the counc il as the regulatory authority for necessary action. Parliament passed the P harmacy Act 2009 on May 2 2, 2009, and the Ministry of Health in consultation with the Bahamas Pharmacy Association, determined the membership of the Pharmacy Council on December 17, 2009. The functions of the Council are: to regulate and control the practice of pharmacy to govern and regulate the standard of practice of professionals involved in the "I vex at dem lazy, selfish people what does park in handicap spot. Dey make me feel like takin' baseball b at to dey leg, den dey know what handicap feel like. An' d en by da Montagu dey needs to put one kerb in da midd le to stop dem drivers what does like to stay in right lane den cut people in lef lane off jus before or even after red light." Suck teet "I am vex because the store manager of a large super store found every reason why he will not give me a discount on the very last display appliance on shelf and sold it at full price. A small discount of $2.50 which was cancelled after it was already granted by your seasoned customer service supervisor, and the staff who know the long time customers, myself being one, will now cost you to lose my $5,200 per annum, plus my friends and family's shopping at your store a lot more in sales." Super Sad Customer I am vex that there are no real Haitian patriots in t his country who have formed any patriotic group to return to Haiti to give their country guidance, advice, e stablish social movements, political advocacy, self help c o-operative movements and other advancement movem ents to better their country despite being in the Bahamas for centuries." Bahamian Bahamian "I am vex wid all dese lil' young 16, 17, 18, 22-year-old criminals who born 'round 1989 to 1995 who is terrorising our nation." Crime Victim "I vex with all this killin' in some particular areas over a n' over, that it's way past due that the police move some p ortable stations to the middle of those areas." Proactive Thinker I am vex when I read an article in a daily that an a lleged rapist of a 13-year-old child not only received bail for that while another molester was locked up an' got 35 years, but, the alleged rapist also received bail when while he was locked up he caused $150 (worth of ages to the window trying to escape from the cell. "Does this mean that the legal authorities can let you get freedom if you try to break out of your cell and cause d amage to the public property jail?" Sublime to ridiculous I am happy that our prime minister is keeping our b eloved nation on a steady course after seeing all the m ega turmoil in the European nations and Egypt. Give that man his praise." Concerned citizen Send complaints to LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHYYOUVEX? Minister warns against medicines being kept under poor conditions D R HUBERT MINNIS brings remarks at Bahamas Pharmacy Councils first anniversary celebrations lecture at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Tuesday. M EMBERS OF THE BAHAMAS PHARMACY COUNCIL a s well as other persons working in the healthcare profession attend the Bahamas Pharmacy Councils first anniversary celebrations. P atrick Hanna / BIS


T HE Bahamas welc omed Martin Andjaba, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia, as both countries forge relations in education, traini ng and tourism. G overnor General Sir Arthur Foulkes accepted Mr Andjabas Letters of Com-m ission, during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday. The Bahamas and the R epublic of Namibia established diplomatic relations on May 15, 2008, w ith the presentation of t he Letters of Commission b y the previous Namibian High Commissioner to theB ahamas Patrick Nandag o. The Bahamas and Namibia indeed enjoy excellent bilateral relations, even though they are pursued in the multilateral fora that form the global s tage, particularly in the U nited Nations, the NonAligned Movement and t he Commonwealth, Sir A rthur said. Struggles The independence struggles of the Bahamas,t hough less painful from t hose of your country, Excellency, were imbued with the ideals of democ-r acy, the rule of law, and the promotion and respect for human rights, he said. W hen the call came to support the realisation of these ideals for Namibia, Sir Arthur said, TheB ahamas could do no less than to respond positive ly. The Independence of t he Republic of Namibia in 1990 is also a success story for the United Nations. Sir Arthur also com m ended Namibias focus on national reconciliation, constitutionally enshrined environmental protectiona nd its Vision 2030. As we do our utmost in an environment still affect e d by the economic downt urn to seek a transparent and well regulated solution to the said downturn, the Bahamas would welcomet he support of Namibia in her full accession as a member of the WorldT rade Organisation, he said. Sir Arthur took note of the high commissioners pledge to maintain and further deepen co-operation between both countries in areas such as education, training and tourism. He also suggested possi ble areas of exploration in health, sports, culture and Commonwealth-funded technical assistance. I am confident that you will fulfill the goals of yourc urrent mission in the Bahamas, and thus your pledge, Sir Arthur said. High Commissioner A ndjaba also acknowledged that the Bahamas and Namibia have enjoyede xcellent bilateral relations f rom the time of the liber ation struggle in his coun try. Support We will remain eternal ly grateful for the impor tant role that your country played in support of the people of Namibia. The government of Namibia is committed to strengthening the political, historical and cultural relations with your great country, he said. Since Namibia indepen dence in 1990, its government has recorded significant progress in the provi sion of health, education and housing; and the cre a tion of jobs, land reform and infrastructure. However, formidable challenges such as pover t y, unemployment, especially among the youth, the HIV/AIDS pandemic andl ack of skills remain to be a ddressed. In our efforts to find solutions to these challenges, it is important thatw e closely work with all our brothers and sisters around the world, theh igh commissioner said. He also paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest and other officials. Martin Andjaba has also served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the United States since September 2010. He served as Permanent Representative of Namibiat o the UN in New York from September 1996 to August 2006. Parties H e was a member of the Security Council Mission to the Democratic Repub lic of Congo, Zambia, Zim b abwe, Rwanda and Uganda from May 4-8, 2000 which was aimed at assist-i ng the parties in resolving t he conflict in the DRC peacefully. The Republic of Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated coun try situated along the south Atlantic coast of Africa. It is the 31st largest country in the world, with a population of about two million people. Its main exports are diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium, cattle, and processed fish. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(, FEBRUARY 13TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m.Rev. Godfrey Bethell/Sis. Rosemary Williams11:00 a.m .Rev. Carla Culmer/Youth7:00 a.m .Bro. Sidney Pinder/Sis. Mathilda Woodside Bahamas welcomes High Commissioner of Namibia SIR ARTHUR FOULKES Governor General, right, accepts the Letters of Commission presented by Martin Andjaba, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to the Bahamas, during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday. D erek Smith / BIS BAPTIST Bishop William Rahming wash ailed yesterday as a statesman and fiery preacher. Bishop Rahming, 77, founder of Messiah Baptist Church, Palm Beach Street, died in hospitall ast week. Rev Carl R ahming, pastor of St Pauls Baptist Church, Fox Hill said he was a fiery preacher who knew his subject matter and stuck to it. We had a g reat relationship a lthough we never saw each other every day. I would preach at Messiah Baptist during special services. He preached at my ordination. Bishop Rahming was also a former member oft he Bahamas Christian Council. In a statement yesterday the Councils aid, The passing of this statesman has left a void in the Christian community. Over the years his voice thundered in the call for justice and peace in thel and, via the pulpit and radio programmes. Bishop Rahmings faithfulness to the Christian community span over thirty years. As a result o f his support and faithf ulness to the Council, many initiatives of the Council were realized. T he Council went on to state, As a pastor hec ared for the people of h is church the Messiah B aptist. His genuine love for people drew them to him. His quiet a nd mild mannered approach to the ministry earned him the respect of his colleagues. He will b e missed for his wis dom and his love of family and friends. B ishop Rahming, who is from Port Howe, Cat Island is survived by hisw ife of fifty-four years Edris Rahming, five daughters and one son. Funeral services forB ishop Rahming will be held at 1pm on Sunday at Messiah Baptist C hurch. T HE LATE BISHOP RAHMING HAILEDAS TATESMAN


LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US EMBASSY officials visited the Simpson Penn Centre for Boys this week to meet the 80 residents and encourage the young men to use this second opportunity to find their purpose in life. They were led by US Ambassador to the B ahamas Nicole Avant and A dmiral James Winnefeld Jr, Commander of the N orth American Aerospace D efence Command (NORAD S tates Northern Command ( USNORTHCOM). A dmiral Winnefeld gave unscripted remarks invok-i ng President Obama and G eneral Colin Powell as he reminded the boys that that even if one makes mistakes, with support and hard work they can succeed in life. The message was reiterated by Ambassador Avant, who acknowledged missteps in her own life and encouraged the boys not to let their mistakes define their life. Its not how you start in life, but, how you finish, Mrs Avant told the young men. Basketballs At the conclusion of the event, USNORTHCOM donated $3,000 worth of s porting goods to the cent re, including basketballs, f ootballs, volleyball nets, w eight benches and table t ennis tables, to encourage t he young men to pursue positive recreational activities and a healthy lifestyle. We really believe in what the Bahamian people are doing here at the Simpson Penn Center and we w anted to help. Its about building sound minds, sound characters and sound bodies, Admiral Winnefeld said. Over the last year, USNORTHCOM and the US Embassy as part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative has donated over $20,000 in school supplies, b ooks and sporting equipm ent as a way to bolster efforts that encourage and u plift Bahamian youth. U SNORTHCOM-US Embassy donations over the l ast year have benefited W oodcock Primary School, t he Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls and the Min-i stry of Educations nationa l Read To Lead programme. Admiral Winnefelds visit to Simpson Penn was part of a two day visit by a USNORTHCOM delegation to discuss ongoing bilateral efforts to improve security in the region. Admiral Winnefeld paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest; Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade; and the Commander of the Royal B ahamas Defence Force, C ommodore Roderick Bowe. Event R epresentatives from the B ahamas government who p articipated in the Simpson P enn event included Bar b ara Burrows, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Development; Mellany Zonicle, Director of Social Services; and Wrensworth Butler, Superintendent of the Cent re. US Embassy officials inspire young men at Simpson Penn Centre for Boys E NCOURAGEMENT: U S Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant a nd Admiral James Winnefeld Jr at the centre. MINISTEROFNATIONALSECURITY Tommy Turnquest, US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant and Admiral James Winnefeld Jr. EDUCATION MINISTER Desmond Bannister greets Mohinder Grover (right courtesy call at the Ministry of Education on East Street South. During the visit they spoke of a co-operative partnership between the government of the Bahamas and the Republic of India for the establishment of an information technology centre that will benefit upto 600 Bahamians. Raymond A Bethel /BIS MINIS TERMEETSINDIANHIGHCOMMISSIONER


