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 Students stabbed in latest violence C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.248FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS, SUN, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 76F S P O R T S 8-Ball playoffs B U S I N E S S Customs empty threat to firms The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST SEEPAGE1B CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEEPAGE15 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com POLICE were called to the condominium home of a young woman on Paradise Island on Wednesday after r eceiving reports that she h ad attempted to commit suicide. If correct, this would make t he incident the sixth attempted or actual suicide in under two weeks repYoung woman reported to have attempted suicide SEE page 10 By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A SENIOR school official, the President of the teachers union, police, parents and coun selors offered a variety of views yesterday on whether police should be re-introduced as a permanent presence on school campuses as two students were stabbed and five more taken into custody in the fourth serious outbreak of violence involving school children to take place in as many days. Fearful parents who gathered outside C I Gibson Junior High School, where two male students were stabbed in a breaktime brawl during the morning, were unanimous in their view that a permanent police presence was needed to quell rowdy students in the face of what they believe is escalating vio l ence in and around school campuses. President of the Bahamas Union of Teachers Belinda Wilson, who is to face an electoral SHOW OF CONCERN: Parents stand outside the gates of C I Gibson yesterday after two male students were stabbed in a break-time brawl. SEE page two Calls f or per manent police pr esence on school campuses CONCERNEDPARENTS T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f UNIONIZED workers at the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation were reportedly told to walk off the job yes terday, amid reports that those same workers locked their union president inside his Farrington Road office for nearly an hour. It is understood that the majority if not all of the reporters and staff at ZNS left the corporation yesterday at the request of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union. However, reports also indiMajor ity of staff at ZNS alk off job SEE page 11 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The government is being called on to inves tigate operations at Bradford Marine after an employee was reportedly diagnosed with a severe, possibly life-threaten ing respiratory illness that is believed to be commonly asso ciated with sandblasting. The activist group Families For Justice is concerned that the health of other employees Call for govt investigation o ver workers se v er e illness SEE page 10 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE prisons record speaks for itself, said Dr Elliston Rahming in response to claims that the Prison Staff Association has declared its opposition to his reappointment. Dr Rahmings current contract, soon to expire, will require the government to appoint a suc cessor by February 2011, or make a reappointment at the Pr ison r ecor d def ended by Dr Elliston Rahming SEE page 10 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A DATE was set yesterday for a judicial review hearing into the decision not to appoint Cheryl Grant-Bethel to the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. While that hearing has been set for January 2011, Mrs Grant-Bethels attorneys were presented yesterday with their first legal hurdle. During a SEE page 10 Date set for hear ing into Grant-Bethel decision By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AS REPORTSof student violence in the capital escalate, the parents of Rashad Rolle, a recent student victim, reflect on how the senseless crime has affected their family. The Elizabeth Estates family are not seeking vengeance for Rashads shooting only saddened that their sons injuries are just one casualty in an overwhelming tide of youth violence. Rashads father, Gregory Rolle, a 45-year-old self-employed mason, and his mother, Janet Taylor, a 44-year-old janitress, told The Tribune of how on that tragic day their entire world was changed forever. The parents of student shooting victim reflect on senseless crime SEE page 11
challenge on Tuesday, called for beefed up security at public schools in the form of added reservists and retired police officers joining school security, and more frequent police patrols on and outside campuses, but said she did not want to see a permanent police presence. Meanwhile, former principal Dressler Sherman, District Superintendent of Schools for the north eastern area of New Providence, who has responsibility for C I Gibson school and three others said she felt police in schools would make little difference to the levels of violence if no other efforts were made to address the root cause of the problem, and may even be counter productive. Is it deterrent or are we further making police powerless that they would be fighting in front of them? Their comments came after the stabbing incident at C I Gibson Junior High School, which police said resulted in two male students receiving injuries and being taken to hospital by ambulance with one discharged yesterday and the other remaining in hospital in an unknown condition. The school was placed on lockdown, with no one but police and education officials allowed in or out for a number of hours after the incident, which occurred at around 11.20am in the area of the boys bathrooms. Mrs Sherman said school o fficials believed the latest outbreak of violence in the public school system to be gang-relat ed. The school official told The Tribune she understood only one male student had been stabbed receiving non-life threatening back injuries h owever police later reported there were two stabbings. The stabbings are the third and fourth at the school since December 2009. That month,a 17-year-old student was attacked by two other male stu dents armed with knives. In May, three students aged 16 and 15 were stabbed during another on campus brawl. At that time, Director of Education Lionel Sands said plans were in place to install CCTV at the school in an effort to diminish school violence. When this newspaper arrived at C I Gibson Junior High, located on Marathon Road, at around noon yesterday, it found what has become a familiar scene a group of ten parents and other relatives of students at the school gathered outside the schools gates seeking information after receiving word that there may have been multiple stabbings inside. Several were frustrated that they were not given the opportunity to speak with their relatives inside. Some shouted insults at the school security who stood guard by the locked school gate, suggesting the incident proved they were not doing a good enough job. Grandmother of a 14-yearold student at the school, Della Thomas, said: The police s houldve been here before the fight started. The Government needs to do something about this situation now before someone gets killed because thats whats going to happen. This is war. They need to go in each class and take out the bad kids, other ones want to learn. If they dont have enough police get reserve fellas who want to help the country. Cheri Rolle, mother of 15year-old Kerenique McKenzie, said: They need to put the police back. (Kerenique me from when school opened there were all kinds of fights. I w orry about her because all kinds of funny things happen in schools today, Renaldo Rolle, 18, a former head boy at Eight Mile Rock High School who came to the campus yesterday out of con cern for his cousin who goes toC I Gibson, and counsels atr isk young men at LW Young, agreed. He said: The majority of teachers, if an altercation occurs, are scared. Theyre run ning around. Its hard for them to even get to the land phone to call the police. So it would be better to have (policeF rom observation when I was in school we had police then and we never used to have problems. Now its chaos in there (Eight Mile Rock High School). I think there should be at least three (officers in each school). One in every block. H owever, District Superintendent of schools for the area, Mrs Sherman, said that in her view, the presence of police in schools in the past they were removed after the 2007 general election did not lead to a reduction in school violence and solving the problem comes d own to changing attitudes. Even if police are there look at the wider society: How do you prevent arguments? Someone wanting to pick up a knife and stab someone. We are focusing on self discipline. At C I Gibson thats the concept we are trying to teach the children to manage your thoughts and actions. I think we have to continue to teach our children about choices and consequences when they perpetrate crimes, added the education official. Crisis Centre Counselor Donna Nicolls, who works with at-risk students, suggested that police have no place in schools but should be present outside. She considers that indiscipline and violence among students stems in large part from a lack of discipline in the classroom, and teachers need more support from school officials when they set standards and rules for their students. Incidences of violence on campus or involving students near their school have escalated heavily in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Minister of Edu cation Desmond Bannister found himself privy to a first hand view of school violence when he saw CV Bethel Senior High School students that had just left school very quickly get caught up in a brawl with other young men and students from a private school in a nearby plaza. The fight led to the arrest of three people. Students, along with others involved in the brawl, were seen throwing rocks, wielding cutlasses and one was even witnessed wielding a gun. Mr Bannister had been in the area to observe first hand what happens when school children are leaving s chools, amid fears that it is during this time that students are most prone to starting or vulnerable to getting caught up in fights. On the same day a 16-yearold CC Sweeting high school student was attacked in a separate incident by a number of s tudents and subsequently stabbed. Four CC Sweeting students were arrested. The stabbed student was treated at hospital and discharged. Meanwhile, on Tuesday a female student was taken to hospital in an ambulance after being beaten by a group of fell ow students outside AF Adderley Junior High School at around 3.20pm. And in the most serious incident of violence involving a stu dent, eighth grader at T A Thompson, 13-year-old Rashad Rolle was shot in the head after leaving his school on Monday.I n this case, police have suggested Rashad, who was waiting at a bus stop at John Road off Baillou Hill Road, may not have been deliberately targeted but was perhaps the victim of a stray bullet that was not intended for him. He is recovering in hospital in stable condition. Af ormal assessment of the level of brain damage Rashad may have endured from the bullet wound is yet to be conducted. His father, Gregory Rolle, told The Tribune yesterday that it would appear that in any area where a government school exists, that area seems to b ecome a crime hot spot after school closes for the day. Its not that the public transportation isnt safe just where the drop off point is it isnt safe. Where any government school is at the end of the day that area becomes a problem area, said the 45-year-old f ather. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna, asked yesterday for the police forces position on the issue of officers in and around schools, said police will continue to make our presence felt wherever there are hotspots. Whenever there are incidents we are constantly evalu ating the aftermath of these situations and making decisions. Divisional commanders manage policing in their districts and we are very confident they are rising to the occasion to deal with situations in their areas. Mobile units are deployed strategically. ACP Hanna said police will not only focus on using their presence as a deterrent but also on intelligence-led efforts to reduce school violence. By its very nature that has to be covert to get the maximum results. In some instances there are outsiders creating problems for youngsters out side so a lot of what we have to do has to be intelligence led. There is the balancing act for us. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Mangrove Cay District has finally collected enough funds to purchase 19 laptops for primary and high school students who participated in the Crabs for Computers initiative during the summer months. Gilbert Kemp, administrator of the programme told The Tribune yesterday that the children of Mangrove Cay were inquiring about the use of laptops to do research for their projects and class assignments. Now they will have full access to modern technology, and complete their work in real time. The Crabs for Computers initiative was launched by administrator Gilbert Kemp who inspired many Bahamians to believe that they could have a good start by getting a real reward with hard work. The students reached the goal of the project by raising $9,000 to catch and sell crabs, to use the money for the purchase of Compaq laptops. According to Mr Kemp, the council is in talks with Flamingo Air and LeeAir to arrange a flight to leave Nassau at 1 pm for Mangrove Cay to take those attending the ceremony from Nassau to make the presentations. They will return to Nassau by charter at 6 pm. To ensure that the majority of the island is covered with wireless internet access, the Mangrove Cay District is still accepting donations for more laptops and powerful routers to place at various spots on the island. The Tribune Omni Technologies, Galleria Cinemas, the District Council of Mangrove Cay, Mr Pretzels, Scotia Bank International, Kellys Home Centre, Commonwealth Bank, CIBC, Our Ladys Catholic Church, Holy Family Catholic Church, Flamingo Air, Lee Air, Bahamasair, Bahamas Subs and the Deputy Prime Minister and his wife were sponsors of the project. Governor-general Sir Arthur Foulkes will also attend. Crabs for Computers initiative finally nets laptop funds COLLECTING CRABS: The initiative has raised enough funds for 19 laptops. FROM page one Students stabbed in latest violence
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN 18-year-old man charged in the stabbing death of a man o n Abaco this week was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday. Raheem McBride, 18, of Murphy Town, Abaco, was a rraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, charged with the September 13 murder of Arah Brown. Mr Brown, also an Abaco resident, was reportedly stabbed at around 4.45pm on Monday at Curry Lane in Murphy Town. According to reports, police found Mr Browns body lying face-up in the driveway of a home at Curry Lane. He had been stabbed in his stomach. Initial reports indicate the victim and another man got into a fight and at some point Mr Brown was stabbed. He was tak en to the local clinic where he was pronounced dead. McBride was not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Twenty-three witnesses are listed on court dockets. McBride was represented by attorney Anthony Forbes who appeared on behalf of attorney V Alfred Gray. The accused was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. The case was adjourned to September 27 and transferred to Court 6, Parliament Street. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE second of three final ists in the College of the Bahamas' 2010 presidential search, Dr Kathryn Bindon, arrived yesterday to tour the main campus and meet with the college community. Dr Bindon currently serves as Advisor to the President of the University of Bahrain, and her career was described by the Search Committee to have spanned over five provinces in Canada. Among her credentials, she has served as president of Okanagan University College in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada which has five cam puses. She is also listed as the founding president of Bahrain's Royal University for Women. Dr Bindons three-day candidate tour began with breakfast with the search committee at the British Colonial Hilton followed by an introductory meeting with the current presi dent Dr Earla Carey-Baines. The slate of activities include engagements with upper level management at the institution, the Minister of Education, multiple open forums with alumni, faculty, students, and their unions, and also a trip to the Northern Bahamas campus. The final candidate visit, Dr Susan Coultrap-McQuin, is scheduled for Monday. Dr Coultrap-McQuin currently serves as deputy to the President for Special Projects, of the State University of New York (SUNY C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News...........P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,16 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Sports.......................................P12,13,14,15 BUSINESS SECTION Business..................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,8 Comics.......................................................P7 INSER TS FURNITURE PLUS CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 P AGES USA TODA Y MAIN/SPORTS 12 PAGES IF THE 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park could have been acquired as an untouched or pristine wilderness, the issue of land use conflicts within the park could have been easily avoided by f orever excluding all private interests. T here is, however, a legacy of private land holdings in this park, which existed well before the government leased the territory to the BNT in 1962. The Bahamas National Trust Act does not override thei nalienable rights of property owners, as e nshrined within the constitution of the B ahamas. In fact, about a third of the Exuma park's land area is privately owned, including Cistern Cay, Pirate's Cay, Little Pigeon Cay, South Halls Pond Cay, Soldier Cay, Dinna Cay, White Bay Cay, Osprey Cay, BellI sland and Little Bell Island. There is no commercial development anywhere in the park, but some private islands h ave been developed for the personal use of t he owners and their guests. Examples i nclude Soldier Cay, Cistern Cay, Halls P ond Cay, and Bell Island. Developments over the years have included land clearing, h ome and infrastructure construction, and dredging of the seabed. T he most egregious development on priv ate land in the park occurred in the early 2 000s, when the owner engaged in an orgy of pointless land clearing, marina and road construction. The BNT had not been cons ulted prior to the proposed development, b ut was able to persuade the government to put a stop to the activities. T he comprehensive Planning and Subdivision Act, which will come into force on October 1 2010, will form the basis for land use decisions throughout the Bahamas. This provides an opportunity for the BNT to d evelop an authoritative land use plan for the park with strict rules on the scale and s cope of development. Currently, the BNT can set rules and regulations for public use of the park but has no control over private land use. These private islands were grandfathered i n when the park was created, and success ive governments have treated them as an important part of the country's tax base. T hey also provide spin-off benefits for near by communities like Black Point, Staniel C ay and Farmers Cay. The objectives of the Exuma park as expressed in the 2006 general management plan are to protect biodiversity, conserven atural and cultural resources, support the local and national economy, and provide environmentally sensitive visitor experi ences. Development on private land in the Bahamas is controlled through permits issued by the central government and/or local government authorities. The BNT works co-operatively with private landowners within the Exuma park and surrounding communities to encourage compatible plann ing and land use. E very landowner in the park has contributed generously to the funding of the BNT. In the present case, the owner of Bell Island applied to the government for per-m ission to expand an existing service/utilit y area, excavate an inland yacht basin, and d redge less than nine acres of sandy seabed to accommodate 150-foot vessels. The total development footprint on the 349-acre island is less than five acres, and mitigation would include removal of all casuarina trees, restoration of natural vegetation and devel-o pment of a native plant nursery. The government consulted the BNT on environmental safeguards for the developm ent, although in the past consultation on s uch matters has been an exception rather t han the rule. The BNT executive committ ee reviewed all available documents and considered the matter very carefully. The d ocuments included an Environmental Impact Assessment completed by Turrell,H all & Associates of Naples, Florida in M arch 2010. The BNT called for: 1 An independent survey of all dredging areas and the relocation of any marine resources that may be practically salvagea ble. 2 A comprehensive environmental management plan for the development. 3 Completion of all dredging activities within 60 days. 4. Appointment of a full-time, on-site environmental/compliance officer approved by the BNT with full authority to suspend w orks and enforce conditions. 5. A requirement for the developer's full a nd frank co-operation and consultation with the BNT on all matters. 6. Indemnity for any costs that may be incurred by the BNT as a result of the development. T he BNT also endorsed other environmental recommendations made by the B EST Commission. The despoilation of Halls Pond Cay is a p rime example of why the BNT needs to be actively involved in any land use planning within the Exuma park. We are pleased that the government has invited our input int he case of Bell Island, and we have conditionally accepted the relatively low impact of this proposed development. Our view was to permit reasonable access for the owner under strict environmental protocols. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org E NVIRONMENT Mini ster Earl Deveaux refused t o respond to baseless claims he facilitated a $1million donation to the Bahamas National Trust f rom billionaire landowner t he Aga Khan, who has p lans to develop in the Exum a Cays Land and Sea P ark. T he PLP accused Dr Deveaux of facilitating the donation from the billion aire leader of an Islamic sect, Shah Karim al-Hussayni, the Aga Khan IV, tothe BNT ahead of their s crutiny of his development p lans for Bell Island. The Aga Khan submitted p lans to dredge at least 8.8 a cres of sand for two 12ft a nd 14ft deep channels, as well as a yacht basin with slips for 20 vessels and ab arge landing with 100ft dock after he bought the 349 acre island in the park last year. Helicopter Dr Deveaux admitted to taking a free ride in the Aga K hans helicopter to attend a film screening in Abaco with his wife and two friends before going on to Bell Island to do a landa ssessment with BNT exec utives the next day. And the Minister of the E nvironment tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister, which was refused, after his actionsw ere revealed in T he Tri b une H owever the PLP are n ow asserting Dr Deveaux f acilitated a $1million donation from the AgaK han to the BNT, which m anages the 176 square mile park and no-take marine reserve. The donation was said to have been made at the Trusts annual fundraiser last year. W hen contacted for c omment yesterday, Dr Deveaux told The Trib une : I have no response t o this baseless allegation. I believe, the Bahamas National Trust will respond in due course. H e said he was minded t o approve the Bell Island project, and that he passedo n the plans and the Envir onmental Impact Assessment (EIA for their input. In its statement, the P LP it would like to know how the public interest is p rotected and served by the government granting permission for the dredging of a protected marine habitat for purely private use and personal convenience. The party further cond emned Dr Deveauxs a ccepting the ride in the helicopter, and what they said was his arrogant and dismissive attitude toward the matter, as the minister stated he could not be bought by a helic opter ride and denied a ny conflict of interest. Cabinet Based on the principle o f collective responsibility, t he leader of the Cabinet, the prime minister, is culpable and must accept full responsibility for the behaviour of his cabinet colleagues, stated the PLP. The PLP strongly urges t he prime minister to pub licly state his reasons forr ejecting Minister D eveauxs resignation, in l ight of the FNM-inspired standards of conduct for ministers of government, said the statement. The FNM manifesto states: Ministers muste nsure that no conflict a rises, or appears to arise, between their public duty and their private interests, and Ministers musta void accepting any gift or hospitality, which might appear to compromise their judgment or placet hem under improper obligation. BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST STATEMENT ON THE BELL ISLAND DEVELOPMENT Minister refuses to respond to baseless $1m donation claim R EFUSINGTORESPOND: Dr Earl Deveaux CANDIDATE: Dr Kathryn Bindon Second presidency candidate tour s COB RAHEEM MCBRIDE 18, of Murphy Town, Abaco, was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez charged with the September 13 murder of Arah Brown. 18-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH STABBING DEATH
