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 Panama air link-up offers $17m booster Volume: 107 No.50SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLY SUNNY, ASHOWER HIGH 78F L OW 63F I N S I D E SEE PAGETWO S P O R T S Grade A students awarded SEE PAGENINE Williams completes weigh-in New service likely to br ing o v er 14,500 visitors in first year McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E BAHAMASBIGGEST HAITI'S FORMER DICTATOR Jean-Claude Duvalier centre and his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Felip Major /Tribune staff KEEP THETROUGHS CLEAN! Surrey drivers have voiced concern about the lack of drinking water for their horses at the downtown holding area. They complain that garbage is regularly dumped into the drinking troughs and the area constantly smells of urine. A NEW airline service which, for the first time, opens up the Bahamas to the South and Cen tral American markets is projected to bring more than 14,500 visitors to the islands and generate more than $17 million for the local economy in its first year. The Ministry of Tourism and Avia tion this week announced that Copa Airlines will begin nonstop service from Panama to Nassau as of June 15, with departing and return flights scheduled for travellers every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tourism officials are hailing this new service as a posi tive sign of growth in the industry. It is estimated the Pana ma/Nassau service will generate 37,000 room nights which could boost hotel revenues by more than $7 million during the first year. Vincent Vander pool-Wallace, the Minister of Tourism, said: The new Copa Airlines service will attract more visitors from the Latin Amer ican region with immediate connections to and from the Bahamas. Expanding airlift with Copa, whose powerful Panama city hub provides leisure and business travellers from some 20 Latin American destinations, gives direct access to the islands of the Bahamas, while featuring the most modern fleet of jet aircraft in the entire region. This service will be a boost not only to our tourism sector but also our financial POLLUTION WORRYOVERHORSES DRINKINGWATER SEE page seven By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TEACHER Andre Birbal t old the Supreme Court yesterday that one of the stu dents he is accused of having sex with told him he loved him and made sexual a dvances toward him. Birbal took the witness s tand, denying he had sexual intercourse with the two form er male students when they attended the Eight Mile Rock High School. The 48-year-old former art teacher is charged with eight c ounts of unnatural sexual intercourse with two minors u nder the age of 18 from 2002 to 2007. A fter the prosecution closed its case, Justice Hart man Longley read the long list of charges against Birbal and advised him he had three c hoices: to go in the witness box and give a statement u nder oath; make an unsworn statement where he was s tanding, or remain silent. Birbal chose to give evi d ence from the witness box. During his testimony, he told the court he left his native homeland of Trinidad with his family and moved to the Bahamas. He has been BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS ME, ALLEGES SEX CASE TEACHER SEE page seven By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE hype over President Jean Claude Baby Doc Duvaliers return to Haiti is mainly from the outside, said Dr Eugene Newry, former Ambassador to Haiti and Dominican Republic. There has been an international media frenzy over President Duvaliers return after 25 years of self-imposed exile in France. Although he was welcomed by some supporters, in reality, Dr Newry said, Duvalier did not receive a heros welcome. From the Haitian government, he received the cold-shoulder. SEE page seven DUVALIER HYPE MAINLY FROM OUT SIDE, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR A P P h o t o DUE to continuing unrest within the party, the National General Council of the PLP voted last night to establish two committees to review the nominations of Nurses Union President Cleola Hamilton in South Beach, and attorney Dion Smith in the Kennedy constituency. These committees, comprised of 10 persons each, will meet with the branches in both areas and compile a report to present to the NGC. If either committee is unable to reach a consensus on the genesis of the discontent being voiced, the NGC, it is reported, will have to step in and either re-establish the previous candidate named, or pick a new person to run in the area. Therefore, as it currently stands, neither Ms Hamilton nor Mr Smith are the partys standard bearers for South Beach and Kennedy respectively. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Ms Hamilton said she was well aware of this PLP to set up two committees amid continuing party unrest SEE page seven TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER A 19 year old was arrested and charged by police in connection with a murder last September. Police arrested the teenager in the Soldier Road area for questioning in connection with housebreaking during a Tuesday evening operation. He was subsequently questioned by detectives in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old boy on Soldier Road last September. Cost Right supermarket in Town Centre Mall faced another setback just one SEE page seven VINCENT VANDERPOOLWALLACE OFFICERS from the Cen tral Detective Unit made a major raid on a car parts theft ring yesterday. After executing a search warrant on a building located in the Marathon Road area, officers recovered numerous car parts, including radiators, assorted car doors, windshields, hoods, bumpers, and the like. Six men were taken into custody. Police investigations continue. MAJOR RAID ON CAR PARTS THEFT RING
By LAMECH JOHNSON A TRIO of young men made h istory when they produced the first three-way tie for the coveted top spot in the Ministry of E ducation's Annual National Exam Awards. Miguel Cartwright of Q ueens College, Abhishek Jacob of St Augustines College and Dante Delaney of the Bahamas Home Schooling Association each earned eight As in their BGCSEs. This has never happened before in the 16-year history of the exam. T hese young men also shared top spot for best overall performance in independent schools. T he young men were hono ured at a presentation ceremony at the Church of God A uditorium on Joe Farrington R oad yesterday. S pecial presentations were also made to five other out standing performers in this y ears BJC and BGSCE exams. Davina Adderley of the North End Long Island High S chool, who aims to become a paediatric neurosurgeon, won the award for Best Overall Perf ormace in the BJCs for gove rnment school students, with nine As. She edged out Sheryl Evans of Temple Christian H igh Schools, who got seven A s and one B the best overall performance in an independents chool. T he best overall BGCSE performer in a government school with seven As and one B w as Tamara Robinson of CR W alker Senior High. She is now majoring in biology at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. N ot to be outdone by their female counterparts in the BGSCE division, Long Island's J ohn Cartwright of NGM M ajor High and New Provi dences Rajahl Moxey of HO Nash Junior High shared the B JC top spot for male students i n a government school. The Minister of Education w as clearly impressed with the s tudents achievements. Desmond Bannister greeted the audience of family mem b ers, distinguished guests and award recipients, saying: "As I look around this hall, I'm excit ed because I see excellence everywhere excellent educa tors and policy makers, students, school administrators, teachers, parents and guardians and business persons who are t hemselves excellent parents." Mr Bannister emphasised the i mportant role education plays in the development of the B ahamas, and highlighted the ambitions of a few outstanding graduating students. He said Bernique Pinder, Gabrielle Russell, Garvin Hanna and Noelle Sawyer all aim to succeed in areas where the country is particularly lacking in e xpertise. Bernique's goal is to become a special education teacher while Gabrielle and Noelle want to teach physics and mathematics. Garvin wants to be an entrepreneur and run several bed-and-breakfasts, as well as a tour company. M r Bannister said: "I am very proud to be able to stand here this morning and declare unequivocally that our investm ent in the children of the Bahamas is garnering high returns. The proof is right here in front of me." In this years BGCSE exams, 61 students from 20 schools, both independent and government, achieved at least five As. In the BJCs, 79 students from 2 9 independent and govern ment schools also achieved at least five As. In closing his address, Mr Bannister encoura ged the students to make the most of their abilities. He said: "Make a habit of using your God-given talents and skills in positive ways, so that you fulfil your personal ambitions and contribute to the achievement of our national goals. T he Royal Bank of Canada and Custom Computers Ltd sponsored the awards. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MIGUEL CARTWRIGHT RAJAHL MOXEY JOHN CARTWRIGHT DANTE DELANEY ABHISHEK JACOB First ever three-way win for top national award MINISTRYOFEDUCATION: ANNUALNATIONAL EXAM AWARDS BJCTOPSPOTFORMALESTUDENT INGOVTSCHOOL BESTOVERALL BGCSE PERFORMANCE INGOVTSCHOOL BESTOVERALL PERFORMANCEIN BJCS F OR GOV T SCHOOL S TUDENT S BES T OVERALL PERFORMANCEIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL EACHEARNEDEIGHT As IN BGCSEs TAMARA ROBINSON DAVINA ADDERLEY S HERYL EVANS CONFLICTRESOLUTION PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff MESSAGEOFPEACE: Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force Staff Association pass out Conflict Resolution handbooks to motorists and pedestrians downtown yesterday.