N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Outrage over mur der e-mail V olume: 107 No.119THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY WITH SHOWER HIGH 84F LOW 75F By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com THE family and friends of m urdered charity worker Nel lie Mae Brown are demanding accountability from the Royal Bahamas Police Force afterg ruesome crime scene images and a purported homicide investigation report into her death surfaced online. The images, and what appears to be an internal policer eport into the murder investigation, spread like wildfire by e-mail this week prompting outrage from the mother-oftwo's family and friends. They are now demanding answers from the RBPF, questioning the force's internal security, and want to know who leaked the graphic details of the case. Yesterday, police remained tightlipped about the apparent leak, only saying the matter is being "aggressively" investi gated. Top officers from the Central Detective Unit's homicide squad visited Ms Brown's family on Tuesday, according to Assistant Commissioner Glenn Miller. He would not say what was discussed at that meeting. "We are aware of it (the leak) and the matter is being aggressively pursued," said Mr Miller yesterday. "There are a number of things we want to look at." When asked if the RBPF had contacted the family and apologised to them, he said: Police probe after graphic details of death leaked online TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R SEE page 15 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MAN appeared in court yesterday in connection with the killing of charity worker Nellie Mae Brown. Police have charged Prince Hepburn, a local contractor, with the murder of 42year-old Ms Brown. According to court dockets, Hepburn intentionally caused the mother-of-twos death sometime between Wednesday, April 6, and Thursday, April 7. Ms Brown, a former president of the Bahamas Heart Association, was found stabbed to death on the kitchen floor of an apartment complex at Bougainvillea Boulevard, South Beach. She had suffered multiple wounds to her body. MAN CHARGED WITH CHARITY WORKERS MURDER SEE page 15 CHARGED: Prince Hepburn is pictured at court yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE Bahamas Democratic Movement has officially been dissolved after a 13-year political run, announced former party president Cassius Stuart. Party representatives joined members of the Free National Movement yesterday to announce the merger of the two organisations. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, FNM leader, presented Mr Stuart with a membership card and welcomed the new members of the party. He said months of deliberation had led to this decision. Mr Ingraham said he admired how tenacious and focused the BDM has been over the years. He said the parBy PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE LEAK of internal em ails chronicling in-fighting a mong the hierarchy of the National Development Party has caused yet anothere mbarrassing turn for the fledgling third party force. Coming on the heels of an official denial from the FNM that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had been courting the NDPs leader RenwardW ells to join with their party, the NDP was straddled with another scandal when e-mailsb etween Mr Wells, Ethric Bowe, and Lynden Nairn were leaked to the press. According to the e-mails, which were also sent to the Democratic National By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NEARLY half the people who took part in a new poll study are not convinced they should vote for either of the two big parties in the next election, it is claimed. Public Domain, a Bahami an marketing research and public opinion polling firm, conducted a telephone survey of Bahamians across the country from February 16 to March 11 on the topic of voter intentions for the up-coming general election. The data revealed that not BDM DISSOLVES, MERGES WITH FNM SEE page 16 LEAKED E-MAIL S SHOW IN-FIGHTING IN NDP SEE page 20 SEE page 16 POLL:47% NOT CONVINCED THEY SHOULD V O TE F OR TWO BIG PARTIES N ELLIE MAE BROWN
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 2, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org B lackfood.org, a local activist group, held their second annual conference at the House of Labour on W ulff Road over the weeke nd to discuss imperialism a nd its impact on land ownership in the Bahamasa nd throughout the world. B lackfood.org was established in 2008 as part of the Pan-African movement that is committed to uniting with and working alongside all African (black p eople and freedom loving p eople both nationally and i nternationally. T he groups goal is to f orge a common antii mperialist agenda. The two day conference, entitled "the Politics of Land in the Bahamas: From Colonialism to Neocolonialism featured a wide variety of guest s peakers, including Dion Hanna, director of the E ugene Dupuch Law S chool legal aid clinic, and O mali Yeshitela, chairman of the African People's Socialist Party USA. Mr Yeshitela spoke about land as a basis of power, connecting the question of land ownership i n the Bahamas to Africa. H e said: "Despite the election of black leaders t he white minority still o wn more than 70 per cent o f the land while Africans live in cramped shanty towns." M r Yeshitela said that A fricans in the United S tates also face colonial domination every day. He said it is the duty of Africans all over the world to help each other. According to a press statement issued by Blackf ood.org, nine resolutions w ere also passed at the close of the conference a imed at resolving and b ringing to light a range of i ssues they believe are impacting Africans in the Bahamas. Local Pan-African activist group holds conference
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT BASRA search and rescue officials have launched an air search for an overdue ves sel carrying three persons. According to reports, BASRA was notified on Wednesday morning that three persons aboard a black and white 17ft Boston Whaler had not returned from a fishing trip. The vessel left West End early Tuesday morning and was due back at 2pm the same day. The boaters informed persons that they were going diving for conch between Sandy Cay and Memory Rock. The boat was equipped with one 85mph Yamaha engine. There were no VHF radios or life vests onboard. Family members went out to Sandy Cay and Memory Rock yesterday morning but found no trace of the vessel. The persons onboard the missing vessel are one woman, age 25, and two men, ages 23 and 20. BASRA officials said a volunteer pilot was up in the air from noon yesterday searching for the vessel. No further updates were issued before press time last night. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 3 B ASRA launches air search for overdue vessel NEW developments have emerged in the long-standing feud between two Israeli brothers over millions in assets. Attorneys representing brothers Rami Weisfisch and Amir Weissfisch, owners of one of the most prominent metals trading firms in London, Metals Resources Group ( MRG), were back in the Court of Appeal yesterday. Ramis attorney Nicholas Lavender, QC, indicated that his client had decided to withdraw his appeal. According to Mr L avender there was an appeal against an injunction grante d by Justice Stephen Isaacs in December 2009 relative to r aising certain issues in arbitration, which have now been withdrawn. Mr Lavender also noted that the appeal of the judges order on costs relative to Amir was also withdrawn. M r Lavender said that the issue of costs as it related to the Weissfisch children was the only live issue before thecourt. According to Mr Lavender there had been an applica t ion to remove the children from being parties to the pro ceedings in March 2010. Mr Lavender noted that at the time of the hearing on the injunction, there was no ques tion that the children were parties to the litigation. He not e d that there had been a hearing on the matter in the Supreme Court in June 2010, however, the application was dismissed. Mr Lavender contended yesterday that thea ppellate court could grant leave to appeal that decision. B rian Moree, QC, who represents the Weissfisch chil dren claimed that he had not been able to get proper instructions on the matter and that the application for leave should be heard in the lower court. The appeal onc osts and the application for leave to appeal will now be heard on June 14. In 2006 Weisfisch was engaged in a court fight in Eng l and with his brother, Amir Weissfisch, over claims that Rami refused to account to his younger brother for their partnership profits. New developments in Israeli brothers feud T HEROYALBAHAMASDEFENCEFORCE detained Dominican nationals yesterday after their boat was suspected of illegal fishing in Bahamian waters (right and far right The Defence Force also detained Haitian n ationals after their boat sank in Bahamian waters (below and below right F elip Major / Tribune staff D EFENCE FORCE APPREHENDS DOMINICAN, HAITIAN NATIONALS
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org CONCERNED residents of Sea Breeze have posted a video on Facebook of rusty looking water gushing out of a pipe into the area's canal and are worried that the water could pose health and environmental risks. In the 16 minute video, two men off camera film the murky water as it pours from a large pipe and spreads into the canal. They are heard exclaiming that the water could be dangerous to persons who swim or fish in the canal and to the nearby water supply. When The Tribune visited the canal yesterday, there was no evidence of rusty water. Robert Deal, general manager of the Water and Sewage Corporation, said he could not confirm the authenticity of what was filmed. However, he did say that the amber coloured water is likely to have come from WSC's Sea Breeze flushing point. He said potable water is rou tinely flushed from certain points, adding that it could have taken on a reddish brown colour due to the rusty water challenge in eastern New Providence. "The corporation cannot confirm with 100 per cent certainty the accuracy of the video but we can state the corporation has a potable water (drinking water quality) flushing point in the Seabreeze area," said Mr Deal, who watched the video after The Tribune brought it to his attention. "As the corporation does face red/rusty water challenges in parts of eastern New Providence, peri odically potable water is flushed from these points to clear our transmission and distribution systems. While the water flushed out may have a brownish/reddish colour in appearance that is not aesthetically pleasing, it is due to the presence of iron in the water which is a naturally occurring mineral. He added that WSC is trying to tackle the rusty water problem plaguing many residents of eastern New Providence, noting ongoing upgrades in the water supply for Prince Charles Drive and the Danottage area. "In the coming weeks, works will com mence in Blair and along Beatrice Boulevard. In addition to these works, there is also a substantial water main component in the New Providence Road Improve ment Project which when com bined with our in-house works, will bring improvements in water pressure and quality to our valuable customers in Eastern New Providence. He added that WSC is committed to the environmental protection and conservation of groundwater, wetlands and coasts. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police want to question two men in connection with alleged housebreaking and stealing incidents. All point bulletins have been issued for 19-year-old Joetiko Michael Newbold and 26-year-old Anthony McDonald Rolle, also known as Smokey. Newbold, 19, is described as being of medium brown complexion with dark brown eyes and short hair. He is about five feet, nine inches tall, of average build and weighs about 150 to 160 pounds. His last known address is No 3 Sunset Subdivision, Freeport. Rolle is described as being of dark complexion with dark brown eyes and short hair. H e is about five feet, eight inches tall, of average build and weighs 190 to 200 pounds. His last known address is No 15 Hampshire Drive. According to police, these men should be considered armed, extremely dangerous and should be approached with caution.T hey are asking persons with information concerning these men to contact police at 3731112, or 3743714, 911. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 5 Residents concerned over murky water gushing into Sea Breeze canal Police seek two men for questioning Anthony McDonald Rolle (left Joetiko Michael Newbold
