L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE F amGuards Annual Calendar Photo Contest is opentoallphotographers.Thetitleforthe c ompanys 2012 calendar will be A Celebration of Nature. Photographsmaybeofany subject(animateorinanimate),sceneorhistrocialstructurethatfeaturesastrikingexample o f nature as found in The Bahamas. D EADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2011. All entries are submitted at the owners risk and will not be returned. A ll entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked Calendar Contest. A ll entries must be accompanied by a signed and completed ofcial entry form, available at any Family Guardian ofce, as published in the newspapers or on the website (www. famguardbahamas.com). Only colour images will be considered. Images must be provided as digital les on CD.Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or compression will be rejected. To ensure thebestcolourreproduction,digitalimagesshouldbesuppliedinRAW,TIFForhighquality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB Allentriesmustbe suppliedwithcolourprints(8x10)whichwillbeusedinthejudgingprocess.(Note:prints submitted without CDs will not be eligible and vice versa). The photographers name, photo subject and photo location must be written on the reverse of the print. Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Particular areas and subjects of interest are detailed on the website (www.famguardbahamas.com). The photographs selected will appear in FamGuards 2012 wall and desk calendars. The decision of the judges will be nal. A gift certicate valued at $400.00 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. Photographic credits will be given in the wall and desk calendars. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited and the Company reserves the right to use such in the future. Photos will not be returned. Employees of the FamGuard Group of Companies or their family members are not eligible. Previously published photos are not eligible.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10calendar contestspecial contest details listed on our websiteVisit www.famguardbahamas.com for special hints and contest details! entry formdeadline June 30, 2011Return this form with photos and CD to: C alendar Contest Family Guardian Corporate Centre Village Road & East Bay Street, P.O. Box SS-6232 Nassau, Bahamas Name: Telephone: BHC Email: P.O. Box: Street: Address: Island: Number of Photos Entered (a maximum of 5I agree that in the event one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a winner in the 2012 FamGuard Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited, and I assign to FamGuard all rights pertaining to its use in any way whatsoever. I also conrm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.SignatureDate NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE I FINANCIAL CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com MONDAY marked the offi cial nationwide launch of the Ministry of the Environments Energy Efficiency in Residen tial Lighting Programme. T he initiative seeks to reduce household energy costs, min imise the energy requirements of BEC, and reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels. The ministry plans to distribute 270,000 compact fluores cent lamp (CFL with brochures about the ben-e fits of CFLs. Residents in Central and North Andros received CFLs on Monday. The programme headed to Abaco yesterday. CFLs will be distributed in Inagua, Acklins, Cat Island, Berry Islands, Mangrove Cay, San Salvador, Crooked Island, M ayaguana, Bimini and South Andros today. Tomorrow, CFLs will be dis tributed in Eleuthera, and on Friday in Exuma and Long Island. We are very thankful to the people in Andros for their support and interest in this programme of national signifi cance. Its only fitting that we begin in Andros which has a very large potential for renew able energy, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment. Robert Hall, project manager of the programme, said: A study conducted by German consultants Fichtner identified potential for renewable energy throughout the Bahamas. It also revealed that small hotels in the Family Islands, for exam ple, have a great potential for savings through energy efficiency. However, whether in a small, medium or large hotel, or a home for that matter, potential savings in lighting is one area they all have in com mon. We know that CFLs use 75 per cent less energy com pared to incandescent bulbs. So its important for us to recognise the potential for saving in the area of lighting. E lectricity customers who use under 600 kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy per month, on average, are invited to exchange up to five incandes cent bulbs for free CFLs. Letters have been prepared for each eligible customer, so inter ested persons can contact theirl ocal BEC offices to find out if they qualify to receive these bulbs. Residents can call their local island administrator for more information regarding pickup locations. While island launches occur this week, CFLs will be availa ble throughout May, as long as supplies last. Distribution of CFLs began on April 9 with promotional exercises at several New Providence locations, including A F Adderley Junior High School, Golden Gates Community Park, Pinewood Gardens, and the Elizabeth Estates, Windsor and Christie Parks. The response was overwhelming. The programme was well received. The public in most cases were very eager to exchange their bulbs, Mr. Hall said of that event. This Energy Efficiency Programme is funded by a grant from the Inter-American Bank (IDB ronment Facility (GEF is the first of three energy-saving initiatives planned for 2011. In coming months, persons will be selected to receive 100 solar water heaters for their homes. In another programme, 33 solar photo voltaic (PV be offered. Consumers will be required to only pay the instal lation costs. THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation is working tomake significant improvements to the electricity supp ly in Abaco ahead of the s ummer months. I n early March 2011, BEC announced plans to construct nearly 10 miles of overhead lines linking the Wilson Cityand Marsh Harbour Power Stations. The project began last m onth as scheduled, and is on t arget for its summer deadline, according to the corporation. A statement issued by BEC yesterday said the cor-p oration has embarked on an aggressive pole planting e xercise, averaging 11 poles planted per day. On this schedule, BEC e xpects the entire pole planting exercise to be completedb efore the end of May 2011. A dditionally, most of the t rench work has been completed and the necessary clearing of foliage is also 90 p er cent finished; all well ahead of schedule. BEC expects to begin stringingl ines early next week, it said. T he corporation described the construction of the more than 10 miles of overhead transmission lines as a necessary upgrade that will provide more than 60 mega wattso f electricity. Once completed, the Wilson City Power Station, via the new transmission and distribution networks, will supply electricity to the entire islando f Abaco. T he statement said: While the construction of the line remains BECs primary focus, i ts top priority is to ensure t hat Abaco residents have an uninterrupted supply of elect ricity. Therefore, in addition to the overhead transmission line project, the overhaul of several generators at the M arsh Harbour Power Station is presently underway. W ith several of these generators already back in service, the Marsh Harbour Power Station combined with Wil son Citys limited capacity of 14 mega watts (before the completion of the new overhead lines) will be able to meet Abacos peak summerd emand of about 25 mega w atts, BEC said. The Marsh Harbour generators will serve as a back-up i n the interim and eventually b e redeployed to other power stations in the country. BEC remains committed to both projects as it makes extensive enhancements to generation and its transmission network on the island, t he statement said. According to the corpora t ion, the end result will be a superior supply of electricity to Abaco, not only now for now, but well into the future. MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT LAUNCHES N A TIONWIDE LIGHT BULB CAMPAIGN BECworks on improving Abaco electricity supply POLES RECENTLY PLANTED from Wilson City to SC Bootle Highway. A CABLE to be laid along the route. WORKERS READYING trenches and cable for installation.
B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com A SUPREME Court judge yesterday dismissed a judicial review application brought by a former US Marine Corps and Royal Bahamas Defence Forceo fficer who claimed he had been summarily dismissed from the RBDF. Justice Stephen Isaacs f ound that Lieutenant Zenn erman Shermans allega tion that he had been summarily dismissed from theF orce was false. Lt Sherman, who joined the Defence Force in 1996after leaving the US Marine C orps with an honourable d ischarge in 1992, contended that National Security Min ister Tommy Turnquest who followed the recom mendation of former RBDF Commodore Clifford Scav ella did not have the pow e r to dismiss a commissioned officer according to Section (14 Defence Act. L t Sherman claimed he had been dismissed in June 2008 for alleged misconduct. He was granted leave to commence judicial review proceedings in May 2009. Lt Sherman alleged that he was never told the reason for his (purported missal, neither was any notification of his alleged removal posted in the offi cial Gazette as required by the Defence Force Act. Sherman had asked the court to quash the termination order and direct that he be reinstated. According to court documents, on January 19, 2005 and December 1, 2005, then RBDF Commodore RBDF Davy Rolle made a recommendation to the Minister of National Security that administrative action be tak en to have Shermans com mission revoked and that he be discharged due to his habitual absence from the job without leave. Court documents also reflect that in 2007, Com modore Rolles successor Clifford Scavella made a similar recommendation, stating that Shermans behaviour was not in accor dance with good order and naval discipline. Court documents also state that during a meeting with National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest in November 2007, Sherman was advised to voluntarily retire or be discharged. According to court docu ments, then RBDF Commodore Clifford Scavella wrote to inform the Ministry of National Security in Jan uary 2008 that Sherman did not intend to resign. The ministry, according to court documents, had tried to a ssist him in finding another job in the private sector. Justice Isaacs noted in his r uling that he was satisfied by the evidence presented t hat the applicant (Sherman was not dismissed from the RBDF as he stated. There is documented evidence that he received paym ent of gratuity and his out standing vacation pay as part of the process of his vol untary resignation, Justice I saacs noted. The judge also described the argument that Shermand id not sign the voucher for h is gratuity payment, assum ing it was for outstanding s alary, as disingenuous. Justice Isaacs noted that full and frank disclosure of a ll material facts is required of the applicant in securing h is order to proceed. In my judgment the facts that were not disclosed areo f sufficient materiality to justify or require immediate d ischarge of the order with out examination on the merits, particularly the fact that he was not summarily dis m issed but was in fact given an opportunity to resign, which opportunity he tookf ull advantage of, Justice I saacs stated. The action was dismissed a nd costs were awarded to the respondents. Attorney Roberto Reckl ey appeared for Sherman. Attorneys Ingrid Smith, K ayla Green-Smith and Kenria Smith appeared for the respondents. SCHOONER Bay has put up a $ 10,000 cash reward for anyone prov iding information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have been raiding sea tur-tle nests in South Abaco. Bahamas National Trust park wardens on Schooner Bay have noticed that two nests on the beach have been r aided in the last 10 days. One of the nests was from a rare leatherback turtle. Like all sea turtles, leatherbacks start as hatchlings, climbing out of the sands of their nesting beaches. B irds, crustaceans, other reptiles and p eople prey on hatchlings before they r each the water. O nce in the ocean, they are rarely s een before maturity. Few turtles sur v ive this period. Juvenile turtles spend more of their time in tropical waters than the adultsd o. Leatherbacks are currently enlisted as critically endangered. The community around Schooner Bay has instituted a watch and patrol efforts in recent days as the turtles come ashore on most nights. To date, no one has been apprehended or reported to the police or the BNT. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011, PAGE 3 1$7+$1,(/'($1t&2%DUULVWHUVROLFLWRUV DQG 1RWDU\XEOLF (IIHFWLYHRQGD\ 0RQGD\WR)ULGD\ (DVWDQG%D\WUHHWV 7 t By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A 43-YEAR-OLDHay Street man was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on rape and burglary charges. Anthony Penn, alias Anthony Smith, alias Wann Hanna was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane yesterday. It is alleged that around 1am on Saturday, April 23, Penn broke into a womans West Street home and robbed her of her black LG cellular phone, valued at $450, along with $24 cash. It is alleged that Penn raped a woman during the break-in. Court dockets also claim that around 1.30am on Monday, April 25, Penn broke into a womans home at Wilson Tract, where he robbed the woman of her Nokia cellular phone, valued at $50, and committed another rape. It is also alleged that on Saturday, April 30, Penn escaped f rom the Central Detective Unit. Penn pleaded not guilty to the escape charge, but was not required to enter a plea to the rape and burglary charges. Sergeant Claudette McKenzie, the prosecutor, objected to Penn being granted bail. S he argued that the charges against Penn were serious, that Penn may fail to appear in court, and that he could interfere with witnesses. Penn was denied bail and ordered to be remanded to prison. Prosecutors will proceed w ith a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on the rape and burglary charges. Penn is expected to appear in Court 6, Parliament Street, on May 18 for a fixture hearing. MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON RAPE AND BURGLARY CHARGES FORMER RBDFOFFICERS JUDICIAL REVIEW APPLICATION DISMISSED $10,000 reward offered over sea turtle nest raids ALEATHERBACKTURTLE covering her eggs. Two nests have reportedly been raided in the last 10 days.