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %2$7IRU$/('RQ]LZHHW LOCAL health experts have joined with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to found the Bahamas Healthy Lifestyle Centre. The centre is styled as the Bahamian ver sion of the world-renowned centres for health and healing, Uchee Pines in Alabama and the Weimar Institute of California. Drs Alvira Higgs and Idamae Hanna, cofounders and directors of Healthy Lifestyle Centre and Deli, and Better Living Health Centre and Deli, have joined forces with a group of Seventh-day Adventist professionals from the business, law and education sectors, to establish the BHLC as an oasis for the body, mind and spirit. The centre has been in the making for two years, and is now at the point of official launch. It is described by its founders as a supporting ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA They explained that the private health education facility operates substantively according to the SDA principles of health and edu cation as propounded by SDA pioneer Ellen G White. The vision of the BHLC is: To transform society through healthy lifestyles, thus restoring the image of God in man. Drs Hanna and Higgs said the centre is a comprehensive, full-service facility, special ising in restoring the body, renewing the mind and reviving the spirit of people, whether local, national or international. Our revolutionary (but not new ology focuses on the physical, mental, emo tional, social and spiritual well-being of our clients, as directed by The Creator, resulting in healthy and disease-free life in this world in preparation for occupying the world to come. The board of directors includes: Drs Higgs and Hanna; urologist and prostate specialist Dr Joseph I Evans; Dr John Carter; podiatrist Dr Monique Mitchell; wellness expert Nathe lyn LaCroix; Minister and health enthusiast Pastor Edward St Fleur; religious educator Delthony Gordon; entrepreneurs Kenneth Williams, Mark Hanna and Andrew Hanna; attorneys Tanya R Hanna and Michael Dean; Pastor Paul Scavella and founder of the Abaco Long Bay School Isaac Collie. The chairman of the board is deputy general manager of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC Major. Gospel Mr Major said: While we are not a church, nor a school of evangelism, we aim to utilise the right arm of the gospel the unique health message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to transform lives so that people here and elsewhere can live better and live longer. The inaugural event for the centre was the Fresh Start Programme, which began on January 17 and will continue for another two weeks. Mr Major said: Were in the body repair and maintenance business. So just as you take your auto to the auto shop when it breaks down, when your body breaks down bring it to the BHLC body shop; just as you take your auto after its fixed for servicing and or tune-ups to the auto shop, in the same way you should bring your body to the BHLC body shop for body maintenance and/tuneup. Health experts join with Seventh-Day Adventists to found healthy lifestyle centre A 15-year-old boy was s hot in his thigh as he was walking west on Peter Street in the early hours of the morning. The victim was walking in the area after midnighto n Thursday when he was approached by a masked m an wearing a black jacket. The masked man was armed with a handgun and s hot the teen in the leg. T he victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical personnel where h e is detained in stable condition. Police investigations continue. POLICE arrested a 19year-old woman at the Lynden Pindling Internat ional Airport after a quantity of suspected cocainew as found in her suitcase. The woman, a resident of Millennium Gardens, w as in the pre-clearance a rea at around 6pm on Thursday when police conducted a search of her lug-g age and discovered the suspected drugs. Teenage boy shot in thigh crime NEWS A poor trade regime and intrusive bureaucracy prevented the Bahamas from ranking higher on this years Index of Economic Freedom. The Bahamas' economy ranked 46th in a listing of the world's freest economies according to the Heritage Foundation's 2011 Index of Economic Freedom. The Bahamas also ranked eighth out of 29 countries in the South and Central America/Caribbean region with its overall score, coming in higher than the regional and world averages, said the website. The country's overall score or economic freedom came in at 68 "due primarily to higher scores in fiscal freedom, government spending, and monetary freedom", according to data collected by the research and educational institution. However a "poor trade regime remains one of the most cumbersome challenges," said the think tank. T he report added that "an abundance of tariff and nontariff barriers continues to cre ate a costly trade burden. Intrusively bureaucratic approval processes hinder i nvestment freedom and undermine development of a more vibrant private sector, the organisation said. The Bahamas scored 55 in freedom from corruption due to ongoing software, music and movie piracy, and reports that drug trafficking and money laundering involve police, coast guard, and other gov ernment employees. "Violent crime has escalated sharply. Even though internet gambling is illegal, many online gambling sites are reportedly based in the Bahamas, sometimes using internet cafs as fronts. The Bahamas has neither signed nor ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption," not ed the survey. Business freedom was ranked at 72.5 out of 100, and while the report said that the B ahamas' regulatory environment is advantageous to private-sector development, "the process for obtaining a business licence is not always transparent and straightforward, and officials have considerable discretionary power". Government recently passed a new Business Licence Act which came into force on January 1 aimed at streamlining the process for applying for a business licence and removing the red tape involved. Trade freedom and investment freedom scored the lowest coming in at 42.2 and 30 respectively. "High tariffs and a stamp tax on most imports, high duties that protect a few agricultural items and consumer goods, occasional import bans, a nd some import licencing and permits add to the cost of trade," noted the report. "Ten points were deducted from the Bahamas trade freedom score to account for non-tariff barriers. Investment freedom got the lowest scoring due to the many areas of business reserved solely for Bahamians and the barriers for international investors. The Heritage Foundation is a think-tank based in Washington, DC which defines economic freedom as "the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property". The Foundation measures ten components of economic freedom business freedom, trade freedom, fiscal freedom, government spending, monetary freedom, investment free dom, financial freedom, prop erty rights, freedom from corruption, and labour freedom using a scale from 0 to 100,w here 100 represents the maximum freedom. These scores are then avera ged to give an overall economic freedom score for each country. Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia were the top three countries respectively, while the United States placed ninth with an overall score of 77.8. Bahamas: 46th in list of worlds freest economies 2011 INDEXOFECONOMICFREEDOM Poor trade regime, intrusive bureaucracy said to hold country back H EALTHY LIVING: F ront row: health expert Nathelyn LaCroix; Dr Alvira Hanna, and Dr Idamae Hanna. Back row: Pastor Edward St Fleur; contractor/entrepreneur Andrew Hanna; chairman Don Major; attorney Michael Dean; contractor Mark Hanna; plumbing contractor Kenneth Williams; Dr John Carter; edu cator Delthony Gordon, Pastor Paul Scavella. Violent crime has escalated sharply. Even though internet g ambling is illegal, many online gambling sites are reportedly based in the Bahamas, sometimes using internet c afs as fronts. The Bahamas has neither signed nor ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption." B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Commodore Roderick Bowe of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has warned all those who engage in illegal activity to beware. After a year in the top position, the forth Bahamian Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF ence yesterday morning to assure the public that the RDDF along with its national and regional partners will use all the resources available to liberate this country of illegitimate behaviors. With almost 100,000 square miles to patrol, the Bahamas is by no means a small piece of real estate, Commodore Bowe noted, adding that its geographic location also creates a number of challenges. He said: The Bahamas is at a crossroads, where those involved in criminal ventures desire greatly to use our sea lanes of communication and our islands to conduct their illicit trades of gun and drug running, inclusive of human smuggling and trafficking. In order to better tackle the various challenges of its mandate, the force has spent the last year ensuring that all its procedures are accountable, professional and transparent, Commodore Bowe said. He said this included creating a number of boards to facilitate various necessary changes. Giving something of an end of year report, Commodore Bowe noted that during 2010, there were many reports of Dominicans illegally entering Bahamian waters and plundering the countrys marine resources. In response, he said, the force stepped up operations and captured three Dominican vessels. One major focus of the a dministration was the r estructuring of the management team for efficacy Commodore Bowe added, noting that a Deputy Com mander position was created, and other posts such as Commander of Operationsa nd Commander of Admin istration, were introduced. According to Commodore Bowe, one of the Defence Forces biggest achievement in 2010 was the establish ment of a Human Resources Department. This civilian led department will be responsible for ensuring that persons are able to follow a more structured career path and should improve overall upward mobility and accountability, he said. Reduction of deployment times, in some cases from 12 months to two months, as well as the creation of a wel fare and morale section, will help improve the quality of life for Defence Force officers, he added. Education and re-education our personnel has also been one of the forces focal points said Commodore Bowe. Defence force staff have continued to receive training and educational opportunities that have been made available by a wide spectrum of countries such as the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belize and Singapore. The RBDF Rangers youth programme experienced major growth last year, reg istering an estimated 700 junior and high school stu dents from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. In response to this growth, a Rangers section staffed by seven permanent managers was created. They will instruct young women and men on nation building, mutual respect and commu nity service. The youth programme was created in the hopes of creating a responsible, patriotic Bahamian citizen, said Commodore Bowe. DEFENCE FORCE BOSS ISSUES STERN WARNING TO LAW BREAKERS Share your news The Tribune wants to h ear from people who are making news in their neighbour h oods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar e a o r have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
