By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL c email@example.com THE US Centre for Dis e ase Control has issued a travel advisory and outbreak notice to US citizens travelling to the Bahamas in lighto f the dengue outbreak in N assau. The advisory, posted on the organisations website, warned Americans of thei ncrease in dengue fever cas es, and issued a list of pre cautionary measures persons should take to avoid mos quito bites. The Tribune attempted to contact tourism officials for comment on the possible fall-out from the advisory, but calls were not returned. This is the first international advisory since the outbreak of dengue fever two months ago. CDC officials noted that according to the Ministry of Health, more than 100 cases were being reported daily in August and 1,000 cases of dengue-like symptoms had been reported as of August 9. The advisory said: The government of the Bahamas issued a public service advi sory announcing heightened dengue activity in New Providence. This island is the most populous and includes the city of Nassau. As a result, the US Embassy in Nassau issued an emergency message External Web Site Icon for US citizens in the Bahamas related to dengue. Mosquito bite prevention measures, such as fogging and communication campaigns, are under way in densely populated areas. CDC officials offered the following advice for Ameri cans visiting the Bahamas: Travellers can reduce their risk of infection by pro tecting themselves from mosquito bites. The mos quitoes which spread dengue bite mostly at dusk and dawn but may bite at any time during the day, especially indoors, in shady areas, or when the weatheris cloudy. Travellers should follow t he steps below to protect themselves from mosquito bites: Where possible, stay in h otels or resorts that are well screened or air conditioned and take measures such as spraying with insec t icide to reduce the mosqui to population. When outdoors or in a building that is not well screened, use insect repel lent on uncovered skin. If sunscreen is needed, apply before applying insect repellent. Look for a repellent that contains one of the follow ing active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535. Always follow the instruc tions on the label when you use the repellent. In general, repellents protect longer against mosquito bites when they have a higher concentration (percentage) of any of these active ingredients. Products with less than 10 per cent of an active ingredient may offer only limited protection, often no longer than one to two hours. DEET-based products with concentra tions above 50 per cent do not offer a marked increase in protection time. The American Acade my of Pediatrics External Web Site Icon approves the use of repellents with up to 30 per cent DEET on children older than two months. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.242SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 80F TRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US tourists put on dengue fever alert Embassy issues tr a vel advisory BODYANDMORE HEALTHYEATING SPECIALSUPPLEMENTINSIDE L WYOUNGAREFIRSTCLASS By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICE admitted yesterday they are unsure which of the three men they said were murdered on Thursday morning are actually dead. Despite initial reports that three of four men wounded by gunfire died from their injuries, police yesterday said only two are dead. The other two are alive and in hospital. They said they have yet to determine which of the victims is still alive. This means the murder count is at 95 for the year, breaking last years record of 94 killings. Superintendent Stephen Dean said police did not intentionally give the wrong infor mation to the public. He blamed the mix-up on a breakdown in communication POLICE UNSURE WHICH MURDER VICTIMS ARE ACTUALLY DEAD THE Salvation Army is celebrating its 80th year of Christian witness, social outreach and charitable service in the Bahamas with a slate of activities. Since its establishment in the Bahamas in 1931, the Salvation Army has worked tirelessly to help those who need a helping hand, hot meal, shelter from abuse, an opportunity to build character, a way to earn a living with dignity, and a safe welcoming place to unburden the cares of life. Over the years, the Armys mission, much like its resolve to help others, has remained unchanged. That mis sion is to preach the Gospel of Jesus, to share Gods love and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination, a spokesperson said. To date, the organisation has a number of programmes and services which include: the Feeding Centre and Fam ily Welfare offices on Mackey Street, Grants Town and in Freeport; the Erin H Gilmour School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children; The Adult Blind Mop Workshop; The Womans Emergency Residence; five family By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ALMOST four years after 18-year-old Sheanda Newton was found brutally murdered, Michael Beckford, who was convicted of her murder last April, has been sentenced to life in prison. Ms Newton's body was discovered clothed only in her underwear and with a gash to her neck and burn marks on her face in the bushes off Charles Saunders Highway on October 4, 2008. Prosecutors said Beckford killed the young woman because she gave him AIDS. However, Beckford denied killing Ms Newton, knowing her, or having AIDS. A jury convicted Beckford of Ms Newtons murder on April 6 this year, at which time prosecutors said they would be seeking the death penalty. However Justice Vera Watkins found based on recent decisions in similar cases, one of which was the recent Max Tidocase where a death sentence was overturned by the Court of Appeal that capital punishment was not the appropriate sentence, the crime not being the worst of the worst or the rarest of the LIFE SENTENCE F OR TEEN A GE GIRLS MURDER SEE page six SEE page two K ENJIL SIFFORD o f L W Y oung class 7Y2 is pictured hard at work in the new school t erm. See more pictures of 7Y2 on page 12. T im Clarke / Tribune staff S ALVATION ARMY CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY IN BAHAMAS SALVATION ARMY Divisional Commander Major Lester Ferguson speaks at the Erin H Gilmour School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children. SEE page six R EPORTSreached T he Tribune late last night of a body found with gunshot wounds. T he body of a male was found west of Nirvana Beach sometime after1 0pm. S ee Mondays T ribune for more details. B ODY FOUND WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS SEE page six LATENEWS
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STUDENTS (left Impaired Children (below t hrift stores as well as Comm unity Afterschool and C omputer programmes and five churches located at 31 Mackey Street, Meadow and West Streets, Palmetto Point in Eleuthera, West Atlantic D rive, in Freeport, and in P rovidencials, Turks and C aicos. Among the 80th anniversary events are: A grand concert featuring the Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers on Friday, Septemb er 23, at 7pm at the Diplom at Centre. Float parade on Saturday, September 24, at 11am starting at the Salvation Army on Mackey Street. Worship Service on Sund ay, September 25, at the British Colonial Hilton on Bay Street Homecoming luncheon on Sunday, September 25, at 12.30pm at the British Colonial Hilton. Praise celebration on S unday, September 25, a t 3pm at the British Colonial. SALVATION ARMY CELEBRATES 80TH ANNIVERSARY IN BAHAMAS FROM page one DIVISIONAL COMMANDER Lester Ferguson gives members of the media a tour of the classrooms at the Erin H Gilmour School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff THECOMPUTERROOM at the E rin H Gilmour School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children. The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y Shar e your news
