V olume: 107 No.97SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Murder rate THREE times higher than US W EATHER M OSTLY SUNNY A ND BREEZY HIGH 81F LOW 70F I N S I D E By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A NEW study reveals that the countrys murder rate is three times higher per capi ta than the United States. The Royal Bahamas Police Forces study, announced yesterday afternoon at the College of the Bahamas Chapters book store, Sgt Chaswell Hanna said that for every 100,000 persons, the Bahamas has three times the murders of the US and is ranked 14th in the world. The study entitled, Reducing Murders in The Bahamas: A Strategic Plan Based on Empirical Research, is a comprehen sive research analysis of murder trends between 2005 and 2009 and also features a murder reduction strategy that proposes policy changes, police initiatives, legislative adjustments and community based pro grammes. Sgt Hanna said the research project is aimed to increase public awareness of specific types of murder, identifying avenues to increase detection rates, and outlining guidelines by which case disposal by the police and convictions can be improved. In the study Sgt Hanna reveals that murders are primarily occurring in the south eastern area of New Provi dence consisting of Pinewood, South Beach, Nassau Village and other densely populated areas. According to the study victims profiles have been consistent over the last 15 New study by Royal Bahamas P olice Force TRY OUR DOUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE BAHAMASBIGGEST I N S I D E INTODAYTRIBUNE ... BODY & MORE 50 PLUS A A F F R R E E E E G G U U I I D D E E T T O O L L I I V V I I N N G G B B E E T T T T E E R R L L O O N N G G E E R R WORKERS Party Leader Rodney Moncur declined to comment on a statement he made during a radio programme claiming that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was responsible for writing the editorials of this newspaper and not its publisher, Eileen Dupuch Carron. When contacted by The Tribune for proof to back up his assertions, Mr Moncur said that while he was privy to a lot of information he was unwilling to make an enemy of The Tribune Mr Moncurs remarks came earlier this week on the radio programme Hard Copy hosted by former BIS Director of WORKERS PARTY LEADER STAYS SILENT OVER HIS STATEMENT ON RADIO PROGRAMME RODNEY MONCUR B y NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com V ETERAN prosecutor C heryl Grant-Bethell was back in court yesterday where her attorneys argued that shes hould not be made to pay costs. M rs Grant-Bethell filed an a pplication for judicial review a fter being passed over for the post of Director of Public Tim Clarke /Tribune staff R ESEARCHANALYSIS: P olice officer Sgt. Chaswell Hanna speaks at Chapter One Bookstore to COB students yesterday on recent ly published murder study. SEE page seven PROSECUTOR GRANT-BETHELL BACK IN COURT SEE page seven LET D ANCE: B AHAMAS EXPERIEN CESFLASHMOB DANCING UP ASTORM: Hundreds were surprised as they experienced a flash mob in the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama. As tourists and locals enjoyed the Spring Break and St Patricks Day, a group of over 80 persons, ranging from children to senior citizens, performed a three-minute dance routine starting with one person and building to the full group. n SEE PAGETWO Man shot dead while trying to protect brother SEE page seven By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A FAMILY is grieving the loss of 29-year-old Javado Miller who was killed while reportedly attempting to protect his brother from gunfire. Eyewitnesses said Mr Millers brother, Tevaris Miller, was sitting outside his house between Kemp and St James Roads with a group of up to 15 people when a man related to the Miller brothers approached and started an argument with Tevaris just after 6pm. He came up to him saying he didnt like how he had been speeding through his corner, an eye witness said. Then he struck him, so they ended up fighting. The argument escalated into a fist fight. The man left the area with bruises on his face, threat ening to return. When he came back to the scene around 20 minutes later he fired shots at the crowd, eyewitnesses said. Javado pushed his brother into the house where he would be safe, and approached the gunman in SEE page seven SCENEOFTRAGEDY: The place where Javado Miller was shot in front of a group of up to 15 friends and relatives. Blood can be seen on a plastic bike part in the foreground.
WHAT was likely the very first flash mob experienced in the Bahamas took hundreds by surprise in the Port Lucaya Marketplace in Grand Bahama on Thurs day. A s tourists and locals were out in the spirit of not only Spring Break, but also St Patricks Day, a group of over 80 persons from all walks of life, ranging from children to senior citizens, p erformed a three-minute d ance routine starting with one person and building to the full group. The group had been practicing for four weeks under the direction of local Grand Bahamian choreography Julion Collie for their performance. The term flash mob denotes a group of people who are directed to assem ble suddenly in a public place at a designated time to perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse. Enter tainment The purpose of a flash mob is often for entertain ment and/or satire. Flash mobs have become very popular since 2003 and many have taken place all over the world. The difficulty with any flash mob is to keep it secret, and in particular on an island. Dubbed the best known secret on Grand Bahama, organisers said those that knew or found out by sur prise experienced a little piece of history. Thursdays flash mob was the brainchild of Laurie Tuchel, a resident of Grand Bahama and co-founder of the Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation. Prudence Gallagher, owner of the clothing store Ban delero, was the event coorganiser. The flash mob was direct ed by Jackie Dack and the film direction was done by Paul Mockler and David Mackey. Although many clips will likely make their on to the internet, filmed by the many bystanders, an official video will be announced soon and will be made available on Youtube.com, TheBahamasWeekly.com, and via other media house websites, organisers said. The Grand Bahama Heritage Foundation presented all the participants with a bright blue wrist band that says GBI Flash Mob 2011 as a keepsake. Organisers said they want to thank the many flash mob participants who brought a huge sense of enthusiasm and fun to the community of Grand Bahama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t %HYHUDJH'HSDUWPHQW 'LUHFWDQGFRRUGLQDWHWKHRRPV'LYLVLRQRSHUDWLRQVLQFRQMXQFWLRQZLWKWKH*HQHUDO 0DQDJHUDQG+RWHODQDJHUWRPHHWWKHGDLO\QHHGVRIWKHKRWHOLQFOXGLQJEXWQRW OLPLWHGWRVWDIQJIRUHFDVWLQJFRQWUROOLQJDQGVXSHUYLVLRQ 'LUHFWDQGFRRUGLQDWHZLWKWKH'LUHFWRU+RXVHNHHSLQJWRHQVXUHWKDWKRXVHNHHSLQJ SURFHGXUHVDUHHVWDEOLVKHGWRPD[LPL]HSURGXFWLRQUHJXODWHOLQHQDQGKRXVHNHHSLQJ VXSSOLHVDQGWRHQVXUHWKHFOHDQOLQHVVRIWKHIDFLOLW\&HUWLI\WKDWSURFHGXUHVDQG FRQWUROVDUHLPSOHPHQWHGIRUWKHODXQGU\RSHUDWLRQ 6 NLOOVt$ELOLWLHV 0XVWEHDEOHWRVSHDNUHDGZULWHDQGXQGHUVWDQGWKHSULPDU\ODQJXDJHVf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t([SHULHQFH %DFKHORUV'HJUHHRUHTXLYDOHQWHGXFDWLRQH[SHULHQFHUHTXLUHG )RXUWRYH\HDUVRIHPSOR\PHQWLQDUHODWHGSRVLWLRQ 4 XDOLHGDSSOLFDQWVDUHLQYLWHGWRYLVLWRXUZHEVLWHRUHPDLOUHVXPHVDWVQEUMREV#VKHUDWRQFRP1RWH$OOLQIRUPDWLRQZLOOEHKHOGLQVWULFWHVWRIFRQGHQFH 'HDGOLQHIRUDOODSSOLFDQWVLV$SULO BAHAMAS experiences its first ever FLASH MOB LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: The flash mob in Count Basie Square at Port Lucaya on March 17 just after 6 pm. PHOTOS: The Bahamas W eekly