EDITOR, The Tribune. Debate over the proposed sale of BTC continues, and I should like to add a few points in this regard. 1) Philosophy. I cannot discern any coherent philosophy in the present governments position in this matter. Their position seems to be that BTC will be sold, and it will be sold to foreigners. This troubles me. And for several reasons. Not because BTC does not have problems, but because the problems at BTC have nothing to do with its Bahamian ownership. What is wrong at BTC arises from its management, and this is where privatisation is necessary. Changing the management of BTC to the highest private standards should be the objective, and this can be achieved without handing over ownership of the company to foreigners. Indeed, there is a compelling argument against selling the national telecommunications infrastructure of the Bahamas to anyone but Bahamians. This is no trivial consideration, as the passing of control to a company like Cable & Wireless will reduce BTC to nothing but a portfolio holding of that company. BTC will not receive the attention that it requires in the context of the Bahamas, where it is the communications backbone of the nation, and therefore decisions affect ing long-term interests of the Bahamas will not receive the priority that we require. This seems curiously schizophrenic to me, given this countrys economic mix. Tourism and finance are the principal engines of the Bahamian economy and both depend on the communications infrastructure controlled by BTC. It is therefore imperative thatw e ensure that any decisions t aken concerning BTC will be about what the Bahamas needs, and not someone else in the region. Having foreign owners in control of the com pany cannot assure this. With regard to ownership, B ahamians have little strateg ic ownership interest in tourism. Yet, because of the potential impact on employ ment and employees in the sector, the Prime Minister felt it necessary to insert himself into the development and staging plans of the proposed Baha Mar project now unfolding on Cable Beach. In banking, there is now some Bahamian ownership in the domestic sector, including one of the most outstanding success stories in the business Commonwealth Bank. (This company is wholly owned and operated by Bahamians and its exceptional success really a ccelerated when Bahamians b ought out their foreign partners. To be sure, the bank needs foreign help in certain areas (like technology they buy that assistance as needed. And I would dare say that the Bahamian share holders of CB would never consider selling control of their bank to foreigners in order to further improve its performance. I am quite surprised that T B Donaldson, who had the pleasure of chairing CB for more than a decade, and who saw the manner in which this company has integrated foreign expertise with its Bahamian talent, now heads the govern ments BTC privatisation committee and has supported the proposed sale to C&W. Bahamian ownership in bank ing has materialised because previous governments, quite rightly, pursued a policy that encouraged such ownership in this important sector of our economy. And the owners of CB are today the great beneficiaries of this foresight. Now we come to BTC, which is today wholly in Bahamian hands and has a virtual monopoly on telecommunications in this nation. And what is this government planning to do? Sell control of the largest Bahamian technology company, this strategic national asset, to foreigners? Am I the crazy one? BTCs issues are about management, not Bahamian ownership. And the company is large enough to be able to hire the talent and forge the alliances it needs to fix itself for the benefit of the Bahamian people. This is the course that should be pursued. And I believe that there are enough talented and serious Bahamians, and enough capital around, to get a local group in place who will improve the fortunes of BTC where the government has been unable to do so. Selling to outsiders is the last option. Because once sold, it is gone forever. And the government will lose the ability to invite small strategic participations in the company as a sweetener in future. Lastly, the occasion of including private participation in the capital of BTC represents a unique and historic occasion to create a true eco nomic partnership between the government, private cap ital and labour. In fact, the government should be overjoyed by this opportunity to bring the employees in (through the pension fund the pre-IPO price, as a means of curing any potential deficit in the pension fund (for which it is proposing to take responsibility in the C&W transaction). Having the employees as part owners of the company will make them more accountable and help to reinforce the understanding that their fortunes rise and fall with the companys. But I do not hear this kind of philosophical message or objective in the public pronouncements of the government and its representatives. Instead, there is vitriol and insults, and talk of shaming and untrustworthi ness from people that we expect to exercise a considerable amount of restraint in these circumstances. The men at whom these comments were directed (Mr Evans and Mr Williams) do not strike me as outrageous in their positions, and certainly do not deserve this kind of contempt because their ideas on how BTC should be handled differ from those of the government. Indeed, I believe that b oth agree that BTC should be privatised, but as Bahamians, and telecommunications professionals, their approach to it would be different. They are entitled to communicate their ideas to the public, and, personally, I welcome the opportunity to hear them ful-l y. 2) Pricing. The proposed price for BTCs sale to C&W does not seem to make sense. Firstly, in the face of more than $4 billion in national debt, the proposed $210 million price is negligible. This amount will pass through the governments bank accounts like water through a sieve. Indeed, this amount has a lmost been spent on the various consulting fees, rightsizing exercise and many other ill-conceived payouts over the past years. And from this price, we must deduct any unfunded liabilities of BTCs pension fund for which the government is proposing to take responsibility. S econdly, on the basis of recent reports, the price represents only something between four and five times BTCs annual earnings. Sure ly, if this is correct, this price is a substantial discount to BTCs true value. Furthermore, given BTCs monopoly, it should fetch a premium to normal valuations. Instead it is being markeddown. Thirdly, the cash flow (foreign reserve) impact from this transaction will be massively negative. By selling control to a foreign company, the Bahamas will first receive the $210 million inflow, but thereafter will pay out half of the profits of the company forev er. Furthermore, by having C&W in control, there will be double dipping into BTCs income. First, they will reduce top line revenues through a series of management and tech nical fees which will be charged to the company by the parent, then they will be entitled to 51 pwe cent of whatever falls to the bottom line. If this sale were to a local group, the result would be the opposite, even if foreign bor rowing were necessary to complete the transaction. Once such borrowing would have been repaid, the entire profit of the company would remain in the Bahamas. In the public statements by the government on this matter, I have not heard a comment from the Central Bank on this aspect of the proposal. 3) Stop the madness. The unions, workers and management of BTC must be tired of the parade of politicians and their appointees passing through BTC pretending to be communications and management experts. Every few years another group arrives, and they do nothing but create havoc in the affairs of the company. The trained and qualified staff at BTC must be sick of it. And I cant blame them. They must be anxious for the company to pass into private hands if for no other reason than to end this infernal privatisation exercise. Imagine the monstrous number of manhours that this has consumed since it began in the mid1990s. It has been a massive intrusion and distraction to the managers and workers at the company, and it is time to bring it to an end. Someone must restore sanity to the companys environment where people have been in a state of constant agitation for far too long. It is time to stop the process, send the foreign consultants home and instead sit down with the union, local private interests and bankers in order to get a deal done that will serve the Bahamas interests first. SHAYNE DAVIS Nassau, January 10, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing 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. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON An overwhelming m ajority of Americans like Obama, but most say he has not accomplished much on twot op goals fixing the sluggish economy and changing how Washington works, according t o a new Associated Press-GfK poll midway through the first term of his presidency. Half of those surveyed say he deserves a second term, and independents, whose sup-p ort will be critical in 2012, are evenly divide d on that question. Obama is getting the benefit of the doubt despite concerns about his policies, a reflection based in large part on his likability. He's doing a pretty good job," says Alan Bliven, 54, of Tucson, Arizona. "I'm not all sold on him," but the president's performance is good enough that he should be re-elected. J oanne Abbott, 46, of Sebring, Florida, disagrees. "I don't dislike Obama. I like him as a person," she says, but adds, "I don't think he's accomplished much. ... I wish the economy w ould come back." The AP-GfK poll is a snapshot in time, a nd plenty could happen between now and November 2012, including an economic u pturn that could cut the 9.4 per cent unemployment rate. But, in a polarized nation, the findings portend a competitive presidential race no matter who the Republican candi date is. Although beating an incumbent is t ough, Republicans sense an opening, given the sluggish economic recovery and Obama's a cknowledged failure to fulfil his promise of doing business differently in a partisan Washi ngton. Overall, 53 per cent of Americans approve of how Obama is governing, putting him roughly in the middle when compared with his modern-day predecessors halfway through t heir first terms. Almost as many people rate Obama's p residency below average (34 per cent call it above average (38 per cent o ne per cent overall and 30 per cent among independents say he understands the important issues the nation will face in thenext two years. Only 26 per cent say he's kept most of his campaign promises. Americans diverge over whether Obama's prescriptions are best. He's too much of a socialist, he wants too big of a government, and he shouldn't g et re-elected," said 72-year-old Tom Wilkin son of Sparland, Illinois. Art Winstanley, 58, of Key West, Florida, says Obama deserves more time. "Some things he's done are taking time to kick in with the public. He's got two years before people go 'Holy smoke, this guy did a lot of good stuff!'" Despite his lukewarm policy marks, Oba ma has an enormous advantage because of how people see him personally; a whopping 83 per cent call him likable, and 59 per cent v iew him favourably. Majorities also consider him empathetic (63 per centl eader (62 per cent nary Americans (61 per cent T he numbers are similar to the ones President Ronald Reagan faced before winning