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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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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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Man faces NINE child sex charges

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday for allegedly having sexual
intercourse with nine young boys.

Navardo Johnson, 29, was charged with
nine counts of alleged sexual intercourse
with a minor and one count of indecent

assault. Court documents allege that Johnson
assaulted the boys between January, 2007,
and August, 2009. It is claimed the youngsters
were between the ages of seven to 14.
Johnson, who was charged before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One,

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Our pets?

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THIS is starved and sickly pit bull pot-

cake Lola. Just hours after this photo-
graph was taken at the government dog

pound ... she was killed.

Lola was one of 45 dogs collected by
the canine control unit this week and
euthanised yesterday morning in time for
their carcasses to be collected by envi-
ronmental health services for disposal, as

they are every Friday.

Lola was one of tens of thousands of

strays who roam the streets of Nassau
without food, water or shelter, to their

great suffering and at a risk to public

health.

Former union president upset
by office manager’s ‘despair’

ESTRANGED former
president of the Airport Air-
line and Allied Workers
Union Nelerene Harding says
she is disturbed by reports
that an office manager who
served under her leadership
is on the verge of suicide and
pleading for assistance for her
daughter after being caught
up in the middle of union in-
fighting.

In yesterday’s Tribune, 29-
year-old Krystal Barry told
how she and her daughter
Rayven’s quality of life has
plunged since she lost her job
at the union earlier this year

following a dispute between
executives.

Former Secretary General
Anthony Bain claims he is
now president of the union,
in place of former president
Nelerene Harding, following
years of intra-union strife.

Ms Barry claims she is
owed around $26,000 by the
organisation for her five years
of service, but has got nothing
as the Department of Labour
claims it cannot act to settle
the matter until it knows who

SEE page 11

Staff at the canine control unit say their
numbers are increasing as the poor econ-
omy and high rate of unemployment has
left owners unable to care for their pets,

SEE page 12

Christie ‘against any move
to oppose Moss nomination’

PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday said he would be against
any amendment to the party’s constitution that would sup-
port any effort to oppose leadership contender Paul Moss
from nominating to challenge him.

“T would not support any effort to oppose his nomination on
a technical point. ’ve heard about some attempt to stop Moss
from running but God almighty, when the day comes that Per-
ry Christie would have to rely on technical intervention (to
remain leader of the party), by God, I should go,” he told The
Tribune. Mr Christie was responding to claims from some

SEE page 11

As Monday is Discovery Day, there

will be no Tribune until Tuesday.



Bank Lane, Nassau, had no lawyer present
and was not allowed to enter a plea.

The prosecutor in the case objected to bail
on the grounds there may be more alleged
victims who may come forward, and argued
that Johnson may interfere with witnesses.

Hill.

LOLA, who was put down yesterday afternoon.

Johnson, of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, was
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison in Fox

The case was transferred to Court 10 and
adjourned to October 16 for a fixture date
and a bail hearing.



Bahamasair probes claims
of passengers left stranded

BAHAMASAIR is inves-
tigating claims that the down-
sizing of flights into San Sal-
vador has left ticketed pas-
sengers stranded.

In a letter sent to The Tri-
bune, frustrated traveller Gar-
nell Williams — a resident of
San Salvador — complained
that her return to her home-
town has been delayed sever-
al times because the airline
has started using smaller
planes on its routes to the
family island.

Ms Williams, who is stay-
ing with relatives in New
Providence, said she missed



NASSAU AND BAHAM/

ISLANDS? LEADING NEWSPAPER

her scheduled flight to the
island on Sunday and has no
guarantee of getting home this
week because all of the
remaining flights into the
island are full.

"My only recourse is to go
to the airport every day on
stand-by. I've done that, but
so far without success,” said
Ms Williams, who added that
she has to bear the cost of
round-trip travel by taxi to the
airport from the Fox Hill area.

"Right now Bahamasair

SEE page 11



PAGE 2, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



WORKER’S PARTY TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT

Hundreds expected to take
part in ‘pro- -hanging march’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

HUNDREDS of capital
punishment supporters are
expected to flood the streets
this Discovery Day holiday for
a "pro-hanging"” march.

Members of the Worker's
Party along with relatives and
friends of murder victims will
agitate for government to
resume the execution of pris-
oners on death row and deny
bail to those accused of vio-
lent crimes.

This comes at a time when
the fear of crime is spreading
among law abiding citizens
and "crazed criminals” are

roaming the streets, said Rod-
ney Moncur, leader of the
Worker's Party.

"The working class of this
country is being denied the



freedom
from fear of
earning a
decent
wage and
enjoying it.
We are liv-
ing in fear
Tommy of taking
Turnquest gut earn.
ings home

without being robbed and
killed on the way and we are
being denied the inalienable
right and freedom to enjoy the
fruits of our labour as crimi-
nals attack us in the stores, on
the streets, on our doorsteps
and even in the sanctity of our
homes," said Mr Moncur in a
statement released yesterday.
"The soaring crime rate is

a clear indication that this
nation is spiralling out of con-
trol. The escalating incidence
of mindless criminal activity

1S symptomatic of the fact that
this country is in a free-fall
into the abyss of hell, mayhem
and violence. All the indica-
tions suggest that we are head-
ing pell-mell towards being a
failed state," said Mr Moncur,
who organised several similar
marches last year.

Rulings

National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest has main-
tained that rulings by the Privy
Council have changed how the
Bahamas can carry out capital
punishment.

In 1993, a Privy Council rul-
ing decided that the death
penalty can not be carried out
if the prisoner in question has
been on death row for more
than five years; as a result the
sentence is automatically com-

muted to life imprisonment.

In 2006, the country's
mandatory death sentence was
abolished by the UK judicial
body as a breach of human
rights.

David Mitchell, executed in
January 2000, was the last per-
son to be hanged in the
Bahamas. According to pub-
lished reports, the Bahamas
has hanged 50 men since 1929;
five of them were hanged
under the Ingraham adminis-
tration; 13 were hanged under
the 25-year rule of the Pin-
dling government; and the
remainder were executed
between 1929 and 1967.

None were hanged during
the Christie administration,
between 2002 and 2007.

According to published
reports, there are 17 people
on death row at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.



"I vex because I purchased a microwave
from a major appliance store in January.
This is October and the microwave is not
working.

"They claim that they had a technician
check it out and it was hit by a power
surge, but nothing else in my house was hit
by a power surge. I think the microwave
was faulty. I spent $650 for the microwave
on a special order and they refuse to fix or
give me a new one, saying that the war-
ranty doesn't cover power surges."

— Frustrated

"I vex because police are allowing some
drivers to cover their licence plates with
‘protective’ plastic covers that completely
prevent the number being seen! This
makes no sense to me; why are these peo-
ple allowed to drive on the road? Suppose
they knock me down, commit a crime, or
do one hit-and-run. What I gone tell the
police? That a black car with plastic over
the licence plate do that drive by and
almost kill me? The slackness in this coun-
try got to stop, starting with some lazy,

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fat, dumb police who
can't enforce the sim-
plest laws."

— Concerned Citizen

I’m more than vexed.
Why does a letter post-
marked September 22
take until October 1 to
reach my post office box at the main post
office? If the people there don't want to
work, I say fire them all and give the job to
someone who is willing to do the job.
There is no excuse for laziness."

— Fed Up



"IT vex because half the time when I go
to drop mail off at the Shirley Street Post
Office mail slot, there are a bunch of
raggedy vagrants sprawled all over the
stairs. I don't even get out of my car! This
has been going on for years, has no one in

charge noticed?"

rity

— Vex at the lack of secu-

"I vex at what is go on at these gas sta-

tions, how they make the attendants come
in and pay for the gas while you in there
trying to get something out the conve-
nience store. I been to one gas station on
Thompson Boulevard one night round 11
pm — they had five people inside the
cashier's cage but in spite of that they was
unable to serve any customers because
they allowed the pump attendants to come
from outside, cutting in front of the line to
pay for gas first. I wonder if they ever
heard of customer service?”
— Sick and tired

"I am happy for the Bahamianisation
progress my Haitian neighbours are mak-
ing, because when they moved into the
neighbourhood, people called them
Augustine, then months later their friends
started hailing them as Justine and now
they are being called Johnson."

— Progress

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them to 328-2398.

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Christie accuses some PLP members

of ‘sensatio

FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said some mem-
bers of his party feed the press
sensational and “inaccurate”
information about the affairs
of the PLP.

Speaking with the media out-
side of Gambier House on Far-
rington Road Thursday night,
Mr Perry Christie strongly
denied that the party leader-
ship is attempting to deny any-
one the right to challenge him
at the upcoming PLP National
Convention, a stance he reiter-
ated yesterday (see story, page
1). “It is not true that we
intended as an organisation to
cause any resolution to be put
here this evening that may have
resulted in a candidate not
being able to contest the elec-
tion.

“My goodness me, I have
always believed that I am sup-
ported by the majority of the

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A BROKEN trans-
former was apparently to
blame for a blackout that
left the entire island of
New Providence without
power for between one
and four hours yesterday
morning.

The Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC)
issued a statement explain-
ing that at 8.35am, a
132,000 volt transformer
at the Clifton Pier Power
Station faulted.

The corporation said the
restoration process began
immediately and that elec-
tricity was restored to
some customers by
9.22am.

Supply to most cus-
tomers was restored by
llam, the statement said.

“The corporation apol-
ogises for any inconve-
nience caused,” it said.





Perry Christie

people that vote in the PLP
election. I believe that,” he said.

Mr Christie added that he
has no doubt the person set to
challenge him, attorney Paul
Moss, is a “credible candidate”.

However, he questioned how
Mr Moss could even think of
doing such a thing, when he is a
new member of the party and
hasn’t even made a speech in
the PLP’s hall.

“But that is how it is. The
constitution allows it to hap-
pen. He claims to have support.
He is representing St Cecilia,
therefore the constitution will
allow him to contest the elec-
tion. It means that I will be
challenged by him.

“Tt is also for me to say that it
is quite possible that another
or others will exercise their
right as they complete the
explorations they are now mak-
ing to determine whether I
should be challenged,” he said.

With this likely to be the only
convention the PLP will hold
before the next general elec-
tion, Mr Christie said that it will
be a “defining one” as many
members will use this opportu-
nity to “test themselves”.

“As Tindicated to ZNS in an
interview, that has some seri-
ous consequences. Because
when you contest me you are

ising’ party business

saying that I really should leave
public life. And if you do so
without even speaking to me
you are saying that I should do
so in the most undignified man-
ner. It therefore means I must
protect myself and make judg-
ments as to what is best for the
organisation as we go forward,”
he said. However, Mr Christie
said he has some good news for
the party.

“The good news is I am
going to win. The good news is
I am going to be the leader of
the PLP, and the good news is I
will competing for the prime
ministership of the Bahamas.

“And I believe the most
important point I can make is
that my party will be fully in
support of me moving forward
even unto the point when we
name the many candidates who
will be coming in for the first
time,” he said.

PM under pressure over Abaco power station

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

The attorney for Abaco residents disgruntled
about the heavy fuel burning power station being
built in their midst has called on Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to “put his money where his
mouth is” when it comes to climate change and
cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Fred Smith, a partner at law firm Callendar’s
and Co and attorney for a group of residents
that oppose the Wilson City power plant, yes-
terday “commended” Mr Ingraham for his com-
ments to the United Nation’s Summit on Cli-
mate Change but suggested that if he is truly
committed to preserving this country and the
world’s environmental future, Mr Ingraham
would cause a rethink of the Wilson City power
plant project and enact an environmental pro-
tection act that calls for limits on pollutants.

In a pre-recorded message to the September
Summit, attended by hundreds of world leaders
and diplomats on September 22, Mr Ingraham
described the “serious threat that climate change
poses to our economic viability, social develop-
ment and territorial integrity.”

He said the world, and particularly low-lying
states like the Bahamas, face “serious challenges”
as a result of climate change and called on coun-
tries to come to a global accord in Copenhagen,
Denmark in December that will involve “ambi-
tious, legally binding targets” to reduce the green-
house gas emissions that contribute to it.

Mr Ingraham told leaders that the Bahamas is

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“Rather than waiting or promoting interna-
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Is the era of big government fading?

WASHINGTON — In his State of the
Union address a little over 13 years ago,
President Bill Clinton proclaimed “the era of
big government” was over. After a year of
butting heads with the new Republican
majority in Congress, Clinton signaled a will-
ingness to change course and acknowledge
the message voters had sent in the 1994 mid-
term elections: time to trim the sails of Wash-
ington’s ambitions.

Yet when President Obama addressed his
first joint session of Congress earlier this
year, many believed big government was
back.

Economic turmoil, coupled with the new
power trifecta in Washington — Democrat-
ic control of the House, Senate and presi-
dency for the first time since 1993 —
breathed new life into Leviathan’s lungs.
The lack of aggressive remedies in Wash-
ington, the new president complained,
became an “excuse to transfer wealth to the
wealthy.” And during the Bush years, he
asserted, “regulations were gutted for the
sake of a quick profit.”

The Democrats’ resurgence coupled with
economic distress meant nothing was safe
from Washington’s reach. Banks, energy
companies, health care, the automobile
industry and even CEO pay, to name a few,
would now come under the control of White
House czars and activist lawmakers in Con-
gress. “Move fast,” Democratic operatives
warned. A good crisis is a terrible thing to
waste.

It took about two years for the curtain to
fall on Clinton’s era of big government. Oba-
ma’s may have ended sooner. A growing
body of evidence supports this contention.

Voter cynicism about the consequences
of Washington on steroids is one example. A
new survey by Democratic pollster Geoff
Garin, widely reported by the media last
week, underscores this point. When asked
“who” was helped most by recent govern-
ment economic policies, a majority said
“large banks” (62 per cent) and “Wall Street
investment companies” (54 per cent). Only
10 percent responded “my family/myself.”

Some say these data suggest the govern-
ment should do even more. “Politically,”
The New York Times wrote, “the poll does
a nice job of capturing one of the central
challenges for the White House and Democ-
rats in Congress. Voters do not think elect-
ed officials have done enough to mitigate
the damage from the recession.”

This assessment misses the point. It’s not
that they haven’t done enough. They’ve
done too much — or at least the wrong

things. Independent voters, who supported
Obama in 2008, are the best indicators here.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey regu-
larly asks a similar question: “Should the
government do more/Does it do too much?”
In February 2009, independents answered,
“do more” by a slim 46 per cent to 44 per
cent margin. By September 2009, those desir-
ing “more government” had slipped to a 21-
point deficit (35 per cent to 56 per cent).

Beliefs about regulation of business and
industry are also moving in an unexpected
direction. Given the financial meltdown and
charges that regulators were asleep at the
switch, you might expect voters to support
more rather than less government interven-
tion. Surprisingly, American attitudes, espe-
cially among swing voters, have shifted
towards less intervention. Last September,
for example, on the eve of the economic
collapse, 38 per cent of independents
responded that there was too much regula-
tion of business and industry. One year lat-
er, those numbers have risen to 50 per cent.

Growing doubts about Washington’s abil-
ity to solve the nation’s health care prob-
lems are another indication.

Several polls released in the last week,
including those by Fox News and Ras-
mussen, indicate support for the govern-
ment’s capacity to address this critical issue
has reached a new low.

Americans don’t deny the problem, just
Washington’s ability to fix it.

The prospects of bigger government are
stirring other worries. Rasmussen, for exam-
ple, also reported last week that for the first
time in two years, voters now place con-
cerns about “government ethics and cor-
ruption” slightly ahead of the economy. As
Washington tries to expand its role, Ameri-
cans’ suspicions about wrongdoing by public
officials goes up as well.

Taken together these indicators suggest
deep and growing unease with the size, scope
and direction of government in Washington
— especially among swing voters. Obama’s
saturation media coverage, reminding people
he and the Democrats in Congress are in
charge and unchecked is part of the reason.
Deeply divisive and highly partisan con-
gressional leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
D-Calif., are another.

Change in Washington may require an
intervening election next November.

Yet many Americans already are calling
for the end of big government ... again.

(This article was written by Gary Andres —
C.2009 Hearst Newspapers).



THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

Visit our website at www coh edu by

The College of The Bahamas
in conjunction with the United States Embassy

presents

a Small Island Sustainability Town Hall Meeting

with special guest speaker Jonathan Tourtellot,
Director of Sustainable Touriam
National Geographic Society &
Geoloursim Educator
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Topic: Sustainable Develapment Planning

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
6 p.m. - § p.m.
Performing Arts Centre
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus

The public is invited to attend,

Why banning tur-
tle catching is
misconceived

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Government is failing

to realise that The Bahamas is
a plural society, with both
Black and White citizens,
each having a separate cul-
ture. The Black citizens were
raised on farm produce and
the seafood products, and the
sea turtle are some of those
sea products. Banning the
catching of turtles is not the
answer, “Education is the
answer.” Let the people know
that whenever they find the
nest, leave some or all of the
eggs.
While our White citizens
prefer foods that are import-
ed, (meat, poultry, ham, eggs,
etc.) foods that are chemical-
ly laden, which may very well
cause cancer, our Black citi-
zens prefer sea foods, includ-
ing the turtle. When you ban
the catching of the turtle, you
are telling me, a Black per-
son and some Whites, to eat
the imports that are laden
with chemicals. You are also
saying to me, “It’s my way or
the highway.”

Turtles are not our nation-
al anything. The Marlin is our
national fish, yet every year,

My wor

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I got a Prepaid Visa credit
card from Bank of The
Bahamas International (BOB)
in August 2007.

Of course, at the time I did
not expect to be able to use it
on the island of (South) Andros
or anywhere else in The
Bahamas for that matter
because most Bahamian busi-
nesses, at that time, did not
have internet websites that
offer online purchasing services;
thus, any intent on using the
credit card required that one
walked into the actual place of
business to exact transactions.

Of course, I could not (and
still cannot) use the card at any
Automated Teller Machines
(ATM) in South Andros
because even though BOB has
been here for over 15 years
there are still no ATMs here.
The card did, however, come
in handy for making online pur-
chases from other countries and
I found it exceptionally conve-
nient for foreign travels.

I used the card to purchase
tickets and make hotel reser-
vations, rent cars, get food and
purchase all sorts of other stuff,
including CDs, printing supplies
and clothing. I was in love with
my Prepaid Visa Credit Card.

Fast forward two years later
and I am not as excited with
my credit card anymore, but
the problem with that is that it
is not the card or BOB’s fault. I
am frustrated because I still
cannot use the card online to
do business with the majority

LETTERS

letters@triobunemedia.net



foreign people come here and
slaughter them/all in the name
of sport, and nothing is said
about it.

When a Marlin is hooked, it
takes about six to eight hours
before that fish is landed.
Could you imagine the blood
lost, the pain, the agony, the
fright that fish goes through
and finally death? These are
the things you campaigners
should be seeking to ban.

It is wrong to desecrate our
National flag, it is wrong to
kill our National bird, the
flamingo, so why are the cam-
paigners not fighting for a ban
on the destruction of our
National fish? Turtles are not
our National anything. Let’s
make sense. Let’s wipe the
slate clean. You want to ban
the turtles, then let’s ban the
slaughtering of our National
fish. We must stop allowing
foreigners to dictate to us
what we should pass laws on.
Tt will only sow seeds of crim-
inal behaviour among our

of Bahamian companies. Sure,
I can purchase tickets from
Bahamasair but South Andros
is not one of Bahamasair’s des-
tinations. I can make hotel
reservations online but only to
the fancy and more expensive
properties on the Cable Beach
strip and Paradise Island.

Until recently, I could pay
my phone bill and purchase
phone cards online but the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited (BTC) had
to shut the system down
because crooks and shysters
compromised the process; so
that little convenience was
stripped away and there’s no
telling when it is going to be
reinstated. Today, the BOB
Visa Prepaid Credit Card that
should help to make my life
easier on the Family Island is a
worthless piece of plastic where
I need it to be most worthwhile.

Is it asking too much if I want
to be able to go online to pay
my utility bills (telephone, elec-
tricity and water)?

In this day and age Family
Islanders who shop wholesale
in New Providence should be
able to go online to websites
from the different major food-
stores and wholesale outlets to
purchase grocery, cleaning and
other supplies and have them
shipped to the mail boat of
their choice.

The same goes for other
businesses that sell computers,
furniture, building supplies and
other essentials.

I should be able to go online
to a Commonwealth Bank web-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that

ELIZABETH CHERENFANT

of ST. JAMES ROAD, P.O. BOX SS-19753, 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 10th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA ILYSSE JEAN
BAPTISTE of CARMICHAEL, 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 October, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that Ideniel Jean Baptiste of
CARMICHAEL, 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 October, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



people.

It seems that we took
advice from a few White men
in England (the Privy Coun-
cil) not to hang anyone. As a
result, look at what is hap-
pening in our country today.
Criminals are killing as
though it’s a 9am - Spm job.
We are now taking more
advice from a few campaign-
ers, some foreigners and
maybe some Bahamians who
want a ban on the catching of
sea turtles, where there is
already a closed season and
an open season for them, so
why a total ban? Remember,
when you ban something, you
swing the door wide open for
black market operations,
which will lead to greater
problems. And it will happen.

I trust that the Hon. Minis-
ter of Fisheries will rethink
this ban, take the matter high-
er and cause there to be a
reverse decision. To those
who want to eat the chemi-
cally laden imports, fine, but
as for me, I love turtle meat,
and I will eat turtle meat.

CAPT BAIN
Nassau,
October, 2009.

hiess credit card

site and use my credit card to
pay on my loan account that I
have with them or to a Family
Guardian website to pay my
insurance premiums.

It would be convenient if I
could purchase my airline tick-
ets on Western Air or Perfor-
mance Air through the inter-
net rather than having to go to
the airport.

Should establishments decide
to put such mechanisms in
place this would provide new
jobs and profits for persons and
businesses that provide inter-
net technology (IT) services.
Sales and marketing companies
would make money because
information about the avail-
ability of such services and how
can they be utilised must be
advertised.

Businesses that employ such
mechanism will benefit from
their investments particularly
once the general public of cred-
it card holders in the Family
Islands get the hang of it.

Banks will see an increase in
credit card applicants particu-
larly those persons interested
in enjoying the convenience of
having prepaid credit cards and,
of course, they will also not
have to worry about default on
credit card payments because
cardholders will only be able
to spend what monies they put
on the card.

This would also give card-
holders a new sense of control
in their spending habits.

Of course, this will require
that BTC and any other com-
pany responsible for internet
infrastructure improve their ser-
vices and expand to those areas
where such services are lack-
ing.

It is high time that the Gov-
ernment, business establish-
ments and banks work together
to help improve our financial
systems while simultaneously
engineering ways to guarantee
that family islanders reap the
benefits of taking advantage of
modern conveniences such as
prepaid credit cards.

Employing mechanisms to
ensure the continuous tenable
growth and development of
interisland commerce will help
in our mission to encourage
Bahamians to spend at home
and move our country closer to
financial sustainability, partic-
ularly in difficult economic
times such as what the world is
now experiencing.

I might not live in New Prov-
idence or Grand Bahama, but
that is no excuse for me being
disadvantaged. I want to live
easy and I would like to be able
to use my BOB credit card at
home in South Andros from
behind a computer screen to
pay the bills, get the things that
I need and have my grocery
shipped on the Captain Mox-
ey.

Besides, what is the point of
having a credit card if it is not
convenient to me on the island
where I live? And, then again,
in The Bahamas in the 21st
Century, is that too much to
ask?

MARVIN R Z GIBSON
The Bluff,

South Andros,

October, 2009.



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



McPhee: Police
promised me ‘a deal

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT —- Murder
accused Wilfred McPhee Jr
took the witness stand in his
defence on Thursday, telling
the Supreme Court that police
promised him “a deal” if he
signed a statement about the
death of Corporal Eddison
Bain.

