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The Tribune
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PLP chief hits
out at Gibson
and Adderley

PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts has
accused Malcolm
Adderley and Keny-
atta Gibson of plot-
ting an unsuccessful
attempt to try to
“destabilise” the
opposition party and
diminish its leader.

In a speech con-
taining sexual refer-
ences given at a rally
in the Elizabeth con-
stituency on Thurs-
day night, Mr
Roberts denied that
the actions of either men have
left the PLP weaker.

Mr Gibson and Mr Adder-
ley quit the PLP in the last year
and a half, citing a lack of sup-
port for party leader Perry
Christie.

Alleging that the two
betrayed “our kind-hearted
leader” after he personally
“secured their shaky political
futures” Mr Roberts said “time
has revealed the true nature of
politicians like Malcolm Adder-
ley and Kenyatta Gibson.”

He encouraged those gath-
ered at the rally to ensure that
they are not “bought” by the
FNM but to vote PLP in the
upcoming by-election in Eliza-
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resigned as MP on
Wednesday.

Mr Roberts belit-
tled the significance
of 64-year-old Mr
Adderley’s resigna-
tion from the PLP
and from politics.

He suggested that
Mr Adderley, who is
rumoured to be set
to take up a judicial
appointment at the
recommendation of
Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham,
will find himself with
few options within “three
years” now that he has left the
PLP.

The same sentiment was
expressed with respect to Mr
Gibson, the MP for Kennedy
who quit the PLP to serve as
an independent before joining
the FNM months later — like
Mr Adderley, dropping his
political bombshell days before
the forty-third anniversary of
Majority rule.

The chairman defended the
PLP’s reaction in the wake of
weeks of reports that Mr
Adderley was set to leave the
party, stating that the party
should not be “hated on”

SEE page 11

Davis claims PM's appointing of political
figures to hench undermining crime fight

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP Deputy Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday claimed the
appointment of political figures to the judicial bench by the Prime
Minister is undermining the fight against crime.

Essentially accusing Hubert Ingraham of master-minding the res-
ignation of Malcolm Adderley from the PLP and politics this
week, Mr Davis accused Mr Ingraham of playing political games
with the country when there are more pressing matters like crime
and unemployment that he should be addressing and called on Eliz-
abeth constituents to use the upcoming by-election to “send a
message” to the Prime Minister and the FNM that “enough is

enough.”

Mr Davis said: “Hubert Ingraham just this week spoke about
new crime fighting initiatives. We need a new direction. Yet the
man talking one thing and doing another! In order for the fight
against crime to be effective there must be a well oiled, function-
ing and Independent judiciary! Since returning to power Hubert
Ingraham has engaged in the most blatant politicisation of the

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Mystery over
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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MYSTERY surrounds the the case
of a man found stabbed to death on
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Police yesterday appealed to the
public for information leading to the
identity of the victim. They also urged
anyone with information on the cir-
cumstances surrounding his death to
come forward.

It was around 8.28 pm Thursday
when police received word that a man,
who appeared injured, was seen stag-
gering on to the highway.

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DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR of the Bank of the Bahamas Vaughn Delaney speaks to (from left) Oakes Field Primary deputy head boy
Tavis Archer, head girl Shavonne King and head boy Justin Bethel about the importance of reading yesterday at the Bank of the Bahamas.

Hundreds of books were presented to school libraries at the event.

Bar Association praises

Dame Joan Sawyer

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation has praised Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer for bringing structural
and organisational improve-
ments to the court.

Comments from vice presi-
dent, Cathleen Hassan, fol-
lowed the announcement by
Dame Joan of her retirement.

“Dame Joan’s retirement
from the bench marks a mile-
stone for the achievement and
the level to which the court
of appeal has reached in the
Bahamas. She has done a
tremendous job during her
tenure, with improvements to
the systemic and organisa-
tional part of the court of
appeal. For that she is singu-
larly to be applauded,” said
Mrs Hassan.

“She is a jurist of the high-
est order, eminently qualified

to sit on any high court or
higher court than the court of
appeal. The directness of her
rulings speak for themselves
and are always very clear,”
she said.

Dame Joan is the first
woman to serve as Chief Jus-
tice and President of the
Bahamas Court of Appeal.
Having past the 68-year retire-
ment age, she is completing
the end of a two-year granted
extension. Her retirement is
scheduled to take effect from
November 26, 2010.

While the Bar Association
will be a part of consultations
to decide on a replacement
president, along with other
members of the judiciary and
administrative branches, Mrs
Hassan said the association
was not in a position at this
time to say who was under
consideration or preferred by
the association.

SEE page 11



Proposed Act amendments could
see swift discipline of attorneys

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

PROPOSED amendments
to the Legal Professions Act
could ensure the swift and
effective discipline of attorneys
who breach the Bar’s code of
ethics, vice-president of the
Bahamas Association Kathleen
Johnson-Hassan stated.

Speaking at a ceremony
marking the opening of the
Court of Appeal’s legal year,
Mrs Hassan said: “There is a
proposed draft amendment to
the Legal Professions Act and
its regulations currently under
way.”

“It is hoped that at the end
of the exercise we will have a
regulatory piece of legislation
that will clarify the obligations
of the practice, firstly attorney
to attorney, secondly attorney
to client and third but not least
attorney to the court.

“It is also the aim of this
counsel that once such regula-
tion is passed by parliament. It
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speedier dispute resolution and
a straightforward route for ear-
ly and effective discipline of
attorneys who remain non
compliant with our code of
conduct.

“We believe that it is our
responsibility as counsel to
ensure the improvement in and
the consistency of acceptable
standards of practice at the Bar
for all practitioners.

“We therefore of the bar
counsel believe that our mem-
bers are as responsible for
nursing the efficient and effec-
tiveness of our legal system.
All of our sections must be
committed to upholding our
part,” she said. According to
Mrs Hassan, the membership
of the bar currently stands at
1,039 with the majority of
attorneys in active practice. She
further noted that over the past
five years 264 attorneys have
joined the Bahamas Bar.

“There are currently 12
members of the inner bar and
1,027 of the outer bar. There

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Bahamians
give testimony
to Crown Land.

Committee

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE House Select Com-
mittee on Crown Land
heard the testimony of sev-
eral Bahamians who claimed
their efforts to acquire
Crown land grants have
been stifled by inefficiencies,
bureaucracy and nepotism
in the public service.

Sherlin Allan Brown, a
fisherman who lives in San
Souci, New Providence,
recounted his struggles in
attempting to secure two
beach-front lots in his native
Mayaguana where he wants
to build a retirement home
and a business.

He claimed he applied for
two tracts of ocean-view land
on that island in 1992. He
further claimed that while
his attempts to acquire the
properties - lot No.1 and No.
57 — have been unsuccess-
ful, the relatives of former
island administrator Mildred
Williamson have been grant-
ed several nearby ocean-
view lots since he made his
application.

He was granted lot No. 60
in 1999 from DLS while the
lots he preferred remained
available, he said. Mr Brown
feels he was denied the tracts
he requested because public
officials or their relatives are
interested in acquiring these
properties.

He added that he was nev-
er given a title to the land
he was granted and paid for,
only a receipt. To make mat-
ters worse, he said that
another resident's house is
erected on the property
blocking him from develop-
ing the property.

"I'm hoping to get my
legal rights and (for) other
citizens of Mayaguana to get
their property straight as
well," he told the committee
of his reason for appearing



MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, Chair of the
House Select Committee on Crown Land, listens to Sherle Knowles
and her father Emerson Major.

yesterday.

Another witness, Christo-
pher Curry, a handyman
who resides in the
Carmichael Road area, told
the committee of his frus-
trated attempt to get
approval for a Crown land
grant from the Department
of Land and Surveys for
more than 20 years.

He claimed that he first
submitted an application for
lot No.16 in Carmichael Vil-
lage in 1987 and reapplied
in 2001 after DLS could not
find his initial application.

For years he said he has
lived on the land, which was
once leased from the Gov-
ernment by his grand aunt,
and cannot install utilities or
develop the land because he
has no title to the property.

He said he had repeated
meetings with former Direc-
tor of Lands Tex Turnquest
about the issue, the last in
May, 2009, other DLS offi-
cials and has periodically
petitioned for approval, but
to no avail.

He claimed that the prop-
erty was surveyed by per-
sonnel from DLS about five

years ago and all he needs
is the prime minister's
approval of his application.
He feels his application has
been lingering in the system
due to lax practices and inef-
ficiencies at DLS.

Several other witnesses
told the committee of their
land woes, including retired
civil servant and farmer
Emerson Major, who was
assisted by his daughter
Sherle Knowles; father and
son Berthel and Mark Rolle;
and Anthony Cunningham,
a food and beverage manag-
er at Holiday Inn.

However, in many cases
the panel informed the wit-
nesses that their issues were
perhaps better served in a
court of law and could not
be addressed by the narrow
scope of the select commit-
tee.

The committee's next pub-
lic hearing is scheduled for
January 11 when several
public officials are expected
to be recalled before the
group. A report on the com-
mittees findings should be
submitted to the House of
Assembly by January 20.

Four armed robberies
in the last two days

POLICE are investigating four armed rob-
beries that occurred in the capital in the past
two days.

In the first incident, a man was robbed
while attempting to make an early morning
bank deposit outside Scotia Bank on the
corner of Soldier Road and East Street at
around 5.30am on Thursday.

The victim was allegedly held up by a man
dressed in dark clothing with a scarf across
his face, who was armed with a handgun.

He told police the robber demanded cash
and escaped with his deposit bag. Police say
they do not know in what direction the rob-
ber was heading when he left the scene.

Around 9.45pm on Thursday, while at the
junction of Peardale and Wulff Roads, a
woman was robbed of her cell phone by a
dark-skinned, medium built man.

She told police the man approached her
brandishing a handgun and demanded cash.

The culprit fled east along Wulff Road on
foot. About half an hour later, at around
10.15pm on Thursday, police received word
of an armed robbery in the Chippingham
area.

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A woman resident of the area told
responding officers that when she arrived
home, she saw two men dressed in dark
clothing on her front porch.

She told police that one of the men was
armed with a handgun and that he snatched
her handbag containing an undetermined
amount of cash, a cell phone and other per-
sonal effects.

According to the victim, the men fled on
foot but she could not say in which direction
they headed.

Police also reported that bold robbers
burst into the SuperWash laundromat on
Baillou Hill Road South at around 9.42am
yesterday.

Employees told responding officers that
two men — one dressed in a brown suit and
sunglasses, and armed with a handgun; the
other wearing a plaid shirt — entered the
store demanding cash.

The men took an undetermined amount of
cash and fled the area heading east on Mal-
colm Road in a green or gold Nissan Pulsar
licence plate number 11452.

Police are investigating these incidents.

Seven Sunday
school teachers
to be recognised

SEVEN Sunday school teach-
ers will be recognised for their
contributions to the growth and
development of their schools
when they are presented with
the “Conquering Lion Award”
at The Big Harvest Community
Sunday School anniversary cel-
ebrations on Sunday, January
24, at 3pm. The Sunday School
on Woods Alley off Market
Street will celebrate its ninth
annual Sunday School “Rally in
the Alley” on that day when the
awards will be presented and the
Community and Christian Train-
ing Centre will be dedicated.









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"I vex because BEC
doing a lot of foolishness, I
mean things already hard —
how in the world my light
bill could go from being
$94, $125, or even $250, to
being $938? And guess
what, if I don't pay it you
can bet your bottom dol-
lar they would sure as hell
disconnect me."

— Vex with BEC

"I'm vexed with those
who oppose outside teach-
ers for the schools. Better
start the teaching at the top
especially when on the TV
it said 'Marry Christmas
from ZNS' - are there no
editors for this?"

— Disgusted

"I vex at all these men,
women, children and pot-
cakes who walking in the
middle of the road in the
pitch black night like they
ain’ scared of getting
knock down. They lucky I
have good brakes on my
car or a lot of them would
have been flat on the pave-
ment. I don't know why
Bahamians don't know
how to walk on the side-
walk, one at a time and in
the opposite direction of
oncoming traffic.”

— Mad Motorist

"T vex at how cold it is
on this lil’ island. Global
warming must be real
because I ain’ use to this
kind of cold on our tropical
island. Plus I ain’ got no
winter clothes, my lil’ tank
tops and shorts ain’ ga cut
it in these times. I can't
even get relief when I head
to bed because my sheets
cold like ice.

"IT know come June I will
be sweating like a donkey
but Lord please bring back
the sunshine because this
cold ain’ playin."

— Freezing Out East

"IT happy because I was
just walking out of City
Markets Seagrapes when
a lady passed me wearing
pink flannel pajamas with
red monkeys on them — I
did a double-take ! I know
it was cold out here in the
east this Sunday — our win-
dow thermometer read 55
degrees — but did she real-
ly have to come out in her
pyjamas?

"Didn't notice if she
wore bunny or monkey
slippers though. Don't
know who she was but her
fun spirit put a smile on my
face."

— Happy Shopper

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venience this error may }

have caused.

safety most important to us

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SKY Bahamas president and CEO
Randy Butler is keen to reassure pas-
sengers of the safety of his aircraft
after a SAAB 340 collapsed at the gate
when the landing gear failed.

Passengers waiting to board the 33-
seater jet at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport were horrified when
the landing gear failed and the aircraft
crashed to the ground at 11.45am, just
15 minutes before they were sched-
uled to depart for Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, on Thursday.

The flight was cancelled and the
eight passengers booked on the noon
flight were accommodated on the
afternoon flight to Marsh Harbour at
4.30pm.

Sky Bahamas’ lpm flight from
Marsh Harbour to Nassau was also
cancelled and all but two of the eight
passengers scheduled to take that flight
went to Nassau on the evening flight at
5.30pm.

Only the captain and flight atten-
dant were on board and Flight Stan-

THE LANDING gear failed on this
Sky Bahamas plane on Thursday.

dards Inspectorate accident investiga-
tor Delvin Major said no one was
injured.

Police, two fire engines and an
ambulance assisted at the scene as a
crowd of around 60 wandered out of
the departure lounge to gather around
the damaged aircraft.

The 33-seat passenger plane was



added to Sky Bahamas’ fleet of five
aircraft about four weeks ago and an
investigation has been launched into
the landing gear occurrence in accor-
dance with Bahamas Aviation safety
regulations.

Mr Butler said Sky Bahamas is also
investigating the occurrence, which he
stressed was an isolated incident.

The Sky Bahamas president and
CEO said: “We realised quickly that it
was an isolated event and it was not a
safety issue. Once we realised that we
continued as normal and used another
aircraft to transport the passengers.

“Passenger safety is most important
to us. And it is not that if something
happens to one airplane there's some-
thing wrong with the others.

“We do about 30 flights safely each
day and on each one we take 25 to 33
people, and if you have the good plea-
sure of flying our airlines you will see
the good service we produce.

“My background is in civil aviation
and as an accident safety investigator,
so we know about these things and
our focus is always to look at it to see
what happened and prevent it from
happening again. Any time there is a
question about safety to the public we
deal with it right away.”

Sky Bahamas was founded in 2006
and operates around 30 flights a day
between the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport in Nassau and the
Family Islands of Exuma, Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Abaco and Cat
Island as well as the Turks and Caicos.

Chinese vessel welcomed on the Bahamian Registry

SHANGHAI - Minister of
the Environment Earl
Deveaux was in the People’s
Republic of China to attend
the commissioning ceremony
of the newest vessel on the
Bahamian ship registry on
Wednesday, January 6.

Barbara Jean Deveaux, the
minister’s wife, officially
named the vessel the CS Car-
oline in honour of the late
Winifred Caroline Mortimer.
The vessel will be managed
by Campbell Shipping Com-
pany Limited, a Bahamian
company.

The ship was built in Jaing-
su Province, the Peoples
Republic of China, by Tsuji
Industries (Jiangsu) Co Ltd
and designed by Algoship
Designers Limited. GTR
Campbell Marine Consultants
Limited supervised the con-
struction of the ship. Both
companies are Bahamian and
have offices in Nassau.

Mr Deveaux said the
Bahamas ship registry has
many vessels built in China by
Bahamian companies valued
well in excess of a billion US
dollars.

He also noted that the Peo-
ple’s Republic of China and
the Bahamas have had formal
diplomatic relations for more
than 12 years.

“However, our cultures
have been comingled for a
very long time, as many of the
Bahamas’ most successful cit-
izens are of Chinese origin,”
Mr Deveaux said. “The rela-
tionship between our coun-
tries has proven to be mutual-
ly beneficial to both countries.

“The Bahamas has benefit-
ted from significant Chinese
investments, notably Hutchin-
son Whampoa in Freeport,
Grand Bahama. The generos-
ity of the Chinese people is
exemplified in the gift of a

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technical support by the gov-
ernment of the People’s
Republic of China.”

Mr Deveaux explained that
the Bahamas Maritime
Authority (BMA) has been
an industry leader in meeting
the challenge of administer-
ing one of the world’s finest
registries.

“Under the BMA’s over-
sight and with strong support,
the Bahamas flagged ocean
going fleet has grown to
become the third largest in the
world.

“The Bahamian Registry
has 5.2 million gross tonnes
comprising of 1,670 vessels
which carry the Bahamian
flag.

“The registry is widely
regarded as among the best in
terms of quality,” Mr Deveaux
said.

He said the international
maritime sector has significant
potential for expansion and
the Authority has recently
chosen a new managing direc-
tor, Commodore Davy Rolle,
and will face future challenges
and opportunities with
renewed vigour and purpose.

He singled out three initia-
tives to highlight the focus of
the Bahamas maritime reg-
istry:

e Yacht Registry — The
BMA is well advanced in
completing a set of rules for
yacht registration to expand
the profile of the registry.

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of great value to international
shipping.

e Maritime Institute — The
demand for trained seafarers
continues to grow. The
Bahamas is developing a mod-
el for training in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

Mr Deveaux also noted that
the maritime sector is a sig-
nificant contributor to the
Bahamian economy.

“Tt is increasingly broad-
based, serving as the centre
for maritime arbitration, new
and renewed facilities in and
around the Port of Nassau,
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So many dots, so much sharing. What now?

WASHINGTON — Before 9/11, U.S.
intelligence officials had little information
about terrorism, and they hoarded it.

Now, they share it. All of it. Every-
where. Information about threats — actu-
al, perceived and bogus — is spread across
multiple agencies, stored in multiple data-
bases. It arrives in untold snippets from
all over the world and is hurriedly passed
around. Nobody wants to be blamed for
sitting on the missing puzzle piece.

In explaining its failure to stop alleged
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rying a bomb, the government said Thurs-
day that it had plenty of dots to connect.
Information was passed around. No puzzle
pieces went missing, but nobody put it
together.

And there was nobody to blame.

"This incident was not the fault of a
single individual or organization but rather
a systemic failure across organizations and
agencies," President Barack Obama said.

The 9/11 Commission in 2004 cited a
complete failure of the nation's intelli-
gence community to share and analyse
information. Former President George W.
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craft, forming new agencies, building new
databases, encouraging information-shar-
ing and training spies.

Years later, and following a terrorist
attack that was prevented only because
Abdulmutallab's bomb failed to detonate,
the nation is witnessing lingering prob-
lems that may even be getting worse.

"There's so much intelligence flowing,
and it all goes into this river of informa-
tion," said Patrick Rowan, who served as
Bush's top Justice Department countert-
errorism official. "But the ability to fish
out what's important from that river is
always going to be a challenge."

US. officials had plenty of information
to keep Abdulmutallab off the plane, and
circulated it widely, according to the
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Boyhood
memories
of life in
Long Island

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BACK in those days of
innocence and blissful
ignorance of all the angst
in far-flung places, we
lived a happy and simple
life in our Settlement
down south.

And we lived according
to rules that helped us to
grow into the people we
are today, focused and dis-
ciplined hard workers. We
had lots of chores to do,
and we carried them out,
or else.

After breaking boughs
for the goats and tying
them out in the meadows
up on the Old Hill, we
would beat on our empty
water buckets and sing
Mamalay as we walked
back home. Didn’t have
any toys, but we had lots
of good fun.

Food abounded for us:
fish, chicken, goat meat,

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mutton, pigeon peas, okra,
salt beef; and food
abounded for the crea-
tures: jumbay, cinnepod,
ramhorn, gumelemi and
wild parsley.

I will never forget the
day when I rode the don-
key from Auntie
Blanche’s Old Field right
to our yard; and he didn’t
stop until he got to the
well! It’s a good thing
there wasn’t many cars
and trucks in those days.

Shabby and I got up
every weekday morning
with the morning star,
grinding corn, parching
coffee beans and beating
them in the mortar with
an iron pestle, then draw-
ing coffee for daddy
before he left for the

Reciting the
names of all
those present

EDITOR, THE TRIBUNE.

The changing of the guard of the Commissioner of Police
with all its protocol and fanfare drew a question: If the
Commissioner’s office is a Constitutional Office how was it
that we did not see as we see with a Chief Justice, Judges,
Cabinet Ministers the swearing of the person at govern-
ment House in the presence of His Excellency the Governor-

General?

What we saw the signing of some form of document of
transfer surely was not sufficient?

I have always wondered why we continue to use the recit-
ing of the various personalities attending an official event —
Governor-General, Rt Hon Prime Minister, Chief Justice all
down the List of Precedence to first bottle-scrubber and then
the next speaker repeats and the one after, oh, God stop

this...again?

Surely this practice originated from when only radio was
available as my experience cannot find any other Caribbean
country that retains this useless time-wasting practice with
always the fear that you miss someone.

Government House should immediately issue an order
that only when there is the presence of His Excellency the
Governor-General — Prime Minister — Chief Justice and
Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
and representatives of Foreign Governments should be
mentioned except for the first incidence by the Master of

Ceremonies or Introducer.

At church ceremonies when officials make tributes such
mention is totally unnecessary as in God’s house I suggest we

are all equal.

It is time this gets remedied as we witnessed at the Com-
missioner of Police hand-over it was totally laughable and it
is laughable and totally unnecessary unless those officials
whose names are recited are on a hard ego trip.

Hoping we can sce a change on this one?

W THOMPSON
Nassau,
January 6, 2010.

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fields in Stevens. Eventu-
ally, Junior joined the ear-
ly morning crew, with his
first morning being upset
by his seeing Cle. Don’t
believe it if someone tells
you that Junior couldn’t
run fast!

All three of us worked
with daddy during sum-
mer recess, roasting sweet
potatoes and eating paw-
paws right off the trees.
Going fishing on Satur-
day, to the Scrub Field,
Long Bar and Billy Wells,
meant we had to double
up on Friday, toting
enough wood for cooking
on the weekend and
breaking enough boughs
to keep the goats happy
until Sunday.

Only one time I had to
rescue a goat from hang-
ing: I heard it all the way
upon the Old Hill, bleat-
ing like a hanging goat! I
s’pose it is advantageous
for the rescuer to have big
bat ears!

It was pure joy out on
Long Bar, swimming and
playing when we got tired
of waiting for the fish to
bite. Once in a while, we
would see the Haulers up
as far as Billy Wells and
Fox Field Point looking
for bonefish and shads.
Oh my, the satisfying culi-
nary experience of eating
steamed fried shads and
yellow corn grits with
mayonnaise-covered sliced
sun-ripened tomatoes on
the side! As Cousin Mack-
ey would say: “You don’t
know what you’re missing,
buck!”

There used to be lots of
excitement every year
when the crabs would
swarm out of their holes
after the spring rain. Peo-
ple would come from
everywhere to catch ’em
by the dozen. From the
shoulder baskets to the
big oil drums, to the
crates, to the Air Pheas-
ant and the freight boats,
to be sold in Nassau. Leg-
endary captains like
Anton Lockhart, Farlin
Deveaux, Mac Burrows,
Harrod Turnquest and
Raymond Cartwright
come to mind.

Not many crabs now, as
people dig for them out of
season: White crabs, black
crabs, striped crabs, brown
crabs, red crabs, all of
them like sapodillas, shep-
herd needle, hominy and
rice. In spite of their eat-
ing habits, crabs make for
good eating as many tasty
dishes are made from
these crawlers: crab in
rice, boiled crab and
dough, crab soup, fried
crab egg, baked crab and
boiled crab biters. Crab is
good for baiting fish, too!
Tasty crab: all body and
no head.