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has secured a legal victory and has reissued its directive recalling the Bahamian official with responsibility for trade and investment in the Miami Consul, according to documents obtained by The Tribune Lynnith Braynen, a civil servant for 21 years, filed a judicial review against the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General over a decision to withdraw her from the Miami post. Her challenge to the decision has been rejected by the courts. She was awarded a oneyear contract to serve as Consul in 2009. Her request for an extension was denied last year. And her apartment lease was set to be terminated. Since the legal victory last week, Mrs Braynen has been instructed to wind up her affairs and return to the Bahamas no later than Sunday, 27 March, 2011, according to a letter sent by Patricia Rodgers, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA Documents The letter also notes that Mrs Braynen is to hand over all official documents issued by the US State Department, including identification cards, tax exemption cards to the Consul General, Rhoda Jackson. Mrs Braynen has since appealed to the ministry for reconsideration on humanitarian grounds among others. She argues the transfer would interfere with the ongoing medical management of her son, who is being treated for cerebral palsy, and interrupt the education of her eldest daughter, who is enrolled in school in the US. Medical specialists say the prognosis for her son for gradual improvement and prevention of complications is good as long as therapeutic measures are in place. Her son is said to currently require physical and occupational therapy programmes at a frequency of twice a week. Mrs Braynens daughter was n ominated to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington at the end of the month. She was recognised as one of a select group of students with the scholastic merit, maturity and strength of character to represent her school and her country at this unique leadership programme for exception-a l grade six and seven students, stated a letter sent by Mrs Braynen to the Ministy of Foreign Affairs. She appealed to the empathy and goodwill of the permanent secretary in outlining the familial considerations. THE Deep Creek Middle S chool announced this week that five students have been accepted to attend boarding schools in the US on scholarships, each of which is worth almost $1 million. The students, who will begin boarding school in the 20112012 school year, are: Benjamin Williams of Palmetto Point (The Pennington School, NJ) Kristen Rolle of Deep Creek (The Lawrenceville School, NJ) Megan Sweeting of Green Castle (Perkiomen, PA Anna McCartney of T arpum Bay (Wilbraham and Monson Academy, MA) Aliece Goodman of Tarpum Bay (Lawrence Academy, MA) These students join 19 other Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS gone on to study at US boardi ng schools in the school's 10year history. At $230,000 per year, the scholarships and aid packages are the largest ever given in one year to DCMS graduates. Each year, we have to fundraise $230,000 to run the school. So it is nice to see that t he investment that others have made in the past is continuing to be invested in these students said principal Dr Joanna Paul. It shows how valuable our DCMS graduates are worldwide, Since 2002, DCMS graduates have received $2.25 million in scholarships for secondary education. "I am extremely proud of Megan and the other students for their achievements. This represents a great opportunity for these students to further their education and will open doors for their continued suc cesses down the road," said par ent Bernadette Sweeting of Green Castle. The Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS dent school for Bahamian stu dents in grades seven through nine. It is the only private middle school in the Bahamas. The mission of the school is teach ing the future leaders of the Bahamas. Deep Creek Middle School works collaboratively with the Island School and Cape Eleuthera Institute. DCMS is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year, and can be contacted on 242-334-8414. 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A number of p ersons were apprehended and questioned about their immigration status. Officials said that following a thor-ough interview and investigation process, officers sent to Nassau 35 persons, who were unable to satisfy questions concerning their status. Ahigh-powered weapon was seized by officers of the Rapid Strike unit on Thurs day night. The police offices were act ing on a tip when they pro ceeded to an abandoned building on Summer Street in Nassau Village at around 10.50pm. The officers found the weapon inside the derelict building; no one was taken into custody. Investigations into this matter continue. South Eleuthera students earn almost $1m in scholarships THE Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD further changes to traffic flow at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA c ome into effect. As the LPIA Redevelopment Project moves into stage two (the demolition and reconstruction of the old US Departure Terminal) traffic exiting the airport will be diverted or redirected to accommodate construction vehicles. As such, t he motoring public is advised to observe and obey all traffic signage in order to ensure peaceful co-existence of all users, motorists and pedestrians. The full understanding, cooperation and patience of the public is appreciated as we continue to transform LPIA into a world-class airport, NAD said. Ministry wins legal dispute over decision to withdraw official fromMiami post AIRPORT TRAFFIC CHANGES COME INTO EFFECT news BRIEFS PEOPLE QUIZZED ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS OFFICERS SEIZE WEAPON FANTASTIC FIVE: Students who will begin boarding school in 2011-2012.
EDITOR, The Tribune. Instead of URCA issuing p ress releases, in the spirit and i ntent of competition and regu lation, transparency, non-disc rimination and all the good stuff that URCA espouses, t hey should hold a press conference and open themselves up to questions from the press/public. T he Commissioners and Executive Management who a re well paid and remunerate d should be required to face t he music. Not hide behind paper. Too whom much is give n, much is expected. URCAs professionalism has been called into question, by hiring a consultant who is foreign-based and who is unable to keep her public profile upto-date. But yet is advising onh uman resourcing. She neglected to maintain her own h uman resource information. U RCAs 2009 Annual R eport allocates $418,394 for K ey Management Compensation. Almost $500,000, the feet need to be held to the fire. We pay these foreigners more money than would ever b e given to a local firm, they then have to be made even m ore accountable. I t is lamentable that the press and the opposition have awoken at this late date to q uestion the entire privatisation exercise. It seems backi n 2009 an article was carried i n one of the newspapers a bout the impartiality of the B TC privatisation committee and its advisors. I seem to r ecall the chairman of the privatisation committee at that time, saying this was bellyaching. G overnment in the sunshine just extorting taxes a nd burning up tax dollars, b ecause for all this money a int nothing chang-ing. L INDA THOMAS Metaphorically Speaking Nassau, March 1, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm THYROID cancer for sure. Leukemia, probably. Too much radiation can raise the risk of developing cancer years down the road, scientists agree, and the young are most vulnerable. But just how much or how long an exposure is risky is not clear. Those are among the unknowns scientists are contemplating as the crisis unfolds at Japan's stricken nuclear power plant. In Japan, the Science Ministry said radiation levels about 19 miles northwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant rose at one point Friday to 0.15 millisieverts per hour, about the amount absorbed in a chest X-ray. But levels have been fluctuating, and radiation at most sites that distance from the facility have been far below that. Long term, it is clear radiation can induce cancer. But researchers can't just count cancer cases after a disaster and declare radiation responsible. Rates before and after must be compared to know if more cases occurred than would be expected. That is why, 25 years after the Chernobyl accident, there is still controversy over its effects beyond the undisputed 6,000 cases of thyroid cancer. Of these cases, only 15 had proved fatal as of 2005, even though the Soviets were slow to treat victims of the catastro phe. The records necessary to spot trends in other types of cancer as a result of Chernobyl are poor, said Dr. Fred Mettler, a University of New Mexico scientist who led a United Nations-sponsored team investigating Chernobyl's health effects. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that no amount of radiation is absolutely safe above the 3 to 6 millisieverts a year that most of us get from normal living. In contrast, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says that low doses less than 100 millisieverts spread out over years are not harmful. Researchers have not documented danger from such low levels, said Kelly Classic, a radiation physicist at the Mayo Clinic and a spokeswoman for the Health Physics Society, an orga nization of radiation safety specialists. High doses over 500 millisieverts can raise the risk of leukemia, breast, bladder, colon, liver, lung, esophageal, ovarian and stomach cancers, and the blood cancer multiple myeloma, government scientists say. In between the high and lower levels, the picture is murky. Much depends on the type of radiation people are exposed to, how old they are, and how well each person's body repairs any DNA damage Children are the ones at risk for radiation's most obviously related cancer thyroid. Radioactive iodine collects in the thyroid glandin the neck. Potassium iodide pills can block its absorption and minimize harm, but they must be given within 12 hours of exposure to do much good. When Chernobyl exploded, health workers "had millions of square kilometers to cover and it was all rural areas and they didn't really have anything stockpiled," Mettler said. Children also