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THIS special Storm Edition
replaces the usual Thursday Tribune,
which will now be published tomor-
row in a joint bumper package with
the Friday paper.
The decision to delay publication
of the usual Thursday paper was tak-
en because of distribution difficul-
tief-caused by Tropical Storm Noel.
Look out tomorrow for an expand-
ed 24-page local news section, a 16-
page Main Extra with full storm cov-
erage, plus Religion, Obituaries,
Sport, Business, Classified and USA

Volume: 163 No.283 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1. 2007





for Noel

Tribune Staff Reporter
TROPICAL storm Noel
strengthened off the northern
coast of Cuba yesterday morn-
ing continuing to drench the
northwest and central islands
with torrential rains threaten-
ing to flood low lying areas as
forecasters warned the stor-
m's winds could reach "near
hurricane strength" as it
gained momentum Wednes-
Long Island, Exuma, Rum
Cay, San Salvador, Cat Island,
Andros, Eleuthera, New Prov-
idence, Bimini, the Berry
Islands, Abaco, and Grand
Bahama were p11 under tropi-
cal storm warnings. These
islands were expected to expe-
rience winds of 39 to 73 miles
per hour Wednesday.
Dan Kottlowski, from inter-
national weather forecasters
Accu Weather, told The Tri-
bune that Noel's centre was
located 191 miles south south-
west of Nassau at 2 pm
Wednesday. Accu Weather
reported Noel was "nearly sta-
tionary" with maximum sus-
tained winds at 50 miles per
The storm was moving
toward the north-northwest at
8 miles perihour up to press
time Wednesday. A turn
towards the north was expect-
ed by forecasters Wednesday
Following this track, the
centre of the storm was
expected to hover over north-
west coast of Andros Wednes-
day night. With maximum sus-
tained winds close to 50 miles
per hour with higher gusts,
forecasters predicted these
winds could increase to near
hurricane strength. Forecast-
ers expect the'iorm to make

its closest approach to Nassau
at daybreak Thursday, track-
ing over Grand Bahama
Thursday afternoon, leaving
The Bahamas late Thursday
while passing east of Florida.
The heaviest predicted
rainfall would be felt between
4 pm Wednesday and 4 pm
Thursday, with average wind
speeds of 25 to 35 miles per
hour and highest gusts of 55
miles per hour. Approximate-
ly five to ten inches of cumu-
lative rainfall is expected in
the islands under the tropical
storm warning prompting
SEE page 10

Tropical wave expected

to be consumed by Noel
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEW TROPICAL wave that emerged in the Atlantic yes-
terday is expected to be consumed by Tropical Storm Noel
before it can organize into any substantial threat to the Bahamas.
According to Accu Weather correspondent Dan Kottlowski,
due to the size and circulation of Tropical Storm Noel this new
tropical wave, which is just to the south east of Noel, is very
"poorly organized" and stands no chance of developing.
"Because of the fact that we have Noel's circulation, this
thing is basically going to get ripped apart," Mr Kottlowski
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
LONG Island was pound-
ed by Tropical Storm Noel
yesterday and for the second
time in just one month the
island experienced flood lev-
els not seen in decades.
As the water levels rose in
areas such as Berry's, Grays
and Deadman's Cay, fami-
lies were forced to evacuate
their homes, and farms and
businesses were once again
faced with severe flooding.
Just .two weeks ago Long
Island experienced possibly
the worst flooding in 60
years. However, yesterday's
water levels reached new
heights, local MP and Minis-
ter of Agriculture Larry
Cartwright told The Tribune.
Many homes and buildings
which had been spared in the
torrential rains two weeks
ago were under water
Wednesday, he said.
Areas most affected by the
storm included Berry's,
Grays, lower Deadman's
Cay, the Bight, Hamilton's,
Stella Maris and Simms, Mr
Cartwright said.
Both airports at Stella

Maris and Deadman's Cay
were said to be flooded and
in Apple Pond police organ-
ised a bus to help evacuate
people and take them to
higher ground.
Several residents of Pettys
also escaped their homes and
found shelter at the nearby
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Catholic church.
"The same houses that
received damage last time are
back to square one. The

streets are seeing more flood-
ing now than last time and
areas that were not flooded
last time are now flooded,
the water level is much high-
er, Mr Cartwright said yes-
In the northern part of the
island, the MP said, sea water
surged on to the shore and
fish could be seen swimming
SEE page 10

BEC moves to
dispel power

cut rumours
BEC moved last night to dis-
pel rumours that the company
was planning a series of power
cuts as Tropical Storm Noel
"Because of a misquotation
attributed to the Director of
NEMA, Carl Smith, in the
broadcast media, there are erro-
neous reports and rumours cir-
culating in the media that BEC
SEE page 10

Teen char etd
with murder
teenager was charged with
murder in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court Wednesday
morning and a Queen's Cove
resident was charged with con-
cealing him from arrest.
Shawn Mortimer, 18, also
known as "Donkey", was
charged with the July 12th
murder of Elima Souffrant. It
was reported that Souffrant
was walking on Meadow
SEE page 10

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WITH Tropical Storm Noel already causing massive flooding on
some islands, Ministry of Works officials took to the streets of New
Providence to determine the capital's state of readiness for the heavy
'rain that is expected.
"If we have substantial rain there really is nowhere to put the
water. We have to make sure that the existing wells are clean and we
have to make sure that the drains that we have in place can get the
water to the sea, to the lake or down the wells," Minister of Public
Works and Transport Earl Deveaux told The Tribune.

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Noel Pounds Long Island






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WAVES CRASH down on New Providqnce yesterday as Tropical Storm Noel approaches.

0 In brief

Noel puts

a stop to


TOURISTS who hoped
to go diving off San Sal-
vador's shoreline had to
make do with bar games
instead as Noel churned up
waters round the island.
A spokesman at the Rid-
: ing Rock Inn in Cockburn
Town said Americans and
Europeans who had
checked in for the week
chose to stay indoors
rather than go out in the
. storm.
-". "The airport is closed
* ) until the weather clears, so
there is nowhere to go," he
said. "They're a bit disap-
pointed, but they're mak-
ing the best of it by playing
games in the bar.".
Police on the island said
there were no emergencies
and roads remained clear
of flooding.




