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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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2009
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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Teen found in
Grand Bahama
hotel bathroom

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The 16-year-
old son of actor John Travolta
died at the family’s private lux-
ury suite at the Old Bahama
Bay Resort at West End, where
the Travoltas were vacation-

Freeport
man shot
in head

M@ By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A
Freeport man was shot in
the head early Friday morn-
ing at Britannia Boulevard
when a number of gunshots
were fired by an occupant
of a car that sped off after
the shooting.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming’
reported that. 23-year-old
Kenroy Clarke, of Coral
Reef Estates, is detained in
serious condition at Rand
Memorial Hospital. ;

‘He said the shooting
occurred sometime around
3.15am in the parking lot of
the Bowling Alley. An occu-
pant in an unidentified vehi-
cle had fired several shots
and sped away.

When Police arrived at —
the scene to investigate,
they received information
from hospital officials that a
young man with injuries to
the head had just been
dropped off at the Trauma
Section by an unknown per-
son in a vehicle.

Mr Rahming said police
went to the hospital, where
they saw the victim being
treated for an injury to the
head. He said the bullet did
not appear to have pene-
trated the victim’s skull.

He said information.
received by police suggests
that the victim may not have

SEE page 5



ing.
Jett Travolta, the only son of
John and Kelly Travolta,

arrived with his parents in the ©

Bahamas on December 30. He
was discovered, unconscious in
the bathroom on Friday morn-
ing.

Michael Oé$si, the family’s
attorney, said that all attempts
to revive Jett were unsuccess-
ful. He said that the Travoltas’
son has a history of seizures,

-“At this point, we know that
John and Kelly Travolta’s only
son, Jett Travolta, had a seizure.

- All attempts made to revive him

were unsuccessful and he died,”
he told reporters at a news con-
ference at Rand Memorial Hos-
pital.

“From what we fon. -when
he was found he was deceased.
I cannot tell you whether or not
it was inside the bathroom or



Tay 7

not,” said Mr Ossi, who
appeared shaken by the
tragedy. .

The Travoltas’ son was taken
by ambulance to the hospital,
where he was pronounced dead
around 12.40pm Tuesday.

An entourage of Ginn offi-

cials had accompanied the Tra-
voltas to the hospital.

The famous Hollywood cou-

ple purchased property six years
ago at Old Bahama Bay, which
is owned by the Ginn Corpora-
tion. They have been frequent

SEE page 5

BAHAMAS EDITION

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009

ROUNDED Ts Some of the Haitians caught yesterday by the Defence BUREAU ES ETH

More than 150 Haitians



caught on Ragged Island

= By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

ANOTHER large group. of illegal Haitian
immigrants were apprehended by Defence
Force Officers yesterday as they strolled around
Ragged Island after landing on the shore.

This latest apprehension of 156 illegal
Haitians brings the total number taken into
custody: to 597 in less than two weeks. More

_ than half of those picked up have already been
repatriated.

. Out of that group, there were 124 men, 27
women, and 5 children.

According to Immigration Minister Branville
McCartney this latest group will have to be

brought to New Providence and held in the
Carmicheal Road Detention Centre until they
can also be returned to Haiti. Another 68
picked lp New Year’s eve were awaiting a
flight yesterday.

“One of the difficulties we are finding is that
some of the flights are booked, but we are try-
ing to move and have persons returned back as
quickly as possible,” said Mr McCartney.“I
would encourage persons if they are here ille-
gally to do the right thing because we are not
letting up.”

He indicated that a reason for the mass exo-

SEE page 5



Dispute over cause

of murder

m By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE main cause of the almost nine per cent
reduction in the number of murders in 2008 over
2007 is in dispute.’

Assistant Commissioner in charge of crime,
Raymond Gibson revealed yesterday that police
put the tally of murders committed in 2008 at 72
— areduction from 2007's record breaking 79,

reduction

“Seventy murders is still too high and there is
still much work to be done,” said Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Hulan Hanna.

However, ACP Hanna added that he believes
the reduced figure proves the police’s work in
the community and its appeals for an alternative
means of conflict resolution are paren to have
an impact.

SEE page 5

First
months are
critical for |
‘Bahamian
hotel sector

Fridays & Saturdays

four

a By: TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

_THE success of the tourism
sector over the next year hangs
heavily on the first four months
of 2009, President of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
Robert “Sandy” Sands said.

He told The Tribune yester-
day that if visitor arrivals do not
meet industry anticipation in

the first quarter, hotel opera- .

tors will have to make further
"adjustments" to ensure they
remain viable during a possible
protracted industry slowdown
in 2009.

"We see 2009 as an extreme-

ly challenging year. Certainly

every indication for the four
quarters we will analyse based
on the first quarter, or the first
four months of the year. And
that would be a very strong indi-

* cation as to how the rest of the

year will be," he told The Tn-
bune.

_"If the first quarter is very
strong, or at least shows signs
of rebounding and strength,
then that may give rise to some
cautious optimism that the
remaining quarters of the year
could be better than we antici-
pate at this point in time."

When asked if there would
be any more layoffs in the hotel
industry if things do not perk
up in the first quarter, the BHA

president would only say that:
hoteliers will have to make
changes to keep their heads.

above water.

"We don't want to cry 'wolf'
but certainly if the first quarter
does not manifest itself to be
what a number of properties are
anticipating there will have to
be further adjustments in many
of the hotels to get through the

remaining three quarters of the.

year. And they would have to
take a number of steps to
ensure that they can keep their
doors open for the remaining
period.

"I think the bottom-line is
though, most hotels will do
everything within their power
to preserve employment and
will be taking a number of ini-
tiatives to ensure that happens."

For now the hoteliers will
have to rely on current market-
ing initiatives, American trav-
eller confidence, acceptability
of‘the Bahamas as a viable
tourism resort and ensuring vis-
itors get value for their money
to jump-start the stagnant
industry, Mr Sands said.

When asked what the Min-
istry of Tourism's 2009 predic-
tions for tourism growth,
Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace said he was

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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009

steps to ‘get involved’

By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH the concert
season does not start until late
February, the Christian Coun-
cil says it has already taken
steps to “get involved” with the
government to held decide
which entertainers are allowed
into the country.

“We will be looking forward
to developing a closer bond
and relationship with the gov-
ernment to ensure those per-
sons that are coming in will be
of a healthy social development

Group wants

more say in

which entertainers are

for us rather than a negative

one,” council president Rev Pat
Paul said.

He went on to say that the .

Christian Council plans to start
the:New Year off with a slate
of initiatives they say will get
the Bahamas “back on track”
through a much needed “mod-

allowed into the country

ern vision” of society.

Rev Paul said beginning on
January 15, the initiatives will
be launched under the theme
“Rediscovering the modern
Bahamas”.

This phrase, he said, is taken
from the preamble of the con-
stitution, which speaks of a

SAMA

TWO MEN were arraigned in a Magis-
trate’s Court Tuesday on armed robbery
charges.

According to court dockets, David
Cooper Cunningham, 30, of Eastern Road
and Garth Hall, 35, of 5th Street, the
Grove, on Christmas Day while armed
with a handgun robbed Melody Munnings
of $1,150 cash, a Motorola cellular phone
and a Samsung cellular phone as well as a
$300 gold chain: It is further alleged that
on the same day the men robbed Shantica
Storr of $60 cash and assorted phone cards
valued at $300. The men are also accused
of making threats of death to Detective
Constable 2560 Storr.

The two men, who appeared before
Magistrate Derrence Rolle in Court 5,
Bank Lane were not required to plead to
the charges. The men were remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison. Their case was
adjourned to February 16, 2009.

e AMAN accused of stealing $20,000
cash from the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino was afraigned
in Magistrate’s Court Tuesday.

It is alleged that Alexander Derek John-
son, 22, of McKinney Drive, between Sun-
day, December 14, and Monday, Décem-
ber 15, stole $20,000 cash from Wyndham
Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace casino,
to which he had access by reason of his
employment. It is further. alleged that on
December 14, Johnson. was:found in pos-
session of 200 US $100 notes:

Johnson, who appeared before Magis-
trate Derrence Rolle in Court Five, Bank
Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charges. -



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He was granted bail in the sum of $30,000.

The case was adjourned to February 24.

-e A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN of Meadow
Street was ordered by a Magistrate to
receive a psychiatric evaluation after
admitting that he attempted to commit sui-
cide in a police station holding cell last
weekend.

: David Frazier appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One
Bank Lane yesterday on the charge of
attempted suicide. According to court
dockets; Frazier at about 4.48 pm on Sat-
urday December 27 while at Quakoo and

Market streets attempted suicide. Accord-

ing to the prosecution, Frazier attempted
to hang himself with his shirt while in a
police station holding cell.

Frazier pleaded guilty to the charge yes-
terday stating that the pressure of being in
the holding cell caused him to attempt sui-
cide.

Magistrate Gomez ordered that Frazier
be held at the Sandilands Rehabilitation
Center for 14 days for a psychiatric evalua-




















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PICTURED from left to right: Deacon Dwayne Adderley, Pastor Leonardo Rahming; Mrs.

‘nation that is committed to loy-’

alty, industry, unity, and
respect for Christian values and
the rule of law. : oe
“The first phase is to sensi-
tise the Christian community
of the National Vision for the
Modern Bahamas. That is, to
‘highlight noble virtues such as
loyalty, unity, et cetera. We are
going to launch a national blitz
on all of the various media sta-
tions to sensitise first the
church and the community at
large to help to stabilise our
society and call us back to what
we believe the elements on

which we were founded upon,”
he said.

Rev Paul said the Christian
Council also plans to reach out
to government agencies, cor-
porate entities, the Ministry of
Education and unions in an
effort to call the nation back
to the virtues that “made the
Bahamas what it is today”.

“We are hoping to erect fly-
ers with the agreement with the
various partners we are hop-
ing to work with in various
schools and around the island
to get our message out there,”
Rev Paul said.




Paulyn Rahming, Sgt. Stephanie Pratt (Prison’s

Community Relations Coordinator and head of SAVE programme), Deaconess Marva Farquharson and Deacon Rudolph Strachan.

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Adventists
support save
programme

THE Message of: Hope Sev-
enth-Day Adventist Church pre-
sented a much needed laptop

computer to Her Majesty’s Pris-
‘ on’s SAVE Programme.

The presentation was made on
Saturday December 27, during
the church’s Communion Sab-
bath Service. =~

The prison has embarked on a
major crime prevention initia-
tive called SAVE (Students
Against Violence Everywhere).
SAVE is a student-initiated pro-
gramme that promotes non-vio-
lence in schools and communi-
ties. SAVE provides education
about the effects and conse-
quences of violence and helps
provide safe activities for stu-
dents, parents and communities.

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The Prison thanked the
Adventists for their efforts and
encouraged other churches, civic
organizations and corporate ‘bod-
ies to follow their example.

THE TRIBUNE

"I vex with all the illegal
persons in this country,
Everywhere you go you
hear Creole, or Jamaicans,
and now Cubans. I wish
Bahamian men will wake .
up and see what the foreign
women are doing to them —
marriage of convenience.
We as Bahamians need to
protect our land more.
Why are Haitians still living
on our land for free when
we have to pay taxes, light
and other utilities bills?

"The government need
to take back all the Crown
Land or farm land where

:_ the Haitians are living. All

illegal immigrants’ children
should be made to pay for
formal education, as they
are taking up too much
space in the government
schools, (and the principal
at a public school had to
nerve to tell me that there
was no space in the school
for my Bahamian child).
Bahamians wake up.
because it will soon be too
late."
- VEX, VEX,
VEX, NASSAU

"I said it before and I'll
say it again. I vex at how
rude, lazy and, let's be
honest, dumb some
Bahamian workers are,
actin' like I doin' them a
favour when I spend mon-
ey in their shop. I am tired
of spending my hard-
earned money in clothing
stores, high end make-up
stores and fast food places
only to get nasty treatment
from the people who get
paid off my money.

"Just the other day I
went in one of those pizza
places, placed my order
and left. I came back 45
minutes later and my pizza
wasn't ready. So I ask why,
and the gal ga' tell me they
ain' even put my order in!
So I say to myself, 'I ain
need no pizza tonight' and
turn to go out the door.

: Den that dat' gal ga' ask

me, "You can't wait?' Well
something crawl up in me
and I gave her piece of my
mind to las' her a lifetime.
These business owners 2
need to get their employ-
ees straight — especially in
times like this when peo-
ple don't want to part with
their dollars."

- RM, NASSAU

"I vex that it's a new year
and BTC still trying to sti-
fle and rob Bahamians
blind! I mean they make a
killing off of residential
and cell phone services, not
to mention internet and
now they want to tell us we
can't use VOIP to keep in
touch with friend and fami-
ly overseas?

"They want-to tell me
how to use my own inter-
net connection just so I
have to rely on their
expensive long-distance
calling rates? I can't wait
for the day they get priva-
tised."

- ALLAN, NASSAU

"Iam so happy and
thankful now to hear that
the one little Bahamian
citizen and his family who
went to the US for medical
and financial assistance
was assisted by basketball
great Alonzo Mourning.
The weakest Bahamian
and family had to leave
our Bahamaland to get
medical and financial help
and I vex that our country
'freely' and 'financially'
supports a 60,000 foreign
illegal nationals in our
Bahamas (minus the set
that got sent back recently
and replaced by those who
just arrived)."

- HAPPY BAHAMIAN |
FOR THE TIME BEING



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009, PAGE 3





LOCAL NEWS

Junkanoo officials asked to

@ By LLOYD ALLEN

Tribune Staff Reporter

JUNKANOO officials are
being called on to improve
emergency access to Bay Street
during parades in the wake of a
stabbing and: several violent
outbreaks on New Years Day.

One official said the Nation-
al Junkanoo Committee (NJC)
must ensure that crucial access
points are emergency crew-
friendly, as these points have
been a major challenge during
past emergencies.

According to police, a man
was stabbed during the parade
in the area of BTCs flagship
store on Bay Street around 4am
on Thursday. ;

Police Acting Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said the



Teenagers chargetl
with armed robhery,

stealing and receiving

® By NATARIO McKENZIE |
Tribune Staff Reporter:

TWO teenagers charged :
with armed robbery, stealing :
and receiving were remanded :
to prison yesterday after being :

arraigned in Magistrates Court. :
The young men - one a 16- :
year-old of Peach Street and i
the other a 17-year-old of :
Wulff Road, appeared before :
‘Chief Magistrate Roger :

Gomez in Court One, Bank :’

Lane. :
_ Itis alleged that on Monday, :
December 29 while armed with :
a shotgun, the accused robbed :
Minarda Powell of a $40 hand- :
bag, a $70 wallet, a $70 cos- :
-metic case, a $30 cellular phone :
and a $10 novel. :

The juveniles, who appeared :
along with their parents, plead- :
ed not guilty to the charge and :
opted to have the case tried :
before the Juvenile Panel.. i

Both the accused pleaded :
guilty to receiving the items. :

It is also alleged that :
between Friday, December 26 :
and Saturday, December 27 :
the accused stole a blue 1995 :
Nissan Altima, the property of :
Tennyson Sterling. i

The accused pleaded not :
guilty to the stealing charge but :

pleaded guilty to the charge of : ,

receiving the stolen vehicle. ;

The prosecution objected to ;
the accused being granted bail, :
citing that they both have mat- :
ters pending before the Juve- ;
nile Panel. i

The 16-year-old accused ;

admitted that he was placed ;*

on probation two or three }
years ago for receiving stolen :
items. i
Both young men denied hav- :
ing any matters pending before :
the Juvenile Panel. :

The accused were both ;
denied bail and remanded to’:
Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill. :

The case has been adjourned ;

to January 13 when the mat- :
ter will proceed before the :

Juvenile Panel.










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man sustained chest injuries
and was treated by medical per-
sonnel.

Mr Ferguson said the man’s
wounds were not life threaten-
ing, and after being treated, he
was discharged.

Police also confirmed a total
of 16 arrests were made during
the parade, but said that all vio-
lent incidents were contained.

Senior Red Cross paramedic
Philip Johnson said that during
junkanoo, several medical and
security emergencies can erupt
at once, and the system of





fences erected to control spec-
tator traffic has actually become
a barrier to emergency services.

Mr Johnson said: “In the plan
that needs to be operated, it
must include a route for ambu-
lances to move in and out at
various places and at different
times. We can save a lot of lives
if we are able to get to the peo-
ple and get them from the
scene of the incident to the hos-
pital.”

He said the current set-up
allows for foot patrols along
Shirley Street and Bay Street,

~ and periodic checks to be made

at a command post located on
Bank Lane. ,

Although this system pro-
vides works well in terms of the
flow of incident reports, Mr
Johnson said crews still face a
challenge in terms of trans-
porting patients from locations
on the parade route.

NJC chairman Douglas Han-
na told The Tribune, the sys-
tem has been inadequate for a
number of years.

Mr Hanna revealed that dur-
ing the Boxing Day parade, an
ambulance attempting to make
its way onto Frederick Street
was blocked — however luckily,
the patient’s injuries were not
life threatening. °

He said: “The police set
access routes, however the
parade management team will

have to look at emergency
access to ensure that a better
system is in place.”

Mr Douglas says one adjust-
ment he hopes to achieve is
allowing for the free movement
of emergency vehicles along the
Prince George Wharf.

If this is implemented, Mr
Douglas feels the response time
to medical or other emergencies
will be reduced significantly.

Junkanoo supporter Princess
Delaney said she feels the exist-
ing access routes for emergency
personnel are sufficient, but
that the large number of
onlookers is the single greatest
challenge.

“I feel a lot of the entrances
and exits are blocked with peo-
ple, and that is something that
needs to be looked at by offi-
cials,” she said. :



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@ By ALISON LOWE
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A PRISONER who has
been on the prison’s work
release programme for four
years has accused government
of lacking compassion after the
Prerogative Board of Mercy
failed to grant clemency to any
inmates in its annual review.

