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 Store boss shot dead by r obber C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.273MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 84F LOW 73F B U S I N E S S S EE FRONTOFBUSINESS Best of class will fill 1,500 room rise Homicide count now stands at 73 The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com S P O R T S COMMONWEALTHGAMES AFTERMATH AMERTIL ELEVATED TO BRONZE BRENTSTUBBS REPORTSONPAGEFIFTEEN Tim Clarke/ Tribune staff SCENE OF TRAGEDY: Police officers remove the mans body. A convenience store owner was shot in the head by an armed robber. By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org M ASS layoffs by the Broadcasting Corporation of t he Bahamas was described a s indiscriminate and u njust by union executives a s they hinted at the possibility of taking legal action yesterday. The downsizing exercise that reportedly left 71 NewP rovidence employees out of work on Friday is expected to continue at the BCBs N orthern Service in Grand Bahama where another 11 people are set to lose theirj obs. B oth the Bahamas Com munications and Public Managers Union (BCPOUa nd the Bahamas Communi cations and Public Managers Union (BCPMUt o be analysing individual cases yesterday for possible legal action where applica ble. B CPMU president William Carroll told The Tribune : We wanted to know whos going so we can address each case individually, but we have had no time to evaluate individual Mass BCB layoffs branded unjust SEE page 13 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com LAWYERS severely discredited in a Supreme Court judgment appear to have escaped contempt action and disciplinary measures despite being criticised by a senior judge for serious misconduct and wasting court time. Magistrate Derrence Rolle was appointed to the bench three years after he was criticised by Senior Justice John Lyons in his judg ment on the Arawak Homes case. The appointment was made by Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall in 2006. Government agencies could give no explanation for the appointment in view of the September 2003 Supreme Court judgment, which has only recently come to light. The judgment emerged as Lawyers rapped by judge appear to have escaped punishment SEE page 14 B y NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A CONVENIENCE s tore owner was shot in the head by an armed robber outside his shop in Fire Trail Road yesterday eveningm arking the 73rd murder this year. Police said the man, unof ficially identified as shopowner Joseph Tynes, was sitting outside his estab lishment with another man when the gunman approached. The robber stole cash and jewellery from the pair before he shot Mr Tynes in the head and got away, police press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said. She would not confirm the age or identity of the man as police investigations into the murder were in their initial stages as The Tribune went to press. SEE page 14 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN INQUEST into the death of an Exuma man determined by police to have been killed in a road traffic accident and believed by some to have been murdered is scheduled to open in George Town today. 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B B y y D D E E N N I I S S E E M M A A Y Y C C O O C C K K T T r r i i b b u u n n e e F F r r e e e e p p o o r r t t R R e e p p o o r r t t e e r r firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT A 32y ear-old male resident of F reeport, Lucaya, is in p olice custody in connection with the stabbing incident at the Royal Bank of Canada and FINCO Bank on Friday. A sst Supt Hector Delva r eported that the victim was t reated for his injuries and d ischarged from hospital. The stabbing was not s erious and we are pleased to report that the victim sustained only minor injuries, he said. On Friday, two male customers at the bank were involved in an argument that r esulted in one of them b eing stabbed. The incident occurred around 1pm, during peak banking hours when many customers were inside the b ank. A number of police units were dispatched to the scene to investigate. A SP Delva said the susp ect is expected to be c harged with causing harm b efore the Magistrates C ourt on Monday. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HOME AUTO MARINE COMMERCIAL & LIABILITY INSURANCE CALL OR STOP IN TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE!396-1300/1400FAMILY GUARDIAN FINANCIAL CENTRE : EAST BAY & CHURCH STREETS (NASSAUI T 242-396-1300/1400 I www.famguardbahamas.com A SUBSIDIARY OFweve added to the FamilyHOME & AUTOMARINECOMMERCIAL & LIABILITY Man in custody in connection with bank stabbing
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J Ja a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance RECOGNITION: Mabel Stubbs of Fresh Creek, Andros accepts the L ifetime Achievement Award for her efforts in the religious sector. PHOTO: Peter Ramsay L L I I F F E E T T I I M M E E ACHIEVEMENT AWARD M ABEL S TUBBSRECOGNISEDFOROUTSTANDINGEFFORTSINRELIGION FOR HER outstanding efforts over the past 50 years in Religion, Mabel Stubbs of Fresh Creek, Andros received the Lifetime Achievement Award to a packed room of supporters yesterday afternoon. O ver 700 persons gathered at the Crystal Ballroom o f the Wyndham Nassau Resort to recognize the e fforts of veteran educators, nurses, healthcare and public service professionals in the Bahamas. Honoured Hosted by the King Foundation, the 2010 Salute to G reatness award ceremony and luncheon honoured some 200 civil servants from all corners in the categories: Award of Excellence, Rising Star Award, G olden Star Award, Golden Apple Award, Pioneer A ward and a Lifetime Achievement Award. T he ballroom was reduced to standing room only, and invited patrons and those honoured enjoyed at hree-course meal and entertainment by the Royal B ahamas Police Force Band. Founder of the King Foundation, Rudolph King said: This event was about saluting the efforts of per sons who contributed much to the Bahamas. Nothing negative happened today. n ot travel to Spain because of h is age and unspecified health issues, a court official said. Connery and wife Michel ine Roquebrune had been summoned to testify on Friday. They have not beenc harged with a crime in the affair known in Spain as the "Goldfinger Case." The official said the magi strate will decide next week h ow to proceed. His options include sending Spanish offic ials to question Connery personally, the official said, although he said he did not know where Connery isn ow. The James Bond actor owns a home in the Bahamas, where it is believed the investigating magistrate will make a formal request to speak withS ir Sean. Anon ymity The court official spoke o n condition of anonymity in line with court rules. The probe involves a beachfront mansion near Marbella that Connery used to own and nearby land which was allegedly rezonedt o allow condominiums to be built. The court official declined to give details butS panish news reports says the judge is probing possible tax evasion in the land pro-j ect. F or 20 years Connery vacationed at his lavish property, Malibu, before selling it in 1998. Marbella was once synonymous with glitz but in more recent years has been tarnished by corruption. In 2006 the Spanish government took the unprece dented step of dissolving the entire Marbella city council amid a scandal in which city officials were accused of accepting bribes and other favours in exchange for granting building permits during a nationwide real estate boom that largely fueled Spain's economy but has since collapsed. A total of 95 people went on trial in that case last month, although the case in which Connery was requested to testify is separate. Sean Connery a no-show at Spanish Goldfinger hearing ( AP Photo /Sergio Torres) B EACHFRONT PROPERTY: P art of the Malibu Resort is seen in Marbella, southern Spain, on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010. A Spanish court o fficial says Sean Connery is declining to appear in court in Marbell a as requested by a judge investigating an allegedly shady real estate deal known here as the Goldfinger Case in southern Spain. The probe involves a beachfront mansion near Marbella that Connery used to own which was allegedly illegally rezoned to allow condominiums to be b uilt. F ROM page one
EDITOR, The Tribune. What is the old proverb...one in the hand is better than two in the bush? It would seem the recent statements, be they accurate or not, significantly lay on the table the national dilemma, as do we take the offer of Atlantis, a sure deal, or Baha Mar a not so sure deal? If the news is accurate, no one really knows, but like the boy crying wolf, one does not know who is telling the truth. Scotia Bank and Baha Mar might have arrived at an acceptable position and the detail is now in the hands of probably 60 attorneys. Of course, the multi-million dollar question the cheque has not passed yet! Be it as it may the question is significant, we need some input from the Minister of Tourism, who has been remarkably quiet, if not totally masked over the Baha Mar issue. My questions are simple but so relevant: What will be the impact of 3000 new hotel rooms on the Nassau Tourism product taking into account the existing h otels at all levels? Can The Nassau Tourism infrastructure service this number of people? Of the principal global top 5-star hotel operators Rosewood is rated with Four Seasons, Orient Express, One and Only (Kerzner ton. Last year the average occupancy of all was in the region of a low 54 per cent Orient Express, a mid-rate, Rosewood at 62 per cent and a high at Ritz Carlton 66 per cent, now so we have been told for a long time owing to the much higher costs of operation in the Bahamas, a hotel needs an 80-85 per cent occupancy rate...Rosewood reports off their web site that their Caribbean hotels are 39 rooms, Antigua BVI 100 and USVI 169 rooms. The average spent per day was $750, com pare that to Nassau. I certainly look forward to a public comment from the Minister with his wealth of experi ence, I am sure his advice is what is driving the opinion of the Prime Minister, but we need assurances of the marketing and investment facts. Concluded last Friday Sol Kerzner, laid it fair and square where Kerzner International stands I am considering repli cas of Atlantis in Brazil and China arent these the same n ew markets Tourism are looking to develop new visitors from our principle attraction acknowledged by all the Tourism experts is Atlantis, so why come from Rio or Beijing to Nassau/Bahamas, if the Brazilians and Chinese can take a short ride and see the same in their backyard? My conclusion is So it is surely better to retain the one you have, as you are not sure of the alternative. W THOMPSON Nassau, October 3, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. I hope you will grant me a few words in your fine newspaper. R ecently LaKendis Brown, 2nd Runner-up Miss Bahamas Earth placed in the top four at the Miss Progress International Pageant in Italy.S he received the title Miss Progress Environment which included a prize of $30,000 for her to use toward promoting environmental awareness. She also won the Best Cost ume Award. This is a great v ictory for The Bahamas. This is history for The Bahamas. LaKendis is a very pretty,c harming girl who has made The Bahamas proud and put T he Bahamas on the internat ional map. I n Wednesdays edition of your fine journal, there was a small article with a picture p osted in the back section of your paper. T his kind of news should b e on the front page of the p aper, headline material. O n the front page all we see and hear about are all the m urders, violence and crime taking place in the country, but when our young peoples uch as LaKendis Brown make an international accomplishment and put The Bahamas on the map, this gets featured in the back of your paper. I think the accom-p lishments of our fine Bahamians who have accomplished positive things in the country and for the country need to be promoted better. P eople could see better the accomplishments rather than the negative and it would inspire others in the country, that they too can achieve and do positive things and everyt hing is not just negative. ACONCERNED BAHAMIAN CITIZEN N assau, October 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 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 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm W E ARE living in interesting, but troubled times. The world is in a state of flux as p eople migrate from one country to another and cultures clash. I t is as though the Almighty is creating a new cocktail, throwing different ingredie nts together, shaking it vigorously in the e xpectation that the ingenious mix will create a more harmonious world. H owever, in a speech on Saturday to her partys young peoples association in P ostdam, Chancellor Angela Merkel a nnounced that Germanys attempt to build a multicultural society had utterly failed. Years ago Germany needed immigrants to meet the countrys labour shortage.M any of these immigrants were from Turkey and the Islamic world different c ulture and different language. Those w ho want to take part (in our society must not only obey our laws, they must also master our language, she said. Ger-m any still needs highly skilled immigrants to satisfy its job market. On Sunday night the BBC broadcast a Doha debate. These debates are held inQ atar and chaired by former BBC awardwinning interviewer Tim Sebastian, who founded them in 2004. The debates deal, n ot only with the regions most controver sial subjects, but Sebastian has been guaranteed freedom from censorship in the guests he invites and the opinions they e xpress. It is a most interesting programme. Sundays subject was the French governments banning of the face veil. It was a large turnout and the motion was lost 78 per cent were against the banning of the veil considering it discrimination, while 22 per cent voted for the ban. No one in our history has worn a piece of cloth on his or her face, said Jacques Myard, a member of the ruling conserva-t ive UMP coalition in the French national assembly. He insisted