E DITOR, The Tribune. I read the letter to the E ditor in todays paper (May 2, 2011 and I never read so much Sugar Honey Ice Tea in a l ong time. It is obvious H K nowles doesnt understand w hats going on in this count ry and doesnt hear the cries of the sporting world here in the Bahamas for bet ter facilities and training for o ur talented young people. Its not a profit making d ecision to build a new stad ium or fix up the Sports C entre. H Knowles, this is a project that is investing into the future of our nation and of our youth. We have so much crime in this coun-t ry and too many idle young people, so I applaud the government for doing this. Its a great thing for theB ahamas. Looking at the Carifta Games and coming to your conclusion was real dumb. Jamaica had to move theg ames to Montego Bay from Kingston because they too are renovating their national stadium and I am sure if the games were held in Kingston the stadium would h ave been packed. You w ould probably say they c ould have come from Kingston to Montego Bayt o watch the games. If you know Jamaica it is much too far to travel. I wish you would sit with P auline Davis, Debbie Ferguson and the great Carifta Team of 2011 and tell themt o their faces the government is making a foolish decision by investing in their f uture by upgrading The Q ueen Elizabeth Sports Centre. What is foolish isy our letter to the editor. More money needs to be spent on sports and upgrading of the various gyms and p arks around New Provid ence and money needs to b e spent on building better f acilities in the Family Islands. The Bahamas is a sports power and we need to exploit that. We need toc reate more sporting programmes to keep our youth b usy and help them develo p themselves as more prod uctive Bahamians. If we have better facilities maybe we can improve our young athletes so just maybe they will have better opportuni-t ies to get scholarships to college. E THOMPSON N assau, May 2, 2011 E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats heaped praise on the Obama administration's role in killing Osama bin Laden. But few expect the goodwill to ease the path for tough domestic issues, such as taming the federal debt. "No way," said Mike McKenna, a veteran Republican strategist and lobbyist. Everyone is pleased by the terrorist leader's death, he said, "but it provides zero additional credibility on debt and deficit issues" for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. Prominent Democrats agreed. Most Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls were gracious in crediting Obama for bin Laden's death, said Matt Ben nett, vice president of the Democratic-oriented centrist group Third Way. "But I don't think it's going to have an impact on the domestic debates," he said. "I just don't think there's enough goodwill there." Congress certainly could use some bipartisan goodwill these days. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after a two-week recess that featured emotional public forums on divisive issues including deficit spending, Medicare's growing costs and the need to raise the national debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on loans. Medicare is the government-run programme providing health care coverage for the elderly. Sometimes in the same meetings, one group of voters threatened to punish lawmakers who refuse to raise taxes on the rich, and others vowed to oust anyone who dares to raise taxes or the debt lim it. Congress and the nation have grown so partisan and polarized in recent decades that even a universally embraced feat the death of the chief terrorist behind the 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans has little ability to influence other aspects of public life. There are many reasons. Americans have set tled into more rigidly defined political sectors.The nation remains almost evenly split between the two major parties, with a relatively modest number of independent voters deciding recent elections. In the House, trends in migration and redistricting have created many staunchly liberal and staunchly conservative districts. Voters send law makers to Washington who barely comprehend each other's points of view, let alone embrace them. With Democrats controlling the Senate and White House, Republicans see the House as their only federal power base. The more they cooperate with Obama, the more they infuriate their conservative base, and the more they help the president build a record of accomplishments that might boost his 2012 re-election campaign. Partisanship has long shaped Congress, of course. But today's lawmakers are more open about it. Many of them scarcely conceal their unbridled zeal to win the next election, and they pay little lip service to the notion of finding compromises that might help the general public. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaking of the bin Laden raid, said Obama "made the right call, and we thank him for it." But McConnell has never backed away from his 2010 statement that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." Obama told a White House gathering of lawmakers Monday night that he hopes to recapture at least some of the unity that swept a stunned and grieving nation on September 11, 2001. "That unity that we felt on 9/11 has frayed a little bit over the years, and I have no illusions about the difficulties of the debates that we'll have to be engaged in, in the weeks and months to come," the president said. But Americans come together in times of tragedy, he said, and "it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face." Working against such unity, however, is an ever-growing number of intensely partisan blogs, Internet sites and cable TV and radio talk shows. Recent polls indicate that the more time mainstream news outlets spent debunking the false claim that Obama was born overseas, the more Americans embraced it. The January 8 near-fatal shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, prompted widespread calls for calmer political rhetoric and an end to campaign techniques such as drawing crosshairs over "targeted" opponents. It didn't last long. Partisans quickly accused each other of trying to exploit the tragedy for political gain. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, said she was the victim of a "blood libel" related to her criticisms of Giffords. Her remarks triggered a new round of recriminations. Some lawmakers held out the possibility of greater bipartisanship stemming from the raid against bin Laden, but they stopped short of pre dicting it. "We're all rallying around our intelligence capabilities, and our service men and women who were part of this," said Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. Asked if the goodwill would spill over to domestic questions, he replied: "I don't know. It's not obvious." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the successful raid in Pakistan would not make it easier to reach an accord on how to fund the military. "I don't think it'll have any direct impact," he said. Some lawmakers couldn't find a bipartisan note in the entire affair. Rep. Gary Ackerman, a New York Democrat, told CNN that bin Laden's death was "the 'Mission Accomplished' moment that George Bush fantasized." Conservative websites distributed and con demned his remarks. (This article was written by Charles Babington of the Associated Press). Investing in the future of our nation and youth LETTERS email@example.com Bin Laden-fed unity may be short-lived E DITOR, The Tribune. In response to the questions posed by a VeryC oncerned Citizen, the current Commissioner of Police nor any other can not get the job done because the justice system is a revolving door and a broken one at that. With regards to the Mini ster and the current Administration, the state of our National Security speaks for itself. While we do not chose our Commissioner of Police, we can certainly go to the polls to affect who our Government Ministers will be. JEROME R PINDER Nassau, April 26, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. D uring the month of May The Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB Nurses. A t this time recognition is held every year during May around Florence Nightingales birthday. The purpose ofN ational Nurses month is to raise public awareness of the val ue of nursing and to help educate the public about the vital roles nurses play in meeting the health care needs of the Bahamian people. To commemorate National Nurses Month, the NACB would like to pay tribute to these indispensible professionals.Thesen urses account for a total of 1,544 Bahamian and foreign nurs e s who provide highly skilled, safe and quality care in a variety of settings, and who encounter increased challenges to their professional and ethical commitment to deliver essential healthc are. Nurses not only practice at the bedside but are educators, administrators, practitioners, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. The NACB is requesting stories that pay tribute to these Registered and Trained Clinical Nurses. We would be grateful if your newspaper can print these testimonials during the month of May, as we would like to hear from your readers.For example, an individual may wish to thank a nurse who has cared fort hem or even a family member or a nurse that assisted in saving an individuals life and that person would like to show his or her gratitude. P lease help us recognise our nations nurses and give someone the opportunity to share his or her story, by paying tribute to a particular nurse or the profession of Nursing during this very special month. All stories can be sent to the Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB House, Dowdeswell Street. For further information please contact us at the above telephone numbers on Wednesdays from 8am to 4pm, or via the above email address. You may also contact the Public Relations Officer. Ms Lakerah Rolle at telephone number: 422-1804 (c We are grateful for your assistance in this matter. Persephone Munnings (Mrs President Lakerah Rolle Public Relations Officer Nassau, April 11, 2011 WE C ANNOT CHOOSE OUR COMMISSIONER BUT CAN AFFECT WHOARE MINIS TERS WILL BE CELEBRATING NURSES EDITOR, The Tribune. I am an avid reader of your weekly columns, and will now ask your assistance to helping to assist in the conservation of our crawfish stocks just like you and others are doing for the sharks. There is a closed season on harvesting crawfish (our Panu larus argus) to which many fishermen and unscrupulous restau rants pay no attention. The Fisheries Department allows restaurants to sell lobster meals during the closed season if they can say that they had them in stock. Or get this, the big wholesalers are able to sell lobster during the closed season. There was an advertisement in the newspa per to that effect. So what do the local fishermen do? Go out, harvest illegal crawfish and sell them to the restaurants. Another law that they always break is taking undersized crawfish, and berried females (with eggs little tails and sell them as crawfish meat. All the above is illegal and is well known to all the Fisheries management, but they sit behind their desks, draw their monthly pay and would not even publish the penalties for breaking the fisheries laws and regulations. Many people are behind the conservation of sharks all well and good, but lets do something about saving our crawfish industry too. HAROLD SONNY WAUGH Freeport, Grand Bahama, April 28, 2011. Lets save our crawfish industry
B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Plans have been announced for a major fishing tournament o n Grand Bahama that a ims to raise up to $40,000 for the islands youth. The tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 21, when some $ 5,000 in cash prizes will be i ncluded. T he tournament is open t o all boaters and will begin a t the Xanadu Beach R esort and Marina at 7am. Ed Pavey, tournament chairperson, said the event is sponsored by the Grand Bahama Shipyard in an effort to raise funds to benefit the young people of w est Grand Bahama. He said they are hoping to raise a total of between $ 30,000 to $40,000. Some $25,000 has already been r aised through corporate sponsors from various industrial partners on G rand Bahama. A press conference was h eld at the shipyard to a nnounce plans for the e vent. Joseph Darville of t he shipyard; Lee Wallace of Freeport Towing, and Dias Vasquez of Verified Services were also present. M r Darville said the shipy ard and various industrial p artners have embarked on a project to construct a s tate-of-the-art sporting f acility at the Eight Mile Rock High School. Facility The facility, which will be built in phases over the next two years, will cater to the young people of Eight Mile R ock and West End, as well a s the outlying settlements of Hunters, Lewis Yard and P inders Point. We are extremely excite d about this very significant and ambitious project that the Grand BahamaS hipyard in conjunction with industrial partners has a lready commenced, Mr D arville said. H e said the project is the brainchild of shipyard senior vice-president Reuben Byrd. T he project includes cons truction of a running track, l ong jump and short put a reas, baseball and soccer f ields, bleachers, concession s tands and a storage facility. Work has already started o n the baseball and soccer fields. Mr Pavey said sporting equipment and supplies, s uch as bats, balls, and uniforms for youngsters of the Eight Mile Rock and West E nd leagues, will be purc hased with proceeds from t he tournament. He said boaters wishing to compete will have to pay a $150 registration fee before the May 15 deadline. F our persons are allowed per boat. There are three categories, including the Aggregate Catch, Individual Catches, and Childrens Category which award p oints and cash prizes for t he largest grouper, tuna, s napper, kingfish, mahi mahi and wahoo. There are also cash prizes for the overall first, second and third place finishers. B oaters must return to X anadu Marina between t he hours of 3pm and 5pm f or tally. Activities While the tournament is going on, Mr Pavey said there will be many family f un activities, food and entertainment onshore at Xanadu Beach. E ntertainment includes a f ree water slip n slide for c hildren, bouncing castle, face painting and ice cream. For adults there will be a dunking booth manned by the senior management of G rand Bahama Shipyard. We are inviting everyone to come out and supp ort the event. We are looking forward t o many fishing boats, no matter the size, to come outa nd help to generate funds f or the youth of West Grand Bahama, Mr Pavey said. MEMBERS of the Royal Bahamas Defence F orce will commemorate the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo with a memorial service in Rawson Square on May 10a t 6.30pm. T he incident took place when Cuban MiG jet fighters opened rocket and machine gun fire on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force vesselH MBS Flamingo after it had arrested two Cuban vessels poaching at Cay Santo Doming o, in the Ragged Island chain. The vessel sunk and four marines were killed. This will be the first time that a memorial service will takep lace in Rawson Square in a national effort to never forget, the Defence Force said. Members of the public are invited to attend to show their support and remember the courageouse fforts of those involved. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011, PAGE 5 L ESS than two weeks b efore the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flaming o by Cuban MiG jets off the Ragged Island chain, the D efence Force Commodore a nd his officers dined with the now retired senior command er of the ill-fated vessel. Retired Commander Amos Rolle and his wife Mrs Pauline Cox-Rolle were guests of Commodore Rode rick Bowe in the Officers Wardroom at Coral Harbour B ase. T he seventy-year-old veteran was in good spirits and spoke candidly for hours with h is hosts, answering questions a nd sharing salt-seasoned yarns about his time in the service. H e recounted detailed experiences of bringing the newly built 103 Marlin Classv essels (Marlin and Flaming o) from their builders in England across the Atlantic t o New Providence and joked g ood naturedly about the ports Gibraltar, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Cape Verde t hat he had visited on the way. He recounted in vivid detail t he patrol that would change t he rest of his life on May 10, 1980. T his incident took place when the clearly marked D efence Force vessel sust ained repeated and vicious machine and rocket attacks f rom Cuban military jet fighters in retaliation for the Flamingo arresting two Cuban vessels poaching in the Ragged Island chain. C ommodore Bowe thanked the Bahamian hero for a ccepting his invitation to l unch. He was elated that Senior and Junior Officers were able to benefit from a f irst hand account of the F lamingo incident that had occurred when the Force was less than two months in offi-c ial existence. Retired Senior Commander Amos Rolle and his wifew ere grateful for the sumptuo us meal, smooth camaraderie and tributes and look f orward to a return visit on t he Base. RBDF photo: P etty Officer Jonathon Rolle Fishing tournament aims to raise up to $40,000 for Grand Bahama youth Event sponsored by the GBshipyard MEMORIAL SERVICE TO MARK HMBS FLAMINGO SINKING FORMER FLAMINGO COMMANDER DINES AT CORAL HARBOUR BASE
By LARRYSMITH H E IS 93 now and too frail to pilot a boat, but he can still step up to a lectern and deliver a sprightly speech, peppered with amusi ng anecdotes. Listening to Sir Durward K nowles these days is like opening a time capsule planted 64 years ago. That's when he, his new wife Holly,and two other 20-something B ahamians set off on a road trip across the continental USA, with their boat in tow, to win a world championship sailing event in Los Angeles. F or Knowles, that unprecedented event was both the beginning and end o f a long and distinguished s ailing career. Even winning a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, one suspects, did not compare with that glorious victory at seai n 1947. "You don't know what it was like back then for an island boy to become champion of the world," he told scores of well-wishers during a recent ceremony at Centreville House to turn over his two Olympic medalsa nd the 1947 Star Class trop hy to the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation. I n his 1992 biography ( D riven by the Stars) w ritten by Douglas Hanks Jr, Knowles described that incendiary moment when" The underdog from the Bahamas had done it. Horns sounded. People waved and cheered. Competitors sailed close by with congratulations. Holly was so proud. It was a time of celebration. What a victory!" "A-coasting in shallops" h as been a longtime pursuit o f Bahamian males. In the 17th century it was described as "a lazy course of life" that l eft "none but old men, w omen and children to plant." But for Knowles and o thers, sailing was a labour of love that generated big publicity dividends for the Bahamas. Designed in 1911, the Star i s one of the most popular k eelboats in the world. It is t he oldest Olympic class, h aving first been used in competition in 1932, and is s till at the heart of that competition today, supported by an association with over2 ,200 members with fleets in 38 countries. Sir Durward remains the honorary commodore of the class. A fter winning the Star C lass world championship in 1947, Knowles went on to c ompete in the 1952 O lympics in Finland and won a bronze medal in the 1956 US Olympics with thel ate Sloane Farrington as crew. The kicker came in 1964, when he won the gold medal in Tokyo, with the late Cecil Cooke as crew a nother first for the B ahamas. A couple of weeks ago, after consultation with fam i ly and friends, Sir Durward donated these trophies to the Antiquities Corporation. M inister of Youth and Cul ture, Charles Maynard, said the historic awards wouldb ecome "a very important part of the collections of the National Museum of the Bahamas." U nfortunately, the national museum doesn't yet exist, although the AMMC currently manages three small museums on New Providence and Long Island. When the Antiquities C orporation was created in 1999, one of its main pur poses was to set up a nationa l museum "to be the major national and public reposi tory of all artifacts of inte gral importance to the preh istory, history and cultural development of the Bahamian people." T he 80-year-old former Collins mansion on Shirley Street (now known as Cen-t reville House) is undergoing a painfully slow restoration as the future site of the museum. This building was the home of prominent parliamentarian Ralph Collins, who died in 1946. The property was occupied by St Andrews School from 1950 to 1971, when it was acquired by the government. The AMMC has occupied adjacent buildings on the sixacre estate since 2005. About three years ago the Historic Bahamas Foundation was formed as a publicprivate partnership to raise funds for the national museum, but it has yet to get off the ground. In recent years the Collins building has been stripped of unwanted accretions, its roof and exterior walls have been repaired and stabilized, and the grounds landscaped under the direction of artist Anto nious Roberts. But experts say another $2 million at least is needed to restore the 30,000-squarefoot building for use as a museum. Much of the groundwork for this has already been done, thanks to an exchange programme with the State of Rhode Island facilitated by the US Embassy. Historical architects from the city of Newport. working with the AMMC, produced a con ceptual plan for Centreville House in 2006. In the meantime, historic and archaeological artifacts are being stored by the AMMC. According to chief curator Kim Outten-Stubbs, the collection mostly includes pottery shards, pieces of shell implements, s hell beads and tools, and p ieces of china that are useful for study but not for display. We have limited collec tions of furniture, fabric, stone and glass objects as w ell as ceramics. Examples include objects salvaged from the Old Jumbey Vil-l age exhibition, artifacts from the Clifton plantation site, three Lucayan duhos (ceremonial stoolsa Long Island cave in 1988, metal objects such as can nons from the forts, artifacts from shipwrecks such as the freighter that sank off North Eleuthera in 1860 carrying supplies for a general store i n Texas, as well as straw work and junkanoo pieces." Also included are a coll ection of personal mementos from former governorgeneral Dame Ivy Dumont,a replica of the Columbus m onument at Long Island, and the recent donation of awards from Sir DurwardK nowles. The AMMC uses a com puterized documentation s ystem to catalogue objects. The database includes ownership, description, condition, material that the object is made from, and a photographic record. "At this point, our collections are limited in scope," Mrs Outten Stubbs said. "We want to expand them in order to be more representative of our national heritage." THE CABINET AS POLITICAL SATIRE I think it is fair to say that while Bahamians may be hugely entertained by politics and politicians, political satire as a form of speech isa rare and wonderful thing here probably because our society is so small and the distance between us so nar row. In the recent past under the 25-year Pindling regime for example political satire was virtually non-existent. Pindling took himself much too seriously, and his deferential supporters amongst the intelligentsia would not countenance anything that could be considered disre spectful. The prime example of performance satire in those days was James Catalyn's comedy skits at the Dundas( Dis We Tings ). But far from mocking the rich and pow erful, Catalyn's humour was aimed mostly at dimwitted or conniving plebians. There was certainly no attempt to shame or blame the political class. In recent years we have had Ian Strachan's No Seeds in Babylon and Michael Pin tard's Politricks as well as h is popular sketch comedies a bout the 2002 and 2007 general elections. And last month we had Ward Minnis' n ew political comedy, t he Cabinet which opened appropriately on April F ool's Day. There is no doubt that the Cabinet makes a mockery of o ur politicians, including the most powerful one of all HAI himself, played by mas terful Ingraham impersona tor Chigozie Ijeoma. This is something that would nev er have been possible in the old days, and for that we should all be grateful to this same HAI, who clearly has a sense of humour. M innis spins out the old conspiracy theory that Hubert Ingraham and PerryC hristie rigged history by agreeing to rotate the prime minister's office between themselves. In the process, a carbon-copy Ingraham takes most of the flack while a presumed Tommy Turnq uest (played by the very funny Mathew Wildgoose) is portrayed unrelentingly asa hapless fool. Meanwhile, Christie (played by Ward Minnis) and a thinly disguised Fred Mitchell (played by Sophie Smith) get off relatively lightly. The question I have is: are we simply drawing on politicians as a source of material like nagging wives or domineering mothers-inlaw or are we using satire as a weapon to expose error, win arguments or advocate change? According to Antony Jay, co-author of the acclaimed 1980s British political TV comedies Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister (both of which once aired on ZNS), "What distinguishes true satire from ordinary comedy is that it focuses a collective antagonism on political or social issues. There are many ways of participating in the debate on current con troversies, mostly by deploying facts and arguments on one side or the other. But there is no argument against laughter." If we accept that satire's role is to challenge the establishment in an amusing way, then it follows that simply making fun of politicians does not necessarily do the job. In other words, makinga mockery of powerful people could be considered challenging if the ridicule serves to make a construc tive point. I am not sure whether Minnis managed to achieve that goal. What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CUSTOMER NOTICECOMMERCIAL CLIENTSPleasebeadvisedthatScotiabank (BahamasLimitedhasrevisedits Commercial Rates and Fee Schedule. Thesechangeswillbecomeeffective June 1, 2011. Forfurtherinformation,please contact your Relationship Ofcer. Sir Durward Knowles donation to the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation SIR DURWARD KNOWLES recently donated his two Olympic medals and the 1947 Star Class trophy to the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation.
