N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.7SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY TO PARTLY CLOUDY HIGH 79F LOW 69F I N S I D E SEE PAGEFIVE S P O R T S Canine SEE PAGE 11 kindness Two new champions crowned Three in custody after man stabbed in neck Mur der count equals national record of 78 The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 B AHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED ANDREAL ESTATE I N S I D E CELEBRATINGTHANKSGIVINGWITHSENIORS MINISTER OF STATE for Local Government and Pinewood Gardens MP Byran Woodside celebrated Thanksgiving with the seniors of Pinewood Gardens at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, where the Pinewood Urban Renewal Programme distributed groceries and had a luncheon for the seniors. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f NIB scheme to run out of cash THE $20 million allocated for the national employment benefit scheme will be exhausted by the end of December, National Insurance Board (NIB Cargill warned yesterday. During the second phase of the scheme, Government has said it will establish a fund into which all employers and employees will contribute 0.5 per cent of the employee's insurable wage to sustain the By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HUNDREDS of Tribune readers who voted in an online poll have overwhelmingly blamed the judicial system for the country's crime problem. Criminals were ranked second in the poll, which asked online readers who they held responsible for the state of crime in the coun try, and its impact on tourism. The possible choices were: The police force, for not preventing crime; the media, for reporting crime; the court system, for letting criminals back on the street; and criminals, for commit Online poll: Tribune readers blame judicial system for crime By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com ARMED robbers, who refused to pay for conch salad at Candies in Arawak Cay, threatened their waiter at gunpoint and robbed him when he chased them for payment. The robbery was one of three in New Provi dence on Thursday as staff were also terrorised by thieving gunmen at EJs Chinese Kitchen in Carmichael Road and at Kyes Food Store in Market Street and Palm Tree W aiter robbed at gunpoint SEE page nine By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MINISTER of Labour Dion Foulkes hopes to prevent a fac ulty strike at the College of the Bahamas by holding talks between college bosses and union members after a cooling off peri od. While both parties say they are willing to negotiate the terms of a new industrial agreement, union members are reluctant to wait any longer as the agreement is already 15 months overdue. An overwhelming majority of Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB voted to take strike action at the COB campus in Oakes Field on Wednesday, with 131 opting to Minister hoping to avert COB strike Dion Foulkes SEE page nine SEE page eight VISITOR experience in Lynden Pindling International Airport's departure lounge will be greatly improved once two upper level security checkpoints are removed, said Tourism Minister Vincent Vanderpool Wallace. The removal of the checkpoints, which had been heavily criticised by visitors passing through LPIA, will pave the way for additional seating and retail spaces. "There were several depart ments coming together to rid of us this second checkpoint that a very large number of visitors had objected to, not knowing that was put in place by the US government and not the Bahamas' government. "Now that it's (about to be removed ence for visitors will be better that space can now be used for commercial purposes. We've removed an irritant and made additional space for the airport," said the senator. Although a target date has not been set for the removal of the checkpoints, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace predicted that the change would happen soon. Earlier this week, the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD the two secondary security checkpoints on the US Departures Two airport checkpoints to be removed, says Minister SEE page eight By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN is dead after a gang of teen thugs stabbedh im in the neck yards away from his home in a brazen daylight attack. The brutal assault occurred in middle of a residential area around 3.30 pm yesterday. Fearing for his life, the 23year-old victim managed to stagger back to his home on Peach Street before he collapsed. The victim whose name was not released by police up to press time was taken to hospital by ambulance and died about three hours later. Three teenagers were in police custody last night assist ing with the investigation. The "senseless" killing pushed this year's murder count to 78, matching the national murder record of 2007. The gang held up the young man around 3.30 pm yesterday as he walked to a nearby shop to purchase something for his mother, Sgt Skippings reported. He was attacked about 100 yards away from his home. Moments before, the same group of boys were shooed away from the victim's home by his mother because they were involved in a heated altercation outside her prop erty. Police said the victim was not involved in the first altercation. The rowdy group moved away from the woman's home after she scolded them, but apparently lay in wait near the home before springing on her son as he walked to the store. "Sometime around 3.30 (yesterday afternoon received information of a stabbing at Peach Street. Police responded and spoke with the mother of the deceased who indicated that an altercation took place in the front of her residence involving some young men," said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. Thugs kill son after row with mother S EE page nine SEE page eight VANDERPOOL-WALLACE
T ribune (T A s a veteran Bahamian playwright what is your impression of the current theatrical scene? J ames Catalyn (JC Pathetic! We are an independent nation without a National Theatre for the Performing Arts (the old Shirley Street Theatre is a joke and af ar cry from being a legitimate theatre); without a proper Cultural Ministry representing and encompassing all aspects of Bahamian culture, including the performing arts and not just specialising in the frenzied art of Junkanoo a nd the other frenzied art f orms to keep the populace j igging. We are aware that all o f our governments spew f orth words about culture, but they do not believe their own words. Most of them, if not a ll, have never seen a stage p roduction and are not intere sted, especially if they have t o pay for admission. There was much more activity years a go. Several performing and musical groups had lots of venues for performances.E very church hall or school auditorium became a theatre. E ven gardens Government House Gardens for example became an outdoor arena for plays. Young people were drawn to the stage and weree ncouraged to read and study the performing arts. We saw interesting and enlighteningn on-violent movies and we read. Today we watch television with all its sex and viol ence and wonder where our children have gone wrong. T : W hat do you regret the most in what has changed about t he country since you were a child? JC: Nationally, we have lost our personal and national pride. We have lost mannersa nd respect for each other. We have become a lazy, lackadaisical, complaining people, w aiting for a handout from government, our fellow man or whomever. We have comet o believe that the world owes u s something. We do not monitor our children because we lack good parenting skills. T : W ho or what inspired you to become involved in theatre? JC: Throughout my childhood I performed in school and church plays and con-c erts, thus sparking my interest in the theatre. I became involved in the theatre in thel ate 1950s and was a member of the Friends of The Bahamas Drama Group, which was directed by the late Trevor Marshall. I was a founder member of the now defunct Bahama Drama Cir cle, founded by McQuella Cartwright Smith and the late Donald Charlow, in the early 1960s. Growing up on Shirley Street, there were always plays or concerts being staged in Epworth Hall (Ebenezer or St Matthews schoolroom. I also got a lot of encouragement from the late Meta Davis Cumberbatch and the late BEA Saunders. T: What are some of your pet peeves? JC: Lack of respect for punctuality. I am grossly annoyed when events, et cetera, do not begin on time; late arrivals of government officials and others, when per sons are expected to wait; late arrival of brides and long delays at receptions, et cetera. There is no such thing as Bahamian Time. Disorganisation functions, events, etcetera, not properly organised and executed. I like things to move like clock work. Nosy people. Especially the kind who ask unnecessary questions, like, What he dead from? T: Are you a good cook? JC: I enjoy cooking and baking. However, I do havep roblems with yeast and have n ot mastered the art of breadmaking because of it. My hot cross buns at Easter time are normally referred to as hot cross rocks. T: Whats the hardest thing about writing comedy? JC: I dont set out to write comedy. I set out to write about Bahamian life and situations the way I see it. Once you put that down on paper and you assemble the rightc ast and the right director, t hen youre on your way. I t hink a lot of who I am is r eflected in my work. Let us laugh at wesef. Life is too s hort to worry. T : N ame a book that changed t he way you look at life. J C: I n recent times I have r ead several books that changed my way of thinking. A fter a lifetime of being told and being made to believe that the Bible was basically handed down out of heaven, and that you cannot q uestion the Bible, I became very interested in reading the scholars and learning just how the Bible was assembled; how the Deity came into being,h ow the Nicene Creed was agreed upon; the evilness of the church throughout thec enturies; the pastors, priests and prophets who want to brainwash you and stuff their p hilosophies down your throat and myriad other religious faux pas I am currently reading Lost Scripture( Books that Did Not Make it Into the New Testament) by Bart D Ehrman. His opening s tatement in his general introduction to the book reads: Even though millions of peo-p le worldwide read the New T estament whether from curiosity or religious devotion very few ask what this