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Shooting victim in serious condition N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Detainee plan sparks debate C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.45SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 82F LOW 78F Detention Centr e release of Haitians gets mixed reviews The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION GIVE A HAND TO HAITI RELIEF www.tribune242.com C O M I N G S O O N 2009 QUEENS HONOURS S S E E E E O O U U R R P P I I C C T T U U R R E E S S P P E E C C I I A A L L O O N N P P A A G G E E 2 2 THE relocation of a busy bus stop from in front of the old Straw Market to the eastern end of Bay Street is causing tem pers to flare as the left lane of the busy thoroughfare is now constantly blocked by double parked buses, leaving drivers stuck in long lines of traffic. At peak hours, the pile-up extends the lenght of Bay Street and beyond, but the authorities seem unable or unwilling to take action. Angry drivers have noted that two police officers are often seen standing right in front of the new bus stop, but so far have done nothing about the double parking or about the fact that some bus drivers remain parked there for several minutes instead of moving on to make room for other bus es. The Tribune brought the matter to the attention of a senior police officer earlier this week but so far, nothing has been done. TEMPERSFLAREOVERDOUBLE PARKEDBUSES DOUBLE PARKED buses on Bay Street block the left lane as they wait to fill up with passengers. Felip Major /Tribune staff By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DONATIONS have been pouring in at the Bahamas Red Cross Society for the massive relief effort to help those devastated by Tuesdays catastrophic earthquake near Portau-Prince. Bags of clothing, towels and blankets have been pouring in at the charity headquarters in John F Kennedy Drive from where they will be sent to Haiti and potentially to Inagua to assist expected refugees in coordination with the national relief effort spearheaded by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA The Red Cross has been impressed by the generosity Donations pour in to help victims By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Governments decision to release and grant temporary status to Haitian detainees housed at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre following the Haiti earthquake received mixed reviews yesterday. The Haitian-Bahamian community heralded the news as a positive humanitarian gesture towards Haitians who may have lost friends, relatives or homes due to the cataclysmic quake. However, the announcement was also met with opposition from some Bahamians, many who see it as a contradiction of the Department of Immigration's zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Some also fear there will be an influx of Haitians seeking refuge from their devastated country as news of the Government's plan to grant temporary status to Haitian immigrants spreads. Officials yesterday were reported to be ironing out the plan's details, processing the Haitian detainees and filling out the nec essary paperwork for their release. At last report there were reportedly 100 immigrants in the holding facility, about 70 of them said to be Haitian. According to Immigration Minister Brent Symonette, the released detainees will be required to report to the Department of Immigration most likely three months after their release. "They'll be given a fixed period, initially (the temporary status SEE page 11 SEE page 11 A 22-year-old Andros man appeared before a court yesterday charged with the islands first mur der for the year. Terrell Mackey, 22, of Love Hill, central Andros, was arraigned on the mur der charge before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane. It is alleged that on Saturday, January 9, he inten tionally and unlawfully caused the death of JerAndros man, 22, charged with islands first murder BY DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT A security officer who was shot by a gunman at the City Market foodstore in Eight Mile Rock r emains in serious condition in hospital. The shooting occurred on Wednesday sometime arund 8 .35pm when a gunman attempted to rob the establishment. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that a security offi cer was standing outside the foodstore when a masked gunman approached and fired two shots at the front door. According to reports, the suspect was armed with sawnoff shotgun and wore a blue cloth mask. The suspect entered the store and fired two more shots at the office door, but was unable to gain access to the o ffice. He then fled the scene. When police arrived they observed shatteored glass SEE page 11 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com THE House of Assembly Select Committee to investigate alleged sexual misconduct at the Eight Mile Rock High School convened in Freeport yesterday, hearing from several critical witnesses. It has been a year since sexual molestation allegations surfaced on Grand Bahama, where several teachers here have been accused of sexual misconduct with students. Engleston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin, who is the commit tee chairman, said investigations will be conducted only into allegations at Eight Mile Rock High. She said the committee hopes to complete its probe next week and present a report to the House of Assembly on Wednesday, January 20. Some 10 witnesses were expected to testify yesterday at the Prime Ministers Office. Pineridge MP Kwasi Thompson, West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe, and House of Assembly Parliament Clerk Maurice Tynes will hear from various witnesses, including police officers, social workers, Alleged sexual misconduct inquiry hears from witnesses SEE page seven By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PSYCHIATRIC evaluation has been ordered on a man who was convicted of having unnatural intercourse with a 16-year-old boy. Joseph Sweeting, 48, was accused of having unnatural intercourse with the boy in February 2003. A jury found him guilty last November and he will have to wait several Psychiatric test ordered in unnatural intercourse case SEE page 11 Disaster in HAITI MAJORRELIEFEFFORT INGRANDBAHAMA PAGE THREE FAMILIESWORRIED PAGE THREE SEE page 11 SEE PAGENINE ATHLETE DIESDURING PRACTICE S P O R T S
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T wenty-three Bahamians w ere awarded honours by Queen Elizabeth II yesterd ay in the annual ceremony recognising individuals for their contributions to the political, cultural, intellectual and economic development of their country. Q ueens honours are the highest honours of the nation, granted by HerM ajesty the Queen in her role as head of state of the Bahamas. The awards conf erred on Bahamians yesterday were awarded by the Queen in her Birthday Honours List 2009. An important part of national development is the promotion of a common s et of values and the conservation and protection of traditions which help shape o ur national identity. This is especially important in young nations because much of our culture, traditions and hence our identity were formed during the colonial times when external sources held greater i nfluence than would have indigenous practices, said Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham at the ceremony. To those honoured, he said: We a cknowledge, thank, applaud and honour all of you for your invaluable contribu tion to the Bahamas. We recognise you because in your life, you have gone beyond what is ordinary or expected and you have proven to be exceptional and extraordinary in your various fields. M inister of Tourism, Vincent Vander pool Wallace, was appointed Command er of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBECivil Division Mr Vanderpool Wallaces award was g ranted in 2008 prior to his assuming the role of cabinet minister responsible for t ourism. Anita Doreen Bernard, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Bishop Elgarnet Brendan Rahming were appointed Companions of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George Award (CMG h er service as an educator and public ser vice administrator, and Bishop Rahmingf or community outreach efforts and service to the church. T hree individuals were appointed Officers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE recognised as a role model for young Bahamians in his service as a civil engin eer. Lowell Mortimer was recognised for his philanthropy in higher education. Harcourt Lowell Turnquest was awarded f or his career in the public service and diplomatic corps. I note that several of those being recognised today were brought to the attention of the government by persons in the community who felt strongly that the work and accomplishment of these individuals was worthy of recognition on a national level. I want to encourage citi zens to continue to identify such worthy recipients for