S P O R T S THEBAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.115SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER PLENTYOF SUNSHINE HIGH 86F LOW 74F SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE NINE Shockers rally to upset Giants B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE brutal murder of a respected leading charity worker has sent shockwaves t hroughout the health com munity. Nellie Mae Brown, former p resident of the Bahamas Heart Association, was stabbed to death on Wednes d ay morning in an alleged d omestic conflict. Her body was found with multiple wounds across herb ody in an apartment complex on Bougainvillea Boulevard, South Beach. Ms Brown, 42, leaves behind two daughters. A week before her death, Ms Brown chaired the monthly meeting of the Bahamas Heart Association and was said to be upbeat and energised. She was mobilising association members to start planning for next years heart month. Linda Lafleur, treasurer of the heart association, said: It is really, really sad and we are going to miss her. She was a hard worker. Enthusiastic. She gave everyone energy to do more than you really anticipated doing. She got the job done. She really was an exceptional person. She made a tremendous contribution. Everyone is hollering and screaming and crying. No one can believe it. Our office is stunned. We havent really done anything concrete fromday. Ms Brown spent so much time on heart association business you would think she was a full-time volunteer, according to heart surgeon Dr Duane Sands. In fact she was volunteer who served as president in addition to her other employ ment responsibilities. Dr Sands said Ms Brown would regularly call him early in the mornings during heart month to schedule radio or television interviews. He said you could not ask for someone who was more committed to a cause, particularly when there was no money or acclaim that she got out of it. It was a real labour of love, he said. Nellie was a very viva cious, very community and issue-oriented person. She was the embodiment of the heart association. She stands out as one of the movers and shakers in that movement. My biggest and fondest recollection is the preparation for heart month in February. It required a phenomenal amount of organisation, said T r ibutes for former president of Bahamas Hear t Association TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Charity worker murder shock THE FATAL shooting of a Nassau Village man brought the countrys murder count to 39 yesterday. Police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old Dimitri Cherrio Pratt, who was shot in an apartment at Sumner Street at around 1.30am. The victim, who had been shot in the chest, was still alive when he was found by police. He was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital by ambu lance, but later died of his injuries. Last night police said their investigations continue. By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net THE low gradua tion rates of males from the College of the Bahamas is part of a national education "crisis" con tributing to high crime, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. The issue a mere 15 per cent of COB's graduates are men is rooted in a deeper social problem that has crept into the nation's primary and high schools, he added. The problem war rants further study on male educational achievement, said Mr Ingraham, who hopes new ideas on how to tackle the disparity between male and female educational achievement come from the country's scholars. His comments came at the opening By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT In a desperate attempt to avoid being sent to prison, a man jumped out of the window of a police van while being transported to the airport for transfer to New Providence. Shortly after escaping from police custody on Tuesday, Bernard Ferguson, 20, was recaptured by police in the Maple Close area. Ferguson and several pris oners were being transported to the Grand Bahama Inter national Airport when he made his escape Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey said Fergu son was arraigned in court on Thursday in connection with his escape. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years behind bars at Her Majestys Prison in Fox Hill. Prior to his escape, Fergu son and a juvenile appeared in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Monday in con nection with a number of break-in and stealing incidents at the Our Lucaya Resort. It is alleged that between February and March the accused broken into several guest rooms at the Radisson and stole a number of items, including laptop computer, video camera, jewelry, coins, cash, cellular phones, I-Pod, together valued at $7,019. Ferguson and the juvenile pleaded not guilty to seven counts of break-in and stealing charges. The matters were adjourned to June 7 and July 12 for trial. Ferguson was remanded to Fox Hill Prison and the juvenile was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. PM VOICES EDUCATION CRISIS CONCERNS AT OPENING OF NEW COB LIBRARY ABOVE: COB's new Harry C Moore Library and Information Centre. RIGHT: Prime Minister Hurbert Ingraham with Mrs. Monique Moore, the widow of Harry Moore yesterday at the opening of the new library. SEE page two F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f MAN RECAPTURED AFTER ESCAPE FROM POLICE VAN MURDER VICTIM: Nellie Mae Brown SEE page 10 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com T WO suspects remain in hospital after being shot by R apid Strike officers duri ng separate police actions. The first incident o ccurred on Thursday at 11.30pm, with the second around 2am on Friday both following high-speed chases. O peration Rapid Strike was launched by the police i n mid-January as an effort to get a grip on the escalatRAPID STRIKE OFFICERS SHOOTT WO SUSPECTS SEE page 10 MAN DIES IN HOSPIT AL AFTER SHOO TING
ce r e m on y o f C O B s H a r r y C M o o r e L ib r a r y a n d I n f o r m at i on Ce nt re Re se ar c h er s sh oul d que st i o n w h a t n e w t e a c h i n g m e t h o d s a r e n e e d e d t o e n c o u r a g e m a l e a c h i e v e m e nt ; w h a t p u b l i c h e a l t h a nd s o c i a l i n t e r v e n t i o n p r o gr am m es can st em cr im i na l an d a nti soci a l beh av i our in yo ung m e n; a nd pro be wh at in s ig h t th e f iel d o f b e h av io u r a l e c o n om ic s c an p r o v id e, s u g g e s t e d M r I n g r a ha m. W e a r e a l l c o n ce r n e d t h a t m al e s no w com pri s e o nl y 15 p e r c e n t o f C O B s g r a d u a t e s T he i m bal a nce b et we en t he num be r of f em al e an d m al e g r a d ua t e s s pe a ks t o a de e pe r an d broa de r nat i ona l p robl e m o f m a l e e d u c a t i o n a l ach ie v em e nt. T h e s u b j e c t i s r i p e I b e l i e v e f o r s t u d y a n d re sea rch by th e CO B a s we seek to devel op innovati ve and practi c a l ide as on how we ma y a ddre ss t he g en der g a p a s i t b e g i n s t o m a n i f e s t a t the prim ary and s e c ondary l ev el s of o ur scho ol sy ste m M a l e a c h i e v e m e n t i n e d u c a t i o n i s o n e o f t h e m o r e urg e nt cha ll e ng es fa ci ng ou r country M a l e achi ev em ent to uche s on are as of nat i ona l l i fe fr om fa mi l y l if e to cr im e p r e v e n t i o n t o e c o n o m i c d e v e l o p m e n t t o p u b l i c he al t h. "B y it s ve r y n at u re t his g r e a t n a ti o n a l c h a l l e n g e i nde e d cri si s re qu i res i n nov at i ve a nd cro ssdi sci pl i na ry r e sp o n se s f ro m f i e l d s s u ch a s so ci ol og y s oci a l ps y cho l og y e duc at i on cr i m i nol o g y, e con om i cs a nd ot h e r d i s c i p l i n e s I f e v e r w e n ee d e d t o f in d i n n o v a t i v e so l u t i o n s t o a c r i t i ca l n a t i o n a l i s s u e w e u r g e n t l y n ee d t o do so o n t he c h al l e n g e o f b o o s t i n g m a l e ac h ie vem en t a n d r e du c in g t h e l ev el o f c r imi na li ty b y y oung m en. E v e n a s