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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.181SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 90F LOW 80F S P O R T S SEESPORTSONPAGENINE Hundreds flock to the BTC National Track and Field event B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter P UNCH editor and pub lisher Ivan Johnson and two women were granted $7,000b ail yesterday after being a rraigned in a Magistrates Court charged with makinga false declaration. According to police reports, Johnson was arrested just after 5pm in the preclearance section of Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport on Monday. According to court dock ets, Johnson, 58, of West Hill Street, Christine Toote, 22, and Mickell Gomez, 21, made a false declaration to a US officer just prior to e ntering the US Customs area. They all pleaded not guilty to the charge duringt heir arraignment before Magistrate Guillimina Archer. It is also alleged the three f alsely claimed they were not carrying in excess of $10,000, but were found to be in possession of $13,685 US and $90 in Bahamian currency. The three, who are rep resented by attorney John Bostwick, also pleaded not guilty to that charge. The prosecution did not object to bail, which was granted to each in the sum of $7,000 with one surety. The case was adjourned to December 2. TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E Punch publisher appears in court Ivan Johnson, two women granted bail NINE people were yesterday formally charged in connection with a vehicle license and inspection scam. The eight men and one woman were arraigned in Court 10, Nassau Street, yesterday on the charge of possession of a forged document. Geno Rolle, 30, of Gamble Heights, Rosene Allbury, 33, of Caspien Road, Troy Marshall, 37, of Regency Park, Frederick NINE CHAR GED IN C ONNECTION WITH VEHICLE LICENSE, INSPECTION SCAM By SANCHESKA BROWN MORE than 450 Bahamas Telecommunication Company employees have accepted the voluntary severance packages from Cable and Wireless. By 5pm yesterday, all BTC employees were required to give an answer to Cable and Wireless (CWC their future employment at the company. Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Curry said most of the employees want to take the package and the number of applicants will probably be higher than CWC anticipated. He said it is still up to the company to decide who will stay, and who will leave. Not everyone will be able t o take advantage of the package. You can't let go everybody because the company wouldn't run. Hopefully by July 15, or thereabouts, people will get the news whether they were accept ed to go or not," he said. The first group of people expected to go, according to MrC urry, are those in the areas assumed to be non function ing departments. There are some jobs in BTC, he said, that have been made redundant over the years BTC VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE PACKAGES A CCEPTED BY MORE THAN 450 EMPLOYEES IMMIGRATION Director Jack Thompson last night responded to published statements that implied his agency is set to swoop on the nation's schools to capture illegal immigrant children. In a statement, the Department of Immigration criticised a Guardian report on Mr Thompsons speech at the New Providence Association of Public High Schools Principals annual retreat. The report claimed Mr Thompson said the country has to "flush out" undocumented immigrants who are enrolled in the country's school system, "absorbing our resources." However, Mr Thompson last night set the record straight. In the Department state ment, he said: "The captioned story and contents convey the impression that officials from the Department of Immigra tion propose to apprehend students while in school and interrupt their studies. "The article gives the impression that children are to be targeted by the departments officials. The Department of Immigration regrets this insinuation and strongly condemns any such suggestion or attributions." Mr Thompson said he told the crowd of educators that education is a fundamental human right which every child is entitled to receive. "Administrators were told that students of foreign nationals attending schools should apply to the Depart ment of Immigration for a residency permit or permit to IMMIGRATION DEPT CRITICISES REPOR T ON DIRECTORS SCHOOLS SPEECH SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six COUR TNEWS ACTING Prime Minister and Minis ter of National Security Tommy Turnquest acknowledged the importance of the country's 38 years of independence at a flag-raising ceremony yesterday. Mr Turnquest recalled the "memo rable" night the Union Jack was respect fully lowered and the new aquamarine, gold and black flag of the Bahamas was proudly hoisted, symbolising the countrys nationhood. That flag also raised our hopes and expectations as a people. Those hopes and expectations embodying the vigor and strength of a united and enterprising people, committed to possessing and developing the rich resources of our natural environment of sun, sand and sea. It also symbolises the dedication to the pledge made that we would commit ourselves to excellence in all our endeavACTING PM RECALLS MEMORABLE NIGHT BAHAMIAN FLAG WAS RAISED SEE page two KICK IT: National Pride Day was celebrated in Rawson and Parliament Squares yesterday. Hundreds of Bahamians participated. Felip Major /Tribune staff CHARGED: Punch editor and publisher Ivan Johnson outside of court yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NATIONALPRIDEDAY o urs, through love and unity, despite any c hallenges that would come our way, resolve to always press forward, upward, o nward together to loftier goals, he said a t a National Pride Day ceremony in R awson Square. Although the country is grappling with its fair share of problems, particularlyt he unacceptable levels of criminal activity and the trade of illegal firearms, Mr Turnquest said there are many areas of success. Governor-general Sir Arthur Foulkes, also present at the ceremony, said excel lence can only be achieved through "thel ove we have for God, our country and o ur fellow citizens. If we are faithful in this love, we will have a common unity of mind and spirit,w hich will enable us to be loyal, patriotic and law-abiding citizens, he added. A national awards ceremony, cultural show and gospel concert were also a parto f National Pride Day celebrations. M r Turnquest is filling in for Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who is attending the Caricom Head of Governmentm eeting in St Kitts. F ROM page one SCENESFROM the National Pride Day celebrations held at Rawson Square. ACTING PM RECALLS MEMORABLE NIGHT Felip Major /Tribune staff


By SANCHESKA BROWN T HE Royal Bahamas Police Force has teamed up this summer with Caribbean Bottling and Coca Cola for the second annual Sprite freestyle basketball challenge. M ore than 135 children have signed up for the programme, which runs from July 18 to the August 11. M arketing manager at C aribbean Bottling Donnisha Armbrister said the freestyle challenge was a major success last year and as the programme has been expanded this year, it promises to bee ven better. When the RBPF came to us to plan the event, our main focus was to promote healthy, a ctive lifestyles as well as d evelopment in our community. This year we have agreed to place banners and donate items that would make the game a whole easier, she said. Sergeant Anthony Rolle s aid the basketball is an excellent way to ensure youngsters spend their summer break in a positive way. This camp it is a great a lternative to crime and antisocial behavior. We reaped positive results last year and are hoping it will continue to be a effective crime tool, he said. S gt Rolle said the police specifically targeted high crime areas, including Fox Hill, Kemp Road and Englerston. Championship winners will r eceive iPods along with other p rizes donated by Sprite. A WACKY sports day and grill-out with games and competitions for the young andy oung at heart will be held in the Yellow Elder Park today. Children can jump on a bouncing castle, have their faces painted and race others in thes ports events while adults will have the chance to win cash prizes and vouchers for gas and e lectricity charges from BEC. M edical professionals will be present at a blood pressure testing station. Voter registration booths will also be at the s ite. Those wishing to register are asked to bring a passport or birth certificate and pho to ID. T he fair is hosted by the Kingdom Disci pleship Centre Church International in Tom G rant Park, Yellow Elder. T he festivities will run from 11am until 6pm. By LAMECH JOHNSON FAMILY members of traffic fatality victim John Gibson are pleading for witnesses to come forward and assist with investigations. Jane Gibson-Major, daughter of the deceased, said the police have not fini shed their investigations because they dont have eyewitnesses accounts of the Cowpen Road accident which took place on Saturday, June 18. Were asking for persons who were in the area of Refugee Court at the time a nd saw what happened to please come forward, contact us, Mrs Gibson-Major said. There was a nurse on the scene who assisted us with daddy and told us that the red truck overtook her and three other cars and then she heard a crash. W hen T he Tribune h as spoken with Traffic Division officers investigating the case, they confirmed they cannot determine who was in the wrong without statements from witnesses. Mr Gibson was driving a 1995 silver Dodge Stratus heading north across Cowpen Road when he collided with car heading east on that road. Both drivers were injured and taken to hospital, where Gibson died shortly before 5pm. Albon Gibson, one of the victims of four sons, said his father was on the way home when he died. "My daddy was on his way t o watch me finish building this boat. He didn't know this and it was going to be a surprise but I was building this boat in honour of him. I was going to finish and name it after him and paint in his favourite colour and sail it in August. Now he won't be here to s ee it finished or sailed. Eye-witnesses can contact Ms Gibson-Major at the following numbers: (h 1593, (c Gibson home at 361-4352. His funeral service is today at the Church of God Hall on Joe Farrington Road. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011, PAGE 3 Family plead for witnesses of fatal traffic accident W W e e r r e e a a s s k k i i n n g g f f o o r r p p e e r r s s o o n n s s w w h h o o w w e e r r e e i i n n t t h h e e a a r r e e a a o o f f R R e e f f u u g g e e e e C C o o u u r r t t a a t t t t h h e e t t i i m m e e a a n n d d s s a a w w w w h h a a t t h h a a p p p p e e n n e e d d t t o o p p l l e e a a s s e e c c o o m m e e f f o o r r w w a a r r d d , c c o o n n t t a a c c t t u u s s . JOHN GIBSON was driving this 1995 silver Dodge Stratus YELLOW ELDER TO HOST WACKY SPORTS DAY POLICE F ORCE TO HOLD COURT FOR BASKETBALL CHALLENGE


