By JULIE PACE MATT APUZZO The Associated Press W ASHINGTON (AP Osama bin L aden, the glowering mastermindb ehind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operationl ed by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. A small team of Ameri c ans killed binLaden in a firefight at a compound in Pakistan, the president said i n a dramatic late-night s tatement at the White House. A jubilant crowd gathered outside the WhiteH ouse as word spread of binLaden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade. "Justice has been done," the president said. Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden's death as a momentous achievement. "The fight against terror goes on, but tonight Ameri ca has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," he said. Few details were immediately available of the oper ation that resulted in binLaden's death, althought he president said none of the Americans involved was harmed. The development comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centres and Pentagon, orchestrated by binLaden's al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people. The attacks set off a chain of events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America's entire intelliN ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.131MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY, PARTLY CLOUDY HIGH 86F LOW 77F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE12B S P O R T S The changing face of cancer in the Bahamas SEESPORTSINSECTIONE 4X400 men qualify for IAAF Worlds COOKIES & C REAM M cFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate ABOVE: September 11, 2001 The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn after hijacked planes crashed into them in New York. LEFT: Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the terror attacks, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. BELOW: A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheer on Sunday upon hearing the news of bin Ladens death. BINLADEN IS DEAD 9/11 MASTERMIND DEAD NEARLY TEN YEARS AFTER ATTACKS n US forces kill al-Qaida leader in firefight n President Obama says justice has been done PRESIDENT Barack Obama addresses the nation last night in Washington. (AP D i a n e B o n d a r e f f F i l e / A P Manuel Balce Ceneta /AP SEE page 14
EDITOR, The Tribune. RESPONSEto Yes, Mr Ingraham, leadership shall be a major issue next election. Reading Mr Oswald T Browns incoherent ramblings and rather verbose sour grapes was both amusing and sad. To pontificate about his alleged brief affiliation with the FNM, but rabid interest in the PLP I thought quite accurate. The Progressive Liberal Party has many rabid persons. Of course, I am only basing this on the definition I selected from Merriam Webster, which states that to be rabid is to be furious; going to extreme lengths in expression or pursuing a feeling, interest or opinion; or to be affected with rabies. I shant go into personal ramblings like Mr Brown, but I shall address the matter of leadership. There is absolutely no similarity in leadership style between Mr Perry Christies and Mr Hubert Ingraham. I am certain we can all agree on that. The only similar attributes are that they are both Bahamian born and the universal title man as in humankind is allocated. A true leader, as is Mr Hubert Alexander Ingraham, is one that manages party activities in a leg islative body but more impor-t antly is one who not only has vision but knows how to imple ment said vision. A leader knows that there is no pleasing everyone while successfully propelling the country to greatness and enhancing and improving the welfare and conditions of his fellow compatriots. A truel eader knows that at the end of the day, the buck ends with him. Good or bad, the accolades or criticisms will be hurled at him.A leader does not do it for the glory but for the good of his people. A leader does not need to parade around and say look at me and what Im doing fory ou every two seconds because he has to actually go about doing it and not talking about it. Anyone interested in truly knowing what is going on in his or her country and who actually reads and sees whats happening globally would have the wisdom and clarity of mind to realise how fortunate and truly blessed this Bahamaland is to have a true leader at the helm at this time. A true leader takes the good with the bad and stands strong and true, like a real hero, a true gladiator, presses on knowing that while some battles may be lost the true victory is in the accumulation of wins, which matures to a successfully won war. A leader overall does what is right for the country not what is popular and expedient. This countrys great leader, Mr Ingraham, fights for you and for me; he fights for the poor, the weak, the elderly, and the children. My fellow Bahamians, wake up, wake up, and wake up! In a recession, we are still thriving and able to see visible, tangible improvements and enhancements to not only the infrastructure of this archipelago but even to our antiquated legisla tion. What our leader does cannot be paid for with the salary he receives. He can never be repaid for the personal life he no longer enjoys, the calls that abound and the ceaseless complaints and cries for help. He is but one responsible for a nation whom he is trying with all his might to educate and teach self-reliance. We owe Mr Ingraham not only our allegiance and gratitude but we must preserve his legacy of being each others custodians on this great planet we call earth. Mr Christie, in his heart, since apparently only he has one that beats, knows to the core of him that all of what is said is not only true but is something he has not been able to demonstrate to the Bahamian people. Excusing and seemingly condoning acts of depravity and international monstrosities is not leading. Consulting to the extent of beinga walking pun is hardly leading much less managing. I used to hear all manner of things with respect to the former Prime Minister, Hes not the brightest, but he has a good heart, and Hes a nice man. I dont know Mr Christie personally soI wont speak to what his friends may be able to attest. However, I do know that Mr Christie never represented me or cared for my voice though it may be one. Mr Christie did not care enough in his term to see that our elderly were better treated and cared for, or that the poor and indigent were able to receive better care. So, Mr Brown, I realise your knickers are still in a twist over not getting what you wanted, but I say to you like a mother says to a child in full tantrum, get over yourself! K DEAN Nassau, A pril 8, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 WEBSITE www tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm I N THIS column last week we wrote about Donald Trumps ridiculous claim that President Barack Obama had no certificateto prove that he was born in Hawaii despite the fact that the President in 2008 had released his birth certificate the only type of certificate that is recognised in Hawaii. I t is a certificate known as a short form, which is the official certificate given to every p erson born in the state of Hawaii as proof of birth. The long form has been retired to the state vaults and cannot be produced without permission and long delays. However, the great Donald took it upon himself to insult every Hawaiian government official from the governor down w ho is in a position to vouch for the validity of the certificate, by rejecting it out of hand. A ccording to Trump the form given the pres ident by the Hawaiian government is notthe real certificate the long form, which is the only one that Trump will accept, does not exist, according to Trump. By innuendo Trump called the former director of the Hawaiian Department of Health a liar when he refused to accept her statement that she had seen the long form oft he Obama birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health. A retired Hawaiian governor got rather emotional over the implied insult to his integrity on realising that Trump had also rejected his word that not only was he friendly with the Presidents parents, but could personally vouch for their childs birth in Hawaii. Why the President of the United States s hould have been held to a higher standard to prove his birth than any other US presi dent or of any Hawaiian citizen is a mystery. He would have been justified in telling all of them what cliff to jump off. However, he eventually released the long form last week because he believed that the distraction was not good for the country. It was far more important, he said, to deal with the c hallenges faced by the country than his birth certificate. However, even after releasing the certificate for which the President had to get a special dispensation from the state of Hawaii the pouty-faced Trump has still reserved judgment. The certificate had been stamped with a signature. The Donald now has to investigate whether the signa t ure is genuine. I want to look at it, he said, but I hope its true. We are now curious as to how much more malarkey the American people will take from this man before debunking him as an impostor. Everyone seems to be dancing around t he obvious reason for the insanity of these so-called birthers even the White House h as rejected the thought but it is obvious that the colour of the Presidents skin cannot be overlooked. When our editorial was posted on the web, one of our readers, who signed himself Reggie, questioned our statement that the Donald still maintains that the presi-d ent was not born in Hawaii and asked: When exactly did Donald Trump say t hat the president wasn't born in Hawaii? Could you please provide me a link to his making that claim? He merely made the point that there was a document produced at the time of Obama's birth that he refused to release, and it was suspicious that he would not do so. It is a shame that Reggie did not listen to Anderson Coopers unedited interview withD onald Trump over CNN last week, because if he is a Trump admirer he would have been embarrassed by Trumps buffonery and shocked by the extent of his bold lies. To satisfy himself Reggie should try to get a transcript of that interview. As for a quote, this is one of many made by Trump during the programme: Well Ive been told very recently, Ander s on, that the birth certificate is missing.Ive been told that its not there or it doesnt exist. And if thats the case its a big problem. Trump then claimed that Obamas grand mother let the cat out of the bag by saying that her grandson was born in Kenya. Coop er then played the telephone interview with the grandmother, who said, in answer to a q uestion, that she was present for her grandsons birth. Later in the conversation she told the reporter that her grandson had been born in Hawaii. We would urge Reggie to seriously attempt to get a copy of this programme as it will show that this is one so-called emperor who has no clothes nor apparently does he have common sense. No leadership similarities between Christie and Ingraham LETTERS email@example.com Reader wants proof of Donald Trumps claim SMEs and local entrepreneurs are invited to attendTopic: Cash Flow Management Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 6 p.m. Venue: British Colonial Hilton Register Today! Space is limited to 40 persons RSVP by May 6, 2011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Working together to grow your business.Small Business SeminarSmall Business Banking EDITOR, The Tribune. CARlFTA Games looking at the attendance at the 2011 Carifta Games I conclude Track and Field a dinosaur and we are wasting millions on the recently announced plans for Oakes Field? I was watching the live feed from Carifta and as the camera swung around the stands of the stadium all you saw were empty seats except for a small section in the main stand. How can anyone expect to make enough money to financially support such an event? Sponsors have to see that their sponsorship at the least breaks even. LIME must have lost their shirt $250,000. The Peoples Republic gave us a US$30 million stadium which probably will only be filled once to capacity it certainly will cost hundreds of thousands to maintain now government announces the second phase which will cost $45 million for the required infrastructure. B y the time they finish that and that is not all the phases, the gift and the expenditure of the public purse we will have expended $75 million! There is no possible way sporting events at the Q E Sports centre can even pay the interest on that amount of money, let alone BEC. When political folly drives decisions rather than common stupid financial sense this is what you get. These old folks have no idea what the young people seek or want. H KNOWLES Nassau, April 23, 2011. ARE WE W AS TING MILLIONS ON OAKES FIELD PLANS?
