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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 V olume: 107 No.69MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUN, BREEZY, PLEASANT HIGH 78F LOW 66F By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter T HE executive management at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC have two more days to com p ly before managerial staff move ahead with plans for a Wednesday strike vote. The Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union (BEUMU request with the Ministry of Labour last Thursday, according to union president Ervin Dean. A pproval for the vote is expected to come forward today, which will make way for the already scheduleds trike vote. The executive management have failed to complyw ith the industrial agree ment (IA asking for them to comply a nd conform for the past f our years. Because they refuse to do that it has resulted in management and line staff getting sick, said Mr Dean. Ro w centres on industriala g r eement M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BECstrike vote looms INSPORTSTODAY: SAILING, BASKETBALL, RUGBY, SOCCER, TENNISANDBOXING SEESECTIONEFORYOUREIGHTPAGESOFSPORT SEE page 11 F ULL BLOOM: A drieene Fawkes of florists Wild Seed Designs prepares flower delive ries yesterday ahead of Valen tines Day. Today is a big day for florists across Nassau andt his store on Shirley Street and Village Road is no exception. FLORISTSINFULLBLOOMFORVALENTINESDAY F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f P OLICE are searching for the mothe r of a baby girl who was abandoned in an empty building over the weekend. It is understood a passer-by heard the infants cries and alerted police. Officers found the newborn child clinging to life in the cold temperaturesa nd rushed her to hospital. The discovery was made about 6am on Saturday at Bayshore Road, in Han-n a Hill, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. P olice said there was sufficient evid ence at the scene that indicated the m other had just given birth to the infant. Officers appealed for her to come forward as she may be in need of medical S EE page 16 NEWBORN BABY FOUND ABANDONED IN EMPTY BUILDING By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter A POLICE officer was shot in the buttocks with his own weapon during a scuffle outside a nightclub in Cat Island. The shooting, which occurred early Saturday morning in By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter DR DUANE Sands was announced yesterday as the newest appointment by the government to the Senate, replac ing the former Senator and Vice President Johnley Fergu son whose resignation comes into effect today. According to a statement issued from the Cabinet office yester day, Mr Ferguson, a former Family Island Administrator, will take a post as a consultant in the DepartBy PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter DR Duane Sands appoint ment to the Senate was criti cised yesterday as a stunt to give the former candidate a larger speaking platform on which to raise his public pro file ahead of the next general election. Speaking with The Tribune moments after his former rival was named to the Senate, the PLPs MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder said hes not entirely certain either if Dr Sands appointment, which comes within a week of the one-year anniversary of his victory in the by-election in 2010, is a coin cidence. But this is ultimately the decision of the Prime Minister to appointment Dr Duane Sands as a Senator, and it has no bearing on the representa By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE involvement of Bahamians in the growth and development of Haitian shanty towns is always the story that is not printed, said Brensil Rolle, Garden Hills Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Housing. In many cases, Bahamians are facilitators, said Mr Rolle, who confirmed he was aware of cases where Bahamians collect money for rent or lease on the squatter land. Residents of Bois Pen, the Haitian village off Joe Farrington Road, said there are at least two Bahamian landowners who manage land in the village. One is said to collect $10-15 rent on a weekly basis from residents. In a Haitian village in the south of New Providence, there is currently a dispute between a man who claims to be the landowner and the government. The owner is charging $500 for Haitian residents to lease a parcel of SEE page 16 SEE page 16 DR DU ANE S ANDS IS APPOINTED TO THE SENATE PLP HIT S OUT AT APPOINTMENT APPOINTMENT: D r Duane Sands BAHAMIANS COLLECTING RENT FROM HAITIAN SHANTY TOWNS SEE page 11 POLICE OFFICER SHOT WITH OWN GUN SEE page 16


A 23-YEAR-OLD woman is in stable condition at hospital after she was repeatedly stabbed yesterday afternoon. The victim, from Carmichael Road, stopped at the traffic lights on Jerome Avenue and Chesapeake Road shortly after 1pm when her attacker approached her c ar and began stabbing her a bout the body. A t the scene, police said the attack may have been fatal had officers on patrol in the area not intervened. A 25-year-old Rock C rusher man was taken into c ustody. T he woman, who sust ained injuries to her upper b ody, back, and hand, was taken to hospital by emergency medical services. In other crime-related matters, police are searching for two thugs who robbed a woman in front of her home at Springfield Road, off Fox H ill Road. I t was reported that the m en one of whom was armed with a handgun were wearing dark hooded jackets and pants when they a pproached the victim. The r obbers ran off with a cell p hone, cash and other pers onal items. A nyone with any informat ion which may assist police investigations should call 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I N honour of the passing of Bishop Michael Eldon, the Anglican Diocese will be holding a memorial mass at S t Georges Church on Mon t rose Avenue at 6pm. Viewing of the body will be h eld at St Georges from 10am today until 5pm. An all-night vigil is also scheduled at Christ Church C athedral from 9pm today t hrough to 8am tomorrow. Masses will be said on the h our. Viewing of the body will be permitted throughout the vigil. Tomorrow, a Pontifical con c elebrated High Mass of T hanksgiving for the life, work, and ministry of Bishop Eldon will be held a Christ Church Cathedral, on George S treet at 11am. The chief cel e brant will be the Archbishop of the West Indies Rev John H older. All Anglicans are encouraged to attend as there will be some seating inside the c athedral and additional seati ng offered under tents out side. A large funeral procession will be held immediately fol lowing the service led by the Royal Bahamas Police ForceB ands, the Royal Bahamas D efence Force Band, the Clergy, Altar Servers, ACW, ACM, Youth, Anglican Schools and the general memb ership. T he procession will go on Bay Street, to Parliament S treet, Shirley Street, Princess Street. West Hill Street, on to Delancy Street (past Bishop E ldons home), then on to N assau Street to St Marys Church. B ishop Eldon will be cremated and his ashes will be placed privately in the family plot at St Marys on Wednes d ay. Memorial mass being held today for Bishop Michael Eldon BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON Woman stabbed several times in afternoon attack CRIMESCENE: Police tape a t the scene of yesterdays a ttack. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr o vements in the area or have won an a war d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


A S THEcontroversy surr ounding the sale of 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Com-p any continues, the FNM issued a statement yesterday suggesting the majority of Bahamians were in supp ort of the governments decision to sell the majority of its shares to Cable and W ireless. A ccording to the press r elease, the party said supp ort of the sale continues t o grow as two independent surveys conducted over the p ast two weeks demonstrate. An earlier poll conduct e d by the advocacy group Consumer Voices Bahamas found that 52 per cent of respondents supported the G overnments plans, 41 per cent were opposed and seven per cent were undecide d, said the statement. F ollowing a communicat ion to the House by Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahama s he tabled a Memorand um of Understanding on the sale, an online survey asked whether respondents supported the PLPs opposition to the sale: The question asked: Is the PLPs decision to vote a gainst the BTC privatisat ion bills a good one? Two thousand, five hundred and thirty one respon d ents or 56 per cent oppose the PLPs decision, 1,526 respondents or 33 per cent support the PLPs decision a nd 506 respondents or 11 per cent answered maybe, s aid the statement. The results of both sur v eys and the decisive trend in support of privatisation are in accord with Prime M inister Ingrahams commitment to safeguard the i nterests of the majority of Bahamians in the further liberalisation of thet elecommunication sector. According to the FNM, t he anecdotal evidence from online debates on vari ous blogs and on social media sites suggests there is overwhelming support for t he sale by younger Bahamians who see enor-m ous benefits in the prop osed partnership with Cable and Wireless, includ ing more choices, cheaper cell phone rates, improveds ervice, access to mobile TV and an array of new serv ices on a faster network. The release continued: The majority of individual c onsumers and business p eople appear enthusiastic about finalizing the agreement to create a new BTC s uited to the 21st century. As more of those who are u nsure about the sale hear more details, instead of misinformation and false infor-m ation, the numbers in support of the privatisation c ontinue to grow. One critical area of note i s the Prime Ministers a nnouncement in the H ouse that the Government of The Bahamas will maintain veto power over v arious core issues to protect the interests of the B ahamian people. Individual Bahamians will also be able to buy shares in then ew BTC, the statement read. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FNM: support for BTC sale is growing THE FNM said anecdotal evidence suggests there is support for the sale by younger Bahamians who see ben efits including more choices, cheap er cell phone rates, improved service and access to mobile TV. PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham speaks about the BTC sale in the House last week. T T h h e e m m a a j j o o r r i i t t y y o o f f i i n n d d i i v v i i d d u u a a l l c c o o n n s s u u m m e e r r s s a a n n d d b b u u s s i i n n e e s s s s p p e e o o p p l l e e a a p p p p e e a a r r e e n n t t h h u u s s i i a a s s t t i i c c a a b b o o u u t t f f i i n n a a l l i i s s i i n n g g t t h h e e a a g g r r e e e e m m e e n n t t t t o o c c r r e e a a t t e e a a n n e e w w B B T T C C s s u u i i t t e e d d t t o o t t h h e e 2 2 1 1 s s t t c c e e n n t t u u r r y y . F NM statement M IAMI A CUBAN defector h as reunited with his family in Miami after U.S. officials intervened to have him released from a jail in El Salvador, according to Asso ciated Press. Dr. Rafael Fontirroche Cruz arrived Saturday, under a policy that allows Cuban medical personnel to come to the United States. He defected in October from a Cuban medical brigade assigned to work in Nicaragua, and even tually made his way to El Salvador. He was jailed there for violating immigration laws. His aunt in Miami sought help from Sen. Marco Rubio, who got various federal agencies and international embassies involved. Defectors are at risk for political persecution if they are returned to Cuba. CUBAN DEFECTOR ARRIVES IN MIAMI


EDITOR, The Tribune. All is not well in the BCPOU. Several key members have expressed their displeasure of how their union has been prostituted. There has been a sense of disgust when membership realised that the PLP had highjacked their plight. But since then the spilt in the union became more evident when the obvious pressure was being applied heavier. We are not happy that our union has allowed itself to be used by a political entity. What is missing is that this union has people from all political parties, so how could the executive allow the PLP to take complete control of our efforts? It is the weakness of the leadership that was exploited. It is the inexperi ence of the leadership that has magnified the problem. We noticed that the presi dent is adamant to continue on the same course, knowing that we all do not support this and has expressed this to him on several occasions. We are also privy to information that one of the top leaders in unions in the country advised Mr Evans not to continue with this exercise. But it appears that he must complete whatever he probably promised to do. We are embarrassed that Mr Evans did not read the tea leaves and see that were not in support of this. The gathering on Bay Street the first time was mostly people sent there by the PLP; it was not our members, so the number was fictitious. BCPOU members were embarrassed for the extremely poor showing on R M Bailey Park and were not surprised that no one showed up on Bay Street this week, because we decided that we are not going to be pawns in a PLP game. It is so sad that we are now on a different course because we thought that we had a legitimate gripe. Mr Evans still has time to redeem himself for making such an asinine statement, trying to incite the Bahamian people. I know he is not expecting me and my friends who have mortgages to go downtown to assist the PLP in destabilising this country. It is so unfortu nate that greed has blinded the president and caused some to act crazy. As a member of the BCPOU, I expect Bernard Evans to apologise to all of the sensible union members and Bahamians everywhere about any attempt to destabilise this country. He and his family live here, how could he destroy it? If he was wise, he would try to solidify his own position as president, cause many behind the scenes are not comfortable with his style. It resembles another former leader we had, not too long ago, who had no respect for himself or his membership. His behaviour has already exposed him otherwise. Mr Evans does not speak for all of us. Many of us are happy and in great anticipa tion of being in an environment where politicians would not have any say in who gets hired and who gets promot ed. We are happy we do not have to go to the ministers office to meet for our jobs to be secured, like we did in 2003. We are happy that we would be given an opportu nity to advance in a company with far reaching influence. The sky is now the limits. At least, now we can share in the economic pie. We cant wait! DISGRUNTLE BCPOU MEMBER Nassau, February 10, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. For most people St Valentines day is a day of affections and confections, a day of kisses, chocolate, and flowers. But just as Christmas is about more than gifts, so too does Valentines Day have a deeper meaning. The true romance of the celebration begins with the legend of St Valentine in r oughly 270 A.D. S t Valentine was a holy p riest who was arrested and imprisoned for marrying Christian couples and for aiding Christians who were being persecuted during the reign of Claudius the Goth (Claudius II to prison where he was tortured in an attempt to make him renounce his Christian faith. When Valentine instead tried to convert Claudius, he was executed outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14, about the year 270. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, couples for whom he had conducted marriages brought him flowers and gifts to show their respect and admiration. This led to todays traditions of presenting your Valentine with gifts. It is also said that, while imprisoned, he restored the sight of his jailers blind daughter and that this miracle led to his eventual canonization. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honour of his martyrdom. The legend of St Valentine is a tale of true love that transcends mere sentiment. Its noble purpose should inspire everyone in this new time of religious persecution to be equally vigilant and heroic in u pholding and defending the t raditional definition of marr iage presently under assault from secular humanists. Let St Valentine be our model and inspiration for life and humanity. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, February 8, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm Y ESTERDAYS Gleaner reported that C able & Wireless Jamaica, trading as LIME Jamaica, continued its financial haemorrhaging in the December quarter, posting a $1.3 billion loss for the three-month period, nearly triple the $351.4 million of a year earlier. Despite this its managers continue to look on the bright side, insisting that they are on the verge of turning the company around. According to The Gleaner, Jamaica LIME h as been in retreat for the past decade since it lost its monopoly in Jamaicas telecomm unications market. Thats what happens to monopolies, s aid a Bahamian who is close to the situation. LIME Jamaica was doing the same foolish n ess as BTC because it felt secure in its monopoly, he said, then Digicel, an Irish company with dirt cheap rates, came in and ran it out of business. It was this lesson from fierce competition that forced Cable & Wireless into the efficient company that it is today with Digicel waiting in the background to meet it head on in the Bahamas when the floodgates are open to competition. O ne can now understand why the B ahamas government has offered and C&W having learned from its Jamaican experie nce has accepted the three-year prot ection cover from monopolies for BTCs cellular service. I f it were not for this three-year period to build BTC up to meet competitors, the Bahamas telecommunications company would crumble under the strain. C&W, on the other hand, although stumbling in Jamaica is prospering in Barbados and Trinidad. But there is no room for hubris. There is m uch to be done to get BTC in a position to meet the competition, and for three years the BTC staff, who are interested in their com-p any, will have an opportunity to prove that t hey are not among those who deserve to be made redundant. In an interview with the Jamaican Observer last year, Digicel CEO Colm Delves, said that Digicel looked at the Bahamas, but was not interested in just having a stake in BTC, and so it decided to pass on that. What was being offered there was a s take in the existing operator, said Mr Delves. We think that when liberalization takes place there, then that will be the appropriate time to enter that market. So in three years time Digicel and others might be the wolves at the door. Cable & Wireless will have to have BTC ready to meet the challenge and regardless of what Mr Evans, Mr Carroll and their unionists claim, they a re babes in the woods, ignorant of the hun gry sharks waiting in the world of competit ion to devour them and BTC. J udging from the various polls, street talk a nd radio talk shows, the majority of Bahamians approve the sale of BTC to C &W. They want better service, more choice, cheaper cell phone rates, access to mobile TV and the ability to phone the Family Islands as a part of the Bahamas, not as foreign islands with overseas charges. Bahamians are weary of the oft-repeated fiction that they own BTC. Ownership implies having some stake in the company. Although as tax payers they underwrite staffs alaries, they cannot even demand good serv ice. W ith the sale of BTC Bahamians will e ventually be able to buy shares in the comp any and have share certificates to prove that finally they do own a piece of BTC. A lthough Bernard Evans, BCPOU president, claims that unionists are against the sale of BTC, there are unions that have refused to join in his protest. Many are particularly upset after his reckless threats promising unrest similar to the violence in the past few weeks in Egypt. Mr Evans has asked Bahamians to have p atience with BTC because the publics ser vices will be affected somewhat because of the union protest. M r Evans seems to forget that Bahamians h ave exercised years of patience, grudging ly tolerating their high prices and indifferent service. Now that Bahamians see a way out and a deliverer on the horizon, they are ready to jump ship. Patience is at an end. Let St. Valentine be our model and inspiration for life and humanity LETTERS l Competition toughened Cable & Wireless BCPOU membership does not back Bernard Evans any more EDITOR, The Tribune. The Bahamas Governments efforts and its support of the police crime fighting campaign must be commended. The anklets for accused persons on bail, the increase in equipment for police patrols, the rapid recruitment and training of new police officers, the 8M$ made available to the police budget and the recent announcement of the court to hear gun cases. The latter is most important and if properly administrated could be amost important weapon in the war on crime. The court must give priority to the gun cases, early trials and appropriate sentences of those convicted. It is an opportunity to get those potential murderers, heartless hoodlums and terrorists at least for a short period giving police troops time to concentrate on new suspects and not be engaging so many repeat offenders daily. The success of the Court will depend on the strength of the prosecutor in his efforts to oppose bail and to ensure speedy trials, the police departments effort to have witnesses available for early trials and the magistrates full cooperation in dealing with the potential killers. The Police Staff Associa tion must impress upon its members the need for their full cooperation in attending the court. It must be made clear to criminals that moving around with a gun in their possession will not be tolerated. It is hoped that the private sector, through the Chamber of Commerce would support the police crime fighting initiatives by providing funds to reward persons, who give information that lead to arrests and recovery of guns. Rewards could be considered for information in cases of murder. As we say in the Caribbean money talks let us get some money out there to loosen some tongues. The polices magnificent efforts to eradicate guns from our streets could be one answer to our crime problem. We served with honour, we remember with pride. PAUL THOMPSON Sr Freeport, Grand Bahama, February 9, 2011. Governments support of police crime fighting campaign must be commended


OPPOSITION spokesman on Housing and National Insurance Shane Gibson drew attention to shoddyw orkmanship on government homes being built in Grand Bahama yesterday and the sizable sums of money being spent by the government to repair them. In a statement, Mr Gibson said he listened with keen interest as homeowners in Grand Bahama described in detail the horrific experience they were made to endure as a result of shoddy workmanship in their homesb uilt since May 2, 2007. This is significant, Mr Gibson said, because Kenneth Russell and Brensil Rolle have laid claim to fames ince being appointed Minister and Parliamentary Secr etary for housing respectively. Despite the taxpayers being burdened with a senior a nd junior Minister and with b oth of them in the House of Assembly vowing never to allow faulty houses to beb uilt during their tenure in office, houses built in Ardas-tra Gardens incurred extens ive repairs in excess of $ 50,000 each last year. We n ow see this disgraceful and shameful debacle raising its u gly head once again, this time in Grand Bahama, the so-called FNM country.S carce public funds are being f ritted away whilst Russell and Rolle are asleep at the w heel, he said. Mr Gibson added it was not enough for Messrs Rus sell and Rolle to simply say t hat they would repair the houses as quickly as possible. The public will recall that R ussell, Rolle and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham pounded on their chests andb oastfully proclaimed and v owed that faulty houses would never be constructed under the watch of the FNM. To ensure that focused attention was brought to the governments housing pro-g ramme, the Prime Minister removed the responsibility for National Insurance and Urban Renewal from the portfolio of Russell and Rolle so they could concentrate on Housing, yet the construction of faulty houses from shoddy workmanship continuesu nabated. I cry shame of Russell and Rolle who have brought additional misery to the lives of struggling Bahamians. When this happened under my watch as Minister, they all blamed me personally. Now that it is happening under their watch, what do they do? They blame the contractors; by the same rule they applied to me as Minister they must now withs hame personally accept full blame. This is the type of hypocrisy this FNM Government has become known for,a nd I call on the Prime Minister to immediately termin ate these two individuals and appoint a person to oversee the Housing programme in the Bahamas. Over the ensuing months I will reveal more evidence of shoddy work and the construction of faulty housing byt his administration, Mr Gib son vowed. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Shane Gibson hits out at shoddy workmanship in GB government homes H OUSINGCONCERNS: Shane Gibson


