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.226MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNWITH SHOWER HIGH 89F LOW 79F I N S I D E B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com A YOUNG Deejay was gunned down and murdered in what friends say was a dispute over a woman in the early hours of Saturday morning. T he killing of 29-year-old Steven Walkes, also known as DJ Box on Gibbs Corner, brought the murder count for 2010 to 61. Walkes regularly deejayed at a club on Gibbs Corner, known as KelsiesC lub. He had stopped at a friends h ouse on Gibbs Corner at around 2.30am when he was r eportedly met by three men, one of whom pulled out ah andgun and shot him after an exchange of words, accordi ng to police. He died on the scene. His death came just hours after another man, 27-year-old Omar Malakius also a bud ding deejay was murdered. Malakius was shot multiple times about the body in the area of Blue Hill Road and Weir Street on Friday evening at around 10.50pm after what eye-witnesses told police was Killing is one of tw o w eekend homicides The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com Y oung DJ is shot dead BULLET HOLE ATSCENEOFSHOOTING CRIMESCENE: A bullet holecircled by police stands out on this wall on Blue Hill Road and Weir Street following the death of 27-year-old Omar Malakius. Malakius was shot on Friday night and died of his injuries in hospital. SEEMAINSTORY By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Progressive Liberal Party's caucus held talks last night to come to a consensus on how the party will vote on the government's Baha Mar labour resolution when it is brought to the House next month. Party officials spoke with The Tribune before the meeting yes By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SENIOR officers at the Passport Office are investigating claims made on a local talk show that an employee at the passport office requested and received a bribe from a mother applying for passports for her two children and later got himself caught red handed when he was recorded talking about it on her cellphone. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs with responsi bility for the Passport Office, Brent Symonette, told The Tribune yesterday that he was aware of the allegations made on The Nation radio talk show, hosted by Lincoln Bain of Controversy TV fame on GEMS radio station on Friday, and had been advised that the matter is now being followed up on. I am aware of it. Senior officers at the Passport Office Claims that passport office employee received bribe are being investigated SEE page 11 AWARE OF CLAIMS: Brent Symonette By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BAHAMIAN parents who are not living up to their responsibility to provide the support their children need to achieve their potential must focus on doing this rather than making children of Haitian parentage scapegoats in the education sys tem, according to the Minister of Education. Pointing out that there are children of both Bahamian and Haitian parentage who are excelling in their schools, Minister of Education Desmond Bannister chalked this up to the supportive environment these childrens par ents have provided for them and said that as Minister of Education one of his priorities is trying to create an awareness of the need for Bahamian parents to pay attention to the education needs of our children. We have many success stories if you see the high level of attainment we had this year it has given me a problem because I have to Minister:stop making children of Haitian parentage scapegoats SEE page 16 SEE page 11 PLP caucus holds talks on vote over Baha Mar labour resolution SEE page 11 B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com G OVERNMENT has appealed the injunction grante d by Supreme Court judge J ustice Neville Adderley that stalled the road work project o n Blue Hill Road and Market Streets. M eantime, the Coconut Grove Business League thatf iled the suit against the government over the road project hope to meet with Minister of Works Neko Grant to come to an amicable solution before t hey meet again in court on September 21. A ccording to Paul Moss, one of the attorneys representing t he league, a letter was sent to Mr Grant last week requesting a meeting. Up to press time he said the group received no word from Mr Grant. M r Moss said the group would like government to con-s ider installing a third lane onto Blue Hill Road and Market S treet. "The third lane will permit traffic to go in both directions and at the same time permit government to have persons int he southern end of the island be able to get to Bay Street soe veryone will benefit," said Mr Moss. I n Justice Adderley's judgment of the case he found that the Ministry of Works and Transport never dealt with the impact road construction and Govt appeals the road work project injunction S EE page 11 Queens cousin is houseguest of Lyford Cay resident SEEFULLSTORYONPAGETHREE CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E THEBAHAMASBIGGEST
THE Queen's cousin Lord Brabourne, according to the London press, is now in the Bahamas and the houseguest ofl ocal fashion designer and Lyford Cay resident Lady Nuttall The Daily Mail of London reports that the pair was seen f ood shopping last week at Goodfellow Farms and talking with friends as they walked along the beach near Lady Nuttall's estate in the posh gated commu-n ity. The 62-year-old 8th Baron of Brabourne, heir to the Mountbatten dynasty, is the first cousin o nce removed of the Duke of Edinburgh. According to The Daily Mail Lady Brabourne, 57, his wife of 30 years, is alleged to have calledt he staff of their 60-bedroom Hampshire manor Broadlands in Romsey together to tell them that her husband was in t he air on his way to the Bahamas and would not be returning. It is claimed that she announced that she would now be running the estate alone. Activist Lady Nuttall, known to her friends as Jeannie, is the widow of prominent environmental a ctivist and marine conservationist Sir Nicholas Nuttall, 3rd Baronet Nuttall. She designs jewellery and hand beaded kaftans,d resses and tops under her label Jeannie McWeeney. The line donates part proceeds of special tunic sales to the local environmental advocacy group B REEF, founded in 1993 by her late husband to educate people a bout the underwater environ ment. S ir Nicholas married Lady Nuttall formerly Eugenie McWeeney in 1983, after emigrating to the country in 1979. The couple had one child, A lexander. Born in 1933 in Leicestershire, E ngland, Sir Nicholas was the only child of Sir Edmund and L ady Nuttall. At the age of eight he became the 3rd Baronet Nut tall after his father's death in the Second World War. He movedto Lyford Cay with his third wife, M iranda, former wife of Peter Sellers. They later divorced and h e married Bahamian born Jean nie McWeeney. S ir Nicholas was well known throughout the Bahamas and in local schools where he gave many talks on the fragile marine environment and endangered f isheries. His agitation was the driving force behind the introd uction of a closed grouper fish ing season in the Bahamas. S ir Nicholas died of cancer in July 2007 at the age of 73 followi ng a long illness. Lady Nuttall, now 58, and his children were at his bedside. Norton Knatchbull, the former Lord Romsey, who becameL ord Brabourne on his fathers d eath in 2005, is the grandson of Lord Mountabatten of Burma who used to spend much time in the Bahamas in his later years. The Brabourne family own ah ome at Windemere on E leuthera. Lord Mountbatten and Lord Brabournes younger brother, Nicholas, one of twins, were killed in an IRA attack on theirb oat in Ireland in 1979. B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t thompson@ tribunemedia.net BAHAMIAN vote rs should throw their s upport behind "ordinary" members of society instead of continuously electing lawyers t o the halls of Parliament, said Bishop Simeon Hall. The senior pastor of New C ovenant Baptist Church reas oned that lawyers many of whom profit from the "present culture of criminality" cannot be expected to solve the crime p roblem or change the systems in place which have led to this "national nightmare." He added that men and w omen who have proven themselves successful in community building and business would make better political candidates. While several lawyers are the architects of the nation's foundation, and have an indispensable role in n ation building, Parliament needs more contractors, suc cessful entrepreneurs, farmers and community builders to take the B ahamas to the promised land, said the religious leader. "It is time for the country's electorate toh elp in reducing the number of lawyers we have in our Parliament and allow more persons f rom the ordinary walks of our society to participate in our national debate," said Mr Hall in a statement released yester-d ay. "There exists an urgent and immediate need for ordinary persons to represent the comm on masses. It cannot be expected that this national nightmare of crime will be (remedied one group. While lawyers, int he main, do not cause crime, they are the major beneficiaries of the present culture of criminality and this cannot be e xpected to do what is needed to change things." "The Bahamian people, by and large, have bought into the l ie that only lawyers are best suited to sit in Parliament," s aid Mr Hall as he called all political parties to choose ordin ary persons with a reputation of community leadership for their election tickets. T he country needs fresh ideas and new perspectives int he national dialogue, he added, if we are to change the s tatus quo which sees ordinary persons on the edge of desp eration". C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 3 pc Queen Sleigh Bed 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Dresser 1 pc Mirror 1 pc Mirror 2 pc Nightstands 2 pc Nightstands 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest 1 pc 5 Drawer Chest Queen 8 Pc Queen 8 Pc $3,730 $3,730 King 8 Pc Set King 8 Pc Set $3,940 $3,940Solid Wood Solid WoodT T h h e e T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Wongs Plaza Madeira Street Madeira Street (242 (242 2335 2335Financing Available Through Commonwealth Bank L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a L L a a F F r r o o n n t t e e r r a a POLICE yesterday announced the death of an officer, who was found lifeless in his living room by his wife. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller, foul play is not suspected in the death of 41year-old Constable 345 Oneil Ricardo Gibson, although an autopsy will be conducted to ascertain the precise cause of death. He was discovered seated in a La-z-boy chair at 8am by his wife. Apparently hed been watching TV, said ACP Miller. The senior officer noted that Constable Gibson gave25 years of service to the police force and had most recently been stationed at the Central Police Station downtown. Police officer found dead in his home Bishop Simeon Hall speaks out against electing lawyers to Parliament Queens cousin Lord Brabourne is houseguest of Lyford Cay resident LORD BRABOURNE and Lady Nuttall leaving Goodfellow Farms in Nassau. Photo/ Chris Bott BISHOP SIMEONHALL
EDITOR, The Tribune. A few years ago I publicly voiced my displeasure when t he former government a pproved the re-routing of Adelaide Road and gave it to a private developer to build million dollar residences. The public road was closed o ff and given to a private d eveloper to enhance its development and provide some employment. E very time Im going home from the Coral Harbour area, I cuss them for the inconvenience Im caused to get home. Now it is the Baha Mar Cable Beach development and again there is talk of road r e-routing. N ew Providence is a very s mall island with probably c lose to 250,000 persons living on it. One looks at Paradise I sland and the limited access available. T here was a time when one c ould go to the airport and t ravel abroad. Now the airport land is Ocean Club Estates, a gated community. O n the opposite end of Paradise Island, access is limited. One is forced to wonder whenw ill the limited access end? Are we in New Providence going to be forced to live in an area packed like sardines? W ill Bahamians access to our c ountry continue to dwindle for the sake of a few jobs? T here is a much bigger pic ture here. If our access is limited today then twenty years from now our grandchildren w ill have no access. Is the politician thinking that far? Or is he doing what I like to refer to as wanting instant gratification? Gimme it now!I want it now! I sincerely believe we are setting a dangerous prece dent. A precedent I believe will c ome back to haunt us maybe not in my lifetime but certainly for future genera tions. The fact of the matter is I believe we are being governed by politicians with tunnel vision, are looking towards the next general elections and could care less about 20-25 years into the future. Andt hat is so sad. I note with interest the role the Bahamas Contractors Association is playing in the proposed Baha Mar/Chinese development. And I believe that the BCA may be acting unconstitutionally. The fact of the matter is that construction is not legislated by the P arliament of the Bahamas. T herefore, there is no such t hing as a contractors licence. One has only to pay $100 to the Ministry of Finance and complete a business licencef orm to operate a construction business and he will be issued a licence. W hich brings me to the p oint: Who if anyone has authorised the BCA in giving the impression that they aret he representative for any legal body because they are not. T hey are nothing more t han an association that is perceived to be the representative for the construction i ndustry. It is unfair to the contractor. Baha Mar developmenti s not obligated to entertain t he BCA. In fact, they ought to be dealing directly with the contractor and hiring whomever they wish. Because as I understand the BCA is confusing the issue and press-i ng the government to put into legislation a complicated set of policies that I believe will discriminate against the a verage contractor. In fact, Im shocked that no one in the business have stood up a nd started to ask questions. There is nothing stopping any other contractor from form i ng an association and making representation to Baha Mar or any other develop ment. I applaud the govern m ent for not following up on the pressuring tactics from the BCA to legislate the con s truction industry. I would like to know who has autho rised the BCA to certify cont ractors? And what does the B CA certification mean? Is it that the contractors not certi fied by the BCA will not be a llowed to be employed? And what if some contractors are never able to meet the certification standards? Where does this leave them? This to me sounds like blatant disc rimination. And why is B TVI being talked about in the same conversation as the proposed Baha Mar development? The men at BTVI are learning to lay blocks andr ead a house plan. Who is p laying games and why? With reference to the proposed $2.6 billion project, it s eems as if this proposed project was doomed from its i nception. The original partners were run out of town. It was criticised by the government. Not one government minister was present at the s igning in Miami, or at the a nnouncement in China. Ive a lso heard that the Chinese g overnment wants the Bahamas government to g uarantee the loan for the development. O ne vital question I must a sk is what exactly is being p roposed for Cable Beach? At one time the development was $1.4 billion now its up to $ 2.6 billion. How will our access be honestly affected in the CableB each area? Each time you see a story on TV touting the development you see a different pict ure. Are we going to continu e to prostitute ourselves for the left over and say to hell w ith future generations? Why each time a developer sets foot on Bahamian soil his goal is to limit access? My parents a nd grandparents were born here. How much more Bahamian can I get? Why do I have to ask for permission to set foot in my own country? There is something wrongw ith even the thought! In closing I say the real men who fought for this country must be turning over in theirg raves! PAT STRACHAN Nassau, July 30, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm JERUSALEM Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the security credentials and the political strength to pull off a peace deal with Palestinians now that the U.S. has brokered a new start to direct talks. The big questions is: Does he have the will? Netanyahu heads to Washington on Sept. 1 for the launch of the first direct negotiations in nearly two years with the Palestinians. The White House hopes to forge a deal that has eluded its predecessors within a year a formidable challenge. Though Netanyahu has built his political career in part as an outspoken critic of peace moves by past Israeli leaders, he has shown surprising pragmatism in dealing with the moderate Palestinian leadership of the West Bank. Netanyahu has made a series of concessions under heavy U.S. pressure an indication that he is both pragmatic and susceptible to arm-twisting from Israel's closest and most important ally. Shortly after his re-election a year ago, the prime minister removed dozens of military checkpoints in the West Bank. The lifting of the travel restrictions, which Israel said were a security measure during a previous decade of violence, helped breathe life into what has become a miniature economic boom in the Palestinian territory. Last year, Netanyahu endorsed the concept of a Palestinian state, and later imposed a 10month slowdown on construction of new homes in West Bank Jewish settlements. Earlier this year, he informally imposed a similar, albeit undeclared, freeze on new Jewish housing developments in east Jerusalem. Such moves would have been unthinkable for him a few years ago. Still there are enormous obstacles to overcome before any deal can be reached. Netanyahu says he will not give up east Jerusalem and has not talked about the possi bility of a broad withdrawal from the West Bank, where more than 200,000 Jewish settlers live among about 2.4 million Palestinians and Israel maintains military control. Palestinians claim all the West Bank and east Jerusalem as well as Gaza areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war for their future state. The international community backs the Palestinian demand. This has made the Palestinians extremely leery about speaking