N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Making sure a good man r ests in peace V olume: 107 No.147FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER MOSTLY SUNSHINE HIGH 87F LOW 78F TRY THE NEW CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Funeral tributes and Junkanoo rush-out for icon Jackson Burnside By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org THE Junkanoo community led the way yesterday ine xpressing the collective spirit of remembrance for Bahamian cultural icon Jackson Burnside. B ay Street was shut down to vehicular traffic as thousands of Junkanooers rushed t he street in full costume to make sure a good man rests in peace. We had to take him down o ver the boulevard one last time. We had to carry him over the strip. If we didntt ake him over the strip I dont think his spirit might have rested. Thats just the way hew as when it came to Junkanoo, said James Alexander Stubbs, a One Family member, who worked w ith Mr Burnside for eight years. Today is very special to m e. This does not happen very often. This is the first one I know of, he said. B ystanders and rushers alike seemed to share a sense of pride, wonder and inspira-t ion at the out-of-season pro cession of culture on Bay Street. One bystander said: This is wonderful. It feels great. Something out of the ordinary. Usually Junkanoo is always on Christmas and New Years; and for this kind of cel ebration for the life and death of Mr Burnside, this feels good. One member of the Valley Boys Junkanoo Group said the music sounded sweeter SEE page 14 B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE thanksgiving service for cultural icon Jackson Burnside was an unpreten t ious ceremony for an unpre tentious man, said one friend of the renowned artist anda rchitect. F amily friend Charles Carter said he hoped Mr Burnsides death would sparka necessary revolution in spirit for Bahamians. In his tribute, Mr Carter encouraged everyone to r emember what they said and how they felt in the past days and weeks, because what theye xperienced was the oppor tunity to see the Bahamas through the prism of Mr Burnside. His is a vision expressed in architecture and art show cased across the country. It was much larger than the con tributions of his own talent. He once said: We need therefore institutions, centres of information, research and expression that respond to the need of our people to see images of dignity in our own particular way of doing things. HOPES OF A REV OL UTION IN SPIRIT FOR BAHAMIANS SEE page 14 C ELEBRATING A B AHAMIANHERO: J unkanooers give a memorable send-off to Jackson Burnside (pictured right n MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 14 PHOTOS:Felip Major /Tribune staff By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DISGRUNTLED workers at Bahamas Information Services are calling on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to remove the company's executive director amid claims of nepotism, victimisation and poor management. Around eight workers protested for a portion of their lunch hour outside BIS' office on Bay Street shortly after 1pm yesterday decrying the management style of SEE page nine BIS WORKERS CALL FOR PM TO REMOVE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR A PARTY organised by the Progressive Liberal Party's youth arm in Grand Bahama, which advertised "free Jell-O shots all night," has come under fire for promoting excessive drinking for young adults. The latest to criticise the event is FNM MP for Pineridge and Deputy Speaker of the House Kwasi Thompson, who said polit ical groups should uplift young people with wholesome events, not alcohol-fuelled parties. "Representatives of the PLP Pineridge advertised on their flyer 'Free Jell-O Shots all night.' Are they serious about giving SEE page nine PLP YOUTH ARM IN FREE JELL-O SHOTS CONTROVERSY By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com ANOTHER battle over nominations appears to be underway, this time in the North Eleuthera constituency where three FNMs have been campaigning for the seat currently being held by the Speaker of the House Alvin Smith. With Mr Smith not formally announcing he has intentions to step down and not fight for his seat again, some political observers have pointed out that this constituency NOMINATIONS BATTLEUNDER WAY INNORTH ELEUTHERA SEE page nine
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By ALESHA CADET Tribune Staff Reporter A COLOSSAL 77-pound cubera snapper was caught by fishermen and brought to shore yesterday morning. Sidney Walker, who hauled in the giant fish, told The Tribune it was his lucky day. Mr Walker said the snapper was caught just outside Nassau Harbour in about 120 feet of water. It took me about half an hour, and what really happens is a lot of times people fish and the first thing they say is, it's a shark and then they just give up and cut the line, but like I always say, I want to look it in the face and see exactly what it is," he said As to his plans for the huge fish, Mr Walker said: "I plan to sell it if anyone wants to buy it or we will just cut it open and eat it. This is not my first time catching a fish as big as this, but this is my first time catching a snapper as big as the one I caught." Speaking about the chances of catching a snapper this size, Mr Walker said: "Well, it may be your lucky day or you have to be a very sensitive fisherman." Mr Walker said he went out yesterday morn ing with intentions of catching some mutton snapper, but to his surprise he caught a cubera snapper, a species which normally weighs in at around 40 pounds. "The fish can feed just about ten families," he said. Lester Gittens of the Bahamas Department of Marine Resources said the information they got from the fisherman and the measurements of the fish will help the department in learning more about our marine resources. "For example, with these fish we'll have to find out how much offspring they can possibly have and what contribution they would make to the eco-system and many other things along those lines," he said. We don't get these calls really often, but I would say a few times for the year we got a few, nowadays they are quite scarce so we jump at the opportunity to capture what information we can. While yesterdays catch is no doubt a whop per in size, it is still far from the largest cubera snapper ever caught; that honour goes to fishermen from Texas who hauled a 151-pound one on shore in 1984. DISCOVERY Club winners of the Go-Green Video Chal lenge, sponsored by the US Embassy, experienced an extraordinary camping adventure in the Everglades National Park in Florida over the Easter break. Winners Owen Taylor, Gerald Williams-Bartlett from St Andrews School and runners-up Divinia Cox, Dijona Gilbert, Kennedy Lightbourne and Keno Clarke from Oakes Field Primary were declared Junior Rangers of the Everglades National Park at the end of their visit. The Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The 1.5 million acre park is a wetland of international importance, boasting a unique ecosystem of end less marshes, dense mangroves, towering palms, alligator holes and tropical fauna is unlike any ecosystem the Discovery Club members had ever experienced in the Bahamas. The young explorers saw birds such as the Anhinga and Black Vulture and were able to see over 16 species of wading birds, including the Roseate Spoonbill, which call the park home. Health y They also discovered that there are very healthy alligator populations in the park. I did not know the difference between an American alligator and the American crocodile, said Divinia Cox, but I do now. The group visited the Anhinga Centre where an interactive exhibit explained how neighbouring communities feel about the park, and took the Shark Tram Tour which brought great insight to the history and threats surrounding the Everglades National Park. The most exciting part of the experience was an overnight camp at the Everglades National Park Campground. The experience of being in a true wildlife area with alligators and bobcats was definitely the highlight of the trip. The students also completed all the activities in the Junior Ranger Programme and were awarded the Junior Rangers Cap at the end of their visit. After camping in the Everglades National Park the group visited the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. The museum offers more than 200 interactive exhibits and the particular favourite of the students was the flight simulator and they all enjoyed Runways to Rockets where they were able to take a simulated trip to the moon or Mars. The film feature Born to be Wild at the IMax theatre was also a big hit. According to Discovery Club coordinator Shacara Light bourne, the trip gave the Discovery Club members a more international perspective of the issues of conservation. The children were accompanied by BNT staff Portia Sweeting, director of education; Shacara Lightbourne, Discovery Club coordinator; Discovery Club leader from Oakes Field Primary Jennice Johnson, and parent Keisha Taylor. Discovery Club is the Bahamas National Trusts youth stew ardship programme for ages 6-13. Discovery Club winners enjoy the Everglades National Park GIANT snapper caught by fisherman WHATAWHOPPER! Lester Gittens of Department of Marine Resources weights and measures the giant snapper. Inset top: Local Fisherman Sidney Walker poses next to giant snapper fish he caught outside o f the Nassau Habour Thursday morning. P HOTOS: Tim Clarke / Tribune staff ABOYANDHISFRIEND: Owen Taylor with his friend an American Alligator.
By LAMECH JOHNSON STUDENTS of the College of the Bahamas (COB views on the newly formed Democratic National Alliances (DNA next years general election. While some praised party leader Branville McCartneys courage and vibrancy, others said they doubt a third party can succeed in the Bahamas. Last week, Mr McCartney, MP for Bamboo Town and DNA leader, officially launched what he is calling an alternative party to the big two, PLP and FNM. And while some students are excited about the possibility of change, others do not believe that third political parties can have a successful future in the Bahamas. Clethra Dean, a biology/education major at COB and resident of Bamboo Town, said Mr McCartney has done a lot for his constituency and she feels that he would do okay as a leader of the country. I am a member of Bamboo Town and hes always putting something together for the community and the kids.I think he did a good job as Minister of State for Immigration and he showed great leaderships skills there. When asked about Mr McCartneys speech at the launch of the DNA last w eek, she said: Some of his speech was good, though it went downhill when I think he ran out of things to say. But I t hink hed be okay. Her friends, Demario Duncombe, a CIS education major, and Chauncey Dean, an architect major, said they and other students would support Mr McCartney and the DNA if he got more persons who arent singers. On a serious note, they said they wish the DNA would release candidate profiles so they could learn more about who is running for the party and what their platform is. For now though, they said they would go with the FNM over the PLP based on the issue of leadership. Mr Dean said: I can respect a man (Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham can stand his ground in the face of adversity. Biochemistry student Jemelia Joffre said it is a time for change and she is impressed by Mr McCartney starting his own political party. I think they have something good going on and more young people will support them. Kya McPhee, a mass communications student, and Hueneka Hanna, who is pursuing an accounting degree, agreed with this view. Ms McPhee said: I think its a great move for Mr McCartney and hell have the support. Hes young and vibrant. She believes experience is not an issue here as he is a lawyer by profession and served as a junior minister in both Tourism and Immigration. Ms Hanna said she is impressed by the fact that he created a party that fast. And his message resonates with me as an individual. I think the DNA can do well in the next general elections and Im waiting for them to start campaigning in my constituency (Bain Town she said. Meanwhile, nursing major Deaundra Molley believes that Mr McCartney has a genuine care for the people and that everybody is tired of the PLP and FNM. Music major Lawrence Smith, however, said he highly doubts that the DNA has a fair chance in the general election because he feels Bahamians say that they want change but will not embrace it when the time comes. All people know is FNM and PLP. Bahamians dont want to accept change, even if they say they do. They will say so today and change their minds tomorrow. He also believes that the short time between the formation of the party andt he upcoming election will work against the DNA. In my opinion I would say no. It isnt enough time for us to get to know them. As it concerns music artist Sammy Star Poitier running for the South Beach seat under the DNA, Mr Smith said he does not discredit the candidates ability, but said he has to realise that singing and performing on a stage is one thing, while dealing with issues that will affect peoples lives is another. Law student R Ellis Farrington III said he believes there is no major difference between Mr McCartney and his political opponents. Politics is a science orchestrated to manipulate the mindset of the common man. Hes given the same ideas that others before him have had. Mr Farrington wishes Bahamians had the ability to vote for the leader of their choice rather than the leader of the party with the most seats becoming prime minister. Bahamians need to get out of the mindset of party ties. Vote for the best candidate who can ensure that the needs of the constituents are met and someone who listens to their concerns. On that note, he said he does not believe that the DNA will become the next government of the Bahamas. Some of the students who spoke to The Tribune have already registered to vote while others say they will do so soon. B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FISHERMEN who cap sized when a fleet of fishing y achts powered passed their 13ft Whaler in a creek near Harbour Island Eleuthera last week are calling on police top ress charges. Robert Albury, 76, and his fishing companion Jeremiah N eely were thrown overboard by a 12ft swell when 10 to 12 fishing boats passed by at around 30mph just 50ft away. A nd as the local fishermen were tossed into the water, the captains of the yachtss ailed on. Before I had time to think I was in the water, and I think they saw when It urned over, but they kept going, Mr Albury said. If I had hit my head and b een knocked out I would have been out in the ocean and they would never have found our bodies. Thankful He and Mr Neely are thankful the Eleuthera Express mailboat passed through the channel near Pierre Island where they had been stranded for around 20 minutes. Captain Willie Pinder confirmed he picked up the pair and took them to Harbour Island where Mr Albury went directly to the police station. He said: Thats a serious charge to sink somebody and not turn to pick them up. Its against the law and its ridiculous what these fisher men do. I want them to know they cant do as they like. Theres no sense having law if we dont enforce them. Mr Albury said the fishermen were participating in the Custom Shoot-Out billfish tournament when they blind ly passed his Boston Whaler at around 7.30am last Friday. Most of the 30 yachts com p eting in the tournament were docked at the Valentines Resort and Marina, and Mr Albury said police took theiri nquiries to the marina man ager and fishing tournament director Frank Skip Smith. Harbour Island Chief Inspector Roston Moss did not return calls from The Trib une t o provide information a bout the investigation. However, the tournament director said he was aware oft he incident and had offered c ompensation to the men involved. Although Mr Albury recovered his boat, he e xpects the motor will need to be repaired or replaced, and he lost two large muttons nappers caught that morning. Mr Smith said he has been trying to find out which b oats were responsible for the dangerous wake, but none of the tournament competitors have yet admitted to passinga t the time or seeing the small boat. We are trying to sort it out as professionally as we can, Mr Smith said. We have been running the tournamentt here for seven years and we w ant to be welcomed back; we love the people there. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, PAGE 3 COB students weigh in on DNA P OLICE took three firearms and dangerous drugs off the streets yesterday in a proactive operation across New Providence. Rapid Strike officers recovered a handgun,a mmunition and drugs from a home in Union Village and arrested four people, ages 17, 19, 24 and 25, when they executed a search warrant at the property just b efore 6pm on Wednesday. Additionally, mobile police officers found twoh andguns and ammunition on the western end of Arawak Cay on Wednesday afternoon, however, no arrests were made in connection with the find. And officers from the Para dise Police station arrested a 37-year-old man of Ernest Street for alleged drug pos-s ession just after 4.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. P olice press liaison officer S gt Chrislyn Skippings said t he officers were on routine patrol when they saw the man near the ParadiseI sland bridge on East Bay Street acting suspiciously. Officers conducted a s earch of the male and r ecovered a quantity of suspected marijuana, Sgt Skippings said. Custody The Ernest Street resident was taken into custody. Active police investigationsc ontinue. In a notice to the public, Sgt Skippings added: If a p olice officer while in the execution of his duties asks for your name and addressa nd you fail to give it, or you g ive a name which that offi cer has reason to believe is false, you can be arresteda nd if convicted fined not less than $500, but not more than $1,000, or to imprison m ent for a term of three months or to both the fine and imprisonment. The Royal Bahamas P olice Force encourages you to report suspicious people, cars and activities and to obey all laws as we continue with our efforts to make this Bahamas a safer place to live, work, visit and play. Fishermen thrown overboard by 12ft swell after yachts pass A LOCAL attorney accused of stealing $85,000 from a client is expected to be formally charged before a magistrate today. The senior attorney is to be charged with stealing by reason of service and fraudulent breach of trust, according to police. The offences are alleged to have occurred between January 5, 2010, and Wednesday, April 2, during which time the attorney is alleged to have stolen $85,000 from a client. The attorney is expected to appear in Magistrates Court 10 at Nassau Street today. Attorney accused of stealing from client POLICE are investigating a traffic accident on Long Island in which a 44year-old man was killed. Officers from the Traffic Division in New Provi dence will be assisting their colleagues in Long Island with investigations into a traffic accident which claimed the life of a resident ONeals settlement. The accident occurred sometime around 7am yes terday. The incident reportedly involved a motorcycle and a Kia Sportage SUV, and occurred at Queens Highway in Bunches. The 44-year-old victim sustained serious injuries in the collision and was taken to the local clinic where he died a short time later. RAPID STRIKE OFFICERS SEIZE THREE FIREARMS AND DRUGS police BRIEFS POLICE PR OBE TRAFFIC FATALITY Call for police to press charges MAKINGNEWS: Branville McCartney.