Co-accused Edwin Bauld Jr
did not take the stand.

The two men are on trial
for the robbery, kidnapping
and murder of Bain, whose
body was discovered in a
ditch near the Casuarina
Bridge on October 22, 2007.

McPhee, 26, told the court
that he had not known Bain
was a police officer.

During questioning by his
attorney Mario Gray, McPhee
said the statements taken by
police during their investiga-
tion were not true.

He claimed he never read
his statement and only signed
it because Sgt Darrell Rolle
had offered him a deal.

Hispaniola leaders aim

McPhee said he was beaten
and threatened by police and
denied his right to speak with
an attorney and his family.

According to McPhee’s ver-
sion of events, Bauld told him
on October 19 about a plan
to rob his own cousin (Cor-
poral Bain) of money. Bauld
then went over the plan with
his girlfriend, Gahnise Camp-
bell at the Royal Islander
Hotel. The two accused then
dropped off Gahnise in
Bauld’s tan Lumina to Kwan
Yin to meet with Bain. He
and Bauld then went to the
Island Seas Beach and hid in
the bushes to wait for them.

McPhee said when they
spotted Bain and Ms Camp-
bell, they came out of the
bushes and accosted them.

“We told them to get down,
and I told Gahnise that I was
going to rape her, but I didn’t
mean it — I wanted it to look
good,” he said. McPhee said
he had wrapped a towel
around the tree branch, pre-
tending it was a gun.

He said Gahnise ran to the
Lumina and waited for them.

McPhee said Bain complied

with their demands, and they
put the victim in the back seat
of his own car, a 1999 Honda
Accord.

He said Bauld took Bain’s
wallet, removed the ATM
card and choked Bain until
he disclosed his pin number.

McPhee said he drove the
Lumina while Bauld drove
Bain’s vehicle, then they met
at the Boulevard Service Sta-
tion, after which he followed
Bauld in Bain’s car to Casua-
rina Bridge.

The witness told the court
Bauld then took Bain out of
the vehicle.

He said Bain told them that
he was a police officer, was
soon to be married and was
looking forward to a bright
future.

McPhee said Bauld put
Bain in a hole.

He said Bain was still alive
when they left.

Bauld is represented by
Brian Hanna. Acting Justice
Jethro Miller is presiding over
the trial. Vernal Collie and
Erica Kemp of the Attorney
General’s Office are prose-
cuting.

to eradicate malaria

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti

FORMER President Jim-
my Carter travelled to His-
paniola on Wednesday to
meet political leaders, health
workers and malaria victims
in hopes of jump-starting
efforts to eradicate the dis-
ease in the Caribbean, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

The battle against the mos-
quito-borne disease in the
Dominican Republic and
neighbouring Haiti has been
frustrating, with health offi-
cials complaining of a lack of
cooperation between both
country's governments.

Carter said on his visit to
Ounaminthe and to Dajabon
in the Dominican Republic,
just across a river border sep-
arating the two countries, that
he hopes to expand a
$200,000 pilot project estab-
lished in those towns by the
nonprofit Carter Centre to



curb malaria's spread.

The project's funding runs
out early next year, but Carter
said he hopes governments,
non-profit health groups and
private foundations will pick
up the tab for a broader
effort.

"One of the most impor-
tant developments has been
the new cooperation between
the two countries," Carter
said while touring a Haitian
hospital that treats many
malaria victims. "And for the
first time in history, they are
targeting the complete elimi-
nation of the disease instead
of just treating sick people."

Ridding this corner of the
world of the disease, he said,
would also eliminate the
threat that it could spread to
nearby islands, including
Jamaica and the Bahamas.

An estimated 30,000 peo-
ple in Haiti and several thou-
sand more across the border
suffer each year from malaria,

FORMER US Presi-
dent Jimmy Carter,
center, applauds
next to his wife Ros-
alynn Carter during
their visit to the La
Bomba neighbor-
hood in Dajabon,
Dominican republic,
on the border with
Haiti, Wednesday,
Oct. 7, 2009.

Ramon Espinosa
AP Photo

MUU

NOTICE ishereby giventhat YOLANDA BELTRE CONTRERAS
of FAITH GARDENS #2, MIRRIAN CLOSE, APT #16,
P.O. BOX GT-2014, 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 October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



which causes high fevers and
flu-like symptoms that kills
more than one million peo-
ple each year, mostly in
Africa.

VACANCY



POSITION SUMMARY






Functions as the Strategic Business Leader of the Golf department with overall responsibility for golf
operations including guest and employee satisfaction, sales and revenue management and the financial
performance of the department. As a member of the Guidance Team, develops hotel-wide goals and
strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests and
employees and provide a return on investment to the owners and the Company. Supports and upholds

The Companyis Gold Standards, and luxury tier standards of operation.
RESPONSIBILITIES










Operations: Directs the daily activities of the golf department according to Company operating
standards to maintain brand equity. Oversees the operation of the golf shop, the maintenance of the
golf course, and all associated retail services (e.g., snack carts, beverage service).
Guest Satisfaction: Ensures products and services delivered by the golf department meet or exceed
guest expectations, create customer loyalty, and lead to increased market share.
Human Resources: Attracts, selects and retains a diverse hourly and management workforce to
deliver excellent service and effective leadership in the Golf department. Creates and sustains a
work environment that focuses on fair and equitable treatment and employee satisfaction to enable

business success.










Sales and Revenue Management: Focuses on building the unitis top line revenue by working with
the Director of Sales and Marketing to develop the Golf departmentis sales and marketing strategy.
Concentrates on both the rate per round of golf and number of rounds played per day to maximize

Revenue per available round or ‘REVPAR’. In addition, manages other revenue sources such as the
Pro Shop, Food and Beverage sales, and if applicable membership enrollment to generate increased

revenue.







Financial Management: Develops and manages the Golf departmentis annual operating budget
to achieve or exceed budget expectations. Ensures successful performance by increasing profitability

and providing a return on investment for the owners and the Club.





Owner Relations: Develops a trusting and respectful business partnership with property owners by
meeting or exceeding expectations in operations management, asset protection, and financial

performance

QUALIFICATIONS







¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related

major
¢ 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star resort

* Ritz-Carlton Leadership Training or similar formalized corporate exposure preferred

* Membership in PGA and/or LPGA is required.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Proficient at the game of golf



Knowledge of turf lawn care and maintenance procedures with an emphasis on golf turf grass varieties

Retail merchandising skills
Instructional teaching skills - if required to deliver golf lessons

Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine maintenance needs




Financial management skills e.g. ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets,

forecasting and capital expenditure planning




* Strong communication, strategic planning, analytical and customer and employee relations skills

Please send resume to the attention of:

Director of Human Resources

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahamas

OR



Email: Freddie. Munnings@ritzcarlton.com

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ROYAL FIDELITY

Money at Woek

C>e32 Ff ST AS TL

BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:
FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER 2009

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,478.40 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -233.99 | YTD % -13.66

FINDEX: CLOSE 789.77 | YTD -5.40% | 2008 -12.31%

WWW .BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320

52wk-Low

0.63 Benchmark

3.15 Bahamas Waste
2.14 Fidelity Bank
9.93 Cable Bahamas
2.72 Colina Holdings

5.26 Commonwealth Bank ($1)
1.27 Consolidated Water BDRs
1.32 Doctor's Hospital

6.60 Famguard
8.80 Finco

10.00
4.11 Focol (S)

1.00 Focol Class B Preference
0.27 Freeport Concrete

5.49 ICD Utilities
9.95 J. S. Johnson
10.00

Security
1.03 AML Foods Limited
$50 Bahamas Property Fund
5.90 Bank of Bahamas

FirstCaribbean Bank

Premier Real Estate

EPS $
0.127
0.992
0.244
-0.877
0.125
0.055
1.406

Previous Close Today's Close Change
1.15 1.15 0.00
10.75 10.75 0.00
5.90 5.90 0.00

Daily Vol.

0.63 0.63 0.00
3.15 3.15 0.00
2.37 2.37 0.00
9.93 9.93 0.00
2.72 2.72 0.00
5.54 5.54 0.00
3.14 3.12 -0.02
2.05 2.05 0.00
6.60 6.60 0.00
9.30 9.30 0.00
10.00 10.00 0.00
4.11 4.11 0.00
1.00 1.00 0.00

0.249
0.419
0.111
0.625
0.420
0.322
0.631
0.332
0.000

0.27 0.27 0.00

5.59 5.59 0.00

9.95 9.95 0.00
10.00 10.00 0.00

0.035
0.407
0.952
0.156

BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES - (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)

S52wk-Hi__52wk-Low
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00
1000.00

S2wk-Low

0.20 RND Holdings

29.00 ABDAB
0.40 RND Holdings

S2wk-Low
1.3344
2.8952
1.4146
3.0941

12.3870

93.1992
1.0000
9.0775
1.0000
1.0000
1.0000

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00
52WK-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume.
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume

Change - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
PIE - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

KS) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

(S41) - 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

Security
Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +
Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +
Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +
Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +

Symbol
7.92 Bahamas Supermarkets
6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 2.00

Fund Name
CFAL Bond Fund
CFAL MSI Preferred Fund
CFAL Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Fidelity Prime Income Fund
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund
CFAL Global Equity Fund
CFAL High Grade Bond Fund
Fidelity International Investment Fund
FG Financial Preferred Income Fund
FG Financial Growth Fund
FG Financial Diversified Fund

Last Sale Change Daily Vol.
100.00 0.00 1%
FBB22 100.00 0.00
FBB13 100.00 0.00 1%
FBB15 100.00 0.00
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
Bid $ Ask $ Last Price
7.92 8.42 14.00
6.25 4.00
0.35 0.40 0.55
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
30.13 31.59 29.00
0.45 0.55 0.55
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
NAV YTD% Last 12 Months
1.4038 3.72 6.20
2.8300 -3.75 6.75
1.4932 4.15 5.56
3.0941 -8.61 -13.59
13.1751 4.42 5.86
101.6693 1.10 1.67
96.7398 0.35 -4.18
1.0000 0.00 0.00
10.5884 5.88 5.88
1.0757 3.86 5.30
1.0305 -0.24 0.22
1.0709 3.24 4.54
MARKET TERMS
YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price

Symbol
FBB17

Weekly Vol. EPS $

Div $

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
Ask §$ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS § - A company’s reperted earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Steck Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

Div $

Interest

Prime + 1.75%

Prime + 1.75%

Div $
0.000
0.480
0.000

0.000
0.000

Yield %

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P/E

N/M

N/M
256.6

9.03
261.90

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life devoted to helping lepers

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In The Bahamas, there are three dedicated priests who
belong to the same order as Fr. Damien, namely the Mission-

By FRANCIS NORONHA

CTOBER 11,

2009, repre-

sents the day of

the Canoniza-
tion of Blessed Damien at the
Church of Santa Maria del
Carmelo in Transpontina in Via
della Conciliazione 14 , which is
near St. Peter's Basilica in
Rome, Italy.

A great crowd is expected at
this very large Church when Fr.
Alfred Bell, the Postulator-
General of the Order of the
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and
Mary, will conduct the service.
Henceforth, the world will refer
to

St. Damien de Veuster, an
individual who spent his life
helping the lepers, and finally
succumbed to the disease him-
self

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Hawaii (like The Bahamas)
conjures up visions of an idyllic
paradise, with golden sunshine,
dark blue skies, green islands
with exotic flowers, long
stretches of white beaches,
swaying palm trees, sparkling
clear water and soft island
breezes. Described as the Par-
adise of the Pacific, Hawaii
comprises about eight major
islands, including Molokai (the
Friendly Island which is about
38 miles long and 10 miles
wide), as well as numerous
rocky islets, reefs and shoals.

On April 15, 1989, over
50,000 people from all over the
world converged on Molokai,
not as tourists in search of sun,
sea and sand, but in honour of
the hero of Hawaii, Fr. Damien,
who reserves a permanent place
in world history as the individ-
ual who confronted and spot-
lighted the ageless internation-
al scourge of leprosy, contract-
ing the disease and finally dying
on Molokai on April 15, 1889.
Today, due to modern medi-
cine and technology, leprosy
does not represent the horrible
spectre that it was from the ear-
liest days of mankind.

Hawaii has experienced a
turbulent history. Captain
James Cook landed on the
islands in 1778 (named them
the Sandwich Islands after the
fourth Earl of Sandwich), and
was killed by the local people in
a riot on his return in 1779.
Hawaii was a kingdom, and the
last to rule was Queen Lili-
uokalani who, among her
numerous accomplishments,
composed the hauntingly beau-















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A FILE PHOTO provided by the
Hawaii State Archive shows
Father Damien two months
before his death in 1889 at the
leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa,
Hawaii.

tiful farewell song “Aloha Oc”.
United States settlers fomented
a revolution in 1893 when the
Queen was deposed, and set up
a provisional government,
which, after associations with
the USA, became the 50th
State in the Union on August
21, 1959. From the dawn of his-
tory, leprosy has been regarded
as a loathsome disease, and was
regarded with terror as it has
been highly contagious and
incurable from the earliest days
of mankind. A papyrus in a
Berlin museum mentions lep-
rosy as an abomination over
6,000 years ago; other docu-
ments mention its existence in
China in 2000 BC and in Japan
in 1500 BC; and the Bible and
the Talmud refer to leprosy.
The disease is mentioned in the
Old Testament, and the New
Testament records Jesus cur-
ing the ten lepers. Leper
colonies are often named
Lazaretto after the leper
Lazarus who in the Bible sat at
the gate of the rich man.

Leprosy was spreading over
the world at the time of the
birth of the sixth child of
Francois and Catherine de
Veuster on January 3, 1840, in
Tremeloo, Belgium. At the cer-
emony, the baby Joseph raised
his clenched fist, and the god-
father, a military man, inter-
preted it as a salute and an
omen that the boy would
become a soldier.

Joseph enjoyed a happy
childhood in the beautiful,
peaceful hamlet of Tremeloo,
where his pious parents ensured
that he received his early edu-
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of his mother. The few books in
the home were mainly religious,
a favourite being “The Lives of
the Saints”.

Kind and generous but also
strong and exuberant, Joseph
engaged in adventurous pranks
which often landed him in trou-
ble. He also tended the family
flock of sheep, and helped the
local smith with his work,
including the digging of graves
— a task he would perform
often in later years.

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ers and a sister entered
the religious life, and at age 19
Joseph followed his brother
Pamphile into the Congrega-
tion of the Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary (often known
as the Picpus Fathers after Pic-
pus Street where the order
started) , assuming the name
Damien after the saint and
physician.

After ordination, Fr. Pam-
phile was selected as a mission-
ary to Hawaii, but contracted
typhus, a debilitating illness
which was ravaging Louvain.
As Damien had fervently
begged to become a mission-
ary, he was selected to replace
his brother as a missionary to
Hawaii.

In 1865 King Kamchame-
ha V of Hawaii issued a decree
that all incurable lepers must
be banished to Kalawao settle-
ment on the island of Molokai,
so Friendly Island became
Death Island. Families were
disrupted through this forced
separation — husbands from
wives, parents from children,
relatives from loved ones — but
in many cases those unwilling to
be separated joined their ban-
ished ones, being fully aware
that they would never be
allowed to leave the colony.

In Honolulu Bishop Mai-
gret spoke movingly to a few
priests about the heart-break-
ing plight of the lepers on
Molokai who lived out their
lives in abject poverty and over-
whelming hopelessness, with no
priest to comfort them. After a
pause, Fr. Damien's strong
voice rang out: “Please send
me.” He had passed his own
death sentence.

Fr. Damien arrived at the
leper colony of Molokai, and



was presented with a harrowing
picture of misery, sorrow and
broken spirits, and Dante's ban-
ner over Hell could have been
strung over the settlement with
the words: “Abandon Hope, all
ye who enter here.”

Author John Farrow
describes the lepers: “Where
had been, there were craters of
pus; and there were gaping cav-
ities, disease-infected holes, that
merged with rotting mouths,
where noses should be. Ears
were pendulous masses, many
times their natural size, or were
shriveled to almost nothing.
Hands were without fingers and
some arms were merely stumps.
Feet and legs were equally
repulsive, and bodies of most
of these repulsive creatures
were bloated and pitted,
shrunken and swollen, but nev-
er of a normal shape. They
were a pitiable revolting sight,
their wounds and sores being
entirely undressed or covered
with filthy matter — soaked
rags.” A vile odorous strong
stench generally accompanied
the diseased and rotting flesh.

Prayer

Fr. Damien had to overcome
his strong repugnance by
intense prayer. Surveying the
small primitive filthy huts
affording shelter to the hun-
dreds of lepers devoid of hope
or purpose in life, disregarded
and disowned by humanity, he
knew that God had invited him
to a special vocation. Ancient
Egyptians described leprosy as
death before death, and author
R.L. Stevenson, who visited the
colony many years after numer-
ous improvements had been
made, described it as “a pitiful
place to visit and hell to dwell
in.”

A heart-breaking visit to
every settlement filled Fr.
Damien with great sadness, and
he spent his first night (and
many subsequent nights) in
prayer under a tree near the
small abandoned wooden
chapel. His first task was to offi-
ciate at a leper's funeral when
four lepers carried the body
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where wild, hungry dogs
prowled at night, often uncov-
ering the graves and devouring
the corpses.

Fr. Damien coped with the
gigantic, overwhelming task by
constant prayer and persever-
ance and determination to do
the will of God despite over-
whelming obstacles. He encour-
aged the apathetic, listless,
doomed people to believe in
God and in themselves, which
resulted in new neatly-con-
structed homes, a church, a
school for the children, the cul-
tivation of crops, recreational
facilities and other amenities.

fF: Damien simultane-
ously tackled the
human problems of promiscu-
ity, prostitution, gambling, illic-
it manufacture of alcohol and
pagan superstitions. He also
built up a sense of family and
community; he encouraged self-
help programmes; he visited the
lonely and sick, cajoling med-
ical supplies from the Hawai-
ian Board of Health; he com-
forted the sick and the dying; he
buried the dead, often con-
structing the coffins and dig-
ging the graves himself; and,
most of all, he made the lepers
aware that they were children
of God. Greatly loved and
revered, he was given the affec-
tionate name of Kamiano.

However, Fr. Damien suf-
fered moments of loneliness
and discouragement when his
dedication was misunderstood
by civil authorities and even by
people inside the Church.
Called strong-willed and obsti-
nate because his intense deter-
mination was focused on the
welfare of his beloved lepers,
Fr. Damien was often impatient
with the bureaucracy of Hawai-
i's Board of Health and he
made endless demands on the
Church authorities.

He himself led a very simple,
austere life, and his only hobby
was a pipe which he sometimes
smoked to overcome the stench
of the odours of rotting flesh.

Fr. Damien disliked per-
sonal publicity but was glad
when good Queen Liltuokalani
decided to visit Molokai. At the
celebrations the Queen stepped
on the platform to address the
people, and she surveyed the
disease-ravaged people, and
was silent. She endeavoured to
speak, but was overcome with
emotion as her eyes filled with
tears and her lips trembled, so a
member of the royal retinue
said a few words to the gather-
ing. The Queen toured the
island and, visibly moved,
informed Fr. Damien that she
could not believe that anyone
would stay on the island of his
own free will. He replied: “It is
my work. They are my parish-
ioners.” The Queen replied
softly and emotionally: “Your
parishioners — and my peo-
ple.”

Thereafter, Queen Lili-
uokalani exerted all her influ-
ence to ensure that Fr. Damien
was supported by the authori-
ties in the country, and this
eased his burden a great deal.

Fr. Damien was 45 years old
when he celebrated Mass one
Sunday morning in 1885. He
always commenced his sermon
with “My brethren”. This Sun-

day there was a dramatic
change when he looked around,
paused and started with: “We
lepers...”.

He had finally and inevitably
contracted the fatal disease. For
four long years Fr. Damien
bore the scourge of leprosy
which slowly eroded his mus-
cular frame. The realization
that his time was running out
only spurred him on just as a
sprinter makes his final spurt
on the last lap of the race.

In 1886 Ira Dutton (of
Stowe, Vermont, USA, who
changed his name to Joseph
when he joined the Catholic
Church) went to Molokai to
assist Fr. Damien. As leprosy
took its toll of Fr. Damien, he
was overjoyed to see that lep-
rosy was gaining international
attention, and a lazaretto was
established on the island by
three Franciscan Sisters, led by
Mother Marianne, a most
extraordinary individual, whose
devotion to education in Uti-
ca, leadership qualities in Syra-
cuse and subsequently at St.
Joseph's Hospital made her
well-known in the country. She
led six Sisters to travel 6,000
miles to Molokai where she
devoted the rest of her life to
the lepers.

Fr. Damien's death on April
15, 1889, plunged Hawaii into
intense sorrow in a world where
leprosy was now well-known.
The priest who disliked public-
ity was now an international
figure. Newspapers everywhere
poured tributes to the priest
who had sacrificed his life for
the untouchables of society.

Fr. Damien's last resting
place, in accordance with his
wishes, was under the same tree
where he had spent his first
night on the island. At another
memorial site there was a gran-
ite cross above a white marble
tablet with the words: “Greater
love hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his
friends.”

The Belgian King 47 years
later requested the USA Presi-
dent for the return of the
remains of Fr. Damien to his
native country. On January 27,
1936, the remains were dug up,
and as the coffin was trans-
ported to Belgium the lepers
mournfully sang the beautiful
farewell song “Aloha Oe”
while the people on the island
wept and were inconsolable.

The remains of Fr. Damien
now rest in the Chapel of the
Picpus Fathers in Louvain, Bel-
gium. Robert Louis Stevenson,
who had valiantly and vigor-
ously defended Fr. Damien
against his detractors predict-
ed that within a century Rome
would raise Damien the Leper
to her altars as a Saint of the
Church. The London “Times”
described the priest as “one of
the noblest Christian heroes.”
The Hawaiian Legislature
selected the priest in 1967 as
one of the state's two out-
standing citizens to be hon-
oured by statues in the Statuary
Hall in Washington, DC, USA.
Memorials to Fr. Damien exist
in countries around the world,
and many people around the
globe bear the name Damien.
The peasant from the village of
Tremeloo has forcefully impact-
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By BRENT STUBBS
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ALTHOUGH he didn’t win his
professional card at the Central
American and Caribbean Body-
building Championships, James ‘Jay’
Darling was pleased with the two gold
medals he captured for the Bahamas.

Now he’s even more enthused
about making the long trek to Doha,
Qatar at the end of the month to
compete in the Worlds Men’s Body-
building Championships.

Darling, the national men’s cham-
pion sponsored jointly by Pro-Lab,
Natrol and Bally Total Fitness, was
one of 11 athletes who represented
the Bahamas at the CAC Champi-
onships last weekend in Georgetown,
Grenada.

The Bahamas ended up third
behind champions Barbados and run-
ners-up Trinidad & Tobago.

“The trip was good. Everyone was
in good spirits heading towards the
trip,” Darling said. “But it was disap-
pointing that we had an athlete that
didn’t show for whatever reason. Oth-
er than that, it was a good show.”

This year’s championships attract-
ed more than 200 athletes from 19
countries, the largest entries in quite
some time.

Doubling up in the men’s masters
and the middleweight divisions, Dar-
ling said the masters turned out to
be more competitive for him than it
was for the middleweight.

“Most of the guys in the masters
were medallists in their respective
weights, so I had both the super
heavyweight and heavyweight, who
were both silver medalists and I had



Prepares to compete at
World Championship

to beat them to win the masters,” he
said.

Darling, who picked up his tenth
gold medal at the championships,
missed out on his bid to secure his
pro card when he went into the pose-
down.

The overall title went to Barbados’
light heavyweight champion Marti-
nus Durrant.