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n T HE covert participation of Christian parents in the criminal activities of their children is at the core of the social malaise affecting the Bahamas, saida senior pastor during a crime forum. Bishop Simeon Hall, senior pastor at NewC ovenant Baptist Church, called on Bahamians, especially those who populate churches, to do what is right and Christian and not participate in crime and illegal activities in any way. Our unfettered support for all law enforcement agencies must mean that each citizen assumes to his or herself to obey all the laws in all areas of daily life and living, he said. Minister of National S ecurity Tommy Turnquest, who participated in the panel discussion, said something is wrong when parents do nothing, having o bserved their children w ith a $15,000 annual salary, a $40,000 car in the front yard, and thousands of dollars in their pockets. In his near four years of service as minister, he said he know of only one or two c ases of a mother ever turni ng her son into the authori ties. B ishop Hall issued a call t o Bahamians in an envi ronment of anticipation over planned protest action against the governments sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless. Unionists have warned they may turn thec ountry into a small Egypt. We call on all Bahamians to resist any and all attempts to achieve their d esired goals, however n oble, through illegal and destructive means, said Bishop Hall. The men spoke on a range of security related topics to an audience of ministers of religion. Bisho p Hall commended the g overnments efforts to s treamline the prosecution o f gun related crimes with t he designation of a magis t rate court as a gun court. No guns are made anyw here in the Bahamas and t he number of guns which proliferate our communities reflects poorly on those responsible with guarding our borders; ports of entry and pleasure boats, said Bishop Hall. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Pastor criticises covert participation of parents in their childrens crimes CRIMECONCERNS: Bishop Simeon Hall BAHAMIAN WATCHMAKER COMPLETES BREITLING COURSE IN SWITZERLAND WATCHMAKER: Jerome Grey working on time piece. BREITLING PRESENTS Jerome Grey with Level 2 Certificate. Pictured from left to right: Nicolas Simmons, Manager, Breitling Boutique; Jerome Grey, Breitling Level II Watch Maker; Francois Giradet, Breitlings, Director of Breitling International After-Sales Service; Edward Gibby, Breitling Caribbean Representative. JEROME GRAY a newly-certified Bahamian watchmaker located at the Breitling Boutique on Bay Street, Nassau, returned from Switzerland recently with spe cialised training that raises the bar for quality service in the Bahamas. He successfully completed multiple training courses at Breitling headquarters in Grenchen before earning the destinction that will allow him to service more than 70 per cent of all watches that Breitling manufac tures. Mr Gray is currently the only person in the Bahamas with Level II certification training from Swiss-based Breitling. Shar e your news The Tribune 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 area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


POLICE Commissioner Ellison Greenslade has paid tribute to retired assistant commissioner Basil Dean who died on Friday. M r Greenslade described M r Dean as a fearless detective who was an inspiration to many young men and women on the force. Assistant Commissioner D ean leaves a legacy of productivity, success, courage, loyalty, and integrity defined o ver many years of committ ed and dedicated service to t he people of The B ahamas, said Mr G reenslade. He made numerous sacrifices in the face of tremendous dangers during a lifelong career in law enforcement in The Bahamas and he molded the lives of many young aspiring men and women in the Force and provided effective leadership examples for them to follow. Because of his contributions to succession planning in the Force, many young B ahamians have been elevated to lofty heights previously unknown. Assistant Commissioner D ean was a fearless detect ive whose reputation and tenacity in getting the jobd one was well known t hroughout The Bahamas. To his credit is the successful resolution of many notable criminal investigations and the charging and prosecution of many notorious felons. His stellar leadership attributes were evidenced d aily and attracted the best and the brightest young aspirants who were eager to p rove their worth in the policing arena. In addition to his comp etence and productivity in t he criminal investigation a rena, Assistant Commissioner D ean spent many years in t he Police Training College where he molded the characters of numerous serving officers who are now leaders in The Royal Bahamas Police Force. In retirement Assistant Commissioner Dean remained intimately conn ected with the Royal B ahamas Police Force and never hesitated to provide assistance and to support Force initiatives by his presence and his wider commun ity influence. He looked forward to every fellowship with his law enforcement a lma mater whenever the o pportunity arose and his c ontributions were always p ositive and meaningful. Assistant Commissioner D ean was dedicated to making the Bahamas a safer place to live, visit, work, and play and he had no tolerance for anyone who would seek to disrupt the peace and serenity of our communities. He spent most of his life doing what he loved best and he was the best at doing what he loved. All members of the Roya l Bahamas Police Force owe a significant debt of gratitude to Assistant Commissioner Dean and will forever cherish his memory and t he positive contributions he has made to nation building. We are proud of the life he l ived and we are proud to r emember him as one of our f inest sons. M r Dean, who served as s enior vice president of secur ity and surveillance at Atlantis after his retirement from the force, died at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Florida. Having been diagnosed w ith colon cancer three years ago, Mr Dean was said to be undergoing treatment a t the clinic when he suff ered a massive seizure. He d ied as a result. He was 63. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Commissioner pays tribute to fearless detective Basil Dean MINISTERPRESENTSPOLICETEAMWITHWINNINGTROPHY RIGHT: Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest (centre v in Dames (right trophy to Anthony Rolle of the Royal Bahamas Police Force basketball team. The Bahamas officers wonthe event on Saturday night defeating the Jamaican Defence Force at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. B ELOW: T he Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band perform during the halftime show. SEE SPORTSSECTIONFORFULLSTORY FELIPE MAJOR /TRIBUNE STAFF Retired police chief who died on Friday made numerous sacrifices TRIBUTE: Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade


By SIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplo-m at). THERE should be no doubt that the people of the Caribbean Community( CARICOM) are well aware that failure of the regional integration project to contribute to solving the urgent problems, which now beset their countries, is really a failure of leadership. I n a thoughtful almost despairing column last week entitled A new commitmentto regionalism, my friend and colleague, David Jessop, recorded his troubling conversations with a wide range o f Caribbean visitors on where the regional integrat ion process is going. He reported that to a person, all w ere concerned that national s elf-interest and the absence o f vision among leaders were p ulling the Caribbean apart and removing any ambition f or taking the regional project forwards. As I was about to write this c ommentary, I received an em ail from a distinguished and l earned Caribbean person w ho has held ministerial office in the region and whose regional contacts are wide and d iverse. T he e-mail said: The real problem is that there is no o ne among the reigning politi cal class of vision and intellect sufficient to provide the leadership. There is, too, no technician of the calibre of (William D emas or (Sir Alister t yre. Additionally, the impact o f the recession has left the politicians with no time for the integration movement. They are really pushed onto a survival path struggling as t hey all do with growing u nemployment and serious f inancial problems both on t heir current and foreign accounts. The virtual abandonment o f the integration movement is unfortunate, for a fully functioning, expanded ande nriched integration will in t he end be the buffer against some of the very problems which we are currently exper iencing. And, therein lies the rub there is a lack of understand i ng that a fully functioning, expanded and enriched integration could help to solvem any of the problems that now confront CARICOM c ountries. W hat the region needs now is more not less integration, for not one of its member countries not even Trinidad and Tobago with its o il and gas resources can h ope to maintain its autonom y in a globalized world in which the rich and powerful are intent upon a new kind of dominance; one which marginalizes small countriesw hose concerns become i mportant only when they c oincide with the interests of t he powerful. The leaders of CARICOM, therefore, should bes trengthening and sharpening the regional integration process as a vital instrumenti n improving the conditions o f their countries individually and collectively. But, the process has to s tart with a willingness by leaders to talk with each other frankly, openly and withe mpathy, and it has to be infused with an acknowledgment that they have sidet racked the regional integration process, and must put it back on a main track because their countries need it. T he conversation has to be underlined by a desire tor each collective decisions w hich take account of the circ umstances of each in trying t o achieve benefits for all. The present media squabb le over an announcement by those in Trinidad and Tobagow ho own and control C aribbean Airlines Limited (CAL with LIAT in some Eastern Caribbean destinations, and the response of the Prime Minister of St Vincent & the Grenadines, Ralph Gon s alves, epitomizes the absence of dialogue at appropriate levels in the region. O ne would hope that if the region now had a strong Sec-r etary-General as the Chief E xecutive Officer of the r egional movement, he or she would have stepped-in long ago not only to diffuse thisi ssue, but to steer the leaders involved to a path of cooperation that could realize mutually beneficial objectives. B ut the truth is that the regional movement now needs more than a strong Secr etary-General, it requires a complete overhaul of the entire CARICOM machinery,b eginning with a renewed commitment to regionalismb y leaders. New priorities have to be set for CARICOM and many of its dead-weight issues dropped; both sufficient finan-c ial resources and appropriate skills have to be employed to accomplish the priorities which must include strategic partnerships with the private sector and with international partners including China,I ndia and Brazil to help crank-up economic growth through investment and employment. All is not well in CARICOM. Indeed, much of it is ailing, and while the regional p roject weakens, all of its member countries are being l eft behind in the global race for betterment. T here are also some stark r ealities that should be conf ronted, not to jab accusatory f ingers but to see how best these realities can be used to i mprove national economies and the region as a whole. Here are some of the reali ties. Trinidad and Tobago h as consistently maintained t he smallest percentage of i ntra-regional imports, as a percentage of total imports, averaging less than 2 per cent e ach year between 2004 and 2 009 and valued at its highest point in 2008 at US$121 million. On the flip side,T rinidad and Tobago has enjoyed the largest increase in intra-regional exports from U S$859 million in 2004 to U S$3.2 billion in 2008 ( source: Caricom Secretariat Trade and Investment report 2 010). That surplus alone which many regional producersa scribe to unfair advantage due to cheaper sources of energy should encourageT rinidad and Tobago to work with its CARICOM partners to invest some of that trade surplus not in give-aways but in bankable projects that would bring mutual benefitst o all. A further reality is that J amaica is the largest intraregional importer, due in part to its larger population size. Jamaican manufacturers cry out about the unfair advan-t age of Trinidad manufacturers, but the CARICOM treaty allows Jamaican manufacturers to establish a manufacturing presence in Trinidad and to also take advantage of cheaper energy. T here are myriad ways in which CARICOM can benefit all its members, if there is a resolve to approach the regional project with a can do and not will not do attitude. And, there is much that C ARICOM should be doing collectively. T ourism the engine of economic growth for the m ajority of countries is s truggling and desperately n eeds combined regional a ction that it is not getting. Here again are some facts: B etween 1998 and 2008, tourist arrivals in CARICOM grew at an average rate of 2p er cent per year while the w orld average was 6.5 per c ent per year. A rrivals in CARICOM fell to 5.96 million in 2008 from all time high of 6.16 million i n 2007. T he years 2009 and 2010 showed no improvement and introduced many new chal-l enges. To revitalize the industry and to make it globally competitive requires r egional creativity and regiona l action. C ARICOM needs strong leadership, a new vision and n ew and relevant priorities in a more dynamic structure. Only the leaders can begint he process of overhauling it for the benefit of the regions people. Responses and previous commentaries at: P AGE 8, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARICOM: Its leadership thats needed WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS


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Like jewellery that accessorises your home, these details can make quite a statement about your pride of ownership. Another way to show off is to reduce your furnishings by at least 25 per cent througho ut the house, even if you have to pay for storage. This will convey a sense of open space to potential purchasers as they size up the interior for their own belongings. No old or outdated furnishings should be visible! Finally, when your home is being shown, you can subconsciously influence buyers through their noses. I t may sound silly, but its proven that a home smelling of freshly made bread or cookies has a chance of generating more offers. Of course, a spotless kitchen helps to increase that impact. Remember to conveniently stay out of the way of your BREA agent and his/her clients when they are viewing your home. Conveying cleanliness and comfort t hroughout your home will make a lasting impression, so dont overlook the power of the senses! Tip of the week: RememberPrice it right and have your home in A1 condition if you want the quick sale. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) REALESTATE: Sights and smells By GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services THEIndian government wants to construct an information technology centre for Bahamians. This was confirmed by Indias High Commissioner to the Bahamas and Jamaica, Mohinder S. Grover. He was in Nassau last weekend for the signing of a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA and India. Mr. Grover was accompanied by State Bank of India officials Vikas Chandra, chief executive officer, and Vijay Panda, manager. Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Zhivargo Laing who signed on behalf of the Bahamas, lauded Indias contribution to the Bahamian society. Mr. Grover said the project will begin when a formal agreement is in place. A memorandum of understanding is being worked on. The centre will utilise Indian hardware and software, to train hundreds of Bahamian students s o that they can get skills in infor mation technology and contribute to the development of their country, Mr. Grover said. Given the Bahamas push toward e-government and using technology to drive economic growth and development, said Minister Laing, an IT centre w ould be a marvelous develop ment. India is very well accomplished in information technology and having the benefit of their expertise to help drive training and development for people in that area would be an immeasurable contribution. I absolutely look forw ard to the evolution of that. A similar information technol ogy centre was established in Jamaica. The Minister of Education has been invited to tour it to determine whether it can be adapted or modified to suit the objectives of the Bahamas. During this visit Mr. Grover m et with officials who have been tasked with working out the requirements of a curriculum so that we can harness the full poten tial and benefit of this proposed information technology centre. The tax information exchange agreement with India was the 24th signed by the Bahamas and the third with a major Asian nation. Mr Laing hailed India, the worlds largest democracy, as one of the emerging giants on the global economic landscape. Both countries are active par ticipants in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD Forum on Transparency and Tax Information Exchange and its peer review committee. The involvement of both our governments in the international t ax co-operation work of the UN and the OECD, as well as the conclusion of this TIEA, said Mr. Laing, further demonstrates the mutual commitment we share for the effective implementation of accepted international standards for financial regulation and crossborder co-operation. The Government is confident that the continued expansion of its tax cooperation network fur t her enhances The Bahamas position as a choice international comm ercial centre in which, and from which, to conduct business. Mr. Grover said the TIEA will be a springboard for further economic cooperation, it will fur ther facilitate economic interac tion, and it will enable us to explore more avenues for cooperation. India plans to build information technology centre for Bahamians ABOVE: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Zhivargo Laing (right and Indias High Commissioner to the Bahamas and Jamaica, Mohinder S. Grover, sign a tax information exchange agreement. At far left is Vikas Chandra, chief executive officer, State Bank of India. The Ministry of Finances administrative cadet Mario Roland is assisting. RIGHT: Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance Zhivargo Laing (right accepts a gift from Indias High Commissioner to The Bahamas and Jamaica, Mohinder S. Grover following the signing a tax agreement.


I NSIGHT P AGE 10B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM TEHRAN, Iran Associated Press IRAN'Sopposition on Sunday renewed its call for a rally in sup p ort of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt despite a government warn ing of repercussions if demonstrat ions take place, a reformist website r eported. In a statement published on, the opposition urgedi ts supporters to rally on Monday in c entral Tehran and accused the gov ernment of hypocrisy by voicing sup p ort for the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings while refusing to allow Iranian political activists to stage a peaceful demonstration. W ary of a reinvigorated opposi tion at home, Iranian authorities have detained several activists and journalists in recent weeks and opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi was put under house arrest, apparently i n connection with the request to s tage the rally. The statement said further restrictions on Karroubi and fellow oppo-s ition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi w ere a sign of the "increasing weak ness and fear of the government about the most peaceful civil andp olitical rights" of Iranians. In another report, Kaleme said many university students as well as a r eformist cleric group have promised to attend the rally. But it was not clear whether the rally would actually take place. Many opposition calls for d emonstrations in the past months have gone unheeded. Still, the opposition's persistence has placed the government in a bind. Iran's hard-line rulers who have also tried to capitalize on the uprising a gainst their regional rivals in Egypt 's U.S.-allied regime are seeking to deprive their own opponents at home of any chance to reinvigorate am ovement swept from the streets in a heavy military crackdown. Both Mousavi and Karroubi have compared the unrest in Egypt andT unisia with their own postelection protest movement in 2009, which the Iranian government eventually man a ged to quash. Mousavi said Iran's demonstrations were the starting point for the recent revolts in Cairo and Tunis, and that all the uprisings a imed at ending the "oppression of the rulers." The protests that swept Iran in the months after the 2009 vote grew into a larger movement opposed to Iran's ruling system. It was the biggest chall enge faced by Iran's clerical leaders hip since it came to power in the 1979 revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah. H undreds of thousands peacefully t ook to the streets in support of Mousavi, and some powerful clerics sided with the opposition. H owever a heavy military crack down suppressed the protests, and many in the opposition from m idlevel political figures to street activists, journalists and human rights workers were arrested. The opposition has not been able t o hold a major protest since December 2009. Iranian opposition defies warning, calls for rally A PRO-GOVERNMENT I ranian demonstrator holds an anti-Mubarak placard as another one holds a poster of Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a gatheri ng in support of Egyptians protests, after their Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011. (AP RAMALLAH, West Bank Associated Press THE PALESTINIANleadership in the West Bank promised to hold long-overdue general elections by Sep tember, a surprise move spurred by political unrest rocking the Arab world and embarrassing TV leaks about peace talks with Israel. In principle, elections could help end the deep political split between West Bankbased President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic mili tant Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, the other territo ry the Palestinians want for their state. Hamas immediately ruled out participation, saying the vote was meant to divert attention from the scandal caused by the secret documents uncovered by the AlJazeera satellite channel last month. Still, it could become diffi cult for Hamas to reject elec tions at a time of growing calls for democracy through out the Middle East. Hamas itself has praised the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as a victory for the Egyptian people. In a sign of the political damage caused by the leaks, chief Palestinian peace nego tiator Saeb Erekat announced his resignation Saturday. Erekat has been widely vili fied since Al-Jazeera, citing hundreds of internal documents, alleged last month that Palestinian negotiators secretly offered far-reaching concessions to Israel. The call for elections came a day after Mubarak stepped down, forced out by mass protests against his ironfisted 30-year rule. The Egyptian uprising and another success ful revolt in Tunisia a month earlier have inspired calls for democratic reform throughout the region. Abbas aide Yasser Abed Rabbo said Saturday that preparations were under way for legislative and presiden tial elections later this year. "We call on parties to put aside all of their differences and to focus on conducting the elections by September at the latest," he told a news conference. He did not give a firm date for the vote. The announcement appeared to be an act of des peration by an embattled gov ernment that has been weakened by the standstill in peace efforts with Israel, its rivalry with Hamas and the loss of its key Arab ally in Egypt. Mubarak had served as an important mediator between Israel and the Palestinians, and rallied Arab support for Abbas when needed. Abbas is still feeling the aftershocks from Al-Jazeera's reports on "The Palestine Papers." The documents showed that in 2008 Abbas agreed to major concessions toward Israel by dropping claims to parts of east Jerusalem, the hoped-for Palestinian capital, and acknowledging that most Palestinian refugees would never return to the lost properties in what is now Israel. Erekat, known for his fre quent appearances in both the English and Arabic media, said he resigned as chief nego tiator because the documents were leaked by someone from his office. With the call for elections, Abbas is trying to signal that he is attentive to his people's demands. By putting his job on the line, he can portray himself as a leader commit ted to democracy. It was not clear whether Abbas, who has said he would step down after his current term, would seek re-election. But the move is a gamble. With peace talks on hold, Abbas and his Fatah party will have no major accomplishment to present to vot ers. And Hamas, which seized Gaza from Abbas' forces in 2007, said it would not participate in the elections. Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, called the election "illegitimate." "Hamas will not participate or recognize or give any cover for this election and we consider this announcement as a conspiracy against the Palestinian people," he said. Hamas, an Iranian-backed militant group, rejects peace with Israel. The elections appeared to be part of a broader strategic shift by Abbas in recent months. Abbas has largely given up on a peace deal and as an alternative plans to seek international recognition of Palestinian independence. September is shaping up to be an important month for the Palestinians. At that time, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expects to complete a two-year process of building the state from the ground up. The Palestinians have also signaled they will ask the U.N. Security Council, whose decisions are legally binding, to formally recognize an independent Palestine at that time. Israeli officials have dismissed the Palestinian tactics, saying unilateral recognitions will not change the situation on the ground and that there is no replacement for direct negotiations. However, Netanyahu's hardline government, already reluctant to making deep concessions to the Palestinians, appears unlikely to make any bold offers while the Egyptian situation remains fluid. Palestinians to hold elections by September PALESTINIAN holds up an Egyptian flag during a demonstration in support of the Egyptian people, outside the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, yesterday. (AP KABUL, Afghanistan Associated Press AMIDsurging demand for rare-earth minerals usedi n everything from cell p hones to gas-saving cars, Afghans are dreaming of cashing in on vast deposits they believe lie beneath their feet. The problem is that they a re in one of the country's m ost dangerous spots, on the south bank of the Helmand River in southern Afghanistan, where fighting rages in a traditionalT aliban stronghold. T hat Afghanistan sits on vast mineral wealth has been detailed in several surveys, the most extensive of which were conducted byt he Soviets in the 1970s. Mining companies, both Afghan and foreign,a lready have shown interest, notably in its copper, iron and oil. L ast month, Afghan offic ials proudly presented what they say is $3 trillion worth of deposits scattered throughout the country, more than triple the initial d ollar amount estimated by t he U.S. Defense Departm ent last June. But with poor infrastructure and security thatr anges from precarious to downright prohibitive,t here is a limit to how much t he country can hope for, a t least in the medium term. Among the most exciting right now are the rare e arths, with a spat between China and Japan last fall highlighting China's nearmonopoly on the minerals. I n 2007 the U.S. Geological Survey estimated 1.4 million metric tons of rare-e arth elements lie in southwest Helmand. The Afghan Ministry of Mines sayst here is more elsewhere in the country, "huge deposits" overall, accord ing to Jalil Jumriani, who d eals with policy and pro motion at the ministry in Kabul. The U.S. Defense Department's Task Forcefor Business and Stability O perations estimates the K hanneshin area in Hel mand holds some $89 billion in rare earths and nio b ium, minerals strategic for high tech and industrial industries. "This deposit could rep resent a long-term devel opment opportunity for H elmand province that would create jobs across thes pectrum from low-skilled laborers to chemists, physi cists and engineers," the task force said in a statement last month. USGS scientists are analyzing samples taken over the past 18 months from Helmand to determine what exactly is there in the way of the 17 rare-earth minerals. Jack Medlin, a USGS specialist, said it was too soon to call it "a world-class rare-earths deposit. We're not there yet. We will be there probably by midsummer." Jumriani said officials were treading cautiously. Once the picture clears and the mining law is over hauled to define investors' rights, Afghanistan will hold a road show to present its rare-earth deposits, pos sibly this summer in Hong Kong or Singapore. "We want to take these steps slowly, and we want to make sure that the people in Afghanistan can get the real benefits of this," Jumriani said. Rare-earth minerals are used in areas as diverse ascell phones, hybrid car bat teries, defense industries and wind turbines, and China accounts for 97 percentof production. China has 30 percent of the world's rare-earth deposits, but the United States, Australia and oth ers stopped mining their own a decade ago because it was cheaper to buy Chi nese ores. Several companies now plan to resume production in North Amer ica and Australia. RARE-EARTH SHORTAGE? AFGHANS THINK THEY CAN HELP


