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By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MEMBERS of the
Bahamas Electrical Utility
Managerial Union voted
“overwhelming” yesterday
to strike.

Union president Ervin
Dean said 70 members voted
in favour and one member
voted against the strike. The
votes represented more than
80 per cent of the union’s
membership.

“We have the right to
withdraw our labour,” said
Mr Dean, speaking of the
vote’s significance. However,
he said, the membership
would not engage in any
“sabotage.”

Yesterday's strike vote is
the latest in the continuing
standoff between BEUMU
and Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's executive
management over negotia-
tions for a new industrial
agreement and _ salary

increases. BEUMU has a
meeting scheduled with
executive Management on
Tuesday and union head
Ervin Dean said if the meet-
ing does not go in their
favour the union may have
to strike.

“They sent me an offer
Thursday night which I
thought was an attempt at
being humorous. I told them
I wouldn't share it with my
members because it would
be insulting. We have a
meeting scheduled with
executive management for
Tuesday, based on the con-
versation there we will see
what is happening,” said Mr
Dean.

Admitting that industrial
action will have repercus-
sions for the state-run elec-
tricity company Mr Dean
said that his members only
want what they feel is due
to them.

"(A strike), it impacts

SEE page six

MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY
FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP ‘STRANDED’

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

MAGISTRATE Carolita Bethell said yesterday she was
not pleased with attorney Wayne Munroe for leaving Bap-
tist Bishop Randy Fraser "stranded" as he sought to defend
himself against allegations that he had a sexual relationship

with a 16-year-old girl.

Prosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his posi-
tion of trust by having a sexual relationship with a girl he had

agreed to counsel.

It is alleged that Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple,
St James Road, had a sexual relationship with the girl
between July 2005 and February 2006. If convicted, he faces

seven years in prison.

Fraser was expected back on the witness stand yester-
day for further cross-examination, however the trial had

to be adjourned.

The court was informed that attorney Jairam Mangra, of the
firm Munroe and Associates, was ill and unable to attend
court. Mr Mangra has led Fraser's defence in the absence of

SEE page six

A service celebrating
the life of the late Dr
Keva Maria Bethel was
held yesterday morn-
ing at the College of
the Bahama. Dr Bethel
passed away Tuesday
morning at Doctor's
Hospital. Dean Patrick
Adderley, Rector at
Christ Church Cathe-
dral, provided the
eulogy at the service,
while former students
and colleagues
offered heartfelt
reflections on Dr
Bethel’s life.

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Cyril Charles Lockhart,
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charged with the murder of
Luigi Lockhart.

Luigi was reportedly
stabbed in the chest during
an argument at his home.
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Baha Mar ‘to bring airlift from untapped regions’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BAHA Mar will bring air-
lift from previously untapped
regions into Nassau creating
spin-off business for the
island's hotels, said Sandals
Resorts International's own-
er Gordon 'Butch' Stewart.

During a rare sit-down
interview with the press at
his 500-acre Emerald Bay
resort on Exuma, the hote-
lier said once the Cable
Beach redevelopment is
done well, others in the
industry with top-notch
products will benefit.

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do a good job, will create
more airlift, then everybody

has more opportunity to get
people from Maine or Tim-
buktu that are not coming
now.

"The more the merrier,
just regulate good so that it's
good quality, it's not that
cheap destination,” said Mr
Stewart.

Last year, Atlantis CEO
Sir Sol Kerzner expressed
concern over the potential

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for Baha Mar to "canni-
balise” the high-end tourism
marketplace, eating into
Atlantis’ revenue and threat-
ening Bahamian jobs at the
resort, where nearly 8,000
people are now employed.
At the time, Sir Sol sug-
gested the $2.6 billion pro-

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LOCAL NEWS

ANE TC A UT ted

Anna Nicole’s former lover
might take legal action
against opera producers

ANNA Nicole Smith’s
former lover and father
of her child, Larry Birk-
head, might take legal
action against the pro-
ducers of the opera Anna
Nicole, playing Royal
Opera House in London.

According to a Reuters
report, Mr Birkhead
claims that the ROH nev-
er attempted to contact
him or Smith's estate
about the production.

Mr Birkhead has not
seen the show, but said of
the star, "That lady is no
Anna Nicole. We are
looking at our legal
options to see if they mis-
used Anna's image and
likeness. We are going to
have the estate attorneys
look at what can be done
about it."

He added: "They said
it was going to be some-
thing that was tastefully
done. But then they put
a trailer out on YouTube
that was really kind of trashy and tabloidy."

The show, entitled Anna Nicole is described on its web-
site as "a celebrity story of our times that includes extreme
language, drug abuse and sexual content." A minimum age
of 16 for patrons has been imposed.

Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the
1993 Playmate of the Year. She modelled for clothing com-
panies, including Guess jeans and Lane Bryant.

She dropped out of high school and was married in 1985.

Her highly publicized second marriage to oil business
mogul J Howard Marshall, 62 years her senior, resulted in
speculation that she married the octogenarian for his mon-
ey, which she denied.

Following Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal
battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v Mar-
shall, reached the US Supreme Court on a question of fed-
eral jurisdiction. She died on February 8, 2007 in a Holly-
wood, Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose of pre-
scription drugs.

During the final six months of her life, Smith was the
focus of press coverage because of the death of her son
Daniel in Nassau and the paternity and custody battle for her
daughter Dannielynn.

(AP Photo/Bill Cooper-HO Royal
Opera House)

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LONDON — Why write an opera about
the sordid life and death of Anna Nicole
Smith? That question doubtless leaped to the
minds of many when they heard the Royal
Opera had commissioned such a work.

And sad to say, despite the expenditure of
considerable talent and money — and a splen-
did performance by Eva-Maria Westbroek in
the title role — the question remains unan-
swered following the world premiere of
"Anna Nicole" at Covent Garden on Thurs-
day night.

For anyone who may have forgotten, Smith
was a single mother from small-town Texas
who, thanks to breast enhancement surgery,
became a Playboy celebrity and married an oil
tycoon 63 years her senior. Her claim on his
fortune was disputed by his heirs, and in 2007
— after giving birth (on pay-per-view TV)
and seeing her 20-year-old son die of an over-
dose in her hospital room — she herself, gross-
ly overweight, died of a drug overdose at age
39.

To be sure, Smith's willingness to go to any
lengths to lift herself out of poverty and her
lifelong obsession with publicity have a lurid
quality that seems almost mythic. That's
apparently what attracted librettist Richard
Thomas and composer Mark-Anthony Tur-
nage when they were looking for a subject
for an opera.

But it's not enough to put the spectacle of
her life on stage in a chronological narrative,
dressed up with satiric jabs at obvious targets
and occasional attempts to indict society at
large for enabling Anna's career. We may feel
pity for her, along with disgust, but those are
not responses that redeem the tawdry specta-
cle of her life. In this retelling of her story, it's
hard to empathise with her, much less imagine
her as a figure of tragedy.

Thomas has written a sometimes-clever,
sometimes-sophomoric libretto very much in
the vein of his popular hit, Jerry Springer: The
Opera.

A typical sample is Anna's introductory
line: "I want to blow you all —a kiss." (These
are also her final words before being zipped
into a body bag at the end.)

In a more serious, but not necessarily more
persuasive vein, Thomas has Anna exclaim
near the end: "Oh, America, you dirty whore.
I gave you everything but you wanted more.

Turnage, a respected composer of two pre-
vious operas, has set Thomas's words to a
tuneful, percussive score that is highly acces-
sible on first hearing. His orchestration
includes a role for jazz trio — a bass guitar,
guitar and drums — that helps blur the lines
between "serious" music and a more popular
sound. Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's
music director, conducts with seeming mastery.

There are some striking lyrical moments,
as when Anna sings an aria of delight after

HAIL TO ANNA: Anna Nicole takes a bow.


























































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receiving her new breasts (before the resulting
back pain has led to her painkiller addiction.)
And there's a lovely ensemble to conclude
Act 1 as Anna and her billionaire husband, J
Howard Marshall I, stand atop a wedding
cake while distorted strains of Mendelssohn
play and various characters express their
thoughts.

There's also a gorgeous, melancholy inter-
lude midway through Act 2, marking the pas-
sage of 10 years as a curtain covered with
double cheeseburgers shows Anna's figure
giving way to the obesity of later years.

Westbroek, a Dutch soprano much admired
in the standard repertory of Wagner, Verdi
and Puccini, throws herself into the title role
with all of her considerable assets. On stage for
virtually the entire two-hour length of the
opera, Westbroek sings with luminous tone
and creates a plausible sex symbol with her
blond hair and glamorous figure (before she
has to put on a fat suit for the later scenes).
There's also a disarming sincerity and eager-
ness to please about her that make the char-
acter more appealing than she might otherwise
be.

Among the supporting cast, mezzo-soprano
Susan Bickley makes a sympathetic figure as
Anna's loyal but critical mother, Virgie ("My
flesh, my blood, my embarrassment,” she sings
at one point). Tenor Alan Oke as Marshall
makes a splendid entrance flying in from the
wings in an over-sized armchair and revels
with unabashed glee at buying Anna's sexual
favours.

As Anna's surgeon, Doctor Yes, tenor
Andrew Rees has fun with his aria describing
the differences in cup sizes ("A is small, no use
at all ... ." Dominic Rowntree, as Anna's
grown-up son, Daniel, doesn't get to sing until
after he's dead. Then he has a brief aria, the
words of which consist of a list of all the drugs
found in his system — Valium, Prozac and
about 20 others.

The opera's most problematic character is
Anna's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, Howard K
Stern. Portrayed by baritone Gerald Finley, he
makes brief appearances in Act 1 but without
much purpose.

Even in Act 2, the part seems underwritten
— as if the creators couldn't quite decide
whether to make him more villain or sorrow-
ful witness to Anna's demise.

Director Richard Jones has given the work
a lively, fast-moving production, especially in
the first and vastly more entertaining half,
which traces Anna's rise in jaunty, energetic
fashion.

Though the Royal Opera warned of
"extreme language, drug abuse and sexual
content,” there's little on stage to shock, some
rough language aside. Even the sex act to
which Anna's opening lines teasingly refer
takes place with the chorus tactfully conceal-
ing her and Marshall from view.

There are five more performances through
March 4, all of them sold out.

AP Photo/Joel Ryan

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Concern over
removal and
(lestruction
of signs

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

MEMBERS of the public
are voicing concern over the

Ministry of the Environmen-

t’s removal and destruction
of business and event signs.

“T have personally wit-
nessed a worker striking a
small sign and rendering it
broken and unusable,” said
one caller to The Tribune
yesterday.

Another person, who
identified himself as a Bail-
lou Hill Road resident, said
that a meeting should be
held to establish correct pro-
cedures and give fair notice
prior to the removal of the
signs.

He said that in these
tough economic times, busi-
nesses are struggling and the
destruction of their promo-
tional signs without notice
will only increase their woes.

However Earl Deveaux,
Minister for the Environ-
ment, told The Tribune that
the Town Planning Commit-
tee held a press conference
two weeks ago with regard
to the illegal erection of
signs and advised the gener-
al public on the correct pro-
cedure for putting up busi-
ness and information signs.

He said: “There is clearly
a defined procedure for
approval for putting up
signs.”

According to the Ministry
for the Environment, per-
mits for advertisements, and
business and information
signs are granted on a case-
by-case basis.

Requests must be submit-
ted in writing to the Direc-
tor of Physical Planning, and
must state the dimensions of
the proposed sign, its con-
tents and a preferred loca-
tion.

Once reviewed by the
director, requests are either
granted or denied, normally
within two days of the
request being submitted.

Signs that have been
erected without permission
from the government will
continue to be torn down by
the officers of the Ministry
of the Environment, who
are not obligated to give pri-
or notice to business owners,
an employee of the ministry
said.





CLAY SWEETING

THE Progressive Liberal Party has ratified

i another six candidates to vie for constituencies
? in the next general election, days after its leader
: predicted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
i would call voters to the polls early.

Incumbents Dr Bernard Nottage, Fred

: Mitchell, Obie Wilchcombe, V Alfred Gray
: and Frank Smith, along with newcomer Clay
: Sweeting, are the latest opposition candidates
i to be confirmed.

They will run in the Bain and Grants Town,

Fox Hill, West End and Bimini, MICAL, St
: Thomas More and North Eleuthera con-
: stituencies respectively.

While accepting his nomination at the par-

i ty's last national general council meeting, Mr
: Mitchell conceded that the fight for the Fox
: Hill constituency will be a tough one but said
? he expects to retain his seat.

"We expect to win in Fox Hill. We expect it

will be a scrap.

“We expect that it will be hard fought but we

i expect to win. We may not see just how, look-





FRED MITCHELL

PIP ratifies six
more candidates

cnixon@tribunemedia.net

OBIE WILCHCOMBE

now because night comes when no man can
work,” said Mr Mitchell, who ran successfully
against Senator Jacinta Higgs in May, 2007.

"And so knowing that, the urgency of what
Ihave to do and say becomes all the more cen-
tral, all the more essential, all the more urgent.
(First among) all the things I would like to do
as the next MP for Fox Hill is to restore the
dignity in this country of being Bahamian, and
not a second class citizen in your own land.
For stripping the Bahamian of his dignity, that
sin alone, Hubert Ingraham must go. I have so
much work to do and so little time to do

it," he added.

Entrepreneur Clay Sweeting is the PLP’s
youngest candidate at 25 years old. A native of
Spanish Wells, the party heralds him as a third-
generation PLP and the youngest serving local
government officer.

Mr Sweeting, a lobster fisherman and real
estate agent, owns Tees R Us Bahamas, a
screen-printing and embroidery store in Span-
ish Wells.





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International Bazaar partners with ‘Up With People’
for International Cultural & Food Festival, February 20

FREEPORT — The Interna-

? tional Bazaar Tenants and
} Owners Association, in collab-
oration with the visiting inter-
? national travel, community ser-
? vice and performing arts group
? “Up With People,” is hosting
: the first annual International
? Cultural and Food Festival on
? Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.

The entire community is

; invited to come out and enjoy
: the event.

Aiming to bring together the

: diverse cultures of the visiting
: group and Grand Bahamians,
? through their foods, wares and
? entertainment, the organisers
? said the afternoon will be one
? where the entire family can
? take a stroll around the world
? in one day, tasting exotic dishes,
: drinks and desserts.

Some of the countries/cul-

! tures that the organisers antici-

pate having represented are;
China, the Philippines, India,
Africa, Trinidad, Turks Islands,
Guyana, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti, France, French
Canadian, Greece, America,

England, Jamaica, Germany,
Italy and the Bahamas.

Those wishing to share their
culture are asked to dress in
their national costume or
colours.

The special guest performers
are Up With The People, a
non-profit organisation the
main purpose of which is to
strengthen societies within a
community.

They have around 100 per-
formers from 21 countries with
diverse backgrounds, and their
performance takes an audience
around the world.

There also will be perfor-
mances from the Sunland Bell
Choir and their Boys Drum
Brigade; the Grand Bahama
Youth Choir and the Legends
Band.

Up with People’s visit to
Grand Bahama is sponsored by
the Pelican Bay Hotel and Dis-
covery Cruise Lines with sup-
port from the Grand Bahama
Youth Choir and the Bahamas
Weekly.

Up with People is an inde-

Law enforcement officials complete

trafficking in per

Personnel in law enforce-
ment and related areas com-
pleted a two-day training semi-
nar on how to fight the threat of
human trafficking to and from
the Bahamas and the region.

Co-ordinated by the Organi-
sation of American States, the
seminar on ‘Strengthening
Capacity of Law Enforcement
Officials, Judges and Prosecu-
tors in the Caribbean to identi-
fy and Combat Trafficking in
Persons, Especially Women
and Children’, was held at
SuperClubs Breezes on Febru-
ary 15-16. Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest, in
his Keynote Address, said such
seminars set the tone for the
extraordinary co-operation
between regional and interna-
tional governments needed to
tackle what has been recog-
nised as the fastest growing
transnational criminal activity
in the world. The participants
were: members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Immigration and Customs offi-
cers, the Office of the Attor-
ney General and related agen-
cies. The seminar provided a
forum for strengthening the
capacity of law enforcement
officials and prosecutors in
identifying and combating traf-
ficking in persons, especially
women and children.

The government implement-
ed the Trafficking in Persons
Prevention and Suppression
Act in December 2008, which
makes all forms of trafficking of
human beings illegal. Penalties
range from three years to life
imprisonment.

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persons.

perpetrated on unsuspecting
women and children while in
the Bahamas,” Mr Turnquest
said.

Because the Bahamas is an
archipelago of islands scattered
over 100,000 square miles of
water, he said policing its bor-
ders is a daunting task.

Human Trafficking is defined
by Article 3 (a) of the United
Nations Protocol as “the
recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harbouring or receipt
of persons by means of threat
or use of force or other forms of
coercion, of abduction, of fraud,
of deception, of the abuse of
power or of a position of vul-
nerability or of the giving or
receiving of payments or bene-
fits to achieve the consent of a
person having control over
another person, for the purpose
of exploitation”.

Although trafficking has
existed for centuries, it is said
that the effects of globalisation
have contributed to an envi-
ronment in which it makes
human trafficking a highly prof-
itable and generally low risk
criminal business.

“While there is little evidence
of the same here, regrettably
there exists the potential of the

participation of the Bahamas,”
Mr Turnquest said.

Research has shown that
human traffickers rarely use
direct force and abduction;
most traffickers use subtle
means of force and deception.
However, the situation
becomes more complicated
when victims themselves
become recruiters, trying to
save themselves from further
exploitation.

“While trafficking of men,
women and children for forced
labour and prostitution may not
be an issue in the Bahamas
presently, the Bahamas takes
the issue of human trafficking
very seriously by having imple-
mented strategies to effectively
address this scourge on human-
ity,” Mr Turnquest said.
Research also suggests that the
Bahamas’ borders make it an
ideal target for the facilitation
of human trafficking.

“However, for the most part,
persons who find themselves in
the Bahamas illegally come vol-
untarily for mostly economic
purposes,” Mr Turnquest said.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas
encourages trafficked victims
to participate in investigations
and prosecutions of the culprits.

pendent nonprofit organisation
without any religious or politi-
cal affiliations. It provides
young adults an international
and intercultural experience
that teaches service and lead-
ership and uses the performing
arts to deliver messages of hope
and goodwill throughout the
world.





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Obama lays down opening bid

WASHINGTON — The president's budget
has all the trappings of a financial document —
ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it
is, foremost, a political declaration.

With this budget, President Barack Obama
cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager —
not too harsh, not too soft — while exploiting
internal Republican struggles over how much
cutting is too much.

It relies on policies that, to date, have been
legislatively unattainable. It depends on long-
term fixes to achieve short-term gains. It avoids
the biggest, and most politically sensitive, bud-
get items — Social Security and Medicare.

In short, it is a marker, an opening gambit
that will either play itself out on the negotiat-
ing table or on the bully pulpit that the presi-
dent has begun to employ with more and more
frequency these days. In his press conference
Tuesday, Obama defended his decision to leave
the big ticket programmes — Medicare, Med-
icaid, Social Security — untouched in his bud-
get. Taming those huge entitlements is best
left to bipartisan agreements, not White House
prescriptions, he said as he directly challenged
Republicans to bargain with him.

"Those are big, tough negotiations, and I
suspect that there's going to be a lot of ups
and downs in the months to come before we
finally get to that solution,” Obama said.

The debate ahead is driven by two funda-
mentally different goals. Obama wants to
increase some spending to push the economy
along with a modest "down payment” toward
a long-term goal of deficit reduction. For
Republicans prodded by tea party activists,
lowering the deficit is merely a means to a
larger aim — shrinking the size of govern-
ment. Obama alluded to the coming debate,
separating what he said should be the quiet
and private negotiations from the partisan
positioning required in politics.

"T expect that all sides will have to do a lit-
tle posturing on television and speak to their
constituencies and rally their troops,” he said.
"But ultimately what we need is a reasonable,
responsible, and initially probably somewhat
quiet and toned-down conversation about, all
right, where can we compromise and get some-
thing done. But posturing has its place. In the
end, the politics — and by extension, some of
the policy — will be determined by who better
defines the argument.

To be sure, deficits matter and Obama's
budget provides a strong argument for further
efforts to reduce them. The cumulative total of
deficits would result in a $16.7 trillion nation-
al debt by September 30, 2012, up from the
current $14 trillion. The bigger the debt, the
bigger the interest that the taxpayer must pay.

In that sense, White House officials say,
the budget debate has changed.

"The traditional debate in Washington is
Democrats want to spend, Republicans want to
cut," said White House communications direc-

tor Dan Pfeiffer. "That's not the debate we're
having right now. There is unanimity right now
that we have to cut spending."

The question is how fast and how deep —
and who will raise the prospect of revamping
Social Security and Medicare first. Those two
programmes, the biggest two items in the fed-
eral budget, have always proven to be politi-
cally toxic. Obama on Tuesday seemed to
yearn for a different time, as when President
Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speak-
er Tip O'Neill negotiated a fix for Social Secu-
rity. Illustrating the difficulties for both parties,
a poll last week by the Pew Research Centre
found that Americans no longer want increas-
es in federal spending — underscoring the
challenge Obama has in pitching the need for
more money on education, infrastructure and
research and development.

But the poll also found tepid support for
spending cuts, even as House Republicans seek
to trim $61 billion from the seven months
remaining in the current fiscal year. For
instance, the poll found that only 12 per cent
want cuts in Medicare spending, though that's
a higher percentage who favour trims in the
programme than in 2009. Indeed, the only sub-
ject area that Pew found substantial support for
cutting was in global poverty assistance.

Obama's $3.73 trillion budget envisions
deficit reductions of $1.1 trillion over the next
10 years. It includes a spending freeze on
domestic programmes, a suspension in pay
hikes for the federal civilian work force, and
cuts in targeted programmes, including popu-
lar energy assistance for the poor. There are
billions in unspecified cuts and revenues. It
also counts on new revenue from limiting tax
deductions taken by wealthier taxpayers, an
Obama administration proposal that was
rejected by the previous Democratic-controlled
Congress and stands less of a chance with a
GOP-run House now. And it anticipates taxes
rising for upper income Americans after 2013.

In his budget statement, Obama invoked the
new White House slogan — "Winning the
Future" — but Democrats did not react with
enthusiasm. Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dako-
ta, the chairman of the Senate Budget Com-
mittee, said Obama's budget does not go far
enough in taking aim at the deficit.

"Tt must include spending cuts, entitlement
changes and tax reform that simplifies the tax
code, lowers rates and raises more revenue," he
said.

Other Democrats complained it went too
far. Republicans were harsher, with House
Speaker John Boehner dismissing it as a bud-
get that "isn't winning the future, it's spending
the future."

For Obama, the challenge ahead is who has
the better sales pitch. And who can keep his
troops in line.

(This article was written by Jim Kuhnhenn of
the Associated Press).



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Disappointed
by McCartney’s
comment about
Prime Minister

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Tread the comments in the
newspaper last week, made
by Mr Branville McCartney,
my Member of Parliament,
that he made while appear-
ing on Mr Jeffrey Lloyd’s
radio show stating that our
Prime Minister, and FNM
leader, Hubert A Ingraham
lacks compassion.

I am surprised and disap-
pointed that my MP made
such a comment about our
Prime Minister and leader.

It is very unfortunate
because I think Mr McCart-
ney is doing a good job in our
area and has been a good MP.

I do not understand why he
would make that statement
about our Prime Minister
when, clearly, it is not true.

I have always respected Mr
McCartney, as a young politi-
cian, with promise, who calls
things straight, but that is not
the case here. I am truly puz-
zled.

Mr McCartney, I suspect,
Knows better than I about all
the things that have been
achieved by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham’s adminis-
trations of 1992 to 2002 and
2007 to date.

He must know them, he
represents our party.

I would like to point out,
for my MP, a few things the
FNM government has done
under the very able and
proven leadership of the Rt
Hon Hubert A Ingraham,
clearly and undoubtedly
demonstrating his compassion
and care;

1) This FNM government,
during the worst of the reces-
sion hired 3,000 workers on a
six-month programme, geared
primarily toward young peo-
ple.

2) This FNM government,
throughout the recession, at
no time, terminated any civil
servant nor reduced any
salaries. At a time when other
countries including Cuba, ter-
minated 500,000 government
employees.

3) This FNM government
doubled assistance and ben-
efit payments recently to $13
million. Previously, the FNM
doubled it from about $3 mil-
lion to $6 million. The PLP,
with an unemployment rate
in excess of 20 per cent in the
1970’s to 1980’s could not
even remotely compare.

4) These payments were
payments made to persons for
the purchase of food, elec-
tricity and rental assistance,
so that families could stay in
their apartments.

5) This FNM government,
in the height of the recession,
implemented a self-starter
programme where young peo-
ple obtained training in spe-
cific areas which enabled
them to start their own busi-
nesses with financial assis-
tance from the government.

6) This FNM government,
during the recession, the
worst in more than a genera-
tion, implemented a perma-
nent, major social safety net
programme; unemployment
benefit. The government
found $20 million unbudgeted
dollars to fund this critically
important programme.

7) This FNM government
implemented the Prescription
Drug Plan, the first ever. The
programme enables the elder-
ly and children to obtain free
medications for 163 illnesses.
And, implemented in the
most dignified way by pro-
viding a credit card-like mem-
bership card for participants.
They do not have to travel to
PMH, waiting six hours to
have one prescription filled,
in a hot, congested, area. At
their convenience, they can
attend a pharmacy in their
neighbourhood.

8) This FNM government,
implemented Tele-Medicine,
the first ever. Patients in our
Family Islands can now
receive specialist care.
Through technology obtained

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by the Ministry of Health,
doctors in Nassau can con-
duct Family Island patient
examinations in real-time and
prescribe medications.

9) This FNM government,
at the height of the recession,
commenced a clean-up cam-
paign and beautification pro-
gramme in New Providence
thereby putting a lot of young
men to work who could not
otherwise find employment
but wanted to work. Good,
honest work and they have
done a great job! The round-
abouts, not only were prop-
erly landscaped but are well-
maintained.

10) This FNM government,
embarked on the most com-
prehensive road and infra-
structure programme ever in
our country. The road
improvements are obvious
but also the quality of life by
replacing the 24-inch water
mains that will, finally, bring
much needed relief from rusty
water and little or no water
pressure, to persons living in
the eastern part of New Prov-
idence.