EDITOR, The Tribune. THErecent appeal that was made by the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR Bahamas and other nations to stop deporting illegal Haitian i mmigrants was, in my view, unfair. Spokesperson for the UNHCR Adrian Edwards stated at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland that due to the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January of 2010, The Bahamas should suspend repatriation of i llegal Haitian immigrants until the situation improves in that impoverished nation. However, I seriously question whether Haiti will ever improve. This country has borne the burden of the Haitian immigration crisis for many years. I wonder if the United N ations fully appreciates what this country has had to deal with for the past 40 years. The population of The Bahamas is around 341,000. On the other hand, Haitis population presently stands at almost 9.7 million. W ith an estimated 80 per cent of the Haitian population living in poverty is it any wonder why so many of its citizens are constantly fleeing that failed state? Further, over 54 per cent of Haitis population lives in abject poverty. More than twothirds of the Haitian labour force do not have formal jobs. I understand that Haiti ranks 145 of 182 countries in the 2010 United Nations Human Devel opment Index. Most Haitians live on a mere $2 a day. In addition, Haitis adult literacy rate stands at 52.9 per cent. Nearly half of Haitis wealth is owned by only 1 per cent of the nations richest. According to Wikipedia, foreign aid makes up approximately 30 to 40 per cent of Haitis national budget. With such dismal statistics, how can Mr Adrian Edwards fix his mouth to say that The Bahamas should stop repatriating illegal Haitian immigrants until the situation improves? I dont see how Haiti will ever improve. Haiti has been an independent nation since 1804. It is the first independent nation in Latin America; and the first black-led republic in the world, according to Wikipedia. Yet, despite its age, Haiti remains an impoverished nation. It has to constantly depend on hand-outs from oth er nations in order to survive. Haitis past is littered with one political rebellion after another. You would recall the September 1991 coup dtat of Presi dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide was Haitis first democratically elected president. He won the 1990-1991 election with an astounding 67 per cent of the votes. The US government pres sured the military regime to restore Aristide to his post as president. After the military regime collapsed in 1994, Aristide was returned to power that year. He was president until 1996. He became president again in 2001. However, he was again removed from office in a violent uprising in February of 2004. Many of his loyal supporters were viciously murdered by his political opponents in that rebellion. According to Bahamian analysts, approximately 60,000 Haitian immigrants, illegal and legal, live in The Bahamas. We are already spread thin with our financial resources. This country just cannot afford to allow more Haitians to come here to live. If given the opportunity, nearly half of Haitis 9.7 million Haitians would leave their impoverished nation in droves. Many of them would no doubt stop here en route to the United States. Imagine having over four million Haitians living here. They would take over this country. The way things look right now, we could very well end up h aving a Haitian prime minister in 20 years or so. My brother had lived in Abaco for several months in 2009. He told me that the Haitian population on that northern island is very large. It seems as if the Haitians have taken over Abaco. Even in New Provid ence, the illegal Haitian immigration situation is no better than Abacos. How often have we heard of persons with Haitian names being charged before the courts with murder and armed robbery? There have also been reports of Haitian young w omen engaging in prostitution in Abaco and even here in Grand Bahama. In addition, there is the constant problem of illegal Haitian immigrants selling food items out of their homes. Some of these illegal Haitian immigrants have no regard for our Bahamian laws. They had become so accustomed to living in a lawless society. In many parts of Haiti, the central government is virtually nonexistent. This can explain why several of our guests from that country have no concept o f law and order. I love Haitians. I have nothing against them. While I dont agree with some of their practices, I do hope and pray to God that their country would experience a drastic change. Until then, The Bahamas will have to continue repatriating illegal H aitian immigrants. The situation in Haiti will never improve until the leaders of that nation make a determination to stop stealing from the nations public purse. There have been too many reports of corruption in the previous governments of Haiti. It has been alleged that f ormer President Baby Doc Duvalier and his cronies stole millions from the treasury while in office. President JeanBertram Aristides government has also been accused of corruption. It remains to be seen, though, w hether President Michel Martelly can bring about lasting, positive change to Haiti. The country desperately needs it. But until then, this country has got to continue repatriating illegal Haitian immigrants. I wholeheartedly agree with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symonette, when he stated to the press that the govern ment of The Bahamas will continue to repatriate illegal Haitian immigrants. The government has made the right decision. KEVIN EVANS Nassau, June, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. You are granted bail with two sureties. T hese are the words that many Bahamians who are charged with committing serious offences have become accustomed to hearing after being in jail for several years without a trial and without bail. These are also words that the victims families dread hearing because it re-opens wounds and sometimes puts them in fear because of the potential for retaliation from these individuals who have been charged and released on bail. Because of the high rate of crime among persons on bail, many in the Bahamas are calling on magistrates to deny bail to personsc harged with serious offences. In fact, many Bahamians believe that magistrates are positively contributing to crime in the society. I was one of these believers as well. Just recently, I read about several cases that the Attorney Generals Office lost, the most notable one being the case involving a fire in which several persons lost their lives. The judges ruling was a lack of evidence. Even in the recent case of Maxo Tido, the Privy Council stated that the identification parade should not have been allowed into evidence. The crux of the problem in the administration of justice seems to be at the prosecutorial level. The prosecutors receive the evidence from the police and then they present the evidence to the magistrate or judge. They have the responsibility to tell the police that a particular case has insufficient evidence and then recommend the release of persons who may spend several years of their lives in Fox Hill prison for no legal reason. Additionally, if the prose cutors feel that a case has merit, then they have a responsibility to bring the case to trial within a reasonable time. Magistrates have little choice in granting bail to accused individuals because keeping these persons in jail for unreasonable periods without a trial would be a violation of their civil rights. A recent Nassau Guardian article stated where a father of a murdered victim praised a magistrate for extending bail to a charged mur derer. He appreciates the fact that the lack of speedy trials leaves magistrates with no choice but to extend bail. It seems that the Attorney Generals Office needs immediate revamping and retooling. I know that they are between a rock anda hard place but lets stop wasting the courts time if the evidence is not available to prosecute individuals. There have been several recent cases where confessions were not accepted by judges because of potential police brutality. How about scrutinising more closely the police evidence received? Innocent until proven guilty is the law in the Bahamas. No matter who done it, in a court of law evidence beyond a reasonable doubt is required as proof of guilt. Having young men locked up in Fox Hill on lack of evidence only hurts the society when these men are released on bail. Many of them become hardened criminals and add even more criminal elements to their repertoire. Prosecutors need to present viable evidence and bring trials to courts in a much more efficient manner. Otherwise, we will continue to hear magistrates and judges utter the words, You are granted bail with two sureties. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, June 29, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JULY 2, 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 TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w updated daily at 2pm CHICAGO After years of stories o f men sentenced to death for crimes t hey did not commit and families of murd er victims angrily demanding their l oved ones' killers pay with their own lives, the end of the death penalty in Illinois came quietly Friday when the bill banning executions took effect. T hat bill was signed with much fanfare in March by Gov. Pat Quinn, who sub s equently commuted the sentences of t he 15 men on death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Fourteen of those prisoners have been placed in maximum security prisons around the s tate, while one was placed in a mediumh igh security prison with a mental health facility. I ronically, the state's death row at the prison in Pontiac has been turned into a place where inmates go once they ared eemed worthy of leaving the state's super-maximum Tamms prison in south ern Illinois and enter a less-restrictive p rison programme, a corrections depart ment official said. As for the death chamber itself, last used in 1999, Stacey Solano, a spokesw oman for the state's department of cor rections, said no decision has been made about what, if anything, will be done w ith it. Because the fate of executions in the state was sealed in March when Quinns igned the bill abolishing it, Friday's ultimate end to the death penalty was barely noted around the state. Solano said the department has received just twoc alls for information from the media on Friday. That lack of interest stands in con t rast to the last dozen years or so when Illinois was at the very centre of the national and international debate over the death penalty. Even before the day t hen-Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium on executions in 2000 to the day in 2003 when he commuted to life in prison the death sentences of more than 160 inmates, the spotlight on capital punishment has shined brightest on Illinois. In Illinois, where 12 men were executed between 1977 when the death penalty was reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court and the year before Ryan's 2000 moratorium, the issue nev er went away. Even as lawmakers debated the death penalty and the moratorium Ryan imposed remained in place, prosecutors continued to seek the death penalt y. By the time Quinn signed the bill in M arch, there were 15 men on death row. A mong them was Brian Dugan, who w as convicted in 2009 in the 1983 slaying of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico years after two men were sentenced to death for the same slaying before they were u ltimately exonerated and released from prison. H is attorney, Steven Greenberg, said F riday that shutting down death row was proper given that people were convicted and sentenced to death for that crime and others they did not commit. Anytime you've got a system where t here is a danger of providing retribution on the wrong person, that's no diff erent than vigilante justice, which is what we had," he said. Greenberg said that some jurors with t heir decisions not to recommend the death penalty in other cases in recent years were already sending a messaget hat they remain concerned about the possibility of executing an innocent person. But former Cook County State's A ttorney Dick Devine, a proponent of the death penalty and a vocal critic of Ryan's decision to clear death row, p ointed out that among those who are benefiting from the ban is a man who raped a mother and daughter in front ofo ne another before stabbing them to death. "I believe there are some people who do such terrible things that they forfeitt heir right to be among us," he said. Devine also said he doesn't believe the death penalty is necessarily gone for e ver in Illinois, and that the debate will begin anew when there is a particularly horrific crime. "I suspect when the next John Wayne G acy, Timothy McVeigh.... happens there will be some discussion of bringing it back," he said. "Nothing is carved in stone." Serial killer Gacy, who prowled the Chicago streets preying on lonely runaways and murdered 33 young men and boys, was executed in 1994. McVeigh was convicted of murder in the 1995 Oklahoma City federal building bombing that killed 168 people and executed in 2001. (This article was written by Don Babwin, Associated Press). LETTERS l Illinois officially ends death penalty 6$)5$1&/$*(52

By LAMECH JOHNSON DISMISSING calls for the re-establishment of police officers in schools, the nations top cop said he believes the move would damage the authority of principals and teachers. Speaking at the New Providence Association of Public High Schools principals forum, Commissioner Ellison Greenslade said the argument for school policing is similar to the argument for all Bahamians having guns. C rimes People have said, based on all the crimes and whats happening, we need guns, and I say no way. Were not going t o do that in the Bahamas and the commissioner makes no apology for that, he said. If I agree that everyone of you should have a gun because youre frightened, why do you have me? I should take my uniform off and we should abandon the police f orce, abandon the Defence F orce, because youre saying that all of us have miserably failed. Be careful and dont jump on that bandwagon quickly. Warning against circumstances leading people to support drastic changes, he said: I dont want the police to take over your schools. I want you to be in charge of your schools. Because if youre not careful, and youve got to watch what you agree to, when the police officer shows up on your doorsteps and starts to run your school, then you start to no longer feel needed. Commissioner Greenslade added: I am a police officer and Im a man and I know the trouble. I see it from some of these youngsters, who are not socialised, have never been to church, do not intend to go to church, do not have respect for their parents and they certainly will not respect you. And you must be able to cut that out. That is not a good fit. The commissioner assured principals that his stance on school policing does not mean that the force will stop supporting schools. He noted that he has already begun working to appoint school liaison officers who will serve as go-betweens for divisional commanders and school administrators. We will be more than happy to ensure that there is a school liaison officer assigned to every school in the Bahamas. We have sufficient officers to do that and they should be available at all times to the schools, he said. Mr Greenslade said this is just one of the many programmes being launched under Priority 3 of the 2011 Policing plan. To see the full plan, visit: "I vex at those heartless p eople on Prince Charles Drive who keep their poor lil' dog tie up to the same tree all daya nd night. Every time I walk m y dogs past their house the poor thing is straining to get free, barking like crazy. Why keep a living, breath ing animal with needs and wants stuck to a tree all day?T he dog better off in the Humane Society where some animal lover can adopt him." Dog lover "I am vex at hearing the same tired old cause and effect o f crime by the endless stream of opportunists, pontificatiors, bellyachers, had-your-chanceb ureaucrats, an such. All they are doing is blow ing hot air, making the air poll uted, plus not a single one of them have so far mentioned public flogging which is in the law books! It is long past that w e hear from the visionaries and the pragmatic guys on solutions." Reader "It is quite vexing to see pastors criticising various gov e rnment policies implemented for the good of the people, and at the same time remains ilent on a host of questionable issues by other church colleagues. Pot an' Kettle "I vex 'cause these lawyers a pparently did not study English history nor did they avail themselves to visit museumso r read about places of Engl ish history where they can easily learn that when the Enghish speak of 'cruel and i nhumane' treatment, the English can tell of beheadings, the 'rack' and other gory sto-r ies in their great history. "So yet again, when the English say it is 'cruel and i nhumane', it is so and that is why students from the third world have to go to a first world nation to matriculate, t o get that knowkedge which still seems to have eluded some graduates." Common Sense "I vex that one pseudo intell ectual (in a daily ing propanganda about Bahamian hospitality towards Haitians and as to whetherB ahamians can do so given the problems in Haiti. Well blow me down! The sheer ingratitude where we acco modate them to live for free on our nations lands, getting free electricity, schooling, h ealth care, everybody com ing here and living illegally and profusely making chil d ren, almost outnumbering us the native species and this writer dares to