drank milk from cows that grazed on contaminated grass for weeks after the disaster, compounding their exposure and risk. More than 6,000 thyroid cancers have been documented in people who were chil dren in the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia when the disaster occurred. But In Poland, where the antidote pills were given out, there were no higher rates of thyroid cancer. Properly treated, thyroid "is one of the least deadly cancers," the American Cancer Society says. And low levels of radioactive iodine exposure have not been shown to increase thyroid cancer risk in studies of fallout from nuclear weapons testing in the western United States during the 1950s, the society says. Studies of atomic bomb survivors have found higher rates of cancer. But those disasters involved different radioactive elements than the type emitted from the Japanese nuclear plant so far. So for now, the clearest information on cancer risk from a nuclear plant accident may come from Chernobyl. That disaster exposed 5 million people in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to large amounts of radioactive mate rial for 10 days, according to the 2008 report that Mettler helped write for the United Nations' Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, which represents 22 nations on nuclear safety. Exposure to cesium was a big concern because it affects the whole body, not just the thyroid gland. And exposure among cleanup workers and emergency responders ranged as high as a few hundred millisieverts over the fol lowing few years. Evidence suggests a higher rate of leukemia in these workers, "but it's not certain," Mettler said. Research is continuing in that group, and longer follow-up should establish that more clearly, he said. As bad as Chernobyl was, the average radi ation dose over 20 years to people who live in contaminated areas was "relatively low" 9 millisieverts, nearly the equivalent of a CT scan once the short-term doses to the thy roid were subtracted, the UN report said. That means there should not be "substantial health effects in the general population that could be attributed to radiation," the report concludes. The NRC has said that typical annual back ground exposure to radiation shaves 18 days off the expected lifespan. Working in a nuclear plant under ordinary conditions not in a crisis like the one unfolding in Japan short ens life expectancy by 51 days. By comparison, being 15 per cent overweight cuts two years; smoking a pack of cigarettes a day costs six years of life. (This article is by The Associated Press URCA me thinketh thou protest too much! 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Thanks for the space allowed in printing this letter as a first time writer. A s I read the todays edition of your news paper I ran across a story MP claims PLP consciously voted against providing clean w ater. Ordinarily I would just past over such a heading but in this case I had to read the wholes tory to be able to get a proper understanding to the contents matching that with the storys heading. It was at the end of the story that the Prime Minister brought some clarity tom y earlier perception. However it seems to me that if the MP who introduced the item in the House had the same u nderstanding that there would have been no need for its introduction, (unless to be mis chievous). While on the other side of the coin if sincere attention was paid when the bill was i ntroduced it would have been clear to all as to what they were voting for or against. T hen I concluded as others in the country that we as taxpayers are not getting the kind of representation that is expected. Since the Bahamian populace cannot all go to parliament and listen and respond to its daily work we expect those we elect to repre-s ent us to do so rather than many hours trying to score points against each other. Recently I have become very disappointed in type of discussion that is allowed to go on inp arliament. While I am still an old supporter of the FNM, I believe it is time for both sides to raise the bar and show more respect one to another while they are privileged to serve this great Bahamas. A LFRED MOSS Freeport, Grand Bahama. M arch 3, 2011. Time for both sides in Parliament to raise bar EDITOR, The Tribune. There has been much to-do lately regarding the prison bus route through eastern New Providence where the bus and its police escort are driven in a manner that endangers others on the road. Living in that area, I am often on those roads and feel compelled to voice my outrage at this dangerous and unnecessary practice. Unfortunately, my recent experience is similar to that of too many other drivers that frequent these roads. I was heading west on Eastern Road near the bend at Deals Heights around 4.30pm. Obviously, given the time of day, there was bumper-to-bumper eastbound traffic. Due to the curve in the road, I could not see oncoming traffic beyond a short distance in front of my car, and con ceivably, nor could the approaching traffic heading east. In a split second I was looking at a police car straight on, driving towards me at an excessive rate of speed on my side of the road. What to do, where to go? There is no time to weigh the options. One instinctively pulls off to the verge of the road, which in this case was virtually nonexistent. Fortunately for me, the oncoming traffic, mostly hard working citizens trying to get home after a hard days work, had moved over and stopped. This allowed the police escort and the prisoner bus to scrape past me. Had this not happened, the narrow lane that was used by the speeding bus would not have appeared and I might be writing a letter of an entirely different nature. In a letter to the Editor in this column today (March 18 the writer stated that hers was the third such letter printed this week addressing this very serious matter. Well, consider this the fourth. How many will it take to get the relevant government Ministrys attention to resolve this dangerous situation? Must we wait for personal injury or loss of life to occur? An accident is going to happen. It is not even if it happens, but rather when it happens. There will be blood on the hands of those responsible for overseeing our vehicular safety on the streets of Nassau. As Mrs Ogilvie states in her letter to the Editor, There has to be a better way. Lets see some action taken on this volatile situation before it comes to bloodshed. Concerned for our safety. B THOMPSON Nassau, March 18, 2011. Action needed before it comes to bloodshed EDITOR, The Tribune. I dont usually watch when the Senate is televised, however, having to rest a sprained ankle, I caught some of the debate yesterday and was very impressed by the creative language of certain of our Senators. Saunders Beach new toilets for those who missed this we are going to have a set of state-of-the art male and female toilets. Now what makes a public toilet state-of-the art? A toilet with ocean view? Air-conditioned? Automati cally scented? Has a Balcony where the users of the toilets can rest? Has piped music of your choice? Electric toilet paper dispensers? Hot air hand dryers? Ability to obtain a massage? Valet parking? Car wash whilst you use the state of the art toilet? Automatic flush system? A relaxation bed for patrons after using the toilet? Gourmet food dispensers? Cable television? Wi-fi connection for those who wish to be always connected? Fixed line telephone in each toilet booth? Selection of the daily newspapers? Charging points for your mobile telephone and blackberries? Of course an ATM! Only then I suggest the public toilet could be described as state-of-the art. It really is the silly season already elections coming sooner than we all expect certainly before the OOOs of Chinese for Cable Beach. H HUMES Nassau, March 15, 2011. WHAT MAKES A PUBLIC TOILET STATE-OF-THE ART?