t h e co u n t r y t u r n s t o g o v e r n m e n t a n d o t h e r s f o r re sp ons es i t a l so i ncr ea si ng l y tu rns to t he i nst i tut i ons of h igh er lear n ing to p ro vid e th e re s ear c h an d id eas f or i nno va ti on tha t w i l l h el p u s to c ollec tive l y add re ss th i s g rea t ch al l en ge ." Ye st e rda y' s op eni n g cer emo n y ma rk e d a mile s to n e fo r the col l eg e a s it mov e s cl o se r t o a ch i e v i n g un i v e r s i t y st a t u s. T he l i b ra r y a nd i nf o rm at i on ce nt re i s a l so v i ta l to t h e a d v a n c e m e n t o f B a h a m i a n schol a rshi p and nat i ona l de ve l opm e nt. T h i s c e n t r e h o l d s t h e p r o m i s e of r e se a r c h t h a t m a y pr ov i d e s ci e n ti st s, e n gi n e e rs business people and publi c po l i cym a ke rs wi t h i de a s a nd in fo r ma tio n o n th e ur g en t qu e st i on of al t e rn at i v e e ne rg y s o l u t i o n s a n d g r e a t e r f o od s e c u r it y f o r t h e B a h a ma s a m o n g o t h e r c h a l l e n g e s re l a te d t o sm al l i sl a nd s ta t e s d e v e l o p m e n t a n d s u s t a i n a bi li t y," sa i d Mr In gra ha m Its vi r tual li b rar y will b e i ns tr um e nt a l i n f os te ri n g t he d eve lop me nt o f n ew id eas f rom fa m il y i sl an d re si de nt s w ho w ill b e a ble to ac c e ss i nf orm at i on, re sea rch ma t eri al s a nd Ba ham i an h is tori cal d at a. M r I n g r a h a m a d d e d : Thr oug h t hi s cent re a st ud e n t a s f a r a w a y a s t h e Ina g ua Al l Ag e Schoo l m ay l e a rn m or e a b ou t t h e h i st o ry of our southernm ost i sland a n d w h y M a t h e w T o w n sho ul d be sp el t w it h one 't and n ot two. Al s o throu gh t hi s ce nt re, an e nt rep ren eu r on San Salvador pro vi d ing e c o a nd he ri ta g e to urs m ay conn ect v ir tua l l y wi th ot he r Ba ha m i a ns de ve l op i ng s im i l ar t ours i n G ra nd Ba ham a A n d r o s C a t I s l a n d a n d i n d e e d t h ro u g h o u t t h e e n t i r e Ba ha ma s." T he ci rcul a r de si gn of t he re se arch ce nt re i s b ase d on th e idea t hat t he q ues t for kno wl ed ge i s ne ve ren di ng. T h e n e w f ac i l i t y f e a tu re s a pe rm an ent ex hi bi t io n of t he c o u n t r y s f i r s t B a h a m i a n Pri m e Mi ni st er Si r L yn den P in dlin g, a nd w ill se rv e as t he d e fa ct o na t io na l l i b ra ry T he ce nt re w as d esi g ne d by a r ch i t e c t s L e s l i e Jo h n s o n a n d Jack son B urns id e. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SA TURDA Y APRIL 9, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE ENTRANCE of the new Harry Moore Library and Information Centre. P R I M E Min iste r Hurbe rt In graha m alo ng w i th M r s Moni que Mo ore the Wid ow of Harry Moo r e u nve ils a portrait of the late Harry Moore yesterday at the opening of the new COB Library. P M v o i c e s e d u c a t i o n c r i s i s c o n c e r n s OP ENING CEREM ONY HAR RY C MOORE L IBRA RY AND INFORMATIO N C ENT RE FROM page one
c eremony of COB's Harry C Moore Library and Infor-mation Centre. Researchers should question what new teaching methods are needed to encourage male achievement; what public health and social intervention programmes can stem criminal and anti-social behaviour in young men; and probe what insight the field of behavi oural economics can prov ide, suggested Mr Ingraham. We are all concerned that m ales now comprise only 15 per cent of COBs graduates. T he imbalance between the n umber of female and male g raduates speaks to a deeper and broader national probl em of male educational a chievement. "The subject is ripe I believe, for study and research by the COB as we seek to develop innovative and practical ideas on how we may address the gender g ap as it begins to manifest at t he primary and secondary l evels of our school system. Male achievement in education is one of the more urgent challenges facing our country. Male achievement touches on areas of nationall ife from family life to crime prevention to economic development to public health. "By its very nature, this great national challenge indeed crisis requires innov ative and cross-disciplinary r esponses from fields such as s ociology, social psychology, education, criminology, economics and other disciplines. If ever we needed to find i nnovative solutions to a criti cal national issue, we urgentl y need to do so on the chall enge of boosting male a chievement and reducing t he level of criminality by young men. "Even as the country turns to government and others for responses, it also increasingly turns to the institutions of higher learning to provide t he research and ideas for innovation that will help us to collectively address thisg reat challenge." Yesterday's opening cerem ony marked a milestone for the college, as it moves closer to achieving university s tatus. The library and information centre is also vital to t he advancement of Bahamian scholarship and national development. "This centre holds the promise of research that mayp rovide scientists, engineers, business people and public p olicymakers with ideas and information on the urgent question of alternative energy solutions and greater food security for the Bahamas,a mong other challenges related to small-island states development and sustainability," said Mr Ingraham. Its virtual library will be instrumental in fostering the development of new ideas f rom family island residents w ho will be able to access i nformation, research materials and Bahamian historical data. Mr Ingraham added: Through this centre, a stud ent as far away as the I nagua All-Age School may l earn more about the history o f our southernmost island a nd why Mathew Town should be spelt with one 't' and not two. Also through this centre, an entrepreneur on San Salvador providing eco and heritage tours may connect virtually with other B ahamians developing similar tours in Grand Bahama, Andros, Cat Island andi ndeed throughout the entire Bahamas. T he circular design of the research centre is based on the idea that the quest for k nowledge is never-ending. The new facility features a p ermanent exhibition of the country's first Bahamian Prime Minister, Sir Lynden Pindling, and will serve as the de facto national library.T he centre was designed by architects Leslie Johnson and J ackson Burnside. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE DAprilIs ancerControlMonth. TheCancerCentre,BahamasWillBeHostingEachYear,ThePresidentOfTheUSADeclares AprilAs CancerControlMonth EffortsAreMadeToInformPeople OnWaysToPreventCancerAndHighlight ProgressInCancerResearch.TheCancerCentre,BahamasIsThe Second SiteInTheWorldOutsideTheUntiedStatesAndNorthAmerica ToBeAccreditedByThe American CollegeOfRadiationOncology(ACRO).OurDoctorsStandCommittedAndRededicateThisCentre ToFighting ThisDisease. Hon.Prof.Dr.ArthurPorterP C,MD,MBA,FACR,FACR,FAAMA DirectorofRadiationOncology,And CEOofMcGillUniversityHealthCentre Dr.CorrineSinQueeMBBS,FAAP D irectorofPaediatricOncology ProfessorDr.KarolSikora M A,PhD.FRCR,FRCP,FFPM DirectorofMedicalOncology,And Director,CancerPartnersUK,LondonWeBring TheBestInAmericanTechnology ToYouWhere ItIsBetterInTheBahamas!GoogleUsToday!AFreePublicLecture World Renowned And OneOfBritainsForemostCancerSpecialists,Prof.Dr. KarolSikoraIsInviting TheGeneralPublicToA Free CancerLectureOnCancerControl-ARealisticChallenge.Tuesday April12th,2011@6:30 pm Call502-9610 ToRSVP ACancerClinic WithProf.Dr.KarolSikora To ProvideConsultationAnd TreatmentToPersonsWithCancerMonday,April11th,2011 ForAnAppointment Telephone:242-502-9610 PM voices education crisis concerns O PENING CEREMONY HARRY C MOORE LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTRE FROM page one F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f ENTRANCE of the new Harry Moore Library and Information Centre. PRIME Minister Hurbert Ingraham along with Mrs. Monique Moore the Widow of Harry Moore unveils a p ortrait of the late Harry Moore yesterday at the opening of the new COB Library.