By LAMECH JOHNSON FOR the first time, the Col lege of the Bahamas will host a short film festival to highlight social issues. The one-day event is scheduled to take place today in the auditorium at the Harry C Moore Library and Information Centre. The purpose of the short film festival, said Hugo Zarate, Journalism and Communications lecturer and advisor at COB, is to create social awareness about prevalent issues in the Bahamas. Mr Zarate said the festival will also do good things for the department and the college and will help students get public exposure. Students working on the pro ject spoke with The Tribune about their experience and their feelings on being a part of the Journalism and Communication Departments first short film festival. Kriston Saunders, a Freeport native studying Mass Communications at the main campus in Nassau said: I'm very excited about the film festival." Pr ojects He said he has done a few projects outside of COB, but admits working in student groups is not always easy. "I think it's bittersweet because on one hand you have a clash of different personalities and ideas but it works out at the end of the day because everybody works to get it done." Mr Saunders, with a number of other students, worked on one of the three films that will been shown during the one-day festival. The short film Jasmines, written and directed by Jasper Haeward and Jonathan Thompson, tells the story of an intelligent yet distant young woman who faces abuse and finds solace in the company of her best friend Victoria and her fraternal twin Anthony. As the story progresses, the protagonist struggles with the present as she discovers a truth that will question everything that she knows. Surprise, Surprise is the second film to be featured and tells the story of the life of a homeless man through the reality of art. Adrian Wildegoose, the films director, said: Of course I'm excited about being a part of history in COB. I'll be even more excited if we win, but the experience will be a memorable one I'm sure." Mr Wildegoose said the experience of making the film was like a roller coaster ride (with ules, early mornings as in 6am early. And having to change your plans on the spot a few times isn't always the most fun but itsa chance to make what you have work for you; the best times were really off camera. In the festivals third film, John McPhee, multiple story lines intertwine to reveal the raw humanity that exists in persons that society often overlooks, classifying them simply as Jonsers. It was written and directed by Patrick Deveaux and Stephen Hanna. The festival runs from noon to 3pm at the new library locat ed on Thompson Boulevard and Tucker Road. The event is free to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NEW SPECIAL!!!8MM LAMINATE FLOORING J UST $49.99 PER BOX!!!!!!TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Various colourscan be viewed at our website www.conetbahamas.comNASSAU LOCATIONCALL TODAY242-394-5865 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said the next general election campaign is about saving the nation. In four short years, he said, the country went from full employment to one where unemployment is reaching record levels. In Grand Bahama, people are sleeping in cars and living like they did in the 1940s, with no power and having to go to the pump for water, Mr Mitchell said Monday at PLP headquarters on Grand Bahama. Mr Mitchell was speaking to supporters at the Lucaya Branch meeting to introduce the partys new candidate for Lucaya Tanisha Tynes. Bradley Roberts, nation-al chairman of the PLP, also spoke. Mr Mitchell said a PLP government will have to embark on special programmes for Grand Bahama, where three major hotels have been closed. He said hotels in Grand B ahamas would not remain idle beyond the general election under the PLP administration. You (Grand Bahama should decide whether you will support the purchase of the idle hotel plant in Grand Bahama in the public interest a nd their redevelopment and onward sale or lease to the hotel managers or management companies, he said. Also, you must help us decided whether it is in the best interest of this island to extend the Hawksbill Creek Agreement concessions beyond 2015 w hen the current one expires. Mr Mitchell said the PLP will return to the well established immigration policy that a foreign investor in the Bahamas has the right to have at least one person in the country that he believes will be responsible to him for his investment to get a work permit to operate and run thatb usiness for him. Mr Mitchell said it will be the PLPs job to rescue the nation as crime is out o f control and the murder rate is the highest it has ever been. Party chairman Mr Roberts said while violent crime is not as high in Grand Bahama as it is in New Providence, the state of the economy and the lack of plans to get more Grand Bahamians back to work have caused a spike in the number of house break-ins and brazen robberies i n communities. Mr Roberts noted that an upscale residential community has now fallen prey to criminals. Residents of Bahamia say that this once peaceful community for example, is now a prime target for the mischief of the idle hands of our sons, many of whom have no prospect of work under this pres ent FNM leadership, and therefore, feel forced to take what is yours in order to survive, he said. Mr Roberts said a plan is needed to stabilise the Grand Bahama economy. We need our hotel properties back open with a strategic plan to finally attract the numbers in tourism that this island,g iven its proximity to the US, is capable of attracting, he stated. Mitchell:next election is about saving the nation COB to host short film festival FREDMITCHELL
THE Atlantic Medical Insurances 13th Annual FunW alk this Saturday will take the countrys children out of the classroom to take part in a fun experience which will e ncourage them to join the fight against childhood obesity. T he initiative has already inspired students from three local primary schools to par t icipate in increasing the awareness of healthy lifestyles in young children. Consistent with the events sub theme Healthy Kids are Happy Kids, Atlantic Medical Insurance is encouraging the Bahamian communi ty at large to unite and inspire all families to participate in the countrys largest event of its kind. In addition to its partnership with the Cancer Society of the Bahamas and the Bahamas Diabetic Association, the Nassau Chapter of Links has joined in to encourage chil-d ren to commit to the slogan of You Are Now Entering A Generation Healthy Z one. A lso supporting the event is Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis. A tlantic Medical Insurance Company paid the min ister a courtesy call last Fri d ay and presented him with his Fun Walk gear and registration package. The Fun Walk 2011 is scheduled to take place this Saturday at 6.30am. Once again, there will be two routes: The A route (six miles) for competitive walkers, and for those who opt to participate at a less strenuous level, the B route called the Easy-Breezy route (three miles The A route will go west on Shirley Street, to Church Street, north onto Church Street to the new ParadiseI sland Bridge, east off the bridge to the Paradise Island Golf Course and then backt o Montague Beach via the old bridge, east on East Bay Street to Montague Beach. F or participation information contact Atlantic Med ical Insurance at 2423268 191. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 7 Mr.Tom Nyandoro is no longer employed with Cable Bahamas Ltd and therefore is not authorized to conduct any business on behalf of the company.ManagementCABLE BAHAMAS Ltd.PUBLICNOTICE THE Ministry of Public Works and Transport has announced full r oad closures and traffic diversions f or several corridors as the construction phase of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project continues. Among them are the following: Along Robinson Road between L incoln Boulevard and Sixth Street t here is a full road closure. Traffic is diverted through Lincoln Boulevard to Balfour Avenue and through Sixth Street to Palm Tree Avenue. The junction of East Street and R obinson Road is under full closure a nd is expected to reopen next week a s work continues to complete the major works for the junction. At the junction of Robinson and Claridge Roads full closure of Claridge Road between BalfourA venue and Robinson Road. Twoway traffic is granted on Robinson R oad. Claridge Road is expected to re-open by the end of next week. Along Prince Charles Drive b etween Jean Street and Garden R oad there is full closure. Traffic is diverted through Kent Avenue or Garden Road to Gleniston Park andi nto Wilson Way back onto Prince Charles (the area behind the Prince Charles Plaza). Along Baillou Hill Road between Robinson Road and Wulff Road two lanes of traffic are grant-e d between Wulff Road and Chapel S treet. One lane of traffic granted (north bound only n oted that as the work progresses Baillou Hill Road northbound b ecomes one-way north, heading towards downtown. Along Market Street between Wulff Road and Coconut Grove Avenue, one lane of traffic is granted (southbound only thereafter as work progresses witht he installation of a new water main. Along Prince Charles Drive between Pine Barren Road and Fox H ill Road, westbound traffic is granted heading towards Soldier R oad, eastbound traffic is diverted through the Beatrice Avenue, Savannah Avenue, Bay Lily Drive to Sea Breeze Lane. On Abundant Life Road access t o the East/West Highway, southbound traffic is granted on Abundant Life Road, northbound traffic is diverted to Old Trail Road and/or East Street. Along Marathon Road between W ulff Road and Ferguson Way n orth, northbound traffic travels as normal and southbound traffic is diverted to Claridge or Soldier Roads. At the junction of the East/West H ighway, Marathon and Robinson Road junctions near the service accessing Solomons, First C aribbean Bank and Bristol Cell ars. Work has commenced in the outer lane. Westbound traffic has been placed on the new pavement. Motorists travelling west should use the centre lane when crossing the junction and the far left lane to head e ast. T raffic has been placed on the newly widened portion of road at the junction near Robinson Road West. Work continues on the side near t o R M Bailey Park. Ministry announces full road closures for New Providence C HARLENE COLLIE, project engineer a nd public relations representative, gives road works report to media. L e t i s h a H e n d e r s o n / B I S T HE Ministry of Public Works and Transport will hold an information meeting today at First Baptist Church on Market Street and Coconut Grove from 3pm to 6pm to discuss aspects of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project for Baillou Hill Road and Market Street. Residents and business owners south of Market Street and Baillou Hill Road are invited to attend. Tomorrow, the Ministry of Works will hold an information meeting at St Agnes Church on Baillou Hill Road and Cockburn Street from 10am to 6pm to discuss road improvement plans for Baillou Hill Road and Market Street. Representatives of the Project Execution Unit of the Ministry of Works will be in attendance at both meetings. For more information call 302-9538 or the hotline number 302-9700. INFORMATION MEETINGS ON ROADWORKS THE motoring public is advised that from Monday, roadworks will begin on s ections of Baillou Hill R oad South between the Independence Highway r oundabout to Carmichael Road. Road improvements will be carried out on Baillou H ill Road between Soldier R oad, Malcolm Road and Carmichael Road. T he existing two lanes will be widened to a three and four lane carriageway in some locations. The w orks will include install ation of 24-inch and 12inch PVC pipes, utilities, s idewalks, traffic signs, asphalt pavement, street lighting and drainage facil ities. A ccess will be granted to r esidents, pedestrians and the affected businesses in t he surrounding areas during the construction phase. Signs will be erected to identify safe passage for p edestrians and access p oints to the businesses in the area from the diversion r oute. M otorists are asked to o bserve the traffic management signs and travel with caution while the work is being carried out. Detours will be clearly m arked to allow for the s afety of pedestrians and motorists. Regular updates w ill be provided for the p ublic through the local m edia (radio and television), the ministry said. INSTALLATION OF WATER MAIN PIPES ON BAILLOU HILL ROAD SOUTH, INDEPENDENCE HIGHWAY TO CARMICHAEL ROAD Primary schools ready to win the fight against childhood obesity STUDENTS show their support for Atlantic Medical Insurances 13th Annual Fun Walk.