B y CONSTABLE 3011 M AKELLE PINDER DRUGawareness provides a reality check and resource for parents to understand the issues their children a re experiencing. Children are bombarded with opportunities, from egging to shoplifting. Experimenting, using and abusing drugs is every parents nightmare. Recognising the signs and behaviour of drug use and working with y our child is better than going t hrough drug rehabilitative treatment later. A parents biggest asset i s communication and setting high family values W HERE DO I START? D rug awareness education for y our child should begin and continue at home, be enhanced throughc lassroom education and be prom oted by law enforcement. M ake sure you are open and hon est with children let them know experimenting and using drugs are not accepted practises at your home. U tilise resources from schools, churches and community groups to p rovide accurate information since parents need to know as much about drugs as their children do! F inally, look to local law enforcement who often speak at public m eetings and in schools. Additional resources can be found o n-line. WHAT IS OUT THERE? L earning about drugs is easiest when they are classified into 4 categ ories: Hallucinogens: Block the brains p ain receptors. Time and movement seem to slow. Speech is difficult to u nderstand and users hallucinate. Physical effects include loss of appetite, dilated pupils, increasedh eart rate and sleeplessness. Common names: PCP, Angel Dust, Magic Mushrooms, White Lightening. Stimulants: Make the heart beat f aster which result in elevated blood p ressure, blurred vision, dizziness, a nd anxiety or sleep deprivation. S timulants may cause stroke or h eart failure. Taken orally, injected o r inhaled. Common names: Speed, Crank, and Crystal Meth. Depressants: Same effects as alcohol slurred speech and altered perception of reality. Many are in colourful pill form large doses often r esults in convulsions or death. Narcotics: Addictive drugs that reduce pain, alters the mood andb ehaviour may induce sleep. Excess ive amounts suppress the ability to breathe and can cause coma or con vulsions. Common names: Opium, M orphine, LSD, Demerol, Hillbilly and Heroin. W HAT DO I LOOK FOR? Sight: Look at your child are t heir eyes and cheeks flushed red? A re the pupils overly constricted or d ilated? Are there strange burns on t he mouth or fingers? Do long s leeves hide marks? Nosebleeds? Smell: Most drugs leave telltale smells. If you notice smells on the breath or clothing be concerned! Be cognitive of overused breath fresheners or heavy perfumes to mask smells. S ound: L isten to what your child says (or doesnt say S ilence should be a clue! If grades s tart slipping, be aware of possible d rug abuse. Other indicators include skipping school, quitting extracurricular activities and loosing moti-v ation. Should you need more information on Drug Awareness or if you have information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to con tact the police at or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Provi-d ence), 1-300-8476 (Family Island or If you know of Individuals who may be inneed of counselling ande motional support please contact the Department of Social Services hotline number at 322-2763. P AGE 10, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office Drug Awareness: A Parents Guide


INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM front of a row of Egyptian military and national flags and read t he council statement, proclaimi ng that the military is "looking forward to a peaceful transition .. to permit an elected civil a uthority to be in charge of the c ountry to build a democratic f ree nation." T he military statement also s aid Egypt will "abide by all regional and international t reaties and agreements, and commitments" reassurance to its top ally the United States that E gypt's 1979 peace accord with Israel is not in danger. I sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the s tatement, saying the treaty "has g reatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for p eace and stability in the entire Middle East." Turmoil Israel has been deeply concerned that Egypt's turmoil could threaten the peace accord, the first between an Arab nation and Israel. But Egypt's militarys trongly supports the peace deal, not in small part because it guar antees U.S. aid for the armed f orces, currently running at $1.3 b illion a year. While anti-Israeli feeling is strong in Egypt, few so far seriously call for the treaty's abrogation. A lso, the Supreme Council asked the current government, installed by Mubarak afterp rotests broke out Jan. 25, and provincial governors to "contin-ue their activities until a new government is formed." I t did not say when that would h appen, but it seemed to imply the army would draw one up to replace the current one. T he move to keep the govern ment of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in place appeared to be a stopgap measure to keep the state and economy functioning at a time when the country is try ing to recover from the economic fallout of the upheaval. For days, many businesses and shops were closed, much of Cairo's population of 18 million stayed home under heavy cur few, and foreign tourists one of the top sources of revenues fled the country. Earlier this week, even as businesses began to reopen on a wide scale, labor s trikes erupted around the count ry, many at state industries or b ranches of the bureaucracy. The Supreme Council statem ent asked the public, particul arly the millions in the government sector, to "work to push the economy forward," an apparent call for everyone to return to work. The military relaxed the curfew now to run from midnight t o 6 a.m. instead of 8 p.m. to 6 a .m. and the stock market a nnounced plans to reopen on W ednesday after a closure of n early three weeks. T he other force that has hardly been heard from yet is the remainder of Mubarak's regime, which was accused of widespread corruption and authoritarianism but also has the experience in the nitty gritty of running the c ountry, unlike the military. Members of Mubarak's National Democratic Party still d ominate ministries, parliament, s tate industries and other bodi es. The powerful security forces, accused of widespread use of torture and involvement in pastv ote rigging, remain empowered by the emergency law that gives them wide authorities of arrest. The regime remainders are b attered. Some of its top per sonalities were purged in Mubarak's last days. Seeking to placate protester demands, thep ublic prosecutor has launched a corruption investigation into four of the millionaire businessmanp oliticians who came to domi n ate the NDP under the leader ship of Mubarak's son, Gamal former ministers Ahmed Maghrabi, Rashid MohammedR ashid and Zuheir Garana as well as ex-ruling party figure Ahmed Ezz. O n Saturday, the prosecutor general asked European coun tries to freeze the assets of the four. He also announced a travelb an on former prime minister A hmed Nazif, former interior minister Habib el-Adly and information minister Anas elFiqqi, who told state TV on Saturday that he has now resigned his post. But much of the regime is in place too entrenched to call "former" and parts of it may resist changes that threaten their position. The security forces, in particular, have hardly been heard from since they were p ulled off the streets during the crisis following clashes with protesters and replaced by the army. R egime figures are certain to play a role in the transition. The question is how much of a role the military will give them and tow hat degree it will let in other v oices. The protest organizers say they so far have had no direct talksw ith the military. "There are no channels of communications between us and the army but some public figures can help us,"s aid Harb. He said "prominent figures" may play a mediating role. Rallies T he coalition that called for the Tahrir protest camp to be lifted and replaced by weekly rallies is highly influential in the square. But they do not claim to be its leaders and often say they can't defy the will of the "revo lution." It is made up of several youth activist groups, including supporters of reform advocate and Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and youth from the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. On Saturday, there was no sign that protesters were heading h ome from Tahrir, and the tent city set up to accommodate them remained largely in place. If any did leave, they were replaced byc rowds streaming in to celebrate. F amilies with children and rev elers filled the square, dancing, singing and chanting, their facesp ainted in the black-red-andwhite colors of the national flag.A rock band with an electric gui tar played on a stage, vendorss old popcorn. One man on the sidewalk had a stand with dozens of wallets that had been taken from pick pockets caught in the square, and people came by to try find their lost property. At one corner of the square, a memorial to the around 300 peo ple killed in the turmoil was erected, with pictures of some of them on the sidewalk surrounded by velvet ropes. Elsewhere a group of artists lowered a fourmeter-tall (13 foot ite to the ground with a crane, planning to engrave it with the names of the dead as a memorial. The day of beautifying Tahrir Square," a giant banner read. Piles of trash were packed into bags. Young men repaintedc urbs in the black-and-white patt ern used in Cairo, then stood in lines to prevent crowds from marring the wet paint. Burnt-outv ehicles used as barricades during the fighting were towed away. Among many was a powerful o ptimism that in the days ahead the military, which allowed protests to grow without interfering over the course of the cri sis, was now sincere in ensuring democratic change. "I have full confidence in the army, they are the cleanest insti tution in the whole country and I know they'll do the right thing," said Mustafa al-Husseini, a 25year-old electrical engineer who left his work 10 days ago to protest in the square. "The Egyptian army is made up of people like us and it's not their job to get into politics. They'll guide us through a peaceful transition." Protesters press for voice in an Egyptian democracy A N EGYPTIAN GIRL w aves a national flag as she celebrates near Tahrir Square in Cairo street, Egypt, Saturday. (AP E GYPTIAN PRESIDENT H osni Mubarak stepped down on Friday. (AP FROM page 12B


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The managers IA expired on October 1, 2007. Provisions in the old a greement allow it to roll o ver until a new agreement i s negotiated. Managers claim the old agreement rolled over with the exclusion of salary related clauses. As a result, manager salaries have been frozenf rom about 2006. A t the same time, a new I A was put in place at least t wo years ago for line staff. This has resulted in somel ine salaries eclipsing those o f management, said Mr Dean. Since the workers union has about 1,000 members a nd the management union only has about 100, Mr Dean said the psychology o f the executive managem ent is that they don't h ave the same fear for us. S ince managers are a ssumed to be highly educ ated professionals, the executive management is more afraid of the work ers resorting to industrial action and cutting out the lights. In a statement last week, B EC's executive management said they were unaware of the unions c oncerns. The body cons ists of Kevin Basden, gene ral manager, Michael Moss, executive chairman, and Antoinette Turnquest,a ssistant GM for industrial relations matters and human resources. T he statement encoura ged union leaders to meet with the executive man agement. It reassured the public of the corporationsc ommitment to working closely with the BEUMU in the best interest of employees and customers. Union leaders are accusi ng the executive managem ent of manipulation. On February 3, the union wrote to the general manager to express its frustration. The last sentence of the letter, signed by the president, stated: As a result of all the (outstanding issues and broken promises) you are advised that you have succeeded in aggravating the members of this union. We are satisfied that we have done more than our share in the attempts to have our concerns resolved amicably and peacefully but to no avail. Effectively you have d isappointed and made all o f our members sick. Mr Dean said the union met with the executive management on December 2, 2010. In that meeting a counter proposal to the IA submitted by the union in 2007 was promised in five business days. Now, two months later, union leaders say no more negotiations. They are sick and tired, literally and figuratively. Mr Dean said they want the former IA to be rolled forward in its entirety. The annual salary increases the union wants paid retroactively from 2007 will proba bly amount to millions, s aid Mr Dean. But had they paid it way back then, they would have never felt it, he said. Union members are confident BEC will do what is in the best interest of the workers and the country. But if they dont, Mr Dean said he is confident the strike vote will pass and then no one knows what course of action will be taken. All options will be on the table in keeping with labour laws. Mr Dean said former attempts to be conciliatory were rejected, and now there is no way out for t he executive management except paying the people. Because we were sensitive to the economic situation we were willing to concede some things. We said give each manager a lump some payout and we would not worry about salary scale increases, which meant no pension fund contribution increases as well. They rejected that offer. Now we want to invoke Article 47. We want the entire industrial agreement as is to roll forward, he said. As for claims by BEC that managerial staff orchestrated and are e ngaged in an apparent sick-out, Mr Dean said that was not orchestrated. They were sick: sick and tired of what management is doing. He noted that the IA allows workers to be sick for two days without providing a medical certificate. It is only with more than five sick days without a medical certificate that workers are subject to disciplinary action, said Mr Dean. the land. A prominent Bahamian c hurch has been facilitating the lease arrangement. Everybody thinks Haitians steal the land. That is not how it goes. They have to pay lease to someone, a nd it is usually a Bahamian person living in a high place. They are not telling the truth and you would bes urprised to know the names, said J etta Baptiste, Bahamian attorney and president of the Haitian Bahamian Society of the Bahamas. It is so sad because the government knows. All of these people say they pay and they have been payingf or years, said Mrs Baptiste. Residents of Mackey Yard, the Haitian village that recently burned down, said they lived free of charge, b ut many are under the impression the land is owned by the Mackey family, and administered by Kenny M ackey. Mr Mackey denies being responsible for the land, although hea dmits his family once was involved a nd authorised some people to live t here. The only one who had permission a re those my parents left there and one or two offspring who are no l onger even there. Those people c ame there, they were told not to b uild, said Mr Mackey, speaking of n ewer residents. Mr Rolle said the government has now determined the land is Crown land. While Haitian residents in all of t he villages do not pay rent to Bahamians, most of the residents are made to believe that someone owns the land and has given permission for its use, said a Bahamian, who represents Haitian immigrants. Another Bahamian said Haitian r esidents have been manipulated and victimised from a number of fronts. W hile the large majority of residents in Haitian villages are undocu mented immigrants, some estimates p ut the number of Haitian immi grants with valid work permits at 30 to 40 per cent. There is also a small percentage of Bahamian citizens livi ng in the villages. Where many of the villages are l ocated, no one used to live around t here. These lands were in the bush. As time went along the land around w as developed, but these places were a lready there. What you see now, t hese villages are not new. They are e xpanding, but they are established. When they built in the bush nobody knew and nobody cared, said a land developer. Mr Rolle said many of the villages s prung up because people on these properties either worked for someo ne or paid someone who was a Bahamian national. He said the genesis of some villages is a Bahamian who may have farmed the land and hired one or two Haitian workers. I find it difficult to believe that in a community surrounded by Bahamians that immigrants just go and cap t ure that piece of land. I suspect they would have come to that property by the initiative of someone who ownedo r leased the land, or were seeking to develop the land. I suspect that is how most of these towns initially developed, said Mr Rolle. FROM page one BAHAMIANS COLLECTING RENT FROM HAITIAN SHANTY TOWNS BECstrike vote looms FROM page one GARDEN HILLS MP Brensil Rolle


