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Young victim
possibly raped

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday
morning may have been raped by her attacker before she
was killed with a blow to the head, police say.

Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman
found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled down
around her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith
Avenue South just after 7.30am.

Central Detective Unit (CDU) Assistant Superintendent
Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between
age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the
left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted
by a blunt instrument.

She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers
were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may
have been raped.

“Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been
indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with
the autopsy,” he said.

However the examination cannot be carried out until the
58th murder victim of the year has been identified.

Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for
clues that may help them identify the woman, described as
having short natural-style hair, or her attacker.

Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may
tell them who she is.

Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the
track road on the remote south west side of the island some-
time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before

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TAKING THE OATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on
his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Wat-
son was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of
arguably the country’s most
important government Min-
istry is set to undergo a major
shift as its top public servant
leaves to enter the private
sector.

After five years at the
helm of the Ministry of
Tourism and a total of 30
years of public service, Direc-

tor General of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine is set to
become the first Bahamian
to join the executive ranks
of the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment company (NAD) lat-
er this year, it has been
revealed.

Mrs Walkine will become
NAD’s vice president of
marketing and communica-
tions, effective November 1,
after demitting office at the
Ministry of Tourism on
October 8. Current Senior
Deputy Director General of

Tourism, David Johnson, will
take her place as Director
General, according to the
Ministry.

NAD is a Bahamian com-
pany, currently managed by a
Canadian company, Van-
couver Airport Services

(YVRAS). The company
holds a 30-year lease of the
Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport. Aside from
handling the day-to-day
operations of the country’s
biggest airport, NAD is over-
seeing the $409.5 million

MOVING ON: Vernice Walkine

redevelopment of the
tourism and aviation hub.
Mrs Walkine’s career

SEE page 12



Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock
at Inagua is hindering large mailboats
from offloading goods and hampering
businesses by reducing their available
goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes-
terday.

According to several residents, the
mailboat Lady Matilda — which brings
food, supplies and other goods to the
island about every ten days — has a hard
time accessing the Yacht Basin because
of three sunken vessels blocking the
way.

Residents say the boats, which were
reportedly seized by authorities about
a year ago and held at the dock, recent-



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presenting a problem to large boats
maneouvring through the area.

The Tribune was told local govern-
ment organised a failed removal effort
about two weeks ago. Now frustrated
entrepreneurs have had enough and
are calling on officials to promptly

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PAGE 2, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010

LOCAL NEWS

THE TRIBUNE



Hotty ROBINSON-PEETE AND FORMER NEL QUARTERBACK HUSBAND TO BE SPECIAL GUESTS AT AUGUST 16 RECEPTION

US Ambassador
Nicole Avant raises
Autism awareness



HOSTING RECEPTION: US Ambassador Nicole Avant

ACTRESS, best-selling
author, and international
autism activist Holly Robin-
son-Peete and her husband
former NFL quarterback,
Rodney Peete, will be the
special guests of United
States Ambassador Nicole
Avant at a reception on
Monday, August 16, to raise
awareness about Autism.

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Bahamian families with
Autistic children and leading
Bahamian autism experts
and specialists to create an
atmosphere for interaction,
discussion, and exchange of
ideas with the Robinson-
Peete family.

Guests will receive a
signed copy of Mrs Robin-
son-Peete’s book, My Broth-
er Charlie, which she co-
authored with her daughter
Ryan. The book is an uplift-
ing story based on the
Robinson-Peete’s personal
experiences raising their
autistic son JR.

“It is important to raise
awareness about autism in
the Bahamas and through-

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FAMILY SNAPSHOT: Mrs Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fraternal twins, son Rod-



ney, “JR” and daughter Ryan, both age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age

three.
out the Caribbean,” said
Ambassador Avant.

“Bahamian families must be
reassured that they are not
alone, but that they are
among thousands of fami-
lies in the United States and
throughout the world deal-
ing with a loved one who
has autism.”

Research

Ambassador Avant
believes increased scientific
research will help families
and communities to better
understand and appreciate
persons affected by Autism.

On Sunday, August 15,
Mrs Robinson-Peete will be
the special guest on Sunday
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Mrs Robinson-Peete will
discuss her personal experi-
ences with Autism and the
impact of JR’s diagnosis on
the entire family. She will
also share her message of
hope for other families con-
fronting the challenge of
raising an Autistic child.

The US National Institute
of Health (NIH) defines
autism as a developmental
disorder that appears in the
first three years of life and
affects the brain's develop-
ment of social and commu-
nication skills.

The exact number of chil-
dren with Autism and the
primary causes of the disor-
der remain unknown.

A report released by the
US Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention
(CDC) suggests that Autism

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and related disorders are
more common than previ-
ously thought.

Diagnose

It is unclear whether this
is due to an increasing rate
of the disorder or an
increased ability to diagnose
the illness.

Autism affects boys three
to four times more often
than girls.

Mrs Robinson-Peete and
her husband Rodney are the
parents of four children: fra-
ternal twins, son Rodney,
“JR” and daughter Ryan,
both age 12; son Robinson,
age seven; and son Roman,
age five. JR was diagnosed
with Autism at age three.

The Robinson-Peetes
founded the HollyRod

ay;

Foundation in 1996 to give a
voice and a hand to those
striving for improved quali-
ty of life when theirs has
been diminished due to dis-
ease or disorders.

Through watching Holly’s
father, Matthew T Robin-
son, struggle with Parkin-
son’s disease, the Robinson-
Peetes were moved to form
the foundation.

After their son JR was
diagnosed with autism, the
foundation expanded its
mission, creating the holly-
rod4kids initiative.

The HollyRod Founda-
tion is currently developing
plans to open their first hol-
lyrod4kids ‘Miracle House’
in Los Angeles where fami-
lies in the Autism commu-
nity can go for support, guid-
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 3



LOCAL NEWS



Tam vex at the new

low that this coun-
try's level of customer ser-
vice has sunk to. As a loyal,
frequent customer of a local
‘healthy’ fast-food restau-
rant I am constantly
appalled at the sour faces
and stink attitudes of their
employees. Last week I had
to walk out of one of the
locations because the girl
serving me and other cus-
tomers left her post to go in
the back room for some-
thing, without a word or
smile, leaving a long line of
hungry customers waiting.
So [in turn took my dollars
elsewhere.

"This week I was more
horrified at abuse I suffered
when I tried to exchange a
product a bought from a
specialty store because after
researching it online I had
concerns about it. I called
the store to tell them I
would be coming to return
it, with my receipt, only to
be screamed at and told it
was not ‘how the store oper-
ates’. The irate female man-
ager barely let me get a
word in edgewise but I will
never spend my money
there again. Small business
owners who complain that
they are not making any
money in this economy: it's
because of the nasty, hostile
service you provide.”

— Disgusted consumer

"Tis vex ‘cause I reads all
them articles with big politi-
cal writers talking ‘bout
Bahamianisation this and
Bahamianisation that. Well I
is done dead laughing cause
they seem not to realise that
without the foreigners, their
expertise, foreign food, cere-
al, underwear, soap, ceramic
toilet, clothes, housing mate-
rials, my foreign car, their
low cost labour, their sticka-
bility, all we foreign ances-
tors etc, etc, that we would
not have the Bahamas we
enjoy today and look for-
ward to making better for
tomorrow.”

— Muddoes

"Tam vex because the
police do not seem to be
catching any of the small
time criminals because I do
not ever read the crime
news that they have arrested
any graffiti writers, mango
or other fruit thieves, per-
sons who litter (not only the
illegal dumpers which the
minister caught), some per-
sons who seem to advertise
their sex trade for money by
the style of pants dropped
low to solicit or females
wearing revealing clothing,
or any of the small time
criminal aspirants."

— Law abider

"Tam more than vex
because the criminals are
now targeting our symbols
of democracy of our free
democratic sovereign
Bahamaland by breaking
into the passport office
which issues passports which
proclaim our identity as citi-
zens of the best country, my
Bahamas, to the world and
also breaking into the
judges’ offices representing,
our independent judging
system.

"For these heinous crimes
it is time for a public flog-
ging in front of the court
house to the guilty for mess-
ing with our 200 plus years
of a working system. Fur-
thermore I am appalled that
only a few persons have
shown their disgust at these
crimes."

— Bahamian patriot

Email your complaints to
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.n
et

mm EDUCATION

Teachers angry ove

school year end date
BUT asks for date to be changed

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Staff Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

THE Ministry of Educa-
tion’s decision to end the
upcoming school year on
July 1, 2011 rather than in
June has raised the ire of
teachers.

Belinda Wilson, president
of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers (BUT) says she
has already written to Edu-
cation Minister Desmond
Bannister, Permanent Sec-
retary Elma Garraway and
Director Lionel Sands,
informing them that the
union opposes the date and
is asking for it to be
changed.

“The minister has the
power in accordance with
the Education Act to set the
beginning and ending of the
school term. In Article 27.4
of our collective bargaining
agreement, which covers the
period July 1, 2005 to June
30, 2010, the employer and
the union agree that school
year shall end no later than
the June 23,” Mrs Wilson
said, adding that her mem-
bers are “very displeased”
with the decision.

Trade

Prior to the agreement,
she explained, teachers
worked from 8.45am to
3.15pm, but in 2005, it was
agreed that they would work
15 minutes a day more —
from 8.30am to 3.15pm.

“We agreed to trade off
15 minutes each day in
exchange for one week ear-
lier in the summer, hence
the employer and the union
agreed (to end the year) no
later than June 23 each
year," said the BUT presi-
dent.

“Teachers have over-

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crowded classrooms, they
work very hard for our
nation’s children, and they
are entitled to a decent vaca-
tion with no cutbacks on
time.”

Mrs Wilson noted that
despite the fact that their
industrial agreement has
expired, according to the
Education Act, the min-
istry’s attempt to end the

Belinda Wilson

school year on July 1 is a
breach of regulations.

This is because according
to Article 44.2, the terms
and conditions of expired
agreements are to remain in
force until a new agreement
takes effect.

The union leader
explained that the ministry
and the union are still in the
negotiation stages for a new

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contract, with the BUT hav-
ing made a proposal and the
ministry yet to respond.

Mrs Wilson stressed that
“no employer can unilater-
ally make changes to the
terms and conditions of ser-
vice of any employees with-
out consultation and agree-
ment with the bargaining
agent, in this instance the
BUT.”

Despite numerous
attempts, The Tribune was
unable to reach Mr Bannis-
ter for comment on the mat-
ter before press time.

0 In brief

[°° | Officer convicted

of drug offence
released hy
holice force

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A police
officer convicted of drug pos-
session last month has been
released by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

Ricardo Bauld, a former
constable, was found guilty of
possession of dangerous drugs
with intent to supply on July
26. According to the evidence,
the officer was arrested on
April 19, 2007 when police
executed a search warrant at
his apartment in Caravel
Beach. He was found in pos-
session of Indian Hemp.

Magistrate Andrew Forbes
ordered Bauld to pay a
$10,000 fine and imposed a
non-custodial sentence of two
years.

He is also ordered to be on
good behaviour for one year.

If Bauld fails to pay the
fine, he will have to serve one
year at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Cuba to free 6 political
prisoners into exile

HAVANA, Cuba

Cuba's Roman Catholic
Church on Friday revealed the
names of six more political pris-
oners to be released into exile
in Spain under a sweeping
agreement with President Raul
Castro's government, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The men are among 75 dissi-
dents who were arrested in a
March 2003 crackdown on dis-
sidents and sentenced to
lengthy prison terms on charges
that included treason.

In a landmark deal, Cuba
agreed July 7 to release the
remaining 52 prisoners still
jailed from the crackdown,
which human rights activists call
the "Black Spring."

Word of the latest releases
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THE TRIBUNE





The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Still Waters: Lawmaker popular at home

LOS ANGELES — Congressional ethics
charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ rep-
utation in Washington. But in the struggling,
mostly Hispanic and black neighbourhoods
she represents, residents still hold the 10-
term Democratic congresswoman in high
esteem.

"Tf it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be in
school," Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing
classes for the day at the Maxine Waters
Education & Career Centre, one of the insti-
tutions the congresswoman has supported
during her decades in state and federal gov-
ernment.

"Whenever somebody is doing something
good for the community, they'll find some-
thing to make them look bad," said Jones,
who is enrolled in high-school equivalency
and nursing programmes at the gleaming mir-
rored glass and adobe building on an other-
wise run-down boulevard of shops and
homes. "That's just the way the world is."

The House ethics committee this week
handed Waters three counts of alleged ethics
violations, including a charge that she helped
OneUnited Bank, where her husband was a
stockholder and former board member,
obtain $12 million in federal bailout funds
in late 2008.

(Her husband, Sidney Williams, one time
NFL star linebacker, later auto salesman,
was the first black ambassador to be appoint-
ed to the Bahamas. Nominated by President
Bill Clinton, he served from 2004 to 2008).

Waters has said her advocacy had been
broadly aimed at minority banks and that
she and her staff had not done anything
improper. Democrats fear that the accusa-
tions, along with ethics allegations against
fellow Rep. Charles Rangel of New York,
could cost the party votes in the November
elections.

Waters’ own political prospects, however,
appear little damaged.

She's unlikely to lose many votes in her
heavily Democratic district to her Republican
opponent in the upcoming election, busi-
nessman Bruce Brown, whose conservative
platform includes the privatization or aboli-
tion of Social Security. She captured 83 per
cent of the vote in winning her last election.

Waters’ district extends from the area
around Los Angeles International Airport
near the Pacific coast to the neighbourhoods
just south of central Los Angeles that erupt-
ed into violence during the 1965 Watts riots
and again following the Rodney King ver-
dict in 1992. The district has shifted from
mostly black to largely Hispanic in the past
decade, with Latinos making up more than
half of the population, according to 2008 Cen-
sus figures.

"She's an extremely effective representa-
tive for her district," said Raphael Sonen-
shein, a California State University, Fullerton

NOTICE

political science professor. "She's got a long
train of allies and friends, and she probably
has stood out as somebody who has gone to
bat for people who are really disenfran-
chised."

Even for those who acknowledge the pos-
sibility of her guilt, the jobs, schools and oth-
er assistance she's brought to her needy com-
munity far outweigh any possible transgres-
sions. "I'm looking at the good she did,"
said construction worker Jimmy Allen, 50,
who was cycling along a sidewalk. "If this is
her first little thing, it don't add up. That
don't add up to this," he said motioning
toward the school bearing the congresswom-
an's name.

Residents and community leaders rattle off
Waters’ contributions to their communities
and lives during her 20 years in the House and
14 years in the state Assembly.

Arturo Ybarra, executive director of the
Watts Century Latino Organization, said
Waters has aided his group's efforts to
increase home ownership by helping per-
suade banks to boost lending. She also
secured money for the organization's coun-
seling sessions for troubled borrowers.

Y barra praised her advocacy of a com-
prehensive immigration overhaul and her
work as chairwoman of a House subcommit-
tee on housing and community opportunity,
sponsoring legislation that's helped fight
blight. And he was equally grateful for
Waters’ regular participation in community
events. "She never misses a Cinco de Mayo
celebration in Watts, unless she's serving in
Congress," he said.

Watts resident Richard Alford, 39, said
he's sought repeated help from Waters’ office
and has never been turned down.

"She's always been accessible, and that's
refreshing,” Alford said. "That's why peo-
ple love her so much."

He said she personally sat in on his tests
and interviews years ago when he was apply-
ing for a construction training programme
he learned about through her office.

Her staffers were also quick to check the
veracity of rumours that administrators at
the housing project where he lives were dis-
proportionately evicting African-Americans,
Alford said. And when housing project
administrators sought to evict his grand-
mother because a cousin living with her got in
trouble with police, Waters staffers interced-
ed to save her home,

Alford said he suspected that Waters’
reflexive helpfulness is what's led to her cur-
rent troubles.

"Tt just sounds to me like it's Maxine being
Maxine. Just trying to help somebody," he

(This article was written by Jacob Adel-
man, Associated Press writer).



Social policies
needed to deal
with teenage
prostitution

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Teenage prostitution pub-
lished by The Tribune on July
23 is a report about underage
girls exchanging sexual plea-
sures commercially. The well
reported article features pri-
marily Dr Sandra Dean-Pat-
terson, director of the
Bahamas Crisis Centre, dis-
cussing the matter. Dr Dean-
Patterson expresses that the
problem of teen prostitution
doesn’t exist because individ-
uals under the age of 16 can-
not give consent to sex; there-
fore, they are not committing
prostitution. She said the girls
are being exploited.

On the Tribune’s website
(www.tribune242.com) some
people opined under the arti-
cle. They aired how much
they disagreed with Dr Dean-
Patterson’s assertion that the
kids are not prostitutes, but,
merely, victims of adult
predators. Although arguing
the verbiage is a complete dis-
traction from the major issue,
Dr Dean-Patterson’s notion
is correct.

Dr Dean-Patterson says
that underage girls who are
having sexual intercourse with
adults are victims of statutory
rape. She isn’t opining on
something debatable; she is

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stating a fact. It is similar toa
20-year-old neighbourhood
bully exchanging $25 for a 32"
television a parent bought for
his or her 14-year-old child’s
room that cost the parent
$376.22. Yes, the child, prob-
ably, knew what he was doing.
Yes, the child received value
for the television. The child
is still being victimised
because he doesn’t appreci-
ate the value of the asset and
the bully is capitalising on the
child’s puerility and igno-
rance. Also, the child didn’t
have the right to sell the tele-
vision without the authorisa-
tion of his parents.

One may oppose this
approach arguing that the lit-
tle 14, 15, and 13-year-old girls
know exactly what they are
doing and why they are doing
it.

Yes, they probably do
know that they are selling
their bodies for quick cash.
Like in the aforementioned
anecdote, this concept doesn’t
provide amnesty for the
child’s action. No doubt the
kid who sold the $376.22 TV
his mother or father bought

for his room should be cor-
rected with love by his par-
ents. This concept is to avoid
the myopia of overlooking the
persons most responsible: the
adult predators.

Dr Dean-Patterson also
states in the article, “There
may be some mothers who set
their children up to have rela-
tionships with adult men, or
they may close their eyes to it
because the girls are bringing
home things to help the fam-
ily out.” With parents endors-
ing, supporting and acting as
agents and market interme-
diaries for this societal ill, how
can persons possibly, without
biting the living daylights out
their tongues, speak with dis-
gust to and about these trau-
matised kids? Are the kids
selling their bodies or are the
parents selling their kids to
sexual slavery?

The issue isn’t whether or
not one call these kids prosti-
tutes. The problem is discov-
ering the determinants of this
output and treating the fac-
tors with well thought out
social policies and not trivial
grips and criticisms and plans
with no pragmatic solutions.

LYNDEN McINTOSH
Nassau,
July 26, 2010.

Questioning the tax increases that
businesses will have to endure

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I write with reference to the
Business Licence Bill 2010
which is currently being
debated in parliament.

After receiving a copy of
the Prime Minister’s commu-
nication to the House of
Assembly on Monday, July
26, and analysing the content
of that document, one can
only question the Govern-
ment’s reasoning and the
large tax increases that busi-
nesses will have to endure, if
this bill is passed in the form
that was sent out.

First of all I am bemused
that the President of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce came out with a Public
Endorsement of this Bill.

I can only assume that he
did not have possession of or
did not read the content.

I do agree with him that the
method of calculating the
Business Licence fee was con-
fusing and non-transparent.
However, the massive tax

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#11 KENILWORTH AVENUE, SOUTH BEACH, P.O. Box

CB-13236, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registratior/naturalization should not be granted, should

send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight

days from the 9'" day of August, 2010 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF NELSON PATRICK SMITH late
of Sea Beach Estates in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send their names, addresses and particulars of

IN THE ESTATE OF MARILYN ONELL
MUNROE late of Sumner, Nassau Village,
New Providence, Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having claims or demands against the above-named

Estate are requested to send the same duly certified

to the undersigned on or before 27 August 2010.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that

at the expiration of the time mentioned above, the

same certified in writing to the undersigned on or

before the 14" day of September, A.D., 2010 and if
required, to prove such debts or claims or default be

excluded from any distribution; after the above date

the assets will be distributed having regard only to

Notice.

the proved debts or claims of which the Administrator

shall have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
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settlement on or before the 7 September, A.D., 2010

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increases that businesses will
be charged in 2011 will only
result in either a pass on to
the consumer, thereby
increasing the cost of living
or there will be a number of
failed businesses that will be
unable to pay the increased
taxes.

Case in Point :

Under $ 250,000 annual $
100.00 fee.

$ 250,000 to $ 500,000 annu-
al turn over 0.50 per cent of
sales.

Over $ 500,000 annual turn
over 0.75 per cent of sales.

Most companies in the
Bahamas will be categorised
in the over 500,000 category
and will pay 0.75 per cent of
the gross revenue as a licence
fee.

Companies such as whole-
sale/retail will have tax
increases as high as 50 per
cent over the 2010 tax.

These companies, which
operate on a low profit mar-
gin and high volume, will be
moved from the previous rate
of 0.50 per cent to the new
rate of 0.75 per cent.

These companies, such as
Food Wholesale/Retail which
also operate under the anti-
quated Price Control Act of
1968 and can only realize a
10 per cent margin on these

items such as rice, flour, grits
and canned meat and fish will
be forced to pay an addition-
al 0.75 per cent on these
items.

A company, which gener-
ated revenue of $20,000,000
and having paid 0.50 per cent
($100,000.00) in 2010 will now
be forced to pay 0.75 per cent
($150,000.00) in 2011, regard-
less of the fact that that com-
pany is operating on low mar-
gins due to Price Control and
other market driven factors
such as competitive products.

While looking at the major
supermarket chains which
generate volumes near
$100,000,000 annually, this fee
would approach $750,000.00
in 2011.

Mr Ingraham, please take
another look at the bill. It
would seem that the compa-
nies with high volumes would
be charged at the lower rate
(0.50 per cent) — not the high-
er rate of 0.75 per cent.

One sometimes wonders, if
all of these lawyers in the
House of Assembly really
understand what they are
doing when it comes to busi-
ness.

JEFF R ALBURY
Nassau,
August, 2010.

Gay priests should get
out of Catholic Church

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Icommend the Vicariate of Rome for wanting gay priests out of
the closet and out of the Catholic Church.

Homosexuality is abnormal, immoral and anti-life. It is not
innate as some believe. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affir-
mation and public declaration. Dr Francis Collins, who received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work sequencing the human
genetic code has proven that homosexuality is not genetically
“hardwired.” The Bible condemns homosexuality outright.

Scientific studies have also proven that homosexuality is linked
to paedophilia. For example, a 1992 study in the Journal of Sex and
Marital Therapy found that homosexual men are three times more
likely than straight men to engage in paedophilia. A 1988 study of
229 convicted child molesters published in the Archives of Sexual
Behaviour found that 86 per cent of paedophiles described them-
selves as homosexual or bisexual. Dr Richard Fitzgibbons, a US
psychiatrist with vast experience in treating priests with pae-
dophilia, recently stated: “Every priest whom I treated who was
involved with children sexually had previously been involved in

adult homosexual relationships.”

Dr Michelle Cretella, a board member of the American College
of Paediatricians also concluded from several studies that homo-
sexually behaving teens and young adults suffer increased rates of
depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and suicidal
thoughts. In addition, she found that boys who adopt a homosex-
ual lifestyle because of the influence of their same-sex parents
face a 30 per cent chance of being dead or HIV-positive by the age

of 30.

PAUL KOKOSKI
Canada,
July 24, 2010.



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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Inagua, Bimini may be
next for power upgrade

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

INAGUA and Bimini may
be the next Family Islands to
see the redevelopment of their
electricity infrastructure as the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration tries to ensure its pow-
er generation facilities stay
ahead of demand in the
islands.

Presently BEC is looking to
conduct a survey in Bimini to
identify a suitable location for
a new power plant in the
northern Bahamian island.
General manager Kevin Bas-
den said that in doing so, the
corporation is being “proac-
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construction of a power plant
there for several years.

According to Minister of
State for Public Utilities,
Phenton Neymour, a new
power plant is needed much
sooner in Inagua.

“BEC just recently took
over the operations from Mor-
ton Salt in Inagua (in late
2009) and the infrastructure
in Inagua has been experienc-
ing challenges since before
then, including outages. The
equipment we received is in
need of repairs and we recent-
ly sent a trailer unit to Inagua
to supplement supplies there,
so expansion in Inagua would
have to occur before that in

Bimini,” said Mr Neymour.

Mr Neymour said that the
age and deteriorated quality

of the generators in Inagua
mean that they often need
maintenance work, with this
requiring additional staff to
be flown in to the southern
island from Exuma or New
Providence. Inagua’s BEC
plant currently employees
only two people.

Mr Basden said: “What we
are doing now is forward plan-
ning, so we are identifying
power station sites that would
be needed throughout Family
Islands. It’s important to be
ahead of the game, such that
when we move ahead the issue
will be behind us.”

“Bimini will be years down
the road, Inagua maybe a bit
closer,” he added.