EDITOR, The Tribune. O N THE 7th October 2007, Agnes Sylvia Cates was found murdered in her bedroom in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. To date, over three years after h er murder, not one single p iece of evidence has been p resented in Court. Here is a h ighlight of the events, subsequent to Mrs Cates murder: 1 5th Oct 2007:1st Suspect Charged in Magistrates Court, Bank Lane 2 9th Oct 2007:Case b rought up for mention in Magistrates Court, Bank Lane 1 2th Nov 2007: Case brought up for mention in Magistrates Court, BankL ane 2 5th Feb 2008:2nd Suspect arraigned in Magistrates Court 1 st April 2008: Case brought up for mention in Magistrates Court No. 11,N assau Street. AGs office announced that it intended to move the case to the Supreme Court by Voluntary Bill of Indictment, but needed an additional two months to prepare the case. 5 th May 2008:Case brought up for mention at Court 11. 19th June 2008: Case b rought up for mention at Court 11. 12th Aug 2008: 2nd Suspect r eleased on $30,000 bail. 6th Oct 2008: Charges against the 1st suspect dis c ontinued. Case against the 2nd suspect to be moved to the Supreme Court by Vol untary Bill of Indictment, C ourt 11. 24th Nov 2008: 2nd suspect to be arraigned in the S upreme Court. No appear ance by the 2nd suspect. 28th Nov 2008: 2nd suspect a rraigned in Supreme Court. 2 8th Feb 2011: Case to open in Supreme Court. Suspect did not appear. 1 st Mar 2011: Case to open in Supreme Court. Suspect did not appear. 4 th Mar 2011: Bail hearing in Supreme Court. 11th Mar 2011: Bail heari ng in Supreme Court. What you have above is a travesty of Justice. I am proud to know some of the Cates family. They, like the late Agnes Cates are upstanding and honourable members of society. The violent murder of Mrs Cates is an attack on society as a whole and on e ach and every law-abiding citizen in this country. Regrettably, their tragedy and painh ighlights the horrendous problem that we face as a n ation. At any given moment, any one of us could be placed in the tragic circumstances faced by the Cates family. A nd like the Cates family, we w ould be dropped in the hands of a crippled justice system. We can build roads, buildings, and plant trees in this country. We can construct a state of the art airport, dredgeo ur harbour, and expand our seaports. We can tax and spend like there is no tomor-r ow. But yet, we cannot deliver and administer an effective justice system! W e often hear our Minist er of National Security quoting statistics and giving us a breakdown of the murdersr elated to domestic violence, drugs, gangs, etc This is all w ell and good. But perhaps, it i s time that our government start focusing on the murders of outstanding citizens and the lack of justice that is being served in their cases. Not to m ention all the other violent o ffenders out on bail! Y ou will note above, a b reak in the time line from November 2008 to February 2011. Is this the true reflec-t ion of our Justice system? Our elected Government has the responsibility to ensure t he effective administration o f Justice. It is abundantly clear that they have failed us! Will the madness ever end ing ranting bail to repeat offenders? This issue has become a menace to society, with noc orrection in sight. A s a friend stated to me: You can chase a rat around the room all day with no cons equences, but the second you pin him in the corner, he will attack you. A re the law-abiding citizens becoming rats that are being cornered? JEROME R PINDER Nassau, April 7, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 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 PHOENIX The crown prince of Thailand has one. So do the presidents of Peru and Chile. The Chinese Air Force relies on it, as do airlines in Russia, Indonesia, Australia and Romania. The Boeing 737 is a workhorse of international aviation. And the accident in which the roof of a Southwest Airlines jet ripped open 34,000 feet over Arizona has brought scrutiny to the hundreds of older-model 737s around the world that could be similarly vulnerable because of tiny, hard-to-find stress fractures in the aluminum skin. The planes will now be subjected to repeat ed examinations as the problem revealed by the fuselage crack on the Southwest flight resonates through the world's 737 fleet for years to come. Many of their owners are now giving the planes a closer look after what happened April 1 in Arizona when a 5-foot section of the fuselage tore apart and forced pilots to make an emergency landing at a desert military base. Light-headed passengers were banged around the cabin and had to quickly put on overhead oxygen masks as pilots made a rapid descent. The incident has forced airlines and governments around the world to take swift action. The governments of Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and others ordered airlines to beef up inspections. Scandinavian airline SAS is per forming similar checks on some of its 737s. Qantas Airlines in Australia is checking four of its planes and Air New Zealand is looking at 15. Airlines said the inspections have not disrupt ed air travel. Southwest and Continental Air lines have the most planes on the list of 737300s, 737-400s and 737-500s prone to the fuse lage ruptures, but a large number of the planes are owned by overseas carriers. UTAir in Russia, Garuda Airlines in Indonesia, Air New Zealand and three major carriers in China are among the biggest. Alaska Airlines has 17. Southwest finished inspecting all of its affect ed planes by Tuesday. They found five that had cracks in the same lap joint that tore open during last week's flight, and were working with Boeing to make repairs. Alaska Airlines is going a step beyond a Federal Aviation Admin istration directive this week that ordered inspections when the planes reach a 30,000 takeoffs and landings; the airline will inspect all its planes in the coming weeks. "We're not required to inspect them right now, but we felt it was the prudent thing to do, and to help the industry determine the proper interval," spokesman Paul McElroy said. There are about 6,000 737s in operation worldwide, and an emergency FAA order on Tuesday only covers 579 that have the type of "lap joint" that failed during last week's flight. Lap joints are used in many places on an air craft fuselage and get their name because it is the spot where the aluminum skin of the aircraft overlaps and is secured with rivets. The FAA order focuses on a Boeing joint design on planes made between 1993 and 2000. Experts say that all of the planes around the world will be covered by the FAA order because of international agreements between civil aviation regulators globally. Many of the inspection orders handed down by foreign governments mirrored the one issued by the FAA. "Some airlines may not always maintain the records that they need to and certainly not all airlines will not maintain their airplanes to the highest levels of safety," said Henry Harteveldt, aviation analysis at Forrester Research, Inc. in San Francisco. "But I would make very clear that the top tier U.S. and foreign flag airlines do this. Airlines like British Airways, Qantas and so on, those airlines maintain their airplanes to the highest standards and the best record-keeping." The FAA said all of the planes have to undergo inspections when they reach the threshold of 30,000 takeoffs and landings. The 175 of those planes that have already reached the threshold are getting immediate inspections. For example, the planes owned by the crown prince of Thailand and Chinese Air Force have only flown about 5,000 cycles each, meaning their planes have a long ways to go before an inspection. One of the Swedish planes has more than 40,000, requiring an immediate examination. The inspections are high-tech and labourintensive. Mechanics using a device that sends magnetic signals through metal to detect unseen cracks will scan about 50 feet of the twin metal seams running along the top of each airplane. The task takes two experts in aircraft service about eight hours. Repairs on any fatigue cracks will take a day or two at most. The checks will have to be repeated every 500 flights. A 737-200 model flying for Aloha Airlines in 1988 had one of the most spectacular aviation incidents in modern history when its roof ripped off while flying from Hilo to Honolulu. A flight attendant was sucked out of the plane and plunged to her death, and dozens of pas sengers were injured. That tragedy was blamed on the failure of the same type of metal joint that forced Southwest Airlines Flight 812 to make an emergency landing near Yuma, Arizona. The Aloha incident triggered a decadeslong effort to prevent similar stress-related fail ures that came to a conclusion in January when new FAA regulations went into effect mandating closer inspections. "To Southwest's credit, when that skin rup tured on that plane a week ago or so, that pilot got that plane down from 34,000 to 10,000 feet or so in (four hurt, no one died, and I think that is an important point to keep in mind," said Henry Harteveldt, aviation analysis at Forrester Research of San Francisco. "I think people will view this as a hiccup, I don't believe that it will have a long-term effect on the 737." (This article was written by Bob Christie of the Associated Press). Justice delayed is justice denied, or no justice at all? LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Boeing 737s around the world face new scrutiny EDITOR, The Tribune. TALK RADIOhas now become an integral part of the Bahamian society. Talk radio has enabled a number of major discussions that affect Bahamians to resume at a high level and it is in my view informing and educating Bahamians like never before. All talk radio hosts have biases, whether intentional or not. And this is the key point of focus. Listeners must be able to sift through the information and make sense of what they are hearing. I am amused daily when I listen to talk radio in the Bahamas. Everyone has an answer to the problems that nag our country daily. Yes, everyone. And some of our hosts are so one-sided that changing the shows name to PLP Talk or FNM Talk wouldnt even cause a stir. I would say to the listeners to remain open-minded and not be sucked in to everything that is spoken. In this technological age, I would urge listeners to gather as much material as possible so that informed decisions can be concluded. Remember that talk is cheap, but money buys land. In other words, action is needed in addition to the talks. What say you Fayne Thompson? Have you broken this story Steve McKinney? Can I put this in an envelope for you Ortland Bodie? Can I finish my thought Chrissey Love? Talk radio gives those who listen, a chance to vent and to learn differing views on a subject. It gives us a somewhat false sense of security that through talking something will change. But talk radio alone will not change the landscape of the Bahamas. The listeners also have a responsibility to act on the information being received. Will change come? It remains to be seen. After all its Talk Radio. But its a step in the right direction. DEHAVILLAND L MOSS Nassau, April 8, 2011. T alk radio an integral part of society
