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NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER BEC strike vote gets thumbs-up Volume: 107 No.74SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH80F LOW70F Union president says membership will not engage in an y sa bota g McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE COMETS ROUTBIGRED MACHINE ANNA NICOLE, THEOPERA BAHAMASBIGGEST S EE PAGETWO SEE PAGENINE I N S I D E I N S I D E S P O R T S B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net MEMBERS of the Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union voted overwhelming yesterdayt o strike. Union president Ervin Dean said 70 members voted in favour and one member voted against the strike. The votes represented more than 80 per cent of the unions membership. We have the right to withdraw our labour, said Mr Dean, speaking of the votes significance. However, he said, the membership would not engage in any sabotage. Yesterday's strike vote is the latest in the continuing standoff between BEUMU and Bahamas Electricity Corporation's executive management over negotia tions for a new industrial agreement and salary increases. BEUMU has a m eeting scheduled with executive management on Tuesday and union headE rvin Dean said if the meeting does not go in their favour the union may have to strike. They sent me an offer Thursday night which I thought was an attempt at being humorous. I told them I wouldn't share it with my members because it would be insulting. We have a meeting scheduled with executive management for Tuesday, based on the conversation there we will see what is happening, said Mr Dean. Admitting that industrial action will have repercus sions for the state-run electricity company Mr Dean said that his members only want what they feel is due to them. "(A strike A MAN appeared in court yesterday accused of stabbing his brother to death. Cyril Charles Lockhart, 24, of Blenheim Road, Stapeldon Gardens, is charged with the murder of Luigi Lockhart. Luigi was reportedly stabbed in the chest during an argument at his home. He was the 15th homicide MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. KEVA MARIA BETHEL MEMORIAL SERVICE: A service celebrating the life of the late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morn ing at the College of the Bahama. Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's Hospital. Dean Patrick Adderley, Rector at Christ Church Cathedral, provided the eulogy at the service, while former students and colleagues offered heartfelt reflections on Dr Bethels life. n SEE PAGEFIVE By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net BAHA Mar will bring air lift from previously untapped regions into Nassau creating spin-off business for the island's hotels, said Sandals Resorts International's own er Gordon 'Butch' Stewart. During a rare sit-down interview with the press at his 500-acre Emerald Bay resort on Exuma, the hote lier said once the Cable Beach redevelopment is done well, others in the industry with top-notch products will benefit. "I think Baha Mar, if they do a good job, will create more airlift, then everybody has more opportunity to get people from Maine or Timbuktu that are not coming now. "The more the merrier, just regulate good so that it's good quality, it's not that cheap destination," said Mr Stewart. Last year, Atlantis CEO Sir Sol Kerzner expressed concern over the potential for Baha Mar to "canni balise" the high-end tourism marketplace, eating into Atlantis' revenue and threat ening Bahamian jobs at the resort, where nearly 8,000 people are now employed. At the time, Sir Sol sug gested the $2.6 billion proBaha Mar to bring airlift from untapped regions By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net MAGISTRATE Carolita Bethell said yesterday she was not pleased with attorney Wayne Munroe for leaving Bap tist Bishop Randy Fraser "stranded" as he sought to defend himself against allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl. Prosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his position of trust by having a sexual relationship with a girl he had agreed to counsel. It is alleged that Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road, had a sexual relationship with the girl between July 2005 and February 2006. If convicted, he faces seven years in prison. Fraser was expected back on the witness stand yesterday for further cross-examination, however the trial had to be adjourned. The court was informed that attorney Jairam Mangra, of the firm Munroe and Associates, was ill and unable to attend court. Mr Mangra has led Fraser's defence in the absence of MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING HIS BROTHER TO DEATH SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP STRANDED SEE page six

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANNA Nicole Smiths former lover and father of her child, Larry Birk-h ead, might take legal action against the producers of the opera Anna Nicole, playing Royal Opera House in London. A ccording to a Reuters report, Mr Birkhead claims that the ROH never attempted to contacth im or Smith's estate about the production. Mr Birkhead has not s een the show, but said of the star, "That lady is no A nna Nicole. We are looking at our legal options to see if they mis-u sed Anna's image and likeness. We are going to h ave the estate attorneys look at what can be done about it." H e added: "They said it was going to be something that was tastefully done. But then they puta trailer out on YouTube t hat was really kind of trashy and tabloidy." The show, entitled Anna Nicole is described on its website as "a celebrity story of our times that includes extremel anguage, drug abuse and sexual content." A minimum age of 16 for patrons has been imposed. S mith first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modelled for clothing companies, including Guess jeans and Lane Bryant. S he dropped out of high school and was married in 1985. Her highly publicized second marriage to oil business m ogul J Howard Marshall, 62 years her senior, resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his mon ey, which she denied. F ollowing Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v Mar shall, reached the US Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction. She died on February 8, 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose of pre s cription drugs. During the final six months of her life, Smith was the focus of press coverage because of the death of her son Daniel in Nassau and the paternity and custody battle for her daughter Dannielynn. Anna Nicole, the opera: She aims to sleaze By MIKE SILVERMAN Associated Press LONDON Why write an opera about t he sordid life and death of Anna N icole Smith? That question doubtless leaped to the minds of many when they heard the Royal Opera had commissioned such a work. And sad to say, despite the expenditure of c onsiderable talent and money and a splendid performance by Eva-Maria Westbroek in t he title role the question remains unan swered following the world premiere of Anna N icole" at Covent Garden on Thursday night. For anyone who may have forgotten, Smith was a single mother from small-town Texas who, thanks to breast enhancement surgery, b ecame a Playboy celebrity and married an oil tycoon 63 years her senior. Her claim on his f ortune was disputed by his heirs, and in 2007 after giving birth (on pay-per-view TV a nd seeing her 20-year-old son die of an over dose in her hospital room she herself, grossly overweight, died of a drug overdose at age 39. To be sure, Smith's willingness to go to any l engths to lift herself out of poverty and her lifelong obsession with publicity have a lurid q uality that seems almost mythic. That's apparently what attracted librettist Richard T homas and composer Mark-Anthony Tur nage when they were looking for a subject for an opera. But it's not enough to put the spectacle of her life on stage in a chronological narrative, d ressed up with satiric jabs at obvious targets and occasional attempts to indict society at l arge for enabling Anna's career. We may feel pity for her, along with disgust, but those are not responses that redeem the tawdry spectacle of her life. In this retelling of her story, it's hard to empathise with her, much less imagine her as a figure of tragedy. Thomas has written a sometimes-clever, sometimes-sophomoric libretto very much in the vein of his popular hit, Jerry Springer: The Opera. A typical sample is Anna's introductory line: "I want to blow you all a kiss." (These are also her final words before being zipped into a body bag at the end.) In a more serious, but not necessarily more persuasive vein, Thomas has Anna exclaim near the end: "Oh, America, you dirty whore. I gave you everything but you wanted more. Turnage, a respected composer of two previous operas, has set Thomas's words to a tuneful, percussive score that is highly accessible on first hearing. His orchestration includes a role for jazz trio a bass guitar, guitar and drums that helps blur the lines between "serious" music and a more popular sound. Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's music director, conducts with seeming mastery. There are some striking lyrical moments, as when Anna sings an aria of delight after r eceiving her new breasts (before the resulting back pain has led to her painkiller addiction.) And there's a lovely ensemble to conclude Act 1 as Anna and her billionaire husband, J Howard Marshall II, stand atop a wedding c ake while distorted strains of Mendelssohn play and various characters express theirt houghts. There's also a gorgeous, melancholy inter l ude midway through Act 2, marking the pas sage of 10 years as a curtain covered with double cheeseburgers shows Anna's figure giving way to the obesity of later years. Westbroek, a Dutch soprano much admired i n the standard repertory of Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, throws herself into the title rolew ith all of her considerable assets. On stage for virtually the entire two-hour length of the o pera, Westbroek sings with luminous tone and creates a plausible sex symbol with her blond hair and glamorous figure (before she has to put on a fat suit for the later scenes). There's also a disarming sincerity and eagerness to please about her that make the character more appealing than she might otherwise b e. Among the supporting cast, mezzo-soprano S usan Bickley makes a sympathetic figure as Anna's loyal but critical mother, Virgie ("My flesh, my blood, my embarrassment," she sings at one point). Tenor Alan Oke as Marshall makes a splendid entrance flying in from the wings in an over-sized armchair and revels with unabashed glee at buying Anna's sexual favours. As Anna's surgeon, Doctor Yes, tenor Andrew Rees has fun with his aria describing the differences in cup sizes ("A is small, no use at all ... ." Dominic Rowntree, as Anna's grown-up son, Daniel, doesn't get to sing until after he's dead. Then he has a brief aria, the words of which consist of a list of all the drugs found in his system Valium, Prozac and about 20 others. The opera's