coll ection of books actually is or where it came from, how it came into existence, whod ecided which books to include, on what grounds, and when. Many persons are not even a ware of The Apocrypha, a collection of other books that did not make it into the Bible as we know it. It is important to read and understand for yourself. It has noth ing to do with ones faith. T : I f someone gave you $1 million to donate, who would receive it? JC: Support two of my pet charities, The AIDS Founda tion of the Bahamas, the Samaritan Ministry and also the AIDS Camp, for their ongoing work in HIV/AIDS; assist the work of Cancer (Cancer Society tion Army and assist directly, on a personal basis, per sons whom I know are in dire need of support. I would need to be assured that the monies are being put to use for the purpose for which it was donated. T: Briefly describe one of your favourite productions of James Catalyn and Friends. JC: There are many: Feature length plays and Sum mer Madness revues. One of my favourite plays is The Settin Up, where the friends come to console the mourners, reminisce and see what they could teef and to drink liquor and coffee and eat Johnny cake. A little fiak (obeah teefter confesses at the end of the play. Of the Summer Madness Revues (25 in total over the years), there are several outstanding and hilarious satirical skits, especially those highlighting politics, religion, edu cation, the media, et cetera. Summer Madness comprises of skits about typical, top ical and timely topics and very little escapes the pen and the stage. T: Are any of your characters based on real people? JC: To get the true BahamiCatalyn LEGENDARY Bahamian playwright, thespian and stakeholder in the Bahamas theatre scene for the past 40 years James Catalynd iscusses his opinions on where Bahamian society is heading, about cooking and a 1974 Datsun with the uncanny ability to find its way home after a night of partying. NAME: James Julius Catalyn DATE OF BIRTH: S aturday, January 6, 1940 PLACE OF BIRTH: E ast Shirley Street, (opposite Ebenezer Methodist Church), St Matthews Parish, The Pond Area, Nassau, Bahamas. RELIGION: Anglican. Membership: Christ Church Cathedral. C onfirmed, Sunday, December 12, 1993, by the Rt Rev Michael H Eldon, Lord Bishop. (Formerly a Methodist. Attended EbenezerM ethodist Church). Confirmed to serve as a Samaritan Minister for t he HIV/AIDS Caring Ministry by Bishop Lawrence A Burke, SJ, on April 19, 1994. MARITAL STATUS: Single CHILDREN: One son, Randon Scott Catalyn; daughter-in-law, Camile; granddaughters, Blayre Alexandra Catalyn and Brittany Smith. EMPLOYMENT: T ourism executive. Retired in 2000 after 32 years at the Ministry of Tourism. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM James O ff set with SEE page seven with James Catalyn
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Police fire investigators have made no progress whatsoever in their investigations into massive blazes that claimed a pair of multi-million dollar homes in Harbour Island in as many d ays. The fires are still under investigation, and so far, while police have been able to confirm that one was likely to have been started by an arsonist, the cause of the other blaze has still yet to be ascertained, Superintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux, officer in c harge of the polices fire division said yesterday. Both owned by Americans, the homes burnt down in close succession in the early hours of the morning on October 24 and 25, leading to some speculation as to whether an arsonist with a n anti-foreign vendetta was on the loose on the tiny island. However, that suggestion was dismissed as small town paranoia by some residents. O wner of the second house to be devastated by fire, American film director William Corcoran, told The Tribune that his e xperience in Briland gave him no reason to suspect that such sentiments exist there, but he certainly believes now that something is very wrong. M r Corcorans relatives have been coming to Harbour Island for 50 years and his Seadream home had been a cheri shed place for his wife and three children for 10 years. However, the fire that consumed his home and other crimes in Paradise which he claimed have received little attention have left him fearful o f staying in Briland until those who perpetrate them are brought to justice. The 58-yearold had once imagined himself retiring to the quaint Eleuther-a n island but has now been forced to reassess. I now fear going to sleep each night in Briland, I have n ightmares and when I leave I worry that this arsonist, this hate crime will happen again and people may be asleep in their homes and burn to death,s aid the film director, who is calling for more security on the island. Mr Corcoran discovered in the wake of the fire that his h ome was under-insured by $1 million. He understands, based on conversations he had with the Californians who owned the other ill-fated house, The Bougainvillea House, which a local realtor valued at between $ 5 and $6 million, that it was not insured at all. Corcoran said he has no idea why someone would have wanted to set alight to his sea-frontp roperty, saying that as far as he was aware, there was no animosity between he and anyone on the island. A police report r evealed that witnesses reported seeing two people running from the direction of the house at around the time that the fire started. Yesterday Supt Dele-v eaux, who is heading up the investigation into the blazes, said that although investigations are ongoing into both fires, his officers havent made any progress and no one has been t aken into custody in connection with either. He said police have received no information that could assist them in finding out who startedt he fire which destroyed Seadream. Forensic evidence from the fires which could shed further light on what transpired h as yet to be returned from the laboratory. Admitting his disappointment in the lack of developments, Deleveaux appealed for anyone with infor-m ation to contact the Fire Control Room at 1 (242 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t!"!&! '*$&., *,& .b' "' %$&*,'"''$-"!"* ,b"$&!$"$" n n b f r f r r t ( + % +# n b f *$& &.$"$".$,&'*ffb(#%(%!)%r)&" A MAN accused of breaking into a womans home and raping her was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday. Oscar Ingraham has been charged with burglary, armed robbery and rape. It is alleged that on Mond ay, November 23, Ingraham broke into a womans home with the intent to rape and rob her. It is further alleged that Ingraham robbed the woman of $50 cash and raped her. During his arraignment before Magistrate Guillemina A rcher in Court 10, Nassau Street yesterday, Ingraham said that the complainant is his ex-girlfriend and that she had made up the charges because she was upset that she could no longer get money from him. Magistrate Archer told I ngraham that she could only make a determination about the case once the evidence hasb een presented in court. Ingraham was remanded to H er Majestys Prison. His case has been adjourned to Febru-a ry 23, 2010. Teen denies indecent assault on girl aged 12 A 19-year-old man of Eneas Jumper Corner pleade d not guilty to indecently assaulting a 12-year-old girl. It is alleged that Larry Petti-Homme indecently assaulted the girl on Friday July 9. Petti-Homme, who was arraigned before Magistrate S ubu Swain in Court 11, Nassau Street, was granted bail int he sum of $5,000. The case has been a djourned to May 7, 2010. Man charged with rape and armed robbery In brief BREEZY is a spayed mostly white calico lady that was found in the Sea Breeze area two months ago. While she gets along superbly with other cats, she had never been socialised before ending up in the Humane Society and can at first be quite shy and jittery with people. Fortunately, she has never shown any signs of aggression and once she gets to know a new person she is extremely sweet and loving. She needs to be adopted by a patient family willing to put in the extra time necessary to help her open up and feel comfortable in her new home. Please give this gentle angel a new chance at lifeas her days up until now have been filled with hunger and fear. Not only will she be eter nally grateful for the love and security that comes with having a family, but her calm and sweet-tempered nature will make her a lovely addition to any household. Police draw blank on fire probe A 29-YEAR-OLD Long I sland man was stabbed in the chest and wrist during an a rgument with a woman in Buckleys, Long Island, police say. The man told police he and the woman had an argument j ust before 7pm on Thursday. He was taken to the local h ealth clinic for treatment before he was airlifted to hosp ital in Nassau. Police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with relevant information call 919 or Crime Stoppers anony m ously on 328-TIPS (8477 Long Island man stabbed during row B B R R E E E E Z Z Y Y : : PETOFTHEWEEK THE Bahamian Brewery and Beverage Company has launched its fourth beer High Rock a premium lager beer. The newest addition to the brewerys line of successful beers is a higher end lager, deliveringa crisp and refreshing taste with a bolder constitution. Lager beer is one of the most popularb eers made in the world, said Lynden Johnson, Bahamian Brewery and Beverage sales and mark eting manager. High Rock will be our higher end lager using the method of longer maturation which gives it a wholesome quality. Allowing the slow acting yeast to ferment during storage gives it more body much like a European beer. T he name High Rock first arose during the 2006 beer naming competition launched by brew-e ry owner James Jimmy Sands, which allowed all Grand Bahama residents to submit their ideas f or truly Bahamian beer names even before the brewery opened. Sands was the first name c hosen and High Rock the second. The new lager is named after the High Rock T ownship, a small and hospitable community in t he eastern end of Grand Bahama. High Rock is a place where you can relax on a Sunday afternoon, while sipping on your favourite cocktail and enjoying the ocean breeze, noted Jimmy Sands. As you drive through the area, you are greeted by many locals and feel a sense of community,m uch like what we are trying to create at our brewery facilities and with our business pract ices. CHEERS! HIGH ROCK A BEER TO SAVOUR GETATASTEOFTHIS: High Rock is said to deliver a crisp and refreshing taste.