" I am vex at the slack parents who allow or force their c hildren out into the streets with flimsy 'sponsor sheets' making their children beg for money for everything from the ubiquitous basketball trip or r elief due to some tragic event. "With the numerous bas ketball trips our young seem t o go to you would think we would have the next Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan in o ur country. I refuse to give those lazy children, or more likely their greedy parents, any more of my hard earned mon e y. And if there are any schools sending children out w ith these dirty scraps of paper soliciting people, then it's no wonder we have so muchc rime. Our youth are learning t o beg and hustle hard-working people for easy money instead of setting up a car wash, bakes ale or provide some other kind of service to fund an event. Get out there and work f or what you want and you will enjoy it more. Until they do I will continue to turn my head away from these juvenile hust lers." Tired of slackness I am vex that I along with plenty people ain't have no extra money to buy shares. Tings Rough "I vex that I can't walk my dogs in peace without fear ofb eing mowed down by speedi ng cars in my residential neighbourhood. Not to ment ion that my tiny pooches get anxiety from the zooming cars who have no regard for pedestrians. Watch out for walkers "I am vex that coincidental ly the large telecommunicat ions company operating in many countries sometimes with problems managed to h ave their former employees infiltrated into the local agency which had to approve them. Five Year Plan "I am vex that I can't hear all them people who against t he death penalty nor do they have anything to say about the high murder rate. Crime Victim "My vexation yuck up 'cause some dem church preachersd on't want to really condemn sinners to hell or jail because it looks like they wants to forg ive dem so they comes back next time and give money. Observer I am vex that the Haitians in my neighbourhood who constantly speak Creole are n ot celebrating the election win of the charismatic and dynami c new Haitian leader 'Sweet Mickey' who is expected to bring relief to his people. Observer I am vex that the product displayed on the supermarket shelf in a Mackey Street areaw as not the same price as the price sticker showed and the supervisor took it back and s aid the store policy is that there must be three other similar items with that price. I am annoyed that the big super m arket is right to mark the val ue of the item incorrectly, waste the customers time who d iscovered their mistake, admit the price is wrong, and is cor rect to change the price accordi ng to some unknown policy. False Advertising "I am happy that the police h ave been proactive and identified some 72 Churches in a southern section of our island w hich has a high crime to assist. And all this time they were there, one would have thought they would have been i mproving the community by trying to stop crime. Christian citizen CONSTRUCTION on the new $11.2 million straw market is progressing on schedule and should be ready for occupancy in late August. Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant made this announcement during a tour of the downtown Nassau Market this week. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright, who accompanied Mr Grant, said the Bahamas Agricultural Industrial Corporation (BAIC ing feverishly throughout the islands in training Bahamians to produce indigenous products for the market. He said there are persons from every island in the Bahamas who are producing outstanding coconut shell jewellery, marine shell jewellery and straw craft that should be placed in the straw market. This will give them international exposure and a good reputation for producing indigenous products, he said. I endorse the view that whenever this market is reopened that some of these products will be brought in here to show to the world the good products that are being produced in this country from shells, straw and coconut shells, said Mr Cartwright. Vaughn Roberts, managing director of the Downtown Nassau Partnership, described the straw market as the single biggest investment in downtown in many years. He said with the design and function of the building as a LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011, PAGE 5 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.000.1230.0409.73.36% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.724.40Bank of Bahamas5.005.460.461,1000.1530.10035.71.83% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.408.75Cable Bahamas8.758.750.001.0500.3108.33.54% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.001.0310.0402.51.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.936.930.0037,2500.4880.26014.23.75% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.142.10-0.040.1110.04518.92.14% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.305.22Famguard5.225.220.000.3570.24014.64.60% 9.105.65Finco6.786.780.000.6820.0009.90.00% 1 1.408.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.768.760.000.4940.35017.74.00% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.155.500.351,0000.4520.16012.22.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 2 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029T HURSDAY, 7 APRIL 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,432.64 | CHG 9.90 | %CHG 0.70 | YTD -66.87 | YTD % -4.46BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Mar-11 31-Mar-11 109.392860 100.183340 31-Dec-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.490421 2.910084 1.555464TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752528-Feb-11 31-Dec-10 28-Feb-11 25-Mar-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Mar-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Mar-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Mar-11 31-Dec-10 -$6217(/860$RI 6$1',/$1'69,//$*(1$66$8%$+$0$6 '$9,'$1,$6RI%/8( +,//52$'6287+1$66$8%$+$0$6 THE Bahamas Red C ross Society has contributed $5,000 to a fund which is being used to equip 70,000 temporary homes in the earthquakestricken Japan. T o ease the plight of earthquake and tsunami survivors, the Japanese Red Cross Society with the assistance of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from around thew orld is to equip 70,000 temporary homes with a package of electrical appliances. The assistance worth an estimated $160 million and benefittingo ver 280,000 people is part of Red Cross efforts to m eet the early recovery n eeds of those affected by the March disaster 11, w hen a tsunami swept a cross 433,000 square kilom etres of land. S o far, the equivalent of $34 million has already b een received by the Japanese Red Cross from N ational Societies overs eas. T he first 36 of the gove rnment-built prefabricated homes were occupied in Rikuzentakada, Iwate prefecture yesterday. These prefabricated homes willb e a major step towards easing the pressure on e vacuation centres, allowing people to return to some semblance of normality, the Red Cross said. The Japanese Red Cross S ociety is providing each home with a refrigerator, washing machine, ricec ooker, microwave, hot water dispenser and televi sion. M ore than 188,000 peo ple are still displaced by the disaster. Most of them are staying in over 2,200e vacuation centres spread across 17 prefectures, with the vast majority in the t hree worst-affected pre fectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Althoughp eople are returning to h omes that survived the disaster as electricity and water supplies are restored,t he centres continue to house so many people thata number of them are like l y to stay open for months to come. In the coming weeks, the Japanese Red Cross will c ontinue to place greater emphasis on early recov ery. U p until this point, its major focus has been on emergency healthcare and relief distribution. BAHAMAS RED CROSS HELPS JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI SURVIVORS Construction of downtown Straw Market is on schedule MARKET TOUR N EKO Grant, Minist er of Public Works and Transport (first from left), is pictured along with Minister of Agricul-t ure and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright and other stakeholders inspecting the progress of the construction of thed owntown Nassau S traw Market. Patrick Hanna /BIS public market it will be significant in terms of its impact on the revitalisation efforts and as a catalyst for future development in downtown. The Government awarded a contract to Cavalier Construction Company in December of 2009 to construct the straw market. The contract has a 78-week completion timeline. WHYYOUVEX?
By ADRIAN GIBSON email@example.com I N THE next general e lection, it appears that newl y independent MP Branville McCartney and his purported new party are hoping that Bahamians are tired of playing musical chairs between the twom ajor partiesFNM and PLPand are more inclined to vote for, and even elect, a third party force. Frankly, our politically expedient culture, coupled with our moret raditional Westminster systemwhere third parties are speedily dispatched to the political gallows and cert ain political deathdreams of a third party capturing the imagination of the masses a re futile this electoral cycle, r egardless of the false p romises of support made b y many fair-weather bandw agon riders in the months b efore the official campaigns/rallies kickoff. Without a doubt, Mr McCartney is a self-styled populist whose recent resignation from the FNM whilst expressing opposition t o the BTC deal with Cable a nd Wireless Communicationshas sent shock waves t hroughout the political s phere and wider Bahamia n society. Indeed, whilst there are some who see McCartneys move as stand-i ng up for his beliefs and being demonstrative of him showing that he has heart and isnt merely a bootlicker, others see it as a display that is nothing short of fullblown, megalomaniacal grandstanding. C ontrary to the specula t ion regarding the BTC s alewhere a widespread m utiny was rumoured to be in the works within the ranks of the FNMs Parliamentary caucus and was supposedly inclusive of Mr McCartney and three other F NM MPsno such incident occurred. Whether the a lleged MPs chickened out o r not remains a mystery, h owever, there was no crescendo of voiceswith-i n the FNM, among the m asses and, Im told, not even among scores of the employees at BTC absolutely rebuking the sale of the telecoms company. Quite honestly, it appears that there will be a political b loodletting in Bamboo T own, with both the FNM and the PLP running candid ates and plotting an a mbush of Mr McCartney a t the polls. With lots of finger-jabbing and verbal bricks being thrown, the c ontest for the Bamboo Town seat has quickly b ecome a highly contentious matter, seemingly leaving M cCartney at a political c rossroads and facing a stormy, most combative p olitical season that will see the electoral machinery of b oth major parties descend upon Bamboo Town. According to some a ccounts, Mr McCartneys purported new entityif itc omes to fruitioncould f eature one or two political r ejects who were cast off by t he major parties due to c haracter flaws and questionable dealings. Mr McCartney must be careful not to surround himself with shifty characters and sycophants and must, if he leads a new party, seek to establish a renewed sense of purp ose and a coherent political p hilosophy that