future high honour, saidM r Ingraham. Seven Bahamians were made mem b ers of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE nised with the British Empire Medal (Civil Division officer, Chief Superintendent Sylvester A ugustus George, received the Queens Police Medal. H ONOURS 2009 Queens C HIEF SUPERINTENDENT S ylvester George (retired P olice Medal (OPM at Government House Ball room. SENATOR Vincent Vanderpool Wallace received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire For 2008 (Civil Division CBE Governor General Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room G OVERNMENTHOUSE AWARDSPRESENTATIONCEREMONY REVEREND ST.Clair Outten received a British Empire Medal (BEM the Governor general Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room. M R DENNIS TURNQUEST r eceived a British Empire Medal (BEM Governor general Arthur Hanna yesterday. BISHOP Elgarnet Rahming received the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and St George Companion (CMG eral Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room. MRS AMITA BERNARD received the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and St George Companion (CMG Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room MRS SANDRA MOORE received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil DivisionMBE Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room. M R HARCOURT TURNQUEST r eceived the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil DivisionOBE Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room. MR JOHN ROLLE SR received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil DivisionMBE Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room. BASIL CHRISTIE received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil Division) member (MBE)from the Governor general Arthur Hanna yesterday at Government House Ball room MR GEORGE COX received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil DivisionOBE terday at Government House Ball room. CANON Fritz Goodridge received the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (Civil Division P RIME M INISTER H ubert Ingraham speaks at Government House.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A major effort is underway in Grand Bahama to solicit donations of food supplies, and financial aidf or the people of Haiti. Patrice Stubbs, founder of C arry Your Candle, Light The Bahamas, Jetta Baptiste of the H aitian Earthquake Assistance Committee, and Catholic priest, Father Remmie David, are appealing to residents here to support the relief efforts. A bank account at the Bank of the Bahamas has been o pened, and several hubs have been designated on the island w here residents can drop off food and other supplies. A ship from Florida is expected to arrive in Freeport on Saturday to pick up supplies earmarked for Haiti. Donate Ms Stubbs said persons can d onate clothing, blankets, tow els, toiletries, water, building s upplies, and pain killers. She said the items can be dropped off at Love 97 in the Regent Centre and other designated hubs on the island. We must be our brothers keeper, we cannot turn a blind e ye to the situation in Haiti. As long we belong to the humanr ace we have an obligation to come to the aid of those who a re hurting, she said. We are appealing to everybody in Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas to donate whatever they can, she said. Jetta Baptiste, president of Haitian Bahamian Society, said f inancial donations are especially needed. The Haitian Earthquake Assistance Committee, she said has opened account 5750000244 at the Bank of the Bahamas. Ms Baptiste said persons w ishing to make cheque dona tions should ensure that it is certified or it will take 10 days to be cleared. She said persons may also drop off supplies at h er office, Jettas Multi-Services, on Hearn Lane, or at Term inal Two at Freeport Har bour. The devastation is unbelievable there is tremendous l oss of life and property dam age. We need all the help and assistance we can get and we are calling on members of the community to please do what e ver you can. People are dying in Haiti and time is not on ours ide, we need your prayers and your support. Ms Baptiste t hanked the community groups that have pledged their support to relief efforts on Grand Bahama. Father Remmie David is calling on churches ont he island to take up a second collection on Sunday for Haiti. We have to bind our hearts and hands together and help t hose who are in need in Haiti, he said. We have a Christian oblig ation to respond to that need and so whatever means God has given us we should try and help our brothers and sisters. I want to encourage every Christian person and human being to do whatever they can to help the people in Haiti, said Fr Remmie. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Two Bahamian families here on Grand B ahama have not heard a word from their relatives in Haiti since Tuesdays devastating quake. The family of 31-year-old L ucinda Haven and the family of two-year-old Robin Valdez,a re praying and hoping for the safe return of their loved ones t o Freeport. Vernell Bauld said that her daughter left Freeport t hree weeks ago for Haiti. She has been trying desperately to reach her since the earthquake. I have been calling her cellular phone but it just keeps r inging. I dont know where she is or how she is doing, but I just p ray that God keeps her, said the Freeport mother. A ccording to Ms Bauld, Lucinda went to Haiti to try and get a visa for her husband who was in Haiti at the time. She left her 11-year-old daugh t er in Freeport. I dont even know if words c ould describe how I feel right now. My daughter went over t here and did not give me an address or nothing, she said. M s Bauld said that the fami ly in Freeport is very worried about her. God is in controland I am holding on that. I can only trust that He will keep her s afe and she will return home soon. It is a tragedy and I prayf or everybody. International relief-aid has started arriving in Haiti and rescue efforts are currently under way in Port-au-Prince, where thousands are feared dead. The massive earthquake, which was recorded at 7.1 on the Richter Scale, crushed and toppled concrete buildings in the capital. Many people are still trapped beneath the rubble. Two-year-old Robin Valdez, the nephew of Tanya McCartney, was with his mother in Haiti. According to reports, the toddler was believed to have been at a hospital at the time of the earthquake. Mrs Valdez, the toddlers grandmother, said that her son has not been able to make contact with Robin or his mother, in Haiti. My son has not been able to reach them. I really dont feel good about it at all, she said. Haitian resident Tony Sta co said his family and children are in Haiti. I have not hear from my brother, sister, and my two children who are in Port-auPrince. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM )LQDQFLDO&RQWUROOHU By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A HOODED and armed robber may have struck as many as three times in eastern New Providence Thursday night as his female victims returned home. Police reported two incidents one in Tuckaway Road off Village Road and another on Winton Highway within around an hour of each other involving a man in a dark hooded jacket who made his getaway in a red car. Both incidents involved women in their 50s. Meanwhile, The Tribune also received reports of a robbery in Blair in which a woman who had pulled into her driveway with her three-year-old nephew in the car was accosted by a gunman as she was getting out of the vehicle. She was said to have been hit in the face with the weapon as she was robbed, leaving her bloodied and bruised. However, Police Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings yesterday said police had received no such report and therefore this could not be confirmed. In what is suspected to have been the first attack on Thursday evening, Nancy Knowles, 52 mother of Olympic swimmer Jeremy Knowles said she was turning into her driveway on Winton Highway, at around 8pm with her eight month old granddaughter when she noticeda reddish car drive beyond her house. Mrs Knowles was returning from the Supervalue foodstore in Wint on. I saw the car stop further down t he road. I sat there inside the car in the driveway for a few seconds and I thought to myself What can I do?.I just said No, Im going to continue. I pulled into the garage. I guess in the meantime he mustve got out of the car and was waiting outside of my garage. I took a whole full minute to get my granddaughter out of my car seat, grabbing my stuff from the car. Then right when he heard the click of the lock of the car, he came around. He was raising his arm with the gun. I had the purse with the diaper bag and I just said Here take it and threw it at him. He seemed to be shocked he got it so quick, said Ms Knowles, who was holding her grand daughter in her arms at the time. Accomplice The man, who was suspected to have been aided by