EDITOR, The Tribune. The Bahamian people must be sick and tired about this Urban Renewal talk, I know that I am. Mr Bradley Roberts and the PLP, in its continued attempt to convince the Bahamian people that their much touted UrbanR enewal programme was and is a panacea to the Bahamas social and crime dilemma seems to be nothing more than poppycock. The more they talk about it makes them seem desperate for something to boast about. It appears that as election nears the issue will again be crime. The politicians agenda will be to convince voters that crime is worse than it used to be or better or simply different. While no one can dispute that things are progressively getting worse, I do not think that any political party can be rightly blamed for it. In 2004 under the PLP government it was reported by Candia Dames of the Bahama Journal that Crime in every major category for the year is higher than last year meaning 2003. Indeed the reporter contin ued that a comprehensive analysis of crime statistics shows that despite reports from some senior police offi cials, to the contrary, the number of cases of crimes in every major category so far for the year is higher than last year (2003 According to the report, there were 13 more murders up to the 21st October 2005 compared to the same period last year (2004 beries and other crimes were up. However if you listen to Mr. Bradley Roberts and the PLP one would get the impression that under Urban Renewal things were better. The fact of the matter is that crime continued to escalate. Mr Roberts admitted that in 2001 under the FNM things got better and murder declined. This he said was attributed to the aggressive; round the clock zero tolerance operations that the police launched to bring crime under some degree of control. However, he continued, the dusk to dawn operations could not be sustained as the operations took a tremendous toll on the human resources of the police force, he concluded. In his effort to ride the wave of this success he then stated that in 2002 when the PLP government introduced the sustainable urban renewal programme crime and the fear of crime was reduced. From the information stated above we know this to be a myth. Mr C B Moss, the president of Bahamas Against Crime, recently stated that he was not surprised that the crime trend is on the rise, and across the entire spectrum practically. According to Moss I always knew that the figures w ould bear that out even t hough I was hoping that I was wrong, but the fact of the matter is crime has been escalating over a period of years. The fact of the matter is that as long as prosperity increases across all classes, property crimes will increase and the number will grow. One time ago the police were not interested in domestic violence, now the police are more interested in this type of criminal activity so more crime is recorded. One time ago if two men got into an argument they settled it differently either over a drink or a fist fight, nowadays it is settled with a gun or knife. Today an alcohol drink is sold on every corner and cheap, making it available to all children and adults. Motorists drive around proudly displaying an artifi cial Marijuana plant in their car. The Weed is displayed proudly on clothing and other items. Vehicle glasses are heavily tinted to hide criminal intent by private citizens and the police. The country has grown into a nation of gamblers under the PLP with the mushrooming of so-called Web Shops even illegal Strip Joints. Liquor licenses are still being handed out like bread. We fight to keep illegal immigrants resident in the Bahamas. What do we expect? We have become a nation that does not respectl aw and order especially the politicians. It appears we are in love with the letter L Lust, Liquor, Lying and Lottery. Let us talk about returning our country back to being civilized, civil to each other and civil towards our guests and return to being the so-called Christian nation our Constitution proudly boasts in the preamble; developing our country that all Bahamians can be proud of instead of the polarizing and partisan rhetoric that only spreads further hatred, envy, jealousy and division amongst Bahamians while foreigners take over the country. Nobody really knows for sure how much crime existed during the period 1992 to 2007 or even today and anyone trying to convince me that they know is talking non sense. Murder begins in the heart not with the act we should try changing the hearts of men. So enough already about Urban renewal, the Bahamian society is tired and bored. ANTHONY BRICE Nassau, Novembr 23, 2009 EDITOR, The Tribune. My heart goes out to the Bahamian people and the B ahamas with high unemployment ,high crime now affecting tourism with 17 tourist being rob. My prediction is that America will soon have the State Departmentd eclare the Bahamas unsafe for American visitors, then United Kingdom and other countries will also do the same. The Bahamas also will soon have Bahamians willing to leave by all means possible to escape as was the same with Haiti. Which is a sign that people are suffering under a Government with no vision, ideas, solutions and leadership abilities to solve the problems facing the Bahamas and the Bahamian people. The dollar will most likely soon devalue against the American dollar, with the bad economy and borrowing without the means to pay off the debts that is being added to the Bahamas economy. Where Tourism is declining, cost of living and food is rising high. All of these events spell trouble and will create a real problem that both the FNM government and former PLP government have failed the Bahamian people and the Bahamas for 40 years. With policies have benefited foreign workers and foreign investors only, making Bahamians second class citizens in their own country. May God bless the Bahamas and the Bahamian people in these tough times. Pedro Smith wants to be the change in the mind, heart and on the lips that the Bahamian people are hungry for and ready for in the Bahamas 2012. PEDRO SMITH November, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm I TS time to put some sand in finances wheels. Should we use taxes to deter financial speculation? Yes, say top British officials, w ho oversee the City of London, one of the worlds two great banking centres. Other European governments agree and theyre right. U nfortunately, U.S. officials especially T reasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are dead set against the proposal. Lets hope they reconsider: a financial transactions tax is an idea whose time has come. T he dispute began back in August, when Adair Turner, Britains top financial regulator, called for a tax on financial transactions as a way to discourage socially use-l ess activities. Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, picked up on his proposal, which he presented at the Group of 20 meeting of leading economies this month. Why is this a good idea? The TurnerB rown proposal is a modern version of an idea originally floated in 1972 by the lateJ ames Tobin, the Nobel-winning Yale economist. Tobin argued that currency speculat ion money moving internationally to bet on fluctuations in exchange rates was having a disruptive effect on the world economy. To reduce these disruptions, he called for a small tax on every exchange of curr encies. Such a tax would be a trivial expense for p eople engaged in foreign trade or longterm investment; but it would be a major d isincentive for people trying to make a fast buck (or euro, or yen markets over the course of a few days or weeks. It would, as Tobin said, throw some sand in the well-greased wheels of specul ation. Tobins idea went nowhere at the time. L ater, much to his dismay, it became a favourite hobbyhorse of the anti-globalizat ion left. But the Turner-Brown proposal, which would apply a Tobin tax to all financial transactions not just those involving foreign currency is very much in Tobins spirit. It would be a trivial expense for longterm investors, but it would deter much of the churning that now takes place in our hyperactive financial markets. This would be a bad thing if financial hyperactivity were productive. But after the debacle of the past two years, theres broad agreement Im tempted to say, agreement on the part of almost everyone not on the financial industrys payroll with Turners assertion that a lot of what Wall Street and the City do is socially useless. And a transactions tax could generate substantial r evenue, helping alleviate fears about government deficits. Whats not to like? The main argument made by opponents of a financial transactions tax is that it would be u nworkable, because traders would find ways to avoid it. Some also argue that it wouldnt do anything to deter the socially damaging behaviour that caused our cur-r ent crisis. But neither claim stands up to s crutiny. On the claim that financial transactions cant be taxed: modern trading is a highly centralized affair. Take, for example, Tobins o riginal proposal to tax foreign exchange trades. How can you do this, when currency traders are located all over the world? The answer is, while traders are all over the place,a majority of their transactions are settled i.e., payment is made at a single Londonbased institution. This centralization keeps the cost of transactions low, which is what makes the huge volume of wheeling and d ealing possible. It also, however, makes these transactions relatively easy to identifya nd tax. What about the claim that a financial t ransactions tax doesnt address the real problem? Its true that a transactions tax wouldnt have stopped lenders from making bad loans, or gullible investors from buying toxic waste backed by those loans. B ut bad investments arent the whole sto ry of the crisis. What turned those bad invest m ents into catastrophe was the financial systems excessive reliance on short-term mone y. As Gary Gorton and Andrew Metrick of Yale have shown, by 2007 the U.S. banking system had become crucially dependent on repo transactions, in which financial insti tutions sell assets to investors while promisi ng to buy them back after a short period often a single day. Losses in subprime ando ther assets triggered a banking crisis because they undermined this system t here was a run on repo. And a financial transactions tax, by discouraging reliance on ultra-short-run financing, would have made such a run much less likely. So contrary to what the sceptics say, such a tax would have helped prevent the current crisis and could help us avoid a future replay. Would a Tobin tax solve all our prob lems? Of course not. But it could be part of the process of shrinking our bloated financial sector. On this, as on other issues, the Obama administration needs to free its mind from Wall Streets thrall. (This article was written by Paul Krug man c.2009 New York Times News Service). Enough talk about Urban Renewal LETTERS email@example.com Taxing the speculators NOTICE is hereby given that LINDAJEAN LOUIS of EAST STREET, SOUTH BEACH, NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28th day of NOVEMBER, 2009 to the Minister responsible for nationality and Citizenship, P.O. 