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Purchase (1PLUS(1write name & phone number on back of local store receipt within promotion dates. Take it to Asa H Pritchard Ltd on Robinson Rd ---and you could win!Entry deadline Friday May 20, 2011Prize must be collected within 30 days of end of promotion. AHP sta and immediate family members are not eligible to enterand A winning combination A D W O R K S 2 0 1 1 CHILE is lobbying for the Bahamas support for its can d idatures in the elections to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC a nd the Organisation of American States (OAS Inter-American Commissiono n Human Rights. A mbassador of the Repub lic of Chile to the Bahamas Alfredo Garcia Castelblan co sought support from D eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette during a c ourtesy call last week. The Bahamas and the Republic of Chile establishedd iplomatic relations on D ecember 4, 1990. Since then, relations have emanated from bilateral exchanges in areas of trade negotiations, lan g uage training programmes, and courses offered by the Diplomacy Academy of C hile. Pictured left is Ambassador Castelblanco posing with MrS ymonette. Kris Ingraham /BIS By UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO THE BAHAMAS NICOLE AVANT A PRIL is National Autism Awareness Month, which provides a special opportunity for individualsa cross the Bahamas to raise awareness in their neighbourhoods, work-p laces, schools and local communit ies about the challenges facing children and adults who have been diagnosed with autism. Autism affects one in every 110 children and one in every 70 boys, yet the cause remains unknown. Signs and symptoms typically appear during the first three years of life and relate to language, social behavior, and behaviors concerning objects and routines. Last August, I invited actress, author, and international autism activist Holly Robinson-Peete, and h er husband former NFL quarterb ack, Rodney Peete, to an event at my residence to share their personal experiences raising their autistic son RJ, and the impact of his diagnosis on the entire family. The US Embassy partnered with the Resources and Education forA utism and Related Challenges ( REACH) organization on the e vent that brought together B ahamian families with Autistic children and leading Bahamiana utism experts and specialists for a d iscussion on this critical issue. Holly and Rodney spoke candidly about raising an autistic child and their search for reliable information and the best treatments. Although this was the Peete familys first autism outreach event outside of the United States, their message to Bahamian parents remained the same: "Get out of denial quickl y, arm yourself with information, keep an open mind and stay proactive, hopeful, and prayerful. Above a ll, focus on your childs gifts, not on their limitations." Through the Peete familys experience it became clear that early diagnosis and intensive intervention can have a profound impact on the lives of children and adults who have been diagnosed with autism. Treatments have been developed in recent years that make it possible for nearly half the children who are diagnosed early with autism to eliminate the need for special education. If children receive intervention treatment before the age of four, many of them go on to live productive lives comparable to those without a developmental disability. Therefore, it is critically important to identify those children who are at-risk in order to reduce the time between symptom appearance a nd formal diagnosis and treatment. I applaud REACH for providing a support system for parents with c hildren affected by autism, for their efforts in April as well as throughout the year to raise awareness about autism and for arming parents with critical information on innovative treatment opportunities in the Bahamas and the United States. As autism awareness increases throughout the Bahamas, parents, caregivers and educators are more likely to identify the early signs of autism and seek available treatment. Raising awareness about autism will also encourage educators in the Bahamas to identify new approaches to ensure that students with developmental challenges have the opportunity to excel in an inclusive classroom, particularly on the Family Islands where special therapies and treatments may be out of reach. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to addressing autism C OMMENTARY C HILE SEEKS BAHAMIAN SUPPORT IN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ELECTIONS THE Indonesian Ambassador to the Bahamas discussed the current status of the negotiations of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between the two countries during his visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Banua Radja Manik, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. The Bahamas and Indonesia established diplomatic relations in 1977. Pictured are Ambassador Manik posing with Mr Symonette. Kris Ingraham /BIS INDONESIA DISCUSSES TAX AGREEMENT WITH THE BAHAMAS
BOYKIN Smith of St Annes School will serve as the ninth Junior Minister of Tourism after prevailing against 13 other c ontestants from 13 islands i n Ministry of Tourisms J unior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition. This is far and away the m ost successful prog ramme we have ever put t ogether for the Junior M inister of Tourism in t erms of the number of c ontestants and from how far way they have come throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said to audience members on the night of the competition. Bahamas We are beginning to recognise in word and in d eed that the Bahamas is n ot Nassau and Paradise Island and Grand Bahama a nd the Out Islands as we u sed to call them. M inister VanderpoolWallace said his Ministryo f is now looking to pinp oint and promote the individuality of all the major islands and island groups of the Bahamas. The Ministry is focusing on promoting 16 distinct m ajor islands and island g roups. Fourteen of the 16 w ere represented in the Junior Minister of Tourism competition. It complements what w e are trying to do in t erms of showing the world t hat the Bahamas is not a d estination. It is a region with such v ariety that as far as we are concerned, in very many respects, we are a mini Caribbean, he said. A s the new Junior Mini ster, Boykin will receive a cash prize and a foury ear scholarship to the C ollege of the Bahamas. H is school will also receive a cash donation. My platform is to a dvise the Ministry of Tourism of the youth pers pective on ideas for the t ourism industry and I also wish to travel to the vario us islands and speak to y outh groups and show t hem what the tourism industry has to offer them, h e said. B oykin said he put many hours into practicing for t he speech competition, a nd he acknowledged the competition was intense. T revor Johnson Jr of St P auls Methodist College i n Grand Bahama was the second place finisher while V ashte Nairn of Central E leuthera High took third place. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Ninth Junior Minister of Tourism named B OYKIN SMITH i s pictured with Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace after winning the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition. Also pictured (from left s peech coach Eulien Massiah, his mother Christine and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism a nd Aviation Hyacinth Winder Pratt. Photo/ K evin Kemp By LAMECH JOHNSON TWO officers of the Royal Bahamas P olice Force Southeastern Division received p raise from a resident of the Garden Hills community for their efforts in that commun ity. S tephen Moss of Garden Hills told T he Tribune that he is concerned that reports about the police are mainly negative. Were always hearing about the negat ive reports regarding the police. I want to commend officers of the East Street South police station, Supt Theophillus Dean and Inspector Butler, on a job well done, he said. M r Moss said that his area has had its fair share of house break-ins and crime. He said the two officers, Supt Dean in p articular, worked with the community to a ddress this problem. We dialogued with him and he listened to us. If every other officer from the other divisions were to take a page from his book,t he Bahamas would be a better place, he said. GARDEN HILLS RESIDENTS PRAISE POLICE Boykin Smith wins speech competition
BAHA Mar has been sensitive to the environm ent, senior representatives of the development told residents of the Cable Beach area during a town meeting on Monday night. The Ministry of Public Works and Transport togeth-e r with Baha Mar representatives met with the communities of Ruby Avenue and Sulgrave Manor, Cable Beach on Monday to inform them of plans for the proposed resort including the master plan, core project and t he road component, among o ther things. In attendance was John Canton, director of Public Works, and Baha Mar representatives including Robert Sands, senior vicepresident of government ande xternal affairs; Earle Bethell, director of marketing, Frank Wood, as well as Wendell Grant of Reiss Engineering, governments representative for the project. We have taken great lengths to observe environmental protocols on the project, Mr Sands said. H e explained that Baha M ar has created booklets for each of its employees that identifies trees, protocols on how to deal with oil, instructions on to handle remediation, among other things. Mr Canton said plans i nclude construction of a New West Bay Street along with corridor 7 that links New West Bay Street with John F Kennedy Drive at the junction of Gladstone Road. The roads will be designed t o the standards of the Ministry of Works and will eventually revert to government. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 11 'XHWRWKHXQWLPHO\GHDWKRI0UVRVHDULHRUHH DOODQG\VORFDWLRQV:LOO%H&ORVHGRQ6DWXUGD\DQGZLOO5HRSHQRQ0RQGD\ $77(17,21$// 6$1'<+233(56 RESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT BAHA MAR DEVELOPMENT JOHN CANTON director of Public Works, speaking at the Town Hall Meeting at Wyndham Nassau Resort. The 2011 National High S chool Debating Champio nship will feature C R Walker Senior High School m atching skills with the team from North Andros H igh School this Friday at the Rainforest Theatre of the Wyndham Cable R esort. The teams will debate the m erits and the demerits of the topic, Be it resolved that technology in schoolsi s not helping to improve the quality of education. T he debating championship is a much anticipated event on the private andp ublic high school calendar throughout the Bahamas. Students engage in three months of debates at thed istrict level until two teams remain. T his is North Andros H igh Schools first appearance in the finals. B oth C R Walker and North Andros had some s uccess in this competition, making it to the championships on previous occas ions. Family Island teams have previously dominated t he competition, with the Cat Island/San Salvador District capturing three con-s ecutive wins from 2008 to 2010. T eam members for North Andros High are Valtio Cooper, Avriel Newton andL aurinique Russell. C R Walkers senior school team has Natasha JnSimon, Lyndae Barry andJ ulianne Coakley. C R Walker faces off against North Andros High in debate final Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per h aps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or impr ovements in the area or have won ana ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE O Of ff fe er rg go oo od dw wh hi il le es su up pp pl li ie es sl la as st t Distributed by The dAlbenas Agency, Palmdale 677-1441Redemption GuidelinesReceive a FREE soup bowl & spoon Buy any 3 Campbells Chunky Soups. Circle the soups on your store receipt dated from March 28, 2011. Bring your receipt to The dAlbenas Agency Ltd., Madeira St., Palmdale and receive your FREE Campbells soup bowl and spoon.The dAlbenas Agency reserves the right to limit quantities. C a m p b e l l s C o n d e n s e d S o u p i s a r e g i s t e r e d t r a d e m a r k o f t h e C a m p b e l l S o u p C o M ARCH 31 marked 31 years since the official establishment of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF Parliament. The warrant officers and s enior enlisted ratings of the F orce kicked off the celeb rations during a recent c ocktail reception at the C oral Harbour Base. D uring a night of entertainment, men and women who have all individually given over 20 years of service to their country celebrated the anniversary. Before cutting a birthdayc ake with the inscription Happy 31st Anniversary, Warrant Officer Hubert Smith reflected on not justh is journey through the Defence Force, but also gave a brief outline of the h istory of the organisation. S everal other senior e nlisted ratings shared fond memories of their time int he Force. T he traditional cutting of the cake was done by 34year-veteran Force ChiefP etty Officer Hubert Smith, one of the last two active serving members who trans f erred from the Police M arine Division to the D efence Force. He was joined by Woman PettyO fficer Joy Moss, as the R BDF Band played a happy birthday melody. The warrant officers and s enior rates celebrated into the night with food, drinks and music. S ENIOR Lieutenant Carlon Bethel and Acting Sub Lieutenant Desiree Corneille returned home after attend-ing a three-day public affairs exchange in ColoradoS prings, Colorado. T he exchange was geared towards sharing information among the various military forces. Topics discussed included s ocial media, organised structure and responsibilities, s trategic planning, and media relations. Participants were taken on a tour of various military establishments in Colorado.S ome of the places included the Public Affairs Offices at P eterson Air Force Base, F ort Carson Army Base, and t he United States Air Force Academy. The Bahamas will h ost the exchange programme later this year. Senior Lieutenant Carlon Bethel is a 21-year veteran who has served in numerousp ositions aboard Defence Force craft and at the Coral Harbour Base. H e presently holds the p osition of information technology officer. Acting Sub Lieutenant D esiree Corneille joined the Defence Force in April 2001a s an enlisted marine. After undergoing officers training in Dartmouth, England in 2 002, she currently serves as t he Defence Forces acting public relations officer. Defence Force Officers attend seminar in Colorado S ENIOR LIEUTENANT Carlon Bethel A CTING SUB LIEUTENANT Desiree Corneille D EFENCE FORCE CELEBRATES 31ST ANNIVERSARY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER Hubert Smith and Petty Officer Joy Moss preparing to cut the cake for the 31st anniversary of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. CHIEF PETTY OFFICER Gregory Curry giving a toast to the warrant o fficers and senior enlisted ratings during their cocktail reception a t the Coral Harbour Base.