Attorney General John Delaney said: It is an admin istrative assignment by them agistracy made in the inter est of achieving greater opera tional efficiency in the courts. It is not something where you have a new legal framework and specially created powers that would differ from any other magistrate court. Serious crimes often present a bundle of offences, said Mr Delaney. Where an illegal firearm is used to commit a serious crime, for example, the unlawful firearm offence is always available to be tried summarily as a separate mat ter, he explained. An indictable offence, tried i n the Supreme Court with a jury trial, involves a longer process. Summary offences, handled at the magistrate level, present a greater opportunity to process a greater number of offences, said Mr Delaney. Therefore, a person might first be charged with illegal pos session of a firearm, while the prosecution reserves the rightt o pursue the more serious charge. Mr Turnquest said the gov ernment was not trying to interfere with the independence of the judiciary, it was only working to improve the effi ciency of the judicial process. On the matter of judicial i ndependence, Mr Delaney said the principle speaks primarily to independence in the courts judicial determination of a dis pute. In administrative arrangements, he said there is needed liaison that is entirely proper and appropriate between the executive branch of government and the judiciary. There is the chief justice and a chief magistrate. Once (the relevant have taken place, the chief jus tice in terms of organising the judiciary and coordinating with the chief magistrate would organise its affairs to address matters they think appropriate for the judicial branch to respond to. It is still one country and we are tying to respond to issues that affect the entire country, said Mr Delaney. SEE STORY, PAGE 3 L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE c hildhood obesity in the US has more than t ripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged six to 11i ncreased from 6.5 per cent in 1980 to 19.6 p er cent in 2008. Dr Lightbourn said: We have grown up on good-tasting foods, for Bahamians that means fried chicken, macaroni and peas and rice, all high fat and high salt. He said anyone consuming foods with a high salt and carbohydrate content runs the r isk of developing diseases such as hypert ension, high cholesterol and diabetes. It is a cultural and generational probl em. We need to address it from a public h ealth perspective just as we address AIDS, c ancer and cigarette smoking, obesity is probably killing more people than any of them, said Dr Lightbourn. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition which affects children and ado-l escents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and h eight. This is called a body mass index (BMI When a persons BMI is 25 or greater, t hey are considered morbidly obese, said Dr Lightbourn. C hildhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems which were once confined to adults. The issue in the Bahamas, and around the world, is that adult onset life style diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and even cholesterol are now being associated w ith childhood, said Dr. Lightbourn. We are seeing these diseases in younger and younger people. Heart disease in no l onger a 70-year-old issue, it is a 30-yearo ld disease. D r Lightbourn, an advisor at the Princess Margaret Hospital, revealed there are at least four children under the age of 12 in thec hildrens ward who are not only obese but diabetic a condition which can lead to kidney failure, heart disease, or blindness among other illnesses. H e said: There needs to be a year-long campaign, not just during Heart Month, and should be a united approach by educators, p arents and the government. D r Lightbourn recommends that children e xercise for one hour every day, and that sodas and unhealthy foods be eliminatedf rom cafeterias. H e also stressed the importance of parents and teachers leading by example and making important lifestyle changes themselves. Obesity crisis for children in the Bahamas FROM page one GUN C OURT IS COURT BY NAME, NOT BY LAW F ROM page one T OMMY TURNQUEST


A FURTHER develop ment in the cordial relations between the Bahamas and Australia was realised witht he official launching of the Australian Honorary Con sulate and the introduction of Caroline Moncur as Hon o urary Consul. The event took place Thursday at the Lyford Cay Club, where Acting Minis-t er of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Secu rity Tommy Turnquest u nderscored the importance o f such relations. The Bahamas and Australia have been enjoying f riendly and supportive rela t ions since the establishment of diplomatic relations on January 7, 1974. We work together in the bilateral and multilateral levels. One of our latest important bilateral endeav ours was the signing of a Tax Information Exchange Agreement in March 2010. On the multilateral level we are working together on important climate change and maritime issues, Mr Turnquest said. Australia also maintains relations with other members of the Caribbean Comm unity (CARICOM ing extended a hand in friendship and co-operation in a number of areas. A Memorandum of Understanding between CARICOM and Australia was signed in November2 009 to substantiate this development. Australia also contributed to the Caribbean Disaster Emer-g ency Management Agency (CDEMA resources went towards ther ecovery efforts in Haiti a fter the January 12, 2010 earthquake. High Commissioner Philip K entwell, stationed in T rinidad and Tobago, serves CARICOM on behalf of his country, Australia. He is being assisted in the Bahamas by Ms Moncur, a permanent resident. I am certain that, as well versed as she is management and human resources and information technology, she has already proven to be a valuable asset since her official appointment last year September, Mr Turnquest said. He said that the Bahamas has been following closely the damage caused by the r ecent flooding in Australia and hopes recovery efforts are not prolonged. Meanwhile, the Bahamas i s looking forward to enjoying the hospitality Australia has to offer during the upcoming CommonwealthH eads of Government Meeting (CHOGM Perth in October. High Commissioner Kent well said that Australia is a good friend of the Bahamas, sharing linkagesi n sports, at the UN level a nd as members of the Commonwealth. And, that friendship is b eing beefed up through the $ 60 million co-operation partnership arrangement signed between Australia and CARICOM, he said. The Bahamas and Australia are island nations with porous coastlines. The also share mutual concerns about climate change, border protection and terrorism. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.533976TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Jan-11 28-Jan-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 tional, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. I will miss him. He taught me that it was important to make a commitment to family, country, and community, Mr Dean said. Atlantis senior vice president of public affairs Ed Fields said they were shocked to hear of the news of the passing of Mr Dean. Mr Fields extended his condolences to Mr Deans family, adding that his thoughts and prayers were with them at this most trying time. G OVERNOR GENERAL S ir Arthur Foulkes, left, at the official launch of the Australian Honorary Consulate. A lso pictured are Joan Lady Foulkes; High Commissioner of Australia Philip Kentwell; and Caroline Moncur, Honourary Consul of Australia to the Bahamas. D erek Smith / BIS Australia opens its Honorary Consulate in the Bahamas ACTING MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest addressing the official launch of the Australian Honourary Consulate. Derek Smith /BIS Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. FROM page one FORMER SENIOR POLICE OFFICER B ASIL DEAN DIES