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Even though the government is seeking to recruit more Bahamian teachers in some critical subject areas, Education Minister Desmond Bannister said foreign teachers will always be needed in the countrys education system. He stressed that the education system can become stagnant without a cross pollination in education of foreign educators. Visiting Grand Bahama, Minister Bannister said the Cuban teachers have been a blessing to the schools in the Family Islands, despite some minor language issues. We are grateful for the relationship we have with Cuba, said the education minister. This is the third time that Cuban teachers have come here in three-year stints. And there have been small language issues every year and it has been documented for the last six years that this has happened. Mr Bannister explained that the Cuban teachers are not familiar with the Bahamian vernacular but are able to speak English. There is a period they require so that they become familiar with the Bahamian idiom; they speak English and they come in the classroom with 30 children who may say certain things that are not the Queens English that they learned at university in Cuba, he said. However, Mr Bannister said the Bahamas has benefitted by having these teachers, firstly, in areas where we dont have sufficient Bahamians qualified, such as agriculture and a number of technical areas, and secondly, they are willing to go in the Family Islands where we have thousands of children that need to be educated and where, quite frankly, many of my teachers might not want to go. We continue to encourage Bahamians to invest a part of their careers teaching in the Family Islands, making a difference in the lives of young Bahamian children in those islands. Those Cuban teachers have gone and made a difference in many of the Family Islands teaching chemistry, physics, math, and other areas where we need more and more Bahamians to come back home and specialise in, Mr Bannister said. And as we get more Bahamians we can phase out more non-Bahamian teachers, but what we also have to realise is any education system that is stagnant and refusing to bring people from the outside, any education system that refuses to entertain other ideas, thoughts and cultures, becomes so stagnant that it fails to educate people at the level it ought to, he said. So no matter how advanced the education system is, you will continue to need and want to get foreigners in it some how. That is what the Americans are doing; they are now recruiting some of our top Bahamian students to stay there in the sciences. Mr Bannister said he recently met a Bahamian who is now teaching in China. These other countries understand the need for crosspollination in education, and we have to appreciate that the very nature of education is such that without cross-pollination it becomes stagnant and we do not improve at all, he said. 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An organiser said: The school has more than 700 students that need reading material to feed their young, eager minds, so if you have any books suitable for children between the ages of 4 and 11, they can be donated to Media Enterprises on Shirley Park Avenue. BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Bahamian students represent ing the Catholic Board of Education of the Archdiocese of Nassau ranked among the top three at the Annual Knights of Columbus Florida Spelling Bee Competition. A student from Grand Bahama took second place in the Grade 5-6 Division, while a student from Nassau placed third in the Grade 7-8 Division. Gabrielle Edwards, a student of Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School in Grand Bahama, and Johnathan Johnson of the Xavier Lower School in Nassau, were the top spellers at this years 49th Archdiocesan Spelling Bee Competition in Nassau. Gabrielle and Johnathan went on to represent the Catholic Board of Education in the Bahamas at the annual Knights Spelling Bee Competition held in Kissimmee, Florida. The Knights of Columbus Councils in the Bahamas, Nassau Council 10415, Grand Bahama Council 10647, West Nassau Council 11755, and North Eleuthera Council 12962 sponsor two winners and a parent every year to the Florida competi tion. Assist Our Councils are pleased to assist these stu dents to this competition where they have either won a division or returned with recognition in the top three spots, said Knights District Deputy Gregory Christie. The District expresses its gratitude to the teachers and coaches of the students and the Catholic Board of Education for overseeing thea nnual competition in the Bahamas that allows us to feature our students at the Florida competition, he said. Bahamian education needs foreign teachers to prevent stagnation DESMOND BANNISTER ALLSMILES: The contingent from the Bahamas at the Knights of Columbus Florida Spelling Bee Competition held in Kissimmee, Florida, poses with the students representing the Catholic Board of Education of the Archdiocese of Nassau at the competition. Seated are Gabrielle Edwards of Mary, Star of the Sea School, Grand Bahama, and Johnathan Johnson of Xaviers Lower School, Nassau. Standing left to right are Inger and John Johnson; John Hardin, District Deputy 24; Tiffany Barr-Edwards; Natalie Marrett, teacher at Mary, Star of the Sea School; Marsha Beneby, Gabrielles grandmother; Roselyn Williams, teacher at Xaviers Lower School; Christopher Kernan, Florida State Council General Programme administrator; Sabrina Cash, Gabrielles aunt; Ren Hall, teacher at the Grand Bahama Catholic High School; Gre gory Christie, District Deputy Bahamas; and Alexandria RobertsBowe, representative of the Catholic Board of Education. B OOK DRIVE TO B OOST LIBRARY BAHAMIAN STUDENTS EXCEL AT FLORIDA SPELLING BEE COMPETITION
By ADRIAN GIBSON firstname.lastname@example.org T HE odds are stacked against Zhivargo Laing in Marco City in the next general election. Frankly, the race in this constituency appears to be between two unpopular candidates. Mr Laing, who may yet again have to move to another constituency (similar to the constant relocation of former PLP MP Paul Adderley) is said to have worn-out his welcome in his constituency. Constituents have complained that Mr Laing is out of touch with public sentiment and have objected to being seen or addressed in a patronizing, condescending manner by any politician. Mr Laings constituents have complained about an air of perceived arrogance and expressed an interest in having Mr Laing spend more time actually list ening (genuinely cerns. The Marco City MP is a banana peel away from slipping into the political abyss. PLP nominee Greg Moss (lawyer is likely to defeat him. Brensil Rolle the Garden Hills MP, will likely defeat Dr Kendal Major Mr Rolle is a pparently quite popular on the ground and considering the population shifts in the constituencydue to the recent construction and sale of houses in newly constructed housing subdivisionshe may have the advantage in an electoral showdown. V incent Peet the MP for North Andros has been relatively quiet of late. Mr Peet is likely to retain his seat. Melanie Griffin will politically sucker punch FNM challenger Joshua Sears I am told that the boundary cuts will favour Sears, extending Yamacraw further eastward into large chunks of Brent Symonettes St Annes constituency. However, because there are also plans afoot to relocate Phenton Neymour to the Exuma constituency, Mr Sears name has been bandied about as a likely replacement for Mr Neymour in South Beach. Lacklustre If Phenton Neymour contests the South Beach seat, his teeth will be on edge having tested the sour grapes of whats said to be an impending defeat. Mr Neymour lacks the political horsepower to recapture the seat, as many residents express displeasure with his lackluster representation. However, if Mr Neymour runs in Exuma, he could possibly edge out incumbent PLP MP Anthony Moss Mr Moss is said to be unpopular in the Exuma Cays and has rendered a performance that is purportedly the reason for much voter discontent. Black Point resi dentsthe second largest polling divisionclaim to have n ot seen Mr Moss since the last general election. Noticeably, Mr Neymour has made frequent trips into the Exuma constituency of late. Even more, of late Mr Neymour has also dropped the moniker he used to describe his constituents in Parliamentthe kings and queens of South Beachgiving one the impression that perhaps the underlying notion now is that the Royal family of South Beach are preparing to dismiss their servant. That said, Neymours entrance into the Exuma race will leave the constituency too close to callfor now. Notably, if Joshua Sears contests the South Beach seat as the standard bearer for the FNM, he has a more favourable chance of defeating Nurses Union president Cleola Hamil ton (PLP been described by some residents as charmless. The Fox Hill seat could go either way. Im told that the boundary cuts will now incor porate a polling divisionout of Montagu and near to Step Streetin hopes of assisting challenger Dr JacinthaHiggs (a lady who wears the most enrapturing outfits) in gaining a foothold on the constituency and rendering current MP Fred Mitchell a seatless wonder. By all accounts, Mr Mitchell has been a visible, working MP, thereby leaving his opponent with a long, tough journey to the polls. My electoral crystal ball could not yet reveal a like ly winner in this contest. Kenyatta Gibson the bom bastic-talking MP for Kennedy, is abandoning the constituency and running as the FNMs candidate in South Eleuthera. Although incumbent MP Oswald Ingraham is in his 70s, he could still vie for the seat or be replaced by one of eight applicants for the PLP nominationa list that I am told includes local government chief councilor Hank Johnson Although Mr Gibson and his family purportedly have roots in the constituency, it is likely that he will be sent deeper into political oblivion following the next election. It appears that Mr Gibson walked the Parliamentary floor and will now be walking out of Parliament altogether! Tommy Turnquest holds a slight edge over Arnold Forbes in the race for Mount Moriah. Although the Bahamas remains in a state of