B y JOHN HEDDEN email@example.com RECENTLY, much has appeared in the media about agriculture, with senior politic ians, pundits, veterinary intell ectuals and the regular armchair philosophers making their comments and putting forward opinions. However, I have seen no comment from the actualf arming community about the status and future of farming. This may shroud the real i ssues involved, and so confuse the general public with r hetoric and other fancy w ords. Before the reality becomes s mothered I feel that as a genuine paper farmer I can prob-a bly help cloud the issue even f urther. I n order to put agriculture a nd the modern Bahamas in proper focus we must start f rom the very beginning. This first part deals with historical anecdotes and notesw hich cover geographical, topographical and climate issues, and basic soils and water availability. I have not included dates because these i nstantly put off any student of history. H owever a journey into the well documented archives of our country will verify many of my statements. In the beginning was the Lucayan, the Arawak, the Taino, peoples who should god own in history as the true B ahamians, and the only peo ple who have sustainably har v ested their food from the environment throughout this archipelago. Unfortunately these people d id not survive to modern times. Since the arrival of the Europeans, and to the present day, no people in the Bahamas have truly subsisted on thep roducts of the native envir onment. Subsistence production dur ing the many very lean years a fter settlement, relied on nonn ative species for the major food sources. These introduced species include cassava, sweet potato, yams, pigeon peas, red beans, sheep, goats, and all poultry. Even the wild hogs of many i slands were introduced as domestic breeds before going feral. The early settlers on several occasions had to appeal to their colleagues on the US mainland for help with staple supplies to prevent starvationon many of the inhabited islands. The purchase of the Bahamas by the proprietors, and the establishment of plantations on many of the more southerly islands, became short lived, because the thin dry, arid soils were unable to supply sustainable commercial harvests. In most cases these plantations were abandoned to the slaves and servants to eke out a kind of subsistence involving the sea, and slash and burn methods of coppice (black land) and sandy (white land) cultivation. To many of the islanders, the Nassau capital may as wellhave been in Lima, Peru, because communications and transport were non-existent. The northern pine islands were not exploited to any degree agriculturally, mainly because the pine land was inaccessible, and the cap rock was unworkable with traditional hand tools and manual labour methods. The pine areas were thus appropriately named The Barrens, even though fresh water was close at hand. Even the arrival of the Loyalists with their plantation approach resulted in a common survival in which the whites were no better off than their black brothers. All strug gled to survive. The Bahamas went through many years of the most basic provision for sustenance in order to stave off debilitating hunger, and the early church missions often rescued locals from imminent starvation. U p until the 19th century, church and religious annals take account of the destitutiona nd malnourishment existing in much of the settled Out Islands. L ess than 100 years ago, a rrangements were made by the Colonial Service to accommodate workers through cont racts in North America. All types of Bahamians took advantage in order to survivet he depression and the Second W orld War. Many of these migrant workers earned the name American Boy after returning with adopted American mannerisms. E ven today there is no con tinuity of agricultural production over the traditional lifetimes of farming experienced i n other parts of the world such as Africa and Europe. T here was however a brief s pell in our history when agri culture seemed destined to become a major contributort o the economy. D uring the early to late 1800s, pineapple and citrus production became a majors ource of foreign revenue for the islands. Farming in Eleuthera, Cat i sland, and southern Abaco became very prominent; as it did in the eastern part of New Providence. P roduce exported to North America and England made significant contributions to the islands welfare. However, the rise of Hawaiian pineapple and Florida citr us plantings soon put paid to that flourishing industry. A one cent tax was levied one ach imported fruit, thus protecting the US producers. After the end of the Second W orld War, the English gove rnment introduced the Colonial Development Corporation to various islands in order t o foster growth through agricultural entrepreneurship. The pineapple project on t he best land in south E leuthera failed because mechanisation removed the red soils and introduced raw limestone. This area would later claim fame as the Charolais Rancht hat provided the US with its prized French cattle breeding stock. The Andros project failed b ecause the fruit and vegetable land selected behind fresh C reek was a summer swamp w hen the rains came, and no number of pumps could keep the growing area dry. I t is ironical that here the w ater was pumped away from the crops, and not to them. Rice would not even grow int he perimeter canals and drainage ditches. In addition, produce s hipped out from Andros by barge did not even survive the journey to Nassau. Over the years, attempts h ave been made to introduce sugar cane, large citrus groves, dairy, egg and poultry pro duction to a non-existent agricultural sector. Some survived for a number of years but mainly because protection againstc ompetition was the rule of the day. In the modern era with the advent of Bahamian accession to the WTO and the apparent barring of protectionism in any form, bleak prospects f or agricultural enterprise are looming on the Bahamian horizon. Many feel disillusioned and u pset over the lack of governm ental input in order to save t he tradition of farming in the c ountry. The reality is that apart f rom subsistence production purely for survival, the Bahamian agricultural sector isa myth and a non-contributor to any recognisable part of the e conomy. In fact, since majority rule Bahamians have been actively encouraged to move away from agricultural and menialw ork into tourism and financial services. Today the perception is that a griculture is demeaning and subservient work, close to being on welfare. T he introduction of more m odern technology has recently accounted for some appar ently successful start ups, and r enovated enterprises in Andros. The use of more modern t echniques, even basic ones like efficient irrigation, can dramatically improve yields. M anagement of soil fertility a nd pest control are equally important. These issues will be dealt w ith in the following article. 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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church( Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2011Theme: "Like Good Stewards of The Manifold Grace of God, Serve One Another With Whatever Gift Each of You Have Received." 7:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Katherine Rose 10:00 a.m. Bro. Jamicko Forde/Youth (B 7:00p.m. Sis. Rosemary Williams/Board of Men/ Womens Ministry Protect babies less than two months old by using a carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic e dge for a tight fit. For more i nformation about the use o f repellent on infants and c hildren, please see the Insect and Other Arthropod Protection section in Travelling Safely with Infants and Children and the Children section of CDCs Frequently Asked Questions about Repellent Use. For more information on the use of insect repellents, see the information on t he Mosquito and Tick Protection webpage. Wear loose, longsleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. For greater protection, clothing may also be sprayed with a repellent containing permethrin or another EPAregistered repellent. (Remember: don't use perm ethrin on skin). between themselves and Accident and Emergency staff at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Supt Dean said: "We were not trying to mislead the people. What happened was we got an initial report from EMS (Emergency Medical Services personnel that both of the men who were shot died on the scene. What they didn't tell us is that they resuscitated him later. We did not get that information until long after the press already reported it." Thursday was a bloody night with three separate shooting incidents reported to police. One of the shootings was at Roland Street in Ridgeland Park, at 4.45 am. When police arrived at the