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Mr Basden said a number of
factors will be taken into con-
sideration.

“Generally before that look
around we want to have access
to good harbour in terms of
being able to get fuel to the
power station site, so you need
to be close to deep water and
also you have to take into con-
sideration the location of
major loads (facilities that
have high electricity demands,
for example resorts) that we
would need to supply from the
power station. You also have
to take into consideration a
buffer area around the power
station and most of all any
environmental concerns that
may need to be addressed.”

News of the corporations’
development plans comes in

the same week as testing of
BEC’s new power plant in
Wilson City, Abaco began.
That plant’s construction was
set back initially by concerns
raised by some Abaco resi-
dents about its location and
how it may impact the sur-
rounding environment, and
the proposed use of lower
grade Bunker C fuel. BEC lat-
er determined it would switch
to diesel fuel to power the
four 12 megawatt generators.

Mr Basden said that the
fuel issue should not arise with
the planned power plants in
Inagua and Bimini as Bunker
C fuel would only be used
with larger-sized generators,
unlike those which would be
required in smaller Family
Islands.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

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BEC working to
resolve Harbour
Island power
problems

THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation has asked the
residents of Harbour Island
for patience as they work to
resolve the island’s lingering
power supply problems.

This comes after the com-
munity was hit with several
power interruptions on
Wednesday, beginning just
before 6am.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, BEC said: “We ask
that you continue to bear with
us as we go through this peri-
od of growth and wish to
assure you of our commitment
to the people of Harbour
Island.”

According to the corpora-
tion, the first two cuts, which
lasted about 40 minutes each,
were the result of power trips
on the main line supplying
electricity from the Hatchet
Bay power station to Harbour
Island.

After the problem was
resolved, the power had to be
cut again for about an hour
around 10am to allow BEC
workers to replace some
faulty equipment at the Har-
bour Island Power Station.

Later that night, just before
11pm, a fault occurred on the
cable supplying electricity to
the island from the mainland
of Eleuthera.

Power was restored to
about 60 per cent of con-
sumers on Harbour Island by
3.30am, according to the cor-
poration.

The faulty cable was
replaced and power was fully
restored by 3.45pm on Thurs-
day, August 12.

The statement said: “BEC
is presently in the process of
completing the installation of
a new supply route to the Har-
bour Island mainland. We are
also in the process of testing
our new facility at Hatchet
Bay. Once these projects have
been completed it is expect-
ed that the reliability of supply
to the Harbour Island main-
land will significantly improve
and the interruptions to elec-
tricity services will diminish.”

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LOCAL NEWS

BIC to compensate customers over breakdown

THE Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company has announced it
will compensate customers for last
week’s nationwide communica-
tions failure by crediting pre-paid
cellular customers and permitting
free country-wide calls for other
customers for a 12 hour period
next week.

As a demonstration of “good
will” in response to the “inconve-
mience and frustration” felt by cus-
tomers during the breakdown,
BTC said it has applied a $5 cred-
it to all pre-paid cellular accounts,
and will allow free local and
national calling and free national

‘Good will’ gesture includes crediting pre-paid

calling for all post-paid cellular
customers and land-line customers
respectively on Friday, August 20,
between the hours of 6am and
6pm.

“Local and inter-island calls by
post paid cellular customers will
not be charged against their in-
package allotments, nor charged
as overage,” said BTC.

The compensation comes after

BTC experienced a failure of its
Digital Access Cross Connect Sys-
tem (DACS) at around 1.37am on
Friday August 6, leading to all pre-
paid cellular customers and many
land-line customers unable to
make or receive phone calls.
BTC said its technicians restored
service by 2.45pm that afternoon
but some customers remained
unable to use their phones until

cellular customers and free country-wide calls

much later that evening. According
to the company, the DACS, which
allows for the processing of both
cellular and land-line calls, is usu-
ally backed-up by a “full redun-
dancy component to address sys-
tem faults”, however this also mal-
functioned.

In an effort to avoid reoccur-
rences of this network failure, BTC
said it is examining “its processes

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and planned response procedures”.

Among the steps taken to
reduce the likelihood for another
breakdown are: a vendor review
of the DACS equipment “to
ensure that the performance and
redundancy features are fully opti-
mised”; an audit of all oversight
protocols and environmental fac-
tors to ensure they are function-
ing as intended; and a review of
possible technical and administra-
tive enhancements that “can pro-
vide a greater degree of robust-
ness and reliability on this and oth-
er key platforms in the network”.

Psychiatrist:

Anna Nicole's pain

meds 'overkill'

LINDA DEUTSCH,
AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES

A hospital psychiatrist has testified that med-
ication given to Anna Nicole Smith by her doctor
was “overkill” for the kind of pain she was describ-

in
Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los
Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sianai
Medical Center when Smith was brought in preg-
nant and in withdrawal from Methadone and
xanax.

She says it was difficult to get a medical history
from Smith because she was “putting on a show"
and deferred questions to boyfriend Howard K.
Stern, who was with her.

Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep
Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith
were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and
extreme pain. Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine
Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring
to provide excessive drugs to Smith.

They are not charged with causing her drug
overdose death.

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? police superintendent Kei-
? th Bell are all reported to

? be working in the area

: after the PLP’s former can-

Young victim
possibly raped

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday
morning may have been raped by her attacker before she
was killed with a blow to the head, police say.

Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman
found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled down
around her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith
Avenue South just after 7.30am.

Central Detective Unit (CDU) Assistant Superintendent
Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between
age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the
left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted
by a blunt instrument.

She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers
were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may
have been raped.

“Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been
indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with
the autopsy,” he said.

However the examination cannot be carried out until the
58th murder victim of the year has been identified.

Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for
clues that may help them identify the woman, described as
having short natural-style hair, or her attacker.

Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may
tell them who she is.

Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the
track road on the remote south west side of the island some-
time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before

SEE page 12



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TAKING THE OATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on
his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Wat-
son was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice
Sir Michael Barnette yesterday at Government House.



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Tourism leader Vernice Walkine
prepares to enter private sector

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of
arguably the country’s most
important government Min-
istry 1s set to undergo a major
shift as its top public servant
leaves to enter the private
sector.

After five years at the
helm of the Ministry of
Tourism and a total of 30
years of public service, Direc-

tor General of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine is set to
become the first Bahamian
to join the executive ranks
of the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment company (NAD) lat-
er this year, it has been
revealed.

Mrs Walkine will become
NAD’s vice president of
marketing and communica-
tions, effective November 1,
after demitting office at the
Ministry of Tourism on
October 8. Current Senior
Deputy Director General of



Tourism, David Johnson, will
take her place as Director
General, according to the
Ministry.

NAD is a Bahamian com-
pany, currently managed by a
Canadian company, Van-
couver Airport Services
(YVRAS). The company
holds a 30-year lease of the
Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport. Aside from
handling the day-to-day
operations of the country’s
biggest airport, NAD is over-
seeing the $409.5 million

MOVING ON: Vernice Walkine

redevelopment of the
tourism and aviation hub.
Mrs Walkine’s career

SEE page 12

Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock
at Inagua is hindering large mailboats
from offloading goods and hampering
businesses by reducing their available
goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes-
terday.

According to several residents, the
mailboat Lady Matilda — which brings
food, supplies and other goods to the
island about every ten days — has a hard
time accessing the Yacht Basin because
of three sunken vessels blocking the
way.

Residents say the boats, which were
reportedly seized by authorities about
a year ago and held at the dock, recent-



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ly sank near the mouth of the basin
presenting a problem to large boats
maneouvring through the area.

The Tribune was told local govern-
ment organised a failed removal effort
about two weeks ago. Now frustrated
entrepreneurs have had enough and
are calling on officials to promptly

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Debbie takes second in women's 200m

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER being forced to spend a
night in hospital due to dehydration,
sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
managed to muster enough energy to
come back for a second place finish
at the Aviva London Grand Prix.

Yesterday at the Crystal Palace in
London, Ferguson-McKenzie clocked
22.88 seconds to trail American
Allyson Felix, who blew the strong
Caribbean field away in 22.37.

Jamaican Sherone Simpson was
third in 23.04, followed by Cydonie
Mothersil of the Cayman Islands in
23.27 and Jamiacan Kerron Stewart
taking the top five spot in 23.28.

“At one point, I was really thinking
about whether I was going to run or go
home,” said Ferguson-McKenzie, in
an interview with The Tribune yester-
day from her hotel room.



“At one point, I was really thinking about
whether I was going to run or go home.”



“[m glad that I really didn’t go
home and that I stayed. It was one of
those things where travelling from the
CAC Games, I actually ended up in
the emergency room in Amsterdam
and I had to get some treatment
because I was too week.”

Having already consented to go to
London from the CAC Games, which
was held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
from July 18-August 1, Ferguson-
McKenzie said she decided to run in
yesterday’s race.

Competing out of lane seven, Fer-
guson-McKenzie said it was a pretty
tough race because the majority of her



Hitmen knock off
defending champs

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE first year Dorin United Hit-
men avenged their only loss for the
season by knocking off the New Prov-
idence Softball Association defending
champions Commando Security
Truckers on Thursday night.

In a game that could possibly be a
prelude to the NPSA championship
series, the Hitmen blew a golden
opportunity to stop the Truckers in
the feature game played at the
Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Instead, they settled for handing
the Commando Security their second
loss, but the only one that counst in
the standings. The Truckers were
blanked 10-0 by the New Breed, but
that decision was rescinded because
of the illegal use of a Cuban pitcher.

The Truckers, who still maintain
the top standings in the league at 9-1,
were faced with their controversy at
the start of the game when umpire
Thomas Sears had informed them
that shortstop Marvin “Tougie’ Wood
was not eligible to play because he
was under suspension by the league.

With nothing to lose, Dorin United
played the game under protest, but it
didn’t matter as they took matters
into their own hands by jumping on
top of Commando Security and they
never looked back.

“Every night we come to play, but
I don’t see the Truckers beating us
again,” said Hitmen’s ace pitcher
Alcott Forbes. “We’re much younger
than they are. But we really want to
win the championship.”

Forbes, who at one time played
with the Truckers, gave up nine hits
with four strike outs in picking up
the win on the mound over Freddie
Cornish. He suffered the loss on 12
hits and four strike outs as well.

“The win feels good. I must admit,”
Forbes said. “We worked hard
enough. We didn’t do anything spe-
cial. We just did the nectuessary

Avenge only loss
of the season

things that we needed to do to win.”

One of those was to get another
towering home run from center field-
er Sherman Ferguson. He hit a two-
run blast in a three-run top of the
fourth inning that extended their lead
to 9-2 with a bid to stop the game in
the fifth via the new abbreviated sev-
en-run rule.

“Every night I comne out, I try to
do the same thing,” said Ferguson,
who is one of the home run leaders so
far this year. “It was just automatic.”

Capped by a solo homer from first
baseman Rashad Seymour in the fifth
to push their lead to 10-4, the Hit-
men have now sitting a half-game in
the standings at 8-1 behind the Truck-
ers.

“We’re starting to gell now,” Fer-
guson said. “That’s the way it should
be. The Truckers were the team to
beat. But we beat them. I don’t think
they will beat us again, not if we con-
tinue to play the way we are playing
now.”

The Truckers, who came up with
back-to-back run-producing singles
from Orlando White and Van ‘Lil
Joe’ Johnson in the bottom of the
fourth to extend the game a little
longer, said they were definitely
affected by the controversy at the
start of the game.

“A game is a game, but sometimes
when you bother with a team, the
manager and captain, that do some-
thing to the other players,” Johnson
pointed out.

“Tt shouldn’t stop us from losing.
We should be able to overcome those
things. But when you are set to play
ball and all of a sudden you have so
much turn around, it takes away from
you.”

SEE page 10

Debbie Ferguson-McK enzie

rivals are all still running very well.

“So it was encouraging,” stated Fer-
guson-McKenzie, who intend to com-
pete the Diamond League with the
final two meets in Zurich on August 19
and Brussels on August 27 before she
shut down her seson.

Ferguson-McKenzie, 34, is just one
of three Bahamians at the meet.

Also yesterday, Leevan ‘Superman’
Sands had to settle for fifth place in the
men’s triple jump with a best leap of
16.57 metres or 54-feet, 4 1/4-inches.

Winning the event was former

SEE page 10

STRONG MOVE:
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Justin Watts goes for

the lay up over the defense of Bahamas All-Star forward
Jeremy Hutchinson.

soortsNOTES



TENNIS pions Cayman Islands in the | BASEBALL three games on Thursday
KNOWLES/ opening game of the NACRA FREEDOM FARM night.
STEPANEK OUSTED U-19 Caribbean Champi- WIN OPENER Here’s a summary of the
: : onships today at the Winton games played:
e WITH very little time to : e THE Freedom Farm 12
: : : ; Rugby Pitch. ee Rangers 80,
enjoy their success in the first The eh ie. Aes & under team, plying in the Leek Seekers 56

round, Mark Knowles and his
substitute partner Radek
Stepanek were ousted in the
second round of the Rogers
Cup in Toronto, Canada.

Knowles and Stepanek,
who is filling in for Knowles’
partner American Mardy Fish,
got bearten 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 on
Thursday by the top seeded
team of Daniel Nestor and
Nenad Zimonjic.

Knowles, who won the
Rogers Cup twice witrh
Nestor, was coming off his vic-
tory with Fish in Washington
last week. He and Fish will
now prepare for the US Open
Grand Slam later this month.
RUGBY
BAHAMAS PLAY

CAYMAN ISLANDS

e THE Bahamas Rugby
Union’s select team will play
against the defending cham-

coached by Andy Bodie and
Garfield Morrisson, will com-
prise of the following players:
Charles, Traevelyn, Shawn,
Conor, Giovanni, Dale,
Anthony, Anejo, Jason, Jon,
Brandon, Devon, Naldo,
Michael, Denzel, Jordan,
Wheatly, Olivia, Kevin and
Michael.
Also today at 5 p.m., Mexi-
co will play Trinidad & Toba-
oO.
On Sunday, the women’s
tournament will get under-
way. In the opener at 3 p.m.,
Canada will play the
Caribbean Select (comprising
of players from Jamaica,
Bermuda, Guyana, Barbados,
the British Virgin Islands, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines
and Mexico).
At 5 p.m., the United States
will play the Cayman Islands.

Babe Ruth /Cal Ripken
World Series in Wilson Coun-
ty North Carolina, won its
first game on Thursday.

The Farmers defeated a
team out of Pennsylvania 5-1.
Kirby Albury of Spanish
Wells pitched a 2 hitter and
walked one for the win on the
mound.

Chavez Young went deep
for Freedom Farm with a solo
shot.

Yesterday, Freedom Farm
was scheduled to play their
second game against the host
team from Wilson County at
5:30.

BASKETBALL

BGDBA IN ACTION

e AFTER being locked out
to of the DW Davis Gym on
Tuesday past, the Bahamas
Government Departmental
Basketball Association played

The Real Deal got 16
points from Marco Mackey,
who exploded for four three-
pointers and Aaron Sands
added 14 in the win.

Jerome Sands had a game
high 18 and Ishmiel Curtis
added 12 in the loss.

Cybots 80,
Shockers 65
Mark Hanna scored a game
high 22 points and Demarco
Smith had 12 in the win for
the Troniquest. Nipsy Jones
and Colin Thompson both
chipped in with 16 in the loss.

Crimestoppers 74,
Digitals 61

Freddie Lightbourne net-
ted 14 and Jaron Thompson
added eight in the win for the
Police. Adorn Charlow scored
a game high 22 and Chara
Wallace had 12 in the loss.



HT eM Ey eAMal eels mor esUT



e Today’s schedule, start-
ing at 4 p.m.: Prison Chal-
lengers Vs Police Royals; Sun-
shine Energizers vs BTC Dig-
itals; Real Deal Rangers vs
Bambo Shack Aces; Defence
Force Mariners vs Police
Crimestoppers.

SOFTBALL
BSF UNDER-16

TEAM WORKOUT

e THE Bahamas Softball
Federation is inviting all
felame softball players 16
years and younger to attend
a practice session at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex
today, beginning at 9 a.m.

Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby,
the BSF’s assistant director of
programmes for females, said
they are urging all public and
private high school coaches,
to encourage their players to
attend.

The federation is preparing
a team to represent the
Bahamas at a tournament in
Plant City, Florida from
December 30 to January 7,
2011.

Tough
year for
Bahamian
athletes

See pg 10...

Bahamas’ Youth
Olympics team

SH
YT ET



By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas’ team
for the inaugural venture
into the Summer Youth
Olympics is on schedule
as planned, and with just
one day of preparation
remaining.

The 11-member team,
covering three disci-
plines, arrived yesterday
in Singapore for compe-
tition in what has been
described as more than
just a sporting event, but
a "cultural festival to be
celebrated in the tradi-
tion of the Summer
Olympic Games."

Team Bahamas will
feature eight track and
field athletes, two swim-
ming and a single judo
athlete for the games
scheduled for August 14-
26 in Singapore.

David "Stretch" Mor-
ley, Chef de Mission,
said the athletes earned
the right to participate
through international
qualification, with tennis
just missing the cut as a
fourth discipline.

Swimming will be the
first discipline to com-
pete when Bria Deveaux
and Armando Moss take
to the pool August, 15th.

Track and Field will
be the second in line
beginning August 17th
on a busy day when
Ryan Ingraham com-
petes in the qualification
rounds of the high jump,
Raquel Williams will
attempt to qualify for
the discus while Rashan
Brown and Stephen
Newbold compete in the
opening rounds of the
400m.

Judo competition
begins August 21st with
Cynthia Rahming, the
country’s sole partici-
pant.

“The team arrived yes-
terday, and you could tell
they were focused and
ready to get things start-
ed. They got an early
night’s rest after the long
series of flights so they
should be ready and
gearing to go when prac-
tices begin,” Morley said.
“The track and field
team practices first this
morning at 8am, while
the swimming team will
follow shortly after.”

Morley said the team
was initially astounded
by the magnitude of the
games which features
over 170 participating
countries, over 5,000 ath-
letes, and 26 sporting
disciplines, but com-
pelled them to find inspi-
ration in their historic
appearance at the event.

“Early indications
from the team since they
arrived here, they seem
in awe of the stature of
the game, but not over-
whelmed. They were
thinking the games were
all about track and field,
but now that they’ve
seen the more than 5,000
athletes here to compete
in the different disci-
plines, they realise the
large scale of this event,”
he said. “The important
thing is for them to keep
the drive and focus mov-
ing forward when com-
petition begins. I let
them know one thing is
for certain, they have
already made history by
becoming the first ever
Bahamian Youth
Olympic team, so they
will always have that
accomplishment to hold
onto.”

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Tar Heels crush
Bahamas All-Star
Team 123-86

THE North Carolina Tar
Heels closed out their second
trip to the Bahamas with
another unbeaten exhibition
series on Thursday night at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um.

Coming off their 130-87
rout over the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation’s national
champions Commonwealth

Bank Giants on Wednesday
night, the Tar Heels prevailed
with a 123-86 decision over
the Bahamas All-Star team.

It was the second night of
the federation’s Summer of
Thunder College Scrimmages,
featuring a number of visiting
collegiate teams against local-
ly based teams.

North Carolina’s legendary

coach Roy Williams said they
definitely played much better
in the second half as they
made the adjustment to the
style of play by the Bahamian
team.

But he noted that just like
they did in their initial trip
here in 2005, his Tar Heels
were able to keep their com-
posure and played like they

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were capable of playing and
once again dominated both
exhibition games played.

Leslie McDonald scored a
game high 25 points; Harri-
son Barnes had 23; Reggie
Bullock had 16 and 15
rebounds; John Henson
scored 16; Tyler Zeller (the
high point scorer in game one)
had 14 and Dexter Strickland
added 10.

For the Bahamian All-Star
team, Grand Bahamian Scott
Forbes equalled the game
high honours with 25; Jeremy
Hutchinson had 20; Torring-
ton Cox and Jeffrey Henfield
both contributed 10; Keno
Burrows had eight and Demy-
cko Bowles added seven.

Williams, whose Tar Heels
won the last of their four
NCAA titles in 2009, said they
will definitely be back in the
Bahamas because of the keen
competition that they have
received.

The Summer of Thunder
College Scrimmages will con-



HOOP ACTION: More action from the game between
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Bahamas All-Star
Team. The Tar Heels beat the All-Stars 123-86 to go
undefeated in the Summer of Thunder College Scrim-
mage.

tinue today at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

In the 5:30 p.m. opener, the
NIT All-Stars will play the
Grand Bahama All-Stars.
That will be followed by
Georgia State against the
Bahamas All-Stars.

On Sunday, Georgia State
will take on the Electro Tele-
com Cybots in the opener at
7:30 p.m. That will be followed
by the University of Memphis
against the Bahamas All-Stars.

Federation secretary Sean
‘Bass’ Bastian, who is the chief
organiser of the series, said
they are encouraging as many
of the local sporting commu-
nity, particularly basketball,
to come out and view the top
notch competition.

The exhibition series will
continue throughout next
week. It will conclude on
Monday, September 13 when
Portland State will play a
three-game series on Septem-
ber 10 and again on Septem-
ber 12.

Hitmen, Truckers

FROM page nine

But Johnson said he have
no doubt that they will
come back and gell and play
like the true champions that
they are.

Ferguson, Seymour,
William Delancy, Kieron
Munroe and Richard Bain
all had two hits in leading
the attack for the Hitmen,
who got four runs apiece
from Ferguson and Bain.

Johnson had two hits and
he and White scored twice
for the Truckers. Steven
‘Slugger’ Brown also had a
pair of hits with as many
RBI in the loss.

New Breed 13, Dorsey
Park 4: In the opening
game, the New Breed gota
2-for-3 night with a homer,
three RBI and two runs
scored from Phillip Far-
quharson in their abbrevi-
ated win.

Martin Burrows Jr. went
3-for-4 with a run scored;
Eugene Pratt helped his
own cause with by going 2-
for-3 with two RBI and two
runs scored; Garfield Bethel
was 1-for-3 with two RBI
and two runs scored and
Ken Wood Jr. was 2-for-3
with a RBI and two runs
scored.

Pratt went the distance
for the win on the mound.
Deval Storr suffered the
loss.

“This is the summer time.
We had some of our boys
off to a baseball camp.
Eugene came back and he
helped us out good
tonight,” said New Breed’s
manager Martin ‘Pork’ Bur-
rows Sr.

“Whatever nine we have
to work with, I’m going to
be comfortable with it. We
won’t have the Cuban pitch-
er, but so be it. Whatever we
have, we will work with it.”

For Dorsey Park, Philip
Johnson was 2-for-3 wirth
a run and Andy Ford was
1-for-2 with a RBI and a
run scored.

NOTE: NPSA action will
continue tonight with one
men’s game on tap between
Del Sol and the New Breed
at 7 p.m.

Immediately following
the game, the NPSA execu-
tives will present school
supplies to the players who
are still in school and those
children who show up at the
park with their parents.
Ey

FROM page nine

Olympic and world cham-
pion Olsson Christian from
Sweden. He cleared 17.41m
or 57-11/2 to take top hon-
orus. Frenchman Teddy
Tamgho was second witrh
17.27m or 56-8 and Cuban
Alexis Copello got third
with 17.02m or 55-10.

Today, former world
champion Donald Thomas,
who has already made her
comeback having won the
CAC title, will be competing
in the men’s high jump.

Thomas, who has posted
a season’s best of 2.30m or
7-61/2, will be the seventh
of nine competitors in the
competition. He competes
just ahead of Russian world
leader Ivan Ukhov, who has
done a best of 2.34m or 7-8
1/4.



Tough year for injury-ridden Bahamian athletes STUBBS

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IF you're a track and field
fanatic, you would probably
realise by now that this has not
been a typical year for the
Bahamian track and field stars.

Call it what you want, but
there have been so many of
our athletes hit by the injury
bug that there has been little to
report on over the last few
months.

The latest victim was veter-
an sprinter Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who had to spend a
night in hospital enroute from
the Central American and
Caribbean Games.

Ferguson-McKenzie, at age
34, is not one to really com-
plain. But she did point out in
an interview yesterday that it’s
not as easy as it was at 24 to be
in transit from one meet to the
other.

That would make me to
believe that the years of toiling
from one competitive season
to the other to compete at the
World Championships and the
Olympic Games is starting to
become a reality.

In travelling to the CAC
Games in Puerto Rico last
month, Ferguson-McKenzie
said she only went with the
intention of running on the
women’s 4 x 100 metre relay.

But because there were so
many injuries to the team by
the time the event came
around, she decided to leave,
having not competed at all.

Although she was entered
in the 200 metres, the national
record holder cleared the air
stating that “I had informed
the BAAA that I was only
going there to compete in the
relay.”

In fact, Ferguson-McKenzie
said while she understands that
it’s important for the Bahamas
to have its best team assem-
bled to compete at regional
meets like the CAC, she thinks
it would be best to allow more
of the developmental athletes
to compete in the individual
events.