most problematic character is Anna's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, Howard K Stern. Portrayed by baritone Gerald Finley, he makes brief appearances in Act 1 but without much purpose. Even in Act 2, the part seems underwritten as if the creators couldn't quite decide whether to make him more villain or sorrowful witness to Anna's demise. Director Richard Jones has given the work a lively, fast-moving production, especially in the first and vastly more entertaining half, which traces Anna's rise in jaunty, energetic fashion. Though the Royal Opera warned of "extreme language, drug abuse and sexual content," there's little on stage to shock, some rough language aside. Even the sex act to which Anna's opening lines teasingly refer takes place with the chorus tactfully concealing her and Marshall from view. There are five more performances through March 4, all of them sold out. T ITLEROLE: D UTCH soprano Eva-Maria Westb roek is seen as AnnaNicole in the title role of the Royal Opera House's production of the same name. Britain's ven e rable Royal Opera raised some eyebrows when ita nnounced that its next production would be b ased on the short but sensational life of Playboy model turned tabloid superstar AnnaNicole Smith. Anna N icole comes w ith an impeccably highart cast and crew and a w arning of "extreme language, drug abuse and s exual content." (AP Photo/Wadey James, Royal Opera House, HO) HAILTOANNA: Anna Nicole takes a bow. A P P h o t o / J o e l R y a n Anna Nicoles former lover might take legal action against opera producers (AP Photo/Bill Cooper-HO Royal Opera House) STAR: DUTCH Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole Smith in the title role of the Royal Opera House's production of Anna Nicole

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FREEPORT The Internat ional Bazaar Tenants and Owners Association, in collab o ration with the visiting international travel, community ser v ice and performing arts group Up With People, is hosting the first annual International Cultural and Food Festival on Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy t he event. Aiming to bring together the d iverse cultures of the visiting group and Grand Bahamians, through their foods, wares and entertainment, the organisers said the afternoon will be one where the entire family can take a stroll around the world i n one day, tasting exotic dishes, drinks and desserts. S ome of the countries/cul tures that the organisers antici pate having represented are; China, the Philippines, India, Africa, Trinidad, Turks Islands, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, France, French C anadian, Greece, America, England, Jamaica, Germany, I taly and the Bahamas. Those wishing to share their c ulture are asked to dress in their national costume or c olours. The special guest performers are Up With The People, a non-profit organisation the main purpose of which is to strengthen societies within a community. T hey have around 100 performers from 21 countries with d iverse backgrounds, and their performance takes an audience around the world. There also will be performances from the Sunland Bell Choir and their Boys Drum Brigade; the Grand Bahama Y outh Choir and the Legends Band. U p with Peoples visit to Grand Bahama is sponsored by the Pelican Bay Hotel and Discovery Cruise Lines with support from the Grand Bahama Youth Choir and the Bahamas Weekly. U p with People is an inde pendent nonprofit organisation w ithout any religious or political affiliations. It providesy oung adults an international and intercultural experience t hat teaches service and lead ership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Personnel in law enforce ment and related areas completed a two-day training seminar on how to fight the threat ofhuman trafficking to and from the Bahamas and the region. Co-ordinated by the Organi sation of American States, the seminar on Strengthening Capacity of Law Enforcement Officials, Judges and Prosecutors in the Caribbean to identify and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, was held at SuperClubs Breezes on February 15-16. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, in his Keynote Address, said such seminars set the tone for the extraordinary co-operation between regional and interna tional governments needed to tackle what has been recog nised as the fastest growing transnational criminal activity in the world. The participants were: members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Immigration and Customs officers, the Office of the Attor ney General and related agencies. The seminar provided a forum for strengthening the capacity of law enforcement officials and prosecutors in identifying and combating trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The government implemented the Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Suppression Act in December 2008, which makes all forms of trafficking of human beings illegal. Penalties range from three years to life imprisonment. The government is committed to preventing, detecting and successfully prosecuting this evil perpetrated on unsuspecting women and children while in the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest said. Because the Bahamas is an archipelago of islands scattered over 100,000 square miles of water, he said policing its bor ders is a daunting task. Human Trafficking is defined by Article 3 (a Nations Protocol as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vul nerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Although trafficking has existed for centuries, it is said that the effects of globalisation have contributed to an environment in which it makes human trafficking a highly prof itable and generally low risk criminal business. While there is little evidence of the same here, regrettably there exists the potential of the participation of the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest said. Research has shown that human traffickers rarely use direct force and abduction; most traffickers use subtle means of force and deception. However, the situation becomes more complicated when victims themselves become recruiters, trying to save themselves from further exploitation. While trafficking of men, women and children for forced labour and prostitution may not be an issue in the Bahamas presently, the Bahamas takes the issue of human trafficking very seriously by having implemented strategies to effectively address this scourge on human ity, Mr Turnquest said. Research also suggests that the Bahamas borders make it an ideal target for the facilitation of human trafficking. However, for the most part, persons who find themselves in the Bahamas illegally come voluntarily for mostly economic purposes, Mr Turnquest said. Meanwhile, The Bahamas encourages trafficked victims to participate in investigations and prosecutions of the culprits. Law enforcement officials complete trafficking in persons seminar International Bazaar partners with 'Up With People' for International Cultural & Food Festival, February 20 THE Progressive Liberal Party has ratified another six candidates to vie for constituencies in the next general election, days after its leader predicted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham w ould call voters to the polls early. Incumbents Dr Bernard Nottage, Fred M itchell, Obie Wilchcombe, V Alfred Gray and Frank Smith, along with newcomer Clay Sweeting, are the latest opposition candidates to be confirmed. They will run in the Bain and Grants Town, Fox Hill, West End and Bimini, MICAL, St Thomas More and North Eleuthera cons tituencies respectively. While accepting his nomination at the party's last national general council meeting, Mr Mitchell conceded that the fight for the Fox Hill constituency will be a tough one but said he expects to retain his seat. "We expect to win in Fox Hill. We expect it will be a scrap. We expect that it will be hard fought but we expect to win. We may not see just how, looking through that glass darkly, but we will work now because night comes when no man can work," said Mr Mitchell, who ran successfully against Senator Jacinta Higgs in May, 2007. "And so knowing that, the urgency of what I have to do and say becomes all the more central, all the more essential, all the more urgent. (First among as the next MP for Fox Hill is to restore the dignity in this country of being Bahamian, and not a second class citizen in your own land. For stripping the Bahamian of his dignity, that sin alone, Hubert Ingraham must go. I have so much work to do and so little time to do it," he added. Entrepreneur Clay Sweeting is the PLP's youngest candidate at 25 years old. A native of Spanish Wells, the party heralds him as a thirdgeneration PLP and the youngest serving local government officer. Mr Sweeting, a lobster fisherman and real e state agent, owns Tees R Us Bahamas, a screen-printing and embroidery store in Spanish Wells. PLP ratifies six more candidates By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net MEMBERS of the public are voicing concern over the Ministry of the Environments removal and destruction of business and event signs. I have personally witnessed a worker striking a small sign and rendering it broken and unusable, said one caller to The Tribune yesterday. Another person, who identified himself as a Baillou Hill Road resident, said that a meeting should be held to establish correct procedures and give fair notice p rior to the removal of the s igns. H e said that in these tough economic times, businesses are struggling and the destruction of their promotional signs without notice will only increase their woes. However Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, told TheTribune that the Town Planning Committee held a press conference two weeks ago with regard to the illegal erection of signs and advised the general public on the correct pro cedure for putting up business and information signs. He said: There is clearly a defined procedure for approval for putting up signs. According to the Ministry for the Environment, per mits for advertisements, and business and information signs are granted on a caseby-case basis. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Physical Planning, and must state the dimensions of the proposed sign, its con tents and a preferred location. Once reviewed by the director, requests are either granted or denied, normally within two days of the request being submitted. Signs that have been erected without permission from the government will continue to be torn down by the officers of the Ministry of the Environment, who are not obligated to give prior notice to business owners, an employee of the ministry said. Concern over removal and destruction of signs BERNARDNOTTAGE V. ALFREDGRAY FRANKSMITH CLAYSWEETING FREDMITCHELL OBIE WILCHCOMBE ADDRESS: Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest address ing the Organisation of American States seminar on the trafficking in persons. P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I read the comments in the newspaper last week, made by Mr Branville McCartney, my Member of Parliament, that he made while appearing on Mr Jeffrey Lloyds r adio show stating that our Prime Minister, and FNM leader, Hubert A Ingraham lacks compassion. I am surprised and disappointed that my MP made such a comment about our Prime Minister and leader. It is very unfortunate because I think Mr McCartney is doing a good job in our area and has been a good MP. I do not understand why he would make that statement about our Prime Minister when, clearly, it is not true. I have always respected Mr McCartney, as a young politician, with promise, who calls things straight, but that is not the case here. I am truly puz zled. M r McCartney, I suspect, knows better than I about all the things that have been achieved by Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams administrations of 1992 to 2002 and 2007 to date. He must know them, he represents our party. I would like to point out, for my MP, a few things the FNM government has done under the very able and proven leadership of the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham, clearly and undoubtedly demonstrating his compassion and care; 1) This FNM government, d uring the worst of the recession hired 3,000 workers on a six-month programme, geared primarily toward young people. 2) This FNM government, throughout the recession, at no time, terminated any civil servant nor reduced any salaries. At a time when other countries including Cuba, terminated 500,000 government employees. 3) This FNM government doubled assistance and ben efit payments recently to $13 million. Previously, the FNM doubled it from about $3 mil lion to $6 million. The PLP, with an unemployment rate in excess of 20 per cent in the 1970s to 1980s could not even remotely compare. 4) These payments were payments made to persons for the purchase of food, electricity and rental assistance, so that families could stay in their apartments. 5) This FNM government, in the height of the recession, implemented a self-starter programme where young people obtained training in spe cific areas which enabled them to start their own businesses with financial assis tance from the government. 6) This FNM government, during the recession, the worst in more than a generation, implemented a permanent, major social safety net programme; unemployment benefit. The government found $20 million unbudgeted dollars to fund this critically important programme. 7) This FNM government implemented the Prescription Drug Plan, the first ever. The programme enables the elder ly and children to obtain free medications for 163 illnesses. And, implemented in the most dignified way by providing a credit card-like membership card for participants. They do not have to travel to PMH, waiting six hours to have one prescription filled, in a hot, congested, area. At their convenience, they can attend a pharmacy in their neighbourhood. 8) This FNM government, implemented Tele-Medicine, the first ever. Patients in our Family Islands can now receive specialist care. Through technology obtained by the Ministry of Health, doctors in Nassau can conduct Family Island patient examinations in real-time and prescribe medications. 9) This FNM government, at the height of the recession, commenced a clean-up campaign and beautification programme in New Providence thereby putting a lot of young men to work who could not otherwise find employment but wanted to work. Good, honest work and they have done a great job! The rounda bouts, not only were properly landscaped but are wellmaintained. 1 0) This FNM government, embarked on the most comprehensive road and infrastructure programme ever in our country. The road improvements are obvious but also the quality of life by replacing the 24-inch water mains that will, finally, bring much needed relief from rusty water and little or no water pressure, to persons living in t he eastern part of New Providence. 11) This FNM government, during the recession, created a great beach park at Saunders Beach. It has improved the quality of life, green spaces, family and recreational areas. Traffic flow is improved, there is a large parking area, you can now walk to the beach without crossing a busy street. You park your vehicle, leisurely get out of your car and walk to the beach. And, those beautiful, mature, Bahamian trees that are planted along the water front what a view. Still, bathrooms and showers will be installed to go along with those creative wooden bench es. 12) This FNM government, for the first time, implemented inflation adjusted NIB payments. Those payments were increased across the board last year November. As part of that exercise, the government put in place an inflation review and adjustment process every two years. 13) This FNM government, for the first time, is providing millions of dollars as grants (free money between $7,500 $40,000 annually) to students who meet the requirements and want to study abroad. It is said that more needs to be done to enable our youth to study home and abroad. This FNM government, is making that happen, in a very significant way, across the board. 14) That is not all in higher education. This FNM government, makes it possible for students who receive at least five BGCSE passes with a C grade or better, including Math and English to receive full tuition scholarship to attend COB for a Bachelors degree. 15) The FNM government, made available, for the first time, government guaranteed student loans, at 4 per cent; the balance of 4 per cent being paid by the government to a private bank that provided the loans. The programme has been suspended, due to non-pay ments, causing the govern ment to pay the bank $58 million. It is hoped, that it will re-commence, sometime in the future. 16) The Christie-led PLP government, when it came to power in 2002 required parents/students to pay the entire 8 per cent interest. The compassionate and caring Ingraham-led government, when it returned to government in 2007 changed that rate, again, to 4 per cent. 17) This FNM government, made home purchases significantly more affordable and reinvigorated a struggling Real Estate sector by increasing the stamp duty exemption from $250,000 to $500,000, for first-time home buyers since returning to government in 2007. 18) This FNM government, since returning to power in 2007, reduced Junkanoo ticket prices. It also increased the free areas along Shirley Street, for those who are unable to afford the reduced ticket prices for bleacher seats. 19) This FNM government is funding Family Island Regattas at unprecedented levels. 20) The FNM government, has given the average Bahamian more opportunity than ever to own a greater piece of the economic pie by creating BISX and having very profitable companies listed on the exchange so that every and all Bahamians could have an opportunity to own a piece of these compa-n ies and receive, for the most part, a steady flow of divi dends. 21) This FNM government, will make ownership of three sectors of our economy avail able to average Bahamians in the near future; Burns House/Commonwealth Brew ery to Heineken 25 per cent of shares, The Shipping Port companies to Arawak Port Development Limited 20 per cent of shares initially, and BTC to BTC/CWC 9010 of shares initially and up to 25 per cent within three years.A steady flow of dividends is also anticipated from these companies. 2 2) This FNM government, most recently, paid very generous separation packages to the ZNS workers. In fact, Prime Minister Ingraham reported that the government paid $700,000 in excess of what the government was required to pay talking about compassionate and car ing. 23) This FNM government, for the first time, enabled Members of Parliament to get things done in their constituencies themselves with an allotment of $100,000. Due to the recession, this could not be justified in the current budget year. 24) This FNM government, paid $1 million to the Sea Hauler victims, when it had no legal obligation to do so. We ought not forget, that this tragedy occurred under the Christie-led PLP but they did nothing, for the many persons, who suffered injuries and those, who lost their lives. 25) This FNM government, for the first time, implement ed one of the most important social safety nets; minimum wage and related benefits, for workers, including a 40-hour work week, dismissal with cause only, Maternity Protection, etc. We recall the mea ger wages a lot of employers, but not all, paid many of our brothers and sisters, for a 48hour work week. Incredible, under the so-called socially minded Pindling-led PLP, that existed, for 25 years. These are only some of the many instances where the FNM government from 1992 to 2002 and from 2007 to date, especially, in recessionary times, under the very able and proven leadership of Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham, has clearly and undoubtedly, demonstrated considerable compassion and care, for all Bahamians. D SMITH Nassau, February 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The president's budget h as all the trappings of a financial document ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it is, foremost, a political declaration. W ith this budget, President Barack Obama cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager n ot too harsh, not too soft while exploiting internal Republican struggles over how much cutting is too much. It relies on policies that, to date, have been legislatively unattainable. It depends on longterm fixes to achieve short-term gains. It avoids the biggest, and most politically sensitive, budget items Social Security and Medicare. I n short, it is a marker, an opening gambit t hat will either play itself out on the negotiati ng table or on the bully pulpit that the presid ent has begun to employ with more and more f requency these days. In his press conference Tuesday, Obama defended his decision to leave t he big ticket programmes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security untouched in his budget. Taming those huge entitlements is best left to bipartisan agreements, not White Housep rescriptions, he said as he directly challenged R epublicans to bargain with him. Those are big, tough negotiations, and I s uspect that there's going to be a lot of ups a nd downs in the months to come before we finally get to that solution," Obama said. The debate ahead is driven by two fundamentally different goals. Obama wants to increase some spending to push the economy along with a modest "down payment" towarda long-term goal of deficit reduction. For R epublicans prodded by tea party activists, l owering the deficit is merely a means to a larger aim shrinking the size of government. Obama alluded to the coming debate, separating what he said should be the quiet and private negotiations from the partisan positioning required in politics. "I expect that all sides will have to do a little posturing on television and speak to their constituencies and rally their troops," he said. But ultimately what we need is a reasonable, r esponsible, and initially probably somewhat q uiet and toned-down conversation about, all right, where can we compromise and get some thing done. But posturing