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b IT doesnt seem like Sherman the Tank Williams will get a rematch with Evander the Real Deal Holyf ield anytime soon. But at least Williams is being considered for another shot at his World Boxing F ederations heavyweight title. While in town for an honour tonight at the Nassau Stadium by t he Pan American Boxing Organisation (PACBOb y T he Tribune w here he informed our Sports Department that the W BF has informed his manager Si S tern of the latest development of t he championship scenario. Last evening, the president was in touch with Si Stern and told him that they are moving forward and t hat they are not going to sanction the fight between Holyfield and Bria n Nielsen, said Williams of the proposed fight on May 7 in Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark. Instead, they are setting up a c hallenge match between Francois B otha and an Argentinean and the w inner will take me on for the title, h opefully in the Bahamas. They are h oping that we can make this is a reality because the whole boxing world is ecstatic about coming to the Bahamas, especially on Paradise Island. Williams, a native of Grand B ahama now residing in Vero B each, Florida, said within the next few days hes waiting for the WBF to name him as the interim championa nd then he will get the opportunity t o wait for his contender. It seems right now that Holyfield is totally out as far as the WBFc hampionship title is concerned, W illiams declared. They are waiting t o set up the fight with Francois Botha and an Argentinean before the winner fights me. So they are either going to strip h im (Holyfield him to fight me and when the idea was posed to him, he has yet tor espond. On the night of the fight to save face, he said he would beh appy to have the rematch. Now all o f a sudden, he has changed his comm ents. Hes talking about going into D enmark. Accompanied by his wife, Kimb erly, Williams said his management team are trying to line him up with ap ossible fight with James Toney or e ven possibly one of the Klitschko b rothers, whom he has developed a r elationship over the last few years. It may be somewhat of a conf lict because I have a relationship with them, said Willams, who nextw eek, who will be returning to Aust ria for three weeks to spar with Vitali Klitschko, who is the number one contender to Wladimir Klitschkos ESB championship title. They called and requested for m e to come up there. Its always a pleasure to work with the K litschkos. The Europeans train differently and they have a different sense of mentality. So its always a pleasure to be in there training witht hem. L ooking back at the January 22 fight that was ruled a no contest in West Virginia after Holyfieldr efused to continue fighting in the fourth round because of a cut over his left eye, Williams said the Bahamas is just beginning to realise w hat potential he has. Thats one of the things and one of reasons why I always took care of m y body, Williams stressed. Going into the camp with Vitali is one thing, but what I would like isf or the Klitschkos to give me the opportunity to challenge Wladimir f or his IBF or WBO title or Vitali for his WBC title. I think the time is right because t here is a lot of things going on right now. They seemed to be having a problem with the fighters they arec hoosing. They are not affiliated with HBO because the Americans d ont seem to like their style of fighting. But they are big names in all of Europe. W illiams said he will stay active in the gym training and will patiently wait for whatever opportunity comeh is way. Williams may get shot at heavyweight title S OMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: S herman the Tank Williams and his wife Kimberly smile at The Tribunes coverage of his fight against Evander the Real Deal Holyfield. I I N N S S I I D D E E Local sports news spor ts NOTES SAILING ST. VALENTINES MASSACRE ELEAZOR the Sailing Barber Johnson will stage the annual St. Valentines Day Regatta in Montagu Beach this weekend. Today, starting at 1 p.m., the Optimist Youth Sailing competition will take place, followed by the C Class competi tion. Then on Sunday, Johnsons B Class Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie will be given a head start on the A Class boats. The object is for the A Class boats to catch the Lady Nathalie before she cross the finish line. MOTOR RACING BHRA COMPETITION THE Bahamas Hotrod Association will hold a drag racing event on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Motor Sportspark. The theme for the day is: High Powered Excitement. P HILS F oodstore presents the boxing team with grocery f or their training session. From left are Ronald Woodside, amateur boxing presi dent Wellington Miller, Rashad Williams, Godfrey S trachan, Nona Hunt of P hils Foodstore and head coach Andre Seymour. Theb oxers are currently in a mini training camp at the National Boxing Center where they are living and training under the s upervision of Seymour. P hils Foodstore provided some grocery to assist the team in their training. They are expected to be joined by Carl Hield and Valentino Knowles when they return fromn Cuba on Monday. The team will leave for the Dominican Republic on Friday. See the full story on page 12. PHILS FOODSTORE LENDS A HAND TO LOCAL BOXERS By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter CHERYL Thompson-Rolle, who developed a name for herself at the defunct Village Bowling Lanes as a perennial contender for the Bahamas Federation of Amateur Bowlers Rothmans National Bowling Championship title, passed away on Thursday morning. The Operators Manager at Bank of Nova Scotias head office was 53years-old. Affectionately known as Cherry T, Thompson-Rolle was receiving treatment in Florida for a long term illness. She came from a sporting clan that included her brothers, basketball players Jeff Big Bird and Anthony Tones Thompson, from the Fox Hill community. On Thursday night at Marios Bowl ing Entertainment Center, a moment of silence was offered for ThompsonRolle as the Bankers Bowling League continued its season. Thompson-Rolle, along with her long-time traveling partner Marina McClain, were responsibility for the revitalisation of the league late last year. McClain, a former two-time nation al champion who made it to the live television roll-off