“When I go off, I go to do the best
T could do,” said Darling, when asked
if he was disappointed that he didn’t
win the title. “I gave it my everything.

“T had the feel that I won it, but it
wasn’t meant to be. It’s a judges’
sport, so I won’t let that stop me. ’'m
still preparing to head to the World
Games at the end of this month, so I
will try again.”

Through his sponsors, Darling said
he was able to stay focussed and was
able to perform at his best in Grena-
da. But he said that’s behind him and
he’s now concentrating on Doha.

“Over there I was on my game. My
diet was down and nutrition was fair-
ly decent,” he said. “Over there, I
had a large following from Barbados,
Trinidad, Grenada and Bermuda.

“T had a lot of positive feedbacks
from the judges too. So if there is
anything that I think I would need
to look at is dropping to a lighter
weight division so I could come in a
little more leaner.”

Although he felt he was in the best

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condition he could be at the champi-
onships, Darling said as long as he
doesn’t win the ultimate title then
he’s going to be disappointed in his
performance.

“It’s always good to achieve the
maximum best. Unless you achieve
the maximum best, I think there’s
always going to be room for improve-
ment,” he said. “So in that regard,
I’m not that disappointed.”

But the Royal Bahamas Defense
Force Officer said he’s not going to
let that dampen his spirits as he pre-
pare for the World’s.

“Pro Lab is sponsoring me as much
as they can, but I still need some
financial assistance with my accom-
modations over there,” Darling said.

“Tm hoping the government will
assist in this because I’m going to be
carrying the (Bahamian) flag and I
really want to do well over there.”

Darling, along with heavyweight
Teddy Gray, are scheduled to leave
town on October 29 and return home
on November 7.

It will be his first appearance in
the World’s because when he was
scheduled to travel to the Czech
Republic in 2006, he had to stay
home due to his job commitment.

“This one, everything looks
great. I’m in good condition and I
want to represent my country and
to represent them very well,” Dar-
ling stated.

BAIN PASSES TENNIS CERTIFICATION COURSE



FOR a long time, local tennis players have been seeking the
assistance of a proper fitness training programme. Marion Bain
has stepped up to take care of that situation.

Recently, world famous tennis fitness and strength coach Pat

Etchebrry conducted a fitness programme where Bain was one of

the 10 students to successfully pass the certification course.
Above Bain is shown receiving her certified certificate from

Etchebrry.

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Roberts wins third
Junior Open title

JUSTIN Roberts claimed
his third consecutive singles
title yesterday when he
defeated number two seed
George Semander of Aru-
ba 6-1, 6-0 in the Boys 14-
under singles final in the
Curacao Junior Open 09.

Roberts also added the
Boys 14-under doubles title
as he and partner Victor
Gurevich of the United
States defeated the top seed-
ed team of Timothy Blok
and Geroge Semander of
Aruba 6-4, 6-4.

In the latter match, the
score was not as close as it
looked as Roberts and
Gurevich led 5-2 in each set
before suffering a slight let-
down allowing their oppo-
nents to cut the deficit to 5-
4, only to eventually prevail

This is the final COTECC
Boys 14-under event for
Roberts in 2009 as he now
sets his sights on two of the
toughest junior tournaments
in the United States - the
Eddie Herr International
Junior Championships and
Junior Orange Bowl.

Both tournaments are
held in Florida in Decem-
ber with a strong contingent
of junior players coming
from Europe, Asia, South
America and Australia.

¢ Here’s a look at the
resultys from the Curacao



Junior Open:
BOYS 14-UNDER SINGLES
FINAL

No.1 Justin Roberts def.
No.2 George Semander of
Aruba 6-1, 6-0.

BOYS 14-UNDER DOUBLES
FINAL

No.2 Justin Roberts
(Bahamas)/Victor Gurevich
(United States) def. No.1
George Semander/Timothy
Blok (Aruba) 6-4, 6-4.
GIRLS 18-UNDER DOUBLES
FINAL

No.2 Victoria Rodriquez
(Mexico)/Simone Pratt
(Bahamas) def. No.1. Car-
men Blanco/Barbara
Rodriquez (Venezuela) 6-3,
7-6 (2).

Simone Pratt (BAH) cap-
tures her first ITF Girls 18-
under doubles champi-
onships at the Curacao
Junior Open when she and
partner Victoria defeated
the No.1 seeded team from
Venezuela in straight sets 6-
3, 7-6 (2).

Pratt currently has a ITF
World Ranking of No.1080,
which will go up as a result
of winning one round in sin-
gles and claiming the dou-
bles title.

Pratt has plans to play the
Eddie Herr and Junior
Orange Bowl in an attempt
to win her first major sin-
gles title.

Knowles, Roddick in
China Open semifinal

MARK Knowles and Andy Roddick played their semifi-
nal match at Open today in Beijing, China. The Bahamian-
American duo were scheduled to face the team of Lukas
Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Phillipp Kohlschreiber of

Germany.

Both teams are unseeded.

The winner will play the winner of the other half of the
draw that features number two seeds American identical
twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against the French team
of Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy.

The final is set for Sunday.

Next week, Knowles is expected to be reunited with his
regular doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India as they

play in the Shanghai Open.

Bhupathi is coming off a groin injury that he sustained
playing Davis Cup for India. That forced Knowles to team
up to play with Roddick in this week’s tournament.

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MICHAEL VICK will
be giving the public an
inside look at his life dur-
ing an eight-part televi-
sion series scheduled to
debut on BET next year.

Tentatively titled “The
Michael Vick Project,”
the cable show will fol-
low the Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback as he
tries to redeem himself
after going to prison for
18 months for his role in
operating a dogfighting
ring. DuBose Entertain-
ment, which is co-pro-
ducing the series, and

BET officially
announced the show Fri-
day.

“T think its important
to show our youth and
our kids that you face
adversity but you’re not
responsible for falling,
you’re responsible for
getting up,” Vick said
earlier this week. “I’m
very remorseful about
what happened and what
I did. I just don’t want
other people to go down
that path. I’m trying to
make it right and repair
past damages. That’s all I
want to show.”

The show is part reali-
ty TV, part documentary,
chronicling Vick’s rise
from a difficult child-
hood to becoming a star
at Virginia Tech, the No.
1 overall draft pick of the
Atlanta Falcons in 2001,
and at the time the high-
est paid player in the
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RAFAEL NADAL moved into
the semifinals of the China Open on
Friday by defeating Marat Safin 6-3,
6-1.

Nadal outplayed the former top-
ranked Russian from the start and
remains on track to meet Novak
Djokovic in the final Sunday.
Djokovic defeated Fernando Ver-
dasco of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

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Safin plans to retire at the end of
this season, and thanked the fans for
their support.

“T haven’t been practicing for a long
time and I can still hit some balls, so
it’s a really nice feeling to get on the
court,” said Safin, who won the inau-
gural China Open title in 2004.

On Saturday, Nadal will face Marin
Cilic of Croatia, who defeated Niko-
lay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic will face Robin Soderling of
Sweden, who defeated Ivan Ljubicic
of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-4.

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the fourth-ranked Serb regained his
form in the third set and took advan-
tage of his Spanish opponent’s 19
unforced errors in the match.

“T had ups and downs,” Djokovic
said. “Verdasco used his chances in
the second set when he broke. I saved
energy at the end of the second set
for the refreshing start of the third
and I was fortunate to do so.”

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
became the first woman to qualify
for the semifinals, stopping Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

Kuznetsova will face Nadia Petro-

va of Russia, who defeated Peng
Shuai of China 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.

“Tm very happy to get through even
though I didn’t really start out playing
well, but I really picked it up by the
second and third sets,” said Petrova,
who eliminated Serena Williams in
three sets on Thursday. “It’s always
difficult to come out the next day and
put on the same performance.”

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
topped fourth-seeded Elena Demen-
tieva of Russia 7-5, 6-3. She will meet
Marion Bartoli of France, who defeat-
ed Vera Zvonareva of Russia 3-6, 7-5,
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FORMER New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu plays with children at Rugbbyklubben Speed in
Copenhagen, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The International Olympic Committee will decide on Friday
Oct.9, if rugby is to become an Olympic discipline.

Golf, rugby make Olympic
roster for 2016, 2020

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ALL those beautiful beach-
es and Tiger Woods, too!

After more than a century
on the sidelines, golf will
return to the Olympics at the
Summer Games in Rio de
Janeiro. Rugby, last played in
1924, is coming back as well.

Both were reinstated for the
2016 and 2020 games after a
vote Friday by the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee.
They are the first sports added
since triathlon and taekwondo
joined the program for the
2000 Sydney Olympics.

Each sport received major-
ity support in separate votes
after leading athletes and offi-
cials from both camps gave
presentations, including a
taped video message from
Woods and other top pros.
Woods has indicated he would
play in the Olympics if golf
were accepted for 2016.

“There are millions of
young golfers worldwide who

would be proud to represent
their country,” Woods said
from the Presidents Cup in
San Francisco. “It would be
an honor for anyone who
plays this game to become an
Olympian.”

Golf was approved 63-27
with two abstentions. Rugby
was voted in 81-8 with one
abstention.

“We were ecstatic and
wanted to jump on the table,
but we sort of restrained our-
selves,” former New Zealand
rugby great Jonah Lomu told
The Associated Press. “It was
just fantastic for the game.”

Golf will stage a 72-hole
stroke-play tournament for
men and women, with 60
players in each field. Rugby
will organize a four-day sev-
en-a-side tournament —
instead of the more tradition-
al 15-a-side game — for 12
men’s and women’s teams.

“T think it’s fantastic, an
unbelievable day for the game
of golf,” Jack Nicklaus said.
“The impact is going to be felt
all over the world, which is
what I’ve always felt about

the game. The game is a
mature game in many coun-
tries, but it never had the
opportunity to grow in many
others. People of all walks of
life will be inspired to play
the game of golf, and play for
sports’ highest recognition.
For all sports, that has been a
gold medal.”

The venue and schedule for
both sports in Rio de Janeiro
has yet to be decided. The
golf tournament will not nec-
essarily be played Thursday
through Sunday, bid leader
and PGA Tour vice president
Ty Votaw said.

“Tt might be Wednesday to
Saturday,” Votaw said. “Or
it might be that the women’s
competition is first, and the
men’s is second. ... All of
those things need to be
worked out over the next sev-
en years.”

British bookmaker William
Hill immediately made Woods
the favorite in Rio, giving 6-1
odds that he will the gold
medal. It gave the same odds
for any player from Britain or
Ireland winning.

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LOCAL NEWS

Former union president upset
by office manager’s ‘despair’
FROM page one

really leads the organisation.

In the meantime, the depressed economy has thwarted her
efforts to get another job and she has found herself in despair,
wondering how she will support herself and her 11-year-old
daughter Rayven, a junior national tennis champion.

Confirming her story, Director of Labour Harcourt Brown
described Ms Barry as an “innocent bystander” caught up in the
middle of union squabbles.

Yesterday Ms Harding, who was voted president of the
union in 2006, said she wanted to make it known that she
“exhausted all means” to try to ensure Ms Barry got what she
was due — even formally signing off on a payout of $21,000 to
the former employee for her years of service in an official
meeting with labour officials shortly after Ms Barry lost her job
in January of this year and filed a trade dispute.

But, said Ms Harding, the bank refused to disburse the funds
given the uncertainty over the leadership of the organisation,
and union treasurer, Susan Palmer — who is allied with current
purported president Anthony Bain — allegedly refused to
provide her signature to approve the transaction.

On Thursday, Mr Bain claimed Ms Barry is owed nothing as
she lost her job due to “poor behaviour” — something Ms
Harding vehemently denied, saying Ms Barry was a committed
worker.

Ms Harding charged that Mr Bain and Ms Palmer’s refusal to
pay Ms Barry goes against the will of the AAAWU member-
ship, who had “unanimously” agreed this summer that the
union should continue paying Ms Barry, and several others who
lost their jobs at around the same time, until the dispute
between executives is resolved.

This did not happen.

The former President also supported statements by Mr
Brown, contacted about the matter on Thursday, when he said
that hundreds of the union’s 510 members are in favour of an
election taking place to finally decide the leadership of the
union.

Presently Mr Bain has an injunction against any election
going ahead, although Mr Brown and Ms Harding say the last
executive term expired in June. The Department of Labour
filed an appeal against the injunction earlier this week in the
hope that elections will go ahead and the deadlock on resolv-
ing the payment issue can finally be ended.

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to oppose Moss nomination’
FROM page one

political sources that certain individuals are seeking resolu-
tions to amend the party’s constitution, blocking anyone who
is not a sitting MP — such as Mr Moss — from nominating to
run for party leader at its upcoming convention.

Sources alleged the attempt, along with another proposed to
disallow someone who has not previously declared his/her
intentions to run for a post from nominating at the convention,
was one intended to “stack the deck” against any opponent of
Mr Christie ahead of the party’s convention on October 21.

Yesterday Mr Christie said “rumours” that he was behind a
move to block Paul Moss or any other would-be challenger in
this way are being “put out by people who intend to cause
mischief.” “There was never any attempt by any of the estab-
lished party to block anyone,” he said.

Mr Christie noted that although it has “come to the attention
of those of us who are in leadership of party that it is possible
by our constitution for someone to join party and two weeks lat-
er declare they’re running for leader,” if a resolution was
passed to allow the National General Council to vote to disal-
low the same, a vote in favour of the move “should not be con-
sidered.”

“Ordinarily there ought to be some preconditions that require
someone to be a member in good standing and otherwise qual-
ified to hold the position (of leader). Clearly there’s consider-
ation in that area, but if such a resolution would pass it ought
not to be considered. In other words I myself would oppose any
attempt to prevent someone from running who is duly qualified
to run. Right now the only one who has declared his intention
to do so is Paul Moss. I would not support an effort to oppose
his nomination on a technical point,” added Mr Christie.

Meanwhile he said in principal he would support another pro-
posed amendment to the party’s constitution — that anyone
who is to run for a post in the convention must declare their
intentions ahead of time — but “not for this convention.”

“T support any kind of proposal that advances the internal
workings of democracy inside the PLP,” he said, suggesting that
such a stipulation would give people more time to find out
about the person they are voting for, and whether they have
“the qualities of a leader.”

“What I have said to people who assemble in the NGC
(National General Council) is that we must become more
accountable. People are looking at us and we should have
reflected in our business how the country does its business,”
added Mr Christie. The PLP leader said he is committed to
“evolving rules to ensure people are free to contest elections
and contest elections that are fair.”

“That must be the commitment of the party — to have free
and fair elections, so people are able in unfettered way able to
exercise the right to vote for the candidate who is right to lead
the party,” said the PLP leader. He said that by Monday or
Tuesday it is likely that people should know which proposed
amendments to the party’s constitution will be voted on at the

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cannot guarantee me a seat home this (week). What I find
further irritating is that this week is a very busy one for San Sal-
vador as it is the Discovery homecoming celebration. This
means that more people will be travelling home,” she claimed
in the letter.Ms Williams also said the cost of inter-island trav-
el, around $204 for a round-trip San Salvador ticket was too
high considering Bahamians can travel outside of the country
for less money. When contacted for comment yesterday,
Bahamasair Managing Director Henry Woods says he read
the letter — which was also published in a local daily — and
sought to verify the merits of the complaint.

He said he could not confirm whether any ticketed passengers
had been affected by the airline's "economic downsizing” but
added that preliminary investigations did not support the com-
plaint.

He said it was company policy to ensure that ticketed pas-
sengers are "always protected” and the airline's agents are
instructed not to overbook flights.

"The load has been extremely light, the economic condi-
tions have decreased our numbers and in this time of depression
we have had to make certain adjustments.

"But our Booking and Load Control Unit — I've taken this
up with them on more than one occasion — and they have giv-
en me assurances that if a passenger had a confirmed booking
they will fly. It's a different story if a person just shows up
with no reservation and that might have been a situation where
a person could not be accommodated," Mr Woods told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

He explained that smaller planes, 19-seaters, have been used
for San Salvador flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because
of lagging sales.

When asked about the higher cost of domestic flights, Mr
Woods said the "highly competitive” airline industry was dri-
ving the prices. He added that many times international oper-
ators are faced with lower operating costs and could offer
cheaper rates to their destinations.

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LOCAL NEWS

Is this the right way to treat our pets?

FROM page one





and driven dogs away from their masters’ homes.

Each week around 50 dogs and perhaps a dozen cats are col-
lected in traps by some of the nine staff at the canine control
unit government dog pound in an area of the Botanic Gardens,
Chippingham.

The unwanted animals are locked in the 45 dark and tiny
cement cells in pairs before their pitiful lives are brought to an
end.

Legislation requires the animals to be kept alive for at least
four days to give owners an opportunity to collect their pets, but
as the majority of dogs are brought to the pound at their own-
er’s will, it is an unlikely outcome for the poorly-treated pets.

Their dying days are spent crammed in a kennel, some with
broken limbs, flesh wounds, mange, and if they are not already
infested with ticks and fleas, they will be within 24 hours of stay-
ing at the pound.

A lack of funding, resources, and a body of staff a third of the
size of what it should be, means the care for the dogs is minimal.

These wandering potcakes, pit bulls, and pit bull-mixes like
Lola, have no space to roam. They rely on the food and rusty
water provided twice a day by the supervisor and five wardens
who run the dog pound.

Those who arrive at the pound suffering from serious injuries
or illness are put to sleep almost immediately, as are motherless
puppies never given a chance at life.



THE COLLARS of the dogs who have been surrendered to the pound and later killed, have been stuffed into these holes by staff members, cre- Freezes

ating a haunting memorial to the unfortunate animals. Their bodies are stored in three deep freezes untll Friday
morning before their bodies are collected and disposed of.

Criticisms of the inhumane way animals are treated at the
pound have been highlighted in The Tribune since a 14-year-old
visitor wrote to the newspaper to share with the public the
horrors he had seen. A live dog locked in a kennel with a dead
dog, faeces covering the floors of the kennels, and animals
locked up without food and water.

His complaints sparked public outrage and the formation of
an activist group demanding better conditions at the pound
which now has more than 500 members.

But in the first ever public tour of the facility, The Tribune
found it is the culture of cruelty to animals bringing dozens of
neglected and poorly treated dogs and cats to the pound week
after week.

When The Tribune visited the pound yesterday, supervisor
Kirkland Glinton said the 45 dogs and seven cats collected
this week, all killed yesterday, is average.

Department of Agriculture and Marine Resources veteri-
narian Godfrey Springer euthanises the animals with assis-
tance from staff.

He said: “It’s not easy for me as a vet to put animals to
sleep but it’s a public health issue; it’s creating a risk to public
health and as a country we have to remove the disease element
from the population.”

However their work has little impact on the number of stray
dogs wandering throughout New Providence, as Dr Kirkland
said as soon as 50 dogs are collected and killed, another 50 will
be found wandering in the same areas the following week.

What is required is responsible animal ownership, Dr
Springer said. He told The Tribune: “We have to create a cul-
ture of people who love animals.

“We need responsible animal ownership. Dogs are living
things, they need to be fed and watered, and to be housed in a
comfortable home. They need to be seen by a veterinarian at
least twice a year.

“They should not be tied up so the rope around their neck
cuts into their skin, and they should not be roaming into neigh-
bours’ yards or in the streets.”

M What are your views on dog cruelty in the Bahamas?
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PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday said he would be against any amendment to the party’s constitution that would support any effort to oppose leadership contender Paul Moss from nominating to challenge him. “I would not support any effort to oppose his nomination on a technical point. I’ve heard about some attempt to stop Moss from running but God almighty, when the day comes that Perry Christie would have to rely on technical intervention (to remain leader of the party), by God, I should go,” he told The Tribune. Mr Christie was responding to claims from some N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 105 No.266SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PLENTYOF SUNSHINE HIGH 90F LOW 78F I N S I D E SEE PAGESIX S P O R T S A peasant who i mpacted the S EE PAGENINE WORLD Darling ready for the world championships The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE I N S I D E REMINDER: As Monda y is Disco very Day, there will be no Tribune until Tuesday. CONTROVERSIALPOUND THROWSDOORSOPENTOTRIBUNE A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate's Court yesterday for allegedly having sexual intercourse with nine young boys. Navardo Johnson, 29, was charged with nine counts of alleged sexual intercourse with a minor and one count of indecent assault. Court documents allege that Johnson assaulted the boys between January, 2007, and August, 2009. It is claimed the youngsters were between the ages of seven to 14. Johnson, who was charged before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, Nassau, had no lawyer present and was not allowed to enter a plea. The prosecutor in the case objected to bail on the grounds there may be more alleged victims who may come forward, and argued that Johnson may interfere with witnesses. Johnson, of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, was remanded to Her Majesty's Prison in Fox Hill. The case was transferred to Court 10 and adjourned to October 16 for a fixture date and a bail hearing. Man faces NINE child sex charges BAHAMASAIR is inves tigating claims that the downsizing of flights into San Sal vador has left ticketed pas sengers stranded. In a letter sent to The Tribune, frustrated traveller Garnell Williams a resident of San Salvador complained that her return to her home town has been delayed several times because the airline has started using smaller planes on its routes to the family island. Ms Williams, who is stay ing with relatives in New Providence, said she missed her scheduled flight to the island on Sunday and has no guarantee of getting home this week because all of the remaining flights into the island are full. "My only recourse is to go to the airport every day on stand-by. I've done that, but so far without success," said Ms Williams, who added that she has to bear the cost of round-trip travel by taxi to the airport from the Fox Hill area. "Right now Bahamasair Bahamasair probes claims of passengers left stranded ESTRANGED former president of the Airport Air line and Allied Workers Union Nelerene Harding says she is disturbed by reports that an office manager who served under her leadership is on the verge of suicide and pleading for assistance for her daughter after being caught up in the middle of union infighting. In yesterday’s Tribune, 29year-old Krystal Barry told how she and her daughter Rayven’s quality of life has plunged since she lost her job at the union earlier this year following a dispute between executives. Former Secretary General Anthony Bain claims he is now president of the union, in place of former president Nelerene Harding, following years of intra-union strife. Ms Barry claims she is owed around $26,000 by the organisation for her five years of service, but has got nothing as the Department of Labour claims it cannot act to settle the matter until it knows who Former union president upset by office manager’s ‘despair’ Christie ‘against any move to oppose Moss nomination’ SEE page 11 SEE page 11 SEE page 11 LOLA , who was put down yesterday afternoon. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net THIS is starved and sickly pit bull potcake Lola. Just hours after this photograph was taken at the government dog pound ... she was killed. Lola was one of 45 dogs collected by the canine control unit this week and euthanised yesterday morning in time for their carcasses to be collected by environmental health services for disposal, as they are every Friday. Lola was one of tens of thousands of strays who roam the streets of Nassau without food, water or shelter, to their great suffering and at a risk to public health. Staff at the canine control unit say their numbers are increasing as the poor economy and high rate of unemployment has left owners unable to care for their pets, Is this the right way to treat our pets? SEE page 12