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By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A local animal rights organis ation formed after a students letter to the press highlighted horrible conditions at the government pound has revealed its first progress report. Bahamas Alliance for Anim al Rights and Kindness (BAARK important step forward in the fight to ensure kinder treatment for animals at the Canine Control Centre, which animal-loving visitors denounced in Octo-b er as unsanitary and inhumane. Around 50 animals aw eek are killed at the pound after being picked up off the i slands streets by the government run unit. Laura Kimble, BAARK chairman, said the alliance has now stepped in to ensure thatt he euthanasia experience is not as traumatic as it has been int he past. Last week Friday November 20, BAARK was a llowed to donate tranquilisers which were administered prior t o the weekly euthanasia. For the first time, the dogs were euthanised as they slept peacefully, instead of fighting for their lives and petrified as t he lethal injection comes towards them. This is a huge i mprovement for both the ani mals and the pound staff. M eanwhile, another leap for ward has seen staff from the Bahamas Humane Society ( BHS) given access to the pound on a daily basis to check f or potentially adaptable pooches. Because more space w ill be required at the BHS to house the dogs that are trans-f erred, the BAARK Kennel Team in conjunction with the a nimal charity are moving q uickly to build a new block of kennels at the BHS. B ut BAARK realises that just trying to improve condi t ions at the pound and rescuing dogs who would have oth-e rwise met their death there is just treating the symptoms of a b igger problem the out of control stray dog population in the Bahamas. Quoting Indian humanitarian and philosopher, Mahatma G andhi, who said the greatness of a nation and its moral p rogress can be judged by the way it treats its animals, Ms K imble said BAARK looks forward to a day when Bahamians and our visitors will no longer have to see dogs s ick, injured, starving or dead along road sides, or hear of the a buse and atrocities that these poor animals suffer throughout t he islands. According to BAARK, it is l ikely that a two year sustained programme of trap, neuter a nd release would make a h uge difference in the stray animal population. H owever, funding for the neutering itself and plans to d ramatically increase public awareness of the need for sucha programme is a major challenge and so the association is l ooking for public and corpo rate donations. Lets make it better in the Bahamas for everyone including our animals, said Ms Kim b le. Anyone wishing to contact BAARK can do so at: baarkb email@example.com. Dona tions can be made to the a lliances account at Scotia Bank (East Bay Street account number 50385 320 2371 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I is vex that motorists are unhappy that S hirley Street is dug up, because for me and others we is happy an' we can finally see them crazy motorists driving at the 25 mphs peed limit especially at night. Take Dat, Nassau I is vex cause at least for the third time our Immigration Department has raided the same apartment in my neighbourhood.A fter the first time they should have charged the landlord and after the second time they should have seized the building, because ont he third time it appears that the crime of aiding and abetting and human smuggling of illegal migrants does indeed pay." Stiffer penalty, Nassau I am very vex and upset that someone or persons have taken the old Marshall View Cemetery on Infant View Road and turn iti nto their own trash or used metal lot. I hope someone will please have this area cleared up to bring back the remembranceo f the many souls. This must stop forthwith. Disgusted, Nassau I vex because this country has no laws about large trucks using roads that are too tiny for them to get through. I am tired oft ractor trailer heads constantly plowing through these two-way streets that are already the size of a one-way with no regard for oncoming traffic. These roads should be m ade off limits with no through truck signs plastered at their entrances. Do something government. R eversing down the wrong way, Nassau I am happy that T he Tribune's i nvestigative journalist Paul Turnquest investigated the Crown Lands agency to revealt he scandalous practices, and T he Tribune for publishing the increasing ways we the Bahamian people, future generations andc ountry have been swung by some workers at the Crown Lands Department. Mr Paul Turnquest and The Tribune should be given the Bahamas' top award for journalistic excellence and a Bahamas National Heroic Award for investigative journalism for publ icly testifying before the Commission and B ahamas and hopefully putting an end to this unethical practice which have hurt law abiding applicants, citizens and our nation, and the Crown. Also Madam Editor, please reprint the Tuesday November 24 story 'Tribune reporter testifies' for all to see again." Honour the true Heroes, Nassau Are you vex? Send your complaints to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. Important step forward in fight for kinder treatment of animals Join BAARK and get involved write letters to the papers, help with fundraising, building of kennels at Bahamas Humane Society, talk to friends and neighbors about what the alliance is a ll about. Dont buy or breed dogs u ntil the problem is under control adopt an animal from the Bahamas Humane Society. Many pure breeds end up in shelters too. Spay or neuter your dog or cat Understand the responsibilities and expenses of pet ownership before getting a dog or cat; they are a member of the famil y Corporate or individual sponsorships. For exam ple: monthly pledges of $50 would spay or neuter one dog or cat a month DEVELYN STUBBS, of Stubbsdale Dog Training Centre with Farrah, a dog rescued from the dog pound. How you can help WHYYOUVEX?
BY DENNIS DEVEAUX D E SPITE b eing well t ravelled and open to other cultures, I found that t he Japanese overwhelmingly retain their own identify with a sense of dignity and pride. There is definitely a strong sense of history and nationhood in Japan. In this regard, Japan and the Bahamas perhaps share as imilar idea about their i nherent cultural uniqueness as people. One of the small differe nces in culture that stands o ut is the degree of structure that exists in Japaneses ociety in business and even in daily life. For example, culturally, it is very taboo to ever arrive l ate in Japan. So, expectedly, trains and subways are almost always p erfectly on-time. Once, due to a passenger r elated health emergency, trains were delayed causing me (and otherso nly a few minutes late to w ork. Without request, train officials handed out little e xcuse notes by the hund reds, explaining the delay. The note served as a formal notification to my boss that my tardiness was to be justifiably excused for thatd ay! It was at that moment that I remembered with nostalgia taking the number 3B jitney from downtown to StA nnes School in Fox Hill. I a rrived to school on time most days; but even if I arrived just after the bell despite the bus drivers haste, I never got a note or reprieve of any kind. Bicycles Because of population density, the use of bicycles a re very popular in Japan beyond recreational inter e sts even in the humid summer of cold winter months. It is not uncommon to see the very young or the very y oung at heart riding bicy c les adeptly navigating the b usiest intersections and travelling with a healthy rate o f speed. When I return to the Bahamas, I plan on riding ab icycle everywhere. Almost all outsiders are i ntroduced to a new group with a very formal kangeikai or welcome party. Welcome parties are a big deal in Japan. Every t hing from the location to the specific seating arrange ments of guests is all thoroughly planned well in a dvance. During my first week in Japan, I attended about three kangeikai events (all on week nights tried many varieties of Japanese sushi (raw fish typ ically flavoured with vine gar and served with rice), sashimi (raw seafood, served w ith wasabi and soy sauce) and even gyusashi (raw b eef) and basashi (raw horse). As I learned how to use c hop-sticks, it became increasingly helpful to eat the customary side of white rice because it was not so loosely prepared (we woulds ay it was very friendly). In short, I have tried just about everything on a typi cal Japanese menu at least once: raw octopus, soba and udon noodles, nabe (a favourite among sumo wrestlers), unagi (grilled or fried eel), yakinuku (grilled meat with vegetables). Japanese style curry or kare is a also popular in my diet. My favourite however, is perhaps the deceptively tasteless Japanese sake, which is a really smooth whisky fermented from rice.I t compliments many meals in Japanese society. Japanese dining etiquette i s also quite interesting. It is not customary to pour o nes own drink for exam ple. T o wels Hot towels to clean the h ands are always provided (even at small traditional places), and many Japanese become uncomfortable if chop sticks are stuck verti-c ally into a bowl of rice; because of the cultural sym bolism related to death. It may also be seen as rude to make special menur equests; especially for Western food requiring the novice traveller to have a very strong pallet. Despite my travels and e xtended absence, I remain inextricably and organically linked to the Bahamas; andw ill return home soon. I am forever grateful to my siblings Aisha, Patrick a nd Ricardo, step-father Francois, extended family, and teachers at St Annes, for the many investments they made in me during my formative years. Chief among them how ever, is my mother Jacque line Bourque, who by virtue of her sacrifice and resolve, made a way for me to enjoy with profound humility, the many opportunities that she toiled to create. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A window into Japans unique cultural identity E ach week our featured Bahamian Expat will give, in their o wn words, a taste of the experiences of Bahamians worki ng abroad. The first in our series is Bahamian Dennis Deveaux who works in Japan as a financial analyst for Toyo ta Industries material handling division the Toyota Material Handling Group or TMHG; the largest material handling c ompany in the world. Among other things he co-ordin ates financial planning for the companys North American b usiness operations. BAHAMIAN EXPAT DENNISDEVEAUX UNIQUE IDENTITY: A visit to the Nanzen-Ji temple. D ENNIS D EVEAUXFINDSACOUNTRYWITHASTRONGSENSEOFHISTORYANDNATIONHOOD ASLICEOF LIFE: Dennis Deveaux eating pizza. elcome parties are a big deal in Japan. Everything from the location to the specific seating arrangements of guests is all thoroughly planned well in advance.
