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Volume: 106 No.302 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010 PRICE 750 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25)


Tribune Staff Reporter

CONSTRUCTION for the single-phase $2.6 billion Baha
Mar development project could break ground as early as
January, pending the close of the Export Import (EXIM)
Bank of China loan.
Contractors have already been chosen for the first six con-
struction packages, totalling $60 million, which will include
the Commercial Village contracts and the new West Bay
According to Robert Sands, senior vice-president of
External Affairs at Baha Mar, the initial payout will cover
construction contracts and also includes numerous Bahamian
architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, suppliers and many
other related parties who will participate in these first six
contract packages.
SEE page eight

Ingraham to stake

his reputation on

recovery by 2011

DECLARATION: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.

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PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday declared
he will stake his reputation on
the economy improving by
next year.
Although government, he
said, is supporting a bloated
public payroll it has never
been hard-pressed to make
civil servants salaries and they
don't have to worry about
salaries being paid.
Despite this, Mr Ingraham
said the government will not
be firing civil servants, but
when things get better in pri-
vate sector he anticipates civ-
il servants leaving the public
sector for better private jobs.
Mr Ingraham made the
statement while appearing on

IN a recent Tribune
Business story headlined -
Exuma told: 'Don't look
gifthorse in the mouth' -
The Tribune inadvertently
misquoted Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham.
The Tribune quoted Mr
Ingraham as saying: "I
have had the opportunity
to speak with some of the
leaders in Exuma before.
They have no intelligence
and they grumble and
grumble, and they impact
and influence and pollute
the environment."
What Mr Ingraham actu-
ally said was: "....They
have no ALTERNA-
TIVES ...."
We wish to apologise to
Mr Ingraham for any
embarrassment that has
been caused.

the Love 97 talk show Issues
of the Day yesterday.
In response to repeated
questions on the performance
of the economy by host Wen-
dall Jones, Mr Ingraham said
"I will stake my reputation on
the economy improving by
next year".
While the national debt has
grown since he assumed office
in 2007, the Prime Minister
said the country has some-
thing to show for it in terms of
infrastructural improvements.
The Prime Minister said
"no informed person can say
the economy is being mis-

SEE page eight

Tribune Staff Reporter

VIOLENT offenders out on bail
may, for the first time, be fitted with
an electronic monitoring bracelet
within the next 30 days, National
Security Minister Tommy Turnquest
announced yesterday.
During a contract signing
between ICS of The Bahamas Co Ltd,
SecureAlert and the Government at

Police Headquarters yesterday, Mr
Turnquest announced that the first
Siibjh cl would be tagged by Decem-
ber 20.
"The Government's objective for
implementing the system is to pro-
vide a practical and workable solu-
tion to improve national responses to
crime, criminality and particularly vio-
lent crimes such as murder and armed
robbery," said Mr Turnquest.
According to the Minister, the

Government will be leasing the
devices for $15 per day, per monitor-
ing device, with an estimated budget
of $700,000 per year. Five hundred
monitoring units have been ordered in
the first instance.
The new crime prevention mea-
sure aims to more effectively keep
surveillance on alleged violent offend-
ers who have been granted bail, pro-
SEE page eight

Kerzner 'ticked off by Christie statement on Baha Mar

Tribune Staff Reporter

KERZNER International CEO Sir
Sol Kerzner was "ticked" off and
"hurt" by Opposition leader Perry
Christie's statement that Baha Mar
developers "only want to get what
Kerzner got," said Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham.
Mr Ingraham also revealed his
respect and gratitude for Sir Sol's con-
tributions to the country, adding that
he will do anything in his power to
ensure the Atlantis product remains
successful. However this commitment
does not mean he will not be fair to
other developers, he said.
The Prime Minister also assured
the nation he is confident that Sir Sol's
concerns that 8,000 jobs at Atlantis
could be lost if the $2.6 billion Baha
Mar deal is approved in its current

state can be
S resolved satis-
"We were
a M always con-
cerned, when
./, we came to
office that
there was
nothing in the
Baha Mar
deal that
would have
given them a
better deal
ATLANTIS CHIEF: than Ker deal
Sir S01 Kerzner I think I can
say that the thing that ticked Kerzner
(off) more than anything else is a state-
ment by Perry Christie to the effect
that Baha Mar only wants to get what
Kerzner got," said Mr Ingraham on
the radio show Issues of the Day.
"And he (Sir Sol) was of the view

that Baha Mar is getting more than
him, and he was very hurt that he (Mr
Christie) would make such a state-
ment," he continued during the live
broadcast from the Free National
Movement's headquarters on Mack-
ey Street.
Earlier this week Sir Sol said he was
extremely disappointed in the former
PLP government for their "over-
whelming support" of Baha Mar which
would violate the "most favoured
nation" clause of Kerzner Interna-
tional's 1993 and 2003 Heads of Agree-
When asked by the show's host if
he has a bias towards Sir Sol, Mr Ingra-
ham expressed his gratitude towards
the South African businessman for
revolutionising the country's tourism
product in the 1990s.
"There is no question in my mind of
my high regard for Sol Kerzner and
what he has done for the Bahamas. I

was berated by many when he came in
1994 and what he has done for the
Bahamas has transformed our tourism
industry. He has provided us with
2,000 more jobs than he committed to,
he has a very successful project on Par-
adise Island and I will do all I can, for
as long as I can, to ensure that his pro-
ject is successful.
"That has nothing to do with
whether I will be fair to anybody else.
(But) I will not knowingly give any-
body else a better deal than Kerzner
got," said the nation's chief.
Mr Ingraham also accused the for-
mer Christie administration of engag-
ing in secret deals with Baha Mar by
promising them concessions not
included in their contract. He said
these secret concessions are part of
what government is trying to renego-

SEE page eight




PM: I regret not

privatising BTC

during my first

two terms
Tribune Staff Reporter

ONE of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham's biggest
regrets while in office is that
he did not privatise BTC
during his first two terms.
"There are obviously
some regrets I have about
governance in the time I've
been in office since 1992.
One of my great regrets is
that since the 1990s, we did-
n't privatise BTC. We ought
to have done so. We didn't
do so before the 2002 elec-
tion because we got a bogus
set of accounts that could
not guarantee an accurate
list of the assets of BTC.
"In retrospect I should
have disposed of it notwith-
standing the fact that we did
not have an asset register
that was verifiable," said Mr
His comments came while
he was a guest on the radio
talk show Issues of the Day
which was broadcast live
from the Free National
Movement's headquarters
on Mackey Street.
The Ingraham administra-
tion is now in the final stages
of offloading 51 per cent of
the state owned telecommu-
nications company to Cable
& Wireless (LIME).
The selection of Cable &
Wireless has garnered some
criticisms based on the com-
pany's previous track
record. Yesterday Mr Ingra-
ham conceded that the com-
pany has had problems in
the past but added that he is
satisfied with their ability to
run BTC. "It did not have (a
good reputation); it has
made substantial improve-
ments. Ten years ago I
would not have sold to
Cable & Wireless. I am sat-
isfied with the improve-
ments they made in the
region," said Mr Ingraham.
Last month, former Prime
Minister Perry Christie also
said he regretted passing up
the opportunity to sell BTC
days before the 2007 general
election. Mr Christie said he
chose not to formally sign
off on two big projects days
before the country went to
the polls the BTC deal and
the Baha Mar project nego-
tiated under his administra-
tion because it was too
close to the election and the
moves would have been
seen as politically motivated.