He said the government-
appointed board’s decision is a
“slap in the face” to prisoners
who have maintained good
behavioural records while in
the institution and to social
workers who would have rec-
ommended them for consid-
eration.

“If I don’t meet the criteria

' for early release, what is the

criteria? If all of the others
were released (in previous
years) on their level of reha-
bilitation and their behaviour,
what happens to people like
myself who have no record (of
bad behaviour behind bars) at
all?” asked the inmate, who
contacted The Tribune from
his day job at a local business.

“What happens to all the
other people who know me
and write good reports in
about me? What about them?
Is that all no good?”

Having served more than 10
years in prison at Fox Hill, the
inmate had been hoping to get
out in time to spend time with
his family, but remained con-
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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Ceasefire needed now in Gaza

A CEASE-FIRE is bound to end the current
warfare in Gaza, either sooner or later. For
the sake of the Palestinian families suffering
under Israeli missile strikes, and the Israeli
civilians sheltering from Hamas rockets, that
cease-fire should be accepted by both sides
and implemented immediately. Various par-
ties have been offering to serve as mediators for
a cease-fire or renewed truce between Israel

and Hamas. It would be a tragic mistake to.

reject these offers.
The humanitarian need for a cease-fire
should be obvious. No matter how careful

Israeli forces may be in targeting sites associ--

ated with the smuggling, storing, and launching
of Hamas rockets, children and other civilians
having nothing to do with Hamas are being
killed, wounded, and traumatized. And as the
Israeli bombing of Gaza continues, Hamas’s
unguided rockets are arcing deeper and deep-
er into Israel. It is only a matter of time until
one of those rockets explodes in a kindergarten.
An immediate cease-fire offers the best
chance to escape an escalatory cycle that can
inflict considerable damage on the long-term
interests of Israelis and Palestinians alike. If
there is no cease-fire soon, the Israel Defence
Forces are likely to launch the ground offensive
they have been preparing. Even if that offensive
is conducted in such a way that avoids house-to-
- house urban guerrilla warfare, there are certain
to be grievous casualties.on both sides.

The psychological and political ramifications’ ~’

of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza would
make it‘harder than ever to achieve a two-state
peace agreement, the one thing that can end the
destructive conflict between Palestinians and
Israel.:

Fortunately, there may be a chance to con-
tain the current spasm of violence. Because
surrounding states have to worry about the
Gaza horrors sparking domestic anger and
inflaming tensions between regional rivals,
some are energetically seeking to mediate
between the antagonists.

In the past few days, France, Turkey, Egypt,
and the United States have all been exploring
possibilities for a suspension of hostilities and
the shaping of a new truce to replace the six-
month lull. that Hamas refused to renew on
Dec. 19. For Israel, the essential requirement in
any renewed truce is that no more rockets will
be fired into Israel. Understandably, Israeli
officials are also demanding that a fresh truce
include mechanisms to prevent Hamas and
other groups, such as Islamic Jihad, from smug-
gling rocket parts into Gaza through tunnels
from Egypt.



JOB VACANCY

It is a promising sign that Israeli leaders are
indicating they might accept unarmed interna-
tional monitors to ascertain that the terms of a
new truce are being met by Hamas. In the past,
Israel has been critical of United Nations mon-
itors in southern Lebanon, and of European
Union monitoring missions at the Rafah pas-
sage between Gaza and Egypt.

If the right kind of monitoring force assumes
responsibility for preventing the smuggling of
rockets and other military equipment into
Gaza, any violation by Hamas would bring that
Islamist movement into conflict not only with

- Israel-but-also with the countries backing -the- -

monitoring mission. For this reason, it would be
best for any monitoring force to include rep-
resentatives from Arab and Muslim nations.
Already, discussions have been held at the
highest level about a Turkish-Egyptian initia-

‘tive to stop the fighting and bring about a new

truce between Israel and Hamas. Turkey Prime
Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan met in Cairo
Friday with Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak. Afterward, Egypt’s foreign minis-

ter, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that both sides .

would have to honour any new truce. But he
gave special emphasis to Hamas’s obligations,
saying: “We expect the Palestinian side to say
that if a cease-fire is announced, we’ll stop fir-
ing rockets.”

There also will be obligations for Israel in.a
new truce with Hamas, whether it is brokered

‘by Turkey and Egypt or by. the European

Union. The key action Israel] must take in

‘return for a cessation of rocket launchings will

be to open Israel’s passages to Gaza for com-
merce and for workers and travellers. If this
measure brought security to southern Israel, it
would achieve Israel’s declared war aims with-
out any further violence. Ending the econom-
ic blockade of Gaza would also be the humane
thing to do.

The current crisis in Gaza — with images of

atrocious civilian suffering being shown again
and again on Al Jazeera networks — repre-
sents a long-term threat not merely to Israelis
and Palestinians, but to the wider region. This
threat is manifest in the warnings and accusa-
tions being traded between Egypt and Iran.

The longer it takes Israel and Hamas ‘to

accept a cease-fire, the harder it will be for the
administration of President-elect Barack Oba-
ma to stitch together a new, more peaceable
security framework for the greater Middle East.

(This article was written by The Boston
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Labourers
too few for
farm bounty

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In your December 13, 2008

edition there appeared a letter
from Mr Joseph Darville of
Freeport.
_ Inhis usual eloquent style Mr
Darville made a number of
statements and observations
and came to several conclu-
sions, comment on some of
which may be useful.

First, Mr Darville told about
an answer given by the Minister

‘of Agriculture and Marine
Resources to a question posed

to him while in Freeport some
time ago. This claim may have
been ignored as an overstate-
ment or misunderstanding but
since I have a recollection of
Mr Darville having reported
this before it seems to me that it

-is very probable that his recol-

lection is correct and true. To
say, as Mr Darville ascribed to
the Minister, that farming in
Grand Bahama as is done in
Andros is not feasible because
“Grand Bahama, unlike
Andros, falls within the direct
path of hurricanes and would,
therefore, be more at risk for
destruction of crops” could only
have been an insult to the for-
midable intelligence of Mr
Darville. This is the kind of “I
am smarter than you” response
often practised on petulant
school children. We as respon-
sible people must at some stage
begin to expect our leaders to
be comfortable with truth and
accuracy.

Secondly, given the vastness
of the available land and an
almost inexhaustible supply of
fresh (and I mean fresh) water

on Grand Bahama and its cli-,

mate, there can hardly be a
place on earth that is more suit-
able.for farming all types of
what I could call’ “tropical”
crops.

Florida two years ago suf-
fered no fewer than four hurri-
canes in as many weeks. These
hurricanes each followed almost
identical paths. Does that make
those areas of Florida unsuit-
able for farming? On the con-




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trary, I am sure that if one were
to take the time to check one
would find that the areas of
Florida affected by those hurri-
canes are probably second to
none in agricultural production.
Apart from Jeanne and Frances

‘I never understood that Grand

Bahama was more. susceptible

- to hurricanes than even Long

Island.

Thirdly, I got the impression
that Mr Darville was advocating
a programme in which Govern-
ment simply would give land to
young people to enable (as
opposed to encourage) them to
farm. Without a desire to criti-
cise Mr Darville’s otherwise fine
letter I am compelled to
observe that the giving of land

does not encourage Or Cause nor

create interest in anyone to do

much except sell it for cash. At ~

best the more responsible of us
may take the opportunity and
build something on the land but
unless there is a strong predis-
position to farm, the giving will

‘ not help. The truth is that any

person, young or old who, has
the requisite desire and deter-
mination (it will take both) to
till the soil can always find land
in The Bahamas to use — eg
by lease, share cropping or gra-
tuitously. |

If Mr Darville could find one
or one hundred young (or old)
men (or woman) who demon-
strate a serious desire to farm

* (on any island in The Bahamas)

I am certain land could readily
be found.to accommodate
them. “Where there is a will
there is a way” is an attainable
proposition. And will is the
operative word.

If I thought that the trend
away from the soil was peculiar
to The Bahamas my cause for
concern would be huge. How-
ever, I am:sure that if proper
research is done the result

would be in strong support of

Stop horsing around

the fact that in every country
which has prospered as did the

’ Bahamas in the past 50 to.60

years, citizens have opted to
move away from the sweat,
labour and risk of farming. _
In some cases, like the more
successful first world countries
such as the United States and
Canada, although there has
been a human trend away from
the soil, mechanisation has:
more than filled the gap.
Machines have replaced human
hands in agriculture as much or
more than in many other indus-
tries. This mechanisation, unfor-
tunately, has not occurred in
the Bahamas due to the smaller
scale of production. The neces-
sary machinery is too expensive
to justify use in our country.
This is the reality and we must
face it. Further, in first world
countries farms are becoming
fewer but larger, which, in itself,
lowers the cost of production.
It would be a wonderful day
when we Bahamians could see a
lion’s portion of our food pro-
duced at home and I will not
say that this cannot be achieved.
But it will never be achieved if
our leaders continue to adopt
the cavalier and less than truth-
ful position as that reported by
Mr Darville. No committee will
solve our problem. What will I
do not know and dare not pon-
tificate upon, but unless our
young people (particularly our
men) could somehow release
themselves from the notion that
labour in agriculture is not for
them (for whatever reason) and
is, instead, a hugely honourable -
enterprise, we shall forever
remain as we are. It may be that
the answer could be a well
planned, funded and executed .
promotional programme.whiche;

- may go a long way in restoring: *

in the minds of our young. the
honour and attractiveness in till-
ing the soil.

A FARMERS’

FRIEND AND

FRIEND OF

FARMING

Nassau,

December 19, 2008.

over gaming situation

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT’S wonderful to read the
informative Tribune as.I do ona
daily basis, and even more won-
derful when a lively discussion is
sparked through the Letters to
the Editor section, even though in
this case the only response was
from the editorial team! Even so
it’s all good stuff. (Tribune let-
ter, December 4, 2008).

Having scoured the Internet

to try to find the origins of the’

Hobby Horse Hall race track,
several names appeared. It seems
to have been called the Montegue
Park Race Course at first and the
names of Alexis Nihon, George
Murphy and Dr Sawyer are all

mentioned. The track was started ~

in 1934 but it does not say who
was actually responsible for it’s
construction. The Dupuch name

is.not-mentioned anywhere,

although I do not dispute Lady

Dupuch’s well known interest in
horses, and a smashing sight she
must have been racing along on

her steed..

This, however, has not much
to do with the failure to reopen
the track. One internet article
from early 2008 comments (prob-
ably quite correctly) that the non
opening of the track had much to
do with casino bosses in collusion
with the government of the time
who did not want to see black
Bahamians in their casinos and
could point at the track as being a
good example as to what happens
when Bahamians gamble, spin-
ning the story of starving chil-
dren, etc. As only about a third of
families in Nassau actually have a
man “head of household” living
with them (check this with the
Ministry of Education) it can be

concluded that this applies to.a .
"very small minority of weak

minded fellows who could not

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is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen

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and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



control their gambling urges. This
can in no way be applied to the

. majority of Bahamians, a large

percentage of whom gamble right
here on a daily basis — I don’t
see any starving children around
this town. On the contrary, most
of the kids we see need to go ona
diet!

I sort of take exception to the
idea that Bahamians are a bunch
of weak minded, gullible fools
who will starve their children and
abuse their animals if given half a
chance. J notice in the paper it
was reported that since the eco-
nomical downturn, local gambling
spots are reporting about a 40 per
cent drop in business. This proves
to myself that Bahamians are
gambling responsibly and not tak-
ing the week’s grocery money and
putting it on a number. Gambling
is somewhat like drinking —
there is always a small minority

who will go overboard.

Let’s think for a minute about
what will happen when Cuba
opens up — a distinct possibility
now that Obama is in charge of
things. I don’t buy into the idea
that tourism in Cuba will destroy
us, but I can predict that when
Cuba touts in racetrack and casi-
no gambling (and, no doubt its
dog track and hai alai) Bahamians
will be first in line to go over
there (in droves). There is noth-
ing so effective in making people
keen to travel for something than
to ban it at home.

Apart from the racetrack I
would, as a Bahamian citizen,
really like to have a flutter at the
local casinos instead of sitting on
the side like an idiot while my
American visiting friends gamble
in my place with my money. What
a stupid position in which to be
placed.

Thank you for allowing me the
space to express my opinions, and
keep up the good work!

F WILSON
Nassau,
December 26, 2008.



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: & By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A 22-year-
old man was charged with
murder in the Freeport Mag-

istrate’s Court on Friday.
Kendrick Colebrook, of
Freeport, appeared before

Magistrate Helen Jones in

Court Two, where he was
charged with the murder of
Roland Elidor of Eight Mile
Rock.

Colebrook is the third man

who has been charged in con-
nection with the death of Eli-
dor, who was shot at the Pep-
perpot Restaurant on Sep-
tember 6. ,

He was not required to
enter a plea to the charge of
murder.

The matter was adjourned

Man charged with murder

March 24, 2009. .

Cardinal Theodore Scott,
26, of Eight Mile Rock, and
Deon Kevin Rigby were
charged with murder on Sep-
tember 22.

The men are also on
remand at Her Majesty’s
Prison, Fox Hill.

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FROM page one_

visitors to West End.

The Travoltas arrived in
Grand Bahama on December
30 and had planned to stay until
January 9.

The couple’s son was last

seen on January 1 when he
went to use the bathroom at
their residence, according to
Chief Superintendent of Police
Basil Rahming.

Mr Rahming reported that
Jett was discovered in the bath-
room in an unconscious condi-
tion around 10am Friday by the
caretaker. Jeff Michael
Kathrain. He said that an autop-
sy will be performed to deter-
mine the exact cause of death.

Mr Ossi said the Travoltas
are very distraught over the
tragic death of their son.

“This is...the worst day in Mr
and Mrs Travolta’s life —
nobody wants to bury their
child, especially a 17-year-old
unexpectedly and while on
vacation.

“John and Kelly have always
told me they are happy when
their children are happy. It is a
sad day for the people of the
Bahamas, a sad day for the peo-
ple in America and around the
_ world, and it is probably the
worst day in the life of Mr and
Mrs Travolta,” said Mr Ossi.

News of the tragedy quickly
spread throughout the hospital,
and a number of persons.stood
in the corridor near the morgue
hoping to get:a-glimpse of Mr
Travolta.

West End MP Obie Wilch-

combe, Eight Mile Rock MP
Vernae Grant and Tourism offi-
cials were also seen at the hos-
pital to offer support to the Tra-
' volta family.

Mr Ossi thanked the Ginn
Corporation for its support of
the Travoltas during this very
difficult and tragic time.

“Everybody here from the
Ginn Corporation did every-
thing humanly possible in an
attempt to revive Jett Travolta
and they have brought dignity
to the Travolta family and have
allowed dignity in his passing.”

Mr Ossi said the Travoltas
were great parents to Jett Tra-
volta.

“Jett was happy every day of
his life. They did everything

they could to make sure their
children were happy and we are
deeply saddened at what
occurred.

“Jett hada history of seizers
he had seizures in the past, how-
ever, his doctor, Dr Mark
Smith, who happened to be
coming on vacation, will be at




the hospital and can answer :

questions.

“T appreciate everything that
your country has done for the
Travolta family. This is beyond
horrible for Mr Travolta and I
please ask that he be allowed
to mourn in peace,” said Mr
Ossi. MP Grant and MP Wilch-

combe offered their condo- :

lences to the Travolta family.

“On behalf of the govern- :

ment and the people of the
Bahamas we extend our most
heartfelt condolences and our
prayers will be with you,” said
Mrs Grant.

West End MP Obie Wilch-
combe, former Minister of
Tourism, said the death of the
Travoltas’ son is also a tragedy
for the people of West End and
the staff at Old Bahama Bay.

“The Minister of Health has

.just spoken to Mr Travolta to

express condolences on behalf
of the Bahamas and the goy-
ernment will work with the fam-
ily.

“I have spoken with Minis-
ter of Tourism Vincent Van-
derpool Wallace who was very
concerned and expressed his
concer.”

Mr Wilchcombe urged

. Bahamians to respect Mr Tra-

volta and his wife’s. privacy,
especially during this tragic time

‘Let him in these very diffi-
cult times have the dignity with
family and let them be able to
spend time with family friends
who will gather here for the
next several days. Mr Travolta
is a wonderful human being,
and itis a sad day and we pray
that his son would rest in
peace,” said Mr Wilchcombe.

This is the second child of a
celebrity who has died in the
Bahamas. Daniel Smith, the son
of reality star Anna Nicole
Smith, died at his mother’s hos-
pital bedside in Nassau in 2006.
Five months later — in 2007 —
Anna Nicole died suddenly in
Hollywood, Florida. Both moth-
er and son are buried in New
Providence. —

Police seek information

EROM page one

been the intended target of the shooter.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Central
Detective Unit in Freeport at 350-3089 or 911.

Bishop: ‘We can’t pat ourselves
on back’ over murder decline

FROM page one

“I would like to think that it
was a combination of factors
that caused this state of affairs
to exist and primarily I think it
has a lot te do with the police
getting out there and encour-
aging people, family members
and friends who may be aware
of problems brewing between
persons, to try and talk them
out of using extreme violence,”
said ACP Hanna.

This optimistic assessment
was a far cry from that of Bish-
op Simeon Hall of New
Covenant Baptist Church.

As Chairman of the govern-
ment’s National Advisory
Council on Crime, Bishop Hall
said the outcome is no reason to
be self-congratulatory.

“I am not impressed at all,”
said the church leader. “Num-
ber one, the social matrix out
of which all of these murders
are taking place has not in any-
way been addressed or
attacked.

* Secondly, many of the mur-
ders that took place this year
were done by persons who were
out on bail for murder last year.

While we might want to appre-
ciate that seven persons were
spared...in terms of the causes of
crime I don’t think we can pat

_ ourselves on the back.”

Echoing the sentiments of
many, he said that too many
murders are being committed
by people on bail and until gov-
ernment is able to reduce the
length of time it takes for an
accused to come to trial there
will be no commendable
improvement.