Tribune Freeport
gency Operation Centre on
Grand Bahama has been acti-
vated and one shelter was
opened on Wednesday for res-
idents of East Grand Bahama
as Tropical Storm Noel
Stephanie Rahming, chair-
man of the Disaster Prepared-
ness Committee, said that the
Maurice Moore Primary
School opened at 6pm for
those residents in East End
wishing to seek shelter in
Persons needing transporta-
tion to get to a shelter should
call the EOC at 351-4902, 351-
4903, 351-4904 or 351-4906.
Mr Rahming said the deci-
sion to activate EOS and open
the shelter was made after
learning that the system had
stalled near Cuba with maxi-
mum sustained winds of 50
mph around 2pm on Wednes-
"Persons in low lying areas
are asked tp closely monitor
the system ih the event there is
a need to move to higher
ground," she said.
Kirk James of the Freeport
Met Office said the alam track
had put Noel 48 miles south-
east of Grand Bahama.
He said that residents of
'Grand Bahama should experi-
ence some adverse weather by
Wednesday night.
"Along the path of the storm
we are expecting five inches of
rainfall. However, all along the
greatest area of rainfall is going
to be at the east of the storm.
So most of rain we expect to
be on east side of perhaps to
the Abacos," he said.

Central, northwest islands

prepare for worst of storm

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE ISLANDS of the cen-
tral and northwest Bahamas
prepared for the worst of
Tropical Storm Noel Wednes-
day after the storm strength-
ened off the north coast of
Residents in areas suscepti-
ble to flooding such as Mastic
Point, Andros, helplessly
awaited Noel's passage, hop-
ing to weather the storm with-
out extensive flooding while
there were reports of "island
wide flooding" in Exuma.
Vincent Peet, MP for North
Andros and the Berry Islands,
told The Tribune that while
there were no reports of flood-
ing in his constituency up to
press time he anticipated low
lying areas such as Low
Sound, Andros would experi-
ence some flooding as fore-
casters predicted rain and
wind gusts to gain strength
over the next 24 hours.
During a brief telephone
interview with The Tribune
Wednesday, he said he was
keeping in close contact with
residents of North Andros and
the Berry Islands to monitor

what damage, if any, Noel
would cause.
"All the shelters are up and
running and all the necessary
precautions (have) been tak-
en. In the Berry Islands they
have (reported) intermittent
rain and in North Andros it's
overcast with increasing rain."
The Department of Meteo-
rology warned that residents
of Andros could experience
near to hurricane force winds
early Thursday morning. With
nine shelters located through-
out North Andros the admin-
istration office felt residents
were prepared for the passage

of the storm. With no storm
shelter in the low lying area
of Low Sound. residents
would be "bused out" and
commuted to shelters if the
need arises.
"There was some rain and
wind (in North Andros) last
night (Tuesday). We heard
reports of some minute flood-
ing. . but we are afraid that
the least bit of rain will cause
(extensive) .flooding in Mas-
tic Point." Barbara Sweeting,
a representative from the
Administration Office in
Nicholl's Town, Andros told
The Tribune Wednesday
There wete reports of pow-
er outages in the Fresh Creek
settlement while a resident of
Mastic Point told The Tribune
that her power "flickered on
and off" Wednesday morning
as the settlement was rocked
with heavy rain and breeze.
Isadora Adderley of Forest,
Exuma reported that after two
days of continuous rain the
settlement was flooded with
approximately 5 to 6 inches of
"The roads are just about
covered here." Mrs Adderley
said on Wednesday. "The For-
est is a flat area and it's been
raining here off and on for the

past two days." She added that
her power was turned off
briefly Wednesday morning,
but was up and running when
she was contacted by The Tri-
During their 11 am advisory
Wednesday, the Department
of Meteorology warned that

Noel was moving towards the
north-northwest at nearly 8
miles per hour with maximum
sustained winds of 50 miles
per hour.
Winds were expected to
increase to hurricane force
strength during Noel's pas-

A NEW call went out yesterday for more consideration to he
given to deaf people when major storms are approaching.
Sam Williams, president of Bahamas Loving Care, urged the
government to introduce sign language on ZNS television so the
deaf are properly informed.
"They are distressed because they are not able to get infor-
mation from TV," he said.
"More often than not, 'out of sight, out of mind' is the human
reaction to many issues that prevail in the country. However, to
us at Bahamas Loving Care, we continue to remember as our
mission statement directs us."
Mr Williams said his organisation had been trying to secure
signing on local television for two years. "Radio does not serve
their needs, but television does," he added.
"Because there is no signing on local television, the deaf are
seriously left out as to important things they ought to know.
"This is especially so in regards to the news and the debates
on the parliamentary channel. Of all the programmes that are
shown on television, surely you'd have to agree that those two
are critical,"
He said they also needed to know about possible national
emergencies, including approaching storms and hurricanes.
"BLC, in the past, has held town meetings to sensitise the pub-
lic and the relevant government agencies/ministries about this
"We have met with the officials at the school for the deaf and
also with the parents of these deaf students. It is through their
pleas that we continue to pursue this issue."
Mr Williams said in 1992-3, ZNS introduced signing as part of
its news programme. The FNM also introduced signing at par-
ty rallies, "an innovation we are proud to be have been part of."
He expressed the hope that Commonwealth Bank, once the
sponsor of ZNS signing, would continue this initiative in the
Mr Williams said news about tropical storm Noel was vital
information the deaf needed to know.

'Full preparedness

mode' for BEC

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE BAHAMAS Electricity
Corporation was in "full prepared-
ness mode" as the islands of the
Central and northwest Bahamas
braced for the worst of Tropical
Storm Noel.
According to Kevin Basden, Gen-
eral Manager of BEC, there were
no "major" outages throughout the
nation as Noel approached the cen-
tral and north-west late Tuesday.
He said that BEC's headquarters
in New Providence was closely mon-
itoring the storm's passage through
the Department of Meteorology and
planned to keep in close contact
with the electricity providers in the
family islands as the storm bore
"There have been no major out-
ages (to report). .just one or two
minor lines (went down) in Exuma
due to high winds but they were
repaired yesterday."
The nation's electricity provider is
also equipped with an extensive hur-
ricane plan which is updated yearly

to cope with unforeseen catastro-
phes resulting from Noel.
In the event of strewn, downed
power lines or debris, residents
should contact BEC's command
centre and report the incidents.
Mobile units will be dispatched to
rectify the situation.
BEC also issued safety precau-
tions to the general public to be
exercised during Noel's passage and
"Dutring storm conditions safety
comes first and (we would) advise
Bahamians not to touch or go near
down power lines that may be near
water. In the event of any power
outages persons need to exercise
caution when using generators as
Storm generators should never
be used inside homes, Mr Basden
warned, as the machines produce
the deadly gas carbon monoxide
which can be potentially fatal if
"I would also hope by now per-
sons have secured their (homes),
ensuring debris that may travel dur-
ing the storm was properly

A MEMBER of an NBC news team from Miami chats with a Tribune journalist on top of Fort Charlotte yes-
terday afternoon. Journalists from the US were in the Bahamas to cover the approach of Tropical Storm Noel.





Sf... MP claims residents 'left
City Markets

stores closed
CITY Market has
announced that all of its
stores in New Providence
closed at 3pm Wednes-
day and will re-open at
noon Thursday. All City
Market stores in Grand
Bahama closed at 5pm
Wednesday and will re-
open at 2pm Thursday.