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T RIX is a stunning one-yearold spayed tortoiseshell female w ith striking green eyes. She is strong-willed, talkative and loves to be in the middle of everything. Whether it be a boxt hat is about to be filled, a ladd er that is about to be climbed or a purse placed on a table for just a moment, this inquisitive lady cannot help but investig ate. She was surrendered to the B ahamas Humane Society under protest by a schoolgirl w ho happened upon her one day as she waited to be picked up from school. While the girl was disap pointed her parents would not l et her to keep her new friend as a pet, Trix is very grateful that t he family decided to put her up for adoption at the BHS i nstead of simply releasing her into the wild. Due to her social and trusting nature, it appears that Trix had b een owned before being found, but was unfortunately e ither lost or abandoned. Please help her out by providing her with a new, permanent home. T rix is just one of many beaut iful adult cats with lovely personalities on offer at the BHS – in fact, the shelter is running well over full capacity. T hey have all been either spayed or neutered before b eing put up for adoption and are also up to date with their v accinations. The BHS is imploring the public to help its staff save more lives through adoption. "I vex because I purchased a microwave from a major appliance store in January. This is October and the microwave is not w orking. " They claim that they had a technician check it out and it was hit by a power surge, but nothing else in my house was hit by a power surge. I think the microwave w as faulty. I spent $650 for the microwave on a special order and they refuse to fix or give me a new one, saying that the warranty doesn't cover power surges." F rustrated "I vex because police are allowing some drivers to cover their licence plates with 'protective' plastic covers that completely p revent the number being seen! This makes no sense to me; why are these peo p le allowed to drive on the road? Suppose they knock me down, commit a crime, or d o one hit-and-run. What I gone tell the police? That a black car with plastic over the licence plate do that drive by and almost kill me? The slackness in this country got to stop, starting with some lazy, fat, dumb police who can't enforce the simplest laws." C oncerned Citizen I’m more than vexed. Why does a letter postmarked September 22 t ake until October 1 to reach my post office box at the main post office? If the people there don't want to work, I say fire them all and give the job tos omeone who is willing to do the job. There is no excuse for laziness." Fed Up "I vex because half the time when I go t o drop mail off at the Shirley Street Post Office mail slot, there are a bunch ofr aggedy vagrants sprawled all over the stairs. I don't even get out of my car! This h as been going on for years, has no one in charge noticed?" – Vex at the lack of security "I vex at what is go on at these gas stations, how they make the attendants come in and pay for the gas while you in there trying to get something out the conve-n ience store. I been to one gas station on T hompson Boulevard one night round 11 pm – they had five people inside the cashier's cage but in spite of that they was unable to serve any customers because t hey allowed the pump attendants to come from outside, cutting in front of the line to pay for gas first. I wonder if they ever heard of customer service?" S ick and tired "I am happy for the Bahamianisation progress my Haitian neighbours are mak ing, because when they moved into the n eighbourhood, people called them Augustine, then months later their friendss tarted hailing them as Justine and now they are being called Johnson." P rogress Are you vex? Send your complaints to 'whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net' or fax them to 328-2398. WHY YOUVEX? C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net HUNDREDS of capital punishment supporters are expected to flood the streets this Discovery Day holiday fora "pro-hanging" march. Members of the Worker's Party along with relatives and friends of murder victims will agitate for government to resume the execution of prisoners on death row and deny bail to those accused of violent crimes. This comes at a time when the fear of crime is spreading among law abiding citizens and "crazed criminals" are roaming the streets, said Rodney Moncur, leader of the Worker's Party. "The working class of this country is being denied the freedom from fear of earning a decent wage and enjoying it. We are living in fear of taking our earnings home without being robbed and killed on the way and we are being denied the inalienable right and freedom to enjoy the fruits of our labour as criminals attack us in the stores, on the streets, on our doorsteps and even in the sanctity of our homes," said Mr Moncur in a statement released yesterday. "The soaring crime rate is a clear indication that this nation is spiralling out of control. The escalating incidence of mindless criminal activity is symptomatic of the fact that this country is in a free-fall into the abyss of hell, mayhem and violence. All the indications suggest that we are heading pell-mell towards being a failed state," said Mr Moncur, who organised several similar marches last year. Rulings National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest has maintained that rulings by the Privy Council have changed how the Bahamas can carry out capital punishment. In 1993, a Privy Council ruling decided that the death penalty can not be carried out if the prisoner in question has been on death row for more than five years; as a result the sentence is automatically commuted to life imprisonment. In 2006, the country's mandatory death sentence was abolished by the UK judicial body as a breach of human rights. D avid Mitchell, executed in January 2000, was the last person to be hanged in the Bahamas. According to published reports, the Bahamas has hanged 50 men since 1929; five of them were hanged under the Ingraham administration; 13 were hanged under the 25-year rule of the Pindling government; and the remainder were executedb etween 1929 and 1967. None were hanged during the Christie administration, between 2002 and 2007. According to published reports, there are 17 people on death row at Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill. Hundreds expected to take part in ‘pro-hanging march’ TRIX: PET OF THE WEEK W ORKER S P ARTYTOSTEPUPPRESSUREON G OVERNMENT Tommy Turnquest

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FORMER prime minister P erry Christie said some memb ers of his party feed the press sensational and “inaccurate” information about the affairs of the PLP. S peaking with the media outside of Gambier House on Farrington Road Thursday night, Mr Perry Christie strongly denied that the party leadership is attempting to deny anyone the right to challenge him at the upcoming PLP National Convention, a stance he reiterated yesterday (see story, page1 ). “It is not true that we intended as an organisation to cause any resolution to be put here this evening that may have r esulted in a candidate not being able to contest the election. “My goodness me, I have always believed that I am supp orted by the majority of the people that vote in the PLP e lection. I believe that,” he said. Mr Christie added that he has no doubt the person set to challenge him, attorney Paul M oss, is a “credible candidate”. H owever, he questioned how Mr Moss could even think of doing such a thing, when he is a new member of the party and h asn’t even made a speech in the PLP’s hall. “But that is how it is. The c onstitution allows it to happ en. He claims to have support. He is representing St Cecilia, therefore the constitution will allow him to contest the elect ion. It means that I will be challenged by him. “It is also for me to say that it is quite possible that another or others will exercise their right as they complete the explorations they are now making to determine whether I should be challenged,” he said. With this likely to be the only c onvention the PLP will hold before the next general election, Mr Christie said that it will be a “defining one” as many m embers will use this opportunity to “test themselves”. “As I indicated to ZNS in an interview, that has some serious consequences. Because w hen you contest me you are saying that I really should leave p ublic life. And if you do so w ithout even speaking to me you are saying that I should do so in the most undignified manner. It therefore means I must p rotect myself and make judgments as to what is best for the organisation as we go forward,” he said. However, Mr Christie said he has some good news for the party. “The good news is I am going to win. The good news is I am going to be the leader of the PLP, and the good news is Iw ill competing for the prime ministership of the Bahamas. “And I believe the most important point I can make is t hat my party will be fully in support of me moving forward even unto the point when we name the many candidates who will be coming in for the first t ime,” he said. Christie accuses some PLP members of ‘sensationalising’ party business A BROKEN transformer was apparently to blame for a blackout that left the entire island of New Providence without power for between oneand four hours yesterday morning. The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC issued a statement explaini ng that at 8.35am, a 1 32,000 volt transformer at the Clifton Pier Power Station faulted. The corporation said the restoration process began immediately and that elec-t ricity was restored to s ome customers by 9.22am. Supply to most customers was restored by 11am, the statement said. “The corporation apologises for any inconve n ience caused,” it said. Broken transformer blamed for blackout By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net T he attorney for Abaco residents disgruntled about the heavy fuel burning power station being built in their midst has called on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to “put his money where hism outh is” when it comes to climate change and c utting greenhouse gas emissions. Fred Smith, a partner at law firm Callendar’s and Co and attorney for a group of residents that oppose the Wilson City power plant, yest erday “commended” Mr Ingraham for his comments to the United Nation’s Summit on Climate Change but suggested that if he is truly committed to preserving this country and thew orld’s environmental future, Mr Ingraham w ould cause a rethink of the Wilson City power plant project and enact an environmental pro t ection act that calls for limits on pollutants. In a pre-recorded message to the September S ummit, attended by hundreds of world leaders and diplomats on September 22, Mr Ingraham described the “serious threat that climate change poses to our economic viability, social development and territorial integrity.” H e said the world, and particularly low-lying states like the Bahamas, face “serious challenges” a s a result of climate change and called on coun tries to come to a global accord in Copenhagen, D enmark in December that will involve “ambitious, legally binding targets” to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to it. Mr Ingraham told leaders that the Bahamas is “committed to collaborating with the family of nations to ensure our own survival, and the surv ival of humankind in a sustainable development model for Planet Earth.” But while commending the prime minister for his comments “which clearly appreciate the imminent danger to the very existence of theB ahamas” that climate change poses, Mr Smith said it is hypocritical for him to state such a com-m itment whilst supporting the construction of the Wilson City plant and failing thus far to foll ow through on his party’s commitment, as outlined in its 2007 election manifesto, to enact laws to protect the environment. Many Abaco residents and others have objected to the power plant on the basis that it will bep owered by burning Bunker C fuel, which many fear will cause long-term damage to the sensitives urrounding environment, partly through the release of air pollution. We cannot on the one hand be promoting cleaner air environments whilst at the same time b uilding power plants that are the worst polluters,” said Mr Smith yesterday. He said not only should the government rethink the plant, but it should ensure that an environmental protection act is passed which p uts limits on emissions by both the government and private industry, among other things. Rather than waiting or promoting international conventions to help protect the Bahamas as a small island developing nation,” the Bahamas should “help itself by creating a proactive and environmentally sound energy policy,” said Mr Smith. PMunder pressure over Abaco power station Perry Christie

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I got a Prepaid Visa credit card from Bank of The Bahamas International (BOB in August 2007. O f course, at the time I did not expect to be able to use ito n the island of (South or anywhere else in The B ahamas for that matter because most Bahamian businesses, at that time, did not have internet websites that offer online purchasing services; thus, any intent on using the credit card required that one w alked into the actual place of business to exact transactions. O f course, I could not (and still cannot) use the card at any Automated Teller Machines (ATM because even though BOB has been here for over 15 years there are still no ATMs here. T he card did, however, come in handy for making online purchases from other countries and I found it exceptionally convenient for foreign travels. I used the card to purchase tickets and make hotel reservations, rent cars, get food and purchase all sorts of other stuff, including CDs, printing supplies and clothing. I was in love with my Prepaid Visa Credit Card. Fast forward two years later and I am not as excited with my credit card anymore, but the problem with that is that it is not the card or BOB’s fault. I am frustrated because I still cannot use the card online to do business with the majority of Bahamian companies. Sure, I can purchase tickets from Bahamasair but South Andros is not one of Bahamasair’s des tinations. I can make hotel reservations online but only to t he fancy and more expensive properties on the Cable Beachs trip and Paradise Island. Until recently, I could pay m y phone bill and purchase phone cards online but the Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC to shut the system down because crooks and shysters compromised the process; so t hat little convenience was stripped away and there’s no t elling when it is going to be reinstated. Today, the BOB Visa Prepaid Credit Card that should help to make my life easier on the Family Island is a worthless piece of plastic whereI need it to be most worthwhile. I s it asking too much if I want to be able to go online to pay my utility bills (telephone, elec tricity and water)? In this day and age Family Islanders who shop wholesale in New Providence should be able to go online to websites from the different major foodstores and wholesale outlets to purchase grocery, cleaning and other supplies and have them shipped to the mail boat of their choice. The same goes for other businesses that sell computers, furniture, building supplies and other essentials. I should be able to go online to a Commonwealth Bank website and use my credit card to p ay on my loan account that I have with them or to a Family Guardian website to pay my insurance premiums. It would be convenient if I c ould purchase my airline tickets on Western Air or Perfor m ance Air through the internet rather than having to go to t he airport. Should establishments decide to put such mechanisms in place this would provide new jobs and profits for persons and businesses that provide internet technology (IT S ales and marketing companies would make money because i nformation about the avail ability of such services and how can they be utilised must be advertised. Businesses that employ such mechanism will benefit from their investments particularly o nce the general public of cred it card holders in the Family Islands get the hang of it. Banks will see an increase in credit card applicants particularly those persons interested in enjoying the convenience of having prepaid credit cards and, of course, they will also not have to worry about default on credit card payments because cardholders will only be able to spend what monies they put on the card. This would also give cardholders a new sense of control in their spending habits. Of course, this will require that BTC and any other company responsible for internet infrastructure improve their ser vices and expand to those areas where such services are lack ing. It is high time that the Government, business establish ments and banks work together to help improve our financial systems while simultaneously engineering ways to guarantee that family islanders reap the benefits of taking advantage of modern conveniences such as prepaid credit cards. Employing mechanisms to ensure the continuous tenable growth and development of interisland commerce will help in our mission to encourage Bahamians to spend at home and move our country closer to financial sustainability, particularly in difficult economic times such as what the world is now experiencing. I might not live in New Providence or Grand Bahama, but that is no excuse for me being disadvantaged. I want to live easy and I would like to be able to use my BOB credit card at home in South Andros from behind a computer screen to pay the bills, get the things thatI need and have my grocery shipped on the Captain Moxey. Besides, what is the point of having a credit card if it is not convenient to me on the island where I live? And, then again, in The Bahamas in the 21st Century, is that too much to ask? MARVIN R Z GIBSON The Bluff, South Andros, October, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune. The Government is failing to realise that The Bahamas is a plural society, with both Black and White citizens, each having a separate culture. The Black citizens were raised on farm produce and the seafood products, and the sea turtle are some of those sea products. Banning the catching of turtles is not the answer, “Education is the answer.” Let the people know that whenever they find the nest, leave some or all of the eggs. While our White citizens prefer foods that are imported, (meat, poultry, ham, eggs, e tc.) foods that are chemically laden, which may very well c ause cancer, our Black citizens prefer sea foods, including the turtle. When you ban the catching of the turtle, you are telling me, a Black person and some Whites, to eat the imports that are laden with chemicals. You are also saying to me, “It’s my way or the highway.” Turtles are not our national anything. The Marlin is our national fish, yet every year, foreign people come here and slaughter them/all in the name of sport, and nothing is said about it. When a Marlin is hooked, it takes about six to eight hours before that fish is landed. Could you imagine the blood lost, the pain, the agony, the fright that fish goes through and finally death? These are the things you campaigners should be seeking to ban. It is wrong to desecrate our National flag, it is wrong to k ill our National bird, the f lamingo, so why are the cam p aigners not fighting for a ban on the destruction of our National fish? Turtles are not our National anything. Let’s make sense. Let’s wipe the slate clean. You want to ban the turtles, then let’s ban the slaughtering of our National fish. We must stop allowing foreigners to dictate to us what we should pass laws on. It will only sow seeds of criminal behaviour among our people. It seems that we took advice from a few White men in England (the Privy Council) not to hang anyone. As a result, look at what is happening in our country today. Criminals are killing as though it’s a 9am 5pm job. We are now taking more advice from a few campaigners, some foreigners and maybe some Bahamians who want a ban on the catching of sea turtles, where there is already a closed season and an open season for them, so why a total ban? Remember, when you ban something, you swing the door wide open for black market operations, w hich will lead to greater problems. And it will happen. I trust that the Hon. Minister of Fisheries will rethink this ban, take the matter higher and cause there to be a reverse decision. To those who want to eat the chemically laden imports, fine, but as for me, I love turtle meat, and I will eat turtle meat. CAPT BAIN Nassau, October, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com – updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON In his State of the U nion address a little over 13 years ago, President Bill Clinton proclaimed “the era ofb ig government” was over. After a year of butting heads with the new Republican m ajority in Congress, Clinton signaled a willingness to change course and acknowledge the message voters had sent in the 1994 midterm elections: time to trim the sails of Washington’s ambitions. Y et when President Obama addressed his first joint session of Congress earlier this y ear, many believed big government was back. Economic turmoil, coupled with the new power trifecta in Washington Democratic control of the House, Senate and presid ency for the first time since 1993 breathed new life into Leviathan’s lungs.T he lack of aggressive remedies in Washington, the new president complained, b ecame an “excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy.” And during the Bush years, he asserted, “regulations were gutted for the sake of a quick profit.” The Democrats’ resurgence coupled with e conomic distress meant nothing was safe from Washington’s reach. Banks, energy c ompanies, health care, the automobile industry and even CEO pay, to name a few, w ould now come under the control of White House czars and activist lawmakers in Con gress. “Move fast,” Democratic operatives warned. A good crisis is a terrible thing to waste. I t took about two years for the curtain to fall on Clinton’s era of big government. Oba m a’s may have ended sooner. A growing body of evidence supports this contention. V oter cynicism about the consequences of Washington on steroids is one example. A new survey by Democratic pollster Geoff Garin, widely reported by the media last week, underscores this point. When asked “who” was helped most by recent government economic policies, a majority said large banks” (62 per cent investment companies” (54 per cent 10 percent responded “my family/myself.” Some say these data suggest the governm ent should do even more. “Politically,” The New York Times wrote, “the poll does a nice job of capturing one of the central challenges for the White House and Democrats in Congress. Voters do not think elected officials have done enough to mitigate the damage from the recession.” This assessment misses the point. It’s not that they haven’t done enough. They’ve done too much or at least the wrong things. Independent voters, who supported O bama in 2008, are the best indicators here. The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey regu-l arly asks a similar question: “Should the government do more/Does it do too much?” I n February 2009, independents answered, “do more” by a slim 46 per cent to 44 per cent margin. By September 2009, those desiring “more government” had slipped to a 21point deficit (35 per cent to 56 per cent B eliefs about regulation of business and industry are also moving in an unexpected d irection. Given the financial meltdown and charges that regulators were asleep at the switch, you might expect voters to support more rather than less government intervention. Surprisingly, American attitudes, espec ially among swing voters, have shifted towards less intervention. Last September,f or example, on the eve of the economic collapse, 38 per cent of independents r esponded that there was too much regula tion of business and industry. One year later, those numbers have risen to 50 per cent. Growing doubts about Washington’s ability to solve the nation’s health care probl ems are another indication. Several polls released in the last week, i ncluding those by Fox News and Ras mussen, indicate support for the govern m ent’s capacity to address this critical issue has reached a new low. Americans don’t deny the problem, just Washington’s ability to fix it. The prospects of bigger government are s tirring other worries. Rasmussen, for example, also reported last week that for the first t ime in two years, voters now place con cerns about “government ethics and cor r uption” slightly ahead of the economy. As Washington tries to expand its role, Ameri cans’ suspicions about wrongdoing by public officials goes up as well. Taken together these indicators suggest deep and growing unease with the size, scope and direction of government in Washington especially among swing voters. Obama’s saturation media coverage, reminding people he and the Democrats in Congress are in charge and unchecked is part of the reason.D eeply divisive and highly partisan congressional leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D -Calif., are another. Change in Washington may require an intervening election next November. Yet many Americans already are calling for the end of big government again. (This article was written by Gary Andres C.2009 Hearst Newspapers). Why banning turtle catching is misconceived LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Is the era of big government fading? My wor thless credit card

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O UANAMINTHE, Haiti FORMER President Jim my Carter travelled to His p aniola on Wednesday to meet political leaders, health workers and malaria victims i n hopes of jump-starting efforts to eradicate the disease in the Caribbean, accord i ng to the Associated Press . T he battle against the mos quito-borne disease in the Dominican Republic andn eighbouring Haiti has been frustrating, with health offi cials complaining of a lack of c ooperation between both country's governments. Carter said on his visit to Ounaminthe and to Dajabon i n the Dominican Republic, just across a river border separating the two countries, thath e hopes to expand a $200,000 pilot project established in those towns by then onprofit Carter Centre to c urb malaria's spread. The project's funding runs out early next year, but Carter said he hopes governments,n on-profit health groups and private foundations will pick u p the tab for a broader e ffort. "One of the most important developments has beent he new cooperation between t he two countries," Carter said while touring a Haitian hospital that treats many malaria victims. "And for the first time in history, they are targeting the complete elimi n ation of the disease instead of just treating sick people." Ridding this corner of the world of the disease, he said, w ould also eliminate the threat that it could spread to nearby islands, includingJ amaica and the Bahamas. An estimated 30,000 people in Haiti and several thou-s and more across the border suffer each year from malaria, w hich causes high fevers and flu-like symptoms that kills more than one million peo ple each year, mostly in A frica. B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT – Murder a ccused Wilfred McPhee Jr took the witness stand in his defence on Thursday, telling the Supreme Court that police promised him “a deal” if he signed a statement about the death of Corporal EddisonB ain. Co-accused Edwin Bauld Jr did not take the stand. The two men are on trial f or the robbery, kidnapping and murder of Bain, whose body was discovered in a ditch near the Casuarina Bridge on October 22, 2007. M cPhee, 26, told the court that he had not known Bain was a police officer. D uring questioning by his attorney Mario Gray, McPhee said the statements taken byp olice during their investigat ion were not true. H e claimed he never read his statement and only signed it because Sgt Darrell Rolle had offered him a deal. M cPhee said he was beaten and threatened by police and denied his right to speak with an attorney and his family. According to McPhee’s version of events, Bauld told him o n October 19 about a plan t o rob his own cousin (Corporal Bain) of money. Bauld then went over the plan with his girlfriend, Gahnise Campbell at the Royal Islander Hotel. The two accused then d ropped off Gahnise in B auld’s tan Lumina to Kwan Yin to meet with Bain. He and Bauld then went to the Island Seas Beach and hid int he bushes to wait for them. McPhee said when they spotted Bain and Ms Campbell, they came out of the bushes and accosted them. “We told them to get down, and I told Gahnise that I wasg oing to rape her, but I didn’t mean it – I wanted it to look good,” he said. McPhee saidh e had wrapped a towel around the tree branch, pretending it was a gun. H e said Gahnise ran to the L umina and waited for them. McPhee said Bain complied w ith their demands, and they put the victim in the back seat of his own car, a 1999 Honda Accord. He said Bauld took Bain’s wallet, removed the ATM c ard and choked Bain until h e disclosed his pin number. McPhee said he drove the Lumina while Bauld drove Bain’s vehicle, then they met at the Boulevard Service Station, after which he followed B auld in Bain’s car to Casuar ina Bridge. The witness told the court Bauld then took Bain out of the vehicle. H e said Bain told them that he was a police officer, was soon to be married and was looking forward to a bright future. McPhee said Bauld put Bain in a hole. H e said Bain was still alive when they left. Bauld is represented by B rian Hanna. Acting Justice Jethro Miller is presiding over the trial. Vernal Collie andE rica Kemp of the Attorney G eneral’s Office are prosecuting. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE is hereby given that YOLANDABELTRE CONTRERAS of FAITH GARDENS #2, MIRRIAN CLOSE, APT #16, P.O. BOX GT-2014 , 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 3rddayof October, 2009to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE McPhee: Police promised me ‘a deal’ Hispaniola leaders aim to eradicate malaria FORMER US President Jimmy Carter, center, applauds next to his wife Rosalynn Carter during their visit to the La Bomba neighbor hood in Dajabon, Dominican republic, on the border with Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009. Ramon Espinosa AP Photo