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I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STOCKHOLM Associated Press THE ICEof Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 5 feet this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections, an authoritative international assessment says. The findings "emphasise the need for greater urgency" in combating global warming, says the report of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP the eight-nation Arctic Council. The warning of much higher seas comes as the world's nations remain bogged down in their two-decade-long talks on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Rising sea levels are expected to cause some of global warming's worst damage from inundated small islands to possible flooding of New York City's subways. Oceans will not rise uniformly worldwide, because of currents, winds and other factors, but such lowlying areas as Bangladesh and Florida will likely be hard-hit. The new report, whose executive summary was obtained by The Associated Press, is to be delivered to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and foreign ministers of the other seven member nations at an Arctic Council meeting next week in Greenland. It first will be discussed by some 400 international scientists at a conference this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. Drawing on improved research tech niques and recent scientific papers, the AMAP report updates forecasts made by the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change in its last major assessment in 2007. The melting of Arctic glaciers and ice caps, including Greenland's mas sive ice sheet, is projected to help raise global sea levels by 35 to 63 inches (90 to 160 centimeters) by 2100, AMAP said, although it noted that estimate was highly uncertain. That's up from the 2007 projection of 7 to 23 inches (19 to 59 centimeters by the U.N. panel. The U.N. group had left out the possible acceleration of melting in Greenland and Antarctica, saying research on that hadn't advanced sufficiently by the mid-2000s. The U.N. estimate was based largely on the expansion of ocean waters from warm ing and the runoff from melting land glaciers elsewhere in the world. Now the AMAP assessment finds that Greenland was losing ice in the 2004-2009 period four times faster than in 1995-2000. In addition, the cover of sea ice on the Arctic Ocean is shrinking faster than projected by the U.N. panel, threatening the long-term survival of polar bears and other ice-dependent species. Summer ice coverage has been at or near record lows every year since 2001, said AMAP, predicting the ocean will be almost ice-free in the summer in 30 to 40 years. Temperatures Arctic temperatures in the past six years were the highest since measure ments began in 1880, and "feedback" mechanisms are believed to be speeding up warming in the far north. One such mechanism involves the ocean absorbing more heat when it's not covered by ice, because ice reflects the sun's energy. That effect has been anticipated by scientists "but clear evidence for it has only been observed in the Arctic in the past five years," AMAP said. It projected that average fall and win ter temperatures in the Arctic will climb by roughly 5 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2080, even if greenhouse gas emissions are lower than in the past decade. "The observed changes in sea ice on the Arctic Ocean, in the mass of the Greenland ice sheet and Arctic ice caps and glaciers over the past 10 years are dramatic and represent an obvious departure from the long-term patterns," AMAP said. A leading American ice specialist, Richard Alley of Pennsylvania State University, who did not take part in the AMAP assessment, agreed that recent scientific estimates generally sup port its central finding. A sea level rise of more than 3 feet this century "fits well within these esti mates, and a somewhat higher value cannot be excluded," Alley said. Scientists have steadily improved ways of measuring the loss of ice into the oceans. In research reported in March in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, U.S. and European scientists used two independent methods to corroborate their findings: the on-the-ground mea surement of ice thickness and movements using GPS stations and other tools, and the measurement of ice mass through gravity readings from satel lites. Led by Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, they calculated that the accelerating melt of the vast Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets would contribute to an overall sea-level rise of some 13 inches by 2050. They didn't project sea levels to 2100 because of long-range uncertainties, but their work, like AMAP's, significantly updates previous projections. The AMAP report said melting glaciers and ice sheets worldwide have become the biggest contributor to sea level rise. Greenland's ice sheet alone accounted for more than 40 percent of the 0.12 inches (3.1 millimeters level rise observed annually between 2003 and 2008, AMAP said. The AMAP group's main function is to advise the nations surrounding the Arctic the U.S., Canada, Russia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland on threats to its environment. The updated projections should sup ply further scientific ammunition in the uphill struggle for concerted global action to rein in greenhouse emissions. The failure of emissions-capping legislation in the U.S. Congress last year was one major setback. "I'm not sure what is more alarming, the glacial pace of Congress to reduce carbon pollution or the astound ing rate of melting Arctic ice," Lou Leonard, climate chief at the World Wildlife Fund, said of the new report. Report sees sharper sea rise from Arctic ice melt TORONTO Associated Press PRIME MINISTER Stephen Harper said Tuesday he won't shift to the hard right after his Conservatives won a longsought majority in Canada's Par liament. Monday's election marks a change in the country's political landscape with opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a punishing defeat. Harper said the Conservatives won their mandate because of the way they've governed so far and sought to allay fears he would implement a hidden right wing agenda. Harper, who took office in 2006, has won two elections but until Monday's vote had never held a majority of Parliament's 308 seats, forcing him to rely on the opposition to pass legislation. Harper has deliberately avoided sweeping policy changes, but now has an oppor tunity to pass any legislation he wants with his new majority. "We got that mandate because the way we have governed and Canadians expect us to continue to move forward in the same way," said Harper, who has incrementally moved Canada to the right. In past elections, Harper did not explicitly ask for a majority to avoid raising fears among Canadians that they would implement a hidden right-wing agenda and on Tuesday sought to reassure the country of his commitment to public health care. "I think we've made it very clear that we support Canada's system of universal public health insurance," Harper said after the Conservatives won 167 seats, which will give him four years of uninterrupted govern ment. While Harper's hold on Par liament has been tenuous during his five-year tenure, he has managed to nudge an instinctively centre-left country to the right, gradually lowering sales and corporate taxes, avoiding climate change legislation and promoting Arctic sovereignty. He has also upped military spending, extended Canada's military mission in Afghanistan and staunchly backed Israel's right-wing government. The White House said Presi dent Barack Obama called Harper to congratulate him on his victory and said Obama is looking forward to renewing a commitment to improve security and trade along the border. Harper also congratulated Obama for his successful operation against Osama bin Laden. Despite their political differ ences, Harper is said to get on better with Obama than he did with George W. Bush, possibly preferring the current U.S. president's cerebral style to his pre decessor's backslapping Texan charm. Harper appeared happier than ever Tuesday. "I obviously am feeling great," said Harper, who joked that his staff forced him to take a swig from a champagne bottle after his big victory. Meanwhile, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff announced he will step down from the post following the party's worst defeat in history. Ignatieff even lost his own seat in a Toronto suburb. Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe also lost his own seat and immediately resigned after French-speaking voters in Que bec indicated they had grown weary with the separatist party, which had a shocking drop to four seats from 47 in the last Parliament. Harper said he was disappointed the Conservatives didn't benefit from the dramatic shift in votes in Quebec but said he was encouraged the shift is toward federalism and he took some credit for it. "As a Canadian and a federalist I am encouraged by the collapse of Bloc," Harper said. "I believe that the way we've been managing the federation and our relations, our signifi cant and important relations with Quebec, have made a big difference in bringing about that change for the benefit of the entire country and now for the benefit of the NDP." The leftist New Democratic Party went from one seat in Quebec to 58 and became the main opposition party, with 102 seats overall, tripling their overall support in a stunning setback for the Liberals who have always been either in power or leading the opposition. The Liberals, who ruled Canada for much of the last century, dropped to 34 seats overall from 77 finishing third for the first time in Canadian history. The Conservatives had blitzed the country with TV ads targeting the Liberals' leader, running them even during telecasts of the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl. The ads made relentless use of the more than 30 years Ignati eff lived in Europe and the U.S. "Michael Ignatieff. Just visiting," went one election ad. "Back in Canada. But for how long?" mocked another. Ignatieff said the Conserva tives engaged in a "absolutely unscrupulous campaign of personal attack" but said he's not going out a sore loser. Harper was helped by the NDP surge, which split the leftof-centre vote in many districts, handing victory to Conservative candidates, especially in Ontario, where the Liberals were decimated in their last national stronghold. Former colleagues of Harper say his long-term goals are to shatter the image of the Liberals the party of former Prime Ministers Jean Chretien, Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau as the natural party of govern ment in Canada, and to redefine what it means to be Cana dian. Stephen Clarkson, a profes sor of political science at the University of Toronto, said the 52-year-old Harper should now be considered a transformative figure in Canadian history. "It's a sea change," Clarkson said. The New Democrats' gains are being attributed to Layton's strong performance in the debates, a folksy, upbeat mes sage, and a desire by the Frenchspeakers in Quebec, the second most populous province, for a new face and a federalist option after two decades of supportinga separatist party in Ottawa. Bruce Hicks, a political scientist at the Universite de Montreal, said that the Bloc had originally answered the need for a Quebec protest, but had never converted that support into a long-term political identity. Hicks said separatism was still an important force, despite the province's rejection of the Bloc. The provincial separatist Parti Quebecois are expected to take power in the next provincial election. "I would caution anyone to think that the independence movement is dead at any time," said Hicks. Many Quebeckers said they liked the NDP's social democrat ideology and expressed weari ness with the Bloc Quebecois. "I was just a bit tired of them talking about separation," said Emma Potvin, a 29-year-old server in Montreal. "I haven't seen a difference with the Bloc Quebecois, and I thought it would be good to have a national party." The NDP's gains marked a remarkable shift in a campaign that started out weeks ago looking like a straight battle between Harper and Ignatieff, a distin guished academic, with the 60year-old Layton recovering from prostate cancer and a broken hip. Harper counted on the economy to help hand him the majority. Canada has outperformed other major industrialized democracies through the financial crisis, recovering almost all the jobs lost during the recession while its banking sector remains intact. He said he would continue his plan to create jobs and growth without raising taxes. PM SAYS HE WON'T MOVE CANADA HARD TO THE RIGHT PRIME MINISTER Stephen Harper smiles as he holds a news conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Tuesday. The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld /AP IN THIS JULY 19, 2007 FILE PHOTO an iceberg is seen off Ammassalik Island in Eastern Greenland. A new assessment of climate change in the Arctic shows the ice in the region is melting faster than previously thought and sharply raises projections of global sea level rise this century. John McConnico, File /AP BEIRUT Associated Press FACINGinternational condemnation for its bloody crackdown on protesters, the Syrian regime is expanding an intimidation campaign to keep people off the streets, according to human rights activists. They report a sharp escalation in arbitrary arrests and unexplained disappearances including people being plucked from their homes and offices in the middle of the day. One prominent activist in an upscale Damascus neighborhood was reportedly bundled into a car after being beaten by security officers. "Syrian cities have witnessed in the past few days an insane escalation by authorities who are arresting anyone with the potential to stage protests and demonstrations," Ammar Qurabi, who heads the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "The arrests have transformed Syria into a large prison," he said, estimating that more than 1,000 people had been detained since Saturday in raids on houses. Syrian forces have badly treated many detainees, Amnesty International said. One was forced to lick his o wn blood off the floor after he was stripped and beaten, the group said. The stepped-up campaign will have its first major test Friday the main day for protests in the Arab world. But there were signs the protests will continue, with t housands of people gather ing Tuesday in the coastal town of Banias, demanding freedom and urging the demise of Syria's authoritar ian regime, two witnesses said. "So far it is a peaceful protest," one person said, a sking not to be identified for fear of reprisals. "Some people are carrying loaves of bread and baby's milk because our city is under siege and we can't come or go ... We are running out of supplies." President Bashar Assad is d etermined to crush the sixweek revolt, the gravest challenge to his family's 40year dynasty. Assad inherited power from his father in 2000, and has maintained close ties with Iran and Islamic militant groups such as Hezbollah in neighboring L ebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Rights groups say at least 545 Syrians have been killed since the uprising began in the blockaded southern city of Daraa, spreading quickly across the nation of some 23 million people. Most of the unrest erupts after Muslim prayers on Fridays, and the regime's response has become increasingly brutal. Now, instead of waiting for the weekly protests, security forces are using the mid week lull to send an intimidating message. An activist in Banias said the local branch of the political security department called a mechanic Sunday to fix one of its cars and he has not been heard from since. Three other men have been missing for days after security agents picked them up at a gas station, he said. The activist, who asked that his name not be used for fear of government reprisal, said many people were afraid to leave their homes. Suheir Atassi, a prodemocracy activist, asked her Twitter followers to stop calling her mobilephone because security agents have intercepted the line. "Security (agents answering my mobile!" she tweeted. "They have taken over the line." Activists' families also were affected, according to witnesses who said sus pects and their relatives were being dragged from their homes in sweeping arrests. In Daraa, security forces are in cemeteries, presumably to pinpoint families of protesters who were killed. SYRIAN REGIME RESORTS TO INTIMIDATION AND THREATS Findings emphasise the need for greater urgency in combatingg lobal warming
WASHINGTON Associated Press OSAMA BIN LADENwas unarmed when he was confronted by U.S. commandos at his Pakistani hideout but tried to resist the assault, the White House said Tuesday as new details emerged about the audacious raid that killed the world's most wanted terrorist. The White House said it was considering whether to release photos that were taken of bin Laden after he was killed but was concerned that the photos were "gruesome" and could be inflammatory. Other details that emerged on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials: One of bin Laden's wives tried to rush the commandos and was shot in the leg. High temperatures caused a lumbering helicopter carrying the raiders to make a hard landing. And as N avy SEALs swept through the compound, they handcuffed those they encountered with plastic zip ties and pressed on in pursuit of their target, code-named "Geronimo." Geronimo was a famously elusive Native American chief. Once bin Laden had been shot, the raiders doubled back to move t he prisoners away from the com pound before blowing up the downed helicopter. The fuller picture of the highstakes assault emerged as U.S. officials weighed whether to release video and photos of binLaden, who was killed with a shot above his left eye. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and revealed some of the new details about the raid, said she'd known about the suspected bin Laden compound since last December offering rare evidence that Washington can indeed keep a blockbuster secret. President Barack Obama made plans to go to the World Trade Center site in New York on Thursday to mark the milestone of bin Laden's demise and to remember the dead of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that were blamed on his al-Qaida militant group. White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the U.S. was scouring items seized in the raid on bin Laden's comp ound in Abbottabad, Pakistan said to include hard drives, DVDs, a pile of documents and more that might tip U.S. intelligence to al Qaida's operational details and perhaps lead to the presumed next-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri. As for publicly releasing photos a nd video, Brennan said in a series of appearances on morning television that "this needs to be done thoughtfully," with careful consideration given to what kind of reaction the images might provoke. At issue were photos of bin Laden's corpse and video of hiss wift burial at sea. Officials were reluctant to inflame Islamic sen timent by showing graphic images of the body. But they were also anxious to address the stories already building in Pakistan and beyond that bin Laden was some how still alive. In a move that could increase p ressure for the release of photos, Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah said talk of bin Laden's death was "premature," adding that the U.S. had not presented "convincing evidence," the SITE Intelligence Group reported. Obama, who approved the extraordinarily risky operation and witnessed its progression from the White House Situation Room, his face heavy with tension, reaped accolades from world leaders he'd kept in the dark as well as from political opponents at home. Pakistan, however, called the raid "unauthorised" Tuesday and said it shouldn't serve as a precedent for future actions. CIA Director Leon Panetta, in interviews with Time and PBS' "Newshour," sketched the scene in the Situation Room as the tense final minutes of the raid played out. "Once those teams went into the compound," he told PBS, "I can tell you there was a time period of almost 20 or 25 minutes that we really didn't know just exactly what was going on." Then, Panetta told Time, when Adm. William McRaven, head oft he Joint Special Forces Command, reported that the commandos had identified "Geronimo" the code name for bin Laden "all the air we were holding came out." And when the helicopters left the compound 15 minutes later, Panetta said, the room broke into applause. Carney filled in details about the assault, saying that bin Laden did resist the commandos, although he was not armed. One of bin Laden's wives, Carney said, was in the room and tried to charge at the U.S. assaulters. Monday night, Republican and Democratic leaders gave Obamaa standing ovation at an evening White House meeting that was planned before the raid but became a celebration of it, and a n occasion to step away from the fractious political climate. The episode was an embarrassment, at best, for Pakistani authorities as bin Laden's pres ence was revealed in their midst. The stealth U.S. operation played out in a city with a strong Pakistani military presence and witho ut advance notice from Wash ington. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011, PAGE 15 WHITE HOUSE: BIN LADEN UNARMED DURING ASSAULT L ATESTONOSAMABINLADENDEATH LOCAL PEOPLE and media gather outside the perimeter wall and sealed gate into the compound and a house where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed late Monday, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday. Local residents showed off small parts of what appeared to be a U.S. helicopter that Washington said malfunctioned and was disabled by the American commando striket eam as they retreated, while Pakistan's leader on Tuesday denied suggestions that his country's security forces had sheltered Osama bin Laden. A n j u m N a v e e d / A P OSAMA BIN LADEN: The White House is considering whether to release photos taken after hew as killed. WASHINGTON Associated Press CONGRESSmay consider cutting the almost $1.3 billion in annual aid to Pakistan if it turns out the Islamabad government knew where Osama bin Laden was hiding, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Tuesday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she wants more details from CIA director Leon Panetta and others about the Pakistani government's role. Feinstein spoke to reporters about the raid that killed bin Laden early Monday a nd the questions raised by his hiding place deep inside Pakistan. The No. 2 House Democratic leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said if Pakistan doesn't ease doubts about its dedication to fighting terrorists, Congress should explore whether it makes sense to reduce U.S. aid to that country. "I don't know whether it would be effective or counterproductive, we'll have to look at that," h e told reporters, adding, "It needs to be looked into." Incredulous lawmakers are pressing Pakistan for answers to two simple questions: What did its army and intelligence agents know of bin Laden's whereabouts and when did they know it? The al-Qaida terrorist leader behind the Sept. 11 attacks lived and died in a massive, fortified c ompound built in 2005 and located on the out skirts of Abbottabad, miles from the capital of Islamabad. It stood just a half-mile from the Kakul Military Academy, Pakistan's equivalent of West Point, and close to various army regiments. Amid the high praise for the successful U.S. military operation, congressional Republicans and Democrats questioned whether bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, with Pakistani military and intelligence operatives either totally u naware of his location or willfully ignoring his presence to protect him. "I think this tells us once again that, unfortunately, Pakistan at times is playing a double game," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a Senate Armed Services Committee member who indicated that Congress could put limits on funds for Pakistan. But another GOP member of the panel dism issed that idea. "For those who want to cut off aid to Pakistan, I understand your frustration," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. "But at the end of the day, if you want to create a failed state in Pakistan, one of the best things to do is sever relationships. It is not in our national security interest to let this one event destroy what is a difficult partnership but a partnership nonetheless." T he Obama administration pushed back on talk of punishing Pakistan. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. is committed to cooperating with Pakistan despite questions about who in the Islamabad government may have known that bin Laden was in hiding in his compound in Abbottabad. CONGRESS MAY DOCK PAKISTAN AID OVER BIN LADEN THIS JUNE 15, 2005 satellite image provided by DigitalGlobe shows the compound, center, in Abbot tabad, Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden lived. DigitalGlobe /AP
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SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.69 $5.62 $5.73 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government is projected to incur fiscal deficitso ver the next three years that will be more than double those seen over the peri od 2003-2007, a leading i nternational ratings agency n oting that tax revenues have fallen by a cumulative 11.2 per cent over the last two years. While leaving its ratings S&P: FISCAL DEFICITS MORE THAN DOUBLE F OR NEXT THREE YEARS Rating agency notes Bahamas tax revenues down a collective 11.2% over last two years* Central Bank says debt-to-GDP ratio hit 56.4% at year -end 2010, with further increase likely in 2011* Total national debt now at $4.25bn SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government was yes terday urged to rapidly reverse one of the worst policy decisions made in opening up the restaurant and entertainment sector to foreign investors, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC chairman arguing the move showed the administrations priorities were headed in the wrong direction. Khaalis Rolle told Tribune Business that rather than focus on attracting foreign direct investment into the industry, the Govern ment instead needed to focus on creating an enabling environment to support Bahamian-owned businesses, adding that the National Investment Policy amendment was another disincentive for local entrepre neurs. Pointing out that foreignowned businesses in the sector had numerous competitive advantages compared to their Bahamian counter parts, the Chamber chair said local restaurant owners who had contacted him over the policy change were hopping angry. Adding that there had been no consultation with the BCCEC or anyone else in the business community prior to the amendments announcement, Mr Rolle said: We dont know what the full scope of this is, par ticularly on the entertainment side. We dont have any details on it. GOVERNMENT TOLD: REVERSE ONE OF WORST DECISIONS Chamber chair says opening up restaurant/entertainment sector to foreign investment shows priorities headed in the wrong direction* Adds that Bahamian investors hopping angry K HAALIS ROLLE SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor J S Johnsons general insura nce carrier affiliate, Insura nce Company of the Bahamas (ICB a net $250,000 on a total $6 m illion claim relating to the V alentines Day fire that d estroyed the Betty K Agencies office and dock, as it expands its Turks & Caicos book of business by 25 per cent. C onfirming that ICB had paid the Betty K claim, aided b y a large dose of reinsurance monies, Marvin Bethell, J S Johnsons managing director, told Tribune Business yesterd ay that the BISX-listed a gent/brokers Turks & Caicos affiliate had also closed on a deal to acquireF idelity Insurance (Caymans portfolio in that nation. Although Fidelity Insur a nce (Cayman large operation, Mr Bethell said the acquisition positioned J S Johnson to grow its Turks & Caicos business, especially once the global and regional economy improved. We know it will increase our portfolio by at least 25 per cent, and were actuallyl ooking at another area where w e will be able to grow the $6m payout on Betty K J S Johnson expands Turks book 25% through portfolio acquisition* Expecting improved 2011, following 6.3% profit rise in 2010 to $9.662m SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Grand Bahamas Xanadu Beach Resort & Marina could soon be sold to a group of Canadian investors, Tribune Business wast old yesterday, although its owner would only confirm that talks with unnamed part ies were ongoing. The well-known property has been on the market with a $50 million price tag fora t least three years, and multiple business community sources yesterday told TribuneB usiness that a preliminary sales agreem ent, a Letter of Intent (LOI s igned with a Canadian-based group of i nvestors. However, owner Mario Donato told Trib une Business that nothing had yet been Canadian investors eye Xanadu Owner says still in talks with nothing signed But suggestions Letter of Intent may be in p lace for $50m hotel Potential acquirers said to be talking of Ritz-Carlton brand and casino SEE page 2B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C LICO (Bahamas l ikely to recover around $40 million for Bahamian creditors of the insolvent insurer, having reached a p reliminary sales agreement that, if concluded, will see the real estate project accounting for 63 per cento f its assets generate $50 million in g ross proceeds. US court documents obtained by Tribune Business show that Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, has reached an agreement tos ell the remaining 400-plus acres of Floridas Wellington Preserve development to J-5 Wellington Preserve, a Colorado-domiciled company, for $40 million. T ogether with an earlier deal to s ell a 102.74-acre Wellington Pres erve land parcel to Zacara Farm LLC, a Delaware-incorporated company, for $10 million, MrG omez appears on course to realise $50 million in total grossp roceeds from the sale of Wellington Preserve. With his Chapter 11 p lan for reorg anising Wellington Preserve thought to be close tor eceiving the approval of the south Florida district bankruptcy court, Mr Gomez will likely use the $10 m illion raised from the Zacara Farm sale to pay-off all the projects US-based creditors. As a result, once closing costs a re accounted for, the $40 million from the sale to J-5 Wellington Preserve will be repatriated to the Bahamas to help satisfy the demands of CLICO (Bahamas creditors. In a previous court filing r eferring to the Zacara Farm sale, M r Gomez said: The $10 million purchase price is enough to pay all closing costs and all claims whichh ave been either listed or filed, or $40m for CLICOs Bahamas creditors n Second agreement for sale of project accounting for 63% of insolvent insurers assets signed n But Bahamian insurer s creditors still facing $14.58m solvency deficiency n Another 128 policies surrendered C RAIG GOMEZ S EE page 6B Natural resources provide $141 million to Andross economy, it was revealed yesterday. Speaking at a press conference on the second Andros Business Outlook conference, Eleanor Phillips of the Nature Conservancy said her organisation conducted a recent economic evaluation of the extractive natural resources on Andros. The study revealed that extractive resources, which include crabbing and commercial fishing, account for about 67 per cent of eco nomic derivatives for Andros. Activities such recreation al fishing and hiking account for about 33 per cent of the islands economy. Commercial fishing alone translates into $75 million annually, while tourism benefits amount to $43 million The second annual Andros Business Outlook will take place on Wednes-day, May 11, under the theme, The Andros Assign ment: Innovate, Invest, and Produce The all-day seminar will focus on the poten tial of the economy in Andros, and will take place at the Daniels Dream Cen tre in Nicholls Town, North Andros. According to Arnold Dorsette, Bahamas Agricul tural & Industrial Corpora tion (BAIC al manager, Andros with its arable land mass and ample water supply is the island with the greatest potential to move the Bahamas towards sustain Natural r esources give Andros $141m boost SEE page 3B
B USINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A Bahamian company established with a handful of dedicated workers more than 20 years ago is pledging to become increasingly involved in the recycling business, garbage collection having evolved into waste management processes that bring environmental and economic benefits. Peter Andrews, Bahamas Wastes chairman, said: When we started back in 1987, we thought we could perform a valuable service to the community through simple garbage collection, and do so at a profit. From previous experience we had developed insight into how to successfully manage small and medium-sized businesses, and we saw a business opportunity. In addition, we had links with other operations that provided quality maintenance to diesel-powered trucks. Bahamas Waste was started with a handful of Bahamian partners, but is now owned by a diverse group of 1,800 shareholders and is listed on the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX Mr Andrews said countries are increasingly realising that the quality of the environment has much to do with quality of life. In urban areas, serious questions have arisen about how to dispose of waste collected on city streets and in residential neighbourhoods. These waste products have become increasingly diverse, ranging from household waste and construction debris, to industrial and medical waste, much of which pose serious risk to human health. As a result, what was once the humble garbage dump has morphed into the more functional and aesthetically pleasing concept of the sanitary landfill. Mr Andrews said the situation has changed dramatically since the establishment of Bahamas Waste, and garbage collection has blossomed into a sophisticated industry that embraces not only collection but the entire business of waste manage ment. It must take into account economic, health and environmental issues. As time passes we will be increasingly into the recycling business, said Mr Andrews. We started with the export of cardboard to China, which began last year. Now were into another major recycling effort the production of bio-diesel fuel from waste cooking oil. There are several benefits to biodiesel production, including reducing the communitys need to dispose of waste oil in the landfill. It also reduces our dependency on the fossil fuel producers He expects that biodiesel from this source will eventually power the entire fleet of Bahamas Waste trucks, thereby substantially reducing our carbon footprint. In the Bahamas, the environment is not only important to the health of the population but to the economy. The country is blessed with a diverse and, in some respects, pristine environment. While farming and fishing have always been important in feedi ng the population, tourism has blossomed to the point where it now accounts for more than 60 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP the city, in the outskirts, or in the Bahamas marine environment, is critical to its economic potential. Leaders in financial services also acknowledge that one of the things that attract banks and other financial providers to the jurisdiction is its pleasant environment. Mr Andrews said that from the beginning, Bahamas Waste decided to be not just good, but exceptional, providing ontime waste collection and using reliable equipment, backed by top customer service. He describes the company as mod ern, with old fashioned values such as courtesy, punctuality, hard work, efficiency and cleanliness. Those values today remain at the core of the companys philosophy. Look at our site, Mr Andrews said. The Bahamas is our home, and the Bahamian environment is precious to us. We look forward to continuing to improve our service delivery to the Bahamian people. Bahamas Waste eyes increased recycling business at bit more, Mr Bethell said of J S Johnsons Turks & Caicos plans, declining to give specifics. Theyve [Turks & Caicos] probably felt the recession worse t han we have. Were there for the long haul, and if we stick with it things will improve down the road and we will have positioned o urselves for opportunities when the time comes. With projects such as the $2.6 billion Baha Mar development, Arawak Cay port and Lynden Pindling International Airport in the pipeline, Mr Bethell said the impact from these was set to be felt in the 2011 third and fourth quarters. As a result, J S Johnson was expecting to grow a little in terms of its bottom l ine performance for 2011, aided by a continuing focus on e xpense controls. J S Johnson saw its net income increase by 6.3 per cent in 2 010 to $9.662 million, compared to $9.088 million the previous year, a result that Mr Bethell said was pretty close to budg eted expectations. The improved performance was largely achieved on the ICB s ide, where net claims essentially remained flat at $1.669 million, r ather than the J S Johnson side. The agency/brokerage busin ess, whose performance is driven by the top line, saw net commissions and fees drop by 4.5 per cent to $18.738 million compared to $19.629 million the previous year. Mr Bethell said the depressed economy was continuing to impact premiums paid and coverage renewals. On the auto front, with consumers opting for cheaper vehicles, Bahami a ns were paying smaller premiums for third party coverage and the like, as opposed to comprehensive policies. The volume may not have gone down significantly, but the v alue of those items has gone down, Mr Bethell explained, so it automatically reduces the premium. On the property insur-a nce side, customers were reducing the value of coverage, lett ing contents insurance lapse and, for those not carrying mortg ages, many were opting to insure for fire only. People have been forced to take on a little more risk, and thats been seen in the fact premium income has not grown, MrB ethell said. The rate of construction has declined as well. Theres not as many new homes going up. O n the expenses side, J S Johnson saw these fall b y 10.6 per cent year-over-year, dropping from $21.038 million in 2009 to $ 18.809 million. Mr Bethell attributed this largely to a reduction in excess of loss reinsurance, which fell from $4.317 million to $3.248 million, c onsistent with the fall in top-line premiums paid. In addition, J S Johnson received some extra profit commissions, which saw other operating expenses fall year-over-year from $4.608m illion to $3.452 million. $6m payout on Betty K F ROM page 1B signed with any prospective purchaser. When c ontacted by this newspaper, he replied: Theres only talks. We are in talks, but we didnt sign nothing. Theres talks going on,b ut nothings happening. Still, Tribune Business sources confirmed that the Canadian investor group seemed seri ous and had made progress in closing a purc hase of the 184-room hotel. One contact suggested to this newspaper that the group, if they proved successful, were t alking about bringing the Ritz-Carlton brand to the Xanadu along with a casino, and had also set their sights on one of the Royal Oasis golf courses currently owned by HarcourtD evelopments. A major expansion could be in the works if the deal, which is thought to be for less than $50 million but is still a sizeable sum, goes through. The Xanadu sits on some 18 acres of real estate and, together with 804 feet of beachfronta nd 2,208 feet of canals, sits on 20 acres. It h as a marina and Port of Entry with some 75 slips, and the hotel itself covers some 191,838 square feet. Canadian investors eye Xanadu FROM page 1B OPENING: Peter Andrews, chairman of Bahamas Waste, at the opening of the companys medical waste facility.