11) This FNM government,
during the recession, created a
great beach park at Saunders
Beach. It has improved the
quality of life, green spaces,
family and recreational areas.
Traffic flow is improved, there
is a large parking area, you
can now walk to the beach
without crossing a busy street.
You park your vehicle,
leisurely get out of your car
and walk to the beach. And,
those beautiful, mature,
Bahamian trees that are
planted along the water front
— what a view. Still, bath-
rooms and showers will be
installed to go along with
those creative wooden bench-
es.

12) This FNM government,
for the first time, implement-
ed inflation adjusted NIB pay-
ments. Those payments were
increased across the board
last year November. As part
of that exercise, the govern-
ment put in place an inflation
review and adjustment
process every two years.

13) This FNM government,
for the first time, is providing
millions of dollars as grants
(free money between $7,500 -
$40,000 annually) to students
who meet the requirements
and want to study abroad. It is
said that more needs to be
done to enable our youth to
study home and abroad. This
FNM government, is making
that happen, in a very signifi-
cant way, across the board.

14) That is not all in higher
education. This FNM govern-
ment, makes it possible for
students who receive at least
five BGCSE passes with a C
grade or better, including
Math and English to receive
full tuition scholarship to
attend COB for a Bachelor’s
degree.

15) The FNM government,
made available, for the first
time, government guaranteed
student loans, at 4 per cent;
the balance of 4 per cent
being paid by the government
to a private bank that provid-
ed the loans.

The programme has been
suspended, due to non-pay-
ments, causing the govern-
ment to pay the bank $58 mil-
lion. It is hoped, that it will
re-commence, sometime in
the future.

16) The Christie-led PLP
government, when it came to
power in 2002 required par-
ents/students to pay the entire
8 per cent interest. The com-
passionate and caring Ingra-
ham-led government, when it
returned to government in
2007 changed that rate, again,
to 4 per cent.

17) This FNM government,
made home purchases signif-

icantly more affordable and
reinvigorated a struggling
Real Estate sector by increas-
ing the stamp duty exemption
from $250,000 to $500,000, for
first-time home buyers since
returning to government in
2007.

18) This FNM government,
since returning to power in
2007, reduced Junkanoo tick-
et prices. It also increased the
“free areas” along Shirley
Street, for those who are
unable to afford the reduced
ticket prices for bleacher
seats.

19) This FNM government
is funding Family Island
Regattas at unprecedented
levels.

20) The FNM government,
has given the average
Bahamian more opportunity
than ever to own a greater
piece of the economic pie by
creating BISX and having
very profitable companies list-
ed on the exchange so that
every and all Bahamians
could have an opportunity to
own a piece of these compa-
nies and receive, for the most
part, a steady flow of divi-
dends.

21) This FNM government,
will make ownership of three
sectors of our economy avail-
able to average Bahamians in
the near future; Burns
House/Commonwealth Brew-
ery to Heineken - 25 per cent
of shares, “The Shipping
Port” companies to Arawak
Port Development Limited -
20 per cent of shares initially,
and BTC to BTC/CWC - 9010
of shares initially and up to
25 per cent within three years.
A steady flow of dividends is
also anticipated from these
companies.

22) This FNM government,
most recently, paid very gen-
erous separation packages to
the ZNS workers. In fact,
Prime Minister Ingraham
reported that the government
paid $700,000 in excess of
what the government was
required to pay — talking
about compassionate and car-
ing.

23) This FNM government,
for the first time, enabled
Members of Parliament to get
things done in their con-
stituencies themselves with an
allotment of $100,000. Due to
the recession, this could not
be justified in the current bud-
get year.

24) This FNM government,
paid $1 million to the Sea
Hauler victims, when it had
no legal obligation to do so.
We ought not forget, that this
tragedy occurred under the
Christie-led PLP but they did
nothing, for the many per-
sons, who suffered injuries
and those, who lost their lives.

25) This FNM government,
for the first time, implement-
ed one of the most important
social safety nets; minimum
wage and related benefits, for
workers, including a 40-hour
work week, dismissal with
cause only, Maternity Protec-
tion, etc. We recall the mea-
ger wages a lot of employers,
but not all, paid many of our
brothers and sisters, for a 48-
hour work week. Incredible,
under the so-called “socially
minded” Pindling-led PLP,
that existed, for 25 years.

These are only some of the
many instances where the
FNM government from 1992
to 2002 and from 2007 to date,
especially, in recessionary
times, under the very able and
proven leadership of Prime
Minister Hubert A Ingraham,
has clearly and undoubtedly,
demonstrated considerable
compassion and care, for all
Bahamians.

D SMITH
Nassau,
February 14, 2011.



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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

MEMORIAL SERVICE

WHY Celebrating the life of



"T'm vex at people who
complain about traffic, com-
pletely failing to see the
irony. They're the reason

traffic exists, because they're }

the ones driving the cars.
One would think that a tiny,
flyspeck island such as New
Providence would welcome
two wheeled transportation
such as bicycles, scooters
and motorcycles with open
arms, but Bahamians are so
ignorant that we stick to the
old tradition of ‘only
"Hyshins'’ is ride bicycle!’
And we all know how
Bahamians view '‘Hyshins’."
— Concerned citizen

"IT vex an’ sad that all dem
stores on Bay Street get
burn down and happy dat at
least one left mostly saved
intact is da well known ‘Bat’
store”,

— Observer

"Tam vex that now the
Bahamas is a bi-lingual
nation that the politicians
are not having public street
signs and drivers education

pamphlets with both English

and Creole, written as they
do in other bi-lingual coun-
tries.

"By doing this we can

minimise some of these traf- :
fic problems as some drivers }
do not seem to get itin Eng- }

lish only."
— Democracy

"Tam vex that directors of ;

companies can be on the
company boards for years
and only when they leave
can call for major changes
on that company.,”

— Average Joe

"Tam vex that presently
our Christian brothers and
sisters in the shanty villages

have to poop in the outhous- :

es which do not have septic
tanks. Nor do the ‘honey
trucks’ that go in the bushes
to empty the contents which
cause pollution and disease.

"However, in the mean-
time, authorities can talk
about shaking down those
tall illegal electronic signs
which create jobs and busi-
ness."

— Say it ain't so

"Tam vex that some of
those deadbeat politicians
are running over an' over
again, an’ when you elect
them after giving them the
time of the day, being the
good Christian yinna is and

hearing the latest sugary and :

honey syrup coated speech-
es, they still can't help you."
— Voter

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_ Airport officials invite
- public to tour airport
facilities on February 2

THE Nassau Airport
: Development Company has
i invited the public to take a
i: first-hand look at the new
? US Departures Terminal at
: the Lynden Pindling Inter-
i national Airport during an
: open house on Saturday,
? February 26 from 12pm to
i 6pm.
i “The open house is all
? about showing the Bahami-
? an public what the future of
i aviation looks like in our
? country. We’ve built an air-
? port that truly reflects the
i people of the Bahamas,”
i said Vernice Walkine, vice
: president of marketing and
? communications at NAD.
i “This is a once in a lifetime
i Opportunity to tour the air-
: port before it goes into full
? operation next month.”
i The new 247,000 sq ft ter-
i minal is stage one of the
: $409.5 million airport rede-
i velopment project.

Upgrades include a $10
i million state-of-the-art bag-
i gage system, eco-friendly
i: building design features and
? stunning Bahamian artwork
i by artists John Beadle,
i Nicole Sweeting, Susan
? Katz-Lightbourn and John
i Cox.
i Stage one boasts 19 retail
: and food and beverage
? options including a native
: sit down restaurant capable
i of seating up to 170 patrons.
: Retailers will be open for
business during the public

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open house. Other open
house highlights include live
entertainment, face paint-
ing, samples and giveaways.

The event is open to the
public and no invitations are
required to attend. Free
parking will be available.

Golden Key International Honour Society

i AQUINAS College
? teacher Harris Francis has
accepted membership to
? Golden Key International
i Honour Society.

? Mr Francis, who is head of
? mathematics at Aquinas and
i who hails from Portmore,
i Jamaica, was honoured dur-
i ing a recent new member
i recognition event at Ashford
i University.

i An eight year veteran in
the Bahamas, Mr Francis is
? currently studying for a mas-
: ter’s degree in organisation-
? al administration at Ashford
i University and is maintaining
: a4.0GPA.

i “It is only fitting that a top
? academic achiever like Har-
i ris be recognised by Golden
i Key,” said John W Mitchell,
? Golden Key’s chief executive
i officer.

i “Our members are inspired
i and motivated to not only
? achieve exceptional academic



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HONOURED: Teacher Harris Francis.

accomplishments, but also to
make a positive impact on our
world through the society’s
commitment to leadership
and service.”

Founded in 1977, Golden
Key International Honour
Society is a global collegiate
honour society that provides
academic recognition to top
performing college and uni-
versity students.

inducts Aquinas teacher, Harris Francis

Membership begins with
academic excellence but the
society’s core mission is to
enable members to realise
their full potential through
three pillars — academics,
leadership and service.

Boasting close to two mil-
lion members, the society has
375 campus-based chapters in
seven countries, including the
Bahamas.

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A MEMORIAL service and celebration of the life of
the late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morn-
ing at the College of the Bahama.

Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's
Hospital.

The loss of the college’s President Emerita and schol-
ar-in-residence has deeply saddened the academic com-
munity, and one of Dr Bethel’s colleagues said her “lega-
cy is forever etched in the foundation of our great insti-
tution”.

Dean Patrick Adderley, Rector at Christ Church Cathe-
dral, provided the eulogy at the service, while former
students and colleagues offered heartfelt reflections on Dr
Bethel’s life, her tremendous achievements and the
invaluable contribution she made to education in the
Bahamas.

The Benediction was delivered by Canon Warren
Rolle, Assistant Professor.

Dr Bethel is survived by two children, Nicolette Bethel-
Burrows and Edward Bethel, a son-in-law, Philip A Bur-
rows, a daughter-in-law Tasha Honey-Bethel, a grandson
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Probe sought in Egypt of

Mubarak family finances

By KARIN LAUB and
TAREK EL-TABLAWY
CAIRO

Anti-corruption campaigners pressed
Egypt's chief prosecutor Thursday for
an investigation into the assets of Hos-
ni Mubarak and his family, handing
over documents that they say spotlight
the kind of potentially improper finan-
cial dealings that may have allowed the
former ruler and his relatives to amass a large for-
tune.

The family's wealth — speculation has put it at
anywhere from $1 billion to $70 billion — has
come under growing scrutiny since Mubarak's
February 11 ouster opened the floodgates to
three decades of pent-up anger at the regime.

Watchdog groups allege that under Mubarak,
top officials and tycoons were given preferen-
tial treatment in land contracts, allowed to buy
state industries at a fraction of their value during
Egypt's privatization process launched in the
early 1990s, and got other perks that enabled
them to increase their wealth exponentially. The
perks came at a price — and the Mubaraks were
major beneficiaries, the activists say.

"This is the single largest plot against Egypt's
wealth by one family,” said Mamdouh Hamza, a
participant in Thursday's meeting with the chief
prosecutor.

Since his ouster, Mubarak has remained
secluded in a gated villa in the Red Sea resort of
Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a government offi-
cial who dismissed rumours that Egypt's ruler
of 30 years has left for exile.

The Mubaraks have not commented publicly
on the issue and do not have a spokesman. No
evidence has been published to back up claims
that Mubarak and his sons hold a vast fortune.

The chief prosecutor has imposed travel bans
and frozen assets of several former senior officials
and leading businessmen, but has not taken steps
against the Mubaraks. The prosecutor does not
have a spokesman.

At the centre of the activists’ complaint are
records that raise questions about offshore com-
panies and funds based or registered in Cyprus,
the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the
Cayman Islands, Hamza said.

The most prominent of these is Bullion Co.
Ltd., a Cyprus-registered firm in which both Alaa
and Gamal Mubarak are listed as board mem-
bers, according to documents filed with the Reg-
istrar's Office in the island nation. Bullion,
meanwhile, also owns the London-based Med-
invest Associates, which was set up by Gamal
Mubarak in 1996.

Appearing on the board of both companies or
in the funds are individuals who serve on the
board, or in top executive positions, of EFG-
Hermes, the Cairo-based Mideast investment
bank. EFG Hermes has said Gamal Mubarak
holds an 18 per cent share in a subsidiary, EFG
Hermes Private Equity, and that his link to the
bank was made public before his political career.

The investment bank denied Thursday that it
or any of the funds it manages has received any
special treatment from the former regime.

EFG Hermes also said in a statement that it
"does not manage any funds or portfolios for
the family of the former president of Egypt." It
stressed that it "received a statement from its

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direct or indirect personal or financial
ties" to Mubarak or his family, either
locally or globally. One of Bullion's
board members, Izzet Ziwar Jarrah, told
the AP: "I'm not involved, I'm not active
on this."

Asked how he was on the board and

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all."

Efforts to contact other Bullion's board mem- everything, but we don't

hers were unsuccessful None of the docunen's | plan any sabotage of any
reviewed by The Associated Press — necessari- } ie oe boas ling
ly indicate illegality in business dealings. Hamza- about profits (growing),
's group has been doing its own research, down- | about how they turned prof-
loading bank documents and reviewing what has / its around (but) they want
been published on the Mubaraks so far. The }
: the (next) three years," said

Mr Dean.

prosecutor must now take over, appointing
lawyers and finance experts to the job, Hamza
said.

He said the prosecutor did not say what his vote) was excellent, the

next step would be, but is likely to meet with | ood was great, everything

Many of the top officials and army generals : we order. We're confi-

running Egypt in the transition period had close : dent that it is going to be

ties to the former regime, raising concerns by } Overwhelming in support of

opposition activists that the interim rulers might } a Strike. Now we've got to

i see what the discussion
i (with BEC) will bring. They
: made an offer to us, we're

Union met separately with the prosecutor Mon- } meee ae ies aS
day to press for an investigation. The group asked } ‘hal and ie derermince
the prosecutor to request records from the Cen- heath ik
tral Bank of Egypt and obtain information on : whether to go on strike or

? not."

the activists again next week.

shy away from investigating the Mubaraks.
Hamza said he believed the prosecutor is open
to pursuing the case.
A delegation from the Egyptian Lawyers’

properties the family owns.

Mubarak's salary as president was set by law, _O1
as stipulated under the constitution. A report | BEC's offer, Mr Dean said it
i was unacceptable: "I told
Strategic and International Studies said that in fis- }
cal 2007-08, Mubarak's salary, including stipends }
and various allowances, amounted to 4,500 :
Egyptian pounds ($765). Activists say the salary }
is now closer to 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,400). i

The former president "was from a very mod- }
est family and didn't inherit wealth from his }
father," said Mohammed al-Damati, a member of }
the group. "Since the constitution prevents the }
president from using his position to do any busi- }
ness, any other wealth he has outside of his salary }
Unlike other Arab leaders, particularly those his lead attorney Wayne Munroe.
in the oil rich Gulf nations, Mubarak was far :

i : ; :
from ostentatious. Whatever wealth he and his } Mr Munroe, with Mr Mangra's assistance.

family may have had was rarely — if ever — } This is a very serious matter. I would want
flaunted. The most prominent symbol of their } either of them to be here.
presumed fortune that has surfaced was a town- }

house in London's exclusive Knightsbridge dis- }

published by the Cairo-based Ahram Centre for

is considered acquired illegally.”

trict, which is listed to Gamal Mubarak and where

investment banker in the early 1990s.

The townhouse has become a focal point for | yr Munroe’s firm, told the magistrate that
many 1n Egypt as foreign governments begin to i Mr Munroe 4 d in-another it
either enact, or consider imposing freezes on } was e0Eeee AOE SOU

their assets. Switzerland was the first to say it was } matter and unable to attend the proceedings.
moving to identify and freeze assets of Mubarak
and his family. The European Union said Tues- }
? with Mr Munroe attending to other affairs.
: She urged Mr Reckley to contact Mr

i Munroe and have him present at court.

day it was considering a request from Egypt to
freeze the assets of Mubarak's top aides. The
EU said, however, that no such request had been
submitted about Mubarak or his family.

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BEC strike vote

FROM page one

to give us zero (raises) for

"The turnout (for the

Speaking further on

them it was offensive, it

amounts to (paying for)
lunch once a week."

According to Mr Dean,
BEUMU's last industrial
agreement with the utility
company expired on Octo-
ber 1, 2007. He said that a
clause in this agreement,
article 47, dictates that the
old agreement will stand
until a new contract is
signed. He said the union
will most likely demand an
increase of “about 10 per
cent” in managers’ salaries
over the next four years in
its counter-offer.

"We haven't put it togeth-
er yet (the counter-offer),
but we are going ask them
to comply with the industri-
al agreement. Article 47 (of
the expired agreement) says
if at the end of this agree-
ment you don't agree toa
new one then this one will
roll forward.

The union filed a strike
request with the Ministry of
Labour last Thursday paving
the way for yesterday's vote.

not involved, he replied: "I'm on the :
board, like that. I'm not concerned at }

"The executive manage-
ment have failed to comply
with the industrial agree-
ment (IA). We have been
asking for them to comply
and conform for the past
four years. Because they
refuse to do that it has
resulted in management and
line staff getting sick," Mr
Dean told The Tribune last
week.

He has also said that due
to his union's small numbers
— about 100 members com-
pared to the 1,000 line staff
union — BEC's executive
management is "more afraid
of the workers resorting to
industrial action and cutting
out the lights" than strike
action from BEUMU.

Last week BEC said they
were unaware of the union's
concerns but "reassured the
public of the corporation's
commitment to working
closely with the BEUMU in
the best interest of employ-
ees and customers."

MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY
FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP ‘STRANDED’

ject be launched in stages to prevent
the market from being over saturated.

Sir Sol said: "It is our contention
that a first phase of no more than
1,000 rooms should be built and
absorbed into the market successfully
before undertaking any subsequent

“Phasing in this manner would
ensure a healthier, more stable
tourism market and would protect the
existing resorts and the Bahamian jobs

CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL

FROM page one

Fraser told the magistrate: “I have hired

Lead Prosecutor Franklyn Williams noted
that while Fraser has right to legal repre-

! sentation, it should not be at the detriment

he was said to have lived while working as an } of the justice system.

Attorney Roberto Reckley, an associate in

Magistrate Bethell noted that she "could
not in good conscience” put the matter off

Mr Stewart's statements came after

However after two brief adjournments, Mr
Reckley informed the court that Mr Munroe
was still unable to appear.

Magistrate Bethell said she was "not hap-
py at all” with Mr Munroe. She said he had
left his client stranded without any reply or
excuse and was not trying to make himself
available. The magistrate also noted that she
had removed numerous cases from her court
calendar this week to facilitate Fraser's tri-
al. She noted that Mr Munroe and Mr Man-
gra have had carriage of the case stating, "I
would find it unconscionable to leave the
defendant stranded in the middle of his
defence."

She informed Fraser that if neither coun-
sel is present when the case resumes on
March 15, he would be "on his own" or may
have to find another attorney.

Fraser remains on $10,000 bail.

Baha Mar ‘to bring airlift from untapped regions’

MAN ACCUSED OF STABBING

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LOCAL NEWS

Students to benefit from new, national programme

Minister Maynard wants school
principals to buy into GOLD

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Charles Maynard urged
school principals and district superin-
tendents to back the newly rebranded
Governor General’s Youth Award
programme, in hopes of turning the
tide towards positive youth develop-
ment.

“There are serious issues in our soci-
ety with regards to our young people,
and I know I’m preaching to the choir
because you are on the front line of
many of those issues, and so you expe-
rience them every day,” said Minis-
ter Maynard at a breakfast meeting
held at the Sheraton. “I want you to
trust me that this partnership will help
to lighten the load in terms of some of
the issues that you face within your
school system.”

Recently strengthened with gov-
ernment funding, the GGYA is evolv-
ing into a national youth development
programme available to all Bahamians
14-25. The ministry has entered into a
three-year contract with the GGYA
offering them funding, logistical and
marketing support for the programme.

Although the GGYA has been
renamed the GOLD Initiative, the
original programme remains intact.
Participants engage in recreational
activities to improve physical fitness,
develop important life skills, provide
community service, and make expe-
ditions, all aimed at earning a Bronze,
Silver, or Gold award.

The new GOLD Initiative aims to
attract 2,500 youths in the first year, up
to 4,000 in the second year, and about
5,500 in year three. GOLD is an
acronym for Greatness, Opportunity,
Leadership and Development.

The government, said Mr Maynard,
realised that the solutions to societal
problems do not lie in the ministry.

Rather, the ministry should be a
facilitator, strengthening and linking
all youth development programmes,
he said.

According to the minister, previous

Tributes paid to veteran
educator Betty McCartney

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia. net



FREEPORT - Tributes were
paid to veteran educator Betty
McCartney who has retired
after 43 years of dedicated ser-
vice to education in the
Bahamas, and particularly at
the Hugh Campbell Primary
where she served as principal
for 17 years.

Education Minister
Desmond Bannister praised
Mrs McCartney for her passion
for teaching, her sense of sacri-
fice, and for the thousands of
children she touched through-
out the four decades as a
teacher.

“Mrs McCartney put the



Eric Rose/BIS

ADDRESS: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard addressed principals

and school administrators on Thursday.

attempts for a national strategy for
youth development failed for a num-
ber of reasons: over-concentration on
Nassau, heavy capital outlays with
insignificant returns, short-sightedness
and a lack of necessary institutions.
Criticism

“We have this criticism all the time
that we usually cater to either the best
and the brightest amongst our young
people, or to the worse and the most
feared,” said Mr Maynard. “What
happens to all of those kids in the mid-
dle?”

The minister said he believes that
“given the times we live in” and their
attendant “distractions,” all young per-
son between the ages of 14-21 are at
risk.

“The young people in this country
need a strong sense of belonging —
that is, national pride. If they had that,
we would have less problems. They
need more community awareness.

“They need to be connected to oth-
er youths doing positive things. We
have to do something to cause each
student to find their niche. That’s



Vandyke Hepburn/BIS
Grade five student from Hugh Campbell Samia Rampersad makes a pre-
sentation to Betty McCartney.

where the GOLD Initiative comes in.”

“We have made and attained gold
on so many levels: academics, sports,
cultural expression. Bahamians have
become the best in the world and so
we want every young person to strive
for GOLD.

“We want them to feel they can
accomplish that goal, so we thought
that the GOLD Initiative was a fit-
ting name for this new partnership
between the government of the
Bahamas, the Governor General’s
Youth Award Programme and our
stakeholders.”

The ministry is getting set to launch
a mega public relations campaign to
get young persons excited about
GOLD. “We wanted to prepare you
before we do that so when all of your
students come knocking on your doors
saying, ‘We want to sign up.’ We want
you to know what it is they want to
sign up for and what would be
required of you,” Mr Maynard told
school administrators. “It’s our job to
get them excited and your job to facil-
itate their entrance into the pro-
gramme.”

At St John’s College, the GGYA
boasts an enrollment of around 100,

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according to principal Antoinette

Storr.

“In this type of programme where }
children get to socialise, I’ve found }
that it has enhanced their skills in com- :
munications,” she said. “It has defi-
nitely enhanced their ability to co- }
operate and show tolerance for each }
other. We’re actually reaping the ben- }
efits of this programme in terms of its }

socialising function.”

Kingsway Academy Principal

George Baxter echoed the minister's : Senator Join Délaney atti
sentiments, adding that choosing the sially closed the Witness

He credits his school’s GGYA co- | ene held .

ordinator and guidance counsellor } ee eee
: . : ? tre, on February 11.

with the programme’s increasing pop- }

ularity with the student body, 50 of Eau taees Garis come thing all

“Like the minister said, the principal : a ee en eae
has to be interested in things like the } :

outdoors, sports and development, ; jhe government of the

things outside of academics. That isa i Rapamas considers to be a
special interest for me; I was a Scout as; major part of its efforts,” he
a boy and have always been interested : oai4q The two-day ete se
in camping and hiking, so it’s right up ; organised by the Office of
my ally,” he said. “Ill push it even i jhe Attorney General and
harder. I’d like to see it expand to the Ministry of National
Be _ Security.

Janet Hanna, administrative assis- i
tant for Faith Temple Christian Acad-
emy and unit leader for the school’s }
20-strong GGYA programme, :

applauded the ministry for its “bold ie “oaes” and “incificien.
“Tt’s about getting that group who } ces s sa leah
may not be the high flyers, or the at- } Sy obey am tO tle ee ee
risk students, but those who are able } all partners and aaa
to shine in their own little corner. It rene eae poerniees
makes students aware that their world alse cae i . oo
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but actually that there is a world out } So en iie tor ane

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is give them a sense of community } No Witness. No Justice”
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awareness, letting them know that one project manager for Eng-

: land and Wales.

“right” co-ordinator is key.

whom are enrolled.

match St John’s.”

initiative.”

and connect to it,” she said.

of their greatest gifts is giving back
and lending a helping hand.”



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education of thousands of chil-
dren before her own personal
goals.

“There are many who opted
to seek fame and fortune. She
however, was enriched by her
investment in the lives of chil-
dren she educated and empow-
ered,” said the minister.

Teachers, students, and par-
ents of Hugh Campbell Prima-
ry held a special ceremony on
Thursday to honour Mrs
McCartney, who was described
not only as a “great educator,”
but also a good wife, mother,
and friend.

Mr Bannister called it “out-
standing” that the school took
time to recognise someone like
Mrs McCartney.

“T saw how moved the stu-
dents were and how much they
love her.

“She has really made an
indelible contribution in their
lives,” he told The Tribune after
many touching and light-heart-
ed tributes by students.

Also bringing tribute was
Deputy Director of Education
Cecil Thompson, who noted
that Mrs McCartney taught at
12 public schools in New Prov-
idence and Grand Bahama,
leaving “a trail of excellence
and distinction worthy of emu-
lation.”

Mrs McCartney, he said,
achieved many firsts: the first
principal of Hugh Campbell,
the first to establish a Father’s
Association in her school dis-
trict, the first to launch a Chil-
dren’s Library and Literacy
programme.

Superintendent of Primary

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Schools Sandra Edgecombe
and Monsignor Ambrose McK-
innon, pastor of Mary Star of
the Sea Catholic Church, both
praised the educator for her
contribution to public and
Catholic education.

During the minister’s
address, Mrs McCartney was
described as a great educator.

Great

“Great teachers mold lives,
and I was in her first class and
she was responsible for shap-
ing my life and for me being
who I am today,” Mr Bannister
said.