( This is the first of a threep art series delivered by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the Eleventh Sir Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture in Grenada on January 28. (Sir Shridath, better known as Sonny Ramphal, s erved as the second Comm onwealth Secretary-General (1975-1990 previously served as the Foreign Minister of Guyana from 1972 to 1975. Sir Shridath was the Chanc ellor of the University of Warwick, then the Universit y of the West Indies. He a lso served as Chancellor o f the University of G uyana. He was made an H onorary Fellow of the R oyal Society of Arts and is vice-president of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He is the father-in-law of Sir Ronald Sanders, a weekly columnist in The Tribune). B y SIR SHRIDATH RAMPHAL I T was here in St Georges 9 5 years ago that T.A. Marryshow flew from the mast-head of his pioneering news p aper T he West Indian t he banner: The West Indies Must Be Westindian. Andon that banner Westindian was symbolically one joinedup word from the very first issue on 1 January 1915. In t he slogan was a double e ntendre. To be West Indian w as both the goal of selfdetermination attained andt he strategy of unity for reaching and sustaining it. Of course the goal of freedom kept changing its forma s the world changed: intern al self-government in the pre-war years; formal inde pendence in the post-war y ears; the reality of freedom i n the era of globalization; o vercoming smallness in a w orld of giants. But the strategy of regional unity, the strategy of oneness, would not change, at least not nominally: we called it by different names and pur-s ued it by different forms always with variable success: federation; integration, the OECS, CARIFTA, CARICOM, the CSME, the CCJ. It is that variable suc-c ess that today begs the question: Is the West Indies West Indian? Nearly 100 years after Marryshow a sserted that we must be, are we yet? Worse still, are we less so than we once w ere? Demographic T imes changed in the nineteen twenties and thirties between the worldw ars.The external economic and political environments changed; and the internal environments changed social, political and most of all demographic. Local control began to p ass to the hands of local c reoles, mainly professiona ls, later trade unionists, and for a while the new politicalc lass saw value in a strategy o f regional unity. Maryshows slogan the West Indies must be West Indian was evocative of it; and for two generations, West Indian unity was a progressive political credo. I t was a strategy that was to reach its apogee in the Federation of The West Indies: due to become inde-p endent in mid-1962. It is o ften forgotten that the the in the name of the n ew nation was consciously spelt with a capital T The West Indies an insistence on the oneness of the federated region. But, by then, that was verbal insistence against a contrary reali ty, already re-emerging. T he new political elites for whom unity offered a pathway to political power through independence had found by the 1960s that that pathway was opening u p regardless. In the event, regional unit y was no longer a pre-cond ition to local control. H ence, Norman Manleys d eal with McLeod and the r eferendum in Jamaica; and E ric Williams self-indulgentarithmetic that from left ; even the agony of the eight that ended the dream. Despite the rhetorical passion that had characterized the latter years o f the federal movement t he imperishable impulse for local control had revived, a nd the separatist instincts o f a controlling social and p olitical elite had prevailed. Within four months of the dispersion of the Federation( on the same day in May 1962 that it was to become a single independent member state of the Commonwealth) Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago became so sepa rately. We can act withs peed when we really want t o! B ut objective realities are not blown away by winds ofn arrow ambition, Indepen dence on a separate basis had secured local control; but the old nemesis of colo n ialism was replaced by the n ew suzerainty of globaliza tion. Independence, par ticularly for Caribbean m icro states, was not enough t o deliver elysium.Unit y no sooner discarded was back in vogue; but less a matter of the heart than of the head. In an interdependent world, which in the name of liberalization made no dist inctions between rich and p oor, big and small, regional unity was compulsive. West Indian states for all their new flags and anthems needed each other for survival; unity was the only p rotective kit they could afford. Only three years a fter the rending referend um came the first tentat ive steps to unity in 1965 w ith CARIFTA; tentat ive, because the old obsess ion with local control continued to trump oneness certainly in Cabinet Rooms; but in some privileged drawing rooms too; though less so in village markets and urbanstreet corn ers. Promises D espite the new external c ompulsions, therefore, the pursuit of even economic u nity, which publics largely accepted, has been a passage of attrition. It has taken us from 1965 to 2010 45 years to crawl through CARIFT A and CARICOM, through the fractured p romises of Chaguaramas and Grand Anse, and through innumerable pious D eclarations and Affirmations and Commitments. T he roll call of unfulfilled pledges and promises andu nimplemented decisions is s o staggering that in 2011 a cul de sac looms. A t Grand Anse in 1989 W est Indian political leaders declared that inspired by the spirit of co-operation and solidarity among us( we) are moved by the need to work expeditiously together to deepen the inte gration process and strengthen the Caribbean Community in all of its dimensions. They agreed as pecific work programme to be implemented over the next four years with primacy given towards the establishment, in the shortest possible time of a single market and economy. That was 22 years ago. The WestI ndian Commission (also e stablished at Grand Anse) confidently charted the way, declaring it a Time for A ction. West Indian techn icians took their leaders to t he brink with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. But there was no action nop olitical action, no political will to act. In twenty-two years, nothing decisive has happened to fulfil the dream of Grand Anse. Over those two decades the West Indies has drawn steadily away f rom being West Indian. N ot surprisingly, when H eads of Government meet in Grenada later this monthi t will be at a moment of w idespread public disbelief that the professed goal of a Single Market and Economy will ever be attained, or even that their political leaders are any longer inspired by the spirit of coc operation and solidarity or moved by the need to work expeditiously togeth er to deepen the integrationp rocess and strengthen the Caribbean Community in all its dimensions as they proclaimed at Grand Ansei n 1989. Words alone are never enough, except to deceive.A s Paul Southwell used to r emind us in Shakespearian allusion: Words, words, words; promises, promises, promises; tomorrow andt omorrow and tomorrow. Nothings changed. In the acknowledged quest for sur v ival (including political survival) the old urge for local control by those in control has not matured to provider eal space for the unity we s ay we need. Like 19th cen tury colonists we strive to keep our rocks in our pocke ts despite the enhanced l ogic of pooling our r esources, and the enlarged danger of state capture by unelected groups and external forces while we dally. The West Indies cannot be West Indian if West Indian affairs, regional matters, a re not the unwritten p remise of every Governments agenda; not occasionally, but always; not as ad hoc problems, but as the basic environment of policy. It is not so now. How m any Caribbean leaders have mentioned CARIC OM in their New Year m essages this year?. Only t he Prime Minister of G renada in his capacity as t he new Chairman of C ARICOM.For most West Indian Governments Caribbean integration is a thing apart, not a vital organ of national life. Damaged It seems that only when it i s fatally damaged or withers a way will Cabinet agendas c hange. B ut let us remember, a civilization cannot survive s ave on a curve that goes upward, whatever the blips in between; to godownward, whatever the occasional glimpses of glory, is to endi ngloriously. Caribbean civilization is n ot an exception. It is now as it was ninety-five years ago with Marryshow: The W est Indies must be West Indian. A s current Chairman of CARICOM Prime MinisterT illman Thomas has rightly c alled for the West Indian people to be better informeda nd more intimately e ngaged in the regional project...CARICOM is essen tially about people; about West Indian people; but, int ruth, they have been too remote from its being...They are its heartbeat; but in the small statesthat we all are Governments tend to occupy the entire space of gov ernance. T hey control the bloods tream of the integration process and when anemia threatens, as it does now, it is an infusion of people power that is needed to resuscitate CARICOM. TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW P AGE 12, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Is the West Indies West Indian? PARTI A S CURRENT C hairman of CARICOM Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has rightly called for the West Indian people to be better informed and more intimately engaged in the regional project.


I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 14, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LONDON Associated Press ROYAL DRAMA "The King's Speech" was c rowned the big winner S unday at Britain's top film awards a sign that it may r eign again at Hollywood's Academy Awards in two w eeks' time. The made-in-England story of King George VIa nd his struggle to overcome a stutter won seven prizes, including best pic ture and acting trophies for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush. I t had to share the crown j ewels with Facebookf ounding drama "The Social Network, whicht ook three prizes including b est director for David Fincher. Mind-bending saga "Inception" also wont hree trophies. The King's Speech" went into the awards as heavy favorite with 14n ominations an unex pected British triumph that cost a reported 15 million pounds ($24 millionm ake and has taken many times that at the global box office. It beat "The Social Netw ork," ''Black Swan," ''Inception" and "True Grit" to the best picture prize. P erfectly timed in a year that sees the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the movie tellst he true story of George VI, thrust unexpectedly onto the throne by hise lder brother's abdication, a nd his battle to overcome a stammer with the help of an unconventional speech therapist. Screenwriter David Seidler said he was astonished that this small film about "two men in a room" had been so popular around the world. Stor y "I don't think it's the fascination with royalty," Seidler said. "I don't think it's the ostrich plumes and the gold braid. I think it's the fact that it's a story about changing your destiny." The British-American writer, who overcame a childhood stammer and has worked on the screenplay for 30 years, said that "for a stutterer ... to be heard is a wonderful thing." As expected, Firth won best actor for his portrayal of the reluctant monarch. He has already won a best actor trophy at the Gold en Globes and is a favorite for an Oscar. "I like coming here," said Firth, who won the same prize last year for "A Single Man." "The King's Speech" also took awards for best British film, original screenplay, original music, supporting actor for Rush's turn as speech therapist Lionel Logue and support ing actress, for Bonham Carter's performance as the Queen Mother Elizabeth. "I think I should thank the royal family, frankly, because they've done won ders for my career," Bon ham Carter said. Bonham Carter, who also recently played the giant-craniumed Red Queen in husband Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," joked that "I seem to be playing queens with ever-decreasing head sizes." Natalie Portman won the best actress prize for psychosexual dance thriller "Black Swan," its only win from 12 nominations. "The Social Network" took directing and editing prizes, as well as an award for Aaron Sorkin's adapted screenplay. "Inception" won prizes for sound, production design and visual effects. Writer-director Chris Morris took the prize for best British debut for "Four Lions," his comedy about a group of bumbling would-be suicide bombers. Swedish thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tat too" was named best foreign language film. Producer Soeren Staermose joked that its no-holdsbarred heroine, Lisbeth Salander, was "the scariest thing to come out of Sweden since ABBA." Votes Most of the winners are selected by the votes of 6,000 academy members. Actor Tom Hardy won the Rising Star Award, decided by public vote. The awards, known as BAFTAs, are considered a strong indicator of possible Oscars glory. Last year, Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" won six BAFTAs, including best picture then repeated the feat at the Oscars. Sunday's ceremony pro vided a mix of British style and Hollywood glamour. Stars including Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Neve Campbell, Barbara Hershey and Bonham Carter in a black Vivi enne Westwood dress braved a blustery London drizzle to walk the red carpet at London's Royal Opera House before the televised show. Britain's movie industry is facing uncertainty amid an economic slowdown and government funding cuts. "The King's Speech" was partly funded by the U.K. Film Council, a body recently abolished by the country's Conservative-led government. The ceremony tried to lift the mood and celebrate British success, giving an award to the money-mint ing "Harry Potter" fran chise for outstanding British contribution to cinema. Christopher Lee, the aristocratic 88-year-old actor who chilled genera tions as Count Dracula in a series of Hammer Studios horror classics, received a lifetime achievement award. COLIN FIRTH poses with the award for Best Actor backstage during the BAFTA Film Awards 2011, at The Royal Opera House in London, yesterday. (AP The Kings Speech is the big winner at British film awards HELENA BONHAM CARTER poses with the Best Supporting Actress award backstage during the BAFTA Film Awards 2011. (AP G EOFFREY RUSH w on the Best Supporting Actor award. (AP AARON SORKIN poses with the award for Adapted Screenplay for The Social Network backstage during the BAFTA Film Awards 2011. (AP DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky poses with Natalie Portman's (inset for Black Swan. (AP Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actor and Actress awards for royal drama


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press AS Apolitical prisoner in the 1970s at Haiti's mostd readed lockup, Claude Rosier sat in his squalid, crowded cell and dreamed of the day that tubby, boyish dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier would face justice. The 79-year-old, who was s tarved and tortured in the n otorious Fort Dimanche and other prisons for nearly 11 years during the 29-year Duvalier family dictatorship, s aid Friday he is hopeful that long-awaited day of reckoni ng may soon be at hand. All I hope to see with the Duvalier case is justice. Not j ust for me, but so history does not repeat itself inH aiti," Rosier said at a Porta u-Prince hotel, where he joined another ex-political p risoner and a human rights lawyer to speak about the p rosecution of Haiti's former president for life." Just 19 when he assumed p ower after the death of his infamous father, Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, in 1971, Baby Doc's 15-year rule was marked by torture, extrajudi c ial executions and the disappearance of hundreds of peop le. The strict order was enforced by the feared Tonton Macoute secret police, which killed and extortedf rom countless Haitians. Duvalier was deposed, put on an American plane and flown in 1986 to France,w here he lived in quiet exile ever since until he stunned the nation by abruptly showi ng up in his earthquake-shat tered homeland last month. He claimed he wants to helpw ith reconstruction, though s ome have speculated that he hoped returning might help him unlock millions of dollarsf rozen in Swiss bank accounts. Whatever his motivation, the 59-year-old Duvalier nowf aces an investigation into allegations of corruption and human rights abuses dating to the dictatorship era, and a j udge has until April to decide whether it will go to trial. The complex case is part of a global push to hold former dictators accountable for atrocities during their reigns,s aid Human Rights Watch c ounsel Reed Brody, and it could break important new legal ground in Haiti, where t he judiciary like other institutions is historically weak and ineffective. This case provides a real c hance to put Haiti's justice system squarely on the side of those who have suffered under his rule," Brody said. "It will set a precedent and will be a civics lesson on av ery dark period in Haiti's history. "The trees need to be shaken to get people to come forward, even if people are still s cared. But I think there's g ood evidence so far," Brody a dded. "And as far as we can tell, the political will is there. ...I t's important that it be carried over into the next government" a reference to the power transition thats hould take place in the coming months from Presidential Rene Preval to his yet-unde t ermined successor. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillayh as offered to assist in the p rosecution, saying the alleged crimes have no statute of limitations. D uvalier has mostly stayed inside his guarded compound since returning and not com m ented on the accusations other to offer, in public comments last month, "my profound sadness toward my c ountrymen who consider t hemselves, rightly, to have been victims of my government." O ne of his U.S. lawyers, Mike Puglise, said people are beginning to "voice their sup-p ort" of Duvalier in Haiti. He p ointed out that some residents of the seaside town of Leogane enthusiastically g reeted Duvalier and his entourage during a visit this week. They understand that his r eturn is what he said at the beginning, that he's trying to help his people," he said earlier this week. A handful of loyalists campaigned for years to bringD uvalier back, launching a foundation to improve the dictatorship's image and reviving Baby Doc's political party. Millions are too young to r emember life under the dict atorship, and at least some H aitians hope that Duvalier could help restore order to the chaos. "Welcome, PresidentD uvalier," read two separate graffiti scrawls in Port-auPrince, though pro-Baby Doc demonstrations have been rel a tively small. Bobby Duval, a former soccer star who was starved and t ortured during 17 months without charge in Fort Dimanche, on the edge of theP ort-au-Prince harbor, said D uvalier more rightly belongs behind bars. "For myself, yes, I need clos ure. But a trial is really need ed to bring light to all these victims who disappeared,"D uval said. "There hasn't been a family in Haiti who hasn't been hurt by the Duvalier regimes, both father and s on." INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Duvalier foes seek justice for Haiti dictatorship abuses EX-DICTATOR Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier is greeted by supporters in his mothers homet own Leogane, Haiti, Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011. Duvalier was cheered by hundreds during a visit to his mothers hometown and her grave site. (AP A A l l l l I I h h o o p p e e t t o o s s e e e e w w i i t t h h t t h h e e D D u u v v a a l l i i e e r r c c a a s s e e i i s s j j u u s s t t i i c c e e . N N o o t t j j u u s s t t f f o o r r m m e e , b b u u t t s s o o h h i i s s t t o o r r y y d d o o e e s s n n o o t t r r e e p p e e a a t t i i t t s s e e l l f f i i n n H H a a i i t t i i . 1970s political prisoner Claude Rosier


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As the baby was being cared for last night, community a ctivist Rev Glenroy Bethel, founder of Families for Justice, also encouraged the mother of the newborn to come forward. He said: It really saddens me when I hear of things like this, especially in our community because we are talking about a life, and to leave a newborn abandoned in a building is the most wrong thing that anyone can do. Rev Bethel discouraged pregnant women from taking s uch drastic measures. We discourage things like that. It is unfortunate that t hese things continue happen in our society, but we would like to send a message to persons out there who may feel helpless and in that same position, that you are not alone, h e stressed. R ev Bethel said mothers-to-be should seek help from the church or Social Services, rather than leaving a newborn e xposed to the cold and harm from animals. The person must have been under great stress and pressure. Maybe they dont have a job, they are not married, or not getting support from the father, but that is no excuse because the church and Social Services can offer a ssistance to help them. In these times, the government and church have been r eaching out to the public. encourage any person going through hardship, regardless of what you are going through, it is important to come forward and get the kind of help you need, Rev Bethel said. A nyone with information about the baby or her mother is asked to contact 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. ment of Lands and Local Government where he will assist in improving the coordination of department strategies, particularly with respect to the handling of applications for Crown Land by Bahamians. Mr Ferguson will also assist in advancing plans for the introduction of Local Government in New Providence, the statement read. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday about his new appointment, Dr Sands said it is a great honour to serve as a part of the governments team in the Senate, and that such a vote of confidence from the Prime Minister is quite humbling. This gives me an opportunity to assist, and to work along with an already strong parliamentary team in moving forward a very aggressive agenda of change for this country. I think anybody looking on would see that we have been about the business of not only steady things in a very difficult time, but trying to establish the basis for a very vibrant and strong Bahamas in the next decade, as a matter of fact almost for the next century, he said. Dr Sands was the FNMs candidate in the recent by-election in Elizabeth where he was narrowly defeated by the PLPs Ryan Pinder. With this new appointment of which it is still unclear when he will officially be sworn in Dr Sands said he will not be forgetting his obligation and duties to the people of Elizabeth. Just yesterday I was walking the streets of Polling Division number four in Elizabeth with a view to contesting the upcoming general election. I have said it multiple times my goal is to win that seat. So I imagine that my stint in the Senate will be short-lived, and if the people will have me my next role will be in the other place (the House of Assembly), he said. Dr Sands is a well-known cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, who has been criticised in the past for his interests in politics, considering his muchneeded expertise in the medical field. With his role in the Senate now, Dr Sands admitted there is no doubt that his private and public practice will be affected. However he reminded the public he would never have got into politics if he didnt think he could adjust his schedule appropriately. Dr Sands was educated at St Annes High School in Nassau, Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and Tufts University in Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. After obtaining his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland in 1986, and completing his residency in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Wayne State University in Michigan in 1994, Dr Sands returned home and began serving the Bahamian people as a consultant physician at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH He has served as Director of Accident and Emergency at PMH, and since 2007 has served as the Hospitals Chief of Surgery. He also practices at Doctors Hospital and the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Institute of the Bahamas Ltd. Dr Sands is also the Chairman of the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation, is a former Chairman of the Bahamas Medical Council and Director of the Central Bank of the Bahamas. He earlier served as Director of the Public Hospitals Authority, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Member of the Board of Directors of Doctors Hospital and Director of Physicians Alliance Ltd. Dr Sands and his wife Sakina, have four children: Adrienne, Brandon, Nicholas and Mila. tion that I have for the good people of Elizabeth and it has no bearing on my ability to represent them after the next general election, Mr Pinder said. When asked if he had any words to convey to his former rival at this time, Mr Pinder said he is more concerned with repre senting the people of his constituency to the best of his ability. What Dr Sands does or not do does not concern me, he said. However, among some quarters within the PLP it has been suggested Dr Sands appointment could be an attempt by the FNM to distract the public from the uproar created by the controversial sale of 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommu nications Company (BTC To this remark, Dr Sands said his appointment has nothing to do with BTC. But, as the former Elizabeth candidate remarked, never let the truth get in the way of a good story. There are many contentious issues, many controversial issues, and this is the beauty of a democracy, it is never quiet, it is always loud, it is contentious, Dr Sands said. Hopefully it will never ever get angry. Now we have seen it get angry recently and that is really unfortunate. But there is going to be noise, particularly when you are trying to usher in change like we have. We have turned so many parts of the status quo upside down. A few months ago it was Baha Mar, a hue and cry, then it was the Broadcasting Corporation, a hue and cry, then it was BTC and on and on and on. I think anytime you have the intestinal fortitude to deal with these long-standing vexing issues, people are going to talk about it and they are going to have strong views on either side. And you have to push on, not only with that particular challenge, you have to demonstrate that you are able to multitask, he said. Newborn baby found abandoned in empty building FROM page one Dr Duane Sands is appointed to Senate Arthurs Town, has upset the close-knit community on the island as residents claim gun violence to be a rarity. Up to press time, police were questioning a 21-year-old man from Dumfries, Cat Island. C harles King, island administrator, said: The people are very surprised because this type of situation hardly occurs in Cat Island. Maybe every once in a while there will be a little brawl young men become involved in a fight but its very rare. A situation like this occurring, the community is really upset about it. Ive spoken with a few people and they still dontu nderstand why it would have occurred. I nitial police reports indicated that the officer was shot after responding to a disturbance at the Hot Spot Restaurant and Sports Lounge in Arthurs Town shortly after midnight onS aturday. Police spokeswoman Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said: A team of officers from the Central Detective Unit is presently on thei sland assisting their colleagues with the investigations. At pre sent the circumstances surrounding this incident are unclear. People who were at the nightclub said the altercation began when the officer attempted to remove a man at the request oft he management. An eyewitness said: The officer came there and was trying to tell the man to leave saying he was drunk, and the man was t elling the officer that he wasnt drunk it just escalated from there. The man got the officers gun from his holster and started firing shots in the air after that they (the police officer and other persons at the bar) were trying to wrestle the gun away f rom him. Everyone was just trying to run for cover. Management at the nightclub were unavailable for comment last night. T he officer, who residents say had only recently been sta tioned in Cat Island, was in stable condition at hospital after he was airlifted to Nassau. Though he could not comment on the matter, Mr King explained that residents felt the shooting was an isolated incident. Mr King added: I believe it is an isolated incident, things of this nature really dont take place in Cat Island. I think the last time there was any situation where a firearm was used was maybe about seven years ago. This is not something that the community is used to. FROM page one FROM page one Police officer shot with own gun FROM page one PLP MP Ryan Pinder PLP HIT S OUT A T APPOINTMENT