EDITOR, The Tribune. I recently read two of Mr Oswald Browns letters in another newspaper. In both of the letters, he expressed his utter disgust for the FNM government, and Prime Minister Hubert AI ngraham. Mr Brown is of the view that Opposition Leader Perry G Christie would make a better Prime Minister than the Hon Hubert Ingraham. Mr Brown is totally convinced that the Prime Minister had something to do with his forced resignation from the Freeport News. If the Prime Minister or any of his party supporters had anything to do with Mr Browns res ignation, then they are dead wrong to victimise a man who simply expressed his views. This is a democracy. He is entitled to freely voice his opposition to anyp olitical party, whether it is the FNM or the PLP. However, I seriously doubt that the Prime Minister would have done such a thing. Say what you like about Mr Ingraham; he has done more than any otherp olitician in the modem Bahamas to deepen our democracy. Therefore, it is very difficult for me to believe that the Prime Minister would engage in such petty practices. Further, Mr Brown, in one of the letters to the press, argued that the Minister of State for Finance, the Hon Zhivargo Laing, is not qualified for that important position. He furthers tated in his letter that his appointment to this post is one of the reasons why the countrys economy is in such bad shape. Mr Brown is also of the view that Mr Laing has not been a good representative for the con s tituency of Marco City. Again, as far as I am con cerned, Mr Brown is entitled to his opinions. Nevertheless, I was beginning to wonder if Mr Brown was harbouring bitterness in his heart towards Mr Laing and the FNM. For a while there, it appeared as if every other week he was sending letters to the newspapers, that were highly critical of the FNM. I n fact, he seems to be more determined to see the PLP win the next general election, than the Hon Perry Christie himself. At one time he used to write columns in the newspapers that were very critical of the PLP.N ow, all of a sudden the PLP is the greatest thing to happen to earth since sliced bread. Mr Brown is obviously free to support whomever he deems fit to run this country. But I am still perplexed as to why he had chosen to single out Mr Laing for his attacks. What has Mr Laing done to him? I have chosen to write this letter because I happen to live in Marco City. I voted for Mr Laing in 2007. So I also have a dog in this political fight. Like Mr Brown, I too became very bitter with the FNM. I also became very critical of the governing party. I was very disillusioned over this stubborn economic malaise that refuses to leave Grand Bahama. A recession would make any government look bad. Yet the FNM government has stated on numerous occasions that it is doing all that it possibly can do under the present cir cumstances. I believe more can be done for Grand Bahama though. I was also upset with Mr Laing. You see, a close relative of mine had gone to him, requesting a job reference letter. Mr Laing refused to write up a reference, however, on the grounds that he did not know my relative. N eedless to say, my relative and I both vowed that we would never again support Mr Laing at the polls. My relative really needed that job. She was frustrated, and perhaps even bitter. But now as I look back at that situation, I was wrong to have been angry at the Minister. We w anted him to do something that was, in essence, against the law of the land. We wanted him to endorse an individual he had never seen before. How could he, in all honesty, write about a person he did not even know existed before then? Mr Laing was simply sticking to his principles. But with that being said, while I truly sympathise with Mr Laing, I still think that he could have at least written a small note to the prospective employer, asking him or her to give my relative a try. He could have easily acknowledged that while he did not know my relative, she does appear to be a law-abiding citi zen of Marco City, who desper ately needed a job. He chose not to assist her. Even Hosea the prophet had stated that God desires mercy and not sacrifice. I know the Minister was concerned about upholding the regulations regarding writing reference letters, but he had an unemployed mother who just wanted a job. Now, my relative, who had been a loyal supporter of the FNM, has now stated that she will not be voting in the upcoming election. She had supported the FNM for over thirty years. In just a mere four years as our representative, Mr Laing has managed to turned off my relative from the party she once loved and supported. Personally, I dont hold anything against the Minister. Buth e has got to prove to his constituents that he is a peoples person. There are too many persons out there who are somehow convinced that Mr Laing doesnt care. Maybe he needs to do a better job at his public relations. One gentleman who also lives in Marco City, informed me of all the good things Mr Laing has been doing in Marco C ity. He needs to get his message out. He also needs to be more visible in his constituency. Finally, in regards to Mr Browns bold assertion that Mr Laing has not been a good rep resentative for Marco City. Again, that is his view. But I believe, though, that Mr Brown is being unfair with the Minister. I would like to ask Mr Brown this question: give me the names of all the PLP MPs who have done a better job than Mr Laing? In fact, just give me one name? If Mr Laing deserves to lose his seat in the upcoming election, then so do all the other MPs. While it is true that his per formance has been less than spectacular thus far, Mr Laing has been no different than any of the other MPs. So again, why has Mr Brown chosen to single out Mr Laing for his attacks? In the last analysis, I truly hope that Mr Laing retains his seat in Marco City. True, I am at times critical of both Mr Laing and the FNM, but I believe MrO swald Brown has been very unfair in his criticism of the Minister. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama May, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 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 ACCORDING to Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Mrs Vinette Graham-Allen has done very little if anything to prove that her controversial appointment nine months ago as Director of Public Prosecutions has had any impact on the cases clogging the judicial system. This is the blinded view of a jaundiced p olitician who during this silly season of election fever would rather not see the truth. There is none so blind as those who will not see the truth goes the old English proverb. Mr Mitchell falls into this category. Fortunately politicians of his ilk aside we can find no others close to the situation at the Attorney Generals office who agree with him about the progress made by the new DPP. In her short nine months as DPP not over a year as Mr Mitchell would have us believe Mrs Graham-Allen has done much to improve, and, in fact, revolutionise the management of cases from the commission of the crime, through the police and into the courts. As Mrs Graham-Allen has pointed out, prosecutors cannot guarantee a conviction, but they can certainly present evidence thati s cogent, reliable and admissible for the consideration of judge and jury. Under her leadership, and with the full cooperation of the Minister of National Security, the Com missioner of Police and his senior officers and prosecutors, the handling of cases has been streamlined and monitored, from the day the crime is committed to the day it is presented to the courts. Mrs Graham-Allen was satisfied that the partnership between prosecutors and thep olice at the early stages of an investigation would help transform the system and so it has. Time is now needed for the public to see the results. Mr Mitchell criticised Attorney General John Delaney. QC, claiming that in remarks he made to the press recently, he and his DPP were blaming the police, instead of themselves for their own ineptness in fail ing to solve cases brought before the courts. However, others reading the Attorney Gen erals remarks did not interpret them as a criticism of the police. There are many reasons for prosecutions failing in court non appearance of witnesses, long delays until the case disappears down the black hole into oblivion, perverse juries, and the list goes on. However, we are noticing what appears to be a new and troubling trend the tendency of judges to usurp the function of the jury. This whole discussion came up when with in a period of 10 days three murder cases were recently dismissed by the courts for insufficient evidence. From information that we have on those cases we would suggest that all three should have gone to a jury. In other words the points on which they were dismissed were facts that should have been left for a jury to decide. One, for example, was the case of the robbery, rape and murder of a woman, whose husband, a pilot, was away from the home. Fingerprints of the accused were found on a pane of glass either on the door or window of the house. The accused was not known to any member of the dead womans family, he was not invited there, and there was no logical reason for his fingerprints to be anywhere on the premises but the fact was that they were there. Inside the house the woman was dead murdered. However, because the police could not say how the fingerprints got there, the judge on this technicality released the accused case dismissed. This was a fact that the jury should have considered after all jurors are selected to consider facts, the judge decides the law. Before Mrs Graham-Allens arrival there were two working Supreme Courts. Since her arrival there are now four courts in New Providence. Mr Justice Hartman Longley is the senior justice in Freeport. It only stands to reason that more cases are being handled by the courts. But, said one lawyer, despite more courts, and more judges, we are never going to surmount the backlog of cases. The fact is that so far this year we already have 46 mur der cases alone, in addition to all the other crimes rapes, robberies, drugs, gun possession, and others. This is a moral issue, he said. No matter how many judges, policemen, courts, and prisons we build, no political party can control crime. It has to be recognised as a moral issue and treated as such. These politicians, like Mitchell, make me sick, he said. They are the ones who are failing in the fight against crime. Instead of recognising our moral malaise and encour aging Bahamians to work hard, get a good education, live a moral life and so equip themselves that they can resist all the worlds destructive temptations, politicians fool the people into thinking that, if elected, they alone have the secret to suppress crime. They dont, and they never will until they find solutions to the social decay. They have no solution, he said. And unless, and until they see this as a commu nitys moral failure that has to be dealt with, they themselves will remain a part of the problem. Like Oswald Brown, I too became bitter with the FNM LETTERS l email@example.com Politicians part of problem in crime solution