“That’s what great teachers
do; they contribute to the devel-
opment of great leaders, great
athletes, great business profes-
sionals, and other great teach-
ers.”

Mr Bannister thanked Mrs
McCartney’s husband, veteran
educator Donald McCartney,
now Deputy Director in the
Public Service, and their daugh-

ters for allowing her to expand
their family by the thousands
of children she brought into
their lives through her work.

“Mrs McCartney is a person
who has high ideals, a passion
for teaching and genuine love
and concern for the children in
her charge.

“This fine educator made an
indelible mark in Catholic edu-
cation before coming over to
the public education system
where she taught at several
schools in New Providence and
later here in Grand Bahama.

“Several of the schools she
taught at are no longer in exis-
tence, but her legacy lives on
in the lives of the students who
attended those institutions,” the
minister said.

Mrs McCartney thanked all
those who supported her during
her many years in education,
especially her husband.

She said that she has not left
the vocation and will be work-
ing in another area involving
children.

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ATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19,

Ray Minus Jr

Ray Minus Jr
Set to host
hoxing show

RAY Minus Jr and his
Champion Boxing Club will
host another of their month-
ly amateur boxing shows
tonight at the First Class
Boxing Center on Wulff
Road.

The show is being spon-
sored by Speedy Tire Repair
and will feature a number of
bouts, highlighted by the
main event between Tyrone
Oliver and DeVante McPhee
in the featherweight division.

“These boxers are very,
very good, so this is a very
good match,” said Minus Jr.
in releasing the details of the
show. “They should set the
tone for the show.

“Tyrone is a very experi-
enced boxer with over 50
matches, but Devante only
has had about 15 bouts, but
he is very good and he is con-
fident that he can beat
Tyrone Oliver.”

About 10 other bouts are
expected to be staged during
the night Among the boxers
expected to compete are
Anwar Davis, Garvin Rolle,
Jermaine Allen, Don Rolle,

Allen, the most improved
junior boxer last year, just
turned 13 years old and
according to Minus Jr., he is
“so talented. He’s only been
boxing with us for about
eight months, but he already
has a record of 16-2 and that
is what you call a pro-
gramme.

“However, in order for us
to find talent to improve his
level, we have to find oppo-
nents for him who have a
fear amount of experience
and the same time, has to be
at least a year older than him
and around four or five
pounds heavier,” Minus Jr.
said.

Rolle, according to Minus
Jr., has “fallen off a bit after
winning the Boxer of the
Year award. He is 12 years
old, but he fought very well
last year. He lost a few fights
to Allen. He is now trying to

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championship title.

perfect 14-0 win-loss record.

off for us in the end.”

College three years ago.

regular season.”



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QC Comets
day in overtime.



A 19-POINT rout sealed a two-game sweep
as the Queen’s College Comets put their stamp
of approval on the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools’ junior boys

Their convincing 66-47 decision yesterday at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium enabled the
Comets to dethrone the St. Augustine’s Col-
lege Big Red Machine as they capped off a

“Tt’s a great feeling. We worked very hard
for this,” said a jubilant coach Dwayne Smith.
“All of the work we put in this summer paid

It wasn’t a totally disappointing day for St.
Augustine’s College. In the first day on the
quartet of matches, the Big Red Machine
rolled past the Temple Christian Suns 30-28
regain the title they relinquished to Queen’s

“This was a sweet victory,” said SAC’s coach
Anstacia Moultrie. “Our girls really wanted
this one, especially after we were blown out by
Temple Christian in our only loss during the

Although the Suns came into the champi-
onship undefeated, Moultrie said their goal
was not to give them “another life” after win-
ning the opening game of the series on Mon-

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“T told the girls we don’t know when we

would get to use the gym again, so we had to
come out here and played like there was no
tomorrow,” she said. “Once you give a team

another chance, they could come back to beat

you.”

The senior girls match-up between the St.

John’s Giants and Queen’s College, along with
the senior boys’ showdown between St. John’s

and Westminster Diplomats closed out the

night.

But their results were not available at press

time.

¢ Summary of the two encounters complet-

ed are as follows:

COMETS 66
BIG RED MACHINE 47

Queen’s College established the temp of

the game early as Daejour Adderley got red
hot from the outside, canning nine points,
including a pair of thre-pointers, to push their
lead to 22-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Adderley finished with 19 points and Tyrone

Burrows, who had seven in the second half as
they widened their lead at the half, finished
with 17 as they provided an unstoppable 1-2
punch.

D’Metry Charlton contributed 10 and

Dominique Bethel helped out with eight.

St. Augustine’s College tried everything they

could, but they had trouble breaking through

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Vanderpool-Wallace sets
new records at SEC finals

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER setting the pace in the prelimi-
naries, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came
back and was even more impressive in the
final of the women’s 50 metres freestyle as
well as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly.

And Armando Moss didn’t get left out as
he also triumphed at the 2011 MIAC Swim-
ming Championsghips in his speciality in the
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center yes-
terday.

Vanderpool-Wallace, the FINA World
Shortcourse World Championships’ bronze
medalist, continued where she left off in
Thursday’s prelims in the morning when she
came back in the evening and lowered her
times.

At the Southeastern Conference Swim-
ming Championships at the Stephen C.
O’Connell Center on the campus of the Uni-
versity of Florida, Vanderpool-Wallace low-
ered both her SEC and Auburn records she
set in the prelims with her victory in the
final.

The junior at Auburn University clocked
21.34 seconds to win the race, erasing the
double records of 21.46 that she posted ear-
lier in the day and she also lowered her
Bahamian national record in the process. It
was the fifth victory in the event for Auburn

and the first since 2001.

“Coming into SECs, I wasn’t execpting a
time like that at all,” said Vanderpool-Wal-
lace on Auburn’s website. “I’m not fully rest-
ed, so I’m very excited to see what happens
at NCAAs.”

The SEC meet that wraps up today serves
as a qualifier for the NCAA Swimming
Championships in Austin, Texas from March
17-19.

Vanderpool-Wallace, who turns 21 on
March 4, was able to attain the standard in
her performances, Auburn’s head coach
Brett Hawke said the Bahamian is right on
course for another big splash.

“Arianna is an outstanding competitor,” he
said on their website as well. “She keeps get-
ting better with every swim. We’re aiming for
her to go faster at NCAAs.”

Before the night was finished on Thursday,
Vanderpool-Wallace competed on the sec-
ond leg of the Tigers’ 200 free relay team
that won the race in 1:28.25.

Not having any time to celebrate, Van-
derpool-Wallace was right back in the pool
yesterday when she turned in the fastest
qualifying time of 51.98 in the 100 fly pre-
liminaries.

She was able to surpass the A qualifying
time of 52.02 for the NCAAs and erased
another Auburn record, but fell just shy of

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SHINING: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came back and was even
more impressive in the final of the women’s 50 metres freestyle as well
as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly.





Mark Knowles

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MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor
will renew their rivarly on the court
when they face each other with new
men’s doubles partners in the semifinal
of the Regions Morgan Keegan Cham-
pionships in Memnphis, Tennessee
today.

Knowles and Michal Mertinak, the
number three seeds, pulled off a hard
fought 3-6, 6-3, 14-12 win over the Brazil-
ian team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno
Soares in their quarter-final match on
Thursday.

It was a match that Knowles admitted
could have gobne either way.

“Tt was a really tough match,” he said.
“The other guys played very well. We
were coming in on the heels of winning
their last two events down in South
America.

“So obviously, they were playing with a
lot of confidence. They played very well.
So we did well to dfight back after losing

the first set. The tie breaker was a very
close one. It could have gone either way.”

Knowles, 39, said it was just fornuate
that he and Merrtinak, 31, were able to
prevail in the end.

Now they are scheduled to face Nestor
and Max Mirnyi, the top seeds, who
advanced by eliminating the American
team of Ryan Harrison and Andy Rod-
dick 7-5, 7-6 (6), in today’s semifinal.

It’s a match that Knowles is eaglerly
looking forward to playing.

“It’s an exciting prospect. They are
one of the top teams and they are the top
seeds here,” Knowles pointed out about
Nestor and Mirnyi. “So it’s a good
barometre for us to see exactly where
were at as a team.

“So it’s going to be an exciting match.
It’s obviously one that we are looking
forward too, not just playing, but hope-
fully winning.”

As the number 21 ranked team on the
ATP tour, Knowles said it would be
great if they can advance past their sec-
ond straight semifinal, having played in
the same round at the SAP Open last

week.

“You just want to win every match
that you play,” he said. “Last week we
had a very good showing. We won a few
matches here, so it would be really nice
to see how we measure up against the
top teams.

“Obviously, it’s a good opportunity
for us to see how well we can do as a
team. So it’s a big match, but it’s one
that I’m looking forward to playing.”

Going into the match, Knowles said he
and Mertinak are healthy and they’re
just taking it one match at time. But he
knows quick well that in order to be the
best, they have to beat the best teams.

Knowles and Mertinak opened their
new partnership at Medibank Interna-
tional in Sydney, Australia the second
week in January where they were ousted
in the second round by the top ranked
American team of Bob and Mike Bryan.

They also were eliminated in the sec-
ond round at the first Grand Slam tour-
nament at the Australian Open in Mel-
bourne the following week before they
returned to the United States.





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SPORTS

Lady Cheetahs take down Lady Truckers

THE Four J’s Lady Cheetahs and
the College of the Bahamas Lady
Caribs pulled off victories in the two
games played Thursday night at the
DW Davis Gymnasium in the New
Providence Women’s Basketball
Association.

While the Lady Cheetahs got by
the Johnson’s Lady Truckers 82-72
in the opener, the Lady Caribs
stunned the Cybots Queens 73-59.

¢ Here’s a summary of the games
played:

LADY CHEETAHS 82

LADY TRUCKERS 72

Latoya ‘Lil Thing’ Thompson led
five players in double figures with a
side high 18 points on 8-of-15 shoot-

ing from the field and 1-of-2 both
from the three-point and free throw
lines and pulled down four rebounds
in 35 minutes in the win.

Linda Pierre and Pamela Bethel
posted double doubles in the attack.
Pierre had 17 points and 12 rebounds
in 29 minutes and Bethel had 11
points and 14 rebounds in 33 min-
utes.

Four J’s also got 16 points with six
assists and five rebounds in 30 min-
utes and Alyse Dean had 12 points
with six rebounds and three assists.

The Lady Cheetahs led after the
three quarters, first 18-17 at the end
of the first, 35-33 at the half and 60-47
at the completion of the third.

For the Lady Truckers, Glenda
Gilcud canned a game high 25 points

on 10-of-22 from the field and 5-of-12
from the three-point arch in 31 min-
utes.

She was joined by two other play-
ers in double figures with Shantell
Rolle scoring 12 points with four
rebounds, three assists and as many
steals in 31 minutes, while Janice
Williams had 10 points and 18
rebounds for another double dou-
ble.

LADY CARIBS 73

QUEENS 59

Gabrielle McKinney pumped in a
game high 24 points on 6-of-14 from
the field and 12-of-16 from the free
throw line with six rebounds, five
assists and three steals in 37 minutes

in the win.

She led two other players in double
figures as Natiska Silver had a double
double with 20 points, 15 rebounds,
two assists and two steals in 37 min-
utes. Shandell Williams had 14 points,
five rebounds and three steals.

Christine Sinclair scored 15 points
with six assists, five rebounds and two
steals in 32 minutes in the loss and
Robin Gibson added 15 points, seven
rebounds, two assists and two steals in
35 minutes.

Deandra Cunningham helped out
with nine points and seven rebounds
and Kiesha Rolle had six points and
five rebounds.

COB opened a 21-13 lead after the
first quarter and extended it to 35-
25 at the half.



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the press and when they did,
they couldn’t contain
Queen’s College size in the
paint.

Kwasi Dames had a game
high 21 points and Donovan
Pickering chipped in with 13.
But Davon Adderley was
held to just eight as the
Comets clamped down on

him defensively.

BIG RED MACHINE 30
SUNS 28

Sheyanne Thompson and
LaShae Rolle came up big
with 14 and 12 points respec-
tively for SAC as they man-
aged to hold off Temple
Christian.

The game, which turned
out to be another defensive
battle, came right down to
the wire and the Suns had a

chance to shine for one more
day when India Smith got
opened for a three-point
attempt witgh 1.3 seconds left
on the clock.

But her shot hit the front
of the rim and the Big Red
Machine got the rebound as
the clock expired.

Rolle got off to a great
start as she scored six points
to give SAC a 6-0 lead as
they went on to take a 10-6
margin at the end of the first
break.

And when Temple Christ-
ian made a dent in the lead, it
was Rolle who came up with
six more points to keep the
Big Red Machine out front
16-13 at the half.

The Suns, however, wqent
to a full court press to start
the third and they got four
consecutive baskets from
Sheryl Evans to snatch a 21-
16 advantage.

Despite the fact that SAC
rebounded to tie the score at
21-21, the Suns went ahead

25-21 at the half, thanks to
back-to-back baskets from
Amba Goodman and Evans.

Then in the fourth, after
there was some confusion as
to weather or not Thompson
had five or four fouls. Once
referees Rodney Johnson
and Sharon ‘the General’
Storr sorted it out, Thomp-
son drove inside for three
consecutive baskets to give
SAC a 26-25 lead and they
didn’t trail the rest of the

way.



Couples turns back clock at Riviera

LOS ANGELES
Associated Press

FRED Couples does not look like
he belongs atop the leaderboard on
the PGA Tour.

Except that he's at Riviera.

Despite a bad back that hurts when
he stoops over a short iron, Couples
navigated around his favorite tour
course without a bogey Friday for a 5-
under 66 that gave him the early lead
in the Northern Trust Open.

It helped that he knocked in an
eagle putt of nearly 100 feet on his
opening hole, along with a pair of 30-
foot birdie putts. But even for a 51-
year-old well past his prime, he was
carried along by a languid swing and
his love for Riviera.

"I feel like I can play this course
blindfolded," Couples said.

Some of his peers couldn't believe
what they saw.

"He played like he was my age,"
said 25-year-old Anthony Kim, who
was paired with Couples and was nine
shots behind. "He was loose, swinging
hard. He hit some quality shots, some
aggressive shots. It doesn't hurt that
he's won here a couple of times. He
just knows what he’s doing out here."

Couples first played Riviera three
years before Kim was born. He won in
1990 and 1992, back when his hair
was brown, not mostly gray, and when
he didn't have to get up at 4 a.m. to
stretch out his back so he could make
it to the first tee.

The affection from the gallery has-
n't changed.

From the other side of the par-5

first green, Couples rapped a putt and
watched it roll some 100 feet toward
the cup and drop for an eagle. The
cheer was loud enough for players
still on the practice range to look up.

One player jokingly said, "Couples
just made a 10-footer for par."

Paul Casey, who had a 67 and was
four shots back, played in the group
behind Couples. Asked how it felt to
trail a 51-year-old who can barely
bend over to tie his shoes, Casey start-
ed laughing.

"Every time I looked ahead, he’s
stretching his back, his hand is on his
hip," Casey said. "We all know Fred-
die. He looks like he doesn't care. He
looks like he's in pain. He could be on
any score. And the fact he's on 8
under is brilliant."

Couples was at 8-under 134 heading
into what could be a soggy weekend.
The rain began to fall late in the after-
noon as half of the field was trying to
cope with tougher conditions.

J.B. Holmes was tied for the lead
until a double bogey on the last hole
gave him a 69.

Phil Mickelson struggled with his
irons on his way to a 70 that put him
seven shots behind, although not ter-
ribly worried.

"I'm not pleased being in the posi-
tion where I'm at, but it could be a lot
worse," Mickelson said. "And I
should be within striking distance if I
can go out and shoot some hot round
tomorrow."

That he would be trying to catch
up to Couples was surprising given
his age and his health. Casey, howev-
er, said course knowledge and good
vibes only go so far.

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Northern Trust Open PGA golf tournament in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Ange-

les Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP)



Ray Minus Jr
FROM page nine

refocus himself after losing
his first fight for the year.

“He has been training vig-
oriously, but his mother has
stepped in as his assistant
coach and he know he have
to go out there and train or
else he will get his tail kick.
His mother is really putting
the heat down on him, forc-
ing him to lift his game. She
really wants him to do well.”

Minus Jr. commended his
mother for taking the inia-
tive to assist her son.

At the end of the night,
Champion Boxing Club will
crown the two boxers in the
Fight of the Night; the Most
Improved Boxer, the Most
Outstanding Boxer and the
Speedy Tire Most Boxer of
the Tournament.

Trophies and medals will
be presented to the deserving
boxers.

The tournament is expect-
ed to get underway at 6 p.m.

Vanderpool-Wallace

FROM page nine

the SEC record of 51.00 set
by Christine Magnuson of
Tennessee in 2008.

That time, however, could
fall in the final that was sched-
uled for last night.

At the University of Min-
nesota, St. John’s University
(Mn) freshman Armando
Moss had a sentational swim
in the men’s 50 free final, win-
ning the race on Thursday
night in 20.87, well ahead of
his fourth place finish in the
prelim’s in 21.22 earlier in the
day.

On Friday morning, Moss
contested the prelim’s of the
100 fly where he had the
fourth fastest qualifying time
of 51.48 to again advance to
the final that was contested
last night.

The meet wraps up today.

SPORTS

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NFL, union hold
Ist session with
federal mediator

WASHINGTON
Associated Press



NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell and union head
DeMaurice Smith met in
front of a federal mediator for
about six hours Friday, a bid
to jump-start contentious and
slow-moving labor negotia-
tions two weeks before own-
ers could lock out players and
threaten the 2011 season.

Friday's session was the
sides’ first with George
Cohen, the director of the
Federal Mediation and Con-
ciliation Service, a U.S. gov-
ernment agency.

More than two hours after
Goodell and Smith arrived
separately, the league and the
NFL Players Association
released a joint statement say-
ing the mediation had start-
ed and that both parties
agreed to adhere to Cohen's
request that they not speak
publicly about the process.

True to their word, Smith
and other union representa-
tives — including Pittsburgh
Steelers quarterback Charlie
Batch, former player Pete
Kendall and NFLPA lawyer
Richard Berthelsen —
declined to answer questions
on their way out of the meet-
ing.

"There's not going to be
any comment," Smith said as
he walked out at 6:15 p.m.,
more than seven hours after
he arrived.

Goodell and other mem-
bers of the NFL's bargaining
team — including the league's
lead labor negotiator, Jeff
Pash, and NFL outside coun-
sel Bob Batterman — avoided
media members in front of
the building entirely. They left
via another exit, an FMCS
spokesman said.

It wasn't immediately clear
when the sides would resume
talks, although originally
there were plans for several
days of negotiations with
Cohen present.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANNA Nicole Smiths former lover and father of her child, Larry Birk-h ead, might take legal action against the producers of the opera Anna Nicole, playing Royal Opera House in London. A ccording to a Reuters report, Mr Birkhead claims that the ROH never attempted to contacth im or Smith's estate about the production. Mr Birkhead has not s een the show, but said of the star, "That lady is no A nna Nicole. We are looking at our legal options to see if they mis-u sed Anna's image and likeness. We are going to h ave the estate attorneys look at what can be done about it." H e added: "They said it was going to be something that was tastefully done. But then they puta trailer out on YouTube t hat was really kind of trashy and tabloidy." The show, entitled Anna Nicole is described on its website as "a celebrity story of our times that includes extremel anguage, drug abuse and sexual content." A minimum age of 16 for patrons has been imposed. S mith first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modelled for clothing companies, including Guess jeans and Lane Bryant. S he dropped out of high school and was married in 1985. Her highly publicized second marriage to oil business m ogul J Howard Marshall, 62 years her senior, resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his mon ey, which she denied. F ollowing Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v Mar shall, reached the US Supreme Court on a question of federal jurisdiction. She died on February 8, 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose of pre s cription drugs. During the final six months of her life, Smith was the focus of press coverage because of the death of her son Daniel in Nassau and the paternity and custody battle for her daughter Dannielynn. Anna Nicole, the opera: She aims to sleaze By MIKE SILVERMAN Associated Press LONDON Why write an opera about t he sordid life and death of Anna N icole Smith? That question doubtless leaped to the minds of many when they heard the Royal Opera had commissioned such a work. And sad to say, despite the expenditure of c onsiderable talent and money and a splendid performance by Eva-Maria Westbroek in t he title role the question remains unan swered following the world premiere of Anna N icole" at Covent Garden on Thursday night. For anyone who may have forgotten, Smith was a single mother from small-town Texas who, thanks to breast enhancement surgery, b ecame a Playboy celebrity and married an oil tycoon 63 years her senior. Her claim on his f ortune was disputed by his heirs, and in 2007 after giving birth (on pay-per-view TV a nd seeing her 20-year-old son die of an over dose in her hospital room she herself, grossly overweight, died of a drug overdose at age 39. To be sure, Smith's willingness to go to any l engths to lift herself out of poverty and her lifelong obsession with publicity have a lurid q uality that seems almost mythic. That's apparently what attracted librettist Richard T homas and composer Mark-Anthony Tur nage when they were looking for a subject for an opera. But it's not enough to put the spectacle of her life on stage in a chronological narrative, d ressed up with satiric jabs at obvious targets and occasional attempts to indict society at l arge for enabling Anna's career. We may feel pity for her, along with disgust, but those are not responses that redeem the tawdry spectacle of her life. In this retelling of her story, it's hard to empathise with her, much less imagine her as a figure of tragedy. Thomas has written a sometimes-clever, sometimes-sophomoric libretto very much in the vein of his popular hit, Jerry Springer: The Opera. A typical sample is Anna's introductory line: "I want to blow you all a kiss." (These are also her final words before being zipped into a body bag at the end.) In a more serious, but not necessarily more persuasive vein, Thomas has Anna exclaim near the end: "Oh, America, you dirty whore. I gave you everything but you wanted more. Turnage, a respected composer of two previous operas, has set Thomas's words to a tuneful, percussive score that is highly accessible on first hearing. His orchestration includes a role for jazz trio a bass guitar, guitar and drums that helps blur the lines between "serious" music and a more popular sound. Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's music director, conducts with seeming mastery. There are some striking lyrical moments, as when Anna sings an aria of delight after r eceiving her new breasts (before the resulting back pain has led to her painkiller addiction.) And there's a lovely ensemble to conclude Act 1 as Anna and her billionaire husband, J Howard Marshall II, stand atop a wedding c ake while distorted strains of Mendelssohn play and various characters express theirt houghts. There's also a gorgeous, melancholy inter l ude midway through Act 2, marking the pas sage of 10 years as a curtain covered with double cheeseburgers shows Anna's figure giving way to the obesity of later years. Westbroek, a Dutch soprano much admired i n the standard repertory of Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, throws herself into the title rolew ith all of her considerable assets. On stage for virtually the entire two-hour length of the o pera, Westbroek sings with luminous tone and creates a plausible sex symbol with her blond hair and glamorous figure (before she has to put on a fat suit for the later scenes). There's also a disarming sincerity and eagerness to please about her that make the character more appealing than she might otherwise b e. Among the supporting cast, mezzo-soprano S usan Bickley makes a sympathetic figure as Anna's loyal but critical mother, Virgie ("My flesh, my blood, my embarrassment," she sings at one point). Tenor Alan Oke as Marshall makes a splendid entrance flying in from the wings in an over-sized armchair and revels with unabashed glee at buying Anna's sexual favours. As Anna's surgeon, Doctor Yes, tenor Andrew Rees has fun with his aria describing the differences in cup sizes ("A is small, no use at all ... ." Dominic Rowntree, as Anna's grown-up son, Daniel, doesn't get to sing until after he's dead. Then he has a brief aria, the words of which consist of a list of all the drugs found in his system Valium, Prozac and about 20 others. The opera's most problematic character is Anna's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, Howard K Stern. Portrayed by baritone Gerald Finley, he makes brief appearances in Act 1 but without much purpose. Even in Act 2, the part seems underwritten as if the creators couldn't quite decide whether to make him more villain or sorrowful witness to Anna's demise. Director Richard Jones has given the work a lively, fast-moving production, especially in the first and vastly more entertaining half, which traces Anna's rise in jaunty, energetic fashion. Though the Royal Opera warned of "extreme language, drug abuse and sexual content," there's little on stage to shock, some rough language aside. Even the sex act to which Anna's opening lines teasingly refer takes place with the chorus tactfully concealing her and Marshall from view. There are five more performances through March 4, all of them sold out. T ITLEROLE: D UTCH soprano Eva-Maria Westb roek is seen as AnnaNicole in the title role of the Royal Opera House's production of the same name. Britain's ven e rable Royal Opera raised some eyebrows when ita nnounced that its next production would be b ased on the short but sensational life of Playboy model turned tabloid superstar AnnaNicole Smith. Anna N icole comes w ith an impeccably highart cast and crew and a w arning of "extreme language, drug abuse and s exual content." (AP Photo/Wadey James, Royal Opera House, HO) HAILTOANNA: Anna Nicole takes a bow. A P P h o t o / J o e l R y a n Anna Nicoles former lover might take legal action against opera producers (AP Photo/Bill Cooper-HO Royal Opera House) STAR: DUTCH Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna Nicole Smith in the title role of the Royal Opera House's production of Anna Nicole