Man convicted of attempting to murder

New Jersey police officer gets 25 years

Co-accused sentenced to 20 years on attempted robbery charge

SENTENCED: 24 year old Bradley Saunders out-

side of court yesterday.
Tribune Staff Reporter

A MAN convicted of the
attempted murder of a veter-
an New Jersey police officer
was sentenced to 25 years in
prison yesterday.
Senior Justice Anita Allen
sentenced 20-year-old
Ebenezer Sherman to 25
years imprisonment for the
attempted murder of Sergeant
John Casper and 20 years
imprisonment for the
attempted armed robbery of
Joan Algios.
The sentences are to run
Sergeant Casper was shot
in the chest on May 14, 2008,
while walking with friends on
the Cable Beach strip in the
area of Ruby Avenue, not far
from the home of former
prime minister Perry Christie.
The victim, who was vaca-
tioning in Nassau, was shot
while attempting to prevent
an assailant from snatching
Mrs Algios' handbag.
Sherman was convicted on
the charges in October. His
co-accused Bradley Saunders,
24, who was acquitted of the
attempted murder charge,

I think the outcome was a miscarriage
of justice. I don't think these two men
had anything to do with the crime."

Godfrey Pinder

SENTENCED: 20 year old Ebenezer Sherman at
court yesterday.

was also sentenced yesterday
to 20 years imprisonment on
the attempted armed robbery
Senior Justice Allen noted
that the two men were young
and had no prior convictions.
She also noted that had it
not been for medical inter-
vention and the help of a
good Samaritan who trans-
ported Mr Casper to hospi-
tal, he would have died.


The judge further noted the
prevalence of violence in the
country and the fact that the
victims were visitors "Not
that they are more important,
but we spend resources to get
them to come here. They
should feel safe," she said.
Both accused men
appeared visibly distraught
about their sentences. Out-
side the courtroom, Sher-
man's attorney Godfrey
"Pro" Pinder said he intends
to appeal his client's convic-
tion and sentence.
"I think the outcome was a
miscarriage of justice. I don't
think these two men had any-
thing to do with the crime,"
Mr Pinder told reporters.

Attorney Donna Major,
who represented Saunders,
said, "The conviction from the
beginning was unfair.
"In this case I fully believe
they have the wrong persons.
I'm hoping that on appeal this
whole matter will be

Feffzr Fniie

O Crime report


THURSDAY night was a
night of violence according to
police, who are investigating
one shooting and three armed
The first incident took place
just after 7pm, when police
were called to the scene of an
armed robbery at the Island
Game Web Shop on East
Street South.
Witnesses said two men,
one wearing a red and white
shirt and the other a "dark"
shirt, both armed with hand-
guns, entered the shop and
demanded cash.
They made off with an
undetermined amount of
money and fled on foot.
Just a few minutes later, the
Island Luck Cafe on Cowpen
Road was attacked by armed
robbers fitting the description
of the East Street South cul-
One was said to be wear-
ing a red and white striped
shirt and the other a dark
shirt. They were both said to
be armed with handguns.
They robbed the establish-
ment of an undetermined
amount of cash and fled head-
ing in an unknown direction.
Then, about an hour later,
police rushed to lesha's Con-
venience Store on Malcolm
Road East, where another
armed robbery had been
Witnesses said a man wear-
ing dark clothing and armed
with a handgun, entered the
store demanding cash.
He made off with an unde-
termined amount of money
and fled heading in an

unknown direction. Just
before 9pm, police were
called to another armed rob-
bery at Lady Slipper Avenue
in Garden Hills.
A woman was in her house
when a masked man broke in,
produced a handgun and
demanded cash.


The culprit robbed the
woman of an undisclosed
amount of cash as well as
some personal effects and fled
the area on foot heading in
an unknown direction.
Then, at about 2.20am, a
fight broke out at Larry's Pub
on the corner of Cordeaux
Avenue and East Street,
which resulted in a man being
shot in the stomach.
The victim, a 41-year-old
Wilson Track man, was
involved in an altercation with
a group of men which resulted
in his being shot.
He was rushed to the hos-
pital by ambulance and was
listed in serious but stable
condition last night.
Police say they have signif-
icant leads in this matter, and
investigations into the armed
robberies are continuing.




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Irish, EU, IMF face tough talks for loan deal

DUBLIN As EU experts dug through
the books of Ireland's debt-crippled banks, the
question moved from whether Ireland will take
an international bailout to under what condi-
On the firing line was Ireland's prized low
business tax, which the government says has
lured 1,000 multinationals to Ireland over the
past decade but which it may have to give up
to satisfy conditions of being rescued.
The Irish rescue is the latest act in Europe's
yearlong drama to prevent mounting debts and
deficits from overwhelming the weakest mem-
bers of the 16-nation eurozone. Greece was
saved from bankruptcy in May, and analysts say
Portugal could be next in line after Ireland for
an EU-IMF lifeboat.
Officials on all sides cautioned that the
Dublin talks could stretch into early December,
after Ireland gives more clarity on its plans by
publishing a four-year outline for slashing
eurol5 billion ($20.5 billion) from its deficit
- forecast this year to reach a stupendous 32
per cent of economic output.
The Irish government said the plan, to
include euro4.5 billion in cuts and eurol.5 bil-
lion in new taxes for 2011 alone, will be pub-
lished by Tuesday but won't include any
change to its 12.5 per cent rate of corporate tax,
among the lowest in Europe.
Officials in Germany, France, Britain and
Austria argue Ireland should be prepared to
raise that rate to help pay off its debts. They say
it's not fair for Ireland to receive aid from EU
partners while simultaneously sticking to a tax
policy that amounts to unfair competition.
Ireland says the low tax policy is an essential
anchor for keeping employers who generate
a fifth of Ireland's gross domestic product and
provide the healthiest stream of tax revenue.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, speaking
ahead of Friday's talks, said the defence of the
12.5 per cent rate was "a red line" that Ire-
land would not allow the IMF to cross.
For Lenihan and Prime Minister Brian
Cowen, the low corporate tax is one of the few
points of unity with Ireland's opposition Fine
Gael party. Giving it up might be the death
sentence for Cowen's government, whose
approval ratings are languishing at 11 per cent.
But Ireland's hand has been forced by a
recent run on deposits at Irish banks, which
are already receiving a minimum euro45 billion
bailout. Allied Irish Banks said Friday it has
lost eurol3 billion ($18 billion), or 17 per cent,
of its total deposit base since June. It also
announced plans to sell euro6.6 billion ($9.05
billion) in new shares next month likely tak-
ing the government's stake in the bank from 18
per cent to more than 90 per cent.
The European Central Bank has been stem-
ming deposit losses with short-term loans that
have ballooned to a reported eurol30 billion, a
quarter of the ECB's eurozone loan book. But
the ECB's unlimited supply of liquidity to
banks is likely to end as the central bank con-
tinues to phase out its financial crisis support
measures, adding pressure on the Irish gov-