scene they saw a white Nissan Maxima parked in the middle of the street. Both the driver and the front seat passenger were shot in the head and, the press was told, pronounced dead at the scene. Yesterday police said only one of the men died and the other man was listed in critical condition. The other man was shot and killed at Crooked Island Street. Police found the lifeless body of Leonitis Louis in the road. He had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper part of his body. Officers also want to question the gunman responsible for shooting a man in his face. According to police reports, officers received a call from a man who told them he was at home when someone opened his window, propped a chair against a wall and called out his name. When the man went to the window he was shot in the face. He was taken to hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Police investigations into all these matters continue. r are. I n her sentencing decision, Justice Watkins said: Taking into account the views expressed by the Board in M ax Tido case and all that I h ave said in favour of Beckf ord and balancing them against the callous and coldhearted circumstances under which the victim Sheanda N ewton met her demise, I s entence Beckford to imprisonment for life. Dorsey McPhee, Beckfords attorney, said the current crime trends and high m urder count has affected the outcome of this trial. He said: I believe the verdict was delivered because of the crime in socie ty the people want blood. It is a preserve verdict which is based on alleged verbal confession. The jury was wrong to convict a man on the evidence given. M r McPhee plans to appeal the sentencing. FROM page one POLICE UNSURE WHICH MURDER VICTIMS ARE ACTUALLY DEAD F ROM page one FROM page one LIFE SENTENCE FOR TEENAGE GIRLS MURDER US TOURISTS PUT ON DENGUE FEVER ALERT PRIME MINISTER IN ELEUTHERA P RIME MINISTER H ubert Ingraham, accompanied by North Eleuthera MP AlvinS mith and local government officials, view hurricaned amage to a dock. K ristaan Ingraham / BIS P RIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham visits a home inE leuthera. PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham views a g overnment school classroom. ELECTRICITY RESTORATION continues throughout Eleuthera.
RAMALLAH, West Bank Associated Press I N A direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians have said they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, even though Washington has promised to veto the measure. T he Palestinian assertion came on Thursday, as a senior U.S. diplomatic team was in the region trying to avert an embarrassing showdown and relaunch peace talks. By pushing forward, the Palestinians risk putting President Barack Obama in the uneasy position of having to veto a measure supported by the vast majorityof the international community. Foreign Minister Riad Malki told foreign journalists the Palestinians were not looking for a fight. But he said the American stance puts the U.S. in a "confrontational position" with the rest of the world, and suggested American credibility could be at stake. "I don't know what it means to the standing of the U.S. in the United Nationsand among the countries of the world," he said. Even so, the Palestinians left the door open for compromise. Malki said the Palestinians were still ready to listen to suggestions from American envoys. And in New York, his U.N. ambassador, Riyad Mansour, said a final decision on whether to pursue recognition in the Security Council, or seek a lesser, symbolic status in the Gen eral Assembly had not yet been made. "The final decision will be taken in the next few days as to which path we will fol low," Mansour said. Asked about his boss's comments in Ramallah, he replied: "There are many words from many places, but what I'm telling you is that we are deliberating all these details and it is not yet final ized." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was to givea speech Friday in Ramallah and there was speculation he might address the issue then. In Washington, White House spokesman Jay Car ney emphasized that negoti ation with Israel was the only viable path to Palestinian statehood. "The Palestinians will not and cannot achieve statehood through a declaration at the United Nations. It is a distraction, and in fact, it's counterproductive," he said, adding that "the only way to resolve the issues between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and to ultimately create a Palestinian state, is through direct negotiations." The Palestinians seek an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with east Jerusalem as their capital. Israel captured the territories in the 1967 Mideast war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejects a complete pullout from the West Bank and says Israel must retain east Jerusalem, which it considers an insepa rable part of its capital. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. F r ustr ation The Palestinians say they are turning to the U.N. in frustration after years of failed peace talks. While a U.N. vote will not change the s ituation on the ground, the Palestinians believe it will improve their position in future talks. In particular, they say Israel must accept the 1967 borders as the basis of a future agreement. By doing so, Malki argued Israel could help end its g rowing international isola tion. Israel's relations with key regional allies Egypt, Turkey and Jordan have all grown rocky in recent months. "I think the best way out for Israel today is to come forward and to recognize the s tate of Palestine on the '67 borders," Malki said. Obama himself has endorsed the 1967 lines as the basis for a settlement. But he, like Israel, says a peace agreement can be reached only through negotiations. Both the U.S. and Israel fear a U.N. vote could lead to violence and other negative consequences. The Palestinians already are planning two mass demonstrations in the West Bank next week, though they insist the marches will be peaceful. Israel has other concerns as well. It fears the Palestinians, with an upgraded status at the U.N., could join various international bodies and pursue action against the Jewish state. One of the biggest fears is that the Pales tinians could join the International Criminal Court, a special body set up to prosecute war crimes. While it remains unclear whether the Palestinians could actually join the court, Malki threatened that if accepted, the Palestinians could try to open proceedings against Israel at the ICC. "There will be no reason for us to go to the ICC if Israel does not take any action that's considered to be illegal, or a crime against humanity," he said. "If Israel takes such an action, we might find ourselves com pelled." Malki said Abbas would personally submit the Pales tinian request for membership to U.N. Secretary-Gen eral Ban Ki-moon after addressing the 193-member General Assembly on Sept. 23. He said the Palestinians were intent on approaching the Security Council, whose approval is needed for full membership in the U.N. However, with a U.S. veto certain, the Palestinians would then be forced to seek "nonmember state" observer status from the General Assembly. While largely symbolic, the Palestinians are guaranteed a victory in the chamber, which is dominated by developing nations sympathetic to their cause. The Palestinians say some 130 nations have already pledged to support them, and Malki predicted up to 170 countries would vote in favor. Whatever path the Palestinians choose, it appears likely their application will set off a drawn-out process at the United Nations. Ban will have to review the membership application, debates will be held and votes will need to be scheduled. Speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters, Ban said he was sympathetic to the frustrations of the Palestinian people and that an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "is long overdue." T roubled "I am profoundly troubled by the lack of progress in the peace negotiations," he said. "Time is not our friend." He said Israel had a duty t o create conditions favor able to resuming negotiations and that new settlement activity "has not been helpful." He said the Palestinians should try to sit down for talks with the Israelis. Malki said the Palestinians were prepared to