“The major plank in the
crime report is that the time of
arrest, the timespan between
arrest and being charged before
the courts, is too long. Until we
address that there’s very little

’ we can rejoice about,” added

Bishop Hall.

According to ACP Gibson,
most of the killings were drug
related, while a “small portion”
were connected to gang activity
and some stemmed from
domestic situations.

Asked if the police plan to
implement any new measures
to tackle violent crime levels in
2009, ACP Hanna said he
“wouldn’t want to pre-empt the
Commissioner’s policy state-

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Tribune Staff Reporter

AN apparent case of mistaken identity led to a man who was out
on bail in connection with a murder in 2002 being brought before
a local magistrate yesterday on new charges.

Deslin Nicholas, 23, of Bernard Road, Fox Hill appeared before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday, charged with making
threats of death, assaulting a man with a handgun and resisting
arrest. Nicholas, alias “Limbo”, was charged in 2005 with Randino
Pratt in connection with the February 2002 murder of Kirkwood
Ferguson.

The charge of threats of death and assault were dismissed yes-
terday after the complainant told the Magistrate that he wanted to
drop the charges against Nicholas. Nicholas told the court that he



WASHED UP: THE sloop that brought the Haitian immigrants to
Bee eMC UITG

Almost 600 Haitian
immigrants caught
by the authorities

in past two weeks. —

FROM page one

dus of Haitians from their country might be due to indications of a
political uprising. He also cited favourable wind conditions during
this time of year and the constant desire of Haitians to immigrate,
as possible reasons for the large numbers seen in the past few
days.

_ However, there are many indications that the quality of life is
quickly deteriorating for many Haitians after a food crisis sparked
riots in Haiti last April and four major hurricanes ripped through
the impoverished island nation, killing hundreds and leaving thou-
sand on the brink of famine.

The US held off on Haitian repatriations following the hurricanes
because they recognized it would be dangerous and inhumane,
according to a December 29 Miami Herald article, but they recent-
ly continued the exercises much to the dismay of the South Flori-
da Haitian community.

President of Haiti René Preval recently issued a statement warn-
ing his country that 2009 would be an especially difficult year due
to the global economic crisis.

Mr McCartney said, though, that the Immigration Department ~

will remain vigilant and continue to repatriate as quickly as possi-
ble with the latest group being sent back as early as Monday.

“We have indicated to the Defence Force officers to be very
much on guard and to be alert in light of these factors and they have
done an excellent job,” he said.

He issued a warning to anyone who might be in the Bahamas ille-

gally: “Those who are here illegally are getting caught and those
who are here and have been here and have not done the right

-had never committed the offences and that the actual assailant in

the case went by the nickname “Jimbo”, while he was known as

“Timbo”.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Sean Thurston told the court that

-Nicholas was out on bail in connection with a murder and armed

robbery: The prosecutor objected to Nicholas being:granted bail
noting that he was still accused of resisting the arrest of Sergeant

2082.

Nicholas’ attorney Godfrey Farquharson told the court that the
resisting arrest charge stemmed from the first charge of threats of
death that the complainant had dropped.

He argued that his client’s arrest had not been lawful in the first

place.

Chief Magistrate Gomez granted Nicholas bail in the sum of
$1,500. The case was adjourned to Monday for mention.

FROM page one

awaiting a further meeting with
ministry officials before formu-
lating a "definitive" answer.
But he was confident the six
strategies his | ministry

announced in the fall of 2008
would continue to bear fruit in

‘the new, year...

-becatise we thought they were

important for the long term and.

we are finding that they are
even more important in the
short-term. So we are going to
be as energetic in putting those
in place and continuing to pur-
sue them: as we were in the
beginning," he told The Tri-
bune.

The country's tourism indus-






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try hit rough waters during the

fourth quarter of 2008, precipi-
tated by the US financial melt-
down in September coupled
with a global economic crisis.
The economic climate was said
to be the catalyst for over 1,000
layoffs.in the hotel industry —
most notably the 800 let go by

Atlantis resort, the country's

"We put those togethe see largest, private sector employ-

Shee

“Last month, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said in the
first nine.months of 2008,
tourism dropped by 6.1 per cent
compared with last year’s fig-
ures and a further drop bringing
the figure to a “predictable”
eight per cent figure was expect-
ed in the last three months of
the year.






Ze they will get caught.”

ment”, but added that police
would continue with “all of
those things that have worked
in the past year — particularly
working with the community.”
He added that the media has
been a “solid partner’ for the
police in “getting a lot of our
messages across to the. public”
— a fact for which the force is
thankful.

The 2008 murder total is still
almost 17 per cent higher than
the 2006 murder total, which
tallied at 60 for the year. It also
dwarfs the 2005 and 2004 mur-
der rates, which stood at 52 and
44 respectively. Those lesser tal-
lies came as a relief following a
high of 74 murders in 2000.

The Tribune sought to deter-
mine the figure indicating how
many of the murders committed
last year resulted in arraign-
ments, however Assistant Com-
missioner Gibson was unable
to provide this information up
to press time.

A message left for Minister

of National Security, Tommy -
‘Turnquest, seeking comment

was not returned.

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PHONE: 322-2157



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BUTLER CALIXTE of
EIGHT STREET, THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen

of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
.granted, should send a written and signed statement of
‘the facts within twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of
January 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.








a resident of Dunmore Street,
will be. held at Hillview
Seventh-day Adventist
Church, Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, on Sunday
at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will
be Pastor Peter Joseph,

assisted by other Elders of the Church. Interment follows
in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.












Left ‘6 cherish his memories are his wife, Ivy Ferguson;
4 daughters, 1 predeceased him Aisha Joseph; Sophia
Strachan, Katrina Rolle and Alexandria Joseph; 4 step
children, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Brown, Jermaine and
Jerome Donaldson; 6 brothers, Theophilus Ferguson Sr.,
Mark Anthony, Samuel and Kendal Joseph, Barry and
Sterlin Moss; 1 sister, Linda Marshall; 11 grandchildren,
Shermanda, Sherman and Shermaine Woodside, Jeffery
and Javon Woodside, Anthon Miller, Shervontae Rolle,
Terrance and Terran Curtis, Bruniesha and Bruce Sears
Jr.; 1 great granddaughter, Alexcia Rahming; 2 sons-
in- ‘law, Shervin Rolle and Kenric Strachan; 1 brother-
in-law, Ivan Marshall; 3 sisters-in-law, Jody and Ann
Joseph and Sharon Moss; 27 nieces, 28 nephews; 4 aunts,

Harriett Paul, Hilda, Selma and Bertha Joseph; 2 uncles,

Alfred and Leroy Paul; 1 stepson-in-Iaw, Allan Cooper;

numerous other relatives and friends including, Vera
and Willis Stubbs and family, Merlene Stubbs, Dianna
Evans, Edvern Thompson, Charlie Miller, the staff of
Tony's Cabinet, Top Class Security, Wellington Street
Crew, Dunmore Street crew, Terrance Curtis Sr., Broquell
Poitier and family, Sybie and family, Suzette Johnson,
Sybil Archer, Georgianna Kemp, Real Harvest Church
family, Pastor Peter Joseph, Elder Vernal Rolle, Lester
Rahming, Oscar, Andy and many more too numerous to
mention.






























Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on
Saturday and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and
at the church from 12:00 p.m. until service time.





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FALLEN police officer Ramos
‘Bill’ Williams was honored by family
and friends on Wednesday with the
placing of a wreath and Bahamian
‘lag at the scene of his murder.

His brother Devon Williams said
although it has been a year since the
officer's death, reality has s

sunk in for the family.

Devon and two officers who serve

Hill not one of

out.

Mr Williams said the ceremony was
an attempt to help bring closure to
the episode for his family and to
broadcast the message: “no violence”.

He said the death of his brother ig
most felt by his mother, who is still
grieving over the loss of her youngest »



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descended from the island’s eastern mountains, where they waged a guerrilla war against government
troops. Cuba will celebrate on Jan. 1, 2009 the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the revolution.



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er, Cuba celebrated the revolution’s anniversary Thursday with
toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes
and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

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DELROY CHRISTIE and Rodari Francis pictured next to a wreath the / erected in
memory of fallen police officer Ramos Williams. Both men were on patrol with
Williams when he was killed. 8





THE President of Cuba, Raul Castro speaks during the 50th anniversary
celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago,
‘Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels

took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution’s anniversary Thursday
with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes
and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

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Cuba will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1959 revolution on Jan. 1, 2009.



AN ILLUMINATED image of Cuba’s Argentine-
born revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara
hangs in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana,
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.





fa CAIRO, Egypt
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* THOUSANDS protested Fri-
Jay against Israel’s air offen-
sive targeting’ Hamas at demon-
stralions in the Middle East,
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Similar protests have been
held daily across the Middle
(ast since Israel launched the
bombing campaign last Satur-
at these gatherings held

ay

mostly after Friday prayers
were larger — mainly because
Friday prayers are a traditional
gathering opportunity for Mus-
lims — and seemed to be more
far-reaching in the number of
countries where protests
occurred.

The Israeli offensive has
killed more than 400 Palestini-

ans and sparked outrage among

the Arab public. Israel says its
offensive is aimed at silencing
Hamas rockets.

In Tehran, a crowd of about
6,000 stretching for a half-mile
(kilometer) marched from
prayers at Tehran University to
Palestine Square, chanting
“Death to Israel” and “Death to
America” and burning Israeli
flags.

Manouchehr Mottaki warned
Israel that entering Gaza “by
land will be the biggest mistake
of the Zionist regime.”

Iran is a major backer of

Iranian Foreign Minister

Hamas, which controls the Gaza

Strip, giving it millions of dol-
lars. The U.S. and Israel accuse
Iran of giving weapons and
rockets to Hamas, though
Tehran denies arming Hamas.
In Egypt, authorities clamped
down hard to prevent protests
Friday. Hundreds of riot police
surrounded Cairo’s main Al-
Azhar Mosque, where a rally
had been called, and scuffled
with would-be protesters, keep-
ing most from approaching.

Police also arrested 40 mem-
bers of the opposition Muslim
Brotherhood that called for
protests.

More than 3,000 people
marched in the northern Sinai
city of el-Arish.

Many governments in the
Arab world such as Egypt have
been wary about protests at
home over Israel’s Gaza assault
lest the protests spiral out of
control.

In Jordan, police fired volleys

uslims around the world protest Gaza assault

of tear gas and scuffled with
protesters who tried to reach
the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
A few of the protesters threw
stones at police, but the securi-
ty forces dispersed the group,
arresting several.

About 30,000 Jordanians
gathered at a stadium in
Amman shouting their support
for Gaza and calling for the
abolition of the Jordanian-
Isracli peace treaty signed in

1994,



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THIS FEATURE IS NOT AVAILABLE 20 Homage, 21 Stealth, 22 Morse, Depart secretly (7) stream (8) In duplicate bridge, the primary _ heart eight was next played, East
: 23 Demanding. jal . goal is to score more points (or lose » - found himself in a hopeless position.
Down: 2 Alter, 3 Extent, 4 Go too Veracity (5) Stranded (7) less) than the others playing the same. -If he discarded a spade, South’s eight »
far, 5 Equate, 6 Benefit, 7 Erstwhile, ati hand. So the problem for South in of spades would become a trick. If
The cost in life (4) Seller (6) : : % : :
11 Blasphemy, 13 Vendetta, 14 this hand was how to make 12 tricks, East discarded a diamond, declarer
Summary, 16 Dogged, 17. In hand, West Indian A culinary herb (5) since he could have thrown his cards — would discard his spade and score |
49 Let on. ; into the air and 11 tricks would have the last two tricks with the K-7 of
island (8), Cast off (4) come tumbling down. diamonds. Either way, South would

At first glance, it seemed certain wind up with 12 tricks. Mission
he’d eventually lose a diamond anda —_ accomplished!
‘Tomorrow: ‘Test your play.
©2008 King Features Syndicate Inc.





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TRIBUNE

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SATURDAY,
=

JANUARY

BLAST FROM THE PAST’

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE searching our archive for pictures of the late Warren
Kevin ‘Eyes’ Ford and Phil ‘Smoker’ Smith, I ran across a num-
ber of photographs of players that you wouldn’t believe if you saw
‘them back inthe day...

That has prompted the Sports section to come up with the

idea of running a weekly feature i in The Tribune called “Blast

from the Past.”

The first issue will be published today and will becomé a fea-
tured special every Saturday.

In the segment, we will showcase players hom yesteryear,
some of whom you will immediately identify and some you will
probably be surprised to see.

The Bahamas has been blessed with talented players in just
about every, ‘sport —on the local and international scene. _

Through this segment, we hope to relive some of those glory:

days.

We hope that you will find the segment both interesting and
informative. Let us know what you think and anything else that
we:can do to further enhance our Sports page.

You can contact our department through bstubbs@tribune-

media.net or bstubbo@yahoo.com or rdorsett@tribunemedia.net. —

In this first issue, it’s quite fitting that we put some of the
spotlight on the Ford brothers as we as a country pay our tribute
to the late ‘Eyes’ Ford, who is expected to be buried today.

In our photo above, Eddie Ford is being hoisted in the air bya
jubilant Del Jane fan after he secured the winning feat on the
mound over St Bernard’s in the Bahamas Baseball Association’ s



3, 2009

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

Imost four months since the
infamous gesture was made,
female bodybuilder Lorraine
LaFleur has broken her
silence and is speaking out.

Not only is she apologising for what she
claimed was.an unfortunate misunder-
standing, but she’s also taking exception to
an award that she was presented with by

- another local media house.

At the 36th Central American and:

Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness
Championships on September 28 at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino, LaFleur stormed off the
stage when it was announced that she was
fifth in the women’s 55 kiloclass division.

What transpired afterwards drew nation-
al attention as LaFleur refused to shake
the hand of IBFF’s vice-president Javier
Pollick and she threw her hands up in dis-
gust, many claiming that she pointed her
two middle fingers at the judges as she left.

In October, the host Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness Federation, headed
by Danny Sumner, handed down a three-
year suspension to LaFleur.

Yesterday, however, LaFleur finally
broke her silence, prompted by a “Donkey
Award” that she was listed as receiving
from the Nassau Guardian in one of their
year-end articles.

“I would like to apologise, first of all to
my country, team-mates and other inter-
national bodies that were present at the
CAC Championships,” LaFleur stated.

“T allowed my emotions to get the best of
me when I walked off the stage and for
that, I’m truly sorry for the embarrass-







LORRAINE LaFLEUR has apologised for her .

unsportsmanlike conduct at CAC Bodybuilding
and Fitness Championships last year...

ment.”

She emphatically stated that “at no time
did I raise any finger, neither did I use any
profanity at the judges as reported earlier
in press releases.”

Wee
& Pyddel:











Peyton
Manning
voted AP’s
NFL MVP...

See page 10




LaFleur, a personal fitness trainer, said
she had decided to let the matter rest until
she had received a reply from her appeal to
the federation.

But LaFleur said she was fed up when
someone pointed out the segment of the
Nassau Guardian’s article by Sheldon Lon-
gley on December 29 that indicated that
she was given the “Donkey Award” for
her uncharacteristic behaviour.

“I think it’s a shame that the Nassau
Guardian, being such a large and well-
known establishment, allow the reporter,
who obviously is in serious need of atten-

' tion, to make this establishment look so
' unprofessional and desperate.

“What kind of a gentleman gives an ath-
lete (and a female athlete at that) an award
of that nature. Would you give your moth-
er or sister that kind of award?”

LaFleur said if the reporter had intend-
ed to “belittle or provoke me,” it didn’t
work. She noted that she had made a major
improvement in, her life and has moved on
since the incident.

“Tronically, this has made a positive turn-
around, in that so many people are com-
plimenting me on my strength and level
of maturity in handling this situation.

“T have gained the respect of those who
had thought I might retaliate and stoop

‘down to your level, but I wouldn’t go that

low.”

LaFleur warned that “we are all human
and have flaws” and as such “are punished
for our mistakes and we move on.”

Declining to accept the award, LaFleur
in turn said that anyone who should get
the award, it should be Longley because
“this is a floating trophy that you won five
years.in a row. So congratulations, Mr Lon-
gley, you get to keep the ‘Super Donkey’
achievement award.”

Rolle sharpening skills for Futures Tour

& By BRENT-STUBBS

won't get started until-March,





regular season action.

The game was played on Tuesday, September 17, 1975, at the

Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.

Can you identify the persons on the left and right walking off

the field?

Back in the day, baseball was one of the more vibrant sports
played in the country. There was hardly any sitting room at the
stadium, especially when these two teams clashed.

By the way, have you noticed how the sport has declined local-

ly over the last two decades).

Senior Sports Reportér
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

SHE’S one of two Bahamian
players who have survived the
cut and is scheduled to play on
the Ladies Professional Golf
Association’s Duramed Futures
Tour.

While the tour across the US



Murray dominates Federer again

ABU DHABI, United
Arab Emirates (AP) — Andy -

Murray dominated Roger
Federer again, beating the 13-
time Grand Slam title winner
4:6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) Friday in the
semifinals of the Capitala
World Tennis Championship.

The exhibition event, which
is not part of the ATP Tour,
features six of the top 10 play-
ers and offers a winner-take-
all prize of $250,000. Murray
will play top-ranked Rafael
Nadal, who defeated Nikolay
Davydenko 6-2, 6-3.

Murray entered the exhi-
bition with a 4-2 record over
Federer. He lost to Federer
in the U.S. Open final, then
beat the Swiss star in three
sets at the Madrid Masters in
October and the Masters Cup
in Shanghai in November.
., "Lhave realized that I will
win some and lose some,"
Federer said. "As long as I
enjoy the game, I don't mind

the losses. But I surely want -

to win the big games."

‘Murray said he wants to
defeat Federer when -it
- counts,



ANDY MURRAY returns the ball
to Switzerland's Roger Federer
during the 2nd day of Capitala
World Tennis Championship in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
yesterday...

