N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.230SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 79F By SANCHESKA BROWN A POLICE officer is being questioned over his alleged involvement in ana rmed robbery in which a woman claims she was sexually assaulted. Police say the incident happened at around 11.20pm on Thursday when officers received informa tion of an armed robbery on Marathon Road. It is understood that a man and woman were at a business establishment on Marathon Road when they were approached by two heavily armed men. The men robbed the vic tims of cash, two cell phones and two laptops. Sources say the man was pistol-whipped several times and the woman was sexually assaulted before the thugs drove off in a Honda Civic. However, police were a ble to locate the robbers d ue to GPS tracking in one of the cell phones. Police then went to Ragged Island Street where they located the vehicle. Inside the car they found a machine gun, a hand gun, a l arge amount of ammunit ion, the victims cell phones, laptops as well as the clothing which was described to officers. Three people were taken into custody, including a police officer. Police spokesman Supt Stephen Dean confirmed an officer was arrested, but he could not say if he is expected to be charged with the others. Supt Dean said if the officer is found to be involved in any wrongdoing, the police force has a procedure that will be carried out. Investigations are contin uing. Woman claims she was victim of sexual assault TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IAAF WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS S S U U P P E E R R M M A A N N H H O O P P S S I I N N T T O O F F I I N N A A L L SPORTSSTARTSONPAGENINE Police officer quizzed over armed robbery By SANCHESKA BROWN THREE men were recovering in hospital last night after they were shot by police during an attempted robbery of a webshop. The incident happened at around 9.50pm on Thursday when police received a report of a robbery in progress at Island Luck on Carmichael Road. When officers arrived THREE SHOT IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF WEBSHOP SEE page six By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE top level of a three-storey home was completely destroyed by a fire yesterday. The incident happened around noon at Winton Hwy in the eastern end of New Providence. Acting Director of Fire Services Assistant Superintendent Walter Evans said his team were at the scene within ten minutes. After assessing the situa FIRE DESTROYS THREE-STOREY HOME SEE page six ABOVE: A firefighter hoses down the interior of the Winton Highway home yesterday. LEFT: The fire rages in the three-storey building. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f T i m A y l e n REPORTS were coming in yesterday that three men, believed to be Bahamian, died in a plane crash in Jamaica late Thursday night. However police here and in Jamaica say they have no report up to press time. A police source said he had heard the rumour but the details were sketchy so officially they cannot confirm or deny the incident happened. He said police received information that three Bahamian men on board a stolen plane crashed while on a suspected drug mission. All three died on the scene and their bodies were burned beyond recognition. He could confirm however that a plane was stolen from Andros between Thursday morning and Wednesday night, but could not say whether it was the one involved in the incident. A similar incident happened in 2009, when two Bahamian men police suspected of transporting drugs crashed in Jamaica. The plane was stolen from an airport in north Eleuthera. According to Jamaican media, residents said the aircraft was circling for about an hour before it crashed. The two men, who were believed to be the pilot and a crew member, were burned beyond recognition. Police believe approximately 2,000 pounds of compressed marijuana was on the plane. REPOR T S: THREE B AHAMIANS DIE IN JAMAICA PLANE CRASH POLICE SAYDETAILSSKETCHY By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE nomination process for political candidates is arbitrary and subject to manipulation, claims politi cal hopeful Craig Butler. After cutting ties with the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP no animosity towards the party, but he has little respect for their nomination process. He called it more like a beauty contest. After being passed over for PLP nominations in two constituencies, Elizabeth and Kennedy, Mr Butler said he is pushing forward on his own. He is vying for the Kennedy seat in the next general election as an indepen dent candidate. Mr Butler said he is determined to defy the norm by making it to the House of Assembly as an independent. Mr Butler is the grandson of Sir Milo Butler, the first Bahamian governor general. He was also the treasurer of POLITICAL HOPEFUL:PLP NOMINATION PR OCESS MORE LIKE A BEAUT Y CONTEST CRAIGBUTLERTORUNASINDEPENDENTCANDIDATE SEE page six By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A life sentence was handed down to convicted murderer 19-yearold Shavardo McPhee in the Supreme Court on Friday. He showed no emotion. He wore dark sunglasses as he left the courthouse in handcuffs following the sentence. Senior Justice Hartman Longley also sentenced McPhee to eight years for the armed robbery charge. That sentence starts from September 2 and will run concurrent with the life sentence. His co-accused Lavardo Rahming, 26, absconded dur ing the trial in May, and still remains at large. McPhee and Rahming were found guilty of the November 27, 2008 murder and armed robbery of Brendon Dion Strachan at the M&R Foodstore in Marsh Harbour, Abaco. Strachan, a cashier at his familys business, was robbed and shot to death. McPhee and Rahming were initially charged with three other persons Mario Mills, 24, Calvin Edgecombe, 24, and Jermaine Russell, 22. During the trial, the proseTEEN GET S LIFE SENTENCE FOR MURDER C OURTNEWS SEE page six JOBSANDHELPWANTED C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! CLASSIFIEDSTRADER
This summer, the 18-year-old Exuma n ative made his mark on the scientific world as a NASA intern at the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Kennedy Space Centre. There, he worked for two months with a number of world-renowned scientists o n a number of projects. Vardo was one of the best interns I h ad, far better than some of the college i nterns, said Dr Jaydeep Mukherjee, director of the NASA Florida Space G rant Consortium. He started his internship by participating in a high altitude balloon workshop for a group of high school students. V ardo did an exceptional job at the w orkshop. He was instrumental in d esigning the box which housed the elect ronics. Vardo worked with other students in the programme to design and build weather balloons with attached pay loads and instruments that collect andr ecord the data. They go up to the atmosphere and s end back information on atmospheric pressure, temperature and wind speed data, said Vardo. The balloons also had built-in parachutes and cameras which enabled Vard o to watch his groups balloon travel through the atmosphere and parachute to the ground once it burst. V ardo said he enjoyed learning about astronomy from his mentor Dr Mukherjee and conducting research using a opti c al telescope which was a replica of the one invented by Galileo. He was able to observe the stars, just as stellar astronomers do, in order to g ain clues about the nature of stars. Vardo was a very quick learner and has a great appetite for knowledge. Hew ould read the astronomy text book I had given him and also read articles on the interest. I believe Vardo can do boths cience and engineering equally well and I see a very bright future for him. He was an extremely polite young man and it was a delight working with himt his summer. He was a great ambassador for the Bahamas, said Dr Mukherjee. Vardo also got the opportunity to witness the space shuttle Atlantis take off on its last voyage and return to Earth 12 days later. And Vardo played a direct role in the e xperiments the Atlantis crew carried o ut on their final trip to the Internat ional Space Centre. I was able to load up the space shuttle for its last mission with a squid experiment. I prepared the live specimens to go to space. They wanted to find outh ow other living species operate in space, said Vardo. This was the first time a Bahamian participated in the NASA internship. The scholarship was organised by the Bahamas Marine EcoCentre, a non-p rofit organisation promoting environmental stewardship. Vardo was their f irst scholarship recipient. Opportunity He lives in Barretarre, Exuma, and w as recently graduated from LN Coakl ey High School. Since his graduation, V ardo has been working in his fathers carpentry business. He also does volunteer work at the Darby Island Research Station on Little Darby I sland, Exuma. His interest in engineering developed when he was in high school, where he e xcelled in technical drawing. Since the i nternship, Vardo said his imagination a nd ambitions have expanded. When I got accepted as an intern for NASA I knew I had been