a n persona on stage, I am very o bservant of the actions of pers ons around me and this helps me to create the characters that I need for my scripts. Many of the roles in my scripts are based on real people, buts o disguised that there would be no accusations at the end of t he play. I have also noted over the years that Bahamian characters are so similar that it is difficult for any one person to say that I was specificallyw riting about him or her. I have also found that most Bahamian families have thes ame experiences, therefore again making it difficult for any one person to say that Iw as writing about his or her family. Sweetheartin, illegitimacy, rowdiness, abuse of all kinds, etcetera is common inm ost families. So is ignorance and lack of understanding (from a lack of reading p ersons on whom I base my characters do not even recog nise themselves on stage. T: Name a favourite gift you received for Christmas. JC: The greatest gift that I receive at Christmas is to have all of my family members, along with some of their friends, descend on my homeC hristmas Day for dinner. This is a tradition that was started by my mother in 1951 whenm y sister got married and has c ontinued to this day. Having my family and friends around me is the greatest Christmas gift to me. T: Would you describe yours elf as liberal, moderate or con servative? J C: I consider myself to be v ery liberal. I know me, I understand me and I love me. I do feel that too many of us l ive at the dictates of others and are too busy trying to please others. I would like e verybody to live within the law and that means everybody, the Church, politicians, rich, poor, black, white, etcetera. I t hink we are all entitled to our own freedom of expression. I get most annoyed when otherst ry to force their interpretations of the Bible on me as if I do not have the right to read,d ecipher and understand for myself. I am not in agreement with those persons who believe that Christianity is theo nly religion of the world and scoff at the others. I believe in speaking my mind and stand i ng up for that in which I believe. I am me and do not wish to be anyone else. (Seep oem A Thought). T: If your five-year-old self were to see you now, would he be impressed? JC: Judging from the reaction of my former teachers andf riends who knew me back t hen and from the reaction of my own family and those persons who know me today, I t hink a five-year-old me would be very proud of the me of the 21st century. T: Have you ever made a joke in one of your plays you wish you hadnt? JC: I do not set out inten tionally in any of my writings t o embarrass anyone on a pers onal matter. Most of my material is public information. I refrain from outright pro f anity on stage and would stay with Bahamian terminology. When I wrote and staged An A Don Mean Cola, a play about drug use at that time (circa 1980s it was most upset and said that I was writing about her and her family situation. I had to remind her that at the time,m ost families, including my own, were affected and that I was writing from personale xperience. On the other hand, when I wrote and staged Lost Love, a play about olda ge and the approaching Alzheimers disease that affected my own mother, several persons who saw the play were grateful that I had given them an insight as to how to h andle their own loved ones at home. T: Name one thing you remember about your first car? JC: A 1974 Orange Datsun. I owned this during my partying days and was convinced that that car knew its way home. I owned that for about 13 years. THE pressure group Bahamas Against Crime is calling for government to losen o time in appointing an anticrime task force in the face oft he growing crime scourge. The call comes in the wake of the high profile robbery of 18 tourists last week and concerns about the effects this willh ave on the countrys most important industry. Rev CB Moss, executive director of Bahamas Against Crime (BAC ing tide of crime and violence in the Bahamas is ripping a part the fabric of society and seriously threatening the p eaceful way of life once enjoyed. It is almost a certainty that 2009 will be a record b reaking year in all of the m ajor crime categories, espec ially homicides which now stand at 77, two less than the record of 79 which occurred in 2007. In the face of this national s ecurity crisis, drastic and immediate action must be tak-e n by all sectors of the society to beat back this monster which is threatening to devour our nation. However, the lead must be taken by the govern-m ent, and Bahamas Against Crime therefore calls upon the government to immediately appoint a crime task force drawn from the various law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, and s elected private sector entities. Rev Moss said the task f orce should be empowered to direct the national fight against crime through strategic p lanning and innovative and f orceful action. The crisis is now too great to be successfully tackled by the Royal Bahamas Police Force alone, said Rev Moss. A task force will give theB ahamas a real chance of avoiding catastrophe, and pre-v ent us from going down the road currently being travelled by some of the neighbouring countries. To wait any longer is to invite disaster. B AC is also calling upon other social stakeholders, including the Church, corporate and civic groups and the media to shed their apathy which has been nothing short of disgraceful and take a s tand for the good of the public now and in the years to c ome. The greatest tragedy of all is the lack of outrage from the p eople as their loved ones are s laughtered, raped, robbed, a nd assaulted, Rev Moss said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dear wealth manager, are you motivated by budgets, salestargetsanddiscretionary bonuses? If so, EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas is probably not the wealth manager for you. Practitioners of the craft of wealth managementIf you are interested in joining a wealth manager unlike any other, please get in touch with Steve Mackey, CEO, EFG CaribbeanT 1 242 502 5400F 1 242 393 email@example.com EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd is part of EFG International, which operates in 55 locations in over 30 countrieswww.efginternational.comThe essence of wealth management is relationships; we create the conditions for them to ourish.Ourwealthmanagersserveclientsas they see t, free from budgets, sales targets and arbitrary remuneration. Treated as professionals, they are empowered to run a business and rewarded on their prot contribution. Appealing? AtEFG,werelookingforadifferentkindof wealth manager: a client-centred entrepreneur. Fans of internal bureaucracy need not apply. Bahamas Against Crime calls for anti-crime task force Bahamas Against Crime has announced that on Sunday, November 29, it will hold an anticrime rally in Rawson Square. The rally, which begins at 3.30pm, is an opportunity for every group and individual in the country to take a stand against the scourge of c rime and violence, BAC said. U nder the theme Enough is Enough, the rally is intended to show that Bahamians are unified and resolute in their determination to take their country back from criminals. The message to the criminal element is We will not allow you to destroy our society. The rally is also designed to send a strong mess age to the government that drastic action must b e taken now, BAC said. ANTI-CRIME RALLY FROM page two Off set with James Catalyn
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "While the men were fighting she asked them to move and behave themselves. A short time after they moved out of the area she asked the deceased to go to the shop and he got less than 100 yards from his residence when he was attacked by the same group of young men he was stabbed in the neck. "He was able to return home where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital by EMS where he succumbed to his injuries." The victim died in hospital around 6.30 pm yesterday. Sgt Skippings said police did not have a motive for the "senseless" murder. She could not say if anything was stolen from the victim. Police investigations continue. F ROM page one Stabbing death brings murder count to national record lounge's upper levels, freeing up more than 7,000 square feet for extra seating and retail options. NAD said in a statement that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA division of the US Department of Homeland Security, had approved the checkpoints'r emoval. NAD and the Airport Authority's security team, headed by MJ Hutchinson, acting general manager, Osbourne Ferguson, director of security, and Andrew Bonaby, deputy director of security, worked with Steve Perris, a V ancouver Airport Services security consult ant, in final preparation for a TSA evaluation that took place in the autumn. As a result of LPIA being in compliance with all regulations for passenger screening, the TSA recommended that a secondary security screening checkpoint was no longer necessary at the facilities. Two airport checkpoints to be removed F ROM page one s trike and 19 opposing indust rial action. UTEB president Jennifer I saacs-Dotson informed the Department of Labour, and the c ollege, of the unions intention to hold a strike vote last month.T he union claims the college h as failed to meet faculty d emands in contract negotiat ions going on since February and in a number of trade disp utes. Labour Minister Dion F oulkes said he hopes an agreement can be reached before as trike is taken and he will allow a cooling off period after W ednesdays strike vote to facilitate discussions overseen by director of Labour Harcourt Brown. Mr Foulkes said: The strike v ote will not be certified by myself until a reasonable cool i ng off period has transpired, and if theyre not able to reach a n agreement then I will certify the vote which will allow the union to go on strike. But we are hoping they can reach some agreement. T he unions previous indus trial agreement expired in June last year and crucial concerns for the union in negotiations f or a new contract include the colleges attempt to change the s tatus of librarians, counsellors and researchers from faculty to a dministrative staff. Angered Members are also angered b y the flawed promotions p rocess that has held staff back while they wait for the system to be improved. A trade