N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.73FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND PLEASANT HIGH 80F LOW 70F By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BISHOP Randy Fraser admitted yesterday he had sexi n his church office, but claimed it was with his wife and not a young girl he had agreed to counsel. P rosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his position of trust and having a sexual relationship with a 16year-old girl between July 2005 and February 2006. The complainant alleges she and Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple, St James Road, had sex numer ous times in his church office before Sunday morning services and before bible studies on Wednesday nights. Fraser has dismissed the allegations as fabrications and blatant lies. According to the evidence, Frasers semen was found on the rug in his office. Y esterday, he told the court: My office is my office. My office is also dubbed my h ome away from home. I have a wife and we would be intimate, its myo ffice. Fraser explained that when the electricity would go off at his home, he, his wife and their two daughters would go to his church office where there is a generator. When questioned by his attorney, Jairam Mangra, as to whether he ever had sex with the complainant in his office, Fraser replied: Never, never, never. Fraser stated he never told the complainant about his and his wifes sex life. M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bishop had sex in church with wife, not girl Fraser denies allegations and says his office is home away from home BAY ST FIRE ST ARTED IN PHONE BOX S P O R T S SPORTSSTARTSONPAGE 11 Vanderpool-Wallace off to fast start at SEC THEBAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page eight THE government confirmed yesterday that the fire that ravaged an historic Bay Street block on Monday probably started in a faulty telephone electrical box in the C Trevor Kelly building. In announcing that the area may soon be converted into a downtown waterfront green space yesterday, Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux said the Fire Marshall has concluded his investigation and found that the fire started in the telephone box in the building, which housed Betty K Agencies shipping operation for many years. The fire has altered the original plans to utilise the dock and building as the cornerstone of the planned revitalisation of Bay Street, but Mr Deveaux said the pro posed green space would still preserve the docks place in Bahamian history. SEE PAGE 16 FOR FULL STORY ANDPAGETWO FOR MORE FIRE NEWS By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: Education Minister Desmond Bannister commended education officials, teachers and parents for their vigilance in exposing a man who posed as a primary school teacher. The minister urged educa tors throughout the country to continue to be vigilant of people who prey on children FORMER NDP chairman, and now member of the Progressive Liberal Par ty Dr Andre Rollins, ignited the crowd at the PLP mass rally in Elizabeth on Wednesday night. Lashing out at the government and Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham, Dr Rollins gave an impas sioned speech to the party faithful and explained to those gathered his reasons for finally joining the PLP after months of delibera tion. One of the most compelling factors that led me to join the PLP is the dam age that I believe the FNM is doing to the psyche of the Can-Do Bahamian spirit that was ushered in by independence. A member of the public, commenting on the sale of BTC on the show My Five Cents, said that BTC should be sold to Cable and Wireless (C&W words: I dont think SHOWTIME: Lynn Ms Daisy Davis performs for education officials at the National Centre for the Performing Arts yesterday. Daisys Dynamite Productions presented a theatrical performance Hope To Cope, which aims to combat youth violence, sexual promiscuity and illiter acy. The production also featured a musical interlude by Kent Christian Massive Johnson (right HOPE T OCOPE SHOWISANEDUCATION TIM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF EDUCATORS PRAISED FOR VIGILANCE IN EXPOSING MAN WHO POSED AS TEACHER SEE page eight SEE page 10 PRAISE: Desmond Bannister DR ANDRE ROLLINS EXPLAINS TO RALLY CROWD WHY HE JOINED THE PLP
By JESSICA ROBERTSON Online Editor j firstname.lastname@example.org On Monday morning, Dr Wendy Stuart could only lie inbed and wait on word from oth e rs about the fate of her Bay Street store. S he was unable to rush to see for herself as she was bedridd en due to a recent fall. Botani Bath, the small boutique store from which she sold her handmade soaps and other Bahamian-made arts and crafts, was situated in the middle of the block of buildings that wason fire. By late afternoon it was clear t hat the fire had completely destroyed the soap manufacturing plant and all its equipment and supplies in the rearof the storefront, and smoke and water from the firefighters efforts had made her store and just about all the merchandise inside it unsalvageable. My realtor called me around nine in the morning and s aid theres a fire downtown. I was like Oh great. But there w as nothing I could do. I was sitting there with a brace on my knee, couldnt get down my stairs and Im hearing whats going on. I was following the u pdates on Tribune242.com. Surprisingly I was calm. I wasnt w orried because there was nothing I could do, she recalls T he devastating fire started early Monday morning in an office at the historic Betty K Agencies building situated on the northern side of the block east of East Street. By Wednesday, the shipping c ompany had managed to relo cate its offices and secure facil ities at the Arawak Cay dock to facilitate the arrival of a boat laden with goods on Thursday. S maller businesses like Botani Bath will take a lot l onger to recover from the fire. Invested In addition to the loss of most of the stores retail inventory and fixtures, which she estimated were worth thou s ands of dollars, Dr Stuart, 45, said over the past seven years s ince she first started the soap making business, she has investe d about $100,000 in equipment, supplies and packaging m aterials. Business had been slow on Bay Street and she said the irony was that she had spent December and January focusing on building the wholesale side of the business. I had just gotten five new wholesale accounts and I was s o excited. Its just so funny that Mond ay morning I got up to go down there to fill those orders a nd this is what happened on Monday, she says, keeping a smile on her face. Dr Stuart is surprisingly upbeat considering Mondays f ire is just one more in a string of devastating setbacks over the p ast 13 months that would break the spirit of many peop le. In January, 2010, just two weeks after she opened the Botani Bath store and relocated her soap manufacturing plant to the Bay Street location, she was diagnosed with Lou G ehrigs disease, a disorder that causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body. Since then, she has also been diagnosed with mercury and l ead poisoning and celiac disease. I n June, Dr Stuarts illness forced her to stop practising d entistry, leaving her without her main source of income. The single mother of two young boys ages 12 and 8 has struggled to survive financially. I didnt have insurance on the store because you know, t hings have always been so tight. Every time I spoke with my insurance agent about getting it, I just didnt have the money. Especially after I had to stop doing dentistry, some monthsI had to decide whether to pay staff or rent. The ironic thing w as that I had just put into motion this new game plan to focus on wholesale business and the amount I was getting from the pre-orders would have been e nough to get us through and give me a decent salary. Thats w hy I was so excited Monday morning, she explains. W hen the orders came in she even had to borrow money from her mother to purchase the materials needed to fill them. I told her if I could fill these orders I could pay her right b ack and wed have some mon ey flowing. I ordered the supp lies and just was excited to get in Monday morning because now we had some real business and I didnt have to depend on the walk-in traffic, which was so slow lately. As for whether she intends t o rebuild the soap making business, she says its my pas s ion. It made me happy and thats why in the beginning it w as a labour of love. The customers who placed those much needed wholesale orders have already told her they will be patient and waitu ntil she can fill them. In terms of getting up and going again, Dr Stuart says shes going to have to start small like she did when she first launched her business. Rather than feel sorry for herself, Dr Stuart has focused her energy since the fire on trying to find work for her now unemployed staff. Botani Bath had two full time and one part time employees. Ive been calling friends who have businesses to see if they have any jobs available. My staff has been really good. Theyre honest and Ive been so lucky just to have the great est staff in the world and I want to try to find them jobs. I cant have my staff waiting on me to bounce back, because I really dont know how long it will take and they need to be working, she says As she speaks, Dr Stuart remains upbeat and her infec tious smile is ever present. That is until she starts talking about how her various setbacks are affecting her children. Thats when she starts choking up. Im not feeling sorry for myself, Im not having a nervous break down, Im not stressing over finances even though my finances are a complete mess, but my kids are being affected and thats the only thing that hurts me, she says, the afternoon of the fire they were so worried and kept asking what are we going to do Mom? I told them they well be fine and we will. This is one more thing, but Im going to get through this. We all need to realise that we can overcome anything no matter how bad things look. n SEE PAGE 16 LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Defiance in the face of devastating fire loss DAMAGED: Businesses like Botani Bath face a long struggle to recover from the fire. FIREAFTERMATH: Botani Bath was situated in the middle of the b lock of buildings that was on f ire. M M O O N N D D A A Y Y S S D D O O W W N N T T O O W W N N B B L L A A Z Z E E W W A A S S O O N N E E M M O O R R E E S S E E T T B B A A C C K K I I N N A A D D I I F F F F I I C C U U L L T T 1 1 3 3 M M O O N N T T H H S S F F O O R R D D R R . W W E E N N D D Y Y S S T T U U A A R R T T EYESORE: The blaze tore through roofs. PHOTOS: Jessica Robertson
By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE black descendants of s lave-owner Isaac Baillou, an eighteenth century Loyalist w ho settled in the Bahamas, are battling to legitimise their claim to ownership of hundreds of acres of land in New Providence. E uclid Baillou said he was unable to confirm the familys claim to land at the site of the shanty town called GovernmentY ard. However, he said, the family d id own more than 300 acres of land off Blue Hill Road south. H e said the government had c onfiscated a large portion of t he land more than 100 acres without compensating the family. His cousin Everet Baillou, a former preacher suffering from prostate cancer, was recently in the news when information e merged that Emamay Burns, a n associate acting on his behalf, had collected money f rom Haitian residents squatting on disputed land. We already had plans to sell the Haitians the land, to build a low cost housing community. That is what we planned to do. That is why we told them every year give us $500 that would go towards road, light. We plannedt o develop that part for a Hait i an community, fish fry, mar k et. We sit down. I discussed the plan with him. He knows everything. We wanted to havea decent Haitian community, said Ms Burns. Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates World Outreach Mini stries facilitated the collection o f the money, under the belief t hat Ms Burns produced documents showing ownership. M s Burns said Bishop Davis did not want a fee for collecting the money. However, Brensil Rolle, Gar den Hills MP and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, said the land is owned by the Ministry of Housing and he is not aware of any otherp apers that could be charact erised as legitimate papers. Father Vilfort Roland of the Queen of Peace Parish, a Catholic church on Fire Trail Road attended by many Haitians, said he met with Ms Burns to see the land docu ments on behalf of his Hait i an parishioners. He said the document produced was an affi-d avit One affidavit that was t he only document, he said. Meanwhile, Ms Burns told TheTribune that she has the land title and the Baillou Will. The Ministry of Housing is proceeding with plans to transform the land into a new sub-d ivision, known temporarily as Fire Trail. Ms Burns claims the family o wns 280 acres in Pride Estates, including the land at the site ofG overnment Yard. She claims the family owns another 300 acres behind Super Value on C armichael Road a s well as other smaller plots near Malc olm Allotment or Village Park. Willed Mr Euclid Baillou said the land was willed from Mr Isaac Baillou to the descendants of a Sarah Bowe, who was a black w oman working for Mr Isaac as a maid. He willed the land to our g randmother, Sarah Bowe. She w as his maid. He had three child ren with his wife and all of them died. He had three children with Sarah Bowe: two boys and one girl. He willed the l and to Sarah Bowe and her descendants. He said they should go to school and learn to read and write. That is where our father got it from, said MrE uclid. The Baillou family is spread across the Bahamas, in islands like New Providence, Andros, a nd Abaco. Historian Gail Saunders notes there was a plantation on Big Wood Cay in Central Andros owned by Isaac B aillou. In Islanders in the Stream, she records a story about three male slaves who absconded from the plantation in 1794 headed for Cuba in a 14-foot boat. In his study of the Royal Gazette and Bahama Advertiser of the Loyalist period, Paul C Aranha noted that Isaac Bail-l ou was a frequent advertise r offering rewards for runaway slaves, particularly from his Baillou Hills plantation. The family has a turbulent history with attorneys and their land deals. Ms Burns implicated two disbarred attorneys anda nother who is wanted by the p olice as being responsible for their land woes. One attorney, who represented the family for 17 years, a ccording to Ms Burns, was the one that messed us up. Another attorney, Ms Burns alleged, took a piece of the property and built a duplex for his sweetheart. That attorney i s currently wanted by the police in connection with a theft complaint from a church. The Commercial C rimes Section of the Central Detective Unit is investigating the alleged t heft of more than $200,000 from a church on Farrington Road. Officers said there were noo fficial complaints against the attorney in connection with the Baillou family. MP Mr Rolle has advised the f amily to contact the Office of the Prime Minister to clarify t he land matter. Ms Burns said the family plans to do just that. She vowed that the Baillou family will get the land. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Slave-owner descendants in land ownership battle By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE newborn baby girl found abandoned at an apartment building on Rosetta Street Tuesday evening is reported to be resting comfortably at Princess Margaret Hospital. This is the second case of infant abandonment in the past week. Public relations manager for the hospital, Thelma Rolle, said the baby arrived at PMH early yesterday morning. The baby is healthy and in good condition, said Ms Rolle. She said the two-day-old infant will soon be put in the care of Social Services. Over the weekend, another baby girl was found abandoned in an empty building on Bayshore Road in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. Police said that based on evidence found at the scene, it would seem the mother had just given birth to the infant before abandoning her. Grand Bahama police launched a search for the mother, who turned herself in shortly after. Police say the investigation is continuing. Newborn baby found abandoned r esting comfortably at PMH FACILITATOR: Bishop Ross Davis, of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, who facilitated the collection of the money from Haitians living on land claimed by the descendants o f slave-owner Isaac B aillou. Hundreds of acres in New Providence at centre of claim