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 13 By LLONELLA GILBERT Bahamas Information Services THE opportunities and challenges of economic liberalisation as well the necessity of quality infrastructures for the Bahamas were discussed this week as the count ry hosted the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ Meeting and Awareness Workshop. The three-day workshop started at SuperClubs Breezes on Tuesday. CROSQ is the regional body charged with the responsibility to coordinateand facilitate the establishment and harmonisation ofs tandards for the enhanced efficiency and improved quality in the production of goods and services of the CARICOM Community,t hereby facilitating consumer and environmental protect ion and improved trade w ithin the Community and with third states. Speaking at the opening, A lan Strachan, undersecret ary in the Ministry of L abour and Social Development, said the sustainability and future expansion of the Bahamas economy depends on quality infrastructure ine very facet of economic activity in the trade and comm erce industry. Notwithstanding the importance of this feature in commercial activities we hold the belief that the a ttainment of these objectives will only be achieved through a comprehensive syst em of sustained educational initiatives that allow for the participation of all of the var i ous stakeholders and social partners and providing sufficient information to enable them to understand and buy i n on the objectives being p ursued or proposed on a national regional or internat ional. Mr Strachan said the workshops and meetings held forv arious stakeholders and part icipants in the economic community, both in the public and private sectors, go a l ong way in helping them and t he general public to have a g reater understanding and a ppreciation of the essential role that standards and quality infrastructures play in everyday life. The global economy has b ecome much smaller and the push liberalisation has i ncreased substantially, resulting in international competition in the trading of goods and utilisation of services, he said. The Bahamas too, like CARICOM states, has to develop national policies thats erve to protect its nationals interest while providing a level playing field for the w orlds economy to participate in its economy. Khaalis Rolle, chairman of t he Bahamas Chamber of Commerce, said businesspersons throughout the Bahamas have been told that trade liberalisation is here and they need to prepare fori t. H e explained that they need to prepare for it by making changes to the infrastructure, developing new practices and changing business models. The big fear I think on b ehalf of the business community is that we do not know where we are going, Mr Rolle said. The Chamber has spent a significanta mount of time trying to r educe those fears. We part icipate in as many seminars as possible with the hopes that the message we continue to send will gain traction. M r Rolle also noted that during the meeting, the Council should find newm ethods of informing pers ons of trade liberalisation and what it means for the country. D r Alexis Valqui from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, which is then ational metrology institute p roviding scientific and technical services in Germany, said there are several opportunities in globalisation. It brings reduced tariffs and access to new markets;r educed prices for imported goods and reduced prices for imported technology, he said. However, it will bring its challenges as the country would have to fulfill the comm itments of international a greements and organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and EuropeanP artnership Agreement; i dentify the interest and needs of the country to be considered in negotiations;a nd establish information, consultation and monitoring mechanisms, Dr Valqui said. Workshop focuses on economic liberalisation CHAIRMAN of the Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce Khaalis Rolle
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 14, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COTTONTREETRADERSPLAZA EASTBAYSTREET BAHAMAREPUBLIC@GMAIL.COM 242.393.6205Exrience :e oa reatmen A SERIES of events l ined up for the communities in Hatchet Bay, North Eleuthera, will kick off on Hatchet Bay Day this Saturday at the Western Esplanade. Chairman of the Hatchet B ay Festival Committee I an Pinder said the committee is gearing up to host a number of family fun events during the spring and summer months leading up to a bigger, better and bolder Hatchet Bay Festival 2011. T he event this weekend w ill mark the start of Happ y Hour Fridays, and precurses the Down HomeG ospel Concert at Bethel B aptist Church in Meeting Street planned for May 29, before the Hatchet Bay Festival runs from July 29 to August 2. For the past 21 years, the Hatchet Bay Festival r emains the highlight of t he August Monday holi d ay on the island of E leuthera, Mr Pinder said. The weeklong festivities include fishing tournaments, an historical tour of Hatchet Bay, block parties and cultural activities, w hich are unique to the s ettlement of Hatchet Bay. The festival intends to provide Baymen from the area an opportunity to return home and celebrate with family and friends. For more information a bout these community e vents, contact Ian Pinder b y sending an email to email@example.com, logo n to www.hatchetbay.org, o r go to the Hatchet Bay, Bay Festival Facebook page. H ATCHET B AY D AY HATCHET BAYDAY 2010: Scenes from last y ears festival.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 15 "It's an extremely difficult time for anybody in that kind of situation, we met with them (the family) yesterday (Assistant Superintendent Leon) Betheland his team." C alls placed to Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade were not returned. The body of 42-year-old Ms Brown, a secretary at her fathers AB Construction company, and a former president of the Bahamas Heart Association, was found in an apartment complex on Bougainvil-lea Boulevard, South Beach. She had been stabbed a number of times. A cousin of the respected charity worker said the dis-t urbing images making the rounds on the Internet has only compounded the family's grief. "This is already sad for us and to see those crime scene images makes it more painful,"s aid the relative, who did not w ish to be named. Linda Lafleur, treasurer of the Bahamas Heart Associat ion and former colleague, q uestioned if there was some ulterior motive behind the release of the document. This is the first time I've heard of something like this, a nd we have had lots of murd ers, but you never hear about t hem posting the whole case and (crime scene the Internet. So you have tow onder why this one," said Ms Lafleur. "It does not make sense to m e. I am hoping that her fami ly, her children and her mother don't see it." Retired assistant police comm issioner Paul Thompson said the leaked information will "destroy" public confidence int he police. H e said: "That is most unfortunate. It seems that somebody w ithin the ranks of the force has probably gotten his handson this information, and why they are doing it, one would w onder to embarrass the family? "That shouldn't happen. It destroys the confidence and faith the police is trying to build in the public to give infor-m ation. The damage is done b ut if you find who is doing it, you deal with those persons so severely no one will do it again," said the former highranking officer. R eligious leader Bishop S imeon Hall has similar views. The police are dead wrong to let this kind of thing get out. This is grossly insensitive to the victim and the victim's family. The whole thing fuels the suspicion people have about the police. With all this crime we are faced with, the police need all the help from the public they can get," said the pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church. Public outrage was also p oured out on to the RBPF's F acebook page yesterday. "It is something to see an official police homicide invest igation report circulating with the murder pictures of Nellie Brown within cyber space.T hat leads me to think confid entiality does not exist within our country! I would hope that the person responsible for leaking the report be reprimanded accordingly," said one p erson. A nother commentator said: "You all need to find out who leaked the pictures from them urder of Nellie Brown. It is a shame that even the policec an't be trusted with something a s sensitive as this." A n administrator from the RBPF's Facebook account said the person responsible for the l eak will likely be punished. "We were very disturbed by this when we received an e-m ail concerning the same. I am a lmost certain that an investi gation has started and discipli nary actions will surely follow," s aid the administrator. A man appeared in court yesterday charged with Ms B rowns murder. Hepburn, 49, was escorted to Court One, Bank Lane, yesterday, shackled at the feet with plaster casts on both of his arms. He also had a bandage on thel eft side of his face. He stood silently in the prisoners dock as the murder charge was read to him. He was not required to enter a plea. Prosecutor ASP Samuel McKinney asked that the matter be adjourned to June 23. He also informed the court thatp rosecutors intend to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. M urrio Ducille, Hepburns attorney, asked that he be housed at the remand section of Her Majestys Prison. Mr Ducille noted his client had been brought from the hospital prior to hisa rraignment. Chief Magistrate Gomez said he w ould ask prison authorities to make the most suitable arrangements for him in light of his present condition. FROM page one OUTRAGE OVER MURDER E-MAIL FROM page one Man charged with charity workers murder
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ty had a consistent message a nd was doggard and determined. He took delight in the fact that during the Elizabeth byelection, a BDM canvaser approached him in a barber shop on the campaign trail and tried to convince him to support the party. The BDM was the most prominent third party in recent times. It contested 12 of the 40 parliamentary seats in the 2002 election. Mr Stuart was one of the founders in 1998. He was the BDMs candidate in the Elizabeth by-election last year. Mr Stuart said the by-election was a wake up call that seriously challenged his views on the viability of a third party. He said the party decided it had to be practical and pragmatic. He said the party has always wanted to make a contribution and decided to stop sitting on the sidelines. We have joined the FNM because we believe that this organization is willing to embrace new leadership, new vision and new energy. While we know that this decision may be troubling for some of our supporters, we want to assure you that we believe this decision is in the best interest of our membership and our country, said Mr Stuart. Mr Stuart said the BDM was no longer interested in talking about the problems. They wanted to engage in solving the problems, the members of the party believed the FNM was the best party to accomplish that task. There were extensive discussions with the FNM and PLP, said Mr Stuart; however, he said the FNM were more timely and presented better opportunities to fulfil the vision of the BDM and to maximise the potential of its members. Some ten executive members of the BDM joined Mr Stuart at the FNM headquarters last night to make the announcement. Mr Stuart said all of the BDM, except one member, supported the partys decision. The discussions leading up to this decision have in no way been easy for us. After many months of discussions and deliberations and with much prayer and fasting, we find ourselves here today. We believe that the decision to join the FNM is the right one at the right time, said Mr Stuart. My message over the past decade has been adding value to the lives of every Bahamian. Moving forward, the Prime Minister has assured us that the next five years will be just that, building lives. Today as we embark on a new horizon, we are confident that this union will bring brighter days for every Bahamian. As a result, we know that the Bahamas will be a safer, cleaner, and better place to live in, he said. Mr Stuart said the BDM and the FNM have become one organisation with the same vision, purpose and objective. Under Mr Stuarts leadership, the BDM was a harsh critic of Prime Minister Ingraham and the FNM and former Prime Minister Perry Christie, leader of the Progressive Liberal Party, during successive terms of government. The partys position on education states that both the FNM and PLP are clear failures. It is safe to conclude that both the PLP and the FNM are major failures. The same problems that afflicted the FNM in education are the PLPs worst nightmare. The question is when will we get it right? From all indications neither Mr Ingraham nor Mr Christie has the answers. These two men must be judge based on their performance record not their political foolishness and the hand writing is clearly on the wall, they both have failed, states the BDM on the issue of education. The party has similar critiques of the performance of the FNM and PLP on crime, defence, immigration, and the environment. In 2001, Stuart and then deputy leader Omar Smith handcuffed themselves to the Mace in the House of Assembly in protest against the unfair gerrymandering of the constituency boundaries by the FNM administration. They were jailed for almost two days, although no charges were brought against them, according to the partys historical account of