that France was a secular state. Face veiling appears, for the majority of the people in France, to be a breach of the common will. It is contrary to the dignity of the human being, he said. He considered himself a victim when denied the right to see your face. Those who refuse to show their face in public are e xcluding themselves from the national community, he said. However, a Parisb orn Muslim, felt the ban had nothing to do with national unity but was tantamountt o stigmatising Muslim women. F arzana Hassan, a Canadian author a nd womens activist, agreed with the ban. S he held that the Muslim face veil, the Burqa, was a security threat that could be u sed by terrorists to conceal weapons. Her belief was that if the veil were banned,M uslim women would more easily integ rate into French society. There were many other arguments, both pro and con. It was also established that the covering of the face was not a part of the Islamic religion and could be found nowhere in the Koran. W e related to the security risk. We recall one day in 1990 shortly after more t han 100 radical Jamat-al-Muslimeen s tormed the Trinidad and Tobago parlia ment hoping to overthrow the administra tion of ANR Robinson, killing at least 24 p eople in the attempt when a tall Burqaclad woman stormed into our office. Behind her she dragged a small, fright ened looking Bahamian. She introduced h im as her husband. We forget the purpose of her visit, but were not satisfied that, behind that black flowing camouflage w ith only a narrow slit for the eyes, we were talking to a woman. Her coarse voice, her mannerism and the control she had over her man seemed too out of charac t er for a woman. We were satisfied that we were facing a tough and determined man. We recall when we were packed off to an English boarding school at a tender age. Among much advice that our dad Sir Etienne Dupuch gave us was: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If y ou dont like what they do, then come home, dont waste time complaining because they are not going to change theirw ay of life to accommodate you. We considered it good advice. And we think that the lack of assimilation in many of these countries today is that immigrants expect the host country to change their mores to accommodate them. This is the mistake that they have made in their demands and the host country has made in bending over backwards to meet those demands. LaKendis Brown put the Bahamas on the map LETTERS l email@example.com Bending too far to meet immigrant demands The national dilemma that requires Ministerial input EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Everyone aiding, abetting airport hacke rs. T he Tribune, Edi t orial, October 13, 2010. IN effect, it seems the airport hackers haveb een permitted to sell counterfeit goods, for which nine Bahamians may have paid with their lives. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, October 13, 2010. Airport hackers and counter feit goods
A man was left nursing gunshot wounds in his leg on Saturday after being shot w hile walking on Baillou Hill R oad Saturday evening. According to police press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings, the man was approached by a white Nissan Sentra with two men inside. One of the men, armed w ith a handgun shot, at the pedestrian hitting him in one of his legs. He was taken to hospital where his condition is unknown. A man was shot multiple t imes Saturday night while a ttending a party in Peardale. According to Sgt Skippings, police were informed that a man at a party was a pproached by a man armed w ith a handgun, wearing a black-hooded jacket and jeans. The assailant reportedly shot the man multiple times about the body. The man was taken to hospital where he was detained. He is reported t o be in stable condition. Investigations are underway into an apparent drowning incident at the Sea Breeze Canal on Saturday. A ccording to Sgt Skippings, s ometime around 4.30pm on S aturday, police received a report that a man was submerged in the Sea Breeze Canal, South Beach. Accordi ng to Sgt Skippings, police were informed that a group of men were swimming in the canal when the man drowned. E MS personnel were called to the scene where the man was pronounced dead. Police have not yet released his ident ity. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N ow through Sat Nov 6 on Mackey StD URING NASSAU GLASS COMPANYSART GALLERY & LIGHTING CENTREPre~Christmas SaleA M O S F E R G U S O N O R I G I N A L ST a k e a d v a n t a g e o f t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y t o s a v e !L i m i t e d s u p p l y o f A m o s p a i n t i n g s a v a i l a b l e D o n t m i s s o u t o n o w n i n g a c h e r i s h e d A m o s O r i g i n a l Police investigate shootings C RIME REPORTS TALLAHASSEE, Florida T wo Republican legislat or-lawyers are representi ng one of Gov. Charlie Crist's GOP campaign contributors in a publicr ecords lawsuit against him, according to AssociatedPress Reps. Tom Grady of N aples and Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton Beach sued Thursday for former US A mbassador to the Bahamas John Rood in s tate court in Tallahassee. T hey allege Crist failed to comply with Rood's r equest for records showi ng he has made policy s hifts since leaving the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as ani ndependent. The governor's office says it cannot find what Rood's looking for. Rood also has sued seeking to force Crist to refund $7.5 million in cont ributions he collected b efore quitting the GOP, b ut a judge in Naples has denied class action certifi-c ation. Crist GOP donor s ues Florida gov over public records JOHNROOD 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
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 7HDFKSHRSOHKRZWR EHKDYHE\ DQG\RXZLOOEHVXUSULVHG RIWKHLPSDFW\RXZLOO KDYHRQVRFLHW\a 4WffkFSk^ad a XRWH RIWKH ZHHN THE Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF announced yesterday it will expand its popular Youth F ilm Workshop to educate and inspire a new generat ion of filmmakers T he seventh annual BIFF w ill partner with schools throughout Nassau to incorporate the film workshops for young people directly into classrooms, BIFF founder and executive direct or Leslie Vanderpool has confirmed. T he Youth Film Works hops serve as an innovative c hildren's mobile film studio, creating a learning environment like none other. With the support of the board and sponsors, the Youth Film Workshops will t ake place in classrooms across the island of New P rovidence, to heighten a wareness of the positive i mpact of media literacy. There will be one program per day at each participating school with 15 stu-d ents in each program taking place November 29 t hrough December 3. S chools that have signed o n in the past to participate i n the Youth Film Workshop venture are CC Sweeting, St Andrews, Uriah McPhee, Queens College, L yford Cay School, St Annes and St Bedes. L eslie Vanderpool said: The Bahamas Internationa l Film Festival continually strives to provide beneficialm entoring and eduction programs that open imaginations and introduce young B ahamians to an uninhibited world of creative filmm aking. Staple The Youth Film Workshops have been a staple of t he Festival for many years and have always delivered on their mission to inspire and educate. This year will feature a nother wonderful installm ent of the program and we encourage all Bahamians to participate and see for them s leves what can be achieved t hrough the power of film. Select workshops are open to the public on December 4 and cost $50. T he Youth Film Works hop is conducted by Never Too Short Productions, a group of professional film m aking educators and i nstructors from Canada, who have worked countless hours to create, develop andi mplement specially d esigned workshops for kids. With the guidance of the Never Too Short professionals, participants will explore and experiment with the latest in digital technology, in an exciting, fastpaced, child-focused envi ronment with the ultimate g oal of developing media lit e racy, social networking and collaboration skills. BIFF 2010 begins Wednesday, December 1a nd runs through Sunday, December 5. Tickets can be booked online, over the tele phone, or in person at BIFF b ox offices by November 1. Every year the Festival offers advance ticket deals from the date of opening to the first day of the festival.F or additional information please visit www.bintlfilm fest.com. Move to inspire a new generation of filmmakers Popular youth workshop to be expanded THE BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF L ESLIEVANDERPOOL The Y o uth Film Workshops have beena staple of the Festival for many years and have always delivered on their mission to inspir e and edu cate. L eslie V anderpool K INGSTON, Jamaica Police in Jamaica say a bus has plunged over a cliff on the Caribbean island's north coast, killing a teenage girl and injuring 39 people, according to Associated Press Police Constable Yanique Matthews says the bus d river fled after the accident late Friday and has not b een found. Matthews said Saturday that the bus was carrying church members to a weekend retreat when it went off the road in St. Ann, Jamaica's largest parish. She says a 16-year-old girl died and several of the 39 injured people are in critical condition. Jamaica Urban Transit Co. spokesman Reginald A llen says the person driving the bus was not scheduled to be the designated driver. The bus company and police are investigating. One dead, 39 hurt in Jamaica bus crash Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
By KATHRYN CAMPBELL Bahamas Information Services Nassau, The Bahamas The Bahamas Government in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB officially launched the Family Islands Transport Enhance ment Project during the opening ceremony for a workshop for stakeholders on October 14. In attendance were Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko C. Grant; Colin Higgs, permanent secretary; John Canton, director; engineers; CDB representatives and a wide cross-section of stakeholders. A $10.1 million loan agreement was signed between the Bahamas Government and CDB during the 40th annual Caribbean Development Bank Board of Governors meeting in May. The loan enables the Government to execute infrastructure projects including the reconstruction of Three Island Dock in North Eleuthera, the reconstruction of Fresh Creek Dock in Central Andros, reha bilitation of Deep Creek Bridge in South Andros and rehabili tation of Little Creek Bridge in South Andros. A technical assistance grant of $37,000 from CDB will also facilitate preparation of feasi bility studies and designs for new commercial ports in Abaco and Great Exuma, a new North/South highway in Great Exuma and a road link between Little and Great Abaco. Among others, the workshop covered legal considerations relating to the loan, disburse ment policy and procedures, project implementation arrangements and descriptions of roles for government officials. Mr. Grant described the pro ject as timely. He said it will provide direct employment for Bahamians, Family Island resi dents, in particular. As an archipelagic nation the roads, bridges, docks and ports provide vital transportation and communication links within and between islands, Mr. Grant said. They facilitate the provision of basic services to residents. They also facilitate increased economic activity in tourism, agriculture, fisheries and other sectors on these islands. This project brings much needed relief to family islands where residents have patiently waited for enhanced public infrastructure in which they can take pride. Mr. Grant thanked the CDB for its support in financing the project and for hosting the workshop. Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, Simon Wilson, director of economics and planning, said the Ministry is fully committed to the successful on-time and on-budget com pletion of this project. Andrew Dupigny, of CDB, said it is expected that project stakeholders will be empowered with a greater under standing of the project timing and the inputs that will be necessary to achieve the project's objectives. It is our hope that this workshop will give us the opportunity to discuss and devise solutions to overcome those constraints which we are able to identify, he said. The project is to be implemented over a 17-month peri od. A project coordinator will be appointed to report directly to the Director of Pubic Works on project activities. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Anentrepreneurialspirit,originalthinking,andapassiontosucceed. If you haveit,wewant you W e are growing! F idelity Bank invites applications for the position of:ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE October 22nd, 2010 to: HUMAN RESOURCES Re:AutomationSpecialist, 5 1FrederickStreet P.O.BoxN-4853|Nassau|F:328.1108 firstname.lastname@example.orgD uties & Responsibilities:R eporting directly to the Manager, Information Technology, the successful candidates main duties and responsibilities will be: Preparing procedures manuals for the automated functions R equirements / Qualifications: A competitive compensation package will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualification. Fidelity appreciates your interest, however, only those applicants short listed will be contacted.AUTOMATIONSPECIALIST Family Islands T ransport Enhancement Project launched Letisha Henderson /BISPhoto P UBLICADDRESS: P ublic Works and Transport Minister Neko C. Grant addresses participants in the Family Island Transport Enhancement Project workshop. Works director John Canton is seated the table. M INISTERATOPENINGCEREMONYFORWORKSHOP LETTERSOF CREDENCE RAISINGAGLASS: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes proposes a toast during a reception at Government House following the presentation of Letters of Credence of the new Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti to The Bahamas Antonio Rodrique. Pictured from left: Joan Lady Foulkes, Sir Arthur, Ambassador Rodrique, Madame Martha Sajous Rodrique and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette. Peter Ramsay/ BIS Photo
By SIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a Consultant a nd former Caribbean d iplomat). The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered by t he writer, who is a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, to an Economic Forum at the Guildhall in the City of London held by the Commonwealth Business Council. A BRITISH newspaper carried a s tory on October 10 suggesting that the Commonwealth Secre-t ariat has abandoned its c ommitment to defending human rights. The newspa-p er based this story on a leaked document in which the Secretary-General,K amalesh Sharma, is alleged to have told his staff it is not their job to speak outa gainst abuses by the 54 member states. The Secretariat responded p ublicly saying: There is no m emo directing staff not to respond to reports of human r ights abuses. There was an o ptions paper for discussion among senior managers a bout how we could strengthen our human rightsp ronouncements and encourage the buy-in of member governments to a ddress concerns. Despite the Secretariat's f irm statement, the story was picked up by a section of the media in Australia and has b een the subject of a lively e -mail discourse among many people who are deeply concerned about the image a nd substance of the Commonwealth. T his question of human rights in the Commonwealth and the role of the Secre-t ary-General have occupied the attention of the Eminent P ersons Group (EPG which I am a member as we fulfil a mandate from Heads o f Government to produce a report that would strengthen t he Commonwealth and make it fit for purpose in the decades to come. The EPG has focused some attention on the Commonwealth MinisterialA ction Group (CMAG w hich was established to protect Commonwealth values and principles and tot ake action against member states that indulged in serious or persistent violations of them. L ike many others throughout the Commonw ealth, the EPG has been c oncerned that, thus far, C MAG has acted only when t here has been an unconstit utional overthrow of a gove rnment, but has not dealt with other serious or persistent violations of other declared core values of the Commonwealth. The EPG would like to see further empowerment of C MAG to take up the full g amut of its remit. Reviewing W e are aware that CMAG has been reviewing its own work and that it has d eveloped a position, but in c onsidering our own view of C MAG, while we will take CMAGs review into account, we will not consid-e r ourselves bound by it. As people outside the day-to-day interplay between governments, we feel we can bring a level of distance and independence to the scope of the work that C MAG should be undert aking, and we can suggest objective criteria by which its scrutiny of a members tate should be triggered. W e regard the SecretaryGenerals good offices role as equally important in relation to violations ofC ommonwealth declared principles. P revention is better than cure. B ut, we recognise that t his role is under resourced a nd requires not only wider machinery to alert the Secretary-General to potentialp roblems, but also a mechanism that goes beyond government permission, to set the machinery in motion. In other words, action by the Secretary-General to employ his good offices role t o correct infractions of the C ommonwealth core values s hould be undertaken within member states automati-c ally and should not have to a wait the agreement of the government concerned. However, there needs to be a clear understanding of what we mean by human rights. In the Commonwealth, t here are some organizations palpably more concerned with the wretchedness of the weak under despotic national regimes than they are witht he degradation of the poor under inequitable international structures. Human rights for these organizations means the former not the latter. But human rights in the Commonwealth must embrace both, and do so w ith equal passion. T he Commonwealth m ust see its commitment to t he universality of human r ights as including strong o pposition to the denial of civil and political rights anywhere in the Commonwealth. Credibility The Commonwealth will lose its credibility if it abstained on such human rights denials or was thought to be indifferent to their e mergence within its member countries. In this regard, we will l ikely recommend that, as t he Chief Executive Officer o f the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Secretary-General should immediatelys peak-up publicly when there are serious violations of the Commonwealths core values. I n making this recom m endation, we will not be breaking new ground; we will simply be reiteratinga nd reinforcing a principle l ong established. The issue that clouds a clear Commonwealth posture on this matter is that of interference in internal affairs. But there is a difference between meddling and taki ng an honourable stand, a nd the latter must not be a voided where human rights violations are so gross or systemic that the line against meddling has been crossed. T he Commonwealth conf ronted this issue over South Africa as early as 1960, and very specifically over Idi Amin and Uganda in 1977. I n the latter case, even the U N Human Rights Comm ission stalled in condemni ng the Amin Regime on a rguments about interfering in internal affairs. A t the 1977 Common w ealth Summit, the Commonwealth was strong in its c ondemnation. A fter The Common wealth had condemned Amin, the UN HRC fol-l owed suit. I think it is true to say t hat all of the members of t he EPG are convinced that the Commonwealths busi n ess as much as business in t he Commonwealth, will be conducted in much larger measure and with far greater economic benefits if human rights in the widest meaning of that term are respected and upheld throughout itsm ember states. A nd, let me say with no fear of contradiction that Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, shares this view with the EPG. W e are convinced that problems of poverty, inad e quate health and sanitation, education and infrastructur al development are most effectively and sustainably addressed within a frame work of democracy and g ood governance. Upholding human rights in the broadest understand ing of this term must remain c entral to the Commonw ealths activities. 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Deep Creek, October 15 The Cape Eleuthera Founda-t ion and the Deep Creek community joined with3 50.orgs .10.10 Global W ork Party to raise awaren ess and seek solutions from politicians on the global climate crisis. T he number 350 represents what scientists, climate experts, and progressiven ational governments say is t he safe upper limit of carbon dioxide, measured in parts per million, in our atmos p here. The Deep Creek commu nity joined thousands of conc erned citizens in over 188 countries to organise over 7,000 work parties that weatherised homes, installed solar p anels, and planted trees. Deep Creek volunteers sup ported climate solutions locall y by picking up glass bottles, aluminum cans and scrapm etal from the streets. T hen, the volunteers sorted t hese materials for recycling and donated the aluminum cans to the Deep Creek Midd le School to raise money through Cans for Kids in New Providence. A fter the clean sweep, the p articipants rode in biodiesel fueled vehicles to Freetown Beach to catch some sun, playm usical instruments, and eat hot dogs. I am happy to be a part of t his event and see the chil dren come out to support it. I hope that we can continue with events like this one i n the future, said South Eleuthera District Deputy Chief Councilor, LeviticusA nderson. 10.10.10. Global Work Par ty highlights include: In Abaco, students expanded a garden andr eused waste water to grow vegetables. In Turks & Caicos, vol unteers cleaned up beaches and educated the communitya bout plastics in the ocean. In Grand Cayman, volunteers created public art f rom plastic removed from a beach. In Jamaica, volunteers cleaned up and recycled garbage in Kingston. In China, 30,000 students j oined over 300 events across the country/ In the United S tates, there were over 2,000 rallies with events in all 50 states, including 400 clean energy rallies in California. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. Seeking solutions to global climate crisis The Cape Eleuthera Foundation and Deep Creek Community raise awareness on climate change by organising global work party SHOWING S UPPORT: Deep Creek volunteers supported climate solutions locally by pick i ng up glass bottles, aluminum cans and scrap metal from the streets. Then, the volunteers sorted these materials for recycling and donated the aluminum cans to the Deep Creek Middle School to raise money through Cans for Kids in New Providence. B EACHPARTY: A fter the clean sweep, the participants rode in biodiesel fuelled vehicles to Freetown Beach to catch some sun, play musical instruments, and eat hot dogs. The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a facility that promotes a connection between people and the environ-m ent. CEIs scope of work includes visiting educational programs/field courses for students in primary through graduate school; modeling green technologies that promote self-sufficiency; performing research and collaborating with outside scientists/organizations in a reas related to tropical ecology and sustainability; building local capacity through education and training programs; and by hosting conferences. ABOUT THE CAPE ELEUTHERA INSTITUTE I am happy to be a part of this event and see the children come out to support it. I hope that we can continue with events like this one int he future. Leviticus Anderson
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Anentrepreneurialspirit,originalthinking,andapassiontosucceed. If you haveit,wewant you We are growing! Fidelity Bank invites applications for the position of:ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE October 22nd, 2010 to: HUMAN RESOURCES Re:SystemAdministrator, 51FrederickStreet P.O.BoxN-4853|Nassau|F:328.1108 firstname.lastname@example.orgDuties & Responsibilities:Reporting directly to the Group CIO, the successful candidates main duties and responsibilities will be: administering securityRequirements / Qualifications: Minimum 2 years experience in application support in a financial institution A competitive compensation package will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualification. Fidelity appreciates your interest, however, only those applicants short listed will be contacted.SYSTEMADMINISTRATOR T im Clarke /T ribune staff TEMPTINGTREAT: Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette inspects some local wares. 2 010 INTERNATIONALCULTURAL FESTIVAL S TRIKING: T raditional Indian saris h elped create an i nternational atmosphere r. EYE-CATCHING: A stall displayi ng handmade wooden crafts attracted plentyo f interest. HAITIANSTALL: Festival-goers peruse a stall displaying Haitian art and memorabilia. Weekend scenes from The Botanical Gardens
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff 2010 BAPTISTDAYPARADE Hundreds of Bahamians lined the streets to watch the annual Baptish Day, which featured performances from affiliated Baptish churches in the capital. Pictured are Baptist groups performing on Wulff Road.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Anentrepreneurialspirit,originalthinking,andapassiontosucceed. If you haveit,wewant you We are growing! Fidelity Bank invites applications for the position of:ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE October 22nd, 2010 to: HUMAN RESOURCES Re:ManagerInformationTechnology, 51FrederickStreet P.O.BoxN-4853|Nassau|F:328.1108 email@example.comDuties & Responsibilities:Reporting directly to the Group CIO, the successful candidates main duties and responsibilities will be: Managing the overall IT functions of the Fidelity operations in The Bahamas Working in conjunction with the regional IT departments Developing and maintaining IT procedures and security manual for The Bahamas operations Assisting the CIO in managing project plans and ensuring that project deadlines are met Weekly reviewing user profiles and passwords and deleting them as necessaryRequirements / Qualifications: Bachelors degree in Computer Science or related field MCSE certified Industry certifications such as CISSP or CCNA would be an asset or other financial institution Proven project management skills A competitive compensation package will be commensurate with relevant experience and qualification. Fidelity appreciates your interest, however, only those applicants short listed will be contacted.MANAGER,INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGY &DYHV9LOODJHURIHVVLRQDO7XUQ.H\IFHXLWHV)RUHQWKHSUHPLHUFKRLFHIRUVHULRXVEXVLQHVV rr1HZ/RZDWH &RQWDFWULPRQ&KDSSHOORQ (PDLOVLPRQ#FDYHVYLOODJHFRP B B y y M M I I K K E E L L I I G G H H T T B B O O U U R R N N S OMETIMES people may be a bit confused when a property is advertised for sale. Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA properties the same way. Unfortunately, some private sellers quote or advertise a net figure, which means they list the price at the amount they want at the end of the day in their pocket. All BREA members quote their prices based on what we call a GROSS figure. A gross price will include the agents commission, one half of the applicable government stamp duty and the vendors attorneys fee. For example, if a property is listed for sale at $150,000, this means that the purchaser will have to pay on top of the GROSS price one half of the government stamp duty and his/her attorneys fee. This attempt to standardise asking prices was started approximately twelve years ago to avoid confusion. In addition, all appraisals are valued at GROSS prices. Unfortunately, some owners who have appraisals prepared on their behalf mistakenly think that the valuation is, in fact a NET price to them. In other words, they think its the amount they will receive in their pocket on the completion of a sale. This is not correct. All appraisers explain in their valuation that the figure is a GROSS price. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty). GR OSS ORNETPRICES REAL ESTATE M IKE LIGHTBOURN I N support of the Energy and Clim ate Partnership of the Americas, the U.S. Departments of State and Energy p articipated in the Caribbean Renewa ble Energy Forum held in Nassau on O ctober 14-15 at the Atlantis Resort o n Paradise Island. Policy-makers from across the C aribbean as well as private industry, international organizations, multilateral development banks, and NGOs working to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region gathered together for the two-day conference. N icole Avant, U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas, led the U.S. delegation a nd delivered a keynote address on O ctober 15. In her remarks, Ambassador Avant applauded the continuing efforts made by the government and the private sector in the Bahamas because leaders recognize that addressing climatec hange is an economic opportunity and s ee a clear link between clean, sust ainable energy and robust economic g rowth. The partnerships I see here b etween the public sector and private i ndustry are what will make The Bahamas a model in efficient, sustain-a ble energy practices for the region and eventually for the world, said Ambassador Avant. T o respond to the threat that global climate change poses to development, U.S. President Barak Obama hasl aunched a Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI house gas emission reductions in the e nergy and forests and land-use sect ors, and to promote climate change adaptation in vulnerable countries and communities. As part of this effort, the United States has committed to contributing to a sum approaching $30 billion from multiple donors over the 2010-2012 p eriod, as called for in the Copenhagen A ccord, for fast-start funding to assist countries in addressing climate change. The U.S. share of the $30 million total will be delivered through existing mechanisms, including bilateral a ssistance programmes through U.S. E mbassies, USAID programmes, U.S. agencies, such as MCC, multilateral contributions to climate change funds, and international organizations such a s the UNFCCC. Contributions The United States will also make a dditional contributions to the IDB, O AS, or World Bank to finance clean energy and climate change projects. In her keynote address on October 15, Ambassador Avant explained that one component of President Obamas Global Climate Change Initiative is the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, also known as ECPA;a voluntary technical assistance opport unity open to all governments in the Western Hemisphere with a focus on seven pillars:renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy poverty, cleaner fossil fuels, infrastructure, adaptation, and sustainable land use a nd forests. The United States also h as a long term commitment to working with Caribbean governments on e nergy, which is why President Obama i nvited all countries to join him in an E nergy and Climate Partnership of the A mericas at the last Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, saidA mbassador Avant. We do not believe there is a one size fits all approach or one single solution for Caribbean energy and climate challenges, which is why ECPAs flex ibility can allow us to partner on any number of things of interest to gov-e rnments here today. Since President Obama first a nnounced the Energy and Climate P artnership of the Americas (ECPA over a dozen new initiatives have begun in the Western Hemisphere, including Brazilian-led efforts on urban development and planning, Mexicos initiatives on energy efficiency anda ccess, Colombias activities to prom ote electrical interconnection in the A ndes, Chile and Panama, and C anadas heavy oil working group. Ambassador Avant concluded her a ddress by emphasizing that the Unite d States is a friend and partner to the Caribbean and that there is great worku nderway. The United States looks forward to next years Caribbean RenewableE nergy Forum (CREF fully we will be able to point to new renewable energy projects and tangibler esults that will advance Caribbean energy security and prosperity, said Ambassador Avant. US stands ready to partner with Bahamas to advance renewable energy Ambassador P ULLINGTOGETHER: P hoto shows United States Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole A. Avant flanked by representatives from the U.S. Departments of State and Energy (DOE discussion on energy and Energy and Climate Partnership of The Americas (ECPA October 13, 2010. By GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services THE Bahamas joined nations worldwide in celebrating World Food Day on Saturday. It is sponsored under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. The primary focus of this annual event is the eradication of world hunger which is said to affect one billion people, Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Lawrence S Larry Cartwright told a press conference. Under the theme United Against Hunger, the Ministry hosts a series of activities at the Gladstone Road Agriculture Centre. It is estimated by international experts that 40 years from now the population of Earth will be nine billion people. As a result the production of food globally would have to increase by 70 per cent above present levels to prevent widespread hunger and malnutrition, said Mr Cartwright. A highlight of this years commemoration will be the presentation of gift certificates and bins of food to homes for senior citizens and under privileged children. Programmes for Saturday also include the Farmers Market, and a Backyard Gardening Workshop. While it is recognised that hunger is a complex geosocial problem, said Mr Cartwright, there is also the realisation that a critical feature of hunger is the non-production of essential foodstuffs in the areas where they are needed. This means that each country will have to play its part in this massive effort to raise global food production, and ensure that basic food stuffs are produced in the very communities where they are to be consumed. Mr Cartwright also recog nised the important role played by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO in fostering agriculture development in The Bahamas. There is a strong, positive relationship between FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, he said. Bahamas celebrates World Food Day
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM cases. So now were pursuing t hem to see what other options we have, be it to get more compensation or get them back on the job. Mr Carroll maintains the l ayoffs have been unjust and unplanned. It was like they had no criteria in the way they got rid of people, he said. In one case they argue the shop steward is 58 years olda nd they let her go to give a younger person a chance. But then we have a member who was dismissed who is 40 years old, and has a B achelors degree in accounti ng. She was let go from that department, but they kepts omeone who was 59 years old with no degree. He added: It just shows t here was no real plan the way t hey got rid of people as if t his was done all willy-nilly. It wasnt as if they were p erforming or unperforming. Im just at a loss for words the way they did this. M r Carroll said the unions w ill meet to discuss the next course of action taken after todays layoffs in Freeport. Speaking on Fridays restructuring exercise at operations in New Providence,B CPOU president Bernard Evans said: It definitely was totally unorganised. The methodology used was not right. According to Mr Evans, 71 p eople were let go from the b roadcasting corporation on Friday. He said: We are now g oing to Grand Bahama as a show of support for the persons who are expected to be l et go there. Initially 30 people were expected to be let go, howev-e r he claimed that number has essentially been halved. Mr Evans credited the overwhelming public support o n Grand Bahama for helping t o keep the BCBs Nothern Service operational. H e said the same principles applied in relation to redundancy packages afforded during other government r estructuring exercises should have applied in BCBs downsizing operations. Mr Carroll added: We w ill do whatever is required to get justice. We will ensure that we will do all we can to h elp those persons, Mr E vans said. Mr Evans said that legal action, if necessary, could also be taken. T he BCB board completed its new organisation chart on Friday, generating a list of workers who will lose their j obs, and those set to receive p ossible promotions or demotions. S everal ZNS big names were dismissed, including reporter Charlene Ferguson, sports anchor Marcellous H all, who reportedly left on his own terms. Three cameramen, three chauffeurs, four VPR editorsa nd one radio production assistant were also reportedly let go from the news depart m ent. FROM page one Mass BCB layoffs branded unjust ANGRYSCENES: Enraged ZNS staff last week try to calm down a colleague after he was reportedly pushed by a woman manager. ZNS employees yesterday hijacked the newroom to prevent news broadcasts. FED UP: Workplace woes. HEADLINE NEWS: Staff read a copy of last weeks Tribune.. YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press Writer MINSK, Belarus In one of his typical flamboyant gestures, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday promised to provide oil to the former Soviet republic of Belarus for the next 200 years, a ccording to Associated Press Chavez, who was visiting Belarus on Saturday, promised that Belarusian refineries the backbone of the country's economy "would feel no short ages of oil in the next 200 years." Venezuela in March agreed to ship 80,000 barrels of heavy crude a day to Belarus as well as create a joint venture to develop oil and natural gas pro jects in this South American country. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, who critics have dubbed "Europe's last dictator," is anxious to diversify away from Russian oil supplies as his relations with Moscow grow increasingly sour. Lukashenko is facing a presidential election in December but Moscow has so far refrained from endorsing his bid. Chavez was in Moscow earlier this week, where he reached a deal with Russia to build Venezuela's first nuclear plant and signed a few energy pacts. Chavez pledges oil to Belarus for 200 years N O NEWS ... IS BAD NEWS: A bandoned microphones s ymbolise the d ispute. Demonstrators were successful at preventing TV and radio broadcasts.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM real estate developers Arawak Homes sought to prove their title to the 156-acre t ract of land in the Pinewood Gardens area which Senior Justice Lyons ruled had been fraudulently obtained by John Sands, with the help of his attorney Leon Smith of Smith, Smith and Co, and sold to unsuspecting Bahamians subsequently evicted from their properties. Mr Rolle represented John Sands as the first defendant against Arawak Homes in the case, while lawyer James Thompson represented second defendant Smith, Smith and Co. In his ruling, Senior Justice Lyons noted the misconduct of both defence attorneys as they repeatedly sought to disrupt proceedings. He forwarded copies of his judgment and trial transcripts to the Bar Association for disciplinary action, the Attorney General for contempt action and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP concerning any breach of the Penal Code. However Arawak Homes reported: Arawak is not aware that any of the above institutions have acted on the findings of the Supreme Court or that any of these matters have been investigated. And when The Tribune made inquiries to the relevant bodies last week, no evidence was presented to contradict Arawaks suggestion. Cop y A copy of the ruling obtained by The Tribune details the extent of what the senior judge described as the attorneys misconduct. Before the trial started Mr Thompson, with the support of Mr Rolle, called for the judge to recuse himself from the hearing because of his apparent bias, a request Senior Justice Lyons dismissed. The pair then filed a counterclaim against Arawak Homes attorneys Paul Adderley and Sharon Wilson and Co, claiming they had conspired with Arawak Homes for at least 18 years to commit a fraud on the court. This type of allegation is probably the most serious one can make against a fellow lawyer, Justice Lyons said. This was a preposterous and audacious claim with absolutely no foundation in fact or law, he said. He viewed the action as serious miscon duct as they attempted to have Arawaks attorneys removed just 16 days before the trial was due to begin, and the judge only allowed them to proceed, under vigilant o bservation by me and at their own peril. B ut the pair further sought to disrupt proc eedings by threatening to walk out when the judge dismissed their submissions and they were informed they had no right to god irectly to the Court of Appeal before a ruling had been delivered in the case, the judge ruled. Senior Justice Lyons noted how Mr Rolle made an application which seemed to be just, a cynical and contemptuous attempt to stall the trial, and he expressed concerns the attorney was, being led into an area of considerable peril, by closely following counsel for the second defendant, and found himself in treacherous waters by ignor ing the judges guidance. Justice Lyons said: It certainly crossed my mind that the defendants were doing all in their power, fair or foul, to scuttle these proceedings. At first they attacked counsel for the plaintiffs. When that did not work, they attacked the judge. Then, when that did not work, they attacked the justice system by walking out, but not before expressing the view that the court was a nullity. In his judgment, Senior Justice Lyons said: It is also undeniably part of a judges func tion to see to it that counsel conduct them selves properly and professionally. It is part of a judges function also to deal with any instances where counsel may be misconducting themselves. Sometimes this is dealt with on the spot. Sometimes in serious cases such behaviour is referred to the Bar Association or the Attor ney General, or in rare cases, to the Director of Prosecutions. Justice Lyons forwarded copies of the rul ing to all three bodies and further ordered that access to the case file be controlled as there was a, strong incentive for documents to go missing or be destroyed. Bar