ernment. Ireland's representative on the
Frankfurt-based bank, Irish Central Bank gov-
ernor Patrick Honohan, said Thursday he
expects Ireland to receive a credit line worth
tens of billions of euro that would serve as a
backstop for Irish banks struggling to access
funds elsewhere. Critics of Ireland's low tax on
business profits say raising it would be the
quickest way to increase state income without
hurting consumers. According to Eurostat, cor-
porate tax rates in the eurozone average 25.7
per cent, and only Cyprus and Bulgaria are
lower than Ireland with rates of 10 per cent.
Germany and France, whose rates stand at
29.8 per cent and 34.4 per cent respectively,
have spent the past decade grumbling as some
of their own companies and a disproportionate
share of U.S. multinationals choose Ireland as
their EU headquarters.
"There's only one real reason for that,
namely the avoidance of taxes," said Markus
Ferber, a member of the European Parliament
for the German Christian Social Union, part of
Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coali-
tion. Some go even further, saying that the
low corporate tax rate was central to Ireland's
economic collapse.
"Ireland has constructed its development
strategy for many years not on attracting large-
scale corporate investment, but on corporate
headquarters activity," said John Christensen,
an economist and accountant who heads the
Tax Justice Network, an nonprofit that advo-
cates more transparent tax policies.
Dublin's "beggar-thy-neighbour tax poli-
cy" is helping large corporations shift profits to
tax havens outside Europe, hurting both the
Irish government and Europe as a whole,
Christensen said. Irish business lobbyists say it
would be crazy for the former Celtic Tiger to
increase taxes on foreign investors at the
moment when Ireland is shedding domestic
jobs and depending on high-tech exporters to
lead a recovery. But many more Irish people
express disbelief that in the midst of a crisis
caused by Dublin bankers who gambled hun-
dreds of billions on property deals gone bust -
the government is bailing out those same banks
and defending profits for wealthy multina-
tionals like Microsoft, Intel and Google.
The Rev. Sean Healy, a Catholic priest who
leads a pressure group called Social Justice
Ireland, called the government focus on pro-
tecting bondholders and Fortune 500 compa-
nies "hypocritical and deeply unjust."
There were few signs Friday of protest on
the streets of Dublin, only private expressions
of shock and disgust that Ireland's economy
had been mismanaged so badly and fallen so
quickly since 2008. "There's no point protest-
ing. We've gambled away our sovereignty, and
all we can do is try not to make matters worse,"
said Eamon Delaney, a newspaper vendor.
"Our own leaders have made such a shambles
of it, the IMF crowd will hardly do worse."
(This article was written by Gabriele Stein-
hauser, and Shawn Pogatchnik ofAP)

Time has come

to take our

country back

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please permit me an
opportunity to make com-
ment on something that has
been troubling me which I
think was confirmed today
by two things published in
your paper today a notice
from the Immigration
Department and an article
on MP Edison Key and the
Pigeon Pea situation.
Like thousands of other
Bahamians, I am keenly
watching the developments
in this country.
I must. I have young chil-
dren for whom I am oblig-
ated to do the very best I
can and, hopefully, to leave
where they live better than
we met it.
I am a professional and I
have lived in several devel-
oped countries. In past elec-
tions, I have supported the
Like thousands of my col-
leagues and counterparts,
however, I am faced with an
awful decision in the next
general elections. I am
unable to support the PLP
not because of their policies
but because of the current
leadership of the party. I am,
however, not able to vote
for the FNM either. The
policies advocated by the
FNM and the behaviour of
its leadership have left me
embarrassed and angry.
Men who are desperate to
hold on to power even when
their time has passed are in
my opinion dangerous men.
Both parties are being led
by dinosaurs in a high tech
In my professional capac-
ity, I am aware of immigra-
tion matters. Having lived
in other countries, I am
appalled at how lax our
immigration controls are.
What is most troubling,
however, is that the current
Minister of Immigration
either doesn't appreciate or
doesn't care about the long
term impact on granting cit-
izenship in particular as
casually as they do. For far
too long, this has been a tool
used in general elections and
the Bahamian people pay
the price for the short sight-
edness of both major politi-
cal parties.
I was very angry when I
opened The Tribune this
morning, to be greeted by
an article where Edison Key
is alleged to have stated that
the immigrants illegal or

otherwise who are illegally
squatting on land in Abaco
and Pigeon Pea in particular
cannot be moved until they
have somewhere to go.
What an outrage! He fur-
ther added that he wanted
the government of The
Bahamas to make arrange-
ments for these people. In
today's paper, Mr Key is
also calling for land to be
set aside for these illegal to
live on!
This is an insult to all
Bahamians. What arrange-
ments have been made for
the Bahamian families
affected by the court's ruling
in the Arawak Homes dis-
The people in the dispute
with Arawak Homes are
Bahamians, many of whom
did nothing wrong but were
the victims of a broken sys-
tem of government.
They have paid thousands
of dollars for a place to live.
The people in Pigeon Pea
are only in this country
because they broke the law.
They shouldn't be here and
it is not in dispute that they
are living on land that they
do not own.
In fact, it is widely
acknowledged that they
have blatantly disregarded
the eviction notices.
These people have no
respect for the Bahamas and
its laws.
Every day they are
allowed to remain where
they are is a day they thumb
their noses at the rule of law
in this country.
Their children are born
into this lawlessness and dis-
respect for the law and are
allowed to operate outside
of law. It is no wonder that
they grow up to be menaces
to the Bahamian society.
I find the statements from
Mr Key to be unacceptable
and irresponsible.
Thousands of Bahamian
families are struggling to
make ends meet and hun-
dreds of Bahamian families
face the possibility of losing
the homes they have paid
for in the southern part of