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By FRANCIS NORONHA O C TOBER 11, 2009, represents the day of the Canonization of Blessed Damien at theC hurch of Santa Maria del Carmelo in Transpontina in Via della Conciliazione 14 , which is near St. Peter's Basilica in R ome, Italy. A great crowd is expected at this very large Church when Fr. Alfred Bell, the PostulatorGeneral of the Order of theS acred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, will conduct the service. Henceforth, the world will refer to S t. Damien de Veuster, an individual who spent his life helping the lepers, and finally succumbed to the disease himself * * * * Hawaii (like The Bahamas conjures up visions of an idyllicp aradise, with golden sunshine, dark blue skies, green islandsw ith exotic flowers, long s tretches of white beaches, s waying palm trees, sparkling c lear water and soft island breezes. Described as the Para dise of the Pacific, Hawaii comprises about eight major i slands, including Molokai (the Friendly Island which is about3 8 miles long and 10 miles wide), as well as numerous r ocky islets, reefs and shoals. On April 15, 1989, over 50,000 people from all over the world converged on Molokai, not as tourists in search of sun,s ea and sand, but in honour of the hero of Hawaii, Fr. Damien, w ho reserves a permanent place in world history as the individual who confronted and spotlighted the ageless international scourge of leprosy, contracti ng the disease and finally dying on Molokai on April 15, 1889.T oday, due to modern medicine and technology, leprosy d oes not represent the horrible spectre that it was from the ear liest days of mankind. Hawaii has experienced a turbulent history. Captain J ames Cook landed on the islands in 1778 (named them t he Sandwich Islands after the fourth Earl of Sandwich), and w as killed by the local people in a riot on his return in 1779. Hawaii was a kingdom, and the last to rule was Queen Liliuokalani who, among her n umerous accomplishments, composed the hauntingly beau t iful farewell song “Aloha Oe”. United States settlers fomented a revolution in 1893 when the Queen was deposed, and set up a provisional government, which, after associations with t he USA, became the 50th State in the Union on August 21, 1959. From the dawn of history, leprosy has been regardeda s a loathsome disease, and was r egarded with terror as it has been highly contagious and incurable from the earliest days of mankind. A papyrus in a B erlin museum mentions leprosy as an abomination over 6,000 years ago; other documents mention its existence inC hina in 2000 BC and in Japan i n 1500 BC; and the Bible and the Talmud refer to leprosy. The disease is mentioned in the Old Testament, and the New T estament records Jesus cur ing the ten lepers. Leperc olonies are often named Lazaretto after the leper L azarus who in the Bible sat at the gate of the rich man. Leprosy was spreading over the world at the time of the birth of the sixth child of F ranois and Catherine de Veuster on January 3, 1840, inT remeloo, Belgium. At the ceremony, the baby Joseph raised h is clenched fist, and the godfather, a military man, interpreted it as a salute and an omen that the boy would become a soldier. J oseph enjoyed a happy childhood in the beautiful,p eaceful hamlet of Tremeloo, where his pious parents ensured t hat he received his early education in Flemish at the knee o f his mother. The few books in the home were mainly religious, a favourite being “The Lives of the Saints”. K ind and generous but also strong and exuberant, Joseph engaged in adventurous pranks which often landed him in troub le. He also tended the family f lock of sheep, and helped the local smith with his work, including the digging of graves a task he would perform o ften in later years. T wo of Joseph's brothers and a sister entered the religious life, and at age 19 Joseph followed his brother Pamphile into the Congrega-t ion of the Sacred Hearts of J esus and Mary (often known as the Picpus Fathers after Picpus Street where the order started) , assuming the name D amien after the saint and physician. After ordination, Fr. Pamphile was selected as a mission-a ry to Hawaii, but contracted t yphus, a debilitating illness which was ravaging Louvain. As Damien had fervently begged to become a missiona ry, he was selected to replace his brother as a missionary to H awaii. In 1865 King Kamchameh a V of Hawaii issued a decree that all incurable lepers must be banished to Kalawao settlement on the island of Molokai, so Friendly Island became D eath Island. Families were disrupted through this forceds eparation husbands from wives, parents from children, r elatives from loved ones but in many cases those unwilling to be separated joined their banished ones, being fully aware that they would never be a llowed to leave the colony. In Honolulu Bishop Maig ret spoke movingly to a few priests about the heart-breaki ng plight of the lepers on Molokai who lived out their lives in abject poverty and overwhelming hopelessness, with no priest to comfort them. After a p ause, Fr. Damien's strong voice rang out: “Please send m e.” He had passed his own death sentence. F r. Damien arrived at the leper colony of Molokai, and w as presented with a harrowing picture of misery, sorrow and broken spirits, and Dante's banner over Hell could have been s trung over the settlement with the words: “Abandon Hope, all ye who enter here.” Author John Farrow d escribes the lepers: “Where h ad been, there were craters of pus; and there were gaping cavities, disease-infected holes, that m erged with rotting mouths, w here noses should be. Ears were pendulous masses, many times their natural size, or were shriveled to almost nothing. Hands were without fingers and some arms were merely stumps. Feet and legs were equallyr epulsive, and bodies of most o f these repulsive creatures were bloated and pitted, shrunken and swollen, but never of a normal shape. They w ere a pitiable revolting sight, their wounds and sores being entirely undressed or covered with filthy matter soakedr ags.” A vile odorous strong s tench generally accompanied the diseased and rotting flesh. Prayer F r. Damien had to overcome his strong repugnance byi ntense prayer. Surveying the small primitive filthy huts a ffording shelter to the hundreds of lepers devoid of hope or purpose in life, disregarded and disowned by humanity, he knew that God had invited him t o a special vocation. Ancient Egyptians described leprosy asd eath before death, and author R.L. Stevenson, who visited the c olony many years after numerous improvements had been made, described it as “a pitiful place to visit and hell to dwell in.” A heart-breaking visit to every settlement filled Fr. D amien with great sadness, and he spent his first night (and m any subsequent nights) in prayer under a tree near the small abandoned wooden chapel. His first task was to offi ciate at a leper's funeral whenf our lepers carried the body wrapped in pieces of old matt ing to the shallow ditch (the grave) in the open cemetery where wild, hungry dogs prowled at night, often uncovering the graves and devouring t he corpses. Fr. Damien coped with the gigantic, overwhelming task by constant prayer and perseverance and determination to dot he will of God despite overwhelming obstacles. He encouraged the apathetic, listless, doomed people to believe in G od and in themselves, which resulted in new neatly-constructed homes, a church, a school for the children, the cultivation of crops, recreationalf acilities and other amenities. F r. Damien simultaneously tackled the h uman problems of promiscuity, prostitution, gambling, illicit manufacture of alcohol and pagan superstitions. He also built up a sense of family andc ommunity; he encouraged selfhelp programmes; he visited the lonely and sick, cajoling med i cal supplies from the Hawaiian Board of Health; he com-f orted the sick and the dying; he b uried the dead, often cons tructing the coffins and digg ing the graves himself; and, most of all, he made the lepers a ware that they were children of God. Greatly loved and r evered, he was given the affectionate name of Kamiano. H owever, Fr. Damien suf fered moments of loneliness a nd discouragement when his dedication was misunderstood by civil authorities and even by people inside the Church. Called strong-willed and obsti n ate because his intense determination was focused on the w elfare of his beloved lepers, Fr. Damien was often impatient with the bureaucracy of Hawaii's Board of Health and he made endless demands on the C hurch authorities. He himself led a very simple, a ustere life, and his only hobby was a pipe which he sometimes s moked to overcome the stench of the odours of rotting flesh. Fr. Damien disliked personal publicity but was glad when good Queen Liliuokalani d ecided to visit Molokai. At the celebrations the Queen stepped o n the platform to address the people, and she surveyed the d isease-ravaged people, and was silent. She endeavoured to speak, but was overcome with emotion as her eyes filled with tears and her lips trembled, so a m ember of the royal retinue said a few words to the gather i ng. The Queen toured the island and, visibly moved, i nformed Fr. Damien that she could not believe that anyone would stay on the island of his own free will. He replied: “It is my work. They are my parishioners.” The Queen replied softly and emotionally: “Yourp arishioners and my peo ple.” Thereafter, Queen Lili uokalani exerted all her influe nce to ensure that Fr. Damien was supported by the authori ties in the country, and this eased his burden a great deal. Fr. Damien was 45 years old when he celebrated Mass one Sunday morning in 1885. He always commenced his sermon with “My brethren”. This Sunday there was a dramatic change when he looked around, paused and started with: “We l epers”. He had finally and inevitably contracted the fatal disease. For four long years Fr. Damien bore the scourge of leprosyw hich slowly eroded his muscular frame. The realization that his time was running out only spurred him on just as a s printer makes his final spurt on the last lap of the race. In 1886 Ira Dutton (of Stowe, Vermont, USA, who changed his name to Josephw hen he joined the Catholic Church) went to Molokai to assist Fr. Damien. As leprosy took its toll of Fr. Damien, he w as overjoyed to see that leprosy was gaining international attention, and a lazaretto was established on the island by three Franciscan Sisters, led byM other Marianne, a most extraordinary individual, whose devotion to education in Uti c a, leadership qualities in Syracuse and subsequently at St.J oseph's Hospital made her w ell-known in the country. She l ed six Sisters to travel 6,000 m iles to Molokai where she devoted the rest of her life to t he lepers. Fr. Damien's death on April 1 5, 1889, plunged Hawaii into intense sorrow in a world wherel eprosy was now well-known. The priest who disliked publici ty was now an international figure. Newspapers everywhere poured tributes to the priest who had sacrificed his life for the untouchables of society. F r. Damien's last resting place, in accordance with his w ishes, was under the same tree where he had spent his first night on the island. At another memorial site there was a granite cross above a white marble t ablet with the words: “Greater love hath no man than this, thata man lay down his life for his friends.” T he Belgian King 47 years later requested the USA Presi dent for the return of the remains of Fr. Damien to his native country. On January 27, 1 936, the remains were dug up, and as the coffin was trans p orted to Belgium the lepers mournfully sang the beautiful f arewell song “Aloha Oe” while the people on the island wept and were inconsolable. The remains of Fr. Damien now rest in the Chapel of the P icpus Fathers in Louvain, Belgium. Robert Louis Stevenson, w ho had valiantly and vigor ously defended Fr. Damien a gainst his detractors predicted that within a century Rome would raise Damien the Leper to her altars as a Saint of the Church. The London “Times” described the priest as “one of the noblest Christian heroes.”T he Hawaiian Legislature selected the priest in 1967 as one of the state's two out standing citizens to be hono ured by statues in the Statuary Hall in Washington, DC, USA. Memorials to Fr. Damien exist in countries around the world, and many people around the globe bear the name Damien. The peasant from the village of Tremeloo has forcefully impact ed world history. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11TH, 2009 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays) Sisters’ Prayer Meeting: 10:00 a.m. (2nd Thursday of each month11:30am SpeakerElder Brentford Isaacs October Is Missions Month At Central A life devoted to helping lepers C C A A N N O O N N I I Z Z A A T T I I O O N N O O F F B B L L E E S S S S E E D D D D A A M M I I E E N N ( ( J J O O S S E E P P H H ) ) D D E E V V E E U U S S T T E E R R ( ( 1 1 8 8 4 4 0 0 1 1 8 8 8 8 9 9 ) ) (AP Photos/Hawaii State Archive A FILE PHOTO provided by the Hawaii State Archive shows Father Damien two months before his death in 1889 at the leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa, Hawaii. I n The Bahamas, there are three dedicated priests who belong to the same order as Fr. Damien, namely the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They are Fr. Martin Gomes, of St. Joseph's Church, and Fr. Michael Kelly,o f Our Lady's Church, both on the island of New Providence; and Fr. Patrick Fanning, who is in charge of all the Catholic Churches on Long Island. ABAHAMASCONNECTION

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net ALTHOUGH he didn’t win his professional card at the Central American and Caribbean Body-b uilding Championships, James ‘Jay’ Darling was pleased with the two gold medals he captured for the Bahamas. Now he’s even more enthused about making the long trek to Doha, Q atar at the end of the month to c ompete in the Worlds Men’s Bodybuilding Championships. Darling, the national men’s champ ion sponsored jointly by Pro-Lab, Natrol and Bally Total Fitness, was one of 11 athletes who represented t he Bahamas at the CAC Champio nships last weekend in Georgetown, G renada. The Bahamas ended up third b ehind champions Barbados and run ners-up Trinidad & Tobago. “The trip was good. Everyone was i n good spirits heading towards the t rip,” Darling said. “But it was disappointing that we had an athlete that didn’t show for whatever reason. Other than that, it was a good show.” This year’s championships attracted more than 200 athletes from 19c ountries, the largest entries in quite some time. Doubling up in the men’s masters and the middleweight divisions, Darling said the masters turned out to be more competitive for him than it w as for the middleweight. Most of the guys in the masters were medallists in their respective weights, so I had both the superh eavyweight and heavyweight, who were both silver medalists and I had to beat them to win the masters,” he said. D arling, who picked up his tenth gold medal at the championships, missed out on his bid to secure his p ro card when he went into the posedown. The overall title went to Barbados’ l ight heavyweight champion Martinus Durrant. “When I go off, I go to do the best I could do,” said Darling, when asked if he was disappointed that he didn’t win the title. “I gave it my everything. I had the feel that I won it, but it w asn’t meant to be. It’s a judges’ s port, so I won’t let that stop me. I’m still preparing to head to the World G ames at the end of this month, so I will try again.” Through his sponsors, Darling said h e was able to stay focussed and was a ble to perform at his best in Grenada. But he said that’s behind him and he’s now concentrating on Doha. “Over there I was on my game. My diet was down and nutrition was fairly decent,” he said. “Over there, Ih ad a large following from Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada and Bermuda. “I had a lot of positive feedbacks from the judges too. So if there is anything that I think I would need to look at is dropping to a lighterw eight division so I could come in a l ittle more leaner.” Although he felt he was in the best condition he could be at the championships, Darling said as long as hed oesn’t win the ultimate title then he’s going to be disappointed in his performance. It’s always good to achieve the maximum best. Unless you achieve the maximum best, I think there’sa lways going to be room for improvement,” he said. “So in that regard, I’m not that disappointed.” B ut the Royal Bahamas Defense Force Officer said he’s not going to let that dampen his spirits as he prep are for the World’s. Pro Lab is sponsoring me as much a s they can, but I still need some financial assistance with my accomm odations over there,” Darling said. “I’m hoping the government will assist in this because I’m going to bec arrying the (Bahamian r eally want to do well over there.” Darling, along with heavyweight Teddy Gray, are scheduled to leave town on October 29 and return home on November 7. It will be his first appearance in t he World’s because when he was scheduled to travel to the Czech Republic in 2006, he had to stay home due to his job commitment. “This one, everything looks great. I’m in good condition and Iw ant to represent my country and t o represent them very well,” Dar ling stated. Darling pleased with CAC performance MARK Knowles and Andy Roddick played their semifinal match at Open today in Beijing, China. The BahamianAmerican duo were scheduled to face the team of Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Phillipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. Both teams are unseeded. The winner will play the winner of the other half of the draw that features number two seeds American identical twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against the French team of Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy. The final is set for Sunday. Next week, Knowles is expected to be reunited with his regular doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India as they play in the Shanghai Open. Bhupathi is coming off a groin injury that he sustained playing Davis Cup for India. That forced Knowles to team up to play with Roddick in this week’s tournament. Knowles, Roddick in China Open semifinal Prepares to compete at World Championship James ‘Jay’ Darling JUSTIN Roberts claimed his third consecutive singles title yesterday when he defeated number two seedG eorge Semander of Arub a 6-1, 6-0 in the Boys 14under singles final in the Curacao Junior Open 09. Roberts also added the Boys 14-under doubles title as he and partner Victor Gurevich of the United States defeated the top seed ed team of Timothy Blok and Geroge Semander of Aruba 6-4, 6-4. In the latter match, the score was not as close as it looked as Roberts and Gurevich led 5-2 in each set before suffering a slight let down allowing their opponents to cut the deficit to 54, only to eventually prevail 6-4. This is the final COTECC Boys 14-under event for Roberts in 2009 as he now sets his sights on two of the toughest junior tournaments in the United States the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships and Junior Orange Bowl. Both tournaments are held in Florida in December with a strong contingent of junior players coming from Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Here’s a look at the resultys from the Curacao Junior Open: B OYS 14-UNDER SINGLES F INAL No.1 Justin Roberts def. N o.2 George Semander of Aruba 6-1, 6-0. BOYS 14-UNDER DOUBLES F INAL No.2 Justin Roberts (Bahamas (United States George Semander/Timothy Blok (Aruba GIRLS 18-UNDER DOUBLES FINAL No.2 Victoria Rodriquez (Mexico (Bahamas men Blanco/Barbara Rodriquez (Venezuela 7-6 (2 Simone Pratt (BAH tures her first ITF Girls 18under doubles champi onships at the Curacao Junior Open when she and partner Victoria defeated the No.1 seeded team from Venezuela in straight sets 63, 7-6 (2 Pratt currently has a ITF World Ranking of No.1080, which will go up as a result of winning one round in singles and claiming the dou bles title. Pratt has plans to play the Eddie Herr and Junior Orange Bowl in an attempt to win her first major singles title. Rober ts wins thir d Junior Open title FOR a long time, local tennis players have been seeking the assistance of a proper fitness training programme. Marion Bain has stepped up to take care of that situation. Recently, world famous tennis fitness and strength coach Pat Etchebrry conducted a fitness programme where Bain was one ofthe 10 students to successfully pass the certification course. Above Bain is shown receiving her certified certificate from Etchebrry. BAIN PASSES TENNIS CERTIFICATION COURSE Nadal, Djokovic reach semis at China Open PAGE 10

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 10, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM n OLYMPICS COPENHAGEN Associated Press ALL those beautiful beaches and Tiger Woods, too! After more than a century on the sidelines, golf will return to the Olympics at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Rugby, last played in 1924, is coming back as well. Both were reinstated for the 2016 and 2020 games after a vote Friday by the International Olympic Committee. They are the first sports added since triathlon and taekwondo joined the program for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Each sport received majority support in separate votes after leading athletes and offi cials from both camps gave presentations, including a taped video message from Woods and other top pros. Woods has indicated he would play in the Olympics if golf were accepted for 2016. “There are millions of young golfers worldwide who would be proud to represent their country,” Woods said from the Presidents Cup in San Francisco. “It would be an honor for anyone who plays this game to become an Olympian.” Golf was approved 63-27 with two abstentions. Rugby was voted in 81-8 with one abstention. “We were ecstatic and wanted to jump on the table, but we sort of restrained ourselves,” former New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu told The Associated Press. “It was just fantastic for the game.” Golf will stage a 72-hole stroke-play tournament for men and women, with 60 players in each field. Rugby will organize a four-day seven-a-side tournament instead of the more tradition al 15-a-side game for 12 men’s and women’s teams. “I think it’s fantastic, an unbelievable day for the game of golf,” Jack Nicklaus said. “The impact is going to be felt all over the world, which is what I’ve always felt about the game. The game is a mature game in many countries, but it never had the opportunity to grow in many others. People of all walks of life will be inspired to play the game of golf, and play for sports’ highest recognition. For all sports, that has been a gold medal.” The venue and schedule for both sports in Rio de Janeiro has yet to be decided. The golf tournament will not necessarily be played Thursday through Sunday, bid leader and PGA Tour vice president Ty Votaw said. “It might be Wednesday to Saturday,” Votaw said. “Or it might be that the women’s competition is first, and the men’s is second. ... All of those things need to be worked out over the next sev en years.” British bookmaker William Hill immediately made Woods the favorite in Rio, giving 6-1 odds that he will the gold medal. It gave the same odds for any player from Britain or Ireland winning. Golf, rugby make Olympic roster for 2016, 2020 FORMER New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu plays with children at Rugbbyklubben Speed in Copenhagen, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The International Olympic Committee will decide on Friday Oct.9, if rugby is to become an Olympic discipline. Fabian Bimmer/ AP Photo SPORTS IN BRIEF n F OOTBALL N EW YORK A ssociated Press MICHAEL VICK will be giving the public an inside look at his life dur-i ng an eight-part television series scheduled to debut on BET next year. Tentatively titled “The Michael Vick Project,” the cable show will follow the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback as het ries to redeem himself a fter going to prison for 18 months for his role in o perating a dogfighting r ing. DuBose Entertainm ent, which is co-producing the series, and BET officiallya nnounced the show Friday. “I think its important t o show our youth and o ur kids that you face a dversity but you’re not responsible for falling, y ou’re responsible for getting up,” Vick said earlier this week. “I’mv ery remorseful about w hat happened and what I did. I just don’t want other people to go down that path. I’m trying to make it right and repair past damages. That’s all Iw ant to show.” The show is part reality TV, part documentary, c hronicling Vick’s rise from a difficult childhood to becoming a stara t Virginia Tech, the No. 1 overall draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, and at the time the high e st paid player in the NFL. Eagles’ Vick to star in 8-part TV series n TENNIS BEIJING Associated Press R AFAEL NADALmoved into the semifinals of the China Open on Friday by defeating Marat Safin 6-3, 6-1. N adal outplayed the former topr anked Russian from the start and remains on track to meet Novak Djokovic in the final Sunday.D jokovic defeated Fernando Ver dasco of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. “I think I played a really good m atch,” Nadal said. “I’m happy about m y level.” Safin plans to retire at the end of this season, and thanked the fans for their support. “I haven’t been practicing for a long time and I can still hit some balls, so it’s a really nice feeling to get on thec ourt,” said Safin, who won the inau gural China Open title in 2004. On Saturday, Nadal will face Marin Cilic of Croatia, who defeated Niko l ay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4. Djokovic will face Robin Soderling of Sweden, who defeated Ivan Ljubicico f Croatia 7-6 (3 Djokovic was broken by Verdas c o three times in the second set. But the fourth-ranked Serb regained his form in the third set and took advantage of his Spanish opponent’s 19 unforced errors in the match. “I had ups and downs,” Djokovic said. “Verdasco used his chances int he second set when he broke. I saved energy at the end of the second set for the refreshing start of the third and I was fortunate to do so.” S vetlana Kuznetsova of Russia became the first woman to qualify for the semifinals, stopping AnastasiaP avlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-3. Kuznetsova will face Nadia Petro v a of Russia, who defeated Peng Shuai of China 6-7 (5 “I’m very happy to get through even though I didn’t really start out playing well, but I really picked it up by the second and third sets,” said Petrova, who eliminated Serena Williams int hree sets on Thursday. “It’s always difficult to come out the next day and put on the same performance.” Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland t opped fourth-seeded Elena Demen tieva of Russia 7-5, 6-3. She will meet Marion Bartoli of France, who defeat-e d Vera Zvonareva of Russia 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. N N a a d d a a l l , , D D j j o o k k o o v v i i c c r r e e a a c c h h s s e e m m i i f f i i n n a a l l s s a a t t C C h h i i n n a a O O p p e e n n S ERBIA'S N ovack Djokovic returns the ball to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the quarter finals of the China O pen tennis tournament in Beijing Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. Djokovic won the the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. SPAIN'S Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over R ussia's Marat Safin in the quarter finals of the China O pen tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct. 9 , 2009. Nadal won the match 6-3, 6-1. E l i z a b e t h D a l z i e l / A P P h o t o s