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Emergency m edical staff (EMS be posted in the police control room on a 24-hour basis,S enior Assistant Commissioner of Police Quinn McCartney revealed. H e said the posting of EMS at police headquarters will ensure a more effectiver esponse is provided to medical emergencies anywhere on G rand Bahama. Mr McCartney noted that there is a critical time period i n the medical profession referred to as the golden hour a period in which thel ives of a majority of critically i njured trauma patients can be saved if definitive surgical intervention is provided. D uring the opening of EMS W eek held under the theme Celebrating Everyday Heroes, Mr McCartney paid tribute to EMS personnel for the important role they playi n the saving of lives. These individuals provide o ptimal care for the injured in a pre-hospital environment, in many cases in not so ideal s ituations care is provided from the level of first responders to paramedics, involving s kills and training that ranges from basic life support (BLS to advanced cardiac life support (ACLS specialties such as electro-cardio (ECG t ration of drugs, he said. H e stressed that EMS must be able to respond quickly and transport the patient to the hospital. Mr McCartney said the the golden hour starts not f rom the time that help a rrives to the patient, but from the time the patient is i njured. H e noted that during those first 60 minutes the police must be notified, an ambul ance must be dispatched, resc ue efforts may have to occur, the victim must be transporte d from the location where they were injured, the appropriate medical, surgical and support staff must be assembled, and the necessary life-g iving surgery and support must commence. In that golden hour, our E MS personnel are afforded mere platinum 10 minutes. It is expected that in these 10 minutes they have to identify l ive patients, make treatment decisions, and begin to move patients to hospital. Every action must have a life-saving purpose, as the patients life will depend on h ow well the EMS person manages that situation; in these situations every second c ounts as every second lost could make the differenceb etween life and death, Mr McCartney said. Stellar Mr McCartney said EMS and rescue personnel in the B ahamas, inclusive of police, Defence Force, BASRA, the Bahamas Red Cross, the N ational Emergency Management Agency (NEMA a nd staff from the Grand B ahama Emergency groups, inclusive of the container p ort, the Grand Bahama Power Company, and others, should be commended for the s tellar jobs they do. Too often their contributions are not rewarded, and t oo often the negative stories are highlighted. These men a nd women are indeed our everyday heroes, as they risk their own personal safety to ensure that lives are saved and property is not destroyed, he added. Mr McCartney said weeks t heme is an appropriate one a nd brings attention to indiv iduals who make significant c ontributions on a daily basis, saving lives and improving the quality of life for so many. H e added that the comprehensive approach to respondi ng to medical emergencies m ust be developed even further to ensure that proper p rotocols are not only developed, but are assessed and reassessed to ensure thatw hen disaster strikes, everyone is able to respond effectively. M r McCartney also stated that greater emphasis should also be placed on ensuring that staff of these agencies are trained and retrained to not only boost their confidence a nd competence, but to ensure that they are alwayso n the cutting edge of the best p ractices available in their professions. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, PAGE 5 T he 2011 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, and Zeta Phi Beta S orority Inc., Blue & White Ball will be held on May 29th, 2011. F or Ticket Information contact email@example.com. Proc eeds go towards scholarships for your young men and women of this country who dear to make a difference in their community. EMS to be posted in Police control room round-the-clock F REEPORT The prosecution has withdrawn charges a gainst Dario Mills, one of the four men on trial for an Abaco food store murder and armed robbery. He is the second man to have been discharged in the case. Crown prosecutors entered a nolle prosequi application o n Friday, dropping charges against the 24-year-old. Mills and Calvin Edgecombe, 24, were among five men initially charged with the murder and armed robbery of Dion Strachan at M&R Foodstore in Marsh Harbour,A baco, between November 27 and 28, 2008. The remaining three men on trial are Lavardo Rahming, 26, Shavardo McPhee, 19, and Jermaine Russell, 22. Attorney Murrio Ducille represents Rahming and M cPhee, and Carlson Shurland represents Russell. On May 2, the prosecution withdrew all charges against Edgecombe who was discharged of murder, armed robb ery, two counts of possession of unlicensed firearms, and two counts of ammunition possession. E dgecombe, who was represented by Simeon Brown, t ook a plea bargain offered by the prosecution in exchange of him becoming a key witness for the Crown. The matter is before Justice Hartman Longley. Prosecutors Vernal Collie, Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch of theA ttorney Generals Office are appearing on behalf of the Crown. COURT NEWS Every action must have a lifesaving purpose, as the p atients life will depend on how well the EMS person manages that situation; in these situations every second counts as every second lost could make the differenceb etween life and death. Q UINN MCCARTNEY CHARGES WITHDRAWN AGAINST DARIO MILLS IN MURDER, ARMED ROBBERY TRIAL Share your news The T ribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in theirn eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. BLUE AND WHITE BALL SET FOR MAY 29
THE first annual Fiesta de M a y o h os t e d b y L i gn um V i t a e C e n t r e o f H o p e b r o u g h t t o g e t h e r h u n d r e d s o f c o n c e r n ed ci ti ze n s t o h e lp r a is e f u n d s f o r l o c a l p r o j e c t s i n social entrepreneurship. W e r a i s e d o v e r $ 1 4 0 0 0 s o m e o f w h i c h h a s a l r e a d y been p ut t o us e as we cont i nue our efforts to implement 4-H i n t he B a ha ma s, a yo ut h de ve l o p m e n t o r g a n i s a t i o n t h a t e m p o w e r s y o u n g p e o p l e t o e m e r g e a s l e a d e r s t h r o u g h h a n d s o n l e a r n i n g L V C H officials said. H el d o n S a t u rd a y M ay 7, young and old alike came out to s up po rt a go od c au se an d enjoy a night full of festivities at the Old Fort Bay Club. Un d e r th e t h em e A Cu lt u r a l F u s i o n g u e s t s w e r e p r o m i s e d a L a t i n i n f u s e d evening full of entertainment. N o n e w e r e d i s a p p o i n t e d a s t he y sway e d to th e m elo d ies of Naomi Taylor and Willis & t h e I l l e s t w a t c h e d a s L a t i n i ns t r uc t o r A ug u s t u s H a l l s a l s a ed' up a storm, and danced all night long to music selections provided by DJ CRX. "The night was a huge suc c e s s s a i d A n n e L e v e r c o f oun de r a nd ch ai r p er s on of t he LVCH. "Wi t hout our dedi ca te d vol unteers and sponsors none of this could have been possible. T ha n k y o u t o a ll th e p e o p le w h o c a me to g e t h er t o m a k e t h is e v en t r u n s mo o th l y a n d we look forward to your con t i n u e d s u p p o r t a s L V C H m o v e s f o r w a r d t o p r o m o t e effective social change in our country." A s p e c i a l t h a n k y o u i s e x t e n d e d t o t h e e v e n i n g s s po nso rs fo r th eir ded icatio n to o ur ca use inc lud ing: Custo m Comp uters, Ro yal Ban k o f C a n a d a B a h a m a H a n d p rints, Colina Insu ran ce Ltd, C o m m o n w e a l t h D r u g s a n d M ed ical S up plies an d t o P ia Farme r of M endoza Wi nes f or her generous wine donation." T h e r e w e r e m o r e t h a n 4 0 prizes given away throughout t h e e v e n i n g a n d n u m e r o u s more raffled. "O u r appreci ati on and grat itude goes out to our wonder ful prize sponsors (as) well as s e v er a l a n o n y mo u s d o n o rs ," LVCH said. L V C H w o u l d l i k e t o express si ncere gr atef ulnes s to all the perform ers, vo l unteers and the 200 guests who came out to support the event." By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services MEMBERS of the Nurses Association of the Common w e a l t h o f t h e B a h a m a s ( N A C B ) w i l l p r o v i d e f r e e b l oo d p re ssu re a n d b lo o d g lu c o se s c r eeni ngs t o member s of the general public on Sat urday. T h e s c r e e n i n g s w i l l t a k e p lac e a t the R obin H ood ou tl e t o n To ni qu e W il li a msDa rl i n g H i g h w a y f r o m 9 a m t o 4pm. N A C B p r e s i d e n t N u r s e Pe r s ep h on e M u nn i ng s s a id the screenings are part of the a s sociation's bid to "ex pand o u r h e a l t h e d u c a t i o n a n d a w a r e n e s s p r o g r a m m e s b y taking t hem out of the clinic s hospitals and h e alth c are fa ci l it i es a nd in t o th e a r ea s most frequented by locals." Sh e sa i d th e f re e sc re e ni ng s w ill a llow the n urs e s to c hec k B a hamian s f or a n umber of chr o n ic, no nco mm u ni cab le d isea ses suc h as hy perte nsio n which is known as the "silent killer' and diabetes. Ch ron ic n on -c om mu nic a b l e d i s e a s e s s u c h as h y p e r t en s i o n d i a be t e s an d h ea r t disease are v er y pr e valent in today's society and impact a large percentage of our pop u l a t i o n N u r s e M u n n i n g s said. "Ther e are large numbe r s o f B a h a m ia n s w a l ki n g a r ou n d with hypertension, who may not even know that they are h y p e r t e n s i v e u n t i l i t i s t o o late. That i s why it is called t h e s i l e n t k i l l e r a s b y t h e t im e it b e c om e s ap p ar en t t ha t the person was hypertensive, is after they have suffered a s t ro k e o r h a v e d i e d a s a re su l t of complications from the ill ness. "T he same can be s aid of persons who may be diabetic a n d a r e n o t a w a r e o f t h e i r condition. These free screen in gs wil l h el p u s t o id ent i fy those persons who have one o r m o r e o f t h e s e c hr o n ic n o n com mu n ica bl e d is e as es a nd hel p th em t o get th e neces s a r y t r e a t m e n t N u r s e Munnings added. Early Detection Nurse Munnings said early th e d et ect i on is e s s ent i al in t he fig h t ag a in st c h ron ic n on c o m m u n i c a b l e d i s e a s e s ( C N C D s ) w h i c h a r e p r e v e n t a b l e a n d a r e t r e a t a b l e o n c e c a u g h t e a r l y S h e e n c ou rag e d B a ha m ia ns to g e t regular health check-ups. E a rl y d e t e c ti o n i s v e ry c r u cial in our bid to reduce the a m o u n t s o f p e r s o n s w i t h C NCDs which ar e t r eatable a n d w i l l n o t g e t b e t te r w i th o u t p r o p e r t r e a t m e n t w i t h o u t proper education," she said. B a h a m i a n s a r e g o i n g a b ou t th ei r da i ly ac t iv it ie s no t aw ar e t h a t t h ey h av e t he s e c o n d i t i o n s h y p e r t e n s i o n diabetes, heart disease and o n l y t h r o u g h s c r e e n i n g o r w h e n t h e d i s e a s e h a s a d v a nc e d s o fa r t ha t t he y s ud d e n l y f a l l i l l a n d f i n d t h a t th e i r c ondit ions are w or se than it could have been if they had gotten early treatment that they are aware they have it. O n c e c a u g h t e a rl y e n o u g h however, persons can get the p r o p e r t r e a t m e n t a n d c a n make the correct changes to t h e i r di e t s i n o rd e r t o i m pr o v e their situation. Getting regu la r h e al t h ch e ck s i s a gr ea t way of ensuring early detec tion," she added. Nurse Munnings said poor diets and sedentary lifestyles put ma ny Bah amians at risk of developin g t he diseas es." Sh e a d mo n i s h ed pa r e nt s t o e n s u r e t h a t t h e i r c h i l d r e n have "active lifestyles." "We have to start teaching o u r c hi l d re n f ro m a y o u n g a g e tha t they hav e to ea t hea lt hy t h a t t h e y h a v e t o b e m o r e active, that they have to get mo r e e xe r c i s e a n d t h e b e s t w a y fo r u s a s a d u l t s to g e t t h a t message across is by model l ing that ty pe of be havio ur to ou r k i d s ," Nu r s e M u n n in g s said. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, FRIDA Y MA Y 20, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE Free blood p r e s s u r e / g l u c o s e screenings this weekend Li gnum V i t ae C ent re of H op e rai ses $ 1 4 0 0 0 f or l ocal proj ec ts CHRISTINE C ate winn er of $2 00 Swa rov sk i Hav a ini as pho tog rap he d al ong si de L au ren ce T ay lo r, C EO of Havainias.