to the Israeli leader. Another problem is the roughly 4 million P alestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are deeply divided. They have different govern ments. And Netanyahu's partner for talks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, is weak and only represents about half the Palestinians in the territories. Nevertheless, there is some reason for hope t hat President Barack Obama's initiative will fare better than the doomed attempts of past American leaders. In dealing with the Israeli public, Netanyahu's credibility as a security hawk and secure political standing could enable him to follow in the footsteps of former Prime Ministers Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon, two other right-wing icons who ultimately made sweeping gestures for peace. Begin reached the 1979 historic peace accord with Egypt, requiring a full withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula, while Sharon withdrew all Israeli troops and settlements from the Gaza Strip five years ago. Netanyahu's actions have not always matched his tough-talking rhetoric. In his previous term as prime minister in the 1990s, he withdrew Israeli forces from Hebron and handed over additional control of the West Bank to Palestinians. Equally significant, his coalition government, a grouping dominated by a mix of nationalistic and hard-line religious parties, has remained solidly intact despite unhappiness with some of Netanyahu's moves. Without any serious opposition, Netanyahu has great freedom in conducting negotiations. And if any hard-line coalition partners were to break away, Netanyahu could turn to the moderate opposition to remain in power. For now, it remains unclear whether Netanyahu is ready to make bold steps toward peace. One reason for scepticism is his endorsement of Palestinian independence last year included so many caveats that the Palestinians said it was insincere. Likewise, the limited settlement freeze included several loop holes that allowed construction of thousands of apartments to proceed. A former army commando and the son of a renowned hawkish Zionist historian who still wields heavy influence over him, Netanyahu has led the fight against previous peace initia tives over the past two decades. His opposition has been rooted in both security grounds and an ideology stressing the Jewish people's con nection to the Holy Land. Since winning election last year, Netanyahu has given few signs that he is willing to make the tough concessions demanded by the Palestinians and the international community: a withdrawal from occupied lands claimed by the Palestinians, shared sovereignty of the holy city of Jerusalem and a solution for the millions of Palestinians who became refugees as a result of Israel's creation in 1948. The Palestinians view him with deep suspicion. To lure Netanyahu to the negotiating table, the White House had to agree to his demands that there be no preconditions and that he not be bound to pledges made by more dovish I sraeli leaders in the past. In accepting the White House's invitation, Netanyahu said pro tecting Israel's security interests would be his foremost concern. The Palestinians joined the talks only after the international Quartet of Mideast mediators issued an accompanying statement Friday calling for an agreement "that e nds the occupation which began in 1967." A senior Palestinian official said the Pales tinians had received assurances from the U.S. that it will remain heavily involved and push for a solution based on the 1967 borders. (This article was written by Josef Federman, an Associated Press writer). What is being proposed for Cable Beach? LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Talks to test Netanyahus will for peace Caves Village Professional Turn Key Oe Suites For Rent The premier choice for serious business 1,550sq.ft $5,037.50 per month incl. CAM fees ** New Low Rate. ** 1,056sq.ft $3,432.00 per month incl. CAM fees 850sq.ft. $2,762.50 per month incl. CAM fees Available 1st June 2010: 1,056sq.ft $3,432.00 per month incl. CAM fees 850sq.ft. $2,762.50 per month incl. CAM feesContact Mr. Simon Chappell on 327 1575 or 477-7610 Email: email@example.com EDITOR, The Tribune. Does anyone know precisely what the unemployed Construction Worker count is at this particular time? For the next phase of Atlantis how many construction workers will be needed? M y suspicion is of the current reasonably trained construction workers would be totally absorbed over on Paradise Island so in essence what we all wish there would be total employment in that sector. Now lets stay sane......bank or hotel employees who were laidoff a year or so ago cannot be included as they have no experi ence in the construction trade. Can someone answer this? I suspect Atlantis Phase 4 will immediately solve all the unemployment in the construction sector. H HUMES Nassau, August 11 ,2010. How many unemployed constr uction workers are there?
By SIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a C onsultant and former Caribbean diplomat) THE G20 should be the T20 trustees not just of the 20 rich countries that sitat their meetings but also of the 172 nations that are d enied a seat at their table. T his powerful statement has been advanced jointly by the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie, two organizations whose members are mostly developing states. T he custodians of the G 20s self-bestowed mand ate to oversee the world e conomy justify their m onopoly of global decision-making on the fact that they account for 90 per cent of global GDP. But, while t hat is so, 90 per cent of the w orlds countries are excluded from their discussions. A s the two Secretaries G eneral (Kamalesh Sharma, C ommonwealth and Abdou Diouf, La Francophonie)h ave argued: The simple f act of globalization dictates t hat all countries, the world o ver, have been affected by a tsunami of crises of finance and food, of energy and the environment. Equall y, all have an interest in w hat goes into the G20 meeting, and what comes o ut of it. A lmost a year ago (Octob er 2009) in a commentary entitled Can the Caribbeand epend on the G20?, I made the argument that Membership of the G20 h as little to do with fair repr esentation and much to do w ith self interest. Together, t he G20 countries cover more than eighty-five per cent of world economic activity. They can afford to i gnore, or at least pay lip service to, the other nations who account for the remaini ng fifteen per cent of global e conomic activity, even as B an-ki-Moon, the UN secretary-General, reminds thate ighty-five per cent of the w orlds countries are not represented at the G20. In the end it is power that mat ters and power in this instance is purchasing capacity and market size. I argued then that the C aribbean collectively s hould argue for a seat at the G20 table to advance its o wn interests which are n eglected by the Internat ional Financial Institutions that continue to apply traditional prescriptions and criteria to Caribbean problems, many of which are caused by events in the worlds richest economies s uch as the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan. No initiative has been p ursued by the Caribbean in this regard as far as I know. Concern T hree G20 meetings have now been held without representation by the smalls tates in Africa, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. I acknowledge that Canadas Prime Minister, StephenH arper, as Chairman of the last G20 meeting in Toronto did have a meeting with the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie to get an understanding of the challenges faced by the member countries of their organiza tions that were not repre sented at the meeting. But,P rime Minister Harpers generous concern for nonrepresented countries, while laudable, is not a substitute for a structured and pre dictable participation in the G20 deliberations by the worlds small countries. The call that inspired the American Revolution, No taxation without represen tation, is relevant today in the international political economy. G20 countries consume the majority of the worlds resources; they are its biggest polluters; and their actions, across a variety of areas, materially affect the survival of smaller count ries. They should at least l isten to the valid problems of others. The G20 cannot claim economic leadership but deny economic respons ibility and obligations. The G20 countries even the large developing count ries such as China, India a nd Brazil prefer to limit t he number of nations in their council, keeping it asa club for large nations that n ow aims to set the economic parameters for the world to fit their purpose. It also suits them to keep their relations with small economies at a bilateral lev el where enough can bed one to maintain influence o ver them without over hauling the global appara-t us, such as the Internationa l Financial Institutions and t he World Trade Organization in which they are disadvantaged. Given this reality, small states should seek to institutionalize the initiative taken by Canadian Prime Mini ster Stephen Harper to invite the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie forc onsultations prior to the meeting. They should push to ensure that the Chair per son of every G20 meeting s eeks proposals from the two Secretaries-General on behalf of their disenfran c hised members, and that s uch proposals are tabled and considered by the meet ing. In the case of the Com monwealth, 32 of its 54 members are small states and five of its larger mem b ers Australia, Britain, Canada, India, and South Africa are members of the G20. La Francophonie has 56 member states. Ten countries are members of both organizations, which togeth er comprise 72 countries that are not represented at the G20. Crisis Surely, proposals from two persons representing 72 countries and almost a billion people should be welcome by the G20 in a spirit of genuine regard not only for international democra cy, but also for dealing with the plight of small countries that have been hit particularly hard by the effects of the international financial crisis and who are still suffering from its conse quences. The two Secretaries-General have publicly observed that, for 2010 alone, the World Bank has indicated that US$315 billion is required to meet the gap between what developing countries require and what is currently available if they are to meet the Millennium Development Goals set by all nations. They have pro posed that the G20 should endorse a serious action plan to identify innovative potential sources of non-sovereign financing, embracing widespread consultation with those not at their table. If the Caribbean cannot collectively push for a seat at the G20 table, the region should at least join other small countries in seeking to institutionalize Prime Min ister Harpers initiative that the Commonwealth Secretary-General presents our case to which we should contribute well researched and viable arguments. 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P ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti HIP-HOPsinger Wyclef Jean said Sunday that he is not abandoning his presid ential bid just yet and will t ry to get the courts to overturn a decision disqualifying him from the race, according to Associated Press. Speaking to The Associated Press by telephone f rom his home in Croix des B ouquets, Jean said his lawyers will file an appeal w ith the national electoral d ispute office. J ean said that he has a d ocument "which shows e verything is correct" and t hat he and his aides "feel t hat what is going on here h as everything to do with Haitian politics." "They are trying to keep us out of the race," he said, referring to Haiti's political establishment. Haiti's elections board r ejected Jean's candidacy Friday night presumably because it decided he had n ot met residency requirem ents, although the board d id not cite a specific reason. Under Haitian law, ap residential candidate must h ave lived in the country for five consecutive years leading up to the election. J ean has argued that he was not required to comply with the law so strictly because after PresidentR ene Preval appointed him a s roving ambassador in 2007, he was allowed tot ravel and live outside the c ountry. The 40-year-old singer said that he is appealing the Haitian board's deci s ion on the basis that it rejected his candidacy before the national electoral dispute office, or BCEN, could issue a final ruling on the residency issue. J ean said that shortly a fter he filed his papers to r un in the Nov. 28 election, two Haitian citizens chal lenged his candidacy, sayi ng he had not met the res idency requirements. The BCEN ruled in his favor, Jean asserted, but the two citizens appealed the decision. The case was s till pending when the Haitian elections board decided to disqualify Jean, the singer said. It was not clear whether J ean's legal argument w ould hold up. Elections board spokesman Richardson Dumel said that as of Sunday afternoon, he had not seen any paperwork from the candidate indicating an appeal, but he d eclined to comment furt her. The board on Friday a ccepted 19 candidates and r ejected 15. A spokesman r ead out the names of the a pproved and rejected can d idates quickly at a late, h astily called news confere nce. I t would have helped both candidates and voters if the council had explained the basis of their decisions, said officials from the Joint Mission of Electoral Observation, a division of t he Organization of American States and the Caribbean Community. Regarding the 15 cand idacies that were deemed i neligible, explications about the reasons for inval-i dating them would have c ontributed to the transparency of the process," the OAS wrote in a newsr elease issued Saturday. Jean said he had planned to leave the country this weekend to see his familyi n New Jersey, but has d ecided to stay in Haiti to see the appeal processt hrough. S hortly after informing the AP of his decision Sunday morning, Jean announced it again on hisT witter feed, saying: "Tomorrow our Lawyers (sic decision of the CEP (the elections board). We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the l aw must be Respected." S ome officials in Haiti w ere worried about political unrest among Jean sup porters after his candidacy w as rejected. But the singer had asked his fans to stay calm, and there have been no significant electionrelated protests or violence over the weekend. C M Y K C M Y K CARIBBEAN NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Wyclef Jean: Im not giving up my bid for presidency yet HIP HOP singer W yclef Jean, seco nd right, greets s upporters at the airport in Port-auPrince, Haiti, recently. Jean said he will try to get the courts t o overturn a decis ion disqualifying him from the Haiti presidential race. R a m o n E s p i n o s a / A P
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RSVP at www.barry.edu/ed/rsvpFor details contact Lincoln Pettaway at 305-899-3705 email@example.com OPEN HOUSE for EducatorsBARRY UNIVERSITYis hosting two Open Houses for Educators. Join us August 25 and 26 to learn how BARRY UNIVERSITYcan provide you with the foundational knowledge and support you need to develop professionally and take your career to the next level. BARRYoffers educators sustained professional development, a reputation of academic excellence, and affordable academic programs.www.barry.edu/ElementaryYore invitedOPEN HOUSE FOR EDUCATORSAugust 25, 6:00 8:00 pm August 26, 6:00 8:00 pm Genesis Academy Shirley Street Nassau, Bahamas Main Campus: 11300 NE Second Avenue Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695 800-695-2279 Classes to begin on September 17 at Genesis Academy Master of Science in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction courses will be offered one weekend each month (Friday-Sunday summer and midterm breaks The program of studies leads to the integration of theory, research, and practice Courses offer advanced study in specific content areas and methods of instruction using an interdisciplinary framework S e p t e m b e r 1 s t d e a d l i n e i s f a s t a p p r o a c h i n g R e g i s t e r t o d a y w h i l e s p a c e i s s t i l l a v a i l a b l e (VVHQWLDOO\WKHZDWHUVRI OLIHZLOODOZD\VIORZDVORQJ DVWLPHJRHVRQKHUHIRUH \RXU LQ OLIHDQGOHWWKHPIORZZLWK WKHWLGHa 4WffkFSk^ad XRWH a confrontation between him and another man. He was rushed to hospital b ut died of his injuries in the operating theatre at around 1am. Police said a man wearing a hooded sweater holding a handgun was seen fleeingt he area after Malakius was shot. Yesterday Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge o f crime, Glenn Miller, said t hat the two incidents could be connected but the police had no evidence to specifically prove this at this time. According to ACP Miller, no one was in custody up to press time last evening in connection with either of the killings. T hese latest homicides bring the murder count to 61 for the year. are looking into it and will decide what to do probably tomorrow when I come into town, said Mr Symonette during a phone interview yesterday afternoon. The alleged expos took place on Mr Bains radio show when a caller, who identified herself as Kim, was put on air by Mr Bain. Kim said that two months ago she had gone to the passport office to get two passports for her children, the legitimate fee for which would be $25 $50 per passport. While being served at the passport office, which is located on Thompson Boulevard, Kim said the passport officer who was dealing with her application told her he could assist (herher passports at an earlier time. He was trying to charge me $100 for two kids passports I had paid $50 for. I said to him, Thats ridiculous. Im paying $100 for something I paid $50 for? The woman said that ultimately she decided to hand over $40 to the passport officer in the hope of speeding up the process as she was due to travel with her children shortly and passport production at the office has been widely publicised as bogged down by delays. She said she p ut the $40 in an envelope, w hich she passed to the offic er. However, Kim said that after she left the Passport Office, she received a disgusting voice mail on her phone, allegedly from the passport officer. In the message, he rowed her out for only placing $40 in the envelope after he asked her for $100. Kim said that for the rest of the day her phone was blowing up with calls from the same number, which she presumed to be from the officer. After going to Mr Bain with her