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F ormer union president upset b y office manager’s ‘despair’ really leads the organisation. In the meantime, the depressed economy has thwarted her efforts to get another job and she has found herself in despair, wondering how she will support herself and her 11-year-old daughter Rayven, a junior national tennis champion. Confirming her story, Director of Labour Harcourt Brown described Ms Barry as an “innocent bystander” caught up in the middle of union squabbles. Yesterday Ms Harding, who was voted president of the union in 2006, said she wanted to make it known that she “exhausted all means” to try to ensure Ms Barry got what she was due even formally signing off on a payout of $21,000 to the former employee for her years of service in an official meeting with labour officials shortly after Ms Barry lost her job in January of this year and filed a trade dispute. But, said Ms Harding, the bank refused to disburse the funds given the uncertainty over the leadership of the organisation, and union treasurer, Susan Palmer who is allied with current purported president Anthony Bain allegedly refused to provide her signature to approve the transaction. On Thursday, Mr Bain claimed Ms Barry is owed nothing as she lost her job due to “poor behaviour” something Ms Harding vehemently denied, saying Ms Barry was a committed worker. Ms Harding charged that Mr Bain and Ms Palmer’s refusal to pay Ms Barry goes against the will of the AAAWU membership, who had “unanimously” agreed this summer that the union should continue paying Ms Barry, and several others who lost their jobs at around the same time, until the dispute between executives is resolved. This did not happen. The former President also supported statements by Mr Brown, contacted about the matter on Thursday, when he said that hundreds of the union’s 510 members are in favour of an election taking place to finally decide the leadership of the union. Presently Mr Bain has an injunction against any election going ahead, although Mr Brown and Ms Harding say the last executive term expired in June. The Department of Labour filed an appeal against the injunction earlier this week in the hope that elections will go ahead and the deadlock on resolvi ng the payment issue can finally be ended. F ROM page one C hristie ‘against any move to oppose Moss nomination’ political sources that certain individuals are seeking resolutions to amend the party’s constitution, blocking anyone who is not a sitting MP such as Mr Moss from nominating to run for party leader at its upcoming convention. Sources alleged the attempt, along with another proposed to disallow someone who has not previously declared his/her intentions to run for a post from nominating at the convention, was one intended to “stack the deck” against any opponent of Mr Christie ahead of the party’s convention on October 21. Yesterday Mr Christie said “rumours” that he was behind a move to block Paul Moss or any other would-be challenger in this way are being “put out by people who intend to cause mischief.” “There was never any attempt by any of the established party to block anyone,” he said. Mr Christie noted that although it has “come to the attention of those of us who are in leadership of party that it is possible by our constitution for someone to join party and two weeks later declare they’re running for leader,” if a resolution was passed to allow the National General Council to vote to disallow the same, a vote in favour of the move “should not be considered.” “Ordinarily there ought to be some preconditions that require s omeone to be a member in good standing and otherwise quali fied to hold the position (of leader a tion in that area, but if such a resolution would pass it ought not to be considered. In other words I myself would oppose any attempt to prevent someone from running who is duly qualified to run. Right now the only one who has declared his intention to do so is Paul Moss. I would not support an effort to oppose his nomination on a technical point,” added Mr Christie. Meanwhile he said in principal he would support another proposed amendment to the party’s constitution that anyone who is to run for a post in the convention must declare their intentions ahead of time but “not for this convention.” “I support any kind of proposal that advances the internal workings of democracy inside the PLP,” he said, suggesting that such a stipulation would give people more time to find out about the person they are voting for, and whether they have “the qualities of a leader.” “What I have said to people who assemble in the NGC (National General Council accountable. People are looking at us and we should have reflected in our business how the country does its business,” added Mr Christie. The PLP leader said he is committed to “evolving rules to ensure people are free to contest elections and contest elections that are fair.” “That must be the commitment of the party to have free and fair elections, so people are able in unfettered way able to exercise the right to vote for the candidate who is right to lead the party,” said the PLP leader. He said that by Monday or Tuesday it is likely that people should know which proposed amendments to the party’s constitution will be voted on at the convention. B ahamasair probes claims of passengers left stranded cannot guarantee me a seat home this (week further irritating is that this week is a very busy one for San Salvador as it is the Discovery homecoming celebration. This means that more people will be travelling home," she claimed in the letter.Ms Williams also said the cost of inter-island travel, around $204 for a round-trip San Salvador ticket was too high considering Bahamians can travel outside of the country for less money. When contacted for comment yesterday, Bahamasair Managing Director Henry Woods says he read the letter which was also published in a local daily and sought to verify the merits of the complaint. He said he could not confirm whether any ticketed passengers had been affected by the airline's "economic downsizing" but added that preliminary investigations did not support the complaint. He said it was company policy to ensure that ticketed passengers are "always protected" and the airline's agents are instructed not to overbook flights. "The load has been extremely light, the economic conditions have decreased our numbers and in this time of depression we have had to make certain adjustments. "But our Booking and Load Control Unit I've taken this up with them on more than one occasion and they have given me assurances that if a passenger had a confirmed booking they will fly. It's a different story if a person just shows up with no reservation and that might have been a situation where a person could not be accommodated," Mr Woods told The Tribune yesterday. He explained that smaller planes, 19-seaters, have been used for San Salvador flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because of lagging sales. When asked about the higher cost of domestic flights, Mr Woods said the "highly competitive" airline industry was driving the prices. He added that many times international operators are faced with lower operating costs and could offer cheaper rates to their destinations. F ROM page one FROM page one Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their n eighbourhoods. 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM and driven dogs away from their masters’ homes. Each week around 50 dogs and perhaps a dozen cats are collected in traps by some of the nine staff at the canine control unit government dog pound in an area of the Botanic Gardens, Chippingham. The unwanted animals are locked in the 45 dark and tiny cement cells in pairs before their pitiful lives are brought to an end. Legislation requires the animals to be kept alive for at least four days to give owners an opportunity to collect their pets, but as the majority of dogs are brought to the pound at their owner’s will, it is an unlikely outcome for the poorly-treated pets. Their dying days are spent crammed in a kennel, some with broken limbs, flesh wounds, mange, and if they are not already infested with ticks and fleas, they will be within 24 hours of staying at the pound. A lack of funding, resources, and a body of staff a third of the size of what it should be, means the care for the dogs is minimal. These wandering potcakes, pit bulls, and pit bull-mixes like Lola, have no space to roam. They rely on the food and rusty water provided twice a day by the supervisor and five wardens who run the dog pound. Those who arrive at the pound suffering from serious injuries or illness are put to sleep almost immediately, as are motherless puppies never given a chance at life. Freezes Their bodies are stored in three deep freezes untll Friday morning before their bodies are collected and disposed of. Criticisms of the inhumane way animals are treated at the pound have been highlighted in The Tribune since a 14-year-old visitor wrote to the newspaper to share with the public the horrors he had seen. A live dog locked in a kennel with a dead dog, faeces covering the floors of the kennels, and animals locked up without food and water. His complaints sparked public outrage and the formation of an activist group demanding better conditions at the pound which now has more than 500 members. But in the first ever public tour of the facility, The Tribune found it is the culture of cruelty to animals bringing dozens of neglected and poorly treated dogs and cats to the pound week after week. When The Tribune visited the pound yesterday, supervisor Kirkland Glinton said the 45 dogs and seven cats collectedt his week, all killed yesterday, is average. D epartment of Agriculture and Marine Resources veteri narian Godfrey Springer euthanises the animals with assis tance from staff. He said: “It’s not easy for me as a vet to put animals to sleep but it’s a public health issue; it’s creating a risk to public health and as a country we have to remove the disease element from the population.” H owever their work has little impact on the number of stray d ogs wandering throughout New Providence, as Dr Kirkland said as soon as 50 dogs are collected and killed, another 50 will be found wandering in the same areas the following week. What is required is responsible animal ownership, Dr Springer said. He told The Tribune : “We have to create a culture of people who love animals. “We need responsible animal ownership. Dogs are living things, they need to be fed and watered, and to be housed in a comfortable home. They need to be seen by a veterinarian at least twice a year. “They should not be tied up so the rope around their neck cuts into their skin, and they should not be roaming into neighbours’ yards or in the streets.” n What are your views on dog cruelty in the Bahamas? Who’s to blame? And read more revelations next week. Is this the right way to treat our pets? F ROM page one THE COLLARS of the dogs who have been surrendered to the pound and later killed, have been stuffed into these holes by staff members, creating a haunting memorial to the unfortunate animals. POUND manager Kirkland Glinton speaks to Tribune reporter Megan Reynolds outside the pound yesterday. LOLA in her cage. CAGES for capturing birds. MR CAREY talks about the challenges facing the pound. VET AND ADMINISTRATOR at the pound Dr Godfrey Springer. DIRTY BROWN WATER put out for the dogs to drink MR GLINTON shows a syringe on a pole, which is used by staff to tranquilise aggressive dogs.


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Man faces NINE child sex charges

A MAN was arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday for allegedly having sexual
intercourse with nine young boys.

Navardo Johnson, 29, was charged with
nine counts of alleged sexual intercourse
with a minor and one count of indecent

assault. Court documents allege that Johnson
assaulted the boys between January, 2007,
and August, 2009. It is claimed the youngsters
were between the ages of seven to 14.
Johnson, who was charged before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One,

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Our pets?

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

THIS is starved and sickly pit bull pot-

cake Lola. Just hours after this photo-
graph was taken at the government dog

pound ... she was killed.

Lola was one of 45 dogs collected by
the canine control unit this week and
euthanised yesterday morning in time for
their carcasses to be collected by envi-
ronmental health services for disposal, as

they are every Friday.

Lola was one of tens of thousands of

strays who roam the streets of Nassau
without food, water or shelter, to their

great suffering and at a risk to public

health.

Former union president upset
by office manager’s ‘despair’

ESTRANGED former
president of the Airport Air-
line and Allied Workers
Union Nelerene Harding says
she is disturbed by reports
that an office manager who
served under her leadership
is on the verge of suicide and
pleading for assistance for her
daughter after being caught
up in the middle of union in-
fighting.

In yesterday’s Tribune, 29-
year-old Krystal Barry told
how she and her daughter
Rayven’s quality of life has
plunged since she lost her job
at the union earlier this year

following a dispute between
executives.

Former Secretary General
Anthony Bain claims he is
now president of the union,
in place of former president
Nelerene Harding, following
years of intra-union strife.

Ms Barry claims she is
owed around $26,000 by the
organisation for her five years
of service, but has got nothing
as the Department of Labour
claims it cannot act to settle
the matter until it knows who

SEE page 11

Staff at the canine control unit say their
numbers are increasing as the poor econ-
omy and high rate of unemployment has
left owners unable to care for their pets,

SEE page 12

Christie ‘against any move
to oppose Moss nomination’

PLP leader Perry Christie yesterday said he would be against
any amendment to the party’s constitution that would sup-
port any effort to oppose leadership contender Paul Moss
from nominating to challenge him.

“T would not support any effort to oppose his nomination on
a technical point. ’ve heard about some attempt to stop Moss
from running but God almighty, when the day comes that Per-
ry Christie would have to rely on technical intervention (to
remain leader of the party), by God, I should go,” he told The
Tribune. Mr Christie was responding to claims from some

SEE page 11

As Monday is Discovery Day, there

will be no Tribune until Tuesday.



Bank Lane, Nassau, had no lawyer present
and was not allowed to enter a plea.

The prosecutor in the case objected to bail
on the grounds there may be more alleged
victims who may come forward, and argued
that Johnson may interfere with witnesses.

Hill.

LOLA, who was put down yesterday afternoon.

Johnson, of Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera, was
remanded to Her Majesty's Prison in Fox

The case was transferred to Court 10 and
adjourned to October 16 for a fixture date
and a bail hearing.



Bahamasair probes claims
of passengers left stranded

BAHAMASAIR is inves-
tigating claims that the down-
sizing of flights into San Sal-
vador has left ticketed pas-
sengers stranded.

In a letter sent to The Tri-
bune, frustrated traveller Gar-
nell Williams — a resident of
San Salvador — complained
that her return to her home-
town has been delayed sever-
al times because the airline
has started using smaller
planes on its routes to the
family island.

Ms Williams, who is stay-
ing with relatives in New
Providence, said she missed



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ISLANDS? LEADING NEWSPAPER

her scheduled flight to the
island on Sunday and has no
guarantee of getting home this
week because all of the
remaining flights into the
island are full.

"My only recourse is to go
to the airport every day on
stand-by. I've done that, but
so far without success,” said
Ms Williams, who added that
she has to bear the cost of
round-trip travel by taxi to the
airport from the Fox Hill area.

"Right now Bahamasair

SEE page 11
PAGE 2, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009

THE TRIBUNE



WORKER’S PARTY TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON GOVERNMENT

Hundreds expected to take
part in ‘pro- -hanging march’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

HUNDREDS of capital
punishment supporters are
expected to flood the streets
this Discovery Day holiday for
a "pro-hanging"” march.

Members of the Worker's
Party along with relatives and
friends of murder victims will
agitate for government to
resume the execution of pris-
oners on death row and deny
bail to those accused of vio-
lent crimes.

This comes at a time when
the fear of crime is spreading
among law abiding citizens
and "crazed criminals” are

roaming the streets, said Rod-
ney Moncur, leader of the
Worker's Party.

"The working class of this
country is being denied the



freedom
from fear of
earning a
decent
wage and
enjoying it.
We are liv-
ing in fear
Tommy of taking
Turnquest gut earn.
ings home

without being robbed and
killed on the way and we are
being denied the inalienable
right and freedom to enjoy the
fruits of our labour as crimi-
nals attack us in the stores, on
the streets, on our doorsteps
and even in the sanctity of our
homes," said Mr Moncur in a
statement released yesterday.
"The soaring crime rate is

a clear indication that this
nation is spiralling out of con-
trol. The escalating incidence
of mindless criminal activity

1S symptomatic of the fact that
this country is in a free-fall
into the abyss of hell, mayhem
and violence. All the indica-
tions suggest that we are head-
ing pell-mell towards being a
failed state," said Mr Moncur,
who organised several similar
marches last year.

Rulings

National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest has main-
tained that rulings by the Privy
Council have changed how the
Bahamas can carry out capital
punishment.

In 1993, a Privy Council rul-
ing decided that the death
penalty can not be carried out
if the prisoner in question has
been on death row for more
than five years; as a result the
sentence is automatically com-

muted to life imprisonment.

In 2006, the country's
mandatory death sentence was
abolished by the UK judicial
body as a breach of human
rights.

David Mitchell, executed in
January 2000, was the last per-
son to be hanged in the
Bahamas. According to pub-
lished reports, the Bahamas
has hanged 50 men since 1929;
five of them were hanged
under the Ingraham adminis-
tration; 13 were hanged under
the 25-year rule of the Pin-
dling government; and the
remainder were executed
between 1929 and 1967.

None were hanged during
the Christie administration,
between 2002 and 2007.

According to published
reports, there are 17 people
on death row at Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill.



"I vex because I purchased a microwave
from a major appliance store in January.
This is October and the microwave is not
working.

"They claim that they had a technician
check it out and it was hit by a power
surge, but nothing else in my house was hit
by a power surge. I think the microwave
was faulty. I spent $650 for the microwave
on a special order and they refuse to fix or
give me a new one, saying that the war-
ranty doesn't cover power surges."

— Frustrated

"I vex because police are allowing some
drivers to cover their licence plates with
‘protective’ plastic covers that completely
prevent the number being seen! This
makes no sense to me; why are these peo-
ple allowed to drive on the road? Suppose
they knock me down, commit a crime, or
do one hit-and-run. What I gone tell the
police? That a black car with plastic over
the licence plate do that drive by and
almost kill me? The slackness in this coun-
try got to stop, starting with some lazy,

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I’m more than vexed.
Why does a letter post-
marked September 22
take until October 1 to
reach my post office box at the main post
office? If the people there don't want to
work, I say fire them all and give the job to
someone who is willing to do the job.
There is no excuse for laziness."

— Fed Up



"IT vex because half the time when I go
to drop mail off at the Shirley Street Post
Office mail slot, there are a bunch of
raggedy vagrants sprawled all over the
stairs. I don't even get out of my car! This
has been going on for years, has no one in

charge noticed?"

rity

— Vex at the lack of secu-

"I vex at what is go on at these gas sta-

tions, how they make the attendants come
in and pay for the gas while you in there
trying to get something out the conve-
nience store. I been to one gas station on
Thompson Boulevard one night round 11
pm — they had five people inside the
cashier's cage but in spite of that they was
unable to serve any customers because
they allowed the pump attendants to come
from outside, cutting in front of the line to
pay for gas first. I wonder if they ever
heard of customer service?”
— Sick and tired

"I am happy for the Bahamianisation
progress my Haitian neighbours are mak-
ing, because when they moved into the
neighbourhood, people called them
Augustine, then months later their friends
started hailing them as Justine and now
they are being called Johnson."

— Progress

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Christie accuses some PLP members

of ‘sensatio

FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said some mem-
bers of his party feed the press
sensational and “inaccurate”
information about the affairs
of the PLP.

Speaking with the media out-
side of Gambier House on Far-
rington Road Thursday night,
Mr Perry Christie strongly
denied that the party leader-
ship is attempting to deny any-
one the right to challenge him
at the upcoming PLP National
Convention, a stance he reiter-
ated yesterday (see story, page
1). “It is not true that we
intended as an organisation to
cause any resolution to be put
here this evening that may have
resulted in a candidate not
being able to contest the elec-
tion.

“My goodness me, I have
always believed that I am sup-
ported by the majority of the

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A BROKEN trans-
former was apparently to
blame for a blackout that
left the entire island of
New Providence without
power for between one
and four hours yesterday
morning.

The Bahamas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC)
issued a statement explain-
ing that at 8.35am, a
132,000 volt transformer
at the Clifton Pier Power
Station faulted.

The corporation said the
restoration process began
immediately and that elec-
tricity was restored to
some customers by
9.22am.

Supply to most cus-
tomers was restored by
llam, the statement said.

“The corporation apol-
ogises for any inconve-
nience caused,” it said.





Perry Christie

people that vote in the PLP
election. I believe that,” he said.

Mr Christie added that he
has no doubt the person set to
challenge him, attorney Paul
Moss, is a “credible candidate”.

However, he questioned how
Mr Moss could even think of
doing such a thing, when he is a
new member of the party and
hasn’t even made a speech in
the PLP’s hall.

“But that is how it is. The
constitution allows it to hap-
pen. He claims to have support.
He is representing St Cecilia,
therefore the constitution will
allow him to contest the elec-
tion. It means that I will be
challenged by him.

“Tt is also for me to say that it
is quite possible that another
or others will exercise their
right as they complete the
explorations they are now mak-
ing to determine whether I
should be challenged,” he said.

With this likely to be the only
convention the PLP will hold
before the next general elec-
tion, Mr Christie said that it will
be a “defining one” as many
members will use this opportu-
nity to “test themselves”.

“As Tindicated to ZNS in an
interview, that has some seri-
ous consequences. Because
when you contest me you are

ising’ party business

saying that I really should leave
public life. And if you do so
without even speaking to me
you are saying that I should do
so in the most undignified man-
ner. It therefore means I must
protect myself and make judg-
ments as to what is best for the
organisation as we go forward,”
he said. However, Mr Christie
said he has some good news for
the party.

“The good news is I am
going to win. The good news is
I am going to be the leader of
the PLP, and the good news is I
will competing for the prime
ministership of the Bahamas.

“And I believe the most
important point I can make is
that my party will be fully in
support of me moving forward
even unto the point when we
name the many candidates who
will be coming in for the first
time,” he said.

PM under pressure over Abaco power station

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

The attorney for Abaco residents disgruntled
about the heavy fuel burning power station being
built in their midst has called on Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to “put his money where his
mouth is” when it comes to climate change and
cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Fred Smith, a partner at law firm Callendar’s
and Co and attorney for a group of residents
that oppose the Wilson City power plant, yes-
terday “commended” Mr Ingraham for his com-
ments to the United Nation’s Summit on Cli-
mate Change but suggested that if he is truly
committed to preserving this country and the
world’s environmental future, Mr Ingraham
would cause a rethink of the Wilson City power
plant project and enact an environmental pro-
tection act that calls for limits on pollutants.

In a pre-recorded message to the September
Summit, attended by hundreds of world leaders
and diplomats on September 22, Mr Ingraham
described the “serious threat that climate change
poses to our economic viability, social develop-
ment and territorial integrity.”

He said the world, and particularly low-lying
states like the Bahamas, face “serious challenges”
as a result of climate change and called on coun-
tries to come to a global accord in Copenhagen,
Denmark in December that will involve “ambi-
tious, legally binding targets” to reduce the green-
house gas emissions that contribute to it.

Mr Ingraham told leaders that the Bahamas is

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Is the era of big government fading?

WASHINGTON — In his State of the
Union address a little over 13 years ago,
President Bill Clinton proclaimed “the era of
big government” was over. After a year of
butting heads with the new Republican
majority in Congress, Clinton signaled a will-
ingness to change course and acknowledge
the message voters had sent in the 1994 mid-
term elections: time to trim the sails of Wash-
ington’s ambitions.

Yet when President Obama addressed his
first joint session of Congress earlier this
year, many believed big government was
back.

Economic turmoil, coupled with the new
power trifecta in Washington — Democrat-
ic control of the House, Senate and presi-
dency for the first time since 1993 —
breathed new life into Leviathan’s lungs.
The lack of aggressive remedies in Wash-
ington, the new president complained,
became an “excuse to transfer wealth to the
wealthy.” And during the Bush years, he
asserted, “regulations were gutted for the
sake of a quick profit.”

The Democrats’ resurgence coupled with
economic distress meant nothing was safe
from Washington’s reach. Banks, energy
companies, health care, the automobile
industry and even CEO pay, to name a few,
would now come under the control of White
House czars and activist lawmakers in Con-
gress. “Move fast,” Democratic operatives
warned. A good crisis is a terrible thing to
waste.

It took about two years for the curtain to
fall on Clinton’s era of big government. Oba-
ma’s may have ended sooner. A growing
body of evidence supports this contention.

Voter cynicism about the consequences
of Washington on steroids is one example. A
new survey by Democratic pollster Geoff
Garin, widely reported by the media last
week, underscores this point. When asked
“who” was helped most by recent govern-
ment economic policies, a majority said
“large banks” (62 per cent) and “Wall Street
investment companies” (54 per cent). Only
10 percent responded “my family/myself.”

Some say these data suggest the govern-
ment should do even more. “Politically,”
The New York Times wrote, “the poll does
a nice job of capturing one of the central
challenges for the White House and Democ-
rats in Congress. Voters do not think elect-
ed officials have done enough to mitigate
the damage from the recession.”

This assessment misses the point. It’s not
that they haven’t done enough. They’ve
done too much — or at least the wrong

things. Independent voters, who supported
Obama in 2008, are the best indicators here.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal survey regu-
larly asks a similar question: “Should the
government do more/Does it do too much?”
In February 2009, independents answered,
“do more” by a slim 46 per cent to 44 per
cent margin. By September 2009, those desir-
ing “more government” had slipped to a 21-
point deficit (35 per cent to 56 per cent).

Beliefs about regulation of business and
industry are also moving in an unexpected
direction. Given the financial meltdown and
charges that regulators were asleep at the
switch, you might expect voters to support
more rather than less government interven-
tion. Surprisingly, American attitudes, espe-
cially among swing voters, have shifted
towards less intervention. Last September,
for example, on the eve of the economic
collapse, 38 per cent of independents
responded that there was too much regula-
tion of business and industry. One year lat-
er, those numbers have risen to 50 per cent.

Growing doubts about Washington’s abil-
ity to solve the nation’s health care prob-
lems are another indication.

Several polls released in the last week,
including those by Fox News and Ras-
mussen, indicate support for the govern-
ment’s capacity to address this critical issue
has reached a new low.

Americans don’t deny the problem, just
Washington’s ability to fix it.

The prospects of bigger government are
stirring other worries. Rasmussen, for exam-
ple, also reported last week that for the first
time in two years, voters now place con-
cerns about “government ethics and cor-
ruption” slightly ahead of the economy. As
Washington tries to expand its role, Ameri-
cans’ suspicions about wrongdoing by public
officials goes up as well.

Taken together these indicators suggest
deep and growing unease with the size, scope
and direction of government in Washington
— especially among swing voters. Obama’s
saturation media coverage, reminding people
he and the Democrats in Congress are in
charge and unchecked is part of the reason.
Deeply divisive and highly partisan con-
gressional leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
D-Calif., are another.

Change in Washington may require an
intervening election next November.

Yet many Americans already are calling
for the end of big government ... again.

(This article was written by Gary Andres —
C.2009 Hearst Newspapers).



THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

Visit our website at www coh edu by

The College of The Bahamas
in conjunction with the United States Embassy

presents

a Small Island Sustainability Town Hall Meeting

with special guest speaker Jonathan Tourtellot,
Director of Sustainable Touriam
National Geographic Society &
Geoloursim Educator
National Geographic Traveler Magazine
Topic: Sustainable Develapment Planning

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
6 p.m. - § p.m.
Performing Arts Centre
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus

The public is invited to attend,

Why banning tur-
tle catching is
misconceived

EDITOR, The Tribune.

