N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Police shoot r obber dead Volume: 107 No.154SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER WARMWITH SHOWER HIGH 87F LOW 78F Man killed after raid on the Chinese Supermarket T RY OUR C HICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREEINSIDETODAY: PUZZLES, GAMESAND LOADSOFFUNINYOUR KIDSSCOOP MAGAZINE H o w d i d t h i s f o u r t h g r a d e r f r o m K a n s a s m a k e a d i f f e r e n c e f o r c h i l d r e n a r o u n d t h e w o r l d ? F i n d o u t i n s i d e t h i s i s s u e J u n e A c t i v i t y C a l e n d a r F o l l o w s o m e s i m p l e r u l e s t o m a k e y o u r y o u h a v e t h e l a t e s t d i g i t a l c a m e r a o r a s i m p l e p o i n t a n d s h o o t t h e s e r u l e s w o r k f o r a l l p h o t o s I t s A l l i n t h e C a r d s C a n y o u f i n d t h e t h i n g s I t o o k p h o t o s o f o n t h i s p a g e ? p r o j e c t s t o k e e p k i d s e n t e r t a i n e d a n d h a v i n g f u n a l l t h r o u g h t h e s u m m e r a r e i n s i d e t h i s i s s u e J o i n y o u r l o c a l l i b r a r y a n d p a r t i c i p a t e s t o r y o f H e r c u l e s t e l l s t h e t a l e o f a n a n c i e n t s u p e r h e r o T H E T R I B U N E J U N E 2 0 1 1 CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE BAHAMASBIGGEST I N S I D E A MAN in his late twen t ies was shot and killed by police yesterday after he and an accomplice robbed theC hinese Supermarket on P eardale Road. A ccording to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP from the Central Detective Unit, two men, believed to be in their late twenties entered the supermarket sometime shortly after 2.45pm. These men, ASP Fernan der said were both armed with weapons and held up the employees and the customers of the supermarket, robbing them and the establishment of an undetermined amount of cash. The two men, upon leav ing the store were spotted by police who were in the immediate area. When the robbers attempted to flee, the police gave chase. ASP Fernander: The two men ran into a nearby yard. They (police two men. One of the men produced a handgun, confronted the officers, the officers returned fire and he was fatally shot. He died right here on the scene. The second suspect ASP Fernander said was arrested after trying to hide himself under a home in the nearby area. A weapon, he said, was also recovered. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the officers of note involved in the incident. None of the officers was hurt. They were very vigilant and we will continue to ensure that the Bahamas is a safe place to work, play, and live, he said. ASP Fernander also confirmed that some personal items stolen during the dar ing daylight heist have been recovered by police. By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com VIOLENT gang culture in the Bahamas is only in itsi nfancy, according to a senior police officer. Deputy Police Commis sioner Marvin Dames w arned the problem of gang organisations and gang relat ed violence must be tackled before it begins to flourish. H e said: If you allow gangs to fester and to become rooted, the prob lems grow. T hankfully, according to a US expert in gang prose cutions and related issues, t he Bahamas is taking the GANG CULTURE IN ITS INFANCY IN BAHAMAS SEE page seven By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THREE men appeared in court yesterday in connection with a daytime armed raid on the John Bull store on Bay Street. Two of the men have also been charged with the armed robbery of the Cost Right supermarket (See Page Three) Onlookers assembled on Bank Lane yesterday as the three accused were led to Magistrates Court 8 to be arraigned. One of the men, Jonathan Armbrister, 34, of Elizabeth Estates, fell to the ground as he was being escorted by officers. It is alleged that Armbris ter, along with David Wellington Collins, 31, of Cowpen Road, and Jasper Curry, 24, of Yellow Elder Gardens, conspired to com mit armed robbery on Sun day, May 22. It is further alleged that on Sunday, May 22, the men, while armed with a rifle and a hammer, robbed a John Bull employ ee of 12 Rolex watches with a total value of $395,680. Initial reports stated two masked men, brandishing weapons, burst into the store at around 10am. Using a hammer to smash open two Rolex showcases, the robThree charged withJohn Bull store robbery DAVID COLLINS JASPER CURRY JONATHAN ARMBRISTER UNION and BTC officials remained tightlipped yesterday on severance package details that were revealed exclusively in The Tribune Marlon Johnson, BTC's vice president of marketing, said the company would "issue some statement on that" between yesterday and Monday. He refused to say what would be in the statement or comment on severance package negotiations with the two unions representing BTC workers. "We don't comment on negotiations with the unions," he said. A statement was not released up to press time. William Carroll, head of the Bahamas Communica tion and Public Managers Union, told The Tribune he was still in "shock" over the details revealed in this newspaper. "I was shocked when I heard the news," Mr Carroll said yesterday. When asked if his union would accept the proposal, he was evasive. "We are still in talks, and that's all I can say," said Mr Carroll. Bahamas Communica tion and Public Officers Union president Bernard Evans, who represents line staff at the company, was in meetings yesterday. Cable & Wireless is reportedly set to announce shortly the beginning of its Felip Major /Tribune staff SHOOTING SCENE: Plain clothes officers swarm the streets yesterday after a robbery suspect was shot and killed. SEE page seven UNION, BTC OFFICIALS SILENT ON SEVERANCE P ACKAGE DETAILS SEE page seven SEE page three M ARVIN DAMES
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT On the sixth anniversary of the brutal murder of Tiffany Smith, Shavon Munnings held a vigil in memory of her sister in an effort to bring awareness to domestic violence on Grand Bahama. Smith, who was stabbed to death by her estranged husband, was 30 and the mother of four children. I am using her memory to reach out to other women to let them know the serious ness of domestic violence, that it is real and that they can lose their life, Ms Munnings said. My sister left four children behind and it is so sad because her absence has significantly impacted their lives, she said. Police Corporal Christina King and psychi atrist Dr Jean Turnquest were speakers at the vigil on Tuesday evening at the Red Snapper Restaurant at Royal Palm Resort. The overwhelming majority of domestic violence victims are women. Over the past several years, there has been an increase in the number of domestic violence related deaths among women. In Grand Bahama several years ago, a mother and her child were set on fire as they slept. The mother died and child was severely burned. Ms Munnings is encouraged by the feed back she has been getting from persons in the community. They recognise me and they encourage me to keep doing what I am doing. A lot people might be going through abuse and they are ashamed. I can stand up and testify to that and I truly believe that this is what I am supposed to do, to make a difference in the lives of women, she said. Ms Munnings urged women in bad rela tionships to get out. No one dies from a bad relationship; they die for not getting out of the bad relationship. We need to learn how to love ourselves and break the cycle so that we do not grow up young girls who accept abuse or young men who become abusers themselves, she said. Ms Munnings said safe havens need to be created for victims of domestic violence, and she dreams of one day opening such a facility. I have infrastructure now and my vision is to open a facility called Tiffanys Haven a restoration for women and children. She has also written a play about domestic violence which she hopes to release later this year. Dr Jean Turnquest said death by domestic violence impacts all the victims relatives, but especially children. Morbidity We tend to focus on mortality of death, but we do not think about morbidity, the neg ative impact it has on everybody not only emotionally, but socially and otherwise, she said. Dr Turnquest said there are a number of professionals in the Bahamas who work with victims of domestic violence. She noted that the Crisis Centre provides counselling and there are medical profession als such as psychiatrists and psychologists, as well as social workers and pastors, who assist victims of domestic violence. Dr Turnquest said the police have also been doing a tremendous job lately in terms of education and intervention. Corporal Christina King told The Tribune it is important that persons who are being abused report the matter to the police. If matters are not reported, there is only so much the police can do. Once a complaint is made we are mandated to investigate the mat ter and see it through the courts to ensure that the victim has justice. We want people to know that domestic violence is a serious offence and encourage persons, both the victims and abusers, to seek help, she said. Sister of murder victim holds vigil on the sixth anniversary of tragedy ALMA, Michigan B ahamian statesman and career diplomat Davidson Hepburn was invited to d eliver the 2011 commencement address at Alma College and was presented witha n honorary doctorate by t he institution. D r Hepburn, who began h is professional career in the E nglish faculty at Alma Coll ege in the 1960s, received a n Honorary Doctor of L aws degree during the ceremony for around 300 graduation candidates. T he theme of Dr Hepburns address was: A reas on for being. He urged the graduates to look at fear in a positive l ight, develop self-confidence and not be afraid to dream. He cited Presidents Roo s evelt and Kennedy and Dr M artin Luther King as fig ures who exemplified this a pproach. Dr Hepburn said that e ven though he was away from the campus for many years, it seemed that he had never left. He received a very warm welcome from friends in the community as well as the staff of the college. One of the highlights of his visit to Alma was being invited to sing in the choir at the First Presbyterian Church where he was a member during his years at A lma. Dr Hepburn has had a remarkable career as a diplomat and is internation