story, Kim said shea nd the radio host decided to call the officer back. The radio host then aired a recording of a conversation alleged to be between the woman and the officer in which they discussed the alleged payment. You made me look stupid, said the alleged officer in the phone conversation, apparently referring to how she only put $40 in the envelope. Now Ive got to pay for that, he said, a comment that the woman said she took to mean there were other people involved in the corrupt fast tracking scheme. The woman then asked him if he wanted the additional $60 that she claims he asked her for, to which he said No, thats okay, take care. Kim told Mr Bain that ultimately the two passports she put the application in for took two days longer than her receipt indicated they would take two and a half months i n total, she alleged. I guess I g ot swing, she told Mr Bain. M r Symonette said: Its unfortunate not only that members of the public try to fast track facilities by paying whatever kind of fee...thats unfortunate....and when officers who work for government accept that kind of money. Numerous signs displayed in the Passport Office state that it is illegal to tip a Government officer. The Deputy Prime Minister said that while he would not wish to comment on the particular instance alleged on the radio talk show as the authenticity of the recordings has yet to be verified, he said that appropriate action should always be taken to counter corruption. Its probably more widespread than we realise, he added. Asked whether, if the allegations of corruption are authenticated, the officer would be subject to dismissal from his job, Mr Symonette said he would not want to c omment on that at the m oment. H owever, he said that at the least such behaviour would certainly warrant disciplinary action. rerouting would have on businesses in the area of Blue Hill Road and Market Street, despite it insisting that two studies costing $3.3 m illion were undertaken before the work began. J ustice Neville Adderley's judgment states that an affidavit submitted by Joy John, of the Ministry's Project Execution Unit, said a "professional report" was done by engineers Mott McDonald at a cost of $2 million, and a further "economic appraisal" done in May2 008 at a cost of $1.3 million, prior to the start of the New Providence Road Improvement Project. However, Justice Adderley found: "In perusing these various reports, it is clear to the court that none of them dealt with the i mpact on businesses located along Corridors 11A and 11B (Blue H ill Road and Market Street)." The Ministry of Works was granted a stay that would allow them to continue work on the roads because the injunction should "not take effect immediately due to the stage of the works," accord-i ng to the Justice Adderley's judgment. F ROM page one DJshot Govt appeals injunction FROM page one terday and said their decision would come a fter weighing the social and economic repercussions voting for or against the resolution. The former prime minister, who gave the green light the $2.6 billion project when the developers were still tied to theirf ormer partners Harrah's Entertainment, said top PLPs have gone over the details oft he deal with Baha Mar officials in the past few days. We will be directly influenced by the complete urgency to do something with respect to the economy of the Bahamas. It is an increasingly serious state of affairs that exists here," said PLP Leader Perry C hristie. "The country is desperately in need of r elief in respect to this dire unemployment situation. The question for us is e xamining in detail the implications of whatever the number of work permits are, the impact on Bahamian labour, and the length of time of the work permits," he added. W hile not revealing how the party will vote on the resolution, Mr Christie restat-e d his discontent with the government for putting the burden of a decision meant f or Cabinet onto the shoulders of Parlia ment. H e thinks that the large num ber of Chinese labour requested b y the Chinese government for the project may be due to poor negotiations on the part of the Ingraham administration. "Our initial dismay was that s omething wasn't done by the Bahamian government whetherd irectly or indirectly when nego tiating with the Chinese gove rnment with respect to the amount of work permits (requested "Our view is that it is an executive decision, it is really a deci-s ion to be made by the government of the Bahamas. The FNM i s reluctant to make the decision on its own and wants to drag Parliament into it. It's the first of its kind where the legisla ture is asked to share in the decision making of the executive on a decision of granting work permits." Leader of Opposition Business in the H ouse of Assembly Obie Wilchcombe said the amount of foreign labour the project is c alling for is "politically toxic" adding that the government wants Parliament to vote on the matter so it does not take the brunt of expected public criticism. "It is politically toxic considering the fact that tons of Bahamians are out of w ork in the construction industry, not just here in New Providence b ut also in Grand Bahama," said the West End and Bimini MP. "So to make a decision to allow for a large number of foreigners to come in the country" will notb e taken lightly. In spite of this, the project is n eeded to help stimulate the slug gish economy, he said. Y esterday Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said he will vote in accordance with the rest of his party adding that a resolution to the deal is long overdue. H e blamed Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for the delay i n getting the project underway arguing that old financiers Harrah's Entertain ment pulled out of the project because of Mr Ingraham's earlier public statements on the deal. Leader of Government Business in the House Tommy Turnquest told the medial ast week that the Baha Mar resolution will be brought to Parliament on Septemb er 8 for a vote. The investors behind the luxury rede velopment of Cable Beach are requesting work permits for 4,920 Chinese labourers for the construction of the project. F ROM page one Passport office PLP caucus holds talks on vote URGENCY: Perry Christie FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 PAGE 14 Knowles so proud of Mardy Fish TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahamas settle for fourth place By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org I N what is now listed as the longest match played at the Gym Tennis Club and probably the longest played locally in recent time, Kevin Major Jr. out-lasted Jason Rolle in three gruelling sets to win the 17th AID Clay Court Championships' open men's singles title. The three hours and 25 minutes match saw the 15-year-old number two seed prevail with a 4-6, 7-6 (211 win over the 20-year-old collegian on Saturday at the clay courts in Winton Meadows. "I don't know if we have official records of those matches, but from my recollection, this would be the longest match, certainly for AID, that I have witnessed," said tournament director Mickey Williams, who has seen quite a number of matches in his time. Reminiscent of a match he played in El Salvador on the junior circuit, Major Jr. said what he went through with Rolle was exactly what he had to do against the Mexican. "I won that match in El Salvador in the hot sun in about four hours after I came from 5-1 down in the second set after losing the first set," Major Jr reflected. "In this one, I just kept digging. I didn't think about the score. I just want ed to win. I was prepared to stay out there as long as he did and play him point for point for as long as it." Earlier in the summer, Major Jr. needed just two sets to win the Gatorade National Open title over Rolle on the hard courts at the National Tennis Cen ter. But on Saturday, he said he had to make a lot of adjustment with the ball because of the surface. That was one of the reasons why he felt he lost the first set and trailed 5-1 in the second. Kevin Major Jr. wins marathon tennis duel TRACK F ERGUSON-McKENZIE VETERAN sprinter D ebbie Ferguson-McKenzie, competing at the B erlin World Challenge in Germany yesterday, fini shed fifth in the womrns 100 metres. S he ran 11.29 seconds. The race was won by Jamaican Sherone Simpsoni n 11.09. Trinidad & T obagos Kelly-Ann Bap tiste was second in 11.14. Third place went to Verena Sailer of Germany in1 1.24 and Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria was fourth in 11.27 SOFTB ALL N PSA ACTION T HE New Providence Softball Association will resume play in their regu lar season on Tuesday at t he Bankers field at the B aillou Hills Sporting Complex with a doubleheader. A t 7 p.m. the Command o Security Truckers will play the Mighty mitts and at 8:30 p.m, the Freedom Farm Horsemen will meet the Dorsey Park Boyz. SOFTBALL BSC MEETING THE Baptist Sports Council will hold a very important meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the National Cycling Track for all Churches wishing to participate in the upcoming Barron Musgrove/Roy Colebrooke Cycling Classic, the Rev. Anthony Carroll Softball Classic, the Rev. Elliston Smith Track and Classic and the Jason Saunders Volleyball Clas sic. Plans for all of these events, scheduled to start in September, will be discussed. Each Church is asked to send two representatives. V OLLEYBALL NPVA MANAGEMENT MEETING THE New Providence Volleyball Association (N.P.V.A. Management Committee meeting for Tuesday, August 24 at the DW Davis Junior High School beginning 7p.m. Association president DeVince Smith (and not Joseph Joe Mo Smith, as printed on Saturday), is asking that all persons interested, submit their teams for the upcoming season. Each team is requested to send two representatives as matters pertaining to the start of the league will be discussed. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com AFTER getting off to an impressive start, the Bahamas had to settle for fourth place at the North American and Caribbean Rugby Association's (NACRA ment at the Winton Rugby Pitch. The tournament, which also featured a ladies division, came to a close on Saturday with Bermuda carting of the mens crown with a 18-15 decision over Trinidad & Tobago. Me xico The Bahamas had a chance finish to third, but ended up losing 22-17 to Mexico in the plate match. After falling behind when Mexico scored on a penalty, the Bahamas took the lead minutes sports NOTES n 17TH AID CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS Kevin Major Jr. J ason Rolle THRILLER: Kevin Major Jr. (left n (NACRA) tournament at Winton Rugby Pitch SEE page 14 SEE page 14 ROUGHAND TUMBLE: In the ladies division, the Bahamas played for the championship, but got blanked 48-0 by the Cayman Islands. Centre Lolitta Hanna got two early tries for aquick 10-0 lead and Lisa Bird and Emily Davies followed with one each while Katie Bayles had a conversion as Cayman extended their margin to 22-0 at the half. F IFTH: D ebbie Ferguson-McKenzie I n womens division, Bahamas lose 48-0 to Cayman Islands
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE boys are back from the Cal Ripken/60 World Series and they enjoyed every moment of their celebrations on Friday night and Saturday. Although the motorcade was called off due to their late arrival on Friday night, familyand friends still showed up at the Lynden Pindling International Airport to greet the team home from Wilson County, North Carolina where they clinched the under-12 title with a 7-1 win over Vasilia, California on Thursday. What they didn't do on Friday because of the lateness, was made up on Saturday as the team had a rally at Freedom Farm in Yamacraw, took to the streets on a float parade and were then feted at the park on their return. "It's really hard to fathom what we've done," said Robert Cox, an assistant coach on the team. "When you look at the magnitude that little Bahamas competed against in the United States, it was just awesome, an awesome experience." Cox said when Freedom Farm made the initial trip to the Southwest Region Tournament a few weeks ago, they only looked at it as a tournament to win. Never in their wildest dreams, Cox said they envisioned that they would be returning home as World Series champions. "It was a lot of team work. The core of this team started working out in May to go to Florida in July," he pointed out. "But this team never wavered.We gave them the work and they came to practice and did it. That's why they are the cham pions today." Manager Greg Burrows Jr. said when he returned home, he really just came to the reali ty that the team did what no other team has done before and that was to win the World Series title. "I'm so happy for this team. I couldn't ask for it to end no other way," he stated. "Lastyear we got eliminated from the first round in the Southwest region and so I knew we had to be more prepared. As I coach, I learnt from the mis takes we made and we were quite ready for them this year." Burrows Jr. said the support from everybody involved in Freedom Farm was tremendous, especially considering the short turn around they had in getting from the regional to the world series. He singled out Meressa Thompson, Andrew Thompson, Pat Moss, Burrows Sr, CJ McKenzie, Robert Cox and Jamiko Sands. They all pitched in to make it all happen. Now that they have returned as champions, Burrows Jr. said the team will have to move up to the 13-only division next year, but they still have to chance to duplicate the feat next year because they will still be together. As the under-12 division, Burrows Jr. said they will have to go through a rebuilding process, but he is confident that based on the success of the team, they are convinced that Freedom Farm will be able to field another strong team to travel next year. Some of the players on hand for the celebrations, were quite thrilled about being champions. "It feels good. We had a good team and everybody worked hard," said Chavey Young. "We all knew that we had the best team in the Bahamas. We just had to go out there and proved that we were the best team in the tourna ment and we did that." Anthony Villalon, who was one of the pitchers and key offensive sparks, said: "It was a great experience. We had the hits just when we needed them and we won. We had a very good team. I was very pleased with how we played." Myron Johnson, the most valuable player of the tournament, noted: "It was very good. We played a lot of defense and out bats really came through for us. I felt good going out there and pitching. We are the champions." Ashton Moxey said: "We played very good, especially in the championship game. We didn't allowed them one hit and they thought they had us. But we came out swinging with our bats and we won it. It was a good team. We could go anywhere and win." Wayde Beckford added: "From our first practice as a team, we felt that we would go far and we went there to win it. We had a pretty good. When we were down, we never gave up. We performed to the best of our abilities and I think we did a great job." Jeff 'Sangy' Francis, who has been around helping out Freedom Farm from its inception, said the team just showed what persistent and hard work will do for you. "Greg (Burrows Sr had this vision that we should play out of the south Florida area and make our way up into the World Series," he said. "I've seen the success of this coming for a long time because we had so many players who went before this crew and so the program just continued to grow. "And most of those players who left and went off to school and played some professional baseball, are coming back home and are coaching in Freedom Farm program like Greg Burrows Jr and Jamiko Sands. So these guys know what it is to compete because they have guys coaching them who have been at that level." Francis, who still remain president of the New Providence Baseball Association, said it's his hope that whenever baseball can have a permanent home for the senior players that the Bahamas will get the oppor tunity to take its national team off to compete in more of the major tournaments because there is so much talent in the sport in the country. Pat Moss, another stalwart at Freedom Farm, said the team's success speaks volume for what they are doing. "We have a pretty good coaching staff from t-ball up, so every year, we just continue to turn over good ball players," he stated. "It's all through the hard and dedication of everybody. But once you achieve goals like being World Series champions, we have to maintain it. "So we just have to start get ting the guys ready so that they can compete next year. We will basically have the same coaches, but we will have a lot of new players, so we have to groom them for this caliber of play. But I'm sure that what this team has achieved will help them coming in." Burrows Sr., who orchest rated the Freedom Farm league, said all they have to do is improve on what they achieved. "We just need to get the 13year-old, 14's, 15's and up to do the same thing," he stressed. "The thing is to be able to play and win at that level. We knew t hat we could lay at this level for a long time. Now we have proven that we can win up there. "So the thing is for us to continue to win at a higher level every time we go back. So it will never stop. The success of this team only means that we have just put one piece of the puzzle together and now we have to do the rest of it." Jeff Martinborough, one of the coaches and sponsors of the league, said the team did very well and they worked hard to perform at the level that they did. "The results speak for itself," he insisted. "A lot of people who didn't know about Freedom Farm are now coming out and taking a look at what we are doing, so that is a positive step in the right direction for us. I'm sure that Bahamians are just as proud of them as we are of them at Freedom Farm." And Odessa Black, a proud parent of two boys playing in the league, said the team win ning the World Series was just "indescribable. "When they came through the doors last night, I went down on my knees and prayed.I was in tears," she said. "Some of them call me mom because I also help out in the concession stand. "But there's nothing like when you can see the success as we've seen in their performances. I'm really proud of all of them." C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Saluting the champions PHOTOS: T revene Saunders C AL RIPKEN/60 WORLD SERIES: FREEDOMFARMCELEBRATION Y OUVE DONEUSPROUD: B ahamians celebrate the teams achievement in returning home as World Series champions.