B TC wa s o n c e r e c o g n is e d globally for its phone directo ries ta kin g h om e fou r in ter natio nal ho nou rs a t the 20 11 As sociati on of Di rectory Publishers Gold Book Awards. M o r e t h a n 9 0 y e a r s a f t e r t h e f i r s t d ir e c t o r y w a s p u b l i s h e d t h i s y e a r s v e r s i o n top p ed th e co mp e titio n fr om 1 0 1 o t h e r c o m p a n i e s B T C r e c e i v e d a w a r d s i n t h e f o l l o w i n g c a t e g o r i e s : s e c o n d pla ce for Exc elle nc e in Pr in t Dir ec to r ies fo r it s Ba h am as d i r e c t o r y ; t h i r d p l a c e f o r Exc elle n ce in P rin t Dir ec to r i e s f o r i t s G r a n d B a h a m a d i r e c t o r y ; t h i r d p l a c e f o r Exc elle n ce in P rin t Dir ec to rie s' fo r it s A ba co d ire cto ry and t h i rd place in Best Cover Design an d Art' for its Gra nd Bah am a d ire cto ry W i n n i n g t h e s e a w a r d s d em ons t r at es th at w e w er e not on l y ab l e to a chiev e co mmer c ia l s ucce ss, but t o fu lf i ll a rol e r e c o g n i s e d b y o u r p e e r s a s amo n g th e be st in th e wo rld fo r c o n te n t, a pp e a r an c e a n d r elevance, s aid Marlon Johnso n, BTC's v ice -p re sid en t of sales an d ma rke ti n g. O u r d i r e c t o r i e s h a v e e v ol v ed i nt o w h at w e n ow c on s i d e r t h e p r e m i e r r e f e r e n c e gui d e for all things Bahami an offerin g a wealth o f info rmat i o n t o t h e p e o p l e o f t h e B ah ama s and t o vi si t or s t o o ur s h o r e s I t s t h a t e x t e n s i v e i n form ation b ase tha t mad e i t a tt ra c ti v e t o t h e M i n is tr y o f T our i s m t o p ar t ne r w i t h u s t h i s ye ar u n d er th e th e me 'Lo o k C lo ser. It's Our Bah ama s'. T h e b o o k s c o v e r s r e f l e c t tha t th e me N ass au 's d ir ect o r y f e a t u r i n g a m e m b e r o f t h e R o y a l B a h a m a s P o l i c e Fo rc e in fo rm al he lme t dre ss an un derw ater scene, t o uch of Bah am ian a rc hite ctu re b o atin g in th e b a y a n d a fla mi ngo E ach co v er is a c olla g e of di ffe re n t ph o to s, b u t al l a im to cap ture th e colo ur an d cu l tur e o f th e c ou n try F a r m or e t h an a lis tin g of names and nu mbers, th e BTC dir ec tor y p lay s a vita l ro le as a n a tyo urf i nger t ip s re fe ren ce s o u r c e i n t h e f a c e o f a n in c r e a si n g ly e l ec t r o n ic e n v iro nm en t, Mr Jo hn so n sa id. But rec og n isin g t he gr owing i mp ort an ce o f e ve ryt hin g e l e c t r o n i c w e a r e e x c i t e d ab ou t la un ch in g a r ev am pe d o n l in e d i r e c t o r y p o r t a l t h a t p r o m i s e s t o b e a v i b r a n t in t e r a c ti v e e x t e n s i o n o f t h e pr inte d bo o ks ." Some 150,000 copies of the dire cto rie s we re p rinte d in a va r ie t y o f e d it io n s in c l u d in g A ba co, B a ham as Whi t e P age s, B ah am a s Y el l ow Pa g es G r a nd B a h a m a a n d M i n i Y e l l o w Pa ges In 20 09, B TC m ade hi s t o ry by winnin g two inte rnat i o n a l a w a r d s f o r t h e 2 0 0 9 B ahamas tel ep hone d i rectory. The a ssoc iation p res en ti n g t he awards, the Ass ociat ion of D i r e c t o r y P u b l i s h e r s h a s a m e m b ershi p of more than 140 d i r e c t o r y p u b l i s h e r s A D P me m b e r s p u b li sh o v e r 2 ,2 0 0 t i t l e s a n nu a l l y p r i n t i n g an d di s t r i b u t i n g s o m e 2 0 5 m i l l i o n copies each year. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDA Y MA Y 20, 201 1, P AGE 7 B T C d i r e c t o r y s w e e p s u p f o u r i n t e r n a t i o n a l i n d u s t r y h o n o u r s By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REE PO RT A s pa r t o f th e on go i ng e ff o r ts t o r evi t al ise the do wn tow n are a, th e G r a nd B a ham a Port Au thori ty ha s anno unc ed p lan s fo r a D o w n t o w n I n t e r n a t i o n a l F oo d an d C u lt u r a l F e s t i v al to b e h el d in Ju n e. Nak ir a Wil chco mbe, fes t iv al com mitte e c ha irma n, sai d th e ev en t i s s la te d f or Ju ne 17 a n d 1 8, a n d wi l l f e at u r e vari ous cuis ine, c u ltu re, art s, an d en te r t ai nm en t. S e v e r a l m a j o r c o r p o r a t e s po ns o r s hav e al r ea dy co me onboar d, i ncludin g the Bank o f t h e B a h a m a s G r a n d B a h a m a P o w e r C o m p a n y Fr e ep or t H ar b ou r an d Ai r p o r t C o m p a n y a n d t h e Fr e ep or t Con t ai ne r P o rt T h e M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m i s a l s o en d o r s i n g t h e e ve n t whi ch wi l l be i ncl u de d in i t s ca l en d a r o f e ve n t s f o r v i s i t o r s t o G r a n d B a h a m a is l an d. Du r ing a pr es s conf er ence h e l d o n W e d n e s d a y M s W ilc hcombe s a id: "W e know t h a t G r a n d B a h a m a h a s b e e n p e g g e d a s t h e i s l a n d w ith nothing much to do and s o i t i s o ur de s ir e t o as s is t in r ebr a nd in g u s a s th e i s la nd whe r e th er e i s l ot s to do W e h o p e w i t h t h e p r o m otion of this ev ent a nd other ev e nt s s u ch as t h e Ru s h fo r P ea ce Jun ka noo F es ti val th at a r e b ei ng he ld i n Jun e, tha t the City of Freeport and th e is l an d ca n com e al iv e. "W e r ea li s e t h at cit i es a ll ov e r t h e wo r l d h a ve b e gu n f e s t i v a l s w h e r e d o w n t o w n ha s be com e t h e n u cle us f o r such events that featur e art s, cui s in e an d c ul tu r e, an d t hi s i s t h e t y p e o f ( c o m mu n i t y ) a ct iv it y we wa nt ed to br i ng t o t h e d o w n t o w n F r e e p o r t a r e a T h e P o r t A u t h o r i t y through its Dow ntow n Turnarou nd Pro je ct ha s mad e sig n ifi c an t inves tment s in r evit al is ing t he do wnt own ar ea, u n d er t ak i ng a ma jo r do wn to w n l a n d s c a p i n g p r o j e c t c i v i c improv eme nts, and con s truc tion of a new w el com e ce ntre area /bus te r m inal M s W i l c h c o m b e s a i d t h e fe st i v a l w i l l st a r t w i t h a n o p e n i n g ce r e mo n y, a mo t o r ca de and para de of flag s at dow ntown Free port on Ju ne 1 7. B etty B ethe l, ge nera l ma na g e r o f b u s i n e s s d e v e l o p m e n t a t t h e M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m i n F r e e p o r t b e l i e v e s t h e f e s t i v a l w i l l e n h a n c e v i s i t o r e xp e r i e n ce o n G r an d Bah am a. "The M OT is eng aged in a g r o w t h a g e n d a e x e r c i s e w he r e th e f oc us is p r im ar i ly on the visitor expe r ie nce and w e ar e c on s ta nt l y r es e ar ch i n g t o u r s a n d a c t i v i t i e s s o t h a t o u r g u e s t s c a n w a l k a w a y w i t h a w o w e x p e r i e nc e f r o m Gr a nd B ah am a. "W e a r e ple ased to be part of this e f fort a n d w e applaud t h e G B P A a n d c o r p o r a t e p ar t n e r s i n b r i n g i n g t o t h e d own to w n a ne w expe ri ence f o r o ur vi s it o r s M s B e t h e l s a i d t h e m i n i s t r y is of f er i ng f r ee t ou r s t o r e s id en t s t o d i s pe l t h e m yt h a mo n g p er s o ns in t h e com m u ni t y t ha t th er e is n o th i ng t o d o i n Gr a nd Ba ha ma W i l f r e d S e y m o u r p r e s i d e n t o f t h e D o w n t o w n B u s i n e s s A s s o c i a t i o n s a i d t h e r e v i t a l i s a t i o n o f d o wn t o w n a n d t h e f e s t i v a l w i l l a t t r a ct l o ca l s a n d v i s i t o r s t o t h e a r e a G B P A a n n o u n c e p l a n s f o r f o o d a n d c u l t u r a l f e s t i v a l FROM COVER TO COVER: BTC recently received four industry awards for its Bahamas, Abaco and Grand Bahama directories. As the top award winner in the Caribbean, BTC has worked to completely revamp its telephone directory so that consumers have information about all things Bahamian at their fingertips.
ByGENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services ELEUTHERA Expanding utilities infrastructure in E leuthera has challenged Government to use alternative energies to meet the demand in a timely manner. On May 5, Rock Sound residents got an explanation aboutwhy utilities construction takes so long to complete after a contract has been signed. We are looking at further e xpanding the (reverse osmosis) plant there to address Northern Eleuthera in the future and so were looking at improving the entire island in regards to the supply of water, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment. Mr Neymour told residents that in critical planning for the future, the supply of electricity is always a challenge. He noted that even though some planned developments are taking place in Eleuthera, there were no plans for utilities. I'm of the view that if youre going to plan a new develop ment, have a new hotel, or have a new resort, the first thing one should consider is the supply of electricity and water and ensure it is adequate. He said Eleutheras challenges occurred because the utilities were not put in first. The two major islands that had experienced utilities expansion problems were Abaco and Eleuthera. BEC was losing $7 million a year in Abaco as well as an additional $7 million a year in Eleuthera, irrespective of light bills. We had to expand the facilities here. It required money. It required some $30 million to put together the power plant in Hatchet Bay to add to the supply you currently were having, said Mr Neymour. The problem is this: we had to first of all find the $30 million for BEC, which was broke. And the second problem was when you order these generators, the waiting time for these generators is up to one year. Once you place your order today, you got to wait a year. Then, you have to deal with the construction of the facility, which also takes time. And so, if you sign a contract today, it could take you two and a half years before you begin to gen e rate electricity and thats the challenge we have with Eleuthera. BEC is now operating the plant. The government is still challenged with supplying North Eleuthera and envisions that within a month to have conquered the major issues affecting the government in Northern Eleuthera. The government over the last three to four years has made a significant investments on the island of Eleuthera. The $30 million for the BEC plant and the RO plant that you are now getting, said Mr Neymour. We had to put together a plan for the future of the Bahamas. Im an engineer and one of the first things we are taught to do is to plan, prepare, design and then construct; then operate." Minister Neymour said the plan for a national energy policy is in preparation for the future and because the cost of gasoline and oil and diesel is rising. In the Bahamas, 99 per cent of the energy is delivered by petroleum products. In 2008, oil went up to $147 a barrel and gasoline went up to almost $6 a gallon. "We are headed there again, said the minister. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Eleuthera uses alternative energies to meet demand for utilities expansion (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs RISINGCOST : The rising cost to transport fuel to the Bahamas is now embedded in the price of fuel which is currently above $5 per gallon in New Providence, and over $6 a gallon in the Family Islands. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs B EC PLANT: T he National Energy Policy is the Governments response to the rising cost of fuel and the n eed to control national consumption of energy in petroleum products of gas, diesel and oil. FREEMASONS A Bahami an delegation attended the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone at the Freemasons Hall of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. The celebrations took place recently in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pictured from left: Brother George W Burrows, Master-Elect Lodge, St Michael No 1634; Brother Paul H Farquharson, Bahamas High Commissioner and Past District Grand Chaplain; Brother Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont; Grand Master Mason, Grand Lodge of Scotland; Brother Charles Wilson Johnson, Right Worshipful District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas; Brother Joseph R Curry, Deputy District Grand Master, District Grand Lodge of the Bahamas, and Brother Rory Higgs, Wor shipful Senior Warden, Lodge Claudius R Walker No 1808. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs ATTENTIVE: A Rock Sound crowd listens to Minister of State for the Envi ronment Phenton Neymour explain how the government has heard the complaints of constituents and are working hard to meet the needs of the people in Rock Sound. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs INTERVIEW: Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment, explains why the Government created the National Energy Policy to address utilities problems in islands such as Abaco and Eleuthera, where BEC was losing almost $7 million a year, irrespective of light bills. INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays BAHAMIANS JOIN FREEMASONS CELEBRATION IN SCOTLAND
BIS Executive Director Edward Ellis. The group claimed their sent iments are shared by the 35 to 40 persons employed at the government-run media agency. Speaking for the group, Bahamas Public Service Union President John Pinder said employees have low morale due to BIS' bad management; there is no career path for staff; p erformance levels are not being evaluated. He said employees also complain they cannot receive funding for training programmes or get compensation for money spent for company affairs. "They are complaining about the managerial style, most of the persons are speaking to the fact that they think the manager lacks a vision for the organisation and certainly the level of disrespect shown to the subordinate staff, they're not comfortable with that. "Their main concern is that of not being evaluated in a timely fashion, some personsare complaining that as many as 16 years they haven't received an evaluation, the lack of a clear career path in terms of them not being able to get promotions. A lack of equipment, a lot of persons are using their personal equipment to perform duties, there is the concern of not being able to receive mileage when they are using their personal vehicles to carryout the responsibilities of BIS. Some persons are being denied per diem when they are travelling," said Mr Pinder yesterday. The union boss met with staff yesterday morning and then with Mr Ellis to outline the main concerns, which he said will be forwarded to BIS in writing. "I just told management I would send them a list of con cerns and give them an opportunity to address those concerns. Some again has to be addressed when we sit to the negotiating table like salaries, promotions, clear career paths those types of things, they don't have them in place yet. "We're hoping that once we send in these concerns some adjustments will be made to cause the staff to feel a little more comfortable," said Mr Pinder. The group demonstrated outside their office for about 15 minutes, holding signs which read 'Incompetence + Pettiness = BIS Management', 'Man Cannot Live by Incompetence Alone' and 'Nepotism + Vic timisation Rampant in BIS Management'. BIS union shop steward Pamela Isaacs said employees are performing at the best level they can in spite of their issues. "We're doing the best that we can and there is a very good group of workers. It's just that it's poor management. We've been disgruntled for a long time," she said. Mr Ellis declined to comment on the protest. However, his secretary said the executive had not yet received a list of the grievances and he was reserving comment until then. Meanwhile, Mr Pinder claimed Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham would "dismantle" Bahamas Information Services (BIS Mr Pinder claimed the nation's chief suggested he would do away with the gov ernment media agency if he could during a meeting between the two men a few weeks ago. "I didn't mention BIS in the meeting we had with him yes terday but in a meeting held a couple weeks ago he didn't speak too kindly of BIS. I real ly didn't like the remarks he made about BIS. "It is his view that if he could dismantle it, he would just get rid of it. I don't want to misquote him but his sentiment was around that, that if he could get rid of it he would," said. Mr Pinder. He claimed poor management at BIS may be a reason for Mr Ingraham's feelings, however he maintains that the agency has a vital role in dis seminating information. "If the place is not properly managed then maybe the gov ernment is not seeing its full purpose, but they perform a very important role," said Mr Pinder. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, PAGE 9 young adults free liquor shots all night? I commend the members of the public who spoke out against the event, many of whom have no political interest," Mr Thompson said in a statement. "The more serious question is, with all the negative forces young people have today what kind of influence should we be, and what kind of behaviour should we encourage? "We should be putting on wholesome events such as basketball tournaments, tennis camps, empowerment conclaves, Pineridge pizza nights, promoting education, good moral behaviour and Pineridge youth encouragement awards. "Events for young people or young adults should not promote the excessive use of alcohol. We should be focusing our young people on programmes like the Self-starter Programme which gives free access to grants for young people instead of 'free Jell-O shots'. "We should be encouraging them to take part in programmes like the Fresh Start Programme a nd the Governments Summer Job Programme to help find employment. We should be directing young people to take advantage of the free COB education provided by the government rather than giving 'free Jell-O shots," said Mr Thompson. The party was set to be held at the PLP's headquarters in Pineridge tomorrow. Event advertisements mentioning free shots and a cash bar p rompted anger from area residents. The party was meant for persons over 18, it is reported, but drew criticism that it still promoted excessive drinking for young persons and fears that minors would be present unnoticed. PLP Senator Michael Darville reportedly told the press a lack of interest in the event caused it to be postponed, however the party is set to happen at a later date. PLP Y OUTH ARM IN FREE JELL-O SHOTS CONTROVERSY FROM page one could be a hotly contested one within the ranks of the Free National Movement. The three candidates who are campaigning i n the area are said to be Theo Neely, Richard Lightbourn, and Colin Ingraham. According to well-placed sources, Mr Lightbourn is reported to be in Harbour Island sponsoring various events, while a senior FNM general is parading Mr Neely around the area. Mr Ingraham has already released his campaign booklet entitled North Eleuthera Rebirth. In the document, Mr Ingraham said he is comm itted to working with his brothers and sisters in North Eleuthera in bringing about re-engineering and restoration, reclamation, rebuilding and the redevelopment of our people and community. Describing his campaign as service with a purpose, Mr Ingraham goes on to say in an email to his supporters in North Eleuthera that we need to ensure that those of us who state our i ntention to represent our community actually want to do more than just go to the House. For more than 16 months now I have listened to you and we must come up with the best possible plan to develop our home. It is past time where people are voted merely because they have money or who their family is, I challenge anyone to show me where these type candidates have been a benefit to our community. We have grown past the hand out and hopefully looking for someone to provide the proverbial hand up. Too often we have people seeking office with no plan, they may have good intentions, they may have a good heart and they may have worked in the community. However, that alone does not suffice in today's world as it is said the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Eleuthera has been very challenged economically and some may argue socially, the reality is there is significant work that we must undertake. I am asking you to take seriously the consideration (of Please inform the FNM North Eleuthera Association executives now that we need to have someone who is putting forward ideas and vision for the betterment of our community, the email read. This latest development is yet another example of the growing political climate which has seen the resignation of the PLP's former campaign coordinator for southern New Providence Raynard Rigby who has reportedly been replaced by attorney Valentine Grimes. FROM page one NOMINATIONS BATTLEUNDER WAY INNORTH ELEUTHERA BIS WORKERS CALL FOR PM TO REMOVE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR F ROM page one CLEARMESSAGE: BIS staff (above and below PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 14, FRIDA Y MA Y 20, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE FAREWELL TO AN ICON A na tio na l lib rary na tio na l m u s e u m a n d n a t i o n a l p e r forming art s c entr es are not l ux urie s, bu t e ssen tia l too ls i n building the self respect that we deserve." In ste ad o f fl ow e rs, t he f am il y h as r eq ue s te d d on at i on s be sent to Doongalik Studios Li mi te d fo r t he est ab li shm en t of the Jackson Logan Burn si de I II Des ig n L ibr ar y and Research Centre. I f J a c k s o n s l i f e m e a n s an yt h i n g t o yo u a s y o u a l l have s aid it means, t hen his d e at h mi g ht b e th e re v ol ut io n in s pi ri t th at we Bah amian s need," said Mr Carter, presi dent of Island 102.9 FM. "Jackson started a conver sa t i on w ith Ba hami an peopl e a l ong ti me a go, a nd I b eli ev e that if we believe half of the t h i n g s th a t w e h a v e sa i d a b o u t him over the last month and especially over th e las t coup l e o f d a y s t h i s c o u n t r y w o uld be far bet te r of f, n ot b e c a u s e o f h i s l i f e b u t b e c a u se of h i s de a t h ," h e sa i d M r B u r n s i d e w a s a l s o re mem ber e d by D ir k S au nders, business partner at the a r c h i t e c t u r a l f i r m J a c k s o n Burnside Ltd (JBL). "On May 11, 2011, we the f am i l y a t J ac k s o n B u r n s i de Lt d l ost the hear t and s oul of our organisation. Losing a fa mily m ember is never e asy, b ut to lo se the ve ry de fin itio n o f w ha t w e h a ve be c om e o ve r the years is even more diffi cult," said Mr Saunders. Ja c kson p ride d him sel f o n b e i n g a t h i n k e r a n d h e e n c o u ra g e d a l l w h o h a v e b e e n a p a r t o f o u r o r g a n i s a t i o n thr o ugh t he y ear s t o be t he same way. He would always s a y q u e s t i o n t h e o b v i o u s b e c a u s e i t s t h e n t h a t y o u w o u l d d i s c o v e r t h e a b s u r d which lead s t o n ew ways of doing things.' Or when faced with a design problem, start w ith the questions, figure out the what to do, the why you are doi ng it and t he how to d o i t e a s y I b e l i e v e h e approached his entire life in this way," he said. M r J a ck s o n f e l l i l l at t h e b ook launch of po e t C hr is tian Campbell last month. Mr Campbell wrote a tribute to M r Bu r n s i d e t h a t w as pu b lished in the funeral booklet. "Th e t hing about Jac ks on th at c o n ti nu e s to i ns pi re me is that he was an elder that was neither jaded nor cynical nor mel an ch oli c no r sil ent I a m a c it izen of th e po s ti nde pen d e n c e g e n e r a t i o n i n t h e Car ibbean. W e came of a ge in the apathy and despair of the eighties and nineties, the p o s t d r u g e r a t h e a g e o f T h atc her an d R eg an, w e w ho look at the fire of the sixties an d se v e n ti e s w i t h e nv y sa i d Mr Campbell. "In the Bahamas, so many of the revolutionaries of that e r a h a v e r e t r e a t e d o r b e t r a y e d u s B u t J a c k s o n foun d a wa y to c ross t he riv er with that fire. He figured out how t o e x ist in this mo re co nt r a d ic t o r y n eo l i b e r a l n e o c o l o n i a l m o m e n t a s b o t h a d r e a m w o r k a n d a p r o f e s s ional. He w as a br idge He a l w a y s r e m i n d e d m e t o believe," he said. Th e t ha n ksgiving ce r emony wa s disrupted tempo r a r i ly ov er an i ssue o f se a ting me mbe r s o f p a rl i a m e n t a n d l im i t e d s e a t i n g i n t h e f r o n t o f t h e church. So me g ue sts arri ve d as e arly as 8.30am to secure a seat in the church. One guest said s h e ar r iv ed a t 10 am f or t he 1 1 a m se rv i c e a n d c o u l d h a rd ly find a seat." She said not al l o f th e fa m il y m e mb e rs ha d "an opp or tu nity to com e early." Po l it ic i a n s w h o w e re se a te d in the front pews in front of f amily members w er e asked b y M r Bur n si de 's wif e P am t o p l e a s e m o v e t o m a k e w a y f o r f a m i l y m e m b e r s Prim e Mi ni ste r Hu be rt In gra h a m wa s t o l d n o t t o m o ve She noted that Mr Burnside had expressed his wishes not to have "politicians sitting in the front of his funeral." Over five sitting MPs were r equ ir ed to mo ve, inclu ding deputy prime minister Brent S ym o n et t e an d M i n i s t e r o f W o r k s N e k o G r a n t T h e y we re both see n lea vi ng shortly after. "They were not at fault in t ha t th ey di d no t p ut t he ms e l v e s t h e r e T h e u s h e r s s h o u l d h a v e k n o wn b e t t e r bec ause the fron t of the ma in a i s l e i s al w ay s r es er ve d f o r family. They did not come in and just walk up to the front. They came at different times and the ushers brought them f o r w a r d S o m e o n e w o u l d r e cog nise them a nd cal l th em up sa i d a fri e nd of M r B ur nside, who was present. S h e s a i d h o w e v e r t h e request of Mrs Burnside was i n k ee p i n g wi t h t h e o v er al l sentiment of the service. No politicians were scheduled to spe a k o n t he pr og ra m me Sh e s a i d M r s B u r n s i d e wa s n o t prese nt w he n all o f th e pol iticians were being seated. In s tate funerals p rotocol o f f i c e r s w o u l d e n s u r e r es er ved se ats ar e all ocat ed for high ranking government o ff icial s inclu din g MP s and pe rma ne nt se c reta rie s. In p riv at e f u ne r al s u s h er s wo ul d t ypic all y r eser v e an "unoff ic i a l a r e a" i f p o l i t i ci a n s a r e li ke l y t o a tte n d. Ho w e ve r, th e practice is discretionary. y e s t e r d a y t h a n e v e r b e f o r e H e t h o u g h t i t w as a "b e a u t i f u l t h in g to se e Jun k a no o o n t he st ree t f or th e p urp ose o f com m e m o r a t i o n These sentiments echo the words once written and spo ken by Mr Burnside himself. I n h i s t h o u g h t s o n t h e exp ande d Bay Street Festiv a l M r B u r n s i d e w r o t e : W i nning fir st pla c e is obv io u s l y v e r y i m p o r t a n t t o a Jun ka noo com pe tito r En joy ment of a sweet rush celebra t i o n o f o u r t r a d i t i o n s a n d g u a rd in g o u r c ul tu ra l h e rit ag e s ho ul d a ls o be m os t i mp or tant." In a letter to the editor, he once desc ribed J unka noo as a p r o c e s s o f c o m m u n i t i e s c om in g to get h er fo r a c o mm on pur pose to wor k, pr act ice a nd e x pre s s o u r col l ect iv e spirit." He said the "celebration of com pe titio n" no l ong er ex cited hi m as i t did in the past. H e said th e "e xcessive j ubila t i o n o r d e j e ct i o n f o r a w in o r a l o ss n o l o n g e r m o t i v a t e d h i m b e c a u s e t h e c o s t u m e s a n d par ades wer e onl y "the end products of a process." S t a n l e y Bu r n s i d e o n e o f M r Jackson's two brothers, said: "I think the Junkanooers are s h o w i ng t h e w h o l e c o u n t r y t h at t h e w h o l e c o un t r y c an c om e t og e t h e r li k e th i s in l ov e and u ni t y. T ha t is w ha t o ur motto says: forward, upward a nd o nwa rd tog et he r Tha t is wh at J un kano o is al l abo ut. The art of collaboration." T h e d o w n t o w n r u s h f o l lo w ed th e mas s o f t h an ks g i v i n g h e l d a t S t A n g e s A n gl i c a n C h u r c h So m a n y people turned out that stand i n g r o o m i n s i d e t h e c h u r c h w as e v e n d if fi cul t to fi nd P e rh a p s n o t s u r p r i s i n g s i n c e B ah a mi a n s f r o m ac r o s s t h e co un try cam e to th e ca p ita l t o honour Mr Burnside. P e r cy V o l a F r a n ci s, l e a d e r o f t h e S a x o n s S u p e r s t a r s Ju n k an o o Gr ou p s a id le a d e rs c a me f r o m G r an d B ah am a, E x u m a L o n g I s l a n d C a t Isl an d an d Ina gu a He sa id i t s y m b o l i se d t h e m e s s a g e o f u n i t y t ha t the Jun ka no o l ea de rsh ip is pre achi ng rig ht no w." "T oda y is n ot on ly the O ne F am ily Ju nka no o G rou p, bu t the on e fa mily of J un kanoo I nd e ed T hi s h er e i s j u s t s o p o w e r f u l ; w o r d s j u s t c a n t d escrib e it, sai d Mr Fra ncis. "T hi s is not ab out gr ou ps today ; this is about t he ma n h i m s e l f : J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e To da y i s h is da y, an d yo u ca n h e a r t h a t t h e p e o p l e a re h a p p y t oda y t ha t w e ha d th e o ppo rt u ni t y t o li v e a nd b re a th e wi t h Ja ckson To da y we cel eb rate h is h om e go ing a nd of course a l l o f t h e J u n k a n o o e r s a r e h e re Ja ck so n w ou ld b e p ro u d to se e wha t is go ing o n here t oda y ," he sa id T h e n i g h t b e f o r e t h e t h a n k s g ivin g se r v ic e th e J un kano o f am il y g at h er e d ag ai n f o r a min i ru s h o ver -t hehi ll Th e l a te ni g ht ru sh tra v e ll e d a l o ng Ja ilb oa t A lle y a nd ov e r Fo rt H il l, pa ssing th e hom e of Mr Ja ckson 's 93 -y ea r o ld mo the r G e rtrude B u rnsi de It sta rte d a nd e nde d in the pa rki ng lo t o p p o si te S o ut h e rn Re cre a t i o n G ro un ds. The fe sti ve cel e bra t i o n w a s a t t e n d e d b y h u n d r e d s of Mr J ac ks on's f r iends and a ssocia te s. Making sure a good man rests in peace FROM page one FROM page one Hopes of a revolution of spirit' for Bahamians Felip Major /T ribune staff