dispute was filed o ver the promotion process, and relative pay increments, as the college was not willing to negotiate the terms beforei ncluding it in the industrial agreement, Ms Isaacs-Dotson said. Union members also want a pension plan and to keep their e xisting healthcare plan. And with negotiations con t inuing for nearly a year, union members are keen to get an a greement signed before they are forced to sit through another cooling off period. Union spokesman Mark Humes said: Nobody is ever keen on striking, and the only thing we want to do is get an industrial agreement signed. It shouldnt even get to this p oint, it should never have got to this point. The union is willing to work with the college and we are h oping the college will provide us with a space where we can come together. The only thing we want is a signed industrial agreement, a nd we want whats in the best interest of the faculty, the college and the students. COB maintains it is awaiting t he official results of the strike vote and is willing to negotiate with union members. A statement issued by COB y esterday read: UTEB members participated in a strike vote, exercising a legal option that is available to them. Their doing so was not u nexpected as UTEB had expressed their intent on con d ucting the poll. The college is awaiting the o fficial results of the voting from the Department of Labour. We are committed to the negotiating process and remain c onfident that a new industrial agreement will be achieved att he negotiating table. Minister hoping to avert COB strike F ROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM programme. We expect that the Office of the Prime Minister will advise when the second phase will start. The National Insurance Board does not know, Mr Cargill said. He noted that although the initial $20 million earmarked for the unemployment benefit programme will be completed by the end of the year, persons newly unemployed and eligible for the benefit would still receive payments. The plan provides a maximum of $200 a week for up to 13 weeks at a time. Benefits through the first phase of the plan are financed from the $20 million transferred out of the Medical Benefits Fund. According to Mr Cargill, thus far, 13,620 persons have ben efited from the unemployment programme. So far, NIB haspaid out $19.8 million under the programme. Training Government has also initiated a national training and retrain ing programme for recently laid off workers who have already registered for the National Insurance Unemployment Benefit. Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts said yesterday that the unemployment situation in the country is a direct result of the governments decision to stop, review and cancel several major projects, leaving no cushion for the economic downturn in the current recession. When the programme was implemented the prime minister said that he was going to extend it for an additional 13 weeks, then he backed off and said that the money wasnt there, Mr Roberts noted. If we follow what is going on with the economic situation, the government is going to be borrowing left right and centre, he said. Mr Roberts said that instead of focusing on promoting the Bahamas on the tourism market, the government seems to be waiting for the US economy to turn around. NIB scheme to run out of cash FROM page one ting the crimes. Of the 204 readers who voted in the poll up to press time, 106 of them placed the blame for the country's crime dilemma squarely at the feet of the court system. Criminals came in a close second with 79 votes, while the RBPF and the media received 17 and two votes, respectively. Some who voted left comments as well. Justin Roberts wrote: "We really need to look at revising the Bail Act so that these thugs are not back out on the streets doing exactly what they got arrested for in the first place again. If it is said that goes against our constitution, well then, it is time to revise and maybe even rewrite and update our constitution so that we can prevent armed robbers, murderers, rapists and child molesters from walking the streets after posting bail." Another voter, A Davis, agreed: "A person's actions lie under (nobody's criminals are returned to the street without a lasting penalty then of course they will continue doing what they did before. The point of laws and the legal system is to reduce crime, prevent crime and remove the criminal element from the general populace." At a press conference at police headquarters recently, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said efforts are being made to fix the country's ailing legal system which allows for hardened repeat offenders to be freed on bail. A s violent crime and murders continue to escalate, the media has, in some quarters, been criticised for providing front-page coverage of these incidents. Some critics suggest claim the coverage is "sensational" and does more harm to the country's fragile tourism industry. Commentator 'Smokey Johnson' said: "The way the media sensationalises the crime and the criminals, focuses on them, gives long interviews with the victims, is almost unbelievable. For every Bahamian who is a criminal, there are 5,000 who are not. For every crime committed in the Bahamas about 5,000 good deeds are done. "Why should the crime get large print half a page photo and the day to day heroes (are not We are not a nation of criminals." At last report, the country's murder count stood at 78. Last Thursday, Fitzroy McDonald, was killed during what police believe was an altercation between the victim and another man in Gregory Town, Eleuthera. Earlier this month a construction worker was stabbed to death at a church building site following an argument with another contractor. Days earlier, on Saturday, a young Grand Bahama man was shot and killed by a gunman during a home invasion. Prison officer Clifford Godet Jr died after he was shot in the head during an argument at a gated apartment complex. The daring daylight robbery of 18 cruise passengers on an onshore tour of BASH's Earth Village last Friday has dominated the headlines and prompted concern over the anticipat ed tourism fallout from the incident. Online poll: Tribune readers blame judicial system for crime F ROM page one Avenue. A masked man armed with a handgun burst into the Chinese restaurant on Carmichael Road just after 5.30pm and robbed a man working at the restaurant of an undetermined amount of cash and his cellular phone. The 5ft 6ins gunman fled the area on foot, wearing a mask, blue hooded top and blue trousers. Hours later a gunman wearing a red mask and blue jeans stormed Kyes Food Store and held up a man working at the shop. The man was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash. After threatening and stealing from the man at around 9pm, the armed robber got away in a silver Honda Accord with registration plates beginning with the numbers 220 and headed south along Market Street. Police were then called to investigate a third armed robbery on Arawak Cay. Staff at Candies Enterprise told police how three men ordered conch salad in the restaurant, ate it and left without paying. When a man working at the restaurant followed them to ask them to pay, they produced a handgun and robbed him of an undetermined amount of cash just after 11pm. Police are investigating all armed robberies and ask for public assistance in solving these cases. Anyone with any information that may aid investigations should call police as a matter of urgency on 919 or call Crime Stoppers on 328-TIPS (8477 In other crime news, Drug Enforcement Unit officers arrested a 33-year-old man of Palm Tree Avenue at 3.30pm on Thursday. He was suspected of being in possession of 26 grams of marijuana. Waiter robbed at gunpoint FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 11 INSIDE International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org TWO new champions were c rowned yesterday as the New Provi dence Primary Schools Sports Association completed its basketball tournament. After five days of intense competition, featuring the future stars at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, Yel-l ow Elder and Centreville Primary emerged as the girls and boys respective champions. Yellow Elder, coached by Cardinal Moncur, pulled off a 9-6 decision as Renique Brown hit three c lutch free throws down the stretch i n the second half as they dethroned Columbus Primary. I feel I played good. I was just g lad that I was able to help our team to win, said Brown, a 10-year-old sixth grader. I knew I had to hit t hose shots. C oach Moncur said he couldnt ask for a better leadership role from his captain. She took the team on her shoul ders and made the free throws to give us the victory, Moncur said. For a small person, she played big f or us today. Moncur said his Yellow Elder t eam had taken an early lead, but a fter Columbus came back to pull even at 6-6 in the second half, Brown was relentless in her attack att he basket to help secure the win. I dont know what will happen next year, but I just thank God that we got the victory, Moncur stated. A fter the loss, Columbus longtime coach Larry Sweeting said they were just too lackadiscial. We were sluggish on defence, Sweeting said. Im a bit disap pointed that we didnt play better. W e just got beat by a better team today. Despite the loss, Sweeting said he was pleased with the performances h e got from Jamalh Deveaux and Desiree Lockhart. But as he looks ahead, Sweeting said hes not surea bout trying to regain the title next year because hes looking at retiring after spending 41 years as a physicale ducation teacher. However, before the year is over, Sweeting said they hope to continue their dynasty as the perenial volley ball champions. The boys game also came down to the wire with Centreville nipping Stephen Dillet 12-11 to win their title. Trailing 11-9 late in the second half, Peter Morris canned a threep ointer as Centreville went on to c elebrate their championship feat. Im very happy that I made that s hot, said Morris, who pulled up f rom the baseline to hit the jumper o ver two defenders. It was a big w in for us because we have tried so hard for so long. Centreville had taken an 8-6 lead just before the buzzer sounded to e nd the first half on a three-point p lay from Keanu Rolle. But Yellow Elder continued to b attle back behind Michael Bethels