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FREEPORT The Internat ional Bazaar Tenants and Owners Association, in collab o ration with the visiting international travel, community ser v ice and performing arts group Up With People, is hosting the first annual International Cultural and Food Festival on Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. The entire community is invited to come out and enjoy t he event. Aiming to bring together the d iverse cultures of the visiting group and Grand Bahamians, through their foods, wares and entertainment, the organisers said the afternoon will be one where the entire family can take a stroll around the world i n one day, tasting exotic dishes, drinks and desserts. S ome of the countries/cul tures that the organisers antici pate having represented are; China, the Philippines, India, Africa, Trinidad, Turks Islands, Guyana, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, France, French C anadian, Greece, America, England, Jamaica, Germany, I taly and the Bahamas. Those wishing to share their c ulture are asked to dress in their national costume or c olours. The special guest performers are Up With The People, a non-profit organisation the main purpose of which is to strengthen societies within a community. T hey have around 100 performers from 21 countries with d iverse backgrounds, and their performance takes an audience around the world. There also will be performances from the Sunland Bell Choir and their Boys Drum Brigade; the Grand Bahama Y outh Choir and the Legends Band. U p with Peoples visit to Grand Bahama is sponsored by the Pelican Bay Hotel and Discovery Cruise Lines with support from the Grand Bahama Youth Choir and the Bahamas Weekly. U p with People is an inde pendent nonprofit organisation w ithout any religious or political affiliations. It providesy oung adults an international and intercultural experience t hat teaches service and lead ership and uses the performing arts to deliver messages of hope and goodwill throughout the world. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Personnel in law enforce ment and related areas completed a two-day training seminar on how to fight the threat ofhuman trafficking to and from the Bahamas and the region. Co-ordinated by the Organi sation of American States, the seminar on Strengthening Capacity of Law Enforcement Officials, Judges and Prosecutors in the Caribbean to identify and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, was held at SuperClubs Breezes on February 15-16. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, in his Keynote Address, said such seminars set the tone for the extraordinary co-operation between regional and interna tional governments needed to tackle what has been recog nised as the fastest growing transnational criminal activity in the world. The participants were: members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Immigration and Customs officers, the Office of the Attor ney General and related agencies. The seminar provided a forum for strengthening the capacity of law enforcement officials and prosecutors in identifying and combating trafficking in persons, especially women and children. The government implemented the Trafficking in Persons Prevention and Suppression Act in December 2008, which makes all forms of trafficking of human beings illegal. Penalties range from three years to life imprisonment. The government is committed to preventing, detecting and successfully prosecuting this evil perpetrated on unsuspecting women and children while in the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest said. Because the Bahamas is an archipelago of islands scattered over 100,000 square miles of water, he said policing its bor ders is a daunting task. Human Trafficking is defined by Article 3 (a Nations Protocol as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vul nerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Although trafficking has existed for centuries, it is said that the effects of globalisation have contributed to an environment in which it makes human trafficking a highly prof itable and generally low risk criminal business. While there is little evidence of the same here, regrettably there exists the potential of the participation of the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest said. Research has shown that human traffickers rarely use direct force and abduction; most traffickers use subtle means of force and deception. However, the situation becomes more complicated when victims themselves become recruiters, trying to save themselves from further exploitation. While trafficking of men, women and children for forced labour and prostitution may not be an issue in the Bahamas presently, the Bahamas takes the issue of human trafficking very seriously by having implemented strategies to effectively address this scourge on human ity, Mr Turnquest said. Research also suggests that the Bahamas borders make it an ideal target for the facilitation of human trafficking. However, for the most part, persons who find themselves in the Bahamas illegally come voluntarily for mostly economic purposes, Mr Turnquest said. Meanwhile, The Bahamas encourages trafficked victims to participate in investigations and prosecutions of the culprits. Law enforcement officials complete trafficking in persons seminar International Bazaar partners with 'Up With People' for International Cultural & Food Festival, February 20 THE Progressive Liberal Party has ratified another six candidates to vie for constituencies in the next general election, days after its leader predicted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham w ould call voters to the polls early. Incumbents Dr Bernard Nottage, Fred M itchell, Obie Wilchcombe, V Alfred Gray and Frank Smith, along with newcomer Clay Sweeting, are the latest opposition candidates to be confirmed. They will run in the Bain and Grants Town, Fox Hill, West End and Bimini, MICAL, St Thomas More and North Eleuthera cons tituencies respectively. While accepting his nomination at the party's last national general council meeting, Mr Mitchell conceded that the fight for the Fox Hill constituency will be a tough one but said he expects to retain his seat. "We expect to win in Fox Hill. We expect it will be a scrap. We expect that it will be hard fought but we expect to win. We may not see just how, looking through that glass darkly, but we will work now because night comes when no man can work," said Mr Mitchell, who ran successfully against Senator Jacinta Higgs in May, 2007. "And so knowing that, the urgency of what I have to do and say becomes all the more central, all the more essential, all the more urgent. (First among as the next MP for Fox Hill is to restore the dignity in this country of being Bahamian, and not a second class citizen in your own land. For stripping the Bahamian of his dignity, that sin alone, Hubert Ingraham must go. I have so much work to do and so little time to do it," he added. Entrepreneur Clay Sweeting is the PLP's youngest candidate at 25 years old. A native of Spanish Wells, the party heralds him as a thirdgeneration PLP and the youngest serving local government officer. Mr Sweeting, a lobster fisherman and real e state agent, owns Tees R Us Bahamas, a screen-printing and embroidery store in Spanish Wells. PLP ratifies six more candidates By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net MEMBERS of the public are voicing concern over the Ministry of the Environments removal and destruction of business and event signs. I have personally witnessed a worker striking a small sign and rendering it broken and unusable, said one caller to The Tribune yesterday. Another person, who identified himself as a Baillou Hill Road resident, said that a meeting should be held to establish correct procedures and give fair notice p rior to the removal of the s igns. H e said that in these tough economic times, businesses are struggling and the destruction of their promotional signs without notice will only increase their woes. However Earl Deveaux, Minister for the Environment, told TheTribune that the Town Planning Committee held a press conference two weeks ago with regard to the illegal erection of signs and advised the general public on the correct pro cedure for putting up business and information signs. He said: There is clearly a defined procedure for approval for putting up signs. According to the Ministry for the Environment, per mits for advertisements, and business and information signs are granted on a caseby-case basis. Requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Physical Planning, and must state the dimensions of the proposed sign, its con tents and a preferred location. Once reviewed by the director, requests are either granted or denied, normally within two days of the request being submitted. Signs that have been erected without permission from the government will continue to be torn down by the officers of the Ministry of the Environment, who are not obligated to give prior notice to business owners, an employee of the ministry said. Concern over removal and destruction of signs BERNARDNOTTAGE V. ALFREDGRAY FRANKSMITH CLAYSWEETING FREDMITCHELL OBIE WILCHCOMBE ADDRESS: Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest address ing the Organisation of American States seminar on the trafficking in persons. P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S

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EDITOR, The Tribune. I read the comments in the newspaper last week, made by Mr Branville McCartney, my Member of Parliament, that he made while appearing on Mr Jeffrey Lloyds r adio show stating that our Prime Minister, and FNM leader, Hubert A Ingraham lacks compassion. I am surprised and disappointed that my MP made such a comment about our Prime Minister and leader. It is very unfortunate because I think Mr McCartney is doing a good job in our area and has been a good MP. I do not understand why he would make that statement about our Prime Minister when, clearly, it is not true. I have always respected Mr McCartney, as a young politician, with promise, who calls things straight, but that is not the case here. I am truly puz zled. M r McCartney, I suspect, knows better than I about all the things that have been achieved by Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams administrations of 1992 to 2002 and 2007 to date. He must know them, he represents our party. I would like to point out, for my MP, a few things the FNM government has done under the very able and proven leadership of the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingraham, clearly and undoubtedly demonstrating his compassion and care; 1) This FNM government, d uring the worst of the recession hired 3,000 workers on a six-month programme, geared primarily toward young people. 2) This FNM government, throughout the recession, at no time, terminated any civil servant nor reduced any salaries. At a time when other countries including Cuba, terminated 500,000 government employees. 3) This FNM government doubled assistance and ben efit payments recently to $13 million. Previously, the FNM doubled it from about $3 mil lion to $6 million. The PLP, with an unemployment rate in excess of 20 per cent in the 1970s to 1980s could not even remotely compare. 4) These payments were payments made to persons for the purchase of food, electricity and rental assistance, so that families could stay in their apartments. 5) This FNM government, in the height of the recession, implemented a self-starter programme where young people obtained training in spe cific areas which enabled them to start their own businesses with financial assis tance from the government. 6) This FNM government, during the recession, the worst in more than a generation, implemented a permanent, major social safety net programme; unemployment benefit. The government found $20 million unbudgeted dollars to fund this critically important programme. 7) This FNM government implemented the Prescription Drug Plan, the first ever. The programme enables the elder ly and children to obtain free medications for 163 illnesses. And, implemented in the most dignified way by providing a credit card-like membership card for participants. They do not have to travel to PMH, waiting six hours to have one prescription filled, in a hot, congested, area. At their convenience, they can attend a pharmacy in their neighbourhood. 8) This FNM government, implemented Tele-Medicine, the first ever. Patients in our Family Islands can now receive specialist care. Through technology obtained by the Ministry of Health, doctors in Nassau can conduct Family Island patient examinations in real-time and prescribe medications. 9) This FNM government, at the height of the recession, commenced a clean-up campaign and beautification programme in New Providence thereby putting a lot of young men to work who could not otherwise find employment but wanted to work. Good, honest work and they have done a great job! The rounda bouts, not only were properly landscaped but are wellmaintained. 1 0) This FNM government, embarked on the most comprehensive road and infrastructure programme ever in our country. The road improvements are obvious but also the quality of life by replacing the 24-inch water mains that will, finally, bring much needed relief from rusty water and little or no water pressure, to persons living in t he eastern part of New Providence. 11) This FNM government, during the recession, created a great beach park at Saunders Beach. It has improved the quality of life, green spaces, family and recreational areas. Traffic flow is improved, there is a large parking area, you can now walk to the beach without crossing a busy street. You park your vehicle, leisurely get out of your car and walk to the beach. And, those beautiful, mature, Bahamian trees that are planted along the water front what a view. Still, bathrooms and showers will be installed to go along with those creative wooden bench es. 12) This FNM government, for the first time, implemented inflation adjusted NIB payments. Those payments were increased across the board last year November. As part of that exercise, the government put in place an inflation review and adjustment process every two years. 13) This FNM government, for the first time, is providing millions of dollars as grants (free money between $7,500 $40,000 annually) to students who meet the requirements and want to study abroad. It is said that more needs to be done to enable our youth to study home and abroad. This FNM government, is making that happen, in a very significant way, across the board. 14) That is not all in higher education. This FNM government, makes it possible for students who receive at least five BGCSE passes with a C grade or better, including Math and English to receive full tuition scholarship to attend COB for a Bachelors degree. 15) The FNM government, made available, for the first time, government guaranteed student loans, at 4 per cent; the balance of 4 per cent being paid by the government to a private bank that provided the loans. The programme has been suspended, due to non-pay ments, causing the govern ment to pay the bank $58 million. It is hoped, that it will re-commence, sometime in the future. 16) The Christie-led PLP government, when it came to power in 2002 required parents/students to pay the entire 8 per cent interest. The compassionate and caring Ingraham-led government, when it returned to government in 2007 changed that rate, again, to 4 per cent. 17) This FNM government, made home purchases significantly more affordable and reinvigorated a struggling Real Estate sector by increasing the stamp duty exemption from $250,000 to $500,000, for first-time home buyers since returning to government in 2007. 18) This FNM government, since returning to power in 2007, reduced Junkanoo ticket prices. It also increased the free areas along Shirley Street, for those who are unable to afford the reduced ticket prices for bleacher seats. 19) This FNM government is funding Family Island Regattas at unprecedented levels. 20) The FNM government, has given the average Bahamian more opportunity than ever to own a greater piece of the economic pie by creating BISX and having very profitable companies listed on the exchange so that every and all Bahamians could have an opportunity to own a piece of these compa-n ies and receive, for the most part, a steady flow of divi dends. 21) This FNM government, will make ownership of three sectors of our economy avail able to average Bahamians in the near future; Burns House/Commonwealth Brew ery to Heineken 25 per cent of shares, The Shipping Port companies to Arawak Port Development Limited 20 per cent of shares initially, and BTC to BTC/CWC 9010 of shares initially and up to 25 per cent within three years.A steady flow of dividends is also anticipated from these companies. 2 2) This FNM government, most recently, paid very generous separation packages to the ZNS workers. In fact, Prime Minister Ingraham reported that the government paid $700,000 in excess of what the government was required to pay talking about compassionate and car ing. 23) This FNM government, for the first time, enabled Members of Parliament to get things done in their constituencies themselves with an allotment of $100,000. Due to the recession, this could not be justified in the current budget year. 24) This FNM government, paid $1 million to the Sea Hauler victims, when it had no legal obligation to do so. We ought not forget, that this tragedy occurred under the Christie-led PLP but they did nothing, for the many persons, who suffered injuries and those, who lost their lives. 25) This FNM government, for the first time, implement ed one of the most important social safety nets; minimum wage and related benefits, for workers, including a 40-hour work week, dismissal with cause only, Maternity Protection, etc. We recall the mea ger wages a lot of employers, but not all, paid many of our brothers and sisters, for a 48hour work week. Incredible, under the so-called socially minded Pindling-led PLP, that existed, for 25 years. These are only some of the many instances where the FNM government from 1992 to 2002 and from 2007 to date, especially, in recessionary times, under the very able and proven leadership of Prime Minister Hubert A Ingraham, has clearly and undoubtedly, demonstrated considerable compassion and care, for all Bahamians. D SMITH Nassau, February 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON The president's budget h as all the trappings of a financial document ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it is, foremost, a political declaration. W ith this budget, President Barack Obama cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager n ot too harsh, not too soft while exploiting internal Republican struggles over how much cutting is too much. It relies on policies that, to date, have been legislatively unattainable. It depends on longterm fixes to achieve short-term gains. It avoids the biggest, and most politically sensitive, budget items Social Security and Medicare. I n short, it is a marker, an opening gambit t hat will either play itself out on the negotiati ng table or on the bully pulpit that the presid ent has begun to employ with more and more f requency these days. In his press conference Tuesday, Obama defended his decision to leave t he big ticket programmes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security untouched in his budget. Taming those huge entitlements is best left to bipartisan agreements, not White Housep rescriptions, he said as he directly challenged R epublicans to bargain with him. Those are big, tough negotiations, and I s uspect that there's going to be a lot of ups a nd downs in the months to come before we finally get to that solution," Obama said. The debate ahead is driven by two fundamentally different goals. Obama wants to increase some spending to push the economy along with a modest "down payment" towarda long-term goal of deficit reduction. For R epublicans prodded by tea party activists, l owering the deficit is merely a means to a larger aim shrinking the size of government. Obama alluded to the coming debate, separating what he said should be the quiet and private negotiations from the partisan positioning required in politics. "I expect that all sides will have to do a little posturing on television and speak to their constituencies and rally their troops," he said. But ultimately what we need is a reasonable, r esponsible, and initially probably somewhat q uiet and toned-down conversation about, all right, where can we compromise and get some thing done. But posturing has its place. In the end, the politics and by extension, some of the policy will be determined by who better defines the argument. T o be sure, deficits matter and Obama's b udget provides a strong argument for further e fforts to reduce them. The cumulative total of d eficits would result in a $16.7 trillion nation al debt by September 30, 2012, up from the current $14 trillion. The bigger the debt, the bigger the interest that the taxpayer must pay. In that sense, White House officials say, the budget debate has changed. "The traditional debate in Washington is Democrats want to spend, Republicans want to cut," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer. "That's not the debate we're h aving right now. There is unanimity right now that we have to cut spending." The question is how fast and how deep a nd who will raise the prospect of revamping Social Security and Medicare first. Those twop rogrammes, the biggest two items in the federal budget, have always proven to be politically toxic. Obama on Tuesday seemed to yearn for a different time, as when President Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill negotiated a fix for Social Security. Illustrating the difficulties for both parties,a poll last week by the Pew Research Centre f ound that Americans no longer want increase s in federal spending underscoring the c hallenge Obama has in pitching the need for m ore money on education, infrastructure and r esearch and development. But the poll also found tepid support for s pending cuts, even as House Republicans seek to trim $61 billion from the seven months remaining in the current fiscal year. For instance, the poll found that only 12 per centw ant cuts in Medicare spending, though that's a higher percentage who favour trims in the p rogramme than in 2009. Indeed, the only sub j ect area that Pew found substantial support for c utting was in global poverty assistance. Obama's $3.73 trillion budget envisions deficit reductions of $1.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It includes a spending freeze on domestic programmes, a suspension in pay hikes for the federal civilian work force, and cuts in targeted programmes, including popu l ar energy assistance for the poor. There are b illions in unspecified cuts and revenues. It also counts on new revenue from limiting tax deductions taken by wealthier taxpayers, an Obama administration proposal that was rejected by the previous Democratic-controlled Congress and stands less of a chance with a GOP-run House now. And it anticipates taxes rising for upper income Americans after 2013. In his budget statement, Obama invoked the n ew White House slogan "Winning the F uture" but Democrats did not react with e nthusiasm. Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota, the chairman of the Senate Budget Com mittee, said Obama's budget does not go far enough in taking aim at the deficit. "It must include spending cuts, entitlement changes and tax reform that simplifies the tax c ode, lowers rates and raises more revenue," he s aid. O ther Democrats complained it went too f ar. Republicans were harsher, with House Speaker John Boehner dismissing it as a budget that "isn't winning the future, it's spending the future." For Obama, the challenge ahead is who has the better sales pitch. And who can keep his troops in line. (This article was written by Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press). Disappointed by McCartneys comment about Prime Minister LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Obama lays down opening bid

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I'm vex at people who complain about traffic, completely failing to see the irony. They're the reason traffic exists, because they're the ones driving the cars. One would think that a tiny, flyspeck island such as New Providence would welcometwo wheeled transportation such as bicycles, scooters and motorcycles with open arms, but Bahamians are so ignorant that we stick to the old tradition of 'only 'Hyshins' is ride bicycle!' And we all know how Bahamians view 'Hyshins'." Concerned citizen "I vex an' sad that all dem stores on Bay Street getburn down and happy dat at least one left mostly saved intact is da well known 'Bat' store. Observer "I am vex that now the Bahamas is a bi-lingual nation that the politicians are not having public street signs and drivers education pamphlets with both English and Creole, written as theydo in other bi-lingual coun tries. "By doing this we can minimise some of these traffic problems as some driversdo not seem to get it in English only." Democracy "I am vex that directors of companies can be on the company boards for years and only when they leave can call for major changeson that company.," Average Joe I am vex that presently our Christian brothers and sisters in the shanty villages have to poop in the outhouses which do not have septic tanks. Nor do the 'honey trucks' that go in the bushest o empty the contents which cause pollution and disease. "However, in the meantime, authorities can talk about shaking down those tall illegal electronic signs which create jobs and business." Say it ain't so I am vex that some of those deadbeat politicians are running over an' over again, an' when you elect them after giving them the time of the day, being the good Christian yinna is and hearing the latest sugary and honey syrup coated speeches, they still can't help you." Voter Are you vex? Send complaints to whyyouvex@tri bunemedia.net WHY YOU VEX? THE Nassau Airport Development Company has invited the public to take af irst-hand look at the new US Departures Terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport during an open house on Saturday, February 26 from 12pm to 6pm. The open house is all a bout showing the Bahamian public what the future of aviation looks like in our country. Weve built an airport that truly reflects the p eople of the Bahamas, said Vernice Walkine, vice p resident of marketing and communications at NAD. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to tour the airp ort before it goes into full operation next month. T he new 247,000 sq ft terminal is stage one of the $409.5 million airport redevelopment project. U pgrades include a $10 million state-of-the-art baggage system, eco-friendly building design features and stunning Bahamian artworkb y artists John Beadle, Nicole Sweeting, Susan Katz-Lightbourn and JohnC ox. Stage one boasts 19 retail a nd food and beverage options including a native sit down restaurant capable of seating up to 170 patrons. Retailers will be open for business during the public open house. Other open h ouse highlights include live entertainment, face paint ing, samples and giveaways. The event is open to the p ublic and no invitations are required to attend. Free parking will be available. Airport officials invite public to tour airport facilities on February 26 AQUINAS College teacher Harris Francis has accepted membership to Golden Key International Honour Society. Mr Francis, who is head of mathematics at Aquinas and who hails from Portmore, Jamaica, was honoured during a recent new member recognition event at Ashford University. An eight year veteran in the Bahamas, Mr Francis is currently studying for a masters degree in organisation al administration at Ashford University and is maintaining a 4.0 GPA. It is only fitting that a top academic achiever like Harris be recognised by Golden Key, said John W Mitchell, Golden Keys chief executive officer. Our members are inspired and motivated to not only achieve exceptional academic accomplishments, but also to make a positive impact on our world through the societys commitment to leadership and service. Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honour society that provides academic recognition to top performing college and university students. Membership begins with academic excellence but the societys core mission is to enable members to realise their full potential through three pillars academics, leadership and service. Boasting close to two million members, the society has 375 campus-based chapters in seven countries, including the Bahamas. Golden Key International Honour Society inducts Aquinas teacher, Harris Francis B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net A MEMORIAL service and celebration of the life of t he late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morning at the College of the Bahama. Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's H ospital. The loss of the colleges President Emerita and schola r-in-residence has deeply saddened the academic community, and one of Dr Bethels colleagues said her legacy is forever etched in the foundation of our great insti-t ution. Dean Patrick Adderley, Rector at Christ Church Cathedral, provided the eulogy at the service, while former students and colleagues offered heartfelt reflections on Dr Bethels life, her tremendous achievements and thei nvaluable contribution she made to education in the Bahamas. The Benediction was delivered by Canon Warren Rolle, Assistant Professor. Dr Bethel is survived by two children, Nicolette BethelB urrows and Edward Bethel, a son-in-law, Philip A Burrows, a daughter-in-law Tasha Honey-Bethel, a grandson Jaxon Elijah Bethel and other family members, including cousins, nieces and nephews, and a many friends and colleagues. Celebrating the life of Dr. Keva Maria Bethel CONSTRUCTIONWORK : A file picture of work at the Airport. TOUR: Airport tour last year. HONOURED: Teacher Harris Francis. MEMORIALSERVICE PAYINGRESPECTS: A service for Dr. Keva Bethel. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y

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NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2011Theme: As a wise master builder, I laid a foundation and another was building upon it."7:00 a.m.Rev. Colin Archer/ Sis. Katherine Rose11:00 a.m .Bro. Ernest Miller/Bro. Andre Bethel7:00 a.m .Carla Culmer/Board of Children, Youth & Young Adults CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2011 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. SpeakerPastor Marcel LightbourneNO EVENING SERVICE BEC strike vote gets thumbs-up everything, but we don't p lan any sabotage or anything. They been boasting about profits (growinga bout how they turned profits around (but to give us zero (raisest he (next Mr Dean. "The turnout (for the v ote) was excellent, the mood was great, everything w as in order. We're confident that it is going to be overwhelming in support ofa strike. Now we've got to see what the discussion ( with BEC) will bring. They made an offer to us, we're going to counter-offer ands ee what their reaction is to that and it determines w hether to go on strike or not." Speaking further on B EC's offer, Mr Dean said it was unacceptable: "I told them it was offensive, it a mounts to (paying for lunch once a week." According to Mr Dean, BEUMU's last industrial agreement with the utilityc ompany expired on Octob er 1, 2007. He said that a clause in this agreement, article 47, dictates that theo ld agreement will stand until a new contract is s igned. He said the union w ill most likely demand an increase of "about 10 per c ent" in managers' salaries over the next four years in its counter-offer. We haven't put it together yet (the counter-offer b ut we are going ask them to comply with the industrial agreement. Article 47 (oft he expired agreement) says if at the end of this agreem ent you don't agree to a new one then this one will roll forward. T he union filed a strike request with the Ministry of Labour last Thursday paving the way for yesterday's vote. The executive management have failed to comply with the industrial agreement (IA asking for them to complya nd conform for the past f our years. Because they refuse to do that it has resulted in management andl ine staff getting sick," Mr Dean told The Tribune last w eek. H e has also said that due to his union's small numbers about 100 members compared to the 1,000 line staff union BEC's executivem anagement is "more afraid of the workers resorting to i ndustrial action and cutting out the lights" than strike action from BEUMU. L ast week BEC said they were unaware of the union's c oncerns but "reassured the public of the corporation's commitment to workingc losely with the BEUMU in the best interest of employees and customers." F ROM page one h is lead attorney Wayne Munroe. Fraser told the magistrate: I have hired Mr Munroe, with Mr Mangra's assistance.T his is a very serious matter. I would want either of them to be here." L ead Prosecutor Franklyn Williams noted that while Fraser has right to legal representation, it should not be at the detrimento f the justice system. Attorney Roberto Reckley, an associate in M r Munroe's firm, told the magistrate that Mr Munroe was engaged in another court matter and unable to attend the proceedings. M agistrate Bethell noted that she "could not in good conscience" put the matter off with Mr Munroe attending to other affairs. She urged Mr Reckley to contact Mr Munroe and have him present at court. H owever after two brief adjournments, Mr Reckley informed the court that Mr Munroe was still unable to appear. Magistrate Bethell said she was "not happy at all" with Mr Munroe. She said he hadl eft his client stranded without any reply or excuse and was not trying to make himself available. The magistrate also noted that sheh ad removed numerous cases from her court calendar this week to facilitate Fraser's tria l. She noted that Mr Munroe and Mr Mangra have had carriage of the case stating, "I would find it unconscionable to leave thed efendant stranded in the middle of his defence." She informed Fraser that if neither counsel is present when the case resumes on March 15, he would be "on his own" or mayh ave to find another attorney. Fraser remains on $10,000 bail. FROM page one MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP STRANDED ject be launched in stages to prevent the market from being over saturated. Sir Sol said: "It is our contention that a first phase of no more than 1,000 rooms should be built and absorbed into the market successfully before undertaking any subsequent phase. Phasing in this manner would ensure a healthier, more stable tourism market and would protect the existing resorts and the Bahamian jobs within those resorts." Mr Stewart's statements came after executives at Emerald Bay took them edia on a tour of the upgraded prop erty a year after its takeover and rebranding. The upgrades to the facility include the Greg Norman-designed champi onship golf course, the region's largest zero-entry pool, butler service, a Junkanoo lounge, an Irish theme pub and barefoot beach dining. The resort also offers weddings designed by Martha Stewart, and will soon open a specialty pastry restaurant. Baha Mar to bring airlift from untapped regions FROM page one victim of the year. His brother Cyril, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. He stood silently in the prisoners dock during the hearing as family members looked on. Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardiner said the prosecution will proceed with a Vol untary Bill of Indictment in the matter. Lockhart, who was represented by attorney Shaka Serville, was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and is expected back in court on April 29. MAN A CCUSED OF STABBING FROM page one By KARIN LAUB and T AREK EL-TABLAWY CAIRO Anti-corruption campaigners pressed E gypt's chief prosecutor Thursday for a n investigation into the assets of Hosni Mubarak and his family, handing over documents that they say spotlight the kind of potentially improper finan-c ial dealings that may have allowed the former ruler and his relatives to amass a large fortune. The family's wealth speculation has put it at a nywhere from $1 billion to $70 billion has come under growing scrutiny since Mubarak's February 11 ouster opened the floodgates to three decades of pent-up anger at the regime. Watchdog groups allege that under Mubarak, t op officials and tycoons were given preferential treatment in land contracts, allowed to buy state industries at a fraction of their value during Egypt's privatization process launched in the e arly 1990s, and got other perks that enabled them to increase their wealth exponentially. The perks came at a price and the Mubaraks were major beneficiaries, the activists say. "This is the single largest plot against Egypt's w ealth by one family," said Mamdouh Hamza, a p articipant in Thursday's meeting with the chief prosecutor. Since his ouster, Mubarak has remained secluded in a gated villa in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a government offi-c ial who dismissed rumours that Egypt's ruler of 30 years has left for exile. T he Mubaraks have not commented publicly on the issue and do not have a spokesman. No e vidence has been published to back up claims that Mubarak and his sons hold a vast fortune. The chief prosecutor has imposed travel bans and frozen assets of several former senior officials and leading businessmen, but has not taken stepsa gainst the Mubaraks. The prosecutor does not have a spokesman. A t the centre of the activists' complaint are records that raise questions about offshore comp anies and funds based or registered in Cyprus, the Bahamas the British Virgin Islands and the C ayman Islands, Hamza said. The most prominent of these is Bullion Co. Ltd., a Cyprus-registered firm in which both Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are listed as board members, according to documents filed with the Regi strar's Office in the island nation. Bullion, meanwhile, also owns the London-based Med i nvest Associates, which was set up by Gamal Mubarak in 1996. A ppearing on the board of both companies or in the funds are individuals who serve on the board, or in top executive positions, of EFGHermes, the Cairo-based Mideast investment bank. EFG Hermes has said Gamal Mubarak holds an 18 per cent share in a subsidiary, EFG Hermes Private Equity, and that his link to the b ank was made public before his political career. The investment bank denied Thursday that it o r any of the funds it manages has received any special treatment from the former regime. EFG Hermes also said in a statement that it "does not manage any funds or portfolios for the family of the former president of Egypt." It stressed that it "received a statement from its executives confirming that they have no direct or indirect personal or financial ties" to Mubarak or his family, either locally or globally. One of Bullion'sb oard members, Izzet Ziwar Jarrah, told the AP: "I'm not involved, I'm not active on this." Asked how he was on the board and n ot involved, he replied: "I'm on the board, like that. I'm not concerned at all." Efforts to contact other Bullion's board members were unsuccessful. None of the documents presented to the prosecutor and previously reviewed by The Associated Press necessarily indicate illegality in business dealings. Hamza's group has been doing its own research, downl oading bank documents and reviewing what has been published on the Mubaraks so far. The prosecutor must now take over, appointing lawyers and finance experts to the job, Hamza said. He said the prosecutor did not say what his next step would be, but is likely to meet with the activists again next week. Many of the top officials and army generals r unning Egypt in the transition period had close ties to the former regime, raising concerns by opposition activists that the interim rulers might s hy away from investigating the Mubaraks. Hamza said he believed the prosecutor is open t o pursuing the case. A delegation from the Egyptian Lawyers' Union met separately with the prosecutor Monday to press for an investigation. The group asked the prosecutor to request records from the Cent ral Bank of Egypt and obtain information on properties the family owns. Mubarak's salary as president was set by law, as stipulated under the constitution. A report published by the Cairo-based Ahram Centre forS trategic and International Studies said that in fiscal 2007-08, Mubarak's salary, including stipendsa nd various allowances, amounted to 4,500 Egyptian pounds ($765 i s now closer to 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,400 The former president "was from a very modest family and didn't inherit wealth from his father," said Mohammed al-Damati, a member of the group. "Since the constitution prevents the p resident from using his position to do any business, any other wealth he has outside of his salary i s considered acquired illegally." Unlike other Arab leaders, particularly those i n the oil rich Gulf nations, Mubarak was far from ostentatious. Whatever wealth he and his family may have had was rarely if ever flaunted. The most prominent symbol of their presumed fortune that has surfaced was a town house in London's exclusive Knightsbridge district, which is listed to Gamal Mubarak and where he was said to have lived while working as an investment banker in the early 1990s. T he townhouse has become a focal point for many in Egypt as foreign governments begin to either enact, or consider imposing freezes on their assets. Switzerland was the first to say it was moving to identify and freeze assets of Mubarak and his family. The European Union said Tuesday it was considering a request from Egypt to freeze the assets of Mubarak's top aides. The EU said, however, that no such request had been s ubmitted about Mubarak or his family. Probe sought in Egypt of Mubarak family finances HOSNI MUBARAK