talk about a better, peaceful Caribbean while admitting the Haitians a re spreading all over! Well mudda sic! What nonsense! What misguided nationalist!" Native Species "I am terribly vex that the United Nations and numero us countries have mentioned our English speaking Bahamas to continue to keeps heltering the growing multitudes of Haitians and have not even mentioned having the F rench speaking countries such as Martinique, Guadeloupe or even French Guiana trying to accomodate these e conomic migrants." Common Man I vex cause 'bout 10 years a go people used to refer to each other as 'my boops' or ma jack' and such loving friendly terms of endearment, and today people in this soci ety now refer to people as Haitians, Jamaicians, Chinese' or by some other coun try's name. Pity." Goosied "I am happy to be looking a t TV and see one government official being interviewed about wages and it wass o funny to see them say in a v ariety of eloquent words and sentences and mind you looking extremely serious and p oised then after a few min utes I realised they had not said anything of substance." Amused "I am happy that the rainy s eason is here and the grass started to grow back," Terrance A re you vex? Send complaints to LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011, PAGE 5 T rademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. NOTICERBC Royal Bank (Bahamas I NVITES TENDERSR BC Royal Bank (Bahamas t enders for the purchase of the f ollowing: All THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 112 situated in Westridge E states Subdivision situated in the Western district of the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Property Size: 22,000 sq. ft. Building Size: N/A T his property is being sold under Power o f Sale contained in a Mortgage to RBC R oyal Bank (Bahamas All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope, addressed t o the Manager, Royal Bank Commercial Financial Services, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked Tender 7939. All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., 8th July, 2011. W HYYOUVEX? COMMISSIONER OF POLICE SAYS NO TO SCHOOL POLICING GREENSLADESAYSMOVEWOULDDAMAGEAUTHORITYOFPRINCIPALSANDTEACHERS NOSCHOOLPOLICING: Commissioner Ellison Greenslade


B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT A baby mockingbird was rescued by Grand Bahama Power Com p any linesmen who discov ered the hatchling nesting inside a tension machine. W ith the assistance of Bird C onservation expert Erika Gates, the baby Northern A merican Mockingbird was safely removed by employees and reunited with its par ents. A ccording to company officials, linesmen Keith Knowles and Arthur Spenser discovered the baby bird while making a routine onsite check of equipment in preparation of a job assignment. They were getting ready to transport the machine to a job location, when an examination of the equipment revealed the distraught baby bird, officials said. T he men immediately notified their supervisor, Troy MacKenzie, who made sev e ral phone calls but was unable to find an agency that would come to help with theb aby bird. T he employees were eventually referred to Erika Gates, a bird conservationisth ere on Grand Bahama. W hen Mrs Gates arrived at the GBPC Transmission a nd Distribution site, she instructed the men on how to safely remove and relocate the baby bird. M rs Gates noted that the relocation efforts were critical to the survival of the mocking bird. Upon my arrival I noticed the parents flying around thec ompound making sounds of distress. They were clearly looking for the hatchling. It was important that the tem porary nest be placed as near as possible to the original site of where the employees f ound the bird, she explained. The baby bird would have s tarved to death if the par e nts were not able to find and feed the bird, Gates said. With her guidance, Mr MacKenzie said the employees were able to safely move the bird to a temporary nest they had created. We are so grateful that Mrs Gates was able to respond so quickly to our call and assist us with relocating the bird, he said. Linesman Keith Knowles said it is standard practice for employees to conduct and complete safety briefings and safety checks of equipment before starting a job. We were informed by Mrs Gates that had we not conducted the checks and simply moved the machine to the job site, it would have resulted in the death of the baby mocking bird. The GBPC employees have reported that the parents and hatchling have been safely reunited and that the mocking bird family is doing well. They also expressed thanks to Mrs Gates for her assistance in the rescue and relocation of the baby mocking bird. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427( JULY 3RD, 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.Rev.William Jiggs/Sis. Marilyn Tinker 11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Bro. Ernest Miller 7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Praise Team CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921 and some areas that will probably be closed completely like the mailing room, tower riggers and enterprise support. The people in those areas will most likely hear from the company within the next few weeks on the status of their jobs. The company is expected to begin letting go staff in about three weeks time, while some employees will have to wait up to a year before they are phased out. While negotiations have officially stopped on the packages, Mr Curry says they are still working with a group of people who had accidents on the job and require additional benefits. While not confirmed, it has been speculated the company intends on letting go the older workers and do a mass recruitment of hiring younger people. Although an exact number has yet to be confirmed, it is estimated that around 400, or 30 per cent, of BTC's staff will be cut. Sands Jr, 20, of Dumping Ground Corner, Pedro Demelvard, 19, of Montgomery Avenue, Indiana Strachan, 22, of Simms Street, Lintheo Colebrooke, 2 2, of Kennedy Subdivision, Ranford Brown, 30, of Nassau Village and RobinsonR oc, 30, of Rock Crusher, were all arraigned on the single count of possession ofa forged document before Magistrate Guillimina Archer. It is alleged they were each found in possession ofa forged Road Traffic license disc last month. Additionally, Rolle and Marshall were charged with conspiring to possess a forged document. Rolle was granted $6,000 bail with one surety, while Marshall was granted $3,000 bail with one surety. The remaining persons who pleaded not guilty to the charge were each granted bail in the sum of $5,000 with one surety. They are expected back in court on November 7. r eside. It was emphasised that while students should not be denied the right of a basic education, records by the Department to Immigration are critical for futurea pplications, ie permanent residence, citizenship," continued the statement. Mr Thompson said he also told the audience that the matter of schooling the c hildren of illegal immig rants is "sensitive" and requires professionalism and discretion. The root of thep roblem lies with parents as it is they who make deci-s ions on behalf of their child ren, he added. S till, he stressed that as a matter of policy churches, schools and clinics were off l imits for apprehension exercises. "The Department of Immigration fully appreci a tes the sensitivity of the matter. Its policies and actions always seek to be inc ompliance with international law and by acceptable national and internationals tandards and practices." FROM page one NINE CHAR GED FROM page one IMMIGRATION DEPT F ROM page one BTCPACKAGES A PETRIFIED puppy found hudd led in the middle of Prince Charles D rive during rush hour traffic was give n a new chance at life when a pair of c aring caterers stopped to help. Storm and John of catering compan y Citrus picked up the tiny puppy, who was covered in scabs and sores and could barely stand up on her own, and took her to veterinarian Dr Johnson of Purrfect Pets in Prince Charles D rive. T he diagnosis was dire: had she not b een rescued, the puppy would have o nly lived another 12 to 48 hours. Dr Johnson estimated the potcake w as no more than three weeks old. She was treated for scabies, fleas and ticks, and at least two kinds of worms. Storm and John took Charlie home t o nurse her back to health, and withi n two months she had grown to be a g rateful and loyal companion to her r escuers, and healthy enough to integrate into a pack of four large dogs. The initial idea was to nurse her back to health and find a home for her, Storm said. But as she grew stronger, Charlie grew closer to her rescuers and vice v ersa. Giving her away was not an option. S he was happy to stay, and her new o wners were just as happy to have her join their family. N ow at around four months old, Charlies cheerful disposition, friendly nature and watchdog skills have brought much joy to her new owners. Petrified puppy gets a second chance at life CHARLIE was found in bad condition on Prince Charles Drive but is now strong and healthy. A BABY NORTH AMERICAN MOCKINGBIRD seen being rescued by GBPC linesmen who discovered the bird nesting inside a piece of equipment called a tension machine. GBPOWER COMPANY LINESMEN RESCUE BABY MOCKINGBIRD BIRD CONSERVATIONIST Erika Gates assisted the Grand Bahama Power Company Transmission & Distribution employees in the safe relocation of the baby mocking bird. Seen (from left linesmen Keith Knowles and Arthur Spenser, along with Erika Gates, Bird Conservationist holding the rescued baby mockingbird.