A 56-YEAR-OLD woman was arrested after police recovered a handgun, ammu-n ition and a quantity of mari juana while executing a search warrant on a home on Brougham Street. According to reports, around 3.30pm on Friday, o fficers of the Southern Divis ion acting on information, e xecuted a search warrant at a home on Brougham Street for illegal firearms and drugs. During the search the officers found a handgun with ammu-n ition and a quantity of what w as suspected to be marijuana. As a result, a 56-year-old woman resident was taken into custody. Benson Pierre a 26-yearo ld man of the same address i s being sought by police in connection with this matter. Pierre is described as being of a dark complexion, 6 feet 2 inches in height. Anyone with information that can lead to h is arrest is asked to contact p olice emergency at 9 19 o r crime stoppers at 328-TIPS Semi-military funeral services were held at 11am Saturday for retired Deputy Superintendent of Police Granville Antonio, at ZionS outh Beach Baptist Church. C ommissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, Deputy Commissioner Marvin Dames and other Royal Bahamas Police Force officers, retired police officers, family and f riends attended the service. F ormer Deputy Superintendent Antonio had served on the Royal Bahamas Police Force for 36 years, from 1964 to 2000. POLICE on Grand Bahama recovered $1.5 mill ion worth of marijuana plants on Grand Bahama last Friday. O fficers of the Grand Bahama Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU covery around 3 am on Friday, April 29, while on routine patrol in Eastern Grand Bahama. Officers r ecovered around 15,000 marijuana plants ranging in height from 2 ft to 4 ft. The drugsh ave an estimated street value of $1.5 million. Police inves-t igations continue. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 5 7KH)DPLO\RI$GDP THE Court of Appeal has quashed the five year prison sent ence of a woman convicted of stealing and imposed a three year sentence instead. Anastacia Moree, 32, of Buttonwood Avenue, had been c onvicted on six counts of stealing by reason of employment. On five of the counts, Moree had been sentenced to three m onths imprisonment and on one of the counts she was sentenced to three years. The sentences were to run consecutively. The appellate court found that the magistrate had gone beyond the sentencing limit in imposing the sentences onM oree, a mother of three. T he appellate imposed a three-year sentence instead and also ordered that Moree receive counselling. COURT OF APPEAL REDUCES WOMANS SENTENCE FOR STEALING TO THREE YEARS Woman arrested after reported gun, ammunition, marijuana discovery POLICENEWS A N investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of a four-month-old male infant. Police say that shortly after noon on Friday EMS p ersonnel were called to a day care facility in Pinewood Gardens. P olice with EMS personnel responded and discov ered the infant in a unre s ponsive state. The infant was taken to hospital where he was pro nounced dead. The circum s tances surrounding this incident remain sketchy as police investigations contin ue. INVES TIGATION INTO DEATH OF INFANT
THE Scout Association of the Bahamas said it wass addened to learn of the death of Mr. Cyril Raymond Baily, a stalwart in the Scout movement. Mr Baily, said the Association, was extremely activei n the local Movement in the early 1960s when he worked as an Accountant with the firm of Price Waterhouse. C yril Bailys life in Scouting began when he joined the Cub-Scouts of the 7th A intree Pack in Liverpool, E ngland and progressed t hrough the ranks, himself b ecoming a young Leader. I n 1962, he was assigned to T he Bahamas by Price Waterhouse and immedia tely continued his work with the Boy Scouts. His life revolved around basically two themes assisting y oung people and service to his community. Through the Scout Movement he was a ble to pursue both of his p assions simultaneously. U pon his arrival in Nass au, he immediately joined the congregation of Ebenezer Methodist Church, where the 1st Bahamas Sea Scouts w ere attached. Mr Baily, as a matter of course, offered his assistance to the leaders o f this group. He subseq uently went on to serve as C ommissioner for CubScouts in The Bahamas andw as instrumental in the g rowth and development of this uniformed youth organization during his time here. With a passion for learning and a zeal for helping others, Mr. Baily knew that it was crucial to the futureg rowth and success of the Movement to have scout leaders trained and qualified so to this end he played av ital role in the recruitment and training of several Bahamians who eventually became executives of theS cout Movement in this country, said the Associa tion. When the initial W ood Badge Training C ourses were held in New Providence and Grand Bahama, Mr. Baily played a pivotal role and a lot of whatw as instilled in the participants back then are still being taught today. This lev e l of training is necessary for the local Movement to acquire and maintain recognized international standards set by the World Bureau of Scouting. In addition to his drive and his enthusiasm, he had a knack for going above and beyond the call of duty andhe was fervent in his belief that he should always give his best. This was evident in every facet of his life but was never more vividly demonstrated than with his work with our nations youth. With this sort of work ethic it was not difficult for him to teach important life lessons to the young men under his charge and supervision. A man of courage, he thought nothing of standing up for what was right, s ometimes in the face of ridicule and opposition. Another area in which h e greatly assisted was with t he development of the N ational Campsite. The S cout Association acquired a tract of land in the vicinity of Adlaide Village but this land had to be cleared and m ade suitable for boys to spend the weekends under canvas. Mr. Baily made this a personal passion and spent c ountless hours making the a rea suitable for camping. Realizing the necessity ofc ompiling and documenting i nformation, he is also credited with publishing the first edition of the booklet The History of Scouting in TheB ahamas. His tenure in the country was brief and after only three years he was reas s igned to the United King dom and, as was his nature, he instantly became involved in Scouting, theA ssociation said. This time, he was active in the town of Kirby which was a new housing development creat e d for persons who had been living in the slum areas of Liverpool. He eventuallyr ose to the position of Dist rict Commissioner in an area with high unemploy ment, crime and despair, yet he was able to motivate theb oys and young men through his efforts and involvement with Scouting,g iving them hope and a rea son for living. His interest and determination were rewarded when he was presented with Scoutings Award of Mer it in recognition of his ser vice to Scouting, and when the district was fully reorganized, he was honoured to receive the district flag for the town of Kirby. And even without a single musical bone in his body, he was able to at least beat a bass drum sufficiently to keep his troops at a marching pace during parades, said the Association. After a stellar career L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 63(&,$/ Scout Association of the Bahamas pays tribute to stalwart Cyril Baily DRIVEANDENTHUSIASM: C yril Raymond Baily I I n n a a d d d d i i t t i i o o n n t t o o h h i i s s d d r r i i v v e e a a n n d d h h i i s s e e n n t t h h u u s s i i a a s s m m , h h e e h h a a d d a a k k n n a a c c k k f f o o r r g g o o i i n n g g a a b b o o v v e e a a n n d d b b e e y y o o n n d d t t h h e e c c a a l l l l o o f f d d u u t t y y a a n n d d h h e e w w a a s s f f e e r r v v e e n n t t i i n n h h i i s s b b e e l l i i e e f f t t h h a a t t h h e e s s h h o o u u l l d d a a l l w w a a y y s s g g i i v v e e h h i i s s b b e e s s t t . T he Scout Association of the Bahamas SEE page 10
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 7 MARKINGACCINATION WEEK IN THE AMERICAS 2011 THE Department of Public Health marked Vaccination Week in the Americas 2011 by offering eight different vaccination shots free to the public at the Mall of Marathon on Saturday. The department will hold a similar event at the Town Centre Mall this Saturday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) THE Caribbean island of Dominica is fast becominga living example of the way t hat China has strengthened i ts influence by moving into c ountries that the United States and other Western nations have neglected. According to a white paper on China's foreign aid i ssued by Chinas State C ouncil on April 21, by the e nd of 2009 China had aided 1 61 countries and more than 3 0 international and regiona l organizations, including 123 developing countries. Of them, 30 are in Asia, 51in Africa, 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 12 in Oceania and 12 in Eastern Europe. Asia and Africa, h ome to the largest poor population, have got about 80 per cent of China's fore ign aid. While the US has been preoccupied with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the so-called war on terror, paying little attention to its immediate neighbourh ood, the Chinese have established a presence t hroughout the Caribbean that, in large part, is regarded as beneficial to the people. Relations In Dominicas case, in 2 004 the government there b roke long-held diplomatic relations with Taiwan to recognize the Peoples Republic of China and sign-on to a policy of one China the c ode for agreeing with the Chinese government that there is only "One China" and Taiwan is an inalienable part of it. On the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Chinese promised to undert ake infrastructural development projects totalling o ver US$100 million all of it grants. Four projects were specifically identified: a sports stadium; a new gramm ar school; the rehabilitation of the major road connecting the capital, Roseau, t o the second major town, P ortsmouth; and the rehab ilitation of the islands m ajor medical facility, the P rincess Margaret Hospital. T he Chinese have, so far, fulfilled their undertakings on three of these projects. The stadium is built and in u se, two phases of the school a re complete, and work has s tarted on the RoseauP ortsmouth road, including the construction of miles of wall along the sea to helpc ontain coastal erosion. Only the hospital project is pending and no one doubts that the Chinese will fulfil t hat commitment. It should be pointed out that European Union (EU is also helping with the rehabilitation and widening of the road from Dominicas Melville Hall Airport to Roseau. A significant difference i n the EU and Chinese road p rojects is that the EU is e mploying Dominican workers while the Chinese use Chinese labour exclusively. While it might have been felt that the local population might have favoured the EU project, employing local l abour, over the Chinese p roject that employs only C hinese, this is seemingly not the case. Albeit a small number of people, asked about the Chinese not employing local labour, responded by saying that they were more intere sted in the projects, particu larly the road, sea wall and h ospital than they were in t he jobs. They added that t hey were getting the proj ects for free. Assistance O f course the latter observ ation is not entirely true. In return for their economic a ssistance, the Chinese gove rnment secures a one-Chin a policy from the Dominican government in international organisations. Thiss upport is replicated from all the other small, Caribbean countries to which China provides similar help. The isolation of Taiwan and its non-recogni tion as a state continues tob e an important element of C hinas foreign policy. But, it may well be that, in the not too distant future, theC hinese government will insist on support for other and new aspects of both its domestic and foreign pol-i cy. I n fairness, it should be noted that in a White Paper on Foreign Aid, the Chineseg overnment has listed as one of its Eight Principles for economic aid and technical assistance to other countriest hat the Chinese government always bases itself on the principle of equality and mutual benefit in providinga id to other countries. It never regards such aid as a kind of unilateral alms but as something mutual. Chi n a has been declaring that position since 1964. Another consequence of r elations with China is a gradual influx of Chinese into the local population. It is striking that far more retail shops in Roseau are now operated by Chinese than used to be the case. However, while this competition may trouble local retailers, people in the street point to less expensive products sold by the Chinese that they find affordable. And, in any event, while the number of Chinese retailers and food outlets is growing, the overall Chi nese population is not yet large enough to create an outcry. If China is welcome in Dominica and other small Caribbean countries, it is b ecause China has filled a v oid left by the United S tates and other Western n ations. Over the last decade, US assistance to the Caribbean region has dwindled except in the area of interest to the US security including drug trafficking. Little attention has been p aid to the interests of the r egion for infrastructural d evelopment, improving education and health facilities, and laying the foundations for investment that could produce employment and technical know-how. Canada provided U S$1.82 million from 2008 t o 2009 for projects, but its d evelopment agency, CIDA, n otes that there are no long t erm bilateral projects p lanned in this country. The EU collectively stands out, among Western countries, as maintaining assistance to Dominica.T hat assistance goes beyond r esurfacing the airport road t o include a range of infrastructural projects, includ-i ng improvement of the M elville Hall Airport. EU money also provides budgetary support to the Dominica government. But, while EU support has undoubtedly contributed to Dominicas welfare, the i slands loss of its preferential banana market in the EU significantly hurt its economy and put hundreds of small farmers out of busi n ess. The difference between the EU and China, is that the EU does not tie its aid tos upport for EU foreign pol icy an advantage, perhaps, in dealing with a collectiveo f 27 nations whose policies a re not directed by the inter ests of any one nation. For all this, Dominicas physical infrastructure r oads and bridges has made great strides, and it is helping the countrys econ-o my. Poverty fell from 39 per cent in 2003 to 28.8 per cent in 2009, and absolute pover-t y declined from 10 per cent i n 2003 to 3.1 per cent in 2009. However, the Interna tional Monetary Fund has observed that more than 30 per cent of the labour force has emigrated, and per capita GDP of about US$4,931 is low. Nonetheless, Dominica is an unspoiled and naturally beautiful country with all the potential of becoming the worlds leading Eco-tourism destination. It is to that potential that this column will turn next week. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com PAGE 8, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .HHSWKH SHUIHFWVWHSV DQGDV\RX ZDON\RXZLOOHYHQWXDOO\VHHWKH OLJKWRIVXFFHVV a 4WffkFSk^ad a Chinas presence in Dominica WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS
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PAGE 10, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE in the Scout Movement, Cyril Baily became involved in Local Government, serving as Parish Councilor in several districts both in and around Liverpool in the north, as well as the communities near Surrey in the southern part of England, where he had relocated with his family. He brought the same passion and determination to that career as he did with his primary profession and youth work. He was involved in several projects and committees, including work with the local hospital; school boards; finance committees; policing; recreational programmes; local businesses and several aspects of community relationships. He was presented with the national award for outstanding service by a non-executive in the area of Public Finance. Many persons in The Bahamas, from the Methodist Church, the Scout Association and the field of Accounting will hold very fond memories of Mr. Cyril Raymond Baily, including Past Chief Scout Commissioner and Mrs. William Pemberton; the late Commissioner Mr. Maceo Coakley and his widow, Mizpah and the family of Mr. Basil Sands who was assisted by Mr. Baily in preparation for his studies in Accounting and whose children had the opportunity to reinforce this relationship when they attended school in England with Mr. Bailys daughters. Having particularly fond memories is his former col league, associate, Brother Scout and family friend, Mr. T. Maitland Cates. In commenting on their relationship, Mr. Cates described Mr. Baily as a great man, an exceptional father to his four daughters, a good friend and an excellent Scout. He will be missed. The Baily family still holds fond memories of their time in The Bahamas and expressed their gratitude for the many messages of condolences that they have received from friends in the islands. Mr. Cyril Raymond Baily, 73, died on February 16, 2011 after a relatively short illness. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, four daughters and five grandchildren. The World wide Brotherhood of Scouts has a saying that when one of their own dies, that individual has been called to a higher service. The Scout Association of The Bahamas extended its most profound sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of the late Cyril Raymond Baily. FROM page six Scout Association of the Bahamas pays tribute to stalwart Cyril Baily By CONSTABLE 3011 M AKELLE PINDER T HEREis no right or wrong way to protect you and your family during a home invasion. However when your home security is broken, the objective is to escape alive. Hence, the best defence against a home invasion isp revention, including family education and planning. One family meeting to discuss general rules and procedures may save a life in years to come. Therefore the police sugg est that the following prec autions are taken into consideration and utilised: P arents should teach c hildren how to answer or n ot answer the phone or a knock on the door in the scenarios of parents beingh ome or away. Dont forget to teach kids the basics, such as always locking the doors and windows before leaving home and anyone could be at the door. T he weakest home secur ity link is failing to lock d oors or windows and o pening the door without q uestion at the sound of a k nock or ring of the door bell. Teach your children how to dial 9-1-1 at a young age while explaining the appropriate situation to dial. T he options of response: Escaping immediately, saving yourself: This option decreases the amount oft ime the burglars have to c omplete their job while having their privacy leaked. Some refuse tol ook like a coward by leav ing their family in danger, however, radical actions may pay off later if you area ble to immediately get help. Fighting and scream i ng: Screaming and yelling works well if there are neighbors close by or in ap ublic area. There is no p urpose in fighting if you are physically incapable. If fighting, make a strong, forceful hit to the nose, eyes, throat or groin area. This will give a small window of time to escape and call for help. Compliance with burg lars:This allows more t ime to think of an effect ive plan of action while c reating an escape opportunity once the burglars let their guard down. Pulling a weapon on an armed intruder: This option should be your last r esort, most times house hold weapons are not loaded for child safety, so in the rare occasion youh ave access to a loaded f irearm, be aware the bur glar is just as desperate and often will not hold back. Remember that no matter what option you choose, make sure you stayc alm and put thought into your actions because it will affect everyone surround ing you. S hould you need more information and before your home security is bro k en and invaded, please p ay close attention to the information provided. Or if you have informa tion pertaining to anyc rime, please do not hesitate to contact the police at or Crime Stoppersa t 328-tips (New Provi dence), 1-300-8476 (Family Island). Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office HOME INVASION SURVIVAL TIPS
T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 11 By MIKE LIGHTBOURN I MAGINE choosing y our next home, and then offering to buy it with no c onditions, eg you are p reapproved for a mortg age and dont have to make that a condition. Think you would get thes ellers attention? Would having a no strings attached offer strengthen your value as a purchaser? Whether or not you have the financial strength to pay cash, you c an still gain the same a dvantage with very little e ffort. T o sellers, receiving cash simply means gett ing all of their equity from the house, without having to wait an inordinate amount of time. The source of the final settlement cheque is of no consequence to them. It doesn t matter to the Vendor if the bulk of it comes from a mortgage lender. T he real benefit of a no strings attached offer is t hat vendors need not wor ry that the purchasers will not qualify for a loan. So t he purchasers should be preapproved for their mortgage before even approaching the sellers.T hey inspect the home, m ake a firm offer, and make sure they have a mortgage approval letter from the lender. Voila! An essentially firm cash offer has been put forth! The first step in any h ome purchase today should be a visit to a mortgage company. By providing the required financiali nformation up-front, before even looking for a home, purchasers can gain the advantage of offeringc ash with no financial conditions (and knowing exactly how much home t hey can afford). Tip of the week: Plan ning to buy a home? Want the vendors to take you seriously? Obtain your mortgage approval first for what should be a very satisfying home purchase experience! (Mike Lightbourn is presi dent of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) JUST LIKE CASH MIAMI Associated Press MIAMI residents plan to protest tough immigration bills being debated in the Leg islature. A House bill allows local police to check a person's immigration status if they suspect they are in the country illegally and requires they check the status of anyone under investigation for a crime. Courts have blocked similar provisions in Arizona's new immigration law. The Senate version allows employers to use driver licenses to check work eligibility. More than 1,000 Floridians visited Tallahassee last week to oppose the bills. Maria Rodriguez from the Florida Immigrant Coalition said Sen-ate President Mike Haridopolos' decision to move for ward with the bill "is a slap in the face to Latinos." She and other activists will lead a caravan through Miami on Sunday. MIAMI RESIDENT S T O PR O TES T IMMIGRATION BILL R EALESTATE
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WIDESPREAD fires stretched fire services in the capital as firemen tackled five separate blazes yesterday. P lumes of smoke billowed from two dump sites, as emissions from the burning waste perm eated the surrounding areas. Up to press time, officials said that the fire at the Department of Environmental Healths landfill off Tonique Williams-Darling Highway, and a car dump at Marshall Road, had been contained although smouldering embers remained. We attended a total of five fires for the day. We had a building fire in the South Beach area, a fire at the Marshall Road car dump and also the c ity dump, said Sgt Jeffrey Willie of Fire Services, There were also bush fires, Sgt Willie added, so were a bit stretched, but so far were getting things done and everything is under control. Firefighters also worked to extinguish a structural fire at a two-storey residence off East Street, which was reported shortly after 4pm yesterday. Near the Marshall Road fire, which burned simultaneously, more than a dozen bystanders were choked by smoke as winds whipped up the thick black fumes. Yesterday morning, residents as far as Cable Beach were reported to be affected by the foulsmelling odour emanating from the governmentowned landfill. It (city dump 8:30am, so it isnt a raging fire. Its giving off smoke because of the tyres that were burning, but its in a contained state. Its not an ideal place to do work but there is no danger to the surrounding area, said Sgt W illie. During the summer months, officials explained that increased temperatures can act as a catalyst for gas emissions and chemical breakdown occurring at the dump site. The volatile mix was said to be susceptible to spontaneous combustion; however the cause of yesterdays blaze remains unclear at this time. Flames were sighted sometime around 4am, a ccording to Sgt Willie. As embers linger, he estimated resultant smoke could take days to dissipate. Residents in the neighbouring government subdivision of Jubilee Gardens called for the landfills closure last year, after fumes from a major fire persisted for over a month. At that time, the residents described the site as a constant health and safety hazard as well as a fire risk. According to the Ministry of Environment, the islands only sanitary landfill will reach maximum capacity within five years, if the present "inadequate" garbage management practices persist. A government technical committee is cur rently reviewing five bids as part of plans to pri vatise solid waste management, and find ways to limit the amount of waste stored at the Tonique Williams-Darling highway landfill. Three bids concern management of the land fill and garbage collection services, and two bids are for the implementation of a waste-to-ener gy facility from which to feed. Five separate fires stretch services P LUMES OF SMOKE s urround the city dump yesterday as fire services work at the scene. Firefighters tackled five blazes on Sunday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 13 G UNS are smuggled into the country using imported dama ged vehicles, according to Tribune sources. A lthough the authorities have been made aware of the probl em, Tribune sources claim, customs and police officers are not trained to properly search motor vehicles for illegal w eapons. The senior command at the Royal Bahamas Police Force were unavailable for comment. National Security MinisterT ommy Turnquest could not be contacted. T he gun trade may have connections to the South Florida stolen vehicle ring, alleged the source. He said the wrecked motor vehicles are imported for spare p arts at body repair shops and are also repaired for sale as sec ond hand cars. He alleged that used cars and trucks are also used. T he source claimed the parts are stored in unlikely places inside the vehicles. He said it was necessary for the authorities to provide thorough searches to be able to locate the guns. All air cleaners inlets, inside finished side panels, under r ear back seats, under floor rugs, spare tyres holding, on engine and transmission. Customs officers are not trained to see if base pans and valve cover pans have been removed. They need to be checked, along with every spare part and boxes, he said. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com U NION chiefs at the newly-privatised B TC discussed ideas for the voluntary separation package with company executives during a Friday meeting, said William Carroll, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCP-M U). W hile he would not disclose details of the proposed package, Mr Carroll said there was an exchange of ideas over the proposal that could lead to a 30 per cent reduction in staff at BTC. We gave them some ideas of what we w ant in the packages. They gave us some ideas of what they wanted. I believe they w ere just testing the water, trying us. There were some things that were not totally what we thought about, but I think there aret hings to establish common ground, said M r Carroll. There is no number on the table for worker separations, but they are still hoping f or a 30 per cent reduction, he said. BTC currently employs 1,173 workers throughout the country. T he BCPMU also made headway with negotiations over a new industrial agreement. The BCPMU submitted a proposal on F riday, confirmed Mr Carroll. The last management union agreement expired at the end of September; however, provisions in the agreement allow it to roll forward until a new one is signed. M r Carroll said the unions proposal cont ained new articles intended to cover workers in a privatised environment. Otherwise, he said, it was the same standard contract, with a few improvements and some things dropping off. He said the union would now wait for the company to return with a counter pro-p osal. The BCPMU is having separate negotiations from the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Bernard Evans, BCPOU president, was u navailable for comment. U nion leaders and management plan to continue negotiations over the next days a nd weeks to finalise the voluntary separation package and the two industrial agreements. Mr Carroll said no timeline has been established for the conclusion of the p rocess. A new meeting was not set on Friday, h owever, Mr Carroll anticipated one would b e called by the end of the week. GUNS SMUGGLED INTO BAHAMAS IN IMPOR TED DAMAGED VEHICLES UNION CHIEFS:BTC SEEKS 30% VOLUNTARY STAFF REDUCTION Share your news The T r ibune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their neighbour h oods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A 25-YEAR-OLD man became the countrys latest homicide victim when he was gunned down in a foiled robbery attempt outside an apartment complex in Nassau Village late Saturday night. Police are expected to release the identity of the murder victim today. This latest homicide the second in the Nassau Village community this year occurred shortly before midnight on Saturday, according to police. Reports are that two men were standing outside an apartment when they were approached by four armed gunmen who demanded cash. The victim reportedly resisted and was subsequently shot and killed. The second man was unharmed. Anyone with information that might assist investigations is asked to contact the police at 919 322-3333 CDU 502-9991 or 5029910 or Crime stoppers at 328-TIPS Police have urged persons who might be confronted by armed men or robbers, to comply with the request, try to remain calm and get as much of a description of the culprit as possible. Police say that they have solved 25 of the 43 murders this year. This latest incident is the 43rd homicide for the year and follows the shooting death of Ricardo Edgecombe, 30, of Johnson Road. His body was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds on Grant Street, off Step Street, at around 3am on Thursday. This latest homicide is also the second to occur in Nassau Village this year. In April, 30-year-old Dimitri Cherrio Pratt was shot in the chest at an apartment at Sumner Street, Nassau Village. He was still alive when police arrived at the scene, but later died in hospital. Foster Knowles, 21, of Malcolm Allotment, has been charged in Pratts murder. MAN SHOT DEAD IN A TTEMPTED R OBBERY g ence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home. A l-Qaida was also blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled. ACCORDING to CNN late last night Osama bin Laden, who was on the United States most wanted list, was killed in a mansion, in Abbottabad, north of Pakistans capital city, Islamabad. I t was said that the operation was a h uman, not a drone operation. According to President Obama, it was carried out with extraordinary courage by a small team of Americans. It was said to be a highly sensitive intelligence o peration that led to his death. According to reports, there was a joint helicopter raid by a small team of US N avy seals which lasted about 40 minutes a t a mansion in Abbottabad. T he President said that they took care to avoid human casualties. After a firefight, said the President, they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body... Justice has been done. Despite a $25 million bounty on his head Bin Laden evaded US forces for almost 10 years. President Obama said that he had been briefed last August that they had a possible lead on Bin Ladens hideout. Last week the president authorised an operation to get Bin Laden. During his campaign for the presidency, President Obama repeatedly vowed: We w ill kill Osama bin Laden. Shortly after 1 1 oclock last night President Obama in a short televised address announced that they had just done that mission accomplished. According to reports Bin Laden was killed just outside Pakistans tribal belt. A bbottabad, the site of his capture, is about a two hour drive north of Islamabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. According t o reports from the UK the area is home to t he Pakistan militarys main training instit ution, the Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul. B in Laden, 54, was a member of a w ealthy Saudi family and has been on the FBI's Most Wanted Fugitives List since 1999. Bin Laden broke with Saudi leaders over their beliefs regarding Israel. He was eventually denounced by his family and gave up Saudi citizenship. FROM page one BIN LADENISDEAD USNavy seals kill bin Laden IN THIS 1998 FILE PHOTO Osama bin Laden speaks to the journalists in Khost, Afghanistan and made a vailable Friday March 19, 2004. (AP