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A member of the FamGuard Group of Companies A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating CONTACT A SALES REPRESENTATIVES AT AN OFFICE NEAREST YOU East Bay Street, Marathon Road, Thompson Boulevard, & Blue Hill Road (top hill +242 396-1300 I www.familyguardian.com By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Grand Bahama cannot afford to lose one more job, the head of the islands Chamber of Commerce said yesterday, with the impend ing end to Discovery Cruise L ines service set to have a significant impact on tourism, small businesses andh ouseholds. K P Turnquest said that while Freeports private sec t or was attempting to remain positive and see a silver lin ing in everything, the current economic environment remained a cause for concern, with Grand Bahama taking a step back every time i t appeared to be moving for e cant afford to lose one more job K P TURNQUEST GB Chamber chief says island appears to take a step back every time moves forward Discovery loss will make pie smaller and create possible inflation* Economic Summit set for June, with Development Board MoU under negotiation SEE page 4B I believe that we are optimistic, but news such as Dis covery, the lay-offs at FirstCaribbean and Our Lucaya, are not encouraging. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Two FamGuard Corporation business units have s hrugged off the recessions impact to grow assets under management to $30 million in l ess than three years, with the BISX-listed firms general insurance agency doing moreb usiness in the 2011 first quarter than it did in four months last year. Patricia Hermanns, presi d ent and chief executive of the BISX-listed life and health insurance holding com p any, which is parent to Fam ily Guardian, told Tribune Business yesterday that the4 3.2 per cent net income i ncrease to $5.164 million dur ing 2010 came in very close to internal Budget expecta-t ions. She added that re-pricing By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Failing to address the chaotic mess in the Bahamian construction industry is extremely short sighted of the Government, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA president said yesterday, given that it ends up spending more taxpayer dollars to fix shoddy housing and infrastructurework. Suggesting that the sector felt abandoned and on our own when it came to implementing its self-regulation, through the standards, licensing and certification promised by the Con tractors Bill, Stephen Wrinkle told Tribune Business that the BCA was obviously disap pointed the proposed legislation had failed to make it to Parliament thus far. He added that the Ministry of Works was supposed to have met the BCA on the legislation every month since Christmas, but this had not happened like ly due to the difficulties the Government was having in developing a Consumer Code for inclusion in the Bill. Sever-al of this Codes provisions have been deemed unworkable by contractors, imposing too heavy a burden on the sec tor. Acknowledging that whether the Bill made it to Parliament prior to the upcoming electionwas basically out of our control, given that it was becom ing increasingly difficult to get anything on the legislative agenda, Mr Wrinkle said: Were obviously disappointed that the Bill has not been sent to Parliament by now, but the Government has its priorities.At this point in time, were not able to depend on the Bill and the Government. Were moving forward on our own. As a result, the BCA was moving forward with its own initiatives, aided by the $225,000 project to strengthen the construction industry that is part-funded by an InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB With the first tranche of grant funding now in the BCAs hands, Mr Wrinkle said it was focusing on training, contrac tor surveys, a membership drive and international relations. Calling on Bahamian con sumers to support and get behind the pending Contrac GOVERNMENT SHORT SIGHTED OVER INDUSTRY CHAOTIC MESS STEPHEN WRINKLE SEE page 4B NEW FAMGUARD UNITS HIT $30M IN CLIENT ASSETS General insurance agency hits the ground running, doing more business in2 011 Q1 than first four m onths in operation Health portfolio loss down 60% due to re-pricing* Profit rise of 43% to $ 5.16m very close to i nternal forecasts SEE page 4B P ATRICIA HERMANNS By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Colina Holdings (Bahamas maintained its steady growth during the 2011 first quarter, net income available to ordinary shareholders rising by 18.6 per cent to $1.645 million com pared to $1.387 million the year before, as revenues continuedt o grow. With the BISX-listed life and health insurers total benefits and expenses remaining flat compared to 2010 figures, standing at $35.091 million, it was able to take advantage of the $430,000 growth in total revenues during the threem onths to March 31, 2011, and filter much of this down to the bottom line. Gross premium revenue grew by 3.5 per cent or close to $1.1 million year-over-year, hit ting $32.191 million compared to $31.108 million. Net premium revenues, once reinsurance premiums were deducted, rose 1.7 per cent to $28.718 million. However, not all this growth made its way to total revenues,due to a drop in investment income to $7.2 million, compared to $7.645 million during the 2010 first quarter. Terry Hilts, Colina Holdings (Bahamas the investment income decline to fluctuation in the local equity market. He added: We are pleased, however, that this decrease has been partially offset by a reduction in ongoing operational expenditure of $0.5 million to $7.2 million. We are continuing the momentum of our record year in 2010, and are on track for meeting our expectations for key operating metrics in the first quarter of 2011. We are pleased again to report positive growth in key financial indicators, including net income, shareholder equity and gross revenue for the first three months of the financial year. Our first quarter results are a solid start to 2011 as we grew revenues and reduced recurring administrative expenses." Invested assets at March 31, 2011, increased by $11.6 million to $432.9 million, com pared to $421.3 million as at December 31, 2010, accounting for 80.6 per cent of total assets. Colina Holdings (Bahamas net equity position increased to $117.6 million as at March 31, 2011, from $115.5 million at December 31s, 2010. Ordinary shareholder equity grew to $78.6 million, compared to $76.9 million at December 31, 2010. Looking ahead, we are optimistic about 2011, said Mr Ordinary investor profits grow 18.6 per cent at Colina Holdings SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C LICO (Bahamas asset stripped by its Trinidadian owner to f inance his dreams of creati ng a Florida real estate e mpire, the insolvent insure rs liquidator has alleged, a lso urging the US courts to disallow the Internal Revenue Services (IRS against its key asset. Craig A. Tony Gomez, t he Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, in a May 18, 2011, filing with t he US Bankruptcy Court for the south Florida district, u rged that the IRSs entire claim should be disallowed and that the Wellington Preserve development, accounting for 63 per cent of CLIC O (Bahamas receive a refund for overp ayment. N oting that any dividend received by CLICO ( Bahamas) affiliate, CLICO Enterprises, from the Wellington Preserve liquidation would go back to the Bahamas for distribution to t he formers creditors, Mr Gomez said: One of the p rimary creditors of CLICO E nterprises is, of course, CLICO (Bahamas b efore its demise, was a Bahamian insurance company, which had been Failed insurer asset stripped CLICO liquidator urges US courts to disallow in full $1m-plus claim against failed companys key asset SEE page 5B
M ore than 150 financial service professionals, plus stu d ents from the College of the Bahamas, will be in atten d ance at the sixth Nassau Conference to be held onJ une 15, 2011, at the British C olonial Hilton. Set to be held under the theme, Wealth Management: Navigating Our Future, the c onference was established by the Association of International Banks and Trust Com panies (AIBT AIBT remains the lead sponsor for the event. AIBT recognises that our f uture and growth are very much dependent on providing ongoing professional development opportunities for our member firms, as well as attracting more and younger Bahamians to consider careers in the sector, said Bruno Roberts, AIBTs deputy chairman. As a result we structure our sponsorship packages to allow our corpo rate sponsors to cover the cost of one or more students to attend the event. As in years past, the AIBT and Nassau Conference sponsors will host a dozen of COBs top School of Business students at the 2011 event. College president, Dr Betsy V. Boze, said: We are pleased with the continued efforts of AIBT and other sponsors to empower and equip the next generation of financial leaders and innovators of The Bahamas. The Nassau Conference allows our top students to liaise with and learn from some of the leading professionals in the banking sector, and we are truly grateful for this opportunity. The 2011 conference cov ers a broad range of topics, including: Opening Remarks by Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance Doing Business in Latin America A panel discussion with James Hoar, EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas Feuz, Julius Baer; and Ronny Siev, Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas Compliance Issues in Emerging Markets A panel that includes Cheryl Bazard, Bazard & Company Chambers at Law; Daniel Soto, Ally Financial; and Mildred Johnson, the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC Financial Opportunities in the Maritime Industry by Chandler Sands, Campbell Shipping SMART Funds within Trusts and Corporate struc tures A panel discussion featuring Pamela Klonaris, Klonaris & Company; Samantha Pratt, Halsbury Law Chambers; and Tim Col cough, The Winterbotham T rust Company Settlor Directed Trusts w ith Simon Beck, Baker & McKenzie A Look Ahead Where W ill the Industry be in Five Years: This involves Adrian C rosby-Jones, Private Trust C ompany; Brian Moree, McKinney Bancroft & Hughe s; and Stanislaw Bereza, Central Bank of the Bahamas. The line-up has been designed to provide practical i nformation on areas of business opportunity, said Conference chairman Andrew Law. It also features a large number of professionals who bring a great understanding of local requirements and international opportunities. The registration fee for the Conference is $500. Persons can register online at www.nassauconference.com or by calling AIBT at 3563898. Conference attendance by BACO, BICA and STEP members provides CPD/CDE recognition. The Conference Steering Committee includes David Thain, chairman, AIBT; Bruno Roberts, deputy chairman, AIBT; Anastacia Johnson, AIBT; Dominique Lefevre, Societe Generale Private Banking (Bahamas Jan Mezulanik, Pictet Bank & Trust; Kesna Pinder, RBC FINCO; Michelle NevilleClark; Lennox Paton; Saman tha Symonette, BNP Paribas (Bahamas Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants; Victoria Parmentier Selby-Cane, Cor ner Bank (Overseas Wendy Warren, Bahamas Financial Services Board. The Nassau Conference sponsors include the Bahamas Telecommunications Compa ny (BTC Nassau Branch; EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas Bank & Trust (Bahamas Lennox Paton; Pictet Bank and Trust; Santander Bank and Trust; Societe Generale Private Banking (Bahamas Stenham Advisors Plc; the Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas Winterbotham Trust Company; and UBS (Bahamas B USINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Surprise yourself! Ask for home insurance from NIBA.It only takes a few minutes on the phone or on-line,to ask for a home insurance quote from NIBA.When you receive your quote,it only takes a few seconds to realise how much better off you will be too! SAVE $$$ when you insure your home with NIBA! Convenient,interest-free installment payments Competitive deductibles,fast claims service Generous liability cover,incuding $1 million limitIts time to pay less for insuring your home! 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Thats the one by Business Editor Neil Hartnell con-c erning the state of loans from Bahamian commercial banks to businesses, and the fact that 2 5 per cent of this sum is in arrears. This set me thinking about what the causes of this m ight be, and how to counter them. I came up with the following ideas after rummaging through my experience, and shaking the dust off a few well-worn text books. The main reason why busin esses go down is generally accepted to be a lack of ready money, something that accountants call negative cash flow. In essence these firms s pend more cash than they e arn, although there are deepe r reasons behind this. Tradit ionally, they turn to banks to tide them over times like these, although this is about asg ood as taking aspirin for c hronic toothache (unless they do other more practical things, too). In principle, the solution is as simple as a university text book. Increase sales, reducec ost of sales or cut down on e xpenses (or do all three at the same time). This is normally cloud-cuckoo land, because cutting down on quality of purchases and staff often drives more sales away than it attracts. So businesses in trouble that borrow money a re on the right track, in principle. The downside is that t hey either have to pay the loan back, or become part of The Tribunes sorry tale. Thea nswer can only be to generate new business and more sales, and this is where ther ub arises. Money begets m oney. Frugality and doing nothing produces nothing, too. Given that the only thing worth doing with a business loan is spending it on marketing and generating sales,w hy is it that a quarter of all B ahamian businesses appear to be missing that particular boat? Do they lack imagination? I think not, or they would not have been in business long enough to represent a healthy bankers risk. Do they lack enthusiasm, though? Is their spring possibly slowly wind-i ng down? I believe that in m any cases it probably is, and this is understandable given the current economic state at the tail-end of the recession. This line of reasoning leads me to discern that manyB ahamian businesses under s train might need more than just a cash injection from a bank. Their owners have taken them as far as they can under their own steam, and they now need an injection of new enthusiasm and fresh ideas. This means just one thing to m y own mind an active partner with cash and fresh ideas to help re-energise their dream. A s a business negotiator I h ave successfully brokered a number of partnership deals like this. In my experience there is more to business partnering than commercial romance. Partners need a counsellor to help them set foot on the right road together with a shared vision. Just like a marriage made in heave n. NB: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a business brokeragea uthorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. He has extensive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a p ublicly traded investment c ompany. He was awarded an MBA with distinction by Liverpool University in 2005.C ontact him on 636-8831 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Revitalise with right partner Conference expects strong attendance S IMON C OOPER SIXTHNASSAUCONFERENCE: Pic: Back row, from L to R: Daniel Thompson, chair, School of Business, COB; Colyn Major, vice-president, student affairs, COB. Front row, from L to R: Andrew Law, chairman of The Nassau Conference; Dr Betsy V. Boze, College president; Bruno Roberts, deputy chairman, AIBT; andA nastasia Johnson, executive administrator, AIBT pose with School of Business students selected to attend the Nassau Conference 2011.