E DITOR, The Tribune. While I generally support t he concept of the necessity f or the much ballyhooed B aha Mar project and the a bsolute necessity for the creation of badly needed jobs for Bahamians, I wasa stounded and gravely disa ppointed to have heard of a nd to have read the intric ate details of the same. The Rt Hon Prime Ministers introduction and first reading of the proposed Resolution in the House of Assembly the other day was lackluster, at best, but i t revealed details which the B ahamian people had never k nown of before. It is inconceivable that Baha Mar appears to have been able t o negotiate with the Peo p les Republic of China and i s relevant agencies, for the d isposition of valuable Bahamian owned land without first having the fee simple documents in hand. I s Baha Mar a governm ental partner with powers to arrogate the disposition of Crown Land and land owned by various governmental entities? O ver 260 acres of prime r eal estate is being proposed t o be transferred, outright, t o Baha Mar for which it w ill, allegedly, pay some 80 m illion dollars This translates into roughly to B $70,000.00 per acre for land which is worth from B$150 to B$200,000.00 pera cre on the market. Why are we proposing to g ive away this valuable chunk of real estate at what appears to be a fire sale p rice? Both major political part ies have a role in the conceptualization of this particular baby. I ndeed, as has been attributed to the Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas this baby may well turn out to be a golden one. The FNM and the PLP are, seemingly, desperate to p rop up the massive levels o f unemployment and under e mployment in the nation. I s this the way to go, howe ver? The Rt Hon Prime Minist er says that the land will be t ransferred on certain cond itions. That may well be his good intentions but he, like me, is a lawyer and must k now that once a fee simple estate would have been created, as it must be in this case to facilitate the deal with the Chinese that is the e nd of the matter. N o trust instrument is b eing set up and we must read the conveyance as it will be. I f Baha Mar defaults on the terms and conditions of the loan with China, theC hinese will end up owning land and assets worth in excess of three-four billion d ollars. To God then (or is it Buddha?), in all of these mun-d ane things, be the glory. ORTLAND H B ODIE JR N assau, September 13, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., ( Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm THE PLP never cease to amuse us. Knowing the partys own free-ride histo ry, we were surprised members would have the temerity to venture into the debate on whether Environment Minister Earl Deveaux should have accepted Prince Karim Aga Khan lVs helicopter to fly him to a meeting with the Bahamas National Trust at the princes Bell Island development. The princes proposal to develop his private island, located within the environmentally sensitive Exuma Land and Sea Park, is now before the cabinet. In the public eye the reason for the flight made Mr Deveauxs helicopter ride precarious. There were those who believed that Mr Deveauxs acceptance of the princes hospitality was a conflict of interest. Of course, the PLP quoted Prime Minister Ingrahams standards of conduct for ministers of government, which was prompted by Mr Ingrahams alarm on becoming prime minister to find the extent to which the free-wheeling practices of some ministers and civil servants during former prime minister Perry Christies administra tion had been honed to a fine art. Ministers must avoid accepting any gift or hospitality, which might appear to compromise their judgment or place them under an improper obligation, said a PLP press release quoting from the Ingraham code of conduct. On the face of it, it would appear that Mr Deveaux had committed an unfortunate indiscretion. However, Mr Christie also had codes of conduct for his ministers, which were more honoured in their breach. One only has to speak with Bobby Ginn, the Grand Bahama developer, who at that time had applications before cabinet and/or various government departments, to find out how many times his private aircraft was made available to members of the PLP administration. It was Mr Ginns plane that flew Mr Christie to the Cleveland Clinic when he had his medical emergency. Mr Manuel Dias is another one who should be able to recall how many times he accommodated a PLP minister in his private aircraft, as for Mr Gerado Capo of the Bimini Bay development, he should also have many stories to tell of how he routinely had ministers, civil servants and even board members flown back and forth in his private aircraft when his controversial Bimini development was being discussed. As a matter of fact, commented someone from the Christie era, investors flying around PLP ministers and civil servants had reached an alarming level. So alarming, in fact, that when Mr Ingraham became prime minister and saw what was happening, he had to apply the brakes. However, as another person recalled, the use of private planes by Ministers and other MPs has a long history in the Bahamas not all of it with ulterior motives. It was just the accepted practice that if the developer wanted a minister to see what he was doing, he often sent his plane for him, offered him lunch and flew him home. And now to Minister Deveaux. The Friends of the Environment had invited Mr Deveaux to Hope Town for an early morning premier of a documentary on the Lionfish Invasion. However, Mr Deveaux had to be back in Nassau that morning to catch an Executive Flight support aircraft to get him to his Bell Island appointment in the Exu mas. There was no way that he could fly to Abaco, see the documentary, and get back to Nassau in time to meet the Bahamas Nation al Trust members and Ministry staff to make the scheduled flight to Bell Island. This is where Prince Karim stepped in. The Prince offered his helicopter to fly Mr Deveaux to Marsh Harbour, then back to Nassau to pick up the waiting team, and on to Bell Island. It seemed a practical solution, and Mr Deveaux accepted the hospitality. Someone who perceived conflict of interest in this arrangement called The Tribune. The next morning a photograph appeared on The Tribunes front page showing Mr Deveaux leaving the Princes helicopter. Mr Deveaux knew exactly what this meant. Being the man of honour that he is, he did what we expected. He went straight to the Prime Ministers office and offered his resignation. And the Prime Minister also did what we expected under the circumstances. Recognising that there was no way that a helicopter ride could influence his hard working Ministers decision, or buy his integrity, he refused to accept the resignation. But, of course, there is that public per ception. The cabinet now has to sit down and rethink the rules, so that the public will not have an opportunity in the future to have a set of circumstances occur from which it can draw the wrong conclusions. See the Bahamas National Trusts state ment on the matter on page 2 of this issue. Astounded and disappointed to hear Baha Mar project details LETTERS l email@example.com The Minister and the Princes helicopter Customer Service Representative Applicant must: Head Landscaper Applicant must: EXCITING NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT A LOCAL TOURIST ATTRACTIONInterested candidates should submit resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please EDITOR, The Tribune I read in The Tribune the possibility that Bell I sland will be sold again. Peggy Hall, as the P ark Warden from1988/1995,fought solong and hard to s ave Bell Island when the last investors came in, s ome twenty odd years ago. With NO agenda but to keep The Exuma LAND and Sea Parkpristine and safe forgenerations of B ahamians to come,Peggy went up against all come rs to stop this assault on the Park, and through her dedication, stopped fishing and was working on NO moredevelopment when she had her stroke. I t is through her efforts and single-mindedness t hat The Exuma Land and Sea Park is the success that it is today. I sincerely hope the new owner will respect The Park for what it stands for preservation and one of the most beautiful places on earth. SUE DARCEY a concerned Bahamian, living in Exuma, September 16, 2010. The Park stands for pr eservation and one of the most beautiful places on ear th EDITOR, The Tribune. I am baffled by the decision of Church authorities in England and Wales toh ave a rap song serve as the Youth Anthem dur ing the papal visit to the UK this month. Pope Benedict XVI has previously described pop music as the cult of the b anal. H e has also stated that r ock music is a form of worship...in opposition to Christian worship. Rap music has a beat with a downward deflection that is condescending in nature. It contains essential rhythmic elements of bragging (braggadocio alised insult and toasting oneself. Rap was largely influ enced by Rock n Roll (slang for sex developed into trends of violence and gratuitous sex. Putting Christian lyrics to such profane music does not make that music Christian. Plain and simply this is inculturation gone haywire. PAUL KOKOSKI Canada, September 8, 2010. Baffled by rap song decision EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Food import bill rises 53% The Tribune, September 7, 2010 Let me see if Ive got this straight: Bahamian Agriculture has a long and dismal his tory of waste and failure, consistent with our DandE educational system. However, if we p*ss away another $42 million on it, we can expect a dif ferent outcome. Right? KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 8, 2010. Money for nothing?
B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A well known veteran educator and basketball coach in the country expressed concern over the proliferation of violence among students in the Bahamas. Gladstone Moon McPhee, affectionately known as Coach, was distraught over the recent shooting of a 13year-old schoolboy allegedly by another male student in New Providence. I sat down and watched the news on ZNS and listened to the story of the young boy who got shot by a stray bullet, and later found out that it was gang-related at that age group, and I just started crying McPhee told The Tribune. Rashad Rolle, an eighth grade student at T A Thompson Junior High School, was shot in the head and is detained in hospital after undergoing intense surgery. Compelling The incident was so touching that the former educator felt compelled to speak out, calling on the Minister of Education, politicians, and educators, especially PE teachers and coaches to use their influence and reach out to so-called bul lies and troubled youths in the country. Coach McPhee has helped to turn the lives around of many wayward youth through sports, specifically basketball. Many of them have gone off to college after receiving college scholarships. McPhee, who was also employed at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is now retired. He believes that PE teach ers and coaches are some of the most influential people who can play a pivotal role in confronting the whole issue of youth violence and crime. PE teachers and coaches are the most influential people in the schools, especially when it comes to discipline. I am calling on PE teachers and coaches to use the influ ence they have and get these socalled bullies involved in sports and activities, he stressed. Most bullies are kids who are looking to be loved and wanted, and who are having problems either at home or school. McPhee stated that bullies have been around since the old days, but did not have access to guns and knives as todays youth. He noted that school gangs started in the 1980s when there were no sports in the schools in Nassau, and quickly spread to the Family Islands, especially in Grand Bahama. We realised then how important having sports in schools was, and that is when we started the HOYTES (Helping Our Youth Through Education and Sports) Foun dation. We realised if we continue to allow kids to not have anything to do after school and during school time, then we are asking for problems. And so that is when we started having various sports tournaments for kids, he explained. Coach McPhee said that slow students are often left behind in the classrooms because they are unable to keep up with other students. We leave these kids strand ed and at the end we call them dummies; they are not dumb, what they need is attention, he said. If we reach out to these socalled bullies and introduce them to sports and make them a part of a team it can make a difference. Right now, these kids do not feel wanted, and principals need to understand the power of PE teachers and coaches and get them more involved in the schools, McPhee said. Reach We really need to reach out to these kids, and I call on Minister Bannister, my good friend, to understand that this problem is not as hard as we think it is. We can reach the so-called bullies, but we have to put our hands out to them and offer and bring them in, he said. McPhee said that politicians must also use their influence and reach out to trouble stu dents. We took a tournament to the Family Islands and the representative for the area was in town, but he did not think it was important to say hello to those kids and I think that is the biggest travesty in the world, I call on my former colleagues and politicians in parliament to use their influence and let us save our nation, letus save our young people, he said. H EALTH Minister Dr Hubert Minnis will launch the National Prescription Drug Plan on September 20, it was announced yesterday. Director of the National Insurance Board, Algernon Cargill, said the ceremony will take place at the Soldier Road branch of Lowes Pharmacy, which was the first private pharmacy group to sign on to the plan. A first-run of the prescription delivery process will be one of the highlights of the evening. A selected subscriber to the plan will make use of his or her ACE Card, which gives access to the service atp articipating pharmacies. O n Tuesday, September 21, following the official launch,a ll NPDP subscribers will be able to use their ACE Prescription Cards at participating pharmacies to obtain, freeof-charge, prescription drugsa s described in the NPDP formulary and prescribed by their physicians, who must be licensed and registered in theB ahamas. T o date, 30 private pharmacies in 35 locations throughout the Bahamas and all public p harmacies have signed on to the NPDP. Tami Francis, manager of the NPDP, said the Prescription Drug Plan will positively impact the health and lives of thousands of Bahamians around 35,000 in Phase 1. Eventually, some 100,000 persons throughout the length and breadth of the Bahamas will have access to free medication. Benefits Mr Cargill said that in terms of far-reaching andl ong-term benefit for the people of the Bahamas, little can be more important than the National Prescription Drug Plan. The National Prescription Drug Plan is one of the first lines of defence in the govern m ents campaign against the chronic diseases that sap thew ell-being, productivity and finances of one in three Bahamians and those who support them. As our slogan says, the plan is completely focused on reducing cost, increasing a ccess, and improving health. When people are enabled to get the medications prescribed for them when they require them, disease management and comfort levels can be greatly improved, Mr Cargill said. He added: The National Prescription Drug Plan is a victory for all who dedicated hundreds of hours to bring together the many strands that had to be knitted together to create this much-needed and long-anticipated programme. For the board, the launch of the plan represents a victory of expert planning, research, public and privates ector co-operation and the c o-ordination of the work of many dedicated persons in-h ouse and from the wider community, The director went on to say that it was the National Insurance Boards decision not tol aunch the initiative before all of the necessary elements had undergone multiple trials to ensure that the system wouldp erform with the greatest poss ible efficiency for the benefit of the Bahamians NPDP has been designed to serve. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM news in BRIEF TWO men became the victims of armed robbers within the space of six hours on Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday morning, police report. One of the victims was arriving at his home on Goggle Eye Road off Soldier Road when he was robbed. Police were told he was approached by a masked male, wearing dark clothing allegedly armed with a handgun demanding cash. The culprit robbed the victim of an undetermined amount of cash and cell phone cards and fled the area on foot in an unknown direction, said police press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings. At around 4 oclock Thursday morning, a man was robbed by two men one armed with a gun, the other with a knife while in the area of Meeting Street off Baillou Hill Road. The culprits robbed the victim of his wallet containing an undetermined amount of cash and his cell phone and fled the area on foot in an unknown direc-tion. Police are investigating, said Sgt Skippings. Armed robbers strike By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT The elderly man found dead at t he Coral Beach Hotel last week has been identified as M ichael Graham of the UK. He was 75. According to reports, Mr G raham had arrived in Grand Bahama on August 2 6. He was found dead in h is condo unit on Septem ber 10. Asst Supt Hector D elva explained that the body was found after some o ne reported noticing a bad smell. He said the body was partially decomposed. H otel management disagree with the polices a ssessment however, insisting there was no bad smell c oming from the unit. Police say that according to an autopsy report, Mr Graham died of natural causes. Steel cutter killed at plant is named A MAN killed when a steel structure collapsed at the old Bahama Cement plant has been identified as 37-year-old Frederick Exalus. Exalus and three other men were at the abandoned plant on Monday cutting steel when the structure became unstable and fell onto top of him. A doctor pronounced him dead at the scene. According to reports, the men were freelance steel cutters. The deceased man had been working as a steel cut ter for a year. Former educator and basketball coach voices concern over student violence Body of elderly man identified National Prescription Drug Plan to be launched on September 20 OFFICERSconfiscated two handguns from two young men yesterday morning after seeing them behaving suspiciously. Central Detective Unit officers were also able to take the men, ages 17 and23, into custody, catching up with them after they attempted to flee police inthe area of Tonique Williams Darling Highway. The handguns were loaded, Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said. Police ar rest two young men, confiscate two handguns Dr Hubert Minnis I am calling on PE teachers and coaches to use the influence they have and get these socalled bullies involved in sports and activi ties. Gladstone Moon McPhee G ladstone Moon McPhee
By LARRYSMITH WE are all familiar with the basic outline. Fishing accounts for about 3 per c ent of our economy, supp orts several thousand jobs, a nd earns just under $100 million a year, mostly from exports of lobster and conch. B ut there is much more t o it than that. Our marine ecosystems p rovide vitally important g oods and services, supp orting traditional fishing communities, as well as al ucrative tourism industry t hat draws snorkelers, divers and sport fishermen from around the world. And without a reasonably healthy environment, our quality of life would be greatly impaired just imagi ne not being able to catch a f ew fish or conch for dinner o n the out islands. T his means that exploitat ion of our marine resources m ust be carefully weighed, using the best information available, so they are not carelessly wasted for shortterm gains accruing to a few individuals. The current controversy o ver unregulated fisheries in sea cucumbers and sharks is a case in point. S ea cucumbers are w orm-like animals that scavenge on the sea floor. They are found around the world in relatively high den-s ities, and in the Far East they have been harvested for centuries as a tonic food.A lthough there has been s poradic interest in a sea cucumber fishery here since the 19th century, none has ever developed. I n the 1890s someone apparently tried to developa dried sea cucumber trade a t Golding Cay, off New Providence, but the attempt failed "because the people did not understand the process sufficiently well, and their product would not keep." A 1917 publication noted that sea cucumbers were "not fished for in these islands, as there is no local m arket for them. It is curi o us that a commodity which fetches as much as five dol lars a pound in any market should find no patron in the Bahamas...In China the demand is inexhaustible,while New York restaurants have at times made a spe cialty of it. It is supposed to possess aphrodisiac qualities." It was the opening of China's vast market to inter national trading relations in 1978 that led to an explosion in demand for sea cucumbers. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, sea cucumber stocks have come under intense fishing pressure throughout the world, and most high-value com mercial species have already been depleted. "Sea cucumber fisheries have arrived at the furthermost fishing grounds avail able...where no knowledge or political will exists to avoid an overexploitation spiral that may leave (them on the brink of extinction," the report warned. This is certainly the case in the Bahamas, where the massive Asian demand has put increasing pressure on local decision-makers to accommodate such a fish ery, despite the lack of bio logical or ecological information on which to base a judgment. James Mackey, of Sunco Wholesale Seafoods Ltd, was given an export license for sea cucumbers about 10 months ago without any public discussion, and was originally harvesting 30,000 animals a day at Andros. According to Marine Resources Director Michael B raynen, there have been several other expressions of i nterest in harvesting sea c ucumbers, a fishery which a t the moment is totally u nregulated. T his surge in interest has l ed the Department of Marine Resources to commission the first-ever local study of the resource, albeit after the fact. Dr Craig Dahlgren, a senior research scientist with the Perry institute for Marine Science, will start field work later this month on a basic stock assessment for sea cucum ber resources around NorthA ndros. He will also exami ne reproductive capacities. T he study will be ongoing f or a year. A drian La-Roda, of the B ahamas Commercial Fishers Alliance, recently wrote to Agriculture & Marine Resources Minister Larry Cartwright urging the cancellation of existing export permits and the prohibition o f commercial trade in both sea cucumbers and sharks. La-Roda polled members o f the Alliance and of 123 r eplies, he said 119 objected to commercial fisheries in sharks or sea cucumbers for fear that this could cause ad rastic imbalance in our marine ecosystem that would damage the country'sm ulti-million-dollar lobster fishery. "Had we known about the current permit to har-v est sea cucumbers before i t was issued, we would have objected then," he told me. "If these animals were av ital food source for Bahamians our view might be different, but in the absence of stock assessments and regulations to ensure sustainability we will not support any fishery of this type." According to Dr Dahlgren, this issue is outside the scope of work being s upported by the DMR, but "it is something that I am interested in addressing. I have certainly seen lobsters eating sea cucumbers and I know some fishermen bait lobster traps with sea cucumbers, but how important these animals are for lobsters is not well known." The other marine animal that La-Roda and many others are concerned about is the shark. This concern was amplified recently when James Mackey told The Tribune that Sunco Seafood was also interested in exporting shark fins to help satisfy another huge Chinese market. "Their intention to engage in the commercial harvesting of shark fins is of great concern to our members and we request that no permits be granted for such activities," LaRoda said in his letter to the minister. "Our members and partner organizations have expressed concern over the use of gill netting and long-lining to harvest sharks. These indiscriminate methods will wreak havoc on our fishery reserves, potentially wiping out entire schools of reef fish." But according to Michael Braynen, there is nothing to worry about. "We have hada line item for sharks in our landing statistics off and on over the years, but usually the amount is zero. So far there have been no expressions of interest in the export of shark products," he told me recently. "The last time sharks were harvested commercially here was in the early 1990s when long-lining was being tried o ut." After a bitter fight, the g overnment banned longl ining in Bahamian waters i n 1995, and Braynen says t hat although there are no s pecific regulations that a pply to sharks "our control point is the export license, and we have prohibited the export of shark products in this way for many years. A real commercial fishery can't develop without an export license." Others are not so confident. The Bahamas National Trust, for example, says the huge Asian market raise s serious concerns about w ildlife that is not tradi t ionally harvested or hunted i n the Bahamas, and does n ot enjoy protection as a r esult. The BNT has also pointed to the expected influx of thousands of Chinese to work on construction projects in the Bahamas as having the potential to increase d emand for such resources. According to Aleksandra Maljkovic, a doctoral stud ent in marine ecology at C anada's Simon Fraser Uni versity who has conducted research in the Bahamas, more than 100 millions harks are taken annually by commercial fishermen and another five million byr ecreational fishermen. "The trends indicate precipitous population declines in all large-bodied sharks.T hey are the most threat e ned species on the planet." And one of the main causes is the demand fore xpensive shark-fin soup in Asia. Fins can fetch hun dreds of dollars, whereas shark meat is worth less than most fish. As a result, fins are cut off of millions of living sharks and the mutilated animals are thrown back into the sea to die. This is clearly unsustainable, and a waste of an important biological r esource. S harks are like the lions and tigers of the sea, and m any point out that shark d ive tourism is a multi-mil l ion-dollar sustainable industry that attracts thousands of visitors and gener a tes tons of publicity every year. It contributes much more t o our economy than a dead shark on a fishing boat ever could. In fact, according to venerable University ofM iami professor Dr Sammy G ruber who has been researching sharks at Bimi ni since 1990, a single live shark in healthy habitat like the Bahamas is worth as much as $200,000 in tourism revenue over its lifetime. S o the BNT has teamed u p with the Washingtonbased Pew Environment Group to launch a public education campaign to help Bahamians understand why sharks are important for e cosystem balance. Jill H epp, a Pew conservation b iologist who is spearhead ing this campaign along with Shelley Cant of the BNT, says fisheries should be sust ainable and precautionary m easures to protect sharks in the Bahamas should be t aken now. B ecause of their long life s pans and low fertility rates, sharks are highly vulnerable to overfishing. It's difficult to stop someone who has already invested in a fishery," Heppt old me. "Being pro-active makes it easier for governments because they don't have to react to any nega t ive situation that may a rise." The main goal of the campaign is to encourage the government to declare the entire Bahamas a shark sanctuary, something that two other island nationsh ave already done. The w orld's first shark sanctu ary was created by the Pacific nation of Palau in 2009. Like the Bahamas, tourists go to Palau for its spectacular diving, dramati c coral and rich marine life. [I] believe what I did w as not only to help human ity but to help our tourism industry," Palau's President Johnson Toribiong said in a speech at the United Nations. "Millions of sharks are being killed every year s o their fins will be cut off a nd turned into soup. I say t hat the need to save our oceans and save the sharks far outweighs our need for a bowl of soup. It serves n otice to the world that we a re going to be pro-active in protecting our resource." T he Maldives in the India n Ocean implemented a n ationwide shark fishing ban this summer. Previous-l y all shark fishing in the M aldives had been for the export of fins, but the government reported that exports had fallen by 80 per cent over the past dozen years. This was not a reflection o f a collapsing market but o f scarcer stock in Maldives w aters. P ew is also working for p assage of the US Shark C onservation Act which would completely prohibit the removal of shark fins at sea, close loopholes in the current finning law and promote shark conservation in other countries. Efforts are a lso underway to protect sharks under the Convention on International Trade i n Endangered Species. Scie ntists have drawn important connections between the loss of these top preda tors and a continuing breakd own of ocean ecosystems. "The Bahamian econo my is built around a good t ourism product and the m arine ecosystem is pretty central to that," Hepp told me. "If the Bahamas did something very positive int his regard the global community would applaud them. Palau got lot ofw orldwide attention. It's a great marketing tool to say you have a shark sanctu ary." What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The current controversy over unregulated fisheries SEA CUCUMBERS : worm-like animals that scavenge on the sea floor.