a second term in 1984. Still, the AP-GfK poll shows areas of vuln erability as Obama governs and campaigns: More than half disapprove of how he's handled the economy. Just 35 per cent say it's improved on his watch; 40 per cent said that a year ago. It's driven largely by lower-income p eople as well as those in the Northeast and the West who are losing faith in Obama's ability to orchestrate a turnaround. Threequarters do say it's unrealistic to expectn oticeable improvements after two years; they say it will take longer. Roughly a third 34 per cent say Obama hasn't lived up to his promise of change, an increase from 27 per cent last Janu ary. More Democrats argue he's kept that pledge, while more Republicans say he's bro k en it. Overall, 42 per cent say it's too soon to tell. People are split over his pace of change: 3 6 per cent say too much, too quickly, 32 per cent say it's about right, 31 per cent say he's not moving fast enough. More independents want to see Obama move quicker than not. Fifty-one per cent of independents a pprove of his job performance, an uptick since November as Obama reached out toR epublicans and compromised with them on taxes in a new era of divided governm ent. But just 30 per cent score his presidency above average or better, a slippage from 37 per cent a year ago. And independents divide about evenly on whether he deserves to be re-elected: 46 per cent say yes, 4 3 per cent no. He still has trouble with sup port among men and whites; they are morea pt than women and non-whites to want him fired. Despite vocal complaints from the left, the poll shows evidence that Obama's base isn't nearly as fractured as it has seemed. Democrats overwhelmingly give him high marks. Liberal Democrats are more likely to call Obama's presidency outstanding or above average than even moderate Democrats. And t here's no difference between the two groups over whether Obama should face a primary c hallenge; majorities of both groups say no. It's largely a moot point as no serious chal lenger has emerged. The AP-GfK Poll was conducted Jan. 5-10 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. It involved landline and cell phone interviews with 1,001 adults nation wide, and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. (This article was written by Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer). Some points on proposed sale of BTC LETTERS email@example.com Obama popular but doubts on progress
By LAMECH JOHNSON AFTER a decade of r esearch in the Bahamas, Dr Cornell Collins says he has come to the conclusion that many projects fail and significant resources are lost b ecause of a shortage of competent project managers. Dr Collins, chairman and lecturer at the Lignum Insti-t ute of Technology, told The Tribune this is also the reason that many government a nd private sector developm ents take longer and cost more than originally planned. He said: "In all the comp leted and ongoing projects in the Bahamas over a 10 year period, only 17 per cent o f them were successful as far as project management is concerned. This means that 83 per cent of the projects failed in that regard." D r Collins said his research on the Caribbean and the rest of the world o ver the same period showed better performance. The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 per cent w hile the rest of the world averaged between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the Bahamas, the failure perc entage decreases, even in tough times like these." H e explained that success a nd failure in project mana gement is determined by a c ompanys or government's ability to complete their objective within a given timeframe and budget. If a ministry for example i s given two years and a budg et of $10 million to make i nfrastructural improvem ents and they go over that b y a few days or dollars, t hey have failed, Dr Collins said. "I get annoyed when I s ee workers from the Min istry of Works and Transp ort take dig up or repave a road only for Water and Sewerage persons to dig it u p two or three weeks later j ust to lay or check a pipe. T hats a ton of money down the pipe. P oor management of funds and priorities is keeping the Bahamas from being one of the richest countriesi n the world, he said. Dr Collins said there is an urgent need to train more project managers so this trend can be reversed. He noted that Lignum T echnologies offers a course in project management that i s internationally recognised. It is taught by Dr Collins h imself, who is a member of a nd advisor to the American Academy of Project Management, the Project M anagement Institute, the International Project Man-a gement Association and t he British Association of Project Management. The 10-week course can t ake three career paths, and e nds in a final test. If candidates pass this, they will be C ertified Project Managers ( CPMs), Project Manager Professionals (PMPs Certified International Pro ject Manangers (CIPMs D r Collins said: "Everyone can benefit from this course. Our everyday lives i s project management if you think about it. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM "I done vex an' mad cause them wutless, no good, tiefing, jonesing scumbags jumps my hightopped with six-strand barb wire fence the night when it was cold and I c lose my windows an' I couldn't hear them an' they tiefed my gardenh ose, rake an' big blue push broom. I vex 'cause t his tiefing ain't a manly t'ing to do. Fed Up by Shirlea "I vex 'cause the police have introduced 'Rapid Strike' policy to crime whereas I would have preferred Rapid Strike to enforce Zero Tolerance sot hat the dark tints, motorbike 'wheelie poppers', three-lane jitney drivers, etc, are also dealt with and the police do not driver ight past them or don't stop them. "You still have my full s upport with your new campaign." A verage Citizen "I'm vex with all the lawl ess drivers an' particularly motorcyclists who keep running the red lights on Shirley Street and in par ticular the motorbike rider w ho ran the red light by Mackey Street and had the audacity to ride up next to me to row. "He was lucky I was not a ny quicker to start off after waiting on the light to exit Mackey Street." Jesus lives! He saves! I am vex with the fool in the green pickup blow ing his horn for people to speed through the yellow light so he can speed through also. Yinna mussey had a fake licence 'cause red light is to stop, green is to go and ya dumb if ya think yellow is to speed up an' go. "Fool, get a real licence. People like you cause accidents." Licenced Motorist. WHY Y OU HAPPY? "I am happy with the reports by police press offi cer Sgt Chrislyn KempSkippings because she gives the crime reports for the public to be correctly and properly informed so as not to get any widely exaggerated and 'sip sip' rumour transmitted and distorted stories particular ly in times like these. J oe Public. WHY YOU VEX? Lecturer claims lack of certified project managers is hurting the country The Monthly meeting of the Commonwealth Writers of the Bahamas Will be held on Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 at Chapter One Book Store at the College of the Bahamas. Parents of students who participated in the Fifth Annual Writing Competition at Government House are asked to ensure that these Students attend. Junior Writers Meeting 2pm to 3pm Adults from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. Monthly meeting of writers today C HRISTOPHER TOOTHAKER, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela Union leader Ruben Gonzalez once admired and supported President Hugo Chavez. Nowadays, he is jailed in a police station in eastern Venezuela, and says his yearlong imprisonment shows the government's intolerance for labor protests. Gonzalez told The Associated Press in a telephone interview f rom his cell on Thursday that he is confident "divine justice will p revail" and he will eventually be freed. He is being prosecuted on charges stemming from a strike he helped organize that tem-p orarily paralyzed the country's state-run iron mining company in 2009, and his case is drawing condemnation from international l abor and human rights organizations. "The government is criminalizing protests," Gonzalez said by cell phone, which he is allowed to use in the jail. Gonzalez was scheduled to appear in court Friday, the oneyear anniversary of his imprisonment. But he said he does note xpect the judge to reach a verdict anytime soon, noting that he has already appeared in court more than a dozen times over the past1 5 months, and that hearings have also repeatedly been postponed. Gonzalez is charged with crimes including unlawful assemb ly, public incitement to commit crimes and violation of a government security zone during the strike at CVG Ferrominera Orinoco CA, better known as Ferrominera. Thor Halvorssen, president of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, said Gonzalez is being prosecuted as part of aw ider government effort to curb the power of labor unions, particularly at state-operated firms like Ferrominera. The Chavez government claims to be in favor of workers' rights, but these do not include the rights of the tens of thousands of Venezuelans working in state-owned corporations," Halvorssen said in a statement sent to the AP. The Human Rights Foundation said that according to a tally by t he local human rights group Provea, more than 2,200 Venezuelans who have participated in protests have been charged with a vari e ty of crimes over the past five years and some have been prohibited from speaking publicly about their cases or banned from p articipating in protests while their cases are pending. Many of those arrested were public employees involved in labor disputes. Chavez has not publicly commented on accusations that the authorities are using the courts and prosecutors to limit labor dis putes or curb protests. The president has repeatedly said his sociali st-oriented government has done more for the working class than previous administrations, and has said he has union interests ath eart. Prosecutors handling the case could not be reached for comment. Before his arrest, Gonzalez never got into trouble with m anagement during nearly three decades working and partici pating in union activities. As the leader of Ferrominera's largest union, he was optimistic the government would support workers in their efforts to secure higher salaries, better benefits and improved working conditions. Venezuelan union leader says he is unjustly jailed n OVERSEASNEWS ACCUSEDOFINTOLERANCE: Venezuelas President Hugo Chavez, waves to supporters as he arrives to the National Assembly to give his annual state of the union address in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011. A P P h o t o / A r i a n a C u b i l l o s "The Caribbean averaged a success rate of 27 per cent while the rest of the world averaged between 53 and 66 per cent. So outside the Bahamas, the failure percentage decreases, even in tough times like these."