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Maynard urged school principals and district superintendents to back the newly rebranded Governor Generals Youth Award programme, in hopes of turning the tide towards positive youth development. There are serious issues in our socie ty with regards to our young people, and I know Im preaching to the choir b ecause you are on the front line of many of those issues, and so you experience them every day, said Minister Maynard at a breakfast meeting held at the Sheraton. I want you to trust me that this partnership will helpt o lighten the load in terms of some of the issues that you face within your school system. Recently strengthened with government funding, the GGYA is evolving into a national youth development programme available to all Bahamians 14-25. The ministry has entered into a three-year contract with the GGYA offering them funding, logistical and m arketing support for the programme. Although the GGYA has been renamed the GOLD Initiative, the original programme remains intact. Participants engage in recreational activities to improve physical fitness, develop important life skills, provide c ommunity service, and make expeditions, all aimed at earning a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. The new GOLD Initiative aims to attract 2,500 youths in the first year, up to 4,000 in the second year, and about 5,500 in year three. GOLD is an acronym for Greatness, Opportunity, Leadership and Development. The government, said Mr Maynard, realised that the solutions to societal problems do not lie in the ministry. Rather, the ministry should be a facilitator, strengthening and linking all youth development programmes, he said. According to the minister, previous attempts for a national strategy for youth development failed for a number of reasons: over-concentration on Nassau, heavy capital outlays with i nsignificant returns, short-sightedness and a lack of necessary institutions. Criticism We have this criticism all the time that we usually cater to either the best and the brightest amongst our young people, or to the worse and the most feared, said Mr Maynard. What happens to all of those kids in the middle? The minister said he believes that given the times we live in and their attendant distractions, all young per son between the ages of 14-21 are at risk. The young people in this country need a strong sense of belonging that is, national pride. If they had that, we would have less problems. They need more community awareness. They need to be connected to other youths doing positive things. We have to do something to cause each student to find their niche. Thats where the GOLD Initiative comes in. We have made and attained gold on so many levels: academics, sports, cultural expression. Bahamians have b ecome the best in the world and so we want every young person to strive for GOLD. We want them to feel they can accomplish that goal, so we thought that the GOLD Initiative was a fitting name for this new partnership between the government of the Bahamas, the Governor Generals Youth Award Programme and our stakeholders. The ministry is getting set to launch a mega public relations campaign to get young persons excited about GOLD. We wanted to prepare you before we do that so when all of your students come knocking on your doors saying, We want to sign up. We want you to know what it is they want to sign up for and what would be required of you, Mr Maynard told school administrators. Its our job to get them excited and your job to facilitate their entrance into the programme. At St Johns College, the GGYA boasts an enrollment of around 100, according to principal Antoinette Storr. In this type of programme where children get to socialise, Ive found that it has enhanced their skills in communications, she said. It has definitely enhanced their ability to cooperate and show tolerance for each other. Were actually reaping the bene fits of this programme in terms of its socialising function. K ingsway Academy Principal George Baxter echoed the minister's sentiments, adding that choosing the right co-ordinator is key. He credits his schools GGYA coordinator and guidance counsellorw ith the programmes increasing popularity with the student body, 50 of whom are enrolled. Like the minister said, the principal has to be interested in things like the outdoors, sports and development, things outside of academics. That is a special interest for me; I was a Scout asa boy and have always been interested in camping and hiking, so its right up m y ally, he said. Ill push it even harder. Id like to see it expand to match St Johns. Janet Hanna, administrative assistant for Faith Temple Christian Academy and unit leader for the schools 20-strong GGYA programme, a pplauded the ministry for its bold initiative. Its about getting that group who may not be the high flyers, or the atrisk students, but those who are able to shine in their own little corner. It makes students aware that their world is not just Faith Temple or Facebook, but actually that there is a world out there and that they need to reach out and connect to it, she said. The greatest thing that you can do for students, other than the academic, is give them a sense of community awareness, letting them know that one of their greatest gifts is giving back and lending a helping hand. Minister Maynard wants school principals to buy into GOLD BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Tributes were paid to veteran educator Betty M cCartney who has retired after 43 years of dedicated service to education in the Bahamas, and particularly at the Hugh Campbell Primary where she served as principal for 17 years. Education Minister Desmond Bannister praised Mrs McCartney for her passionf or teaching, her sense of sacrifice, and for the thousands of children she touched throughout the four decades as a teacher. Mrs McCartney put the education of thousands of children before her own personal goals. There are many who opted to seek fame and fortune. She however, was enriched by her investment in the lives of children she educated and empowered, said the minister. Teachers, students, and parents of Hugh Campbell Primary held a special ceremony on Thursday to honour Mrs McCartney, who was described not only as a great educator, but also a good wife, mother, and friend. Mr Bannister called it outstanding that the school took time to recognise someone like Mrs McCartney. I saw how moved the students were and how much they love her. She has really made an indelible contribution in their lives, he told The Tribune after many touching and light-heart ed tributes by students. Also bringing tribute was Deputy Director of Education Cecil Thompson, who noted that Mrs McCartney taught at 12 public schools in New Providence and Grand Bahama, leaving a trail of excellence and distinction worthy of emulation. Mrs McCartney, he said, achieved many firsts: the first principal of Hugh Campbell, the first to establish a Fathers Association in her school dis trict, the first to launch a Chil drens Library and Literacy programme. Superintendent of Primary Schools Sandra Edgecombe and Monsignor Ambrose McKinnon, pastor of Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, both praised the educator for her contribution to public and Catholic education. During the ministers address, Mrs McCartney was described as a great educator. Gr eat Great teachers mold lives, and I was in her first class and she was responsible for shap ing my life and for me being who I am today, Mr Bannister said. Thats what great teachers do; they contribute to the devel opment of great leaders, great athletes, great business professionals, and other great teachers. Mr Bannister thanked Mrs McCartneys husband, veteran educator Donald McCartney, now Deputy Director in the Public Service, and their daugh ters for allowing her to expand their family by the thousands of children she brought into their lives through her work. Mrs McCartney is a person who has high ideals, a passion for teaching and genuine love and concern for the children in her charge. This fine educator made an indelible mark in Catholic edu cation before coming over to the public education system where she taught at several schools in New Providence and later here in Grand Bahama. Several of the schools she taught at are no longer in existence, but her legacy lives on in the lives of the students who attended those institutions, the minister said. Mrs McCartney thanked all those who supported her during her many years in education, especially her husband. She said that she has not left the vocation and will be working in another area involving children. T ributes paid to veteran educator Betty McCartney Students to benefit from new, national programme ATTORNEY General Senator John Delaney officially closed the Witness Care Conference, held at the Police Conference Centre, on February 11. He told participants that witness care is something all should participate in and can benefit from. This is something that the government of the Bahamas considers to be a major part of its efforts, he said. The two-day event was organised by the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of National Security. Gaps It was designed to address the gaps and inefficiencies in the criminal justice system and to bring together all partners and affiliated interest groups to view the system from the perspective of victims and witnesses. Simon Deacy, consultant, was the facilitator for the conference. He is a retired chief superintendent of police in the United King dom and was a National No Witness, No Justice project manager for England and Wales. Witness Care Conference ends Eric Rose/BIS ADDRESS: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard addressed principals a nd school administrators on Thursday. CHARLESMAYNARD Vandyke Hepburn/BIS Grade five student from Hugh Campbell Samia Rampersad makes a presentation to Betty McCartney. J OHNDELANEY

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He i s no w t r ying t o Ray Minus Jr set to host boxing show SEE page 10 S A T U R D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 9 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 9 INSIDE Inter national sports news T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM N O W I T Z K I S C O R E S 3 5 L E A D S M A V S O V E R S U N S S E E S T O R Y O N P G 1 1 Ray Minus Jr By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net MARK Kno w l es and Dan iel Nest or w i l l r e n e w t h e i r r i v a r l y o n t h e c o u r t w h e n t h e y f a ce e a c h o t h e r w i t h n e w men' s d oubles p artn ers in the semi final of t he Regions Mor gan Keegan Champ i o n s h i p s i n M e m n p h i s T e n n e s s e e t o d a y Kn o w l es an d M i ch a l M e r t i n a k t h e nu mber th ree s eed s, p ull ed of f a h ard f ou g h t 3 -6 6 -3 1 4 1 2 w i n o v e r th e B ra z i l ia n te am of M ar celo M el o an d Br uno So ares in th eir quar ter fin al mat ch on T h u r s d a y It was a m atch that Know les admitte d could have gobn e either way. It w as a re all y to ugh ma tch ," he said "T he other guys pl ayed ver y well. We were coming in on th e heels of winnin g t h e i r l a s t t w o e v e n t s d o w n i n S o u t h A m e r i c a So o b v i o u sl y t h e y w e r e p l a y i n g w i t h a lo t of co nfi den ce The y pl ay ed v ery we ll So w e did w e ll to d fig ht b ac k a fter l osing th e fi r st s e t. T h e ti e break er w as a v ery c l os e o n e It c o u l d h a v e g on e e i t h e r w a y Kno w l es, 39, s aid it w as j ust f orn uate that he and Mer r tinak, 31, were able to prevai l in t he end. N ow th e y a re s c he d u le d t o fa c e N e st or a n d M a x M i r n y i t h e t o p s e e d s w h o advanced b y elimi natin g th e Amer ican team of Ryan Har r iso n and And y Ro ddick 7-5, 7-6 ( 6), i n to day's semi final. I t's a mat ch t hat Knowles is eagler ly looki ng fo rward to p laying. "I t s an exc it in g p r os p ect T hey ar e o n e o f t he to p t e a m s a nd t h e y a r e t he to p see ds he r e ," Know les p ointed out a bout N e s t o r a n d M i r n y i S o i t s a g o o d baro metr e for us t o see exactl y w h ere w er e at as a t eam. "So it's going to be an e xci t in g ma t c h. It 's ob vious ly one th at we are loo king for ward t oo, no t jus t p laying, b ut ho pefull y w i nning. As th e n umb er 2 1 rank ed tea m on t he A T P t o u r K n o w l e s s a i d i t w o u l d b e great i f they can advan c e pas t t heir s econd s tr aight semi final, having pl ayed in the s ame r ound at the S AP O pen las t w e e k "Y ou ju s t wa nt t o w in ev er y ma tc h t hat you p lay," h e s aid. "Las t w eek we had a very goo d show ing W e won a few mat ches h ere, s o it w o uld b e reall y nice t o s e e how we measu re up agains t t he t op team s. "O bvi o us l y, i t 's a goo d op po r tu ni t y f or us to s ee ho w well we c an do as a t eam. So i t' s a b ig m atch bu t it 's on e t hat I 'm l ookin g for ward t o playi ng." G o in g i n to t h e m at c h K n ow l e s sa id he an d M er t in ak ar e he alt hy and t hey' r e ju st t aking it o ne match at tim e. But he knows quick well t ha t in order to be the bes t, they have to beat the b est teams Knowles and M ert inak open ed t heir new par tn ers hip at Med ibank I nt ernat ional in Sydney, Aus tr alia the secon d w ee k in J a nu a ry w he re th e y w ere o ust ed in t he secon d rou nd by the to p rank ed Ame ric a n te am of B ob a nd Mik e B rya n. Th ey also were eli minat e d in t he s ec on d r ound at the fir st Gr and S lam t ournam ent at t he Aus tr alian Open in Melbo urn e t he foll ow i ng w eek bef or e t hey r etur ned t o t he Unit ed St ates K n o w l e s N e s t o r t o f a c e o ff a t R e g i o n s Mor gan K eegan Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net AF TER s ettin g t he pace in the preli minaries, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came back and was even more impressive in the final of the women's 50 metres freestyle as we ll a s the pre lim in ari es o f t he 1 0 0 bu tte rfly And Armando Moss didn't get left out as he a ls o tr iumphed at t he 20 11 M IAC Swimmin g Ch am pio nsg hip s in h is spec i ali ty in t he Un i ve r si ty of M in n e so ta Aq ua t i c C e n te r y e sterday. V an d e r p o o l Wa l l ac e, t h e F I NA W o r l d Shortcourse World Championships' bronze m e d al i s t co n t i n u ed wh e r e s h e l ef t o f f i n T h ursda y's pre lim s in th e morn ing w he n she came back in the evening and lowered her times. A t t he So ut he as ter n Co nf er ence Swim m i n g C h a m p i o n s h i p s a t t h e S t e p h e n C O' C on ne ll C e n te r o n th e c a mp us o f the Un iversi ty of Florid a, V and erpoo l-W al lac e lo wered both her SEC and Auburn records she s et i n t h e p r e li m s wi t h h er v i ct o r y i n t h e final. The junior at Auburn University clocked 21.34 s econds t o win the r ac e, er asi ng the double records of 21.46 that she posted ear l i e r i n t h e d a y a n d s h e al s o l o w e r ed h er Bahamian national record in the process. It wa s th e fifth vi cto ry in the e ve nt for Au burn and the first since 2001. "Coming into SECs, I wasn't execpting a time like that at all," said Vanderpool-Wal la c e o n Au b ur n' s w e bs it e I' m n o t fu ll y re st ed, so I'm very excited to see what happens at NCAAs." The S EC m ee t tha t w rap s up toda y serve s a s a q u a l i f i e r f o r t h e N C A A S w i m m i n g C h am p i on sh i ps i n A us ti n Te x a s fr om Ma rc h 17-19. V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e w h o t u r n s 2 1 o n March 4, was able to attain the standard in h e r p e r f o r m a n c e s A u b u r n s h e a d c o a c h Brett Hawke said the Bahamian is right on course for another big splash. A r i a n n a i s a n o u t st a n d i n g c o m p e ti t o r h e sa id on the ir w e bsi te a s we l l. Sh e ke e ps g et ti n g be t t e r w i th e v e ry sw i m W e re a im i n g f o r her to go faster at NCAAs." B e f o re th e ni g h t w a s f i ni s he d o n Th u rs da y Vanderpool-Wallace competed on the sec ond leg of the T ig er s' 200 free relay team that won the race in 1:28.25. Not havi ng any t im e to cel ebr at e, Vanderpool-Wallace was right back in the pool y e s t e r d a y w he n s h e t u r n ed i n t h e f a s t e s t qualifying time of 51.98 in the 100 fly pre liminaries. She was able to surpass the A qualifying t i me o f 52. 02 f o r th e N CAA s an d e r as e d another Auburn record, but fell just shy of V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e s e t s new recor ds at SEC finals SEE page 10 SH IN ING : Ar ianna Vander poolWallace c ame back and was even m o r e i m p r e s s i v e i n t h e f i n a l o f t h e wo m e n s 5 0 m e t r e s f r e e s t y l e a s w e l l as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly. Mark Knowles By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net A 1 9POIN T ro ut sea le d a tw o -ga me sw e ep a s t h e Q u e e n s C o l l e g e C o m e t s p ut th e i r s ta mp of appr ov al on the Ba h a mas Ass oc iation of Independent Secondary Schools' junior boys championship title. The i r c o n vi n c in g 6 6 -4 7 d e c isi o n y es te rd ay a t t he Ke nda l I s aacs Gym nas i um e nab led th e Comets to dethrone the St. Augustine's Col lege Big R ed Machine a s they capped off a perfect 14-0 win-loss record. "It's a great feeling. We worked very hard for this," sai d a j ubil ant co ac h D wa yne S mith. "All of the work we put in this summer paid off for us in the end." It wasn't a totally disappointing day for St. Augus tine's C o lle ge. In the fir st day on the q u a r t e t o f m a t ch e s t h e B i g Re d M a ch i n e rolled past the Temple Christian Suns 30-28 regain the title they relinquished to Queen's College three years ago. Th i s w a s a sw e e t v i c t o ry s a i d S A C s c o a c h Ans tac ia Moultr ie "Our girls really wanted th i s o n e, e spe c i a ll y a ft e r w e w e re b l ow n o u t by Temple Christian in our only loss during the regular season." Although the Suns came into the champi ons hip u ndefeat e d Mou ltr ie said t heir go al wa s not t o giv e the m another life a ft e r wi nning the opening game of the series on Mon day in overtime. I t ol d th e gir ls we do n' t kn ow whe n we would get to use the gym again, so we had to come out here and played like there was no tomorrow," she said. "Once you give a team a nothe r c ha nc e, the y co uld c ome b ac k to b ea t you." The senior girls match-up between the St. J o h n' s G ia n ts a n d Q ue e n s C ol l e ge a lo n g w i th th e se ni or bo y s' sho w dow n b e tw ee n S t. J oh n' s an d Wes t mi ns t er Di pl om at s clo se d o ut th e night. But their results were not ava ilable a t press time. Summ ar y of the tw o e ncounters com pleted are as follows: COMETS 66 BIG RED MACHINE 47 Q ue en' s Col le ge es t ab li s hed th e t em p of the game early as Daejour Adderley got red h o t f r om t h e o u t s i d e, ca n ni n g n i n e p o i nt s inc lud ing a pai r of thre-poi nters, to pu s h the ir lead to 22-12 at the end of the first quarter. Ad d e rl e y fi n i sh e d w i th 1 9 p o i n ts a n d Ty r on e B ur rows, who had s ev en in the second half as they widened their lead at the half, finished with 17 as they provided an unstoppable 1-2 punch. D M e t r y C h a r l t o n c o n t r i b u t e d 1 0 a n d Dominique Bethel helped out with eight. St Au g u st i n e s C o ll e g e t ri e d e v e ry t hi n g th e y could, but they had trouble breaking through C o m e t s r o u t B i g R e d Ma ch in e t o wi n t it le TO T H E HOOP: A SAC pl ay er atte mpts t o s co re w h ile QC Come ts players look on. SEE page 10