given a g reat opportunity, but the actual internship experience was so much more r ewarding than I could possibly have expected. Over the past two months I have had the opportunity to attend career fairs, watch a space shuttle, launch as well as other activities. The c areer fair provided me with the oppor t unity to meet other job seekers and make contact with representatives from several engineering firms, said Vardo. Overall, this summer internship has h elped me learn more about my field of e ngineering and motivate me to go to college and help me on my path for a great career. Based on this internship, my goal is to continue to work on build i ng my knowledge and abilities in engi n eering and stay focused for my journey towards success. I would highly recom mend this programme to other Bahami an students looking to expand their experiences in scientific research, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE Red Cross Society of the Bahamas has extended its annual grand raffle by one week to Sat urday, September 10. Due to the unfortu nate effects of Hurricane Irene in the southern islands, Eleuthera and Abaco, and the Societys involvement in providing humanitarian assistance to the islands affected by Hurricane Irene, the raf fle is extended by one week. The drawing will be held at Solomons Super Centre, East West High way, the Red Cross said. RED CROSS 2011 ANNUAL GRAND RAFFLE DRAWING EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 10 N OELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org B A HAMIAN scholarship student Vardo McKenzie h as not made it to the moon as yet, but he has been closer than most. V ardo McKenzie makes his mark on s cientific world as an intern for NASA moon Shooting for the By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN was arraigned in the Magistrates Court yesterday on a dozen criminal charges. Craig Taylor, 20, of No. 66 P eardale Road, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez of Court One,B ank Lane, where he was c harged in connection with seven armed robberies and vehicle theft. H e was also arraigned on two receiving charges and a firearm and ammunition pos-s ession offence. In the first matter, Taylor, along with 28-year-old Alexis Bain of Eastwood Estates, was charged in connection with an armed robbery which occurred on Monday, August 29. Allegedly armed with a handgun, the accused robbed Margo Ward of a gold snake chain and charm, a gold ring and gold bangle, together valued at $648. The two men were also charged with receiving the items and being in possession of an unlicenced 9mm Tau rus Millennium handgun and six live 9mm bullets. They were not required to enter a plea to the charges brought against them due to the nature of the offence. The prosecution is expected to present a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on November 16, which will have the matter forwarded directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing a preliminary inquiry. Algernon Allen Jr, who represented Bain in the matter, made complaints on behalf of his client, claiming the accused was physically abused while in police custody at the Central Detective Unit. Mr Allen claimed that police had brutally beaten his client with golf clubs and assaulted him to the point where Bain had lost his hearing in one ear for a period of time. However, the accused was unable to identify the officers that allegedly assaulted him. Taylor, who was without legal representation at yes terdays arraignment, told Chief Magistrate Gomez that he had suffered similar physical abuse at the hands of the police. He further claimed that police had bagged him over the head a few times. Chief Magistrate Gomez noted the complaints and ordered the men to be exam ined by a physician. Following this order, Taylor was charged with six other counts of armed robbery as well as theft and receiving of a vehicle. According to court documents, Taylor, on Wednes day, July 6, robbed Nicola Higgs of cash belonging to the Milo Butler and Sons Whole sale Warehouse on Peach Street. Then on Wednesday, July 27, the accused is alleged to have robbed Javon Brown of cash, property of the Esso Service Station located at Wulff Road and Montrose Avenue. Allegedly on the same day, the accused stole and received a 2001 gold Nissan Sentra, valued at $2,500 belonging to Tamika Burnside. He pleaded not guilty to stealing and receiving the vehicle. Taylor is further accused of robbing Antoine Desulme of cash belonging to the Milo Butler and Sons Wholesale Warehouse on Friday, July 29. Sixteen days later, on Sunday August 14, Andrea Rus sell became the victim of an alleged armed robbery carried out by the accused. Taylor allegedly robbed her of a black handbag containing cash and a $100-Samsung cell phone. Taylor is further accused of robbing Nicola Higgs a second time of cash belonging to the Milo Butler and Sons Wholesale Warehouse on Wednesday, August 24. On that same day, Wardell McClam had cash and a black $200-Samsung cell phone stolen as a result of an armed robbery alleged to have been committed by Taylor. All matters involving Bain and Taylor will be tried before the Supreme Court. The two men have been remanded to Her Majestys Prison until the completion of their trials. Man charged in court with 12 offences CRAIG TAYLOR ALEXIS BAIN VARDO with a group of young interns at the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Kennedy Space Centre. VARDO conducts experiments as a NASA intern at the Florida Space Grant Consortium and Kennedy Space Centre.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, PAGE 3 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Minister of Education Desmond Bannis ter urged students here on Grand Bahama to donate supplies to those hardest hit by Hurricane Irene. He also called on teachers to implement school hurricane relief efforts at the opening of the new school year. While Grand Bahama and New Providence were spared the full wrath of Hurricane Irene, Mr Bannister pointed out that some of the other islands such as Cat Island, Acklins, Mayaguana and Eleuthera had not been not so lucky. The category three storm ravaged homes, buildings, and schools on those affected islands. Addressing hundreds of teachers at the Ministry of Education Teachers Enrichment Day, Mr Bannister said: While we give thanks for sparing us much more devastation with no loss of life, we must look at ways of helping our sisters and brothers in those severely affected islands. appeal to you at the open ing of school to establish school hurricane relief efforts that involve our students. The minister said that teachers should use this opportunity to make Hurricane Irene a teachable and tangible lesson about hurricane preparedness. Discuss how our geography makes us prone to hurricanes. Let us teach them lessons of sacrifice and human kindness and of being our brothers keeper, he said. Mr Bannister said students will be wiser due to this experience, develop compassion and realise that although we are many islands, we are one nation. Mary Cooper, assistant director of Education, said the ministry will make sure that principals at the various schools ask their students to bring in any supplies they can because every little bit counts. In Grand Bahama we are still not out of the woods when it comes to the economic depression or recession as a result of three hurricanes we had, but we still want our chil dren to realise that no matter how small, the persons in the southern islands will certainly appreciate it. We are one family and we want to spread that love to the southern islands as they are in the position we were in several years ago, she said. Sandra Edgecombe, district superintendent of primary schools, appealed to parents to support the relief efforts. Even though you might be experiencing hardship, look at how blessed we are that we did not have to undergo what the people and those children in the southern Bahamas are undergoing, she said. Mrs Edgecombe said parents should also teach their children the importance of giving to those in need. It can be 25 cents or a dollar, encourage your children because it builds character, and when you are able to give freely then you understand the importance of really being a good citizen when you bless someone else. Over the next few days you will hear principals sending home letters to that effect, encourage your children by you giving to them, so they can give to someone else, she said. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT TWO Jamaican men were apprehended by police on Grand Bahama in connection with the discovery of $25,000 worth of illegal drugs. On Thursday afternoon, around 4.20pm, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit were on patrol in the area of Silver Point near the canal when they apprehended two men. T he men both Jamaican, aged 26 and 28 were taken into custody along with two backpacks containing 12.5 lbs a nd 10.5 lbs of marijuana respectively. The police force commended the officers for their vigilance and effort t o remove illegal drugs from the streets of Grand Bahama. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said investigations are continuing into the matter. In other crime news, an Eight Mile R ock man was also apprehended w hen police discovered a quantity of m arijuana in a vehicle on Thursday. While on patrol in Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock, at around 9pm, police observed a vehicle obstructing traffic a nd questioned the driver, who then s tarted acting suspicious, Asst Supt M ackey reported. Officers searched the driver and his vehicle and discovered 0.5 pound of m arijuana, with an estimated street value of $500. A 31-year-old man of Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, was taken into police custody as a result. Investigations continue. G rand Bahama police also made 10 a rrests on Thursday evening, includi ng three for house-breaking; one for causing damage; one for vagrancy; three for possession of dangerous drugs; one for assault with a deadly w eapon, and executed one warrant of a pprehension from the Magistrates C ourt. A MAN was shot multiple times as he was walking in the Big Pond area on Thursday night. According to reports, he was shot when a white Chevrolet S-10 truck pulled up alongside him at around 8pm while he was walking on Water Street. Police are now requesting the publics assistance in locating the suspects responsible for the shooting incident. The condition of the victim, who sustained several gunshot injuries about the body, was unknown at press time last night. OFFICERS of the Selective Enforcement Team (SET on patrol on Reeves Street in the Fox Hill area when they observed a man with a handgun. On seeing the officers, the man fled into a nearby house. Officers pursued the suspect, caught up with him and were able to retrieve the handgun. The 19-year-old suspect was taken into police custody as a result. A short while later, officers proceeded to Dorsett Street, Fox Hill where they observed a white Sentra occupied by two men acting suspiciously. After spotting the officers, the men got out of the car and were seen dropping an object while fleeing into nearby bushes. Officers conducted a search of the area where the men fled and recovered a handgun with ammunition. No one was taken into custody. Active police investigations continue. THE US EMBASSYin Nassau has provided $50,000 in assistance to the government of the Bahamas to help Family Island communities most affected by Hurricane Irene. The funding is being used to purchase emergency relief supplies, including generators, hygiene kits, chainsaws, and water containers for distribution on the Family Islands by the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA Society. Through NEMAs assessments, the government of the Bahamas identified a number of critical items that could help accelerate the rebuilding process, US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant said. Given the close relationship between the United States and the Bahamas and my deep appreciation of the unique history and culture on each Family Island, Im pleased that the US Embassy is in a position to support the gov ernments response in these vital communi ties. The $50,000 in funding was provided through the US Agency for International Developments Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA cal experts to the Bahamas before Hurricane Irene hit to assist NEMAs assessment teams. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the US Embassy also provided air support through USAID/OFDA, the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Coast Guard. A number of private American citizens living in the Bahamas as well as US based nonprofit organisations and churches are also assisting the rebuilding process on the Family Islands as volunteers and through private donations to local organisations. M AN SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES TWO JAMAICAN MEN IN CUSTODY AFTER $25,000 DRUGS DISCOVERY POLICENEWS US EMBASSY PROVIDES $50,000 IN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO NEMA, RED CROSS U SAID/OFDA a nd NEMA officials at Odyssey Airport receive the emergency relief supplies on September 1. WORK CREWS offload the emergency relief sup plies including hygiene kits, chainsaws, and water containers for distribution on the Family Islands by N EMA and the Red Cross. MINIS TER EN C OURAGES STUDENTS TO DONATE SUPPLIES HURRICANERELIEFEFFORTS DESMONDBANNISTER
EDITOR, The Tribune. WEHEARso often about what is wrong in the Bahamas and about people not doing their job; and very often I am more than willing to blow that whistle and complain about the shortcomings of our fellow Bahamians. However, it is with enormous pride that I now blow a completely different type of whistle, that of praise and congratulations. The Bahamas Humane Society shelter stayed open for the entirety of Hurricane Irene for emergency operationswe cared for well over one hundred and fifty animals during the storm: fed, watered, cages kept clean and reassured. This marvelous work was done by a group of very dedicated staff who offered to stay over at the shelter to care for the animals. After the storm many of the staff came forward and worked long hours on backbreaking projects to clean up the yard, and return it to its former condition. It is with tremendous pride that I refer to these people as the backbone of the Bahamas Humane Society. Yes, these people were doing their jobs, but they added that extra effort to do it well, with dedication, determination and with the joy of helping those unable to help themselves As President of the Bahamas Humane Society I salute the dedicated staff at the shelter and publicly thank them for all they did under the very capable and watchful eye of our Shelter Manager, Percy Grant. Unfortunately, just before the storm, many animals were surrendered. At present weh ave 58 adult dogs, of them 12 are small shih-tzu type breeds a nd shih-tzu cross-breeds, the others are larger cross breeds, all very beautiful animals with good natures. We have 43 puppies, 39 adult cats and 36 kittens in our custodyWe need people to come in and adopt as quickly as possible. It is no secret that the shelter m oves mountains to not put any animals to sleep, we believe every animal is entitled to a chance at love and compassion.The shelter is very full now and, once again, we have to appeal to the general public to find the space in their hearts (and yards give a lonely animal a good homeI am dedicated to finding happy solutions for these wonderful furry friends, I simply could not imagine putting them to sleep because we cannot find homes for themplease help me to help them! Those of you who brought in animals because your fences are down, are very welcome, to return and claim your pet if you are able to care for them adequately.i Please come down to the shelter and take a long look at the 101 caninesand the75 felines.all vying for your attention and affection.nothing feels quite as good as help ing those in needand these animals really need homes! KIM ARANHA President of the Bahamas Humane Society Nassau, September 2, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune FORPerry Christie to accuse anyone of a lack of competence and preparationi s like the legendary charact er Rip Van Winkle giving advice on staying awake. Rip Van Winkle, you may recall,i s a fictional character who slept for 20 years and has an aversion to hard work. In fact, he was just downrightl azy. The same Perry Christie who seemingly sleepwalked through five years as PrimeM inister along with his lateagain, incompetent and disorganized cabinet, has theg all to criticise the govern m ent about Hurricane Irene. What Perry Christie Rip Van Winkle is good at is waking up briefly to criticiseo ther people though he isn't prepared to work to address things he likes to criticise. This is the same PLP that never got around to ever setting up a national emergency agency in 25 years in office. This is the same Christie and crew whose response to hurricanes Jeanne, Frances and W ilma in 2004/5 was so chaotic and sloppy that Grand Bahama has never fully recovered. This is thes ame Christie who when give n $100,000 to help residents of Farm Road was too busy either daydreaming or sleep-i ng to help his own con stituents. Many have called Mr Christie the worst PrimeM inister in Bahamian history. It is my opinion he is also the laziest. Hubert Ingraham does more work in a montht han Perry Christie can get done in five years. As for criticism from Brave Davis and V. Alfred G ray, the residents of Cat Island and MICAL respectively know how little these men have done to help develop those constituencies. T hey play the role of hapless and helpless to Mr. Christie's Rip Van Winkle. Just like when they were i n office, all the PLP has is t alk. They are even prepared to take advantage of the distress caused by Irene toa dvance their agenda. Instead of pulling together to help the country, their first instinct is to pull the coun t ry apart. What they should concentrate on pulling together is a divided and disorganizedP LP pulled apart by some within more puffed up by their own ambition insteado f moving the country ahead. BLS Nassau, August 31 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm J ACKSON, Miss. (AP