New Providence because
courts rule that the property
they paid for in fact belongs
to Arawak Homes. There
has been absolutely no pub-
lic support of the Bahami-
an families affected in the
dispute with Arawak Homes
from the government. How-
ever, when the question of
eviction of Pigeon Pea illegal
residents came up, the
Prime Minister was quick to
come to the defence of the
illegal and was quoted as
talking about "equity" as it
relates to them. Where is the
equity for the Bahamian? Is
it that the Prime Minister
and Mr Key only think ille-
gal immigrants need to be
protected in the Bahamas?
To add insult to injury, the
Department of Immigration
is inviting hundreds of per-
sons with obviously Haitian
names to come to the
Department on Saturday,
presumably to give them
some sort of legal documen-
No Bahamian should take
these developments lightly.
The Prime Minister has told
us to watch what he does
and I have. What he has
consistently done is to ele-
vate the foreign above the
Bahamian, whether from
Canada, Europe, the US,
Asia or Haiti. The message
that he has sent us is that
Bahamians don't count in
The Bahamas.
The Bahamian who is
awake and conscious will
therefore understand the
Immigration Department's
behaviour for what it is an
attempt to give away our
birthright by granting as
many citizenship applica-
tions to Haitians as possible
in preparation for the next
general election.
If this trend continues,
prepare for the backlash
because there are those
among us who will not allow
the only country we have to
be destroyed.
The old political games
where the Bahamian loses
must stop and all involved
be held to account. The time
has come to take our coun-
try back.

November 9, 2010.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

Please allow me a space to
voice my concern about the
ever expanding "new straw
market" that has sprung up
along Woodes Rogers Walk.
In a recent article in your
paper, the straw market ven-
dors rightly complained that it
is very unfair for these tem-
porary stalls to be placed in
the most prime location
downtown at very little cost
to these stall owners while
straw market vendors and
businesses across the road sut-
ler huge losses in the amount
of business they receive.
These Woodes Rogers
stalls are now permanently
erected in the wharf and are a
danger to the public, having
blown into the street on sev-

eral occasions when the wind
is strong.
Imagine if a tourist was
injured or killed by one of
these stalls as they fly across
the street in the heavy wind
we receive during the winter
It is very unfair that these
Woodes Rogers stalls are
allowed to remain perma-
nently erected and manned
almost every day, discourag-
ing people from making their
way to the legitimate straw
market and affecting many
business people downtown
who pay their rent and

November, 2010.

EDITOR, The Tribune

Re: CBS 48 HOURS prepares to air 'Barefoot Bandit'
drama tonight. November 13, 2010.

Astonishingly, it only took our RBPF a mere seven
days to capture the wily runaway boy after he crash land-
ed at Abaco even though he doubtlessly blended in very
well with all the other 6'5", blue-eyed, 1751bs, barefoot
American teenagers residing in the Sandy Point bush at
the time.
Eat your heart out FBI!

November 14, 2010.




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PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday declared
he will stake his reputation on
the economy improving by
next year.
Although government, he
said, is supporting a bloated
public payroll it has never
been hard-pressed to make
civil servants salaries and they
don't have to worry about
salaries being paid.

Despite this, Mr Ingraham
said the government will not
be firing civil servants, but
when things get better in pri-
vate sector he anticipates civ-
il servants leaving the public
sector for better private jobs.
Mr Ingraham made the
statement while appearing on
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he will stake his reputation on
the economy improving by
next year.
Although government, he
said, is supporting a bloated
public payroll it has never
been hard-pressed to make
civil servants salaries and they
don't have to worry about
salaries being paid.

Despite this, Mr Ingraham
said the government will not
be firing civil servants, but
when things get better in pri-
vate sector he anticipates civ-
il servants leaving the public
sector for better private jobs.
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on economy
FROM page one
managed, or badly managed, in fact informed people, informed
international organizations, informed financial institutions will
say the Bahamas economy is being managed very well indeed
by ourselves."
"The fact that the economy of the Bahamas is not growing at
the pace that we would like it to grow as a result of the reces-
sion, the worldwide recession, has nothing to do with man-
agement," Mr Ingraham said.
He pointed out that Vopac and StatOil in Grand Bahama are
investing millions into that island.
"The Government itself is undertaking significant capital
works in Grand Bahama building a new Government building,
expanding the hospital, the College of the Bahamas, the hotel
Pelican Bay has just opened its new conference Centre, etc. So
it is not as bad as you make it out to be," Mr Ingraham said.



FROM page one
Mr Sands said: "The first
earth movements and site
works will commence in ear-
ly January following the
Christmas/New Year holi-
The six individual compa-
nies will be formally notified
in December.
These include the Com-
mercial Village contracts
comprised of four buildings
and four separate Bahamian
contractors and the new
West Bay Street and C7
connector which will be built
by a joint venture of two

Bahamian contractors."
The Baha Mar labour reso-
lution was passed unani-
mously before the House of
Assembly (36 voting for,
with four absent), which
allows for 8,150 foreign
workers, but no more than
5,000 at one time to be
employed on the Baha Mar
Cable Beach project.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said $400 million
in construction work on the
Baha Mar project will go to
Bahamian contractors,
marking what he called the
largest sum ever awarded to
Bahamians on a project in
the Bahamas.


Electronic bracelets strategy

CHECKING VIOLENT CRIME: The electronic monit
FROM page one
vide an alternative to imprisonment for per-
sons who have committed minor offences,
and monitor inmates performing communi-
ty services and/or involved in work release
Other objectives of the programme
include reducing the inmate population and
the backlog of accused awaiting trial and to
provide opportunities for inmates to be reso-
cialised and reintergrated into society.
Superintendent of Prisons, Dr Elliston
Rahming, said the new electronic monitoring
system also will be a deterrent "providing a
tremendous disincentive to a trusted inmate

oring bracelets.
who might otherwise allow the devil to fool
him into walking or running away."
Under the Agreement, ICS will provide
24/7 monitoring services, specialised equip-
ment and training. The project will be based
in New Providence, following which the sys-
tem is expected to be launched in Grand
Bahama and the Family Islands.
Dr Rahming added: "Since its incep-
tion at Harvard University in the 1960s, elec-
tronic monitoring has gradually become a
form of community incarceration and Her
Majesty's Prison fully endorses the intro-
duction of electronic monitoring as a means
of controlling and supervising offenders in
the community."

CRIME FIGHTERS: Pictured (left to right): Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, Police Com-
missioner Ellison Greenslade, and Superintendent of Prisons Dr. Elliston Rahming.



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Kerzner 'ticked off by Perry

Christie statement on Baha Mar

FROM page one
"The PLP government gave Baha Mar a
deal over and above what they signed in the
contract. So on the same day that they signed
the contract they issued what was called side
letters offering Baha Mar more.
"We tried to pull those things back. We are
now doing an analysis to see the extent to
which we have been successful, we think we

have been somewhat successful in ensuring
that there is equity and balances between the
Also a guest on yesterday's show, FNM
Chairman Carl Bethel said Government will
not be intimidated by Kerzner International's
threat of thousands of job losses.
"We are concerned, but we are not intimi-
dated," said Mr Bethel, who spoke ahead of
the Prime Minister. He said the Government
will work to ensure the two major resorts com-
plement rather than compete with each other.