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, SA TURDA Y JANUAR Y 22, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM B y K A TH R Y N C A M P B E L L T HE fi n a l pavi ng of Bai llou Hill Road from Robin s o n Ro a d t o W ul f f R o a d w i l l take place on the weekend of January 27, the Ministry of P ubl ic Work s a n d T r ansport has announced. Phase one of a one-way s y st e m f o r B a i l l o u H i l l R oa d a n d M a r k e t S t r e e t w a s i m p le m e n t e d i n M a r c h o f last year. T r a f f i c n o w t r a v e l s o n e way northbound on Baillou H ill R o ad f r o m R o b i n s o n R o a d t o W u l f f R o a d a n d o n e w a y s o u t h b o u n d o n M a r ke t S tr e et fr o m Wu lf f Road to Robinson Road "The roads will be closed for one day for road paving and we are asking the gen e r a l p u b l i c t o u se Fi rs t S t r e e t as an alternate," said Char l e ne Co l l i e pr oj e ct en g i ne er and pu bli c r el ations r e p resentative. Paving is from Robinson R o a d to B a h am a A v en u e and the side verges. M s Co lli e s aid wo rk o n B a i l l o u H i l l R o a d i s p r o gr essi ng a s ex pe c t ed des pi te the unkn own und e r groun d utilities discovered after an investigation. T h e f i r s t s e c t i o n ( f r o m R o b i n s o n R o a d t o W u l f f Road) is expected be com pleted by March. W e' v e par tne re d w it h a l l utility companies to ensure tha t i nstal l ati on of the work i s m e e t i n g s p e c i f i c a t i o n s The i nten ti on of t he w ork is to bu ild an in ter nat ion ally acce pt abl e roa dwa y and not ju st to ac c o mmod ate wh at we have here," she said. T he orig inal si d e wal k s o n B a i l l o u H i l l R o a d w e r e a c au se f or co n c ern bec a us e t h e y w e r e n o t h a n d i c a p accessible and were not up to inte rn atio na l s tan da rd s, Ms Collie said. "We have a heavy urban area and as a result of high ped estr i an tr affic fr om th e n e i g h b o u r h o o d a n d t h e schools we had to improve the sidewalks. "Th e ne w sid ew alk s c a n acc om modate hea vy pedestrian traffic and are handi cap accessible," she said. S h e e x p l a i n e d t h a t t h e width of Baillou Hill Road has bee n ma d e narrower by t wo f e e t to a ss i st w i t h re du cing the speed of traffic. B a i l lo u H i ll R o a d w a s o r i g i n a l l y 2 2 f t f r o m t h e p a v e m e n t I t i s n o w 2 0 f t f ro m cu rb t o c ur b. T he l a n e s a re 1 0 f t w i de b u t t h os e l a n e s are desi g ned f or one l a ne of tra ffi c on bot h si des a nd are to a ss i s t with r ed uc ing th e speed of traffic. W e a re a w a re o f t h e co nc e r n s ab o u t th e t w o la n es t ra ve llin g in o n e di re c t io n a n d t h a t s p e e d c o u l d i ncrea se, but tha t is a desi gn m ea su re to a ssi st w it h spe ed a l o n g t he r oa dw a y M s C o l l ie sa id. Baillou Hill Road to close for final paving SE N A T O R D i o n A F o ul k es M i n i s t e r o f L a b ou r a nd S o c i a l D e v e l o pm en t an d L o r et t a B ut l erT urn er, M i n i st er o f S t at e m e t wi t h t h e B a i n a n d G r a n t s T o w n A d v a n c e m e n t A s s oc i a t i o n ( B G T A A ) on T h ur sd a y a t t he M i n i st ry s o f f i c e T h e r e ce n t u n r es t i n B a i n T ow n was d i scussed and a ddi t i on al me asure s t o a ss i s t t h e c o m m u n i t y w i t h c ou n se l i ng a nd o t h e r s e r v i c e s w e r e s u g g e s t e d T h e g r o u p w i l l m ee t ag a i n o n F e b ru ar y 7 Ministers meet Bain and Grants T own Advancement Association F INA L ST AG ES : Ch a rle n e C ol l ie p ro je c t e ng i ne e r a nd pu bl i c re l a ti on s r e pre s e n ta ti v e f or th e Ne w P rov idence Road Improvement Project, talks about the progress of the construction of Baillou Hill Road. IN THE T RIBU NE NE XT S A TURD A Y . G E T Y OU R FREE KIDS SC OO P MA G A Z I NE PICTURE (L -R) are : Ministe r Lo retta B u tler T urn er; Barb ara B u rro ws, Perm ane nt Sec reta ry; Ma vis Da rl in g Hill a nd Ma rva Ru ss ell M i n n s, Dep u t y Di r ecto rs o f the De pa rtmen t of So cial Serv ices ; Ca rl Bre nn en Un de r Secre tary ; Dian n a Bullar d, Bain a nd G r an t s To wn Urb an Ren ewal Cen tre Ma na ge r; Zo e Powe ll Min istry o f Ed uc ation ; Cl e vette Gi b so n, Dep ar t m en t of E du ca t io n; Rev R a nd y Han n a; Je ns el Watk ins Gu idan ce Cou n selo r, A lb ury S a yles ; Ir i s S tra ch an M inistry of E du ca ti o n; M uriel L i g h tbo urn ; S a nd ra W alke r, BGT A A; Ta ma ra Seym ou r; Minis ter Dion Fo ulk es; Rev Dr. Sam my Sau n der s an d Rev D r C. B M os s, P r esid en t o f BG T AA.
