N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.71WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 77F LOW 68F I N S I D E HUNDREDS PAY RESPECTS TO BISHOP MICHAEL ELDON FUNERALSREVICEPHOTOS ONPAGETWO By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE redevelopment of the destroyed block on Bay Street could cost as much as $100 mil lion, said a tourism insider. But after the heartache of yes terdays devastation, the property is a prime spot for a "spectacular" turnaround of downtown Nassau, he claims. "I'd say minimum from $50 million to $100 million," said the insider, who did not want to be named, when asked how much reconstruction could cost at that site. "You've got five acres there, maybe more, of waterfront property, marinas you can do something spectacular." The Valentine's Day fire, which gutted the Betty K shipping company's offices and warehouse and destroyed the entire surrounding block is seen by some as a hurdle for the much anticipated redevelopment of the downtown. However Charles Klonaris, co-chair of the Downtown Nas s au Partnership, said while the fire was a tragedy, it could be a turning point for downtown revitalisation if the affected property owners can come to some consensus. "It's a very sensitive thing, people got hurt, it was very destructive but it could be an opportunity for those property owners to get together to (cre ate) a master plan for the area. Hopes of spectacular redevelopment after Valentines Day fire M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E to r epair Bay St SEE page 11 SOSAD: Security guard Joel M ackey showed up for work at the Betty K Agencies Tuesday morning despite the fact that the entire com pany had been destroyed by fire. This is so sad, he said, all these things lost. We just had two shipments arrive when this happ ened. He has worked with the company for eight years. BACKATWORKAFTERBAYSTREETBLAZE PHOTOS/ JESSICAROBERTSON By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com TRIBUTES were pouring in last night following the death of education pioneer Dr Keva Marie Bethel. Renowned Bahamian scholar, educator, mother and grandmother Dr Bethel died yesterday morning at 5am at Doctors Hos pital with her family at her side. Well known for her commitment to edu cational advancement, Dr Bethels tremendous achievements and devotion to the Bahamian community will not be forgotten, said Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. A Queens College High School gradu By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Three years after well known Grand Bahama businessman Kon stantino Vardoulis was gunned down, the two men charged with his murder were discharged in the Supreme Court on Monday. George Ferguson, 28, of New Providence, and Percious Knowles, 26, of Grand Bahama, were freed of mur der and conspiracy to commit murder charges after the prosecution dropped its case against the pair. Lawyers Murrio Ducille and Carlson Shurland represented Ferguson and Knowles, respectively. They both believed that there was insuf ficient evidence against their clients to stand trial. A trial was scheduled to begin on Monday before Justice Hartman Longley, how ever, a nolle prosequi was submitted by the prosecution on instructions from the Attorney Generals Office. Although the men were discharged, the Attorney Gener A SENIOR FNM councilm an is vowing to not go quietly into the night after discovering that payments for his s ilence at the last party conv ention are reportedly set to c ome to an end. According to the source, w ho for the moment wished to speak anonymously, said that he, like another membero f the party, had done their p art to ensure an orderly transition of power at the last FNM convention. Since then, he said, persons have been financially compensated as promised. A dmitting that he has been receiving payments even up FNM COUNCILMAN CLAIMS HE WAS PAID FOR SILENCE SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six Dr Keva Marie Bethel UNCONFIRMED reports reached The Tribune late last night that National Development Party leader Dr Andre Rollins was forced to resign from the party. The move reportedly took place at the partys council meeting yesterday. See tomorrows Tribune for more on this story. REPOR TS:DR ANDRE ROLLINS FORCED TO RESIGN FROM NDP TWO MEN ACCUSED OF MURDER ARE DISCHAR GED TRIBUTES POUR IN AFTER DEATH OF DR KEVA BETHEL
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com H UNDREDS gathered y esterday to pay tribute and bid farewell to the first Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos. T he funeral service for Bishop Michael Hartley Eldon was held at Christ C hurch Cathedral on G eorge Street yesterday m orning. Prime Minister Hubert I ngraham, Cabinet minist ers, MPs, senators and members of the opposition were in attendance for the service, as were nine Anglican Bishops from around the region. B ishop of the local Dioc ese Rev Laish Boyd delivered the sermon to the large congregation, describing Bishop Eldon as a special individual, who had many gifts and ane ndearing personality. H e said the fondness, a dmiration and regard in w hich Bishop Eldon was held is evident in the comments and condolencest hat have flooded in, and in the number of people attending the viewings and memorial services over the l ast few days. Bishop Boyd also acknowledged those who a ssisted in caring for Bisho p Eldon during the final y ears of his life, thanking t hem for their compassion. B ishop Eldon was a g raduate of Queens College and completed a masters degree at St Catherines College in Cambridge, England. He began theological training at St Stevens House, Oxford a nd completed the prog ramme in 1954. In July of that year, he was ordained a Deacon of Christ Church C athedral in Nassau and b ecame a priest in 1955. Bishop Eldon was the founding chairman of theC ollege of the Bahamas Council. Serving from 1976 t o 1995, he guided the coll ege through its formative years. T Baswell Donaldson, the current chairman, spoke yesterday of the bishops great contribu-t ions to the college and his selfless service and visiona ry leadership. Great giving has defined his life, his bequest is boundless, said MrD onaldson. It was because of Bishop Eldon that the college stands on the pledge of knowledge, t ruth and integrity, a pledge which defined the virtuous life that he led, a nd motivated and inspired g enerations of young B ahamians in search of a b etter life through a dvanced educational t raining. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, speakingon behalf of the nation, expressed condolences to the family of Bishop Eldon and proclaimed him an o utstanding educator and t eacher. He said: Bishop Eldon d edicated himself to n ational service as a patrio t and a public voice for human equality and social justice as well as the morald imension of public policy, understanding that education was fundamental tod eveloping the people of t he country he loved. During the funeral, a moment of silence was held in honour of Dr KevaB ethel, the sister of Bishop Bethel, who passed away at Doctors Hospital earlyy esterday morning. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Hundreds pay respects to Bishop Michael Eldon First Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos laid to rest BISHOP MICHAEL HARTLEY ELDON FUNERALSERVICE A T CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL ON GEORGE STREET TIMCLARKE/TRIBUNESTAFF
B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F IRE investigators s earching for the causes of t wo fires yesterday are not certain whether they are linked. A s firefighters sought to contain the massive fire that started at Betty K Agencies Ltd in East Street b efore 8am and spread through the block of buildings onto Bay Street, a nother blaze ignited at an a bandoned building next to t he Masonic Hall on Baillou Hill Road just after1 0am. Superintendent of Fire Services Jeffery Deleveaux s aid resources were prioritised to battle the bigger Bay Street blaze, and yest erday they continued to d ampen hot spots in the B etty K Agencies Ltd building where flames weres till burning. T he fire in Baillou Hill Road destroyed the entire t op section of the two storey building next to the Masonic Lodge and caused m inor damage to the Lodge Hall, Mr Deleveaux said. Fire investigators are s earching for clues that may give them any indication of the cause of both fires yesterday, and a police sources aid it seems more than a coincidence there were two fires yesterday. However he refused to s peculate as to what the cause of the fires might be. Mr Deleveaux said invest igators have not yet come a cross any indication that the two fires might be linked. He said: Its going to be extremely difficult because the buildings have been d estroyed. So we will do interviews to help us establish the c ause of the fire. We have investigators o ut there in the field, and I would not like to pre-emptw hat they are doing. But based on the information we have, we are not sure whether they arel inked. So we are not saying they are not linked, but we are not saying they aree ither. T ribune p hotographer Felipe Major was the onlyp erson injured in the fires, b ut Mr Deleveaux and oth er firefighters had a close call when they were working to extinguish the fire ont he northern wall of the Betty K Agencies building and it collapsed on Mon day afternoon, he said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BETTY K AGENCIES LTDPhone 322-2142 322-2875 322-2813Freight Warehouse: 322-8926 Fax 322-6089 NOTICE OF RELOCATION OF BETTY K AGENCIES OFFICES OPENWednesday Feb 17 at 8:00am NE corner of Victoria & Bay StreetsALL PHONE NUMBERS REMAIN THE SAME. The next Betty K sailing is arriving Thursday Feb 18 at the Arawak Cay Terminal. Regular sailings resume as follows: Nassau 2 per week as of Monday Feb 28 Abaco 1 per week as of March 1st. BETTY K AGENCIES LTD PARKING BAY STREETV I C T O R I A A V E N U EWATERFRONT By LAMECH JOHNSON AFTER the devastating fire that destroyed the Betty K building and others along East Bay Street on Monday, downtown businesspersons told The Tribune that a faster response time and better organisation is needed to prevent such signif icant damage in the future. Josh Tynes, an employee at a store west of the Betty K building, believes the response was not quick enough and that some procedures should be implemented before the next inci dent takes place. "I believe that we should have a port that is close enough or something, whereas we can get that speedy service, he said. John Bull's Bay Street branch supervisor, Dorothy Marshall, also believes a quicker response is necessary, "from what I've seen." The manager of Prestige Silver was present at his store when the fire started and believes that it could have been better handled. Herbert Bischof said: "I was here around 7.30 am and the fire started shortly after but help didn't arrive until later." Many businesses ran on reduced hours on the day of the fire, including Scotia Bank, which began business transactions at noon. Other businesses had no choice but to close up shop early and lose business, with some of them already struggling in a tough economy. Beverly Thompson of Roberts Shoes witnessed the blaze and said the firefighters focused on the buildings on East Street. "I didn't see any trucks on this side. Maybe they were in the back." That, she believes, along with the strong winds, allowed the fire to cause so much damage. The business owners and managers who spoke with The Tri bune admitted lacking knowledge of how fire fighters work. However, having witnessed the event, and based on the his tory of fires on Bay Street, they believe better service is needed. Investigators unsure if town fires are linked A BOVEANDBELOW: T he remains of the Betty K Agencies Ltd b uilding pictured yesterday. PHOTO/ JESSICA ROBERTSON LEFT: Firefighters at the scene of the fire on Monday. PHOTO/ TIM CLARKE DOWNTOWN BUSINESSPERSONS SAY FASTER RESPONSE, BETTER OR GANIS A TION NEEDED FIREFIGHTERS at work yesterday.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune FreeportR eporter email@example.com FREEPORT An Aba c o man was charged with p ossession of an unlicensed firearm in the Freeport Magistrates Court yester-d ay. Zeno Higgs pleaded not guilty to firearm possessionin Court Two before Mag i strate Andrew Forbes. It is alleged that on Feb ruary 12, at Freeport, Grand Bahama, the accused was found in possession of a firearm. Higgs was remanded to F ox Hill Prison until August 9, when he will return for trial. A MAN shot by police last week in Eight Mile Rock was yesterday charged with a number of offences in connection with a disturbance at Job Incor porated. Neville Cox, 34, was charged before Magistrate Gwen Claude in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court with stealing from a shop, assault with a dangerous instrument, assault of a police officer, and resisting arrest. It is alleged that on February 10, at Hanna Hill in Eight Mile Rock, Cox entered a store and stole cash. Cox was not required to enter a plea to charges as Magistrate Claude remanded him to the Diah Ward at the Rand Memorial Hospi tal for evaluation. AN Eight Mile Rock man was arraigned on several charges yesterday, including stealing from a shop, causing harm and stealing from a vehicle. Wondell Campbell, alias Chad Martin, of Martin Town, Eight Mile Rock, pleaded not guilty to five counts of stealing from a shop and two counts of stealing from a vehicle. He pleaded guilty to caus ing harm. Sentencing will be handed down at a later date. Campbell was remanded at Fox Hill Prison until May9. One of the four women c harged with stealing from t hree shops at the Interna tional Bazaar was convicted and sentenced in Magistrates Court. Shavone Cartwright, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of stealing from as hop on February 7. S he was charged with three other women, including Ingrid Cartwright, 38; Shannekka Cartwright, 26; and Bennika Beneby, 21, of F reeport. T he three women had pleaded not guilty to the charges and their matter was adjourned to February 16 for trial. Cartwright was sentenced to 30 days in prison. O n completion, she is to s pend another 30 days at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre in New Providence. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A 21-YEAR-OLDCat Island man was arraigned inM agistrates Court yesterday, charged in a 2008 murder and the attempted murder of a police officer last week. R odrigo Nigel Rolle of D umpfries, Cat Island, is accused of the February 17,2 008 murder of Arville S mith on Cat Island. Rolle is also accused of the 2011 attempted murder of PC 3397 Thurston. I t is alleged that Rolle shot Thurston in the buttocks with the officers owng un during a scuffle outside the Hotspot Restaurant and Sporting Lounge in Cat Island last Saturday. R olle was not required to e nter a plea to the murder charge during his arraign ment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in CourtO ne, Bank Lane. He was also not required to enter a plea to one count of making death threats, ando ne count of resisting the a rrest of Corporal 2131 McCoy. He pleaded guilty to using obscene language toward officer Thurston. R olle was remanded to her Majestys Prison and is expected back in court on February 28. A t that time he is expecte d to appear on Court 11, Nassau Street. By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m firstname.lastname@example.org A PLAQUE commemorating US President J ohn F Kennedys meeting in Nassau with the Canadian and British prime ministers has been mysteriously ripped from the cement casing it s tood in for nearly 50 years. The casing has been smashed and the heavy plaque was flung across the street coming tor est more than 50ft away from its original site. C oncerned drivers speculated that it might have been struck by an out of control vehicle, but noted that no other signs of an accident are visible at the site. A taxi driver alerted the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation (AMMCw hen he noticed the plaque had disappeared from its spot at the junction of Blake Road and West Bay Street where President Kennedy planted a fig tree to mark his visit. AMMC historic preservation architect and consultant Alicia Oxley said she recovered t he cracked plaque of polished granite near the C aves Village shopping centre. I t will now be repaired by the AMMC and relocated to the new US Terminal at the Lynden Pindling International Airport in the summer of 2012. T he relocation plan had already been made to comply with changes to the roads planned by the Ministry of Works and so as to give international visitors a greater opportunity to see it. A new Ficus Benjamina fig tree also will be planted on the berm in front of the new term inal as the one that took root in 1962 was not k ept in good health, Ms Oxley said. The historic monument commemorates P resident Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillans signing of the NassauA greement after three days of meetings in December 1962. U nder the agreement, the US was to provide t he UK with a supply of nuclear-capable Polaris missiles in return for which the UK was to lease the Americans a nuclear submar ine base in Holy Loch near Glasgow. F or more details and a video news report of t heir meeting log on to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7kuX9xdPLU President Kennedy plaque mysteriously ripped from casing Item will now be repaired and relocated to airport MAN CHARGED WITH 2008 MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER A 34-YEAR-OLD man accused of stabbing another man to death last month was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Police have charged Mario Thompson alias Purple of Meadow Lane in the murder of Francoeur Etienne. According to reports, Mr Etienne 38, of Mackey Street, was held u p and stabbed in the head by a man while walking on Wilson Track on Wednesday, January 19. Thompson, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez, was not required to enter a plea. He was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. The case has been adjourned to February 22 and transferred to Court Five, Bank Lane. Man charged with possession of an unlicensed f irearm NEVILLE COX being escorted to court. WONDELL CAMPBELL headed to court for his arraignment. STABBING DEATH ACCUSED IN COURT THEPLAQUE came to rest more than 50ft away from its original site.