Cholera protests ebb in

Haiti but anger remains

FURY: Demonstrators set up a barricade during a protest in Port-au-
Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.


(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
BURNING ANGER: Demonstrators run past burning tires during a
protest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. Following
days of rioting in northern Haiti over suspicions that U.N. soldiers
introduced a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people,
protesters in Haiti's capital clashed with police Thursday lashing out
at U.N. peacekeepers and the government, blocking roads and attack-
ing foreigners' vehicles.

Associated Press

Protests over the cholera
epidemic faded Friday but
young men burned tires and
threw rocks at police near
government buildings amid
surging anger over a disease
that has killed more than
1,100 people so far, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Frustrations simmered as
the medical aid group Doc-
tors Without Borders issued
a statement that "despite the
huge presence of interna-
tional organizations in Haiti,
the cholera response has to
date been inadequate in
meeting the needs of the
The aid group, which has
been one of the primary
responders to the epidemic,
said that other international
organizations have failed to
provide enough safe water
or soap, build enough
latrines and waste disposal
sites, or remove dead bod-
ies. It also criticized groups
for not reassuring people
that the disease is treatable.
Cholera had never before
been confirmed in Haiti, and
fears spurred by the arrival
of the disease have led to
attacks on treatment facili-
ties and riots against U.N.
peacekeepers who many
suspect of having brought
the disease to Haiti.
Friday's small-scale
protest in the capital, Port-
au-Prince, was far more
muted than in previous days,
when protesters clashed with
U.N. peacekeepers, leaving
three dead in Cap-Haitien,
Haiti's second-largest city.
On Thursday, demonstra-
tors attacked foreigners' cars
in Port-au-Prince.
Cholera cases appeared to
be surging in the streets of
Cap-Haitien, where medical
aid has been all but shut off
through days of violent anti-
U.N. protests. An Associat-
ed Press cameraman saw
corpses lying on the streets
One man dragged a body
on a makeshift trolley, while
others carried coffins.
The area has the highest
fatality rate in the country,
with 7.5 percent of people
who are hospitalized suc-
cumbing to the infection.
U.N. humanitarian agen-

cies renewed an appeal to
stop the demonstrations Fri-
day, saying that lives are
being lost because they can
not reach people who need
care. The upheaval over the
cholera outbreak that has
killed comes just days before
national elections planned
for Nov. 28. U.N. officials
argue that the violence is
being encouraged by forces
that want to disrupt the bal-
lot, and some demonstrators
Thursday threw rocks at an
office of President Rene
Preval's Unity party and
tore down campaign posters.


But the anger is fueled by
suspicions that a contingent
of Nepalese soldiers brought
cholera with them to Haiti
and spread the disease from
their rural base into the Art-
ibonite River system, where
the initial outbreak was cen-
tered last month. It is a sus-
picion shared by some
prominent global health
experts. Cholera had not
been recorded before in
Haiti despite rampant bad
sanitation and poor access
to drinking water, problems
that cause outbreaks of the
disease in other parts of the
Cholera is endemic to
Nepal and there was an
upsurge there before the
Nepalese troops came to
The disease had spread to
Haiti's national prison in
Port-au-Prince, Internation-
al Red Cross spokesman
Marcal Izard said Friday in
Izard said 30 inmates have
been infected with the diar-
rheal disease and 10 have
died in the past four days.
The prison holds 2,000
inmates, or about a quarter
of Haiti's total prison popu-
lation. The disease is spread
by contaminated fecal mat-
ter. Health experts say it can
be easily treated with rehy-
dration or prevented out-
right by ensuring good sani-
tation and getting people to
drink only purified water.
But after years of insta-
bility, and despite decades
of development projects,
many Haitians have little
access to clean water, toilets
or health care.

(AP photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
EPIDEMIC: Children, suffering from cholera symptoms, rest at a hospital in Cap Haitian, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. Anti-U.N. violence
spread some cities of Haiti as protesters blocked roads and attacked foreigners' cars over suspicions that peacekeepers introduced a
cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,100 people.
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Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

NOTICE is hereby given that SARAHJEEN JAMEAU of
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 13th day of November 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

of 789 Cottonwood St., Pinewood Gardens, Nassau,
Bahamas, P.O.Box SS 19830 is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 13thday of November, 2010 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that we, WILFRED BENEBY
and ENERVE TONTON of the Southern District in the
Island of New Providence one of the Islands of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the father, mother
and legal guardians of ELIZABETH TONTON intend to
change her name to ELIZABETH BENEBY. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that RICARDO JEAN BAPTISTE of
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should not
be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts
within twenty-eight days from the 13th day of November 2010
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
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In The Supreme Court CLE/qui/788
Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles
Act, 1959


parcel or tract of land comprising Six
Hundred (600) acres originally granted
to Henry Johnson (Grant B-98 in the
Department of Lands & Surveys) situate
on Moores Island off the Island of Abaco in
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas but now
found by recent survey to comprise Eight
Hundred and Eighteen and Four Hundred
and Twenty-four Thousandths (818.424)


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of
Christopher Brown

(as Attorney by Power ofAttorney for
Frederica Ann Brown as Personal
Representative of The Estate of
Dr. Harcourt W Brown)


THE Petition of Christopher Brown( as
Attorney by Power of Attorney for Frederica
Ann Brown as Personal Representative of The
Estate ofDr Harcourt W. Brown) in respect of:-

ALL THAT PIECE parcel or tract of
land containing by admeasurements Eight
Hundred and Eighteen and Four Hundred
and Twenty Four Thousandths (818.424)
acres being the original crown grant to Henry
Johnson recorded in book B page 98 situate in
the central part of the Island of Moores Island
in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas; and
bounded on the NORTH EAST by Black
Wood Pond and running thereon 3,597ft on
the EAST by mangroves ( Crown Land) and
running thereon 7,966ft more or less on the
SOUTH by vacant land originally granted
to Benjamin Kemp and running thereon
4,273.55ft on the WEST partly by vacant
land; partly by the settlements of Mangrove
Creek and The Bight; partly by vacant land
being a portion of the land originally granted
to Richard and John Saunders now claimed
by the McBride family and partly by Moores'
Island Airport and collectively running thereon
9,668.69ft. The boundaries of which are more
particularly shown on Plan number 1783 AB.