its formation. Over the past 11 years, Mr Stuart said his efforts were guided by a message that is entrenched in the BDM constitution: No man, woman or child shall ever be slave or bondsman to anyone or their labour exploited or their lives frustrated by deprivation. He said this message has been embraced by the FNM. In the coming days, Mr Stuart said he would file a formal application to the FNM to be nominated as a candidate in the next general election. He said no promises were made for future candidacy, but assurances were given that the former BDM members would be a part of making sure the Bahamas is a better place. only are 26 per cent of the voters surveyed undecided on which way they will vote, but an additional 21 per cent are w illing to support a third party meaning that 47 per cent of those polled are considering spurning both the PLP and FNM. T he survey results also indicated that 4 9 per cent of those surveyed were satisf ied with the current government while 21 per cent were somewhat dissatisfied and 26 per cent were very dissatisfied. T he final part of the survey questioned participants level of interest in a third party. T hey were asked: "If a third political p arty presented a full slate of candidates with a mix of veteran and new candi dates, how likely would you be to vote f or this third party?" T he results show that more than half the voters polled are likely to consider voting for an alternative party, while 32 p er cent are not likely to consider doing so. During the study period, 402 Bahamia ns were surveyed and the data was w eighed by region, gender and age in order to create a representative sample of the entire adult population. F RED MITCHELL, PLP member of parliament for Fox Hill, said he believes Mr Stuart has a lot of explaining to do, noting that weeks ago, Mr Stuart was bashing theg overnment over BTC. Considering the fact that Mr Stuarts father-in-law, V Alfred Gray, was a former PLP cabinet minister, Mr M itchell also said he thought it was a bit odd Mr Stuart w ould join the FNM. On the question of third partys, Mr Mitchell said the latest development solidifies what the country always knewt hat a third party system is a political graveyard. He said there was a long list of failed attempts at forming political parties, starting with the BDL in the 1950s. He said the n ine third parties in the Bahamas political history have all e nded up in the graveyard. Mr Mitchell did not dismiss the third party political system completely. He noted that it was a a marketing device u sed by political hopefuls, and the PLP and FNM treated them like a talent pool to be raided. He said it was a useful system in that sense, because t here is often not enough space inside a major party for h opefuls to show their talents. Mr Mitchell said Branville McCartney is making a serious mistake by spending time and money on developing a t hird party, and suggested that Mr McCartney give up on his suicide mission and join the PLP. He said the PLP was actively working towards getting the N DP to dissolve the party and join the PLP. SEE PAGE S IX MP:Cassius Stuart has a lot of explaining to do FROM page one POLL: 47% NOT CONVINCED THEY SHOULD VOTE FOR TWO BIG PARTIES BDM dissolves and merges with FNM FROM page one CASSIUSSTUART
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 17 DOHA, Qatar Associated Press LIBYA'Srebels urged the U.S. military Wednesday to reassert a stronger role in the NATO-led air campaign and Qatar's crown prince told international envoys it was time to help tip the scales against Moam-mar Gadhafi's regime. The appeals reflected the urgent backdrop for meetings among the U.N. secretary-general and other top Western and Arab envoys gathered in Qatar's capital to discuss ways to end the Libyan crisis. While peace efforts remain the top objective, there also appeared to be a shift toward trying to boost the rebels' ability to protect their territory. One proposal noted by Italy Libya's former colonial ruler calls for allies to provide defensive weapons. Qatar's crown prince said it was a "race against time" to give Gadhafi's outgunned opponents the tools to fight. "It is time to help the Libyan people defend themselves, and to defend the Libyan people," said Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, whose nation is one of the few Arab states contributing to the NATO-led air campaign in Libya and helped the rebels sell oil under their control. "And what are the rebels except civilians who have taken up arms to defend themselves in a difficult situation and (who fight) an uneven battle?" Rebel spokesman Mahmoud Shammam said the anti-Gadhafi forces will not bend on their demands that any peace proposal require Gadhafi and his inner circle to leave the country. The rebel conditions for Gadhafi's ouster effectively killed a ceasefire bid by Africa's main political bloc this week. Shammam also urged NATO to step up its air campaign to hit pro-Gadhafi forces in efforts to protect civilians and appealed for a greater role by the United States, which turned over operations to the military bloc last month. Shammam's comments echoed calls by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and others after government forces shelled the rebel-held city of Misrata in western Libya. "When the Americans were involved, the mission was very active and it was more leaning toward protecting the civilians," said Shammam. "NATO is very slow responding to these attacks on the civilians. We'd like to see more work toward protecting the civilians," Shammam said before the oneday conference that includes Britain's foreign secretary, U.S. State Department envoy William J. Burns and U.N. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon. The Doha meeting of the Libya Contact Group was to be the first high-profile forum for Gadhafi's former foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, who defected to Britain last month. But Koussa was absent from the conference. And rebel officials, who see him as too close to the Gadhafi regime, insisted he has no role in their movement. Libyan rebels urge stronger US military role A LIBYAN REBEL carrying a parachute flare shell left behind by pro-Gadhafi forces, walks by a rebels pickup truck armed with a rocket launcher with a pre Gadhafi flag and Arabic that reads "February 17th, Free Libya" at the western gate of Ajdabiya, Libya Wednesday, April 13, 2011. A spokesman for Libyan rebels urged the U.S. military Wednesday to reassert a stronger role in the NATO-led air campaign or risk more civilian casualties in the stalemate fighting between Moammar Gadhafi and forces seeking to end his four-decade rule. (AP
I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 18, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE KABUL, Afghanistan Associated Press A SUICIDEbomber detonated his vest full of explosives in northeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 10 people, including five schoolboys and an influential tribal elder and former military commander who supported the Afghan government. The target of the midday bombing in Kunar province was Malik Zareen, a leader of Afghan forces during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s, a provincial police chief said. The police chief, Khalilullah Ziayi, said seven others were also wounded in the blast in the province's Asmar district. "Unfortunately, the suicide attacker targeted a local council meeting of the tribal elders," he said. Students The Afghan Ministry of Education said five school boys students in the eighth, sixth, fourth and first grades were among the 10 killed in what the ministry called an "antiIslamic and inhumane act." Afghan President Hamid Karzai also condemned the bombing, saying it was a "terrorist attack against the Afghan people." He said that by killing tribal leaders, the attack er was trying to silence the voice of the Afghan people. The strong pillars of Afghanistan are the tribal elders," Karzai said in a statement. "They are trying to solve the problems of the local people." He called Zareen a brave and influential jihadi leader who was working for peace and stability. The province, along the Pakistan border, has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks. Six U.S. soldiers were killed in the area on March 29. Troops Also in the east, a NATO service member was killed in a roadside bomb attack Wednesday. So far this year, at least 115 foreign troops, have been killed in Afghanistan. The coalition did not dis close the nationality of the service member who died or where he was killed. In Logar province, south of the capital Kabul, a roadside bomb killed one person and wounded two others who were riding on a tractor, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. The ministry said a secu rity guard was killed and three others were wounded Wednesday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Sayd Abad district of neighboring War dak province. Two children also were killed Wednesday when an old rocket exploded in Waza Khwa district of Paktika province, the ministry said. AFGHAN POLICE: SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 10 PEOPLE T OKYO Associated Press SMALL BUSINESSowners and laborers forced to leave their homes and jobs because of radiation leaking from Japan's tsunami-flooded nuclear plant rode a bus all the way to Tokyo onW ednesday to demand compensation from the plant's operator. P eople are increasingly growing frustrated with Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s handling of the nuclear crisis, which has progressed fitfully since the March 11 tsunami swamped the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, knocking out important cooling systems. Restoring them will take months. "I am not asking for anything more than I am e ntitled to," said Ichijiro Ishikawa, 69, who dug roads and tunnels and is now living in a shelter because his home is in a 12-mile (20-kilometer evacuation zone around the plant. "I just want my due." He and about 20 other people who lived and worked near the plant traveled 140 miles (220 kilometers) southwest to hand-deliver a letter to the president of Tokyo Electric, known as TEPCO. They said talks with the government over how to compensate victims will take too long to get started and they want money now. A few were near tears. They met near company headquarters with four TEPCO officials who bowed to them in apology. President Masataka Shimizu later apologized dur ing a two-hour news conference and pledged to do more, saying cash payments would be readied as soon as possible and the company would do its best to get the plant's reactors under control and stop radiation leaks. "I offer my apologies for having spread radiation," he said. "I apologize from the bottom of my heart." Shimizu declined to comment on whether he would resign to show he is taking responsibility for the crisis. He said his job is to deal with it, along with the problems of those evacuated and concerns about the energy supply. TEPCO earlier said it will give evacuated towns 20 million yen ($240,000 ey," and analysts say massive compensation claims could cost it several trillion yen. The government earlier this week revised its rating of the severity of the crisis to level 7, the worst possible on an international scale. The only other level 7 was the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl plant in what is now Ukraine, though that explosion released 10 times the radioactivity that has come from Fukushima Daiichi so far. The nuclear crisis has hit farmers and fishermen in northeastern Japan hardest, though the 9.0magnitude earthquake and tsunami caused widespread damage to factories, ports and other infrastructure that is taxing the world's No. 3 economy. The government downgraded its economic outlook for the first time in six months on Wednesday, saying in a monthly Cabinet report that drops in production and consumer spending would limit growth. The ravaged northeast coast had some rare good news Wednesday as the Sendai airportr eopened. It had been closed since the 32-foot (10-meter ways and slammed cars and aircraft into the airport's terminals. Airport staff waved on the tarmac at passengers emerging from the first flight, a Japan Airlines Express plane emblazoned with the logo "Hang in there, Japan." The airport will handle only a few daytime f lights for now, but its opening should help with relief efforts in communities virtually obliterated by the disasters. "We can only operate in a small area, but I think it's a great step toward recovery," said Nao hito Nakano, an operations manager for JAL. FIREFIGHTERS ARE TESTED for leaked radiation at a fire department at the village of Katsurao which is located within a 20-kilometer (12-mile nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, on Wednesday April 13, 2011. (AP Japan nuclear plant evacuees demanding compensation