Under normal circumstances, real estate broker Peter Dupuch would have walkeda way from the ERA International Business Conference in L as Vegas congratulating the five team members who travelled with him. His Nassau-based company, ERA Dupuch Real Estate, once again took top honours, outperforming all other ERAf ranchises in the region. Real estate broker Ken Chaplin also t ook home the title of top agent for ERA Dupuch. But this year was different. There was a solemnity to the proceedings. "I couldn't even talk about it before now," said Mr Dupuch. "This was the year that we were due to celebrate J apan's 30th anniversary. Japan was the first international fran chisee of ERA, a milestone that really started the movement toward global branding of real estate companies." Instead of celebration, there was silence and heartbreak. On March 11, a massive earth q uake slammed the country, triggering a devastating tsuna mi. The conference was held two weeks later. Two months and hundreds of tremors later, Japan is still shaken to its core. "It's estimated that more than 25,000 people died," said Mr Dupuch. "Damages, includ i ng the impact of leaking nuclear reactors, are incalculable. We all feel like family, so it was like it hit everyone." To Mr Dupuch, the incident pointed out the deeper con n ections between people. "So often, we think in terms of numbers, of performance, of trends and technology. And yes, we were extremely proud that we took home so many awards and were congratulated by thousands, he said. In a vast conference centre, our lit t le firm from rhe Bahamas was like the little train that could. But the feeling of pride was mixed with the feeling of overpowering sadness for the people of Japan. At the end of the day, the tragedy united all of us in a more meaningful way and that is the message we all broughth ome. It's not just the accolades or the sales or the number of clients. It's really about being part of a larger world. Real estate, by definition, is proper ty. In the end, it's about people." It was the fifth consecutive year that ERA Dupuch, basedo n East Bay Street with representatives or offices through out The Bahamas, was the topperforming ERA franchise in the region. 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The company has signed a contractual agreement with Burmeister & Wain Scandi-n avian Contractor (BWSC and MAN Diesel & Turbo ( MAN) for the construction. This move comes follows after the Power Company and the Grand Bahama Port Authority agreed to a new rate structure, allowing the new plant to move forward w ithout any increases in cust omer rates. The signing of this contract is another step in Emer-a s plan to ensure improved reliability and stabilise rates f or customers, said Ray Robinson, Grand Bahama Power Companys executive chairman. The 35 MW of supplemental generation brought on island earlier this s pring is providing short-term relief to customers, and the new plant will provide thel onger term solution. The 52MW base-load plant w ill use six new MAN diesel g enerator sets to ensure i ncreased reliability and stabilized fuel costs for customers. In addition to the base load, 16MW of peeking u nits are currently being sourced. The new plant will be cons tructed on six acres of land adjacent to the current Steam P lant. Construction of the p lant is projected to be comp leted in 2012. $80m power plant construction to create 70 jobs Bittersweet win for local realtor BIGPLANS: New $80 million generation plant for Grand Bahama c ustomers on line for 2012 Project to begin in June TOP HONOURS: Pictured L to R: C harlie Young, president and choef executive of ERAF ranchise Systems; P eter Dupuch, broker at ERA Dupuch; and Alex Perriello, p resident and chief executive of Realogy FranchiseG roup, which owns E RA, Coldwell Banker, Century 21 and Sothebys.( photo courtesy of ERA)
tors Bill, the BCA president told Tribune Business: I would s ay that the response and support of the consuming public needs to be intensified, because the Bill is designed to protect them against fraudulent contractors and faulty, deficient workmanship. The Bill, through the creation of a Board, would have the authority to revoke and suspend the licence of a contractor found guilty of malpractice, avoiding the time and expense of going through the court sys tem and providing a ready con sumer redress mechanism. The industry is a chaotic mess, and its extremely shortsighted for the Government not to address this problem, Mr Wrinkle told this newspaper. Without proper regulation, the Government itself was bring forced to spend more taxpayer dollars on repairing problems in its housing, infrastructure and building projects, because contracts are being given to people not able to do the work properly. Wed appreciate any support to move this issue forward, regulate the construction industry, protect Bahamian contractors from foreigners taking the work, and protecting the con sumer. Those are the ideals of the BCA, Mr Wrinkle said. He added that the BCA was in the final stages of selecting consultants to conduct a nation wide survey of the Bahamian construction industry, as the Association moved to offer consumers some level of reassurance that the contractors theyre hiring can do what they say. At this point, I guess were on our own, he said. B USINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 2)),&($&()25(17'RZQWRZQRIFHVSDFHV ,GHDOIRUSURIHVVLRQDOV w ard. Telling Tribune Business that the Chamber will on June 10 host its Economic Summit, p art of its approach to charting Grand Bahamas economic future, Mr Turnquest also said the organisation was negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou Government and Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA posed Grand Bahama Development Board would function. I believe that we are optimistic, but news s uch as Discovery, the lay-offs at FirstC aribbean and Our Lucaya, are not encouraging, Mr Turnquest said. But we do have projects coming on stream, s uch as the construction at BORCO and Grand Bahama Powers new facility. Theres some renewed activity at Ginn as well as X anadu, so hopefully this thing turns around in the near future and provides us with a boost a nd new investment. Concern Yet if you look at the present landscape, it does give cause for concern. You just dont know where were going. Every time we go forward we seem to take a step back. We can-n ot afford to lose one more job in Grand B ahama. While something seemed to be happening in many other islands, such as New Providence, Abaco and Exuma, Mr Turnquest said GrandB ahama seems to be stagnant and going backw ards a bit. As a result, the island needed to quickly develop its own solutions. T o aid this process, Mr Turnquest confirmed that the Chambers Economic Summit on June 1 0 would unveil the issues raised by private sect or and community stakeholders during a series of consultations/forums held over the past y ear. From there, we get into Phase Three of our project, which hopefully will be the start of formulation and going on to execution, the Chamber chief said. O f the Grand Bahama Economic Developm ent Board, unveiled by minister of state for f inance, Zhivargo Laing, at the islands Business Outlook conference earlier this year, Mr Turnquest added: Were in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines how the Board will be cons tructed and governed. H e pledged that the Chamber and private sector would do their part to create activity on Grand Bahama and attract visitors. Apart from next weekends Grand Bahama Open golf tournament, which is aiming to attract players from Nassau, Turks & Caicos and the US, the Junkanoo Rush for Peace will takep lace the following weekend, with Summer Sizzling Entertainment set to fill the breach during the hottest months. We have to look at the bright side, the silver lining, Mr Turnquest said of Grand B ahamas economic situation. Theres no point sitting here, twiddling the thumbs, and saying: Woe is me. We have to make this work. Its incumbent on us to increase marketing and sell tourists on the value proposition we have. While the possible loss of Discovery Cruise L ines daily service, when its ship goes into d ry dock on September 7, will be a blow, Mr Turnquest said he hoped its business would be p icked up by the Bahamas Celebration and a ferry service that had long been talked about. H e also expressed hope it would result in more airlift options to Grand Bahama, resulti ng in the arrival of visitors who would enjoy a l onger stay of several days, rather than the day passengers Discovery carried from Florida. Still, acknowledging Discoverys economic c ontribution, Mr Turnquest said of its likely service end: It will have a significant effect on G rand Bahama. Not only is it a significant means of transp ortation to the island for tourists, particularl y with respect to the timeshare industry and day passengers, which feeds the taxi drivers a nd craft vendors, it will have a significant effect on small businesses which use it as a means for transporting inventory. G iven that it was the cheapest mode of travel from Grand Bahama to the US, the Chamb er president said Discoverys service end would also hurt Bahamian households, who used to save up and then travel to Florida to exploit cheaper US prices by buying in bulk. W hile this might result in more business for G rand Bahama-based companies, Mr Turnq uest said it was a reasonable expectation t hat price increases and inflation might result, as businesses unable to exploit Discoverys relatively low prices would likely pass increased supply chain costs on to consumers. In as much as Discovery did not bring the kind of tourists we prefer to see, they do pro v ide opportunities for taxi drivers and small v endors to make some money, and not having that will put more pressure on them, Mr Turnquest said. It just makes the pie smaller. e cant afford to lose one more job FROM page 1B of the insurers health portfolio, adjusting premiums tot he previous years claims e xperience and perceived pol icyholder risk, had reduced this segments loss by 60.1 per cent year-over-year, dropping it from $1.942 million in 2009t o $760,000. L osses associated with Family Guardians health portfolio have acted as a drag o n the companys results for t he past two years, eating into the life divisions $6 millionp lus profits, but Ms Her manns said yesterday: We are very confident that ourh ealth product line will cont inue to show improvement. Its always hard to individually segment what is hap pening, but that is a big part of what were doing right-p ricing the portfolio based on e xperience as each of the renewals comes up. We adjust the pricing to reflect the expe r ience we had in the previous y ear. Ms Hermanns described t his as an ongoing exercise, given that health policies came up for renewal eachy ear. She added that this busin ess category was set to receive a further boost when a new software system dealing with its health book and benefits was fully completeda nd installed by the end of J une 2011. What we have been doing in the past year is finalising i mplementation of the new s oftware system in health benefits, so that has kept us very b usy, Ms Hermanns said. GOVERNMENT SHORT SIGHTED OVER INDUSTRYS CHAOTIC MESS Hilts. We continue to proceed cautiously to enhance our ability to maximise opportunities for sustained growth opportunities, while ensuring that we maintain our commitment to our policyholders, shareholders and team members. Net income rose to $2.342 million for the 2011 first quarter, compared to $1.987 million the year before. Profits attrib utable to equity shareholders rose from $1.75 million to $2.105 million. FROM page 1B FROM page 1B Ordinary investor profits grow 18.6% at Colina Holdings LinkedIns stock up 109 per c ent in market debut N EW YORK (AP L inkedIn's stock more than doubled in its market debut Thursday because of huge investor demand for the first major US social networkingc ompany to go public. T he stock closed at $94.25 under the symbol "LNKD" on the New York Stock Exchange. That puts the company on track for one of the biggest first-day gains of 2011. O nly Chinese online secur ity company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. has closed higher, ending up 134.5 per cent when it debuted on March 30. T he last time a US company more than doubled in an IPO debut was Nymex Hold-i ngs Inc. in November 2006, according to Dealogic. Nymex, which operated theN ew York Mercantile Exchange, was acquired by CME Group Inc. in 2008. F ewer people applied for unemployment benefits WASHINGTON (AP T he number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply for the second s traight week, suggesting the j ob market is slowly recovering. Applications for benefits d ropped 29,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 409,000,t he Labour Department said. T he four-week average, a l ess volatile measure, rose slightly to 439,000. It was the sixth straight increase. T he declines come after applications spiked last month to an eight-month high of 474,000. The increase was l argely because of temporary factors. Still, it lifted applica tions nearly 100,000 higher t han February's three-year low of 375,000 a level typ ically consistent with sustain a ble job growth. Weekly applications peaked during the recession a t 659,000. L eading indicators slip for 1st time in 10 months NEW YORK (AP private research group's forecasting gauge suggests someb umps in the economic recove ry this summer. The Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading economic indicators dropped 0.3 per cent in April, the first decline since June 2010. T he index had moved s harply higher in four of the past five months as the job market improved and the stock market rallied. Last month's spike in the number o f people filing for unemployment assistance which many economists viewed as at emporary event and a troubled housing market weighed on the indicators. Am easure that suggested the resurgence in the manufacturing sector was slackening a lso hurt. I n April, only four of the measures the Conference Board uses to calculate thei ndex increased. Six declined. Amazon says e-book sales s urpass printed books N EW YORK (AP Amazon.com Inc. on Thurs day said that, after less than f our years of selling electronic books, it's now selling moreo f them than printed books. T he online retailer said that s ince April 1, it has sold 105 ebooks for every 100 printed books, including printed b ooks for which there is no electronic edition. The comparison excludes free e-books, which would tip the scales furt her if they were included. Printed books include both hardcover and paperbackb ooks. Amazon said in July that e-book sales had out stripped hardcover sales. It's n ow selling three times as many e-books as it did a year ago. A mericans to travel with t ight grip on the wallet DENVER (AP Memorial Day weekend Americans may be skipping the souvenir T-shirt. M ore people are expected t o travel for the holiday than have since the Great Recession. But they'll be keeping a tighter grip on their wallets thanks to higher gas prices and airfares. The typical fam-i ly plans to spend $692, a d ecrease of 14 percent from last year's $809, according to AAA. That could have a broad impact on businesses that d epend on travel spending, from hotels to restaurants to ice cream parlors to mini-golfc ourses. In its yearly survey, AAA projects 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 mileso r more from home a slight increase of 100,000 travelers from last year and the highest n umber since 2007. AAA and s urvey partner IHS Global Insight interviewed 325 Americans who plan to travelf or the holiday. Fixed mortgage rates touch n ew lows for 2011 N EW YORK (AP Fixed mortgage rates fell this week to the lowest point oft he year, offering incentive for homeowners to save mon-e y by refinancing their loans. F reddie Mac said Thursday t hat the average rate on the 30-year loan fell to 4.61 per cent. That's down from 4.63 p er cent and the lowest level since mid-December. The average rate on the 15year fixed mortgage, a popul ar refinance option, slipped to 3.80 per cent from 3.82 per cent. That marked the lowestp oint since late November. International business highlights