Christopher W. Brown claims to be the
owner of the unincumbered fee simple
estate in possession of the said land and has
made application to the Supreme Court of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles
Act 1959 to have his title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of
Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and Plan of the
said land may be inspected during normal
office hours in the following places:

The Registry of the Supreme Court, 2nd Floor
Ansbacher Building. East Street North, in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas; The Chambers of
Arnold A. Forbes & Co., Bay and Fredrick
Streets North, Nassau, Bahamas; and
The office of the Administrator at Sandy
Point, Abaco.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person
having dower or right to dower or an Adverse
Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of
Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents, file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
Statement of his claim in the prescribed form

verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve
a Statement of his Claim on or before
the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the final publication of these presents
shall operate as bar to such claims.

Bay & Frederick Streets North
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NATO agrees to turn

Afghanistan security

control over by 2014

Associated Press
Associated Press
LISBON, Portugal
NATO will start drawing
down its troops in Afghanistan
next July and its combat role
in the war-torn nation will end
by 2014 or earlier so security
can be turned over to the
Afghans, a top alliance official
said Friday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
"We think that goal is realis-
tic, and we have made plans to
achieve it, but of course if cir-
cumstances agree, it could be
sooner, absolutely," said Mark
Sedwill, NATO's top civilian
representative in Afghanistan.
Sedwill said the troop with-
drawal starting next year will
be "shallow" and eventually
accelerate but did not elabo-
The escalating war in
Afghanistan, where the alliance
is struggling to contain Taliban
militants, looked set to domi-
nate a two-day NATO summit
opening Friday in Lisbon.
NATO spokesman James
Appathurai also said the
alliance's 28 leaders, including
President Barack Obama, were
poised to approve the with-
drawal plan. He said NATO is
"quite confident of the end of
2014 timeline for handing
responsibility to Afghan secu-
rity forces" as requested by
Afghan President Hamid
Appathurai and Sedwill did
not say how many NATO
troops would stay in
Afghanistan after 2014 serving
as military advisers and trainers
or in a support role.
U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who
arrived in Lisbon ahead of
Obama, met for an hour Fri-
day with Karzai, a State
Department official said.

(AP Photo/Andre Kosters, Pool)
SHAKE ON IT: U.S. President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands
with unidentified officials as he steps off the plane for a NATO sum-
mit in Lisbon on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. U.S. President Barack Oba-
ma and the leaders of NATO's 27 other member nations will open a
two-day summit Friday aimed at finding ways to keep the Cold War
alliance relevant in the 21st century with revamped roles including bal-
listic missile defense, anti-piracy patrols, and counterterrorism.

The official, who spoke on
condition of anonymity to dis-
cuss a private meeting, said the
session at Karzai's hotel was
"candid and friendly" and cov-
ered key aspects of the NATO
mission in Afghanistan -
including the planned transi-
tion to Afghan security control,
as well as international civilian
assistance to Kabul.
They reached a "common
understanding" on outlines of a
longer-term Afghan-NATO
partnership, the official said.
NATO officials say they
expect unanimous support from

the allies for Obama's plans for
a new, expanded missile
defense system in Europe that
would be based on an existing
shield meant to defend military
units from attack. The U.S.
already has a missile defense
system based mainly in North
America, and it is planning one
for its European allies.
But Obama will face tough
questions from U.S. allies on
his exit strategy in Afghanistan.
He will also meet with leaders
of the European Union on Sat-
urday to defend his preference
for stimulus spending at a time

when many European nations
are enacting economic austeri-
ty measures.
The NATO leaders are
expected on Saturday to
endorse the plan by Gen. David
Petraeus, the top U.S. and
NATO commander in
Afghanistan, to start handing
over responsibility for security
in some areas of Afghanistan
to government forces next year.
Obama told El Pais, Spain's
leading newspaper, he expected
the allies will pledge additional
trainers for Afghan security
"This effort is going to take
time and our commitment to
Afghanistan and the Afghan
people is for the long-term,"
Obama said. "We cannot turn
our backs on the Afghan peo-
Clinton defended the high
cost that European nations are
paying for their participation
in the war in Afghanistan, and
urged them to stay the course
despite dire economic difficul-
ties for many countries that
have translated into wage cuts,
lost jobs and massive govern-
ment budget reductions.
"Though we are very sup-
portive of the difficult decisions
that will have to be made con-
cerning the economy, just as
back home President Obama is
making difficult decisions con-
cerning our own economy, we
believe that the mission we are
pursuing in Afghanistan must
continue," Clinton told
The alliance has 140,000
troops in Afghanistan, two-
thirds of them Americans. The
government's security forces
are being built up to just over
300,000 members. Their Tal-
iban opponents are estimated
to number up to 30,000 men.
Allied commanders have
highlighted their successes this
year against Taliban insurgents
in Helmand and Kandahar
provinces, to emphasize that
transition is ready.
But allied casualties have
also reached record levels of
some 650 dead this year, and
the Taliban have spread out
into other parts of Afghanistan.
In most provinces, the tran-
sition to Afghan-led security is
expected to take 18-24 months,
said a senior NATO official
who spoke on condition of
anonymity because plans had
not been officially announced.
Although, the official said,
NATO and Afghan forces have
regained the initiative from the
rebels, the situation still could
turn around.
The official also said that
NATO was aware it was
"working against the clock"
because Afghans are more
opposed now to a foreign troop
presence than they were earlier
in the nine-year war.
On other issues, NATO's
newly expanded anti-missile
shield would cost euro200 mil-
lion ($273 million) over the
next 10 years, according to
NATO chief Anders Fogh Ras-
mussen, who also wants Rus-
sia to cooperate in the project.
Despite claims by protesters
that debt-plagued Europe can't
afford it amid austerity cuts,
alliance officials insisted the
project is worth it.
"We think it's a good thing to
have a missile defense system
which is NATO-based,"
Britain's Defense Secretary
Liam Fox told BBC Radio 4's
Today program. "That provides
us with communal protection
over the years ahead, it's cost-
effective for us, and there are
some 30 countries now which
either have or are developing
ballistic missiles."
NATO's leaders will not
explicitly identify any potential
enemy, although in the past
officials have publicly singled
out Iran and its ballistic missile
program. But alliance member
Turkey, which maintains close
ties with Tehran, refused to let
NATO name Iran as a threat.
"We cannot accept that any
specific country (including) our
neighbor Iran to be shown as
a target," Turkish President
Abdullah Gul said. "It is
absolutely out of the question."
Founded in 1949 to counter
the threat of a Soviet invasion,
the 28-member alliance is in the
midst of a mid-life crisis as it
searches for relevance almost
20 years after the collapse of
its communist rival.
Other elements of NATO's
new mission statement expect-
ed to be adopted Friday include
new roles such as cyber-war-
fare and missions outside
NATO's traditional area in
Europe, such as anti-piracy
patrols off the Somali coastline.

Willamae Stuart

Rose Marie osey

Peggy Coope,

Nurse Association

of the


The executives and members of the

Nurses Association extends

congratulations to our nurses for

achieving the following position on the

Caribbean Nurses' Organization (CNO)

Mrs. Willamae Stuart our Nursing Advisor.