has its place. In the end, the politics and by extension, some of the policy will be determined by who better defines the argument. T o be sure, deficits matter and Obama's b udget provides a strong argument for further e fforts to reduce them. The cumulative total of d eficits would result in a $16.7 trillion nation al debt by September 30, 2012, up from the current $14 trillion. The bigger the debt, the bigger the interest that the taxpayer must pay. In that sense, White House officials say, the budget debate has changed. "The traditional debate in Washington is Democrats want to spend, Republicans want to cut," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. "That's not the debate we're h aving right now. There is unanimity right now that we have to cut spending." The question is how fast and how deep a nd who will raise the prospect of revamping Social Security and Medicare first. Those twop rogrammes, the biggest two items in the federal budget, have always proven to be politically toxic. Obama on Tuesday seemed to yearn for a different time, as when President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill negotiated a fix for Social Security. Illustrating the difficulties for both parties,a poll last week by the Pew Research Centre f ound that Americans no longer want increase s in federal spending underscoring the c hallenge Obama has in pitching the need for m ore money on education, infrastructure and r esearch and development. But the poll also found tepid support for s pending cuts, even as House Republicans seek to trim $61 billion from the seven months remaining in the current fiscal year. For instance, the poll found that only 12 per centw ant cuts in Medicare spending, though that's a higher percentage who favour trims in the p rogramme than in 2009. Indeed, the only sub j ect area that Pew found substantial support for c utting was in global poverty assistance. Obama's $3.73 trillion budget envisions deficit reductions of $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It includes a spending freeze on domestic programmes, a suspension in pay hikes for the federal civilian work force, and cuts in targeted programmes, including popu l ar energy assistance for the poor. There are b illions in unspecified cuts and revenues. It also counts on new revenue from limiting tax deductions taken by wealthier taxpayers, an Obama administration proposal that was rejected by the previous Democratic-controlled Congress and stands less of a chance with a GOP-run House now. And it anticipates taxes rising for upper income Americans after 2013. In his budget statement, Obama invoked the n ew White House slogan "Winning the F uture" but Democrats did not react with e nthusiasm. Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, the chairman of the Senate Budget Com mittee, said Obama's budget does not go far enough in taking aim at the deficit. "It must include spending cuts, entitlement changes and tax reform that simplifies the tax c ode, lowers rates and raises more revenue," he s aid. O ther Democrats complained it went too f ar. Republicans were harsher, with House Speaker John Boehner dismissing it as a budget that "isn't winning the future, it's spending the future." For Obama, the challenge ahead is who has the better sales pitch. And who can keep his troops in line. (This article was written by Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press). Disappointed by McCartneys comment about Prime Minister LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Obama lays down opening bid

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I'm vex at people who complain about traffic, completely failing to see the irony. They're the reason traffic exists, because they're the ones driving the cars. One would think that a tiny, flyspeck island such as New Providence would welcometwo wheeled transportation such as bicycles, scooters and motorcycles with open arms, but Bahamians are so ignorant that we stick to the old tradition of 'only 'Hyshins' is ride bicycle!' And we all know how Bahamians view 'Hyshins'." Concerned citizen "I vex an' sad that all dem stores on Bay Street getburn down and happy dat at least one left mostly saved intact is da well known 'Bat' store. Observer "I am vex that now the Bahamas is a bi-lingual nation that the politicians are not having public street signs and drivers education pamphlets with both English and Creole, written as theydo in other bi-lingual coun tries. "By doing this we can minimise some of these traffic problems as some driversdo not seem to get it in English only." Democracy "I am vex that directors of companies can be on the company boards for years and only when they leave can call for major changeson that company.," Average Joe I am vex that presently our Christian brothers and sisters in the shanty villages have to poop in the outhouses which do not have septic tanks. Nor do the 'honey trucks' that go in the bushest o empty the contents which cause pollution and disease. "However, in the meantime, authorities can talk about shaking down those tall illegal electronic signs which create jobs and business." Say it ain't so I am vex that some of those deadbeat politicians are running over an' over again, an' when you elect them after giving them the time of the day, being the good Christian yinna is and hearing the latest sugary and honey syrup coated speeches, they still can't help you." Voter Are you vex? Send complaints to whyyouvex@tri bunemedia.net WHY YOU VEX? THE Nassau Airport Development Company has invited the public to take af irst-hand look at the new US Departures Terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport during an open house on Saturday, February 26 from 12pm to 6pm. The open house is all a bout showing the Bahamian public what the future of aviation looks like in our country. Weve built an airport that truly reflects the p eople of the Bahamas, said Vernice Walkine, vice p resident of marketing and communications at NAD. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the airp ort before it goes into full operation next month. T he new 247,000 sq ft terminal is stage one of the $409.5 million airport redevelopment project. U pgrades include a $10 million state-of-the-art baggage system, eco-friendly building design features and stunning Bahamian artworkb y artists John Beadle, Nicole Sweeting, Susan Katz-Lightbourn and JohnC ox. Stage one boasts 19 retail a nd food and beverage options including a native sit down restaurant capable of seating up to 170 patrons. Retailers will be open for business during the public open house. Other open h ouse highlights include live entertainment, face paint ing, samples and giveaways. The event is open to the p ublic and no invitations are required to attend. Free parking will be available. Airport officials invite public to tour airport facilities on February 26 AQUINAS College teacher Harris Francis has accepted membership to Golden Key International Honour Society. Mr Francis, who is head of mathematics at Aquinas and who hails from Portmore, Jamaica, was honoured during a recent new member recognition event at Ashford University. An eight year veteran in the Bahamas, Mr Francis is currently studying for a masters degree in organisation al administration at Ashford University and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. It is only fitting that a top academic achiever like Harris be recognised by Golden Key, said John W Mitchell, Golden Keys chief executive officer. Our members are inspired and motivated to not only achieve exceptional academic accomplishments, but also to make a positive impact on our world through the societys commitment to leadership and service. Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honour society that provides academic recognition to top performing college and university students. Membership begins with academic excellence but the societys core mission is to enable members to realise their full potential through three pillars academics, leadership and service. Boasting close to two million members, the society has 375 campus-based chapters in seven countries, including the Bahamas. Golden Key International Honour Society inducts Aquinas teacher, Harris Francis B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A MEMORIAL service and celebration of the life of t he late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morning at the College of the Bahama. Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's H ospital. The loss of the colleges President Emerita and schola r-in-residence has deeply saddened the academic community, and one of Dr Bethels colleagues said her legacy is forever etched in the foundation of our great insti-t ution. Dean Patrick Adderley, Rector at Christ Church Cathedral, provided the eulogy at the service, while former students and colleagues offered heartfelt reflections on Dr Bethels life, her tremendous achievements and thei nvaluable contribution she made to education in the Bahamas. The Benediction was delivered by Canon Warren Rolle, Assistant Professor. Dr Bethel is survived by two children, Nicolette BethelB urrows and Edward Bethel, a son-in-law, Philip A Burrows, a daughter-in-law Tasha Honey-Bethel, a grandson Jaxon Elijah Bethel and other family members, including cousins, nieces and nephews, and a many friends and colleagues. Celebrating the life of Dr. Keva Maria Bethel CONSTRUCTIONWORK : A file picture of work at the Airport. TOUR: Airport tour last year. HONOURED: Teacher Harris Francis. MEMORIALSERVICE PAYINGRESPECTS: A service for Dr. Keva Bethel. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y