national un-security, Mr Forbes campaign may become anemic and lose traction due to reported businessrelated issues emanating from Canada. Comeback Bain and Grants Town is likely to remain in the PLP col umn, as Dr Bernard Nottage is expected to take out whoever the FNM nominee will be. At this juncture, party insiders inform me that the former area MP Gregory Williams is vying for the nomination in an attempt to make a political comeback; also reportedly seeking the nod is former candidate David Jordine and Rev CB Moss who is said to be in talks with the FNM. Of course, Bain and Grants Town is a tra ditionally PLP seat. PLP leader Perry Christie will most certainly humiliate his challenger in the Farm Road constituency. The race for the Marathon constituency is setting up to be a slugfest. Of late, newcomer Jerome Fitzgerald has amped up his courtship of constituents by purchasing alarm systems and having them installed in their homes. Whilst incumbent Dr Earl Deveaux certainly has the upper hand, having spoken to constituents and political insiders from both of the major parties, Ive concluded that the Marathon brawl is too close to call at this time. The contest for North Eleuthera constituencygiven the decision of House Speaker Alvin Smith not to stand for reelectionshould be an exciting race to watch. Purported FNM candidate Theo Neilly an airport manager and local government chief councilor is slated to run against Spanish Wells native and fellow local government councilor Clay Sweeting However, for the FNM, lawyer Richard Lightbournes name has also been mentioned as a possible nominee. Here again, its too far out to call this race, particularly sinceat least on the national sceneboth candidates are political neophytes. However,I am told that the contest for North Eleuthera is expected to be a costly affair, with lots of money changing hands. The voters of Golden Isles will rebuke MP Charles May nard in a runoff where chal lenger Michael Halkitis is expected to beat the incumbent MP like a piata. A walloping could leave Mr Maynard having fits of post-election hysteria and, like the movie Sleepless in Seattle, hell likely be Sleep less in Golden Isles. During his term in office, Mr Maynard has struck me as a representative/minister who unlike the moviepolitically has no true grit. With Kenyatta Gibson speedily running away to Eleuthera, the Kennedy seat will easily remain a PLP stronghold with newcomer Dion Smith trouncing all challengers. PLP Deputy Leader and MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador Philip Brave Davis will put a spanking on FNM challenger George Wilson In the past, Mr Wilson unsuccessfully ran as an inde pendent candidate in the same constituency. There is also another angle that must be explored relative to Mr Davis political future as he has been speculated as having an interest in relocating to the St Cecilia seat. PLP insiders inform me that if Mr Davis runs in St Cecilia, the party is likely to send former Police Commissioner BK Bonamy to vie for the Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador seat. There is chatter that Verna Grant FNM MP for Eight Mile Rock, is facing some serious opposition. Purportedly, Ms Grant is attempting to retain her nomination as former Senator Kay Forbes is said to be interested in displacing Ms Grant and running for the FNM in that seat. In what some say will be a tumultuous election season for her, Ms Grant is also expected to face vigorous challenges from potential PLP nominees such as SandraEdgecombe (former principal at Eight Mile Rock High), Caleb Outten or a yet unnamed oppo nent.This time around, it appears that the polls could go either way. High Rock MP Kenneth Russell (FNM unnamed PLP challenger in this largely FNM borough. Lucaya MP Neko Grant will torpedo the electoral hopes of supposed PLP nominee Dr Lea Percentie The Pineridge seat is being contested by two five-star can didates. It is unfortunate that one of these men will have to politically cancel out the oth er. Current MP Kwasi Thompson has been an outstanding representative, whilst challenger PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville who has a medical practice in the constituency also earned much praise from residents. Frankly, the PLP should have nominated Dr Darville in the Marco City constituency, as he is not overwhelmingly favoured to beat Mr Thompson as opposed to the outright favourable rating in a race against Zhivargo Laing. That said, Dr Darville is a formidable candidate and, whilst Mr Thompson holds a slight edge at this time, the quality of the candidates vying for the voters support in this race could cause the pendulum to swing either way. This race will certainly bea nail biter, i.e. if Dr Darville is not transplanted to contest the Marco City seat. PLP incumbent Frank Smith will face-off against likely FNM challenger Linda Treco in the St Thomas More constituency. By all accounts, Mr Smith has earned the ire of the Prime Minister, so it is expected that the full weight of the FNMs electoral machinery will be coming down upon him. Reliable sources inform me that upcoming boundary cuts will place a portion of St Thomas More in Loretta But ler-Turners Montagu constituency, arguing that because she won by more than 1000 votes in the last election, she can likely absorb some votes against her and still preserve a comfortable margin in another victorious run. Apparently, a portion of Fox Hill will like wise be absorbed into Brent Symonettes St Annes constituency. Im also told that Paradise Island will become a part of the new St Thomas More constituency. Cr editable Pinewood, a PLP foothold, could once again return to the partys win column. Frankly, MP Byron Woodside has done a creditable job in the con stituency. However, a loss may, among other factors, be due to changes within the voting block and the luck of the political draw as the constituency has had an extensive love affair with the PLP. The race for Pinewood will no doubt be close and quite competitive. According to sources, the PLP intend to run attorney Damian Gomez in Pinewood. Flip a coin and, quite similarly, the Elizabeth constituency can go either way although incumbent Ryan Pinder (PLP is favouredat this juncture to retain his seat. That said, Ive been clued-up by FNM insid ers of the likely mapping out of a favourable boundary cut for challenger DrDuane Sands a cut which is set to incorporate more FNM polling divisions and cut-out a part of Elizabeth Estates. Edison Key will retain his South Abaco seat. Prime Minister and FNM leader Hubert Ingraham will crush all challengerswhether that is Ky Mills and/or Jackson McIntosh in the race for the North Abaco seat. Frankly, the electoral hopes of Mr Ingra hams challengers are comparable to running in quick sandstruggling and sinking fast! As we enter another general election season, Bahamians must begin to demand true and visionary leadership within their constituencies and on the national front. The upcoming general elec tion will certainlyas is seen every five yearsbe a political circus. Indeed, this will be a helluva election season, which will leaveupon its conclusion more than a handful of sitting MPs and electoral hopefuls reaching for a crying towel. NB: My column has now been moved from its usual Fri day publication date to Saturdays. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 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, MARCH 20TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Rosemary Williams11:00 a.m.Youth Choir/Dance Troupe Anniversary Service7:00 p.m. Bro. Ernest Miller/Sis. Alice Woodside (HC CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MARCH 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 Gregory Bethel Election predictions part 2 Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON FREDMITCHELL ZHIVARGOLAING PERRY CHRISTIE As we enter another general election season, Bahamians must begin to demand true and visionary leadership within their constituencies and on the national front.