PHA to Treasurer of CNO Mrs. Rosemarie

Josey, out going President to position of

Assistant Secretary of CNO and Ms.

Peggy Cooper member of NACB

re-elected Regional One Director.




Search delayed for 29

miners in New Zealand
Associated Press

Rescue crews waited impa-
tiently Saturday outside one of
New Zealand's largest coal
mines for the go-ahead to begin
a search for 29 men missing
after a powerful gas explosion
struck deep underground,
according to Associated Press.
Two dazed and slightly
injured miners stumbled to the
surface hours after the blast
shot up the 354-foot- (108-
meter-) long ventilation shaft
at the Pike River mine. Video
from the scene showed black-
ened trees and light smoke bil-
lowing from the top of the
rugged mountain where the
mine is located, near Atarau on
New Zealand's South Island.
A company official had ear-
lier said that five men had come
out of the mine, based on infor-
mation provided by the two
men who had surfaced. By Sat-
urday morning, however, offi-
cials had seen no sign of the
other three men.
By daybreak, no communi-
cation had been received from
any of the missing workers, the
company said, and rescuers
were unable to enter the mine
because of the risk of a buildup
of explosive methane gas.
"There could be another
explosion," said mine safety
expert David Feickert, who not-
ed that officials don't what
caused the original ignition, and
rescuers will enter the mine
only when it is safe.
Peter Whittall, Pike River
Coal Ltd.'s chief executive, said
officials would have enough
analysis in six to eight hours to
decide whether a rescue team
can go underground, adding
that the missing miners would
have to deal with such hazards
as air pollution, high levels of
methane and carbon dioxide,
and low levels of oxygen.
Each miner carried 30 min-
utes of oxygen, enough to reach
oxygen stores in the mine that
would allow them to survive for
"several days," said Pike River
chairman John Dow.
"This is a search and rescue
operation, and we are going to
bring these guys home," police
superintendent Gary Knowles
told reporters.
Unlike the accident in Chile,
where 33 men were rescued
from a gold and copper mine

(AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Stewart Nimmo)
AERIAL VIEW: The Pike River Coal mine near Atarau, the site of an
underground explosion, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, while about 30 people
were underground. Five workers, dazed and slightly injured, stumbled
to the surface, while more than two dozen are missing.

last month after being trapped a
half-mile (one kilometer)
underground for 69 days, offi-
cials did not have to worry
about the presence of methane
gas, Feickert said.
He added, however, that the
Pike River mine has two exits,
while the mine in Chile had
only one access shaft that was

blocked. It could be days before
it was safe enough for specialist
teams to enter the mine, said
Tony Kokshoorn, mayor of
nearby Greymouth.
Electricity went out shortly
before Friday's explosion and
that failure may have caused
ventilation problems and con-
tributed to a buildup of gas.






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late of the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the same certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 9th day
DecemberA. D., 2010, and if required, prove such debts
or claims, or in default be excluded from any distribution;
after the above date the assets will be distributed having
regard only to the proved debts or claims of which the
Executors shall have had Notice.
And Notice is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before the aforementioned date.

Attorneys for the Executrix
Alvernia Court, 94 Dowdeswell Street
P.O. Box N-3114
Nassau, The Bahamas







T was a night to honour the efforts of the nation's finest educators as this
year's recipients of the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers
Awards were recognized at a special ceremony at Government House last
The Tribune along with Fidelity Bank Bahamas Ltd (FBBL) and Cable Bahamas
were proud sponsors of the programme which awarded the distinction to ten
teachers representing pre-schools, primary schools, junior high and high schools
as well as special needs and all-age schools throughout the country.
The teachers were chosen because they have gone beyond the call of duty in their
professional and community involvement.
Deputy to Governor General Sir William Allen hosted the awards ceremony on
November 12.
(BIS photos by Raymond A Bethel)

SEATED FROM LEFT ARE: Denise Barnes Director Human Resources FBBL; Minister of Education
the Hon. Desmond Bannister; HE Sir William; Gregory Bethel, President Fedility Bank Bahamas Ltd.
(FBBL); and Alfred Stuart, Executive Vice President FBBL. Standing from left are David Mindorff;
Josette Green-Thompson; Carolyn Wright-Mitchelle; Lynn Gibson; Gaynell Funes-Padilla; Ramona
Wells; Joan Knowles-Turnquest; Alexya Young; and Lanora Brown.

Deputy to the Governor General Sir William, Deputy to the Governor General Sir William, and
and Carolyn Wright-Mitchell, special need cate- junior high school category winner Lynn Gibson
gory winner of Garvin Tynes Primary School. of LW Primary School.

Deputy to the Governor General Sir William, Deputy to the Governor General Sir William,
and Josette Green-Thompson, all-age school and Pre-School category winner Alexya
category winner of Moore's Island All Age Young of Willard Patton Primary School.
School, Abaco.

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EDUCATION MINISTER Desmond Bannister; Sir
William; and Junior High School Category winner
Ramona Wells of C.H. Reeves Junior High School.

EDUCATION MINISTER Desmond Bannister; Sir
William; and receiving on behalf of Senior High
School Category winner Demetra Rolle of Anatol
Rodgers High School is Ms. Major, Principal.

Deputy to the Governor General Sir William; and
primary school category winner Gaynell Funes-
Padila-Burrows of Palmdale Primary School.

EDUCATION MINISTER Desmond Bannister; Sir
William; and Senior High School Category winner
David Mindorff of Lyford Cay High School..

Deputy to the Governor General Sir William,
and primary school category winner Joan
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'Shine On'

wins Leg 1

of Wahoo


Leg 2 of tourney
set for January

WEIGHING up their best
four fish, 'Shine On' out of
Key Biscayne, Florida, won
the first leg of the Bahamas
Wahoo Challenge at the
Bimini Big Game Club in
Alice Town, Bimini.
Big Game Club officials say
the first leg marked the
"return of a legendary sport-
fishing outpost" to tourna-
ment fishing.
According to tournament
director Tony Albelo, Leg 1
of the event attracted a num-
ber of competitive teams.
"Each tournament is an indi-
vidual competition, but also
adds points to the overall
series. Teams can compete in
one or all three legs."
"'Shine On' came in with
116.15 pounds and Airborne
in with 115.30 pounds, fol-
lowed by Hit That with 42.2
pounds. The difference
between first and second
places was less than a pound,"
he said.
"There were some great
fish to be caught and to be
fishing from one of the sport's
legendary big game fishing
resorts made for a highly
memorable experience," said
a team member.
Leg 2 of the tournament is
set for Port Lucaya on Janu-
ary 12-16 and the third leg is
scheduled for March 3-6.