(AP Photo: Kamran Jebreili)

"We .had some close
matches in the past. He beat
me in the U.S. Open last year,
but hopefully I will beat him
at a Grand Slam," Murray
said.

Federer broke Murray in
the first game before drop-
ping serve in the fifth. In the



10th game, a backhand win-
ner from Federer and a dou-
ble-fault by Murray eaded the
set.

In the second set, “Murray
broke Federer in the open-
ing game and _ rallied from
three game points down in
the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Though Murray lost serve in
the sixth game, he broke back
to even the match.

Federer attempted to serve
and volley, but was often,

beaten as he approached the

net.

In the third set before a
crowd of 5,000, Murray broke
in the third and fifth games
but lost his serve in the sixth.

Federer saved three match
points to rally to 6-6 in the
ti¢breaker, but Murray
clinched it when the second-
ranked Swiss star sailed a
return long.

Nadal dropped his opening
serve in the second game but
reeled off the next six games.
Davydenko hung on in the
second set but was broken in
the sixth game and Nadal
closed out the match.

Georgette Rolle has been busy
here at home sharpening up
her game. Before she heads to
Florida to play in a few Sun

Coast tournaments this month.

In addition to hosting her
first Junior Golf Mentoring
Camp last month -at the
Bahamas Golf Federation’s
Driving Range at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex in

December, Rolle also made her .

presence felt at the season
opening. tournament on
Wednesday at:the Cable Beach
Golf Club.

But Rolle, who teamed up
with Bahamas Professional
Golf Association’s president
Glen Pratt, said she’s looking
forward to participating when
the tour gets underway in
Lakeland, Florida.

“Things are going fine,” said

‘Rolle, who noted that she has

spent a lot of time in her men-
tal. and physical game. “So I’m

‘looking forward to great

things.”
The 2002 Augustine’s Col-

' lege graduate, who went on to

shine at Texas Southern Uni-
versity in Houston, Texas, will

join Raquel Riley, who also

graduated from the Qualifying
School in November.

“It’s good to have two of us
out there,” Rolle reflected. “It
speaks well for the Junior Pro-
gramme because we now have
some professionals coming out
of it. Hopefully as the pro-
gramme continues to evolve,

. we will have more and more

golfers who are interested in
making it. a professional
career.”

As for Rolle, who got her
Bachelor’s degree in biology
and is currently pursuing her
Masters, said she still has some
fihe tuning to do before she

\



GEORGETTE ROLLE is scheduled to play on the Ladies Professional
Golf Association’s Duramed Futures Tour...

goes on the tour.

“T need to work on my
putting and my mental game,”
she insisted. “But I’ve also been

working out, trying to stay in’
_ tip top shape so that I can be

ready when I go on the tour.”

Bahamas Golf Federation’s
president Glenn Archer had
nothing but praise for the 23-
year-old golfer.

“We are extremely pleased
with what Georgette has been
able to achieve,” Archer stated.
“She’s one of those persons
who emerged out of our junior
programme and the opportu-
nity was granted to her because
of her dedication to the game.’

“She was able to get a schol-
arship and was able to execute
her athletic’ prowess, so we are
extremely proud of her
progress. But I’m going to be a
little biased and say that she is
a member of one of our local
clubs, Synturions, so we have
seen her come up in the ranks.”

Archer, whose association is
preparing for the upcoming
season, is urging more of the
local clubs to lend their sup-

port to the aspiring junior play-

ers because they will never
know how far they will eventu-

ally go in the sport.
“We have pledged our assis-
tance, we have given-her our

- assistance and we will continue

to give her our assistance,” said
Archer, noting that the BGF
will also do their part in helping
her out. ©

Pratt, who was impressed
with Rolle’s level of play in the
tournament, said she definitely
has the potential to become a
“superstar” on the LPGA.

“It’s going to take the

-Bahamas Professional Associ-

ation and it’s going to take the
Bahamas Golf Federation for
us to come up with a plan to
keep her and others out there,”
Pratt lamented.

“It’s not going to be easy for
her. She may go one, two or
even three years before she
makes her break through
because that’s how golf works.
There’s no quick fix. But she
has the potential to be a super-
star.”

Anyone wishing to make a
contribution for the next two
years, which will include regis-
tration fees, hotel, travel, club
repair, equipment and appar-
el, can contact Rolle at:
gkwrolle@hotmail.com

WBA reviewing Valuev's win over Holyfield

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The
WBA is reviewing Nikolai Valuev’s
win over Evander Holyfield by major-
ity decision in a December 20 heavy-
weight title bout.

The organisation says in a statement
on its Web site dated Monday that it
has ordered a panel of judges to study
the video of the fight. The WBA says it

“always cares about and respects the
fans’ and the media’s opinion.”

One judged scored the bout in
Switzerland a draw while the others
had Valuev winning 116-112 and 115-
114. The 46-year-old Holyfield was
attempting to become the oldest heavy-
weight to win a major belt. The 7-foot

Valuev is the tallest and heaviest cham-

pion. Valuev likely ended Holyfield's
last chance at winning a fifth heavy-
weight title, narrowly defending his
WBA title by majority decision.

The 46-year-old American, attempt-
ing to become the oldest heavyweight
to win a major belt, started the fight by
moving around the ring to neutralize
Valuev's long reach advantage. The 7-
foot Russian, the tallest and heaviest
champion ever, struggled to close down
Holyfield early but began asserting his
jab as Holyfield tired.

One judged scored the bout a draw,
while the others had Valuev winning
116-112 and 115-114. "Of course I am
disappointed," Holyfield said. "I
thought I had done enough to get the

“putting his health at risk by fighting at

win. Now I have to go home and think
about my future."

Holyfield (42-10-2) had not fought
since losing a one-sided decision to
then-WBO champion Sultan Ibragi-
mov over a year ago, and was much
criticized for this latest comeback
attempt. Some critics suggested he was

such an advanced age. Still, the "Real
Deal" appeared in great shape for the
fight and was never seriously hurt by
Valuev (51-1), who has avoided the
top heavyweights and did little to
improve his standing in the division.
He was vulnerable.to Holyfield's right
hooks, many of which landed, even if
the Russian also was never stunned.



NIKOLAI VALUEV (left) takes a punch from Evander Holyfield during WBA heavyweight
world championship fight at the Hallenstadion, in Zurich, Switzerland, December 20...

(AP Photo: Matthias Schrader)



PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 38, 2009



INTERNATIONAL SPORTS

%

Peyton
Manning
voted
AP’s NFL
MVP

@ By BARRY WILNER
AP Fooiball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Pey-
ton Manning can tell Brett
‘Favre to move over and make
room for him atop the roster of
NFL Most Valuable Players.

For the third time, Manning
won the award by The Associ-
ated Press, tying Favre as the
only players in that elite cate-
gory.

The Indianapolis Colts quar-
terback was a landslide winner
Friday in balloting by a nation-
wide panel of 50 sports writers
and broadcasters who cover the
NFL. Manning also was the
league MVP in 2003, when he
shared it with Tennessee quar-
terback Steve McNair, and in
2004.

Favre, then with Green Bay,
took MVP honours in 1995 and
'96 before sharing it with
Detroit running back Barry
Sanders in 1997, -

"IT know it's an individual
award, but ... truly, in my opin-
ion, a team award," said Man-
ning, who received 32 votes, far
ahead of Miami quarterback
Chad Pennington (4) and
Atlanta running back Michael
Turner (4).

"It's been the most reward-
ing regular season that I've been
a part of in my 11 years, and I
have to believe a lot of the oth-
er players and even coaches
might feel the same way."

This has been a most unusual
season for the Colts, who nor-
mally have the AFC South just



ing. Manning had two opera-
tions on his left knee in the pre-
season, cutting into practice
time, blunting his usual preci-
sion as a passer and, eventually,

‘leading to a 3-4 start.

From there, with Manning
getting sharper by the week, the
Colts won nine straight games
to secure a wild-card berth and
a meeting Saturday night with
San Diego.

In that streak, Manning is
209-of-290 for 2,248 yards and

17 touchdowns, with only three :

interceptions. He extended his
NFL record with his ninth

4,000-yard season and finished
with 27 touchdown passes, 12
interceptions and a 95.0 passer
rating.

Manning called the award
emblematic of what others,
including owner Jim Irsay, pres-
ident Bill Polian and coach
Tony Dungy, did to help rally
the Colts from a 3-4 start to
make the playoffs for a seventh
straight season.

"T really accept this award on
behalf of the team and the
organisation because there is
no way we would be in the play-
offs and bounced back without

those three people creating a
winning environment," he said.
The folks in Indianapolis
might take for granted having
Manning behind center, just as
Packers and now Jets fans have
assumed Favre would be there
every week. Favre has started
269 straight regular-season
games, the record for quarter-
backs. Manning's string is 176
— every game since he was the
No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft.
"In other years, everything
started fast," Colts running back
Dominic Rhodes said. "He's
still breaking records. But this

year, there were a bunch of neg-
ative things said in the begin-
ning, and he brought his best
when we needed his best.

"This is probably the best ball
I've seen him play."

Tony Dungy would agree.
The Colts' coach said several
times he favoured Pittsburgh
linebacker James Harrison for
MVP — Harrison tied with
Minnesota RB Adrian Peter-

’ son with three votes. But after

Manning's flawless work in the
second half of the season,
Dungy, while admittedly biased,
changed his mind.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS quarterback
Peyton Manning looks to pass the
ball in this November 2, 2008 file
photo during a game against the
New England Patriots. Manning can
tell Brett Favre to move over and
make room for him atop the roster
of NFL Most Valuable Players. For
the third time, Manning won the
award by The Associated Press,
tying Favre as the only players in
that elite category...

(AP Photo: Darron Cummings)

"I said after we left Pittsburgh
(on Nov. 9) that I would vote
for James Harrison," Dungy
noted this week. "If I was voting
today, I'd vote for Peyton Man-
ning."

A vast majority of the voters

_ did.

Also receiving votes were San
Diego QB Philip Rivers (2),
Tennessee rookie RB Chris
Johnson (1) and Arizona QB
Kurt Warner (1).

"I'm honoured to receive this
award because of the number
of other worthy candidates who
had some great years," Man-
ning said. "It was just fun for
me, truly, to watch them. I'm
just glad to be a part of it."



about clinched by Thanksgiv-



By The Associated Press:



‘GEORGE Karl remembers getting
carried off the court after clinching his
first playoff berth: He settled for an
ovation and a cold beverage after
another milestone.

Karl earned his 900th victory
Wednesday night when the Denver

- Nuggets beat the:Toronto Raptors
114-107. He is 10th on the career wins
list, still around long after he figured
he'd be out of the league.

"IT never thought I'd get this far,"
Karl said. "I thought I'd probably
coach a few years of pro-ball and
wear out my welcome and go coach in
college and wear out my welcome
and go coach in high school and wear

‘out my welcome and end up in junior
college or junior high somewhere."

Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups -

said the Nuggets gave Karl a
postgame ovation.

"That's an amazing feat," Billups
said. "I can't imagine. That's a lot of
basketball. You reach a milestone
like that, you've got to be doing
something good."

In other NBA games, it was: Orlan-
.do 113, Chicago 94; Detroit 83, New
Jersey 75; Houston 85, Milwaukee
81; Oklahoma City 107, Golden State
100; and Philadelphia 100, the Los
Angeles Clippers 92.

Nene scored 21 points for Denver,
and Carmelo Anthony added 20.
Billups had 18 points, J.R. Smith 16
and Kenyon Martin 15.

_ Anthony was less than 6 months
old when Karl earned his first win as
Cleveland's coach in 1984.

"T don't remember it," Anthony
joked. "I didn't see the highlights.
They might show them tonight."

Karl started 2-19 that season, then

finished 34-27 to make the playoffs. |

"My favourite story is, after we
clinched the playoffs, Lonnie Shel-
ton and World B. Free picked me up
and put me on their shoulders and
carried me off the court," Karl said.
"I'd never seen a pro coach put on
their shoulders. It was a pretty incred-
ible ride." ,

Karl, who sauntered out of the
locker room with a can of beer in his
hand, planned to keep a game ball
as a memento of the win. "I'm not a
champagne guy," Karl said. "I'm a
beer guy and some'red wine, but I
think it's Coors Light tonight. Beer
after a win tastes like champagne."

Andrea Bargnani.scored 26 points
and Chris Bosh added 24 points and
11 rebounds, but the Raptors lost for
the 13th time in 17 games. With
Toronto's playoff hopes fading, Bosh
hoped for greater success in 2009.

"I wish we could wipe the slate
clean to be honest with you," Bosh
said. "I wish we could start over. We
definitely have a challenge ahead of
us."







TORONTO RAPTORS forward Jamario Moon (33) watches as teammate Chris Bosh (left) blocks Nuggets forward Dahntay Jones
(30) as he drives to the hoop during the first half of Wednesday's game in Toronto...

{
Pistons 83, Nets 75 k
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Allen Iver-

son scored 19 points and Tayshaun |

Prince added 16 to help under-
manned Detroit win its fifth straight
game.

Both teams lost key players dur-
ing the game. New Jersey's Vince
Carter was ejected after arguing a
second-quarter call with referee Der-
rick Stafford, and Rasheed Wallace
didn't play in the second half after
injuring his foot in the first quarter.

Rookie Brook Lopez led the Nets
with 23 points and 12 rebounds in
their lowest-scoring game of the sea-
son.



Magic 113, Bulls 94

At Chicago, Rashard Lewis set the
tone by scoring 16 of his 21 points in
the first half and Orlando rolled to its
eighth win in nine games.

Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points.
Dwight Howard scored 15, and the
Southeast Division leaders came
through with a dominant perfor-
mance after their seven-game win
streak ended in a six-point loss at
Detroit on Monday.

Joakim Noah had a season-high 19,;
points and 11 rebounds, but Chica
shot just 42 per cent. Derrick Rosgi:
had a rough afternoon, finishing wit ne
just 11 points and no assists.




"(AP Photo: Frank Gunn)

Rockeis 88, Bucks 81.

Yao Ming had 22 points and 10
rebounds for:Houston, and Luis Sco-
la added 11 points and 10 boards.

Ron "Artest had 15 points and
reserve ‘Carl Landry added 14 as the
Rockets beat the Bucks for the eighth
straight time, bouncing back from an
embarrassing loss to Washington on
Monday.

Michael Redd scored 20, Richard
Jeffersgn had 16 and Luke Ridnour
dished out 1h, assists for the Bucks,

| who've lost nine consecutive games in
Houston.

aptors

NBA Teal



i By The Associated Press



SCOREBOARD

Saturday, January 3

New Orleans at Denver (9 pm
EST). The Southwest Division-
leading Hornets have won three
straight. The Nuggets lead the
Northwest Division.

SAVE THE DATE |
There were no NBA games on
Thursday.

SCORING

Miami's Dwyane Wade leads
the NBA in scoring with a 28.7
average. Cleveland's LeBron
James was second at 27.8, followed
by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe
*Bryant at 26.3.

STREAKS
Atlanta has won six straight to
improve to 21-10. Detroit has won

- five in a row.





Thunder 107, Warriors 100

At Oklahoma City, Jeff Gréen
scored 26 points and Kevin Durant
added 25 in the Thunder's fourth vic-
tory of the season.

Green scored 18 in the second half
for the Thunder, who. got. 23 points
from reserve Chris. Wilcox. Durant
recorded his fifth double-double of
the season, adding 10: rebounds and
Six assists. 4 s

Golden State shot 54 per cent from
the field in the opening half, but failed
to make a field goal in the first 5 min-
utes of the third quarter, allowing
Oklahoma City to take control of the
game. Kelenna Azubuike had a sea-
son-high 24 points for the Warriors.

76ers 100, Clippers 92

At Los Angeles, Andre Iguodala
had 28 points, seven rebounds and
seven assists, and Philadelphia
snapped a four-game losing streak.

Al Thornton scored 24 points for
the Clippers, who lost their fifth in a
row.

The pairing of Elton Brand's for-
mer and current teams lost its luster
with Brand not making the trip. The
former Clippers star is out for a
month with a dislocated right shoul-
der.

Eric Gordon added 21 points and
Marcus Camby had 16 points and 17
rebounds for the Clippers, who fell
apart after tying the game with 3 min-
utes remaining.













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GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, Colin Callender and Sir Cyril Fountain were honoured by the Bahamas Bar Association at its annual Christmas
luncheon held at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on the December 19. Pictured (left to right) - Wayne Munroe, president of BBA; Sir Cyril Fountain,
_ former acting chief justice and former partner in the Law Firm of Cash, Fountain and Bowe; Attorney General and Senator Michael Barnett, Governor
General Arthur Hanna; Colin Callender managing partner in the law firm Callenders & Co. Mr Callender was called to the Bahamas Bar on the August

24, 1962 and was presented by J Henry Bostwick. Sir Cyril Fountain was called to the Bahamas Bar-on the February 26, 1963. He was presented by
Neville Smith. ‘



COUNCIL MEM-
BERS: Jeanine
Weech-Gomez,
Dennis Gomez and
- Co; Monique
Gomez, of Gomez
and Co; Rachel Cul-
mer, Knowles, McK-
ay and Culmer; and
Sidney Cambridge,
Calienders and Co.

RICHARD LIGHT-.
BOURNE, McKinney,
Bancroft and
Hughes; Emerick
Knowles, Alexiou,
Knowles and Co;
and Brian Moree,
McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes.

RETIRED Justice
Rubie Nottage;
Kendal Nottage, for-
mer minister of
Sports and Culture
and senior partner
in Nottage, Miller
and Co; Appellate
Court Justice
Emmanuel Osade-
bay; and Attorney
Staphanie Unwala,
partner in Unwala
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hotel bathroom

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The 16-year-
old son of actor John Travolta
died at the family’s private lux-
ury suite at the Old Bahama
Bay Resort at West End, where
the Travoltas were vacation-

Freeport
man shot
in head

M@ By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A
Freeport man was shot in
the head early Friday morn-
ing at Britannia Boulevard
when a number of gunshots
were fired by an occupant
of a car that sped off after
the shooting.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming’
reported that. 23-year-old
Kenroy Clarke, of Coral
Reef Estates, is detained in
serious condition at Rand
Memorial Hospital. ;

‘He said the shooting
occurred sometime around
3.15am in the parking lot of
the Bowling Alley. An occu-
pant in an unidentified vehi-
cle had fired several shots
and sped away.