By ADRIAN GIBSON firstname.lastname@example.org L A ST Saturday, I encountered the local, live action edition of the movie Slum Dog Millionaire whilst on a tourwith Creolespeaking social activist and Workers Party leader Rodney Moncurof a Haitian shanty t own off Joe Farrington road. In my last column, I promisedto see and document migration as it is viewed from the Haitian perspective. Upon entrance into the barrio, the grinding poverty and the immensely squalid state ofa ffairs in this poverty-stricken skid row immediately gripped m y attention. Honestly, Ive always been a hardliner relative to illegal immigration. Admittedly, hailing from Long Island, I had never personally seen a Haitian village and there are noH aitian villages norto the best of my knowledgeany i llegal (and some say legal Haitians or other illegal immigrants there. With that in mind, quite honestly, I entered the village with biases only to nowhave those biases confronted by feelings of sympathy and a more empathetic outlook. Frankly, the village was a sight to behold and my heart cries for some of these people who appear to be living in a perpet-ual state of survivalsurvival mode. Upon touring the site, I can honestly only liken the Joe Far rington Road shanty settlement to the grimy, televised refugee c amps in certain parts of Africa, Asia, the Palestinian territories, e tcetera. While there are a few normal looking houses (concrete or wooden) that could possibly pass a housing inspection, it undoubtedly must be better in the Bahamas as these individuals, and those in numer o us other villages, who attempt to escape the arroyo of poverty o n a wretched journey from Haitipacked like sardines on a sloop hardly bigger than an Arawak canoelive such a peasant-like existence. I think highly of their strong ambition to break away from their adverse circumstances and also their august work ethic. No doubt, the burgeoning numbers of illegal immigrants invading our sovereign space and the flood of economic refugees from Haiti will only swell if the current approach to immigration is not modified. While touring the Haitian village, I observed that many desolate residents dejectedly live in sagging, grubby shacks c onstructed from a thin sheet of plywood. They appear only comparable to a broken-down garden house. There is no elec tricity, no running water and no garbage collection; I was surrounded by the shells of ruined vehicles and discarded car parts; certain areas were o bscured by overgrown weeds, prickle patches and bushes and mounds of garbage; wooden shipping pallets littered the vicinity and formed rough and ready patios; old, rusted appliances are strewn about adjoining yards and chickens and about 15 or more domesticatedg oats roam the dirt yard and the open green space at the villages entrance. While unlicensed, small pet ty shops also operate in the slum, perhaps one of the most touching sights was that of a woman cooking in a large pot, set on the car rim and situated on a makeshift steel stand under a large, tan beach u mbrella. The lady was cooking outside one of the first houses alongside the dirt road entering the complex, with a big pan nearby (on a crate washing purposes, with all of her spices and vegetables sprawled about the ground. As I began to mingle with t he villagers, Mr Moncur introduced a few youngsters he had met during the Elizabeth byelection campaign. Whilst the youngstersall claiming to have been born in the Bahamaswere afraid to be photographed by Mr Moncur for fear of victimization givent hat many of them have submitted applications and documentation to the Department of Immigration, we sat down in a yet-to-be completed green church (with a white cross at the entrance) and known as Solid Rock Baptist Church. At the church, I conducted part ofa n interview with several young inhabitants of the village, all of whom claimed to have been born and raised in the Bahamas. Louverti Pierre (whose name has been changed as he fears victimization) was the main interviewee and was found to be quite frank and, Ir elated to him because of our age as he was 25nearly 26. Louverti spoke of his status among the generation of the nations stateless inhabitants, who have no recognized identity in the Bahamas (of course, Haiti claims that anyone born to Haitian parentage would a utomatically be Haitian). He claimed to have applied for cit izenship since he was 17 and, only last monthafter show ing up at immigration to inquire about his application after eight yearshad his first interview. He claimed that he was promised to be called in by Christmas. The 25-year-old stated that while he was born at Princess Margaret Hospital and attended local schools, he has no documents, has never travelled outside of the Bahamas (others claim to have never ventured off New Providence), cannot attend college or BTVI even if (he and has no drivers license. I can only make a personal ID card and I cant do anything with that because its just a personal ID with my face on it. I cant get a good job without my documents and Immigration wouldnt even call so I had to go inquiring, Louverti said. I dont feel good at all. I have to hustle to make it, to do something just to eat. The system aint helping so I cant wait for bread to fall from the sky when Im hungry. At this point the only thing we can find is in construction, landscaping, maybe working in a store stacking shelves or looking for scrap metal. When many Bahamians get a government or bank contract, they pick us up to do their jobs and pay us little-to-nothing. We dont want to do some of the jobs, but we must do it just to make it, just eat and buy one or two pieces of grocery to put in the house. As you can see, we dont have anything, he said. The conditions he described and unscrupulous Bahamians who take advantage of them and pay $20 for fulldays work is nothing short of modern day slavery. I was told that when immigration raids are conducted, they dont really mess with us because when we standup and speak that clear English they understand that were from here. Louverti did speak of occasions when Bahamas-born Haitians were apprehended and s ent to the Detention Centre, but after a day or night, they are released. In discussing illegal immi gration a 19-year-old interviewee said: When the boat lands, Immigration (department ally comes looking, rounding u p everyone from Haiti unless they have their papers in their hands. There are people who have been here for 25 to 30 years and have been shipped home. If they collect the young kids like us and send to Haiti, they might as well kill us one time because we dont knowa nyone, only the Bahamas. There are people from Haiti running here, so how is we gonna survive? Louverti chimed in stating: Life is hard. Its a thing of survival. We live on farming too. Theres a bunch of children who cant even go to school. P ain Nervously smiling, he said: I feel their pain as (Haitians make their way here in those banana boats. Some die right out there in the canal (presumably Yamacraw and/or South B each) or in the bushes upon landing. I dont know what they do with the bodies. But of the 200 to 250 on a boat, at least 15 may die from there to here, he said. He noted that in their village about 16 children attend school, however he says there is a general notion among the residents that if a childs parents aint straight, they cant go to school. There is a child here now who has never been to school. He is about nine or 10 and his old lady aint straight so he cant help himself with reading and maths. But we all can speak Creole and so we try to help him. He even has problems with his A-B-Cs, he said. At this point in the conversation, Mr Moncur attempted to lighten the mood, engaging in entertaining banter and singing in Creole, while having the boys translate his song into English and later on discussing heritage. When asked about his upbringing, Louverti said: Haitian parents are strict. If they say not to do something, dont do it or you will get break up, left and right! I couldnt go anywhere until I was 18. I could only go to school and come back. Coming home at 5 oclock was a no-no, my mom said that if school is out at three, I would need to have been here by 3.30 or else. Another interviewee, who was graduated from high school two years ago added to Louvertis sentiments, saying: Unlike others, we have no X-Box 360s, no video games. In grade five, I had to start making my own money to buy my uniform and I had to start taking care of my old lady. If I made no money the house would have no food, so I did scrap metal work for a few days with the boys and went to school the other days. Asked if they save any of the money they earn, Louverti responded: We have no bank accounts because of our status. If robbers came into the village and collected money from everyone, they would score. We have to keep everything on us or in our houses. I cant put myself in insurance, so if I die or get sick my family must depend on other people. It looks like I will have nothing for my children. IfI have children, they will have to build and make their own way. Local shanty towns are fire and health hazards, due to moveable power lines and unhygienic conditions such as garbage pileups and open cesspits. However, although I didnt see drop-cords carrying electricity from one shack to another, I did inquire about their thoughts about the position, expressed by many Bahamians, that the shanty towns should be razed. Louverti said: People aint working. I heard them say that they wanna come and breakdown the shanty town, but if they do so, the only place well have is to go live on the side of the road like dogs because we dont have any money to get an apartment. When theres a hurricane, w e must go to the Joe Farring ton Road church auditorium or get blown away. We cant stay in the back here. And when Immigration (department comes, if the people had just put in a couple of nails in their place, they break it up and leave it just like that, he said. M y heart went out to Lou verti when he took us behind a shack to show us his dinner for that day. He said that earlier that day he had journeyed to a nearby creek to catch fish and had two small barracudas, some smaller fish and a few sour limes resting inside a cuto ff bleach bottle. I was awestruck and deeply sympathetic because this was a young manwith no criminal recordwho was my age, spoke like us but, due to his Haitian parentage and social status (or lack thereof ing in an dejected, impover ished state whilst faced with a stateless status. At this point, Mr Moncur asked if an organized approach had ever been taken to garbage collection. Louverti asserted that they sometimes banded together and hired a large dumpster or piled the garbage onto trucks for transport to the Harrold Road dump. He also said: We had a garbage collection truck. The garbage trucks dont come here, but the garbage was moved before the Elizabeth byelection. They cleaned up for the election and during that time both the FNM and the PLP brought t-shirts here and asked us to come to the rallies to make up the crowd. Garbage hasnt been collected since then. As we were departing, Rodney Moncur left these youngstersborn and raised in the Bahamaswith words of encouragement worth noting. Mr Moncur urged them to stop hiding and buck the sys tem in a peaceful manner. It must be highlighted that you have no control over the circumstances of your birth. We were all made in the image of God and we have no choice over who our ma and pa were. If that was so, there may be one or two people I would have chosen! he remarked. You must take a peaceful stand or the next generation will be subjected to the same poverty you face. That would be unfair. Speak up publicly, or if not, a lot of your problems will never be solved. Once your status is established, you can work and buy land. You dont have to attack any Bahamian to speak upjust talk about fair treatment, the dignity of men, Christian principles, etcetera, he went on. My position is that if a person enters the Bahamas illegally and has a child who is now 25 years old, that child cannot just be sent to Haiti. Thats not right. You must find a way to prevent garbage from accumulating or those opposed to the Haitian situation will use that as an excuse, said Mr Moncur. Sadly, I am also told that Bahamians own several of the fetid dwellings in the village and rent them, per week, for hefty fees. While aggressively fighting illegal immigration, we must deal with immigration matters effectively and with careful consideration whilst attempting to regularize those deserving persons who have no voice and have known no other home but the Bahamas. At this rate, we can no longer ignore them and merely view them as socially inferior because that approach only leads to anarchy. All things considered, it appears that we dont have much choice! 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Eleuthera, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera) NEW PROVIDENCE GRAND BAHAMA ABACO EXUMAThe National Prescription Drug Plan of The National Prescription Drug PlanParticipating Pharmacies LONGISLAND ELEUTHERA By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent HOWARDK. Stern's l awyer angrily accused a prosecutor of encouraging perjury by a key witness at the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial, according to the Associated Press D efence attorney Steve Sadow was red-faced Tuesday as he asked the judge to strike the entire testimony of Nadine Alexie, a former nanny forS mith. I'm considering it," Super ior Court Judge Robert Perry s aid without making a ruling. S tern, Smith's lawyerb oyfriend, and two doctors, K hristine Eroshevich and S andeep Kapoor, have pleaded not guilty to providing the form er Playboy model with exces s ive opiates and sedatives. They a re not charged with causing her overdose death in 2007. T he dispute involved testimony by Nadine Alexie that she had taught her sister-in-law Quethlie Alexie to recognizeS tern's name on prescription bottles, even though Quethlie A lexie reads no English. Both w omen are Haitians who w orked for Smith in the Bahamas caring for her baby. S adow suggested prosecutor R enee Rose had encouraged N adine Alexie to fabricate the story to explain her sister-inl aw's statements on the witness stand that she had seen Stern's name on the bottles. When the judge left the b ench, Sadow shouted at Rose: "In my whole career I've never s een a prosecutor do a stunt l ike that. You ought to look in t he mirror and think about what you're doing. It's outra g eous." Rose did not respond to the a ccusation. A sked later if Rose would have a comment, district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gib bons said, "Whatever statement she has she will be making in court." Before Sadow spoke, Perry dismissed jurors from the courtroom and appeared to predict what Sadow was going to say. "Let's take a deep breath before we go on," Perry said. "I don't want to say something I will regret, so I'm not saying anything." H e urged Sadow to consider doing the same, but the lawyer said he felt he had to speak. "That was suborned perjury," Sadow said, using the legal term for encouraging aw itness to lie. "The people k now this is perjurious testim ony." The uproar came after former nanny Quethlie Alexie c oncluded three days on the w itness stand. Under question i ng by defence lawyer Brad B runon about her literacy in E nglish, Quethlie said through a Creole interpreter that she could not read or write Eng lish, even though she could speak it. Brunon took her through an E nglish language affidavit she h ad signed trying to determine h er skill. She said she couldn't r ead the document but had s igned it anyway after it was read to her. E arlier, she had testified she s aw pill bottles of medicine in Smith's home and read Stern's name on many of them. When Nadine Alexie took the witness stand later, Rose asked how Quethlie was able to read Stern's name on the bottles. Nadine said she began teaching Quethlie how to read and write English after they went to work for Smith. She said she specifically showed her Stern's name andt old her how to read and write it "so if she saw things in his name she would know who they belonged to." Nadine Alexie said she went through two years of collegea nd reads and writes English p erfectly. But she insisted she d id not read a one-page legal affidavit attesting to her sister's truthfulness before she signed i t. I just didn't read it," she s aid. So you're in a lawyer's o ffice with a notary public and they ask you to sign a docu ment and you don't read it?" Brunon asked. "I didn't read it," Nadine Alexie said with a shrug but no e xplanation. T here has been confusion a bout the two women's surn ames. Both were originally g iven as Alexie, but Quethlie later said her surname was A lexis, which is how she signed t he affidavit. Lawyer: Smith case prosecutor encouraged perjury By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent A NANNY whose credibility has come under defence attack in the Anna Nicole Smith drug trial says she got the idea from a movie to claim she saw two defendants melt pills in a spoon and inject them into the former Playboy model, according to the Associated Press Nadine Alexie testified Wednesday she saw a spoon being taken into a bathroom with Smith but did not see any drugs being melted or injected by defendants Howard K. Stern or Khristine Eroshevich. She was asked by Eroshevich's lawyer, Brad Brunon, if she told police in the Bahamas that she got the idea from a movie. She confirmed she saw it on TV. Stern, Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor have pleaded not guilty to giving Smith excessive opiates and sedatives. Anna Nicole Smith nanny says movie inspired claim STAR: In this Dec. 1, 2004 file photo, Anna Nicole Smith poses for a photo as she arrives for the VH1 "Big in '04" awards in Los Angeles. M a r c i o J o s e S a n c h e z / A P P h o t o In my whole car eer Ive never seen a prosecutor do a stunt like that. You ought to look in the mirror and think about what youre doing. Its outra geous. Steve Sadow
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM might be at risk, and is appealing to the Ministry of Environmental Health and the Ministry of Health to conduct an invest igation into the matter. Rev Glenroy Bethel, founder of FFJ, said the situation is one of major concern in the Grand Bahama community that needs urgent attention. Cecil Moore, a sandblasting technician at Bradford Marine, has been diagnosed with Reactive-Airways-DysfunctionalSyndrome (RADS in the United States. T he diagnosis report by doctors claims that sandblasting ist he primary contributor to his condition. This poses a serious threat to the community of Grand Bahama, and the employeeso f Bradford Marine, said Rev B ethel. M oore has been employed at Bradford, a yacht repair facility, for the past eight years. H e is currently on sick leave a nd is taking 11 different medications for his condition. Rev Bethel, a well-known community activist, was contacted by Mr Moore and his family. The Families of Justice o rganisation and the Moore family are making a plea to the Ministry of EnvironmentalH ealth and the Ministry of Health to send an investigative team in to investigate, he s aid. R ev Bethel stated that M oores health started to decline in 2008 when he began e xperiencing severe respiratory problems, such as shortness of breath and constant cough i ng. H e said Moore sought medical help in Grand Bahama and New Providence, but was unable to get a proper diagnosis in the Bahamas. Rev Bethel said Moore was f orced to stop work after his condition worsened in June, 2010. Moore went to Florida for asbestos testing and was diagnosed with RADS. The first stage of the disease is asthma like symptoms. The disease usually progresses to Silicosisc ancer, which is incurable. R ev Bethel said Mr Moore intends to file a lawsuit against Bradford Marine in Florida, where the company has its headquarters. D an Romence, general m anager at Bradford Marine, F reeport, said the company provides all safety gear needed for employees at the facility. He stated that this is the first case where an employee hasb een diagnosed with a severe i llness at its facility in Freeport. We have all the safety gear needed for employees to be fully protected, and employees are trained to use it. Romence said workers wear f ull helmet with a separate breathing apparatus for respir atory protection, and eye gear. A ccording to the company o fficial, Moore is still a paid employee at Bradford. He is receiving sickness benefit from the National Insurance Boardand weh ope he comes back to work, s aid Mr Romence. Mr Romence said he is not familiar with RADS disease. No other employee has experienced similar symptoms and this is the first time thata ny illness like this has even b een suggested. The whole protocol is still being followed to determine what is going on. He (Mr Moore) has been remiss in completing paperwork regard i ng this and he has gone now to the media and the issue is still being discussed. I am aware that he has had people working with him trying to assist with the process of g oing through NIBand the p rocess to determine the pre scribed illness is ongoing but not yet complete, he said. M r Romence said Moore s till has access to the compa nys health insurance. request of Dr Rahming. There is no indication Dr Rahming has officially requested a renewa l of his contract at this time. I dont want to guess as to peoples motivations. I have been focused and I am focused on fulfilling the governments mandate. The government said they want to bring about genuine prison reform. That is something the Minister of N ational Security has been preaching on a weekly basis. It is my job to try to carry that out. I cant get into peoples motivations and things like that, said Dr Rahming. We are all entitled to our points of view. She is entitled to that. I think the facts speakf or themselves, he said, in response to reports that the PSA Treasurer, Kimberly Ferguson, has a questionable view of his success at prison reform. Dr Rahming was appointed in 2005 by the former Progres sive Liberal Party government and kept on when the Free National Movement took over i n 2007. He served as a special advisor to the Prime Minister before his initial appointment. On the matter of succession planning, Dr Rahming said it does not begin and end with the top brass of an organisation. He said his strategy for succes sion planning has been to i ncrease the overall standard of performance for officers throughout the ranks. We have been engaged in succession planning by doubling, perhaps trebling the level of training we have exposed staff too. To say I have picked out a particular person (to bem y successor); that is not my call, said Dr Rahming. The 2005 to 2010 Porgies report on prison reform states, 98 officers participated in overseas training opportunities in places ranging from Antigua to Canada. Officers participated in exchange programmes in Jamaica; a tour of prison industries and trade schools in Cuba; and a prison riot control course in West Virginia, among others. There are four or five things that persons who are going to lead an organisation must have: Experience, education, exposure, and they must have ethics, said Dr Rahming. Within the last five years we have doubled the number of officers with college degrees. We have exposed a third of the staff to international workshops, conference and prison study tours, which is unprecedented in the history of the prison, he said. The PSA is set to meet Dr R ahming on Friday in a regular monthly meeting. Dr Rahming said Fridays meeting was scheduled two weeks ago and was not a reaction to public statements issued by the PSA. I thought we had an excellent working relationship. We met every month and they voiced their concerns; they gave their ideas; the meetings were very cordial, said Dr Rahming of his meetings with the entire