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NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m.Rev. Colin Archer/ Sis. Katherine Rose11:00 a.m .Bro. Ernest Miller/Bro. Andre Bethel7:00 a.m .Carla Culmer/Board of Children, Youth & Young Adults CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2011 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. SpeakerPastor Marcel LightbourneNO EVENING SERVICE BEC strike vote gets thumbs-up everything, but we don't p lan any sabotage or anything. They been boasting about profits (growinga bout how they turned profits around (but to give us zero (raisest he (next Mr Dean. "The turnout (for the v ote) was excellent, the mood was great, everything w as in order. We're confident that it is going to be overwhelming in support ofa strike. Now we've got to see what the discussion ( with BEC) will bring. They made an offer to us, we're going to counter-offer ands ee what their reaction is to that and it determines w hether to go on strike or not." Speaking further on B EC's offer, Mr Dean said it was unacceptable: "I told them it was offensive, it a mounts to (paying for lunch once a week." According to Mr Dean, BEUMU's last industrial agreement with the utilityc ompany expired on Octob er 1, 2007. He said that a clause in this agreement, article 47, dictates that theo ld agreement will stand until a new contract is s igned. He said the union w ill most likely demand an increase of "about 10 per c ent" in managers' salaries over the next four years in its counter-offer. We haven't put it together yet (the counter-offer b ut we are going ask them to comply with the industrial agreement. Article 47 (oft he expired agreement) says if at the end of this agreem ent you don't agree to a new one then this one will roll forward. T he union filed a strike request with the Ministry of Labour last Thursday paving the way for yesterday's vote. The executive management have failed to comply with the industrial agreement (IA asking for them to complya nd conform for the past f our years. Because they refuse to do that it has resulted in management andl ine staff getting sick," Mr Dean told The Tribune last w eek. H e has also said that due to his union's small numbers about 100 members compared to the 1,000 line staff union BEC's executivem anagement is "more afraid of the workers resorting to i ndustrial action and cutting out the lights" than strike action from BEUMU. L ast week BEC said they were unaware of the union's c oncerns but "reassured the public of the corporation's commitment to workingc losely with the BEUMU in the best interest of employees and customers." F ROM page one h is lead attorney Wayne Munroe. Fraser told the magistrate: I have hired Mr Munroe, with Mr Mangra's assistance.T his is a very serious matter. I would want either of them to be here." L ead Prosecutor Franklyn Williams noted that while Fraser has right to legal representation, it should not be at the detrimento f the justice system. Attorney Roberto Reckley, an associate in M r Munroe's firm, told the magistrate that Mr Munroe was engaged in another court matter and unable to attend the proceedings. M agistrate Bethell noted that she "could not in good conscience" put the matter off with Mr Munroe attending to other affairs. She urged Mr Reckley to contact Mr Munroe and have him present at court. H owever after two brief adjournments, Mr Reckley informed the court that Mr Munroe was still unable to appear. Magistrate Bethell said she was "not happy at all" with Mr Munroe. She said he hadl eft his client stranded without any reply or excuse and was not trying to make himself available. The magistrate also noted that sheh ad removed numerous cases from her court calendar this week to facilitate Fraser's tria l. She noted that Mr Munroe and Mr Mangra have had carriage of the case stating, "I would find it unconscionable to leave thed efendant stranded in the middle of his defence." She informed Fraser that if neither counsel is present when the case resumes on March 15, he would be "on his own" or mayh ave to find another attorney. Fraser remains on $10,000 bail. FROM page one MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP STRANDED ject be launched in stages to prevent the market from being over saturated. Sir Sol said: "It is our contention that a first phase of no more than 1,000 rooms should be built and absorbed into the market successfully before undertaking any subsequent phase. Phasing in this manner would ensure a healthier, more stable tourism market and would protect the existing resorts and the Bahamian jobs within those resorts." Mr Stewart's statements came after executives at Emerald Bay took them edia on a tour of the upgraded prop erty a year after its takeover and rebranding. The upgrades to the facility include the Greg Norman-designed champi onship golf course, the region's largest zero-entry pool, butler service, a Junkanoo lounge, an Irish theme pub and barefoot beach dining. The resort also offers weddings designed by Martha Stewart, and will soon open a specialty pastry restaurant. Baha Mar to bring airlift from untapped regions FROM page one victim of the year. His brother Cyril, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He stood silently in the prisoners dock during the hearing as family members looked on. Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardiner said the prosecution will proceed with a Vol untary Bill of Indictment in the matter. Lockhart, who was represented by attorney Shaka Serville, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and is expected back in court on April 29. MAN A CCUSED OF STABBING FROM page one By KARIN LAUB and T AREK EL-TABLAWY CAIRO Anti-corruption campaigners pressed E gypt's chief prosecutor Thursday for a n investigation into the assets of Hosni Mubarak and his family, handing over documents that they say spotlight the kind of potentially improper finan-c ial dealings that may have allowed the former ruler and his relatives to amass a large fortune. The family's wealth speculation has put it at a nywhere from $1 billion to $70 billion has come under growing scrutiny since Mubarak's February 11 ouster opened the floodgates to three decades of pent-up anger at the regime. Watchdog groups allege that under Mubarak, t op officials and tycoons were given preferential treatment in land contracts, allowed to buy state industries at a fraction of their value during Egypt's privatization process launched in the e arly 1990s, and got other perks that enabled them to increase their wealth exponentially. The perks came at a price and the Mubaraks were major beneficiaries, the activists say. "This is the single largest plot against Egypt's w ealth by one family," said Mamdouh Hamza, a p articipant in Thursday's meeting with the chief prosecutor. Since his ouster, Mubarak has remained secluded in a gated villa in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a government offi-c ial who dismissed rumours that Egypt's ruler of 30 years has left for exile. T he Mubaraks have not commented publicly on the issue and do not have a spokesman. No e vidence has been published to back up claims that Mubarak and his sons hold a vast fortune. The chief prosecutor has imposed travel bans and frozen assets of several former senior officials and leading businessmen, but has not taken stepsa gainst the Mubaraks. The prosecutor does not have a spokesman. A t the centre of the activists' complaint are records that raise questions about offshore comp anies and funds based or registered in Cyprus, the Bahamas the British Virgin Islands and the C ayman Islands, Hamza said. The most prominent of these is Bullion Co. Ltd., a Cyprus-registered firm in which both Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are listed as board members, according to documents filed with the Regi strar's Office in the island nation. Bullion, meanwhile, also owns the London-based Med i nvest Associates, which was set up by Gamal Mubarak in 1996. A ppearing on the board of both companies or in the funds are individuals who serve on the board, or in top executive positions, of EFGHermes, the Cairo-based Mideast investment bank. EFG Hermes has said Gamal Mubarak holds an 18 per cent share in a subsidiary, EFG Hermes Private Equity, and that his link to the b ank was made public before his political career. The investment bank denied Thursday that it o r any of the funds it manages has received any special treatment from the former regime. EFG Hermes also said in a statement that it "does not manage any funds or portfolios for the family of the former president of Egypt." It stressed that it "received a statement from its executives confirming that they have no direct or indirect personal or financial ties" to Mubarak or his family, either locally or globally. One of Bullion'sb oard members, Izzet Ziwar Jarrah, told the AP: "I'm not involved, I'm not active on this." Asked how he was on the board and n ot involved, he replied: "I'm on the board, like that. I'm not concerned at all." Efforts to contact other Bullion's board members were unsuccessful. None of the documents presented to the prosecutor and previously reviewed by The Associated Press necessarily indicate illegality in business dealings. Hamza's group has been doing its own research, downl oading bank documents and reviewing what has been published on the Mubaraks so far. The prosecutor must now take over, appointing lawyers and finance experts to the job, Hamza said. He said the prosecutor did not say what his next step would be, but is likely to meet with the activists again next week. Many of the top officials and army generals r unning Egypt in the transition period had close ties to the former regime, raising concerns by opposition activists that the interim rulers might s hy away from investigating the Mubaraks. Hamza said he believed the prosecutor is open t o pursuing the case. A delegation from the Egyptian Lawyers' Union met separately with the prosecutor Monday to press for an investigation. The group asked the prosecutor to request records from the Cent ral Bank of Egypt and obtain information on properties the family owns. Mubarak's salary as president was set by law, as stipulated under the constitution. A report published by the Cairo-based Ahram Centre forS trategic and International Studies said that in fiscal 2007-08, Mubarak's salary, including stipendsa nd various allowances, amounted to 4,500 Egyptian pounds ($765 i s now closer to 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,400 The former president "was from a very modest family and didn't inherit wealth from his father," said Mohammed al-Damati, a member of the group. "Since the constitution prevents the p resident from using his position to do any business, any other wealth he has outside of his salary i s considered acquired illegally." Unlike other Arab leaders, particularly those i n the oil rich Gulf nations, Mubarak was far from ostentatious. Whatever wealth he and his family may have had was rarely if ever flaunted. The most prominent symbol of their presumed fortune that has surfaced was a town house in London's exclusive Knightsbridge district, which is listed to Gamal Mubarak and where he was said to have lived while working as an investment banker in the early 1990s. T he townhouse has become a focal point for many in Egypt as foreign governments begin to either enact, or consider imposing freezes on their assets. Switzerland was the first to say it was moving to identify and freeze assets of Mubarak and his family. The European Union said Tuesday it was considering a request from Egypt to freeze the assets of Mubarak's top aides. The EU said, however, that no such request had been s ubmitted about Mubarak or his family. Probe sought in Egypt of Mubarak family finances HOSNI MUBARAK