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2011, PAGE 7 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1. 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2130.10032.61.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .008.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7 .006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.900.050.1110.04517.12.37% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.0830.24065.14.44% 8.805.40Finco5.405.400.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029F RIDAY, 1 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,410.62 | CHG 0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -88.89 | YTD % -5.93BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.6384Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5997-4.43%-16.29% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.50161.08%0.02% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1 .12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1 .16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19 .94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 21 1.28102.07%9.80% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 31 0.40873.83%11.49% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8 .78964.66%16.69% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 ( S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/20073 1-May-11B ISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 3 1-May-11 3 0-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 31-May-11M ARKET TERMS3 0-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 3 1-May-11 3 0-Apr-11 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIVE DAY MESSAGE89TH ICA INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE DAY 17TH UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES 2 JULY, 2011THEME:OUTH, THE FUTURE OF COOPERATIVE ENTERPRISEToday we join millions of cooperative members around the world in observing International Cooperative Day. outh, the future of cooperative enterprise isthe theme for this years 89th International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) International Co-operative Day and the 17t hUn International Day of Cooperatives, 2 July, 2011. This theme underscores that unless change is welcomed and embraced, aims, objectives, strategies and structures are adapted, cooperatives face oblivion. A considerable percentage of the potential membership base of the cooperative movement within The Bahamas, are the off-springs of existing members. Therefore, the marketing and development strategies must be re-tooled and adjusted to reect and engage the next generation of cooperative leaders. The image of cooperatives in The Bahamas must reect the diversity in our population and be so structured to develop strategically sustainable alliances with schools, colleges, youth and church organizations that are relevant to the aspirations and goals of our young people. I am advised, that the Department of Cooperative Development in conjunction with The Bahamas Cooperative League and representatives of various high schools have met recently in a forum to discuss the re-launch of the school cooperative program. Junior cooperatives have existed in The Bahamas for many years as an extra-curricula activity at several of our senior high schools and it is heartening that efforts are being undertaken to revitalize this initiative. In this years International Cooperative Day Message, the International Cooperative Alliance notes that: The theme for the International Day of Co-operatives 2011 highlights how the co-operative model of enterprise can successfully empower youth. It links to the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Youth, which concludes in August 2011, just prior to the launch of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012. The year of youth encourages dialogue and understanding across generations and promotes the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity. The International Day of Co-operatives addresses the need for all co-operative stakeholders to promote the participation of young people in the co-operative movement. Too often young people are not aware of the co-operative model of enterprise; they do not learn about cooperatives in school, as co-operatives often do not gure in school curricula. Young people also may not realise that the products and services they use are provided by cooperatives. Yet, co-operatives provide young people opportunities that address their practical and strategic needs. They offer them a model of enterprise to create their own businesses. They offer the opportunities to be employed with enterprises that address young peoples concerns for more democratic, responsible and ethical business operations. At a time when social media connects young people to an extent never seen before, cooperatives are seeing unprecedented opportunities. The co-operative is a model that embodies collaborative forms of action so appealing to this emerging generation. Co-operatives provide opportunities to young people to gain professional employment experiences, to further their education and provide capacity building, encourage participation in decisionmaking in co-operatives or form their own co-operatives. ICAs engagement with youth is longstanding. The ICA Board co-opted its rst youth representative in 2003 to participate fully in the discussions of the Board, and in 2008 the ICA formalised the election by the ICA General Assembly of a youth representative as a board member. Additionally, ICA has an active Youth Network, which aims to: help young co-operators from different countries to connect and to share experiences and ideas; provide an environment where young co-operators can learn more about the wider cooperative movement; involve young people from outside the movement through education and support; empower young co-operators to engage with the rest of the movement to both raise the prole of youth issues and to ensure the youth perspective is presented during wider discussions. As part of its priorities for the International Year of Co-operatives 2012, ICA seeks to engage greater numbers of youth in the co-operative movement. ICA is organising an artistic competition open to young adults all over the world with the purpose of promoting the values and principles of co-operation among the youth: the Coop Art competition. Participants will be able to submit their projects through a dedicated webpage from November 2011 to May 2012 and the award ceremony will be held in Manchester in November 2012. Any person between 16 and 35 years-old can participate. There are three different categories for the competition: music, video and photography. The aim is to promote the principles of cooperation in a way attractive to young people to raise their awareness about the co-operative movement worldwide. On this International Day of Cooperatives, the ICA calls on co-operators throughout the world to engage young people in the co-operative movement and to invest in their future leadership. Ladies and Gentlemen: The future of cooperatives in The Bahamas is assured by the level of involvement and participation of the youth of our nation. As Minister of Agriculture & Marine resources with responsibility for cooperatives, I am pleased to join with the International Cooperative Alliance and the United Nations to encourage cooperatives in The Bahamas to invest in and to engage our young people. Today, I congratulate The 38,000 cooperative members in The Bahamas on your stewardship as you observe and celebrate International Cooperative Day HON. LAWRENCE CARTWRIGHTMINISTER OF AGRICULTURE & MARINE RESOURCES TWENTY new doctors have graduated from the University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research in Nassau. T here achievement was celebrated at a ceremony in the Governors Ballroom, British Colonial Hilton Hotel onM onday. M inister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis described the establishment of UWI in the B ahamas as a great milestone i n Bahamian history, and one which has had a great eco n omic impact on students who w ould have otherwise had to travel abroad to study. It is a fundamental responsibility for any government to e nsure that all citizens have a ccess to affordable healthc are health providers are responsible