an accomplice, made his gettaway in the red car, believed to be a Nissan. Yesterday the grandmother said she received numerous calls from people who had found her credit cards and other personal items strewn along Eastern Road. It is believed the thief dumped the unwanted items, getting away with around $100, as he was on his way to commit the second hold-up in the Tuckaway area. A neighbour who was on the scene of the later crime said: My neighbour had gotten out car to open the gate to her drive. Then she noticed this guy with a hoodie was runnng towards her. She jumped back in the car and locked the door, but he put gun at her head through the window and said give me the purse. She threw it out and he ran. They got away in a red car. T he second victim was also able to r ecover her credit cards after they w ere found discarded, however the neighbour yesterday complained that the initially lackadaisical police reaction led to a lost chance to quickly net the criminals. We were all calling 911 after it happened, but it rang for six or more minutes before someone finally answered. Then the police officer said If you cant identify the robber theres no point sending a patrol car round to you. Then (another police officer) whose mother lives two houses down came and he got Superintendent Stephen Dean on the line. About three minutes later the police were there, but that was at about 9.45pm, said the neighbour. She suggested this incident occurred at around 7.45pm, however a purse believed to belong to the Winton victim was found on the scene. Both women described the perpetrator as a slim young man, p ossibly in his teens. According to t he Tuckaway victim, he had a light b rown complexion. Police are investigating the incidents, however Sgt Skippings said that as of yesterday afternoon they had no leads as to the whereabouts of the gunman. Armed robber alert in eastern New Providence Anxious wait for two families Major relief effort in GB Hooded man may have targeted females three times on Thursday night Disaster in HAITI Need help with finding your loved one? Worried about the whereabouts and well-being of a relative or friend in Haiti? Go to www.tribune242.com and click on the Haitian flag banner at the top of the main page to be connected to an online network which may help you find your loved one. The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up the Family News Network for the Haitian earthquake, which enables victims to register themselves online, making their whereabouts and contact details known to anyone who checks the list of registrants. The online network also allows concerned individuals to register the name and details of any person they may be try ing to find as they or someone who knows the individuals whereabouts may also have access to the site and be able to make contact as a result. Felip Major /Tribune staff RESIDENTS in the Mason Addition Area reach out to their community to help their Caribbean Brothers and sisters in Haiti. People in the area showeds upport and dropped clothes off to organisers. Stacey Bullard, Audrey Domanny, Katheleen Porter and Anthony Slippery Etienne came up with idea to help some of their friends in the area. BAHAMIANSREACHOUT TOHAITI
EDITOR, The Tribune. Please publish this open letter to DHL. DHL Worldwide Express Nassau, Bahamas January 6, 2010. Dear Sir/Madam: I am reviewing your mot to as is on your advertising poster which I had plenty of time to copy down as I was patiently waiting while they were searching! Fastest Delivery...Most Reliable Connections...Global Reach! All I could do was smile while I was writing it all down! My friend in Ft Lauderdale who kindly got my prescription pills for me called the DHL office to pick them up, which they did on December 31st. I know that there were planes flying from Ft Lauderdale to Nassau over the weekend of January 2/3/4/5 2010! If you notice that data at the top of this letter it is a Wednesday! Most business places were opened on Saturday, January 2nd and certainly on January 4th and 5th! I know it is about a 3/4 of a hour drive to get from the airport into the city area therefore I cant really understand that shipment made on December 31st, still was not available to pick up by 3pm on January 6th at your office at Ernest Street! I certainly wont recommend that any new ship ments made from the states be made via DHL in the future to me! HELEN ASTARITA Nassau, January, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune A scientist who has done a lot of work throughout the Bahamas had the following to say about the EIA for theW ilson City BEC plant. I thought it was worth shari ng with those of us who didnt get to read the EIA. Another Concerned A baco Resident Said the scientist: As a scientist who has l ong conducted research in T he Bahamas, I was recentl y afforded the opportunity to review the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA for the Wilson City Bunker C plant. I feel so relieved after doing so. A couple of p oints I found reassuring: A survey was conducted o ver a 100 acre parcel in the vicinity of the plant. In this 100 acre area surveyed for the EIA (and I quote birds or wild animals were discerned in the site vicinity. What a relief! Not one hog, bird, lizard nor ant! Those shotgun shells on the road must be from hunters shooting at rocks. Nice to k now that not ONE single animal was affected by the land clearing. Since no land animals were observed, I guess we can safely infer that there are also no aquatic animals where the docking will take place, and not a single fish, conch or crawfish in the adjacent wetlands. There were NO surveys done of these aquatic areas (apart f rom confirming that man groves are present), but I think it is safe to assume that nothing lives there. And I had thought the p ipeline was running adjacent to the most productive nursery for Nassau grouper,c onch and lobster on the island. I am glad I was proved wrong. Luckily, any adverse effects will not affect the settlement nearest to thep lant,ie, Spring City.located more than 8 miles from the site. This is repeatedly emphasized int he EIA no people live closer than 7-8 miles. That is fortuitous, because my cal-c ulations suggest that C herokee is just over 5 miles away, Casuarina Point, 6 miles, the Winding Bay d evelopment and Big Bird f arm, 4 miles, and Little Harbour less than 4 miles. And the cays adjacent to the p lant must be much, much, further away than they seem. I am glad I had made these errors in my calcula tions! Surely, the EIA team didnt just see the Spring C ity road on the way to the s ite by car, and just assume it was the closest settlement. Poor materials and h andling practices at Clifton Pier, Blue Hills, and Marsh Harbour has required the apparent need for extensive ground clean-up But the EIA repeatedly assures us that no such problems are anticipated at Wilson City. Thank goodness. I will cease with the sarcasm. In reality, this was the s ingle most inappropriate and poorly written docu ment I have come across in my scientific career. Pages of text non-applicable to theW ilson City site, text obvio us cut and pasted from othe r EIAs, and blatant omiss ions render the document largely useless. That such an error-laden and irrelevant EIA can underpin a massive project like the BEC power plant is scary for the peopleo f Abaco and The Bahamas. T his document reads not like an actual EIA, but more like a JDACS: Justify the D evelopment at Any Cost Statement. The possible impacts on terrestrial and marine life are barely alluded to at all, because best management practices will always be employed. Judging by recent history, this doesnt reassure me. I view the Wilson City site as not just a poor site for this plant, but perhaps t he w orst s ite on the island. But it is one thing to criticise, and another to propose a solution. There do seem to be alternatives, perhaps the Nor mans Castle site. The potential environ mental impacts at the Nor mans Castle site pale with t hat of Wilson City. At the very least, a real e nvironmental impact assessment should be done at the Wilson City site b efore moving forward. Embarking on these massive d evelopment projects that are justified by irrelevant EIAs should be unaccepta ble to the people of The Bahamas. I t is a scary practice to a ccept. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W ASHINGTON This is what President Barack Obama wants people to think a bout the U.S. reaction to the catastrophe in Haiti: It will not be another Hurricane Kat-r ina. Obama has repeatedly promised a "swift, c oordinated and aggressive" response. He is determined to show that the United States, even consumed with its own troubles, can get this right, and that he can, too. The world is watching because of the e xpectations that come with being a rich, powerful democracy that is supposed to looko ut for its neighbours. And because the stain of Katrina is not gone. "This is one of those moments that calls out for American leadership," said Obama, who can add a humanitarian crisis to his f irst-year tests in office. There are huge contrasts between Katrina, t he most destructive natural disaster in U.S. history, and the sorrowful scene unfolding i n Haiti. One was a hurricane on U.S. soil that killed 1,800 people across the coast of the Gulf of Mexico; the other was an earthquake hundreds of miles away that may have killed 50,000 people. Y et as the wrenching images come in of people clinging to wreckage, of bodies pilingu p on the street, the comparisons are inevitable. T he botched federal response to Katrina in 2005 became the standard by which emer gency responses are measured, and presidents are held accountable. "The United States is seen in the world as t he first responder to this kind of humanitarian crisis, and it has echoes inappro p riate echoes, to be sure of Hurricane Katrina," said Paul Light, a professor of pub l ic service at New York University. "Can we get there fast enough? There's a risk there for the president." Obama has responded with urgency, and the White House has tried to make sure that p eople know it. The president has dispatched ships, sold iers, Marines and loads of other assets to the reeling Caribbean nation. He has pledged $ 100 million for relief efforts now and promised that that number will grow. He has p ositioned the United States as a coalitionbuilding leader the United Nations itself h as been rocked by the collapse of its headquarters in Haiti. He has pleaded for donat ions from his old campaign list of supporters, more than 13 million strong. A nd he told his team: "I will not put up with any excuses" for an inadequate r esponse, another allusion to past government failures. A senior White House offi-c ial, national security staff chief Denis McDo nough, arrived in Haiti to help make sure U .S. agencies were coordinating as promised. What the White House is not ready to do is trumpet any results not yet. Another lesson learned from Katrina. When Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs w as asked whether Obama was pleased with the pace of the U.S. response so far, he said:" He is, but ..." Gibbs followed by telling reporters that Obama had sternly told his team in the White House Situation Room that they must work day and night to get help fast into Haiti. T he human cost of disasters is the toll that matters. But the political one cannot bei gnored. "Presidents have a very limited time to p rove their effectiveness in managing a cri sis," said Light, who praised Obama for the way he has spelled out the U.S. response and rallied his own country to help. Still, Light added: "The clock is ticking." G eorge W. Bush paid a huge price when America watched, in horror, as New Orleansw as drowning and governments at all levels were slow to respond. N ow Obama has tasked Bush, along with fellow former President Bill Clinton, to lead the private fundraising efforts to help Haiti and its people recover. The three of them will meet at the White House on Saturday. N ever mind that Obama blasted Bush's government for "unconscionable ineptitude" a fter Hurricane Katrina hit. Time for some common humanity, as O bama put it. "We will do what it takes to save lives," Obama declared Friday to the people of Haiti in what has become a daily update on the crisis. T he balance for the president is to not be seen as heavy-handed or as the world'sp roblem-solver. He has emphasized that his chief priority is Americans, from getting i njured U.S. citizens airlifted out of Haiti to helping Haitian-Americans try to get a nswers about their families. Yet Obama says a robust response to a nother nation in need is also an American imperative. ( This article was written by Ben Feller of the Associated Press). A scientists views on the Wilson City BEC plant LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Obama heeding lessons of Katrina r06')4#6+10 An open letter to DHL Worldwide Express
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FILMMAKERS from around the world have praised the Bahamas International Film Festival as one of the worlds best but said the emerging festival is held back by the lack of a central cinema. Around 50 festival guests, their friends and relatives, were accommodated at hotels from Paradise Island to Cable Beach during the week-long festival while events took place at Atlantis, the Balmoral Club, Old Fort Bay and Compass Point. An hourly bus service from the Atlantis hotel took festival guests to the Galleria cinema in JFK Drive where the festivals 87 films were screened, but it is clear from filmmakers feedback the festival would benefit from a more centralised structure. BIFF founder and executive director Leslie Vanderpool is determined to secure a permanent venue for BIFF as it continues to grow and Sir Sean Connery called on the government to provide the non-profit organisation with a building that could house a library of film and film editing equipment when presenting Johnny Depp with the BIFF Career Achievement Tribute Award at the Balmoral Club on December 13. Miss Vanderpool suggested the neglected National Centre for Performing Arts in Shirley Street could be used for the purpose, but Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said it was unlikely the centre would be designated exclusively for BIFF as he said it is used by various groups throughout the year. However Miss Vanderpool said she will endeavour to secure a venue as the festival continues to grow and improve transportation in the mean t ime. New York actor Johnny Fer ro, who starred in Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimers film Children of God said: In comparison to other festivals Ive attended, BIFF was much larger and of a higher profile. The attendance at the festival probably impressed me the most and I dont just mean the celebrity attendance. Leslie has a great deal of pressure to deal with getting the festival together, and I'm sure the festival would benefit significantly from more money and volunteers, and as Sir Sean mentioned more than once, a centrally located permanent headquarters. An American filmmaker added: BIFF is one of the better festivals I have been too, mainly because its in the Bahamas and they do recruit good films and have good people to connect with. My biggest critique is that they should have more screenings at the resort or have the festival somewhere else. The travel to and from the theatre was a huge pain, especially w ith the lack of co-ordination from the festival, no one knew w here to go or how to get there. They could either convert the huge conference rooms at Atlantis into screening rooms and have a shuttle for locals to attend, or have the festival in downtown Nassau so that more locals can attend and the filmmakers can get there more quickly or stay there. But despite the criticisms the overall impression of the festival is overwhelmingly positive. Katrina Browne, producer and director of BIFF award winning documentary Traces o f the Trade s aid she appreciated the opportunity to share her film with Bahamian people. She said: I really appreciated the chance to come to the festival, and not only show the film, but meet Bahamian representatives from government, the media, the religious community, and also specifically from the Pompei Museum of Slavery. This opened doors for potential future screenings of the film in the Bahamas, and since our main goal is to inspire people to talk about the history and legacy of slavery, not just in the US but in the Caribbean, Im very excited by this potential. And, of course, I was so happy and honoured to win the documentary award! The Nature of Existence producer and first time visitor to the Bahamas Paul Tarantino added: I have to say I thought both the festival and the country were nothing short of wonderful, I had such a great time. BIFF is a festival put together with a lot of love. Film festivals are great for m any reasons; being able to show your work to people all o ver the world, meet your fellow filmmakers, and perhaps m ost of all to inspire you to make more films because I want to make another film for many reasons, not the least of which is in the hopes Leslie will invite me back to BIFF! 