If time stood still, Mama
would still be here: she
was small in stature, big
in character, stouthearted,
enduring, fearless, godly,
quiet and strong. And, it is
almost thirty-seven years
since Granddaddy left: I
treasure the time he took
with me; he used to talk
with me, always made me
feel special. Granddaddy
took me fishing for grunts,
by Jim’s Cay. Afterwards,
we would race the other
boats back to Mangrove
Bush.

We look forward to see-
ing so many friends and
family again, including Joe
Morris, who took us fish-
ing Southside, and Louis
Burrows, who told me that
“the more you live, the
more you learn.”

GLEN MORE
Nassau,
January, 2010.



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LOCAL NEWS



UTEB weighs in on
COB president search

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

The Council of the College of
the Bahamas will meet next
week to discuss the selection
process for a new president.

The Union of Tertiary Edu-
cators (UTEB) is hoping for a
transparent process that actively
involves the major stakeholders.

“T think if we do a proper
search there are Bahamians
available to fill the position, but
that is if the process is not going
to be politically driven. The col-
lege is run and funded totally by
the Bahamas government. I just

hope they can remove them-
selves from the process long
enough for us to be able to find
the best candidate for the job,”
said Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson,
UTEB president.

Council chairman T Baswell
Donaldson said the council’s first
meeting of the year is set to
address several matters, includ-
ing the challenge of finding a
new president. During the meet-
ing, the council will decide on
several matters relating to the
selection process, which typical-
ly involves establishing a special
presidential search committee.

The council machinery was
activated in late December when

COB president Janyne Hodder
announced her decision to step
down in June. With just six
months to prepare, Mrs Dotson
said she hopes a new president is
named well in advance of Ms
Hodder’s departure, so the new
president can work alongside Ms
Hodder and ensure a smooth
hand over.

Even though the UTEB has
no names at this time to put for-
ward, Mrs Dotson said the union
is clear about looking for a pres-
ident that sees the union as a
partner.

“We are looking for someone
who is union-friendly, who has a
good focus on academia, is able

Can Bahamians solve disputes with foreigners
without getting Immigration involved?

By JETTA J BAPTISTE

I PREDICT that one of two
things will happen in the very
near future in the Bahamas.
The first possibility is that
Bahamians will see every single
foreigner gone from these
shores, and then will really
know who and what the
Bahamas is all about. The
Bahamas is for Bahamians, but
who is a Bahamian? Can all
the Cabinet ministers tell me
that they have no “Haitian”
blood flowing through their
veins?

The Bahamas was built by
the blood, sweat and tears of
Haitians, Jamaicans, Turks
Islanders, Trinidadians, Bar-
badians, Americans, Canadi-
ans, Mexicans, Chinese, Ital-
ians, Greeks, Cubans, Germans
and other European people.
For hundreds of years, these
people have played an impor-
tant role in the development
of the Bahamas. Haiti for
instance, used to and still pro-
vides food for Bahamians.
Many people left the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas to
have their children at the hos-
pitals in Haiti over a hundred
years ago.

What many “so-called”
Bahamians don’t realise is that
Haitians have a large network
that is not only in the Bahamas
or Haiti. They are well
ingrained all over the world,
especially in the United States,
Europe and Canada, where the
Bahamas looks for its tourist
dollars. What would happen
one day if these Haitians and
other foreigners decide to use
their influence against Bahami-
ans living in the Bahamas?

Bahamians must understand
the world is smaller than it was
10 or 20 years ago. Facebook
for instance has well over 350
million subscribers worldwide
using it daily. Whatever hap-
pens anywhere in the world,
good or bad, is known imme-
diately around the world.
Haitians are well entrenched
in government in Florida,
Georgia, Boston, Philadelphia,
New York, Washington, Chica-
go, and you will find them
throughout the 50 states, polit-
ically and economically.

Be careful which foreigner
you all mess with, because you
never know, what his brother,
sister, child, mother, father,
aunt, uncle, cousin or other rel-
ative will do in reaction. Can
you imagine, a group of
Haitians, Americans or Cubans
protesting at Port Everglades
and the Port of Miami about
how bad the Bahamians treat
foreigners in this country?
Think about it; is this what the

JETTA | BAPTISTE



Bahamas wants, when the
Bahamas is slowly dying eco-
nomically right now?

The other possibility I pre-
dict is that one day, the
Bahamas’ Immigration Depart-
ment will deal effectively, effi-
ciently and expeditiously with
all applications that have been
pending for months or even
years.

I certainly hope this happens
instead of the first scenario.
How long do you think the
Bahamas can survive with an
economic or tourism boycott
against the Bahamas? What
would happen if every Haitian
or foreigner withdrew every
dollar they have out of the
Bahamian banks? How would
BTC make it with no foreign-
ers calling their countries? How
many nurses, doctors, hospital
staff, immigration, Defence
Force officers and teachers
would still be employed if all of
these Haitians and other for-
eigners leave this country right
now, this week?

What about the store own-
ers: who will they sell their
goods to? How will Bahami-
ans make it? I wish to see the
day when Bahamian Immigra-
tion officers will have no more
work to do because there are
no more Haitians, Jamaicans
and other foreigners to chase
around and abuse. The Bible
says that there is a time for
everything under the sun. One
day, this situation will come to
an end.

Bahamians must learn to
stop using the Immigration
Department and its officers to
exploit people and fulfil unjust
intentions. Recently, there was
a case in which a Haitian man
was working for a Bahamian
company for more than nine
years. He had documentary
proof. He was terminated from
his employment for doing no
wrong and he is legally entitled
to his accrued vacation and sev-
erance pay.

His employer went to the
Immigration Department in an
effort to have this man deport-
ed when he found out that the
man filed a complaint at the
Labour Board. The sick Hait-
jan man was arrested and later
released by the Immigration
Department, thanks to Immi-
gration Minister Branville
McCartney, who was made
aware of the situation and dealt
with it expeditiously. This is
not right in the sight of man
and God. The man was simply

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seeking to
obtain what
he was
legally and
rightfully
entitled to.
He wishes
to return to
Haiti, but
will not
return with-
out the
money he
claims is owed to him.

This matter is slated to come
before the Industrial Tribunal,
who knows when, but in the
meantime his work permit may
expire, and he may be forced to
leave the country because
employers can manipulate the
system to their advantage,
using their friends, family, and
business associates to aid them
in dealing unjustly with immi-
grants. Yet the Bahamas
belongs to international labour
organisations and is always
signing international labour
treaties. I wonder if these inter-
national organisations know
what happens routinely to
immigrant workers in this
country.

I also often wonder how is
the Bahamas blessed by God,
when “we the so-called
Bahamian Christians” don’t do
what the Bible says. How do
these people sleep comfortably
at night, knowing full well that
they have aided and abetted in
causing another child of God
to be denied what rightfully
belongs to them?

I never could understand this
aspect of my Bahamian peo-
ple, and I thank God daily
when I meet a compassionate
Bahamian who will stand up
for the oppressed and under-
privileged immigrants living in
this country.

My prayer is that in this new
year, 2010, Bahamians will
begin to treat others as they
would like to be treated. I hope
they become more respectful,
tolerant, and compassionate to
each other.

I pray that they stop using
the Immigration Department
as an oppressive tool to stifle
the growth and development
of this country.

What do you think?
jettabaptiste@hotmail.com

dee
Sars

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Maul en rary



to bring funds into the universi-
ty, deal with the challenges on
campus, is willing to talk and
move around the campus and
talk to staff and students — not
someone being top-driven like
we have seen in the past, but
someone to ensure that we will
all be a part of a collaborative
process. The person should be
a leader and be able to make
decisions, but they should
engage faculty and staff,” she
said.

The 12 council members
responsible for the presidential
selection are: T Baswell Don-
aldson, chairman; Judith White-
head, deputy chairman; Diane
Stewart; Dr Earl Cash; Lionel
Sands; Vernice Walkine; Tanya
McCartney; Janyne Hodder,
president; Jennifer Isaacs Dot-
son; Jamal Knowles, COB Stu-
dent Union (COBUS) president;
Randol Dorsette, alumni repre-
sentative; Rodman Forbes, COB
staff observer.



Mr Donaldson said the coun-
cil will issue a statement follow-
ing their meeting next week.

Former council member, Dar-
ron Cash, said: “Now that the
renters have left or have
announced their departure,
mark me down as one who
believes that it is time to put an
end to the cycle of part-time
presidents. Time to put a
Bahamian in the chair and get
on with the business of moving
to university status.”

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China’s role in the
Copenhagen Climate
Change Conference

The following is an opinion
piece submitted by the
Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China.

PARTI

Verdant Mountains Cannot

Stop Water Flowing;
Eastward the River Keeps

on Going

— China played an impor-
tant and constructive role at
the Copenhagen Climate
Change Conference

On 19 December, the
Copenhagen climate change
conference finally produced
major and positive outcomes
after complicated and tortu-
ous negotiations. The Copen-
hagen Accord firmly upheld
the basic framework and prin-
ciples established by the Unit-
ed Nations Framework Con-
vention on Climate Change
and its Kyoto Protocol, fur-
ther clarified the due obliga-
tions of developed and devel-
oping countries according to
the principle of "common but
differentiated responsibili-
ties", and reflected interna-
tional consensus regarding the
long-term goals for address-
ing climate change, financing,
technology, transparency of
action and other issues.

From December 16 to 18,
in the nearly 60 hours Pre-
mier Wen Jiabao spent in
Copenhagen, he held inten-
sive talks and consultations
with other leaders to drive the
negotiation process forward.
We, as members of the trav-
elling press corps, witnessed
the roller-coaster, nail-biting
negotiations at Copenhagen.
But more importantly, we
experienced the sincerity, con-
fidence, resolve and effective
efforts Premier Wen brought
to Copenhagen, which fully
demonstrated China's image
as a responsible big country
dedicated to development and
co-operation.

In his important speech at
the high-level segment of the
conference, Premier Wen reit-
erated the consistent position
of the Chinese government.










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He called on all sides to build
consensus and strengthen co-
operation to advance the his-
torical process of combating
climate change. Confronted
by the complicated situation
in and outside the Bella Cen-
tre, Premier Wen was unde-
terred. With the strongest
political will and patience, he
shuttled between participat-
ing leaders and engaged them
in dialogue and consultations.
At the critical moment when
the negotiations faced the risk
of a breakdown, he personal-
ly talked to various parties
and helped the conference
reach the final accord with his
painstaking and thoughtful
efforts.

History will remember the
important contribution of the
Chinese government to the
success of the Copenhagen
conference.

"He who is cautious may
seem timid in the beginning,
but his mettle will shine
through in the end."

Always well prepared —
Premier Wen Jiabao
thought carefully on how to
ensure a successful confer-
ence before leaving for
Copenhagen.

The argument between
developing and developed
countries on global warming
has grown ever more heated
in recent years. As the largest
developing nation, China has
made enormous and effective
efforts to conserve energy and
control emissions.

On November 26, the Chi-
nese government announced
the target of cutting carbon
dioxide emissions per unit of
GDP by 40-45 per cent from
the 2005 level by 2020. The
announcement was widely
applauded by the interna-
tional community. It was also
announced on that day that
Premier Wen Jiabao would
attend the Copenhagen con-
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After the opening of the
conference on 7 December,
Copenhagen became a stage
of intense wrangling between
national governments, interest
groups, NGOs and research
institutes. But the unending
arguments, talks and negotia-
tions never seemed to get
very far and an enormous gulf
remained between divergent
positions. The clock was tick-
ing, and a pervasive sense of
pessimism and despair began
to fill the conference centre.

At 3pm on December 16
the plane carrying Premier
Wen and the Chinese delega-
tion took off from Beijing and
started the journey to Copen-
hagen.

"Tt is a huge task to attend
the conference on behalf of
the Chinese government. Iam
deeply aware of the heavy
responsibility upon me," Pre-
mier Wen said to the travel-
ling press corps on board the
plane. "On my way to the air-
port, I thought of two ancient
sayings. One is 'He who is
cautious may seem timid in
the beginning, but his mettle
will shine through in the end’,
and the other is ‘Thorough
planning at the outset will
serve one well in his ensuing
endeavors’. In other words, if
you think carefully as you
embark on a mission, you will
be able to act with courage
and resolve."

In fact, the premier's jour-
ney to Copenhagen had start-
ed well before this day. In the
run-up to the conference, he
visited the China Meteoro-
logical Administration and
had a number of telephone
conversations with foreign
leaders.

On November 27 and 28,
representatives of the BASIC
countries — China, India,
Brazil and South Africa — and
Sudan as the chair of the
Group of 77 held consulta-
tions in Beijing. Premier Wen
met with the participating
environment ministers or
their representatives.

From 8 December onwards,
as national delegations were
engaged in tough negotiations
in Copenhagen, Premier Wen
talked by phone with the UN
Secretary-General and the
leaders of Britain, Germany,
India, Brazil, South Africa,

Denmark and Ethiopia. They
had frank and in-depth con-
versations on some major
issues concerning the confer-
enice.

On 11 December, Premier
Wen made a visit to the China
Meteorological Administra-
tion and convened a discus-
sion with experts on climate
change. During the meeting,
he called for resolute and
strong measures to meet the
government's target for con-
trolling greenhouse gas emis-
sions.

Premier Wen had also fol-
lowed closely developments
at the Copenhagen confer-
ence after its opening. Soon
after his plane took off from
Beijing, he asked the press
corps to come to the front
cabin and shared his thoughts
very frankly.

It was apparent that Pre-
mier Wen had already care-
fully thought about the com-
plicated situation awaiting
him. He said, "I am confident
that with so many leaders
converging on Copenhagen,
the conference will be a fruit-
ful one. But whatever may
happen in Copenhagen, Chi-
na will not change its action
plan. Our voluntary mitiga-
tion target is non-negotiable
and our determination to
meet it will not waver," he
said to us.

After this mid-air briefing,
Premier Wen called a meeting
of the accompanying minis-
ters to analyse the position of
various parties. Then, alone
in his cabin, the premier
looked out at the sea of
clouds outside the plane, star-
ing intensely, deep in thought.
It was not a light-hearted mis-
sion, he knew. So many things
needed to be considered
before the conference could
be brought to a fruitful con-
clusion.

At 4.45pm local time, Pre-
mier Wen's plane touched
down at Copenhagen airport.
Snow was falling heavily and
chill wind was howling: not
all was quiet on this wintry
evening in Copenhagen.

Everyone in the Chinese
delegation was tired after a
10-hour flight that had
crossed seven time zones and
over 7,000 kilometers, but
Premier Wen still decided to

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embassy, where he would
hear briefings on the latest
developments and plan the
next steps. Over one hour had
passed before he finally left
the embassy and checked in at
the Radisson Hotel.

"The most important thing
is to build consensus quick-
ly. a

— Confronted by a com-
plicated situation, Premier
Wen Jiabao worked with
sincerity, resolve and confi-
dence to mediate, communi-
cate, co-ordinate, bridge dif-
ferences and expand com-
mon ground.

At 6am on December 17,
Premier Wen went to break-
fast. He was briefed at the
breakfast table. As the nego-
tiations in Copenhagen
involved 192 countries, the
circumstances were changing
every minute.

At 8.30am Premier Wen
walked into the meeting
room, brimming with energy
and ready for a whole day of
intense meetings. The first
leader he met was Prime Min-
ister Rasmussen of the host
country Denmark. Premier
Wen commended Denmark
for its hard work in the run-up
to the conference and pledged
China's full support to the
host in bringing about a suc-
cessful outcome. The Danish
prime minister was somewhat
relieved to hear these words.
He talked about the deep rift
among parties and the
absence of a text that could
serve as a basis for consulta-
tions. He was visibly worried
about the negotiation process.

Premier Wen expressed full
understanding of the pressure
facing the host. He attributed
various divisions to four focal
issues, namely, a basic text,
financial support, the long-
term target and MRV (mea-
surable, reportable and veri-
fiable). He suggested that
pragmatic efforts be made in
accordance with the principle
of "common but differentiat-
ed responsibilities" to build
on the two draft texts pre-
sented by the chairs of the

PREMIER WEN
JIABAO spent
Imost 60 hours in

Climate Change
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two Ad Hoc Working
Groups, lock up the consen-
sus already achieved and
leave the divisive elements to
future deliberations.

He said this might be the
only viable way, and a resolu-
tion thus reached could rep-
resent an outcome of the con-
ference.

Prime Minister Rasmussen
thanked Premier Wen for his
constructive proposal. He said
if all other leaders could work
as vigorously as the Chinese
Premier, the conference
would achieve success.

Premier Wen then met UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon. Ban was also gravely
concerned about the stalled
process and regarded a con-
ference without any gains as
unacceptable. Premier Wen
pointed out that it was unre-
alistic for the nearly 200 coun-
tries to patch up their wide
differences in less than two
days.

The Chinese people and
people across the globe all
looked forward to a successful
conference. The most impor-
tant thing at the moment was
to build consensus quickly.
The conference could opt for
a political document that
reflected the consensus of all
parties aimed at affirming the
political will, recognising the
existing achievements, and
sending a message of confi-
dence and hope to the world.

Premier Wen stressed that
the drafting process and con-
sultations must be open and
transparent.

The opinions of all parties
must be duly solicited and the
concerns of the developing
countries in particular must
be taken seriously. He
expressed hope that the Unit-
ed Nations would play an
important role in this process.
Ban nodded, absorbed in
thought.

What happened later
proved that Premier Wen's
suggestions were forward-
looking and workable.

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BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

YET anoth-
er talented
young baseball
player who left |.
the Bahamas
to attend high |
school is reap-
ing the success |
of the move in



the United
States.

Brandon BRANDON
Murray, a MURRAY

product of the

Bahamas Baseball Federa- }
tion, was selected to partic- }
ipate in the International }
High School Power Show- }
case Home Run Derby 2010 }
Top Sixty High School }

Prospects.

The event will be held on :
Sunday at the Tampa Bay }
Rays’ Tropicana Field in }

Tampa Bay, Florida.

Murray, 18, was selected }
based on his performance }
at Trinity Christian High :
School where he excelled in }
outfield, mainly playing in }

left.

the professional ranks.

Murray, who played on }
the team with Richard Bain, }
who was drafted in the pros }
but opted to attend junior }
college, will be heading to }
the College of Charleston }

in the fall.

Neither Murray or his i
versatile }
baseball/softball player }
Bertie Murray Jr, were }
available for comments, but }
BBF’s secretary general }
Terry Sweeting said it’s }
another major step for the }

father,

Bahamas.

“From our end, we feel }
it’s excellent for him being }
recognised as one of the top }
high school prospects in all ;
the US,” Sweeting said. “I }
think it’s an amazing accom- }
plshment for Brandon. I }
think he’s doing extremely }

well.

“He has a lot of pro}
scouts pursing him, but I }
think his parents want him }
to get an education so he’s }
decided to make the choice }
to go to the College of }

Charleston.”

Sweeting said the BBF is }
very proud of Murray, who }
played up in the Freedom }
Farm League. He said he’s }
just one of 40-plus student- }
athletes who are either play- }
ing in high school or college }

in the US.

“These kids have a gold- }
en opportunity from the }
sport of baseball and we just :
want to encourage them,” i
Sweeting said. “We are very }
pleased with the way the }

programme is headed.

“We have a lot of scouts }
who have indicated that }
they are interested in the }
players that we have. Bran- }
don is just one of those indi- }
viduals who have beneftted }

from the programme.”

At least two players - }
Antoine Richardson and }
Albert Cartwright - are in }
the minor league pipeline. }
But at the rate the players :
are getting the exposure in }
the US, Sweeting said it }
shouldn’t be long for the }
Bahamas to have another }
make it to the Major }

League.

While there were a num- }
ber of players who partici- ;
pated in the minor league, }
only five - Andre Rodgers, }
Wilfred ‘Suggy’ Culmer, }
Wenty Ford, Tony Curry :
and Ed Armbrister - played }

in the majors.

Out of that quartet, Arm-
brister is the only legend ;

still living.

Armbrister, who broke }
into the big leagues on }
August 31, 1973, played }
with the Cincinnati Reds }
where he put down a con- }
troversial bunt in the World }

Series.

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Trinity Christian Acade- :
my is located in Lake }
Worth, Florida and has
schooled a number of}
Bahamian players who left }
to further their chances to }
either get a collegiate schol- }
arship or a chance to make }

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER for the event Franklyn Wilson with Pauline Davis-Thompson.

Olympic star named
natron of marathon

MARATHON

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs @tribunemedia.net

WITH just about a
month to go, organisers are
excited about the planning
stages for Marathon
Bahamas.

The inaugural 26.2 mile
event will be held on Sun-
day, February 14 on a beau-
tiful course that will begin
at Fort Montagu, head over
the Paradise Island bridge,
turn around at Old Fort
Bay and end up at Arawak
Cay.

Chief executive officer
for the event Franklyn Wil-
son said they are delighted
that retired Olympic cham-
pion Pauline Davis-Thomp-
son has consented to be the
patron.

And Davis-Thompson
will also serve as the offi-
cial starter when the local
and international runners
start competing at 6 a.m.





Pauline Davis-Thompson takes
on role for inaugural event

Yesterday at Sunshine
Insurance Agents and Bro-
kers, the major sponsors,
Wilson said they are
delighted to have Davis-
Thompson play such a sig-
nificant role because of her
internally acclaimed success
as well as her personal
attributes.

Medal

Davis-Thompson, who is
still waiting on the gold
medal that was taken from
Marion Jones that she won
at the 2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia, cur-
rently serves as a Council
Member of the Interna-
tional Amateur Athletic

Veteran coach delighted
with Hall of Fame honour

VETERAN coach Keith Parker said he’s delighted to
have been named for induction into the Central American
and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame.

However, he clarified the [AAF’s website report that
that indicated that he was responsible for “introducing ath-
letics to the Bahamas in the early 1960s”.

“This was clearly incorrect since athletics was flourishing
in the Bahamas long before I arrived in 1959. What I did do,
is focus more attention on the technical events - throws,
jumps, hurdles and pole vault, than was currently the case

when I arrived.”

Association.

Additionally, Wilson said
they are also delighted to
announce that Philip Smith
has been included on the
Board of Directors as they
broaden the mangement
team to ensure that they
have the personnel in place
to pull off the first class
quality event.

Smith previously served
as Member of Parliament
for North Long Island,
Rum Cay and Salvador and
the High Commissionner to
Canada and he was the lead
organiser for the 500th
anniversary celebrations of
Christopher Columbus’
arrival in the Bahamas.

“So you see, we’re not
bringing a rookie here,”
Wilson stressed. “We have
someone who can hit the
ground running, not some-
one who has to learn what
to do. We are bringing in a
senior person.”

Smith said this is an
opportunity for him to cre-
ate a worldwide event that
will have long term impli-
cations in the community as
it continues to develop.

“Also, I am old enough
to remember when Pancho
Rahming and others ran
and the excitement that
they brought to us all,”

Smith said.

“So this is an opportunity
to say to all of those other
youngsters, ‘you may not be
able to run as fast as Usain
Bolt, but you could be a
marathoner, or a half-
marathoner’. So we want to
encourage that element of
our sports heritage.”

Wilson also revealed that
Alex Moczarski, president
of Marsh International, the
world’s largest waste man-
agement firm, was invited
to sit down with the Board
of Directors recently.

Contribution

Moczarski, according to
Wilson, liked what he saw
and he made a substantial
contribution to the event.
With his contribution, Wil-
son said they have been
able to provide the oppor-
tunity for at least two teams
from every school in the
Bahamas to participate.

“These teams,” said Wil-
son, “can comprise of stu-
dents, administrators and
teachers, but we would per-
fer than at least 50 per cent
of it will comprise of the
students.”

As for the course, Wilson
said they could not have
selected a better scenic view

for both the participants
and the spectators. He not-
ed that they clearly planned
the event to attract every-
body.