y our shoes. Empty your pockets. Walk through a metal detector, or get an embarrassing pat-down from a Transportation Security Administration agent. It's all part of the routine for airline passengers in the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. T he top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee feels your pain. U .S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Miss issippi said he and other members of C ongress go through the same procedures as every other passenger. "Same lines, same inconvenience," said T hompson, who flies several times a month. "We have had to get off a plane b ecause some anomaly occurred that didn 't get picked up," he said. "That's what we do in order to guarantee we know everyone who's on a plane we know every piece of cargo that's in the hold. That's still a small price to pay to get where you want to go safely." In an interview this past week with The A ssociated Press, Thompson said that while no system is failsafe, he believes the U.S. has become significantly more secure in the past decade. O n the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, T hompson gave a speech in Arlington, Va. He said he first heard of the attacks when he was driving back into Washing-t on and his wife called to ask about the plane crashes in New York. Although Thompson had been within blocks of the Pentagon, he didn't hear the crash there probably, he said, because he was get ting his car from an underground parking garage at the time. He recalled that as he drove and spoke to his wife, he could see smoke rising from the Pentagon behind him. "Historically, we always thought the terrorists would be in some other coun try," Thompson said. "The country prided itself in being open to virtually anyone who came to the U.S., provided they were legal. Very few people assumed terrorists w ould try to get into the United States l ike the 9/11 individuals did." Thompson, 63, chaired the House Homeland Security Committee from 2006 through 2010, when Democrats held the majority. With Republicans now in the majority, he's the committee's ranking Democrat. T he U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created after 9/11, sweeping in 22 other agencies that already existe d. Critics see it as a bureaucratic behem oth. A report earlier this year showed t hat the department answers to 108 congressional committees, subcommittees, caucuses and other groups. Thompsons aid then that there's little appetite in Washington to reduce the amount of oversight. He said this past week that thei nvestment in training for federal, state a nd local law officers has paid off. "To the credit of a lot of people, we've been successful to the point that since 9/11 we've not had a single successful ter r orist incident on the homeland," Thomp son said. "We've had the Times Square situation and we had the Christmas Dayp erson, but they were caught. Some argue, 'Well, they almost made it.' But they didn't." Tight boarding procedures for airplanes w ill remain, and rail passengers can e xpect heightened security in the next few years, Thompson said. Still, he said: "We can't hire enough police and otherp rofessionals to guarantee nothing will happen going forward." Thompson said everyday people can help keep the U.S. safe by following theD epartment of Homeland Security's slo gan, "See something. Say something." That is, if something looks out of place, report it to authorities. "To a large extent, that has proven to work," Thompson said. "One example is the Times Square incident. It was a vendor who saw the guy acting strange and reported it." (By Emily Wagster Pettus of the Associated Press) Praise for dedicated BHS shelter staff LETTERS email@example.com Thompson says US more secure since 9/11 +$ 029(' 7K H /DZRIFHVRI 0HVVUV-RKQVRQ+DVVDQt&R KDVUHORFDWHGWR UOH\DUN$YHQXH RIIKLUOH\WUHHW 1DVVDX7KH%DKDPDV &RUQHURQOHIWDIWHU 6DFUHG+HDUW&DWKROLF&KXUFK WK%XLOGLQJ/HIW $IWHU%XGJHWHQW$&DU 7HOHSK Perry Rip V an Winkle Christie EDITOR, The Tribune. WHILEIrene was churning and hitting The Bahamas hard, it was clear that news from all the islands was scarce at best. For some, there was no word at all. I found it difficultto obtain information on areas where I have family. To make matters worse, ZNS radio and television had a huge discrepancy in coverage. Is this acceptable in the technologically advanced world we live in? I believe the answer is a resounding, NO. ZNS is in existence to serve the people on a daily basis and especially in times of crisis. At least this is the premise I believe the station was guided by under the direction of the late Mr. Rusty Bethel. The emergency crisis plan of ZNS needs to be reevaluated as soon as possible. Perhaps a suggestion is in order... 24/7 coverage during a crisis with reporters stationed at key points in the islands. In this way, not only can the citizens stay informed...but they can keep up to date about the conditions where their loved ones reside. Clearly, the ZNS budget might be the culprit here. If that is the case, the government needs to adjust the ZNS budget so it can reach this level of service needed in the world we live in and deserved by the people of the Bahamas. KENT MANNO Budd Lake, NJ, August 29, 2011. Lesson from Irene: we need better coverage by ZNS 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. 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"I vex at the people who is drive like crazy when the lights off and it raining. The other day I was nearing the Fox Hill roundabout in t h e d a rk c a u se t h e st re e t l ig h ts w a s o ff an d t h e i m pa ti e nt f oo l b eh i nd m e o v e rta k e w h en I w a s yielding at the roundabout. "He mussy was mad because I had to drive c a u ti ou sl y, a t th e sp ee d l i mi t, be c a use th e d e rn roa d so s m all and peop le parking all ov er lik e t h e la w d o n t a p p ly t o t h e m I t m a k e s m e s i c k Mad Motorist "I vex that every road on this island dig up a nd chap up. I t fee l like you driving on the m oon wh ene ver you try an d m ove y a ca r an ywhere, especially when you try and drive on Bay Street. "I know government doing this whole road i mp rov em en t thi ng b ut Go d on ly k now s w he n t h e y w i l l f i n i sh I j u st w a n t to d ri v e o n a sm o o t h piece of asphalt/tar without having to worry about breaking my axle or bustin' my tyre." Want a smooth ride "I vex that the dengue fever so rampant. I t ir ed o f sp ra y in g m y b od y w i th b ug sp ra y, Go d o nl y k no w s wh a t ki nd o f c a nc e r c a u sin g c h em icals in that spray and I sick of screwing my windows tight even in the blaring heat. "Now with the hurricane over I scared that the mosquitos will come back full force and ready to bi te and leave al l a n d sund ry with break-bone fever. God help us all. I drinking p len ty of b ush medi ci ne and ta king l ots o f v itamins because I can't take that weakness." Mosquito killer "I s o v ex i t ai n' t f u nn y. T h em p r ot es t er s who likes to march with they signs parading dow n the road asking for the death pe nalty just ain't seem to realise that all they is doing is wearing out they shoe bottom. "I ns t ead what th ey sh ou ld be d oin g is to parade in front of the pastors of every church w ho a in t d o in g no t hi n g ex c e pt c ol l e c t in g m on e y f or lo v e of fe rin gs, gi ft da y 'd is n da t' o ffe ri ng bi rthd ay cl ub an d ask ing for mo re mo ne y from their congregation instead of preaching mo r al it y an d go o d Ch r i s t ia n br o u gh tu p s y' like 'thou shall not kill' and not love of mon ey." My Almighty God, not dollar WHY YOU HAPPY? I h a p p y t h a t I s ee p l e n t y Ch i n e s e m e n walking 'round the other day. I know a lot of m y fe l low B ah am ia ns a re up se t a t th ei r a rri va l and t hi nk t he y will ta ke ov er t he Ba ham as and change our culture. Not me. I hope those men go d ee p i n t he b el ly of s om e of t hes e ghettos and make some babies. "W e ne ed to dilute o ur g ene po ol with pe ople who value hard work, scholastic achieve m ent and ha ve pride a nd dign ity in their dail y l i f e Th e n m a y be o u r n a t io n a l a v e ra g e s i n m a t h and English will rise." Fling open the borders Send complaints to whyyouvex@tribuneme dia.net LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SA TURDA Y SEPTEMBER 3, 201 1, P AGE 5 THE US Embassy in Nassau will be closed on Monday, September 5, in observance of the American Labour Day holiday. The Embassy will resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 6, at 8am. R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S from the Uni ted State s Co ast G u a r d ( U S C G ) R o y a l B a h a m a s D e f e n c e F o r c e ( R B D F ) a n d t h e B a h a m a s Ai r Se a R es cue As s oci ati on (B A SR A) v is ite d the Y MC A in F reep or t, Gr an d Bahama, la s t wee k t o s u pp or t o f t he "Bahama s Yo uth S afe Boa ting Camp aig n". Ne arly 60 enthu s i astic ch ildr en a nd y oun g adu lt s fr om th e YM CA Yo u th S um me r C a m p a n d t h e W e s t E n d E c o F i s h i n g C a m p p a r t i c i pat ed i n th e han ds -o n even t. T h e k e y