Association president Ruth BoweDarville said she was unable to review the file last week, but would locate it today to discuss the matter with the ethics committee. I will not speak on the matter unless and until I am properly and reliably informed on the matter, she said. Newly appointed DPP Vinette GrahamAllen has not yet responded to inquiries about what was done in the aftermath of the judgment or what can now be done, and Attorney General John Delaney declined to comment on the matter last week. He passed the inquiry on to Permanent Secretary Archie Nairn before leaving the country. Mr Nairn was unable to provide information on the matter or comment in the Attorney Generals absence. Lawyers rapped by judge appear to have escaped punishment FROM page one s ide of the road in the area of Ocean Addition East, near the Forest in Great Exuma on August 2 last year. P olice said at the time that Mr Ferguson h ad died when his truck ran off the road and hit a utility pole, however, his relatives raised suspicions about the accident theory and have c laimed the accident staged. They publicly refuted the polices version of events and called for further investigations tod etermine the real cause of Mr Fergusons d eath. Police asserted that Mr Ferguson died of a head injury with fracture of the skull bone,w hich is not inconsistent with the history of death due to a road traffic accident. Their theory suggested that Mr Ferguson, d riving alone, either stuck his head out of the window to spit, or slumped his head out of the window after falling asleep at the wheel, when the company truck he was driving s werved several feel to the left, his head hit a utility pole, and his truck turned back onto the road and stopped. The impact was only forceful enough to c reate shallow scrape marks along the door a nd shatter the drivers side window, leaving the rest of the vehicle unaffected, but was significant enough to fracture Mr Fergusons skull a nd kill him. Object However, Mr Fergusons family claim it is far more likely Mr Ferguson was struck in theh ead with a blunt object while sitting on the passengers side, or that his already lifeless body was taken to the scene in the passengers seat. T hey believe he was murdered, not just because of the circumstantial evidence they say was not sufficiently recorded or investi g ated, but they also have an idea of who may have killed him. Mr Fergusons relatives said police failed to i nvestigate the death sufficiently as officers d id not question anyone at the scene, aside from a single relative, and disregarded even the two people who first reported discovery of t he body when responding to the death. His family also claimed that police did not secure a crime scene around the truck, or event he truck itself for forensic testing, as it was r eturned to Mr Fergusons employer the same day. Mr Fergusons body was then dispatched to t he hospital and his clothes released without being tested for DNA samples, according to his family. P hotographs, if taken of the crime scene, were left on a camera inside the truck, Mr Fergusons relatives said. When their calls for justice were reported in T he Tribunes Insight a retired New York City Police Department detective who happened u pon the story became enraged after reading t he official version of the investigation and offered his expertise on how to handle such a crime scene. H e said responding officers must be alert, observant and display rigorous attention to detail. They must document photograph and r etain every possible piece of evidence, and do t heir utmost to preserve the crime scene from c ontamination. They must also observe and question everyone on the scene, as well as a nyone who might have the slightest possible connection to the case. All this should be done before any conclusions are drawn, the former d etective said. Mr Ferguson, who was employed at Grand Isle Villas as a Landscaping Supervisor, was af ather of one and the youngest of 12 children. His family have pushed for a full investigation into his death and will attend the inquest opening in George Town today. The hearingw ill be covered by T he Tribune Relatives of Mr Ferguson did not wish to comment on the inquest yesterday. FROM page one PRESTON FERGUSON INQUEST TO OPEN TODAY Tim Clarke /Tribune staff S HOCKED: A police officer speaks to family members at the scene. However, the crowd of around 70 people who knew Mr Tynes as a neighbour, friend or relative, identified him as theowner of the Morning Star Convenience Store in Fire Trail Road, off the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway in southwest New Providence. His mother made an emotional plea to see her sons body at the scene as police held her back and the murdered mans body was taken away in a hearse. Sgt Skippings said police were called shortly after 5pm and responded immediately to find that a gunshot to the head had instantly claimed the life of the man dressed in grey trousers and a striped shirt. Sitting It was reported that the deceased was sitting outside the e stablishment along with another man when they were a pproached by a man armed with a handgun, Sgt Skippings s aid. The gunman then robbed the men before shooting Mr Tynes in the head. The suspect fled the area on foot heading west on Fire Trail Road, Sgt Skippings said. EMS personnel pronounced Mr Tynes dead at the scene. The other man was unharmed, according to police. P olice are appealing for information to assist investigat ions into the matter. Anyone with any information should call police on 919 or c all Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 Store boss shot dead by robber FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K LOCALNEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM QUESTIONANDANSWER SESSION: A St. Johns College parent part icipates in the question and answer segment of the presentation by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on the New Providence Road Improvement Project. By KATHRYN CAMPBELL Bahamas Information Services Nassau, The Bahamas Continuing its efforts to inform and educate the public on the New Providence Road Improvement Infrastructure Projects, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport extended its public relations campaign to the Parents Teachers Association of St. Johns College. Charlene Collie-Harris, civil engineer and public relations representative for the road projects, told parents and teachers that the objective is to make the driving experience easier for all motorists. She urged them to change their attitude toward driving a nd work together with the Ministry of Works in its efforts to improve the road network. Borrowing a phrase from a banner erected on a wall in the schools auditorium she said, Attitude is everything. Ms. Collie-Harris said the Ministrys mandate is to build roads with proper infrastructure and work in conjunction with utility companies to install drainage. She said, Be courteous, plan your journeys and exercise patience. The six-legged roundabout opened on August 30 at the inters ection of John F Kennedy Drive/Bethel Avenue/Farrington Road and Thompson Boulevard is still under construction and motorists will not see its full capacity at this time, she said. Major utility works are being carried out and traffic must move at all times as we improve roads. Road closures must happen to avoid unsafe areas, she said. There are presently no plans to open the existing Bethel Avenue (closed at the northern entrance as it was not designed to take the high volume of traffic that pre viously traversed that corridor. Bethel Avenue is a sub-division. The new highway was built for the load and volume that Bethel Avenue previously carried. Were building proper roadways so we can return neighbourhoods backto the people who live in them. She said the Ministry of Works is presently preparing a public bus unification programme, a school bus programme and other initia tives including maintenance of roads. Too much time is spent focusing on the roads and not the transportation system, she added. Ministry informs St. Johns College PTA on road projects underway Patrick Hanna /BIS Photos KEY ADDRESS: Charlene CollieHarris addresses parents and teachers of St. Johns College on the New Providence Road Improvement Project.
By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A Bahamian broker/dealer said the Friday settlement it and its parent group had reached with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC zero effect on our business in this nation, since it had not opened any US client accounts since 2001. Craig Lines, head of LOM (Bahamas ny and its ultimate parent, Bermuda-based LOM (Holdings get behind us the SECs allegations that they had committed securities fraud by "manipulating the stock prices of [two] publicly traded shell companies". Describing the companys relief at settling an almost two-year court case that was filed against the firms by the -pound gorilla of the SEC, Mr Lines told Tribune Business: Were glad to get i t behind us. I think its a reasonable outcome considering its been a number of years. Were just glad to get it behind us and move for ward. Were positively looking f orward to expanding and d eveloping our new busiC M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2008 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.19 $4.20 $4.22 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Baha Mar believes its revised best of class hotel brand strategy will give it the best shot to fill a net 1,5001,600 room inventory increase when its $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment is completed, confirming to Tribune Business that the resort line-up was complete through the selection of Hyatt to man age the 700-room convention property. Don Robinson, Baha Mar Ltds president, in an exclusive interview with Tribune Business, revealed that the devel oper had probably talked to 20 different hotel brands before settling on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Morgans Hotel Group and Hyatt to complete its resort line-up, with the search for the casino brand/casiBest of class will fill 1,500 room rise n Baha Mar argues that multiple brand strategy, targeting different markets with own sales, marketing and loyalty networks, gives project best shot at filling $2.6bn projects new rooms n Hyatt completes Cable Beach resort line-up, branding 700-room hotel and 200,000 square foot convention centre, plus 600-unit timeshare complex n O perator believes 35-40% of occupancy will come from groups its network brings to Bahamas, with 12-15% of occupancy coming from loyalty programme clients n Developer rebuts PM on 3,500 new rooms, saying net increase will be 1500-1600, g iven 700 rooms at Wyndham and Nassau Beach taken out two years ago n C asino brand and hotel partner search now set to start T HE ORIGINAL r endering of the Baha Mar project. SEE page 8B DON R OBINSON By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Grand Bahama is being eyed as a 2011 first half testing ground for a unique technology that aims to generate electricity from ocean wave kinetic energy, the projects Bahamia n partner telling Tribune Business that if commercial viability was proven it could create up to 100 manufacturing jobs in Freeport coupled with export production. S cott Albury, president of Neptune Wave Power (Caribbean Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF $ 4 million research and development (R&D companys project was scheduled to start in early 2011, with a 90-day testing cycle anticipated to begin at the first quar100-job wave from energy testing ground Water-based kinetic energy technology eyed for S pring 2011 testing and manufacturing in Grand Bahama, having gained Letter of Intent from GB Power Dallas-based company and Bahamian partner say if commercial viability proven, over $0.10 per kilowatt hour knocked off consumer bills from fuel removal* Full manufacturing could create over 100 jobs, with Freeport being eyed as export hub and earner if product mass-produced* Prototype manufacturing talks with Grand Bahama Shipyard and QSL SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The merger between B ahamas Food Services and Prime Bahamas will create a company with around 9,000 p roduct lines (SKUs 3 50 employees, the formers general manager has confirmed to Tribune Business, l ikely making it the largest f ood wholesaler/distributor in the Bahamas by far. Telling this newspaper Mer ged distributor to have 9,000 SKUs Enlarged Bahamas Food Services to have over 350e mployees, with wholesaler l ooking to exploit size to cut costs, improve economies of scale and product source better* Lot of upside to deal, with product line rationalisation likely to happen* BFS looking to use it as springboard for further valueadded ventures, including fresh produce plans involving Bahamian farmers SEE page 5B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com Bahamian hotels, which c onsume about 40 per cent of the electricity generated in this country, could cut up to 53 per cent of that consumption if they were to implement energy efficiency measures, the Bahamas Hotel Associa-t ions executive vicepresident has revealed. Based on audits of 18 hotels c onducted in late 2009 and early this year, and reviewsof potential savings from the i mplementation of energy c onservation and efficiency efforts, it was concluded that while many hoteliers oftenc omplain about the high cost of power in the Bahamas, considerable opportunities e xist for them to cut back Energy efficiency to cut hotel power consumption 53% SEE page 6B FRANK COMITO Bahamas broker: Next to zer o ef fect from SEC closure LOM Bahamas settles with US regulator neither admitting nor denying allegations SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor D espite Kerzner Inter nationals adamant denial last week that the Atlantisand One & Only Ocean Club Owner is not for sale, rumours and speculation continue to swirl, with claims being made to this newspaper that other suit ors are also interested. Apart from BMB Group, a firm with connections to the Brunei Royal Family, making an unso licited $3.4 billion all-cash bid that was rejected, one message sent to Tribune Business last night suggested