Like I said, Ferguson-
McKenzie is not one of your
typical athletes to complain
about too many things. But she
noted that both her and 37-
year-old Chandra Sturrup
found it rather difficult to be
climbing up on bunk beds

without a ladder every night.

I think it’s only fair that elite
athletes should be allowed to
be exempt from meets such as
the CAC, which don’t require
the most stringent qualifica-
tions.

If we expect to see our top
athletes shining at the World
Championships and _ the
Olympics, then there should
be some limit as to what events
they are allowed to compete
in.

This year has been a typical
example because those who
have not been injured from the
wear and tear of the vigorous
training have decided to
already shut down their sea-
son.

And that’s not only true of
the Bahamas. Around the
world more and more of the
elite athletes have decided to
take advantage of what is
being dubbed an “off year”
because of the lack of a major
competition this year.

The Commonwealth Games
is still to come, but because of
the time it is being held, it’s
not going to feature as many of
the best athletes as one would
see at the World Champi-
onships or the Olympics.

So there’s no reason why we
can’t be patient and allow our
elite athletes to take the time
to properly heal and prepare
for the bigger and more impor-
tant meets coming up in the
next two years.

We need to see more of the
athletes like Shaunae Miller
being given the opportunity to
compete at such meets like
these so that they can gain the
experience and exposure to
step in to take over when the
veterans start to fade away.

WILLIAMS IS FINALLY
GETTING A SHOT

Talking about veterans, how
about Sherman ‘the Tank’
Williams? The 37-year-old
Grand Bahamian will get a
chance to fight former undis-
puted 47-year-old Evander
Holyfield for the World Box-
ing Federation’s heavyweight
title.

If you’re a boxing fanatic,
then this fight on November 5
at the Joe Louis Arena in
Detroit is one that you proba-
bly won’t want to miss, for
more reasons than one.

Both fighters have had stel-
lar careers, albeit Holyfield’s
is more glittering because of

the 56 fights over a 26-year
span he’s been in the ring.

But for Williams, who
turned pro back in 1997, he’s
finally going to be facing a
fighter that can either make or
break his future in the sport.

I want to wish Williams
every success, considering that
he still feels that he has enough
energy left to pursue a world
title. He’s never been one to
back down from a challenge,
even if his opponents have
been much bigger and taller
than him.

There’s another fighter who
is facing a challenge that
should not be left out.

Freeman ‘the Natural’ Barr
may have been a forgotten
man simply because he hasn’t
fought in such a long time. But
the Androsian living in Naples,
Florida, is making a comeback
on August 30 in Fort Myers.

Like Williams, Barr has had
a promising career that saw
him come close to winning a
world title when he traveled
to Stuttgart, Germany.

However, an eye injury in
the fight led to a series of set-
backs for the 37-year-old, who
is now campaigning as a light-
heavyweight at 5-feet, 91/2-




OPINION

inches.

Barr and his long-time man-
ager/trainer Steve Canton have
secured a new promoter in for-
mer NFL player Jeff Grady.
Now it’s up to Barr to deliver a
knockout punch.



THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



Mexican left
wary of Fidel
Castro's praise

MEXICO CITY

MEXICAN leftists
expressed wariness Friday
about former Cuban President
Fidel Castro's public praise for
leftist leader Andres Manuel
Lopez Obrador, and his sug-
gestion that U.S. influence
decided who leads Mexico,
according to the Associated
Press.

Lopez Obrador recently
announced plans to run for the
presidency again in 2012 after
narrowly losing the 2006 race
to President Felipe Calderon
of the National Action Party
— a defeat that Lopez Obrador
says was due to fraud.

Castro wrote Thursday that
Lopez Obrador "won the
majority of the vote in compar-
ison with the National Action
candidate. But the empire did
not allow him to take office.”
Castro often refers to the Unit-
ed States as "the empire."

Neither the U.S. Embassy in
Mexico nor Mexico's Foreign
Relations Department had any
comment on Castro's assertion.
Mexico's independent federal
vote-counting agency and its
electoral courts have upheld a
count showing Calderon won.

Columnists who have sup-
ported Lopez Obrador in the
past suggested Castro's praise
could hurt Lopez Obrador,
who was careful during his
campaign to distance himself
from Cuban-style socialism.

"Just at the least convenient
time for his political strategy,
Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador received warm con-
gratulations from Havana,"
wrote Julio Hernandez, a
columnist for Mexico's left-
leaning La Jornada newspaper.

clear

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

AUSS.-based think tank is
painting a grim picture of the
earthquake recovery effort in
Haiti, adding its voice to
widespread accusations of
ineffectual local leadership,
according to the Associated
Press.

The RAND Corp. report
being released Friday ticks
off a crushing litany of prob-
lems in the Caribbean nation,
many predating the Jan. 12
earthquake — unqualified
government workers, general
lawlessness, horrific prisons,
incapable police, an onerous
business climate.

But it was the post-earth-
quake landscape that shocked
James Dobbins, a former
U.S. special envoy to Haiti
and director of the RAND
International Security and
Defense Policy Center.

"Clearly the scale of the
damage was surprising,” he
said. "We're also somewhat
surprised at the Haitian and
international response. Not
the humanitarian response,
which was actually dramati-
cally quick. But the second
stage — so little of the rubble
has been cleared, and so few
of the basic decisions have
been made."

Leaders of the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Commit-
tee have portrayed Haitian
President Rene Preval as an
ineffectual leader who has
hindered recovery from the
quake and urged their col-
leagues to reconsider send-

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are not made.

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comes as no surprise to Jill
Marie Michel, a 33-year-old
mother of two living in a tent
in one of the dozens of
sprawling camps for Haitians
left homeless by the quake.

She joined about 100 peo-

ple in a public protest Thurs-
day in front of the collapsed
presidential palace in Port-
au-Prince. She and others
said the government is fail-
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think tank gives recommen-
dations on what the Haitian
government and donor gov-
ernments and groups should
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LOCAL NEWS

Inquest into fisherman’s death continues

Petty Officer Leon Pearson continues testimony

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE inquest into the death of a
fisherman killed when his boat col-
lided with a Defence Force vessel
in September 2007 continued yes-
terday.

Back on the witness stand was Pet-
ty Officer Leon Pearson, one of
three witnesses to testify yesterday at
the inquest into the death fisherman
Gladstone Ferguson, 78.

Mr Ferguson was killed after a P-
40 Defence Force boat collided with
his 16-foot aluminum fishing vessel
at the eastern end of Nassau Har-
bour on September 7, 2007.

Two other people who were with
Mr Ferguson survived the incident.
Leading Seaman Demetrius Fergu-
son and marine mechanic David Bal-
four are listed as interested parties in

the inquest.

Officer Pearson told the court that
he was captaining a P-41 vessel on
the night of the incident. He said
that the P-41 boat is a 28-foot, twin
engine small patrol boat.

According to Officer Pearson, he
was travelling at around five knots
when he spotted a small vessel more
than 10 feet away from him at
around 9pm.

Officer Pearson claimed he spot-
ted the boat before someone
onboard shined a flashlight. Officer
Pearson noted that the boat was in
breach of operational rules as it did
not have navigational lights.

However, attorney Jamal Davis,
who represents the family of the
deceased, noted that according to
international standards, any vessel
under seven metres long is not
required to have navigational lights,
a flashlight being sufficient.

Officer Pearson said that he was
not aware of this. Coroner William
Campbell questioned Mr Davis as
to whether those rules could be
applied locally.

Mr Davis said that they could, and
proceeded to cite a rule stating that
“a sailing vessel, if practicable, shall
exhibit side lights, a stern light or
an electric torch (for instance a flash-
light) or a lantern”.

Officer Pearson noted that the
boat he spotted that night was not a
sailboat or under oars, adding that it
had an engine.

Mr Davis suggested to Officer
Pearson that he had sought to
deceive the court by inventing the
account of intercepting a boat that
night. Officer Pearson denied this
suggestion.

Officer Pearson said that he had
never testified at the Defence Force
tribunal hearing into the matter.

He said that he made a report
relating to his part in the search for
the vessel and retrieval of the body
after the collision. He said he recog-
nised the victim as the same man on
the boat he had intercepted earlier
that evening.

The officer said he could not recall
whether he had mentioned inter-
cepting the boat in his report, adding
that he had tried unsuccessfully to
obtain a copy of the report as recent-
ly as Thursday of this week.

Under cross-examination by attor-
ney Calvin Seymour, who represents
the two Defence Force officers, Offi-
cer Pearson recalled that the fishing
vessel he intercepted that night was
heading in a northerly direction from
Nassau to Paradise Island.

He told the court that he gave a
statement to Sergeant Greenslade —
the police investigator — on July 14.

Officer Pearson, answering a ques-

tion raised by the jury, said that
three other people were on the fish-
ing boat when he intercepted it that
night.

Captain Cyril Roker, Deputy Port
Controller testified that Ferguson’s
vessel was not registered with the
Port Department.

Captain Roker told the court that
if a vessel is 15 feet or more in length
or has a an engine with a 10 horse
power rating or more, it must be reg-
istered.

Meteorologist Jeffrey Stmians also
took the witness stand yesterday. He
said that on the night of September
6, 2007 there was no moonlight —
meaning that there was no natural
light and that any light in the har-
bour would have had to come for
another source.

The inquest has been adjourned
until September 27.

Woman murdered

FROM page one

her body was found by local residents passing by.

He has sent out an appeal to police divisions across New
Providence to check missing persons reports that may fit her
description and gather information about what might have
happened.

“We have left nothing unturned,” Mr Fernander said.

“But we are waiting on identification before an autopsy
can be done. Right now we just have a body, so we are
asking members of the public for their assistance as we try
to identify her.”

Anyone with any information which may assist investi-
gations should call police urgently on 911, 919, call CDU on
502-9930/9991 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-
TIPS (8477).

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didate Kenyatta Gibson crossed the
floor to become an FNM Member of
Parliament.

Of the three candidates, it is said
Mr Ryan and Mr Smith are the two
front-runners - with Mr Smith getting
the majority of the party’s inner cir-
cle support, while Mr Ryan has
secured the support on the con-
stituency level.

With reports reaching The Tribune
that the third probable contender,
Mr Bell, is also being considered to

run for the party in St Cecilia or the
Sea Breeze constituency - party
sources have suggested he will, in all
eventuality, be considered for one of
the latter seats to help defuse this
growing problem.

Initially it was also reported that
PLP treasurer Craig Butler had dis-
played an interest in the seat but was
overlooked when Mr Smith emerged
as a possible contender.

Mr Smith’s probable nomination
has come under fire in recent days as
political pundits speculate that his
emergence on the political scene
could have more to do with cement-



ing the position of other “would-be
leaders” within the party than his
own actual nomination. This has
raised fears in some quarters among
the party that there could be a chal-
lenge to the leadership of the party’s
leader Perry Christie prior to the
2012 general election.

Having emerged victorious from a
challenge to his leadership at the par-
ty’s last national convention, senior
PLPs have stressed that the PLP can-
not afford to revert to a repeat per-
formance of that time - as Mr
Christie’s focus should now be placed
firmly on defeating the FNM in 2012.

Tourism leader Vernice Walkine
prepares to enter private sector

KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Funeral Service For

Elisabeth (Betsy) Goddard
née Burnisde, 82

of Shirley Park
Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas,
who died
peacefully at her
home on Friday,
13th August,
2010 will be held
at Sacred Heart
Roman Catholic

FROM page one

move was announced simul-
taneously in press statements
issued by NAD and the Min-
istry of Tourism yesterday.

While the revelation may
come as a shock to some,
Minister of Tourism Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace told The
Tribune he and his colleagues
at the Ministry have been
aware of the pending profes-
sional switch “for months.”

In his comments to The Tri-
bune, and in an official state-
ment issued, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said rather than a
loss, the Ministry of Tourism
considers Mrs Walkine’s
move to NAD as a benefit to
the country’s tourism indus-
try given the critical role the
LPIA and its redevelopment
plays in the nation’s tourism
product.

“Vernice is going into an

area which is very important
for us. The Lynden Pindling
International Airport will be a
major hub in the future for
all of the islands of The
Bahamas so we see it really
as evolution of the strategy
that we’ve had in place for
some time. She’s going to be
in place to help us execute
that,” he said.

Speaking of how the depar-
ture of Mrs Walkine will
affect the leadership of the
Ministry of Tourism, Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said it
“opens up other opportuni-
ties for other people to move
up and move along in terms
of their capacity to provide
leadership” with some of
these people having already
been identified for promo-
tions in her wake.

David Johnson, who will
take over from Mrs Walkine,
is an “extremely talented
technical person,” added the

Minister. Mrs Walkine, in her
statement, said she is “very
pleased to be able to pass the
mantle to a highly capable
and seasoned individual, who
will be able to take the organ-
isation through its paces in
order to meet the demands of
anew tourism landscape.”

“Having served the people
of The Bahamas for so long at
the Ministry of Tourism, I am
excited at the opportunity to
continue my service in a
meaningful way by ensuring
that the capital investment
made by our people returns
a significant value to the
country well into the future.
LPIA will be a beautiful facil-
ity that will contribute to our
growth and development in
so many ways that will make
us all proud,” added Mrs
Walkine in a statement issued
by the Government.

In her new role at NAD,
Mrs Walkine will direct all

marketing and communica-
tion strategies for the compa-
ny, including air service devel-
opment and all internal and
external communications.

Stuart Steeves, chief execu-
tive officer at NAD, said the
company is “absolutely
delighted that (Walkine) has
accepted our invitation to join
the NAD team as the first of
our planned Bahamian exec-
utives.”

“As the single largest capi-
tal development project in the
country, LPIA is central to
the ongoing development of
the islands of the Bahamas,
as a strategic hub for all of
the islands and eventually also
for the Caribbean region. As
such, Ms Walkine brings a
wealth of experience in the
tourism industry, which is per-
fect for the necessary evolu-
tion of LPIA,” he said.

Church, Shirley
Street, on
Tuesday, 17th August, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Father Mel Taylor, OSB will officiate and
interment will follow in Lakeview
Memorial Gardens. John F. Kennedy Drive,
Nassau.

She was predeceased by her husband,
Gordon Goddard.

She is survived by her sons Jeff and Jim;
daughter, Jeanne Treco, beloved
grandchildren, Courtney & Jonathan Treco,
Anna, Karalyn & Hollie Goddard, her sister
Susan Burnside; son-in-law, Shayne Treco
and daughetr-in-law, Kathleen Goddard,
Lucy Sands, Melinda Asoy and Carol Smith
who all took wonderful care of her and a

Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

FROM page one

remove the boats.

Residents say the mailboat opera-
tor, which services the island, has been
forced to sometimes offload goods at
the end of the dock or he sends in a
smaller vessel which brings in a small-
er quantity of goods.

"It's been a year now we've had this
issue with the boats. Before they were
afloat and the mailboat would pull
them aside to make space but now
they've sunk," said George Harris, 52,
operator of Inagua-based radio station
Coast FM and a takeaway restaurant.

"It's a concern for business people









because we depend on mail boats for
goods in a timely fashion. If we're not
able to get our supplies to town on a
constant basis we'll have three or four
days where we have to close our
restaurant. It has affected us drastical-
ly."
To make matters worse, Mr Harris
said the mailboat has been forced to
sometimes offload goods at the end of
the dock, a practice that he says can be
dangerous in rough weather.

"They have to dock just at the
entrance of the basin, and that's fine
when weather conditions are
favourable, but on rough seas a lot of
the items can fall into the ocean or
back into mailboat’'s hull."



Clayvonne Seymour, owner of Bud-
get Town Convenience Store, said the
situation has cost him thousands of
dollars in lost revenue.

"We’re still losing business because
of the condition of the dock. The own-
er of the mailboat can't just come any-
time he wants to, he has to make sure
the weather is good. He can't supply
the island with the amount of food and
vegetables like the big boat, and that’s
what our customers want, so it's very
challenging for business people,” said
Mr Seymour.

Messages left for Port Controller
Commander Patrick McNeil were not
returned yesterday.



Gitmo trial delayed due to attorney's illness

host of other friends and family.

Instead of flowers donations may be made
to the Nazareth Centre, P.O.Box N.8187,
Nassau in memory of Mrs. Elisabeth

(Betsy) Goddard.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas.



GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL
BASE, Cuba

The war-crimes trial of a
young Canadian detainee was
halted Friday due to the illness
of his attorney, who was to be
flown to the United States for
treatment after collapsing in the
courtroom, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The trial will be on hold for
at least 30 days while the only
lawyer for Omar Khadr is treat-
ed for complications from

recent gall bladder surgery, said
Bryan Broyles, the deputy chief
defense counsel for the military
trials at Guantanamo Bay.
Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson was
taken from court by ambulance
Thursday, ending the session.
The delay threatens to bring
further disarray to a case that
has been held up for more than
four years by legal challenges
and changes to the offshore sys-
tem for prosecuting alleged ter-
rorists. The trial, which was
expected to take about a

month, is the first at Guan-
tanamo under President Barack
Obama. Broyles said he expects
the same jury will later pick up
the case and Jackson intends
to stay on as Khadr's Pentagon-
appointed attorney.

"For Lt. Col. Jackson, that is
his only concern right now,
probably to the detriment of
his health," Broyles told
reporters at a news conference
inside a hangar at this US.
Navy base in Cuba.

Khadr is only the third

detainee to go on trial at the
prison that opened in 2002 and
has held nearly 800 detainees,
mostly suspected militants cap-
tured in and = around
Afghanistan. Obama has strug-
gled to fulfill a pledge to close
the prison and is considering
dozens of detainees for prose-
cution by the Guantanamo tri-
bunals. Jackson is the only
attorney authorised to speak
for Khadr, who fired two civil-
ian American attorneys during
pretrial hearings.

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T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f NASSAUUNDERWATER ASTHEHEAVENSOPEN By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday m orning may have been raped by her attacker before she w as killed with a blow to the head, police say. Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled downa round her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith Avenue South just after 7.30am. Central Detective Unit (CDU Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted by a blunt instrument. She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may have been raped. Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with the autopsy, he said. However the examination cannot be carried out until the 58th murder victim of the year has been identified. Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for clues that may help them identify the woman, described as having short natural-style hair, or her attacker. Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may tell them who she is. Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the track road on the remote south west side of the island some time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before T HE PLP is reportedly s et to have a showdown i n the Kennedy constituency with three candidates said to be seeking the nom ination to run under the partys banner. Attorney Derek Ryan, Dion Smith, and former p olice superintendent Keith Bell are all reported to be working in the area after the PLPs former can PLP set for Kennedy showdown SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock at Inagua is hindering large mailboats from offloading goods and hampering businesses by reducing their available goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yesterday. According to several residents, the mailboat Lady Matilda which brings food, supplies and other goods to the island about every ten days has a hard time accessing the Yacht Basin because of three sunken vessels blocking the way. Residents say the boats, which were reportedly seized by authorities about a year ago and held at the dock, recent ly sank near the mouth of the basin presenting a problem to large boats maneouvring through the area. The Tribune was told local govern ment organised a failed removal effort about two weeks ago. Now frustrated entrepreneurs have had enough and are calling on officials to promptly Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock SEE page 12 SEE page 12 FLOODED: Heavy afternoon showers left streets in the Nassau DownTown area under several inches of water. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE leadership of arguably the countrys most important government Ministry is set to undergo a major shift as its top public servant leaves to enter the private sector. After five years at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and a total of 30 years of public service, Director General of Tourism Vernice Walkine is set to become the first Bahamian to join the executive ranks of the Nassau Airport Development company (NAD er this year, it has been revealed. Mrs Walkine will become NADs vice president of marketing and communica tions, effective November 1, after demitting office at the Ministry of Tourism on October 8. Current Senior Deputy Director General of Tourism, David Johnson, will take her place as Director General, according to the Ministry. NAD is a Bahamian company, currently managed by a Canadian company, Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS holds a 30-year lease of the Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport. Aside from handling the day-to-day operations of the countrys biggest airport, NAD is overseeing the $409.5 million redevelopment of the tourism and aviation hub. Mrs Walkines career Tourism leader Vernice Walkine prepares to enter private sector MOVINGON: Vernice Walkine FRANK W ATSONSWORNIN ASDEPUTYGOVERNORGENERAL SEE page 12

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ACTRESS, best-selling author, and international a utism activist Holly Robins on-Peete and her husband f ormer NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete, will be thes pecial guests of United S tates Ambassador Nicole Avant at a reception on Monday, August 16, to raise awareness about Autism. The US Embassy in Nassau will partner with REACH (Resources and E ducation for Autism and Related Challenges), a Bahamian support group for f amilies with Autistic child ren, to bring together B ahamian families with Autistic children and leadingB ahamian autism experts a nd specialists to create an atmosphere for interaction, discussion, and exchange of ideas with the RobinsonPeete family. Guests will receive a signed copy of Mrs Robins on-Peetes book, M y Brothe r Charlie which she coauthored with her daughter R yan. The book is an uplifti ng story based on the Robinson-Peetes personal experiences raising their autistic son JR. It is important to raise awareness about autism in the Bahamas and through o ut the Caribbean, said Ambassador Avant. Bahamian families must be reassured that they are not alone, but that they area mong thousands of families in the United States and t hroughout the world dealing with a loved one who has autism. Resear ch Ambassador Avant believes increased scientificr esearch will help families and communities to better understand and appreciatep ersons affected by Autism. O n Sunday, August 15, Mrs Robinson-Peete will be the special guest on Sunday Conversations, hosted byP atty Roker on Island FM 102.9 beginning at 2pm. M rs Robinson-Peete will discuss her personal experie nces with Autism and the impact of JRs diagnosis on the entire family. She willa lso share her message of hope for other families conf ronting the challenge of raising an Autistic child. The US National Institute o f Health (NIH autism as a developmental d isorder that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. The exact number of chil d ren with Autism and the primary causes of the disor der remain unknown. A report released by the U S Centres for Disease C ontrol and Prevention (CDC a nd related disorders are more common than previo usly thought. Diagnose It is unclear whether this i s due to an increasing rate of the disorder or an increased ability to diagnose t he illness. A utism affects boys three t o four times more often than girls. Mrs Robinson-Peete and h er husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fra ternal twins, son Rodney, JR and daughter Ryan, b oth age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age three. T he Robinson-Peetes founded the HollyRod F oundation in 1996 to give a voice and a hand to those s triving for improved quality of life when theirs has been diminished due to dis-e ase or disorders. Through watching Hollys f ather, Matthew T Robinson, struggle with Parkinsons disease, the RobinsonP eetes were moved to form the foundation. A fter their son JR was diagnosed with autism, the foundation expanded its mission, creating the hollyrod4kids initiative. The HollyRod Founda t ion is currently developing plans to open their first hol lyrod4kids Miracle House in Los Angeles where fami-l ies in the Autism commun ity can go for support, guid ance, treatment and hope. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US Ambassador Nicole Avant raises Autism awareness F AMILYSNAPSHOT: M rs Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fraternal twins, son Rodney, JR and daughter Ryan, both age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age t hree. H OLLY R OBINSON -P EETEANDFORMER NFL QUARTERBACKHUSBANDTOBESPECIALGUESTSAT A UGUST 16 RECEPTION H OSTINGRECEPTION: U S Ambassador Nicole Avant