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE Queens college community has e xpressed its profound grief at the death of Dr Keva Bethel. The school said its flag has been lowered to half mast as a sign that a great woman and a great friend of QueensC ollege has died. In a statement issued yesterday, the school said: Many individuals, families, civic groups and national organisations will be deeply affected by Dr Bethels death. Queens College will be one of them. The Queens College family extends to Dr Nicolette Bethel, Edward Bethel a nd their families, and the close friends of Dr Bethel, our sympathy and prayers. A n Anglican by denomination and a Methodist by educational affiliation, Dr Bethels association with the Methodist school spanned many decades. She was a student at Queens College, a nd graduated in 1950 with the schools highest academic award. D r Bethel served for more than 30 years on the QC board of governors, and in July of this year was inducted into the Queens College Hall of Fame. The school said Dr Bethel served on t he board as though Queens College were her own, almost as though she was herself responsible for the casting of the vision for the the school and the implementation of its mission, which together have guided the growth of Queens Coll ege in its journey toward excellence and i ts inclusive educational policies. Dr Bethel played an active role in the selection of teachers and administratorsf or all sections of the school, and gave wise advice that proved vital in both times of tough decisions and in the dayt o-day administration of the school, the s tatement said. Her level of influence, her vast experience in education and her integrity as ah uman being heightened the value of her advice and council, it said. T he QC Board of Trustees also issued a statement extending its condolences to t he family of Dr Bethel. It said: Through out her life, Dr Bethels actions demonstrated her comm itment to the development of education in the Bahamas, her love of country and her devotion to instilling a love of lifelongl earning among young Bahamians. Dr B ethels legacy will continue through the lives of the numerous students she has influenced; and through the work of the many organisations and institutions to which she has contributed. A memorial book has been set up in t he QC highschool library for staff, students, board members and alumni to offer words of condolence to her family. By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE academic community a t the College of the Bahamas is deeply saddened by the loss of President Emerita and s cholar-in-residence, Dr Keva Bethel. The college issued a press statement yesterday express i ng its deep sense of loss over the death of Dr Bethel, who made an enormous impacto n the institution. It said: For so many years the colleges image was heri mage. The colleges strength was hers. The virtues that guided and sustained our institution, were a reflection of her own. It was through her thought f ul and visionary leadership that the college enjoyed tremendous growth and advancement. D r Bethel was the colleges 4th principal, a position she held from 1982 to 1995. In 1995, she became the first president of a newly autonomous college, retiring in 1998. In 2007 she completed what i s today referred to as the colleges Bethel Report, a study of the governance structure at the institution which, going for w ard, will be a key factor in completing the COBs transition to university status. In 2009 she was named one of the colleges first scholars-inresidence. The COB statement described Dr Bethel as a gen t le and generous spirit who will be forever remembered for the warmth and kindness. Dr Keva Bethels legacy is f orever etched in the foundation of our great institution, it said. a te, Dr Bethel received her Masters degree in foreign languages from Girton College in Cambridge, England. Furthering her academic career, she received a doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Alberta in Canada. Her celebrated 50-year career in the educa tion field begun as a teacher at Government High School from 1959 to 1975, and culminated in a 16-year tenure as president of the College of the Bahamas, becoming the first Bahamian woman principal of the institution in December 1983 where she had been acting head for almost 16 months. She retired in 1998, though remained involved in the life and development of the College up to the time of her recent illness. In retirement, she has served as chairwoman for the National Advisory Council in Education and the Education Committee of the governments Student Loan Programme. She was also on the board of directors at Doctors Hospital and a member of the hospitals foundation for the last ten years. In a statement released yesterday afternoon, the Prime Minister described Dr Bethel as a warm, caring and generous woman, an extraordinary Bahamian who was dedicated to the education and advancement of all Bahamians, and to the promotion and preservation of our culture as well as to our overall national development. Mr Ingraham said many thousands of Bahami ans have benefitted from Dr Bethels tireless commitment and contributions. He said Dr Bethel lent her considerable expe rience and knowledge to a number of Bahamian institutions, including Queens College, The Lyford Cay Foundation, Bahamas Supermarkets Limited, Safe Bahamas, Doctors Hospital, Cable Bahamas Ltd and the Finance Corporation of the Bahamas Ltd. Dr Bethel was one of our truly great citizens: devoted, honest, loyal and steadfast. Her lifes accomplishments and her warm spirit are forev er etched in the annals of our history and in the hearts of countless Bahamians, he added. Doctors Hospital CEO Charles Sealy issued a statement on behalf of the hospital to convey condolences to the children, family and friends of Dr Bethel. It said: We are saddened by the death of a women who inspired us all, and whose knowledge and contribution to the Bahamas was truly excep tional. The statement said: The example she has set for us will always exhort and remind us to continue the struggle for humanity, education, peace, and a better Bahamas to which Dr Bethel had dedicated her entire life. We have lost a great woman, colleague, men tor and friend. The Progressive Liberal Party also released a statement expressing condolences. It said: Our party expresses its condolences to her family at this very sad time. Dr Bethel was a pioneer in Bahamian education, a stalwart Bahamian patriot dedicated to the development of the intellectual talent of our country. The opposition party said Dr Bethel embodied the essence of public service, love of country without fear or favour. The National Congress of Trade Unions of the Bahamas (NCTUB Dotson said Dr Bethels unselfish and invaluable contribution to the growth and development of the Commonwealth of Bahamas has molded thousands of Bahamian citizens into successful and productive members of society. Dr Bethel is survived by two children, Nicolette Bethel-Burrows and Edward Bethel, a son-inlaw, Philip A Burrows, a daughter-in-law Tasha Honey-Bethel, a grandson Jaxon Elijah Bethel and other family members, including cousins, nieces and nephews and a many friends and col leagues. to this date, the source said that he was speaking out at this time after discovering that the terms he had negotiated was set to be ended at the next convention. At the convention, concessions were made. Gentlemen agreements were met, and I, like my colleague have lived up to our part of the arrangement. If they feel that they can do t his to me, after all that I have done, they have another thing coming, the source added. The amount of funds agreed to, the source explained, was reportedly in the high five figures. This amount, he s aid, was reached with a high ranking member of the party. At no time, he said, were any agreements struck between himself and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who leads theF NM. Attempts to reach the chairman of the party, Carl Bethel were unsuccessful up to press time last night. al can still bring charges against the pair if any new evidence is discovered. Mr Vardoulis, 31, was shot and killed on April 12, 2007 at his residence in Bahama Reef Boule vard. The businessman had just arrived home sometime after 1am when an assailant opened fired on him as he pulled up to the driveway in his Chevy Impala. Mr Vardoulis, also known as Konky, was the owner of Grand Bahama Food Company and the Chicken Farm. Two months after his murder, police charged Ferguson and Knowles with murder. Mr Shurland said the case was extremely weak against his client. He was very pleased that the Attorney General decided to discontinue the matter before trial. I was astonished that the Attorney Generals Office would proceed with the case via a voluntary bill of indictment when, from the outset, the case was extremely weak. Had they proceeded to trial...it could have been very embarrassing for the Attorney Gener al, he said. Mr Ducille also felt that there was no evidence against his client. He believes that the Attorney General did the proper thing by discharging his client of the charges. I think it is a very good idea where there are cases that you know inevitably will result in an acquittal that the AG gives the initiative and gets it out of the system. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com BISHOP Earl Randy Fraser yesterday sought to dismiss allegations made bya young girl with whom he is a lleged to have had a sexual r elationship. Bishop Fraser was back on the witness stand yesterday as his unlawful sex trial continued in the Magistrates Court. Fraser, senior pastora t Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road, is accused of having unlawful intercourse between July 2005 and February 2006 with a 16-year-old girl, whom he had agreed to counsel. The virtual complainant h ad testified that on one o ccasion Fraser gave her $ 100, three pairs of gold earr ings and a Seiko watch before he left to go on a trip t o London. She alleged that Fraser had told her she got the gifts because he loved h er and wanted to show her that it was not only about t he sex. Fraser, however, r efuted the complainants account. He told the court yesterday that he had bought t he girl the gifts but claimed t hat they were not all given t o her on one occasion. He recalled that he had told the g irl about the London trip which was related to his involvement with a board att he Broadcasting Corporat ion. Fraser told the court t hat the gifts were not sexual inducements. He also told the court that the complainants grandmother was always made aware when he had bought her gifts and often thanked him. I saw myself as being a helper. There was never anyh idden agenda. It wasnt strange for me to buy her a gift. She was like one of my children, Fraser said. Fraser admitted that the complainant had been at his house once. The comp lainant alleged that she and Fraser had sex there as well as in his church office. Fraser claimed that one afternoon around 5.30 pm, while the complainant was doing community service at the church library, he drove the girl and his youngest daughter to his Eastwood Estates home. Fraser recalled thath e went back home because h e had forgotten his notes for bible study that night. F raser recalled that the complainant said that she wanted to see his house and that it was his daughter who led her into the house and showedh er the upstairs bedrooms. Fraser also denied the allegation by the com-p lainant that they had had sexual relations at the church o n the day of his consecrat ion which he said was July 1 2, 2005. Fraser said this was u ntrue as his consecration took place in New Orleans and the complainant was not there. The trial continues today. Fraser remains on$ 10,000 bail. He is represented by attorney Jairam M angra. Darnell Dorsette appeared for the prosecution yesterday. The case is being heard before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell. BISHOP FRASER TAKES THE WITNESS STAND FNM councilman claims he was paid for silence FROM page one Queens College grief after death of Dr Keva Bethel QUEENSCOLLEGE pays tribute to Dr Keva Bethel. COB academic community deeply saddened FROM page one FROM page one T r ibutes pour in after death of Dr K eva Bethel Men disc harged
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US AMBASSADOR N icole Avant made her third visit to Freeport last week, where she spoke to f emale high school stud ents, met with government officials, and visited the Grand Bahamas Childrens Home. Ambassador Avant also gave the keynote address at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerces annual banquet and installation, where she encouraged Grand Bahamas busi ness leaders to continue investing their time and energy in the most precious resource in the Bahamas young people. Ambassador Avant began her visit at the Freeport Container Port, where she met with 14 female students from private and public high schools throughout Freeport who had just completed a tour of the site to learn about a number of key positions currently being held by women. During the dialogue, each student had an opportunity to ask the ambas sador questions, which ranged from inquiries about her official duties to how she maintains a work/ life balance. Ambassador Avant spoke with students abouther experiences as a busi nesswoman, as a mother and as President Obamas personal representative in the Bahamas. She recalled her father, who encouraged her to create her own way in the world. Its no longer about breaking into the boys clubs, but about creating your own clubs, Ambassador Avant told the girls. Following the student dialogue, Ambassador Avant met with the Minis ter of Labour and Social D evelopment, Senator Dion Foulkes and Grand Bahamas Island Administ rators, Don Cornish repr esenting the Freeport District; Bradley Armbrister representing the East Grand Bahama District; and Angela Pratt-Rolle representing the West Grand Bahama District. They discussed potential partnerships to support ongoing efforts to revitalise Freeport and other areas on Grand Bahama. After the meeting, Minister Foulkes accompanied Ambassador Avant to the Grand Bahama Childrens Home where she met the staff, toured the home and interacted with the young residents. In honour of Black History Month, Ambassador Avant donated a collection of books with African American themes to encourage the 28 children to immerse themselves in the joy of reading. On Saturday night, Ambassador Avant made her speech to Grand Bahama Chamber of Com merce, which focused on the theme Building a better community with excellence. The Ambassador encouraged Bahamian business leaders to partner with local schools and the Ministry of Education to ensure that the next generation is fully equipped to compete in a global economy. When a country invests in its youth, it benefits both socially and economically. I applaud all of the business leaders here tonight who are working publically and privately to support the aspirations of young peo ple throughout the Bahamas, she said. By BETTY VEDRINE THE Bahamas Postal Service has issued a commemorative postage stamp to highlight the 50th anniversary of the Victor Sassoon Heart Foundation. The stamp is being issued in denominations of 15 cents; 50 cents; 65 cents and 70 cents. The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas has helped thousands of child ren in the Bahamas who suffer from heart disease. It has funded clinics which identify heart problems in children and when needed, the Foundation has paid for the heart surgeries that have meant a full life for many. The Foundation was created after Sir Victor Sassoon Bart, GBE died from heart compli cations in l961. His widow, Lady Sassoon, requested that in lieu of flowers, donations were to be made to the local heart associations in his memory. After finding out from the P rincess Margaret Hospital that such associations did not exist in the Bahamas, Lady Sassoon took it upon herself to createone. In addition to paying for lifesaving surgeries for children, the Foundation has purchased diagnostic machines and items to promote heart care for the hospital. The Sassoon Heart Foundation is an all-volunteer organisation. As a part of fundraising efforts, the Foundation hosts the annual Heart Ball. The ball has been held every February for the past 47 years. Sir Victor was born to a family of merchants and bankers w ho lived in India and England. In the l920s, Victor Sassoon moved to Shanghai, China, where he established most of his own business enterprises. War broke out in the late l930s and he was forced to flee, travelling throughout the world. After the war, Sir Victor reestablished his business empire in the Bahamas, England and South America. He also dedicated himself to his passion for horse racing. He was very successful at this endeavour and his horses won the English Derby four times in eight years. He m arried the former Evelyn Barnes (Lady Sassoon Lady Sassoon founded the foundation in his honour in l961 after his death. It is now one of the most respected charities in the Caribbean. POSTAL SERVICE ISSUES COMMEMORATIVE VICTOR SASSOON HEART FOUNDATION STAMPS V ICTOR SASSOON HEART FOUNDATION STAMPS US AMBASSADOR VISITS FREEPORT M INISTER FOULKES i ntroduces Ambassador Avant to the Grand Bahama Children's Home residents.
By LARRYSMITH T HE Bahamas is like a p iece of Swiss cheese, scie ntists say. Our limestone bedrock is riddled with cracks and fissures, and everything is tidally conn ected. A ges ago, when sea leve ls were lower, rainfall e roded the limestone to f orm extensive underg round caverns. These were described on land as early as 1725, by the Eng-l ish naturalist Mark Catesby. The marine caves we call blue holes were first recorded on charts in 1843. B ut it is only in the past 50 years or so that we have been able to visit the enchanted voids" of this mysterious interconnected u nderworld. In fact, experts describe blue holes as a final frontier the last u nknown places on Earth that humans can physically g o to explore. And explorers are making unprecedented discove ries in Bahamian blue holes, especially on Abaco, w here Dans Cave has broken all records for an island cave at well over 30,000f eet in length. It is now the longest cave system in The B ahamas. At over 10,000 feet in length, nearby Ralphs Cave is the second longestu nderwater cave system in The Bahamas. It contains the most intricately deco r ated passages of any caves on Earth, wet or dry, with m assive crystal formations o f every shape and description. Recently discovered Nancys Cave has produced significant archaeological finds and fossils. This cave currently has 1,400 feet of e xplored passages and is litt ered with the bones of ancient crocodiles, tortoise s, birds and bats. T he unique water chemi stry in Sawmill Sink has preserved the earliest Lucayan bones (dated to about a thousand yearsa go), more than 54 individ ual crocodile skeletons, 13 extinct tortoises (com-p letely new to science), hundreds of birds (some new to science), bats, snakes, lizards and fish.T his material is currently re-writing Bahamian preh istory. R eel Breaker Blue Hole, near the Crossing Rocks community dock and boat ramp, contains more than 5,500 feet of circuitous passages. It and other offshore sites help to fill and drain t he large expanse of flats o n the west coast known as the marls. T hese blue holes are p art of a nine-mile area of C rown and Treasury land in South Abaco that experts are seeking to protect as a special conserva-t ion zone. The area includes at least 17 cave entrances and extends westf rom the Abaco Highway to an offshore area of mangrove channels and mud flats. All told, these siteso pen into more than 10.3 miles of underwater pass ages, with thousands of feet of new passages being discovered every month. A conservation proposal has been developed by theB ahamas Caves Research Foundation, a team of w orld class explorers, sci entists and educators based on Abaco. Over the pasty ear, the Foundation, the Bahamas National Trust, Friends of the Environment, and the AntiquitiesC orporation have been h olding town meetings, conducting surveys and col lecting signatures of supp ort. The proposal will be sub mitted to government within the next few weeks for ad ecision. According to University of Florida biologist, Dr. David Steadman, quoted ina recent article in Diver Magazine, If we dont protect places like this, thent he bulldozers will arrive w ithout warning. The dam age they will do in a day cannot be reversed in a mil l ennia. Expedition Steadman was part of a scientific expedition spon sored by National Geo graphic and the Antiquities Corporation in 2009 to document the discoveries. And between the Nova television documentary and the August 2010 National Geo graphic magazine cover article, more than 40 million people worldwide were exposed to the treasures being found in Bahamian blue holes. "These sites are now rec ognized by top explorers as the world's most highly decorated underwater caves, with massive crystal columns over 30 feet in height and diameter," the conservation proposal says. "Underground rooms the size of baseball fields are found throughout the systems (and lenses of the islands sup port systems of unique cave-adapted marine life found nowhere else in the world." Research in these caves has focused on evidence of past climatic conditions; studies on crocodile, tor toise, bird and bat fossils; tracing tidal movements of sea water through the systems; dating dust from the Sahara desert deposited in the Bahamas over hun dreds of thousands of years; and cataloguing new species, including bacterial colonies thought to be rep resentative of first life forms on Earth. The Antiquities Corpor ation has also partnered with the University of Florida at Gainesvilles Florida Natural History Museum to catalogue, pre-s erve and archive the extremely fragile and valu a ble material that is being brought to light from Sawmill Sink and otherc aves. Scientists are understandably worried about the impact that large-scaled evelopment will have on t hese fragile ecosystems. The conservation proposal is a preemptive effort toe nsure that the land above these sites will never be destroyed or modified. "All cave life, fossil p reservation, and archaeological material preservation is directly dependent upon the unique water chemistry of Bahamian blue holes," the proposal says. Since the organic sur f ace matter is the building block of the entire biologi cal process, it is of utmosti mportance that all vegetation found near the entrances to blue holes, as well as vegetation found above the underground passages, be kept in a pris tine condition." While traditional fishing and hunting could continue in the conservation zone, scientists want to keep the pine forest, blue holes, tidal creeks, logging roads and mangrove areas as they currently are, while promoting them to the tourism industry as one of Abacos great natural wonders, and encouraging participation by local Bahami an entrepreneurs. Once the protected area is established, a management plan will be created by The Bahamas National Trust in consultation with The Bahamas Caves Research Foundation, the Antiquities Corporation, Friends of the Environment and local stakeholder communities. "In the past, the value of blue holes and associated habitats was not fully known," the proposal says, "and they have been mistreated through dumping and sewerage contamina tion. We now have a chance to take a step that is proactive, instead of reac tive, in conserving these irreplaceable treasures." The Bahamas Caves Research Foundation is also compiling a national blue holes database for the Department of Marine Resources, the BEST Commission and the Antiquities Corporation. About 260 sites have been identified so far on 14 islands (Grand Bahama, Abaco, New P rovidence, Andros, Berry I slands, Exuma Cays, E leuthera, Long Island, Ragged Islands, Cat Island, Mayaguana, Little Inagua, and Inagua). D iving into t he Sargasso Sea T he Bahamian archipela go lies on the edge of the S argasso Sea. This area has been described as an ocean within an ocean, boundedb y a vortex of swirling ocean currentsa place where huge mats of seaweed drift on the high seas a nd shelter a unique community of open ocean animals. U niversity of Miami marine ecologist Dr Kathl een Sullivan Sealey (a former dean of the College of the Bahamas science divis ion) is currently travelling on a research vessel opera ted by the Californiabased Schmidt Ocean Institute to study the animals t hat live at the surface of the Sargasso Sea, and also t hose that live on the deep seafloor, thousands of feet below. O n February 6 the research vessel left the C anary Islands for Bermuda on the first leg of its cruise, and will cross the Sargasso Sea from north tos outh, coming to port in the Bahamas later this month. Sullivan Sealey is part ofa n interdisciplinary team of s cientists led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ecologist Ken Smith. Animals At six different points within the Sargasso Sea, the scientists are collecting samples of animals and sea weed. They will also use a small robotic submersiblet o videotape the deeper portions of the floating Sar gassum mats and to make water-quality measure-m ents. These observations will help the team determine how many animals exist as part of this unique community. The teams second objective is to study animals that live on the deep seafloor. At each of the six study sites in the Sargasso Sea, baited cameras will be lowered to the seafloor to record the deep-sea fish and other animals that are attracted to the bait over a 24-hour period. At the most southerly study site, about 500 miles west of Bermuda, the scientists will also set up a long-term observing system 5,400 metres down on the abyssal seafloor. The observatory consists of a time-lapse camera system connected to a string of sediment traps. The time-lapse camera will snap pictures of a four-by-fivemeter patch of ocean floor every hour for up to six months. Previous studies of abyssal animals in the eastern North Pacific and eastern North Atlantic demonstrated that climate change is affecting sea life at depths previously thought to be insulated from such things. The current research will help scientists to better understand how these effects vary from one part of the ocean to another on a global scale. What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com P AGE 8, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A special conservation zone for blue holes T HE BLUE HOLES a re part of a nine-mile area of Crown and Treasury land in South Abaco (dark area i ng to protect as a special conservation zone. 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WASHINGTON Associated Press The United States stands with cyber dissidents and democracy activists from the Middle East to China and beyond, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday. She pledged to expand the Obama administration's efforts to foil Internet repression in autocratic states. In an impassioned speech on Internet freedom, Clinton said the administration would spend $25 million this year on initiatives designed to protect bloggers and help them get around curbs like the Great Firewall of China, the gag ging of social media sites in Iran, Cuba, Syria, Vietnam and Myanmar as well as Egypt's recent unsuccessful attempt to thwart anti-government protests by simply pulling the plug on online communication. She also said the State Department, which last week launched Twitter feeds in Arabic and Farsi to connect with populations throughout the Arab countries and Iran, would broaden the reach of its online miniappeals for human rights and democracy by creating accounts that cater to audiences in China, Russia and India in their native languages. Clinton challenged authoritarian leaders and regimes to embrace online freedom and the demands of cyber dissidents or risk being toppled by tides of unrest, similar to what has happened in Egypt and Tunisia to longtime presidents Hosni Mubarak and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. "History has shown us that repression often sows the seeds for revolution down the road," she said. "Those who clamp down on Internet freedom may be able to hold back the full impact of their people's yearnings for a while, but not forever." "Leaders worldwide have a choice to make," Clinton said. "They can let the Internet in their countries flourish, and take the risk that the freedoms it enables will lead to a greater demand for political rights. Or they can constrict the Internet, choke the freedoms it naturally sustains, and risk losing all the economic and social benefits that come from a networked society." "We believe that governments who have erected barriers to internet freedom, whether they're technical filters or censorship regimes or attacks on those who exercise their rights to expression and assembly online, will eventually find themselves boxed in," she said. "They will face a dictator's dilemma, and will have to choose between letting the walls fall or paying the price to keep them standing, which means both doubling down on a losing hand by resorting to greater oppres sion, and enduring the escalating opportunity cost of missing out on the ideas that have been blocked." She said fighting restrictions would not be easy but stressed that the United States is committed to ensuring the Internet remains an open forum for discourse. "While the rights we seek to protect are clear, the various ways that these rights are violated are increasingly complex," Clinton said. The U.S. will "help people in oppressive Inter net environments get around filters, stay one step ahead of the censors, the hackers and the thugs who beat them up or imprison them for what they say online," she said in the speech to students at the George Washington University. She countered criticism leveled at the administration for not investing in a single technological fix to overcome government controls, saying there was "no silver bullet" and "no app" to do that. Instead, she said, the U.S. would take a multipronged approach. Clinton's remarks, her second major address about Internet freedom since becoming America's top diplomat, come amid a groundswell of protests around the Middle East that have been abetted by online agitators using social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to organize anti-government demonstrations from Algeria to Yemen, Syria, Iran and Jordan. Despite the Obama administration's own problems with an unfettered Internet, most notably the release of hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic documents by the Wik iLeaks website, Clinton said the United States is unwavering in its commitment to cyber free dom, even as it seeks to prosecute online crimi nals and terrorists. CLINT ON SPEAK S OUT A GAINST INTERNET REPRESSION (This is the final article in a three-part series deliveredby Sir Shridath Ramphal at t he eleventh Sir Archibald Nedd Memorial lecture given in Grenada on January28. His subject: Is the West Indies West Indian?) By SIR SHRIDATH R AMPHAL THERE is another major respect in which the West Indies in not being West Indian in the Marryshow m anner; is not being true to i tself. We are failing to fulfil the promise we once held out of being a light in the darkness of the developing world. Small as we are, our regionalism, our West Indians ynonymy, inspired many in the South who also aspired to strength through unity. S olidarity has been lost not only amongst ourselves, but a lso collectively with the d eveloping world. And, perhaps, therein lies t he rub. Were we making a reality of our own regional u nity we would not be false t o ourselves and we would have inspired others who, in t he past, had looked to us as a beacon of a worthy future. I nstead, we are losing our w ay both at home and a broad. H ave we forgotten the days when as West Indians we were the first to daringly bring the Non-Aligned Movement to the WesternH emisphere, when we pioneered rejection of the two China policy at the United Nations and recognized the Peoples Republic; when, together, we broke the Western diplomatic embargo o f Cuba; when we forced withdrawal of the Kissinger plan for a Community oft he Western Hemisphere; when we were in the front rank (both intellectual andd iplomatic) of the effort for a New International Econ omic Order; when from this region, bending iron wills, we gave leadership in the struggle against apartheid in Southern Africa; when wei nspired the creation of the ACP and kept the fallacy of reciprocity in trade at bay for 25 years; when we forced grudging acceptance in the United Nations and in the Commonwealth that smalls tates required special and differential treatment? In all this, and more, for all our size we stood tall; we commanded respect, if not always endearment. We were West Indians being West Indian. Partners F or what do we stand today, united and respected as one West Indies? Web reak ranks among ours elves (Grenada, I acknowle dge, no longer) so that some can bask in Japanese f avour for helping to exter minate endangered species of the worlds whales. We e viscerate any common fore ign policy in CARICOM when some of us cohabit with Taiwan. Deserting our A frican and Pacific partners, we yield to Europe and take pride in being first tor oll over. W hat do these inglorious lapses do for our honour and standing in the world? How do they square with our earlier record of small states standing for principles thatc ommanded respect and buttressed self-esteem? The answers are all negative. And, inevitably, what theyd o in due measure is require us to disown each other and display our discordance to t he world. This is where local control has led us in the 21st Century. We call it now sovereignty. In reality, it is sovereignty we deploy principally against each other; because againstm ost others that sovereignty is a hollow vessel. It is easy, perhaps natural, for us as West Indian peo-p le to shift blame to our G overnments; and Governments, of course, are not blameless. But, in our d emocracies, Governments d o what we allow them to do: they themselves say: we a re doing what our people w ant us to do. It is not always true; but who can deny it, when we accept their excesses with equan imity, certainly in silence. N o! There is fault within u s also. We have each been touched with the glow of local control; each movedb y the siren song of sovereignty; have each allowedt he stigma of otherness, even f oreignness, to degrade our W est Indian kinship. The fault lies not only in our political stars but also in ours elves that we are what and where we are; and what and where we will be in a globals ociety that demands of us t he very best we can be. When the West Indies is not West Indian, it is we, at leasti n part, who let it be so. And what irony: Marryshow and his peers demanded that we be West Indian to be free together. We were; but in our freedom we are ceasing to be West Indian and in the process are forgoing the strengths that togethernessb rings. When are we at our best? Surely, when the West Indies is West Indian; whenw e are as one; with one ident ity; acting with the strength and courage that oneness gives us. Does anyone doubt t hat whatever we undertake, w e do it better when we do it together? Messa ge Thirty-five years ago, in 1975, on the shores of Montego Bay, as I took leave of Caribbean leaders beforea ssuming new roles at the Commonwealth, my parting m essage was a plea TO CARE FOR CARICOM. Among the things I said then was this: Each generation of West I ndians has an obligation to advance the process of regional development andt he evolution of an ethos of unity. Ours is endeavouring to do so; but we shall fail u tterly if we ignore these fundamental attributes of our West Indian condition and, assuming without war r ant the inevitability of our oneness, become casual, neglectful, indifferent or undisciplined in sustaining that process and that evolution. T he burden of my message is that we have become casual, neglectful, indifferent and undisciplined in sustaining and advancing Caribbean integration: that we have failed to ensure thatt he West Indies is West Indian, and are falling into a state of disunity which by now we should have made unnatural. The process will occasion a slow and gradual descent f rom which a passing wind may offer occasional respite; but, ineluctably, it will produce an ending. In Derek Walcotts recently published collection ofp oems, White Egrets for which he has just won the prestigious T.S. Elliot Prize t here are some lines which conjure up that image of s low passing: W ith the leisure of a leaf falling in the forest, P ale yellow spinning a gainst green my ending. T his must not be a regiona l epitaph. But, If CARICOM is not to end like a l eaf falling in the forest, pre vailing apathy and unconc ern must cease; reversal f rom unity must end. The o ld cult of local control m ust not extinguish hope of regional rescue through collective effort; must not allow a narcissist insularity to deny us larger vision ande nnobling roles. We must escape the mental prison of narrow domestic walls and build a West Indies which is West Indian. We must cherish our local identities; but they must enrich the mosaic o f regionalism, not withhold from it their separate splen dours. I n some ways, it must be allowed, our integration slip page is less evident among t he smallest of us. The OECS islands have set out a course for more ambitious and deeper economic inte-g ration among themselves which would be worthy of all, if it could subsist for all. The Treaty establishing the OECS Economic Union is now in force. But, it is early days; it remains to be seen att he level of action, at the level of implementation, whether, even for them, the earlier agony (of which Sir Arthur Lewis wrote so ruefully in 1962) lingers still. M eanwhile, however, cong ratulations are in order, and I extend them heartily. Ethos In moving closer to freed om of movement among t he OECS countries they have set a vital example to the rest of CARICOM. The O ECS West Indies is being W est Indian. May it translate into an ethos among them, and in time infuse thew ider Community with an end to foreignness among all West Indians. The OECS i slands have taken the first s teps in a long journey w hose ultimate goal must be a larger union. C ollectively, we must recover our resolve to survive as one West Indies aso ne people, one region, one w hole region. Imbued by such resolve there is a future that can be better than the best we have ever had. Neither complacency nor r esignation nor empty words will suffice. What we need is rescue by ourselves, from ourselves and for ourselves. We cannot be careless w ith our oneness, which is o ur lifeline. As it was in St Georges in 1915, so it is now: The West Indies must be W estindian P AGE 10, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM We are failing to fulfill promise we once held I STHEWESTINDIESWESTINDIAN? 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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAYSTREETBLAZE: THEAFTERMATH PHOTOS/ JESSICAROBERTSON SCENESOF DEVASTATION after Mondays blaze which gutted the Betty K Agencies Ltd building.
SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.75 $4.77 $4.69 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Grand Bahama Power C ompanys 80.4 per cent majority owner yesterday told Tribune Business it planned to invest signifi-c antly more than the previously announced $35 million power plant to turn thec ompany around, adding that it wanted the utility to b e a leader in the Caribbean for low cost and reliable electricity. While unable to g ive specifics as details were still being worked out, Ray Robinson, Grand BahamaP ower Companys newlyappointed executive chairman, said Canadian power giant Emera was fully com-m itted to making the necessary investment to rebuild the utility from theg round up. Power firm investment much more than $35m n New Grand Bahama Power executive chair says m ajority owner wants it to be leader in the C aribbean for low cost and reliable electricity n Sees role as catalyst for islands economy, pledging turnaround will see lower prices and more reliable supply n Acknowledges firm needs to be rebuilt from the ground up n oo may cooks in the kitchen before Marubeni bought out S EE page 2B RAY ROBINSON By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor While some $35-$40 million worth of Bay Street property/real estate was destroyed in the Valentines Day Fire, the Downtown Nassau Partnerships cochairman yesterday said it could be a sort of blessing in disguise for the citys revitalisation, acting as a catalyst to redevelop the affected area into the envisaged Living Waterfront. Vaughn Roberts told Tri bune Business that, once the dust settles and property/business owners complete their damage assessments, they and others could focus on the spirit of the revitali sation and move forward in earnest on downtown Nassaus long-awaited and planned redevelopment. He acknowledged that much depended on the plans of the Betty Kelly-Kenning estate, owner of the Betty K shipping companys prop erty, which was the major real estate holding impacted by the fire and also one accounting for a significant chunk of the waterfront that BLESSING IN DISGUISE DESPITE $35-$40M LOSS Downtown Nassau Partnership chief expresses hope fire may act as catalyst to move forward in earnest with citys redevelopment GUTTED: Fire caused millions of dollars of damage to downtown Nassau. SEE page 3B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor G rand Bahama Power Company and its 80.4 per c ent majority owner will look at every renewable energy technology for pos-s ible inclusion in its future electricity generation, Tri bune Business was told yesterday, as it currently explores the economic via b ility of wind power. Ray Robinson, Grand Bahama Powers newlyappointed executive chairman, said that while datac ollected over a two-year period suggested the island was not an incrediblew ind region, there were signs that it could be econ omically viable and part of the future energy gener ation portfolio. O ther possibilities included biomass, wasteto-energy and wave/tidal power, and Mr Robinson pledged: There is nor enewable energy technology that we are not looking at. He added: We have been collecting wind dataf or nearly two years on this island, and have a good bit of it. Its not an incredible wind region, but we think we can economically devel op wind power and that it can be part of the portfolio going forward. Mr Robinson said Grand Bahama Power Company thought it had found a good one in terms of a wind turbine supplier, giv en that the design was hur ricane resistant, and was now going through the technical checks and due diligence with the prospective supplier. Were overlaying the wind data with our electricity data, matching the right power curve to the wind experience in Grand Bahama, and running financial models to see how we can economically produce wind on Grand Bahama, Mr Robinson said. The company, he added, was still assessing the best sites upon which to locate the wind turbines. One of the things were POWER FIRM EYEING ALL RENEWABLE ENERGIES Grand Bahama not an incredible wind region, but still economically viable Power firm pledges: There is no renewable energy technology that we are not looking at SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian aviation executive last night urged the Government to include a grandfathering or transition period in the amended Civil Aviation Safe ty regulations, explaining that their immediate implementation could leave up to 70-80 per cent of this nations pilots flying without a licence. Captain Randy Butler, chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business that while he and other operators backed the new regulations, their enforce ment could potentially wreak havoc on the sector as, withREGUL ATIONS CAUSE PILO T LICEN CE FEAR Government urged to implement grandfathering or transition period on Civil A viation regulations SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading insurance agent yesterday told Tribune Business that Scotiabanks group homeowners insurance arrangement with J. S. Johnson had a pretty significant impact on its business last year, with several clients lost to the banks determination to protect its mortgage portfolio. Warren Rolle, managing director of Nassau Underwriters Association (NUA Bahamas First, said it was having to be very proactive in dealing with homeowners insurance clients holding Scotiabank (Bahamas received early to prevent the bank from placing them on the J. S. Johnson policy. Questioning why the bank did not allow mortgage clients to remain with their existing agent or broker, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business: Weve lost a few clients. I think last year that it was a pretty significant impact. I havent quantified it in terms of numbers, but Ive asked someone to keep a track of that. The NUA managing director said he understood Scotiabanks concern to ensure all its mortgage exposures whether residential or commercial were fully covered by insurance, in case they were wiped out by a hurricane or some other catastrophe, but added that he and other agents/brokers harboured reservations about how this was Significant loss to agent via Scotiabank insure policy SEE page 4B
B y KIM WELCOME T h e way your staff answers the phone maya ctually hurt your business. Your advertising, sales representatives,r eferrals etc, all help to form an image of your company i n the mind of the client. That image can be d estroyed in five seconds just by the way your telephone is answered. There is a right and wrong way to answer the phone. However, most staff have never beent rained, as many employers assume they know. There a re a number of components t hat constitute a polished sound. One is to pause whate ver you are doing and take a breath before answering. You should never sound like youve been interrupted. A lack of enthusiasm conveyed by your staff is alwaysd isenchanting for someone who is inquiring about a product or service to purchase, now or in the future.B uyers are inevitably turned off by sales or customer ser-v ice representatives that e ffect an air of couldnt care less. The average business only hears the complaints of4 per cent of their unhappy c ustomers; the rest just do not return. Whenever a prospective buyer asks a question, thisi s an open door to engage them, and a golden opportunity to enable them to solve their problem. If youa sk the right questions, you p osition yourself and your company as the experts in the field. Staff may be perceived as cold. Customer care research has shown that 68 per cent of the clients you may have lost left because o f an attitude of indifference conveyed by employees. They want to feel they are your number one priority. There are many ways to make your customer feel s pecial. One is to refer to them by name whenevera ppropriate, especially those who do business with you often. Everyone likes to hear their name, so try tof ind opportunities to address them by theirs. This has been proven to help build customer loyalty. Poor business etiquette is sometimes the most inadvertent way to turn off a customer or client. It is often j ust small details in this area that tend to alienate poten-t ial buyers. Have you ever walked into an office and had to wait for 30 seconds ( this is the length of a television commercial), while t he receptionist finishes telling her co-worker a stor y? It is never wise to assume your staff know ther ules of business etiquette. Invest in valuable training. E motions can get in the way of professionalism. Everyone has the occasional bad day, but no company c an afford to have the negative moods of their staff seep i nto the clients experience. Unfortunately, without all the background information, the client may just assume your staff is aloof, abrupt or unprofessional. There are ways to keep negative emo tions from leaking into your v oice. Actors practice these techniques all the time. Lack of empathy from a company with whom oneh as spent money doesnt feel g ood when you have a problem. However, the benefits o f a well-trained customer service representative can have immeasurable rewards for a company. The proper use of tone, inflection and volume can be learned toc onvey the empathy neede d to subdue the disgruntled. The customer may not always be right, but it does-n t benefit your company when your representativeg oes out of their way to p rove them wrong. NB: Kim Welcome is chief executive of Influen-t ial Voice. A xommunication trainer and coach, she assists businesses and individuals to achieve their goalst hrough helping them to d evelop deliberate, skillful, polished communication s kills. For more info www.influentialvoice.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM e Board of Directors of FamGuard Corporation Limited is pleased to advise that the fourth quarterly dividend for 2010 of 6 cents per share has been declared to be paid on March 2, 2011 to Shareholders of record as at February 23, 2011FAMGUARD CORPORATION LIMITEDThe parent holding company of Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited BahamaHealth Insurance Brokers & Benet Consultants Limited FG Insurance Agents & Brokers Limited FG Capital Markets Limited FG Financial Limited K IM W ELCOME TALKING TIPS How bad communication kills your firms business doing is a long-term system development plan, MrR obinson told Tribune Business. Technology There is no new renewable energy technology were not looking at. Theres a wealth of new renewable technology that may end up being part of the generation portfolio over time. Were looking at any number of these. Mr Robinson said Grand Bahama Power Companys review analysis of these renewable energy technologies was likely to be completed later in 2011. POWER FIRM EYEING ALL RENEWABLE ENER GIES FROM page 1B out a valid licence, Bahamian pilots would be unable to fly on both domestic and international routes. Of particular concern, he explained, was the new requirement that all pilot licences expire within 24 calendar months from the date of issuance. In the absence of any grandfathering clause of transition period, Mr Butler said all pilots with a licence issued before 2009 could effectively be prevented from flying until they renewed this. He added that the majority of industry licences, based on his experience, were issued in the 2000-2004 period following the last amendments to the Civil Aviation Safety Reg ulations in 2001. Captain Butler estimated that some 70-80 per cent of Bahamas-based pilots could be in this situa tion. Licences Pilot licences expire in 24 c alendar months from the d ate of issuance, he told Tri bune Business. Im flying, and all of a sudden I dont have a valid licence. Questioning whether Civil Aviation had enough personnel to rapidly process licences, Captain Butler added that cabin crew were now also required to be licensed overnight, another potential industry impediment if the regulations were implemented immediately. The regulations are a good thing. Its a good thing that theyre in. The process and way theyre being implemented is going to be a problem, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. If they do enforce them, if a pilot does nt have a licence he shouldnt be flying. Can they put in a transition period or say theyre going to give us time to come into compliance? The old reg ulations gave us 12 months, with pilots having two months to come in and get their licences renewed. Power firm investment much more than $35m Describing the current level of powe r outages and blackouts on Grand B ahama as absolutely unacceptable, Mr Robinson said Emera would make a vailable all the resources required financial, managerial and technical -t o turn the monopoly electricity supp lier, which has 19,000 total customers, around. P ledging that the short-term goal was to stabilise the operation, name ly the reliability of Grand Bahama Power Companys infrastructure and power supply, plus also the tariff rates levied on consumers, Mr Robinson said Emeras buyout of former majority owner, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni, had made the decision-mak ing and implementation process much easier. Interested We continue to be very interested in the Caribbean, but particularly in the Bahamas, and especially and currently, Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama Power Company, Mr Robinson said of Emeras Caribbean focus, its investments also including St Lucia and Barbados. Grand Bahama is so poised, has so much going for it, and theres so many opportunities. We just hope that if we can do what needs to be done, we can be a catalyst to get Grand Bahama to the place it should be. Indicating that Grand Bahama Power Company was Emeras immediate focus in its Caribbean portfolio, Mr Robinson said this was not due just to his focus and presence here. We are making available to Grand Bahama Power Company all the resources required to turn the operation around, he added. It took an awful long time to get to the state its in, and it will take an awful lot of focus, effort and determination to get it to the state it should be in. The founda tional things need to be re-established. Dividing Emeras plans into short, medium and long-term goals, Mr Robinson said the immediate focus was on restoring stability to Grand Bahama Power Company, ensuring reliability of operations and the power supply. Rate stabilisation was also a priority. Customers want affordable and reliable power. They want their lights to come on when they turn them on, the executive chairman added. We intend to lower the costs of electricity over time if we can put in the right investment and the right regulatory regime. I dont want to be over-dramatic, but were really going to have to rebuild the utility from the ground up........ but weve got the determinationt o do it. Ultimately, it [Grand Bahama Power Company] is going to be a leader in the Caribbean so far as low costs and reliability of electricity. A sked about the status of plans to construct a new $35 million power plant for Grand Bahama, a project announced when Marubeni was bought out, and which was supposed to start earlier this year, Mr Robinson said thep ower company was in active commercial negotiations on this and would release details once they were tied down. Ultimately, its going to be a much more substantial investment and instal lation when its announced, Mr Robinson said, confirming when asked by Tribune Business that the level of investment would be significantly more than the initially touted $35 million. This, he added, related directly to the need to lower power rates and ensure reliable, consistent electricity supply, something Grand Bahama businesses and residential customers could not necessarily count on when needed. Im hoping that what we can do, if we make the right investment, is lower the cost of electricity to the investor community to make them more competitive and bring more industry to Grand Bahama, Mr Robinson told Tribune Business. If, by lowering power costs, Grand Bahama Power Company attracted more investment and business to the island, the executive chairman said it would be a win-win for all concerned, since more commerce equalled more electricity customers, while the greater volume lent scope for further tariff cuts. That kick starts everything, and we think we can be part of the catalyst to turn this economy around, Mr Robin son said. Certainly, our focus is to do the right thing and bring rates down over time. The next 18 months are going to be challenging, but after that we will be on the right path. While Emera was effectively dissecting the carcass of the existing Grand Bahama Power Company, Mr Robinson said rate reductions can only come after new and more efficient generation plant is on the island, and that takes time. Were committed to making that investment and getting to a better place. He pointed out that Grand Bahama Power Companys steam plant and combustion turbines had enjoyed a l ong life, and it was now time to replace them. Mr Robinson also explained that Emeras $82 million acquisition of m ajority control had given it control over how Grand Bahama Power Com pany was operated and managed, something it lacked as a 25 per centm inority investor. When youre a minority investor you can articulate your views but not have more leverage than that, he told Tribune Business. We were trying to work and collaborate with the shareholders and partners, and it came to the point where there were too many cooks in the kitchen and something had to give. He added, though, that no one went away from the deal unhappy. Investment Emera's $82 million purchase of Marubeni's stake valued 100 per cent of Grand Bahama Power Company at just over $148 million, and took its total investment in the monopoly power provider to $123 million, having spent $41 million on acquiring the 50 per cent ICD Utilities interest previously held by Lady Henrietta St George. The remaining 19.6 per cent stake in Grand Bahama Power Company is held by the Bahamian institutional and retail investors in ICD Utilities, yesterday's deal valuing their collective stake at $29 million. Mr Robinson has been working on Emeras Caribbean business for some time, having previously spent three years as president and chief executive of its Bangor Hydro Electric Company, in Maine, serving over 117,000 customers. He has also served terms as presi dent of Emera Utility Services, and as a member of the joint owners commit tee of Bear Swamp Power Company. Prior to Emera, Mr Robinson was the president and chief executive of Yukon Energy Corporation, as well as holding various senior positions at West Koote nay Power and Nelson Hydro in British Columbia, St Catharines Hydro and Canadian Niagara Power in Ontario, Bowater Mersey Paper Company in Nova Scotia and the City of Calgary Electric System in Alberta. Mr Robinson will oversee the new diesel plant construction, which will include a comprehensive technologytraining plan for Bahamians, similar to a technical academy. Emera described this as a first in the Bahamas and Caribbean. FROM page 1B REGULATIONS CAUSE PILOT LICENCE FEAR FROM page 1B RANDYBUTLER
would be freed up anyway c ome May 2011 when the freight firms move to the n ew Arawak Cay port. Telling Tribune Business he understood that the e state had been seeking to sell the property for a price between $10-$12 million anyway, given that Betty Ks impending May 7 movew ould leave it without a ten a nt and rental income, Mr Roberts said he suspected it w ould continue to seek a buyer. The real question, he a dded, was whether the fire and loss of the buildings themselves would devalue the real estate in the eyes ofany potential purchaser, and w hether the estate would realise a lower purchase price as a result. Theres clearly an incen tive for the redevelopment o f that entire area, but the big question is the owners of Betty K and what theyare going to do and, if theyre going to sell, how quickly it goes on the market, Mr Roberts told Tribune Business. Juan Bacardi, head of the Bristol Group of Companies, which operated the Bacardi store on the cornerof Bay Street and East Street, told Tribune Business in an e-mailed note that the company would recon struct the retail and keep pushing ahead. The Bristol Group was currently assessing the damage to the store, but added that the structure seems secure and most of the damage appeared to be smoke and water-related. Noting that at least four other property owners had been impacted by the fire,Mr Roberts said the DNP would seek to exercise some influence over the areas redevelopment and its implementation, and added: Were trying to beas influential as we can, but obviously as sensitive as we can in terms of organisingt he property owners with regard to the vision for that area. Valued The DNP managing direc tor said that if the Betty K b uilding was being valued by its owner at $12 million prior to the fire, the other damaged buildings were col lectively probably around d ouble that, taking the total value of impacted property/land to between $35-$40 million. And that, he acknowl edged, did not include all the lost inventory, including the freight sitting in Betty Ks warehouse, plus revenues lost by the retailers in the burned building and surrounding area. Yet, turning to the positive, Mr Roberts told Tribune Business: Im hopeful that once the dust settles it [the fire] becomes a catalyst for a focus on that area. If you look at what the Klonaris brothers have done in their project at Elizabeth on Bay, the property that was damaged by the fire ties in the core of the city to the Klonaris project. That block is still very valuable, and through very quick development of the properties damaged fire it could link the core of the city and expand it east to Elizabeth on Bay. While requiring some coordination, Mr Roberts said such development would be consistent witht he vision for the waterfront, since the Betty K property stood at the hearto f a 40-acre section on Nassau Harbour that has been e yed for transformation into an area filled with retail, restaurant, condo and oth e r attractions a Living Waterfront, once the shipping companies are gone. The DNP managing direc tor said the heavy trucks c onstantly pulling in and out of the Betty K property had negatively impacted shopper traffic moving east on Bay Street past the EastS treet junction. Im hopeful it is a sort of blessing in disguise, Mr Roberts told Tribune Business of the fire. The valueo f the properties that could be sold may be significantly reduced, and that shouldh elp someone to come in and redevelop it. Its a critical part of the 40 acres, and is close to the cruise port, with 2.5 million passengers coming in every year. The closer to the port, the more valuable the real estate becomes. Clearly, downtown is still open for business. There is still a lot of retail activity, cruise ships coming in, and the retail operators are very resilient. The downtown retail community is the best in class in terms of retail in this country, and theyll use this as an opportunity to get excited about what they want for the city in the future, and focus our development efforts in a new way. Mr Roberts added: Im very optimistic that the majority of property owners, retailers and investors, after taking time to assess the situation, will get the energy together to move forward. The area is part of the 40 acres intended to be redeveloped, and hopefully it causes that to happen in earnest. Thats certainly the mes sage wed like to get out there; take the time to assessa nd do the clean-up, but also focus on the spirit of the revitalisation. O ther affected property owners are the Pritchards, o wners of the former John Bull store; the Bacardi company; and the Berdanis fam i ly, owners of the building that housed their Venue store. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Blessing in disguise despite $35-$40m loss FROM page 1B VAUGHN ROBERTS DEVASTATION: Scenes from the downtown fire. PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff BATTLING: Fire-fighters tackle the flames with water jets. RAGING: Fire rear up from the downtown buildings.
DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS Major U.S. airlines are raising the price of some tickets favored by business travelers again, this time byu p to $120 per round trip. Fare experts said Delta started the latest increase on Monday, which was matched immediately byA merican and a day later by United, Continental and US Airways. It's the second big i ncrease in fares in as many weeks. The airlines' fuel p rices have risen 50 percent over the past year. They eliminated many flightsw hen they were losing mon ey in 2008 and 2009, which has given them the power to raise fares now that planes are more crowded and trav-e l demand is rebounding. JP Morgan analyst Jamie Baker said it made sense for the big airlines to target cor porate travelers, who are considered less sensitive to price increases. He said air lines may have raised vacation fares as high as they can without causing a loss of revenue presumably by driving away budget-conscious customers. American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said the increases covered firstclass, business-class and 7day advance-purchase tickets. Flights up to 500 miles (800 kilometers ed $20 each way, those from 501 to 1,500 miles (2,400 k ilometers) were raised $40 each way, and flights longer t han 1,500 miles increased by $60 each way, he said. "We're responding to the D elta initiative," Martelle said when asked why American, a unit of AMR Corp., was raising prices. Delta Air Lines Inc. conf irmed the fare hike but declined to give a reason. United and Continental confirmed that they too raised prices. US Airways didn't respond to messages. Last week, United and Continental, owned by United Continental Holdings Inc., led an increase of $20 to $60 per round trip on pricey tickets typically bought by business travelers. Delta and American both matched that hike last week. Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, said that like last week's increase, the Delta-led boost on Monday was aimed mostly at highend fares about $800 per round trip that typically are bought by corporate travelers, not vacationers. Baker said low-fare airlines wouldn't be able to block this increase because the tickets are sold at prices far higher than the discount carriers were already charging. Airlines also claim that demand for leisure travel will be hurt if passenger fees for security and airport improvements are raised, as President Barack Obama proposed in his budget this week. The proposed increases would add a few dollars per flight to the cost of a ticket, but Baker said it could reduce revenue especially at airlines such as Southwest, which cater to price--conscious travelers. 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Warren, file RISING FARES: In this file photo taken Dec. 27. 2010, travelers check-in at a Delta Air Lines counter at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Seattle. Delta is opening earnings season for airlines with a $19 million profit for the fourth quarter. Delta and American boost some air fares by up to $120 MARCO CHOWN OVED, A ssociated Press ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast At least one major bank says it has shut its doors amid Ivory Coast's political crisis, spreading fears of cash shortages in the increasingly isolated west African nation after the incumbent president refused to step down. The BICICI, a local subsidiary of France's BNP Paribas bank, said it had temporarily suspended all Ivory Coast operations in a statement published on its website Monday. "We are no longer capable of assuring that our activities are carried out with sufficient judicial and financial security for our clients, nor physical security for our employees," the statement said. Tuesday is a national holiday in Ivory Coast, so the number of banks that had closed could not be determined. But a bank official, who asked to not be identified because he is not authorized to speak to journalists, said more banks would close during the coming week. Officials condemned the measure on state television Monday evening, saying BICICI and U.S. bank Citibank were punishing the Ivorian people by closing. Citigroup said in a statement its offices in the Ivory Coast w ere closed Monday "in light of recent developments," and remained closed during the holiday on Tuesday. "We continue to monitor the situation closely, remaining in c ontact with our employees, whose safety is our paramount concern, and our clients, who we are working with through t his difficult situation," the statement added. West African r egional bank Ecobank has shut down its automatic banking machines, but employees at several locations said it was because of computer problems. Justin Katinan Kone, the budget minister i n the government of incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, accused the BICICI of timing the closure to coincide with the p ayment of public service salaries, but assured Ivorians that "every measure has been taken with other banks to assure the payment of salaries and the continuity of bank services." BANKS CLOSE AMID POLITICAL CRISIS IN IVORY COAST being implemented. If mortgage clients fail to produce an underwriting schedule, or some confirmation that the homeowners insurance premi um has been paid and renewed by the due date, Scotiabank is now immediately placing them on its group policy with J. S. Johnson. The clients premium payments are then added to their mortgage. Mr Rolle said Scotiabank had informed him that the group policy was easier to administer than allowing clients to remain with their existing insurer, with the bank paying the premium on their behalf, although he doesnt see that necessarily being the case. Theyre doing a cheque to J. S. Johnson, but could do a cheque to us just as easily. A lot of clients are upset about it, because they prefer to do business with a company theyve done business with for many years. Why not deal with the company that has held the insurance for a number of years? What is the incentive for them to push it to one company, rather than another, Mr Rolle asked. Several insurance industry executives have suggested that J. S. Johnson paid a commission or finders fee to Scotiabank in return for the group business, but this has been vehemently and repeatedly denied by both the insurance broker and the bank. This would be illegal under the new Insurance Act. Yet Mr Rolle is far from alone in his concerns. Another Bahamas-based insurance broker, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Tribune Business that Scotiabank was being incredibly heavy handed in its approach, and was now requiring mortgage clients to write to the bank confirming they wanted to maintain their existing insurance arrangements rather than go with J. S. Johnson. Theyre doing everything possible to push business to J. S. Johnson, the broker complained. Something is highly incen tivising these Scotiabank managers to try and move this business. Tribune Business had been told by insurance industry sources that Scotiabank (Bahamas insurance brokers/agent licence for itself for some time, but had been told by the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas it would not be forthcoming. Such a licence would have brought Scotiabank (Bahamas an equal footing with Canadian-owned rivals FINCO and First Caribbean International Bank (Bahamas insurance licences, but small Bahamian brokers have long feared such a development would be anti-competitive and squeeze them out of the homeowners market. Meanwhile, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business: We have to be very proactive in our approach to Scotiabank mortgagees, contacting the client early and getting them renewed to avoid policies being placed with J. S. Johnson. While the Bahamas Insurance Brokers Association (BIBA and Scotiabank had worked out protocols for the treatment of the banks mortgage clients, including when renewal notices were to be sent out and how/when its client processing unit was to be notified premiums had to be paid, Mr Rolle said the sit uation was ongoing. Were trying to abide by them to avoid losing any more business, he added of the protocols. Barry Malcolm, Scotiabank (Bahamas explaining the rationale for the policy, previously told Tribune Business that with a mortgage portfolio easily in excess of $1 billion it needed to protect its assets, and the investment made by Bahamian homeowners, from exposure to hurricanes and other catastrophe perils if the latter were unable to pay the annual property insurance premium. "We shopped around for quite a while, and J. S. Johnson came up with the best numbers. We had to do it; the exposure is enormous. If we had a huge hit from a major hurricane, and 10 per cent of our mortgage portfolio was uninsured, we'd be toast. I can now sleep at night, he said. Given a mortgage portfolio worth $1 billion-plus, if 10 per cent of its mortgage portfolio was uninsured and totally wiped out by a major storm, Scotiabank (Bahamas ly lose some $100 million worth of assets. Significant loss to agent via Scotiabank insure policy FROM page 1B INTERN ATIONAL BUSINESS INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
DAVID K. RANDALL, AP Business Writer NEW YORK T he parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has agreed to be acquired by the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange in a deal that will create the world's largest financial markets company. The new company, a com b ination of NYSE Euronext Inc. and Deutsche Boerse, would have dual headquarters in Frankfurt and New York. The companies didn't say what the new company would be called. The deal announced Tuesday must still be approved by shareholders and regulators. NYSE Euronext's CEO Duncan Niederauer will be chief executive, and Deutsche Boerse' CEO Reto Francioni will become chairman. The new company will own exchanges in New York, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and other cities that will con tinue to operate under their existing names. Deutsche Boerse shareholders will own 60 percent of the new company, while shareholders of NYSE Euronext will own 40 percent, valuing NYSE's parent company at about $10 billion. The combined company will be worth $25 billion, according to Sandler O'Neill analyst Richard Repetto. A new holding company based in the Netherlands will hold the assets of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext. Deutsche Boerse shareholders will get one share in the new company for each share they own, while NYSE Euronext shareholders will get 0.47 of a share. New York Senator Charles Schumer said the name of the new exchange remains a concern. In a statement released after the merger was announced, Schumer said there was no reason NYSE "shouldn't come first in the new exchange's name." He also seemed to issue a veiled threat. Any name that puts NYSE second "could have negative consequences" for the merger. Niederauer told reporters at a morning news conference that the companies expected to announce a name for the new company in a month or two. "It's an emotional decision for everyone, let's just be honest here," Niederauer said. "Brands are always an emotional decision. There's a lot of national pride, particularly with the businesses we operate." Owners of traditional stock exchanges have been combining for several years to save costs as competition mounts from new computerized stock exchanges with names like BATS and Chi-X. The NYSE Group, operator of the New York Stock Exchange, bought Euronext for $10.2 billion in 2007, beating out a rival bid from Deutsche Boerse. That deal remains the largest cross-border merger of exchanges, according to Thomson Reuters. The combined com pany handles stock and derivative markets in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris as well as the NYSE Liffe derivatives market. Deutsche Boerse, whose predecessor was founded in 1585, operates the stock mar ket in Europe's largest economy. It also runs Europe's largest derivative exchange, the Eurex. The deal is expected to lead to $400 million in savings, mainly from technology and clearing costs. It will also give the combined company a larger footprint in the lucrative business of trading in futures and options contracts. The largest exchange owner in the U.S. is currently the $20 billion CME Group Inc. CME runs the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where wheat, corn and pork belly futures are traded, as well as a number of other exchanges. Shares of both companies fell after the deal was announced. NYSE Euronex t's shares fell 3.2 percent in New York, while Deutsche Boerse's fell 2.4 percent in Frankfurt. NYSE shares had jumped 14 percent February 9 after press reports that it was in talks with the German company. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DANA WOLLMAN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK Apple Inc. announced a subscription system for buying newspapers and magazines on iPhone and iPad applications on Tuesday, making it easier for publishers to mine the popular mobile devices for more revenue. The update announced Tuesday enables publishers to sell subscriptions by the week, month, year or other period of time, instead of asking readers to buy each issue separately. The added convenience promises to help publishers sell more digital copies as they look to smart phones and tablet computers to replace some of the revenue that has disappeared over the past few years as readers and advertisers migrated from print editions. B ut publishers won't be allowed to automatically collect p ersonal information about people who buy subscriptions t hrough the Apple apps. That data is prized for marketing purposes. Instead, subscribers who sign up through an app on an Apple device will be given the option to share their information with publishers, a choice most people don't make. If people don't share their information with publishers, Apple will still hold onto it, though it will not pass it on to third parties. Apple will also take its standard 30 percent cut from all app and content sales made in its iTunes store, which peddles a vari-ety of music, movies, games and e-books. This new subscription system also applies to video and music services for instance, the app for Netflix. C ontent providers that don't want to automatically give Apple a slice of the revenue can try to sell subscriptions outside the app, too. One way to do that would be through the Web browser, although that might prove too much of a hassle for people already used to buying apps, music and other things on iTunes. Apple is insisting the financial terms of the digital subscriptions sold outside the app be no better than those offered in the iTunes store. And people must have the option to buy subscriptions within iTunes, if they want. "We believe that this innovative subscription service will provide publishers with a brand new opportunity to expand digital access to their content onto the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, delighting both new and existing subscribers," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement. Jobs, a cancer survivor, ison medical leave but continues to serve as chief executive. Apple's new subscription policy follows News Corp.'s launch of the first iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, earlier this month. Its subscribers are charged through iTunes, making it the first iPad app to take advantage of this subscription feature. More newspapers are focusing on digital devices because their biggest source of revenue, print advertising, has plunged during the past four years. Digital advertising has been steadi ly rising, but those increases have only made up for a fraction of the losses on the print side. Subscriptions to print editions also have been dropping in recent years as more people turned to the Web to get news and other information for free. In stark contrast to publishers, Apple has been thriving. The company, based in Cupertino, Calif., generates more than $65 billion in annual revenue and boasts a market value of $330 bil lion second only to Exxon Mobil Corp. among U.S. com panies. Apple now sees an opportunity to get even richer from these so-called in-app purchases. As part of its effort to ensure it getsa cut, Apple recently rejected Sony Corp.'s e-book reader app for the iPhone because it doesn't give people the chance to buy books without leaving the app for a website. By insisting on an in-app purchase option, Apple believes it is making sure people using its gadgets get a familiar experience every time they buy something a new level of a video game or a new issue of a magazine through an app. Until recently, Apple has not enforced this rule universally. JANE WARDELL, AP Business Writer LONDON The Bank of England's credibility was called into question on Tuesday after official data showed that inflation surging well above the central bank's stated target. Britain's Office for National Statistics revealed that the country's key inflation rate rose to 4 percent in January, double the official target and prompting a public explanation from bank governor Mervyn King. King and a number of other policymakers on the bank's nine-strong Monetary Policy Committee have insisted the stubbornly high cost of living is due to temporary price shocks, such as soaring global commodity prices, a fall in the value of sterling, and a rise in sales tax last month. Prices are continuing to rise even as the economy struggles gross domestic product shrank by 0.5 percent in the fourth quarter. At least two members of the committee, which got an advance glimpse of the inflation figures for last week's policy meeting, backed a modest hike in interest rates from a record low 0.5 per cent to 0.75 percent. But King and the majority argued that higher rates would be ineffective against the external factors driving the price rises. The Statistics Office said the largest factors in the latest increase were the higher price of oil and an increase in the broad-based sales tax from 17.5 percent to 20 percent. Excluding the tax hike, consumer inflation rose from 2 percent in December to 2.4 percent in January, partially backing King's stance. But Howard Archer, chief U.K. and European economist at IHS Global Insight, said the rise in inflation from 3.7 percent in December was a "kick in the teeth" for the central bank. "This level, and the prospect of further increases to come in the next few months, is increasingly testing the Bank of England's nerve and, an ever-increasing number of observers suggest, its credibility, over its argument that inflation will fall back under 2 percent in 2012." Neil Prothero, economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said blaming temporary factors for rising prices is "wearing thin." "A growing number of MPC members may be thinking the same thing," he added. King acknowledged in an open letter to Treasury chief George Osborne, which he is obliged to write when consumer inflation remains at 3 percent or higher for three consecutive months, that there "are real differences of views within the committee" about the medium-term outlook for inflation. WORLD NEWS NYSE Euronext combining with Deutsche Boerse Apple unveils iPhone, iPad subscription policy (AP Photo/Michael Probst,File BULLISH: In this Dec. 7, 2010 file picturea a bull statue stands in front of the German stock market, building at right, in Frankfurt, Germany. The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange says it has agreed to combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse. The deal announced Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011, will create the world's largest financial exchange owner. Deutsche Boerse shareholders will own 60 percent of the new company. Shareholders of NYSE E uronext Inc. will own the rest. The deal w ill give NYSE Euronext a larger footp rint in the more lucrative business of trading in futures and options contracts. The boards of both exchange owners signed off on the deal, but it must still be approved by shareholders and regulators. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BANK OF ENGLAND UNDER PRESSURE OVER INFL A TION
BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WASHINGTON China, the biggest buyer of U.S. Trea sury securities, reduced its holdings in December for the second straight month. China's holdings of Treasury debt dropped 0.4 percent to $892 billion, the Treasury Department said. China's ownership of U.S. government debt is slightly below the $895 billion it held a year ago. Overall, foreign holdings of Treasury securities rose 0.6 percent $4.37 trillion. That suggests overseas governments and private investors are still willing to buy U.S. government debt. The U.S. government is selling huge amounts of debt to finance record-high deficits. ___ WASHINGTON World Bank President Robert Zoellick says global food prices have hit "dangerous levels" that could contribute to political instability, push millions of people into poverty and raise the cost of groceries. The bank says in a new report that global food prices have jumped 29 percent in the past year, and are just 3 percent below the all-time peak hit in 2008. Zoellick says the rising prices have hit people hardest in the developing world because they spend as much as half their income on food. ___ BEIJING Spiraling prices have made the grocery store a scary place for Chinese shoppers. China's public is struggling with a months-long surge in food prices that has defied govern ment efforts to combat inflation. More sharp price rises are expected in coming months because China faces a problem it cannot quickly fix: Demand is outstrip ping food supplies, while high global commodity prices mean it can't fill the gap cheaply with imports. A double-digit jump in food prices pushed China's inflation still higher in January, adding to pressure on Beijing to cool living costs with more interest rate hikes and other measures. Consumer prices rose 4.9 percent, driven by a 10.3 percent jump in food costs. That was up from December's 4.6 percent rate and close to November's 28-month high of 5.1 percent. ___ BEIJING China says it has enough wheat reserves to weather a crippling drought as the country sought to allay concerns that a poor harvest will further push up global food prices. ___ NEW YORK The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange said it will combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange to create the world's largest financial markets company. The new company, a combination of NYSE Euronext Inc. and Deutsche Boerse, will have dual headquarters in Frankfurt and New York. ___ TOKYO Japan's central bank upgraded its assessment of the world's No. 3 economy for the first time in nine months amid an upturn in exports and production. It left interest rates unchanged near zero as expected. Japanese shares edged higher, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average adding 0.2 percent to close at a 10-month high. Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1 percent, China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index was virtually unchanged, South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent, Singapore's Straits Times dropped 0.8 percent and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 percent ___ BRUSSELS Europe's recovery trudged along in the final three months of 2010, amid heavy snow in a number of countries and new spending cuts and tax increases across the single currency bloc. The 16 countries that were using the euro at the end of 2010 grew a modest 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three month period, according to figures released by Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency. ___ BERLIN Germany's surging economy slowed more than expected in the fourth quarter of 2010, posting a 0.4 percent gain on the previous quarter as a harsh winter hurt business. ___ LONDON Britain's key inflation rate rose to 4 percent in January, making it double the official target and adding pressure on the Bank of England to hike interest rates sooner than expect ed. ___ LONDON Stocks in Europe traded in narrow ranges after soft economic activity data combined with rising inflation indicators to keep investor sentiment in check. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.4 percent, while Germany's DAX rose less than 1 percent and the CAC-40 in Paris ended 0.3 percent higher. ___ MADRID Spain paid lower interest rates as it raised 6.1 bil lion euros ($8.2 billion ___ LISBON, Portugal Portuguese train engineers went on strike, putting pressure on the government as it cuts pay and hikes taxes to tackle a debt crisis that is threatening to engulf the country. ___ ATHENS, Greece Greece's economy will shrink by about 3 percent or more this year, the central bank predicted, meaning the country would wallow in recession for a third straight year as it battles to recover from its devastating debt crisis. ___ BRUSSELS Export champion Germany said trade surpluses should not be targeted in the same way as deficits, a sign that the Group of 20 rich and developing countries are likely to clash over how to smooth out global imbalances when they meet this week. Like the G-20, the European Union is trying to even out trade flows, claiming that large surpluses by some eurozone nations helped fuel bubbles in deficit countries and contributed to the debt crisis that has crippled the region over the past year. ___ LONDON British bank Barclays reported that net profit rose by 36 percent last year as it took fewer charges for bad loans, and said it will be paying out less money in bonuses. ___ SINGAPORE Singapore's stock exchange tried to overcome resistance to its $8.3 billion takeover bid for the Australian stock market operator by promising equal representation for Australians on the board of the combined company. G LOBAL E CONOMIC N EWS A SSOCIA TED P RESS A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Tuesday: E LENA BECATOROS, A ssociated Press ATHENS, Greece Greece's economy will shrink b y about 3 percent or more this y ear, the central bank predicted Tuesday, meaning the country would wallow in recession for a third straight year as it battles to recover from its devastating d ebt crisis. T he forecast came as transport workers took to the streets, with Athens' bus, metro, tram a nd trolleys grinding to a halt in a 24-hour strike to protest planned transit reforms aimed at cutting spending and waste. Greece avoided bankruptcy last year due to a three-year,e uro110 billion ($150 billion i nternational bailout loan package from other European Union countries using the euro and the International Monetary Fund. In return, the Socialistg overnment has been implementing unpopular austerity measures, including raising taxes, cutting public sector salaries a nd overhauling labor legisla t ion. Gross domestic product "is expected to fall by about 3 percent in 2011, without ruling out a larger reduction," theB ank of Greece said in its mon e tary policy report. The economy contracted 2.3 percent in 2009 and is projected to have fallen slightly moret han 4 percent last year. The government's austerity measures, which are essential if Greece is to continue receiv ing the quarterly bailout loans, h ave been widely unpopular. T he transit reforms aim to r educe spending and waste at G reece's loss-making public transport companies, but work e rs fear an erosion of their rights. About 2,000 strikers on motorbikes and scooters drove through central Athens, with hundreds stopping outside Parliament, where lawmakers were to vote on the bill Tuesday night. Banner Erecting a banner reading "hands off public transport", protesters set off firecrackers and waved placards calling for long-terms strikes. Riot police lined the edge of a n area outside the Parliament b uilding, but the rally was p eaceful. Public transport ticke t prices were raised up to 80 p ercent earlier this month as part of efforts to reduce the companies' losses. Labor unions have called a nationwide general strike next Wednesday. The Bank of Greece said the recession has particularly struck consumption and investment. "The uncertainty, the increasing tax burden, the fall in demand and the funding difficulties have led investments toa reduction that in 2010 might have surpassed 18 percent," it said. However, it indicated that growth was expected to recover due to structural reforms the government is pushing. Unemployment was also projected tor ise, and was estimated to have surpassed 12.5 percent in 2010, the Bank of Greece said. Greece has pledged to bring its budget deficit below the 3 percent eurozone limit, from 15.4 percent in 2009. The debtc risis, which broke out in late 2009, has left the country reliant on the IMF/EU bailout loans and essentially locked out of t he long-term international debt market, with investorsd emanding prohibitively high interest rates for its bonds. However, Greece has been able to tap the short-term mar ket with regular issues of treas ury bills. On Tuesday, Greece raised euro390 million ($524m illion) in an auction of 13week treasury bills, with the i nterest rate dropping slightly compared with a similar salel ast month, the Public Debt Management Agency said. The sale's yield stood at 3.85 percent, down from 4.10 per cent in a similar sale on Jan. 18, w hile the auction was 5.08 times oversubscribed, compared with4 .98 times in January, the agency said. O ver the weekend, a rift broke out between Greece andt he country's international creditors after IMF, European C ommission and European Central Bank representatives said Greece must privatize euro50 billion ($68 billion state assets by 2015. ( AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris) DEBTCRISIS: International Monetary Fund's Poul Thomsen, left, European Union's Servaas Deroose, cent er, and the European Central Bank's Claus Masuch leave after the end of a news conference in Athens, on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. Greece's ambitious program to overcome its debt crisis has reached a "critical juncture" and faster structural reforms are needed, its international bailout inspectors said Friday. Officials from the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission said they will recommend that Greece receives the next installment of bailout loans. JANE WARDELL, AP Business Writer L ONDON Icelandic lawmakers are expected to this week approve the repayment of $5 billion to Britain and the Netherlands, potentially drawing a line under a long-running saga that caused political as well as f inancial friction between the three countries. The so-called Icesave bill is in Iceland's parliament for its third and final reading on Tuesday and a vote is likely on Wednesday. Lawmakers from all parties have indicated they will vote i n favor of the deal to repay funds that were lost when Internet bank Icesave collapsed in 2008. The Netherlands and Britain reimbursed their citizens' deposits in Icesave upfront and have been seeking repayment from Iceland ever since. A positive vote needs to be ratified by Icelandic PresidentO lafur Grimsson a requirement that killed off a previous d eal last year when he refused and instead sent the agreement to a national referendum where it was rejected. Grimsson has suggested he i s happier with the current deal, which relaxes interestr ates and allows a longer time for repayment. T he new agreement will see Iceland start repayments in 2016 and finish by 2046, at an i nterest rate of 3 percent to the Dutch and 3.3 percent to B ritain. An earlier Icesave agreem ent with a 5.5 percent interest rate was approved by Ice land's parliament, but vetoed by the president and subsequently rejected in a national r eferendum. Britain has been seeking 2.3 b illion pounds ($3.6 billion compensation and the Netherl ands ?1.3 billion ($1.7 billion). The deal is expected tocost Iceland just under 50 billion Icelandic kronur ($435 million). The recovered assets of Landsbanki, the parent of Icesave, are expected to covert he majority of the debt. A petition against the bill, w hich calls for Grimsson to again use his right of veto, hasso far garnered around 20,500 signatures, around 6 percent of the volcanic island's popu lation of just 320,000. Many Icelanders remain angry at Britain for invoking anti-terrorist legislation to f reeze the assets of Icelandic banks at the height of the cri sis. Iceland went from economic wunderkind to fiscal basket case almost overnight when the credit crunch took hold. After a decade of dizzyi ng economic growth that saw Icelandic banks and compan ies snap up assets around the world, the global financial crisis wreaked political and economic havoc. JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer B EIJING Spiraling prices have made the grocery store a scary place for Chu Yun, a 27-year-old office clerk. "Prices for everything are going up and it seems it will never s top," Chu said as she hunted bargains in a supermarket. "I have no confidence prices can be brought under control this year. It hink they will keep going up." China's public is struggling with a monthslong surge in food p rices that has defied government efforts to combat inflation with interest rate hikes, price controls and a campaign to boost vegetable and grain output. On Tuesday, the government reported inflation accelerated in January, rising to 4.9 percent from December's 4.6 percent. Thatw as driven by a 10.3 percent jump in food costs amid tight supplies and strong demand. E conomists expect more sharp price rises in coming months because China faces a problem it cannot quickly fix: Demand is outs tripping food supplies, while high global commodity prices mean it can't fill the gap cheaply with imports. Inflation is unlikely to come down substantially in the first half of the year," said Mark Williams of Capital Economics. Analysts expect more rate hikes, but Williams said that on their own, "they aren't going to bring more crops to the market." Inflation is dangerous for China's leaders because it erodes e conomic gains that underpin the Communist Party's claim to power. And it hits the poor majority hardest in a society where mill ions of families spend up to half their incomes on food. That is politically awkward as Beijing tries to enforce stability a head of a once-a-generation handover of power next year to younger Communist Party leaders. Backdrop "The political backdrop of the transition is paramount in the pol i cymakers' minds," said Dariusz Kowalczyk, senior economist at Credit Agricole CIB. "They realize the poorer people who still are t he majority of China's population are hurt by inflation to a larg er degree than they benefit from growth." B eijing has tried to mollify the public by paying food subsidies to poor families, holding down prices in university cafeterias and ordering local leaders to see that vegetable markets have adequate supplies. It has tried to diffuse public frustration by claiming hoarding and price-fixing by speculators is partly to blame. B ut analysts say Beijing also failed to act quickly enough to head off inflation after it deflected the 2008 crisis by flooding the e conomy with stimulus money and bank lending. The economic rebound gave consumers more money to spend and banks arep umping out loans despite orders to curb credit. Beijing has raised interest rates three times since October, but e conomists say more rate hikes are needed and it will be months before the effect is seen. "It seems Chinese policymakers are behind the curve in fighting inflation," Kowalczyk said. "They have been too cautious." The headline inflation numbers hide even sharper increases in key items. In January, the price of fresh fruit soared by more than a third from year earlier, while eggs rose by a fifth, the National Bureau of Statistics reported. At the Xinya Shopping Center, a supermarket on Beijing's east side, the price of sugar is up 80 percent over a year earlier, while high-quality rice costs 65 percent more, according to manager Wang Yongyi. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan TAKINGAREST: Shoppers rest after shopping at a supermarket in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. China's economy accelerated in the last quarter of 2010 to expand a blockbuster 10.3 percent for the year as its communist leaders struggle to keep growth on an even keel while cooling surging prices. Chinese shoppers struggle with spiralling prices WORLD NEWS Greece to stay in recession for a 3rd straight year ICELAND'S PAYMENT DISPUTE WITH UK, DUTCH NEARS END
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CHRISTOPHER S. R UGABER, A P Economics Writers M ARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON American businesses and c onsumers are giving the e conomy a boost by spendi ng more, but the troubled housing market remains an obstacle, new data show. Consumers bought more from retailers for a seventh s traight month in January. The gains came despite s nowstorms that limited spending from workers with more money in their paychecks from a Social Security tax cut. Businesses increased their stockpiles in every month l ast year, a sign that companies expect sales to remain h ealthy. Still, the view of the housing market among homebuilders hasn't changed in four months, suggesting weak home sales will drago n the economy throughout t he year. C hris Christopher, an e conomist at IHS Global Insight, said consumer spending will likely continue t o increase over the next few m onths. But he predicts it w ill happen more slowly t han at the end of last year, e ven with workers taking home more pay from the tax cut. "Winter storms, a poor housing market, rising gaso line and food prices, and lackluster employmentg rowth ... put a damper on things," Christopher said. Retail sales rose 0.3 per cent last month to $318.6 billion, the Commerce Departm ent said Tuesday. Sales have risen more than 14 percent from the recession lowi n December 2008. People spent more at d epartment stores and on electronics while also pay i ng higher prices for gas. Online sales increased at a healthy pace. Har sh S till, the harsh winter weather which brought many cities in the Southeast to a standstill for days slowed traffic at restaurantsa nd building supply stores. Americans also spent less on clothing and furniture. The snow slowed what was looking to be anothers trong month for car sales, which ended up rising only 0.5 percent after a 1.5 percent gain in December. Part of the overall retail s ales gain last month reflect ed higher gasoline prices. Sales at gasoline service sta-t ions climbed 1.4 percent. Excluding the rise at gas sta tions, retail sales would have r isen 0.2 percent last month. January is a time when stores clear out winter goods at deep discounts to maker oom for spring merchandise. It is the least important month of the year for retailers. Still, last months howed an underlying healthy consumer demand a s shoppers took advantage of clearance sales to replenish their wardrobes. As part of the broader consumer picture, LauraG urski, a partner at A.T. K earney, says she believes the January government sales reports showed the Social Security tax cuts areh elping to lift sales at grocery stores. "Consumers are spending ( the extra money)on the basics," she said. But she added they're not buying big-ticket items. B usinesses appear to expect consumers will keep s pending. Companies added to their stockpiles for a 12th c onsecutive month in December, the Commerce Department said. That sug-g ests further growth at U.S. f actories that could lead to more hiring in the months a head. A separate report Tues day pointed to further strength in factory produc t ion. The Empire State Manufacturing Survey showed that conditions for N ew York manufacturers a re improving. The survey's i ndex of business conditions rose to an eight-month high. Economists think inventories will keep rising as long as sales remain strong and businesses have confidencet hat the demand will continue. That should boost demand at U.S. factories,a nd ultimately lead to more jobs. But those jobs are unlikel y to come from home builders, who remain pes s imistic after the worst year for new-home sales in near ly a half-century. T he National Association of Home Builders said Tues day that its index of builder s entiment remained unchanged in February for the fourth straight month at1 6. Any reading below 50 i ndicates negative sentiment about the market. The index hasn't been above that levels ince April 2006. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar RETAIL BOOST: Jody Dickman shops in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Consumers bought more from retailers for a seventh straight month in January. But snowstorms lim ited the spending gains expected from workers with more money in their paychecks from a Social Security tax cut. Businesses and consumers give economy boost INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ROUND ROCK, Texas Personal computer maker Dell Inc. says its net income more than doubled in the most recent quarter. I ncreased spending by businesses on technology helped boost the results. Dell says lower costs for computer parts also contributed to the profitable quarter. Net income soared to $927 million, or 48 cents per share, from $334 million, or 17 c ents per share, a year earlier. Excluding certain items, Dell earned 53 cents per share, blowing past Wall Street's expectations. Anal ysts surveyed by FactSet f orecast earnings of 36 cents per share. Revenue rose 5 p ercent to $15.7 billion from $14.9 billion. Rising revenue f rom smalland medium-size businesses in particularh elped Dell offset sluggish consumer buying. business BRIEFS Dell 4Q net income more than doubles P ETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer BARCELONA, Spain Abandoning an earlier policy of diplomatic restraint, the CEO of Google says the comp any is "very, very proud" of Egyptian employee WaelG honim, who organized protests in Egypt and was t hrown in jail there. Google previously said only that it was a "huge relief" when Ghonim was released from 12 days of detention by E gyptian police. He's credited with operating a Facebookp age that helped start the uprising that toppled Presid ent Hosni Mubarak last week. Like any company that does business in foreign coun tries, the online search leader is wary about making political statements. Responding to a udience questions after a keynote speech at the Mobile W orld Congress trade show in Barcelona Tuesday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said col laboration technologies like Facebook "change the power dynamics between governments and citizens." CEO says Google 'very proud' of Egyptian exec US NEWS
BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON Defending his new budget as one of "tough choices," President Barack Obama said Tuesday that more difficult decisions about the nation's biggest expenses Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will have to be tackled by Democrats and Republicans acting together, not by White House dictates. "This is not a matter of, 'you go first, I go first,'" he said. "It's a matter of every body having a serious con versation about where we want to go and then ultimately getting in that boat at the same time so it doesn't tip over." The president pitched his $3.73 trillion budget as a balance of spending on needed programs and significant reductions that would cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years. The budget includes a mix of spending freezes on domestic programs, pay hike suspensions for federal civilian workers and new revenues from increased taxes on the wealthy and on oil and gas producers. But Obama's deficit relief is far more modest than that detailed by his fiscal commis sion, which in December proposed measures that would mop up four times as much red ink. Unlike his blue-ribbon group, the administration's budget does not address structural changes in Social Security or Medicare, the two largest items in the federal budget. "Look at the history of how these deals get done," Obama said Tuesday. "Typically it's not because there's an Obama plan out there. It's because Democrats and Republicans are committed to tackling this in a serious way." The commission's bipartisan report included politically difficult recommendation such as increasing the Social Security retirement age and reducing future increases in benefits. And while Obama has promised to overhaul the corporate tax system, he stops short of commission recom mendations that would lower rates but generate addit ional revenue at the same. Obama has called for "revenue neutral" fixes to corporate taxes, meaning they would neither cost more mon ey nor add money to the trea sury. "I'm not suggesting we don't have to do more," the president said. At times defensive, Obama used his news conference to offer his own tutorial on how Washington works. He voiced exasperation at what he said was the capital's impatient culture and its insis tence on immediate results. He said he faced the same demands on health care, the military's don't-ask, don't-tell policy on gays, and on the uprising in Egypt. "There's a tendency for us to assume that if it didn't happen today, it's not going to happen," he said. P ar tisan He also pulled the curtain back on the partisan positioning typical of politics, while at the same time press ing Republicans to join him at the negotiating table. "I expect that all sides will have to do a little posturing on television and speak to their constituencies and rally their troops," he said. "But ultimately what we need is a reasonable, responsible and initially probably somewhat quiet and toned-down conv ersation about, 'all right, where can we compromise and get something done.' Obama at one point overstated the achievements of his budget, asserting that by the middle of the current decade annual federal spending would match annual revenues. "We will not be adding more to the national debt," he said. But his budget shows deficits as well as debt increas ing every year through 2021, and the president later had to clarify. The balance in spend ing and revenue, he said, applied only to the smaller "discretionary" portion of the budget, not to interest on the national debt or to rising health care costs in Medicare and Medicaid. "That's going to require entitlement reform and it's going to require tax reform," he said. Obama said he also wants to work with Republicans to find common ground on government spending for the remainder of this fiscal year and to avoid a government shutdown. Stopping the basic functions of government could damage the economic recovery, he said. "I think it is important to make sure that we don't try to make a series of symbolic cuts this year that could endanger the recovery," he said. Obama said cutting too deeply in Washington could prompt thousands of layoffs in state and local governments, which would hurt the economy. "The key here is for people to be practical and not score political points," he said. "That's true for all of us." Obama's budget aims to cut the deficit in part with tax increases, including eliminating tax breaks for oil and gas producers, which have failed to win support before under a Democratic control Congress. The measures face an even tougher challenge now that Republicans control the House of Representatives. "I continue to believe I'm right," he said, when asked why he relied on previously defeated proposals. "So we're going to try again." His new budget would cut spending on popular energy assistance programs and community development projects. Obama took note of the harsh impact that cuts can have on individual Americans. But he said the most important thing he can do as president is focus on the long-term stability of the economy to help the largest number of people. "I definitely feel folks' pain," he said, mentioning the gripping stories recounted in the 10 letters a day that he reads from among the thousands received at the White House. "You want to help every single one individual ly." 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.95272.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.95270.18%1.61%2.918697 1.58091.5114CFAL Money Market Fund1.58080.43%4.59%1.550241 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7049-0.56%-15.54% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.41640.44%-0.10% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14651.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14655.20%5.20% 1.11851.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11854.73%4.73% 1.14911.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14915.35%5.35% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.12669.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.12661.27%1.27% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.45100.72%9.95% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Nov-10 31-Jan-11 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Dec-10 NAV 6MTH 1.475244 2.910084 1.533976TO 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-Jan-11 28-Jan-11 31-Jan-11MARKET TERMS31-Dec-10 31-Jan-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Jan-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Nov-10 31-Dec-10 NEW YORK Oil prices retreated Tuesd ay on concerns about grow ing supplies of crude in the U.S. and weak retail sales numbers that suggested con sumers were spending less because of high energy prices. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell 49 cents to settle at $84.32 a bar rel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude fell $1.44 to settle at $102.29 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. U.S. stockpiles of crude oil continue to rise, undercutting the price of benchmark WTI. The Energy department releases its weekly report on petroleum supplies on Wednesday. Analysts expect it to show increases in sup plies of both oil and gasoline, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGrawHill Cos. Oil supplies have been growing for weeks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, hub, which is the delivery point for WTI crude. Energy traders also kept an eye on anti-government protests that continued in Iran and Bahrain after Egypt's president was forced from power last week. Demonstra tions have happened in Yemen and Algeria as well. There is concern that unrest could spread to other coun tries and disrupt oil shipments from OPEC countries. Iran is the second-largest oil exporter in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries behind Saudi Arabia. "Investors had been worried about Algeria and Jordan, Yemen and the Arab Gulf states," energy consultants Cameron Hanover stat ed. "It seems that everyone in power is nervous." In other Nymex trading in March contracts, heating oil fell 2.14 cents to settle at $2.7290 a gallon and gasoline lost 2.86 cents to settle at $2.4888 a gallon. Natural gas rose 5.1 cents to settle at $3.976 per 1,000 cubic feet. NEW YORK T he dollar was lower against the euro and pound Tuesday after a report showed retail sales grew onlys lightly in January. The euro rose to $1.3492 late Tuesday from $1.3483 Monday, while the British p ound advanced to $1.6131 f rom $1.6034. But the dollar gained to 83.82 Japanese yen from 83.32 yen, at one point hitting a two-month high at 8 3.91 yen. In the U.S., the government said retail sales rose 0.3 percent last month economists h ad expected gains of about t wice that much. Snowy weather may have held back some shoppers, economists said. Consumers have recently b egun spending more, and the latest holiday shopping season was the best in six years. Economists closely watch consumer spending since it accounts for 70 percent of the country's total economic activity. T he euro's gains were tempered by continued worrieso ver a flare-up of Europe's debt crisis. The euro has r etreated recently from a three-month high just over $1.38 struck earlier this month. European finance ministers have not yet beena ble to come up with a more powerful plan to fight the cur-r ent crisis, although they agreed Monday to provide 5 00 euros ($674 billion new crisis fund that will come into force in 2013. The officials are meeting again in March. Investors remain wor r ied that Portugal will become the third country to require a b ailout, following Greece and Ireland's emergency aid deals i n 2010. Greek and Portuguese transportation workers are on strike, protesting the cost-cutting reforms enacted to help G reece and Portugal cut their debts. I n other trading Tuesday, the dollar fell to 98.89 Canadia n cents from 98.93 Canadian cents, and fell to 0.9669 Swiss franc from 0.9703 Swiss franc. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman M EETTHEPRESS: I n this photo released by NBC House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks about the 2012 budget on NBC's "Meet t he Press" in Washington Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Boehner said he wants President Barack Obama to support Republican efforts to make deep c uts in this year's budget as a down payment in the effort to attack soaring deficits. C HIP CUTTER, AP Business Writers MATTHEW CRAFT,AP Business Writers N EW YORK A surprisingly weak retail s ales report drove stocks lowe r on Tuesday, giving the Dow Jones industrial average i ts second straight day of losses. T he Commerce Department said Tuesday that retails ales rose just 0.3 percent in January, the smallest increase s ince June and half of what economists had predicted. Kim Caughey Forrest, equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group, said higherp rices for gasoline and raw materials are beginning to bep assed along to consumers. That's hurting retail sales and spending, she said. "Without wage gains," she said, "people are going to buy l ess." Energy companies led the w ay down. Exxon Mobil Corp. lost 2.3 percent, the l argest drop among the 30 large companies that make up the Dow. Exxon Mobil said it added 3.5 billion barrels of oil and gas last year to the comp any's massive reserves, more than twice what Exxon pro-d uced in 2010. The Dow fell 41.55, or 0.3 p ercent, to close at 12,226.64. That's only the third day this month the Dow has closed lower. The Standard & Poor's 500 i ndex fell 4.31, or 0.3 percent, to 1,328.01. The Nasdaq comp osite index fell 12.83, or 0.5 percent, to 2,804.35. T he parent company of the New York Stock Exchange agreed to combine with the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche B oerse AG, creating the world's largest financial mark ets company. Shares of both companies f ell after the deal was announced. NYSE Euronext's shares lost 3.4 percent in New York, while Deutsche Boerse's lost 2.4 percent in Frankfurt. One of NYSE's biggest competitors, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc., fell 4.6 percent. Roughly three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. DAYOFLOSSES: A board on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones Industrial average near the close of trading Wednesday. Obama defends his new budget of 'tough choices' DOLLAR TRADES MIXED AS RETAIL S ALES COME IN WEAK STOCKS FALL AFTER WEAK RETAIL SALES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Oil prices fall on economy and supply concerns
T HERE are few things more delicious and satisfying on a hot summer day than a thick wedge of watermelon. To be ab le t o en jo y ou r ow n fru its we must plan in advance for water melons are true 120-day crops and any seeds we sow now will give sat isfaction in May or June. Watermelons originated in West an d C en t r a l A f r i ca a n d n a t u r al l y grow in the silty areas near rivers. W e h a v e n o ri ve rs i n t he B ah a m as s o w e m u st t ry t o re p l ic a t e i d e al c on ditions as best we can. V i r t u a l l y a l l m e m b e r s o f t h e c ucu r bit family en joy well m anured b e d s t o g ro w i n b u t w a t e rm e l o n i s a n e x c e p ti on an d d e ma n d s w e l l d ra in e d soil with little or no compost. I t als o demands plenty of w at er a n d fe r ti l i se r f o r th e fr u i ts a r e a m o n g t h e l a rg e st t h a t m o st h o m e g a r d e n e rs ever grow. A r e g u l a r g a r d e n a r e a c a n b e r e a d i e d f o r w a t e rm e l o n s b y t h e a dd i tion of sand that, of course, should not be salty beach sand. B u i l d e r s u p p l y c o m p a n i e s s e l l sand in 50-pound bags that will do the job admirably. The spacing for watermelons is a touchy subject. When water melo ns are grown in a n a re a w he r e t he r e a r e n o i rri g a t io n fac i lit ie s th ey sh oul d be sp ac e d w e ll apar t up to six feet. If ir rigati on is a v a i l a b l e t h e n t h e y c a n b e s o w n m uch clos er t ogether The c lassic s q uash an d m elo n fo r mu la of se e ds p la n te d a fo o t a p a rt in a tr iangle wil l wor k as long as t he s u pply of w ate r an d fertil iser is a deq u a t e Water melons com e eit her s pher ic al or e long at ed, tho ugh the J ap ane se hav e a t echn iqu e wh er e th ey g r o w r o u n d wa t e r m e l o n s i n t e m p e r e d g l a s s f i v e s i d e d b o x e s i n o rder to pro duce s quar e w at ermel ons T he s e are m uch easier to pack for shipping but are v ery e xpen s iv e. S m a l l r o u n d w a t e r m e l o n s a r e call ed I c ebo x melon s b ec au se t hey can fit int o t he aver age r efri ge r ator com for tably. T her e ar e al s o t r ip loi d o r s eed l es s wat e r me lo n s t ha t r et ai n s ee d s c ars but hav e n o spittab le se eds. In o rder t o gr ow th ese you m ust als o gro w st an da rd w a te rm el on s i n ord e r t o pr ovide polli nation I n i t i a l g r o w t h f o r w a t e r m e l o n s sho ul d be q ui c k i n ord e r to e sta bl ish h e al t h y v i n es T h e s o i l s h ou l d b e w ell ferti lised a nd w a tered on a reg u l a r b a s i s O n c e f r u i t s a r e e s t ab l i s h e d t h e d e m a n d f o r w a t e r decr eas es a nd du ri ng th e ri penin g s tage s houl d be min imal. It see ms stran ge th at a fruit c al led w ate rme lon sh oul d n ee d l itt le w ate r in its la ter stage s of grow th, but tha t is th e w ay it goes Too much water will either p rodu ce ins i pidta st ing fle sh or caus e th e fr uit to s plit It w o uld b e a sh ame to spen d s o m u ch t i m e g r o w i n g w a t e r m e l o n s and t hen p ic k them too early when th ey lack opt imum sweetn ess Ther e ar e many claims as to t he b e s t w a y t o t e s t f o r r i p e n e s s a n d the s e h ave o ften be en dev elo ped by pe op le w h o gro w w a te rme lo ns c om mer cially an d can aff or d to los e a few whi le exper imenti ng. A n e x p e r i e n c e d w a t e r m e l o n far mer can sp ank hi s f rui ts and tel l f r o m t he s o u nd w he t h er t h ey a r e r ipe or not W i th a s ingl e water melon t o t est th e home gar dener w o uld have n o c o m p a r i s o n s So do n ot s pank yo ur water melo n s I n s t e a d c h e ck t h e s t e m an d tend ril w h ere the fr uit att aches to the vine At the ripe stage these dry off Als o c hec k the c olour on the bottom of the melon w her e it has been l y i n g o n t h e g r o u n d T h e w h i t e p a tc h tu rn s t o a d ist in c t str aw y e ll ow when t he fr uit is r ipe. Alw ay s e r r on the side of ca utio n. Wh e n I a m s u r e a wa t e r m e l o n i s ri pe I always le ave it fo r an ext ra day or t wo an yway un le ss I h ave two at the s ame s tage. For questions or further information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. ENTERT AINMENT THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 16, 201 1, P AGE 9B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM J u s t a fe w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bahamas looked li ke 4 0. .. 50 .. 60 .. years in the past SIR Durward Knowles, the Bahamas' very first Olympic Gold medal winner, seen here sailing his Star Class boat with Prince Philip on Montague Bay. He later met Prince Philip at a party held for the Gov ernor Awards. Sir Durward was Nassau's leading pilot responsible for thousands of cruise ships entering Nassau Harbour. Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE Watermelons DELICIOUS: Watermelons originated in West and Cen tral Africa and naturally grow in the silty areas near rivers.
ENTERT AINMENT P AGE 10B, WEDNESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 16, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE FEBRUARY 17 FEBRUARY 20 ATLANTIS' "ROCK N ROLL" FANTASY CAMP Atlantis hosts a "Rock 'n Roll" fantasy camp head lined by the legendary Tommy Lee and features Ace Frehley and Lita Ford among other rock 'n roll greats that have all come to jam with campers. Cost: Starts from $4999/per per son. FEBRUARY 19 SATURDAY 47TH ANNUAL HEART BALL The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation celebrates 50 years and invites you to attend the 47th annual Heart Ball at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort under the theme "Saving Little Hearts for 50 Years, One Beat at a Time". Agenda includes a silent auction, presentation of the Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award, entertainment by Soulful Groovers, RBDF Dance Band and Ed Brice Orchestra, and an in-house raffle with a prize of a round-trip to London. Cock tails: 7.15pm. Dinner: 8.30pm. Tickets: $250. T: 327-0806. FEBRUARY 19 SATURDAY A DANCE COMPETITION TO REMEMBER Showboyz Entertainment presents "A Dance Competition to Remember" at The Tennis Centre featur ing Na Jie Dun and Major Boy Dunna. Tickets: $5/in advance available at the Jukeboxx. things 2 D O A UNIQUE multi-instrument quartet whose music once accompanied a Canadian astronaut on a NASA flight into space will be performing two con certs in Nassau this weekend. The Na s sa u Music Soc iety presents Q uarte tt o G e la to ', w hi c h f or o v er a de c a d e n ow h as da z z l e d a u di e nc e s a nd c ri ti c s a rou n d th e w orl d wi th cl assica l maste r w orks, op eratic aria s the si z z li n g e n er gy o f ta n go s, gy p sy an d f ol k s on g s. T he w el lkn ow n C a na di a n e ns em bl e is c o mpr is ed of Pet er DeSo to (t enor violin m ando l in ); A le x a nd e r Se v a sti a n (a c c o rdi o n, pi a no ba ndone on); El iza beth Mc L e lla n (c ell o), a nd C olin Maie r (oboe cl arine t, E ng lish horn a nd ma ny m ore). The first concert will take place this Friday at t he Col l ege of t he B ah am as P er f or m i ng Arts Centre at 8pm. Then on Saturday, the quartet w ill p er form a t S t P a u l s C h u r c h H a l l L y f o r d C a y a t 7.30pm. A ud ie nc e s c an e x pe c t a re pe rt oi re th at t ra vels the globe. T h e p r o g r a m m e w i l l i n c l u d e T a n g o D e l M ar e Ko nze r s tu ck O pu s 79 A l D i, Ob oe Co ncerto, Meditang o, Su ite Latino america na and Besame Mucho, among others. In addition to these two concerts and as a p ar t of t he N as sa u Mu sic S oc i e ty s p ro g ra mm e to educ ate y oung B aham ian music ians, Qua r t e t t o G e l a t o w i l l h o l d a f r e e m a s t e r c l a s s t om o rr o w f ro m 1 2 no o n -2 p m a t th e Pe r fo r mi n g Arts Centre of the College of the Bahamas. Attendance is free and open to those who would like to watch and learn. The concerts were organised by the Music Society in association with Societe Generale Pr ivat e Ban king, Coli na, Royal St ar A ss ur ance, and Pictet. T h e tw o-ni ght e ve nt is b ein g he ld und er the pat r onag e of G over no rGen era l Sir A rt hur Foulkes. PETER DESOTO (tenor, violin, mandolin): Critics have described him as a remarkable talent who possesses the ability to perform not only as a classical musician but also as a spirited gypsy virtuoso with the added bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. His voice repertoire ranges from light pop, to authentic Irish folksongs, to the great Italian operatic arias including Turan dots "Nessun Dorma". ALEXANDER SEV ASTIAN (accordion, piano, bandoneon): He has won four international accordion competitions including the Oslofjord in Norway (1998), The Cup of the North in Russia (2000), the Anthony Galla-Rini Accordion Competition in the United States (2001), and The Coupe Mondiale, also in the United States (2007). Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alex began his studies on the accordion at the age of seven. He received his Masters in Per formance degree in 2002, studying with renowned performer and pedagogue Friedrich Lips. ELIZABETH MCLELLAN (cello): She has performed as a soloist in front of orchestras across North America and has toured other countries such as China and Korea. In addition, she is a regular performer for Toronto's Sound streams series, and recently had the opportunity to premiere R Murray Schaffer's new work "The Children's Crusade". She also works with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Thunder Bay Symphony and Orchestra London. COLIN MAIER (oboe): He was graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a degree in oboe performance studying with David Sussman. In 2002, he was a featured Jazz oboist at the International Double Reed Festival where he performed and conducted a jazz master class with legendary jazz bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz. In addition to oboe, Colin also plays clarinet, English horn, violin, five-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar and harmonica. MEET THE MEMBERS OF QUAR TETTO GELA TO Quartetto Gelato CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic PART biopic, part concert film and al l crow d pleas e r "Justi n B ieber: N e ver Say Never" is a big, glossy celebra tion of the musical phenomenon that knows exactly what it needs to do to send its target audience of 'tween girls into a tizzy of giddy screams. That includes an unusually effective u se o f 3D f ro m d ir ec to r J on M Ch u ("Step Up 3 D"), so g et r e ady for p l en ty of shots of Bieber looking longingly into the camera, reaching out to grab y o u r h a n d w h i l e s i n g i n g o n e o f h i s i nf ecti ous pop t unes. (And par ents get ready for temporary hearing loss.) Bieber would be an easy target for an yo n e who 's gr ad ua te d fro m ju n ior high school: He's 16, smooth and pret t y w i t h a n a n d r o g y n o u s l o o k t h a t rec alls Hila ry Swan k in "Bo ys D on 't Cr y a n d a p la y fu l, n o n -t h re a t e n in g way about him. And that hair ... that famous mane that flips back and forth an d a lwa ys la nd s ju st rig h t in a s of t, feathered swoop. B u t a s C h u 's fi lm r ev e a ls t h ro u g h h o m e m o vi e s f r om B i eb e r s s m a l l C a n adian town of Stratford, Ontario, early Y o uT u be cl ips and i nterview s wi th the p eo p l e w h o d i s c ov e r ed hi m h e s pr e t er naturally gifted, freakishly poised and i n c e s s a n t l y h a r d w o r k i n g F r o m t h e se n se o f rh y th m h e d is p la ye d a t a ge two to his confident busking outside a the ate r a t a ge 12 to th e ch utz pa h he sh o we d in a p p ro a ch i n g h is e v e n t u a l m en t or, U sher, an d of feri ng t o sing f o r hi m j ust a coupl e years a go, B ieber h as always seemed fearless, yet somehow grounded. Sure, "Never Say Never" plays like a n e x te n d e d in f o me r c ia l fo r Bie b e r s i m i l a r t o r e c e n t 3 D m o v i e s a b o u t Mil ey Cyrus an d th e Jon as Bros. We get no sen se of wh o B ie ber rea l ly is, w het he r he ha s an y fe ars i f he g et s s ic k of t o ur ing an d mi sses normal -kid st u f f, w ha t he t hi n ks a bou t t h e hor de s o f g i rl s who tremble and flail at the very men tion of his name. But along those lines, Chu does an excellent job of conveying the incom pa rab le t hr i ll of bei ng yo ung and bu rs ting with love for your first idol crush; t h e f o ot ag e o f gi r l s so bb i n g a nd hu gg i n g a ct ua l ly get s re pet i t i ve a nd Ne ve r Sa y N e v e r p r o ba bl y c o u l d h a ve b ee n ab o ut 15 minute s sh orter. Bu t wheth er y ou grew up worshipping Paul McCartney or Shaun Cassidy, Michael Jackson or Justin Timberlake, you'll relate. J u s t i n Bi eb er: Neve r Say Neve r ," a Par amount Pi ctu res r el eas e, i s r at ed G. B i e b e r i s e x t r a d r e a m y i n 3D N e v e r Sa y N e v e r S ING ER J u s t i n Biebe r a t tends his premiere of "Never Say Never" in New York on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. ( AP) T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM
ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 16, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM BY LESH LAST W edne sday on A meri c an Id o l th e to u gh p ar t o f th e c om p e t i t i o n s t a r t e d w h e n S t e v e n Randy and Jennif er set off for H o ll y w o o d t o p r e p a r e f o r t h e c r u c ia l p a r t of t h e elim in at io n pr oc ess sep arating the wheat f ro m t he ch a ff a s t he y j u dg e d th e pe rfo rm ance s o f the g ol de n t i cket wi nne rs. T he voti ng is at thi s poi nt sti l l in the ha nds of t he three j udg es and we can onl y hope the y wi ll make the r i ght dec i sions so we ca n ha v e a w o rt hy A m e ri ca n I do l winne r in the end. H o l l y w oo d w e e k s a w t e a r s a n d b r o k e n v oi c e s b u t a ls o h a p py faces. For Nick Fink and Jacquel in e Dunf ord, the c oupl e which w as h i g h l i g h t e d f o r i t s e x t r e m e l o v e y d o v e y n e s s t h e w e e k b ro ugh t h eart ach e an d sep arat i o n W h i l e Ja cq u e l i n e m o v e d a he a d to the next round, her boyf rie nd w a s s e n t h o m e A nd r e g a rd l e s s o f t h e s o m e w h a t e m b a r r a s s i n g pl ea din g on h is pa rt, t he j udge s wo uld not be m ove d. H urt by t he sho c k i ng de c i s io n, Nick di d not want to leav e the a r e n a a n d b e g g e d R a n d y f o r a nothe r cha nc e onl y t o be tol d, no man go a way ". Nick l ef t but kept sing ing the wh ole way down t he a isl e t o the e x i t s t i l l h op i ng f o r a l as t -m i nu te r e p r i e v e Foll owi ng Ni c k in the li neup w e r e t w o f a v o u r i t e s o f m i n e T r a v i s O rl a n do a n d T i f f a ny Ri o s t h e c o n t e s t a n t k n o w n f o r h e r New Jerse y sta r bre asts T i ff a n y s t a r t e d h e r au d it i o n w i t h a l i t t l e a t t i t u de ; sh e s a i d t ol d the judg es: "I' m t ire d of seei ng pe ople t ryi ng to d o wha t I know I can do." J Lo sai d des pite her atti tu de she st il l l ove s her. Trav is sang "Thi s Love" but the round unfortu nate ly di d not en d i n lo ve for hi m. T i f f a n y m a d e i t t h r o u g h t o a n o t h e r w e e k a n d a n o t h e r c h a n c e t o b e t h e n e x t A m e r i c a n I d o l wh i le T rav i s wa s se nt pa cki ng. The competition heats up as the contestants start Hollywood week A S shocking and controversial as Esperanza Spalding's win for Best New Artist at Sunday's 53rd Grammy Awards was, some fashion choices on the red car pet were even more so. While some of the stars shone brightly in their designer wear, others showcased why they should fire their stylists who in some cases made them look like tacky superheroes (Ciara) and in others like silly angels (Katy Perry). RIHANNA FARAH SAYS: Okay Ri Ri, we g e t t h a t y o u l o v e t o t a k e r i s k s because you are a fashionista, but was there something about Christ m as tha t you m issed ? Yo u m ig ht as w ell have s how n up on the red carpet in the nude because this dress screams "look at me, look at me". N e x t ti m e t ry so m e t hi n g w i th a l i tt l e more class and elegance, can you do that? L E S H S A Y S : C o m i n g f r o m a h u g e R i h an n a f a n l ik e my s e lf I p e rs o n a l l y l o v e e v e r y t h i n g t h a t s h e de cid es t o g o wi t h, b u t t h e dr e s s was a bit revealing, too much skin was on display. NICKI MINAJ FARAH SAYS: Dear old Nicki, y o u n e v e r c e a s e t o a m a z e m e I mu s t s a y t he en ti r e l eo pa r d l o ok w a s e y e c a t c h i n g a n d I a c t u a l l y think you pulled the look off. It's som ething a bout its u nusualn ess or t h e I d o n t c a r e i f I a m t h e w o r s t d r e s s e d at titude that 's captivating. Maybe Rihanna can take a few tips from y ou be c a u s e y o u k n ow h o w t o t h in k ou tsi de th e b ox w it ho ut l oo k in g t oo risqu. LE SH S AYS : Y uc k! I w a s si ttin g in f ro n t o f m y t e l e v is i o n s e t t r y i n g t o figure ou t w hat an imal N ick i Min aj had sla in on he r w ay to the red c arp et I lo ve N ick i' s m us i c and he r sur pr isi n g se n se of f a sh io n, bu t h e re sh e l o ok s li k e s he d r e ss e d i n a c h e a p cheetah outfit. JUSTIN BIEBER FARAH SAYS : I don't know if i t s t he a l l w h i t e o r t h e s i z e, b u t the re i s de fi ni te ly s om et hi ng u nf la ttering about Bieber's tuxedo. And like Joan Rivers said on E!'s Fash i o n P o li ce Bi eb er yo u ar e r i ch y o u d o n t n e e d t o b u y s u i t s y o u have to grow into." LE S H S A Y S: I f e e l l i k e a c o u g a r! I d ef i n it e ly get t h e Bi eb er F e ve r every time I s e e J us tin at a red ca r p et ev en t. Hi s s en s e of s t yl e an d f ashi on is s uper f ly, like his mentor, Usher. Love the Beebs. BRUNO MARS F A R A H S A Y S : F o u r wo r d s sleek, chic and perfectly tailored! L E S H S A Y S : I h a v e n o i d e a whe n exa ctl y B runo Mars offi cia lly came out as an artist, but recently he is starting to grow on me. From h is s moo th so ph is t icat ed l oo k, t o hi s so o th i ng v oc a l s. B ru no Ma rs h a s def initely came into his own, one of the best. KA TY PERR Y Farah says: Is this even a dress? L e s h s a y s : I ca me to a c on cl usion that she wanted to fly! That is all. CIARA F A R A H S A Y S : S u pe r h e ro C i a ra to t he re sc u e Th e d re ss is n' t e nt ir ely ugly. I think maybe if you chose a n ot h er p a ir o f s h oe s Ci ar a y o u would have looked much better. LESH SAYS: Why Ciara, why!? I t h o u g h t i t w a s t h e G r a m m y Awa rds n ot the aw ards for the be s t d r e s s e d s u p e r h e r o c o m e a g a i n please. LADY GAGA FARAH SAYS: Her entrance was really grand. I also dig the concept of the egg or the womb simply because it fit so tremendously with the "Born This Way" performance. Now, we know it isn't too long before you go off on a tangent, but that black stage costume was hideous, Gaga, hideous! LESH SAYS: Okay, the egg did not surprise me at all because I was expecting her to come with something really out there. L A D Y GA G A a r r i v e s a t t h e 5 3 r d a n n u al Grammy Awards being carried in a n a li en ty pe e gg Sh e l ate r e me rge d from an e gg on sta ge fo r h er pe r f or m an c e o f h er n e w so ng B o r n This Way." (AP) R I H A N N A a rri v e s a t th e 53 rd a nn u a l G ra m my A wa rd s o n S u nd a y in Los Angeles wearing one of her favourite designers, Jean Paul Gaultier. (AP ) FROM left, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, and Ari Levine arrive at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on (AP)
The T ribune SECTION B W E D N E S D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 6 2 0 1 1 By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter L IKE most forms of body art which are popular today, piercing is a form of body modification that has been around for millennia. M u mm if i ed r em ai ns t h at ar e o ve r 5,0 00 years old were discovered to be sporting ear rings; nose piercings are estimated to have been ar ou nd si nce 1500 BCE, and t he fir st ment ions of ni pp le pi e rc in g s c a n b e fo u nd i n w ri ti ng s fro m An c ie n t Rome. While piercings in these eras were often done with religious motives in mind or to signify status within a society or a rite of passage undergone, people today tend to get body piercings mostly for decorative rea sons. Y o u ng p e o pl e of t e n w a n t t o m a k e a st a t e me n t a b o u t t hei r p ers on ali ty and ind ivid uali ty wit h an u nus ual piercing. An d th e p oss ib il it ie s w he n i t c o m es to pi erc i ng bo dy parts are endless. Having your ears pierced is an extremely common and easy prac tic e, how eve r, c reati ng openi ngs i n y our skin on other body parts can sometimes come with risks and should be done by a specialist. In an interview with Tribune Art Mac Charles of Nass a u Ink s a id he c ons ide r s piercing a true a r t for m Ar t to m e i s e x pre ss io n o f on e s s el f ; i de a s, f e e li ng s pa in tin g a p ic t ure o f yo ur li fe to ot he rs. W it h pi erc i ng s I think you definitely deliver the message, I'm bold, brave, daring'," he said. At the moment, he said, dermal piercings are hot. T h a t' s w h e re y o u h a v e a s t u d /a n c h o r p ro t r ud i n g o u t of yo ur ski n, fo r e x am ple yo ur kne e c a ps, e lb ow c he st and back," Mac explained. A pr ofe ssi on a l in t he p i erc i ng bu sin es s f or fi ve ye a rs no w M a c s a i d t h e i n sp i r a t i o n t o c h o o se t h i s c a re e r p a t h came fr om wanting t o do som e t hing challenging in his life. "I would say I was more or less motivated by my peers seeing piercing as a challenge, and I wanted to overcome that challenge and fear," he said. S ta rti n g i n th e b us in e ss at t he a ge of 2 4 M ac sa i d hi s first experience with a client was nerve-wracking. "I think I was probably more nervous and frightful than my client, but she and I did great." W hen deal ing with indiv idual cl ients ov er the y ears he ha s lea r ne d to r e ly on his ins tinc ts and expe r ie nce "Don't let a client tell you this the way to go when you kno w better ; a t the e nd of the day you have a re p u ta t i on t o k e e p a n d e v e r y o ne s p a i n t o l e ra n c e i s di f ferent." As ke d about th e crazie s t body piercing he's e ver done, Mac said: "I've been doing this a lil' while, so I w o u l d n t r e a l l y co n s i d e r n o t h i n g c r a z y r i g h t n o w because I've almost done them all." Ho we ve r, his mo s t d r a ma tic ex peri enc e w as w he n a wom an fa inte d b efore th e pie r c in g proc ess e ve n s ta rted, he said. "Her partner said that was the norm for her, after about five minutes or so she got up, got her piercing and left like nothing ever happened. But people do c h a n g e t h e r e m i n d s o n t h e re g u l a r b u t p e o p l e th a t us u a l l y c o m e f or p i e r ci n gs a r e m o r e s e t f ocu s ed an d d et e r mi ne d t o get what they came for." Tribune Art got the chance to speak to a few body art fans that shared their piercing stories. Char Rolle* sai d she us ed to h a ve a s nake bit e' p ie rc in g (a set o f tw o l ow e r l ip p ie rc i ng s, o ne o n e it he r side). I re m e m b e r t he f i rst ti m e I sa w i t i t w a s f r om a l e a d singer of my favourite band. I have always been into body modification and I think it is an interesting subc u ltur e which has a lo t of ro ots i n t he Afr ican c ulture," she said. However, Char said that she grew weary of having such a noticeable piercing. "I to ok i t out be cau s e I wa s ac tuall y getting ti r e d o f it, it was starting to pretty much define me. I did not l ike t he i mag e th at w as be in g assoc i ate d w ith it Wh en I got it in 2006 there was no Bahamian woman that I knew on the island that had it," she said. An o t he r p i e r c i ng f a n, S ta n Le w i s h a d t h i s to sa y : I h a d t h e l a b r e t p i e r c i n g (a p i e rc i n g t h a t i s b e l o w th e b o t to m l ip, a bove t he ch in) and I got it bec a use I tho ugh t i t w ou l d lo o k g oo d o n me I d i dn 't r ea l ly ha v e a re a son t o t a ke i t o ut be s id e s g e t ti n g a ne w j o b. Th e ex p e ri e n c e w as a littl e s cary, it it c h ed m ore th a n i t hur t, but I actually want to do it again." Be fore ge tting y our first pi erc ing yo u s h ould be 1 00 per cent sure it is what you really want, Mac said. "I w oul d say m ak e sure y ou a re po siti ve a bo ut w ha t it is that you want, make sure the piercer/body modi ficat ion sp eciali st c o mes high ly re c o mmen ded, an d that the person uses brand new sterile needles." If y o u w a n t t o a v o i d m a j or h e a l th ri sk s, y ou w a n t to m ak e sure y ou r a rti st u ses bra nd n ew ne ed le s to a v oid the spread of Hepatitis B or C and HIV. Also, you w o ul d l ik e i ni ti a ll y to ge t p ie rc e d w i th st a in le ss ste e l o r a safer metal to avoid any allergic reactions to other m et a ls, f or ex a mp le go ld n ic ke l o r a n yt hi ng t ha t lo ok s c h ea p. Afte r yo ur a rti st d oe s the se t hi ng s, th e re st is in the client's hands. If you want your piercing to heal p r o p e r l y k e e p i t cl e a ne d a n d f o l l ow y o ur ar t i s t s instructions." W h e n it c o m e s t o t h e h e a l i n g p r o c e ss e v e ry o n e i s d i f ferent, he said. "The he aling t im e (varies) depending on body part and also person. Because we all don't heal the same. For ins tan c e, car til age areas tend t o us ually t ake a l o n g e r ti m e t o h e a l c o m p a r e d t o th e s o ft e r p a rt s o f y o u r ear." b eauty A piercing PICKING A SPOT : Body pierci ng ha s be come ex t re mely popul ar. The y rang e from a num ber of ares i nclu ding na ve l pie r c ing s, derma l pie r c ing s, pie rcing about the breast and ear cartilage piercings. Quartetto Gelato SEE P AGE 10 In Y a Ear Grammy Fashion Police SEE P AGE 10
NUMBER ONE: THE SC McPherson Sharks celebrate after claiming the Junior Girls GSSSA Basketball Championship. The Skarks took a 30-23 win over the DW Davis Pitbulls to complete the series sweep yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. W E D N E S D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 6 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N E INSIDE Local Spor ts news T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com S H A V O N N I A A d d e r l y a g a i n p rov e d h er se lf to b e one of t he mo st u n s t o p p a b l e p l a y e r s i n G S S S A Junior Girl s basket b a ll as she d e li vere d a no th er imp r es sive ind ivid ual per fo r manc e t o lead he r tea m to a ser ies c linc h ing w in. A d d e r l y f i n i s h e d w i t h a g a m e h i g h 1 7 p o i n t s t o l e a d t h e S C M c P h e r s o n S h a r k s t o 3 0 2 3 w i n o v e r t h e D W D a v i s P i t b u l l t o sweep the c hampion ship series yester da y at th e K en d al I sa ac s Gymn a s i u m Ad d erly s ho t 5 -15 fr om th e f ield and 7-1 8 fr om th e fr ee th r ow line wh ile s he als o le d t he Sh ar ks w ith sev en r eb ou n ds V a lar ie N es b itt c h ip pe d in wit h seven poin ts an d five rebo und s an d Dan ya K n ow les add ed fo ur o ff t he b e n c h Br ush ea B a in l e d t he Pi t bul l s w i th 13 p o in t s Ho w e ve r n o o t h e r P it bu ll pla yer man aged to sc o r e mo re tha n a s ing le ba sk et. Th e Sh ar ks sh o t jus t 22 p erc e nt fr om t he f ield bu t th e s lim d iffer ent ial in mad e f ield go als ( 97) an d a t t h e f r e e t h r o w l i n e w i t h f r e e Sharks take GSSSA junior girls title BASKETBALL BBF COACHES CLINIC THE Bahamas Basket ball Federation will be conducting a FIBA Coaches Certification Clinic level II for all basketball coaches throughout the Bahamas on Friday, February 18th from 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, February 19th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the College of The Bahamas. Only those coaches who have passed level 1 will be allowed to take level II. The course will be con ducted by oach Larry Brown, a highly experienced and accomplished FIBA certified coaching instructor. Brown has taught FIBA coaching clinics throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The cost of the clinic is $30:00 pre-registered or $40:00 at the door. The primary reason why the Bahamas Basketball Federation organised the courses is to increase the pool of qualified coaches in the Bahamas with a view to improving the quality of coaching in our various leagues and youth development programmes. Upon completion of the course participants would receive a certificated FIBA/BBF certificate level II. Individuals who are inter ested in participating in the clinic are asked to contact Sean Bastian email: sbast firstname.lastname@example.org or call 242 302-4591 as soon as possible. CYCLING NPCA CALENDAR T H E N e w P r o v i d e n c e C ycl ing Assoc iati on wi ll b e gin it s 2 0 1 1 s e a s o n o n S a t u r d a y with a 30-mile race race start ing from the Clifton Heritage Parking lot at 7:45 a.m. Mus grove's In c. w ill organ i ze the event. The next even t on the cal e ndar w i l l be t he B i at hlo n that wi ll b e g in a t M o u n t P le s a n t Villag e, Ly ford Ca y, start i n g at 8 a .m Th e e ve n t is b e in g o r g a n i z e d b y t h e P o t c a k e s Cycling Club. SOFTBALL EXUMA CHURCH SOFTBALL LEAGUE T HE Exum a C hurch Sof tba ll Le a gu e will co nt inu e its r e g u l a r s e a s o n a c t i o n t h i s we e k e n d w i th t h e fo ll o w i n g games on tap: Friday's schedule 6 : 3 0 p m S t J o h n s v s Church of God. 7 :3 0 p .m S o u l W i n ne r s vs Mt. Olive. 8 : 3 0 p m S t P e t e r s v s Bethel Baptist. 9 :30 p .m M t. Eb e ne ze r vs Palestine. Saturday's schedule 6 :3 0 p .m S o u l W i n ne r s vs Mt. Ebenezer. 7 : 3 0 p m M t C a r m e l v s Church of God of Prophecy. 8:30 p.m. Church of God vs Seventh-Day. 9:30 p.m. S t. Marga ret's vs Palestine Baptist. spor ts NOTES By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com THE DW Davis Pitbulls faced a much toug her fight to the finish in perha ps th eir t ou ghe s t t es t yet of th e s ea so n bu t t h e def en din g GSS SA Ju ni or B o ys champ ion s suc c e ssfu lly he ld o n fo r a seri e s c l in ch i ng w i n a n d c l a im e d t h e ir t hi rd c o ns e c ut i ve title. The Pitbulls withstood a late rally from t he T A T h om ps on Sco r pi on s to s weep th e ser ies and f inis h t he sea son w i th an unblemished record, 52-49. Rohann Adderly came up with a game c l in c hi n g st ea l a t h al f c o urt a s ti m e e x pi re d to deny the Scorpions an opportunity to hoist a shot on their final possession. T hr ee P itbu lls pl ac ed t hree player s in double figures led by Nigel Rolle with a side high 16 points. S h ami r Ro ll e fi n is h ed wi t h a d ou bl ed o u b l e wi t h 1 0 p o i n t s a g am e h i g h 1 4 re bo un d s a nd a g am e h ig h si x b lo c ks w hi le Wilton Johnson finished with 14 points. Fl o or g e n e ra l S h a k w o n Le w i s c o n tr ol l e d the pace of the Pitbulls offense with eight p o i n t s, f iv e r e b o u n d s a n d a g a m e s i x a ss i st s T he Pitb ulls led by doub le f igures for much of the contest, however the Scorpi on s clo sed to wit hin a si ngle po ss es s ion late in the fourth quarter. Shamir Rolle gave the Pitbulls and 11 p oi nt ad va nt ag e on a l ayu p f o r a 463 5 lead with 3:25 left to play. The Scorpions would respond with a 9T HE We s tm inis te r D iplom a t s w e r e r i d i n g an u n d e f ea t e d s e as o n f o r t h e p a s t f o u r y e a r s a s t h e y b e g a n t h e i r q u e s t f o r a n o th e r s en i o r b o ys b as k etb a l l c h a m p i o n s h i p t i t l e i n t h e B ah am as As so c ia ti o n o f In d e p e n d en t S eco n d ar y S c h o o ls Bu t o n M o n d ay n ig h t at t h e K e n d a l Is a ac s G ym n as i u m t h e S t J o h n s G i an t s sn ap p ed t h e i r w i n n i n g s t re ak wi t h t h ei r 8 179 d e ci si o n o ver t h e D ip l o m at s i n g ame o n e o f t h ei r s eri es Giants snap Diplomats streak SEE page 5E SEE page 4E SEE page 2E PITBULLS THREE-PEA T KNIGHTS ROUT PACERS 41-18 SEE STOR Y PG 3E D ef e a t S c o r p i o n s t o s we e p s e r ie s ST RONG TO THE HOOP: DW Dav is Pi tbul ls po int gu ard Sha kwon L ewis dri ve s to the b as ke t a gai ns t the defe ns e of the TA Tho mps on Sco rpion s. Le w is finis he d w it h e igh t p o i n t s f i v e r e b o u n d s a n d s i x a s s i s t s i n th e P i t b u l l s 5 2 -4 9 wi n a t t h e K e n d a l I s a a c s Gy m nasium to claim their third consecutive GSSSA Juinor Boys title. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