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There was no discussion h eld with the Chamber on it, and believe this is singlehandedly one of the worst policy decisions made by the Government. What youve effectively done now is put local entertainment at risk. In eliminating the restrict ion prohibiting internationa l investment in restaurant and entertainment facilities which has seen those investors traditionally tied to investing in facilities which are "part of a hotel r esort" or of a "gourmet or e thnic" nature Mr Rolle said the Government had a nnounced its intention was t o improve the tourism product. B ut he questioned why the same philosophy was n ot being used to help Bahamian entrepreneurs and entertainers to improvet ourism. I know of many Bahamian business people in the entertainment business that a re struggling, and some have gone out of business, simply because the market is s o difficult, the business is s o difficult, Mr Rolle said. There is no policy infrastructure for them, yet the policy infrastructure taking place focuses on the foreign investor over Bahamian i nvestors. Describing the restaurant and entertainment industry a s a dying sector for B ahamians, Mr Rolle pointe d to investments made by the likes of Al Collie, whoh ad pumped millions of d ollars into Club Luna without receiving any government support for events such as the two nights perw eek dedicated to Bahamia n culture. The Chamber chair also cited Club Fluid, the down t own Nassau nightclub that had existed for many years and been supported by the tourism industry, yet hadc losed. I can think of many busi nesses in entertainment in the downtown area thath ave closed, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. Chez Willie is one of them. Hel obbied day in and day out t o get support from the Ministry of Tourism to help him market his product. Rather than focus on for e ign investors, Mr Rolle suggested that the restaurant and entertainment sector instead needs better support mechanisms for B ahamian investors. What the Government also fails to recognise is that f oreign investors in areas t hat Bahamians are competent in have far more r esources at their disposal; f ar better marketing netw orks; far better access to capital, because the access to capital mechanism in theU S and anywhere else is a lot better. They can borrow money on their home turf at a much lower cost than a B ahamian would. Theyve got many years of head start, greater r esources and will put out o f business a restaurant owned and operated by a Bahamian just through sheer might. Mr Rolle added: The Government needs to r ethink this policy, and needs to do it quickly, because this is a bad decis ion. The policy priority is h eaded in the wrong direct ion. Where we should be shoring up local investors,w e are creating unfair comp etition for them. I have had many restaurant owners call me, and they are hopping angry. They are furious. W hile the World Trade O rganisation (WTO Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA t ures required economic sec tors to be opened up, Mr Rolle said there was noth ing demanding this immedi a tely, especially where the restaurant and entertain ment industries were con cerned. T he Chamber chairman said there had been much speculation as to what hadd riven the National Investm ent Policy change, but said the Government had yet to respond to requests for information or agree to am eeting to discuss the issue. B USINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE o n the Bahamas sovereign debt unchanged at BBB+ and A-2 for the short and long-term respectively, Standard & P oors (S&P proceeds from the sale of the majority 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC G overnments general fiscal deficit was expected to hit 5.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP end-June 2011. While that would still be down from the 6.6 per cent fiscal d eficit incurred in the 2009-2010 year, S&P indicated that the n ear-term fiscal picture, while not dire, was not exactly rosy e ither. In 2011-2013, we project general government deficits to decline and average 3.6 per cent of GDP, still higher than d eficits of 1.5 per cent of GDP in 2003-2007, S&P added. Based on S&Ps projections, the Bahamas appears to be s tuck with above average fiscal deficits for some time, t hough the Government will doubtless point to the forecast GDP growth and likelihood it will be better able to service i ts debt. Expand In this context, S&P also projected that this nations real GDP will expand by 2 per cent in 2011 and 2.5 per cent in 2012. M eanwhile, the Central Bank of the Bahamas annual report pegged the Bahamas debt-to-GDP ratio at year-end 2010 at 56.4 per cent, an increase of 3.5 percentage points c ompared to the previous year. The year-end ratio was some 134.8 and 12.4 percentage p oints higher than those levels achieved at year-end 2007 and 2008, respectively. The BTC sale proceeds, while welcome, are likely to only s end the national debt back to around the $4 billion level, g iven that this struck $4.251 billion at December 31, 2010. Debt directly incurred by the Government grew $382.8 million or 11.5 per cent during 2010 to hit $3.703 billion, a sum e quivalent to 49.1 per cent of Bahamian GDP. O f that sum, Bahamian dollar debt stands at 78.9 per c ent of the total, having grown by $307 million or 11.7 per cent to $2.922 billion in 2010, while foreign currency debt g rew by $75.7 million to hit $780.7 million. Consequently, the total national debt was higher by $349.9 million (9 per centa lthough slowing from 2009s $688.3 million (21.4 per cent g ain to $3.901 billion, the Central Bank annual report said. As a percentage of GDP, the national debt firmed by3 .5 percentage points to an estimated 56.4 percent, compared to the 8.9 percentage point hike to 52.9 per cent in 2009. Looking ahead, the Central Bank said the national debt w as projected to increase moderately during 2011 to hit $ 4.359 billion, a figure equivalent to 56.5 per cent of GDP. That represents a gross increase of $108 million. The direct charge on government, as a percentage of GDP, is forecast to remain relatively flat at $3.748 billion or 48.6 per cent of GDP, with debt held by foreign investorsi nching up slightly at $927.9 million or 12 per cent of GDP up from 11.9 per cent at 2010 year-end. However, the Bahamas total foreign currency debt is p rojected to decline slightly, falling to $1.287 billion or 16.7 per cent of GDP at end-2011, compared to $1.343 billion at year-end 2010. The Bahamas debt service ratio excludingr efinancing, though, is projected to rise to 5.7 per cent of G DP this year, compared to 3.3 per cent the year before. The Government and public sectors total foreign currency d ebt servicing obligations increased by $203.4 million or 17.9 per cent to $1.343 billion by year-end 2010, a sum that a ccording to the Central Bank is equivalent to 17.8 per c ent of Bahamian GDP. Some $562.3 million of that latter figure is held by public corporations, their foreign currency debt rising by $127.7 million or 29.4 per cent in 2010. Still, the Central Bank added: Total debt service for the public sector fell to $232.8 million from $618.4 million in 2009, when both the Government and a public entity conducted significant refinancing activities. As a result, the Governments debt service payments were lower by $214.7 million at $56.9 million...... Similarly, public corporations payments contracted by $170.9 million to $175.9 million. Meanwhile, S&P also added that tax revenues were likely to stabilise in the last half of the current fiscal year, while acknowledging that the somewhat higher debt levels had a favourable composition through its relatively low external component. Just 20 per cent of the Bahamas national debt is in foreign investor hands. Debt While the national debt was set to rise more slowly as deficits decrease, S&P pointed out that gross government debt, as a proportion of GDP, had risen by more than 10 percentage points in three years from 36 per cent in 2007 to 47 per cent in 2010. Net government debt, standing at 33 per cent in 2010 (compared to 20 per cent in 2007 further to 38 per cent by 2012, the increase to-date having been fuelled by the Governments capital expenditure and social security spending to counter the recessions impact. Still, S&P said it expected a gradual tightening of the Governments fiscal stance with moves to gradually reduce the fiscal deficit over time, hence the maintenance of a sta ble outlook for the Bahamas sovereign credit rating. Essentially, the S&P action maintains the status quo as far as its risk assessment of the Bahamas goes. While the risk associated with investing in Bahamian government debt has not increased, nor has it decreased, and this nation will still likely face debt servicing (interest rate than those attracted prior to last years S&P downgrade. Elsewhere, S&P gave Kerzner Internationals Bahamas operations at Atlantis and the One & Only Ocean Club a boost by suggesting they would not be impacted by any debt restructuring the company would have to undertake. Although the Bahamas's external financing gap (defined as current account payments plus short-term debt plus medi um and long-term amortisation) is high, but stable at between 135 per cent and 140% of current account receipts and usable reserves in 2011-2012, S&P said. Importantly, the Government's external amortisation needs are low, and the bank's foreign depositor base remains stable. In addition, we do not expect that any restructuring of the debt of Kerzner International, should it come to pass, will affect the operations of the Atlantis resort and the balance of payments. S&P: FISCAL DEFICITS MORE THAN DOUBLE FOR NEXT THREE YEARS FROM page 1B GOVERNMENT TOLD: REVERSE ONE OF WORST DECISIONS FROM page 1B
for which mechanic's liens have been filed. The only creditors who would not be paid in full from the first closing are CLICO Enterprises, the affiliate and proponent of the plan, and t he disputed claim of the Internal Revenue Service." While the sums involved may seem far short of 100 per cent recovery for the insolvent insurer's Bahamian creditors, Mr Gomez has been hampered by the depressed state of the Florida and US real estate market, due to the credit crunch and subsequent r ecession. While he could a rguably hold out for a better d eal, this would postpone achieving a successful sale and recovering anything for c reditors for many years. The Florida-based real e state project's sale is one of two key objectives Mr Gomez must accomplish to really get the 'ball rolling' on CLICO (Bahamaso ther is to obtain Insurance Commission and Supreme Court approval for the sale/transfer of the insolvent insurer's remaining policy p ortfolio to another carrier, l ikely Colina Insurance Ltd. T hat, too, is thought to still be progressing, albeit slowly. Meanwhile, Mr Gomezs latest report to the Bahamian Supreme Court on the CLICO (Bahamas showed the insurer still faced a $14.58 million solvency defic iency, with total assets standing at $45.543 million and total liabilities of $60.122 million. A nd he warned Bahamian p olicyholders and creditors: The current real estate market in the United States remains extremely soft, and it is very unlikely that I will bea ble to realise a more than f avourable price for the Wellington property to guarantee sufficient funds for me to satisfy creditors of CLICO( Bahamas). As a result, Mr Gomez said he was proceeding with e fforts to force the insurers Trinidadian parent, CL Financial, to honour a $58 million guarantee made in favour of the Bahamian insurer. M eanwhile, the liquidator said another 128 CLICO ( Bahamas) policies had been surrendered between July 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010, as policyholders are of the v iew that the process is taking t oo long with respect of the portfolio transfer to Colina Insurance Company. M r Gomez also noted that t here were differences b etween the inter-company/related party balances cont ained in CLICO (Bahamas accounting records and those of its affiliates. Nothing that there was a significant level of activity b etween CLICO (Bahamas and its affiliates, Mr Gomez a dded: After further review of the inter-company and related party balances, I have p reliminarily concluded that t hese balances are unlikely to be collected. In due course, it i ss probable that provisions may be needed to reflect the uncollectible status of theseb alances as reported in the unaudited financial statem ents. 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T he retreat in markets confirmed that any early euphoria sur rounding the death of the al-Qaida leader has run its course as investors focus on economic news, including monthly U.S. jobsf igures and the latest policy statement from the European C entral Bank. Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent and France's CAC-40 slipped 0.3 percent, but the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares rose 0.2 percent. ___ M UMBAI, India India's central bank raised its key interest rate by half a percentage point, its ninth hike in just over a year. The central bank warned that persistent inflation is threat-e ning growth in Asia's third-largest economy. India's Sensex fell 2.4 percent. Elsewhere in Asia, Australia's main S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.8 percent even after the central bank decided to hold its keyi nterest rate at 4.75 percent. Reserve Bank of Australia Gov ernor Glenn Stevens warned that recent flooding and a cyclone was likely to have shrunk the Australian economy during the first three months of this year. South Korea's Kospi tumbled 1.3 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.4 percent. Bucking the trend in Asia, mainland Chinese shares rose as markets reopened following Monday's May Day holiday. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.7 percent. Japan's stock market was closed for a holiday. ___ LISBON, Portugal Portugal is girding to find out the cost of its international bailout, as local authorities and foreign officials enter the final stretch of negotiations on the terms of a loan expected to be in the region of $119 billion. ___ ATHENS, Greece Restructuring Greece's massive debt would be a "huge mistake" that would freeze it out of bond markets for another 10-15 years, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said. ___ BERLIN An industry group said orders for German machinery rose 18 percent in March, showing that demand is still growing strongly. Germany's economy, Europe's biggest, grew last year in part due to booming foreign demand for specialist products such as machinery, as the global economy recovered from its deep est recession since World War II. ___ FRANKFURT, Germany The European Central Bank will underscore its determination Thursday to keep raising interest rates as it tries to restrain inflation, even though higher borrowing costs will add pressure on the debt-laden economies of Greece, Ireland and Portugal. As the rest of Europe's economy shows strength, the ECB is increasingly making it clear that it alone can't help the socalled eurozone periphery through its debt crisis. By pressing ahead with interest rate increases and halting its purchases of government bonds of troubled countries the bank is making it clear that it expects the affected govern ments and the EU's political leaders to do more. ___ MILAN A new study said the global luxury goods market rebounded in 2010 because holiday shoppers spent more than had been expected. A study by Bain & Company for an association of Italian luxury producers says the market was worth $254 billion in 2010, surpassing levels from before the financial crisis. GLOB AL ECONOMIC NEWS associated press B ARRY HATTON, A ssociated Press LISBON, Portugal A Portuguese official says the country has negotiated an international bailout worth ?78 billion ( $115 billion). T he government official, s peaking on departmental rules of anonymity, told The Associated Press the amount includes aid for P ortugal's cash-strapped b anks. T he official did not prov ide further details. P ortugal's interim prime m inister announced the financial rescue package for his ailing country willc over a three-year period. Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose government quit last month, but is r unning the country ahead of a June 5 election, says Portugal "got a good deal" a fter more than two weeks of negotiations with the I nternational Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the Europ ean Commission. OFFICIAL: PORTUGAL BAILOUT TO BE $115 BILLION NEW YORK A fter two weeks of strong earnings pumped up the U.S. markets, weak results from Pfizer and others deflated a broad earnings rally, at least for today. The world's largest drug maker posted lower than expected quarterly results Tuesday, slowing a parade of positive corporate reports. Clorox, Molson Coors Brewing Co., and Beazer Homes also slipped after announcing weaker earnings. T hat sent broad indexes such as the Standard & Poor's 500 lower. The Russell 2000, an index of small companies, lost 1.3 p ercent. The S&P 500 fell 4.60 points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,356.62. The Nasdaq composite fell 22.46, or 0.8 percent, at 2,841.62. The Dow Jones industrial average inched out a gain of 0.15 percent to close at 12,807.51. Randy Bateman, chief investment officer and president of Huntington Asset Advisors, said some kind of weakness was natural following a mostly positive earnings season. About 65p ercent of companies in the S&P 500 have reported their results, and earnings are up about 21 percent from the same period last year, according to FactSet. "We've had such a strong, hard run for the entirety of the year in the face of an awful lot of adversity," Bateman said. "Investors are going to sit back a little bit and say, 'How much m ore good news is out there?'" P fizer Inc. fared worst in the Dow Jones industrial average Tuesday, losing nearly 3 percent after the company reduced its revenue forecast for 2011. C lorox Co. fell 3.6 percent and Molson Coors Brewing Co. fell nearly 6 percent after each reported lower net income compared to the same period last year. The consumer goods m aker and beverage company both blamed higher costs for raw m aterials for the decline. Beazer Homes USA Inc. slipped 5 percent. The homebuilder reported a larger-than-expected loss because orders for new h omes fell, reflecting continued weakness in the housing indus try. $40m for CLICOs Bahamas creditors FROM page 1B S TOCKS WOBBLE AS EARNINGS RALLY SLOWS WEAKRESULTS: In this photo from Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, the P fizer logo is displayed at the drug companys world headquarters in N ew York.