for laying the foundation upon whichn ational development rests, he said. T he Class of 2011 included: I an Alleyne-McQuay, Kandis B annister, Kent Bazard, Terrell Carey, Sabrina Famous, Ryan Friday, I-talya Goodm an, Talietha Johnson, Charneca Knowles, Larano Knowles, Marcela Malcolm,J anelle Osadebay, Louis Pin t ard, Shivargo Rolle, K-Joy Simms, Sarai Sears, Jason Thompson, Vonetta Thomp-s on, Rhea Thurston, and Gre gory Tynes. Senior medical profession a ls robed the graduates in white coats. The special award recipients were: Dr Rhea Thurston Dr Cecil M Bethel Award, mosto utstanding student; the Dr Anthony Regis Award, most outstanding student in finalM BBS examinations; prize for most outstanding student in psychiatry Dr Ian Alleyne-McQuay Professor Knolly Alan Butler Award, most outstanding student in surgery portion of the MBBS exams Dr Gregory Tynes Dr M ortimer Moxey Award, most outstanding performance in community medicine Dr Janelle Osadebay m ost outstanding performance in obstetrics and gynaecology P rofessor Brendan Bain, r egional co-ordinating unit director for the Caribbean H IV/AIDS Regional Traini ng Network (CHART served as keynote speaker. He charged the graduates to take care of their own h ealth and wellness before a ttempting to serve patients. Even as you enjoy the genuine euphoria of your deserved success, accept thatt he medical practice is extremely stressful Have ap lan for stress management. D ont hesitate to ask for a dvice about that. Take breaks. You might think youre Superman or W onder Woman, but thats a delusion, he said. According to Dr Robin R oberts, SCMR director, the n eed for good doctors is being enhanced by the rise of a new breed of patient. Never before in medicine has there been such a need fora good doctor. For what we h ave is a new patient, one who is equipped with the Internet and WebMD, one who wants to be informed when making c hoices. And more than anything else, this new patient wants tom ake us accountable if something goes less than they expect We are here to takec are of people, not illnesses. With that, I tell you to go and make your parents proud and make your University of theW est Indies proud, Dr Roberts said. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT The United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM ous donation to the Grand Bahama Childrens Home. Admiral James Winnefeld Jr and US Ambassador Nicole Avant visited the home on Tripp Lane, where they spent time with the children and met with staff and executive committee members. They presented bed linens, clothing, footwear, and toys during thier visit on Thursday. The youngsters were also treated to patriotic snacks, food, refreshments, and playtime on a bouncing castle. The US Embassy is celebrating its 235th anniversary of the Independence of the United States. Celebrations were held in Grand Bahama on Thursday with a visit to the home. Later that evening, the ambassador and Mr Winnefeld co-hosted independence celebra tions aboard the USS VICKSBURG at Lucayan Harbour. The Childrens Home cares for up to 40 children ages 012 years who have been removed from their families as a result of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. It is a privilege to be here with you. Each of you is capa ble of being whatever you want to be; you are the future of the Bahamas. The items we have brought were given by officers of USNORTHCOM and we hope this donation will make life easier for you at the Home, Mr Winnefeld said. Geneva Rutherford, GBCH committee member, thanked Mr Winnefeld for the donations. Our inventory was low and the items that were donated are critical to the home. We were out of supplies and we are very grateful for the sheets, blankets, flip flops, and art supplies that we received for the children, she said. The group home was founded in 1977. In 1980, the com mittee was reorganised and Lady Henrietta St George, the wife of the late Grand Bahama Port Authority chairman Edward St George, served as chairperson. The GBPA has made significant donations to the development of the home since 1980, donating a building for the first home on Jobson Avenue. Due to the demand for space, The Village was estab lished in April 2003 at Tripp Lane, where a new building was built. The old home, which housed 900 children over 20 years, was in need of better facilities. The Children's Home is run jointly by Department of Social Services and the Grand Bahama Childrens Home Committee. It is funded through donations from the com munity and government which covers cost of staff salaries. US NORTHERN COMMAND AND EMBASSY DONATE TO GBCHILDRENS HOME 20 NEW DOCTORS GRADUATE FROM UWI CELEBRATION AT THE BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter I T w a s m o r e t h a n p r e s i d e n t M i k e S a n d s a n t i c i p a t e d a s h u n d r e d s f l o c k e d t o t h e Grand Bahama Sports Com plex to view the highly com petitive BTC National Track a n d Fi e l d C h a m p io n s h i p s l a s t weekend. "The per f orm ances of t he athletes lived up to its expec tations a nd its billing ," Sands stated. "We spoke about the co un td ow n to th e s ho wd ow n. If there's any one event that l i v e d u p t o t h a t w a s th e m e n s 400. "No t w i t hst an di ng t h at it was a world class meet with w o r l d c l a s s p e r f o r m a n c e s when you consider what the three competitors did in the men's high jump as well." S a n d s a t t r i b u t e d a l o t o f t h e p e r f o r m a n c e s t o t h e o v e r w h e l m i n g s u p p o r t t h a t t h e B A A A r e c e i v e d f r o m t h e crowd that packed the stadi um on both nights. Demetrius Pinder was one o f th o s e h o me g r ow n a th l e te s w h o t o o k a d v a n t a g e o f t h e su pp or t fr om the cr ow d a s he l e d f r o m s t a r t t o f i n i s h i n r e p e a t i n g a s t h e m e n s 4 0 0 metre champ ion in 4 5.4 9 s econds. I j u s t w a n t t o g i v e G o d th a n k s a n d to e v e ry bo d y w h o sup port e d me," said Pin der, w h o s u r ge d f r o m b eh i n d t o h o l d o f f R a m o n M i l l e r ( 4 6 2 6 ) an d f o rm er c h am pi o n C hr i s Bay' Brown (46.04). "I had to do it. It's home, t h e h o m e p e o p l e n o t j u s t F r e e p o r t b u t t h e w h o l e B a h am a s T h e y s u p p o r t m e to the f ul le s t, so I ju s t wa n te d to make everybody proud." Mil ler whos e time wa s a B q u a l i f y i n g m a r k f o r t h e W o r l d C h a m p i o n s h i p s s a i d h e k ne w t h a t e v e r y b o d y i n t h e r a c e was g oing to run, s o he was just proud of the way he per formed. "All year, I had my prob lems. I started with a coach, then I lost him and I thought everyb od y w as goi ng do w nh i l l M i l l e r p o i n t e d o u t B u t I t hi nk t h e L ord my fam il y a n d m y g i r l f r i e n d T h e y a l l told me that I could do it." I t w a s n t w h a t B r o w n a n t i c i p a t ed b u t h e ac c e p t e d t h e defeat gracefully. "I f elt a lit t le f lat I d on 't k n o w w h a t h a p p e n e d h e s a i d B u t h e y I a l r e a d y q u a l ified for the World Champi onships, so I just have to get ready for it. "During the race, I felt the guys coming behind me, but when I tried to go with them, I ju st couldn't g et it toge ther. I r e a l l y w a s n t f o c u s s e d o n Demetriu s. I was just t ry i ng to run my race." W h i l e t h e m e n s q u a r t e r THE TRIBUNE P A GE 9 SA TURD A Y JUL Y 2, 2011 SOFTBALL NPSA ACTION THE New Providence Softball Association contin ued its regular season on Thursday night with a dou ble header on tap at the Banker's Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. In the ladies' opener, the Wildcats routed the Sea Star Pheonix 13-1 as every batter in the line-up had at least one hit and scored at least a run. Khatrel Dorsett went 2for-3 with two RBIs, scoring a pair of runs to lead the attack. Lindsay Clarke and Terah Albury were both 2for-4 with an RBI and a run scored apiece; Donnette Edwards was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored and Cedrucjka Clarke was 1-for2 with two RBI and a run scored. Linda Knowles went the distance with a one-hit, six strike put with two walks performance for the win. Charlene Cambridge was tagged with the loss on 14 hits with four walks and a strike out. In the men's contest, the