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SPORTS P AGE 10, SA TURDA Y FEBRUAR Y 19, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM THE Four J's Lady Cheetahs and t h e Co l l e g e o f t h e B ah a m a s L a d y Caribs pulled off victories in the two games played Thursday night at the DW Da vis Gymnasium in the Ne w P r o v i d e n c e W o m e n s B a s k e t b a l l Association. W h ile t he L ady Cheeta hs go t by th e John son's Lady T rucker s 82-72 i n t h e o p e n e r t h e L a d y C a r i b s stunned the Cybots Queens 73-59. Here's a summary of the games played: LADY CHEET AHS 82 LADY TRUCKERS 72 Latoya Lil Thing' Thompson led five players in double figures with a side high 18 points on 8-of-15 shoot i n g f r o m t he f ie l d a n d 1 o f2 b ot h from the three-point and free throw lines and pulle d d own four re bounds in 35 minutes in the win. L in da P i er r e an d P ame la Be th el posted double doubles in the attack. Pie rre h a d 17 p oi nt s a nd 1 2 re bo un ds i n 2 9 m i n u t e s a n d B e t h e l h a d 1 1 p oi nt s a nd 1 4 r ebo un ds in 3 3 mi nutes. Four J's also got 16 points with six assists and five rebounds in 30 min utes and Alyse Dean had 12 points with six rebounds and three assists. Th e L ady Cheetahs led aft e r the three quarters, first 18-17 at the end of th e f i rst 3 5 3 3 a t th e h a l f a n d 6 0 4 7 at the completion of the third. F o r t h e L a d y T r u c k e r s G l e n d a Gilc ud c ann ed a ga me hi gh 25 po ints o n 1 0 -o f2 2 f ro m th e f ie l d a nd 5 -o f12 from the three-point arch in 31 min utes. She was joined by two other play er s i n d oub le f i gur es wi th S ha nt ell R o l l e s c o r i n g 1 2 p o i n t s w i t h f o u r rebounds, three assists and as many s t e a l s i n 3 1 m i n u t e s w h i l e Ja n i c e W i l l i a m s h a d 1 0 p o i n t s a n d 1 8 rebou nds f or anot her dou ble double. LADY CARIBS 73 QUEENS 59 Gabrielle McKinney pumped in a game high 24 points on 6-of-14 from the field and 12-of-16 from the free t h r o w l i n e w i t h s i x r e b o u n d s f i v e assists and three steals in 37 minutes in the win. Sh e le d tw o ot he r p l a y er s in do u bl e f ig u re s a s N a t isk a S i lv e r h ad a d ou b le double with 20 points, 15 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 min u t e s. Sh a n d e l l W i l l ia m s h a d 1 4 p o in t s, five rebounds and three steals. Christine Sinclair scored 15 points w i t h si x a s si st s, f i v e re b o un d s a nd tw o steals in 32 minutes in the loss and R o bi n Gi bs on a d de d 1 5 p oi nt s, se v en r e b o u n ds tw o a s si s t s a n d t w o st e a l s i n 35 minutes. Deandra Cunningham helped out w ith nine points and s ev en r e bounds and Kiesha Rolle had six points and five rebounds. C OB o pe ne d a 2 113 l e ad a fte r the fir st quar ter and extended it t o 35 25 at the half. the SEC r ecord of 51.00 set b y C h r i s t i n e M a g n u s o n o f Tennessee in 2008. That time, however, could f a l l i n th e fi n a l th a t w a s s c h e d uled for last night. At the University of Min nesota, St. John's University ( M n ) f r e s h m a n A r m a n d o Moss had a sentational swim i n t h e m e n 's 5 0 f re e fi n a l, w i n n i n g t h e r a c e o n T h u r s d a y night in 20.87, well ahead of his fourth place finish in the p rel im 's in 2 1 .2 2 e a rli er in the day. On F riday mornin g M oss contested the prelim's of the 1 0 0 f l y w h e r e h e h a d t h e fourth fastest qualifying time of 51.48 to again advance to th e fi nal t hat was con tes te d last night. The meet wraps up today. r ef o cu s h i ms el f af t e r l os i n g hi s fi r st f igh t fo r th e yea r. He has bee n tr ai nin g vigor io us ly b ut h is m ot her has s t e p p e d i n a s h i s a s s i s t a n t coach an d h e kn ow h e ha ve to go o ut t her e and t ra in or els e h e wil l ge t h is ta il k ick Hi s m ot her is r eal ly pu tt in g th e h eat d own on hi m, fo rcin g him t o l ift hi s gam e. Sh e r eally want s him t o do well ." M i nus Jr. co mmen ded h is m o t h er f o r t a k i ng t h e i n i ati ve to as s is t her s on A t t h e e n d o f t h e n i g h t Cham pi on Bo xin g Club wil l cr own th e two bo xer s in th e Fi ght o f th e N igh t; th e M o st I m p r o v e d B o x e r t h e M o s t Ou t s t and i ng Bo xer an d t h e Sp eed y T ir e M o st Bo xer of th e T o ur nam ent T r o p hi es a nd m ed al s wi l l b e p rese nt ed to the d ese rvi ng b o x e r s T he t our na ment is ex pected to get un der way a t 6 p.m F R OM pa g e n i n e Ray Minus Jr F R OM pa g e n i n e V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e Lady Cheetahs take down Lady T r uckers SPOR TS IN BRIEF WASHINGTON Associated Press NFL Commissioner Roger G o o d e l l a n d u n i o n h e a d D e M a u r i c e S m i t h m e t i n f ro n t o f a f e d e ra l me d i a t or f o r about six hours Friday, a bid to j ump -sta rt c ont en tio us a nd s l o wm ov i ng la b o r ne go t i ations two weeks before own e rs c ou ld lo c k ou t pl a ye rs a nd threaten the 2011 season. F r i d a y s s e s s i o n w a s t h e s i d e s f i r s t w i t h G e o r g e C o h e n t h e d i r e c t o r o f t h e Federal Mediation and Con ciliation Service, a U.S. gov ernment agency. More than two hours after G o o d e l l a n d S m i t h a r r i v e d se p ara t el y th e l ea g u e a nd t he N F L P l a y e r s A s s o c i a t i o n r e le a s e d a j o in t s t a te m e n t s a y ing the me diat ion h a d s tarte d a n d t h a t b o t h p a r t i e s agreed to adhere to Cohen's r equ es t t ha t t hey n ot s pea k publicly about the process. True to their word, Smith and other union repres e nt a tives including Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie B a t c h f o r m e r p l a y e r P e t e Kendall and NFLPA lawyer R i c h a r d B e r t h e l s e n declined to answer questions on their w ay out of t he me eting. T h e r e s n o t g o i n g t o b e any comment," Smith said as h e wal ke d o ut at 6: 15 p. m. more than seven hours after he arrived. G o o d e l l a n d o t h er m em bers of the NFL's bargaining t e a m i n c l ud i n g t h e l e a g u e s l e a d l a b o r n e g o t i a t o r J e f f Pash, and N FL outs ide c ouns e l B o b B a t t e rm a n a v o i d e d m e di a m e mb e r s in f r o nt o f t h e b u i l d i n g e n ti r e l y Th e y l e f t v i a a n o t h e r e x i t a n F M C S spokesman said. I t w asn' t im med iate ly c lea r w hen the side s w ould resume t a l k s a l t h o u g h o r i g i n a l l y there were plans for s ev er al d a y s o f n e g o t i a t i o n s w i t h Cohen present. NFL, union hold 1st session with federal mediator WINNERS: SAC Big Red Machine girls pose with the trophy after defeating the Temple Christian Suns. the press and when they did, t h e y c o u l d n t c o n t a i n Queen's College size in the paint. Kwasi Dames had a game high 21 points and Donovan Pic ke rin g c hip ped i n wi th 13 B u t D a v o n A d d e r l e y w a s h e l d t o j u s t e i g h t a s t h e C o m e t s c l a m p e d d o w n o n him defensively. BIG RED MACHINE 30 SUNS 28 Sheyanne T homps on and L aS h ae Ro l l e c am e u p b ig wi th 14 and 1 2 po ints resp ec tively for SAC as they man a g e d t o h o l d o f f T e m p l e Christian. T h e g am e wh i c h t u r n e d out to be another defensive b a t t le c am e r ig h t do w n t o the wire and the Suns had a ch an c e to sh in e fo r o ne more d a y w h e n I n d i a S m i t h g o t o p e n e d f o r a t h r e e p o i n t a tt e m p t w i t g h 1 3 se c o nd s l e f t on the clock. But her shot hit the front of the rim and the Big Red Machine got the rebound as the clock expired. R o l l e g o t o f f t o a g r e a t start as she scored six points t o g i v e S A C a 6 0 l e a d a s they went on to take a 10-6 margin at the en d of the f i r st break. And w hen T emple C hr isti a n ma d e a de n t i n th e l e a d, i t w as R olle who ca me up w ith six more points to keep the B ig Red Machine out f ront 16-13 at the half. The Suns, h owev er, wqe nt to a full court press to start the t hi rd and t hey go t fo ur c o n s e c u t i v e b a s k e t s f r o m Sheryl Evans to snatch a 2116 advantage. Despite the fact that SAC re boun ded to tie th e s c ore a t 2 12 1, the Suns went ahea d 25-21 at the h alf, t hank s t o b ac k t o b a ck b a s k e t s f r o m Amb a Goodma n and E vans. T h en in t he f o ur t h af t er there was some confusion as to w ea ther or n ot T h ompson had five or four fouls. Once r e f e r e e s R o d n e y J o h n s o n a n d S h a r o n t h e G e n e r a l Stor r sor ted it out, Thomps o n d r o v e i n s i d e f o r t h r e e cons ecu tiv e bas ket s t o gi ve SAC a 26-2 5 l ead and t hey d i d n t t r a i l t h e r e s t o f t h e way. F R O M pa g e n i n e Comets LOS ANGELES Associated Press FRED Coup le s d oe s not look like he b e lon g s a top t h e lea der b oa rd on the PG A Tour. Exc ept that he 's at R ivie ra Desp i te a b ad b ack th at h urt s wh e n he s to ops ove r a sho r t iron Coup le s n a v ig a t e d a r o un d h i s f a v o r i t e t ou r co u rs e w it h o u t a bo ge y F ri d ay fo r a 5un der 66 that gav e h im th e e arly lea d in the Northe rn Trust Ope n I t h e l p e d t h a t he kn o c k e d i n a n e a gle putt of nea rl y 1 00 fe e t on his op e n ing ho le alo ng with a pair of 3 0foot birdie p utts But e ve n for a 5 1y ea r-old we ll pas t his prim e, h e wa s c arr ied along b y a lang ui d swing a nd his love for Riv i e ra "I f ee l like I c a n pla y t h i s cours e blind folded," C o uples s aid. S om e of his p e e rs couldn 't be liev e wha t th e y s aw. "H e p l ay e d like he wa s m y a g e ," sa id 2 5-y e aro ld Antho ny K im, who was p ai red wi t h C ou p l es an d w as n in e sh o t s b eh in d "H e w as l oo s e, s wi n gin g h a rd He hi t some qu ali ty sho ts, some a gg re ssiv e s h ots. I t d oe sn't hu r t that he's won her e a coup le of time s. H e ju st k no ws what h e's do in g o u t here." Cou ple s fir st p la ye d R ivie ra thre e ye ar s b e fo re K i m w as b o rn H e wo n in 1 9 9 0 a n d 1 9 9 2 b a c k w he n hi s ha i r wa s b ro w n n o t mo s tl y gr ay, an d wh en he did n't ha ve to ge t up a t 4 a .m. t o stretch o ut hi s b ack so he cou ld make it to the firs t tee Th e a ffec tio n from the g alle ry h a sn't chang ed. Fr om the ot he r s ide of t he pa r 5 fi rst gr een Co u p les r a p p ed a p u tt an d w atc h e d it roll some 10 0 fee t towar d t h e cup a n d drop for a n e a gle The c h e e r w a s l oud e no ug h fo r p la y e r s s till on the pra ctice ra n g e t o look up. One playe r jok in g ly sa id C oup les just m ade a 1 0-footer fo r p a r." Paul Ca se y, who had a 6 7 a nd w as four s h ots bac k pla ye d in the g roup be h ind Co uples A ske d how it fe lt to t r a i l a 5 1 y e a r o l d w h o c a n ba r e l y b en d o ver t o t i e h i s sh o e s, Cas ey st ar t e d laughing. Eve ry time I look e d ahe ad, he's s tre tchin g h is bac k, his ha n d is o n h is hip ," Ca sey sa id We all kn ow Fre d di e He lo ok s lik e h e d o esn' t care. He lo o k s l i k e he 's i n p ai n He co u l d b e o n a n y s c o r e A n d t h e f a c t h e s o n 8 under is brillia nt." C o u p l es w as at 8u n d er 13 4 h ead i n g into wha t could be a sogg y wee kend. Th e ra in b egan to f all l ate i n t h e aft er noo n a s ha l f o f th e fie ld was trying to c op e with to ug h e r conditio ns. J.B. H o lm es w as tie d f o r the lea d until a do uble bo g e y o n the las t hole g a ve h im a 6 9. Phil Micke ls o n st rug gl ed wit h his ir o ns on his wa y to a 70 that put him s ev en shots be h ind, althou g h no t terr ib ly worrie d "I 'm no t ple ase d b e ing in t h e p ositi on wh ere I'm at, bu t i t co ul d b e a l o t w o r s e M i c k e l s o n s a i d A n d I s h ould b e within striking d ista nce if I c an g o o ut and sho ot s o me ho t rou nd t o m o r r o w Tha t he w ould be tr y ing t o c a tc h up t o Coupl e s wa s sur pr is ing g iv e n his a ge a n d his hea lth C ase y, ho we ve r, said cou r se kn owle dge a nd good v ibes only g o s o fa r. Couples turns back clock at Riviera J B Hol mes hits hi s app r o ac h s hot on the n inth hol e durin g th e se con d rou nd of the Northern Trust Open PGA golf tournament in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Ange les Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP)


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Union president
says membership
will not engage
in any ‘sabotage’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

MEMBERS of the
Bahamas Electrical Utility
Managerial Union voted
“overwhelming” yesterday
to strike.

Union president Ervin
Dean said 70 members voted
in favour and one member
voted against the strike. The
votes represented more than
80 per cent of the union’s
membership.

“We have the right to
withdraw our labour,” said
Mr Dean, speaking of the
vote’s significance. However,
he said, the membership
would not engage in any
“sabotage.”

Yesterday's strike vote is
the latest in the continuing
standoff between BEUMU
and Bahamas Electricity
Corporation's executive
management over negotia-
tions for a new industrial
agreement and _ salary

increases. BEUMU has a
meeting scheduled with
executive Management on
Tuesday and union head
Ervin Dean said if the meet-
ing does not go in their
favour the union may have
to strike.

“They sent me an offer
Thursday night which I
thought was an attempt at
being humorous. I told them
I wouldn't share it with my
members because it would
be insulting. We have a
meeting scheduled with
executive management for
Tuesday, based on the con-
versation there we will see
what is happening,” said Mr
Dean.

Admitting that industrial
action will have repercus-
sions for the state-run elec-
tricity company Mr Dean
said that his members only
want what they feel is due
to them.

"(A strike), it impacts

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MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY
FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP ‘STRANDED’

By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Staff Reporter
nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net

MAGISTRATE Carolita Bethell said yesterday she was
not pleased with attorney Wayne Munroe for leaving Bap-
tist Bishop Randy Fraser "stranded" as he sought to defend
himself against allegations that he had a sexual relationship

with a 16-year-old girl.

Prosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his posi-
tion of trust by having a sexual relationship with a girl he had

agreed to counsel.

It is alleged that Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple,
St James Road, had a sexual relationship with the girl
between July 2005 and February 2006. If convicted, he faces

seven years in prison.

Fraser was expected back on the witness stand yester-
day for further cross-examination, however the trial had

to be adjourned.

The court was informed that attorney Jairam Mangra, of the
firm Munroe and Associates, was ill and unable to attend
court. Mr Mangra has led Fraser's defence in the absence of

SEE page six

A service celebrating
the life of the late Dr
Keva Maria Bethel was
held yesterday morn-
ing at the College of
the Bahama. Dr Bethel
passed away Tuesday
morning at Doctor's
Hospital. Dean Patrick
Adderley, Rector at
Christ Church Cathe-
dral, provided the
eulogy at the service,
while former students
and colleagues
offered heartfelt
reflections on Dr
Bethel’s life.

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Cyril Charles Lockhart,
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charged with the murder of
Luigi Lockhart.

Luigi was reportedly
stabbed in the chest during
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Baha Mar ‘to bring airlift from untapped regions’

By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

BAHA Mar will bring air-
lift from previously untapped
regions into Nassau creating
spin-off business for the
island's hotels, said Sandals
Resorts International's own-
er Gordon 'Butch' Stewart.

During a rare sit-down
interview with the press at
his 500-acre Emerald Bay
resort on Exuma, the hote-
lier said once the Cable
Beach redevelopment is
done well, others in the
industry with top-notch
products will benefit.

"T think Baha Mar, if they
do a good job, will create
more airlift, then everybody

has more opportunity to get
people from Maine or Tim-
buktu that are not coming
now.

"The more the merrier,
just regulate good so that it's
good quality, it's not that
cheap destination,” said Mr
Stewart.

Last year, Atlantis CEO
Sir Sol Kerzner expressed
concern over the potential

NASSAU AND BAHAMA ISLANDS’ LEADING NEWSPAPER

for Baha Mar to "canni-
balise” the high-end tourism
marketplace, eating into
Atlantis’ revenue and threat-
ening Bahamian jobs at the
resort, where nearly 8,000
people are now employed.
At the time, Sir Sol sug-
gested the $2.6 billion pro-

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ANE TC A UT ted

Anna Nicole’s former lover
might take legal action
against opera producers

ANNA Nicole Smith’s
former lover and father
of her child, Larry Birk-
head, might take legal
action against the pro-
ducers of the opera Anna
Nicole, playing Royal
Opera House in London.

According to a Reuters
report, Mr Birkhead
claims that the ROH nev-
er attempted to contact
him or Smith's estate
about the production.

Mr Birkhead has not
seen the show, but said of
the star, "That lady is no
Anna Nicole. We are
looking at our legal
options to see if they mis-
used Anna's image and
likeness. We are going to
have the estate attorneys
look at what can be done
about it."

He added: "They said
it was going to be some-
thing that was tastefully
done. But then they put
a trailer out on YouTube
that was really kind of trashy and tabloidy."

The show, entitled Anna Nicole is described on its web-
site as "a celebrity story of our times that includes extreme
language, drug abuse and sexual content." A minimum age
of 16 for patrons has been imposed.

Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, becoming the
1993 Playmate of the Year. She modelled for clothing com-
panies, including Guess jeans and Lane Bryant.

She dropped out of high school and was married in 1985.

Her highly publicized second marriage to oil business
mogul J Howard Marshall, 62 years her senior, resulted in
speculation that she married the octogenarian for his mon-
ey, which she denied.

Following Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal
battle over a share of his estate; her case, Marshall v Mar-
shall, reached the US Supreme Court on a question of fed-
eral jurisdiction. She died on February 8, 2007 in a Holly-
wood, Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose of pre-
scription drugs.

During the final six months of her life, Smith was the
focus of press coverage because of the death of her son
Daniel in Nassau and the paternity and custody battle for her
daughter Dannielynn.

(AP Photo/Bill Cooper-HO Royal
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LONDON — Why write an opera about
the sordid life and death of Anna Nicole
Smith? That question doubtless leaped to the
minds of many when they heard the Royal
Opera had commissioned such a work.

And sad to say, despite the expenditure of
considerable talent and money — and a splen-
did performance by Eva-Maria Westbroek in
the title role — the question remains unan-
swered following the world premiere of
"Anna Nicole" at Covent Garden on Thurs-
day night.

For anyone who may have forgotten, Smith
was a single mother from small-town Texas
who, thanks to breast enhancement surgery,
became a Playboy celebrity and married an oil
tycoon 63 years her senior. Her claim on his
fortune was disputed by his heirs, and in 2007
— after giving birth (on pay-per-view TV)
and seeing her 20-year-old son die of an over-
dose in her hospital room — she herself, gross-
ly overweight, died of a drug overdose at age
39.

To be sure, Smith's willingness to go to any
lengths to lift herself out of poverty and her
lifelong obsession with publicity have a lurid
quality that seems almost mythic. That's
apparently what attracted librettist Richard
Thomas and composer Mark-Anthony Tur-
nage when they were looking for a subject
for an opera.

But it's not enough to put the spectacle of
her life on stage in a chronological narrative,
dressed up with satiric jabs at obvious targets
and occasional attempts to indict society at
large for enabling Anna's career. We may feel
pity for her, along with disgust, but those are
not responses that redeem the tawdry specta-
cle of her life. In this retelling of her story, it's
hard to empathise with her, much less imagine
her as a figure of tragedy.

Thomas has written a sometimes-clever,
sometimes-sophomoric libretto very much in
the vein of his popular hit, Jerry Springer: The
Opera.

A typical sample is Anna's introductory
line: "I want to blow you all —a kiss." (These
are also her final words before being zipped
into a body bag at the end.)

In a more serious, but not necessarily more
persuasive vein, Thomas has Anna exclaim
near the end: "Oh, America, you dirty whore.
I gave you everything but you wanted more.

Turnage, a respected composer of two pre-
vious operas, has set Thomas's words to a
tuneful, percussive score that is highly acces-
sible on first hearing. His orchestration
includes a role for jazz trio — a bass guitar,
guitar and drums — that helps blur the lines
between "serious" music and a more popular
sound. Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera's
music director, conducts with seeming mastery.

There are some striking lyrical moments,
as when Anna sings an aria of delight after

HAIL TO ANNA: Anna Nicole takes a bow.


























































STEELE
to sleaze



receiving her new breasts (before the resulting
back pain has led to her painkiller addiction.)
And there's a lovely ensemble to conclude
Act 1 as Anna and her billionaire husband, J
Howard Marshall I, stand atop a wedding
cake while distorted strains of Mendelssohn
play and various characters express their
thoughts.

There's also a gorgeous, melancholy inter-
lude midway through Act 2, marking the pas-
sage of 10 years as a curtain covered with
double cheeseburgers shows Anna's figure
giving way to the obesity of later years.

Westbroek, a Dutch soprano much admired
in the standard repertory of Wagner, Verdi
and Puccini, throws herself into the title role
with all of her considerable assets. On stage for
virtually the entire two-hour length of the
opera, Westbroek sings with luminous tone
and creates a plausible sex symbol with her
blond hair and glamorous figure (before she
has to put on a fat suit for the later scenes).
There's also a disarming sincerity and eager-
ness to please about her that make the char-
acter more appealing than she might otherwise
be.

Among the supporting cast, mezzo-soprano
Susan Bickley makes a sympathetic figure as
Anna's loyal but critical mother, Virgie ("My
flesh, my blood, my embarrassment,” she sings
at one point). Tenor Alan Oke as Marshall
makes a splendid entrance flying in from the
wings in an over-sized armchair and revels
with unabashed glee at buying Anna's sexual
favours.

As Anna's surgeon, Doctor Yes, tenor
Andrew Rees has fun with his aria describing
the differences in cup sizes ("A is small, no use
at all ... ." Dominic Rowntree, as Anna's
grown-up son, Daniel, doesn't get to sing until
after he's dead. Then he has a brief aria, the
words of which consist of a list of all the drugs
found in his system — Valium, Prozac and
about 20 others.

The opera's most problematic character is
Anna's lawyer-turned-boyfriend, Howard K
Stern. Portrayed by baritone Gerald Finley, he
makes brief appearances in Act 1 but without
much purpose.

Even in Act 2, the part seems underwritten
— as if the creators couldn't quite decide
whether to make him more villain or sorrow-
ful witness to Anna's demise.

Director Richard Jones has given the work
a lively, fast-moving production, especially in
the first and vastly more entertaining half,
which traces Anna's rise in jaunty, energetic
fashion.

Though the Royal Opera warned of
"extreme language, drug abuse and sexual
content,” there's little on stage to shock, some
rough language aside. Even the sex act to
which Anna's opening lines teasingly refer
takes place with the chorus tactfully conceal-
ing her and Marshall from view.

There are five more performances through
March 4, all of them sold out.

AP Photo/Joel Ryan

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Concern over
removal and
(lestruction
of signs

By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter

MEMBERS of the public
are voicing concern over the

Ministry of the Environmen-

t’s removal and destruction
of business and event signs.

“T have personally wit-
nessed a worker striking a
small sign and rendering it
broken and unusable,” said
one caller to The Tribune
yesterday.

Another person, who
identified himself as a Bail-
lou Hill Road resident, said
that a meeting should be
held to establish correct pro-
cedures and give fair notice
prior to the removal of the
signs.

He said that in these
tough economic times, busi-
nesses are struggling and the
destruction of their promo-
tional signs without notice
will only increase their woes.

However Earl Deveaux,
Minister for the Environ-
ment, told The Tribune that
the Town Planning Commit-
tee held a press conference
two weeks ago with regard
to the illegal erection of
signs and advised the gener-
al public on the correct pro-
cedure for putting up busi-
ness and information signs.

He said: “There is clearly
a defined procedure for
approval for putting up
signs.”

According to the Ministry
for the Environment, per-
mits for advertisements, and
business and information
signs are granted on a case-
by-case basis.

Requests must be submit-
ted in writing to the Direc-
tor of Physical Planning, and
must state the dimensions of
the proposed sign, its con-
tents and a preferred loca-
tion.

Once reviewed by the
director, requests are either
granted or denied, normally
within two days of the
request being submitted.

Signs that have been
erected without permission
from the government will
continue to be torn down by
the officers of the Ministry
of the Environment, who
are not obligated to give pri-
or notice to business owners,
an employee of the ministry
said.





CLAY SWEETING

THE Progressive Liberal Party has ratified

i another six candidates to vie for constituencies
? in the next general election, days after its leader
: predicted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
i would call voters to the polls early.

Incumbents Dr Bernard Nottage, Fred

: Mitchell, Obie Wilchcombe, V Alfred Gray
: and Frank Smith, along with newcomer Clay
: Sweeting, are the latest opposition candidates
i to be confirmed.

They will run in the Bain and Grants Town,

Fox Hill, West End and Bimini, MICAL, St
: Thomas More and North Eleuthera con-
: stituencies respectively.

While accepting his nomination at the par-

i ty's last national general council meeting, Mr
: Mitchell conceded that the fight for the Fox
: Hill constituency will be a tough one but said
? he expects to retain his seat.

"We expect to win in Fox Hill. We expect it

will be a scrap.

“We expect that it will be hard fought but we

i expect to win. We may not see just how, look-





FRED MITCHELL

PIP ratifies six
more candidates

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now because night comes when no man can
work,” said Mr Mitchell, who ran successfully
against Senator Jacinta Higgs in May, 2007.

"And so knowing that, the urgency of what
Ihave to do and say becomes all the more cen-
tral, all the more essential, all the more urgent.
(First among) all the things I would like to do
as the next MP for Fox Hill is to restore the
dignity in this country of being Bahamian, and
not a second class citizen in your own land.
For stripping the Bahamian of his dignity, that
sin alone, Hubert Ingraham must go. I have so
much work to do and so little time to do

it," he added.

Entrepreneur Clay Sweeting is the PLP’s
youngest candidate at 25 years old. A native of
Spanish Wells, the party heralds him as a third-
generation PLP and the youngest serving local
government officer.

Mr Sweeting, a lobster fisherman and real
estate agent, owns Tees R Us Bahamas, a
screen-printing and embroidery store in Span-
ish Wells.





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International Bazaar partners with ‘Up With People’
for International Cultural & Food Festival, February 20

FREEPORT — The Interna-

? tional Bazaar Tenants and
} Owners Association, in collab-
oration with the visiting inter-
? national travel, community ser-
? vice and performing arts group
? “Up With People,” is hosting
: the first annual International
? Cultural and Food Festival on
? Sunday from 1pm to 7pm.

The entire community is

; invited to come out and enjoy
: the event.

Aiming to bring together the

: diverse cultures of the visiting
: group and Grand Bahamians,
? through their foods, wares and
? entertainment, the organisers
? said the afternoon will be one
? where the entire family can
? take a stroll around the world
? in one day, tasting exotic dishes,
: drinks and desserts.

Some of the countries/cul-

! tures that the organisers antici-

pate having represented are;
China, the Philippines, India,
Africa, Trinidad, Turks Islands,
Guyana, the Dominican
Republic, Haiti, France, French
Canadian, Greece, America,

England, Jamaica, Germany,
Italy and the Bahamas.

Those wishing to share their
culture are asked to dress in
their national costume or
colours.

The special guest performers
are Up With The People, a
non-profit organisation the
main purpose of which is to
strengthen societies within a
community.

They have around 100 per-
formers from 21 countries with
diverse backgrounds, and their
performance takes an audience
around the world.

There also will be perfor-
mances from the Sunland Bell
Choir and their Boys Drum
Brigade; the Grand Bahama
Youth Choir and the Legends
Band.

Up with People’s visit to
Grand Bahama is sponsored by
the Pelican Bay Hotel and Dis-
covery Cruise Lines with sup-
port from the Grand Bahama
Youth Choir and the Bahamas
Weekly.

Up with People is an inde-

Law enforcement officials complete

trafficking in per

Personnel in law enforce-
ment and related areas com-
pleted a two-day training semi-
nar on how to fight the threat of
human trafficking to and from
the Bahamas and the region.

Co-ordinated by the Organi-
sation of American States, the
seminar on ‘Strengthening
Capacity of Law Enforcement
Officials, Judges and Prosecu-
tors in the Caribbean to identi-
fy and Combat Trafficking in
Persons, Especially Women
and Children’, was held at
SuperClubs Breezes on Febru-
ary 15-16. Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest, in
his Keynote Address, said such
seminars set the tone for the
extraordinary co-operation
between regional and interna-
tional governments needed to
tackle what has been recog-
nised as the fastest growing
transnational criminal activity
in the world. The participants
were: members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force, the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Immigration and Customs offi-
cers, the Office of the Attor-
ney General and related agen-
cies. The seminar provided a
forum for strengthening the
capacity of law enforcement
officials and prosecutors in
identifying and combating traf-
ficking in persons, especially
women and children.

The government implement-
ed the Trafficking in Persons
Prevention and Suppression
Act in December 2008, which
makes all forms of trafficking of
human beings illegal. Penalties
range from three years to life
imprisonment.

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perpetrated on unsuspecting
women and children while in
the Bahamas,” Mr Turnquest
said.

Because the Bahamas is an
archipelago of islands scattered
over 100,000 square miles of
water, he said policing its bor-
ders is a daunting task.