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 19 New Offering March 2011 Subscribe for Shares inCommonwealth Brewery LimitedInitial Public Offeringof$62,475,0007,500,000 Ordinary Shares Minimum Subscription $833.00 for 100 shares at $8.33 per share Offer OpensMonday March 21st, 2011Offer ClosesFriday April 15th, 2011Offering Memorandum & Subscription form available from all locations of:Royal Fidelity, RBC Royal Bank, RBC FINCO, &Fidelity Bank or downloaded from:www.royaldelity.comFinancial Advisor & Placement AgentFor further information call:1.242.356.9801Read the Offering Memorandum and consult a nancial advisor before investing. CAIRO Associated Press EGYPT'Sousted President Hosni Mubarak was put under detention in his hospital room Wednesday for investigation on accusations of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters in a dramatic step Wednesday that brought celebrations from the movement that drove him from office. Mubarak's two sons, Gamal and Alaa, were also detained for questioning and taken to Cairo's Torah prison, where a string of former top regime figures including the former prime minister, ruling party chief and Mubarak's chief of staff are already languishing, facing similar investigations on corruption. The move was brought by enormous public pressure on the ruling military, which was handed power when Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11. Tensof thousands protested in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Friday, the biggest rally in weeks, demanding Mubarak and his family be put on trial. Many in the crowd accused the military of protecting the former president. The detention is a new landmark in the stunning fall of the 82-year-old Mubarak, who only months ago appeared unquestioned in his control of Egypt after nearly 30 years of rule. Even after his fall, he seemed untouchable, living with his family at a palace in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. On Tuesday night, Mubarak was taken to a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh because of heart troubles, and so that his health couldbe monitored as he submitted to the first round of questioning by investigators. Hours later, the public prosecutor announced early Wednesday that Mubarak was ordered put under detention for 15 days for investiga tion. He was to be flown later in the day to a military hospital outside Cairo, where he wouldr emain in detention, a security official in Sharm el-Sheikh said, s peaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. Later Wednesday, prosecutors announced a new arrest that of former parliament speaker Fathi Surour, a prominent rul-i ng party figure who led the legislature since 1991 until it was d issolved following Mubarak's fall. He was ordered detained for 15 days for investigation on allegations of amassing wealth and misuse of power. Mubarak's detention also marks a new chapter in Egypt'ss till unsure transition to what protesters hope will be a democ ratic post-Mubarak future. Protesters had pushed hard for Mubarak's prosecution, demanding what they called a clear signal that the corruption that pervaded his nearly 30-year rule would be definitively broken. Public outrage was widespread over allegations that large fortunes were skimmed off byt op regime officials through shady deals over the years. B eyond the anger has been the fear that Mubarak cronies are maneuvering to regain power as the country tries to work out democratic rule and that the ruling military was not taking action to prevent them, or wase ven abetting them. "I was so happy in the morni ng when I heard the news," said Ahmed Maher, co-founder of the April 6 group, one of the movements that led the unprecedented 18-day protest movement against Mubarak. "All people are very happy b ecause this step reassured them after a period of doubts and stagn ation," referring to doubts over the military's intentions, he told The Associated Press. Worries over the military were intensi fied by a fierce pre-dawn raid on protesters in Tahrir on Saturday that killed at least one person. Egypt's Mubarak under detention for investigation EGYPTIAN ANTI-RIOT policemen stand alert Wednesday April 13, 2011, in front of Sharm El Sheikh hospital where former President Hosni Mubarak, 82, was hospitalized with heart problems in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Egypt's prosecutor general announced the 15-day detention of the country's former president pending inquiries into accusations of corruption, abuse of authority and the killings of protesters, in an unprecedented investigation of a former ruler in the Arab world. (AP
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 20, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B AHA M AR P ROJECT WORK is currently under way on Phase One of the Baha Mar development at Cable Beach. A total of 80 independent companies and 530 Bahamian workers are presently employed on the $60 million first phase part of the eventual $2.6 billion mega-resort. SEEBUSINESSSECTION F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f Alliances leader and Bam boo Town MP Branville M cCartney, Mr Bowe criticised his partys leader Mr Wells for reportedly promisi ng an alliance with the DNA that had not been finalised. According to the e-mail, Mr W ells said they need to have a ll of us or those who are willing under one roof, the DNA, by Friday of this week. We need to move past that weight that so easily be set us. The solution is for allo f us to join the DNA, Bran leads, Paul (Moss agreed to that already, and the other positions voted on q uickly. Since we have four political entities represented here (PDP, NDP, DNA, andW orkers Party) and four entities that will become one, obviously the NDP cannot nor do we desire to have our way in everything. I think the above has been tentatively agreed, he said. However, in response, Mr Bowe said he had spoken to Mr Moss, who had denied categorically and absolutely what Mr Wells had claimed in his previous e-mail. You are being successful in creating a firestorm among the third party opposition. Do you think that we do not com municate with each other. I do not know how you will repair the damage to your integrity, but you have created a shadow over the entire DNA. If you start with a base devoid of integrity you are creating something far worse than Ingraham could ever cre ate. DNA appears more dan gerous than Hubert Ingraham could ever be and based on what you have done to date I would prefer to support Ingraham or Christie than DNA. Why are you trying to mislead us? As a servant leader different was expected of you. You have betrayed us and shamed us, Mr Bowe said. I am so sorry for you. Do you desire power or position that badly? Are you prepared to lie, cheat, and deceive in the hope of getting into par liament? I can only conclude that you are not a fit and proper leader and the DNA is mal-formed. Mr Bowe concluded his email by stating that he wanted this third party alliance to work, but under the circum stances, he tends to believe the FNMs statement on the matter of them not be the cat alyst for the invite for Mr Wells to join them. A ccording to the FNMs party chairman Carl Bethel, they were approached by an intermediary on behalf of Mr W ells who indicated that the NDP leader wished to have a meeting with the Prime Minister with a view towards his P arty, the NDP, being dis solved and joining the FNM. Mr Bethel said that the leadership of the party was scheduled to hold a meeting on another issue and con s ented for Mr Wells to attend and to make his position clear. Mr Bethel: Mr Wells attended the meeting, indicated the situation affecting the NDP, and expressed a desire to dissolve the NDP and for most, but not all, of its members to join the FNM. Mr Wells expressed his personal desire to run in the South Andros Constituency. At no time did Prime Min ister Ingraham or any member of the Party Leadership offer or suggest, at that meet ing or at any other time, that Mr Wells would be appointed to the Cabinet of the Bahamas, or any other public office, in exchange for Mr Wells performing the acts that he had promised to conduct of his own free will and accord. While the FNM regrets that Mr Wells was not able to deliver what he had volunteered to do, without any prior request from the FNM; and while the FNM maintains an open door, big-tent policy, particularly where young political aspirants are con cerned; we feel that we have no need to induce any person to join our ranks by horsetrading electoral nominations or public offices. Any such suggestion to that effect by Mr Wells or anyone else is absolutely false, Mr Bethel said. In response to the FNMs statement, Mr Wells said that he will not be engaging in a back and forth with the FNM over this matter, as there are far greater issues that need to be dealt with. I met with the Prime Minister, that is a fact. I met with Carl Bethel, and Tommy Turnquest. That is a fact. I met with them. Ill just leave it there. I am the leader of the NDP and I will respect the confidentiality of that meeting. I am more concerned with the issues facing this country; that is what I am focused on, he said. LEAKED E-MAILS SHOW IN-FIGHTING IN NDP FROM page one
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC t o invest in new generators at i ts New Providence power stations to enhance its genera tion efficiency, its chairman said yesterday. Michael Moss said BEC will ask for funds to be made available in the next budgetary cycle, to begin in July t his year, so that it may be in a position to purchase and install the new generation units within the next two years. W hile details are still being worked out in terms of the level of investment to be made, Mr Moss suggested BEC is hoping to add an addi tional 30 to 40 mega watts (MW in New Providence. In the first instance the plan is to effect greater ener gy efficiency. If the economy starts to expand exponentially, we will have to look at it from another perspective, said the chairman. The new units should increase the amount of power that can be produced from a given quantity of fuel burnt. Mr Moss added that the units would most likely be those suitable for burning Bunker C fuel the same heavy fuel used in most of BECs power generation, but which caused controversy when it was first targeted for use at BECs Abaco plant in Wilson City, given concerns over its impact on the surrounding environment. Mr Moss said that for now the intention is not for the new generation units to replace any of BECs current units, although it is anticipated that further investments may take place in the future to allow for more of BECs generation to be done in way that allows for a more efficient use of fuel burnt. When we are on a stronger monetary footing we are likely then to begin to consider retiring the existing plant and putting in more energy efficient units, but as we are just coming out of a deep dark hole of (financial bleeding, some of these kinds of thoughts are a little bit nebulous, added Mr Moss. SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.23 $5.21 $5.23 B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Bahamian contractor perf ormance on their $400 mil lion worth of Baha Mar project work will be critical in a llowing the industry to d emand mandatory Bahamian participation in all future foreign direct invest-m ent (FDI though the sector currently has a shortage of trained t echnical people. B ahamian Contractors Association (BCA tives, speaking yesterday at Baha Mars great opportunity for local contractors By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC handed regulation and onerous retail pricing rules have been dismissed by the sector regulator as selfserving and not in the interest of competition, express ing doubt over whether the newly-privatised companycan facilitate price cap regu lation. Responding to BTCs criticisms in feedback to its three-year strategy, the Util ities Regulation & Competi tion Authority (URCA rejected its concerns over the retail pricing rules, deny ing that they inhibit BTC from responding to changing circumstances. For the period April 22 to December 31, 2010, URCA processed close to a dozen BTC requests for temporary price changes and new service applications, most of them relating to non-competitive mobile services, URCA retorted. These applications are hardly an example of a mar ket with changing and com petitive circumstances. Further, BTC has not demonstrated that its compliance with the pricing frameworkhas imposed an unreasonable financial burden on the company. Explaining that the retail pricing framework was designed to give operators with Significant Market Power (SMP or Cable Bahamas, the ability to respond to market con ditions while also incentivising them to operate in a competitive manner, URCA acknowledged BTCs desire BTC protests self-ser ving URCA says heavy handed regulation complaint not in interests of competition* Close to a dozen BTC price change requests approved in 2010 Acknowledges price cap supervision preferred method, but BTC likely unable to facilitate Success on $400m work w ill allow sector to demand mandatory Bahamian participation in all FDI projects Industry facing shortage of trained technical people BCA pledges to spend IDB grant for max benefits SEE page 9B SEE page 10B F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Huge interest has been expressed in eight executivep ositions that have been advertised by Baha Mar to date, with around 800 appli cations an average of 100 p er position having been received by the company for the key posts. M eanwhile, around 1,000 a pplications have been received to date from individuals looking for construction work on the proj ect. Although Baha Mar is not in the business of hiring construction workers, it is directing interested personst o contractors involved in the project. 800 apply for eight top posts, with 1,000 applications received for construction work SEE page 11B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com A total of 80 independent companies and 530 Bahamian workers are presently employed on the $60 million Phase One of the Baha Mar development, involving the construction of new roads and buildings to replace commercial and government offices that will be demolished to make way for the $2.6 billion mega-resort. During a tour of the work site undertaken by Tribune Business yesterday, Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of external and government affairs, noted the high level of activity on site, of which many would not be aware at this time given the extent to which it is set back from public view, as well as the absence of Chinese labourers, which he suggested is visible evidence of the impact the development is having on the Bahamian labour market. This has demonstrated that this is a Bahamian phase, said Baha Mar employs 80 firms B AHA MAR RECEIVES HUNDRED APPLIC A TIONS PER EXECUTIVE JOB Some 530 Bahamians now working on $60m Phase One construction SEE page 12B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org P ower demand at a fully operational Baha Mar will increase from present levels by just under 330 per cent to a potential 30 Megawatts (MW per day 5 MW higher than Baha Mar power need to rise 330% $2.6bn project will grow electricity demand from current 6 -7 MW to 30MW per day Resorts needs 5 MW higher than whole of Abaco in peak summer BEC confident it can meet demand from existing plant, although 30-40 MW expansion planned over next two years* Developer eyes 15-20% power demand reduction from deep water cooling SEE page 6B BEC TARGETS JULY BUDGET F OR NEW PLANT FINANCING MICHAEL MOSS WORKIN PROGRESS: The Baha Mar development.