listen to any credible offer" for restarting talks. U.S. envoys David Hale and Dennis Ross were the latest in a string of senior diplomats trying to get the Palestinians to cancel their U.N. bid and salvage peace talks. The EU's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and international Mideast envoy Tony Blair have also held talks with the Palestinians in recent days. The last round of IsraelPalestinian talks broke down a year ago, just weeks after their launch, in a dispute over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Malki would not give specifics on what it would take to get the Palestinians to abandon their U.N. bid, saying only it would require a "firm base with clear terms of reference, a clear timetable and with a clear end game." U.S. officials in Washing ton say one proposed formu la would include a statement from the international Quartet of Mideast mediators the U.S., EU, Russia and U.N. endorsing the 1967 lines. This, they said, might be accompanied by some sort of conciliatory speech by Netanyahu to the U.N. next week. Netanyahu, meanwhile, announced he would lead his government's delegation to the annual gathering in New York. Acknowledging the General Assembly is not "particularly sympathetic to Israel," he said it was impor tant to go and "lay things out the way they are." Netanyahu said he would stress his country's security needs, particularly in light of the dramatic changes sweeping through the Arab world. "I will tell the truth, the simple truth, and the truth is Israel wants peace," Netanyahu said. "We know that this peace is conditioned on recognition and security, and I think these needs are only sharpened against the background of the events we see around us." 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007NAV Date 31-May-11 31-Aug-11BISX Listed Mutual Funds30-Jun-11 31-Aug-11 NAV 6MTH 1.535365 2.952663 1.580804 111.469744 115.762221TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Jul-11 30-Jun-11 31-Jul-11 5-Aug-11 30-Jun-11MARKET TERMS31-Aug-11 31-Jul-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jul-11 31-Jul-11 31-Jul-11 LONDON A ssociated Press RESCUE WORKERSfound the body of a fourth miner in a flooded coal mine in south Wales on Friday, dashing hopes that the last trapped miner would be found alive as a close-knit community was forced to confront t he kind of tragedy it thought it had left long in the past. South Wales chief constable Peter Vaughan called the unfortunate outcome of the searchand-rescue operation "the one that none of us wanted," because police had held out hope of finding some of the miners alive. It isB ritain's worst fatal mining accident in years. Officials don't know what caused the accident at the Gleision Colliery near Swansea, in south Wales, an area once synonymous with coal mining, but where the industry all but disappeared since Britain's labor strife o f the 1980s. "This is the end that we all feared but hoped against hope wouldn't happen," said local lawmaker Peter Hain. "This has been a stab right through the heart of these local communi ties." T he four miners have been named as Phillip Hill, 45, Charles B resnan, 62, David Powell, 50, and Garry Jenkins, 39. Three other miners managed to get out of the mine after the accident Thursday morning. One was in the hospital listed as critically ill, while the two others e scaped largely unharmed and were aiding in the rescue operat ion. Prime Minister David Cameron called the mining tragedy "a desperately, desperately sad situation," adding that there would be "sorrow" in the community as it came to terms w ith its loss. Rescue teams had been worki ng around the clock, pumping water out of the pit, excavating blockages and shoring up the tunnels. Divers trying to reach the men had been earlier forced to abandon their attempts. Hain extended his sympathies to the miners' families senti ments echoed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who said he was praying for all involved. "We thought in south Wales that the days of mining accidents were behind us, but we were wrong," said Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones. He extended his thoughts and sympathies to the family and praised rescue work ers for their hard work and expertise. "All that was humanly possi ble was done," he said, adding that people around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with those affected by the tragedy. Cameron is being updated reg ularly on the situation and has been in touch with local police and Hain, according to a spokeswoman for the prime minister. The mine burrowed into a steep and isolated hillside, is one o f the few remainders of Britain's once-mighty mining industry. South Wales' mining industry was immortalised in Richard Llewellyn's novel "How Green Was My Valley," whose film version won the 1941 U.S. Academy Award as best picture. Cardiff, Wales' main port city, once led the world in coal exports. BRITISH RESCUE WORKERS FIND 4TH MINER DEAD PALESTINIAN Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday. (AP DEFYING US, PALESTINIANS PRESS FORWARD WITH UN BID W ASHINGTONVOWSTOVETOMEASURE BEIJING Associated Press NEW DATA show that encouraging Chinese women to give birth in the hospital has contributed to a sharp drop in infant deaths over a 12-year period. A study released Friday in The Lancet, a British medical journal, says that newborn deaths fell 62 percent between 1996 and 2008 based on analysis of 1.5 million births. The study, co-authored by researchers from Peking University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said more babies survived mainly because women were increasingly giv ing birth in hospitals or clinics. "In 1988, less than half of all women in China gave birth in hospital, but only 20 years later, hospital births have become almost universal," it said. "Where you give birth really matters," said one of the authors, Carine Ronsmans, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. There were 24.7 deaths of newborns in China per 1,000 live births in 1996 but by 2008 that figure had fallen to 9.3 per 1,000, it said. Traditionally, poorer countries have tried to reduce newborn deaths by training community health workers like midwives to assist in home births. Ronsmans said those methods have helped reduce newborn deaths "a little bit" in countries such as Nepal and India. "But you couldn't achieve a 62 percent reduction just with a community-based strategy," she said. "What's novel here is that the Chinese government has adopt ed a very different strategy," she said. "The Chinese government has really invested in strengthening hospitals." The approach has proved effective nationwide, even in the poorest Chinese provinces, she said. However, one of the downsides, said Ronsmans, is that the rise in hospital births overseen by doctors may have encouraged unnec essary medical interventions, such as cesarean sections, which now account for as many as 65 percent of births in China. HOSPIT AL BIRTHS SAVING BABIES IN CHINA, STUDY SAYS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011, PAGE 11 ANDROS CAT ISLAND E LEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE T AMPA ORLANDOLow: 73F/23C Low: 75F/24C L ow: 79F/26C Low: 79F/26C Low: 77F/25C Low: 80F/27C Low: 80F/27C Low: 74F/23C High: 91F/33C High: 92F/33C High: 88F/31C H igh: 90F/32C High: 90F/32C H igh: 90F/32C High: 89F/32C Low: 77F/25C High: 90F/32C Low: 80F/27C High: 88F/31CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 73F/23C High: 90F/32C Low: 78F/26C High: 87F/31C Low: 77F/25C High: 86F/30C Low: 78F/26C High: 88F/31C Low: 78F/26C High: 92F/33C Low: 78F/26C High: 90F/32C Low: 73F/23C High: 90F/32C Low: 75F/24C High: 93F/34C Low: 77F/25C High: 88F/31C High: 89F/32CFREEPORT NASSAU M IAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECASTPartly sunny with a t hunderstorm Partly cloudy with a thudnerstorm Partly sunny with a thunderstorm Partly sunny, a t-storm possible Periods of sun, a t-storm possible High:89Low:80H igh:88H igh:89H igh:88 A ccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelPartly sunny, a t-storm possible High:8 Low:78Low:79Low:81 AccuWeather RealFeel 97F T he exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperaturei s an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 85F 101-82F 99-83F 98-87F 96-80F Low:79TODAYTONIGHTSUNDAYMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAY ALMANACH igh ..................................................91F/33C Low ....................................................73F/23C Normal high ......................................88F/31C N ormal low ........................................75F/24C Last year's high ..................................89F/32C Last year's low ..................................77F/25C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Y ear to date ................................................26.79" Normal year to date ....................................35.15" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TI DESFORNA SSAU Last NewFirst Full Sep. 20Sep. 27Oct. 3Oct. 11Sunrise . . . 