C M Y K C M Y K S PORTS P AGE 14, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com MARK Knowles would have preferred for him and Mardy Fish to be playing in the final of the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Cincinnati. But he was just as proud of watching the American as he came within two games of upsetting Roger Federer in the men's singles final yesterday. "That would have been nice, but for us, on the last day that we played, he had a three hour match with Andy Murray and obviously with him doing so well in singles, he used a lot of energy," Knowles pointed out. "We lost a tough super tie breaker, so it was a tough loss for us. "But I think it was a greater benefit for Mardy to finish so well in Cincinnati and almost win that title. It's one of those catch 20/20 where with him having so much success, you have to be moderate how things are going. But as a team, we're playing great. It's a good position to be in with him winning a lot of singles and we as a team winning a lot of doubles." In their quarter-final match on Friday night, Knowles and Fish were eliminated 6-4, 3-6, 12-10 by the team of Wesley Woodie and Dick Norman. The match came after Fish pulled off an exhausting 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4 win over number four seed Murray in the singles quarter's. After upsetting number nine seed Andy Roddick 64, 7-5 in Saturday's semifinal, Fish took number three seed Federer to the limit yesterday, losing a hard fought 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 decision in a match that lasted two hoursand 40 minutes. In that match, Federer came through with the only break at 5-4 in the third set and held serve to snap a seven-month drought in which he haven't been able to win a tournament. As the runner-up, Fish will climb in the top 25 in singles for the first time and will definitely be a competitor to watch at the US Open, the final Grand slam tournament for the year, that will start next Monday in Flushing Meadows, New York. But Knowles said he's not concerned because he doesn't feel it will take away from their doubles part nership. "He's a great guy. Not too many guys would have probably hung in there in Cincinnati and played the doubles after a gruelling match with Andy Murray," Knowles stressed. "But he understand that he made a commitment to which, he honored. "So I'm certain that we will continue to play for the rest of the year and like he said in his own submission, it's a tough situation to be in, winning a lot of matches in singles and then have to also do so in doubles." The good thing about the US Open, according to Knowles, is that Fish will have a a well deserved week's rest before they get ready for the Grand slam, which they hope to turn in another great showing. "We're obviously one of the better teams in doubles and he's put himself in a position to be one of the favorites in singles, so it's an exciting time for him and also an exciting time for us. But tournaments like Cincinnati are always tougher because you have to double up, playing singles and doubles in the sane day. But in the US Open, like the other Grand slams, you dont play singles and doubles in the same day. So it shouldn't be that grueling." The 38-year-old Knowles and Fish, unseeded as they made their return after winning the Legg Mason Classic in Washington in their last tournament playeda few weeks ago, had to watch as the No.2 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan played the No.4 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the final of the men's doubles yesterday. Knowles proud of Fishs Cincinnati achievements By Alpheus Hawk Finlayson BAAAs Public Relations Officer At 10:49pm Saturday night Nas s au time, Grand Bahamian Tynia Gaither, won the silver medal in the w omens 200 metres at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore, making history for the Bahamas. G aither, who will enter grade 12 at Osceola High School in Florida, r an 23.68 seconds from lane six, having run 24.09sec to win her first round h eat. Nigerias Florence Ndikura Nwake won the gold medal with a 23.46sec run. The bronze medal was captured by Olivia Expone of the USA in2 3.75sec. Gaither was born on March 16th, 1 993 and shares a birthday with leg endary sprinter Tommy Robinson, t riple jump great Dr. Timothy Barret and Hugh Bullard, deceased sprinter who competed in the 1960 Olympics. Her mother is Ms. Sabrina Johnson a nd she attends Cornerstone Baptist C hurch. G aither was the schools Athlete of The Year as well as Honour Roll S tudent for 2008, 2009, and 2010. She was also selected as an All Bahamian S cholar Athlete for 2010. Raquel Williams finished seventh in the B final of the shot put with a heave of 11.86 metres. Her series was 11.15m, 11.79m, and 11.86m. She fouled her final throw. In the first round Williams finished in fifteenth place with a throw of 11.59m. On Monday morning (Nassau t ime), Stephen Newbold will particip ate in the B final of the 400m hurdles a nd Lathone Collie-Minns in the B final of the triple jump. This will be the final day for track and field. N ewbold, who ran 54.40sec in the first round, will run out of lane three. His personal best is 52.75sec done in winning the Under-17 event at the C arifta Games. C ollie-Minns has a personal best o f 15.35m. He is this years Carifta Games Champion in the Under 17 D ivision. Collie-Minns jumped 14.66m in the first round for tenth place. H e will be the fifth jumper in the B final. On the first day of the finals on Saturday, Grand Bahamas Rashan Brown clocked a personal best in the 400m of 53.63sec to finish fourth. Browns previous Personal Best was 53.65sec. Brown was not initially selected for t he Youth Olympics, but when World J unior champion Shaunae Miller d ecided she did not wish to go to Sin gapore, Brown was substituted. The event winner was Robin R eynolds of the USA, who clocked a seasonal best of 52.67sec. High jumper Ryan Ingraham, who finished in ninth place in the qualification r ound with a 2.07m clearance, jumped a personal best in the B final with a h eight of 2.13m. The second place fin isher was George Dimitrou of Roma n ia who jumped 2.10m. Julian Munroe of Grand Bahama c locked 11.04sec in the B final of the 100m for seventh place. Munroe ran 11.53sec in the first round and has a personal best of 10.97sec. Carlos Manuel Sampaio Nascimento of Portugal won the B final in 10.79sec. Jamaicas Odame Skeen won the A final in a personal best of 10.42sec. M arva Etienne of CR Walker High S chool was scheduled to run in the G irlls B final but did not show. It is not known at this time the reason for Etienne not to show. Tynia Gaither makes history for Bahamas After simply letting the first set "get away" from him, Major Jr. got twice at 5-3 and 5-5 before they both held at 6-6 to force the first tie breaker. In the period, Major Jr. took a 5-2 lead and he never looked back. Just how Rolle looked a little fatigued in the second, Major Jr. did the same in the third. That enabled Rolle to go up a break at 4-2. But after getting his "second wind," Major Jr. regrouped and managed to cut the deficit to 5-4 on a break. They eventually held serve to the second tie breaker. In this extra period, neither player gave the other the edge as they stayed even at 6-6, 7-7, 8-8, 9-9, 10-10 and 11-11. At 12-11, Major Jr. got a volley return to take the slim lead. Then Rolle hit a return volley into the net to end the epic match. "It was close. I had him just like the last time, but in the end, he came out with it," said Rolle, who remembered playing a long match like this at Missouri Valley where he attends school. "He deserved it." Rolle, who returned to school on Sunday where he's on a ten nis scholarship, said he would have certainly like to get that particular victory under his belt, considering that he was the defend ing champion. "But he played well. I had him 5-1 in the second set and he came back to win that. I was serving for the match several times in the third and he came back. He just out played me today." It was the second tournament victory for Major Jr. earlier in the tournament, he had to come from behind as well in a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over Jody Turnquest for the boys under-18 title. While Rolle lost the big one again to Major Jr., he did team up with Danielle Thompson as the number two seeds to pull off the mixed doubles with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over top seeds Derron Donaldson and Autise Mortimer. But Rolle and Donaldson, the number two seeds, lost to the top seeded team of Robbie Isaacs and Jardian Turnquest 6-1, 6-3 in the men's open doubles. The two-week long tournament also featured a junior veterans division for players over the age of 35. Larry Rolle, unseeded, knocked off number three seed Har rington Saunders 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 for the men's vet singles title. The doubles crown went to the team of Cameron Carey and Gerry Kanuka. Williams said the tournament was a success with seven divisions contested. But he said because of a lack of entries, there was no ladies division played. "We did have a mixed doubles competition and all of the top seeded players pretty much came through to form," Williams pointed out. "This match in particular (men's open final the best one for the tournament. "Obviously people here have not seen this caliber of tennis in quite a while. So the future certainly looks bright because both of those players (Major Jr. and Rolle years they could be the players to watch at the international level." Kevin Major Jr wins marathon tennis duel FROM page 12 with a try from Sean Kemp. The Bahamas went up 10-3 at the half on a touch down from Ronaldo Young. But Mexico responded with a penalty try and they converted for a 10-10. Mexi-c o eventually went up on a pair of tries for a 22-10 lead. The Bahamas then came back with asecond try from Kemp and a conversion from Albury to trim the lead to the final margin. G arfield Morrison, an assistant coach on the Bahamas under-19 team, said they fell apart and that caused them to miss out on keeping the hardware here. P laying out of pool A, the Bahamas upset defending c hampions Cayman Islands 2 6-6 in their opener. However, they lost their second g ame 12-10 to Bermuda, but a dvanced to the third and f ourth place playoff by virtue of the point spread. The Cayman Island got t he bottom bowl title with a 15-5 decision over Barbados to drop all the way to fifth p lace after winning the last t itle. Barbados finished in s ixth place. In the ladies division, the B ahamas played for the championship, but got blanked 48-0 by the CaymanI slands. Centre Lolitta Hann a got two early tries for a quick 10-0 lead and Lisa Bird and Emily Davies followed with one each while Katie Bayles had a conversion as Cayman extendedt heir margin to 22-0 at the half. In the second half, Bird, Hanna, Kehoe and L awrence each came up with one and Bayles added a conversion to finish off theB ahamas. W hile the experience showed in the performance from the visitors, this wast he first time that the Bahamas has fielded a ladies' team and Morrison, t heir head coach, said they have nothing to feel bad about. "They played much bet t er than they did in their first game," said Morrison, reflecting on their 65-0 loss to the Caribbean Select team, which comprised of some of the best layers from a number of Caribbean I slands. "The ladies are coming along. They just need to playm ore games." Canada beat the United States 6-3 to clinch theN ACRA Under-20 womens 15s championship. Bahamas settle for fourth place FROM page 12 n IN AUGURAL Y OUTH OLYMPICS IN SINGAPORE MAGNIFICENTMARDY: Mardy Fish, from Tampa, Fla., hits a forehand at the Cincinnati Masters tennis tournam ent, this week. In the final yesterday he played Switzerlands Roger Federer. Federer won a thrilling encounter 6-7 (51 A l B e h r m a n / A P P h o t o MARKKNOWLES
By DIANE PHILLIPS THE colours, murals and sculptures are everywhere on sides of buildings, on facades and under eaves, adorning stairs 15 works of art that are transforming 15 buildings and sites in downtown Nassau. It's all part of Nassau's f irst full-fledged art in public places initiative. 'Love My Bahamas', co-sponsored by the Coca-Cola and Downt own Nassau Partnership, is adding a splash of colour to a city that plays hosts to millions of visitors a year. P art of a 15-month long campaign to bring excitement through art to historic N assau, Love My Bahamas got another step closer to its o fficial launch this week when signs were erected tying sponsors into the proj ect and Coca-Cola's tag line 'Open Happiness' into the v isual displays. "This is a life-changing o pportunity for downtown N assau," said Vaughn Roberts, managing director o f the Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP o rganization charged with spearheading the revitalisation of historic Nassau. "I d on't think there has ever been a more exciting time f or art and this is the first time we have ever had anything of this magnitude." For the local bottler of Coca-Cola, Caribbean Bot t ling Company, the project is both corporate and personal. C ompany CEO Walter Wells recalls downtown Nassau in its heyday. Just walking along Bay Street made you feel alive. The air was electric. You could sense the buzz ande xcitement," he says. On a c orporate level, supporting the redevelopment is what Mr Wells called "one of the most important initiatives we have ever undertaken because of the size, scope and length of commitment. T he project also reflects the c ompany's Live Positively p hilosophy." C oca-Cola supported the competition leading to the selection of artists and coordinated the workshop bring-i ng together local and inter n ational talent. "We cannot thank CocaCola enough for its contribution to this massive undertaking," said DNP Co-chairman Charles Klonaris. The art has changed the c ityscape of Nassau and pro v ided visitors with something n ew to look at, talk about a nd photograph. It has given r ise to a new reason to do a walking tour. Anything that a dds to the visitor experience is good for us as a dest ination and should be celeb rated." P articipating artists include Antonius Roberts, John B eadle, Chantal Bethel, Lillian Blades, John Cox, C laudette Dean, Tyrone Ferg uson, Maya Hayuk, Jace M cKinney, Toby Lunn, Kishan Munroe, Jolyon Smith, A llan Wallace, Arjuna Watson and Daniel Weise. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM + .&+( ) & &* -!% (* !) *t &+(&*!)f!)*)&%,%!%*-.*& ) &'!%#!%&%#!%r,.*!$.&+$$!%!$+$'+( -!* .&+(&*nf.&+/##+*&$##. %**&-!%) &''!%)'(nf!&%*& *) &.&+( &!!,#+".-!%%()-!## &)bn &*&$ & bnrr rtr NEW RATES& BILLING CHANGES EffectiveJuly1st,2010TheBahamasElectricityCorporation (BEC ProvidenceandtheFamilyIslands.Billingsforallconsumers during this transition period will be carried out as follows:BillsfortheserviceperiodMay16thtoJune15thwiththebillingdate July 3rd were mailed out on or around July 10th and were due for payment on July 23rd at the old rates; Bills for the service period June 15th to June 30th were estimated with a billing date of July 15th at the old rates. The bills for this abbreviated period are due for payment on August 6th; The new rate comes into effect for the service period commencing July1st,2010.Meterreadingsforthisserviceperiodwilltakeplace attheendofJuly,andbillswillbesentoutinmid-August.Paymentfor this period will become due on September 6th, 2010. Commercial accounts that were billed at the end of June at the old rates will receive their next bill at the end of July at the new rates. The new rates as of July 1st, 2010 will be as follows: RESIDENTIAL0-200 units per month10.95 cents per unit 201-800 units per month11.95 cents per unit Remaining units14.95 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$5.00COMMERCIALAll units per month15.00 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$10.00GENERAL SERVICEMONTHLY BILLS UNIT CHARGE KVA CHARGE Demand charge per month$11.36 per KVA 0-900,000 units per month8.70 cents per unit Remaining units per month6.20 cents per unit Minimum monthly charge$ 568.00TEMPORARY SUPPLIES16.38 cents per unit $20.00 connection fee $10.00 per month Meter RentalFUEL CHARGE(variable per unit to include total cost of fuel SPECIAL SERVICES Special Reading, Check Reading, Fuse Replacement $5.00 Meter Test Minimum charge$10.00 Visit with intent to disconnect Residential Consumer Commercial Consumer $10.00 $15.00 Reconnection Fee $20.00 Returned Cheque Fee$15.00 TARIFFBAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION Should you have any inquiries please call 302-1786 or 302-1639 Love My Bahamas project transforms downtown Nassau TRANSFORMINGDOWNTOWN: Love My Bahamas moves closer to its official launch.