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard urged school principals and district superintendents to back the newly rebranded Governor Generals Youth Award programme, in hopes of turning the tide towards positive youth development. There are serious issues in our socie ty with regards to our young people, and I know Im preaching to the choir b ecause you are on the front line of many of those issues, and so you experience them every day, said Minister Maynard at a breakfast meeting held at the Sheraton. I want you to trust me that this partnership will helpt o lighten the load in terms of some of the issues that you face within your school system. Recently strengthened with government funding, the GGYA is evolving into a national youth development programme available to all Bahamians 14-25. The ministry has entered into a three-year contract with the GGYA offering them funding, logistical and m arketing support for the programme. Although the GGYA has been renamed the GOLD Initiative, the original programme remains intact. Participants engage in recreational activities to improve physical fitness, develop important life skills, provide c ommunity service, and make expeditions, all aimed at earning a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. The new GOLD Initiative aims to attract 2,500 youths in the first year, up to 4,000 in the second year, and about 5,500 in year three. GOLD is an acronym for Greatness, Opportunity, Leadership and Development. The government, said Mr Maynard, realised that the solutions to societal problems do not lie in the ministry. Rather, the ministry should be a facilitator, strengthening and linking all youth development programmes, he said. According to the minister, previous attempts for a national strategy for youth development failed for a number of reasons: over-concentration on Nassau, heavy capital outlays with i nsignificant returns, short-sightedness and a lack of necessary institutions. Criticism We have this criticism all the time that we usually cater to either the best and the brightest amongst our young people, or to the worse and the most feared, said Mr Maynard. What happens to all of those kids in the middle? The minister said he believes that given the times we live in and their attendant distractions, all young per son between the ages of 14-21 are at risk. The young people in this country need a strong sense of belonging that is, national pride. If they had that, we would have less problems. They need more community awareness. They need to be connected to other youths doing positive things. We have to do something to cause each student to find their niche. Thats where the GOLD Initiative comes in. We have made and attained gold on so many levels: academics, sports, cultural expression. Bahamians have b ecome the best in the world and so we want every young person to strive for GOLD. We want them to feel they can accomplish that goal, so we thought that the GOLD Initiative was a fitting name for this new partnership between the government of the Bahamas, the Governor Generals Youth Award Programme and our stakeholders. The ministry is getting set to launch a mega public relations campaign to get young persons excited about GOLD. We wanted to prepare you before we do that so when all of your students come knocking on your doors saying, We want to sign up. We want you to know what it is they want to sign up for and what would be required of you, Mr Maynard told school administrators. Its our job to get them excited and your job to facilitate their entrance into the programme. At St Johns College, the GGYA boasts an enrollment of around 100, according to principal Antoinette Storr. In this type of programme where children get to socialise, Ive found that it has enhanced their skills in communications, she said. It has definitely enhanced their ability to cooperate and show tolerance for each other. Were actually reaping the bene fits of this programme in terms of its socialising function. K ingsway Academy Principal George Baxter echoed the minister's sentiments, adding that choosing the right co-ordinator is key. He credits his schools GGYA coordinator and guidance counsellorw ith the programmes increasing popularity with the student body, 50 of whom are enrolled. Like the minister said, the principal has to be interested in things like the outdoors, sports and development, things outside of academics. That is a special interest for me; I was a Scout asa boy and have always been interested in camping and hiking, so its right up m y ally, he said. Ill push it even harder. Id like to see it expand to match St Johns. Janet Hanna, administrative assistant for Faith Temple Christian Academy and unit leader for the schools 20-strong GGYA programme, a pplauded the ministry for its bold initiative. Its about getting that group who may not be the high flyers, or the atrisk students, but those who are able to shine in their own little corner. It makes students aware that their world is not just Faith Temple or Facebook, but actually that there is a world out there and that they need to reach out and connect to it, she said. The greatest thing that you can do for students, other than the academic, is give them a sense of community awareness, letting them know that one of their greatest gifts is giving back and lending a helping hand. Minister Maynard wants school principals to buy into GOLD BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Tributes were paid to veteran educator Betty M cCartney who has retired after 43 years of dedicated service to education in the Bahamas, and particularly at the Hugh Campbell Primary where she served as principal for 17 years. Education Minister Desmond Bannister praised Mrs McCartney for her passionf or teaching, her sense of sacrifice, and for the thousands of children she touched throughout the four decades as a teacher. Mrs McCartney put the education of thousands of children before her own personal goals. There are many who opted to seek fame and fortune. She however, was enriched by her investment in the lives of children she educated and empowered, said the minister. Teachers, students, and parents of Hugh Campbell Primary held a special ceremony on Thursday to honour Mrs McCartney, who was described not only as a great educator, but also a good wife, mother, and friend. Mr Bannister called it outstanding that the school took time to recognise someone like Mrs McCartney. I saw how moved the students were and how much they love her. She has really made an indelible contribution in their lives, he told The Tribune after many touching and light-heart ed tributes by students. Also bringing tribute was Deputy Director of Education Cecil Thompson, who noted that Mrs McCartney taught at 12 public schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama, leaving a trail of excellence and distinction worthy of emulation. Mrs McCartney, he said, achieved many firsts: the first principal of Hugh Campbell, the first to establish a Fathers Association in her school dis trict, the first to launch a Chil drens Library and Literacy programme. Superintendent of Primary Schools Sandra Edgecombe and Monsignor Ambrose McKinnon, pastor of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, both praised the educator for her contribution to public and Catholic education. During the ministers address, Mrs McCartney was described as a great educator. Gr eat Great teachers mold lives, and I was in her first class and she was responsible for shap ing my life and for me being who I am today, Mr Bannister said. Thats what great teachers do; they contribute to the devel opment of great leaders, great athletes, great business professionals, and other great teachers. Mr Bannister thanked Mrs McCartneys husband, veteran educator Donald McCartney, now Deputy Director in the Public Service, and their daugh ters for allowing her to expand their family by the thousands of children she brought into their lives through her work. Mrs McCartney is a person who has high ideals, a passion for teaching and genuine love and concern for the children in her charge. This fine educator made an indelible mark in Catholic edu cation before coming over to the public education system where she taught at several schools in New Providence and later here in Grand Bahama. Several of the schools she taught at are no longer in existence, but her legacy lives on in the lives of the students who attended those institutions, the minister said. Mrs McCartney thanked all those who supported her during her many years in education, especially her husband. She said that she has not left the vocation and will be working in another area involving children. T ributes paid to veteran educator Betty McCartney Students to benefit from new, national programme ATTORNEY General Senator John Delaney officially closed the Witness Care Conference, held at the Police Conference Centre, on February 11. He told participants that witness care is something all should participate in and can benefit from. This is something that the government of the Bahamas considers to be a major part of its efforts, he said. The two-day event was organised by the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of National Security. Gaps It was designed to address the gaps and inefficiencies in the criminal justice system and to bring together all partners and affiliated interest groups to view the system from the perspective of victims and witnesses. Simon Deacy, consultant, was the facilitator for the conference. He is a retired chief superintendent of police in the United King dom and was a National No Witness, No Justice project manager for England and Wales. Witness Care Conference ends Eric Rose/BIS ADDRESS: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard addressed principals a nd school administrators on Thursday. CHARLESMAYNARD Vandyke Hepburn/BIS Grade five student from Hugh Campbell Samia Rampersad makes a presentation to Betty McCartney. J OHNDELANEY

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R A Y M i n u s J r a n d h i s Ch ampi on Boxin g Clu b wil l ho s t ano th er o f th eir mon th l y a m a t e u r b o x i n g s h o w s t o n i g h t a t t h e F i r s t C l a s s B o x i n g C e n t e r o n W u l f f R o a d T h e s h o w i s b e i n g s p o n s ored by Speed y T ire Repair an d wil l f eat ur e a nu mbe r o f b o u t s h i g h l i g h t e d b y t h e ma in even t b etwe en T yr o ne Ol ive r a nd D eV an te Mc Ph ee in the fea therwe ight di vision. T h e s e b o x e r s a r e v e r y v er y go o d, s o t hi s i s a ve r y go od m atch ," s aid Mi nu s Jr in r ele as ing the details o f the s h ow. "T h ey s ho ul d se t th e t on e f or t he s h ow. "T yr o ne is a ver y exp er i e n c e d b o x e r w i t h o v e r 5 0 m a t ch e s b u t D e va n t e o n l y h as had ab out 15 bo uts bu t he is ve ry go od and he i s c onf i d e n t t h a t h e c a n b e a t T yr on e O liv er ." Ab out 10 ot her b out s ar e expected to be s taged dur ing t he nig ht Am on g t he b oxe rs e x p e c t e d t o c o m p e t e a r e A nwar D avis Gar vi n Ro ll e, Jer ma ine Al len D on Rol le, Al len t he mos t im pr ov ed j u n i o r b o x e r l a s t y e a r j u s t t u r n e d 1 3 y e a r s o l d a n d acco rd in g to M in us Jr ., h e is "s o ta len ted H e's o nly be en b o x i n g w i t h u s f o r a b o u t ei ght mo nth s, b ut h e a lr eady h as a r ecor d o f 162 and tha t i s w h a t y o u c a l l a p r o g r a m m e "Ho wever in o r der fo r us t o fi nd t alen t to i mpr o ve his l evel, we h ave to f ind op po n e n t s f o r h i m w h o h a v e a f e a r a m o u n t o f e x p e r i e n c e an d t he s ame ti me, h as to be at le ast a yea r older tha n him a n d a r o u n d f o u r o r f i v e p o un d s h e av ie r M in u s J r s a i d Rol le, acco r din g to M i nus Jr ., ha s "f all en of f a bi t af ter w i n n i n g t h e B o x e r o f t h e Ye ar awa rd H e i s 12 yea rs o ld, bu t h e f oug ht