6:56 a.m. Sunset . . . 7:12 p.m. Moonrise . 10:19 p.m. Moonset . . 11:18 a.m. Today Sunday Monday Tuesday H ighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 10:32 a.m.3.04:12 a.m.0.9 10:44 p.m.2.54:55 p.m.1.2 11:15 a.m.2.94:51 a.m.1.0 11:28 p.m.2.55:42 p.m.1.3 12:05 p.m.2.95:36 a.m.1.0 -----6:34 p.m.1.3 12:20 a.m.2.56:29 a.m.1.2 1:01 p.m.2.97:33 p.m.1.4 Wednesday Thursday Friday 1:21 a.m.2.57:29 a.m.1.2 2:01 p.m.2.98:33 p.m.1.3 2:25 a.m.2.58:34 a.m.1.0 3:01 p.m.3.19:31 p.m.1.2 3:27 a.m.2.79:38 a.m.0.9 3 :58 p.m.3.210:24 p.m.0.9 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:NE at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet6 Miles84F Sunday:ENE at 7-14 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles84F Today:NE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F Sunday:E at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F Today:ESE at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet5 Miles85F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Today:E at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Today:E at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Sunday:E at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Today:SE at 5-10 Knots1-2 Feet6 Miles86F Sunday:ENE at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet5 Miles86F Today:E at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet4 Miles86F Sunday:E at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles86F Today:E at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles85F Today:ESE at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet5 Miles85F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles85F Today:E at 7-14 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles84F Sunday:E at 8-16 Knots3-6 Feet6 Miles84F Today:E at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet4 Miles86F Sunday:E at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles86F Today:SE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F Sunday:E at 7-14 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F Today:E at 6-12 Knots1-2 Feet4 Miles86F Sunday:E at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles86F UV IN DEXTO DAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTMnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.F orecasts and graphics provided by A ccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather.com Atlanta A t l a n t a Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 91F/33C H i g h s : 9 1 F / 3 3 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Charlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 67F/19C H i g h s : 6 7 F / 1 9 C Charleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 76F/24C H i g h s : 7 6 F / 2 4 C Savannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 79F/26C H i g h s : 7 9 F / 2 6 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 92F/33C H i g h s : 9 2 F / 3 3 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Miami Mi a m i Highs: 90F/32C H i g h s : 9 0 F / 3 2 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 94F/34C H i g h s : 9 4 F / 3 4 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s Highs: 73F/23C H i g h s : 7 3 F / 2 3 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 89F/32C H i g h s : 8 9 F / 3 2 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Bermuda B e r m u d a Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Atlanta Highs: 76F/24C Kingston Highs: 88F/31C Caracas Highs: 91F/33C Panama City Highs: 88F/31C Limon Highs: 84F/29C Managua Highs: 86F/30C Cozumel Highs: 90F/32C Belize Highs: 84F/29C Charlotte Highs: 67F/19C Charleston Highs: 76F/24C Savannah Highs: 79F/26C Pensacola Highs: 85F/29C Daytona Beach Highs: 86F/30C Tampa Highs: 92F/33C Freeport Highs: 89F/32C Miami Highs: 90F/32C Nassau Highs: 89F/32C Havana Highs: 88F/31C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 88F/31C San Juan Highs: 87F/31C Santa Domingo Highs: 86F/30C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 89F/32C Port-au-Prince Highs: 94F/34C Cape Hatteras Highs: 73F/23C Aruba Curacao Highs: 89F/32C Antigua Highs: 85F/29C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda Highs: 82F/28C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceShown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 6 -12 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW E E E E W 6-12 knots N S EW E E E E W 6-12 knots N S EW E E E E W 6 -12 knots N S EW E E E E W 8-16 knots N S EW S E 8-16 knots N S EW S E 7 -14 knots SIRTE, Libya Associated Press MOAMMAR GADHAFI supporters put up fierce resistance against offensives trying to storm two strongholds Friday, forcing revolutionary fighters into retreat in the mountains and turning Gadhafi's seaside hometown into an urban battlefield of snipers firing from mosques and heavy weapons rattling main boulevards. The tough defense displayed the firepower and resolve of the Gadhafi followers and suggested Libya's new rulers may not easily push aside the remnants of the old regime. In the mountain enclave of Bani Walid, about 90 miles (140 kilometers southeast of Tripoli, revolutionary forces pulled back after a day of intense fighting that failed to dislodge pro-Gadhafi snipers and gunners from strategic positions. In Sirte, Gadhafi's birthplace on the Mediterranean coast, his backers rained gunfire down from mosque minarets and high-rise buildings on fighters pushing into the city from the west, while in the streets the two sides battered each other with high-caliber machine guns, rockets and rocket-propelled grenades. "The Gadhafi loyalists have so many weapons," cried Maab Fatel, a 28-yearold revolutionary fighter on the front lines in Bani Walid. "This battle is real-ly crazy." His uniform was splattered with blood from carrying an injured comrade as revolutionary fighters and Gadhafi loyalists traded relentless mortar and rocket fire across a 500-yard-wide desert valley called Wadi Zeitoun that divides the town and the two sides between north and south. Dr. Ihab Agha, a field doctor, said at least five rebels were killed and more than 20 wounded, including one fighter who had both leg amputated because of severe injuries. The twin assaults appeared to be a coordinated attempt to break the back of regime holdouts, who still hold a swath of territory along the central coast and into the southern deserts more than three weeks after revolutionary fighters swept into Tripoli and drove out Gadhafi. The whereabouts o f the ousted leader and several of his sons remain unknown. T he new leadership has been gaining international support in their campaign to root out the rest of Gadhafi's regime and establish their authority, with highprofile visits this week by the French president and British prime minister, and on Friday by Turkish Prime Mini ster Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan joined Friday prayers in T ripoli's Martyrs' Square, the heart of the city once known as Green Square where Gadhafi's regime threw rallies of supporters before his fall. "You have shown the whole world that no one can stand before the power and the will of the people," Erdogan said in a speech as thousands cheered. But the resistance in Bani Walid and Sirte underscored how difficult the task of uprooting Gadhafi's last bastions might be. The revolutionary forces have been looming over the two cities for weeks, and last week they attempted a significant assault on Bani Walid, only to be repelled by unexpectedly strong loyalist counterattacks. The fighters on Thursday made their first big foray into Sirte the hub of a l oyalist belt across Libya's central coast also meeting