that other parties potentially interested in Kerzner International included the Qatar Investment Authori ty, billionaire Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn and China Investment Corp, another Chinese govern ment-owned entity. There is nothing to sug gest there is any truth in such rumours and suggesKerzner rumours still swirl SEE page 7B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter A lowe@Tribunemedia.net The Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority (URCA sight of a timetable within w hich it will be expected to r egulate the Bahamas energy sector, in addition to its current oversight of communications, its chief executive said. Usman Sadaat said that while many of the skill sets a nd activities involved in the r egulation of the communications sector overlap with that required for energy, the regulator would expect to hire individuals who have energyi ndustry-related experience. During the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum, hosted at Atlantis last week, recommendations were revealed by National EnergyP olicy committee chairman, Phillip Weech, and others, that URCA must be part and parcel of moves to bring more renewable energy sources into the Bahamas power generat ion mix. I t is envisaged that URCA would take on responsibility for monitoring and regulatingn ew power producers, whether it be utility scale wind, solar or wave energy, f or example, or power genera ted by residential consumers through solar panels or other small-scale technologies as w ell as promoting renewable energy and efficiency. Under recommendations p ut to the Government by the N ational Energy Policy Committee, it is expected that new legislation and regulations g overning the energy sector in the Bahamas will be imple mented to encompass the g eneration transition that is forecast. Speaking at the forum, Mr Weech suggested that within eight to 18 months of the Government approving the NEPCs recommendations on t he energy sector, which were submitted this month, provisions could be put in place in terms of the resourcing of URCA to meet its new regu-l atory responsibility and the new law and regulations to c reate the framework needed to promote and govern the energy sector. In an interview with The T ribune, Mr Sadaat said URCA will not be able tot ake control of this new regul atory responsibility until the n ew legislation is in place, and ensuring it can be ready in time also requires that the r egulatory body knows what it is working towards. Mr Sadaat said: URCA is s et up to do energy and water a s well as telecommunications. The difficulty in putting hard timeframes to it is the preparation you have to do before you take over the formal responsibility of regula-t ion. So, for example, the Government has been doing a lot of work with the IDB and their main advisers, Fichtner, on the changes required for the energy sector and energy r egulation, and it is depending o n the implementation of those regulations which need to be translated not just intop olicy but into legislation t hat can really affect URCA taking over. In the meantime, Mr S adaat said URCA will continue to do preparatory work, and has been actively e ngaged in some of the work of Fichtner and feeding into some of those recommendations that are in the reports (to government H e added: Today we dont h ave the sector skills for energy, for example, so we need an indication from the Government as well as to when they think they want us to take the responsibility and then work backwards to start l ooking at the internal resources that are required. There will be a lot of synergy between some of the things, because we havel awyers, economists and the form of regulation....... evenw ithin communication and energy theres some overlap, so you can use the same skill sets and experiences in communication and energy. Butt heres no substitute for having people who have been t hrough the industry as part of their career, so there will definitely be a need for addit ional resources. M r Sadaat noted that the benefit to the consumer from URCA taking over regulationas it has been forecast to take over regulation of BEC, too is that there is a sepa r ation of ownership and regulation. So, today, BEC is both the operator as well as the regulator, or in some cases the Government is the regulator. With a change in responsibil-i ty, what it does is a lot of issues that affect consumers, most importantly, price, are going to be determined through regulatory reviews rather than just through BEC o r the Government. Secondly, if you look at some of the things that need reform, theres been a lot oft alk in the conference about people being able to do some sort of self-generation in the h ome whether its through water heaters etc and we need to ensure that the legis-l ation helps such initiatives. T hen, the role of the regulator is also to promote use of such renewable energy in thef uture. URCA awaits energy sector timetable USMANSADAAT
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter alowe@Tribunemedia.net Taking advantage of renewable energy such as sun, wind and ocean tides to create power is a no-brainer for the Bahamas, and offers loads of opportunities to Bahamian professionals, according to a director of the Bahamas Society o f Engineers. Engineer LaToya Johnson said the Bahamas Socie ty of Engineers chose to b ecome a sponsor the C aribbean Renewable Energ y Forum, and have a stall t here to promote Bahamian e ngineering, so it could take back information to its membership on renewable energy and energy efficiency from top stakeholders in the industry. We wanted to have a p resence for our local engin eers who are in the area, and we wanted to see what w as going on in the region c oncerning renewable ener g y, which is important for everybody, but particularly important for our country.W e can take that information back to our membership, which is about 250 engineers, she said. Theres a lot of opportunities out there. The main t hing is we have so much at our fingertips in the Bahamas. As an engineer I look around every day and think why arent we using what God has given us, and w hich some people wish t hey have. We have sun all y ear round, we have the w ater all around us because w ere islands and its not far t o get it, and we have wind. I ts a no-brainer. Why arent w e using the things that God h as given us for free instead of going and buying something in order to create what it is we need to use (power). Interest As to whether engineers have been seeing morei nterest from Bahamian businesses and homeowners s eeking to implement r enewable and energy efficient technologies, Ms Johns on said: I think people are interested in it, I just dont t hink that people know whats available and out there to them, so I think this c onference is a great place to be able to share informat ion so people can learn and know. Information is the key. I f you dont know if you are ignorant about it then you c ant make decisions. So we are here to hear what people are doing in different countries. Sometimes we just think that because we are a smalle r country it may be so r emote to us, that we may n ot have the resources to do i t, and then you come here a nd talk to other countries w ho are making it happen a nd making it work, so then y ou say: Well why arent we d oing it? Why dont we jump on the bandwagon and try it out?. The BSE Director said she supports the Government moving as quickly as possible to implement legislation and regulations w hich will facilitate the entry of renewable technology into the Bahamas, as well as involving stakeholders like the BSE in its formation. The people with the red t ape hold things up, and at t he same time the world is s till moving forward, the b arrels of oil are still increasi ng in cost and you never k now when its going to get o ut of control like it did two y ears ago when the prices w ent through the roof and everyone was impacted by it. We need to move on and see what we can do to get ourselves aligned with the world moving forward, said Ms Johnson. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &20021:($/7+)+(%$+$0$6 1 7+((0(&2857 (TXLW\ 127,&( 7 KH3HWLWLRQRI /(<921$1'-2<&(/<1 0,//(5 LVLQUHVSHFWRIWKHIROORZLQJSDUFHORI ODQG $//7+$7 SLHFHRUSDUFHORUWUDFW RIODQGFRQWDLQLQJWRWDODFUHDJHRI6HYHQ 7KRXVDQG6L[+XQGUHGDQG(LJKW VTXDUIHHWVLWXDWHLQ6XEGLYLVLRQFDOOHGDQG NQRZQDV(QJOHUVWRQ6XEGLYLVLRQLQWKH&HQWUDO 'LVWULFWRIWKH,VODQGRI1HZ3URYLGHQFHRQH RIWKH,VODQGVRI7KH&RPPRQZHDOWKRI7KH &RSLHVRIWKHSODQPD\EHLQVSHFWHG GXULQJWKHIRUPDOKRXUVDW 7KHHJLVWU\RIKHXSUHPH&RXUW $QVEDFKHU+RXVH(DVWWU 1RUWKDVVDX%DKDPDVDQG 7KH&KDPEHUVRI.LQJGRP $GYRFDWHVt$VVRFLDWHVRVHWWD 6WUHHWDOPGDOHDVVDX%DKDPDV 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWDQ\SHUVRQ K DYLQJULJKWWRGRZHURUDQ\DGYHUVHFODLP QRWUHFRJQL]HGLQWKH3HWLWLRQVKDOOZLWKLQ WKLUW\GD\VDIWHUWKHODVWGD\RQZKLFKWKH DSSHDUDQFHRIWKH1RWLFHKHUHLQLQWKH 5HJLVWU\RI7KH6XSUHPH&RXUWDQGVHUYHRQ WKH3HWLWLRQHURUWKHXQGHUVLJQHGVWDWHPHQW RIVXFKFODLP)DLOXURIDQ\VXFKSHUVRQWR DQGVHUYHVWDWHPHQWRIVXFKFODLPDQG UHTXLVLWHGRFXPHQWVZLWKLQWKLUW\GD\V KHUHLQZLOORSHUDWHDVDEDUWRVXFKFODLP 'DWHGWKLVWKGD\RI-XO\ <2/$1'$.-//( $WWRUQH\IRUWKHHWLWLRQHU Have you heard the good news? You CAN save money!Ask NIBA for a motor insurance quote! Not only do you pay less with NIBA,you receive cover thats hard to beat and a claims service that doesnt keep you waiting! Its time to pay less for insuring your car!Tel.677-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am2.00pm Renewable energy a big no brainer
t er end/second quarter start. M r Albury, who is also president of Atlantic Jet Management, an aviation consulting and management company, said the project had received a Letter of Intentf rom Grand Bahama Power C ompany, pledging to purchase its electricity if the projects commercial viability was proven. Adding that support had a lso been received from Earl D eveaux, minister of the envir onment, and Phenton Neym our, minister of state for the environment, plus the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC Neptunes technology would completely eliminate the $0.10-plus per kilowatt hour fuel surcharge attached to Bahamian electricity bills, since it used no fuel. Succeeded E xplaining that Neptune was a Dallas-based company with whom he had been working for two years, Mr Albury said he had succeeded i n bringing its officials to Grand Bahama to assess what the island had to offer. Following three to four t rips to the island, and the r eceipt of financing for its R DA phase, Mr Albury said Neptune was moving to build its first energy-producing b uoy, and deploy it, in Grand Bahama. Talks were being held, he a dded, with both Grand B ahama Shipyard and QSL over the contract to construct the first test buoy, while Grand Bahama Power chief executive, Alan Kelley, had been very co-operative in supporting our efforts. We have a Letter of Intent with Grand Bahama Power, Mr Kelley said. Theyve a greed to help us any way they can. Construction of the buoy, w hich will contain the kinetic energy-producing technology, is scheduled to take placei n Spring next year, with deployment in the waters off Grand Bahama for a 90-day testing cycle to follow shortly. If testing proved successful, Mr Albury said Neptunew ould move to construct an array of three-four buoys to further determine commercial viability, and added: We need to two-three feet of sea water in order to be 80 per cent efficient with the b uoy. Its all designed to feed p ower into the grid and save o n power costs. This thing doesnt need fuel. Moving to mass production, t hough, will depend on the t esting results, available f inancing, likely costs and the r eturns in terms of how much electricity the buoys can produce, and the Mega Watts (MW t omers. N ot to mention the Government permitting and sea b ed leases required. Yet, if all went swimmingly, Mr Albury said of Neptunes Grand Bahama manufacturing potential: We thinkt herell certainly be in excess o f 100 people involved in manufacturing when this gets up to the scale of commercial viability. Were also talking, and t his will be an important part of the process, that we think there will be an opportunity to export this product from t he Bahamas to other C aribbean countries from the Harbour in Freeport. Tax T he would tie into the tax a nd duty-free incentives provided under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and i nvolve using the Freeport Container Port for exportp urposes as originally envisa ged. M r Albury described G rand Bahamas as the stepp ing stone. W hile Neptunes first p otential customer would be there, it could then move on t o service BECs needs t hroughout the Bahamas, l ooking at both New Provid ence and the Family Islands, before eyeing further afield. Asked about how much s avings, in terms of reduced e nergy costs, could potentiall y be passed on to Bahamian c onsumers by technology such as Neptunes, Mr Albury replied that this was a difficult question to answer, since the renewable energy industry believed that voided costs applied to much more thanj ust fuel cost elimination. But, assuming that technologies such as Neptunes just eliminated fuel costs, Mr Albury said the savings would still be in excess of $0.10 per kilowatt hour. The numbers will only go up from that point, he said. Mr Albury added that the most exciting aspect of the Neptune project was that it brought R&D and new techn ology to both Freeport and G rand Bahama, something that was currently in short supply. All of this is unproven technology and that, for me, ist he most exciting part of it to bring R & D to the Bahamas, as we dont have a lot of it g oing on, if any at all, he told T ribune Business. Neptunes technology gen erated electricity through the k inetic energy generated from a buoy bobbing back and f orth, and did not rely on tidal o r wave power, he added. While Grand Bahamas use a s the testing ground was not chiselled in stone yet, Mr Albury believed the CREF conference had helped to convince the Dallas-based prin-c ipals they were going to the correct location. 