The Government is failing

to realise that The Bahamas is
a plural society, with both
Black and White citizens,
each having a separate cul-
ture. The Black citizens were
raised on farm produce and
the seafood products, and the
sea turtle are some of those
sea products. Banning the
catching of turtles is not the
answer, “Education is the
answer.” Let the people know
that whenever they find the
nest, leave some or all of the
eggs.
While our White citizens
prefer foods that are import-
ed, (meat, poultry, ham, eggs,
etc.) foods that are chemical-
ly laden, which may very well
cause cancer, our Black citi-
zens prefer sea foods, includ-
ing the turtle. When you ban
the catching of the turtle, you
are telling me, a Black per-
son and some Whites, to eat
the imports that are laden
with chemicals. You are also
saying to me, “It’s my way or
the highway.”

Turtles are not our nation-
al anything. The Marlin is our
national fish, yet every year,

My wor

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I got a Prepaid Visa credit
card from Bank of The
Bahamas International (BOB)
in August 2007.

Of course, at the time I did
not expect to be able to use it
on the island of (South) Andros
or anywhere else in The
Bahamas for that matter
because most Bahamian busi-
nesses, at that time, did not
have internet websites that
offer online purchasing services;
thus, any intent on using the
credit card required that one
walked into the actual place of
business to exact transactions.

Of course, I could not (and
still cannot) use the card at any
Automated Teller Machines
(ATM) in South Andros
because even though BOB has
been here for over 15 years
there are still no ATMs here.
The card did, however, come
in handy for making online pur-
chases from other countries and
I found it exceptionally conve-
nient for foreign travels.

I used the card to purchase
tickets and make hotel reser-
vations, rent cars, get food and
purchase all sorts of other stuff,
including CDs, printing supplies
and clothing. I was in love with
my Prepaid Visa Credit Card.

Fast forward two years later
and I am not as excited with
my credit card anymore, but
the problem with that is that it
is not the card or BOB’s fault. I
am frustrated because I still
cannot use the card online to
do business with the majority

LETTERS

letters@triobunemedia.net



foreign people come here and
slaughter them/all in the name
of sport, and nothing is said
about it.

When a Marlin is hooked, it
takes about six to eight hours
before that fish is landed.
Could you imagine the blood
lost, the pain, the agony, the
fright that fish goes through
and finally death? These are
the things you campaigners
should be seeking to ban.

It is wrong to desecrate our
National flag, it is wrong to
kill our National bird, the
flamingo, so why are the cam-
paigners not fighting for a ban
on the destruction of our
National fish? Turtles are not
our National anything. Let’s
make sense. Let’s wipe the
slate clean. You want to ban
the turtles, then let’s ban the
slaughtering of our National
fish. We must stop allowing
foreigners to dictate to us
what we should pass laws on.
Tt will only sow seeds of crim-
inal behaviour among our

of Bahamian companies. Sure,
I can purchase tickets from
Bahamasair but South Andros
is not one of Bahamasair’s des-
tinations. I can make hotel
reservations online but only to
the fancy and more expensive
properties on the Cable Beach
strip and Paradise Island.

Until recently, I could pay
my phone bill and purchase
phone cards online but the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Limited (BTC) had
to shut the system down
because crooks and shysters
compromised the process; so
that little convenience was
stripped away and there’s no
telling when it is going to be
reinstated. Today, the BOB
Visa Prepaid Credit Card that
should help to make my life
easier on the Family Island is a
worthless piece of plastic where
I need it to be most worthwhile.

Is it asking too much if I want
to be able to go online to pay
my utility bills (telephone, elec-
tricity and water)?

In this day and age Family
Islanders who shop wholesale
in New Providence should be
able to go online to websites
from the different major food-
stores and wholesale outlets to
purchase grocery, cleaning and
other supplies and have them
shipped to the mail boat of
their choice.

The same goes for other
businesses that sell computers,
furniture, building supplies and
other essentials.

I should be able to go online
to a Commonwealth Bank web-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that

ELIZABETH CHERENFANT

of ST. JAMES ROAD, P.O. BOX SS-19753, 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 10th day
of October, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and
Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA ILYSSE JEAN
BAPTISTE of CARMICHAEL, 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 October, 2009 to the
Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that Ideniel Jean Baptiste of
CARMICHAEL, 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 October, 2009 to the Minister
responsible for nationality and Citizenship, PO. Box

N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



people.

It seems that we took
advice from a few White men
in England (the Privy Coun-
cil) not to hang anyone. As a
result, look at what is hap-
pening in our country today.
Criminals are killing as
though it’s a 9am - Spm job.
We are now taking more
advice from a few campaign-
ers, some foreigners and
maybe some Bahamians who
want a ban on the catching of
sea turtles, where there is
already a closed season and
an open season for them, so
why a total ban? Remember,
when you ban something, you
swing the door wide open for
black market operations,
which will lead to greater
problems. And it will happen.

I trust that the Hon. Minis-
ter of Fisheries will rethink
this ban, take the matter high-
er and cause there to be a
reverse decision. To those
who want to eat the chemi-
cally laden imports, fine, but
as for me, I love turtle meat,
and I will eat turtle meat.

CAPT BAIN
Nassau,
October, 2009.

hiess credit card

site and use my credit card to
pay on my loan account that I
have with them or to a Family
Guardian website to pay my
insurance premiums.

It would be convenient if I
could purchase my airline tick-
ets on Western Air or Perfor-
mance Air through the inter-
net rather than having to go to
the airport.

Should establishments decide
to put such mechanisms in
place this would provide new
jobs and profits for persons and
businesses that provide inter-
net technology (IT) services.
Sales and marketing companies
would make money because
information about the avail-
ability of such services and how
can they be utilised must be
advertised.

Businesses that employ such
mechanism will benefit from
their investments particularly
once the general public of cred-
it card holders in the Family
Islands get the hang of it.

Banks will see an increase in
credit card applicants particu-
larly those persons interested
in enjoying the convenience of
having prepaid credit cards and,
of course, they will also not
have to worry about default on
credit card payments because
cardholders will only be able
to spend what monies they put
on the card.

This would also give card-
holders a new sense of control
in their spending habits.

Of course, this will require
that BTC and any other com-
pany responsible for internet
infrastructure improve their ser-
vices and expand to those areas
where such services are lack-
ing.

It is high time that the Gov-
ernment, business establish-
ments and banks work together
to help improve our financial
systems while simultaneously
engineering ways to guarantee
that family islanders reap the
benefits of taking advantage of
modern conveniences such as
prepaid credit cards.

Employing mechanisms to
ensure the continuous tenable
growth and development of
interisland commerce will help
in our mission to encourage
Bahamians to spend at home
and move our country closer to
financial sustainability, partic-
ularly in difficult economic
times such as what the world is
now experiencing.

I might not live in New Prov-
idence or Grand Bahama, but
that is no excuse for me being
disadvantaged. I want to live
easy and I would like to be able
to use my BOB credit card at
home in South Andros from
behind a computer screen to
pay the bills, get the things that
I need and have my grocery
shipped on the Captain Mox-
ey.

Besides, what is the point of
having a credit card if it is not
convenient to me on the island
where I live? And, then again,
in The Bahamas in the 21st
Century, is that too much to
ask?

MARVIN R Z GIBSON
The Bluff,

South Andros,

October, 2009.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



McPhee: Police
promised me ‘a deal

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT —- Murder
accused Wilfred McPhee Jr
took the witness stand in his
defence on Thursday, telling
the Supreme Court that police
promised him “a deal” if he
signed a statement about the
death of Corporal Eddison
Bain.

Co-accused Edwin Bauld Jr
did not take the stand.

The two men are on trial
for the robbery, kidnapping
and murder of Bain, whose
body was discovered in a
ditch near the Casuarina
Bridge on October 22, 2007.

McPhee, 26, told the court
that he had not known Bain
was a police officer.

During questioning by his
attorney Mario Gray, McPhee
said the statements taken by
police during their investiga-
tion were not true.

He claimed he never read
his statement and only signed
it because Sgt Darrell Rolle
had offered him a deal.

Hispaniola leaders aim

McPhee said he was beaten
and threatened by police and
denied his right to speak with
an attorney and his family.

According to McPhee’s ver-
sion of events, Bauld told him
on October 19 about a plan
to rob his own cousin (Cor-
poral Bain) of money. Bauld
then went over the plan with
his girlfriend, Gahnise Camp-
bell at the Royal Islander
Hotel. The two accused then
dropped off Gahnise in
Bauld’s tan Lumina to Kwan
Yin to meet with Bain. He
and Bauld then went to the
Island Seas Beach and hid in
the bushes to wait for them.

McPhee said when they
spotted Bain and Ms Camp-
bell, they came out of the
bushes and accosted them.

“We told them to get down,
and I told Gahnise that I was
going to rape her, but I didn’t
mean it — I wanted it to look
good,” he said. McPhee said
he had wrapped a towel
around the tree branch, pre-
tending it was a gun.

He said Gahnise ran to the
Lumina and waited for them.

McPhee said Bain complied

with their demands, and they
put the victim in the back seat
of his own car, a 1999 Honda
Accord.

He said Bauld took Bain’s
wallet, removed the ATM
card and choked Bain until
he disclosed his pin number.

McPhee said he drove the
Lumina while Bauld drove
Bain’s vehicle, then they met
at the Boulevard Service Sta-
tion, after which he followed
Bauld in Bain’s car to Casua-
rina Bridge.

The witness told the court
Bauld then took Bain out of
the vehicle.

He said Bain told them that
he was a police officer, was
soon to be married and was
looking forward to a bright
future.

McPhee said Bauld put
Bain in a hole.

He said Bain was still alive
when they left.

Bauld is represented by
Brian Hanna. Acting Justice
Jethro Miller is presiding over
the trial. Vernal Collie and
Erica Kemp of the Attorney
General’s Office are prose-
cuting.

to eradicate malaria

OUANAMINTHE, Haiti

FORMER President Jim-
my Carter travelled to His-
paniola on Wednesday to
meet political leaders, health
workers and malaria victims
in hopes of jump-starting
efforts to eradicate the dis-
ease in the Caribbean, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

The battle against the mos-
quito-borne disease in the
Dominican Republic and
neighbouring Haiti has been
frustrating, with health offi-
cials complaining of a lack of
cooperation between both
country's governments.

Carter said on his visit to
Ounaminthe and to Dajabon
in the Dominican Republic,
just across a river border sep-
arating the two countries, that
he hopes to expand a
$200,000 pilot project estab-
lished in those towns by the
nonprofit Carter Centre to



curb malaria's spread.

The project's funding runs
out early next year, but Carter
said he hopes governments,
non-profit health groups and
private foundations will pick
up the tab for a broader
effort.

"One of the most impor-
tant developments has been
the new cooperation between
the two countries," Carter
said while touring a Haitian
hospital that treats many
malaria victims. "And for the
first time in history, they are
targeting the complete elimi-
nation of the disease instead
of just treating sick people."

Ridding this corner of the
world of the disease, he said,
would also eliminate the
threat that it could spread to
nearby islands, including
Jamaica and the Bahamas.

An estimated 30,000 peo-
ple in Haiti and several thou-
sand more across the border
suffer each year from malaria,

FORMER US Presi-
dent Jimmy Carter,
center, applauds
next to his wife Ros-
alynn Carter during
their visit to the La
Bomba neighbor-
hood in Dajabon,
Dominican republic,
on the border with
Haiti, Wednesday,
Oct. 7, 2009.

Ramon Espinosa
AP Photo

MUU

NOTICE ishereby giventhat YOLANDA BELTRE CONTRERAS
of FAITH GARDENS #2, MIRRIAN CLOSE, APT #16,
P.O. BOX GT-2014, 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 October, 2009
to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box
N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



which causes high fevers and
flu-like symptoms that kills
more than one million peo-
ple each year, mostly in
Africa.

VACANCY



POSITION SUMMARY






Functions as the Strategic Business Leader of the Golf department with overall responsibility for golf
operations including guest and employee satisfaction, sales and revenue management and the financial
performance of the department. As a member of the Guidance Team, develops hotel-wide goals and
strategies that deliver products and services to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of guests and
employees and provide a return on investment to the owners and the Company. Supports and upholds

The Companyis Gold Standards, and luxury tier standards of operation.
RESPONSIBILITIES










Operations: Directs the daily activities of the golf department according to Company operating
standards to maintain brand equity. Oversees the operation of the golf shop, the maintenance of the
golf course, and all associated retail services (e.g., snack carts, beverage service).
Guest Satisfaction: Ensures products and services delivered by the golf department meet or exceed
guest expectations, create customer loyalty, and lead to increased market share.
Human Resources: Attracts, selects and retains a diverse hourly and management workforce to
deliver excellent service and effective leadership in the Golf department. Creates and sustains a
work environment that focuses on fair and equitable treatment and employee satisfaction to enable

business success.










Sales and Revenue Management: Focuses on building the unitis top line revenue by working with
the Director of Sales and Marketing to develop the Golf departmentis sales and marketing strategy.
Concentrates on both the rate per round of golf and number of rounds played per day to maximize

Revenue per available round or ‘REVPAR’. In addition, manages other revenue sources such as the
Pro Shop, Food and Beverage sales, and if applicable membership enrollment to generate increased

revenue.







Financial Management: Develops and manages the Golf departmentis annual operating budget
to achieve or exceed budget expectations. Ensures successful performance by increasing profitability

and providing a return on investment for the owners and the Club.





Owner Relations: Develops a trusting and respectful business partnership with property owners by
meeting or exceeding expectations in operations management, asset protection, and financial

performance

QUALIFICATIONS







¢ 4-year bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, or related

major
¢ 5 years experience in executive management position in a five star resort

* Ritz-Carlton Leadership Training or similar formalized corporate exposure preferred

* Membership in PGA and/or LPGA is required.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE

Proficient at the game of golf



Knowledge of turf lawn care and maintenance procedures with an emphasis on golf turf grass varieties

Retail merchandising skills
Instructional teaching skills - if required to deliver golf lessons

Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine maintenance needs




Financial management skills e.g. ability to analyze P&L statements, develop operating budgets,

forecasting and capital expenditure planning




* Strong communication, strategic planning, analytical and customer and employee relations skills

Please send resume to the attention of:

Director of Human Resources

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

P.O. Box AB-20571
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
Bahamas

OR



Email: Freddie. Munnings@ritzcarlton.com

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 14, 2009

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life devoted to helping lepers

PRE aE

In The Bahamas, there are three dedicated priests who
belong to the same order as Fr. Damien, namely the Mission-

By FRANCIS NORONHA

CTOBER 11,

2009, repre-

sents the day of

the Canoniza-
tion of Blessed Damien at the
Church of Santa Maria del
Carmelo in Transpontina in Via
della Conciliazione 14 , which is
near St. Peter's Basilica in
Rome, Italy.

A great crowd is expected at
this very large Church when Fr.
Alfred Bell, the Postulator-
General of the Order of the
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and
Mary, will conduct the service.
Henceforth, the world will refer
to

St. Damien de Veuster, an
individual who spent his life
helping the lepers, and finally
succumbed to the disease him-
self

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Hawaii (like The Bahamas)
conjures up visions of an idyllic
paradise, with golden sunshine,
dark blue skies, green islands
with exotic flowers, long
stretches of white beaches,
swaying palm trees, sparkling
clear water and soft island
breezes. Described as the Par-
adise of the Pacific, Hawaii
comprises about eight major
islands, including Molokai (the
Friendly Island which is about
38 miles long and 10 miles
wide), as well as numerous
rocky islets, reefs and shoals.

On April 15, 1989, over
50,000 people from all over the
world converged on Molokai,
not as tourists in search of sun,
sea and sand, but in honour of
the hero of Hawaii, Fr. Damien,
who reserves a permanent place
in world history as the individ-
ual who confronted and spot-
lighted the ageless internation-
al scourge of leprosy, contract-
ing the disease and finally dying
on Molokai on April 15, 1889.
Today, due to modern medi-
cine and technology, leprosy
does not represent the horrible
spectre that it was from the ear-
liest days of mankind.

Hawaii has experienced a
turbulent history. Captain
James Cook landed on the
islands in 1778 (named them
the Sandwich Islands after the
fourth Earl of Sandwich), and
was killed by the local people in
a riot on his return in 1779.
Hawaii was a kingdom, and the
last to rule was Queen Lili-
uokalani who, among her
numerous accomplishments,
composed the hauntingly beau-















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A FILE PHOTO provided by the
Hawaii State Archive shows
Father Damien two months
before his death in 1889 at the
leprosy settlement in Kalaupapa,
Hawaii.

tiful farewell song “Aloha Oc”.
United States settlers fomented
a revolution in 1893 when the
Queen was deposed, and set up
a provisional government,
which, after associations with
the USA, became the 50th
State in the Union on August
21, 1959. From the dawn of his-
tory, leprosy has been regarded
as a loathsome disease, and was
regarded with terror as it has
been highly contagious and
incurable from the earliest days
of mankind. A papyrus in a
Berlin museum mentions lep-
rosy as an abomination over
6,000 years ago; other docu-
ments mention its existence in
China in 2000 BC and in Japan
in 1500 BC; and the Bible and
the Talmud refer to leprosy.
The disease is mentioned in the
Old Testament, and the New
Testament records Jesus cur-
ing the ten lepers. Leper
colonies are often named
Lazaretto after the leper
Lazarus who in the Bible sat at
the gate of the rich man.

Leprosy was spreading over
the world at the time of the
birth of the sixth child of
Francois and Catherine de
Veuster on January 3, 1840, in
Tremeloo, Belgium. At the cer-
emony, the baby Joseph raised
his clenched fist, and the god-
father, a military man, inter-
preted it as a salute and an
omen that the boy would
become a soldier.

Joseph enjoyed a happy
childhood in the beautiful,
peaceful hamlet of Tremeloo,
where his pious parents ensured
that he received his early edu-
cation in Flemish at the knee

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of his mother. The few books in
the home were mainly religious,
a favourite being “The Lives of
the Saints”.

Kind and generous but also
strong and exuberant, Joseph
engaged in adventurous pranks
which often landed him in trou-
ble. He also tended the family
flock of sheep, and helped the
local smith with his work,
including the digging of graves
— a task he would perform
often in later years.

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ers and a sister entered
the religious life, and at age 19
Joseph followed his brother
Pamphile into the Congrega-
tion of the Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary (often known
as the Picpus Fathers after Pic-
pus Street where the order
started) , assuming the name
Damien after the saint and
physician.

After ordination, Fr. Pam-
phile was selected as a mission-
ary to Hawaii, but contracted
typhus, a debilitating illness
which was ravaging Louvain.
As Damien had fervently
begged to become a mission-
ary, he was selected to replace
his brother as a missionary to
Hawaii.

In 1865 King Kamchame-
ha V of Hawaii issued a decree
that all incurable lepers must
be banished to Kalawao settle-
ment on the island of Molokai,
so Friendly Island became
Death Island. Families were
disrupted through this forced
separation — husbands from
wives, parents from children,
relatives from loved ones — but
in many cases those unwilling to
be separated joined their ban-
ished ones, being fully aware
that they would never be
allowed to leave the colony.

In Honolulu Bishop Mai-
gret spoke movingly to a few
priests about the heart-break-
ing plight of the lepers on
Molokai who lived out their
lives in abject poverty and over-
whelming hopelessness, with no
priest to comfort them. After a
pause, Fr. Damien's strong
voice rang out: “Please send
me.” He had passed his own
death sentence.

Fr. Damien arrived at the
leper colony of Molokai, and



was presented with a harrowing
picture of misery, sorrow and
broken spirits, and Dante's ban-
ner over Hell could have been
strung over the settlement with
the words: “Abandon Hope, all
ye who enter here.”

Author John Farrow
describes the lepers: “Where
had been, there were craters of
pus; and there were gaping cav-
ities, disease-infected holes, that
merged with rotting mouths,
where noses should be. Ears
were pendulous masses, many
times their natural size, or were
shriveled to almost nothing.
Hands were without fingers and
some arms were merely stumps.
Feet and legs were equally
repulsive, and bodies of most
of these repulsive creatures
were bloated and pitted,
shrunken and swollen, but nev-
er of a normal shape. They
were a pitiable revolting sight,
their wounds and sores being
entirely undressed or covered
with filthy matter — soaked
rags.” A vile odorous strong
stench generally accompanied
the diseased and rotting flesh.

Prayer

Fr. Damien had to overcome
his strong repugnance by
intense prayer. Surveying the
small primitive filthy huts
affording shelter to the hun-
dreds of lepers devoid of hope
or purpose in life, disregarded
and disowned by humanity, he
knew that God had invited him
to a special vocation. Ancient
Egyptians described leprosy as
death before death, and author
R.L. Stevenson, who visited the
colony many years after numer-
ous improvements had been
made, described it as “a pitiful
place to visit and hell to dwell
in.”

A heart-breaking visit to
every settlement filled Fr.
Damien with great sadness, and
he spent his first night (and
many subsequent nights) in
prayer under a tree near the
small abandoned wooden
chapel. His first task was to offi-
ciate at a leper's funeral when
four lepers carried the body
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where wild, hungry dogs
prowled at night, often uncov-
ering the graves and devouring
the corpses.

Fr. Damien coped with the
gigantic, overwhelming task by
constant prayer and persever-
ance and determination to do
the will of God despite over-
whelming obstacles. He encour-
aged the apathetic, listless,
doomed people to believe in
God and in themselves, which
resulted in new neatly-con-
structed homes, a church, a
school for the children, the cul-
tivation of crops, recreational
facilities and other amenities.

fF: Damien simultane-
ously tackled the
human problems of promiscu-
ity, prostitution, gambling, illic-
it manufacture of alcohol and
pagan superstitions. He also
built up a sense of family and
community; he encouraged self-
help programmes; he visited the
lonely and sick, cajoling med-
ical supplies from the Hawai-
ian Board of Health; he com-
forted the sick and the dying; he
buried the dead, often con-
structing the coffins and dig-
ging the graves himself; and,
most of all, he made the lepers
aware that they were children
of God. Greatly loved and
revered, he was given the affec-
tionate name of Kamiano.

However, Fr. Damien suf-
fered moments of loneliness
and discouragement when his
dedication was misunderstood
by civil authorities and even by
people inside the Church.
Called strong-willed and obsti-
nate because his intense deter-
mination was focused on the
welfare of his beloved lepers,
Fr. Damien was often impatient
with the bureaucracy of Hawai-
i's Board of Health and he
made endless demands on the
Church authorities.

He himself led a very simple,
austere life, and his only hobby
was a pipe which he sometimes
smoked to overcome the stench
of the odours of rotting flesh.

Fr. Damien disliked per-
sonal publicity but was glad
when good Queen Liltuokalani
decided to visit Molokai. At the
celebrations the Queen stepped
on the platform to address the
people, and she surveyed the
disease-ravaged people, and
was silent. She endeavoured to
speak, but was overcome with
emotion as her eyes filled with
tears and her lips trembled, so a
member of the royal retinue
said a few words to the gather-
ing. The Queen toured the
island and, visibly moved,
informed Fr. Damien that she
could not believe that anyone
would stay on the island of his
own free will. He replied: “It is
my work. They are my parish-
ioners.” The Queen replied
softly and emotionally: “Your
parishioners — and my peo-
ple.”

Thereafter, Queen Lili-
uokalani exerted all her influ-
ence to ensure that Fr. Damien
was supported by the authori-
ties in the country, and this
eased his burden a great deal.

Fr. Damien was 45 years old
when he celebrated Mass one
Sunday morning in 1885. He
always commenced his sermon
with “My brethren”. This Sun-

day there was a dramatic
change when he looked around,
paused and started with: “We
lepers...”.

He had finally and inevitably
contracted the fatal disease. For
four long years Fr. Damien
bore the scourge of leprosy
which slowly eroded his mus-
cular frame. The realization
that his time was running out
only spurred him on just as a
sprinter makes his final spurt
on the last lap of the race.