a lly recognised for his advocacy for small developing nations, says Alma College p resident Jeff Abernathy. He has served as an a mbassador and policymaker for the Commonwealtho f the Bahamas for many y ears and is recognised for numerous achievements. We are very pleased to c all Dr Hepburn a colleague and to welcome him back to Alma College, he said. Roles Dr Hepburn has undertaken numerous roles as a diplomat, including ambas s ador to the United Nations, Haiti and Cuba, and perma nent secretary of the Min i stry of Tourism and the M inistry of Immigration and Employment. He is currently serving as president of the 35th Gen e ral Conference of the United Nations Educational, Sci entific and Cultural Organi s ation (UNESCO He also is a ruling elder of St Andrews Presbyterian Church in Nassau. He has received numerous honours. He was award ed the Paul Harris Award by Rotary International, theO rder of the British Empire a nd, in 1995, was named Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur by the Frenchg overnment. D r Hepburn has a bachel ors degree from Florida A&M University, a masters degree from Michigan State University and a PhD in comparative language andl iterature from the Univer sity of Madrid. Dr Abernathy, who took up the post of college head only nine months ago, expressed a strong interest in developing partnership with the College of theB ahamas. He plans to discuss the matter with his colleaguesa nd make enquiries about student exchanges. Dr Hepburn said he supports the idea, as he feelst hat such an agreement would give both colleges an international flavour. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FISHERIES officials seized thousands of pounds of fish from a long line fishing vessel that was discovered in waters off West End, Grand Bahama. Four American fishermen were arrested and the vessel was towed into port at Bradf ord Marine in Freeport Harbour on Thursday. Fisheries officer Clement Campbell told The Tribune yesterday that they were still w eighing the catch seized from the vessel, J anice Ann. We are still weighing and trying to wrap up our investigations, he said. The men who are between 35 and 60 y ears old are still in police custody being q uestioned in connection with the find. A shotgun, handgun and ammunition were also discovered onboard the vessel. Chief Petty officer Jonathan Neely of the R oyal Bahamas Defence Force reported t hat they were on patrol around 3am on Thursday when they spotted the vessel about 35 miles off West End, in the northwest region of the Little Bahama Bank. W hen the officers approached the vessel, t hey discovered it was equipped with long line fishing apparatus, which is illegal in the Bahamas. On boarding the vessel, the officers also d iscovered quantities of wahoo, kingfish, s wordfish dolphin, and tuna. According to Mr Campbell, a salvage company was called in to tow the vessel. The vessel was brought to Bradford M arine shipyard on Queens Highway. Thousands of pounds of fish seized UNESCO President and Bahamian statesman addresses Alma graduates DEGREE OF SUCCESS: Davidson Hepburn receives an honorary degree from Alma College President J eff Abernathy. Dr Hepburn has had a remarkable career as a diplomat and is internationally recognised for his advocacy for small developing nations. J eff Abernathy
bers fled the store with an undetermined number of the high-end timepieces and escaped in a silver coloured Honda driven by an unmasked man. Collins and Curry are accused of causing $26,300 in damage to 75 Rolex watches and $2,700 in damage to a showcase glass. Collins is also accused of receiving a gold Rolex valued at $71,920 and a silver womans watch valued at $22,330. Armbrister is accused of receiving four Rolex watches with a total value of $129,785. None of the three were required to enter a plea. Prosecutors intend to proceed in the matter with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment which is expected to be presented on June 20. Armbrister is represented by attorney Roger Gomez Jr and Curry is represented by attorney Willie Moss. The attorneys informed the court that both of their clients alleged police brutality and required medical attention. Collins, who claimed to have been vomiting blood, also alleged police brutality and requested medical attention. Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell ordered the men be seen bya doctor. They were remanded to Her Majestys Prison. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011, PAGE 3 POLICE arrested an Exuma man at the George Town Dock after discovering what officers believe to be quantities of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy. Uniform and Drug E nforcement Unit officers, a cting on a tip, found the 2 6-year-old man acting suspiciously at the dock around 9.30am on Thursday. H e was taken into cust ody for questioning after t he substances were discovered during a search. Operation Southern Storm strikes again OFFICERS of the Southe rn Division made seven arrests in one day, sending a strong message to criminalsi n the area that they will be c aught. Between 11am and 6.30pm on Thursday, officers executed search warr ants and arrested seven persons in connection with f irearm, drugs, house breaking and burglary investigations. Police also used the special operation as a platform t o inform law abiding citizens of their commitment to e nsuring that the community is safe and crime free. Police tip of the day: S ECTION 212, subsection 10 of Chapter 84 the Penal C ode notes that every pers on who behaves irreverently near a church, chapel or o ther building appropriated for religious worship during divine service, or behaves irreverently or indecently in o r near any public burial ground during the burial of a body, shall be liable to a penalty of $150. Police make drug arrest crime BRIEFS By CHARLES MAYNARD Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is saddened by the passing of another one of our Cultural Tradition Bearers. Mrs Viola Collie represented the Bahamas at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1994. She was an artist, skilled in native straw craft, needle work and music. Born at Hard Hill, Acklins, she was involved in the local Red Cross, was the organist at St Marks Church and a teacher of arts and crafts. She moved to Nassau and taught at the Ridgeland Primary School for more than 30 years. Mrs Collie participated in many exhibitions and compe titions locally. Her works are a part of the Pompey Museums collection, and one was among the gifts given to Sir Ralph Gray, Governor of the Bahamas, upon his departure. On January 3, 1995 she was honoured by the Queen. We celebrate her contribu tion to the preservation of our culture. May her soul rest in peace. The passing of Viola Exita Collie, Bahamian T radition Bearer TWO men charged with the armed robbery of Cost Right supermarket were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Jasper Curry, 24, of Yellow Elder Gardens and David Collins, 31, of Cowpen Road have been charged w ith the December 2010 incident. T he two men were also arraigned yesterday on charges stemming from t he John Bull heist (see page one for full story). Cashiers It is alleged that on Saturday, December 4, 2010 the two menr obbed five cashiers of various sums of cash totalling $17,819. According to initial reports, three men stormed into the establishment wielding firearms and demanding cash. They reportedly fled to the Yellow Elder Gardens area on motorcycles. C ollins and Curry were not r equired to enter a plea to the charges during their arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane. Both men have been remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Prosecutors are expected to pres ent a Voluntary Bill of Indictment o n June 20. Two men in court charged with supermarket armed robbery C OURT A PPEARANCE: Jonathan Armbrister, 34, of E lizabeth Estates, David W ellington Collins, 31, of Cowpen Road, and Jasper Curry, 24, o f Yellow Elder G ardens, going to court. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. I once thought that I would never live to see the day that a black man would sit in the Oval Office. During the time leading up to the 2008 Presidential election in the United States, millions of blacks around the world watched in anticipation, as the black senator from the State of Illinois mesmerized audiences with his great oratorical skills, good looks and charisma. Barack Obama is undoubtedly a trailblazer. President Obama came from out of nowhere and did what millions thought was impossible he became the first black President in US history. Even in The Bahamas we heard such slogans as Yes we can and Bahama for Obama. P resident Obama promised to bring change to Washington and the world. There was a lot of hype surrounding Mr Obama, as he electrified audiences with his charisma, during his campaign in 2008. There were even some indi v iduals who had argued that Obamas Presidency was predicted in the Bible. This, of course, is utter nonsense. The late Christian apologist Dr Greg Bahsen once bemoaned the fact that too many in the Church were now engaging in newspaper exegesis. These persons are guilty of using the newspapers as their Bible commentary It has now been over two years since Mr Obama was elected President of The United States, and it appears that all the hype was for naught. Things have gotten worse under his watch. Even though the Presi dent is a highly educated man, I still dont believe that he is qualified for his important post. He is too inexperienced. Presi dent Obama did not even serve out his first term as Senator for the State of Illinois, yet he serves as the leader of the Free World. Obamas fiscal policies are severely hurting Americas ability to rebound from what many financial analysts are now calli ng the worst economic reces sion since the Great Depres sion of the 1930s. In just over two years in office, Obama has already added a staggering four trillion dollars to Americas nationald ebt. He recently laid out his spending plan, which would add an additional seven trillion dollars to the national debt, which is already over 14 trillion dol lars. Any sensible person knows that it is both morally irresponsible and foolish to raise taxes during a recession, yet this is exactly what the President and his Democratic colleagues are proposing to do. Mr Obamas deficit spending is some 1.6 trillion dollars alone this fiscal year. President Bushs worst deficit spending was just around 500 billion dollars. Mr Obama thinks like a socialist, who believes in taking from the wealthy and giving to the poor. It is no wonder, then, why this recession has lasted this long. His plans to implement a universal healthcare insurance scheme would undoubtedly ruin the economy of The United States. Many of the European nations with the same insurance scheme are desperately trying to rid themselves of this financial burden, yet Obama is determined to still go ahead and saddle his country with this burden. Further, Mr Obama stubbornly refuses to stop funding Planned Parenthood, a major abortion provider in the United States. Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger, an avowed racist. This organisation has been responsible for the deaths of thousands of unborn babies. President Obam a is obviously pro-choice. It would appear that he has no qualms supporting these organisations that are in the business of murdering unborn babies. President Obama is also progay. He claims to be a Christ ian, yet supports a lifestyle that is explicitly condemned in theB ible. Obama hired one Kevin Jennings, to be his Safe Schools Czar. Mr Jennings is openly gay. Jennings is alleged to have counselled a teenaged boy to use a condom the next time he has an intimate encounter witha male adult. President Obama should know this, yet he still went ahead and hired Mr Jennings. There are other shady individuals Mr Obama has hired as Czars in his administration. Why would the President want to surround himself with such individuals? President Obama is a nearmiss socialist. He is a far left liberal, who seems to have something against capitalism and Western Civilisation. It appears that he does not honour the Christian faith. He even admitted in his book The Audacity to Hope that his mother taught him to honour all faiths. Yet, he refused to hold the annual national day of prayer. He even fired Mr Franklin Graham from the national day of prayer committee. While I dont blame him for the recession, his liberal policies have caused this recession to drag on. As long as this happens, millions of Americans who would normally vacation in these Caribbean Islands, will stay put at home. With millions of Americans either unemployed or underemployed, the last thing on their mind is taking a vacation to The Bahamas. I hope when Mr Obama offers himself for re-election, no Bahamian will go and support him. He has been an abysmal failure thus far. In my opinion, President Obama hasn ot been good for The Bahamas! KEVIN EVANS Nassau, May, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm KINGSTON, Jamaica U.S. diplomats have expressed concern that an Islamic cleric convicted of whipping up racial hatred among Muslim converts in Britain might do the same thing in his homeland of Jamaica, according to a leaked cable from the island's U.S. Embassy. The dispatch, dated February 2010, warns that Jamaica could be fertile ground for jihadists because of its underground drug economy, marginalized youth, insufficient security and gang networks in U.S. and British prisons, along with thousands of American tourists. It says Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, who was deported back to Jamaica in January 2010, could be a potential catalyst, and it noted that several Jamaican-born men have been involved in terrorism over the last decade. Another memo says an associate of el-Faisal was suspected of involvement in a previously unreported terror plot in Montego Bay, a tourist centre near where el-Faisal now lives. A second a ssociate was allegedly suspected of threats against a cruise ship in nearby Ocho Rios. No details of the alleged schemes were provided in the cables a nd both U.S. and Jamaican officials declined to comment on them. U.S. diplomats and law enforcement officials have expressed concern in the past that Middle Eastern terror groups might forge alliances with drug traffickers or take advantage of general lawlessness in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The January 2010 return of "extremist Jamaican-born cleric Sheikh el-Faisal raises serious concerns regarding the propensity for Islamist extremism in the Caribbean at the hands of Jamaican born nationals," said the secret cable, apparently from Isiah L. Parnell, the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy in Kingston. "Given the right motivation, it is conceivable that Jamaica's disaffected youth could be swayed towards organized crime of a different nature through the teachings of radical Islam," said the dispatch dated February 25, 2010. The cable is one of the quarter million confi dential American diplomatic dispatches first obtained by anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks and separately obtained by The Associated Press. There is no hard evidence that Jamaica has a burgeoning problem with extremism, though some of the embassy dispatches list suspected associates of el-Faisal, several labelled as radical Muslims and believed to be involved in drug and human trafficking. Other Jamaicans involved in terrorism include Germaine Lindsay, one of the four men behind the 2005 suicide bomb attacks on London's subways, and Lee Boyd Malvo, who was convicted in the deadly sniper attacks that ter rorized the Washington, D.C., area in 2002. Jamaican police say they are monitoring elFaisal but note that he has no criminal record in the country. "To the extent that he was living abroad and was convicted of offences, we do have concerns. But he is a Jamaican and we had to take him back," said Deputy Police Chief Glenmore Hinds. One of the leaked U.S. cables said Jamaica's Ministry of National Security has established a special unit to collect information on Islamic e xtremism, but it voiced concern about whether the unit would be able to "react rapidly to actionable intelligence and to effectively prosecute an anti-terrorism case in the courts." El-Faisal, who is known as "al-Jamaikee," or "the Jamaican" in Islamist circles, has been living in a rural town outside the northern city of Montego Bay, not far from where he grew up. He has several children. Mustafa Muhammad, president of the Islamic Council, said el-Faisal's angry rhetoric and conspiracy theories may attract some young and disenfranchised people, but he doubted it would have much traction among Jamaica's roughly 5,000 Muslims. "Faisal has always been very eloquent and the moment he speaks he captures your attention," Muhammad said in the library of a whitewashed concrete mosque in Kingston. "That is why it's so sad, so very sad, about what he has come to believe." Jamaica's Islamic Council has banned el-Faisal from preaching in the country's mosques because of his past. He now preaches in informal prayer s essions and conferences. "He told me that he didn't think he had ever done anything wrong," Muhammad said. "That's a concern to me." Born Trevor Forrest in 1963, he was raised in the rolling hills of northern Jamaica. His parents belonged to the Salvation Army, the Christian evangelical group. He converted to Islam after being introduced to the faith by a school teacher at about 16, Muhammad said. Shortly after his conversion, el-Faisal's global migrations began. In the early 1980s, he travelled to Trinidad for a Saudi-Arabian-sponsored course in Islamic and Arabic studies. He then went to Guyana for similar studies, according to terrorism researchers. El-Faisal, now a compactly built 47-year-old man with receding hair, was deported to Jamaica for the second time last year after being arrested in Kenya, where he reportedly encouraged young men to join an extremist Islamic group in Somalia. Before that, he preached in a London mosque attended by convicted terrorists and was impris oned in Britain for nearly four and a half years for inciting murder and stirring racial hatred with sermons titled "No peace with the Jews" and "Them versus Us." In one recorded sermon, he told followers that "the way forward is the bullet." On another, he said jihadists should use "chemical weapons to exterminate the unbelievers." "Faisal's popularity remains strong with online jihadist supporters, particularly American jihadist groups. His sermons are widely published across the Internet," said Jarret Brachman, a former CIA analyst who is now an independent terrorism researcher. Some experts in militant Islam said his isolation in Jamaica may create a mystique that could draw alienated people into his circle. "There is a danger that Abdullah Faisal will radicalize individuals in Jamaica, just as he has pre viously done in the U.K. and elsewhere. He is a powerful, charismatic speaker who is easily capa ble of presenting Islamist extremism as a rational choice," said James Brandon of the Quilliam Foundation, a British anti-extremism think tank. (This aricle was written by David McFadden of t he Associated Press). Barack Obamas presidency has not been good for Bahamas LETTERS l email@example.com Concern about Islamic radicals in Jamaica EDITOR, The Tribune Is the PLP capable of seeing good in anything and admitting to it? I think not. Their mission is to destabilize the Bahamas with their poison rhetoric. They could care less who gets hurt. They intend to destroy everything just to gain power. In my o pinion they will lie, deceive, destroy, connive, stoop to any lev el. We must shun the very appearance of evil. They are preachers of "doom and gloom." The sky is always falling and they cannot even pretend to have a positive bone in their body. I wonder if the PLP believe that sensible Bahamians will follow that kind of message. They should take a look at the condition and mindset of the constituencies they represent. They should really look at the condition of their base. Do they really love them? They feed this negative stuff, which has caused their base to turn on themselves. The PLP propaganda in my opinion is what has caused crime to escalate. Their tactics are now reaping a whirlwind. It is time to call a spade a spade. IVOINE W. INGRAHAM Nassau, May 26, 2011. THE PLP ARE PREACHERS OF DOOM AND GLOOM