Wilson encouraged
everybody to log onto their
website: www.marathonba-
hamas.com to get more
details as well as to ensure
that they have signed up.

So far, entries have been
received from countries
such as the United States,
Netherlands Antilles, Turks
& Caicos and Canada.



“So this is an
opportunity to
say to all of
those other
youngsters, ‘you
may not be able
to run as fast as
Usain Bolt, but
you could be a
marathoner, or
a half-
marathoner’.

So we want to
encourage that
element of our
sports heritage.”



Marathon Chief
executive officer
Franklyn Wilson





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Owen Coyle
completes
Move to Bolton
from Burnley

BOLTON, England

OWEN COYLE finally
took charge at Bolton on
Friday after completing his
move from Burnley to try
and save the club from rele-
gation, according to Associ-
ated Press.

The announcement was
made three days after the
former Bolton striker told
Burnley he wanted to join
its Lancashire Premier
League neighbor, with the
two clubs subsequently
agreeing a compensation
package.

While Coyle had guided
Burnley to 14th in the table,
after taking the club back to
the top flight for the first
time since 1976, Bolton is in
the drop zone in 18th place.

"I look forward to the
opportunity of bringing the
good times back to the club
for everyone," said Coyle,
who had been Burnley man-
ager since November 2007.

Bolton is a four-time FA
Cup winner, but its last cup
came in 1958.

The 43-year-old Coyle,
who is replacing fired Gary
Megson, played for Bolton
between 1993-95 and was
popular with the fans.

“Owen was our number
one target and we are natu-
rally delighted that he has
returned to the football club
as manager,” Bolton chair-
man Phil Gartside. "He was
an inspirational player who
leads by example and a
great motivator."

Coyle, who has reported-
ly signed a two-and-a-half-
year contract, will have
more than a week before his
first match against Arsenal,
as Saturday's trip to Sunder-
land has been postponed
due to the freezing weather
gripping England.

United not
huying despite
injuries, slump

LONDON

HAMPERED by injury
absentees and a humiliating
FA Cup exit, Manchester
United faces a tricky match
at Birmingham in the Pre-
mier League on Saturday,
according to Associated
Press.

The cup loss to third-tier
Leeds capped a patchy first
half of the season for Unit-
ed, which remains second
in the standings in its bid
for a fourth straight Pre-
mier League title.

United's dip in form is
reflected in its last 11
league results, compared
with those of newly pro-
moted Birmingham. Both
sides have won seven, but
while United has lost four,
Birmingham is unbeaten
after four draws.

Injuries are adding to
United's problems, with
Nemanja Vidic being ruled
out for 10 days after tweak-
ing a nerve in his leg and
joining fellow center back
Rio Ferdinand on the side-
lines.

Manager Alex Ferguson
insists there are funds avail-
able for reinforcements, but
says he won't rush to make
any signings in the January
transfer window.

"I can't see any real dia-
monds," Ferguson said Fri-
day. "We've got the money
— there's no question
about that. I just don't see
that player that can make a
difference to us in terms of
value and availability.”

Midfielder Ryan Giggs, a
veteran of every Premier
League campaign, remains
confident United can lift a
19th English title, with
United just two points
behind leader Chelsea.

"It has always been the
same. One defeat and it is a
disaster. That is never going
to change," Giggs said.
"But we don't get carried
away with that, just the
same as we wouldn't get
carried away if we had won
10 on the bounce.

"It is up to us to work
hard and get back to win-
ning ways because we are
still in a strong position."

For its part, Birmingham
can make club history Sat-
urday by going 12 matches
undefeated.

"It's always nice to break
a record but at the end of
the day we know at some
stage we will lose a match,”
said manager Alex
McLeish, whose eighth-
place side is just three
points behind the Euro-
pean places.

LONDON

PORTSMOUTH wants its play-
ers at the African Cup of Nations
recalled if their safety can't be guar-
anteed, while Manchester City is
also seeking assurances after the
Togo team bus was attacked on Fri-
day, according to Associated Press.

But English Premier League
leader Chelsea, which has four play-
ers at the tournament, said it was
confident that competition organiz-
ers could safeguard its players.

City striker Emmanuel Adebayor
and Aston Villa midfielder
Moustapha Salifou were on the
Togo bus which came under
machine gun fire as it was travel-
ing to the tournament in Angola,
though both players were uninjured.

"Tam OK but extremely shocked
and very upset,” Salifou said.

The club with the greatest con-
cerns over security is Portsmouth,
which has Nwankwo Kanu with
Nigeria, Aruna Dindane with Ivory
Coast, and both Nadir Belhadj and
Hassan Yebda in the Algeria squad.

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"We have asked the (English) RESIDENTS GATHER next to a giant ball advertising the African Cup of Nations, in Luanda, Angola, Friday, Jan. 8, 2009. Gunmen opened
Football Association to ask FIFA fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national soccer team to a tournament in Angola, wounding at least six people including two foot-
how safe it is and to guarantee the _ ballers from the West African nation, an official said.

safety of our players," Portsmouth
spokesman Gary Double told The

Associated Press. “Our players’
safety is paramount and if that can't
be guaranteed the players should
be sent home."

City, which also has captain Kolo
Toure with the Ivory Coast, said it
was "in talks with the Football
Association over what may happen

next."

"We are clearly concerned about
the situation," City added.

The FA confirmed it was making
contact with international organi-
zations, including FIFA.

"Following the terrible attack on
the Togo national team in Angola,
the Football Association is in con-

tact with various English clubs who
have players involved in the African
Nations Cup," the FA said.

"We will continue to ensure we
are kept up to speed with all devel-
opments and do all we can to assist
our clubs and those players
involved."

Chelsea has sent Ivory Coast for-

wards Didier Drogba and Salomon
Kalou, Nigeria midfielder John Obi
Mikel and Ghana midfielder
Michael Essien to the competition.
"We are sure that the national
federations and authorities are tak-
ing every necessary security pre-
cautions to ensure the safety of
players and staff," the club said.

Davydenko upsets Federer at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar

TOP-RANKED Roger
Federer was upset by Nikolay
Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 Friday in
the semifinal of the Qatar
Open, according to Associated
Press.

The sixth-ranked Davy-
denko improved to 2-12
against Federer. The Russian
defeated Federer at the sea-
son-ending championships in
London in November.

"He tried to create pressure
but I came up with winners
when I wanted to," Davy-
denko said. "I ran a lot and
that made me tired, especially
in the second set. But I fought
for every point.”

The upset prevents a Sun-
day showdown of Federer
against Rafael Nadal. The sec-
ond-ranked Nadal cruised past
fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of
Serbia 6-1, 6-3.

"T think it will be a tough
match because I have watched
Rafa play," Davydenko said.
"He is playing good tennis at
the moment. He can play for
10 hours, I can't. The fans will
get to watch a good match."

Nadal and Davydenko have
each won four times in head-
to-head matches.

"I don't know for how
much longer I can hold this
level of tennis," Davydenko
said.

The Russian got off to a fast
start against Federer, break-
ing him in the third game
when the Swiss hit two returns
into the net.

Ahead 2-1, Davydenko held

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO of Russia serves the ball to World number one
tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, during their semifinal
match at Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, Friday,
Jan. 8, 2010. Davydenko won 6-4, 6-4.

his serve to close out the set at
6-4.

By contrast, Federer strug-
gled with his serve.

"Yeah, he served very well,
especially when he needed to.
He played better," Federer
said.

"T felt my arm from the cold
but it is not an excuse. He
served well.

“He made it difficult as the
match went on."



Davydenko kept up the
pressure in the second set and
again broke an error-prone
Federer in the third game.
Davydenko held his serve for
the rest of the set to seal the
win.

Federer heads to Mel-
bourne for the Australian
Open.

"There is nothing to worry
about my arm. I will be fine,”
Federer said.

Kim Clijsters advances to
final against Justine Henin

BRISBANE, Australia

TOP-SEEDED Kim Clisters set up a highly
anticipated all-Belgian final against seven-time
Grand Slam winner Justine Henin with a victo-
ry over Andrea Petkovic on Friday at the Bris-
bane International, according to Associated Press.

Clijsters beat the 22-year-old German 6-4, 6-2,
hours after Henin secured a spot in the final of
her first tournament since returning from retire-
ment.

Henin, who advanced 6-3, 6-2 over 2008
French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, leads Cli-
jsters 12-10 in head-to-head matches after win-
ning their last three meetings — all in 2006.

"T don't think anybody, not even in Belgium,
anywhere in the world, expected this would ever
happen again,” Clijsters said. "It's nice to be a
part of this."

Men's top seed Andy Roddick had 16 aces in
a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Frenchman Richard Gas-
quet in the late match Friday to move into a
semifinal against fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych,
who beat eighth-seeded Thomas Bellucci of
Brazil 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (3).

Defending champion Radek Stepanek will
take on Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other
semifinal on Saturday, before the women's final
in the night session on Pat Rafter Arena.

"I wanted to come here and play well, get bet-

ter with each match and get matches in. That's
my biggest thing,” said Roddick, playing his first
event since hurting his knee in October.

"I'd love to win here. The goal is to be pre-
pared for Melbourne and I feel like that has
been accomplished for the most part," he added.
"Now it's the business end of the tournament —
you want to try to go as far as you can."

Henin quit in May 2008 when she held the
No. 1 ranking.

She announced her comeback last Septem-
ber, soon after the 26-year-old Clijsters won the
U.S. Open in her third tournament back after
more than two years in retirement.

"It's always special when I play Kim. It’s a
day I like a lot,” Henin said. "It's a perfect situ-
ation to play if it's a Belgian final. That's what a
lot of people hoped for and expected."

The Belgian pair grew up playing tennis
together, Clijsters saying they shared rooms while
traveling for under-12 tournaments before even-
tually going down differing paths.

She thinks that they can help push each other
in their comebacks.

"Knowing Justine, she's not the kind of person
who's going to go with the flow, come out and see
how things are going,” Clijsters said. "I knew
she'd come out here being extremely fit and
ready to go from the first point that she played.
And she has done that.”





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Pair accused of Christe hetrayal - Appointing Of political figures to bench

FROM page one

because “we don’t just wake
up one morning and fire people
and destroy people. That is
Hubert Ingraham’s style.”

He condemned the gover-
nance of the FNM administra-
tion since 2007, blaming the
“rudderless” government for
“taking the country backward.”

“They never take responsi-
bility for anything, blaming this
sorry state of affairs on a glob-
al recession,” Mr Roberts said.

He accused the media of fail-
ing to do its job in holding the
government to account and bein
over foolishness” in the PLP.



KENYATTA GIBSON (left) and
Malcolm Adderley

g too interested in “nit-picking

“Now to make this same indictment on the leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Party is ludicrous. No one is asleep at any
wheel in the PLP. If anyone is sleeping in this country it is
members of the fourth estate and other commentators who

refuse to compare and contrast

the performance of this FNM

Government to that of the immediate past PLP-Christie admin-

istration,’ Mr Roberts stated.

Called for comment on Mr Robert’s accusations yesterday, Mr
Gibson said he “would not condescend” to respond, while Mr
Adderley did not return phone calls on the matter.

FROM page one

When officers responded
they found him dead, lying
face up with a stab wound in
the left side of his neck. He
was wearing blue denim
shorts, a plaid short-sleeved
shirt and a pair of tan boots.

"At present police cannot
say how the male came about
his injuries, or his identity.
Police are investigating and
appealing to the public, who
have any information regard-
ing this incident or any other
incident, to contact Crime
Stoppers at 328-TIPS, 919 or
CDU at 502-9991," said Police
press officer Chrislyn Skip-
pings yesterday.

Police yesterday also identi-
fied the year's first murder vic-
tim as 39-year-old Joseph
Wright, of Kemp Road, Nas-

Stabbing

Sau.

fatal shot at him.

Mr Wright, who was hit in }
the right side of his body, col- }
lapsed while running away
from his assailant, police said. }

He was pronounced dead at }

the scene.

Up to press time police had ‘
no suspects in custody for }
either of the murders, howev- }

er investigations continue.

FROM page one

judiciary!

“In the last 12 months he seen to it that
at least two judges appointed to sit on the
Bench of the Supreme Court came direct-
ly out of the belly of the FNM. At the same
time he has done all in his power to rid the
courts of any judge who he even dreams
may have voted PLP at least once before!

“We have judge after judge after judge
who due to political affiliation has to excuse
themselves from hearing certain cases. How
does this address the back log in our
courts? It doesn’t!” said Mr Davis.

Mr Davis made his charge as he
addressed a PLP Rally at Doris Johnson
High School in the Elizabeth constituency
in the wake of Malcolm Adderley’s resig-
nation from the PLP and as MP for the
area.

Speaking as he announced his resignation
as the Elizabeth MP on Tuesday in parlia-
ment, Mr Adderley blamed his decision on
his deteriorating relationship with PLP par-
ty leader, Perry Christie, throughout his
seven and a half years as an MP.

He suggested Mr Christie’s poor lead-
ership and behind-the-scenes efforts to
undermine him as a representative had left
him with the belief that Elizabeth con-
stituents “deserve better.” Mr Adderley is
rumoured to soon be set to take up an
appointment as a Supreme Court judge,
on the recommendation of Mr Ingraham.

Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
MP, Mr Davis, proposed that the move
was orchestrated to look like it was about
dissatisfaction with PLP leader Perry
Christie when in fact it is an attempt to get
Bahamians to “forget the misery they are
experiencing daily” under his governmen-
t’s leadership

Mr Davis charged that it is irresponsi-
ble to precipitate a costly by-election when
government revenue is down and people
are suffering in bad economic times.

“People are hungry! Lights are off! Some
of our schools are like war zones! People
are in pain! And yet this Government can
only find money when it is time to play
political games and pursue selfish agen-
das!” said Mr Davis.

“They think you are blind! They think

FROM page one

that you cannot see what they are doing!
They think you cannot see the games!” he
added.

While the PLP has yet to announce who
its candidate will be in the by-election, or to
specifically confirm if it will nominate a
candidate to contest the seat under its par-
ty’s banner, Mr Davis told those at the
meeting that the party is “ready”.

“Stand strong and brave with the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party!” he added.

Mr Davis told The Tribune on Thursday
that he firmly believes the party should
contest the seat, although other senior par-
ty members are said to be unsure.

No date has yet been publicly announced
for the election to take place however it is
expected to occur sometime in February.

The Bahamas Democratic Party is the
only political party to so far officially
declare that it will be contesting the seat,
with party president Cassius Stuart the
intended torchbearer. President of the
Bahamas Medical Council Dr Duane Sands
is rumoured to be the FNM’s preferred
candidate for the area, although this has
not been confirmed.

Proposed

Mr Wright became the }
year's first murder victim when :
he was shot just before 8 pm }
on Wednesday, in the area of }
Wulff Road and Mackey }
Street. He was seated at the
junction of the two streets }
when he was approached bya
man, allegedly armed with a }
handgun who fired a single :

Bar Association praise

i are currently 79 attorneys prac-

dey HL bea} : tising as registered associates
made the process Will degin. } within the Bahamas.
Believe me, it won’t take that ;

mae : pecan eee i our practitioners less than ten
aired OY Olen bes aa ee : years called we find that it is
asthe he . ee i imperative as a Bar Council
7 ce idieccantmued ie toy ? that we focus on development
mor geneml onveconiends- of the Bar,” Mrs Hassan said.

tion from the consulting parties. :

an iene ae ne i and training seminars in all of
Totaly, said the Cabinet offices i the requisite areas of the law,
involved in all high level : both in the administrative side
appointments, but nothing has i 4. well as the legal arm
been done at this point in terms } 8 .

FROM page one

“Her public announcement
was anticipated because that is
the manner of the lady. She is
always very forthright. It is
anticipated that there are on the
sitting bench eminently quali-
fied persons to be promoted to
the position of president but at
this time we cannot say who
that may be,” said Mrs Hassan.

After serving for eight years
as president of the court of
appeal, Dame Joan offered 11
months notice of her retirement.
Mrs Hassan said this gives the
consulting parties ample time
to determine the next president,
although she said the process
would not take that long.

“Once the announcement is

not announced,”

of Dame Joan’s replacement.

months from now,” she said.

ment of Dame Joan.

“With
approximately 50 per cent of

“The Bar Association is com-
mitted to sponsoring education

“These seminars will

“1 Joan alll : increase in number in the com-
H ae eer re es ee i ing year to six. In keeping with
ee ee ? the requirements of progres-

Th one ‘ i sive international bars, there
aa seen et ee fete Oe i will be a requirement for each
ciated res ohaibiities immed. | eo ee
aaa Soe echeduledaeic. i least four of these seminars per

7 UP : year to ensure that there is

amendments

review and updating of current
legislation and practices. In a
few years it is hoped to see a
practising certificate imple-
mented as a part of our ongoing
development as an internation-
al Bar.”

Writers Meeting

The Monthly Meeting of
the Commonwealth Writers
will be held on Saturday, Jan-
uary 9th, 2010 at Chapter One
Book Store at the College of
the Bahamas beginning at
2.30pm.

Plans for the Story Tellers
Convention in February will
be discussed. All interested
persons are invited to attend.

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PLP chief hits
out at Gibson
and Adderley

PLP chairman
Bradley Roberts has
accused Malcolm
Adderley and Keny-
atta Gibson of plot-
ting an unsuccessful
attempt to try to
“destabilise” the
opposition party and
diminish its leader.

In a speech con-
taining sexual refer-
ences given at a rally
in the Elizabeth con-
stituency on Thurs-
day night, Mr
Roberts denied that
the actions of either men have
left the PLP weaker.

Mr Gibson and Mr Adder-
ley quit the PLP in the last year
and a half, citing a lack of sup-
port for party leader Perry
Christie.

Alleging that the two
betrayed “our kind-hearted
leader” after he personally
“secured their shaky political
futures” Mr Roberts said “time
has revealed the true nature of
politicians like Malcolm Adder-
ley and Kenyatta Gibson.”

He encouraged those gath-
ered at the rally to ensure that
they are not “bought” by the
FNM but to vote PLP in the
upcoming by-election in Eliza-
beth, where Mr Adderley



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resigned as MP on
Wednesday.

Mr Roberts belit-
tled the significance
of 64-year-old Mr
Adderley’s resigna-
tion from the PLP
and from politics.

He suggested that
Mr Adderley, who is
rumoured to be set
to take up a judicial
appointment at the
recommendation of
Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham,
will find himself with
few options within “three
years” now that he has left the
PLP.

The same sentiment was
expressed with respect to Mr
Gibson, the MP for Kennedy
who quit the PLP to serve as
an independent before joining
the FNM months later — like
Mr Adderley, dropping his
political bombshell days before
the forty-third anniversary of
Majority rule.

The chairman defended the
PLP’s reaction in the wake of
weeks of reports that Mr
Adderley was set to leave the
party, stating that the party
should not be “hated on”

SEE page 11

Davis claims PM's appointing of political
figures to hench undermining crime fight

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PLP Deputy Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday claimed the
appointment of political figures to the judicial bench by the Prime
Minister is undermining the fight against crime.

Essentially accusing Hubert Ingraham of master-minding the res-
ignation of Malcolm Adderley from the PLP and politics this
week, Mr Davis accused Mr Ingraham of playing political games
with the country when there are more pressing matters like crime
and unemployment that he should be addressing and called on Eliz-
abeth constituents to use the upcoming by-election to “send a
message” to the Prime Minister and the FNM that “enough is

enough.”

Mr Davis said: “Hubert Ingraham just this week spoke about
new crime fighting initiatives. We need a new direction. Yet the
man talking one thing and doing another! In order for the fight
against crime to be effective there must be a well oiled, function-
ing and Independent judiciary! Since returning to power Hubert
Ingraham has engaged in the most blatant politicisation of the

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Mystery over
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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MYSTERY surrounds the the case
of a man found stabbed to death on
Tonique Williams Darling Highway

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two days ago.

Police yesterday appealed to the
public for information leading to the
identity of the victim. They also urged
anyone with information on the cir-
cumstances surrounding his death to
come forward.

It was around 8.28 pm Thursday
when police received word that a man,
who appeared injured, was seen stag-
gering on to the highway.

SEE page 11




DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR of the Bank of the Bahamas Vaughn Delaney speaks to (from left) Oakes Field Primary deputy head boy
Tavis Archer, head girl Shavonne King and head boy Justin Bethel about the importance of reading yesterday at the Bank of the Bahamas.

Hundreds of books were presented to school libraries at the event.

Bar Association praises

Dame Joan Sawyer

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas Bar Asso-
ciation has praised Court of
Appeal President Dame Joan
Sawyer for bringing structural
and organisational improve-
ments to the court.

Comments from vice presi-
dent, Cathleen Hassan, fol-
lowed the announcement by
Dame Joan of her retirement.

“Dame Joan’s retirement
from the bench marks a mile-
stone for the achievement and
the level to which the court
of appeal has reached in the
Bahamas. She has done a
tremendous job during her
tenure, with improvements to
the systemic and organisa-
tional part of the court of
appeal. For that she is singu-
larly to be applauded,” said
Mrs Hassan.

“She is a jurist of the high-
est order, eminently qualified

to sit on any high court or
higher court than the court of
appeal. The directness of her
rulings speak for themselves
and are always very clear,”
she said.

Dame Joan is the first
woman to serve as Chief Jus-
tice and President of the
Bahamas Court of Appeal.
Having past the 68-year retire-
ment age, she is completing
the end of a two-year granted
extension. Her retirement is
scheduled to take effect from
November 26, 2010.

While the Bar Association
will be a part of consultations
to decide on a replacement
president, along with other
members of the judiciary and
administrative branches, Mrs
Hassan said the association
was not in a position at this
time to say who was under
consideration or preferred by
the association.

SEE page 11



Proposed Act amendments could
see swift discipline of attorneys

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

PROPOSED amendments
to the Legal Professions Act
could ensure the swift and
effective discipline of attorneys
who breach the Bar’s code of
ethics, vice-president of the
Bahamas Association Kathleen
Johnson-Hassan stated.

Speaking at a ceremony
marking the opening of the
Court of Appeal’s legal year,
Mrs Hassan said: “There is a
proposed draft amendment to
the Legal Professions Act and
its regulations currently under
way.”

“It is hoped that at the end
of the exercise we will have a
regulatory piece of legislation
that will clarify the obligations
of the practice, firstly attorney
to attorney, secondly attorney
to client and third but not least
attorney to the court.

“It is also the aim of this
counsel that once such regula-
tion is passed by parliament. It
will ensure clear a avenue for



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speedier dispute resolution and
a straightforward route for ear-
ly and effective discipline of
attorneys who remain non
compliant with our code of
conduct.

“We believe that it is our
responsibility as counsel to
ensure the improvement in and
the consistency of acceptable
standards of practice at the Bar
for all practitioners.

“We therefore of the bar
counsel believe that our mem-
bers are as responsible for
nursing the efficient and effec-
tiveness of our legal system.
All of our sections must be
committed to upholding our
part,” she said. According to
Mrs Hassan, the membership
of the bar currently stands at
1,039 with the majority of
attorneys in active practice. She
further noted that over the past
five years 264 attorneys have
joined the Bahamas Bar.

“There are currently 12
members of the inner bar and
1,027 of the outer bar. There

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Bahamians
give testimony
to Crown Land.

Committee

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE House Select Com-
mittee on Crown Land
heard the testimony of sev-
eral Bahamians who claimed
their efforts to acquire
Crown land grants have
been stifled by inefficiencies,
bureaucracy and nepotism
in the public service.

Sherlin Allan Brown, a
fisherman who lives in San
Souci, New Providence,
recounted his struggles in
attempting to secure two
beach-front lots in his native
Mayaguana where he wants
to build a retirement home
and a business.

He claimed he applied for
two tracts of ocean-view land
on that island in 1992. He
further claimed that while
his attempts to acquire the
properties - lot No.1 and No.
57 — have been unsuccess-
ful, the relatives of former
island administrator Mildred
Williamson have been grant-
ed several nearby ocean-
view lots since he made his
application.