a n attempt to calm him down when he was shot in the chest. When he dropped to the ground he said, I got shot, I got shot, and the shooter looked at him and he ran off,t he witness told T he Tribune. Javado Miller had a bullet wound in the right side of his chest. His friends tried to stem the bleeding as they waited f or an ambulance to arrive. J avado was rushed to the T rauma Room of the Princess Margaret Hospital, but died of his injuries at around 9pm. P olice press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said detectives are following sig nificant leads into the matter. Rocked Meanwhile the Kemp Road community and Mr Millersc lose-knit family have been r ocked by the murder. Kishy Brown, 26, said her first cousin Javado Miller wasl ike a brother to her as her mother. Flossy Bowe, raised him from infancy at their h ome in St James Road. She said he was a quiet man who loved animals and made a living by dogbreeding. He k ept three pit bulls at the house and a Pomeranian breed as well as a pigeon coupw ith around 30 birds. He was dedicated to dogs, he walked his dogs every day, she said. He was a very loving per son. He didnt bother anyb ody. Mr Miller also frequented the Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre just yardsa way from his home where a d ance class was practising out side at the time of the shoot ing. The shooting was heard b y teenagers, some who are a part of Mr Millers family. They were participating in ad ance class at the Urban Renewal Centre at the time and rushed to the sceneb efore they could be stopped. Kolamae Pedican said: The girls were all crying and we tried to gather them back here to comfort them. Those kids saw something very hor-r ific. The whole community i s in mourning. The grief is very real. There is a lot of pain. M rs Pedican said the Urban Renewal Centre will offer emotional support and assis t ance to the family. Anyone with any information relating to the murders hould call police as a matter of urgency on 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers immediately on 328-TIPS (8477 Prosecutions. She was instead appointed Deputy Law Reform Commissioner. Earlier this month Mrs GrantBethell claimed a victory in clearing her reputation although a judge refused to overturn Jamaican attorney Vinette Graham-Allen's appointment to the post of DPP. Attorney Wayne Munroe submitted yesterday that Senior Justice Isaacs rul ing was vindication for Mrs Bethell and that vindication must follow through thewhole process. He argued that the respondents should pay Mrs Grant-Bethells costs as their actions were the cause of her bringing the applica tion. Milton Evans, QC, who represents the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC case was one in which the private interest of the applicant outweighed the public interest. Mr Evans submitted that the cost should follow the event, the event being that her application was dismissed. Attorney Brian Simms, QC, who represented the Attorney General echoed the same sentiments. He argued that his client should not be made to pay costs and that his client should be awarded costs in the matter. Senior Justice Jon Isaacs said he expects to deliver his decision as soon as possible. Outside court yesterday attorney Wayne Munroe said that no determi nation has been made as yet on what will be Mrs GrantBethells next course of action. The matter isnt finished. When the matter is finished well make a determination on what to do. There is no need, as far as we are concerned, to rush. You think very carefully about what a judge says, you digest it and then you make a determina tion, Mr Munroe said. 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Interestingly enough the suspects profile is relatively the same as that of the victim with the exception that the suspect is unemployed. Motives are also discussed in the study with murder most o f the time occurring during arguments with robbery and revenge following. T he study outlines various strategies that will hopefully d ecrease the countrys murder rate. These include domestic v iolence forms to alert police to high risk households, legislative amendments to the Domestic Violence ProtectionO rder Act to include victimless prosecutions where, regardl ess of a victims wishes, charges can be brought against the aggressor, and to the Firearms Act that would make it harder for persons to purchase illegal weapons and penalties harsher for those found in possession of them. F ROM page one PROSECUTOR GRANT-BETHELL BACK IN COURT FROM page one Broadcasting Steve McKinney on Gems 105.9FM. Mrs Carron said that Mr Moncur could not comment on his false statement, because he knows that it is not true. However, as it is now misinformation season, it is not surprising that Mr Moncur is caught up in the irresponsible hysteria. Mrs Carron was certain that an enlightened public would not take him or this particu lar radio show seriously. FROM page one WORKERS PARTY LEADER STAYS SILENT OVER HIS S T ATEMENT ON RADIO PROGRAMME Man shot dead while trying to protect brother FROM page one T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f INCREASING PUBLICAWARENESS: Details of the murder study are released. HE WASAVERYLOVING PERSON: J avado Millers cousin Kishy Brown, 26, with his dogs. INQUIRY: Police want t o speak to Mario Red Eye Elliot, aged 24. They believe he mayh ave information help ful to their investigation. WANTEDFOR QUESTIONING
S A T U R D A Y M A R C H 1 9 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 9 INSIDE International spor ts news By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com ONE dow n and one mor e to go for Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace as she g et s set to pu t the finish ing t ouc hes on t h e g r ea t e s t pe r f o r m an ce b y a n A u b u r n U n i v e r s i t y a n d B a h a m i a n s w i m m e r a t t h e N C A A W o m e n s Swimming Championships. A lr e a d y ha v i n g w r a pp e d u p h e r f i rst a n d t h e B a h a m a s i n i t i a l t i t l e w i t h Au burn's hi s toric win in the w omen 's 50 metre freestyle, Vanderpool-Wal la ce wi l l b e g o in g af t e r he r s e co n d i nd iv i du al t it le i n th e 1 0 0 fre e t od ay in Austin, Texas. "It's a gr e at fee ling. I went into the r ace wan t in g t o wi n it an d s o i t 's a g r e at fee ling to c ome out w inning it," s a i d V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e a b o u t Thursday night's triumph in the 50m free at the Lee and Joe Jamil Texas Swimming Center. The 2 1-year-old junior a t A uburn University touched the wall in 21.38 seconds, which was just shy of her of S o u t h e a s t e r n C o n f e r e n ce A u b u r n and Bahamian national records that sh e s e t a t th e S E C C h a mp i on sh i ps l a st month in Gainesville, Florida. A ll o f m y h ar d w or k ha d p a id of f, said Vande r pool-Wa llace in looking b a ck a t t h e f e a t I w a s j u s t r e al l y excited that I won." Entered into the championships as t h e t o p r a n k e d c o m p e t i t o r i n t h e nation, Vanderpool-Wallace said her p e r f o r m a n ce ce r t a i n l y b o o s t ed h e r confidence as she achieved her goal. E v e r y o n e h e r e w a s p r e p a r e d everyone was here to swim fast," she pointed out. "It's really just going to take the details to win and that was what I focussed on." L i k e e v e r y c o l l e g i a t e s w i m m e r V an de r p oo l Wal l ace s ai d s he en vi si on e d o ne da y th a t sh e w o ul d e m e rg e as an NCAA champion and from the day she entered Auburn University, s h e prepa red he rself for this mom ent. P ut t i ng of f he r cel eb r at i on s u nt i l s he's done tonight, Vande r pool-Wa ll a ce said s he j ust s imply got a g oo d night sleep so that she could be fresh a n d r e a d y t o c o n t i n u e t h e h e c t i c schedule that was still ahead of her. I d o n t t hi n k t h e r e i s a n y m o re p r e s su r e t h a n w h a t I w o u l d p u t o n m y se l f she said. "Whenever I get up on the blo ck s, I'm not c on ce rne d ab out w ha t anybody else is swimming. I just g o o ut and try m y best. B asi ca l ly I' m no t wo rri ed a bo ut w h at o th e r p e o p l e t h i n k I s ho u ld do I j u s t g o o u t t h e r e a n d c o n c e n t r a t e o n w h a t I have to do." With the 100 free on today as the three-day me et c ome to a c lose, Vanderpool-Wallace said she would like nothing better than to duplicate the same feat as the 50 free. BASKETBALL NPWBA SERIES T H E N e w P r o v i d e n c e Wom en' s Ba sket bal l As soc ia t i on w i l l b eg i n t h ei r be s t o f f i v e c hamp ions hi p s eri es t oni ght a t t h e D W D a v i s G y m n a s i u m w i th t he t op tea ms c la shi ng. The p enn ant wi n ning F our J 's La dy C hee ta hs wi l l t ake on t he second plac e Bomm er G. La d y A n g e ls t h e d e fe n d i n g c h a m p i o n s T h e g a m e w i l l b e g i n a t 8 p m f o l l o wi n g a m edi a gam e at 7 p .m W h i l e t h e L a d y Ch e e t a h s s w e p t p a s t t h e f o ur t h p l a c e C o l l e g e o f t h e B a h a m a s L a d y C a r i bs t he L a dy A ng el s h ad t o go t o th e th i rd a n d d e c id in g g ame, cl i nchi ng thei r ber th on Thu rd d a y n ig ht w ith a 8 8-6 6 w i n o v e r t h e J o h n s o n L a d y T r u c k e r s I n t h a t g a m e S u z e t t e M cK enzi e s core d a gam e hi gh 2 8 poi nt s w i t h 10 r eb oun ds a nd t h re e as s i s t s t o l e ad t hr e e o t he r pl ay er s in d o u ble fig u re s f or B om mer G. Ashley Moss contributed a doub l e-doub l e wi th 16 p oi n t s a n d 1 4 r eb o un d s ; S h ar e l l e C a s h had 1 2 points, n i n e rebou nds a n d f i v e s t e a l s a n d D i a s t i D el a n c y a l s o h a d 1 2 p o i n t s w i t h n i n e r eb o un ds e i g ht as s i s t s an d t w o st eal s. I n a lo s in g e f f o r t G l e n d a Gilc u s s co re d 21 p o in ts w ith t h r e e r e b ou n d s t h r e e s t e a l s a n d t w o as si s ts ; Shant el l R oll e had 1 9 pont s, f pur a ss is ts and thr ee r