EDITOR, The Tribune. On the Editorial page of The Nassau Guardian Thursday, 14th February edition, appeared a letter to the Editor under the caption Branville McCartney is Bahamian Sarah Palin by a writer under the pseudonym grateful to Mr Ingraham. First of all dear grateful one, let me say that you should have found some other way of showing your gratitude to Mr Ingraham for whatever favour or favours that he may have bestowed upon or given you. To compare a young, vibrant, energetic and intelligent up and coming Bahamian political star with the likes of Sarah Palin is denigrating and disin genuous of anyone claiming to be a Bahamian. I am only presuming that you are, but I could be wrong. F or over two weeks now since Mr McCartney made the remark that Mr Ingraham has or shows no compassion, a number of persons have been writing to the press con demning and taking him, McCartney to task for his remarks. This young man is simply exercising his consti tutional rights not only as a citizen; but an elected repre sentative of a constituency in a democratic society. You dear miss or mister grateful, would be surprised to know how many of us out here in John Q public, including me, are in full agreement with McCartney and give him credit for his testicular forti tude. Y ou and others, in dis agreeing with McCartney, which is your constitutional right in the democratic process, went on record as saying that the paying of electricity bills, cash handouts to straw vendors, hiring people to sit down under trees holding garbage bags and watching a few more raking leaves on the side of the road, the paying out of millions of NIB monies to thousands of persons, many of whom only buy grass and rum, and paying lawyers to represent persons committing criminal offences in a foreign country are acts of compassion, if you are saying that that is good news, then here are some bad news. Mr Ingraham is, first and f oremost a politician and if I may say so a good one. He was trained by a master politician, Lynden Oscar Pindling. A ll that money that was so generously given away was not Mr Ingrahams own to give, it is the peoples money and at some time in the not too distant future he has to give account for his stewardship. One cannot, willy-nilly, give away or misuse public funds without proper authority there is a process that must be followed according to law. Did it ever occur to you, dear grateful and others that what you perceived to be acts of compassion could have really been acts of vote-catching? To say that McCartney was only grandstanding while in charge of immigration, is com plete rubbish. I was floating around in this archipelago long before party politics, party government, majority rule and all the other trappings that we now enjoy, So I am now telling you, dear grateful, that there has been one and only one other minister of immigration that did a better job than Branville McCartney and that was Loftus Roker who like McCartney, did not have to dependo n Haitian votes. Branville McCartney, like any other member of the Free National Movement, has the God-given right not only to a spire to the leadership of the party, but to fight through the legal process of the party to attain it. Ingraham did not have to fight to become l eader of the FNM, it was handed to him by the then leader Cecil Wallace-Whitfield who was also co-founder of the party. Cecil, who s ought my advice on the matter six weeks before his demise, (I was the other cofounder) had his reasons that were many and real, for mak i ng the choice, but that does not mean that Ingraham must do likewise. As long as he is att he top he is the main target for all and sundry that has ambitions in aspiring for the top of the ladder. I say to Branville, ignore the critics,k eep focus on your goal, put first, your trust in God and keep faith with yourself. Put n ot your trust in princes for they shall deceive you and bea ssured that what is out there for you, you will get. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, February 14, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WE HAVE had several calls about our e ditorial of February 11, which for the first time revealed the name of an anonymous letter writer, whose identity excited political circles in 1962, but for 49 years remained a mystery. Today, few people would be inter-e sted in our mystery man, but in the political turmoil of the sixties, a British editor wast hreatened with prison for refusing to reveal his identity. H owever, with the death of Paul Bower on January 24, memories of those few days in the Magistrates Court in October, 1963 came flooding back. For several years speculation continued about the letter writer. T oday, when it no longer matters, and few would care, we realised that we were nowt he last living person who knows the letters author. For the sake of history we revealed i t in this column on February 11. The calls that we have received as a result of that column, were not about the mystery writer, now unmasked, but about the fate of Paul Bower when he refused to give the c ourt the writers name. No, he did not go to prison as threatened by Magistrate JohnB ailey, who when off the bench was one of his best friends. T he case ended suddenly when the Guardian owners decided to pay the plaintiffs damages, and rescue their man from the edge of the cliff. Magistrate Bailey had refused the Guardian leave to appeal his decision of name or prison. Mr Bower, who was Guardian editor f rom 1958 to August 1962 (two months before the case came to court in October), a sked the magistrate: What would happen should I refuse (to reveal the writers name)? You would be in contempt, the Irish magistrate replied. What would be the consequences? Mr Bower pressed. A fine or a prison sen t ence, the magistrate shot back. Ten days in Her Majestys prison! LB J ohnson, one of the six PLP plaintiffs, demanded loudly. This exchange was followed by a luncheon adjournment. By the afternoon the case was over, Mr Bower had missed the arrow, the plaintiffs had their damages, and letter writer Bert Cambridge was still a mystery man. G uardian lawyer James Liddell had argued that not only was the plaintiffs comp laints vexatious, but that what was being complained of before the court was the letter and its content, not the identity of the w riter. But the plaintiffs were not buying that argument, nor was the magistrate. In a few weeks time there would be a general election, which the PLP were confident of winning in fact they lost. Racism was ah eavy card being played at the time, and the six PLP plaintiffs all lawyers wantedt o know which white man would dare question their integrity in an anonymous letter. W hat they did not know was that the writer was, like themselves, a black man, a former politician, whose character Mr Bower had described in glowing terms in court. Several of the plaintiffs were Bert Cambridges f riends. In fact he had given music lessons to one of them. Bert Cambridges Orchestraw as the hottest band in town in the twenties and thirties, and music was his career. B ut what we find most interesting is the change over the years in public values. In those days it was seldom that one sued a newspaper for defamation, and anything over in damages was certainly unheard o f. And so for An Open Letter to Mr Paul Adderley, published in The Guardian onA ugust 21, 1962 the six lawyers Paul Adderley, Loftus Roker, Lynden Pindling, A D Hanna, LB Johnson and Orville Turnquest each asked for for the damage perceived to have been done to their reputations, plus costs, which in those days would have been minimal. However, thanks to the influence over the years of Americas legal system where it a lmost pays to do oneself an injury in a public place and walk away with millions award e d by the courts, Bahamians have adjusted their opinion of their own worth. In 1962, Orville Turnquest who became the Bahamas Governor General, was not bloated up with his own importance. He obviously felt well compensated with for the slight he had felt was committed a gainst him. If he had known that it was his old piano teacher, he probably would have s lapped him on the back, had a good laugh and they would have gone off to make music together. However, today we see some of these complaints, many of them vexatious, and the value starting in the thousands that persons put on their own worth and we won d er where they are coming from. In every way and in every segment of life t he Bahamians value system has certainly changed. In defence of democratic process LETTERS email@example.com The Bahamas changing value system E DITOR, The Tribune. Reading The Nassau Guardians headline on February 2, 2011 PM lacks compassion, supposedly uttered by FNM representative for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney leads one to believe that his days as an FNM are numbered. To make such an asinine statement in an upcoming election year when all FNMs should be close knit and ready for battle displays that this individual is all about himself. During these tough economic times when Bahamians were losing their jobs and not able to pay their bills the PM sought fit to introduce unemployment benefit payments through the National Insurance Board, and free medication. BEC customers whose lights were cut off for non-payment were allowed to pay in instalm ents and their lights immediately turned on a nd Mr McCartney says he has no compas sion! Compassion as explained in the dictionary is showing sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering of others. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham knows first hand about hard times as he has stated over and repeatedly. Mr McCartney continues to rant and rave with negative talk about the FNM and its leadership but he always closes by saying he supports the FNM and its leader. I wonder. Yes, the FNM will have its challenges just like the PLP, but when it is all said and done the outcome will favour the FNM. WCAB Nassau, February 2, 2011. One suspects Branville McCartney s days as an FNM are numbered
By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BAHAMIANS deserve better and more reliable phone service said Sandals owner Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, adding that the debate surrounding Cable and Wireless' purchase of BTC has become too political, and threatens to overshadow the benefits from impending telecommunications competition. "The Bahamas' phone system, we all deserve much better," said the tourism mogul during an interview at his Emerald Bay on Great Exuma. "I think the whole Batelco thing has become political. When that happens you have trouble seeing the good or the bad, the way to go." Last month his son, Sandals CEO Adam Stuart, calledC &W "a valuable partner." Experiences "The hospitality industry expects and deserves the best in communication services our guests look forward to communicating back home to share their experiences and demand speed, reliability and stability," said the younger Mr Stewart. "It's an important part of the guest experience. LIME has been a valuable partner to Sandals across the Caribbean we have been able to improve the efficiencies of the Sandals group and provide greater service to our guests because of LIME. I expect to see LIME do greatt hings for BTC, and especially for the hospitality industry in the Bahamas, and believe they have the right track record for the job," he said. When asked why his son publicly backed C&W's takeover of BTC, Mr Stewart speculated it was just positive public relations. Adam has friends in Cable and Wireless and I think they a sked if he would say something nice about Cable and Wireless which he did. He wasn't doing it from a political point of view. I think Adam was basically saying that it will be a much better service. Earlier this month, government concluded its agreement to sell 51 per cent of its shares int he Bahamas Telecommunications Company to regional provider Cable and Wireless amid protests from union leaders and the official opposition. Agreement URCA, the communications regulatory body, must review the agreement and parliament must approve the sale. "After that, the government will move in parliament, the Privatisation Bill, the Amendment to the Communications Act and the minor amendments to the Utilities Regulation Act. We expect that the transaction will be finalised on April 4 of this year," Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said earlier this month. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Immigration department announced that it has repatriated 77 persons detained in a Haitian Village near Fox Hill during a night-time raid that sparked allegations of brutality. The group arrested in the raid, which took place two weeks ago, was among at otal of 93 Haitians sent to Port-auPrince on Tuesday, the rest having been apprehended during a series of road blocks and searches. The department said that nine more persons were apprehended during these exercises, but were found to hold proper status and were therefore released. Also apprehended were three Jamaicans, one Guyanese immigrant and one Filipino. On Thursday of last week, another 19 H aitians were apprehended and com mitted to the Carmichael Road Detention Centre after they could not show satisfactory proof of their immigration status, the statement said. Following the Fox Hill raid, Haitian Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph said his office had been informed that a number of persons were mistreated by officials and members of the HaitianBahamian community told The Tribune people were beaten unnecessarily as men a nd women were apprehended. The department responded to this yesterday, saying it invited persons who claimed aggressive behaviour and physical abuse at the hands of Immigration officers to write and sign depositions in support of their allegations However, they refused to do so. Their concerns were nonetheless noted. Immigration officials have repatriated a total of 467 Haitians so far this year. The department urged persons resid i ng and working in the Bahamas illegal ly to desist forthwith and gave an assurance to the public of its commitment to professionalism and ideals of the highest when apprehending persons. 77 persons detained from Haitian Village are repatriated Cable and Wireless Communications says that corporate social responsibility will be a cornerstone of its approach if successful in purchasing 51 per cent of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company. In a statement issued yesterday, the company said it has a strong and proud history of community partnerships, working in the region through its LIME business. A spokesperson said: The vision for our LIME business is to always work to improve life in the region. As such one of our early priorities is to extend BTC community spending to reflect its regional share of CSR investment. This is just one of the benefits of BTC joining the Cable and Wireless Communications family. He added: Our approach will be to seek focused investment into parts of the community whether that be in New Providence or other family islands where it can have most benefit. We have worked with many community organisations over a long period, which has helped them to develop. We also have a strong tradition of getting teams into the community as often time and energy can be as valuable an investment as money. Following the Haiti earthquake last year, LIME colleagues and customers raised J$23 million through a fundraising telethon broadcast on 28 television and cable channels. A LIME team member also joined the International Telecoms Union group who went to restore communication links in the country. The statement said that in Grand Cayman, LIME is seeking to greatly increase the ability of young people to access the internet. This is being achieved by establishing free internet services in all the local libraries and schools, plus several hot spots around the island. In addition, LIME has developed an after school programme for primary age students with academic and social challenges, providing the necessary high-speed broad-band access. This is being rolled out across the Caribbean. In Jamaica LIME organ ised a massive Back to School event in 2010, including a music concert, amusement park, a health and dentistry information ground and a resource centre. There was something of everything from free hair cuts to free immunisations, it said. The statement said sport sponsorship is another area of focus for the company, and noted its sponsorship of the Carifta Games last year to the tune of $200,000. Bahamians deserve better phone service CABLE AND WIRELESS PLEDGES TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ABOVE: A view of the Caribbean's largest zero entry pool at Sandals Emerald Bay. LEFT: Sandals Resorts International Owner Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Sandals Emerald Bay General Manager Jeremy Mutton, and Manager Patrick Drake
By ADRIAN GIBSON email@example.com OVER the last few weeks, Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney has been a oneman news cycle, with hisr ecent commentswhich r eferred to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham as lacking compassion, asserted that the Free National Movement will face challenges going into the next general election and also declared that the governments eemed to not connect to and were not listening to the peopleraising a few eyebrows. I ndeed, Bran McCartney h as evolved into perhaps one o f the most dynamic young politicians to emerge in recent y ears, howeversince his resignation and recent commentsin some quarters it isf elt that his political career is f ading fast whilst others believe that its just burgeoning and hes displaying muchdesired gumption to fellow p oliticos. During his tenure as Minister of State for Immi g ration, the much-celebrated McCartney won over the hearts of many Bahamians with his approach as a hardnosed, hands-on anti-illegal i mmigration minister. It is thought that Mr McCartney c atered to the populous rage over illegal immigration! That said, was Mr McCartn eys recent remarks demonstrative of his standing-up forh is beliefs and a likely prec ursor to him hitting the eject b utton and leaving the FNM? W ere his comments merely attention-seeking rhetoric, p articularly in this age of iden tity politics? Or, was it simply an expression of his genuine feelings on the inner w orkings of his party/govern ment and his true impression of the Prime Minister and the national state-of-affairs? In the wake of the former state ministers comments,w ill the ground be loosened under Mr McCartney? Has Bahamian politics matured enough where politicians can take chafing from someone on the same side of the political divide? Frankly, there are politic ians and members of the p ublic who have told me that in their view, Mr McCartneys p olitical stock may be depreciating from self-inflicted wounds. However, there are others who articulate their new found respect for theB amboo Town MP for speaking what many believe was his conscience. M oreover, in political circles, there has been chatter of Mr McCartney leaving the F NM to lead the National D evelopment Party (NDP or, that in the lead up to gen eral elections, to join an entit y known as the Party of Independents, whichwhilst yet to materialize (at least pub-l icly)will purportedly feat ure candidates such as M cCartney and former South Andros MP Whitney Bastian. F rankly, in the wake of Dr Andre Rollins abandonment of the NDP, one wonders i n the face of the speculation and allegations of Mr McCart ney joining that grouping and a scending to the helm of the partywhether such a move would be politically prudent or merely political suicide. It a ppears that Dr Rollinsthe NDPs candidate in last years by-election in Elizabethlost confidence in the political vehicle that he co-founded and thereby decided, inL ebron James (NBA player fashion,to take his talents to the PLP. Honestly, whilst some would say that Dr Rollins seemingly took on an opportunistic deportment, his departure from the NDP does not bode well for the fledg-l ing party, particularly since h e was the face of the organization. A lthough Mr McCartney has proven himself as an exceptional MP in Bamboo Town, his political fortune seems uncertain. If BranM cCartney leaves the FNM, will that result in a seismic crack in their electoralm achinery? Indeed, the FNM should not wish to enter a general e lection cycle giving-off the i mpression that the organization is devouring itself. There is no need to creep aroundt he issueboth the FNM and Branville McCartney need to determine if he will be thep artys standard bearer or if h es running as an independ ent or otherwise. It would be unimaginable, possibly i njurious to the party, if the FNM did not give Mr McCartneyone of itss trongest candidatesthe nod in whats setting up to be a tough election year. W hether he desires such a response or not is unknown, however any attempt to forcibly banish Mr McCart n ey to the political wildern essas many people feel would happenwould be a mammoth misjudgment andu sed as a campaign ploy against the FNM by opposing p olitical entities, could insult t he voting public and, moreover, will catapult the MP into a much higher political stratosphere. Indeed, the Prime Minister is a shrewd politician and, as such, there has been nor idiculous overreaction on his part in response to any of Mr M cCartneys movesfrom his resignation to his recent comments. That said, if Bran McCartney becomes an independenta