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In a separate report, the g overnment said businesse s increased their factory o rders in March for the f ifth straight month. E ven so, traders expect t he Federal Reserve will maintain its current policy o f keeping interest rates low to spur the economy. Auction Investors will factor in new supply of notes and b onds on Wednesday when t he Treasury announces how much of three-year and 10-year notes and 30year bonds it will auction off next week. I wouldn't be surprised if the bond market starts to run out of steam soon," said Josh Stiles, analyst at IDEAGlobal.com. Traders also are looking t oward April's employ ment data due out Friday. An increase in hiring that exceeds expectations over the next several months, c ould prompt the Fed to c hange its monetary policy, Stiles said. In other trading, the p rice of the 30-year bond r ose 44 cents per $100 i nvested, while its yield fell to 4.36 percent from 4.38 percent. The yield on the twoy ear note edged up to 0.61 percent from 0.60 percent. MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Businesses increased their demand for industrial machinery, computers and autos in March, lifting factory orders for the fifth consecutive month. Orders rose 3 percent in March after a 0.7 percent increase in February, the Com merce Department reported Tuesday. A key category that signals business investment plans jumped 4.1 percent after a small increase in February and a big decline in January. Excluding the volatile trans portation sector, orders rose 2.6 percent. The March increase pushed total orders to $462.9 billion, up 31.2 percent from the r ecession low hit in March 2009. Analysts noted that the March increase was partly driven by higher oil prices that increased the costs of petroleum products. But the report also supported evidence that the manufacturing sector has been one of the strongest segments of the economy since the recession ended nearly two years ago. On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing activity rose for a 21st straight month in April. Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. econo mist at MFR Inc. in New York, said the solid March increase in factory orders showed the January-March quarter ended with momentum, an encouraging sign for future economic growth. A weak dollar is making U.S. exports c heaper overseas and tax cuts are encour aging business investment in capital goods. For March, orders for durable goods items expected to last at least three years rose 2.9 percent. That's slightly better than a preliminary estimate the government reported last week. Demand for nondurable goods rose 3.1 percent. Petroleum products increased 7.8 percent. Much of that gain reflected higher prices. Orders for transportation rose 6.2 percent. Demand for autos increased 4 per cent, nearly double the 2.2 percent rise in February. Automakers are benefiting from rising sales over the past several months. Orders for commercial aircraft rose 0.9 percent after much bigger increases in the previous two months. Businesses ordered more factory goods in March TREASURY PRICES EDGEUP DESPITE UPBEAT FACTORY ORDERREPORT ( AP Photo/Paul Sancya) A SSEMBLYLINE: 2 012 Ford Focus vehicles are assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., Thursday, March 17, 2011. MARK JEWELL, AP Business Writer BOSTON M asterCard Inc. shares rose to their highest level in nearly three years Tuesday after the payment processor posted a higher-than expected first-quarter profit. The company also reported consumers continue to swipe credit and debit cards more frequently despite higher g asoline and food prices. MasterCard also benefited from a global economic recovery that's driving faster growth in card use overseas than in the U.S., despite Japan's natural disaster and nuclear crisis, and heightened political unrest in the Middle East. S hares of MasterCard rose $8.02, or 2.9 percent, to $283.31 in afternoon trading, after climbing as high as $286.80 earlier in the session. The stock last traded at that level on June 25, 2008, before the financial crisis. Chief Financial Officer Martina Hund-Mejean told analysts that card use rose at a slightly faster rate in the first four weeks of April compared with the first quarter, despite consumer pressures including higher food costs and gas hitting nearly $4 a gallon in the U.S. However, Hund-Mejean warned that a prolonged rise in prices could begin to hurt MasterCard. "Over the long term, the inflation could be crowding out other discretionary purchases that people can be making," she told a conference call. There's little sign of that happening so far. MasterCard said its net income rose to $562 million, or $4.29 per share, in the three months ended March 31. That was up from $455 million,o r $3.46 per share, that the Purchase, N.Y.-based company reported in the same period last year. Revenue rose 15 percent to $1.50 billion, with about 60 percent of revenue coming from outside the U.S. On average, analysts polled by FactSet expected earningso f $4.08 per share on revenue of $1.45 billion. Purchase volume increased 13 percent from the year-ago quarter to $545 billion. Much of that growth came from outside the U.S. Purchase volume worldwide excluding the U.S. increased 16.5 percent. U.S. purchase vol-u me rose 7.4 percent. The company also noted its revenue growth was helped by more consumers traveling across borders and using credit and debit cards. That type of spending jumped 18.5 percent during the period. MASTERCARD 1Q EARNS CLIMB, SHARES JUMP ALEX VEIGA, AP Real Estate Writer LOS ANGELES Beazer Homes USA Inc. slid to a loss in the first three months of the year, hurt by falling home values and rising foreclosures in the Las Vegas market. The homebuilder also reported sharp drops in new home orders and closings for the quarter, reflecting the lack of federal tax credits that helped boost home sales indus try wide a year ago. The lackluster sales trends in the midst of the spring home-selling season and rela tively weak sales in April prompted the Atlanta-based company to cut about 130 full-time jobs as part of a cost-saving effort expected to save more than $20 million annually. Ian McCarthy, Beazer's president and CEO, said new home orders improved every month from December to February, but declined in March, even as customer traffic rose. "Sales patterns continue to be erratic and do not indicate real evidence of a sustained improvement," McCarthy said. Beazer's new orders dropped 26.7 per cent to 1,194 homes, while closings fell 31.1 percent to 573 homes. Several large home builders reported similar declines for the period last week. Builders saw sales surge last spring thanks to federal tax credits. That incentive expired at the end of last April, however, and new home sales ended up dropping last year to the lowest level on records going back nearly a half century. New home sales rose 11 percent in March from February to a seasonally adjusted rate of 300,000 homes, the first monthly increase since December. That sales pace is still well below what econo mists consider healthy, however. Beazer Homes USA Inc. posts a loss in fiscal 2Q
Jeffarah says: The Queen looks the same as usual I guess. But wow Camilla I guess Princess Diana pulls your toe late at night cause all that lack of sleep is haunting you in the face. Yikes! The queens face is tighter than yours. What happened? Anyway moving right along. As for the ensemble, what can I say you, look fine minus the ugly turned up hat. Alesha says: At her age, the Queen is still looking very nice. Her stylist picked out the perfect dress for her, sim ple is always best most of the time. The bride's mom, Carole Middleton pulled off the simple look as well but that color did not do anything for her at all. Last but not least, Camilla, oh Camilla, I actually like the pleats at the end of the dress and the style is beautiful but I don't think she pulled it off how it was meant to be. Jeffarah says: And now drum roll please, and lets roll out tracks for the longest train in history.Well, the dress of the century, let me say this first off the dress is perfectly fitting, its classic with a modern touch and I guess it is suitable when the caliber of an event as such is taken into consideration. But I must admit at first glance I was not entirely impressed or blown away by it for that matter. The lace accents on the sleeve as well as on the trail is nice but it didn't have a wow factor and it didn't make up for all the mystery and secrecy behind its unveiling. I think have seen better but I must give it to her she looks gorgeous. Alesha says: I would have to say "picture PERFECT" I did not get the chance to watch the entire wedding ceremony, but the little part I did manage to catch had me stunned when I saw Princess Catherine's dress. The dress was no "backless" or "off the shoulder" kind of thing you would see these days at weddings BUT it was extremely elegant and fit for a queen, she carried herself like a queen in the dress even before she said "I do." And Prince William in that uniform just says "sexy." K I N G O F TH E D AN CEH AL L T O I GN I TE TH E B A HA MA S GREE N SCE NE: TH E R I GHT V EGI ES T O SU R V I V E T HE HE A T B A H A M I A N P R O D U C E R S S E T T O B R I N G F R E S H N E W S O U N D WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C BR ITISH SOCCE R PL A YE R D A VI D BECKHAM, L E FT A N D H IS WIFE, B RITISH F ASHIO N DES I GN E R VICT OR IA B E CK HAM BRI T AIN'S QUE EN ELIZABETH II IS F L AN KED B Y C AR O LE M IDD LET ON LEFT AN D C AMI LL A D UCHES S OF CORN W ALL S W EDE N 'S C R OWN PRIN CE SS VICT ORI A AND PRIN C E DANIEL Jeffarah says: OMG where do I start? First off let me just say I think the couple looks absolutely astounding. If you ask me they stole the show with their fashion and were actually giving Kate and William a little bit of competition. Victoria love the shoes and the dress hiding that baby bump. But the highlight of the outfit is the hat. It underscores the entire look its simple suitable and elegant. David you look very classic as well love the length of the coat and the top hat, reminds me of a magician! Alesha says: Besides the fact that I absolutely love love love this couple, Victoria and David are just so hot as a duo. As hideous as the hats were, Victoria's hat was the best of the bunch, and David can wear anything and pull it off and those shoes were to die for. The lady is pregnant and she managed to step out in those amazing shoes, Louboutins red bottoms of course. Jeffarah says: Princess Victoria love the color of the dress! Alesha says: Everything is just on point Princess Victoria! The shoes, the colour, the simple hat and jewels, the clutch, everything. I like the bun in the back of her hair as well, very elegant. B RIT A I N'S PR INCE WIL LIAM AND HI S WIFE K A TE, D UCHES S OF C AMB RIDGE I t was the social event of the centurythe Royal wedding of England's Prince William to Kate Middleton. And of course in complete British tradition, Westminster Abbey was filled with colourful frocks and outrageous hats as the 1900 guests waited for the arrival of the bride wearing the most anticipated wedding dress since her late mother in lawLady Diana Spencer thirty years ago. Looking back Tribune's own fashion police weigh in on the fashion statements of the day. CONT'D ON PG 2C AP PHOTOS
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 ROY AL WEDDING F ASHION POLICE FROM PG 1C B RITIAN 'S PRIM E MI NIS T ER DA VID C AMER ON RI GH T AND WIFE S AMANTHA C AMER ON Jeffarah says: My My My, Samantha Cameron you look older than your husband in this dress. There are so many things wrong with your look. But I see you tried to keep things a little hip with your nude pumps. And whatever that orange thing is in your hand I hope you used it to wipe your tears because wrapping that thing around you probably only attracted attention that you didn't need. The only thing dearing about your look is the absence of your hat I guess it screams "screw you all" (British accent) without actually saying it. High five to you. But hey look on the bright side at least one of you look good. Koodos to Prime Minister David Cameron. Alesha says: Everyone is saying Samantha Cameron is the only VIP to NOT wear a hat to the Royal Wedding, I am not mad at her at all. On the other hand, that dress is way too dry for the occasion, nothing about her outf it says "look at me," so she might as well have worn a hat to get some att tention. Jeffarah says: Now I see where Bahamian church going women got the hat trend from. Because at the royal wedding hats were everything. For example, look at Princess Beatrice. Her ensemble looks simple from the neck down. Now look at what a difference her hat makes. It's that little thing that accents an outfit and she looks outstanding. This reminds me why I love European fashion so much because its out of the box and edgy. She looks great and so does her sister Princess Eugenia. Alesha says: Okay, the most talked about hats at the wedding, I never laughed so much after seeing these two hats. The blog sites went crazy saying Princess Beatrice's hat was the worst thing since Aretha Franklin's Inaguration hat. Royal wedding viewers took it as far as creating a facebook page making fun of her hat. Princess Eugenie's colours were very pretty but once again, that hat did not make the cut. BR IT AIN S D EPUT Y PR IME MINI S TE R N ICK C L E G G AND HI S WIFE M IRI AM Jeffarah says I t's a bir d, it' s p la ne n o wa it, i t ac tua lly i s a bird sitting on the side of her head. I'm sorry whatever it is it looks ridiculous. And whose Harley Davidson you been riding with those gloves Miriam? Alesha says: I don't have anything much to say about thi s dr e ss or w ha te ve r th at is on he r he a d th e shoes were nice however. B RI T AIN'S PR IN C E AN D R E W C ENTER, AND H IS D A UG HTE R S BRI T AIN'S P RIN C ESS E UG E N IE, LEFT AND B RI T AIN'S PR IN C ESS BEA TRI C E Jeffarah says C h e l s y D a v y y o u r s u i t i s n i c e L o v e t h e shoe s. But my t he unident ified p e rson ne xt to you looks really cute. Love the jacket, the hat and the shoes. Well put together ladies! Alesha says: They both pulled off a simple classy look, a f t e r a l l i t w a s a r o y a l w e d d i n g N i c e L a d i e s the end. B E S T MAN PRI NCE HARR Y S ONAGAI N-OFF AGAIN G IR LFRI E N D CHEL S Y DA VY LE FT AND AN UNIDENTIFI E D PERSON
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 MAY 6 FRIDAY "PRIMARY COLORS" ART EXHIBITION Arjuna Watson opens an exhibition of new works entitled "Primary Colors", 6pm9pm in the Central Bank of the Bahamas' Art Gallery. Exhibition runs until May 31. MAY 6 FRIDAY BAHAMAS HARVEST CHURCH'S LEADER CAST Bahamas Harvest Church presents Leader Cast, a leadership development event broadcasted live from Atlanta for every leader at every level who aspires to articulate and demonstrate the power of change through positive leadership. 8am4pm. Cost: $159/early registration (ends April 22); $179/late registration. T: 3646266. MAY 7 SATURDAY KINGDOR FOUNDATION'S 11TH ANNUAL GALA BALL The Kingdor National Parkinson Foun dation presents its 11th annual Gala Ball under the theme "Celebrating the Dance of Life" featuring Grammy-award winning guest artist, Peabo Bryson. Dress: black tie. Cocktails: 6.45pm. Dinner: 7.45pm. Donation: $200. Tickets available at the Christian Bookstore, Rosetta Street, and 100% Bible Bookstore, Madeira Street. MAY 7 SATURDAY FIESTA DE MAYO: A CULTURAL FUSION Celebrate the 1st annual benefit for the Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope with the "Fiesta de Mayo", a cultural fusion featuring sangria, Latin-infused food and multilevel entertainment including The Illest. 7pm at Old Fort Bay Club. Dress: Island Chic. Cost: $100. Tickets available at Cus tom Computers Limited. May 7 Saturday QUEEN'S COLLEGE PTA STEAK OUT & FAIR Queen's College PTA presents the annual Steak Out & Fair, 12pm to 6pm at Village Road Campus. Come & enjoy steak & chicken dinners, Curry Cafe, carnival rides, games & prizes, sports tournament, Charlie the Yellow Bahamian kids show, face painting, water slide (bring a swimsuit), and so much more. $1 Admission includes access to all day talent show. MAY 7 SATURDAY SAC-A-RAMA The St Augustine's College Alumni Association presents the annual Sac-ARama celebration for the whole family. 