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com G ranted an opportunity to h ost the regions leading basketball tournament, the Bahamas Basketball Federation is hastily underway beginning its preparation to ensure the country comes out on the winning end both as participants and as hosts of the event. The Bahamas will host the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC pionships for men and women, July 25August 5 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium with approximately 13 national federations taking part. Countries who have confirmed their interests in participating are Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Virgin Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos Islands on the men's side. The countries expected to join the Bahamas on the women's side are Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Virgin Islands, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago BBF President, Lawrence Hepburn, said the federation has accepted the BBF seeks support for Caribbean championships SPORTS IN BRIEF Sponsors needed for July 25-August 5 tournament SEE page 3E BATTLEISJOINED: In a game earlier in the series Commonwealth Bank Giants Raif Ferguson tries to avoid getting his ball stripe from behind by Real Deal Shockers Carvin Cummings in the NPBA mens championship series at the DW Davis Gymnasium. YOUNGSTERS SHINE AT ST. CECILIAS INTER-HOUSE SPORTS DAY With the return of its leading scorer, the Real Deal Shockers evened the best of seven New Provi dence Basketball Association Championship Series. Lasario "Bones" Bur rows returned to the starting lineup and sparked a 115-102 win to tie the series at two games each. Burrows scored a game high 38 points to go along with 15 rebounds while Lorenzo Carter added 33 points. Denzel Edgecombe led the Giants with 32 points in a losing effort as they lost just their second game of the season. Game five takes place Saturday night at the D.W Davis Gymnasium. By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A tough day for team Bahamas at the International Cricket Councils Americas Division 2 Championships leaves the team near the bottom of the standings in their category. The team suffered a pair of losses yesterday at the event in Suriname to fall to 2-3 in the tournament. Yesterday team lost to Belize by 48 runs, and in their second match followed with a loss to host country Suriname by six wickets. In its first match of the tournament, the Bahamas register first win during a day interrupted by rain. Ryan Tappin scored 21 runs, Whitcliff Atkinson scored 19 runs, Jonathan Bar ry 17, and Greg Taylor 14 runs to lead the team. For Brazil Deodat Randolph and Rubabul Islam both scored 11 runs. The Bahamas won by 6 runs based on the D/L method and Barry was named the man of the match. When rain finally stopped play at 5:26pm with 6 overs completed it left Brazil 36/2 the Bahamas team 6 runs ahead. In game two the Bahamas lost toTurks and Caicos by 8 wickets, D/L. Tappin scored 12 runs, Albert Peters 11 runs, while Taylor and Rudolph Fox 8 each scored eight runs. Against Panama, the Bahamas won by 38 runs. Barry led the charge with 34 runs, Shanaka Perera added 35, Fox scored 15, while Taylor added 12. Tough day for Bahamas cricketers T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By LAMECH JOHNSON WITH THE recent strong performances by our junior, collegiate and senior athletes at home and abroad, there is excitement building over the upcoming IAAF World Track and Field championships in Daegu, Korea this August since a number of them have already qualified to com pete. According to the IAAF website, all performances, A and B standards must be achieved between October 1, 2010 and August 15, 2011 (midnight Monaco time order to be valid. So far the Bahamas has nine athletes qualified for 10 events, A and B stan dards. Donald Thomas, the 2007 World Champion and 2010 Commonwealth and CAC Games gold medalist at the high jump, leads the way as he has already qualified with the a winning jump of 2.32m at last years Com monwealth games, surpassing the A standard of 2.31m. Thomas has already opened his 2011 season with a jump of 2.30m and is still number one in the world according to the IAAF top lists, which were updated Tuesday. Grand Bahamian Demetrius Pinder, who is a senior at the Texas A&M University qualified for both the 200 and 400m over the past month. Opening up his outdoor season with the 200m, Pinder in his first race at the Aztec Invitational in March clocked a personal best of 20.54 seconds, sur passing the A mark of 20.60. A week later, he defeated SEE page 2E A THLETES QUALIFYING FOR 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GAME FIVE OF SERIES SET FOR SATURDAY AS the Baptist Sports Councils 2011 Rev. Dr. David S. Johnson Basketball Classics best-of-three first round playoffs got underway on Tuesday night at the Bail lou Hills Sporting Complex, Christian Tabernacle, Mace donia No.1, Evangelistic Center and Hope Center all jumped out to a head start. In the mens president division, fourth place Christian Tabernacle snapped defending champions Tabernacle Fellowships winning streak at 5-0 as they stunned the pen nant winners 56-37. The other half of the play offs saw the second place Macedonia Baptist No.1 prevail 41-32 over the third place Latter-Day Eagles. On the other side of the coin, former champions Evangelistic Center proved why they are the vice president pennant winners as they knocked off fourth place Macedonia No.2 32-21. And in the other half of the playoffs, second place Hope Center got past third place Golden Gates No.1 34-33. Game two in all four series will continue on Thursday night at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com plex, starting at 7 p.m. Christian Tabernacle 56, Temple Fellowship 37: Tavares Roker scored 14, Jeffery Rolle had eight and Mario Forbes added seven in the win. BSC basketball classic playoffs get under way SEE page 2E FLYING: St. Cecilias Catholic Primary School hosted their annual Inter-House Sports Day at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. n MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 8E NBA reviews Bryants apparent slur towards ref n PAGE 4E
BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W hile information is at the heart of any business, effective storage and distribution is crucial to any successful e nterprise. Optical media in t he form of CDs has been the storage and distribution method of choice for many years, owing to their special properties. CDs are durable, inexpensive and reliable. The compact disc (also known as a CD) is an optical disc used to store digitald ata. It was originally developed to store and play backs ound recordings, but as technology developed the digital world came to see it as a way to store actual data, a s opposed to just sound and r ecordable compact discs (CDR a rrived on the commercial m arket in late 1982, and e ver since has become an integral part of our lives. In fact, the development of CD t echnology began in 1979, when Philips and Sony set u p a task force consisting of engineers to design a digital audio disc. After intensive r esearch and experiments f or almost a year, the team came up with the standard for compact discs known ast he Red Book. So how can CDs help boost your business? Every business needs to h ave an edge, and it has been proven time and again that creative, attention-grabb ing marketing strategies c an push a product into prominence, garner media a ttention and reinforce b rand awareness and loyalty. In today's world, multim edia rules. For that reason, CDs, DVDs and even H D-DVDs should be part o f your marketing repert oire. One method is t hrough the use of prepari ng promotional materials in d igital format and loading them on to a CD, which can then be duplicated and dis-t ributed to potential customers. This distribution can be done via mail and trade shows. There are a number o f situations in which distributing CDs is especially effective. For example, if y ou have just held a semin ar or presentation, giving t he participants an outline on CD will work wonders toh elp them keep you in mind. A nother way is to create a CD giving tips and instructions on using your product or service. It is a great way to build customer loyalty. If you own a business, you may opt to prepare a video t our of your premises and h ighlight all the best features offered. This CD innovation i s effective, and recipients c an read the data on their computers to learn more about your company. P rimarily, compact discs can aid in preventing loss of image and downloading music and data files, but b efore we expand lets take a closer look at the main types of standard manufact ured CDs. (a C D-R stands for recordable. T he CD-R allows the user to record data or music only o nce. ( b) CD RW: This is a rewriteable disk that can be reused, and written on ande rased, up to 1,000 times. Recordings can be added to b oth CD-Rs and CD-RWs in a number of sessions before they are finalised, but o nly CD-RWs can be rerecorded. (c R in CD+R stands for r ecordable, a CD+R disc is not compatible with a CD-R The +R format allows f or almost twice as much storage space as a standard CD-R. Many have inquired about t he difference between the DVD and CD disks. DVD and CD disks appear to be quite similar in size and shape, but they are actually quite different. While both d isks store data and are b urned in a similar fashion, D VD and CD disks primarily differ in their storage capacity, function and usability. It is best to recognise these differences before making a selection for your media storage needs. Storage Capacity: A typic al DVD can hold 4.7 gigabytes of data, whereas a typical CD can only hold 700 megabytes of data or 80 m inutes of audio. Another distinction between a DVD and CD is that a DVD uses a more concentrated laser b eam, which allows it to r ead very small dots and save more data. Data on aC D is written in forms of s mall dots and light, and translates to 1's and 0's. Generally, a DVD holds more data than a CD and costs more. Nonetheless if only a small amount of data requires storage, choosing a C D might be a better choice. B ut DVDs are the disk of choice for movies. I ts important to rememb er that a CD can still hold a l ot of data. How many photos will a CD hold? The short answer is: A lot. Thel ong answer is it depends on your camera, the image size and the quality of your jpeg, but you can store at least 300 photos on one CD, so it really comes down to the BUSINESS P AGE 2B, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Dont burn out on data storage THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 16B
S PORTS PAGE 2E, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS G AMESON! T he New Providence Public Primary School Sports Association will host the 29th edition of its Track and Field Champ ionships with Bertha's Go-Go Ribs on board as its title sponsor. T he event which concludes the list of sports on the association's calendar will be staged April 18-20 at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. This years Championships will feature 22 Government Primary Schools throughout the Island of New Providence. The pict ures are from the press conference on the event. 29TH EDITION OF TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS the 2004 Olympic 400m champions and five time world championship medalists, Jeremy Warineri n the half lapper in 20.73 seconds, showing his consistency. The NCAA indoor 400m champion opened up his outdoor campaign with a 45.06 seconds run fors econd place at the LSU invitational, a few tenths o f a second shy of his personal best (44.93 well below the 45.20 A mark set for the champi onships. On the female side, Sheniqua Q Ferguson, of t he Auburn University Tigers shocked herself last weekend by winning her opening season race in the half lapper with a A mark time of 22.92 seconds. "I feel good. I was expecting to run fast, but not that fast," said Ferguson. Motiv ation Not far behind Ferguson in the half lapper is St. Augustine's College junior sprinter Anthonique Strachan, who qualified for both the 100 and 2 00m dash at the Carifta Trials last weekend. S trachan posted a time of 23.06 seconds to win the o pen women's 200m, six hundredths of a second s hy of the 23 second A mark. But with Strachan's motivation and momentum to perform at the Carifta Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica next easter holiday weekend. Quartermiler Michael Matthiew set a PB in the half lap with 20.62 at a meet in March. He ran 45.80 in the full lap last weekend but has the B mark with a 45.56 4th place finish at the Commonwealth Games. Ramon Miller who was the bronze medalist at those games in a time of 45.55, opened his season at the Florida relays in 46.12 Every other qualifying marks achieved by our a thletes were set at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi India. C hristine Amertile bronze medalist 400m 5 1.67 secs Trevor Barry silver medalist High Jump 2.29m Adrian Griffith semifinalist 100m10.19 In order to compete at the Daegu World Championships, athletes must first compete at the BAAA's National Track and Field championships in June, when the new Tommy Robinson National stadium is expected to be completed. ATHLETES QUALIFYING FOR 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM page 1E Trevor Smith scored a game high 18 and Kevin Burrows added five in the loss. Macedonia No.1 41, LatterDay 32: Karon Pratt canned a game high 23 points and Rashad Knowles helped out with eight in the win. Tino Strachan had 14 and Perez Thompson eight in the loss. Evangelistic Center 32, Macedonia No.2 21: Both Tyrone Sands and Vincent Strachan scored nine and Theo Sands chipped in with seven in the win. Lameko Forbes scored a game high 12 and Craig Bowe added four in the loss. Hope Center 34, Golden Gates No.1 33: Ricardo Smith scored 11 points and Brenton Major added seven in the win. Temiko Higgs had a game high 12 and Raynard Minus got eight in the loss. THURSDAYS SCHEDULE Court One 7 p.m. Macedonia No.2 vs Evangelistic Center (M 8 p.m. Golden Gates No.1 vs Hope Center (M Court Two 7 p.m. Latter-Day vs Macedonia No.1 (M 8 p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs Temple Fellowship (M Saturdays schedule Court One 10 a.m. Macedonia vs Agape (15 11 a.m. Golden Gates vs Macedonia No.1 (19 Noon Agape vs Christian Tabernacle (19 1 p.m. Latter-Day vs Temple Fellowship (15 2 p.m. Temple Fellowship vs Latter-Day (19 3 p.m. Mt. Tabor vs Macedo nia (19 4 p.m. Game three, if neces sary. Court Two 10 a.m. Temple Fellowship vs Latter-Day (15 11 a.m. Latter-Day vs Temple Fellowship (19 Noon Macedonia No.2 vs Mt. Tabor (19 1 p.m. Agape vs Macedonia (15 2 p.m. Macedonia No.1 vs Golden Gates (19 3 p.m. Christian Tabernacle vs Agape (19 4 p.m. Game three, if necessary. BSC basketball classic playoffs get under way FROM page 1E