MANILA, Philippines Associated Press CATHOLICSworldwide celebrated the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II on Sunday, with the faithful jamming churches to pray, cherishing his mementoes and witnessing on TV screens the Vatican ceremony that brought him one step closer to possible sainthood. From Mexico to Australia, bells pealed in churches and cathedrals and people erupted in applause and tears to celebrate after Pope Benedict XVI bestowed one of the Catholic Church's greatest honours to Polish-born Karol Wojtyla, who visited 129 countries in his 27year papacy to become the most-traveled pope ever. In the Philippines, where many adore the John Paul II with rock-star intensity, people flocked to see mementoes: a piece of his cassock believed to have healing powers and a setof plate, spoon and fork still unwashed after he used them16 years ago during a visit to the country. The popular pontiff has a wide following in the Philippines, Asia's largest predominantly Roman Catholic nation where authorities foiled a terrorist plot to assassinate him during a visit in 1995. Nearly 10,000 babies were named after him after his visits as a pope, according to a news report. Although John Paul's beatification has been criticised elsewhere by some as happening too fast and under a cloud over the clerical sex abuse scandal, it's being celebrated by many Filipinos as rare good news at a time of depressing man-made and natural disasters in their impoverished homeland and beyond. "Why not?" asked John Paul Bustillo, a 16-year-old medical student named by his mother after the pontiff and turned out Sunday along with more than 3,000 for a six-mile (10-kilometre) race followed by a Mass near Manila Bay. "He was a model and an inspiration who united the world with his extraordinary charisma." A popular church in Manila's downtown Quiapo district is displaying a small piece of a cassock worn by the late pope and given by a Vatican official to a Filipino priest. Thousands have lined up to touch or kiss t he scant piece. Another such piece of clothing, also from the Vatican, has reportedly cured several patients at a state-run Manila hospital, said Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio, who heads the Quiapo church. A Chinese restaurant in the capital's suburban Quezon City has displayed a set of plates, spoon, fork, water goblet and knives still unwashed after the pope used them in a 1995 dinner of grilled fish and fried shrimp that the restaurant's staff catered. "He was the most important VIP I have ever served in my life," Leo Matias told The Associated Press, adding that the pope allowed him and seven other waiters to kiss his ring. In John Paul's native Poland, tens of thousands of people gathered in rain in a major sanctuary in Krakow and in Wadowice, where the pontiff was born in 1920. Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his wife Malgorzata watched the ceremony together with Wadowice residents. Hundreds of Australians gathered at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney to celebrate the beatification, with special prayer services being held inside and a carnival atmosphere outside in the grounds. Live coverage of the ceremonies in Rome was being b roadcast on a giant screen in the cathedral's forecourt, with food stalls selling treats and music groups performing. Cardinal George Pell said he had no doubt that John Paul II would be canonised official-l y declared a saint but noted it was a long process. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 15 Catholics around the world celebrate Pope John Paul II F AITHFUL CROWD S t. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday. Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John P aul II before more than a million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets Sunday, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood. (AP
P ARIS A ssociated Press INVESTIGATORShave located and recovered the missing memory unit of the flight data recorder of a 2009 Air France flight ar emarkable deep-sea discovery they hope will explain why the aircraftw ent down in a remote area of the mid-Atlantic, killing all 228 people on board. France's air accident investigation agency BEA said a search by a submarine probing 3,900 meters (12,800 feet ocean's surface located and recovered the unit Sunday morning. The unit is now aboard the Ile de Sein, a s hip that's helping conduct the probe, the statement said. T he statement also i ncluded photos of the recorder a red cylinder p artially buried in sand on t he sea floor. Judging from t he photos, the unit appeared to be in good con-d ition. S till, BEA officials have warned that the recordings may yet prove unusable, considering the pressure they were subjected to for nearly two years. "We can't say in advance t hat we're going to be able t o read it until it's been o pened," a BEA spokesw oman told The Associated P ress in a telephone interv iew. She did not give her name in accordance with her agency's policy. Search Last month, the agency s aid the undersea search had identified the "chassis" t hat had held the recorder, but the memory unit was still missing. Detached from t he chassis, the memory unit w as found nearby, the spokeswoman said. The flight data recorder s tores technical data from t he flight. Another so-called "black box" records cock pit conversations. The second black box has not yet been found, but the subma rine probes were continuing, the spokeswoman said. I nvestigators hope Sun day's remarkable discovery will allow them to deter mine what caused the June 1 2009 crash of Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to the French capital, Paris. The aircraft slammed intot he Atlantic northeast of Brazil after running into an intense high-altitude thunderstorm. Automatic messages sent by the Airbus 330's computers showed it was receiving false air speed readings from sensors known as pitot tubes. Investigators have said the crash was likely caused by a series of problems, and not just sensor e rror. The crash site was so remote and in such a deep a rea of the Atlantic that two p revious undersea operations failed to turn up the b ulk of the wreckage. The l atest search the fourth was targeting an area of about 3,900 square miles( 10,000 square kilometers), s everal hundred miles off Brazil's northeastern coast. Searchers were using up to three autonomous underwater search vehicles, each of which can stay underwa ter for up to 20 hours whileu sing sonar to scan a mount ainous area known as the M id-Ocean Ridge. R esearchers download the d ata, and a vehicle with a h igh resolution camera is sent to check out an area if scientists see evidence of debris. In early April, French officials said the operation had succeeded in finding m ost of the Airbus jet, including its motors. Bod ies of some of the victimsw ere also discovered. D etermining the cause of the crash took on new importance in March, whena French judge filed prelim i nary manslaughter charges against Air France and planemaker Airbus. A ir France and Airbus are financing the estimated $12.5 million cost of the lat est search effort, but the F rench government is to f und the retrieval effort. About $28 million has already been spent on thet hree previous searches for the jet's wreckage. Experts have said that without retrieving the voicea nd data recorders there would be almost no chance of determining what caused the crash the worst disaster in Air France's history. 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SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.29 $5.62 $5.73 B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com A MAJOR Nassau car dealer is b raced for a huge negative impact on its business levels resulting from the total elimination of its Honda i nventory due to manufacturing cutb acks by the car maker in earthq uake-stricken Japan. Nassau Motor Company was a dvised that as of April 15, Honda M otor Companys manufacturing output would be down by 50 per cent for an estimated 90 days. Rick Lowe, director/operations manager for the Nassau Motor Company, said sales could be off by 50 per cent if the worse case sce-n ario comes to fruition. Sales Unless something changes well p robably run out of cars, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business yesterday, referring to the Honda vehicles which make up roughly 50 per cento f its new car sales, alongside its C hevrolet models, which account for the other half. The quantities of all cars that we c an order have been reduced. We dont have much inventory at the moment either. We could run out within a month or two. Its not ag ood position to be in. Honda Motor Co., along with other major Japanese manufacturers, has struggled to get back on its feetf ollowing the devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, destroy i ng many factories which supply parts. The twin disasters forced Honda t o shut down its entire production in Japan from March 14 to April 10, resulting in a production loss of 58,500 cars. Its production in otherc ountries has also been impacted d ue to auto parts shortages. On Thursday the company announced that its quarterly prof-i ts were down 38.3 per cent because of a slump in production. Mr Lowe said that he has never b een faced with such a scenario in his entire career at the NMC. Not in my life time. You run out o f a model once in a while but pos sibility of running out of most things is unheard of. Effects He added that the company is already seeing the effects of the production cutback, in terms of the inventory it is able to access. H onda has also delayed the intro duction of its 2012 Civic model from July/August to September/October. H owever, Mr Lowe noted that things are fluid and the company is hopeful this delay and the overall impact may not be as bad as it lookss et to be at the moment if Honda is a ble to improve its production levels more quickly. Asked whether the business loss Auto dealer fears huge business loss By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org C HARGING that the l awfulness of the Department of Customs demands on Freeport businesses must be determined or a Mexican standoff will develop betweenG rand Bahama Port Authority licensees and Customs, Kellys (Freeport Court of Appeal to order the Supreme Court to cond uct a judicial review of t he matter. Chris Lowe, Director of Kellys (Freeporti n an affidavit filed in supp ort of the call that Kellys (Freeport employees will be at risko f being gravely negatively affected if Customs continues their demands f or the bonded goods sales reports which Kellys and other businesses say the Department has no legal b asis to request. Mr Lowe further stated that the matter is not only o ne affecting Kellys, but of general public impor tance to thousands of l icensees of the Grand Bahama Port Authority in Freeport. It goes to the crux of the HawksbillC reek Agreement, he added. Issue If the matter is not determined (the legality oro therwise of Customs demands, which Kellys state are ultra vires or in contravention of the H awksbill Creek Agreement) it will continue to be a vexing and unresolved issue as between Licensees and Customs. There will in effect be a Mexican Standoff as between Customs and all Licensees, said the businessman. In this latest development in its ongoing legal battle against the Department of Customs, Kellys has appealed to the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgment pronounced by Hartman Longley in the Freeport Supreme Court on April 19th which dismissed the major retailers application for leave to have a judicial review of the legality of the Department of Customs FREEPORT TANDOFF IF COURT DOES NOT REVIEW CUSTOMS CASE Kellys appeals to Court of Appeal after Supreme Court judge denies Judicial Review SEE page 5B Nassau Motor Company could run out of cars due to manufacturing cutbacks By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com COMMONWEALTH Brewery Limited achieved its goal of ensuring a diverse shareholding involving a high proportion of local Bahamian residents, its managing director said yesterday, as the company revealed its Initial Public Officering attracted subscriptions for more than $50 million in shares. The final applications for shares in the company which produces Heineken, Guinness, Kalik and Vitamalt in The Bahamas, are now being finalised and preliminary fig ures show institutional investors account for approx imately 40 per cent of the $50m raised, with the remaining 60 per cent coming from individual investors. This differed from earlier IPOs, according to Michael Anderson, President of Royal Fidelity, where institution al investors typically account ed for 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the offering, confirm ing that individual shareholders were active buyers. SIXT Y PER CENT OF COMMONWEALTH BREWERY IPO SUBSCRIPTIONS FR OM INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS IPO raises $50m in subscriptions SEE page 5B SEE page 6B NASSAU MOTOR COMPANY: The firm was a dvised that Honda Motor Companys manu facturing output would be down by 50 per cent for an estimated 90 days. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