executive. Whenever we meet they bring the agenda. The Association sets the agenda for our meeting and I respond to whatever concerns they have, he said. No members of the PSA executive were able to be reached today. Repeated calls to the PSA office, located on the prison compound were unanswered. PSA President Gregory Archer works full time for the association, a concession, Dr Rahming said he also made fort he secretary. Dr Rahming did not respond to all of the claims made by the PSA; one being the PSAs objection to the use of civilians to manage the prison. brief hearing before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs yesterday, QC Thomas Evans w ho represents the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JDLS tioned whether there was in fact a proper application before the court. A hearing into that matter has been set for October 8. F ollowing the hearing yesterday Mr Evans told reporters, The rules of the S upreme Court say how you are to go about these things. They also say when you are supposed to do what they require you to do and what we are saying is that what they did is not in accor-d ance with the rules and as a conse quence there is no proper application b efore the court. Thats our view, the judge will decide whether thats right or wrong. W ith regards to Mr Evans prelimin ary application attorney Wayne Munroe who, with attorney Obie Ferguson, represents Mrs Grant-Bethelt old reporters, Anyone can take an application to strike out. The only thing that does in my view is to get costs b efore the main hearing. N ovember 25 was set as the deadline f or the filing of affidavit evidence, granted that Mr Evans application proves unsuccessful or as he explained, the judge agrees with his position but decides that it does not go to the root of Mrs Bethels case. December 2 was sety esterday as the date for a status heari ng into the substantial matter which was set for a hearing on January 17, 2011. In July, Ms Grant-Bethel filed for leave for a judicial review of the process t hat resulted in the Government announcing Jamaican attorney Vinette G raham-Allen and not Ms GrantBethel, as the new Director of Public Prosecutions. Senior Justice John Isaacs gave permission for a judicial review to be conducted with regard to that decision. Mrs Grant-Bethel was a ppointed to the post of Deputy Law R eform Commissioner a move that i nvolved her being transferred from the O ffice of the Attorney General and Department of Public Prosecutions to t he Law Reform and Revision Com mission. He also granted leave for the proc eedings of the JDLS with regard to Mrs Grant-Bethel's application for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions to be reviewed. OUTSIDEOFHEARING: Cheryl Grant-Bethel p ictured yesterday. Date set for hearing into Grant-Bethel decision resenting a massive hike in the rate at which such incidents generally occur in The Bahamas. F ew details were released by police yesterday, but what is known is that the unidentified woman was found in the con do by her roommates with no visible signs of injury to the b ody, said a police report. It is not clear at this stage what would have led to the belief that the woman was attempting to commit suicide, howeverp olice Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said she was taken to hos pital for observation sometime after the incident was reported to police at 4pm. She was detained and is in a stable condition, said Sgt Skippings. Police and other officials continue to investigate the suspected suicides and attempted suicides of five other people since late August of this year. The recent spate began on August 27, when 54-year-old Deborah Pinto was found hanging from the ceiling at the home she shared with her 81-year-old father. On Monday, September 6th, police went on to report that Acassia Porter, a 23-year-old mother of one, was believed to have committed suicide at her home. Her family later ques tioned whether she may have in fact been murdered, saying she was found on the floor and not hanging as was previously stated by police. A week later, police said they were investigating the death of 39-year-old Gill Stratton as a possible suicide. Mr Stratton was found hanged in his Marsh Harbour, Abaco, home. And within a day of that incident, a suicide attempt by a 15year-old student at Anatol Rodgers High School was thwarted by an administrator at the school, but not before the teenager had injured himself with a pair of scissors in his attempt. The boy had been talking to an official about his personal problems shortly before he began cutting himself, and Education Minister Desmond Bannister called the incident a cry for help from the student. Hours later, a 15-year-old girl slit her wrists and swallowed an excessive number of pills in a bid to end her life, said Press Liai son Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings. Sometime after 10.20pm, police were called to her home in Colony Village and the girl was taken to hospital by ambulance. FROM page one Young woman reported to have attempted suicide C all for govt investigation over workers severe illness FROM page one FROM page one FROM page one Prison record
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM c ate BCPOU president B ernard Evans was trapped inside the unions headquarters for at least 45 minutes chains acrossthe front door barring his e xit. Y esterdays activities, though still unclear, were said to have forced operations at the publicly-funded corporation to a near complete standstill. Last night, news anchor J erome Sawyer informed the nation that the newscast was an abbreviated edition, however no further justification was given for the shortened broadcast. I t was not clear up to press time whether or not yesterdays demonstrationwas a reaction to the mul t itude of lay offs scheduled f or the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation this year. Ninety-three posts are s lated to be cut, with major reductions coming f rom ZNS' Grand Bahama office, the accounting department and the marketing and sales department. A ccording to officials, t he cuts are expected to d eflate the corporations b loated wage bill and bring expenditure in line a fter a budget cut of about 50 per cent, from $8.5 mill ion in the last fiscal year, t o $4.25 million this fiscal year. I n July, ZNS workers were advised by BCB c hairman Michael Moss that industrial action would be "ill-advised" for ZNS workers during the c orporation's transformation to public service broadcasting as it could threaten additional e mployee jobs. Mr Moss was respond i ng to allegations made by the BCPOU that ZNS workers were not being consulted on the pendingc hanges to the corporation. At that time, Mr Moss explained that union mem bers could potentially disrupt "the delicate incometo-expense balance the c orporation is seeking to achieve." Majority of staff at ZNS alk off job FROM page one Mr Rolle said: It was like every minute counted. My son called me, when I heard that I cant describe how much that hurt me. I was bobbing and weaving through traffic, ignoring everything just trying get here as quickly as possible. Once at the hospital, the parents waited for hours before they could finally see their son, who had to immediately undergo intense surgery. Both Mr Rolle and Ms Taylor say that the sight of their unconscious son was bittersweet. Ms Taylor said: Its so painful seeing him there. After learning that he was still alive I felt better, but this h as been very heart-wrench i ng for me. A ccording to police reports, Rashad was said to have been waiting at a bus stop at John Road, off Baillou Hill Road, on Monday with other students when "an incident" occurred shortly before 4pm. As a result of gunshots being fired, the boy was reported to have been shot on the left side of his head. He was taken to hospital by ambulance. Yesterday, Mr Rolle said his son had just got off at the bus stop, intending to walk through a side street either John Road or Milton Street as usual, to get to Our Ladys Catholic Primary S chool on Deveaux Street where his mother worked as a janitress. Ms Taylor said: I can o nly pray ask myself Lord what next? because my child (his injury thing. Its between parents and children and the parents are still not checking even though something like this happened. Ms Taylor recalled the shooting of a 16-year-old boy at a bus stop last year during this same month. On Sep tember 9, 2009, the young man was shot in his upper right thigh while waiting at a bus stop near the Mall at Marathon. Although police confirmed that the gunshot victim was not a student, the incident occurred around 3 pm when crowds of schoolchildren were said to have f illed the area. Ms Taylor said: I never experienced something like this. This is between parents and their children. So many children running around, going to school and parents are not focusing on their kids what theyre doing after school, what theyre bringing to school. Everybody is at risk. Its not the schools, its the children on the whole. The eighth-grader was the third boy of five children to Mr Rolle and Ms Taylor. With the exception of their oldest son, who has already graduated, all of their children attend public schools. Prior to Rashads shooting,t he children except the youngest used public transportation to travel home after school. M r Rolle said: I dont know if he (Rashad to go back to T A Thompson. The school isnt at fault but the area man that area just isnt safe. He said: I will just have to make sacrifices and pick them up. At least there will be peace of mind this can really traumatise you. Trust me it hurts, to see your child innocent he was just com ing off the bus. Although their youngest child is too young to fully comprehend the seriousness of Rashads injuries, Mr Rolle said Rashads siblings were all traumatised by the shooting. He said: My 14-year-old i s taking it the hardest. She dropped to her knees the first time she saw him in the hospital. Shes very distraught s he attends prayer meetings and goes to church to pray for him. Rashads brother, Javon Rolle, a grade 11 student atC C Sweeting said: It really was a shock to me. One, thing I guess I can say is that you have to watch the com pany you keep, because you dont know if they did someone something. You have to be careful. Doctors and medical staff treating Rashad have described his journey to recovery as miraculous. The bullet that entered his head on Monday exited on the left side of his head, damaging parts of the brain that control speech and move-m ent. Since he regained con sciousness on Tuesday, his parents describe their relief when Rashad nodded his head, signalingt hat he knew they were pres ent. Mr Rolle said: To be honest Im hoping for the best, but until I see him out of ICU being a parent its so terrifying, its very hard psychologically. Youre not eating, not getting rest the whole routine has changed. Even something as simple as them not coming home at a certain time you know how that feels, he said. But this its really hard to express unless you wear someones shoes you have to feel that, have this kind of experience to begin to under stand. Despite Rashads remark able progress so far, his parents know it is still too earlyt o tell the full extent of brain damage done by the bullet however they remain spiritu ally optimistic. Im trusting in God, not in man, said Mr Rolle. I know hes going to be okay. Man can only predict so far, but Im dealing with miracles because its a miracle he is e ven alive. Whatever God g ives me back of him, Im going to love him. Hes going to be okay. Ms Taylor added: Im l ooking forward to one day I come up here and I take my child home, thats all Im hoping for. P ARENTSOF RASHAD ROLLE ( inset) : G regory Rolle and Janet Taylor. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f The parents of student shooting victim reflect on senseless crime F ROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Faith Temple Academy FAITH Temple Christian Academy, located on No. 901 Prince Charles Drive, said it is committed to providing quality education during a childs formative years. For these first graders, the school said, this year will be one filled with fun, as they learn and explore new and exciting topics. First Class is a new regular feature to showcase the youngsters who have started a new school and is dedicated to the teachers and staff who help them settle into t heir new surroundings. T o get your new starters featured, contact Reuben Shearer at The Tribune on 3221986 or email email@example.com J EANETTA E llis with the grade one class. JAMAL Hanna works diligently on his phonics, ensuring that the mark is placed in the right spot. LYNEISHA Fowler pauses for a moment to look up at the board to ensure that she is on the right track. JEANETTA Ellis looks over the work of Solana Brown. DONTE Dean listens attentively as the lesson is being taught. MARINA Munroe shows her class the correct matching process. MAURICIO Munroe listens attentively as the lesson is taught. AFTER only the second week of school these first graders are more than able to shout out the right answer. Shown in the photo is Travaughn Seymore. Photos/ Felipe Major /Tribune Staff
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.42 collegebefore you know itNASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-1300 A SUBSIDIARY OF customized investment options guaranteed minimum interest rates exible accumulation period tuition available when hes readyall of the above invest in an annuity A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Supreme Courts ruling on the litigation brought against the Bahamas Electricity Cor porations (BEC Wilson City power plant has left Bahamians seeking to bring Judicial Review proceedings against government actions in a damned if you do, damned if you dont and Catch 22 position, a leading attorney told Tribune Business yesterday. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co partner who represented Responsible Development for Abaco (RDA action against BEC and the Government, said the case turned on Justice Hartman Longleys finding that his clients should have brought their case within six months of the Governments December 2007 signing of the contract to build the Abaco-based power plant. That meant Judicial Review proceedings should have been brought by June 2008, or November 2008 at latest. Jus tice Longley also found that based on the evidence, Matthew McCoy, RDAs principal and the second applicant bringing the action, had also by his own admission learnt of the Wilson City decision through attending a speech given to Abacos Chamber of Commerce by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham in May 2008. They did not bring the application until December 2009, more than 18 months lat er, by which time construction of the plant was continuing, Justice Longley found in his ruling. He found that RDA had offered no suitable reason for the delay in bringing Judicial Review proceedings between May 2008 and December 2009, apart from claiming ignorance Judicial Reviews in Catch 22 via BEC plant ruling FRED SMITH Attorney says dismissal of action on grounds of unreasonable delay leaves future such cases in damned if you do, damned if you don t status Says could be premature to bring actions in six months, if information scant and parties involved unknown SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Opponents of the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC power plant had genuine com plaints about the way the projects permits were granted, the Supreme Court ruled yester d ay, finding that in the race to complete timely construction many procedures were ignored or bypassed. Justice Hartman Longley, although dismissing the Judi cial Review action by Respon sible Development for Abaco (RDAc onstruction of the power plant, $105m BEC plant violated the law Judge finds Wilson City o pponents had genuine complaints over project permitting, with many procedures ignored or b ypassed Adds that construction would have been stopped sooner if private sector project* Urges review of the p rotocols for future government projects to allow public participation SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamas Customs was yesterday accused of attempting to destroy the business environment in Freeport through arbitrarily using a power it does not have, having sent a letter to at least nine Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA licencees threatening to withdraw their bonded goods rights unless they submit reports on their sales to it. Christopher Lowe, who worked on developing a plan for Freeports bonded goods sales acceptable to all when he was Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president, told Tribune Business that rather than issue empty threats to exercise arbitrary powers it did not possess, Customs needed to discuss with licencees and the GBPA potential solutions, such as a proposed standard audit procedure. Customs empty threat to firms n Revenue collecting department threatens to withdraw right it c annot take away, namely Freeport businesses a bility to sell bonded goods n Accused of demanding something never agreed to, and C omptroller agrees letter sent to at least nine firms went too far n Former GBPA chair urges Customs to come to table, rather then destroy business environment n Suggests all parties work towards developing standard audit procedure solution acceptable to all SEE page 3B G LENN GOMEZ By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com THE Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA concerned that some of its members might not accrue the $50,000 net asset value required to satisfy the new Insurance Act by its Septemebr 2011 implementation deadline, or have the cash to conduct independent audits that can cost upwards of $15,000. The changes have caused 200 per cent increases for some companies. Vaughn Culmer, BIBAs president, said that while the Insurance Commissions exten sion of the compliance deadline for the new Act was welcome, agents and brokers as well as primary providers still have to scrutinise the regulations closely in order to ensure all companies adhere to the new directives. One of the major changes requires many existing companies to restructure their Boardsand examine shareholdings in the company to ensure proper corporate governance and reduce the risk of conflicts-ofinterest. The Act requires that all insurance entities re-register Br oker wor ry on Acts capital, audit clauses SEE page 4B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RESPONDING to concerns that he willingly relinquished his license to practice medicine after being sanctioned by the State of Florida in 2008, the doctor given the green light by government to open the addiction cure centre, Ibocure, in New Providence, told Tribune Business yesterday: I do not need a physicians license to own the centre in the Bahamas. Doctor Marc Puleo said a press conference will be held to announce Ibocure and its role in the Bahamas, where he will Addiction cure centre provider: I don t need a physician s licence SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Data used by the Government in its 2010-2011 Budget f orecasts appears to have under-estimated the Bahamas total national debt by about five percentage points, due to this nations gross domestic product (GDPd ownwards to $6.717 billion, a development that means the central governments direct debt is already higher than the forecast levels for fiscal year-end. The Department of Statistics own data, which has been obtained by Tribune Business, places the Bahamas estim ated GDP in constant prices at $6.717 billion, a 4.29 per cent contraction compared to 2008 levels as a result of the r ecession. This compares to the $7.377 billion GDP figure for 2009 given in the forecasts that accompanied Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams 2010-2011 Budget presentation. Using t hat benchmark, and with the Governments direct debt and National debt 5 percentage points above Budget data Department of Statistics puts GDP at $6.717bn, n ot Budgets $7.377bn, raising national debt to 5 8% at 2009 year-end Governments direct debt already higher than 2 010-2011 fiscal year-end forecast, some nine m onths ahead of time SEE page 4B
agreed with its attorney, Fred Smith QC, that if the project had been private sector-driven it would have been stopped sooner by the Governments regulatory agencies for building without the necessary permits. However, given that BEC was a 100 per cent state-owned corporation, Justice Longley hinted that the cosy relation-ship between it and the Governments permitting agencies ensured nothing happened. In my judgment, the applicants had a genuine complaint about the way the permits were granted, Justice Longleyf ound. Mr Smith described BEC as a runaway train. That might not have been entirely apt, since under the contractMan Diesel had the obligation to obtain the necessary permits. They went at break neck speed, no doubt conscious of the need to complete the plant as soon as possible. But, in doing so, many procedures w ere ignored or bypassed and, in one instance, a stop work order had to be issued so that the proper permits could be obtained. As Mr Smith rightly pointed out, if this had been a private contract the building would probably have been stopped s ooner. But such was the nature of the relationship between the regulatory agencies and [BEC] that nothing was done. Commenting on the verdict, Mr Smith told Tribune Busi ness: They were building illegally before, and when chal lenged it seems as if the Gov e rnment can get away with doing things illegally, and when challenged for doing so and they obtain the permits, you still run the risk of having relief denied. Adding that RDA was very disappointed with the outc ome of its Judicial Review action, and that both he and his clients would assess the judgment before deciding whether to appeal, Mr Smith said: Although we conceded that it would not be possible to move the plant, RDA certainly felt that some relief would have b een obtained from the court, at least as far as declaratory relief was concerned. The judge, thankfully, found the citizens of Abaco were not mischievous busybodies, that we did have standing, and did have a right to be consulted. It was a meritorious applicationt hat was brought, and we cer tainly made a contribution to the debate, a legitimate and constructive one. BEC and the Government had attempted to get the action struck out on the grounds that RDA had no standing to bring a Judicial Review application, but Justice Longley rejected this. The applicants have contributed mightily to this debate about the pros and cons of having the plant located at Wilson City, and to the type of fuel it should burn, he ruled. They have drawn attention to the fact that the construction was going ahead without the necessary permits in violation of the law, thus requiring [BEC] to issue a stop work order. They have produced pro fessionally done reports which call into question the EIA done at the request of the respondent. And their role has, in my judgment, been very construc tive. In fact, their participation should be welcomed by the respondents, and cause a review of the protocols for the future when projects of this nature are put on the drawing board. There is no question that had they not highlighted the fact that necessary permits were not obtained, which probably brought embarrassment to the respondents, the project might have been moving along, in the words of Mr Smith, as a runaway train. Even now, the project is proceeding with conditional approvals in some cases. Justice Longley also acknowledged that RDAs complaints that the September 10, 2009, meeting on the Wilson Citys plant construction was held before the EIA was pub lished, and after construction had begun, were legitimate criticisms. BEC executives, too, had acknowledged the process could have been better. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM of the decision to construct the plant before that date. Dismissing RDAs arguments that the relevant dates were those when various government agencies granted the permits to construct the Wilson City power plant, since these were secondary to the main December 2007 decision, Justice Longley found: The construction contract signed by [BEC] was a Juristic Act that immediately created rights and obligations. The clearing of the land for the construction of the power plant commenced almost immediately, with a view to completion by summer 2009, as the Prime Minister explained in his May 2008 speech to the Chamber of Commerce..... The decision to build the plant, evidenced by the contract, was indeed a juristic act giving rise to rights and obligations with a specific timeframe and susceptible to judicial review. Justice Longley therefore dismissed RDAs Judicial Review action because of the unreasonable delay in taking more then six months to bring it, once it knew of the Wilson City plants construction. In response, Mr Smith told Tribune Business: The message from the courts is that as soon as a government party or agency announces in public that something is going to be done affecting Abaco or anywhere in the Bahamas, anyone concerned about the matter should immediately commence Judicial Review proceedings. This, though, had a downside, according to Mr Smith, pointing to the Wilson City case. He argued that in December 2007 and May 2008 respectively, minimal details and information were known other than that the Government had decided to construct the BEC power plant, and therefore its opponents would have been in the dark about which agencies to challenge and the permits that had been granted. Justice Longleys ruling appeared to put all future Judicial Review challenges on any matter in that position, going to court based on the flimsiest of information. That has pitfalls, Mr Smith told Tribune Business, because no one knows who made the decision, no one knows who to chal lenge. Youre almost damned if you do, damned if you dont. It could be said, then, that your challenge would be premature. Regrettable And he added: It is also very regrettable that the judge held all the permits granted in September 2009 were collateral and secondary to the main decision taken. Again, damned if you do, damned if you dont. First of all, we did not know of internal decision-making in 2007, and if there had been a challenge based on the Prime Ministers speech, it may have been suggested that we were premature.... We feel that is a tough position to be in. Its a Catch 22, and what this does again is it highlights the desperate need for regulatory legislation about Freedom of Information, an Environmental Protection Act, Environmental Impact Assessments, strengthening local government and trans parency in investment applications. RDA also challenged the Wilson City power plant on con stitutional grounds, arguing that the processed used to grant the permits for its construction sought to circumvent the protection of the laws and due process in the Bahamas. Because it had not provided RDA with details and information on these permits, the organisation argued that its attempt to bring Judicial Review proceedings had been hampered, as they had no information on what was going on. In the RDA case, we also challenged on constitutional grounds, saying the secret process of development approvals in the Bahamas was unconstitutional, but the judge also ruled against us on this issue, Mr Smith said. All in all, its another dark moment for the citizens of Aba co in trying to have a say on central government diktats as to what happens on their home turf. It seems that local government, in the face of central government decision-making, is powerless. On RDAs arguments that they were not properly consulted by BEC and the Government, Justice Longley said the situation turned on whether the process was meaningful and adequate, given that evidence showed such a process did happen. He found that it was, especially given that BEC backed down from the use of Bunker C fuel and the pipeline, the most significant indicator that the consultation process was both meaningful and adequate. It seems to me the adequacy is determined not so much by the fruit it bears, but by the impact it has on the decision maker, Justice Longley said. He also dismissed RDAs claims that the Government and relevant ministers fettered their discretion or were biased when approving the Wilson City plant. Judicial Reviews in Catch 22 via BEC plant ruling FROM page 1B I ts a Catch 22, and what t his does again is it h ighlights the desperate need for regu latory legislation a bout Freedom of Information, an E nvironmental Prot ection Act, Environmental Impact A ssessments, s trengthening local government and t ransparency in i nvestment a pplications. $105m BEC plant violated the law F ROM page 1B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com Bethell Estates principal told Tribune Business yesterday that he willn ot be involved in the day-to-day runn ing of the company when his prope rties are redeveloped in 15 to 20 years t ime. John Bethell, who opposed the reloc ation of the container shipping facilit ies from downtown Nassau to Arawak C ay, with Bethell Estates sitting out of the final deal, said finding investors and a viable project for waterfront reale state freed up will be the first and most arduous obstacle facing property r edevelopment. Bethell Estates still holds an equity stake in the Arawak Cay port project after making an initial i nvestment. Id like to leave commercial shipping where it is, said Mr Bethell. H owever, the commercial shipping relocation appears to be inevitable and irreversible, forcing Bethell Estates tor eturn to blueprints they produced years before that outlined plans for the r evitilisation of their harbour front lots. While Mr Bethell admitted that he had no preconceived aspirations for the properties, he suggested the likely d evelopments would include high-end hotel, restaurant and office space, as w ell as middle income residences. Multi-use Were looking at multi-use prope rties maybe offices, retail, hotels with marina, he said. Thats what e veryone is leaning towards. A ccording to him, most property owners along the harbour front namely the Kelly, Bethel and Symonette families have envisaged similar uses for their properties when shipping ism oved out. T hough it is likely the Government will attempt to move the shipping companies into Arawak Cay by early next year, and certainly before the next elect ion cycle begins in earnest, there is no real timeframe for downtowns redevelopment, especially the development of the vacated shipping prope rties. The relocation of the container port is heralded as key to the redevelopment of the city of Nassau. Minister of the Environment, Earl Deveaux, s aid last year the complete revitalisation project could take up to 40 years. Mr Bethell maintains he will not be at Bethell Estates in a professional c apacity to see whatever plans they enact come to fruition. Were still in the initial planning stages, he said. We brought the group (that penned their initial study) back to look at the property. They are doing a study looking at how Nassau was and how itc ould be. Developer analyses downtown options
And when contacted by Tribune Business last night, Customs Comptroller Glenn G omez effectively rebuked his Freeport-based subordinates, a greeing with Mr Lowe that it was not in his Departments power to arbitrarily take away the bonded goods rights enjoyed by GBPA licencees. Although not having seen the document, Mr Gomez said that a fter Tribune Business read it to him, the wording went too f ar. A copy of the undated let ter, signed by assistant comptroller of customs Lincoln Strachan, and which has been obtained by Tribune Business, states: As you are aware, the over-the-counter sale of bond ed goods is conditioned upon the submission of monthly bonded sales reports. perusal of our records indicates that your company has been delinquent in this regard. This, therefore, serves as a reminder that your month ly bonded goods sales report must be submitted to this office by the 15th of each month. Fail ure to comply may result in this concession being withdrawn. Please be guided accordingly. Over-the-counter bonded goods sales is a practice where by Freeport-based wholesalers, such as Dolly Madison, Kellys (Freeport ness Depot, are able to sell products to other GBPA licencees only without any duty being paid to Customs/Government on their sale. Duty is paid on all other sales, such as to ordinary members of the p ublic, with this collective sum remitted to Customs. O n the 15th of every month, GBPA licencees submit to Cus toms a report on the latter, post-paid duty sales, together with the correct amount due. However, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business that there was no requirement for them to submit a report on over-thecounter bonded goods sales, asMr Strachans letter was demanding. While a minority of busi nesses had been asked for them occasionally in the past, none had ever complied. Mr Lowe also told Tribune Business that Customs tactics appeared to be discriminatory, in that he and the business he worked for, Kellys (Freeport had not received such a letter, while others had. This meant that some people were jump ing left, some people were jumping right, and some people were not jumping at all. Although we have not received this letter, we are aware of nine other licencees who have. What is this: divide and conquer, asked Mr Lowe. Its amazing to me that in the context of World Trade Organisation accession and tax regime change, that Customs is using the same old bully boy tactics that have failed them for decades. He added: I think it is important that the dialogue that was started with the Port Authority, Bahamas Customs and the Chamber of Commerce continue. It is going to be the only way to resolve the needs of the licencees, Bahamas Cus toms and the Port Authority. Customs has been put down by the courts on numerous occasions for this sort of arbitrary action, and they seem not to learn from their mistakes. While I sympathise with them and the Treasury that fraud could possibly be taking place, destroying the business environment and the concessions of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement is not the answer. Mr Lowe said the submission of over-the-counter bonded goods sales reports was not required by law, and had not b een agreed by all parties. In addition, Customs did not h ave the authority to withdraw concessions granted by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement and the GBPA licencee status. The only way that the Comptroller could take action was to convince a judge that he had p rima facie evidence that a licencee was committing fraud, a nd obtain the courts permission to investigate further. Yet even if this was proven, only the GBPA could take away a licencees bonded goods concession. Referring to the Customs let ter as something of an empty threat, Mr Lowe added: I would not put it past them to try it, because unfortunately they seem to like the exercise of power or authority they do not have. Bahamas Customs has got to come to the table so we c an all agree on a standard solution procedure that we can a ll live with and, more importantly, function with. We always have been willing to work with Customs on behalf of preserving and receiving revenues, but also preserving the ability to conduct business. G iven that Customs had been prevented from conducti ng audits of GBPA licencees and conducting fishing expeditions, Mr Lowe said the way forward was to develop a standard audit procedure, specific to both bonded and duty-paid sales, conduced by licensed Bahamian accountants. When contacted by Tribune Business, Comptroller Gomez agreed with Mr Lowe that the bonded goods concession had nothing to do with us, and stemmed from the GBPA and Hawksbill Creek Agreement. Its not a matter for us to withdraw the concession. We dont give the concession, he said. Thats something enshrined in the Hawksbill Creek Agreement between the Port Authority and the Government. He suggested that the Customs letter may have been trying to get businesses attention, but acknowledged that its scope may have gone too far and that the wording was not as it should be. Mr Gomez, though, said GBPA licencees should be submitting reports to Customs on bonded goods sales on the 15th of every month. He added that the Department had become concerned that products were being sold to non-GBPA licencees without the due duty being paid. C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 7+(%/,&+263,7$/6$87+25,7< % $+$0$6$7,21$/'58*$*(1&< GL9C@:EFK@:< 6 833/(0(17$5<7(1'(5)257+(/< 2 ) '58*6 $1' 5(/$7(',7(06 7 HQGHUVDUHLQYLWHGIRUWKH6XSSO\RI'UXJVDQG5HODWHG WHPVIRUWKH3XEOLF+RVSLWDOV$XWKRULW\DQGWKH0LQLVWU\ RI +HDOWK7KH&RPPRQZHDOWKRI7KH%DKDPDV 7 KH6XSSOHPHQWDU\7HQGHU'RFXPHQWZKLFKLQFOXGHV L QVWUXFWLRQWRWKH7HQGHUHUVDORQJZLWKRWKHUUHOHYDQW LQIRUPDWLRQFDQEHFROOHFWHGIURPWKH%DKDPDV 1 DWLRQDO'UXJ$JHQF\0DUNHW0F3KHUVRQ6WUHHWV I URPRQGD\ WK 6 HSWHPEHU $7HQGHUPXVWEHVXEPLWWHGLQGXSOLFDWHGLQVHDOHG H QYHORSHRUSDFNDJHLGHQWLHGDV 6 XSSOHPHQWDU\ 7 HQGHUIRUWKH6XSSO\RI'UXJDQG5HODWHG,WHPV DQGDGGUHVVHGWR 0 DQDJLQJ'LUHFWRU 3 XEOLF+RVSLWDOV$XWKRULW\ 7KLUG7HUUDFH:HVW&HQWHUYLOOH 3 1 DVVDX7KH%DKDPDV (OHFWURQLFDQGKDUGFRSLHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGDWWKH D ERYHDGGUHVVRQRUEHIRUH SP)ULGD\2FWREHU W K $FRS\RIYDOLGEXVLQHVVOLFHQVHDQG 1DWLRQDOV,QVXUDQFH&HUWLFDWHPXVWDFFRPSDQ\DOO SURSRVDOV 7KH3XEOLF+RVSLWDOV$XWKRULW\UHVHUYHVWKHULJKWWR U HMHFWDQ\RUDOO7HQGHUVf LUHFWRU Customs empty threat to firms FROM page 1B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A senior Baha Mar executive yesterday told Tribune Business that resolving the impasse over their $200 million loan was the utmost priority for the developer and Scotiabank, although no breakthrough/solution appears to have been reached yet. With just three working days before Parliament debates the resolution on some 8,000-plus Chinese work permits, Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-presidentof external and governmental affairs, confirmed that meetings between the two sides had taken place and were continuing in Toronto. Meetings have been taking place between the parties, and meetings are still in progress, Mr Sands told Tribune Business. Its the utmost priority for all of us. One of the pre-conditions for Baha Mar's Chinese financing partner, the China Export-Import Bank, to release $2.45 billion in debt financing to fund the project is the resolution of the Scotiabank syndicate's loan. The Chinese want this to be resolved, because unless that loan's security on sev eral real estate parcels at Cable Beach including the existing Sheraton and Wyndham resorts is lifted, they will be unable to use the same as collateral for their loans. A 'debt-for-equity' swap is being actively discussed by both parties. Sources familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity, told Tribune Business that Baha Mar/the Izmirlians had offered to pay $75 million in cash to Scotiabank as an upfront, part-payment of the loan, with the remaining debt around $130 million to be converted into an equity stake that the bank would hold in the Cable Beach redevelopment. However, Scotiabank was said to be seeking a greater upfront cash payment worth $110 million, sources told Tribune Business, putting the two sides some $35 million apart. Scotiabank wants a greater portion of the debt, estimated to be around $205 million, paid in cash, due to the fact that as a conservative lender it will have to write down the value of the equity stake (loan on its balance sheet, and is taking a gamble that Baha Mar and its Chinese partners will be able to deliver the $2.6 billion project and profitable returns on it. The bank, ultimately, has to protect its own interests through adhering to prudential banking norms, plus those of its depositors and the wider Bahamian banking system, given the sum extended to Baha Mar. China State Construction has obtained a $ 1.919 billion construction contract to build the core of Baha Mar, featuring six hotels with 3,500 rooms, a 100,000 square foot casino, 200,000 square feet of convention facilities, and a 20-acre beach and pool experience. Some 1,200 Bahamians are projected to be engaged in construction at Baha Mar, including the $75 million West Bay Street re-routing; $30 million Commercial Village and 'back of house' on Gladstone Road; $10 million of earthwork, irrigation and landscaping on the new golf course; and $20 million of construction on the golf clubhouse, and buildings around the beach and pool area, and retail village. Baha Mar: Scotiabank loan resolution utmost priority ROBERT SANDS
contingent liabilities standing at $3.32 billion and $581 mill ion respectively, direct debt a t year-end 2009 was pegged at 45 per cent of GDP, and the total national debt (factoring in contingent liabilities at 8 per cent) stood at 53 per cent. H owever, if the $6.717 bill ion figure from the Department of Statistics is used, the Governments direct debt at year-end 2009 rises to 49.4 per cent of GDP, while the total national debt stands at 58 perc ent some five percentage points higher than the Budg et time calculations. I n addition, the 49.4 per c ent central government debtt o-GDP ratio is already highe r than the 49.2 per cent figure projected by the Governm ent for the 2010-2011 fiscal y ear-end. That is some nine m onths away, in June 2011. Z hivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, could not be c ontacted by Tribune Busin ess for comment last night. Y et PLP Senator Jerome Fitzgerald said the figures s howed the Bahamas public finances and national debt were in a worse positiont han the Government had l et on to both Parliament and to the Bahamian public. They were using the wrong GDP numbers, hea dded. How could you have negative growth for two years and still be using the same GDP numbers from two years ago? Warning that the current position held very serious long-term consequences for the development of the coun-t ry, Senator Fitzgerald accused the Government of putting its head in the sand over the debt/deficit problems, adding: Its not going to blow over. We have to deal with it. 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The date of Completion of the dissolution was the 19th day of August, 2010. HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON The ranks of the workingage poor in the United States climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in poverty. The overall poverty rate climbed to 14.3 percent, or 43.6 million people, the Census Bureau said Thursday in its annual report on the economic well-being of U.S. households. The report covers 2009, President Barack Obama's first year in office. The poverty rate increased from 13.2 percent, or 39.8 million people, in 2008. The share of Americans without health coverage rose from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent or 50.7 million people mostly because of the loss of employer-provided health insurance during the recession. Congress passed a health overhaul this year to address the rising numbers of uninsured people, but its main pro visions will not take effect until 2014. In a statement, Obama c alled 2009 a tough year for working families but said it could have been worse. "Because of the Recovery Act and many other programs providing tax relief and income support to a majority of working families and especially those most in need millions of Americans were kept out of poverty last year," Obama said. The new figures come at a politically sensitive time, just weeks before the Nov. 2 congressional elections, when voters restive about high unemployment and the slow pace of economic i mprovement will decide whether to keep Democrats in power in the House and Senate or turn to Republicans. The 14.3 percent poverty rate, which covers all ages, was the highest since 1994. It was lower than predicted by many demographers who were bracing for a record gain based on last year's skyrocketing unemployment. Many had predicted a range of 14.7 percent to 15 percent. Cushioned A nalysts said the full blow of lost incomes was cushioned somewhat by increases in Social Security payments in 2009 as well as federal expansions of unemployment insurance, which rose substantially under the economic stimulus program. With the additional unemployment benefits, workers were eligible for extensions that gave them up to 99 weeks of payments after a lay off. David Johnson, the chief of the Census Bureau's house hold economics division, estimated that expanded unemployment benefits helped keep 3.3 million people out of poverty last year. T he 2009 poverty level was set at $21,954 for a family of four, based on an official government calculation that includes only cash income, before tax deductions. It excludes capital gains or accumulated wealth, such as home ownership, as well as noncash aid such as food stamps. Another 7.8 million people would have been counted above the poverty line if food stamps and tax credits were included as income, Johnson said. Last year saw the biggest single-year increase in Americans w ithout health insurance, lifting the total number to the highest since the government began tracking the figures in 1987. The number of people covered by employment-based health plans declined from 176.3 million to 169.7 million, although those losses were partially offset by gains in government health insurance such as Medicaid for the poor and Medicare fcor the elder ly. Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Kaiser Fam ily Foundation, said additional increases in the uninsured are probable in the short run. In 2014 under the new health law, M edicaid will be expanded to pick up millions more low-income people, and the government will offer tax credits for many middle-income households to use to buy coverage through new online insurance markets in each state. By 2019, the government has estimated that nearly 93 percent of the U.S. population will have health insurance, roughly a 10 percentage point increase from today's level. REDMOND, Washington Microsoft Corp. is still marching toward a holiday release for the next generation of its smart phones, according to Associated Press The software maker isn't giving an exact date for the arrival of the first batch of Windows Phone 7 devices, but Microsoft said Thursday it has finalized the software tools programmers will use to build Windows Phone 7 applications. Apple Inc.'s iPhone and smart phones running Google Inc.'s Android software are successful in large part because of the thou sands of add-on "apps" available, from games to personal finance programs and everything in between. At a media event Wednesday evening, Microsoft demonstrated several early apps, among them one from Netflix Inc. that gives subscribers access to the DVD-by-mail company's streaming movie library. Microsoft will enter the modern smart phone market an underdog, given Apple and Google's head start. It's unclear whether developers will rush to build apps for a phone that has not proven it can capture a significant slice of the market. Census: 1 in 7 Americans live in poverty Microsoft wraps up tools for mobile app developers with the Insurance Commission and be registered with a professional association. Mr Culmer added that the Commission has called for all insurance companies, brokers and agents to undergo yearly audits. He said the cost of audits could come as a huge blow to smaller insurance companies, as the audits can range from $15,000 to $20,000 per year. However, Mr Culmer added that BIBA, with a no-company-leftbehind policy, was looking at ways to share the cost of these independent audits. The cost of many agencies doing business with one auditing firm could be far cheaper. The new Act also protects the industry from foreign firms that might choose to illegally do business in the Bahamas. Mr Culmer outlined one striking change to health insurance embedded in the Act, which would deny a seeker coverage due toa pre-existing condition. However, he said if allowed, Bahamians can find insurers in the US through the Internet as an alternative. Mr Culmer said the economic downturn has hit insurers and forced them to change the way they do business, while the new Insurance Act is changing their business overall. Br oker worry on Acts capital, audit clauses FROM page 1B address all these types of questions. According to healthgrades.com, in 2008 the State of Florida cited Dr Puleo for reselling and redistributing prescription drugs, an act that was prohibited under the suppliers terms. In this case, the state argued, he acted as a wholesaler of the drugs without prop er license and sold drugs meant only for his patients. As a result of the sanctions imposed on him, Dr Puelo voluntarily surrendered his physicians license to practice medicine in Florida in lieu of further administrative action. The physician agrees to never reapply for a license to practice medicine in the state of Florida, the website stated. If a physician has a sanction this does not mean he or she is a bad doctor. Evaluate the information and determine how severe you think the cause and action were. Despite his sanctions in Florida, Dr Puleo argues that the Ibocure centre in the Bahamas does not require him to hold a physicians license, as he will act as a principal and not a care giver. Im coming to run a business, so I dont need to keep my credential up, he said Dr Puleo added that he has not finalised a location for the Ibocure centre, but negotiations are ongoing. However, he said next month the process should move forward more rapidly, as he hopes to have the centre up and running by the 2011 first quarter. Ibocure is expected to be a "world class addiction treatment facility" offering a drug called Ibogaine, which is said to eradicate substance abuse in less time than other addiction treatments. According to Dr Puleo, the project could employ as many as 20 to 25 individuals, including Bahamian doctors, psychiatrists and staff. While the drug has not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA administer the drug here, according to the plans laid out by Ibocure, which were given the thumbs-up by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Tourism. Addiction cure centre provider: I dont need a physicians licence FROM page 1B INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS National debt 5 percentage points above Budget data F ROM page 1B JEROMEFITZGERALD