Red Bays,



for storm
Bays, Andros, were
expecting another
"deliverance" as Tropi-
cal Storm Noel bore
down on the Bahamas.
Having weathered sev-
eral full-blown hurri-
canes in the past, the
Rev Bertram Newton
said his settlement had
nothing to fear.
"We are on high
ground, so Red Bays
always escapes flood-
ing," he told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
"And we have trees
around Red Bays that
save us from high winds.
So God takes care of
However, the Baptist
church has been desig-
nated a hurricane or
storm shelter just in case
and home-owners
have been battening
down against storm-
force winds.
"Things look okay at
the moment, and all the
boats have been pulled
up on the shore," he
The 82-year-old
preacher has lived in
Red Bays all his life,
except for a year of
teacher training in Nas-
"I was born here and it
has been a very happy
life," he said. "We have
had plenty of hurricanes
before, and this is only a
tropical storm, so we are
looking forward to mini-
mal damage."

Flooding in

Rum Cay

STEADY rain since
Monday has caused
flooding in Rum Cay,
but no homes had been
affected up to yesterday
Police Corporal Pre-
ston McCoy, backed up
by four reservists, was.
on 24-hour standby as
Noel approached, but he
said the island had suf-
fered nothing but flood-
ed roads.
"The power and
phones are still on," he
said. "We have had no
emergencies so far, even
though it's been raining
since Monday after-



with attack

on student

mother was charged in
Freeport Magistrate's
Court Wednesday with
the recent attack and
beating of a 12-year-old
St George's High School
Georgette Carmae
Bullard of No. 3 Maliboo
Drive, Maliboo Reef,
pleaded not guilty to the
charge. The prosecution
alleged that on Wednes-
day, October 24, she
intentionally caused
harm to Bernard Rolle,

Jr, on the St George's
high school campus.
Acting Deputy Chief
Magistrate Helen Jones,
who granted the accused
$1,000 bail with one
surety, adjourned the
case to May 5, 2008 at

Tribune Staff Reporter
MP FOR West End and Bimi-
ni Obie Wilchcombe yesterday
complained that residents had
been "left to fend for themselves"
in the face of Noel since the clo-
sure of the area's NEMA office,
and the current absence of the
local government official.
Mr Wilchcombe said that the
fact that the local government
conference scheduled for this
week went ahead, pulling officials
away from their districts at this
time, showed a lack of foresight
on the part of those involved.
"There was an indication that
(the storm) would travel across
the Bahamas. They could have
suspended (the conference) and
allowed them to return," he said.
Numerous administrators and
other officials have been stuck in
New Providence after attending
the conference, as airlines such
as Bahamasair cancelled flights,

Wilchcombe hits out over

closure of NEMA office,

absence of local govt official

and ultimately, the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport closed
to all air traffic from yesterday
noon until today at 10am.
Additionally, the closure of the
NEMA office in August, "the
middle of the hurricane season",
in an area such as Grand Bahama
which has traditionally suffered
badly from hurricanes and other
storms, is an inexplicable and
"major concern," said the MP.
"On Monday when the House
resumes I will certainly make a
communication in reference to
this entire situation. They made a
big mistake."
Despite these concerns, Mr



Concert is


Tribune Staff Reporter
A' MAJOR entertainment
event has had to be resched-
uled for the weekend of
November 10 after Noel
caused the delay of necessary
The Millenium Countdown
Concert, featuring a host of
musical artists, including head-
liner Jah Cure, was set to take
place this Saturday November
3 at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports Centre.
Promoters said that as many
as 20,000 people who were
expected to attend the concert
this weekend will now have to
show up the same time the fol-
lowing Saturday instead.
The decision to postpone,
according to Brian Gibson of
Sigma Management and
Downsound Records the
promoters of the concert was
thanks to the delay of "essen-
tial equipment, including an
elaborate stage for the con-
cert" as a result of tropical
storm Noel.

"We are simply not going to
be able to have the concert
venue adequately prepared in
time because of shipping and
airline delays over the next two
days," said Mr Gibson.
. "The concert is all set to go
but these unanticipated delays
because of weather conditions
have put us off schedule and
in the interest of all for the suc-
cessful concert our decision is
to put (the concert) off until
next Saturday November 10."
A large number of flights
into the Bahamas have had to
be cancelled as a result of the
storm, with the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
totally closed to all air traffic
from noon on Wednesday until
at least 10am today.
Artists slated to perform at
the concert include: Jah Cure,
Tanya Stephens, I Wayne,
Queen Ifrica, Sasha, Natalie, I
Maroon, Harry Toddler, Sky
Juice, Millenium and the
Bahamas' very own Ronnie
The concert has been pro-
moted as far away as the USA
and Jamaica.

Wilchcombe said that by and
large there is a "laissez-faire" atti-
tude amongst residents about the
storm aside from those living
on the southern shore of the
Holmes Rock area, who have
decided to move. into the chapel
for the evening for protection.
"They're going to spend the
night there. (During hurricane
Wilma) these people were severe-
ly frightened, they nearly lost
homes and they nearly lost their
He said that he has been on
tours of the area and assistance is
being given to elderly persons
who need help battening down

their homes. However, the lack
of a NEMA presence made this

effort more of a challenge.
Mr Wilchcombe expressed con-
cern that difficulties for the local
populations could be exacerbated
if Fishing Hole road between
Eight Mile Rock and Freeport
floods, a's getting supplies
between the two settlements will
be extremely difficult.
"This is why I thought NEMA
ought to always have a ware-
house in western area in times of
tragedy. They can provide foods
to all the homes that need them,"
he said.
Noting that "past experience"
in Grand Bahama had led to the
establishment of the NEMA pres-
ence, he said that it would have
been better for those making the
decision as to whether to keep
the office there to "err on the side
of caution" in the case of that
area in particular.
"You have to appreciate that
we are sitting in the hurricane
belt, we have to be prepared for
emergencies,wve have to be ready
to move. They have left people
to fend themselves."

Abaco taking Noel

'very seriously'
ABACO is taking Tropical
Storm Noel "very seriously",
with Marsh Harbour expecting
bad flooding from a predicted 20
inches of rain.
The island's disaster commit-
tee has met twice this week to
plan tactics for reducing flood
danger in the town, which was
originally built on low-lying
With 20-foot seas reported off
Abaco's shoreline yesterday, a
resident said: "We are expecting
a lot of water and we're taking
this very seriously indeed."
Milk bottles and fishing floats
are being used as "buoys" on
Marsh Harbour's drains so that
firemen can locate-them easily
when waters rise.
And there were long lines at
food and hardware stores vester-
day as residents stocked up with
"We are making a lot of prepa-
rations here." an islander said,
"everywhere is closing down this
afternoon and the ferries to the
offshore cays have stopped run-
ning until Friday. Also, a lot of
buildings are now shuttered up."
The source said store and
home owners are lifting electron-
ic equipment off floors to reduce
flood damage.
The town's two Haitian shanty
settlements, The Mud and
Pigeon Pea, could suffer from
high winds and The Mud, in par-
ticular, is expected to flood bad-
Tropical Storm Noel is expect-
ed to strike Abaco later today
after passing over Nassau.