12pm-11:30pm. Activities and goodies includes raffles, home cookery stalls, steaks, cakes, conch fritters, games, entertainment, prizes, the popular dance and much more! W hite House Studio/ Sagini Records merged in 2008 to take the next step in produc ing quality music in the Bahamas to make a local impact as well as leaving a mark on the international music scene. M a rk Jo hn so n a n d J uli o H a ll a ka S 'V oy ce h a ve un de rt ak e n a m is si on to p ro duc e a ne w s ou nd J u l i o s a y s W e w a n t e v e r y a r t i s t a n d p r o j e c t t ha t is pr od uc e d a nd e n g in ee r e d b y M a r k or I t o h a v e i t s o w n s t y l e f l a v o u r a n d u n i q u e n e s s I t i s a p ri ma r y con ce rn of e v e ry o ne on the team to bring o ut the un ique voic e of e ach a r ti s t a n d b r i n g o u t th e b e s t i n e a ch i nd i v i d ua l w hil e cr e a ting a s oun d for e a ch on e tha t fit's t h e p e r s o n a l i t y a n d s t y l e a n d v o i c e o f t h e r e sp e ctiv e ar tis t. Ac cor di ng t o J uli o, m a ny a r tis ts l ose the ir i nd iv id ua l s oun d by tr yi ng to co py the a rti sts t h at ar e "h o t a t t h e t i m e, e m ul a t i n g t h e i r d e liv e r y s ty le a nd for ge tti ng the i r ow n id e as w h i ch ma ke s e v e r y o ne s o u n d a l i ke M a r k a n d J ul i o w an t t o c re at e m u si c t h a t s t an d s o ut i n c o r p o r a t i n g a l s o v a r i o u s m u s i c a l g e n r e s r a n g i n g f r o m i n d i g e n o u s B a h a m i a n s o u n d s a n d m ixing i t wit h mainst ream po p, s ou l, h ip h op a s we l l a s the so und s o f t h e w i d e r Ca r i b b e a n r e g i o n p r e d o m i n a ntly re g g a e Incorpo ra t ing t ra d iti onal Bahamia n m us ic m a ke s th e p ro du ctio ns ve r y e x cit ing as Jul io s ay s a n d he c re d its M a r k w i t h t h e c r e a t i o n o f m a n y s o u n d s i nco rp or a ting the d ru ms a n d h or ns o f t h e J u n k a n o o s ty l e B e s i d e s th e s o u n d o f cou rs e the r e is al so a p re s e nce o f B ah a mi an cu ltur e i n th e pr od ucti ons Re gard less of genre t he lyric al c ont e nt m a y a l s o be a ho ma g e to t he ho me o f t he a r tis te s a nd p ro duc er s W h i t e H o us e wa s o r ig i n a l l y e s t a b l i s h e d a s a p r i v a t e s t u d i o i n 1 9 8 5 b y s o u n d e n g i n e e r M a r k J o h n s o n a n d i t i s f u l l y e q u i p p e d w i t h t h e l a t e s t e q uip me nts i ns tru me n ts, so ftwa re h a rd wa re a n d p lu g in s w hi ch ma k e s t he s tu di o th e pl a ce to b e for th e pr od ucti on of the fi ne st qu al ity s ou nd Julio Ha ll a ka S'Voy ce brought his label, S a g i ni a n d h is sk i ll s to th e te a m in 2 0 0 8 D ur i ng the re c or din g o f his si ng le I Ca n Fe e l J u l i o s l a w y e r C h a n t a C l e a r e i n t r o d u c e d h i m t o M a rk J oh ns on. A s u b s e q u e n t d i a l o g u e w i t h M a r k p r o d u c e d a r e c o r d in g c on t r a ct a n d l e a d t o t he r e c o r d in g o f O o h D o n t G i v e U p w h i c h w a s s t a r t e d i n th e fa ll a n d re le a s ed a y ea r l a ter Afte r r e a lis i n g h o w m u ch wo r k th e y h a d g ot te n d o n e a s a te a m the ide a o f a l a be l com pa ny wa s con si de r e d a n d W h i t e H o u s e / S a g i n i w a s b o r n M a r k a n d Jul io wo rk com for ta bly tog e the r le a r ni ng fr om a n d te a chi ng e ac h oth e r a bo ut d iff e r e n t t i m e s i n m u s i c M a r k i s f r o m t h e k n o w l e d g e a b l e o l d s c h o o l s t y l e w h i l e J u l i o i s f r o m t h e n e w s c h o o l e n j o y i n g l o u d a n d f a s t p a c e d sounds. Now they get to b lend bot h i nto a n e w p ro du ct. Juli o ha s alwa ys be en inter este d i n mus ic a n d a m biti ou s to s ta rt hi s own bu si ne ss Wi th a t w o y e a r c o u r s e i n l a w b e h i n d h i m a n d m u s i c in hi s b loo d i nhe r ite d fro m h is fat he r Al fr ed B o b H a l l a w e l l k n o w n g u i t a r p l a y e r a n d m u s i c co mp os er a s we l l a s Ja m a ica n re l ati v e We e Pow fou nd er a nd o wne r o f t he w or ld' s m os t f a m o u s s o u n d s y s t e m S t o n e L o v e J u l i o d e c i d e d to es t a blish his la bel Sag ini in Fe brua ry 2 0 03 Julio Hall is an engineer and producer, as well as an artist. With more than 8 years of p r o d u c t i o n e xp e ri e n c e u n d e r h i s b e l t h e i s still excited to work with gifted and talented f e l l o w p r o d u c e r s a n d a r t i s t s S o m e o f t h e ar t i st e s M ark J o hn s o n an d J ul i o H al l ha ve w o r k e d w i t h l o c a l l y i n c l u d e C y e o n J a h Q u e s t Tada, Believe, David Hanna and Rebirth. As an ar tist J ulio ak a S 'Vo yce i s a ls o re a dy t o g e t t o t h e t o p w o r k i n g a n d p l a n n i n g p r o j e c t s involving also various international acts. His l a t e s t s i ng l e a n d v i d e o O oh D o n t G iv e U p d i r e c t e d b y R y a n L i g h t b o u r n e i s n o w i n i n t e r na t i onal rotation and he is we ll on t h e wa y t o m a k e a n a m e f o r h i m s e l f n o t o n l y i n t h e Bah ama s but a round t he g lobe. The motiva te d y o u ng a r ti s t ha s a s o ul s o u nd w i th a r e g g a e e d g e a n d h i s l y r i c s t e n d t o b e c e n t e r e d a r o u n d r e a l l i f e e x p e r i e n c e s t h a t h i s l i s t e n e r s c a n r e l a t e to. White House/Sagini produces other artists a n d c ur r e n t p r oj e c ts i n c lu d e s o m e o f th e m o s t o u t s t a n d i n g n a m e s i n t h e y o u n g l e a g u e o f B a h a m i an a r t i s t s s u c h as A l i a C o l e y S o s a Man, Mdeez, Geno D, Mr Lynx and Chase F e r n a n d e r K n o w i n g a b o u t t h e a m o u n t o f ou tsta ndin g tal en t ac ros s th e Bah am as Ma rk a nd J ulio ar e al way s on t h e look out fo r g ood local talent to develop, produce and record with. H ow ca n Wh ite Hou se / S a gi ni c ha ng e t he B a h a m i a n m u s i c s c e n e a n d i t s p e r c e p t i o n i n t e r na ti ona l ly ? We l l, i t i s a ll a bou t c re a tin g a b e tte r an d o uts ta ndi ng s ty le of mus ic com ba ti ng t h e n o t i o n o f b e i n g s e c o n d r a t e fo r b e i n g f r o m a mu sic market no t recogn ised f ul ly as yet J u l i o a n d M a r k t h i n k o u t s i d e t h e b o x a n d s t r i v e t o b e k n o w n "a s t h e f i r s t B a h am i a n m u si c l abel t o ha ve c reat ed t h e b ox f or ot h ers t o thi nk o ut of" a s Ju li o ex p re s se s i t. T he Ba ha mia n mus ic s ce ne ha s be e n g ro wing steadily over the past few years but there is still a lot of space for growth also as it per tain s t o t he re c og n itio n and respect f or t he w o r k o f l o c a l p r o d u c er s a n d a rt i s t es a l i k e w ho w i s h to m a k e a li v i n g o f th e i r c r a ft R i g h t n o w t h e l a b e l i s a p p r e ci a t i v e o f th e s u p p or t o f the Ba h am ia n p eo ple wh o g iv e the m roo m to grown while they take the island knowledge and musical flavour of the Bahamas around the world. T H I N G S 2 DO A D D I N G A N E W V O I C E TO B A H A M I A N M U S I C We want every artist and project that is produced and engineered by Mark or I to have its own style, flavour and uniqueness. JULIO HALL J u l io H a l l a k a S V o y c e
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 04 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 LAS VEGAS Associated Press POLICE in Las Vegas say rapper and reality television star Flavor Flav was arrested o n f o u r o u t s t a n d i n g m i s d e meanor warrants for driving offenses. L a s V e g a s p o l i c e O f f i c e r Marcus Martin said Monday t h e e n t e r t a i n e r w h o s e r e a l n a m e i s W i l l i a m J o n a t h a n Drayton was arrested Friday night after a traffic stop east of the Las Vegas Strip. M a r t i n s a y s D r a y t o n h a d two outstanding warrants for d riv in g withou t a lice ns e o ne for driving without insurance and one related to a parking citation. Martin says Drayton is no longer in custody. I t wa s n't i mm ed ia te ly cl ea r wh et her h e had a l awyer o r when he is due in court. Flavor Flav was a member o f P u b l i c E n e m y a n d h a s remain ed in t he sp ot li ght i n recent years through appear a nces on sev era l cable re ality shows. By SUMMER MOORE Associated Press S U M M E R a n d t h e C i t y : A C a r r i e D i a r i e s N o v e l ( B a l z e r + B r a y / H a r p e r C o l l i n s ) b y C a n d a c e B u s h n e l l : C a n d a c e B u s h n e l l a u t h o r o f S e x a n d t h e C i t y t h e b o o k t h a t i n s p i r e d t h e H B O s e r i e s a n d t w o m o v i e s h a s t a k e n o n t h e d a u n ti n g t a s k o f a t t r a c t i n g r e a d e r s t o h e r n e w y o u n g a d u l t s e r i e s S u m m e r a n d th e C i t y h e r s e c o n d b o o k i n t h e s e r i e s i s a m i x e d b a g I t i s s e t i n t h e e a r l y 1 9 8 0 s C a r r i e h a s j u s t g r a d u a t e d f r o m h i g h s c h o o l a n d i s p l a n n i n g t o a t t e n d B r o w n U n i v e r s i ty i n t h e f a l l S h e s b e e n i n v i t e d t o p a r ti c i p a te i n a w r i t i n g c l a s s i n N e w Y o r k C i t y f o r t h e s u m m e r O n h e r f i r s t n i g h t i n t h e c i t y C a r r i e m e e t s p a r t y g i r l S a m a n t h a J o n e s S a m a n t h a t a k e s h e r t o a n e v e n t w h e r e C a r r i e m e e t s a n o l d e r r e c e n tl y d i v o r c e d a n d i n c r e d i b l y h a n d s o m e p l a y w r i g h t. T h a t i s h o w C a r r i e b e g i n s h e r a d v e n tu r e s a s a w r i t e r i n M a n h a t t a n C a r r i e s p e n d s t h e s u m m e r m u l l i n g o v e r h e r d r e a m o f b e c o m i n g a f a m o u s w r i te r w h i l e h o p i n g t o w i n th e a f f e c t i o n o f h e r m y s t e r i o u s o l d e r b o y f r i e n d B u s h n e l l d o e s a g r e a t j o b o f e n t w i n i n g s e x u a l i ty a s a r e c u r r i n g t h e m e i n t h e b o o k b u t a s a P G r a t e d v e r s i o n f o r h e r y o u n g e r a u d i e n c e C a r r i e f a l l s i n l o v e w i th M a n h a t t a n a n d e v e n t h e m o s t j a d e d N e w Y o r k e r w i l l a p p r e c i a te h e r d i s c o v e r y o f t h e c i t y s c h a r m s B u t t h e s i m i l a r i t i e s e n d t h e r e I n t r y i n g to c r a f t a s ta n d a l o n e s e r i e s B u s h n e l l s tr a y s s o f a r f r o m t h e c h a r a c t e r s t h a t i t s d i f f i c u l t t o s t a y e n g r o s s e d i n t h e s t o r y A n d a v i d f a n s w i l l n o ti c e i n c o n s i s t e n c i e s S u m m e r a n d th e C i t y w o u l d h a v e b e e n a t e r r i f i c y o u n g a d u l t b o o k i f B u s h n e l l h a d i n t r o d u c e d f o u r n e w c h a r a c t e r s T h e p r o b l e m i s r e a d e r s h i s t o r y w i t h C a r r i e S a m a n t h a M i r a n d a a n d C h a r l o t t e a n d t h e i r d e v o ti o n t o t h e s e c h a r a c t e r s m i g h t b e th e d o w n f a l l o f th i s s e r i e s Bushnell 's ne w Car r ie Dia ri e s' no v el a m ix ed b ag R E A L I T Y T V ST A R F L A V O R F L A V A R R E S T E D I N L A S V E G A S ON THE SET: Coaches from "The Voice" show include some of the m ost i nfl uenti al n ames i n all o f mu s i c such as Blake Shel ton Chri s ti na Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine along with former MTV host Carson Daly. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Reporter T HEIR backs are turned to the singers during their performances, if the voice sounds inspiring, or touching they simply press a big red button to turn their chair around and see the singer for the first time. T h e s i n g e r l a n d s a s p o t o n t h e t e a m o f w hi ch e v e r ju dg e t ur ns t he i r chair around first. By the way, the j udge s a re four of the most influ ential names in all of music. B u t h e r e s w h e r e t h i n g s g e t a l i t t l e b it unu su a l. I f mo re t ha n o ne o f the judges turn t heir ch a i r, t he power s h i f t s t o t h e a r t i s t w h o t h e n c a n d e c i d e w h i ch s u p e r s t a r s t e a m i s t he right fit for them, their voice, and t he i r s ty l e o f mu s i c. N o w th e co a c he s who a re a l so com pe ting to s et up t h e b e s t t e a m m u s t c o n v i n c e t h e a r t i st to join the ir te a m. If no coa ch t ur ns t h ei r c h air th en t he a rt i st is o u t o f t h e c o m p et i t i o n O n c e t h e teams have been selected the four c o a c h e s w i l l p e r s o n a l l y t r a i n t h e e i g h t a r t i s t s h a p i n g t h e m in t o f u tu r e stars. Once the blind auditions are fin i s h e d t he j ud g e s wi l l p r o ce e d to t he n e x t s t a g e o f t h e c o m p e t i t i o n w h i c h involves whittling down each team until only one person receives the h o n o r a b l e ti t l e o f T h e V oi c e T h e w i n n e r w i l l r e c e i v e a r e c o r d d e a l w i t h U n i v e r s a l R e p u b l i c a n d $100,000. This is not the traditional singing s ho w. And thi s is no Am er i ca n I do l either because how a singer looks, what they wear, or even their age c an n o t i nf lu e n c e t h e c o ac h es O n t h i s s h o w t h e o n l y t h i n g t h a t m a t t e r s is "The Voice". "The Voice" differentiates itself fro m ot her si nging sho ws th rough i t s e m p h a s i s o n p u r e t a l e n t T h e s ho w ha s no a ge r e str ic tion s, or a ny l i m i t a t i o n s o n w h o c a n a u d i t i o n T h e o n l y t h i n g t h a t c o ac h e s a r e i n f l u e nce d b y dur ing the bli nd a ud ition s i s t h e a r t i s t s v o i c e T h e V o i c e makes it very clear that pure talent i s t h e o n e t h i n g t h at m a t t er s a n d not any exterior image they might be projecting. I n a d d i t i o n t o t h e s h o w s e m p h a s i s on pure vocal talent, "The Voice" also assigns much more significant r o l e s t o t h e j u d g e s F i r s t l y t h e judges are all accomplished singers including pop star Christina Aguil e r a c o u n t r y h i t m a c h i n e B l a k e S h e l t o n M a r o o n 5 l e a d s i n g e r A d am Le vine a nd Cee Lo Gre en, t he so ul machine himself. They all have the d u t y t o t r a i n t h e a r t i s t o n t h e i r t e a m T he V o i c e p r e m i e r e d l a s t w e e k Tuesday on NBC. It is a refreshing an d m u c h m o re en t e r t a i n in g sp i n o n t h e r e g ul a r s i ng i n g s h o ws A n d i t als o giv es a more closer look into t h e p e r s o n a l i t y o f t h e s u p e r s t a r s Who would have ever thought that A d a m L e v i n e a n d B l a k e S h e l t o n had such sense of humour. T h o u g h T h e V o i c e h a s n t c o m ple te ly re inv en t e d the s ing ing sh ow game, "The Voice" exceeds reality s h o w e x p e c t a t i o n s a n d o f f e r s a f r e s h persp e c ti ve on b ecomi ng the next big singer. T h e V o i c e a i r s o n N B C e v e r y Tuesday at 9pm. THE VOICE
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Ba h am a s lo oke d like 4 0 ...5 0 ..60 ... years in the past In 1948, St Augustine's Monastery, under the leadership of Father Ephraem, imported a herd of French Alphine goats and started a small farm producing goat milk for sale to Nassau residents. With other forms of agriculture, the Monks were self sustaining. The monastery later became the Catholic School SAC. The farming ceased in 1958. BY ROLAND ROSE The month of May A lthough summer is offi cially still half a season away there will be days during May that will be very summery: hot, humid and stormy. The dry season is still with us but will be punctuated by more frequent thunderstorms. 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T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 By LESH D ANCEHALL VETERAN and star, Bee nie Man will be the headliner this summer as he is prepared to take the stage in Nassau on Saturday June 4, at Club Luna. Hennessy Artistry Bahamas in association with Burns House Group of Companies have teamed up to bring you the most exciting concert in the Bahamas this year. With hundreds of massive hits like "Girls Dem Sug ar", "Wickedest Slam", "Healer", "Ole Dawg", "Who Am I (Sim Simma)", "Dude", "Boss Man" and "King of the Dancehall", Beenie Man was destined to rank top of the dancehall charts. With Grammy-nominations, high climbing record sales, and his greatest dancehall hits, he has earned the title "King of the Dancehall." According to promoters, with just a simple mention of this international phenomenon's name, it instantly has patrons out of their seats, so seeing him live and listening to his lyrics is expected to draw a large number of music patrons from the Bahamas. It is impossible to listen to the local airwaves in the Bahamas and not hear the latest hit song "I'm Okay", as it is presently in heavy rotation. "This summer's concert is expected to be memorable. Beenie Man's constant mention of Hennessy in his dancehall hits, emphasized that the recognition of the value of Hennessy has hit the Jamaican entertain ment scene," promoters stated. Also, as Bahamians love the vibes of reggae and dancehall music, this definitely raised the idea for Hennessy Artistry Bahamas to feature the Dancehall veteran in its upcoming summer event. Hennessy Artistry promotes the art of blending various genres and talents of the world's top artists globally. We have each event to feature some of the most cutting edge and formidable names in music today, one being Beenie Man himself," Answell Johnson, Hennessy Brand Manager explained. The Hennessy Artistry gives dancehall music patrons the chance to win one of twenty five general passes, one of fifteen VIP passes, and one of ten platinum passes to see Beenie Man live in concert with the purchase of any bottle of Hennessy at selected Burns House and Butler & Sands locations. In addition, Beenie Man fans are able to win concert tickets through the event's page "Hennessy Artistry Bahamas" on Facebook. Trivia questions will begin the first week in May. For further information face bookers are welcomed to visit the event page. Tickets to the concert are set to go on sale May 2 at designatedoutlets in Nassau that include Burns House Locations: JFK Independence Liquor StoreSaunders Beach Caves Village, Captain's Cabin and the Mall of Marathon. The concert's general admission cost is $25 in Advance/$35 at the Door, VIP$45 in Advance/$55 at the Door and Platinum cost is $125. 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Ya Hear Chris Brown tying the knot?Well apparently this was the rumor floating around last week that the R&B singer got engaged to model and gal-pal Karrauche Tran. This news spread like wild fire on the net however Brown shot down any speculation that he put a ring on it. Ya Hear Mariah Carey had the twins? April 30 was a very special day for Mariah not only because of couple's anniversary but because she gave birth to a 5 lbs baby girl and baby boy. Mariah delivered the babies at 12.07pm in Los Angeles at an undisclosed hospital. Ya Hear Wiz Kalifa and Kanye West fought over Amber Rose? This was also a rumour floating around about the two. However Wiz Kalifa is denying that an alter cation between him and Kanye West ever existed. Rumours sug gested that Wiz confronted West backstage at Coachella following Kanye's set, during which he took a lyrical jab at ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, who is currently dating Khalifa. Ya Hear Flavor Flav got arrested? Flavor Flav was pulled over for a routine traffic violation, upon which police discovered that the Public Enemy MC had outstanding warrants for driving without a license, driving without insurance and a parking violation. Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R The growl man eliminated, again H EN NESS Y AR TIS TR Y BRINGS TH E K ING O F T HE D ANCEH A LL T O IGNITE TH E B AHAMA S V I D E O R E V I E W This summer' s concer t is expected to be mem orable. Beenie Man' s constant mention of Hennessy in his dancehall hits, emphasized that the recognition of the value of Hennessy has hit the Jamaican enter tainment scene. HENNESSY ARTISTRY BEENIE MAN STEFANO LANGONE