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By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter r shearer@tribunemedia.net THE Ministry of Educat ions decision to end the upcoming school year on July 1, 2011 rather than in J une has raised the ire of t eachers. Belinda Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union ofT eachers (BUT h as already written to Educ ation Minister Desmond B annister, Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway and D irector Lionel Sands, informing them that the u nion opposes the date and i s asking for it to be c hanged. The minister has the p ower in accordance with t he Education Act to set the beginning and ending of the school term. In Article 27.4 of our collective bargaining agreement, which covers the period July 1, 2005 to June3 0, 2010, the employer and the union agree that school year shall end no later than the June 23, Mrs Wilson s aid, adding that her memb ers are very displeased with the decision. Trade P rior to the agreement, she explained, teachers worked from 8.45am to3 .15pm, but in 2005, it was a greed that they would work 15 minutes a day more from 8.30am to 3.15pm. We agreed to trade off 15 minutes each day in exchange for one week ear l ier in the summer, hence the employer and the union agreed (to end the year l ater than June 23 each year," said the BUT presi dent. Teachers have over crowded classrooms, they work very hard for ourn ations children, and they are entitled to a decent vaca tion with no cutbacks on time. M rs Wilson noted that d espite the fact that their industrial agreement hase xpired, according to the E ducation Act, the min i strys attempt to end the school year on July 1 is a breach of regulations. T his is because according to Article 44.2, the terms and conditions of expired agreements are to remain inf orce until a new agreement t akes effect. The union leader e xplained that the ministry a nd the union are still in the n egotiation stages for a new contract, with the BUT havi ng made a proposal and the m inistry yet to respond. Mrs Wilson stressed that no employer can unilatera lly make changes to the terms and conditions of service of any employees without consultation and agree m ent with the bargaining agent, in this instance the BUT. Despite numerous a ttempts, T he Tribune w as unable to reach Mr Bannister for comment on the mat ter before press time. 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F F F F F V a l u eB i g o n V B S a f e t yB i g o n INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News......................P1,2,3,5,6,7,11,12 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Comics.......................................................P8 Sports...................................................P9,10 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 P AGES USA TODAY WEEKENDER 8 PAGES I am vex at the new low that this country's level of customer service has sunk to. As a loyal, f requent customer of a local healthy' fast-food restaur ant I am constantly appalled at the sour faces and stink attitudes of theire mployees. Last week I had to walk out of one of thel ocations because the girl s erving me and other cust omers left her post to go in t he back room for some thing, without a word or s mile, leaving a long line of hungry customers waiting. So I in turn took my dollars e lsewhere. This week I was more horrified at abuse I suffered when I tried to exchange a p roduct a bought from a specialty store because after researching it online I hadc oncerns about it. I called the store to tell them I would be coming to return it, with my receipt, only to b e screamed at and told it was not 'how the store operates'. The irate female man a ger barely let me get a word in edgewise but I will never spend my money there again. Small business o wners who complain that they are not making any money in this economy: it'sb ecause of the nasty, hostile service you provide." Disgusted consumer "I is vex 'cause I reads all them articles with big politi cal writers talking 'bout B ahamianisation this and Bahamianisation that. Well Iis done dead laughing cause they seem not to realise that without the foreigners, their expertise, foreign food, cere al, underwear, soap, ceramic toilet, clothes, housing materials, my foreign car, their low cost labour, their sticka bility, all we foreign ancestors etc, etc, that we would not have the Bahamas we enjoy today and look forward to making better for tomorrow. Muddoes "I am vex because the police do not seem to be catching any of the small time criminals because I do not ever read the crimenews that they have arrested any graffiti writers, mango or other fruit thieves, persons who litter (not only the illegal dumpers which the minister caught), some persons who seem to advertise their sex trade for money by the style of pants droppedlow to solicit or females wearing revealing clothing, or any of the small time criminal aspirants." Law abider "I am more than vex because the criminals are now targeting our symbolsof democracy of our free democratic sovereign Bahamaland by breaking into the passport office which issues passports which proclaim our identity as citi-zens of the best country, my Bahamas, to the world and also breaking into the judges' offices representing, our independent judging system. "For these heinous crimes it is time for a public flog ging in front of the court house to the guilty for mess ing with our 200 plus years of a working system. Fur thermore I am appalled that only a few persons have shown their disgust at these crimes." Bahamian patriot Email your complaints to whyyouvex@tribunemedia.n et WHY YOU VEX? Teachers angry over school year end date By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT A police officer convicted of drug possession last month has been released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Ricardo Bauld, a former constable, was found guilty of possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply on July 2 6. According to the evidence, the officer was arrested on April 19, 2007 when police executed a search warrant at his apartment in Caravel Beach. He was found in possession of Indian Hemp. Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered Bauld to pay a$ 10,000 fine and imposed a non-custodial sentence of two years. He is also ordered to be on good behaviour for one year. If Bauld fails to pay the fine, he will have to serve one year at Her Majestys Prison. Officer convicted of drug offence released by police force Cuba to free 6 political prisoners into exile In brief BUT asks for date to be changed O PPOSEDATE: B elinda Wilson, president of the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT already written to Education Minister Desmond Bannister, Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway and D irector Lionel Sands. eachers have overcrowded classrooms, they work very hard for our nations children, and they are entitled to a decent vacation with no cutbacks on time. Belinda Wilson n EDUCATION I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s HAVANA, Cuba Cuba's Roman Catholic Church on Friday revealed the names of six more political prisoners to be released into exile in Spain under a sweeping agreement with President Raul Castro's government, according to Associated Press The men are among 75 dissidents who were arrested in a March 2003 crackdown on dissidents and sentenced to l engthy prison terms on charges that included treason. In a landmark deal, Cuba agreed July 7 to release the remaining 52 prisoners still jailed from the crackdown, which human rights activists call the "Black Spring." Word of the latest releases b ring to 26 the number freed so far.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I write with reference to the Business Licence Bill 2010 which is currently being debated in parliament. A fter receiving a copy of the Prime Ministers communication to the House ofA ssembly on Monday, July 26, and analysing the content of that document, one can only question the Govern-m ents reasoning and the large tax increases that businesses will have to endure, ift his bill is passed in the form that was sent out. First of all I am bemused that the President of the Bahamas Chamber of Com merce came out with a Public Endorsement of this Bill. I can only assume that he did not have possession of or did not read the content. I do agree with him that the method of calculating the Business Licence fee was confusing and non-transparent. However, the massive tax increases that businesses will be charged in 2011 will onlyr esult in either a pass on to the consumer, thereby increasing the cost of living or there will be a number of f ailed businesses that will be unable to pay the increased taxes. C ase in Point : Under $ 250,000 annual$ 100.00 fee. $ 250,000 to $ 500,000 annua l turn over 0.50 per cent of sales. Over $ 500,000 annual turn o ver 0.75 per cent of sales. Most companies in the Bahamas will be categorised in the over 500,000 category and will pay 0.75 per cent of the gross revenue as a licence fee. Companies such as wholesale/retail will have tax increases as high as 50 per cent over the 2010 tax. These companies, which operate on a low profit margin and high volume, will be moved from the previous rate of 0.50 per cent to the new rate of 0.75 per cent. These companies, such as Food Wholesale/Retail which also operate under the antiquated Price Control Act of 1968 and can only realize a 10 per cent margin on these items such as rice, flour, grits and canned meat and fish willb e forced to pay an additional 0.75 per cent on these items. A company, which gener a ted revenue of $20,000,000 and having paid 0.50 per cent ($100,000.00b e forced to pay 0.75 per cent ($150,000.00 less of the fact that that com pany is operating on low marg ins due to Price Control and other market driven factors such as competitive products. W hile looking at the major supermarket chains which generate volumes near $100,000,000 annually, this fee would approach $ 750,000.00 in 2011. Mr Ingraham, please take another look at the bill. It would seem that the compa nies with high volumes would be charged at the lower rate (0.50 per cent er rate of 0.75 per cent. One sometimes wonders, if all of these lawyers in the House of Assembly really understand what they are doing when it comes to business. JEFF R ALBURY Nassau, August, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. Teenage prostitution published by The Tribune on July 23 is a report about underage girls exchanging sexual pleasures commercially. The well r eported article features primarily Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson, director of theB ahamas Crisis Centre, discussing the matter. Dr DeanP atterson expresses that the problem of teen prostitution d oesnt exist because individ uals under the age of 16 cannot give consent to sex; there-f ore, they are not committing p rostitution. She said the girls are being exploited. On the Tribunes website (www.tribune242.com people opined under the article. They aired how mucht hey disagreed with Dr DeanPattersons assertion that the kids are not prostitutes, but, merely, victims of adult predators. Although arguing the verbiage is a complete dist raction from the major issue, D r Dean-Pattersons notion is correct. Dr Dean-Patterson says t hat underage girls who are having sexual intercourse with adults are victims of statutory r ape. She isnt opining on something debatable; she is stating a fact. It is similar to a 2 0-year-old neighbourhood bully exchanging $25 for a 32'' television a parent bought forh is or her 14-year-old childs room that cost the parent $376.22. Yes, the child, proba bly, knew what he was doing. Y es, the child received value f or the television. The child is still being victimised because he doesnt appreciate the value of the asset and the bully is capitalising on thec hilds puerility and ignorance. Also, the child didnt have the right to sell the television without the authorisation of his parents. One may oppose this a pproach arguing that the litt le 14, 15, and 13-year-old girls know exactly what they are doing and why they are doingi t. Yes, they probably do know that they are selling t heir bodies for quick cash. L ike in the aforementioned anecdote, this concept doesnt provide amnesty for the c hilds action. No doubt the kid who sold the $376.22 TV his mother or father bought for his room should be corr ected with love by his parents. This concept is to avoid the myopia of overlooking the persons most responsible: the adult predators. Dr Dean-Patterson also s tates in the article, There may be some mothers who set their children up to have rela-t ionships with adult men, or they may close their eyes to it b ecause the girls are bringing home things to help the fami ly out. With parents endors ing, supporting and acting as agents and market interme-d iaries for this societal ill, how c an persons possibly, without biting the living daylights out their tongues, speak with disgust to and about these traumatised kids? Are the kids selling their bodies or are thep arents selling their kids to sexual slavery? The issue isnt whether or not one call these kids prostitutes. The problem is discovering the determinants of this o utput and treating the fact ors with well thought out social policies and not trivial grips and criticisms and plansw ith no pragmatic solutions. LYNDEN McINTOSH N assau, July 26, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm LOS ANGELES Congressional ethics charges have tarnished Maxine Waters' rep utation in Washington. But in the struggling, m ostly Hispanic and black neighbourhoods she represents, residents still hold the 10term Democratic congresswoman in high esteem. "If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be in school," Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing classes for the day at the Maxine Waters Education & Career Centre, one of the institutions the congresswoman has supported d uring her decades in state and federal government. "Whenever somebody is doing something good for the community, they'll find something to make them look bad," said Jones, who is enrolled in high-school equivalency and nursing programmes at the gleaming mirrored glass and adobe building on an other wise run-down boulevard of shops and h omes. "That's just the way the world is." The House ethics committee this week handed Waters three counts of alleged ethics violations, including a charge that she helped OneUnited Bank, where her husband was a stockholder and former board member, obtain $12 million in federal bailout fundsin late 2008. (Her husband, Sidney Williams, one time NFL star linebacker, later auto salesman,was the first black ambassador to be appointed to the Bahamas. Nominated by President Bill Clinton, he served from 2004 to 2008). Waters has said her advocacy had been broadly aimed at minority banks and that she and her staff had not done anything improper. Democrats fear that the accusa tions, along with ethics allegations against fellow Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, could cost the party votes in the November elections. Waters' own political prospects, however, appear little damaged. She's unlikely to lose many votes in her heavily Democratic district to her Republican opponent in the upcoming election, businessman Bruce Brown, whose conservative platform includes the privatization or aboli tion of Social Security. She captured 83 per cent of the vote in winning her last election. Waters' district extends from the area around Los Angeles International Airport near the Pacific coast to the neighbourhoods just south of central Los Angeles that erupted into violence during the 1965 Watts riots and again following the Rodney King verdict in 1992. The district has shifted from mostly black to largely Hispanic in the past decade, with Latinos making up more than half of the population, according to 2008 Cen sus figures. "She's an extremely effective representative for her district," said Raphael Sonen shein, a California State University, Fullerton political science professor. "She's got a long train of allies and friends, and she probably has stood out as somebody who has gone to b at for people who are really disenfranchised." Even for those who acknowledge the pos sibility of her guilt, the jobs, schools and other assistance she's brought to her needy community far outweigh any possible transgressions. "I'm looking at the good she did," said construction worker Jimmy Allen, 50, who was cycling along a sidewalk. "If this is h er first little thing, it don't add up. That don't add up to this," he said motioning toward the school bearing the congresswoman's name. Residents and community leaders rattle off Waters' contributions to their communities and lives during her 20 years in the House and 14 years in the state Assembly. Arturo Ybarra, executive director of the W atts Century Latino Organization, said Waters has aided his group's efforts to increase home ownership by helping per suade banks to boost lending. She also secured money for the organization's counseling sessions for troubled borrowers. Y barra praised her advocacy of a comprehensive immigration overhaul and her work as chairwoman of a House subcommit tee on housing and community opportunity, sponsoring legislation that's helped fight blight. And he was equally grateful for Waters' regular participation in community events. "She never misses a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Watts, unless she's serving in Congress," he said. Watts resident Richard Alford, 39, said he's sought repeated help from Waters' office and has never been turned down. "She's always been accessible, and that's refreshing," Alford said. "That's why people love her so much." He said she personally sat in on his tests and interviews years ago when he was applying for a construction training programme he learned about through her office. Her staffers were also quick to check the veracity of rumours that administrators at the housing project where he lives were dis proportionately evicting African-Americans, Alford said. And when housing project administrators sought to evict his grand mother because a cousin living with her got in trouble with police, Waters staffers interceded to save her home, Alford said he suspected that Waters' reflexive helpfulness is what's led to her current troubles. "It just sounds to me like it's Maxine being Maxine. Just trying to help somebody," he said. (This article was written by Jacob Adel man, Associated Press writer). 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Homosexuality is abnormal, immoral and anti-life. It is not innate as some believe. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration. Dr Francis Collins, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work sequencing the human genetic code has proven that homosexuality is not genetically hardwired. The Bible condemns homosexuality outright. Scientific studies have also proven that homosexuality is linked to paedophilia. For example, a 1992 study in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy found that homosexual men are three times more likely than straight men to engage in paedophilia. A 1988 study of 229 convicted child molesters published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour found that 86 per cent of paedophiles described themselves as homosexual or bisexual. Dr Richard Fitzgibbons, a US psychiatrist with vast experience in treating priests with pae dophilia, recently stated: Every priest whom I treated who was involved with children sexually had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships. Dr Michelle Cretella, a board member of the American College of Paediatricians also concluded from several studies that homosexually behaving teens and young adults suffer increased rates of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and suicidal thoughts. In addition, she found that boys who adopt a homosex ual lifestyle because of the influence of their same-sex parents face a 30 per cent chance of being dead or HIV-positive by the age of 30. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, July 24, 2010. Gay priests should get out of Catholic Church

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM b b t t n n f f r r b b t t b b b b t t n n b b ! " # # ! $ $ b t n f r t b n $('=+1> b b t t n n f f r r b b t t b b b b t t n n b " #!$ # $ # B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net INAGUAand Bimini may be the next Family Islands to s ee the redevelopment of their electricity infrastructure as the Bahamas Electricity Corporation tries to ensure its power generation facilities stay ahead of demand in the islands. Presently BEC is looking to conduct a survey in Bimini to i dentify a suitable location for a new power plant in the northern Bahamian island. General manager Kevin Basd en said that in doing so, the corporation is being proactive, as it does not anticipate construction of a power plant there for several years. According to Minister of State for Public Utilities, Phenton Neymour, a new power plant is needed much s ooner in Inagua. BEC just recently took over the operations from Morton Salt in Inagua (in late 2 009) and the infrastructure in Inagua has been experiencing challenges since before then, including outages. The equipment we received is in need of repairs and we recently sent a trailer unit to Inagua to supplement supplies there, so expansion in Inagua would have to occur before that in Bimini, said Mr Neymour. Mr Neymour said that the age and deteriorated quality of the generators in Inagua mean that they often need maintenance work, with this requiring additional staff to be flown in to the southern island from Exuma or New P rovidence. Inaguas BEC plant currently employees only two people. Mr Basden said: What we a re doing now is forward planning, so we are identifying power station sites that would be needed throughout Family Islands. Its important to be ahead of the game, such that when we move ahead the issue will be behind us. Bimini will be years down the road, Inagua maybe a bit closer, he added. In looking for an appropriate site for a new power plant, Mr Basden said a number of factors will be taken into consideration. Generally before that look around we want to have access to good harbour in terms of b eing able to get fuel to the power station site, so you need to be close to deep water and also you have to take into cons ideration the location of major loads (facilities that have high electricity demands, for example resorts) that we would need to supply from the power station. You also have to take into consideration a buffer area around the power station and most of all any environmental concerns that may need to be addressed. News of the corporations development plans comes in the same week as testing of BECs new power plant in Wilson City, Abaco began. That plants construction was set back initially by concerns raised by some Abaco resid ents about its location and how it may impact the surrounding environment, and the proposed use of lower g rade Bunker C fuel. BEC later determined it would switch to diesel fuel to power the four 12 megawatt generators. Mr Basden said that the fuel issue should not arise with the planned power plants in Inagua and Bimini as Bunker C fuel would only be used with larger-sized generators, unlike those which would be required in smaller Family Islands. Inagua, Bimini may be next for power upgrade THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has asked the residents of Harbour Islandf or patience as they work to resolve the islands lingering power supply problems. This comes after the comm unity was hit with several power interruptions on Wednesday, beginning just before 6am. In a statement issued yest erday, BEC said: We ask that you continue to bear with us as we go through this period of growth and wish to a ssure you of our commitment to the people of Harbour Island. According to the corporation, the first two cuts, whichl asted about 40 minutes each, were the result of power trips on the main line supplying electricity from the Hatchet B ay power station to Harbour Island. After the problem was resolved, the power had to be c ut again for about an hour around 10am to allow BEC w orkers to replace some faulty equipment at the Har b our Island Power Station. Later that night, just before 1 1pm, a fault occurred on the cable supplying electricity to t he island from the mainland of Eleuthera. Power was restored to about 60 per cent of consumers on Harbour Island by3 .30am, according to the corporation. T he faulty cable was replaced and power was fully restored by 3.45pm on Thursday, August 12. The statement said: BEC i s presently in the process of completing the installation ofa new supply route to the Harbour Island mainland. We are a lso in the process of testing our new facility at Hatchet Bay. Once these projects have been completed it is expected that the reliability of supply t o the Harbour Island mainland will significantly improvea nd the interruptions to electricity services will diminish. BECworking to resolve Harbour Island power problems DOWNPOUR: A man stands trapped by the flood caused by heavy rain on Dowdeswell Street yesterday. ...AND THE FLOODS CAME Tim Clarke /Tribune staff

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2010 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 A.M. PASTOR PERRYWALLACE of Baillou Hill Gospel Chapel THE Bahamas Telecommunic ations Company has announced it will compensate customers for last w eeks nationwide communications failure by crediting pre-paid cellular customers and permitting f ree country-wide calls for other customers for a 12 hour period n ext week. As a demonstration of good will in response to the inconvenience and frustration felt by customers during the breakdown, B TC said it has applied a $5 credi t to all pre-paid cellular accounts, and will allow free local and national calling and free national calling for all post-paid cellular customers and land-line customers respectively on Friday, August 20, between the hours of 6am and 6pm. Local and inter-island calls by post paid cellular customers will not be charged against their inp ackage allotments, nor charged a s overage, said BTC. T he compensation comes after BTC experienced a failure of its Digital Access Cross Connect System (DACS Friday August 6, leading to all prepaid cellular customers and many land-line customers unable to make or receive phone calls. BTC said its technicians restored s ervice by 2.45pm that afternoon b ut some customers remained u nable to use their phones until much later that evening. According to the company, the DACS, which allows for the processing of both cellular and land-line calls, is usually backed-up by a full redundancy component to address system faults, however this also malfunctioned. I n an effort to avoid reoccurr ences of this network failure, BTC s aid it is examining its processes and planned response procedures. Among the steps taken to reduce the likelihood for another breakdown are: a vendor review of the DACS equipment to e nsure that the performance and redundancy features are fully optimised; an audit of all oversight protocols and environmental factors to ensure they are functioning as intended; and a review of possible technical and administra-t ive enhancements that can provide a greater degree of robustness and reliability on this and other key platforms in the network. BTC to compensate customers over breakdown Psychiatrist: Anna Nicole's pain meds 'overkill' (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file LEAVINGCOURT: This Aug. 4, 2010 file photo shows Dr Sandeep Kapoor leaving court in Los Angeles, at the conspiracy trial of Howard K. Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, who area ccused of providing vast amounts of powerful opiates and seda tives for the former Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith. Prosecut ors showed jurors their most explosive evidence against Anna N icole Smiths doctor Thursday Aug. 12, 2010, journal entries in which he writes of partying with her during a gay pride parade and wonders, Can she ruin me? The journals, identified by investi-g ators who found them in Kapoors desk in his bedroom, also s howed that Kapoor was addicted to the sleeping medication Ambien in the years just before he took over Smiths treatment. ( AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta,File) INPAIN: Anna Nicole Smith, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court, in this F eb. 28, 2006, file photo taken in Washington. Good will gesture includes crediting pre-paid cellular customers and free country-wide calls A RRAIGNMENT: I n this May 13, 2010 photo, defendant Howard K. Stern, third from left, the former manager of Anna Nicole Smith, stands in the courtroom during his arraignment with co-defendants Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, left, and Dr Khristine Eroshevich, second fromr ight, and their attorneys at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles. The two doctors violated their responsibility to protect Anna Nicole Smith by prescribing massive amounts of drugs with the c onnivance of her lawyer-boyfriend, even though they knew she was addicted to painkillers, a prosecutor argued Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. Stern and the doctors have pleaded not guilty to conspiracyt o furnish the drugs. Each could face more than five years in prison if convicted, and the doctors would lose their medical licenses. L INDA DEUTSCH, A P Special Correspondent LOS ANGELES A hospital psychiatrist has testified that medication given to Anna Nicole Smith by her doctor was "overkill" for the kind of pain she was describi ng Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sianai M edical Center when Smith was brought in pregn ant and in withdrawal from Methadone and X anax. She says it was difficult to get a medical history f rom Smith because she was "putting on a show" a nd deferred questions to boyfriend Howard K. Stern, who was with her. Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and extreme pain. Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide excessive drugs to Smith. 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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 Woman attacked and murdered C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.219SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN AND CLOUDS HIGH 92F LOW 79F I N S I D E S EE PAGETWO S P O R T S Increasing awareness of autism SEE PAGE 9 Debbie comes in second Young victim possibly raped The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E Tim Clarke /Tribune staff TAKING THE OATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Watson was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnette yesterday at Government House. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f NASSAUUNDERWATER ASTHEHEAVENSOPEN By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday morning may have been raped by her attacker before she was killed with a blow to the head, police say. Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled downa round her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith Avenue South just after 7.30am. Central Detective Unit (CDU Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted by a blunt instrument. She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may have been raped. Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with the autopsy, he said. However the examination cannot be carried out until the 58th murder victim of the year has been identified. Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for clues that may help them identify the woman, described as having short natural-style hair, or her attacker. Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may tell them who she is. Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the track road on the remote south west side of the island sometime on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before THE PLP is reportedly s et to have a showdown in the Kennedy constituency with three candidatess aid to be seeking the nom ination to run under the partys banner. Attorney Derek Ryan, Dion Smith, and formerp olice superintendent Keith Bell are all reported to be working in the area after the PLPs former canPLP set for Kennedy showdown SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock at Inagua is hindering large mailboats from offloading goods and hampering businesses by reducing their available goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes terday. According to several residents, the mailboat Lady Matilda which brings food, supplies and other goods to the island about every ten days has a hard time accessing the Yacht Basin because of three sunken vessels blocking the way. Residents say the boats, which were reportedly seized by authorities about a year ago and held at the dock, recently sank near the mouth of the basin presenting a problem to large boats maneouvring through the area. The Tribune was told local government organised a failed removal effort about two weeks ago. Now frustrated entrepreneurs have had enough and are calling on officials to promptly Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock SEE page 12 SEE page 12 FLOODED: Heavy afternoon showers left streets in the Nassau DownTown area under several inches of water. SEE ALSO PAGE 5 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net THE leadership of arguably the countrys most important government Ministry is set to undergo a major shift as its top public servant leaves to enter the private sector. After five years at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism and a total of 30 years of public service, Director General of Tourism Ver nice Walkine is set to become the first Bahamian to join the executive ranks of the Nassau Airport Development company (NAD er this year, it has been revealed. Mrs Walkine will become NADs vice president of marketing and communications, effective November 1, after demitting office at the Ministry of Tourism on October 8. Current Senior Deputy Director General of Tourism, David Johnson, will take her place as Director General, according to the Ministry. NAD is a Bahamian company, currently managed by a Canadian company, Van couver Airport Services (YVRAS holds a 30-year lease of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Aside from handling the day-to-day operations of the countrys biggest airport, NAD is overseeing the $409.5 million redevelopment of the tourism and aviation hub. Mrs Walkines career T ourism leader V ernice W alkine prepares to enter private sector MOVING ON: Vernice Walkine FRANKWATSONSWORNIN AS DEPUTY GOVERNOR GENERAL SEE page 12