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011, PAGE 3B NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGTh President Executive Vice President Vice President Treasurer Asst. Treasurer Secretary Asst. Secretary COMMITTEES: By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA terday promised that the pending Contractors Bill did contain some teeth to punish unlicensed operators and those who performed shoddy work, agreeing: Enforcement is going to be critical. Stephen Wrinkle, speaking at the signing ceremony for a $225,000 project to strengthen the BCA, which has been partly financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Bill contained provisions for review, redress, fines, suspension and revocation of licences. There is a clause that calls for an extremely large fine and imprisonment for Bahamian contractors fronting for foreign firms or operating without a licence, the BCA president added. Enforcement is going to be a critical component of the Bill, Mr Wrinkle said. It does have some teeth. Ultimately, it will be up to the justice system to enforce it. There is a measure of control there that has to be enforced. Its all designed to protect the consumer, and ensure people paying long-term mortgages do not get stuck with shoddy construction. This is designed to protect the consuming public, as there is so much shoddy work and fraudulent construction, that the Government has determined there must be regulation to the point where the consumer has some recourse. Mr Wrinkle added that Bahamian contractors seeking to obtain a building permit from the Ministry of Works would be unable to get one if they were not licensed, and not on the Ministry list. The Contractors Bill, he said, was now pending with the Government, and we are extremely hopeful it can find its way to Parliament before the election. It was promised to us by the Prime Minister, and weve completed our process. We assume it will be p assed in short order. The Contractors Bill is currently with the Attorney Generals Office, as the Government seeks to include a Consumer Code as part of the legislation, something the industry believes is unworkable as currently written, given that it mandates the provision of insurance policies to protect against contractor fraud and negligence that the insurance industry does not want to offer. Still, Mr Wrinkle said the IDB-funded initiative, Strengthening the Bahamian Contractors Association, was designed through its training component to act as the forerunner to the Bill, prepar ing Bahamian construction firms and tradesmen for the licensing and certification standards it will introduce. There is a tremendous amount of groundwork and preparation that has to go in before the Bill can be implemented, and we can meet the certification and training processes, the BCA president explained. Through the IDB-financed initiative, the BCA was out of the box and off and running. Were going to spread our wings and move to encourage contractors throughout the country to get ready to move into this new environment ofd certification and licensing, Mr Wrinkle said. Its important to bring consumer protection and standards to the industry. The Contractors Bill will contain a 12-month grandfathering period to allow active, competent contractors to gain the appropriate licence from Level One through Level Four based on the scope of works they had previously completed, and provided they were up to date with issues such as Business Licence and National Insurance Board contributions. After that period expires, new comers will be required to complete tests to enter the Bahamian construction industry and obtain a licence. Similar testing will also be required for contractors seeking to move up a level. Contractors Bill has some teeth BCA chief agrees: Enforcement is critical
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Enhancing Bahamian construction industry standards to internationally-comparable levels will allow the sector to exploit trade agreements and access foreign markets currently closed to them, the InterAmerican Development Banks (IDB said yesterday, Astrid Wynter, speaking at a signing ceremony for the $225,000 Strengthening the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA IDBs Multilateral Investment Fund is partially financing, said the initiative was designed to equip Bahamian contractors with the highest standards to enable them to enter overseas markets, either on their own or through joint ventures. We are partnering with a private sector entity in an area with present and potential opportunities for small, medium and large entities in construction and related enterprises, Ms Wynter said. The idea behind this pro ject is to promote and support the BCA to become a modern, internationally accepted organisation, so its members derive significant benefits from being part of the organisation, and the construction industry throughout the islands can be supported in bringing training, skill, performance and standards to levels that allow Bahamian contractors to have greater access to the market throughout the Bahamas and the world. Ms Wynter said the project would position BCA members, and Bahamian contractors in general, to take advantage of opportunities like the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA trade agreements that facilitat ed access to foreign markets. She warned that unless would-be participants meet the standards of those markets, it will be impossible to gain access. As a result, the projects training, mapping and standardised documentation provisions were all with the aim of facilitating contractors and othe r associations to have access to markets, operate at the highest standards, and form alliances and joint ventures to have access where now it may not be so easy. Ms Wynter said the BCA had met all the eligibility requirements under the IDB project, enabling the first disbursement of funds to take place this week. She added that it tied into the IDBs Bahamas country strategy for furthering the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises. Meanwhile, Stephen Wrinkle, the BCAs president, said the organisation last week opened its Chapter in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, at a meeting attended by 50 contractors. This adds to its New Providence organisation and Grand Bahama Chapter. Adding that the BCA planned to visit Eleuthera in the coming weeks, followed b y Great Exuma, with the aim of establishing Chapters there, Mr Wrinkle said these organisations would enable Family Island contractors to access training and education pro grammes. The BCA website would also contain a contractor database that would enable c onsumers to hire from a list of contractors, tradesmen and service suppliers in the Family Islands. Mr Wrinkle said the BCA had just a tad under 300 mem bers, of whom 25 were prime general contractors, meaning that around 90 per cent were s mall and medium-sized companies. Countering the notion held by some that the BCA just represented the interests of larger firms, Mr Wrinkle said that what was good for big contrac tors was also good for their smaller counterparts, and problems faced by those at the top of the chain worked down to those at the bottom, where they manifest themselves to a g reater extent. Membership dues in Nassau and Grand Bahama were $150, and in the Family Islands $100, with half that fee staying there and half coming to the BCA in Nassau. Mr Wrinkle estimated, though, that there were up to 3,000 contractors of varying sizes working throughout the Bahamas, with some 10,000 p ersons employed. He acknowledged that it would bea mammoth task to grandfather them into compliance with the Contractors Bill, given their spread from Mayaguana to Grand Bahama, even if only 2,000 actually came forward. 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the total daily power demand of Abaco during the peak summer months. B aha Mars senior vicepresident of external and governmental affairs, Robert Sands, said yesterday that discussions with the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BECd eveloper being advised that BEC can meet this eventual demand using its present generation facilities. Discussions are very a dvanced, and even if we had to go to the maximum (30 MW of power), BEC is in a p osition to provide it and prov ide it on time, said Mr Sands, noting that Baha Mars p resent facilities use an avera ge of between 6-7 MW per day. BEC chairman Michael Moss agreed, noting that its present generation capacity i n New Providence, which had a peak power demand last year of 240 MW, is 340 MW. M r Moss added that BEC is also planning to upgrade its generation capacity by around 3 0 to 40 MW over the next t wo years, although primarily with a view to enhancing the efficiency of its energy pro-d uction rather than out of a short-term need for more power in New Providence. W ith respect to the Baha M ars potential energy cons umption, Mr Sands said it was hoping it can ultimately c ut the budgeted power u sage projection by 15 to 20 per cent through the use of a cutting edge technology d eep water cooling to bring down the temperature of the resorts open spaces, rather than conventional air condit ioning systems. Deep water cooling i nvolves drawing water from d eep in a lake, well or, in Baha Mars case, the nearby ocean, to use as a heat sink to cool buildings. The water is t hen re-released back into the e nvironment. Deep water cooling has b een implemented at the new US terminal at the Lynden P indling International Airport t o help reduce energy cons umption there, but is otherw ise a relatively new technology for the Bahamas. Mr Sands added that it is, however, a proven technol ogy, which is currently used e xtensively in Toronto, Canada, and Hawaii. It not only reduces energy costs and cons umption, but also the use of chemicals that are harmful to the atmosphere. Mr Sands admitted the use o f deep water cooling does n ot come without some questions in terms of environment al issues, but suggested that once introduced properly, carefully, scientifically, it should not create any environmental concerns. T he Baha Mar executive said the mega-resort, on the w hole, will be set-up and o perated in accordance with all the best environmental practices in an effort to reduce overall energy cons umption. Energy conservation and energy conservation methodo logy is a discipline that has been re-worked over and over a gain, and we will certainly e xercise all the best practices t o ensure that we reduce elect ricity consumption from the type of equipment we install to the type of lightbulbs, to energy efficient protocols in terms of lights-off/lights-on,s aid Mr Sands. Meanwhile, with respect to another major area in which B aha Mars impact on infra structure is to be felt, Mr Sands suggested the develop er is aware that limitations in New Providences ability to absorb waste at the present Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill site meanB aha Mar will have to be sensitive to the whole garbage disposal aspect of its operations. We are hopeful that the new dump and the new plant hat the Government puts in p lace for disposal will be in place by the time we open, but I think we will have to a lso employ some best practices in terms of the treatment of garbage being sensitivet o the recycling element, sepa ration of biodegradable waste. Being sensitive to what we purchase, Mr Sands said. So there has to be a sensitivity to the whole garbage disposal area, but we are sat i sfied that we would be able to utilise government facilities. We will have to find ways to help ourselves and to help t hem in terms of how the garbage is taken to the site. I think the day will fast arrivew hen recycling and separation of waste for a large resort is an absolute must. B USINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Baha Mar power need to rise 330% FROM page 1B F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f MAPPING OUT: Work continues on Baha Mar.