JUST BEFORE the rain came down on Wednesday afternoon, the wind began to pick up, whipping through
Nassau Harbour.

to fend for themselves'






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If I.T. merged with E.T. a revolution

ETHAKOTA, India Well, here's some-
thing you don't see every day. I was visiting an
Indian village 350 miles east of Hyderabad
and got to watch a very elderly Indian man
undergo an EKG in a remote clinic, while a
heart specialist, hundreds of miles away in
Bangalore, watched via satellite TV and dis-
pensed a diagnosis. This kind of telemedicine
is the IT revolution at its best. But what struck
me most was that just underneath the TV
screen, powering the whole endeavour, were
16 car batteries the ET, energy technology,
revolution, at its worst.
Some 250 million Indians today have cell
phones. Many of them are people who make
just $2 or $3 a day. More and more are getting
access to computers and the Internet, even in
villages. But only 85 per cent of Indian vil-
lages are electrified -and that is being gen-
erous, since many still don't have reliable 24/7
quality power.
If only If only we could make a break-
through in clean, distributed power -- an ET
revolution it could drive the IT revolution
into every forgotten corner of the world to
create jobs, light up schools and tap the inno-
vative prowess of rural populations. like Indi-
a's 700 million villagers. There is a green Edi-
son growing up out here if only we can
give them the light to learn.
To appreciate that potential, look at how
much is being done with just car batteries.
backup diesel generators and India's creaky
rural electricity grid. I travelled to a cluster of
villages with a team from the Byrraju Foun-
dation a truly impressive nonprofit set up
by B. Ramalinga Raju and his family. Raju
and his brother Rama are co-founders of one
of India's leading outsourcing companies,
Satyam Computer Services. The Hyderabad-
based brothers wanted to give back to their
country, but they wanted it to be a hand up,
not a hand out.
So besides funding health clinics and com-
puter-filled primary schools in villages in their
home state of Andhra Pradesh, they tried
something new: outsourcing their outsourc-
ing to villages.
Here in Ethakota. amid the banana and
palm groves, 120 college-educated villagers,
trained in computers and English by Satyam
and connected to the world by wireless net-
works, are processing data for a British pub-
lisher and selling services for an Indian phone
company. They run two eight-hour shifts, but
could run three if only the electricity didn't
go off for six hours a day!
Talking to the workers at the Ethakota data
centre one of three that Byrraju has set up

- you can see what a merger of IT and ET
could do: enable so many more Indians to live
local and act global.
Suresh Varma, 30, one of the data man-
agers, was working for a U.S. oil company in
Hyderabad and actually decided to move back
to the village where his parents came from. "I
have a much higher quality of life here than in
an urban area anywhere in India," he said.
"The city is concrete. You spend most of your
time in traffic, just getting from one place to
another. Here you walk to work. Here I am in
touch with what is happening in the cities, but
at the same time I don't miss out on my pro-
fessional aspirations. It is like moving from a
Silicon Valley to a real valley."
Unlike in the city, where outsourcing work-
ers come and go, "in the village, nobody gives
up these jobs," said Verghese Jacob, who
heads the Byrraju Foundation, which plans
to gradually hand over ownership of the data
centres to the villagers. "They are very inno-
vative and positive, and because some of them
had never worked on a computer before, their
respect for the opportunity is so much more
than for a city child who takes it for grant-
When the world starts getting wired and
electrified, you never know who you'll bump
into. In the village of Podagatlapalli,.I met
Sha Yu, a 22-year-old Chinese graduate of
Beijing's Renmin University and a Byrraju
volunteer, teaching rural Indian high school
students how to produce their own newspaper
on a computer.
"I felt in China people don't know so much
about India, so I thought I want to come and
see what is happening here," she explained.
"In rural India, communication is not that
developed, so I started a newspaper for the
high school.. If I can learn something from
here, and bring it back, I can give some ideas
to the Chinese government. If this rural area
can be empowered, it would be an amazing
thing for the world."
Amazing indeed. India's strained mega-
citie.s, like Mumbai and Calcutta, can't keep
growing. Mr. Jacob estimates that just one of
his rural outsourcing centres creates the equiv-
alent employment and salaries of 400 acres
of farm land.
India, in other words, could actually mint
more land in the countryside, but it can't do it
off car batteries. It will take a real energy rev-
olution. If only ....
(This article was written by
Thomas L Friedman of the New York Times
News Service c. 2007).



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their goods. The walk
around is seven times longer.
Without the shortcut conve-
nience, the vendors will lose
Golf at the Ruby and
Emerald Golf Clubs at privi-
leged rates is also being
denied. Again, these busi-
nesses will suffer greatly if
the tourists do not get privi-
leged rates. We cannot afford
to golf at these clubs at the
full cost.
Beach access at the
Bahamia Beach Club is
another privilege which is
very important to tourists.
Without beach access, what is
the point in visiting The

Without the above-men-
tioned longstanding agree-
ments in place, the business-
es around Freeport stand to
lose much income. Also, our
timeshare with The Freeport
Resort & Club loses much of
its value.-The agreements
have been in place since the
first timeshare resort was
built and should be hon-
We ask that the Harcourt
Corp. (or whoever else may
purchase the Royal Oasis),
and the government of The
Bahamas, honour these
important agreements. Our
visits to your great country
depend on it and I am sure
that other timeshare owners
of the Freeport area agree.
October 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune
IT HAS come to our atten-
tion that there is a new buyer
negotiating the purchase of
Royal Oasis. We understand
that the new buyer does not
feel obligated to honour the
agreements of 25 years with
the Freeport Resort & Club.
We own three weeks at the
Freeport Resort & Club and
we spend a lot of money in
The Bahamas each year we
As a timeshare owner at
Freeport Resort & Club, we
feel the past agreements very
much enhance our timeshare
property. Without these
agreements in place, it is
doubtful we will return to
The Bahamas.
The shortcut walking path
to the International Market is
a necessity if the vendors
hope to make a living selling

Six possible

solutions to

crime problem

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM a young Bahamian man in my early
twenties. While I am proud to be a Bahamian,
I am sick and tired of the wanton criminal
behaviour being displayed by many younger
and not so old persons in our beloved country
on a daily basis.
While some of us may shout: "Blame the
government or the church", I am not
prepared to condemn or crucify anyone or
institution because we are all a part of the
crime problem.
With your leave, Editor, I would like to sug-
gest six possible solutions to the ever increasing
"crime" problem.
1) Executions are on our law books, but
none has been carried out in recent times. It
was the last FNM administration which last
carried out the law. Persons who are convicted
for a homicide and sentenced to death should
have the death warrant read to them immedi-
ately thereafter. Appeals should be heard with-
in an 18-month period. The Privy Council
should be eliminated in criminal appeals from
The Bahamas.
2) Community based initiatives must be
devised and implemented so as to bring all res-
idents in a particular area together. If we all
know each other, criminals would be less like-
ly to operate in their own neighborhoods.