SPORTS P AGE 2E, WEDNESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 16, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T H E B a h a m a s A s s o c i a t i o n s o f At hle tic Assoc iat ion w ill be se ndin g tw o of th e to p hi gh s c hoo l di s t anc e r u n n e r s t o c o m p e t e i n t h e N o r t h A m e ri c a n a n d C e n t ra l Am e r i c a n a n d C arib bea (NAC AC ) C r o s s Co untry C h a m p i o n s h i p s L e o n a r d o F o r b e s a n d A u d l e y C ar ey, c oached by Bernar d Rolle, wil l b e le avi n g to wn o n F r id ay t o c omp ete on S aturda y in Trinida d at t he c h a mp io n sh ip s. The y a re ex p e c te d to return home on Sunda y. "The s e a re tw o exp erien ce d g uys so I expe ct t h em to do v ery w ell ," sa i d R ol le ye ste rd ay a t a t ea m m e mb er w ith th e a thlete s at the T h omas A. R obinson Trac k a nd Field Sta diu m R ol l e s a id w it h C ar e y h a v in g c om p eted be fore, he exp ec t th at he w ill p r o vide the suppo r t that new c omer Fo r b es w ill ne ed to get throug h the r a c e "I h a ven 't seen F orbes c o mpete a t tha t le ve l, but I'v e wa tch ed him h ere a t home and he h as perfo r m ed v er y well. So I expe ct great things from him ju s t as I do w ith C are y." Ca rey a 17 -ye ar-old 12 th g r a der at St. Augu sti ne's Coll e ge, will be c omp eting in his sec ond cross c ountry cha mpi onships, h avi ng a ttend ed th e 20 09 c ha mpio nships in O r ; and o, F l o r i d a I'm j us t lo ok in g fo rw a rd to go in g o v e r t h e re a n d r e p r e se n t i n g m y c o u n tr y to the best of my ab ility ," Ca rey s tre s se d. Hope fully I c an t ur n in a p e rs o na l b e s t B u t i f th e m e d a l c o m e I wi ll ta ke it." Having gotten a chance to compete be fore, Ca rey said he' s anti cipatin g a nothe r c om petiti ve cha mpionships be ca use all o f the c ountrie s i n t h e N o r t h A m e r i c a n a n d C ari bb ea n re g io n w il l b e c om pe ti ng I thi nk thi s is g oin g t o be a p ret ty good trip. It's a small tea m, but w e are e xpe ctin g some bi g thi ngs," he p r o j e c t e d F o r b e s a 12 3 t h g r a d e r at Z i o n Christia n Ac ade my, wi ll be mak ing his de but, but h e's j ust as e ag er to com pete as Ca r e y. I m g oing for the first ti me, but I w i l l t r y t o g o f o r t h e g o l d h e s t r e s s ed I wa n t t o r e pr e s en t m y co unt ry to th e be st of m y ab ili ty a nd hope fully do very w ell. Alth ough he's ne ve r b een to the cha mpionships, F o r be s s a id he ha s h e a r d h o w i n t e n s e t h e c o m p e t i ti o n i s s o he just w ant to go out a nd pe r form a s best a s he co uld. As fo r t he t eam, F or bes s aid "I fee l p rett y g ood a bo ut th e tw o o f us. Hope fully w e c an both g o o ut there and do our PR. If w e c an do that, I m con fiden t t hat w e wi ll perform very w ell and co uld get a c ha nce to com pete for a me dal. F o r b e s w a s t h e w i n n e r o f t h e B A A A s N a t i o n a l H i g h S c h o o l C r o s s C o u n t r y C h am p i o n s h i p s i n Novembe r beating out Carey in a keenly co ntes te d matc h-up a t For t C h a r l o t t e T o p h i g h s c h o o l r u n n e r s t o c o m p e t e i n t h e N A C A C READ TO RUN: Coach Bernard Rolle is pictured left along with the two distance runners he will take to the NACAC Cross Country Championships this weekend in Trinidad. They are Audley Carey and Leonardo Forbes. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com A T H L E T E S w i s h i n g t o m a k e t h e v a r i o u s n a t i o n a l t e a m s t h i s y e a r wi l l h a v e a g olde n oppo r tun ity to qua lif y t h i s w ee k e n d w h e n t h ey c omp ete i n the ei ghth a nnua l C lub Monic a Ath letic s Trac k a nd Fi eld Cl assic. T h e c l a s s i c w i l l b e g i n o n F r i d ay a t 6 p. m. a t the Thom as A. R obin s o n T ra ck a nd Fie ld S tadiu m and w rap up on Sa tu r d ay a t noo n. The mee t wi ll b e en a bl e a t hl e te s to c om pe t e i n b o t h t h e h e a t s a n d t h e f i n a l s W e' v e h a d se v e n v er y su c c e s sfu l trac k an d fie ld c lassic s starting from 20 04 a nd hav e av er age d appr oximately 80 0 a thle tes in c ompe tition, sa id Clu b M on i ca p r es i de n t a nd h e a d c o a c h D i a n n e W o o d s i d e At h le t es w i l l g e t th e c h a nc e t o q u a l i f y f o r t h e C a r i f t a Games, scheduled for March 2 3 2 5 i n M o n t e g o B a y J a m a i c a ; t h e J u n i o r P a n American Championships in Mi r ama r Fl or i da f r om Ju ly 29 3 1 a n d t h e W o r l d Y o u t h C h a m p i o n s h i p s i n L i l l e France from July 6-10. While the focus will be on th e athl ete s a ttemp ting in th e under-17 and open divisions t o qua lif y for the j uni or inte rnational meet s, athl etes will also compete in the under-7, u nde r-9 un de r 13 a nd u nde r15 divisions. W o o d s i d e s a i d t h e y a r e e x p e c t i n g a t h l e t e s f r o m G r a n d B a h a m a E x u m a E l eu the ra an d And ros to joi n al l of t h e l o ca l c l ub s i n t he meet over the weekend. "The g irls are a lwa ys e xc iti n g s o w e a re a n t i c i p a ti n g t h a t the 100, 200 and 400 metres w i l l a l l b e v e r y e x c i t i n g Woo ds i de s ai d. "O f co ur s e, w e w i l l h av e th e he a t s an d t h e finals, so you should end up seeing the top eight athletes mat ch ed a gai ns t each ot he r in the final." W i t h t h e se a s o n w e l l u n de rway, Woodside said the fans c an expect t o see so me sti ff competition because the ath l e t e s a l l s h o u l d b e i n v e r y g o o d s ha p e a t th i s p oi n t i n t h e season. N a t i s k a J o h n s o n a 1 0 t h grader at St. Andrew's High S c h o o l h a s j u s t r e c e n t l y j o i n e d C l u b m o n i c a T r a c k Club, but she indicated that s he's quite pleas ed w it h her pr ogress going into the me et. T h is we ek en d, I'm ho pin g t h a t I c a n q u a l i f y f o r t h e Ca ri ft a G a me s in t he 3 00 hu rdle s in th e un de r-1 7 g irl s d iv ision," said Johnson, who has been c onve r te d by Wood s i de f r om th e spr in ts to t he hur dles. La st w e e k e nd I w a s d oi n g very good, but I fell over the h u r d l e s s o I m h o p i n g t h i s w eek en d, I ca n i mp r ove on my performance and qualify for Carifta." Jo h n s o n a s s u r e d t h e f a n s that they can expect to see a v e r y c o m p e t i t i v e m e e t t h i s weekend. C h a r le s S e a l y a 1 6 y e a r -o l d 11 th g ra de r a t St Au gu sti ne 's Co ll eg e, ha s a lre a dy q ua li fie d for the u nder-2 0 boys jav eli n, b u t h i s g o a l i s t o d u p l i ca t e t ha t feat for the Jr. P a n Ams. "I will have to go out and do my best because the com peti tion i s v ery stiff in m y ag e gr ou p th e u n de r2 0 d iv i si on Sealy stated. "But this is our m e et so I have t o really go out there and perform at my best." T r a i n e d b y W o o d s i d e a fo rm e r n a ti o na l r e c or d ho l de r in the women's 100 hurdles, said he ws coming back from a f o u r m o n t h b r e a k f r o m competing. "B ut wh at s h e t au gh t me fo u r m o nt h s a g o I w a s a b l e t o bu i ld on th a t, so i t j us t sg h ow s that what she tells you really st ic k, S e a l y p ro c l a i m e d S h e r e a l l y k n o w w h a t s h e s doing." E i g h t h a n n u a l C l u b M o n i c a A t h l e t i c s T r a c k a n d F i e l d C l a s s i c s e t f o r t h i s F r i d a y T R ACK MEE T : Coac h D i anne Woods ide is p ictu r e d in the mid dle of the pa ck o f he r a thle tes from the Cl ub Monic a Trac k Club T he clu b w il l h ost its 8th a nnua l tr a ck a nd fie ld meet this weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A N OT HE R t o u r n a m en t a n ot h er t i t le f or t he T em p le C h r i s t ia n Su n s T h i s t i m e t h e i r f e a t w a s achived in Grand Bahama at t h e H OY T E S Pr im a r y Ba s ketball Tour na ment over the w e e k e n d Co m p e t i n g a ga i n s t s e ve n g i r l s t e a m s t h e S u n s o u t s h o n e t h e m a l l t o r e m a i n u n d e f e a t e d i n w i n n i n g t h e t i t l e w i t h a 1 3 6 d e c i s i o n over the Tabernac le Falc ons. I t w as r o u gh o n o ur g i r l s b e c a u s e t h e y w e r e n o t a s f u n d am e n t a l l y s o u n d a s we w e r e s a i d T e m p l e C h r i s t i a n A c ad e m y s co a c h K e n o D e m e r i t t e B u t o u r g i r l s k e p t t h e i r c o m p o s u r e a n d t h ey p u l l e d i t o f f C h i n a C u r r y t h e t e a m s b e s t p e r f o r m e r a l l s e a s o n l o n g w a s n a m e d t h e m o s t v a l u a b l e p l a y e r B u t D emeri tte sai d T iff any H ann a w a s j u s t a s e f f e c t i v e i n t h e mi dd l e f o r t he S un s f in is hing with six points to C ur r y s s e v e n I t w a s t h e f o u r t h t i t l e f o r t h e ye a r f o r t h e S u n s w h o h a v e n o t l o s t a ga m e in t h e l a s t s i x ye ar s as t he y co n ti n u e t h e i r d o m i n a n ce o n t h e p r i m a r y s ch o o l l e v e l T e mp l e Ch r i s t i a n A cad e my carr ied a tot a l of 27 playe r s i n c l u d i n g t w o b o y s t e a m s H o w e v e r t h e b o y s t e a m w a s s p i l t i n t w o a n d they produc ed varied results. T h e S u n s A t ea m l e d b y R u m a l o E l l i s K i n d i n o B r o w n D a r r e n P i e r c e a n d Najee W i nder, fini shed thir d a f t e r p l a y i n g f o u r g a m e s b a c k t o b a c k t o g e t a s h o t at advancing to the final, but D e m er i t t e s a i d f a t i gu e t o o k o v e r a n d t h e y f el l s h o r t T h e y l o s t t o H u g h Ca m p b ell wh o we nt on to wi n t he b o y s t i t l e b e a t i n g o u t t h e C a t h o l i c P r i m a r y S c h o o l s c h a m p i o n s S t C e c i l i a s S t r i k e r s w h o w e r e s h o r t h a n d e d T h e S u n s B t e a m p l ay e d t w o g a m e s b u t t h e y l o s t t h e i r o p e n e r b y o n e p o i n t a n d w a s j u s t s i m p l y o u t m a t ch e d in t he o t h e r G le n r o y A n d e r s o n w a s t h e k e y p l a y e r o n t h e s q u a d Th ey were joined by T emp l e C h r i s t i a n A c a d e m y s pr incipal, Charmaine Por ter, a nu mb er of p ar ent s and t he s ch o o l s t r a v el c l u b D e m e r i t t e a l s o p u b l i c l y t h an k e d h i s a s s i s t a n t c o ac h A nt hony Pa pa' P ind er, who t r a v el e d a n d p l a y ed a v i t a l r o l e i n t h e t e a m s s u c c es s H e h e l p s u s a l o t w i t h o u r b a s k e t b a q l l p r o g r am me ," De me r it t e s t at e d. I ca n r t p a y h i m s o I ca n o n l y t h a n k h i m f o r wh a t h e h a s d o n e f o r t h e t e am H e h a s b ee n a n i n s p i r at i o n f o r m e and to the player s on the t e a m Suns outshine Falcons to r emain undefeated LONG ISLAND Baseball Association opened its 2011 season on Saturday January 8th in grand style. The league continues to grow with 90 Players on 7 team's in two age brack ets: (Coach Pitch and 12 & Under). Long Island is looking forward to sending two teams to participate in the "9th Annual Andre Rodgers National Baseball Championship" scheduled for June this year. League President Dan Weightman and team is excited about the growth and participation from the kids on the island and are looking forward to a very successful year. LON G ISL AN D BA SE B ALL A SSOCI AT ION 2 0 1 1 S E AS ON Kr istoff Woo d, who s trugg l e d a l l d u r i n g t h e g a m e c an n e d a t h r e e p o i n t e r w i t h j u s t 1 .3 sec o n d s l ef t o n t h e cl o c k to s ea l th e u p set i n th e rematch of l a s t y e a r s c h a m pi o n s h i p s er ie s t h at w as n ever c o mp l et e d W o o d e n d e d u p w i t h j u s t f i v e p o i n t s al l c o mi n g in t h e f o u r th q u art er b u t o n ce aga in Ki er an M o r t i m er l ed t h e a t t a ck f o r t h e G ia n ts c o ach ed b y C h er co vi e We l l s, w it h a g a m e hi g h 2 9 A n w a r N ei l l y ad d e d 2 0 E a r n a l M u n r o e h ad 15 a nd An th o n y N ei l ly ch i p p ed i n wi t h ei gh t F o r t h e D ip lo m at s, co a ch ed b y G e n o B u l l a r d M a r a k o L u n d y s c o r e d 2 5 b e f o r e h e f o u l ed o u t ; Da n i el B u l l ard h ad 17 ; Van Hu t ch i n so n h ad n i n e b e fo r e h e al s o f o u l ed o u t; S te f a n M i l l e r h a d e i g h t a n d T h o mas M ack ey s even i n th e l o s s Gam e tw o o f t h e se ri es w i l l c o n t in u e o n F r i d ay al o n g w i th th e se n ior g irls a n d bo th the j u n i o r b o ys an d g ir l s. 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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPOR TS WEDNESDA Y FEBRUAR Y 16, 201 1, P AGE 3E G S S S A S E N I O R C H A M P I O N S H I P S E R I E S A C T I O N By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com A C H A N G E i n v e n u e p r o d u c e d a chang e in re su lt as the GSS SA Sen ior Champ io ns hi p Se ri es in b ot h di vis i ons w ould be exte nded to a third and de ciding gam e. I n t he S eni or Gi r ls di vis io n, th e C.R Walk er Knig ht s t oo k a l op si ded 4118 w i n ov e r th e R .M B ai le y P ac e rs, w h il e in t he S en io r B oy s d iv isi on t he Pa c e rs w on over t he C. C Sweet in g Cob r as 70 52 las t ni ght at th e Kend al I sa acs G ymna s i u m I n t h e g i r l s m a t c h u p t h e K n i g h t s d e f e ns iv e e f fo rt h e l d th e P a c e rs to j u st 2 2 percent s hoo ting, fi ve m ade f ield goals and s ix poi nts tot al in t he s ec o nd hal f. Tam eka Martin led t he K nig hts wi th a g am e hig h 1 2 po ints, J one tra K elly fini sh ed w ith ni ne po in ts a n d fo ur re b ou nd s wh i l e C h r i s t i n a W i l l i a m s a d d e d f o u r p oints a nd e igh t rebo unds. N i c k e t r y a G i l c u d l e d t h e P a c e r s w i t h s i x poin ts wh ile Rau nic e B utle r ad ded five Th e K ni gh ts j ump ed ou t to an ea rly 8 1 l e a d t h a n k s t o a p o t e n t f a s t b r e a k at ta ck a nd neve r lo oke d b ack en r o ut e t o t he win W i th a 1 4 -1 0 l e ad t he K nig ht s op e ne d up an 8 -2 run in cl ud in g si x in a ro w fro m M ar t i n t o t ak e a 22 -1 0 l ead wi t h 2 :3 0 l eft t o p lay Kell y ad ded a pai r o f f r ee t hr ows as t ime exp ir ed t o tak e a 2 5-12 lea d in to t he hal f. Th e P acer s f ail ed to th r eat en in th e s e c o n d h a l f a n d t h e l e a d r e a c h e d 2 0 p oin ts fo r t he f ir s t t im e on a f r ee th ro w f r om Omi nik a L o we. P ace r s l e ad i n g s c o r er A r i e l St u ar t wh o f i ni s hed wi th a do ub le do ub le in ga me one w as a virtu al no sho w i n g ame t h r e e d u e t o t h e K n i g h t s d e f e n s i v e e f f o r t St u ar t f o u le d ou t wi t h fi ve m in u t es left to play w it h just t w o p oints an d t w o r e b o u n d s a n d t h e P a c e r s d o w n 1 8 p o i n t s A c o n f i d e n t K n i g h t s H e a d C o a c h K en L i g ht b o ur n e s a i d t h e g am e t w o per f or man ce was ind icat ive o f t he s up p ort th e e nt ire C R W al k er Kn ig h ts f a mil y pl aced beh in d t he te am. "T h is was a f ul l t eam e ff or t fr om ou r a dmin istrati on strai ght dow n, our te ac he rs t he stu de nt s, e v ery o ne w as be hi nd us to day, h e s ai d, "We came t oget her at s c h o o l w e p r a y e d a n d f r o m e a r l i e r to da y we kn ew we wer e go in g t o w in th is ga me." L i gh tb ou r n e p r oj ect ed an ot h er l op s ide d win in gam e t hr ee f or h is t eam t o clai m y et ano th er cham pi ons hi p. "I t old my girls that th is team can not b e a t u s w h e n w e p l a y o u r g am e We p la y ed th e w ors t g a me w e c ou ld p ossi bl y pla y o n M ond ay. We mis s ed f re e s h ots e a sy la yu ps, p la ye d ba d d e fe nse bu t t he y st ill only beat us by f ive points Th e di ffe ren ce is wh at we came o ut h er e a nd di d t oda y, won by m or e t han 20 p oin ts to mor r ow, 50 poi nt s ." K n i g h t s r o u t Pa c e r s 4 118 HARD DEFENCE: Allanya Morris draws a foul on the Pacers' Ariel Stuart. TOUGH SHOT: Knights guard Toniquea Martin is fouled on her way to the hoop by the Pacers' Latasa Armbrister. ALL ALONE : Tameka Martin goes on to score two of her game high 1 2 poin ts to le ad the Pa c ers to a 41 -18 w i n in gam e two of t he GSSSA Senior Girls championship series. OVER THE TOP: Dovanya Moxey shoots a skyhook over the Pacers' Ashley Brown. DOWN THE LANE: Allanya Morris drives to the basket.
SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS P P H H O O T T O O S S : : T I M C L ARKE /T R IBUNESTAFF BASKET BALL J J U U N N I I O O R R B B O O Y Y S S : : Pitbulls vs TA Thompson Scorpions CELEBRATION: The Government Secondary Schools best of three championship series in each of its divisions continued yesterday as the venue shifted to the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. In Junior Girls play, the SC McPherson Sharks defeated DW Davis Pitbulls 30 23 to claim the title, In Junior Boys the Pitbulls claimed their their third consecutive title when they defeated the TA Thompson Scorpions 52-49. In the Senior divisons, both series will go to a third and deciding game. The CR Walker Knights won 52-49 over the RM Bailey Pacers while in Senior Boys the Pacers rebounded to take game two 70-52 over the CC Sweeting Cobras. Action from the games involving the Pit bulls and the Sharks is pictured here and on Page 5E. 2 run capped by Braymond Jones who converted a reverse layup to bring his team within four, 48-44 with 1:40 left to play. After a Pitbulls score, Tamiko Coakley brought the Scorpions within three with a three pointer from the top of the key. With a steal in the backcourt, the TA Thompson defence forced a turnover and Scorpions point guard Michael Bethel was fouled but failed to convert either shot at the line. Nigel Rolle sealed the win for the Pitbulls with a fastbreak layup to give his team a 52-47 lead with just 11 seconds left to play. "This was a hard fought win and we worked hard to get here all season," said Pit bulls Head Coach Mark Hanna, "These guys wanted this three peat and they put in the work to get here today." For the Scorpions, Rashad Davis led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Jones finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while Coakley had 11 points and four rebounds including 2-4 shooting from beyond the arch. FROM page 1E Pitbulls thr ee-peat
S PORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2011, PAGE 5E BASKET BALL P P H H O O T T O O S S : : T IM C LARKE J J U U N N I I O O R R G G I I R R L L S S : : SC McPherson Sharks vs Pitbulls throw makes (12-9 to b e the difference to give the Sharks the edge. A fter a slow scoring first half, where the Sharks led just 8-5, both teams picked up the scoring slack considerably in the second with the Sharks maintaining a 22-18 advantage. "The girls really deserve this for as hard as they p layed today and as hard a s they played all season," said Sharks head coachP aula Clarke. Great "This was a year's worth of work that came together o n one night and it feels g reat to being a championship to SC McPherson." SC McPherson's Raven H epburn said her team's defence edge was the keyc omponent to the champi onship win. "We played really really good today especially on defence," she said. "We knew if we played good defense we could win t oday and that's what we wanted to do just follow i nstructions from our coach and we did that to win." F ROM page 1E Sharks take junior girls title