BY DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter d firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Police are concerned about illegal activity in one of Grand Bahamas criminal hot spotsw hich in the past three months has seen three shootings, two of them fatal. The victim of the latest s hooting in Garden Villas is still detained in the Inten sive Care Unit at Rand Memorial Hospital. His con d ition has been listed as poor, police said. Police press liaison officer ASP Loretta Mackey saidi nvestigations are continuing into last weeks shoot ing of 29-year-old Sonny A nopolis. According to r eports, the victim was shot on May 17 at Weddell Avenue. He was taken to h ospital where he was a dmitted to the ICU in critical condition. This is the third shooting to occur on Weddell Avenue in recent months. The first shooting occurred on March 7 when 42-year-old Patrick Russello f Lewis Yard was discovered shot to death in his car at Weddell Avenue. T he second incident occurred on May 8 when 31year-old Kiano Martinbor ough was discovered shot in t he head at Weddell A venue. He was taken to hospital where he later died. No arrests have been m ade in any of the shoot ings. Police are continuing their investigations into the mat-t ers. Anyone with informa tion that can assist the police are asked to call 911, 3529774/5 or 350-3107/8. O n Tuesday, Assistant C ommissioner of Police Quinn McCartney led a police walkabout in the Gar den Villas area to speak with residents. He said police have learned that persons who hang about and commit thec rimes in the area do not actually live in the commu nity. G arden Villas is a known hot spot for illegal activity on the island. Mr McCartney said police a re concerned about the illeg al businesses in the area which tend to attract undesirables. H e said residents can expect increased police visi bility and mobile patrol in the area. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011, PAGE 5 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 MAY 29TH, 2011Theme: "Like Good Stewards of The Manifold Grace of God, Serve One Another With Whatever Gift Each of You Have Received."7:00 a.m.Bro. Ernest Miller Sr./Sis. Katherine Rose 11:00 a.m. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Youth 7:00 p.m. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Board of Evangelism CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, MAY 29TH, 2011 B ible 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 Dextor DuvalierYouth Sunday ART BOOT CAMP TO BE HELD THIS SUMMER I am vex b ecause I am a c ivil servant not b y choice but by profession, and despite the fact that I possess decorum and much desired skills academically and professionally to seek jobs in thep rivate sector, I can't even land an interview. "While I love my job, the stigma attached to the entity hurts and continues to hurt me professionally, not all of us live by the song, s ome of us deserve a chance if only to prove that its not true for the little m inority that would like change. Public servant. I was vexed to see the irresponsible full-page ad placed i n the paper by a group of religious scaremongers declaring t hat Judgment Day is coming May 21. It would be funny if n ot for the fact that there are people who believe this type o f fanatical nonsense. C ynic. "I am vex because the downtown merchants raking in the big bucks should have hired their own security guards to protect their tings just like the many merchants over the hill h ave to do instead of waiting on government." Shopper "How in the world can we, the voters, not be vex when we find out the politicians have been saying all these thingsa bout each other to others and we did not hear them say so to us in this country. C ards on the table I am vex that the authorities would break up a mother f rom her nursing babies when they deport only the mother. Mother's Milk "I am vex when I see other people waving their other country's national flag in my beloved Bahamaland and to date the authorities have not educated them that it is an insulting practice. B ahamian Patriot I am vex because after reading that the traffic lights was gon' be fixed, yadda, yadda, I is happens to find that in many intersections they is gone right back to they foolishnessa nd done broken after 'bout a couple of months." Tricky talk. "I am positively vex to see a young lad with earphones c asually sauntering across Fowler Street without even look i ng before crossing. Such stupidity only adds my support to the Ministry of Education to create grades 14, 15 and maybe16 to make sure these uneducated youth have some knowle dge before unleashing them to wreak havoc on society." Motorist W hy you happy? "I am happy because all of us who like eat chicken fried, steamed, in soup and especially soused will benefit from the budget. Thank you Mr Prime Minister. Happy WHY YOU VEX? ACCOUNTANT Julian Russell has been ratified by the Progressive Liberal Party as their candidate for the Eight Mile Rock constituency in Grand Bahama. Mr Russell will go head-tohead with the Free National Movement's representative for the area, Vernae Grant, in the next general election. During his acceptance speech for his nomination, Mr Russell, the first Grand Bahamian to qualify as a certified public accountant (CPA vision for Eight Mile Rock, an area hard-hit during the economic crisis. "There are many families who are experiencing intense hardship, frustration and suffering due to the continuousl oss of jobs, the lack of other job opportunities; and businesses closing all around us every day. There is a general feeling that nobody cares, or feels our pain. The Eight Mile Rock con stituency has not escaped the pain and suffering. The people of this large and diverse constituency are some of the strongest people I know and have endured many challenges over the years, but still they stand resilient, he said. If elected, Mr Russell said he plans to secure more job opportunities for constituents, advocate for improved infrastructure and a cleaner environment, and introduce more activity c entres for youth. "My vision for the Eight Mile Rock constituency pure and simple is one of continuous improvement: to instill confidence, purpose and pride in all our people, particularly young people who are seeking guidance, encouragement and a listening ear," he said. Mr Russell graduated from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he returned to the Bahamas where h e was employed at Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers in various capacities. He has held senior management positions with several other international companies with interests in the Bahamas, including Syntex Pharmaceuticals and Hutchison (Bahamas He is a member of the Bahamas institute of Chartered Accountants and also a mem ber of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Mr Russell is married to the former Janice Culmer and they have three children. Accountant Julian Russell ratified as PLP candidate for Eight Mile Rock Police concern over crime hot spot THE finalists in the National Independence Logo Competition will be announced on Monday at 2pm at the Paul Farquharson Centre, Police Headquarters, East Street. Finalists will be asked to prepare a brief explaining their entry and the winning logo will be featured on a T-shirt that will be worn by the winner. T HIS summer, children and young teenagers from around the country will be immersed in the exciting world of art, film, TV show production and entrepreneurship at the Art Zone Entrepreneurs Summer Boot Camp. This six-week programme w ill offer hands on, fun-filled learning by engaging participants in specially tailored art, filmmaking and entrepreneurship courses. The students will also visit art galleries, video production studios, television and radio stations, as well as historical sites a nd landmarks during supervised tours. And, participants will produce a 10-minute mini TV show which will be broadcast on ZNS TV 13 and JCN Channel 14. Visionaire Marketing, the organisers of the programme and producers of Visionaries W ealth Management and Busin ess Show, said: We are ever so delighted to organise this camp and create fun filled experiences for the kids this summer. We wish to thank our volunteers, donors and sponsors for their kind support in making this component of Visionaire M arketing, which believes in encouraging persons to fulfil their dreams, a reality. Parents wishing to register their children should contact Visionaire Marketing at 3235908 or 676-2794 or 535-2277 or e-mail: mailto:email@example.com. T he programme will take place over three weeks and participants who register by June 1 will be given a significant discount. Camp dates are: June 27 to July 15 first enrolment session for new participants July 18 to August 5 sec ond enrolment session for new participants Camp hours are from 9am to 1pm. It will be held at the Source River Centre on Carmichael Road. J ULIAN RUSSELL 2011 Independence celebrations theme: Years United in Love and Service