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SAN FRANCISCO Associated Press WEEKafter week, t hieves break into corporate computer systems to steal customer lists, emaila ddresses and credit card n umbers. Large data breach es get overshadowed by even larger ones. Yet people are turning o ver personal information to online retailers, social networks and other services ing rowing numbers. The point at which people lose trust in the websites they deal with appears further away thane ver before, if it exists at all, a s shopping, socializing and gaming online becomesdeeply embedded in mod e rn life. People have come to accept that sharing information is the price of a mean i ngful, connected life online even if they don't like it. We are clearly schizop hrenic about this technology," said Jim Dempsey, an expert on Internet privacy at the Center for Democra c y & Technology. Data "We love it, we use it, we expect it to work, and we'vew oven it into our daily lives, professionally, socially and personally. But we reallyd on't trust it, and we do get upset when our data is lost or stolen." Companies collecting the p ersonal details have little i ncentive to offer the best privacy protections. So far, people haven't demandedt hat companies do better by walking away from their g adgets, online retailers or social networks. I know I take the risk," s aid Lance Locurto, 44. "It's more convenient." The South Florida banker said he buys almost every t hing online, despite the fact that hackers got into both his iTunes and Amazona ccounts in the past few months. Jim Pachetti, 47, a laid-off carpenter looking at ani Phone at an Apple store o utside Buffalo, N.Y., said he's resigned to the fact that breaches happen. "I've accepted the fact that all my information is out there and someone has it, and that's just the way iti s," he said. James McCart ney, an identity theft expert, said his smartphone has become an integral part ofh is life and business, despite t he security concerns. "The velocity of business p recludes me from going w ithout it," he said. "It's the rules of the game. It's not something I can change." I t may take government regulation to force companies to do better. THE Royal Bank of Canada (RBC a ppointment of a locallybased executive to a top post within RBCs global Human Resources team in Canada. Ross McDonald, senior vice president, Caribbean B anking for RBC, said Teri Dennis-Davies, RBCs regional manager of Human R esources for The Bahamas a nd Caribbean Region, is uniquely qualified for her n ew role as senior manager o f Executive Talent Mana gement within RBCs global Human Resources team in Toronto. I n this new role, she will work closely with RBCs leadership team in managing the talent management a nd succession planning processes for the firms exec utive and high potential tal-e nt pools around the globe. Her new appointment is effective May 9, 2011. Mrs Dennis-Davies is uniquely qualified for this role given her extensive experience providing leade rship development to senior members of the RBC organization. Her knowledge and u nderstanding of leading practices in executive talent management and her proprietary knowledge of RBCs processes, operations and methodologies make h er an ideal candidate for this role, said Mr McDonald. M rs Dennis-Davies has c lose to two decades of e xperience in human r esources management, havi ng previously held senior h uman resources positions with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in the U.S. and Mer-r ill Communications, LLC, for the Eastern U.S. and Europe. In 2000, Mrs DennisD avies relocated to The Bahamas and held several senior management posit ions in compliance and human resources before joining RBC in 2006. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 3B ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH RBC celebrates appointment of Nassau executive to global team Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. T ERI DENNIS-DAVIES RBCs regional manager of Human Resources for T he Bahamas and Caribbean Region MORE TURNING OVER PERSON AL INFORMATION TO ONLINE RETAILERS
NEW YORK Associated Press COMPANIEShave found a new way to surp rise analysts: They're selling more stuff. Three out of four companies in the S&P index that have reported earnings this quarter have beat s ales predictions by Wall S treet analysts. And some c ompanies aren't just merely squeaking in ahead of expectations. Fifteen percent of companies that b eat estimates did so by a t least 10 percent, a ccording to Standard & P oor's. M ore companies are b eating sales predictions t han at any other point s ince the recession ended in June 2009. This surprise comes on top of eight straight quarters of beati ng analysts' profit forec asts. A nalysts often underest imate profits when comp anies cut costs in ways t hat aren't easy to gauge from the outside. But those same experts rarely make mistakes with revenue projections. That's because many analysts have developed highlyr eliable, fine-tuned systems to estimate sales, ranging from countingc ars in a parking lot to complex mathematical m odels. Why were so many experts wrong? A nalysts were far too worried that high gas p rices, uprisings in the Middle East and Libya and fallout from the earthquake in Japan would result in lower businessa nd consumer spending. Instead, consumers are s pending more on everything from airfare to oranges. P ositive sales surprises indicate that consumers and businesses are absorbing things like higher fooda nd gas prices and still s pending on non-necessi ties. So far this quarter, t wo out of every three c ompanies that chase con s umers' discretionary s pending on things like d resses, motorcycles and even trips to Las Vegas brought in more revenue than investors expected. A ll told, higher sales c ould signal a healthier e conomic recovery than i nvestors believed. It appears that all of t he caution was unfounded," said Jonathan Golub, the chief U.S. strategist at UBS. The revenue surprises are one reason why the S&P index has risen 2.8 p ercent to 1,363.61 so far in the second quarter and 8.4 percent for the year tod ate. The S&P index has risen by an average of 9.6 p ercent per year over the last 25 years, according to FactSet. A gain of 8 perc ent in just four months means that the S&P could t op last year's 12.8 percent gain if it continues to rise. Many of the revenue surprises came among industrial, materials, andt echnology companies that produce everything from b ulldozers to cellphones. These three groups typically do well in an econ omic expansion as businesses ramp up production another sign of a healthier recovery. Eigh t een of the 21 industrial c ompanies in the S&P 500 that have released earn i ngs beat sales estimates b y nearly 5 percent, according to UBS. Some companies, like Apple Inc., would haveb ested sales estimates by even more if it weren't for production delays. Thec ompany brought in $1.3 billion more in sales than the $23.4 billion analysts were expecting afterr ecord sales of its new line o f iPads. "We sold every iPad 2 that we could make," Peter Oppen heimer, the company's chief financial officer, said during the company's earnings call. O ther companies said that higher revenues are leading them to expand. On Tuesday, Amazon.comI nc. said that it generated $300 million more in sales than the $9.5 billion anal ysts predicted. The comp any missed profit expec tations because it is spend ing money on warehouses and upgrading its technology. "''We're just seeing tremendous growth, and because of that we're having to invest in a lot of capacity," said Thomas Szkutak, Amazon's chief financial officer told ana lysts. Whether or not those gains will last remains to be seen. So far, new payroll tax breaks could be masking the pain at gas and food checkouts for consumers. The one-year2 percentage-points break means an average of $695 more in take-home pay for some 159 million workers. But more price increases are coming. Household products giant Procter & Gamble said Thursday that it plans to raise prices this summer on items like Head & Shoulders shampoo, Iams pet food and Cascade dishwashing detergent. McDonald's Corp., too, is raising prices because of higher food costs. These increases follow others that came in the second half of 2010, the first post-recession rise in prices. Companies hope that consumers remain confi dent enough in the econo my to absorb these increases and still spend on non-necessities. If they don't, that could make these sales surprises which have led to profit margins near some of the highest levels in two decades are a shortterm phenomenon. B USINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 1$7+$1,(/'($1t&2%DUULVWHUVROLFLWRUV DQG 1RWDU\XEOLF (IIHFWLYHRQGD\ 0RQGD\WR)ULGD\ (DVWDQG%D\WUHHWV 7 t Sales growth the big surprise on Wall Street C USTOMERS t ry on the Apple Inc.'s iPad 2 tablet computers at a shop in Hong Kong Friday, April 29, 2011. The iPad 2 went on sale in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singaporea nd eight more countries on Friday. (AP
p rojected would result in a ny impact on staff, Mr Lowe said that staffs com mission-based salaries c ould, at a minimum, be impacted, and further cut backs will have to be dis cussed. Its only just occurred s o we are discussing the possibility (of how it will impact staff) internally now. Its something we would have to discuss with our Board, he said. The bad news comes just a s sales had been starting to pick up at the auto deal er, from a slowdown resulting from the reces-s ion, tightening of access to credit by banks, and for some, the raising of import duties on vehicles in the last budget exercise. Things had started to move in right direction, the banks were lending more. Its just another hurdle weve got to get over, said the businessman. Meanwhile, other auto makers have also been set back as a result of damage caused by the earthquake. Toyota Motor Corp., whose vehicles are supplied in The Bahamas by Executive Motors, and Nissan, which is sold new in Nassau through Sanpin M otors, have struggled to source auto parts and as such have suffered production declines. T oyota said this week t hat it is still having prob lems obtaining about 150 different types of crucialp arts because of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. It is now manufacturing c ars at just a little over 40 per cent of its pre-quake levels worldwide and at about 30 per cent in North America. The worlds biggest car marker said it does note xpect to resume preq uake manufacturing levels until November or December. Supplies It was not clear on Friday exactly what impact this is projected to have on supplies of the popular car brand in The Bahamas. Attempts to reach Executive Motors President Fred Albury yesterday were unsuccessful, as calls went unreturned up to press time. Sanpin Motors President, Tim Moses, said that imports of the Nissan vehicles for which his company is the primary distributor in The Bahamas are at the m oment not being impact ed as far as he is aware. Product At this point we have not been notified of any cutbacks but the majority of our Nissan productd oesnt come from Japan so it is not as affected as severely, he said. W hether it is sales of H onda alone, or Toyota, N issan and other Japanese brands coming into The Bahamas which are struck by production issues therew ill also be an impact on g overnment revenue which is derived in some part from import dutya ttached to vehicles com ing into the country, with the highest amount of revenue being collected onn ew cars, since these generally have the most significant value. 3,000 new shareholders a re ultimately expected to b e welcomed into Comm onwealth Brewery. The $50 million subscription exceeds the previous largest Bahamian Initial Public Offering (IPO of $30 million by nearly 70 per cent. T he balance of the $62.5 m illion offering is expected to be subscribed by the G overnment of The B ahamas through one of i ts agencies. We are very pleased with the Bahamian publicso verwhelmingly positive response to the offering, said Leroy Archer, Managing Director of Commonwealth Brewery Lim-i ted. Our goal was to ensure a diverse shareholding by e ncouraging local Bahamian residents to participate i n the offering. We achieved this through targeted marketing activities and materials across the whole country, providing many Bahamians the opportunity to view the presentation and gather i nformation. M r Archer noted that a wareness of the offering w as complemented by seve ral well-attended investor p resentations in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco, as well as numerous interviews and widespreadm edia coverage by local t elevision, radio and newsp apers. M r Anderson said this effort was necessary toe nsure widespread public o wnership of CBL. He said the IPO sets a new benchmark for IPOs in the country, and demonstrates that Bahamian investors are now more receptive to value and long-term equity i nvestments. We made the offering a ccessible to as large a segm ent of the Bahamian publ ic as possible, as was d esired by the Government when they mandated that Heineken sell 25 per cent of the company. We are very satisfied by t he positive response from i ndividuals all over the B ahamas, who took full advantage of this opportu-n ity, said Mr Anderson. I nvestors responded to the opportunity to purchase shares in CBL by submitting applications at an average rate of 150 per day over the four-week offering period. A s a BISX Tier One s tock with a solid dividend y ield and the third largest m arket capitalization on t he Exchange, Mr Ander s on said he had expected institutional investors to make CBL one of the key equity holdings in theirB ahamian Dollar portfol ios. S everal other broker d ealers participated as subplacement agents in theo ffering, including CFAL, F G Capital, Colonial Pensions, Providence Advisors and Leno Corporate Services. Royal Fidelity also acknowledged the substantial role played by advisorst o the offering, including H iggs & Johnson, Graham T hompson, and KPMG. R oyal Fidelity expects the Commonwealth Brew-e ry shares will list on BISX w ithin the next few weeks. Once completed, the shares will trade under the ticker CBB. 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B ROWNVILLE, Neb. Associated Press A problem with emer gency equipment at southeast Nebraska's CooperN uclear Station is adding to t he cost of the plant's refuel i ng shutdown a cost that could hit power customers' pocketbooks. The cost of the shutdown, originally budgeted at $31 million, has increased by $5 million as a result of the problem, Nebraska Educa tional Telecommunications reported. The plant at Brownville which is operated by Nebraska Public Power District, the state's largest power utility was taken offline March 1 3 for a routine refueling operation. A problem with an emergency backup gen erator was discovered during an equipment test, Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokeswoman Lara Uselding said. "These generators are in place to operate in emergency conditions," NPPD spokeswoman Jeanne Schieffer said. "They aren't needed for the regular operations, but they're certainly part of our design and our emergency system that's in place." In fact, those generators can be critically important, as the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has shown. That plant's backup generators powered the Fukushima plant following a 9.0 magni t ude earthquake in March u ntil a massive tsunami washed them out to sea, causing a cascade of prob lems that has led to a nuclear disaster as serious as Chernobyl. Alan Dostal, NPPD's corporate nuclear business man ager, said he doesn't know how much more it will cost rate payers for electricity from other sources while the plant remains shut down. NPPD hopes to have the nuclear plant generating power by the end of this week, Dostal said. Federal authorities have scheduled a meeting Thursday with NPPD at the Brownville Concert Hall to discuss the problem and other operations. demands for a bonded goods sales report. T he company is hoping that the Court of Appeal will order that the Supreme Court must hear the applic ation for a judicial review. I t is also calling for the C ourt of Appeal to grant a stay of Justice Longleys j udgment, essentially meani ng that Customs would be barred from making further demands for bonded goodss ales reports or detaining Kellys goods on such grounds unless the issue of whether they are permitted t o make such demands has been determined by the court. K ellys had initially received leave on October 2 0, 2010, from Justice Longley to apply for a judicial review of Customs actions. H owever on April 19, 2011, Justice Longley set aside the leave granted on October 20 2010 on a technicality the fact