ebounds and Ja nic e Wi l li am s h a d a n o t h e r d o u b l e d o u l b e w i t h 1 3 p o i n t s a nd 2 0 r eb o u nd s BASKETBALL NPBA RESULTS T H E N e w P r o v i d e nc e B as ket ball Ass ociat ion c o nt inued i ts regular season as they w ind down be f o re the play offs get s tart ed next w eek w it h a doubl e header on T hursday ni ght at t he C I Gi b s on Gym nasium In t he opening gam e, the Y C ar e W r e c k er s kn o c ke d of f t h e R o y al B ah am a s D ef en s e F or c e M a r i n e r s 8 9 8 1 a s B r a n d o n I ngraham led the way wi th 22 p o i n t s a n d M a r i o P i c k s t o c k added 18. For the Mar iners Durchen Sands had 22. T h e o t h e r g a m e s a w t h e Royal Bah amas P olice F orce Cr i m e s to p p e r s h a n d c u f f t h e PJ' s S t inger s 9591 as L ameko F o rb e s s co r e d 21 p o in t s a n d T avari s Roker added 17. T h e r e g u l a r s e a s o n c a m e t o a c lose las t night TENNIS JR. TEAM AT NCAC TOURNEY T H E B aha ma s L aw n T en nis Ass ocia tion 's ju n ior bo ys a n d g i r l s t e a m s h a d m i x e d re su lt s a t t h e No r th / C e n t r a l America an d C aribb ean Pre Q u a li f y in g T o u r n a m e n t th is w e e k i n t h e D o m i n i c a n Rep u b lic. The b o ys twa m of S h a n n o n F r a n c i s M i c h a e l J o h n s o n a n d D y l a n W a l k e r split their t wo ga mes p l a yed l o sin g 2 -1 to Gu ate mala, b ut w o n o v e r H o n d u r a s b y t h e same score in Group E. As for the girls, the team of D o m i n i q u e M o r t i e r I e s h a S hephe rd p l aye d out of G r oup D wh ere the y l o st 3-0 to the D o m in ic a n R e p u b li c 1 2 t o B a r b a d o s a n d 1 2 t o C o s t a Rica. T h e t e a m i s s c h e d u l e d t o return home this weekend. Vanderpool-Wallace sets sights on 100m freestyle spor ts NOTES Arianna VanderpoolWallace "It's a great feeling. I went into the race wanting to win i t a n d s o i t s a g r e a t f e e l i n g t o come out winning it." By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org M ARK Kn owles did n't expect t o take his break from the ATP Tennis Tour the w ay he a n d M ichal M erti nak were ousted at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night. Playing in t he quarter-f ina l in I ndian W e l l s C a l i f o r n i a, K n o w l e s a n d M er t in ak we r e s en t pa cki n g wi th a disap point ing 6-1, 7-5 los s to Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the u n se e d e d S w i tz e r la n d t e a m, w h o o u ste d t ou r n a m e n t n u mb e r t w o se e ds M a x Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in the first round. Knowles wil l now tur n t o paren thood as his wife, Dawn, prepares for th e del ivery of t heir daugh ter, t heir third child, next week. But before he left Kno w les tried t o p ut their performance into prospective. "I'm a l itt le bit dis appoi nted W e didn't get off to a great start, lost the first set pretty easy and we had some c ha nc es in th e sec o nd, Kn ow le s sa id "W e r eal l y th o ugh t we wo ul d h ave won the second. U n f or t un a t e l y w e w e r e n o t a b l e t o pull it out at the end." F e d e r e r a n d W a w r i n k a s t u n n e d K n o w le s a n d Me r t i n a k w h e n t h e y c o n verted four of their five break point opportunities to secure the match in j u s t 6 5 m i n u t e s o f p l a y b e f o r e a packed crowd on centre court. I t w a s a g r e a t c h a l l e n g e s a i d Knowles about p laying again st o ne of th e gr ea te s t t en ni s p la yer s of al l times. "It was awesome. That's why I play the game. I really enjoy it. W e p l a y e d r e a l l y w e l l in t h e s e c on d set. W e pr oba bly had a cha nce to win that one, but we were just a little bit d isappoi nted wi t h ou r start. Obvio usly, it was a nice challenge, but I was disappointed with our start." T h i s w a s t h e s e c o n d t i m e t h a t K n o w l e s f a c e d F e d e r e r h a v i n g te am e d u p w it h hi s f o r me r p ar t n er N e s to r t o b e a t t h e n u m be r t w o r a n ke d sin gle s pla yer in the w orld i n th e final of this same tournament in 2002. Yesterday, Federer and Wawrinka w as sche duled to pl ay aga ins t world's No.1 singles player Rafael Nadal and M a rc L op e z a s Fe d e r e r a n d N a da l m e t for the third time in their career. But Knowles said he doesn't antic ipa te that the wo r l d's be s t tw o sing les play ers will make it a habit pla ying in d ou bl e s a t th e sa m e t im e th a t th ey a re playing singles on the tour. "T his w as the fir st big hard cour t tourna ment, fol low ed by anoth er o ne in Mi am i," Kn ow le s p oin ted o ut. It's a ten day event where they get days off in be twee n sing les w here they c an K n o w l e s, M e r t i n ak s e n t p a c k i n g b y F e d e r e r a n d W a w r i n k a By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com U N S E E D E D A n a s t a s i a Yaki mova and nu mber fif th se e d A n g e l i qu e K e r b e r, m e e t i ng f o r t h e f ir st t i m e s i n c e t h e y w er e j un i ors w i ll c la sh fo r th e initia l B ah ama s Ope n W omen's sing les titl e toda y a t the Nati onal Tenn is Ce nter. Yakimo va o f B el arus got past n umbe r eig ht se ed Ma gd a l e na Ry b a r i k o va 61 7 5 and Ge rman An gel ique Kerbe r s tu n n e d N o 4 s e e d R e b e c ca Marino o f Ca nada 7-6 (2), 6 -4 t o s et u p t oda y's 1 p. m. mee ti ng in the g ran d fin ale of the inau gural tourna ment T h e w i n n e r w i l l p o c k e t $15 ,200, w h ile th e lo ser will take in $8, 10 7. A l s o y e s t e r d a y t h e f i r st s e g m e n t o f t h e c h a m p i o n s h i p w a s c o m p l e t e d w i t h t h e t o p r a n k e d t e a m o f N a t a l i e G r an di n of t h e Rep ub li c o f S outh Afr ica and Vladim ira U hl i r o v a of t h e C z e c h R e p u b l ic beat ing th e No.3 Am er ic a n t e a m o f R a q u e l K o p s Jo nes an d Abig ai l Spe ars 6-4 6 2 The w inne rs sha r e d $5 ,57 3 and the losers spli t $2 ,78 7. As for tod ay 's s i ngle s fina l, both pla ye rs a re e ag er to fa c e eac h other. "It w as a bit di f fic ult w ith the c ond itions bec ause it w as hot a nd th ere wa s still s o me wi nd ," sai d Y ak imo v a, w h o is cu rrent ly ra nke d at 1 1 8 in th e w o r l d Bu t i t wa s t h e s a m e f o r bo t h pl a y e r s, so i t w a s n o rm a l I just tried to p lay my ga me and do my thin gs. I w as qu ite s a t is f i ed wi t h m y gam e an d h o w I w a s a b l e t o c l o se i t o u t Y akimova and Kerber to clash for Bahamas Open W omen' s title Mark Knowles By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T H E r o a d t o t h e P a n A m e r i c a n G a m e s w i l l b e g i n n e x t w e e k f o r B a h a m i a n b o x e r s C a r l H i e l d a n d V a le nti no Kn ow le s as the y l ook to c o ntinue their impressive showing on the international scene. The duo are s c hedul ed to le ave tow n o n W e d n e s d a y w i t h n a t i o n a l c o a c h Andre Seymour for Venezuela where th ey wi ll partic ipate in the first of thre e q ua li fyi ng t ourn am en ts from Ma rc h 24 30. "Our aim to get both of our boxers qu alified, espec ially in the fir st r ound, s a i d S e y m o u r w h o i s a w a i t i n g t h e r e t u r n o f t h e t w o b o x e r s f r o m t h e i r training camp in Cuba on Sunday. Fresh of their bronze medal perfor mances at the COPA Tournament last m o nt h i n t he D om i ni c a n R e p ub l ic b ot h Hield, who will be fighting out of the w e l t e r w e i g h t o r 6 9 k i l o c l a s s a n d Knowles, entered in the junior welter weight or 64 kilo-cla s s, will have to finish in the top five in order to qualify. T a u r ea n o R en o J oh n s o n wa s th e l as t Ba ham ian to qu ali fy f or t he P an A m Game s the second biggest event outside of the Olympic Games. He did it in 20 0 7 w he n h e se c ure d a go ld m e da l in the third round. "Once we can get out of the first tri als, it would be good," Seymour said. "There are some big names in this one l i ke t he U n it e d S t at es Cu ba Br a zi l. B ut I s t i ll f ee l co nf id en t t h at we can qualify in this one." Seymour said based on their perfor mances in the past, he is confident that they both can prevail because "they're not n ew to t his l ev e l of c om pe ti tio n an d they know the boxers. Th is is w h a t w e ha v e b e en pre p ar in g for the last 4-5 years, so we know what w e a r e u p a g a i n s t T h e y a r e r e a d y Thos e gu y s a re re a dy W e w an t to q ua lify in the first one." If they fail to do so next week, Sey mour said the y will ha ve to wa it for the second round on April 30 in Ecuador w h e r e t h e c o n d i t i o n s a r e n o t "fa v ou rab le esp ec i al ly th e w e ath er a nd the altitude, which is very high. "It could play a difficult part in your breathing. We were there last year at t he Cont entin al. T his is als o t he c o ld wea ther tim e i n E cua dor w hen the s e co n d q u al i f i er t ak e s p la c e. S o w e a r e g oi n g t o d o ou r b e st t o t ry a n d q u a li f y i n this first one." Seymou r s aid he's c o nfiden t that if bo th Hi e l d a nd Kn o w le s g o o u t a nd bo x smart and don't take anyone "lightly," they should have no problems qualify ing. "You can't leave anything up to the off ic i al s. W e ha ve to w i n ev e ry th in g fa ir an d c l e a n ," he sa i d. W e j u st d on t w a nt t o le av e an y th i ng up t o t h e o f fi ci al s That is one of our focus. We can't take anyone lightly." As a last resort, the boxers will have to gear up for the third and final round that will be held in June. The Amateur Boxing Federation of the Baha mas is bidding to host the third round of the trials. Hield, Knowles get set for Pan American Games qualifiers Carl Heild (left) and Valentino Knowles (right) SEE page 10 SEE page 10 SEE page 10 GEORGE MASON TOPS NOVA IN NCAA TOURNEY See story on pg 10