m e s s a g e o f t h e c a mp ai gn is to tea c h Ba ha mi a n yout h t he appr opriate use of per s on al f lo ta ti on devi ces (P FD) or life jackets as th e y ar e mo r e com mo nly kn own. U S C o a s t G u a r d l i a i s o n offi c er Lieut enant Commande r B r i an B et z e mp h as is ed t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f a l w a y s w e ari ng a lif e jacket w h en in or ar ou nd wat er W i t h t h e h e l p o f a f e w e a g e r v o l u n t e e r s L t C m d r B etz de mons trated the proper w a y to wear and mai nt ain th e li fe jack et s. S e n i o r L i e u t e n a n t E r i c S t ra cha n, offic er in-c harge of t h e R B D F N o r t h e r n C o m m a n d o n G r a n d B a h a m a als o p r ovi ded boa ti ng s af ety ti ps to s har e with t hei r fam ilie s. T h e d i r e c t o r o f B A S R A o n G r a n d B a h a m a J u s t i n S n i s k y c o n c l u d e d t h e p r e s en t at i on w it h t h e di s t r i bu t i o n a n d r e v i e w o f y o u t h ac t ivit y boo klets f ocusi ng on s af e bo at i ng p r act i ces Each chi ld was given a l ife ja cke t a nd pr e s en t ed w it h a c e r t i f i c a t i o n s t i c k e r s i g na ll in g t ha t t he y w il l al way s wear t h ei r l if e j ac ke ts wh en o u t e n j o y i n g t h e w a t e r s o f the Ba hamas wit h t heir f amil y an d fr i en d s T h e p r e s e n t a t i o n i n Fr eep or t m ar ked t he seco nd c oll a b orative ou treach effor t by t h e US CG BA SR A a nd th e RBD F t o p r om o te s a fe boating practices to Bahamian ch il d r en T h e i n i t i a t i v e w a s l aun ch ed b y US Amba s sa dor N i c o l e A v a n t i n A b a c o i n J u ne with o utr each events in Hope T own an d Ma rs h Har bo ur M o r e t h an 16 0 l if e ja ck et s h a v e b e e n d o n a t e d t o Bah am ia n y ou t h s o f a r t hi s ye a r T h e l i f e j a ck e t d o n a t i o n s i n A b a c o a n d G r a n d B ah ama wer e made pos s ible by th e su ppor t o f t he Uni ted S t a t e s N o r t h e r n Co m m a n d ( U S N O R T H C O M ) US E MB ASS Y DON A TE S LIFE J A C KET S AS P AR T O F BA HA M A S Y OUTH S AFE BO A TING C AMP A IGN' US E M BA SS Y C L O S U R E F O R L AB OUR DA Y HOLI DA Y A F T E R b e i n g r e s c u e d b y S t r a y Bust ers, t hree potca kes w ho ha ve bee n nurse d ba c k to hea lt h a re now ready t o be a dopted i nto l ovi ng hom es. Be ll and Cook two of th e three f ea tured pets this w ee k ar e bo t h thr ee m onth-ol d Ge rma n S hepherd m ix es. They are two si bl ing s from a l it ter o f fi ve re sc ue d by St ray Bust ers from nea r d e a t h Acc ordi ng to Nat al ya N une z, h ead o f St ray Bust ers, the pups were i n v ery ba d shape whe n the y w ere found but recov ere d qui ckly af ter they we re pl aced int o fost er care. "T he y w er e ski n a nd bon es w orm ri d de n an d pe tri fi ed of peopl e whe n f ound. Af te r wee ks i n f oste r care th ey hav e f at te ned up a nd come out of t hei r shel l she sa id. Ms Nu ne z a l s o sa i d t h a t B e l l a n d C oo k h ave b ec o me mo r e o u tg oin g an d th at t h e y a r e n o w ha p p y h e a l t h y a n d p l a y f u l a ll the y nee d n ow i s a fore ve r hom e! Bl aze, t his wee k's thi rd f eat ured pet, wa s a "bush pup" that was resc ued by St ray B uste rs f rom Sto kes Bea ch i n Ja nua ry. "She t oo, wa s terri fi ed of peopl e, but ha s come a l ong wa y. She i s sti l l shy but affec tion ate onc e sh e lear ns to tr us t a ne w person," Ms Nunez sai d. "She i s roughl y a ye ar old, has a cle an b i l l o f h e a l t h a nd h a s b e e n s p a y e d. P l e a s e g iv e thi s gi rl a qu ie t and l ovi ng hom e to cal l her own, she has be en i n f oster c a re f or n ine m onths now! S t r a y B u s t e r s is a g r o u p o f a n i m a l l overs dedi c a ted t o hel p i ng r e d uce the po pu lation o f s tr ay a nd ho meles s c ats a nd dogs in t he Baha ma s. I n t e r e s t e d p e r s o n s c a n c o n t a c t M s Nun ez at nati.n unez .22@gmail c om, or cal l 4 26 -63 94 or 67 6352 0. Rescue dogs in need of loving homes BELL COOK BLAZE THESE youngsters follow attentively during the water safety demonstrations.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, PAGE 7 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.000.1550.0807.76.72% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6420.080-16.6 0.75% 7 .504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.55Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.591.53-0.060.1110.04513.82.94% 1.771.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.505.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9 .747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.298.290.000.4940.35016.84.22% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.001,000-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%F RIDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.15| CHG -0.05 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -101.36 | YTD % -6.76B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.734713.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.17642.38%5.39% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.5308Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.4372Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.8830Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007NAV Date 31-May-11 30-Jun-11BISX Listed Mutual Funds30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 NAV 6MTH 1.535365 2.952663 1.580804 111.469744 115.762221TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Jul-11 30-Jun-11 31-Jul-11 5-Aug-11 30-Jun-11MARKET TERMS30-Jun-11 31-Jul-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jul-11 31-Jul-11 31-Jul-11 N EW ORLEANS Associated Press TROPICAL STORM LEEformed in the waters o ff Louisiana on Friday, threatening a drenching a long much of the Gulf coast over the Labour Day weekend with up to 20 inch-e s (50 centimeters) of rain in some spots. M ississippi's governor declared a state of emergency in seven counties on or near the coast, saying thes torm is expected to cause tremendous flooding. A state of emergency frees up resources that can be usedt o prepare for a storm, and Louisiana's governordeclared one Thursday because of the threat of flashf looding. New Orleans May or Mitch Landrieu also declared a state of emer-g ency for the city on Friday. L ee could unleash "efficient and torrential topical rains" for the next several days, the National Weather Services aid. In the French Quarter, some tourists were caughto ff guard by the storm as it rained off and on. "I didn't even know about i t," said Kyla Holley, visiting from Madison, Wisconsin, some 900 miles (1450 kilometers) north. "But it wouldn't have stopped us from coming." The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates major flood control struc tures at New Orleans, was monitoring developments but didn't plan on closing any flood control structures yet, spokesman RickyB oyett said in an email. Tropical storm warnings were in effect from Missis s ippi to Texas, including New Orleans, and flash flood warnings extended a long the Alabama coast i nto the Florida Panhandle. T he storm also has cut off nearly half the normal oil production from the Gulf of Mexico's U.S. waters. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said Friday that 169 of the 617 manned production platforms in the Gulf have been evacuated, along with 16 of the 62 drilling rigs now operating in the Gulf. The evacuations have resulted in the shut-off of 47.6 percento f the Gulf's daily normal oil production and 33 percent of the normal daily nat u ral gas production. The water-logged storm is tantalizingly close to Texas b ut still too far away to allev iate the state's worst d rought since the 1950s. Lee is the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurri cane season. Storm watchers were also monitoring Hurricane Katia, spinning in open waters 705 miles (1,134 kilometers of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest at 14 mph (23 kph hurricane strength with maximum sustained winds Fri day of 75 mph (121 kph Friday. F orecasters said it would continue to grow stronger. It is expected to pass northo f the Caribbean but the hurricane center said it was too early to tell if Katia will h it the U.S. T here was also a slowm oving low pressure system about 450 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, that had a 60 percent chance Friday of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next two days. The disturbances come on the heels of Hurricane Irene, which brought destruction from North Carolina to New England in late August. BROWN PELICANS pearched on an old pier in Gulfport, Miss. face into the wind generated by Tropical Storm Lee as it approaches south Mississippi on Friday. (AP G ULFCOASTTHREATENEDWITHLABOURDAYWEEKENDDRENCHING RAIN-PACKED TROPICAL STORM LEE FORMS OFF THE US COAST A PHOTO p rovided the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the tropical low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday at 4.15pm EDT as viewed from the NOAA GOES-13 satellite. The storm could drench the region with up to 20 inches of rain.