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ACADEMICACHIEVEMENT: Tribune intern Lamech Johnson won the Associate of Arts in Mass Communication Award donated by Capital City Marketing, from COBa ssistant professor of Journalism and Communications, Monique Toppin. G RADUATION: L amech graduated with honours. PROUDMOTHER: Lamech Johnson with his mother, Jackie Johnson outside the Performing Arts Centre, COB. TRIBUNE INTERN LAMECH JOHNSON WINS AWARD THEAWARD: AA Mass Communication Programme Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. By Courtney Lindsay, Keston Perr y, Alexander Gittens (The C aribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment) E VEN though the West Indian Commissions report was completed s ince 1992, it is simply a mazing how applicable and sensible its c ontents still are in light of the current s ituation facing CARICOM countries. H owever, something about it is rather t roubling. The West Indian Commission emerged as a result of significant chal lenge to the regions Heads of Governments (HoGs ly in order to prevent the region from being left behind in the main current o f human advance in the 21st century. The Commission was charged with the responsibility of devising some strateg ic options for CARICOM countries as t hey forge ahead in the post-Cold War e ra, and prepare for the challenges of globalization. The report of the Commission was w ell received, and in fact, received rave reviews from many. However, we believe that with specific reference too ne of their recommendations, i.e. the s etting of a CARICOM Commission, those at the helm of the Commission missed a very important step in setting CARCIOM on a path to true prosper i ty and deeper integration. This report spoke to the regions crippling implementation deficit. Thisr ecommendation they believed was the answer to this perennial problem which characterized the region then, and still plagues us now. It was believed thatw e needed this central authority, freed o f national, domestic responsibilities and allegiances, and appropriately empowered to implement CARI-C OMs decisions. However, the pro posed purpose that this central authority should serve, and how it should operate was, in our opinion,i ncredibly weak to the point where it seemed impractical and naive. Why do we say this? The Commis sion proposed that this permanent C ARICOM Commission be set up, and delegated executive authority to implement CARICOM decisions. However, the Commission declared that this proposed body cannot override national action. In fact, the Com mission explicitly stated that we do not go for a radical restructuring of political organisation in the region which is enough to lead one to conclude that the recommendation lacked innovation, and was in fact more of a capitulation. It would seem that the Commission knew what needed to be achieved, but grossly watered-down the necessary proposals that would make it effective. For example, it identified a need for a central authority, freed of national, domestic responsibilities and alle giances, and appropriately empowered t o implement CARICOMs decisions, y et the Commission said of the CARIC OM Commission: ...it will enuncia te the decision in terms that are opera tional; but it will not itself have the f orce of law (Overview, 1992:29 The Commission must have felt it necessary to restrict their recommendation to a solution which left the operationality of their proposed CARICOM Commission up to the whims and fancy of each Head of Governm ent of the region when they said: We do not create a governmental apparatus at the centre, with power to o ver-ride national action and we are n ot proposing this we must proceed o n a consensual basis, and that must imply that member states will respect and cooperate in giving fulfilment tod ecisions taken in CARICOM by due process. (Overview, 1992: 29 This is where we felt the Commis sion lost a great opportunity to lead regional integration unto a renewed and dynamic path for CARICOMs efficient functioning. In retrospect, one might wonder whether the Commis s ion was somewhat afflicted with the drunken obsession and false notion of sovereignty which characterized theH eads of Governments (then and now who mandated them to carry out their work. Either this or they were con cerned about stepping on toes. Contradictory What can also be surmised is that they were then being contradictory in their own report, for the Commissioni tself dubbed the idea of sovereignty within the region as being nothing short of mythical, yet in their proposal theys ought to inconsequentially preserve it. HoGs must have felt they had to cater to their national and domesticr esponsibilities and allegiances, and p robably thought they needed room to do so. They therefore felt they could not be bound to adhere to any policyc ounter to their aspirations even for t he sake of regional integration. The recommendation of the Commission the establishment of a CARICOM Commission would have ensured that they would not have to effect such drastic yet needed changes, even though it spoke out against self-centredness. The commission called on the cre ativity and imagination of HoGs to make regional integration work, but not on their discipline, dedication, sacrifice and humility. There can be no creativity and imagination in dealing with political leaders unwilling to cede political power even to a watered-down version of a regional executive authority. They wanted to remain supreme decision-making authorities for their t iny pieces of rock. It is thus tempting t o think that the Commission was symp athetic to their cause. S urprisingly, HoGs discarded the r ecommendation for a permanent C ARICOM Commission, and proposed something that was even more pathetic, but speedier on the journey to failure. This and every other initiative proposed up to 2010 (Commission of Ambassadors) have not seen the light of day. W hat is further disappointing is that some still think the CARICOM Commission with its executive authority is s till the answer to CARICOMs implem entation problem. We disagree. If a ccepted in its current state as per the reports recommendation, it still shows an obsession with sovereignty andw ould fail. Why? This proposed Commission was at best bereft of the ability to force member states action toward implementation of the CSME. The Commission did nothing more than propose an organisation lacking in supranational scope and today, we are still left wanting. W e need to avoid the CARICOM Commission in the form recommended by the WI Commission, especially sinceh istory has taught us, in the words of Louis Henkins, sovereignty does not encourage cooperation, it breeds going at it alone. The last thing we need isa nother organisation which encour a ges the solidifying, but not ced ing of sovereignty. This will get us nowhere. W hat we need in this region is exact ly what the West Indian Commission was avoiding, and exactly what HoGs do not wish to entertain, let alone signo n to. What we need is a supranation al organ. The European Union is the para digm of successful regional integration, a nd an analysis of the European project indicates one of the single most important ingredients in the achieve m ent of economic integration among sovereign states is an independent supranational body that drives policies and enforces utilitarian measures. T herefore we strongly advocate for the immediate establishment of a supranational body, as this is critical for any forward movement within the region. We need to build the home while we occupy it, and the foundation is a supranational organ to ensure that the work is carried out in a timely manner, where all workers conform to the building code and stay true to the blue-print a CARICOM region that would be prosperous, resilient and sustainable into the future. (This article was written by Univer sity of the West Indies graduates who have formed the Caribbean Movement for Civil Empowerment). The West Indian Commission Report still haunts Caribbean Integration A BAHAMIAN film featuring a homosexual love story in a homophobic society w hich has made waves around the world w ill be shown on the television movie channel Showtime next month. Children of God, written and directed by emerging Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, will be aired ten times during the month of June according to the movie channels online schedule. T he first showing will be at 7pm on Thursday June 2, and the last on June 21. For more information log on to www.sho.com/site/movies. "Children of God" has experienced unprecedented succ ess for a Bahamian film since it first prem iered at the sixth annual Bahamas International Film Festival in 2009. The movie, which is Mr Mortimer's first feature length, screened at 70 film festivals around the world last year, winning 13 coveted awards, as well as being shown across the United Kingdom on tour with t he British Film Institute London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. The film tells the stories of three very different individuals whose paths converge in Eleuthera. T he story of Lena, the conservative, d eeply religious wife of a secretly gay firebrand pastor, intertwines with that of Romeo, a handsome young black man hiding his sexuality from his close-knit and loving family; and Jonny, the conflicted and creatively-blocked white artist in search of himself. The film stars emergi ng actors Johnny Ferro, Stephen Tyrone Williams, Margaret Kemp and veteran Bahamian actor Craig Pinder. Bahamian film on homosexual love story will be shown on TVs Showtime next month ALLSMILES: (l-r Ben Bradshaw, UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Kareem Mortimer, writer/director. Its relevance today and shortfalls By BETTY VEDRINE Bahamas Information Services LETTERS of Credence were presented to Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes during an official ceremony at Govern ment House May 26 accrediting Hu Shan as the new resident Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the Bahamas. Sir Arthur welcomed Ambassador Hu Shan to the Bahamas and also accepted letters of recall from his predecessor Ambassador Hu Dingxian. I extend congratulations to you on your new appoint ment and a warm welcome to your new home in the archipel ago of the Bahamas, said Sir Arthur. Ambassador Hu said he was honoured to be the sixth Chinese Ambassador to the Bahamas. Today is a significant day for me, said Ambassador Hu. From now on I can start my work in the capacity of the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Sir Arthur reminded the audience that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on May 23, 1997 marked the beginnings of a multifaceted relationship. The direction of the developments since that day is indicative of the level of mutu al respect that each of our countries has for the other, he said. He added that among the many accomplishments adopted by China this year is a 12th five-year plan for national economic and social development which speaks to its overall domestic programme on economic growth and restructur ing, innovation, environment and clean energy, agriculture, livelihood, social management and reform. In this world, China continues to demonstrate its commitment toward Latin America and the Caribbean, which was encapsulated in its Policy Paper of 2006 which provided for building and developing a com prehensive and cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual benefit and common development. The ceremony was followed by a reception held in the ballroom at Mount Fitzwilliam. Governor-General welcomes new Chinese Ambassador to Bahamas (BIS photo: Derek Smith PRESENTING LETTERS: New resident Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to the Bahamas Hu Shan presents Letters of Credence to Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on Thursday, May 26.