He was granted lot No. 60
in 1999 from DLS while the
lots he preferred remained
available, he said. Mr Brown
feels he was denied the tracts
he requested because public
officials or their relatives are
interested in acquiring these
properties.

He added that he was nev-
er given a title to the land
he was granted and paid for,
only a receipt. To make mat-
ters worse, he said that
another resident's house is
erected on the property
blocking him from develop-
ing the property.

"I'm hoping to get my
legal rights and (for) other
citizens of Mayaguana to get
their property straight as
well," he told the committee
of his reason for appearing



MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, Chair of the
House Select Committee on Crown Land, listens to Sherle Knowles
and her father Emerson Major.

yesterday.

Another witness, Christo-
pher Curry, a handyman
who resides in the
Carmichael Road area, told
the committee of his frus-
trated attempt to get
approval for a Crown land
grant from the Department
of Land and Surveys for
more than 20 years.

He claimed that he first
submitted an application for
lot No.16 in Carmichael Vil-
lage in 1987 and reapplied
in 2001 after DLS could not
find his initial application.

For years he said he has
lived on the land, which was
once leased from the Gov-
ernment by his grand aunt,
and cannot install utilities or
develop the land because he
has no title to the property.

He said he had repeated
meetings with former Direc-
tor of Lands Tex Turnquest
about the issue, the last in
May, 2009, other DLS offi-
cials and has periodically
petitioned for approval, but
to no avail.

He claimed that the prop-
erty was surveyed by per-
sonnel from DLS about five

years ago and all he needs
is the prime minister's
approval of his application.
He feels his application has
been lingering in the system
due to lax practices and inef-
ficiencies at DLS.

Several other witnesses
told the committee of their
land woes, including retired
civil servant and farmer
Emerson Major, who was
assisted by his daughter
Sherle Knowles; father and
son Berthel and Mark Rolle;
and Anthony Cunningham,
a food and beverage manag-
er at Holiday Inn.

However, in many cases
the panel informed the wit-
nesses that their issues were
perhaps better served in a
court of law and could not
be addressed by the narrow
scope of the select commit-
tee.

The committee's next pub-
lic hearing is scheduled for
January 11 when several
public officials are expected
to be recalled before the
group. A report on the com-
mittees findings should be
submitted to the House of
Assembly by January 20.

Four armed robberies
in the last two days

POLICE are investigating four armed rob-
beries that occurred in the capital in the past
two days.

In the first incident, a man was robbed
while attempting to make an early morning
bank deposit outside Scotia Bank on the
corner of Soldier Road and East Street at
around 5.30am on Thursday.

The victim was allegedly held up by a man
dressed in dark clothing with a scarf across
his face, who was armed with a handgun.

He told police the robber demanded cash
and escaped with his deposit bag. Police say
they do not know in what direction the rob-
ber was heading when he left the scene.

Around 9.45pm on Thursday, while at the
junction of Peardale and Wulff Roads, a
woman was robbed of her cell phone by a
dark-skinned, medium built man.

She told police the man approached her
brandishing a handgun and demanded cash.

The culprit fled east along Wulff Road on
foot. About half an hour later, at around
10.15pm on Thursday, police received word
of an armed robbery in the Chippingham
area.

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A woman resident of the area told
responding officers that when she arrived
home, she saw two men dressed in dark
clothing on her front porch.

She told police that one of the men was
armed with a handgun and that he snatched
her handbag containing an undetermined
amount of cash, a cell phone and other per-
sonal effects.

According to the victim, the men fled on
foot but she could not say in which direction
they headed.

Police also reported that bold robbers
burst into the SuperWash laundromat on
Baillou Hill Road South at around 9.42am
yesterday.

Employees told responding officers that
two men — one dressed in a brown suit and
sunglasses, and armed with a handgun; the
other wearing a plaid shirt — entered the
store demanding cash.

The men took an undetermined amount of
cash and fled the area heading east on Mal-
colm Road in a green or gold Nissan Pulsar
licence plate number 11452.

Police are investigating these incidents.

Seven Sunday
school teachers
to be recognised

SEVEN Sunday school teach-
ers will be recognised for their
contributions to the growth and
development of their schools
when they are presented with
the “Conquering Lion Award”
at The Big Harvest Community
Sunday School anniversary cel-
ebrations on Sunday, January
24, at 3pm. The Sunday School
on Woods Alley off Market
Street will celebrate its ninth
annual Sunday School “Rally in
the Alley” on that day when the
awards will be presented and the
Community and Christian Train-
ing Centre will be dedicated.






v_).2 Sky Bahamas CEO: passenger

"I vex because BEC
doing a lot of foolishness, I
mean things already hard —
how in the world my light
bill could go from being
$94, $125, or even $250, to
being $938? And guess
what, if I don't pay it you
can bet your bottom dol-
lar they would sure as hell
disconnect me."

— Vex with BEC

"I'm vexed with those
who oppose outside teach-
ers for the schools. Better
start the teaching at the top
especially when on the TV
it said 'Marry Christmas
from ZNS' - are there no
editors for this?"

— Disgusted

"I vex at all these men,
women, children and pot-
cakes who walking in the
middle of the road in the
pitch black night like they
ain’ scared of getting
knock down. They lucky I
have good brakes on my
car or a lot of them would
have been flat on the pave-
ment. I don't know why
Bahamians don't know
how to walk on the side-
walk, one at a time and in
the opposite direction of
oncoming traffic.”

— Mad Motorist

"T vex at how cold it is
on this lil’ island. Global
warming must be real
because I ain’ use to this
kind of cold on our tropical
island. Plus I ain’ got no
winter clothes, my lil’ tank
tops and shorts ain’ ga cut
it in these times. I can't
even get relief when I head
to bed because my sheets
cold like ice.

"IT know come June I will
be sweating like a donkey
but Lord please bring back
the sunshine because this
cold ain’ playin."

— Freezing Out East

"IT happy because I was
just walking out of City
Markets Seagrapes when
a lady passed me wearing
pink flannel pajamas with
red monkeys on them — I
did a double-take ! I know
it was cold out here in the
east this Sunday — our win-
dow thermometer read 55
degrees — but did she real-
ly have to come out in her
pyjamas?

"Didn't notice if she
wore bunny or monkey
slippers though. Don't
know who she was but her
fun spirit put a smile on my
face."

— Happy Shopper

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safety most important to us

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

SKY Bahamas president and CEO
Randy Butler is keen to reassure pas-
sengers of the safety of his aircraft
after a SAAB 340 collapsed at the gate
when the landing gear failed.

Passengers waiting to board the 33-
seater jet at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport were horrified when
the landing gear failed and the aircraft
crashed to the ground at 11.45am, just
15 minutes before they were sched-
uled to depart for Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, on Thursday.

The flight was cancelled and the
eight passengers booked on the noon
flight were accommodated on the
afternoon flight to Marsh Harbour at
4.30pm.

Sky Bahamas’ lpm flight from
Marsh Harbour to Nassau was also
cancelled and all but two of the eight
passengers scheduled to take that flight
went to Nassau on the evening flight at
5.30pm.

Only the captain and flight atten-
dant were on board and Flight Stan-

THE LANDING gear failed on this
Sky Bahamas plane on Thursday.

dards Inspectorate accident investiga-
tor Delvin Major said no one was
injured.

Police, two fire engines and an
ambulance assisted at the scene as a
crowd of around 60 wandered out of
the departure lounge to gather around
the damaged aircraft.

The 33-seat passenger plane was



added to Sky Bahamas’ fleet of five
aircraft about four weeks ago and an
investigation has been launched into
the landing gear occurrence in accor-
dance with Bahamas Aviation safety
regulations.

Mr Butler said Sky Bahamas is also
investigating the occurrence, which he
stressed was an isolated incident.

The Sky Bahamas president and
CEO said: “We realised quickly that it
was an isolated event and it was not a
safety issue. Once we realised that we
continued as normal and used another
aircraft to transport the passengers.

“Passenger safety is most important
to us. And it is not that if something
happens to one airplane there's some-
thing wrong with the others.

“We do about 30 flights safely each
day and on each one we take 25 to 33
people, and if you have the good plea-
sure of flying our airlines you will see
the good service we produce.

“My background is in civil aviation
and as an accident safety investigator,
so we know about these things and
our focus is always to look at it to see
what happened and prevent it from
happening again. Any time there is a
question about safety to the public we
deal with it right away.”

Sky Bahamas was founded in 2006
and operates around 30 flights a day
between the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport in Nassau and the
Family Islands of Exuma, Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Abaco and Cat
Island as well as the Turks and Caicos.

Chinese vessel welcomed on the Bahamian Registry

SHANGHAI - Minister of
the Environment Earl
Deveaux was in the People’s
Republic of China to attend
the commissioning ceremony
of the newest vessel on the
Bahamian ship registry on
Wednesday, January 6.

Barbara Jean Deveaux, the
minister’s wife, officially
named the vessel the CS Car-
oline in honour of the late
Winifred Caroline Mortimer.
The vessel will be managed
by Campbell Shipping Com-
pany Limited, a Bahamian
company.

The ship was built in Jaing-
su Province, the Peoples
Republic of China, by Tsuji
Industries (Jiangsu) Co Ltd
and designed by Algoship
Designers Limited. GTR
Campbell Marine Consultants
Limited supervised the con-
struction of the ship. Both
companies are Bahamian and
have offices in Nassau.

Mr Deveaux said the
Bahamas ship registry has
many vessels built in China by
Bahamian companies valued
well in excess of a billion US
dollars.

He also noted that the Peo-
ple’s Republic of China and
the Bahamas have had formal
diplomatic relations for more
than 12 years.

“However, our cultures
have been comingled for a
very long time, as many of the
Bahamas’ most successful cit-
izens are of Chinese origin,”
Mr Deveaux said. “The rela-
tionship between our coun-
tries has proven to be mutual-
ly beneficial to both countries.

“The Bahamas has benefit-
ted from significant Chinese
investments, notably Hutchin-
son Whampoa in Freeport,
Grand Bahama. The generos-
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Mr Deveaux explained that
the Bahamas Maritime
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the challenge of administer-
ing one of the world’s finest
registries.

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sight and with strong support,
the Bahamas flagged ocean
going fleet has grown to
become the third largest in the
world.

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has 5.2 million gross tonnes
comprising of 1,670 vessels
which carry the Bahamian
flag.

“The registry is widely
regarded as among the best in
terms of quality,” Mr Deveaux
said.

He said the international
maritime sector has significant
potential for expansion and
the Authority has recently
chosen a new managing direc-
tor, Commodore Davy Rolle,
and will face future challenges
and opportunities with
renewed vigour and purpose.

He singled out three initia-
tives to highlight the focus of
the Bahamas maritime reg-
istry:

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BMA is well advanced in
completing a set of rules for
yacht registration to expand
the profile of the registry.

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of great value to international
shipping.

e Maritime Institute — The
demand for trained seafarers
continues to grow. The
Bahamas is developing a mod-
el for training in Freeport,
Grand Bahama.

Mr Deveaux also noted that
the maritime sector is a sig-
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Bahamian economy.

“Tt is increasingly broad-
based, serving as the centre
for maritime arbitration, new
and renewed facilities in and
around the Port of Nassau,
major international shipping
operations in Freeport and the
growing ship repair facilities,
all speak to the opportunities
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So many dots, so much sharing. What now?

WASHINGTON — Before 9/11, U.S.
intelligence officials had little information
about terrorism, and they hoarded it.

Now, they share it. All of it. Every-
where. Information about threats — actu-
al, perceived and bogus — is spread across
multiple agencies, stored in multiple data-
bases. It arrives in untold snippets from
all over the world and is hurriedly passed
around. Nobody wants to be blamed for
sitting on the missing puzzle piece.

In explaining its failure to stop alleged
al-Qaida operative Umar Farouk Abdul-
mutallab from boarding a plane while car-
rying a bomb, the government said Thurs-
day that it had plenty of dots to connect.
Information was passed around. No puzzle
pieces went missing, but nobody put it
together.

And there was nobody to blame.

"This incident was not the fault of a
single individual or organization but rather
a systemic failure across organizations and
agencies," President Barack Obama said.

The 9/11 Commission in 2004 cited a
complete failure of the nation's intelli-
gence community to share and analyse
information. Former President George W.
Bush spent years overhauling U.S. spy-
craft, forming new agencies, building new
databases, encouraging information-shar-
ing and training spies.

Years later, and following a terrorist
attack that was prevented only because
Abdulmutallab's bomb failed to detonate,
the nation is witnessing lingering prob-
lems that may even be getting worse.

"There's so much intelligence flowing,
and it all goes into this river of informa-
tion," said Patrick Rowan, who served as
Bush's top Justice Department countert-
errorism official. "But the ability to fish
out what's important from that river is
always going to be a challenge."

US. officials had plenty of information
to keep Abdulmutallab off the plane, and
circulated it widely, according to the
report. But the information arrived in
incomplete bits, and it was stored in mul-
tiple databases. Had intelligence officials
searched all those databases, they likely
would have discovered enough to put
Abdulmutallab on the "no-fly" list.

Intelligence is stored in multiple data-
bases for different reasons. Sometimes
because it's maintained by different agen-

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cies in the 16-member intelligence com-
munity. Other times it's to protect privacy
or civil liberties.

Also, now that everyone has access to
the information, it's not always clear who's
in charge of analysing it. That revelation
left reporters scratching their heads as
White House adviser John Brennan
explained that now, someone should take
the lead.

"It just seems like that would be the
basic premise of any intelligence system,"
one reporter said. "It seems so fundamen-
tal. I'm sure people wonder, ‘Really, that's
a reform we need?""

Yes.

"There are a lot of different organiza-
tions involved,” Brennan explained. "I
think what we're trying to do is to make
sure that, as these threads develop — and
there are so many of them — that it's
clearly understood who has the lead on
it.”

The biggest problems revealed by the
9/11 Commission were dramatic and, in
many ways, the solutions were obvious.
The problems in Thursday's report were
murkier. How do you ensure the State
Department spells a name correctly or that
an analyst fishes the right tidbit of intelli-
gence from the river?

"It's a people problem and an account-
ability problem,” said Eleanor Hill, the
former staff director of the 9/11 Commis-
sion.

Michael Jacobson, an investigator for
the 9/11 Commission who now works on
counterterrorism issues for the Washington
Institute for Near East Policy, said the
problems described by Obama may be
even more difficult to solve. The better
our spycraft, the more information we'll
get. The more information, he said, the
harder it is to make sense of it all.

That's why Obama's order to his intel-
ligence community looks much different
from the list of recommendations following
9/11. Obama didn't tell the government
to change what it is doing. He just wants
them to do it better and faster.

And he left it up to them to figure out
how.

(This article was written by
Matt Apuzzo and Pamela Hess,
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Boyhood
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LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BACK in those days of
innocence and blissful
ignorance of all the angst
in far-flung places, we
lived a happy and simple
life in our Settlement
down south.

And we lived according
to rules that helped us to
grow into the people we
are today, focused and dis-
ciplined hard workers. We
had lots of chores to do,
and we carried them out,
or else.

After breaking boughs
for the goats and tying
them out in the meadows
up on the Old Hill, we
would beat on our empty
water buckets and sing
Mamalay as we walked
back home. Didn’t have
any toys, but we had lots
of good fun.

Food abounded for us:
fish, chicken, goat meat,

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mutton, pigeon peas, okra,
salt beef; and food
abounded for the crea-
tures: jumbay, cinnepod,
ramhorn, gumelemi and
wild parsley.

I will never forget the
day when I rode the don-
key from Auntie
Blanche’s Old Field right
to our yard; and he didn’t
stop until he got to the
well! It’s a good thing
there wasn’t many cars
and trucks in those days.

Shabby and I got up
every weekday morning
with the morning star,
grinding corn, parching
coffee beans and beating
them in the mortar with
an iron pestle, then draw-
ing coffee for daddy
before he left for the

Reciting the
names of all
those present

EDITOR, THE TRIBUNE.

The changing of the guard of the Commissioner of Police
with all its protocol and fanfare drew a question: If the
Commissioner’s office is a Constitutional Office how was it
that we did not see as we see with a Chief Justice, Judges,
Cabinet Ministers the swearing of the person at govern-
ment House in the presence of His Excellency the Governor-

General?

What we saw the signing of some form of document of
transfer surely was not sufficient?

I have always wondered why we continue to use the recit-
ing of the various personalities attending an official event —
Governor-General, Rt Hon Prime Minister, Chief Justice all
down the List of Precedence to first bottle-scrubber and then
the next speaker repeats and the one after, oh, God stop

this...again?

Surely this practice originated from when only radio was
available as my experience cannot find any other Caribbean
country that retains this useless time-wasting practice with
always the fear that you miss someone.

Government House should immediately issue an order
that only when there is the presence of His Excellency the
Governor-General — Prime Minister — Chief Justice and
Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
and representatives of Foreign Governments should be
mentioned except for the first incidence by the Master of

Ceremonies or Introducer.

At church ceremonies when officials make tributes such
mention is totally unnecessary as in God’s house I suggest we

are all equal.

It is time this gets remedied as we witnessed at the Com-
missioner of Police hand-over it was totally laughable and it
is laughable and totally unnecessary unless those officials
whose names are recited are on a hard ego trip.

Hoping we can sce a change on this one?

W THOMPSON
Nassau,
January 6, 2010.

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fields in Stevens. Eventu-
ally, Junior joined the ear-
ly morning crew, with his
first morning being upset
by his seeing Cle. Don’t
believe it if someone tells
you that Junior couldn’t
run fast!

All three of us worked
with daddy during sum-
mer recess, roasting sweet
potatoes and eating paw-
paws right off the trees.
Going fishing on Satur-
day, to the Scrub Field,
Long Bar and Billy Wells,
meant we had to double
up on Friday, toting
enough wood for cooking
on the weekend and
breaking enough boughs
to keep the goats happy
until Sunday.

Only one time I had to
rescue a goat from hang-
ing: I heard it all the way
upon the Old Hill, bleat-
ing like a hanging goat! I
s’pose it is advantageous
for the rescuer to have big
bat ears!

It was pure joy out on
Long Bar, swimming and
playing when we got tired
of waiting for the fish to
bite. Once in a while, we
would see the Haulers up
as far as Billy Wells and
Fox Field Point looking
for bonefish and shads.
Oh my, the satisfying culi-
nary experience of eating
steamed fried shads and
yellow corn grits with
mayonnaise-covered sliced
sun-ripened tomatoes on
the side! As Cousin Mack-
ey would say: “You don’t
know what you’re missing,
buck!”

There used to be lots of
excitement every year
when the crabs would
swarm out of their holes
after the spring rain. Peo-
ple would come from
everywhere to catch ’em
by the dozen. From the
shoulder baskets to the
big oil drums, to the
crates, to the Air Pheas-
ant and the freight boats,
to be sold in Nassau. Leg-
endary captains like
Anton Lockhart, Farlin
Deveaux, Mac Burrows,
Harrod Turnquest and
Raymond Cartwright
come to mind.

Not many crabs now, as
people dig for them out of
season: White crabs, black
crabs, striped crabs, brown
crabs, red crabs, all of
them like sapodillas, shep-
herd needle, hominy and
rice. In spite of their eat-
ing habits, crabs make for
good eating as many tasty
dishes are made from
these crawlers: crab in
rice, boiled crab and
dough, crab soup, fried
crab egg, baked crab and
boiled crab biters. Crab is
good for baiting fish, too!
Tasty crab: all body and
no head.

If time stood still, Mama
would still be here: she
was small in stature, big
in character, stouthearted,
enduring, fearless, godly,
quiet and strong. And, it is
almost thirty-seven years
since Granddaddy left: I
treasure the time he took
with me; he used to talk
with me, always made me
feel special. Granddaddy
took me fishing for grunts,
by Jim’s Cay. Afterwards,
we would race the other
boats back to Mangrove
Bush.

We look forward to see-
ing so many friends and
family again, including Joe
Morris, who took us fish-
ing Southside, and Louis
Burrows, who told me that
“the more you live, the
more you learn.”

GLEN MORE
Nassau,
January, 2010.
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LOCAL NEWS



UTEB weighs in on
COB president search

By NOELLE NICOLLS
Tribune Staff Reporter
nnicolls@tribunemedia.net

The Council of the College of
the Bahamas will meet next
week to discuss the selection
process for a new president.

The Union of Tertiary Edu-
cators (UTEB) is hoping for a
transparent process that actively
involves the major stakeholders.

“T think if we do a proper
search there are Bahamians
available to fill the position, but
that is if the process is not going
to be politically driven. The col-
lege is run and funded totally by
the Bahamas government. I just

hope they can remove them-
selves from the process long
enough for us to be able to find
the best candidate for the job,”
said Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson,
UTEB president.

Council chairman T Baswell
Donaldson said the council’s first
meeting of the year is set to
address several matters, includ-
ing the challenge of finding a
new president. During the meet-
ing, the council will decide on
several matters relating to the
selection process, which typical-
ly involves establishing a special
presidential search committee.

The council machinery was
activated in late December when

COB president Janyne Hodder
announced her decision to step
down in June. With just six
months to prepare, Mrs Dotson
said she hopes a new president is
named well in advance of Ms
Hodder’s departure, so the new
president can work alongside Ms
Hodder and ensure a smooth
hand over.

Even though the UTEB has
no names at this time to put for-
ward, Mrs Dotson said the union
is clear about looking for a pres-
ident that sees the union as a
partner.

“We are looking for someone
who is union-friendly, who has a
good focus on academia, is able

Can Bahamians solve disputes with foreigners
without getting Immigration involved?

By JETTA J BAPTISTE

I PREDICT that one of two
things will happen in the very
near future in the Bahamas.
The first possibility is that
Bahamians will see every single
foreigner gone from these
shores, and then will really
know who and what the
Bahamas is all about. The
Bahamas is for Bahamians, but
who is a Bahamian? Can all
the Cabinet ministers tell me
that they have no “Haitian”
blood flowing through their
veins?

The Bahamas was built by
the blood, sweat and tears of
Haitians, Jamaicans, Turks
Islanders, Trinidadians, Bar-
badians, Americans, Canadi-
ans, Mexicans, Chinese, Ital-
ians, Greeks, Cubans, Germans
and other European people.
For hundreds of years, these
people have played an impor-
tant role in the development
of the Bahamas. Haiti for
instance, used to and still pro-
vides food for Bahamians.
Many people left the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas to
have their children at the hos-
pitals in Haiti over a hundred
years ago.

What many “so-called”
Bahamians don’t realise is that
Haitians have a large network
that is not only in the Bahamas
or Haiti. They are well
ingrained all over the world,
especially in the United States,
Europe and Canada, where the
Bahamas looks for its tourist
dollars. What would happen
one day if these Haitians and
other foreigners decide to use
their influence against Bahami-
ans living in the Bahamas?

Bahamians must understand
the world is smaller than it was
10 or 20 years ago. Facebook
for instance has well over 350
million subscribers worldwide
using it daily. Whatever hap-
pens anywhere in the world,
good or bad, is known imme-
diately around the world.
Haitians are well entrenched
in government in Florida,
Georgia, Boston, Philadelphia,
New York, Washington, Chica-
go, and you will find them
throughout the 50 states, polit-
ically and economically.

Be careful which foreigner
you all mess with, because you
never know, what his brother,
sister, child, mother, father,
aunt, uncle, cousin or other rel-
ative will do in reaction. Can
you imagine, a group of
Haitians, Americans or Cubans
protesting at Port Everglades
and the Port of Miami about
how bad the Bahamians treat
foreigners in this country?
Think about it; is this what the

JETTA | BAPTISTE



Bahamas wants, when the
Bahamas is slowly dying eco-
nomically right now?

The other possibility I pre-
dict is that one day, the
Bahamas’ Immigration Depart-
ment will deal effectively, effi-
ciently and expeditiously with
all applications that have been
pending for months or even
years.