Human Trafficking is defined
by Article 3 (a) of the United
Nations Protocol as “the
recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harbouring or receipt
of persons by means of threat
or use of force or other forms of
coercion, of abduction, of fraud,
of deception, of the abuse of
power or of a position of vul-
nerability or of the giving or
receiving of payments or bene-
fits to achieve the consent of a
person having control over
another person, for the purpose
of exploitation”.

Although trafficking has
existed for centuries, it is said
that the effects of globalisation
have contributed to an envi-
ronment in which it makes
human trafficking a highly prof-
itable and generally low risk
criminal business.

“While there is little evidence
of the same here, regrettably
there exists the potential of the

participation of the Bahamas,”
Mr Turnquest said.

Research has shown that
human traffickers rarely use
direct force and abduction;
most traffickers use subtle
means of force and deception.
However, the situation
becomes more complicated
when victims themselves
become recruiters, trying to
save themselves from further
exploitation.

“While trafficking of men,
women and children for forced
labour and prostitution may not
be an issue in the Bahamas
presently, the Bahamas takes
the issue of human trafficking
very seriously by having imple-
mented strategies to effectively
address this scourge on human-
ity,” Mr Turnquest said.
Research also suggests that the
Bahamas’ borders make it an
ideal target for the facilitation
of human trafficking.

“However, for the most part,
persons who find themselves in
the Bahamas illegally come vol-
untarily for mostly economic
purposes,” Mr Turnquest said.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas
encourages trafficked victims
to participate in investigations
and prosecutions of the culprits.

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Obama lays down opening bid

WASHINGTON — The president's budget
has all the trappings of a financial document —
ledgers, tables, economic projections. But it
is, foremost, a political declaration.

With this budget, President Barack Obama
cast himself as a sensible fiscal manager —
not too harsh, not too soft — while exploiting
internal Republican struggles over how much
cutting is too much.

It relies on policies that, to date, have been
legislatively unattainable. It depends on long-
term fixes to achieve short-term gains. It avoids
the biggest, and most politically sensitive, bud-
get items — Social Security and Medicare.

In short, it is a marker, an opening gambit
that will either play itself out on the negotiat-
ing table or on the bully pulpit that the presi-
dent has begun to employ with more and more
frequency these days. In his press conference
Tuesday, Obama defended his decision to leave
the big ticket programmes — Medicare, Med-
icaid, Social Security — untouched in his bud-
get. Taming those huge entitlements is best
left to bipartisan agreements, not White House
prescriptions, he said as he directly challenged
Republicans to bargain with him.

"Those are big, tough negotiations, and I
suspect that there's going to be a lot of ups
and downs in the months to come before we
finally get to that solution,” Obama said.

The debate ahead is driven by two funda-
mentally different goals. Obama wants to
increase some spending to push the economy
along with a modest "down payment” toward
a long-term goal of deficit reduction. For
Republicans prodded by tea party activists,
lowering the deficit is merely a means to a
larger aim — shrinking the size of govern-
ment. Obama alluded to the coming debate,
separating what he said should be the quiet
and private negotiations from the partisan
positioning required in politics.

"T expect that all sides will have to do a lit-
tle posturing on television and speak to their
constituencies and rally their troops,” he said.
"But ultimately what we need is a reasonable,
responsible, and initially probably somewhat
quiet and toned-down conversation about, all
right, where can we compromise and get some-
thing done. But posturing has its place. In the
end, the politics — and by extension, some of
the policy — will be determined by who better
defines the argument.

To be sure, deficits matter and Obama's
budget provides a strong argument for further
efforts to reduce them. The cumulative total of
deficits would result in a $16.7 trillion nation-
al debt by September 30, 2012, up from the
current $14 trillion. The bigger the debt, the
bigger the interest that the taxpayer must pay.

In that sense, White House officials say,
the budget debate has changed.

"The traditional debate in Washington is
Democrats want to spend, Republicans want to
cut," said White House communications direc-

tor Dan Pfeiffer. "That's not the debate we're
having right now. There is unanimity right now
that we have to cut spending."

The question is how fast and how deep —
and who will raise the prospect of revamping
Social Security and Medicare first. Those two
programmes, the biggest two items in the fed-
eral budget, have always proven to be politi-
cally toxic. Obama on Tuesday seemed to
yearn for a different time, as when President
Ronald Reagan and Democratic House Speak-
er Tip O'Neill negotiated a fix for Social Secu-
rity. Illustrating the difficulties for both parties,
a poll last week by the Pew Research Centre
found that Americans no longer want increas-
es in federal spending — underscoring the
challenge Obama has in pitching the need for
more money on education, infrastructure and
research and development.

But the poll also found tepid support for
spending cuts, even as House Republicans seek
to trim $61 billion from the seven months
remaining in the current fiscal year. For
instance, the poll found that only 12 per cent
want cuts in Medicare spending, though that's
a higher percentage who favour trims in the
programme than in 2009. Indeed, the only sub-
ject area that Pew found substantial support for
cutting was in global poverty assistance.

Obama's $3.73 trillion budget envisions
deficit reductions of $1.1 trillion over the next
10 years. It includes a spending freeze on
domestic programmes, a suspension in pay
hikes for the federal civilian work force, and
cuts in targeted programmes, including popu-
lar energy assistance for the poor. There are
billions in unspecified cuts and revenues. It
also counts on new revenue from limiting tax
deductions taken by wealthier taxpayers, an
Obama administration proposal that was
rejected by the previous Democratic-controlled
Congress and stands less of a chance with a
GOP-run House now. And it anticipates taxes
rising for upper income Americans after 2013.

In his budget statement, Obama invoked the
new White House slogan — "Winning the
Future" — but Democrats did not react with
enthusiasm. Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dako-
ta, the chairman of the Senate Budget Com-
mittee, said Obama's budget does not go far
enough in taking aim at the deficit.

"Tt must include spending cuts, entitlement
changes and tax reform that simplifies the tax
code, lowers rates and raises more revenue," he
said.

Other Democrats complained it went too
far. Republicans were harsher, with House
Speaker John Boehner dismissing it as a bud-
get that "isn't winning the future, it's spending
the future."

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Prime Minister

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Tread the comments in the
newspaper last week, made
by Mr Branville McCartney,
my Member of Parliament,
that he made while appear-
ing on Mr Jeffrey Lloyd’s
radio show stating that our
Prime Minister, and FNM
leader, Hubert A Ingraham
lacks compassion.

I am surprised and disap-
pointed that my MP made
such a comment about our
Prime Minister and leader.

It is very unfortunate
because I think Mr McCart-
ney is doing a good job in our
area and has been a good MP.

I do not understand why he
would make that statement
about our Prime Minister
when, clearly, it is not true.

I have always respected Mr
McCartney, as a young politi-
cian, with promise, who calls
things straight, but that is not
the case here. I am truly puz-
zled.

Mr McCartney, I suspect,
Knows better than I about all
the things that have been
achieved by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham’s adminis-
trations of 1992 to 2002 and
2007 to date.

He must know them, he
represents our party.

I would like to point out,
for my MP, a few things the
FNM government has done
under the very able and
proven leadership of the Rt
Hon Hubert A Ingraham,
clearly and undoubtedly
demonstrating his compassion
and care;

1) This FNM government,
during the worst of the reces-
sion hired 3,000 workers on a
six-month programme, geared
primarily toward young peo-
ple.

2) This FNM government,
throughout the recession, at
no time, terminated any civil
servant nor reduced any
salaries. At a time when other
countries including Cuba, ter-
minated 500,000 government
employees.

3) This FNM government
doubled assistance and ben-
efit payments recently to $13
million. Previously, the FNM
doubled it from about $3 mil-
lion to $6 million. The PLP,
with an unemployment rate
in excess of 20 per cent in the
1970’s to 1980’s could not
even remotely compare.

4) These payments were
payments made to persons for
the purchase of food, elec-
tricity and rental assistance,
so that families could stay in
their apartments.

5) This FNM government,
in the height of the recession,
implemented a self-starter
programme where young peo-
ple obtained training in spe-
cific areas which enabled
them to start their own busi-
nesses with financial assis-
tance from the government.

6) This FNM government,
during the recession, the
worst in more than a genera-
tion, implemented a perma-
nent, major social safety net
programme; unemployment
benefit. The government
found $20 million unbudgeted
dollars to fund this critically
important programme.

7) This FNM government
implemented the Prescription
Drug Plan, the first ever. The
programme enables the elder-
ly and children to obtain free
medications for 163 illnesses.
And, implemented in the
most dignified way by pro-
viding a credit card-like mem-
bership card for participants.
They do not have to travel to
PMH, waiting six hours to
have one prescription filled,
in a hot, congested, area. At
their convenience, they can
attend a pharmacy in their
neighbourhood.

8) This FNM government,
implemented Tele-Medicine,
the first ever. Patients in our
Family Islands can now
receive specialist care.
Through technology obtained

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by the Ministry of Health,
doctors in Nassau can con-
duct Family Island patient
examinations in real-time and
prescribe medications.

9) This FNM government,
at the height of the recession,
commenced a clean-up cam-
paign and beautification pro-
gramme in New Providence
thereby putting a lot of young
men to work who could not
otherwise find employment
but wanted to work. Good,
honest work and they have
done a great job! The round-
abouts, not only were prop-
erly landscaped but are well-
maintained.

10) This FNM government,
embarked on the most com-
prehensive road and infra-
structure programme ever in
our country. The road
improvements are obvious
but also the quality of life by
replacing the 24-inch water
mains that will, finally, bring
much needed relief from rusty
water and little or no water
pressure, to persons living in
the eastern part of New Prov-
idence.

11) This FNM government,
during the recession, created a
great beach park at Saunders
Beach. It has improved the
quality of life, green spaces,
family and recreational areas.
Traffic flow is improved, there
is a large parking area, you
can now walk to the beach
without crossing a busy street.
You park your vehicle,
leisurely get out of your car
and walk to the beach. And,
those beautiful, mature,
Bahamian trees that are
planted along the water front
— what a view. Still, bath-
rooms and showers will be
installed to go along with
those creative wooden bench-
es.

12) This FNM government,
for the first time, implement-
ed inflation adjusted NIB pay-
ments. Those payments were
increased across the board
last year November. As part
of that exercise, the govern-
ment put in place an inflation
review and adjustment
process every two years.

13) This FNM government,
for the first time, is providing
millions of dollars as grants
(free money between $7,500 -
$40,000 annually) to students
who meet the requirements
and want to study abroad. It is
said that more needs to be
done to enable our youth to
study home and abroad. This
FNM government, is making
that happen, in a very signifi-
cant way, across the board.

14) That is not all in higher
education. This FNM govern-
ment, makes it possible for
students who receive at least
five BGCSE passes with a C
grade or better, including
Math and English to receive
full tuition scholarship to
attend COB for a Bachelor’s
degree.

15) The FNM government,
made available, for the first
time, government guaranteed
student loans, at 4 per cent;
the balance of 4 per cent
being paid by the government
to a private bank that provid-
ed the loans.

The programme has been
suspended, due to non-pay-
ments, causing the govern-
ment to pay the bank $58 mil-
lion. It is hoped, that it will
re-commence, sometime in
the future.

16) The Christie-led PLP
government, when it came to
power in 2002 required par-
ents/students to pay the entire
8 per cent interest. The com-
passionate and caring Ingra-
ham-led government, when it
returned to government in
2007 changed that rate, again,
to 4 per cent.

17) This FNM government,
made home purchases signif-

icantly more affordable and
reinvigorated a struggling
Real Estate sector by increas-
ing the stamp duty exemption
from $250,000 to $500,000, for
first-time home buyers since
returning to government in
2007.

18) This FNM government,
since returning to power in
2007, reduced Junkanoo tick-
et prices. It also increased the
“free areas” along Shirley
Street, for those who are
unable to afford the reduced
ticket prices for bleacher
seats.

19) This FNM government
is funding Family Island
Regattas at unprecedented
levels.

20) The FNM government,
has given the average
Bahamian more opportunity
than ever to own a greater
piece of the economic pie by
creating BISX and having
very profitable companies list-
ed on the exchange so that
every and all Bahamians
could have an opportunity to
own a piece of these compa-
nies and receive, for the most
part, a steady flow of divi-
dends.

21) This FNM government,
will make ownership of three
sectors of our economy avail-
able to average Bahamians in
the near future; Burns
House/Commonwealth Brew-
ery to Heineken - 25 per cent
of shares, “The Shipping
Port” companies to Arawak
Port Development Limited -
20 per cent of shares initially,
and BTC to BTC/CWC - 9010
of shares initially and up to
25 per cent within three years.
A steady flow of dividends is
also anticipated from these
companies.

22) This FNM government,
most recently, paid very gen-
erous separation packages to
the ZNS workers. In fact,
Prime Minister Ingraham
reported that the government
paid $700,000 in excess of
what the government was
required to pay — talking
about compassionate and car-
ing.

23) This FNM government,
for the first time, enabled
Members of Parliament to get
things done in their con-
stituencies themselves with an
allotment of $100,000. Due to
the recession, this could not
be justified in the current bud-
get year.

24) This FNM government,
paid $1 million to the Sea
Hauler victims, when it had
no legal obligation to do so.
We ought not forget, that this
tragedy occurred under the
Christie-led PLP but they did
nothing, for the many per-
sons, who suffered injuries
and those, who lost their lives.

25) This FNM government,
for the first time, implement-
ed one of the most important
social safety nets; minimum
wage and related benefits, for
workers, including a 40-hour
work week, dismissal with
cause only, Maternity Protec-
tion, etc. We recall the mea-
ger wages a lot of employers,
but not all, paid many of our
brothers and sisters, for a 48-
hour work week. Incredible,
under the so-called “socially
minded” Pindling-led PLP,
that existed, for 25 years.

These are only some of the
many instances where the
FNM government from 1992
to 2002 and from 2007 to date,
especially, in recessionary
times, under the very able and
proven leadership of Prime
Minister Hubert A Ingraham,
has clearly and undoubtedly,
demonstrated considerable
compassion and care, for all
Bahamians.

D SMITH
Nassau,
February 14, 2011.
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2011, PAGE 5



LOCAL NEWS

MEMORIAL SERVICE

WHY Celebrating the life of



"T'm vex at people who
complain about traffic, com-
pletely failing to see the
irony. They're the reason

traffic exists, because they're }

the ones driving the cars.
One would think that a tiny,
flyspeck island such as New
Providence would welcome
two wheeled transportation
such as bicycles, scooters
and motorcycles with open
arms, but Bahamians are so
ignorant that we stick to the
old tradition of ‘only
"Hyshins'’ is ride bicycle!’
And we all know how
Bahamians view '‘Hyshins’."
— Concerned citizen

"IT vex an’ sad that all dem
stores on Bay Street get
burn down and happy dat at
least one left mostly saved
intact is da well known ‘Bat’
store”,

— Observer

"Tam vex that now the
Bahamas is a bi-lingual
nation that the politicians
are not having public street
signs and drivers education

pamphlets with both English

and Creole, written as they
do in other bi-lingual coun-
tries.

"By doing this we can

minimise some of these traf- :
fic problems as some drivers }
do not seem to get itin Eng- }

lish only."
— Democracy

"Tam vex that directors of ;

companies can be on the
company boards for years
and only when they leave
can call for major changes
on that company.,”

— Average Joe

"Tam vex that presently
our Christian brothers and
sisters in the shanty villages

have to poop in the outhous- :

es which do not have septic
tanks. Nor do the ‘honey
trucks’ that go in the bushes
to empty the contents which
cause pollution and disease.

"However, in the mean-
time, authorities can talk
about shaking down those
tall illegal electronic signs
which create jobs and busi-
ness."

— Say it ain't so

"Tam vex that some of
those deadbeat politicians
are running over an' over
again, an’ when you elect
them after giving them the
time of the day, being the
good Christian yinna is and

hearing the latest sugary and :

honey syrup coated speech-
es, they still can't help you."
— Voter

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_ Airport officials invite
- public to tour airport
facilities on February 2

THE Nassau Airport
: Development Company has
i invited the public to take a
i: first-hand look at the new
? US Departures Terminal at
: the Lynden Pindling Inter-
i national Airport during an
: open house on Saturday,
? February 26 from 12pm to
i 6pm.
i “The open house is all
? about showing the Bahami-
? an public what the future of
i aviation looks like in our
? country. We’ve built an air-
? port that truly reflects the
i people of the Bahamas,”
i said Vernice Walkine, vice
: president of marketing and
? communications at NAD.
i “This is a once in a lifetime
i Opportunity to tour the air-
: port before it goes into full
? operation next month.”
i The new 247,000 sq ft ter-
i minal is stage one of the
: $409.5 million airport rede-
i velopment project.

Upgrades include a $10
i million state-of-the-art bag-
i gage system, eco-friendly
i: building design features and
? stunning Bahamian artwork
i by artists John Beadle,
i Nicole Sweeting, Susan
? Katz-Lightbourn and John
i Cox.
i Stage one boasts 19 retail
: and food and beverage
? options including a native
: sit down restaurant capable
i of seating up to 170 patrons.
: Retailers will be open for
business during the public

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open house. Other open
house highlights include live
entertainment, face paint-
ing, samples and giveaways.

The event is open to the
public and no invitations are
required to attend. Free
parking will be available.

Golden Key International Honour Society

i AQUINAS College
? teacher Harris Francis has
accepted membership to
? Golden Key International
i Honour Society.

? Mr Francis, who is head of
? mathematics at Aquinas and
i who hails from Portmore,
i Jamaica, was honoured dur-
i ing a recent new member
i recognition event at Ashford
i University.

i An eight year veteran in
the Bahamas, Mr Francis is
? currently studying for a mas-
: ter’s degree in organisation-
? al administration at Ashford
i University and is maintaining
: a4.0GPA.

i “It is only fitting that a top
? academic achiever like Har-
i ris be recognised by Golden
i Key,” said John W Mitchell,
? Golden Key’s chief executive
i officer.

i “Our members are inspired
i and motivated to not only
? achieve exceptional academic



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HONOURED: Teacher Harris Francis.

accomplishments, but also to
make a positive impact on our
world through the society’s
commitment to leadership
and service.”

Founded in 1977, Golden
Key International Honour
Society is a global collegiate
honour society that provides
academic recognition to top
performing college and uni-
versity students.

inducts Aquinas teacher, Harris Francis

Membership begins with
academic excellence but the
society’s core mission is to
enable members to realise
their full potential through
three pillars — academics,
leadership and service.

Boasting close to two mil-
lion members, the society has
375 campus-based chapters in
seven countries, including the
Bahamas.

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A MEMORIAL service and celebration of the life of
the late Dr Keva Maria Bethel was held yesterday morn-
ing at the College of the Bahama.

Dr Bethel passed away Tuesday morning at Doctor's
Hospital.

The loss of the college’s President Emerita and schol-
ar-in-residence has deeply saddened the academic com-
munity, and one of Dr Bethel’s colleagues said her “lega-
cy is forever etched in the foundation of our great insti-
tution”.

Dean Patrick Adderley, Rector at Christ Church Cathe-
dral, provided the eulogy at the service, while former
students and colleagues offered heartfelt reflections on Dr
Bethel’s life, her tremendous achievements and the
invaluable contribution she made to education in the
Bahamas.

The Benediction was delivered by Canon Warren
Rolle, Assistant Professor.

Dr Bethel is survived by two children, Nicolette Bethel-
Burrows and Edward Bethel, a son-in-law, Philip A Bur-
rows, a daughter-in-law Tasha Honey-Bethel, a grandson
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Probe sought in Egypt of

Mubarak family finances

By KARIN LAUB and
TAREK EL-TABLAWY
CAIRO

Anti-corruption campaigners pressed
Egypt's chief prosecutor Thursday for
an investigation into the assets of Hos-
ni Mubarak and his family, handing
over documents that they say spotlight
the kind of potentially improper finan-
cial dealings that may have allowed the
former ruler and his relatives to amass a large for-
tune.

The family's wealth — speculation has put it at
anywhere from $1 billion to $70 billion — has
come under growing scrutiny since Mubarak's
February 11 ouster opened the floodgates to
three decades of pent-up anger at the regime.

Watchdog groups allege that under Mubarak,
top officials and tycoons were given preferen-
tial treatment in land contracts, allowed to buy
state industries at a fraction of their value during
Egypt's privatization process launched in the
early 1990s, and got other perks that enabled
them to increase their wealth exponentially. The
perks came at a price — and the Mubaraks were
major beneficiaries, the activists say.

"This is the single largest plot against Egypt's
wealth by one family,” said Mamdouh Hamza, a
participant in Thursday's meeting with the chief
prosecutor.

Since his ouster, Mubarak has remained
secluded in a gated villa in the Red Sea resort of
Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a government offi-
cial who dismissed rumours that Egypt's ruler
of 30 years has left for exile.

The Mubaraks have not commented publicly
on the issue and do not have a spokesman. No
evidence has been published to back up claims
that Mubarak and his sons hold a vast fortune.

The chief prosecutor has imposed travel bans
and frozen assets of several former senior officials
and leading businessmen, but has not taken steps
against the Mubaraks. The prosecutor does not
have a spokesman.

At the centre of the activists’ complaint are
records that raise questions about offshore com-
panies and funds based or registered in Cyprus,
the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the
Cayman Islands, Hamza said.

The most prominent of these is Bullion Co.
Ltd., a Cyprus-registered firm in which both Alaa
and Gamal Mubarak are listed as board mem-
bers, according to documents filed with the Reg-
istrar's Office in the island nation. Bullion,
meanwhile, also owns the London-based Med-
invest Associates, which was set up by Gamal
Mubarak in 1996.

Appearing on the board of both companies or
in the funds are individuals who serve on the
board, or in top executive positions, of EFG-
Hermes, the Cairo-based Mideast investment
bank. EFG Hermes has said Gamal Mubarak
holds an 18 per cent share in a subsidiary, EFG
Hermes Private Equity, and that his link to the
bank was made public before his political career.

The investment bank denied Thursday that it
or any of the funds it manages has received any
special treatment from the former regime.

EFG Hermes also said in a statement that it
"does not manage any funds or portfolios for
the family of the former president of Egypt." It
stressed that it "received a statement from its

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direct or indirect personal or financial
ties" to Mubarak or his family, either
locally or globally. One of Bullion's
board members, Izzet Ziwar Jarrah, told
the AP: "I'm not involved, I'm not active
on this."

Asked how he was on the board and

\ 4 executives confirming that they have no

all."

Efforts to contact other Bullion's board mem- everything, but we don't

hers were unsuccessful None of the docunen's | plan any sabotage of any
reviewed by The Associated Press — necessari- } ie oe boas ling
ly indicate illegality in business dealings. Hamza- about profits (growing),
's group has been doing its own research, down- | about how they turned prof-
loading bank documents and reviewing what has / its around (but) they want
been published on the Mubaraks so far. The }
: the (next) three years," said

Mr Dean.

prosecutor must now take over, appointing
lawyers and finance experts to the job, Hamza
said.

He said the prosecutor did not say what his vote) was excellent, the

next step would be, but is likely to meet with | ood was great, everything

Many of the top officials and army generals : we order. We're confi-

running Egypt in the transition period had close : dent that it is going to be

ties to the former regime, raising concerns by } Overwhelming in support of

opposition activists that the interim rulers might } a Strike. Now we've got to

i see what the discussion
i (with BEC) will bring. They
: made an offer to us, we're

Union met separately with the prosecutor Mon- } meee ae ies aS
day to press for an investigation. The group asked } ‘hal and ie derermince
the prosecutor to request records from the Cen- heath ik
tral Bank of Egypt and obtain information on : whether to go on strike or

? not."

the activists again next week.

shy away from investigating the Mubaraks.
Hamza said he believed the prosecutor is open
to pursuing the case.
A delegation from the Egyptian Lawyers’

properties the family owns.

Mubarak's salary as president was set by law, _O1
as stipulated under the constitution. A report | BEC's offer, Mr Dean said it
i was unacceptable: "I told
Strategic and International Studies said that in fis- }
cal 2007-08, Mubarak's salary, including stipends }
and various allowances, amounted to 4,500 :
Egyptian pounds ($765). Activists say the salary }
is now closer to 20,000 Egyptian pounds ($3,400). i

The former president "was from a very mod- }
est family and didn't inherit wealth from his }
father," said Mohammed al-Damati, a member of }
the group. "Since the constitution prevents the }
president from using his position to do any busi- }
ness, any other wealth he has outside of his salary }
Unlike other Arab leaders, particularly those his lead attorney Wayne Munroe.
in the oil rich Gulf nations, Mubarak was far :

i : ; :
from ostentatious. Whatever wealth he and his } Mr Munroe, with Mr Mangra's assistance.

family may have had was rarely — if ever — } This is a very serious matter. I would want
flaunted. The most prominent symbol of their } either of them to be here.
presumed fortune that has surfaced was a town- }

house in London's exclusive Knightsbridge dis- }

published by the Cairo-based Ahram Centre for

is considered acquired illegally.”

trict, which is listed to Gamal Mubarak and where

investment banker in the early 1990s.

The townhouse has become a focal point for | yr Munroe’s firm, told the magistrate that
many 1n Egypt as foreign governments begin to i Mr Munroe 4 d in-another it
either enact, or consider imposing freezes on } was e0Eeee AOE SOU

their assets. Switzerland was the first to say it was } matter and unable to attend the proceedings.
moving to identify and freeze assets of Mubarak
and his family. The European Union said Tues- }
? with Mr Munroe attending to other affairs.
: She urged Mr Reckley to contact Mr

i Munroe and have him present at court.

day it was considering a request from Egypt to
freeze the assets of Mubarak's top aides. The
EU said, however, that no such request had been
submitted about Mubarak or his family.

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to give us zero (raises) for

"The turnout (for the

Speaking further on

them it was offensive, it

amounts to (paying for)
lunch once a week."

According to Mr Dean,
BEUMU's last industrial
agreement with the utility
company expired on Octo-
ber 1, 2007. He said that a
clause in this agreement,
article 47, dictates that the
old agreement will stand
until a new contract is
signed. He said the union
will most likely demand an
increase of “about 10 per
cent” in managers’ salaries
over the next four years in
its counter-offer.

"We haven't put it togeth-
er yet (the counter-offer),
but we are going ask them
to comply with the industri-
al agreement. Article 47 (of
the expired agreement) says
if at the end of this agree-
ment you don't agree toa
new one then this one will
roll forward.