When Police arrived at —
the scene to investigate,
they received information
from hospital officials that a
young man with injuries to
the head had just been
dropped off at the Trauma
Section by an unknown per-
son in a vehicle.

Mr Rahming said police
went to the hospital, where
they saw the victim being
treated for an injury to the
head. He said the bullet did
not appear to have pene-
trated the victim’s skull.

He said information.
received by police suggests
that the victim may not have

SEE page 5



ing.
Jett Travolta, the only son of
John and Kelly Travolta,

arrived with his parents in the ©

Bahamas on December 30. He
was discovered, unconscious in
the bathroom on Friday morn-
ing.

Michael Oé$si, the family’s
attorney, said that all attempts
to revive Jett were unsuccess-
ful. He said that the Travoltas’
son has a history of seizures,

-“At this point, we know that
John and Kelly Travolta’s only
son, Jett Travolta, had a seizure.

- All attempts made to revive him

were unsuccessful and he died,”
he told reporters at a news con-
ference at Rand Memorial Hos-
pital.

“From what we fon. -when
he was found he was deceased.
I cannot tell you whether or not
it was inside the bathroom or



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not,” said Mr Ossi, who
appeared shaken by the
tragedy. .

The Travoltas’ son was taken
by ambulance to the hospital,
where he was pronounced dead
around 12.40pm Tuesday.

An entourage of Ginn offi-

cials had accompanied the Tra-
voltas to the hospital.

The famous Hollywood cou-

ple purchased property six years
ago at Old Bahama Bay, which
is owned by the Ginn Corpora-
tion. They have been frequent

SEE page 5

BAHAMAS EDITION

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009

ROUNDED Ts Some of the Haitians caught yesterday by the Defence BUREAU ES ETH

More than 150 Haitians



caught on Ragged Island

= By CHESTER ROBARDS
Tribune Staff Reporter

ANOTHER large group. of illegal Haitian
immigrants were apprehended by Defence
Force Officers yesterday as they strolled around
Ragged Island after landing on the shore.

This latest apprehension of 156 illegal
Haitians brings the total number taken into
custody: to 597 in less than two weeks. More

_ than half of those picked up have already been
repatriated.

. Out of that group, there were 124 men, 27
women, and 5 children.

According to Immigration Minister Branville
McCartney this latest group will have to be

brought to New Providence and held in the
Carmicheal Road Detention Centre until they
can also be returned to Haiti. Another 68
picked lp New Year’s eve were awaiting a
flight yesterday.

“One of the difficulties we are finding is that
some of the flights are booked, but we are try-
ing to move and have persons returned back as
quickly as possible,” said Mr McCartney.“I
would encourage persons if they are here ille-
gally to do the right thing because we are not
letting up.”

He indicated that a reason for the mass exo-

SEE page 5



Dispute over cause

of murder

m By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE main cause of the almost nine per cent
reduction in the number of murders in 2008 over
2007 is in dispute.’

Assistant Commissioner in charge of crime,
Raymond Gibson revealed yesterday that police
put the tally of murders committed in 2008 at 72
— areduction from 2007's record breaking 79,

reduction

“Seventy murders is still too high and there is
still much work to be done,” said Assistant Com-
missioner of Police Hulan Hanna.

However, ACP Hanna added that he believes
the reduced figure proves the police’s work in
the community and its appeals for an alternative
means of conflict resolution are paren to have
an impact.

SEE page 5

First
months are
critical for |
‘Bahamian
hotel sector

Fridays & Saturdays

four

a By: TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

_THE success of the tourism
sector over the next year hangs
heavily on the first four months
of 2009, President of the
Bahamas Hotel Association
Robert “Sandy” Sands said.

He told The Tribune yester-
day that if visitor arrivals do not
meet industry anticipation in

the first quarter, hotel opera- .

tors will have to make further
"adjustments" to ensure they
remain viable during a possible
protracted industry slowdown
in 2009.

"We see 2009 as an extreme-

ly challenging year. Certainly

every indication for the four
quarters we will analyse based
on the first quarter, or the first
four months of the year. And
that would be a very strong indi-

* cation as to how the rest of the

year will be," he told The Tn-
bune.

_"If the first quarter is very
strong, or at least shows signs
of rebounding and strength,
then that may give rise to some
cautious optimism that the
remaining quarters of the year
could be better than we antici-
pate at this point in time."

When asked if there would
be any more layoffs in the hotel
industry if things do not perk
up in the first quarter, the BHA

president would only say that:
hoteliers will have to make
changes to keep their heads.

above water.

"We don't want to cry 'wolf'
but certainly if the first quarter
does not manifest itself to be
what a number of properties are
anticipating there will have to
be further adjustments in many
of the hotels to get through the

remaining three quarters of the.

year. And they would have to
take a number of steps to
ensure that they can keep their
doors open for the remaining
period.

"I think the bottom-line is
though, most hotels will do
everything within their power
to preserve employment and
will be taking a number of ini-
tiatives to ensure that happens."

For now the hoteliers will
have to rely on current market-
ing initiatives, American trav-
eller confidence, acceptability
of‘the Bahamas as a viable
tourism resort and ensuring vis-
itors get value for their money
to jump-start the stagnant
industry, Mr Sands said.

When asked what the Min-
istry of Tourism's 2009 predic-
tions for tourism growth,
Tourism Minister Vincent Van-
derpool-Wallace said he was

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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009

steps to ‘get involved’

By ALEX MISSICK
Tribune Staff Reporter

ALTHOUGH the concert
season does not start until late
February, the Christian Coun-
cil says it has already taken
steps to “get involved” with the
government to held decide
which entertainers are allowed
into the country.

“We will be looking forward
to developing a closer bond
and relationship with the gov-
ernment to ensure those per-
sons that are coming in will be
of a healthy social development

Group wants

more say in

which entertainers are

for us rather than a negative

one,” council president Rev Pat
Paul said.

He went on to say that the .

Christian Council plans to start
the:New Year off with a slate
of initiatives they say will get
the Bahamas “back on track”
through a much needed “mod-

allowed into the country

ern vision” of society.

Rev Paul said beginning on
January 15, the initiatives will
be launched under the theme
“Rediscovering the modern
Bahamas”.

This phrase, he said, is taken
from the preamble of the con-
stitution, which speaks of a

SAMA

TWO MEN were arraigned in a Magis-
trate’s Court Tuesday on armed robbery
charges.

According to court dockets, David
Cooper Cunningham, 30, of Eastern Road
and Garth Hall, 35, of 5th Street, the
Grove, on Christmas Day while armed
with a handgun robbed Melody Munnings
of $1,150 cash, a Motorola cellular phone
and a Samsung cellular phone as well as a
$300 gold chain: It is further alleged that
on the same day the men robbed Shantica
Storr of $60 cash and assorted phone cards
valued at $300. The men are also accused
of making threats of death to Detective
Constable 2560 Storr.

The two men, who appeared before
Magistrate Derrence Rolle in Court 5,
Bank Lane were not required to plead to
the charges. The men were remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison. Their case was
adjourned to February 16, 2009.

e AMAN accused of stealing $20,000
cash from the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino was afraigned
in Magistrate’s Court Tuesday.

It is alleged that Alexander Derek John-
son, 22, of McKinney Drive, between Sun-
day, December 14, and Monday, Décem-
ber 15, stole $20,000 cash from Wyndham
Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace casino,
to which he had access by reason of his
employment. It is further. alleged that on
December 14, Johnson. was:found in pos-
session of 200 US $100 notes:

Johnson, who appeared before Magis-
trate Derrence Rolle in Court Five, Bank
Lane, pleaded not guilty to the charges. -



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He was granted bail in the sum of $30,000.

The case was adjourned to February 24.

-e A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN of Meadow
Street was ordered by a Magistrate to
receive a psychiatric evaluation after
admitting that he attempted to commit sui-
cide in a police station holding cell last
weekend.

: David Frazier appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One
Bank Lane yesterday on the charge of
attempted suicide. According to court
dockets; Frazier at about 4.48 pm on Sat-
urday December 27 while at Quakoo and

Market streets attempted suicide. Accord-

ing to the prosecution, Frazier attempted
to hang himself with his shirt while in a
police station holding cell.

Frazier pleaded guilty to the charge yes-
terday stating that the pressure of being in
the holding cell caused him to attempt sui-
cide.

Magistrate Gomez ordered that Frazier
be held at the Sandilands Rehabilitation
Center for 14 days for a psychiatric evalua-




















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PICTURED from left to right: Deacon Dwayne Adderley, Pastor Leonardo Rahming; Mrs.

‘nation that is committed to loy-’

alty, industry, unity, and
respect for Christian values and
the rule of law. : oe
“The first phase is to sensi-
tise the Christian community
of the National Vision for the
Modern Bahamas. That is, to
‘highlight noble virtues such as
loyalty, unity, et cetera. We are
going to launch a national blitz
on all of the various media sta-
tions to sensitise first the
church and the community at
large to help to stabilise our
society and call us back to what
we believe the elements on

which we were founded upon,”
he said.

Rev Paul said the Christian
Council also plans to reach out
to government agencies, cor-
porate entities, the Ministry of
Education and unions in an
effort to call the nation back
to the virtues that “made the
Bahamas what it is today”.

“We are hoping to erect fly-
ers with the agreement with the
various partners we are hop-
ing to work with in various
schools and around the island
to get our message out there,”
Rev Paul said.




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support save
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THE Message of: Hope Sev-
enth-Day Adventist Church pre-
sented a much needed laptop

computer to Her Majesty’s Pris-
‘ on’s SAVE Programme.

The presentation was made on
Saturday December 27, during
the church’s Communion Sab-
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The prison has embarked on a
major crime prevention initia-
tive called SAVE (Students
Against Violence Everywhere).
SAVE is a student-initiated pro-
gramme that promotes non-vio-
lence in schools and communi-
ties. SAVE provides education
about the effects and conse-
quences of violence and helps
provide safe activities for stu-
dents, parents and communities.

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gramme go into schools and con-
duct behaviour modification ses-
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The Prison thanked the
Adventists for their efforts and
encouraged other churches, civic
organizations and corporate ‘bod-
ies to follow their example.

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"I vex with all the illegal
persons in this country,
Everywhere you go you
hear Creole, or Jamaicans,
and now Cubans. I wish
Bahamian men will wake .
up and see what the foreign
women are doing to them —
marriage of convenience.
We as Bahamians need to
protect our land more.
Why are Haitians still living
on our land for free when
we have to pay taxes, light
and other utilities bills?

"The government need
to take back all the Crown
Land or farm land where

:_ the Haitians are living. All

illegal immigrants’ children
should be made to pay for
formal education, as they
are taking up too much
space in the government
schools, (and the principal
at a public school had to
nerve to tell me that there
was no space in the school
for my Bahamian child).
Bahamians wake up.
because it will soon be too
late."
- VEX, VEX,
VEX, NASSAU

"I said it before and I'll
say it again. I vex at how
rude, lazy and, let's be
honest, dumb some
Bahamian workers are,
actin' like I doin' them a
favour when I spend mon-
ey in their shop. I am tired
of spending my hard-
earned money in clothing
stores, high end make-up
stores and fast food places
only to get nasty treatment
from the people who get
paid off my money.

"Just the other day I
went in one of those pizza
places, placed my order
and left. I came back 45
minutes later and my pizza
wasn't ready. So I ask why,
and the gal ga' tell me they
ain' even put my order in!
So I say to myself, 'I ain
need no pizza tonight' and
turn to go out the door.

: Den that dat' gal ga' ask

me, "You can't wait?' Well
something crawl up in me
and I gave her piece of my
mind to las' her a lifetime.
These business owners 2
need to get their employ-
ees straight — especially in
times like this when peo-
ple don't want to part with
their dollars."

- RM, NASSAU

"I vex that it's a new year
and BTC still trying to sti-
fle and rob Bahamians
blind! I mean they make a
killing off of residential
and cell phone services, not
to mention internet and
now they want to tell us we
can't use VOIP to keep in
touch with friend and fami-
ly overseas?

"They want-to tell me
how to use my own inter-
net connection just so I
have to rely on their
expensive long-distance
calling rates? I can't wait
for the day they get priva-
tised."

- ALLAN, NASSAU

"Iam so happy and
thankful now to hear that
the one little Bahamian
citizen and his family who
went to the US for medical
and financial assistance
was assisted by basketball
great Alonzo Mourning.
The weakest Bahamian
and family had to leave
our Bahamaland to get
medical and financial help
and I vex that our country
'freely' and 'financially'
supports a 60,000 foreign
illegal nationals in our
Bahamas (minus the set
that got sent back recently
and replaced by those who
just arrived)."

- HAPPY BAHAMIAN |
FOR THE TIME BEING
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009, PAGE 3





LOCAL NEWS

Junkanoo officials asked to

@ By LLOYD ALLEN

Tribune Staff Reporter

JUNKANOO officials are
being called on to improve
emergency access to Bay Street
during parades in the wake of a
stabbing and: several violent
outbreaks on New Years Day.

One official said the Nation-
al Junkanoo Committee (NJC)
must ensure that crucial access
points are emergency crew-
friendly, as these points have
been a major challenge during
past emergencies.

According to police, a man
was stabbed during the parade
in the area of BTCs flagship
store on Bay Street around 4am
on Thursday. ;

Police Acting Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson said the



Teenagers chargetl
with armed robhery,

stealing and receiving

® By NATARIO McKENZIE |
Tribune Staff Reporter:

TWO teenagers charged :
with armed robbery, stealing :
and receiving were remanded :
to prison yesterday after being :

arraigned in Magistrates Court. :
The young men - one a 16- :
year-old of Peach Street and i
the other a 17-year-old of :
Wulff Road, appeared before :
‘Chief Magistrate Roger :

Gomez in Court One, Bank :’

Lane. :
_ Itis alleged that on Monday, :
December 29 while armed with :
a shotgun, the accused robbed :
Minarda Powell of a $40 hand- :
bag, a $70 wallet, a $70 cos- :
-metic case, a $30 cellular phone :
and a $10 novel. :

The juveniles, who appeared :
along with their parents, plead- :
ed not guilty to the charge and :
opted to have the case tried :
before the Juvenile Panel.. i

Both the accused pleaded :
guilty to receiving the items. :

It is also alleged that :
between Friday, December 26 :
and Saturday, December 27 :
the accused stole a blue 1995 :
Nissan Altima, the property of :
Tennyson Sterling. i

The accused pleaded not :
guilty to the stealing charge but :

pleaded guilty to the charge of : ,

receiving the stolen vehicle. ;

The prosecution objected to ;
the accused being granted bail, :
citing that they both have mat- :
ters pending before the Juve- ;
nile Panel. i

The 16-year-old accused ;

admitted that he was placed ;*

on probation two or three }
years ago for receiving stolen :
items. i
Both young men denied hav- :
ing any matters pending before :
the Juvenile Panel. :

The accused were both ;
denied bail and remanded to’:
Her Majesty’s Prison, Fox Hill. :

The case has been adjourned ;

to January 13 when the mat- :
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man sustained chest injuries
and was treated by medical per-
sonnel.

Mr Ferguson said the man’s
wounds were not life threaten-
ing, and after being treated, he
was discharged.

Police also confirmed a total
of 16 arrests were made during
the parade, but said that all vio-
lent incidents were contained.

Senior Red Cross paramedic
Philip Johnson said that during
junkanoo, several medical and
security emergencies can erupt
at once, and the system of





fences erected to control spec-
tator traffic has actually become
a barrier to emergency services.

Mr Johnson said: “In the plan
that needs to be operated, it
must include a route for ambu-
lances to move in and out at
various places and at different
times. We can save a lot of lives
if we are able to get to the peo-
ple and get them from the
scene of the incident to the hos-
pital.”

He said the current set-up
allows for foot patrols along
Shirley Street and Bay Street,

~ and periodic checks to be made

at a command post located on
Bank Lane. ,

Although this system pro-
vides works well in terms of the
flow of incident reports, Mr
Johnson said crews still face a
challenge in terms of trans-
porting patients from locations
on the parade route.

NJC chairman Douglas Han-
na told The Tribune, the sys-
tem has been inadequate for a
number of years.

Mr Hanna revealed that dur-
ing the Boxing Day parade, an
ambulance attempting to make
its way onto Frederick Street
was blocked — however luckily,
the patient’s injuries were not
life threatening. °

He said: “The police set
access routes, however the
parade management team will

have to look at emergency
access to ensure that a better
system is in place.”

Mr Douglas says one adjust-
ment he hopes to achieve is
allowing for the free movement
of emergency vehicles along the
Prince George Wharf.

If this is implemented, Mr
Douglas feels the response time
to medical or other emergencies
will be reduced significantly.

Junkanoo supporter Princess
Delaney said she feels the exist-
ing access routes for emergency
personnel are sufficient, but
that the large number of
onlookers is the single greatest
challenge.

“I feel a lot of the entrances
and exits are blocked with peo-
ple, and that is something that
needs to be looked at by offi-
cials,” she said. :



Inmate accuses government

of ‘lack of compassion’

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net |

A PRISONER who has
been on the prison’s work
release programme for four
years has accused government
of lacking compassion after the
Prerogative Board of Mercy
failed to grant clemency to any
inmates in its annual review.

He said the government-
appointed board’s decision is a
“slap in the face” to prisoners
who have maintained good
behavioural records while in
the institution and to social
workers who would have rec-
ommended them for consid-
eration.