"It would be awesome if I c an do t ha t ," sh e sa i d. Tha t 's my goal going into it." As she did i n the 50 free, V a n d e r p o o l Wa l l a ce i s t h e N o.1 r an ked co mpet it or fo r the 100 free, but that doesn't mean that s h e h as the vic tory in the bag just yet. Sh e kno w tha t ever yb ody w il l b e co mi ng o u t g un ni ng for her. W i t h s u c h a h u g e g o a l a head of her b ecomi ng t he f ir s t A ubu rn an d Baham ian swimmer to win two titles at t he same NCAA 's, Vander pool-Wallace said she appre ci at e a ll th e sup po rt sh e' s ge tting from hom e and she hop e that she can live up to every one's expectations. I t s s o n i c e t o b e r e p r e s e n t i n g A u b u r n U n i v e r s i t y and the Bahamas," she said. Only time will tell today if s h e i s s u c ce s s f u l i n a c co m p lis hing t hat goal or not In any event, Vanderpool-Wal l ace can p ro udly walk away from the championships as a champion. Yaki mova, a r ight -hand er w ho lo v e s pl a y in g o n t h e h a rd co urt su rf ace, admit ted t hat i t s g o i n g t o b e i n a n o t h e r tough match in the final, but s h e s a i d s h e s n o t g o i n g t o se pa ra t e i t fro m a l l o f th e o th ers she's played. "I am just going to go out t h er e and tr y m y bes t ," s he said. F or Ker be r, her win ove r Marino was not an easy one. Aft er g oi ng to th e ti e -b rea k er in the first s e t, she fel l behi nd 2-0 in the second set. But she b r o k e M a r i n o t o c u t t h e d efici t to 21 and af ter they b oth hel d ser ve, Kerber got an othe r bre ak a t 5-4 an d he ld serve for the win. I t h i n k i t w a s a t o u g h m a t c h Sh e s a v e ry g o o d p l a y e r and s he p layed ver y well t oday," s aid Kerber ranked at 67 in the world. "I tried to pl a y e v e r y p o i n t s o I m h a p p y that I won." As she prepare for today's f i n a l K e r b e r s a i d s h e i s "go ing to go o n th e co urt a nd p la y my bes t te nn is an d we will see what happens." O n b e i n g h e r e i n t h e Baha mas for the first tournam e n t Y a k i m o v a g a v e t h e organisers a lot of credit. "I think it's very nice that th e y m a n a g e d t o p u l l th i s o f f s he s aid "It 's good that it' s r igh t bet w een the two t our naments in Indian Wells and Miami. I t s t h e f i r s t o n e s o o f course there's a lot of things t hey could do a little diff e r ent. But as it's nice that they c a n h a v e t h i s p l a y i n g i n between the two big ones in the States." After getting ousted in the f i r s t r o un d i n I n di an Wel ls Yakimova is hoping that her appearance in the final here w i l l b o o s t h e r c o n f i d e n c e going into Miami next week. W h e n a s k e d a b o u t h e r im pre ssi on o f the to urn am e nt here in the Bahamas, Kerber said the "weather, the hotel, the p eo ple e ve ryt hin g he re is very nice here. I like it." O n t h e t o u r n a m e n t s h e said there were a lot of play ers using it to g et o ver I nd ian We ll s a nd p rep ar e for Mia mi H er o nl y w i sh i s t ha t sh e g o al l the way and win the in itial singles title today. pl a y d o ub l e s a n d s o th e y h a v e a lit tle bit mo re of a f lexibil it y B u t t h i s t o u r n a m e n t a lways h ave a lot o f s in gle s p l a y er s p l ay i n g. R a f ae l h a s play ed alm ost e very ye ar a nd Ro g e r ha s pl a y e d a f ew ti m e s. I know I be at hi m he r e in the f inals in 2002. So I th ink it' s an event t hat always att ract t he t op sin gles player s. But I d on 't t hi nk t he y wil l pl ay a t on of events ." While it 's a good oppo rt un ity to play agains t F eder er, K nowle s was gi ven an even b e t t er e a t fo r t h e s em i f i na l wh en h e was a col our co mm en ta to r on a l iv e s h owi ng t hat was air ed las t ni ght. Now t hat he's done in the tou rna m en t, K no w le s sa i d h is f o c u s w i l l s h i f t t o a m o r e i mpo rt ant as pect of h is li fe, f ather hoo d again "My wife is d ue M ar c h 28, but I have the phone close to m e. Hopef ully it won 't h app e n i n t he n e xt d a y o r t wo b e f o r e I g e t b a c k h e q uipped "But w e' re expec t i ng t he ar r ival of our dau ght er o n M a r ch 28. So I' m j ust g oing to spe nd a l ot o f fa mil y time a nd e njo y h aving th ree k ids. I n his abs ence f or the next m o nt h at l ea s t M e r t in ak i s e x p e c t e d t o p a i r u p wi t h a ne w p a rtn e r, st art in g w i th V i c N o r m a n i n M i a m i F l o r i d a n ext week. 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The eigh th-s e ede d Patriots t r ail ed b y 1 0 in t he f ir s t ha lf o nl y t o i nch th eir wa y b ack. I s a i a h T a t e p o p p e d Georg e Mason 's first 3 of th e s e co nd h al f w it h 1: 57 le ft t o m ake it 5451, a nd t he Wild cat s cru mble d fr om the fr eet h r o w l i n e A n t o n i o P e n a m i s s ed t wo an d M o up ht ao u Y aro u clan ked t he f r ont end o f a o ne an don e. M o rr i s o n t o ok ad va nt ag e, d u n k i n g i n a m i s s w i t h 5 5 s e c o n d s l e f t f o r G e o r g e M a s on s fi r s t le ad s i n ce e ar l y in t h e gam e. 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T here wer e tear s and hu gs in t he Villanova loc ker room a s p l aye r s a ccep t ed d ef ea t. "W e n eve r exp ec te d t o go o u t l i k e t h i s S t o k e s s a i d u si ng a to w el to d ry h is eye s. I m p r o u d o f m y t e a m m ates We pla yed our hea rt s o u t. W e mi s s ed s h ot s T h ey p l a y e d g r e a t d e f e n s e do w n t h e s tr e t ch. G e o r g e M a s o n w o n i t s f i r s t N C A A t o u r n a m e n t g a m e s i n c e i t k n o c k e d o f f C o n n e c t i c u t i n t h e 2 0 0 6 r e g i o n a l f i n a l a r u n t h a t co ach Jim L ar r anaga s ai d he n ev er ti r es of ta lk i ng ab o ut He 's go t a n ew s to r y no w. T h e y d o n t w a n t t h i s t o u r n am e nt t o b e ju s t o ne a n d d o n e T h e y w a n t t o m a k e m e m o r i e s o f t h e i r own," Larranaga s aid. "T h ey wa nt to do thi ngs tha t the '0 6 t ea m d i d b u t t h e y w e r e n t o n t h e 0 6 t e a m T h e y r e f o c u s e d o n b e i n g t h e b e s t t h at t h ey ca n be t h is yea r ." G e o r g e M a s o n c a n s t i l l b e c o m e t h i s y e ar s G e o r g e M a s on al t ho ug h a s a s in g l e d i g i t s e e d f o r t h e f i r s t t i m e i n p r o g r a m h i s t o r y a r u n t h r o u g h M a r c h a s t h e t o u r n a m en t s f av o r i t e m i d m aj o r wi ll b e a t ou gh er s el l. T h at 's f i ne wi t h t h e P a tr i o t s wh o j u s t w a n t t o k e e p r o l l i n g Vi ll an ova be gan th e ga me l i k e t h e t e a m t h a t w a s r a nk ed No 5 i n th e co u nt r y, not the one t ha t took a nosedive in the second half of the s e a s o n F i s h e r a n d S t o k e s w or k ed t h ei r w ay o pe n an d s w i s h e d 3 s a s e a s y a s f r e e t h r o w s F i s h e r s c o r e d 11 s t r a i g h t p o i nt s an d S t o ke s f o l lo w ed t h at r un wi t h t hr e e s t r ai gh t 3 s T h e t w o C o r e y s s co r e d 2 2 o f V i l l a n o v a s f i r s t 2 3 p o in t s a nd he lp ed t he m t o a 1 0p oi nt le ad Y arou s c ore d the first n onC o r e y f i e l d g o a l w i t h 6 : 5 5 l ef t i n t he f i r s t h alf St oke s m is sed a lat e 3, b ut F i s h e r b o u n c e d o n a l o o s e ball r ebound and tos sed up a flo ate r to ke ep i t a nin epoi nt l e a d f o r V i l l a n o v a B u t u n li ke M i ch ig an 's r ou t o ve r T e n n e s s e e t h i s w a s n o 8 9 m i s m a t c h O n t h e b r i n k o f fall ing into troubl e, the Pa trio ts c r anked up th e defens ive p r es s u r e an d h it f r e e th r ow s tha t he lp ge t th em t o 3 5-2 9 at Geor ge Mason tops 'Nova 61-57 in NCAA tournament G E O R G E M a s o n s L uk e H a n c o c k ( 14 ) s h o ot s o v e r V i l l a n o v a s Co r e y S to k e s ( 2 4 ) a n d M a a l ik W a y n s ( 2) d ur ing the second half of an East regional NCAA college basketball tournament second round game Friday, March 18, 2011, in Cleveland. 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