MARTIN CRUTSINGER, A P Economics Writer W ASHINGTON Congress is pressuring the Obama administration to take a tougher stand with China over trade practices that they say have cost Americans mil-l ions of jobs. Both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday that China is manipulating its cur-r ency. They said that and other practices have led to a huge trade gap between the two countries and job losses in the United States. G eithner said the administ ration was ready to work with Congress on an effective s trategy. But he cautioned s enators to consider that the government should take a m easured approach that does not harm U.S. economic interests with an important trading partner. Senators were frustrated b ecause the administration failed to cite China as a curr ency manipulator in its late st report. Instead, the White House took the same position as previous administrations in simply urging China to move f aster to allow its currency to r ise in value against the dollar. American manufacturers c ontend that the Chinese currency is undervalued by as m uch as 40 percent. That has g iven Chinese companies a t remendous competitive a dvantage making U.S. products more expensive in China and Chinese goods cheaper in the United States. Under a 1988 law, the Treas ury Department is required to submit a currency reportto Congress every six months a nd cite any country that it finds is manipulating its cur rency to gain trade advant ages. A number of senators c omplained that the Obama administration, like previous administrations, failed toi dentify China as a currency manipulator. "At a time when the U.S. e conomy is trying to pick itself up off the ground, China's currency manipulation is like a boot to the throat of o ur recovery," Sen. Charles Schumer, a leading Democ rat, said. "This administration refuses to try and take that boot off our neck." Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, a Democ-r at, and Sen. Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the panel, both said they hadg rown frustrated listening to a string of administrations refuse to cite China as a cur rency manipulator. "The American public is tired of hearing about the sophisticated nuances of inter n ational diplomacy," Shelby said. "They want the admin istration to fulfill its promiseo f balanced international trade." T oughen Geithner said that the a dministration was willing to w ork with Congress to tough en the law. But he stopped short of endorsing two billsi n the House and Senate that would give the administration more power to sanction Chinao n the currency issue. H e said the key point was for China to understand the growing frustration in theU nited States. China has made some changes. Starting last week, its central bank has allowed t he currency, the yuan, to rise more in value against the dollar. That followed an announcement in June that it would allow more flexibility i n the currency. Still, Geithne r said those changes have had little impact. The currency has risen by only 1.5 percent against the dollar in the past three months, he said.H e did not indicate whether the administration might cite China in the next currency report, due on Oct. 15. But he stressed that the administration was looking for more m ovement than it has seen so f ar. "We would have to see a very substantial change over time for that judgment toc hange," Geithner told the senators. Geithner's comments were p art of the administration's tougher tact with China over trade ahead of the U.S. midterm elections. The weak e conomy and high unem ployment have emerged as the top issues with Americanv oters. On Wednesday, the administration announced that it was filing two newt rade cases against China before the World Trade Organization. One of the cas es contends that China vio l ated global trade rules by imposing penalty tariffs on U.S.-made specialty steelp roducts. The other case alleges that China is discriminating against U.S. credit card companies in favor of a state-o wned financial services firm. In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman JiangY u on Thursday rejected the administration's tougher language on the yuan, saying appreciation of the currency "can't solve the trade deficit with China." Pressure cannot solve the i ssue. Rather, it may lead to the contrary," she said. Up until now, the Obama administration had followed the same practice as the Busha dministration, choosing to emphasize quiet diplomacy to get China to move more quickly to allow its currency to appreciate in value. Officials in both administ rations had been concerned t hat increasing public pressure could trigger a backlash in China and result in Beijingr etaliating against U.S. exports. But Geithner's comments T hursday indicated the cur rent administration may be willing to try a tougher approach. C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0DQDJHPHQW(PSOR\PHQW 2SSRUWXQLW\ 3RVLWLRQ$YDLODEOH+RWHO&KLHI(QJLQHHU &RPIRUWXLWHVDUDGLVH,VODQGKRWHOLQYLWHVTXDOLHGSHUVRQV LQWKHDERYHPHQWLRQHGHOGWRDSSO\IRUWKHSRVLWLRQRI &KLHI(QJLQHHU 7KHVXFFHVVIXOFDQGLGDWHPXVWSRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJ $ PLQLPXPRI\HDUVH[SHULHQFHDVDXSHUYLVRULQWKH (QJLQHHULQJ'HSDUWPHQW 0XVW%HSURFLHQWLQUHYHQWDWLYHDLQWHQDQFHURJUDPV 0XVWSRVVHVVDSURYHQUHFRUGRI7HDP/HDGHUVKLSVNLOOVDQG DEOHWRZRUNZLWKOLWWOHRUQRVXSHUYLVLRQ 0XVWSRVVHVVVWURQJLQWHUSHUVRQDOFRPPXQLFDWLRQSUREOHP VROYLQJDQGFXVWRPHUVHUYLFHVNLOOV 0XVWSRVVHVVNQRZOHGJHRI(OHFWULFDOtHFKDQLFDO\VWHPV $&OXPELQJt+HDWLQJ 0XVWSRVVHVVEDVLF$GPLQLVWUDWLYHVNLOOVZLWKVRPH NQRZOHGJHRILFURVRIW([FHO 0XVWEHDEOHWRZRUNORQJDQGH[LEOHKRXUV $SSOLFDQWVZLWKVXSSRUWLQJGRFXPHQWVDOVRLQFOXGLQJDFOHDQ 3ROLFH&HUWLFDWHVKRXOGEHVHQWWRWKHDGGUHVVEHORZ &RPSHWLWLYHVDODU\DQGEHQHWVSDFNDJHDUHFRPPHQVXUDWH ZLWKH[SHULHQFH $SSOLFDQWVIRU+RWHO&KLHI(QJLQHHULQJ 3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV SANDY SHORE, AP Business Writer C rude prices dropped on Thursday after new governm ent data signaled slower demand for oil and gas as the economy inches along in the slow lane. Benchmark oil for October delivery lost $1.45 to settle at $74.57 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. At the pump, motorists paid slightly more on average in p art because of rising prices in the Midwest, where a pipeline h as been closed for nearly a week, cutting off one supply of crude for refineries in the region. The national average for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline was $2.734 a gallon Thursday, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. That's up 5.1 cents from a week ago and 17.8 cents from a year ago. M otorists in the Midwest, including Illinois and Wiscons in, were paying some of the highest prices in the country b etween $2.868 a gallon and $3.526 a gallon. A nalysts expect prices to fall after Enbridge Energy Partners reopens the 670,000-barrel-a-day pipeline later this week. The line was closed last week after it sprang a leak in a Chicago suburb. Mixed A series of mixed economic reports contributed to Thursday's dip in oil prices. T he Mid-Atlantic industrial production report contracted in September for the second straight month, although the Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index improved in August. The Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits c laims fell to a two-month low but still indicate sluggish e conomic growth. SEESTORYONPAGE6 PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said there are concerns that d emand may be softening as the slowest time of the year for energy products is at hand, between the busy summer driving season and ahead of the winter heating months. Natural gas prices fell after the government said stockpiles held in underground storage in the lower 48 states increased l ast week. But they reversed course to end the session higher. Natural gas gained 6.7 cents to settle at $4.062 per 1,000 c ubic feet. Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Rich I lczyszyn said he believes more traders are entering the market, hoping that the price of gas will start climbing. I really think this market is trying to find a bottom," he said. Few traders think the two hurricanes in the Atlantic and one off Mexico's Gulf Coast will cause problems for oil and natural gas production and push up prices. I n other Nymex trading in October contracts, heating oil f ell 3.36 cents to settle at $2.0990 a gallon and gasoline fell 3.78 cents to settle at $1.9247 a gallon. In London, Brent crude for November delivery dropped 94 cents to settle at $78.48 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. ( AP Photo /Manuel Balce Ceneta) T ESTIMONY: T reasury Secretary Timothy Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 1 6, 2010, before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the Treasury Departments report on international economic and exchange rate policies. US Congress wants tough stance with China on trade INTERN A TION AL BUSINESS OIL PRICES DROP WITH FEW SIGNS OF DEMAND PICK UP
CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The economy may have a long way to go, but at least two big threats are fading, according to Associated Press Economists are less worried that the U.S. will experience another round of mass layoffs and its first bout of deflation since the 1930s after the release of two government reports Thursday. The third drop in jobless claims in four weeks and a mild u ptick in wholesale prices in August add to evidence that a second recession is unlikely. Concerns about another downturn intensified last month when jobless claims spiked past the half-million mark. Wholesale prices, meanwhile, fell in early summer for three straight months. But those trends have, for now, reversed themselves, leaving an economy that is still growing, but at a pace too slow to create many jobs. First-time applications for jobless benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 450,000 last week, the lowest level int wo months, the Labor Department said Thursday. Despite the drop, initial claims for unemployment benefits are above levels that would signal a hiring boom. In a healthy economy, claims usu-a lly fall below 400,000. And some companies are still l etting go of workers FedEx announced Thursday it would be cutting 1,700 jobs. Still, applications for unemployment benefits have dropped nearly 11 percent in the past month. C hris Rupkey, an economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi U FJ, said last month's spike in claims was a "false alarm." "The labor markets are stable and companies are not increasing layoffs," he said ina note to clients. T empor ary David Resler, chief U.S. economist at Nomura Securities, said last month's leap in claims may have resulted from the ending of hundreds of thou sands of temporary census jobs. With that distortion largely completed, the job market could stabilize, he said. A second Labor report said that wholesale prices, which measure price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.4 percent in August after rising 0.2 percent in July. Excluding food and energy costs, so-called "core" produc er prices were relatively flat. They rose just 0.1 percent and are up 1.3 percent in the past year. That indicates the weak economy is keeping inflation in check. Concerns about deflation grew this spring after prices declined for three straight months. July's increase quiet ed most of those fears. Economists said Thursday's report confirmed that deflation is not an immediate threat. Deflation is a prolonged drop in prices and wages. Also Thursday, the Commerce Department said the broadest measure of the U.S. trade deficit widened for the fourth straight quarter. The cur rent account trade deficit grew to $123.3 billion in the Aprilto-June period, a 12.9 percent increase from the first quarter.A year of growth could be viewed as a healing sign for the U.S. economy as Americans slowly regain their appetite to spend. That pushes up imports and widens the current account deficit. The reports follow other data earlier this week that showed modest improvement in the economy. In August retail sales rose slightly and output at factories grew for the 12th time in 14 months. Still, the unemployment rate is stubbornly high and there are no signs that companies are ready to add enough workers to change that. Many analysts forecast that economic output will increase by less than 2 percent in the current quarter. That's down from 3.7 percent in the January-to-March quarter and not fast enough to reduce the 9.6 percent unemployment rate. The number of people con tinuing to receive jobless benefits fell by 84,000 to just below 4.5 million, the claims report said. But that doesn't include several million people who are receiving unemployment aid under extended programsa pproved by Congress during the recession. The extended benefit rolls fell by more than a half-million to just under 5 mil lion in the week ending Aug. 28, the latest data available. Some companies are still cut ting jobs. FedEx (see story below Thursday that it would com bine its money-losing FedEx Freight division with another unit. Shipments of refrigerators and other large appliances are still weak, the company said. FedEx will close 100 facilities and cut 1,700 workers. And the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., a supermarket chain that owns A&P and other stores, said this week that about 600 of its workers in Connecticut face layoffs when the company closes several stores in the state this fall. Some companies are adding jobs. A General Motors official said earlier this week that the company will recall 400 union workers to its engine-building plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. About 2,000 people were laid off from the plant last year. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.2500.0404.03.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6 .184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.005000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.003001.2120.3008.92.79% 2 .842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.7810.0403.21.60% 7 .005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.696.690.000.4220.23015.93.44% 3.651.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.761.72-0.040.1110.05215.53.02% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.6270.1103.05.79% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 1 0.208.50Finco8.808.800.000.2870.52030.75.91% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.7200.35013.53.59% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.000.3660.17014.93.11% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Aug-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Jul-10 31-Aug-10 31-Aug-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Jul-10 30-Jun-10 31-Aug-10 27-Aug-10 31-Aug-10MARKET TERMS31-Aug-10 NAV 6MTH 1.452500 2.906205 1.518097 103.987340 101.725415 30-Jun-10 31-Aug-10 31-Jul-10 31-Aug-10 SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Transportation Writer NEW YORK FedEx Corp. indicated Thursday that the global economic recovery remains uneven. While strength in international shipments is boosting net income, FedEx is cutting 1,700 jobs in its U.S. freight business to offset losses there. The world's second-largest package delivery company did raise its financial outlook after as it said first-quarter net income doubled. But projections for the second quarter and full year fell shy of Wall Street expectations. FedEx shares dropped more than 4 percent in afternoon trading. International air shipments have driven FedEx's results for more than a year; international revenue rose 24 percent in the quarter ended Aug. 31. But while FedEx earned $380 million in the first quarter, the FedEx Freight segment lost $16 million and has been unprofitable for four straight quarters. The unit moves large items like refrigerators and other large appliances from factories to retailers and competes with other large trucking companies such as Arkansas Best and YRC Worldwide, which runs trucks under the Yellow, Roadway and New Penn names. Sluggish demand, combined with the heated competition in this segment of the U.S. shipping market, has forced FedEx to forgo the rate increases that are helping its other segments grow. Two big threats to economy shrink a bit ( AP Photo /Damian Dovarganes) SALES PITCH: In this photo taken on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, unemployed day worker Efren Martinez, right, shows his sales perfume catalog to a manager of the Central American Resource Center Day Labor Center in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Martinez, 49, used to be policeman in Veracruz, Mexico, but n ow works as day laborer and sells perfumes on the side. First-time unemployment claims drop to 450K, the third decline in four weeks. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green C AREERFAIR: I n this Aug. 31, 2010 photograph, Tom Nemee, of Algonquin, Ill., right, speaks with a recruiter at a career fair, in Rolling Meadows, Ill. Nemee is looking for work in customer service ors ales management. First-time unemployment claims drop to 450K, the third decline in four weeks. ( A P Photo / David Goldman) JOBJOY: In this Aug. 24, 2010 photograph, Dabura Karriem, 60, of Bloomfield, N.J., reacts upon hearing there is a job availability for exactly what shes looking for as a file clerk at a bank, while attend i ng a career fair in Newark, N.J. Karriems unemployment benefits have expired after being laid off two years ago, the first time shes been unemployed in 38 years. FedEx delivers int'l profits but cuts US jobs JOBCUTS: In this May, 1, 2006 file photo, a FedEx truck backs into one of the shipping companys New York facilities. A P P h o t o / M a r k L e n n i h a n f i l e
SANDY SHORE, AP Business Writer G old prices were driven t o a record high Thursday a s worries returned about sluggish economic growth. Gold for December delivery added $5.10 to settle at $1,273.80 an ounce, which was a record high. Earlier in the day, it traded as high as $1,279.50 an ounce. It was t he second time this week g old has set a record high, and some analysts believe the price could top $1,300a n ounce. New government reports signaled snail-like job growth and uneven manuf acturing activity. In addition, the dollar grew weaker against other currencies. C ombined, the developm ents prompted investors t o buy gold, which is often seen as a safe place to park money. We've been bombarded with a lot of mixed signals," M att Zeman, head trader at LaSalle Futures Group, said. "In the end, housing andj obs still have not really turned the corner, so to s peak. I think while people r emain mildly optimistic, there still is a lot of investor a ngst out there." T he other development t hat boosted gold was the weaker dollar. That can make commodities, which are priced in dollars, more l ucrative for foreign i nvestors. "As the euro made new highs, I saw gold makingn ew highs and I think there's a direct correlation there," Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Rich Ilczyszyn s aid. "Maybe it's the purchasing power of investors abroad." G old's rise gave a boost t o silver, which closed at a h igh for the year. Most metals also settled higher. S ilver for December deliv e ry rose 20 cents to settle at $20.771 an ounce. December copper added 2.7 cents a pound to settle at $3.4935 a pound; October platinum rose $6.60 to $1,611.90 a pound while September pall adium lost $10.20 to $ 546.95. In other trading, wheat p rices fell after the governm ent said net exports fell f rom the previous week. D ecember wheat contracts lost 7.5 cents to settle at $7.1925 a bushel. Corn prices extended their gains a day after reaching a two-year high because of uncertainty about prod uction levels during this y ear's harvest season. December corn added 0.75 cent to settle at $4.96 a bushel. November soybeans for November delivery fell 6 .25 cents to settle at $10.3625 a bushel. Crude prices dropped a fter new government data s ignaled slower demand for o il and gas. B enchmark oil fell $1.38 t o settle at $75.74 a barrel o n the New York Mercantile Exchange. Natural gas prices rose after the government said stockpiles held in underground storage in the lower 48 states increased by 103 b illion cubic feet to 3.267 t rillion cubic feet for the week ended Sept. 10. The t otal is6.2 percent more than t he five-year average. N atural gas rose 6.7 cents to settle at $4.062 per 1,000 cubic feet on the New YorkM ercantile Exchange. In other Nymex trading in October contracts, heating oil gave up 4.26 cents to settle at $2.0990 a gallon and gasoline fell 3.78 cents to $1.9247 a gallon. C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONALBUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Gold prices set record high on more economic worries ( AP Photo/Steven Senne, file) G OLDCOMFORT: I n this Aug. 10, 2010 file photo, coin collector Darlene Corio, of Rochester, N.Y., right, peers through a circular window at a gold ingot weighing more than 662 ounces as her husb and, Tim Corio, left, looks on at a display at the Worlds Fair of Money in Boston. Gold prices traditionally rise from Labor Day until about Valentines Day. In September alone, gold prices have risen 21o f the past 30 years. BOISE, Idaho Officials with Pavilion Energy Resources say the company and its business partners are planning to build a new wind turbine manufacturing facility in Idaho, but the location hasn't been released yet. In a prepared statement, the company said the plans call for a facility that will build enough threeto five-megawatt turbines to fill a $100 million order, and that another $300 million in orders could come based on the number of new wind farms currently planned in the region. Pavilion Energy Resources officials say the effort is part of a joint venture, but they did not release the names of any other companies involved. SUNNYVALE, California Yahoo's coming attractions include facelifts for its e-mail service and Internet search results, according to Associated Press The changes outlined Thursday are part of Yahoo Inc.'s latest attempt to lure back Web surfers who have been spending more of their time hanging out at Internet hot spots such as Facebook and leaning more heavily on Google Inc.'s e-mail and search services. The e-mail upgrade is supposed to make Yahoo's inbox twice as fast. It will also enable users to send the short messages known as "tweets" directly to their Twitter accounts from the mail service. Yahoo to upgrade e-mail, search results this fall In brief Company says it will build wind turbine plant