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 16, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM find funding for scholarships at a level we have never seen before, even though we put $7 million for scholarships this year it is still not enough, (because d ren who are getting parental support who are doing magnificently in school. What I am concerned about those parents not spending time with kids whose k ids are engaging in anti-social c onduct and who are not doing well, and who are using c hildren of Haitian origin as scapegoats. We dont need t hat in our country. We need a ll of our children to do well, s aid the Minister. M r Bannister was speaking on Island FMs Parliament S treet radio talk show yester day afternoon. In response to a question f rom host Dr Sophia Rolle in w hich she asked him to respond to some of your detractors who would be overly concerned about the number of foreign students in the Bahamian school system, MrB annister said: This issue is very explosive in The Bahamas. Extremely explosive. He noted how he had been the subject of some really n asty remarks after T he Trib une p rinted an article in July in which he was quoted as acknowledging the impressivea chievements of many Haiti an children in Bahamian pub lic schools and said that The B ahamas has an obligation to ensure every child is educated. He also commented at that time on the fact that many H aitian parents take a very active interest in their childs education, which was enabling them to excel in school. S peaking yesterday Mr Bannister said: Since then people have attributed all k inds of remarks to me which a re not true. What I am trying to create in The Bahamas is an awareness of the need forB ahamian parents to pay attention to the education needs of our children. Too many parents have d ropped the ball in terms of spending the time that is required to help their children a chieve success in education so children of Haitian abstraction will always be a focus ofd iscontent because so many o f them are doing well, and so many of our parents many are doing good jobs b ut some who are not doing a good job are going to utilise (children of Haitian parent a ge) as scapegoats when the reality is got to focus on what our children are doing. Illustrating the role that par enting plays in creating the environment which can allow a child to excel, Mr Bannister noted the example of a friend who home-schooled his son. He called me the other day s o gratified we helped his son take his BGCSEs. His son got eight As in the BGCSEs. Hes put everything into this child, so of course that meant sacrifices at home, that meant someone staying at home, lessi ncome for the family, but the child did extremely well. Meanwhile, he spoke of two girls born in the Bahamas, each of whom has one or more parents of Haitian orig in, who are both valedictorians at their respective public h igh schools in New Providence. They are no more intelligent than any other child who is in the school, they are entit led to be in our system, but the reality is that the parents a re spending the time with t hem and they are excelling. Someone called me from Grand Bahama and someone called me from Abaco and t hey told me the same story a nd its not that anyone is any s marter than any of our child ren but its time for us to appreciate children will excel w hen they get parental support. If you get up in the morni ng and dont pay attention to your children, dont make sure they get breakfast, that theyre prepared for school, if you stay out late at night and donth elp them with their home work if you are not putting t ime into their lives they are n ot going to see what these children (the ones who do well at school) see, said Mr Ban-n ister. Minister:stop making children of Haitian parentage scapegoats FROM page one M ESSAGETOPARENTS: Desmond Bannister
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE CARICOM body charged with overseeing regional standards and quality for traded goods and services is this week conducting a mission to this nation to assess how the Bahamas could set up its own Standards Bureau, the senior official co-ordinating the visit telling Tribune Business that its establishment was closer than it was 10 years ago. Alpheus Forbes, deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Development, confirmed that the Caribbean Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ meeting with the private sector, plus the Government and social organisations, to discuss establishing a Bahamas Bureau of Standards. The Bahamas signed up to CROSQ membership under the former Christie-led PLP administration, but has never created its own formal Standards Bureau, as demanded by legislation passed Manager wins $26,600 from Superclubs Breezes C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The information contained is from at hird party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report. $4.24 $4.29 $4.26 B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor FIDELITY Bank (Bahamas e xpects to return to profitabili ty in the 2010 second half after suffering a more than $900,000 reverse that pushed it into a $327,247 loss for the six months t o June 30, its chief executive telling Tribune Business its loan a rrears, as a percentage of the total portfolio, was some 4.4 p ercentage points better than industry average. Anwer Sunderji said the B ISX-listed bank expected to benefit from a reduction in loan l oss provisioning, as non-performing loans levelled off, w hile interest margins were set to benefit from reduced cost of funds as deposit rates in the B ahamian commercial banking system came under pressure f rom surplus liquidity. Both developments would benefit Fidelity Bank (Bahamas mance and help to drag it back into the black, Mr Sunderji said, a dding that an increased proportion of consumer loans withi n its overall portfolio would also aid its loan/asset yield. A positive development has been the change in mix of the loan book, Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business. Were now a t 77 per cent/23 per cent [mortgages/consumer loans], which i s a change from 82 per cent/18 per cent at the start of the year. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A FORMER receivables manager at SuperClubs Breezes h as been awarded $26,560 after the Supreme Court found the N assau-based all-inclusive resort wrongfully dismissed her, the judge ruling it had failed to prove she had falsified compa ny documents as alleged. J ustice Neville Adderley, in his August 6, 2010, ruling,d etailed how SuperClubs Breezes watered down its justif ication for dismissing Marion Morris, going from the November 18, 2004, summary dismissall etter, which alleged she had altered invoice dates and made a ccounts receivables uncollectible, to its argument of gross negligence made at trial. Although SuperClubs B reezes, in its defence, argued that it had carried out an inves tigation determining that Ms Morris was guilty on a balance of probability of the alleged falsification conduct, Justice Adderley noted that it aban d oned this to argue at trial the dismissal was justified by gross n egligence something the resort chain had not even p leaded. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T h e Government enjoyed a 38 per cent increase in revenues collected from the rent/lease of Crown L and in a three-year p eriod between 2005 and 2008, an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB only 60 per cent of the backlog in sur-v eying this land had been eliminated. The IDB, in its evaluation of the Land Use Policy and Administration Project (LUPAP t o enhance the Governments mana gement and oversight of Crown and Treasury land, in addition to developi ng a parcel-based mapping system of Bahamian real estate, said it had deliv ered a comprehensive Crown Land P olicy study that had formed the basis for reform of land management in the Bahamas. N oting that the Government had shown interest in establishing a Bahamian National Land Agency, sim38% Crown Land revenue increase By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas General Insurance Association (BGIA and its members are mulling whether to change its name to the Bahamas Insurance Association to better reflect attendee composition, Tribune Business can reveal, its chairman also telling this newspaper the organisation was feeling fairly positive it could resolve its current regulatory concerns. Timothy Ingraham, who is also head of Summit Insurance, declined to comment directly on an existing motion to change the BGIAs name to the Bahamas Insurance Association, telling Tribune Business he did not want to pre-empt the outcome of any discussions. However, he did confirm: Were working together on this for sure, and looking to the future. Were going to have something formal in the next few weeks. We just need to make sure were on the same track and headed in the right direction. Tribune Business under stands that the name changed is being mulled to better reflect General insurers mull name change By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T HE Government has done what was required to ensure t hat the Planning and Subdivisions Act can be implemented o n October 1 this year as planned, the minister of the environment told Tribune Business, adding that claims mil lions of dollars worth of real e state developments were being held up was wrong. R esponding to claims that numerous real estate-based p rojects had been delayed indefinitely because the Town Planning Committee was not meeting, or had said it was not approving any applications, Dr E arl Deveaux said the true picture was totally to the con-t rary. He explained that the Town P lanning Committees term in office had expired on July 1, 2010, and that all they had done was issue a letter to the Director of Physical Planning, M ichael Major, requesting that he not issue any approvals until t hey received letters from the Governor-General confirming t heir reappointment. The Town Planning Com mittee, which prior to the July 1 expiration held a meeting on June 29 or June 30, received its l etters of reappointment on July 11, 2010, a 10-day gap. The claim and belief that projects were being held up was wrong, Dr Deveaux said. What the Committee asked the director to do in a letter was not to issue any approvals between July 1-10, until they received their letters. M eanwhile, Dr Deveaux said his ministry and key govern m ent agencies had completed all that was necessary to bring t he Planning and Subdivisions Act to implementation by the revised October 1, 2010, deadline. He explained that the three k ey tasks had been to complete an audited list of approved sub d ivisions, so the Bahamian pub lic would know which develop m ents had received full government approval; finish the Land Use Plan for New Providence; and develop a referral process to accompany the A cts provisions. We have done these things, a nd will be in a position to meet the October 1 deadline, Dr D eveaux told Tribune Business. Government on target with the Planning Act IDB paper discloses just 60% of Crown Land survey backlog cleared, though, as project provides foundation for comprehensive land management reform in Bahamas Crown Land revenues exceed $1.5m, just shy of targeted 40% rise, as government shows interest in creating National Land Agency Resource critical for Bahamian economic empowerment, with Government again urged to clear $300m real property taxes outstanding Bahamian surveyors resent stereotype as uncooperative, secretive and old-fashioned PLANNING ACT: Earl Deveaux Standards Bureau moving forward Ex-supervisor found wrongfully dismissed by hotel chain, in episode related to $300,000 overstatement of Bahamian all-inclusive resorts accounts receivables S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B Fidelity expects profits return in second half Chief executive says bank s loan arrears 4.4 percentage points better than industry, standing at 12.96% compared to 17.36% Adds that non-performing percentage better at 8.4%, compared to commercial bank average of 8.7% Bank expects improved interest margins resulting from falling deposit rates, and lower loan loss provisions, to propel it back into black during final six months of 2010 Eyeing higher loan book yield, as higher -yielding consumer loans increase from 18% to 23% of total book during 2010 first half Bahamian insurance industry feeling fairly positive it can resolve differences with regulator over Act and regulations
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM rrf nt n nn Q QfrnQtnbr Qrr rnQrr f rffnt Fidelity expects profits return in second half Were getting more higher margin loans on the books, and our yield from the loan book is improving. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas s mallest institution in the Bahamian commercial banking sector, has traditionally been a mortgage lender, but its management has pursued to the e xtent it can during a recession the strategy of diversifying its loan book to move more into consumer loans, which carry higher interest rates and yieldm argins because of their perceived greater risk. Meanwhile, Mr Sunderji said Fidelity Bank (Bahamas f ormance for the 2010 first half, during which it fell to a $327,247 net loss for the six months to June 30, 2010, compared to a $582,089 profit int he same period last year, was consistent with what we expected. Pointing out that Fidelity B ank (Bahamas only Bahamian commercial bank to suffer a net loss during its current financial year, and that the industrys woesr elated directly to a bad economy and high unemployment, Mr Sunderji said: Were seeing non-performing loans levelling o ff. Were not seeing that problem get any worse. The industry, on total arrears, was a 17.36 per cent at the end of June, and our total arrears was 12.96 per cent, w hich is kind of a big difference of 4.4 percentage points b etween ourselves and the industry, and the industry is get-t ing progressively worse. Our total arrears is better, a nd the non-performing book is now stable. Its at 8.4 per cent of our loan book, and the i ndustry is at about 8.7 per cent. That is marginally better, but in any event its better. Its still bad, but we think there is light at the end of thet unnel its not getting worse and are actually quite hopeful that we will have some recovery through the balance of the y ear. Pointing to positive signs from the Paradise Island-based resort industry, where both Atlantis and Comfort Suitesa ppeared to have resumed some hiring, Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business: Were hopeful our provisioning will n ot be as high as it has been, and hopefully our margins will increase as the cost of funds is going down. We expect the bottom line t o improve, and both of those factors will assist us in getting back into the black. Thats our expectation. T he Fidelity Bank (Bahamas explained that interest paid on deposits throughout the Bahamian commercial banking system was likely to continue d eclining due to the high surplus liquidity levels, the avail a ble money supply depressing rates and competition ford epositors. Credit demand has coll apsed, really, and liquidity in the banking system has risen very substantially, so were sitt ing on surplus cash and cant lay it off, Mr Sunderji explained. So theres a drag on the system, and thats the reason for some aggressivel ending elsewhere. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas this reflected in its net interest income for the 2010 half year, w hich fell by 9.4 per cent to $3.938 million, compared to $4.347 million the year before. While interest income remained relatively flat, drop-p ing by only $45,000 despite the non-performing loan rise, interest expense (interest paid on deposits) rose year-over-year b y more than $360,000. This reflected the fact that Fidelity Bank (Bahamas deposit base, which grew by 2.2 per cent or $4.7 million to$ 221.755 million, expanded at a faster rate than the banks loan book, which grew by just over $1 million from $200.122 mill ion to $201.329 million. The lack of loan opportunities also hit Fidelity Bank (Bahamas non-interest income, such as fees, which fell from $2.703 million to $2.597 million. Its tough to find good loan prospects in this economy, Mr S underji explained. If the economy does not grow, therec an be limited expansion of growth in loan books. We think there may be some progress next year, when the economy is expected to g row by 1 per cent. I think we may resume growth in the loan book in a controlled way next year, dependent on jobs, dependent on Baha Mar, dependento n foreign direct investment. There are lots of variables and unknowns. Its too early to say that w ere cautiously optimistic, but the worst may be past us, even though recovery may not be swift. Its an economic cycle. The Bahamian banking i ndustry would need time to work its way through current non-performing loans, but in Fidelity Bank (Bahamas M r Sunderji said: With the improvement were getting on the loan book, expectations of lower costs of funds that will boost our interest margins, ande xpectations of provisions not increasing, will help us in the second half. On the expenses side, Mr S underji said a more than $240,000 increase in depreciation and amortisation was related to the banks new software and technology system, which it had to depreciate. S alaries and employee benefits, along with general admin i strative expenses, were held relatively flat during the 2010f irst half, while loan loss pro visions rose by less than $ 100,000 year-over-year growing from $584,248 to $669,060. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