for more than 10 times, was among those persons bowl ing on Thursday as they lamented on the life of Thompson-Rolle. Cheryl was more than a friend. She was a sister to me, McClain reflected. She was a gem. She was my chil drens aunt, even though she wasnt my sister. We went through many ups and downs in bowling. She was my roommate, my team-mate. I just cant describe her. She and I decided to get some of the personnel from the Cen tral Bank and Scotia Bank in organ ised teams to come out here and practise together. While she didnt bowl as much because of she was recovering from a knee surgery, McClain said she and Thompson-Rolle spent many nights at Marios trying to get the Bankers League off the ground. Steve Bonimy, one of the former mens national champion and national team member, said ThompsonRolle was one of the nicest, gentlest, kindness persons one could ever meet. She was almost like an angel and she was always dedicated to the sport of bowling and to any activity that she engaged in during her life, he pointed out. She never had an unkind word for anyone. She will be sorely missed because she was one of the persons that I bowled with and I traveled with when I bowled on a few national teams. She made a very good impression on the people we met abroad. Paula Hart, a co-worker of Thompson-Rolle at Nova Scotia since 1979 and a long-time team-mate at the Vil lage Lanes, said she was a humble, kind hearted, straight to the point person. Were doing this one for Cherry. She would want us to continue, stressed Hart, who tried to hold back her tears. I really cant talk now. Leslie Benoit, a former rival of Thompson-Rolle from Common wealth Bank when they played at the Village Lanes, said she was so shocked when she got the news during the day that she had goose bumps running all through her body. I remember Cheryl as being a graceful, tall person who just glided, the same way she did in bowling, she quipped. She was just an unique per son, who was soft-spoken, but never had anything bad to say to anybody. As for their relationship at the Vil lage Lanes, Benoit said Friday nights in the Bankers League was like a family night. It was jamming all the time. Stiff competition. It was hot. She was a big part of it. Benoit said Thompson-Rolle will certainly not be forgotten. heryl was more than a friend. She was a sister to m e, McClain reflected. She was a gem. She was my c hild rens aunt, even though she wasnt my sister. Marina McClain F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Well-known Bahamian bowler dies at 53 MORRISON, P OLICE PAYS A VISIT TOA NATOL STUDENTS S EE STORY PG 12


SPORTS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b THE Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas has established a mini training camp at the NationalB oxing Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex for its boxers. N ow Phils Foodstore have come on board to assist the federation in providing food for the boxers as they g o through their training ses sions in preparation for theirt rip to the Dominican Republic next week. Nona Hunt, the Floor Supervisor at Phils, said their owner Phil Lightbourne has agreed to assist the federation with some h ealthy items as they con tinue their quest to represent the country. They are representing the Bahamas so it looks g ood on all of our behalfs, Hunt said yesterday as shemade the presentation to federation presidentW ellington Miller, head coach Andre Seymour and three members of the team Godfrey Strachan, Ronald Woodside and Rashad Williams. Among the list of items presented at the foodstore on Gladstone Road were water, all brand cereals, bread, fruits, milk, juices and light snacks. Miller said the federation has embarked on a new pro gramme where they are housing the team at the national training center, instead of allowing them to stay at home. We want to make sure that they stay healthy and focused when they go to the tournament, said Miller of the trip to the Copa Tournament in the Dominican Republic. We want to thank Phil Lightbourne for coming on board and sponsoring them with food for the next two weeks. Im sure that this will help them to go down there and perform very well. Seymour, the national coach who spearheads the programme at the training center, said the mini camp is similar to what Woodside and Williams experienced when they were in Cuba training with team-mates Carl Hield and Valentino Knowles. Rashad and Ronald just c ame back from Cuba and they will be joined by Carla nd Valentino, who are com ing home next week, Seymour said. They are now in a training camp and they will b e working hard, so we want to make sure that they have the right food to keep them healthy. Seymour said while Phils F oodstore has stepped forward to make the initiald onation, he encouraged o ther companies to contact him at the training center to a ssist in whatever way they can before they leave on February 18. We train twice a day, first thing in the morning at 5 oclock running the road. In the evening we go directlyi nto our sparring and hitting the bags, he pointed out. We have everybody togeth er and we get together and t rain together. Godfrey Strachan, who w as unable to travel to Cuba to train with the others, said he was grateful for the opportunity to train with his team-mates. Firstly, I want to thank Phil Lightbourne for sponsoring us with the food, he said. Hopefully we can go over there and perform at our best in the tournament. The 19-year-old welterweight will be making his debut on the international scene, but hes confident that the training camp will help to benefit all of the boxers because they will have the cohesive unit. Woodside, an 18-year-old bantamweight, said he was also glad to have an opportunity to travel to compete in a senior tournament with a team for the first time in his career. The training is coming on very well. Im in top notch shape from the training I had in Cuba and Im glad that I have a team to go with because most of the time, I was traveling by myself as a young boxer, he recalled. I feel great because I will have somebody to cheer me on and to push me when I compete. So Im glad that Im a a part of this team. And Williams said hes excited about the latest development with the team. Phil Lightbourne is help ing us a lot, said the 21-yearold 60 kilo-gram competitor. We are working out togeth er as a team so we can moti vate and push each other. LOCAL TALENT: Local boxers Rashad Williams, Ronald Woodside and Godfrey Strachan pose above as they prepare for their workout session. Phils Foodstore makes contribution to local boxers FOCUSED: Ronald Woodside gets set to throw a punch at the punching bag. MIND SET: Rashad Williams concentrates in training. GREAT BAGWORK: Godfrey Strachan works out on the punching bag. We want to thank Phil Lightbourne for co ming on board and sponsoring them with food for the next two weeks. Imsu re that this will help them to go down there and perform very well. W ellington Miller F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