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THE Bahamas Olympic Committees announcement of the 25-member team for the Commonwealth Games has shown the maturity level that the Bahamas has reached. While the Bahamas Swimming Federation (BSF swimmers who have qualified because of school commitments, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA strong, despite the absence of some of the elite athletes. And with the exception of top professional Mark Knowles, the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association and the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas will definitely be at its best. With the games (held every four years October 3-14, this is a good opportunity to dissect the team with a view of looking at our potential. A A t t h h l l e e t t i i c c s s There was some concern on the athletic front because top stars such as Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Chandra Sturrup, Chris Fireman Brown and Leevan Superman Sands have all decided to shut down their season and will not be making the trek to New Delhi, India, next month. But the Bahamas will be in good hands with athletes such as Donald Thomas, Christine Amertil, Adrian Grif fith and Andretti Bain leading the way. The good thing is the Bahamas will have a chance to contest both the mens 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 metre relays with the calibre of competitors on the team. With so many of the top athletes from the 71 participating countries opting not to compete, the Bahamas seems poised for a big showing. The good thing about the mens sprints is that the top times this year have come from the Americans and the Jamaicans. Whats even more interesting is that the US is not a part of the Commonwealth. So Adrian Griffith, who has ran a seasons best of 10.23 to win the mens century at the BAAA Open National Championships in June, should be a contender in the short sprint. He trails Derrick Atkins, who competed sparingly this year with his best showing of 10.13 in May. Also in May, Jamial Rolle posted a wind-aided time of 10.18 in Athens. But his best bet will be in the half-lapper where he has clocked 20.75 in a June meet in Clearwater. The mens quarter could see Andretti Bain and Michael Mathieu in the mix. They have ran 45.44 (in Nassau 45.56 (in Baton Rouge them can get anywhere near those times, they could be the spoilers. The Bahamas best chance will definitely be in the mens high jump with the 1-2 punch of Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry. Having soared 2.30 metres both in Nassau and in Lusanne, Thomas has a chance to surpass the fourth place that he clinched at the last Commonwealth Games. And with Barry being a worthy foe when the two match-up, his seasons best of 2.28m in Mayaguez in July has his stocks high for a possible double-medal treat. Only two women will represent the Bahamas and they both have an outside chance of ascending the medal dais. Christine Amertil, who turned in her seasons best of 51.67 in Rio de Janerio in May, will have a number of African and Jamaican competitors to contend with. And as she wraps up her long and illustrious career, Lavern Eve has had limited action this year, hav ing produced a best of 53.88m. But all she needs is a good series of throws and she could be a finalist in the womens javelin. T T e e n n n n i i s s The tennis team will basically have the same team that competed at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. And if thats any consolation, all they need to do is blend the way they did and whoever is selected to compete in the doubles on both the mens and womens sides should make an impact. I like the fact that the top three female players are playing together and even though Mark Knowles is not competing, the men have the best from the Davis Cup team. B B o o x x i i n n g g Since Taureano Reno Johnson has left the amateur ranks for the pros, Valentino Johnson has stepped up and made an impact on just about every national team he has been on. He and Carl Hield are the two seasoned amateurs and with the experience they possess, they should be right there with the power punchers at the games. Could they win a medal? Its all up to them to go out and prove that they can. By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W ith a new facility just months old, the sport of billiards continues to make its successful return to the capi tal, with the governing body set to crown league champions in the near future. The Nassau Valley EightBall Association is slated to begin its playoff rounds Sun day, September 19, at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace. The opening round kicks off at 5pm and will feature men's singles and team finals. The men's singles final will be a matchup between veteran shooter Pat Carey and rising star Dario Woodside. The team finals are expected to feature "No Chance" led by captains Roosevelt Moss and S C Johnson squaring off against the "Fanatics" led by team captain Desmond Burrows. The series between the two t eams is tied at three games e ach and it promises to be a b attle between evenly matched squads. Association executives suggest that persons in the pool arena have not seen competition like the one expected this weekend in a very long time. Some of the most notable players in the game will be featured. According to association president Laurie Lightfoot, players like "Donald Rah ming, Danzy Burrows, Warren Lockhart, Lil Jim Lockhart, and many others will showcase their talents in the war on the tables," she said. The 2010 championship trophies and awards will also be presented following the matches. "This has been one of the most competitive seasons we have had in a very long time and Sunday should bring the climax of a wonderful season i n grand fashion," Lightfoot said. "We have had 17 teams and about 140 members who competed over the course of the season and the final teams set for this showdown and quite deserving to be in the posi tion they are today. Any team on any given night could have won, and without a clear front runner it made for a series of exciting g ames. The finals are loaded with veteran talent who have traveled as far as Las Vegas for international competition." In singles competition, Lightfoot expects a thrilling best-of-seven showdown between the contrasting com petitors. "The singles play should be exciting featuring two preci sion shooters," she said. T he womens championship was captured by Carlene Evans who finished first out of seven competitors on the year. "This last year has been a tremendous success," Lightfoot said. "We have had players trav el to Sarasota and to the Hard Rock in Ft Lauderdale for tournaments which ended in successful championship r uns." In her second stint as president, Lightfoot said she hopes to see the association continue to grow. "If I return, I hope to see the association continue to grow," she said. "I will remain an active member and put my organisational skills to use and see the league grow beyond 20 teams in the near future." C M Y K C M Y K FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGES 12 & 13 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r email@example.com BAHAMIANS continue to make an impact on the gridiron in several collegiate and professional leagues, not just in the United States but in its neighbour to the north as well. Karl McCartney, linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, continues to fill a key reserve role for the franchise. At 6'0, 231 pounds, McCartney is listed as second on the team's depth chart at middle linebacker behind Juwan Simpson. He has totaled five tackles and one sack off the bench, playing behind the team's leading tackler. In his rookie season, McCartney is second on the Stampeders in special teams tackles with 13. Simpson again leads the team in that category with 14. McCartney was selected in the fifth round, 37th overall, of the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft and signed with the club in May. McCartney began his collegiate career at Wilfrid Laurier and transferred to Saint Marys, where he played the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He rose to national recognition in Canada at St Mary's where he was named an Atlantic University Sport conference All-Star in 2008 and totaled 21 tackles, including 7.5, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. R ecorded In 2009, McCartney recorded 3.5 sacks, five tackles for loss and one forced fumble and was named to the 2009 CIS East-West Bowl. The Stampeders currently lead the CFL's West Division with a 9-1 record, three games ahead of their closest competitors, the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 6-4. The Montreal Alouettes lead the East Division at 7-3. Calgary's next matchup is slated for tonight against the Roughriders. The Stampeders' Bahamian ties goes back as far as six years when the team acquired Godfrey Ellis. Ellis was originally drafted by Calgary in the second round, 10th overall, of the 2005 CFL Canadian Draft. He was a valuable member of the Stampeders offensive line for five seasons and in 2009, dressed for each of the teams 18 regular-season games in 2009 and both playoff games. As a free agent this offseason, Ellis was re-signed by the Stampeders in January, but was later released in August along with veteran quarterback Cody Pickett. The Edmonton Eskimos have recently expressed interests and have made attempts to Ellis who was released after Edmonton product Dimitri Tsoumpas signed a longterm contract. Bahamians making impact in Canadian Football League Nassau Valley 8-Ball Association playoffs Sunday at Mario s RACK EM UP: The Nassau Valley Eight-Ball Association is slated to begin its playoff rounds at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace on September 19. By JOHN BELL THE recently re-opened Bimini Big Game Club will resume its rightful place on the grand sport-fishing tournament circuit when it hosts the first leg of the 2011 Bahamas Wahoo Challenge November 11-14. The Bimini Big Game Club, a legendary outpost for fishermen and host to numerous major sport fishing tour naments for more than half a century, officially re-opened this summer as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort & Marina following completion of a $3,500,000 renovation that included all guest rooms, the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, and the Outfitter Shop, a retail experience featuring sportswear, fishing supplies and gifts. Approaching its fifth year of competition, the Bahamas Wahoo Challenge has attract ed the best wahoo anglers in the world to the Bahamas. The Wahoo Challenge, according to tournament director Tony Albelo, consists of three tournaments Bimini, Port Lucaya January 1216, 2011, and March 3-6, 2011, in the Bahamas. Each tournament is an individual competition, but also adds points to the overall series. Teams can compete in one or all three legs. According to Albelo, the wahoo fishing continues to be red hot. The top fish for the 2006 series was a 95-pound torpedo weighed in by Nothins Wild out of Homestead, Florida, he said. The following years all saw increased numbers of fish and fish size, likely due to new rules and regulations enacted by the Bahamas. As a tournament, the Challenge also adopted new rules, reducing the fish count to four fish per team. These small efforts in concert have made a noticeable impact on fishing. In 2008, the Bahamiancrew on Zephyros hauled in a 105-pound behemoth which is the largest wahoo taken in any tournament in the Bahamas. Fish in the 80-plus pound range are routinely caught in the Challenge as fishing continues to be improving. Location Biminis location along the legendary Gulfstream (a riv er of warm water) is at the apex of a superhighway for migrating fish and acts as a kind of sushi conveyor belt carrying abundant food to the local fish. Deepwater game fish include marlin, tuna, sailfish, wahoo and swordfish, while big grouper, barracuda and schools of snapper can be found on the reefs. Biminis flats are home the fishermens favourite prey, bonefish and permit. With more than 50-recordsetting catches in the waters around the island, Bimini has earned its title of sport fishing capital of the world. Bahamas Wahoo Challenge participants can call 800-8674764 to reserve a room and slip at the Big Game Club. For more tournament infor mation, go to www.wahoochallenge.com Bahamas Wahoo Challenge set for next month OPINION STUBBS T eam Bahamas can win a couple medals at Commonwealth Games S S E E E E O O P P I I N N I I O O N N , p p a a g g e e 1 1 4 4 United, Liverpool in poor form a head of Premier L eague match... S ee page 13
LONDON (AP Nadal has clinched the yearend No. 1 ranking for the sec ond time in three years. The 24-year-old Spaniard, who won the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010, also finished at the top of the ATP rankings in 2008. "It has been an incredible season one of my best ever, if not the best," Nadal said Thursday in a statement. "I worked very hard to get back to the top and it feels really good to know I will end the year as No. 1." Nadal leads the rankings with 12,025 points, almost 5,000 more than secondranked Novak Djokovic, who has 7,145. Roger Federer is third with 6,735. Nadal has won nine major titles in his career and is one of seven men to complete a career Grand Slam. He leads the ATP tour with six titles this year and has a record of 59-7. Since April, he has won 43 of his 46 matches. Nadal, Federer and Ivan Lendl are the only players to have held, lost and regained the year-end No. 1 spot in the 37-year history of the rankings. Federer did it last year. Since the rankings began in 1973, only eight other players have finished the year at the top more than once. Of those nine, Nadal, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors are the only left-handers. Magic sign fr ee agent forward Malik Allen C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 14, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ORLANDO, Fla. (AP The Orlando Magic h ave signed free agent f orward Malik Allen, bringing their training camp roster to 15 players. The Magic announced the signing Thursday. The 32-year-old Allen played 51 games for the Denver Nuggets last season. He has averaged five points and nearly three rebounds per game in nine NBA seasons. Orlando already has several forwards who play heavy minutes, including Rashard Lewis, Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson. So Allen will likely play a limited role should he make the final roster. The Magic begin training camp September 28. By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP dropped all marijuana possession charges against Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem, simply saying the case could not be proven. Haslem's attorney, Eric Schwartzreich, told The Associated Press that he received a call with the decision Thursday afternoon. "The State Attorney's Office will not be able to file charges," Assistant State Attorney Errol Portman wrotein what's known as a "no action" memo. Portman wrote that Haslem's fingerprints were not on the container of marijuana found in the vehicle, and as such, it couldn't be proven that Haslem was actually in possession of the contraband. The Heat forward was arrested Aug. 15 after being clocked driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone on the Gratigny Parkway in Miami-Dade County. A search of his 2008 Mercedes turned up marijuana, which passenger Antwan Fleming claimed ownership of when questioned by the Florida Highway Patrol. Fleming's fingerprints were found on the container, Portman wrote. "While there was probable cause for the arrest of Udonis Haslem (it was in the car driven by Udonis Haslem, the car belonged to Udonis Haslem, the cannabis was in the immediate vicinity of Udonis Haslem, etc.), the State could not prove Udonis Haslem's knowledge or possession of the cannabis beyond a reasonable doubt," Portman said. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel first reported the case's dismissal. Haslem was facing one third-degree felony count of marijuana possession and four misdemeanor counts of having drug paraphernalia. The felony charge could have carried maximum punishments of a $5,000 fine and a five-year prison sentence. Haslem's 2008 Mercedes, valued at more than $100,000, was returned to him earlier this week after it was seized by FHP, Schwartzreich said. Haslem was working out with teammates earlier Thursday at the arena where the Heat play home games. He will likely not face NBA sanctions. "We love him, we have great respect for him, and we're going to let this run its course," Heat president Pat Riley said last week. Haslem was not immediately available for comment Thursday. On Aug. 16, one day after his arrest, he issued a statement through the team insisting that he would be cleared once the legal process was completed. Haslem has spent all seven of his NBA seasons with the Heat, and the South Florida native signed a fiveyear contract to stay with the team earlier this summer. Haslem has averaged 10.0 points and 8.1 rebounds for Miami, plus helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA championship. Marijuana charges against Haslem dropped Raf ael Nadal clinches year-end No. 1 ranking By JAIRO ANCHIQUE Associated Press Writer BOGOTA, Colombia (AP American Mardy Fish will face Colombian Alejandro Falla in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup playoff between the United States and Colombia. The second singles match Friday has American Sam Querrey against Santiago Giraldo. At Thursdays draw, US captain Patrick McEnroe selected John Isner and Ryan Harrison to face Carlos Salamanca and Robert Farah in Saturday doubles. Reverse sin gles are Sunday. The match will be played on red clay at Bogota's La Santa maria bullring, which is located at 8,700 feet in elevation. The winner will remain in theD avis Cup World Cup, the top tier of the competition, which the US has dropped out of only once since it began in 1981. Colombia is trying to advance to the World Groupf or the first time and has a 1-1 r ecord against the United States in the Davis Cup. The teams have not met since 1979. The US is 3-1 in World Group playoffs and won the last one in 2005, defeating Belgium 4-1 on clay. The Americans would seem to have the edge if player rankings are considered. Fish is No. 19, better than Falla at 64, and Querrey is 21, topping Giraldo at 61. However, the thin air is sure to be a factor in the Colombia capital, and clay is also the weakest surface for the United States. The Americans are also competing with a new lineup. For the first time, McEnroe who is retiring as captain after this match will have a lineup that includes neither Andy Roddick, James Blake nor the Byran brothers. McEnroe has been on the job for 10 years and is the longest serving captain in US Davis Cup history. He led the United States to the title in 2007, the first for the Ameri cans since 1995. The US has won the Davis Cup 32 times, more than any other country. Fish, Fallas to open Davis Cup playoff By KEN RITTER Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP being hit with three more felony and four misdemeanor charges in a domestic violence case that already had him facing a felony theft charge. An eight-count criminal complaint filed Thursday by Clark County District Attorney David Roger significantly raised the ante in the criminal case accusing Mayweather of hitting his ex-girlfriend, threatening their children and tak ing cell phones during an argument at the woman's home a week ago. Mayweather previously faced one grand larceny charge carrying a possible sentence of five years. The new complaint adds two coercion and one robbery charge, plus a domestic battery and three harassment charges. It increases to 34 years the possible penalty the 33-yearold Mayweather could face if convicted of all charges. He's due for arraignment November 9 in a Las Vegas court. Mayweather hit with more felony charges in Vegas CHARGED: Floyd Mayweather Jr takes a break in his WBA welterweight match against Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. (AP Photo Team Bahamas can win a couple medals C C y y c c l l i i n n g g The three-man team will probably have the most diffi cult task of all and that is because neither Mark Holowesko, Laurence Jupp or Rowshan Jones of Grand Bahama have competed at this level before. But their rivals have not seen them before either, so they have nothing to lose. The greatest challenge for the trio will be to remain in the pela ton and not get eliminated during the gruelling road race. Its going to be an interesting games for the Bahamas. But if the athletes compete true to form, the Bahamas could end up with a couple medals in athletics, boxing and tennis. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AS local leagues around the country head into the postseason in the coming weeks and decide eventual champions, preparations are underway for the hosting of the climax of the softball season. The Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF the 2010 edition of its National Round Robin Championships November 4-7 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. BSF president Burket Dorsett said the situation which threatened the hosting of the venue in Grand Bahama has been resolved. "The BSF would like to officially announce that the round robin is on as scheduled," he said. "The situation in Grand Bahama has been amicably resolved and the original venue and original dates for the round robin will be kept intact. The tournament will be held in honour of two national team stalwarts Sandra Wells and Wilfred Beneby, both members of the BSF Hall of Fame. "This is an example of softball at its best in the Bahamas. There is no clear cut projected winner at this time as all of the associations had and continue to have competitive seasons in 2010," he said. "The federation continues to pay tribute to those who made contributions to the game. With that in mind, this years round robin is named in honour of two catchers out of G rand Bahama, longtime n ational team members." T he opening ceremony is planned for November 5, which will include a marching band, fireworks display and honouring of the past presidents of the BSF. Thus far, nine teams have confirmed their participation in the tournament at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex, including six men's teams Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Long Island and New Providence and three female teams Andros, Grand Bahama, and New Providence. Dorsett said: "The ministry is doing final preparations on the facilities in Grand Bahama and all indications suggest that we will have a successful event with what is in place thus far," he said. "The Grand Bahama committee is working feverishly to make sure its a memorable event for fans in the Bahamas, all islands are geared up as teams finish their regular seasons." This year marks the first time the event has been held i n Grand Bahama since 2004. This promises to be one o f the best round robin championships to date," Dorsett said. "Fans and corporate citizens in Grand Bahama have given a high level of positive feedback and are waiting for the event to take place." Teams are expected to arrive in Grand Bahama on November 4, the morning of the tournament, and the first session of games are scheduled to begin at 5pm. "By hosting the nationals in the nation's second city, it gives an indication of the federation's commitment to taking the game of softball throughout the country and give other islands and member federations outside of New Providence an opportunity to host events," Dorsett said. A pair of teams from New Providence took both titles last year with the Commando Security Truckers claiming the men's championship and the Pineapple Air Wildcats the women's title. BSFs National Round Robin Championships on schedule BURKET DORSETT N N a a t t i i o o n n a a l l R R o o u u n n d d R R o o b b i i n n S S c c h h e e d d u u l l e e T T h h u u r r s s d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 4 4 5pm Eleuthera v Andros (M 6pm Eleuthera v. Long Island (M 7pm Grand Bahama v. Andros (L 8pm New Providence v. Long Island (M 9pm Grand Bahama v. Abacogm 5 F F r r i i d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 5 5 12pm Abaco v. Andros (M 1pm Eleutera v. Long Island (M 2pm Andros v. New Providence (L 3pm Eleuthera v. Grand Bahama (M 4pm Abaco v. Long Island (M 7pm Abaco v. Long Island (M 9pm New Providence v. Grand Bahama (L 10pm New Providence v. Grand Bahama (M S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 6 6 11am Andros v. Grand Bahama (M 12pm Abaco v. Eleuthera (M 1pm Andros v. New Providence (L 2pm Andros v. Long Island (M 3pm Abaco v. New Providence (M 4pm Andros v. Grand Bahama (L 7pm Eleutera v. New Providence (M 8pm 4 vs 3 (MM 9pm Grand Bahama v New Providence (L 10pm 2 vs 1 (M to championship gm 23 S S u u n n d d a a y y , N N o o v v e e m m b b e e r r 7 7 2pm 3 v 2 Bronze Medal Game (L 3:30pm Winner of gm 21 v winner gm 23 Bronze Medal Game (M 5pm Winner of Ladies Round Robin vs Winner of gm 24 Gold Medal Game (L 6:30pm Winner of gm 23 v. Winner of gm 25 Gold Medal Game (M FACE OFF: American Mardy Fish will face Colombian Alejandro Falla in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup playoff. (AP