appeals to t he national consciousness. So, is Bran McCartneyc lose-up-ready? What are h is views on the Bahamas future? It remains to be seen whether Bran McCartneys apparent out-performance of many of his former Cabi net colleagues was merelya rtificial hype and a fluke b ecause he headed a highly emotive ministryImmig rationor because he genu inely possessed ideas and l eadership acumen. That said, in this upcoming election cycle, it appears the t hird party votes will merely tip the scale in favour of one o f the major parties as opposed to the other, and n ot the third parties thems elves. Im doubtful that any of the current or yet-to-bea nnounced third parties in a general election have r eached the stage where they wouldve encroached upon the percentage of any g iven party (FNM/PLP make people think that at hird party is a force to be r eckoned with. Can Mr McCartney woo independent, non-ideologi cal voters particularly in thisa ge of identity politics? Will Mr McCartneys resignation and the impending show d own in Bamboo Town, coupled with the formation of a new party, expose him as having stepped into a pair of oversized shoes? As good an MP as he appears to have been, will M r McCartney find himself h opelessly in the political w ilderness after the next e lection? A nd, why didnt Mr M cCartney own his political moment and vote no to the BTC sale whilst sitting as an FNM and then allow the FNM to expel him from the party? Why did he resign and walk out of Parl iament instead of facing the music wouldnt that have had greater historical effect? N o doubt, he would have g one down in history and b ecome an even bigger political rock star. Why didnt McCartney b ring some of his Bamboo Town constituents with him to Parliament as a show of support for his vote on theB TC sale and his resigna tion from the FNM? Indeed, it is true that some within the FNM arew hooping and hollering now that Mr McCartney has d ivorced the party, particularly as he was a strong threat to their chances of ascending to the FNM leadership in the post-Ingraham era (likely 2017 Has McCartneys politic al stock depreciated from s elf-inflicted wounds or is it j ust burgeoning? D id McCartney buy into h is own public relations? I s the FNMs ongoing and much publicized response to Mr McCartneys resignation an indication of a seismic crack in their electoral machinery? Now that McCartney has abandoned t he FNM, will he ever be catapulted into a much higher political stratosphere t hat is, that of Prime Minist er? Will Mr McCartney do a Bernard Nottage and abandon the proposed political entity and one dayr eturn to the FNM, this time to assume the partys lead ership? Is McCartneys rumoured formation of an ew party merely a vehicle to demonstrate his leadership abilities in hopes of impressing the internalm achinery of the FNM and being invited back as their political saviour in 2017? A s I said in an earlier column, now that Bran McCartney has taken his fate into his own hands, if he remains an independenta true independent hes likely to still attract many marginal, non-ideological and independentminded votersa class of voters thats rapidly expanding with todays younger, more educated electorate. I ndeed, there remains a j ingoistic adoration of the B amboo Town MP. Moreover, Mr McCartneyr egardless of the chair throwing and stirring dram atics at the FNMs recent t own hall meeting in the c onstituencyhas a sizeable FNM following and FNMsh ave, in the past, shown t hemselves willing to vote independent if they feel that the party didnt do the right thing. In this case, McCartney may not find that support as many FNMs feel like he walked out on them. F rankly, Mr McCartney w ould likely suffer a political d eath if he joins another p artyor perhaps forms his o wnand thereby returns t o the electorate after one term with another label attached. Quite honestly, McCartney should postpone any plans for a third party and instead focus on winning his o wn seat! Moreover, this political season Mr McCartney must a void appearing like a disg runtled FNM and engagi ng in petty bickering, instead promulgating ideas and promoting national ini-t iatives. In Bamboo Town, he has demonstrated an ideal work ethic and has a body ofw orkwithin the con stituencyto bolster his campaign. McCartney, P AGE 6, SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 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 APRIL 10TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m. Rev. Philip Stubbs/Bro. Ernest 1 1:00 a.m. Bro. Randy McCurdy/Youth 7:00 p.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Youth Guild CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH, 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)Breaking of Bread Service Annual Business Meeting Renaming of Youth Activity Center Branville McCartney and the 2012 election Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON SEE page 11 THIRDPARTY?: Branville McCartney
S A T U R D A Y A P I R L 9 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 9 INSIDE Billfish Invitational By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TH E Re a l De a l Sh oc k e rs s ta rte d un de r-s iz e a nd s ho rtha n de d b le w a 2 0po i nt m a rg in l ost a n o t h e r k ey p l a y e r t o a n i n j u r y d o wn t h e s tr et c h but st ill wo n 110-9 2 o ver t he Com monwealth Bank Giants. I n t h e p r o c e s s t h e S h o c k e r s n o t o n l y shocke d the Gian t s, but the y even ed the N ew Providence Basketball Association's best-ofs e v e n c h a m p i o n s h i p s e r i e s a t 1 1 a s t h e y s p o i l e d t h e d e f e n d i n g c h a m p i o n s b i d t o remain undefeated. Ain 't no bod y ex pe c ted i t, bu t t he y're pla yi n g t he S ho ck er s a n d a in t no ye ar a nd n o series that we play in that we lose all of our gam es, sai d Real D eal coach Jam es P r ice, whose team is w on a game last year befor e losing to the Giants in last year's final. "I heard all over the radio about they are go ing to sw ee p us, but th ere' s n o w a y the y are g oi ng t o sw ee p th e S ho c ke rs. N ow th ey rea li se tha t t hey a re in a fi ght. W e 're go ing to b r i ng it to them the next game (today)." Wh i le h e s t a r t ed wi t h o u t t h e s er v i ce s o f La s a r io B o n e s' B u r ro w s a nd Ia n W i r e P i n d e r ( the latt er who sh ow ed u p to play the fi nal half), Price had his Shockers on a ferocious de f en c e ta ki ng th e G ia nt s ou t of t he ir u p te mpo game. Having posted a surprising 34-29 lead after t h e f i r s t q u a r t er a n d 65 45 at t h e h a l f t h e S ho cke r s wa tc hed as t he Ca r te r t an de m o f Barrington and Lorenzo both nurse injuries, b ut t he y wer e abl e to st ave o ff th e Gi ant s comeback. C u ttin g the de fic it to 8 4 -69 aft er thre e qu arters, the Giants managed to chip away until t hey cam e with in f ou r 104100, wi th ab ou t on e min ute a nd fi ve se c ond s re ma ini ng o n the clock. B u t th e G ia n ts w e re re si li e nt i n th e ir pu rsu it of stoppin g the Gi ants' w inning str e ak at 18-0 and they did just that with about 9.1 seconds sh o w i ng w h e n K e v i n C o a kl e y pu t h i s st am p on the game with a lay-up for a 109-102 lead. "The key tonight was just our heart," said S h o c k e r' s po i n t g u a rd S id n e y S e a m a n H i ll a ry th e s ma l le st pl a ye r o n th e c ou rt W e k ne w w e were up against a big team and actually they was giving us problems down the stretch. "But we were able to maintain them, take possession of the game and just pull it out." After shocking themselves by taking their "u nb el iev ab le" 2 0po in t ad va nt age Hi ll ar y said they have to give a lot of credit to coach Price, who did "a good job and listened to us. We were able to pull it out." Lorenzo Carter, who got bruised and bat tered as he re-injured his left shoulder, had a g a me hi g h 3 4 po i nt s on 1 0 of -2 3 fro m t he fi e l d, 4-of-6 from the three-point arch and 10-of-11 fr om the free thr ow line in just 2 5 minutes He also had nine rebounds. Kevin Coakley finished with a double dou b l e w i t h 1 8 p o i n t s a n d a g a m e h i g h 1 3 rebounds; Christoff Stuart had 14 points and S id n e y Hi l l a ry B a rri n g to n C a rt e r a nd Ge o r g io Walkes all contributed 10 points. For th e Giant s Ricar do Pi err e s cor ed 24 points; Michael Ferley' Bain had 22; Jeremy H u t c h i n s o n 1 9 w i t h 1 1 r e b o u n d s a n d f i v e assists; Mark Hanna 17 points and Gamalial Ros e h e l ped out with jus t s ev en p oints and seven rebounds. N ow tha t the ir w in nin g stre ak i s o ve r, C om m o nw ea l t h B an k s c o ac h P e r r y T ho m p s o n sai d t hey c a n ge t b ac k to goi ng a fter the ir ulti mate goal, which is to repeat as champions. E v e ryb od y g ot t he ir w i sh th at w e ma de it a series," he pointed. "But Saturday night, we j u s t h av e t o co m e b a c k o u t h e r e a n d p l a y Giants basketball." T ho m ps on ho w e v e r, h a d t o t a ke th e t i me to compliment the Shockers on their effort. "Hats off to them. They came out and they pla ye d goo d baske tba ll, he poi nte d o ut. "W e had some s p ur ts, but the n w e got too c ompla c e nt a nd to o re la x ed a n d w e di dn 't re b oun d a s we should have. "Our big men just have to keep focus and keep their heads in the game. We have been pre a c hi ng o v er a nd o ve r ab ou t box i ng o ut a nd rebound. Plus w e made too many lay -ups and f ree t hr ows But we wi ll be o kay on Satu rday." Hutchinson couldn't agree more. Tonig ht, w e just ca me out fla t. The Sho ck ers came out with more intensity than us and they c ame out a nd ou t -pla yed us, n o que s tion about it," he stressed. Th i s s eri e s, w e re g o in g t o ta ke it o n e g a me at a t ime We s ho ul d l ear n f r om th is t h eir weaknesses and their strengths, and regroup f or t h e ne x t g a m e o n Sa t u rd a y W e j us t h a v e to be patient with the ball and beat them on the b o a r d s o u t r e b o u n d t h e m a n d o u t h u s s l e them." Having even ed the s er ies wit hou t his ful l squad, Price said he anticipate that Saturday wi l l b e p r e t t y m u ch t h e s a m e a s T h u r s d a y night as they intend to have Lasario Burrows and Eme k a Watso n o ut to help their f rontcourt. And if Thursday night was any indication, the s e r ies could end up be ing a n ex citing one. SHOCK ERS RALL Y T O UP SE T G IANT S REAL Deal Shockers' Carvin Cummings dribbles the ball. C O M M O N W E A L T H Ba n k G i a n t s M a r k H a n n a d ri b b l e s a g a i n s t t h e d e f e n c e o f Re a l D e a l S h o c k e rs Ke v i n C o a k l e y a n d B a r r i n g t o n C a r t e r REAL Deal Shockers' Georgio Walkes goes up for a oneh a n d e d s h o t o v e r t h e C o m m o n we a l t h Ba n k Gi a n ts R a i f F e r guson (10) and Gamaliel Rose (12). R E A L De al S hoc ke rs' Si dne y Hi lla ry sn atc he s Comm onwea lth Ba nk Gia nts R a if Fe rguson as he dribbles the ball. R E AL D e a l S h o c k e rs C a r v i n C u m m i n g s d ri b bles around the defence of Commonwealth Bank Giants' Renaldo Baillou. C O M M O N W E A L T H Bank G iant s' Gam alial Rose draws a one-handed slam dunk. C OM M ONW E AL T H B a nk Gi a b n t s Ga m a l i a l R os e t i ps i n t h e ball.