Dorsey Park Boys Bommer George knocked off the Miller Rams 14-5, out-hit ting them 14-2. Desmond Rolle had a perfect 4-for-4 night with an RBI and a run scored; Mario Ford and Philip Johnson were 2-for-4 with an RBI, scoring a run; Edward Rolle was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Rudolph Fox was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Charlie Gaitor was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored in a losing effort. Garret Strachn fired a one-hit, five walk, two strike out performance for the win. Stephen Ferguson got tagged with the loss on 14 hits. The NPSA will be back in action tonight with another double header on tap, starting at 7 p.m. SOFTBALL BANKER'S LEAGUE THE Banker's Softball League continued its regular season action on Wednesday night at the Billou Hills Sporting Complex with the First Caribbean International Bank blasting ScotiaBank 19-3. Patrick Lockhart had a perfect 4-for-4 day with two RBI as George Ingraham picked up the win on the mound. Hector Rolle went 1-for-2 and Lester Dean was tagged with the loss. The league will be back in action today with the fol lowing games on tap: 10:30 a.m. Colina vs Bank of the Bahamas. Noon CitiBank vs CMC. 1:30 p.m. Royal Bank of Canada vs BAF. 3 p.m. FCIB vs Fidelity. SOFTBALL NPOTSA ACTION THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association continued its regular season action over the week end at the Archdeacon William Thompson Softball Park at the Southern Recreation Grounds with the fol lowing results posted: Unique Care House Giants def. William Jets 1916 as Vernon Bowles got the win over Rudy Gardiner. Jeff Randall led the offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored and Brian Capron went 3-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. The Dozer Pros nipped the Corner Boys 15-14 as Ray Johnson got the win on the mound and Harold Fritzgerald suffered the loss. Kwith Moss led their offensive attack by going 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter S H E S h a d a p h e n o m e n a l c a r e e r t h a t h a s s p a n n e d m o r e t h a n t w o d e c a d e s B u t v e t e r a n j a v e li n t hr o we r L a v e r n E v e w i l l t e l l yo u th at she ow es h e r l o n g e v i t y t o h e r f a i t h i n G o d W h i l e h o m e f or a b r e a k f o l l o w i n g a n o t he r t r i u m p h a t t h e B a h a m a s A s s o c i a t i o n o f A t h l e t i c As so cia tio ns BTC Na tio nal Track a n d F i e l d Ch a mp i o ns h i ps i n Gr a nd B a h a m a o v e r t h e w e e k e n d E v e a t t e n d e d t h e S u m m e r Y o u t h C a m p a t Mac edon ia Baptist Church, in Fox H i l S h e w a s a b l e t o s h a r e h e r e x p e r i e n c e s w i t h t h e y o u n g st e rs p re s e n t "I like t al king t o kids be ca use I b e l i e v e t h a t i s w h e r e w e n e e d t o s t a r t ou r i n f l u e n c e s a i d E v e w h o g r e w u p a n d s t i l l r e s i d e s i n F o x H i l l C o m i n g h o m e I w i sh I c o u l d d o i t m o r e oft e n bec ause I t hink t hey ne e d to se e us mo re a nd he a r ou r st o ry so t h e y c o u l d f e e l l i k e t h e y a r e o n t h e ri g h t t r a c k b e c a u s e m o s t o f t h e t i m e t h e k i d s f e e l l i k e w e a r e p r i v i l e g e d S h e a d d e d : T h e y n e e d t o h e a r o u r st o r y b e c a u s e w e g r e w u p t h e s a m e w a y a s t h e y d i d a n d w e d i d t he s a m e t h i n g s t h a t t h e y a r e d o i n g W e w e r e n o t bo r n w ith s il ver s p oo n s i n o u r mo u t h s T h e y j u s t n e e d t o l e t t h e m k n o w t h e r o a d w e t o o k a n d h o w w e g ot t o whe r e we a re I lov e c om in g hom e Eve talks with youth at Macedonia Baptist C h u r c h S u m m e r C a m p spor ts NOTES SEE page 10 SEE page 10 SEE page 10 H u n d r e d s f l o c k t o t h e B T C National T rack and Field "I had to do it. It's home, the home people, not just Freeport, but the whole Bahamas. They support me to the fullest, so I just wanted to make everybody proud." Demetrius Pinder D e m e t r iu s P in d e r D o na ld T h om a s Lavern Eve


SPORTS P AGE 10, SA TURDA Y JUL Y 2, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS BASEBALL might be finished this y ea r f o r ot her l ea gue s in Nassa u, but th e n e wl y-f o r m ed Ed A r m b r is te r B as eb a l l L e a g u e g e t s i t s y o u t h b a s e b a l l c a m p underway at Windsor Park today from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. T h e c a m p a l s o c o n t i n u e s a l l n e x t w e e k M o n d a y t h r o u g h F r i d a y w i t h t w o s e s s i o n t i me e v e r y d a y f ro m no on 2 p.m. and 5 7 p.m. The camp is open to all boys age 10 a n d o v e r a n d w i l l r u n a t l e a s t u n t i l school opens. I n a d d i t i o n t o l e a r n i n g a b o u t t h e game of baseball, there will be games and movie days at next door Stephen Di ll e t school w here b a se b a l l ca mpers w i l l w a t c h E d A r m b r i s t e r s p e r f o r mances in the 1975 World Series as a player on the winning Cincinnati Reds w i t h H a l l o f F a m e t e a m m a t e s P e t e Rose, Jos Morgan and Tony Perez. Ar mbrist e r i s on e of f iv e B aha mi an s t o h av e p l ay e d Ma jo r L ea gu e Ba s eball and the only one still alive. Ca mp direc tors i n cl u de M ike But l e r M a r i o F o r d A n d y P e r c e n t i e R o o s i e Ar c h e r R en e e S u n s h i n e D a vi s C r es twell Pratt, Andy Ford, Ken Adderley an d To m m y S tu b b s wh o wil l al so m en t o r t h e y o u n g p l a y e r s t o b e c o m i n g r es pe ct a bl e re si de nt s a nd t e a ch t he m ab o u t th e h i sto r y o f b a se b all es p ec ia lly in the Bahamas. A l s o n e x t w e e k s t a r t i n g M o n d a y morn i n g t he Ed Arm brist er Basebal l Le agu e w ill c o n d u c t a wee k -lo n g w o rk s h o p f o r g o v e r n m e n t s c h o o l P E t e a c h e r s a t S te p h e n D i l l et P r im a r y S c h o o l a n d at Windsor Park. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter J A M E S J a y D a r l i n g a dm it te d th a t he w a sn 't q ui te r e a d y b u t h e k n e w s o o n e r o r l a t e r h e w o u l d h a v e t o mak e his d ebut on th e men' s p r o f e s s i o n a l b o d y b u i l d i n g s c e n e On e y e a r a fte r win ni ng the C e n t r a l A m e r i c a n a n d C a r i b b e a n C h a m p i o n s h i p t i t l e t o s e c u r e h i s p r o c ar d D a r l i n g f i n a l l y s t e p p e d o u t o n t h e b i g s t a g e a t t h e 20 1 1 T a m p a P r o B o d y b u i l d i n g C l a s s i c i n F l o r i d a o v e r t h e w e e k e n d I' ve b een p r oc r as t i n at i n g f o r a l o n g t i m e e v e n t r yi n g t o h o l d o f f f o r a s l o n g a s I c o u l d D a r l i n g s a i d o n h i s r et u r n h o me "I w o rk o n t h e t r a i n i n g d e p a r t m e n t a t t h e D e f en c e F o r c e b a s e a n d w e h a v e b e en s o b u s y B u t C o m m o d o r e R o d e r i c k Bo w e h a s b ee n v er y su p p o r t i v e o f m e a n d h e r e al l y h e l p e d m e o u t f o r t h e s h o w I a l s o w a n t t o t h a n k m y f rie nd, St eph en Hau ghey ( of 1 00 Jam z), wh o I ca n de pe nd o n a n d go t o f o r as s i st an c e D a r l i n g w h o a l o n g w i t h J e n a M a c k e y r e p r e s e n t e d t h e B a h a m a s c o m p e t e d i n t h e 2 0 2 an d U n d e r D i v i s i o n w here he f ini shed at th e bot t o m o f t h e n i n em a n f i e l d I t w a s s o s u r r e al W h en I g o t o n t h e s t a g e I w a s s o a m a z e d D a r l i n g s t r e s s e d E v e n t h o u g h I k n ew I w a s n' t a t my b e s t, I wa s s o p r ou d t o b e a p a r t o f t h e p r o f e s s i o n al b o d y b u i l d e r s I k n e w w h e n I w e n t o u t t here wit h just nin e c ompet it o r s t h e g u y s l o o k e d v e r y a w es o m e an d so I k n e w t h a t i t w o u l d h a v e b e e n v e r y d i f f i cu l t f o r m e t o wi n. I t h in k I d i d a s w el l a s I c o u l d u n d e r t h e c i r c u m s t a n c e s D a r l i n g t h e f o r m e r m en s n a t i o n a l c h a m p i o n s a i d h e got so mu ch support from all of th e c ompet ito rs, inc ludin g t h o s e w h o m h e c o m p e t e d a g a i n s t H e s a i d h e a n d M a c k e y w e r e w e l l r