a heavy backlash. In o ne particularly bloody sign of how the loyalists are dug in, a bus full of revolutionary fighters hit a roadside bomb in Sirte late Thursday, killing 11, officials said. On Friday, smoke rose above the city from heavy street fighting, much of i t along the main First of September Street running into the city from the w est. Loyalists running through the streets fired volleys of RPGs and rockets, and snipers fired down from office towers and minarets, revolutionary fighters at the front said. The fighters let loose with machine guns fixed on the back of pick-up trucks. Nearby buildings were pockmarked with bullet holes. Commanders said they had captured the city's old airport on its western edge. "It's extra sweet to hit him here," said one of the fighters' commanders, Abdul-Salam al-Jayeby. "This is the biggest challenge for Gadhafi because we are going to take his hometown and then we will hunt him down." One pickup truck rushed back to the rear lines, its bed bloody and s trewn with the body parts of the fighter manning the machine gun, his face m angled. Other fighters shouting "God is great," pulled his lifeless remains out and comforted his partner, the pick-up driver. NATO warplanes swept overhead, but is was unclear whether there were fresh airstrikes to help the anti-Gadhafi a dvance. The alliance said it struck multiple rocket launchers, air missile s ystems, armored vehicles and a military storage facility in Sirte on Thursday when revolutionary units launched the offensive. In Bani Walid, fighters raised he new Libyan flag over an abandoned electricity building before the order to pull back. Around the buildings lay a huge Gadhafi poster bent in half and torn billboards with pictures of the ousted dictator. The walls were still sprayed with graffiti reading, "Long live Moammar." Inside the town, a radio station believed linked to one of Gadhafi's main propagandist kept up a steady stream of appeals to fight and rants that demonized the revolutionaries as traitors against the country and Islam. Run from Bani Walid and you run straight to your graves," shouts one m an over the radio. Another portrayed the revolution aries as trampling Muslim values. "These revolutionaries are fighting to drink and do drugs all the time and be like the West, dance all night," the announcer claimed. "We are a tradit ional tribal society that refuses such things and must fight it." R evolutionary forces also claimed success on a third front deep in the southern desert, where they had overtaken the Jalloud Air Force Base on Thursday after defeating Gadhafi loyalists firing rockets and mortars. THE BATTLE between revolutionary fighters and Gadhafi loyalists continues along the roads of Sirte, Libya, Friday. (AP LIBYAN FORCES PULL BACK AFTER BATTLES IN BANI WALID REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTERS FORCED INTO RETREAT
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B ACKINTHECLASSROOM: S tudents of L W Young class 7Y2 and their teacher Mrs Fernander get ready for the new term. P HOTOS/TIMCLARKE G A M M E D E S H A S M I T H S T E V E D O U G L A S F R E D R I C K B O W E A N D R E M A J O R C ADESHIA COLLIE C L I N D E R A B E T H E L
THETRIBUNE PAGE 9SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 VOLLEYBALL NPVA OPENING THE New Providence V olleyball Association will begin its 2011/12 season on Sunday at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In the ladies opener at 3:30 p.m., the defending champi ons Acottsdale Vixens willtake on runners-up Johnsons Lady Truckers. At 5 p.m. is the mens opener between the defending champions Scotia bank Defenders and runnersup Technicians. Its anticipated that some four teams will comprise the ladies division, while there are five teams in the mens competition. Games are scheduled for Wednesdays and Fridays, starting at 7:30 p.m. BASKETBALL STREET LEGENDS FIN AL THE stage is set. The long awaited final of the Street Legends and Guinness Commu nity Basketball League is here. The Debbie Bartlette Gems 105.9fm team did not waste time closing out the series against Dr. Kendall Major Garden Hillsiders on Thursday night at the DW Davis Gymnasium. Going into the series 1-0, the Gems didnt want to lose momentum and took advantage of the short handed Hill siders to win 61-59. From the jump ball, Able High Flying Joseph went to work scoring 16 points and grabbing nine boards, while Tony Mr. Control assisted with 10 points and 11 assists and Floyd Tiny Ambrister scored 15 points and six assists. In a losing effort, Batchlette Leflure had a game high 21 points and eight assists, while Trevor Green had 11 boards and 15 points. Action will con tinue on Sunday at the DW Davis Gymnasium at 9 p.m. B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org A LTHOUGH her focus this year was on her speciality in the 200 metres, Debbie Ferguson-McKen z ie ran well enough to get a lane in the 100 at the final meet of the Grand Prix season. At the Belgacom Memorial Van D amme in Brussels, Belgium yesterday, Ferguson-McKenzie clocked 11.30 seconds for a fifth p lace finish in a keenly contested race. American Carmelita Jeter, the 1 3th IAAF World Championships gold medalist, won in 10.78 as she turned the tables on Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown, who ran 10.85. Campbell-Brown won the gold in t he 200 over Jeter at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Ferguson-McKenzie wass ixth in the race. In Brussels, Trinidad & Tobagos Kelly-Ann Baptiste, the WorldC hampionships bronze medalist, was third in 10.90. American Shalonda Solomon got fourth in 11.08. She was also fourth in Daegu. F erguson-McKenzie, who skipped the 100 at the Worlds to concentrate on the 200 and the 4 x 1 00 relay, was the lone Bahamian competing in the meet yesterday. Triple jumper Leevan Superman S ands was expected to compete, but he opted not. Instead, he returned to Auburn to rehab after he suf-f ered an injury during the final of the mens triple jump in Daegu where he was seventh. B enjamin Compaor of France won the event, followed by Sheryf El-Sheryf of the Ukraine and Alex is Copello of Cuba. Only six com p etitors participated with World Championships silver medalist Phillips Idowu taking fifth. C ompaor trailed Sands in eighth p lace in Daegu, while El-Sheryf was 12th. Also in Brussels, w orld 200 champion Usain Bolt led a Jamaican sweep in the1 00 with world leadi ng and meet record time of 9.76. Bolt was elimated from thef inal in Daegu for a f alse start. And in the mens 400, twin brothers Jonathan and Kvin Borle posted a 1-2 finish in 44.78 and 4 4.97 respectively. Double amputee runner Oscar Pis torius from the Republic of South Africa was third in 45.46. B russels was the last pf 14 meets on the Samsung Diamond L eague that began on May 6 in Doha, Qatar, but each of the seveni ndividual event discip lines were only staged seven times. Athletes were a warded prize money f rom $10,000 for first place to $1,000 for eighth. They also accumulted points towards the Diamond Race winner where e ach overall winner collected $40,000 and a spectacu lar Diamond Trophy, created by Beyer. DEBBIE FINISHES FIFTH IN THE 100M AT THE BELGACOM MEMORIAL VAN DAMME American Jeter takes the gold in the event, Jamaican Campbell-Brown comes in second U .S. s printer Carmelita Jeter, center, competes to win the women's 100m race ahead of Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, left, and Trinidad's Kelly-Anne Baptiste, during the Memorial Van Damme Diamond L eague meeting at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. (AP DEBBIE FERGUSONM CKENZIE SPORTS N N O O T T E E S S By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter email@example.com AFTER spending the past seven years as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, Norbert Elliott is now the head coach at Campbell University. The St. Augustines College grad uate and former national team long and triple jumper was hired for the new position after he was released from his previous job on July 1. I was a head coach at a midmajor programme before at Mur ray State, so Im familiar with what it takes to be successful at this level, said Elliott, in a press release posted on Campbell Universitys website. Campbell offers a unique opportunity to further build a programme that has already achieved at a high