leadership as they managed to take an 11-9 lead, only to watch as Minnis came through with the clincher. Pedro Pierre, coach of Centreville, said he was thrilled that they finally did it. We came close a couple of y ears, he said. This year, everybody played team ball. The last couple of years, we were more a onem an show. But they understood that one man cant win a game. Everybody pulled through. S tephen Dillets coach Frank J ohnson said it was a difficult pill for his team to swallow. The second half of the game we missed too many shots and their big men played very well, Johnson said. We tried to catch up, but time just r an out on us. But to lose a championship by one game, we cant com plain. We just didnt win. I give them c redit for sticking through it. We just missed too many shots. But I also credit my boys for the way they played. Last years champions were Oakes Field, who had to settle for third place this year. A ssociation president Lisa Mortimer said if the competition was any indication, the rest of the teams in the 25th Father Marcian Peters Invitational Basketball Tournament should be concerned for their teams. Our schools have decided that we are going to take the champi onship trophy at one of our schools, she said. We have about ten schools registered, so we just want the Catholic, Baptist and all the other schools that the New Providence public primary schools is coming to take over the tournament. Two new champions crowned By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com ALTHOUGH hes been back home for at least two weeks, James Jay Darling is still trying to figure out why he didnt make it to the final of the 63rd World Mens Body building Championships. The lone Bahamian to com pete in the championships in Doha, Qatar from November 3-4, Darling said the competi tion was extremely tough, but he felt he should have been one of the six competitors in the final of the 80 kilogram class or middleweight. There were about 167 male competitors from 54 countries that competed, said Darling, who is still recuperating from a 13-hour flight from Washing-ton to Qatar and a half hour ride through the terminal before he was picked up by the organising committee. I went in at a lower weight of 167 pounds. I usually com pete at 176 pounds. I was about 10 pounds under weight.I felt pretty good going into the semifinals because I really thought I would have made the final based on how I looked. Having met two judges from Trinidad & Tobago, Darling said he also got some assurance from both of them that he stood a good chance of making the final, so he was really surprised when he didnt make it. Without anybody from the Bahamas to assist him, Darling said the two Trinidadians assisted and they made sure that he was properly oiled down and ready to go out on stage. None of them, however, judged the 80 kg that Darling competed in. Out of a field of 16 competitors, Darling said one didn't make it out for the semifinal and after getting called out twice, he felt he looked good in the comparison with his rivals. But after the comparison, his name appeared in the eighth spot, two shy of getting into the final. That was extremely disappointing, said Darling, the Bahamian national champion who went on to win his divi sion at the Central American and Caribbean Championships. A couple of the judges talked to me and gave me some positive feed back. But I was very disappointed, not in how I looked and how I per formed, but where I was placed. A good competitor will always be disappointed until they win the competi tion. Winning the divisional title was Dohee Lee from Korea. He was followed by Conrad Nagel from South Africa, Mauricio Garza from Mexico, Yusuf Arafat from Bahrain, Mahmoud Neamartalla from Egypt and Hristomir Hristov from Bulgaria. I really don't know why they didn't select me, Darling said. I was inquiring about it because I thought I should have placed higher. I wasn't trying to be biased. But after looking at the pictures, I really thought I should have placed higher. But I guess I should have known. Things like that happen. Sometimes it's who you know because with events like this there's a lot of politick ing going on and you don't have anybody in your corner, they don't give you that second look. Despite not getting an opportunity to strut his stuff in the final, Darling, a member of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force where he serves as a training officer, said having had the experience of travelling and com peting in the event for the first time, he will definitely be better prepared when he com pete again next year. I got some help from a good friend of mine, Deide Bastian, who was very instrumental in me getting to Qatar and liasiing with the officials, said Darling, who also noted that the trip could not have been possible without the financial support he got from so many people. Among them were Prolab and Natrol, his official spon sors from Bahamas Suplly Agencies Limited; Steve Haughey and The Tribune and 100 Jamz; Sandy Schaefer and Robin Hood; Mr Thomas from Commonwealth Bank; the Royal Bahamas Defense Force; Bally's Fitness Center and Archie Nairn, the Permanent Secretary at the Min istry of Youth, Sports and Culture. Darling reflects on championships JAY Darling (far left COACH Pedro Pierre (standing in the back row Primary Schools Associations boys basketball title. COACH Cardinal Moncur (right Primary Schools Sports Associations basketball tournament. Y ellow Elder girls dethrone Columbus Primary, CentrevilleP rimary boys hold off Stephen Dillet
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS P AGE 12, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BASED on the preliminary entries, director of Sports Martin Lundy said the 25th Silver Annivers ary of the annual Father Marcian Peters Invitational Basketball Tournament should surpass the all-time record of 91 teams registered 2008. The majority of the teams again a re coming from New Providence, L undy said yesterday. But we have some coming from the Family I slands Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, S an Salvador, Cat Island and E leuthera and for the first time Long Island. So generally speaking, were gearing up for what promises to be a v ery exciting tournament. The challenge that we will face is that the examination for the public schools isr ight around that same time. But we h ave the technology to construct the s chedule in such a way that when t he examinations occur, we can schedule the games around it. The tournament is scheduled for December 3-12 and for the first t ime, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture will play games inside t he Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium and a t the same time, they will christen t he three new courts outside of the g ymnasium. Thats going to allow us to play m ore games at one time, Lundy said. For instance last year, we p layed 128 games and we required ten days to do that. With the addition of the three o utdoor courts, we are looking at running the tournament in a more c ompacted time frame. A s usual, the tournament will only cater to the primary boys and girls, junior girls and boys, intermediate boys and senior girls divisions. L ast year, Teleos Christian Academy dethroned two-time champio ns Temple Christian Suns to cart o ff the primary girls title, while the S t. Bedes Crushers claimed the pri m ary boys title for the second cons ecutive year. T he HO Nash Lions continued their dominance as they three-peate d as the junior girls champions and the CV Bethel Stingrays became the new junior boys champions and the D W Davis Pitbulls emerged as backto-back junior boys champions. After relinquishing the senior girls title to the CI Gibson Rattlers, who three-peated from 2005-2007, theC R Walker Knights came back last year and regained the title. And in the intermediate boys division, which was initiated in 2007, the Dame Doris Johnson Mystic M arlins captured the title that was p reviously held by CI Gibson. Meanwhile, Teleos Christian Academy captured the Fr. Marcian Peters Award, which is presented t o the most outstanding school. Harb our Island won the title back in 2 007. Lundy said traditionally the gove rnment schools have performed exceptionally well in the tourna-m ent, along with some of the Family Islands and they anticipate that t rend to continue this year. We havent seeded the teams as yet, but we will do that as soon as allo f the teams have registered, L undy said. Father Marcian Peters celebrates silver anniversary Annual tourney seeks to break its own record BUILDING on the momentum already created, the T-Bird FlyersT rack and Field Club will host their first Cross Country Championships o n Saturday at Fort Charlotte. But club president and head coach Foster Dorsett said the championships will be different from the others in that we will have fourd ifferent obstacle courses for the athletes to compete in at the beginning and at the end. They will probably go over a hurdle, go through some tyres and go through some zig zag cones, said Dorsett, who also serves as aS pecial Projects officer for the B ahamas Association of Athletic Associations. The championships will be opened to competitors of all ages from primary to high schools, under-7, under-11, under-13, under-1 7 and open divisions for both boys and girls who will compete in dist ances ranging from 1-2 kilometres. D orsett said as mandated by the IAAF, the BAAA must provide opportunities such as this to enable the youngsters to compete in cross c ountry. T he meet will start at 1 p.m. Cross Country Championships set for this weekend B y BETTY VEDRINE B ahamas Information Services O RGANIZERS of M arathon Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism, the Hon Vincent V anderpool-Wallace, November 25. The team, led by Chairman o f Marathon Bahamas, Franklyn R Wilson, came to officially present the idea tot he Minister with a view to acquiring a partnership with the Ministry. Marathon Bahamas is s cheduled for Sunday Febru ary 14th, 2010. It is the first marathon of its kind in The Bahamas and will cover 26.2 miles. Calling ventures like this t he type that the government e ncourages, Mr VanderpoolWallace said that this is a step in the positive direction. H e added that it was an opportunity that the Ministry of Tourism had also consid ered but decided to abandon t he idea to