that Kellys l egal counsel did not file a p articular document relati ng to the matter, that is, a n otice of motion, within a required period. He refused the application b y Kellys for an extension o f time to do this, relieved C ustoms of the continued n eed to comply with an u ndertaking it had made in O ctober that it would not i nterfere with Kellys business operations on the basis of non-receipt of duty exempt bonded sales reportso r on any other basis not sanctioned by law, struck o ut Kellys action against the Department of Customs, and awarded costs of the action to Customs. Supporting the call for a s tay of Justice Longleys j udgment and continued u ndertaking from Customs that they will not interfere with Kellys operations until the issue is resolved, Mr Lowe said: It is imperative f or Kellys and its business t hat the status quo be maint ained pending the final d etermination of its applications to the Court of Appeal. Customs had never (for t he previous 40 years) d emanded the monthly r eports of sales of goods in b ond, even though (on its c ase) it had been entitled to s uch reports since about May 2009. Customs own dilatoriness in demanding suchr eports shows that there was and is no urgency at all for s uch information to be provided. There is therefore no urgency to lift the Undertaking to permit Customs to enforce its demands for such r eports. By contrast, without such a stay, Kellys would suffer injustice and harm as there is nothing to prevent Customs from continuing the behavior which led to the a pplication for Judicial R eview in the first place. It should not be forgotten that this action arose as a result of Customs seizing 11 containers of Kellys goods in a manner contrary to law. C ustoms has never put forw ard any explanation or just ification for its actions, or put in any evidence that such actions are lawful. Customs is seizing on every technicality to avoid this s ubstantive matter being h eard and determined, he a dded. L ITTLE ROCK, Ark. A ssociated Press F our Arkansas lawmakers who signed a n o-tax-increase pledge now are defending their votes on tax-related legislation that passed the state Legislature this year. According to Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Tax Reform, 16 Arkansass tate representatives and three state senators signed the group's pledge "to oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." A mong those who signed are Reps. John Burris, R-Harrison; Lane Jean, R-Magnolia; Garry Smith, D-Camden; and Reginald M urdoch, D-Marianna. They all voted on M arch 11 for House Bill 1902, which would l et Arkansas voters decide whether to raise the state's diesel-fuel tax by five cents perg allon. O thers who signed the no-tax-increase pledge opposed the legislation because they took the pledge. Eventually, the proposalw as signed into law by Gov. Mike Beebe. The tax increase, if approved, could raise about $1.1 billion over 10 years. Burris told the Arkansas DemocratG azette he doesn't think he violated the p ledge because he thinks the people should decide the issue concerning the diesel tax. "At this particular time, and especially the diesel tax, I didn't view that at all as a violation of at least the guiding principles of w hy I signed (the pledge He said that by signing the pledge, he "was saying, 'I am going to oppose major tax i ncreases.'" Burris said he has not received a ny phone calls about whether he violated t he pledge. S mith agreed with Burris. Smith said his vote supported "a better small government" a nd gives "the small guy" just as much of a v ote as Smith has on the issue. M urdoch initially told the newspaper he didn't recall signing the no-tax-increase pledge, until the newspaper sent via email ac opy of Murdoch's signed pledge. He affirmed that his signature appeared on the document. "Upon reflection prior to the session beginning in January, I stated I would consider all bills based upon their individual merits," Murdoch said. "As an incoming f reshman, I quickly learned to READ everyt hing prior to signing. ... I feel the best way to handle situations such as this is to be honest and forthright." J ean did not return numerous telephone messages left at his home and his business last week nor did he return email messages left by the newspaper. B USINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.0910.04013.03.39% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 7.004.40Bank of Bahamas6.886.880.0010,6200.1530.10045.01.45% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.008.69Cable Bahamas8.748.740.005,3001.0500.3108.33.55% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.002,0001.0310.0402.51.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.976.980.0118,0000.4880.26014.33.72% 2.531.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.031.96-0.070.1110.04517.72.30% 2.541.35Doctor's Hospital1.351.350.000.1070.11012.68.15% 5.994.75Famguard4.755.200.4511,8900.3570.24014.64.62% 9.005.65Finco6.506.500.000.6820.0009.50.00% 11.408.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.768.760.000.4940.35017.74.00% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.506.000.502,8000.4800.16012.52.67% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. 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NEW YORK Associated Press THOUSANDSof workers and immigrant laborers took to the streets on Sunday to celebrate May Day, demanding rights for those "who toil in the sun" while others pocket the profits. The message in Manhattan delivered with bullhorns and drums was echoed by millions of workers around the world, from Havana to Berlin and Istanbul. The burning issues were the same: more jobs, better working conditions, higher wages and decent health care. May 1 is a traditional date for pro-labour demonstrations. Immigration advocates in the United States latched onto the celebrations in 2006. At dozens of rallies around the country, they vowed to fight on behalf of undocumented immigrants who are being rounded up and deported. "STOP the deportations!" read a placard in Manhattan's Union Square, where about 1,000 people gathered at noon before marching down Broadway for a rally in downtown Foley Square. The square is feet from a fed eral building that houses the New York office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which isi n charge of removal operations involving illegal immigrants. Across U.S. farmlands, "they toil in the sun, they toil so hard and yet, others are making the most money," said Jocelyn Gill-Campbell, an organiser for Domestic Workers United. She stood atop a pickup t ruck to address the Union Square crowd, which chantedin Spanish: "Primero de Mayo, dio proletario," meaning, "May 1, workers' day." Immigrant advocates were joined at the Manhattan rallies by members of U.S. labor unions whose voices were heardl oudest in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where in recent months they protested efforts to curtail the right to collective bargaining. Underlying Sunday's gather ings was seething anger over the rising cost of living and growing disparities between rich and poor exacerbated by the global economic squeeze. In Turkey, some 200,000 protesters flooded a central plaza in Istanbul, making it the largest May Day rally there since 1977, when at least 34 people died and more than 100 were injured after shooting trig gered a stampede. Turkish unions weren't allowed back until last year. Across Germany, some 423,000 people took to the streets to demand fair wages, better working conditions and sufficient social security, the country's unions' umbrella group, DGB, said. Union group head Michael Sommer said the turnout similar to last year's was a clear message to the government that it should give up its refusal to introduce a national minimum wage. "Fair wages, good jobs and social security are the minimum standard in this country that workers expect, need and have to fight for time and again," Sommer said at a protest in the central German town Kassel. In Berlin, several rallies were scattered across the capital, with police saying 10,000 people had taken to the streets. Some 8,000 gathered late in the afternoon at a rally called for by leftist groups, with police out in force as past demonstrations had turned violent. Marchers carried banners say ing, "This is the least: fair salaries, fair jobs." Across the city, 6,000 security forces were deployed Sunday to monitor the protests, police said. In Austria, more than 100,000 people peacefully took to the streets of Vienna, protest organizers said. Social Democ ratic Chancellor Werner Fay mann promised social policies and warned against leaving too much room to financial speculation, Austrian news agency APA reported. In Cuba, hundreds of thousands of people marched through Havana and other cities to mark May Day in a demonstration touted as a vast show of support for economic changes recently approved by the Communist Party. In South Korea, police said 50,000 people rallied in Seoul for better labour protections. The people also urged the government to contain rising inflation, a growing concern across much of Asia, where food and oil prices have been spiking and threatening to push millions of people into poverty. Thousands of workers also marched in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Several thousand people turned out for May Day demonstrations in Paris, including supporters of the far-right National Front party whose new president, Marine Le Pen, stressed her party's long-standing anti-immigrant stance. In the Philippines, about 3,000 workers demanding high er wages held a protest in aM anila square that included setting alight the effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III grinning in a luxury car. Aquino was criticized this year for buying a Porsche in a country where a third of the people live on a dollar a day. I n Taiwan, about 2,000 people rallied in Taipei to protest the widening income gap and to demand their government create better work conditions. About 3,000 people in Hong Kong took part in a Sunday morning protest while another 5,000 were expected at an after n oon rally, local media reports said. In Spain, where unemploy ment has reached a eurozone high of 21.3 percent, several thousand people gathered in the eastern port city Valencia and protested the government's failure to create new jobs. In Moscow, up to 5,000 Communists and members of other groups marched through the city carrying a sea of red flags to celebrate their traditional holi day, which in Soviet times was known as the Day of Interna tional Solidarity of Workers. Since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, the holiday has been known as the Day of Spring and Labour, and organizations from across the polit ical spectrum held their own marches on Sunday. The dominant pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, gathered the largest crowd by pulling in workers from factories and institutes in and around Moscow. Party organisers claimed that 25,000 people took part. Accounting for time differ ences, most rallies in Europe were finished by the time those in the United States started. In Los Angeles, demonstrators waving union banners and American flags started filling downtown streets at noon. The biggest march almost 3,000 people organised by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles ended with a rally featuring dancers, musicians and speakers from labor and community groups. In Atlanta, about 1,000 people gathered at the state capitol, chanting in Spanish and English, urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, not to sign a bill passed by the legislature that aims to crack down on illegal immigration "In the labour movement we have a saying, 'Don't Mourn Organise!'" said Ben Speight, organiser director of the Teamsters Local 728. Deal has said he plans to sign the bill, which would authorise law enforcement officers to check the immigration statuses of suspects and detain them if they are in the country illegally. Angel Salome, a 17-year-old high school junior, was brought to the United States as an infant strapped to his mother's back as she swam across the Rio Grande, part of which separates the U.S. and Mexico. He told the rally: "I'm going to get that college degree and hopefully be able to provide some financial stability for my mother so she never has to scrub another toilet or tub again." T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 9B B USINESS ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 $&(:$<(59,&(6$ ,QROXQWDU\OLTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RI $&(:$<6(59,&(6 KDV EHHQGLVVROYHGDQGVWUXFNRIWKH5HJLVWHUDFFRUGLQJ WRWKH&HUWLFDWHRI'LVVROXWLRQLVVXHGWKH5HJLVWUDU *HQHUDORQWKHWKGD\RI (SVLORQDQDJHPHQW/WG 6XLWH)LUVW)ORRUOLDML7UDGH&HQWUH )UDQFLVDFKHOWU9LFWRULDDKH 5HSXEOLFRIH\FKHOOHV /LTXLGDWRU Workers demand better jobs and pay on May Day PEOPLE PARTICIPATE in a rally for jobs and immigration rights in New York, Sunday, May 1, 2011. May 1 is a traditional date for pro-labour demonstrations. Immigration advocates latched onto the tradition in 2006. (AP ISRAEL GALINDO plays a trumpet dur ing a rally for jobs and immigration rights in New York, Sunday, May 1, 2011. May 1 is a traditional date for pro-labour demonstrations. Immigration advo cates latched onto the tradition in 2006. (AP
INSIGHT The Tribune INSIGHT M ONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 The stories behind the news T h is year nearly 1,000 Bahamians will be told they have cancer. Today around 5,000 are living with the disease but this c ould soar to over 10,000 by 2 020 because of the remarkable advances on the horizon. There has been an explosioni n our understanding of cancer as a disorder of growthc ontrol of the bodys cells and w e are now poised to see s ome incredible advances in its prevention, detection and treatment. C ancer is associated with age the longer we live the more likely we are to get the disease. So as healthcare r ound the world gets better people live longer and so the number of people with can c er inevitably rises. Of course young people and chil dren can get cancer too but f ortunately its much rarer. You can reduce your risk of getting cancer by not smok ing and eating a healthy diet e ating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoiding too much fatty food. Exercise also r educes cancer risk. Going for screening tests such as mammography and cervical smearsa llows cancer to be detected a t an earlier phase in its evo lution. If you get any of the fol l owing symptoms you should go and see your doctor. A lump somewhere on your body. Changes in a mole on your skin. A cough or hoarseness that won't go away. A change in bowel habits. Difficulty in swallowing or continuing indigestion. Any abnormal bleeding. A sore or ulcer that wont heal. Difficulty passing urine. Unexplained weight loss. Unexplained pain. Feeling very tired all the time. Cancer screening is a source of much debate. At the interface between public health, specialist care, eco nomics and policy, it creates tensions between profession al groups, politicians, the media and the public. A screening test may be cheap, but applying it to a population (with rigorous quality control and effective process ing of patients with abnormal results) creates a huge work load and therefore cost. Screening can also have profound psychological effects on individuals. People with falsepositive results require investigation and yet are usually eventually found not to have c ancer. Unless screening can be shown to reduce the death rate from a specific cancer,t he resources used are better spent on improving care, and this has led to disparities in s creening recommendations b etween countries. The Human Genome Pro ject is likely to provide both n ew approaches to cancer risk assessment and new challenges for developing screeni ng strategies, by risk bandi ng populations based on changes in cancer risk