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Maybe whoever is responsible for replacing blown bulbs should take a night-time tour of the island and put a sticker on the pole so they can comeb ack and put in a new bulb. Just a suggestion". Vex at dark streets I vex at that man on Eastern Road who lets his dirty, filthy dogs roam the streets at night. They mess on my front lawn andr ip open my trash bags. DOG TIRED "I vex that some people are immune to the devastation in Haiti, whose hearts must be so black with prejudice and hatred,t hat all they are concerned about is how the aftermath of the earthquake will affect us instead of focusing on how we can rally around our hurting brothers and sisters. "We in the Bahamas have been lucky to escape natural disasters and economic instability, but if we ever experience such travesties I'm sure everyone here would expect nothing less than immediate help from the international community. Showt hat you are a 'Christian' by your words and actions, not just by dressing up on Sunday to sit in a church." Praying for Haiti "I vex at my stink neighbour who actually had the audacity to tell me I disturbing her by slamming my front door too loud andt hat I come in my house all hours of the night. I have hardly been h ome in months because I have been staying over at my girlfriend's house, so I want to know how me coming home three times a week at 8pm to get a change of clothes or leaving at 7amto head to work can disturb her. She mussy paying my bills people like her need to stay out o f people business before they get what they looking for. I don't be interested in her strange activities so she should stay out of my life. Mind ya business "I vex that I can't get through to 100 JAMZ to win that mon e y they giving away. I think I had the answer $9,000 ago but the phone always busy." B-wall "I happy to see all of the concern coming from the Bahamas a nd other countries to help the poor people of Haiti, who have b een ignored and trampled on for too long. I only hope they get the assistance they need to recover from the earthquake and can maybe turn their broken country around. Proud of the Bahamas I happy because there's a new traffic light out east at the Fox H ill/Joe Farrington crossroads. All new signage, painted street markings and even a proper 'Bus Stop' area, are there. "Hopefully jitney drivers will use it and not block up the road a s they usually do right there on the corner, especially since a conc rete median is being installed and you can't drive around any sit ting bus. This is the quickest I've ever seen a traffic light go up and I hope it helps the situation there. Eastern Driver Are you vex? Send your complaints to
THE signing of a contract for the reconstruction of the seawall and freight dock at S unshine Park in Hope Town, Abaco will help alleviate the h ardship suffered by the resi dents of this settlement said Chief Councillor Jeremy Sweeting. The dock was damaged d uring Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 and this has severely impacted the small communitys ability to import and export goods. Mr Sweeting was addressing a small gathering of locals who braved the chilly temper a tures to witness the signing of a contract on Wednesday, January 13. In attendance was Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant; Nicole Campbell, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport; Cephas Coop er, Senior Administrator for the Central Abaco District; John Schaeffer, area engineer; Local Government representatives, and students and teachers of Hope Town Primary School. Thanked Mr Sweeting thanked Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Mr Grant for addressing the communitys concerns. Cephas Cooper described it asa special day for Hope Town. All of us have waited for this day with great anticipation for many years and we certainly are looking for the successful completion, he said. Mr Grant noted that on a visit to Hope Town in May of last year, he noted that the timber seawall at Sunshine Park had failed in several locations, but the dock was still being used to off-load freight. A plan for sheet piling and other works required to repair the dock was prepared follow ing the visit. The project was tendered and bids were opened at the government's Tenders Board at the Ministry of Finance on December 15, 2009. Mr Grant said three con tractors submitted bids and Jonathan Higgs of Abaco Tug and Transport was the successful bidder. The company received the $206,394 contract. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427( www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, JANUARY 17TH, 2010Theme: But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord 7:00 a.m. Sis.Tezel Anderson/ Sis. Rosemary Williams 11:00 a.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Andre Bethel (B 7:00 p.m.Bro. Franklyn Bethel/ Sis. Marilyn Tinker Contract for reconstruction of dock addresses the plight of Abaco residents PRESENTATION: Mr Grant presents a copy of a contract to repair the seawall and freight dock at Sunshine Park to Jonathan Higgs of Abaco Tug and Transport.Pictured from left: Jeremy Sweeting, Chief Councillor for Hope Town; Nicole Campbell, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport; Mr Grant; Mr Higgs; Cephas Cooper, Senior Administrator for the Central Abaco District and Lana Russell, Deputy Chief Councillor. PHOTOS: Letisha Henderson/BIS PUBLIC WORKS and Transport Minister Neko Grant (first from left) inspecting damage to the dock in Sunshine Park, Hope Town, Abaco on Wednesday, January 13. Also pictured are Nicole Campbell, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and John Schaeffer, area engineer. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com JURORS in the Coroners Inquest into the shooting death of Brenton Smith yesterday watched surveillance footage of the armed robbery that occurred at the City Market food store t he night the teen was killed. S urveillance footage from the night o f July 9, 2009, showed two dark s kinned men walk through the main entrance of City Market, Village Road at around 7.53pm along with a female customer who appeared unaware of what was happening. One of the robbers who wore a red, hooded jacket, blue pants with white stripes and black tennis shoes grabbed a plastic bag from a bag rack in the store and proceeded to the cashier. The video showed that while he appeared to demand cash, the second robber who wore a long sleevedw hite shirt, khaki pants and what appeared to be a green cloth around his face forced a male employee to the opposite side of the store. The employee and another customer in the area dropped to the ground as t he second robber, who was shorter than the first, waived a gun in the air. Within seconds, the first robber clutched the plastic bag and darted out the stores front door followed closely by his armed accomplice. Detective Sergeant Dale Strachan, attached to the Central Detective Units technical unit, told the court that based on the footage, it appeared that the gunman may have discharged his weapon, however he admitted he could not say this definitively as there was no sound. Testified Detective Sergeant Kervin Jones, scenes of crime investigator, testified that around 3.30pm on July 14, 2009, he went to the Fox Hill Police Station where he spoke to woman Superint endent Ismela Davis. Sergeant Jones said Superintendent Davis gave him a black Vector 9mm pistol serial number TQ124962 as wella s a black-handled chrome Smith and W esson 9mm pistol serial number VJJ7447, and 14 live rounds of 9mma mmunition. Sergeant Jones said he later packaged and labelled the guns and ammunition, and the following day, took them to the police forensic laboratory for analysis. Attorney Romona Farquharson, who represents Corporal Kelsie Munroe the officer who is alleged to have shot Brenton questioned Sergeant Jones as to why he had listed a third gun and serial number on a report dated July 14. Sergeant Jones claimed it was a typographical error, ash e only turned over the two guns and ammunition he received from Super-i ntendent Davis. Ms Farquharson asked whether the revolver he claimed was listed on the r eport by mistake actually existed. Sergeant Jones said he did not know. He told the court he only collected one clip with 14 rounds in it, although Superintendent Davis on Thursday recalled that she had given him two clips one containing 14 rounds and a nother containing 15 rounds. Charles Bain, a firearms examiner, also took the stand. He testified that on July 16, he received one 9mm Luger fired cartridge case; a Vector 9mm Luger caliber auto-loading pistol, serial number TQ124692; a detachable clip; a Smith and Wesson 9mm Luger auto-loading pistol, serial number VJJ74447; a detachable clip for the gun; and 14 9mm Luger caliber unfired cartridges. Bain said he also received a f ired bullet adding that the first gun, which was completely black, was capable of firing the bullet. I nspector Oswald Nixon, director of the police forensic lab, testified thato n July 16, he received several items related to the matter, including a bullet and tubes containing Brenton Smiths b lood, bile, vitreous humour and stomach contents. According to Inspector Bain, toxicology reports showed that Smith did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death. The inquest has been adjourned to F ebruary 4, 5, 15, and 16. Jurors are expected to be taken to the area where Smith was killed. Inquest jurors see armed robbery footage CORONERSINQUEST: SHOOTINGDEATHOFBRENTONSMITH BRENTONSMITH