ver y wel l las t yea r He lost a few fights t o Al len. He i s no w t r ying t o Ray Minus Jr set to host boxing show SEE page 10 S A T U R D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 9 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 9 INSIDE Inter national sports news T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM N O W I T Z K I S C O R E S 3 5 L E A D S M A V S O V E R S U N S S E E S T O R Y O N P G 1 1 Ray Minus Jr By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net MARK Kno w l es and Dan iel Nest or w i l l r e n e w t h e i r r i v a r l y o n t h e c o u r t w h e n t h e y f a ce e a c h o t h e r w i t h n e w men' s d oubles p artn ers in the semi final of t he Regions Mor gan Keegan Champ i o n s h i p s i n M e m n p h i s T e n n e s s e e t o d a y Kn o w l es an d M i ch a l M e r t i n a k t h e nu mber th ree s eed s, p ull ed of f a h ard f ou g h t 3 -6 6 -3 1 4 1 2 w i n o v e r th e B ra z i l ia n te am of M ar celo M el o an d Br uno So ares in th eir quar ter fin al mat ch on T h u r s d a y It was a m atch that Know les admitte d could have gobn e either way. It w as a re all y to ugh ma tch ," he said "T he other guys pl ayed ver y well. We were coming in on th e heels of winnin g t h e i r l a s t t w o e v e n t s d o w n i n S o u t h A m e r i c a So o b v i o u sl y t h e y w e r e p l a y i n g w i t h a lo t of co nfi den ce The y pl ay ed v ery we ll So w e did w e ll to d fig ht b ac k a fter l osing th e fi r st s e t. T h e ti e break er w as a v ery c l os e o n e It c o u l d h a v e g on e e i t h e r w a y Kno w l es, 39, s aid it w as j ust f orn uate that he and Mer r tinak, 31, were able to prevai l in t he end. N ow th e y a re s c he d u le d t o fa c e N e st or a n d M a x M i r n y i t h e t o p s e e d s w h o advanced b y elimi natin g th e Amer ican team of Ryan Har r iso n and And y Ro ddick 7-5, 7-6 ( 6), i n to day's semi final. I t's a mat ch t hat Knowles is eagler ly looki ng fo rward to p laying. "I t s an exc it in g p r os p ect T hey ar e o n e o f t he to p t e a m s a nd t h e y a r e t he to p see ds he r e ," Know les p ointed out a bout N e s t o r a n d M i r n y i S o i t s a g o o d baro metr e for us t o see exactl y w h ere w er e at as a t eam. "So it's going to be an e xci t in g ma t c h. It 's ob vious ly one th at we are loo king for ward t oo, no t jus t p laying, b ut ho pefull y w i nning. As th e n umb er 2 1 rank ed tea m on t he A T P t o u r K n o w l e s s a i d i t w o u l d b e great i f they can advan c e pas t t heir s econd s tr aight semi final, having pl ayed in the s ame r ound at the S AP O pen las t w e e k "Y ou ju s t wa nt t o w in ev er y ma tc h t hat you p lay," h e s aid. "Las t w eek we had a very goo d show ing W e won a few mat ches h ere, s o it w o uld b e reall y nice t o s e e how we measu re up agains t t he t op team s. "O bvi o us l y, i t 's a goo d op po r tu ni t y f or us to s ee ho w well we c an do as a t eam. So i t' s a b ig m atch bu t it 's on e t hat I 'm l ookin g for ward t o playi ng." G o in g i n to t h e m at c h K n ow l e s sa id he an d M er t in ak ar e he alt hy and t hey' r e ju st t aking it o ne match at tim e. But he knows quick well t ha t in order to be the bes t, they have to beat the b est teams Knowles and M ert inak open ed t heir new par tn ers hip at Med ibank I nt ernat ional in Sydney, Aus tr alia the secon d w ee k in J a nu a ry w he re th e y w ere o ust ed in t he secon d rou nd by the to p rank ed Ame ric a n te am of B ob a nd Mik e B rya n. Th ey also were eli minat e d in t he s ec on d r ound at the fir st Gr and S lam t ournam ent at t he Aus tr alian Open in Melbo urn e t he foll ow i ng w eek bef or e t hey r etur ned t o t he Unit ed St ates K n o w l e s N e s t o r t o f a c e o ff a t R e g i o n s Mor gan K eegan Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AF TER s ettin g t he pace in the preli minaries, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came back and was even more impressive in the final of the women's 50 metres freestyle as we ll a s the pre lim in ari es o f t he 1 0 0 bu tte rfly And Armando Moss didn't get left out as he a ls o tr iumphed at t he 20 11 M IAC Swimmin g Ch am pio nsg hip s in h is spec i ali ty in t he Un i ve r si ty of M in n e so ta Aq ua t i c C e n te r y e sterday. V an d e r p o o l Wa l l ac e, t h e F I NA W o r l d Shortcourse World Championships' bronze m e d al i s t co n t i n u ed wh e r e s h e l ef t o f f i n T h ursda y's pre lim s in th e morn ing w he n she came back in the evening and lowered her times. A t t he So ut he as ter n Co nf er ence Swim m i n g C h a m p i o n s h i p s a t t h e S t e p h e n C O' C on ne ll C e n te r o n th e c a mp us o f the Un iversi ty of Florid a, V and erpoo l-W al lac e lo wered both her SEC and Auburn records she s et i n t h e p r e li m s wi t h h er v i ct o r y i n t h e final. The junior at Auburn University clocked 21.34 s econds t o win the r ac e, er asi ng the double records of 21.46 that she posted ear l i e r i n t h e d a y a n d s h e al s o l o w e r ed h er Bahamian national record in the process. It wa s th e fifth vi cto ry in the e ve nt for Au burn and the first since 2001. "Coming into SECs, I wasn't execpting a time like that at all," said Vanderpool-Wal la c e o n Au b ur n' s w e bs it e I' m n o t fu ll y re st ed, so I'm very excited to see what happens at NCAAs." The S EC m ee t tha t w rap s up toda y serve s a s a q u a l i f i e r f o r t h e N C A A S w i m m i n g C h am p i on sh i ps i n A us ti n Te x a s fr om Ma rc h 17-19. V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e w h o t u r n s 2 1 o n March 4, was able to attain the standard in h e r p e r f o r m a n c e s A u b u r n s h e a d c o a c h Brett Hawke said the Bahamian is right on course for another big splash. A r i a n n a i s a n o u t st a n d i n g c o m p e ti t o r h e sa id on the ir w e bsi te a s we l l. Sh e ke e ps g et ti n g be t t e r w i th e v e ry sw i m W e re a im i n g f o r her to go faster at NCAAs." B e f o re th e ni g h t w a s f i ni s he d o n Th u rs da y Vanderpool-Wallace competed on the sec ond leg of the T ig er s' 200 free relay team that won the race in 1:28.25. Not havi ng any t im e to cel ebr at e, Vanderpool-Wallace was right back in the pool y e s t e r d a y w he n s h e t u r n ed i n t h e f a s t e s t qualifying time of 51.98 in the 100 fly pre liminaries. She was able to surpass the A qualifying t i me o f 52. 02 f o r th e N CAA s an d e r as e d another Auburn record, but fell just shy of V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e s e t s new recor ds at SEC finals SEE page 10 SH IN ING : Ar ianna Vander poolWallace c ame back and was even m o r e i m p r e s s i v e i n t h e f i n a l o f t h e wo m e n s 5 0 m e t r e s f r e e s t y l e a s w e l l as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly. Mark Knowles By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net A 1 9POIN T ro ut sea le d a tw o -ga me sw e ep a s t h e Q u e e n s C o l l e g e C o m e t s p ut th e i r s ta mp of appr ov al on the Ba h a mas Ass oc iation of Independent Secondary Schools' junior boys championship title. The i r c o n vi n c in g 6 6 -4 7 d e c isi o n y es te rd ay a t t he Ke nda l I s aacs Gym nas i um e nab led th e Comets to dethrone the St. Augustine's Col lege Big R ed Machine a s they capped off a perfect 14-0 win-loss record. "It's a great feeling. We worked very hard for this," sai d a j ubil ant co ac h D wa yne S mith. "All of the work we put in this summer paid off for us in the end." It wasn't a totally disappointing day for St. Augus tine's C o lle ge. In the fir st day on the q u a r t e t o f m a t ch e s t h e B i g Re d M a ch i n e rolled past the Temple Christian Suns 30-28 regain the title they relinquished to Queen's College three years ago. Th i s w a s a sw e e t v i c t o ry s a i d S A C s c o a c h Ans tac ia Moultr ie "Our girls really wanted th i s o n e, e spe c i a ll y a ft e r w e w e re b l ow n o u t by Temple Christian in our only loss during the regular season." Although the Suns came into the champi ons hip u ndefeat e d Mou ltr ie said t heir go al wa s not t o giv e the m another life a ft e r wi nning the opening game of the series on Mon day in overtime. I t ol d th e gir ls we do n' t kn ow whe n we would get to use the gym again, so we had to come out here and played like there was no tomorrow," she said. "Once you give a team a nothe r c ha nc e, the y co uld c ome b ac k to b ea t you." The senior girls match-up between the St. J o h n' s G ia n ts a n d Q ue e n s C ol l e ge a lo n g w i th th e se ni or bo y s' sho w dow n b e tw ee n S t. J oh n' s an d Wes t mi ns t er Di pl om at s clo se d o ut th e night. But their results were not ava ilable a t press time. Summ ar y of the tw o e ncounters com pleted are as follows: COMETS 66 BIG RED MACHINE 47 Q ue en' s Col le ge es t ab li s hed th e t em p of the game early as Daejour Adderley got red h o t f r om t h e o u t s i d e, ca n ni n g n i n e p o i nt s inc lud ing a pai r of thre-poi nters, to pu s h the ir lead to 22-12 at the end of the first quarter. Ad d e rl e y fi n i sh e d w i th 1 9 p o i n ts a n d Ty r on e B ur rows, who had s ev en in the second half as they widened their lead at the half, finished with 17 as they provided an unstoppable 1-2 punch. D M e t r y C h a r l t o n c o n t r i b u t e d 1 0 a n d Dominique Bethel helped out with eight. St Au g u st i n e s C o ll e g e t ri e d e v e ry t hi n g th e y could, but they had trouble breaking through C o m e t s r o u t B i g R e d Ma ch in e t o wi n t it le TO T H E HOOP: A SAC pl ay er atte mpts t o s co re w h ile QC Come ts players look on. SEE page 10