The Police should play a role, but not as promi-
nently as under Urban Renewal.
3) The collective church must become more
pro-active and energetic. Many church leaders
are so politicised and partisan that they may
have lost all moral and spiritual authority to
even begin to address crime and its effects on
4) Armed and uniformed police officers,
especially on those Family Islands known to
facilitate the trafficking in dangerous drugs
and human beings, specially trained, must be
visible at all times. The absence of the law
results in the loss of fear for the legal conse-
5)'At least twice per week all Members of
Parliament should interact with as many of
their constituents as possible. Too many MPs,
once elected or appointed, just simply disap-
6) Lastly, "justice delayed is justice denied".
We need more judges and more support staff in
all of our courts. Too few judges and magis-
trates may have resulted in rushed trials and
acquittals of overtly guilty defendants.


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Youth Parliament

event confirmed

education has failed

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Youth Parliament
event this year clearly con-
firmed that our education sys-
tem has failed as much of the
content in the written speech-
es, not parliamentary good
practice by the way, was so
One speaker talked about
the Ginn Project in West
End as if this was a grab
of proportions never heard
I for certain know that in
The Bahamas Constitution
private property is sacredly
safeguarded and to the igno-
rance of that speaker the land
purchased by Ginn was 100
per cent private property -
in fact there is not a single inch
of Crown Land involved.

If this event is going to have
significance in the preparation
of future MPs then certainly
there needs to be at least a
month before the event when
these students will be taught
correct parliamentary practice
and taught something about
the debate subject as other-
wise the whole suggested pos-
itive experience is a total
waste of a day.
To the organizers one hopes
at the least in future you will
insist that the speakers will
not use written speeches as
the skill of a true MP is the
skill to speak without a written
text for at least 15-minutes just
supported by notes.
It is regretted that today's
parliament cannot complete
even this most fundamental

The Bahamas needs
Bahamian and non-Bahami-
an investment where is the
capital going to come from if
we exclusively rely on
We have to create 4 to 5,000
new jobs annually from a
group of students whose
grades average 'D-grade' not a
'B' or a 'C' so we have to tai-
lor what we develop to that
educational level of core
potential employees.
Sorry this year's youth par-
liament was in my estimation
a total waste of a day out of
October 19, 2007.


B HurricaneBDaviS

THIS Week, In Days
Gone By looks back at Hur-
ricane David.
Hurricane David was the
fourth tropical cyclone, sec-
ond hurricane, and first
major hurricane of the 1979
Atlantic hurricane season.
A Category Five hurricane
on the Saffir-Simpson Hurri-
cane Scale, David was
among the deadliest hurri-
canes in the latter half of the
20th century, killing more
than 2,000 people in its path,
mostly in the Dominican
With winds of 175 mph,
Hurricane David was the
strongest hurricane to strike
the Dominican Republic
since the 1930s.
Also, the hurricane was
the strongest to hit Dominica
in the 20th century, and was
the deadliest Dominican
tropical cyclone since a hur-
ricane killed over 200 in Sep-
tember of the 1834 season.
David was the second male
name for a tropical storm in
Atlantic history and the first
to be retired.
While passing through the
Bahamas, David brought
70-80 mph winds to Andros
Island as the eye crossed the
It affected Ragged Island
Andros and Bimini with
winds of nearly 90 miles per
David, though still disor-
ganised, produced heavy
rainfall across the country
peaking at eight inches (200
mm). Strong wind gusts
uprooted trees, but overall
damage was minimal.


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Dominican Republic
Associated Press

Noel slogged across Cuba
on Tuesday causing flood-
insc and mudslides that
killed at least l1 people
elsewhere in the
Noel had been forecast
to hit Haiti hardest but
veered toward the
Dominican Republic,
apparently catching
residents off guard Mon-
Two women died in
Haiti on Tuesday when
they were washed away
by flood waters near the
city of Gantier, said Marie
Alta Jean-Baptiste, direc-
tor of Haiti's civil protec-
tion agency. One child
also was found dead in
the seaside slum of Cite
Soleil. said-Maj. Gen.
Carlos Alberto Dos San-
tos Cruz, Brazilian com-
mander of the U.N. force
in Haiti.
Officials in the neigh-
boring Dominican Repub-
lic, meanwhile, revised
the death toll downward
to 16. The National Emer-
gency Commission report-
ed Monday that at least
20 had died in the storm,
but on Tuesday, agency
spokesman Luis Luna
Paulino said they had mis-
calculated in issuing the
earlier figure.
"We didn't know that it
was going to be like this,
it took us by surprise."
said Guarionex Rosado as
he left his home in La
Cienaga, one of Santo
Domingo's most affected
Almost 12,000 people
were driven from their
homes in the Dominican
Republic, and nearly
3,000 homes were
destroyed, while collapsed
bridges and swollen rivers
have isolated 36 towns,
Luna said.
The dead included
three people swept up by
a fast-moving river in San
Jose de Ocoa and three
others buried in a mud-
slide in the port city of
Haina, officials said.
In Haiti, about 2,000
people were evacuated
from homes from the
southern coastal city of
Jacmel, where at least 150
residents were stranded
on rooftops. Officials said
bad weather prevented
helicopters from reaching
them by air.
Hundreds also were
evacuated in the capital,
Port-au-Prince, where
muddy water was so deep
in some streets that peo-
ple swam in it.