The union filed a strike
request with the Ministry of
Labour last Thursday paving
the way for yesterday's vote.

not involved, he replied: "I'm on the :
board, like that. I'm not concerned at }

"The executive manage-
ment have failed to comply
with the industrial agree-
ment (IA). We have been
asking for them to comply
and conform for the past
four years. Because they
refuse to do that it has
resulted in management and
line staff getting sick," Mr
Dean told The Tribune last
week.

He has also said that due
to his union's small numbers
— about 100 members com-
pared to the 1,000 line staff
union — BEC's executive
management is "more afraid
of the workers resorting to
industrial action and cutting
out the lights" than strike
action from BEUMU.

Last week BEC said they
were unaware of the union's
concerns but "reassured the
public of the corporation's
commitment to working
closely with the BEUMU in
the best interest of employ-
ees and customers."

MAGISTRATE NOT PLEASED WITH ATTORNEY
FOR LEAVING SEX CASE BISHOP ‘STRANDED’

ject be launched in stages to prevent
the market from being over saturated.

Sir Sol said: "It is our contention
that a first phase of no more than
1,000 rooms should be built and
absorbed into the market successfully
before undertaking any subsequent

“Phasing in this manner would
ensure a healthier, more stable
tourism market and would protect the
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CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL

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Fraser told the magistrate: “I have hired

Lead Prosecutor Franklyn Williams noted
that while Fraser has right to legal repre-

! sentation, it should not be at the detriment

he was said to have lived while working as an } of the justice system.

Attorney Roberto Reckley, an associate in

Magistrate Bethell noted that she "could
not in good conscience” put the matter off

Mr Stewart's statements came after

However after two brief adjournments, Mr
Reckley informed the court that Mr Munroe
was still unable to appear.

Magistrate Bethell said she was "not hap-
py at all” with Mr Munroe. She said he had
left his client stranded without any reply or
excuse and was not trying to make himself
available. The magistrate also noted that she
had removed numerous cases from her court
calendar this week to facilitate Fraser's tri-
al. She noted that Mr Munroe and Mr Man-
gra have had carriage of the case stating, "I
would find it unconscionable to leave the
defendant stranded in the middle of his
defence."

She informed Fraser that if neither coun-
sel is present when the case resumes on
March 15, he would be "on his own" or may
have to find another attorney.

Fraser remains on $10,000 bail.

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LOCAL NEWS

Students to benefit from new, national programme

Minister Maynard wants school
principals to buy into GOLD

MINISTER of Youth, Sports and
Culture, Charles Maynard urged
school principals and district superin-
tendents to back the newly rebranded
Governor General’s Youth Award
programme, in hopes of turning the
tide towards positive youth develop-
ment.

“There are serious issues in our soci-
ety with regards to our young people,
and I know I’m preaching to the choir
because you are on the front line of
many of those issues, and so you expe-
rience them every day,” said Minis-
ter Maynard at a breakfast meeting
held at the Sheraton. “I want you to
trust me that this partnership will help
to lighten the load in terms of some of
the issues that you face within your
school system.”

Recently strengthened with gov-
ernment funding, the GGYA is evolv-
ing into a national youth development
programme available to all Bahamians
14-25. The ministry has entered into a
three-year contract with the GGYA
offering them funding, logistical and
marketing support for the programme.

Although the GGYA has been
renamed the GOLD Initiative, the
original programme remains intact.
Participants engage in recreational
activities to improve physical fitness,
develop important life skills, provide
community service, and make expe-
ditions, all aimed at earning a Bronze,
Silver, or Gold award.

The new GOLD Initiative aims to
attract 2,500 youths in the first year, up
to 4,000 in the second year, and about
5,500 in year three. GOLD is an
acronym for Greatness, Opportunity,
Leadership and Development.

The government, said Mr Maynard,
realised that the solutions to societal
problems do not lie in the ministry.

Rather, the ministry should be a
facilitator, strengthening and linking
all youth development programmes,
he said.

According to the minister, previous

Tributes paid to veteran
educator Betty McCartney

BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia. net



FREEPORT - Tributes were
paid to veteran educator Betty
McCartney who has retired
after 43 years of dedicated ser-
vice to education in the
Bahamas, and particularly at
the Hugh Campbell Primary
where she served as principal
for 17 years.

Education Minister
Desmond Bannister praised
Mrs McCartney for her passion
for teaching, her sense of sacri-
fice, and for the thousands of
children she touched through-
out the four decades as a
teacher.

“Mrs McCartney put the



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ADDRESS: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard addressed principals

and school administrators on Thursday.

attempts for a national strategy for
youth development failed for a num-
ber of reasons: over-concentration on
Nassau, heavy capital outlays with
insignificant returns, short-sightedness
and a lack of necessary institutions.
Criticism

“We have this criticism all the time
that we usually cater to either the best
and the brightest amongst our young
people, or to the worse and the most
feared,” said Mr Maynard. “What
happens to all of those kids in the mid-
dle?”

The minister said he believes that
“given the times we live in” and their
attendant “distractions,” all young per-
son between the ages of 14-21 are at
risk.

“The young people in this country
need a strong sense of belonging —
that is, national pride. If they had that,
we would have less problems. They
need more community awareness.

“They need to be connected to oth-
er youths doing positive things. We
have to do something to cause each
student to find their niche. That’s



Vandyke Hepburn/BIS
Grade five student from Hugh Campbell Samia Rampersad makes a pre-
sentation to Betty McCartney.

where the GOLD Initiative comes in.”

“We have made and attained gold
on so many levels: academics, sports,
cultural expression. Bahamians have
become the best in the world and so
we want every young person to strive
for GOLD.

“We want them to feel they can
accomplish that goal, so we thought
that the GOLD Initiative was a fit-
ting name for this new partnership
between the government of the
Bahamas, the Governor General’s
Youth Award Programme and our
stakeholders.”

The ministry is getting set to launch
a mega public relations campaign to
get young persons excited about
GOLD. “We wanted to prepare you
before we do that so when all of your
students come knocking on your doors
saying, ‘We want to sign up.’ We want
you to know what it is they want to
sign up for and what would be
required of you,” Mr Maynard told
school administrators. “It’s our job to
get them excited and your job to facil-
itate their entrance into the pro-
gramme.”

At St John’s College, the GGYA
boasts an enrollment of around 100,

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operate and show tolerance for each }
other. We’re actually reaping the ben- }
efits of this programme in terms of its }

socialising function.”

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education of thousands of chil-
dren before her own personal
goals.

“There are many who opted
to seek fame and fortune. She
however, was enriched by her
investment in the lives of chil-
dren she educated and empow-
ered,” said the minister.

Teachers, students, and par-
ents of Hugh Campbell Prima-
ry held a special ceremony on
Thursday to honour Mrs
McCartney, who was described
not only as a “great educator,”
but also a good wife, mother,
and friend.

Mr Bannister called it “out-
standing” that the school took
time to recognise someone like
Mrs McCartney.

“T saw how moved the stu-
dents were and how much they
love her.

“She has really made an
indelible contribution in their
lives,” he told The Tribune after
many touching and light-heart-
ed tributes by students.

Also bringing tribute was
Deputy Director of Education
Cecil Thompson, who noted
that Mrs McCartney taught at
12 public schools in New Prov-
idence and Grand Bahama,
leaving “a trail of excellence
and distinction worthy of emu-
lation.”

Mrs McCartney, he said,
achieved many firsts: the first
principal of Hugh Campbell,
the first to establish a Father’s
Association in her school dis-
trict, the first to launch a Chil-
dren’s Library and Literacy
programme.

Superintendent of Primary

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Schools Sandra Edgecombe
and Monsignor Ambrose McK-
innon, pastor of Mary Star of
the Sea Catholic Church, both
praised the educator for her
contribution to public and
Catholic education.

During the minister’s
address, Mrs McCartney was
described as a great educator.

Great

“Great teachers mold lives,
and I was in her first class and
she was responsible for shap-
ing my life and for me being
who I am today,” Mr Bannister
said.

“That’s what great teachers
do; they contribute to the devel-
opment of great leaders, great
athletes, great business profes-
sionals, and other great teach-
ers.”

Mr Bannister thanked Mrs
McCartney’s husband, veteran
educator Donald McCartney,
now Deputy Director in the
Public Service, and their daugh-

ters for allowing her to expand
their family by the thousands
of children she brought into
their lives through her work.

“Mrs McCartney is a person
who has high ideals, a passion
for teaching and genuine love
and concern for the children in
her charge.

“This fine educator made an
indelible mark in Catholic edu-
cation before coming over to
the public education system
where she taught at several
schools in New Providence and
later here in Grand Bahama.

“Several of the schools she
taught at are no longer in exis-
tence, but her legacy lives on
in the lives of the students who
attended those institutions,” the
minister said.

Mrs McCartney thanked all
those who supported her during
her many years in education,
especially her husband.

She said that she has not left
the vocation and will be work-
ing in another area involving
children.

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Ray Minus Jr

Ray Minus Jr
Set to host
hoxing show

RAY Minus Jr and his
Champion Boxing Club will
host another of their month-
ly amateur boxing shows
tonight at the First Class
Boxing Center on Wulff
Road.

The show is being spon-
sored by Speedy Tire Repair
and will feature a number of
bouts, highlighted by the
main event between Tyrone
Oliver and DeVante McPhee
in the featherweight division.

“These boxers are very,
very good, so this is a very
good match,” said Minus Jr.
in releasing the details of the
show. “They should set the
tone for the show.

“Tyrone is a very experi-
enced boxer with over 50
matches, but Devante only
has had about 15 bouts, but
he is very good and he is con-
fident that he can beat
Tyrone Oliver.”

About 10 other bouts are
expected to be staged during
the night Among the boxers
expected to compete are
Anwar Davis, Garvin Rolle,
Jermaine Allen, Don Rolle,

Allen, the most improved
junior boxer last year, just
turned 13 years old and
according to Minus Jr., he is
“so talented. He’s only been
boxing with us for about
eight months, but he already
has a record of 16-2 and that
is what you call a pro-
gramme.

“However, in order for us
to find talent to improve his
level, we have to find oppo-
nents for him who have a
fear amount of experience
and the same time, has to be
at least a year older than him
and around four or five
pounds heavier,” Minus Jr.
said.

Rolle, according to Minus
Jr., has “fallen off a bit after
winning the Boxer of the
Year award. He is 12 years
old, but he fought very well
last year. He lost a few fights
to Allen. He is now trying to

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championship title.

perfect 14-0 win-loss record.

off for us in the end.”

College three years ago.

regular season.”



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QC Comets
day in overtime.



A 19-POINT rout sealed a two-game sweep
as the Queen’s College Comets put their stamp
of approval on the Bahamas Association of
Independent Secondary Schools’ junior boys

Their convincing 66-47 decision yesterday at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium enabled the
Comets to dethrone the St. Augustine’s Col-
lege Big Red Machine as they capped off a

“Tt’s a great feeling. We worked very hard
for this,” said a jubilant coach Dwayne Smith.
“All of the work we put in this summer paid

It wasn’t a totally disappointing day for St.
Augustine’s College. In the first day on the
quartet of matches, the Big Red Machine
rolled past the Temple Christian Suns 30-28
regain the title they relinquished to Queen’s

“This was a sweet victory,” said SAC’s coach
Anstacia Moultrie. “Our girls really wanted
this one, especially after we were blown out by
Temple Christian in our only loss during the

Although the Suns came into the champi-
onship undefeated, Moultrie said their goal
was not to give them “another life” after win-
ning the opening game of the series on Mon-

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“T told the girls we don’t know when we

would get to use the gym again, so we had to
come out here and played like there was no
tomorrow,” she said. “Once you give a team

another chance, they could come back to beat

you.”

The senior girls match-up between the St.

John’s Giants and Queen’s College, along with
the senior boys’ showdown between St. John’s

and Westminster Diplomats closed out the

night.

But their results were not available at press

time.

¢ Summary of the two encounters complet-

ed are as follows:

COMETS 66
BIG RED MACHINE 47

Queen’s College established the temp of

the game early as Daejour Adderley got red
hot from the outside, canning nine points,
including a pair of thre-pointers, to push their
lead to 22-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Adderley finished with 19 points and Tyrone

Burrows, who had seven in the second half as
they widened their lead at the half, finished
with 17 as they provided an unstoppable 1-2
punch.

D’Metry Charlton contributed 10 and

Dominique Bethel helped out with eight.

St. Augustine’s College tried everything they

could, but they had trouble breaking through

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Vanderpool-Wallace sets
new records at SEC finals

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

AFTER setting the pace in the prelimi-
naries, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came
back and was even more impressive in the
final of the women’s 50 metres freestyle as
well as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly.

And Armando Moss didn’t get left out as
he also triumphed at the 2011 MIAC Swim-
ming Championsghips in his speciality in the
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center yes-
terday.

Vanderpool-Wallace, the FINA World
Shortcourse World Championships’ bronze
medalist, continued where she left off in
Thursday’s prelims in the morning when she
came back in the evening and lowered her
times.

At the Southeastern Conference Swim-
ming Championships at the Stephen C.
O’Connell Center on the campus of the Uni-
versity of Florida, Vanderpool-Wallace low-
ered both her SEC and Auburn records she
set in the prelims with her victory in the
final.

The junior at Auburn University clocked
21.34 seconds to win the race, erasing the
double records of 21.46 that she posted ear-
lier in the day and she also lowered her
Bahamian national record in the process. It
was the fifth victory in the event for Auburn

and the first since 2001.

“Coming into SECs, I wasn’t execpting a
time like that at all,” said Vanderpool-Wal-
lace on Auburn’s website. “I’m not fully rest-
ed, so I’m very excited to see what happens
at NCAAs.”

The SEC meet that wraps up today serves
as a qualifier for the NCAA Swimming
Championships in Austin, Texas from March
17-19.

Vanderpool-Wallace, who turns 21 on
March 4, was able to attain the standard in
her performances, Auburn’s head coach
Brett Hawke said the Bahamian is right on
course for another big splash.

“Arianna is an outstanding competitor,” he
said on their website as well. “She keeps get-
ting better with every swim. We’re aiming for
her to go faster at NCAAs.”

Before the night was finished on Thursday,
Vanderpool-Wallace competed on the sec-
ond leg of the Tigers’ 200 free relay team
that won the race in 1:28.25.

Not having any time to celebrate, Van-
derpool-Wallace was right back in the pool
yesterday when she turned in the fastest
qualifying time of 51.98 in the 100 fly pre-
liminaries.

She was able to surpass the A qualifying
time of 52.02 for the NCAAs and erased
another Auburn record, but fell just shy of

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SHINING: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace came back and was even
more impressive in the final of the women’s 50 metres freestyle as well
as the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly.





Mark Knowles

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MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor
will renew their rivarly on the court
when they face each other with new
men’s doubles partners in the semifinal
of the Regions Morgan Keegan Cham-
pionships in Memnphis, Tennessee
today.

Knowles and Michal Mertinak, the
number three seeds, pulled off a hard
fought 3-6, 6-3, 14-12 win over the Brazil-
ian team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno
Soares in their quarter-final match on
Thursday.

It was a match that Knowles admitted
could have gobne either way.

“Tt was a really tough match,” he said.
“The other guys played very well. We
were coming in on the heels of winning
their last two events down in South
America.

“So obviously, they were playing with a
lot of confidence. They played very well.
So we did well to dfight back after losing

the first set. The tie breaker was a very
close one. It could have gone either way.”

Knowles, 39, said it was just fornuate
that he and Merrtinak, 31, were able to
prevail in the end.

Now they are scheduled to face Nestor
and Max Mirnyi, the top seeds, who
advanced by eliminating the American
team of Ryan Harrison and Andy Rod-
dick 7-5, 7-6 (6), in today’s semifinal.

It’s a match that Knowles is eaglerly
looking forward to playing.

“It’s an exciting prospect. They are
one of the top teams and they are the top
seeds here,” Knowles pointed out about
Nestor and Mirnyi. “So it’s a good
barometre for us to see exactly where
were at as a team.

“So it’s going to be an exciting match.
It’s obviously one that we are looking
forward too, not just playing, but hope-
fully winning.”

As the number 21 ranked team on the
ATP tour, Knowles said it would be
great if they can advance past their sec-
ond straight semifinal, having played in
the same round at the SAP Open last

week.

“You just want to win every match
that you play,” he said. “Last week we
had a very good showing. We won a few
matches here, so it would be really nice
to see how we measure up against the
top teams.

“Obviously, it’s a good opportunity
for us to see how well we can do as a
team. So it’s a big match, but it’s one
that I’m looking forward to playing.”

Going into the match, Knowles said he
and Mertinak are healthy and they’re
just taking it one match at time. But he
knows quick well that in order to be the
best, they have to beat the best teams.

Knowles and Mertinak opened their
new partnership at Medibank Interna-
tional in Sydney, Australia the second
week in January where they were ousted
in the second round by the top ranked
American team of Bob and Mike Bryan.

They also were eliminated in the sec-
ond round at the first Grand Slam tour-
nament at the Australian Open in Mel-
bourne the following week before they
returned to the United States.


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SPORTS

Lady Cheetahs take down Lady Truckers

THE Four J’s Lady Cheetahs and
the College of the Bahamas Lady
Caribs pulled off victories in the two
games played Thursday night at the
DW Davis Gymnasium in the New
Providence Women’s Basketball
Association.

While the Lady Cheetahs got by
the Johnson’s Lady Truckers 82-72
in the opener, the Lady Caribs
stunned the Cybots Queens 73-59.

¢ Here’s a summary of the games
played:

LADY CHEETAHS 82

LADY TRUCKERS 72

Latoya ‘Lil Thing’ Thompson led
five players in double figures with a
side high 18 points on 8-of-15 shoot-

ing from the field and 1-of-2 both
from the three-point and free throw
lines and pulled down four rebounds
in 35 minutes in the win.

Linda Pierre and Pamela Bethel
posted double doubles in the attack.
Pierre had 17 points and 12 rebounds
in 29 minutes and Bethel had 11
points and 14 rebounds in 33 min-
utes.

Four J’s also got 16 points with six
assists and five rebounds in 30 min-
utes and Alyse Dean had 12 points
with six rebounds and three assists.

The Lady Cheetahs led after the
three quarters, first 18-17 at the end
of the first, 35-33 at the half and 60-47
at the completion of the third.

For the Lady Truckers, Glenda
Gilcud canned a game high 25 points

on 10-of-22 from the field and 5-of-12
from the three-point arch in 31 min-
utes.

She was joined by two other play-
ers in double figures with Shantell
Rolle scoring 12 points with four
rebounds, three assists and as many
steals in 31 minutes, while Janice
Williams had 10 points and 18
rebounds for another double dou-
ble.

LADY CARIBS 73

QUEENS 59

Gabrielle McKinney pumped in a
game high 24 points on 6-of-14 from
the field and 12-of-16 from the free
throw line with six rebounds, five
assists and three steals in 37 minutes

in the win.

She led two other players in double
figures as Natiska Silver had a double
double with 20 points, 15 rebounds,
two assists and two steals in 37 min-
utes. Shandell Williams had 14 points,
five rebounds and three steals.

Christine Sinclair scored 15 points
with six assists, five rebounds and two
steals in 32 minutes in the loss and
Robin Gibson added 15 points, seven
rebounds, two assists and two steals in
35 minutes.

Deandra Cunningham helped out
with nine points and seven rebounds
and Kiesha Rolle had six points and
five rebounds.

COB opened a 21-13 lead after the
first quarter and extended it to 35-
25 at the half.



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the press and when they did,
they couldn’t contain
Queen’s College size in the
paint.

Kwasi Dames had a game
high 21 points and Donovan
Pickering chipped in with 13.
But Davon Adderley was
held to just eight as the
Comets clamped down on

him defensively.

BIG RED MACHINE 30
SUNS 28

Sheyanne Thompson and
LaShae Rolle came up big
with 14 and 12 points respec-
tively for SAC as they man-
aged to hold off Temple
Christian.

The game, which turned
out to be another defensive
battle, came right down to
the wire and the Suns had a

chance to shine for one more
day when India Smith got
opened for a three-point
attempt witgh 1.3 seconds left
on the clock.

But her shot hit the front
of the rim and the Big Red
Machine got the rebound as
the clock expired.

Rolle got off to a great
start as she scored six points
to give SAC a 6-0 lead as
they went on to take a 10-6
margin at the end of the first
break.

And when Temple Christ-
ian made a dent in the lead, it
was Rolle who came up with
six more points to keep the
Big Red Machine out front
16-13 at the half.

The Suns, however, wqent
to a full court press to start
the third and they got four
consecutive baskets from
Sheryl Evans to snatch a 21-
16 advantage.

Despite the fact that SAC
rebounded to tie the score at
21-21, the Suns went ahead

25-21 at the half, thanks to
back-to-back baskets from
Amba Goodman and Evans.

Then in the fourth, after
there was some confusion as
to weather or not Thompson
had five or four fouls. Once
referees Rodney Johnson
and Sharon ‘the General’
Storr sorted it out, Thomp-
son drove inside for three
consecutive baskets to give
SAC a 26-25 lead and they
didn’t trail the rest of the

way.



Couples turns back clock at Riviera

LOS ANGELES
Associated Press

FRED Couples does not look like
he belongs atop the leaderboard on
the PGA Tour.

Except that he's at Riviera.

Despite a bad back that hurts when
he stoops over a short iron, Couples
navigated around his favorite tour
course without a bogey Friday for a 5-
under 66 that gave him the early lead
in the Northern Trust Open.

It helped that he knocked in an
eagle putt of nearly 100 feet on his
opening hole, along with a pair of 30-
foot birdie putts. But even for a 51-
year-old well past his prime, he was
carried along by a languid swing and
his love for Riviera.

"I feel like I can play this course
blindfolded," Couples said.

Some of his peers couldn't believe
what they saw.

"He played like he was my age,"
said 25-year-old Anthony Kim, who
was paired with Couples and was nine
shots behind. "He was loose, swinging
hard. He hit some quality shots, some
aggressive shots. It doesn't hurt that
he's won here a couple of times. He
just knows what he’s doing out here."

Couples first played Riviera three
years before Kim was born. He won in
1990 and 1992, back when his hair
was brown, not mostly gray, and when
he didn't have to get up at 4 a.m. to
stretch out his back so he could make
it to the first tee.

The affection from the gallery has-
n't changed.

From the other side of the par-5

first green, Couples rapped a putt and
watched it roll some 100 feet toward
the cup and drop for an eagle. The
cheer was loud enough for players
still on the practice range to look up.

One player jokingly said, "Couples
just made a 10-footer for par."

Paul Casey, who had a 67 and was
four shots back, played in the group
behind Couples. Asked how it felt to
trail a 51-year-old who can barely
bend over to tie his shoes, Casey start-
ed laughing.

"Every time I looked ahead, he’s
stretching his back, his hand is on his
hip," Casey said. "We all know Fred-
die. He looks like he doesn't care. He
looks like he's in pain. He could be on
any score. And the fact he's on 8
under is brilliant."

Couples was at 8-under 134 heading
into what could be a soggy weekend.
The rain began to fall late in the after-
noon as half of the field was trying to
cope with tougher conditions.

J.B. Holmes was tied for the lead
until a double bogey on the last hole
gave him a 69.

Phil Mickelson struggled with his
irons on his way to a 70 that put him
seven shots behind, although not ter-
ribly worried.

"I'm not pleased being in the posi-
tion where I'm at, but it could be a lot
worse," Mickelson said. "And I
should be within striking distance if I
can go out and shoot some hot round
tomorrow."

That he would be trying to catch
up to Couples was surprising given
his age and his health. Casey, howev-
er, said course knowledge and good
vibes only go so far.

J.B. Holmes hits his approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the





Northern Trust Open PGA golf tournament in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Ange-

les Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP)



Ray Minus Jr
FROM page nine

refocus himself after losing
his first fight for the year.

“He has been training vig-
oriously, but his mother has
stepped in as his assistant
coach and he know he have
to go out there and train or
else he will get his tail kick.
His mother is really putting
the heat down on him, forc-
ing him to lift his game. She
really wants him to do well.”

Minus Jr. commended his
mother for taking the inia-
tive to assist her son.

At the end of the night,
Champion Boxing Club will
crown the two boxers in the
Fight of the Night; the Most
Improved Boxer, the Most
Outstanding Boxer and the
Speedy Tire Most Boxer of
the Tournament.

Trophies and medals will
be presented to the deserving
boxers.

The tournament is expect-
ed to get underway at 6 p.m.

Vanderpool-Wallace

FROM page nine

the SEC record of 51.00 set
by Christine Magnuson of
Tennessee in 2008.

That time, however, could
fall in the final that was sched-
uled for last night.

At the University of Min-
nesota, St. John’s University
(Mn) freshman Armando
Moss had a sentational swim
in the men’s 50 free final, win-
ning the race on Thursday
night in 20.87, well ahead of
his fourth place finish in the
prelim’s in 21.22 earlier in the
day.

On Friday morning, Moss
contested the prelim’s of the
100 fly where he had the
fourth fastest qualifying time
of 51.48 to again advance to
the final that was contested
last night.

The meet wraps up today.

SPORTS

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NFL, union hold
Ist session with
federal mediator

WASHINGTON
Associated Press



NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell and union head
DeMaurice Smith met in
front of a federal mediator for
about six hours Friday, a bid
to jump-start contentious and
slow-moving labor negotia-
tions two weeks before own-
ers could lock out players and
threaten the 2011 season.

Friday's session was the
sides’ first with George
Cohen, the director of the
Federal Mediation and Con-
ciliation Service, a U.S. gov-
ernment agency.

More than two hours after
Goodell and Smith arrived
separately, the league and the
NFL Players Association
released a joint statement say-
ing the mediation had start-
ed and that both parties
agreed to adhere to Cohen's
request that they not speak
publicly about the process.

True to their word, Smith
and other union representa-
tives — including Pittsburgh
Steelers quarterback Charlie
Batch, former player Pete
Kendall and NFLPA lawyer
Richard Berthelsen —
declined to answer questions
on their way out of the meet-
ing.

"There's not going to be
any comment," Smith said as
he walked out at 6:15 p.m.,
more than seven hours after
he arrived.

Goodell and other mem-
bers of the NFL's bargaining
team — including the league's
lead labor negotiator, Jeff
Pash, and NFL outside coun-
sel Bob Batterman — avoided
media members in front of
the building entirely. They left
via another exit, an FMCS
spokesman said.

It wasn't immediately clear
when the sides would resume
talks, although originally
there were plans for several
days of negotiations with
Cohen present.

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