level in the past and, having a new track and field facility, will definitely enhance our programme. Elliott, one of several Bahamians coaching at United States colleges and universities, will replace Dr. Jim Patchell, who moved on to assume the same role at his alma mater at Arkansas State in July. Athletics Director Bob Roller said they are extremely excited to bring Elliott to Campbell University. Campbell University has just hired a world-class athlete, who has advanced from his own experience as an Olympic Games participant to a coach of all-Americans and NCAA champions, Roller stated. Norbert Elliott brings three decades of NCAA track and field coaching experience and has a tremendous desire to see our programme grow as we move into the Big South Conference. At UT, Elliotts responsibility as an assistant coach was to oversee the Volunteer sprinters and hurdlers. during that stint, he produced 29 All-America certificates, two NCAA championships and eight SEC individual titles. In CU, Elliott comes to a programme that produced 133 all-conference selections and 34 NCAA regional qualifiers over the last eight seasons. Their mens team finished in the top three of the Atlantic Sun in each of the last five years, while the women were fourth at 2010 indoor championships. Elliott, a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelors degree in business management, began his coaching expe rience as an assistant at his alma mater from 1989-1992 during the time that he pursued and success fully secured his masters degree in exercise science. The two-time Olympic triple jumper (in 1988 and 1992 World Championships triple jumper moved from UTEP to the University of Georgia where he spent 10 years as an assistant coach from 1992-2001. Following that tenure, Elliott went to Murray State where he served as the head coach for three years from 2002-2004 before he eventually got the assistant job at Tennessee. ELLIO TT NEW HEAD COACH AT CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY NORBERT ELLIOT By BRENT STUBB Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER suffering a slight injury in the final of the mens triple jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships, Leevan Superman Sands decided to shut down his season rather than go on to compete in Europe. From the first jump, I kind of stuck my knee, so I just worked through it during the competition. Then I cramped up on the fifth jump, said Sands, who proceeded to complete the sixth and final jump. After the competition, I was just too sore so I decided that I wont do this final meet. I wanted to go. I knew I could still jump, but I didnt want to take any chances. So I decided to just sit it out and start my rehab. Sands, the national record holder, posted a seasons best of 17.21 metres or 56-feet, 5 3/4-inches on his fifth attempt that was only good enough for a seventh place finish in the final in Daegu. He was scheduled to compete in the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme in Bruxelles, Belgium yesterday, but instead he returned to Auburn to begin his rehab. I feel better now. I only started rehab on Monday doing ultra-sonic on my knee, trying to get rid of some of the swelling, Sands pointed out. I always had the knee problem, but it was really sore after the competition. LEEVAN SANDS DECIDES TO SHUT DOWN HIS SEASON SEE page 10 STEPPING BACK: Leevan Sands takes a break after competing in the men's triple jump. BELGIUM DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS SHOWDOWN
SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Normally, I have some swelling, but it doesnt take this long for the swelling to go down. I just want to check it out to make sure that there isnt anything wrong. Sometime next week, Sands said he intends to get a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to make sure that everything is okay. The 30-year-old bronze medalist from the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France said he was so disappointed that his SBs best didnt get him on the medal stand in Daegu that hes still upset. I knew that I was in great shape, he insisted. The week before that, in practice, I jumped 16.90 metres (55-5 1/2 how confident I knew I was in great shape to win a medal. I knew it would have taken me to do a personal best (17.59m 57-8 1/2 or better) to win a medal and I knew within myself that I was capable of doing it. That was the kind of shape I was in. Throughout the competition in Daegu, Sands said he was progressing very well with his series of jumps going from 16.81m (55-2 to 17.07m (56-056-2a nd 17.21m (56-5 1/2 d ropped to 16.59m (54-5 fered the injury. I kind of wobbled a bit on my step. That was why I finished with the 16.81 (55-1 3/4 the stick, it would have been a further jump, he insisted. Then on my second jump, it was a foul, which was huge. It was round 17.40-17.50 (57-1-57-5take a safe jump at 17.07 (56-0 make sure I got into the final. As they say, once in the final, anything can happen. Thats when I started to bring the heat, Sands declared. I was feeling really good until I went to 17.12 (562). But on my fifth jump, when I pushed, I felt both of my calf muscles pulling. When I jumped, I was already locked up. But I said I wasnt going to let anything stop me. I was in the final and although both of my calves were cramped up, I wanted to jump. That was why I was upset with myself. Just as he did in Daegu after the performance, Sands once again apol ogised to the public for his failure to win a medal as he had predicted. This one I took really hard because I knew the type of shape I was in, he stated. My and my coach, my agent and the people who I train with all knew that I had it in me. I got a cramp. Im not making any excuses. But I just have to move on from here. I am so happy to get into rehab and get ready for the Olympics. It just took me longer to get over it. But Im okay now. And with the soreness subsiding, Sands said hes getting back to normal. After that trip, I was bed ridden for a week. I dont know what hap pened, but I was just drained, he stressed. The food wasnt that great there either. But Im getting over it all. By BRENT STUBB S enior Sports Reporter b email@example.com O NE year after all of the confusion that resulted in the incompletion of the mens championship series and the resignation of its president, the New Providence Softball Association has seemingly turned things around. The association has a new, but familiar look with former Bahamas Softball Federation president Rommel Fish K nowles as the new president. H e replaced Loretta Maycock, who made history when she was elected as the first female president. K nowles, the secretary of t he Bahamas Olympic Committee, is not as visible around the Bankers Field at the Baill ou Hills Sporting Complex a s he is currently off on study leave. B ut in his absence, first vice p resident Martin Pork Burrows leads an executive team that includes Mike Dillet, Maria Forbes, Stephen Bishop Beneby, Perry Seymour, Robert Gilbert and CyrilS mith. A t the beginning of the season, the executives had their challenge as they lost the service of veteran Chief umpire Eddie Ford and statisitician R ozina Taylor. T hey were working with a r eplacement crew that has Beneby assisting with the officiating of the mens games, while Dillet has been assisting with the scoring. A ll of the executives are in s ome way connected with a team in the league, either as a manager, coach or player. But that in no way has diminished the work that has to be done. T he league is functioning. While there have been the usual controversial calls, thereh avent been any disputes that h ave caught the media attention. It seems as if the execut ives are holding it all togethe r. Maybe that might have been the best ingredient for the league. With the executives having a role to play with their r espective teams, it gives them m ore incentive to ensure that the product that they present to the public is in no way tarnished. Kudos for turning things a round from last year. TRAINING C AMP T HE Bahamas Association o f Athletic Associations, in breaking its silence over the performance of the team at the 13th IAAF World Cham-p ionships, indicated that the lack of funding prevented the hosting of a training camp prior to the start of the championships in Daegu, South Korea. If, as the