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C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 INSIDE Stubbs Opinion TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter rdorsett@tri b unemedia.net T HE Bahamas team for the inaugural venture into the Summer Youth O lympics is on schedule as planned, and with just o ne day of preparation r emaining. The 11-member team, c overing three disciplines, arrived yesterday i n Singapore for competition in what has been described as more thanj ust a sporting event, but a "cultural festival to be c elebrated in the tradition of the Summer Olympic Games." T eam Bahamas will feature eight track and f ield athletes, two swimming and a single judo athlete for the gamess cheduled for August 1426 in Singapore. David "Stretch" Mor ley, Chef de Mission, said the athletes earned the right to participate through internationalq ualification, with tennis j ust missing the cut as a fourth discipline. Swimming will be the f irst discipline to com pete when Bria Deveaux and Armando Moss take to the pool August, 15th. T rack and Field will be the second in line beginning August 17th on a busy day whenR yan Ingraham com petes in the qualification rounds of the high jump,R aquel Williams will a ttempt to qualify for the discus while Rashan Brown and Stephen Newbold compete in the opening rounds of the 400m. Judo competition begins August 21st with Cynthia Rahming, the countrys sole participant. The team arrived yes terday, and you could tell they were focused and ready to get things started. They got an early nights rest after the long series of flights so they should be ready and gearing to go when practices begin, Morley said. The track and field team practices first this morning at 8am, while the swimming team will follow shortly after. Morley said the team was initially astounded by the magnitude of the games which features over 170 participating countries, over 5,000 athletes, and 26 sporting disciplines, but compelled them to find inspiration in their historic appearance at the event. Early indications from the team since they arrived here, they seem in awe of the stature of the game, but not over whelmed. They were thinking the games were all about track and field, but now that theyve seen the more than 5,000 athletes here to compete in the different disci plines, they realise the large scale of this event, he said. The important thing is for them to keep the drive and focus moving forward when competition begins. I let them know one thing is for certain, they have already made history by becoming the first ever Bahamian Youth Olympic team, so they will always have that accomplishment to hold onto. TENNIS KNOWLES/ STEPANEK OUSTED WITH very little time to enjoy their success in the first round, Mark Knowles and his substitute partner Radek Stepanek were ousted in the second round of the RogersCup in Toronto, Canada. Knowles and Stepanek, who is filling in for Knowles partner American Mardy Fish, got bearten 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 on Thursday by the top seeded team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. Knowles, who won the Rogers Cup twice witrh Nestor, was coming off his vic tory with Fish in Washington last week. He and Fish willnow prepare for the US Open Grand Slam later this month. RUGBY BAHAMAS PLAY CAYMAN ISLANDS THE Bahamas Rugby Unions select team will play against the defending cham pions Cayman Islands in the opening game of the NACRA U-19 Caribbean Champi onships today at the Winton Rugby Pitch. The Bahamian team, coached by Andy Bodie and Garfield Morrisson, will comprise of the following players: Charles, Traevelyn, Shawn, Conor, Giovanni, Dale, Anthony, Anejo, Jason, Jon, Brandon, Devon, Naldo, Michael, Denzel, Jordan, Wheatly, Olivia, Kevin and Michael. Also today at 5 p.m., Mexi co will play Trinidad & Tobago. On Sunday, the womens tournament will get under way. In the opener at 3 p.m., Canada will play the Caribbean Select (comprising of players from Jamaica, Bermuda, Guyana, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Mexico). At 5 p.m., the United States will play the Cayman Islands. BASEBALL FREEDOM FARM WIN OPENER THE Freedom Farm 12 & under team, plying in the Babe Ruth /Cal Ripken World Series in Wilson County North Carolina, won its first game on Thursday. The Farmers defeated a team out of Pennsylvania 5-1. Kirby Albury of Spanish Wells pitched a 2 hitter and walked one for the win on the mound. Chavez Young went deep for Freedom Farm with a solo shot. Yesterday, Freedom Farm was scheduled to play their second game against the host team from Wilson County at 5:30. BASKETBALL BGDBA IN ACTION AFTER being locked out to of the DW Davis Gym on Tuesday past, the Bahamas Government Departmental Basketball Association played three games on Thursday night. Heres a summary of the games played: Rangers 80, Leek Seekers 56 The Real Deal got 16 points from Marco Mackey, who exploded for four threepointers and Aaron Sands added 14 in the win. Jerome Sands had a game high 18 and Ishmiel Curtis added 12 in the loss. Cybots 80, Shockers 65 Mark Hanna scored a game high 22 points and Demarco Smith had 12 in the win for the Troniquest. Nipsy Jones and Colin Thompson both chipped in with 16 in the loss. Crimestoppers 74, Digitals 61 Freddie Lightbourne netted 14 and Jaron Thompson added eight in the win for the Police. Adorn Charlow scored a game high 22 and Chara Wallace had 12 in the loss. Todays schedule, start ing at 4 p.m.: Prison Challengers Vs Police Royals; Sun shine Energizers vs BTC Dig itals; Real Deal Rangers vs Bambo Shack Aces; Defence Force Mariners vs Police Crimestoppers. SOFTBALL BSF UNDER-16 TEAM WORKOUT THE Bahamas Softball Federation is inviting all felame softball players 16 years and younger to attenda practice session at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex today, beginning at 9 a.m. Stephen Bishop Beneby, the BSFs assistant director of programmes for females, said they are urging all public and private high school coaches, to encourage their players to attend. The federation is preparing a team to represent the Bahamas at a tournament in Plant City, Florida from December 30 to January 7, 2011. sports NOTES Bahamas Youth Olympics team arrives in Singapore By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AFTER being forced to spend a n ight in hospital due to dehydration, sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie managed to muster enough energy to come back for a second place finish at the Aviva London Grand Prix. Y esterday at the Crystal Palace in London, Ferguson-McKenzie clocked 2 2.88 seconds to trail American Allyson Felix, who blew the strong Caribbean field away in 22.37. J amaican Sherone Simpson was t hird in 23.04, followed by Cydonie Mothersil of the Cayman Islands in 23.27 and Jamiacan Kerron Stewart taking the top five spot in 23.28. At one point, I was really thinking about whether I was going to run or goh ome, said Ferguson-McKenzie, in an interview with The Tribune yesterd ay from her hotel room. Im glad that I really didnt go home and that I stayed. It was one of those things where travelling from theC AC Games, I actually ended up in t he emergency room in Amsterdam and I had to get some treatment because I was too week. H aving already consented to go to L ondon from the CAC Games, which w as held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico f rom July 18-August 1, FergusonM cKenzie said she decided to run in yesterdays race. C ompeting out of lane seven, Ferg uson-McKenzie said it was a pretty t ough race because the majority of her rivals are all still running very well. So it was encouraging, stated Ferguson-McKenzie, who intend to com-p ete the Diamond League with the f inal two meets in Zurich on August 19 and Brussels on August 27 before she shut down her seson. F erguson-McKenzie, 34, is just one o f three Bahamians at the meet. A lso yesterday, Leevan Superman S ands had to settle for fifth place in the m ens triple jump with a best leap of 16.57 metres or 54-feet, 4 1/4-inches. W inning the event was former Debbie takes second in womens 200m S TRUGGLE: D ebbie Ferguson-McKenzie By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net T HE first year Dorin United Hit men avenged their only loss for the season by knocking off the New Providence Softball Association defending champions Commando SecurityT ruckers on Thursday night. I n a game that could possibly be a prelude to the NPSA championship series, the Hitmen blew a golden opportunity to stop the Truckers int he feature game played at the B ankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Instead, they settled for handing the Commando Security their second loss, but the only one that counst in t he standings. The Truckers were blanked 10-0 by the New Breed, but that decision was rescinded becauseof the illegal use of a Cuban pitcher. The Truckers, who still maintain the top standings in the league at 9-1, were faced with their controversy atthe start of the game when umpire Thomas Sears had informed them that shortstop Marvin Tougie Wood was not eligible to play because he was under suspension by the league. With nothing to lose, Dorin United played the game under protest, but it didnt matter as they took matters into their own hands by jumping ontop of Commando Security and they never looked back. Every night we come to play, but I dont see the Truckers beating us again, said Hitmens ace pitcher Alcott Forbes. Were much younger than they are. But we really want to win the championship. Forbes, who at one time played with the Truckers, gave up nine hits with four strike outs in picking up the win on the mound over Freddie Cornish. He suffered the loss on 12hits and four strike outs as well. The win feels good. I must admit, Forbes said. We worked hard enough. We didnt do anything special. We just did the nectuessary t hings that we needed to do to win. O ne of those was to get another towering home run from center field er Sherman Ferguson. He hit a twor un blast in a three-run top of the fourth inning that extended their lead to 9-2 with a bid to stop the game in the fifth via the new abbreviated sev-e n-run rule. Every night I comne out, I try to do the same thing, said Ferguson, w ho is one of the home run leaders so far this year. It was just automatic. Capped by a solo homer from first b aseman Rashad Seymour in the fifth t o push their lead to 10-4, the Hit men have now sitting a half-game in the standings at 8-1 behind the Truck e rs. Were starting to gell now, Ferguson said. Thats the way it should be. The Truckers were the team to b eat. But we beat them. I dont think they will beat us again, not if we con tinue to play the way we are playing n ow. The Truckers, who came up with back-to-back run-producing singlesf rom Orlando White and Van Lil Joe Johnson in the bottom of the fourth to extend the game a little longer, said they were definitely affected by the controversy at the start of the game. A game is a game, but sometimes when you bother with a team, the manager and captain, that do some thing to the other players, Johnson pointed out. It shouldnt stop us from losing. We should be able to overcome those things. But when you are set to play ball and all of a sudden you have so much turn around, it takes away from you. Hitmen knock off defending champs A venge only loss of the season TAR HEELS DO IT AGAIN SEE page 10 SEE page 10 STRONG MOVE : North Carolina Tar Heels guard Justin Watts goes for the lay up over the defense of Bahamas All-Star forward Jeremy Hutchinson. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Tough y ear for B ahamian athletes See pg 10... 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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net IF youre a track and field fanatic, you would probably realise by now that this has not been a typical year for the Bahamian track and field stars. Call it what you want, but there have been so many of our athletes hit by the injury bug that there has been little to report on over the last few months. The latest victim was veter an sprinter Debbie FergusonMcKenzie, who had to spend a night in hospital enroute from the Central American and Caribbean Games. Ferguson-McKenzie, at age 34, is not one to really complain. But she did point out in an interview yesterday that its not as easy as it was at 24 to be in transit from one meet to the other. That would make me to believe that the years of toiling from one competitive season to the other to compete at the World Championships and the Olympic Games is starting to become a reality. In travelling to the CAC Games in Puerto Rico last month, Ferguson-McKenzie said she only went with the intention of running on the womens 4 x 100 metre relay. But because there were so many injuries to the team by the time the event came around, she decided to leave, having not competed at all. Although she was entered in the 200 metres, the national record holder cleared the air stating that I had informed the BAAA that I was only going there to compete in the relay. In fact, Ferguson-McKenzie said while she understands that its important for the Bahamas to have its best team assem bled to compete at regional meets like the CAC, she thinks it would be best to allow more of the developmental athletes to compete in the individual events. Like I said, FergusonMcKenzie is not one of your typical athletes to complain about too many things. But she noted that both her and 37year-old Chandra Sturrup found it rather difficult to be climbing up on bunk beds without a ladder every night. I think its only fair that elite athletes should be allowed to be exempt from meets such as the CAC, which dont require the most stringent qualifications. If we expect to see our top athletes shining at the World Championships and the Olympics, then there should be some limit as to what events they are allowed to compete in. This year has been a typical example because those who have not been injured from the wear and tear of the vigorous training have decided to already shut down their sea son. And thats not only true of the Bahamas. Around the world more and more of the elite athletes have decided to take advantage of what is being dubbed an off year because of the lack of a major competition this year. The Commonwealth Games is still to come, but because of the time it is being held, its not going to feature as many of the best athletes as one would see at the World Championships or the Olympics. So theres no reason why we cant be patient and allow our elite athletes to take the time to properly heal and prepare for the bigger and more important meets coming up in the next two years. We need to see more of the athletes like Shaunae Miller being given the opportunity to compete at such meets like these so that they can gain the experience and exposure to step in to take over when the veterans start to fade away. WILLIAMS IS FINALLY GETTING A SHOT Talking about veterans, how about Sherman the Tank Williams? The 37-year-old Grand Bahamian will get a chance to fight former undisputed 47-year-old Evander Holyfield for the World Boxing Federations heavyweight title. If youre a boxing fanatic, then this fight on November 5 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is one that you proba bly wont want to miss, for more reasons than one. Both fighters have had stellar careers, albeit Holyfields is more glittering because of the 56 fights over a 26-year span hes been in the ring. But for Williams, who turned pro back in 1997, hes finally going to be facing a fighter that can either make or break his future in the sport. I want to wish Williams every success, considering that he still feels that he has enough energy left to pursue a world title. Hes never been one to back down from a challenge, even if his opponents have been much bigger and taller than him. Theres another fighter who is facing a challenge that should not be left out. Freeman the Natural Barr may have been a forgotten man simply because he hasnt fought in such a long time. But the Androsian living in Naples, Florida, is making a comeback on August 30 in Fort Myers. Like Williams, Barr has had a promising career that saw him come close to winning a world title when he traveled to Stuttgart, Germany. However, an eye injury in the fight led to a series of set backs for the 37-year-old, who is now campaigning as a lightheavyweight at 5-feet, 91/2inches. Barr and his long-time man ager/trainer Steve Canton have secured a new promoter in for mer NFL player Jeff Grady. Now its up to Barr to deliver a knockout punch. C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS THE North Carolina Tar Heels closed out their second trip to the Bahamas with another unbeaten exhibition series on Thursday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Coming off their 130-87 rout over the Bahamas Bas ketball Federations national champions Commonwealth Bank Giants on Wednesday night, the Tar Heels prevailed with a 123-86 decision over the Bahamas All-Star team. It was the second night of the federations Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages, featuring a number of visiting collegiate teams against local ly based teams. North Carolinas legendary coach Roy Williams said they definitely played much better in the second half as they made the adjustment to the style of play by the Bahamian team. But he noted that just like they did in their initial trip here in 2005, his Tar Heels were able to keep their com posure and played like they were capable of playing and o nce again dominated both exhibition games played. Leslie McDonald scored a g ame high 25 points; Harrison Barnes had 23; Reggie Bullock had 16 and 15r ebounds; John Henson scored 16; Tyler Zeller (the high point scorer in game one) had 14 and Dexter Stricklanda dded 10. For the Bahamian All-Star team, Grand Bahamian Scott Forbes equalled the game high honours with 25; Jeremy Hutchinson had 20; Torrington Cox and Jeffrey Henfield both contributed 10; Keno Burrows had eight and Demy cko Bowles added seven. Williams, whose Tar Heels won the last of their four NCAA titles in 2009, said they will definitely be back in the Bahamas because of the keen competition that they have received. The Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages will con tinue today at the Kendal I saacs Gymnasium. In the 5:30 p.m. opener, the NIT All-Stars will play theG rand Bahama All-Stars. That will be followed by Georgia State against theB ahamas All-Stars. On Sunday, Georgia State will take on the Electro Telecom Cybots in the opener at7 :30 p.m. That will be followed by the University of Memphis against the Bahamas All-Stars. Federation secretary Sean Bass Bastian, who is the chief organiser of the series, said they are encouraging as many of the local sporting commu nity, particularly basketball, to come out and view the top notch competition. The exhibition series will continue throughout next week. It will conclude on Monday, September 13 when Portland State will play a three-game series on Septem ber 10 and again on September 12. Tar Heels crush Bahamas All-StarTeam 123-86 F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f H OOP ACTION: M ore action from the game between The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Bahamas All-Star Team. The Tar Heels beat the All-Stars 123-86 to go u ndefeated in the Summer of Thunder College Scrim mage. But Johnson said he have no doubt that they will come back and gell and play like the true champions thatt hey are. F erguson, Seymour, W illiam Delancy, Kieron Munroe and Richard Bain all had two hits in leading the attack for the Hitmen, who got four runs apiecef rom Ferguson and Bain. J ohnson had two hits and he and White scored twice for the Truckers. Steven Slugger Brown also had a pair of hits with as many RBI in the loss. N ew Breed 13, Dorsey P ark 4: I n the opening game, the New Breed got a 2-for-3 night with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored from Phillip Farquharson in their abbreviated win. Martin Burrows Jr. went 3 -for-4 with a run scored; Eugene Pratt helped his own cause with by going 2-f or-3 with two RBI and two r uns scored; Garfield Bethel was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Ken Wood Jr. was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored. P ratt went the distance for the win on the mound. Deval Storr suffered the loss. This is the summer time. We had some of our boys o ff to a baseball camp. E ugene came back and he helped us out good tonight, said New Breedsm anager Martin Pork Burrows Sr. Whatever nine we have t o work with, Im going to b e comfortable with it. We wont have the Cuban pitcher, but so be it. Whatever we h ave, we will work with it. For Dorsey Park, Philip Johnson was 2-for-3 wirth a run and Andy Ford was 1 -for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. NOTE: NPSA action will c ontinue tonight with one mens game on tap between Del Sol and the New Breeda t 7 p.m. Immediately following the game, the NPSA execu tives will present school s upplies to the players who are still in school and those children who show up at the p ark with their parents. Hitmen, Truckers F ROM page nine Debbie FROM page nine OPINION STUBBS Tough year for injury-ridden Bahamian athletes Olympic and world champion Olsson Christian from S weden. He cleared 17.41m or 57-11/2 to take top hon orus. Frenchman Teddy T amgho was second witrh 17.27m or 56-8 and Cuban Alexis Copello got third with 17.02m or 55-10. Today, former world champion Donald Thomas, who has already made her comeback having won the CAC title, will be competing in the mens high jump. Thomas, who has posted a seasons best of 2.30m or 7-61/2, will be the seventh of nine competitors in the competition. He competes just ahead of Russian world leader Ivan Ukhov, who has done a best of 2.34m or 7-8 1/4.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A U.S.-based think tank is painting a grim picture of the earthquake recovery effort in Haiti, adding its voice to widespread accusations of ineffectual local leadership, according to the Associated Press The RAND Corp. report being released Friday ticks off a crushing litany of problems in the Caribbean nation, many predating the Jan. 12 earthquake unqualified government workers, general lawlessness, horrific prisons, incapable police, an onerous business climate. But it was the post-earthquake landscape that shocked James Dobbins, a former U.S. special envoy to Haiti and director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center. "Clearly the scale of the damage was surprising," he said. "We're also somewhat surprised at the Haitian and international response. Not the humanitarian response, which was actually dramatically quick. But the second stage so little of the rubble has been cleared, and so few of the basic decisions have been made." Leaders of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee have portrayed Haitian President Rene Preval as an ineffectual leader who hash indered recovery from the q uake and urged their col leagues to reconsider send ing money to Haiti if reforms are not made. That Haiti is in disarray comes as no surprise to Jill Marie Michel, a 33-year-old mother of two living in a tent in one of the dozens of sprawling camps for Haitians left homeless by the quake. She joined about 100 people in a public protest Thursday in front of the collapsed presidential palace in Portau-Prince. She and others said the government is failing on its promises to provide housing as private landown ers pressure the camp residents to leave. At a large tent camp across the street, naked children bathed in buckets wedged between the gutters and tents. "I don't know where that change is going to come from," said Michel, who also cares for an orphaned niece and goddaughter whose families died in the earthquake. The report from the Santa Monica, California-based think tank gives recommendations on what the Haitian government and donor governments and groups should focus on in coming years, identifying key areas such as governance, education, health, security, justice and economic policies. RAND report: Haiti must clear rubble, aid business C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MEXICO CITY M EXICANleftists expressed wariness Friday about former Cuban President Fidel Castro's public praise for leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and his suggestion that U.S. influence d ecided who leads Mexico, according to the Associated Press Lopez Obrador recently announced plans to run for the p residency again in 2012 after narrowly losing the 2006 race to President Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party a defeat that Lopez Obradors ays was due to fraud. Castro wrote Thursday that L opez Obrador "won the majority of the vote in comparison with the National Action c andidate. But the empire did not allow him to take office." Castro often refers to the Unite d States as "the empire." Neither the U.S. Embassy in M exico nor Mexico's Foreign R elations Department had any c omment on Castro's assertion. Mexico's independent federal vote-counting agency and its electoral courts have upheld a c ount showing Calderon won. C olumnists who have supp orted Lopez Obrador in the past suggested Castro's praise c ould hurt Lopez Obrador, who was careful during his c ampaign to distance himself from Cuban-style socialism. "Just at the least convenient time for his political strategy, Andres Manuel Lopez O brador received warm cong ratulations from Havana," wrote Julio Hernandez, a columnist for Mexico's leftleaning La Jornada newspaper. Mexican left wary of Fidel Castro's praise D AMAGE: A woman stands on the remains of her home, damaged by the Jan. 12 earthquake, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. R a m o n E s p i n o s a / A P P h o t o

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE inquest into the death of a fisherman killed when his boat collided with a Defence Force vessel in September 2007 continued yesterday. Back on the witness stand was Petty Officer Leon Pearson, one of three witnesses to testify yesterday at the inquest into the death fisherman Gladstone Ferguson, 78. Mr Ferguson was killed after a P40 Defence Force boat collided with his 16-foot aluminum fishing vessel at the eastern end of Nassau Harbour on September 7, 2007. Two other people who were with Mr Ferguson survived the incident. Leading Seaman Demetrius Ferguson and marine mechanic David Balfour are listed as interested parties in the inquest. Officer Pearson told the court that he was captaining a P-41 vessel on the night of the incident. He said that the P-41 boat is a 28-foot, twin engine small patrol boat. According to Officer Pearson, he was travelling at around five knots when he spotted a small vessel more than 10 feet away from him at around 9pm. Officer Pearson claimed he spotted the boat before someone onboard shined a flashlight. Officer Pearson noted that the boat was in breach of operational rules as it did not have navigational lights. However, attorney Jamal Davis, who represents the family of the deceased, noted that according to international standards, any vessel under seven metres long is not required to have navigational lights,a flashlight being sufficient. Officer Pearson said that he was not aware of this. Coroner William Campbell questioned Mr Davis as to whether those rules could be applied locally. Mr Davis said that they could, and proceeded to cite a rule stating that a sailing vessel, if practicable, shall exhibit side lights, a stern light or an electric torch (for instance a flashlight) or a lantern. Officer Pearson noted that the boat he spotted that night was not a sailboat or under oars, adding that it had an engine. Mr Davis suggested to Officer Pearson that he had sought to deceive the court by inventing the account of intercepting a boat that night. Officer Pearson denied this suggestion. Officer Pearson said that he had never testified at the Defence Force tribunal hearing into the matter. He said that he made a report relating to his part in the search for the vessel and retrieval of the body after the collision. He said he recognised the victim as the same man on the boat he had intercepted earlier that evening. The officer said he could not recall whether he had mentioned intercepting the boat in his report, adding that he had tried unsuccessfully to obtain a copy of the report as recently as Thursday of this week. Under cross-examination by attorney Calvin Seymour, who represents the two Defence Force officers, Officer Pearson recalled that the fishing vessel he intercepted that night was heading in a northerly direction from Nassau to Paradise Island. He told the court that he gave a statement to Sergeant Greenslade the police investigator on July 14. Officer Pearson, answering a question raised by the jury, said that three other people were on the fishing boat when he intercepted it that night. Captain Cyril Roker, Deputy Port Controller testified that Fergusons vessel was not registered with the Port Department. Captain Roker told the court that if a vessel is 15 feet or more in length or has a an engine with a 10 horse power rating or more, it must be registered. Meteorologist Jeffrey Simians also took the witness stand yesterday. He said that on the night of September 6, 2007 there was no moonlight meaning that there was no natural light and that any light in the harbour would have had to come for another source. The inquest has been adjourned until September 27. Inquest into fishermans death continues her body was found by local residents passing by. He has sent out an appeal to police divisions across New P rovidence to check missing persons reports that may fit her description and gather information about what might have h appened. We have left nothing unturned, Mr Fernander said. But we are waiting on identification before an autopsy c an be done. Right now we just have a body, so we are asking members of the public for their assistance as we try t o identify her. Anyone with any information which may assist investi gations should call police urgently on 911, 919, call CDU on 5 02-9930/9991 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328TIPS (8477 FROM page one Woman murdered Petty Officer Leon Pearson continues testimony didate Kenyatta Gibson crossed the floor to become an FNM Member ofP arliament. Of the three candidates, it is said Mr Ryan and Mr Smith are the twof ront-runners with Mr Smith getting the majority of the partys inner cir c le support, while Mr Ryan has secured the support on the con stituency level. W ith reports reaching T he Tribune that the third probable contender, M r Bell, is also being considered to run for the party in St Cecilia or the S ea Breeze constituency party sources have suggested he will, in all eventuality, be considered for one of the latter seats to help defuse this growing problem. I nitially it was also reported that PLP treasurer Craig Butler had displayed an interest in the seat but waso verlooked when Mr Smith emerged as a possible contender. M r Smiths probable nomination has come under fire in recent days as political pundits speculate that hise mergence on the political scene could have more to do with cement ing the position of other would-be l eaders within the party than his own actual nomination. This has raised fears in some quarters among the party that there could be a challenge to the leadership of the partysl eader Perry Christie prior to the 2012 general election. Having emerged victorious from a c hallenge to his leadership at the partys last national convention, senior P LPs have stressed that the PLP cannot afford to revert to a repeat per formance of that time as Mr C hristies focus should now be placed firmly on defeating the FNM in 2012. FROM page one PLP set for Kennedy showdown remove the boats. Residents say the mailboat operator, which services the island, has been forced to sometimes offload goods at the end of the dock or he sends in a smaller vessel which brings in a smaller quantity of goods. "It's been a year now we've had this issue with the boats. Before they were afloat and the mailboat would pull them aside to make space but now they've sunk," said George Harris, 52, operator of Inagua-based radio station Coast FM and a takeaway restaurant. "It's a concern for business people because we depend on mail boats for goods in a timely fashion. If we're not able to get our supplies to town on a constant basis we'll have three or four days where we have to close our restaurant. It has affected us drastical ly." To make matters worse, Mr Harris said the mailboat has been forced to sometimes offload goods at the end of the dock, a practice that he says can be dangerous in rough weather. "They have to dock just at the entrance of the basin, and that's fine when weather conditions are favourable, but on rough seas a lot of the items can fall into the ocean or back into mailboat's hull." Clayvonne Seymour, owner of Bud get Town Convenience Store, said the situation has cost him thousands of dollars in lost revenue. "Were still losing business because of the condition of the dock. The owner of the mailboat can't just come anytime he wants to, he has to make sure the weather is good. He can't supply the island with the amount of food and vegetables like the big boat, and that's what our customers want, so it's very challenging for business people," said Mr Seymour. Messages left for Port Controller Commander Patrick McNeil were not returned yesterday. Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear f r om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. FROM page one T ourism leader Vernice Walkine prepares to enter private sector move was announced simul taneously in press statements issued by NAD and the Ministry of Tourism yesterday. While the revelation may come as a shock to some, Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told The Tribune he and his colleagues at the Ministry have been aware of the pending professional switch for months. In his comments to The Tribune and in an official statement issued, Mr VanderpoolWallace said rather than a loss, the Ministry of Tourism considers Mrs Walkines move to NAD as a benefit to the countrys tourism industry given the critical role the LPIA and its redevelopment plays in the nations tourism product. Vernice is going into an area which is very important for us. The Lynden Pindling International Airport will be a major hub in the future for all of the islands of The Bahamas so we see it really as evolution of the strategy that weve had in place for some time. Shes going to be in place to help us execute that, he said. Speaking of how the depar ture of Mrs Walkine will affect the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism, Mr Van derpool-Wallace said it opens up other opportunities for other people to move up and move along in terms of their capacity to provide leadership with some of these people having already been identified for promotions in her wake. David Johnson, who will take over from Mrs Walkine, is an extremely talented technical person, added the Minister. Mrs Walkine, in her statement, said she is very pleased to be able to pass the mantle to a highly capable and seasoned individual, who will be able to take the organ isation through its paces in order to meet the demands of a new tourism landscape. Having served the people of The Bahamas for so long at the Ministry of Tourism, I am excited at the opportunity to continue my service in a meaningful way by ensuring that the capital investment made by our people returns a significant value to the country well into the future. LPIA will be a beautiful facil ity that will contribute to our growth and development in so many ways that will make us all proud, added Mrs Walkine in a statement issued by the Government. In her new role at NAD, Mrs Walkine will direct all marketing and communication strategies for the compa ny, including air service development and all internal and external communications. S tuart Steeves, chief execu tive officer at NAD, said the company is absolutely delighted that (Walkine accepted our invitation to join the NAD team as the first of our planned Bahamian exec utives. As the single largest capital development project in the country, LPIA is central to the ongoing development of the islands of the Bahamas, as a strategic hub for all of the islands and eventually also for the Caribbean region. As such, Ms Walkine brings a wealth of experience in the tourism industry, which is per fect for the necessary evolution of LPIA, he said. FROM page one GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba The war-crimes trial of a young Canadian detainee was halted Friday due to the illness of his attorney, who was to be flown to the United States for treatment after collapsing in the courtroom, according to Associated Press The trial will be on hold for at least 30 days while the only lawyer for Omar Khadr is treat ed for complications from recent gall bladder surgery, said Bryan Broyles, the deputy chief defense counsel for the military trials at Guantanamo Bay. Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson was taken from court by ambulance Thursday, ending the session. The delay threatens to bring further disarray to a case that has been held up for more than four years by legal challenges and changes to the offshore sys tem for prosecuting alleged terrorists. The trial, which was expected to take about a month, is the first at Guantanamo under President Barack Obama. Broyles said he expects the same jury will later pick up the case and Jackson intends to stay on as Khadr's Pentagonappointed attorney. "For Lt. Col. Jackson, that is his only concern right now, probably to the detriment of his health," Broyles told reporters at a news conference inside a hangar at this U.S. Navy base in Cuba. Khadr is only the third detainee to go on trial at the prison that opened in 2002 and has held nearly 800 detainees, mostly suspected militants cap tured in and around Afghanistan. Obama has struggled to fulfill a pledge to close the prison and is considering dozens of detainees for prose cution by the Guantanamo tribunals. 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By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday
morning may have been raped by her attacker before she
was killed with a blow to the head, police say.

Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman
found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled down
around her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith
Avenue South just after 7.30am.

Central Detective Unit (CDU) Assistant Superintendent
Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between
age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the
left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted
by a blunt instrument.

She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers
were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may
have been raped.

“Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been
indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with
the autopsy,” he said.

However the examination cannot be carried out until the
58th murder victim of the year has been identified.

Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for
clues that may help them identify the woman, described as
having short natural-style hair, or her attacker.

Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may
tell them who she is.

Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the
track road on the remote south west side of the island some-
time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before

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his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Wat-
son was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice
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By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of
arguably the country’s most
important government Min-
istry is set to undergo a major
shift as its top public servant
leaves to enter the private
sector.

After five years at the
helm of the Ministry of
Tourism and a total of 30
years of public service, Direc-

tor General of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine is set to
become the first Bahamian
to join the executive ranks
of the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment company (NAD) lat-
er this year, it has been
revealed.

Mrs Walkine will become
NAD’s vice president of
marketing and communica-
tions, effective November 1,
after demitting office at the
Ministry of Tourism on
October 8. Current Senior
Deputy Director General of

Tourism, David Johnson, will
take her place as Director
General, according to the
Ministry.

NAD is a Bahamian com-
pany, currently managed by a
Canadian company, Van-
couver Airport Services

(YVRAS). The company
holds a 30-year lease of the
Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport. Aside from
handling the day-to-day
operations of the country’s
biggest airport, NAD is over-
seeing the $409.5 million

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redevelopment of the
tourism and aviation hub.
Mrs Walkine’s career

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Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock
at Inagua is hindering large mailboats
from offloading goods and hampering
businesses by reducing their available
goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes-
terday.

According to several residents, the
mailboat Lady Matilda — which brings
food, supplies and other goods to the
island about every ten days — has a hard
time accessing the Yacht Basin because
of three sunken vessels blocking the
way.

Residents say the boats, which were
reportedly seized by authorities about
a year ago and held at the dock, recent-



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presenting a problem to large boats
maneouvring through the area.

The Tribune was told local govern-
ment organised a failed removal effort
about two weeks ago. Now frustrated
entrepreneurs have had enough and
are calling on officials to promptly

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Hotty ROBINSON-PEETE AND FORMER NEL QUARTERBACK HUSBAND TO BE SPECIAL GUESTS AT AUGUST 16 RECEPTION

US Ambassador
Nicole Avant raises
Autism awareness



HOSTING RECEPTION: US Ambassador Nicole Avant

ACTRESS, best-selling
author, and international
autism activist Holly Robin-
son-Peete and her husband
former NFL quarterback,
Rodney Peete, will be the
special guests of United
States Ambassador Nicole
Avant at a reception on
Monday, August 16, to raise
awareness about Autism.

The US Embassy in Nas-
sau will partner with
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Related Challenges), a
Bahamian support group for
families with Autistic chil-
dren, to bring together
Bahamian families with
Autistic children and leading
Bahamian autism experts
and specialists to create an
atmosphere for interaction,
discussion, and exchange of
ideas with the Robinson-
Peete family.

Guests will receive a
signed copy of Mrs Robin-
son-Peete’s book, My Broth-
er Charlie, which she co-
authored with her daughter
Ryan. The book is an uplift-
ing story based on the
Robinson-Peete’s personal
experiences raising their
autistic son JR.

“It is important to raise
awareness about autism in
the Bahamas and through-

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FAMILY SNAPSHOT: Mrs Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband Rodney are the parents of four children: fraternal twins, son Rod-



ney, “JR” and daughter Ryan, both age 12; son Robinson, age seven; and son Roman, age five. JR was diagnosed with Autism at age

three.
out the Caribbean,” said
Ambassador Avant.

“Bahamian families must be
reassured that they are not
alone, but that they are
among thousands of fami-
lies in the United States and
throughout the world deal-
ing with a loved one who
has autism.”

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Ambassador Avant
believes increased scientific
research will help families
and communities to better
understand and appreciate
persons affected by Autism.

On Sunday, August 15,
Mrs Robinson-Peete will be
the special guest on Sunday
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Mrs Robinson-Peete will
discuss her personal experi-
ences with Autism and the
impact of JR’s diagnosis on
the entire family. She will
also share her message of
hope for other families con-
fronting the challenge of
raising an Autistic child.

The US National Institute
of Health (NIH) defines
autism as a developmental
disorder that appears in the
first three years of life and
affects the brain's develop-
ment of social and commu-
nication skills.

The exact number of chil-
dren with Autism and the
primary causes of the disor-
der remain unknown.

A report released by the
US Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention
(CDC) suggests that Autism

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and related disorders are
more common than previ-
ously thought.

Diagnose

It is unclear whether this
is due to an increasing rate
of the disorder or an
increased ability to diagnose
the illness.

Autism affects boys three
to four times more often
than girls.

Mrs Robinson-Peete and
her husband Rodney are the
parents of four children: fra-
ternal twins, son Rodney,
“JR” and daughter Ryan,
both age 12; son Robinson,
age seven; and son Roman,
age five. JR was diagnosed
with Autism at age three.

The Robinson-Peetes
founded the HollyRod

ay;

Foundation in 1996 to give a
voice and a hand to those
striving for improved quali-
ty of life when theirs has
been diminished due to dis-
ease or disorders.

Through watching Holly’s
father, Matthew T Robin-
son, struggle with Parkin-
son’s disease, the Robinson-
Peetes were moved to form
the foundation.

After their son JR was
diagnosed with autism, the
foundation expanded its
mission, creating the holly-
rod4kids initiative.

The HollyRod Founda-
tion is currently developing
plans to open their first hol-
lyrod4kids ‘Miracle House’
in Los Angeles where fami-
lies in the Autism commu-
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Tam vex at the new

low that this coun-
try's level of customer ser-
vice has sunk to. As a loyal,
frequent customer of a local
‘healthy’ fast-food restau-
rant I am constantly
appalled at the sour faces
and stink attitudes of their
employees. Last week I had
to walk out of one of the
locations because the girl
serving me and other cus-
tomers left her post to go in
the back room for some-
thing, without a word or
smile, leaving a long line of
hungry customers waiting.
So [in turn took my dollars
elsewhere.

"This week I was more
horrified at abuse I suffered
when I tried to exchange a
product a bought from a
specialty store because after
researching it online I had
concerns about it. I called
the store to tell them I
would be coming to return
it, with my receipt, only to
be screamed at and told it
was not ‘how the store oper-
ates’. The irate female man-
ager barely let me get a
word in edgewise but I will
never spend my money
there again. Small business
owners who complain that
they are not making any
money in this economy: it's
because of the nasty, hostile
service you provide.”

— Disgusted consumer

"Tis vex ‘cause I reads all
them articles with big politi-
cal writers talking ‘bout
Bahamianisation this and
Bahamianisation that. Well I
is done dead laughing cause
they seem not to realise that
without the foreigners, their
expertise, foreign food, cere-
al, underwear, soap, ceramic
toilet, clothes, housing mate-
rials, my foreign car, their
low cost labour, their sticka-
bility, all we foreign ances-
tors etc, etc, that we would
not have the Bahamas we
enjoy today and look for-
ward to making better for
tomorrow.”

— Muddoes

"Tam vex because the
police do not seem to be
catching any of the small
time criminals because I do
not ever read the crime
news that they have arrested
any graffiti writers, mango
or other fruit thieves, per-
sons who litter (not only the
illegal dumpers which the
minister caught), some per-
sons who seem to advertise
their sex trade for money by
the style of pants dropped
low to solicit or females
wearing revealing clothing,
or any of the small time
criminal aspirants."

— Law abider

"Tam more than vex
because the criminals are
now targeting our symbols
of democracy of our free
democratic sovereign
Bahamaland by breaking
into the passport office
which issues passports which
proclaim our identity as citi-
zens of the best country, my
Bahamas, to the world and
also breaking into the
judges’ offices representing,
our independent judging
system.

"For these heinous crimes
it is time for a public flog-
ging in front of the court
house to the guilty for mess-
ing with our 200 plus years
of a working system. Fur-
thermore I am appalled that
only a few persons have
shown their disgust at these
crimes."

— Bahamian patriot

Email your complaints to
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.n
et

mm EDUCATION

Teachers angry ove

school year end date
BUT asks for date to be changed

By REUBEN SHEARER
Tribune Staff Reporter
rshearer@tribunemedia.net

THE Ministry of Educa-
tion’s decision to end the
upcoming school year on
July 1, 2011 rather than in
June has raised the ire of
teachers.

Belinda Wilson, president
of the Bahamas Union of
Teachers (BUT) says she
has already written to Edu-
cation Minister Desmond
Bannister, Permanent Sec-
retary Elma Garraway and
Director Lionel Sands,
informing them that the
union opposes the date and
is asking for it to be
changed.

“The minister has the
power in accordance with
the Education Act to set the
beginning and ending of the
school term. In Article 27.4
of our collective bargaining
agreement, which covers the
period July 1, 2005 to June
30, 2010, the employer and
the union agree that school
year shall end no later than
the June 23,” Mrs Wilson
said, adding that her mem-
bers are “very displeased”
with the decision.

Trade

Prior to the agreement,
she explained, teachers
worked from 8.45am to
3.15pm, but in 2005, it was
agreed that they would work
15 minutes a day more —
from 8.30am to 3.15pm.

“We agreed to trade off
15 minutes each day in
exchange for one week ear-
lier in the summer, hence
the employer and the union
agreed (to end the year) no
later than June 23 each
year," said the BUT presi-
dent.

“Teachers have over-

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classrooms, they work very hard
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crowded classrooms, they
work very hard for our
nation’s children, and they
are entitled to a decent vaca-
tion with no cutbacks on
time.”

Mrs Wilson noted that
despite the fact that their
industrial agreement has
expired, according to the
Education Act, the min-
istry’s attempt to end the

Belinda Wilson

school year on July 1 is a
breach of regulations.

This is because according
to Article 44.2, the terms
and conditions of expired
agreements are to remain in
force until a new agreement
takes effect.

The union leader
explained that the ministry
and the union are still in the
negotiation stages for a new

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ing made a proposal and the
ministry yet to respond.

Mrs Wilson stressed that
“no employer can unilater-
ally make changes to the
terms and conditions of ser-
vice of any employees with-
out consultation and agree-
ment with the bargaining
agent, in this instance the
BUT.”

Despite numerous
attempts, The Tribune was
unable to reach Mr Bannis-
ter for comment on the mat-
ter before press time.

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[°° | Officer convicted

of drug offence
released hy
holice force

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A police
officer convicted of drug pos-
session last month has been
released by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.

Ricardo Bauld, a former
constable, was found guilty of
possession of dangerous drugs
with intent to supply on July
26. According to the evidence,
the officer was arrested on
April 19, 2007 when police
executed a search warrant at
his apartment in Caravel
Beach. He was found in pos-
session of Indian Hemp.

Magistrate Andrew Forbes
ordered Bauld to pay a
$10,000 fine and imposed a
non-custodial sentence of two
years.

He is also ordered to be on
good behaviour for one year.

If Bauld fails to pay the
fine, he will have to serve one
year at Her Majesty’s Prison.

Cuba to free 6 political
prisoners into exile

HAVANA, Cuba

Cuba's Roman Catholic
Church on Friday revealed the
names of six more political pris-
oners to be released into exile
in Spain under a sweeping
agreement with President Raul
Castro's government, accord-
ing to Associated Press.

The men are among 75 dissi-
dents who were arrested in a
March 2003 crackdown on dis-
sidents and sentenced to
lengthy prison terms on charges
that included treason.

In a landmark deal, Cuba
agreed July 7 to release the
remaining 52 prisoners still
jailed from the crackdown,
which human rights activists call
the "Black Spring."

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Still Waters: Lawmaker popular at home

LOS ANGELES — Congressional ethics
charges have tarnished Maxine Waters’ rep-
utation in Washington. But in the struggling,
mostly Hispanic and black neighbourhoods
she represents, residents still hold the 10-
term Democratic congresswoman in high
esteem.

"Tf it wasn't for her, I wouldn't even be in
school," Carol Jones, 51, said after finishing
classes for the day at the Maxine Waters
Education & Career Centre, one of the insti-
tutions the congresswoman has supported
during her decades in state and federal gov-
ernment.

"Whenever somebody is doing something
good for the community, they'll find some-
thing to make them look bad," said Jones,
who is enrolled in high-school equivalency
and nursing programmes at the gleaming mir-
rored glass and adobe building on an other-
wise run-down boulevard of shops and
homes. "That's just the way the world is."

The House ethics committee this week
handed Waters three counts of alleged ethics
violations, including a charge that she helped
OneUnited Bank, where her husband was a
stockholder and former board member,
obtain $12 million in federal bailout funds
in late 2008.

(Her husband, Sidney Williams, one time
NFL star linebacker, later auto salesman,
was the first black ambassador to be appoint-
ed to the Bahamas. Nominated by President
Bill Clinton, he served from 2004 to 2008).

Waters has said her advocacy had been
broadly aimed at minority banks and that
she and her staff had not done anything
improper. Democrats fear that the accusa-
tions, along with ethics allegations against
fellow Rep. Charles Rangel of New York,
could cost the party votes in the November
elections.

Waters’ own political prospects, however,
appear little damaged.

She's unlikely to lose many votes in her
heavily Democratic district to her Republican
opponent in the upcoming election, busi-
nessman Bruce Brown, whose conservative
platform includes the privatization or aboli-
tion of Social Security. She captured 83 per
cent of the vote in winning her last election.

Waters’ district extends from the area
around Los Angeles International Airport
near the Pacific coast to the neighbourhoods
just south of central Los Angeles that erupt-
ed into violence during the 1965 Watts riots
and again following the Rodney King ver-
dict in 1992. The district has shifted from
mostly black to largely Hispanic in the past
decade, with Latinos making up more than
half of the population, according to 2008 Cen-
sus figures.

"She's an extremely effective representa-
tive for her district," said Raphael Sonen-
shein, a California State University, Fullerton

NOTICE

political science professor. "She's got a long
train of allies and friends, and she probably
has stood out as somebody who has gone to
bat for people who are really disenfran-
chised."

Even for those who acknowledge the pos-
sibility of her guilt, the jobs, schools and oth-
er assistance she's brought to her needy com-
munity far outweigh any possible transgres-
sions. "I'm looking at the good she did,"
said construction worker Jimmy Allen, 50,
who was cycling along a sidewalk. "If this is
her first little thing, it don't add up. That
don't add up to this," he said motioning
toward the school bearing the congresswom-
an's name.

Residents and community leaders rattle off
Waters’ contributions to their communities
and lives during her 20 years in the House and
14 years in the state Assembly.

Arturo Ybarra, executive director of the
Watts Century Latino Organization, said
Waters has aided his group's efforts to
increase home ownership by helping per-
suade banks to boost lending. She also
secured money for the organization's coun-
seling sessions for troubled borrowers.

Y barra praised her advocacy of a com-
prehensive immigration overhaul and her
work as chairwoman of a House subcommit-
tee on housing and community opportunity,
sponsoring legislation that's helped fight
blight. And he was equally grateful for
Waters’ regular participation in community
events. "She never misses a Cinco de Mayo
celebration in Watts, unless she's serving in
Congress," he said.

Watts resident Richard Alford, 39, said
he's sought repeated help from Waters’ office
and has never been turned down.

"She's always been accessible, and that's
refreshing,” Alford said. "That's why peo-
ple love her so much."

He said she personally sat in on his tests
and interviews years ago when he was apply-
ing for a construction training programme
he learned about through her office.

Her staffers were also quick to check the
veracity of rumours that administrators at
the housing project where he lives were dis-
proportionately evicting African-Americans,
Alford said. And when housing project
administrators sought to evict his grand-
mother because a cousin living with her got in
trouble with police, Waters staffers interced-
ed to save her home,

Alford said he suspected that Waters’
reflexive helpfulness is what's led to her cur-
rent troubles.

"Tt just sounds to me like it's Maxine being
Maxine. Just trying to help somebody," he

(This article was written by Jacob Adel-
man, Associated Press writer).



Social policies
needed to deal
with teenage
prostitution

LETTERS

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Teenage prostitution pub-
lished by The Tribune on July
23 is a report about underage
girls exchanging sexual plea-
sures commercially. The well
reported article features pri-
marily Dr Sandra Dean-Pat-
terson, director of the
Bahamas Crisis Centre, dis-
cussing the matter. Dr Dean-
Patterson expresses that the
problem of teen prostitution
doesn’t exist because individ-
uals under the age of 16 can-
not give consent to sex; there-
fore, they are not committing
prostitution. She said the girls
are being exploited.

On the Tribune’s website
(www.tribune242.com) some
people opined under the arti-
cle. They aired how much
they disagreed with Dr Dean-
Patterson’s assertion that the
kids are not prostitutes, but,
merely, victims of adult
predators. Although arguing
the verbiage is a complete dis-
traction from the major issue,
Dr Dean-Patterson’s notion
is correct.

Dr Dean-Patterson says
that underage girls who are
having sexual intercourse with
adults are victims of statutory
rape. She isn’t opining on
something debatable; she is

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stating a fact. It is similar toa
20-year-old neighbourhood
bully exchanging $25 for a 32"
television a parent bought for
his or her 14-year-old child’s
room that cost the parent
$376.22. Yes, the child, prob-
ably, knew what he was doing.
Yes, the child received value
for the television. The child
is still being victimised
because he doesn’t appreci-
ate the value of the asset and
the bully is capitalising on the
child’s puerility and igno-
rance. Also, the child didn’t
have the right to sell the tele-
vision without the authorisa-
tion of his parents.

One may oppose this
approach arguing that the lit-
tle 14, 15, and 13-year-old girls
know exactly what they are
doing and why they are doing
it.

Yes, they probably do
know that they are selling
their bodies for quick cash.
Like in the aforementioned
anecdote, this concept doesn’t
provide amnesty for the
child’s action. No doubt the
kid who sold the $376.22 TV
his mother or father bought

for his room should be cor-
rected with love by his par-
ents. This concept is to avoid
the myopia of overlooking the
persons most responsible: the
adult predators.

Dr Dean-Patterson also
states in the article, “There
may be some mothers who set
their children up to have rela-
tionships with adult men, or
they may close their eyes to it
because the girls are bringing
home things to help the fam-
ily out.” With parents endors-
ing, supporting and acting as
agents and market interme-
diaries for this societal ill, how
can persons possibly, without
biting the living daylights out
their tongues, speak with dis-
gust to and about these trau-
matised kids? Are the kids
selling their bodies or are the
parents selling their kids to
sexual slavery?

The issue isn’t whether or
not one call these kids prosti-
tutes. The problem is discov-
ering the determinants of this
output and treating the fac-
tors with well thought out
social policies and not trivial
grips and criticisms and plans
with no pragmatic solutions.

LYNDEN McINTOSH
Nassau,
July 26, 2010.

Questioning the tax increases that
businesses will have to endure

EDITOR, The Tribune.

I write with reference to the
Business Licence Bill 2010
which is currently being
debated in parliament.

After receiving a copy of
the Prime Minister’s commu-
nication to the House of
Assembly on Monday, July
26, and analysing the content
of that document, one can
only question the Govern-
ment’s reasoning and the
large tax increases that busi-
nesses will have to endure, if
this bill is passed in the form
that was sent out.

First of all I am bemused
that the President of the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce came out with a Public
Endorsement of this Bill.

I can only assume that he
did not have possession of or
did not read the content.

I do agree with him that the
method of calculating the
Business Licence fee was con-
fusing and non-transparent.
However, the massive tax

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RONALD GEORGE SIMMONS of
#11 KENILWORTH AVENUE, SOUTH BEACH, P.O. Box

CB-13236, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registratior/naturalization should not be granted, should

send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight

days from the 9'" day of August, 2010 to the Minister responsible
for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF NELSON PATRICK SMITH late
of Sea Beach Estates in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send their names, addresses and particulars of

IN THE ESTATE OF MARILYN ONELL
MUNROE late of Sumner, Nassau Village,
New Providence, Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having claims or demands against the above-named

Estate are requested to send the same duly certified

to the undersigned on or before 27 August 2010.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that

at the expiration of the time mentioned above, the

same certified in writing to the undersigned on or

before the 14" day of September, A.D., 2010 and if
required, to prove such debts or claims or default be

excluded from any distribution; after the above date

the assets will be distributed having regard only to

Notice.

the proved debts or claims of which the Administrator

shall have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before the 7 September, A.D., 2010

SYDBRI LEGAL SERVICES

Attorneys for the Administrator

Naomi House
No.19, Ninth Terrace West
P. O. Box EE-15075
Nassau, Bahamas

assets of the late MARILYN ONELL MUNROE

will be distributed among the persons entitled

thereto having regard only to the claims of which
the Administrator of the Estate shall then have had

GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.