true independent hes likely to still attract many marginal, non-ideological andi ndependent-minded voters a class of voters thats rapidly expanding with todays y ounger, more educated elec torate. Among the wider populace, t here remains a jingoistic ador ation of the MP. Moreover, Mr McCartney has a large FNM following and FNMsh ave, in the past, shown themselves willing to vote inde pendent if they feel that the p arty didnt do the right thing. However, Mr McCartneyin the minds of voterswill have a dilemma if he joins another p arty and thereby returns to the electorateafter one termwith another label a ttached. Indeed, there are some segments of the Bahamian elec torateacross the spec-t rumwho are politically immature and cannot think independently of the party tow hom they have pledged allegiance, sticking to labels instead of looking at the integrity and quality of a candidate. The reality is that, as it relates to the PLP and the FNM, for every Laura in the P LP there is a Harem in the FNM! Considering precedent (Tennyson Wells 2002 victory) and the current construct of Bamboo Town, if Bran McCartney runs as an indep endent, he could win the constituency. Frankly, McCartney has also not reached the point of being labeled as a disgruntled FNM and that bodes well for his chances. Furthermore, in a c onstituency like Bamboo Town, Im not sure if the cons tituents would be willing to have the FNM unceremoniously dump another candidateo n them because the current representative went against t he grain and/or is perceived as not being a yes man. That said, in the current political climate, Bran M cCartneys chances of b ecoming FNM leader are next to none. Party leadership is not based upon what them asses feel, but instead upon the hierarchical structure and the constitution of a party a nd, quite honestly, its not u ncommon for the masses to feel differently from the deci sion-makers within a party t his being illustrated in the FNMs electoral defeat in 2002, when the internalm achinery of the organization d idnt conceptually understand or appreciate what the m asses were thinking. While I a m not suggesting that the masses are clamouring for the Bamboo Town MP tob ecome leader, Im pointing out observably flawed processes with both of the m ajor parties that, in such a bubble-like atmosphere, can hardly gauge the political temperature of the masses. A s it stands, if Bran McCartney remains an FNM and seeks to become a futurel eadership contender, he needs to start enlisting the support of party delegates andc ouncil membersa support system that he presently doesnt appear to have! Ive found Bran McCartney t o be an affable, down-toearth chap whose drive and youthful vigour is refreshing. In what appears to be a brutal election year, Mr McCartney must, in his political calculus, ensure that before any moveso r spur of the moment decisions, he doesnt portray himself as an over zealous hot s hot, but rather treks the path of a difference-making, unifying politician who has inspired throngs of Bahamians and has demonstrated an ideal work ethic in his Bamboo Town constituency. As f ar as the FNM should be concerned, right now the best approach is to offer Mr McCartney a nomination whilst letting his fate remain in his own hands! T HE BCPOU AND BTCs SALE There are some utterances and incidents that occur that are nothing short of classless and knuckleheaded. Of late, Bahamas Communications a nd Public Officers Union (BCPOU E vans remarks have not only given off predictably negative vibes, but have also been irre-s ponsible. The public has become w eary of what appears to be cringe-inducing bloviating and reckless statements. Frankly, it appears that the u nion is fighting a losing batt le, desperate for an applause line from the wider populacean applause line thatw ill never happen since many Bahamians are seeking more efficient services, cheaper r ates, fewer dropped calls and t hemselves are looking forward to the sale of BTC to fulfil these desires. M r Evans small Egypt commentassociating impending union action witht he protests (some violent f or democratic change in Egypt which recently led to t he ouster of dictator and P resident of 30 years Hosni Mubarakappeared be an illustration of terminal foot-i n-mouth disease. One can understand what Mr Evans is attempting to do, b ut his delivery of his message in such an arrogant, out rageous and immature manner is turning many Bahami a ns off. Whilst I understand the notion that unions and gov-e rnments have been historical adversaries and that the unions play an important rolei n the national framework by fight for better remuneration and working conditions for workers, I still hold the belieft hat the BCPOU could launch valid inquiries about aspects of the sale without seeming out of touch or resorting, in any way, to seemingly encouraging waves of unrest. Once all is said and done, I a m curious as to whether theres a political gifta nomination or promises of politi c al appointmentsfor the union leader/s? P AGE 6, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CUSTOMER NOTICEScotiabank (Bahamas that with recent enhancements to our service network all Merchant Customers have been upgraded to the Scotiabank VX510 POS terminals for credit card processing services. 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Relations It is hard to believe that almost three years havep assed since you first joined us. I say this because we have seen such a significant enhancement of the relations b etween the Bahamas and China, Mr Symonette said. Among those achievements a re: the building of the multipurpose Thomas A Robinson Stadium, the completion ofl ocal road infrastructure proj ects, agricultural projects, the agreement for the Baha Mar project, support in educationa nd construction of the new Chinese Embassy. Several agreements dealing w ith agricultural, economic and technical co-operation have been signed, as was a visa abolition arrangement for h olders of diplomatic, official and service passports. A n Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA tion Exchange Agreement (TIEA O n Ambassador Hus watch, 13 Bahamians received s cholarships to study in China, m any Bahamians benefitted from seminars and workshops in varied fields in China, and Bahamians were able to train a t home through the Confuc ius Classroom at the College of the Bahamas. I n conjunction with the promotion of the 2010 Canton Trade Fair, the BahamasC hamber of Commerce and t he Chinese Foreign Trade Centre signed a trade coo peration agreement in Sep tember 2010. There was a significant meeting on May 10, 2010 t he Fourth Round of the Chi na-Caribbean Ministerial Consultations during which f oreign ministers of Caribbean countries with diplomatic relations with Chi-n a, dialogued with the Chin ese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs on matters of mutual interest. I n February 2009, the Vice Premier of the State Council visited the Bahamas. H e was followed in Sep tember of that year by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National P eoples Congress, and in October 2010, Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham made an official visit to China. Thus, the great geographical distance between our two countries has not impeded our progress towards closer bilateral relations, Mr Symonette s aid, adding that this was evident with the arrival of the f irst Chinese tourists under t he Joint Bahamas-China Approved Destination Status Programme. He acknowledged that the excellence of the ambass adors tour of duty was exemplified when he visited t he Family Islands and reported on the potential for further development of theB ahamas. Positive The impact of your tenure, a s you embodied and epito mised the breadth and depth of the capabilities and focus of your great nation, will have p ositive, lasting reverbera tions economically, educationally, developmentally, cult urally and yes, even motiva tionally. It is our hope that the m utually beneficial nature of o ur relations will have recip rocal, positive impact, Mr Symonette said. A mbassador Hu said the closer relations represent a win-win situation for both c ountries. He said that the bilateral agreements laid a solid foundation for the relationship to f urther deepen. Chinese Ambassador leaves noted achievements in Bahamas DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, left, presents a gift to Hu Dingxian, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China. K ris Ingraham / BIS
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T he complainant also alleged she and the bishop had sex in the master bedroom of his house. Fraser told the court that statement was also a lie. He recalled that the police came to h is home but did not test for semen in h is master bedroom. They performed testing in my oldest daughters room, which was strange, Fraser said. The bishop also refuted the allegation that he had attempted to have thec omplainant watch a pornographic m ovie. He acknowledged that police found a pornographic video at his home. We did not even know we had it until they found it, Fraser told the court. He explained that police retrieved the video from a box in his oldestd aughters bedroom. Fraser denied watching pornographic films, but said he could not say whether the tape b elonged to him or not. Under cross-examination by prosecutor Franklyn Williams, Fraser d enied he had lengthy telephone conv ersations with the complainant and further denied having phone sex with her. Fraser admitted to chatting with the girl online. He told the court his wife knew he was counselling the girl a nd had no objections. H e admitted that at that time he did not think it was prudent to counsel the girl with another minister or his wife p resent, claiming he had done it before with many others. He admittedh owever that in retrospect, it would h ave been prudent for him to have d one so. Fraser admitted he knew of the sex scandals involving popular ministers s uch as Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Baker. While Fraser acknowledged he is a trained counsellor, he admitted that he d id not know whether the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship, to which his church belongs, has guidelines forc ounselling. The case continues. in schools. Grand Bahama has had a very t errible experience that we ought to learn from, and we are to do everything we can to protect children, Mr Bannister told The Tribune while in Grand Bahama yesterday. On Wednesday, a man was conv icted in the Magistrates Court after pretending to be a teacher at Walter Parker Primary. Leroy Deleveaux, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pre-t ending to be a public officer and u ttering a forged document. He was jailed for three months and f ined $1,000 or six months in p rison. The alarm was raised by a conc erned parent who exposed Deleveaux as an impostor. The parent also claimed he lived an alternativel ifestyle. D eleveaux, who had been conducting extra-curricular activities with young male students, was u nable to produce paperwork r egarding his status at the school after being confronted by educat ion officials on January 4. Mr Bannister praised District School Superintendent Julian Anderson and teachers at the school. H e said Deleveaux was in poss ession of a forged letter that gave h im the authority to be on the school campus. I want to just say thanks to S chool Supt Julian Anderson and our teachers who were able to findo ut that this man was an impost or, and I commend them. We also have to be vigilant about persons who have their own reasons, whatever those reasons a re, to be near to other peoples children. Grand Bahama has had a very t errible experience, not with an i mpostor, but a terrible experience that we ought to learn from, and w e are to do everything we can to p rotect children. And so, I am grateful to Mr Anderson for his vigilance, and the t eachers and parents who worked together to find out about this man and get him before the courts and punished quickly, said Mr Ban n ister. The Minister also commended those who came forward ande xposed Eight Mile Rock High School teacher Andre Birbal. Birbal, a 48-year-old art teacher, w as convicted in the Supreme Court on January 26 after being f ound guilty of having unnatural s exual intercourse with two of his students at the school. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. A sked whether he was happy that Birbal was behind bars, Mr Bannister said: It is not a matter of being happy. I read the tran s cript of that trial and I have spo ken to those young men, and there is a part of their lives that was tak-e n away from them forever by someone who was thoughtless and uncaring. It is a part of their lives, their innocence they will never get back. I t is not something I would wish o n any child. And to those persons who finally found out and brought it o ut to the open, and those persons who persevered until Birbal was brought back to the country and tried in a court of law before a jury o f his peers, I want to just give them the highest commendation and thanks, and say to teacherst hat we have to continue to be vigilant that among us we do not have those who would prey on chil-d ren. BISHOP HAD SEX IN CHURCH WITH WIFE, NOT GIRL FROM page one Educators praised for vigilance in exposing man who posed as teacher FROM page one LEROY DELEVEAUX pleaded guilty to charges of falsely pretending to be a public officer and uttering a forged document.
THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has announced that the 2011 E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival is scheduled to begin March 1 at the Lucaya Convention Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama. According to a statement issued yesterday, the Festivals Grand Bahama adjudications will run until March 11. New Providence will follow, starting on March 14, and running through March 25. Beginning in April, the statement added, adjudications will begin in the other Family Islands. Abaco will lead this list on April 4, ending with Inagua later in the year. In Grand Bahama, drama and music adjudications run March 1-11, dance adjudications run March 5-7, 11 and arts and crafts adjudications are on June 3. In New Providence dance adjudications run February 28 March 4, music and drama a djudications run March 14 25, and arts and crafts adjudications are on June, 1. Entries are now being received from New Providence and Grand Bahama. Entries will be received until Febru ary 18, in both locations. The following are the 2011 dates for the Family Islands: Abaco, April 4 8 Eleuthera, Harbour and Current Islands, April 11 14 Ragged Island, April 15 Mangrove Cay, Andros, April 18 Moores Island, Abaco, April 19 South Andros, May 5 Rum Cay, May 6 Farmers Cay, May 17 Black Point, May 17 Bimini, May 9 Long Island, May 10 11 San Salvador, May 12 Berry Islands, May 18 Cat Island, May 20, 2011 Crooked Island, 24 Long Cay, 25 Acklins, May 26 Exuma, May 27 28 North and Central A ndros, May 30 31 Mayaguana, June 1 Inagua, June 1 and 2 The statement noted that dates are subject to change and if there are any further questions, interested personsmay contact Keva Cartwright at 502-0632 or 502-0600. T he Department of Youth also identified the adjudicators for this years festival. The choral and instrumental music adjudicator will be Helen Peloquin. Ms Peloquin graduated from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal Canada in 1974, with honours. The Conservatoire is a Performing School similar to Juliard in New York or M cGill University in Ontario, Canada. The curriculum included harmony, solfege, choir, chamber orchestra, music arrangement, analysis, and multiple performance. She studied with Isabelle Nef in Annecy, France in 1974 and was a perf orming artist from 1975 and a cellist for the Ottawa Chamber Ensemble in 1989. She was also a Cellist for the Auckland Symphony Orches tra in New Zealand. Presently, she is principal cellist, librari an, tutor, webmaster and secretary for the BahamasN ational Symphony Orchestra. She is also the founder of Strings n Tings and cofounder of the Nassau Cham ber Ensemble, in 2009. Lawrence Carroll returns as dance adjudicator and he began his dance training witht he New Breed Dancers in Nassau. Later, he travelled to Toronto, Canada, to advance his studies at Ryerson Univer sity, where he studied Theatre Arts and graduated with hon ours. He studied classical ballet with the Royal Academy ofD ance and modern and national dance with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. After graduating from Ryerson University, he began teaching at the National Dance School and later went to A F Adderley, C C Sweeti ng and D W Davis schools, among others. Mr Carroll has represented the Bahamas at many regional and international festivals throughout the years, including Commonwealth Arts Festival (Edmonton, Canada CARIFESTA Barbados, C ARIFESTA Jamaica, and CARIFESTA Cuba. He was also a part of Ministry of Tourism promotional tours to Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. James Catalyn also returns to the festival as drama adjudicator. Mr Catalyn studiedd rama at De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with honours. He has had the good fortune to adjudicate in many different venues throughout the years, the statement said. He is the winner of numer ous awards including theC hamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award; the International Rotarys Paul Harris Fellows Award; the Delta Sigma Sorority (Bahamas Award; the Meta Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; and the 1st IdentityA rtist Award, among many others. Bahamian culture has been brought to the forefront by the prolific writings of Mr Catalyn whose works have been per formed on stage, radio and throughout the islands of the Bahamas. James and his friends have also represented the Bahamas internationally in New Zealand, Trinidad, and Bermuda and at the United Nations in New York City, the statement said. It added that his insistence that Bahamians speak Bahamianese has made many more aware of the beauty and uniqueness of Bahamian dialect, and in his writings and performances, he accentuates the beauty of our language, while encouraging us to be proud of this aspect of our culture. The arts and crafts adjudicator is Kishshan Munroe. Born in Nassau, the statement said Mr Munroe is the product of a social, cultural, and historic continuum of artists in a region where the tradition of art-making is expressed through its many layers of varied and complex histories. Antonius Roberts is one of his early mentors. H e received his first degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design, where he double majored in painting and visual effects and completed his undergraduate degree with honours. Mr Munroe went on to further his studies at his alma mater on a graduate fellowship and finished, again, with honours. 