e c e i v e d as th e o nly co mpeti tors f rom t h e B a h a m as M a c k e y m a k i n g h e r s e c ond a ppe a ran ce in t h e cha mp i o n s h i p e n d e d u p i n a n e i g h t w a y t i e f o r t h e 1 7 t h a n d f i n a l s p o t i n t h e w o m e n s b o d yb u i l d i n g d i v i s i o n I w a s j u s t g l a d t o b e o n t h e p r o f e s s i o n a l l e v e l a n d r e p r e s e n t i n g m y c o u n t r y D a rl in g i ns is te d I c a n' t w a it t o d o i t a ga i n B ut in t he m eant ime, D arli ng sa i d he wi ll ha ve to wor k o n ge t t i n g m o re de f i n ed an d h e s a i d h e s c o n f i d e n t t h a t b y No ve m b er h e s h o u l d b e i n a m u c h b e t t e r p o s i t i o n t o c o m p e t e a ga i n D a r l i n g M a c k e y r e p r e s e n t B a h a m a s a t 2011 T ampa Pr o Bodybuilding Classic scored. Levitra pounded the QClub Divers 17-4 as Don Dean got the win and Keith Richards suffered the loss. Delton Bain was 2-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored in leading the way offensively. Da Boyz routed St. Agnes 14-3 as Vernon Clarke was the winning pitcher and Ken O'Brien was charged with the loss. Chavez Thompson went 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored in the win. And the Technicians blasted the KC Construction 18-11 as Greg Thompson got the win on the mound and Paul Moss was tagged with the loss. Kevin Lockhart went 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs scored offensively. Sports Notes FROM page nine BTC T rack Meet FROM page nine Eve, Summer Camp FROM page nine mile was the marquee event on the track, the men's high j u m p s t o l e t h e s h o w o n t h e f i e l d a n d a n o t h e r G r a n d B a h a mi a n Do na l d Thomas, made sure that he didn't lose his title at home. I wa s ju s t g la d to be h om e a n d c o m p e t i n g b e f o r e m y p e o p l e s a i d T h o m a s w h o l a s t c o m p e t e d i n G r a n d Baha ma as a bas ketba ll p lay er. "I f e el them 100 per c e nt behind me so I just wa n ted to go out there and give it all I had." D u p l i c a t i n g t h e i r s h o w d o w n t h a t s t a r t e d a t l a s t ye ar's Nationals and continued at the CAC Games and e n d i n g u p a t t h e C o m m o n we a lth Ga me s Th om as m an a g e d t o p o s t a l e a p o f 2 3 0 metres or 7-feet, 7 1/4-inches to h o l d o f f t h e c h a l l e n g e f r o m Trevor Barry, who did 2.29m or 7-6. I r e s p o n d g o o d t o p r e s sure. It was a good competi tio n. Tr e v or a lwa y s ju mp s h is b e s t w h e n w e j u m p t o g e t h e r T h o m a s n o t e d I e x p e c t e d h i m t o j u m p w e l l a n d I e x p e c t e d a g o o d c h a l l e n g e But I strive on competition." W h il e t h e se ni or at h let es i n c l u d i n g s p r i n t e r D e b b i e F e r g u s o n M c K e n z i e L e e v a n S u p e r m a n S a n d s L a v e r n E v e Ad r i a n G r i ff i t h M i c h a e l M a t h i e u B i a n c a S t u a r t H u g h n i q u e R o l l e O n e i l Wil li a ms a n d Iv a n iqu e K e m p a ll liv e d up to the ir a dv a nc ed bi lli ng to e ar n th ei r n ati on al t i t l e s o n e o f t h e b i g g e s t u p s e t s c a m e i n t h e m e n s 4 0 0 h u r d l e s w h en G r an d B ah am ia n J ef f e r y G i b s o n ( 5 0 8 2 ) n i p p e d N ath a n Arn et t ( 5 0. 8 4 ). I k n e w I w a s p u s h e d t o t h e limit, but I'm glad that I got t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y t o r u n a t h o m e G i b s o n s t a t e d I knew that I could have ran a faster time, but I just tried to do enough to win." A r n e t t s ai d h e k n e w t h a t "Jeffery was coming for him b e c a u s e h e s a s tr o n g f i n i s h e r I kn e w h e w a s g oi ng to co me You win, you win. You lose, you lose." A n o t h e r f a n t a s t i c p e r f o r m a n c e c a m e f r o m G r a n d Baham ian Andre Wells, w ho p u l l e d o f f a n u p s e t o v e r O J a y F e r g u s o n b y w i n n i n g t h e Under-20 bo y s 4 00 in 46. 87, co mpa red to his r ivals' t ime of 48.41. I t h o u g h t I e x e cu t e d it f u l l y he st ressed. "I tri ed my ha r de st an d a l l m y ha r d wo r k ca m e t hr o u g h. I w o ul d l ik e t o tha n k Go d, m y c oa ch a n d m y p are nt s f o r t hi s ac co mp l is hment. H e b e a t m e a l l s e a s o n b u t I fin ally pu t my ra ce tog e ther and I won." F er g u s o n s a i d h e' s h a p p y f o r W e l l s b u t h e a d m i t t e d th a t h e w a s n t a t fu l l s t r e ng th just coming off a groin injury tha t fo rce d him to mi ss a bou t two weeks of training. The nationals, whic h many f e l t sh o u l d r e t u rn t o G ra n d Ba ha ma a g ai n b ec au se o f the s u p p o r t fr o m t h e fa n s i s o v e r b u t t h e B A A A i s n o w l o o k i n g forward to the athletes turn ing up the heat as they now com pe te ov er se a s in th e va r ious international meets. an d one of t he th ing s I wa nt t o do w h e n I r e t i r e I w a n t t o w o r k w i t h t h e y o u t h a n d o u r j a ve l i n t h r o w e r s a s w e l l F o r t h e m a j o r i t y o f h e r c a r e e r E v e h a s s c r i p t e d a s t o r y t h a t w i l l p r o b a b l y n e v e r b e p e n n e d a g a i n S h e g o t s t a r t e d o u t a s a m u l t i p l e a t h l e t e c o m p e t i n g i n s o f t b a l l ba s k e t b a l l a n d v o l l e y b a l l I n t r a c k s h e b e g a n a s a h e p t a t h l o n a t h l e t e b u t a f t e r h a v i n g t o e n g a g e i n a n 8 0 0 m e t r e s r a c e t o c o m pl e t e t h e s e v e n d i s c i p l i n e e v e n t s h e d e c i d e d t o s t i c k w i t h t h e t h r ow s. T h e r e s t a s t h e y s a y i s h i s t o r y E v e a t a g e 4 6 h a s n o t l o s t a n a t i o n a l t i t l e i n t h e pa s t t w o d e c a d e s S h e c a n t e v e n r e m e m b e r t h e l a s t t i m e s h e w a s b e a t e n l o c a l l y i n t h e j a v e l i n T h e f o r me r n a t i o n a l r e c o r d h o l d e r i n f o u r e v e n t s j a v e l i n s h o t p u t d i s c u s a n d h a mm e r i s n ow s p e c i a l i s i n g i n t h e j a v e l i n a n d e v e n t h o u g h h e r c a r e e r i s w i n d i n g d o w n s h e s t i l l s t a n d s h e a d a n d sh o u l d e r s a b o v e h e r r i v a l s H a v i n g w o n a m e d a l i n j u s t a b o u t e v e r y i n t e r n a t i o n a l e v e n t s h e h a s c o m p e t e d i n e x c e p t f o r t h e W o r l d C h a m p i o n s h ip an d t he O ly m p ic G am es E v e i s s t i l l o n a q u e s t t o c o mp e t e a t a h i g h l e v e l S h e h a s n o t i m e l i m i t o n h e r c a r e e r H e r v i e w i s t h a t s h e w i l l t a k e i t o n e y e a r a t a t i me a n d se e h o w h e r b o d y r e s p o n d s t o t h e c ha l l e n g e I m t r y i n g t o g e t i n t w o me e t s i n C a n a d a s a i d E v e w h o h a s a l r e a d y qua li f ie d f or t he Ce nt ra l Ame ri ca n a n d C a ri b be a n C h a mp i on sh ip s, bu t w o u l d l i k e n o t h i n g b e t t e r t h a n t o m a k e a n o t h e r t r i p t o t h e W o r l d C h a m p i o n s h i p s I w i l l a l s o b e g o i n g t o E u ro p e t o c om p e t e i n a f e w me e t s a f t e r C A C t o s e e i f I c a n q u a l i f y f o r W o r l d s i f I d o n t d o i t a t C A C T h e n I w i l l s e e w h a t h a p p e n s a f t e r t h a t INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays J a y D a r li n g The Ed Ambrister Baseball League camp underway THE International Tennis Federation's Junkanoo Bowl Junior Tennis Tournament under-28 boys and girls finals are all set for today at the National Tennis Center. Grand Bahamian Simone Pratt was the only Bahamian to survive through the rounds to earn her berth in the girls' final. She did it by coming from behind to beat Cathetine Leduc of Canada 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. She will now face Kristina Chasovskikh of Russia in their final, set for 9 a.m. On the boys side, number one seed Robert Livi of the United States beat Daniel Khanin 6-3, 6-2 and will meet number two seed Dekel Bar of Israel in the boys under-18 final also set for this morning. J U N KANOO B O W L JUN IO R T ENN IS T O URN A MEN T SET F O R T O D A Y LESTER R. COX /Photos Simone Pratt Kristina Chasovskikh Robert Livi

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