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, PAGE 5B 3XUVXDQWWRWKHSURYLVLRQVRI6HFWLRQRI7KH ,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV1RWLFHLVKHUHE\ JLYHQWKDW &211<+,33,1*/,0,7('LVLQGLVVROXWLRQ WKHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQWRIWKHGLVVROXWLRQZDV0D\ 7KHQDPHRIWKH/LTXLGDWRULV(':$5'7851(5 RI (':$5'7851(53(7521$+286( )2:/(5675((7($67%$<675((73%2; (':7851(5 /LTXLGDWRU stripped of liquid assets by D uprey in his quest to devel op real estate in Florida. Dealing with the first por tion of the IRS claim, which w as for $403,484 and $117,763 in accrued interest, Mr Gomez said this datedb ack to 2005, when Wellingt on Preserve was selling lots under the control of its Trinidadian owner, Lawrence Duprey. Paymento f the first sum was made in late 2008. Noting that interest paid b y US-domiciled entities to foreign affiliates was subjectto a 30 per cent withholding tax rate, Mr Gomez said the2 005 tax returns showed W ellington Preserve had paid $2.69 million in interest to its affiliates, leaving a$ 806,969 withholding liability. To meet that, some $403,484 was paid on November 3, 2008, while Mr Duprey was still in control, leaving a 50 per cent balance. However, Mr Gomez alleged that Wellington Preserves tax forms were not internally consistent. While interest paid to foreign affiliates by the projects tood at $2.69 million, loans from Bahamian-domiciled CLICO Enterprises thee ntity through which CLI CO (Bahamas funnelled into Florida fell in value by $1.189 milliond uring 2005 from $16.666 m illion at the beginning of the year to $15.477 million at year-end. A diligent search on the part of Gomez and his counsel of the records of CLICO Enterprises, CLICOB ahamas and discovery tak en from Wellingtons former attorneys and accountants has not disclosed anyp romissory notes or other formal evidence of intercompany loans, only can c elled cheques and wire t ransfers, and the tax r eturns, Mr Gomez and his attorneys alleged. There are no corporate resolutions, no Promissory Notes nor other transactional documents. There is nothing to indicate any stated or agreed interest rate. With the Internal Revenue Code allowing for an imputed interest rate to be established, if none hadb een agree, Mr Gomez said the correct rate to use was 2.72 per cent. Imposing thiso n the $16.666 million bal ance of CLICO Enterprises loans gave total accrued interest of $453,315, some$ 2.2 million less than that s tated to have been paid by Wellington Preserve to its affiliates. E xtending this further, Mr Gomez said the 30 per cent withholding tax rate on the $453,315 gave $135,994, nott he $806,969 liability reflect ed on the tax return form. [Wellington Preserve] actually paid $403,484 ona ccount, Mr Gomez alleged. It was paid three years late, but it was paid.A pplying the payment to t he true liability based on i mputed interest and fol lowing IRS methods of cal culation leads ultimately to no liability for the year 2005. Instead, the IRS was overpaid in respect of withholding taxes and would owe a refund with interest through May 2011 of $182,562. Failed insurer asset stripped FROM page 1B The Securities Commission o f The Bahamas (the Comm ission) yesterday unveiled i ts redesigned website at its current address,w ww.scb.gov.bs, in a bid to i mprove its efficiency. T he website introduces a new home page with the aim of enhancing user experience. It maintains existing categories, which have been reorganised. These include: Legislative Framework: Formerly entitled Legislation& Policies, this section i ncludes downloadable versions of the applicable Acts, regulations, rules, guidelines and guidance notes. M edia: Previously called News & Events, this section has been re-organised to include press releases, public n otices, speeches given by C ommission representatives, e vents held or attended by the Commission, and other rele-v ant information. I nvestors: Formerly called Investor Education, this section provides a one-stop-shop for investors seeking to confirm regulated entities and wanting to review a library of communication tools released by the Commission. In addition to these existi ng categories, new ones include: Licensing and Registrants: This provides informationn eeded by individuals and entities to become licensed or registered by the Commission, along with the requirements to remain in good standing. E nforcement: This section highlights the disciplinary d ecisions, settlements, and supervisory action taken byt he Commission under its enforcement powers. Other highlights of the w ebsite include an e-Comp laints feature, which facilit ates the submission of comp laints to the Commission by all industry participants and t he general public, and an ENews feature, which allowsp ersons to subscribe (submit t heir e-mail address) to an email mailing list to receive information through e-blasts, in real time. Commission unveils redesigned website LinkedIns stock up 109 per c ent in market debut N EW YORK (AP L inkedIn's stock more than doubled in its market debut Thursday because of huge investor demand for the first major US social networkingc ompany to go public. T he stock closed at $94.25 under the symbol "LNKD" on the New York Stock Exchange. That puts the company on track for one of the biggest first-day gains of 2011. O nly Chinese online secur ity company Qihoo 360 Technology Co. has closed higher, ending up 134.5 per cent when it debuted on March 30. T he last time a US company more than doubled in an IPO debut was Nymex Hold-i ngs Inc. in November 2006, according to Dealogic. Nymex, which operated theN ew York Mercantile Exchange, was acquired by CME Group Inc. in 2008. F ewer people applied for unemployment benefits WASHINGTON (AP T he number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell sharply for the seconds traight week, suggesting the j ob market is slowly recovering. Applications for benefits dropped 29,000 last week to a s easonally adjusted 409,000, t he Labour Department said. T he four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to 439,000. It was the sixth straight increase. The declines come after a pplications spiked last month t o an eight-month high of 474,000. The increase was largely because of temporary factors. Still, it lifted applications nearly 100,000 higher than February's three-yearl ow of 375,000 a level typi cally consistent with sustainable job growth. Weekly applications peaked during the recession at 659,000. Leading indicators slip for 1st time in 10 months N EW YORK (AP p rivate research group's forecasting gauge suggests some b umps in the economic recovery this summer. T he Conference Board said Thursday its index of leading e conomic indicators dropped 0.3 per cent in April, the first decline since June 2010. T he index had moved sharply higher in four of the past five months as the job market improved and the stock market rallied. Last m onth's spike in the number of people filing for unemployment assistance which m any economists viewed as a t emporary event and a troubled housing market weighed on the indicators. A measure that suggested the resurgence in the manufacturing sector was slackening a lso hurt. In April, only four of the measures the ConferenceB oard uses to calculate the index increased. Six declined. Amazon says e-book sales surpass printed books N EW YORK (AP Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday said that, after less than f our years of selling electronic books, it's now selling more of them than printed books. T he online retailer said that since April 1, it has sold 105 ebooks for every 100 printed b ooks, including printed books for which there is no electronic edition. The comparison excludes free e-books,w hich would tip the scales further if they were included. P rinted books include both h ardcover and paperback books. Amazon said in July that ebook sales had outstripped h ardcover sales. It's now sell ing three times as many ebooks as it did a year ago. International business highlights LINKEDIN Corp., the professional networking Web site, displays its logo outside of headquarters in Mountain View, California. 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T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEFRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b email@example.com T wo new champions w ere crowned as the B ahamas Association o f Independent Secondary Schools ( BAISS) completed its senior boys and girls volleyball championship games at St Augustines Collegey esterday. I n two exciting games, the Kingsway Academy Saints prevailed with a 25-22, 25-23 sweep over the St Johns Giants to clinch t he senior boys title, while St A ndrews Hurricanes stunned the St Augustines College Big RedM achine 26-24, 25-17 for the senior g irls crown. S S a a i i n n t t s s m m a a r r c c h h i i n n A fter advancing to the finals for the past two years, Kingsway Academy finally got the taste of championship when they held off St Johns in a keenly contested match-up. I think it was excellent. They performed super over the season, s aid Juliet Douglas-Sands, who along with Oswald Moore coached the Saints to a perfect season. They played excellent today. Douglas-Sands, however, admitt ed that they anticipated that it w ould have been a hard-fought match because both teams weree venly matched. Im happy that they did it in t wo, said Douglas-Sands as she c ommended the combo of Davardo Rolle, Kellin Rahming, Vito Cartwright, McKeeve Chantock, Jabez Paul and Timothy Munnings for their success. I n fact, with the game on the line, i t was Rolle who stepped it up in the front court, either setting theb all or drilling through a few power s pikes or dinks to eventually pull o ff the win down the stretch. R olle, however, refused to take all of the credit. That was beautiful, he stressed of his team effort. St Johns had the momentum, but NEW CHAMPIONS! By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER a days rest, the Bahamas women continued where they left off, pulling off another 3-0 victory over Costa Rica to move one game away from reaching the playoffs in the Americas Zone II Group B. The Bahamas joined Ecuador in a two-way tie at 2-1 as they square off in the final game of the round robin today in the Dominican Republic to deter mine who will advance with undefeated Venezuela in the playoffs on Saturday. In the singles matches, teenager Simone Pratt of Grand Bahama pulled off a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ximena Mino, while Kerrie Cartwright easily disposed of Andrea Brenes 6-2, 6-0. To complete the job, the combo of Nikkita Fountain and Larikah Russell of Grand Bahama secured an identical 6-2, 6-2 decision over Mariella Calderon and Camila Quesada. Both Fountain and Russell were quite impressed with the way the team is playing. I think we were a bit disap pointed that we lost on the first day, said Fountain of their 3-0 outing against Venezuela. But weve been performing good ever since and hopefully we will still make it through. Against Ecuador today, Foun tain said as long as they play con sistently, they should be able to continue their winning streak. Its a team that we should beat and hopefully we will beat them, he said. But the match after that is just as important. So hopefully we can win our next two matches. Russell, the teams top seeded player in singles, said they have been playing up to their expectations so far. The first game against Venezuela was tough. Theyre a good team, she said. But we were right there. We gave it all our all. They were just a little better than us on that day. Against Panama, Russell said they showed what they are capa ble of doing and it showed in the results. She added that they took their performance to another level against Costa Rica. We stayed focused and just continued to work together as a team, she said. As they prepare for Ecuador today, Russell said theres no pressure. We just have to continue to play well and continue to sup port each other. We dont have anything to lose, so we will just stay relaxed and continue to work because we are on a mission to win this tie. Were going to give it 100 per cent and fight hard all the way, she said. Russell said team captain Rodney Hot Rod Carey from Grand Bahama is making sure that they are all staying focused, relaxed and ready to play each day. If the Bahamas is successful against Ecuador, they will move Fed Cup: Bahamas defeat Costa Rica 3-0 Kingsway Academy Saints sweep St Johns Giants to clinch senior boys title St Andrews Hurricanes stun SAC Big Red Machine for senior girls crown S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E J ust one game a way from playoffs TEAM BAHAMAS: Shown (l-r off in the final game of the round robin today to determine who will advance with undefeated Venezuela in Saturdays playoffs. V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L T T E E N N N N I I S S
L OCAL SPORTS P AGE 2E, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS we canceled their plan of winning it and we did it in two straight. Ive been playing the championship for the past three years and the first two years we went three sets, but today, we were determined that even if we go three sets, we had to kill them. I n the first set, the Saints jumped out to an 8-6 lead and they managed to stay ahead the rest of the way. But in the second set, the Giants returned the favour and forced the Saints to rally fromb ehind for the win. We played very well, but we just had some simple mistakes at the end that causedus the game, said Christoff Wood of St Johns, who turned in a gallant effort. I went to Kingsway and I won my first championshipt here in grade seven before I left for St Johns. I thought we had it, but we didnt. Ive been trying my hardest all year long to win a championship in basketball, soccer a nd now volleyball, but it just d idnt happen. G iants coach Charma Johnson said it wasnt for a l ack of trying. When we played them in the regular s eason, we played them much b etter. We came close in this g ame, but theres no reason to be disappointed. We came far. Kudos to Kingsway. They won it. We played hard, but we just didnt win it, saidJ ohnson. A long with Wood, Kieran Mortimer, Alex Fox and Stephen Newbold carried the l oss for St Johns, but it wasnt e nough. H H u u r r r r i i c c a a n n e e s s w w e e a a t t h h e e r r e e d d t t h h e e s s t t o o r r m m After losing the first set by just two points, the Big Red Machine seemed to have beend eflated as they never got t heir engine rolling in the second set and they watched as their title slipped out of their g rasp. S t Andrews opened a q uick 13-8 lead and after watching St Augustines College trim the deficit to two, 14-12, the Hurricanes broke away for a 17-12 margin and itw as just a matter of what the f inal score would be. Avenging their defeat in last years final, St Andrews w ere determined not to be d enied this time around as t hey slowly took a part St Augustines with one big play after the other. They really gelled together, said Hurricanes coachL iz Phillips. We had a let down in our final game in the regular season when we lost our only g ame to Queens College. But we bounced back and we beat Queens College in the playoffs and then we beat SAC in the final. I was very proud oft hem. Most of them will be b ack next year, so we look for a fantastic team again. Madison Tormey, Isabell Felay and Jade Alexis Sands were some of the big sparks for St Andrews, who added to their hardware won thisy ear in both the senior girls a nd senior boys softball, junior girls and senior boys soccer. St Augustines College coach Anastacia Moultrie said after losing the close first seto n their service errors, they h ad a communication break d own in the second set. It was a fairly good seas on. I still think they could h ave done a lot better, she s aid. But it was a good match-up. We just didnt pull t hrough in the second set. J eNae Saunders, Mesha C unningham, Jada Saunders, C hantia Bethel, Lovell Murphy, Brittany Stubbs and Shonte Cargill all played well in spurts, but they couldnt put the plays together at the r ight time to win. Fed Cup: Bahamas defeat Costa Rica 3-0 on with Venezuela to play against the top teams out of Group A, inclusive of Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Toba go, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. The two winning teams out of the playoffs will be promoted to the Americas Zone Group 1 for 2012. The two losing teams will remain in Group II. The team of Fountain, Russell and Cartwright last played in Zone 1 in 2009, but the team fell short and the Bahamas was relegated to Zone II last year. New champions crowned F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E CHAMPIONS: Kingsway Academy Saints senior boys (also below right C HAMPIONS: S t Andrews Hurricanes senior girls stunned SAC Big Red Machine for the crown. LEFT: Shown (l-r rie Cartwright (also in action shots sell and captain Rodney Carey. The Bahamas joined Ecuador in a two-way tie at 2-1 as they square off in the final game of the round robin today to determine who will advance with undefeated Venezuela in Saturdays playoffs.
L OCAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011, PAGE 5E MINISTER of Youth, Sports & Culture Charles Maynard can be seen with Tom The Bird Grant during the 1st FAB Invitational Cup at the Kendal Isaacs Gym. Here are some photos of the basketball action. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 8E FAB Invitational Cup HIGHLIGHTS P h o t o s b y D e r e k S m i t h / B I S
PLAY ACTION: Players take part in the 1st FAB Invitational Cup at the Kendal Isaacs Gym. Here are some photos of the volleyball action. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 5E L OCAL SPORTS P AGE 8E, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS FAB Invitational Cup HIGHLIGHTS P h o t o s b y D e r e k S m i t h / B I S