I certainly hope this happens
instead of the first scenario.
How long do you think the
Bahamas can survive with an
economic or tourism boycott
against the Bahamas? What
would happen if every Haitian
or foreigner withdrew every
dollar they have out of the
Bahamian banks? How would
BTC make it with no foreign-
ers calling their countries? How
many nurses, doctors, hospital
staff, immigration, Defence
Force officers and teachers
would still be employed if all of
these Haitians and other for-
eigners leave this country right
now, this week?

What about the store own-
ers: who will they sell their
goods to? How will Bahami-
ans make it? I wish to see the
day when Bahamian Immigra-
tion officers will have no more
work to do because there are
no more Haitians, Jamaicans
and other foreigners to chase
around and abuse. The Bible
says that there is a time for
everything under the sun. One
day, this situation will come to
an end.

Bahamians must learn to
stop using the Immigration
Department and its officers to
exploit people and fulfil unjust
intentions. Recently, there was
a case in which a Haitian man
was working for a Bahamian
company for more than nine
years. He had documentary
proof. He was terminated from
his employment for doing no
wrong and he is legally entitled
to his accrued vacation and sev-
erance pay.

His employer went to the
Immigration Department in an
effort to have this man deport-
ed when he found out that the
man filed a complaint at the
Labour Board. The sick Hait-
jan man was arrested and later
released by the Immigration
Department, thanks to Immi-
gration Minister Branville
McCartney, who was made
aware of the situation and dealt
with it expeditiously. This is
not right in the sight of man
and God. The man was simply

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seeking to
obtain what
he was
legally and
rightfully
entitled to.
He wishes
to return to
Haiti, but
will not
return with-
out the
money he
claims is owed to him.

This matter is slated to come
before the Industrial Tribunal,
who knows when, but in the
meantime his work permit may
expire, and he may be forced to
leave the country because
employers can manipulate the
system to their advantage,
using their friends, family, and
business associates to aid them
in dealing unjustly with immi-
grants. Yet the Bahamas
belongs to international labour
organisations and is always
signing international labour
treaties. I wonder if these inter-
national organisations know
what happens routinely to
immigrant workers in this
country.

I also often wonder how is
the Bahamas blessed by God,
when “we the so-called
Bahamian Christians” don’t do
what the Bible says. How do
these people sleep comfortably
at night, knowing full well that
they have aided and abetted in
causing another child of God
to be denied what rightfully
belongs to them?

I never could understand this
aspect of my Bahamian peo-
ple, and I thank God daily
when I meet a compassionate
Bahamian who will stand up
for the oppressed and under-
privileged immigrants living in
this country.

My prayer is that in this new
year, 2010, Bahamians will
begin to treat others as they
would like to be treated. I hope
they become more respectful,
tolerant, and compassionate to
each other.

I pray that they stop using
the Immigration Department
as an oppressive tool to stifle
the growth and development
of this country.

What do you think?
jettabaptiste@hotmail.com

dee
Sars

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Maul en rary



to bring funds into the universi-
ty, deal with the challenges on
campus, is willing to talk and
move around the campus and
talk to staff and students — not
someone being top-driven like
we have seen in the past, but
someone to ensure that we will
all be a part of a collaborative
process. The person should be
a leader and be able to make
decisions, but they should
engage faculty and staff,” she
said.

The 12 council members
responsible for the presidential
selection are: T Baswell Don-
aldson, chairman; Judith White-
head, deputy chairman; Diane
Stewart; Dr Earl Cash; Lionel
Sands; Vernice Walkine; Tanya
McCartney; Janyne Hodder,
president; Jennifer Isaacs Dot-
son; Jamal Knowles, COB Stu-
dent Union (COBUS) president;
Randol Dorsette, alumni repre-
sentative; Rodman Forbes, COB
staff observer.



Mr Donaldson said the coun-
cil will issue a statement follow-
ing their meeting next week.

Former council member, Dar-
ron Cash, said: “Now that the
renters have left or have
announced their departure,
mark me down as one who
believes that it is time to put an
end to the cycle of part-time
presidents. Time to put a
Bahamian in the chair and get
on with the business of moving
to university status.”

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China’s role in the
Copenhagen Climate
Change Conference

The following is an opinion
piece submitted by the
Embassy of the People’s
Republic of China.

PARTI

Verdant Mountains Cannot

Stop Water Flowing;
Eastward the River Keeps

on Going

— China played an impor-
tant and constructive role at
the Copenhagen Climate
Change Conference

On 19 December, the
Copenhagen climate change
conference finally produced
major and positive outcomes
after complicated and tortu-
ous negotiations. The Copen-
hagen Accord firmly upheld
the basic framework and prin-
ciples established by the Unit-
ed Nations Framework Con-
vention on Climate Change
and its Kyoto Protocol, fur-
ther clarified the due obliga-
tions of developed and devel-
oping countries according to
the principle of "common but
differentiated responsibili-
ties", and reflected interna-
tional consensus regarding the
long-term goals for address-
ing climate change, financing,
technology, transparency of
action and other issues.

From December 16 to 18,
in the nearly 60 hours Pre-
mier Wen Jiabao spent in
Copenhagen, he held inten-
sive talks and consultations
with other leaders to drive the
negotiation process forward.
We, as members of the trav-
elling press corps, witnessed
the roller-coaster, nail-biting
negotiations at Copenhagen.
But more importantly, we
experienced the sincerity, con-
fidence, resolve and effective
efforts Premier Wen brought
to Copenhagen, which fully
demonstrated China's image
as a responsible big country
dedicated to development and
co-operation.

In his important speech at
the high-level segment of the
conference, Premier Wen reit-
erated the consistent position
of the Chinese government.










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He called on all sides to build
consensus and strengthen co-
operation to advance the his-
torical process of combating
climate change. Confronted
by the complicated situation
in and outside the Bella Cen-
tre, Premier Wen was unde-
terred. With the strongest
political will and patience, he
shuttled between participat-
ing leaders and engaged them
in dialogue and consultations.
At the critical moment when
the negotiations faced the risk
of a breakdown, he personal-
ly talked to various parties
and helped the conference
reach the final accord with his
painstaking and thoughtful
efforts.

History will remember the
important contribution of the
Chinese government to the
success of the Copenhagen
conference.

"He who is cautious may
seem timid in the beginning,
but his mettle will shine
through in the end."

Always well prepared —
Premier Wen Jiabao
thought carefully on how to
ensure a successful confer-
ence before leaving for
Copenhagen.

The argument between
developing and developed
countries on global warming
has grown ever more heated
in recent years. As the largest
developing nation, China has
made enormous and effective
efforts to conserve energy and
control emissions.

On November 26, the Chi-
nese government announced
the target of cutting carbon
dioxide emissions per unit of
GDP by 40-45 per cent from
the 2005 level by 2020. The
announcement was widely
applauded by the interna-
tional community. It was also
announced on that day that
Premier Wen Jiabao would
attend the Copenhagen con-
ference.

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After the opening of the
conference on 7 December,
Copenhagen became a stage
of intense wrangling between
national governments, interest
groups, NGOs and research
institutes. But the unending
arguments, talks and negotia-
tions never seemed to get
very far and an enormous gulf
remained between divergent
positions. The clock was tick-
ing, and a pervasive sense of
pessimism and despair began
to fill the conference centre.

At 3pm on December 16
the plane carrying Premier
Wen and the Chinese delega-
tion took off from Beijing and
started the journey to Copen-
hagen.

"Tt is a huge task to attend
the conference on behalf of
the Chinese government. Iam
deeply aware of the heavy
responsibility upon me," Pre-
mier Wen said to the travel-
ling press corps on board the
plane. "On my way to the air-
port, I thought of two ancient
sayings. One is 'He who is
cautious may seem timid in
the beginning, but his mettle
will shine through in the end’,
and the other is ‘Thorough
planning at the outset will
serve one well in his ensuing
endeavors’. In other words, if
you think carefully as you
embark on a mission, you will
be able to act with courage
and resolve."

In fact, the premier's jour-
ney to Copenhagen had start-
ed well before this day. In the
run-up to the conference, he
visited the China Meteoro-
logical Administration and
had a number of telephone
conversations with foreign
leaders.

On November 27 and 28,
representatives of the BASIC
countries — China, India,
Brazil and South Africa — and
Sudan as the chair of the
Group of 77 held consulta-
tions in Beijing. Premier Wen
met with the participating
environment ministers or
their representatives.

From 8 December onwards,
as national delegations were
engaged in tough negotiations
in Copenhagen, Premier Wen
talked by phone with the UN
Secretary-General and the
leaders of Britain, Germany,
India, Brazil, South Africa,

Denmark and Ethiopia. They
had frank and in-depth con-
versations on some major
issues concerning the confer-
enice.

On 11 December, Premier
Wen made a visit to the China
Meteorological Administra-
tion and convened a discus-
sion with experts on climate
change. During the meeting,
he called for resolute and
strong measures to meet the
government's target for con-
trolling greenhouse gas emis-
sions.

Premier Wen had also fol-
lowed closely developments
at the Copenhagen confer-
ence after its opening. Soon
after his plane took off from
Beijing, he asked the press
corps to come to the front
cabin and shared his thoughts
very frankly.

It was apparent that Pre-
mier Wen had already care-
fully thought about the com-
plicated situation awaiting
him. He said, "I am confident
that with so many leaders
converging on Copenhagen,
the conference will be a fruit-
ful one. But whatever may
happen in Copenhagen, Chi-
na will not change its action
plan. Our voluntary mitiga-
tion target is non-negotiable
and our determination to
meet it will not waver," he
said to us.

After this mid-air briefing,
Premier Wen called a meeting
of the accompanying minis-
ters to analyse the position of
various parties. Then, alone
in his cabin, the premier
looked out at the sea of
clouds outside the plane, star-
ing intensely, deep in thought.
It was not a light-hearted mis-
sion, he knew. So many things
needed to be considered
before the conference could
be brought to a fruitful con-
clusion.

At 4.45pm local time, Pre-
mier Wen's plane touched
down at Copenhagen airport.
Snow was falling heavily and
chill wind was howling: not
all was quiet on this wintry
evening in Copenhagen.

Everyone in the Chinese
delegation was tired after a
10-hour flight that had
crossed seven time zones and
over 7,000 kilometers, but
Premier Wen still decided to

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embassy, where he would
hear briefings on the latest
developments and plan the
next steps. Over one hour had
passed before he finally left
the embassy and checked in at
the Radisson Hotel.

"The most important thing
is to build consensus quick-
ly. a

— Confronted by a com-
plicated situation, Premier
Wen Jiabao worked with
sincerity, resolve and confi-
dence to mediate, communi-
cate, co-ordinate, bridge dif-
ferences and expand com-
mon ground.

At 6am on December 17,
Premier Wen went to break-
fast. He was briefed at the
breakfast table. As the nego-
tiations in Copenhagen
involved 192 countries, the
circumstances were changing
every minute.

At 8.30am Premier Wen
walked into the meeting
room, brimming with energy
and ready for a whole day of
intense meetings. The first
leader he met was Prime Min-
ister Rasmussen of the host
country Denmark. Premier
Wen commended Denmark
for its hard work in the run-up
to the conference and pledged
China's full support to the
host in bringing about a suc-
cessful outcome. The Danish
prime minister was somewhat
relieved to hear these words.
He talked about the deep rift
among parties and the
absence of a text that could
serve as a basis for consulta-
tions. He was visibly worried
about the negotiation process.

Premier Wen expressed full
understanding of the pressure
facing the host. He attributed
various divisions to four focal
issues, namely, a basic text,
financial support, the long-
term target and MRV (mea-
surable, reportable and veri-
fiable). He suggested that
pragmatic efforts be made in
accordance with the principle
of "common but differentiat-
ed responsibilities" to build
on the two draft texts pre-
sented by the chairs of the

PREMIER WEN
JIABAO spent
Imost 60 hours in

Climate Change
Conference. (AP)



two Ad Hoc Working
Groups, lock up the consen-
sus already achieved and
leave the divisive elements to
future deliberations.

He said this might be the
only viable way, and a resolu-
tion thus reached could rep-
resent an outcome of the con-
ference.

Prime Minister Rasmussen
thanked Premier Wen for his
constructive proposal. He said
if all other leaders could work
as vigorously as the Chinese
Premier, the conference
would achieve success.

Premier Wen then met UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon. Ban was also gravely
concerned about the stalled
process and regarded a con-
ference without any gains as
unacceptable. Premier Wen
pointed out that it was unre-
alistic for the nearly 200 coun-
tries to patch up their wide
differences in less than two
days.

The Chinese people and
people across the globe all
looked forward to a successful
conference. The most impor-
tant thing at the moment was
to build consensus quickly.
The conference could opt for
a political document that
reflected the consensus of all
parties aimed at affirming the
political will, recognising the
existing achievements, and
sending a message of confi-
dence and hope to the world.

Premier Wen stressed that
the drafting process and con-
sultations must be open and
transparent.

The opinions of all parties
must be duly solicited and the
concerns of the developing
countries in particular must
be taken seriously. He
expressed hope that the Unit-
ed Nations would play an
important role in this process.
Ban nodded, absorbed in
thought.

What happened later
proved that Premier Wen's
suggestions were forward-
looking and workable.

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BASEBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

YET anoth-
er talented
young baseball
player who left |.
the Bahamas
to attend high |
school is reap-
ing the success |
of the move in



the United
States.

Brandon BRANDON
Murray, a MURRAY

product of the

Bahamas Baseball Federa- }
tion, was selected to partic- }
ipate in the International }
High School Power Show- }
case Home Run Derby 2010 }
Top Sixty High School }

Prospects.

The event will be held on :
Sunday at the Tampa Bay }
Rays’ Tropicana Field in }

Tampa Bay, Florida.

Murray, 18, was selected }
based on his performance }
at Trinity Christian High :
School where he excelled in }
outfield, mainly playing in }

left.

the professional ranks.

Murray, who played on }
the team with Richard Bain, }
who was drafted in the pros }
but opted to attend junior }
college, will be heading to }
the College of Charleston }

in the fall.

Neither Murray or his i
versatile }
baseball/softball player }
Bertie Murray Jr, were }
available for comments, but }
BBF’s secretary general }
Terry Sweeting said it’s }
another major step for the }

father,

Bahamas.

“From our end, we feel }
it’s excellent for him being }
recognised as one of the top }
high school prospects in all ;
the US,” Sweeting said. “I }
think it’s an amazing accom- }
plshment for Brandon. I }
think he’s doing extremely }

well.

“He has a lot of pro}
scouts pursing him, but I }
think his parents want him }
to get an education so he’s }
decided to make the choice }
to go to the College of }

Charleston.”

Sweeting said the BBF is }
very proud of Murray, who }
played up in the Freedom }
Farm League. He said he’s }
just one of 40-plus student- }
athletes who are either play- }
ing in high school or college }

in the US.

“These kids have a gold- }
en opportunity from the }
sport of baseball and we just :
want to encourage them,” i
Sweeting said. “We are very }
pleased with the way the }

programme is headed.

“We have a lot of scouts }
who have indicated that }
they are interested in the }
players that we have. Bran- }
don is just one of those indi- }
viduals who have beneftted }

from the programme.”

At least two players - }
Antoine Richardson and }
Albert Cartwright - are in }
the minor league pipeline. }
But at the rate the players :
are getting the exposure in }
the US, Sweeting said it }
shouldn’t be long for the }
Bahamas to have another }
make it to the Major }

League.

While there were a num- }
ber of players who partici- ;
pated in the minor league, }
only five - Andre Rodgers, }
Wilfred ‘Suggy’ Culmer, }
Wenty Ford, Tony Curry :
and Ed Armbrister - played }

in the majors.

Out of that quartet, Arm-
brister is the only legend ;

still living.

Armbrister, who broke }
into the big leagues on }
August 31, 1973, played }
with the Cincinnati Reds }
where he put down a con- }
troversial bunt in the World }

Series.

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my is located in Lake }
Worth, Florida and has
schooled a number of}
Bahamian players who left }
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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER for the event Franklyn Wilson with Pauline Davis-Thompson.

Olympic star named
natron of marathon

MARATHON

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs @tribunemedia.net

WITH just about a
month to go, organisers are
excited about the planning
stages for Marathon
Bahamas.

The inaugural 26.2 mile
event will be held on Sun-
day, February 14 on a beau-
tiful course that will begin
at Fort Montagu, head over
the Paradise Island bridge,
turn around at Old Fort
Bay and end up at Arawak
Cay.

Chief executive officer
for the event Franklyn Wil-
son said they are delighted
that retired Olympic cham-
pion Pauline Davis-Thomp-
son has consented to be the
patron.

And Davis-Thompson
will also serve as the offi-
cial starter when the local
and international runners
start competing at 6 a.m.





Pauline Davis-Thompson takes
on role for inaugural event

Yesterday at Sunshine
Insurance Agents and Bro-
kers, the major sponsors,
Wilson said they are
delighted to have Davis-
Thompson play such a sig-
nificant role because of her
internally acclaimed success
as well as her personal
attributes.

Medal

Davis-Thompson, who is
still waiting on the gold
medal that was taken from
Marion Jones that she won
at the 2000 Olympic Games
in Sydney, Australia, cur-
rently serves as a Council
Member of the Interna-
tional Amateur Athletic

Veteran coach delighted
with Hall of Fame honour

VETERAN coach Keith Parker said he’s delighted to
have been named for induction into the Central American
and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame.

However, he clarified the [AAF’s website report that
that indicated that he was responsible for “introducing ath-
letics to the Bahamas in the early 1960s”.

“This was clearly incorrect since athletics was flourishing
in the Bahamas long before I arrived in 1959. What I did do,
is focus more attention on the technical events - throws,
jumps, hurdles and pole vault, than was currently the case

when I arrived.”

Association.

Additionally, Wilson said
they are also delighted to
announce that Philip Smith
has been included on the
Board of Directors as they
broaden the mangement
team to ensure that they
have the personnel in place
to pull off the first class
quality event.

Smith previously served
as Member of Parliament
for North Long Island,
Rum Cay and Salvador and
the High Commissionner to
Canada and he was the lead
organiser for the 500th
anniversary celebrations of
Christopher Columbus’
arrival in the Bahamas.

“So you see, we’re not
bringing a rookie here,”
Wilson stressed. “We have
someone who can hit the
ground running, not some-
one who has to learn what
to do. We are bringing in a
senior person.”

Smith said this is an
opportunity for him to cre-
ate a worldwide event that
will have long term impli-
cations in the community as
it continues to develop.

“Also, I am old enough
to remember when Pancho
Rahming and others ran
and the excitement that
they brought to us all,”

Smith said.

“So this is an opportunity
to say to all of those other
youngsters, ‘you may not be
able to run as fast as Usain
Bolt, but you could be a
marathoner, or a half-
marathoner’. So we want to
encourage that element of
our sports heritage.”

Wilson also revealed that
Alex Moczarski, president
of Marsh International, the
world’s largest waste man-
agement firm, was invited
to sit down with the Board
of Directors recently.

Contribution

Moczarski, according to
Wilson, liked what he saw
and he made a substantial
contribution to the event.
With his contribution, Wil-
son said they have been
able to provide the oppor-
tunity for at least two teams
from every school in the
Bahamas to participate.

“These teams,” said Wil-
son, “can comprise of stu-
dents, administrators and
teachers, but we would per-
fer than at least 50 per cent
of it will comprise of the
students.”

As for the course, Wilson
said they could not have
selected a better scenic view

for both the participants
and the spectators. He not-
ed that they clearly planned
the event to attract every-
body.

Wilson encouraged
everybody to log onto their
website: www.marathonba-
hamas.com to get more
details as well as to ensure
that they have signed up.

So far, entries have been
received from countries
such as the United States,
Netherlands Antilles, Turks
& Caicos and Canada.



“So this is an
opportunity to
say to all of
those other
youngsters, ‘you
may not be able
to run as fast as
Usain Bolt, but
you could be a
marathoner, or
a half-
marathoner’.

So we want to
encourage that
element of our
sports heritage.”



Marathon Chief
executive officer
Franklyn Wilson


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Owen Coyle
completes
Move to Bolton
from Burnley

BOLTON, England

OWEN COYLE finally
took charge at Bolton on
Friday after completing his
move from Burnley to try
and save the club from rele-
gation, according to Associ-
ated Press.

The announcement was
made three days after the
former Bolton striker told
Burnley he wanted to join
its Lancashire Premier
League neighbor, with the
two clubs subsequently
agreeing a compensation
package.

While Coyle had guided
Burnley to 14th in the table,
after taking the club back to
the top flight for the first
time since 1976, Bolton is in
the drop zone in 18th place.

"I look forward to the
opportunity of bringing the
good times back to the club
for everyone," said Coyle,
who had been Burnley man-
ager since November 2007.

Bolton is a four-time FA
Cup winner, but its last cup
came in 1958.

The 43-year-old Coyle,
who is replacing fired Gary
Megson, played for Bolton
between 1993-95 and was
popular with the fans.

“Owen was our number
one target and we are natu-
rally delighted that he has
returned to the football club
as manager,” Bolton chair-
man Phil Gartside. "He was
an inspirational player who
leads by example and a
great motivator."

Coyle, who has reported-
ly signed a two-and-a-half-
year contract, will have
more than a week before his
first match against Arsenal,
as Saturday's trip to Sunder-
land has been postponed
due to the freezing weather
gripping England.

United not
huying despite
injuries, slump

LONDON

HAMPERED by injury
absentees and a humiliating
FA Cup exit, Manchester
United faces a tricky match
at Birmingham in the Pre-
mier League on Saturday,
according to Associated
Press.

The cup loss to third-tier
Leeds capped a patchy first
half of the season for Unit-
ed, which remains second
in the standings in its bid
for a fourth straight Pre-
mier League title.

United's dip in form is
reflected in its last 11
league results, compared
with those of newly pro-
moted Birmingham. Both
sides have won seven, but
while United has lost four,
Birmingham is unbeaten
after four draws.

Injuries are adding to
United's problems, with
Nemanja Vidic being ruled
out for 10 days after tweak-
ing a nerve in his leg and
joining fellow center back
Rio Ferdinand on the side-
lines.

Manager Alex Ferguson
insists there are funds avail-
able for reinforcements, but
says he won't rush to make
any signings in the January
transfer window.

"I can't see any real dia-
monds," Ferguson said Fri-
day. "We've got the money
— there's no question
about that. I just don't see
that player that can make a
difference to us in terms of
value and availability.”

Midfielder Ryan Giggs, a
veteran of every Premier
League campaign, remains
confident United can lift a
19th English title, with
United just two points
behind leader Chelsea.

"It has always been the
same. One defeat and it is a
disaster. That is never going
to change," Giggs said.
"But we don't get carried
away with that, just the
same as we wouldn't get
carried away if we had won
10 on the bounce.

"It is up to us to work
hard and get back to win-
ning ways because we are
still in a strong position."

For its part, Birmingham
can make club history Sat-
urday by going 12 matches
undefeated.

"It's always nice to break
a record but at the end of
the day we know at some
stage we will lose a match,”
said manager Alex
McLeish, whose eighth-
place side is just three
points behind the Euro-
pean places.

LONDON

PORTSMOUTH wants its play-
ers at the African Cup of Nations
recalled if their safety can't be guar-
anteed, while Manchester City is
also seeking assurances after the
Togo team bus was attacked on Fri-
day, according to Associated Press.

But English Premier League
leader Chelsea, which has four play-
ers at the tournament, said it was
confident that competition organiz-
ers could safeguard its players.

City striker Emmanuel Adebayor
and Aston Villa midfielder
Moustapha Salifou were on the
Togo bus which came under
machine gun fire as it was travel-
ing to the tournament in Angola,
though both players were uninjured.

"Tam OK but extremely shocked
and very upset,” Salifou said.

The club with the greatest con-
cerns over security is Portsmouth,
which has Nwankwo Kanu with
Nigeria, Aruna Dindane with Ivory
Coast, and both Nadir Belhadj and
Hassan Yebda in the Algeria squad.