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Tropical wave

expected to

hbe consumed

by Noel

FROM page one

"Noel is such a large fea-
ture right now that it
(tropical wave) will have
no feature on the weather.
This wave is way too close
to Noel.
"We were watching it
across the Atlantic, it nev-
er had a really good struc-
ture to it during the whole
time. So it's not one of
those features that has a
pattern of showing any
sign of development," he
As this wave continues
west, Mr Kottlowski said,
the winds around Noel -
from the south, south west
will rip the wave apart.
"So, this wave will never
have a chance to develop.
But this thing is getting so
close to the circulation of
Noel that it has no
chance," he said.
Tropical Storm Noel
strengthened off the
northern coast of Cuba
yesterday, continuing to
drench the northwest and
central islands with torren-
tial rains while threatening
to flood low lying areas.
The storm is expected to
reach "near hurricane
Long Island, Exuma,
Rum Cay, San Salvador,
Cat Island, Andros,
Eleuthera, New Provi-
dence, Bimini, the Berry
Islands, Abaco, and Grand
Bahama were all under
. tropical storm warnings
These islands were
expected to experience
winds of 39 to 73 miles per
Officials at the Lynden
Pindling International Air-
*. port shut down the flight
tower at noon Wednesday
until 10 am Thursday, Jan-
ice Anderson of Nassau
Airport Development
Company said.
The nation's flag carrier,
Bahamasair, suspended all
domestic and international
operations on Tuesday
afternoon until further

BEC moves to

dispell power

cut rumours

FROM page one

will be shutting off the elec-
tricity island wide at 6pm
Wednesday evening," said
BEC in a statement.
It said the executive man-
agement of the corporation
wanted to correct those
"false stories" and update
their customers as to BEC's
current position regarding
Tropical Storm Noel and
the supply of electricity to
consumers in New Provi-
"BEC, in co-operation
with NEMA, is continuous-
ly assessing the situation
with Tropical Storm Noel,
watching its progression as it
affects the Bahamas, and
making decisions based on
those assessments.
"BEC wants to assure the
public that, first and fore-
most, it will take all neces-
sary steps to ensure the safe-
ty of the public at all times
while the storm approach-
es, when it is upon us and
in its aftermath," said the
S The corporation said it is
focused on protecting its dis-
tribution network in order

to minimise damage and
improve the restoration
process in the event of loss
of supply during and after
the storm has passed.
"Should there be a need
to carry out a controlled
shutdown of the electrical
supply, BEC will notify the
public in advance.
"The public is asked to
stay tuned for further offi-
cial updates on the electric-
ity supply, which will come
directly from the corpora-

Bahamas braced for

Tropical Storm Noel

FROM page one

fears of extensive flooding in areas
with poor drainage systems. While
the Department of Meteorology had
not received reports of flooding,
Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean
added it was "very likely" that low
lying areas would experience floods.
During a telephone interview with
The Tribune, Mr Dean predicted
tropical storm force winds would be
felt in New Providence by 7 pm
Wednesday while progressively get-
ting worse. The capital would feel the
"brunt" of the storm during the early
morning hours of Thursday, he said.
"There was some rain and wind (in
North Andros) last night. We heard
reports of some minute flooding. .
but we are afraid that the least bit of
rain will cause (extensive) flooding
in Mastic Point," Barbara Sweeting, a

representative from the Administra-
tion Office in Nicholl's Town, Andros
told Th[' ''ribithiu yesterday morning.
Isadora Adderley of Forest, Exuma
reported that after two days of con-
tinuous rain the settlement was flood-
ed with approximately 5 to 6 inches of
"The roads are just about covered
here," Mrs Adderley said on Wednes-
day. "The Forest is a flat area and
it's been raining here off and on for
the past two days."
In view of Noel, officials at Lyn-
den Pindling International Airport
shut down the flight tower at noon
Wednesday until 10 am
Thursday, Janice Anderson of Nassau
Airport Development Company
The nation's flag carrier, Bahama-
sair, suspended all domestic and inter-
national operations Tuesday after-
noon until further notice.

Teen charged

with murder

FROM page one

Street in Nassau when he was stabbed
to death.
Mortimer is a resident of No. 1408
Guinep Tree Street, Pinewood Gar-
dens, New Providence.
The prosecution alleged that
Mortimer was "concerned with
another" when the crime was com-
Shortly after Souffrant's murder,
17-year-old Romando Huyler of Tur-
tle Drive, Carmichael Road, New
Providence, was arrested and later
charged in the Magistrate's Court in
Nassau, in connection with the inci-
Mortimer, who was not represent-
ed by counsel in Freeport, was not
required to plead to the indictable
Acting Deputy Magistrate Helen

REFUGEES LINE up to get food and supplies from U.N. peacekeepers at a school at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince, Friday, Oct. 31,
2007 after Tropical Storm Noel.

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A RED FLAG flies warning swimmers of high surf and strong curre.its in Miami Beach, Fla Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007. Rain and gusty winds
are hitting Florida's east coast due to the effects of Tropical Storm Noel and a high-pressure system over the East Coast. A tropical storm
watch has been issued for portions of southeast Florida.

Jones explained the charge to the
teenager, also the purpose for holding
a preliminary inquiry into the mat-
ter. She then adjourned the hearing to
November 19 at 10am in Chief Mag-,
istrate Roger Gomez's court No. 1 in
Mortimer, who was denied bail,
was remanded to Fox Hill Prison,
Ryan Oneil Wood, 35, of No. 130
Hampshire Apartments, Queen's
Cove, was charged with "knowing
that Shawn Mortimer had commit-
ted a crime of murder, did aid in con-
cealing him with the purpose of
enabling him to avoid lawful arrest."
Wood, who also appeared before
Magistrate Jones, pleaded not guilty
to the charge.
His case was adjourned to 10am
May 5, 2008.
He was granted $5,000 bail with
one surety.



for storm

FROM page one

When The Tribune
caught up with Mr
Deveaux Wednesday, he
said he was meeting with
the chief civil engineer and
the director of the Ministry
of Works, looking at areas
that were likely to be affect-
ed by heavy rain.
Mr Deveaux noted that
personnel from the Min-
istry of Works were out
earlier this week doing the
"I just wanted to have a
first hand view as to our
state of readiness in the
event of rain. I think we are
pretty much ready for the
rain that is likely to come,"
he said.
"There is really very lit-
tle we can do in the event
of heavy rain," Mr
Deveaux said. "For exam-
ple in the Pinewood Gar-
dens area you have to take
the water out of Pinewood
in order to deal with heavy.
rain. If you are able to get it. .
to the Sea Breeze canal or". ."
back to the ocean that
would help but that is going
require substantial re-engi-
neering and installation of
pipes and pumps," Mr
Deveaux said.
A Tropical Storm advi-
sory remains in effect for
the central and northwest
Bahamas as heavy rain and
high winds are expected
over the next two days.




FROM page one
in the streets.
Mr Cartwright said he
was hoping to travel to
Long Island as soon as all
the airports reopened to
assist wherever he could.
However,, he pointed out
that the people of Long
Island are very resilient.
"They started preparing
for this storm since Mon-
day, they are all battened
up," he said.
Mr Cartwright said that
he is in contact with family
and friends in Long Island
and that they were weath-
ering the storm as best as
they could.
Just two weeks ago,
month-long torrential rains
in the southern Bahamas
led to extreme flooding in
Long Island.
Farms and small busi-
nesses on the island were
especially affected by the
Yesterday., Mr
Cartwright said that sever-
al farms and businesses that
were flooded last time,
were under water once
The MP said farmers and
business owners told him
that yesterday's flooding
was worse than they have
ever seen it.