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.1500.0406.73.96% 1 0.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.1530.10032.02.04% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00%3 .492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2 .842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.000.4220.26016.23.80% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.971.94-0.030.1110.04517.52.32% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1070.11015.06.88% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.000.3570.24017.03.95% 10.207.23Finco6.516.510.008000.2870.52022.77.99% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.475.480.011,0000.3660.21015.03.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.82J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.9910.80010.18.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029THURSDAY, 20 JANUARY 2011B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,480.08 | CHG 0.15 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -19.43 | YTD % -1.30B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 30-Nov-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.919946 1.538692TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Nov-10 30-Sep-10 31-Dec-10 31-Dec-10 31-Dec-10MARKET TERMS30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Nov-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 30-Nov-10 Panama air link-up offers $17m booster services and other business sectors. Copa Airlines corporate executives made the announcement that Latin American passengers will now be able to have immediate connections to and from the Bahamas at a press conference on Thursday. Copa Airlines said not only does Nassau serve as one of the principal financial and business centres in the Caribbean, but it is also the hub of the Bahamas, p roviding direct access for travellers to visit and explore many of the destinations 700 islands. Visas are not required of Bahamians visiting Central and South America; or for residents of those regions bound for the Bahamas. The Ministry of Tourism said the Nassau/Paradise Island Promotion Board played a significant role in securing the new carrier. Tourism director-general David Johnson advised they are working aggressively to increase airlift in key markets they feel will be stimulated with new non-stop or convenient, one-stop direct service. T he addition of the Copa Airlines service is evidence of progress in this regard, opening up for the first time the Bahamas to every major South and Central American market, including Mexico, the Ministry said. Copa Airlines will fly the Embraer E190 jet aircraft on this new route, which has a capacity to carry 94 passengers. The new flights will depart Panama City at 9.18am, arriving in Nassau at 1 .03pm, and return flights will depart N assau at 3.25pm, arriving in Panama C ity at 5.02pm. The new service will offer both business and economy classes with some 84 seats offered in economy and 10 seats in the premium president class section of the aircraft. The addition of Copa Airlines and their extensive network is a positive beginning for the new and expanded Lynden Pindling International Airport ( LPIA), which has set a long-term goal of e stablishing Nassau as a major air hub for t he Caribbean and access point to the Americas, said the Ministry. F ROM page one t eaching in the Bahamas for 20 years and resides in the country as a permanent resident. H e first resided in Abaco before moving, in 1989, to Grand Bahama, where he was employed as an art teacher at the Eight M ile Rock High for 18 years. According to Birbal, he stopped teaching at the school in 2009 after receiving certain information from Mr (Hezekiah Dean, the district school superintendent. He then left Grand Bahama and went to Nassau, where he was required to report daily to Mr Sands (at the Ministry of Education). B irbal testified that he later resigned in January of 2009. While living in Nassau, he said he left the country to visit his son i n the United States where he was arrested for extradition to the Bahamas. When you left the Bahamas to visit your son, were you running away? asked Birbals attorney Carlson Shurland. No, I wasnt. I purchased a round trip ticket, he replied. Mr Shurland asked Birbal how long the accusers were stud ents in his class. Birbal said he taught one of the young men for five years, a nd the second for only one term, which is a period of six weeks. The two former students testified that Birbal had sex with them in his art classroom during school hours, and at his apartment. One of the boys also testified that Birbal had sex with him in his car in the Deadmans Reef area. The other said the teacher also had sex with him in his sons bedroom at his home. I never sexually molested the students, Birbal said. During his testimony, however, Birbal told jurors that one of the former students had made sexual advances toward him while at his apartment at the Coral Beach Hotel. Birbal lived at the apartment during the end of 2005, or early 2006, after separating from his wife. According to Birbals testimony, the young man had lost his job and had called him to take him to a job interview at the Our Lucaya Resort. He said to wait for him it would not take long because he w as dropping off an application form, the teacher recalled. As they were leaving, Birbal said the young man told him he w anted to use the bathroom, so he stopped and let him out near s ome shrubs. A fter returning to the car, Birbal said the young man then told h im he wanted to do number 2 so he took him to his apartment t o use the bathroom. Birbal said: I was on the bed watching television and he came and sat close to me on the bed. I was wearing gym clothes and he touched my stomach and said you got some abs. I continued watching television and he grabbed my groin area. I jumped off the bed and looked at him. He said, I love you, do you love me too? I said: I dont know you like that. Birbal said he learned of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him while attending a PTA meeting in 2008. The young men testified the art teacher would give them mon e y after having sex with them, but Birbal denied giving the students m oney. Birbal said he was involved in the outreach programme at t he Lucaya Presbyterian Church. H e noted that the church had assisted one of the students in gett ing braces for his teeth, and the family of the second student after their home had been damaged during a hurricane. He was only responsible for taking the student to his dentist appointments. During cross-examination by Ambrose Armbrister, Birbal was asked whether he had a camera at school. Birbal said he took a digital camera to the school because he was the photographer for the school magazine. You would take pictures of the students? asked Mr Arm brister. Yes, Birbal replied. Mr Armbrister asked Birbal if he took pictures of the young mans mouth while he was in the seventh grade so that he could getb races for his mouth. M r Armbrister suggested to Birbal that after taking pictures of t he young mans mouth, he also took naked pictures after taking off the youngs man clothing. Birbal admitted taking pictures of the students mouth to take to his church, but denied taking nude pictures of him. Mr Armbrister then asked whether he kept items such as a tool belt, hammer, and hard hat in his classroom. Birbal recalled having a hammer, but could not recall whether there was a tool belt and hard hat. The prosecutor asked Birbal whether he had also taken a sec ond student to church so members could see his braces, and then to his apartment. Birbal said he had taken him to church, but never to his apartment. Do you know that the description you gave of your apartment i s the same description that the young man gave in his testimony? asked Mr Armbrister. The reason why he gave the same description of the apartment was because you took him there, Mr Armbrister suggested. No, that is not true, Birbal answered. The trial resumes on Monday with further testimony from Birbal. BOY MADE ADVANCES TOWARDS ME, CLAIMS SEX CASE TEACHER F ROM page one DUVALIER HYPE MAINLY FROM OUT SIDE, SAYS EX-AMBASSADOR Duvalier was not arrested on arrival, as some say he should have been, but he was later taken into police custody and questioned by investigators. Beyond the hype, Dr Newry said: His return for me, will have no impact on the political or economic situation. D uvalier is being investigated on charges of corruption and e mbezzlement from his 1971-86 reign as president for life, a title inherited from his father, President Franois Papa Doc Duvalier. His passport was confiscated, but he is not under arrest. A judge has three months to decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. The Duvaliers, father and son, in successive administrations, p resided over the infamous police force known as the Tonton Macoute, said to have tortured and killed tens of thousands. International observers also claim the pair looted millions of dollars from the Haitian treasury, $900 million by some esti mates. Successive Haitian governments have attempted to recover the allegedly pilfered millions. Most recently, they are attempting to claim a near $6 million Duvalier deposit in a frozen Swiss bank account. The Swiss courts ordered the money released to Duvalier early last year because the statute of limitations on his alleged crimes had expired. But before being released, the money was frozen again, with anticipation of a new Swiss law, the Lex Duvalier Law, that came into effect on February 1. The law is intended to assist the process of countries recov ering the assets of criminals. Under the new law, Haiti has renewed its efforts to claim a moral victory by recovering a fraction of the money they claim the Duvaliers took. With politics swarming around Duvaliers Swiss millions and around Haitis unresolved November-28 elections, there has been widespread speculation about Baby Docs intentions for returning to Haiti. Observers have questioned whether Duvalier has a scheme concocted to recover his millions; whether he intends to dabble in politics again; whether he simply wants to help rebuild the nation; or settle on his final resting place. Whatever the reason, some Haitians in the local community are joining counterparts in Haiti to celebrate his homecoming. There is nothing wrong with him coming back. He gave us plenty money and he still sends money to help the Haitian people. Some people dont understand, but most Haitian people who live in the Bahamas, we love Jean Claude, said Celiner St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of Gospel Assembly. In 25 years what can the government say to Jean Claude. Even the government today has done bad for Haitian people. They dont want to look at what they do. (President Rene Preval has had almost 15 years and he didnt do anything. All presidents who came used what Jean Claude did, said Mr St Louis. A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said: When he was in power we didnt have the problems we have now. I dont think it is necessary to put him in jail. I think it is necessary to negotiate with him to get some of the money he has to rebuild. He should build something with his money, schools, hospital, factory. He can help the country go forward because he has money. He is not poor, he said. Barring the Swiss millions, international observers say it is questionable how much money Duvalier really has. The man does not have no money, said Antoine St Louis, president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association (UAHB Dr Newry said he does not know if President Duvalier is broke, but he knows the people who believe the few millions he might have can solve the problems of the country, are thinking in relatively small amounts. In a 2003 