By CHESTER ROBARDS B usiness Reporter c email@example.com THE NEW Straw Market is ahead of schedule and on bud-g et, a senior architect at Pat Rahming and Associates told Tribune Business Thursday. Collin Johnson, who is also t he project architect for the S traw Market, said the buildings roof was currently being constructed and could be set in place in another few days. This,h e said, will give the project a feel of near completion, though it is not scheduled to be finished for another year. Hopefully it (the roof a dd a bit of beauty to the project, said Mr Johnson. Once the roof gets on it looks as though we are doing some-t hing. According to him, they are not being too optimistic about the project, as several days of rain have slowed work somewhat, forcing the team to work1 2 hours per day to catch up. There is diligence from all c onsultants, and especially the contractor, he said. They are very adamant about getting this building done on time. Schedule is August of next year, even though we have hada couple of rainy days, but they have been working feverishly from 7am to 7pm to try to make up for those rainy days. D espite the weather woes, Mr Johnson said the project has not encountered any major snags during the building, and they have managed to avoida ny major impediment to Bay Street vehicular and pedestrian traffic. We havent hampered that i n any way, he said. We have foot traffic and vehicular traffic as normal. The new building is already beginning to enhance Down-t own Nassaus appearance, something he hopes will inspire other property owners who have let their buildings deterio rate. M r Johnson said while he is n ot sure what will become of t he existing, tented Straw Mark et site, he hopes it could become a parking area for the P ompey Museum, where tour buses can drop their guests. H owever, Tribune Business learned that extending the Pompey Museum into the space when the vendors move into their new building is beingm ulled by officials. Being such a valuable site, I dont think they will do that (create a parking lot C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Have you heard the good news? You CAN save money!Ask NIBA for a motor insurance quote! Not only do you pay less with NIBA,you receive cover thats hard to beat and a claims service that doesnt keep you waiting! Its time to pay less for insuring your car!Tel.677-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.nibaquote.com New Straw Market meeting its targets O N SCHEDULE: T he New Straw Market, Bay Street. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A RAWAK Homes is saving clients almost $3,000 during the building of their homes by removing the threat of material lostt hrough theft, the companys vice-president of sales told Tribune Business. D ena Ingraham said home builders rarely consider the cost of stolen construction material when cruching the numbers on the overall cost of a home, but Arawak Homes chairman, Franklyn Wilson, intimated during the dedication of their newly-refrubished Blue Hill Road office that theft has become a grave concern. M s Ingraham said this concern prompted the company to form and deploy a dedicated security team to protect properties under c onstruction in order to minimise the loss of material. She said the security unit at Arawak Homes was created due to t he increasing level of crime on the island. We had to respond to that need baesd on the amount of build ing materials we have lost, she said. With Arawak Homes you have that coverage. Crime has become a worrisome reality to the business commu n ity recently. Many business owners lament the costs associated with protecting a business and its employees from violent crime and t heft. President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, Khaalis R olle, said recently that doing business in this country has become extremely frightening. Mr Rolle said criminals seem to not fear the law, and Ms Ingraham said thieves will steal the newly installed toilet bowls out of an under-construction house. A rawak Homes has its in-house security firm patrol the houses it builds as a part of the complete package the company offers its c ustomers. Ms Ingraham said purchasing the services offered by her com p any separately could increase construction costs exponentially. She added that their packages, which now include security for their b uilding sites, can save thousands on a build. Building security plan aims to sa v e thousands
the BGIAs composition and attendance at its regular meetings. Apart from brokers and agents, representatives of Bahamas-based life and health insurers have been regulara ttendees at BGIA meetings in recent years. They used to have their own organisation, the Bahamas A ssociation of Life and Health Insurers (BALHI split apart and effectively ceased to exist following the wave of consolidation in thats egment of the Bahamian insurance market over the past decade. BALHI was also dealt a b low when Colina Insurance Company, the largest life and health insurer by asset size, withdrew from it due to its anger at opposition from com-p etitors to its purchase of Imperial Life Insurance Company. For a few years theres been an interest on both sides to do something along these lines, some interest in moving thatw ay, Mr Ingraham said of any possible name change, pointing out that in major international markets the insurance industry w as usually represented by one organisation or one voice, such as the Association of British Insurers (ABI Meanwhile, the Bahamian i nsurance industry appears confident that it can resolve its concerns/differences with sector regulator, the Insurance Comm ission of the Bahamas, despite its August 13, 2010, letter which demanded that it be shown a greater degree of respect by Superintendent LennoxM cCartney and his staff. Warning that the industry would resist end-September deadlines to comply with the Insurance Acts regulations, amid fears that excessive cap-i tal requirements will raise consumer premium prices and impair the regional competitiveness of local insurance playe rs, the BGIA had also pledged to bring pressure to bear on the Government to amend the Insurance Act 2005 and its accompanying regulations,w arning that they could seriously and adversely damage the operations of many of the insurers and insurance intermedia ries presently doing business in the country if they are not resolved. However, the temperature appears to have cooled, MrI ngraham telling Tribune Business: We feel fairly positive following our meeting last Monday, and are going to meet w ith them [the Commission] to t alk over some things in short o rder. After the meeting, we all l eft felling very positive about the future progress and about t he relationship with the Insurance Commission. Were look i ng forward to resolving all issues raised recently betweenu s. Mr Ingraham acknowledged t hat the August 13 letter to Mr McCartney and minister of state, Zhivargo Laing, which he himself signed, appeared to have concentrated minds and brought everyone together. However, he said the indust rys meeting with the Insur ance Commission might have been held before the BGIA letter reached the regulator, and added: The letter outlines s ome of the concerns we have, but right now we seem to beo n the right track. We all have the same goal i n mind, effective regulation of the industry, and when we sat down with them we all had the same goal in mind. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Employment OpportunityS ENIOR SALES & TRAINING MANAGERAleadingjewelleryretailerseeks a qualified person to fill the position of SeniorSales&TrainingManager The successful c andidatewillberesponsibleforensuringsalesandprofitsare optimizedbycustomerserviceandpropermaintenanceof inventorycontrolsaccordingtoestablishedcompanyprocedures. S uitablecandidatesmustbeofintegrity,proactiveandable to demonstratestrong leadership skills. The ideal candidate should possess: Aminimumof10yearsmanagementexperienceinthe jewelleryretail sector and the ability to supervise staffisamust. -Associatedegreeorabove;AnAccreditedjewellery professionalqualification(GIAorequivalent). -Goodknowledgeofcomputersandadministration -Provenskillswithinventorymanagement, m erchandising,marketingandtraining. Excellentremunerationandbenefitspackage. Interested persons maysubmitresumeto: A ttn:Recruitment P.O.BoxN-623 Nassau,Bahamas Fax:242.328.4211 Or Email: email@example.com General insurers mull name change I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s To advertise in The Tribune the #1 newspaper in circulation, just call 502-2371 today! F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
i lar to such bodies operating in other Caribbean nations, like Jamaica, the IDB report indicated that the project had pro-vided the foundation for several draft legislative reforms unveiled by the Ingraham administration last week the Land Ajudication Act, the Regi stered Land Bill, and the Law of Property Bill. With the Government officially confirming its belief that land security, and the possession of secure and marketablet itle, as key to Bahamian economic empowerment, the IDB said: A Land Ajudication Bill will permit the certification of f ee simple title to generation and commonage lands, and also legislation will be put in place for a Law of Property Act and a Registered Land Act. All ofw hich the Ingraham administration has now done. Turning to the IDB-financed LUPAP projects accomplishments, the Banks assessment stated: The target was for a 40p er cent increase in revenues generated from Crown Lands by year three of the project from a 2005 baseline of $1.1 m illion. According to project management reports, revenues actually increased to $1.522 million up to November 2008. This rep-r esents a 38 per cent increase. This was despite the Estate Management System (EMS which was designed help the G overnment better manage its C rown and Treasury lands, only b ecoming fully operational by D ecember 2009. The system w as intended to reduce the time taken by the Department of L ands and Surveys to make recommendations on Crown Land a pplications from three months to one. Measures to eliminate the backlog and speed up the time t aken to execute Crown Land surveys are required to sustain the current increase in revenue, the IDB warned, adding that the project failed to com p lete eliminate the backlog in these surveys. N oting that only 60 per cent of the Crown Land survey backlog was eliminated by the LUPAP project, the IDB explained: One of the reasons f or not achieving this output is the scarcity of land surveyorsi n the Bahamas, as the few existing land surveyors were f ully employed by private land developers. At the end of the project, the Department of Lands and Surveys hired land surveyors f rom other Caribbean countries to carry out the remaining C rown Land surveys, financed with local resources. It is e xpected that this backlog will be eliminated in short order. The IDB report also urged the Government to recoup the significant amount of real prop e rty tax arrears outstanding, a figure conservatively estimat e d as being around $300 mil lion. C alling on the Government to improve the real property tax system in the Bahamas, the IDB report added that the par cel-based land information management system should be used as a tool to identify miss-i ng properties and bring them on to the tax roll, as well as undertake a general reassess ment of all properties on the i slands to establish an equitable valuation as a reference base. S ome 15 per cent of Bahamian land parcels were thought to have been in dispute when the LUPAP project was started, and the IDB recommendedt hat the unit tasked with managing the new parcel-based system for registering Bahamian land be included, in the longt erm, inside a Bahamian National Land Agency. A new project, the bank suggested, was needed to fully consolidate the land manage-m ent system in the Bahamas over a five to 10-year period, with one Family Island done ata time. The Parcel Information M anagement System (PIMS f ully being implemented and w ill contribute to the efficient f unctioning of the local land markets in support of private s ector development, including facilitation of foreign invest m ent, thereby contributing directly to the objectives of theb anks strategy for the Bahamas, the IDB said. Geog raphic profiles of Andros, Inagua and Abaco represent a good point of departure for land use and natural resources management. D ave Turner, secretary of the Bahamas Association of Land S urveyors, during a meeting to evaluate the LUPAP project, said its team had incorrectly typified Bahamian surveyors as being uncooperative, secretive a nd old-fashioned. Some 40 per cent of the 20 a ctive Bahamian land surveyors used global positioning sys t ems (GPS Mr Turner said the Association and its members wanted to cooperate with the Surveyor General, including the mandat ory registration of surveys. 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The judge added that SuperClubs Breezes conceded that it did not prove, on a balance of p robability, that at the time of the dismissal it reasonable believed that the plaintiff was guilty of falsification of company documents, which it aban-d oned by the evidence of its only witness, Mrs Tynes-Miller, and in its closing submissions, in favour of the claim of gross n egligence. The affair surrounding Ms Morriss wrongful dismissal was the almost $300,000 overstatement of SuperClubs Breezes a ccounts receivables during the resorts 2003 financial year, Justice Adderley noting that seven months prior to her enforced d eparture, the resort chain had congratulated her department for collecting 121 per cent of their outstanding account quota. D etailing the cases factual background, Justice Adderley said the accounts receivables overstatement was only detecte d when the SuperClubs resort chain switched to a new software system in mid-2004. Invoices were issued to tour o perators, in a bid to collect monies due for guest stays, and i n this case were largely related to three companies Apple V acations East, Liberty Travel Go Go Tours, and Internation-a l Lifestyles. Accounts receivables were o verstated by $299,732, Justice Adderley noted, with the resorts general ledger not bala ncing with the receivables departments sub-ledger. T he problem went undetected by SuperClubs Breezes audi-t ors in their review of the 2003 accounts, the judgment noting t hat the main impact, apart from upsetting some tour operators, was that the Bahamian r esort had unwittingly informed its creditors ands hareholders that it had more assets than it actually had. A t trial, Ms Morris said there had been problems with ageing accounts those 30 and 90 days past due under the previous software system, and there were numerous reasons why credits w ould not have been posted to invoices human error, the wait for back-up documents, disputes over rates between S uperClubs Breezes and the tour operators, and waiting for Camille Tynes-Miller, the financial controller, to determine what adjustments were need-e d. Mrs Tynes-Miller, though, giving evidence on SuperClubs Breezes behalf, denied Ms M orriss claim that both she and the general manager were aware of outstanding amounts waiting to be credited. G iving reasons for his verdict, Justice Adderley said Ms M orriss claim had to succeed because SuperClubs Breezes h ad failed to meet the standard demanded by the EmploymentA ct, namely that it had an honest and reasonable belief o n a balance of probability that she had falsified company document. S hooting down the argument by the resorts attorney, Paula A dderley, that document falsification was not inconsis-t ent with gross negligence, the judge ruled that SuperClubs B reezes could not honestly believe that she was guilty of the latter. The plaintiff had a team of t hree persons in her department, all of whom posted items to the accounts receivable ledger, the system required a m onthly balancing of her departments sub-ledger against the general ledger checked and maintained by Mrs TynesMiller, her supervisor, thej udgment said. Mistakes are made in accounting, and these are detected and resolved by reco nciliations. Indeed, the mistakes in this case were so corrected. Each month, Mrs Tynes-Miller signed off on the b alanced accounts. The fact that Mrs Tynes-Miller was not d ismissed, and having regard to the evidence on the account i ng process given by Mrs TynesMiller and the plaintiff, thea pproval of the 2003 accounts by the auditors, and all the circ umstances lead me to the view that the defendant did not honestly believe that the errors m ade in the accounts were due to gross negligence by the plain t iff. Justice Adderley added that t here was no suggestion Ms Morris was given a chance to r espond to the allegations the resort chain made against her prior to dismissal. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $8',725 Manager wins $26,600 from the Superclubs Breezes F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f r om people who are m aking news in their neighbour hoods. Per h aps y ou ar e raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for impr o vements in the area or have won an awar d I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