SPORTS P AGE 10, SA TURDA Y APRIL 9, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPOR TS B A A A s e t t o s e l e c t 2 0 1 1 C a r i f t a t e a m T H I S w e e k e n d t h e Ba h a ma s A s s o ci a t i o n o f A t h l e t i c A s s o c i a t i o n s w i l l h a v e t h e t a s k o f selecting its 2011 BTC team to tr a ve l to th e C a ri ft a G a m e s i n M o n t e g o B a y J a m a i c a o ve r t h e E a st e r ho l i da y w e e kend. T h e s e l e c t i o n p r o c e s s i s e xp ec t ed to b e c o mp le te d fo llow ing the fi nal C arif ta trial s t hat wil l w r ap u p ton ight a t t h e T h o m a s A R o b i n s o n Tr a ck an d Fie ld S tadiu m. The trial s beg an on Frid ay. Go i n g i n t o t he t r i a ls t h e BAAA had seen more than 30 athletes obtain t h e qualif y i n g s t a n d a r d s B u t t h e B A A A a l s o w a r n e d t h o s e a t h lete s th at in order to qua lify for the tea m, it w as man dator y f or t hem to compet e this w e e k e n d B a se d on t he pe rfor ma nc e s produc ed so far, ma ny are of the opi nion tha t thi s c ould be t h e b e s t t e a m t h a t t h e B a h a m a s w i l l a s s e m b l e f o r quite some tim e. B u t t h e B A AA w il l ha v e to g o t h r o ug h a no t h er i n t en s e e x e rc i s e a s t h e J a m a i c a n s h a v e also sen t ou t a me mo to the v i s i t i n g c o u n t r i e s t h a t t h e y don' t in tend to let any of the g o l d m e d a l s l e a v e t h e i r sh o r e s A t l a s t y e a r s C a r i f t a G a m e s i n t h e C a y m a n I sl a n d s, th e J a m a ic a n s l a nd e d a w h o ppi ng 72 medal s, i nclus ive o f 3 7 g o l d 2 2 s i l v e r a n d 1 3 b r o n z e T h e i r go l d m e d al t o p p e d th e c o mb in e d 2 3 t ha t th e n e xt f o u r c o u n t r i e s c o l l e c t e d T ri n i d a d & To b a g o w h o w e re s e c o n d h a d 1 2 i n t h e i r 4 0 to t a l c o u nt w h il e th e B a h a m as ha d si x i n th e ir c o un t of 2 9 me da l s for thi rd. W ith th e ga mes be ing held in th eir ba ck yard, it ma kes i t e ve n mo r e d i f f i cu l t f or a n y c o u n t r y t o d e t h r o n e t h e Jam ai can s who h av e d o mina ted the a nnua l juni or tra ck a n d f i e l d m e e t s i n c e t h e B aha mas la st w on the title in 20 04 here at home O u r at hl e te s, o n c e se l ec t e d, w i l l ha v e t o ri s e a b o v e t h e le v el tha t th ey c ompe ted here a t h o m e a n d r e a l i se t h a t t h e r o a d t o g l o r y g o e s t h r o u g h t h e Ja ma i can s w ho ha ve h a d a h i s t o r y o f p r o d u c i n g t h e f a m o u s 1 2 fi n i s h i n t h e m a j o r ity of th eir e ve nts. An d w e s h ould lea rn from t h e f a ct t h a t t he Ja m ai c an s pride them s e lve s on w orking t o ge t he r as a u n it f r o m t h e c oac hing perspec tiv e w hen i t c omes to the na tiona l le ve l. BBF HOSTING CBC T h e B a h a m a s B a s k e t b a l l F e d e r a t i o n a n n o u n c e d t h i s week that th e Bahamas wil l h o st t he C a r ib b e a n B a sk e t ba l l Ch ampionships for the th ir d ti m e fr om J u ly 2 5Au g ust 5 a t the K endal Is aa cs Gymnasiu m I t's a remarkable ac hieve m en t fo r th e f ed e ra ti on c o n si de ri n g th a t t he B a h am a s h a s n o t b e e n a b l e t o ho s t t h e t ou r n am e nt sin c e 1 9 9 5 W i th so m a n y t a l e n t e d m a l e a nd f em a le p l ay e rs pa rt ic i pa t i ng i n h ig h sc ho o l, c ol l eg e a nd e v e n o n t h e p r o c i r c u i t t o d a y i t w i l l b e i n t e r e s t i n g t o s e e w h e t h e r o r n o t p r e s i d e n t L a wr e n ce He p bu r n a n d hi s exe cut ive s can lu r e t hem t o c o me ho m e a nd pl a y T h e f e d e r a t i o n l a s t y e a r d e c i d e d t o g o b a c k t o t h e s e l e c t i o n o f f o re i g n c o a c h e s t o h e a d b ot h t e am s. N ow th e qu e sti on i s : W i l l t h e p l a y e r s r a l l y a ro u n d to pl a y on th e t e am s, he a d ed b y L a r r y Br o w n a n d L a r r y Ti dw e l l a s th e re sp e c ti v e m en a nd w om e n' s c oa c h e s? So me h a v e ar gu e d w hy d id the federat ion go that rou te w h e n t h e r e a r e s o m a n y c o a c h e s w h o c o ul d ha nd l e th e j o b? I g u es s i n som e w a y s, t he f e de r a ti on d oe sn t b e li e v e th at t he l o c a l c o a c he s c o u l d g e t t he j ob d o n e H a vi n g go n e t h r o ug h t h e e x er c ise it 's g oi n g t o be i nt er e sti n g t o se e i f th e p l ay e rs a re w i l li n g t o bu y i n to t h e c o n c e p t a nd c om e h o me to r ep re se n t th e ir c o u nt ry Com e home p laye rs Le t's e ns u r e t h a t t h e B ah a ma s i s re p re se nt ed b y t he b e st t e am p o s s i b l e NPSA OPENING A f t e r a t u r b u l e n t y e a r u nd er i ts f ir s t f em al e pr e s id e n t L o r e t t a M a y c o ck t h e N e w P r o v i d e n c e S o f t b a l l A s s o ci at i o n w il l be ba ck i n action tonight at the Baillou Hills Spor tin g C omplex a s its new season begins. T h e assoc ia tio n's ex ec uti ve b o a rd is no w h e a d e d b y R o m m e l F i s h K n o w l e s w h o bring s a w ealth of ex perien ce ha vi ng se rve d as an e xe c uti ve o f b ot h t he G r an d Bah am a and El euthera Sof tba ll Associations. He is also the secre tary general of the Bahamas Olympic Committee. One of the things Knowles a n d h i s a d m i n i s t r a t i o n d i d during the off-season was to s et tl e a le gal d is pu t e out of c o u r t w i t h t h e C o m m a n d o S e c u r i t y T r u c k e r s o v e r w h e t h e r o r n o t t h e D o r i n U n i t e d H i t m e n s h o u l d b e declared the champions. A s t he s eas on o pens yo u can bet th at all eyes wil l be w atching for any preferential trea tmen t g ive n to the te am s w h i c h w a s a b o n e o f c o n t e n t i o n u n d e r t h e p r e v i o u s administration. L e t s j u s t p l a y b a l l a n d avoid any further disruption to the game off the field. CONDOLENCES T r i b u n e S p o r t s w i s h es t o of f er it s con do l ence s t o th e fa mil ies of t wo pl ayer s wh o passed away. Today, the funeral of Wal b e r t H a n n a w i l l b e h e l d a t A g a p e F u l l G o s p e l B a p t i s t Church. The 53-year-old was a former softball player and b r o t h er o f M i c h ae l H a n n a o n e o f t h e t o p s o f t b a l l umpires in the country. N e x t S a t u r d a y a t t h e C h u r c h o f G o d o n S h i r l e y Street, will be the funeral of 3 1 y e a r o l d L e r o y S o g g y Saunders. Saunders is a for mer basketball player at the CI G i b s o n S e co nd a r y H i g h an d i n t h e Ne w Pr o vi d en ce Basketball Association. On Thursday night, before the start of game two of the NPB A's c hamp ionship s e r i es between the Commonwealth B a n k G i a n t s a n d t h e R e a l Deal Shockers, a moment of si le n t w as o ffe re d i n hi s me m ory. M a y t h e y b o t h r e s t i n peace. O P I N I O N S T U B B S I N S P I R ED b y G u y H a r v e y s r e o p e n i n g o f t h e h i s t o r i c B i m i n i B i g G a m e C l u b w w w b i g g a m e c l u b b i m i n i c o m a s a f am i ly f ish i ng di v in g a nd s c i e n t i f i c d i sc o v e r y d e st i n a t i o n th e W o o ds Fa m il y o w ne rs o f S o u t h F l o r i d a b a s e d W o o d s & Asso c ia te s, ha v e b ec o me t he B lue Marlin s po ns or for D r H a r v ey s u p c o mi n g B i ll f i s h I n v i t a t i o n a l s c h e d u l e d f o r M a y 1 8 t h "Guy 's e fforts t o re -estab li sh th e B ig G am e C lu b as a pre mi er fi shin g d e s t i