T HETRIBUNE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 $JHQWVt%URNHUVf/WG0$56+& RUUHVSRQGHQW INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 1 1 0 0 . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 1 1 1 1 . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 1 1 2 2 . . . AT 37, DEBBIE ENDS UP NO.6 IN THE WORLD TREVOR BARRY REFLECTS ON AN HISTORIC BRONZEMEDAL FEAT GOLDEN GIRL PAULINE PROMOTING THE BAHAMAS ON BIG ST AGE SPRINTER MICHAEL MATHIEU STRAINS LEFT HIP IN 200 SEMIS BOLT COASTS INTO 200 FINAL, CAMPBELLBROWN WINS THE GOLD T T U U R R N N T T O O 1 1 3 3 . T T U U R R N N T T O O 1 1 4 4 . . . 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DAEGU, South Korea It only took one jump for Leevan 'Super man' Sands to soar into the final of the mens triple jump. And with the final as loaded as it is, Sands predicts that he will have to erase his national record to taste that sweet thrill of victory again. "I think 17.60m (57-9 will win the medal," he said. "I feel I'm in that kind of shape to do it." Predicting that he was ready to land a "big one," Sands lived up to expectations yesterday, matching his season's best leap of 17.13 metres or 56-feet, 2 1/2-inches to emerge on top of the early leader board in the preliminary rounds of the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. "It feels great. I did what I said. I asked the Lord to give me this first jump and it was all him," Sands said. "This is what I asked for and it came through. So it had to be him. I feel pretty good about it and I'm looking forward to the final, trying to get on the medal stand now." Sands, the last of the Bahamian field of competitors to participate in the championships, was the first to surpass the automatic qualifying mark of 17.10m (56-1 1/4 A. But his name slipped to second after defending champion Phillips Idowu of Great Britain past him with his opening leap of 17.17m (564). It stayed that way until the second round when American Will Claye passed them both by turning in the best mark of the field of 16 competitors with a distance of 17.19m (56-4 3/4 However, three other competitors were better than Sands in Group B, dropping him all the way to the middle of the qualifying field of 12 for the final on Sundays clos ing out session of the championships at the colourful Daegu Stadium. The top performer in that group was Cuban Alexis Copello with 17.31m (56-91/2 son Evora of Portugal with 17.20m (56-9 1/2 "It felt easy. No effort. I worked my speed down the run way hop, step and easy jump. I didn't fully extend or nothing. I felt great," said Sands, who is now eager to come back and improve on what he did in the final. With the field loaded with a number of multiple Olympic and World Championship medallists, Sands said he's not going to focus on any of them, but will be concentrating on Super man hops into loaded final Triple jumper Leevan Sands qualif ies on f ir st attempt SUPERMAN LIVES: Leevan Sands competes in the triple jump. The 30-year-old matched his season's best leap of 17.13 metres or 56-feet, 2 1/2-inches to emerge on top of the early leader board in the preliminary rounds on Friday. (AP Photo S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4
SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com DAEGU, South Korea Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie couldn't ask for a better field of competitors to run against in the final of the women's 200 metres at the 13th IAAF World Championships on Friday night. Unfortunately, she admitted that she was not in the kind of shape that she would have liked to be in to face them. Running out of lane one, F erguson-McKenzie managed to catch Hrystyna Stuy of the Ukraine coming off the curve. On the straight away, she also passed Jamaican Sheron Simpson but she could only muster a time of 22.96 seconds for sixth place. "Those were the people who made the final, honestly. They deserved to make the final," said FergusonM cKenzie, who had survived t he night before as the eighth and final qualifier on the last fastest losing time in the semifinal that featured two other Bahamians Nivea Smith and Anthonique Strachan. Ahead of her were five women whom FergusonMcKenzie knew were in much better shape than she was. While Veronica CampbellBrown picked up her second medal of the championships, successfully defending her title in a season's best of 22.22 seconds to add to the silver in the 100, American Carmelita Jeter reversed roles by settling for the silver in 22.37 after winning the gold in the century. "They were running con sistent times on the circuit. We haven't had any surprises out there," FergusonMcKenzie said. American Allyson Felix, who attempted a rare 200/400 double, fell short once again with the bronze in 22.42 after getting silver in the one-lapper. Another American, Shalonda Solomon, was fourth in 22.61 and jet another Jamaican was fifth in 22.70. "They were running con sistent times on the circuit. We havent had any surprises out there," FergusonMcKenzie said. "Jeter's been running well, Shalonda's been running well, Allyson's been running well. It was a great race. Times were as fast, but who cares about the times. You just have to go for position." Opting to take a break from running the 100 to concentrate on the 200 at the championships, FergusonMcKenzie said although she didn't run as fast as she would have liked, she will take being the "sixth fastest woman in the world" any day. After the race, with her long-time rival and training partner Campbell-Brown kneeing on the ground, Fer guson-McKenzie went over and whispered a few words of congratulations to her Jamaican rival. "I said I'm older than her, but she happens to be one of my role models," said Ferguson-McKenzie, who has been an inspiration to so many people. "When she comes to run, you can believe that she is going to run. In my opinion, Jeter is a great competitor, but I think Veronica messed up in the blocks in the 100. But the 200 has been her baby and she came out and gave it a hell of a run. She is a great competitor. She has collected medals of all sorts, Worlds, Olympics. The list continues. All athletes want to be number one and she (Veronica has been the most consistent in being number one." Even though she wasn't expected to be a contender, Ferguson-McKenzie said she was just happy that she ran consistently in the 22-second barrier, got into the final and ended up as the sixth ranked competitor in the world. "I'm getting up there, a little older in age," said Ferguson-McKenzie, who at age 37 joked that she was the "youngest" in the field. "I'm still showing improvement that I deserve to be on the track and I showed that today." Ferguson-McKenzie said she's now anxiously awaiting the 4 x 100 relay that will be contested on Sunday as the championships come to a close. Then it's on to Zurich and Brussels where she will renew the rivalry with her counterparts before she winds down her season and starts preparing for the 2012 London Olympic Games. AT AGE 37, DEBBIE IS THE SIXTH FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD FASTEST WOMEN: Shown (l-r Hrystyna Stuy and our very own Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the 200m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Friday September 2, 2011. (AP Photos PHOTO FINISH: Shown (l-r ta Jeter and Allyson Felix. DEBBIE FERGUSON-MCKENZIE (right consoles gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica after the race.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, PAGE 11 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DAEGU, South Korea Even with the bronze medal draped around his neck, Trevor Barry said it still hasnt sunk in that he's the third best high jumper in the world. Moments after descending the medal podium, he said it's "great" to finally get the first medal for the Bahamas at the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships. "I'm so happy, but I had a restless night," said Barry about his medal feat at the colourful Daegu Stadium on Thursday night. "I went to bed shortly after 3am and woke right back up at 7am. I went on Facebook and got stuck with it." While he was chanting with his family and friends on the social network on the Internet, Barry said he spoke briefly to his parents, Quennie and Charles Barry, as well as his coach Keith Parker, who had originally booked his ticket to be here in Daegu, but could not trav el after developing a bad fever. In his absence, Ronald Cartwright, a member of the coaching staff, assisted Barry. "They all congratulated me and told me great job," said Barry about his online communication. "Keep up the hard work and with dis cipline and dedication, they know I can go even further." Although it took some time for him to reach this pinnacle in his life, becoming only the third Bahamian to win a medal in the men's high jump at the Worlds, Barry said he and Parker had a good talk. "If there was anybody who believed in me, it was him," said Barry of Parker. "He told me this was just my time. He was actually lost for words. I could have felt the emotions through the phone." Having won the medal, Barry is now one of the jumpers who can compete in any meet that he so desires. He has been invited to com pete in the final two Dia mond League meets in Zurich and Switzerland and he has agreed to participate. Once those two meets are done, Barry will represent