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A weakened

Novak Djokovic

loses in the

Paris Masters;
Nadal advances

Associated Press
.medication after den-
tal surgery, U.S. Open
finalist Novak
Djokovic lost to Fab-
rice Santoro 6-3, 6-2
Wednesday in the sec-
ond round of the Paris
Djokovic had two
wisdom teeth pulled
after the Madrid Mas-
ters in October.
"I wasn't moving
well," the third-ranked
Serb said. "Santoro
took over the control.
I was haying all the
unforced errors and
making free points for
"Unfortunately I
couldn't give my 100
percent not even 30

Djokovic. who
returned to training
Monday, lost to David
Nalbandian in the
Madrid Masters semi-
Rafael Nadal defeat-
ed Filippo Volandri 6-
3. 6-1 to reach the
third round. Nadal,
ranked No. 2, will next
play Stanislas Wawrin-
ka of Switzerland. who
.bea Juaan.-lnacio '(-
Chela 6-3. 6-1.
"I'm happy with my
serve." Nadal said. "I
made some mistakes at
- the start, but after that
S"-I played very well."
Andy Murray beat
-'Jarkko Nieminen of
Finland 7-6 (5), 6-3 to
stay in contention for
I'the season-ending
Masters Cup in China.
l[L will next face San-
. toro.
Murray, who won his
third career title at St.
Petersburg, Russia, on
Sunday, trailed 3-1 in
the second set but
broke Nieminen three
straight times.

: Contention
Only two of eight
spots remain for the
Shanghai event, with
James Blake and
Richard Gasquet
among those in con-
Gasquet rallied from
4-1 down in the first
set to beat Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (3).
The sixth-seeded
Blake was scheduled
to face Nicolas Mahut
of France.
No. 13 seed Ivan
Ljubicic of Croatia saw
his slim Shanghai
hopes end after a 6-4,
7-6 (4) loss to
Marcos Baghdatis of
Cyprus, who next
plays defending cham-
pion Nikolay Davy-
The fourth-seeded
Davydenko beat Juan
Martin Del Potro of
Argentina 7-6 (3), 6-1,
but is hampered by a
sore elbow.
"It's not really
100 percent," he
"I'm really scared.
You cannot practice
very well and you can-
not prepare for the
Later, Roger Feder-
er was to play Ivo
Karlovic. Federer has
qualified for Shanghai,

along with Nadal,
Djokovic, Davydenko,
Andy Roddick and
David Ferrer.

When a blizzard of bottles

crashed down on the ring

SITTING at ringside, especially in "hot
blooded" Latin countries where fight
fans are apt to throw missiles if they get
upset, can be a hazardous business for
boxing writers. But for many reporters
of the 1970s and early 1980s, their most
frightening experience came at a top
London venue, when American
middleweight Marvin Hagler wrested the
world title from Britain's Alan Minter...


YOU could tell by
Alan Minter's atti-
tude, as he climbed into the
ring, that there was going to.
be trouble.
Craggy-faced Alan, a
snarler at the best of times,
could barely contain his rage.
With teeth clenched, head
wagging wildly, fists punching
the air, he was in a foul mood.
In his corner, trainer Bobby
Neill said: "Calm down, calm
down. you're doing yourself
no favours..."
Minter was so tense, so iull
of pent-up fury, that his Lon-

don followers seemed to
become infected by his atti-
tude. They became tense and
furious, too.
Part of the problem was a
pre-fight remark attributed to
Minter that "no black man is
going to take my title."
He later said the phrase
came out before he got his
brain in gear.
When his challenger for the
undisputed world mid-
dleweight title the shaven-
skulled 'Marvellous' Marvin
Hagler from Brockton, Mass-
achusetts arrived in Britain
for i fight, he showed the
chami .1 scwinl respect.
"Is Minter the toughest*

opponent you've ever met?"
he was asked.
"I've fought better," Hagler
replied, "We'll see where he
fits in when I have him in the
For proud Minter, an
aggressive southpaw who had
disposed of the best that
Europe had to offer, this was a

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WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT boxing champion Marvin Hagler of Brockton, Mass., waves the American flag Sept.
29. 1980 as he is greeted at Boston's Logan International Airport on his return to the U.S., after winning the
championship from England's Alan Minter.

dismissive riposte that could
not go unanswered.
Hagler, he had decided,
would have his words rammed
down his throat, then be sum-
marily sent packing back to
his New England home with a
bust-up face.
A Royal Marines band
played in the ring before the
fight at Wembley Arena in
that late summer of 1980. It
added a jingoistic note to an
occasion already fraught with
racial tension, thanks to
Minter's ill-considered com-
By the time Minter bounced
through the ropes into his cor-
ner, he was Hke a young bull
with destruction on his mind.
His poor trainer was unable
to cool his mood.
Looking back, his bad tem-
per that night proved to be his
unravelling. It's unwise for any
man to meet a contender of
Hagler's quality without being
in full control of his fighting
Before the bell, Minter was
straining at the leash,
gumshield bared for action.
His opponent gazed across the
ring at him with a look of
serene detachment.
What Minter should have
done was contain Hagler's
natural aggression for four or
five rounds, assess his poten-
tial, then go to work system-
atically on his weaknesses.
Instead, he was intent on
"taking out" his opponent as
quickly as possible with a
series of reckless attacks just
the kind of tactics Hagler rel-
Making the same mistake
as Sugar Ray Leonard in his
famous first fight with Rober-
to Duran, he went.to war with
a known warrior, trying to
beat him at his own game. It
didn't work for Leonard and it
didn't work for Minter. Both
In Minter's case, he was tak-
en apart in three rounds by an
opponent whose flashing
hooks and crosses wreaked
havoc on his fragile eyebrows.
As Minter threw aggressive
combinations in the first
round, Hagler picked him off
with jabs and hooks to the
face, coaxing a trickle of blood
that was to become a river in
full flow in the next two
By the third, Minter's eye-
brows were in shreds as
Hagler caught him with
two-fisted volleys to the head.
Blinded by blood,
unmanned by the challenger's
precision punching, and
undermined by his own tem-
perament, Minter was a bewil-
dered wreck by the time the
referee intervened to raise
Hagler's hand.
However, it was what hap-
pened next that made this par-
ticular fight night so memo-
Just as I was about to begin
dictating my story into my
ringside phone, hundreds of
my drunken countrymen in
the crowd began throwing
plastic bottles at the ring.