Grant gone for Packers, b ut Rodgers worries Bills By JOSH DUBOW AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP The switch at quarterback from JaMarcus Russell to Jason Campbell was the biggest reason for an offseason of optimism for the Oakland Raiders. With the former No. 1 pick turned draft bust long gone, Campbell was supposed to revive a struggling franchise and spark an offense that had struggled to do much of anything in recent years. So far, not so good. Campbell had a rough debut in Tennessee and now will play his first regular season home game as a Raider against the St. Louis Rams (01), in front of what figures to be a small but skeptical crowd frustrated by seven years of losing. "I'm pretty sure the Oakland fans would like to see a different team than we saw and what they saw last week on the road," Campbell said. "It's definitely an opportunity for us. It's exciting. It'll be my first game at home in the regular season, so it's just trying to get things going in the right direction." Things have been going the wrong direction in Oakland ever since the team lost the Super Bowl to Tampa Bay in 2003. The Raiders (0-1 lost at least 11 games for the past seven years seasons, with poor quarterback play often being a major cause. Campbell was acquired during the draft from Washington after spending five seasons with the Redskins. He became the 12th quarterback to start a game for theR aiders during that run when he went 22 for 37 for 180 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the 38-13 loss to Tennessee. The Raiders gained just 106 yards in the first half and Campbell had little time to throw behind a porous offensive line. He was sacked four times, on the run plenty of others, and too often checked down when he did have time. I felt like we were so conc erned about making mist akes that we weren't playing loose, and guys just weren't cutting it loose," Campbell said. "So I just feel like we just got to get back to playing football, get back to having fun, like we were doing in pre season, and cut it loose. You can't win games being afraid to miss a play or make a bad throw or miss a run or miss a tackle. If you're playing loose, you'll make more than you miss." Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo has seen more of Camp bell in the regular season than the Raiders have. As linebackers coach in Philadelphia, defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and last year in St. Louis, Spagnuolo has faced Campbell five times over the years. Campbell has won just one of those matchups against Spagnuolo's blitz-happy defenses but has made enough big plays to make Spagnuolo nervous about this meeting. The Rams come into this game banged-up at line backer and in the secondary. "Fortunately or unfortunately I've had to coach against him quite a number of times when he was at Washington," Spagnuolo said. "I've always known this about Jason. He's a quality quarterback that can at any time make a big play with his arm or with his feet. When you go against quarterbacks like that it can always be scary for a defense. It's going to be a pretty good challenge for our defense." The Rams also brought in a new quarterback to change a pattern of losing for a fran chise that won just six games the past three seasons. St. Louis selected Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick and signed him to a six-year, $78 million contract with $50 million in guaranteed money. Spagnuolo started Bradford in the opener and did little to take it easy on his rookie. Bradford threw 55 passes in a 17-13 loss to Arizona, completing 32 for 253 yards and a touchdown. He threw three interceptions, including one on a desperation pass at the end. "For them to have the confidence in me to allow me to throw it 55 times, that defi nitely makes me feel more confident knowing that they have no problem putting the ball in my hands," Bradford said. "When we're throwing it 55 times, that probably means that things aren't working out in our favor so, would I like to throw it 55 times? No. But at the same time, if it's some thing that we have to do as a football team, then I'm very comfortable doing it." The Raiders want to make Bradford feel as uncomfortable as possible in his first road start in the NFL. Oakland rebuilt its front-seven in the offseason, with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly the only player back in the same position he played last year. The Raiders struggled last week against Chris Johnson, Vince Young and the Titans, but hope to be able to mix things up enough to confuse Bradford this week. Bradford will also have to deal with a road crowd that is expected to be short of a sellout but could present other problems. "I talked to Steven Jackson a little bit about it," Bradford said. "He said it's actually pretty fun. He said it's a nasty crowd, they're violent, they yell at you. But those are the type of crowds that make it enjoyable to play. I am looking forward to the challenge." R edskins Haynesworth dealing with s prained ankle TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS Raiders Campbell prepares for home debut vs. Rams ASHBURN, Va. (AP Albert Haynesworth has a sprained ankle and was u nable to make it through a full practice for a second straight day. The defensive lineman h urt his ankle during Wednesday's practice and didn't take part in team drills Thursday. Coach Mike Shanahan said he hopes the injury isn't too serious and that Haynesworth might be able to return Friday. Washington hosts Houstono n Sunday. Haynesworth played as a backup in the season opener after months of disagreements with Shanahan over offseason workouts, practices and preseason playing time. Shanahan said backup l inebacker Perry Riley is "ready to go" after recov ering from a sprained right foot. Safety Kareem Moore, who has a sprained right knee, appears unlikely to play against Houston. By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP relatively high for a change for the Detroit Lions just a week ago. Matthew Stafford's golden right arm, an improved surrounding cast on offense and a strong defensive line were expected to make the Lions respectable after they won just twice in two seasons. Then, Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers hit Stafford in the back, drove his right shoulder into the ground and suddenly Detroit's optimistic fans have plenty to be glum about. Second-year coach Jim Schwartz and his players, publicly at least, insist replacing Stafford with Shaun Hill hasn't altered their outlook. "Before you make judgments about what our offense can't do without Matt, allow us to prove to you what we can do with Shaun," receiver Nate Burleson said. "If anything, I think we'll be more aggressive against Philly than we were at Chicago." The Eagles also are turning to a backup QB Michael Vick in place of banged-up starter Kevin Kolb on Sunday at Ford Field in Detroit's home opener. Vick hasn't taken the first snap in a game since Dec. 31, 2006, when he was playing for Atlanta. He didn't play the next two seasons because he served an 18-month sentence in federal prison for his role in a dogfighting operation. Vick slowly worked his way back into game shape last year, playing sparingly in 12 games, and last week looked a little like the electric Pro Bowler he was at times for the Falcons. Philadelphia coach Andy Reid, though, said a concussion isn't going to change the pecking order of Kolb and Vick. "Kevin knows he's the guy," Reid said. "I don't want to slight Michael at all in this because I am so happy for this kid and the progress that he's made since being incarcerated, in both life and on the football field. He's worked so stinking hard to get himself to this position. "On the other hand, Kevin's the starting quarterback for this foot ball team." Vick connected on two-thirds of his passes for 175 yards and a touchdown and ran 11 times for 103 yards, helping the Eagles rally from a 17point, fourth-quarter deficit to have a shot at beating Green Bay. It was the seventh game in which he had more than 100 yards rushing and passing, a feat no one else has done more than three times "I don't really go out to try to prove to anybody that I can still play this game," Vick said. Lions linebacker Julian Peterson, who chased Vick when he was playing for the Falcons, said he doesn't look as fast as he did in the past. Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, seemed unfazed to face Vick after matching up successfully with similar QBs in college. "I've played against quarterbacks that are like him, actually at his own school, Virginia Tech with Tyrod Taylor," Suh said. "So, I know how to play against guys like that. You just have to be get on him quicker and close fast because if you allow them to use their legs as a weapon they will cause havoc all game." Hill will rely on his arm much more than his feet to make plays. He was 3-3 as a starter for San Francisco last year and was 10-6 as the No. 1 QB for the 49ers over the previous three seasons. "It's not his first rodeo," center Dominic Raiola said. "He started games ahead of another No. 1 pick, Alex Smith, in San Francisco and people would've been talking about the game-winning drive he led us on if won at Chicago." Oh, but the topic of conversation in the days after the season-opening loss to the Bears was the catch that was ruled an incompletion. Hill lofted a pass to the end zone that Calvin Johnson leaped to snag and got both feet and a knee on the ground before putting the ball on the grass and celebrating what almost everyone thought was a game-winning TD in the final seconds. It was ruled incomplete because Johnson didn't maintain possession of the ball throughout the entire process of the catch. Schwartz gathered his team for a chat between stretching and prac ticing Wednesday, but insisted it had nothing to do with encouraging his players to forget about the deflat ing defeat at Chicago or the loss of Stafford. "You guys are the only guys that are bringing it up," Schwartz said. "That's not an item of discussion in our locker room or in our meetings. This is the NFL, you have 16 games." Lions lose some hope without a healthy Stafford HARD HIT: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7 Collins (3642 (AP Photo PASSING FORM: Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell throws in the first half of a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers in Oakland, California, last month. (AP Photo By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP For a team that came into the season with Super Bowl expectations, it didn't take very long for the Green Bay Packers to hit their first serious speed bump. Running back Ryan Grant is out for the year with an ankle injury, and backup Brandon Jackson is stepping in as the starter. Jackson's main backup, at least for now, is ... a fullback? Still, Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey didn't focus on Green Bay's running back shortage going into Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. The Packers remain a pass-first team, and the name of quarterback Aaron Rodgers might have come up a time or two or 20 in Bills team meetings this week. "About every other sentence, every other word was 'Aaron Rodgers,'" Bills safety George Wilson said. "We know he's the pulse of their team, the pulse of their offense. And we have to do a great job of keeping them off balance, not really allowing him to get in a groove." Coming off an impressive 2009 and a sharp preseason, Rodgers wasn't happy with his play in the Packers' Week 1 victory at Philadelphia. He threw for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an uncharacteristic two interceptions, misfiring on several other throws. "We're 1-0, and we're excit ed about that, but offensively we just want to take some of the burden off the defense," Rodgers said. "If we can hold the ball longer and not put our defense in the compromising situations with the turnovers we had, then I think we're going to be able to play a more complete game." Rodgers knows he'll face a talented and deep secondary Sunday. The Bills finished second in the league last year with 28 interceptions, trailingo nly the Packers' 30. "Our defense doesn't lack confidence," safety Jairus Byrd said. "I know that there's areas that we need in to improve in, but we're up to the challenge and exciteda bout it."
TURIN, Italy (AP Artjoms Rudnevs completed his hat trick in injury time Thursday to give Lech Poznan a 3-3 draw with Juventus in the Europa League. Lech Poznan led 2-0 in the Group A match through Rudnevs' two goals inside the opening half hour from the penalty spot in the 14th minute and in the 30th. But Juventus hit back with a goal either side of halftime by defender Giorgio Chiellini and another by Alessandro Del Piero. Chiellini's first came in first-half injury time before he equalized in the 50th minute. Del Piero put Juventus ahead in the 68th with a shot from outside the area. Lech Poznan started confidently as Rudnevs tested goalkeeper Alex Manninger with a snap shot. The penalty soon after Lech Poznan counterattacked and Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo brought down Slawomir Peszko. Rudnevs made no mistake from the spot with a right-footed drive. The goal gave the Polish team belief, and Rudnevs doubled the lead when he was left unmarked in the area. Juventus pulled a goal back when Chiellini rose above the defense to head home a free kick from Del Piero. The pair linked up again for Chiellini's second. The defender was left unmarked in the area to receive Del Piero's pass, and had time to pick his spot from close range. When Del Piero put Juventus ahead it appeared that the game was over, and teammate Simone Pepe had a chance to wrap up the result but was denied by goalkeeper Krzysztof Kotorowski in the 89th. Rudnevs made Juventus pay for its profligacy when he hit a long-range shot past Manninger just before the final whistle. SALZBURG, Austria (AP gave Manchester City a 2-0 win at Red Bull Salzburg in their opening Group A match in the Europa League. Silva scored in the eighth minute in the first real chanceof the match, beating goalkeeper Gerhard Trimmel from Jo's pass following a cross by Wayne Bridge. Jo doubled the lead in the 63rd minute, tapping into the net aftter collecting the rebound from Tremmel's save on an attempt by Carlos Tevez. Man City, which has made a disappointing start in the Premier League with one win out of four games, dominated against the Austrian champi-ons, who had been the only team to win all six Europa League group matches last season. Tevez and Silva both came close to adding to City's lead in the first half before Salzburg defender Ibrahim Sekagya hit the crossbar in the 40th in the hosts' best chance. In the other group match, Lech Poznan drew 3-3 at Juventus in Turin after scoring an injury-time equalizer. In the next round on Sept. 30, City travels to Juventus and Salzburg visits Lech Poznan. LONDON (AP ton manager David Moyes has been fined for confronting referee Martin Atkinson at the end of his team's 3-3 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League last week. Moyes and assistant Steve Round both admitted the Football Association's improper conduct charges. The FA says Moyes has received the standard 8,000 pounds ($12,500 Round has submitted a plea in mitigation. Moyes and Round were upset that Atkinson blew the final whistle just as Everton defender Phil Jagielka was about to shoot at goal. Everton had scored two injury-time goals to draw level in Saturday's match, and Moyes felt not enough time had been added on. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP making a perfect start to its title defense, Manchester United and Liv erpool can't afford another draw when they meet Sunday on the backo f an unimpressive opening month of the season. Chelsea has won four straight Premier League matches, but United has only won twice and is already four points adrift while Liverpool has just one victory and lags the leaders bys even. United has thrown away four points in two games by conceding late equalizers, including throwing away a 3-1 lead in the 90th minute at Everton last weekend. "Sunday is a big game the disa ppointment of last Saturday has to resonate with the players," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "They can't make mistakes like that again." United will be boosted by the return of Wayne Rooney, who was dropped last weekend over fears Everton fans would abuse the striker in light of a sex scandal, and defend er Rio Ferdinand, who came back from a three-month injury layoff to play in the Champions League on Tuesday when United was held 0-0 by Rangers. Ferguson views fixtures with Liverpool as the biggest in the season for United, with the northwest rivals sharing the record of 18 English titles. It is United which looks closer to No. 19, having finished runners-up last season after a three-year winning streak. Liverpool, though, hasn't won the title since 1990 and Roy Hodgson has a lack of funds to strengthen the side he took control of in the offseason. Liverpool's only win came against promoted West Bromwich, while it has lost to Manchester City and drawn with Arsenal and Birming ham. Liverpool's hopes of winning will rely on striker Fernando Torres rediscovering his goal-scoring touch after being heavily criticized for a lackluster display at Birmingham last week end. "I'm afraid criticism is something he will have to learn to live with," Hodgson said. "Everything that happens at the club is put under a microscope and that includes player performances. "Fernando Torres has no problems with that. He's an excellent player and is very much committed and focused on this season." After the Old Trafford match, leader Chelsea should have little trouble disposing of Blackpool, which was thumped 6-0 by Arsenal last month, when it hosts the newcom ers. Arsenal will look to maintain the free-scoring form that produced a 60 Champions League win over Braga in midweek when it goes to Sunderland on Saturday. The Gunners are second in the league after winning three and drawing one game at Liverpool. "It is the start of the season and I think it is important that we take encouragement from what we are doing at the moment," manager Arsene Wenger said. "We will keep our feet on the ground and a good concentration. We have another big test now at Sunderland." Manchester City is in desperate need of a win at Wigan on Sunday, with the league's biggest spenders only producing one win in its opening four matches. "There has to be patience," assistant manager Brian Kidd said. "The boss (Roberto Mancini been here a short period and this is a building job. It is going to take time. "Unfortunately some of the players the boss has bought have not been available. They will enhance the team and the club itself when they are fit." Jerome Boateng, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mario Balotelli and Joleon Lescott are all currently sidelined. Tottenham hosts Wolverhampton needing to quickly recover from its Champions League debut against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, which ended 2-2. After winning their European playoff last month, Spurs marked their return to domestic action by losing at home to Wigan. "These games are hard after Champions League games, and that was probably the biggest lesson we learned from the last game against Wigan," manager Harry Redknapp said. "We found ourselves struggling to beat Wigan, and Wolves will come on Saturday and make it difficult for us." Also on Saturday, West Ham goes in search of its first point of the season at Stoke with manager Avram Grant missing due to the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, while Aston Villa will still be without Gerard Houl lier in the dugout as it hosts Bolton as he completes his duties with the French football federation. In the day's other matches, Blackburn hosts Fulham, Newcastle is at Everton and Birmingham plays at local rival West Brom. United, Liverpool in poor form ahead of Premier League match THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP defense of its Europa League title got off to a bad start Thursday, losing 1-0 to Aris due to Spanish midfielder Javito's second-half goal. Javito controlled the ball with his chest between two defenders before firing past goalkeeper David de Gea to score a classy goal in the 59th minute. Aris captain Sergio Koke rattled the post with a powerful shot 10 minutes later. He also had a shot palmed on to the post by De Gea in the 81st. Atletico striker Diego Forlan, who scored both goals for his team in the 2-1 win over Fulham in last season's final, was heavily marked and could only shoot wide twice in the first half. Atletico substitute Diego Costa missed with two head ers in the 78th and 79th minutes. Aris upsets 2010 champ Atletico Man City beats Salzburg 2-0 in Europa League Moyes fined $12,500 by FA for confronting referee 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 MY BALL: Manchester Uniteds Wayne Rooney (right the ball against Rangers Steven Naismith during their first leg Group C Champions League match in Manchester, England. (AP Photo WARMING UP: Liverpools Fernando Torres warms up during a training session. (AP Photo Lech Poznan draws 3-3 with Juventus