right approach to block the g rowth of gangs. Judge Andrew Hague, a county court judge in theM iami-Dade county area of Florida, visited the Bahamas yesterday, courtesy of the US Embassy, to speak withp olice officials and local youth organisations about ways to tackle gang-related issues. Judge Hague, a prosecut or of gang cases for more t han 10 years, said the Bahamas took an important step by opening the lines of communication and examining the strategies employed by other coun tries, including the US. He said while the gang problems in any country are bound to be unique, what is going on in Miami and other places can be very useful to local law enforcement. Still, he said, there is no single solution to the spreadof gang culture, and the fight against it is a constant work in progress in every community.. There is no magic bullet to alleviate a gang problem, you always have to work h ard at the issue and figure out what works and what d oesnt work, said Judge Hague. Mr Dames said gangs in t he Bahamas pale in com parison to those in the Unit ed States, which are more structured some being in existence for decades and for this reason local police can learn a great deal from those who have tackled more sophisticated opera tions. Formation What we see here is the beginning phase of the formation of gangs. That can be good in a sense, because it will give us an opportuni ty to learn from others experiences and learn best practices which will enable us to effectively deal with what we are seeing in the Bahamas, he said. During a meeting with police yesterday, Mr Dames said, Judge Hague impart ed some of that experience and knowledge to us. The meeting was fruitful, productive and most certainly very educational. The US Embassy, in coll aboration with Civil Soci ety Bahamas, also arranged for Judge Hague to meet with local non-governmental organisations. He told the NGOs that during his time as a prose c utor, he learned there must be a balanced approach to fighting gangs which i ncludes a social outreach dimension. You need to have a mut li-prong approach if you are going to make a dent in a d eveloping gang problem, h e said. The NGOs represented at the luncheon were: Civil Society Bahamas, Bahamas Urban Youth Development, Youth Against Violence, LEAD, No excuses Bahamas, Teen Challenge, Bahamas Against Crime, Great Commission Ministries, and Citizens for Jus tice. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011, PAGE 7 Police shoot robber dead B LOODIED: T he bloody scene after yesterdays shooting. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f STREET DRAMA: Plain clothes officers on the streets after the robbery. T he quick response of the officers in yesterdays robbery was also commended by ASP Fernander whog ave them credit for their vigilance and community presence. They are up and about, they are stopping to small b usiness owners. They are t he ones through the side corners being hurt the s mall business owners. Our officers are paying much attention to the small b usiness owners and they will continue to be vigilant and we want to commend them for a job well done, he said. A SP Fernander also used t he opportunity to send a warning to the would-be c riminals in the community t hat if they continued in their destructive ways t hey would be caught. It is only a matter of time, and they will be put where they belong, and that is Fox Hill Prison, he said. FROM page one VIOLENT GANG CULTURE IN ITS INFANCY IN BAHAMAS SENIOR POLICE OFFICER FROM page one voluntary severance employee packages. According to confidential documents received by The Tri bune the final version of these packages was presented to the union on May 20 for ratification. Yesterday was the last day for them to "finalise" any staff communications that would be issued. According to the final offer reportedly agreed to by the union, all employees at BTC under the age of 45 will be offered a minimum of five weeks pay for every year on the job up to 104 weeks in total. Persons between the ages of 45 and under 50 will be offered the same five weeks per year up to a cap of 110 weeks, and persons ranging from 50 but under 55 will be offered five weeks salary for every year of employment up to a cap of 75 weeks. Persons in the range from 55 years to 58.5 will receive the same offer up to a cap of 68 weeks, with persons ranging from 58.5 and under 60 will be pro-rated from 68 weeks based on the number of months remaining to the age of 60. These packages are expected to be offered to all employ ees with the expectation that BTC's current staff levels could be reduced by at least 400 persons. FROM page one UNION, BTC OFFICIALS SILENT ON SEVERANCE PACKAGE DETAILS
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org REFLECTING the cross section of partic ipation from around the country, the recipients of the Most Outstanding Athletes at the Min istry of Youth, Sports and Cultures 30th Frank Pancho Rahming National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships came from various islands. In the boys division, Javan Martin of Wal ter Parker Primary in Grand Bahama and John Pierre of Central Abaco accumulated the most points with 25 as they easily won the Class A and B crowns respectively. Nathan Moss of Temple Christian Academy was the winner of Class C with 19, while there was a two-way tie between Ancy Paul of Freeport Primary and Shamar Smith of Mar tin Town Primary with 14 apiece in Class D. Nikeitra Barbes of led the girls category with a total of 24 in Class A. Angel College of Queens College was the Class B winner with 23; Brienia Smith of Exuma and Jaida Knowles of Kingsway Academy shared the title in Class C with 18 each and Ambernique Coakley of Thelma Gibson took Class D with 13. The winners were selected and announced yesterday as the three-day meet came to a close at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. While this years honoree Frank Pancho Most Outstanding Athletes of Primary Schools Track and Field Championships awarded THETRIBUNE PAGE 9SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com HES probably the oldest coach around in the high school system. But Vogal Williams doesnt anticipate giving up providing instruc-t ions from the sidelines anyt ime soon. Three years shy of his mandatory retirement age of 65 in the public service, 62y ear-old Williams is still one o f the most respected coaches, h aving developed a rapport from the primary schools to t he high schools and now back to the primary schools. Having started his career h ere in New Providence at TA T hompson Primary Schools in 1966, Williams is now based in Abaco where he Its been up and down, said Williams, about his coaching experience that has takenh im from T Gibson to William Gordon Primary Schools before he was moved to the high school, coaching at North Andros High, SC Bootle in A baco and Eight Mile Rock i n Grand Bahama. Ive had athletes who have g one on to become Olympians like Carl Oliver and players, w ho developed into great b aseball players like Andy F ord, who now works at the M inistry of Youth, Sports and Culture and I take some credi t for people like national team players like Oria Wood and Ingrid Rose. L ooking back at his tenure t o now, Williams admitted that i ts not the same. The athletes back then were more disciplined, he said. They were a little more m anly and they were easier to d eal with the athletes than the ones today. Over the years, Williams s aid hes had the opportunity to travel as a national coach a nd assistant on various international teams, but he doesn t really have a high point in h is career. Ive never been to the O lympics or the Commonwelth Games, he said. I t hink if I get an opportunity, that would be the highlight for me. I f theres any low point, its t he fact that Williams doesnt s ee himself being afforded the o pportunity to travel to any of those international games because of the transformation o f coaching today. Although I never went to any of thse major games, I did get an opportunity to meet people like (Cubas Juantorena (1976 Olympic double gold medalist in the 400 and 800) and JavierS otomayor (worlds high jump record holder and 1992 Olympic gold medalist), he said. So Im still pleased with what Ive been able to