Not knowing whether the
bottles were made of glass, or
full of beer, the press dived
for cover under the benches
as a blizzard of missiles
poured down.
The whole scene became so
dangerous that Hagler had to
be ushered away under a pro-
tective guard. As I cowered
under the press table, still dic-
tating copy, a bottle cracked
off the woodwork next to my
Louts converged on the
press area yelling abuse. No-
one knew for sure whether
they were lambasting Minter
for -'4iWviiliating defeat, Or
tatintfing Hagler for his
undoubted superiority on the
Later, the consensus was
that the London fight crowd
had deduced wrongly that
Hagler won by butting
Minter's face.
In fact, Minter's injuries
were all the work of Hagler's
incisive punches, most deliv-
ered with accuracy and force
on the spots where they were
calculated to do most damage.
Hagler knew where all
Minter's weaknesses lay, and
exploited them without mercy.
The following year, Minter
returned to the ring briefly.
acknowledging that he had
fought the wrong kind of fight
against a man who went on to
become a great champion. He
didn't mention his pent-up
rage, but in truth that was the
key to his defeat.
Approached more calmly,
there's little doubt the fight
would have lasted longer. But
it's still likely, on all subse-
quent evidence, that Hagler
would have won in the end.
For British boxing, this was
not a great night. Not only was
its home-grown champion
comprehensively toppled, its
fans proved to be a national
embarrassment. Hagler said
he would never fight in Lon-
don again and. so far as I
know, never did.
-Having covered fights in
some of the most menacing
Mediterranean hotspots Sar-
dinia being one of the most
terrifying it gave me no joy
to conclude that London, the
city where I worked, was
potentially the most violent
venue 'of all.
As for Minter, his reign as
world champion had lasted lit-
tle more than half a year. Dur-
ing that time, he became the
poster boy of British sport.
You saw his face peering from
hoardings everywhere.
Post-Hagler, he was never
the same again. He had a few
more bouts, but the glint of
ambition had gone, and the
public's adulation had evapo-
rated like highland mist.
Fellow Englishman Tony
Sibson finished him off, leav-
ing Minter to reflect on a
career that was supposed to
reach its pinnacle in front of
his home crowd at Wemblev
that night against Hagler. but
foundered on the lists, of a fi -
midahle challenger and a ti'm
per he couldn't oC0 t'111

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Sports Reporter

As the NBA Season offi-
cially got underway Tuesday
night, I had an opportunity
to watch my Portland Trail-
blazers play on national tele-
vision for the first time since
they were relevant in the late
1990s. Of course the NBA
.* scheduled this game against
the Spurs months ago when
they thought this year's num-
ber one overall pick, Greg
Oden, would be suiting up
for the Blazers as the best big
man of tomorrow would face
off against the best big man
of today, Tim Duncan. We
all know by now that Oden
will miss his entire rookie
,* season' because of microfrac-
* ture surgery and the Blazers
will again mire in mediocrity
this year. After watching
TNT's coverage on Tuesday,
we also know that before
every Blazers game the pub-
lic will be reminded to no
end, of how terrible they'll
be without Oden. Here's an
article I wrote after news of
the injury circulated for a few
days, and how I'll feel watch-
ing the entire 2007-08 sea-
son.... By the way the Spurs
will repeat, beating the Bulls
or the Nets in the NBA
These are the moments
that define a sports fan.
Of the hundreds of ways I
tried tp rationalise Greg
Oden's imminent microfrac-
ture surgery which will side-
line him for his entire rook-
ie campaign, this statement
provided me with the most
solace and helped me rest a
little easier at night.
I wasn't around in 1984
when the Trailblazers made
one of the biggest blunders
in sports history by select-
ing Sam Bowie with the sec-
ond pick in the NBA Draft,
ahead of Michael Jordan.
Back then, the pick was
justified by experts saying
the Blazers had selected a
similar type of player in the
1983 Draft (Clyde Drexler)
and needed a dominant big
man to complete the puzzle
of a championship team.
Eerily similar to the justi-
fications for Portland select-
ing Oden over Kevin Durant
in June's Draft.

Now Durant, who became
the first freshman in NCAA
history to win Player of the
Year honors, is the front
runner for Rookie of the
Year*and every basketball
expert around the world's
favorite to have the more
successful NBA career.
Twenty three years later
we have Bowie-Jordan, the
The reason nobody
remembers that the Rockets
also passed on Jordan is
because they took Hakeem
Olajuwon with the number
S- one selection and he turned
oun to be one .o the 50 great-
est players of all time, a Hall
of Famer and led the Rock-
ets to back to back champi-
onships in 1994 and 1995.


PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS center GregOden stands with crutches by the bench before their NBA pre-sea-
son game against the Seattle Supersonics in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. Oden is out for the
season after having knee surgery.

Therefore Oden has to
have a better career than
Bowie did to avoid the obvi-
ous comparisons.
So the news of Oden's
injury nearly brought me to
tears and made me wonder,
did the Blazers actually do
it again?
Learning of the season

ending injury was one of the
worst sporting days of my
life thus far.
Right up there with losing
the junior boys softball
championship against
Kingsway when I was in sev-
enth grade, when the Dol-
phins lost 62-7 in the 2000
AFC Divisional Playoffs in

Dan Marino's final game, in
ninth grade when we lost to
St. Augustine's in the junior
boys basketball playoffs, and
when Portland lost to the
Lakers in game seven of the
2000 western conference
finals after taking a 14 point
lead into the fourth quarter.
Oden's injury was worse

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is
defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, during
the third quarter of their basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday,
Oct 30, 2007. San Antonio won 106-97.

This is true because I
watched Jordan's entire
career with resentment
thinking every championship
he won was a personal state-
ment to the Blazers,
making Blazer fans suffer
through a 16 year career of
But he helped me come to
a realization that this kind
of adversity makes a great
"Hey this is why we
become sports fans," he said.
"You stick it out through the
times like this, because when
things turn around and they
start winning, you get to
stick it to everybody else
that doubted them."
And in the end, that's
what being a sports fan is all
about, you suffer through
the bad trades, bad choices
and losing seasons to have
the satisfaction of bragging
to your friends and con-
stantly reminding them that
you're smarter than they are,

you know more than they
do, .ou chose the right team.
As for Oden, the list of
players who have undergone
miicrotracture surgery and
ha\t returned to prominence
is grorm ing.
Zach Randolph. Amare
Stoudamire. Jason Kidd and
John Stockton have all
undergone microfracture
surgery and ha\e continued
their careers at the highest
As a Blazer fan I choose
to ignore the players that
have had their careers side-
tracked by the procedure
(Brian Grant, Antonio
McDyess, Chris Webber) or
ended all together (Jamal
Mashburn, Terell Brandon,
Penny Hardaway, Allan
My brother was right,
maybe Kevin Durant will go
on to have a Hall of Fame
career and I'll live in agony
watching the NBA for the
next 15 years, but being a
real sports fan means you
have blind optimism every
So while the Blazers mire
in basketball irrelevance for
the 2007-2008 season, bring
on the 2008 NBA Draft and
the Derrick Rose, O.J.
Mayo, Eric Gordon sweep-
That's the greatest thing
about being a real sportsfan,
there's always next year, and
being a Blazer fan, next year
is all I have.




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