the Bahamas again at the Pan American Games in Brazil in October. Then he intends to return home for a grand celebration. "I will definitely celebrate this one," said Barry, who leaves Daegu for Europe on September 6. While he didn't get a chance to mix and mingle with too many of the Bahamian dignitaries, IAAF council member Pauline Davis-Thompson couldn't help but take the opportuni ty to comment on his performance. "I'm very proud of Trevor. He was second at the CAC Championships last year and second at Commonwealth Games. For him to finally rise up out of the shadow of Donald (Thomas, the champion now to put himself on the world scene to be a bronze medallist is an achievement," she said. Im proud of every single one of our athletes. As long as they put the work in and they do it honestly and fairly, I want them to do well. But for Trevor, you could see that he is coming. He was building and building and finally it all came together for him," said Davis-Thomp son. She added that while sit ting in the VIP Lounge, it was hard to see how things unfolded for the Bahamas. But she was more than elated as Barry's achievement turned things around. And she's eager to see the completion of Team Bahamas performance at the championships Sunday. TREVOR BARRY: IM SO HAPPY, BUT I HAD A RES TLESS NIGHT P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f G e t t y I m a g e s TREVOR BARRY competes in the final of the high jump.H e won the bronze. High jump br onze medallist T r e v or Bar r y r ef lects on an histor ic f eat TOP THREE: Jesse Williams of the US (center Russia's Aleksey Dmitrik (left and Bahamas Trevor Barry pose with their medals for the high jump Friday. Williams won gold, Dmitrik silver and Barry bronze. (AP
SPORTS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com DAEGU, South Korea Since the days when she competed, Pauline DavisThompson has always found herself as an advocate for the promotion of the Bahamas on the global scene. During the 13th IAAF W orld Championships, the 3 5-year-old is still getting the chance to do just that as an officer on the IAAF Council. Her photograph and biography is one of those mounted on the wall just outside one of the entrances to the cafeteria at the Games Village where the athletes from more than 200 affiliated countries around the world have been housed during the c hampionships that will wrap up on Sunday. While she hasn't seen the display, Davis-Thompson said she's appreciative of the opportunity to promote not just herself, but the Bahamas in general in another forum. "We expect more Bahami ans to give themselves up in the future," said DavisThompson, who is following in the footsteps of Alpheus 'Hawk' Finlayson, the first Bahamian to be elected to serve as an IAAF councilm ember. For me, every time I put my foot forward to do something, I'm always thinking about the younger people behind me and trying to help to pave the way and make it easier for them with the things that were more difficult for me to do so that it will be easier for them to do." Davis-Thompson, who has had a long and illustrious career as a premier sprinter turned quarter-miler in the country, advised the youngsters coming up not to be selfish in whatever they do or say. "This is our future. This is the Bahamas future," she said. "What they do will set the tone for the future generation in our country. So whenever I do something, I always say it's not about me. It's about me doing such a job that when other Bahamians show up, they can say yes t hey have good work ethics. Let's give them a chance because Pauline was here and she did an amazing job." Davis-Thompson, now a coach and consultant in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, was the pacesetter for female athletes at these championships. She won the first track medal in the 400 metres with a silver in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Four years later, she teamed up with SevathedaF ynes, Chandra Sturrup and D ebbie Ferguson-McKenzie as the "Golden Girls." They won gold in the 4 x 100 metre relay in Seville, Spain, in 1999. That same year, Davis-Thompson also ascended the podium as the silver medallist in the 200. GOLDEN GIRL PAULINE PROMOTING B AHAMAS ON INTERN ATIONAL SCENE GOLDEN GIRL Pauline Davis-Thompson (right can be seen with her attach at the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. As an IAAF council member, the 35-year-old has always found herself as an advocate for the promotion of the Bahamas on the global scene. For me, every time I put my foot forward to do something, I'm always thinking about the younger people behind me and trying to help to pave the way and make it easier for them with the things that were more difficult for me to do so that it will be easier for them to do. Pauline Davis-Thompson PAULINE DAVIS-THOMPSONS photograph and biography is one of those mounted on the wall just outside one of the entrances to the cafeteria in the Games Village.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, PAGE 13 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org D AEGU, South Korea After c hasing world champion and record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica in the first round heats, Michael Mathieu pulled up in the semifinal and missed a golden opportunity to get a rematch in the final of the men's 200 metres. Peeved about being taken out of the pool for the men's relay team that didn't advance to the final the n ight before, Mathieu came out to p rove a point, but his left leg gave up o n him coming off the curve in his semifinal heat and he wasn't able to finish the race. The problem: A strained left hip flexer. "When I was coming off the curve, I felt something that like it snapped," Mathieu noted. "I'm mad because I was sure that I would make the final. I was in the perfect lane and I felt really good. It just sucks that this had to happen here." Competing out of lane six in the first of three heats, Mathieu was even more confident of his ability to advance when he looked at the times posted. Christopher Lemaitre of France won in a season's best of 20.17 seconds and Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica was the next automatic qualifier in 20.32. The eighth andf inal spot went to Rondel Sorrillo o f Trinidad & Tobago in 20.56 as one of the two fastest losers. Sorrillo was fourth in heat two, won by Bolt in 20.31, the second fastest qualifying time behind Lemaitre. Mathieu, who only switched to running the 200 this year, had a personal and season's best of 20.38 that qualified him to compete here in the half-lapper instead of his specialty in the 400. "I felt like I was doing pretty well, but when it happened, it just pulled me back," he said. Earlier in the morning session, he c ame through with a second place finish in the second of seven heats in 20.46 behind Bolt, who slowed down heading into the tape and coasted home, stopping the clock at 20.30. "It was okay. I had lane one, but I was just trying to make it through tot he next round," said Mathieu, who m ade up the stagger coming off the curve as he chased after Bolt. "That's what I did, so I'm happy for it." Not many people can get to say that they got a chance to compete against Bolt. Mathieu was one of them and he noted that the experience was a pleasant one. "That was my first time running with him, so it was definitely a good feeling," he said. "This is a meet when anything could happen." In his initial appearance running the 200 on the big stage, Mathieu admitted that it's different, but considering what happened to the men's 4 x 400 relay team, he's eager to get back to running the quarter-mile again. "It wasn't the right decision," said Mathieu of coaches Fritz Grant and Frank 'Pancho' Rahmings choice of using Ramon Miller, Avard Moncur, Andrae Williams and Latoy Williams in the preliminaries. "I told them to change the team and they said no. I definitely wanted to run the heats, but they took me out of the relay pool. I was disap pointed because I came here for that and the 200. Now none of them went home with a medal. That's that." Mathieu said even Chris 'Fireman' Brown had objected to the line-up, insisting that the coaches change it and put two "stronger guys out there" but he said the coaches' decision was final and now they are regretting it. "It's sad that it happened at the World Championships, but it happened," said Mathieu of the Bahamas' failure to return to the final for the second straight cham pionships, the last time in Berlin, Germany, in 2009 because of a disqualification for running out of the exchange zone. With the Olympic Games in London, England, next year, Mathieu said the athletes have vowed to turn things around. Hopefully, with "coaches who will listen to the ath letes and not just how they feel. "We know these athletes out here. They don't know them. So we know when we say this isn't a good team to put out there. We have three of our slowest guys going out in the heats, we can't expect to make the final." WHEN I WAS COMING OFF THE CURVE, I FELT SOMETHING LIKE IT SNAPPED Quarter-miler Mathieu strains hip in 200 semis MICHAEL MATHIEU (in this file photo pulled up in the semifinal and missed a golden opportunity to get a rematch in the final of the men's 200 metres at the 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. (INSET Mathieu speaks to the media after the 200 semifinal.