“If I don’t meet the criteria

' for early release, what is the

criteria? If all of the others
were released (in previous
years) on their level of reha-
bilitation and their behaviour,
what happens to people like
myself who have no record (of
bad behaviour behind bars) at
all?” asked the inmate, who
contacted The Tribune from
his day job at a local business.

“What happens to all the
other people who know me
and write good reports in
about me? What about them?
Is that all no good?”

Having served more than 10
years in prison at Fox Hill, the
inmate had been hoping to get
out in time to spend time with
his family, but remained con-
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Ceasefire needed now in Gaza

A CEASE-FIRE is bound to end the current
warfare in Gaza, either sooner or later. For
the sake of the Palestinian families suffering
under Israeli missile strikes, and the Israeli
civilians sheltering from Hamas rockets, that
cease-fire should be accepted by both sides
and implemented immediately. Various par-
ties have been offering to serve as mediators for
a cease-fire or renewed truce between Israel

and Hamas. It would be a tragic mistake to.

reject these offers.
The humanitarian need for a cease-fire
should be obvious. No matter how careful

Israeli forces may be in targeting sites associ--

ated with the smuggling, storing, and launching
of Hamas rockets, children and other civilians
having nothing to do with Hamas are being
killed, wounded, and traumatized. And as the
Israeli bombing of Gaza continues, Hamas’s
unguided rockets are arcing deeper and deep-
er into Israel. It is only a matter of time until
one of those rockets explodes in a kindergarten.
An immediate cease-fire offers the best
chance to escape an escalatory cycle that can
inflict considerable damage on the long-term
interests of Israelis and Palestinians alike. If
there is no cease-fire soon, the Israel Defence
Forces are likely to launch the ground offensive
they have been preparing. Even if that offensive
is conducted in such a way that avoids house-to-
- house urban guerrilla warfare, there are certain
to be grievous casualties.on both sides.

The psychological and political ramifications’ ~’

of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza would
make it‘harder than ever to achieve a two-state
peace agreement, the one thing that can end the
destructive conflict between Palestinians and
Israel.:

Fortunately, there may be a chance to con-
tain the current spasm of violence. Because
surrounding states have to worry about the
Gaza horrors sparking domestic anger and
inflaming tensions between regional rivals,
some are energetically seeking to mediate
between the antagonists.

In the past few days, France, Turkey, Egypt,
and the United States have all been exploring
possibilities for a suspension of hostilities and
the shaping of a new truce to replace the six-
month lull. that Hamas refused to renew on
Dec. 19. For Israel, the essential requirement in
any renewed truce is that no more rockets will
be fired into Israel. Understandably, Israeli
officials are also demanding that a fresh truce
include mechanisms to prevent Hamas and
other groups, such as Islamic Jihad, from smug-
gling rocket parts into Gaza through tunnels
from Egypt.



JOB VACANCY

It is a promising sign that Israeli leaders are
indicating they might accept unarmed interna-
tional monitors to ascertain that the terms of a
new truce are being met by Hamas. In the past,
Israel has been critical of United Nations mon-
itors in southern Lebanon, and of European
Union monitoring missions at the Rafah pas-
sage between Gaza and Egypt.

If the right kind of monitoring force assumes
responsibility for preventing the smuggling of
rockets and other military equipment into
Gaza, any violation by Hamas would bring that
Islamist movement into conflict not only with

- Israel-but-also with the countries backing -the- -

monitoring mission. For this reason, it would be
best for any monitoring force to include rep-
resentatives from Arab and Muslim nations.
Already, discussions have been held at the
highest level about a Turkish-Egyptian initia-

‘tive to stop the fighting and bring about a new

truce between Israel and Hamas. Turkey Prime
Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan met in Cairo
Friday with Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak. Afterward, Egypt’s foreign minis-

ter, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that both sides .

would have to honour any new truce. But he
gave special emphasis to Hamas’s obligations,
saying: “We expect the Palestinian side to say
that if a cease-fire is announced, we’ll stop fir-
ing rockets.”

There also will be obligations for Israel in.a
new truce with Hamas, whether it is brokered

‘by Turkey and Egypt or by. the European

Union. The key action Israel] must take in

‘return for a cessation of rocket launchings will

be to open Israel’s passages to Gaza for com-
merce and for workers and travellers. If this
measure brought security to southern Israel, it
would achieve Israel’s declared war aims with-
out any further violence. Ending the econom-
ic blockade of Gaza would also be the humane
thing to do.

The current crisis in Gaza — with images of

atrocious civilian suffering being shown again
and again on Al Jazeera networks — repre-
sents a long-term threat not merely to Israelis
and Palestinians, but to the wider region. This
threat is manifest in the warnings and accusa-
tions being traded between Egypt and Iran.

The longer it takes Israel and Hamas ‘to

accept a cease-fire, the harder it will be for the
administration of President-elect Barack Oba-
ma to stitch together a new, more peaceable
security framework for the greater Middle East.

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Labourers
too few for
farm bounty

EDITOR, The Tribune.

In your December 13, 2008

edition there appeared a letter
from Mr Joseph Darville of
Freeport.
_ Inhis usual eloquent style Mr
Darville made a number of
statements and observations
and came to several conclu-
sions, comment on some of
which may be useful.

First, Mr Darville told about
an answer given by the Minister

‘of Agriculture and Marine
Resources to a question posed

to him while in Freeport some
time ago. This claim may have
been ignored as an overstate-
ment or misunderstanding but
since I have a recollection of
Mr Darville having reported
this before it seems to me that it

-is very probable that his recol-

lection is correct and true. To
say, as Mr Darville ascribed to
the Minister, that farming in
Grand Bahama as is done in
Andros is not feasible because
“Grand Bahama, unlike
Andros, falls within the direct
path of hurricanes and would,
therefore, be more at risk for
destruction of crops” could only
have been an insult to the for-
midable intelligence of Mr
Darville. This is the kind of “I
am smarter than you” response
often practised on petulant
school children. We as respon-
sible people must at some stage
begin to expect our leaders to
be comfortable with truth and
accuracy.

Secondly, given the vastness
of the available land and an
almost inexhaustible supply of
fresh (and I mean fresh) water

on Grand Bahama and its cli-,

mate, there can hardly be a
place on earth that is more suit-
able.for farming all types of
what I could call’ “tropical”
crops.

Florida two years ago suf-
fered no fewer than four hurri-
canes in as many weeks. These
hurricanes each followed almost
identical paths. Does that make
those areas of Florida unsuit-
able for farming? On the con-




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trary, I am sure that if one were
to take the time to check one
would find that the areas of
Florida affected by those hurri-
canes are probably second to
none in agricultural production.
Apart from Jeanne and Frances

‘I never understood that Grand

Bahama was more. susceptible

- to hurricanes than even Long

Island.

Thirdly, I got the impression
that Mr Darville was advocating
a programme in which Govern-
ment simply would give land to
young people to enable (as
opposed to encourage) them to
farm. Without a desire to criti-
cise Mr Darville’s otherwise fine
letter I am compelled to
observe that the giving of land

does not encourage Or Cause nor

create interest in anyone to do

much except sell it for cash. At ~

best the more responsible of us
may take the opportunity and
build something on the land but
unless there is a strong predis-
position to farm, the giving will

‘ not help. The truth is that any

person, young or old who, has
the requisite desire and deter-
mination (it will take both) to
till the soil can always find land
in The Bahamas to use — eg
by lease, share cropping or gra-
tuitously. |

If Mr Darville could find one
or one hundred young (or old)
men (or woman) who demon-
strate a serious desire to farm

* (on any island in The Bahamas)

I am certain land could readily
be found.to accommodate
them. “Where there is a will
there is a way” is an attainable
proposition. And will is the
operative word.

If I thought that the trend
away from the soil was peculiar
to The Bahamas my cause for
concern would be huge. How-
ever, I am:sure that if proper
research is done the result

would be in strong support of

Stop horsing around

the fact that in every country
which has prospered as did the

’ Bahamas in the past 50 to.60

years, citizens have opted to
move away from the sweat,
labour and risk of farming. _
In some cases, like the more
successful first world countries
such as the United States and
Canada, although there has
been a human trend away from
the soil, mechanisation has:
more than filled the gap.
Machines have replaced human
hands in agriculture as much or
more than in many other indus-
tries. This mechanisation, unfor-
tunately, has not occurred in
the Bahamas due to the smaller
scale of production. The neces-
sary machinery is too expensive
to justify use in our country.
This is the reality and we must
face it. Further, in first world
countries farms are becoming
fewer but larger, which, in itself,
lowers the cost of production.
It would be a wonderful day
when we Bahamians could see a
lion’s portion of our food pro-
duced at home and I will not
say that this cannot be achieved.
But it will never be achieved if
our leaders continue to adopt
the cavalier and less than truth-
ful position as that reported by
Mr Darville. No committee will
solve our problem. What will I
do not know and dare not pon-
tificate upon, but unless our
young people (particularly our
men) could somehow release
themselves from the notion that
labour in agriculture is not for
them (for whatever reason) and
is, instead, a hugely honourable -
enterprise, we shall forever
remain as we are. It may be that
the answer could be a well
planned, funded and executed .
promotional programme.whiche;

- may go a long way in restoring: *

in the minds of our young. the
honour and attractiveness in till-
ing the soil.

A FARMERS’

FRIEND AND

FRIEND OF

FARMING

Nassau,

December 19, 2008.

over gaming situation

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT’S wonderful to read the
informative Tribune as.I do ona
daily basis, and even more won-
derful when a lively discussion is
sparked through the Letters to
the Editor section, even though in
this case the only response was
from the editorial team! Even so
it’s all good stuff. (Tribune let-
ter, December 4, 2008).

Having scoured the Internet

to try to find the origins of the’

Hobby Horse Hall race track,
several names appeared. It seems
to have been called the Montegue
Park Race Course at first and the
names of Alexis Nihon, George
Murphy and Dr Sawyer are all

mentioned. The track was started ~

in 1934 but it does not say who
was actually responsible for it’s
construction. The Dupuch name

is.not-mentioned anywhere,

although I do not dispute Lady

Dupuch’s well known interest in
horses, and a smashing sight she
must have been racing along on

her steed..

This, however, has not much
to do with the failure to reopen
the track. One internet article
from early 2008 comments (prob-
ably quite correctly) that the non
opening of the track had much to
do with casino bosses in collusion
with the government of the time
who did not want to see black
Bahamians in their casinos and
could point at the track as being a
good example as to what happens
when Bahamians gamble, spin-
ning the story of starving chil-
dren, etc. As only about a third of
families in Nassau actually have a
man “head of household” living
with them (check this with the
Ministry of Education) it can be

concluded that this applies to.a .
"very small minority of weak

minded fellows who could not

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EIGHT STREET, THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a_ citizen

of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of
January 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



control their gambling urges. This
can in no way be applied to the

. majority of Bahamians, a large

percentage of whom gamble right
here on a daily basis — I don’t
see any starving children around
this town. On the contrary, most
of the kids we see need to go ona
diet!

I sort of take exception to the
idea that Bahamians are a bunch
of weak minded, gullible fools
who will starve their children and
abuse their animals if given half a
chance. J notice in the paper it
was reported that since the eco-
nomical downturn, local gambling
spots are reporting about a 40 per
cent drop in business. This proves
to myself that Bahamians are
gambling responsibly and not tak-
ing the week’s grocery money and
putting it on a number. Gambling
is somewhat like drinking —
there is always a small minority

who will go overboard.

Let’s think for a minute about
what will happen when Cuba
opens up — a distinct possibility
now that Obama is in charge of
things. I don’t buy into the idea
that tourism in Cuba will destroy
us, but I can predict that when
Cuba touts in racetrack and casi-
no gambling (and, no doubt its
dog track and hai alai) Bahamians
will be first in line to go over
there (in droves). There is noth-
ing so effective in making people
keen to travel for something than
to ban it at home.

Apart from the racetrack I
would, as a Bahamian citizen,
really like to have a flutter at the
local casinos instead of sitting on
the side like an idiot while my
American visiting friends gamble
in my place with my money. What
a stupid position in which to be
placed.

Thank you for allowing me the
space to express my opinions, and
keep up the good work!

F WILSON
Nassau,
December 26, 2008.
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: & By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A 22-year-
old man was charged with
murder in the Freeport Mag-

istrate’s Court on Friday.
Kendrick Colebrook, of
Freeport, appeared before

Magistrate Helen Jones in

Court Two, where he was
charged with the murder of
Roland Elidor of Eight Mile
Rock.

Colebrook is the third man

who has been charged in con-
nection with the death of Eli-
dor, who was shot at the Pep-
perpot Restaurant on Sep-
tember 6. ,

He was not required to
enter a plea to the charge of
murder.

The matter was adjourned

Man charged with murder

March 24, 2009. .

Cardinal Theodore Scott,
26, of Eight Mile Rock, and
Deon Kevin Rigby were
charged with murder on Sep-
tember 22.

The men are also on
remand at Her Majesty’s
Prison, Fox Hill.

Threat charge dropped over ‘mistaken identity’



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Travolta son had



history of seizures






FROM page one_

visitors to West End.

The Travoltas arrived in
Grand Bahama on December
30 and had planned to stay until
January 9.

The couple’s son was last

seen on January 1 when he
went to use the bathroom at
their residence, according to
Chief Superintendent of Police
Basil Rahming.

Mr Rahming reported that
Jett was discovered in the bath-
room in an unconscious condi-
tion around 10am Friday by the
caretaker. Jeff Michael
Kathrain. He said that an autop-
sy will be performed to deter-
mine the exact cause of death.

Mr Ossi said the Travoltas
are very distraught over the
tragic death of their son.

“This is...the worst day in Mr
and Mrs Travolta’s life —
nobody wants to bury their
child, especially a 17-year-old
unexpectedly and while on
vacation.

“John and Kelly have always
told me they are happy when
their children are happy. It is a
sad day for the people of the
Bahamas, a sad day for the peo-
ple in America and around the
_ world, and it is probably the
worst day in the life of Mr and
Mrs Travolta,” said Mr Ossi.

News of the tragedy quickly
spread throughout the hospital,
and a number of persons.stood
in the corridor near the morgue
hoping to get:a-glimpse of Mr
Travolta.

West End MP Obie Wilch-

combe, Eight Mile Rock MP
Vernae Grant and Tourism offi-
cials were also seen at the hos-
pital to offer support to the Tra-
' volta family.

Mr Ossi thanked the Ginn
Corporation for its support of
the Travoltas during this very
difficult and tragic time.

“Everybody here from the
Ginn Corporation did every-
thing humanly possible in an
attempt to revive Jett Travolta
and they have brought dignity
to the Travolta family and have
allowed dignity in his passing.”

Mr Ossi said the Travoltas
were great parents to Jett Tra-
volta.

“Jett was happy every day of
his life. They did everything

they could to make sure their
children were happy and we are
deeply saddened at what
occurred.

“Jett hada history of seizers
he had seizures in the past, how-
ever, his doctor, Dr Mark
Smith, who happened to be
coming on vacation, will be at




the hospital and can answer :

questions.

“T appreciate everything that
your country has done for the
Travolta family. This is beyond
horrible for Mr Travolta and I
please ask that he be allowed
to mourn in peace,” said Mr
Ossi. MP Grant and MP Wilch-

combe offered their condo- :

lences to the Travolta family.

“On behalf of the govern- :

ment and the people of the
Bahamas we extend our most
heartfelt condolences and our
prayers will be with you,” said
Mrs Grant.

West End MP Obie Wilch-
combe, former Minister of
Tourism, said the death of the
Travoltas’ son is also a tragedy
for the people of West End and
the staff at Old Bahama Bay.

“The Minister of Health has

.just spoken to Mr Travolta to

express condolences on behalf
of the Bahamas and the goy-
ernment will work with the fam-
ily.

“I have spoken with Minis-
ter of Tourism Vincent Van-
derpool Wallace who was very
concerned and expressed his
concer.”

Mr Wilchcombe urged

. Bahamians to respect Mr Tra-

volta and his wife’s. privacy,
especially during this tragic time

‘Let him in these very diffi-
cult times have the dignity with
family and let them be able to
spend time with family friends
who will gather here for the
next several days. Mr Travolta
is a wonderful human being,
and itis a sad day and we pray
that his son would rest in
peace,” said Mr Wilchcombe.

This is the second child of a
celebrity who has died in the
Bahamas. Daniel Smith, the son
of reality star Anna Nicole
Smith, died at his mother’s hos-
pital bedside in Nassau in 2006.
Five months later — in 2007 —
Anna Nicole died suddenly in
Hollywood, Florida. Both moth-
er and son are buried in New
Providence. —

Police seek information

EROM page one

been the intended target of the shooter.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Central
Detective Unit in Freeport at 350-3089 or 911.

Bishop: ‘We can’t pat ourselves
on back’ over murder decline

FROM page one

“I would like to think that it
was a combination of factors
that caused this state of affairs
to exist and primarily I think it
has a lot te do with the police
getting out there and encour-
aging people, family members
and friends who may be aware
of problems brewing between
persons, to try and talk them
out of using extreme violence,”
said ACP Hanna.

This optimistic assessment
was a far cry from that of Bish-
op Simeon Hall of New
Covenant Baptist Church.

As Chairman of the govern-
ment’s National Advisory
Council on Crime, Bishop Hall
said the outcome is no reason to
be self-congratulatory.

“I am not impressed at all,”
said the church leader. “Num-
ber one, the social matrix out
of which all of these murders
are taking place has not in any-
way been addressed or
attacked.

* Secondly, many of the mur-
ders that took place this year
were done by persons who were
out on bail for murder last year.

While we might want to appre-
ciate that seven persons were
spared...in terms of the causes of
crime I don’t think we can pat

_ ourselves on the back.”

Echoing the sentiments of
many, he said that too many
murders are being committed
by people on bail and until gov-
ernment is able to reduce the
length of time it takes for an
accused to come to trial there
will be no commendable
improvement.

“The major plank in the
crime report is that the time of
arrest, the timespan between
arrest and being charged before
the courts, is too long. Until we
address that there’s very little

’ we can rejoice about,” added

Bishop Hall.