association stat ed, the camp is going to be a c ostly venture, then theres n o reason why they cant insist that the athletes come to the championships in a better condition to compete, or in the case of the relays, they dont compete if they are notf ully prepared. T he United States is a prime example of this. Although they are usually deep in quarter-milers, if they are not running up to stand ard, the coaching staff revert t o the next best thing availa ble to them the 400 hurdlers. While we dont have the luxury of having hurdlers competing at that level, itse ssential for all of the quarterm ilers to come to the meet at the right standard to be included. Looking at the situation that our athletes are in, youw ould wonder why there is a necessity for the camp? Just about all of the elite athleteso n the team have their own p ersonal coaches, the majority of whom dont have any t ies to the team at all. S o at the end of the day, the coaches on the team are basically just monitoring the athletes in their preparation for the relay because they rely on their personal coaches to g et them through their perf ormances. At the World Championships or the Olympic Games, you have to come prepared to compete. You c ant wait until a training c amp to get your act together. E ither you have it, or you dont. The camp, I believe, should just be designed to bond the team together and work outt he mechanics to ensure that t he meet is a smooth transition for everybody involved. If it was such an issue, maybe the BAAA could have cut back on the amount ofo fficials that they carried and use some of the funds to subsidise a longer mini trainingc amp. B ut as they pointed out, it w as necessary for all of the delegates to attend the champ ionships. So maybe next time, the BAAA would e nsure that the athletes are p repared before they go to compete. NPSA TURNING THINGS AROUND OPINION STUBBS THE Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks and the New Breed are both still in contention for the New Prov idence Softball Associations ladies and mens pennant. On Thursday night at the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Lady Sharks came from behind to devour the Wildcats 12-9 and New Breed prevailed with a close 5-4 decision over the Johns Buccaneers. Heres a summary of the games played: LADY SHARKS 12, WILDCATS 9: Rondell Cooper enjoyed a 2-for-3 night with two runs batted in and as many scored, while Sharnell Symon ette was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Also, the Proper Care Pools got two RBI and a run scored from Trekia Munroe; Kelly Smith was 2for-2 with an RBI; Vonetta Nairn was 1-for-2 with an RBI, scoring a run and Marisa Burrows was 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Thela Johnson went the distance, giving up 10 hits with five strike outs for the win. Linda Kay Knowles suffered the loss after she gave up 10 hits as well, striking out one. Knowles helped her cause by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and Vernie Curry was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the struggling Wildcats. Khatrel Dorsett was 1-for-4 with two runs scored; Donnette Edwards was 1-for-3 with two runs and Jean nette Hilton was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored in the loss. The Wildcats tooks a 5-2 lead after the first inning and led 8-4 at the end of the third. But they watched as the Lady Sharks rebounded to plate two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two more in the sixth. The Wildcats only other run came in the sixth. NEW BREED 5, BUCCANEERS 4: Catcher Garfield Bethel ripped a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to break up a 4-4 tie to secure the win. It was Bethels only hit of the game. Ken Wood Jr. led the attack with a perfect 4-for-4 night with an RBI and two runs scored; Davaughn Wong was 1-for-4 with an RBI; Greg Burrows Jr was 1-for-4 with a run scored and Adrian Pinder was 1-for-2 with a run scored. Shawn Adderley tossed a threehitter with four strike outs for the win. Cardinal Gilbert suffered the loss after giving up eight hits with as many strike outs. Michael Thompson led the Buccaneers with a 1-for-2 night with two RBI and a run scored and Angelo Dillett was 1-for-4 with an RBI anda run scored. While New Breed scored a run in both the first and third and two more in the sixth before they got the homer from Bethel, the Buccaneers came up with all four of their runs in the fifth. TONIGHTS SCHEDULE 7 p.m. Brackettes vs Wildcats (L 8:30 p.m. Island Luck Truckers vs Dorin Hitmen (M THE Defence Force Floaters captured their 17th Bahamas Govern-m ent Departmental Softball Associa tion mens A divisional pennant with a perfect 21-0 win-loss record t o advance to the playoffs, which got underway last weekend. The Floaters squared off with the CAD Nailers, the fourth place fin i shers, in the first round of the play offs. In game one, the Floaters routed the Nailers 17-4. Game two was rained offf last Sun day. The Police Chiefs, second place f inishers, will face off with the BTC Ringers, the third place finishers, in their playoff series. The Chiefs took game one. G ame two was also rained out last Sunday. In the mens B division, the Prison Challengers edged out the Defence Force Cannons to clinch the pennant. The Challengers finished with a 17-5 record, while the Cannons were 16-6. T he Challengers will meet the Police Interceptors, the fourth place finishers in their playoff series. Ing ame one, the Interceptors shocked t he Prison Challenges 11-7 and they won game two 6-5. The Police Royals also captured t he ladies divisional pennant with a 17-1 record. The Royals are playing last years pennant winners, FinanceH ealth Invaders, who finished in third place. Finance Health Invaders took game one, while the Royals whitewashed the Invaders 12-0 to tie the series 1-1. The BPSU Strikers and Defence Force Waves teams finished their regular season in second place in the ladies division. Therefore, these two teams will play each other in the playoff. The Strikers snatched game one and game two to take a 2-0 commanding lead over the Defence Force Waves. During the best-of-five playoff series, the association will hold the Keith Moss Back-to-School-Day Fans Appreciation Fun Day. TODAYS SCHEDULE NORTH FIELD 1 p.m. Police Royals vs Finance Health Invaders (L 2:15 p.m. BTC Lasers vs Defence Force Cannons (M 3:30 p.m. Prison vs Police Interceptors (M 5 p.m. Defence Force Floaters vs CAD Nailers (M SOUTH FIELD 2:15 p.m. BTC Ringers vs Police Chiefs (M 3:30 p.m. Defence Force Waves vs BPSU Strikers (L SUNDAYS SCHEDULE NORTH FIELD 2 p.m. Defence Force Cannons vs BTC Lasers (if necessary 3:30 p.m. BPSU Strikers vs Defence Force Waves (L, if neces sary). 5 p.m. Police Chiefs vs BTC Ringers (M SOUTH FIELD 2 p.m. Police Interceptors vs BTC Lasers (if necessary 3:30 p.m. Finance Health Invaders vs Police Royals (if necessary 5 p.m. CAD Nailers vs Defence Force Floaters (if necessary FLOATERS CAP OFF SEASON WITH PERFECT 21-0 RECORD POLINA Major has been c rowned Bahamas Junior Chess Champion 2011. Major, who finished unde feated in the event at CW S awyer Primary School, is o ne of the youngest players to win the title. Her triumph came after t hree hard fought rounds, culminating in a victory over Sandeep Gali. An exciting game saw Gali take Major into an endgame relatively quickly. But this proved to be a mistake, as Major showed her strength and made a decisive bishop move to seal the win. There were many terrific games in the tournament, with players showing improvement after training from the federation and their recent participation in the North American Youth Championship 2011 in Tarry Town, New York. Defending champion David Bullard came a close second with 2.5 points out of three followed by Nelissa Thomas and Sandeep Gali who tied for third. Gali won the third place trophy in a 20 minute playoff game. 10-year-old Polina Major crowned new Junior Chess Champ FROM page nine LEEVAN SANDS SHUTS DOWN HIS SEASON When I jumped, I w as alr eady locked up. But I said I w asnt going to let an ything stop me. Leevan Sands LADY SHARKS COME FROM BEHIND TO BEAT WILDCATS W INNERS: D avid Bullard (far leftcentreright the Bahamas Junior Chess Championships. CHAMP: 10-year-old Polina Major defeated Sandeep Gali and went undefeated to become the youngest player to win the title.