genes. Cancer is classified by the t issue in which it arises. It is a disease caused by normal cells changing so that they start tog row in an uncontrolled way. T he uncontrolled growth causes a lump called a tumour t o form. If not treated, the tumour will cause problems in one or more of the following ways: Spreading into normal tissues nearby. Causing pressure on other body structures. Spreading to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream. Causing failure of a major organ system. Disrupting blood flow to c ritical parts of the body. There are over 200 different types of cancer because there are over 200 different types of cells in the body. The four commonest types are prostate, breast, lung andc olon cancer. The initial abnormality is called the pri mary cancer. But it can also s pread a process called metastasis from two Greek words meta meaning change and stasis meaning place. When cancer spreads it can damage critical organs such as the liver, lungs and brain. This ability to spread to secondary sites makes cancer potentially lethal as it can then interfere with vital body functions. Each primary site has its own characteristic pattern of spread. So breast can cer goes to bone, liver and lung whilst colon cancer likes to spread through the veins draining into the liver. Each primary cancer has its own characteristic age distribution. So breast cancer is common in women between 40 and 60 whilst prostate cancer occurs two decades later. Cancer can also occur in children although its rare. Many childrens cancers can be effectively cured by a combination of complex treatments. Doctors that specialise in treating cancer are called oncologists. Usually the diagnosis of cancer is made by a surgeon. A biopsy is the key t o making the diagnosis. This is just a piece of tissue removed by a surgeon usinge ither a needle or by remov ing a larger sample under an anaesthetic. Many symptomsc an be caused by cancer the most important piece of advice is to go to your doctor if you have any progressivep roblem that doesnt right itself after two weeks. The biopsy sample is sent to the pathology laboratory and examined under the micro scope. The pathologist is able to recognise the characteristicc ancer cells with their disordered growth pattern and classify them in a way useful to the oncologist. Once a diagnosis is made the next step is to find out how far the cancer has spread a process called staging. We have several classification systems to stage cancer. Put simply, stage I disease is confined to the organ in which the first abnormal cells arose, stage II usually involves spread to neighbouring lymph nodes, stage III to other organs locally and stage IV widely around the body. To determine the stage of a cancer a range of diagnostic tests are used. These include blood tests, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans and sometimes some special investigations that may require going to Miami or Fort Lauderdale. The reason staging is important is that it really makes sure that the best treatment plan for an individ ual patient can be determined. Once the diagnostic tests are completed the oncologist creates the treatment plan. This c an involve one or several of the following: S S u u r r g g e e r r y y S urgery may be used to confirm a diagnosis, find out more about a cancer, as at reatment to remove the cancer or for reconstruction of part of the body. There are some excellent surgeons int he Bahamas who are able to carry out very effective treat ments for most types of localized cancer. R R a a d d i i o o t t h h e e r r a a p p y y Radiotherapy is the use of high energy rays to destroyc ancer cells. It may be used to cure some cancers, to reduce the chance of recur rence or for symptom relief. There is a state of the art ser vice run by The Cancer Cen tre, Bahamas using a very modern machine which provides a very effective service. Radiotherapy has to be given each day for several weeks. Going to the US for treatment is no longer necessary. Instead the Cancer Centre in Collins Avenue can provide the latest precision based techniques, including intensity modulated radiotherapy the gold standard in terms of precision delivery. There are three radiation therapists working in Nassau, including Professor Arthur Porter who for several years was Direc tor of the Radiation Therapy Department in Detroit. C C h h e e m m o o t t h h e e r r a a p p y y There are over 150 different chemotherapy drugs that may be used alone or in com bination. Different drugs cause different side effects a nd may be given in a variety of ways. Some cancers respond well to chemotherapy others less so. Many of the drugs are given by infusion into a vein. Specialist nurses a re usually responsible for g iving chemotherapy although the oncologist decides on the exact prescription. In Nassauc hemotherapy is given at Princess Margaret Hospital, The Cancer Centre, Bahamas, D octors Hospital and in some d octors offices. Most of the drugs can be given in a day unit without the need to be a dmitted to hospital. B B i i o o l l o o g g i i c c a a l l t t h h e e r r a a p p i i e e s s Biological therapies use s ubstances that occur natur ally in the body to destroy cancer cells. They include m onoclonal antibodies, cancer growth inhibitors, vaccines and gene therapy. They are a very fruitful area for further r esearch. H H o o r r m m o o n n a a l l t t h h e e r r a a p p i i e e s s Hormonal therapies alter the way hormones which occur naturally in the body affect cancer cells. They're most commonly used to treat b reast and prostate cancer. S S u u p p p p o o r r t t i i v v e e t t h h e e r r a a p p i i e e s s Supportive therapies can be g iven in addition to or as part of the main treatment. They include steroids, blood or platelet transfusions and bisphosphonates to strengthen damaged bone. Clinical trials are medical r esearch trials involving patients. They are carried out to try and find new and bettert reatments. Patients take part in trials in all areas of medi cine, not just in cancer and not just to test treatment. For example, a clinical trial might be used to compare different ways of diagnosing an illness, or it might test techniques for preventing a particular cancer. Carrying out clinical trials is the only sure way to find out if a new approach to cancer care is better than the standard treatments currently used. Without trials, there is a risk that patients could be given treatments which have no advantage, waste resources and might even be harmful to them. T T h h e e F F u u t t u u r r e e Dramatic progress is likely in surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy leading to increased cure but at a price. The completion of the human genome project will bring sophisticated genetic risk assessment requiring careful integration into screening pro grammes. And excellent pal liative care to relieve pain and suffering must be a basic right. T he next twenty years will be a time of unprecedented innovation. C ancer will become a chronic illness, joining conditions such as diabetes, heart d isease and asthma. These w ill impact on how people live but do not inexorably lead to death. Long-term sur-v ival will be normal even for many patients with cancers that have spread from their p rimary site. The political i mportance of cancer is huge, as voters perceive it as the most pertinent issue in health t oday. Cancer treatment is under going a revolution. Within t wenty years cancer will be a c hronic disease, joining con ditions such as diabetes, heart d isease and asthma. These conditions impact on the way people live and not inexorably lead to death. The model of p rostate cancer, where many men die with it rather than from it, will be common for most cancers. Progress will be made in prevention. Even greater progress will be made in understanding the myriad c auses of cancer. When a cancer does devel op, refinements of current t echnologies in imaging, radiotherapy and surgery together with the availability of targeted drugs will make it controllable. Cure will still be sought, but will not be the only satisfactory outcome.P atients will be closely monitored after treatment, but fear that cancer will definitely kill,s till prevalent today, will be replaced by an acceptance that many forms of cancer are a consequence of old age. Looking into the future is fraught with difficulties. Who could have imagined in the 1980s the impact of mobile phones, the internet and lowcost airlines on global com munication? Medicine will be overtaken by similarly unexpected step changes in innovation. More patients will benefit from better diagnosis and newer treatments, with greater emphasis on quality of life. Innovation will inevitably bring more inequality to health. The outcome of the same quality of care differs today between socio-economic groups and will to continue to do so. Governments will need to ensure health equity for all their constituents. Living long with good quality life even with cancer will be an achiev able goal in this century. The Changing Face Of Cancer In The Bahamas P ROFESSOR K arol Sikora, Director of Medical Oncology, The Cancer Centre, Bahamas; Medical Director, CancerPartnersUK; Dean, Uni v ersity of Buckingham Medical School.
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org KEEPING its commitment to develop its national team programme and reclaim international prestige for the Bahamas in softball, the Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF towards earning a spot in the worlds top tier tournament. The Bahamas is expected to be one of 12 countries in the region which will take part in the International Softball Federations World Championship Qualifier, set for October 20-29 in Hermisillo, Mexico. The XIII Mens World Championship will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, at a date to be announced in 2013. In preparation for the tournament, the BSF has named the team which they expect will begin workouts immediately. The team executives and coaching staff will discuss plans for the team at a meeting slated to be held 7pm tonight (May 2 Hills Sporting Complex. BSF president Burket Dorsett said this team has the ability to contend because of its young talent and the experience of its coaching staff. The expectations are set high for this team. This team is young, but it is also very talented and will be under the guidance of three internationally certified softball coaches in the mens division, he said. The early workout sessions will afford the team and coaching staff to develop cohesiveness and build chemistry. In 1980, the Bahamas received its best international finish in the sport when they took a third place finish at the World Championships in Tacoma, Washington, under the leadership of the late Leon Apache Knowles. The United States took gold while Canada claimed silver. With that bronze medal performance, the Bahamas is only one of seven countries in the world to win a medal at the World Championships. Other countries on the list MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com A LATE penalty kick with less than two minutes left to play ultimately undid the Bahamas and put Bermuda over the top in international rugby competition over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon, Greg Frasers late game penalty kick helped Bermuda successfully protect home field with a thrilling 13-10 win over the Bahamas in the second round of the NARCA Caribbean Championships. The two sides clashed at North Field in the Bermuda Sports Centre, with both sides coming into the contest as unknown quantities to each other. The Bahamas reached the scoreboard first but Bermuda came from behind to take the hard-fought match against the Bahamas to advance to the next round of the Caribbean Championships. After a 7-0 lead for the Bahamas with the opening try, Bermuda came back to tie the score and took the lead on a go-ahead penalty kick to take a 10-7 lead into the half. Windy conditions played a big factor throughout the game, with the Bahamas going against the wind in the crucial second half. Bermuda dominated the time of possession in the sec ond half, but a stout defensive effort from the Bahamas kept them at bay and denied a game clinching try. W ith less than five minutes to go, that defense transitioned to a scoring opportunity when the Bahamas picked off a pass and moved into scoring position. A penalty kick shortly thereafter tied the score at 10. In preparation to host the 24th World Rugby Classic in November, Bermuda suc cessfully played their first rugby international at home in more than a decade. Following the loss, the Bahamas will have a home international in either late May or early June against the winners of the group stage (Mexico vs Cayman/Jamaica The Bahamas is currently ranked second to Bermuda in the North Caribbean group, fourth overall in the Caribbean behind Trinidad, Guyana and Bermuda. Bermuda gets 13-10 win over Bahamas in 2nd round R R U U G G B B Y Y S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s BSF names team f or ISF worlds qualifier S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E 4X400 men qualify for IAAF Worlds Tida Wave gets victory in Class A S ee page 3e By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T he Bahamas mens 4 x 400 relay team of Ramon Miller, Michael Mathieu, Andrae Williams and Chris Brown qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The quartet booked the Bahamas spot at the championships with their second place finish at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the weekend in the USA versus the World series of events. The qualifying standard for the Worlds, scheduled for August, is 3:04.00. Miller posted a split of 46.5, Mathieu did 45.0, Williams was timed in 46.50 and Brown came through in the second fastest effort in 44.82. Rondell Bartholomew had the fastest split of 44.74 as he helped Grenada to finish in third place in 3:04.69. The American red team of Quentin Summers (26.4 Torrence (44.9 son (45.58 (45.49 The United States and Bahamas times have been listed as the eighth and ninth best times so far this year. But as six of the seven fastest times were all by collegiate teams, they are the top two and three by country. The fastest time by a country is 3 :00.80 that was done by the American team of Scott Joshua, Torrance Jamaal, Calvin Smith and Bershawn Jackson. That time trails just Texas A&M Universitys team, anchored by Bahamian Demetrius Pinder, whod id 3:00.45 in Austin, Texas, on May 9. Incidentally, Texas A&M, with Pinder running a split of 44.98, won the College Mens 4 x 4 Champi onship of America relay in 3:01.73 at the Penn Relays. In an interview on the meet website, Pinder noted: I came into the Penn Relays and I am happy with whatever. For the crowd and everything, you have to be mentally strong. You have to come into the race thinking it is a regular track meet. We did that today and fin ished strong. We had better wins than this, but we are very happy and proud. L atoy Williams (running a split of 47.6) helped Texas Tech to a third place finish in 3:03.82 in the same race. Pinder also ran on the Texas A&Ms 4 x 200 relay team that was second in 1:20.72 behind LSU (1:20.62 team that was seventh in 44.36. Also competing in the USA vs the World series was sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. She ran on the Caribbean All-Star team that included Tanisha Harringan, Cedonie Mothersil and Carol Rodriguez, who got fourth in the 4 x 100 in 43.38. Ferguson-McKenzie also showed some vertality competing on a leg of the All-Star 4 x 400 relay team in a split of 52.3 for a fourth place as well. The other members of thet eam were Tiandra Ponteen, Anastacia Leroy and Aliana Pompey. (See story on page 2E The American teams got first and second in both relays with the Jamaicans settling for third. In the College Womens 4 x 100 Championship of America, the team of Joanna Atkins and Bahamians Nivea Smith, Sheniqua Ferguson and Cache Armbrister ran 44.05 for fourth place. Texas A&M won in 43.24. The same quartet competed for Auburn in the College Womens 4 x 200 Championship of Americas race, but they didnt finish. Texas A&M won that race as well in 1:29.96. A number of high school teams were scheduled to compete in the meet but they experienced somep roblems with the weather during their travel and everybody did not reach Philadelphia in time. The team of Anton Davis, Elroy McBride, Laron Hield and Trevon Greene got in the High School Boys 4 x 100 Championship of Americas race, placing seventh in 41.17. They advanced to the final by turning in the third fastest qualiB ERSHAWN JACKSON ( right) of USA Red, has the lead on Andrae Williams of the Bahamas in the third leg of the USA vs. the World Mens 4x400 at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia Saturday. USA Red won the event. (AP Photo S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E
LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 2E, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com SHE would have preferred to compete with a Bahamian team with a chance to get in a t ime for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August. But without the availability o f a number of the other local competitors, sprinter Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie found herself running on a pair of All-Star teams in the USA a gainst the world series at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the weekend. F erguson-McKenzie competed with Tanisha Har-r ingan, Cedonia Mothersill of the Cayman Islands and Carol Rodriguez as they combined on the Caribbean AllStars for a fourth place finish i n 43.38. T he Americans dominated the race with their red team of Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers and Carmelita Jeter taking thet ape in 42.28. Their blue team of Gloria Asumnu, Miki Barber, Bianca Knight and Alex Anderson came through in second place in 42.64. The Jamaican team of Kerron Stewart, S herone Simpson, Aleen Bailey and Shelly-Ann FraserPryce got third in 412.74. Ferguson-McKenzie also s howed her versatility as she ran a split of 52.3 as the AllStar team of Tiandra Ponteen (52.3 ( 53.22) and Aliana Pompey (52.58 the 4 x 400 relay in 3:30.40. The American red team of D ebbie Dunn, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings and Sanya Richards-Ross clocked 3 :22.92 for first place. The American blue team of DeeD ee Trotter, Francena McCoy, Keshia Baker and Monica Hargrove was second in 3:23.17. The Jamaican team of S hericka Williams, Novlene W illiams-Mills, Christine Day and Kaliese Spencer was third in 3:23.82. We were a little bit disappointed with our fourth place,b ut it was one of those things where the day before, we had to go to the track for some exchanges and there wasnt anybody there, FergusonMcKenzie said about their 4 x1 team performance. We had to run on our own with our eyes, but considering that we were in the mix, thel ast exchange between myself a nd Carol didnt go so well and it caused us time wise. So we were a little disappointed in that. Ferguson-McKenzie, however, said that she was disappointed that the BahamasA ssociation of Athletic Assoc iations wasnt able to field a female team as they did for the mens 4 x 400 so that they could at least get a time in for the World Championships. Im not sure what happened to the young ladies f rom Auburn because they didnt run as well either, said Ferguson-McKenzie, who was able to monitor the processo f some of the rising young stars. But hopefully, I pray that we can get a relay team in b ecause as I told everybody we got a silver medal in Berlin when we could have gotten a gold, if we had put t he time in preparing for it. Although she wont be opening up in an individual e vent until Saturday when she goes to Kingston, Jamaica, toc ompete in the Invitational Meet there, FergusonMcKenzie said she has been quite impressed with the performances of the Bahamianc ompetitors so far. I think the junior athletes, Ms (Anthonique and Sheniqua (Ferguson both running very well, she said. We have the people tog et it done. So in my opinion, especially when it comes to the relay, its good to give the young people a chance. Hopefully, they can get a chance to go to Worlds, buta t the same time, we can put a relay team together. With the experience that she and veteran Chandra S turrup bring to the table, Ferguson-McKenzie said theres no reason why, with the addition of Strachan, Fer-g uson, T Gaiter and Nivea Smith (just to name a few the Bahamas cant be a force to reckon with at the Worlds. T he qualifying standard for the Worlds is 44.00. Theres not too many meets left for us to qualify, s o theyre running out of time, Ferguson-McKenzie pointed out. Im not sure w hat our options are, but Im sure that the Bahamian offi-c ials could figure it out so that we dont wait for the last minute to try to get in. Last minute just doesnt work for the pros. We knowt hat the college kids are in s chool and so are the high school students, but when our season starts and we are running, everybody gets mad at us because were not runningo n the relay team. Ferguson-McKenzie urged the BAAA to find a medium ground for all to come together and compete so that the Bahamas will be in a positiont o compete for another medal at the Worlds in August. Golden girl Debbie teams up for 4th place at Penn Relays GOLDEN GIRL Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. (File photo
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WHILE the Class C title will head off to Long Island, Brooks Miller, Buzzy Rolle and Sean Rolle made sure that the Class A and B as wellas the junior titles stayed in Exuma. At the completion of the 58th National Family Island Regatta Saturday in picturesque Elizabeth Harbourin Georgetown, Exuma, Brooks Miller skippered the Tida Wave to victory in the Class A. After getting a second in the Coca Cola Cup first race, the Tida Wave came back and took both the Sandals Resort Cup in the second race and wrapped up the title with another win in the Sky Bahamas Cup. Miller and Tida Wave accumulated a total of 32 points to easily win the series over the Lady Muriel, skippered by Steve Smith, with 26. The Redstripe, winner of the first race, was third with 26 as well. The Running Tide, skippered by Roger Fox, was fourth with 21 and the Good News, skippered by Lee Armbrister, had to settle for fifth place with 20. This years regatta was very competitive, said Clyde Rolle, the vice commodore and race coordinator. All of the classes had some good c ompetition that went right down to the wire. T he Tida Wave, according to Rolle, delighted the home crowd as she rebounded from losing the lead in the last race to the New Courageous, skippered by Emmet Munroe, to bounce back to eventually win it on the final lap. We had some protests because the races were very k een, but they worked out and didnt have much effect on the final point standings, Rolle said. Buzzy Rolle, one of the top Class C competitors, finally got a much deserved victory in Class B after his Lady S onia sealed the win in the Sampson Cay Cup race to w rap up the title with 35 points. The Lonesome Dove, skippered by Jeff Gale, got second with 31, followed closely by the New Susan Chase, skippered by Lauren Knowles with 29. The Lady Nathalee, skippered by Marty Bullard, got fourth with 28 and the Rowdy Boys Pin-Ah, skippered by Mark Knowles, completed the top five with 28. Despite the loss, Lady Nathalees owner Eleazor the Sailing Barber Johnson said he was pleased with her per formance and he thanked Bullard for how he handled her against some of the top Class B boats in the country. She didnt drop no lower than fifth, so I was pleased, Johnson stated. The only boat I didnt put a hand on was Buzzy and the Lady Sonia. I beat him before in the Revelation. But after I beat him, he built this one after his wife, Lady Sonia. Nathalee put a 1-2 on him b efore in Andros with Clyde Rolle. But Buzzy is good. We w ill meet again and all those boats, including Buzzy, know that we will be coming back to beat all of them again. This was her best performance in 20 years. The regatta also featured the National Junior Championships sponsored by legendary sailor Sir Durward Sea Wolf Knowles, who was among the dignitaries on hand for the closing out ceremonies Saturday night. The Termites, skippered by Sean Rolle of Staniel Cay, Exuma, kept the trophy on the island as he collected 48 points to secure the win. Rolle and the Termites swept all three races in the series. Beerly Legal, skippered by Justin Cartwright of Long Island, was second with 44 and It Aint Right, skippered by Dantie Knowles, also from Long Island, was third with 40. In addition to Knowles, other dignitaries on hand were Deputy Governor Gen eral Janet Bostwick and her husband, Henry Bostwick, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and Phenton Neymour, minister of state in the Ministry of E nvironment. This year, the organising c ommittee honoured sailing/golfing and entertainment icon King Eric Gibson, boat builder/skipper Bert Knowles from Long Island and Van Ferguson, another distinguished sailing enthusiast from Black Point, Exuma. LOCAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011, PAGE 3E Tida Wave gets victory in Class A BAISS volleyball season opener BACK from the Easter holiday weekend, the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools will immediately get started with its volley ball season today the final sporting discipline for the year. The senior boys teams are expected to be in action 4 pm at the St Augustines College courts. They will also play again on Wednesday and Friday. The senior girls will begin play on Tuesday at the same time. They will also play again on Thursday. The junior boys and girls will begin competition immediately following the completion of the senior divisional play. include New Zealand (10 Canada (109 Australia (22 and Japan (2 R R O O S S T T E E R R Pitchers Adney Bethel Alcott Forbes Eugene Pratt Thomas Davis Freddie Cornish Catchers Jamal Johnson Angelo Dillete Garfield Bethel Infielders Greg Gardiner Ricardo Rolle Larry Russell Alec Rolle Ken Wood Jr Marvin Wood Geron Sands Rasheed Seymour Desmond Russell Outfielders Van Johnson Martin Burrows Jr Lamar Oran Watkins Sherman Ferguson Godfrey Burnside Jr Teran Wood Devaughn Wong Greg Burrows Jr Taxi Squad William Delancy Coaches Godfrey Burnside Head Coach Martin Burrows Robert Baylor Fernander Leroy Thompson Pitching Coach BSF names team for ISF w orlds qualif ier F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E fying time of 41.62 after winning heat 17. St Johns team of Duran Ching, Anthony Adder ley, Desmond Major and Stephen Newbold ran 43.99 in winning heat 26 for 47th overall. Individually, Geno Jones, representing LSU, ran 10.82 for 12th in the 100. Meanwhile, at the Drak University in Des Moines, Iowa, a number of Bahamians competed at the Drake Relays. Trevor Barry, representing Mizuno, was sixth in the mens high jump with a leap of 2.24 metres or 7-feet, 4 1/4-inches. Dusty Jones, representing Nike, and Erik Kynard, a sohpomore at Kansas State, both tied the meet record of 2.31m or 7-7 for first and second place respectively. In the womens 100 hurdles special, Tia Thompson, competing unattached, was eighth in 13.60. Tiffany Ofili of Adidas won in 12.66. Ivanique Kemp, a freshwoman at the Uni versity of Arkansas, was fourth in the womens 100 hurdles in 13.34. Letecia Wright, a senior at Ohio State, won in 12.87 as she erased Perdi ta Feliciens meet record of 12.92 that she set in 2001. Kemp also ran on the lead off leg for Arkansas as they got second in 55.28 behind Alabamas winning time of 54.27. Michelle Cumberbatch, a sophomore at Lincoln, was fifth in her heat of the womens 400 hurdles in 60.04 for 13th overall. But Lincolns 4 x 4 relay team, which she ran the first leg, did not finish. Shelleyeka Rolle, a junior at Oklahoma, helped her team to a fifth place in the womens 4 x 400 relay in 3:36.01. Arkansas won in a new meet record of 3:26.63. And Carlyle Thompson, a junior at Nova Southeastern, ran the second leg of their mens 4 x 4 relay team that finished eighth in the college segment in 3:18.50. 4X400 men s r elay qualify for IAAF W orlds F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E AGAPE Full Gospel continued their run through the Baptist Sports Council as they clinched a berth into the 2011 Rev Dr David S Johnson Bas ketball Classics 19-and-under division. In the third-and-deciding game of their semifinal series Saturday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex against Golden Gates Native Baptist, Agape Full Gospel went to overtime before they came out with a stunning 56-53 decision. The presidents divisional pennant winners will now face Mt Tabor Full Gospel in the best-of-three championship series that is all set to begin 7pm Thursday. The mens championship was also set with defending champions and presidents divisional pennant winners Temple Fellowship also booking their spot in the final with a 41-37 victory over Macedonia in their third-anddecid ing game. Temple Fellowship will now gear up to play first year Hope Center in the best-ofthree championship series that is scheduled to start 8pm Thursday. On Saturday, the 15-andunder best-of-three championship series got started with defending champions and pennant winning Macedonia securing the early upper hand with a 56-49 win over LatterDay Eagles. Game two of the series is set for 10am Saturday. Heres a summary of the games played: A A g g a a p p e e F F u u l l l l G G o o s s p p e e l l 5 5 6 6 , G G o o l l d d e e n n G G a a t t e e s s 5 5 3 3 Delano Forbes canned a game high 18 points and Kenrico Lockhart added 12 as the rookie team pulled off the huge overtime win to clinch their berth in the 19-andunder final. Dominique Beadle came up with 15 and Dustin McKinney had eight in the loss. T T e e m m p p l l e e F F e e l l l l o o w w s s h h i i p p 4 4 1 1 , M M a a c c e e d d o o n n i i a a 3 3 6 6 Kevin Burrows scored 11 points and both John Smith and Trevor Smith contributed eight in the win to send the mens defending champions into the final for a chance to duplicate last years feat. Van Hutchinson scored a game high 13 and Dino Flow ers had six in the loss. M M a a c c e e d d o o n n i i a a 5 5 6 6 , L L a a t t t t e e r r D D a a y y E E a a g g l l e e s s 4 4 9 9 Terico Strachan scored 10, Lerecus Armbrister had nine and Davon Adderley eight as the defending champions moved one game closer to completing another 15-andunder double crown championship feat. Dario McKenzie scored a game high 18 points and both Jario McKenzie and Vano Miller had six in a losing effort. T T h h u u r r s s d d a a y y s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e 7pm Mt Tabor vs Agape Full Gospel (19 8pm Hope Center vs Temple Fellowship (M Agapes stunning victory over Golden Gates in OT CLASS A CHAMPS: The crew from Class A winners, Tida Wave of Staniel Cay, Exuma also shown on the high seas below. F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t M M o o n n d d a a y y s s P h o t o s b y P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S
LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 8E, MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS T he Bahamas Scholastic Association hosted its first Beach Volleyball Tournament at the Betty Cole park near the new Paradise Island bridge on Saturday. Eleven teams participated in the boys two-a-side, three-a-side and girls three-a-side segments of the tournament. Official results were not available up to press time last night. This was the first time that any school association has hosted such an event. Kirkwood Greene, of Mt Carmel Cavaliers, was the tournament organiser. BSA Beach Volleyball Tourney HIGHLIGHTS P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f