SPORTS PAGE 14, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships TRIPLE JUMPER LEEVAN SANDS QUALIFIES FOR FINAL ON 1ST ATTEMPT what he has to do. "Obviously, it's going to be some good competition," he said. "But it's something that I'm looking forward to. I want these guys to be there to give me a challenge. Hopefully, I can get a chance to win over them. I want them to be there and to beat everyone of them. Sands was talking about the trio of Idowu, Evora and Copello, who all beat him out for the three medal spots in that order as he ended up with a heartbreaking fourth spot in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. Sands, who turned 30 on August 16 just before their arrival here, has not graced the podium since he captured the Bahamas' first and only medal in the event when he got the bronze behind Christian Olsson of Sweden and Cuba's Yoandri Betanzos in Paris, France, in 2003. Olsson, by the way, quali fied just above Sands with a leap of 17.16m (56-3 3/4 Group B and Betanzos trailed with 17.01m (55-9 3/4 for the eighth and final spot, also coming out of Group B. Inspired by Trevor Barrys bronze medal performance in the high jump final the night before, Sands said he's definitely going after his own. But before he does, he took the time out to congratulate Barry for putting the Bahamas on the chart with the first medal. "I was extremely happy for Trevor. He needed that, Sands said. "It's a good thing because it helped to motivate me. Donald was a little down when he came into the room. But these things happen. You just have to push through it and keep moving on. I've been through it plenty times. Making the finals, not making the finals. Getting a medal, not getting a medal. Getting a lot of fourth place finishes, but I keep smiling and heading my head up. I'm going to push until I get the gold before I retire." Sands is the national record holder at 17.59m (578 1/2), a feat he achieved in 2008 to win the bronze at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e INTO FINAL: Leevan Superman Sands speaks to the media after competing in the triple jump. The 30year-old matched his season's best leap of 17.13 metres or 56-feet, 2 1/2-inches to emerge on top of the early leader board in the preliminary rounds on Friday. (AP Photo DAEGU, South Korea (AP Usain Bolt had little trouble with the starting gun this time, recording two solid qualifying runs for Saturday's 200-meter final at the world championships and pumping himself up with the famed "Lightning Bolt" celebration. Bolt can still get a double if he wins the 200 and Jamaica also wins the sprint relay on Sunday. The defending champion put last week's debacle of a false start in the 100 final behind him. "Back to my normal self. I'm trying to enjoy the game as much as possible," Bolt said after two dominant performances in which his slow starts gave way to powerful finishes. "I know I'm still the best, so I'm focused on it." The stage also is set for Bolt, w ho's looking for atonement in Satu rday's 200 final. He surrendered h is 100 title not by getting beat but by jumping the gun. This time, someone may have to actually outrun him in his favourite event no less. "If I get a good start and execute right, there's nobody to beat me because I'm one of the best," Bolt said. "I've got to be really out of shape for you to beat me." The Americans still came out of Friday's rush of six finals with two gold. They lead the medal standi ngs with nine gold and 16 overall. W ith a bib number 1111, American long jumper Dwight Phillips obliged, winning his fourth world title since 2003. And the US 1,600 relay squad trailed for a good chunk of the race. But Merritt found another gear coming out of the final bend and blew past everyone. "The race was closer than we thought, than we expected," Merritt said. "I got the baton and did my job, came home and added another gold for the US." A surprise South African team wound up with the silver. Oscar Pistorius, the doubleamputee sprinter known as "Blade Runner," wasn't even running. In a somewhat puzzling move, he was left out of the relay after helping the team to a national record the day before. In other action, David Storl of Germany broke an American stranglehold in the shot put with a toss of 71-5, beating Dylan Armstrong of Canada and Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus. US shot putters were shut out of the medals for the first time in two decades. And Maria Abakumova of Rus sia flirted with the world record in the javelin but finished with a championship-record throw of 236-2 to win the javelin. World-record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic took silver and Sunette Viljoen of South Africa earned bronze. U U S S m m e e n n w w i i n n f f o o u u r r t t h h s s t t r r a a i i g g h h t t g g o o l l d d i i n n 4 4 x x 4 4 r r e e l l a a y y The American 4x400 relay team won its fourth straight gold, getting an amazing final kick from LaShawn Merritt to deny South Africa and Jamaica at the line. Greg Nixon started off the race and handed to Bershawn Jackson. Angelo Taylor ran the third leg and LaShawn Merritt crossed the finish line first in 2 minutes, 59.31 sec onds to give the United States its ninth gold medal of the champi onships. South Africa finished second for silver in 2:59.87. Jamaica took bronze in 3:00.10. Even though double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius was surprisingly left out of the lineup, he will still get a silver medal for running in the heats. Pistorius ran the leadoff leg that got his team into Friday's race with a national record. He just wished he could have earned it, too. "Was really hard watching knowing I deserved to be part of it," Pistorius said in a Twitter message after Friday's race. S S e e m m e e n n y y a a t t o o p p q q u u a a l l i i f f i i e e r r f f o o r r 8 8 0 0 0 0 m m f f i i n n a a l l Another South African, defending 800 champion Caster Semenya, put a troubled season behind her with a powerful last lap to become the top qualifier for Sunday's final ahead of the year's best performer, Mariya Savinova of Russia. A gender-test controversy caused her to miss last season, but Semenya c ame back strong in Daegu. She ran p erhaps the best race of her season i n 1:58.07, making her a medal contender after many thought she wouldn't reach the final. K K e e n n y y a a n n C C h h e e r r u u i i y y o o t t g g e e t t s s d d o o u u b b l l e e Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya already got hers by winning the 5,000 to add to her 10,000 title last Sunday. It was the fourth 1-2 finish for Kenya as the east African country continued to dominate middle and l ong-distance running. Kenya was s econd behind the United States with five gold and 12 medals overall. V V e e r r o o n n i i c c a a C C a a m m p p b b e e l l l l B B r r o o w w n n w w i i n n s s g g o o l l d d i i n n 2 2 0 0 0 0 m m Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown fought off 100 champion Carmelita Jeter (silver champion Allyson Felix (bronze to clinch gold in the Jamaica-United States sprint rivalry. Campbell-Brown had already won silver in the 100 and finished the 200 Friday in a season's best of 22.22 seconds, 0.15 faster then Jeter, who fell just short of the first sprint double in two decades. Felix was third in 22.42. D D w w i i g g h h t t P P h h i i l l l l i i p p s s w w i i n n s s m m e e n n ' s s l l o o n n g g j j u u m m p p Dwight Phillips of the United States defended his title in the men's long jump. The American, a three-time world champion and also the defending Olympic gold medalist, won with a leap of 27 feet, 8 3/4 inches on his second attempt. Mitchell Watt of Australia took silver with a jump of 27-4 and Ngonidzashe Makusha of Zimbabwe was third with 27-2. Phillips has been just as difficult to beat at the worlds, capturing his fourth long jump title since 2003. Fittingly, he was given bib number 1111 No. 1 four times. After his victory, he ran through the pit on his last jump, ripped off his bib number off and held it aloft. "It was meant for me," said Phillips, who was sidelined earlier in the season with a left Achilles' ten don injury. "Nobody believed I could do this." Just like nobody believed the Americans could fail to win a medal in the shot put, something they've done at least once at every worlds since 1991. What's more, the US had four men in the final, including defend ing champion Christian Cantwell. Cantwell was the best of the bunch, fourth. "I can't put into words what I'm feeling right now," he said. "I want to hide and put my head under a rock." USAIN BOLT COASTS INTO 200 FINAL C RUISE CONTROL: J amaica's Usain Bolt ( far right) c ompetes in a 200m semifinal Friday. (AP Photos LASHAWN MERRITT crosses the finish line to win ahead of South Africa's L.J. van Zyl, right, and Germany's Thomas Schneider, left, in the 4x400m Relay final at World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. DWIGHT PHILLIPS shows off his lucky number after winning the long jump.
RAYMOND HIGGS competes in the preliminaries of the long jump. He was 25th out of 35 but did-nt qualify for the final. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2011, PAGE 15 13th IAAF World Championships ANTHONIQUE STRACHAN was 23rd overall in 200. TREVOR BARRY w on bronze in the high jump. P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f G e t t y I m a g e s DONALD THOMAS was eliminated on three attempts after clearing just the opening height of 2.20m (7 feet, two and-a-half inches jump.