After serving for just one year as for the first female elected to the position, May cock stepped down citing that there were too many problems encountered by the teams that prevented her from carrying out her duties effectively. Wednesday night, a new team of executives were elect ed headed by Rommel Fish Knowles as the new president for the remainder of the twoyear term. There were many concerns raised during the past year with just about all of the executives in someway affiliated with a team in the league, either as a manager, coach, player or fan. Knowles is the only member not directly affiliated with a team, although many point out that hes a supporter of one, all of the others elected are either managers, coaches or players. G G o o o o d d M M o o v v e e , B B a a d d M M o o v v e e Is this a good move for the association? It all depends on how you look at it. Looking at the Maycock-led executive team, it simply didnt work out because there were so many issues that had a dras tic effect on decisions that were made against various teams. Knowles has proven his leadership capabilities, both in the Grand Bahama and Eleuthera Softball Associa tions and subsequently as president of the Bahamas Softball Federation. He now serves as the secretary general of the Bahamas Olympic Committee, a posi tion that has already enabled him to secure a post on an international body. The question is: Can this body comprising of team personnel overcome the problems that have rocked the association this past year and turn things around without further disruption? L L e e a a g g u u e e F F u u t t u u r r e e The NPSA has been one of the most successful associations over the years, dating back to the old grounds at the John F Kennedy Drive playing field where cars lined up to view the action on a nightly basis to the Churchill Tener Knowles National Softball Stadium at the Queens Elizabeth Sports Cen ter. It will be interesting to see if the league can continue to flourish under the new administra tion, although they are only in office for this year to complete the two-year term of the past administration. After all, the previous executive board was ousted because of the claim that they were all involved directly or indirectly with teams in the league. It doesnt seem like anything has changed with this current executive board. So with this being the month of love, lets hope that all concerned will show a little more compassion to each other. Happy Valentines Day to all of the sports lovers, especially those who are involved in the embattled New Providence Softball Association. S PORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011, PAGE 13 By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter MEMBERS of the Anatol High S chool were encouraged to be disciplined, determined and dedicated in whatever sporting activities t hey are engaged in. The message came loud and clear from the Rev. Terrance Morrison,p astor of the historic Zion Baptist C hurch, East Street, yesterday dur ing a special assembly in the schools auditorium. A nd the sentiments were reiter ated by Sergeant 451 Aaron Sands of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Brian Headley, Senior Superinten d ent of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Force. The police officers were among t he law enforcement teams from the two countries, as well as from Dominica, Jamaica and Canada, who are participating in the second annual Law Enforcement Basketball Tournament. The tournament has been going on all week at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium and will wrap up tonight when the championship game is played. While Trinidad & Tobago were joined by a few members of the Bahamian teams at Anatol Rodgers, the other countries were spread around to schools such as HO Nash, CH Reeves, LW Young, TA Thompson, AF Adderley and SC McPherson where they heard a positive message from various ministers of the gospel. Morrison, in welcoming the visiting teams to the Bahamas, advised them that its good that they are here battling on the basketball court, but he was confident that the title willr emain here. Commenting on the theme for the day: Working together for change, M orrison said there are so many social issues and vices that plague our community, that there is a needf or changes in the way we operate. Change does not come because you wish for it. Change comes because you put your effort behindw hat is going wrong in your life, he insisted. Morrison said the athletes are a g ood example of change because of their work ethic to be the best that they could be. H e noted how every country that came here, came with the mind set to win. They have a goal in mind and that goal is to carry home the tro phy after the celebrations are all over and done with, Morrison stressed. But that will all change because the title is going to stay here. In his closing remarks, Morrison left these three things that he elab orated on with Anatol Rodgers: Courageous discipline, courageous determination and courageous ded ication. Sergeant Sands opened his address by asking how many in the audience like basketball, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and all the money that these players make? Sands said that each and every person in the auditorium can achieve those same goals if they continue to focus on their character and their education. Whatever sport the athlete participates in, Sands said that about 60 per cent of students graduating from high school go on to college and achieve their degrees because they remain focused on their edu cation. He advised them to make sound decisions and judgment to avoid getting themselves hauled before the courts because of the bad decisions they make. Whatever sporting discipline you are involved in, remember that you must have discipline, you must have character and you must listen and you must make sound judgment, he stated. You may be the leader of your group and so if you noticed that there are others who have the potential to do better, you get to that person and let them know that you see they are trying and you want to help to make them better. Headley said he agreed with the comments made by Morrison, but he took exception to the point that the trophy will remain in the Bahamas. We came here to win and we know that we have some obstacles in our way, but we are determined to get past those obstacles and to win the title, he promised. Anatol High School students encouraged to be disciplined, determined and dedicated ENCOURAGEMENT: Rev. TG Morrison shakes the hands of Police officers from the Trinidad & Tobago basketball team at an assembly at Anatol High School. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f GREETING: Policemen from Trinidad & Tobago and the Bahamas get a close up with the Rev. TG Morrison. OPINION STUBBS NPSA replaces entire executive board T HE New Providence Softball Association conducted its election of officers to replace an entire executive board after the resignation of president Loretta Maycock. Rommel Knowles