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"We have asked the (English) RESIDENTS GATHER next to a giant ball advertising the African Cup of Nations, in Luanda, Angola, Friday, Jan. 8, 2009. Gunmen opened
Football Association to ask FIFA fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national soccer team to a tournament in Angola, wounding at least six people including two foot-
how safe it is and to guarantee the _ ballers from the West African nation, an official said.

safety of our players," Portsmouth
spokesman Gary Double told The

Associated Press. “Our players’
safety is paramount and if that can't
be guaranteed the players should
be sent home."

City, which also has captain Kolo
Toure with the Ivory Coast, said it
was "in talks with the Football
Association over what may happen

next."

"We are clearly concerned about
the situation," City added.

The FA confirmed it was making
contact with international organi-
zations, including FIFA.

"Following the terrible attack on
the Togo national team in Angola,
the Football Association is in con-

tact with various English clubs who
have players involved in the African
Nations Cup," the FA said.

"We will continue to ensure we
are kept up to speed with all devel-
opments and do all we can to assist
our clubs and those players
involved."

Chelsea has sent Ivory Coast for-

wards Didier Drogba and Salomon
Kalou, Nigeria midfielder John Obi
Mikel and Ghana midfielder
Michael Essien to the competition.
"We are sure that the national
federations and authorities are tak-
ing every necessary security pre-
cautions to ensure the safety of
players and staff," the club said.

Davydenko upsets Federer at Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar

TOP-RANKED Roger
Federer was upset by Nikolay
Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 Friday in
the semifinal of the Qatar
Open, according to Associated
Press.

The sixth-ranked Davy-
denko improved to 2-12
against Federer. The Russian
defeated Federer at the sea-
son-ending championships in
London in November.

"He tried to create pressure
but I came up with winners
when I wanted to," Davy-
denko said. "I ran a lot and
that made me tired, especially
in the second set. But I fought
for every point.”

The upset prevents a Sun-
day showdown of Federer
against Rafael Nadal. The sec-
ond-ranked Nadal cruised past
fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of
Serbia 6-1, 6-3.

"T think it will be a tough
match because I have watched
Rafa play," Davydenko said.
"He is playing good tennis at
the moment. He can play for
10 hours, I can't. The fans will
get to watch a good match."

Nadal and Davydenko have
each won four times in head-
to-head matches.

"I don't know for how
much longer I can hold this
level of tennis," Davydenko
said.

The Russian got off to a fast
start against Federer, break-
ing him in the third game
when the Swiss hit two returns
into the net.

Ahead 2-1, Davydenko held

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO of Russia serves the ball to World number one
tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, during their semifinal
match at Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, Friday,
Jan. 8, 2010. Davydenko won 6-4, 6-4.

his serve to close out the set at
6-4.

By contrast, Federer strug-
gled with his serve.

"Yeah, he served very well,
especially when he needed to.
He played better," Federer
said.

"T felt my arm from the cold
but it is not an excuse. He
served well.

“He made it difficult as the
match went on."



Davydenko kept up the
pressure in the second set and
again broke an error-prone
Federer in the third game.
Davydenko held his serve for
the rest of the set to seal the
win.

Federer heads to Mel-
bourne for the Australian
Open.

"There is nothing to worry
about my arm. I will be fine,”
Federer said.

Kim Clijsters advances to
final against Justine Henin

BRISBANE, Australia

TOP-SEEDED Kim Clisters set up a highly
anticipated all-Belgian final against seven-time
Grand Slam winner Justine Henin with a victo-
ry over Andrea Petkovic on Friday at the Bris-
bane International, according to Associated Press.

Clijsters beat the 22-year-old German 6-4, 6-2,
hours after Henin secured a spot in the final of
her first tournament since returning from retire-
ment.

Henin, who advanced 6-3, 6-2 over 2008
French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, leads Cli-
jsters 12-10 in head-to-head matches after win-
ning their last three meetings — all in 2006.

"T don't think anybody, not even in Belgium,
anywhere in the world, expected this would ever
happen again,” Clijsters said. "It's nice to be a
part of this."

Men's top seed Andy Roddick had 16 aces in
a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over Frenchman Richard Gas-
quet in the late match Friday to move into a
semifinal against fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych,
who beat eighth-seeded Thomas Bellucci of
Brazil 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (3).

Defending champion Radek Stepanek will
take on Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other
semifinal on Saturday, before the women's final
in the night session on Pat Rafter Arena.

"I wanted to come here and play well, get bet-

ter with each match and get matches in. That's
my biggest thing,” said Roddick, playing his first
event since hurting his knee in October.

"I'd love to win here. The goal is to be pre-
pared for Melbourne and I feel like that has
been accomplished for the most part," he added.
"Now it's the business end of the tournament —
you want to try to go as far as you can."

Henin quit in May 2008 when she held the
No. 1 ranking.

She announced her comeback last Septem-
ber, soon after the 26-year-old Clijsters won the
U.S. Open in her third tournament back after
more than two years in retirement.

"It's always special when I play Kim. It’s a
day I like a lot,” Henin said. "It's a perfect situ-
ation to play if it's a Belgian final. That's what a
lot of people hoped for and expected."

The Belgian pair grew up playing tennis
together, Clijsters saying they shared rooms while
traveling for under-12 tournaments before even-
tually going down differing paths.

She thinks that they can help push each other
in their comebacks.

"Knowing Justine, she's not the kind of person
who's going to go with the flow, come out and see
how things are going,” Clijsters said. "I knew
she'd come out here being extremely fit and
ready to go from the first point that she played.
And she has done that.”





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Pair accused of Christe hetrayal - Appointing Of political figures to bench

FROM page one

because “we don’t just wake
up one morning and fire people
and destroy people. That is
Hubert Ingraham’s style.”

He condemned the gover-
nance of the FNM administra-
tion since 2007, blaming the
“rudderless” government for
“taking the country backward.”

“They never take responsi-
bility for anything, blaming this
sorry state of affairs on a glob-
al recession,” Mr Roberts said.

He accused the media of fail-
ing to do its job in holding the
government to account and bein
over foolishness” in the PLP.



KENYATTA GIBSON (left) and
Malcolm Adderley

g too interested in “nit-picking

“Now to make this same indictment on the leadership of the
Progressive Liberal Party is ludicrous. No one is asleep at any
wheel in the PLP. If anyone is sleeping in this country it is
members of the fourth estate and other commentators who

refuse to compare and contrast

the performance of this FNM

Government to that of the immediate past PLP-Christie admin-

istration,’ Mr Roberts stated.

Called for comment on Mr Robert’s accusations yesterday, Mr
Gibson said he “would not condescend” to respond, while Mr
Adderley did not return phone calls on the matter.

FROM page one

When officers responded
they found him dead, lying
face up with a stab wound in
the left side of his neck. He
was wearing blue denim
shorts, a plaid short-sleeved
shirt and a pair of tan boots.

"At present police cannot
say how the male came about
his injuries, or his identity.
Police are investigating and
appealing to the public, who
have any information regard-
ing this incident or any other
incident, to contact Crime
Stoppers at 328-TIPS, 919 or
CDU at 502-9991," said Police
press officer Chrislyn Skip-
pings yesterday.

Police yesterday also identi-
fied the year's first murder vic-
tim as 39-year-old Joseph
Wright, of Kemp Road, Nas-

Stabbing

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Mr Wright, who was hit in }
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lapsed while running away
from his assailant, police said. }

He was pronounced dead at }

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Up to press time police had ‘
no suspects in custody for }
either of the murders, howev- }

er investigations continue.

FROM page one

judiciary!

“In the last 12 months he seen to it that
at least two judges appointed to sit on the
Bench of the Supreme Court came direct-
ly out of the belly of the FNM. At the same
time he has done all in his power to rid the
courts of any judge who he even dreams
may have voted PLP at least once before!

“We have judge after judge after judge
who due to political affiliation has to excuse
themselves from hearing certain cases. How
does this address the back log in our
courts? It doesn’t!” said Mr Davis.

Mr Davis made his charge as he
addressed a PLP Rally at Doris Johnson
High School in the Elizabeth constituency
in the wake of Malcolm Adderley’s resig-
nation from the PLP and as MP for the
area.

Speaking as he announced his resignation
as the Elizabeth MP on Tuesday in parlia-
ment, Mr Adderley blamed his decision on
his deteriorating relationship with PLP par-
ty leader, Perry Christie, throughout his
seven and a half years as an MP.

He suggested Mr Christie’s poor lead-
ership and behind-the-scenes efforts to
undermine him as a representative had left
him with the belief that Elizabeth con-
stituents “deserve better.” Mr Adderley is
rumoured to soon be set to take up an
appointment as a Supreme Court judge,
on the recommendation of Mr Ingraham.

Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador
MP, Mr Davis, proposed that the move
was orchestrated to look like it was about
dissatisfaction with PLP leader Perry
Christie when in fact it is an attempt to get
Bahamians to “forget the misery they are
experiencing daily” under his governmen-
t’s leadership

Mr Davis charged that it is irresponsi-
ble to precipitate a costly by-election when
government revenue is down and people
are suffering in bad economic times.

“People are hungry! Lights are off! Some
of our schools are like war zones! People
are in pain! And yet this Government can
only find money when it is time to play
political games and pursue selfish agen-
das!” said Mr Davis.

“They think you are blind! They think

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that you cannot see what they are doing!
They think you cannot see the games!” he
added.

While the PLP has yet to announce who
its candidate will be in the by-election, or to
specifically confirm if it will nominate a
candidate to contest the seat under its par-
ty’s banner, Mr Davis told those at the
meeting that the party is “ready”.

“Stand strong and brave with the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party!” he added.

Mr Davis told The Tribune on Thursday
that he firmly believes the party should
contest the seat, although other senior par-
ty members are said to be unsure.

No date has yet been publicly announced
for the election to take place however it is
expected to occur sometime in February.

The Bahamas Democratic Party is the
only political party to so far officially
declare that it will be contesting the seat,
with party president Cassius Stuart the
intended torchbearer. President of the
Bahamas Medical Council Dr Duane Sands
is rumoured to be the FNM’s preferred
candidate for the area, although this has
not been confirmed.

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Bar Association praise

i are currently 79 attorneys prac-

dey HL bea} : tising as registered associates
made the process Will degin. } within the Bahamas.
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tion from the consulting parties. :

an iene ae ne i and training seminars in all of
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“Her public announcement
was anticipated because that is
the manner of the lady. She is
always very forthright. It is
anticipated that there are on the
sitting bench eminently quali-
fied persons to be promoted to
the position of president but at
this time we cannot say who
that may be,” said Mrs Hassan.

After serving for eight years
as president of the court of
appeal, Dame Joan offered 11
months notice of her retirement.
Mrs Hassan said this gives the
consulting parties ample time
to determine the next president,
although she said the process
would not take that long.

“Once the announcement is

not announced,”

of Dame Joan’s replacement.

months from now,” she said.

ment of Dame Joan.

“With
approximately 50 per cent of

“The Bar Association is com-
mitted to sponsoring education

“These seminars will

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legislation and practices. In a
few years it is hoped to see a
practising certificate imple-
mented as a part of our ongoing
development as an internation-
al Bar.”

Writers Meeting

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the Commonwealth Writers
will be held on Saturday, Jan-
uary 9th, 2010 at Chapter One
Book Store at the College of
the Bahamas beginning at
2.30pm.

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Convention in February will
be discussed. All interested
persons are invited to attend.

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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 Pair accused of ‘Christie betrayal’ C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.38SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 PRICE – 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDYAND BREEZY HIGH 73F LOW 58F I N S I D E PLP chairman Bradley Roberts has accused Malcolm Adderley and Kenya tta Gibson of plotting an unsuccessful a ttempt to try to “destabilise” the o pposition party and diminish its leader. I n a speech con taining sexual references given at a rally in the Elizabeth constituency on Thurs day night, Mr Roberts denied that the actions of either men have left the PLP weaker. Mr Gibson and Mr Adder ley quit the PLP in the last year and a half, citing a lack of support for party leader Perry Christie. Alleging that the two betrayed “our kind-hearted leader” after he personally “secured their shaky political futures” Mr Roberts said “time has revealed the true nature of politicians like Malcolm Adderley and Kenyatta Gibson.” He encouraged those gathered at the rally to ensure that they are not “bought” by the FNM but to vote PLP in the upcoming by-election in Elizabeth, where Mr Adderley resigned as MP on Wednesday. Mr Roberts belittled the significance o f 64-year-old Mr Adderley’s resigna t ion from the PLP and from politics. H e suggested that Mr Adderley, who is r umoured to be set to take up a judicial appointment at the recommendation of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, will find himself with few options within “three years” now that he has left the PLP. The same sentiment was expressed with respect to Mr Gibson, the MP for Kennedy who quit the PLP to serve as an independent before joining the FNM months later like Mr Adderley, dropping his political bombshell days before the forty-third anniversary of Majority rule. The chairman defended the PLP’s reaction in the wake of weeks of reports that Mr Adderley was set to leave the party, stating that the party should not be “hated on” PLP chief hits out at Gibson and Adderley The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WE’RE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST SEEPAGETWELVEFORPHOTOS CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E REGINALDFERGUSON’S RETIREMENTBANQUET HIGHLIGHTS By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net M YSTERY surrounds the the case of a man found stabbed to death on T onique Williams Darling Highway two days ago. Police yesterday appealed to the public for information leading to thei dentity of the victim. They also urged a nyone with information on the circumstances surrounding his death to c ome forward. It was around 8.28 pm Thursday w hen police received word that a man, who appeared injured, was seen staggering on to the highway. Mystery over stabbing death S EE page 11 BRADLEYROBERTS SEE page 11 DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR of the Bank of the Bahamas Vaughn Delaney speaks to (from left Tavis Archer, head girl Shavonne King and head boy Justin Bethel about the importance of reading yesterday at the Bank of the Bahamas. Hundreds of books were presented to school libraries at the event. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f BANKDONATIONMAKESGOODREADINGFORSCHOOLS By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net PLP Deputy Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday claimed the appointment of political figures to the judicial bench by the Prime Minister is undermining the fight against crime. Essentially accusing Hubert Ingraham of master-minding the res ignation of Malcolm Adderley from the PLP and politics this week, Mr Davis accused Mr Ingraham of playing political games with the country when there are more pressing matters like crime and unemployment that he should be addressing and called on Elizabeth constituents to use the upcoming by-election to “send a message” to the Prime Minister and the FNM that “enough is enough.” Mr Davis said: “Hubert Ingraham just this week spoke about new crime fighting initiatives. We need a new direction. Yet the man talking one thing and doing another! In order for the fight against crime to be effective there must be a well oiled, function ing and Independent judiciary!Since returning to power Hubert Ingraham has engaged in the most blatant politicisation of the Davis claims PM’s appointing of political figures to bench undermining crime fight SEE page 11 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Bar Asso ciation has praised Court of Appeal President Dame Joan Sawyer for bringing structural and organisational improvements to the court. Comments from vice president, Cathleen Hassan, fol lowed the announcement by Dame Joan of her retirement. “Dame Joan’s retirement from the bench marks a milestone for the achievement and the level to which the court of appeal has reached in the Bahamas. She has done a tremendous job during her tenure, with improvements to the systemic and organisational part of the court of appeal. For that she is singularly to be applauded,” said Mrs Hassan. “She is a jurist of the highest order, eminently qualified to sit on any high court or higher court than the court of appeal. The directness of her rulings speak for themselves and are always very clear,” she said. Dame Joan is the first woman to serve as Chief Justice and President of the Bahamas Court of Appeal. Having past the 68-year retire ment age, she is completing the end of a two-year granted extension. Her retirement is scheduled to take effect from November 26, 2010. While the Bar Association will be a part of consultations to decide on a replacement president, along with other members of the judiciary and administrative branches, Mrs Hassan said the association was not in a position at this time to say who was under consideration or preferred by the association. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net PROPOSED amendments to the Legal Professions Act could ensure the swift and effective discipline of attorneys who breach the Bar’s code of ethics, vice-president of the Bahamas Association Kathleen Johnson-Hassan stated. Speaking at a ceremony marking the opening of the Court of Appeal’s legal year, Mrs Hassan said: “There is a proposed draft amendment to the Legal Professions Act and its regulations currently under way.” “It is hoped that at the end of the exercise we will have a regulatory piece of legislation that will clarify the obligations of the practice, firstly attorney to attorney, secondly attorney to client and third but not least attorney to the court. “It is also the aim of this counsel that once such regula tion is passed by parliament. It will ensure clear a avenue for speedier dispute resolution and a straightforward route for early and effective discipline of attorneys who remain non compliant with our code of conduct. “We believe that it is our responsibility as counsel to ensure the improvement in and the consistency of acceptable standards of practice at the Bar for all practitioners. “We therefore of the bar counsel believe that our members are as responsible for nursing the efficient and effectiveness of our legal system. All of our sections must be committed to upholding our part,” she said. According to Mrs Hassan, the membership of the bar currently stands at 1,039 with the majority of attorneys in active practice. She further noted that over the past five years 264 attorneys have joined the Bahamas Bar. “There are currently 12 members of the inner bar and 1,027 of the outer bar. There Bar Association praises Dame Joan Sawyer SEE page 11 Proposed Act amendments could see swift discipline of attorneys SEE page 11

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News.....................P1,2,3,5,6,7,11,12 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Comics.....................................................P8 Spor ts..................................................P9,10 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 PAGES USA TODAY WEEKENDER 8 PAGES SEVEN Sunday school teachers will be recognised for their contributions to the growth and development of their schools when they are presented with the “Conquering Lion Award” at The Big Harvest Community Sunday School anniversary cel ebrations on Sunday, January 24, at 3pm. The Sunday School on Woods Alley off Market Street will celebrate its ninth annual Sunday School “Rally in the Alley” on that day when the awards will be presented and the Community and Christian Training Centre will be dedicated. Seven Sunday school teachers to be recognised POLICE are investigating four armed robberies that occurred in the capital in the past two days. In the first incident, a man was robbed while attempting to make an early morning bank deposit outside Scotia Bank on the corner of Soldier Road and East Street at around 5.30am on Thursday. The victim was allegedly held up by a man dressed in dark clothing with a scarf across his face, who was armed with a handgun. He told police the robber demanded cash and escaped with his deposit bag. Police say they do not know in what direction the rob ber was heading when he left the scene. Around 9.45pm on Thursday, while at the junction of Peardale and Wulff Roads, a woman was robbed of her cell phone by a dark-skinned, medium built man. She told police the man approached her brandishing a handgun and demanded cash. The culprit fled east along Wulff Road on foot. About half an hour later, at around 10.15pm on Thursday, police received word of an armed robbery in the Chippingham area. A woman resident of the area told responding officers that when she arrived home, she saw two men dressed in dark clothing on her front porch. She told police that one of the men was armed with a handgun and that he snatched her handbag containing an undetermined amount of cash, a cell phone and other per sonal effects. According to the victim, the men fled on foot but she could not say in which direction they headed. Police also reported that bold robbers burst into the SuperWash laundromat on Baillou Hill Road South at around 9.42am yesterday. Employees told responding officers that two men – one dressed in a brown suit and sunglasses, and armed with a handgun; the other wearing a plaid shirt – entered the store demanding cash. The men took an undetermined amount of cash and fled the area heading east on Mal colm Road in a green or gold Nissan Pulsar licence plate number 11452. Police are investigating these incidents. Four armed robberies in the last two days By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net T HE House Select Committee on Crown Land h eard the testimony of several Bahamians who claimed their efforts to acquireC rown land grants have been stifled by inefficiencies, bureaucracy and nepotismi n the public service. Sherlin Allan Brown, a f isherman who lives in San Souci, New Providence, recounted his struggles ina ttempting to secure two beach-front lots in his native M ayaguana where he wants to build a retirement home and a business. H e claimed he applied for two tracts of ocean-view land o n that island in 1992. He further claimed that while his attempts to acquire thep roperties lot No.1 and No. 57 have been unsuccess ful, the relatives of former island administrator Mildred Williamson have been grant e d several nearby oceanview lots since he made his application. H e was granted lot No. 60 in 1999 from DLS while the l ots he preferred remained available, he said. Mr Brown feels he was denied the tractsh e requested because public officials or their relatives are i nterested in acquiring these properties. He added that he was neve r given a title to the land he was granted and paid for, only a receipt. To make matters worse, he said that another resident's house ise rected on the property blocking him from develop ing the property. "I'm hoping to get my legal rights and (forc itizens of Mayaguana to get their property straight as well," he told the committeeo f his reason for appearing yesterday. A nother witness, Christopher Curry, a handyman w ho resides in the Carmichael Road area, told the committee of his frus-t rated attempt to get approval for a Crown landg rant from the Department of Land and Surveys for m ore than 20 years. He claimed that he first submitted an application forl ot No.16 in Carmichael Village in 1987 and reapplied in 2001 after DLS could not find his initial application. For years he said he has l ived on the land, which was once leased from the Government by his grand aunt,a nd cannot install utilities or develop the land because he h as no title to the property. He said he had repeated meetings with former Direc-t or of Lands Tex Turnquest about the issue, the last in May, 2009, other DLS officials and has periodically petitioned for approval, butt o no avail. He claimed that the property was surveyed by personnel from DLS about five years ago and all he needs i s the prime minister's approval of his application. H e feels his application has been lingering in the system due to lax practices and inef-f iciencies at DLS. Several other witnesses t old the committee of their land woes, including retired c ivil servant and farmer Emerson Major, who was assisted by his daughterS herle Knowles; father and son Berthel and Mark Rolle; and Anthony Cunningham, a food and beverage manager at Holiday Inn. H owever, in many cases the panel informed the witnesses that their issues werep erhaps better served in a court of law and could not b e addressed by the narrow scope of the select committee. T he committee's next public hearing is scheduled for January 11 when several public officials are expected to be recalled before theg roup. A report on the committees findings should be submitted to the House of Assembly by January 20. Bahamians give testimony to Crown Land Committee EMERSON MAJOR speaks to the House Select Committee on Crown Land. F elip Major / Tribune staff MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, Chair of the House Select Committee on Crown Land, listens to Sherle Knowles and her father Emerson Major.