n a t i o n f o r b i g g a m e fish erme n is trul y an a cc om pl ish me nt t o b e a dm ire d a nd a p p r e c i a t e d s a i d P e t e W o o ds p a tri a r c h a nd f ou n d e r of the c omp any i n whi ch h is s o n s R y a n a n d M a t t a n d w i f e An ne are p art ic ip an ts. R yan an d M att hel p t heir fa the r in th e y ac ht b roke ra ge and A nne run s a real es tate sa le s ope ra tio na ll of w h ic h i s lo c ate d a t the Pie r 66 Mari na in F ort Lau de rda le Flo rida "In the ea r ly days of our bu s i ness in Fort L a ude rda le, I s p e n t c o n s i d e r a b l e t i m e ab o ar d t h e f a mi ly 4 8 s p o r tfi she rma n, Ann ab el le f ishi ng t o u r n a m e n t s l i k e t h e I B L ( In t e rn a t i o n a l B i l l f i s h L e a g u e ) and BBC ( Bahamas B i llf is h Cha mpionship) and other s," sa id th e el de r W oo ds. "It w as on ly n atu ral a nd a v e r y c o m f o r t a b l e f i t t o g e t i n v ol v e d w i t h th e B i l l fi s h I n v i tational as it looks t o be r e e stab li shin g B i mi ni a s a forc e fo r b ig g am e ev e nts. W o o d s a n d A s s o c i a t e s w w w w o o d sy a c h t s. c om w h i c h o ri g i n a l l y b e g a n i n F or t My e r s B ea c h a s W o ods & O vi at t in 1 9 7 3 h a s l o n g b e e n a f i x t u r e i n S o u t h Fl o r i d a y a c h t a n d sp o r t f is h i ng b o a t sa l e s. 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"H av in g G uy an d h is te am n o w o n b o a rd a n d d o i n g su c h a wonderful job in r e opening th is un iqu e p rope rty w e h ad to sup po rt t he B il lfi sh In vi ta t i o n a l T o u r n a m e n t O u r i n v o l v e m e n t a s a s h a l l o w water s kif f boat bu ilder i s a na tur a l fit w ith Bi mini's leg e nda ry b ac kc o unt ry fish ing H o s t t o n u m e r o u s m a j o r spo rt f ishi ng to urn am en ts fo r m ore tha n h a lf a c en tu ry, The B i ll fi sh I nv it a ti on al m ar ks t he B i g G a me Cl u b s r et u r n t o w or ld -c la ss b lu ew a te r to urn a me nt an gl ing af ter a de ca de lo ng h ia tus. The a ll rel ea se to urn am en t w il l fe a ture th ree da y s of f ish i n g a n d t a r g e t a l l b i l l f i s h sp e c i e s. In a dd i ti o n t o in d iv i d u a l p r i z e s t h e t o u rn a m e n t f o r ma t w il l in cl ud e th e a wa rd o f tw o p erp et ual trop hie s, t o be di sp layed in th e Cl ub's new tro phy room l oun ge O n e t r o p h y i s n a m e d f o r tw o gi an ts a mon g a l ong li ne o f le g e nd ar y B i mi ni pe rso na l i ti e s E rn e st He m i ng w a y a nd Mi c ha el Le rne r an d t he se c on d tro phy hon ou rs Pe rson al A c h ie v e m e n t in t he A d v a nc e m e n t o f B i g G a m e Sp o rt F is h in g w ith t he e sta bli shm en t o f The Fran k J ohn son Trop hy T h e H e m i n g w a y L e r n e r Tr ophy w ill be p res e n ted t o th e t ourn am e nt' s top B ill fish Te am re c og ni sing fri en dsh ip, te a mw ork an d t he pu rsui t o f e xc e l le nc e w h il e F ran k J o hn son h imse lf w ill be the in au gur al r ecipient o f t he F ran k J oh nson Tro ph y. Bi mi ni' s lo ca ti on a lo ng the le ge nd ary Gu lfstre am (a riv e r of w a rm w ate r) lo c ati on i s a t th e ap ex o f a sup erh ig h w ay f o r m i g ra t in g f i sh a n d a c ts a s a k in d o f s u s h i co n ve yo r b e lt c a rry in g a bu nd an t f oo d t o t he lo c al fi sh. D e e p w a t e r g a m e f i s h in c lud e ma rli n, t una sa ilf ish, w a h o o a n d s w o r d f i s h w h i l e b i g g r o u p e r b a r r a c u d a a n d s c h o o l s o f s n a p p e r c a n b e f o u n d o n t h e re e fs B im i ni 's f la ts a re h o me t h e f i s h e rm e n s f a v o u ri t e p r e y b on e fi sh a n d pe rm i t. W it h m o re th a n 5 0 -re c o rd setting ca t c hes in the w aters a ro un d th e is la n d, B i mi n i h a s e a rn e d i t s t i t l e o f S p o r t F i s h i n g C a p i ta l o f t h e W o rl d. 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011, PAGE 11 D r Sands. She was an integral part of keeping the heart association relevant in the Bahamas. She was a no-nonsense kind of person. She got stuff done and made sure heart associa-t ion was viable all year round a nd particularly during heart month. To hear this news was devastating. I know it must be for her family, but for those of us who work to fighta gainst heart disease this is a lso a phenomenal blow, he s aid. T he heart association is the education arm of the Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Foundation. Foundation chairman R.E. Barnes saidt he organisation is committed t o taking all projects forward in Ms Browns honour and memory. He encouraged people who knew her to donate in her memory. When she became presid ent four years ago, she really had a dynamic personality and brought that to bear on things. She was keen to educate p eople and to get them i nvolved. She was a big fundraiser and would twist your arm in the most friendly way. She was an absolute pleasure to be with, said Mr Barnes. We have all just been thinking about her coming into the office; she would wave and smile and say hello. She was a nice person and itw as good to know you had s uch a good giving spirit around. It is hard to believe her light has gone out, he said. It is just so hard to imagine how her family is coping. We k new her as working associates. As a family member it would only be magnified. Our greatest sympathies go out to her family. It is hard to believe she is g one. There has been a progressive wave of sympathy and lots of very teary phone calls. A man is helping police with their investigation. ing number of serious crimes being committed in New P rovidence. T he effort, which sees heavily-armed units deployed to patrol "hot spot" areas, ledt o 14 arrests in its first 24 hours of operation earlier this year. O n Thursday night, acting o n a tip, a team of officers attempted to stop a man driving a Daihatsu Applause in the Claridge Road area, but the vehicle sped off. Officers gave chase to Lady S lipper Avenue, in Garden Hills Estates, where suspect was shot and taken into custody. Police say the suspect was immediately taken to the hospital and is in a stable con d ition. A few hours later, police were involved in a second high-speed chase. A Rapid Strike team was investigating reports of an attempted car robbery in T wynam Heights, off Prince Charles Drive, when they saw t wo men in a gold Honda speed out of the area. Officers pursued the Hond a on to Prince Charles Drive where it later crashed east ofJ ean Street. O ne of the suspects evaded p olice, but a 20-year-old Malc olm Allotment resident, who was wanted for questioning i n connection with other criminal matters, was shot in thea nkle. P olice said the officers opened fire after they spott ed a handgun. The suspect was appreh ended and taken to the hosp ital where he remains in p olice custody and is reported t o be in a stable condition. a mong his constituents, is heralded as a hard w orker, a young man who understands the t rue purpose of Parliamentary representat ion of his constituents. Reliable sources have informed me that there are plans afoot to outfox Mr McCartn ey at the polls, writing him off as a showman, whose groundless braggadocio, will douse his electoral prospects and place him on a treadmill to oblivion whilst also serving a s a teachable moment to a cadre of political newcomers. One FNM insider advised me to watch the shifting landscape. B ran McCartney must now wade through a political minefield and, as one who was o nce considered the future