THE Department of Social Services is in "desperate" need of suitable families to provide foster homes for older children. Carolyn M Hepburn, the department's deputy director, said the government agency has long struggled with finding suitable, temporary homes for "hard to place" adolescent and teenage children. The department is urging compassionate persons witha stable home to consider opening up their homes temporarily if only for a holi day or day visit to a child in need. Outr eac h "What we've been trying to do is an outreach to per sons who are interested in caring for children, mainly those considered hard to place, boys from 8 to 17. With girls, the younger ones, that's not a problem but when they get to teen or preteen, persons are less interested in them," she told The Tribune yesterday. "Even if the person would be willing to take them home for the weekend at least they would have a touch of home. (We forgiving, people who are serious about what they are doing and compassionate. Who can strengthen the fam ily outlook for the child rather than weaken it," she added. Prospective applicants will have to furnish the depart ment with reference letters and would be subject to an assessment by a social services officer before a child is released into their custody. The department also provides parenting classes and in some cases a foster care allowance to assist families. Ms Hepburn added that foster children are usually sent to temporary homes in pairs, in order to limit the attachment a foster child may have to a surrogate parent. Once a child is placed, a child care assistant would be assigned to routinely check on the child at home and school. BAHAMIANS can look forward to a four-way junction that offers a smoother flow of traffic when the roadworks underway at the junction of Bamboo Boulevard and East Street are completed. Charlene Collie-Harris, project engineer in the Project Execution Unit (PEU the Ministry of Public Works and Transport explained that the junction will be realigned with Zion Boulevard to cause a more direct movement of traffic. Other improvements include drainage works, sidewalks, curbing, new road construction, new pavements and proper street lighting. The work is a continuation of the New Providence Road Improvement Project, a major component of the New Prov idence Transport Programme being funded by the InterAmerican Development Bank and the government. The project is managed by the PEU of the Ministry of Works. Contract The government signed a $120 million contract with Jose Cartellone Construcciones Civiles of Argentina in December of 2008 to com plete the project. The objectives of the project are to improve the road network by construction of new road corridors, reconstruct existing road corridors and improve major intersec tions. Motorists can expect sec tions of the junction at East Street and Bamboo Boulevard to be temporarily closed. Those travelling south of East Street are advised to use the one lane traffic system and those travelling northbounds hould divert through Valenc ia Drive and exit through Zion Boulevard on to East Street. We're asking the public to exercise patience and co-operation and to plan their journeys ahead of time. Traffic would be backed up at times, but the Police Station at South Beach is assisting us to ensure that traffic moves smoothly, Mrs Collie-Harris said. She said flyers have been distributed to residents of the area to inform them of the roadworks. We have gone door to door in the local communitya dvising the public on what w ill take place. We have also partnered with the local police to assist us in ensuring that the traffic management scheme is adhered to and we are progressing towards information meetings and radioa nnouncements to keep the public informed, she added. 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Department of Social Services sends out plea ministry of education officials, representatives from the Parent Teachers Association, teachers, parents, and students a t Eight Mile Rock High. MPs Kenyatta Gibson and Loretta Butler-Turner who are also members of the Select Committee were not present. T he committee was appointed on April 29 of last year. Work commenced several months ago with the hearing of t estimony from senior government officials in the Ministry of Education and the Department of Social Services. Mrs Hanna-Martin explained that due to bureaucratic hurdles the committee was unable to conduct hearings sooner here in Grand Bahama, where most o f the witnesses reside. This is most regrettable as we have been advised that the parliament is to be prorogued shortly and that all select committees, including the work of this committee, must be completed by that the time, she said. Three teachers at Eight M ile Rock High have been accused of sexual misconduct. Last January, allegations conc erning two former male students at the Eight Mile RockH igh were made public when PTA officials called for the r emoval of teacher Andre Birbal. Birbal, a Trinidadian teacher, was removed from the school and sent to New Providence,w here he was placed on probation pending investigations bye ducation officials there. In February, Birbal resigned a nd left the country after police investigations were launched into complaints filed by the victims. He was arrested by US authorities in New York last M ay, however, Bahamian authorities are still awaiting his e xtradition to the Bahamas. Since then, two other teach ers at the school a man and woman have been accused of sexual misconduct. Teacher E dward Buchanan has already been charged before the court. M rs Hanna-Martin said the committee has written to the A ttorney General inquiring as to what steps are being taken to procure the return of Andre Birbal, who is wanted in the Bahamas to face charges of sex u al offences relative to children at Eight Mile Rock High S chool and the status of any proposed extradition proceedi ngs. Despite the elapse of almost four weeks, we have r eceived no response. It is imperative that these victims of the alleged sexual abuse see that the alleged perpetrator is brought to justice, she said. These allegations of sexual abuse have stunned our entiren ation, with questions being raised about the safety and pro t ection of children; the work of this committee is intended to not only clarify the facts surrounding the reporting protocols and safety mechanisms inp lace for our children, but to make recommendations for the f uture so that the facts surrounding these events in which i t appears children were placed at risk in a trusted environment will never be reproduced, she said. Mr Thompson said that the committee is bi-partisan and members have pledged to put aside politics. We are all concerned about what took place at EMRHS and we are all concerned about what is taking place at our schools in the Bahamas, he said. He said the government supports the Select Committee and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has pledged to listen to the recommendations. We hope to have a produc tive day and hearing from as many witnesses as possible. We have to do a lot of work in a short period of time and all members are committed to doing the work, he said. Obie Wilchcombe commended those individuals who initially came forward to bring attention to alleged sexual mis conduct at the school. One of the significant devel opments that led to the formation of the committee was the fact that there was a group of young men who stood up and took a very determined position and wanted to bring some attention to what was happen ing, he said. I applaud those men because ordinarily some of those men who have the Rastafarian faith would be discarded and not considered to be meaningful to society and not make a valuable contribution. But the truth is they were the ones who took the initiatives and I am very pleased with what they did because it was only when they took a stand that something happened, Mr Wilchcombe said. Mrs Hanna-Martin said their investigations would allow the committee to also look at procedure and protocols glob ally in the public school system. Inquiry F ROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE Father Marcian Peters Awards TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F OR the past 25 years, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has hosted the presti g ious Father Marcian Peters Invitational Basketball Tournament. A nd every year, the mini stry has tried to improve on the way they operate the week-long event for primaryb oys and girls, junior boys and girls, intermediate boys and senior girls. N ew Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said he was pleased with the way the tournament has developed over the years. We cater to young ladies and the very young men, whereas the other tournaments just cater to the senior boys, he said. So this allows those players who dont get the exposure to get it. Last years tournament, held in December, was by far the biggest and Maynard saidit was a special one because of the 25th year and he congratulated all of the schools who participated. Yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, Maynard and his sports staff presentedawards to all of the deserving athletes in the respective divisions. One of those schools that