By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Regulators are being urged to change the formula for calculating annuity capital requirements, a leading insur ance executive has told Tri bune Business, the sector fearing that some insurers might consider dropping a product seen as a crucial sav ings/investment tool in the Bahamas. Chester Cooper, president of British American Financial & Insurance, acknowledged that annuities as a product line may have received a bad name as a result of the CLICO (Bahamas but said the industry had warned the Insurance Com mission of the Bahamas that the capital requirements and formula for calculating them were too onerous, especially when compared to international benchmarks. Weve made representation that some of the capital requirements and the formula by which they are determined would cause some SECTIONB MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.75 $4.77 $4.69 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A tentative agreement has been r eached for Associated Bahamian Distillers and Brewers (ABDAB to acquire the 78 per cent majoritys hareholding in City Markets by buying Mark Finlaysons TransIsland Traders, Tribune Business h as been told, the move being designed to clear the way for the businessmans $12 million tendero ffer to gain control at AML Foods. Mr Finlayson told this newspaper that details of the ABDAB to buy 78% stake in City Markets Move designed to pave way for $12m AML Foods o ffer by involving ABDAB investors in food retail business Tentative deal, which requires Board and AGM a pproval on Feb 24, involves ABDAB buying T rans-Island majority stake in Bahamas Supermarkets 70% Finlayson owned company would buy vehicle family owns 100% SEE page 6B M ARK FINLAYSON By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The bidder seeking to acquire 51 per cent majority control of BISX-listed AML Foods has told Tribune Business he has around 20 per cent of the companys shares locked up, and urged the companys investors to note that its sales fell year-over-year at a time when City Markets was at its lowest point under previous ownership. AML bidder: 20% of shar es locked up SEE page 8B INSURER FEARS ON ANNUITY C APIT AL REQUIREMENT S Concern some Bahamian carriers may drop crucial savings/investment product due to onerous regulation Foreign broker requirements and rebating guidelines other key issues being discussed with regulator Industry outraged by CLICO over-reaction, but many issues now resolved SEE page 4B CHESTER COOPER: President & Chief Executive of British Amer ican Insurance Company of The Bahamas Limited By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The newly-appointed Insurance Advisory Committee is looking to work with the industry regulator on developing a uniform standard and entry requirements for sales persons/agents, Tribune Business has been told, its chairman expressing hope that their relationship will be private-public partnership at its best. Chester Cooper, president of BAF Financial & Insurance, said the committee, which was appointed for a three-year term on January 12, 2011, would also seek to include representatives from the captive/external insurance sector, in a bid to improve the Bahamas competitive advan Entry standard push for insurance agents Insurance Advisory Committee chair: Publicprivate partnership at its best Focus on boosting external insurance, and moving beyond captives to benefit wider financial services sector S EE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government and current Bahamas Telecommu n ications Company (BTC Board will leave to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC that could recommends alary cuts for the companys union employees, Tribune Business has confirmed. Julian Francis, BTCs e xecutive chairman, told this newspaper that theres no question that the results from a study by Pricewater h ouseCoopers (PwC evaluated the jobs and salary scale of BTC employ ees, would be left to the incoming 51 per cent major i ty owner and new Board to take whatever action they BTC S AL AR Y S TUD Y IS LEFT F OR CW PwC findings that could recommend wage cuts for union members left to new management and Board, as could cut across restructuring SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A hedge fund investor cannot make any promises overw hat will happen to a proposed $867 million New Providence r esort project, having invested more than $80 million to -date and not getting a penny out, after a New York court ratified its seizure of control over thed evelopment. Steven Segaloff, managing d irector of the Seaside Heights vehicle used by Plainfield Asset M anagement to invest in the New South Ocean development, said it would first have to assess the asset and the pre sent situation on the ground b efore it could determine what form development of the 375-a cre site would entail. Speaking to Tribune Business after the New York State Supreme Court ratified an arbitration award in favour ofP lainfield, confirming the removal of Roger Stein and hisR HS Ventures vehicle as the New South Ocean projects m anaging/general partner, Mr Segaloff said of prospects for development: We have to come down and figure out what we have. I cannot make any promises. We have to figure out effec-t ively what weve got, and figure out the best path from t here. The real challenge is to figure out a proper path forward for the South Ocean land. For over two years, there has been no progress given the litig ation cloud. We are hopeful that this ruling will permite xploration of new uses for the land, in light of new economic conditions, which will eventually permit the land to be used in a way which will actuallyb enefit the Bahamas, its people and its economy. M r Segaloff said Plainfield, through Seaside Heights, had i nvested easily more than $80 million into the southwest New Providence-based project, situated next door to Albany, which had initial visions oft ransforming the site into a fivestar resort and casino, completew ith other amenities. However, the development b ecame bogged down in a more than two-year dispute between Mr Stein and Plainfield, as detailed by New York State Supreme Court judge, Shirley K ornreich, in her judgment that $867m project: No promises n Hedge fund investor says needs to assess whats there at S outh Ocean, after court upholds removal of previous partner n Adds that not got a penny out of more than $85m investment in New Providence property to date SEE page 5B


By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets It was another moderate week of trading in the Bahami-an stock market. Investors traded in seven out of the 24 listed securities, withn o advancers and two decline rs. EQUITY MARKET A total of 22,734 shares changed hands, representing a s ignificant decrease of 33,609 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 56,343 shares. F OCOL Holdings (FCL the volume leader, trading a volume of 9,500 shares to see its stock price close unchanged at $5.48. Bank of the Bahamas (BOB was the big decliner, trading a v olume of 2,700 shares to see its share price drop $0.48, closing a t $4.42, a new 52-week low. Doctors Hospital Health Syst ems (DHS of 1,000 shares, its stock falling $ 0.04 to close at $1.40, a new 52-week low. Commonwealth Bank (CBL traded a volume of 6,201 shares to close unchanged at $6.85. B OND MARKET No notes traded during the week. COMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: There were no earnings r eport released last week. Dividend Notes: Commonwealth Bank Limited (CBL of $0.06 per share, payable on February 28, 2011, to all ordinary shareholders of record date February 15, 2011. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RoyalFidelity Market Wrap I NTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates CurrencyWeekly% Change CAD1.01361.29 GBP1.6010-0.63 E UR1.3550-0.30 C ommodities CommodityWeekly% Change Crude Oil101.351.23 Gold1,364.000.66 International Stock Market Indexes IndexWeekly % Change DJIA12,273.26 1.50 S&P 500 1,329.15 1.39 NASDAQ 2,809.44 1.45 Nikkei 10,605.65 0.59 E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 11.02.11 BISX CLOSING WKLY PRICE VOLUME YTDPRICE S YMBOLPRICECHANGECHANGE AML$ 1.04$-07.22% BBL$ 0.18$-00.00% BOB$ 4.42$-0.482,700-9.80% B PF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSL$ 5.01$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 10.21$-0-2.39%C BL$ 6.85$-6,201-2.14% CHL$ 2.40$-9000.00% CIB$ 9.39$-00.00% CWCB$ 2.13$-0.05016.39% DHS$ 1.40$-0.041,000-12.50% F AM$ 5.47$-0-9.88% FBB$ 2.17$-00.00% FCL$ 5.48$-9,5000.37% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00%F IN$ 6.51$-2,333-9.96% ICD$ 7.40$-00.00% JSJ$ 9.82$-1000.00% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13FBB Series 0$1,000 C Notes Due 2013 FBB15 FBB Series 0 $1,000 D Notes Due 2015 FBB17 FBB Series 0 $1,000 A Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series0$1,000 B Notes Due 2022 TORONTO C anadian politics are heating up in language familiar to the neighbors down south: tax cuts,j obs, the deficit, corporate enrichment and struggling families. T he opposition is threatening to vote Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office next month over his latest planned cut in corporate taxes. That would force a general election which Harp er is widely expected to win, while once again f alling short of a majority in Parliament and unable to pass major legislation without opposi t ion support. Harper is adamant he won't repeal t he cut in the federal corporate rate from 16.5 percent to 15 percent and complete the phased r eduction he began in 2007 when the rate was 19%. But he must tread carefully. To soften the image of rewarding big business, his Conservative Party is calling it a "job-creating low tax plan," minus the word "corporate." The opposition Lib e rals also have to overcome a problem. They allowed Harper's tax plan to take effect by sim p ly not attending the vote on it 2007. Now they are saying things have changed, the world has e xperienced a financial crisis, and a tax cut that seemed acceptable three years ago doesn't fit with today's $56 billion dollar deficit. Corporate tax cuts could lead to Canadian election n OVERSEASNEWS


By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter A n increase in government and private debt is likely to have contributed to the on the surface, contradictory level of imports to the Bahamas from the US in 2010, which hit a record $3 billion, despite the count rys diminished levels of e conomic growth. James Smith, former minister of state for finance int he former Christie government during 2002-2007, told Tribune Business thatd espite there being no growth in the Bahamas Gross Domestic Product in2 010, you can have a large increase in imports if you are funding it from borrowing. His comment come after s ome observers, including h imself, had expressed surprise at figures from the US Census Bureaus Foreign Trade Division, which show American exports to the Bahamas are at their highest level ever reaching $3 billion in the first 11 months o f 2010 despite indicators s uggesting this nation's consumption and economic activity is down. T he $3 billion worth of exports from the US to the Bahamas in 2010 (toN ovember of that year, the last available month for which data was recorded),a re 19.8 per cent higher than in 2009, 8.7 per cent higher than in 2008, 21.5 per cent higher than in 2007 and 31 p er cent above the value of t hat which was exported in 2 006. Exports Bahamian exports to the US were also at their seco nd highest level ever, lowe r only than in 2009. The C ensus Bureau records that to November 2010, $720.8 m illion worth of exports had e ntered the US from the B ahamas. While Mr Smith had initially said he considered the figures surprising, after a closer look he said rising levels of government and private debt most likely cont ributed. Levels of consumption tend to remain fairly high, w hether you are unemployed or not. For example. i f you are unemployed, and on a government food prog ram, you may not be buyi ng food but the government i s. Government debt recently went from $2.7 billion to almost $4 billion and there was an increase in bank credit. The Government was building roads, infrastructure and that sort o f thing. People could still import because they are accessing credit, said Mr S mith. The Government signed another Tax Information E xchange Agreeement ( TIEA), this time with I ndia, it was reported on Frid ay BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Partners of Gibson, Rigby & Co. are pleased to announce that MS.MAGAN S. KNOWLES & MS. CANDICE C. FERGUSON have joined the Firm with effect from the 31stday of January A.D., 2011 Debt rise sparks $3bn import rise The Bahamas signs TIEA with India JAMES SMITH


insurers to consider not writing the line of business, Mr Cooper said. Given that the large majority of the population has less than $1,000 in savings and less than 25 per cent have pension plans, it would be counter-intuitive to force the elimination of a product that encourages savings. Mr Cooper, who is also chairman of the Insurance Advisory Committee, the newly-appointed body that will advise the Insurance Commission on industry issues for a three-year term, said current capital requirements demand that Bahamasbased life and health insurers retain 20 per cent of premium payments on their books as capital. But, unlike life insurance, annuities are savings products that see the client make periodic payments over a specified period of time. Amount The amount and duration of payments determine how much of an annuity payment you would receive. We believe theres a misclassification of this as insurance premium, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business over annuity payments. Theyre classifying annuity deposits the same way as life insurance premiums, and we dont think the way its being treated was intended. The BAF chief added that capital requirements were typically based on total experience of the product, namely historical trends and payouts, explaining this was more prudent than basing them on the amount of premium income collected in the past year. Mr Cooper said that when Bahamian requirements as they now stood were compared to international equivalents, such as the Canadian MCCSR and the South African model, which are the two benchmarks I have looked at personally, the reliance on short-term determinants for annuity capital was something the industry finds rather punitive. As to the wider impact if Bahamian insurers were discouraged from marketing and selling annuities, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business: From a national perspective, an annuity is a savings product and, as you know, Bahamians are traditionally big spenders, not big savers, so if we can redirect some of the insurance clients we have now into more wealth creation, investment type products like annuities, it will be beneficial not only to the clients but to national development and the capital markets by having a larger pool of savings to draw upon. I believe its an issue of national concern. We want to encourage Bahamians to save, and this is the way insurance companies go about doing it, with tremendous success over the last few years. The CLICO crisis may have given annuities a bad name, but theyve been sold in the Bahamas and other countries for decades. CLICO (Bahamas Executive Flexible Premium Annuities (EFPA selling annuity products that were more akin to bank deposits, offering above-market interest rates in a bid to attract more money into the company in the final months before insolvency. Praising Praising the Insurance Commission for responding positively to the industrys concerns on annuities, Mr Cooper said he believed the intent behind the regulatory reforms was to ensure prudent management of their assets by insurers. He added, though, that other aspects of the Domestic Insurance Act and accompanying regulations, other than the capital requirements, would ensure this happened in regard to annuities. The regulations have enough teeth to guard against this type of situation, Mr Cooper said in relation to CLICO (Bahamas We feel the industry is very prudent in making investments, and therefore the level of concern on this product may be misplaced asa result of the CLICO debacle. Mr Cooper said that apart from annuities, there were two other major issues that the insurance industry and the Commission needed to be resolve requirements for foreign brokers, and guidelines for rebating. Once these were resolved, the industry Working Group would be disbanded and responsibility passed on to the Insurance Advisory Committee, Mr Cooper said, adding that both sides had committed to resolving these pending issues fairly quickly. Expanding on the rebating issue, the BAF chief said the concern here was to ensure guidelines were in place to prevent anti-competitive behaviour, when insurers use discounting and incentive promotions to get a step up on rivals. With some insurance carriers owned by brokers and agents, and carriers also owning brokers and agents, there was a move to ensure that rebating practices did not result in negative disruption to the industry and market at large. Asked whether the CLICO (Bahamas sparked an over-reaction that led to the insurance sector being over-regulated, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business: No one in the industry or the Insurance Commission wants a scenario like CLICO to be repeated, so some overreaching was understandable, but once we started the discussions we were able to impress upon the Commission the areas that were overreaching. There was industry outrage with respect to some of the elements in the regula tions. Generally speaking, every company thought the regulations were overreaching and too aggressive, and could cause our industry to be unnecessarily uncompetitive. We made representations, and our representations were generally heard. We did not get every aspect of change we wanted, and on the issues disallowed, we understood why. 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purchase, which had been d iscussed with ABDABs directors and major shareholders, were still being developed and would be discussed at both the ABDABB oard and Annual General Meetings (AGM for February 24 next week. If both the Board and AGM vote in favour of thea cquisition, it would open the way for Mr Finlayson to proceed with his $12 million, or $1.50 per share, offer to acquire 51 per cent majorityc ontrol at rival food retail group, BISX-listed AML Foods. The Bahamian businessman had previously told Tribune Business that he want-e d to deal with the initial opposition of ABDAB shareholders to the AML Foods purchase, as the companys minority investors,e specially, feared they were being excluded from reaping any benefits from his entrance into the food retail-i ng business. By acquiring Trans-Island Traders, a vehicle 100 per cent owned by Mr Finlayson and his family, ABDABw ould inherit the 78 per cent B ahamas Supermarkets (City Markets bought from previous own-e rs, BSL Holdings, back in November 2010 for just $1. T his, in turn, would give ABDAB and its investors direct participation ando wnership in the food retail business, and any share price appreciation, dividends andp rofits that may accrue, thus potentially easing their existi ng concerns. And, if Mr Finlaysons tender offer goes ahead and ultimately proves successful, t hose ABDAB investors could become shareholders i n an enlarged food retailer featuring a merged AML Foods, the businessmana dded. I had to take care of the ABDAB shareholders, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business of his motives for delay-i ng the tender offers launch. Ive spoken to a few of the ABDAB directors, who are also shareholders. We haveo ur meeting on the 24th of February, the Directors m eeting and the AGM. We talked about how to do this, and weve come to at entative agreement where ABDAB will purchase T rans-Island Traders to make sure ABDAB shareholders participate in whatw ere doing in the food business going forward...... We t hink thats whats best for ABDAB shareholders. Mr Finlayson said he and h is family, including father Sir Garet Tiger Finlayson, own about 70 per cent ofA BDABs issued ordinary shares, and pointed out that t he companys investors had enjoyed $70 million in dividends paid out over the past1 0 years. The companys share p rice, he added, had gone from $10 to $30 per share. Stakes A big chunk of those $70 million in dividends was paid out last year, when ABDAB sold its stakes in Burns House and Common wealth Brewery to H eineken for a price thought to be around $120$125 million. But now, having sold its main liquor industry assets,A BDAB has become a real estate holding vehicle, and Mr Finlayson told TribuneB usiness that its minority investors were holding on, b ecause theyve done so well with us, and are waiting for the next big thing. T hat could well be food retailing, and Mr Finlayson said: We [ABDAB] havea great past that is reflected on our balance sheet, buto ur future is dependent on what cash flow ABDAB is able to generate, and here we have a great opportunity for ABDAB to participatei n something that generates the cash flows ABDAB is used to, having sold the liquor interests. This is a great opportun ity to get involved with Bahamas Supermarkets and AML Foods as a combined company. Those Ive talked to so f ar are quite pleased about it, and I would prefer it that way. Explaining why he did not involve ABDAB in his foodr etailing ventures from the outset, Mr Finlayson added: When I first ventured into it, it was a little risky going into Bahamas Supermarkets by itself, but its started to work out well, and with theA ML acquisition the economies of scale will be at the right stage to involveA BDAB shareholders. The most important thing for me, and my father, i s that this [ABDAB buying Trans-Island] removes any question of conflicts for theA BDAB shareholders. Weve invested with them s ince 1986, and for us now to do this without them, most of them, the minority share-h olders, were wondering whats going on? Whys he left us out? This is good for the minority shareholders. Mr Finlayson said Barry Newman, ABDABs company secretary, and Philip K emp, Bahamas Supermark ets chief financial officer, w ere working on the details of ABDABs Trans-Island T raders purchase, with a v iew to submitting a proposal to the Board for approval. Previously, the key contention was that ABDABs hareholders would have benefited enormously from Mr Finlaysons original City Markets expansion plans, as their company owns the real estate for three Super Centre sites he was targeting two in Nassau on JFK Drive and East-West Highway, and one in Freeport. H owever, if the AML Foods acquisition is successful, Mr Finlayson would not need the East-WestH ighway and Freeport real estate, given the proximity of AMLs existing twoS olomons SuperCentre s ites. As a result, ABDAB investors would only realiser ental income yields from the JFK Drive property, largely excluding them from t he benefits of a successful AML Foods purchase. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 127,&( 2 &72386675$7(*<)81'/7' 92/817$5,/

BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 7B DAVID K. RANDALL, AP Business Writer NEW YORK Inflation isn't hitting your wallet hard, but it is lurking in your stock portfolio. Core inflation in the U.S. is 0.8 percent, well below the 4 percent rate that starts to worry economists. Though food costs are rising, the overall inflation rate is expected to hold steady due to stagnantreal estate prices. So what's the worry? Fast-growing economies in places like China, Brazil and India are growing too fast -at more than 5 percent a year. That is resulting in higher prices for raw materials and consumer goods, leading to interest rate hikes that are already sending stock markets plunging in those countries. These are ominous developments for U.S. investors who have fattened their portfolios by investing in emerging mark ets and by buying shares of domestic companies that do b usiness there. Globalization long ago spread the revenue and profits of the companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index beyond the shores of the United States. Fifteen percent of the profits of companies in the index are from emerging markets. Growth overseas has helped lift the S&P 500 up 23 percent over the past 12 months, pushing companyr evenues higher despite the slow economic recovery in the U.S. Companies in businesses from trucks to toothpaste continue to expand into the developing world. CaterpillarInc. made 12 percent of its revenue from Latin America in 2009, a 4 percentage point jump since 2004. Procter & Gamble, the company behind household staples like Crest toothpaste and Pampers diapers, made 32 percent of its revenues from emerging markets the same year, an 11 percentage point jump since 2004. Ford Motors Co. sold 9.2 percent of all of its vehicles in South America in 2009, a five percentage point jump f rom five years earlier. "Investors are not aware of how important emerging markets are for the valuation and earnings for so many U.S. companies," says Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at ConvergEx Group. Caterpillar, for instance, jumped 84 percent over the past 12 months largely due to sales of construction equipment in China and Brazil. Investors have assumed that profits in emerging markets will continue to grow as millions join the global middle class. But if central banks take drastic steps to halt growth and tame inflation, then the stocks of U.S. companies that do big business there will fall. "That is what I'm most fearful of right now," says Nick Kalivas, vice president of research at MF Global, a financial services firm in New York. China said Tuesday that its c entral bank was raising interest rates for the second time in just over a month. Brazil said Wednesday that it would slash $30 billion in spending to cut inflation that jumped to 5.9 percent in 2010. India's central bank raised interest rates in late January for the seventh time in little over a year after its inflation rate hit 8.4 percent. By raising interest rates, central banks hope to slow borrowing and other economic activity that can push prices higher. Inflation makes companies that sell consumer goods compete with the basic costs of living. Every increase in the already high cost of food cuts directly into the money that consumers in emerging markets have to spend on small luxuries or electronics. Hershey Co., for instance, could find that the 12 percent jump in the cost of cocoa this year will cut into its expanding revenues in China if consumers decide that they can't afford more expensive candy bars. There isn't the same worry at home. "The U.S. economy has an e normous capacity to absorb increases in demand without causing dramatic widespread inflation," says Burt White, chief investment officer atL PL Financial. I nvestors in overseas markets have already taken a hit. India's stock market has fallen 15 percent this year. Brazil is down 6.5 percent, and China is off 5 percent. How overseas inflation could hurt investors INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


Telling AML Foods shareholders that his $12 million, $1.50 per share, offer was a referendum on the companys management, not his own, Mark Finlayson, principal of Trans-Island Traders, the 78 per cent City Markets owner, said they also needed to be mindful of ever-increasing competition and the fact that, in his opinion, the companys share price would continue to fall. Weve made a lot of progress, Mr Finlayson said of his negotiations with AML Foods shareholders on whether to accept his offer. Were around the 20 per cent level locked up right now. Were quite confident this will happen. And, extolling the benefits of his planned City Markets-AML Foods consolidation, should the tender offer be successful and the two companies merge, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business: At the end of the day, you will have three sets of shareholders that are going to be pleased with this. This combination gives the ABDAB shareholders (see other article on Page 1B) a future, the Bahamas Supermarkets shareholders, who have been through a rough time for three-four years, will benefit from the economies of scale, and for the AML Foods shareholders, who have been through quite a rough time themselves, this company will give them a good ride, too. Adding that the 68 per cent net income drop suffered by AML Foods during the first nine months of its recentlyended financial year speak for themselves, Mr Finlayson said the BISX-listed food group had seen its sales decline despite City Markets having hit rock bottom during this period under the former owners. This, he added, indicated AML Foods had been unable to exploit City Markets woes by increasing sales and market share, and was something that should cause shareholders to question management. Between 2008-2010, City Markets had lost $46 million in sales, dropping from a peak of $144 million to just under $100 million, but AML Foods, one of its chief competitors, had been unable to take advantage, Mr Finlayson added. This is my opinion, he said. During the four-five years that Bahamas Supermarkets lost market share, AMLs sales popped up a bit, and came right back down when Bahamas Supermarkets was at its worst. L ost Over the period, we lost $46 million in sales, and between the June period last y ear and when we bought City Markets [in November], it dropped to a level when it was in freefall. During that period, AML did not gain any sales or market share at all. The other guys picked it up. Mr Finlayson said that if AML Foods management were that good, they should have picked it up.... Its what theyre doing that is wrong. The thing theyre doing is that they are not listening to the customers, and thats the difference between what theyre doing and what were doing. Our customers are telling us what to do so they can spend their money with us. Speaking of his appointment of Benita Rahming as City Markets chief executive, supported by a woman-domi nated management team, Mr Finlayson said: I know that for this to work, a woman has to run it. Ladies are our primary customers, and no one knows what a woman wants better than a woman. Weve made good head way, and you can really expect our sales to jump through the roof right now, as we have a team primarily of women in there. I dont think they can be beaten. As a shareholder, Im happy to entrust my investment to them. Asked about his message to AML Foods investors, Mr Finlayson said: Weve really given them a choice. This whole thing was not a referendum on how we run our business. For AML shareholders, its a referendum on whether theyre satisfied with the management. What I would say to them is that were offering to buy their shares at almost a 50 per cent premium to what theyre trading at now, but they also have the choice to stay in and go on a ride with the merged company...... I believe the majority of people are tired, theyre fatigued, and have had enough of the ride up and down. Heres an opportunity for them to get out, and get out at a premium. But I think the problem they will have if we do not succeed is that there is nowhere for the AML shares to go but down. Weve seen that with the latest results. We are taking back our market share. They did not make a gain when City Markets was at its lowest point. Now we are taking back some of Super Values business, some of Phils business, some of AMLs business, and some of Sandys [Robin Hood] business. However, Mr Finlayson was quick to point out that small, independently-owned neighbourhood food storesw ere stealing market share from all of the so-called Big Five, and he urged: AML shareholders have to look at all these things. Look at City Markets, look at Super Value. Rupert Roberts is not going to sit down; hes going to come back with all guns blazing and take market share. The AML shareholders are caught in the middle, and Im pretty sure the share price will not go up, and that its going to go down. Mr Finlayson said that it was not just AML Foods core food retailing business that was getting squeezed, but also its Dominos pizza franchise through the emergence of rival Marcos Pizza, under the local ownership of Aetos Holdings, headed by Chris and Terry Tsavoussis. If I was an AML Foods shareholder Id really be thinking about what Im doing with my investment, Mr Fin layson added. He said he was due to meet, together with AML Foods, the Securities Commission today to see how we proceed going forward on the tender offer. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM AML bidder: 20% of shares locked up FROM page 1B tage in this area and boost the financial services industry. We are interested in making the industry and regulatory environment as competitive as possible to facilitate business, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business. A key issue for the overwhelming majority is a standard, and implemented entry requirement, for sales persons in the industry. Each company has its own standard, and we believe that by working with the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas to develop and strengthen those requirements it will accrue to the benefit of the industry. Emphasising that it would not be another layer of regulation, Mr Cooper said he hoped to see the Bahamian insurance industry agree to a general standard of entry for sales persons and agents, with certification and an across-the-board effort to improve the calibre of new entrants. This is one of the things that is gaining some traction, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business. C ompetitiveness Besides the domestic market, the BAF chief told Tribune Business that the committee wanted to include among its 14 members representatives from the external insurance industry, in a bid to improve the Bahamas competitiveness here. It would also, he added, lead to the establishment of standards to make the Bahamas a jurisdiction where insurance can thrive again, and this goes beyond the development and administration of captives. Maybe the Bahamas can create new products to assist in the advancement of offshore financial services business, which seems a bit troubled at the moment in the development of new products and services. If the committee can advance regulations on this aspect of the industry, it will bring new life and dynamism to the industry. Apart from Mr Cooper, other members of the Insurance Advisory Committee include Jeanine Lampkin, of Lampkin & Company, as its deputy chairman; Timothy Ingraham, general manager of Summit Insurance and president of the Bahamas Insurance Association; Vaughn Culmer, president of the Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA Longley, a partner in KPMG (Bahamas merly of Nassau Underwriters; Brian Self, Security & General; Emmanuel Komolafe of Colina Insurance; and former reg istrar of insurance, Dr Roger Brown. Its role, under the Insurance Act, is to advise the regulator, the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas, on insurance mat-t ers, providing recommendations and acting as a forum for dialogue on key issues. I think I speak on behalf of the other members that were fairly enthused about the possibilities here. We think it can be private-public partnership at its best, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business. It is fairly clear that the industry and the Commission share the same ideals of protecting policyholders and improving the industry. We think this is an era of open dialogue, so we intend to be very open and very participatory. We hope to make a positivea nd lasting impact. There are some differing lobbies in this group, so the unique challenge will be to balance the views of a diverse group and present carefully considered advice based on best practices in the industry and the region. Entry standard push for insurance agents F ROM page 1B


MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will send Congress on Monday a $3 trillion-plus budget for 2012 that promises $1.1 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade by freezing many domestic programs for five years, trimming military spending and limiting tax deductions for the wealthy. Jacob Lew, the president's budget director, said Sunday that the new spending plan for the 2012 would disprove the notion that "we can do this painlessly ... we are going to make tough choices." Republicans rejected that appraisal, castigating Obama for proposals that will boost spending in such areas as education, public works and research, and charging that Obama's cuts are not deep enough. They vowed to push ahead with their own plans to trim $61 billion in spending from the seven months left in the current budget year and then squeeze Obama's 2012 budget plan for billions of dollars in additional savings in response to voters alarmed at an unprecedented flood of red ink. "He's going to present a budget tomorrow that will continue to destroy jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much and taxing toomuch," House Speaker John Boehner said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Boehner released a statement from 150 economists calling on Obamato take immediate action to reduce government spending. Lew, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," rejected criticism that the $1.1 trillion deficit-cutting goal fell far short of the $4 trillion in deficit cuts outlined by the president's own deficit commission in a plan unveiled lastD ecember. That proposal would attack the biggest caus-es of the deficits spending on the benefit programs Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and defense spending. Obama's budget avoided the painful choices put forward by the commission on benefit programs. Lew said it would be a mistake to say the report did not have an impact on the president's proposals. He cited a proposal to pay for keeping doctors' payments under Medicare from being cut sharply. Instead of bor rowing the money to prevent those cuts, the administration was putting forward $62 billion in savings in other areas t o prevent those cuts over the n ext two years, Lew said. I n addition, the administration is reviving a proposal Congress rejected last year to limit tax deductions the wealthy can get for charitable donations, mortgage inter-e st payments and state and local taxes, and using those savings to pay for keeping the Alternative Minimum Tax from hitting more middleclass families over the next two years. An administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity before the budget was released, said onethird of the $1.1 trillion in deficit reduction the admin istration is projecting over the next decade would come from additional revenue with the bulk of that reflecting the lim itations on tax deductions by the wealthy. The administration has said that its five-year freeze will save $400 billion over the next decade with many programs slated for even bigger cuts. Community development block grants would be trimmed by $300 million, the government's program to help low-income people pay their heating bills would be cut in half for a savings of $2.5 billion, and a Great Lakes environmental restoration program would but cut by 25 percent to save $125 million, according to an Office of Management and Budget summary. That document also said that the budget would cut the Pentagon's spending plans over the next decade by $78 billion with reductions in various weapons programs deemed unnecessary including the C-17 aircraft, the alternative engine for the Joint S trike Fighter aircraft and the M arine expeditionary vehicle. T he OMB document also listed $1 billion in cuts in grants for large airports, almost $1 billion in a reduction in support to states for water treatment plants and other infrastructure programs and savings from consolidating public health programs run by the Center for Disease Control and various U.S. Forest Service programs. The administration will also propose saving $100 billion from Pell Grants and other higher education programs over a decade through belttightening with the savings used to keep the maximum college financial aid award at $5,550, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the budget's Monday release. The OMB summary said that the $1.1 trillion deficit savings would reduce the deficit as a percentage of the total economy to 3 percent of GDP by the middle of this decade. The deficit is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to surge to an alltime high of $1.5 trillion this year, which would be 9.8 percent of the economy and mark the third consecutive $1 trillion-plus budget gap. The surging deficits reflect the deep 2007-2009 recession, which cut into government tax revenues as millions were thrown out of work and prompted massive govern ment spending to jump-start economic growth and stabi lize the banking system. Republicans scored significant victories in the November elections by attacking the soaring deficits while the Oba ma administration argued that the spending was needed to keep the country from falling into an even deeper economic slump. 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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONE PAGE 2E Basketball joy for RBPF TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WINNER: Lady Eunice (above and left came back to win the final two races to clinch the series. TOPCLASS: Lady Eunice leads the way in its class. BASKETBALL BAISS CHAMPIONSHIPS THE Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools will kick off their 2011 best-of-three basketball championship series today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Beginning at 4 p.m., the junior girls division will fea ture the Temple Christian Suns against the St. Augustines College Big Red Machine. That will be followed by SAC against the Queens College Comets in the junior boys. The senior girls matchup will pit the St. Johns Giants against the Queens College and in the senior boys division, it will be the Westmin ster Diplomats against St. Johns. Game two in each series will continue on Tuesday with the third and deciding games, if necessary, on Wednesday. BASKETBALL GSSSA CHAMPIONSHIPS THE Government Sec ondary Schools Sports Association will begin their bestof-three basketball championship series today at 4 p.m. at both the CI Gibson and DW Davis Gymnasiums. While the juniors will be in action at the CI Gibson Gymnasium, the seniors will play at the DW Davis Gym. In the senior girls division will be played against the CR WAlker Knights and the RM Bailey Pacers. The senior boys will showcase the CC Sweeting Cobras defending their title against RM Bailey. Game two in all of the series will be played on Tuesday. If necessary, the third and deciding games will be played on Wednesday. B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b F O R another year, the Lady in Reda nd Lady Nathalie hold the bragging r ights in the St. Valentines Massacre. Y esterday on Montage Beach, the Lady Nathalie, skippered by Clyde Rolle, pulled off another victory in the Catch Me If You Can chal l enge race between her B Class and six A Class boats. I t was the 24th anniversary of the biggest regatta held outs ide of the National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma and the Long Island Regatta. But ask organiser and Lady Nathalie owner Eleazor the Sailing Barber Johnson and he w ould quickly tell you that the St. Valentines Massacre is fast Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie take the sailing honours ST. VALENTINESMASSACRE spor ts NOTES SEE page 2E PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff SCENES from the Valentines Massacre.


SPORTS PAGE 2E, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JUBILATION: Anthony (Cops VICTORIOUS! Freddie Lighbourne, point guard, holds up one of the trophies. Head coach Anthony (Cops BY RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter I n the Second Annual Law Enforcement Basketball Classic, last year's champion retained its title after they held on for a hard fought from the top group of visiting contenders. T he Royal Bahamas Police Force protected home court and kept the championship trophy in the Bahamas with a 71-66 win over the Jamaican Defence Force Saturday at the Kendal IsaacsG ymnasium. The Bahamas got out to a quick start and led 2 2-12 after the opening quarter and took a 40-31 lead into the half thanks to 15 points from B ernard Stubbs and 12 points from Valentino Richardson. The duo kept Jamaica at bay for the first half but a strong third quarter from the visitors saw t hem outscore the Bahamas 20-13 to get back i nto the game. The Bahamas led by just a single basket headed into the fourth quarter, 53-51. In a back and forth battle over the final period, t he Bahamas was able to break away when their defense forced a trio of turnovers, the last of w hich led to a momentum shifting Richardson slam dunk for a two possession advantage. T he team's leading scorers with 24 (Stubs points and 21 (Richardson noted their keys to the repeat title. "The important thing was just to stay patient and let the game come to you," Richardson said, Thats what I did I was able to help the team to the win." Ourgoal was to keep intensity back up," Stubbs said, "When he [Richardson] picked up t he slack I just followed behind. We came out with game plan and we executed and it led to the win tonight." RBPF Head Coach, Anthony "Cops" Rolle applauded his team's effort despite the early foul t roubled which plagued his regular rotation. "What i wanted to do i couldn't do because of t he foul trouble, it messed up the rotation," he said, "We're the best in the world. They said t hey wanted us, they got us and they couldn't handle us." In the bronze medal game, the Bahamas Defence Force defeated the Trinidad Police F orce. The second edition of the tournament feat ured teams from across the Caribbean and Canada including the Trinidad Police and Defence F orce, Dominica Police Force, Jamaican Defence Force, Bermuda Police Force and Toronto Police AAA Basketball team. Aside from their work on the court, the visiting law enforcements athletes also joined various m inisters of the gospel and public figures in Bahamian society when they toured several s chools including Anatol Rodgers, HO Nash, CH Reeves, LW Young, TA Thompson, AF A dderley and SC McPherson where the students were treated to positive messages from the visitors. RBPF keep trophy in Bahamas T HE SECOND ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BASKETBALL CLASSIC becoming the toast of the regatta sea son because of the challenge. Only two boats catch me in 23 years, the New Couregous and the Red Stripe, but they never catch me three times, only once or twice, said Johnson, whose boat was last caught four years ago by the New Courgeous. Johnson said after looking at his clck on the first lap and hwe saw how far skipper Clyde Rolle had the boat sailing, he knew there was no way that she would have gotten catch by the rest of the fleet. After ten minutes past, I didnt look anymore because they gave me a 12 minute head start and after the first lap, I knew they couldnt catch me, he said. The skipper sailed a smart race. The New Couregous came the clos est to catching the Lady Nathalie, followed by the Red Stripe. A jubilant Rolle said he had a little scare at the beginning, but once he settled his crew down, they were able to sail without any further problems. We beat the nearest boat behind us by five minutes. There was no advantage because we did the calculation on time, he stressed. The rest of them, we put time on them. Ed Sky, Southern Cross and Anna Nicola were among the other boats that made up the fleet. It was the second victory for the year for the Lady in Red after she took the All-For-One Regatta in the B Class in January to officially kick off the new season on the right sail. There was also a C Class series that took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Asue Draw Thunderbird, skip pered by Rolle, won the first race. But the Lady Eunice, skippered by Vin cent Wright, came back to win the final two races to clinch the series. Among the other boats that com peted in the eight-boat fleet were Jacobs Ladder, Queen Brigita and Sweet Island Gal. Johnson said he was quite impressed with the way the entire weekend activities came together this year and he thanked the spon sors who all helped to make it possible. They included legendary sailor Sir Durward Sea Wolf Knowles, Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace, Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, Double Ds Restaurant, Wallace Auto, Nassau Plastic Company, Hannas Hardware, Floyds Cafe and Williams Drugs. FROM page 1E Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie take honours ONTHEBALL: Scenes from the basketball classic. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff


SPORTS PAGE 2E, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JUBILATION: Anthony (Cops VICTORIOUS! Freddie Lighbourne, point guard, holds up one of the trophies. Head coach Anthony (Cops BY RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter I n the Second Annual Law Enforcement Basketball Classic, last year's champion retained its title after they held on for a hard fought from the top group of visiting contenders. T he Royal Bahamas Police Force protected home court and kept the championship trophy in the Bahamas with a 71-66 win over the Jamaican Defence Force Saturday at the Kendal IsaacsG ymnasium. The Bahamas got out to a quick start and led 2 2-12 after the opening quarter and took a 40-31 lead into the half thanks to 15 points from B ernard Stubbs and 12 points from Valentino Richardson. The duo kept Jamaica at bay for the first half but a strong third quarter from the visitors saw t hem outscore the Bahamas 20-13 to get back i nto the game. The Bahamas led by just a single basket headed into the fourth quarter, 53-51. In a back and forth battle over the final period, t he Bahamas was able to break away when their defense forced a trio of turnovers, the last of w hich led to a momentum shifting Richardson slam dunk for a two possession advantage. T he team's leading scorers with 24 (Stubs points and 21 (Richardson noted their keys to the repeat title. "The important thing was just to stay patient and let the game come to you," Richardson said, Thats what I did I was able to help the team to the win." Ourgoal was to keep intensity back up," Stubbs said, "When he [Richardson] picked up t he slack I just followed behind. We came out with game plan and we executed and it led to the win tonight." RBPF Head Coach, Anthony "Cops" Rolle applauded his team's effort despite the early foul t roubled which plagued his regular rotation. "What i wanted to do i couldn't do because of t he foul trouble, it messed up the rotation," he said, "We're the best in the world. They said t hey wanted us, they got us and they couldn't handle us." In the bronze medal game, the Bahamas Defence Force defeated the Trinidad Police F orce. The second edition of the tournament feat ured teams from across the Caribbean and Canada including the Trinidad Police and Defence F orce, Dominica Police Force, Jamaican Defence Force, Bermuda Police Force and Toronto Police AAA Basketball team. Aside from their work on the court, the visiting law enforcements athletes also joined various m inisters of the gospel and public figures in Bahamian society when they toured several s chools including Anatol Rodgers, HO Nash, CH Reeves, LW Young, TA Thompson, AF A dderley and SC McPherson where the students were treated to positive messages from the visitors. RBPF keep trophy in Bahamas T HE SECOND ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT BASKETBALL CLASSIC becoming the toast of the regatta sea son because of the challenge. Only two boats catch me in 23 years, the New Couregous and the Red Stripe, but they never catch me three times, only once or twice, said Johnson, whose boat was last caught four years ago by the New Courgeous. Johnson said after looking at his clck on the first lap and hwe saw how far skipper Clyde Rolle had the boat sailing, he knew there was no way that she would have gotten catch by the rest of the fleet. After ten minutes past, I didnt look anymore because they gave me a 12 minute head start and after the first lap, I knew they couldnt catch me, he said. The skipper sailed a smart race. The New Couregous came the clos est to catching the Lady Nathalie, followed by the Red Stripe. A jubilant Rolle said he had a little scare at the beginning, but once he settled his crew down, they were able to sail without any further problems. We beat the nearest boat behind us by five minutes. There was no advantage because we did the calculation on time, he stressed. The rest of them, we put time on them. Ed Sky, Southern Cross and Anna Nicola were among the other boats that made up the fleet. It was the second victory for the year for the Lady in Red after she took the All-For-One Regatta in the B Class in January to officially kick off the new season on the right sail. There was also a C Class series that took place on Saturday and Sunday. The Asue Draw Thunderbird, skip pered by Rolle, won the first race. But the Lady Eunice, skippered by Vin cent Wright, came back to win the final two races to clinch the series. Among the other boats that com peted in the eight-boat fleet were Jacobs Ladder, Queen Brigita and Sweet Island Gal. Johnson said he was quite impressed with the way the entire weekend activities came together this year and he thanked the spon sors who all helped to make it possible. They included legendary sailor Sir Durward Sea Wolf Knowles, Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace, Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, Double Ds Restaurant, Wallace Auto, Nassau Plastic Company, Hannas Hardware, Floyds Cafe and Williams Drugs. FROM page 1E Lady in Red, Lady Nathalie take honours ONTHEBALL: Scenes from the basketball classic. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff


S PORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 3E TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r For the second time in as many contests one of the BRFU top contenders for the 2011 season again fell at the hands of ap erennial powerhouse in a nailbiting contest. Baillou maintained their position atop the l eague standings with a 13-12 win over Buccaneers RC in the feature match on the pitch Saturday at the Winton Rugby Centre. T he Buccaneers reached the scoreboard first with a short yardage try midway through the first half, but failed to convertthe kick for an early 5-0 lead. Protecting an early, the Buccaneers squandered several scoring opportunities to pad their advantage. On successive possessions, the Buccaneers reached scoring position but failed to cross the try line on several attempts. A five meter scrum on both occurrences helped Baillou escape the scoring threat and kept them within a single possession. With just under two minutes left to play in the opening half, Baillou reached the scoreboard for the first time with their only try of the match A successful conversion gave them a 7-5 lead headed into the half. Baillou moved well ahead with a pair of goals for a 13-5 lead in the second half. Buccaneers centre Ryan Knowles broke through for a late try, however, even with the successful conversion, they remained out of reach as time expired. Baillou remained tied with Cuckoos at the top of the League, who scored a win earlier in the afternoon over the Potcakes. The Buccaneers were looking to rebound from a last minute defeat at the hands of Baillou and solidify their position as a top contender by defeating the top two teams in the standings and handing Baillou their first defeat of the year. Earlier in year the Buccaneers defeated the defending National Champions, Cuckoos, 19-15 in the Bahamas Cup but has since dropped a pair of matches to Baillou. In international play, the BRFU will field a team to compete in Florida's biggest rugby tournament. The Bahamas will enter a select team in Ruggerfest 2011 held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 25-27. In its return to the Ruggerfest for the first time in many years the Bahamas will be entered into the Premiership Division with United States Superleague Clubs NYCA, Boston and Old Blue. Executives suggest Ruggerfest will be used as an integral part of the National team's preparation for the Caribbean Championships which will commence on April 30th in Bermuda. Baillou keep atop standings with a 13-12 win over Buccaneers RC ABOVE UNDER PRESSURE: Baillou player shields himself. LEFT ONTHE CHARGE: A Baillou tries to brush off a tackle. BELOW SCRAMBLING: Baillou and Buccaneers battle for the ball. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff R UGBY: WINTON


S PORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 3E TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r For the second time in as many contests one of the BRFU top contenders for the 2011 season again fell at the hands of ap erennial powerhouse in a nailbiting contest. Baillou maintained their position atop the l eague standings with a 13-12 win over Buccaneers RC in the feature match on the pitch Saturday at the Winton Rugby Centre. T he Buccaneers reached the scoreboard first with a short yardage try midway through the first half, but failed to convertthe kick for an early 5-0 lead. Protecting an early, the Buccaneers squandered several scoring opportunities to pad their advantage. On successive possessions, the Buccaneers reached scoring position but failed to cross the try line on several attempts. A five meter scrum on both occurrences helped Baillou escape the scoring threat and kept them within a single possession. With just under two minutes left to play in the opening half, Baillou reached the scoreboard for the first time with their only try of the match A successful conversion gave them a 7-5 lead headed into the half. Baillou moved well ahead with a pair of goals for a 13-5 lead in the second half. Buccaneers centre Ryan Knowles broke through for a late try, however, even with the successful conversion, they remained out of reach as time expired. Baillou remained tied with Cuckoos at the top of the League, who scored a win earlier in the afternoon over the Potcakes. The Buccaneers were looking to rebound from a last minute defeat at the hands of Baillou and solidify their position as a top contender by defeating the top two teams in the standings and handing Baillou their first defeat of the year. Earlier in year the Buccaneers defeated the defending National Champions, Cuckoos, 19-15 in the Bahamas Cup but has since dropped a pair of matches to Baillou. In international play, the BRFU will field a team to compete in Florida's biggest rugby tournament. The Bahamas will enter a select team in Ruggerfest 2011 held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 25-27. In its return to the Ruggerfest for the first time in many years the Bahamas will be entered into the Premiership Division with United States Superleague Clubs NYCA, Boston and Old Blue. Executives suggest Ruggerfest will be used as an integral part of the National team's preparation for the Caribbean Championships which will commence on April 30th in Bermuda. Baillou keep atop standings with a 13-12 win over Buccaneers RC ABOVE UNDER PRESSURE: Baillou player shields himself. LEFT ONTHE CHARGE: A Baillou tries to brush off a tackle. BELOW SCRAMBLING: Baillou and Buccaneers battle for the ball. PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff R UGBY: WINTON


SPORTS PAGE 4E, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r Missed opportunities haunted last year's BFA Senior League r unners-up as they played themselves out of a win and into the first draw across the league this season. T he Lyford Cay Dragons played to a nil-nil tie with the CavaliersF C in the opening game of a double header at the Roscow Davies Soccer Field yesterday afternoon. Patrick End missed pair of p enalty kicks and Mark Emy failed t o convert a breakaway on through ball to squander the best scoring o pportunities for the Dragons during the match. After a nearly eventless first half, the shorthanded Dragons came out of the intermission shorthanded but offensive minded. They controlled the ball early on and got their first shot on goal just two minutes into the second period when a header by Ulrich Wolf sailed just left of the goalpost. Missed Minutes later, End missed the first penalty kick which sailed high and to the right. With momentum in their favor the Cavaliers had their best opportunity to score in the half when Derek Dean came free on a breakaway but was unable to beat the Dragons' goalkeeper in the 71st minute. W ith the Dragons on the attack a gain in the 84th minute, End came up for his second penalty k ick of the game. This time the ball would hit the crossbar and his following header also veered far to the right. With time running out for both teams, Wolf led a breakaway for the Dragons and delivered a through ball to Emy but his shot would miss at the 89th minute as time expired on both teams for the tie. T he Dragons fell to one win, one d raw and no losses while the Cavaliers now have one draw and one l oss. Dynamos leads the league with six total points at 2-1, while the league's highest scoring team with nine goals, United FC stand 1-1. Next week the Cavaliers will face the Bears at in the opening match at 2pm, while Dynamos will face the Baha Juniors at 4pm. Dragons lack fire in tie with Cavaliers SOCCER scenes from JUNIOR SOCCER PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff


S PORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 5E TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b M ARK Knowles and Michal Mertinak came close to playing for their first mens doubles title since their partnership started this year at the Sap Open in San Jose, California. As the number one seeded team, the Bahamian-Solvenia partnership fell short when they were ousted in the semifinal on Saturday in set scores of 4-6, 7-4 and 10-4 by the unseeded team of Alejandro Falla and Xavier Malisse. It was a very disappointing l oss, said Knowles when contacted yesterday. We actually played a very good match. It was probably one of our better matches. We sort of dominated the first set and we had break point early in the second and then we had break point again late in the second, serv i ng for the match, but just didnt convert. In this format, if you dont get the break points, it swings pretty quickly. We played a better supert ie-breaker. That was what to came down to. We didnt win any of the n o ad points and they won the super breaker. As the better team in the tournament, Knowles said it was quited isappointing because they didnt get to pull off the victory and a dvance to yesterdays final. The duo, however, have improved on their showing in the first two tournaments of the yearw hen they got eliminated in the second round in Australia last month. Were definitely improving. Its just hard because I dontj ust go to lose. I go into each tour nament to win it. So its tough to fall short of that. But looking at the bigger pic ture, we played well. We just have to give the other team credit. They played well. They came through with the goods on the big points. We just wasnt able to win the break points, which would have gotten us into the final. Knowles and Mertinak will leave today for Memphis, Tennessee where they will play in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships. But it wont be any easier. They are seeded at number three in the field of 16 and are matched against the Israel team of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Rami n the first round. Their match could be played as early as Tues day. T ough Its a very tough match right away, a very tough test, Knowles p ointed out. We just have to kind of bounce back and build on the good stuff that we did in San Jose. I f they are successful and they get all the way to the semifinal, Knowles could possibly face hisf ormer longtime partner Daniel Nestor and his partnerM ax Mirnyi. Nestor and Mirnyi are the top seeds. The number two seeds are Aisam-UlHaq and Horia Tecau. Once the tournament is finished, Knowles and Mertinak are planning on traveling to Dubai to play in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships that will take place start on February 21. After a weeks break, they will return to the United States to play in the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, the first Masters Series for the year. However, Knowles will skip the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida, starting on March 23 as his wife, Dawn, is due to expand their family with their third child around that time. Semi-final heartache for Knowles and Mertinak By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter LAMAR Delaney posted the best performance in leading the Bahamian contingent of Bahamian track and field athletes in action on the collegiate scene over the weekend. Competing at Texas A&M Conference Challenge at the Gilliam Indoor Track Sta dium in College Station, Texas for the University of Houston, the senior finished second in the mens triple jump. He had a leap of 15.63 metres or 51-feet, 3-inches to end up behind Chris Carter, another senior form Houston, with the win ning leap of 15.77m or 51-9. Also at that meet, Demetrius Pinder took fourth place in the mens 400 metres in a time of 47.74 seconds. The event was won by Bryan Miller and followed by Tabarie Henry, two Texas A&M senior team-mates of Pinder in 46.48 and 46.58 respectively. Kevin Furlough, a junior at the University of Houston, broke up a sweep of Texas A&M by taking third place in 46.69. However, Pinder ran the second leg for Texas A&M as he joined Tran Howell, Henry and Miller to win the mens 1600 relay in 3:05.48 over Baylor, who did 3:05.92. The bulk of the Bahamian athletes competed at the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The best performances in this meet also came on the field as Bianca Stuart, competing unattached, soared 6.44m or 21-1 1/2 for third place in the womens invitational long jump. Marshwevet Myers, competing for Adidas, won the event with a leap of 6.83m or 22-5 and Brittney Reese, unattached, was second with 6.64m or 21-9 1/2. Sophomore JVente Deveaux, a sophomore at Allen County Community College, was fourth in the mens invitational triple jump with a leap of 16.9m or 53-1 1/2. Another Bahamian, Cameron Parker, a junior at Texas Christian University, came eighth with 15.64m or 51-3 3/4. Parker was also 22nd in the mens collegiate long jump with a distance of 6.83m or 22-5. Will Claye, a junior at the University of Florida, posted the winning lap of 17.02m or 55-10 1/4. Also on the field, Raymond Higgs had double duties. The freshman from the University of Arkansas, got seventh in the mens long jump invitational with a leap of 7.77m or 25-6. Zedric Thomas, a senior at Louisiana State University, won the event with 8.08m or 26-6 3/4. And Higgs also competed in his specialty in the mens high jump invitational where he was 13th with a height of 2.10m or 6-10 3/4. Erik Kynard, a sophomore at Kansas State, won with 2.33m or 7-7 3/4. On the track, Auburn Universitys Sheni qua Q Smith and Nivea Smith led the way. Competing in the preliminary round of the womens 60 metres, Ferguson clocked 7.31 seconds for 10th place just ahead of Lauryn Williams, representing Saucony, in 7.32 as they went to the final. Smith did 7.62 for 49th over and VAlonee Robinson was 70th overall in 7.81, but they both didnt advance. In the final, Ferguson ended up 19th over all in 7.47. Jessica Young, a senior at TCU, won in 7.18, followed by Shalonda Solomon, representing Reebok, in 7.23. Williams got third in 7.24. The womens 200 saw Smith finished sixth in 23.49 with Ferguson eighth in 23.53 and Michelle Cumberbatch, a sophomore at Lin coln, got 85th overall in 25.53. Cumberbatch also contested the womens 400 where she ended up 54th overall in 57.25 in the preliminaries. Three Bahamians also hooked up in the womens 60 hurdles. But only Tia Thompson and Ivanique Kemp got into the semifinal before they were eliminated. In the prelims, Kemp, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas, was 16th in 8.55, while Thompson, competing unattached, was 19th in 8.61 and Robinson finished 44th in 9.16. The semifinal saw Thompson improve her position and time to 13th in 8.47, but Kemp dropped to 18th in 8.51. Jackie Coward, a junior at the University of Central Florida, had the fastest qualifying time of 8.08. And in the womens 1600 relay, Shelleyeka Rolle, a junior, ran the third leg on LSUs winning team that clocked 3:34.54. Delaney finishes second in mens triple jump TENNIS MICHAL MERTINAK DISAPPOINTINGLOSS: Mark Knowles. Its a very tough match right away, a very tough test. We just have to kind of bounce back and build on the good stuff that we did in San Jose. TRACK AND FIELD


SPORTS PAGE 6E, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DESPITE the inclement weather, the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization was still ableto honour Sherman the Tank Williams over the weekend. Rain washed out the PACBO Valentine event that was was on Saturday night at the Nassau Sta dium that was designed to honour Williams during the amateur boxing show. But PABCOs president Fred Sturrup said they were still able to make Williams and his wife, Kimberly, feel honoured and appreciated. On Friday evening past, I arranged with Breezes through their executive Hedda Smith to host Sherman and wife Kimberley to dinner, Sturrup said. Sharing the evening with the couple and I were Ministry of Tourism Sports Director Tyrone Sawyer and PACBO Northern Bahamas Director Kevin Johnson. Sawyer organised interviews with the Ministrys Tourism Today team. On Sunday prior to their departure, Sturrup said he was able to present Williams with a special plaque from PACBO saluting his great work in the boxing ring and otherwise as a big contributor to the development of the sport of boxing in the Pan American Caribbean region. Williams expressed his thanks to PACBO and pledged to continue giving his very best in the ring to show the world the ability of a Bahamian and a Caribbean product. He said he was very happy that the Ministry of Tourism and Breezes worked along with PACBO to host me and my wife. Sturrup said athough the show was called off it was a pleasure tobe responsible for the visit of the Willams. The weather did not favour us for the Valentine show but all within the PACBO organization are proud to be associated with saluting Wlliams who enhanced the image of his country in sports andtourism during the fight that wasseen al over the world, Sturrup said. Sturrup also presented a plaque to Kimberly Williams for her work in boxing behind the scene. Honour for Sherman the T ank Williams B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter W H EN the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas six-member team return from the Cayman Islands onT uesday, they will be bringing back two victories under their belt. T he team competed in the Bahamas versus Cayman Islands Invitational over the weekend where Alexis Roberts and Richard Charlton were both successful in their matches. R oberts, competing in the welterweight, won by a RSC (referee stop contest Islands. Charlton pulled off a decision on points over Deigo Rodriquez. The others representing the Bahamas were Lester B rown, who lost on points to Tafare Ebanks; Colin John son lost to Kendal Ebanks; Ometrie Ferguson lost to Jason Parchment and David Martin lost to DarrelE banks. The team was coached was Nathan Davis from Grand B ahama, assisted by Harold Seymour from Inagua. Terry Goldsmith, also from Grand Bahama, was the team manager. N ational coach Andre Seymour said the team was a young one and it was the first time for the majority of the competitors competing on the international scene. Alexis fought internationally before, but hes just on his way back, Seymour said. Its a fairly young team, sow e just wanted them to get their feet wet. On Friday, Seymour will take six boxers to compete at the COPA Tournament in the Dominican Republic. The boxers are currently training at the National Boxing Center in a mini camp. The other thing we are looking for are gold medals, Seymour projected. Everybody is working very hard. Valentino (Knowlesfrom Cubal ooking very good and healthy. Debut Hes in good shape and we expect the same from Carl (Hieldfrom CubaG odfrey (Strachan Williams are making their debut on the senior interna tional scene. Despite making their debut, Seymour said hes confi dent that with the experience that Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Knowles and Hield will take with them,t hey should be able to pull the others through. Were looking for good things from our boxers in this tournament, Seymour said. I expect the competition to be very stiff because a number of countries of using this as a qualifier for the Pan A merican qualifier next month. So Im looking for teams like Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela to all come with some big teams. But whoever comes, Im looking for some great things from our team. Double boxing success for Bahamas BOXING C LEVER: RASHAD Williams hits the boxing bag. BOXING Amateur Boxing Federations six-member team returning victorious from Cayman Islands F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f ACCEPTANCE: Sherman Williams accepts his plaque from Fred Sturrup. PRESENTATION: Fred Sturrup makes a plaque presentation to Kimberly Williams. n THE PAN AMERICAN CARIBBEAN BOXING ORGANIZATION


I NTERNATIONALSPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011, PAGE 7E ANDROS CAT ISLAND E LEUTHERA MAYAGUANA S AN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's h ighs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA O RLANDOLow: 46F/8C L ow: 49F/9C L ow: 50F/10C Low: 56F/13C Low: 55F/13C L ow: 59F/15C L ow: 66F/19C L ow: 56F/13C High: 71F/22C H igh: 68F/20C High: 72F/22C High: 75F/24C H igh: 75F/24C H igh: 70F/21C H igh: 78F/26C Low: 58F/14C High: 74F/23C Low: 61F/16C High: 77F/25CRAGGED ISLANDL ow: 64F/18C H igh: 80F/27C L ow: 67F/19C H igh: 79F/26C L ow: 61F/16C H igh: 76F/24C Low: 64F/18C High: 79F/26C Low: 69F/21C H igh: 83F/28C L ow: 65F/18C H igh: 79F/26C L ow: 68F/20C H igh: 80F/27C Low: 71F/22C High: 83F/28C L ow: 60F/16C H igh: 78F/26C H igh: 73F/23CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DA YFO RECASTSome sun, breezy and pleasant Clear to partly cloudyMostly sunny and breezy Breezy and pleasant with some sun Mostly sunny and breezy High:78Low:66High:79High:77High:78 A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeel A ccuWeather RealFeelMostly sunny, breezy and pleasant High:80Low:68Low:68Low:70 A ccuWeather RealFeel 81F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, a nd elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 64F 75-65F 77-64F 80-64F 82-66F Low:70TODAYTONIGHTTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY ALMANACHigh ..................................................70F/21C Low ....................................................64F/18C Normal high ......................................77F/25C Normal low ........................................64F/18C Last year's high ..................................71F/21C Last year's low ..................................61F/16C As of 1 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.04" Year to date ..................................................1.72" Normal year to date ......................................2.57" Statistics are for Nassau through 1 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU F ull L astNew F irst F eb. 18Feb. 24Mar. 4Mar. 12Sunrise . . . 6:45 a.m. Sunset . . . 6:03 p.m. Moonrise . . 2:22 p.m. Moonset . . 3:27 a.m. Today Tuesday Wednesday Thursday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 3:59 a.m.2.610:29 a.m.0.3 4:15 p.m.2.110:25 p.m.-0.3 4:54 a.m.2.811:23 a.m.0.0 5:13 p.m.2.411:23 p.m.-0.4 5:47 a.m.3.012:12 p.m.-0.3 6:07 p.m.2.5----6:36 a.m.3.212:18 a.m.-0.7 6:58 p.m.2.81:00 p.m.-0.7 Friday Saturday S unday 7:25 a.m.3.21:11 a.m.-0.9 7:49 p.m.3.01:46 p.m.-0.9 8:13 a.m.3.22:03 a.m.-1.0 8:40 p.m.3.22:32 p.m.-1.0 9:01 a.m.3.12:56 a.m.-1.0 9:31 p.m.3.23:19 p.m.-1.2 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:NE at 4-8 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles72F Tuesday:NNE at 8-16 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles72F Today:NE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F Tuesday:NE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F Today:NE at 10-20 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:NNE at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles75F Today:ENE at 10-20 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles77F Tuesday:NE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Today:NE at 8-16 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:NNE at 10-20 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles74F Today:NNE at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:NNE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles75F Today:NE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:NNE at 10-20 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Today:ENE at 8-16 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles78F Tuesday:NE at 10-20 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles79F Today:NE at 12-25 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Tuesday:NNE at 12-25 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ENE at 8-16 Knots6-10 Feet10 Miles77F Tuesday:NE at 10-20 Knots5-9 Feet10 Miles78F Today:NE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:NNE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles75F Today:NE at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Tuesday:NE at 15-25 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles78F Today:NE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F Tuesday:NNE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles76F UV IN DEXTO DAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexT Mnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. H Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 63F/17C H i g h s : 6 3 F / 1 7 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Panama City P a n a ma C i t y Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 91F/33C H i g h s : 9 1 F / 3 3 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 81F/27C H i g h s : 8 1 F / 2 7 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 74F/23C H i g h s : 7 4 F / 2 3 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 67F/19C H i g h s : 6 7 F / 1 9 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Savannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 66F/19C H i g h s : 6 6 F / 1 9 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 68F/20C H i g h s : 6 8 F / 2 0 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 68F/20C H i g h s : 6 8 F / 2 0 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 73F/23C H i g h s : 7 3 F / 2 3 C Miami Mi a m i Highs: 75F/24C H i g h s : 7 5 F / 2 4 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 78F/26C H i g h s : 7 8 F / 2 6 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 62F/17C H i g h s : 6 2 F / 1 7 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 83F/28C H i g h s : 8 3 F / 2 8 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 68F/20C H i g h s : 6 8 F / 2 0 C Atlanta Highs: 63F/17C Kingston Highs: 86F/30C Caracas Highs: 89F/32C Panama City Highs: 90F/32C Limon Highs: 80F/27C Managua Highs: 91F/33C Cozumel Highs: 81F/27C Belize Highs: 74F/23C Charlotte Highs: 67F/19C Charleston Highs: 70F/21C Savannah Highs: 70F/21C Pensacola Highs: 66F/19C Daytona Beach Highs: 68F/20C Tampa Highs: 68F/20C Freeport Highs: 73F/23C Miami Highs: 75F/24C Nassau Highs: 78F/26C Havana Highs: 80F/27C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 83F/28C San Juan Highs: 84F/29C Santa Domingo Highs: 85F/29C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 87F/31C Port-au-Prince Highs: 88F/31C Cape Hatteras Highs: 62F/17C Aruba Curacao Highs: 87F/31C Antigua Highs: 83F/28C Barbados Highs: 84F/29C Bermuda Highs: 68F/20C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceShown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and t onight's lows. N S EW S E 7 -14 knots N S EW S E 4-8 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW S E 1 0-20 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 8 -16 knots TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM J IMMY GOLEN, A P Sports Writer BOSTON LeBron James and the Miami Heat c ouldn't win in Boston in the regular season. And now they might have to do it in the playoffs. Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, a nd James missed a crucial free throw w ith 12.5 seconds left in the Celtics' 8582 victory over Miami on Sunday. Boston improved to 3-0 against the Heat this season, taking back the top s pot in the East and clinching the potential tiebreaker for home-court advantage in the playoffs. The teams will play again in Miami o n April 10. "They are the defending Eastern Conference champions. You have to go through them, and they ain't going to make it easy," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We understand that t his isn't going to be an easy ride for us, and that's where we're at our best." T he Heat eliminated most of a 13point fourth-quarter deficit and trailed 83-81 with 19 seconds left when they brought the ball in from a timeout and got it to James at the top of the key.H e drove on Paul Pierce and drew the foul but missed the first shot, thenm ade the second. On the ensuing inbound pass, James w ent into the stands for the ball but merely knocked it to Ray Allen; the Celtics got the ball downcourt to Glen "Big Baby" Davis, who was fouled. Davis hit both foul shots with 6.3 sec-o nds to go, and Mike Miller missed a 3-point attempt in the final seconds t hat would have sent the game to overtime. "They're going to be a different team in March and April, the more important months, when we'll proba-b ly have to see them again," said Paul Pierce, who was 0-for-10 from the floor and scored just one point. "It gives us the series in case something happens w ith a tiebreaker." The Celtics have won 12 of the last 13 games against Miami, including a 41 series victory in the first round of last year's playoffs; they then knockedJ ames and the Cleveland Cavaliers out in the next round. James fled to Miami to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, but the Heat still haven't been a ble to beat Boston. "This is classic, typical bigger brothers," Wade said. "You've got to get over the hump. We're getting closer and closer, but we're not there yet. Itc an happen at any time. It can happen in the playoffs." Bosh scored 24 with 10 rebounds a nd James had 22 points for Miami, which had won eight in a row. K evin Garnett scored 19 with seven rebounds and Kendrick Perkins had a season-high 15 points for Boston, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Rondo had 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds while bothering James enough to force him into fourf irst-half turnovers. "I thought Rondo just willed us the g ame," coach Doc Rivers said. "Rondo just took it upon himself that whoe ver was bringing the ball up he was going to guard and harass. And I thought that changed the game for us." Pierce had his lowest scoring total s ince 1999. He said afterward he was bothered by hand and foot injuries and would have an MRI on his left foot Monday. Miami took a 43-39 lead into halft ime, but Boston scored 12 of the first 13 points in the third quarter and opened a seven-point lead on Allen's 3-pointer with 8:31 left. After Wade d rove for a layup, Allen hit a 15-footer and Wade was called for a flagrant foul for elbowing Garnett while fighting for position. While the referees discussed it, the H eat gathered on the court and Rondo lingered outside their huddle until James pushed him away. Allen intervened to pull Rondo away. G arnett made both free throws, giving the Celtics a 59-46 lead. In all, Boston outscored the Heat 20-3 in the first 5:17 of the third quarter, hitting its first seven shots. We definitely dug ourselves a hole," James said. "We can't expect to come into Boston and turn the ballo ver 12 times in the first half. We also can't afford to come in in the thirdq uarter and not have our motor going and let them go on a 20-3 run to start t he quarter. I feel 10 times out of 10 you're going to lose those games." NOTES: Davis could only chuckle after taking the ball on the breakaway but leaving his dunk on the front of ther im. He then turned around and ran over Bosh for a foul. ... Allen was pre-s ented with the game ball from Thursday night, when he set the NBA's c areer 3-point record. Allen had two more 3s on Sunday to give him 2,564 in his career, four more than Reggie Miller. ... Pierce was 0-for-5 from 3point range. He made one of two free t hrows. ... Boston has not lost three straight games all season. Rondo's triple-double helps the Celtics top Heat 85-82 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola LOSING C ONTROL: Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, loses control of the ball under defensive pressure from Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.


BOLTON, England Daniel Sturridge kept up his impressive scoring record forB olton to inspire a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Everton in the Premier League on Sun-day. T he England under-21 forward scored for the third straight match since joining on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day, smashing homea swerving finish in the 67th minute to seal Bolton's victory. Sturridge, who was one of English football's great hopes w hen he came through the ranks at Manchester City, rarely featured at Chelsea foll owing his move to Stamford Bridge in 2009. But he is flourishing now he is getting regular starts at Bolton. "I'm just delighted to be p laying first-team football," he said. "The manager has instilleda lot of confidence in me, told me to go out and play my norm al game. I'm enjoying it." Gary Cahill put the hosts ahead in the 10th minute, his header from an inswinging free kick by Stuart Holden deflect-i ng into the net off the unfortunate Everton defender JohnH eitinga. Everton struggled to create many clear-cut chances a nd remain 13th in the standings, three points off the bottom three. "It's probably the poorest performance I have seen from u s for a long time," said Everton manager David Moyes,w ho acknowledged his team is embroiled in a relegation battle w ith 12 games remaining. "Overall I never thought we were at the races." Bolton is now a point behind seventh-place Sunderland. Threat C ahill had already shown he was a threat at set-pieces by h eading wide at the far post early on following Matt Taylor's deep corner. But Everton didn't learn the lesson and, minutes later, the E ngland center back found space in the area to meet Hold e n's free kick with a header that deflected off the static Heitinga a nd into the net past wrongfooted goalkeeper Tom Howard. Australia midfielder Tim Cahill was Everton's most dangerous player at the other end, shooting wide in the 17th before firing straight at goal keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from t he edge of the area just before halftime. E verton dominated possession at the start of the second half but failed to seriously trou ble Jaaskelainen. The concession of a second goal then killed off any realistic hopes of a comeback. A long ball hoisted forward by the Bolton defense ended w ith Lee nodding a header down to Sturridge, who was running in from the right. The forward's finish was unerring as it fizzed past Howard from 1 0 yards. Sturridge also scored the winn er against Wolverhampton on his Bolton debut on Feb. 2, and a gain at Tottenham last week end. Holden had a goal disallowed in the 79th when the ball was harshly adjudged to be out of play as Sturridge backheeled to the United States midfielder. S turridge then curled just wide from long range as Bolton t hreatened to score a third. On Saturday, Wayne Rooney's perfectly executed overhead kick gave Manchester United a 2-1 derby victory over Manchester City on Saturday, putting the leaders four points c lear of Arsenal. Spotting Nani's cross floati ng into the penalty area with his back to goal, Rooney leapt between two defenders and connected with a right-footed strike that flew past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 78th minute. "I was just trying to keep my e ye on the ball and to get a good connection," Rooney said. Luckily it went into the top corner." The goal capped United's immediate response to last weekend's first loss of the league season at Wolverhamp ton Wanderers, who lost 2-0 Saturday at second-place Arsenal. City is four points adrift of Arsenal and eight behind United as manager Roberto Manci ni struggles to turn the league's m ost expensive squad into league champions. "It is a significant result and almost certainly rules City out of the title race unless a disaster h appens," Rooney said. Dimitar Berbatov, United's l eading scorer, didn't appear until the 67th when the score w as 1-1. Nani had put United in front in the 40th by controlling Ryan Giggs' first-time pass before rolling the ball past Hart. City equalized in the 64th when Shaun Wright-Phillips c rossed for Edin Dzeko, whose shot went in off David Silva's back. Wolverhampton's loss s ent it back to the bottom of the standings in place of West Ham, which rallied from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at West Bromwich, which is only out of t he drop zone on goal differ ence. W igan is the third team in the relegation zone despite p utting the brakes on Liver pool's recent revival with a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Blackpool is two points above the bottom three after ending a five-match losing run by drawing 1-1 with Aston Vill a, which is just a point and a place further ahead. Michael Bradley, son of U.S. c oach Bob Bradley, entered in the 73rd minute for Villa in place of goal scorer Gabriel Agbonlahor. Birmingham joined Villa on 3 0 points after beating Stoke 10. In the race for the fourthC hampions League spot, Tottenham rallied to beat Sunderl and 2-1 and provisionally dis lodge Chelsea from fourth place ahead of the champions' match at Fulham on Monday. The teams in the middle of the standings, Newcastle and Blackburn,also met Saturday a nd neither side could find a breakthrough and drew 0-0. INTERNATIONALSPORTS PAGE 8E, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ENGLAND P REMIER LEAGUE GPWDLGFGAPts Manchester United261691572557 Arsenal 2 6 1 6 5 5 56 27 53 Manchester City271476432449 Tottenham261385372847 Chelsea 25 13 57462244 Liverpool2711610353239 S underland 279108333337 Bolton 27999383736 Stoke2610313313333 Newcastle 26 8 8 10403832 Blackburn279513344232 Fulham266128282830 Everton266128333630B irmingham256127253330 Aston Villa 27 7 911314630 Blackpool268513395029 West Bromwich Albion267613345127 Wigan2751210274527 West Ham 2751012304825 Wolverhampton267316264524 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GP W D LGFGAPts Queens Park Rangers3116123501960 Cardiff301668493554 Norwich311597493954 Nottingham Forest2914114402453 Swansea3116510413053 Leeds3114107574752 Leicester3114611484748 Burnley3012108463746 Millwall 31 12 109403146 Hull3111128373345 Watford2912710544443 Reading3010128443342 Barnsley3111812374541 Coventry3111614353839 Ipswich2911513363838 Doncaster2910712414837 Derby 30 10 5 15 41 44 35 Portsmouth 30 9813414635 Bristol City319814354635 Middlesbrough 309615364133 Crystal Palace318716295031 Sheffield United307716274828 Scunthorpe 28 7 3 18 275224 Preston295618295421 SCOTLAND PREMIER LEAGUE GPWDLGFGAPts Celtic251942561561 Rangers 23 18 2 3 53 2056 Hearts251636392151 Kilmarnock 25 10 6 9382836 Inverness25799343330 Dundee United21786262829 St. Johnstone 23 8 5 10 17 27 29 Motherwell 248412263328 Aberdeen237214234223 Hibernian256415254322 St Mirren 24 4 7 13 214119 Hamilton232813144114 BRITISH SOCCER STANDINGS ASSOCIATED PRESS SUNDAY E NGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE Bolton 2, Everton 0 League Championship QPR 1, Nottingham Forest 1 SCOTLAND PREMIER LEAGUE Dundee United 1, Celtic 3 SATURDAY ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2 Wolves 0 Birmingham 1 Stoke 0 Blackburn 0Newcastle 0 Blackpool 1Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 1Wigan 1 Man Utid 2 Man City 1 WBA 3 West Ham 3 Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP Barnsley 1 Ipswich 1 Bristol City 0Leeds 2 Cardiff 1Scunthorpe 0 Coventry 2C. Palace 1 Doncaster 0Ptsmouth 2 Hull 1 Preston 0 Middlesbrough 3 Swansea 4 Norwich 2Reading 1 Sheffield United 1 Millwall 1 Watford 1 Burnley 3 Derby 0Leicester 2 SCOTLAND PREMIER LEAGUE Hamilton 0 Hearts 2 Hibernian 2Kilmarnock 1 Rangers 6Motherwell 0 St. Mirren 3 Inverness 3 B RITISH SOCCER SCORES (AP Photo/Jon Super AERIALBATTLE: Bolton's Johan Elmander, right, jumps for the ball against Everton's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov during their English Premier League soccer match at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England, Sunday Feb. 13, 2011. Bolton beat Everton 2-0 in Premier League (AP Photo/Jon Super CELEBRATION: Bolton's Gary Cahill, centre, celebrates after scoring against Everton during their English Premier League soccer match at The Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England, Sunday Feb. 13, 2011. BARCELONA, Spain Ten-man Real Madrid m oved within five points of Spanish league leader B arcelona by beating Espany ol 1-0 from Marcelo's firsth alf goal on Sunday. Madrid played a man down from the second minute at Cornella-El Prat stadium after goalkeeper Iker Casillas was s ent off for fouling Jose Callejon in a one-on-one situation w ith the goal wide open. Jose Rondon's injury-time g oal gave Malaga a 2-2 draw with Getafe in the Spanish l eague. Getafe went ahead in the eighth minute when Malaga goalkeeper Francesc Arnau diverted the ball into his own goal from a cross by N icolas "Miku" Fedor. Adrian Colunga doubled Getafe'sl ead in the 24th minute. Baptista grabbed one back for M alaga from the penalty spot in the 80th after Ivan Marcano had handled in the area, and Rondon split the points with a goal in the fifth minute o f injury time. The draw left Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga inl ast place and winless in six games. F ormer France striker David Trezeguet scored Her cules' 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Zaragoza. L evante beat Almeria 1-0 on a goal by Ecuador striker F elipe Caicedo, and Raul Tamudo gave Real Sociedad a 1-0 win over Osasuna. Later, second-place Real Madrid visits Espanyol look ing to reduce Barcelona's eight-point lead, and Villarreal tries to reclaim third place in its trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Athletic Bilbao is at Mallorca on Monday. Barcelona had a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon on Saturday. ___ MILAN (AP stayed in contention for a Champions League place with a 2-0 win at Brescia on Sunday. Alvaro Gonzalez scored an early goal in the 17th and Libor Kozak added another in the 58th to earn the Rome team a comfortable win that puts it seven points behind league leader AC Milan, which beat Parma 4-0 on Saturday. "We haven't had a particularly good time recently," Lazio coach Edy Reja said. "We haven't won away for quite some time, but we had a good game today." Fiorentina twice came from behind to earn its first away win in over a year with a 4-2 victory at Palermo. Also Sunday, it was: Bari 0, Genoa 0; Cagliari 4, Chievo Verona 1; Catania 3, Lecce 2; Cesena 0, Udinese 3; and Sampdoria 3, Bologna 1.Defending champion Inter Milan hosts Juventus later Sunday. Elsewhere on Saturday, second-place Napoli won 2-0 at Roma. ___ BERLIN (AP Podolski and Milivoje Novakovic each scored twice as Cologne beat Mainz 4-2 in the Bundesliga on Sunday. euro ROUNDUP n Rooney overhead kick seals Man United derby win n Arsenal keep title challenge alive

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