face of the FNM, his resignation has led to a manwhop otentially couldve risen to the leadership of t he FNMushering himself out of the throne room. F rankly, if Mr McCartney is relegated to the political dustbin following the next general election, he would be another politician crushed by the machinery of the major parties. However, if he wins, hes likely to be a force to be reckoned with, particularly if he a rticulates ideas and is not blinded by ego. That said, if the Bahamas continues to be a red (FNMPLP persons promoting change and aspiring for leadership may have to fight from within t he internal structure of the major parties, seeking to convince council and executive m embers of the value of their candidacy and the importance of new ideas in advancing the countryunless, of course, there is a p olitical revolution! I am taking a break from writing my column to prepare for my end of term examinations (law schoole xciting and thought-provoking topics, in May. Branville McCartney and the 2012 election FROM page six Rapid Strike officers shoot two suspects F ROM page one FROM page one Charity worker murder shock EL PASO, Texas Associated Press AN ELDERLYCuban former CIA operative accused of lying during a U.S. immigration hearing was acquitted on all charges Friday, with jurors taking just three hours to reach a verdict after enduring 13 weeks of oftendelayed testimony. The abrupt decision ends four years of attempts by the U.S. government to convict 83-year-old Luis Posada Carriles and meanshe no longer has to face the prospect of spending the final years of his life in prison, at least in the United States. For decades, Posada worked to destabilize communist governments throughout Latin America and was often supported by Washington. He is Public Enemy No. 1 in his homeland, even considered exPresident Fidel Castro's nemesis. In Havana, the government had no immediate comment to his being cleared across-the-board. Appearing a news conference in his attorney's office following the verdict, he said his days of trying to bring regime change to Cuba were behind him. "I see liberty at the end of my life. I have no aspirations in Cuba," Posada said. "I hope the Lord (will more years so I can see them again." CUBAN EX-CIA AGENT ACQUITTED IN TEXAS PERJURY CASE
I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 12, SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER BEIRUT Associated Press A MASS PROTEST calli ng for sweeping changes in S yria's authoritarian regime turned bloody Friday, with the government and pro-t esters both claiming to have sustained heavy casualties as the country's threeweek uprising entered a d angerous new phase. Human rights activists and witnesses said Syrian s ecurity forces opened fire o n tens of thousands of prot esters in the volatile southe rn city of Daraa, killing 25 p eople and wounding hund reds. But state-run TV said 19 policemen and members of the security forces were killed when gunmen opened fire on them. It was the first significant claim of casualties by the S yrian government, which has contended that armed gangs rather than truer eform-seekers are behind the unrest and it could s ignal plans for a stepped-up retaliation. Protest organizers have c alled on Syrians to take to t he streets every Friday for the past three weeks, demanding change in oneo f the most rigid nations in t he Middle East. Protests were held in several cities across the country Friday as the movement showed no sign of letting up, despite the violent crackdowns. S yria's National Organization for Human Rights said at least 32 people were killed nationwide on Friday. T hat lifts the death toll from t hree weeks of protests to more than 170 people. The protests have shaken t he regime of President B ashar Assad, whose family h as ruled Syria for more t han 40 years. Assad, a B ritish-trained eye doctor, inherited power from his f ather 11 years ago and tried to help the country emerge from years of international i solation and lift Soviet-style economic restrictions. B ut despite early promises of social and political r eform, Assad has slipped b ack into the autocratic ways of his father. A ssad has offered some limited measures of reform a s the protests gathered steam, such as firing local officials and forming comm ittees to look into replacing the country's despised e mergency laws, which a llow the regime to arrest people without charge. On Thursday, he granted citizenship to thousands ofK urds, fulfilling a decadesold demand of the country's long-ostracized minority. B ut the persistent demonstrations underline how Assad's gestures of change have failed to mollify ag rowing movement that is raising the ceiling on its demands for concrete reforms and free elections. The protests are about S yrians wanting freedom after 42 years of repression," Murhaf Jouejati, a S yria expert at George W ashington University, told T he Associated Press. "So M r. Assad may fire all the p eople he wants, this still doesn't touch on the basic i ssues and the basic demands of the protesters." The witness accounts c oming out of Syria could not be independently conf irmed because the regime has restricted media access t o the country, refusing to g rant visas to journalists and detaining or expelling r eporters already in the country. Daraa has largely b een sealed off and telephone calls go through only sporadically. B ut witnesses, who spoke to the AP independently of e ach other, said Daraa resid ents turned mosques into makeshift hospitals Friday to help tend to hundreds of wounded protesters. O ne man who helped ferry the dead and wounded to the city's hospital said hec ounted at least 13 corpses. "My clothes are soaked w ith blood," he said by telephone from Daraa. Like most activists and witnesses w ho spoke to The Associa ted Press, he requested a nonymity for fear of reprisals. A nurse at the hospital s aid they had run out of beds; many people were being treated on the floor or in nearby mosques. V ideos posted on YouTube showed demonstrations in at least 15 towns, large and small,a cross the country. The videos could not be independently confirmed, butt hey appeared to show the most widespread gatherings s ince protests began. Ammar Qurabi, who heads Syria's National O rganization for Human R ights, said 32 people were k illed nationwide: 25 in Daraa, three in the centralc ity of Homs, three in the D amascus suburb of Harasta and one in the suburb of Douma. Douma has become a f lashpoint after eight peo ple were shot dead there last Friday. One activists said tens of thousandsp rotested and dispersed peacefully in the early afternoon, but he saw securityf orces open fire later in the evening as a group tried to e nter Douma. He said he saw security forces taking the body away. S yria had appeared i mmune to the unrest s weeping the Arab world until three weeks ago, whens ecurity forces arrested a g roup of high school students who scrawled antigovernment graffiti on a wall in Daraa. P rotests then exploded in cities across the country. A city of about 300,000 near the border with Jor d an, Daraa is suffering sustained economic effects from a yearslongd rought. Syrian protests turn deadly; 32 reported killed I N THIS MARCH 21, 2011 PHOTO Syrian army soldier steps out from the burned court building that was s et on fire by Syrian anti-government protesters, in the southern city of Daraa, Syria. Unlike the armies of Tunisia and Egypt, Syria's military will almost certainly stand by the country's leader as President Bashar Assad faces down an extraordinary protest movement. (AP