m ade an impact this year was University School, who was formed just this past year. H ead coach Henry Giddens said he was really surprised about their performance, con s idering that he felt the boys h ad a lot more talent. We try to balance education and sports to make thema better student, said Gid dens, who came over from St. Augustines College to help the schools in their initial t ournament appearance. The boys had a lot more talent and a lot more people,b ut the girls did very well. Im now preparing the boys for the Hugh Campbell, so maybe they will get to show the girls thart they can do it too. Leading the attack for Uni versity School was Shanae Armbrister, who was not only named the Most Valuable Player in the senior girls division, but she also carted off the most assists and most points scored awards as well as being named to the Alltournament team. I was a little surprised the way we played, but I knew I had to put my best foot forward, said the shy 15-yearold 6-foot-1 former student of CC Sweeting. For a team that just been together, we did very well. Im very proud of them. St. Johns College, who had to play second fiddle to University School, made the final in the senior girls division for the first time and coach Herbie Brown said he was quite pleased with their perfor mance. We had the championship in our hand, he said. But we just lost the game in the last few minutes when we missed a key lay-up that I thought it should have been a foul. Needless to say, we lost the game, but it is what it is and thank God that we made it to the final. We just hope to move on and become a better team as a result of it. Repeating as champions in the primary girls division was no small feat for coach Nekeno Demeritte and his Temple Christian Suns. Outstanding players of the Father Mar cian Peters Tournament awarded By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com THE prestigious Hugh Campbell Basketball Classicis less than a month away, but committee chairman Ricardo Ferguson said they are still concerned that the high school teams are not comply ing with the rules. Ferguson said the committee had set yesterday as the deadline for teams to register to participate in the tpournament that will run from February 15-22 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Were planning, but right now there is a stalling point with the entries because the committee is planning, but so far we have only received entries from three schools, he pointed out. Everybody keeps saying that they are coming, they are coming, but we need the information to properly plan and be ready for next month. As a result of this tactic, Fergyuson said they will have no other choice, but to take the first 32 teams that register and go with that. If somebody gets left out, that;s their business because they are making it difficult for us as a committee, he said. They are trying to hold us hostage. I had a coach say to me that we need them. The tournament is nothing without them. If thats the mentality that they have, we will just have to do what we have to do. Ferguson said they are projecting a draw of 32 teams, but if they dont have that amount, they are still prepared to go ahead with whatever number decide to sign up. The tournament is considered to be the national senior boys high school tournament in the country. But Ferguson said theres no reason why they should have to run behind coaches to get their rosters. I think its unfair and these are people who are leading young men, he said. I dont think they are doinga very good job at this time. So far, Ferguson said they have only had received entries from Westminster, St. Johns, RM Bailey and Catholic High from Grand Bahama. What could you do with four teams, if this is the so called national high school tournament, Ferguson said. Its ridiculous. But we are going ahead. We are not stopping our plan. Its unfortunate that we are at this point. People have been asking about the pools, but we cant even do the pools without the teams. So we are trying to avoid the late entries to do the pools. The only difference in the tournament this year, according to Ferguson, is that they will hold the opening ceremonies at the host AF Adderley Junior High School. Ferguson: High school teams are not complying with the rules Harbour Island Jr Boys By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org THE Grand Bahama Sporting Community suffered a big loss on Thursday when o ne of the bright young basketball players Shaquille H inds died during a pract ice session. According to his coach N orris Bain, the Tabernacle F alcons was watching a girls game at the YMCA Gym, but b ecause it took so long, they were told that they would not be able to practice because they were running into the practice time for the Ross U niversity. Bain, however, said he a sked to allow his team to just w orkout until the university players had arrived. Ten minutes hadnt passed when we started to run. In f act, we didnt get through the r unning when Shaquille came to the baseline and bend over a nd I told him not to do that because he wouldnt be able t o breath, Bain pointed out. One of the guys then said help Shaquille and when the guy reached over to help him,h e just fell and hit his head a nd that was it. Although he received med ical assistant from two stud ents from a visiting college out of the United States, he was pronounced dead on a rrival at the Rand Memorial Hospital. Hinds, a 16-year-old 10th grader, was the son of the late f ormer national team player Anthony Dunkin Hinds, who died three years and theb rother of current national team member Alonzo CJ Hinds. The younger Hinds came o ff the bench for coach Bain, but played a significant role in their success. He was very promising and he had that same kind of shooting release as his father, Bain said. He was very promising. Everywhere I took him, people were inter ested in him and talked about h is potential and what he could become. He was really good. Bain said Hinds death reall y hit home yesterday when s everal counsellors came in and talked to the student body and the players on the team. We had a lot of talking with the kids today, he said. It was a very touching moment for us today. ZNS Sportscaster in Grand Bahama, Ricardo Lightbourn s aid Hines certainly had all the tools to be another excit ing player to watch, just like h is father and brother. Hes a talented kid. He has control of the floor andh e played just like his father, Dunkin Hinds did, Lightbourn said. He played with ease and was very smooth. He had a potent jumper like his brother, CJ, and he nad some good moves to the b asket. Off the court, the kids in school enjoyed his compa ny. He was open to people, o utgpoing and very friendly. T he sky was the limit for this kid in terms of his talent. He had all the tools. B ahamas Basketball Fed eration, in offering his condolences to the family, saidt he basketball community has certainly lost yet another young talented player. Master Hines life certainly will not be in vain, but will motivate others to embrace Grand Bahama athlete dies during practice Shaquille Hinds SEE page 10 SEE page 10 Kyle Turnquest More photos on pg 10 L e t i s h a H e n d e r s o n / P h o t o s
C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS SPORTS IN BRIEF FOOTBALL ALLEN PARK, Mich. Associated Press DETROIT Lions offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus (CHAIR-eh-luss grandmother and brother are safe after the Haiti earth quake, but other extended family members were killed. He said Friday he felt help less when his mother called him from their U.S. home to tell him of the quake, and he rushed from the gym to be with her. Cherilus says he tried to call his relatives but was unable to get through. He says all they could do was worry until they heard from them that his brother and grandmother escaped injury. Cherilus says he's starting a foundation to aid quake victims. The Lions say they're donating $10,000 for Haiti relief in the names of three team members of Haitian background Cherilus, Cliff Avril and Louis Delmas. Lions' Cherilus: Grandma, br other OK in Haiti MORE SCENES FROM THE FATHER MARCIAN PETERS AWARDS CEREMONY L etisha Henderson/ P hotos Westminister Intermediate boys Daniel Bullard Shanae Armbrister Edward Davis University school senior girls Temple Christian primary girls the days we are given and l ive our lives as the master h ad told us, in preparation for the meeting with Him, Hepburn stressed. Young and old we are to be prepared for the inevitable. Life is a gift. We aree ncouraged to embrace it a nd live in the expectation of even a better life ahead. Hepburn said the federation grieve with his family. The lost of a son is hard for anyone and so muchh arder for a father who l oves his sons and shows them the love and attention that this father gave his son, Hepburn stated. Also to his mom and s iblings we say: God will g ive you strength in your hour of need. To his f riends, Coach and teammates, our prayers are