Attorneys for the Executors

Attn: Attorney S. Smith

Sassoon House

Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
P.O, Box N-272

Nassau, Bahamas



increases that businesses will
be charged in 2011 will only
result in either a pass on to
the consumer, thereby
increasing the cost of living
or there will be a number of
failed businesses that will be
unable to pay the increased
taxes.

Case in Point :

Under $ 250,000 annual $
100.00 fee.

$ 250,000 to $ 500,000 annu-
al turn over 0.50 per cent of
sales.

Over $ 500,000 annual turn
over 0.75 per cent of sales.

Most companies in the
Bahamas will be categorised
in the over 500,000 category
and will pay 0.75 per cent of
the gross revenue as a licence
fee.

Companies such as whole-
sale/retail will have tax
increases as high as 50 per
cent over the 2010 tax.

These companies, which
operate on a low profit mar-
gin and high volume, will be
moved from the previous rate
of 0.50 per cent to the new
rate of 0.75 per cent.

These companies, such as
Food Wholesale/Retail which
also operate under the anti-
quated Price Control Act of
1968 and can only realize a
10 per cent margin on these

items such as rice, flour, grits
and canned meat and fish will
be forced to pay an addition-
al 0.75 per cent on these
items.

A company, which gener-
ated revenue of $20,000,000
and having paid 0.50 per cent
($100,000.00) in 2010 will now
be forced to pay 0.75 per cent
($150,000.00) in 2011, regard-
less of the fact that that com-
pany is operating on low mar-
gins due to Price Control and
other market driven factors
such as competitive products.

While looking at the major
supermarket chains which
generate volumes near
$100,000,000 annually, this fee
would approach $750,000.00
in 2011.

Mr Ingraham, please take
another look at the bill. It
would seem that the compa-
nies with high volumes would
be charged at the lower rate
(0.50 per cent) — not the high-
er rate of 0.75 per cent.

One sometimes wonders, if
all of these lawyers in the
House of Assembly really
understand what they are
doing when it comes to busi-
ness.

JEFF R ALBURY
Nassau,
August, 2010.

Gay priests should get
out of Catholic Church

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Icommend the Vicariate of Rome for wanting gay priests out of
the closet and out of the Catholic Church.

Homosexuality is abnormal, immoral and anti-life. It is not
innate as some believe. Sexual orientation is a matter of self-affir-
mation and public declaration. Dr Francis Collins, who received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work sequencing the human
genetic code has proven that homosexuality is not genetically
“hardwired.” The Bible condemns homosexuality outright.

Scientific studies have also proven that homosexuality is linked
to paedophilia. For example, a 1992 study in the Journal of Sex and
Marital Therapy found that homosexual men are three times more
likely than straight men to engage in paedophilia. A 1988 study of
229 convicted child molesters published in the Archives of Sexual
Behaviour found that 86 per cent of paedophiles described them-
selves as homosexual or bisexual. Dr Richard Fitzgibbons, a US
psychiatrist with vast experience in treating priests with pae-
dophilia, recently stated: “Every priest whom I treated who was
involved with children sexually had previously been involved in

adult homosexual relationships.”

Dr Michelle Cretella, a board member of the American College
of Paediatricians also concluded from several studies that homo-
sexually behaving teens and young adults suffer increased rates of
depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions and suicidal
thoughts. In addition, she found that boys who adopt a homosex-
ual lifestyle because of the influence of their same-sex parents
face a 30 per cent chance of being dead or HIV-positive by the age

of 30.

PAUL KOKOSKI
Canada,
July 24, 2010.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS



Inagua, Bimini may be
next for power upgrade

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

INAGUA and Bimini may
be the next Family Islands to
see the redevelopment of their
electricity infrastructure as the
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration tries to ensure its pow-
er generation facilities stay
ahead of demand in the
islands.

Presently BEC is looking to
conduct a survey in Bimini to
identify a suitable location for
a new power plant in the
northern Bahamian island.
General manager Kevin Bas-
den said that in doing so, the
corporation is being “proac-
tive”, as it does not anticipate
































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construction of a power plant
there for several years.

According to Minister of
State for Public Utilities,
Phenton Neymour, a new
power plant is needed much
sooner in Inagua.

“BEC just recently took
over the operations from Mor-
ton Salt in Inagua (in late
2009) and the infrastructure
in Inagua has been experienc-
ing challenges since before
then, including outages. The
equipment we received is in
need of repairs and we recent-
ly sent a trailer unit to Inagua
to supplement supplies there,
so expansion in Inagua would
have to occur before that in

Bimini,” said Mr Neymour.

Mr Neymour said that the
age and deteriorated quality

of the generators in Inagua
mean that they often need
maintenance work, with this
requiring additional staff to
be flown in to the southern
island from Exuma or New
Providence. Inagua’s BEC
plant currently employees
only two people.

Mr Basden said: “What we
are doing now is forward plan-
ning, so we are identifying
power station sites that would
be needed throughout Family
Islands. It’s important to be
ahead of the game, such that
when we move ahead the issue
will be behind us.”

“Bimini will be years down
the road, Inagua maybe a bit
closer,” he added.

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Mr Basden said a number of
factors will be taken into con-
sideration.

“Generally before that look
around we want to have access
to good harbour in terms of
being able to get fuel to the
power station site, so you need
to be close to deep water and
also you have to take into con-
sideration the location of
major loads (facilities that
have high electricity demands,
for example resorts) that we
would need to supply from the
power station. You also have
to take into consideration a
buffer area around the power
station and most of all any
environmental concerns that
may need to be addressed.”

News of the corporations’
development plans comes in

the same week as testing of
BEC’s new power plant in
Wilson City, Abaco began.
That plant’s construction was
set back initially by concerns
raised by some Abaco resi-
dents about its location and
how it may impact the sur-
rounding environment, and
the proposed use of lower
grade Bunker C fuel. BEC lat-
er determined it would switch
to diesel fuel to power the
four 12 megawatt generators.

Mr Basden said that the
fuel issue should not arise with
the planned power plants in
Inagua and Bimini as Bunker
C fuel would only be used
with larger-sized generators,
unlike those which would be
required in smaller Family
Islands.

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

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BEC working to
resolve Harbour
Island power
problems

THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation has asked the
residents of Harbour Island
for patience as they work to
resolve the island’s lingering
power supply problems.

This comes after the com-
munity was hit with several
power interruptions on
Wednesday, beginning just
before 6am.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, BEC said: “We ask
that you continue to bear with
us as we go through this peri-
od of growth and wish to
assure you of our commitment
to the people of Harbour
Island.”

According to the corpora-
tion, the first two cuts, which
lasted about 40 minutes each,
were the result of power trips
on the main line supplying
electricity from the Hatchet
Bay power station to Harbour
Island.

After the problem was
resolved, the power had to be
cut again for about an hour
around 10am to allow BEC
workers to replace some
faulty equipment at the Har-
bour Island Power Station.

Later that night, just before
11pm, a fault occurred on the
cable supplying electricity to
the island from the mainland
of Eleuthera.

Power was restored to
about 60 per cent of con-
sumers on Harbour Island by
3.30am, according to the cor-
poration.

The faulty cable was
replaced and power was fully
restored by 3.45pm on Thurs-
day, August 12.

The statement said: “BEC
is presently in the process of
completing the installation of
a new supply route to the Har-
bour Island mainland. We are
also in the process of testing
our new facility at Hatchet
Bay. Once these projects have
been completed it is expect-
ed that the reliability of supply
to the Harbour Island main-
land will significantly improve
and the interruptions to elec-
tricity services will diminish.”

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BIC to compensate customers over breakdown

THE Bahamas Telecommuni-
cations Company has announced it
will compensate customers for last
week’s nationwide communica-
tions failure by crediting pre-paid
cellular customers and permitting
free country-wide calls for other
customers for a 12 hour period
next week.

As a demonstration of “good
will” in response to the “inconve-
mience and frustration” felt by cus-
tomers during the breakdown,
BTC said it has applied a $5 cred-
it to all pre-paid cellular accounts,
and will allow free local and
national calling and free national

‘Good will’ gesture includes crediting pre-paid

calling for all post-paid cellular
customers and land-line customers
respectively on Friday, August 20,
between the hours of 6am and
6pm.

“Local and inter-island calls by
post paid cellular customers will
not be charged against their in-
package allotments, nor charged
as overage,” said BTC.

The compensation comes after

BTC experienced a failure of its
Digital Access Cross Connect Sys-
tem (DACS) at around 1.37am on
Friday August 6, leading to all pre-
paid cellular customers and many
land-line customers unable to
make or receive phone calls.
BTC said its technicians restored
service by 2.45pm that afternoon
but some customers remained
unable to use their phones until

cellular customers and free country-wide calls

much later that evening. According
to the company, the DACS, which
allows for the processing of both
cellular and land-line calls, is usu-
ally backed-up by a “full redun-
dancy component to address sys-
tem faults”, however this also mal-
functioned.

In an effort to avoid reoccur-
rences of this network failure, BTC
said it is examining “its processes

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and planned response procedures”.

Among the steps taken to
reduce the likelihood for another
breakdown are: a vendor review
of the DACS equipment “to
ensure that the performance and
redundancy features are fully opti-
mised”; an audit of all oversight
protocols and environmental fac-
tors to ensure they are function-
ing as intended; and a review of
possible technical and administra-
tive enhancements that “can pro-
vide a greater degree of robust-
ness and reliability on this and oth-
er key platforms in the network”.

Psychiatrist:

Anna Nicole's pain

meds 'overkill'

LINDA DEUTSCH,
AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES

A hospital psychiatrist has testified that med-
ication given to Anna Nicole Smith by her doctor
was “overkill” for the kind of pain she was describ-

in
Dr. Nathalie Maullin testified Friday in Los
Angeles that she was on staff at Cedars-Sianai
Medical Center when Smith was brought in preg-
nant and in withdrawal from Methadone and
xanax.

She says it was difficult to get a medical history
from Smith because she was “putting on a show"
and deferred questions to boyfriend Howard K.
Stern, who was with her.

Maullin says she conferred with Dr. Sandeep
Kapoor and learned the drugs he was giving Smith
were "hardcore medications" used for cancer and
extreme pain. Kapoor, Stern and Dr. Khristine
Eroshevich have pleaded not guilty to conspiring
to provide excessive drugs to Smith.

They are not charged with causing her drug
overdose death.

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Young victim
possibly raped

By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
mreynolds@tribunemedia.net

A YOUNG woman found dead in a track road yesterday
morning may have been raped by her attacker before she
was killed with a blow to the head, police say.

Detectives have yet to identify the heavy-set woman
found lying on her back, her white trousers pulled down
around her knees, on a dirt track around 400ft off Faith
Avenue South just after 7.30am.

Central Detective Unit (CDU) Assistant Superintendent
Clayton Fernander said the woman, estimated to be between
age 18 and 20, and around 300lbs, had severe injuries on the
left side of her head which appeared to have been inflicted
by a blunt instrument.

She was still wearing her green blouse as her trousers
were partially removed, and Mr Fernander said she may
have been raped.

“Based on how the scene was, it tells us she may have been
indecently assaulted, but we will have to confirm that with
the autopsy,” he said.

However the examination cannot be carried out until the
58th murder victim of the year has been identified.

Police scoured the crime scene yesterday searching for
clues that may help them identify the woman, described as
having short natural-style hair, or her attacker.

Detectives took her fingerprints in the hope they may
tell them who she is.

Mr Fernander estimates the woman had been taken to the
track road on the remote south west side of the island some-
time on Thursday night or early yesterday morning, before

SEE page 12



Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
TAKING THE OATH: With Governor General Arthur Foulkes on
his summer vacation, former Deputy Prime Minister Frank Wat-
son was sworn in as Deputy Governor General by Chief Justice
Sir Michael Barnette yesterday at Government House.



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Tourism leader Vernice Walkine
prepares to enter private sector

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

THE leadership of
arguably the country’s most
important government Min-
istry 1s set to undergo a major
shift as its top public servant
leaves to enter the private
sector.

After five years at the
helm of the Ministry of
Tourism and a total of 30
years of public service, Direc-

tor General of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine is set to
become the first Bahamian
to join the executive ranks
of the Nassau Airport Devel-
opment company (NAD) lat-
er this year, it has been
revealed.

Mrs Walkine will become
NAD’s vice president of
marketing and communica-
tions, effective November 1,
after demitting office at the
Ministry of Tourism on
October 8. Current Senior
Deputy Director General of



Tourism, David Johnson, will
take her place as Director
General, according to the
Ministry.

NAD is a Bahamian com-
pany, currently managed by a
Canadian company, Van-
couver Airport Services
(YVRAS). The company
holds a 30-year lease of the
Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport. Aside from
handling the day-to-day
operations of the country’s
biggest airport, NAD is over-
seeing the $409.5 million

MOVING ON: Vernice Walkine

redevelopment of the
tourism and aviation hub.
Mrs Walkine’s career

SEE page 12

Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A PARTIALLY-BLOCKED dock
at Inagua is hindering large mailboats
from offloading goods and hampering
businesses by reducing their available
goods, local entrepreneurs claimed yes-
terday.

According to several residents, the
mailboat Lady Matilda — which brings
food, supplies and other goods to the
island about every ten days — has a hard
time accessing the Yacht Basin because
of three sunken vessels blocking the
way.

Residents say the boats, which were
reportedly seized by authorities about
a year ago and held at the dock, recent-



NASSAU AND BAHAM/

ISLANDS”

ly sank near the mouth of the basin
presenting a problem to large boats
maneouvring through the area.

The Tribune was told local govern-
ment organised a failed removal effort
about two weeks ago. Now frustrated
entrepreneurs have had enough and
are calling on officials to promptly

SEE page 12

LEADING NEWSPAPER


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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14,



2010





Debbie takes second in women's 200m

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER being forced to spend a
night in hospital due to dehydration,
sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
managed to muster enough energy to
come back for a second place finish
at the Aviva London Grand Prix.

Yesterday at the Crystal Palace in
London, Ferguson-McKenzie clocked
22.88 seconds to trail American
Allyson Felix, who blew the strong
Caribbean field away in 22.37.

Jamaican Sherone Simpson was
third in 23.04, followed by Cydonie
Mothersil of the Cayman Islands in
23.27 and Jamiacan Kerron Stewart
taking the top five spot in 23.28.

“At one point, I was really thinking
about whether I was going to run or go
home,” said Ferguson-McKenzie, in
an interview with The Tribune yester-
day from her hotel room.



“At one point, I was really thinking about
whether I was going to run or go home.”



“[m glad that I really didn’t go
home and that I stayed. It was one of
those things where travelling from the
CAC Games, I actually ended up in
the emergency room in Amsterdam
and I had to get some treatment
because I was too week.”

Having already consented to go to
London from the CAC Games, which
was held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
from July 18-August 1, Ferguson-
McKenzie said she decided to run in
yesterday’s race.

Competing out of lane seven, Fer-
guson-McKenzie said it was a pretty
tough race because the majority of her



Hitmen knock off
defending champs

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

THE first year Dorin United Hit-
men avenged their only loss for the
season by knocking off the New Prov-
idence Softball Association defending
champions Commando Security
Truckers on Thursday night.

In a game that could possibly be a
prelude to the NPSA championship
series, the Hitmen blew a golden
opportunity to stop the Truckers in
the feature game played at the
Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills
Sporting Complex.

Instead, they settled for handing
the Commando Security their second
loss, but the only one that counst in
the standings. The Truckers were
blanked 10-0 by the New Breed, but
that decision was rescinded because
of the illegal use of a Cuban pitcher.

The Truckers, who still maintain
the top standings in the league at 9-1,
were faced with their controversy at
the start of the game when umpire
Thomas Sears had informed them
that shortstop Marvin “Tougie’ Wood
was not eligible to play because he
was under suspension by the league.

With nothing to lose, Dorin United
played the game under protest, but it
didn’t matter as they took matters
into their own hands by jumping on
top of Commando Security and they
never looked back.

“Every night we come to play, but
I don’t see the Truckers beating us
again,” said Hitmen’s ace pitcher
Alcott Forbes. “We’re much younger
than they are. But we really want to
win the championship.”

Forbes, who at one time played
with the Truckers, gave up nine hits
with four strike outs in picking up
the win on the mound over Freddie
Cornish. He suffered the loss on 12
hits and four strike outs as well.

“The win feels good. I must admit,”
Forbes said. “We worked hard
enough. We didn’t do anything spe-
cial. We just did the nectuessary

Avenge only loss
of the season

things that we needed to do to win.”

One of those was to get another
towering home run from center field-
er Sherman Ferguson. He hit a two-
run blast in a three-run top of the
fourth inning that extended their lead
to 9-2 with a bid to stop the game in
the fifth via the new abbreviated sev-
en-run rule.

“Every night I comne out, I try to
do the same thing,” said Ferguson,
who is one of the home run leaders so
far this year. “It was just automatic.”

Capped by a solo homer from first
baseman Rashad Seymour in the fifth
to push their lead to 10-4, the Hit-
men have now sitting a half-game in
the standings at 8-1 behind the Truck-
ers.

“We’re starting to gell now,” Fer-
guson said. “That’s the way it should
be. The Truckers were the team to
beat. But we beat them. I don’t think
they will beat us again, not if we con-
tinue to play the way we are playing
now.”

The Truckers, who came up with
back-to-back run-producing singles
from Orlando White and Van ‘Lil
Joe’ Johnson in the bottom of the
fourth to extend the game a little
longer, said they were definitely
affected by the controversy at the
start of the game.

“A game is a game, but sometimes
when you bother with a team, the
manager and captain, that do some-
thing to the other players,” Johnson
pointed out.

“Tt shouldn’t stop us from losing.
We should be able to overcome those
things. But when you are set to play
ball and all of a sudden you have so
much turn around, it takes away from
you.”

SEE page 10

Debbie Ferguson-McK enzie

rivals are all still running very well.

“So it was encouraging,” stated Fer-
guson-McKenzie, who intend to com-
pete the Diamond League with the
final two meets in Zurich on August 19
and Brussels on August 27 before she
shut down her seson.

Ferguson-McKenzie, 34, is just one
of three Bahamians at the meet.

Also yesterday, Leevan ‘Superman’
Sands had to settle for fifth place in the
men’s triple jump with a best leap of
16.57 metres or 54-feet, 4 1/4-inches.

Winning the event was former

SEE page 10

STRONG MOVE:
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Justin Watts goes for

the lay up over the defense of Bahamas All-Star forward
Jeremy Hutchinson.

soortsNOTES



TENNIS pions Cayman Islands in the | BASEBALL three games on Thursday
KNOWLES/ opening game of the NACRA FREEDOM FARM night.
STEPANEK OUSTED U-19 Caribbean Champi- WIN OPENER Here’s a summary of the
: : onships today at the Winton games played:
e WITH very little time to : e THE Freedom Farm 12
: : : ; Rugby Pitch. ee Rangers 80,
enjoy their success in the first The eh ie. Aes & under team, plying in the Leek Seekers 56

round, Mark Knowles and his
substitute partner Radek
Stepanek were ousted in the
second round of the Rogers
Cup in Toronto, Canada.

Knowles and Stepanek,
who is filling in for Knowles’
partner American Mardy Fish,
got bearten 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 on
Thursday by the top seeded
team of Daniel Nestor and
Nenad Zimonjic.

Knowles, who won the
Rogers Cup twice witrh
Nestor, was coming off his vic-
tory with Fish in Washington
last week. He and Fish will
now prepare for the US Open
Grand Slam later this month.
RUGBY
BAHAMAS PLAY

CAYMAN ISLANDS

e THE Bahamas Rugby
Union’s select team will play
against the defending cham-

coached by Andy Bodie and
Garfield Morrisson, will com-
prise of the following players:
Charles, Traevelyn, Shawn,
Conor, Giovanni, Dale,
Anthony, Anejo, Jason, Jon,
Brandon, Devon, Naldo,
Michael, Denzel, Jordan,
Wheatly, Olivia, Kevin and
Michael.
Also today at 5 p.m., Mexi-
co will play Trinidad & Toba-
oO.
On Sunday, the women’s
tournament will get under-
way. In the opener at 3 p.m.,
Canada will play the
Caribbean Select (comprising
of players from Jamaica,
Bermuda, Guyana, Barbados,
the British Virgin Islands, St.
Vincent & the Grenadines
and Mexico).
At 5 p.m., the United States
will play the Cayman Islands.

Babe Ruth /Cal Ripken
World Series in Wilson Coun-
ty North Carolina, won its
first game on Thursday.

The Farmers defeated a
team out of Pennsylvania 5-1.
Kirby Albury of Spanish
Wells pitched a 2 hitter and
walked one for the win on the
mound.

Chavez Young went deep
for Freedom Farm with a solo
shot.

Yesterday, Freedom Farm
was scheduled to play their
second game against the host
team from Wilson County at
5:30.

BASKETBALL

BGDBA IN ACTION

e AFTER being locked out
to of the DW Davis Gym on
Tuesday past, the Bahamas
Government Departmental
Basketball Association played

The Real Deal got 16
points from Marco Mackey,
who exploded for four three-
pointers and Aaron Sands
added 14 in the win.

Jerome Sands had a game
high 18 and Ishmiel Curtis
added 12 in the loss.

Cybots 80,
Shockers 65
Mark Hanna scored a game
high 22 points and Demarco
Smith had 12 in the win for
the Troniquest. Nipsy Jones
and Colin Thompson both
chipped in with 16 in the loss.

Crimestoppers 74,
Digitals 61

Freddie Lightbourne net-
ted 14 and Jaron Thompson
added eight in the win for the
Police. Adorn Charlow scored
a game high 22 and Chara
Wallace had 12 in the loss.



HT eM Ey eAMal eels mor esUT



e Today’s schedule, start-
ing at 4 p.m.: Prison Chal-
lengers Vs Police Royals; Sun-
shine Energizers vs BTC Dig-
itals; Real Deal Rangers vs
Bambo Shack Aces; Defence
Force Mariners vs Police
Crimestoppers.

SOFTBALL
BSF UNDER-16

TEAM WORKOUT

e THE Bahamas Softball
Federation is inviting all
felame softball players 16
years and younger to attend
a practice session at the Bail-
lou Hills Sporting Complex
today, beginning at 9 a.m.

Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby,
the BSF’s assistant director of
programmes for females, said
they are urging all public and
private high school coaches,
to encourage their players to
attend.

The federation is preparing
a team to represent the
Bahamas at a tournament in
Plant City, Florida from
December 30 to January 7,
2011.

Tough
year for
Bahamian
athletes

See pg 10...

Bahamas’ Youth
Olympics team

SH
YT ET



By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

THE Bahamas’ team
for the inaugural venture
into the Summer Youth
Olympics is on schedule
as planned, and with just
one day of preparation
remaining.

The 11-member team,
covering three disci-
plines, arrived yesterday
in Singapore for compe-
tition in what has been
described as more than
just a sporting event, but
a "cultural festival to be
celebrated in the tradi-
tion of the Summer
Olympic Games."

Team Bahamas will
feature eight track and
field athletes, two swim-
ming and a single judo
athlete for the games
scheduled for August 14-
26 in Singapore.

David "Stretch" Mor-
ley, Chef de Mission,
said the athletes earned
the right to participate
through international
qualification, with tennis
just missing the cut as a
fourth discipline.

Swimming will be the
first discipline to com-
pete when Bria Deveaux
and Armando Moss take
to the pool August, 15th.

Track and Field will
be the second in line
beginning August 17th
on a busy day when
Ryan Ingraham com-
petes in the qualification
rounds of the high jump,
Raquel Williams will
attempt to qualify for
the discus while Rashan
Brown and Stephen
Newbold compete in the
opening rounds of the
400m.

Judo competition
begins August 21st with
Cynthia Rahming, the
country’s sole partici-
pant.

“The team arrived yes-
terday, and you could tell
they were focused and
ready to get things start-
ed. They got an early
night’s rest after the long
series of flights so they
should be ready and
gearing to go when prac-
tices begin,” Morley said.
“The track and field
team practices first this
morning at 8am, while
the swimming team will
follow shortly after.”

Morley said the team
was initially astounded
by the magnitude of the
games which features
over 170 participating
countries, over 5,000 ath-
letes, and 26 sporting
disciplines, but com-
pelled them to find inspi-
ration in their historic
appearance at the event.

“Early indications
from the team since they
arrived here, they seem
in awe of the stature of
the game, but not over-
whelmed. They were
thinking the games were
all about track and field,
but now that they’ve
seen the more than 5,000
athletes here to compete
in the different disci-
plines, they realise the
large scale of this event,”
he said. “The important
thing is for them to keep
the drive and focus mov-
ing forward when com-
petition begins. I let
them know one thing is
for certain, they have
already made history by
becoming the first ever
Bahamian Youth
Olympic team, so they
will always have that
accomplishment to hold
onto.”