achieve. While he could be conside red one of the roving coaches in the country, Williams said hes contended to be based in the Family Islands where hec an enjoy himself a whole lot more. The main problem is the lack of equipment and facilit ies, he stated. Most of the F amily Idlands dont have the basic facilities or even the e quipment that Nassau and Grand Bahama have. So you have to work with what you have. Using his current situation i n Abaco as an example, Williams noted that while the i sland is wide and without a p roper bus system, its hard for him to be able to work with athletes who have to come f rom Sandy Point to where hes located in Marsh Harbour. Sandy Point is almost 60 m iles from Marsh Harbour, so its difficult for parents, who are not involved in their kids l ike that, to make an effort to get them into the sport, Williams said. Y et still, Williams, who will b e turning 63 in August, said Williams not planning to be sidelined anytime soon TRACK CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL S MEET The Annual Archdiocesan Catholic Primary Schools Track and Field meet will be held on Tues-d ay, May 31st, 2011 at the Thomas A. Robinson Trackand Field Stadium. T he meet will commence at 9:00 a.m The guest speaker will be Shaunae Miller, the 2010 IAAF 400m World J unior Champion and a stu dent of St. Augustines College. Also the combined marching band of Sts. Francis Joseph School & St.T homas School will perform at the Opening Ceremony. Some preliminary events are scheduled for Monday,M ay 30th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Six Catholic Primary Schools (St. Cecilias, St. T homas More, Our Ladys, St. Bedes, Xaviers and St. Francis & Joseph) will par-t icipate. Last years champions were St. Francis Joseph in the Primary Division and St. Thomas More in the Junior Division. SOFTBALL NPSA ACTION THE New Providence Softball Association continued its regular season action on Thursday night at the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with the following results posted: In the ladies opener, the Proper Care Pool Sharks blanked the Sea Star Pheonis 15-0 as Alexandria Tay lor got the win on the mound for the Lady Sharks and Tamika Davis was tagged with the loss. Thela Johnson led Proper Care Pools offensive ttackwith a 1-for-2 night with two RBI and a run scored and Trekia Munroe was 1-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored. In the mens feature con test, the Dorin United Hit men knocked off the Miller Rams 20-11. Lenard Lafrance got the win for the Hitmen on the mound and Stephen Ferguson was the losing pitcher. Sherman Ferguson went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored; Hosea Hilton was 3-for-4 with twoRBI and three runs scored; Jeffery Woodside was 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored and Richard Bastian Jr was 2-for-4 with three RBi and two runs scored in the win. DKyle Rolle led the Rams with a perfect 4-for-4 night with five RBI and a run scored. sports NOTES Coach Vogal Williams By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OVER the past 30 years, the Min i stry of Youth, Sports and Cultures N ational Primary Schools Track and Field Championships have been suc cessful, due largely to the support from Grand Bahama and the Family Islands. T his years championships, which took on a new twist with the meet r enamed in honour of original organ iser Frank Pancho Rahming, more than half of the 60-plus participating schools came from outside of New Providence. In a bid to recognise their commit ment and dedication to the pro gramme, Bahamas Association ofA thletic Associations president Mike Sands put all of the names of the vis iting coaches in a pool and two were s elected as winners of a round trip ticket to any destination that Bahama sair fly. D orothy Russell, one of the coaches from Maurice Moore Primary School in Grand Bahama, said after a ll of the hard work, she deserves the treat. Getting the team ready was rough and finding a sponsors was a hassle, said Russell of her 18-member team. People are not willing to sponsor small children. But anything that we can do to keep them off the street is something positive. Despite what she went though, Russ ell said it was worth it all, considering t hat they are carrying back their share of gold, silver and bronze medals as w ell as ribbons to Grand Bahama. Sidney Collie, who helped to coach a combined team of 45 athletes from throughout Eleuthera, said he was just as thrilled as Russell to walk away with the airline voucher. Im happy that the BAAA has decided to implement something of this sort to compliment the coaches, e specially from the Family Islands, h e said. We put so much work into it and never really receive anything b ack. Based on what he saw, Collie said Eleuthera was also hit by the economic bug and so they didnt even get to bring in all of their athletes, some of whom were better, but just didnt have the funding to travel. Because of the size of the island, we need to get at least two regular s ize tracks on the island of Eleuthera to give our athletes the opportunity to run, he said. I just think the gov ernment need to look at sports on the i sland as a whole and not just do everything for New Providence. Sands, who is employed as the Mark eting Manager at Bahamasair, said the presentation was an appreciation t o the Family Island coaches, who work so hard with their athletes. We just wanted to say thanks to the coaches for the job they are doing, he stated. normally when B ahamasair have promotions, its cent red around New Providence and Grand Bahama. So we wanted to get the Grand Bahama and Family Island coaches t ogether so that we can say thank you for supporting Bahamasair. As for the meet, Sands said the B AAA has been quite pleased with its growth and development over the years because a building is only as s trong as its foundation. The BAAA is the building and t hese kids are the foundation. So the wider we can build the foundation, t he higher the building ill be, so were g oing to be here to continue to encourage these coaches and the young kids. Former sprinter great Ricky Moxey, who is now based in Exuma, said the performances of his athletes at the meet was off the chains. The athBAAA rewards coaches with free trip COACHES Dorothy Russell from Grand Bahama and Siudney Collie from Eleuthera are congratulated by BAAAs president Mike Sands after they won airline tickets on Bahamasair. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff Tim Clarke /Tribune staff SEE page 10 SEE page 10 SEE page 10 RESULTS from the final day of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures 30th Frank Pancho Rahming National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships yesterday at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium are as follows: TRACK EVENTS Girls 100 Meter Dash Class A Finals 1, 153 Curry, Stephanique, Cleveland Eneas, 13.44. 2, 880 Moss, Deajha, Saint Thomas Moo, 13.64. 3, 236 McKenzie, Lenkisha, Exuma Scorpians, 13.76. Girls 400 Meter Run Class A 1, 3 Barbes, Nikeitra, Bishop Michael E, 1:04.92. 2, 390 Thompson, Kenyanique, Garvin Tynes Pri, 1:04.93. 3, 466 Russell, Lachelle, Hugh Campbell Pr, 1:06.49. Girls 800 Meter Run Class A 1, 3 Barbes, Nikeitra, Bishop Michael E, 2:36.75. 2, 565 Moree, Shiann, Long Island Expl, 2:42.36. 3, 464 Marshall, Quanisha, Hugh Campbell Pr, 2:42.93. Girls 100 Meter Dash Class B 1, 262 Carter, Kayneshia, Faith Temple Aca, 13.63. 2, 746 Collie, Angel, Queen's College, 14.06. 3, 751 Fountain, Britni, Queen's College, 14.22. Girls 200 Meter Dash Class B 1, 262 Carter, Kayneshia, Faith Temple Aca, 27.38. 2, 746 Collie, Angel, Queen's College, 27.96. 3, 751 Fountain, Britni, Queen's Col lege, 28.19. Girls 400 Meter Run Class B 1, 746 Collie, Angel, Queen's College, 1:04.79. 2, 751 Fountain, Britni, Queen's College, 1:05.80. 3, 1100 Huyler, Destiny, Walter 30TH FRANK PANCHO RAHMING NATIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS RESUL T S FRANK Pancho Rahming presents Walter Parkers Class A winner Javan Martin. SEE page 10 V V o o g g a a l l W W i i l l l l i i a a m m s s ve never been to the Olympics or the Commonwelth Games. I think if I get an opportunity, that would be the highlight for me.
SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Parker Pr, 1:08.35. Girls 100 Meter Dash Class C 1 525 Knowles, Jaida, Kingsway Academy, 14.67. 2, 246 S mith, Brienia, Exuma Scorpians, 14.96. 3, 707 Pratt, Angel, North/Central An, 15.04. Girls 200 Meter Dash Class C 1, 525 Knowles, Jaida, Kingsway Academy, 30.44. 2, 707 Pratt, Angel, North/Central An, 30.47. 3, 246 Smith, Brienia, Exuma Scorpians, 30.59. G irls 800 Meter Run Class C 1 709 Russell, Chayille, North/Central An, 2:55.09. 2, 703 Harriet, April, North/Central An, 2:59.66. 3, 972 Sweeting, Genesis, Team Eleuthera D, 3:01.18. Girls 75 Meter Dash Class D 1, 710 Russell, Halicia, North/Central An, 11.88. 2, 75 Roberts, Shavantae, Central Abaco Pr, 12.26. 3, 462 Hewitt, V anessa, Hugh Campbell Pr, 12.35. G irls 4x400 Meter Relay Open 1, Exuma Scorpians 'A' 4:39.31. 2, Queen's College 'A' 4:39.47. 3, Cleveland Eneas Primary 'A' 4:39.49. Boys 100 Meter Dash Class A 1, 1106 Martin, Javan, Walter Parker Pr, 12.31. 2, 254 Newc hurch, Samuel, Exuma Scorpians, 12.89. 3, 331 Bain, Kavon, F reeport Gospel, 13.26. B oys 400 Meter Run Class A 1, 1106 Martin, Javan, Walter Parker Pr, 57.28. 2, 251 M cGregor, Eric, Exuma Scorpians, 1:00.36. 3, 110 Forbes, Roberto, Centreville Prim, 1:01.20. B oys 800 Meter Run Class A 1, 760 Knowles, Cameron, Queen's College, 2:27.44. 2, 775 Marshall, Sherman, Sadie Curtis Pri, 2:28.27. 3, 1108 Moore,C ourtney, Walter Parker Pr, 2:28.33. Boys 100 Meter Dash Class B 1 84 Pierre, John J., Central Abaco Pr, 13.27. 2, 474 W illiams, Michael, Hugh Campbell Pr, 13.51. 3, 1024 Johns on, Christopher, Temple Christian, 13.65. B oys 200 Meter Dash Class B 1, 84 Pierre, John J., Central Abaco Pr, 26.50. 2, 474 W illiams, Michael, Hugh Campbell Pr, 26.88. 3, 1024 John son, Christopher, Temple Christian, 27.19. Boys 400 Meter Run Class B 1 472 Simms, Tyrese, Hugh Campbell Pr, 1:02.00. 2, 252 Moxey II, Rickey, Exuma Scorpians, 1:05.51. 3, 977 Alleyne, Travjuan, Team Eleuthera D, 1:06.36. Boys 100 Meter Dash Class C 1, 187 Swain, Tyrese, Cleveland Eneas, 14.60. 2, 1025 Moss, Nathan, Temple Christian, 14.60. 3, 824 Freemantle, Jorden, Saint Bede's Pri, 14.75. B oys 200 Meter Dash Class C 1, 665 Jones, Terrance, Martin Town Prim, 29.84. 2, 687 Cul mer, Kendal, Maurice Moore Pr, 29.91. 3, 1025 Moss, Nathan, Temple Christian, 30.07. Boys 800 Meter Run Class C 1 140 Ferguson, Urich, Claridge Primary, 2:42.30. 2, 735 Newton, Johnathan, North/Central An, 2:47.33. 3, 22 Rolle, W endell, Bishop Michael E, 2:47.79. Boys 75 Meter Dash Class D 1, 81 Delia, James, Central Abaco Pr, 11.95. 2, 1137 Paul, A ncy, Freeport Primary, 12.00. 3, 470 Hutchinson, Brandon, Hugh Campbell Pr, 12.09. Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Open 1, Exuma Scorpians 'A' 4:23.43. 2, Hugh Campbell Primary A' 4:26.76. 3, North/Central Andros Destrict 'A' 4:29.16. FIELD EVENTS Girls Other Ball Throw Class B Finals 1, 1098 Rolle, Sheryll Ann, Walter Parker Pr, 38.32m, (1250 9). 2,974, Thompson, Marinique, Team Eleuthera D, 3 3.50m, (109-11.25 mary, 29.81m, (97-10 Girls Long Jump Class C 1 940 Dames, Damazuia, Tabernacle Bapti, 3.38m, (110 1.25). 2, 69 Davis, Clanae, Central Abaco Pr, 3.35m, (1100). 3, 706 Neymour, Ashanti, North/Central An, 3.22m, (1006.75). Boys Long Jump Class A 1, 739 Russell, Ricardo, North/Central An, 4.71m, (15-05.50 2, 662 Brown, Travis, Martin Town Prim, 4.67m, (15-043 36 Saunders, Zach, Freeport Gospel, 4.54m, (14-10.75 FROM page nine Track & Field results letes worked for it. I had some athletes who missed practice and now they realized how important it is. The athletes who worked hard everyday, they saw how the results paid off. Now they realize what they can really do. Brian Cleare, here as a part of the coaching staff of some 90-plus athletes from Andros, said even though they had some outstanding performances, a lot of our kids lost their conditioning because we had our championships about six weeks ago and some of them were not training. One of the things I was very pleased with is that our kids were able to interact with the athletes from the islands. That is what this meet is all about. Ednol Rolle, one of the top athletes now teaching at Faith Temple, said with a small team, they were still about to make their presence felt with two gold and a silver. We still have a lot more development. Theres a lot of competition out here. The kids have shown a lot of pro gression from the time I competed (as an athlete from Mable Walker Primary). And Daphne Saunders-Neely, anoth er former athlete now coaching at Mar tin Town Primary, said the performances of her 12 athletes were outstanding. I got two gold, two silver and a bronze, but with the team that we had, they really surprised me, she said. Its a good meet for our athletes, but its very competitive. Next years meet is scheduled to be hosted in the new Thomas A. Robin son Track Stadium that has been built by the government of the Republic of China. Rahming presented the boys with their trophies, Golden Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson was on hand to distribute the girls awards. The majority of the athletes were thrilled to be honoured, especially Knowles, who had predicted to Davis-Thomp son prior to the meet that she would claim the trophy. She told me that she was going to be better than me, a proud Davis-Thompson said. was like okay, I believe you. I wasnt surprised that she would do it. Usually when a little kid say something, you need tobe aware of it. Im very proud of her. She seemed to making stride toward that. She didvery well. Jaida Knowles a nineyear-old from Queens College, who won both the 100 and 200 metres, said she per formed very well. Im used to running very fast. I was performing from I was seven.So I expected it. As for her comment to Davis-Thompson, Knowles said: I told her that I was going to be better than her and that I was going to work my hardest. She was very proud to see me perform. Brienia Smith the co-Class C winner with Knowles, was just as elated. It was great. I had a good time, she said. I did the 100 and the 200. I liked the 100 metres because it is short. The competition was awesome too. I was very proud when I won it. Nikeitra Barbes the top female in the meet, said she too was pleased with her per formance because I did my best in the long jump, 400 and 800. But she admitted that she was quite thrilled with her specialty in the 400. I had a very good time and although I won, the competition was very tough, pointed out the Bishop Michael Eldon student from Grand Bahama. Angel Collie the Class B winner from Queens College, said she was surprised when she won the award. She did it by taking both the 100 and 200. I liked the 100 because its very fast, she admitted. Javan Martin the top male athlete, went out and performed as expected, completing a sprint of the 100, 200 and 400. In the 400, I went out and I ran it just like I trained for it, said Martin, the sixth grader at Walter Parker. My coach always tell me to finish my races strong and that was what I did. John Pierre will take the Class B title back to Central Abaco. I did good. I did pretty good. My goal was to come here and compete well and I did that, he said. I won just about all of my races. I love it.I thank my coach and God. I love him. Nathan Moss the nineyear-old student of Queens College, captured the Class C title. It was good. I came third in the long jump, third in the 200 and second in the 100, he said. I was surprised that I won it again. I won it in 2008. And Ancy Paul a co-Class D winner with Shamar Smith from Martin Town Primary from Grand Bahama, said his performance in the meet was great. He added that the competition was also very good. NOTE: See scoreboard for final results posted yesterday. FROM page nine Athletes awards FROM page nine Coaches r ewarded hes not going to be perturbed or distract ed from his first and only love coaching athletes. As long as the Lord gives me breath, I will be coaching, he said. Theres no coming back for me in Nassau, except fora visit. I am enjoying myself on the Family Islands. I will probably make Abaco my per manent home. Ive gone into farming and things like that as a hobby. Ive started growing a lot of stuff and eventually I want to be able to groom some animals. Not known for the modern technology that comes with the territory, Williams said he still feels he can compare with his younger rivals. His only setback is facilities. If the facilities are there, I know my programme can improve tremendously, Williams said. Im still happy that I still have an opportunity to compete to coach. FROM page nine W illiams FRANK Pancho Rahming presents Nathan Moss of Temple Christi an with his Class C trophy. G OLDEN G irl Pauline Davis-Thompson is shown with Class B winner Angel Collie. GOLDEN Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson pose above with Bishop Michael Eldons Class A winner Nikeitra Barbes. JOHN Pierre of Central Abaco is presented with his Class B trophy from Frank Pancho Rahming. GOLDEN Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson pose with co-Class C winners Brienia Smith from Exuma and Jaida Knowles from Kingsway Academy. FRANK Pancho Rahming presents co-Class D trophy to Ancy Paul from Freeport High. BEST OF THE BEST Tim Clarke /Tribune staff