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that there was a lot of upside to the deal, Don Carnine confirmed that following Bahamas Food Services acquisition of Primes a ssets and inventory in a deal that closed on Friday, the enlarged company would seek to exploit its size through better product sourcing something that m ight reduce consumer p rices and gaining e conomies of scale to reduce costs. The two companies had been talking for about a year before consummating their tie-up, and Mr Carnine said that given the similarit ies between their customer b ases and product lines, the f ocus going forward was on how to combine our sales forces to serve the Bahamas better and continue to grow t he business. Were very excited and Prime brings very positive t hings to the table. Its a very g ood move on behalf of b oth companies, Mr Carn ine told Tribune Business. Its a real good thing for b oth companies to do this thing during these econom-ic times. Prime has about 1,100 items they carry, SKUs (stockkeeping units weve got a little over 8,0000 S KUs. We have about 300 e mployees, and have asked all 42 of the employees at P rime Bahamas to come on b oard with us. T he Bahamas Food Services general manager said a transition period would nowh ave to take place, with the enlarged company having to rationalise the SKUs, inven tory and product lines it distributed, given that many were similar. We just have to pretty m uch let the dust settle right n ow, Mr Carnine told Tri bune Business. We are in the process of transferring inventory, and will be starting at SKU level as soon as we get everything on board,s eeing how the inventory covers the market on a turnover basis. As for the customer sales, with Prime coming on board they bring in some very good lines, and the way t hey market their brands w ill definitely help Bahamas F ood Services with their s ales growth. Praising Prime Bahamas for doing an outstanding j ob with the marketing and s ale of the Tropicana drinks b rand, Mr Carnine said an o bvious area for cost savings w as delivery and transp ortation, since the enlarged company could service cust omers via one delivery truck rather than two, as they had when they were separate. Rather than engage two d elivery drivers and two helpers to deliver to the same customer five-six days per week, Mr Carnine said Bahamas Food Services would have to engage just one of each to deliver a p otentially wider selection o f brands. And, with one v ehicle involved, insurance a nd gasoline costs were also reduced. He added that Prime b rought some very good s ales people, marketing, a ccounting and IT people, w ho would be particularly h elpful to us. Then there w as the extra purchasing power the enlarged B ahamas Food Services would have, enabling it to possibly cut better deals with the suppliers who it sourced product from worldwide, ina ddition to boosting selection availability. Theres a lot of upside to this merger, not only in personnel but product sourcing and inventory, Mr Carnine said. Theres other ventures w e want to get into that w ould sustain growth in the B ahamas, and within B ahamas Food Services, where we continue to grow a nd take on additional produ ct, with different distribut ion network opportunities. We can grow and continue to employ more people. Mr Carnine said one such venture Bahamas Food Services was eyeing was a value-added venture on fresh p roduce, tapping into the Bahamian agriculture market in a venture that would benefit local farmers and get them involved in the food processing/supply process. I know that what its all a bout is delivering what the c ustomer wants and the cust omer expects, and bringing in what the customer wants at the best prices possible. Thats what were all about, keeping the economy growing and sustaining it, MrC arnine added. H e told Tribune Business t hat the recession had i mpacted Bahamas Food Services top-line sales, due to the lower occupancy rates and business levels at its key hotel and restaurant customers, but the Bahamian retail market had acted to c ushion this. Garland Evans, Prime Bahamas proprietor, told Tribune Business last week that a combination of the poor economy and himself running out of gas p rompted him to conclude t he deal with Bahamas Food S ervices as a way to secure the future for the majority, if not all, his employees. He hinted that if the deal had not been done he would have to let a lot of peopleg o. 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significantly on their usage. Frank Comito revealed the findings of energy audits conducted between November2 009 and February 2010 on small, medium and largeh otels throughout the Bahamas on the closing day of the Caribbean Renewable Energy forum on Friday. Mr Comito spoke on a pane l entitled E nergy Efficiency: Policy, regulation and financing The possibility to cut back on the use of fossil fuel-generated power, and the related cost of conservation and effi-c iency measures, was repeatedly referred to throughout C REF by panellists as the low hanging fruit in the sustainable energy equation, as in many cases the latter requires little to no capital investment, or significantly less capital investment thant he implementation of renewa ble technologies to generate power. This, it was felt, could result in dramatic shifts in power demand. Mr Comito said the audit and review of energy mana gement measures at Bahamia n hotels facilitated by the BHA, financed by the InterA merican Development B ank and conducted by Government-contracted consultants, Fichtner supported this assertion, revealing that there was plenty of room for improvement in the coun-t ry's main industry in terms o f hoteliers considering and implementing energy-efficient practices and technologies to their benefit. The audits firstly took into consideration the facilities t hat used the most power w ithin hotels. Air conditioning and other ventilation avera ge 50 per cent of all power usage; hot water heating, 17 to 25 per cent; kitchens, 10 to 15 p er cent; and lighting largely the remainder. Electricity costs per hotel r oom were said to average $ 37 when usage of facilities around the hotel by the customer were factored in. Wea re told this is much higher per room than youll find in North America and Europe, said Mr Comito. Lighting I n an assessment of good practices employed by hotels, the auditors found that 9 0 per cent of hotels used energy efficient lighting, although it was not clear to what extent. Mr Comito saidt his shift was stimulated by a government move to reduce d uty on non-incandescent bulbs around three years ago, which made it a cheap way f or hotels to save. Ninety per cent of them do staff awareness and staff engagement activities to gett hem to be more conservation o riented. Seventy per cent of them u se liquefied natural gas to power some of their equipm ent. Only 45 per cent do scheduled equipment maintenance, which surprised many of us, 45 per cent use natural shadi ng, curtains etcera, 45 per cent have their air conditioning at a good set point and c alibration, 33 per cent have non-heated pools and 33 per cent use air conditioning motion detectors, said Mr Comito. Meanwhile, the executive vice-president said the auditd iscovered that only 22 per c ent of hotels monitored their overall electricity usage, 16p er cent use solar water heaters, and only 11 per cent have energy management syst ems in place. So youre getting the idea that theres plenty of oppor tunity for savings potential, said Mr Comito. T he BHA executive said t here are a lot more things that his organization and theB ahamas Chamber of Commerce believe can be done f rom the Governments side to stimulate a shift to effic iency, such as by reducing t he duty on many pieces of equipment or their components that help save energy. Mr Comito said the BHA a nd the Chamber made recommendations that import duties be reduced on more than 80 items for this reason. O ther key recommendations made to the Government are that consideration must be given to putting in place a financing mechanism which would assist small hoteliers, in particular, in payingt he upfront cost of implementing energy efficient e quipment that would ultimately help them reduce their c osts and power demand. The implementation of netmetering providing for electricity generated by cons umers through renewable m eans to be fed back into the power grid in exchange for c ash or credits on their regular utility bill has been i ncluded as a recommendat ion in the latest draft report t o the Government from the N ational Energy Policy Committee, and is supported by the BHA and Chamber as a m eans of stimulating energy e fficiency. There are some low cost e nergy efficiency measures that could pay back within a bout two years within the existing framework. Some of the key policy recommendations that have been advanced could reduce t hat pay back period even more, said Mr Comito. T he BHA and Chamber have further requested that consideration be given to c hanging the current regime where hotels are charged for e lectricity based on meter readings of their peak usage taken by the Bahamas Elect ricity Corporation and the Grand Bahama Power Com pany only once a year, a factor which is considered to be another barrier to energy e fficiency in hotels. We believe readings should be done monthly or q uarterly, said Mr Comito, who said the BHA believes that more collaboration and c oordination between utility companies and those in the industry on increasing energ y efficiency is key in general. In an interview with The T ribune after his presentation, Mr Comito said the BHA received positive feedback from hotels on the a udits but is aware that hoteliers are not inclined at present to spend on capital projects, even if it means saving money in the future. However, he feels this will change as the economy improves. The feedback we got from a number of them was that t hey found the audits very useful and, at a minimum, they found a number of small things they could do so that they are more efficient. Some of them indicated they would b egin to put some of these things in place, Mr Comitos aid. The challenge of putting some of the more high-cost i tems in place is lack of cash flow for capital investments and improvements, the high duties to bring these things in i f its equipment related and then you couple that with the e conomy its a tough environment to do those things. Speaking after Mr Comito o n the panel, Loreto DuffyMayers, project manager for t he Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme( CHENACT), provided the findings of audits conducted in the Barbadian hotel sector, which provide evidence that Bahamian hoteliers are not alone in their presently ineff icient usage of electricity. Ms Duffy-Mayers said the CHENACT auditors dis-c overed some things which scared us a little bit during their assessment. Operational efficiency in the hotels is very, very poor, maintenance not good at a ll.there is a lack of unders tanding of technology and a lack of knowledge of baselines (of power usages aid. 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no hotel partner the only missing piece in the jigsaw now set to begin. Confirming that a Letter of Intent had been signed between Baha Mar and Hyatt for the latter to become the operating/managing partner for Cable Beachs planned 700room convention resort, plus 200,000 gross square feet of convention space, featuring three ballrooms and various break-out rooms, Mr Robinson said the developers new multi-brand strategy would maximise its ability to fill the planned extra room inventory at Cable Beach. He explained to Tribune Business that, rather than just Starwood and its brands promoting the various Cable Beach resorts to a sole client base, Baha Mar would have three top operators with global reach and their own independent sales and marketing networks, plus loyalty programmes each t argeting a different market niche. Originally, the strategy was to do a showcase of Starwood hotels, and at the beginning of this year we made a decision to break that and go out for best in class for each of these hotels, Mr Robinson e xplained. What we wanted to do is not put all of our inventory assets into one hotel companys basket. Starwood had one reservation system, one marketing prog ramme, one loyalty programme, one sales network. Now, we have three, carrying with them three sales networks, three different loyalty programmes, three different marketing programmes. They reach out to different markets throughout the world. H aving three companies sell the destination is better than one company selling the destination, and is better for us. Providing evidence of how important this strategy was to f illing Baha Mars planned room inventory, Mr Robinson said Hyatt was forecasting that 35-40 per cent of the Cable Beach convention hotels group business would come from the chains long-standing convention client list, who it booked into its various resorts around t he world each year, selecting a different one every time. And it was estimated that 1215 per cent of occupancy would be generated by customers of Baha Mars various hotel brands choosing to redeem accumulated loyalty points at their resorts in the Bahamas. The reason we did this was because weve got multiple brands with multiple loyalty programmes filling their particular hotels, Mr Robinson said. When you look at how inventory and occupancy builds up, Hyatt, with the convention hotel, is forecasting 35-40 per cent of that hotel being group business they will bring down. They believe that 35-40 per cent of the hotel and convention centres business will be groups they bring into the Bahamas. And a further 12-15 per cent of occupancy would be people who have brand affinity and loyalty programmes redeeming their loyalty points here...... Those loyalty programmes can drive significant occupancy, a trend that Baha Mar was already seeing at its existing Sheraton property. Dispel Mr Robinson also sought to dispel the impression that the redevelopment would unleash 3,500 new rooms on to the Bahamian hotel market. Pointing out that the $2.6 billion project would involve the construction of four new hotels, not six, given that the existing Sheraton and Wyndham properties would remain part of Baha Mar, Mr Robinson told Tribune Business that at completion, the total Cable Beach resort campus would feature only a net inventory increase of 