In 1886 Ira Dutton (of
Stowe, Vermont, USA, who
changed his name to Joseph
when he joined the Catholic
Church) went to Molokai to
assist Fr. Damien. As leprosy
took its toll of Fr. Damien, he
was overjoyed to see that lep-
rosy was gaining international
attention, and a lazaretto was
established on the island by
three Franciscan Sisters, led by
Mother Marianne, a most
extraordinary individual, whose
devotion to education in Uti-
ca, leadership qualities in Syra-
cuse and subsequently at St.
Joseph's Hospital made her
well-known in the country. She
led six Sisters to travel 6,000
miles to Molokai where she
devoted the rest of her life to
the lepers.

Fr. Damien's death on April
15, 1889, plunged Hawaii into
intense sorrow in a world where
leprosy was now well-known.
The priest who disliked public-
ity was now an international
figure. Newspapers everywhere
poured tributes to the priest
who had sacrificed his life for
the untouchables of society.

Fr. Damien's last resting
place, in accordance with his
wishes, was under the same tree
where he had spent his first
night on the island. At another
memorial site there was a gran-
ite cross above a white marble
tablet with the words: “Greater
love hath no man than this, that
a man lay down his life for his
friends.”

The Belgian King 47 years
later requested the USA Presi-
dent for the return of the
remains of Fr. Damien to his
native country. On January 27,
1936, the remains were dug up,
and as the coffin was trans-
ported to Belgium the lepers
mournfully sang the beautiful
farewell song “Aloha Oe”
while the people on the island
wept and were inconsolable.

The remains of Fr. Damien
now rest in the Chapel of the
Picpus Fathers in Louvain, Bel-
gium. Robert Louis Stevenson,
who had valiantly and vigor-
ously defended Fr. Damien
against his detractors predict-
ed that within a century Rome
would raise Damien the Leper
to her altars as a Saint of the
Church. The London “Times”
described the priest as “one of
the noblest Christian heroes.”
The Hawaiian Legislature
selected the priest in 1967 as
one of the state's two out-
standing citizens to be hon-
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Hall in Washington, DC, USA.
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in countries around the world,
and many people around the
globe bear the name Damien.
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ALTHOUGH he didn’t win his
professional card at the Central
American and Caribbean Body-
building Championships, James ‘Jay’
Darling was pleased with the two gold
medals he captured for the Bahamas.

Now he’s even more enthused
about making the long trek to Doha,
Qatar at the end of the month to
compete in the Worlds Men’s Body-
building Championships.

Darling, the national men’s cham-
pion sponsored jointly by Pro-Lab,
Natrol and Bally Total Fitness, was
one of 11 athletes who represented
the Bahamas at the CAC Champi-
onships last weekend in Georgetown,
Grenada.

The Bahamas ended up third
behind champions Barbados and run-
ners-up Trinidad & Tobago.

“The trip was good. Everyone was
in good spirits heading towards the
trip,” Darling said. “But it was disap-
pointing that we had an athlete that
didn’t show for whatever reason. Oth-
er than that, it was a good show.”

This year’s championships attract-
ed more than 200 athletes from 19
countries, the largest entries in quite
some time.

Doubling up in the men’s masters
and the middleweight divisions, Dar-
ling said the masters turned out to
be more competitive for him than it
was for the middleweight.

“Most of the guys in the masters
were medallists in their respective
weights, so I had both the super
heavyweight and heavyweight, who
were both silver medalists and I had



Prepares to compete at
World Championship

to beat them to win the masters,” he
said.

Darling, who picked up his tenth
gold medal at the championships,
missed out on his bid to secure his
pro card when he went into the pose-
down.

The overall title went to Barbados’
light heavyweight champion Marti-
nus Durrant.

“When I go off, I go to do the best
T could do,” said Darling, when asked
if he was disappointed that he didn’t
win the title. “I gave it my everything.

“T had the feel that I won it, but it
wasn’t meant to be. It’s a judges’
sport, so I won’t let that stop me. ’'m
still preparing to head to the World
Games at the end of this month, so I
will try again.”

Through his sponsors, Darling said
he was able to stay focussed and was
able to perform at his best in Grena-
da. But he said that’s behind him and
he’s now concentrating on Doha.

“Over there I was on my game. My
diet was down and nutrition was fair-
ly decent,” he said. “Over there, I
had a large following from Barbados,
Trinidad, Grenada and Bermuda.

“T had a lot of positive feedbacks
from the judges too. So if there is
anything that I think I would need
to look at is dropping to a lighter
weight division so I could come in a
little more leaner.”

Although he felt he was in the best

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condition he could be at the champi-
onships, Darling said as long as he
doesn’t win the ultimate title then
he’s going to be disappointed in his
performance.

“It’s always good to achieve the
maximum best. Unless you achieve
the maximum best, I think there’s
always going to be room for improve-
ment,” he said. “So in that regard,
I’m not that disappointed.”

But the Royal Bahamas Defense
Force Officer said he’s not going to
let that dampen his spirits as he pre-
pare for the World’s.

“Pro Lab is sponsoring me as much
as they can, but I still need some
financial assistance with my accom-
modations over there,” Darling said.

“Tm hoping the government will
assist in this because I’m going to be
carrying the (Bahamian) flag and I
really want to do well over there.”

Darling, along with heavyweight
Teddy Gray, are scheduled to leave
town on October 29 and return home
on November 7.

It will be his first appearance in
the World’s because when he was
scheduled to travel to the Czech
Republic in 2006, he had to stay
home due to his job commitment.

“This one, everything looks
great. I’m in good condition and I
want to represent my country and
to represent them very well,” Dar-
ling stated.

BAIN PASSES TENNIS CERTIFICATION COURSE



FOR a long time, local tennis players have been seeking the
assistance of a proper fitness training programme. Marion Bain
has stepped up to take care of that situation.

Recently, world famous tennis fitness and strength coach Pat

Etchebrry conducted a fitness programme where Bain was one of

the 10 students to successfully pass the certification course.
Above Bain is shown receiving her certified certificate from

Etchebrry.

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Roberts wins third
Junior Open title

JUSTIN Roberts claimed
his third consecutive singles
title yesterday when he
defeated number two seed
George Semander of Aru-
ba 6-1, 6-0 in the Boys 14-
under singles final in the
Curacao Junior Open 09.

Roberts also added the
Boys 14-under doubles title
as he and partner Victor
Gurevich of the United
States defeated the top seed-
ed team of Timothy Blok
and Geroge Semander of
Aruba 6-4, 6-4.

In the latter match, the
score was not as close as it
looked as Roberts and
Gurevich led 5-2 in each set
before suffering a slight let-
down allowing their oppo-
nents to cut the deficit to 5-
4, only to eventually prevail

This is the final COTECC
Boys 14-under event for
Roberts in 2009 as he now
sets his sights on two of the
toughest junior tournaments
in the United States - the
Eddie Herr International
Junior Championships and
Junior Orange Bowl.

Both tournaments are
held in Florida in Decem-
ber with a strong contingent
of junior players coming
from Europe, Asia, South
America and Australia.

¢ Here’s a look at the
resultys from the Curacao



Junior Open:
BOYS 14-UNDER SINGLES
FINAL

No.1 Justin Roberts def.
No.2 George Semander of
Aruba 6-1, 6-0.

BOYS 14-UNDER DOUBLES
FINAL

No.2 Justin Roberts
(Bahamas)/Victor Gurevich
(United States) def. No.1
George Semander/Timothy
Blok (Aruba) 6-4, 6-4.
GIRLS 18-UNDER DOUBLES
FINAL

No.2 Victoria Rodriquez
(Mexico)/Simone Pratt
(Bahamas) def. No.1. Car-
men Blanco/Barbara
Rodriquez (Venezuela) 6-3,
7-6 (2).

Simone Pratt (BAH) cap-
tures her first ITF Girls 18-
under doubles champi-
onships at the Curacao
Junior Open when she and
partner Victoria defeated
the No.1 seeded team from
Venezuela in straight sets 6-
3, 7-6 (2).

Pratt currently has a ITF
World Ranking of No.1080,
which will go up as a result
of winning one round in sin-
gles and claiming the dou-
bles title.

Pratt has plans to play the
Eddie Herr and Junior
Orange Bowl in an attempt
to win her first major sin-
gles title.

Knowles, Roddick in
China Open semifinal

MARK Knowles and Andy Roddick played their semifi-
nal match at Open today in Beijing, China. The Bahamian-
American duo were scheduled to face the team of Lukas
Dlouhy of the Czech Republic and Phillipp Kohlschreiber of

Germany.

Both teams are unseeded.

The winner will play the winner of the other half of the
draw that features number two seeds American identical
twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan against the French team
of Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy.

The final is set for Sunday.

Next week, Knowles is expected to be reunited with his
regular doubles partner Mahesh Bhupathi of India as they

play in the Shanghai Open.

Bhupathi is coming off a groin injury that he sustained
playing Davis Cup for India. That forced Knowles to team
up to play with Roddick in this week’s tournament.

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Eagles’ Vick to
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TV series

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MICHAEL VICK will
be giving the public an
inside look at his life dur-
ing an eight-part televi-
sion series scheduled to
debut on BET next year.

Tentatively titled “The
Michael Vick Project,”
the cable show will fol-
low the Philadelphia
Eagles quarterback as he
tries to redeem himself
after going to prison for
18 months for his role in
operating a dogfighting
ring. DuBose Entertain-
ment, which is co-pro-
ducing the series, and

BET officially
announced the show Fri-
day.

“T think its important
to show our youth and
our kids that you face
adversity but you’re not
responsible for falling,
you’re responsible for
getting up,” Vick said
earlier this week. “I’m
very remorseful about
what happened and what
I did. I just don’t want
other people to go down
that path. I’m trying to
make it right and repair
past damages. That’s all I
want to show.”

The show is part reali-
ty TV, part documentary,
chronicling Vick’s rise
from a difficult child-
hood to becoming a star
at Virginia Tech, the No.
1 overall draft pick of the
Atlanta Falcons in 2001,
and at the time the high-
est paid player in the
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Open tennis tournament in Beijing Friday, Oct. 9, 2009. Djokovic won the the match 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Nadal, Djokovic reach

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SPAIN'S Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over
Russia's Marat Safin in the quarter finals of the China
Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, Friday, Oct.

9, 2009. Nadal won the match 6-3, 6-1.

semifinals at China Open

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BEIJING
Associated Press

RAFAEL NADAL moved into
the semifinals of the China Open on
Friday by defeating Marat Safin 6-3,
6-1.

Nadal outplayed the former top-
ranked Russian from the start and
remains on track to meet Novak
Djokovic in the final Sunday.
Djokovic defeated Fernando Ver-
dasco of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

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my level.”

Safin plans to retire at the end of
this season, and thanked the fans for
their support.

“T haven’t been practicing for a long
time and I can still hit some balls, so
it’s a really nice feeling to get on the
court,” said Safin, who won the inau-
gural China Open title in 2004.

On Saturday, Nadal will face Marin
Cilic of Croatia, who defeated Niko-
lay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic will face Robin Soderling of
Sweden, who defeated Ivan Ljubicic
of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-4.

Djokovic was broken by Verdas-

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co three times in the second set. But
the fourth-ranked Serb regained his
form in the third set and took advan-
tage of his Spanish opponent’s 19
unforced errors in the match.

“T had ups and downs,” Djokovic
said. “Verdasco used his chances in
the second set when he broke. I saved
energy at the end of the second set
for the refreshing start of the third
and I was fortunate to do so.”

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia
became the first woman to qualify
for the semifinals, stopping Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-3.

Kuznetsova will face Nadia Petro-

va of Russia, who defeated Peng
Shuai of China 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2.

“Tm very happy to get through even
though I didn’t really start out playing
well, but I really picked it up by the
second and third sets,” said Petrova,
who eliminated Serena Williams in
three sets on Thursday. “It’s always
difficult to come out the next day and
put on the same performance.”

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland
topped fourth-seeded Elena Demen-
tieva of Russia 7-5, 6-3. She will meet
Marion Bartoli of France, who defeat-
ed Vera Zvonareva of Russia 3-6, 7-5,
6-2.

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FORMER New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu plays with children at Rugbbyklubben Speed in
Copenhagen, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. The International Olympic Committee will decide on Friday
Oct.9, if rugby is to become an Olympic discipline.

Golf, rugby make Olympic
roster for 2016, 2020

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COPENHAGEN
Associated Press

ALL those beautiful beach-
es and Tiger Woods, too!

After more than a century
on the sidelines, golf will
return to the Olympics at the
Summer Games in Rio de
Janeiro. Rugby, last played in
1924, is coming back as well.

Both were reinstated for the
2016 and 2020 games after a
vote Friday by the Interna-
tional Olympic Committee.
They are the first sports added
since triathlon and taekwondo
joined the program for the
2000 Sydney Olympics.

Each sport received major-
ity support in separate votes
after leading athletes and offi-
cials from both camps gave
presentations, including a
taped video message from
Woods and other top pros.
Woods has indicated he would
play in the Olympics if golf
were accepted for 2016.

“There are millions of
young golfers worldwide who

would be proud to represent
their country,” Woods said
from the Presidents Cup in
San Francisco. “It would be
an honor for anyone who
plays this game to become an
Olympian.”

Golf was approved 63-27
with two abstentions. Rugby
was voted in 81-8 with one
abstention.

“We were ecstatic and
wanted to jump on the table,
but we sort of restrained our-
selves,” former New Zealand
rugby great Jonah Lomu told
The Associated Press. “It was
just fantastic for the game.”

Golf will stage a 72-hole
stroke-play tournament for
men and women, with 60
players in each field. Rugby
will organize a four-day sev-
en-a-side tournament —
instead of the more tradition-
al 15-a-side game — for 12
men’s and women’s teams.

“T think it’s fantastic, an
unbelievable day for the game
of golf,” Jack Nicklaus said.
“The impact is going to be felt
all over the world, which is
what I’ve always felt about

the game. The game is a
mature game in many coun-
tries, but it never had the
opportunity to grow in many
others. People of all walks of
life will be inspired to play
the game of golf, and play for
sports’ highest recognition.
For all sports, that has been a
gold medal.”

The venue and schedule for
both sports in Rio de Janeiro
has yet to be decided. The
golf tournament will not nec-
essarily be played Thursday
through Sunday, bid leader
and PGA Tour vice president
Ty Votaw said.

“Tt might be Wednesday to
Saturday,” Votaw said. “Or
it might be that the women’s
competition is first, and the
men’s is second. ... All of
those things need to be
worked out over the next sev-
en years.”

British bookmaker William
Hill immediately made Woods
the favorite in Rio, giving 6-1
odds that he will the gold
medal. It gave the same odds
for any player from Britain or
Ireland winning.

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LOCAL NEWS

Former union president upset
by office manager’s ‘despair’
FROM page one

really leads the organisation.

In the meantime, the depressed economy has thwarted her
efforts to get another job and she has found herself in despair,
wondering how she will support herself and her 11-year-old
daughter Rayven, a junior national tennis champion.

Confirming her story, Director of Labour Harcourt Brown
described Ms Barry as an “innocent bystander” caught up in the
middle of union squabbles.

Yesterday Ms Harding, who was voted president of the
union in 2006, said she wanted to make it known that she
“exhausted all means” to try to ensure Ms Barry got what she
was due — even formally signing off on a payout of $21,000 to
the former employee for her years of service in an official
meeting with labour officials shortly after Ms Barry lost her job
in January of this year and filed a trade dispute.

But, said Ms Harding, the bank refused to disburse the funds
given the uncertainty over the leadership of the organisation,
and union treasurer, Susan Palmer — who is allied with current
purported president Anthony Bain — allegedly refused to
provide her signature to approve the transaction.

On Thursday, Mr Bain claimed Ms Barry is owed nothing as
she lost her job due to “poor behaviour” — something Ms
Harding vehemently denied, saying Ms Barry was a committed
worker.

Ms Harding charged that Mr Bain and Ms Palmer’s refusal to
pay Ms Barry goes against the will of the AAAWU member-
ship, who had “unanimously” agreed this summer that the
union should continue paying Ms Barry, and several others who
lost their jobs at around the same time, until the dispute
between executives is resolved.

This did not happen.

The former President also supported statements by Mr
Brown, contacted about the matter on Thursday, when he said
that hundreds of the union’s 510 members are in favour of an
election taking place to finally decide the leadership of the
union.

Presently Mr Bain has an injunction against any election
going ahead, although Mr Brown and Ms Harding say the last
executive term expired in June. The Department of Labour
filed an appeal against the injunction earlier this week in the
hope that elections will go ahead and the deadlock on resolv-
ing the payment issue can finally be ended.

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Christie ‘against any move
to oppose Moss nomination’
FROM page one

political sources that certain individuals are seeking resolu-
tions to amend the party’s constitution, blocking anyone who
is not a sitting MP — such as Mr Moss — from nominating to
run for party leader at its upcoming convention.

Sources alleged the attempt, along with another proposed to
disallow someone who has not previously declared his/her
intentions to run for a post from nominating at the convention,
was one intended to “stack the deck” against any opponent of
Mr Christie ahead of the party’s convention on October 21.

Yesterday Mr Christie said “rumours” that he was behind a
move to block Paul Moss or any other would-be challenger in
this way are being “put out by people who intend to cause
mischief.” “There was never any attempt by any of the estab-
lished party to block anyone,” he said.

Mr Christie noted that although it has “come to the attention
of those of us who are in leadership of party that it is possible
by our constitution for someone to join party and two weeks lat-
er declare they’re running for leader,” if a resolution was
passed to allow the National General Council to vote to disal-
low the same, a vote in favour of the move “should not be con-
sidered.”

“Ordinarily there ought to be some preconditions that require
someone to be a member in good standing and otherwise qual-
ified to hold the position (of leader). Clearly there’s consider-
ation in that area, but if such a resolution would pass it ought
not to be considered. In other words I myself would oppose any
attempt to prevent someone from running who is duly qualified
to run. Right now the only one who has declared his intention
to do so is Paul Moss. I would not support an effort to oppose
his nomination on a technical point,” added Mr Christie.

Meanwhile he said in principal he would support another pro-
posed amendment to the party’s constitution — that anyone
who is to run for a post in the convention must declare their
intentions ahead of time — but “not for this convention.”

“T support any kind of proposal that advances the internal
workings of democracy inside the PLP,” he said, suggesting that
such a stipulation would give people more time to find out
about the person they are voting for, and whether they have
“the qualities of a leader.”

“What I have said to people who assemble in the NGC
(National General Council) is that we must become more
accountable. People are looking at us and we should have
reflected in our business how the country does its business,”
added Mr Christie. The PLP leader said he is committed to
“evolving rules to ensure people are free to contest elections
and contest elections that are fair.”

“That must be the commitment of the party — to have free
and fair elections, so people are able in unfettered way able to
exercise the right to vote for the candidate who is right to lead
the party,” said the PLP leader. He said that by Monday or
Tuesday it is likely that people should know which proposed
amendments to the party’s constitution will be voted on at the

convention.

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FROM page one

cannot guarantee me a seat home this (week). What I find
further irritating is that this week is a very busy one for San Sal-
vador as it is the Discovery homecoming celebration. This
means that more people will be travelling home,” she claimed
in the letter.Ms Williams also said the cost of inter-island trav-
el, around $204 for a round-trip San Salvador ticket was too
high considering Bahamians can travel outside of the country
for less money. When contacted for comment yesterday,
Bahamasair Managing Director Henry Woods says he read
the letter — which was also published in a local daily — and
sought to verify the merits of the complaint.

He said he could not confirm whether any ticketed passengers
had been affected by the airline's "economic downsizing” but
added that preliminary investigations did not support the com-
plaint.

He said it was company policy to ensure that ticketed pas-
sengers are "always protected” and the airline's agents are
instructed not to overbook flights.

"The load has been extremely light, the economic condi-
tions have decreased our numbers and in this time of depression
we have had to make certain adjustments.

"But our Booking and Load Control Unit — I've taken this
up with them on more than one occasion — and they have giv-
en me assurances that if a passenger had a confirmed booking
they will fly. It's a different story if a person just shows up
with no reservation and that might have been a situation where
a person could not be accommodated," Mr Woods told The Tri-
bune yesterday.

He explained that smaller planes, 19-seaters, have been used
for San Salvador flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because
of lagging sales.

When asked about the higher cost of domestic flights, Mr
Woods said the "highly competitive” airline industry was dri-
ving the prices. He added that many times international oper-
ators are faced with lower operating costs and could offer
cheaper rates to their destinations.

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LOCAL NEWS

Is this the right way to treat our pets?

FROM page one





and driven dogs away from their masters’ homes.

Each week around 50 dogs and perhaps a dozen cats are col-
lected in traps by some of the nine staff at the canine control
unit government dog pound in an area of the Botanic Gardens,
Chippingham.

The unwanted animals are locked in the 45 dark and tiny
cement cells in pairs before their pitiful lives are brought to an
end.

Legislation requires the animals to be kept alive for at least
four days to give owners an opportunity to collect their pets, but
as the majority of dogs are brought to the pound at their own-
er’s will, it is an unlikely outcome for the poorly-treated pets.

Their dying days are spent crammed in a kennel, some with
broken limbs, flesh wounds, mange, and if they are not already
infested with ticks and fleas, they will be within 24 hours of stay-
ing at the pound.

A lack of funding, resources, and a body of staff a third of the
size of what it should be, means the care for the dogs is minimal.

These wandering potcakes, pit bulls, and pit bull-mixes like
Lola, have no space to roam. They rely on the food and rusty
water provided twice a day by the supervisor and five wardens
who run the dog pound.

Those who arrive at the pound suffering from serious injuries
or illness are put to sleep almost immediately, as are motherless
puppies never given a chance at life.



THE COLLARS of the dogs who have been surrendered to the pound and later killed, have been stuffed into these holes by staff members, cre- Freezes

ating a haunting memorial to the unfortunate animals. Their bodies are stored in three deep freezes untll Friday
morning before their bodies are collected and disposed of.

Criticisms of the inhumane way animals are treated at the
pound have been highlighted in The Tribune since a 14-year-old
visitor wrote to the newspaper to share with the public the
horrors he had seen. A live dog locked in a kennel with a dead
dog, faeces covering the floors of the kennels, and animals
locked up without food and water.

His complaints sparked public outrage and the formation of
an activist group demanding better conditions at the pound
which now has more than 500 members.

But in the first ever public tour of the facility, The Tribune
found it is the culture of cruelty to animals bringing dozens of
neglected and poorly treated dogs and cats to the pound week
after week.

When The Tribune visited the pound yesterday, supervisor
Kirkland Glinton said the 45 dogs and seven cats collected
this week, all killed yesterday, is average.

Department of Agriculture and Marine Resources veteri-
narian Godfrey Springer euthanises the animals with assis-
tance from staff.

He said: “It’s not easy for me as a vet to put animals to
sleep but it’s a public health issue; it’s creating a risk to public
health and as a country we have to remove the disease element
from the population.”

However their work has little impact on the number of stray
dogs wandering throughout New Providence, as Dr Kirkland
said as soon as 50 dogs are collected and killed, another 50 will
be found wandering in the same areas the following week.

What is required is responsible animal ownership, Dr
Springer said. He told The Tribune: “We have to create a cul-
ture of people who love animals.

“We need responsible animal ownership. Dogs are living
things, they need to be fed and watered, and to be housed in a
comfortable home. They need to be seen by a veterinarian at
least twice a year.

“They should not be tied up so the rope around their neck
cuts into their skin, and they should not be roaming into neigh-
bours’ yards or in the streets.”

M What are your views on dog cruelty in the Bahamas?
Who’s to blame? And read more revelations next week.



POUND manager Kirkland Glinton speaks to Tribune scenic
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