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Tar Heels crush
Bahamas All-Star
Team 123-86

THE North Carolina Tar
Heels closed out their second
trip to the Bahamas with
another unbeaten exhibition
series on Thursday night at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um.

Coming off their 130-87
rout over the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation’s national
champions Commonwealth

Bank Giants on Wednesday
night, the Tar Heels prevailed
with a 123-86 decision over
the Bahamas All-Star team.

It was the second night of
the federation’s Summer of
Thunder College Scrimmages,
featuring a number of visiting
collegiate teams against local-
ly based teams.

North Carolina’s legendary

coach Roy Williams said they
definitely played much better
in the second half as they
made the adjustment to the
style of play by the Bahamian
team.

But he noted that just like
they did in their initial trip
here in 2005, his Tar Heels
were able to keep their com-
posure and played like they

Felipé Major/Tribune staff

were capable of playing and
once again dominated both
exhibition games played.

Leslie McDonald scored a
game high 25 points; Harri-
son Barnes had 23; Reggie
Bullock had 16 and 15
rebounds; John Henson
scored 16; Tyler Zeller (the
high point scorer in game one)
had 14 and Dexter Strickland
added 10.

For the Bahamian All-Star
team, Grand Bahamian Scott
Forbes equalled the game
high honours with 25; Jeremy
Hutchinson had 20; Torring-
ton Cox and Jeffrey Henfield
both contributed 10; Keno
Burrows had eight and Demy-
cko Bowles added seven.

Williams, whose Tar Heels
won the last of their four
NCAA titles in 2009, said they
will definitely be back in the
Bahamas because of the keen
competition that they have
received.

The Summer of Thunder
College Scrimmages will con-



HOOP ACTION: More action from the game between
The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Bahamas All-Star
Team. The Tar Heels beat the All-Stars 123-86 to go
undefeated in the Summer of Thunder College Scrim-
mage.

tinue today at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.

In the 5:30 p.m. opener, the
NIT All-Stars will play the
Grand Bahama All-Stars.
That will be followed by
Georgia State against the
Bahamas All-Stars.

On Sunday, Georgia State
will take on the Electro Tele-
com Cybots in the opener at
7:30 p.m. That will be followed
by the University of Memphis
against the Bahamas All-Stars.

Federation secretary Sean
‘Bass’ Bastian, who is the chief
organiser of the series, said
they are encouraging as many
of the local sporting commu-
nity, particularly basketball,
to come out and view the top
notch competition.

The exhibition series will
continue throughout next
week. It will conclude on
Monday, September 13 when
Portland State will play a
three-game series on Septem-
ber 10 and again on Septem-
ber 12.

Hitmen, Truckers

FROM page nine

But Johnson said he have
no doubt that they will
come back and gell and play
like the true champions that
they are.

Ferguson, Seymour,
William Delancy, Kieron
Munroe and Richard Bain
all had two hits in leading
the attack for the Hitmen,
who got four runs apiece
from Ferguson and Bain.

Johnson had two hits and
he and White scored twice
for the Truckers. Steven
‘Slugger’ Brown also had a
pair of hits with as many
RBI in the loss.

New Breed 13, Dorsey
Park 4: In the opening
game, the New Breed gota
2-for-3 night with a homer,
three RBI and two runs
scored from Phillip Far-
quharson in their abbrevi-
ated win.

Martin Burrows Jr. went
3-for-4 with a run scored;
Eugene Pratt helped his
own cause with by going 2-
for-3 with two RBI and two
runs scored; Garfield Bethel
was 1-for-3 with two RBI
and two runs scored and
Ken Wood Jr. was 2-for-3
with a RBI and two runs
scored.

Pratt went the distance
for the win on the mound.
Deval Storr suffered the
loss.

“This is the summer time.
We had some of our boys
off to a baseball camp.
Eugene came back and he
helped us out good
tonight,” said New Breed’s
manager Martin ‘Pork’ Bur-
rows Sr.

“Whatever nine we have
to work with, I’m going to
be comfortable with it. We
won’t have the Cuban pitch-
er, but so be it. Whatever we
have, we will work with it.”

For Dorsey Park, Philip
Johnson was 2-for-3 wirth
a run and Andy Ford was
1-for-2 with a RBI and a
run scored.

NOTE: NPSA action will
continue tonight with one
men’s game on tap between
Del Sol and the New Breed
at 7 p.m.

Immediately following
the game, the NPSA execu-
tives will present school
supplies to the players who
are still in school and those
children who show up at the
park with their parents.
Ey

FROM page nine

Olympic and world cham-
pion Olsson Christian from
Sweden. He cleared 17.41m
or 57-11/2 to take top hon-
orus. Frenchman Teddy
Tamgho was second witrh
17.27m or 56-8 and Cuban
Alexis Copello got third
with 17.02m or 55-10.

Today, former world
champion Donald Thomas,
who has already made her
comeback having won the
CAC title, will be competing
in the men’s high jump.

Thomas, who has posted
a season’s best of 2.30m or
7-61/2, will be the seventh
of nine competitors in the
competition. He competes
just ahead of Russian world
leader Ivan Ukhov, who has
done a best of 2.34m or 7-8
1/4.



Tough year for injury-ridden Bahamian athletes STUBBS

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

IF you're a track and field
fanatic, you would probably
realise by now that this has not
been a typical year for the
Bahamian track and field stars.

Call it what you want, but
there have been so many of
our athletes hit by the injury
bug that there has been little to
report on over the last few
months.

The latest victim was veter-
an sprinter Debbie Ferguson-
McKenzie, who had to spend a
night in hospital enroute from
the Central American and
Caribbean Games.

Ferguson-McKenzie, at age
34, is not one to really com-
plain. But she did point out in
an interview yesterday that it’s
not as easy as it was at 24 to be
in transit from one meet to the
other.

That would make me to
believe that the years of toiling
from one competitive season
to the other to compete at the
World Championships and the
Olympic Games is starting to
become a reality.

In travelling to the CAC
Games in Puerto Rico last
month, Ferguson-McKenzie
said she only went with the
intention of running on the
women’s 4 x 100 metre relay.

But because there were so
many injuries to the team by
the time the event came
around, she decided to leave,
having not competed at all.

Although she was entered
in the 200 metres, the national
record holder cleared the air
stating that “I had informed
the BAAA that I was only
going there to compete in the
relay.”

In fact, Ferguson-McKenzie
said while she understands that
it’s important for the Bahamas
to have its best team assem-
bled to compete at regional
meets like the CAC, she thinks
it would be best to allow more
of the developmental athletes
to compete in the individual
events.

Like I said, Ferguson-
McKenzie is not one of your
typical athletes to complain
about too many things. But she
noted that both her and 37-
year-old Chandra Sturrup
found it rather difficult to be
climbing up on bunk beds

without a ladder every night.

I think it’s only fair that elite
athletes should be allowed to
be exempt from meets such as
the CAC, which don’t require
the most stringent qualifica-
tions.

If we expect to see our top
athletes shining at the World
Championships and _ the
Olympics, then there should
be some limit as to what events
they are allowed to compete
in.

This year has been a typical
example because those who
have not been injured from the
wear and tear of the vigorous
training have decided to
already shut down their sea-
son.

And that’s not only true of
the Bahamas. Around the
world more and more of the
elite athletes have decided to
take advantage of what is
being dubbed an “off year”
because of the lack of a major
competition this year.

The Commonwealth Games
is still to come, but because of
the time it is being held, it’s
not going to feature as many of
the best athletes as one would
see at the World Champi-
onships or the Olympics.

So there’s no reason why we
can’t be patient and allow our
elite athletes to take the time
to properly heal and prepare
for the bigger and more impor-
tant meets coming up in the
next two years.

We need to see more of the
athletes like Shaunae Miller
being given the opportunity to
compete at such meets like
these so that they can gain the
experience and exposure to
step in to take over when the
veterans start to fade away.

WILLIAMS IS FINALLY
GETTING A SHOT

Talking about veterans, how
about Sherman ‘the Tank’
Williams? The 37-year-old
Grand Bahamian will get a
chance to fight former undis-
puted 47-year-old Evander
Holyfield for the World Box-
ing Federation’s heavyweight
title.

If you’re a boxing fanatic,
then this fight on November 5
at the Joe Louis Arena in
Detroit is one that you proba-
bly won’t want to miss, for
more reasons than one.

Both fighters have had stel-
lar careers, albeit Holyfield’s
is more glittering because of

the 56 fights over a 26-year
span he’s been in the ring.

But for Williams, who
turned pro back in 1997, he’s
finally going to be facing a
fighter that can either make or
break his future in the sport.

I want to wish Williams
every success, considering that
he still feels that he has enough
energy left to pursue a world
title. He’s never been one to
back down from a challenge,
even if his opponents have
been much bigger and taller
than him.

There’s another fighter who
is facing a challenge that
should not be left out.

Freeman ‘the Natural’ Barr
may have been a forgotten
man simply because he hasn’t
fought in such a long time. But
the Androsian living in Naples,
Florida, is making a comeback
on August 30 in Fort Myers.

Like Williams, Barr has had
a promising career that saw
him come close to winning a
world title when he traveled
to Stuttgart, Germany.

However, an eye injury in
the fight led to a series of set-
backs for the 37-year-old, who
is now campaigning as a light-
heavyweight at 5-feet, 91/2-




OPINION

inches.

Barr and his long-time man-
ager/trainer Steve Canton have
secured a new promoter in for-
mer NFL player Jeff Grady.
Now it’s up to Barr to deliver a
knockout punch.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010, PAGE 11



LOCAL NEWS



Mexican left
wary of Fidel
Castro's praise

MEXICO CITY

MEXICAN leftists
expressed wariness Friday
about former Cuban President
Fidel Castro's public praise for
leftist leader Andres Manuel
Lopez Obrador, and his sug-
gestion that U.S. influence
decided who leads Mexico,
according to the Associated
Press.

Lopez Obrador recently
announced plans to run for the
presidency again in 2012 after
narrowly losing the 2006 race
to President Felipe Calderon
of the National Action Party
— a defeat that Lopez Obrador
says was due to fraud.

Castro wrote Thursday that
Lopez Obrador "won the
majority of the vote in compar-
ison with the National Action
candidate. But the empire did
not allow him to take office.”
Castro often refers to the Unit-
ed States as "the empire."

Neither the U.S. Embassy in
Mexico nor Mexico's Foreign
Relations Department had any
comment on Castro's assertion.
Mexico's independent federal
vote-counting agency and its
electoral courts have upheld a
count showing Calderon won.

Columnists who have sup-
ported Lopez Obrador in the
past suggested Castro's praise
could hurt Lopez Obrador,
who was careful during his
campaign to distance himself
from Cuban-style socialism.

"Just at the least convenient
time for his political strategy,
Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador received warm con-
gratulations from Havana,"
wrote Julio Hernandez, a
columnist for Mexico's left-
leaning La Jornada newspaper.

clear

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

AUSS.-based think tank is
painting a grim picture of the
earthquake recovery effort in
Haiti, adding its voice to
widespread accusations of
ineffectual local leadership,
according to the Associated
Press.

The RAND Corp. report
being released Friday ticks
off a crushing litany of prob-
lems in the Caribbean nation,
many predating the Jan. 12
earthquake — unqualified
government workers, general
lawlessness, horrific prisons,
incapable police, an onerous
business climate.

But it was the post-earth-
quake landscape that shocked
James Dobbins, a former
U.S. special envoy to Haiti
and director of the RAND
International Security and
Defense Policy Center.

"Clearly the scale of the
damage was surprising,” he
said. "We're also somewhat
surprised at the Haitian and
international response. Not
the humanitarian response,
which was actually dramati-
cally quick. But the second
stage — so little of the rubble
has been cleared, and so few
of the basic decisions have
been made."

Leaders of the U.S. Senate
Foreign Relations Commit-
tee have portrayed Haitian
President Rene Preval as an
ineffectual leader who has
hindered recovery from the
quake and urged their col-
leagues to reconsider send-

D report: Haiti must
rubble, aid business



Ramon Espinosa/AP Photo

DAMAGE: A woman stands on the remains of her home, damaged by the Jan. 12 earthquake, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednes-

day, Aug. 4, 2010.

ing money to Haiti if reforms
are not made.

That Haiti is in disarray
comes as no surprise to Jill
Marie Michel, a 33-year-old
mother of two living in a tent
in one of the dozens of
sprawling camps for Haitians
left homeless by the quake.

She joined about 100 peo-

ple in a public protest Thurs-
day in front of the collapsed
presidential palace in Port-
au-Prince. She and others
said the government is fail-
ing On its promises to provide
housing as private landown-
ers pressure the camp resi-
dents to leave.

Ata large tent camp across

the street, naked children
bathed in buckets wedged
between the gutters and tents.
"IT don't know where that
change is going to come
from," said Michel, who also
cares for an orphaned niece
and goddaughter whose fam-
ilies died in the earthquake.
The report from the Santa

Monica, California-based
think tank gives recommen-
dations on what the Haitian
government and donor gov-
ernments and groups should
focus on in coming years,
identifying key areas such as
governance, education,
health, security, justice and
economic policies.

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Inquest into fisherman’s death continues

Petty Officer Leon Pearson continues testimony

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

THE inquest into the death of a
fisherman killed when his boat col-
lided with a Defence Force vessel
in September 2007 continued yes-
terday.

Back on the witness stand was Pet-
ty Officer Leon Pearson, one of
three witnesses to testify yesterday at
the inquest into the death fisherman
Gladstone Ferguson, 78.

Mr Ferguson was killed after a P-
40 Defence Force boat collided with
his 16-foot aluminum fishing vessel
at the eastern end of Nassau Har-
bour on September 7, 2007.

Two other people who were with
Mr Ferguson survived the incident.
Leading Seaman Demetrius Fergu-
son and marine mechanic David Bal-
four are listed as interested parties in

the inquest.

Officer Pearson told the court that
he was captaining a P-41 vessel on
the night of the incident. He said
that the P-41 boat is a 28-foot, twin
engine small patrol boat.

According to Officer Pearson, he
was travelling at around five knots
when he spotted a small vessel more
than 10 feet away from him at
around 9pm.

Officer Pearson claimed he spot-
ted the boat before someone
onboard shined a flashlight. Officer
Pearson noted that the boat was in
breach of operational rules as it did
not have navigational lights.

However, attorney Jamal Davis,
who represents the family of the
deceased, noted that according to
international standards, any vessel
under seven metres long is not
required to have navigational lights,
a flashlight being sufficient.

Officer Pearson said that he was
not aware of this. Coroner William
Campbell questioned Mr Davis as
to whether those rules could be
applied locally.

Mr Davis said that they could, and
proceeded to cite a rule stating that
“a sailing vessel, if practicable, shall
exhibit side lights, a stern light or
an electric torch (for instance a flash-
light) or a lantern”.

Officer Pearson noted that the
boat he spotted that night was not a
sailboat or under oars, adding that it
had an engine.

Mr Davis suggested to Officer
Pearson that he had sought to
deceive the court by inventing the
account of intercepting a boat that
night. Officer Pearson denied this
suggestion.

Officer Pearson said that he had
never testified at the Defence Force
tribunal hearing into the matter.

He said that he made a report
relating to his part in the search for
the vessel and retrieval of the body
after the collision. He said he recog-
nised the victim as the same man on
the boat he had intercepted earlier
that evening.

The officer said he could not recall
whether he had mentioned inter-
cepting the boat in his report, adding
that he had tried unsuccessfully to
obtain a copy of the report as recent-
ly as Thursday of this week.

Under cross-examination by attor-
ney Calvin Seymour, who represents
the two Defence Force officers, Offi-
cer Pearson recalled that the fishing
vessel he intercepted that night was
heading in a northerly direction from
Nassau to Paradise Island.

He told the court that he gave a
statement to Sergeant Greenslade —
the police investigator — on July 14.

Officer Pearson, answering a ques-

tion raised by the jury, said that
three other people were on the fish-
ing boat when he intercepted it that
night.

Captain Cyril Roker, Deputy Port
Controller testified that Ferguson’s
vessel was not registered with the
Port Department.

Captain Roker told the court that
if a vessel is 15 feet or more in length
or has a an engine with a 10 horse
power rating or more, it must be reg-
istered.

Meteorologist Jeffrey Stmians also
took the witness stand yesterday. He
said that on the night of September
6, 2007 there was no moonlight —
meaning that there was no natural
light and that any light in the har-
bour would have had to come for
another source.

The inquest has been adjourned
until September 27.

Woman murdered

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her body was found by local residents passing by.

He has sent out an appeal to police divisions across New
Providence to check missing persons reports that may fit her
description and gather information about what might have
happened.

“We have left nothing unturned,” Mr Fernander said.

“But we are waiting on identification before an autopsy
can be done. Right now we just have a body, so we are
asking members of the public for their assistance as we try
to identify her.”

Anyone with any information which may assist investi-
gations should call police urgently on 911, 919, call CDU on
502-9930/9991 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-
TIPS (8477).

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didate Kenyatta Gibson crossed the
floor to become an FNM Member of
Parliament.

Of the three candidates, it is said
Mr Ryan and Mr Smith are the two
front-runners - with Mr Smith getting
the majority of the party’s inner cir-
cle support, while Mr Ryan has
secured the support on the con-
stituency level.

With reports reaching The Tribune
that the third probable contender,
Mr Bell, is also being considered to

run for the party in St Cecilia or the
Sea Breeze constituency - party
sources have suggested he will, in all
eventuality, be considered for one of
the latter seats to help defuse this
growing problem.

Initially it was also reported that
PLP treasurer Craig Butler had dis-
played an interest in the seat but was
overlooked when Mr Smith emerged
as a possible contender.

Mr Smith’s probable nomination
has come under fire in recent days as
political pundits speculate that his
emergence on the political scene
could have more to do with cement-



ing the position of other “would-be
leaders” within the party than his
own actual nomination. This has
raised fears in some quarters among
the party that there could be a chal-
lenge to the leadership of the party’s
leader Perry Christie prior to the
2012 general election.

Having emerged victorious from a
challenge to his leadership at the par-
ty’s last national convention, senior
PLPs have stressed that the PLP can-
not afford to revert to a repeat per-
formance of that time - as Mr
Christie’s focus should now be placed
firmly on defeating the FNM in 2012.

Tourism leader Vernice Walkine
prepares to enter private sector

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Funeral Service For

Elisabeth (Betsy) Goddard
née Burnisde, 82

of Shirley Park
Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas,
who died
peacefully at her
home on Friday,
13th August,
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move was announced simul-
taneously in press statements
issued by NAD and the Min-
istry of Tourism yesterday.

While the revelation may
come as a shock to some,
Minister of Tourism Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace told The
Tribune he and his colleagues
at the Ministry have been
aware of the pending profes-
sional switch “for months.”

In his comments to The Tri-
bune, and in an official state-
ment issued, Mr Vanderpool-
Wallace said rather than a
loss, the Ministry of Tourism
considers Mrs Walkine’s
move to NAD as a benefit to
the country’s tourism indus-
try given the critical role the
LPIA and its redevelopment
plays in the nation’s tourism
product.

“Vernice is going into an

area which is very important
for us. The Lynden Pindling
International Airport will be a
major hub in the future for
all of the islands of The
Bahamas so we see it really
as evolution of the strategy
that we’ve had in place for
some time. She’s going to be
in place to help us execute
that,” he said.

Speaking of how the depar-
ture of Mrs Walkine will
affect the leadership of the
Ministry of Tourism, Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said it
“opens up other opportuni-
ties for other people to move
up and move along in terms
of their capacity to provide
leadership” with some of
these people having already
been identified for promo-
tions in her wake.

David Johnson, who will
take over from Mrs Walkine,
is an “extremely talented
technical person,” added the

Minister. Mrs Walkine, in her
statement, said she is “very
pleased to be able to pass the
mantle to a highly capable
and seasoned individual, who
will be able to take the organ-
isation through its paces in
order to meet the demands of
anew tourism landscape.”

“Having served the people
of The Bahamas for so long at
the Ministry of Tourism, I am
excited at the opportunity to
continue my service in a
meaningful way by ensuring
that the capital investment
made by our people returns
a significant value to the
country well into the future.
LPIA will be a beautiful facil-
ity that will contribute to our
growth and development in
so many ways that will make
us all proud,” added Mrs
Walkine in a statement issued
by the Government.

In her new role at NAD,
Mrs Walkine will direct all

marketing and communica-
tion strategies for the compa-
ny, including air service devel-
opment and all internal and
external communications.

Stuart Steeves, chief execu-
tive officer at NAD, said the
company is “absolutely
delighted that (Walkine) has
accepted our invitation to join
the NAD team as the first of
our planned Bahamian exec-
utives.”

“As the single largest capi-
tal development project in the
country, LPIA is central to
the ongoing development of
the islands of the Bahamas,
as a strategic hub for all of
the islands and eventually also
for the Caribbean region. As
such, Ms Walkine brings a
wealth of experience in the
tourism industry, which is per-
fect for the necessary evolu-
tion of LPIA,” he said.

Church, Shirley
Street, on
Tuesday, 17th August, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Father Mel Taylor, OSB will officiate and
interment will follow in Lakeview
Memorial Gardens. John F. Kennedy Drive,
Nassau.

She was predeceased by her husband,
Gordon Goddard.

She is survived by her sons Jeff and Jim;
daughter, Jeanne Treco, beloved
grandchildren, Courtney & Jonathan Treco,
Anna, Karalyn & Hollie Goddard, her sister
Susan Burnside; son-in-law, Shayne Treco
and daughetr-in-law, Kathleen Goddard,
Lucy Sands, Melinda Asoy and Carol Smith
who all took wonderful care of her and a

Frustration voiced over partially-blocked dock

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remove the boats.

Residents say the mailboat opera-
tor, which services the island, has been
forced to sometimes offload goods at
the end of the dock or he sends in a
smaller vessel which brings in a small-
er quantity of goods.

"It's been a year now we've had this
issue with the boats. Before they were
afloat and the mailboat would pull
them aside to make space but now
they've sunk," said George Harris, 52,
operator of Inagua-based radio station
Coast FM and a takeaway restaurant.

"It's a concern for business people









because we depend on mail boats for
goods in a timely fashion. If we're not
able to get our supplies to town on a
constant basis we'll have three or four
days where we have to close our
restaurant. It has affected us drastical-
ly."
To make matters worse, Mr Harris
said the mailboat has been forced to
sometimes offload goods at the end of
the dock, a practice that he says can be
dangerous in rough weather.

"They have to dock just at the
entrance of the basin, and that's fine
when weather conditions are
favourable, but on rough seas a lot of
the items can fall into the ocean or
back into mailboat’'s hull."



Clayvonne Seymour, owner of Bud-
get Town Convenience Store, said the
situation has cost him thousands of
dollars in lost revenue.

"We’re still losing business because
of the condition of the dock. The own-
er of the mailboat can't just come any-
time he wants to, he has to make sure
the weather is good. He can't supply
the island with the amount of food and
vegetables like the big boat, and that’s
what our customers want, so it's very
challenging for business people,” said
Mr Seymour.

Messages left for Port Controller
Commander Patrick McNeil were not
returned yesterday.



Gitmo trial delayed due to attorney's illness

host of other friends and family.

Instead of flowers donations may be made
to the Nazareth Centre, P.O.Box N.8187,
Nassau in memory of Mrs. Elisabeth

(Betsy) Goddard.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau, N.P.,

The Bahamas.



GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL
BASE, Cuba

The war-crimes trial of a
young Canadian detainee was
halted Friday due to the illness
of his attorney, who was to be
flown to the United States for
treatment after collapsing in the
courtroom, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The trial will be on hold for
at least 30 days while the only
lawyer for Omar Khadr is treat-
ed for complications from

recent gall bladder surgery, said
Bryan Broyles, the deputy chief
defense counsel for the military
trials at Guantanamo Bay.
Army Lt. Col. Jon Jackson was
taken from court by ambulance
Thursday, ending the session.
The delay threatens to bring
further disarray to a case that
has been held up for more than
four years by legal challenges
and changes to the offshore sys-
tem for prosecuting alleged ter-
rorists. The trial, which was
expected to take about a

month, is the first at Guan-
tanamo under President Barack
Obama. Broyles said he expects
the same jury will later pick up
the case and Jackson intends
to stay on as Khadr's Pentagon-
appointed attorney.

"For Lt. Col. Jackson, that is
his only concern right now,
probably to the detriment of
his health," Broyles told
reporters at a news conference
inside a hangar at this US.
Navy base in Cuba.

Khadr is only the third

detainee to go on trial at the
prison that opened in 2002 and
has held nearly 800 detainees,
mostly suspected militants cap-
tured in and = around
Afghanistan. Obama has strug-
gled to fulfill a pledge to close
the prison and is considering
dozens of detainees for prose-
cution by the Guantanamo tri-
bunals. Jackson is the only
attorney authorised to speak
for Khadr, who fired two civil-
ian American attorneys during
pretrial hearings.

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