According to ACP Gibson,
most of the killings were drug
related, while a “small portion”
were connected to gang activity
and some stemmed from
domestic situations.

Asked if the police plan to
implement any new measures
to tackle violent crime levels in
2009, ACP Hanna said he
“wouldn’t want to pre-empt the
Commissioner’s policy state-

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= By NATARIO MCKENZIE |

Tribune Staff Reporter

AN apparent case of mistaken identity led to a man who was out
on bail in connection with a murder in 2002 being brought before
a local magistrate yesterday on new charges.

Deslin Nicholas, 23, of Bernard Road, Fox Hill appeared before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez yesterday, charged with making
threats of death, assaulting a man with a handgun and resisting
arrest. Nicholas, alias “Limbo”, was charged in 2005 with Randino
Pratt in connection with the February 2002 murder of Kirkwood
Ferguson.

The charge of threats of death and assault were dismissed yes-
terday after the complainant told the Magistrate that he wanted to
drop the charges against Nicholas. Nicholas told the court that he



WASHED UP: THE sloop that brought the Haitian immigrants to
Bee eMC UITG

Almost 600 Haitian
immigrants caught
by the authorities

in past two weeks. —

FROM page one

dus of Haitians from their country might be due to indications of a
political uprising. He also cited favourable wind conditions during
this time of year and the constant desire of Haitians to immigrate,
as possible reasons for the large numbers seen in the past few
days.

_ However, there are many indications that the quality of life is
quickly deteriorating for many Haitians after a food crisis sparked
riots in Haiti last April and four major hurricanes ripped through
the impoverished island nation, killing hundreds and leaving thou-
sand on the brink of famine.

The US held off on Haitian repatriations following the hurricanes
because they recognized it would be dangerous and inhumane,
according to a December 29 Miami Herald article, but they recent-
ly continued the exercises much to the dismay of the South Flori-
da Haitian community.

President of Haiti René Preval recently issued a statement warn-
ing his country that 2009 would be an especially difficult year due
to the global economic crisis.

Mr McCartney said, though, that the Immigration Department ~

will remain vigilant and continue to repatriate as quickly as possi-
ble with the latest group being sent back as early as Monday.

“We have indicated to the Defence Force officers to be very
much on guard and to be alert in light of these factors and they have
done an excellent job,” he said.

He issued a warning to anyone who might be in the Bahamas ille-

gally: “Those who are here illegally are getting caught and those
who are here and have been here and have not done the right

-had never committed the offences and that the actual assailant in

the case went by the nickname “Jimbo”, while he was known as

“Timbo”.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Sean Thurston told the court that

-Nicholas was out on bail in connection with a murder and armed

robbery: The prosecutor objected to Nicholas being:granted bail
noting that he was still accused of resisting the arrest of Sergeant

2082.

Nicholas’ attorney Godfrey Farquharson told the court that the
resisting arrest charge stemmed from the first charge of threats of
death that the complainant had dropped.

He argued that his client’s arrest had not been lawful in the first

place.

Chief Magistrate Gomez granted Nicholas bail in the sum of
$1,500. The case was adjourned to Monday for mention.

FROM page one

awaiting a further meeting with
ministry officials before formu-
lating a "definitive" answer.
But he was confident the six
strategies his | ministry

announced in the fall of 2008
would continue to bear fruit in

‘the new, year...

-becatise we thought they were

important for the long term and.

we are finding that they are
even more important in the
short-term. So we are going to
be as energetic in putting those
in place and continuing to pur-
sue them: as we were in the
beginning," he told The Tri-
bune.

The country's tourism indus-






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ALEXANDER
JOSPEH
FERGUSON, 53

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Demeritte’s Funeral Home

BAHAMAS’ OLDEST MORTUARY
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try hit rough waters during the

fourth quarter of 2008, precipi-
tated by the US financial melt-
down in September coupled
with a global economic crisis.
The economic climate was said
to be the catalyst for over 1,000
layoffs.in the hotel industry —
most notably the 800 let go by

Atlantis resort, the country's

"We put those togethe see largest, private sector employ-

Shee

“Last month, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said in the
first nine.months of 2008,
tourism dropped by 6.1 per cent
compared with last year’s fig-
ures and a further drop bringing
the figure to a “predictable”
eight per cent figure was expect-
ed in the last three months of
the year.






Ze they will get caught.”

ment”, but added that police
would continue with “all of
those things that have worked
in the past year — particularly
working with the community.”
He added that the media has
been a “solid partner’ for the
police in “getting a lot of our
messages across to the. public”
— a fact for which the force is
thankful.

The 2008 murder total is still
almost 17 per cent higher than
the 2006 murder total, which
tallied at 60 for the year. It also
dwarfs the 2005 and 2004 mur-
der rates, which stood at 52 and
44 respectively. Those lesser tal-
lies came as a relief following a
high of 74 murders in 2000.

The Tribune sought to deter-
mine the figure indicating how
many of the murders committed
last year resulted in arraign-
ments, however Assistant Com-
missioner Gibson was unable
to provide this information up
to press time.

A message left for Minister

of National Security, Tommy -
‘Turnquest, seeking comment

was not returned.

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PHONE: 322-2157



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that BUTLER CALIXTE of
EIGHT STREET, THE GROVE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen

of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
.granted, should send a written and signed statement of
‘the facts within twenty-eight days from the 3rd day of
January 2009 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.








a resident of Dunmore Street,
will be. held at Hillview
Seventh-day Adventist
Church, Tonique Williams-
Darling Highway, on Sunday
at 1:00 p.m. Officiating will
be Pastor Peter Joseph,

assisted by other Elders of the Church. Interment follows
in Old Trail Cemetery, Old Trail Road.












Left ‘6 cherish his memories are his wife, Ivy Ferguson;
4 daughters, 1 predeceased him Aisha Joseph; Sophia
Strachan, Katrina Rolle and Alexandria Joseph; 4 step
children, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Brown, Jermaine and
Jerome Donaldson; 6 brothers, Theophilus Ferguson Sr.,
Mark Anthony, Samuel and Kendal Joseph, Barry and
Sterlin Moss; 1 sister, Linda Marshall; 11 grandchildren,
Shermanda, Sherman and Shermaine Woodside, Jeffery
and Javon Woodside, Anthon Miller, Shervontae Rolle,
Terrance and Terran Curtis, Bruniesha and Bruce Sears
Jr.; 1 great granddaughter, Alexcia Rahming; 2 sons-
in- ‘law, Shervin Rolle and Kenric Strachan; 1 brother-
in-law, Ivan Marshall; 3 sisters-in-law, Jody and Ann
Joseph and Sharon Moss; 27 nieces, 28 nephews; 4 aunts,

Harriett Paul, Hilda, Selma and Bertha Joseph; 2 uncles,

Alfred and Leroy Paul; 1 stepson-in-Iaw, Allan Cooper;

numerous other relatives and friends including, Vera
and Willis Stubbs and family, Merlene Stubbs, Dianna
Evans, Edvern Thompson, Charlie Miller, the staff of
Tony's Cabinet, Top Class Security, Wellington Street
Crew, Dunmore Street crew, Terrance Curtis Sr., Broquell
Poitier and family, Sybie and family, Suzette Johnson,
Sybil Archer, Georgianna Kemp, Real Harvest Church
family, Pastor Peter Joseph, Elder Vernal Rolle, Lester
Rahming, Oscar, Andy and many more too numerous to
mention.






























Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's Funeral
Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on
Saturday and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and
at the church from 12:00 p.m. until service time.


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il By LLOYD ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter



FALLEN police officer Ramos
‘Bill’ Williams was honored by family
and friends on Wednesday with the
placing of a wreath and Bahamian
‘lag at the scene of his murder.

His brother Devon Williams said
although it has been a year since the
officer's death, reality has s

sunk in for the family.

Devon and two officers who serve

Hill not one of

out.

Mr Williams said the ceremony was
an attempt to help bring closure to
the episode for his family and to
broadcast the message: “no violence”.

He said the death of his brother ig
most felt by his mother, who is still
grieving over the loss of her youngest »



son.

with his brother erected the memori- _ ble fellow”.

al in a private parking lot

day, Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed re

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descended from the island’s eastern mountains, where they waged a guerrilla war against government
troops. Cuba will celebrate on Jan. 1, 2009 the 50th anniversary of the triumph of the revolution.



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bels took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution’s anniversary Thursday with toned-down fes-
tivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes and under:the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

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perform during the 50th anniversary celebration of the
Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago, Cuba Thursday
Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels took pow-
er, Cuba celebrated the revolution’s anniversary Thursday with
toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes
and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

THE TRIBUNE


















DELROY CHRISTIE and Rodari Francis pictured next to a wreath the / erected in
memory of fallen police officer Ramos Williams. Both men were on patrol with
Williams when he was killed. 8





THE President of Cuba, Raul Castro speaks during the 50th anniversary
celebration of the Cuban Revolution at the main plaza in Santiago,
‘Cuba, Thursday Jan. 1, 2009. Fifty years after triumphant armed rebels

took power, Cuba celebrated the revolution’s anniversary Thursday
with toned-down festivities following a trio of devastating hurricanes
and under the enduring public absence of an ailing Fidel Castro.

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RESIDENTS stand in front of a wall painting depicting Cuban revolutionary heroes in Havana, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008.
Cuba will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1959 revolution on Jan. 1, 2009.



AN ILLUMINATED image of Cuba’s Argentine-
born revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara
hangs in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana,
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008.





fa CAIRO, Egypt
Associated Press

* THOUSANDS protested Fri-
Jay against Israel’s air offen-
sive targeting’ Hamas at demon-
stralions in the Middle East,
\sia, Africa, Europe and South
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Similar protests have been
held daily across the Middle
(ast since Israel launched the
bombing campaign last Satur-
at these gatherings held

ay

mostly after Friday prayers
were larger — mainly because
Friday prayers are a traditional
gathering opportunity for Mus-
lims — and seemed to be more
far-reaching in the number of
countries where protests
occurred.

The Israeli offensive has
killed more than 400 Palestini-

ans and sparked outrage among

the Arab public. Israel says its
offensive is aimed at silencing
Hamas rockets.

In Tehran, a crowd of about
6,000 stretching for a half-mile
(kilometer) marched from
prayers at Tehran University to
Palestine Square, chanting
“Death to Israel” and “Death to
America” and burning Israeli
flags.

Manouchehr Mottaki warned
Israel that entering Gaza “by
land will be the biggest mistake
of the Zionist regime.”

Iran is a major backer of

Iranian Foreign Minister

Hamas, which controls the Gaza

Strip, giving it millions of dol-
lars. The U.S. and Israel accuse
Iran of giving weapons and
rockets to Hamas, though
Tehran denies arming Hamas.
In Egypt, authorities clamped
down hard to prevent protests
Friday. Hundreds of riot police
surrounded Cairo’s main Al-
Azhar Mosque, where a rally
had been called, and scuffled
with would-be protesters, keep-
ing most from approaching.

Police also arrested 40 mem-
bers of the opposition Muslim
Brotherhood that called for
protests.

More than 3,000 people
marched in the northern Sinai
city of el-Arish.

Many governments in the
Arab world such as Egypt have
been wary about protests at
home over Israel’s Gaza assault
lest the protests spiral out of
control.

In Jordan, police fired volleys

uslims around the world protest Gaza assault

of tear gas and scuffled with
protesters who tried to reach
the Israeli Embassy in Amman.
A few of the protesters threw
stones at police, but the securi-
ty forces dispersed the group,
arresting several.

About 30,000 Jordanians
gathered at a stadium in
Amman shouting their support
for Gaza and calling for the
abolition of the Jordanian-
Isracli peace treaty signed in

1994,
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THE

TRIBUNE

PAGE 9



SATURDAY,
=

JANUARY

BLAST FROM THE PAST’

Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

WHILE searching our archive for pictures of the late Warren
Kevin ‘Eyes’ Ford and Phil ‘Smoker’ Smith, I ran across a num-
ber of photographs of players that you wouldn’t believe if you saw
‘them back inthe day...

That has prompted the Sports section to come up with the

idea of running a weekly feature i in The Tribune called “Blast

from the Past.”

The first issue will be published today and will becomé a fea-
tured special every Saturday.

In the segment, we will showcase players hom yesteryear,
some of whom you will immediately identify and some you will
probably be surprised to see.

The Bahamas has been blessed with talented players in just
about every, ‘sport —on the local and international scene. _

Through this segment, we hope to relive some of those glory:

days.

We hope that you will find the segment both interesting and
informative. Let us know what you think and anything else that
we:can do to further enhance our Sports page.

You can contact our department through bstubbs@tribune-

media.net or bstubbo@yahoo.com or rdorsett@tribunemedia.net. —

In this first issue, it’s quite fitting that we put some of the
spotlight on the Ford brothers as we as a country pay our tribute
to the late ‘Eyes’ Ford, who is expected to be buried today.

In our photo above, Eddie Ford is being hoisted in the air bya
jubilant Del Jane fan after he secured the winning feat on the
mound over St Bernard’s in the Bahamas Baseball Association’ s



3, 2009

@ By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

Imost four months since the
infamous gesture was made,
female bodybuilder Lorraine
LaFleur has broken her
silence and is speaking out.

Not only is she apologising for what she
claimed was.an unfortunate misunder-
standing, but she’s also taking exception to
an award that she was presented with by

- another local media house.

At the 36th Central American and:

Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness
Championships on September 28 at the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal
Palace Casino, LaFleur stormed off the
stage when it was announced that she was
fifth in the women’s 55 kiloclass division.

What transpired afterwards drew nation-
al attention as LaFleur refused to shake
the hand of IBFF’s vice-president Javier
Pollick and she threw her hands up in dis-
gust, many claiming that she pointed her
two middle fingers at the judges as she left.

In October, the host Bahamas Body-
building and Fitness Federation, headed
by Danny Sumner, handed down a three-
year suspension to LaFleur.

Yesterday, however, LaFleur finally
broke her silence, prompted by a “Donkey
Award” that she was listed as receiving
from the Nassau Guardian in one of their
year-end articles.

“I would like to apologise, first of all to
my country, team-mates and other inter-
national bodies that were present at the
CAC Championships,” LaFleur stated.

“T allowed my emotions to get the best of
me when I walked off the stage and for
that, I’m truly sorry for the embarrass-







LORRAINE LaFLEUR has apologised for her .

unsportsmanlike conduct at CAC Bodybuilding
and Fitness Championships last year...

ment.”

She emphatically stated that “at no time
did I raise any finger, neither did I use any
profanity at the judges as reported earlier
in press releases.”

Wee
& Pyddel:











Peyton
Manning
voted AP’s
NFL MVP...

See page 10




LaFleur, a personal fitness trainer, said
she had decided to let the matter rest until
she had received a reply from her appeal to
the federation.

But LaFleur said she was fed up when
someone pointed out the segment of the
Nassau Guardian’s article by Sheldon Lon-
gley on December 29 that indicated that
she was given the “Donkey Award” for
her uncharacteristic behaviour.

“I think it’s a shame that the Nassau
Guardian, being such a large and well-
known establishment, allow the reporter,
who obviously is in serious need of atten-

' tion, to make this establishment look so
' unprofessional and desperate.

“What kind of a gentleman gives an ath-
lete (and a female athlete at that) an award
of that nature. Would you give your moth-
er or sister that kind of award?”

LaFleur said if the reporter had intend-
ed to “belittle or provoke me,” it didn’t
work. She noted that she had made a major
improvement in, her life and has moved on
since the incident.

“Tronically, this has made a positive turn-
around, in that so many people are com-
plimenting me on my strength and level
of maturity in handling this situation.

“T have gained the respect of those who
had thought I might retaliate and stoop

‘down to your level, but I wouldn’t go that

low.”

LaFleur warned that “we are all human
and have flaws” and as such “are punished
for our mistakes and we move on.”

Declining to accept the award, LaFleur
in turn said that anyone who should get
the award, it should be Longley because
“this is a floating trophy that you won five
years.in a row. So congratulations, Mr Lon-
gley, you get to keep the ‘Super Donkey’
achievement award.”

Rolle sharpening skills for Futures Tour

& By BRENT-STUBBS

won't get started until-March,





regular season action.

The game was played on Tuesday, September 17, 1975, at the

Queen Elizabeth Sports Center.

Can you identify the persons on the left and right walking off

the field?

Back in the day, baseball was one of the more vibrant sports
played in the country. There was hardly any sitting room at the
stadium, especially when these two teams clashed.

By the way, have you noticed how the sport has declined local-

ly over the last two decades).

Senior Sports Reportér
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

SHE’S one of two Bahamian
players who have survived the
cut and is scheduled to play on
the Ladies Professional Golf
Association’s Duramed Futures
Tour.

While the tour across the US



Murray dominates Federer again

ABU DHABI, United
Arab Emirates (AP) — Andy -

Murray dominated Roger
Federer again, beating the 13-
time Grand Slam title winner
4:6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) Friday in the
semifinals of the Capitala
World Tennis Championship.

The exhibition event, which
is not part of the ATP Tour,
features six of the top 10 play-
ers and offers a winner-take-
all prize of $250,000. Murray
will play top-ranked Rafael
Nadal, who defeated Nikolay
Davydenko 6-2, 6-3.

Murray entered the exhi-
bition with a 4-2 record over
Federer. He lost to Federer
in the U.S. Open final, then
beat the Swiss star in three
sets at the Madrid Masters in
October and the Masters Cup
in Shanghai in November.
., "Lhave realized that I will
win some and lose some,"
Federer said. "As long as I
enjoy the game, I don't mind

the losses. But I surely want -

to win the big games."

‘Murray said he wants to
defeat Federer when -it
- counts,



ANDY MURRAY returns the ball
to Switzerland's Roger Federer
during the 2nd day of Capitala
World Tennis Championship in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
yesterday...

(AP Photo: Kamran Jebreili)

"We .had some close
matches in the past. He beat
me in the U.S. Open last year,
but hopefully I will beat him
at a Grand Slam," Murray
said.