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SHANGHAI –Minister of t he Environment Earl D eveaux was in the People’s R epublic of China to attend the commissioning ceremony of the newest vessel on the Bahamian ship registry on Wednesday, January 6. Barbara Jean Deveaux, the minister’s wife, officiallyn amed the vessel the CS Car oline in honour of the late Winifred Caroline Mortimer. The vessel will be managed by Campbell Shipping Company Limited, a Bahamian company. The ship was built in Jaingsu Province, the Peoples Republic of China, by Tsuji Industries (Jiangsu and designed by Algoship Designers Limited. GTR Campbell Marine Consultants Limited supervised the construction of the ship. Both companies are Bahamian and have offices in Nassau. Mr Deveaux said the Bahamas ship registry has many vessels built in China by Bahamian companies valued well in excess of a billion US dollars. He also noted that the People’s Republic of China and the Bahamas have had formal diplomatic relations for more than 12 years. “However, our cultures have been comingled for a very long time, as many of the Bahamas’ most successful citizens are of Chinese origin,” Mr Deveaux said. “The relationship between our coun tries has proven to be mutual ly beneficial to both countries. “The Bahamas has benefitted from significant Chinese investments, notably Hutchinson Whampoa in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The generos ity of the Chinese people is exemplified in the gift of a sports complex and expert t echnical support by the gove rnment of the People’s R epublic of China.” Mr Deveaux explained that the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA an industry leader in meeting the challenge of administering one of the world’s finestr egistries. “Under the BMA’s oversight and with strong support, the Bahamas flagged ocean going fleet has grown to become the third largest in the world. “The Bahamian Registry has 5.2 million gross tonnes comprising of 1,670 vessels which carry the Bahamian flag. “The registry is widely regarded as among the best in terms of quality,” Mr Deveaux said. He said the international maritime sector has significant potential for expansion and the Authority has recently chosen a new managing direc tor, Commodore Davy Rolle, and will face future challenges and opportunities with renewed vigour and purpose. He singled out three initiatives to highlight the focus of the Bahamas maritime reg istry: Yacht Registry – The BMA is well advanced in completing a set of rules for yacht registration to expand the profile of the registry. Arbitration Act – The Bahamas has recently enacted an Arbitration Act, a feature o f great value to international s hipping. Maritime Institute – The demand for trained seafarers continues to grow. The Bahamas is developing a model for training in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Mr Deveaux also noted that t he maritime sector is a sig nificant contributor to the Bahamian economy. “It is increasingly broadbased, serving as the centre for maritime arbitration, new and renewed facilities in and around the Port of Nassau, major international shipping operations in Freeport and the growing ship repair facilities, all speak to the opportunities for solid growth,” he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I vex because BEC doing a lot of foolishness, I mean things already hard – how in the world my light bill could go from being $94, $125, or even $250, to being $938? And guess what, if I don't pay it you c an bet your bottom doll ar they would sure as hell d isconnect me." Vex with BEC "I'm vexed with those who oppose outside teachers for the schools. Better start the teaching at the top especially when on the TV it said 'Marry Christmas from ZNS' – are there no editors for this?" Disgusted " I vex at all these men, w omen, children and potcakes who walking in the middle of the road in the pitch black night like they ain' scared of getting knock down. They lucky I have good brakes on my car or a lot of them would have been flat on the pavement. I don't know why Bahamians don't know how to walk on the sidewalk, one at a time and in the opposite direction of oncoming traffic." Mad Motorist "I vex at how cold it is on this lil' island. Globalw arming must be real because I ain' use to this kind of cold on our tropical island. Plus I ain' got no winter clothes, my lil' tank tops and shorts ain' ga cuti t in these times. I can't e ven get relief when I head to bed because my sheets cold like ice. "I know come June I will be sweating like a donkey but Lord please bring back the sunshine because thisc old ain' playin." Freezing Out East "I happy because I was just walking out of City Markets Seagrapes whena lady passed me wearing pink flannel pajamas withred monkeys on them – I did a double-take ! I know it was cold out here in the east this Sunday – our win dow thermometer read 55 degrees – but did she real-ly have to come out in her pyjamas? "Didn't notice if she wore bunny or monkey slippers though. Don't know who she was but her fun spirit put a smile on my face." Happy Shopper Chinese v essel welcomed on the Bahamian Registry By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net S KY Bahamas president and CEO Randy Butler is keen to reassure passengers of the safety of his aircraft after a SAAB 340 collapsed at the gate when the landing gear failed. Passengers waiting to board the 33seater jet at the Lynden Pindling International Airport were horrified when the landing gear failed and the aircraft crashed to the ground at 11.45am, just 15 minutes before they were scheduled to depart for Marsh Harbour, Abaco, on Thursday. The flight was cancelled and the e ight passengers booked on the noon f light were accommodated on the afternoon flight to Marsh Harbour at 4.30pm. Sky Bahamas’ 1pm flight from Marsh Harbour to Nassau was also cancelled and all but two of the eight passengers scheduled to take that flight went to Nassau on the evening flight at 5.30pm. Only the captain and flight attendant were on board and Flight Standards Inspectorate accident investigator Delvin Major said no one was injured. Police, two fire engines and an ambulance assisted at the scene as a crowd of around 60 wandered out of the departure lounge to gather around the damaged aircraft. The 33-seat passenger plane was added to Sky Bahamas' fleet of five aircraft about four weeks ago and an investigation has been launched into the landing gear occurrence in accordance with Bahamas Aviation safety regulations. Mr Butler said Sky Bahamas is also investigating the occurrence, which he stressed was an isolated incident. The Sky Bahamas president and CEO said: “We realised quickly that it was an isolated event and it was not a safety issue. Once we realised that we continued as normal and used another aircraft to transport the passengers. “Passenger safety is most important to us. And it is not that if something happens to one airplane there's something wrong with the others. “We do about 30 flights safely each day and on each one we take 25 to 33 people, and if you have the good pleasure of flying our airlines you will see the good service we produce. “My background is in civil aviation and as an accident safety investigator, so we know about these things and our focus is always to look at it to see what happened and prevent it from happening again. Any time there is a question about safety to the public we deal with it right away.” Sky Bahamas was founded in 2006 and operates around 30 flights a day between the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau and the Family Islands of Exuma, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco and Cat Island as well as the Turks and Caicos. Sky Bahamas CEO: passenger safety most important to us THELANDING gear failed on this Sky Bahamas plane on Thursday. BARBARA JEAN DEVEAUX , the wife of the Minister of the Environment Dr Earl Deveaux formally names the newest vessel on the Bahamian Registry in Shanghai, the Peoples Republic of China. Pictured from left: Dr Deveaux; Eleanor Phillips, director of the Nature Conservancy; Lowell J Mortimer, president of Campbell Shipping the company which owns CS Caroline; BJ Deveaux and Yasuji Kodama, vice president of Tsuji Heavy Industries. Yesterday, in an article headlined ‘BDM leader to run in by-election’ we referred to Dr Dexter Johnson, campaign chairman for the Bahamas Democratic Movement, as Dr Dexter Grant. The Tribune would like to apologise for any inconvenience this error may have caused. CORRECTION WHYYOU VEX ?

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EDITOR, The Tribune. BACKin those days of i nnocence and blissful ignorance of all the angst in far-flung places, wel ived a happy and simple life in our Settlement d own south. A nd we lived according to rules that helped us to grow into the people wea re today, focused and disciplined hard workers. We had lots of chores to do,a nd we carried them out, or else. A fter breaking boughs for the goats and tying them out in the meadowsu p on the Old Hill, we would beat on our empty w ater buckets and sing Mamalay as we walked back home. Didn’t havea ny toys, but we had lots of good fun. F ood abounded for us: fish, chicken, goat meat, mutton, pigeon peas, okra, salt beef; and fooda bounded for the creatures: jumbay, cinnepod, r amhorn, gumelemi and wild parsley. I will never forget the d ay when I rode the donkey from Auntie B lanche’s Old Field right to our yard; and he didn’t stop until he got to thew ell! It’s a good thing there wasn’t many cars and trucks in those days. Shabby and I got up every weekday morningw ith the morning star, grinding corn, parching coffee beans and beating them in the mortar with an iron pestle, then drawing coffee for daddy before he left for the fields in Stevens. Eventua lly, Junior joined the early morning crew, with his f irst morning being upset by his seeing Cle. Don’t believe it if someone tellsy ou that Junior couldn’t run fast! A ll three of us worked w ith daddy during summer recess, roasting sweet potatoes and eating paw-p aws right off the trees. Going fishing on Saturday, to the Scrub Field,L ong Bar and Billy Wells, meant we had to double u p on Friday, toting enough wood for cooking on the weekend andb reaking enough boughs to keep the goats happy u ntil Sunday. Only one time I had to rescue a goat from hang-i ng: I heard it all the way upon the Old Hill, bleat-i ng like a hanging goat! I s’pose it is advantageous f or the rescuer to have big bat ears! It was pure joy out on L ong Bar, swimming and playing when we got tired of waiting for the fish to bite. Once in a while, we would see the Haulers upa s far as Billy Wells and Fox Field Point looking for bonefish and shads. Oh my, the satisfying culi nary experience of eating s teamed fried shads and yellow corn grits with mayonnaise-covered sliceds un-ripened tomatoes on the side! As Cousin Mack e y would say: “You don’t know what you’re missing, buck!” T here used to be lots of excitement every year when the crabs would swarm out of their holes after the spring rain. Peo-p le would come from everywhere to catch ’em b y the dozen. From the shoulder baskets to the big oil drums, to the crates, to the Air Pheasant and the freight boats, to be sold in Nassau. Legendary captains like Anton Lockhart, Farlin Deveaux, Mac Burrows, Harrod Turnquest and Raymond Cartwright come to mind. Not many crabs now, as people dig for them out of season: White crabs, black crabs, striped crabs, brown crabs, red crabs, all of them like sapodillas, shepherd needle, hominy and rice. In spite of their eat ing habits, crabs make for good eating as many tasty dishes are made from these crawlers: crab in rice, boiled crab and dough, crab soup, fried crab egg, baked crab and boiled crab biters. Crab is good for baiting fish, too! Tasty crab: all body and no head. If time stood still, Mama would still be here: she was small in stature, big in character, stouthearted, enduring, fearless, godly, quiet and strong. And, it is almost thirty-seven years since Granddaddy left: I treasure the time he took with me; he used to talk with me, always made me feel special. Granddaddy took me fishing for grunts,by Jim’s Cay. Afterwards, we would race the other boats back to Mangrove Bush. We look forward to see ing so many friends and family again, including Joe Morris, who took us fish ing Southside, and Louis Burrows, who told me that “the more you live, the more you learn.” GLEN MORE Nassau, January, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 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 Before 9/11, U.S. i ntelligence officials had little information about terrorism, and they hoarded it. N ow, they share it. All of it. Every where. Information about threats actua l, perceived and bogus is spread across multiple agencies, stored in multiple databases. It arrives in untold snippets from all over the world and is hurriedly passed around. Nobody wants to be blamed fors itting on the missing puzzle piece. In explaining its failure to stop alleged a l-Qaida operative Umar Farouk Abdul mutallab from boarding a plane while carrying a bomb, the government said Thursday that it had plenty of dots to connect. Information was passed around. No puzzle p ieces went missing, but nobody put it together. A nd there was nobody to blame. "This incident was not the fault of a s ingle individual or organization but rather a systemic failure across organizations and agencies," President Barack Obama said. The 9/11 Commission in 2004 cited a complete failure of the nation's intellig ence community to share and analyse information. Former President George W. B ush spent years overhauling U.S. spy craft, forming new agencies, building new d atabases, encouraging information-sharing and training spies. Years later, and following a terrorist attack that was prevented only because Abdulmutallab's bomb failed to detonate, t he nation is witnessing lingering problems that may even be getting worse. " There's so much intelligence flowing, and it all goes into this river of informa t ion," said Patrick Rowan, who served as Bush's top Justice Department countert errorism official. "But the ability to fish out what's important from that river is always going to be a challenge." U.S. officials had plenty of information to keep Abdulmutallab off the plane, andc irculated it widely, according to the report. But the information arrived in incomplete bits, and it was stored in mul tiple databases. Had intelligence officials s earched all those databases, they likely would have discovered enough to put A bdulmutallab on the "no-fly" list. Intelligence is stored in multiple databases for different reasons. Sometimes because it's maintained by different agen cies in the 16-member intelligence com m unity. Other times it's to protect privacy or civil liberties. A lso, now that everyone has access to the information, it's not always clear who's i n charge of analysing it. That revelation left reporters scratching their heads as White House adviser John Brennan explained that now, someone should take the lead. " It just seems like that would be the basic premise of any intelligence system," o ne reporter said. "It seems so fundamen tal. I'm sure people wonder, 'Really, that's a reform we need?'" Yes. "There are a lot of different organizat ions involved," Brennan explained. "I think what we're trying to do is to makes ure that, as these threads develop and there are so many of them that it's c learly understood who has the lead on it." The biggest problems revealed by the 9/11 Commission were dramatic and, in many ways, the solutions were obvious. T he problems in Thursday's report were murkier. How do you ensure the State D epartment spells a name correctly or that an analyst fishes the right tidbit of intelli g ence from the river? "It's a people problem and an account ability problem," said Eleanor Hill, the former staff director of the 9/11 Commission. M ichael Jacobson, an investigator for the 9/11 Commission who now works on c ounterterrorism issues for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the p roblems described by Obama may be even more difficult to solve. The better our spycraft, the more information we'll get. The more information, he said, the harder it is to make sense of it all. That's why Obama's order to his intelligence community looks much differentf rom the list of recommendations following 9/11. Obama didn't tell the government to change what it is doing. He just wants them to do it better and faster. A nd he left it up to them to figure out how. ( This article was written by Matt Apuzzo and Pamela Hess, Associated Press writers). So many dots, so much sharing. What now? Boyhood memories of life in Long Island LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net E DITOR, THE TRIBUNE. The changing of the guard of the Commissioner of Police with all its protocol and fanfare drew a question: If the Commissioner’s office is a Constitutional Office how was itt hat we did not see as we see with a Chief Justice, Judges, Cabinet Ministers the swearing of the person at government House in the presence of His Excellency the GovernorGeneral? What we saw the signing of some form of document of t ransfer surely was not sufficient? I have always wondered why we continue to use the recit ing of the various personalities attending an official event Governor-General, Rt Hon Prime Minister, Chief Justice all down the List of Precedence to first bottle-scrubber and then the next speaker repeats and the one after, oh, God stopt his...again? Surely this practice originated from when only radio was available as my experience cannot find any other Caribbean country that retains this useless time-wasting practice with always the fear that you miss someone. Government House should immediately issue an order that only when there is the presence of His Excellency the Governor-General Prime Minister Chief Justice and Cabinet Ministers and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, and representatives of Foreign Governments should be mentioned except for the first incidence by the Master of Ceremonies or Introducer. At church ceremonies when officials make tributes such mention is totally unnecessary as in God’s house I suggest we are all equal. It is time this gets remedied as we witnessed at the Commissioner of Police hand-over it was totally laughable and it is laughable and totally unnecessary unless those officials whose names are recited are on a hard ego trip. Hoping we can see a change on this one? W THOMPSON Nassau, January 6, 2010. Reciting the names of all those pr esent

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B yJETTA J BAPTISTE I PREDICTthat one of two things will happen in the very near future in the Bahamas.T he first possibility is that B ahamians will see every single foreigner gone from these shores, and then will really know who and what the B ahamas is all about. The Bahamas is for Bahamians, but who is a Bahamian? Can all the Cabinet ministers tell met hat they have no “Haitian” b lood flowing through their veins? The Bahamas was built by the blood, sweat and tears of H aitians, Jamaicans, Turks Islanders, Trinidadians, Barbadians, Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Chinese, Ital-i ans, Greeks, Cubans, Germans and other European people. For hundreds of years, these people have played an important role in the development o f the Bahamas. Haiti for instance, used to and still pro v ides food for Bahamians. Many people left the Comm onwealth of the Bahamas to have their children at the hospitals in Haiti over a hundred years ago. What many “so-called” B ahamians don’t realise is that Haitians have a large networkt hat is not only in the Bahamas or Haiti. They are well i ngrained all over the world, especially in the United States, Europe and Canada, where the Bahamas looks for its tourist dollars. What would happen o ne day if these Haitians and other foreigners decide to uset heir influence against Bahamians living in the Bahamas? B ahamians must understand the world is smaller than it was 10 or 20 years ago. Facebook for instance has well over 350 million subscribers worldwide using it daily. Whatever hap pens anywhere in the world, good or bad, is known immediately around the world. Haitians are well entrenched in government in Florida, Georgia, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Chicago, and you will find them throughout the 50 states, polit ically and economically. Be careful which foreigner you all mess with, because you never know, what his brother, sister, child, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin or other rel ative will do in reaction. Can you imagine, a group of Haitians, Americans or Cubans protesting at Port Everglades and the Port of Miami about how bad the Bahamians treat foreigners in this country? Think about it; is this what the Bahamas wants, when the Bahamas is slowly dying economically right now? The other possibility I pred ict is that one day, the Bahamas’ Immigration Depart-m ent will deal effectively, efficiently and expeditiously with a ll applications that have been pending for months or even years. I certainly hope this happens instead of the first scenario.H ow long do you think the Bahamas can survive with ane conomic or tourism boycott against the Bahamas? What w ould happen if every Haitian or foreigner withdrew every dollar they have out of the Bahamian banks? How would BTC make it with no foreigne rs calling their countries? How many nurses, doctors, hospitals taff, immigration, Defence Force officers and teachers w ould still be employed if all of these Haitians and other foreigners leave this country right now, this week? What about the store owners: who will they sell their goods to? How will Bahami a ns make it? I wish to see the day when Bahamian Immigra t ion officers will have no more work to do because there are no more Haitians, Jamaicans and other foreigners to chase around and abuse. The Bible says that there is a time for everything under the sun. One d ay, this situation will come to an end. B ahamians must learn to stop using the Immigration Department and its officers to exploit people and fulfil unjust intentions. Recently, there was a case in which a Haitian man was working for a Bahamianc ompany for more than nine years. He had documentary p roof. He was terminated from his employment for doing no w rong and he is legally entitled to his accrued vacation and seve rance pay. His employer went to the Immigration Department in an effort to have this man deport ed when he found out that the man filed a complaint at the Labour Board. The sick Hait ian man was arrested and later released by the Immigration Department, thanks to Immigration Minister Branville McCartney, who was made aware of the situation and dealt with it expeditiously. This is not right in the sight of man and God. The man was simply s eeking to obtain what he was legally and rightfullye ntitled to. H e wishes to return to Haiti, but will not r eturn without the money he claims is owed to him. T his matter is slated to come b efore the Industrial Tribunal, who knows when, but in the meantime his work permit may expire, and he may be forced to l eave the country because employers can manipulate the system to their advantage, using their friends, family, andb usiness associates to aid them in dealing unjustly with immigrants. Yet the Bahamas belongs to international labour organisations and is always s igning international labour treaties. I wonder if these inter n ational organisations know what happens routinely to i mmigrant workers in this country. I also often wonder how is the Bahamas blessed by God, when “we the so-called B ahamian Christians” don’t do what the Bible says. How dot hese people sleep comfortably at night, knowing full well that t hey have aided and abetted in causing another child of God to be denied what rightfully belongs to them? I never could understand this a spect of my Bahamian people, and I thank God dailyw hen I meet a compassionate Bahamian who will stand up f or the oppressed and under privileged immigrants living in this country. My prayer is that in this new year, 2010, Bahamians will begin to treat others as they would like to be treated. I hope they become more respectful, tolerant, and compassionate to each other. I pray that they stop using the Immigration Department as an oppressive tool to stifle the growth and development of this country. 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The following is an opinion piece submitted by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. PARTI Verdant Mountains Cannot Stop Water Flowing; Eastward the River Keeps o n Going China played an important and constructive role at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference On 19 December, the Copenhagen climate change conference finally produced major and positive outcomes after complicated and tortuous negotiations. The Copenhagen Accord firmly upheld the basic framework and principles established by the Unit ed Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, fur ther clarified the due obligations of developed and developing countries according to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities", and reflected interna tional consensus regarding the long-term goals for addressing climate change, financing, technology, transparency of action and other issues. From December 16 to 18, in the nearly 60 hours Premier Wen Jiabao spent in Copenhagen, he held intensive talks and consultations with other leaders to drive the negotiation process forward. We, as members of the trav elling press corps, witnessed the roller-coaster, nail-biting negotiations at Copenhagen.B ut more importantly, we experienced the sincerity, confidence, resolve and effective efforts Premier Wen broughtto Copenhagen, which fully demonstrated China's imageas a responsible big country d edicated to development and co-operation. In his important speech at the high-level segment of the conference, Premier Wen reiterated the consistent positionof the Chinese government. He called on all sides to build consensus and strengthen cooperation to advance the historical process of combating climate change. Confronted by the complicated situation in and outside the Bella Centre, Premier Wen was undeterred. With the strongest political will and patience, he shuttled between participating leaders and engaged them in dialogue and consultations. At the critical moment when the negotiations faced the risk of a breakdown, he personal ly talked to various parties and helped the conference reach the final accord with his painstaking and thoughtful efforts. History will remember the important contribution of the Chinese government to the success of the Copenhagen conference. "He who is cautious may seem timid in the beginning, but his mettle will shine through in the end." Always well prepared – Premier Wen Jiabao thought carefully on how to ensure a successful conference before leaving for Copenhagen. The argument between developing and developed countries on global warming has grown ever more heated in recent years. As the largest developing nation, China has made enormous and effective efforts to conserve energy and control emissions. On November 26, the Chinese government announced the target of cutting carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 40-45 per cent from the 2005 level by 2020. The announcement was widely applauded by the interna tional community. It was also announced on that day that Premier Wen Jiabao would attend the Copenhagen conference. After the opening of the conference on 7 December, Copenhagen became a stage of intense wrangling between national governments, interest groups, NGOs and research institutes. But the unending arguments, talks and negotiations never seemed to get very far and an enormous gulf remained between divergentp ositions. The clock was ticking, and a pervasive sense of pessimism and despair began to fill the conference centre. At 3pm on December 16 the plane carrying Premier Wen and the Chinese delegation took off from Beijing and started the journey to Copenhagen. "It is a huge task to attend the conference on behalf of the Chinese government. I am deeply aware of the heavy responsibility upon me," Pre mier Wen said to the travelling press corps on board the plane. "On my way to the air port, I thought of two ancient sayings. One is 'He who is cautious may seem timid in the beginning, but his mettle will shine through in the end', and the other is 'Thorough planning at the outset will serve one well in his ensuing endeavors'. In other words, if you think carefully as you embark on a mission, you will be able to act with courage and resolve." In fact, the premier's jour ney to Copenhagen had started well before this day. In the run-up to the conference, he visited the China Meteoro logical Administration and had a number of telephone conversations with foreign leaders. O n November 27 and 28, representatives of the BASIC countries – China, India, Brazil and South Africa – and Sudan as the chair of the Group of 77 held consultations in Beijing. Premier Wenm et with the participating environment ministers or their representatives. From 8 December onwards, as national delegations were engaged in tough negotiations in Copenhagen, Premier Went alked by phone with the UN Secretary-General and the leaders of Britain, Germany, India, Brazil, South Africa, Denmark and Ethiopia. They had frank and in-depth conversations on some major issues concerning the conference. On 11 December, Premier Wen made a visit to the China Meteorological Administration and convened a discussion with experts on climate change. During the meeting,h e called for resolute and strong measures to meet the government's target for controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Premier Wen had also followed closely developments at the Copenhagen conference after its opening. Soon after his plane took off from Beijing, he asked the press corps to come to the front cabin and shared his thoughts very frankly. It was apparent that Pre mier Wen had already carefully thought about the complicated situation awaiting him. He said, "I am confident that with so many leaders converging on Copenhagen, the conference will be a fruitful one. But whatever may happen in Copenhagen, Chi na will not change its action plan. Our voluntary mitigation target is non-negotiable and our determination to meet it will not waver," he said to us. After this mid-air briefing, Premier Wen called a meeting of the accompanying ministers to analyse the position of various parties. Then, alone in his cabin, the premier looked out at the sea of clouds outside the plane, staring intensely, deep in thought. It was not a light-hearted mis-s ion, he knew. So many things needed to be considered before the conference could be brought to a fruitful con clusion. At 4.45pm local time, Premier Wen's plane touchedd own at Copenhagen airport. Snow was falling heavily and chill wind was howling: not all was quiet on this wintry evening in Copenhagen. Everyone in the Chinese delegation was tired after a1 0-hour flight that had crossed seven time zones and over 7,000 kilometers, but Premier Wen still decided to C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grant’s Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 2010Theme: “ But As For Me And My Household, We Will Serve the Lord” 7:00 a.m.Rev. Charles Sweeting/Sis. Alice Woodside11:00 a.m.Bro. Jamicko Forde/ Youth 7:00 p.m.Bro. Sidney Pinder/ Board of Men & Women’s Ministry China’s role in the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference PREMIER WEN JIABAO spent almost 60 hours in C openhagen for the Climate Change Conference. (AP O PINION go straight to the Chinese embassy, where he would hear briefings on the latest developments and plan the next steps. Over one hour had passed before he finally left the embassy and checked in at the Radisson Hotel. "The most important thing is to build consensus quickly." – Confronted by a complicated situation, Premier Wen Jiabao worked with sincerity, resolve and confidence to mediate, communicate, co-ordinate, bridge differences and expand common ground. At 6am on December 17, Premier Wen went to breakfast. He was briefed at the breakfast table. As the negotiations in Copenhagen involved 192 countries, the circumstances were changing every minute. At 8.30am Premier Wen walked into the meetingr oom, brimming with energy a nd ready for a whole day of intense meetings. The first leader he met was Prime Minister Rasmussen of the host country Denmark. Premier Wen commended Denmark for its hard work in the run-upt o the conference and pledged China's full support to the host in bringing about a successful outcome. The Danish prime minister was somewhat relieved to hear these words. He talked about the deep rift among parties and the absence of a text that could serve as a basis for consultations. He was visibly worried about the negotiation process. Premier Wen expressed full understanding of the pressure facing the host. He attributed various divisions to four focal issues, namely, a basic text, financial support, the longterm target and MRV (measurable, reportable and veri fiable). He suggested that pragmatic efforts be made in accordance with the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" to build on the two draft texts pre sented by the chairs of the two Ad Hoc Working Groups, lock up the consensus already achieved and leave the divisive elements to future deliberations. He said this might be the only viable way, and a resolution thus reached could represent an outcome of the conference. Prime Minister Rasmussen thanked Premier Wen for his constructive proposal. He said if all other leaders could work as vigorously as the Chinese Premier, the conference would achieve success. Premier Wen then met UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon. Ban was also gravely concerned about the stalled process and regarded a con ference without any gains as unacceptable. Premier Wen pointed out that it was unrealistic for the nearly 200 countries to patch up their wide differences in less than two days. The Chinese people and people across the globe alll ooked forward to a successful c onference. The most important thing at the moment was to build consensus quickly. The conference could opt for a political document that reflected the consensus of all parties aimed at affirming thep olitical will, recognising the existing achievements, and sending a message of confidence and hope to the world. Premier Wen stressed that the drafting process and con sultations must be open and transparent. The opinions of all parties must be duly solicited and the concerns of the developing countries in particular must be taken seriously. He expressed hope that the United Nations would play an important role in this process. Ban nodded, absorbed in thought. What happened later proved that Premier Wen's suggestions were forwardlooking and workable. SEEMONDAY’S TRIBUNE FOR PARTTWOOFTHIS ARTICLE