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B ahamians can do the job. Where do you think he came up with that idea? The messages being sent by the FNM are that Bahamians cant build roads; we cant operate a telephone company; we c ant own a greater stake in our economy; we cant find a Bahamian qualified t o lead the College of the Bahamas or critical gove rnment departments and entities. I am surprised they still t hink that a Bahamian can be Prime Minister, Dr R ollins remarked. The former Elizabeth candidate continued, stati ng that this FNM administration has insulted and d emeaned the pride of the Bahamian people, and in seeking to justify the saleo f BTC they have shamelessly attacked the compet ence and intelligence of Bahamian professionals, s pecifically calling BTCs former president a failure. In appointing Queens C ounsels they made a con scious decision not to hon-o ur a man who has a dist inguished record of pub l ic advocacy. In the process they sought to destroy the credibility and hard-earned reputations of these r espected men with proven t rack records Leon W illiams and Maurice G linton and made them i nto political whipping boys i n order to advance their sinister political agendas. If this is what they think of distinguished sons of the soil, imagine what they think about us? Mr Ingraham lashed out a t Bernard Evans for refusi ng to accept a letter inviting him to meet with the P rime Minister, but where w as the Prime Ministers c aring sensitivity when he refused to formally meet with the business ownersw ho complained that their businesses were being adversely impacted by the prolonged works along the Baillou Hill Road corridor? His message to them was simple: Their busin esses werent worth helpi ng, or in some cases even s aving. What kind of papa w ould treat his family so p oorly and with so much contempt? You know in this regions political his-t ory, papa is a dirty word. Papa Doc of Haiti also showed contempt and a complete lack of respectf or his people. You think Mr Ingraham knew what he was doing when he said to call him papa? A reald addy doesnt raise his children to believe less in themselves. My daddy nev er taught me to doubt m yself or that I wasnt good enough to do some thing. My daddy didnt r aise me like dat! He raised m e to believe that with hard work I could become anything I wanted to be. Hubert Ingraham aint myd addy! Hubert Ingraham aint my papa! Is he yours? Dr Rollins asked. Speaking of hearts, do y ou know that when Mr Ingraham left the PLP, he was forming a new political party called the Heart Party. They even had the heart symbol to show how much love they had for the Bahamian people. Tell me, you think Hubert Alexander Ingraham still has a heart? You think he still has love for the Bahamian peo ple? Even Branville McCartney said publicly that Mr Ingraham doesnt have a heart! I hear thats why they were in such a rush to bring in Dr (Duane they needed a really good heart surgeon to help Mr Ingraham find his heart, Dr Rollins quipped. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Dr Andre Rollins explains to rally crowd why he joined the PLP FROM page one NEWPLPMEMBER: D r Andre Rollins Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
F R I D A Y F E B R U A R Y 1 8 2 0 1 1 T H E T R I B U N E P A G E 1 1 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDE Inter national sports news By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W HILE he 's n ot sc h ed ul ed to return to the ring until the end of April, Meacher Pain' Ma j o r is h e a d in g t o E l e u th e ra t h i s w e e k e n d t o h e l p f o r m a not he r a ma teu r b ox ing c l ub. A c c o m p a n i e d b y K a t o Red Lion' Ferguson, Major w i l l b e i n H a t c h e t B a y a s g ue st of the 11 th C om pa ny o f t h e B o y s B r i g a d e w i t h t h e vi ew o f f o r mi ng t h e s eco n d P a n A m e r i c a n C a r i b b e a n B o x i n g O r g a n i z a t i o n ( P A C B O ) c l u b o u t s i d e o f New Providence. W e r e e x c i t e d f o r m o r e than one rea s o n," s a id Ric ardo De an Sr, Le uten ant of the 11 t h Com pany, who will host Major and Ferguson. "So we are really excited. "Nu mber on e, the youngsters here in Hatc het Bay a r e anxious t o do things. We've b e e n p l a y i n g b a s e b a l l w i t h the m a nd teac hing th em softb al l a n d ba sk e tb al l. N ow bo x i n g i s a n o t h e r s t e p i n t h e game of self development." A s on e of the to p prof essional fighters in the country for the past decade, Dean Sr. s a i d t h e y h a v e b e e n i m p r e s se d w ith h is rise fro m a yo un gste r in t he amat eur ran ks t o th e p oin t wh ere he 's hi gh ly a c c al i m e d o n t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l scene. H e h a s a t t a i n e d s o m e re c o g ni ti o n a rou n d th e w o rl d, so we are excited," Dean Sr. rei terate d. "W e kno w that he w ill bring a l ot o f e xpo s u r e to the sport." W h i l e i n H a t c h e t B a y Ma jo r a n d Fe rgu son w i ll h old a s es s io n o n S atu r da y at 1 0 a.m. at the Bay Fest Park for th e pa re nts b efo re h e pro vi de th e B oy s B rig a de w it h tip s on how to set up their amateur club. T he day will cart off wit h Major and Ferguson provid i n g t i p s f o r t h e y o u n g s t e r s b e t w e e n t h e a g e s o f 1 01 8 who are interested in getting involved in the sport. "W e a re go in g to se t up t he c lub and the n d etermi ne how we are going to operater it," D e a n S r s a i d O n c e w e k n o w w h a t a l l i s i n v o l v e d then we will work on getting the equipment and a boxing gym." Jero me T win' B ut terfi e l d By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com WITH the Hugh Campbell basketball season just days away and both leagues in New Providencecompleted or near completion, the Tribune releases its end of year awards for the 2010-11 season. G O VE R NM E NT SE C O ND AR Y SC HO O LS S PO RTS AS SO C I A T I O N MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Kenneth Pratt (R.M Bailey Pacers) ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Khristin Francis (C.I Gibson Rattlers) COACH OF THE YEAR Nigel Ingraham (R.M Bailey Pacers) ALL GS SSA T EAM ST ART ER S GABBI LAURENT POSITION: Power Forward/Center SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Amare Stoudamire STRENGTHS: Strength, athleticism and work ethic come to mind when you think of Laurent. Never takes a play off, plays at only one speed and gives his all on every possession. Plays the game with amazing toughness, and doesn't shy away from contact in the paint. Runs the floor well for a big man and has an excellent jumpshot out to 18 feet. Excellent speed and agility in the open floor...Leadership qualities stood out as he remained involved in every aspect of the team even before a decision was made on his eligibility. RASHAD INGRAHAM POSITION: Shooting Guard SCHOOL: CI Gibson NBA COMPARISON: Joe Johnson STRENGTHS: Excellent all-around scorer. Good outside shooter with range out to three point. Creates well off the dribble with terrific ball handling ability. Strong one-onone skills, has a nose for scoring. Good at slashing to the basket and finishing, particularly in traffic. KENNETH PRATT POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Dwayne Wade STRENGTHS: Pratt has all the tools you look for in a star player and fits the description of your classic wing player. Extremely quick when maneuvering in the lane and has an uncanny ability to finish despite contact and with his leaping ability is able to rise above traffic around the rim. Fluent motion on his jump shot, and hits with great consistency with ability to spot up from short but excels driving to the basket. Quickness, awareness and long wingspan come into play defensively as well, as he is a terrific off-ball and help defender consistently playing passing lanes with great success. Can quickly move from the weak-side to ball-side, and uses those his high leaping abilities to block shots. DANIEL LEWIS POSITION: Forward/Center SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Blake Griffin STRENGTHS: Off the charts athlete. When he has the abliity to, dunks everything with power to finish with authority. Strength, athleticism and work ethic make him a dominant rebounder. Highlight reel dunks overshadow his ability to Tribune Sports year end basketball all-star awards By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ARI ANNA Vand erpoo l-Wallace g o t off to a fast start at the 2011 Southeastern Con f ere n ce (SE C ) Sw im mi ng C ha mp io nsh ip s fo r the Auburn University Tigers. The junior turned in a sensational perfor m a n c e i n p o sti n g t he f as te st qu a li f y in g t i me i n the women's 50 metres freestyle in the pre limi nar ie s at t he Stephe n C O 'Connell Ce nter at the University of Florida. She p osted the fa s t est t ime in the n ation i n t h e e v e n t br e a k i n g a SE C a n d A u b u r n r e c o r d i n c l o c ki n g 2 1 8 se c o n ds h e a di n g i nt o t he fi n a l that was contested last night. "I wanted to swim as fast as I could, but I w asn't expe cting that, V ande r pool -Wall ace w as quoted as s ay in g on her school's w ebsite. "My goal was to go 21.8 and to go even faster is a great feeling." V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e w h o t u r n s 2 1 o n March 4, was well ahead of the rest of the field. Her nearest rival was Florida's junior Sarah Bateman, who did 22.00. Fresh of her historic 50 free bronze medal at t h e F I N A Wo r l d S h o r t co u r s e C ha m p ion s h ips in Duba i in D ec embe r Va nderpoo lWallace is the lone Bahamian competing at the meet that will conclude on Saturday. S he will a ls o cont est th e 100 fr ee wher e s he i s a ls o s eed ed a t No .1 an d t he 10 0 fl y where she is the No.2 seed. Als o this wee kend, McKa yla Lightbour n a nd As h ley B utle r a r e b oth co mpeti ng at the W omen' s AAC C hampio ns hi ps that is b eing held in Atlanta, Georgia. L ight bour n, s f res hman at F lor ida Stat e, was 18th over in the preliminaries of the 200 indiv idual m edley in 2:02. 79. She jus t miss ed out of the consolation final that saw Kristin Polley, one of her team-mates, take the 16th and final spot in 2:02.75. Christi Wixted, a freshman at Duke, was 17th in 2:02.77. The meet wraps up on Saturday. And at the 2011 MIAC Swimming Cham pi o ns h i ps a t t h e U n iv er s i t y o f M i n ne s ot a A rm a nd o M os s, a f re sh m an a t S t. J oh n 's U n i ve r sit y, qualif ied f or the final of th e men's 50 free s tyle He cloc ked 21.2 2 t o improve on his seed time of 21.59 for fourth overall. BASEBALL ELEUTHERA BASEBALL LEAGUE THE Eleu ther a J un i o r Bas eball League kic ked o ff its 2011 seas on o n Satu rday in Ro ck S ou nd with th e R oc k So und Team B, c oac hed b y Lin co l n Y oun g, p ull in g o ff a 5-4 vic tor y o ver Team B c oac hed b y Lar ry F orb es. The winnin g p i t ch er was R icar do San ds w i th eigh t s trike ou ts and th e los ing p i tc her was Ash ton M cI nto sh, whp h ad 11 s trike o uts. Ez ra Pett y J r. had a th ree-r un ho mer with th ree RB I for th e w i n ner s, wh il e Tyler Leary ha d a two -ru n dou ble with two R BI in the los s. Play will c on ti n ue this S aturd ay in R oc k So und All in teres ted team fr om o ther set tl emen ts are r eques ted to c onta ct pr esid ent Larry F or bes at 3222021, or at e-mail : l u c a y a n 5 2 5 @ c o r a l w a v e c o m BASKETBALL NPBA RESULTS T WO g ame s we r e p la ye d W ed n es d ay ni gh t a t t he C I G ib s on G ymn a s iu m a s th e N e w P r ov id en c e Ba s k et ba ll A s so c i at io n r e s um ed p lay af te r t ak in g a b re ak f o r t h e s ec o n d an n ua l La w En f or c e me n t B as k et b all To u rn a m e n t In t h e f ir st ga me th e R e al R e al Dea l S h oc k e r s By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com IT wa s a m atc h tha t cou ld h ave g o n e ei t h er w ay. B u t i n t h e e n d M a r k K n o w l e s a n d h i s S l o v e n i a n p ar tn er M i ch al M er ti n ak p r ev a i l e d w i t h a c o m e f r o m b e h i n d 3 6, 6 3, 1 412 d ec i s i o n o v e r t h e B r a z i l i a n t e a m o f M a r c e l o M e l o an d B ru n o S o ar es K n o wl e s a n d M er t in a k t h e n u m b e r t h r e e s e e de d t e a m we re b r o ke n tw ic e at 22 an d 5 -3 a s the unse e de d t e am of Melo a n d Soare s we nt o n to t ak e t h e fi r st se t. I n th e seco n d set K no w les a n d M e r t i n a k g o t t h e o n l y bre a k a t 3 -1 and both tea m s se rve d o u t t h e se t. T h en i n t h e s u p er ti eb r eak er M e lo an d S o a res man ag ed t o g et t h e f ir st l ead at 10 an d t h e t wo t ea ms tr ad ed t h e le ad u n t i l t h e y w er e t i e d t w i c e at 1 111 a n d 12 12 B u t K n o w l e s an d Me r t ina k h e ld a nd b ro ke to tak e th e fin al two p oi nt s, th e se t an d t h e ma tc h T h e ma tc h l as te d o n e h o u r 17 mi n u t es an d 52 s eco n d s Me l o a nd Soa r e s h a d f iv e ace s, co mp a red t o j u st tw o b y K no w l e s a n d Me r t i na k a n d wh il e b o th t eam s w er e eve n ed a t 2 2 i n d o u b l e f a u l t s t h e I s r a e l spor ts NOTES Knowles and Mertinak pr evail over Brazilian duo Mark Knowles Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace SEE page 12 SEE page 12 SEE page 12 SEE page 13 SEE page 12 Major heading to Eleuthera to form new boxing club V a n d e r p o o l W a l l a c e o f f t o f a s t s t a r t a t S E C P osts f astest qualifying time in w omen' s 50 metr es freestyle KENNETH PRATT KEIRAN MORTIMER ANTHONY SCORES 38 IN WIN OVER BUCKS SEE STORY ON PG 13
SPORTS P AGE 12, FRIDA Y FEBRUAR Y 18, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org D E S P I T E t h e f a c t t h a t m any of t he Gr and Ba ham a te a ms hav e deci de d t o sk ip th e t ri p he re o rga ni se rs a re st il l ant i ci pat i ng a n ex cit i ng 20 11 Hu gh C amp bell Bas ke tb al l Cl a ssi c. T h e c l a s s i c n o w i n i t s year, will begin on Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gym n a s i u m a n d c o m e s o n t h e heels on the exciting climax t o b o t h t h e G o v e r n m e n t S e c o n d a r y S c h o o ls S p o r t s A s s o c i a ti o n a n d B a h am a s Associ at ion of Inde pend ent Se co nda r y S cho ol s ' be st of three championship series. W h i l e t h e RM Ba i l e y Pa cers emerged as the GSSSA c h amp io ns wit h a t hr illin g win o ver th e C C Swee ting Co br a s, t he B A ISS co ul d be co m p l e t e d t o da y w i t h t h e S t John's Giants holding a 1-0 l e a d o v e r t h e t h r e e t i m e def endi ng c h am pions We stminster Diplomats. T h e f o u r t e a m s a r e a l l e n t e r ed i n t h e p r e s t ig io u s week -l o ng dou ble eliminat i o n t o u r n a m e n t t h a t w i l l a l so f e at u re f i v e ot h er t e a ms from the GSSSA and seven f r o m t h e p r i v a t e s c h o o l s i n c l u d i n g t h e B A I S S a nd t h e Bah am as Schol ast ic A ssoc i ation. F r o m t h e G S S S A t h e o t h e r t e a m s a r e t h e C R Walker Knights, CI Gibson Ratt l ers, Da me Dori s Johnson Mystic Marlins, Anatol T i m b e r w o l v e s a n d C V Bethel Stingrays. T h e other BAI SS sch ools a r e t h e Q u e e n s C o l l e g e Comets, the Jo rdan Pr i nc e W i l l i a m F a l c o n s t h e K ings way Ac ad emy S aint s a n d t h e S t A n n e s B l u e waves. R e p r e s e n t i n g t h e B S A wh i c h has put its p ostseason on hold unti l the completion of the tour nament, a r e t h e Ga l il ee A c ad e m y, T e l i o s C h e r u b i m a n d t h e Mt Carm el Cav al ie rs. A l t h o u g h s c h o o l s h a v e Gr and Baha ma ha d i ndi c a ted that t h e y we r e goi ng to boycot t t he tourna me nt t his y e a r b o t h t h e S u n l a n d Sti nge rs an d the Ei ght Mil e R o c k B l u e w a v e s a r e e n t e r e d T he y wi ll b e joi ne d b y t he o u t o f t o w n q u e s t s f r o m A g a pe H i g h (A b a co ), No r th An dros, G a te way A c a de my ( B i m i n i ) a n d E l e u t h e r a s N orth Eleuther a High an d Preston A lbury Hi gh. La st y e ar th e Ta be rn acl e Fal c on s, coached by Norri s B ain to o k th eir s ixt h tit le b a c k t o G r a n d B a h a m a when they repeate d wit h a sl im 81 -80 deci sion ov er CC S w e e t i n g The C ob ra s, c oac h ed b y M a r i o B o w l e g w e n t i n t o another close e n coun t er in t h e G S SS A f i n a l b e f o re t he y r e li n q u i s h e d t h e ir ti t le o n W e d n e s da y ni g h t t o t h e P a cer s, coache d by Ni ge l Ing rah a m Dan iel Lew is c an n ed a n unc ont ested fadi ng buz zerbea ti ng j umpe r to hel p RM Bail ey reboun d fro m a 15p o i n t d e f i c i t w i t h a 7 8 7 6 de ci si on t o ca rt of f t he G SSSA ti tl e. I n g a m e o ne o f t h e B A I SS fi n a l, i t al s o came down to t h e w i n d i n g s e c o n d s a s Kri st of f W ood se a le d a ba se lin e t hr ee -p oin te r wit h 1. 