Federer broke Murray in
the first game before drop-
ping serve in the fifth. In the



10th game, a backhand win-
ner from Federer and a dou-
ble-fault by Murray eaded the
set.

In the second set, “Murray
broke Federer in the open-
ing game and _ rallied from
three game points down in
the third to take a 3-0 lead.
Though Murray lost serve in
the sixth game, he broke back
to even the match.

Federer attempted to serve
and volley, but was often,

beaten as he approached the

net.

In the third set before a
crowd of 5,000, Murray broke
in the third and fifth games
but lost his serve in the sixth.

Federer saved three match
points to rally to 6-6 in the
ti¢breaker, but Murray
clinched it when the second-
ranked Swiss star sailed a
return long.

Nadal dropped his opening
serve in the second game but
reeled off the next six games.
Davydenko hung on in the
second set but was broken in
the sixth game and Nadal
closed out the match.

Georgette Rolle has been busy
here at home sharpening up
her game. Before she heads to
Florida to play in a few Sun

Coast tournaments this month.

In addition to hosting her
first Junior Golf Mentoring
Camp last month -at the
Bahamas Golf Federation’s
Driving Range at the Baillou
Hills Sporting Complex in

December, Rolle also made her .

presence felt at the season
opening. tournament on
Wednesday at:the Cable Beach
Golf Club.

But Rolle, who teamed up
with Bahamas Professional
Golf Association’s president
Glen Pratt, said she’s looking
forward to participating when
the tour gets underway in
Lakeland, Florida.

“Things are going fine,” said

‘Rolle, who noted that she has

spent a lot of time in her men-
tal. and physical game. “So I’m

‘looking forward to great

things.”
The 2002 Augustine’s Col-

' lege graduate, who went on to

shine at Texas Southern Uni-
versity in Houston, Texas, will

join Raquel Riley, who also

graduated from the Qualifying
School in November.

“It’s good to have two of us
out there,” Rolle reflected. “It
speaks well for the Junior Pro-
gramme because we now have
some professionals coming out
of it. Hopefully as the pro-
gramme continues to evolve,

. we will have more and more

golfers who are interested in
making it. a professional
career.”

As for Rolle, who got her
Bachelor’s degree in biology
and is currently pursuing her
Masters, said she still has some
fihe tuning to do before she

\



GEORGETTE ROLLE is scheduled to play on the Ladies Professional
Golf Association’s Duramed Futures Tour...

goes on the tour.

“T need to work on my
putting and my mental game,”
she insisted. “But I’ve also been

working out, trying to stay in’
_ tip top shape so that I can be

ready when I go on the tour.”

Bahamas Golf Federation’s
president Glenn Archer had
nothing but praise for the 23-
year-old golfer.

“We are extremely pleased
with what Georgette has been
able to achieve,” Archer stated.
“She’s one of those persons
who emerged out of our junior
programme and the opportu-
nity was granted to her because
of her dedication to the game.’

“She was able to get a schol-
arship and was able to execute
her athletic’ prowess, so we are
extremely proud of her
progress. But I’m going to be a
little biased and say that she is
a member of one of our local
clubs, Synturions, so we have
seen her come up in the ranks.”

Archer, whose association is
preparing for the upcoming
season, is urging more of the
local clubs to lend their sup-

port to the aspiring junior play-

ers because they will never
know how far they will eventu-

ally go in the sport.
“We have pledged our assis-
tance, we have given-her our

- assistance and we will continue

to give her our assistance,” said
Archer, noting that the BGF
will also do their part in helping
her out. ©

Pratt, who was impressed
with Rolle’s level of play in the
tournament, said she definitely
has the potential to become a
“superstar” on the LPGA.

“It’s going to take the

-Bahamas Professional Associ-

ation and it’s going to take the
Bahamas Golf Federation for
us to come up with a plan to
keep her and others out there,”
Pratt lamented.

“It’s not going to be easy for
her. She may go one, two or
even three years before she
makes her break through
because that’s how golf works.
There’s no quick fix. But she
has the potential to be a super-
star.”

Anyone wishing to make a
contribution for the next two
years, which will include regis-
tration fees, hotel, travel, club
repair, equipment and appar-
el, can contact Rolle at:
gkwrolle@hotmail.com

WBA reviewing Valuev's win over Holyfield

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The
WBA is reviewing Nikolai Valuev’s
win over Evander Holyfield by major-
ity decision in a December 20 heavy-
weight title bout.

The organisation says in a statement
on its Web site dated Monday that it
has ordered a panel of judges to study
the video of the fight. The WBA says it

“always cares about and respects the
fans’ and the media’s opinion.”

One judged scored the bout in
Switzerland a draw while the others
had Valuev winning 116-112 and 115-
114. The 46-year-old Holyfield was
attempting to become the oldest heavy-
weight to win a major belt. The 7-foot

Valuev is the tallest and heaviest cham-

pion. Valuev likely ended Holyfield's
last chance at winning a fifth heavy-
weight title, narrowly defending his
WBA title by majority decision.

The 46-year-old American, attempt-
ing to become the oldest heavyweight
to win a major belt, started the fight by
moving around the ring to neutralize
Valuev's long reach advantage. The 7-
foot Russian, the tallest and heaviest
champion ever, struggled to close down
Holyfield early but began asserting his
jab as Holyfield tired.

One judged scored the bout a draw,
while the others had Valuev winning
116-112 and 115-114. "Of course I am
disappointed," Holyfield said. "I
thought I had done enough to get the

“putting his health at risk by fighting at

win. Now I have to go home and think
about my future."

Holyfield (42-10-2) had not fought
since losing a one-sided decision to
then-WBO champion Sultan Ibragi-
mov over a year ago, and was much
criticized for this latest comeback
attempt. Some critics suggested he was

such an advanced age. Still, the "Real
Deal" appeared in great shape for the
fight and was never seriously hurt by
Valuev (51-1), who has avoided the
top heavyweights and did little to
improve his standing in the division.
He was vulnerable.to Holyfield's right
hooks, many of which landed, even if
the Russian also was never stunned.



NIKOLAI VALUEV (left) takes a punch from Evander Holyfield during WBA heavyweight
world championship fight at the Hallenstadion, in Zurich, Switzerland, December 20...

(AP Photo: Matthias Schrader)
PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 38, 2009



INTERNATIONAL SPORTS

%

Peyton
Manning
voted
AP’s NFL
MVP

@ By BARRY WILNER
AP Fooiball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Pey-
ton Manning can tell Brett
‘Favre to move over and make
room for him atop the roster of
NFL Most Valuable Players.

For the third time, Manning
won the award by The Associ-
ated Press, tying Favre as the
only players in that elite cate-
gory.

The Indianapolis Colts quar-
terback was a landslide winner
Friday in balloting by a nation-
wide panel of 50 sports writers
and broadcasters who cover the
NFL. Manning also was the
league MVP in 2003, when he
shared it with Tennessee quar-
terback Steve McNair, and in
2004.

Favre, then with Green Bay,
took MVP honours in 1995 and
'96 before sharing it with
Detroit running back Barry
Sanders in 1997, -

"IT know it's an individual
award, but ... truly, in my opin-
ion, a team award," said Man-
ning, who received 32 votes, far
ahead of Miami quarterback
Chad Pennington (4) and
Atlanta running back Michael
Turner (4).

"It's been the most reward-
ing regular season that I've been
a part of in my 11 years, and I
have to believe a lot of the oth-
er players and even coaches
might feel the same way."

This has been a most unusual
season for the Colts, who nor-
mally have the AFC South just



ing. Manning had two opera-
tions on his left knee in the pre-
season, cutting into practice
time, blunting his usual preci-
sion as a passer and, eventually,

‘leading to a 3-4 start.

From there, with Manning
getting sharper by the week, the
Colts won nine straight games
to secure a wild-card berth and
a meeting Saturday night with
San Diego.

In that streak, Manning is
209-of-290 for 2,248 yards and

17 touchdowns, with only three :

interceptions. He extended his
NFL record with his ninth

4,000-yard season and finished
with 27 touchdown passes, 12
interceptions and a 95.0 passer
rating.

Manning called the award
emblematic of what others,
including owner Jim Irsay, pres-
ident Bill Polian and coach
Tony Dungy, did to help rally
the Colts from a 3-4 start to
make the playoffs for a seventh
straight season.

"T really accept this award on
behalf of the team and the
organisation because there is
no way we would be in the play-
offs and bounced back without

those three people creating a
winning environment," he said.
The folks in Indianapolis
might take for granted having
Manning behind center, just as
Packers and now Jets fans have
assumed Favre would be there
every week. Favre has started
269 straight regular-season
games, the record for quarter-
backs. Manning's string is 176
— every game since he was the
No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft.
"In other years, everything
started fast," Colts running back
Dominic Rhodes said. "He's
still breaking records. But this

year, there were a bunch of neg-
ative things said in the begin-
ning, and he brought his best
when we needed his best.

"This is probably the best ball
I've seen him play."

Tony Dungy would agree.
The Colts' coach said several
times he favoured Pittsburgh
linebacker James Harrison for
MVP — Harrison tied with
Minnesota RB Adrian Peter-

’ son with three votes. But after

Manning's flawless work in the
second half of the season,
Dungy, while admittedly biased,
changed his mind.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS quarterback
Peyton Manning looks to pass the
ball in this November 2, 2008 file
photo during a game against the
New England Patriots. Manning can
tell Brett Favre to move over and
make room for him atop the roster
of NFL Most Valuable Players. For
the third time, Manning won the
award by The Associated Press,
tying Favre as the only players in
that elite category...

(AP Photo: Darron Cummings)

"I said after we left Pittsburgh
(on Nov. 9) that I would vote
for James Harrison," Dungy
noted this week. "If I was voting
today, I'd vote for Peyton Man-
ning."

A vast majority of the voters

_ did.

Also receiving votes were San
Diego QB Philip Rivers (2),
Tennessee rookie RB Chris
Johnson (1) and Arizona QB
Kurt Warner (1).

"I'm honoured to receive this
award because of the number
of other worthy candidates who
had some great years," Man-
ning said. "It was just fun for
me, truly, to watch them. I'm
just glad to be a part of it."



about clinched by Thanksgiv-



By The Associated Press:



‘GEORGE Karl remembers getting
carried off the court after clinching his
first playoff berth: He settled for an
ovation and a cold beverage after
another milestone.

Karl earned his 900th victory
Wednesday night when the Denver

- Nuggets beat the:Toronto Raptors
114-107. He is 10th on the career wins
list, still around long after he figured
he'd be out of the league.

"IT never thought I'd get this far,"
Karl said. "I thought I'd probably
coach a few years of pro-ball and
wear out my welcome and go coach in
college and wear out my welcome
and go coach in high school and wear

‘out my welcome and end up in junior
college or junior high somewhere."

Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups -

said the Nuggets gave Karl a
postgame ovation.

"That's an amazing feat," Billups
said. "I can't imagine. That's a lot of
basketball. You reach a milestone
like that, you've got to be doing
something good."

In other NBA games, it was: Orlan-
.do 113, Chicago 94; Detroit 83, New
Jersey 75; Houston 85, Milwaukee
81; Oklahoma City 107, Golden State
100; and Philadelphia 100, the Los
Angeles Clippers 92.

Nene scored 21 points for Denver,
and Carmelo Anthony added 20.
Billups had 18 points, J.R. Smith 16
and Kenyon Martin 15.

_ Anthony was less than 6 months
old when Karl earned his first win as
Cleveland's coach in 1984.

"T don't remember it," Anthony
joked. "I didn't see the highlights.
They might show them tonight."

Karl started 2-19 that season, then

finished 34-27 to make the playoffs. |

"My favourite story is, after we
clinched the playoffs, Lonnie Shel-
ton and World B. Free picked me up
and put me on their shoulders and
carried me off the court," Karl said.
"I'd never seen a pro coach put on
their shoulders. It was a pretty incred-
ible ride." ,

Karl, who sauntered out of the
locker room with a can of beer in his
hand, planned to keep a game ball
as a memento of the win. "I'm not a
champagne guy," Karl said. "I'm a
beer guy and some'red wine, but I
think it's Coors Light tonight. Beer
after a win tastes like champagne."

Andrea Bargnani.scored 26 points
and Chris Bosh added 24 points and
11 rebounds, but the Raptors lost for
the 13th time in 17 games. With
Toronto's playoff hopes fading, Bosh
hoped for greater success in 2009.

"I wish we could wipe the slate
clean to be honest with you," Bosh
said. "I wish we could start over. We
definitely have a challenge ahead of
us."







TORONTO RAPTORS forward Jamario Moon (33) watches as teammate Chris Bosh (left) blocks Nuggets forward Dahntay Jones
(30) as he drives to the hoop during the first half of Wednesday's game in Toronto...

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Pistons 83, Nets 75 k
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Allen Iver-

son scored 19 points and Tayshaun |

Prince added 16 to help under-
manned Detroit win its fifth straight
game.

Both teams lost key players dur-
ing the game. New Jersey's Vince
Carter was ejected after arguing a
second-quarter call with referee Der-
rick Stafford, and Rasheed Wallace
didn't play in the second half after
injuring his foot in the first quarter.

Rookie Brook Lopez led the Nets
with 23 points and 12 rebounds in
their lowest-scoring game of the sea-
son.



Magic 113, Bulls 94

At Chicago, Rashard Lewis set the
tone by scoring 16 of his 21 points in
the first half and Orlando rolled to its
eighth win in nine games.

Hedo Turkoglu added 18 points.
Dwight Howard scored 15, and the
Southeast Division leaders came
through with a dominant perfor-
mance after their seven-game win
streak ended in a six-point loss at
Detroit on Monday.

Joakim Noah had a season-high 19,;
points and 11 rebounds, but Chica
shot just 42 per cent. Derrick Rosgi:
had a rough afternoon, finishing wit ne
just 11 points and no assists.




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Rockeis 88, Bucks 81.

Yao Ming had 22 points and 10
rebounds for:Houston, and Luis Sco-
la added 11 points and 10 boards.

Ron "Artest had 15 points and
reserve ‘Carl Landry added 14 as the
Rockets beat the Bucks for the eighth
straight time, bouncing back from an
embarrassing loss to Washington on
Monday.

Michael Redd scored 20, Richard
Jeffersgn had 16 and Luke Ridnour
dished out 1h, assists for the Bucks,

| who've lost nine consecutive games in
Houston.

aptors

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, January 3

New Orleans at Denver (9 pm
EST). The Southwest Division-
leading Hornets have won three
straight. The Nuggets lead the
Northwest Division.

SAVE THE DATE |
There were no NBA games on
Thursday.

SCORING

Miami's Dwyane Wade leads
the NBA in scoring with a 28.7
average. Cleveland's LeBron
James was second at 27.8, followed
by the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe
*Bryant at 26.3.

STREAKS
Atlanta has won six straight to
improve to 21-10. Detroit has won

- five in a row.





Thunder 107, Warriors 100

At Oklahoma City, Jeff Gréen
scored 26 points and Kevin Durant
added 25 in the Thunder's fourth vic-
tory of the season.

Green scored 18 in the second half
for the Thunder, who. got. 23 points
from reserve Chris. Wilcox. Durant
recorded his fifth double-double of
the season, adding 10: rebounds and
Six assists. 4 s

Golden State shot 54 per cent from
the field in the opening half, but failed
to make a field goal in the first 5 min-
utes of the third quarter, allowing
Oklahoma City to take control of the
game. Kelenna Azubuike had a sea-
son-high 24 points for the Warriors.

76ers 100, Clippers 92

At Los Angeles, Andre Iguodala
had 28 points, seven rebounds and
seven assists, and Philadelphia
snapped a four-game losing streak.

Al Thornton scored 24 points for
the Clippers, who lost their fifth in a
row.

The pairing of Elton Brand's for-
mer and current teams lost its luster
with Brand not making the trip. The
former Clippers star is out for a
month with a dislocated right shoul-
der.

Eric Gordon added 21 points and
Marcus Camby had 16 points and 17
rebounds for the Clippers, who fell
apart after tying the game with 3 min-
utes remaining.










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GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, Colin Callender and Sir Cyril Fountain were honoured by the Bahamas Bar Association at its annual Christmas
luncheon held at Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on the December 19. Pictured (left to right) - Wayne Munroe, president of BBA; Sir Cyril Fountain,
_ former acting chief justice and former partner in the Law Firm of Cash, Fountain and Bowe; Attorney General and Senator Michael Barnett, Governor
General Arthur Hanna; Colin Callender managing partner in the law firm Callenders & Co. Mr Callender was called to the Bahamas Bar on the August

24, 1962 and was presented by J Henry Bostwick. Sir Cyril Fountain was called to the Bahamas Bar-on the February 26, 1963. He was presented by
Neville Smith. ‘



COUNCIL MEM-
BERS: Jeanine
Weech-Gomez,
Dennis Gomez and
- Co; Monique
Gomez, of Gomez
and Co; Rachel Cul-
mer, Knowles, McK-
ay and Culmer; and
Sidney Cambridge,
Calienders and Co.

RICHARD LIGHT-.
BOURNE, McKinney,
Bancroft and
Hughes; Emerick
Knowles, Alexiou,
Knowles and Co;
and Brian Moree,
McKinney, Bancroft
and Hughes.

RETIRED Justice
Rubie Nottage;
Kendal Nottage, for-
mer minister of
Sports and Culture
and senior partner
in Nottage, Miller
and Co; Appellate
Court Justice
Emmanuel Osade-
bay; and Attorney
Staphanie Unwala,
partner in Unwala
and Co and member
of the Disciplinary
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DANCING: Justice Stephen Isaacs and Deputy Registrar Tabitha
Cumberbatch.



TARA ARCHER, Higgs and Johnson; and Andrew O’Brien, Glinton,
O’Brien and Sweeting.

RECENTLY appointed Appellate Court Justice Christopher Blackman
and Acting Deputy Registrar Deidre Clarke-Maycock.