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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W i th the XVI Pan American Games scheduled for October in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico in October, the Bahamas O lympic Committee is hoping to e nsure that they select the best team possible to represent the country. D uring a press conference at their o ffice yesterday, BOC secretary general Rommel Knowles issued a stern w arning to all athletes who receive subvention by the International Olympic Committee solidarity programme. They must compete at the Pan Am G ames if they hope to compete in the Olympic Games, said Knowles. This is mandatory because of the f unding we receive and how well our athletes progress. Theres the possibility that those athletes who do not compete at the Pan Am Games could l ose their IOC funding in terms of soli darity. So for those athletes who may be experiencing some medical chall enges, I suggest very strongly that you contact the president or any memb er of the BOC and state your case. S o far, some $125,000 has been alloc ated for the preparation of the athl etes during the IOC subvention programme and the BOC has another $50,000 available for athletes in prepa ration for the Pan Am Games, scheduled for October 14-30. Knowles said B OC president W ellington Miller will announce very soon just how much funding will be available as well for athletes in preparation for the London 2012O lympic Games. So we would like to encourage those athletes that are under subvention by the government and those that are under subvention by the Bahamas Olympic Committee through the I nternational Olympic Committee that i t is mandatory that you compete in t he Pan Am Games, Knowles said. Don Cornish, a BOC vice president w ho just recently returned from Mex ico where he attended the Chef de Mission meeting in Mexico, saide verything is coming into place and they are just waiting to complete the August deadline for the athletes representation at the games. Like the XV Pan American Games that was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 when the Bahamas was repre s ented by some 70-100 persons, Cornish said he expects that athletics, swimming, tennis, sailing and boxing w ill once again carry the bulk of the athletes in Mexico. The games are being hosted principally in new facilities. Its a very costly undertaking, Cornish stated. Most of the preparations are well advanced.T hey are anticipating most of the facili ties to be ready by July, which is pretty ambitious. But we look forward to having a very competitive team in place. This year, we are hoping to get as many people qualified by August so that they can meet the deadlines and we can be properly prepared. With the IAAF World Champi o nships set for Daegu, South Korea, in September, Cornish said they may be affected, but he said they anticipate having all of the top athletes in Mexico as the Bahamas put its best foot forward. We want to be as successful as poss ible and we want strong teams to be a ssembled, so we will challenge the various associations to send us their b est athletes and their best teams. Obviously, they will have to do the qualifying standards, so were hopefult hat by the end of the qualification process in August-September, we will know where we will be in terms of our preparation. Unfortunately, the Bahamas will not have any team sports qualified like baseball, basketball, football, rug b y sevens, softball or volleyball, the latter of which Cornish is responsible for as president of the Bahamas Voll eyball Federation. We will have to begin the process earlier, said Cornish in trying to explain what route they need to take to ensure that the Bahamas is in a better position to qualify, taking inq uadruple games in perspective. I think we need to stop looking at the Pan Am Games as a sub games and see it as equally important because it does involve the best countries in the west from Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, all the way through. Cornish said hopefully through their p lanning, they can take in the preparation of all of the games from the Central American Games to the Pan American Games to the Commonwealth Games to the Olympic Games each year, starting in 2012 for the 2016. It also would mean that the sports f ederations will have to get the supp ort of the athletes, the professional athletes, whatever sports they play, to e ncourage them to make themselves available, he said. A lot of times, once they get into a s ystem, its difficult to get them to come back, simply because theres no financial benefits here in the Bahamas for them in representing the Bahamas. Its all about national pride. With so much talent on the international scene, Cornish said theresn o reason why the Bahamas flag cant be raised in some other sports other than the traditional athletics, swimm ing and boxing. B y RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r email@example.com THE Bahamas has more than a month of preparation before they continue theirp rogression in the NACRA Men's 15s Caribbean Champ ionships. After a 13-10 loss to Bermuda last weekend at the National Sports Center inH amilton, Bermuda, the B ahamas is now relegated to the loser's bracket and antic ipates hosting the next match a t home. In the opposite end of the bracket, Mexico is scheduledt o take on Cayman Islands in Mexico City on May 15. The winner will take on Bermuda while the loser will face the B ahamas in Round Two North. The win for Bermuda p laced them on top of the NACRA North Zone, Round Two. I n the final of South Zone Round One, Barbados just edged the British Virgin Islands 19-13. B ahamas Rugby Football Union (BRFU Elystan Miles foreshadowed a tough match ahead for the B ahamas against Cayman or rising power Mexico. "At the last Caribbean C hampionships, we beat Mex ico to finish fifth, but Mexico is becoming a real challenge in the region but in the very short period of time they have the potential to develop into a powerhouse," he said. Against Bermuda, Greg Fraser's late game penalty kick helped Bermuda successfully protect home field with a thrilling 13-10 win over the Bahamas. The Bahamas reached the scoreboard first on Shawn Kemps opening try which Kacey Charlton converted for a 7-0 lead, but Bermuda was able to come from behind. Bermuda scored on a penalty from Fraser, and grabbed the lead for the first time when Conor McGlynn scored the team's only try which Fraser converted to take the lead on a go-ahead penalty kick for 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. With 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 from Duran Beadle shortly thereafter tied the score at 10 before Fraser's late match heroics. The Bahamas is currently ranked second to Bermuda in the North Caribbean group, fourth overall in the Caribbean behind Trinidad, Guyana and Bermuda. WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 THETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f DIGGER An Aquinas College senior girl takes part in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools volleyball season which got started on Monday. The senior girls began play yesterday. They will play again Thursday. SEE more photos on page 2E BAISS volleyball digs of f Bahamas has tough match ahead against Cayman or Mexico R R U U G G B B Y Y Heat beat the Celtics in Game 2 S ee page 8e Athletes who get subvention must compete in Pan Am if they hope to represent at Olympics K NOWLES
L OCAL SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS BAISS Volleyball HIGHLIGHTS P LAY ACTION The Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools volleyball (the final sporting discipline of the year got started on Monday. Here, the senior girls can be seen playing yesterday. They will play again Thursday. The junior boys and girls willb egin competition immediately following the completion of the senior divisional play. P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org IN an effort to improve the q uality of their product, the B ahamas Olympic Committee will be taking advantage of the service of Canadian intern Colin Whitmee. During the next 12 months that Whitmee will be in town, he will be working directlyw ith the BOC with its Olympic Solidarity Movement and its member associa-tions. W hile here, Whitmee will also have the task of meetingw ith both the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Y outh, Sports and Culture to g et a better understanding of how sports functions in the c ountry and its strengths and weaknesses. B OC secretary general R ommel Knowles introduced W hitmee to the media yesterday. Knowles said he brings a wealth of experience, m anaging multi-games and working with the Zeus database programme that will out l ine the profiles of all athletes. Stating that he is fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to work with the BOC, Whitmee said while he i ntends to share some of his experiences gained in Canada, h e will certainly be taking b ack what he has learnt to his country. I think theres a very strong possibility of mutual benefit here, said Whitmee, who came through Canadas compassionate programme t hat is funded by the Commonwealth Games Canada, Commonwealth Games Fede ration and the Olympic Soli darity. Programme A total of 15 persons have been disbursed through the programme to work with vari ous countries within the Commonwealth. The Zeus on-line system i s one of my primary respons ibilities. Its an on-line database of the athletes, Whitm ee said. Historically, that information is not available when countries send their athletes to compete. Zeus has been seen as the answer to s ome Olympic countries and Commonwealth Games asso ciations. This is how their i nformation is disseminated. W hitmee, however, said hes looking forward to havi ng the dialogue with the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, as well as the affiliated federations and associat ions with a view of understanding how sports works in t he Bahamas and provide s ome recommendations on the way forward. Unlike the Bahamas, Canada has such a large reservoir that their Olympic Committee and their CommonwealthG ames Committee are separ ate and a part from each oth er. Thats how huge the Commonwealth Games Association really is, Knowles said. In the Caribbean, we see it as a small thing becausei ts managed by the NOCs. Canada has a huge Commonwealth Games committee, separate and a part from their O lympic Committee. In addition to that, Whitmee revealed that there are t wo phrases to the Common wealth Games Committee that one sends the teams offt o compete in the games and t he other that works with sending the personnel off to improve their technical rela tionships internally and externally. Whitmee said that while he has only been in town for a w eek, he intends to share his expertise in helping the Bahamas to develop the samet ype of model that is current ly being used in Canada. L OCAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011, PAGE 3E V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L D D E E F F E E N N D D Y Y A A S S P P I I K K E E T T O O U U R R N N E E Y Y THE Defenders Voll eyball Club inclusive of the Scotiabank Defenders a nd the Johnsons Lady Truckers in conjunction with the Bahamas Volleyball Federation, is scheduled to host their first Defend Ya Spike Club Invitational May 13-15 att he Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. A ll local teams, both male and female, interested in participating should contact a club member as soon as possible. The deadline is set for Thursday, May 5. International players from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Canada and the United States are expected to be in town top articipate in the tournam ent. C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G J J A A R R S S E E R R I I E E S S T HE Jeffs Auto Racing Club is slated to continue its short course roadr ace series 5:30pm today at the Clifton Heritage parking lot. There will also be a road race 8:30am Sat u rday. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L B B S S C C P P L L A A Y Y O O F F F F S S THE Baptist Sports C ouncil will continue its postseason with the start of its 19-and-under andm ens best-of-three championship series at the Bail-l ou Hills Sporting Com plex Thursday night. In the 7pm opener, Mt Tabor Full Gospel will take on Agape Full Gospel. That will be foll owed by the mens game b etween the defending champions Temple Fel lowship and first year Hope Center. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L N N A A T T I I O O N N A A L L T T E E A A M M P P R R A A C C T T I I C C E E THE Bahamas Basket b all Federation is all set to begin preparation for the Caribbean Basketball Championships at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium tonight. T he federation has announced that practice for the women will begin at 6pm and that will be followed by the men at 8pm. Both practices are o pen to all players inter ested in making the teams. And the Bahamas is scheduled to host the C BC for the third time July 25 to August 5 at the gymnasium. sports inbrief Whitmee working with BOC on the on-line database of athletes BOC EXECUTIVES welcome Colin Whitmee to the Bahamas. Shown (l-r Wellington Miller. COACHES Cardinal Moncur and Donna Lundy with the Yellow Elder primary girls volleyball team. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com AFTER dominating the New Providence Primary Schools Sports Associations girls volleyball tournament for the third consecutive year, coach Cardinal Moncur is preparing to take some of his Yellow Elder players off to another AAU invitational tournament in Florida. Yellow Elder clinched the title at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium April 12 with a 25-8 and 25-6 sweep over Claridge Primary and now they are looking forward to making an impression when they play on June 10-11 in Lakeland, Florida. Moncur, a former national team distance runner, said he was proud of the achievement of their three-peat champi onship feat. The players from the school are young, Moncur said. Last years team was a little older. But we have more height this time, as opposed to last year. However, Moncur said the team certainly lacks the experience of the previous team, so he feels that with time the team should be able to develop that. What we are looking for on this trip is to get them some exposure, Moncur said. We were given the opportu nity to go to the AAU Nationals a couple days after this pre-season tournament. But we are not ready. So were just going to go to the pre-tournament where we will meet teams that are going to the AAU Nationals, which will give us an indication of what to expect if we decide to go to the tournament next year. With a major sponsor on board, Moncur said they will travel as the DAlbenas Heavenly Angels Volleyball Club to participate in the tourna ment. Additionally, Moncur said as a club, they will get to use the services of a couple players who just recently graduated from Yellow Elder to assist the young players from the schools championship team. The average age of the players we are taking are 11, Moncur noted. But we are taking three players from AF Adderley and seven from Yellow Elder so that we will have some experience to work with. The teams they are play ing against have already played some 15-20 games going into the tournament. So its going to be difficult for us to take the team without any experience. But we feel we have a good team lined up to compete. Two of the players from Yellow Elder expressed their delight in being afforded the opportunity to travel to this years tournament. Deandra Thompson, the head girl at Yellow Elder, is competing on the team for the first time but she fitted right in and was able to make a contribution to their success. It was good. It was tough. We didnt play like how we played in our practices, she said. We had to really step it up when we played in the tournament. Confident If their performance was any indication, Thompson said shes confident that they are ready to travel to the tournament to compete at a higher level. We just need a little more practice to get right there, she said. We need to work on focusing on the game a little more and paying attention to where the ball goes. But Thompson said Mon cur is a drill master, who is not only trying to ensure that they play their best in the game, but that they also exceed in their academics. And Octavia, the 11-yearold team captain, said they went out and they performed as expected during the primary school tournament. Last year, when we played, it was a little better, but this year, we have a team that played very tough, she stated. If we go to the tour nament and play like that, Im sure we can come back home and make our school very proud. She credited coach Moncur for putting a lot of pressure on us to win and that is one of the reasons why they go out and perform to the best of our ability. While the players pride on playing volleyball, Moncur said they are also doing extremely well in the classroom. We have a well-balanced mixture of sports and educa tion, Moncur said. The head girl and deputy head girl are on the team and we also have two other girls who could have easily been in their position. So academically, they are doing very fine and we watch their grades. We have told them that to be a part of this programme, we want to see an upward trend, not just playing volleyball, but with their education as well. He mentioned principal Catherine Mackey and grade level teacher Barbara Moss for sticking with their pro gramme and allowing the players to develop their con fidence. Last year, Moncur took the DAlbenas Heavenly Angels Club and ended up third in their initial appearance in Florida where they partici pated in an AAU 12-andunder tournament in Fort Pierce. Yellow Elder girls set to take their winning ways to Florida tourney