CAIRO Associated Press FIREWORKSburst over Tahrir Square and Egypt exploded with joy and tears of relief after p ro-democracy protesters b rought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. M ubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentm ent over his three d ecades of authoritarian r ule, finally resigned Frid ay and handed power to t he military. The people ousted the regime," rang out chants f rom crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo's central Tahrir, or L iberation, Square and outside Mubarak's main p alace several miles away in a northern district of the capital. T he crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of A lexandria and other cities around the country erupted into a pandemon ium of cheers and waving flags. They danced, h ugged and raised their hands in prayer after Vice President Omar Suleiman m ade the announcement on national TV just after nightfall. Some fell to kissthe ground, and others c hanted, "Goodbye, goodbye" and "put your heads up high, you're Egyptian." Finally we are free," said Safwan Abou Stat, a 60-year-old protester. "From now on anyonew ho is going to rule will k now that these people are great." T he success of the b iggest popular uprising ever seen in the Arab world had stunning impli cations for the region, theU nited States and the West, and Israel. Stability Mubarak was the symbol of the implicit decades-old deal the United States made in the Mid dle East: Support for autocratic leaders in return for their guarantee of stability, a bulwark against Islamic militants and peace or at least an effort at peace with Israel. The United States at times seemed overwhelmed throughout the 18 days of upheaval, fumbling to juggle its advocacy of democracy and the right to protest, its loyalty to longtime ally Mubarak and its fears Muslim fundamentalists could gain a foothold. Those issues will only grow in significance as Egypt takes the next steps towards what the protest movement hopes will be a true democracy in which the Muslim Brotherhood will likely to be a significant political player. Neighboring Israel watched with the crisis with unease, worried that their 1979 peace treaty could be in danger. It quickly demanded on Fri day that post-Mubarak Egypt continue to adhere to it. Any break seems unlikely in the near term: The military leadership supports the treaty. While anti-Israeli feeling is strong among Egyptians and future ties may be strained, few call for outright abrogating a treaty that has kept peace after three wars in the past halfcentury. From the oil-rich Gulf states in the east to Morocco in the west, regimes both proand anti-U.S. could not help but worry they could seea similar upheaval. Sever a l of the region's authori t arian rulers have made pre-emptive gestures of democratic reform to avert their own protest movements. The lesson many took: If it could happen in only three weeks in Egypt, where Mubarak's lock on power had appeared unshakable, it could happen anywhere. Only a month earlier, Tunisia's president was forced to step down in the face of protests. Perhaps more surprising was the genesis of the force that overthrew Mubarak. The protests were started by a small core of secular, liberal youth activists organizing on the Internet who only a few months earlier struggled to gather more than 100 demonstrators at a time. But their work through Facebook and other social network sites over the past few years built a greater awareness and bitterness among Egyptians over issues like police abuse and corruption. When the called the first major protest, on Jan. 25, they tapped into a public inspired by Tunisia's revolt and thousands turned out, beyond even the organizers' expectations. From there, protests swelled, drawing hundreds of thousands. The Muslim Brotherhood Egypt's powerful Islamic funda mentalist movement joined in. But far from U.S. fears the Brotherhood could co-opt the protests, the movement often seemed to co-opt the Brotherhood, forcing it to set aside its hard-line ideology at least for now to a dhere to democratic d emands. Mubarak, a former air force commander came to power after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat by Islamic radicals. Throughout his rule, he showed a near obsession with stability, using rigged elections anda hated police force accused of widespread tor ture to ensure his control. He resisted calls for reform even as public bit terness grew over corruption, deteriorating infrastructure and rampant poverty in a country where 40 percent live below or near the poverty line. Up to the last hours, Mubarak sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title. Soldier s But an explosion of protests Friday rejecting the move appeared to have pushed the military into forcing him out com pletely. Hundreds of thou sands marched throughout the day in cities across the country as soldiers stood by, besieging his palaces in Cairo and Alexandria and the state TV building. A governor of a southern province was forced to flee to safety in the face of protests there. Mubarak himself flew to his isolated palace in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 250 miles from the turmoil in Cairo. His fall came 32 years to the day after the collapse of the shah's government in Iran. Vice President Suleiman who appears to have lost his post as well in the military takeover appeared grim as he delivered the short announcement. "In these grave circum stances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic," he said. "He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor." Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, whose young supporters were among the organiz ers of the protest movement, told The Associated Press, "This is the greatest day of my life." "The country has been liberated after decades of repression," he said adding that he expects a "beautiful" transition of power. The question now turned to what happens next after effectively a mil itary coup, albeit one prompted by overwhelming popular pressure. Protesters on Friday had overtly pleaded for the army to oust Mubarak. The country is now ruled by the Armed Forces Supreme Council, the military's top body consisting of its highest ranking gen erals and headed by Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. After Mubarak's resig nation, a military spokesman appeared on state TV and promised the army would not act as a substitute for a government based on the "legitimacy of the people." He said the military was preparing the next steps needed "to acheive the ambitions of our great nation" and would announce them soon. He praised Mubarak for his contributions ot the country, then expressed the military's condolences for protesters killed in the unrest, standing at attention to give a salute. T imetable Earlier in the day, the council vowed to guide the country to greater democracy. It said was committed "to shepherding the legitimate demands of the people and endeavoring to their implementation within a defined timetable until a peaceful transition to a democratic society aspired to by the people." Abdel-Rahman Samir, one of the protest organizers, said the movement would now open negotia tions with the military over democratic reforms but vowed protests would continue to ensure change is carried out. "We still don't have any guarantees yet if we end the whole situation now the it's like we haven't done anything," he said. "So we need to keep sitting in Tahrir until we get all our demands." But, he added, "I feel fantastic. .... I feel like we have worked so hard, we planted a seed for a year and a half and now we are now finally sowing the fruits." Sally Toma, another of the organizers, said she did not expect the military would try to clear the square. "We still have to sit and talk. We have to hear the army first," she said. For the moment, concerns over the next step were overwhelmed by the wave of joy and disbelief. Outside the Oruba pres idential palace in northern Cairo, where tens of thousands had marched during the day, one man sprawled on the grass, saying he couldn't believe it. Protesters began to form a march toward Tahrir in a sea of Egyptian flags. Thousands from across the capital of 18 million streamed into Tahrir, where protesters hugged, kissed and wept. Whole families took pictures of each other posing with Egyptian flags with their mobile phones as bridges over the Nile jammed with throngs more flowing into the square. Abdul-Rahman Ayyash, an online activist born eight years after Mubarak came to office, said he would be celebrating all night, then remain in the square to ensure the mili tary "won't steal the revolution." "I'm 21 years old," he said. "This is the first time in my life I feel free." I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 14, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Democracy protests bring down Egypts President Mubarak EGYPTIANS celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt yesterday. (AP K EY EVENTS IN THE RULE OF FORMER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK MUBARAK TOOK OFFICE IN 1981 AFTER HIS PREDECESSOR ANWAR SADAT WAS ASSASSINATED BY ISLAMIC MILITANTS DURING A MILITARY PARADE. MUBARAK, SADAT'S VICE PRESIDENT, ESCAPED WITH A MINOR HAND INJURY. IN 1981, MUBARAK IMPLEMENTED EMERGENCY LAWS AS PART OF HIS BATTLE AGAINST MILITANTS, EXPANDING POLICE POWERS AND CURTAILING RIGHTS TO DEMONSTRATE. IN ONE OF HIS FIRST MOVES, MUBARAK SAID EGYPT WOULD STICK TO THE LANDMARK 1979 PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL, THE FIRST BY ANY ARAB NATION WITHT HE JEWISH STATE. MUBARAK BECAME A MAJOR MEDIATOR IN THE ARAB-ISRAELI PEACE PROCESS. H E REMAINED A CONSISTENT ALLY OF THE UNITED STATES, BOLSTERED BY BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN U.S. AID. DURING THE 1990S, MILITANTS LAUNCHED AN UPRISING AIMED AT SETTING UP AN ISLAMIC STATE. GUNMEN ATTACKED POLICE, ASSASSINATED POLITICIANS AND TARGETED FOREIGN TOURISTS, A KEY SOURCE OF REVENUE. IN 1995, MILITANTS ATTEMPTED TO ASSASSINATE MUBARAK AS HE VISITED ETHIOPIA. MUBARAK RESPONDED BY ARRESTING THOUSANDS, CRUSHING THE MOVEMENT BY 1997. HE PRIZED STABILITY ABOVE ALL ELSE, MAINTAINING IT DESPITE A POOR HUMAN RIGHTS RECORD AND COMPLAINTS ABOUT CORRUPTION. UNDER THE EMERGENCY LAWS, SECURITY FORCES MADE GAINS AGAINST MILITANTS BUT ALSO SUBJECTED EGYPTIANS TO TORTURE AND OTHER ABUSES. MUBARAK'S GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED GOODS SUCH AS BREAD, COOKING OIL AND GASOLINE. WHEN BREAD RIOTS TURNED VIOLENT IN 2008, HE FIRED UP MILITARY OVENS TO HELP QUELL DISCONTENT. HE ENGINEERED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS THAT, ACCORDING TO CRITICS, GUARANTEED RULING PARTY VICTORIES IN ELECTIONS. ONE AMENDMENT B ANNED RELIGIOUS POLITICAL PARTIES, BLOCKING THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, EGYPT'S STRONGEST OPPOSITION FORCE, FROM FORMING A PARTY AND OFFI CIALLY PARTICIPATING IN POLITICAL LIFE. MUBARAK WAS RE-ELECTED THREE TIMES IN STAGED, ONE-MAN REFERENDUMS I N WHICH HE ROUTINELY WON MORE THAN 90 PERCENT APPROVAL. IN 2005, MUBARAK ALLOWED THE FIRST EVER MULTI-CANDIDATE PRESIDEN TIAL ELECTIONS, WHICH HE WON EASILY OVER 10 OTHER CANDIDATES AMID CHARGES OF VOTER FRAUD AND INTIMIDATION. IN THE FOLLOWING PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS, WHEN THE OPPOSITION DID RELATIVELY WELL, MUBARAK RESPONDED WITH A BROAD CRACKDOWN. POLICE ARRESTED OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AYMAN NOUR AND MANY MEMBERS OF THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. THE 2010 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS WERE WIDELY DEPLORED AS RIGGED, AND THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD RESPONDED BY WITHDRAWING ITS CANDIDATES, W HO WERE RUNNING AS INDEPENDENTS, FROM A SECOND ROUND OF VOTING. ON FEB. 11, 2011, MUBARAK RESIGNED AND HANDED POWER TO THE MILI TARY AFTER MASSIVE PROTESTS AGAINST HIS RULE. EGYPTIAN ARMY SOLDIERS celebrate with children on their armored personnel carrier, as the chil dren's parents take photos of them with the soldiers using their mobile phones, as they celebrate the n ews of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, in front of the Egyptian museum at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt yesterday. (AP I I f f e e e e l l l l i i k k e e w w e e h h a a v v e e w w o o r r k k e e d d s s o o h h a a r r d d , w w e e p p l l a a n n t t e e d d a a s s e e e e d d f f o o r r a a y y e e a a r r a a n n d d a a h h a a l l f f a a n n d d n n o o w w w w e e a a r r e e n n o o w w f f i i n n a a l l l l y y s s o o w w i i n n g g t t h h e e f f r r u u i i t t s s . Protest organiser Abdel-Rahman Samir

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