3 se conds l e ft on th e cl ock fo r a n 8 1 7 9 v i c t o r y f o r t h e G i a n t s W i t h t h e d e c i s i o n S t J o h n s c o a c h e d b y C h e r c ovi e W ells, handed We s tm i nst er th ei r fi rs t l oss i n t he BA ISS in fou r yea rs N o w t h e q u e s t i o n i s : C a n t h e D i p l o m a t s co a c h e d b y G e n o Bu ll a rd, com e back an d w i n t hei r f our th stra i gh t t i tl e ? W i t h t h e F a l c o n s n o t en tere d thi s ye ar, the tourna m e nt cou l d com e d ow n t o a not he r s how dow n b et we e n Ne w Pr ovi de nce a nd Gr an d Ba hama, o r it c ou ld b e an al l -New Provi dence m atchu p p a r t i cu l a rl y a p r i v a t e v e r sus go ve rnm en t sch ool s. The Bl ue ja y s, c o ache d by Q ui nt i n T h re e O u nce H a l l w e r e i n t o w n o v e r t h e C h r i s t m a s ho l i da y an d t he y p l a y e d a k eenly c ontes ted fi n al i n th e P ro vid e nc e Ba sk e tb all C l u b t o u r n a m e n t w h e r e t h e y l ost 82 77 to the Co bra s. T h er e h a s n e v e r b e en a f in al be t we en a Ne w Pr ovi de nc e gov ernm en t and pr iv at e schoo l Bu t wi th t ea m s such a s Ta be rna cl e an d t he Ja c k Ha y war d W il d c a t s not e nte re d thi s y ea r, th at cou l d be a pos si bi l it y or a re m at ch of t he GS SSA f i na l b et we e n t he C obra s a nd t he Pace rs. W h a t e v e r t h e o u t c o m e t hi s ye a r s t ou rn a m en t co u l d be q ui te i nt ere st i ng wi t hout a l l o f t h e G r a n d B a h a m a t e a m s c o m i n g t o t o w n t o c o m p e t e T H E c o u n t d o w n i s o n a n d o r g a n i s e r s o f t h e B a h am a s O p en a r e f e ve r i sh l y wo rk i n g t o g e t a s m a ny local c om p a nies i nvolv ed in this first time ever event in the Bahamas. Ultra Pure Water, which i s a d i v i si o n of BA PA K Lt d w a s ch o se n t o b e t h e O f f i ci a l W at e r a f t er s e v er a l m ee t ings with the company. W e l a c k e d t h e c o n f i dence and pa s si on that they s e e m t o h a v e f o r t h e i r w a t e r s a i d T o u r n a m e n t C ha i rm a n T y O l a n d e r. W e are satisfied that we chosed the right water company." In ad d itio n to b e in g th e o n l y W a t e r s o l d o v e r t h e n i n e d a y s o f t h e t o u r na m e n t Ul t ra Pure w il l be t he wa te r t ha t t he p l a ye r s d ri n k, as t he com pa ny dona te d d ozen s of cases to the tournament. W e r e h a p p y t o b e i nv o l ve d wi t h s uch a hi st or i c e ve n t, as we a re l o oki n g fo rw a r d t o t h i s a s s o c i a t i o n e ve ry ye ar s a id Su z an n e Eneas, Marketing Director of BAPAK. "W e re conf i de nt t ha t th i s w i l l b e a s u c c e s s f u l e v e n t a n d t h e B a h a m a s w i l l b e a w a r d e d t hi s op p o rt un i t y f o r years to come." T h e f i r s t e v e r B a h a m a s O p e n a n I T F s a n c t i o n e d Professi onal Wom en' s Tenn i s T o u r n a m e n t w h i c h i s open to the top 100 in the worl d wi ll ta ke pl ace M a rch 12th, with the Qualifiers at the National Tennis Center a t t h e Q u e e n E l i z a b e t h Sports Center. Some Official companies of the Bahamas Open li k e A t l a n t i s a n d B a h a m a s a i r h a v e p u t t o g e t h e r s p e c i a l packages for guests compa ny to the Bahamas just for this historic event. Exci tem en t i s i n the ai r a s t h e B a h a m a s a w a i t s t h e a r r i v a l o f t h e s e t o p p r o w om e n p l ay e rs i n t he w orl d A ny on e wi s hi n g mo re i n fo rm a t i o n c a n l o g o n t o t h e t o u r n a m e n t s w e b s i t e : w w w t h e b a h a m a s o p e n c o m Organisers still anticipate excitement for 2011 Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic H ERE 'S a l oo k a t t h e t ea ms a nd th e p o ol s fo r t he a n n u a l H u g h C a m pb e l l B a sk e t b a l l C l a s si c th a t ki c k s o f f o n Monday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium: 20 1 1 H U GH C AMPB ELL B A S KE T B A L L C L A S S IC P O O L S POOL 1 RM Bailey Kingsway Academy Mt. Carmel Preperatory Academy Eight Mile Rock CV Bethel Preston Albury POOL 2 Westminster Academy North Andros Sunland Baptist Gateway Academy Doris Johnson Anatol POOL 3 CC Sweeting St. Anne's College Galilee Academy Queen's College CR Walker St. John's College POOL 4 Telios Academy Jordan Prince Williams Agape (Abaco) CI Gibson North Eleuthera Ultra Pur e W ater chosen as official water for Bahamas Open FR OM L T O R: Gl en Rog e rs Pre s i de n t of BA PA K, E ve l y n Ro ge rs M an a ge r o f Ba pa k J e rry B ut le r, Ty O la n de r of B a ha m as Op en a nd Su zan n e E ne a s Ma rk e ti ng Dir ec t or o f B AP AK, bottlers of Ultra Water. T h e f i r s t t h r e e f i n i s h e r s we r e Er i k Kl o nt z, a s o ph om o re a t C ar le t o n i n 2 1 .0 0 fo l l o we d b y M i ch a e l Ho e l t e r h o f f a s o p h o m o r e a t S t T h o m a s i n 2 1 0 9 a n d B e n H en ric kso n, a fre shm an a t St. Thomas in 21.13. The f in al w a s sc he du le d fo r last night. N e x t w ee k A l i c i a L i g h t bourne will be competing for H arv a rd Uni v ersi ty a t the Ivy L e a g u e C h a m p i o n s h i p s i n Princeton, New Jersey, while A r i e l We e c h w i l l b e s w i m m i n g f o r t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N ebra s k a Co r n huske r s at the Big 12 Confer ence Championships in Austin, Texas and Jen na Ch apl in wil l be co mpe ting a t the Moun tain Pa ci fi c Sp o r t s F ed er at i on S wi mming Championships. FROM page 11 V anderpool-W allace FROM page 11 Knowles FROM page 11 Sports Notes t e am h a d a 7 2 -5 4 p e r ce n t a ge i n f i rs t s erv es. Th e d i ff eren ce c ame i n t h e f i r s t s e r v e p o i n t s w o n a s K n o wl es a n d M e rt i n ak p o st ed 27 -o f 33 f o r an 82% c o mp ar ed t o t h ei r o p p o n e n t s 3 0o f 4 2 f o r 7 1 % A n d i n t h e s e c o n d s e r v e p o i n t s w o n K n o w l e s a n d M e r t in a k w e nt 1 6 o f 2 8 f or 5 7% to Me lo a nd So a re s' 9 of-1 6 for 56 %. Knowle s and M e r t i n a k d i d n t g e t a n y o f their two break points saved, b u t t h ei r o p p o n e n t s c o m p l e t ed 1-of-3 for 33%. B o t h t e a m s w e r e e v e n l y m a t c h e d a t 9 9 i n s e r v i c e games played. Kn o w l e s w as u n av ai l ab l e f o r comme nts, bu t th e y are now in to the sem i fin a l of th eir se cond c on s e cutiv e t o ur nam e nt i n t h e f o u r t h a t t h e y h a v e played so far for the year. They are still waiting to see who their opponents will be, i n c l u d i n g t o p s e e d s M a x M i r n y i a n d D a n i e l N e s t o r wh o had to p lay th eir q u arterfinal match last night. Kno wles, 39, an d M e r tin ak, 31, were coming off their 6-4, 6 4 w i n o v er t h e I s r a el t e am o f J o n a t h a n E r l i c h a n d A n d y R a m i n t h e f i r s t r o u n d o n Wednesday. 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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPOR TS FRIDA Y FEBRUAR Y 18, 201 1, P AGE 13 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM score in other aspects of the game. Can score when he faces the basket and uses the dribble to get to the rim, His mid-range shot has shown excellent improvement between his last two seasons and is now a three point threat. ANGELO LOCKHART POSITION: Point Guard SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Derrick Rose STRENGTHS: Size, speed and athleticism to be an impact player anytime he's on the floor. Gets to the basket easier than most guards and is able to consistently finish above the rim, both in transition and in traffic Going full speed he is faster than anyone else on the court, but he is also very comfortable handling the ball as he is weaving through defenders... In one on one situations, he is almost impossible to stop because of his great first step and the variety of moves that he uses off the dribble ... Consistently gets into the lane, and is very good at finding teammates when the help defense rotates. RESER VES PATRICK DAVIS POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point Guard SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Monta Ellis STRENGTHS: Can play both guard positions, but better suited off the ball as a scorer rather than creating for others. Lighting quick in the open court and finishes in traffic ROOSEVELT WHYLLY POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: C.C Sweeting NBA COMPARISON: Chris Bosh STRENGTHS: Good jump shot as a junior but added new moves to his repertoire in his junior season... Ball handling is very good for a forward and is a quality rebound er with the ability to rip down a board and go coast to coast. Long arms make him a good shot blocker and rebounder and an ability to make three pointer makes him a difficult matchup for most bigs. D'SHON TAYLOR POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: R.M Bailey NBA COMPARISON: Josh Smith STRENGTHS: High flying player who finishes above the rim and has a reliable jumpshot...Not afraid of contact and likes to mix it up with inside guys and crash the board. Often takes the ball at the high post and creates his own shot or assists others. Strong court sense, rarely in a rush or forcing the issue. PRINCE BRAYNEN POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: C.R Walker NBA COMPARISON: Tyreke Evans STRENGTHS: Has proven that he is able to play as a lead guard, but his natural position seems to be as a shooting guard or small forward, where he can still be a facilitator, but can look to score more often ...Plays at a fast pace all the time with the ability to create on the fly ... Puts constant sure on the opposing team with his aggressive style and drives to the basket, unguardable one on one... His vision and passing are extremely advanced, and he's shown that he can be a reliable distributor. LOURAWLS NAIRN POSITION: Guard SCHOOL: C.R Walker NBA COMPARISON: O J Mayo STRENGTHS: Has a knack for getting in traffic and drawing contact, and gets to the line more times per game than most guards in the country. He has an extra gear which allows him to turn the corner or to explode by defenders in the open court and create fast break opportunities on his own. Not afraid to break zones with his three point shot and hits with relative consistency. NAJEE LIGHTBOURNE POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Anatol Rodgers NBA COMPARISON: Luol Deng STRENGTHS: Great versatility and a tremendous feel for the game. Extremely smooth with the ball in his hands and has ballhandling of a guard put low post game of a forward which allows him to get to the basket. Draws a lot of fouls on drives due to his aggressiveness Has confidence with the ball in his hands and leadership skills grew tremendously as the top scorer for a young program. BA HA MA S AS SO CI A T IO N OF I N D E P E N D E N T S E C O ND AR Y S C H O O L S MVP Marako Lundy (Westminster College Diplomats) ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Anwar Neil ly (St. John's College Giants) COACH OF THE YEAR Geno Bullard (Westminster College Diplomats) ALL B AI SS TEAM ST A RTE RS ANTHONY PRATT POSITION: Center/Forward SCHOOL: SAC NBA COMPARISON: Brook Lopez STRENGTHS: Comfortable operating from the high post, either shooting midrange shot, or utilizing his quickness and putting the ball on the floor to get to the hoop.. aggressive and tough under the rim despite his slight frame... Very long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slashing ability ... It's very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside THOMAS MACKEY POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Shawn Marion STRENGTHS: World class leaper which allows him to play much bigger than his actual size. Does the bulk of his work around the rim, consistently out jumping bigger defenders for rebounds and upper body strength allows him to finish baskets after contact occurs. Solid shot blocker thanks to his timing and great anticipation skills. Attacks the basket with aggression and power. Has developed a back the basket game, often operating out of the high post. KEIRAN MORTIMER POSITION: Guard/Forward SCHOOL: St. John's College NBA COMPARISON: Paul Pierce STRENGTHS: On e of th e mo st c o nsiste nt sho ote rs i n the c o unt ry, b ar non e. N ot th e mo st a th le tic pla y er on th e flo or but ha s a kna c k for sco rin g in bu nc he s. Hi gh b ask et ba ll I.Q w it h t he a bi lit y to dra w fo uls an d kno c ks d ow n hi s fre e th row s co nsi sten tly onc e h e ge ts to the lin e. Hig hl y e ffic i en t o ffe nsi ve g am e ca n sco re fro m a ny w he re fro m the l ow post to b ey on d thre e po int ra ng e. MARAKO LUNDY SCHOOL: Westminster College POSITION: Guard/Forward NBA COMPARISON: Kevin Durant STRENGTHS: Wingspan, mobility, quickness, and leaping ability places him above most of his peers with regards to his scoring ability Excellent feel for the game and confidence allow him to make the offensive end of the floor seem effortless ...Has the ability to catch and shoot off screens with ease, off the dribble or spotting up beyond three point range. Excellent rebounder and shot blocker with ability to intensify his game on both ends of the floor when he feels the need to. Explosive scorer who can dominate a game. PICARD SCAVELLA POSITION: Guard SCHOOL: Bahamas Academy NBA COMPARISON: Stephen Curry STRENGTHS: Quick release on his jump shot means he needs little time to get his shot off, particularly off screens. Moves well without the ball, using an assortment of cuts and fakes to get open and also works well off of picks and screens where he is superb off the catch and shoot. Possesses legit three point range. Big time competitor who wants the ball in crunchtime. Has become a great team leader who has learned how to lead by example and scores most of his points in second half. RESERVE S ANWAR NEILLY POSITION: Shooting Guard/Point Guard SCHOOL: St. John's College NBA COMPARISON: Deron Williams STRENGTHS: Can play both guard positions, but better suited off the ball as a scorer rather than creating for others. Lighting quick in the open court and finishes in traffic KRISTOFF WOOD POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: St John's College NBA COMPARISON: Michael Beasley STRENGTHS: Versatile frontcourt player with the ability to put the ball on the floor on the perimeter and score in the paint. Better than average rebounder for his size, good compliment to a star player who has a knack for getting clutch baskets and rebounds. AUSTIN HANNA POSITION: Point Guard SCHOOL: Jordan Prince William NBA COMPARISON: Tony Parker Strengths: One of the few players at this level that can control the game without scoring a single basket. Speed and instincts on the defensive end of the floor are outstanding. Has ability to penetrate seemingly at will and finishes exceptionally well at the basket. Willing passer who looks to set up team mates either on drive to the basket or through running the halfcourt offensive set. Fastest player on the court in most situations. DELROY GRANDISON POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Javale McGee STRENGTHS: Shows good mobility running the court. Tough nosed player who fights hard every game. Does an excellent job of obtaining space in the post where he gets many offensive rebounds and easy scores. Shooting touch and soft hands enable him to convert most opportunities in the paint VAN HUTCHINSON POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: Westminster College NBA COMPARISON: Lamar Odom STRENGTHS: Can create mismatch es all over the floor with his size and point guard skills. Can take bigger guys off the dribble and post up smaller players. Able to play the finesse game as well as score in the post JABARI WILMOTT POSITION: Forward SCHOOL: St Augustine's College NBA COMPARISON: Tyrus Thomas STRENGTHS: Quick and elusive when maneuvering in traffic, long arms, huge wingspan, and tremendous leaping abilities allows him to rise above traffic around the rim. Developing a more consistent jump shot, and gets nice elevation to create a strong mid-range game that will only get better. Quick first step enables him to create space between him and his defender. Missed much of the season due to injury but should rebound for a strong season next year. Excellent rebounder with persistent nature on the offensive glass. T r i b u n e S p o r t s y e a r e n d b a s k e t b a l l a l l s t a r a w a r d s FROM page 11 VAN HUTCHINSON MARAKO LUNDY ANWAR NEILLY
MANAMA, Bahrain Associated Press TROOPSand tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. Medical officials said four people were killed. Hours after the attack on Manama's main Pearl Square, the military announced a ban on gatherings, saying on state TV that it had "key parts" of the capital under its control. Foreign Minister Khalid Al Khalifa justified the crackdown as necessary because the demonstrators were "polarizing the country and" pushing it to the "brink of the sectarian abyss." Speaking to reporters after meeting with his Gulf counterparts, he also said the violence was "regrettable." After several days of holding back, the island nation's Sunni rulers unleashed a heavy crackdown, trying to stamp out the first anti-government upheaval to reach the Arab states of the Gulf since the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. In the surprise assault, police tore down protesters' tents, beating men and women inside and blasting some with shotgun sprays of birdshot. It was a sign of how deeply the Sunni monarchy and other Arab regimes in the Gulf fear the repercussions of a prolonged wave of protests, ledby members of the country's Shiite majority but also joinedby growing numbers of discontented Sunnis. Tiny Bahrain is a pillar of Washington's military frame work in the region. It hosts theU.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, a critical counterbalance to Iran. Bahrain's rulers and their Arab allies depict any sign of unrest among their Shiite populations as a move by neighboring Shiite-majority Iran to expand its clout in the region. But the assault may only fur ther enrage protesters, who before the attack had called for large rallies Friday. In the wakeof the bloodshed, angry demonstrators chanted "the regime must go," and burned pictures of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa outside the emergency ward at Salmaniya Medical Complex, the main hospital. "We are even angrier now. They think they can clamp down on us, but they have made us angrier," Makki Abu Taki, whose son was killed in the assault, shouted in the hospital morgue. "We will take to the streets in larger numbers and honor our martyrs. The time for Al Khalifa has ended." The Obama administration expressed alarm over the vio lent crackdown. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Bahrain's foreign minister to register Washington's "deep concern" and urge restraint. Similar criticism came from Britain and the European Union. Human Rights Watch called on Bahraini authorities to order security forces to stop attacks on peaceful protesters and investigate the deaths. Salmaniya hospital was thrown into chaos by a stream of dozens of wounded from Pearl Square, brought in by ambulances and private cars. At least one of the dead was peppered with bloody holes from pellets fired from police shotguns. Nurses rushed in men and women on stretchers, their heads bleeding, arms in casts, faces bruised. At the entrance, women wrapped in black robes embraced each other and wept. The capital Manama was effectively shut down Thursday. For the first time in the crisis, tanks rolled into the streets and military checkpoints were set up as army patrols cir culated. The Interior Ministry warned Bahrainis to stay off the streets. Banks and other key institutions did not open, and workers stayed home, unable or to afraid to pass through checkpoints to get to their jobs. Barbed wire and police cars with flashing blue lights encir cled Pearl Square, the site of anti-government rallies since Monday. The square was turned into a field of flattened tents and the strewn belongings o f the protesters who had camped there pieces of c lothing and boxes of food. Banners lay trampled on the ground, littered with broken glass, tear gas canisters and debris. A body covered in a white sheet lay in a pool of blood on the side of a roadn earby. Demonstrators had been c amping out for days around the landmark square's 300-foot (90-meter ing a giant pearl, a testament to the island's pearl-diving past. The protesters' demands have two main objectives: force the ruling Sunni monarchy to give up its control over top gove rnment posts and all critical decisions, and address deep grievances held by the coun try's majority Shiites who make up 70 percent of Bahrain's 5 00,000 citizens but claim they face systematic discrimination a nd poverty and are effectively blocked from key roles in public service and the military. Shiites have clashed with police before in protests over their complaints. But the growing numbers of Sunnis joiningt he latest protests have come as a surprise to authorities, said S imon Henderson, a Gulf specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "The Sunnis seem to increasingly dislike what is a very paternalistic government," he said, adding that the crackdown was "symptomatic" of Gulf nations' response to crises. "As f ar as the Gulf rulers are con cerned there's only one proper way with this and that is: be tough and be tough early." The assault came early Thursday with little warning, demonstrators said. Police surrounded the square and then quickly moved in. Some lined u p on a bridge overhead, pumping down volleys of tear gas, as others waded into the camp, knocking down tents and swinging truncheons at those inside. "We yelled, 'We are peaceful! Peaceful!'" said protester Mahmoud Mansouri. "Thew omen and children were attacked just like the rest of us." Dr. Sadek Al-Ikri, 44, said he was tending to sick protesters at a makeshift medical tent in the square when the police stormed in. He said he was tied up and severely beaten, thent hrown on a bus with others. "They were beating me so hard I could no longer see. There was so much blood running from my head," he said. "I was yelling, 'I'm a doctor. I'm a doctor.' But they didn't stop." H e said the police beating him spoke Urdu, the main lang uage of Pakistan. A pillar of the protest demands is to end the Sunni regime's practice of giving citizenship to other Sunnis from around the region to try to offset the demographic strength of Shiites. Many of then ew Bahrainis are given security posts. Al-Ikri said he and others on the bus were left on a highway overpass, but the beatings didn't stop. Eventually, the doctor said he fainted but could hear another police official say in Arabic: "Stop beating him. He's dead. We should just leave him here." Many families were separated in the chaos. An Associated Press photographer saw police rounding up lost children and taking them into vehicles. Hussein Abbas, 22, was awakened by a missed call on his cell phone from his wife, presumably trying to warn him a bout reports that police were preparing to move in. "Then all of a sudden the square was filled with tear gas clouds. Our women were screaming. ... What kind of ruler does this to his people? There were women and children with us!" A BC News said its correspondent, Miguel Marquez, was caught in the crowd and beaten by men with billy clubs, although he was not badly injured. The violence killed four people, said hospital officials, speaking on condition ofa nonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Bahrain's parliament minus opposition lawmakers who are staging a boycott met in emergency session. One pro-government member, Jamil a Salman, broke into tears. A leader of the Shiite opposition A bdul-Jalil Khalil said 18 lawmakers resigned to protest the killings. Hours before police moved in, the mood in the makeshift tent city was festive and confident. P eople sipped tea, ate donated food and smoked appleand grape-flavored tobacco from water pipes. The men and women mainly sat separately the women a sea of black in their traditional dress. Some youths wore the red-and-white Bahraini flag as a cape. While the protests began as a cry for the country's Sunni monarchy to loosen its grip, the uprising's demands have steadily grown bolder. Many protesters called for the government to provide more jobs and better housing, free all political detainees and abolish the system that offers Bahraini citizenship to Sunnis from around t he Middle East. Increasingly, protesters also chanted slogans to wipe away the entire ruling dynasty that has led Bahrain for more than 200 years and is firmly backed by the Sunni sheiks and monarchs across the Gulf. The stability of Bahrain's g overnment is seen as crucial by its other allies in the Gulf, who though they rarely say it in public see Bahrain's Shiite majority as the weak link in their unity against Iranian influence. Hard-liners in Iran have often expressed kinship ands upport for Bahrain's Shiites. But in Bahrain, the community staunchly denies being a tool of Tehran, saying their complaints are rooted in their country's unbalanced system. Although Bahrain is sand wiched between OPEC heavyw eights Saudi Arabia and Qatar, it has limited oil r esources and depends heavily on its role as a regional financial hub and playground for Saudis, who can drive over a causeway to enjoy Bahrain's Western-style bars, hotels and beaches. T he unrest could threaten the opening next month of Formula One racing, one of the centerpieces of Bahrain's claims for international prestige. The GP2 Asia Series race, due to start Friday on the same circuit used by Formula One, was called off at the request of the Bahrain Motorsport Federation "due to force majeure," race organizers announced Thursday. Social networking websites had been abuzz Wednesday INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahrain official: demonstration crackdown was regrettable BAHRAINI SOLDIERS in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready yesterday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. (AP
T HE devastation which resulted from last weeks inferno that raged through Betty K Agencies and destroyed a number of other buildings and businesses may soon become a downt own waterfront green s pace. E nvironment Minister E arl Deveaux said: The B etty K shipping operation w as scheduled to move to Arawak Cay in May. It was an historic building and one of our oldest buildings, however its now going to be a green field and we will have to determine in cons ultation with them what is the best and most appropriate use for it. There was some conside ration given previously to ( government) acquiring the property. Im not sure if t hat will happen now. Once the place is cleared and the shipping is moved, we have more options as to what happens downtown. The fire department worked to save the struct ures on the block from c ollapsing, so that comb ustibles within the debris c ould be safely removed a fter the blaze was exting uished. This was a huge fire and an intense fire. Fortunate ly, they were able to keep it as confined as they could. The Fire Marshall investi gated and found that thef ire started in the telephone box, said Mr Deveaux. T he reference was to a f aulty telephone electrical b ox in the C Trevor Kelly building. Once the Fire Department seized control of the environment, they assessed t he damage of the surrounding buildings. Youm ay have noticed they w ere putting lots of water on the surrounding build ings to be sure there was no structural impairmentt o the integrity of those buildings, and then they could meticulously removet he debris, he said. Mr Deveaux reassured the public that the emer gency team dispatched f rom his Ministry and N ational Security had secured an emergency plan to save Bay Street. Having now gotten the Betty K building under control, and securing the other buildings, they woulds tart completing the job of demolishing, said Dr Deveaux. Unlike the Straw Mar ket fire, the fire trucks were pumping water from the ocean, the DefenceF orce vessel was supplying o ur support, the Lynden Pindling Airport Fire Authority was there. They were able to mobilise significantr esources to help preserve a nd protect the surrounding buildings. A compromise, after careful negotiations, ise xpected to preserve the downtown waterfront docks place in Bahamianh istory. One of the first things the prime minister directed when he came on site wast o ask that as many pic t ures as possible be taken of the building, so that we could preserve the memory of it in photos, said Dr Deveaux. The fire has altered the original plans to use thed ock and building as the cornerstone of the historical revitalisation of downtown Bay Street. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 16, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GOVERNMENT NOTICEGN-1182 PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and members of his Cabinet and security team assess the impact of the downtown fire to historic Bay Street. Gena Gibbs /BIS ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux stands in front of the Parliament building and listens with concern to a witnesss accounts of the early morning Valentines Day fire. Burned downtown block may be transformed into historical green space DOWNTOWN buildings were severely damaged in the fire. ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux and Commander P atrick McNeil, Port Department, speak with the press at the site of the dock fire.
B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com S ANDALS Emerald Bay Resort will not fall prey to the challenges other all-i nclusive resorts on Family Islands have buckled under, i ts chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, has pledged, predicting that byA pril the property will be "the best hotel around". A year after opening the re-branded 500-acre property in January 2010, San d als officials note that Emer ald Bay is going strong with an 80 per cent occupancy rate some 83 per cent of rooms were filled on Tues-d ay and bookings are look ing up for the spring. Exec utives also boast that its w edding service is "a hit", with the nuptial ceremonies doubling in the last year and expected to grow. The property is set to add another 66 rooms increas ing its room inventory by a third to 249 throughrefur bishment of an existing structure. Renovations should start soon, with the hotel's architect receiving approval from Town Planning this week for the expansion. Asked to respond to public commentary that cast doubt on the sustainability of the luxury property, Mr Stewart said: I don't hear it. "Sandals just happens to be the most successful chain in the Caribbean. The first hotel we had in Jamaica, everybody condemned it, [saying] it wasn't good. It wasn't going to be successful, people wouldn't like it, [that guests] were in jail lit erally. I never see anybody pay to go to jail. He touted Sandals' suc cess within the region, which he contends will soon be duplicated at Emerald Bay. "We've had the best January we've ever had. This hotel is just starting to come into its own, and Nassau took a bit of a beating, but outside of that our hotels were full. Now Nassau is full. In other parts of the Caribbean, September is very difficult. September in Nassau is great, Mr Stewart said. "Today, the Caribbean is dominated with all-inclusives. Seventeen years in a row we've won the [award for] the world's best allinclusive chain. So all of the people that are commenting, it doesn't seem to work SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 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 $4.75 $4.69 retirement planningheaded in the right direction? a stable income stream post-retirement guaranteed investment returns exible payout termsall of the above invest in an annuity A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating call us today at (242396-1300 A SUBSIDIARY OFNASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Court of Appeal has dismissed efforts by Mohammed Harajchis son, Michel, to throw out an action brought against him by Suisse Security Bank & T rusts liquidator, alleging that he breached his fiduciary duty a nd the law by transferring $2.5 million of depositors funds to an International Business Company (IBC has been given until end-February 2011 to file a defence. Michel Harajchi had argued t hat the action brought by Raymond Winder, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas partner, who has been trying to recover $17.712 million in depositor funds allegedly spir i ted out of the Bahamas by the HARAJCHI JNR LOSES $2.4 MILLION TRIKE-OUT ON SUISSE SECURITY Court of Appeal denies attempt to throw out action brought by bank s liquidator for breaches of trust and fiduciary duty in decade-long saga SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ity Markets has enjoyed an average sales growth rate per week of 12 per cent since its new majority owner took control in early November, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the supermarket chain expected to return to profitability in its 2012 financial year. P hilip Kemp, chief financial officer at City Markets operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, told this newspaper that while the week-over-week sales growth rateh ad slowed to 4 per cent over the last five weeks, the grocery store chain was per cent of the way to fully recapturing its market share and continuing to experience City Markets in 12% sales rise per week Week-over-week top line growth rate slows to 4 % in last five weeks, but still trending up Firm will not return to profit until fiscal 2012, due for need to balance sheet clean up Material spike in expenses due to restructure % of way back to regaining market share SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor City Markets is eyeing the introduction of 24-hour shopping at its three Grand Bahama stores following the initiatives success in Nassau, Tribune Business was told yesterday. The supermarket chain added that it had slashed company vehicle fuel costs by two-thirds, and dropped shrinkage from 7 per cent to 3 per cent since majority ownership changed hands. Mark Finlayson, principal of Trans-Island Traders, which acquired the control ling 78 per cent interest in operating parent Bahamas City Markets eyes 24-hour Grand Bahama shop moves Slashes two-thirds of company vehicle fuel costs, and cuts shrinkage from 7% to 3% Says most sales growth came from 9pm-12am and 4am-6am periods SEE page 7B By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SANDALS chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, has plans to develop the Emerald Bay Resorts 150-slip deepwater marina into a hub that will benefit Exuma, although he admitted that talks with the Roker's Point landowners over necessary upgrades had not been successful. Expanding the existing marina into a commercial centre akin to Atlantis' Marina Village is "vital" to Emerald Bay and George town, but the massive undertaking will cost millions, said Mr Stewart. Inital plans for upgrades to the marina include restaurants, bars and a water park, he added. Marina expansion hits talks hold up Sandals confirms Grand Isle deal pull-out Says 30-40% of Exuma workforce employed at resort, with average occupancies for 2011 set to hit 83% Stewart pledges resort will be best hotel around by April SANDALS Emerald Bay Resort. SEE page 7B SANDALS HITS 80% OCCUPANCY AT EMERALD BAY SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas will most likely not achieve 2.5 perc ent economic growth projections for 2011, a former finance minister yesterdayt elling Tribune Business it would be flat, due to rising e nergy and food prices that have been further exacerbated by the unrest spread-i ng throughout the Middle East. J ames Smith, former minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christiea dministration, told this newspaper that that the Bahamas would do well to h it 2 per cent gross domestic product (GDP 2011, given the dark cloudso n the horizon for the rest of the year. E xplaining that the B ahamas and rest of the world economy has to be o n some pins and needles, given that speculators and hedge funds would likely uset he Middle East unrest to send oil prices even higher, Mr Smith said the key prob-l em was that energy prices and, to a lesser extent, food p rices linked into every economic activity. Warning that this does n ot augur well for the Bahamas in the short-term, M r Smith said the major issue was the extent to which Bahamas set to miss 2.5% growth forecast F ormer finance minister predicts economy will be flat in 2011 S EE page 3B JAMES SMITH
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By SIMON COOPER No Man is an Island, said John Donne, the English poet born in 1572, who believed that everything is connected. I sometimes wonder whether Bahamians are equally aware of how what happens elsewhere affects us on our lovely chain of islands. Certainly, recent seismic events taught us how far and fast tsunamis travel. Yet, as a nation, did we prepare sufficiently for the aftershocks of the American housing crisis that more than rippled through us? Within living memory we were still a nation of farmer and shopkeepers, enjoying life within a selfsustaining economy. T ourism and the arrival of cruise s hips changed this forever, as did the appearance of international corporations eager to take advant age of our natural assets. O ur government, inspired by the arrival of new wealth, adopted i ncentives to encourage further f oreign investment, while maint aining one of the most tax-friendly systems in the world. This works fine when the economy is on the rise internationally,a nd multinationals have spare capital to plough into speculative vent ures in tiny states such as ours. The reverse happens, though, when times get tough and they retreat to mainland bases to recoup their strength. W hen that happens jobs are lost directly and indirectly, too, as the nation has to look within itself to f ind new strength. In times like this, smaller neighb ourhood businesses are the key to kick-starting an economy again. This is because they are battle-test-e d, know local conditions well and a re flexible in a way that only priv ately-owned businesses can be. Their key to success is a blend of s ticking to what works while preparing to catch the waves of future growth. Stairway to Success Scan the business environment. D evelop strategies, identify resources, put plans in place. Segment the market. Do surv eys, price accordingly and implement a marketing strategy Retain key staff, maintain morale, retrain and cross-traine mployees for future, more flexible roles Optimise inventories to hold only fast-moving goods and implem ent tight stock-control systems Implement cost-effective accounting and risk-management systems, and watch cash flows like a hawk. W ith measures like these in p lace, small businesses in the Bahamas will have their sails well trimmed and ready to catch tradewinds returning to the Caribbean. In the absence of these firms, many jobs would not exist, and the Bahamian authorities must do everything to support them through troubled times. Moreover, each and every one of us must encourage them by buyingl ocal, on the basis that they do e verything they can to provide the best deals. N B: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a Business Brokerage authorised byt he Bahamas Investment Authori ty. He has extensive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a publicly traded investment company.H e was awarded an MBA with dist inction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 636-8831 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Small businesses key to economic revival Two leading Bahamian accountants have been selected by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE sory Council. They are Grant Thornton (Bahamas K. Christie, and forensic accountant John Bain, principal of John S. Bain, chartered forensic accountants. He is also vice-president of the ACFE Bahamas chapter. The ACFE is a leading fraud fighting organisation, consisting of 55,000 members, and is a provider of anti-fraud training and education. Advisory council members come from around the world, and may be asked to partici pate in quarterly member surveys, speak at ACFE events, write or review course materials, provide industry case studies and assist in professional development activities. Mr Christie said the appointment will allow him to help companies in the Bahamas and the Caribbean fight fraud, including financial statement fraud, corruption and inventory theft. He said the ACFE was a world-class leader in antifraud measures, and is pleased that a local chapter has been formed in the Bahamas. Mr Bain added that he aimed to shape the ACFEs future course materials, sem inars, workshops and products, while participating in the organisations reviews, sur veys and professional devel opment activities. Two Bahamians named to fraud bodys council SIMON COOPER JOHN BAIN KENDRICK K CHRISTIE