during the previous governments 2002-2007 tenure. This means that the Standards Act, w hile passed into law, has never been enforced. CROSQ has been trying to see how the Bahamas could set u p its Standards Bureau for quite some time, Mr Forbes told Tribune Business. Weve been looking at various means and the opportune time that t he Standards Bureau could take effect. He described the role of any Bahamian Standards Bureau as facilitative, not prohibitive, anticipating the concerns of some in the private sector who are likely to fear such a body would merely add another lay-e r of bureaucracy and red tape, thus increasing business costs. Pointing to the benefits of a Standards Bureau as an educational tool, Mr Forbes said it would ensure that all goods and services traded and sold locally m et acceptable quality criteria, thus protecting Bahamian consumers. It would scrutinise imports t o ensure they met acceptable standards, and also help Bahamian goods and services exporters to meet standard requirements in overseas countries. think it is safe to say that it is closer than it was 10 years ago, Mr Forbes told Tribune B usiness of the creation of a Bahamian Standards Bureau. It is to facilitate trade and commerce. He added that during its visit, CROSQ would attend the creation of a Bahamian National Technical Sub-Committee, the national body that would come under the Caribbeans Regional Building Standards Programme and provide advice t o it. Caribbean T he Bahamas was one of only two Caribbean countries still lacking such a sub-committee, Mr Forbes said, the initiatives overall aim being the creation of uniform safe building/construction standards in the Caribbean, and ensure they complied with international s tandards. CROSQ will tomorrow hold a workshop for small and medium-sized Bahamian companies, followed by a Wednesday seminar on Regional Quality Infras tructure, dealing with standards, awareness of them and various methodologies. The final two days of the o rganisations visit will involve public and private sector consultations to determine the general overall view of the acceptance of a Standards Bureau in the Bahamas. Mr Forbes, though, said the Government would be guided by its own agenda and timelines o n the implementation of a Bahamian Standards Bureau. 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INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 The stories behind the news Who will care for the autistic members of Bahamian society? By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org M ost parents fret about their childrens future and safety until their offspring reach an age where they are capable of taking care of themselves. Parents are usually overcome with questions of How are they going to manage when I am gone? and Who will take care of them? These concerns are born out of love and are generally a mark of a good, caring guardian. Most times these fears never materialise into reality and a parent can breathe a sigh of relief once the children are off to college or have landed good jobs. But think of how terrifying it is when the child is unable to care for themselves even after they are well past their teenage years. For too many families of children with autism, this is a real concern with no solution on the horizon. Last week I came face to face with some of these parents' struggles during an autism awareness reception hosted by US Ambassador Nicole Avant in conjunction with local autism advocacy group REACH. REACH was formed 12 years ago to provide a support network for parents of children with special needs and to increase awareness about autism. Since its inception, the group has also raised scholarship money to train Bahamian teachers to better serve autistic children. The common link in many of those parents lives is a deficit in adequate and affordable local treatment centres for autistic children and assisted living centres to house those children when they become adults. "Currently there is one autistic primary school class at Garvin Tynes Primary and one high school class at Anatol Rodgers Secondary School. In the country there are only three therapists that work with the Ministry of Education and there is a very long waiting list. A lot of the (autistic older now and we need living assistance for them we're not going to be here forever and after parents pass away there's a concern of who takes care of the kids, lamented Kim Gibson, public relations officer at REACH, and mother to a sevenyear-old autistic son. Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister Perry Christie father of 22-yearold Adam, who also is autistic echoed these sentiments during a recent interview with The Tribune He added that while there have been notable advancements in special needs care over the last ten years or so, those improvements pale in compari son to what is left undone. "Every parent's fear is, if they were to die what would happen to this child? That is the most common worry for parents of disabled children. These parents are so committed to helping disabled children but they know that it doesn't necessarily mean a sibling or other relative will be as committed. "That is where the state has to recognise that it has not yet put in place the kind of after care to address issues of that kind. Any government that comes to power has a commitment to address the issue but has to take a balanced approach to the allocation of resources so we are ensuring that these special persons get fair treatment. Sometimes they are overlooked and even though there is improvement (over the last few years) there is still more to be done, said Mr Christie. According to American statistics, about one in every 110 children are autistic with boys three times as likely to be autistic than girls. Local psychologist and autism specialist Dr Michelle Major, clinical director of the Seahorse Institute, thinks the condition is just as prevalent in the Bahamas. "I don't think that they're that far off from what the national statistics are in the US to be honest with you. When we talk about the whole spectrum (of autism feel that we are pretty much in the same area, said Dr Major when asked to com pare Bahamian rates of autism to those in the States. While autism numbers have grown in the United States over the past few years, something observers attribute to better detection methods, many afflicted chil dren go undiagnosed here either due to a lack of understanding about developmental disorders, a lack of trained doc tors who can make a diagnosis, or because of the negative stigma attached to having a disability. Dr Major has diagnosed autistic children from Abaco, Eleuthera and Long Island and says while resources are scarce in New Providence they are virtually nonexistent in the family islands. During his travels throughout the country, Mr Christie said he has encountered many children with disabilities who were not receiving proper treatment from state care facilities. He thinks this is because government agencies havent canvassed the remote areas to identify persons with special needs. "We have to recognise that some groups have done a lot to help. The Stapleton School (in New Providence dous asset to the country but I've always felt that we haven't done the kind of national audit that we need to find out in all of the remote areas of the Bahamas where these children are. Those families who are fighting for social improvements for their autistic chil dren will tell you that there is no simple solution to the myriad of problems they face every day: the stigma of having a dif ferently abled child, the stares, lack of understanding, to the strain on their pock et books and marriages. However, the parents, educators and physicians who tackle these problems head on and who have organised themselves without any prompting from any public agency deserve much more praise and all the help they can get. They stand as exam ples of good parenting, concerned and productive members of civil society. AUTISM a mental condition characterized by great difficulty in communicating with others and in using language and abstract concepts. The Concise Oxford Dictionary
By CHRISTINA HOAG Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP Next month's opening of the Robert F Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambass ador Hotel, where the D emocratic presidential cont ender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of "Taj Mahal" schools, $100 millionplus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities. "There's no more of the o ld, windowless cinderblock s chools of the '70s where kids f elt, 'Oh, back to jail,'" said Joe Agron, editor-in-chief of American School & Univer sity, a school construction journal. "Districts want a showpiece for the community,a really impressive environment for learning." Not everyone is similarly enthusiastic. "New buildings are nice, but when they're run by the same people who've given us a 50 per cent dropout rate, they're a big waste of taxpayer money," said Ben Austin, executive director of Parent Revolution who sits on the California Board of Education. "Parents aren't fooled." At RFK, the features include fine art murals and a marble memorial depicting the complex's namesake, a manicured public park, a state-of-the-art swimming pool and preservation of pieces of the original hotel. Partly by circumstance and partly by design, the Los Angeles Unified School District has emerged as the mogul of Taj Mahals. The RFK complex follows on the heels of two other LA schools among the nation's costliest the $377 million Edward R Roybal Learning Center, which opened in 2008, and the $232 million Visual and Performing Arts High School that debuted in 2009. The pricey schools have come during a sensitive period for the nation's secondlargest school system: Nearly 3,000 teachers have been laid off over the past two years, the academic year and programmes have been slashed. The district also faces a $640 million shortfall and some schools persistently rank among the nation's lowest performing. Los Angeles is not alone, however, in building big. Some of the most expensive schools are found in low-performing districts New York City has a $235 million campus; New Brunswick, N.J., opened a $185 million high school in January. Nationwide, dozens of schools have surpassed $100 million with amenities including atriums, orchestra-pit auditoriums, food courts, even bamboo nooks. The extravagance has led some to wonder where the line should be drawn and whether more money should be spent on teachers. "Architects and builders love this stuff, but there's a little bit of a lack of discipline here," said Mary Filardo, executive director of 21st Century School Fund in Washington, DC, which promotes urban school construction. Some experts say it's not all C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Los Angeles unveils $578m school, S S E E E E n n e e x x t t p p a a g g e e THE VISUAL and Performing Arts High School is seen in Los Angeles. Next month's opening of the Robert F Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. (AP Photo
flourish and that children learn better in more pleasant surroundings. Many schools incorporate large windows to let in natur-al light and install energy-saving equipment, spending more upfront for reduced bills later. Cafeterias are getting fancier, seeking to retain students who venture off campus. Wireless Internet and other high-tech installations have become standard. Some pricey projects have had political fallout. After a firestorm over the $197.5 million Newton NorthHigh School in Massachusetts, Mayor David Cohen chose not to seek re-election and state Treasurer Timothy Cahill reined in school construction spending. Now to get state funds for a new school, districts must choose among three designs costing $49 million to $64 million. "We had to bring some sense to this process," Cahill said. In Los Angeles, officials say the new schools were planned long before the economic pinch and are funded by $20 billion in voter-approved bonds that do not affect the educational budget. Still, even LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines derided some of the extravagance, noting that donations should have been sought to fund the RFK project's talking benches commemorating the site's history. Connie Rice, member of the district's School Bond Oversight Committee, noted the megaschools are only three of 131 that the district is building to alleviate overcrowding. RFK "is an amazing facility," she said. "Is it a lot of money? Yes. We didn't like it, but they got it done." Construction costs at LA Unified are the second-highest in the nation something the district blames on skyrocketing material and land prices, rigorous seismic codes and unionized labour. James Sohn, the district's chief facilities executive, said the megaschools were built when global raw material shortages caused costs to skyrocket to an average of $600 per square foot in 2006 and 2007 triple the price from 2002. Costs have since eased to $350 per square foot. On top of that, each project had its own cost drivers. After buildings were demolished at the site of the 2,400-student Roybal school, contaminated soil, a methane gas field and an earthquake fault were discovered. A gas mitigation system cost $17 million. Over 20 years, the project grew to encompass a dance studio with cushioned maple floors, a modern kitchen with a restaurant-quality pizza oven, a 10-acre park and teacher planning rooms between classrooms. The 1,700-student arts school was designed as a landmark, with a stainless steel, postmodernistic tower encircled by a rollercoaster-like swirl, while the RFK site involved 15 years of litigation with historic preservationists and Donald Trump, who wanted to build the world's tallest building there. The wrangling cost $9 million. Methane mitigation cost $33 million and the district paid another $15 million preserving historic features, including a wall of the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub and turning the Paul Williams-designed coffee shop into a faculty lounge. Sohn said LA Unified has reached the end of its Taj Mahal building spree. "These are definitely the exceptions," he said. "We don't anticipate schools costing hundreds of millions of dollars in the future." C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM the costliest public one in the US F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 2 2 C C T HE VISUAL a nd Performing Arts High School.