1,500-1,600 rooms upon the 2,300 rooms the destination had in operation just two years ago.. This was because Baha Mar, anticipating that construction work on its project would have started two years ago with Harrahs Entertainment as its casino/equity partner, closed both the Nassau Beach Hotel and two towers at the Wyndham (some 300-400 rooms ing 700 total rooms off the market. We absolutely intended to replace that inventory with these new hotels, Mr Robinson explained. We just got caught up in a delay that we did not want. All were doing is replacing the inventory that Cable Beach began with two years ago. Describing the importance of securing Hyatt, Mr Robinson said the brand had between 420-430 properties worldwide, using name varieties such as the Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt and Hyatt Regent. This one is probably the most important brand outside the casino, Mr Robinson told Tribune Business. The size of the property, the size of the convention space, this one was very important to us This is the critical one, the one we worked very hard on, and took seriously. This is a big hotel for us, and a good deal for the Bahamas. Mr Robinson added that Hyatt would also brand and operate/manage the timeshare c omponent to the Baha Mar development. The first phase timeshare development would involve 50 units, but at full build-out this is projected to be 600 units. We probably talked to 20 different hotel brands and narrowed it down to these, Mr R obinson said of Rosewood, Morgans and Hyatt. In some cases it was very close. We had two brands fighting very hard to get this project, and had to make a decision, choosing Hyatt. Together with the existing Wyndham and Sheraton b rands, Baha Mar is planning to have a resort line-up that appeals to all income and taste points, ensuring it touches all segments of the global tourist/travel market. And, by completing the hotel brand line-up in advance, Mr Robinson indicated that BahaM ar felt it would now be much easier to attract a top-notch casino and casino-hotel partner. Explaining that the develop er had consciously chosen to leave the casino operator to last, he explained that in com parison to resort operators theyw ere relatively few in number, and added: What a casino hotel company wants to know is who their partners are. The brands have to work together. Theyre all critical and we wanted to be thoughtful about that. We can say to a casino partner: The project is f inanced, under construction, the neighbours will be these. Come in and join us. 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B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org N EW DELHI, I ndia She would have l oved to have been afforded t he opportunity to stand on t he dais at the J awaharlal Nehru Stadium and receive h er first medal the bronze at t he XIX Commonwealth G ames in New Delhi, India. B ut Christine Amertil said s he's just excited to know that s he has been awarded her first C ommonwealth Games m edal, which came as a result o f the positive drug testing of A frican Folashade Abugan. Abugan, 20, was the third N igerian athlete to have failed a drugs test at the Games where she won two silverm edals, it was revealed on F riday. She was stripped of both medals after testing pos-i tive for the banned anabolic substance testosterone pro hormone. She came second in the women's 400 meters behind the games' record breaking performance of Amantle Montsho of Botswana (50.10 and ran on Nigeria's 4x400m relay that finished behind the surprised Indian team. Amertil, when contacted about the result, which placed her behind Montsho and Aliann Pompey of Guyana (51.65 SB the news about the suspension of the Nigerian athlete while watching the BBC morning news. "Initially, I thought I had misread the ticker but after looking it up on-line, I saw that it was true," said Amertil, who finished fourth in the race in 51.96. "I was of course excited and called my husband right away to share this news with him. It is my first Common wealth Games medal and whereas I would have liked to have my opportunity to stand on the podium, the knowledge that I did it cleanly and fairly is enough for me to still be able to enjoy it." Her room-mate Lavern Eve, the only other female member of the 14-member track team that competed at the games, was just as pleased. "I feel very happy for her because I know this is something she really wanted (Commonwealth medal)," Eve stressed. "We talked about how she felt after her races and from watching her races I had a very good feeling that she was going to win a medal. "She had a positive attitude and was very calm and showed no stress. I would've like to have seen her receive her medal on the podium and that was taken away. But overall, I'm proud of her and I wish her all the best. We spoke yesterday on my wayb ack and she was very happy." Amertil, who always prides herself on being and staying clean, frowned on Abugan and the other two Africans women's 100m championO sayemi Oludamola and Samuel Okon who came sixth in the men's 110m hur-d les, along with the Indian w alker, who all cheated dur ing the games. I think it is very unfortu n ate and disappointing that s o many young athletes would t ake this route for what I call t emporary glory," she said. Whereas you get the limel ight in that moment of time, i t is not worth harming you l ife, your body, your self r espect and it is disappoint i ng those that look up to you w hether you are aware of it or not. "I hope that through cont inued education of all the pitfalls of this dangerous prac tice we can curb the desires by athletes of this quick but dangerous road to fame. Hard w ork and perseverance will p ay off." And nobody understands t hat better than Eve, who o ver two decades has also enjoyed a clean career and even offered her words ofa dvice to the powers that be. "My thoughts are if you are caught you should suffer the consequences," she said. "There are athletes out there who work very hard to get there and to be cheated like that is so wrong, they steal t here moment of receiving t here medal and all the other accolades that comes with its o they should be punished." A s a result of Abugan's disqualification, the Bahamas ended up with six medals fori ts best showing ever at the games. The team, which got two medals in boxing and three in athletics at the completion of the games on Thursday, surpassed the fivemedal haul by the team that went to the 1982 games in Brisbane, Australia. T hat team included men's discus gold medallist Bradley Cooper, women's long jumpg old medallist Shonell Ferguson, men's high jump silver m edallist Stephen Wray, m en's long jump silver medallist Steve Hanna and boxing l ightweight bronze medallist S tevie 'the Heat' Larrimore. Amertil, who turned 31 on A ugust 18, joined men's high j ump gold and silver medall ists Donald Thomas and T revor Barry respectively, m en's 400 bronze medallist R amon Miller and boxers C arl Hield and Valentino K nowles, who got bronze in t he welterweight and light w elterweight divisions respect ively. L ooking back at her race, A mertil said she doesnt think s he would have done anything d ifferently that she did because she went out andg ave it her best shot. H owever, she was delighted to add to the Bahamian medal haul, even if it came int he aftermath. "Six medals for such a small nation is quite a feat. The Bahamas is continuing to make strides in athletics and I am proud to be a part of that," she stressed. "This Delhi CWG team was comprised of many young athletes and it is these ones and others that will be the future of Bahami an athletics." It was the second straight medal for Amertil, who won the gold at the Central Amer i can and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico in July. "Having just finished this v ery long 2010 season, I just want to rest," she stated. However, later on there will b e preparations for the outdoor season with the focus b eing on the Outdoor World C hampionships in 2011. I haven't made any plans for a c elebration. I am just enjoying t he knowledge that I am now a Commonwealth Games m edallist." A lthough she didn't end up w ith another medal as she c losed out her fourth appear a nce at the games with a 10th p lace finish in the women's j avelin, Eve noted that she i ntends to start on a new path n ext year. My plans for the future is t o give back first and forem ost and try to develop a throwing programme for theo nes who are interested, espe c ially young kids," she said. "But I would like to throw again next year because I wast old that the new stadium would be finished next year and I would like to get a chance to compete in it at least one time." Like Amertil, however, Eve said she's glad that her season, which was plagued by a knee injury (torn meniscus that took so long to heal, is over so now she can get some rest and intensive treatment before she embarks on what could be her final season. C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGES 16-18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jets defeat the Pros, 20-6... S ee page 18 THE XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEW DELHI 2010 THE TRIBUNE By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com ON returning home from New Delhi, India, the Bahamas delegation to the XIX Commonwealth Games was praised for its outstanding performance and they learnt that the total number of medals would increase to six as a result of the third positive dope testing of an African athlete. This time, it was Nigerian Folashade Abugan, who won two silver medals in the women's 400 metres and as a member of their 4 x 400 relay team. She failed a drugs test after her "A" sample was found to have contained a type of performanceenhancing steroid and she was dis qualified Friday after she waived the right to have a B sample tested and had admitted her guilt. As a result of her disqualification, bronze-winning Aliann Tabitha Pompey of Guyana will be upgraded to silver and the bronze will go to Christine Amertil of the Bahamas (see lead story fourth in the final. By virtue of Abugan's disqualification, Nigeria also had to relinquish the silver they collected in the women's 4 x 400 relay behind the sterling gold medal performance by India. England got the silver and Canada took the bronze. Abugan followed compatriots 110m hurdler Samuel Okon and womens 100m gold medallist Osayemi Oludamola, who also test ed positive for stimulants. As well as the Nigerian runners, Indian athlete Rani Yadav tested positive for the banned substance nandrolone. Bahamas Olympic Committee secretary general Rommel Knowles, who acted as the masters of ceremony for the reception for the athletes and officials on their return home yesterday, said the Bahamian athletes should be commended because none of their names were called for any doping violation at the games. "That's a testament to the hard work that the coaches have been doing with the athletes," said Knowles, who along with BOC president Wellington Miller arrived just ahead of the team from New Delhi. The two BOC executives, along with Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and acting sports director Kevin Colebrooke were on hand to greet the team led by boxing bronze medallists Carl Hield and Valentino Knowles. The other three medallists, Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry, who captured the gold and silver in the men's high jump respectively and Ramon Miller, who achieved a bronze in the men's 400, all headed to their various destinations in the US. Maynard, who was accompanied by his wife and Kevin Colebrooke, said he was very proud of Team Bahamas the achievements. "When I had to deal with the sports ministers on the first day, none of them was surprised that you did so well. All of them were expect ing the Bahamas to do well," May nard said. "They did their research and they knew what events we would medal in. "That speaks about what kind of advancement that the Bahamas has been making over the years. As small as we are, we are expecting to succeed. So that puts a burden on our shoulder. If we come back with one medal, the Bahamian peo ple are asking what happened. But I still want them to know that if it's only one, we still did well because many countries who would have turned up to those games did not medal." Out of the 71 participating coun tries, the Bahamas ended up 19th in the medal hunt, two spots below Jamaica, who finished 17th with just seven medals. Maynard also pointed out the accomplishments of Hield and Knowles, saying that he was particularly proud of what they did. "I remember when they came home from the World Championships in India and I told them that I expect ed great things from them," he said. "They came through, they delivered two medals. 2012 is not too far away. Keep focus on the Olympic Games. Keep the gold in mind in London." Also addressing the team were Miller, who is also the president of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Bahamas and Roy Colebrooke, the chef de mission, who is also the president of the Bahamas Cycling Federation. They both joined Kevin Cole brooke in congratulating all of the athletes, coaches and officials on the team for what they described as an outstanding performance. In giving the vote of thanks, Jamal Moss, one of the two members of the 14-member athletic team, made no excuses for his failure to keep the Bahamas out front on the third led of the 4 x 400 relay when he got the baton from Michael Mathieu. Moss said he suffered a hamstring injury and developed spasms during his leg and, as a result, he ended up giving the baton to Ramon Miller on the anchor leg in sixth place. But he promised that next year, at the IAAF World Championships in Korea, the men have vowed to bring home the gold. Moss congratulated all of the coaches and the officials, particularly the medical staff, for keeping the athletes together and focused on performing at a high standard at the games. Maynard very proud of Team Bahamas achievements Amertil elevated to bronze Medal pushes Team Bahamas haul to record six at the Comm. Games BRONZE MEDAL: Christine Amertil competes in a 400m semifinal at t he Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, on October 7, 2010. (AP Photo