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SPORTS P AGE 10, SA TURDA Y FEBRUAR Y 19, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM THE Four J's Lady Cheetahs and t h e Co l l e g e o f t h e B ah a m a s L a d y Caribs pulled off victories in the two games played Thursday night at the DW Da vis Gymnasium in the Ne w P r o v i d e n c e W o m e n s B a s k e t b a l l Association. W h ile t he L ady Cheeta hs go t by th e John son's Lady T rucker s 82-72 i n t h e o p e n e r t h e L a d y C a r i b s stunned the Cybots Queens 73-59. Here's a summary of the games played: LADY CHEET AHS 82 LADY TRUCKERS 72 Latoya Lil Thing' Thompson led five players in double figures with a side high 18 points on 8-of-15 shoot i n g f r o m t he f ie l d a n d 1 o f2 b ot h from the three-point and free throw lines and pulle d d own four re bounds in 35 minutes in the win. L in da P i er r e an d P ame la Be th el posted double doubles in the attack. Pie rre h a d 17 p oi nt s a nd 1 2 re bo un ds i n 2 9 m i n u t e s a n d B e t h e l h a d 1 1 p oi nt s a nd 1 4 r ebo un ds in 3 3 mi nutes. Four J's also got 16 points with six assists and five rebounds in 30 min utes and Alyse Dean had 12 points with six rebounds and three assists. Th e L ady Cheetahs led aft e r the three quarters, first 18-17 at the end of th e f i rst 3 5 3 3 a t th e h a l f a n d 6 0 4 7 at the completion of the third. F o r t h e L a d y T r u c k e r s G l e n d a Gilc ud c ann ed a ga me hi gh 25 po ints o n 1 0 -o f2 2 f ro m th e f ie l d a nd 5 -o f12 from the three-point arch in 31 min utes. She was joined by two other play er s i n d oub le f i gur es wi th S ha nt ell R o l l e s c o r i n g 1 2 p o i n t s w i t h f o u r rebounds, three assists and as many s t e a l s i n 3 1 m i n u t e s w h i l e Ja n i c e W i l l i a m s h a d 1 0 p o i n t s a n d 1 8 rebou nds f or anot her dou ble double. LADY CARIBS 73 QUEENS 59 Gabrielle McKinney pumped in a game high 24 points on 6-of-14 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free t h r o w l i n e w i t h s i x r e b o u n d s f i v e assists and three steals in 37 minutes in the win. Sh e le d tw o ot he r p l a y er s in do u bl e f ig u re s a s N a t isk a S i lv e r h ad a d ou b le double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 min u t e s. Sh a n d e l l W i l l ia m s h a d 1 4 p o in t s, five rebounds and three steals. Christine Sinclair scored 15 points w i t h si x a s si st s, f i v e re b o un d s a nd tw o steals in 32 minutes in the loss and R o bi n Gi bs on a d de d 1 5 p oi nt s, se v en r e b o u n ds tw o a s si s t s a n d t w o st e a l s i n 35 minutes. Deandra Cunningham helped out w ith nine points and s ev en r e bounds and Kiesha Rolle had six points and five rebounds. C OB o pe ne d a 2 113 l e ad a fte r the fir st quar ter and extended it t o 35 25 at the half. the SEC r ecord of 51.00 set b y C h r i s t i n e M a g n u s o n o f Tennessee in 2008. That time, however, could f a l l i n th e fi n a l th a t w a s s c h e d uled for last night. At the University of Min nesota, St. John's University ( M n ) f r e s h m a n A r m a n d o Moss had a sentational swim i n t h e m e n 's 5 0 f re e fi n a l, w i n n i n g t h e r a c e o n T h u r s d a y night in 20.87, well ahead of his fourth place finish in the p rel im 's in 2 1 .2 2 e a rli er in the day. On F riday mornin g M oss contested the prelim's of the 1 0 0 f l y w h e r e h e h a d t h e fourth fastest qualifying time of 51.48 to again advance to th e fi nal t hat was con tes te d last night. The meet wraps up today. r ef o cu s h i ms el f af t e r l os i n g hi s fi r st f igh t fo r th e yea r. He has bee n tr ai nin g vigor io us ly b ut h is m ot her has s t e p p e d i n a s h i s a s s i s t a n t coach an d h e kn ow h e ha ve to go o ut t her e and t ra in or els e h e wil l ge t h is ta il k ick Hi s m ot her is r eal ly pu tt in g th e h eat d own on hi m, fo rcin g him t o l ift hi s gam e. Sh e r eally want s him t o do well ." M i nus Jr. co mmen ded h is m o t h er f o r t a k i ng t h e i n i ati ve to as s is t her s on A t t h e e n d o f t h e n i g h t Cham pi on Bo xin g Club wil l cr own th e two bo xer s in th e Fi ght o f th e N igh t; th e M o st I m p r o v e d B o x e r t h e M o s t Ou t s t and i ng Bo xer an d t h e Sp eed y T ir e M o st Bo xer of th e T o ur nam ent T r o p hi es a nd m ed al s wi l l b e p rese nt ed to the d ese rvi ng b o x e r s T he t our na ment is ex pected to get un der way a t 6 p.m F R OM pa g e n i n e Ray Minus Jr F R OM pa g e n i n e V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e Lady Cheetahs take down Lady T r uckers SPOR TS IN BRIEF WASHINGTON Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger G o o d e l l a n d u n i o n h e a d D e M a u r i c e S m i t h m e t i n f ro n t o f a f e d e ra l me d i a t or f o r about six hours Friday, a bid to j ump -sta rt c ont en tio us a nd s l o wm ov i ng la b o r ne go t i ations two weeks before own e rs c ou ld lo c k ou t pl a ye rs a nd threaten the 2011 season. F r i d a y s s e s s i o n w a s t h e s i d e s f i r s t w i t h G e o r g e C o h e n t h e d i r e c t o r o f t h e Federal Mediation and Con ciliation Service, a U.S. gov ernment agency. More than two hours after G o o d e l l a n d S m i t h a r r i v e d se p ara t el y th e l ea g u e a nd t he N F L P l a y e r s A s s o c i a t i o n r e le a s e d a j o in t s t a te m e n t s a y ing the me diat ion h a d s tarte d a n d t h a t b o t h p a r t i e s agreed to adhere to Cohen's r equ es t t ha t t hey n ot s pea k publicly about the process. True to their word, Smith and other union repres e nt a tives including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie B a t c h f o r m e r p l a y e r P e t e Kendall and NFLPA lawyer R i c h a r d B e r t h e l s e n declined to answer questions on their w ay out of t he me eting. T h e r e s n o t g o i n g t o b e any comment," Smith said as h e wal ke d o ut at 6: 15 p. m. more than seven hours after he arrived. G o o d e l l a n d o t h er m em bers of the NFL's bargaining t e a m i n c l ud i n g t h e l e a g u e s l e a d l a b o r n e g o t i a t o r J e f f Pash, and N FL outs ide c ouns e l B o b B a t t e rm a n a v o i d e d m e di a m e mb e r s in f r o nt o f t h e b u i l d i n g e n ti r e l y Th e y l e f t v i a a n o t h e r e x i t a n F M C S spokesman said. I t w asn' t im med iate ly c lea r w hen the side s w ould resume t a l k s a l t h o u g h o r i g i n a l l y there were plans for s ev er al d a y s o f n e g o t i a t i o n s w i t h Cohen present. NFL, union hold 1st session with federal mediator WINNERS: SAC Big Red Machine girls pose with the trophy after defeating the Temple Christian Suns. the press and when they did, t h e y c o u l d n t c o n t a i n Queen's College size in the paint. Kwasi Dames had a game high 21 points and Donovan Pic ke rin g c hip ped i n wi th 13 B u t D a v o n A d d e r l e y w a s h e l d t o j u s t e i g h t a s t h e C o m e t s c l a m p e d d o w n o n him defensively. BIG RED MACHINE 30 SUNS 28 Sheyanne T homps on and L aS h ae Ro l l e c am e u p b ig wi th 14 and 1 2 po ints resp ec tively for SAC as they man a g e d t o h o l d o f f T e m p l e Christian. T h e g am e wh i c h t u r n e d out to be another defensive b a t t le c am e r ig h t do w n t o the wire and the Suns had a ch an c e to sh in e fo r o ne more d a y w h e n I n d i a S m i t h g o t o p e n e d f o r a t h r e e p o i n t a tt e m p t w i t g h 1 3 se c o nd s l e f t on the clock. But her shot hit the front of the rim and the Big Red Machine got the rebound as the clock expired. R o l l e g o t o f f t o a g r e a t start as she scored six points t o g i v e S A C a 6 0 l e a d a s they went on to take a 10-6 margin at the en d of the f i r st break. And w hen T emple C hr isti a n ma d e a de n t i n th e l e a d, i t w as R olle who ca me up w ith six more points to keep the B ig Red Machine out f ront 16-13 at the half. The Suns, h owev er, wqe nt to a full court press to start the t hi rd and t hey go t fo ur c o n s e c u t i v e b a s k e t s f r o m Sheryl Evans to snatch a 2116 advantage. Despite the fact that SAC re boun ded to tie th e s c ore a t 2 12 1, the Suns went ahea d 25-21 at the h alf, t hank s t o b ac k t o b a ck b a s k e t s f r o m Amb a Goodma n and E vans. T h en in t he f o ur t h af t er there was some confusion as to w ea ther or n ot T h ompson had five or four fouls. Once r e f e r e e s R o d n e y J o h n s o n a n d S h a r o n t h e G e n e r a l Stor r sor ted it out, Thomps o n d r o v e i n s i d e f o r t h r e e cons ecu tiv e bas ket s t o gi ve SAC a 26-2 5 l ead and t hey d i d n t t r a i l t h e r e s t o f t h e way. F R O M pa g e n i n e Comets LOS ANGELES Associated Press FRED Coup le s d oe s not look like he b e lon g s a top t h e lea der b oa rd on the PG A Tour. Exc ept that he 's at R ivie ra Desp i te a b ad b ack th at h urt s wh e n he s to ops ove r a sho r t iron Coup le s n a v ig a t e d a r o un d h i s f a v o r i t e t ou r co u rs e w it h o u t a bo ge y F ri d ay fo r a 5un der 66 that gav e h im th e e arly lea d in the Northe rn Trust Ope n I t h e l p e d t h a t he kn o c k e d i n a n e a gle putt of nea rl y 1 00 fe e t on his op e n ing ho le alo ng with a pair of 3 0foot birdie p utts But e ve n for a 5 1y ea r-old we ll pas t his prim e, h e wa s c arr ied along b y a lang ui d swing a nd his love for Riv i e ra "I f ee l like I c a n pla y t h i s cours e blind folded," C o uples s aid. S om e of his p e e rs couldn 't be liev e wha t th e y s aw. "H e p l ay e d like he wa s m y a g e ," sa id 2 5-y e aro ld Antho ny K im, who was p ai red wi t h C ou p l es an d w as n in e sh o t s b eh in d "H e w as l oo s e, s wi n gin g h a rd He hi t some qu ali ty sho ts, some a gg re ssiv e s h ots. I t d oe sn't hu r t that he's won her e a coup le of time s. H e ju st k no ws what h e's do in g o u t here." Cou ple s fir st p la ye d R ivie ra thre e ye ar s b e fo re K i m w as b o rn H e wo n in 1 9 9 0 a n d 1 9 9 2 b a c k w he n hi s ha i r wa s b ro w n n o t mo s tl y gr ay, an d wh en he did n't ha ve to ge t up a t 4 a .m. t o stretch o ut hi s b ack so he cou ld make it to the firs t tee Th e a ffec tio n from the g alle ry h a sn't chang ed. Fr om the ot he r s ide of t he pa r 5 fi rst gr een Co u p les r a p p ed a p u tt an d w atc h e d it roll some 10 0 fee t towar d t h e cup a n d drop for a n e a gle The c h e e r w a s l oud e no ug h fo r p la y e r s s till on the pra ctice ra n g e t o look up. One playe r jok in g ly sa id C oup les just m ade a 1 0-footer fo r p a r." Paul Ca se y, who had a 6 7 a nd w as four s h ots bac k pla ye d in the g roup be h ind Co uples A ske d how it fe lt to t r a i l a 5 1 y e a r o l d w h o c a n ba r e l y b en d o ver t o t i e h i s sh o e s, Cas ey st ar t e d laughing. Eve ry time I look e d ahe ad, he's s tre tchin g h is bac k, his ha n d is o n h is hip ," Ca sey sa id We all kn ow Fre d di e He lo ok s lik e h e d o esn' t care. He lo o k s l i k e he 's i n p ai n He co u l d b e o n a n y s c o r e A n d t h e f a c t h e s o n 8 under is brillia nt." C o u p l es w as at 8u n d er 13 4 h ead i n g into wha t could be a sogg y wee kend. Th e ra in b egan to f all l ate i n t h e aft er noo n a s ha l f o f th e fie ld was trying to c op e with to ug h e r conditio ns. J.B. H o lm es w as tie d f o r the lea d until a do uble bo g e y o n the las t hole g a ve h im a 6 9. Phil Micke ls o n st rug gl ed wit h his ir o ns on his wa y to a 70 that put him s ev en shots be h ind, althou g h no t terr ib ly worrie d "I 'm no t ple ase d b e ing in t h e p ositi on wh ere I'm at, bu t i t co ul d b e a l o t w o r s e M i c k e l s o n s a i d A n d I s h ould b e within striking d ista nce if I c an g o o ut and sho ot s o me ho t rou nd t o m o r r o w Tha t he w ould be tr y ing t o c a tc h up t o Coupl e s wa s sur pr is ing g iv e n his a ge a n d his hea lth C ase y, ho we ve r, said cou r se kn owle dge a nd good v ibes only g o s o fa r. Couples turns back clock at Riviera J B Hol mes hits hi s app r o ac h s hot on the n inth hol e durin g th e se con d rou nd of the Northern Trust Open PGA golf tournament in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Ange les Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP)


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