'Just some food for thought'


IT'S not an election year, so members
of the Bahamas Association of Athletic
Associations (BAAA) and the Bahamas
Baseball Federation (BBF) are all set to
converge at their annual general meeting
to discuss the way forward within their
The BAAA is scheduled to meet
9:30am in the VIP Room at Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field Stadium and
the BBF in the conference room on the
ground floor of the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Culture.
Both organizations will have some
pressing matters to deal with which
should make the dialogue between the
executives and the membership quite an
interesting one.
Not privy to what will be discussed, I
would think that both sporting bodies
will come up with some solutions to the
issues that have surfaced over the last
For example, with the new national
stadium being built by the Chinese Gov-
ernment slated to come on stream some
time next year, will the BAAA look at
the possibility of hosting an IAAF Area
Permit Meeting where we can attract
some of the top stars to compete on a
yearly basis?
We certainly need to have a bona fide
track and field meet to show the rest of
the world our ability to put on a major
international meet like we did in the past
with the Carifta Games and the Central
American and Caribbean (CAC) Cham-
As for the local front, are we going to
ensure that there won't be another clash
of track and field meets between the
BAAA National Open Track and Field
Championships and the Grand Bahama
Schools Sports Association's champi-
For the first time in a long time, the
nationals ran into a snag with the Grand
Bahama based schools skipping the trip
here for the nationals because the dates
conflicted with the time they hosted their
We need to see all of the schools come
out and compete to ensure that the event
is truly a national one.
One other point I would like to suggest
to the BAAA for consideration:
We've talked about the fact that not all
of the schools are in the same league as

"For example, with the new national stadium being built by
the Chinese Government slated to come on stream some time
next year, will the BAAA look at the possibility of hosting an
IAAF Area Permit Meeting where we can attract some of the
top stars to compete on a yearly basis? We certainly need to
have a bona fide track and field meet to show the rest of the
world our ability to put on a major international meet like
we did in the past with the Carifta Games and the Central
American and Caribbean Championships."
Brent Stubbs

others because of STUBBS
their size. Why not
look at imple-
menting a separate
division one and ..
two champi-
onships where the
schools, based on
their size, can
compete on an
equal plane. Just .
some food for
As for the BBF,
while we continue
to applaud Free-
dom Farm for an
historic feat in OPI
winning the Babe OPINION
Ruth/Cal Ripken
Little League
World Series, why not look at a national
team to join Freedom Farm to compete
in the event.
Obviously, the federation still doesn't
have the ability to be able to take a
national team to compete in the more
prestigious events because the Bahamas
Baseball Association still holds the inter-
national sanctions.
But there's nothing wrong with see-
ing a national team, truly representative
of all of its affiliated member associa-
tions, competing in the Little League
World Series. If Freedom Farm can win
the title, imagine what the national team
can do in representing the Bahamas.
Additionally, I hope the federation
can have some discussion on the future
of the sport as it pertains to the senior

We've seen so many of our young,
budding stars leave the Bahamas to com-
plete their high school careers in the
United States.
Byron 'BJ' Ferguson was so impressive
at Trinity Christian Academy that he
has been invited to participate in the
2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-
American Tournament in Tucson, Ari-
The accolades have been flowing in
for the Ferguson family and his father,
former sprinter Byron Ferguson Sr, who
has been a long-time coach at the Junior
Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) at
the St Andrew's Field of Dreams.
While I commend Ferguson and his
family for joining other players who have
left our high school system for a greater
chance of acquiring athletic scholarships
to colleges and universities abroad, and
eventually inking their names on pro-
fessional contracts, we need to see the
game continue past the junior level.
There's a strong base, particularly here
in New Providence with Freedom Farm
and the JBLN. But what happens to
those many players who can't afford to
go off to high school or secure athletic
scholarships to college when they grad-
We need to look at the possibility of
extending the programme so that the
sport can continue to grow in the future
for those players who wish to continue to
play the game beyond the junior level.
Just thought that the federation can give
this some consideration in today's dis-

0 6U I ** S

THE Baptist Sports Council (BSC) concluded its 2010
Rev Dr Anthony Carroll All-Star Classic Thursday night at
the Banker's Field with the executives and officials holding
onto bragging rights over the managers and coaches.
Managed by treasurer Olympia Evans, the executives
routed the managers, managed by Cara Knowles, 24-4 as the
combo of Stephen 'Bishop' Beneby, Gay Knowles and Ken
Wood got the job done on the mound.
Wood was joined by Cleo Symonette, Jonique Webb,
Rev Dr Anthony Carroll, Brent Stubbs, Robin Shepherd
and Jason Saunders on the offensive end, while Rev Harri-
son Thompson, Sherman Ferguson, Saunders and Stubbs
came through with some clutch defensive plays.
Vernon Bowles suffered the loss and Cadwell Taylor Sr
and Jr, Stephen Beneby Jr and Kelly Smith all scored a
run for the managers.
And in the men's game, the vice president's team, man-
aged by Cara Knowles, prevailed with an 18-8 decision
over the president's team. Cadwell Taylor Jr and Eugene
Pratt both scored four times and Ken Wood Jr and Sherman
Ferguson both came home twice. Wood was the winning
pitcher. Wayde Bain was tagged with the loss.
Brian Rolle was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored,
Bain and Vernon Bowles both were 2-for-2 as well with a
run scored and Bain added a RBI, while Robin Sheperd
scored a pair of runs in a losing effort.
The BSC completed the first two All-Star games on Tues-
day night at the same venue with the president's teams
winning both the 19-and-under and co-ed games over the
vice president's team.
In the 19-and-under game, the president's routed the
vice president's team 23-3 as Temple Fellowship's Angelo
Butler and Devon Francis both were 4-for-5, scoring four
and two runs respectively. Butler also drove in three runs.
Transfiguration's Miguel Hanna cracked a solo home
run and his team-mate Charlie Gaitor Jr singled and St
John's Rickea Coakley walked and they both scored a run
for the vice presidents.
Macedonia's Michael Ferguson got the win on the mound
and Orlando Gordon suffered the loss.
In the co-ed game, Golden Gates led the attack as Can-
dice Smith had a perfect 4-for-4 night, just missing hitting the
circle with a pair of singles, a double and an in-the-park
home run. Ramon Johnson and Culbert 'Buster' Evans
both had a home run in the win.
The latter two players also combined for the win on the
mound over St Paul's Harold 'Banker' Fritzgerald for the
vice president team.
St Paul's Debbie McClure and Dwayna Pratt had a triple
and single respectively, while Transfiguration's Corey Bur-
rows doubled and all three scored the only runs for the
vice president's team in a losing effort.
The BSC is scheduled to play its final weekend of regular
season action with a series of games on tap, starting 9am Sat-
urday with Calvary Deliverance taking on Golden Gates at
the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.


Stars in the making

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