B USINESS THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM e nergy prices impacted both travel costs and the confidence/disposable income of US consumers. That will have a dampening effect on the slight recovery being seen in the US,a nd will have a deleterious effect on the B ahamian economy, Mr Smith told Trib une Business. Im not happy to see that happening. P ointing out that gas prices in the Bahamas were now above $4.60, and in the US at $3.25 per gallon, Mr Smith said thisw ould impact the disposable income of all commuters, not to mention transportation w orkers such as taxi and jitney drivers. We import our inflation. For us, it will have more than a one-to-one effect, MrS mith said of the rise in energy and food prices. You have to look at in the context of v ery high unemployment numbers, which is still causing reduced national income. All this, he explained, could have a d ampening effect on growth prospects, especially since a Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA thirds of Bahamian hotels incurred a net loss. Rising energy prices would furtheri ncrease their already high cost base, eroding profit opportunities and causing the hotel industry the largest private sector employ-e r to re-hire at a much slower rate than otherwise. E xplaining that only a revival of stopover arrivals and increased hotel industry employment could revive the Bahamian economy int he short-term, Mr Smith said that while the start of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project would cushion the blow, its benefits in the first year would largely be confined to the construction sector. I would have to say it would soften the blow, Mr Smith said of Baha Mar. You have to bear in mind this is a construction p roject. There is an extensive mobilisation period, and the benefits will be confined to t he construction sector initially in preparat ion, site demolition and trucking. That could take months. Truckers The truckers will be very happy, but the likes of carpenters, skilled and semi-skilled, will have to wait until it passes the foundations, and construction only accounts for 10 per cent of GDP anyway. Our main problem is getting people back into the private sector a nd working. H e added: In the medium-term its not looking too good. Id expect to continue toh ave high unemployment, and what that implies for the economy, including a grow ing fiscal deficit. M r Smith said it was most likely that the Bahamas would not hit the 2.5 per cent growth projected for 2011 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF m ent and other agencies, especially since the US, Europe and China were growing more slowly than anticipated. I think its going to be flat, Mr Smith s aid of 2011 Bahamian economic growth. Itll be good if we hit 2 per cent, but there are dark clouds on the horizon for the rest of t he year. Bahamas set to miss 2.5% growth forecast By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The 100 per cent acquisition of the Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO has been completed by New York Stock Exchange (NYSE ners, which bought the remaining 20 per cent equity stake from Vopak for $340 million. Together with the $1.36 billion acquisition of First Reserves 80 per cent interest for $1.36 billion, Buckeye Partners has spent $1.7 billion on the purchase price alone. As partial consideration for Vopak's interest, Buckeye issued 1,095,722 of its Class B units and 620,861 of its LP units to Vopak. "We have been working with Vopak to transition BORCO operations to Buckeye, and are pleased with the integration efforts to date," said Forrest E. Wylie, Buckeye's chairman and chief executive. "We continue to be excited about the significant growth opportunities and geographic diversification that BORCO offers Buckeye, both of which further our efforts to provide steady and growing distributions to our unitholders." Reiterating BORCO's attraction for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other international commercial storage terminal enjoys BORCO's proximity to the US demand and supply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive service offerings. Terminal "BORCO's terminal is a premier marine storage facility with a unique position as a strategic logistics hub. "The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of storage capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet, and the ability to berth the largest tankers in the world. "Located only 80 miles from southern Florida and 920 miles from New York Har bour, BORCO is strategically located to act as a hub in facil itating international logistics for bulk-build, break-bulk and blending operations." And Buckeye Partners a dded: "We believe that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess of its currently available capacity. BORCO has received strong indications for contract renewals from current customers, and there is a significant backlog of demand from additional potential customers. In addition, BORCO has received significant interest from existing and new customers for the increased storage capacity expected to be c onstructed at the terminal over the next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO acquisition will support future regional and international growth opportunities. T here are potential synergies with our existing assets in the continental US and our newly acquired refined products ter minal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as other Caribbean market opportunities." BORCO deal concludes with $340 million Vopak stake JOELLE TESSLER, A P Technology Writer WASHINGTON As many as one in 10 Amer icans can't get Internet connections that are fast enough for common online activities s uch as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of s chools have broadband connections that are too slow to m eet their needs. Those are some of the conclusions from the Commerce Department as it unveiled a detailed, interac tive online map showing what types of high-speed Internet connections are available or missing in every last corner of the country. The national broadband map, which was mandated by the 2009 economic stimulus bill, went live Thursday at http://www.broadbandmap.gov with both lofty aspirations and utilitarian goals. Government officials hope the map will help guide policymakers, researchers, public interest groups and telecommunications companies as they seek to bridge the digital divide in even the most remote reaches of the U.S. They also hope the map will serve as a valuable tool for consumers who just want to find out what local broadband options are available where they live. Consumers can type an address into the map and pull up a list of the local broadband providers, along with details about the types of high-speed connections they offer such as cable modem service, fiberoptic links or wireless access and just how fast those connections are. The map also includes crowd-sourcing features that ask consumers to contribute their own knowledge to the database. They can, for instance, confirm that they are getting the Internet speeds the map says they should be getting or let the map know if a local broadband provider is missing from the neighborhood list. In addition, the map allows users to run all sorts of comparisons ranking counties across a state by the fastest broadband speeds or allowing consumers to look up where their own county ranks nation ally, for instance. And it can produce snapshots of an entire community that could be useful for local economic developers or real estate agents showing what percent of a county has access to particular types of broadband technologies or how many schools and hospitals in a community have ultra-fast links. It also allows users to compare broadband data with local demographics such as income and poverty levels. Among the map's key findings: Between 5 percent and 10 percent of Americans lack access to broadband access that is fast enough to handle downloads of some Web pages, photos and video or simple video conferencing services Two-thirds of schools surveyed have Internet connections that are slower than 25 megabits per second well below the 50to 100-megabit connections that state education technology directors say are needed to serve roughly 1,000 students Only 4 percent of libraries have connection speeds that are faster than 25 megabits Only 36 percent of Americans have access to wireless connections that are fast enough to be considered fourth generation, with download speeds of at least 6 megabits per second, although 95 percent of Americans have access to third-generation wireless ser vice. "There are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broad band service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy," said Lawrence E. Strick ling, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the arm of the Commerce Department that is overseeing the mapping project. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission released a national broadband plan that set a goal of connecting 100 million U.S. households to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second at least 20 times faster than many home connections now by 2020. One thing the map makes clear is that many Americans today do not have access to such cutting-edge, "futureproof" networks, said Tom Koutsky, chief policy counsel for Connected Nation, a nonprofit that did the mapping work in 13 states and territories. Even among Americans who subscribe to broadband, he said, the map shows an emerging divide between those who have the ultra-high-speed connections often delivered over fiber-optic lines that are needed to watch video and handle other bandwidth-hungry applications, and those stuck with more basic services, such as digital subscriber line access, which may be too slow for tomorrow's Internet. Gov't says up to 10 pct in US lack good Internet (AP Photo/Andy Duback KEYEDUP: In this Jan. 22, 2011 photo, Valerie Houde fills her wood stove while waiting for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt. Bolstered by billions in federal stimulus money, the effort to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas has parallels to the electrification of rural Appalachia in the 1930s. F ROM page 1B OVERSEAS NEWS
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H e and his attorneys, Jennifer and J airam Mangra, alleged that because he was neither a director nor a shareholder of Suisse Security Bank & Trust, as alleged by the liquidator, he could not have breached his fiduciary duty to the banks clients as claimed, with all other allegations falling away. Y et Appeal Justice Newman, writing the judgment on the courts behalf, said that since the statement of claim alleged that Michel Harajchi and his father, together with three others, were also involved in S uisse Securitys affairs as directors, mana gers or shareholders, it had to be interp reted that he was a manager. And, the Court of Appeal noted, it was also alleged that he was the sole beneficial owner/principal shareholder, and director/chief operating officer, of Suisse Secu-rity Investments (SSI an-domiciled IBCs that were used by theH arajchis to facilitate and conduct Suisse S ecurity Bank & Trusts banking operations. Justice Newman said Mr Winders pleadi ngs alleged that Michel Harajchi, acting a s a manager, participated in Suisse Security Bank & Trusts affairs, in concert with his father and Christopher Lunn, chairmana nd managing director respectively, in such way which enabled him in company with others to use his own company, SSI. N oting Mr Winders allegation that SSI h ad received some $2.412 million in Suisse Security Bank & Trust depositors money, w hich was subsequently transferred out of the Bahamas once the bank had been put into liquidation, the Court of Appeal recorded the liquidators statement of claim. This read: The defendants, in breach o f their fiduciary duties, unlawfully directed or caused depositors of Suisse SecurityB ank & Trust to transfer their funds to SSIs bank accounts at Barclays PLC. Between the period.... and February 2001, the defendants in breach of their fiduciary duties, transferred, deposited or caused to be transferred and deposited various bank deposits of Suisse Security Bank & Trusts customers.? Mr Winder, the Court of Appeal noted, w as alleging that the $2.412 million transferred to SSI were Suisse Security Bank & Trusts assets, held for the banks benefit and used in its operations. F unds These funds, it is claimed, were not being used for the purpose the bank held them for. The plaintiff company [the bank], in liquidation, is asserting that about $2.5 mill ion was unlawfully, wrongfully transferred to a bank account in the name of SSI, a company wholly controlled by [Michel Harajchi], the Court of Appeal said. What does that give rise to? It gives rise to a question as to the circumstances inw hich the plaintiffs money has been r eceived into the account of [Mr Harajchi] or a company controlled by him. As it happens, the liquidator is doing his best to find out how this money got into SSIs account, but he has not had much success because nobody has responded to his requests for information. T he Court of Appeal went on to describe M r Winders allegation that the $2.5 mill ions transfer to SSI was made improperly a nd invalidly, constituting a misfeasance and breach of trust, was a perfectly comprehensible and sensible plea based on the facts. Adding that it could well be a breach of trust, the Court of Appeal said Michel Harajchi would have become a constructive trustee if he received those funds in breach of trust. M r Winder had also alleged that Michel H arajchi and his fellow defendants had c onverted these funds to their own use and r etained them, depriving Suisse Security B ank & Trust, which had suffered damage. Noting that the statement of claim had been served on the defendants in May 2008, more than two-and-a-half years ago, the Court of Appeal said the sooner Michel Harajchi serves his defence, provides documents and shows how the funds came into SSIs account, the better. At this stage, to be spending court time arguing about a pleading which manifestly discloses a cause of action is, in my judgm ent, a waste of time and quite wrong. This matter should proceed to trial, and it should proceed to pleadings without delay, J ustice Newman ruled. The Suisse Security liquidation has dragged on now for more than a decade, and remains a black mark against the Bahamas reputation as blue chip financial services jurisdiction because depositor funds have not been recovered. T he Harajchis appealed against the banks licence revocation all the way to the Privy Council, losing at all three stages. Apart from Michel Harajchi, the defendants in the action brought by Mr Winder include his father; Sonja Harajchi; Mr Lunn, also a former Central Bank of the Bahamas b ank inspector; and attorney Derek Ryan, w ho is continuing to fight for the PLPs Kennedy nomination at the next general e lection. Harajchi Jnr loses $2.4 million strike-out on Suisse Security F ROM page 1B Roker's Point is adjacent to Emerald Bay, with the former owning a channel that Sandals needs to traverse in order to facilitate the marina upgrades. "The marina is very important to the whole of this development and to Georgetown. It's vital for the Exumas because it's a magnificent marina that was badly designed, so the entrance. .is dangerous, it's right out on the reef, so there's no protection. So we're going to have to find a new entrance. "The trouble with it, it's expensive and where we need to cut through to get in, there's a channel. The land belongs to some other people," Mr Stewart said during an interview at the Emerald Bay property this week. As for discussions with Roker's Points owners, Mr Stewart said while they have been fruitless he is sure the two parties will come to a mutually beneficial solution. Entrance "He's my junior partner. He doesn't really know it yet, but he needs an entrance, too. We've approached the people that own the land (about what we need to go through, and so far we have not been successful, but we will be successful because it's too important for the region, he added. Mr Stewart revealed why Sandals Resorts International withdrew its bid to buy neighbouring property Grand Isle Villas on the eve of closing. He explained that Sandals is focused on developing the newly-acquired Emerald Bay into one of the best hotels in the region. "We were interested in buying it (Grand Isle decided not to because we want to concentrate on here," said the hotel mogul. The Jamaican-headquartered all-inclusive resort chain unexpectedly pulled out of the deal $110 million deal in November, 2010. Marina expansion hits talks hold up F ROM page 1B