with you, continue to do well. GB athlete dies during practice F ROM page nine Fr Marcian Peters Tournament awards F ROM page nine It was very competitive i n both the primary boys and girls divisions, Demeritte said. Im just glad that wec ame back and was able to defend our title. The girls really worked hard to defend t heir title. W hile Demeritte was named the coach of the junior girls division, the MVP w ent to Sade Smith. And coach Donnie Culmer said while he wasp leased that his St. Bedes C rushers also won the primary boys title, he was a litt le disappointed that they were overlooked for the primary girls third place. After lodging a protest w ith the organizers, the deci sion was made to take the awards back from Yellow Elder Primary and award them to St. Bedes. All in all, it was good, C ulmer said. Im just glad that we got our awards. Culmer was named the primary boys coach of thet ournament and the MVP went to Kyle Flash Turnquest, who was also named to the All-Tournament team. Patricia Patty Johnson was named the coach of the tourna,ment in the junior g irls as her HO Nash LKionbs dominated in repeating as champions. A nd Kalicia Laing was the top performer for the Lions and indeed the tournament taking the most assists, most r ebounds, most steals, sportsmanship, most points and MVP along with All-Tour-n ament honor. Harbour Island was the only team pout of New Providence to come to town to receive their award. They won the junior boys title. Edward Davis was the MVP and he also took the male sportsman award and was named to the All-Tourna ment team.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM probably will be six months with a requirement to report to Immig ration (officials T he length of the temporary status will be determined by Government as the situation in Haiti evolves, he said. "This for me is priority and this must be done expeditiously," said Immigration Director Jack Thompson, who could not immedi-a tely say when the Haitian detainees would be released. Initial reaction from the Haitian community on the Government's plan was positive. "I think that's very good that's helping because right now if y ou look at the situation in Haiti, we do not receive commercial flights, the priorities right now is the relief flights. We do not have commercial flights now and I think that the decision of the government here is we welcome that because that is going to help us," said Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas Louis Harold Joseph. I think that would be a commendable gesture given the fact that the whole world is watching if the Bahamas does not do the right thing it will not look good," said Haitian-Bahamian attorney Elizier Regnier. J etta Baptiste, head of the Haitian Bahamian Society in Grand Bahama, said: "We want to say thanks you to (Government their wisdom in releasing all the Haitian detainees. Their families and God appreciate it." For some Bahamians, concerned with the strain of illegal immig rants on public health and education systems, Government's plan is seen as problematic. One Defence Force officer questioned how well Government will b e able to monitor the immigrants and repatriate them once the sit uation in Haiti improves, because "the Bahamas done slack so they d on't have no way to track nobody." "You don't just give people status because they have crisis, you try to hold them until things get better. I sorry I even vote FNM because what he (Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham foolishness. They contradicting what they trying to do at Immi g ration. "When they get sorted, the rest who inside Haiti will try to get here because the Bahamas giving status," said the angry pub-l ic servant. The debate raged on popular social networking website Facebook and on The Tribune's website. A s for what will happen to the released detainees, Immigration officials are confident that most of them will be taken care of by friends, family or church leaders in the Haitian community. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has said he does not expect an influx of immigrants from Haiti in the aftermath of the quake,e xplaining that most Haitians who migrate to the Bahamas come from northern Haiti, and not Port-au-Prince, near the quake's e picentre. He told the media that a different course of action, which he did not specify, would be applied to new Haitian immig rants. Detainee plan sparks debate a nd compassion shown by Bahamians wanting to assist and had their youngest donor ever yesterday. Zara Robinson, three, a St Andrews pres chool student, was so moved by the plight of those suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake she took it upon herself to go to her closet and pick out clothes to donate, including her favourite pair of pink andw hite polka-dot shoes. But in order to send the goods a 40ft container and packing boxes are needed to pack the load to be sent on a ship ready to t ake the delivery to Haiti as soon as space becomes available at the Haitian port. The charity is also appealling for donations of canned food and bottled water, as well as manual can openers, plastic cups,p aper plates and paper towels to help feed t he hundreds of thousands left homeless in Haiti and any refugees who may arrive in Inagua. Hygiene products are also needed, particularly for women and children, as well asF irst Aid and medical supplies, sanitisers, bandages and plasters. Bedding is also crucial, and donations of clothing which should be clean and in g ood condition. All goods are being stored in the twostorey Red Cross warehouse where space is extremely limited as the warehouse elevator is currently out of action. A nyone in the community who is skilled in elevator repair is asked to step forward to assess the problem and assist if possible as a way of aiding the relief effort. V olunteers are needed to sort through, organise and pack the donated goods and a meeting will be held on Monday at 6pm for anyone interested in donating their time t o the cause. And First Aid training for volunteers and anyone interested in learning will be held at the Red Cross at 9am today. Donations can be taken to the Red Cross h eadquarters in JFK Drive or Destinations travel agencies in Shirley Street, Carmichael Road, Cable Beach, Lyford Cay and the Mall at Marathon, as well as Freeport, N orth Eleuthera, Long Island and Exuma. Drop boxes for donations are also located at the College of the Bahamas, Quality Auto in Shirley Street, Le Petit Gourmet cafe in the Shirley Street Plaza. F inancial donations can be paid into the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund at the Royal Bank of Canada account number 051652893865. A Red Cross hotline opened today to answer any questions from the public in relation to the Haitian disaster relief. Contact the Red Cross on 380-2222. Donations pour in to help victims f rom the bullets that penetrated the front door. The injured security officer was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital, where is detained in serious condition. ASP Mackey said the gunman was described a s being 6'1"-6'2" tall, between 190-200lbs. He was wearing a light blue long sleeve hooded jacket and a long faded blue pants. Anyone with information that can assist p olice with their investigations is asked to call 3 50-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. Shooting victim in serious condition m aine Deal. Mr Deal, 22, of North Mastic Point, was found shot to death in a green Nissan Sentra by the roadside in Mastic Point. M ackey was not required to enter a plea to the charge and was remanded to HerM ajestys Prison. The case was adjourned to January 26 in Court 10, Nassau Street, for a f ixture hearing. Man charged with murder more weeks before he learns what his sentence will be. Sweeting was back before Senior Justice Anita Allen yesterday for a sentencing hearing. According to probation officer Matrena Carey, he has expressed no r emorse over the incident and still denies he ever committed the offence. Sweetings attorney Mario Gray told the court his client had spent a considerable amount of time in and out of jail and asked the court to note that he had been in custody since his arrest. Lead Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardener noted, however, that Sweeting had been on bail during his trial. Gray said that Sweeting had only been granted bail in December 2008. Mr Gray said that he has been in Sandilands and last December attempted suicide. Mr Gray said Sweeting was released from Sandilands on January 8. He said that in light of this, a psychiatric report may be best. The prosecution did not object to the idea, and Senior Justice Allen ordered a psychiatric report on Sweeting. The matter was adjourned to March 16. In his unsworn statement during his trial Sweeting had claimed that it was the complainant who had made sexual advances to him. F ROM page one F ROM page one Psychiatric test ordered in unnatural intercourse case F ROM page one FROM page one FROM page one