interview, reported in the Wall Street Journal, Duvalier scoffed at the idea of being a multi-millionaire. At the time, friends and family claimed he was broke, partly because of a messy 1993 divorce from former wife Michele Bennett and French back taxes. As for political aspirations, Dr Newry said it is not plausible and illogical to think Duvalier would somehow try to capitalise on Haitis current electoral standoff. Next month, front runners Mirlande Maniga and Michel Martelly will be in a presidential run off, said Dr Newry. There is no way for Duvalier to enter the race. If he chooses to endorse a candidate, Dr Newry said that is his right, but even still, I do not think he will be a major factor in determining the election outcome. PLP to set up two committees amid continuing party unrest possibility, as she had been forewarned in December of last year that such an action would be coming. She said that if she was not reinstated as the partys standard bearer for the South Beach constituency, she would still serve her party well. I am a PLP. Whatever decisions are made I will still be working with the PLP. That is it. This is something I knew about from December 22. When I got nominated, I got nominated knowing this would happen, she said. FROM page one POLICE NEWS TEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER month after it was targeted by three men armed with high powered weapons. Early Friday morning, the supermarket was broken into by some unknown persons. The culprits stole a number ofe lectronic appliances and the companys safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police reports. Police are also investigating an armed robbery at the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza yesterday. A woman reported she was robbed by a man armed with a handgun wearing a red shirt, while she was sitting inside her grey 2007 Honda CRV L/P 224854. Police reports indicate the gunman forced the woman out of her jeep and fled the area towards Shirley Street. Police are investigating and appealing to members of the public who have any information regarding this or any other matter to contact 919, CDU 502-9991, or crime stoppers at 328-TIPS. FROM page one AIRPORT REDEVELOPMENT: Lynden Pindling International Airport is being expanded. The addition of Copa Airlines is seen as a positive beginning for the expanded airport. F ROM page one
SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 I I N N S S I I D D E E Local sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S HERMAN the Tank W illiams out-weighed former u ndisputed world heavyw eight champion Evander Real Deal Holyfield during t he weigh-in yesterday for their World Boxing Federation championship bout. A t the Greenbrier Casino C lun in White Sulhurt Spring, W est Virginia, Williams topped the scale at 258 pounds, while Holyfield came in at 224. The duo will clash in the main event tonight at the s ame venue. The fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, is deubbed: Redemption in America and will be live on Pay Per View, starting at 11 p.m.t onight. Holyfield sports a 43-10-2 win-loss-draw record with 28 knockouts, compared toW illiams 34-11 record with 19 KOs. Williams completes weigh-in for Holyfield fight S herman the Tank Williams IT was deju vu for Mark K nowles and his new partner Michal Mertinak. For the second straight t ournament this year, the Bahamian-Solvenia duo got ousted in the second round, this time at the AustralianO pen in Melbourne, Australia. Knowles and Mertinak, seeded at number 12, were stunned as they suffered a 7-6 (3 Eric Butorac of the United States and Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherland Antilles. Prior to the Australian Open, Knowles and Mertinek kicked off their partnership by getting to the second round at the Medibank International in Sydney, Australia where they got eliminated by the American duo of Bob and Mike Bryan, who eventually lost in the final ot the team of Lukas Dlouhy from the Czech Republic and Paul Hanley from Australia. Today, Knowles will switch his attention to the mixed doubles where he is teaming up with Elena Vesnina from Russia. The unseeded duo, however, will have their hands full as they face the top seeded team of Liezel Huber and Bob Bryan from the United States. Knowles ousted in Australian Open By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OVER a year of lobbying and the hosting of a land mark basketball event in the country has led to the Bahamas being granted exempt status by the National Collegiate Athletic Asso ciation. The NCAA's Division I Board of Directors approved the Bahamas' proposal last weekend and the legislation will go into effect, August 1. The newly awarded exempt status will give the Bahamas the authority to host a tournament which will count towards a team's 30 game schedule. According to George Markantonis, President and Managing Director of Kerzner International Bahamas, tentative plans to host the tournament are scheduled for the Thanksgiving Holi day weekend, November 2327. Lofty expectations loom for the revamped and expanded "Battle At Atlantis" which organisers hope to eventually challenge the NCAA's most well known tournament outside the continental United States, the EA Sports Maui Invitational. "We, of course, are very delighted the vote went in favour of the Bahamas.That enables entities in this country and certainly in our case, Atlantis, to go ahead with their plans for a monster pre season tournament in November. It [November] is not a particularly strong month for us, so with eight teams visiting over the five day period, people will be employed and it will create a great trickle down in the community," Markantonis said, "We are going to expand from the 2500-2600 seats we hosted in Decem ber to about 4500 seats in the same facility moving forward. There will also be a second indoor court for practice games only." Markantonis added that Atlantis plans to diversify its sports tourism portfolio into hosting other events, and a possible extension from collegiate to professional basketball. "We are not stopping at basketball and there are indeed other sports we will look to become involved with. There is a major ten nis event we will announce in the near future and there is also a PGA sanctioned event on the horizon so expect much more to come from us on our side," he said, "We have also been approached by three NBA (National Basketball Asso ciation) teams at this point, but we have postponed those conversations for right now." The world renowned resort hosted the "Battle At Atlantis" double header night which featured Georgia Tech with a 67-54 win over Richmond and Virginia Tech with an 88-57 win over Mis sissippi State. The event saw the resort unveil the new 4,500-seat arena, a segment of the 60,000 square-foot converted conference center now known as the Imperial Arena. Bahamas granted NCAA exempt status BAD NEWS: BAAA's president Mike Sands (centerinney. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b email@example.com THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations said because t hey could not be guaranteed the $ 500,000 needed they have instructed North, American and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC that they will not be able to host the 2011 Carifta Games. BAAAs president Mike Sands said as they were asked by NACAC t o fill in for St. Kitts, who were unable to fulfill their original commitment, they didnt want to jeop ardise the integrity of the Bahamas b y trying to hold the April 23-25 regional track and field meet. We were waiting word on NACAC, which was never forthc oming, so we had to take the position (and as much as we regret doing s o) that we would not host the Carif ta Games under the circumstances, Sands said. We couldnt guarantee the gov e rnment the requirements, so we have withdrawn ourselves from host ing the games. After St. Kitts opted out on their original commitment, Sands said t hey were advised at the NACAC meeting in Mirimar, Florida in July t hat Jamaica would step in and host it. But after they withdrew, Trinidad & Tobago was approached and they a lso withdrew. Sands said the BAAA was then approached in November and every effort was made to stage the 40th anniversary of the games that was started in Bridgetown, Barbados in 1972 by A ustin Sealy. Right now, time is against us because we will have to do a lot of l ogistical things like securing the h otel rooms that cant be guaranteed just by making a phone call, Sands pointed out. So from our stand point, to main t ain the integrity of our association, t he integrity of the games and certainly the integrity of the Bahamas, we find it necessary to withdraw ourselves from hosting it. Sands maintained NACAC presi dent Neville McCook said they were s till looking at other venues that they could host the games, if they BAAA: Money for 2011 Carifta Games could not be guaranteed W e could n t guarantee the government the r e quirements, so we have withdrawn ourselves from hosting the games Mike Sands S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AS he continues his return to the form that enabled him to win the mens 100 metres silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Derrick Atkins came back home to make a contribution to some of the future athletes. At a press conference yesterday in the VIP Lounge of the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium, Atkins displayed the track outfits and tennis shores that will be presented to the Moores Island Track Club, Ricky Moxey Track Club in Exuma and his alma mater, CR Walker Secondary School. Atkins, who turned 27 on January 5, said the equipment, worth about $1,500 each, is his way of giving back to the people who have helped him. More importantly, he said he decided to help two of the Family Islands because they are less fortunate than those in New Providence and he encouraged the other senior athletes to share their time and experience as well. The three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA national 100 champion while attending Dickinson State said over the years hes been very success and so he want to help out as much as he could. Williams, whose Moores Island ben efited from their success at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations National High School Championships to travel to the Penn Relays last year, said the gesture will go a long way to continue the growth and development of their programme. When we come to the High School Relays and the Nationals, we will definitely make him proud, said Williams, in response to receiving his package of sporting goods. Atkins, the national 100 metre record holder at 9.91 seconds, said hes hoping to put his sub-par 2010 season that ended with an injury behind him and he wants to concentrate on being a medal contender again at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4. Im just trying to get ready for Daegu and most important London, England, said Atkins, referring to the latter at the Olympic Games in 2012. When asked how his preparation being going, Atkins noted: Up and down. Im just trying to get back at 100 percent. Having ran a seasons best of 10.12 last year, Atkins said once he can get back to the world class level where he can run the 10.0s, the 9s will come. Its going to be an uphill climb to getting back to but its just a matter of getting back there and staying there, he said. Mentally, Im exhausted. Injuries is a part of every sport, but Atkins back home, makes donation to track clubs CONTRIBUTION: Derrick Atkins (center At left is Harrison Petty and at right is coach Anthony Williams from Moores Island. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 LADY ANGELS ROUT LADY C ARIBS SEE PAGE 10
SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CROSS COUNTRY ALBURY SAYLE C ROSS COUNTRY THE Albury Sayle Prim ary School will hold their annual Cross Country Championahips today at Fort Charlotte, starting at 9:30 a.m. The event is designed for both pri-m ary and junior high schools. BOXING CHAMPION B OXING CLUB SHOW CHAMPION Boxing C lub will kick off the 2011 season with its first amateurb oxing show tonight at the First Class Promotions venue on Wulff Road. A number of bouts, featuri ng the rising young stars, will get underway at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend. B ASKETBALL GSSSA RESULTS RESULTS of junior divisional games played on Thursd ay at the CI Gibson Gymnasium are as follows: C H Reeves 17, LW Young 5: Cyntese Cooper scored eight points to lead the junior girls to victory. TA Thompson 44, SC M cPherson 30: Rashad Davis s cored 12 points in this junior b oys contest. Quemen Gibs on had a game high 14 in the loss. D W Davis 81, CH Reeves 31: Rohaan Adderley andN igel Rolle both had game h igh honours with 19 points each in their junior boys win. Brandon Stubbs had 11 in the loss. sports NOTES c an secure the necessary f unding. But in the event that the g ames are cancelled, Sands s aid hes been in contact with the various federation presi dents in the other countries with the view of staging somet ype of meet to allow the j unior athletes to compete around that time. Were not going to be prem ature to say that this is what will happen, but we have had some discussion on what c ould be done, Sands said. In 40 years, Carifta has been the bedrock for all of the regional stars to comet hrough. So were hoping that the games will still come off. Sands said they wanted to advise the public that theB ahamas and the BAAA were in no way not prepared to step in and host the games. But he said neither are pre pared to do so without having secured the necessary funding. I take it back to the doorsteps of the president of NACAC, who brought it to our attention, Sands said. There was no written guarantee from him or from sponsor A (and or we could present to our ministry, our government. If you decided that you want to have a party and you want to have it to my house and you have agreed to pro vide everything, I still have to decide if I want to have it at my house. So at the end of the day, we have to get the government support. Sands said he was aware that Cable and Wire, who have an agreement with NACAC after hosting the games last year in Georgetown, Cayman Islands, were interested in sponsoring the games again this year. But he denied that they doesnt have any affiliation with Cable and Wireless and as a result, they are unaware of any agreement that they have in sponsoring the games. Sands said in order to host the games, the country must have a written guarantee from their government to support the games as a prerequisite by NACAC. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e BAAA INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays T HE New Providence Womens Basketball Asso-c iation continued its regular season on Thursday night at the DW Davis Gymnasium with the Bomer G Lady Angels rebounding fromt heir loss to the Four Js Lady Cheetahs. The Lady Angels avenged their loss by routng the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs 69-46 to improve their second place win-loss recordt o 11-2. Kaylicia Laing, shooting 7of-10 from the field, scored a game high 14 points with three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 19 minutes of play to lead the attack. A shley Moss, who shot 6of-16 from the field, had 13 p oints, 11 rebounds, four block shots and two steals in 3 2 minutes to help out. D iasti Delancy, Felicia Cartwright and KissieM cDonald all had nine points and Sharrelle Cash added seven. Boomer G led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter ande xtended their lead to 34-19 at the half. They went on to increase their lead to 54-34 after three quarters. In a losing effort for the College of the Bahamas, Deandra Williams scored 12p oints with four rebounds in 34 minutrs. Giovanna Gordon had nine points and three rebounds and Shandell Williams chipped in with eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists. W ith the loss, the Lady Caribs dropped to 3-8. Going into tonights action, heres how the standi ngs look: Lady Angels rout Lady Caribs 69-46 T EAMS W L PCT. GB F our Js Cheeters 11 1 .917 Boomer G. Angles 112 .8461/2J ohnson Ladys Truckers 65.54541/2 C ybots Queens48.3337 COB Lady Caribs38.2727 Sentinel AllStars012.00011 THE Bahamas Football Association will be offering a Coaching Course over the weekend of January 28-29 at the National Training Center at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The clinic will be held on Friday from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The featured lecturer is Stephen Payne, an internationally renowned coach, who is hold er of the UEFA Pro License, the UEFA A License, the Brazilian A License and a FIFA Futuro III Instructor. Payne was recently named as the Head Coach for the Ottawa Fury, PDL Team for the 2011 Soccer Season. Prior to that, he served as the Technical Director of the Tanzania Football Federation. He also worked six years as a Senior Coach with Bryst Academy, one of the top player development organisations in Toronto. Payne is a coach that believes in a technical, possession game based around speed, aggression and surprise. He was born in Northamption, England and as a schoolboy played briefly for Charlton Athletic, and amnateur stints with Hitchin Town and Stevenage Athletic. He will share the benefits of his experi ence and knowledge with the BFA coaches in the two day programme. The BFA is inviting all of their clubs to send as many representatives as possible to take advantage of the opportunity. Bahamas Football Association set to host Coaching Course WORKING THE DEFENSE: Boomer G Lady Angels Kaylicia Laing goes to work against the defense of the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Deandra Williams and Gabrielle McKinney. D RIVING THROUGH: C OB Lady Caribs Shandell Williams drives to the basket against Bommer G Lady Angels Sharelle Cash. TRAPPED: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Natiska Silver is trapped by three Boomer G Lady Angels players, including Sharrelle Cash and Chrysan t ha Strachan. QUICK FEET: College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs Natiska Silver drib bles around the defense of Boomer G Lady Angels Chrysantha Strachan. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f you have to deal with it and bounce back. So right now, Im getting there. After winning a silver medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006 in Cartagena de Indias, Atkins produced his best international campaign in 2007 when he trailed American Tyson Gay through the finish line at the Worlds and ahead of his cousin, Asafa Powell from Jamaica. But in 2008, Atkins went to the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing where he got to the semifinal before bowing out with his best time of 10.13. Hes not been able to regain his top form since. But he said his expectations are to get back to top form. I want to be able to compete for a medal (again Track and field is a sport where there are a lot more people running faster than ever. Theres a lot of sub 9.8s, so at the end of the day, its going to be whos mentally tough and whos physically prepared, he proclaimed, as if to say that he intend to achieve both this year. Now based in Gainsville, Florida, Atkins said he would also like to see the Bahamas produce a mens 4 x 100 metre relay team that compete at the Worlds and Olympics just like the mens 4 x 4 and the womens 4 x 1. Weve been trying to get a 4 x 1 team together, but we have to be able to pull everybody together at the same time, he pointed out. You have to have a flow and you have to be cohesive. It has to be a consistent flow. If all goes well, Atkins said he will continue to give back to the local community as he continue his quest to excel at the top like he did at his last Worlds appearance. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e Atkins Lawrence Hepburn, President of the Bahamas Basketball Federation, said the exempt status is yet another vital stepping stone in the growth and development of the game of basketball in country. "We want to sincerely thank the Atlantis team for a job well done. For many years we have been trying to achieve exempt status and that never came to fruition. With the full corporation of all the Ministries and groups involved today is a dream come true and the Bahamas Bas ketball Federation could not be more pleased and excited with the result," he said, "Atlantis did an absolutely splendid job at the Battle at Atlantis and that put everything over the top. The Federation has already been connected by a number of top flight universities interested in coming down so expectations are high for what opportunities will arise from this exempt status. This means great things for the federation but it means much more to the game of basketball in the Bahamas." Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, noted the growing sector of sports tourism and speculated that it could overtake the convention hosting field as the main attraction for visitors who would not normally visit the Bahamas. "The Bahamas being granted this exempt status opens up possibilities for us to further the market for other disciplines to follow suit," he said, "With the National Stadium under construction and other facilities it will be a wonderful thing for the Bahamas overall. 2010 was a great year for sports tourism but all indications suggest that 2011 will trump that." F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e n n i i n n e e NCAA
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y GENA GIBBS A RAWAK Port Development is nearing completion of the marine works and apron for the new international con tainer port, sched uled for completion by the end of 2011. Individual mailboat services will still operate fromP otters Cay Dock for interisland marine freight trans port. The Potters Cay location w ill also facilitate services for local wholesale agencies to ship smaller palleted ship ments to the Family Islands. However, the Arawak Cay Port will handle all international container freight transportation and storage. The 40-acre development will be the new home for local shipping companies, such as Betty K and Tropi cal Shipping, that transport and store international freight. The port relocation is expected to ease heavy Bay Street container traffic and allow shipping companies to operate from one location at the mouth of the Nassau Harbour. Arawak Cay Port Development to be completed b y the end of 2011 DOWNTOWN ART PHOT OS BY TIM CLARKE LOCAL and international Artist participate in the Love My Bahamas DownTown art expreience. Pictured is the work of Nassau artist Kishan Munroe. THE work of Chantal Bethel and Claudette Dean. M OVING PIPES: P ipes pumping water to New Providence water reserves will be removed and relocated further inland on Arawak Cay in order to make room for the marine work to be completed to facilitate the high security commercial container port. This site is the area where the daily water barge from Andros delivers fresh water to supply New Providence. LIFTING HEAVY: APD will facilitate international commercial shipping activity in a ISPS port environment. Cranes will remove 20 to 40 foot containers from vessels and store them in customs storage facilities until they are claimed by customs brokers and receivers. ACLOSER LOOK: A worker surveys the water reserve area. MAKING PROGRESS: Mike Maura, the CEO of the Arawak Port Development (APD the marine work for the new commercial container port construction taking place at Arawak Cay. G e n a G i b b s / B I S P h o t o s