support Marathon Bahamas. It's a great opportunity f or us, said Mr VanderpoolWallace. Sports tourism is not about standing arounda nd being photographed with athletics but it is engaging in the kinds of activities that eventually lead to foreign e xchange, visitor arrivals and more employment. R eferring to the success of the 'Blue Water Run' that was held in The Bahamas, the Minister said these types o f events could greatly ben e fit the country. We believe that the area o f sports tourism, we are enormously underserved so the opportunity to begin to do this and for you to become the exemplar of something that we think that the process under which these things are developeda nd operated, we'd like to thank you for it. Mr Wilson said that if mar k eted properly, Marathon Bahamas could prove to have a positive impact on theB ahamian economy as r esearch has shown that marathons tend to attract high-income individuals. Confirmation has already been received from partici pants from the US, Canada a nd Copenhagen. Also, the countries' leading hoteliers have bought into the idea by action and by words, saidM r Wilson. Because of the huge potential, we thought it important to engage the Ministry of Tourism, he added. Marathon Bahamas is e xpected to receive formal certification by the International Associations Athlet ics Federations and the Associations of Marathons. Marathon Bahamas meets with Minister of Tourism ORGANIZERS of Marathon Bahamas paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Novem ber 25. Pictured from left are Shelly Wilson, Deputy Operation Manager, Sunshine Insurance; Janet Johnson, Director of Communications, Ministry of Tourism (MOT man, Marathon Bahamas; and Veronica Duncanson, Public Relations Consultant, Sunshine Holdings. SPORTS IN BRIEF GOLF ORLANDO, Florida Associated Press TIGER WOODSwas seriously injured in a car accident when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community early Friday, authorities said. The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods, 33, hit the hydrant and a tree after pulling out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac sports utility vehicle. The patrol reported his injuries as serious, and that he was taken to Health Central Hospital. His condition was not immediately known. A supervisor in the emergency room said on Friday that Woods was not a patient there. The report said alcohol was not involved, though the accident remains under investigation. No one else was in the car, patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said. Woods, who has won 82 times around the world and 14 majors, returned to his $2.4 million home in the exclusive Isleworth subdivision near Orlando this week after attending a college football game at Stanford University, where he was inducted into its sports hall of fame. Tiger Woods hurt in car crash at home BASKETBALL ORLANDO, Fla. Associated Press MARQUETTEturned team speed into an early-sea son upset. Lazar Hayward scored 22 points and Jimmy Butler had 17 to lead Marquette past No. 15 Michigan 79-65 at the Old Spice Classic on Friday. "That was as quick a team that I can recall," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "That's incredible quickness at all five positions." Darius Johnson-Odom added 14 points for Marquette (6-0 in the tournament champi onship game Sunday. "I thought we did a really good job of handling their changing defenses," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "We had our hands full from the beginning." Marquette was 17 for 21 from the free throw line, while Michigan was 12 for 18. Michigan (3-1 points and nine rebounds from Manny Harris. Harris had seven points as Michigan opened the second half with a 12-4 spurt to cut its deficit to 48-47. But Hayward scored six points and Butler added four in a 10-0 run by Marquette that made it 58-47 with 12 minutes to play. "They're an excellent passing team, and low turnover numbers," Beilein said. Hayward, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday by scoring 27 points in Marquette's 71-61 victory against Xavier, gave the Golden Eagles a 70-57 lead on a putback with four minutes remaining. "Hayward, obviously, is a great player," Beilein said. Johnson-Odom had 12 of his points in the first half as Marquette took a 44-35 lead. Michigan was just 3 for 20 from 3-point range. "They did a great job of contesting shots," Wolver ines forward DeShawn Sims said. "We just wasn't able to knock down any shots today. A credit to their defense; they did a great job defend ing us." Hayward has 1,361 points, which moves him into 18th place on the Marquette career list. MICHIGAN guard Manny Harris, left, dunks over Marquette's Darius Johnson-Odom and Jimmy Butler, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Old Spice Classic tour nament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. Hayward scores 22, Marquette beats No. 15 Michigan P h e l a n M E b e n h a c k / A P P h o t o
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A TOP model search organisation is calling on all Grand Bahama residents who think they have the looks,s tyle and grace to become a winner. Supermodel of the Bahamas will be i n Freeport this weekend and to hold an open call round of auditions. The company is searching for young men, women and children (ages three 21for its 2010 competition and has invited h opefuls to turn up to the main arcade of the International Bazaar betweenn oon and 4pm today and tomorrow. The company said: All individuals will be given the training and the tools to compete in front of seasoned professional judges from New York, LosA ngeles, Florida and Jamaica; from agencies like Elite Model Management, and Pulse Models. Now in its third year, Supermodel of the Bahamas has already grown to become one of the top model searches in the country after branching out in 2 008 to create a reality TV show for JCN channel 14. T his year, the organisation has again expanded, adding a category for children between the ages of three and 13. T he categories for which awards will b e presented include: Little Supermodel Bahamas awarded to one boy or girl in the childrens category Commercial Model winner awarded to one male or female modelw ith the best voice, looks and personality Supermodel of the Bahamas a warded to one male model and one female model Supermodel of the Bahamas is the o verall title and the winners will be a warded cash and prizes worth $3000, a complete portfolio, representation by OilinShas Models and Talent Agencya nd the opportunity to compete in the Top Model of the Universe competition in Europe. T he title winners will be flown to N ew York and accommodated in the O ilinShas Models and Talent agency apartment. Supermodel of the Bahamas holding open call in Grand Bahama N OVEMBER 28 29 International Bazaar, noon to 4pm. CANDIDATES MUST : be between the ages of three to 21 be Bahamian or a permanent resident bring a comp card or portfolio. If not p hotos will be taken. have no tattoos have smooth skin have a great p ersonality and a great attitude dress in fitted jeans and a white o r black t-shirt not wear makeup have their hair pulled back in one pony tail (unless short not wear weave of any kind Workshops begin on March 15, 2010. Eventp reliminaries will be held on March 28 andt he finals on April 24 in Nassau. If you are not a Bahamian you cannot compete, but can still seek representation with OilinSha Models. The same requirements apply. You are welcome to attend. WEEKEND OPEN CALL
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OUT & ABOUT IN THE 242 ABOVE THE RIM PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATED 25 YEARS IN THE BIZ WITH A TWO NIGHT SPECIAL VERSION OF THE ANNUAL A NIGHT OF L OVE. L overs rock crooner Beres Hammond is of course the ultimate headliner and his music is just perfect for a night of love. He was joined by fellow Jamaican reggae artists Tarrus Riley and Buju Banton, and three of the most outstanding live performers were ready to take the stage . but first was yet another treat. O n Friday Above the Rim set up stage at Arawak Cay in Nassau to give the audience the best of Bahamian artists. On the line up were Rake and Scrape artists such as Ancient man, Geno D, KB, Ronnie Butler, Stileeto, Elon Moxey, Veronica Bish-o p and Nida, who all gave their fans what they c ame for. Patrons were dancing and singing along e njoying Bahamian music to the fullest throughout the night. The big Night of Love of course was all set for Saturday and the long line of cars and people out-s ide the Wyndham Crystal Palace indicated that the concert was going to be big. The first to take the stage in the ballroom were young Bahamian artistsN aji Dunn, Ricardo Clarke and Sammi Starr who all did a great job singing their popular songs. As the ballroom started to fill to capacity, Tarrus R iley took the stage. He delivered an outstanding p erformance singing his hit songs Loves Contagious, Good Girl Gone Bad, Gett Getti and Lion Paw and introduced his new single Superman. Together with legendary reggae saxophonist D ean Fraser, Tarrus put on quite a show and got the a udience involved inviting his fans to sing along. Tarrus Riley has risen to become one of reggaes top artists and his love of music and performing can be felt by everyone in the audience when he is on stage. Next up was the artist who embodies lovers rock the great Beres Hammond. He is probably t he most loved Jamaican artist in the Bahamas and every song he sings is a hit. The Beres lovers and fans were by now squeezed into the sold out venue but enjoying every note coming from Beres. Couples were slow dancing and rocking the nighta way as Beres delivered one big song after the next f rom Feel Good, Movie Star and What One D ance Can Do, to Tempted To Touch and She Loves Me Now, just to name a few. The final performance of the night was by Mr Mention himself, Buju Banton. One of the mosts uccessful Jamaican artists in history, Buju kept the crowd going until 4am. Still touring for his latest album Rasta Got Soul, Buju performed hits froma catalogue of music spanning 20 years, from Destiny, Wanna Be Loved and Not An Easy Road to Driver. B ujus energetic show sealed off a night of excell ent performances and he was joined by Beres Hammond for a grand finale to A Night of Love. Beres Hammond Sammie Starr Dean Fraser KB Tarrus Riley Ricardo Clarke Buju Banton