positive trends. Compared to last year, w ere still catching up, Mr Kemp told Tribune Business. Were still experiencing an average sales growthr ate per week, from the time we took over, of about 12 p er cent. The last five weeks have been 4 per cent, so itss lowed down, but were still trending upwards. We see g limpses of encouragement where, for one or two days, were exceeding last yearss ales. Mr Kemp pointed to sales f igures from last Sunday, February 13, as evidence that on some days City Mar-k ets was surpassing yearover-year comparisons from early 2010, the period beforei ts former ownership and operating partner, Trinidad ian conglomerate Neal & Massey, effectively pulled the plug in terms of finan-c ial and inventory support, and decided to sell. Better We did better than the previous Sunday in the same p eriod last year, Mr Kemp explained. There was a 4 per cent i ncrease over that same day last year. Thats not bad considering where we came from. Whats dragging us is F reeport. Weve seen some life at Eight Mile Rock with the Government food stamps coming back, but our Lucaya store continues tol ag more than any other store. The downtown Freeport s tore, too, has some good days, but its still lagging b ehind. Mr Kemp, together with Mark Finlayson, principal ofT rans-Island Traders, which acquired the 78 per cent majority ownership in City Markets from the ill-fated BSL Holdings group for $1,a ttributed Freeports woes t o their current focus on Nassau, and the absence of a m arketing/advertising campaign to woo customers back. Our focus has been so much on Nassau, weve not p aid Freeport the attention, Mr Kemp admitted. Our marketing has been n egligible in Grand Bahama, and were moving to fix that in the near-term....... Withint he next couple of weeks we should start to see the kind o f improvements that weve seen on Nassau in Grand Bahama. M r Finlayson added that the Eight Mile Rock store h ad come back strongly, on some days exceeding 2010 sales comparisons, while thed owntown Freeport outlet was almost on par with last year. Lucaya is where were having our issues, he toldT ribune Business. Lucaya was the second largest store in the chain, and we still have not been able to quite crack that one yet. From what weve seen, i ts really a matter of adver tising. G rand Bahama con sumers had informed City Markets management theyw ere unaware the store had been fully restocked with inventory, having not visited them since November/December 2010. A nd, with the increased competition from new entrants such as Butlers Food World and Save Mor, Mr Finlayson acknowledged: Its hard when thec onsumers have changed over to the competition to get them back, but were p repared to do the work. D ue to the need to rescue City Markets from the financial state Trans-Island Traders found it in, MrK emp told Tribune Business: There has been a material spike in expenses as we restructure the com-p any to create a platform to move forward. Challenge The challenge is to fini sh the restructuring stage and get sales to provide support to that infrastructure. In the short-term you will see expenses go up relative to what they were a feww eeks ago. T he City Markets chief f inancial officer added that t he new ownership incurred a lot of maintenance costs i n fixing the supermarket chains poor refrigeration s ystems. Looking at City Markets overall financial perfor mance, Mr Kemp said it was m anagements expectation that the company w ould return to profitability i n the year-ending at endJune 2012. H e added that the current financial year, which ends in the same month in 2011, w ould involve a lot of cleaning up issues, such as w rite-offs and changes in a ccounting treatments. W hile Bahamas Superm arkets generated $8.995 m illion net income for the first half of fiscal 2011, thanks to the one-off infusion of some $15.453 million i n 'extraordinary income', due to the previous ownersp aying off the Royal Bank o f Canada debt, Mr Kemp said: From an operational standpoint, we do not expecta ny significant improvement overall. For the following fiscal y ear you will definitely see some improvement in the bottom line, and we will do everything we can to start 2012 with a set of clean b ooks. The company at its very lowest may have lost $50$60 million in sales, andw ere probably 80 per cent of the way back to recapturing our market share. 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GREG KELLER, AP Business Writer PARIS After stalemate in Seoul, progress in Paris is far from guaranteed as finance officials from around the world meet for new talks on steadying the world economy. Host Christine Lagarde, the French finance minister, has the difficult task of picking up the pieces of last November's Group of 20 summit of headsof state, which ended in Seoul without any meaningful agreement on how to defuse long-standing tensions over trade and currency imbal ances. Finding the right tools to measure these imbalances which many economists say contributed to the world's financial meltdown is the primary goal of this week-end's Group of 20 meeting, Lagarde says. "What we want to achieve Friday and Saturday is to identify a list of indicators, measuring tools, that will allow us to identify imbalances, then the causes of these imbalances, so that we can propose methods to coordinate our economic policies," Lagarde said this week ahead of the first meeting of France's year-long G-20 pres idency. Lagarde said the current system, in which "China saves and exports, Europe consumes, the U.S. borrows and consumes," is "probably not a good model." The list of the indicators being discussed includes coun tries' trade deficits or surpluses, budget deficits and levels of debt. Inflation and national savings rates are also likely to be considered as part of the range of possible indicators. Officials will not even get to the more difficult question of setting thresholds for these indicators. "That's the next step," Lagarde said. Finance ministers will meet several more times this year before France's G-20 presidency cul minates with a heads of state summit in Cannes in November. The even more controversial question of how to enforce any threshholds that leaders eventually sign up to is yet further off the agenda. "Name and shame" policies like those used in the fight against international tax havens would be one, albeit toothless, possibility. Agreement on which indicators to take into account, would be seen as a minor victory in France's year-long campaign to use its G-20 pres idency to push changes to international monetary sys tem, in which surplus coun tries often pile up reserves in the form of U.S. dollars. "Even achieving that would be significant because at the moment they seem to be quite some way apart on the question of what measures to include and how to specify the variables that are going to be monitored closely," said Stephen Lewis, chief economist at Monument Securities in London. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will meet counterparts from Britain, China, Russia as well as the heads of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the European Central Bank. But the G-20's grand ambition of entrenching "strong, sustain able and balanced" economic growth may come undone by the widening divergences in their paths out of the worst global recession in 70 years. The problem is that the indicators "are all quite controversial in their different ways because of course countries will argue that the structure of their economy varies and what may be a sustain able deficit for one country may not be sustainable for another," Lewis said. Embarassingly for host France, it's own efforts to target deficit reduction were slammed by the country's top audit body on Thursday, just before the meeting's kickoff. The government's budget watchdog said France's deficit was aggravated last year by tax cuts, and that "ample" reforms are needed if the country is to achieve its own targets. Another obstacle to agree ment this weekend is the wide variation in how the G-20's members have rebounded from the meltdown. Devel oping economies such as China, Brazil and India are roaring ahead even as Europe plods ahead fitfully, while the United States' jobless recov ery falls somewhere in between. "The momentum is seeping away from the G-20," Lewiss aid. "There was certainly movement in 2008-2009, but now that the global economy seems to be on a better track and for many of the G-20 members prosperity seems assured, why would they want to prejudice that by bringing in radical changes," Lewis said. 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Thats where the majority of the business has come from, and accounted for most of our sales growth. I didnt expect that, and no one on our team thought it would cause that much growth. But its reallyb een a great success. Well see what happens in Freeport. Its been very successful for us in Nassau, and it would be really good to do that in Freeport. The 24 hours has been so successful here,w e will probably look at doing it in Freeport and see whether that could spark some sales. Mr Finlayson said 24-hour shopping would probably n ot start in Grand Bahama before the end of February, when the three new general managers for each of its s tores there arrived on the island. One is Jen Dames, current general manager at the Rosetta Street store in Nassau, and Mr Finlayson said their role was to focus on cus-t omer service and getting people into the stores, while the store director focused on operations and inventory. T he Trans-Island Traders and City Markets principal explained to Tribune Business that the 9pm-12am time slot had allowed, for instance, mothers to leave their children ath ome in bed with the father while she went shopping. Morning walkers had made the 4-6am time slot a succ ess, with women taking advantage of shopping hours before they went walking, and men coming in afterwards. Elsewhere, Mr Finlayson acknowledged that the freezes i n Mexico, California and Florida, which have impacted the supply and availability of green produce, were likely to impact City Markets near-term cost of sales, as with other Bahamas-based supermarket chains. Sourcing Weve been doing some local sourcing in anticipation of t his, and are looking to buy out of Florida, California and work with different people to get ahead of the curve, Mr Finlayson said, adding that suppliers had been putting up al ot of red flags about future price rises, although the future impact was unknown. Our produce groceries are growing, and growing at a very fast rate, he added. Its going to have an impact on us and every time peoples pockets are not strong, produce is oneo f those areas where things get tight. Consumers tend to cut meat and canned good purchases last, and Mr Finlayson said: If prices overall go a lot higher, no matter where you go, people tend to cut back on produce. M eanwhile, City Markets had brought in a lot of highpowered people to make sure we turn the ship around from a management perspective, pushing up salary costs. However, a hiring freeze placed at store level had helped to contain this line item, and while no forced redundancies hadt aken place the workforce had reduced through natural attrition. We found theres a lot of wastage relating to fuel in c ompany vehicles, Mr Finlayson said. Weve cut it down to a third of what it was. Weve eliminated quite a few com pany vehicles. We are focused very hard on hard on pilferage, and that has come down incredibly. Pilferage is the internal theft of stock, and Mr Finlayson said the company had found its staff doing inventory accruing were still doing this based on last years numbers. Push those numbers out and its not even close to last year. It was 7 per cent [pilferage and spoilage combined], and now its down to the 3 per cent mark, Mr Finlayson said. A lot of that happened with spoilage from the two stores that closed. The pilferage side is well down, and we anticipate it going even lower. Weve had instances where weve caught people stealing, and because we have a good relationship with the police, theyve been prosecuted. We believe that will discourage pilferage going forward. And he added: Overall, were just watching every expense line item to make sure expenses stay below where they were last year, and we get out as much as we can. City Markets eyes 24-hour Grand Bahama shop moves Sandals hits 80 per cent occupancy at Emerald Bay t he way they thought. "By April we'll be the best hotel around," proclaimed Mr Stewart, who conceded that the property has gone through its expected "teething" phased uring the first months of operation. Hotel manager Patrick Drake said in-house marketing and brand recognition is driving loyal Sandals' guests toc heck out the new resort. "We are seeing a pick-up. I mean, o bviously, the rates suffer a little a bit, but we definitely are projecting to end up with about 80 per cent [occupan-c y] for the year, Mr Drake said. Nassau is strong, stronger than us, b ecause again the name brand, name recognition, but about 30 per cent of our guests now are returning guests to a Sandals property, so people are experimenting with it because they realise it's new. Traditionally, when you open up a new hotel people usuallyw ait a couple of years to see the reviews. With a Sandals, returning guests are going to see it". The upgraded property boasts the largest zero-entry pool in theC aribbean, beach dining at restaurant Barefoot by the Sea, an authentic Irish pub, butler service, croquet lawn, weekly Junkanoo parade, a champi-o nship Greg Norman golf course and a host of land and water sports. The hotel also opened the doors of a n ew Junkanoo lounge last December, and will open pastry shop Cafe de Paris n ext month. Sandals purchased the 500-acre resort property in 2009 after formero wners, Emerald Bay Resort Holdings, ran into financial difficulties which forced the property to go into administration and led to the lay-off of 400 Bahamian workers. I t is estimated that Emerald Bay employs about 30 to 40 per cent of Exuma's population, both directly and indirectly. In December 2010, former Prime M inister Perry Christie said there was a history of challenges with all-inclusive resorts in the Family Islands. He noted the failed all-inclusive Club Med inE leuthera, which "closed and never reopened", and the Club Med in San Salvador, which closed and reopenedw ith the assistance of the Government. Floyd Armbrister, Exuma Chamber o f Commerce president, said the allinclusive formula limits the "trickle down" effect to local businesses. F ROM page 1B F ROM page 1B (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon MAKING A POINT: French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde gestures during a press conference in Paris, Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. A G20 Economic Summit will take place in Paris next Friday and Saturday. G20 to wrestle over balancing global economy INTERN A TION AL BUSINESS
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM N EW YORK Benchmark crude settled higher Thursday as protests rocked some Middle East n ations and concerns grew about oil supply disruptions. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery rose $ 1.37 to settle at $86.36 a barrel o n the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude fell $1.19 to settle at $102.59 a barr el on the ICE Futures exchange, as some traders took profits after recent gains. On Thursday, troops and t anks descended on demonstrators in the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain. There were reports of a number of dead and injured. B ahrain is not a major oilproducing country, but it is strategically important to the U.S. as home to the Navy's 5th F leet. There have also been anti-government protests in Iran, Algeria, Jordan and Libya following the ouster of regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. Iran ist he world's fourth-largest oil producer. Algeria and Libya are also important crude suppliers. "There's a lot of traders c oncerned about what's going on in the Middle East and North Africa," said Mike Zarembski, senior commodity a nalyst at brokerage OptionsXpress Inc. He said uncertainty about the Middle East heading into a three-day holiday weekend in the U.S. also con-t ributed to higher prices for benchmark WTI crude. Recent unrest in the Middle East has had a bigger impact o n prices for Brent crude than WTI. Brent is the benchmark price for North Sea oil production, and it is used as a refere nce price for oil produced in other areas, such as Africa and South America. Production interruptions also have helped keep Brent above $100 a barrels ince the end of January. WTI hasn't been much higher the $92 a barrel during the same time. Prices have been w eighed down by a glut of inventory at Cushing, Oklahoma, the delivery point for oil contracts traded on the New Y ork Mercantile Exchange. While more North American oil is being produced and delivered to the Cushing facility, existing pipelines can't delivera ll of it to refineries. Energy traders also dealt with a mixed bag of economic news. The U.S. government s aid that the consumer price index, or inflation rate, rose 0.4 percent last month because of higher food and gas costs. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti OILINCREASES: A cargo ship transits the Suez Canal en route from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Suez at the city of Suez, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. STOCKSHIGHER: Traders of crude oil and natural gas react during early trading at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Mon day, Jan. 31, 2011. N EW YORK The U.S. dollar fell against the euro Thursday after a gove rnment report showed that U .S. consumer prices rose in January. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 percent last month, theL abor Department said, as food and gas costs increased. Economists expect consumer prices, outside of food and energy, to i ncrease this year as more comp anies pass on their rising costs to consumers. The euro rose to $1.3604 late Thursday from $1.3567 late Wednesday. TheB ritish pound rose to $1.6174 from $1.6092 Wednesday. The dollar index, which compares the U.S. dollar against six c urrencies fell 0.28 percent T hursday. "Risk appetite is increasing and that is leading to some dollar selling," said Brian Dolan, chief currency strate-g ist at Forex.com. In other economic news Thursday, the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators edged up 0.1 percent in January, the sevenths traight month of growth. Also weighing on the dollar, D olan said, was news that Iran was seeking permission to pass t wo navy vessels through the Suez Canal. Investors were concerned about a possible "confrontation" between Iran and Israel as the story continues tod evelop Thursday, Dolan said. In other trading Thursday, t he U.S. dollar fell to 83.33 Japanese yen from 83.56 yen W ednesday and fell to 0.9498 Swiss franc from 0.9592. The U .S. currency also dropped to 98.48 Canadian cents from 98.56 Canadian cents. Oil rises on more Middle East unrest DOLLAR FALLS AGAINST MAJOR CURRENCIES N EW YORK Stocks finished higher Thursday after a strong manufacturing report overshadowed a bigger than expected rise in the number of people applyingf or unemployment benefits. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said i ts index of manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region nearly doubled between January and Febr uary. The surge in manufacturing was enough to offset a Labor Department report that applications for unemployment benefits rose 25,000 from the previous week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 29.97 p oints, or 0.3 percent, to 12,318.1. The Dow has been rising steadily this month, with only threed own days in February. For the month, it's already up 3.6 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index r ose 4, or 0.3 percent, to 1,340.43. The Nasdaq composite rose 6, or 0.2 percent, to 2,831.58. "The initial jobless claims data look disappointing," said Anthony Chan, chief economist at JPMorgan Private Wealth Management. "But from a longer-t erm perspective we're seeing a pickup in employment." C han said the most recent data appears bad compared to the previous week, when claims for u nemployment benefits fell to the lowest level since July 2008. But that was partly a result of winter weather in many parts of the country that closed government offices and kept people from applyingf or benefits. The government also reported that c onsumer prices in January were slightly higher than forecast, largely a result of rising food and gas prices. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4 per cent. STOCKS PULL HIGHER ON STRONG MANUFACTURING REPORT