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I NSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BASEBALL By BRENT STUBBSS enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net YET anothe r talented y oung baseball player who left the Bahamas to attend highs chool is reaping the successof the move in the United States. Brandon M urray, a product of theB ahamas Baseball Federa tion, was selected to partici pate in the International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby 2010 Top Sixty High School Prospects. T he event will be held on Sunday at the Tampa BayR ays’ Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, Florida. M urray, 18, was selected based on his performance at Trinity Christian High School where he excelled in outfield, mainly playing in l eft. Trinity Christian Academ y is located in Lake Worth, Florida and has s chooled a number of Bahamian players who left to further their chances to either get a collegiate scholarship or a chance to make the professional ranks. Murray, who played on t he team with Richard Bain, who was drafted in the prosb ut opted to attend junior college, will be heading to t he College of Charleston in the fall. Neither Murray or his father, versatile baseball/softball player B ertie Murray Jr, were available for comments, butB BF’s secretary general Terry Sweeting said it’s a nother major step for the Bahamas. “From our end, we feel it’s excellent for him being recognised as one of the top h igh school prospects in all the US,” Sweeting said. “I t hink it’s an amazing accom plishment for Brandon. I think he’s doing extremely well. “He has a lot of pro s couts pursing him, but I think his parents want him t o get an education so he’s decided to make the choice to go to the College of Charleston.” Sweeting said the BBF is very proud of Murray, who played up in the Freedom Farm League. He said he’s just one of 40-plus studentathletes who are either playing in high school or college in the US. “These kids have a golden opportunity from the sport of baseball and we just want to encourage them,” Sweeting said. “We are very pleased with the way the programme is headed. “We have a lot of scouts who have indicated that they are interested in the players that we have. Brandon is just one of those individuals who have beneftted from the programme.” At least two players Antoine Richardson and Albert Cartwright are in the minor league pipeline. But at the rate the players are getting the exposure in the US, Sweeting said it shouldn’t be long for the Bahamas to have another make it to the Major League. While there were a number of players who partici pated in the minor league, only five Andre Rodgers, Wilfred ‘Suggy’ Culmer, Wenty Ford, Tony Curryand Ed Armbrister played in the majors. Out of that quartet, Armbrister is the only legend still living. Armbrister, who broke into the big leagues on August 31, 1973, played with the Cincinnati Reds where he put down a con troversial bunt in the World Series. BAHAMIAN BASEBALL PLAYER SELECTED FOR US SHOWCASE MARATHON By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net WITH just about a month to go, organisers are excited about the planning stages for Marathon Bahamas. The inaugural 26.2 mile event will be held on Sunday, February 14 on a beautiful course that will begin at Fort Montagu, head over the Paradise Island bridge, turn around at Old Fort Bay and end up at Arawak Cay. Chief executive officer for the event Franklyn Wilson said they are delighted that retired Olympic champion Pauline Davis-Thompson has consented to be the patron. And Davis-Thompson will also serve as the official starter when the local and international runners start competing at 6 a.m. Yesterday at Sunshine Insurance Agents and Brokers, the major sponsors, Wilson said they are delighted to have DavisThompson play such a significant role because of her internally acclaimed success as well as her personal attributes. Medal Davis-Thompson, who is still waiting on the gold medal that was taken from Marion Jones that she won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, cur rently serves as a Council Member of the International Amateur Athletic Association. Additionally, Wilson said they are also delighted to announce that Philip Smith has been included on the Board of Directors as they broaden the mangement team to ensure that they have the personnel in place to pull off the first class quality event. Smith previously served as Member of Parliament for North Long Island, Rum Cay and Salvador and the High Commissionner to Canada and he was the lead organiser for the 500th anniversary celebrations of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Bahamas. “So you see, we’re not bringing a rookie here,” Wilson stressed. “We have someone who can hit the ground running, not someone who has to learn what to do. We are bringing in a senior person.” Smith said this is an opportunity for him to create a worldwide event that will have long term implications in the community as it continues to develop. “Also, I am old enough to remember when Pancho Rahming and others ran and the excitement that they brought to us all,” Smith said. “So this is an opportunity to say to all of those other youngsters, ‘you may not be able to run as fast as Usain Bolt, but you could be a marathoner, or a halfmarathoner’. So we want to encourage that element of our sports heritage.” Wilson also revealed that Alex Moczarski, president of Marsh International, the world’s largest waste management firm, was invited to sit down with the Board of Directors recently. Contr ibution Moczarski, according to Wilson, liked what he saw and he made a substantial contribution to the event. With his contribution, Wil son said they have been able to provide the opportunity for at least two teams from every school in the Bahamas to participate. “These teams,” said Wil son, “can comprise of stu dents, administrators and teachers, but we would per fer than at least 50 per cent of it will comprise of the students.” As for the course, Wilson said they could not have selected a better scenic view for both the participants and the spectators. He noted that they clearly planned the event to attract every body. Wilson encouraged everybody to log onto their website: www.marathonbahamas.com to get more details as well as to ensure that they have signed up. So far, entries have been received from countries such as the United States, Netherlands Antilles, Turks& Caicos and Canada. Olympic star named patr on of marathon VETERAN coach Keith Parker said he’s delighted to have been named for induction into the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame. However, he clarified the IAAF’s website report that that indicated that he was responsible for “introducing athletics to the Bahamas in the early 1960s”. “This was clearly incorrect since athletics was flourishing in the Bahamas long before I arrived in 1959. What I did do, is focus more attention on the technical events throws, jumps, hurdles and pole vault, than was currently the case when I arrived.” V eteran coach delighted with Hall of Fame honour BRANDON MURRAY BUILDUPTOTHEBIGEVENTONFEBRUARY14TH Pauline Davis-Thompson takes on role for inaugural event S S o o t t h h i i s s i i s s a a n n o o p p p p o o r r t t u u n n i i t t y y t t o o s s a a y y t t o o a a l l l l o o f f t t h h o o s s e e o o t t h h e e r r y y o o u u n n g g s s t t e e r r s s , , y y o o u u m m a a y y n n o o t t b b e e a a b b l l e e t t o o r r u u n n a a s s f f a a s s t t a a s s U U s s a a i i n n B B o o l l t t , , b b u u t t y y o o u u c c o o u u l l d d b b e e a a m m a a r r a a t t h h o o n n e e r r , , o o r r a a h h a a l l f f m m a a r r a a t t h h o o n n e e r r . . S S o o w w e e w w a a n n t t t t o o e e n n c c o o u u r r a a g g e e t t h h a a t t e e l l e e m m e e n n t t o o f f o o u u r r s s p p o o r r t t s s h h e e r r i i t t a a g g e e . . Mar athon Chief e x ecutiv e of f icer Franklyn Wilson C HIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER f or the event Franklyn Wilson with Pauline Davis-Thompson.

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C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS L ONDON PORTSMOUTHwants its players at the African Cup of Nations recalled if their safety can't be guar-a nteed, while Manchester City is also seeking assurances after the Togo team bus was attacked on Friday, according to Associated Press. But English Premier League l eader Chelsea, which has four players at the tournament, said it was confident that competition organizers could safeguard its players. C ity striker Emmanuel Adebayor and Aston Villa midfielder M oustapha Salifou were on the Togo bus which came under machine gun fire as it was travel-i ng to the tournament in Angola, though both players were uninjured. " I am OK but extremely shocked and very upset," Salifou said. The club with the greatest conc erns over security is Portsmouth, which has Nwankwo Kanu with Nigeria, Aruna Dindane with IvoryC oast, and both Nadir Belhadj and Hassan Yebda in the Algeria squad. " We have asked the (English Football Association to ask FIFA how safe it is and to guarantee thes afety of our players," Portsmouth spokesman Gary Double told The A ssociated Press. "Our players' safety is paramount and if that can't be guaranteed the players shouldb e sent home." City, which also has captain Kolo T oure with the Ivory Coast, said it was "in talks with the Football Association over what may happen n ext." "We are clearly concerned about t he situation," City added. The FA confirmed it was making contact with international organi-z ations, including FIFA. "Following the terrible attack on t he Togo national team in Angola, t he Football Association is in cont act with various English clubs who have players involved in the African N ations Cup," the FA said. "We will continue to ensure we are kept up to speed with all devel-o pments and do all we can to assist our clubs and those players i nvolved." C helsea has sent Ivory Coast forw ards Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, Nigeria midfielder John Obi M ikel and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien to the competition. "We are sure that the national f ederations and authorities are taking every necessary security prec autions to ensure the safety of p layers and staff," the club said. Clubs seek safety assurances after attack on Tongo team RESIDENTS GATHER next to a giant ball advertising the African Cup of Nations, in Luanda, Angola, Friday, Jan. 8, 2009. Gunmen opened fire Friday on a bus carrying Togo's national soccer team to a tournament in Angola, wounding at least six people including two footballers from the West African nation, an official said. D a r k o B a n d i c / A P BOLTON, England O WEN COYLEfinally took charge at Bolton on Friday after completing his move from Burnley to try a nd save the club from releg ation, a ccording to Associated Press. The announcement was made three days after thef ormer Bolton striker told Burnley he wanted to join its Lancashire Premier League neighbor, with the t wo clubs subsequently a greeing a compensation package. While Coyle had guided Burnley to 14th in the table,a fter taking the club back to the top flight for the first time since 1976, Bolton is in the drop zone in 18th place. " I look forward to the o pportunity of bringing the good times back to the club for everyone," said Coyle, who had been Burnley man-a ger since November 2007. B olton is a four-time FA Cup winner, but its last cup came in 1958. The 43-year-old Coyle, who is replacing fired GaryM egson, played for Bolton between 1993-95 and wasp opular with the fans. "Owen was our number o ne target and we are naturally delighted that he has returned to the football club as manager," Bolton chairman Phil Gartside. "He wasa n inspirational player who leads by example and ag reat motivator." Coyle, who has reported l y signed a two-and-a-halfyear contract, will have m ore than a week before his first match against Arsenal, as Saturday's trip to Sunderland has been postponed due to the freezing weather g ripping England. Owen Coyle completes move to Bolton from Burnley LONDON HAMPERED by injury absentees and a humiliating F A Cup exit, Manchester United faces a tricky matcha t Birmingham in the Premier League on Saturday, a ccording to Associated Press. The cup loss to third-tier Leeds capped a patchy first half of the season for Unit ed, which remains second in the standings in its bid f or a fourth straight Premier League title. U nited's dip in form is reflected in its last 11 l eague results, compared with those of newly pro m oted Birmingham. Both sides have won seven, but while United has lost four, Birmingham is unbeaten after four draws. Injuries are adding to United's problems, with Nemanja Vidic being ruled out for 10 days after tweak ing a nerve in his leg and joining fellow center back Rio Ferdinand on the side lines. Manager Alex Ferguson insists there are funds avail able for reinforcements, but says he won't rush to make any signings in the January transfer window. "I can't see any real diamonds," Ferguson said Fri day. "We've got the money there's no question about that. I just don't see that player that can make a difference to us in terms of value and availability." Midfielder Ryan Giggs, a veteran of every Premier League campaign, remains confident United can lift a 19th English title, with United just two points behind leader Chelsea. "It has always been the same. One defeat and it is a disaster. That is never going to change," Giggs said. "But we don't get carried away with that, just the same as we wouldn't get carried away if we had won 10 on the bounce. "It is up to us to work hard and get back to win ning ways because we are still in a strong position." For its part, Birmingham can make club history Saturday by going 12 matches undefeated. "It's always nice to break a record but at the end of the day we know at some stage we will lose a match," said manager Alex McLeish, whose eighthplace side is just three points behind the European places. United not buying despite injuries, slump D OHA, Qatar TOP-RANKED R oger Federer was upset by Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the semifinal of the Qatar Open, according to Associated Press. The sixth-ranked Davy denko improved to 2-12 against Federer. The Russian defeated Federer at the sea son-ending championships in London in November. "He tried to create pressure but I came up with winners when I wanted to," Davydenko said. "I ran a lot and that made me tired, especially in the second set. But I fought for every point." The upset prevents a Sun day showdown of Federer against Rafael Nadal. The second-ranked Nadal cruised past fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-3. "I think it will be a tough match because I have watched Rafa play," Davydenko said. "He is playing good tennis at the moment. He can play for 10 hours, I can't. The fans will get to watch a good match." Nadal and Davydenko have each won four times in headto-head matches. "I don't know for how much longer I can hold this level of tennis," Davydenko said. The Russian got off to a fast start against Federer, break ing him in the third game when the Swiss hit two returns into the net. Ahead 2-1, Davydenko held his serve to close out the set at 6-4. By contrast, Federer struggled with his serve. "Yeah, he served very well, especially when he needed to. He played better," Federer said. "I felt my arm from the cold but it is not an excuse. He served well. “He made it difficult as the match went on." Davydenko kept up the pressure in the second set and again broke an error-prone Federer in the third game. Davydenko held his serve for the rest of the set to seal the win. Federer heads to Melbourne for the Australian Open. "There is nothing to worry about my arm. I will be fine," Federer said. Davydenko upsets Federer at Qatar Open NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO of Russia serves the ball to World number one tennis player Roger Federer, from Switzerland, during their semifinal match at Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Davydenko won 6-4, 6-4. H a s s a n A m m a r / A P ROGER FEDERER in action. BRISBANE, Australia TOP-SEEDED Kim Clijsters set up a highly anticipated all-Belgian final against seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin with a victory over Andrea Petkovic on Friday at the Bris bane International, according to Associated Press. Clijsters beat the 22-year-old German 6-4, 6-2, hours after Henin secured a spot in the final of her first tournament since returning from retirement. Henin, who advanced 6-3, 6-2 over 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, leads Clijsters 12-10 in head-to-head matches after winning their last three meetings all in 2006. "I don't think anybody, not even in Belgium, anywhere in the world, expected this would ever happen again," Clijsters said. "It's nice to be a part of this." Men's top seed Andy Roddick had 16 aces in a 6-3, 7-6 (5 quet in the late match Friday to move into a semifinal against fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych, who beat eighth-seeded Thomas Bellucci of Brazil 7-6 (43 Defending champion Radek Stepanek will take on Frenchman Gael Monfils in the other semifinal on Saturday, before the women's final in the night session on Pat Rafter Arena. "I wanted to come here and play well, get better with each match and get matches in. That's my biggest thing," said Roddick, playing his first event since hurting his knee in October. "I'd love to win here. The goal is to be prepared for Melbourne and I feel like that has been accomplished for the most part," he added. "Now it's the business end of the tournament you want to try to go as far as you can." Henin quit in May 2008 when she held the No. 1 ranking. She announced her comeback last Septem ber, soon after the 26-year-old Clijsters won the U.S. Open in her third tournament back after more than two years in retirement. "It's always special when I play Kim. It's a day I like a lot," Henin said. "It's a perfect situation to play if it's a Belgian final. That's what a lot of people hoped for and expected." The Belgian pair grew up playing tennis together, Clijsters saying they shared rooms while traveling for under-12 tournaments before eventually going down differing paths. She thinks that they can help push each other in their comebacks. "Knowing Justine, she's not the kind of person who's going to go with the flow, come out and see how things are going," Clijsters said. "I knew she'd come out here being extremely fit and ready to go from the first point that she played. And she has done that." Kim Clijsters advances to f inal a gainst J ustine Henin

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b ecause “we don’t just wake up one morning and fire people and destroy people. That is Hubert Ingraham’s style.” He condemned the governance of the FNM administration since 2007, blaming the “rudderless” government for “taking the country backward.” They never take responsibility for anything, blaming this sorry state of affairs on a global recession,” Mr Roberts said. He accused the media of failing to do its job in holding the government to account and being too interested in “nit-picking over foolishness” in the PLP. Now to make this same indictment on the leadership of the P rogressive Liberal Party is ludicrous. No one is asleep at any wheel in the PLP. If anyone is sleeping in this country it is members of the fourth estate and other commentators who refuse to compare and contrast the performance of this FNM Government to that of the immediate past PLP-Christie administration,” Mr Roberts stated. Called for comment on Mr Robert’s accusations yesterday, Mr Gibson said he “would not condescend” to respond, while Mr Adderley did not return phone calls on the matter. judiciary! In the last 12 months he seen to it that at least two judges appointed to sit on the Bench of the Supreme Court came directly out of the belly of the FNM.At the same t ime he has done all in his power to rid the courts of any judge who he even dreams may have voted PLP at least once before! “We have judge after judge after judge who due to political affiliation has to excuset hemselves from hearing certain cases.How does this address the back log in our courts?It doesn’t!” said Mr Davis. Mr Davis made his charge as he a ddressed a PLP Rally at Doris Johnson High School in the Elizabeth constituency in the wake of Malcolm Adderley’s resignation from the PLP and as MP for the area. S peaking as he announced his resignation as the Elizabeth MP on Tuesday in parliament, Mr Adderley blamed his decision on his deteriorating relationship with PLP part y leader, Perry Christie, throughout his seven and a half years as an MP. He suggested Mr Christie’s poor leadership and behind-the-scenes efforts to undermine him as a representative had lefth im with the belief that Elizabeth constituents “deserve better.” Mr Adderley is rumoured to soon be set to take up an appointment as a Supreme Court judge, o n the recommendation of Mr Ingraham. Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP, Mr Davis, proposed that the move was orchestrated to look like it was about dissatisfaction with PLP leader PerryC hristie when in fact it is an attempt to get Bahamians to “forget the misery they are experiencing daily” under his government’s leadership M r Davis charged that it is irresponsible to precipitate a costly by-election when government revenue is down and people are suffering in bad economic times. “People are hungry! Lights are off! Some o f our schools are like war zones!People are in pain!And yet this Government can only find money when it is time to play political games and pursue selfish agend as!” said Mr Davis. “They think you are blind! They think that you cannot see what they are doing! They think you cannot see the games!” he added. W hile the PLP has yet to announce who its candidate will be in the by-election, or to specifically confirm if it will nominate a candidate to contest the seat under its part y’s banner, Mr Davis told those at the meeting that the party is “ready”. “Stand strong and brave with the Progressive Liberal Party!” he added. Mr Davis told The Tribune on Thursday t hat he firmly believes the party should contest the seat, although other senior party members are said to be unsure. No date has yet been publicly announced f or the election to take place however it is expected to occur sometime in February. The Bahamas Democratic Party is the only political party to so far officially declare that it will be contesting the seat,w ith party president Cassius Stuart the intended torchbearer. President of the Bahamas Medical Council Dr Duane Sands is rumoured to be the FNM’s preferred c andidate for the area, although this has not been confirmed. Her public announcement was anticipated because that ist he manner of the lady. She is always very forthright. It is a nticipated that there are on the sitting bench eminently qualified persons to be promoted to the position of president but at this time we cannot say whot hat may be,” said Mrs Hassan. After serving for eight years a s president of the court of appeal, Dame Joan offered 11 m onths notice of her retirement. Mrs Hassan said this gives the consulting parties ample time t o determine the next president, although she said the process w ould not take that long. “Once the announcement is m ade the process will begin. Believe me, it won’t take that long. A replacement might havea lready been decided and just not announced,” she said, not-i ng that the new appointee would be confirmed by the gove rnor general on recommendation from the consulting parties. Anita Bernard, Cabinet Secretary, saidthe cabinet office is involved in all high levela ppointments, but nothing has been done at this point in termso f Dame Joan’s replacement. Dame Joan is still in place. H er retirement is not until 11 months from now,” she said. T he new president is expect ed to assume the post and associated responsibilities immediately upon the scheduled retire ment of Dame Joan. are currently 79 attorneys pract ising as registered associates w ithin the Bahamas. “With approximately 50 per cent of o ur practitioners less than ten years called we find that it isi mperative as a Bar Council t hat we focus on development o f the Bar,” Mrs Hassan said. The Bar Association is committed to sponsoring education a nd training seminars in all of the requisite areas of the law, b oth in the administrative side as well as the legal arm. These seminars will increase in number in the comi ng year to six. In keeping with the requirements of progressive international bars, there w ill be a requirement for each practising attorney to attend at l east four of these seminars per year to ensure that there is review and updating of current l egislation and practices. In a few years it is hoped to see a practising certificate implemented as a part of our ongoing development as an internation-a l Bar.” When officers responded t hey found him dead, lying face up with a stab wound in t he left side of his neck. He was wearing blue denim shorts, a plaid short-sleeved shirt and a pair of tan boots. "At present police cannot s ay how the male came about his injuries, or his identity. P olice are investigating and appealing to the public, who h ave any information regarding this incident or any other incident, to contact Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS, 919 or CDU at 502-9991," said Policep ress officer Chrislyn Skippings yesterday. P olice yesterday also identi fied the year's first murder vic tim as 39-year-old Joseph Wright, of Kemp Road, Nassau. M r Wright became the year's first murder victim when h e was shot just before 8 pm on Wednesday, in the area of Wulff Road and Mackey Street. He was seated at the junction of the two streetsw hen he was approached by a man, allegedly armed with ah andgun who fired a single fatal shot at him. M r Wright, who was hit in the right side of his body, collapsed while running away from his assailant, police said. He was pronounced dead at t he scene. Up to press time police had n o suspects in custody for either of the murders, howev er investigations continue. FROM page one Stabbing F ROM page one KENYATTAGIBSON (left Malcolm Adderley The Monthly Meeting of the Commonwealth Writers will be held on Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at Chapter One Book Store at the College of t he Bahamas beginning at 2 .30pm. P lans for the Story Tellers Convention in February will be discussed. All interested persons are invited to attend. Writers Meeting Pair accused of ‘Christie betrayal’ FROM page one Bar Association praise F ROM page one Proposed amendments FROM page one Appointing of political figures to bench

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM REGINALD FERGUSON’S RETIREMENT BANQUET T RIBUTES PAID TO OUTGOING COMMISSIONER A T RECENT EVENT HELD AT ATLANTIS CROWN B ALLROOM ON PARADISE ISLAND PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff OUTGOING COMMISSIONER Reginald Ferguson is presented with a gift from new Commissioner Ellison Greenslade. THEROYALBAHAMASPOLICEFORCE Pop Band performs. REGINALDFERGUSON with Chief Justice Michael Barnett and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. POLICE OFFICERS dance and enjoy the music at the banquet. DEPUTYPRIMEMINISTER Brent Symonette on the dancefloor. POLICEOFFICERS dance at the banquet. POLICEOFFICERS take time out for a photo at the retirement banquet. OUTGOINGCOMMISSIONER Reginald Ferguson speaks at his retirement banquet.