By VERENA DOBNIK Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP proposed mosque near ground zero drew hundreds of fever-pitch demonstrators Sunday, with opponents car rying signs associating Islam with blood, supporters shouting, "Say no to racist fear!" and American flags waving on both sides. Police separated the two groups but there were some nose-to-nose confrontations, including a man and a woman screaming at each other across a barricade under a steady rain. Opponents of the plan to build a $100 million, 13-story Islamic center and mosque two blocks from the World Trade Center site appeared to outnumber supporters. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" blared over loudspeakers as mosque oppo nents chanted, "No mosque, no way!" Signs hoisted by hundreds of protesters standing behind police barricades read "SHARIA" using dripping, blood-red letters to describe Islam's Shariah law. Around the corner, NYPD officers guarded a cordonedoff stretch of Park Place occu pied by the old building that is to become the Islamic center. Steve Ayling, a 40-year-old Brooklyn plumber who took his "SHARIA" sign to a dry spot by an office building, said the people behind the mosque project are "the same people who took down the twin towers." Opponents demand that the mosque be moved farther from the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001. Ayling said, "They should put it in the Middle East," and added that he still vividly remembers watching television on 9/11 "and seeing people jump ing from the towers, and ashes falling on my house." On a nearby sidewalk, police chased away a group that unfurled a banner with images of beating, stoning and other torture they said was committed by those who followed Islamic law. The mosque project is being led by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and his wife, Daisy Khan, who insist the center will promote moderate Islam. The dispute has sparked a national debate on religious freedom and American values and is becoming an issue on the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections. Republicans have been critical of President Barack Obama's stance: He has said the Muslims have the right to build the center at the site but has not commented on whether he thinks they should. At a pro-mosque rally staged a block away from opponents' demonstration, several hundred people chanted, "Muslims are welcome here! We say no to racist fear!" Dr Ali Akram, a Brooklyn physician, came with his three sons and an 11-year-old nephew waving an American flag in his hand. He noted that scores of Muslims were among those who died in the towers, and he called those who oppose the mosque "unAmerican." "They teach their children about the freedom of religion in America but they don't practice what they preach," Akram said. Gila Barzvi, whose son, Guy Barzvi, was killed in the towers, stood with mosque opponents, clutching a large photo of her son with both hands. "This is sacred ground and it's where my son was buried," the native Israeli from Queens said. She said the mosque would be "like a knife in our hearts." She was joined by a close friend, Kobi Mor, who flew from San Francisco to partic ipate in the rally. If the mosque gets built, "we will bombard it," Mor said. He would not elaborate but added that he believes the project "will never happen." The Sunday rallies coincided with an annual motorcycle ride by a group that raises money for September 11 first responders. Bikers rolled in from the two other September 11 attack sites, Washington and Shanksville, Pa. The imam behind the project is in the middle of a Mideast trip funded by the US State Department that is intended to promote religious tolerance. He has discussed efforts to combat extremism, but has avoided any comments on the rancor over the planned Islamic center. Rauf told the Al Wasat newspaper in Bahrain that the freedoms enshrined by the US Constitution also reflect true Muslim values. A portion of the interview to be published Monday was seen Sunday by The Associated Press. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 4C, MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Rallies over mosque near ground zero get heated PEOPLE participate in the rally. PEOPLE participate in a rally against a proposed mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero in New York on Sunday, August 22, 2010. DEMONSTRATORS in favour of the proposed Islamic center near ground zero make their feelings about t he emotionally charged subject known on Church Avenue in lower Manhattan on Sunday, August 22, 2010. Opponents and supporters of the Islamic cultural center were separated by barricades and police officers as both groups demonstrated near the proposed site. (AP Photos
By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Writer W ASHINGTON (AP Two Iowa farms that recalled more than a half-billion eggs linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business routinely cited f or violating state and federal law. Food and Drug Administ ration investigators have yet to determine the cause of the salmonella outbreaks at Wright County Egg and Hil-l andale Farms. The FDA investigation could take months, and sources of contamination are often difficultt o find. T he number of illnesses, which can be life-threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, is expected to increase. Them ost common symptoms are d iarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever eight to 72 hours of eating a contaminated product. The company Quality Egg s upplies young chickens and f eed to both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The two share other suppliers, said Jewanna Porter, a spokeswoman for the egg industry, but she did notn ame them. The egg industry has consolidated over recent years, placing fewer, larger busi-n esses in control over much of the nation's egg supply to c onsumers. The salmonella outbreak h as raised questions about federal inspections of eggf arms. The FDA oversees inspections of shell eggs, w hile the Agriculture Department is in charge of inspecting o ther egg products. William D Marler, a Seattle a ttorney for a person who filed suit alleging illness from tainted eggs in a salad at a restaurant in Kenosha, Wis.,s aid Sunday his firm has been retained by two dozen families and was representing a woman who was hospitalized in California. "The history of ignoring the law makes the sickening of 1,300 and the forced recall of 550 million eggs shockingly understandable," Marler said i n an e-mail to The Associated Press. "You have to won d er where the USDA and FDA inspectors were." Businessman Austin "Jack" DeCoster owns Wright County Egg and Quality Egg. Wright County Egg recalled 380 million eggs August 13 after it was linked to more than 1,000 cases of salmonella poisoning. A week later, Hillandale Farms recalled 170 million eggs. DeCoster is no stranger to controversy in his food and farm operations: In 1994, the state of Iowa assessed at least four separate penalties against DeCoster Farms for environmental violations, many of them involving hog waste. In 1997, DeCoster Egg Farms agreed to pay $2 million in fines to settle citations brought in 1996 for health and safety violations at DeCoster's farm in Turner, Maine. The nation's labour secretary at the time, Robert Reich, said conditions were "as dangerous and oppressive as any sweatshop." Reich's successor, Alexis Herman, called the state of the farms "simply atrocious," citing unguarded machinery, electrical hazards, exposure toh armful bacteria and other unsanitary conditions. Designated In 2000, Iowa designated D eCoster a "habitual violator" of environmental regul ations for problems that included hog manure runoff i nto waterways. The label made him subject toi ncreased penalties and pro hibited him from building new farms. In 2002, the federal E qual Employment Opportunity Commission announced a more than $1.5 million settlement of an employment discrimination lawsuit against DeCoster Farms on behalf of Mexican women who reported they were subjected to sexual harassment, including rape, abuse and retaliation by somes upervisory workers at DeCoster's Wright County plants. In 2007, 51 workers were arrested during an immigration raid at six DeCoster egg farms. His farms had been the subject of at least three previous raids. In June 2010, Maine Contract Farming, the successor company to DeCoster Egg Farms, agreed in statec ourt to pay $25,000 in penalties and to make a one-time p ayment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agri c ulture over animal cruelty allegations that were spurredb y a hidden-camera investigation by an animal welfare o rganization. A spokeswoman for D eCoster, Hinda Mitchell, said Sunday that she had noc omment on DeCoster's his tory of violations and that DeCoster himself would not be available for an interview. W right County Egg also faces a lawsuit from food distributor Dutch Farms alleging that the company used unauthorized cartons to pack age and sell eggs under its brand without its knowledge. The CDC said last week that investigations by 10 states since April have identified 26 cases where more than onep erson became ill. Preliminary information showed that Wright was the supplier in at least 15 of those cases. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 5C SUPREME COURTGN-1088 Farms recalling eggs share suppliers and other ties Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. BUILDINGS at the egg operations run by Wright County Egg on Highway 69, near Galt, Iowa. (AP Photo
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By LOLITA C BALDOR Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP would take "a complete failure" of the Iraqi security forces for the US to resume combat operations there, the top American commander in Iraq said as the final US fighting forces prepared to leave the country. With a major military milestone in sight, General Ray Odierno said in interviews broadcast Sunday that any resumption of combat duties by American forces is unlikely. "We don't see that happening," Odierno said. The Iraqi security forces have been doing "so well for so long now that we really believe we're beyond that point." President Barack Obama plans a major speech on Iraq after his return to Washington, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because details were being finalized. T he speech will come shortly after O bama returns to the White House o n August 29 from his Martha's Vineyard vacation. About 50,000 US troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011 to serve as a training and assistance force, a dramatic drawdown from the peak of more than 170,000 during the surge of American forces in 2007. Obama will face a delicate balancing act in his speech between welcoming signs of progress and bringing an end to the seven-year-old war without prematurely declaring the mission accomplished, as former President George W Bush once did. US involvement in Iraq beyond the end of 2011, Odierno said, probably would involve assisting the Iraqis secure their airspace and borders. While Iraq forces can handle internal security and protect Iraqis, Odierno said he believes military commanders want to have the US involved beyond 2011 to help Iraqis acquire the required equipment, training and technical capabilities. He said Iraq's security forces have matured to the point where they will be ready to shoulder enough of the burden to permit the remaining 50,000 soldiers to go home at the end of next year. If the Iraqis asked that American troops remain in the country after 2011, Odierno said US officials would consider it, but that would bea policy decision made by the president and his national security advisers. Odierno's assessment, while optimistic, also acknowledges the difficult road ahead for the Iraqis as they take control of their own security, even as political divisions threaten the formation of the fledgling democracy. South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, who's on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he hopes "we will have an enduring relationship of having some military presence in Iraq. I think that would be smart not to let things unwind over the next three or five years." On Thursday, the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division began crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait, becoming the last combat brigade to leave Iraq. Its exodus, along with that of the approximately 2,000 remaining US combat forces destined to leave in the coming days, fulfills Obama's pledge to end combat operations in Iraq by August 31. In interviews with CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union," Odierno said it may take several years before America can d etermine if the war was a success. A strong democratic Iraq will bring stability to the Middle East, and if we see Iraq that's moving toward that, two, three, five years from now, I think we can call our operations a success," he said. Much of that may hinge on whether Iraq's political leaders can overcome ethnic divisions and work toward a more unified government, while also enabling security forces to tamp down a simmering insurgency. Iraq's political parties have been bickering for more than five months since the March parliamentary elections failed to produce a clear winner. They have yet to reach agreements on how to share power or whether to replace embattled Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and amid the political instability, other economic and governmental problems fester. Fuelling that instability is neighbouring Iran which, Odierno said, continues to fund and train Shiite extremist groups. "They don't want to see Iraq turn into a strong democratic country. They'd rather see it become a weak governmental institution," said Odierno. He added that he is not worried that Iraq will fall back into a military dictatorship, as it was under the reign of Saddam Hussein. American troops unlikely to resume combat duties in Iraq UNITED STATES Army colour guard soldiers hold the American flag and their brigade flag at the casing ceremony for 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the last American combat brigade to serve in Iraq, on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at Camp Virginia, Kuwait. (AP Photo